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Meher Baba

The whole universe is full of bliss. In fact, nothing really exists except bliss. But ordinary mortals cannot achieve it and they run after material happiness, trying to extract pleasure out of the world by acquiring possessions. Man tries one pleasure after another, but all fade away and he is never satisfied. When he is fed up with one, he tries another. When that one proves distasteful, something else is tried, and so on. For ages on end, mortal beings have tried in vain, birth after birth, to gain happiness from the world.

But where is this bliss found? What is man to do if all his efforts are in vain even after ages? How is he to find real bliss? Only the Sadgurus and Avatars enjoy this divine bliss. If you need something, then you have to approach the person who has it. Similarly, to acquire this bliss one must go to those who have it, and who continuously experience and enjoy it — the Realized, Perfect Ones. Only they can give it to you, and you must remain with them to attain that bliss.

Satsang (the company) of these Perfect Ones is the best medium and path to the attainment of bliss. By the grace of the Sadguru, you can gain this bliss in a moment. So the Master's grace is essential, but you have to earn it by staying with him and serving him with all your heart.

These Realized personalities are of two kinds: saliks or Sadgurus, and majzoobs or Brahmi-bhoots. Both are Realized and enjoy perfect bliss; but outwardly, there is a vast difference between these two types. The majzoobs, though God-Realized, go about in rags or are completely naked; they remain in dirty surroundings and are oblivious of the world and people, to whom they appear to be crazed beggars. On the other hand, saliks and Sadgurus, though fully God-Realized, act just like ordinary mortals. They eat, drink, sleep, talk and appear to suffer like any other ordinary man.

But how can you recognize them? Among a hundred thousand so-called saints, there may be only one who is real. What is the test? The best test is to have his company. Maintain your connection with him; stay with him. Then you can know him and, even in your own limited way, judge him by your standards, understanding him to some degree.

For example, there are two glasses full of water. One glass contains a little salt in it. But how can you know which is which? For that, you have to taste the water and only then are you able to know the difference. Similarly, by keeping close company with a so-called saint or Master, you will come to know who is real and who is false.


LORD MEHER, 1st ed, Vol. 4, pp. 1202-1203, Bhau Kalchuri
1986 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust. Used by permission.


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