Published by Robert Zakian on 09 Nov 2017

Don’t Worry Be Happy

Perhaps you have seen a Meher Baba poster stating Don’t Worry Be Happy.  You possibly thought it was a cute saying or maybe some quote Meher Baba just thought of.  Last month  at a  monthly gathering we discussed the meaning behind those words.

Don’t worry, what does that mean?   As defined by the New Oxford American Dictionary worry is a state of anxiety and uncertainty  over actual or potential problems.  Worry could be from never having love or support from a family member;  continued problems with money, relationships, work, etc.  When one worries, the belief is something will go wrong based upon past experiences.

Lets now look at the definition of happy (happy with) or satisfied with the quality or standard of:  When you are happy you trust yourself and life.  Even if something does not happen the way you thought it would, does not mean “you did something wrong or there is something wrong with you. “It was important to just  let go and not be attached to an outcome.  When a person  lets go, he or she  is not attached to an outcome, hence worry dissolves.  

I have been meditating on Meher Baba’s quote for a month now.  Worry is the mind, happy is the heart .  As I breath in I inwardly say to myself  “don’t worry and picture Meher Baba. On the out breath, I inwardly state be happy and picture Meher Baba in my heart.  For me this means Meher Baba is involved in the outcome of whatever I am concerned about.  Hence when I worry, I immediately let go of a result or worry.  It can be God, a Spirit Being. Angel, someone on a higher vibration.

Its not easy to get rid of worry, it takes courage and commitment but if you do………………:)

Published by Robert Zakian on 05 Oct 2017

Attachments

This is not an easy one for people to let go of since they come in many disguises.  Wants and needs are at the top of the list.  People want to be liked, accepted, or affirmed.  Yes, we all want those things but what happens when we are not liked, accepted, or affirmed?  It could bring up all sorts of emotions.

Here are two personal examples.  In 1974 I was  Head Counselor for a boys home 18 years old or younger.  I hired counselors based upon Love. Well I was a newbe to this field and feeling good about myself. I had a lot of praise from the counselors but after six months they turned on me. I had a need to control situations and did not trust my peers.  Hence, I was  soon not accepted, liked or affirmed.  Yes, I was devastated.  It so happened, right after being the counselor turned on me,  I had a flight to India to visit Meher Baba’s Samadhi (tomb) where he was buried in 1969.

I remember talking to a couple of Australians  while in India, who were also followers of Meher Baba about a typhoon.  A couple of people over heard our conversation and said, I believe referring to me, “all he knows is shit and piss.”  Well I was devastated. I went into Meher Baba’s Samadhi  and inwardly stated, I am not leaving until you tell me what is going on.  After, what I thought was a very long time the answer came.  You need to let go of praise and blame.  Praise was easy but blame not so much.

When I moved to MT from Seattle, I started  a men’s group.   I use to not take things too serious as the other men did.  One of the men told me, that the other men had a hard time accepting me. Some time after,  my wife and I had gone  to eat at a neighborhood restaurant where one of the men who had criticized me was also present.  A friend said “why don’t I say hello.”  Well, I could not.  I was still hurt because of him not  accepting me.

I finally asked myself why I was feeling hurt?  I came to the realization I did not hurt anyone by playing by not being serious as the other men.  And, since I did not hurt anyone, I  forgave myself for acting out. I also realized it was my “inner child” that was the one playing.  The inner child is a part of our personality.  After forgiving myself (letting go) I was able to have conversation with the person who did not care for me.

From that time on, I learned to be more perceptive of my actions and not have my inner child take over.  When you are feeling hurt by someones criticism ask yourself if it’s really justified.  If truly not your fault and still hurt, forgive yourself for those bummer feelings.  Recap the situation without getting too involved  in emotions and once again see, feel, hear, if there is any merit to what transpired.

Published by Robert Zakian on 23 Sep 2017

Karma

I begin with excerpts from Testimony of Light by Helen Greaves.

As a man thinks so is he istrue in essence, truer then our ideas can conceive.  By  man’s thoughts and inspirations he weaves for himself his future place.

Our Nazi patient is still the same; inert, motionless, shut up in the shell of himself.  Father Joseph tells me that the poor creature might be like this for what we would say on earth, many years.  He has already been held i the dark bondage of the hell of his own making since the endow the last war, and that is over twenty years ago.  (I  am fast losing count of time as we knew it on earth.)  Things “happen” here souls or entities at all the lower stages of progress come and go; we either leave or  we stay, but we do not reckon these events intimate.

We live, or we exists according to the level of our thought-life; some are content to stay, thinking no doubt that this is the final stage.  Some souls settle down in one stage for years…..even centuries.  While others press in their former earth surroundings for ages.Our Nazi then may lie like this long after many of the patients helpers and servers here have  graduated to the Higher Spheres.

As I remember the Nazi spent a multitude of time in darkness and pain for the atrocities he committed.  The woman whom he killed had to learn forgiveness.  As I wrote recently there is no escape from karma.  We have to suffer or experience joy based on what we have done in our earthly life.  It is so important to forgive first yourself and then others who have done you wrong.  People who have a life of greed, power, anger will have to play back their journey when they pass on and  take another life with suffering.  There is no escape!

Published by Robert Zakian on 30 Aug 2017

Detachment

There are three things people want from others.  The need to be liked, accepted, and affirmed.  In the early 70’s I was  Head Counselor for boys eighteen and younger in a group home.  I was put in that position  without proper training simply because I was next in line.   When interviewing new hire,  I would ask what does love mean to you?  That person would be hired based upon the answer.

I was also somewhat new to following Meher Baba as my Master or God.  In fact, I purchased Don’t Worry Be Happy posters and gave each of the 18 boys one.  After returning from a weekend, I found all 18 posters on my door.  I later found out the administrator had hit one of the kids………………………..

Also, I was in need of control, and did not give ample latitude to my staff.  Eventually they all turned on me.  In the beginning I was liked but after six months or so I was disliked and not accepted. 

After leaving the position as Head Counselor I traveled to India to visit Meher Baba’s Tomb (he died January 31, 1969) and living disciples.  While there I  met a couple of Australians who shared a story about a recent typhoon.  Part of the dialogue had to do with toilets and such.  I over heard someone who must have been listening to our conversation state “all he knows is shit and piss.”  I was devastated by someone criticizing me.  I soon went to Meher Baba’s Tomb and asked why someone who did not know me, “put me down.”  After what seemed a long long time, Meher Baba internally answered  “I need to let go of praise and blame.”  Wow, what a concept.  From that moment on I learned to be detached from both.

So many people look outside themselves for the reflection of  who they are.  Yes, it is nice to be liked, accepted and affirmed but inevitably someone will come along and judge you.  Eventually each person must like, accept, and affirm themselves no matter how  viewed.  Until that happens that person will never be truly whole.  A hint, “your inner child holds a key.”

 

Published by Robert Zakian on 14 Aug 2017

The Journey to Meher Baba

Being brought up as an Armenian Christian listening to our priest who once told me he did not like me…………………  Well thats another story.

I did not start using drugs until 1968.  I  wanted to try Marijuana and Hashish to provide answers about life etc.  From their, I dabbled in Acid and Mescaline.  After over two years,  I realized drugs alone could not give me the answers I was looking for. No doubt, some drugs were related to having a good time.  However,  it was the acid and mescaline that opened doors of perception.

I soon started searching for someone or something that would give me a clue to my existence.  I remember walking down a street, I believe in Greenwich Village, someone handed me a newspaper.  As I looked thr0ugh it, I came across a photo of Meher Baba with the caption “Don’t Worry Be Happy.” It went on to state there would be a meeting Friday evening.  That was October of 1970.

As soon as I arrived I had uncontrollable laughter as if I were home.  After the meeting concluded, I looked for a book to read and there it was God Speaks written by Meher Baba.  It answered all the questions I needed to know i.e., how creation started, evolution, reincarnation and the journey home.  From there I read the discourses also written by Meher Baba.

In those early days, I had out of body experiences seeing Meher Baba.  I remember hitchhiking to Myrtle Beach, SC visiting the center where he had been in the United States.  In 1974 and 1975 I went to India to visit Meher Baba’s Tomb where he was buried  January 31, 1969.

If not for Him, I would have had a difficult time understanding why all this turmoil is currently happening on our planet.  He also helped me not be a victim and ,that I,  as Robert Zakian attract both good and bad stuff on my journey of self discovery.  Yes, I can now state that I Love Meher Baba and know He is Truth.