Berlin Darshan: "Who Is A Devotee?" *

Baba in Europe

Evening Darshan, May 18, 1979

"While in Switzerland I said that there are three categories of devotees: C-category what is C category? You little boy, you shall explain what is C category. (Answer: C category is that Brahma is for the whole world and I am somewhere in the world, therefore Brahma is also for me.)

Parama Purusa is the Creator of everything. He is the Creator of the entire universe. And I am also a part and particle of this universe. So He belongs to me also. He belongs to the entire universe and I am also a part of that universe, so He belongs to me also. And B-category, who will say? Bodhisvara, where is Bodhisvara?

A: "Baba, I know only A category."

Baba: "It doesn't mean that you belong to B category. You just explain. You are coming in the scope of B category?"

A: "I don't know."

Baba: "You don't know. Very good. Then Abhik will explain."

A: "B category says, Baba, that Parama Purusa is mine and also Parama Purusa belongs to everyone else.)

Baba: "Yes. B category that Parama Purusa is mine. But because others are also creations of Parama Purusa, so Parama Purusa belongs to others also. But the first thought is that Parama Purusa is mine. Second thought is that because just like me others are also creations of Parama Purusa, so Parama Purusa belongs to others also. Now A category, who can say? What is A category?

A: "A category devotee says Parama Purusa is mine and mine alone."

Baba: "That is, I am ready to share everything with others. But regarding Parama Purusa I am selfish. Parama Purusa belongs to me only and not to anybody else. Now let us see which one amongst these three is philosophically correct or psychologically correct or scientifically correct C category or B category or A category.

You see, suppose there is a light, there is a flower and there are 200 mirrors. The reflection of the flower will be on all those 200 mirrors. And will it be incorrect if a particular mirror says that He is mine only? So it is not selfishness, it is a fact. It is a crude reality that for each and every individual, Parama Purusa is his personal property, not transferable. Do you follow? So it is the fact. That is what the A category people say is correct. It is the personal property and it is transferable or non-transferable? Non-transferable. Certain things in this world are transferable, but this property is non-transferable.

And what is spiritual practice? The movement of the mirror towards the nucleus. The movement of the mirror towards that flower, towards that nucleus this is spiritual practice. So B category and C category people are defective in that thought. And it won't be possible for them to enjoy the Supreme Beatitude. So all should be of A category, as my Bodhisvara said just now.

Now what is the meaning of devotee then? There are two requisite points here. First point is, who is devotee? Devotee of Parama Purusa. Not devotee of wine, not devotee of money, not devotee of name, not devotee of fame. Devotee can be of an infinite entity and not of a finite one, you must remember. If the object of devotion is something finite, then the term devotion should not be used. The term should be addiction. The proper language is addiction, not devotion. And the second requisite factor is that the movement should be... what? Unilateral or mutual? .. the psychic action should be unilateral or mutual? It is a naughty question. Naughty.

(A: Unilateral.)

Why? Explain. Let us say that you give something that is money to the shopkeeper and get something, say sugar or salt the relationship is what? Give and take, i.e., mutual In case of this Supreme Entity, that is in the case of devotion, the relationship, say it is mutual, semi-mutual, but in this case what do you have to give? You have to give your very existence, you have to give yourself. Just to gain Him in return. You are giving yourself and getting Him. Now after giving yourself, who is to get Him? You become one with Him so it cannot remain mutual, even if your motive was a mutual one, but finally it cannot remain mutual. It will become unilateral. Because just after giving yourself who is to get? You have become one with Him.

So there are two requisite factors in devotion. What are those two requisite factors?..... Bodhisvara? Tell just what I said in case of devotion.

(A: First one is, the object of devotion has to be infinite. Otherwise it is addiction.)

Very good. And what is the second factor?

(A: It is unilateral.)

Why it is unilateral? Why not mutual?

(A: Because you become one and then there is only one subject.)

Even in the process of giving and taking, when you give yourself, you no longer remain separate, you cannot remain a separate entity, you become one with Him. So there will be nobody to take. Because you have become Parama Purusa.

And why is it that a devotee generally and naturally becomes universalistic or universalist? Why? Why is it that the devotees of the world in the past, present and in future also will be of universal character?

(A: The devotee loves Parama Purusa. Parama Purusa is all-pervasive, is universal, so hence they are universal in outlook.)

And so a devotee will always try to serve all. And his desire is... what? Everybody should try to move towards the Supreme Goal. He helps everybody, He will help everybody. This universalism is called Vaishnavism in Sanskrit. And the universalist is called Vaishnava. This universe is an expression of Parama Purusa. I love Parama Purusa. So I love His expression. That is in the universe also I cannot hate anybody.

A devotee cannot hate anybody, because Parama Purusa cannot hate anybody. I told you that Parama Purusa cannot do two things. What are those two things? Parama Purusa cannot do two things. Although He is omnipotent. Only He is omnipotent.

(A: First, He cannot create another Parama Purusa.)

He cannot create another Parama Purusa... and then?

(A: And second, He cannot hate anybody.)

Very good. Why can He not create another Parama Purusa? Because whoever comes in His contact becomes one with Him, becomes that only Parama Purusa. So He cannot create a second Parama Purusa. Do you follow? Whoever comes near Him becomes one with Him. So Parama Purusa always remains a singular entity. Do you follow? And second thing is that He cannot hate, because He created everybody and everything within His mind, so how can He hate His own mental creation? He cannot. So although He is omnipotent He cannot do these two things.

And also He is omniscient. But He never discourages anybody. He always encourages everybody. Although He is omniscient... He knows what is what and which is which. Suppose there is a display of kaoshikii dance, but the display is very very bad. But suppose they are dancing before Parama Purusa... what will the Parama Purusa say? "Very bad, very bad"? No. what will He say? "Very good, very good, excellent, excellent, Bravo, Bravo!" Why? Because He wants that everybody should be encouraged to move towards the Supreme goal of human life the Supreme Desideratum of human existence."

* This is a personal recollection and has not been corroborated.
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