05 Jun 2013
June 5, 2013

A Price for Compassion


One morning Babaji was in his small room in Kainchi. A sadhu with a half-dozen of his disciples came for Baba’s darshan. I took them to his room. After they had taken their seat, Babaji said, “This is Mahant Digvijaynath, a great saint. Bow at his feet.” When another person came, Babaji made him bow as well. Babaji smiled and asked people to bow low to the saint instead of touching his own feet. But when the third one came and Babaji repeated his words, the Mahant stood up and clasping Babaji’s feet, with tears in his eyes, said, “Baba, you are the saint of saints sitting before us, and you are making people touch my feet, taking me to be a saint.”

“A saint can be known only by one who himself is a saint.” That is what has been said by the wise. So we cannot have – at least speaking for myself – any pretension of knowing Babaji, the great saint. In the Bhagavad Gita we learn that a saint is a person with a dual personality – the divine and the human. Many of us have seen the human person in Babaji, but that doesn’t mean that we can claim to have seen the divine person in him.

In a saint, the divine person is encased in the human frame but is not entirely identical. The bottom of the human and the top of the divine stand far apart from each other. There is a co-mingling in the inner space, and in noble human beings, some of the divine qualities merge entirely with their human qualities, destroying all distinction between human and divine. I am saying this about Baba from my own experience of him- I have never seeing him wearing his divine crown, but I have always seen his divine qualities of love and compassion. He was always ready and alert to mitigate the sufferings of the helpless by taking their pains upon himself. His body became a honeycomb of diseases. This was the price he had to pay for his compassion and his readiness to help.

-Dada Mukerjee

  • Will Butler

    It is very true that “A saint can be known only by one who himself (or herself) is a saint”, and this true saying can only be understood by a saint… as to why and how. It might be helpful to explain this somewhat. Firstly, what is a saint? This is a person who becomes truly enlightened through a progressive Spiritual Process that advances in stages (or levels) of Discipleship, until at a certain specific stage the Soul is at-one with The Divine Spirit in such a way as to make the Soul a Divine Soul/Spirit. This is the first goal of Discipleship… and it makes the person a Young Saint, rather equal to being the youngest baby Angel in the world… and… still having to grow up to be an Adult Angel. Through progressing to advanced stages, each of which enhances this higher state of conscious awareness, the Soul/Spirit becomes Omniscient and hence being more and more Cosmic Divine Spirit than being merely Divine Soul. At a Sat Guru’s level, a Master’s level, the person is more The Divine Spirit having a Personality, Spirit “colored” by Personality, than any closeness to being Human… yet still retaining the awareness of being an Individuated Person… also. At this higher stage of enlightenment, Soul/Spirit recognizes the Soul/Spirit of any and all persons in the same state, beginning with Spirit speaking to Spirit in conversation, and at a higher state, no speaking is necessary… it is simply conscious awareness of the other person’s Soul/Spirit, even at a distance. Secondly, when the Young Saint attains the state of conscious awareness termed Omniscience, it is at that time that he or she can “see” The Crown of Transcendental Cosmic Divine DEITY of The Divine Trinity. THIS is The True Goal of all True Discipleship, and all else that follows (and more does follow) is simply progressive enhancements of Cosmic Divine Experience and Status. In all states of Human existence, the physical body is merely The Disguise of The Soul and The Spirit, the Wardrobe of The Role-Player on The Stage of Life. The Disciple, in contra-distinction to the worldly person, is the one playing The Only Role that actually transmutes The Human Being into The Divine Being… and therein lies The True Value.