Glossary entry for
While Baba is general term referring to a "spiritual teacher" in India, it has
been suggested that Van is referring specifically to Maher Baba in "You Don't
Pull No Punches But You Don't Push The River". Baba Ram Dass (friend of Timothy Leary, among
others from the early 1970's onwards) is another "Baba" candidate.
Meher Baba (Merwan Sheriar Irani, 1894-1969), was born in Poona, India of Persian parents.
He became a religious writer, leader, a guru. His followers
still call him an "avatar". Baba had a love relationship with God that
wouldn't quit. So, Baba wrote things like,
When a good thing is given to one, the mind is pleased, but soon after
settles down into its previous state; if some bitter medicine is forced upon
it, it revolts but almost immediately reverts to its normal state. This shows
that both the pleasures and pains of this world are transient.
A few minutes ago you ate chocolates with relish, but that enjoyment has now
become a thing of the past and has resulted in nothing. So with all pleasures
and pains. One of the greatest enjoyments of the carnally-minded is sexual
intercourse. But its pleasure lasts only so long as the intercourse lasts. No
sooner does the intercourse come to an end than the pleasure ends.
Compare the transiency of earthly pleasures with the permanency of spiritual
bliss, and you will find the difference between the two.
The Perfect Master, Meher Baba, C. B. Purdom, p. 52
Copyright 1976 Sheriar Press, Inc.
Based on contributions by Victoria Stevens and others
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