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Chapter 9: The Uncorrupted Presence

If he curses you the curse is going to happen, if he blesses you the blessing will be there. But this man himself will remain on a very low rung of being. If you look into his eyes you will not see intelligence. He will be a stupid type of saint, nothing of the higher, but a crystallization of the lower will be there. You can feel certain vibrations around him, very powerful - but not of intelligence, not of awareness; not of meditation but of concentration.

He can live long - a hundred years, two hundred years will not be very difficult for him because his body will follow him, whatsoever he wants to do with the body he can do. But it is nothing of the spiritual, it is nothing of the religious. If you try through the body you are trying the lowest possibility within you.

If a fakir is fortunate, then he may get the guidance of a master who can pull him out of his body; otherwise he will die, deep in his body, and next life everything is lost again. Because unless something is attained in consciousness, it cannot be permanent with you. The body will change; whatsoever you have attained with this body will be lost with the next.

You may be a Mohammed Ali but you cannot carry the body to the next birth. This body will be left here. You may be a beautiful man.a Cleopatra you may be, a beautiful woman, but this body has to be left here and all that has been attained through the body and with the body will be lost. Unless the fakir is fortunate enough to come under the guidance of a master, he cannot be pulled out of his body.

In India, it has been one of the compassions of the masters..

You must have heard, there are ancient stories, that in India masters used to travel all around the country. On the surface it looked as if they are great intellectuals: a Shankaracharya, a Ramanuja, a Vallabha, a Nimbark, a Buddha, a Mahavira. On the surface it looked as if they are going to convert people - that was just a superficial thing. Deep down, they were doing many things. One of the most important things was to look after fakirs, to go from town to town - because those fakirs cannot come to you. They are so deep-rooted in their bodies and they have lost all intelligence.and they are not bad people; ignorant but powerful. If their power can be released they can suddenly jump to a higher rung of their being.

Meher Baba, in this age, did such a work. He traveled all around the country for years just looking after fakirs. Wherever he would hear that a fakir is, he will go to bring him out of his stupor.a good man, a very good man, but ignorant.

Then there is the second. Gurdjieff has called it “the way of the monk.” You can call it the way of the devotee, bhakti marg. The first is hatha yoga; the second is bhakti marg, the way of the monk.

The way of the monk is to get towards the divine through the feelings - prayer, crying, weeping, in a deep love, affection, in deep thirst to move towards God. But this type of man gets involved into the emotions. He achieves a greater stage, a higher stage than the first, the fakir - but still he is caught. Somebody is needed to bring him out of that also.

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