The telephone blesses the master

There was once a very great spiritual Master who had many disciples of all ages. Unfortunately, all of the disciples had problems and the Master used to spend a lot of time talking on the telephone. This Master did not sleep very much. In the small hours of the morning, when his disciples were all home in bed, he used to meditate on them and on the Earth-consciousness.

At midnight one night, the Master’s telephone rang. He picked up the phone and heard an elderly lady saying, “Mary, Mary, how many times did I tell you not to marry that guy?” Then she hung up.

The Master knew it was a wrong number, but he felt sorry that this woman’s daughter had made a bad marriage. So the spiritual Master prayed, “O Mother of the Saviour, do take care of your namesake and protect Your sacred name.”

At three o’clock that morning the Master’s telephone rang again. This time the caller was a middle-aged man. “Why don’t you die at this very moment so that I can have my children back?” he shouted at the Master. “Why don’t you have children of your own and play with them? Why do you have to play with my children?” Then he hung up.

The Master used his occult power to find out who the man was and the next day he told the man’s children to go back to their father.

The children said to the Master, “Master, we shall go back to our parents, although we have done nothing wrong to you. It is our parents who have insulted you. But since you have asked us to go back to them, we shall go. And we shall forgive your injustice. But we shall not forget the love and compassion which you have shown us on so many occasions.”

That night, the Master got a phone call at four o’clock. A young girl said to him, “Did God tell you that you have realised Him, or is it your own imagination that says so?”

The Master said to the girl, “God didn’t tell me of His own accord, but I forced Him to say that I have realised Him and that it is not my imagination. It is my declaration through God’s lips that I have realised God.”

At five o’clock in the morning the telephone rang again. A young man’s voice said, “Why do you think of yourself as God? What is wrong with you?”

The Master used his occult power and saw that the youth was a hippie and a drug addict. Then he answered, “Nothing is wrong with me. I don’t consider myself God; I consider myself God’s lion and God’s dog. When I stand before a person like you, I feel that I am God’s roaring lion. When I stand in front of my devoted disciples, I feel that I am God’s faithful dog.”

At six o’clock the Master got another call. This time it was from a young, arrogant disciple of his, who said to the Master, “What right have you to talk about marriage? My wife and I got married long before we came to your path. You have no right to break up a happy marriage.”

The Master replied, “True, I have no right to break up a happy marriage, but I have every right to break up your loveless, heartless, baleful and baneful marriage. For that is what your souls want and that is what God wants,” Then he hung up on the disciple.

The telephone disturbed him again at seven o’clock. A young girl disciple said to him, “Master, please do me a favour. I really want to marry Roger. I desperately need him. Please tell him to marry me.”

The Master said, “Have you asked Roger whether he needs you desperately, as well?”

“I asked him,” the young girl replied, “but he said that the one he needs desperately is you and not me. What am I going to do?”

“My child, please be just,” the Master said. “Since he needs me desperately and I also need him, please allow me to have him. Since we want each other, we deserve to get each other. And if you want to please him, then try to please me. For that will please him most.”

At eight o’clock the telephone rang again. An elderly lady said to the Master, “How dare you ask my daughter to marry a Jew! We are all staunch Catholics. You are simply throwing my daughter to the dogs! It is like asking me to give a pound of flesh right from my chest! You are the Shylock of the twentieth century!”

The Master replied, “True, I am the Shylock of the twentieth century, but where is the Portia of the twentieth century to save you?”

At nine o’clock the Master got another call. An elderly man said, “You unthinkable, incredible impostor! How dare you ask my son to marry a Christian girl! I tell you, even your Jesus Christ would not approve of this match. For my sake, for Christ’s sake, stop this marriage! If you don’t, you will definitely go to hell!”

The Master said, “I am so happy to hear that you are ready to send me to hell. I wish to go there immediately, for the place I am living in now is infinitely worse than hell!”

At ten o’clock the telephone rang again. This time the Master did not answer it. When it stopped ringing, he immediately called the telephone company and asked them to remove the telephone from his house.

The ascent and descent of the disciples

In ancient times there lived a great Yogi, This particular Yogi had thousands of disciples, but he had only twenty disciples whom he considered his first class disciples. Aside from them, he had second class, third class, fourth class, fifth class, sixth class and seventh class disciples. But, unfortunately, even the first class disciples did not always remain first class, Some days they would drop to second, third or fourth class disciples.

One day some of his former first class disciples, who had fallen to fourth class, went to the Yogi and most fervently asked him a few questions. Their first question was, “How is it possible for us to descend from the peak? Is it due to our mistakes or are you just sick of us since you always seem to favour new life and new inspiration?”

The Yogi said, “No, I am not sick of you people. Had I been sick of you, I would have asked you to leave my ashram. And I am not fonder of the new. I am fond of the eternal, which is everlastingly new."

Then the fallen disciples asked the Yogi, “Is it true in your case that familiarity breeds contempt? Since we have been close to you for a long time, is it possible that you no longer find us charming, inspiring or encouraging?”

The Yogi said, “No, you are wrong. In the ordinary human way, familiarity breeds contempt. But in the case of a spiritual Master and his disciples, it is through familiarity that the Master carries his disciples to the highest height. It is through familiarity, the Master feels, that one day the chosen disciples will become totally part and parcel of his realisation and manifestation.”

Then the disciples asked another question. “Is it possible for the Master to smile outwardly at a disciple but inwardly to have no feeling for him?”

The Master said, “No! If the Master smiles that means he still has compassion for the particular disciple.”

“Is it possible,” they asked, “for a sixth class disciple to come up to first class?” The Master said, “It is quite possible. As with a ladder or a tree, you can climb up and you can fall down. But you must remember that climbing up the tree or the ladder is infinitely more difficult than falling down. ”

Then the disciples asked, “Will this always happen in the same way? Now we are washed away by other disciples. Will those disciples one day be washed away too?”

The Master said, “Why not? If they misbehave, if they disappoint me as you have done, naturally they will also be washed away. I am walking along the eternal path. People who become tired on the way leave me. We walk together for a while, and when they are tired either they leave me or they begin to descend the ladder. Then they travel very slowly.”

“What compels us,” asked the disciples, “to descend?”

“Insecurity, jealousy, fear, doubt and self-indulgence,” the Yogi replied.

“And what can take us back to our original status?” they asked “What will enable us to travel with you again at the fastest speed?”

The Yogi said, “Constant gratitude to the Master for having accepted you as his disciples and for allowing you to remain his disciples will give you this capacity. Even if the Master does not give you anything — not even an iota of Peace, Light or Bliss — even then his very acceptance of you is something vast, infinite and fulfilling. If you take it in this way then you can come back to your previous standard.”

The disciples asked another question: “Master, you had some very close disciples who have left you. How is it that they now seem quite happy? When they were close to you they were unhappy. Why were they unhappy?”

The Master said, “Although they were my close disciples, jealousy did not leave them. Fear, doubt, insecurity, anxieties, worries did not leave them. That is why they were unhappy.”

“Then why did you make them first class disciples in the first place?” asked the fallen disciples.

The Master said, “It is a matter of standard. First class disciples have insecurity, jealousy, fear and doubt, but in comparison to other disciples it is much less. In spite of their imperfections, they are wholeheartedly and implicitly ready to follow my path. Whereas others who have these imperfections are not fully ready to follow the path. The first class disciples are fully aware of their imperfections, but they know that these difficulties must one day be overcome. But in the case of the disciples who left me, their undivine qualities overcame them before they could overcome these qualities.”

“Do you consider it a failure, an utter failure for you, that people who have received so much concern, blessing, love and attention from you have now deserted you?” the disciples continued.

The Master said, “Who has deserted whom? If you say that they have deserted me, on the physical plane you are right. But on the spiritual plane I am sorry to tell you that peace has deserted them, divine fulfilment has deserted them. What you call their happiness or what you take to be their happiness is only a sham. It is not real happiness. When their soul’s come to the fore, they feel a barren dessert in their hearts. Inwardly they burst into tears at every moment, feeling what they were and what they are now, what they had and what they have now. Previously they tried to play the role of sincerity, but now they are playing the role of self-deception.”

Then the disciples asked their last question: “Do these close disciples who leave you hurt your mission in any way?”

The Yogi said, “To a very limited extent. Nobody can destroy the divine manifestation of a spiritual Master, but if some close disciples who have been with the Master for many, many years leave him, then they delay his manifestation. When they were like a tiny seed, the Master sowed them. When the seed germinated, the Master nourished them and cared for them until the tiny plant began to grow into a tree which could nourish and shelter others. But if then the tree collapses through ignorance, or if the tree is struck down before it can fully mature, naturally it is a loss. But luckily the Master has the capacity to sow another seed and hopefully this new seed will germinate well and finally grow into a giant banyan tree.

The divine mission can never be destroyed. If the chosen instruments fail, if they disappoint the Master, this only delays the victory. But the ultimate victory is bound to come. And who knows but that the new instruments will perhaps offer more shelter, more peace, more love, more consolation, more light to the world at large than the others would have. There is no defeat, no failure; only temporary setbacks. The ultimate victory is bound to dawn.”

Death, may I come in?

Death, may I come in?
“No, definitely not!
You are a shameless liar;
You are a worthless coward,
An impossible creature!

“Hundreds of times
You have begged of me
To allow you
To enter into my lifeless hall,
And I have given you
My immediate permission.
Yet you have invited fear
To capture your heart.

“No more opportunity
Shall be given to you.
With you I shall not share
My nectar-pleasure
And my silence-treasure,

Delayed arrival

Death, I do not deny
That I have badly disappointed you,
I have been delaying and delaying my arrival.
But you can easily forgive me
Because my mother,
My father, my brother,
My sister and many
Bosom friends of mine
Committed suicide.
They came to you;
They entered into your hall
Long before they were due,
I am sure their early arrival
Can stand against my late arrival.

"You fool, they came in
Before I invited them.
They are unpardonable intruders.
Never do I forgive the intruders,
Nor does God forgive the life-takers.
I have thrown the members of your family
And your friends
Into the lowest hell,
Far beyond your imagination’s flight.
Ceaseless torture
Has embraced them.”

"I give you my first and last piece of advice:
Never take your life away,

"Although in your case the time has already expired,
And in spite of my immediate need and demand for your presence,
I am ready to wait for you

Death, where are my brothers?

Death, where are my
Divine brothers,
Sri Krishna and the Christ?
Do you know anything
About them?
Did they enjoy your company?
Did you enjoy their company?
"I hate your divine brothers.
They did not say a word
In my favour
  On earth.
They spoke only of Eternal Life,
My eternal enemy.
But my big heart forgave them;
I immediately showed them
The way to the highest Heaven.
I must say that
Gratitude did not altogether
Desert your divine brothers.
The pride of the East
And the pride of the West
Both garlanded me
Before they left me
For their Father.
Needless to say,
Their Father and my Father
Are eternally one
And supremely inseparable."

Death, why do you live?

Death, why do you live?

“I live because
Your human life needs divine rest,
Your human life deserves supreme rest
After you have fought
The battlefield of life.”

Death, when will you die?

“I shall die
The moment
Bondage and ignorance
Forget your life
And the life of the Earth.”

Death, tell me something please

Death, tell me
Something about you, please.

"I shall tell you
The most important thing
About me.
I love God because He is supremely great.
I love man because he is hopelessly helpless.”

Questions on God

AUM 1049-1078. Sri Chinmoy invited the New York disciples to ask him questions about God

Question: Does God have free will?

Sri Chinmoy: God the Eternal Compassion has no free will of His own. God the supreme Perfection has nothing but free will. God’s free will in the aspiring souls is His life-immortalising transcendental gift.

Question: Does God know me personally?

Sri Chinmoy: Yes, God knows you personally. Do you know why? Here is the simple reason: just because you know His divine representative on earth, personally and soulfully,

Question: When will I see God?

Sri Chinmoy: When you live in your soul you see God all the time. When you live in your heart you feel God all the time. But when you live in the mind, in the vital and in the physical, you neither see nor feel God. You want to know when you will see God. I wish to tell you that you will be able to see God with your naked eyes only when you have become an unconditionally surrendered seeker of the Supreme and when you have made this unconditional surrender of yours a permanent reality.

Question: How can I give God constant joy?

Sri Chinmoy: You can give God constant joy when you are absolutely determined to be nothing but His Football, His Flute and His Song.

Question: How can I remember God all day?

Sri Chinmoy: You can remember God all day if you discover the supreme truth that except God-realisation there is nothing on earth worth achieving and worth becoming.

Question: When was God most pleased with man?

Sri Chinmoy: God was most pleased with man when he desired. God is most pleased with man when he aspires. God will be most pleased with man when he unconditionally surrenders.

Question: Does God mind when I think mainly of you and rarely of Him?

Sri Chinmoy: God does not mind when you think mainly of me and rarely of Him because my existence-reality is His Feet. How can the Heart-God be displeased when somebody is climbing up to Him on the Ladder of His Compassion-Feet?

When you see a father and a child together, if you start appreciating the beauty of the child and admiring the divine qualities of the child, the father does not become jealous. On the contrary, he becomes so proud of his son, who is being admired, because he feels that the child is absolutely his achievement.