Last updated on January 13, 2010
Meher Baba gave several messages over the years. Here is a representative selection of messages given in the month of January
JANUARY 9, 1941 – THE SEVEN REALITIES.
It was in Jaipur, on Thursday, January 9th, 1941, that the Master dictated his message, The Seven Realities of Meher Baba’s Teaching. It stated: Meher Baba’s teaching gives no importance to creed, dogma, caste systems and the performance of religious ceremonies and rites, but to the UNDERSTANDING of the following seven Realities:
1. The only Real Existence is that of the One and only God, who is the Self in every (finite) self.
2. The only Real Love is the love for this Infinity (God), which arouses an intense longing to see, know and become one with its Truth (God).
3. The only Real Sacrifice is that in which, in pursuance of this love, all things, body, mind, position, welfare and even life itself, are sacrificed.
4. The only Real Renunciation is that which abandons, even in the midst of worldly duties, all selfish thoughts and desires.
5. The only Real Knowledge is the knowledge that God is the inner dweller in good people and so-called bad, in saint and so-called sinner. This knowledge requires you to help all equally as circumstances demand, without expectation of reward, and when compelled to take part in a dispute, to act without the slightest trace of enmity or hatred; to try to make others happy, with brotherly or sisterly feeling for each one; to harm no one in thought, word or deed, not even those who harm you.
6. The only Real Control is the discipline of the senses from indulgence in low desires, which alone ensures absolute purity of character.
7. The only Real Surrender is that in which the poise is undisturbed by any adverse circumstances, and the individual, amidst every kind of hardship, is resigned with perfect calm to the will of God.
This message was especially significant because, for the first time, Baba ordered thousands of copies of it printed and then sent to his disciples and followers throughout India in order for them to distribute wherever they lived. Dr. Ghani and Adi Sr., in Bangalore, headed up the printing and distribution task, and thousands and thousands of copies of this message were handed out throughout India, and then sent to Europe and America in the beginning months of 1941. Baba’s mandali were sent out to various cities in India, and instructed particularly to give it to priests and persons in charge of temples, mosques, ashrams and churches. (Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 7, p. 2654)
JANUARY 7, 1927
Initially, after he quit writing,(January 2, 1927) when Meher Baba wished to express himself, he would pick up a newspaper and point to the appropriate letters or words. But as this method was found to be cumbersome and time consuming, Chanji typed the English alphabet in capital letters on a piece of paper which Baba began using. This being too small, Pendu suggested to Vishnu to make a larger chart of the alphabet for Baba to dictate from.
The chart was first printed in block letters on paper, then later on cardboard, and eventually the alphabet was painted on a small wooden board. Baba began using the board from January 7th, 1927, and according to his wish, the numbers 1 to 0 were added. Through this alphabet board, Baba silently began speaking once again. Baba’s fingers would move so speedily over the letters that there was no break in his conversation. As he once remarked,”The world is dancing every moment to the signs of my fingers.”
JANUARY 5, 1939
ALWAYS REMAIN DETACHED TOWARD RESULTS.
On January 5th, (1939) Baba explained to Jal Kerawala: Always remain detached toward results. The result of something may be good or bad, but you should be detached from both. Like Ramakrishna, dedicate everything to your Master. Let not the dirt of the sanskaras of your thoughts and deeds touch you, by surrendering every thought and act at the feet of your Guru! As a laundryman washes and cleanses clothes, in the same way, I remove all the dirt which has stuck to you through your thoughts and actions. Just continue doing as I say. If you put in your best efforts, there is no cause to worry. My work only I know. At this moment, I am speaking with you; but while doing so, you do not see the work I am simultaneously doing for the whole universe!
JANUARY 1, 1927 – STICK TO THE POWER HOUSE.
On Saturday, January 1, 1927, a year and a half after the Master began his silence, he wrote this message: “I intend to stop writing from tomorrow. It is not definite when I will resume writing or
speaking. I may start again after some days, some months or even some years. It all depends on Hazrat Babajan.” Baba received many New Year’s greeting cards, including one from a man in America named Joseph R. Nathan. (Footnote: There is no record of who Joseph R. Nathan was or of his connection with Meher Baba.) Baba’s advice to the mandali for the coming year was: “You must all stick to the powerhouse.”
In the evening Baba asked, “Who is ready to keep watch at night?” Many expressed their illingness, but Baba chose Masaji and Shankarnath for this duty outside his Jhopdi.
From the 2nd of January, Baba ceased writing completely and began conveying his thoughts and feelings through hand gestures or by pointing to different English alphabet letters in the newspaper. Up to this time, because of Baba’s animated nature, the mandali had almost forgotten that he was silent, but when Baba stopped writing, they became keenly aware of it once again.
The Gujarati arti was performed at nine that evening. From then on, Baba gave permission for it to be sung every evening. He fasted and did not eat or drink anything the whole day.
JANUARY 1957 – SEVEN MESSAGES
In Bombay, Baba dictated seven brief messages, which he ordered to be translated into five languages, painted on boards and displayed at Meherabad during the sahavas.
The messages were:
Be angry with none but your weakness.
Hate none but your lustful self.
Be greedy to own more and more wealth of tolerance and justice.
Let your temptation be to tempt me with your love in order to receive my grace.
Wage war against your desires and Godhood will be your victory.
Real happiness lies in making others happy.
The real desire is that which leads you to become Perfect in order to make others Perfect.
The real aim is that which aims to make others become God by first attaining Godhood yourself.
Real living is dying for God.
Live less for yourself and more for others.
One must die to one’s own self to be able to live in all other selves.
One who dies for God lives forever.
Love others as you would love yourself and all that is yours.
Fortunate are they whose love is tested by misfortune.
Love demands that the lover sacrifice for the Beloved.
Seek not to possess anything, but to surrender everything.
Serve others with the understanding that in them you are serving me.
Be resigned completely to my will, and my will will be yours.
Let nothing shake your faith in me and all your bindings will be shaken off.
Desire for nothing except desirelessness.
Hope for nothing except to rise above all hopes.
Want nothing and you will have everything.
This period of sahavas is the period of my suffering and helplessness.
BABA’S LAST HANDWRITTEN DISCOURSE.
On December 31st, 1926, Meher Baba gave his last handwritten discourse on love:
Love is all pervading in the universe but the types of love differ. The love that pulsates in the inanimate things in creation is mere attraction – like in a magnet. In the animal kingdom there is love among animals and birds, but it is passionate, full of desires and carnal. Carnality signifies bodily wants – eating, drinking, procreation and fear. Suppose a tiger pounces on a deer, kills and eats it; this is also love, but it is of the lowest type. Consider to what mean level love descends in an animal that is hungry and wants to satisfy its hunger by killing another innocent animal. And consider also to what length the lover (tiger) haunts his beloved (the victim, the deer) by following it stealthily.
In human beings, love is also sometimes passionate. If a person is hungry, he first thinks of a favorite dish; his mouth waters and he longs to eat it. If sweet laddoos are there, the person wants to fill his stomach to his throat. This is called laddoo love. Once he is satisfied and his stomach is bloated, he is finished. One or two good belches and no hunger and no more laddoo love. There are people whose desire for name and fame or money surpasses their reason, so much so that they lack hunger and sleep. Thus greed too means a type of love – money-love, name-and-fame-love, greatness-love. This is not the case with animals. But a true hero longs intensely for the nectar of divine love and he is an exception. Such pure love is not found in the ordinary run of mankind. This love is not inborn; it is given and imparted by a Master. Love is therefore one, but it is of several kinds. The lowest is attraction. It develops with progress in evolution and transforms into real love, which is like a stream flowing silent, serene, passionless, eternal, perfect and pure. Divine love is the highest of all, but it is not silent. It has terrible longing; it is not peaceful. The winds of evolution, reincarnation and involution blow the stream of attraction through the inanimate world, turning it into a river in the animal and human kingdom and finally transforming it into an ocean of divine love upon Realization. (Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 3, pp. 893 – 894)