Saturday, May 26, 2007

A Sufi anecdote from Meher Baba's God Speak

Meher Baba in 1941
Meher Baba in 1941 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“Divine Grace is not limited by conditions of ability.
Ability, in fact, is conditioned by Divine Grace.”

Hearing this, one of the disciples remarked, “Sire, if realization be so easy of attainment, then why is it that disciples are invariably made to undergo a long period of trials and austerities?”

In reply, Ghaus Ali Shah related the following anecdote:

“A certain man, having two vessels encrusted with the rust and dirt of many years, decided to have them cleansed.

He gave one vessel to a professional who promised to cleanse it in forty days, and the other to a man who undertook to do the job in a single day. The professional began to work at his vessel scientifically.

He subjected it to many different processes over a period of forty days, and he made the vessel not only spick and span but also a thing fit for use.

“The second man, who had promised to finish the job in one  day, adopted the very drastic procedure of burning the vessel in a huge fire. This cleansed the vessel quickly and completely, but made it brittle and worthless.

It can be seen, therefore, that although both the vessels were made clean, only that which underwent the lengthy process was of any use.”

The Master went on to say that it was for this reason that a Perfect Master seldom gave realization to an aspirant instantaneously, but led him to it slowly so that he might become a robust, useful vessel for God’s work.

In this connection, Meher Baba once remarked to his disciples, “Realization can be imparted to anyone in a second. It will then be for one’s own self only with no benefit to others.

You might like to watch a very good video made on "How to Love God" by Meher Baba on youtube.

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