THINK IT OVER!
In the vicinity of Baba's bungalow in Dehra Dun were four
prominent saints: Miran Bhai, Anandi Mai, Sant Ishwar Singh and
Sant Mangat Ram. Baba wished to contact three of the saints;
namely, Anandi Mai, Ishwar Singh and Mangat Ram. But because he
was about to fast, he decided instead to contact them by proxy.
Baba put his head on Elcha Mistry's feet, and instructed him to
go and touch Anandi Mai's feet, and convey his love and blessings
to her. Similarly, touching Baidul's feet twice, Baba instructed
Baidul to go to Ishwar Singh and Mangat Ram and bow to each of
Elcha Mistry did as ordered, and afterward Anandi Mai
expressed her desire to meet Baba. Elcha informed Baba, who sent
her this message:
Meher Baba was informed of your wish to see him. He says
that there is no need for you to see him. If Baba is the
Highest of the High, as people say, and is in everything and
in everyone, then he is omniscient, and in you also. Even if
that is not the case, then there would be no advantage in a
meeting with him. Baba is bowing down to saints, walis,
masts, sadhus and the poor equally, and he conveys his love
to you. With his love, he sends his salutation to you.
Baba again bowed to Elcha, as proxy, and sent him back to
Anandi Mai. After bowing to the woman saint, Elcha conveyed
Baba's message. On hearing it, she said, "Namo Narayana! Namo
Narayana!" meaning, "Obeisance to God! Obeisance to God
After seeing the two other saints and bowing down to them,
Baidul returned and informed Baba. Baba asked him, "What did
Ishwar Singh say?"
"He asked me who Meher Baba was."
"How did you answer?"
"I told him he was a great saint."
This upset Baba terribly, and he stated at length:
Do you take me for a saint? Is this how your heart
speaks? Had you said Baba is an ordinary man, I would not
have felt bad! After thirty years of association with me,
you still call me a saint?
Truth and honesty demanded that you should have told him
that you don't know who Meher Baba is, but still you have
accepted him as your Guru. Were this question put to Dr.
Deshmukh, he would have immediately replied that Baba is the
Avatar! I do not mean that you should have declared that.
You could have safely said that I was your Master.
What was the idea in telling him I was a saint? I am not
a saint! At the moment there are a number of saints in Dehra
Dun, Hardwar and Rishikesh. Here on Rajpur Road (the
locality of Baba's residence) are four saints Anandi Mai,
Mangat Ram, Ishwar Singh and Miran Bhai. Only yesterday, I
explained to the mandali about saints, in the words of
"The advantage one derives by pilgrimage is one.
The benefits one derives by visiting a saint are four.
But the benefits one derives
by meeting a Sadguru are numberless!"
Kabir declares this. Think it over!
LORD MEHER, 1st ed, Vol. 11-12, pp. 4144-4145
1997 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust