Symbols of the world's religions



Allan Y. Cohen

If taking Baba's name is useful in ordinary life, it is especially practical in emergency situations. Two incidents that illustrate the power of the Avatar's name also provoked interesting reactions from Baba.

The first story concerns a fifty-five-year-old mother named Jagranidevi. She lived in northern India and was a devoted Baba lover. While collecting grass for her cattle one morning in May 1960, she was viciously attacked by a robber and immediately began crying out to Baba. Soon after, three cows appeared from nowhere and one began attacking the robber, the other two standing on either side of Jagranidevi as if to protect her. The battle continued until a bullock cart came along and the thief fled. Baba was told of her experience and commented, "God is omnipresent, and the one who calls out sincerely to Him never fails to be heard and receive His help."

Another time, a young Baba lover was in a severe motorbike accident but repeated Baba's name as he was flying through the air and miraculously escaped unhurt. The next afternoon he told Baba about what had happened, saying that Baba had saved him. But Baba replied, "Do not attribute the miracle to Me; the miracle was of My Name."

Ordinarily, the threat of death seems like the greatest emergency. However, Baba cautioned people not to fear leaving the physical body and also revealed the great significance of taking his name at the last moment of life: "I am God, 100% so! There is nothing besides Me. Therefore think only of Me and constantly repeat My Name."

"I say with my Divine Authority to each and all that whosoever takes my name at the time of breathing his last comes to me: so do not forget to remember me in your last moments."

"If you just take my name at the moment of dropping your body, you will come to me. Yes, anyone. It's not easy to take my name at the very moment of leaving the body. Then you individually experience infinite bliss.... Even spiritual ecstasy cannot be compared with Divine Bliss. Remember this!"

1977 © Ira G. Dietrick
1977 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust for selected quotations from Meher Baba


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