HARMONY AND COOPERATION
After pacing for a few moments, Baba settled himself in a
wicker chair under a pine tree, and everyone sat facing him for
the meeting of groups that had been postponed from the night
Hilda Delong had placed a gardenia on Baba's breakfast tray,
and Baba now wore it on his blue jacket. Baba began by
Last evening, I told John Bass and others that
in India there are one hundred different groups.
Each has a group head, and all work for the
love of me. All love me. The group heads are
responsible for the work the group does. In
India, in the different groups, there are different
castes, different religions, those of different
economic status. There are Sikhs, Muslims,
Hindus but all love Baba. All want to work for
me and spread my message of love and truth.
Muslims work in their own localities to bring
Muslims; Parsis and Christians do the same
thing. Here I have been hearing for a long time
about the two groups in the United States, but
there has been some misunderstanding. What
is the difficulty?
John Bass, head of the Monday Night group in New York, stood
and said, "At times, Baba, there is a tendency to unite or try to
attract each other's members."
Baba turned to Ivy Duce, head of Sufism Reoriented, and asked,
"Ivy, are you happy? How do you feel?" As she nodded he said,
"Fine. Are you ready for a nice fight? How do you feel?"
Laughter broke out and John Bass continued, "I always
emphasize that those who met Baba in 1952 do not need any
'ism' just to read and study Baba's own teachings."
Ivy replied, "Since Baba himself has designed and created a
charter for Sufism Reoriented, it is silly to say no 'ism' is
necessary. Baba wants his 'ism.'"
Baba intervened and stated:
I want you all to bear in mind one thing. I now
emphasize one point which I emphasized in
India also when I called all together at the
Andhra meeting . I said that for me,
there is no need for centers for different places,
nor different groups, with different heads or
names. My center is the heart of every lover.
Every lover with a heart that loves Baba is a
center. The second point I would like to
emphasize is that whoever wants to work
spreading my message of love and truth
absolutely needs a central office and groups
of workers who can function from that central
office. There is always a need for a group to
have a center. You can have many such
centers Myrtle Beach is such a center
and it stretches for many miles.
But there should be cooperation, harmony,
and the group heads should not try to win
over other members from one office to another.
Why? What for? When all work for Baba.
There should be harmony, cooperation.
Ivy once said to me that if I ordered it, she
would just dissolve the Sufi order and have
nothing to do with it, but I said no. On the
contrary, I gave her a charter to hold meetings,
have an office, conduct affairs, which she does.
I am the greatest Sufi of the past, present and
future. I have ordered the Sufis to continue,
and I have also instructed John Bass to hold
his group meetings on Mondays, and told Dana
Field that he can have his own group to bring
together as many new lovers as possible.
There should be no competition. Each one,
especially the group heads, should be an
example to others be humble as dust. One
must become like dust to work for God. The
ego should not be tickled about position and
office and say, "I am a group head!" Those who
work under certain group heads should not
leave them. Under certain circumstances, one
may change one's group, because all are doing
my work, but that does not mean every worker
should have his hand "on both sides of the
drum" as we say in India. It also does not mean
that people of one group should not be on
harmonious terms with the other group. In fact,
there should always be loving cooperation for
Ivy Duce loves me. She tells her Sufi group to
love me. John Bass tells his group to love me.
Everything comes to me. Everything is as if
said to me. You should not gossip about each
other; all should be friends. Ivy, you have
written wonderful letters about John.
John interjected, "Especially since the book God Speaks!"
At that remark people laughed, because John had sold a
tremendous number of books.
Ivy remonstrated, "That is unkind. Makes me sound like
Baba said, "It is wrong to say that people should not come to
Baba through 'isms.' You are welcome to choose your own
path with your leader. But you should not go back and forth.
All should join in any joint Baba project."
Meherjee asked Baba, "What is wrong with attending a
different meeting now and then?"
Baba answered, "They can go, but it usually creates some
misunderstanding. In your body, everything belongs to you
arms, hands, but however hard you try, you cannot strangle
yourself with your own hands. You cannot do it. Don, you
Don Stevens rose and said, "Baba says, each of us has our
own two hands, our own two arms. Have you ever felt your own
hands would strangle you? They may try, but they cannot.
They could only strangle another person."
Baba continued to explain:
John Bass is my left hand, Ivy is my right
hand and all of you are my throat! So how
can these two hands throttle me? Is it
possible? Suppose there is a red ant; it is
possible the right hand might slap the left
hand in killing it.
What about Elizabeth Patterson? To what
group does she belong? Yet she may be
loving me even more than any group heads
or those working in certain groups. There
may be greater lovers of Baba than the group
heads; that is not to be judged. Yet someone
who does not belong to any group may be
the greatest lover of all!
What I want is love and to make others know
about Truth what I say about truth and love
for humanity. So naturally, you have groups and
offices. Everything should be done in harmony.
Each group should cooperate with each other.
If someone belongs to the Sufis today and
wants to join John Bass's group, he can do so.
But if he then tells John his group is hopeless,
useless, and goes back to the Sufis and
condemns John's group, the grace of my love is
set aside. I do not like backbiting or criticism,
which creates misunderstanding and confusion.
If you want to change groups, do it, but do not
keep going back and forth.
Sam Cohen asked, "Suppose one feels that meditating by
oneself is service? I like to visit the Monday group, but not all
Baba responded, "I would like you all to belong to certain
groups. Why? Because you can cooperate and tell others about
me and share your thoughts. You learn much more than when
you remain by yourself. When you listen, exchange thoughts,
prayers, my presence is there. Where there are five collected
together, there is Parameshwar; I am there. If you are talking
of me, having love for me, then there I am. Is it all clear?"
Bili Eaton brought up a question on how Baba meetings should
be conducted, to which Baba replied, "Why be bound by my
instructions? Be free!"
Kitty Davy suggested the groups should meet jointly once in a
while during the evening. Ivy Duce said that they did on Baba's
birthday, but others said that was not often enough.
In India, at the meetings, all points will be
cleared up for those who attend. I do not want
to tell anything about this meeting. Nothing
has ever happened like it before. Continue to
work as you are doing until that meeting.
Everything will be cleared up then. I want you
all to continue as you have been doing on the
lines I gave out this morning, until the next
meeting, when everything will be made clear
to you. Until then, continue to work.
If John Bass comes to know of some good
news, it is his duty to tell the others; the other
group heads should know about it and vice
versa. Then all can love me. I want to create
the head and the heart in balance.
LORD MEHER, 1st ed., Vol. 13 & 14, pp. 5035-5038, Bhau Kalchuri
1998 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust