A NEW MESSIAH AND THE GAY COMMUNITY
The Spiritual Redemption of a Chosen People
by Ed Flanagan
Imagine for a moment that
just when it seems the world is about to be engulfed and extinguished in
darkness, the Light of the world appears, and as promised God takes human
birth again – in your lifetime – and walks the earth in Silence, dispensing
divine love and compassion to his most beloved humanity. And imagine that
being the master of political incorrectness he takes many of the world’s
traditional views and values and totally turns them upside down–including
the world’s view of ‘gayness’ – in showing extraordinary tenderness and
compassion for his homosexual children. This is not fiction, it is fact.
That ancient Light which appears once in every age was born again in human
form at 5 a.m. February 25, 1894, echoing the psalmist’s ecstatic refrain,
"While night was in the midst of her course and the stars transiting the
heavens, thy Almighty Word leapt down with joy from his heavenly throne,
entering the womb of the world." And the Word made flesh dwelt among us.
As he entered the world with
his very first breath he began touching the major religious bases – born
in the Iranian wing of a Jewish hospital in India, delivered by Catholic
nuns, educated by Jesuits and his divinity unveiled by Muslim and Hindu
Perfect Masters, signifying from the outset that he belonged to no religion
but that all religions belong to him.
Each time he comes, the Lord
of the universe is born under a veil so that he may acquire natural human
knowledge. And then in his late teens when his instincts are mature, his
divinity is unveiled by the five Perfect Masters of that age. Just as Jesus
was unveiled by John the Baptist and four other Masters un-named in the
Gospels, in this incarnation he was again unveiled at nineteen by the five
Muslim and Hindu Perfect Masters of this age, revealing to him his infinite
knowledge, infinite power, and infinite bliss. And reminiscent of a former
time, he again began his public life gathering local fishermen as his first
disciples who called him Meher Baba, meaning "Compassionate Father",
a name they gave him in the 1920's when his extraordinary spiritual status
was first recognized.
And just as of old, the good
news was proclaimed to shepherds in the fields. On a sunny morning in 1917,
three young children, while tending their sheep on a hillside in Fatima,
Portugal, were given the great good news through visions of the Virgin
Mary, together with alarming predictions. They were later imprisoned and
tortured by local Portuguese authorities who threatened death if they did
not reveal their secrets. Two died shortly after and the third, Sister
Lucia, lives to this day.
In 1938, Pope Pius XII realized
that the first and second of three secret prophesies that the Blessed Virgin
had given the children had in fact come to pass – the first being the announcement
of the end of WWI, and the second, the appearance of a spectacular aurora
borealis lighting up all of northern Europe, signaling Hitler’s
annexation of Austria and the beginning of WWII. He was very anxious for
Lucia to reveal the third and final secret to him, though it took six years
of him prodding for her to comply. And only in 1944, after further prayer
for guidance, was she told by the Blessed Virgin that she could reveal
the third secret in the form of a letter to be shown first to her bishop
and secondly to the Holy Father on condition that he agreed to reveal the
final secret to the world upon Lucia’s death or in 1960, whichever came
first. However, by this time, with WWII coming to a dramatic end and with
post-war exigencies pressing on him, he became distracted and the Fatima
letter was the last thing on the pope’s mind. Then, suddenly in 1957, as
Lucia’s local bishop lay dying, a Cardinal in Portugal who was about to
inherit the right to take possession of the sealed letter, threatened the
Vatican that if Rome did not abide by its original 1944 agreement to publish
the letter’s contents by 1960 at the latest, he unilaterally would.
Several days later a delegation
from Rome’s Holy Office of the Inquisition appeared on his doorstep with
a papal mandate demanding that the letter be handed over forthwith. And
shortly after that L’Observatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper,
published a report that upon opening the letter and reading its contents,
Pius XII had collapsed, weeping for three days and suffering a seizure
which hospitalized him. He died shortly thereafter.
The Vatican later denied
that the Holy Father had ever opened the letter – even though it sat in
a padlocked steel box on his desk from the time it arrived in Rome until
he died, marked, Official Secret of the Vatican. Subsequently, that
particular edition of L’Observatore Romano disappeared from libraries
and is even still missing from the Vatican’s own archives.
Despite Sr. Lucia’s pleas,
reprimands and repeated petitions to the Vatican to abide by its agreement,
forty years beyond the 1960 deadline, the information is still kept under
lock and key in Rome and has never been revealed to the public. Meanwhile,
Sr. Lucia has been under virtual house-arrest in a Carmelite Convent in
Portugal, and under a Vatican gag-order to keep the burden of the enigma
in the silence of her heart. For many years Meher Baba had one of his chief
disciples keep a detailed file on the Vatican and Fatima, complete with
news clippings and magazine articles. He also said that the pope would
one day be forced to acknowledge him.
It is the conclusion of people
who have thoroughly researched the Meher Baba–Fatima connection that the
pope’s collapse was caused, perhaps not just by a prediction of a future
global disaster involving much of humanity, but more poignantly that because
of the church’s internal spiritual failure it would not be in the forefront
to recognize or openly proclaim him – that its voice would be muzzled.
Years later Meher Baba himself would cryptically remark, " The priests
will be the last ones to find me."
In India, however, he revealed
himself openly to Ghandi, Albert Schweitzer and Mother Teresa. They met
and fell in love with him in the 1930's when he taught them, in keeping
with his own motto, "Mastery in servitude" and by his own example, how
to love, embrace and serve the lepers. But for political ‘correctness’,
among other reasons, this information was kept closed-circle. Recognizing
that Rome could not possibly understand, Mother Teresa was forced to keep
her love and recognition of him hidden throughout her lifetime, revealing
it only through her own Christlike actions, and even asking that it not
be spoken of till after her death.
Ghandi, acting as his secret
agent in the struggle for India’s independence, was careful under obedience
not to reveal him, though deeply loving him for seventeen years and begging
to be allowed to come and live intimately with him as a disciple. The condition
that Baba laid down was that Ghandi had to first give up ‘politics’. Of
course it was Meher Baba’s intention that Ghandi fight to the end for the
liberation of India from English rule. Baba did make a promise that one
day he would call Ghandi ‘to Himself’. That day came in 1947 with an assassin’s
bullet. You will not find these stories in the ‘official’ biographies of
these saintly leaders, but this information and much more is carefully
documented and historically preserved, to be released to the world at the
time of Meher Baba’s full Manifestation in the 21st century.
Who is this Compassionate
Father who once again has come to earth to gather the fragments of a lost
world, this God-man that even Presidents and Vice-presidents recognize
with love, while remaining unable to speak openly about him? The clues
are all around. Countless thousands of people in the world already know
and love him, though the masses and the world at large will be unaware
of him till his Manifestation one hundred or so years after his physical
death. He traveled throughout the world living and working in total silence,
while deeply affecting and transforming the lives of both believers and
un-believers who were fortunate enough to have even only a glimpse of him.
In public he would often travel in disguise, collar up, his long hair tucked-up
under a beret and wearing sunglasses. Even so, walking through Times Square
or down Fifth Avenue people would stop in their tracks and stare, often
bursting into quiet sobs, not knowing the hidden Presence that passed by,
awakening something at a primordial level deep inside them. All human hearts
are secretly tuned by nature to vibrate and resonate in the presence of
He said there was no way out except by his coming into our midst as one of us, taking each of us by the hand and pulling us into the tide of his Divine Love, his grace, which alone can free us from the false and eternally awaken us to that alone which is Real. He said we should make no mistake about it, that in this game there is no distinction between so called ‘saints and sinners’.
[ Lord Meher, Vol 13, p. 4591"With me , no one can live what the world considers a moral life. Here we are concerned with spirituality, not morals. A spiritual life is not ruled nor bound by any principles. The impressions of each individual are different, and so the behavior and temperament of everyone are different.
"In a virtuous life, evil is suppressed and good surfaces; but the evil is still there. The bad impressions remain and have to be worked out, if not in this life then in the next or the one after. In the spiritual life, both get nullified. A spiritual life leads one toward naturalness, whereas a virtuous life, in the guise of humility, inflates the ego and perpetuates it! A spiritual life, though, is only led under the guidance and orders of the Avatar or Perfect Master, who knows the pulse of everyone and treats everyone according to his particular malady.
"You may not like someone’s behavior, but his behavior may have been quite natural and necessary for him. How can you understand that? People of the world act according to moral standards and socially acceptable behavior, but the Avatar or Perfect Master deals with everyone according to his or her impressions. Thus spiritual life is totally different and cannot be judged on the basis of morality, ethics or any principle".
He said that if saints are
God’s assets and sinners his liabilities, his work is to turn all
his liabilities into assets. To do this he comes age after age into our
midst. He takes seven human births in each cycle of time. He said he was
called Zoroaster, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed and now in our
age he is called Meher Baba, the Compassionate Father.
In this Incarnation that
compassion specifically embraced the downtrodden of this world, the ‘poor
in spirit’, including his dearest gay children. Seeing the plight of homosexuals
worldwide, Meher Baba promised to raise the oppression and depression of
their consciousness. This writer was told directly by Eruch Jessewala,
one of Meher Baba’s chief disciples, that in 1951 Baba began his Manonash
work [ the annihilation of the limited mind ] in India among a community
of despised hijras, transvestites, which he said would have universal
effect in one day raising the consciousness of the homosexual community
throughout the world. In his open association with this outcast community,
Eruch said that Baba attracted to himself hatred and abuse, perhaps to
break the back of homophobic prejudice in the coming New Age. It is obvious
that many people throughout the world are still under the veil of this
humiliation, but in time that will change. We have God’s word on it with
the obvious fact that he personally took that abuse upon himself.
Eighteen years later, just
a few months after Baba dropped his physical body on January 31, 1969,
and less than a hundred feet from where a Pathe newsreel crew preserved
for posterity his first public gathering in America, three days of riots
took place at Stonewall – the proverbial ‘shot heard round the world’ demanding
equal rights under the law for all sexual minorities.
It was only a decade later
when God allowed his gay children and many others to partake of his suffering
and crucifixion in the AIDS epidemic. He shared with them his cross, allowing
it to touch them so deeply that the transforming alchemy of this enormous
suffering produced an extraordinary maturity, not only in individuals,
but for the first time in history, a worldwide community of gay people
in which the spirit of care and compassion was born in the hearts of all
who were touched or gave their lives – even while the world continued to
despise them. In centuries to come this will b e seen as the historical
event which opened the way for the spiritual redemption of this chosen
God’s glory is to invest
in loss. He loves those most who are hopeless and abandoned. History has
shown us time and again that when we are most despised or suffering his
Spirit is closest to us. Strangely, it is always the way he treats his
chosen ones. Deep suffering reveals his total compassion in allowing the
sufferer to draw closer to him and share in the work of redemption. His
own words on this subject were, "Since God loves most the afflicted ones,
to emphasize their helplessness is to act in ignorance of their true state
of grace. Instead of making them think more and more of their helplessness,
they must be made to realize that they are coming nearer and nearer to
God." Still, the world seems to keep missing this lesson.
While warning that promiscuity,
whether heterosexual or homosexual, was a dead end that lead one away from
the Goal, Meher Baba deeply loved those whom the world despised and oppressed.
In this age he especially included homosexuals in his all-embracing love,
showing us that this is part of his divine plan. In the process of re-incarnating
we must overcome the duality of sex and gender. When the soul re-incarnates
it takes a new body, often the same gender of its last body. But if that
body is going from one gender to another, from male to female or vice-versa,
there may sometimes be a lag during which the psyche needs another lifetime
to fully make the jump. In such cases homosexuality is the natural
result. Seen in this light, it is easy to understand how at many junctures
in the process of re-incarnating, God gives us the opportunity to experience
homosexual lives, and sometimes more than one may be necessary to overcome
the effects of lifetimes of heterosexual duality which was necessary for
the continuation of the species. There is growing evidence in our culture,
however that God may be gradually moving us toward a genderless society
in which human beings will finally transcend the duality of sex.
The duality of race and color
is another area that Meher Baba said he would change in society. For example,
at a truck stop in the south during the l950's he deliberately used a ‘colored
only’ men’s room and drank out of a ‘colored only’ water fountain. And
in his visits to the American center dedicated to him in Myrtle Beach,
S. Carolina, and in other places throughout the U. S., when a black person
came into his presence he always made it a point to stand and greet them
most warmly. Here, as always, while working on an individual level, Baba
was simultaneously working on a universal level. We believe the effects
of this Universal Work manifested in the south as the great civil rights
movement a decade later.
Meanwhile, it is a fact known by many and confirmed personally to this writer during lengthy conversations in England in 1981 with Meher Baba’s brother, Adi Irani, that some of his closest male and female disciples were gay, especially in the West where the results of his work in this area would first manifest. But, as others who also know this have said, that fact was simply overshadowed and buried under their all-consuming love for the God-man himself. In his contact with those around him, Baba was always full of compassion and sensitivity and it was observed that those individuals who lived transparently homosexual lives during his physical lifetime were treated with particular care and tenderness. We don’t know whether he ever gave special advice in private to these persons, but it was totally obvious that they were treated with the same respect and love that he showed all others for whom he took complete responsibility on the path to Truth. In future ages much will be written witnessing these facts.
Meher Baba said that being
God in human form there was nothing under the sun that he himself was not,
and that whatever people took him to be he was that. Among kings,
he was the king of kings. Among thieves, the thief of thieves – that he
was the highest of the high and the lowest of the low. "Whatever you take
me to be, I am that, for God is in everything and in everyone."
People have often asked if he were ‘gay’. Jokingly, someone once said that
with the ‘straight he was straight and among the gay he was gay.’ Perhaps
that’s not far from the truth, for there is nothing that the totality of
his being cannot fully embrace and love.
He said that we would eventually
be able to get beyond all our attachments to the physical realm.
"Remember that I love you," he said, "and don’t worry about your weaknesses.
Eventually they will go; even if they linger, love will one day consume
them. Everything disappears in the Ocean of Love. Because I love you, you
have a pool of love within you. When you feel wretched, when you fall in
your weakness, have a dip in that pool of love. Refresh yourself in that
pool of my love within you. It’s always there. Even if you wash your weaknesses
every day in that pool, it will remain clear. Don’t worry. Baba loves you,
and that’s what really matters."
Meanwhile, those gay people
who are spiritually inclined but have felt left out of the picture can
now feel totally vindicated and able to proclaim, "YES! I knew it! He was
there for us all along!" Finally God himself is out of the closet.
He promised to set in motion
energies in the world culture that would eventually lead to the breakdown
of all caste systems and prejudices. He often warned that his ways
were not the ways of the world, that he came not to bring what the world
calls ‘peace’, but the sword. Real peace, the true infinite and eternal
peace of each one’s individual God-realization comes only after the sword
of mercy has cut through and killed the root of the age-old, false ego-mind,
lived life after false life in total illusion. As the mystical poet Rumi
said of him centuries ago, "The sword of his love is opposite all other
Baba also said that it was
part of his divine mission in this incarnation to unite the East and the
West and to that end deliberately shed his blood on American soil in a
serious auto accident in Prague, Oklahoma in 1952, crushing and disabling
the left side of his body. Then, four years later another accident in India
disabled his right side. Explaining it as a ‘gross exchange’, he said he
was uniting the East and the West in his own body and that this was just
a part of his divinely ordained crucifixion. "To draw you to me and make
you realize that you are Bliss itself, I come amongst you and suffer infinite
If Meher Baba is God, how
could he suffer? It is out of divine love that he takes birth among us
and when he does, his infinite bliss and infinite power are not used –
only his infinite knowledge, whereby he simultaneously experiences the
suffering of each and every creature living in the illusion of duality.
Having a universal mind, the suffering of each one in illusion is focused
as through a lens into the center of his being. We cannot even fathom the
degree of that agony which is his continual crucifixion. Nor can we fathom
the infinite love that makes him pass through that for our sakes, to finally
awaken us. It is the mystery of mysteries beyond human understanding. And
it is only on earth, he tells us, that this drama takes place.
Meher Baba revealed that there are 18,000 planets in the universe
which contain life, Three of these contain
human life with various degrees of balance between intellect and heart.
The humans on one of these planets have 100% intellect, are hightly advanced
scientifically, but with no heart. A second planet has humans with
75% intellect and 25% heart, but only on planet earth, the shockpoint of
the universe is there a perfect balance, an equal blending of head and
heart that makes perfection, love and God-realization possible.
And though the entire universe is his domain and his universal work affects
everything and everyone in the universe, it is only on earth that he takes
physical human birth to accomplish that work and it is from here that he
gives a spiritual push forward to the entire creation as the fruit of that
universal work. It is therefore only on earth in a human body that one
can be God-realized. This is why when he comes there is such a population
explosion, for even the human beings from other planets must incarnate
here on earth in order to grab the wave to enter the spiritual path. We
have the best seats in the house. As the poet so aptly sung, "Oh blue-green
jewel, floating in space, jewel among jewels, have you any idea of your
What, in his message this
time, was different from that of his previous incarnations? He took upon
himself deliberate and total silence, not using his voice to speak. And
though declaring that this time he had come not to teach but to awaken,
he left a legacy of simple and direct teachings on the art of living a
divine life in the world. He also left us the most sublime and complete
teachings on human and divine consciousness, the creation, evolution, re-incarnation
and the fundamental mechanics of life and the universe that the world has
ever seen. His book, God Speaks, presents these and other themes
from the standpoint of the major world religions, and will one day be seen
as the definitive statement on this subject, perhaps for ages to come.
His presentation unifies the teachings of all religions like beads on one
string. He even used that simile, saying that all religions and scriptures
were the result of his coming to earth once every 700-1400 years, and that
they should be seen simply as pearls around God’s neck, but that mankind
has mistaken and worshiped the pearls instead of God Himself.
He insisted people be totally
natural with him. He loved jokes and had an extraordinary sense of humor.
He said that anyone could lead a spiritual life by simply trying to keep
cheerful through life’s ups and down and enjoying the trip. "True spirituality,"
he said, "is perfect poise in all of life’s situations." It is the art
of raising the eyebrows instead of the roof. "And if your heart be cut
to bits, let a smile be on your lips....He who upsets no one is a good
man. He who is upset by no one is a God-man." When others persecute or
back-stab you, think, speak or do anything negative to you, cheat, rob
or hurt you or your reputation in any way– they are your true benefactors.
So long as you do not return the thought or action in kind, they instantly
attract to themselves your negative karma, thereby freeing you of your
‘sins’ and fast-forwarding you on the spiritual path. As Jesus said, "Rejoice
on that day, for your reward is great." Also, if Meher Baba is humanity’s
automatic pilot, his now famous saying, "Don’t worry, be happy, and I will
help you!" takes on a new, far deeper, even theological meaning. It’s just
as e.e. cummings put it, "All the rules are fair and in the end there will
be wonderful surprises."
What else in Meher Baba’s
message is different this time? In the past Jesus told the masses that
God was in heaven, urging them to do good and try to find him. To his followers
he said, "I am God -- I and the Father are one." But to his most inner
circle, his apostles or ‘mandali’, Jesus revealed that they themselves
were God and actually gave them the experience. Now, in this incarnation
Meher Baba has openly revealed and emphatically declared this supreme truth
to the entire world.
It is one thing to hear and
understand this intellectually, but to experience it directly is something
else. That direct experience will one day be ours. Why do we not experience
it now? It is because of the accumulation and accretion of false impressions
and bindings that each soul absolutely and inevitably acquires traveling
across the journey of evolution to finally reach the fullness of human
form. Consciousness had to acquire countless billions of false impressions
at each stage of the evolutionary journey and then discard them to move
on to the next higher stage. Each of these false impressions leaves natural
residues or scars (sanskaras) which are ‘natural’ because they are part
and parcel of the natural evolutionary process. But once human form is
acquired, suddenly involution, the journey across the inner planes of consciousness,
begins, and with that ‘un-natural’ impressions or scars begin to enter
the picture -- anger, hatred, jealousy, deceit, gluttony, lust, etc. until
the pure light of consciousness is dimmed and completely covered over with
both natural and un-natural sanskaras.
We become totally clouded
by these false impressions and bindings that persist over eons of time,
producing a state of deep, almost irrevocable hypnotic trance and delusion,
in which life after life, consciousness identifies with only false forms,
body, mind, etc. thinking them to be real. And, Baba says, "That alone
which is real --God, is unseen and thought to be unreal or even
false, while that which is truly false and completely non-existent,
except as a dream --the universe -- is falsely taken to be ‘real’.
It is such a great divine
cosmic joke. Nobody can say God doesn’t have a terrific sense of humor.
This entire process of false consciousness is governed by the principle
of maya, or ignorance and is literally the mother of all ‘special
effects’. Recall the 1998 film, The Truman Show - "always
on the air, always unaware". Except for fifty-six God-realized humans who
live on earth at all times, the rest of us are all ‘Trumans’, while God
and his fifty-six realized ones alone see directly through the cosmic illusion.
That is why the premise of this movie struck such a deep cord with so many
people. Instinctively, there is something deep inside us that knows this,
but millions of years of false impressions in the individual and collective
consciousness keep us from realizing it.
It is to awaken us from this dream that he comes. And although he tells us that the entire creation is his divine leela, his game, it is an absolutely necessary game in order for you to become conscious of him in you, as you. God lives within you as you, though we are completely asleep to this fact. After all the false impressions are wiped out we will acquire our natural state of infinite consciousness. He says ,
"All that can be said, has been said and will be said by those
who live and experience that State is that when the false self is lost,
the Real Self is found; that the birth of the real can only follow the
death of the false; that dying to ourselves – the true death which ends
all dying – is the only way
to Perpetual Life.
This means that when the mind with its satellites – desires,
cravings, longings – is completely consumed by the fire of divine love,
then the infinite, indestructible,
indivisible, eternal Self is manifested.
This is Manonash, the annihilation of the false, limited, miserable,
ignorant, destructible "I," to be replaced by the "Real I," the Eternal
Possessor of Infinite Knowledge, Love, Power, Peace, Bliss and Glory
in its unchangeable existence.
Manonash is bound to result in this glorious state in which
plurality goes and Unity comes, ignorance goes and Knowledge comes,
binding goes and Freedom
We are all permanently lodged in this shoreless Ocean of
Infinite Knowledge, and yet are infinitely ignorant of it until the
mind – which is the source of this ignorance – vanishes forever;
for ignorance ceases to exist when the mind ceases to exist!
Unless and until ignorance is removed and Knowledge is gained –
the Knowledge whereby the Divine Life is experienced and lived –
everything pertaining to the spiritual seems paradoxical. God, whom
we do not see, we say is real; and the world which we do see, we say
is false. In experience, what exists for us [the world] does not really
exist, and what does not exist for us [God and our own Divinity]
really does exist.
We must lose ourselves in order to find ourselves. Thus loss is gain.
We must die to self to live in God. Thus death means Life.
We must become completely void inside to be completely
possessed by God. Thus complete emptiness means complete Fullness.
We must become naked of selfhood by possessing nothing, so as
to be absorbed in the infinity
of God. Thus nothing means Everything."
[Lord Meher, vol.
Ten, pp 3760-1]
Further in God Speaks, part five, he says, "In that state subject and object totally and
permanently vanish and disappear. The entire realm of imagination is transcended forever.
Lover and Beloved become one in the state of Divine Union where the soul finally fulfills
its original urge for Self-knowledge, experiencing its own Self as identical with unchanging,
eternal, indivisible and
formless Divinity, with infinite knowledge infinite reality, infinite power
and infinite bliss."
This precious life is the
journey toward our own inherent divinity, and each human being re-incarnates,
taking as many lifetimes as necessary to fully accomplish it. In this light,
a human being is far more than anyone could have ever imagined and truly
the envy of the angels who, Baba says, must themselves incarnate on this
earth plane at least once in order to be God realized.
Each of us is ineluctably
destined for a realization of God’s own infinite knowledge and bliss far
beyond any notion of ‘heaven’ spoken of by scripture or traditional religion.
To reveal and bestow this supreme gift is why he comes age after age, out
of infinite love and compassion for his beloved humanity. He gets himself
bound to cut the binding knot and extricate us from our age-old dreams
of illusion. He comes, and while living on earth in human form, he burns
the accumulated rubbish of both our natural and un-natural sanskaras that
keep us from experiencing our eternal Divine Self. It was his fault
that we got temporarily separated and bound in this mess in the first place
when he himself asked the original question "WHO AM I?" and the entire
creation sprang into existence. So now it is his responsibility
for all time and eternity to keep coming back to extricate us from his
wondrous, seemingly endless maze of creation. Age after age he comes again
and again, and if religion tells you that the Lord comes or came only once,
don’t believe it.
Kicking or screaming, whether
we like it or not, we are going to get God-realization because it is our
inalienable birthright. We have come from the Divine and we must return
to the Divine. There is no place else to go. The journey will take as long
as we really want it to take and not a moment longer, based on our choices
wise or not. If you hitch your wagon to a star – like holding fast to the
Avatar, he will take you there directly, non-stop, without detours. Or,
you can opt for various side-trips, lay-overs, excursions and Holiday Packages
as listed in the brochures of life – a variety of addictions: drugs, sex,
cyber, name & fame trips, a few lifetimes of hedonistic promiscuity,
maybe joining a hate cult or acquiring and manipulating occult powers;
hyper-materialistic abundance and prosperity ventures, or just picking
the wrong new-age guru who deifies your false ego-mind and misleads you
about the nature of your consciousness.
The journey is replete with
bottomless pitfalls. But there is a built-in homing device that will lead
your soul after lifetimes of frustration and wall-head-banging-dead-ends,
back on the real spiritual path where he is waiting to take you by the
hand and lead you on a direct path to your goal, which is God himself.
Someone once compared finding the spiritual path to riding a wild horse
when you’re lost. You have to keep spurring and kicking and goading him
till he takes you in the direction he wants and knows you must go.
Meher Baba pointed his disciples in that direction toward the end of his
life when he told them, "Keep the trust I have reposed in you, by remembering
me wholeheartedly. Think of me, love me, abuse me – whatever – just remember
me so often that your mind is at a loss to find other thoughts to feed
on. How to begin? At the start and end of any action mentally say, ‘Baba,
it is you, not I, who’s doing this.’ Then gradually you will realize that
it is I, doing everything through you.
Remember and follow me without
any question of why, or what you will get from it...Do not expect anything
but my love... no begging, no wanting, no room for desires – only the longing
to unite with the Beloved. ...Do not think that by coming to me you will
solve all your difficulties, and your troubles will be over. I have nothing
to do with such things. I have no key for such problems. Do not
hope for blessings for health or wealth. If you think you have come for
the betterment of your health, on the contrary you will lose it. I have
come -- descended from the highest state -- to bestow my love on you all.
The rest is illusion".
In the last millennium there
was never such a time as now to approach the path of ‘remembering him’.
We are on the threshold of an extraordinary Age. A fresh divine call has
gone out and the invitation has been given anew. Because of the universal
work Meher Baba did in this century a new springtide of grace is in the
air, in abundance, at ridiculously low and discounted prices. Failing to
grab the opportunity to reach for the golden ring in this lifetime may
mean you have to wait many more lifetimes before the wheel of life brings
the ring again within reaching distance, or in 700 years when he said he
would come back again in human form. But he is now most active and
powerful in these years directly preceding and following his Universal
Manifestation. This is truly the springtide for humanity.
If you’re not on an inside
track, what are the signs, how can you know he’s been here again? There
are unmistakable external markers in the culture. Each time he comes there
is a spiritual push forward in all aspects of life and culture which results
in precipitating a healing crisis where all the dregs and dormant evils
in the collective unconscious of society boil up, giving the appearance
of unprecedented misery, but mercifully allowing it to come to the surface
where he can skim it off. It’s like a healing crisis. It gets worse before
it can get better. Then there is an opposite effect, an accelerated burn,
an explosion that literally gives birth to a new culture. We have seen
it partially take form as advances in technology, medicine, communications
and new forms of mass media – radio, telephone, film, television, the computer
and the Internet – all with one purpose in mind, to unify human consciousness
across time and distance. We went from the horse and buggy to deep space
in less than fifty years. Daily, our knowledge of the universe is expanding.
There is an inner movement within global societies, breaking down ancient
prejudices, hatreds and caste systems to unify the human spirit and prepare
us for his global spiritual awakening and that fulness of complete Intuition,
whereby all human hearts will be connected one to another and to God without
the need of words, rituals, ceremonies or the external trappings of religion
– Humanity, One Body, One Spirit, in what the 20th century metaphysician
Oscar Ichazo terms the Metasociety.
The "giant leap" for mankind
in 1969 – also the year when Meher Baba dropped his body– was not just
the technical know-how that put us on the moon. It was even more so the
unprecedented event of global unity – however fleeting – when for the first
time in human history billions of people in breathless anticipation, sat
awestruck in front of their televisions, focusing their hearts and minds
as one-heart, one-mind, sending waves of love, support and God-speed to
our astronaut brothers who broke the bonds of earth’s gravity and opened
up a whole new age. For sure, that moment of global unity was a spiritual
allegory of an even deeper unity that will be shared by all humanity in
the coming age, or even by the remnants of humanity if the catastrophic
events long-predicted actually do come to pass. While the speed of human
consensus on the planet has accelerated at an unprecedented rate, these
startling advances in all fields during the last one hundred years have
totally outstripped those made in the last five thousand years put together.
Has some "energy" visited
us and catalyzed the entire process of civilization? If so, What or Whom
might that be? The question is intriguing. But for hundreds of thousands
of people who already know about the Avatar, and flock by the tens of thousands
in pilgrimage to his resting place in India each January 31, the answer
is very clear.
If you have access to a computer
with audio capability you can hear some wonderful stories of how he walked
the earth in the 20th century, showering his radiant smile,
his love and compassion while being totally silent. The following audio
website begins with a true story that he told his disciples of the spiritually
Perfect Master who was God-realized while being a gay transvestite, and
how he helped his followers overcome the ignorance and homophobia of local
townspeople, teaching them to respect all the friends of God. These
and many more stories about the Avatar of this age, Meher Baba,
the Compassionate Father, are told on this website with insight and humor
by a former Catholic priest who recognized Meher Baba as the Avatar in
1977. No, you won’t get this information from Rome, because, as Baba so
delightfully said, "God is now at home."
Though these stories will place his name in your ear, it is his responsibility, he said, to bring it from there to your heart. As he repeated to his lovers in a previous incarnation, "Let those who have ears, hear." This is just the thread. Then see if you can grab hold of the rope, and if you can, and you’re even lucky enough to ‘hang’ yourself with it, good for you.
[ http://real.sunyerie.edu/mb/html/realmedia.html ] click Ed Flanagan – Baba Stories
(Later, read how Meher Baba’s
rainbow flag became a borrowed symbol for
the gay community @ https://www.angelfire.com/mb2/MeherBabaLovers/rainbows.htm)
In his Universal Message to Humanity Meher Baba said:
"I have not come to teach but to awaken. I lay down no precepts.
Throughout eternity I have laid down principles and precepts, but
mankind has ignored them. Man’s inability to live God’s words
makes His teaching a mockery. Instead of practicing the compassion
He taught, man has waged crusades in His name. Instead of living
the humility, purity and truth of His words, man has given way to
hatred, greed, and violence.
Because man has been deaf to principles and precepts laid down by
God in the past, in this present Avataric Form I observe Silence.
You have asked for and been given enough words -- it is now time to
live them. To get nearer and nearer to God you have to get further
and further away from "I", "my", "me", and "mine". There is nothing
to renounce but your own self. It is as simple as that. Though almost
impossible, it is possible through my Grace. I have come to release that
Grace. When I release the tide of Truth, men’s daily lives will be the
living precept. The words
I have not spoken will come to life in them.
I veil myself from man by his own curtain of ignorance, and manifest my
glory to a few. My present Avataric Form is the last incarnation of
this cycle of time, hence my Manifestation will be the greatest. When
I break my Silence, the impact of my Love will be universal and all life in
creation will know, feel and receive 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.
All this world confusion and chaos was inevitable and no one is to blame.
What had to happen has happened; and what has to happen will happen.
There was and is no way out except my coming in your midst. I had to
come, and I have come. I am the Ancient One".
More Links on Meher Baba
Much of the material for
this piece has been freely quoted or paraphrased from various sources:
God Speaks, directly dictated by Meher Baba and first published
in 1955 by Sufism Reoriented, 1300 Boulevard Way,
Walnut Creek, CA 94595. This is a major work on the
theme of creation, evolution, reincarnation, involution -- the
fundamental mechanics of
life and the universe.
Discourses, 3 Vols. Sufism Reoriented, as above. Original discourses
given to disciples between 1938-44. A comprehensive source of
Baba’s suggestions about practical details of the spiritual path,
covering an immense range of topics. 1967 edition personally
reviewed and approved by
Lord Meher, A Biography of the Avatar of the Age, Meher Baba,
by Bhau Kalchuri. Copyright 1986, Avatar Meher Baba Public
Perpetual Charitable Trust, also Copyright of English translation
by Lawrence Reiter, MANifestation, Inc. Box 77335 Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina 29577. This is a monumental biography
Commissioned by Meher Baba who guided the author in all phases
of the work. 14 Vols. Published in English to date (1999) with
more to come.
Many more books and videos on Meher Baba are available by booklist from the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California, 1214 Van Ness Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019, as well as from the Sheriar Foundation.
Information on Meher Baba
is expanding daily on the Internet.
Let your search engine do the walking.