Taking His Name
On what it means to take (repeat, remember) the name of Meher Baba at your death, and what “coming to Baba” at death means.
“The thought or wish the dying individual holds at the moment of death has special importance in determining his future destiny. If the last thought is of God or the Master, the individual achieves Liberation.” —Meher Baba
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 practicing 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, 1958, excerpted from the message “My Wish”
Those who die thinking of Me come to me. They are liberated from the chain of birth and death, and see Me perpetually.
—Meher Baba, March? 1939. Lord Meher 7:2409.
“He who dies with my name on his lips, with me in his heart, never dies.”
—Meher Baba, quoted in Bili Eaton, A Love So Amazing, p. 94
Do not think about your bodies, but think only about me. Then, before you drop your bodies, you will be able to remember me.
—Meher Baba, Listen, Humanity
My Dead Live in Me
I am never sorry for anyone who dies. He who dies with my name on his lips, with me in his heart, never dies. I never worry about them, for theirs is no loss. If I am ever worried, it is for those that suffer through the death, which they might allow to alienate them from me. That would be their loss indeed. Why suffer unnecessarily? My dead live in me. That should make you happy…
Knowing this, any mourning you may do therefore must be for yourselves only, from selfish motives. You don’t know how fortunate they are who die with my name on their lips and in their hearts.
—Meher Baba, 1955. In Bili Eaton, A Love So Amazing, p. 94.
Remember to Remember Me
Although I am taking my own name continuously, I have come to hear it repeated by my lovers. And even though I were deaf, I would hear it if you repeated it only once with all your heart in it. If you cannot remember me constantly, then always take my name before going to sleep and on waking up. At least remember to remember me when you breathe your last, and you will still come to me. But how will you remember at the last moment, unless you start to remember me right now?
—Meher Baba, Listen, Humanity
Death Itself Surrenders to the Hero
Kammu Baba, whom many revere as a saint in Bombay, recently sent me word asking to be relieved of his duties and to return unto me. I advised him also to take my name when breathing his last. In his last moments, Nozher [Dadachanji] took my name. So did my brother Jamshed, and many others who have come to me. But it is only the heroes who come to me in their physical form. To these, death itself surrenders ultimately.
—Meher Baba, 1955, Listen, Humanity, p. 45