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Jal S. Irani

Many years ago after joining Meher Baba, I believed in Him only 50 percent. One day He told me to bring three lepers to Him. I told Him I would do anything for Him but I would not want to touch lepers because they are contagious. Baba insisted that I should bring the lepers. Then Baba said, "Either obey Me or leave Me." So I obeyed Him, but not very happily.

I went to the market and found three lepers. I told them "You will get money and clothes, and God will serve you if you come with me." I also told them, "Don't touch me. Stay away from me, as you are too contagious."

I brought the lepers to Baba saying, "Here are the three lepers." And then I kept away from them.

Baba was sitting on a chair in a small room with a table, a bucket of water and a tumbler near Him. He told me to send the lepers one by one to step up on the table so He could wash their feet.

I requested and warned Baba, "Please don't touch them as they are contagious."

Then Baba told me, gesturing with His fingers, "But I am the resident and inner motivator of every heart. I am in the ugly and the beautiful. I am in the old and the young. I wash my own feet and bow down my head on my own feet because I am in them."

Still I insisted and warned Him not to touch their feet because they are contagious. Baba gestured with His fingers again saying, "Very soon you will see with your own eyes that I am in the lepers".

Even though Baba said this, I would still not touch the lepers while sending them one by one to stand up on the table. I gave water in the tumbler to Baba to pour on their feet. Baba cleaned their feet and then bowed His head on their feet. I was shocked to witness this scene as it was unbelievable that Baba was doing such things.

So Baba washed the feet of the first two lepers, one by one, while I gave Baba the water, but I was always cautious not to touch them. When Baba was washing the feet of the last leper, I saw the leper in the form of Baba Himself — the leper looked like Baba. Baba then gestured with His fingers and again told me, "Very soon you will see me in the lepers."

I was surprised beyond imagination. "This must be illusion. How could it be true?" I thought so I closed my eyes thinking, "It is illusion, it can't be true!" I opened my eyes and saw Baba gesturing to me, saying, "I told you I am in the lepers."

The third time I opened my eyes, to my surprise Baba again appeared in the form of the leper. Seeing this made me believe and accept Baba as God in human form. It was a true miracle that Baba performed that I could renounce the world and join Him and accept Him as God. It was a miracle of unbelievable miracles.

Then, Irwin, some years ago [1971], you and your brother, Edward, told me that you wanted to film lepers with me while I told the story of what Baba said and did with the lepers when I would bring them to Him. You had brought a video tape and movie cameras and we went in a taxi to the government leper hospital, 10 miles from Poona where many men and women lepers were staying permanently.

I hugged and embraced all the lepers, I saw only Baba in the form of the lepers, so I was embracing Baba for two days. On the third day the lepers came to me saying, 'You must be crazy or a saint because our own relatives come and visit us once a week and stay away from us because we are lepers. You being strangers, embracing us and hugging us is beyond our imagination.'

Then I explained, 'I was not embracing you all in the form of lepers, I was embracing Meher Baba, Avatar, God in the form of lepers.' They accepted my story and took it as a miracle of God.

My love and faith in Meher Baba was so deep at that point that I no longer felt their disease would be contagious to me. For three days I did not change my clothes or take a bath, but on the fourth day I became scared and frightened, as I would NEVER touch the lepers. What made me embrace and hug them for three days without changing my clothes or taking a bath?

On the fifth day Baba came to me in a dream and said, 'Don't be upset or scared, I made you do all these things just to make you believe in Me, that I'm in everything, that I am the resident and inner motivator of every heart'

I take it as a great miracle shown to me by Baba Himself in my lifetime, which has made me renounce the world completely and join Him permanently.


ed Lyn and Phyllis Ott, Grant and Judith Narelle
1983 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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