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and someone suggested that that was due to an evil eye and that he should sleep on a pillow with an open knife underneath it. He did so, and thereafter declared himself to be all right. Call it ordinary or call it Divine; it was Mohammed's sense of humor.

 

It is a fact that, during the childhood of his grandsons, Hassan and Hussain, the Prophet predicted the Moharram "Karbala" to his daughter Fatima, the mother of martyrs. Now, if the Prophet who, in fact, turned the then savages of Arabia into the torch-bearers of Faith, Love, and Truth for the world, did not even try to avoid the greatest tragedy in Islam or to stop the most horrible end for his own and only two grandsons, that was only because of God's Divine sense of humor in Mohammed.

 

Likewise, the strife between the Kauravas and the Pandavas and the consequent bloodshed was not only due to the Divine sense of humor in Krishna, but its height was reached when Krishna himself died through an arrow that accidentally struck one of his legs from the bows of an ordinary hunter who never had any intention of harming the Rangila (colorful) Avatar in any way.

 

The kind-hearted Jesus knew very well that his nearest disciple would betray him and thus lead to his crucifixion; but, because of the Divine sense of humor, Christ could not help getting himself crucified, although the world rightly continues to look upon him as the Savior of humanity.

 

The funniest Divine sense of humor was on the part of Buddha when he simply died of simple dysentery, though his "medicine" for the spiritual beemaries (illnesses) of mankind holds the field to this day.

 

In short, save for a change in the circumstances, the atmosphere and the surroundings, the same old, old story goes on repeating again and again which by itself proves the Divine sense of humor sense of humor or the Leela of God. The manifestation of the Divine Fun or Leela, however, depends upon the Great Ones of God who achieve Oneness with God; and, thus, in spite of raising themselves above the Law of Duality, they still retain the Divine sense of humor to uphold the universal law of ignorance through which Knowledge Divine is achieved for all eternity.

 

Those who were with me at the spot at the time of my car accident in America can alone well describe my own sense of humor as to how thoroughly battered, bruised and literally helpless and hopeless I was when lying with broken bones in a pool of my own blood together with my dearest ones, I yet maintained my silence and my consciousness throughout the crisis and the long period of convalescence.

 

The above discourse is gathered together from remarks passed by Baba on the 4th and 5th of November, 1952. On the 7th, one of the invitees to the congregation which was held the following day, happened to ask Baba, in between a "bhajan" program, as to how he was doing after the accidental injuries, and Baba replied, "I am well due to your dua (blessings) and God's dua. Mine is God's, and God's means yours and so goes on this circle of blessings. All is bondage; there is nothing except One, and to call Him One is also ignorance. He is I and everything is He. Only the experience of that Oneness has got to be gained. All else is your Kirpa (blessings). I am before the beginning was, and so you are. Lakin aisi chot kabhi nahin khaithi, vobhi ab ahali hai — I have now tasted the injury as it had never before been tasted.

 

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"The humor of the divine love-game is that the One who is sought is Himself the seeker."

MEHER BABA

 

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