Saturday, May 26, 2007

A story from Meher Baba's God Speak

1966 Don't worry, be happy card
1966 Don't worry, be happy card (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Below is a short story from Meher Baba's book God Speaks .

There is a story of a Master who was
p e s t e red by a disciple as to when he would realize God. Once when they went to bathe in a river the Master held the aspirant under water for a few moments.

When the disciple was on the verge of
suffocation the Master pulled him out and asked what he had thought of and longed for most while under the water.

The aspirant replied, “Air.” The Master explained that when the disciple had just as intense a longing for God then Realization would come.

Maulana Rumi says:
Ab kamju, tishnigi avar bidast.
“Call out for water less, but create thirst for it more.”

In the words of Meher Baba, “The Path begins with a conscious longing for a deeper reality. As the fish which is taken out of water longs to go back to the water, so the aspirant who has sensed the
Goal longs to be united with God.

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