Symbols of the world's religions



Meher Baba

One day soon after his return to Meherabad, Baba went to the family quarters near Arangaon. He sent for Vishnu. Vishnu came immediately, running to Baba barefooted. After a brief discussion, Baba directed him to go and bring Raosaheb. Vishnu was about to turn back when Baba directed him, "Don't walk barefooted, take my sandals."

Vishnu picked up Baba's sandals, touched them to his forehead and put them down again by Baba's feet. He replied, "Master, I could never wear your holy sandals."

Thereupon, Baba bitterly remarked to the others present, "How unlucky Vishnu is! When I give him my sandals to wear, he just touches his forehead to them and puts them back. This type of worship and reverence pains me. It is not worship; it is punishment. By disobeying me, Vishnu does not worship me he punishes me. And the sad part is that he thinks he is revering me.

"Not to keep my word and to worship one's own sentiments is sheer disobedience. Vishnu does not revere me. He reveres his own emotions, and to him, they are apparently superior to my orders. Such things deeply pain me."

Disturbed, Chhagan asked, "Are we not to consider your sandals as sacred?"

"Every belonging of mine is sacred," replied Baba,"and to have a feeling of reverence for them is good. But they are not more important that I am. My word is the most supreme! For that reason, revere my word rather than my things. While carrying out my wishes, let there be no room for the expression of your own emotions and feelings."

Baba's mood changed and he then asked those present, "Have you ever examined what I defecate?"

Some replied, "Yes," and some said, "No." But none could give a description which satisfied Baba.

So he himself explained: "You have no idea what my feces contain. In the beginning of creation, I defecated, and all the suns, moons, stars and universes came out. They are all my excrement! But just imagine! When this dirty thing is so beautiful, how can you ever imagine my real splendor? You will lose your senses if you ever see even a glimpse of it."


LORD MEHER, 1st ed, Vol. 4, pp. 1160-1161, Bhau Kalchuri
1989 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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