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The Pearl of Wisdom
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From the book, "The Pearl of Wisdom" or "Guru Mani",
by His Holiness, M. R. Bawa Muhaiyadddeen 
(may God be pleased with Him, and with Us)
About The Book "The Pearl of Wisdom"


Chapter 12
- Original Version -

"What Is A True Human?" 

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His Holiness Teaches Us:


​      O glorious Guru, how is one to live as a human? 
What are the duties of man? 
Teach me these, my glorious Guru. 


On Becoming - "Human", Forgetting The Body, Wealth, And Life

Listen, Child. It is rare to be born a man. It is rarer still to be born as a man who is not lame, blind, or deaf. It is rarer to be born a king among men. 

It is rarer still be born as a "human". To grow as a human, to live as a human, to believe and trust in the Inestimable God, to forget the body, wealth, and life, and to become a gnani, whose trust is exclusively in God and God alone, is very, very rare indeed. 

On Performing - Good Deeds On The Earth

However, in the nature of things, a man so born has to perform good deeds on the earth. All evil should be torn away. Theft, murder, lust, abuse of the Guru, and falsehood must be dispelled. 

Deceit must be removed. Charity must be given high priority. Evil thoughts must be banished. Gratitude must be well performed. Temper must be destroyed. Duty must be fulfilled truthfully. Theft and killing must be discarded. Senseless ideas must be plucked out. 

You must forget gossip and backbiting. You must love all other lives as your own. You must not deviate from truth, patience, tranquility, calmness, duty, and justice. You must shower compassion on every living thing created by God. 

Man - Is The Most Exalted of God's Creations

Man shines as a being who occupies an exalted position over all other lives. Such a dignified human - a God on earth - must not harm any other being, but (must) perform charitable acts. 

All beings are drawn in affection towards a man who is thus endowed with charity, and filled with many other human traits. In consequence, God bestows on him His compassion. The eighty four hundred thousand (84,000,000) lives, starting from the fly and the ant will shower their affection on him. 

The man who follows this path, and lives an exalted life, is the true human. Even if this is not done, but he refrains from harming any being, this in itself is said to be a great act. 

Know this well, and know thy own self. You must realize the truth and look at all beings with compassion, disciples, gems of my eyes. 


Swami, we shall try to know all this, and behave accordingly. 


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