APRIL 1955 – BEYOND UNDERSTANDING.
Now I will tell you one important thing about promises. Baba is always free to give and break promises. But in a way, he binds himself by issuing this Life Circular Twenty-Five, which applies individually and collectively.
Baba then narrated this incident. When he was a schoolboy in Poona, he saw a particular man in the bar adjacent to his house. The man would daily come and drink liquor. Drunk, he would then quietly sit in the bar on one of the chairs until late at night. His wife would come and weep before him, pleading with him to quit, and the man would solemnly promise not to drink the next day. Although he promised sincerely to quit each day, he was completely helpless to do so when the next day came.
Baba further stated:
Now how to explain about my promises? Baba is helpless in explaining! Why? Whatever Baba does or explains is beyond human understanding and it is not one’s fault not to understand me. For how can you understand the Perfect One?
Some such things had happened at the times of Jesus and Muhammad. Jesus was crucified and Muhammad was stoned and had to flee [Mecca]. Such actions on the part of Perfect Ones are not understood by the people.
I give promises and break them. This has been going on continually. Some mandali members think if I stop giving promises, I will be honored much. If some intimate ones feel like this, what would those lovers think who get my sahavas (intimate company) only occasionally. Yet sometimes I myself think, why should I act like this? But that is all!
In spite of my Declaration, Clarification, Confirmation and Decision, last night a thought came to me: “What was the necessity of issuing a clarification, confirmation and decision after the Declaration?” And I got the answer.
Now try to understand. When the Declaration was given out, the last three were bound to follow. The phases were implied in the Declaration itself. This whole process may be likened to a full-grown mango tree. The Declaration can be compared with the sprouting of the tree, just above the ground. The Clarification with the growing trunk and the branches. The Confirmation with the blossom, and the Decision with the mangoes.
To give another simile, a day is made up of four pahar (parts). Each pahar is of three hours. Day begins with the first pahar. The last pahar is followed by the previous three to complete a day. Similarly, the life of a man is divided into four main stages, such as childhood, youth, middle age or maturity and old age. In every stage of creation, you will find these stages.
If we look at the genesis of the universe, we will find the same thing. In the Beginningless Beginning, that is, in the Beyond-Beyond state, God was unconscious, infinite. The “urge,” or lahar, to know Himself which God had can be compared with the Declaration. Once the urge was there, it could not be stopped. Then out came creation, evolution and involution, the next three phases. God is also infinite Knowledge; so as soon as the urge “Who Am I?” arose, He got the answer “I Am God.” But at the same time, the intervening stages were necessary. Through creation, the answer was clarified; through evolution the answer was confirmed, and involution decided that “He was God!”
It is very difficult to explain all these things, for they lie beyond the domain of intellect. A Persian poet has said:
“As soon as you step on the threshold of spirituality,
you need different ears to hear and different eyes to see.”
Tukaram has also said:
“The ways of the Masters stand in contradiction
to those of the world.”
Do not think that through all these explanations I am trying to justify my actions. Did not the Formosa (1) problem threaten great destruction? Even Nehru in one of his speeches said that half the world could be destroyed. With the exclusion of the time factor, all I have said will come to pass. For whatever I have said, God has made me say it!
Listen very carefully to what I say now. For the three months, May to July 1955, do not think much about your wife, children, money. For should you have such thoughts when the Avatar may be required to drop his body? The soldiers on active service willingly sacrifice their lives just to possess a piece of ground. Would it be of any great importance if you sacrifice your life for the Avatar? If you fail to have such readiness, your coming over here to attend the meeting would be nothing more than a picnic!
Now, one more point. All the explanations and articles have no connection with Reality. It is all a play of words and has no lasting value. Reality is beyond mind, beyond intellect. The very fact when you say that you have intellectually understood Reality shows that you have misunderstood it! To have Real Understanding, consciousness must remain, and intellect (mind) must go. It does not mean becoming mad like Punjia [an inmate in the Mad Ashram at Rahuri]. What I mean is that intellect should be the means of wholeheartedly achieving ends that are accepted by the heart. And if you obey me with all your heart, intellect will go and consciousness will remain.
A person may be very intelligent, but if he has not the fortune to have the company of a Sadguru, he will not get Self-Realization. On the other hand a person, though dull, who has that rare fortune to have the company of a Perfect Master can have Self-Realization. And I myself will bow down to such a person who is fortunate enough to be very intelligent and, at the same time, who has love for and the company of a Perfect Master.
Even after coming in contact with a Perfect Master, it is very difficult to obey him. Suppose you believe me to be the Perfect One and while obeying me, even if you have a passing thought doubting my perfection, it would not be perfect obedience.
(1) Formosa is the former name of Taiwan, the main island of the Republic of China.
Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, PP. 4621 – 4622.
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