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Meher Baba

Meher Baba gave the following discourse on February 7, 1928, to students of the Meherashram and the mandali. Mr. Abbas Ali, one of the darshanites, asked Meher Baba how he could traverse the spiritual path.

Meher Baba replied, "Think of me every day for five minutes only, at any time of the day, but of course, the best time would be at 5:00 a.m. when I remain almost everywhere. This little beginning of mere five minutes will also be your first step on the spiritual path. Once you get interested and attuned to the thought of God you will have a constant urge to think of Him for a certain time every day. It is this sincere thought I want. Any amount of prayers and chantings would be of no value if it is done as a ritual. This five minutes of thinking, meditation or concentration of God or the Guru is a thousand times better than any prayer. God wants love, pure, sincere love. He does not want to hear bombastic, jaw-breaking words and shlokas from the shastras and passages from the Avesta."

Turning to two Zoroastrian dasturs who had also come for darshan, Meher Baba said, "These prayer books of all the religions, the Avesta of the Parsis, Quran of the Muslims, the Bible of the Christians, the Vedas of the Hindus and all other religious books are long treatises and have nothing to do with the truth. Zarathustra taught that you must burn your 'heart' in love of God and the dasturs (priests) thereafter changed the meaning of it and altered it to mean 'burning' in the external sense with sandalwood. And so are the religious dogmas and doctrines of 'Kasti' and other prayers in the Avesta. They all have been changed from time to time. Take one name sincerely, lovingly, devotedly for a few minutes without the thought of anything else and that is more than hours of mechanical prayers."

Giving glimpses of his past Avataric form, Meher Baba revealed, "Zarathustra had 14 disciples to whom he gave God-realisation. Thereafter there was only one God-realised disciple, (after these fourteen) and from him the knowledge and experience of God enlightened the community for 700 years. This knowledge came down from father to son. The last true dastur was Azar Kaivan. Ever since, there have been false priests among the Zoroastrians who have been giving their own versions of the Avesta. From that period till today there has been no realised perfect saint among the Zoroastrians. Whatever the religious books the Zoroastrians have got today are the works of those dasturs and not of Zarathustra. Zarathustra had taught a few gems of truth, but it is not known to the people today. However, to his special fourteen disciples he gave real knowledge and experience, and to the world he gave a way of life.

"As there were changes by the dasturs in the teachings of Zarathustra, there were similar changes made by the priests in the Christ's Bible and Mohammed's Quran. Sometimes these changes came about without the intention of doing so. The members of the Avatar's circle would go out in the world and address masses of people. These lectures would be taken down by some scribes and later attributed to the Avesta, Bible, Quran and the Vedas. As time passed, the changes would be so heavy that the original teachings were lost.

"I therefore once again repeat that instead of wasting your time on religious discussions, reading and listening to doctrines and dogmas of different religions, love God and think of God. Meditation, concentration and the creation of a feeling of love in the heart is the essence and substance of all religions, all else is illusion.

"The alphabet A, B, C, D is taught to the beginner with a view to make him ultimately master the language. But if the student merely learns the alphabet and does not make an effort at making words, he has learnt nothing. Similarly, if an aspirant sticks to religious doctrines and dogmas, he will never achieve his ultimate aim, realization of the Truth. God and Truth are far above religions."

Meher Baba added an explanation on obeying the Guru's orders. He said that the best way for a disciple to obey the orders of the Guru was to do so without questioning its merits and demerits.

Baba gave the example of Arjuna who literally followed Krishna's orders to kill anybody — brothers, friends, anybody whom the Master ordered. "Kalyan followed every word and command of his Master Ramdas. His religion was obedience to the Master. He knew nothing else, but to obey the Master. Therefore, my good boys, listen to what I say, obey my orders and one day you will gain. The spiritual Ganga has been flowing nowadays. Wash your face and feet at least, if you are not destined to drink it. Time is passing by and don't waste your time in vain discussions."


Discourse recorded by one of the mandali members present and appears here verbatim.
1976 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust

THE GLOW, May 1976, ed Naosherwan Anzar


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