Selected Correspondence Vineeto
Merwan Sheriar Irani aka Meher Baba
RESPONDENT: Here are 3 cases for consideration that seem to me like ‘genuine enlightenment’ without the typical meditation and preparation that goes along with seeking it. (…) Meher Baba – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meher_Baba
VINEETO: (...) I had to do some research on Merwan Sheriar Irani known as Meher Baba as, although I knew of him, I knew virtually nothing about his life before enlightenment.
Here are some excerpts from a 20-volume biography (http://www.lordmeher.org/index.jsp?pageBase=text.jsp&nextPage=home) about his very early interests and aspirations in life –
Additionally, his father had been a dervish (a religious man who has taken vows of poverty and austerity, Oxford Dictionary) and was convinced of his son’s spiritual nature. (p160)
In his youth, Merwan was in the habit of gazing at the stars and moon – sometimes for hours late into the night. (p160) Merwan had always been drawn to solitary places and derived such profound peace from these hours … (p171) Merwan and Ramnath [a devout Buddhist friend] became loyal companions and would go off to a secluded spot to meditate on God together. The two boys particularly liked going to the burning ghats, the Hindu crematory grounds, where they would sit repeating different names of God. The two boys usually went to meditate at night and sometimes stayed as late as ten o’clock at the ghats – exchanging their views on God, religion and spirituality. (p186)
‘One day in 1912, while Merwan was sitting outside his house, suddenly his inner sight opened. He saw the divine effulgence of God most clearly and immediately lost all bodily consciousness. Although his eyelids remained open, he was merged in divine bliss. (…) After that experience of the Noor state (the light of God) Merwan increasingly felt some great urge within – some powerful feeling that he was different from other men. This feeling of being different persisted, though he had no consciousness of his spiritual identity.’ (p195)
Here is how the biography describes the famous ‘kiss’ –
So what the Wikipedia link you gave describes as Hazrat Babajan, ‘whose kiss unveiled him spiritually to his state of God-consciousness or God-realization’ was apparently an event that needs to be seen in the context of his religious upbringing, and at least seven on-going years of a passion for meditation, inner peace and the realization of ‘Eternity’.
I have heard it said before that enlightened masters are seemingly able to transfer enlightenment to some of their disciples – in fact that is one of the reasons why disciples flock around spiritual masters – but what always seems to be required on the disciple’s part is a passion for enlightenment/ Divinity, an unwavering devotion and an unquestioning surrender to the master.
VINEETO: I had to do some research on Merwan Sheriar Irani known as Meher Baba as, although I knew of him, I knew virtually nothing about his life before enlightenment. Here are some excerpts from a 20-volume biography (http://www.lordmeher.org/index.jsp?pageBase=text.jsp&nextPage=home) about his very early interests and aspirations in life –
RESPONDENT: Finally, Meher Baba. He certainly qualifies for one involved in and exposed to ‘spiritual disciplines’, so he definitely was primed by the culture, religious outlook, and his upbringing for what he experienced as a result of Babajan’s infamous kiss. From what I’ve read – I don’t see that he was involved in intense meditation such as someone like Suzanne Segal or those intentionally pursuing enlightenment.
VINEETO: It was certainly more uncommon for a Westerner such as Suzanne Segal to be involved in spiritual discipline than for an Indian such as Meher Baba and therefore when an Indian boy practices meditation it may seem less significant. However, the 20-volume biography on Meher Baba is so detailed that it becomes obvious that he had a more than an average interest in the Transcendental – he had burning passion to ‘realize Eternity’ and to merge with the Divine and this passion expressed itself in long hours of meditation in various forms from an early age.
Of course it is also part of popular legend that enlightened beings are no ordinary people, that they are chosen by (a) god, that they are special from birth, that they have an evolved soul earned through numerous virtuous past lives and that in their last life everything just falls into their lap. I know those myths well from tales of Mohan Rajneesh, tales that are deliberately promulgated in order to keep the mystery, the mystique and the superiority of enlightened beings alive.
RESPONDENT: So, unless I see that he was involved in such arduous efforts over many years, it still seems to me as if he would be an exception in the case in which only the word ‘and’ is used in your statement above. Now that you have modified your statement to read ‘and/or,’ it appears that he may not be an exception under that understanding. I read quite a bit of his 20 volume official biography some years ago, but as my memory is often faulty – I don’t recall how much he was actually involved in spiritual disciplines himself – though he definitely showed ‘spiritual aptitude’ and a fascination with Divine states of mind.
VINEETO: Well, to me he was no exception according to my modified ‘and/or’ statement in that he actively pursued spirituality and indulged in spiritual practices from a very early childhood and his enlightenment did not just happen on its own accord. Here are some more examples from the above-mentioned biography –
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