THERE IS GREAT WORK AHEAD
You will find in my teachings and activities both renunciation and involvement in the world and its affairs sports and asceticism, vegetarianism and at times not, the wearing of modern and western clothes in the West and the garb of the sanyasi in the East. Materialism and spirituality are both combined. I give the freedom to put on stylish western clothes, and even allow mixing with women, but with the strict order not to touch them without asking me, under penalty of death, and so forth.
I can influence both the East and West. Look at the recent rush and outburst of devotion to see and be near me in Navsari. The same sort of devotion and enthusiasm exists in the West to see me. They are actually counting the hours until we meet!
Those who have already come in my contact, and been immensely influenced and impressed, are not monks or nuns who are out of touch with society and the world, but people who are well-placed in society with great status and influence, who have great charm and lead gay lives in cities like London and New York.
When we arrive in the West, remember to be very alert and active, ready to respond to the slightest call to duty, whatever it may be. As my companions, be happy in all conditions, in all surroundings and circumstances. If you get good food and have fine beds, be happy. If you have to fast and I do not allow you to have a bed to sleep in, still be happy.
There is great work ahead, of which you have no idea. And you are the selected few chosen for my great work in the West, where people are so quick to judge, so clever and so sharp.
LORD MEHER, 1st USA ed, vol. 5, pp. 1546-1547, Bhau Kalchuri
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