DARKNESS IS NO MORE
On the afternoon of the 20th [of January, 1953], Baba
was visited by His lovers in the Traveller's Bungalow
for a program of musical entertainment and bhajans.
Bhaskara Raju sang the "101 names of God" in praise
of Beloved Baba in a qawwali style. Each name
represented an attribute of the Avatar. When Bhaskara
Raju came to the name of Nataraj, the primordial
dancer, Baba stopped the singer and remarked. "Yes, I
am really that (Nataraj). When I danced my first dance
Creation sprang forth and came into being." He also
added that the first dance He danced had bound Him
eternally to Creation and that is why He had to "come"
again and again.
Someone else sang some of Kabir's song to the
accompaniment of a clarinet. Kabir's songs are replete
with spiritual truths. After hearing a song with the
refrain "tere ghunghat ke pata khola tujhe Rama milega"
(open the folds of your veil and you shall find God),
Baba was pleased to explain the mystical meaning of
the words ghunghat (veil) and pata (folds). He was in
one of those rare moods when He wanted to give a
lengthy discourse and the listeners remained
spellbound. At the outset Baba conveyed:
The ability to exercise a constant control over
one's low desires is no mean achievement. The
success in establishing a lasting sublimation of all
desires is indeed a greater one. But the greatest is
the burning away of all one's desires once and for
all, which Divine Love alone can do.
Later, He explained the seven-fold veil by saying that
each fold has a deep, dark color, signifying a root
desire. After commenting on the experiences of the
different planes, Baba concluded the discourse with
Where there is light, darkness is no more. Where
there is Knowledge, ignorance is absent. And, as
the folds, the veil and the valley of separation are
all in the domain of ignorance, a Perfect Master
who is the "Sun" of all Knowledge can, in the
twinkling of an eye, impart God-realization to
anyone he chooses.
God alone is Real, and as we are permanently
lodged in the Divine Beloved, we are all One.
At the end of this profound discourse, Baba remarked
while looking at those gathered in the hall, "Even if you
do not understand what I explained, don't worry. There
are some people abroad who are eager to receive this
explanation with great love."
GLIMPSES OF THE GOD-MAN, Vol. III, pp. 272-273
1982 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust