Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lost in the Heavens (Part 4.)

Meher Baba said that the third plane of the subtle world is a plane of incredible powers and in its heavens abides angels and gods.

In 1941 Meher Baba contacted Teli Baba.

 “A good mast, with an almost unbelievable habit of drinking whole bottles at a time of kerosene oil. His clothes and body were literally saturated with kerosene, and saliva flowed freely from his mouth, which was very dirty and ulcerated. He was brought to the traveler’s bungalow for contact, and Baba fed him and sat with him alone for two or three hours. He was then about forty years of age. He is a mast of the third plane.” The Wayfarers – Meher Baba with the God-Intoxicated, by William Donkin, © copyright, 1948, Adi K. Irani

He drinks kerosene! Yet he is conscious of the third plane of the subtle world—a world of incredible powers and experiences. As Bhau Kalchuri conveyed from Meher Baba in his book, The Nothing and the Everything,

… the third plane pilgrim can perform major miracles such as giving sight to the blind, making the crippled walk, bestowing speech to the mute or hearing to the deaf and giving life again to dead animals.”

Planes of consciousness have heavens. Heavens surround the planes like cities surround their railroad stations. The most efficacious way to get from plane to plane is to remain at the stations and not venture out into the allure of the cities. Such is the case with masts; masts drink the divine wine and become intoxicated; masts are lost in the heavens between the planes!

Meher Baba tells us that most masts become masts at some point in their lives, sometimes as a result of performing certain spiritual or yogic practices, but more often them not, it just happens to them without any real effort on their part. A madar-zad is one who is born a mast. In The Wayfarers, Dr. Donkin offers this description of a madar-zad contacted by Meher Baba in 1949. His name was never known;

“(He was) a moderately rare type of mast who appears to be an ordinary madman, is most of the time naked, and commonly roams about in dirty muddy places. His tastes in food are abnormal, and he will eat even raw flesh. He is a very restless fellow, wanders about by night and day, and seldom sits down or rests.

Another encounter with a madar-zad;

“A mere boy, about eight years old, who slept very little, and used to constantly repeat ‘La ilaha il allah’ (there is no God but the one God), while tossing his head. He was much revered in the locality of Uri, and people would come to him and ask that their prayers be fulfilled. He was brought to Baba for contact, at which time Baba ordered Ramju (one of Baba’s disciples) to give him a sheet the next day. Though he was a madar-zad mast, he had not at the time developed the traits of a typical madar-zad in full.” The Wayfarers – Meher Baba with the God-Intoxicated, by William Donkin, © copyright, 1948, Adi K. Irani

I have been in the presence of a mast named Mohamed on a few different occasions, and then there were a couple of times on the steps of an old and famous mosque in Old Delhi that I observed what I believed was another mast.

Mohamed the mast lived in Meherabad—Meherabad is home to Meher Baba’s tomb shrine and is the place of world pilgrimage for followers of Meher Baba. Mohamed’s story is amazing and unique. Here is a link where you can learn more about him and how he became a mast and how he came to live at Meherabad.

There is also a short video of him which, perhaps, conveys more about masts than anything that can be put into words. I highly recommend taking the time to visit this link. I will continue with my story on the other side, in the next post.

(To be continued.)

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