Rustom B. Falahati
The suddenness of the question really startled me. Not just because it seemed to come out of the blue, we hadn't been talking about this subject earlier, but also because when he was working, Bhauji rarely talked about spiritual topics. He was always so focused on the work at hand.
Still, I managed to say something along the lines of, "When the good sanskaras and bad sanskaras are equal and opposite, then the sanskaras are balanced and one achieves liberation." Clearly this answer did not satisfy Bhauji and he asked again, "But what does it mean when you say the sanskaras are equal and opposite, so they are balanced?"
I didn't know what to say and so I kept quiet.
Bhauji went on, "If a person has an excess of good sanskaras because of his good deeds, then at the time of liberation, in order to balance his sanskaras, a Perfect master will make such a person perform bad deeds, creating bad sanskaras, to balance the good ones.
"Baba has balanced the sanskaras of all His Mandali. They are bound, by Baba's promise, to get God-Realization within two to three lifetimes. As Baba has balanced their sanskaras, no matter what they do, they cannot create new sanskaras. Their actions are directed by Baba, so that they will achieve the final balancing.
"Now, it may so happen that a particular Mandali may appear to be doing bad deeds or negative acts. People may wonder why a Mandali, who has lived all his life with Baba, would do such a thing. It is because he has an excess of good sanskaras from his past life which can only be balanced by negative acts. However, such a balancing can only be carried out by a Perfect Master and He uses the negative acts for His work. An individual cannot attempt it on his own."
Bhauji continued, "This is what happened in the case of Judas. Judas was not only a disciple, Mandali of Christ, but he also belonged to the inner circle of 12 disciples. Christ had to balance his sanskaras and that is why He made Judas commit the act of betrayal. It was also necessary for the work of Christ, that He should be crucified. So Christ used Judas for His work. That's how it is. So never judge the actions of any of Baba’s Mandali."
This reminds me that on a different occasion one of the Mandali had mentioned what Baba had said about Judas, "This poor child of mine has carried the blame for two thousand years. He loved me the most."
THE REAL TREASURE, Vol. 1, pp. 113-114
2006 © Rustom Falahati