Symbols of the world's religions



Adi K. Irani

There is a ghazal by Seemab which, upon hearing some of the lines, Baba gave the poet liberation. Seemab was out of the body at the time. I would like to share some of the lines from this ghazal with you:

Either peel off the layers of wounds of the heart and throw them out of sight,
or accept the wounds (of separation from the Beloved) as positive indications of love.

My dears, what else is there to do but accept every situation as given by Him, and allow yourself to be ground to dust cheerfully? There is another ghazal that says that this life has been forced upon me, so why not keep happy?

Welcome the gifts of effacement of the false self that He offers even though it hurts. In coming to Him, everything dear to us — our friends, our concept of the spiritual path, everything — has to be taken away leaving only Him. Believe me, nothing that anyone has done to you has been done with malice. Each thing done by those who seemed to have hurt you were done out of the sincerity of their perspective of how to serve Baba, no matter how limited that perspective might be.

This doesn't mean that your feelings of being hurt are not genuine. It is just that we have to grant the sincerity of the motive of others. The nature of the spiritual path is that two people who disagree can both be right. You see, only He is right and everyone else at best has only partial glimpses of the Truth.

You have been blessed because, in the pain of what you have experienced, a new enthusiasm to reach Him and fall only at His feet has been born in you. This is what is important. Don't dwell on the past, don't be bitter about what has happened, but strive with all your heart to be His. Give yourself completely to Him. He is responsible for your spiritual welfare, don't be concerned about anything else. Remember Him, and automatically you forget yourself.

LETTERS FROM THE MANDALI, pp. 92-93, ed. Jim Mistry
1981 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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