Places of Pilgrimage
Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust - caretaker of Baba's Samadhi or tomb in India
Meher Baba Travels - a guide to places Baba visited
Traveling with the Beloved - a guide to places Baba visited
Welcome Home - a guide to pilgrimage to Meherabad and Meherazad
Avatar Meher Baba Trust - a brief biography divided into fourteen sections
Meher Spiritual Center - a brief biography written for the "Universal Message" pamphlet distributed at the 1964 World's Fair
The Awakener Magazine - a three page biography written by Darwin Shaw for the July 1953 issue of The Awakener Magazine
AvatarMeherBaba.org - a brief biography with a link to supplemental information
Meher Baba Information - a brief biography with quotations about Baba's silence
JaiBaba.com - a brief biography with information about Baba's Masters
Wikipedia - a collaboratively-written biography in thirty-five languages
Encyclopedia.com - three biographies with links to further reading
Encyclopedia Britannica - a brief one page biography
Enlightened-Spirituality.com - a detailed chronology of Baba's life and an account of His way of working
God in Human Form - a one hour biographical video in eight languages
Avatar Meher Baba: Highlights of His Life, Work, and Message - a three part biographical video in English
Meher Baba, the Awakener - a nearly one hour biographical video in English
Baba's Statements About His Words - quotes about the enormous spiritual gift Baba gives through His words
Discourses - Baba's book on practical spirituality
Meher Baba's Tiffin Lectures - source manuscripts for the book comprised of discourses Baba gave at Meherabad in 1926-7
The Beloved, the Life and Work of Meher Baba - a 146 page biography of Baba written by Naosherwan Anzar
Meher Baba - The Awakener - download C.D. Deshmukh's explanations of Baba's teachings
TrustMeher - letters from Baba and His mandali to Amiya Hazra, author of Memoirs of a Zetetic
Intelligence Material - material related to the book Infinite Intelligence
Finding God in North Carolina - a history of Baba lovers in the American state of North Carolina
PDF Search Engine - dozens of PDFs related to Baba on the net
TexttoWav - free program that converts digital text to audio files. Instructions on its usage are near the bottom of this webpage.
Finding God in North Carolina - a history of Baba lovers in the American state of North Carolina
Avatar Meher Baba Bombay Centre - over 200 books and booklets for sale at the center NEW: From Baily's Memoirs, written by Baba's close lover Baily Irani
Sheriar Books - over 160 books for sale, with a Facebook page here. Click here and here to subscribe to and read its e-mail updates. An old catalog may be downloaded here. Some products in it may now be unavailable.
Searchlight - over 60 books for sale
Meher Baba Association - 19 books for sale
Meher Baba Information - 19 books for sale
Meher Nazar Books - Meherabad store selling books in 13 languages
Meher Baba Shopping - online store based in India selling Baba goods NEW
Avatar Meher Baba Delhi Centre - lists addresses for books in India at the bottom
Avatar Meher Baba Hyderabad Centre - lists an address and phone number for books and magazines in India
Amazon - new and used Baba books, etc.
Amazon India - new and used Baba books, etc.
Barnes and Noble - new and used Baba books, etc.
AddALL - used Baba books
eBay - new and used Baba books, etc.
What's New at Sheriar Books - a list of 21 new books, booklets, calendars, and music
Intimate Times with Meher Baba: Glimpses of the God-Man at Guru Prasad - Bal Natu's diaries kept by Baba's order
Beloved Archives' Books - Meditations for a New Humanity and Teachings: Discourses of Meher Baba
Fortunate to Love Him: Stories of My Life with Meher Baba - book by Baba's mandali member Khorshed K. Irani
Meher Baba Travels - a list of books and magazines
AvatarMeherBaba.org - a list of recently published books is in the lower left corner in the "Recent Books" section
Avatar Meher Baba Bibliography - download an updated bibliography of Baba books
Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California Archive's Pamphlet Collection - images of pamphlet and book covers, etc.
Mehera-Meher - the website for a three-volume book about Baba and His beloved Mehera
TrustMeher - information about dozens of Baba publications
Google Books - information about hundreds of Baba publications
American Library of Congress - list of its Baba book collection
Open Library - provides buying and borrowing options on the right after clicking on a book title
WorldCat - library search tool appears at the bottom after clicking on a book title
Goodreads - a list of books and ratings of them
Meher Baba Travels - a list of authors of Baba literature
Baba books may also be borrowed via an inter-library loan request at your local library.
Avatar Meher Baba Trust - messages and other writings
Avatar Meher Baba Anthology - quotations organized by subject
Baba Listserv - one quotation delivered daily via e-mail
Daily Messages - one quotation delivered daily via e-mail
Life Eternal - quotations organized by subject RECOMMENDED
The Alphabet Board - 277 pages of quotations organized alphabetically
Wikiquote - quotations and full messages
Meher Baba Notes - a Twitter feed of quotations and things of interest
Avatar Meher Baba - a Facebook group with Baba's words and pictures
United in Love - a Facebook group with Baba's words and pictures
Lord Meher - a Facebook group with Baba's words and pictures
Meher Awakening - a Facebook group with Baba's words and pictures
Meher Cares - a Facebook group with Baba's words and pictures
Meher Baba, The Awakener - a Facebook page with Baba's words and pictures
Eternal Beloved - a Facebook page with Baba's words and pictures
Meher Baba's Divine Love - a Facebook page with Baba's words and pictures
Breaking of Meher Baba's Silence - download quotations about Baba's silence
Baba Says: 108 Sayings of Meher Baba - a list of referenced quotations
Quotations about Sex, Lust, and Marriage - some of Baba's words on these subjects
Avatar Meher Baba Prasar Kendra Avatar Meher Baba Trust AvatarMeherBaba.org Beloved Archives with 30 Baba artifacts here Google Search JaiBaba.com Meher Baba Information Meher Baba Travels TrustMeher Meher Archive Collective here and here Wayback Machine (snapshots of past and present Baba webpages) Search Avatar Meher Baba Websites
"If people, who have not seen Me personally, see Me through the medium of film, it will help in the process of liberating them from the bondage of Maya." (Baba in a October 8th 1954 letter)
YouTube Playlist - Over a hundred recommended videos, including many that have a large amount of film footage of Baba in them
All YouTube Videos - over a thousand videos related to Baba
Recent YouTube Videos - videos related to Baba uploaded within the last month
Very Recent YouTube Videos - videos related to Baba uploaded within the last week
Most Recent YouTube Videos - videos related to Baba uploaded within the last day
Avatar Meher Baba Meherabad Streams - streaming live from Baba's Samadhi from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Indian Standard Time with pre-recorded prayers and artis
Meheram 7 - has over 90 music videos
Meher Baba Family - Worldwide - music videos and memories of mandali, etc.
Sheriar Foundation - over 60 videos about Baba and His mandali, etc.
Meher Baba Archives - over 500 videos of people sharing their experiences with Baba
gsmcgilluk - over 150 videos of events at Meherabad and Meherazad
Oklahuma - over 90 videos about Baba, His messages, and His sahavases, etc.
Michael Le Page - over 45 videos of Baba's mandali and lovers
Mischamuse - over 100 video slideshows of photos of Baba set to music
Meherabad Moments - over 100 videos of music and more from Meherabad
Meher Baba Videos - Facebook page with many Baba videos
Avatar Meher Baba's Samadhi in Full High Definition - take a virtual tour of Baba's tomb while listening to Jane Brown's stunning rendition of Baba's "Gujarati Arti" RECOMMENDED
Google Videos - over a thousand videos related to Baba, almost entirely from YouTube. Search tools are above the list of videos.
Scenes from Meher Baba's 1956 Tour of the United States - video of Baba with exquisite images and music
Amis de Meher Baba - many rare videos from this French Facebook page NEW
Meher Filmworks - complete versions of the movies You Alone Exist and God in Human Form, the latter film in eight languages
Avatar Meher Baba Trust - videos of Amartithi and Baba's birthday celebrations at Meherabad, etc.
vimeo - hundreds of videos related to Baba
Technobaba - seven free movies and six pay-per-download movies about Baba and His Master Upasni Maharaj
Vignettes of Katie Irani's Life with Baba - Baba's mandali member Katie Irani shares about her life with Baba
Meher Baba Books Los Angeles - over 70 videos for sale
Searchlight - over 40 videos for sale
Sheriar Books - 25 videos for sale
Meher Baba Association - buy the extended and restored version of Pete Townshend's O Parvardigar
Meher Baba Travels - lists of films Baba saw, videos for sale, and film makers
MSI Collection - over 4,200 photos of Baba and others taken by His sister Mani
Zenfolio - over 2,000 photos of Baba and His close ones
JaiBaba.com - over 117 photos of Baba
Meher Baba Association - 114 photos of Baba
Wikimedia Commons - 59 photographs of Baba, His family, and His Masters, etc.
Sheriar Books - 34 photos for sale
Yandex - hundreds of photos of Baba, etc. Right click on an image to save it to a pc computer.
entireweb - hundreds of photos of Baba, etc. Right click on an image to save it to a pc computer.
Google Images - dozens of photos of Baba, etc. Right click on an image to save it to a pc computer.
picsearch - hundreds of photos of Baba, etc. Right click on an image to save it to a pc computer.
Dogpile - hundreds of photos of Baba, etc. Right click on an image to save it to a pc computer.
Bing - hundreds of photos of Baba, etc. Right click on an image to save it to a pc computer.
Startpage - hundreds of photos of Baba, etc. Click on "Images" up top and then search for "Meher Baba."
To find more photos, change the search terms to "Meher Baba Love," "Meher Baba Beautiful," "Meher Baba Smile," etc. There are also more photos in the "Social Media" section under "Miscellaneous."
Meher Baba Journal - download issues of the journal that Baba had started in the 1930s
The Awakener Magazine - read issues of this magazine that was started in the 1950s
Meher Message - read issues of the magazine that was started in the 1920s
Meher Gazette - read issues of the magazine that was started in the 1920s
Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California Archives Print Libraries - 296 publications NEW
The Way and the Goal - download issues of this periodical produced by Dr. Harry Kenmore's Baba group
Love Street LampPost - read past issues of this quarterly magazine here
Om Point - download issues of this quarterly circular NEW ISSUE
Divya Vani - read past issues of this monthly English language magazine from India that was started in the 1960s
Beloved Baba - for information about this English language magazine from India, send an e-mail to editor_beloved (at) rediffmail.com. More info. is here.
Sri Meher Baba - download issues of this Telugu magazine
Mandali Hall Talks - over 2,500 audio recordings of Baba's mandali and close ones
Mandali Hall Talks at Archive.org - over 800 recordings of Baba’s mandali and close ones
Mandali Talks - over 40 recordings of Baba's mandali
Meher Media - recordings of four of Baba's mandali
Avatar's Abode - recordings of five of Baba's mandali. Click on “The Sound” under “Australian Group” on the left to access them.
Mehera Irani - videos, photos, audio recordings, and more
Mani Irani - videos, photos, audio recordings, and more
Katie Irani - the website for Baba's late mandali member Katie Irani
Bhau Kalchuri - videos, photos, audio recordings, and more
Eruch Jessawala - videos, photos, audio recordings, and more
Meher Baba Travels - information about many of Baba's close ones
Wikipedia - definition of the word "mandali" and partial list of members. Click on select mandali members' names for biographies.
TrustMeher - information about nine of Baba's mandali
Meher Baba Melbourne - information about fifteen of Baba's mandali. Click on a mandali member's name on the right to access it.
AvatarMeherBaba.org - stories told by Baba's mandali
Meher Baba Dnyana - Baba quotations about His mandali
Meher Baba Library - letters, speeches, and audio recordings of nine of Baba's mandali and lovers
Google Search - a search on the topic of Baba's mandali
Meher Nazar Publications - 506 photos of Baba's mandali
Meher Baba Pilgrimage - dozens of previously unpublished photos of the mandali
Sheriar Books - 20 photos of the mandali for sale
Win Coates - nine photos of Baba's mandali, Meherabad, and Meherazad.
Meher Baba Melbourne - a slideshow of 19 photographs of Baba's mandali
Tony Howell - six photos of Baba's mandali and other close ones
Avatar Meher Baba Israel - photos of Mani and Dr. Goher. Click on the "Photos" link at the top to access them.
Google Images - dozens of photos of Baba's mandali. Right click on a photo to save it to a pc computer.
Meher Baba Archives - over 25 videos of Baba's mandali
Mandali Moments - over 20 videos of Baba's mandali
Meher Baba Library - over 100 DVDs featuring Baba's mandali and lovers for sale
Gateway Mediaworks - 24 DVDs featuring Baba's mandali and lovers for sale
YouTube - some videos related to Baba's mandali
Meherabad and Meherazad
Prayers and Artis from Baba's Samadhi - play and/or download an audio recording made at midnight on 1.1.2017
Avatar Meher Baba Trust - caretaker of Baba's Samadhi or tomb
Historic Meherabad - a history of Meherabad and downloadable walking tour
A History of Meherabad - a chronological history of Meherabad
In His Service - the Avatar Meher Baba Trust's print newsletter NEW ISSUE
Lord Meher Satsang - Internet Chat - from Ahmednagar on some Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Indian Standard Time
Welcome Home - a guide to pilgrimage to Meherabad and Meherazad
Meherabad Diary - a diary of one of Meherabad's residents
Trust Family Bulletin - e-mail notices about events at Meherabad, etc.
Avatar Meher Baba's Samadhi - Facebook pages with posts related to Baba's Samadhi here
Meherabad - a Facebook page with posts related to Meherabad
Andhra Rest House - a private hostel near Meherabad open year round
Iris Premiere Hotel - a three star hotel in Ahmednagar
Hotel Raj Palace - a three star hotel in Ahmednagar
Google Search - a search on the topic of Meherabad
Google Search - a search on the topic of Meherazad
Goolge Search - a search on the topic of Baba's Samadhi
Avatar Meher Baba Trust - photos of Amartithi and Baba's birthday celebrations, etc.
Meherabad Past and Present - photos of Meherabad from the 1930s onward
Meher Baba Photos - photos of Meherabad and Meherazad
Tony Howell - photos of Meherabad and Meherazad
GigaPan.com - a 360 degree interior image of Baba's Samadhi
"Bigger Tomb" over Baba's Samadhi - a proposed bigger tomb over Baba's Samadhi (mid-way down the page)
Google Images - hundreds of photos of Meherabad. Right click on an image to save it to a pc computer.
Google Images - hundreds of photos of Meherazad. Right click on an image to save it to a pc computer.
Google Images - some photos of Baba's Samadhi. Right click on an image to save it to a pc computer.
Avatar Meher Baba Trust - videos of Amartithi and Baba's birthday celebrations
YouTube - hundreds of videos related to Meherabad
YouTube - hundreds of videos related to Meherazad
YouTube - some videos related to Baba's Samadhi
Baba's Artis - recordings and translations of six artis or devotional songs to Baba
Avatar Meher Baba Hyderabad Centre - over 200 songs for playing and downloading
Meher Baba Music Stream - plays hundreds of songs in praise of our Beloved
Meherabad Moments - play and download recordings of music and more from Meherabad
Meher Radio - click on "Shows" towards the top of the page for songs in Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Urdu, and English
Mandali Hall - play over one hundred songs performed by various musicians
Avatar's Abode Anniversary - over one hundred music videos for the anniversary of Baba's visit to Avatar's Abode
Meher Songs - recordings and translations of some of Baba's ghazals and artis, etc.
The Golden Book of Praise - play and download over sixty songs from Francis Brabazon's songbook
Spotify - Baba songs and playlists (account required) NEW
MeherBabaMusic.com - renditions of Baba music by Larry Green
SoundCloud - play over one hundred songs performed by various musicians
SoundCloud Playlist - play over one hundred songs performed by various musicians
Jamie Newell - 18 songs to play and download
TrustMeher - songs performed by Meera Kale, an Indian classical vocalist
Meher Baba Bhopal Centre - songs performed by Madhusudan Jr. and Meera Kale
broadjam.com - songs performed by Raymond T. Spagnuolo
Compact Discs, etc.
Sheriar Books - over 100 compact discs for sale. Click on a cd title to listen to sample tracks.
Meher Baba Books - over 70 compact discs for sale
Searchlight - over 45 compact discs for sale
Meher Baba Association - nine compact discs for sale
Amazon - compact discs and records for sale
eBay - compact discs and records for sale
Meher Baba Travels - information about records, songs, and musicians
JaiBaba.com - musicians' webpages
AvatarMeherBaba.org - musicians' websites are listed in the lower right corner in the "Art & Music" section
The Songs of Francis Brabazon - a description of Francis's creative process and histories of his song collections
The Ocean of Love - a history of this song and a performances of it by the composer, Bob Holdt
Minstrels of Love - a history of Baba music in the West
YouTube Playlist - over seven hundred videos with songs performed by various musicians
YouTube - a partial list of music videos
AvatarMeherBaba.org - artists' websites are listed in the bottom right corner in the "Art & Music" section
JaiBaba.com - a list of artists' websites
Meher Baba Travels - writers' websites and artists' websites and images
Meher Baba Association - artists' websites with descriptions of them
TrustMeher.com - artists' websites with descriptions of them
Meher Baba Bhakti - writers' and artists' websites
Meher Baba Posters - vintage posters from the 1960s
Poetry - Digital Texts
Avatar Meher Baba Trust's Online Library - includes three of Francis Brabazon's books of poetry
Meher Sarod - a book of 170 poems written by Bhau Kalchuri
Meher Roshani - a book of 117 poems written by Bhau Kalchuri
HeartMind - poems by Meher Baba, Bhau Kalchuri, Francis Brabazon and others
JaiBaba.com - poems by Meher Baba, Rumi, and others
Poetry Chaikhana - poems by Meher Baba
Poetry Chaikhana - poems by Francis Brabazon
Ghamela Yoga - poems by Brian Darnell
Sweet Adoration - a collection of five poems
Poetry - Audio Recordings
Poetry - Books
Meher Baba Books Los Angeles - over 20 books of poetry for sale
Searchlight - six books of poetry for sale
New Humanity Books - over 100 books of Sufi poetry, poetry in praise of Baba, and Baba's ghazals
Baba Newsletters and Blogs
Meherabode Gazette and Meherabode Newsletter - media from the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
Weekly Reflections from Meher Baba Books - media from the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California's bookstore
Meherana Messenger - media from Meherana, the spiritual retreat in California
Insight - for the Meher Baba Center of Northern California's newsletter, click on "Newsletter Archive" under "Community" on the left
Sheriar Foundation - the foundation's biannual newsletter, with a wonderful article on its books-to-prisoners program in the Winter 2013 edition
On Sacred Ground - stories about Baba and His mandali
Meher Mount's Story Blog - stories about Baba and His lovers
Kendra's Notebook - summaries of talks given by Baba lovers are in the lower right corner
Divine Beloved - a blog about experiences at Meherabad and Meherazad, etc.
Meher Baba Words - a blog about Baba's words and other subjects
Embedded with the Kali Yuga - meditations on Baba's teachings and those of other Masters
All (Baba) Things Considered - columns by six Baba lovers
Personal Baba Stories - 170 stories of people's experiences of Baba
Meher Baba: The Twilight Songs - interviews with Baba lovers
Google Alerts - e-mail notices about things related to Meher Baba and Meherabad, etc., published on the Internet
Meher Baba Travels - over 75 news stories from the 1930s onward that mention Baba's name
National Library of Australia - over 30 news stories from the 1930s onward that mention Baba's name
British Newspaper Archive - over 40 pay-per-view news stories from the 1930s onward that mention Baba's name
Newspapers.com - over 4000 paid-subscription-based news stories that mention Baba's name (one week free trial)
GeneologyBank.com - over 700 paid-subscription-based news stories that mention Baba's name (one week free trial)
Meher Baba Notes - Twitter feed that includes notices about things of interest
Social Searcher - searches 11 social media sites
Pinterest - some posts related to Baba
Twitter - some short text messages related to Baba
Instagram - some pictures related to Baba
Tumblr - some posts related to Baba
Android - five applications with Baba's prayers and songs, etc.
Apple - three applications with Baba's prayers and songs, etc. NEW
Mandali Hall talks for Apple phones NEW
Download music, apps, audio books, and e-books
Meher Spiritual University - online courses about Baba's life, work, and messages
Archive.org - audio recordings of meetings, talks, and music, etc.
Meher Baba Library - audio recordings of Don Stevens talking about God Speaks and Ward Parks talking about Infinite Intelligence
Meher Spiritual Center Newsletter - download newsletters from the center Baba founded in America
A Hidden Spiritual Retreat - local newspaper story about the center Baba founded in America
Meher Spiritual Center - blog post with nice description and pictures of the center Baba founded in America
Youth Sahavas - a Facebook page with pictures of the Meher Spiritual Center's Youth Sahavas, etc.
YouTube - videos related to the Meher Spiritual Center
Etsy - various Baba items for sale
Baba Groups, Organizations, and Retreats
Canada Meher Baba Western Canada
France Amis de Meher Baba
India Amravati here and here with weekly virtual satang NEW Andhra Aurangabad Bangalore Bhopal Byramangala, Bengaluru NEW Challipalli Delhi here and here Eluru Guntur Meherabad Young Adult Sahavas here and here and here Meherstana, Hamirpur Mehergada Mehersthan, Kovvur Mumbai here and here Hyderabad here and here Jabalpur Pavagada Pune with online gathering every Saturday at 7 p.m. Indian Standard Time Ramaraopet, Tadepalligudem Vatlur Vijayawada Vrindavan, Dehra Dun here and here Wardha here and here
Israel Avatar Meher Baba Israel
New Zealand Meher Baba New Zealand
United States Asheville Music Sahavas Asheville here and here NEW Atlanta and Athens Chicago here and here Dallas Denver Hawaii House of the Beloved Mariposa, California Meherana here and here Michigan New England New Orleans New York City here and here Northeast Gathering here and here Northern California here and here Oregon Sedona, Arizona Southeast Gathering here and here Southern California here and here Sufism Reoriented Twin Cities, Minnesota Upstate New York Washington, D.C. here and here NEW
Baba Material in 41 Languages Other than English
Egyptian Arabic Wikipedia NE
Gujarati Universal Message
Spanish Universal Message Amigos del Amigo Avatar Meher Baba Meher Baba en Español Wikipedia Meher Baba Europa Meher Baba Information Avatar Meher Baba Videos here and here Discourses One Two Three Four Five
Books in languages other than English may be found at some of the websites listed in the "Baba Books" section above.
Baba's Incredible Words on Gaining Divine Love Through Prayer RECOMMENDED
"But this I tell you too, that the one who asks for my love will be the chosen one." Baba in Lord Meher, online edition, p. 3513.
"Through repeated sincere prayers it is possible to effect an exit from the otherwise inexorable working out of the law of karma." Baba in Beams from Meher Baba on the Spiritual Panorama, p. 38.
"Do not waste your precious life-span in differentiating and judging your fellowmen, but learn to long for the love of God....
Spare no pains to help others. Seek no other reward than the gift of divine love. Yearn for this gift sincerely and intensely, and I promise, in the name of my divine honesty, that I will give you much more than you yearn for.
I give you all my blessing that the spark of my divine love may implant in your hearts the deep longing for love of God." Baba in ibid., p. 3554.
"Ask for only one thing: my love." Baba in The Awakener Magazine, volume 22, issue 1, p. 66.
"I want you [Consuella de Sides] to realize by actual experience. I, personally, tell you to do one thing. You can attend to your external duties, as you have been doing, but find some hours – one, two or three hours a day – when you could, all alone, devote yourself to what I will tell you to do now.
In silence and in seclusion, all alone in one room, with all your heart, cry out, deep down in you cry and say, 'Baba, let me see God who is in me! Baba, let me see God in me!' Cry out with such longing that during these hours you want nothing else but to see God. And, Consuella dear, you will see him. Will you carry this out? You will then see God.
Do it honestly, as if your very life depended on it. Nothing more, nothing less. If you want to see God as he ought to be seen, do this, I tell you. You are so dear to me, and I will help you, but do it very honestly. Cry, cry, cry! God wants us to see Him, longs for it more than we long for Him. It is the truth. I know it. But He wants to be seen. How? With great longing and aspiration. Try it. You will have the longing if you try honestly. We must see him in this very body. So, will you try?" Baba in Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, online edition, p. 3080.
"[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." Baba in ibid., p. 758.
"Try to create divine love within your heart by longing for God and you will have everything." Baba in ibid., p. 1185.
"[W]hy ask God for temporary relief which has in its wake mere bindings? Ask God not for money, fame, power, health, children; But ask for His grace of Love, which would lead you to eternal bliss." Baba in "AVATAR MEHER BABA'S MESSAGES and an Episode at Vijayawada IN 1954 ANDHRA TOUR," p. 3, as found here.
"The prayer God hears is the prayer of the heart, that raising of the heart, that suffering of the heart, that is what God pays attention to." Baba in The Awakener Magazine, volume 4, issue 2, p. 14. NEW
"Instead, if anyone prays to God, to me, purely and honestly, from however far away, and however slowly or softly, I, as God, immediately hear it, and a connection is established . . . . But your call [to the Qutub] should be from the innermost depths of your heart." Baba in Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, pp. 1042-43. NEW
"Constant prayer and selfless service are both vital in turning the mind away from worldly things and directing it toward spirituality." Baba in ibid., p. 1771. NEW
“Those who aspire to the final attainment should renounce everything and occupy themselves in prayer and meditation most of the time.” Baba in Sufism Reoriented charter, p. 7. NEW
Baba's "A prayer for Baba lovers and mandali": "Beloved God help us all to love You more and more and more and more and still yet more until we become worthy of union with You and help us all to hold fast to Baba's daaman till the very end."
"So merely to say 'I want to see God' or 'I want to realize God' is similar to an ant saying 'I want to become an elephant!' Mere words have nothing in them. The heart must thirst to seek God." Baba in Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, online edition, p. 3296.
"Every hour, every minute, one must crave for God as a drowning man craves for life. The longing for God brings about extreme unrest, a kind of mind-crushing torture, and this mind-crushing torture must be so strong that no thoughts except those of God enter the devotee's mind. This intense longing is very rare in this matter-ridden age. In order to generate this longing, the help of a Perfect Master is required in most cases. The grace of a God-realised Master works wonders, but one must, so to say, extort this grace from him." Baba in The Awakener Magazine, Vol. 17, issue 2, pp. 1-3 as found here.
"When there is intense thirst for the remembrance of the Beloved, love is born, and one's only thought is of the Beloved." Baba in ibid., p. 5058.
"What you must long for is the real want, and this real want alone must be your perennial want." Baba in Teachings: Discourses of Meher Baba, 2016, p. 279
"Do not change the mode of your life, but make an effort with all your heart to create longing to be one with God. This longing will make you see the Self." Baba (to a professor He met in Rome) in Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, online edition, p. 1522.
"[T]he innermost essence of prayer . . . is adoring love for the Eternal Beloved." Baba in Beams from Meher Baba on the Spiritual Panorama, p. 76. NEW
"Love does not need any demonstration or show. It is a treasure to be kept secret from others. Prayer should be the lighting of the lamp of love in our hearts, and this will allow the lamp of love to perform the prayer of the Beloved. This lamp cannot be seen externally; it burns within to consume in its flame all bindings, freeing the lover to become united with the Beloved. Therefore, love Meher Baba and love so intensely that you forget your own self. There is no other experience for the lover to pursue. The true lover will experience Meher Baba's Avatarhood, his divinity, within his own heart during his manifestation." Bhau Kalchuri in Meher Baba Avatar of the Age Manifesting, p. 83. NEW
If God never granted us our desires, it wouldn't matter much what we longed for. It is because He does give us what we ask for with all our hearts that we must be so careful. Of course, this is just words. We can say we want love, but it is not what we say that Baba listens to, but what our heart cries out. We may think we want to love Baba, but if we really wanted to love Him, He would give us this love. He is more anxious to give us the gift of love than we are to receive it. That is a fact....
But even if we can't honestly long for love, we can long to long for love. That much is always open to us. If our prayers for love are insincere and mechanical, we can at least pray to become more sincere when we pray. If we cannot run towards the Lord, at least we can walk, and if we cannot walk, we can crawl. And even if we cannot crawl, we can pray for the ability, someday, to be able to crawl. And we may find, to our surprise, that even crawling is not necessary, because the Lord Himself has come to us and is carrying us on His back." Eruch Jessawala in That's How It Was, p. 217, with full story here.
"Please may I love you a thousand times more than I do now? I feel as cold and empty at times and if only I could be on fire loving you then perhaps I could forget my petty self a bit." William Donkin in a letter to Baba, as found in Slave of Love: The Life of William Donkin with Meher Baba, Bob Mossman, page number unknown.
A video playlist on gaining diving love with prayer is here.
Baba's Words About the Power of His Samadhi
“It [Baba's Tomb] is a place of immense spiritual importance….” Baba in Glimpses of the God-Man, Vol. III, Bal Natu, p. 192.
"The discourse reading was stopped, and Baba granted permission to all to visit the Dome on Meherabad Hill. Baba stated that he had confined himself in it for a period of five months or so, during which time he was on tea and water only. He added, 'The place is of great spiritual importance, and I have ordered my mandali that when I drop my body, it should be buried there.'" Bhau Kalchuri in Lord Meher, Vol. 11, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 3964.
“After his [a Perfect Master’s] death, he enjoys eternal bliss, and the power is there with him, but not the authority to use it. So wherever there is a tomb of a Master, there the power is; but it is the faith which becomes the medium and utilizes that power….” Baba in Ramjoo’s Diaries, Ramjoo Abdulla, pp. 147-148.
“Baba said it was important for anyone aspiring to have spiritual benefit to visit the Tomb time and time again to imbibe the impressions of the Impressionless One.” Eruch Jessawala in The Ancient One, ed. Naosherwan Anzar, p. 12.
"Those who are determined to bow down and worship here [at Baba's Tomb] will do so, will grow more and more in Baba's Love, will try their utmost to love Baba with all their hearts and will please all others in their own joy." Baba in Let’s Go to Meherabad!, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 3.
"This place (Meherabad) is the most important. It is the best for those on the spiritual path. Despite visiting other places for work, it is best to return here." Baba in Let's Go to Meherabad!, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 145.
"Baba later remarked about Meherabad, 'This place is the most important one. It is the best place to be for those on the spiritual path. Despite visiting places for my work, it is always best to return here.'" Bhau Kalchuri in Lord Meher, Vol. 3, 1988, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 854.
"Up until the 8th of March , Baba stayed in the Jhopdi, and then He moved His living quarters back to the wooden Table. It was there at that time that He said of Meherabad, 'I will occupy this Seat for twelve hundred years!'" Bhau Kalchuri in Let's Go to Meherabad!, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 81.
"You don't realize how fortunate you are…To sit near God's feet for just one second requires great luck, but you are sitting near my feet for so many hours. Fifty years from now, lakhs [hundreds of thousands] of pilgrims will visit Meherabad. People will not be allowed to go inside the Samadhi and bow at my feet. They will have to take darshan from the door…Even if people see my Samadhi from afar, they will consider themselves fortunate. Only later will you realize how fortunate you were to be near God's feet. This opportunity of sitting near my feet won't come again in your life...." Baba to Sheela and Mehernath Kalchuri in Growing Up With God, Sheela Fenster with David Fenster, p. 132.
"Special importance is attached to meditating in holy places where the Masters themselves have lived or meditated." Baba in "The Types of Meditation, Part I: The Nature of Meditation and its Conditions," Baba in Discourses, 1987, Meher Baba, p. 116.
"In 1938, while strolling on Meherabad Hill, Baba made a sweeping gesture and stated, 'The whole universe is mine, but this place is especially mine.'" Bal Natu, The Samadhi: Star of Infinity, p. 39.
Baba's words about the importance of His Samadhi as told by Eruch Jessawala are here. NEW
“Meher Baba once conveyed to His close ones, ‘This [body] is only an overcoat that I’m wearing; this is not the real Me.’ That ‘Real Me’ of the Avatar’s presence is now manifesting itself in innumerable ways through the Samadhi. There the atmosphere is permeated with His divine presence, awakening hearts to His glorious love. To enter the Samadhi is to bathe in a clear pool of purity. It not only cleanses the impurities of mind and heart, but perfumes one’s entire being with His illuminating presence. The Samadhi is where Meher Baba responds to His lovers’ longing for the Avatar’s physical company. Whenever one has the rare fortune to visit there, either physically or in one’s thoughts, it performs a wondrous sanctification of one’s mind and heart. That little room holds the key that unlocks the human heart which sincerely calls on Him, the Eternal Beloved.” Bal Natu in The Samadhi * Star of Infinity, Bal Natu, pp. 76-77.
More of Bal Natu's reflections on the importance of Baba's Samadhi are here. NEW
“You should remember that Beloved Baba’s form itself is in the Tomb. And whether you feel anything or not, His form enshrined there is like the sun that touches everything. Going to His Tomb-Shrine will help disperse the cloud-cover of your impressions so that one day you can feel the rays of love from His Divine Sun in your heart…going regularly will help you. Do not doubt this.” The Spiritual Training Programme, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 60.
“There is a spiritual intensity at Meherabad. The body of Avatar Meher Baba which is resting in the Tomb at Meherabad, is the body that housed Reality and anything that is in direct contact with Reality is naturally sanctified. So the effect of that body is that everything for miles around is sanctified…What you experience is the reflection of His presence in the atmosphere of this place….” Eruch Jessawala in The Ancient One, ed. Naosherwan Anzar, pp. 234-35.
“[Baba's Samadhi] is surcharged with Baba’s divine presence. Hence this place — the Power House — has become the center through which the Avatar’s ever-living Infinite Consciousness continues to function, radiating His unconditional love and compassion to one and all who visit Him.” Bal Natu in Glimpses of the God-Man, Vol. VI, Bal Natu, p. 89.
“His Tomb at Meherabad and His residence at Meherazad…are vast repositories of divine impressions whose effect on those who receive them is to awaken love for God.” Bhau Kalchuri in Glow International, February 2000, ed. Naosherwan Anzar, p. 2.
Baba's sister Mani stated, "Your bowing down at His feet is...an unburdening of your self, your impressions...which get merged into the Ocean that Baba is." Mani S. Irani in the "Mandali Moments: Pilgrimage" video at YouTube.
“The Tomb is next in importance to the proximity of the physical presence of the Avatar…. I stress one thing — never miss a chance to go to Baba’s Tomb.” Adi K. Irani in Just to Love Him, Adi K. Irani, pp. 88, 91.
"The last time that I was in India, I was--which was two summers ago--I was very particularly struck with the unique atmosphere, well I don't even want to call that atmosphere--I'm searching for a word--I can't call it an atmosphere in Baba's Tomb. It's Baba Himself, Baba's darshan. I felt that Baba's darshan is eternally present at Baba's Tomb, and the feeling that I had when I was in Baba's Tomb, and which I did not have in any moment in India. All of the moments when I was in Baba's Tomb I had this feeling, and none of the moments when I was out of Baba's Tomb when I was in India did I have that feeling, and it was the feeling, the same feeling, that I had when I was sitting with Meher Baba on October 4th, 1965...." Lynn Ott in "What is Special About the Tomb -- 1979."
"I remember that in 1958, on two occasions, Baba took us--no, it wouldn't have been 1958, yes it was, no it was in '48, before I left India, and Baba took us up to the Tomb, and, all of us that were there, and He showed us the Tomb, He said, 'This is where I have asked that My body be buried when I drop it.' And He said, 'I want all of you when you come up to pay your respects to the Tomb to remember just two things: (One was) How you can give greater happiness to others at the cost of your own. (Secondly,) 'ow you can learn to love Me more and more. And when you go down from the Tomb, I want you to go with the firm resolve in your heart to carry out both those (you might call them) instructions.' And not only did He give those thoughts to the, they were read out for the Indian sahavas in 1958, but also when He came to Myrtle Beach He repeated the same desire that He wanted that all who went to the Tomb shouldn't think so much about what spiritual benefit they were going to get, in the way of the Samadhi or anything of that kind, but to remember just those two points...." Kitty Davy in "What is Special About the Tomb -- 1979."
"It's been over ten years since Jean and I have been to India and to Baba's Tomb, and actually that was just a short time in 1969 after He had dropped His body. For me, it was like falling into Baba's arms physically in the Tomb. His presence was so intensely alive there. It was really there, that's the very least I could say, and judging from the response of so many we talked to who have been to the Tomb through the years, each one, almost without exception, has had a very deep inner experience with Baba as a result of going to the Tomb. I don't suppose any of us could explain just what happens, more than we could during Baba's physical lifetime, how He works, but there's something very special about it that makes it a unique place in the entire world for anyone to go to." Darwin Shaw in "What is Special About the Tomb -- 1979."
“He has said just before He dropped His body, ‘Now the shop will be opened.’ / He has really opened His Wineshop in the Tomb, / and He is inviting humanity to come there to drink. / What a beautiful place His Tomb is — the Tomb is the Divine Treasure.
Oh humanity! / Don’t miss the opportunity to drink when the Wineshop is open. / The Beloved is distributing Wine ceaselessly without a break. / What a gift is given at His Tomb — the Tomb is the Divine Treasure!” Bhau Kalchuri from “The Tomb is the Divine Treasure” in Let’s Go to Meherabad!, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 144.
Baba's Words About the Importance of Remembering Him
“Once the aspirant has the bliss of the darshan of a Master, that sight gets carved on his mind, and even when he is unable to establish frequent personal contact, his mind turns to the Master again and again in an effort to understand His significance. This process of establishing mental contact with the Master is essentially different from merely imaginative revival of past incidents. In the ordinary play of imagination, the recall of past incidents is not necessarily animated by a definite purpose, whereas in establishing mental contact there is a definite purpose. Owing to the directive power of purpose, imagination ceases to be a mere revolving of ideas and reaches out to the Master through the inner planes and establishes contact with him. Such mental contact with the Master is often as fruitful and effective as his physical darshan. The inward repetition of such mental contacts is like constructing a channel between Master and aspirant, who becomes thereby the recipient of the grace, love and light which are constantly flowing from the Master in spite of the apparent distance between them. Thus, the help of the Master goes out not only to those who happen to be in his physical presence but also to others who establish mental contact with him.” Baba in “The Place of Occultism in Spiritual Life, Part II,” Discourses, 1987, Meher Baba, p.188.
"If you are really keen about the Truth, try to meditate with love on the Divine Form of your choice, or remember the Name of God wholeheartedly. Then, with Divine Grace a fortunate one sees God face to face, everywhere and in everything, far more clearly and intimately than you see the things in this room now with your physical eyes." Baba in Darshan Hours, ed. Rick Chapman, p. 3.
“Love for the Sadguru or Perfect Master is particularly important because it invites contact with the Sadguru. Through such contact the aspirant receives from the Sadguru impressions which have the special potency of undoing other past impressions, thus completely transforming the tenor of his life.” Baba in “The Removal of Sanskaras, Part III: The Wiping Out of Sanskaras,” Discourses, Meher Baba, 1987, p. 57.
“God is absolutely independent. The only way to approach Him is through love, constant repetition of His Name, and invocation of His Mercy.” Baba in Lord Meher, Vol. 18, 2000, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 5986.
“The company of a real saint, the service of humanity and the repetition of God’s name — these are the highest possible yoga and religious practice.” Baba in The Silent Word, Francis Brabazon, p. 278.
“I am in everybody’s heart, but I am sleeping there. It is my old, old habit. In order to awaken Me, you should always call out to Me and say ‘Baba, Baba, Baba’ continuously. Then I who am sleeping in your heart will not find any pleasure in remaining asleep. Let alone sleep, I shall not find time even to doze. I shall then slowly be awakened in your heart by hearing your constant calls. Once I am awake in your heart, you too will awake and remain awake forever. Therefore, repeat My name constantly and awaken Me in your heart so that you become awake for all time.” Baba in The Ancient One, ed. Naosherwan Anzar, p. 173.
“I want every lover of mine to repeat my name with every breath. The repetition should be continuous and such that even in sound sleep it should continue like your breathing. Then there is some possibility of experiencing a glimpse of me. Never worry about thoughts while repeating my name. Do not check them because when you repeat my name, the thoughts will not create binding for you — good or bad.” Baba in Lord Meher, Vol. 13, 1998, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 4818.
“God is present right here and now, in you all and in me. So let us take his name sincerely and wholeheartedly so that He Who is within us is touched. Do not speak aloud when the names are repeated. Only repeat silently and think that He is within us and hears us all.” Baba in ibid., Vol. 11, p. 3946.
“If you stop worrying, God has to begin to worry for you! Remember Him wholeheartedly; leave your troubles to Him. Then you will be free to remain cheerful.” Baba in ibid., Vol. 10, p. 3562.
“I am God, 100% so!...[T]hink only of me and constantly repeat my name.” Baba in ibid., Vol. 18, 2000, p. 6097.
"Beloved Baba has told us that in this Advent, He has given no mantra or practice. He said that there is great power in His Name. He said that His Name has more power than Himself! Even He, Himself, repeats His Name. The power in His Name protects one from all the allurements of the world and at the same time clears all the muck within one of lust, greed and anger which otherwise would be impossible for one to get rid of. So His Name is like a double-edged weapon of protection and defense—defending one from the allurements of Maya and clearing the muck of Maya’s weapons of lust, greed and anger" Meherwan Jessawala in the December 2016 In His Service newsletter.
“Repeat my name every second, every moment! If it becomes so natural in your subconscious, automatically it will come out during moments of difficulty to help and save you.” Baba in ibid., Vol. 18, 2000, pp. 6130-31.
“[W]hen you feel angry or have lustful thoughts, remember Baba at once. Let my name serve as a net around you so that your thoughts, like mosquitoes, may keep buzzing around you and yet not sting you…You can also entrust your mind to me by remembering me or repeating my name in your heart as often as you can. Remember me so often that your mind is at a loss to find other thoughts to feed on.” Baba in Listen Humanity, ed. Don E. Stevens, 1982, pp. 44-45.
“I say with my Divine Authority to each and all that whosoever takes my name at the time of breathing his last comes to me [gains liberation or infinite and eternal bliss]; so do not forget to remember me in your last moments. Unless you start remembering me from now on, it will be difficult to remember me when your end approaches. You should start practising from now on. Even if you take my name only once every day, you will not forget to remember me in your dying moments.” Baba in “My Wish,” Lord Meher, Vol. 15, 1999, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 5418. The source for the meaning of the phrase “comes to me” is Baba in ibid., pp. 5444-45.
"Some persons may be so constituted that they can readily take to the second stage of Bhakti Yoga, without having passed through the first stage. But whether the devotee has or has not passed through the first stage, in the beginning of the second stage, he has to make vigorous efforts in thinking about the Almighty as much as possible. The efforts must be continued until he becomes above efforts; and he becomes above efforts only when worship from the heart becomes his second nature. He who can naturally worship from the heart without finding it necessary to make artificial efforts, may justifiably be said to have attained to higher Bhakti.
Let it be noted that it is not necessary for a man to stop carrying out his worldly duties an obligations, to achieve or to practice this higher Bhakti. He may conduct his business or follow his profession, he may lead the family life and look after his necessary external requirements; but amidst all his worldly engagement he should ever be alert on the Lord. The more he can remember the object of the heart-worship, along with the routine work of his everyday life, the better for him. Besides reiterating the name of the Almighty in the ordinary manner, the seeker of the subjective, spiritual sidelight in the second, more advanced stage of Bhakti Yoga should make it a rule to retire into a dark room all alone for about a couple of hours every night. During this period of retirement he must try to avoid all thoughts save that of "I want you, O Lord," and repeat continuously any one of the names of the Almighty which he has adopted for the purpose of Nam-Samaran.
This is the best course open for those who neither feel satisfied with objective worship, nor can afford to renounce all for God. If sincerely followed, this intermediate practice is bound to bear fruit sooner or later and provide the aspirant with the subjective "glimpses" of the great Reality in some way or another. For instance, one may be able to see or hear without using the gross organs of sight and sound; or perhaps even get established on the Path itself." Baba in The Path of Love, 1986, Meher Baba, pp. 62-63.
“[I]t is possible for everyone, belonging to any creed and to any station in life, to practice Bhakti Yoga or the true art of worship in its first stage. The act of worship should spring from the heart. Let it be borne in mind that worship from the heart presupposes great efforts. It cannot be evoked with a mere wish. If one decides upon practicing true Bhakti, one has to make heroic efforts in order to achieve fixity of mind, for contrary thoughts are very likely to disturb one’s mind. It is because the average person’s frame of mind is averse to remaining unchanged for any considerable period of time, that repeated efforts to evoke deep devotion are essential….” Baba in The Path of Love, 1986, Meher Baba, p. 61.
"To take my name wholeheartedly is my worship." Baba in Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, online edition, p. 5741.
"Only my name can free you from all this bondage." Baba in Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, online edition, p. 3832.
"Only repetition of my name will suffice to free the world from its entanglements." Baba in Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, online edition, p. 3832.
“Jehangu Sukhadwalla, Baba's niece Gulnar's husband, was working at the Poona airport. One evening as he was riding home on his scooter, he hit a pothole in the road and his brakes jammed. He was flung to the far side of the road, and his scooter went flying in the opposite direction. He emerged unscathed, and he attributed it to his crying out Baba's name with all his heart.
The next afternoon, when Jehangu excitedly recounted his 'miraculous' escape to Baba, saying it was he who had saved him, Baba corrected him: 'It is not my miracle. I do not perform miracles! You say that at the time of the accident you were wholeheartedly remembering me. So, call it the miracle of my name.
When everything goes wrong, the mind becomes helpless and it has to rely entirely on the heart. These are the moments when you resign to my will and so rely solely on my help. When you leave all to me, I dare not care not, and you are relieved from the predicament'" (Lord Meher online edition, p. 4664).
Baba instructed some people to repeat His name in this way: “You must repeat audibly the name of Avatar Meher Baba in the form of “BABA” by uttering “BA” with each breath in and again “BA” with each breath out — without a break throughout the waking state during day and night for the seven days.” Baba in Lord Meher, Vol. 13, 1999, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 4684.
“Here I am reminded of an incident in the late sixties when Meher Baba Himself demonstrated silently to one of His lovers how to repeat ‘BA . . . BA’ as one inhales and exhales. But this has to be done, he especially mentioned, in a very easy and delightful manner. BABA, the unique Divine Name!” Bal Natu in Glimpses of the God-Man, Vol. I, Bal Natu, p. 340.
"Day and night you breathe, but do you ever think of it? Even at night when you sleep and when it is not possible to think of it, your breathing goes on for twenty-four hours, continuously and naturally. Do the japa in a similar manner; do it in such a way that it goes on spontaneously all the time – while eating, drinking, sitting, walking, talking – so that in the course of time, it becomes a natural habit.
To form this habit, first you have to repeat the one name of God most dear to you for half an hour daily, increasing the time gradually until the mental repetition becomes a natural habit, and you keep repeating it for twenty-four hours. God has hundreds and thousands of names. Select an easy one and with every inhalation, repeat it. While doing it, no special sitting or standing posture is required.
This habit will make you repeat God's name always – while eating, working, urinating, defecating and so on. If at all you forget to take His name, take it at once as soon as you remember. Do this, thinking that it is a duty given to you. Don't worry if you ever forget to take His name. If your thoughts begin to flow into a different channel, stop them and go on repeating His name. When it becomes a firm habit with you, even while thinking other thoughts, the repetition will be uppermost and you will not even be conscious that you are doing it – exactly in the same way in which you are unconscious of your breathing.
Do not do it like pranayama, by taking one chosen name when you inhale and the same name when you exhale. Not like that, but do the repetition as I have explained in a natural way. Take any name – mine or any one – but have nothing to do with breathing.
Such a repetition will benefit you greatly, and there is not the least harm. If you go on repeating my name with love, you may possibly become God. Again have nothing to do with pranayama; follow the method I have shown you. It would have been different had you decided yourself how to take God's name. But now that I have instructed you, you have to act accordingly." Baba in "My Wish," Lord Meher, Vol. 12, 1999, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 4177.
"An easier way to progress on the Path and ultimately attain eternal bliss is bhakti yoga. It is an easy method in comparison with karma yoga, but it requires firm determination. There should be only one firm resolve to attain God, and devotions offered with that firm determination will be fruitful. Devotion is not gained by crying out with some selfish motive: "O God, give me a wife, give me a son, give me wealth ... let honors flow to me!" Such 'devotion' is insipid and dry, and quite empty.
Devotion should be offered with the intense desire to see God — to be one with God. This one-pointed devotion should completely absorb the devotee's mind. During such devotional practice, there should be no thought of one's surroundings, one's relatives or the world at all.
Devotion does not consist in reading holy books all day long or chanting God's name for hours on end. That is not devotion; it is sheer deceit, a show. The heart should be linked with God. Even five minutes of real devotion without any other thought, with concentration only on God, is the real thing. This sincere devotion gradually creates the thirst to love God, and eventually it results in merging in the Ocean of love divine. The more deeply you concentrate, the more intense will be your devotion and the speedier the result.
Bhakti yoga especially requires aloofness and segregation on the part of the aspirant; it will come naturally in the course of time. As the mind becomes more absorbed in devotion, the more detached it will become from the world and its affairs. This is not the case in karma yoga, where the connection with the world is maintained.
If both bhakti and karma yogas are practiced together, all the better. But it should be in the way which I have described. These two yogas need wholehearted intense longing and selfless devotion to realize God.
Someone asked, 'While meditating, whose name should we remember? Some say Ram, some say Krishna and some utter the name of God — Paramatma or Ishwar. Which is best?' Baba explained:
Remember anyone's name — either Ram, Krishna, Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha or God. But how are you going to remember God's name? While remembering Ram, Krishna or any of the other Prophets, you can bring his image before your mind's eye — but what about God? Mere remembrance of the name has no meaning. It should be done with one-pointed devotion, with a mental picture of God before you. If you have His image before you in any form, it becomes easy. How can you concentrate thinking only of God? You must have some suitable image of an Avatar or Sadguru before you. . . If you have a guru, keep his image before you. This is best.'"
The devotee then said, 'I find it difficult to concentrate. Please bless me and enable me to do so.'
'I will see to it,' Baba promised. 'While sitting in remembrance, concentrate on me. Keep my image before your eyes. If you do this, I will see to the rest.'" Baba in Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, online edition, p. 1041.
"To one devotee who regularly worshiped Baba's picture, Baba stated, 'Continue with the puja (worship) of my picture wholeheartedly until you can do it in your own heart. Love Baba more and more until you see me within you.'" Bhau Kalchuri in Lord Meher, volume 17, Bhau Kalchuri, 1999, p. 5737.
“He [Baba] asked them [the Westerners at the 1954 Meherabad Sahavas] to think exclusively of Him for half an hour every day, for seven days. He added, ‘If you find you cannot do that, then just look at My picture and mentally repeat ‘Ba-ba.’ If your thoughts bother you, don’t be concerned; let them come and go, but try your best to keep Baba’s figure clearly in your mind’s eye.’” Glimpses of the God-Man, Vol. VI, Bal Natu, p. 120.
"Let me offer this friendly suggestion: please, make no excuses; try repeating His Name. You will surely feel Him guiding you in your life and drawing you closer to Him. His name will then gradually become the sweetest music, the password that leads you through the maze of illusion to God— the only Reality. In His Name is centered all spiritual wisdom. Meher Baba states: I and God are One. . . . Therefore think only of Me and constantly repeat My name. The more you think of Me, the more you will realize My love for you. Think of Me, remain cheerful in all your trials and I am with you, helping you. The remedy for all ills is to remember Me constantly and wholeheartedly. Think always of Me, whatever you may be doing, then gradually you will realize that it is I doing everything through you. The best course for My lover is to remember Me wholeheartedly as much as one can ... and leave the rest to Me. Remember Him, repeat His Name. Taking Baba's name is remembering Him. And to remember Him, in any way, is a form of taking His Name. Avatar Meher Baba ki Jai!!" Bal Natu in The Samadhi * Star of Infinity, Bal Natu, p. 96. NEW
“While we sat side by side, I would look up to catch a glimpse of the tip of his [Sheriar’s, Baba’s father’s] tongue moving up and down as he silently repeated God’s name, ‘Yezdan, Yezdan.’” Sometimes our mind needs to follow our lips’ silent action of repeating God’s name.) Mani Irani in God Brother, Mani Irani, p. 57.
“Let the name of the Lord alone be on your lips….” Baba in The God-Man, Charles Purdom, p. 50.
"[A]lways remember that the chief duty of your life is to think of me." Baba to Gulmai's son Adi, Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, online edition, p. 278. NEW
“By thinking continually, you become what you think of deeply. The mind makes one become what one thinks of deeply. When you meditate, you try to forget everything, even yourself. In loving, you forget everything and self, but you remember the Beloved!” Baba in Mehera-Meher, Vol. II, David Fenster, p. 98.
"You don't realize that I am taking half of your current suffering. Just think if you had to suffer it all. You have to suffer, but God is helping you in this way. Half of it comes to me because you take my name, you believe in me, you love me…." Baba to Sheela Kalchuri in Growing Up With God, p. 388.
“The best course for My lover is to remember Me wholeheartedly as much as one can…and leave the rest to Me.” Baba in Lord Meher, Vol. 16, 1999, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 5703.
“The remedy for all ills is to remember Me constantly and wholeheartedly.” Baba in ibid., Vol. 20, 2001, p. 6488.
“I want you to make Me your constant Companion.” “Think of Me more than you think of your own self.” “The more you think of Me, the more you will realize My Love for you.” “Your duty is to keep Me constantly with you throughout your thoughts, speech, and actions.” Baba in Glimpses of the God-Man, Vol. IV, Bal Natu, p. 181.
“To be worthy of the Divine Gift of His love, let your thoughts, words and deeds be controlled by the constant remembrance of God." Baba in The Moving Finger Writes, Part 2, ed. Amy A. and Adi K. Arjani, p. 84.
"So my best advice to you is to create love for God. Earn something in my contact. Otherwise, if you spend your time in discussions on religious doctrines and dogmas, it will take you nowhere toward Truth. It is all rigamarole, and will waste your precious time, which might better be used in thinking of God, meditating and creating love." Baba in Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 3, p. 1020. NEW
"[A]utomatic remembrance of God in a natural way is what is worthwhile. And without love, it is not possible. When there is intense thirst for the remembrance of the Beloved, love is born, and one's only thought is of the Beloved.
This is called real japa [repetition of a divine name]. Then, even the impossible becomes possible. It is the glory of the name...." Baba in Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, online edition, p. 5058.
On remembering Baba through repeating His prayers: "Soon after finishing this work, Baba would come to the main hall, where Eruch would recite the Parvardigar and Repentance prayers...Baba remarked, 'My participation in these prayers has great significance and by it the prayers are being invested with added power, which people will feel when reciting them and be benefited.'" The same perhaps holds true for Baba's "Beloved God Prayer." ("Beloved God, help us all to love you more and more, and more and more, and still yet more, until we become worthy of union with you; and help us all to hold fast to Baba's daaman until the very end.") Bhau Kalchuri in Lord Meher, Vol. 20, 2001, p. 6588.
On remembering Baba through reading His words: "He [Baba] said, 'As Baba works on these words that He gives out, He attaches to each word a spiritual energy of great quantity, great proportion -- and the individual who takes the trouble, even without understanding, to read Baba's words, taps into this gift of spiritual energy which the Avatar has attached to His own words.'
"Then he looked at me [Don Stevens] and said, 'It is your responsibility, Don, to impress upon the people that you are around that Baba has done this, and this spiritual gift that Baba has attached to His words will help them enormously in their own spiritual ongoing.'" Don Stevens in Meher Baba Association Newsletter, November 1997, p. 6, as found at http://www.meherbabadnyana.net/life_eternal/Life_Eternal.html.
On remembering Baba through reading His words: “You must understand that whenever Baba gives out words for his lovers to use and read, he attaches a spiritual energy to them — something like an atomic spiritual bomb! This is especially true in God Speaks. Then, when one reads those words, even if he does not understand even one word of what he reads, a part of the spiritual energy will be absorbed by that person. And this energy will be very important for that person in his spiritual progress.” Baba in Lord Meher, Vol. 19, 2001, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 6289.
"One night he [Baba] spoke of the great efficacy of mentally repeating the Name of God. 'Concentrate the mind on the repetition alone to the exclusion of everything else, breathing regularly while doing so. Inhale and exhale slowly and repeat the Name of the Almighty as given you individually. Let other thoughts come — they will come — but try to drive them away and keep the mind cool and steady during the repetitions. Once you begin to develop a liking or taste for it you will never leave this practice, on the contrary you will find a secret pleasure in this duty.'" Baba in The Silent Word, Francis Brabazon, p. 350.
"One day during a darshan programme in North India, Meher Baba said, 'I have come once again in your midst as the same Ancient One. Time and again, I come in your midst with the same message, 'Love Me, love God.'"
Then someone from the crowd called out, 'Baba, how shall we love you?'
Baba replied, 'When you got married, did you ask Me how you should love your wife? You saw her and you fell in love with her, but when you see Me you really do not see Me as I truly am for this body is only a coat that I put on. When you see Me as I really am, then you will fall in love with Me.'
Baba continued, 'The question then is: 'How will you be able to see Me as I really am?' In the world, men and women fall in love with one another but in order for this experience to happen, the man or woman must first see the other. Don't you believe that?'
'Yes!' the man answered.
'What happens after that,' explained Baba, 'is that the mind goes crazy with the desire to please each other. Each one wants to put the best front forward in order to please the other for the entire world now revolves around the person you love. This in turn means that you remember your beloved all the time, you think only of possessing the one you love and you think of ways and means of being with that person all the time.
'But in loving Me, it is just the opposite. Whereas in your world you can see and fall in love, you cannot see Me as I really am. So in order to love Me, you must start with remembering Me all the time, then you will see Me as I really am and only then will you truly fall in love with Me.'
'Then how can we remember You, Baba' asked the man.
'Now that you have seen Me in this coat, this form, keep My photographs or whatever will remind you of Me and help you to continue remembering Me. Keep My picture in your house and in your toilet also, so that even there you can remember Me all the time. Before you start your day, remember Me.
'Remembering Me now becomes a mechanical process but mind wants variety. So you can then read all the books that have been published and read the magazines too which narrate My life and My work. This is another way of remembering Me.
'But still the mind craves for something different and prompts the seeker to go on a pilgrimage to all the places where the Master has visited and spent time. The pilgrim is happy in the thought that he is able to spend time at all those places which have been blessed by the Master's presence, and thus he remembers the Master more and more as he goes from place to place.
'Next, the seeker meets people who lived with the Master or spent time with Him and he craves to know all about the Master. Soon the mind gives place to the heart and as the heart begins to yearn for the Master a faint trace of love for Him is born.
'This is a message to the seeker to love Me and the creation serves as that constant reminder to remember Me. Then his mind satiated with all the memories of the Master, the seeker goes back to the routine of his daily life with a heart awakened to love for the Master and each day and in every act the seeker finds some trace of the Master and thoughts of Him fill his waking hours.
'Just as you see this creation around you to help you to think of God, similarly every act of yours will help you to think of Me. Likewise, when the heart opens more and more by remembering Me, eventually the heart will glorify the Master in anything and in everything. Finally a stage will come when you will be overwhelmed by the glory of the Master that is the time when I will give you the gift of Love.
'And what is that gift? That gift is the moment when you see Me as I really am. You see My effulgence, you see Me and you stop seeing anything else. That is the experience of the sixth plane of consciousness and when you see Me as I really am, then for the first time you fall in love with Me. At last you begin your life of love for which you were created, and the more you love the more you will want to please Me, just as when a man falls in love with a woman he makes every effort to please her in more intensive ways.
'Eventually a momentous event takes place. Seeing the lover love the Beloved to such a degree, the Beloved falls in love with the lover and the lover is raised to the pedestal of the Beloved while the Beloved comes down to the level of the lover. The mind is annihilated, the lover and Beloved are merged in each other and that union is God-Realization." Eruch Jessawala in The Ancient One, ed. Naosherwan Anzar, pp. 97-99.
Baba's Words About the Opportunity to Serve Him
“To serve the Master is to serve your own self in every other self. The Master dwells in universal consciousness and wills universal spiritual well-being. To serve the Master is therefore to participate in his cause, which is to serve all life. While sharing in the work of the Master, the disciple may be required to be in touch with the world; but, though moving in the world in accordance with the work which is in store for him, he is in inward contact with the Master as Infinite Being. Therefore, by sharing in the work of the Master the disciple comes closer to him and becomes an integral part of his consciousness. Serving the Master is the quickest means of realising him.
The service which the disciple can offer the Master is not only linked with the universal cause of humanity but is one of the most potent means of bringing the disciple nearer his spiritual goal.
When the disciple’s service is spontaneous, whole-hearted, selfless and unconditional it brings him more spiritual benefit than can ever come by any other means.” Baba in “True Discipleship,” Discourses, 1987, Meher Baba, p. 150.
"Working for and serving others, and undergoing so much strain, is very good. It wipes out past karmas and even the new sanskaras which are created are very faint. So it is of tremendous spiritual benefit to work, serve, and undergo hardships for others...." Baba in Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, online edition, p. 1606.
“[T]here is no gift greater than the gift of spiritual freedom, and there is no task more important than the task of helping others to achieve spiritual freedom. Those who have understood the supreme importance of spiritual freedom have not only to strive for it for themselves, but also to share the God-given duty of helping others to win it.” Baba in “Work for the Spiritual Freedom of Humanity,” Discourses, 1987, Meher Baba, p. 342.
“On the path, the most important condition of discipleship is readiness to work for the spiritual cause of bringing humanity closer and closer to the realization of God.” Baba in “The Task for Spiritual Workers,” ibid., p. 344.
“God as God alone is not consciously man, and man as man alone is not consciously God. Only the God-Man is consciously both God and man; so the God-Man is both Lord and the servant of the universe. Lord, in the state of helping all souls progress toward Reality. Servant, as consciously bearing the burden of all. To serve him who serves all is serving the universe.
Selfless service and love are twin divine qualities. Only the one who loves can serve. Serve your beloved God-Man and you are serving your own Self in every other self. This service which the Master exacts is for your own spiritual benefit. However, your service must be spontaneous, willing, wholehearted, unconditional and not expecting any reward.
Service to the Master is an ordeal which tries the body, mind and spirit. The body suffers, the mind is tormented, but the spirit of the selfless servant of the Master experiences the bliss of true satisfaction.” Baba in Lord Meher, Vol. 14, 1999, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 4990.
“When you help others, God knows instantly and is pleased. No amount of prayer or meditation can do what helping others can do.” Baba in Lord Meher, Vol. 14, 1999, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 4990.
“With the understanding that Baba is in everyone, try to help and serve others.” Baba in “My Wish,” Lord Meher, Vol. 15, 1999, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 5342.
“In those who contact him he awakens a love that consumes all selfish desires in the flame of the one desire to serve him. Those who consecrate their lives to him gradually become identified with him in consciousness. Little by little, their humanity is absorbed into his divinity and they become free.” Baba in “The Avatar,” Discourses, 1987, Meher Baba, p. 269.
"To penetrate into the essence of all being and significance, and to release the fragrance of that inner attainment for the guidance and benefit of others, by expressing in the world of forms truth, love, purity and beauty — this is the sole game which has any intrinsic and absolute worth. All other happenings, incidents and attainments in themselves can have no lasting importance" Baba in Is That So?, ed. Bill LePage, p. 113.
"Selfishness in thought, emotion and action must be completely driven out so that there may be an unretarded release of unimpeachable Divine Love. Not by seeking individual happiness or safety, but by again and again offering one's life in the service of others is it possible to rise to the unsurpassed completeness of realized Truth. God is not to be sought by running away from life but by establishing unity with the One in the many. Purity, Love and Service are the watch-words of spiritual life." Baba in "The Religion of Life" in The Awakener, Vol. 16, No. 2, p. 37.
"The gulf between the clouded consciousness of average humanity and the fully illumined consciousness of a Perfect Master is created by sanskaras which give rise to egoism. These can be removed through perfect character, devotion and selfless service, but the best results in this direction are attained through the help of a Perfect Master." Baba in "God and the Individual," Discourses, 1987, p. 39.
"Stick to me and spread my message of Love to all and become like dust in Baba's work." Baba in Teachings: Discourses of Meher Baba, 2016, p. 271.
“Never let the generation to come say that you did not tell them about Him." Eruch Jessawala to Wendy and Buz Connor, as told in Wendy’s column “Youth Sahavas '07” at sheriarbooks.org.
"Those who do my work are my mandali." Baba in Sahavas in the Company of God, ed. Subash Pokale, 2001, p. 106.
"I tell you, those who love Baba and tell others of Baba's love are his Mandali." Baba in Life is a Jest, published by R.P. Pankhraj, 1969, p. 58. NEW
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore (unsourced)
“He who sees God in the poor, in the weak, and the diseased really worships God. He who has served and helped one poor man, seeing God in him, with him God is more pleased than with him who sees God only in temples…” Swami Vivekananda (unsourced)
"What is but the greatest miracle of Love that you have dedicated your very life and existence in the sacred Cause of the Beloved Lord, devoting every moment in His service for the spiritual regeneration of mankind, now in the throes of distress and destruction! No life could be better lived, no existence better spared, no Love better expressed, no service better rendered!" Chanji Dadachanji to Norina Matchabelli in Norina’s Gift, ed. Christopher Wilson and Charles Haynes, 1997, p. 28.
"The purpose of sending out this letter is to see that Baba lovers all over become possessed of a determination to fight their way, overcoming self-consciousness and timidity and spread Baba's messages with open mind and heart. This is necessary at a crucial period when the time of His Manifestation is near.
Baba is in seclusion and does not grant darshan; but this should give us a greater incentive to act vigorously, to do His work bigger and better. Let us become instrumental in enlightening the world with Baba's message of love, truth and honesty and also that He suffers for the world universally inwardly, and that they may learn to suffer for others by treading the path of love, truth and honesty. They are indeed lucky, who, during the life-time of the Avatar, act as His instruments to spread His name and message. They would leave for posterity a lesson of unflinching loyalty and love for truth and honesty. They would in fact be honoured as being responsible to hold aloft the torch of Light and Love in face of the thickening clouds of darkness, disease, discord and defeat.
May Baba's Name act as your beacon light on the path of Truth, as you proceed wholeheartedly." Adi K. Irani in Life Circular No. 60 from The Life Circulars of Avatar Meher Baba (A compilation of 67 Life Circulars), 1968, pp. 127-8.
“[I] allow you to work for Me so that you have the opportunity to use your talents and capacities selflessly and to draw closer to Me. You should never think that in your work for Me you are benefiting others, for by being instrumental in bringing others to Me you are benefiting yourself….The way of My Work is the way of effacement, which is the way of strength, not of weakness and through it you become mature in My love. At this stage you cannot know what real love is, but through working for Me as you should work for Me, you will arrive at that ripeness where, in a moment, I can give you That for which you have been millions of years seeking.” Baba in “My Dear Workers,” Lord Meher, Vol. 18, 2000, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 6019.
"[I]f you are prepared to share my Universal Work, the work which falls as your share must be done whole-heartedly and honestly. That work is to spread my Message of Love in every corner of the world…without any distinction as to religion, caste, creed, sect or sex. My Message always has been and always will be of Love Divine — let the world know it. I entrust this share of the Universal work to my real workers who genuinely desire to serve in the Divine Cause." Baba in “What Baba Means By Real Work,” The Beloved, Naosherwan Anzar, pp. 116-17.
"...Be brave and spread MY MESSAGE OF LOVE far and wide to all quarters, in order to fulfill My Divine Will. Let the words 'BABA, BABA' come forth from every nook and corner of the world and from the mouth of every child, and let their ignorance be reduced to ashes by the burning flame of My Love.
Come together in order to fulfill My Will by taking your stand on TRUTH, LOVE and HONESTY, and be worthy of participating in My Task. I give you all My blessings for spreading MY MESSAGE OF LOVE" Baba in "Last Message on the Alphabet Board" in Practical Spirituality, John Grant, p. 216.
“[W]ork for Me in such a way that you feel hungry for Me.” Baba in Sweet Reminiscences, Balagopala Raju, p. 37.
“Usually, rivers flow into the ocean. But the rivers are now drying up. It is time for the Ocean to flood the rivers!
I may be anything, but when you work wholeheartedly, God, Who is everywhere and knows everything, gives you rewards from Him without your asking. Even if I am the Devil, God will reward you according to your work!
God is free, independent; and to know Him, we must work wholeheartedly and with no reservations. One who is free does not like any reservations. If you work for Him honestly, with an open heart, God helps.... ” Baba in Lord Meher, Vol. 11, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 4199.
“Spare no pains to help others. Seek no other reward than the gift of Divine Love. Yearn for this gift sincerely and intensely, and I promise in the name of My Divine Honesty, that I will give you much more than you yearn for.” Baba in “Meher Baba’s Call,” Glimpses of the God-Man, Vol. VI, Bal Natu, p. 102.
“Through the untiring activities of spiritual workers humanity shall be initiated into a new life of abiding peace and dynamic harmony, unconquerable faith and unfading bliss, immortal sweetness and incorruptible purity, creative love and infinite understanding.” Baba in “The Task for Spiritual Workers,” Discourses, 1987, Meher Baba, p. 111.
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