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IMPLICIT OBEDIENCE TO THE MASTER

Pratap G. Ahir

 
Dr. Ghani enjoyed certain amount of latitude in the Ashram while living in the company of Baba. He leaves behind many sweet memories of his stay with Baba as one of the resident mandali.

He was a chain smoker and his daily died included meat — both of which were not allowed in the Ashram in the early days of training. But denial of smoke dulled his spirits more than meat diet. Considering his long standing habit Baba allowed him five cigarettes a day. But this was not sufficient for him.

From his fertile brain he designed a plan. He began to join together four to five cigarettes and make one. Such five cigarettes of his own make he began smoking each day. When Baba came to know of this he was displeased and had taken Ghani to task for disobedience.

But Ghani argued out his case convincingly stating that he was smoking only five cigarettes a day in obedience to Baba's order, the length of the cigarettes not being decided. Baba enjoyed the joke and allowed him to smoke as he used to, an exception to the rule of the Ashram.*


*Saints and Sadgurus do not allow such latitude to any amongst their disciples. Implicit obedience to the Master is the law that binds an aspirant after Truth, unconditionally uncompromisingly. Disobedience invites dangerous consequences. But the Avatar's attitude is different. Compassionate Father of all in Creation condones all wrongs born out of weakness natural to all in Creation. He cares only for love and spontaneity.

 

TWENTY YEARS WITH MEHER BABA, p. 12, Dr. Abdul Ghani
1975 © Avatar Meher Baba Poona Center

               

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