The Three Plans

New Life Circular #3. p. 1- 3

Dehra Dun, 15th January 1950.

“During these three months, you have seen my new life reet (way) and you all have shown how fit you are to be in the new life. So, I and you all, keeping in sight these three months, should now decide about the three Plans that I place before you. You should all honestly and whole-heartedly consider these three plans in their entirety. They are of my own making, of my own free will and accord, and you must accept one of them as being my wish and order. By accepting one of these plans collectively or individually, you will remain hundred percent my companions in the new life. These three plans make me free to live the new life in my own way and yet keep you all hundred per cent in the new life.

“By accepting one of these three plans, you will make me happy and free, and yet be my companions in the new life. Point A in Plan I, if workable, would be ideal. If A is not possible, then point B and C would also be as good. Plan II, although all right from the viewpoints explained above, would not be as ideal as points A, B and C in Plan I.

“These three plans are based on the labour phase. The other three phases of begging, gypsy and langoti life will be personally carried out by me alone or with the companions staying with me as the new life companions.

“Therefore, the companions, by accepting one of these plans, (particularly A in the first plan) will be said to have gone through all the four phases of the new life; and as they will do the labour phase for me, I will be said to have gone through the labour phase also.

“If the first plan is adopted, you can all either stay near me, or away from me, without my interfering with your phase or letting you interfere with my phases. I will take hundred per cent interest and guide and help you, without in any way being bound.

‘In these three plans, the 2 points of ‘responsibility before God’ and ‘no spiritual benefit’ stand good for ever. The three plans are as follows:

Plan I A. (Collective)

(1) In this collective plan, all of you must cooperate with each other, help each other, and adjust things suitably to the ability, capacity and tabiyat of each of you—each of you doing his best to keep this plan going.

(2) I will place at your disposal Rs. 10,000, 2 tongas, horses, carts and bullocks, for your use—to belong to this new plan, making it the basis of developing the new plan.

(3) You can either do farming, or take jobs, or do any business in Dehra Dun or nearby surrounding places.

(4) You can put up at the property or in Dehra Dun, or at any place convenient for the carrying out of the plan.

(5) The companions’ earnings from jobs, farming or business, should belong collectively to this new plan. Out of this collective money, you can all eat what you like, dress as you like, but personally own nothing.

(6) No begging, or gypsy or langoti life for you all in Plan No. I A.

(7) I will live on the property when in Dehra Dun and Hardiwar, and do begging etc., but you can, if you afford, give me and the women, food from earnings and also pay towards incidental companionship by majority of votes. expenses.

(8) You can sleep when you like, get up when you like, and work as you like, and I will not interfere with your life, nor will I allow you to interfere with my life. There will be no order from me except the fixed conditions. Drawing the main essence from the original conditions, I will finally fix the conditions to suit these three plans and my own plan.

(9) I will have absolutely nothing to do with money or accounts.

(10) None should bring complaints to me about anything.

(11) Everything to be managed by the companions, in any way they like, by committee, majority or appointing manager.

(12) I will fix the conditions for you finally, and then leave it to you to carry them out or not.

(13) I will trust you with the conditions, and whether you follow them or not is your own responsibility, for which I will neither do insaf or blame or inquire. He who does not follow the conditions will not be in the new life even though he stays with the companions.

(14) In companions’ spare time they may gather for light talks with me, or ask me to take part in any entertainment like music programme etc.

(15) The companions will be free to live and work as they like within the limits of the fixed conditions, and can even stay on at the place in my absence, as I am free to do as I like and go where I like for my three phases.

(16) I will send Circulars to all, and have points included in the Circular to help the companions in many ways, except in the way of money, bhikska or presents. For although, amongst my companions are such who in the old life have dedicated everything to me, and in the new life would not dream of taking an advantage of others, I want all my old life disciples and devotees to know that they should not under any circumstances help any one of the new life companions with money, clothing, food, etc.

(17) If companions think it necessary, I will help them (except monetarily) in the beginning to make the start by asking others to help them. This plan will continue the new life, will keep the companions together, have my interest, give full freedom to me and to the companions.

(18) his plan will continue the new life, will keep the companions together, have my interest, give full freedom to me and to the companions.

(19) If a companion is found to be deliberately disobeying the conditions or deliberately not carrying out the duties entrusted to him or is found not to be fitting into the general management because of his temperament or obstinacy, he can be asked to leave the group- companionship by majority of votes.

Plan I B. (Collective or individual)

If all do not collectively agree to point A in this first plan, as many as agreeing to it can together accept and follow it. In this case, I will place only Rs. 5,000, two tongas, horses, carts and bullocks for your use. Those who do not agree to A or B in plan I, can either choose C in plan I or choose plan II.

Plan I C. (Individual)

(1) To lead new life at individual’s own original place, with all freedom to earn either by job or business etc. He must not, however, stay either at Meherabad or Pimpalgaon.

(2) To follow the fixed conditions and ‘iman’ with them.

(3) To do the duties allotted by Baba, while staying at one’s own residence like Sarosh, etc., etc., do. (4) No (physical) Saath or proximity of Baba.

(5) I will be free hundred per cent and companions will be free to do anything within the fixed conditions.

(6) Each one will be given Rs. 500. As in the case of ‘No-walas,’ you will have neither spiritual nor material connection, but you will still be the companions of the new life, and will have hundred per cent Sambandh or connection with the new life.

(7) You can associate with the old life members also.

(8) Out of his earnings, each one will take away the necessary money (earned by himself personally) for himself and family, and send the remaining to me, for me and those with me.

(9) The money sent to me by the companions must strictly be money earned by himself personally, and not money that is borrowed or begged (nor is the companion to receive money as gift or help from anyone).

(10) The companion should never contact me or correspond with me, unless I later order him to do so; but must be sending me money from his earnings, according to instructions I will give him before he leaves.

(11) He should not try to disturb the arrangements already made before 16th October, nor try to interfere with the duties of the ‘Arrangementwalas,’ nor try to disturb the orders given to the ‘Arrangementwalas’ regarding money etc.

Plan II

(1) Anyone can go to any place other than the old life place.

(2) He can do at any place any business or take up any job he likes.

(3) No physical saath or proximity of Baba.

(4) Lead new life with fixed conditions and iman with them.

(5) I will be free hundred per cent and companions will be free to do anything within the fixed conditions.

(6) Same as in No. 6, point C of Plan I.

(7) No duties will be allotted to you by me as in C of Plan I, and you can lead an absolutely independent life within the conditions.

(8) Same as in No. 8, point C of Plan I.
(9) Same as in No. 9, point C of Plan I.
(10) Same as in No. 10, point C of Plan I.
(11) Same as in No. 11, point C of Plan I

Note: — In these two plans, there will not be the three phases of begging, gypsy and langoti life. I alone will do all these on behalf of the companions.

Plan III

This plan is for those who are hundred per cent prepared to follow all the original conditions.

Oath for Plan No. I & II

‘I, a companion of the new life, take the following oath before God: “I will abide hundred per cent by the conditions given today to me by Baba. These conditions are based on the original conditions to which I signed ‘Yes.’ I will consider Baba as my friend and brother and expect no spiritual or material reward. I will see to the material needs of myself till the very end, and if nothing is spiritually or materially gained, I will not hold Baba responsible. Anything that happens to me will be solely my own responsibility before God. There will not be any spiritual or material connection with Baba, but I shall remain hundred per cent a companion of Baba’s new life, if I follow the conditions hundred per cent.”’

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