Dear Meher Center Family and Friends,
Much love from Meher Center. Recently, a friend shared this story with me, which I want to pass along. It takes place at Guruprasad in Poona on May 23, 1960.
"One day, D. D. Kashyap, 50, a Bombay film director, came for darshan in the morning and stayed for two hours. Baba remarked to him, 'I know everything. Even then, I want you to introduce yourself to me. All this is to meet you on your level. I am happy to see you. Are you happy? Have you any worry?' Kashyap said, 'Nothing special.'
"'When one attains a human form, whether well placed in life or not, worries in a way become inevitable, but one should not succumb to them.'
"Kashyap said, 'Formerly, I was well placed in life and high in the film world as well. During these last few years, however, I've had to experience many ups and downs. And today, as I have the fortune to sit at your holy feet, I realize all the more that whatever has happened was worthwhile, and that it was all the will of God.'
"Pleased, Baba commented: 'This is a good way of understanding events in life. Read God Speaks. If you understand it properly, you will grasp what I am saying. You will find that there is nothing in the world to worry about. Whatever happens, happens due to impressions or sanskaras. Sanskaras make the dream of creation appear to be real and lasting and create undue worries.
"'The so-called good times are like happy dreams. Owing to the congenial atmosphere, they become a long and pleasant sight, and you want to enjoy them more and more. But when you awake from sleep, you find that the world of dreams has no value.
"'Bad times are like frightening dreams. You crave to remove yourself from such situations as early as possible. For example, if a tiger leaps right onto you in your dream, you awaken instantaneously.
"'It is God's Plan to awaken everyone from the Dream of Creation and make him live in Him and experience His infinite bliss. The law of opposites operates unfailingly to stage the so-called good and bad times. And in His compassion, God leads everyone and everything toward Himself, Who is beyond good and evil. So, there is really not a thing to worry over.
"'I am Eternal Bliss. I eternally suffer too for those who remain steeped in ignorance, as the being of everything and everyone in illusion.'
"The director told Baba part of the story of his recent film, Maya, about a wealthy boy who falls in love with a poor slum girl and uses his wealth and influence to help the poor.
"Baba commented: 'If you read God Speaks you will have a wider view of the spiritual panorama of the Divine Drama which reveals the secret of creation. The entire creation is a "Game of Love" or leela [divine sport] which God enjoys at His own cost!
"'In the motion picture industry, you should also introduce spiritual truths, but do so gradually. This is the need of the time. If you become successful in it, it will be profitable to you in both ways, materially and spiritually. However, while directing or producing such films keep in mind that, except God, everything is illusion. Then the work will not bind you, and the heart will become more and more pure to reveal God's treasure.
"'One Persian couplet states the following:
God the Beloved says to the lover:
Vacate your abode of its millions of strangers;
Then only, will I enter. I feel shy of strangers!
And who are the strangers? Wants, desires, thoughts!
"'They are all so compressed within you that they leave no room for God the Beloved, whom you would invite in.
"'As the strangers begin to leave the heart, it becomes cleaner and purer. Then God peeks into it, and His all-loving glance wipes out all worries. And the glimpse of God that one experiences leaves no scope for any doubts about His sweet will that manifests through "good" and "bad" times.'"*
In Baba’s love and service,
For Meher Center board and staff
*Lord Meher, Online Edition, by Bhau Kalchuri, pp.4669-4671