Introduction: Meeting Meher Baba
On the Title: LIFE ETERNAL
Key to Abbreviations
Book One is made up entirely of explanations
given by Meher Baba. They are divided by subject into 46
In each chapter the earliest quotes are at the beginning and the
more recent quotes are toward the end. The previously published
sources of the quotes are given in abbreviated form. The
abbreviations are explained in the Key to Abbreviations.
Because EVERYTHING in Book One is a quotation of Meher Baba,
individual quotes are not marked with his name.
Sometimes an explanation was written up by a disciple from notes
Baba dictated. In such cases the quote is marked 'from notes
given by Meher Baba.' I think these rewritten statements are
fairly trustworthy, but they are not in Baba's exact words. Even
ordinary quotes of Baba have often been reworded by editors and
After reading a chapter of Book One, take a look at the
corresponding chapter in Book Two. Some of the most interesting
material is there.
There could have been many more subjects covered here.
The choice of subjects is essentially arbitrary.
CHAPTERS OF BOOK ONE
Book Two contains stories, anecdotes, quotes
from Meher Baba's disciples and devotees, etc. There are also a
number of direct quotes of Meher Baba that require background
information to be understood (the quotes in Book One are
In Book Two all quotes of Meher Baba are followed by his
Quotes of others (for instance, Eruch Jessawala) are followed by
their names. Any unattributed part of the notes is by the editor.
This is different from Book One, where ALL quotes are of Meher
Baba, but are not marked individually with his name.
Within each chapter, the material is generally arranged in
sequence of time; meaning that quotes or stories from the 1920s
come first, then those from the 1930s, and so on. But there are a
There are 53 chapters in Book Two.
CHAPTERS OF BOOK TWO
INCARNATIONS OF THE AVATAR
Jesus Christ :
Life of Jesus - Teachings of Jesus
If you're not familiar with Meher Baba's teachings:
Notes on Chapters of BOOK ONE
AGENTS are men and women who work on the inner planes of
consciousness for Perfect Masters and the Avatar. There are also
discarnate Agents who are of a different line of evolution.
ANGELS are beings who live in the inner planes.
ARCHANGELS are beings who live between the sixth and seventh
THE ASTRAL WORLD is the realm between the Gross and Subtle
worlds. It is also called the Semi-Subtle world. Most souls go
here between lives before and after experiencing 'heaven' or
THE AVATAR was the first Master of the first God-realised soul.
He incarnates from time to time as a human being and oversees the
creation. Buddhists call him the Buddha, Jews call him the
Mashiakh, Christians call him the Christ, and Muslims call him
COMING ATTRACTIONS is a chapter of some of the things Meher Baba
said about the future. Since the quotes start in the 1920s, many
of them have already come to pass. This chapter is in two
CREATION: How the universe came about.
DEATH: What happens when we die.
DESTINY: Why what happens happens. The old question of fate
versus free will.
DIET: What Meher Baba said about food.
DREAMS: Baba said there are seven kinds. Some are explained
DRUGS: What Meher Baba explained about mind-altering drugs like
the psychedelics, as well as the opiates, alcohol, coffee and
FOLLOWING MEHER BABA: A few of Baba's explanations about how to
GOD-REALISATION: The highest state of consciousness and the goal
of all life.
LIBERATION: Baba used the word 'Liberation' for when a person
attains God-realisation at or after physical death. Liberation is
the final goal for the great majority of souls. A very few,
having realised God, continue to live physically: they are
Majzoobs, Jivanmuktas, Paramahansas and Perfect Masters.
LOVE: What Meher Baba explained about the different kinds of
THE MANDALI were those who lived with and were trained by Meher
MARRIAGE: Who should marry, who shouldn't, and why.
MASTS are spiritually advanced souls who appear mentally ill.
MEDITATION: How and when to do it, and why.
MIRACLES: and their relationship to spirituality.
MISCELLANEOUS: Material that didn't seem to fit well in any of
the other chapters.
MORALITY: How to act, how to live.
THE NOW: About living in the present.
THE PATH: The soul's journey through the seven planes of
PERFECTION: When a God-realised soul returns to normal
consciousness to help and uplift others.
PRAYER: What Baba explained about prayer. For prayers he gave,
see 'Prayers' in Book Two.
QUALIFICATIONS: A set of four articles by Meher Baba entitled
'Qualifications of the Aspirant,' originally published in the
five volume version of Discourses. These articles are an
introduction to the spiritual path. Like the rest of the
Discourses, they were written up from notes dictated by Meher
Baba, probably by Chakradhar Deshmukh.
RELIGION: Meher Baba explained that the various religions are
like patent medicines, which can, at best, alleviate one's
symptoms, but not cure. For the cure, one must, he said, go to
the specialist, the Perfect Master.
SAINTS: Spiritually advanced souls who have the power to help
others, How to tell the real ones from the false.
SACRED PLACES: Places charged with spirituality by the Masters
SPIRITUAL PRACTICES: What we can do to find God (other than
prayer and meditation, which each have their own chapter).
STORIES: A few of the many stories Meher Baba told.
SURRENDER: The attitude of giving over everything physical,
subtle and mental to God or to a Perfect Master.
Notes on Chapters of BOOK TWO
AFFIRMATIONS: Meher Baba sometimes gave people what we now call
affirmations. A few are collected here.
DISCARNATE MASTERS: As a rule a spiritual teacher or Master must
be physically incarnate to help others. This note is about some
of the exceptions.
FALSE BELIEFS: Some common misconceptions.
MAYA: is the principle of ignorance.
OBEDIENCE: Masters sometimes require obedience of their devotees. Why?
PRAYER: A few prayers dictated by Meher Baba, and information
about how they were written and how they were to be spoken or
SANSKARAS: The 'imprints' on the Mental body left by experience.
These imprints are what motivate all our thoughts, speech and
action, and they have to be gotten rid of to realise God.
SPIRITUAL HIERARCHY: The creation is governed spiritually by a
group of advanced souls, led by a Perfect Master or the Avatar.
This note includes some of what Baba explained about the
functioning Spiritual Hierarchy.
THEOSOPHY: a spiritual movement that began in the 1880s in
America, and spread to England, Europe, India and Australia. The
Theosophists taught of the underlying unity of all religions,
reincarnation and karma, the higher planes of consciousness,
spiritual advancement, and spiritually advanced souls. Several
followers of Meher Baba had a background in Theosophy, and this
chapter includes some of Baba's explanations to them.
WORK FOR BABA: Some of what Baba explained about working for him
and for his spiritual cause.
If, after reading about a particular subject in Book One and Book Two, you want to read even more on that subject, I suggest the following books:
DISCOURSES by Meher Baba
GOD SPEAKS by Meher Baba
LOVE ALONE PREVAILS by Kitty Davy
THE PERFECT MASTER by Charles Purdom
THE GOD-MAN by Charles Purdom
These five books are fairly easily obtainable and
have indexes. You don't have to buy them. Your local public
library can probably get them for you, free of charge, by
interlibrary loan. Just ask at the main desk. It may take a week
or two. (Check first in case the book you want is already in the
stacks of your local library).
There are many other books by and about Meher Baba, but without
indexes, so searching for something particularmeans wading
through the entire book. For a list of these books, see 'Further
Reading.' Another good place to look is the websitelordmeher.org
which is a searchable biography of Meher Baba by Veer Singh
"The great enemy to spiritual progress is the
belief you know already. Knowledge is unfolded. Pray to be
willing, at every stage, to be ignorant, so that you can be
(Thuksey Rinpoche was a Tibetan Buddhist teacher in India. This
quote is from 'Hidden Journey: A Spiritual Awakening' by Andrew
"One last word of apology. In a work of this
nature, involving close application to detail, and at the same
time covering an immense field, wrought out alone and unaided,
mistakes, both of commission and omission, must inevitably have
occurred. Should any student detect any of these, would he be so
kind as to inform the compiler, so that, in the event of future
editions, the errors may be set right?"
'The Solar System,' 1930
"... I love and adore all religions; but I am of
no religion. Nor do I seek to establish another religion, or add
to the numberless illusions that divide man against man.
"No religion was ever intended to be anything more than the
gateway to God as Truth; but every religion, in the course of
time, has been converted into a veil, obstructing the undimmed
perception of the one Truth.
"As soon as the Truth of direct inner Realisation is
intellectualised and formulated, it gets enmeshed in creeds and
dogmas. These creeds and dogmas have a tendency to bind the soul
in the very attempt to emancipate it. They cover the Truth in the
very act of seeking to express it.
"This comic tragedy reveals itself in the retrospective analysis
of all the world religions bestowed on man. But it is not
inevitable, if man is invariably vigilant, and remains
unwaveringly loyal to the inner perception of the inexpressible
but unchangeable spiritual Truth, which ever affirms itself as
the one all-embracing Life Divine, at once indivisible and
"The number of my devotees is great, but the
number of my disciples is much less. The devotee seeks the
pleasure of his own devotion, while the disciple's only duty is
to obey the commands of the Master, which is much more difficult.
Devotees select their own Master and surrender to him. A Master
selects his own disciples. Therefore, many can become devotees,
but only a few can become disciples."
Meher Baba, 9 June 1926
Meherabad, LM3 p809
"Just as a thirsty man in the desert under the
hot sun values water more than a heap of pearls and diamonds
placed before him, so also, a true lover of God wants him alone,
and considers every other object as a trifle before him. The real
lover desires no name, fame or money, but his beloved. He who
does not possess such an attribute is a man full of
25 April 1924,
Meherabad, RD p318
Another version: LM2 p624
Don Stevens visited Meher Baba in the 1960s in
India, and remembers the following conversation. Baba's speaking
of himself in third person was the result of his communicating by
hand-gestures through an interpreter.
I was about two thirds of the way through re-editing
Dr.Deshmukh's edition of the Discourses...
On this particular occasion we were discussing some of the
things in the Discourses, and I just tossed off that I was just
not sure that this was ever going to be particularly used, as
there were so many people that feel that it is impossible to
embody the realities of spiritual attainments in words, that
words can actually detract -- even Baba's words.
Baba looked at me as though He had just heard the most
extraordinary thing. He looked absolutely aghast. He said,
"But Don, how could people ever feel that way about Baba's
He said, "As Baba works on these words that He gives out, he
attaches to each word a spiritual energy of great quantity, great
proportion -- and the individual who takes the trouble, even
without understanding, to read Baba's words, taps into this gift
of spiritual energy which the Avatar has attached to his own
Then he looked at me and said,
"It is your responsibility, Don, to impress upon the people that
you are around that Baba has done this, and this spiritual gift
that Baba has attached to His words will help them enormously in
their own spiritual ongoing."
Meher Baba Association Newsletter
November 1997, p6
(ed. Maxine Summers)
"... He who would deeply ponder over the truth which I declare shall eventually be initiated into the LIFE
Aw 5:4 p35
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