LOVE, OBEDIENCE AND SURRENDER
Once awakened in the heart, the gift of love inspires the lover
to grow ever-closer to the divine Beloved. As love deepens, it
is transformed first into obedience and then, finally, into
Love is a gift from God to man.
Obedience is a gift from Master to man.
Surrender is a gift from man to Master.
One who loves desires the will of the Beloved.
One who obeys does the will of the Beloved.
One who surrenders knows nothing but the will of the Beloved.
Love seeks union with the Beloved.
Obedience seeks the pleasure of the Beloved.
Surrender seeks nothing.
One who loves is the lover of the Beloved.
One who obeys is the beloved of the Beloved.
One who surrenders has no existence other than the Beloved.
Greater than love is obedience.
Greater than obedience is surrender.
All three arise out of, and remain contained in, the Ocean of divine Love1.
The inner journey of the lover from love to surrender is marked
by an ever-greater capacity to obey the Beloved, who is the true
Self of the lover. As the Avatar, Meher Baba acts both as the
inner guide and the ultimate goal of this love-journey. It is the
love of the Avatar in his role as divine Beloved that awakens
the aspirant to the dynamic of the spiritual life.
Throughout his life, Meher Baba constantly trained his lovers
in the ways of obedience. Everything that happens, he said, is
the will of God. Thus it is the work of the Master to help the
aspirant become more and more in tune with God's will through
The beginning of real love is obedience, and the
highest aspect of this love, which surpasses that
of love itself, is that which culminates in perfect
obedience to and supreme resignation to the Will
and the Wish of the Beloved. In this love are
embodied all the yogas known to saints and
Obedience gradually opens the lover to the realization that the
desires of the ego are totally empty and the life of the ego is
ultimately false: God alone is real, and all else is illusion. As
this awareness deepens, the lover begins to let go of what is
unreal and hold on ever more tightly to the reality of the
Beloved who is the true Self. This "letting go" through love is
what Baba termed surrender.
1Meher Baba, The Everything and the Nothing, p. 5
2Meher Baba, Six Messages of Avatar Meher Baba, Ahmednagar, India: Meher Publications 1955, p. 11
MEHER BABA, THE AWAKENER, pp. 96-98, Charles Haynes
1989 © Charles Haynes