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THE CUP OF MY BLISS OVERFLOWS

Meher Baba

 
[Dr. Abdul Ghani:] While discussing the temperamental makeup of a certain disciple of Baba, I happened to inquire whether the human nature of a man undergoes any radical transformation after God-realization, or whether his characteristics persist even afterwards. Baba said:

"The nature or tabiyat of a person after becoming one with God remains the same, but it is expressed in a different light. In the ordinary state, a man's anger, greed, curses, abuses, were for himself only and besides being harmful to the surroundings, usually recoiled on himself, because they were the outcome of his self, egoism. Where there is ego, there is no God and where there is God, there is no room for egoism.

"But the action and words of a God-realized man are devoid of all egoistic tendencies and although the original characteristics of his mind and nature do persist in him after God-realization, they do nothing but good to the surroundings whenever expressed.

"Hafiz has said:

Khaterma waqti havas kardi kebinam cheezha
To toora deedam no kardam jooz be deedarat hawas.

"The couplet explains very clearly 'that it was in his nature to see different and various objects; but on seeing Him, he now does not want to see anything else but Him.'

"It only means that the desire of his nature to see things was still there. In the early stages of his humanity he wanted to see and enjoy a variety of things and objects, and now he wants to see God only. The desire of seeing remains the same, but it is now shorn of its egoism. Likewise, the habits of anger, abuses, beatings, etc., remain ingrained in a person even after his becoming a saint, but a colossal change takes place in the expression. Whenever and on whomsoever it is expressed it results in nothing but good to the recipient, since there is no personal motive behind it.

"When a saint is in the most perfect and peaceful internal state, or some internal working of his is nearing completion and success, there sometimes occurs automatically an overflow of the internal state externally. The external outburst by a saint is the shadow of the internal perfect state, and in its outer manifestation, takes the form of abusive language, beatings, etc. But whoever receives these ego-shattering blessings from a master in the form of abuse and physical chastisements is very lucky indeed and undoubtedly a good deal of benefit accrues to him, especially in external affairs.

"Now since your connection with me is settled and determined from roz-e-azal (the first day of creation) and no power on earth can alter or modify this connection, you have no need of these outbursts in the form of abuses and beatings. Even when it occurs you should not mind. During the course of my spiritual working, very often the cup of my bliss overflows and I share it with the fortunate ones nearest at hand."

 

THE BEST OF GLOW, ed. Naosherwan Anzar, pp. 64-65
1984 © Naosherwan Anzar

               

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