Master, can we affect each other in meditation if we are in a group meditation? For example in sending thoughts of love to each one, will they be affected?
Do you have enough to spare to be distributed
to the others? If you have then it's all right. Otherwise you will become
bankrupt; you have no money in your bank or in your hand and you issue
checks. If you love God; soul is of the same essence as that of God and
He resides in every heart, naturally you will have love for everybody.
If you have become very much charged, you need not even direct your attention,
as by radiation the others will have it. By exerting you'll feel bankrupt
and quite vacant. That is why I always say that I don't advocate healing.
The people who are doing healing, exert. They send love, they send good
thoughts, healing thoughts. They become bankrupt and exert in that way.
They feel depleted, then they have to recoup.
The Higher form of healing is always good. Those who may even think of a Master can be healed. You remember during Christ's life one lady touched the hem of His garment and was healed? He felt and said, "Who has touched me?" If you have money in your bank, well and good. If you have $1,000 and you give checks away for $2,000, what will happen? You follow? It is a good idea to have sympathy for all. But if you love God, God resides in them, naturally your love will go to them. Or by radiation the others will have it. You may do one thing; you may pray God, "O God, help others." That's something else.
With the little money with you or little water in your tank, do you want to distribute it in that way? Do you follow what I am saying? It is a good idea to have good sympathies, loving thoughts, regard for others; that's all right. But don't exert. You may have good thoughts for all. I told you the other day, when in my Master's time, I used to go visit sick people. Those who were not initiated made a show of those people. "When he comes, the sick will be relieved." It did happen so and people complained to my Master that I am showing miracles. So Master said, "No, he does not show miracles. It is the radiation that people get." Do
you follow me? Such like radiation is all right.
To have good thoughts for everybody is a good idea. Pray God to give peace to all; that's another thing. And moreover, still further, Guru Nanak who is considered to be Word Made Flesh, prayed, "Peace be unto all the world over under Thy Will, O God." He did not exert Himself. "Peace be unto all the world under Thy Will O God." Once you have become the doer, naturally you'll exert using what you have. "Under Thy Will O God" is the best way. So have good wishes for all. We're all brothers and sisters in God. But by radiation that Power helps and doesn't make you bankrupt. By exertion naturally you can do good to others. After that you'll feel exhausted. A higher form of healing is wanted. By radiation let everybody be helped. If you have enough perfume within you, everybody will get it, without your wishing for it. So i'm not against good wishes for all the people over, but don't be the doer, exerting your own shoulders with the little water you have. Pray for them; that's all right.
Sometimes a healer says when he's exhausted, he gets refilled with new power afterwards.
Only when they feel bankrupt. First
they feel wanting, then they refill, not before. And if they do not refill,
then? The Masters used to heal by radiation always. Those who thought of
Him were healed. That's the safer way. Once someone wrote to me from France,
"I hear you are not in good health. I will heal you from here." I told
him, "You cannot do it." And I explained why: "A weaker man will be affected
by you, not a stronger man." You cannot influence one who is stronger than
you. You follow me? How can you affect the man who is stronger than you?
You may influence the weaker. You may heal others who are weaker in will
than you. So, I wrote to him that he would not be able to do it. He tried
with all his powers but could do nothing. You can say, "O Master, help
her", "O God..."--that's another thing.
It once happened in my life that some people--I need not mention who--engaged certain people, giving them all the money they wanted, to sit at midnight in the outer, open places to do harm to me. It can be done; but their efforts did not affect me.
Once I was traveling on a train, and a man came up who was reading other's thoughts. He read one, two, three, four. I was also sitting in that compartment on the train. He told me to keep something in my mind and he would read it. "You cannot do it," I told him. This was long, long before I met my Master. But he insisted and others also insisted that I keep something in my mind so that he could read it. "All right," I agreed, "Do it." He tried, but could not. He said, "I failed today."
So the stronger man can affect others, the weaker man cannot. On the weaker you can have some effect. All the same, this is no spirituality. These supernatural powers come up by concentration, but if you are engaged in them your higher power is stopped. These supernatural powers are the slaves of concentration and meditation. That is not spirituality. Spirituality involves spiritism, no spiritualism, no hypnotism, and no mesmerism. It is purely a matter of self-analysis, rising above body consciousness, to know oneself and to know God. On the way many powers will come up, but to engage in them is a heinous crime. You'll retard your progress. Moreover, the karmic law is very inexorable. You will have to suffer for it some day.
People do every sort of thing. There was one man in London who could call the spirits, and then they would talk. Five pounds was the cost of the admission ticket. ---- said, "All right, let us go and see. We'll pay." We went. All lights were turned off. It was about nine or ten at night. It was pitch dark. He wanted to exert, but nothing could be done. First he sighs, then again he sighs, and after about a half hour or so, nothing happened. Ultimately he said, "Well, the atmosphere is not good, so I'm sorry this cannot he done now." He did not charge us a fee. It can happen surely. What was the trick? Now I will tell you. He could speak, very like a child, himself. So he used to speak himself, and people considered it to be a spirit. I have found that there is black marketing outside, but there is more black marketing in religious circles. They act and pose.
A magician came to a morning meditation sitting in Chicago during my first tour. He was a first class magician from Europe especially invited to America with the purpose to make me fail. He said, "You are going to give me a sitting, am I permitted to sit? .... Yes, come on." I gave a sitting. He was sitting at the side exerting all his work against me. Nothing happened, but he in return fell down, headlong down, unconscious. They had to revive him in my arms, put him into bed and solace him. "Well, never mind, you will be all right. Don't worry." Reaction was there. When a wave comes and hits a stone wall, the wave will recede. If there is sand there, then that wave will permeate. So as a reaction, he fell down unconscious. He was a follower of the other party, especially engaged for that purpose. I treated him, giving him medicine so that he would be all right. Then he said to the whole gathering over there, "I have seen for the first time the love of Christ. What I was being told was all wrong." He passed away. His wife sends me letters even now.
The spiritual people don't want all of these things. What is the joy of reading your minds, reading this and that thing and influencing others? What is there--some contact with the lower groveling souls who have left the body, little contact with the higher souls. This is only one side of the show. If you engage your attention thus, your further progress is retarded. So I have encountered all these things in India and outside of India. Nothing happened. My Master was with me, of course. That Power, God Power is with me. That is His Grace--if He leaves me, I am nothing. I am Mr. Zero. I don't do anything. That is the safest way.
It once so happened that ----, a Homeopathic Physician came to India with his wife. He was initiated by our Master. People tried to influence his wife to become initiated, but she would not agree. She was a follower of a Guru from Europe. ---- requested of me to kindly do something so that his wife might also be initiated. My Master told me to take leave for four or five days and just give time to attend to her. I asked her husband to be present when I spoke to her. The very first question she asked me was, "What brought you here to the Master?" So I explained to her for about ten minutes why I had come. "Oh, that is exactly what I want." She then asked "Why is it that your Master does not appeal to me?" This was a very direct question. "My previous guru used to influence me and I was affected by him," she continued. I told her to look at me for two or three minutes and then asked if she could say other than what I wanted her to say. "No," she said. "That is why--your guru has influenced you. You could not say anything other than what he wanted you to say. My Master does not influence anybody. He leaves it to your good will, free will and pleasure to find what is what."
She did not know English; she was French speaking. "All right, if you don't follow the talk given by my Master, just simply look at Him, sweetly, attentively, nothing more. And then let me know what you find." She sat in on the talk and in the evening I asked her, "Well, how did you find my Master? .... O, He was very attractive, very beautiful." By radiation these things are effected not by directing your will. I told her that was why my Master did not influence her. He leaves everybody to his own free will and pleasure. If I hypnotize you people then you'll go and you will feel bankrupt. You may have something for a few minutes, but then you would be bankrupt. Then? I've had many chances like that in my life. So that is why I say there is black market outside, but there's more black market within. Mrs. ---- was initiated and I get letters from her even now.
Her husband is also initiated. I always accompanied him when he went to my Master. But after that he was misled and did not like his wife to write to me.
During my last world tour I wrote a letter to his wife saying I was going to be passing her way and she might find time to see me. That letter was put aside by her husband. He did not give it to her until after the plane was to leave. But the plane was three--four hours delayed. Three hours after the appointed departure time he said, "Here's a letter for you." When she saw the letter, "Oh, the plane--He's left." She ran to the airport anyhow. It so happened the plane was not in order. I was staying in a hotel nearby and at eleven in the evening she met me there. So God helps, even though the whole world may be against you.
That plane was put in order but when we reached Cairo it was again quite out of order. After some time they said it was now in order. All right. I asked the pilot, "Are you sure it is in order? .... Yes, it is all right now." We left Cairo and on the way, about two-three hundred miles distance, one propeller failed. There was danger. If we could return to Cairo within twenty minutes we would be saved. The plane turned around, but while returning the other propeller failed and the plane came down from about 2,000 feet all at once.* (* A disciple with the party related that soon after boarding the plane Master assumed a crouching position with His knees to His chest and appeared to be deep in meditation.) They said we were very fortunate to have landed safely.
So it is God who helps, you see. If you have become His, He has to look after you. You have to simply surrender to Him, that's all. Surrender does not cost you anything. Does it? But it is very difficult. To give money is all right. To give away your everything is all right, hearth, home, everything. To give away your mind leaves nothing short. You have been put on the way to the best that I know or what the scriptures say. You're fortunate. Go on with it.
So the Master Power takes care. You have everything, just turn within. My elder son fell sick. The Doctor told me to take three days leave as he would definitely die. All right--I took leave. Within these three days I was ordered by my Master to go somewhere to give a talk at Amritsar. Sunday was one of those days. And I thought, "The Doctor said he would die and you go there? Now, life and death are not in my hands." So I went to Amritsar and gave a talk. It was about one or two on a summer day. Then I thought since Beas where my Master lived was quite close, why should I not have a visit? So I went. I reached there about two o'clock. Master was upstairs. He sent for me. "Come up. What about your child?" I never mentioned anything. "Oh, he was sick, the doctor said he was dangerously sick." Master was lying down. He sat up. I asked, "Master, whoever thinks of you, has no burden. Why are
you so sad?" "You've just thrown your burden on me. So I took it". So my son never died.
He'll take care of you. You need not pray. He knows. So Master Power is always at work; this is wonderful. It is a great blessing to have a living Master. So Master is not the physical body, but the God in him. When he sees it is He who is doing, then how can he claim anything? So go on with your meditations, regularly, leaving everything to Him. Only live by what He says, that's all. There may be four or five children of a father. If one simply leaves everything to the father, not asking him for anything, not demanding anything of him; simply leaving everything to his will, what does the father do? HE GIVES ALL THE KEYS TO HIM.