LAST VERBAL DISCOURSE

Cyrus Daily Messages

ALTHOUGH it had been announced by mail that no outsiders should come
to Meherabad after July 1st, (1925) a group of Parsi politicians came
to see Meher Baba on July 2nd. After discussing with them the
political and spiritual situation of India, the Master discoursed
about the mind and body. This was to be his last recorded verbal
discourse:

Human excrement is totally useless; only swine eat it. Similarly, when
the flesh is cut from a carcass, only bones remain and these are
thrown to the dogs. Man’s mind is like flesh, and his body is like the
bones.

A person eats flesh (meat) and digests it, which means he uses it. But
the bones are inedible and of no use; so he gives them to dogs, who
can chew and utilize them. A human being must care for his mind, which
is like the meat. He should use his mind by training it to flow into
the proper channels.

A person has to let go of his physical body sometime, for it cannot be
preserved. To illustrate this: suppose one’s finger is chopped off or
a leg is crippled, he should not worry or weep over it because he
knows that his whole physical body has to be discarded one day. But a
human being should be most careful about his mind, which is of the
utmost use to him. The mind should be directed toward proper spheres;
it should be kept in check and utilized.

If this body, which a person has to discard one day, is used for
anything, it should be used in the service of three causes: God, the
Master and our fellowman. The body may become weary and worn out – it
may bring one suffering – but so what? Man, as a physical being, is
destined to suffer. So long as the body is vibrant, active and under
one’s control, man can be said to have used it for a good cause by
directing his energies in any good or noble work.

Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 2, p. 733.