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written: "Beloved Meher Baba, I am suffering very much. I do not know what I should do. I have a great position. I do not lack status. I do not lack money, but in my family there is such a situation which is very painful to me. It is beyond my power to correct the situation and restore the happiness which I enjoyed before." I asked the man to sit in my office and I took the letter to Meher Baba and read it to Him. Baba listened to it very carefully. He said, "Tell this messenger who has come from the minister that I do not perform miracles, I do not change the circumstances at all, but there is one thing that is certain, that My spiritual status is so high, so great, that any man in any difficulty, in any corner of the world, at any time, if he remembers Me with all his heart, then the difficulty is immediately solved."

 

It is nine miles from Meherazad to my office. The messenger was sitting eagerly waiting for me. I gave him Meher Baba's message. The messenger, coming from the minister, was a very intelligent man. The moment I gave him Meher Baba's message, he asked the first question. "Sir, what do you mean by remembering Meher Baba with all your heart? Please explain." Baba had not told me how to explain the meaning of how to remember Him with all one's heart. But I remembered something Baba had said before, and I explained it to the minister's messenger in a very beautiful manner. I gave him an instance. A man is swimming in water and he is about to be eaten up by a big fish. He does not know what will happen in the next second and he is so frightened, he becomes almost unconscious . . . at that moment, he remembers God. He remembers Meher Baba. "Oh, Meher Baba! Save my life!" This is the meaning of remembering with all your heart.

 

I tell you, dear brothers and sisters, a few times, not only once, I have gone through such an experience wherein I was absolutely at the point of extinction, and immediately when I said 'Meher Baba' the whole situation changed. I shall quote you an instance. I was driving from Bombay to Ahmednagar, between Bombay and Poona. There is a big hill there and I was going very fast as I was trying to pass another car. I did not know that another car ahead was coming at me full speed. When I shouted out 'Meher Baba' both cars stopped. The distance between both of these cars was just one or two inches. There would have been a head-on collision, I do not know if I could have come out alive. You may call it a coincidence, but it was not so in my case at all.

 

Not once, but a few times, I have saved myself. There are similar instances also, such as in my brother's case, and in my cousin's case. I can quote dozens of them. I have got all the correspondence from the last fifty years with Meher Baba from people all over the world. You cannot imagine the beautiful experiences that are given. You will be absolutely wonder-struck to find how these things could ever be. Impossible things have happened in the contact and in the love of Baba.

 

I tell these stories for a simple reason. It is to awaken understanding and conviction that the great Ocean of power, knowledge and bliss is near at hand. Such is the case with the woman who thought that she had lost her child. She was looking for that child all over the world and some guru had to come and tell her that her child was in her arms all along, and she had no reason to go around and look for that child!

 

As Baba said, "I do not change your destiny, but the one thing I do give you is the inner strength, and by that inner strength you can fight the battle of life." He won't remove our difficulties. He wants us to fight the difficulties and He will give us the strength, like Arjuna, to fight the enemies. He wants us to become a warrior in our life. Not to turn our faces away from life, to do sannyas, or go into seclusion; no negative side of life. It has to be very positive. We must face our life. Baba is behind us. We can derive all the benefits from Him, provided we fulfill the condition of establishing our link with Him by virtue of unselfish, pure, unadulterated love. God is not attracted by anything. Meher Baba is the personification of God, and is not attracted by anything, neither by our talents, nor by our money, or by our beauty, nor even, I would say, by our service, unless of course, the service is most unselfishly born out of our pure love. Meher Baba is only attracted by our pure love and nothing else.

 

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