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About Meher Baba



Meher Baba (1894 – 1969) was an Indian spiritual master who claimed he was the Avatar. Merwan Sheriar Irani was born in 1894 in Pune, India, to Irani Zoroastrian parents. His spiritual transformation began when he was 19 years old and lasted for seven years. Wikipedia

  

Quotes by Meher Baba

Meher Baba (quotes)

  • Being is Dying by Loving.
  • I am the Avatar of this Age!
  • I only know one yoga: ‘You Go.’
  • It’s a divine art to be cheerful.
  • Nothing is the shadow of Everything.
  • I have come not to teach but to awaken.
  • You must make bold experiments in life!
  • God alone is real, and all else is illusion.
  • Seek a reality deeper than the changing forms.
  • External silence helps to achieve inner Silence.
  • Love can attain what the intellect cannot fathom.
  • God cannot be explained… God can only be lived.
  • Love and forgiveness is not for the faint-hearted.
  • The finding of God is the coming to one’s own self.
  • God alone is real, nothing matters but love for God.
  • Happiest is he who expects no happiness from others.
  • Love delights and glorifies in giving, not receiving.
  • Things that are real are given and received in silence.
  • When love is not at its height, it always creates a mess.
  • Those who constantly want something will never feel happy.
  • I love everybody. Each one plays the role they have to play.
  • All illusion comes and goes, but the soul remains unchanged.
  • Live a sincere life; be natural, and be honest with yourself.
  • There is no such thing as evil. Only relative degrees of good.
  • I love everybody. Each one plays the role they have to play…
  • Love God and find him within – the only treasure worth finding.
  • God has to be temporarily cruel in order to be permanently kind.
  • No amount of prayer or meditation can do what helping others can do.
  • There is no greater romance in life than this adventure in realization.
  • I am also an artist. I have the whole world as my canvas. I paint souls.
  • I love artists, because through art one can express oneself beautifully.
  • God and love are identical, and one who has divine love has received God.
  • I am also an artist. I have the whole world as my canvas. I paint souls…
  • There is no higher or lower goal. There is only one goal, Self-Realization.
  • Love and understanding never condemn but always seek to help and encourage.
  • I am also a painter. I paint the hearts of people with colors of spirituality.
  • Difficulties give us the opportunity to prove our greatness by overcoming them.
  • Who says God has created this world? We have created it by our own imagination.
  • Love is nothing if it is not spontaneous. It cannot be a conclusion of reasoning.
  • One has to go beyond the mind to experience the spiritual bliss of desirelessness.
  • The seeker asking, Where is God? Is really God saying, Where indeed is the seeker!
  • It is not so much that you are within the cosmos but that the cosmos is within you.
  • If God can be found through the medium of any drug, God is not worthy of being God.
  • Light can penetrate any amount of darkness but no amount of darkness can penetrate light.
  • Sometimes our weakness is considered strength, and we take delight in borrowed greatness.
  • A mind that is fast is sick. A mind that is slow is sound. A mind that is still is divine.
  • Long for what is real. You will then have no time for worrying over what may never happen.
  • There is nothing that love cannot achieve, and there is nothing that love cannot sacrifice.
  • Why is it so difficult to find God? Because you’re looking for something you’ve never lost.
  • Illusion throughout is illusion. There is no end to it, just as there is no end to imagination.
  • Feelings and emotions are only the creation of mind and energy. Love is the creation of the soul.
  • True love is no game of the faint-hearted and the weak; it is born of strength and understanding.
  • Art when inspired with love leads to higher realms, and that art will open for you the inner life.
  • There is only one question. And once you know the answer to that question there are no more to ask.
  • If we suffer in the sufferings of others and feel happy in the happiness of others, we are loving God.
  • Pure love is matchless in majesty; it has no parallel in power and there is no darkness it cannot dispel.
  • Every good work has to face opposition, and the reaction of the opposition offered always helps the work.
  • The best course for My lover is to remember Me wholeheartedly as much as one can…and leave the rest to Me.
  • The book that I shall make people read is the book of the heart, which holds the key to the mystery of life
  • What I want from my Lovers is real unadulterated love, and from my genuine workers I expect real work done.
  • The best course for My lover is to remember Me wholeheartedly as much as one can‚Ķand leave the rest to Me.
  • What I want from my lovers is real, unadulterated love, and from my genuine workers I expect real work done.
  • Life becomes meaningful and all activities are purposeful only on the basis of faith in the enduring reality.
  • When a person tells others “Be good,” he conveys to his hearers the feeling that he is good and they are not.
  • When a person tells others ‘Be good,’ he conveys to his hearers the feeling that he is good and they are not.
  • According to the law that governs the universe,all sufferings are your labor of love to unveil your real self.
  • Love is the reflection of God’s unity in the world of duality. It constitutes the entire significance of creation.
  • The objective of spiritual advancement is not so much ‘works’ but the quality of life free from ego-consciousness.
  • Art is a divine thing. It can only be rightly expressed if opposed, to bring out its inner beauty that lies behind.
  • But such a tiny and trivial thing as an umbrella can deprive you of the sight of such a stupendous fact as the sun.
  • What will the present chaos lead to? How will it all end? It can only end in one way. Mankind will be sick of it all.
  • The purpose of life is to realize God within ourselves. This can be done even whilst attending to our worldly duties.
  • Divine desperateness is the beginning of spiritual awakening because it gives rise to the aspiration for God-realisation.
  • Live more and more in the Present, which is ever beautiful and stretches away beyond the limits of the past and the future.
  • …What will the present chaos lead to? How will it all end? It can only end in one way. Mankind will be sick of it all….
  • If we understand and feel that the greatest act of devotion and worship to God is not to harm any of His beings, we are loving God.
  • To ask for a purely intellectual proof of the existence of God is like asking for the privilege of being able to see with your ears!
  • Desire nothing except desirelessness. Hope for nothing except to rise above all hopes. Want nothing and you will have everything.
  • Only in the human form is it possible for life to attain its final goal, which is to realize the all-pervading and infinite Divinity.
  • …the more a person becomes spiritually minded or advances towards God, the more tolerant he becomes and the less differentiation he sees.
  • I love everybody. Each one plays the role they have to play, but in the spiritual arena there are people who are even closer to me than that.
  • Suffering is essential for the elimination of the ego, just as it was necessary for you to scrub and scrub in order to wash the stain from my coat.
  • Since male and female incarnations are equally necessary for self-knowledge, it is not right to look upon one as being more important than the other.
  • To love God in the most practical way is to love our fellow beings. If we feel for others in the same way as we feel for our own dear ones, we love God.
  • Form is solidified energy; energy is an expression of mind; mind is the covered mirror of Eternity; and Eternity is Truth that has thrown off the mask of mind.
  • Those who speculate from the shore about the ocean shall know only its surface, but those who would know the depths of the ocean must be willing to plunge into it.
  • All that lives is striving for happiness; yet a thousand and one pains and fears attend upon every pleasure which man seeks through the ignorance of exclusiveness.
  • Worry has never done anyone any good, and it is very much worse than mere dissipation of psychic energy, for it substantially curtails the joy and fullness of life.
  • Just think you are the greatest. Where’s the harm in thinking like that? It is not for pride you do it, but for bringing the best out of you. There is nothing wrong.
  • To attain union is so impossibly difficult because it is impossible to become what you already are! Union is nothing other than knowledge of oneself as the Only One.
  • Forgiveness is the best charity. (It is easy to give the poor money and goods when one has plenty, but to forgive is hard; but it is the best thing if one can do it.
  • Forgiveness is the best charity. (It is easy to give the poor money and goods when one has plenty, but to forgive is hard; but it is the best thing if one can do it.)
  • All illusion comes and goes, but the soul remains unchanged. What is meant by God-realization is to actually experience this important thing that the soul is eternal.
  • Through endless time God’s greatest gift is continuously given in silence. But whenmankind becomes completely deaf to the thunder of His Silence God incarnates as Man.
  • All illusion comes and goes, but the soul remains unchanged. What is meant by God-realization is to actually experience this important thing that the soul is eternal .
  • When nothing upsets you, you are at the beginning of the path. When you desire nothing, you are halfway on the path; when nothing becomes everything, you are perfected.
  • Art is one of the sources through which the soul expresses itself and inspires others. But to express art thoroughly, one must have the inner emotions opened thoroughly.
  • When the mind soars in pursuit of the things conceived in space…it pursues emptiness; but when man dives deep within himself, he experiences the fullness of existence.
  • Happiest is he who expects no happiness from others. Love delights and glorifies in giving, not receiving. So learn to love and give, and not to expect anything from others.
  • Things that are real are given and received in Silence. God has been everlastingly working in Silence, unobserved, unheard, except by those who experience His Infinite Silence.
  • Form is solidified energy, energy is an expression of the mind, the mind is the covered mirror of Eternity, and Eternity is the Truth, which has thrown off the mask of the mind.
  • The happiness of God-realization is self-sustained, eternally fresh and unfailing, boundless and indescribable. And it is for this happiness that the world has sprung into existence.
  • Truth is simple, but Illusion makes it infinitely intricate. The person is rare who possesses an insatiable longing for Truth; the rest allow Illusion to bind them ever more and more.
  • The satisfaction derived from the fleeting things of life is not lasting; and our wants remain unfulfilled. There is thus a general sense of dissatisfaction accompanied by all kinds of worries.
  • Joke I read somewhere: They say that God is the innermost dweller of all. Well I hope He likes enchiladas – cause that’s what He’s getting!  Love delights and glorifies in giving, not receiving.
  • If you are convinced of God’s existence then it rests with you to seek Him, to see Him and to realize Him. Do not search for God outside of you. God can only be found within you, for His only abode is the heart.
  • There is no difference in the realization of the Truth either by a Muslim, Hindu, Zoroastrian, or a Christian. The difference is only in words and terms. Truth is not the monopoly of a particular race or religion.
  • This whole universe, with all its vastness, grandeur and beauty, is nothing but sheer imagination. In spite of so many discoveries, researches and scientific knowledge, the creation remains a great unsolved riddle.
  • When you paint, you forget everything except your object. When you are too much engrossed in it, you are lost in it. And when you are lost in it, your ego diminishes. And when the ego diminishes, love infinite appears.
  • These false answers such as, I am stone, I am bird, I am animal, I am man, I am woman, I am great, I am small are, in turn, received, tested and discarded until the Question arrives at the right and Final Answer, I AM GOD.
  • The entire life of the personal ego is continually in the grip of wanting, i. e., an attempt to seek fulfilment of desires through things that change and vanish. But there can be no real fulfilment through the transient things
  • Whether men soar to outer space or dive to the bottom of the deepest ocean they will find themselves as they are, unchanged, because they will not have forgotten themselves nor remembered to exercise the charity of forgiveness.
  • When the bubble of ignorance bursts the self realizes its oneness with the indivisible Self. Words that proceed from the Source of Truth have real meaning. But when men speakthese words as their own, the words become meaningless.
  • One of the most difficult things to learn is to render service without bossing, without making a fuss about it, and without any consciousness of high and low. In the world of spirituality, humility counts at least as much as utility.
  • God has been everlastingly working in Silence, unobserved, unheard, except by those who experience His Infinite Silence. Those who have got the courage and wisdom to surrender themselves to a Perfect Master are the recipients of His Grace.
  • The experiences which drugs induce are as far removed from Reality as is a mirage, from water. No matter how much you pursue the mirage, you will never quench your thirst, and the search for Truth through drugs must end in disillusionment.
  • Irrespective of doubts and convictions, and for the Infinite Love I bear for one and all, I continue to come as the Avatar, to be judged time and again by humanity in its ignorance, in order to help man distinguish the Real from the false.
  • If I were to ask the famous Henry Ford to come over here and do what I tell him to do, would he do it? Never! But if I were to make a thousand-year-old corpse come alive before his eyes, he would jump at the chance to stay here and wash my clothes!
  • The intellect of most persons is harnessed by innumerable wants. From the spiritual point of view, such a life is the lowest type of human existence. The highest type of human existence is free from all wants and is characterised by sufficiency or contentment.
  • The easiest and shortest way to God-realization is through the contact of a Sadguru, which means keeping the company or sahavas of such a Master, obeying him and serving him. This remedy is like a special express train which carries you straight to your destination.
  • The easiest and shortest way to God -realization is through the contact of a Sadguru , which means keeping the company or sahavas of such a Master, obeying him and serving him. This remedy is like a special express train which carries you straight to your destination.
  • Worry is the product of feverish imagination working under the stimulus of desires… It is a necessary resultant of attachment to the past or to the anticipated future, and it always persists in some form or other until the mind is completely detached from everything.
  • Let not the dirt of the sanskaras of your thoughts and deeds touch you, by surrendering every thought and act at the feet of your Guru. As a laundryman washes and cleans clothes, in the same way, I remove all the dirt which has stuck to you through your thoughts and actions.
  • The experiences are so innumerable and varied, that the journey appears to be interminable and the Destination is ever out of sight. But the wonder of it is, when at last you reach your Destination you find that you had never travelled at all! It was a journey from here to Here.
  • The best way to cleanse the heart and prepare for the stilling of the mind is to lead a normal, worldly life. Living in the midst of your day-to-day duties, responsibilities, likes, dislikes, etc., will help you. All these become the very means for the purification of your heart.
  • In the world, there are countless Sadhus, Mahatmas, Mahapurushas, Saints, Yogis, and Walis, though the number of genuine ones is very, very limited. I am neither a Mahatma nor a Mahapurush, neither a Sadhu nor a Saint, neither a Yogi nor a Wali. I am the ancient One. The Highest of the High!
  • Though the eye is small, the soul which sees through it is greater and vaster than all the things which it perceives. In fact, it is so great that it includes all objects, however large or numerous, within itself. For it is not so much that you are within the cosmos as that the cosmos is within you.
  • The Infinite alone exists and is Real; the finite is passing and false. The Original Whim in the Beyond caused the apparent descent of the Infinite into the realm of the seeming finite. This is the Divine Mystery and Divine Game in which Infinite Consciousness for ever plays on all levels of finite consciousness.
  • People wait for the big moment, the great event, and forget that happiness comes from building steadily on the small daily things of life. People wait for that special moment to express love and forget that love springs from thoughtfulness practised every day. People wait, but waiting is future and NOW is always the time.
  • Divine love makes us true to ourselves and to others… Divine love is the solution to our difficulties and problems.   It frees us from every kind of binding.   It makes us speak truly, think truly, and act truly.   It makes us feel one with the whole universe. Divine love purifies our hearts and glorifies our being.
  • God is Infinite and His Shadow is also infinite. The Shadow of God is the Infinite Space that accommodates the infinite Gross Sphere which, with its occurrences of millions of universes, within and without the ranges of men’s knowledge, is the Creation that issued from the Point of Finiteness in the infinite Existence that is God.
  • The life of the spirit is the expression of Infinity and, as such, knows no artificial limits. True spirituality is not to be mistaken for an exclusive enthusiasm for some fad. It is not concerned with any “ism.” When people seek spirituality apart from life, as if it had nothing to do with the material world, their search is futile.
  • Give up all forms of parrotry. Start practicing whatever you truly feel to be true and justly to be just. Do not make a show of your faith and beliefs. You have not to give up your religion, but to give up clinging to the husk of mere ritual and ceremony. To get to the fundamental core of Truth underlying all religions, reach beyond religion.
  • To penetrate into the essence of all being and significance, and to release the fragrance of that inner attainment for the guidance of others, by expressing in the world of forms- truth, love, purity and beauty – this is the sole game which has any intrinsic and absolute worth. All other happenings, incidents and attainments can, in themselves, have no lasting importance.
  • When I break My Silence, the impact of My Love will be universal and all life in creation will know, feel and receive of it. It will help every individual to break himself free from his own bondage in his own way. I am the Divine Beloved who loves you more than you can ever love yourself. The breaking of My Silence will help you to help yourself in knowing your real Self.
  • The Avatar does not as a rule interfere with the working out of human destinies. He will do so only in times of grave necessity when He deems itabsolutely necessary from His all encompassing point of view. For a single alteration in the planned and imprinted pattern in which each line and dot is interdependent, means a shaking up and a re-linking of an unending chain of possibilities and events.
  • The Avatar does not as a rule interfere with the working out of human destinies. He will do so only in times of grave necessity – when He deems itabsolutely necessary from His all – encompassing point of view. For a single alteration in the planned and imprinted pattern in which each line and dot is interdependent, means a shaking up and a re-linking of an unending chain of possibilities and events.
  • God has come again and again in various Forms, has spoken again and again in different words and different languages the Same One Truth but how many are there that live up to it? Instead of making Truth the vitalbreath of his life, man compromises by making over and over againa mechanical religion of it a handy staff to lean on in times of adversity, a soothing balm for his conscience or a tradition to be followed.
  • All religions are equal to me. And all castes and creeds are dear to me. But though I appreciate all `isms,’ religions and political parties for the many good things they seek to achieve, I do not and cannot belong to any of these `isms,’ religions or political parties, for the Absolute Truth, while equally including them, transcends all of them and leaves no room for separative divisions which are all equally false.
  • The essence of spirituality does not consist in a specialised or narrow interest in some imagined part of life, but in a certain enlightened attitude to all the various situations which obtain in life. It covers and includes the whole of life. All the material things of this world can be made subservient to the divine game, and when they are thus subordained they become auxiliary to the self-affirmation of the spirit.
  • God has come again and again in various Forms, has spoken again and again in different words and different languages the Same One Truth – but how many are there that live up to it? Instead of making Truth the vitalbreath of his life, man compromises by making over and over againa mechanical religion of it – a handy staff to lean on in times of adversity, a soothing balm for his conscience or a tradition to be followed.
  • As you all become more intimate with Me, with opportunities to come closer to Me, all that is good and bad within you comes out in sparks, as it were . . . all the impressions of the past, the accumulations of past sanskaras – of all illusory things, which includes both good and bad – come out. My proximity, the intimacy with Me, just changes that mass of sanskaras, and sometimes you find sparks of good and bad flying out.
  • LOVE is essentially self-communicative: those who do not have it catch it from those who have it…. No amount of rites, rituals, ceremonies, worship, meditation, penance and remembrance can produce love in themselves. None of these is necessarily a sign of love. On the contrary, those who sigh loudly and weep and wail have yet to experience love. Love sets on fire the one who finds it. At the same time it seals his lips so that no smoke comes out
  • Love has to spring spontaneously from within And it is no way amenable to any form of inner or outer force. Love and coercion can never go together; But though love cannot be forced on anyone, It can be awakened in him through love itself. Love is essentially self communicative; Those who do not have it catch it from those who have it. True love is unconquerable and irresistible, And it goes on gathering power and spreading itself, Until eventually it transforms everyone whom it touches.
  • There are very few things in the mind which eat up as much energy as worry. It is one of the most difficult things not to worry about anything. Worry is experienced when things go wrong, but in relation to past happenings it is idle merely to wish that they might have been otherwise. The frozen past is what it is, and no amount of worrying is going to make it other than what it has been. But the limited ego-mind identifies itself with its past, gets entangled with it and keeps alive the pangs of frustrated desires.
  • Avataric periods are like the spring-tide of creation. They bring a new release of power, a new awakening of consciousness, a new experience of life – not merely for a few, but for all. Qualities of energy and awareness, which had been used and enjoyed by only a few advanced souls, are made available for all humanity. Life, as a whole is stepped up to a higher level of consciousness, is geared to a new rate of energy. The transition from sensation to reason was one such step; the transition from reason to intuition will be another.
  • In the spiritual life it is not necessary to have a complete map of the path in order to begin traveling. On the contrary, having such complete knowledge may actually hinder rather than help the onward march. The deeper secrets of spiritual life are unraveled to those who take risks and who make bold experiments with it. They are not meant for the idler who seeks guarantees at every step. Those who speculate from the shore about the ocean shall know only its surface, but those who would know the depths of the ocean must be willing to plunge into it.
  • When longing is most intense separation is complete, and the purpose of separation, which was that Love might experience itself as Lover and Beloved, is fulfilled; and union follows. And when union is attained, the lover knows that he himself was all along the Beloved whom he loved and desired union with; and that all the impossible situations that he overcame were obstacles which he himself had placed in the path to himself. To attain union is so impossibly difficult because it is impossible to become what you already are! Union is nothing other than knowledge of oneself as the Only One.