Coming to Him
What does it mean to “come to Baba” when you die?
“I say with my Divine Authority to each and all that whosoever takes my name at the time of breathing his last comes to me; so do not forget to remember me in your last moments. Unless you start remembering me from now on, it will be difficult to remember me when your end approaches. You should start practising from now on. Even if you take my name only once every day, you will not forget to remember me in your dying moments.”
—Meher Baba, “My Wish”
“All this world is nothing, an illusion. I am in everything. I tell you with my authority. I am in everything. Love me, and that way when you drop your bodies, then you are with me eternally.”
—Meher Baba, to a few from the Monday Night Group in July 1956, The Awakener Magazine 4:2, p. 29
Baba said of Mrs. Bahejian, a woman who had come to see him:
“She resembles my aunt. My name was on her lips when she dropped her body.
“My brother Jamshed, when we were boys, used to quarrel and fight with me. As he grew older, Jamshed began to love me. Later on, in Meherabad, he couldn’t sleep because he thought all the time about me. When he went to Poona, all of a sudden he had a splitting headache and the heart felt heavy. And just before an attack of apoplexy, he felt very blissful. He shouted my name, and then fell in a coma. And during those three hours, his lips were moving with the rhythm ‘Baba, Baba, Baba.’ Mani was there. Then he died. He came to me.
“All my relatives, my school friends, you haven’t any idea how difficult it was for them to accept me as the Avatar after quarreling with me, playing marbles with me.”
Charles Purdom: Will you comment on what you mean by ‘to come to me?
Baba: To come to me means Liberation, experiencing me as I am. No more bondage of births and deaths. But it does not mean the state of a Perfect Master, of Perfection. That is only to be attained in the Gross body. So if you are not blessed with this state of Perfection, at least you can have Liberation. If you just take my name, just at the moment of dropping your body, you will come to me. Yes, anyone.
It’s not easy to take my name at the very moment of leaving the body. Then you individually experience bliss, infinite bliss. After Liberation, you continue to experience infinite bliss eternally. Why? Because it belongs to you eternally. You experience what belonged to you eternally. Even spiritual ecstasy cannot be compared with divine bliss. Remember this.
—Meher Baba, 28 May 1958, Myrtle Beach,” in Purdom, The God-Man, p. 337, and Kitty Davy, Love Alone Prevails, p. 529. Also in Lord Meher, 1st. ed., 15: 5444-45.
Mani Irani’s Answer to “What does it mean to ‘come to Him’?”
“When Baba says so and so has ‘come to me,’ it has different meanings for different ones.
“Those who remember Baba wholeheartedly, or repeat his name while breathing their last, come to Baba when they drop their body. They are liberated from the rounds of births and deaths, and experience eternal bliss. Only Baba’s grace makes it possible.Those who are close to Baba in their love for him, but drop their body without their last thought being of Baba, or without his name on their lips, also come to Baba. When they reincarnate, they are born in a very intimate Baba family. Such souls come to Baba in human form, when Baba says of them they have ‘come to me.’
“Those who know of Baba, and die without their last thought being of Baba, and without his name on their lips, but die with thoughts of God or of the spiritual path, also come to Baba, when Baba specifically remarks they have ‘come to me’. Such souls reincarnate with intense desire to lead a spiritual life, and through their search for God, they eventually come to Baba by contacting him in his physical body.
“Thus, when Baba says so and so has ‘come to me,’ it has different meanings for different ones. As for the Mandali of Baba, and the very intimate men and women disciples, their case is entirely different. Their very existence is because of the breath of Baba’s grace, and with or without their body, their existence is in Baba.”
—Mani Irani, in a letter to Kitty Davy, September 2, 1966