Meherwan Rinpoche (1894-1969) would from time to time explain a little about prayer to his companions. He composed a number of prayers for them, a few of which have been collected here. Sometimes he would arrange a prayer meeting and join them in prayer. The Master, who is also known as Meher Baba, explained that, being one with Truth, he did not pray for himself, but on behalf of others who were in need. For a Key to Abbreviations, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Padri: God is omnipresent and omniscient, so why pray for his blessing? Meher Baba: God is omnipresent, but he plays with closed eyes. He is inattentive, so he needs to be awakened by prayer. 26 December 1951, Meherabad LM10 p3754 "I am the one who listens to your prayers." Meher Baba GG6 p52 SEVEN NAMES OF GOD "Meher Baba had given the following one line prayer to be recited by the Mandali every afternoon for an hour and a half: Khuda Paramatma Allah Ahuramazd Ram Yezdan Hu "This was to be preceeded and followed by the singing of the Arti which he had composed at the toddy shop in Kasba Peth years before." Bhau Kalchuri, LM2 p607 (April 1924, Meherabad) A second version was given later: Hari Paramatama Allah Ahuramazd God Yezdan Hu "The following couplet was composed by Baba to be jointly recited by the ashram boys daily at the appointed hours: 'Hari, Paramatma, Allah, Ahuramazd, God, Yezdan, Hu.'" G. L. Pawar, RD p518 (16 June 1927, Meherabad) "On June 16th this simple prayer of seven names of God, representing the world's religions, was composed by Baba for the ashram boys to recite every day: 'Hari, Paramatma, Allah, Ahuramazd, God, Yezdan, Hu.' "In the morning, one boy would first recite the names of God alone, and then all the boys would join in together, chanting the prayer for fifteen minutes or half an hour. "The prayer would be recited for five minutes before and after classes, all the boys standing with folded hands and facing the sun." Bhau Kalchuri, LM3 p948 (16 June 1927, Meherabad) Part of the boys' schedule: "5 a.m.: Rise from bed. After washing, they were to chant the Seven Names of God prayer (This prayer was also sung before each meal in the dining hall)." Bhau Kalchuri, LM3 p960 More than 170 boys were enrolled in the school in 1927 (LM3 p960) "... Baba had instructed his lovers to chant the prayer of the different names of God, 'Hari, Paramatma, Allah, Ahuramazd, God, Yezdan, Hu,' for a certain period every day. Baba had given the melody for this prayer, and it held great significance." Bhau Kalchuri, LM8 p2759 (December 1941?) BUJAVE NAAR An Arti is a devotional song sung to a Perfect Master. Meher Baba's Mandali wanted an Arti in Gujerati that they could sing before Baba. Baba told them to write one. Several were attempted, but none of the songs satisfied Baba. Finally Baba wrote a Gujerati arti on January 11, 1926, entitled Bujave Naar. These is an English translation: O God, command that the fire of our ignorance be extinguished. Your lovers yearn for you to bestow upon them the light of faith. O Murshid Meher Baba, we lay our heads at your feet. O Meher Baba, you have made yourself perfectly aware of your Godhood. You are the lord of Truth, you are the beloved and lover in one. Being the torrent of infinite knowledge, you are the ocean of oneness. O Master, bestow upon us, the wayfarers, the knowledge of Ezad (the only one worthy of worship) For you, O Paramatma, are omniscient, and are divine knowledge itself. Give us to drink of the cup of God's love that we become intoxicated. O Saki, we offer our lives in sacrifice to you - give us this draught. Only if you steer our ship while in mid-ocean can we remain afloat. O Meher Baba, the captain of our ship, you are our protector. O Meher Baba, the captain of our ship, you are our protector. translated by Adi K. Irani From a booklet, 'Avatar Meher Baba's Arties with Translations' Another English translation: O God, command that the fire of ignorance be extinguished. Bestow upon your lovers the light of faith for which they long. O Master Meher Baba, we lay our heads at your feet. O Meher Baba, you are the one who knows the original state of God. You are the lord of truth, You are the lover and beloved in one. You are the torrent of infinite knowledge and the ocean of oneness. O beloved, bestow upon us seekers the knowledge of Ezad. For you, Paramatma, are omniscient, divine knowledge itself. Intoxicate us by making us drink from the cup of love divine. O Saki, promise us a cup of wine - We offer our lives in sacrifice to you. Our ship founders in mid-ocean - Only if you steer can we remain afloat. O Meher Baba, you are our captain and protector. translated by Bhau Kalchuri? LM3 p773-774 TUKARAM, TUKARAM "On April 30th, a group of Hindu pilgrims passed by Meherabad chanting loudly, 'Tukaram... Tukaram... Tukaram.' They were on pilgrimage to Pandharpur. Hearing their chant, Baba remarked, "Even if those people were to dance and sing bhajans for a hundred years, it would have no value. What is essential is deep devotion, without which all else is worthless. 'Tukaram' comes out of their mouths, but he is not in their hearts." "Baba nevertheless directed the Mandali to feed the pilgrims." Bhau Kalchuri, LM3 p790 (30 April 1927, Meherabad) I AM EVERYTHING I am the worshipper I am the worship and I am the one worthy of adoration. I am the fire I am the spark and I am the smoke. I am everything. "I repeat this prayer every night. I pray to myself and bow down to myself. Why? For worldly people, so that God may make them worthy of emancipation. And who is God? I myself. Meher Baba, 4 December 1927, Meherabad, LM3 p991 PEOPLE DON'T WANT GOD "During this period, Padri once brought a qawaal singer to the P. W. D. bungalow to entertain Baba. Baba met with him for awhile, and the man said, 'How good is my luck that I have met you today. I wish someday to compose ghazals and sing them before you, Hazrat.' Baba replied, 'If you want to sing, sing now, as I am in the mood to listen to music.' But the man said, 'Hazrat, forgive me. Now is the time for my namaz (prayers). I must leave or I'll be late.' Baba motioned, 'Then go and offer your prayers.' The qawaal left to go to the mosque, and Baba caustically remarked, 'People don't want God, they want namaz. What can poor God do? God wants to give them God, but they want to pray.'" Bhau Kalchuri, LM7 p 2307 (August? 1938, Ahmednagar?) YOU ARE FORMLESS, PARVARDIGAR Baba gave a chant to be sung daily by his women Mandali: You are formless, Parvardigar, Ahuramazd, Allah, Hu You are Yezdan, you are God, Ahuramazd, Allah, Hu You are Paramatma, Parabrahma, You are almighty God, Ishwar, You are Parameshwar, Ezad, Ahuramazd, Allah, Hu. Meher Baba, October? 1940 Meherabad, LM7 p2622 Referring to this prayer-song, Baba explained: "Ezad means the one who is the first - God the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. There are millions of names of God, But those that have a sound effect are few. Every sound you make, every thought you think, good or bad, stays. But that sound which results in feeling has force behind it which helps or hurts others. "All this noise of guns, bombs and airplanes, etc., of war, will be utilised for the spiritual life of the world in the future. Yes, it all stays. It cannot go. Where can it go? It is like water which evaporates, forms into clouds, and then comes down again as rain. But you all must sing the song of God's names together with rhythm and timing to produce an effect. "When the name of God is sung with feeling and rhythm, it even has the effect of temporarily bringing down the Majzoobs from their superconscious state. Abdul Baba of Bombay was a known Majzoob. He was always unconscious, did not eat or drink anything, simply lay unconscious. But when one singer would come to his door every day singing 'Allah Hu, Allah Hu' in rhythm, within half an hour Abdul Baba would come down to consciousness, begin to look about, talk, eat, and then again merge into his former state." Meher Baba, ll October 1940 Meherabad, LM7 p2622 I AM THE ONE WHO LISTENS TO YOUR PRAYERS "Kohiyar's father was a very devout Zoroastrian who habitually spent long hours in prayers. He had heard of Baba as far back as the 1930s, and though not devoted to Baba, he did regard him as a saint. It was another fifteen years, however, before he or any of his family saw Baba in person. "This good fortune finally befell them in August 1947, when Baba was giving darshan in a villa in the cantonment area of Satara... By the time they reached the villa in the early afternoon, a good-sized crowd had gathered in the hall where Baba was seated. Singers were entertaining Baba with bhajans as the darshanites lined up to great him... "Baba called Kohiyar's father to him. As he approached, Baba raised his right arm and put his thumb to his index finger, (a gesture) meaning 'a good person.' Baba gave him an orange as prasad. Then, without using the alphabet board, but relying on gestures, Baba conveyed to him, 'I am the real one. I am the one who listens to your prayers. I am very happy to see you. Remember me.' "In this way Baba responded to the old man's long years of devotion." Bal Natu, GG6 p51-52 (The man's last name was Satarawalla, and his son Kohiyar became a close devotee of Meher Baba.) GREAT SECLUSION PRAYER May God, whom the Muslims call Allah, whom the Zoroastrians call Ahurmazd, whom the Hindus call Ishwar Paramatma, and whom many others call by many other names, may he whose union the lovers seek in self- annihilation, whom the seers see as the only reality, and whom the knowers know as their own real self, may this supreme conscious being, this conscious soul of souls, who eternally manifests as Avatar and Perfect Masters, may he through his all-merciful act bestow on us his grace, and may he solve all our difficulties by the end of this year, and may he decide everything for us by the end of this year, and may he, according to Baba's circular of 1949, finish everything by the end of this year, to enable Baba to break his silence in the beginning of next year, to speak the one and the last word of all-embracing divinity. Amen Aamin Tathastu Meher Baba, July 1949, Meherazad 'Meher Baba in the Great Seclusion' by Ramjoo Abdulla, p17 Also GG2 p45 * Amen, Aamin, Tathastu = So be it. This prayer was read out in Baba's presence before a gathering at Meherazad on August 1, 1949 in English, Marathi, Gujerati and Urdu. A number of people who had observed silence and a partial fast during the month of July had been invited. After the reading of the last translation, all those present ended their individual silence with Amen, Aamin or Tathastu. Baba distributed rava, a sweet dish, to all, thus ending their fasts. TOMORROW BE DAMNED "For saying good night before retiring, Baba has asked Dr. Ghani to repeat in a sing- song voice the following words in Urdu language: "Old life has passed in different ways. Today also has passed somehow. Tomorrow be damned - who cares?" Abdul Ghani, November 1949 'Diary of the New Life of Meher Baba and His Companions' by Abdul Ghani Munsiff, p85-86 Another version: Yesterday passed somehow. Today passes by this way. To hell with tomorrow! Aw 19:2 p9 PRAYER OF SURRENDER "O God, I leave my fate in your hands." Jamnadas, the mahant (headman) of the village of Manjri Mafi, had been sentenced to prison for shooting and killing two villagers in a dispute. He was released temporarily because he was sick with tuberculosis. He was to report back to prison on June 17, 1950, to continue serving his sentence. On April 20, 1950, Baba asked Jamnadas, "Would you sincerely and faithfully carry out two instructions I give you?" Jamnadas said he would. Baba continued, "Then don't worry in the least about your permanent release from prison until the very last minute of your going back to prison on June 17th. And every night, before going to bed, offer this heartfelt prayer: O God, I leave my fate in your hands." Jamnadas agreed to follow the two instructions. Baba told him, "I feel inwardly that if you obey these instructions faithfully, God will not fail you." On June 14th a government order was received that Jamnadas had been permanently released from prison. Baba was the one to tell him the news. Baba left for Kalyan and Satara the same day. Manjri Mafi (now Meher Mafi) near Dehra Dun, LM10 p3596 A PRAYER BEFORE SPEAKING "Baba sent me and Pendu on a tour of six months to India and Pakistan for Baba work, beginning from the 1st April 1953, at Meherazad. Baba told me to repeat the following prayer before addressing the people each day: "O God Baba is sending us both in your name and Baba's, and we ask that your will be done in this work." Eruch Jessawala, Aw 19:2 p12 TO ALL AVATARS To all Avatars all God's Messengers all Perfect Masters all Sadgurus all Qutubs all Walis all friends of God all Saints all lovers of God I bow down Meher Baba 1953, Dehra Dun Aw 19:2 p12 OBEISANCE TO THE FIVE PERFECT MASTERS Baba had one of the Mandali read out the following, and then he would bow down: "O Ahura Mazda, please accept the obeisance that is from Baba to his five Perfect Masters: Sai Baba, Babajan, Upasani Maharaj, Tajuddin Baba, and Narayan Maharaj." Meher Baba, 1953 SALUTATIONS "My salutations to all the past, present and future Perfect Masters, Qutubs, Majzoobs, masts, lovers and seekers of God. I today remember with my love, in accordance with their love and faith, the following physically departed lovers of mine..." Meher Baba, 19 June 1953, Dehra Dun Eruch Jessawala explained that after this statement was read, "a complete list of departed Baba lovers was read out while Baba stood silently with the other Mandali." (Aw 19:2 p12) For the list of names read out, see Book Three: Followers. PRAYER FOR THE ROAD "As for some of the different prayers he gave us, here is one written in Gujerati. Its a 'Prayer for the Road During Manonash Wandering,' given to us in November 1951. Who will now translate this into English? It would take a lot of time... but it's so beautiful... It shows us how he became a simple human being aspiring for God. Do you know what Manonash means? It means the annihilation of the mind. Who annihilates the mind? A person who has a mind, who is striving to seek God, who is a seeker and is imploring the Lord to help him. So you see, Baba becomes all that. He is all, everything, on all planes. He's here, and he as a seeker now dictates the following prayer. So there was a period of four months when we were traveling when Baba began the Manonash phase and came here. We had to recite the prayer here in the Manonash Cabin. So now you see the conditions for such prayers. See how Baba became a seeker, see how he implores the Lord to help him." Eruch Jessawala, 1980, Meherazad, Aw 19:2 p8-9 PRAYER FOR THE ROAD DURING MANONASH WANDERING O Parvardigar O ocean of infinite mercy Baba, with great humility, implores you that you bestow upon him courage and help him so that he would not retrace his steps during the phase of Manonash. Forgive him for his trespasses due to weakness of his mind and give him such courage that he will never tell a lie never hurt the feelings of anyone will not do any injustice to anybody and that he will not harass his companions who are serving him faithfully and wholeheartedly. And bestow upon him such grace that while abiding by all the conditions and fulfilling them he brings about the end of the endless New Life in four months through the Manonash phase. Meher Baba, November 1951 original in Gujerati, Aw 19:2 p8 PRAYER OF REPENTANCE We repent O God most merciful for all our sins. For every thought that was false or unjust or unclean For every word spoken that ought not to have been spoken For every deed done that ought not to have been done. We repent for every deed and word and thought inspired by selfishness and for every deed and word and thought inspired by hatred. We repent most specially for every lustful thought and every lustful action for every lie for all hypocrisy for every promise given but not fulfilled and for all slander and backbiting. Most specially also, we repent for every action that has brought ruin to others for every word and deed that has given others pain and for every wish that pain should befall others. In your unbounded mercy we ask you to forgive us, O God for all these sins committed by us and to forgive us for our constant failures to think and speak and act according to your wish. Meher Baba November 1951, Khuldabad LA p703, also LM10 p3738 "The last word, 'wish,' was changed at one point, because a devotee printed thousands of copies of the prayer but accidently changed or misprinted the word 'wish' to 'will,' which became the accepted norm." LM10 p3738fn In one early version of this prayer, the word 'harm' appears instead of 'ruin' in line 22. Editor PREFACE TO THE PRAYER OF REPENTANCE When Baba had the Prayer of Repentance recited in his presence, he had this preface read out: "O eternally merciful Paramatma, Allah, Most merciful benevolent God, Most merciful God almighty, Yezdan, the bestower, you are absolutely independent. O infinitely merciful Paramatma, knowing that you are so absolutely independent I have taken hold of your independence and I am approaching you. I, Baba, with absolute humility, on my behalf and on behalf of all who love me, and on behalf of all worthy penitents, I wish to express my repentance. Please accept what I now say on behalf of all:" (Then the Prayer of Repentance was read out) Meher Baba 2 May 1953, Aw 19:2 p12 Eruch Jessawala commented: "So at that moment we thought and felt that we all were absolutely absolved from all our sins." (Aw 19:2 p12) THE MASTER'S PRAYER O Parvardigar the preserver and protector of all: You are without beginning and without end non-dual beyond comparison and none can measure you. You are without color without expression without form and without attributes. You are unlimited and unfathomable beyond imagination and conception eternal and imperishable. You are indivisible and none can see you but with eyes divine. You always were you always are and you always will be. You are everywhere you are in everything and you are also beyond everywhere and beyond everything. You are in the firmament and in the depths, You are manifest and unmanifest, on all planes and beyond all planes. You are in the three worlds and also beyond the three worlds. You are imperceptible and independent. You are the Creator, the lord of lords, the knower of all minds and hearts. You are omnipotent and omnipresent. You are knowledge infinite power infinite and bliss infinite. You are the ocean of knowledge, all-knowing, infinitely knowing, the knower of the past, the present, and the future, and you are knowledge itself. You are all-merciful and eternally benevolent. You are the soul of souls, the one with infinite attributes. You are the trinity of truth, knowledge, and bliss. You are the source of truth the ocean of love. You are the Ancient One the highest of the high. You are Prabhu and Parameshwar. You are the Beyond God and the Beyond Beyond God also. You are Parabrahma Allah Elahi Yezdan Ahuramazda and God the Beloved. You are named Ezad, the only one worthy of worship. Meher Baba, 20? August 1953 Dehra Dun (original in Gujerati) LC p33-34 SAT-CHIT-ANAND PARAMANAND Keshav Nigam asked Baba to send one of his Mandali to the laying of the cornerstone of a temple to be built at Nauranga, Hamipur. The temple was called Meher Mandir; later the name was changed to Meher Dham, which means 'Meher's abode.' Baba sent Bhau Kalchuri, and gave him a 'message' for Baba's lovers: Sat-Chit-Anand Paramanand Meher Baba Vidnyanand R. S. Singh Baghel of Ichhaura put the words of the 'message' to music, and it has been sung ever since. January 1955, GG6 p218 PRAYER FOR THE MANDALI I am not the body. I am not the mind. I am not this. I am not that. I am nothing but a living lie of that truth that is me and unless the lie is dead the truth cannot be. Meher Baba Q. What about the Mandali's prayer? Was it given by Baba? Eruch Jessawala: Yes. He gave it. But we didn't recite this out loud in his presence. It was given to the Mandali as their personal prayer. 1980, Meherazad, Aw 19:2 p8-9 PRAYER FOR BABA'S LOVERS AND MANDALI Beloved God help us all to love you more and more and more and more and still yet more until we become worthy of union with you and help us all to hold fast to Baba's daaman till the very end. Meher Baba 25 August 1959, Meherazad Aw 19:2 p12 I have been told that the original version of this prayer read, Beloved God help us all to love you more and more and more and more and still yet more until we are no more and help us all to hold fast to Baba's daaman till the very end. The story was that one of the Mandali had suggested that some of Baba's followers would not be happy with the words, 'until we are no more.' So Baba substituted the words 'until we become worthy of union with you.' Anyone who knows if this is true, please communicate with me. The Editor ANOTHER PRAYER FOR THE MANDALI "Each of the Mandali was asked by Baba to repeat the following prayer whilst he bowed down to the feet of each of us: 'Almighty God help Baba to finish his work by December end and help us all to hold on to Baba's daaman to the very end and to share both his humiliation and glorification.' Eruch Jessawala, Aw 19:2 p13 (22 November 1959, Meherazad) YOU ARE THE BELOVED OF EVERYONE O Meher you are the beloved of everyone. You are the life and heart of every soul. You are the guide, you are the follower. You are the path, you are the abode. You are the winegiver and the wineshop, You are wine; you are the lover. You are Majnun and Leyla. You are the caravan and the palanquin. You are worship and the worshipper. You are sadhana and sanyasi. You are Tulsidas and Mira. You are Surdas and Ajamil. You are the desert and a grain of sand. You are the Moon and the Sun. You are a drop and you are the sea. You are the ocean and the shore. You are because you are being itself. If you sleep the universes will disappear. You are the cup and the bottle. You are the guests and the host. Bhau says you are everything. You are God infinitely conscious and God infinitely unconscious. You are butter and you are stone. You are innocent and you are most knowing. Meher Baba, 1968, Meherazad dictated to Bhau Kalchuri in Hindi 'Meher Sarod' ghazal 72 Note: In ghazals the poet 'signs' his name in one of the last verses. In this case Baba dictated Bhau's name, though Baba wrote the ghazal himself. CHRISTIAN PRAYER This prayer seems to have been assembled from several Christian prayers at Meher BabaÕs direction. Parts of it appear to have been dictated by Baba. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come unto thee Thou who are the God of the God the Father almighty art the Father everlasting. O God almighty Father the Lord of lords the king of kings All the earth doth worship thee To thee all Angels to thee the heavens and all powers to thee all saints and all beings with unceasing voice do cry 'The holy, the holy of holies' Full are the heavens and the earth of the majesty of thy glory Thou the glorious Thou the exalted effulgence Thou the praiseworthy in the assemblage of the Prophets Thou the celestial beauty art the eternal song of thy lovers Thou who art acknowledged, praised and worshipped throughout the world in all churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and pagodas: to thee I most humbly bow down Thou of unbounded majesty art the Father of the creation Thy true adorable and only-begotten son, the Christ art the king of glory the saviour of mankind the Ancient one the highest of the high O Christ the Messiah Thou of the Father everlasting art the Son everlasting. Thou most merciful Lord has taken upon thee to deliver man from bondage to eternal glory O the Ancient one the redeemer Thou, having first overcome the sting of ignorance didst open to all the kingdom of bliss, knowledge and power I most humbly praise thee O my God. I most firmly acknowledge thee O my God. O my soul of souls I believe in thee because thou art Truth itself. I worship thee O highest of the high because thou art the only one worthy of adoration. I love thee above all things and beings because thou art love divine itself. I beseech thee because thou art mercy itself. I offer thee all my thoughts, words and actions, my sufferings and my joys because thou art the only beloved. I therefore beseech thee my God my Lord of lords the highest of the high the Ancient one to have mercy on me according to thy unbounded mercy and let my cry come unto thee: O my beloved suffer me not to be separated from thee for ever and ever Amen Aw 19:2 p11 PRAYER TO THE FIVE PERFECT MASTERS "This is the poem read out at 6.45 pm, 7th October 1954. It is the occasion when he gave up the alphabet board. It is the last thing he dictated on the board" O Sai Baba O Upasani Maharaj O Babajan O Tajuddin Baba O Narayan Maharaj You, the five in one and the one in five, the divine beings representing the absolute one, I bow down to you in perfect homage. It is due to you five Men-Gods that I am what I am, the Ancient one, the everlasting one. May the beloved God with whom you five are one, for whom you five are working universally, give me in your names the strength, the power and the wisdom to fulfill all that I have taken this form for, and see that all I have declared at the last Meherabad gathering comes to pass. I am now giving up using the board, it being my gesture before God for breaking my silence soon. Meher Baba, 7 October 1954, Meherabad commentary by Eruch Jessawala, Aw 19:2 p10-11 YOU ALONE EXIST O priceless treasure of knowledge you are within and without and you are the ocean of mercy. You are in all the worlds you are the ocean of attributes O Meher, God incarnate, you alone exist. You are Yezdan, you are Ezad, you are Allah and Ishwar. You are Ram and you are Buddha, you are beloved Lord Krishna, who with one finger lifted the mountain. You alone exist. You are the Beyond God and the Beyond Beyond God also. O ocean of kindness, you alone exist. You are Muhammad, you are Perfection personified, you are knowledge itself, and you alone exist. You live in everyone and you are everyone. O beloved, you are the enlightened one and you alone exist. You are with attributes and without attributes. You are the sole player in the divine game. You alone exist... You are man, you are birds, you are fish and animals, for you alone exist. You are bugs and gnats, you are snakes and scorpions, you are ants and mosquitoes, for you alone exist. You are insects. You are lice. You are dogs, asses and pigs. You alone exist. You are deer and elephants. You are cats and monkeys. You alone exist. You are the Moon and the stars, the dawn and the night, and the Sun, and also the light. You alone exist. You are wind and water and the animals of the water. You alone exist. You are silver and gold. You are copper and iron. You are brass and stone. You alone exist. You are tea and coffee and the sugar also. You alone exist. You are paper and the book. You are the school and office. You alone exist. You are pen and ink, and you are the gifted writer. You alone exist. You are the door and window. You are the marble floor. You alone exist. You are the medicine and the disease, and the doctor also. You alone exist... You are the soldier, the army, and the supreme General. You alone exist. You are the sailor, the ship, the wide ocean. You alone exist... You are mother and father. You are master, brother and friend. You are family and relatives. You alone exist. There is no one besides you. Eternally you are, for you alone exist. You are pran* and you are heart. You are also the beloved of the heart. You alone exist. You are the beloved and the lover, and you are the nectar of love, as you alone exist... You are Khwaja. You are Qutub. You are Pir and Qalandar. You alone exist. You are Hafez. You are Sanai. You are Dara and Alexander. You alone exist. You are Jesus Christ. You are Elahi. You are the ocean, infinite and pure. You alone exist. You are the Koran and the one who prays. You are Vali and you are the Messenger. You alone exist. You are the beginning and you are the end. You are also beyond the beginning and beyond the end. You alone exist. You are infinitely beautiful and infinitely close. O Meher, God incarnate, you alone exist. You are Brahma and you are Vishnu. You are the guileless Shankar. You alone exist. Bhau says, 'O beloved Meher, you are the word and you are the letter. You alone exist.' Meher Baba pran = energy. source: 'While the World Slept' by Bhau Kalchuri, p70-72 'You Alone Exist' was dictated in Hindi in 1959 and 1962 in India. Later it was translated into English (not by Baba?). It was written to be sung in Hindi. Bhau Kalchuri also wrote eleven couplets for this prayer which are not printed here. For the complete prayer including Bhau's verses, see 'While the World Slept p70-72, or NE p xii-xix. Bhau's couplets were in the places marked with '...' Bhau was criticised for putting such things as snakes, scorpions, mosquitoes, bugs and gnats in the prayer. Actually it was Baba who put them in. Bhau told Baba, "Baba, we should change that prayer. It is not so good. We should use other words to describe God's attributes. It offends some people, and they do not like it. People are laughing at this prayer, Baba!" Baba replied, gesturing, "No, do not change a single word. The prayer is from me... It is all right. You have no idea of the importance of this prayer. In the future, this prayer of mine will be sung in every house throughout the world." Later Baba gestured, "It is important, very important, that people find God in disagreeable things, that they find me in disagreeable things. I am there in everything, and in every creature. I am there in the dirt, the scorpion, the snake, the elephant and the mosquito, everything. "Do not pay heed to what people think. I like this prayer because it tells people who I am, what I am. People do not know who or what I am, and so they need this prayer to know me, to understand me. I gave this prayer to them, not you. You wrote what I ordered you to write. A day will come when they will know this." 1962, Guruprasad, NE p xii-xiii For more about the background of this prayer, see NE p xii-xiii ONE HUNDRED AND ONE NAMES OF GOD An ancient Zoroastrian prayer, translated by Meher Baba "If you repeat this prayer with love, no other prayer remains to be said... "Anyone can repeat these names with love, irrespective of the religion he belongs to. Meher Baba, 2 April? 1963, Poona from a printed prayer-card 1. Yazad Worthy of Worship 2. Harvesp-tawan All Powerful 3. Harvesp-Agah All Knowing 4. Harvesp-Khoda Lord of All 5. Abadeh Without Beginning 6. Abi-Anjam Without End 7. Bun-e-stiha Root of Creation 8. Frakhtan-taih Endless Bliss 9. Jamaga Primal Cause 10. Prajtarah Exalted One 11. Tum-afik Purest of the Pure 12. Abaravand Detached from All 13. Paravandeh In Touch with All 14. An-ayafeh Unattainable 15. Hama-Ayafeh Attainer of All 16. Adro Most Righteous 17. Gira Upholder of All 18. A-chem Beyond Reason 19. Chamana Sovereign Reason 20. Safana Bountiful One 21. Afza Ever Prolific 22. Nasha Reaching Equally to All 23. Parwara Nourisher 24. Ianaha Protector of the World 25. Ain-aenah Never-changing 26. An-aenah Formless 27. Kharoshid-tum Most Steadfast Among the Steadfast 28. Mino-tum Lord Invisible 29. Vasna All-pervading 30. Harvastum All-in-All 31. Hu-sepas Worthy of Our Profound Thanks 32. Har-Hamid All-embracing Goodness 33. Har-naik-faraih All-embracing Holy Light 34. Baish-tarana Remover of Affliction 35. Taronish Beyond Affliction 36. Anah-aoshaka Immortal 37. Farasaka Fulfiller of Holy Desires 38. Pajohdehad Creator of Holy Attributes 39. Khwafar Compassionate Judge 40. Avakhshiaea Merciful Giver 41. Abaraja Bountiful Giver 42. A-satoha Unconquerable 43. Rakhoha Freest of the Free 44. Varun Deliverer from Evil 45. A-farefah Never Deceiving 46. Be-farerftah Never Deceived 47. A-dui One Without a Second 48. Kam-rad Lord of Desire 49. Farman-kam Decreer of Sovereign Desire 50. Aekh Tan Soul Supreme 51. A-faremosh Never forgetting 52. Hamarna Just Accountant 53. Sanaea Knowing All Things 54. A-tars Fearless 55. A-bish Devoid of Pain 56. A-frajdum Most Exalted One 57. Ham-chun Ever the Same 58. Mino-satihgar Invisible Creator of the Universe 59. A-minogar Creator of the Profoundly Spiritual 60. Mino-nahab Hidden Within the Spirit 61. Adar-bad-gar Transmuter of Fire into Air 62. Adar-nam-gar Transmuter of Fire into Dew 63. Bad-adar-gar Transmuter of Air into Fire 64. Bad-nam-gar Transmuter of Air into Dew 65. Bad-gail-gar Transmuter of Air into Earth 66. Bad-gerd-tum Supreme Transmuter of Air into Dust 67. Adar-kibritatum Supreme Transmuter of Fire into Divine Sparks 68. Bad-gar-jae Spreading Air Everywhere 69. Ah-tum Creator of Lifegiving Water 70. Gail-adar-gar Transmuter of Dust into Fire 71. Gail-vad-gar Transmuter of Dust into Air 72. Gail-nam-gar Transmuter of Dust into Water 73. Gar-gar Master Craftsman 74. Garo-gar Rewarder of Sincere Desires 75. Gar-a-gar Creator of All Humanity and its Actions 76. Gar-a-gar-gar Creator of All Human and Animal Life 77. A-gar-agar Creator of All the Four Elements 78. A-gar-a-gar-gar Creator of All the Planets and All Other Worlds 79. A-guman Never in Doubt 80. A-jaman Ageless 81. A-Khuan Eternally Awake 82. Amast Ever-Alert 83. Fashutana Ever-Protecting 84. Padmani Recorder of Man's Actions 85. Firozgar Victorious 86. Khudawand Lord of the Universe 87. Ahuramazd Lord of Life and Wisdom 88. Abarin-kuhan-tawan Preserver of Creation 89. Abarin-nao-tawan Renewer of Creation 90. Vaspan Embracing All Creation 91. Vaspar Giver of All Things 92. Khawar Infinitely Patient 93. Ahu Lord of Existence 94. Avakhshidar Forgiver of Sins 95. Dadar Divine Creator 96. Raiyomand Rayed in Glory 97. Khorehmand Haloed in Light 98. Davar Lord of Justice 99. Karfaigar Lord of Just Rewards 100. Bokhtar Liberator 101. Farsho-gar Awakener of Eternal Spring "One of the prayers is so intriguing, so beautiful. The prayers were given to us, but he (Baba) would also participate while we recited them. Why he wanted us to recite them we did not know. They were not just for writing down. They required active and sincere participation on our parts. "We were asked to recite the '101 Names of God' according to the Zoroastrian prayer book. We used to recite them without knowing the meaning behind them, for they are in a dead language of ten thousand years ago. "Baba translated each one of the 101 names of God, what each name meant. For example, Ezad means the one worthy of worship." Eruch Jessawala, 1980, Meherazad, Aw 19:2 p8 A ZOROASTRIAN PRAYER translated from Gujerati (?) by Meher Baba In the name of God almighty I praise and utter almighty God full of glory full of radiance all-knowing preserver of all God of gods king of kings protector of all creator of all things created bestower of bounties and giver of food to all Lord of nature almighty God the Ancient one forgive us bestower of grace O merciful O omnipotent O omniscient O Lord of all O nourisher of purity Aw 19:2 p13 "This prayer is from the Avesta, the Zoroastrian book of prayer. Meher Baba said it is the heart of that book, that it came from Zoroaster himself. He also said that when he was Zoroaster he sang this song." Elaine Cox, from the liner notes of the recording 'Song of Huma 2' MAY THY WILL BE DONE May thy will be done, O Perfect one, my will not prevail. It's of no avail where union with thee is concerned. I will toil and I will strive while I am alive to love and obey all night and all day till union with thee I have earned. Meher Baba 4 October 1959, Meherazad AO p174 PRAYING WITH BABA "When we were in Poona last summer, in Guruprasad, the Parvardigar Prayer and the Prayer of Repentance had to be recited. The men would be on one side, and the women on the other. "Baba would come to the men, and then Eruch would recite the prayers. All the men stood up, and Baba stood up every time with joined hands. "And then he would come to the women Mandali. They would all stand up, I would recite the prayers, and again Baba would stand with hands joined. "Even then it didn't strike us, because this was the first time he did that. And Baba said that such a prayer had never been seen before, and never will be, and that his 'reciting,' his participating in the prayer while we said it (he stood only because he would not utter the words; it was him praying, really), his joining in the prayer with us would mean benefit for each one who recited this prayer. And after he dropped his body, the benefit would be great for them." Mani Irani, Poona, 14 April 1969, HM p 609- 610 "When a prayer was given by him... some words were in Gujerati, Urdu, some in Hindi or Persian, most in English. Then we'd do a little dressing-up in English, and read it out to Baba, and he'd approve what he'd dictated. He also inspired the ones who were doing the dressing-up. The whole thing was 'rattled out' in the first place, given quite spontaneously... "Then there were the traditional 'orthodox' prayers Baba wanted us to recite. I still remember them: a Christian prayer, a Zoroastrian prayer, a Sikh prayer. These were sorted out for special occasions. A Christian woud be asked to read a Christian prayer, a Hindu a Hindu prayer, a Muslim a Muslim prayer, a Buddhist a Buddhist prayer. Followers of Guru Nanak would be asked to read a Sikh prayer... "We were asked to recite the '101 Names of God' according to the Zoroastrian prayer book. We used to recite them without knowing the meaning behind them, for they are in a dead language of ten thousand years ago. Baba translated each one of the 101 names of God, what each name meant. For example, Ezad means 'the one worthy of worship.' "... Whenever Baba expressed his desire, his pleasure that we should collect ourselves and gather for prayers, it was a serious and solemn affair. It was not as we now are, in good humor, talking in a lighter vein about this solemn and serious matter. "We still have that water pot and that blue basin here in Mandali Hall which he used to wash his hands and face before the prayers. He would not only participate with us in the prayers, but prepare himself for such prayers. He didnÕt say anything to us, that we should keep prepared for prayers. But knowing his ways, and how he would want us to keep clean and tidy for prayers, we also remained prepared, not knowing when he would ask us to recite the prayers. We would keep our feet ready, washed and clean, for who knows when he would want us to put our foot forward for him to bow down to. With the God-man putting his head on our feet, we couldnÕt stand around dirty or with wet feet. We had to keep ourselves clean and prepared for all such occasions. But many times we were caught unawares. Then he would say, 'It's all right, it doesn't matter.' "He would be the first one who kept himself prepared for the prayers. After having washed his hands and splashed water on his face, and after properly drying his face and hands with a napkin, he would call the rest of the Mandali in his presence. He wouldn't want anybody to miss the occasion. He wanted all his Mandali around him at the time of prayers. Then he'd start. He would stand up and gesture, 'Say the prayer.' "Naturally, in the beginning, we had to read it out, the Master's Prayer. It came to my lot to read the prayer aloud while all would remain silent. All present had to be silent, while any one person would recite or read the prayer. Baba would stand up, and remain standing, during the whole prayer, and all of us would be standing around him in a circle. He remained the central figure, either here or at Guruprasad or anywhere in the country, wherever he chose to pray. "At the time of reading aloud the Master's Prayer, I once felt that Baba would want me to recite it instead of reading it out. So I tried to learn it by heart. Also just in case no prayer book was available. I felt confident that I could now do away with the book. When Baba called as usual for the prayer book printed by Warren Healy. Remember him? A beautiful soul. He lived a dedicated life printing so many Baba booklets. "I replied, 'Baba, I have learnt it by heart.' 'So you learned the prayer?' 'Yes, Baba.' 'Good. Recite.' 'O Parvardigar, the preserver and protector of...' "I couldn't even remember a word beyond this. So Baba waited for awhile, and I tried again³ Eventually he gestured 'Go get the book.' "Never again did I attempt to recite it by heart. I always read the prayer in front of him. To this day, I don't know any of the prayers by heart. "So I had to read them out from the prayer book every time he asked for the prayers. All would be there. Baba would join his hands and stand as one of us in our midst, and his look and his gaze woudl be of one deep in the act of adoration, totally absorbed, participating in the prayers... After the prayer ended with 'You are named Ezad - the only one worthy of worship,' he would bow down, like this, in the act of worship. After a minute of this, Baba would want the prayer to be followed by the Prayer of Repentance. Everyone would be in readiness as I would begin to read out 'We repent, O God most merciful...' His gesture for the Repentance Prayer was that he would begin to softly slap his cheeks with both hands. Now this is the gesture denoting repentance (Eruch slapped his cheeks). It's not just this... patting your cheeks. Among the worshippers, may they be Muslims, Hindus, Zoroastrians, while they pray for repentance, it is customary for the one to slap one's cheeks with both hands while saying, 'I repent, I repent.' "The Mandali were there with Baba for the prayer, but he didn't want the Mandali to slap their cheeks as a mark of repentance, because it was he who did it on our behalf. We could hear him constantly slapping his cheeks during the entire prayer, but this was not at all disturbing, as he slapped softly but audibly. "Once Baba guided me to say at the end of this prayer, 'Amen.' So I do it every time I end the prayer..." "The sequel to the Prayer of Repentance in presence of Baba was very thought- provoking. This is how it was: he would sit down in Mandali Hall after the prayer on his sofa chair, and some sort of high footstool would be improvised in front of Baba, so that he could easily bend down while sitting and place his forehead on the foot of the Mandali. He would gesture, 'Put your right foot here. At the moment of contact, when my forehead touches you, you call aloud one name of God that's dear to you, as many times as my forehead touches your foot.' "So Zoroastrians used to call out 'Ahuramazda' at the moment of contact... 'Ahuramazda' would be heard by the rest of the Mandali each time Baba made contact. It might be six or seven times - we wouldn't know the number of times he'd want to do it. The Muslims say 'Allah' at the moment of contact. Christians called out 'God the Beyond.' And some called out 'Parvardigar.' The Iranis called out 'Yezdan.' The Sikhs were heard saying 'Wahi-Guru,' which means God in the Beyond Beyond state. "We were a cosmopolitan group around Baba. It would not be a crowd, but just a few Mandali, about ten, eleven or twelve of us around him, that's all, but we were a cosmopolitan group. "So this would happen day after day. Sometimes for months together, there would not be such prayers, and sometimes it would be a daily affair. There was no set schedule, no such thing as a daily repetition. Yet, if it was his pleasure, you had to present yourself at the time of the prayer call, when you had to leave everything and be in attendance.... "But in later years, in 1968, when his health was visibly deteriorating, going from bad to worse, he ordered for the prayers to be read out daily... At the time of the prayer, Baba would ask someone to help him stand up, because one must stand up for prayers, and he said he had to participate in the prayers. So he started with one person helping him stand up. Then I would begin to read the prayers. Often he would gesture, 'Let's finish it off soon.' "Now the prayer he had dictated for humanity is meant for human beings to say with all their heart and soul, so you can't rush through any prayer, much less the Master's Prayer. Yet the author, while he participates as one of humanity, says 'Finish it off soon.' So naturally I say it out a little bit more rapidly, knowing that his health condition does not permit him to stand up for a longer time. "Then, with the passage of time, as months passed by, it wasn't possible for him to stand alone; someone had to hold him. And all the time he remained standing with hands folded and joined like this (Eruch demonstrated). The time did come when each day he gestured, 'Read it faster.' So I read the prayer faster and more rapidly each day. "Then a time came when two people had to hold him, and he looked as if he wasn't there with us - far away, somewhere else... but he continued to participate solemnly as ever before. Then he'd say, snap-snapping his fingers, 'Hurry up, hurry up, read it faster.' Later on, at the very end of this period, I'd read it very, very rapidly, skipping periods, commas, and so on.One day it came to such a pitch, when he gestured 'Do it (snap) - fast! I can't stand up longer.' "I rattled off the prayer at such high speed that it echoed in my mind as if I were an express train going through a station without any stops. I'm in the midst of reading like this, and all of a sudden I burst out laughing, because it was so ridiculous to me to pray like that. I could hear my own voice echoing as if I were rattling through all the stations. The picture came to me of a speeding express train, and I laughed loudly halfway through the prayer. Then I controlled myself and resumed my reading of the prayer. "Baba didn't say anything. He just stood there. Everyone around me was serious. After the prayer ended, he sat down in his chair. Everything was finished and we settled down. After awhile, he asked, 'What made you laugh? What made you do that in that prayer? "So I said, 'It happened uncontrollably, because I could hear my own voice rushing through the whole prayer. It appeared to me I'm a railroad train rattling through all the stations without stopping, without caring for passengers. Something happened in my mind and gave me that picture. The situation was so ridiculous that I burst out laughing. "He gestured, 'You're mad. You have no idea what is happening here. To you it seems ridiculous. For me it is no joke, in this state of my health, to participate in this prayer. I have given it to humanity, to posterity, to say it. And whenever anyone recites it after I pass away, because of my participation now, it will help the one who repeats this prayer. "'So that's why I want the prayer said. It has nothing to do with your speed or how you read it out, or anything of this sort. All that matters is my having participated in the prayer. So every time anybody repeats the prayer, I am there with him. My presence is there." Eruch Jessawala, 1980, Meherazad, Aw 19:2 p8, 13-17 Another version of part of this talk is in IT p84- 85 "We had a wonderful talk with Eruch yesterday on the other side of the garden wall (mandali quarters), and he told us many things. One was that at a certain time Baba would have him read the Master's Prayer and the Prayer of Repentance to the mandali. "Each day Baba would say, 'Read them faster and faster,' until Eruch realised that Baba would always stand for the prayers, and that his hip must be paining him to stand. "Eruch said, 'Baba, why don't you sit? After all, they are your prayers, and there is no need to stand.' "Baba replied, 'I must stand. I want to put life into these prayers so they will go on forever.' Elizabeth Patterson, in a letter to Jane Haynes, 11 February 1970 LL p463-464 An interesting story told by Eruch about Dr. Deshmukh and his reaction to Baba's prayers can be found in Aw 19:2 p14-16, and another version in IT p85-87 PRAYING TO MEHER BABA "Baba said that we should pray to him without any expectation of material or spiritual reward. "Prayer is just to remember him wholeheartedly with deep love for him. And if you happen to ask him anything after praying, you can do so with love for him and faith in him; but do not expect any answer from him to your asking. Just leave it to his sweet will and compassion. That is what beloved Baba told us about prayers." Mani Irani, 23 October 1980, LF2 p84 Eruch Jessawala remembered some of the things Meher Baba had mentioned about praying to him. These are not direct quotes, but a paraphrase: 'About prayers, Baba has always said, pray. It is good to pray. But the prayer that reaches me is not a long list of your wants.That will never reach me. But just say my name. Even if it be just my name, it will reach me. 'But then, man's heart is such, when it pours out, it pours out in many words. So let those words help you to glorify me. And even if there is a long, long list of all the glories that you attribute to me, that will reach me. 'But when you pray asking me for something, that prayer does not reach me. But if you ask me and don't expect an answer, then that reaches me too. 'Sometimes we follow him the way he wants us to, and sometimes we make him follow us, and that's where the trap is... Religions crop up, dogmas form, churches, temples and mosques are built, trying to edify him. But we forget him and adore the mansion of the Lord. 'As Baba himself has put it, very humorously, you pray, you pray with great devotion, but you pour your devotion into the prayer, and you forget the Lord to whom you pray. You remember the prayer and forget the Lord.' from a tape recording, November 7, 1977 The Love Street Lamppost, January-March 1998, p.8 OTHER PRAYERS MONAJAT "... One day Baba said to Naja, big Khorshed and myself, 'Come, girls, bring a pad and pencil and sit down.' "We sat in front of Baba with our pads and pencils, and Baba asked, 'What prayers do you say?' "We told him, 'Our sacred thread prayers, Baba.' Baba knew this prayer only took five minutes to say. "What,' Baba said, 'you only give five minutes to God? All day long you are eating and talking and washing and sweeping and enjoying yourselves. All day you're tending to yourselves, and you can spare just five minutes to remember God and to praise him? That's not enough. I'm going to dictate a prayer to you, and you write it down.' 'I had had my schooling at a convent where we had learned to write in English, not in Gujerati. And while I spoke Gujerati fluently, I wrote it very slowly. However, I started writing. It took Baba about five minutes to dictate the prayer. "When he had finished, Baba took big Khorshed's pad to see if she had taken the prayer down properly. He corrected it, and gave it back to her. He then took Naja's pad, corrected that, and gave it back to her. It was my turn, and I was still struggling with the first line. "Baba looked at my pad and said, 'You've written only one line. Why is that?' "I replied, 'Baba, I have had very little practice in writing Gujerati. I went to a convent, and not a Parsi school, and before that I studied Gujerati for a very short time. All these years I've had no practice writing it.' "Baba was all smiles, and he said, 'All right, give me your pencil.' He took my pencil and wrote down the whole prayer for me. I was very glad that I did not know how to write Gujerati, because now I had the prayer in Baba's own handwriting. "The prayer is a very beautiful one called 'Monajat.' When Baba was a young boy at his parents' house, he would get up early every morning, and with his beautiful voice sing this prayer with his parents. It must have been so lovely to hear Baba's voice singing this beautiful prayer." Mehera Irani, M p50-51 (1924, Quetta) SAINT FRANCIS' PRAYER 'Why were the saints saints? Because they were cheerful when it was difficult to be cheerful, patient when it was difficult to be patient, because they pushed on when they wanted to stand still, kept silent when they wanted to talk, and were agreeable when they wanted to be disagreeable.' "Then he'd* say, this is Saint Francis' prayer... That was all. It was quite simple. I don't remember why it was written." Eruch Jessawala, Aw 19:2 p10 (It's not clear who wrote this prayer) *Baba MAY WE BE WORTHY Beloved Avatar Meher Baba ki jai May we be worthy of your most beautiful, precious love, Baba darling. May we keep loving you more and more through good thoughts, good words, and good deeds, and may we please you by remembering you always. Mehera Irani 1960s?
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