MEDITATION DONE OUT OF LOVE
On August 22nd, Baba eased the school curriculum for one
month and ordered the mandali to let the boys come to him
whenever they wished. During this period, Baba was
surrounded by the children wherever he went. Many of the
boys would wake up at midnight and sit in meditation. At the
same time, they would observe the routine during school hours,
study, meals and games without feeling tired. Baba indicated
that this was a good sign and he was pleased with their
enthusiasm. A complete change in the Prem Ashram was
noticed and the play of wine began again.
The Master started paying particular attention to a boy named
Bhiwa, often calling him to be near him, and patting and
kissing him. One day at one-thirty, Baba gathered all the Prem
Ashram boys and asked whether they were having any
problems meditating at night and early in the morning. Many
replied that they were not, but Bhiwa began shedding tears
and did not answer. Baba questioned him. After hesitating,
Bhiwa answered, "While meditating, I don't see your physical
form. Many thoughts assail me."
Baba consoled him with an explanation about the mind:
The mind is a terrible thing; it may be called a curse. Its
business is to think and think — the more so when we do not wish
to think of a particular person or thing. For instance, when you
sit down for meditation or concentration on the Guru or Beloved
God, other worldly thoughts of a thousand and one kinds, of which
ordinarily you would not have dreamed, are sure to rush into your
mind. Thoughts always creep in with their continuous onslaughts,
for it is the business of the mind to think, think and think.
But the real thinker and meditator is he who would not pay
attention to these thoughts and would go on meditating on
the image of his worship, even amidst the strongest attacks. This
intervention of other ideas is not a sin, or a defect, or even a
mistake of the sadhak — aspirant. These thoughts do and will
come as long as that terrible mind is there. The sadhak has only
to persist strenuously to drive away these as much as he can and
think of the Beloved — God. He should not give up meditation or
feel disturbed or disappointed by these attacks.
You need not worry or cry that you cannot love when you
cannot meditate due to other thoughts disturbing you. For
don't you get up from your sweet sound sleep at midnight
with the idea of doing meditation? That is half the work
done — sacrificing your sweet sleep for meditation of your own
accord without any compulsion. Do you not try to sit down for
hours until morning to meditate on me when others are in sound
sleep? This is three-fourths of the work done. Now, only
one-fourth is left; that is, thinking of only one thing. And try
to do that. If you are successful, all right; if not, don't
worry. Three-fourths of the work has been done by your waking up
and trying to sit for hours in meditation. It is no fault of
yours if you do not get the image before your eyes. Persevere and
persist in your efforts. Do not be discouraged and give up the
effort. Do not try to throw away the sitar because it is hard to
tune. Try to adjust and tune each string persistently, with the
firm intent of making the instrument work. Similarly, try to
catch outside thoughts by the ear and throw them out.
Suppose there are innumerable mosquitoes swarming
around and some start biting you at night. What would you
do to get rid of this annoyance? Would you just sit there
and cry? No! You would at once get a mosquito net. You
would resort to a remedy and it eventually would have the
desired effect. Even though the mosquitoes would come in
hordes at first, you would not feel disturbed, for they
would almost all be outside the curtain, though a few might have
come inside the net. Likewise, deal with all these thoughts.
They, like mosquitoes, are sure to come and annoy you, but you
have to put up a curtain of thoughts about me, by letting my
divine image be present before your mind's eye. Meditate on me so
that the other thoughts automatically stop pestering your mind.
Let the mosquito net of meditation on me save you from being
bitten by your thoughts.
To bring my image before your mind's eye, think of me in
my various physical activities — going here and there,
discoursing, giving darshan, kissing and embracing the
boys, reclining on my seat, listening to records, et cetera. And
while you will thus see me in my activities, an image will surely
come before your eyes. No sooner than you get this scene, let it
not escape, but have a firm hold on it in your mind and
concentrate on it with all your affection. Thus your meditation
on my various activities will lead you to a concentration on my
form, and you will then sit for hours concentrating on it.
Remember what I explained, call to me and keep me in
mind, and then meditate on my movements, gestures,
facial expressions and activities, whatever you remember.
If thoughts interrupt, let them. Do not pay any heed.
I will teach some of the selected boys and a few of the
mandali the methods of meditation. It should be done quite
aloof from everyone. Meditation should not be a
troublesome burden or boring. It should give joy and be
Baba demonstrated three sitting postures and made a
revealing remark, "When I was Jesus, I showed these methods
to a thief." He did not explain anything else in regard to Jesus.
Continuing, Baba stressed the importance of awakening early
in the morning, between 4 and 6 A.M., for meditation and then
quoted this saying:
During the first part of the night, most people are awake.
During the second part of the night, before midnight,
merrymakers and gluttons are awake.
During the third part of the night, after midnight, thieves are awake.
During the fourth part of the night before dawn, yogis are awake.
When one of the boys asked for an explanation of how a yogi
meditates, Baba commented briefly on the difference between
the yogic form of meditation and what he had explained to Bhiwa:
There is a great difference between a yogi's meditation
and sincere meditation on Infinite, Impersonal God or the
Guru, Infinite God in person. A yogi's meditation ends in
samadhi, while meditation done out of love ends in union.
A yogi's meditation ends where love's activity begins.
LORD MEHER, 1st ed, Vol. 3, pp. 1080-1084, Bhau Kalchuri
2003 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust