“Your ignorance is my suffering”


As usual, Baba came into the living room of Guruprasad at 7:00 A.M. Before going into the hall he was busy attending to correspondence and other day-to-day details of his work. At 8:30 A.M. everyone was summoned inside, including Marvin and Jeannie Campen. They had flown to India from Switzerland, and Marvin placed a music box, shaped like a Swiss chalet, at Baba’s feet. When opened, it played Baba’s favorite tune “Begin the Beguine,” and Baba listened to it happily.

Baba was in a communicative mood and stated:

The First Song of the Infinite is the beginning of creation. It brings about the apparent descent of the Infinite into the domain of multiple duality. Duality implies unending sufferings.

I am eternally happy, for I know that I am the Infinite One. I alone exist, there is nothing besides me, all else is illusion. Simultaneously, I suffer eternally.

As myself, I am free, but in you, as you, I get myself bound. I knowingly suffer through you to make you free from bindings. This is my crucifixion. Your experience of suffering is because of sheer ignorance. Your ignorance is my suffering.

-www.lordmeher.org, p4547
May, 1959; Guruprasad

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