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The Yoga of Meher Baba
by MALCOLM SCHLOSS

 

 

 

INCE MEHER BABA is an oriental by birth, and the practice of some kind of yoga is the oriental method of seeking union with God, the question often arises as to what kind of yoga BABA teaches.

 

The yoga that MEHER BABA teaches is the yoga of right living, and he teaches it, not by words and explanations, but by action and experience, which gives the control and direction of power, and the realization of truth. He has said that he has come to reveal the One Supreme Self which is in all. Accordingly, he makes his disciples realize that for them there must be no division in life. He does not say, "Don't do this; it is material. Do this; it is spiritual." Instead, he gives his disciples varied, simple tasks to perform, until they realize, through experience, that the burden of his teaching is, "Do whatever needs to be done, but do it as a spiritual being . . . as one who knows he is divine by nature and united with the whole of life in essence. Do it as if you were doing it for me, or for God. Do it with equal consideration for the interests of all concerned, for God is equally in each. Do it with the utmost concentration, yet with utter detachment from the results of action. Leave the fruits of action to me, or to God. Do it as if it were the most important thing in the universe, yet let it be destroyed, or ignored, or ridiculed, without concern, or let it be praised without elation. Leave the response to me, or to God. Do it, in short, as if you were not doing it at all, but as if I, or God, were doing it through you."

 

In that way, he teaches his disciples to use the circumstances of their daily lives as a sacred thread to lead them to union with God . . . that union which he has experienced, and which he is here to help others to experience. The consecration of the whole of life to God is the comer-stone of the Temple of Perfection he is rearing. Meditation . . . the consecration of the mind; selfless service . . . the consecration of the heart; these are the pillars of the Temple.

 

The best thing that anyone can do, for oneself, for the world, for BABA, for God, is to realize, in oneself and in everything he contacts, the One Supreme Self which is in all, and to help others also to realize it. Those who lend their thought, their speech, their action to that purpose, will realize it increasingly, and will also help others to greater and greater realization.

 

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