On July 17th, (19513) Baba celebrated Kishan Singh’s birthday, and distributed cake and tea. Afterward he continued his discourse on God-Realization given the other day, for the benefit of those who had not been present:
The state of the Majzoob is very splendid. Neither has he anything to do for the world, nor for his body. He himself is drowned, and he is God Himself! Except God, nothing exists for him.
The Jivanmukta is gross conscious. He eats, drinks, but has no concern with the world. The Sadgurus and Avatar also eat and drink, but their connection is with the whole world and with everyone.
God is absolutely independent in His Beyond-Beyond state, so much so that He has no consciousness even of Himself. In that state, He is the source of power, knowledge, bliss, beauty and wisdom, but He is totally unconscious of them. The other day, I said that in the Parabrahma state God is called Allah. He is the Absolute in that state. In it, He is conscious of His knowledge, power, bliss, eternity and infinity, but He cannot express them in that state.
God in human form can express all these. God is eternally independent. To say that God is eternal means that He always was, He always is and He always will be. You cannot grasp this. We cannot comprehend this thing in our normal state.
Imagine that He was. When we say was it means that something existed before it. So what is the beginning and when has it started? There is no beginning at all, and when there is no beginning, how could there be an end? Imagination cannot fathom that which has no beginning and no end. Because imagination is limited, it cannot grasp the Unlimited and the Beyond state is beyond imagination.
This means that we can never be able to understand God through the intellect. Whatever I am saying is also described in the Gita, Upanishads, Vedanta, the Bible and Sufi literature. It is all written, but it has no meaning! Because God is beyond intellect. Mind’s understanding cannot grasp Him. So what is the use of your trying to understand Him by reading? Thus God is beyond understanding.
We also cannot say that God is One. The idea of oneness limits Him, and He is infinite. So we can only say that God IS. We can only say that in the Beyond state, where there is no beginning or end, nothing exists but God. By saying that, we mean that except God there is nothing. Thus, nothing exists! Now we will see how this Nothing is this whole universe!
There is nothing except God. So this “nothing” IS in God in a latent form. If there is only God, then He is everything. So in this infinite everything, there is this latent nothing – but nothing IS.
The first imagination in Vedanta is called the “lahar” (whim); by the Sufis it is called “guman” (fancy). This first imagination was the first urge in the beginningless beginning to know Itself. As soon as this urge appeared, the beginning of the beginning started – not of God, but of the whim which created this Nothing which was latent in God. It was the whim: “Who Am I?” That very moment, with the beginning of the whim, Nothing was produced, and instead of knowing Himself, God began knowing this Nothing.
For example, imagine that when a whim comes you are sound asleep, and Elcha, creating a disturbance, wakes you up. Now the meaning of Elcha’s disturbance is the whim to know oneself. So when you are disturbed, you gradually awake from your sound sleep. When you are awake, what do you see? You see your own shadow before you. Thus, when God was awakened, He saw His own Shadow before Him. After completion of the seven stages [of evolution], His eyes were fully opened and He saw His full Shadow.
The meaning of this full Shadow is the Nothing, which was latent in Paramatma and which manifested itself with the beginning of the whim. He saw this Nothing through the seven stages (gas, stone, vegetable, worm, fish, bird, animal) and then became a man. He completely forgot His infinity. He lost sight of His power, bliss, knowledge and through the medium of the shadow of the Nothing, according to sanskaras, saw Himself in the Nothing.
And He goes on changing forms – at times man, at times woman, at times beautiful, at times ugly, sometimes rich, sometimes poor – He continues to change forms. He experiences suffering and happiness, death and birth – and all this is illusion, sheer imagination, because all is the Nothing which came into being with the start of the whim. His eyes opened fully after passing through the seven stages. After they were completely opened in the form of man, He experienced the outer world; after which He began seeing Himself within in the inner seven states which are called the seven planes.
God wants to know Himself, but before knowing Himself he begins experiencing misery and happiness, as explained. After the journey through the seven planes, He becomes fully conscious of His divinity. You find some people suffering, some happy, some ugly, some beautiful, some rich, some poor. But all this is fancy – delusion.
When you become free, you will realize that all this is a dream!
When God got the whim to know Himself, the beginning began, and that which has a beginning also has an end. So now for this Nothing that is born of the whim, beginning, end and everything that is opposite to God appears.
God is formless in the Beyond-Beyond state. So the Nothing must have form. God is the Everything! And in Him, this Nothing is latent. Nothing is opposite to Everything. The Everything (God) is formless; so, Nothing must have form, as it is contrary to Everything. God is endless; Nothing must have an end. God is infinite; Nothing must be finite. God cannot be called One, because He is so unique in His Oneness (beyond comparison) that He cannot even be called One; whereas Nothing is manifold.
As soon as the Nothing manifests, God, who is independent and beyond law, gets Himself bound by law. Law of what? Of the Nothingness! Now the meaning of this Nothing is nothing. Here it is the Shadow. So what is the shadow of this Shadow of Nothing? How has it happened here?
Demonstrating by pointing out the shadow of Elcha’s hand, Baba stated:
This shadow is due to the light and your hand, as it (shadow) was latent in your hand. Light is the whim. The shadow is latent but it is nothing – yet Nothing IS! This nothing is bound by the law of Nothing.
For us, this law of Nothing is binding. Nothing has three states called “teen bhuvan” (three planes or levels): mental, subtle and gross. All three states are covered by the law. Although everyone’s face is different, yet each has two ears, one nose and two hands, according to the law of Nothing. This law is the cause of every binding and it lasts until one is freed of it.
Everything is fixed according to this law of Nothing. A fixed number of different forms, a fixed number of births and deaths – everything. In reality, all this is nothing! Some births are good, some are not so good. It follows a zigzag pattern. A rich man, then a poor woman. Happiness and misery alternatively until the cycle of births and deaths is complete and emancipation achieved.
The law of the Nothing is in itself nothing! There is no such thing as misery. People cry out, suffer, complain about injustice and all such things, because they are unaware of the law. You think this is God’s injustice, but God has nothing to do with it!
This law of the Nothing is not in God. It is in mental, subtle and gross forms. So Nothing means nothing – neither happiness nor misery, no birth, no death, no virtue, no sin. There is nothing such as sin!
When a soul escapes this law of Nothing and is merged in God – the God who is beyond this law – then the soul becomes God Himself and free of all bindings; hence, no law, no binding. If after God-Realization a soul attains gross consciousness (becomes a Sadguru), he then brings God down on the gross plane where the law prevails. He brings down the Lawless God on earth, but because he is continually conscious of his lawlessness – his infinite power – the law cannot touch him. Lawless God is infinite, all-mighty, all-powerful.
Now the Jivanmukta (God-Realized soul without duty) is never touched by the law. He eats, drinks, and does everything. His state is unique. He does everything and while doing everything, does nothing. His state is so unique that even while doing everything, he does nothing. He does not eat, he does not drink, he does not sleep – he does nothing. In gross consciousness, it is like the state of the Majzoob.
The meaning of Jivanmukta is that “though in the body, he is free of the law!” None can ever realize God through the channel of the intellect. Love for God should be such that it burns up the lover and turns him to ashes.
Now listen to what I explain about the Avatar. The Avatar comes after many ages. Lawless God comes down on earth in law. The law cannot touch him but he touches the law. He grasps the law of Nothing, acts like an ordinary human being and uses his power, knowledge and bliss for those bound, those in the law, to make them free from the law.
That is why I say “You go and I will come.” This means that you should let go of this Nothing so that I, the Everything, may reside within you; there being no “you” left, you become Me! The Nothing is absolutely nothing and the meaning of letting go of it is for you to realize that it is really nothing and you can never be bound by it.
Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 12, pp. 4194 – 4198.