Believe it or not, humans inhabit two other worlds also: Meher Baba
Contrary to popular perception, there are 18000 worlds with life, said Meher
Baba in one of his discourses delivered shortly after he declared that he is the
Avatar of the Age at a sleepy village in the backward Bundelkhand in 1950.
He elaborated on the theme subsequently in his magnum opus – God Speaks, an
800 plus page tome that gives “an unparalleled exposition on the theme of God
and creation and explains “how God, the sole Existence and Reality, comes to
know Himself through the medium of His own dream.”
Meher Baba has another interesting take on life that lives beyond our planet
earth. “Human beings inhabit the earth and two worlds in the gross sphere”.
According to him, the men in the three worlds do not belong to the same league.
“Man on earth possesses equal degrees of 50% head and 50% heart. (but) Man
on the other two worlds possesses 100% head, and 75% head plus 25% heart,
A man takes birth and rebirth on any of these three worlds. But it is
only on the earth, man can fulfill his divine destiny which is god realization, said
Meher Baba, who had provided inspiration to Mahatma Gandhi for his regular
tryst with silence. He himself had observed silence for close to 44 long years
from 10 July 1925 till he dropped his body on the 31 days of 1969.
Meher Baba’s Amartithi (Death anniversary) is being observed at His tomb
shrine near Ahmednagar this year as a virtual event by factoring the pandemic
standard operating protocol.
While on other worlds, Meher Baba attributed population explosion on earth to
‘rush of migration from other worlds.’ He added that the ones migrating from
the worlds of highest intelligence are ‘responsible for carrying science to the
peak it has reached today’. As if addressing the skeptics, Meher Baba remarked
that science would soon come ‘to know a little of what I have said’.The main thrust of the Meher Baba Ministry is against organized religion focused on a set of rites and rituals. “I have come not to teach but awaken (humanity to spirituality),” he used to say. He made it clear that he has nothing new to
pronounce. “What is there to say? What has to be said, had been said over the
ages. It was all like talking to a deaf man”.
Meher Baba was not against religion per se. His advice: “Don’t follow blindly
what the religious hierarchy prescribes’. Summing up this philosophy, a noted
Telugu poet composed a song that reads: “If religion is to blind my eyes, I need no religion or religion, nor do I need any theology. Allah O Allah, we are all your children”.
Speaking about birth and death, Meher Baba termed them as an illusory
phenomenon. “One really dies when one is born to live in God”. “You and I are
not different. I know I am God. You are yet to acquire that realization”.
He answered two nagging questions: What is life? What is death?
“Life is that which is terminated by death”, but death is only an accident (in
life). All the so-called births and deaths are only sleeping and wakings. The
difference between sleep and death is that after you sleep you awake and find
yourself in the same body; but after death, you awake in a different body. You
Only the blessed ones die and become one with God,” observed
Meher Baba in discourse to his close disciples.
And elaborated thus: “Our breathing is natural and automatic. While we inhale
and exhale, we have not to concentrate on it. Even in a sound sleep, it continues its
rhyme. It is part of us. No sooner it stops, the body drops. Death is like sleep.
And as sleep is essential to man, so is death a necessary part of life. In reality, no
one is born and no one dies. This is all a dream. The soul resides in the physical
body from birth to death of a human-like temporary house. Death means only to
the mind. No death to soul or Atma.
“When a death occurs, the body will be cremated. The Atma along with the mind and
sanskaras gathered (in the physical body) will wait in the astral world to spend
karmas up to the approximate balance to get reincarnation. If the good and evil
Sanskaras are almost balanced at the time of death, he may take on a new
physical body almost immediately. He may even enter a new incarnation as
early as the fourth day after death.
“When the individual is ready for reincarnation, he is automatically drawn to his
future parents by his sanskaras links. The parents act as a magnet due to their
previous connections with the reincarnating individual”.
According to Meher Baba, in times of wars or epidemics, when thousands of
individuals may seek immediate reincarnation, it is not always possible for all to
be born into families having strong previous links (with them). But if the
sanskaric status of the individual is precipitating him towards incarnation, his
taking on of a body is not postponed merely because parents are not available to
provide a suitable previous link.
He spoke about three types of death -Normal, Abnormal, and Supernormal.
Likewise, he bracketed suicide, which is a kind of abnormal death, into four
grades: Lowest, Low, High, and Highest.
Normal death follows an illness, while life snuffed out during an
accident/war/pandemic or due to murder or suicide is abnormal. Leaving the
body voluntarily is supernormal death. This is achieved by Yogis who wind up
their earthly careers after fulfilling their mission. Like students who lock up their
textbooks after passing the examination.
In the lowest type of suicide, man, even after leaving the body, does not succeed
in severing his link with the gross world for hundreds of years. Such individuals
live literally as ghosts in the semi-subtle sphere which lies between the gross
and the subtle world. They experience agonizing suffering because of their
unfulfilled desires. This suffering is more acute than the intense suffering in the
hell state that the individual experiences after he severs his connection with the
The ‘high’ type of suicide is in no way rooted in inferior motives and is
therefore free of their deteriorating effects. It is inspired by altruistic motives
alone and is a sacrifice made to secure the material or spiritual well-being of
others. Death through says hunger strike, in order to better the welfare of the
masses, is a suicide of this high type.
The ‘highest-grade’ results from intense desire to see god or unite with him.
This is an extremely rare occurrence. If and when suicide is embraced purely for
the sack of attaining the god, it can have the effect of achieving Mukti.
Turning to the ‘final moments’, Meher Baba remarked once that some people
fear that they would be gripped by unbearable pain in their dying moments. “In
the reality, there is no need for such a fear. The process of the actual dropping of
the body is quite painless”. He categorically stated that love for the dead should
“The dead do not want your expression of sadness. Do not make them unhappy
by your weeping and wailings. The joy expressed by people at the birth of a
child should be expressed when a person breathes his last,” said Meher Baba,
adding that if you want the consciousness of their (dead) souls to progress,
“express selfless love. Not a show of sorrow, grief, and sympathy.”
Touching upon the last rites, Meher Baba spoke about the best post-death ritual.
“The best rite is feeding either dogs or crows near the corpse because they have
subtle sight and can see the spirit of the dead person. Crows and dogs are not subtle conscious but they have subtle faculties of perception and therefore draw towards themselves the sanskaras of the dead person”.
Meher Baba is not in favor of long rituals in memory of a dead person. “No
ritual or ceremony is actually necessary after 10 – 12 days of death”. (SyndicateFeatures)
The writer is a long-time follower of Meher Baba. He runs a center devoted to
spreading Meher Baba’s message of love and brotherhood at his native
Khammam in Telangana state. His email: [email protected]
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