Symbols of the world's religions

BABA WORDS

The Master's Glossary

Edition One

Frank Davis


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Cage Room: The small building immediately behind the Tomb contains a room encaged with bamboo bars. Here Meher Baba stayed in seclusion and did His work with certain masts (God-intoxicated souls), including the fiery Karim Baba. (part of Upper Meherabad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

Caretakerís Office: The Caretakerís Office provides emergency assistance at times when the Registration Office is closed. The Caretakerís Office has a list of doctors and medical clinics in the area. (part of the Meher Nazar Compound, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

carrom: A board game commonly played in India. (Da)

causal body: See: karan sharir; manas; mental body. (1b)

Cemeteries: Buried here are the physical remains or personal effects of Meher Babaís parents and a number of close female disciples. These include Meheraís mother, Nadine Tolstoy, Nonny Gayley, Mildred Kyle, Norina Matchabelli, Elizabeth Patterson, Adiís mother Gulmai, Naja Irani, Rano Gayley, Margaret Craske and Kitty Davy. Nearby are the graves of a number of pets - Chum, Foundy, Kippy, Cracker, Warrior, and the peacock Moti. (part of Upper Meherabad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

Buried here are the physical remains or personal effects of Meher Babaís male disciples and several masts. These include Ali Shah, Adi K. Irani, Dr. Nilu, Vishnu, Gustadji, Pleader, Baidul, Dr. Donkin, Sarosh, Nariman, Kaikobad, Chhagan Master, Harry Kenmore, Padri, Feramji Workingboxwalla, Pendu, Adi Jr., and Meherjee Karkaria. (part of Lower Meherabad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

chai: Tea with milk and sugar. (EBF)

(The classic means of serving Indian tea. Darjeeling leaves brought to a boil along with a "massala", or mixture of spices, is later strained upon boil to separate the liquid from the tea and spices. Brought to a boil again, this time with milk. Recipes abound, and the massala usually includes ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, sugar and a touch of whole black peppercorn. It may or may not include nutmeg, allspice, etc. -Ed.)

Chaitanya: Chaitanya was a Hindu Perfect Master, during the time of Shankara. He originated the ecstatic song or evocation, "Hare Krishna, Hare Ram!" (Ka 2391 )

champa: A tree and the flowers it bears. (N5)

chapatti (also chapati, roti.): Thin tortilla bread made from wheat flour. (EBF)

An unleavened soft, pancake-like, whole wheat bread which is cooked on a heavy iron frying pan; commonly made throughout most parts of India. (I)

Unleavened, flat wheat bread. (N3)

chappals: Sandals with straps passing over the instep but not (necessarily (N5)) around the ankle. (N2)

charpai (also charpoy): A bed consisting of a frame strung with ropes. -Hindi. (Du)

A wooden bed frame strung with thin ropes. (N4)

chaupai: A verse. A meter used in Hindi poetry. (N4)

chilla (also chillah): The period of forty days (of austerities). -Sufi. (1a)

Engaging for forty days in worship, austerities. (N6)

(see also Sheriar (properly: Shahr-Yar) Moondegar Irani )

chilla-nashini: The undertaking of forty daysí of austerities. -Hindi & Sufi. (1a)

(see also Sheriar (properly: Shahr-Yar) Moondegar Irani )

chimta: Literally, a pair of tongs. A metal clapper used as a percussion instrument. (N5)

Chishti, Muinuddin, Khwaja (also Khwaja Saheb, Moenuddin Chisti): 12th century Sufi Perfect Master of Ajmer, India. (1b)

chit: Divine Knowledge. -Vedanta. Sufi: marefat. (1a)

Knowledge. Principal of consciousness. (N5)

chitananda: Human bliss. -Sanskrit. (Du)

choultry: A resting place for visitors where rooms and food are provided by a charitable institution for nominal rates. (N6)

chowkidar: A watchman. (N5)

Christ, the: The Messiah, the Savior, the Avatar (q.v. for full definition). See also Jesus Christ. (1b)

The Incarnation of God, the Infinite in human form. The God-Man, Messiah, Avatar, Rasool, Saheb-e-Zaman. (N1) (see also Avatar; -Ed.)

Christianity: See under: Jesus Christ. (1b)

chutney: Spicy relish made from mangos, coconut, peppers, mint, and garlic. (EBF)

A condiment or relish usually made from fruits or vegetables and seasoned with various spices and herbs. (I)

A paste made of spices, chilies, and other ingredients. (N7)

(A relish/condiment for which recipes, as well as application, abound. -Ed.)

Circle: The intimate disciples of a Sadguru (Perfect Master, Qutub) or Avatar (Rasool). A Sadguru has a Circle of twelve disciples. The Avatar has ten concentric Circles of twelve men and/or women each. The inner circle consists of twelve men plus two women "appendages", for a total of 122 mandali. (Du)

There are 122 persons in one "boat" which reaches the sixth world. There are millions of boats which contain millions and millions of people in the beginning, but one boat reaches the sixth world, having 122 persons in it. (Ka3)

Circle Cinema: The film, Born To Dance, wherein a sailor falls in love with a girl, was a musical starring Eleanor Powell and featured songs written by Cole Porter such as Iíve Got You Under My Skin. When in Nasik, Baba would also take them to the Circle Cinema to watch a movie. (Ka 2169 )

coconut: The symbolism of the coconut fruit, conventionally offered to the Master in certain areas, may be explained as follows.

The outer threads on the hard cover of the coconut represent the physical body. The outer hard covering represents the subtle body with all its surging impressional desires. The inner kernel in the coconut represents the mind with seeds of impressions. And the inmost water is essentially not different from the water of the ocean, from which it is ultimately soaked up by the roots of the trees on the shore. It may therefore be likened to a portion of divinity itself.

Now, because of the sheaths of the inner kernel, the outer cover and the thick layer of threads, the inmost water remains completely hidden from view; and the identity of the inmost being of the coconut with the ocean itself is not even suspected. So the coconut, with all the covers, is symbolically offered to the Master in order that he may reveal the inmost essence of the soul as it is.

The Master takes off the threads on the exterior one by one. This is like relieving the burdened mind of ordinary men. It corresponds to taking from them all bodily attachments one by one and ultimately taking away from them the attachment to body itself. Destruction of the body through physical death does not solve any problem, because the ego-mind grows new bodies in new incarnations.

Through utter non-attachment to the physical body, the soul is relieved of the limitations of the outermost covering, symbolized by the threads of the coconuts. When the hindrance of the physical body is removed the body begins to function consciously. This is the state of the Yogis.

But the sheath of the subtle body, with all its surging desires, has also to be shed. This corresponds to the Master's breaking open the outer hard covering of the coconut. And when the obstructivity of the subtle body is removed, the soul begins to function consciously through its mental ego-body. This the stage of the advanced souls.

The ego-mind corresponds to the inner kernel of the coconut; and the Master has to break open even this inner kernel to take the soul to its own essence, which, in this analogy, corresponds to the inmost water in the coconut. Breaking the inner kernel means that the mind of the person ceases to function completely. It comes to a standstill since the seeds that activate the ego-mind are all burnt up.

When the hindrance of the ego-mind is removed, the Master, as it were, drinks the inmost sweet water and makes it unite with the ocean of life that He is. Lover and Beloved have become one consciously. (De pp. 13-14)

consciousness, planes of: See: planes of conciousness. (1b)

Craske, Mary Margaret: Born in England. She has a worldwide reputation as a great and famous teacher of ballet and now at the age 82 * (* at this authors writing. -Ed.) is still active in this vocation. She studied under Maestro Enrico Cecchetti, world famous teacher of Anna Pavlova, Nijinsky and such artists, and later under the great Russian impresario Serge Diaghileff. After a career as prima ballerina of several ballet companies, she decided to teach rather than perform on stage and founded several schools in England, taught for the Royal Ballet, etc. In 1931 she met and surrendered to Meher Baba, obeying His guidance for the rest of her life, whether traveling with or apart from Him, and spent seven years in the ashram in India. Meher Baba directed Margaret to go to America in 1947, and after touring as guest teacher, she and Anthony Tudor directed the ballet school at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; at the same time she conducted classes at the Julliard School of Music. She taught at the Metropolitan for roughly eighteen years and then went to a smaller school. Many of her students have been drawn to Baba through her love for Him. (Du)

Delia DeLeon and Margaret Craske would, at times, comb Babaís hair and massage His scalp as He dictated from the alphabet board to the group. Babaís remark was meant in a humorous vein.

(Ka 2187 )

Creation Point: See: Om Point.

crore: 100 lakhs. Ten million (10,000,000). -Hindi. (1a)

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daaman (also daman): Hem of a garment; as used by Meher Baba, holding on to His daaman implies holding on to Him, the Avatar (q.v., Glossery Part I). -Urdu. (1b)

Hem of the robe. (A)

The hem of a garment; signifies holding onto the Masterís garment as an act of surrender. (AJ)

...Symbolically ("holding" or "holding on to" the daaman), the process of holding on to the Master. (C)

Literally, "the hem of a garment"; the meaning is derived from the idea of a child holding onto the "daaman" of its motherís skirt for safety and security; "holding the daaman" with regard to Meher Baba means obeying Him completely. (Da)(I)

The hem of a garment. -Hindi. (Du)(L)

Literally, the hem of a garment. ĎHolding on to My daamaní means becoming totally dependent upon the Master, as a small child is totally dependent upon the mother and holds onto her skirt for protection and to prevent becoming lost. (Gr)

Literally, hem of a garment. (N4)

Dadachanji, Naoroji: The architect Naoroji Dadachanji arrived from Bombay that same day, December 1st, 1939. (Ka 2475 )

dacoit: Roadside or country bandit. (I)

A highway robber. (N5)

dahi: Curds or yogurt. (EBF)

Dahm, Helen: A Swiss-German, Helen Dham not only was too weak to be left alone, but also she did not speak English, whereas Irene Billo did. (Ka 2402 )

(It was she who painted the murals within Babaís tomb. -Ed.)

dak (also dak bungalow): A post (mail) station, or travelerís rest house, located originally on post roads. -Hindi, English. (Du)

A government rest house, originally established by the British as a place for officers serving and traveling in India to rest and collect their mail; ("dak" means "mail"). (I)

bungalow: A post (mail) station, or travelers rest house, located originally on post roads. (N2)

Mail. (N4)

A rest house built at the turn of the century by the British for officials and travelers. It was located on the mail (dak) roads; currently a government rest house. (N5)

dakshana (also dakshina): Acting to the satisfaction of. -Sanskrit. (Du)

Acting to the satisfaction of. Colloquially, a holy gift given or received in the form of money or kind. (N2)

Money given as a fee to a person, usually a priest, who offers prayers or worships on behalf of someone. (N5)

...a gift in the name of God. (N7)

See also money. -Ed

dal (also dhal): The pigeon pea, a staple legume in Asia. Also, any pulse or split grain. -Hindi. (Du)

Curried lentils or split peas. (EBF)

Refers to dishes prepared from whole or split lentils; also refers to the lentil beans themselves. (I)

The pigeon pea. Also, any pulse or split grain. (N2)

A common preparation made from any of several types of lentils grown in India. (L)(N3)

Damania, Khorshed J.: The marriage between Eruch Jessawala and Khorshed J. Damania was never consumated, nor did they ever live together as a married couple. Eruch became an intimate member of the mandali and spent his life by Babaís side. (Ka 2157 )

daor: = zaman: A cycle of time, of 700 to 1400 years, which begins whenever the Avatar appears. -Sufi. Vedanta: yuga. (1a)

daor-e-Qalandari: The cycle of Mastery. -Sufi. (1a)

darbar : An audience hall of the court of a king or a Perfect Master. (N4)

A place (court) of audience graced by a king or a Perfect Master. (N5)

(see also durbar. Ed.)

dargah (also dargagh): A place of burial, especially of a Moslem saint, wali, pir, or a Qutub. (N4)

darshan (also darshana): Literally, seeing, audience. The appearance of the Master on some occasion, to bestow blessings on devotees, sometimes in the form of prasad (q.v.). -Vedanta. (1a) -Sanskrit. (Du)

The act of seeing; folding of hands in adoration or bowing at the feet to express devotion to the one worshipped; silent audience with saints and Masters; public veneration. -Vedanta. (1b)

Visit with or sight of a spiritual master. (CJ pg.1)

Literally, "sight", refers to a sight of the Master; it also refers to the act of seeing, folding of hands in adoration of or bowing at the feet of oneís Master to express devotion to the One worshipped. (Da)(I)

Literally, sight of the Master. Seeing the presence of the Master or being in the presence of the Master. (Gr)

Literally, "seeing". Taking darshan implies approaching a saint or a Master, offering presents (flowers or fruit, etc.), paying respects by bowing down, and receiving blessings and love. Meher Baba said that to have His real darshan is not easy: "To have My real darshan is to find Me. And the only one and sure way to find your abode in Me is to love Me. To love Me as I love you, you must become the recipient of My grace..." (L)

Formal (or informal (N5)) audience. The appearance of the Master to receive homage and to bestow His blessings (...on devotees, (or visitors (N4)) sometimes in the form of prasad. (N2)). Taking darshan is an act of lovingly offering respect to the Master, or to His picture or shrine. (N1) *

...Also the act of bowing in reverence. (N6)

*(term refers to the state/adjective, rather than the title/noun/event. see also Sahavas. -Ed.)

darshanite: One desirous of darshan. (N4)

One who has come for darshan. (N5)

Dassera: Dassera is the Hindu festival of Lord Ram killing Ravanna, the king who kidnapped Sita. Ravanna is depicted with ten heads, symbolizing his great intelligence. The story of Ravanna is exceptional; he was a king who was devout to his guru. One day he asked his guru if (he) would in this lifetime achieve mukti Ė liberation. His guru said no(t) unless he had a certain boon. Ravanna asked what boon. The guru explained that Ravanna would have to be killed by Ram. Therefore, Ravanna plotted to anger Ram so he would fight him. Ravanna abducted Sita and hid her, he then lied to Ram that he had seduced Sita which angered Ram so much that he fought him to the death and killed him. (Ka 2332 )

Daulatabad: The site of an 800 year old fort with defenses so remarkable, the story goes, that it could only be conquered through internal treachery. (A location within Maharashtra State. -Ed.) (EBF)

Davy, Katherine (Kitty): Of London, England. Music teacher. Met Meher Baba on His initial visit to the West in 1931 and when He returned in 1932. Baba stayed at her familyís residence at 32 Russell Road, Kensington, London. Traveled with Baba on all of His European tours and went to India with the first western group in 1933. She went again to India in 1936 to see and share in Meher Babaís work and stayed in the ashram on Meherabad Hill; she also traveled with Baba and His disciples around India. She accompanied Baba and His party when He first came to the Meher Spiritual Center, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in 1952. At His wish, she remained there with Elizabeth Patterson and Norina Matchabelli to help in the work of the Center and to have it ready for Babaís next visit, when He would take her back to India. However, when Baba returned to the Center in 1956 and again in 1958, He told Kitty to remain in Myrtle Beach and continue helping Elizabeth and the work at the Center, which, He said, "will one day become my Universal Center." When anyone asked Kitty, "Donít you miss being with Meher Baba in India?" she would quote from Babaís birthday cable to her in 1963: "Being where I want you to be, you are nearer and dearer to me. My love to you today and always. Baba." (Du)

Kitty Davy proved most useful for Meher Babaís work. The strenuous work she did for Him, while remaining with Him in India for years, and then at a distance in America for many years, is an example of her unflinching sense of duty and obedience. Reader is referred to her book, Love Alone Prevails. (Ka 2242 )

das: Literally, a slave. (N5)

de Sides, Consuella and Alfredo: The street where Alfredo and Consuella de Sides lived, Rue Git-le-Coeur, in French, means "the resting place of the heart", or "there lies the heart". (Ka 2219 )

DeLeon, Delia: Born in Colón, Republic of Panama, Central America. At the age of ten she moved to England with her family and studied violin, singing, and acting. She won the London Academy gold medal; with relatives she started a school of acting and later ran the "Q" Theater, which pioneered the little theater movement in England. In 1931 she met Meher Baba in England and became a member of His first group of western disciples, traveling back and forth to India (where she once stayed six months in the Nasik ashram) and being with Baba whenever He was in Europe and the United States. Today ** (** at this authors writing. -Ed.) she is the leading spirit of the London group of Baba followers known as the Meher Baba Spiritual League. (Du)

Delia DeLeon and Margaret Craske would, at times, comb Babaís hair and massage His scalp as He dictated from the alphabet board to the group. Babaís remark was meant in a humorous vein.

(Ka 2187 )

dervish: A wandering Sufi, usually one with very few possessions. (C)

Deshmukh, Dr. C. D.: Dr. C. D. Deshmukh would come to Baba during the univesity holidays, and carry out work according to his instructions. (Ka 2423 )

dev-dakshana: An action to the satisfaction of the Deity. -Sanskrit. (Du)

dewan: Dewan means Governor or Chief Minister of a state. (Ka 2276 )

dham: A place of worship. -Hindi. (Du)

House. (N4)

dhan: (pronounced "dhun") Wealth, riches, money. -Hindi (from Sanskrit: dhana). (Du)

dhansak: A traditional Parsi dish made from at least three different types of lentils (dal), a special masala mixture, vegetables such as pumpkin, tomatoes, and onion, and which can also include meat, such as mutton or lamb and is served with brown rice. (I)

dharma shastra: The exoteric path. Orthodoxy. -Vedanta. Sufi: shariat. (1a)

See under karma-kanda. (1b)

dharmashala (also dharamshala): A free rest house (shelter (N2)) for travelers. (Da)(I)(N3)

A building devoted to religious or charitable purpose, especially a shelter for travelers. -Sanskrit. (Du)

dholak (also dholuk, murdoom): A small drum. Also known as dholuk-murdoom. -Hindi. (Du)

Baba was seated on the Post Office veranda playing the dholak, a cylindrical drum, and singing bhajans very beautifully. (I, pg. 59)

A cylindrical Indian drum with a leather head at each end. (N5)

dhoti: A type of loincloth. (N2)

A long white piece of cloth,(worn by men (N6)) sometimes with a colored border, worn below the waist (and wrapped around the legs. (N3)) in various ways by the Hindus. (N5)

(See also lungi. Ed.)

dhuni (also dhooni): Purifying fire that symbolizes divine light. -Hindi. (1b)

A fire, usually in a small pit, which symbolizes the purifying inner fire of Divine Love; Meher Baba lighted a "dhuni" at a particular spot at Lower Meherabad on a number of occasions, and He instructed one of His close disciples to ensure that this dhuni be lit on the twelfth of every month. (Da)(I)

A ceremonial fire fueled by sandalwood and ghee, known as a purifying fire when lit or used by a Master. Meher Baba would at times permit such a fire to be made for special occasions (and later on a regular basis. (L)). -Hindi. (Du)

(Specifically, Babaís Dhuni. -Ed.) A stone platform near the main road that contains a pit for a fire that was first lit on November 10, 1925, when some villagers approached Meher Baba about a severe drought that threatened their crops. Baba told them to return home and ordered His mandali to build a dhuni. Within minutes of its lighting, rain began to fall. In later years, Meher Baba invited His followers to throw attachments, symbolized by sandalwood sticks, into the fire. By Meher Babaís order, the dhuni continues to be lit on the 12th of each month at sunset. (part of Lower Meherabad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

A fire, offer fueled with chips of sandalwood and ghee (clarified butter) which symbolizes a divine purifying fire. Some saints and Perfect Masters have kept a dhuni fire nearby. (N1)

A ceremonial fire fueled by faggots or sandalwood and ghee, known as a purifying fire when lit or used by a Master. (N2)

A Dhuni is held on the 12th of every month at 6 PM. In India the Dhuni fire has traditionally been associated with the search for God. A special tradition using the Dhuni was initiated by Meher Baba in the 1920s, at the seat of his work in Meherabad (near Ahmednagar, M.S., India), Baba was approached by a village farmer during a drought, seeking his blessings for rain. Baba called for a dhuni to be lit, and soon after, clouds gathered and it began to rain. Some years later, Baba requested that the Dhuni in Meherabad be lit on the 12th of every month. Then, during a large gathering of his devotees in 1955, Baba asked each one to take a small stick of sandal- wood and throw it into the Dhuni. This piece of wood was to symbolize some attachment that the person felt was a hindrance on the spiritual journey. So the Dhuni symbolizes the fire of Divine Love that we must kindle within ourselves. In this sacred fire, we burn up the thoughts, desires, and attachments that stand between us and our spiritual goal. At Meher Mount we have been continuing this tradition in a unviersal spirit by lighting a small fire at the Sanctuary and tossing in a stick that represents a habit or problem we are ready to give up and let go of.

(http://members.tripod.com/~Ezad/MeherMount_index.html)

din and dunya: Faith and the world. -Arabic. (Du)

dipak: Light or lamp. -Hindi. (Du)

dipak rag: Literally, light-song. -Hindi. (Du)

Discourses: A collection of articles authored by Meher Baba from 1938 to 1944. (1a)

divan (also diwan): One of the principal styles of Persian poetry. Many poets have written in this style. A collection of poems by one author in this style is called his Divan. See: Hafiz. Examples of other important styles are masnavi (q.v.), and rubaiyyat. (1a)

A hall where a council or reception is held. Also one of the principal styles of Persian poetry. -Persian. (Du)

divine powers: See: occult experiences/powers; siddhis. (1b)

Divine Theme: The outline by Meher Baba of the subject matter in God Speaks, first published in 1943. It is now reprinted as Supplement 14 in God Speaks. (1a)

Diwali: Hindu Festival of Lights. (Da)

dnyan (also dhyan, jnana, dnyana): Gnosis. -Vedanta. Sufi: irfan. (1a)

Knowledge; knowledge of spiritual truths; gnosis. See also under: vidnyani sanskaras. -Vedanta. Sufi: irfan. (1b)

Gnosis. -Sanskrit. (Du)

Gnosis. Divine knowledge. (N4)

Gnosis. Real knowledge, discrimination. (N6)

Meditation. (N7)

dnyana-marga: The way of knowledge. (Usually appears, in works other than by or about Baba, as "dhyana-marga".) (C)

dnyan-taleem: Literally, instruction in spiritual knowledge. -Sanskrit, Hindi. (Du)

dnyan yoga: The yoga or path of knowledge. (Usually appears, in works other than by or about Baba, as "dhyana-marga".) (C) (See also dnyan. -Ed.)

See: yoga. (Du)

A path of discrimination. (N6)

Dnyaneshwari: Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita in Marathi by Dnyaneshwar, a Perfect Master of Maharashtra. (N4)

do alam: Two spheres; vis., the gross (duniya) and the subtle/mental (uqba), and including the fourth (composite) sphere also. -Sufi. Vedanta: tribhuvan. (1a)

Donkin, Dr. William: (1911-1969 *) British doctor, longtime disciple of Meher Baba. First met in London in 1933. Author of The Wayfarers. (1a)

Born in Wimbledon, England, in 1911. At the age of twenty he crossed the Sahara Desert with a friend on camleback. The journey of eighteen hundred miles was undertaken in the summer and lasted four months. In 1933 he entered St.Bartholomewís Hospital, London, becoming a qualified doctor in 1939. Degrees: M.B., B.S., London; also M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. As a member of the Alpine Club, London, he went mountain climbing in the Alps, Norway, the High Atlas, and on Corsica. Dr. Donkin met Baba in London in 1933 and joined Him in India after he got his medical degree. He served as a medical officer in the British Army from 1941 to 1946. His monumental documentary, The Wayfarers, concerning Meher Babaís work with the masts, the mad and the poor from 1922 to 1949 is the great legacy Dr. Donkin has left for us and for which posterity will always be grateful. During the keeping of this meticulous account he was endlessly occupied, together with Dr. Nilkanth Godse, in looking after the health of Baba, the members of the ashrams, and all the many people Baba directed them to care for. Dr. Nilu, as Nilkanth was called, lost his life in 1956 in the car crash in which Babaís hip was broken, and Dr. Donkin dropped his body** in 1970* in Ahmednagar, India. (Du)

(*discrepancy on dates. ** "dropped his body" is a term usually ascribed to people on the planes upon their physical death. -Ed.)

"Donít Worry, Be Happy!": This motto is now popular in general society. It was adopted from followers of Meher Baba, being a common quote on their posters and stickers during the 1960ís and 1970ís. Since the 1930ís, Meher Baba repeatedly told His disciples: "Donít worry. Be happy." "Do your best. Then, donít worry; be happy in My love. I will help you." (Ke)

"Even a great soul like Gandhi worries, because he wants results. One must sincerely try to do his duties, but the results must always be left with God. Worrying about the results is no good and of no use. If a person wishes to do anything for others, he must do it sincerely. And having done it, he should not worry about the results, for results are not  in human hands. It is for humans to do, but for God to ordain.

To remain aloof from results is not difficult, but men do not try. Because it is human nature to think of the results of one's actions, however, it does not mean one should worry! Man must think, but he must not worry.

Try to attribute all your acts to God and let results be His. Gandhi says he does everything for God and attributes it to Him, but he still worries because he cares about the results." (Ka 1866)

doodh: Milk. (EBF)

Driver, Padri Feredoon: Padri Feredoon Driver, one of Meher Babaís earliest disciples. He died at Meherabad in March 1982. (G)

Pendu had learned this tactic from Padri, who had to resort to this request that Baba leave him alone when he was erecting the Tin Cabin for seclusion work in 1935. (Ka 2303 )

See also Masi, Freiny.

duniya: See: do alam. -Sufi. (1a)

durbar: An audience hall. -Hindi. (Du)

An audience hall graced by a king or a Perfect Master. (N2)

durra: See: jowar. -Ed.

 

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