THE WORK WITH MASTS WAS "THE MUST" IN MEHER BABA'S LIFE
As one reads the account of Meher Baba's contacts with the
God-intoxicated souls, the masts, at the outset as well as in
retrospect, one comes upon a phase unmatched in spiritual history.
The work seemed so simple in its outward expression, yet in effect it was
profoundly deep so visible, but abundantly penetrating. Especially in
the forties, the work with masts was "the must" in Meher Baba's life; it
far outweighed other phases to which He gave attention.
The inner life of the mast tendered a mystery, and so the channels
through which Meher Baba reached his dazed being were inherently
mystical. Baba underwent great inconveniences and hardships to reach the
places where they dwelt. With ease of manner and the gentle love that was
evident in Him, He carried on His divine work as an ordained mission that
none can take over until the Avatar again becomes enformed. This Advent
occurs when humanity feels adrift and is in need of the Star to sail by on
the shoreless sea of life.
Masts, with their mysterious states and peculiar traits, as
explained by Meher Baba, are mostly found in India. Very little is
known about them in other countries if anything, it is in the form
of distorted interpretations. Why should such God-intoxicated souls
be found in India mostly? It is a fair question. Instead of
attempting to answer it myself, I will quote two paragraphs from the
Wayfarers, perhaps the only book on the masts:
A person of inquiring mind may wonder whether masts may be found in
other parts of the world, and if they are not, then why it is that India
alone is gifted with such souls. Baba, in explaining this paradox to his
disciples, told them once that India was nearest to the "creation point",
and was, therefore, the most significant country in the world in the realm
of spirituality. It was for this reason, he explained, that there were very
few masts outside India, and none in Europe or the Americas, although
there were mystics, saints and God lovers there. He told them, however, that
there were a few masts in Arabia, a few in Egypt, a very few in Iran
(mostly in Meshed and Tabriz), and a very few in Tibet.
It is, therefore, not surprising that in the western world there are, as
far as I am aware, no traditions about these God-intoxicated souls, and
that when a Westerner is confronted for the first time by the eccentric
characteristics of a mast, his reaction is, quite possibly, one of
incredulity and even abhorrence.
GLIMPSES OF THE GOD-MAN, MEHER BABA, Vol 1, pp. 284-285
1977 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust