Teachers – Eccentricity of All True Gurus



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This is an unpublished essay from
Adi Da.
Copywrite, Dawn Horse Press, Clearlake, CA.
April 5, 2000

The “Mad” Paradoxes of Meher Baba and the

of All True Gurus

  This book (The Wayfarers, by
William Donkin) is a unique document about a type of
apparently psychotic individual (called a “mast”) that has
long and traditionally been acknowledged (and even
venerated) in India (and, by other names, even in
traditional cultures generally).

The “mast”type individual is
(traditionally) presumed to be enjoying and manifesting a
unique state of mind (on the higher psychic and Spiritual
level), while otherwise (at the grosser level of the
body-mind) appearing to be (to one degree or another) insane
(or at least extremely eccentric, and, at least sometimes,
apparently remarkably irrational). And the traditional
explanation for this profound (although apparently even
disturbed) human state is that it is the result and the
evidence of, so to speak, “sitting too close to the fire”.
That is to say, a “mast” is one who, because he or she has
entered unreservedly into a higher state of mind (or even of
ascended God-Consciousness), has lost (or relinquished) some
or all of the conventional mind whereby more ordinary people
control their thoughts and behaviors.

Meher Baba said (or proclaimed)
that he was the “Avatar of the Age”, even the reincarnation
of the same individual who (he asserted) had previously
appeared as each and all of the great religious Teachers and
Prophets and Saviors of the past. However, to most
observers, Meher Baba was not in fact the “Avatar of the
Age” (although he continues to be proclaimed as such by many
of his ardent followers).

Even so, he was not a mere liar or
a charlatan. In fact, he was what, in India, is
traditionally called a “mast”. Not only did Meher Baba (as a
rather unique characteristic of his Work) do much healing
Service to many “masts”, but he was himself a type of
“mast”. He was, according to that traditional description, a
kind of “deranged Saint”, who consistently made absurd
claims (about himself) and a chaos of pronouncements (to
others), and who also communicated much true (and
traditional) Wisdom (in the general context of the fourth
stage of life, and also the fifth stage of life).
Apparently, he never recovered “normal” (or strictly
ordinary and conventional) control of his mind and behavior
after experiencing ascended (or fifth stage) conditional
nirvikalpa samadhi (due to the Spiritually Initiatory touch
of another, also “deranged”, Saint) early in his life.
However, his “abnormality” was in fact a kind of

Those who are not devotees of Meher
Baba should not be foolishly overcritical of his “Mad”

He was not the “Avatar of the Age”
(except to his devotees), but he was a true Spiritual Master
(in the context of the fourth and the fifth stages of life),
and, therefore, he was a legitimate Guru for some. And even
all true Gurus are (if truly Awakened to any degree of
Real-God-Consciousness) at least eccentric and paradoxical,
often rather “Mad”, and not necessarily very comfortably
conformed to social conventions and conventional
expectations–for the true Guru is a living Sign of Real
God, and a Window and a Door and a Way to Real God (and,
therefore, the true Guru is not merely a guide or a path to
convention, or to the “civilized” world of egoic