One day Merwan Seth took Jal aside and looked at him in the eyes and said, "My brother, I am God!"
Jal burst out laughing and mockingly exclaimed, "You, God! Merog, you are no one but a madman! What have you said? How can a man be God?"
"Believe me, brother, I am truly God," replied Merwan.
Brazenly, Jal retorted, "This is nonsense! I don't believe a word you say, Merog!" Then, Jal challenged his elder brother, "If you are God, you must have powers. Prove it! Prove to me that you are God!"
Merwan Seth agreed to the challenge and said, "I will place a burning coal on the palm of your hand, but you won't feel pain. Do you agree to let me do this?"
Jal arrogantly replied, "I am quite prepared. Let me see what sort of God you are!" Then he added, "If my hand burns and I feel pain, your delusions will be shattered once and for all. I don't want to ever hear you repeat that you are God!"
Merwan Seth smiled and went inside the house and brought out a redhot coal from the kitchen fire. He placed it on Jal's palm. The skin started to burn, but Jal did not feel any pain! He stared at his hand in amazement.
Their mother was in front of the house and started to smell something burning. When she came to the back of the house and saw what was happening, she screamed, "Have you two both gone mad? What do you think you are doing?" Scolding Merwan, she tried to remove the coal but it was embedded in Jal's hand. By the time she finally removed it, all of the flesh of Jal's palm was deeply burned. The burn was extremely serious, and after Shireen arrived, the pain came into Jal's mind it was excruciating and he fainted.
Merwan Seth rushed his brother to the hospital for treatment. Jal was hospitalized for several days and Merwan Seth personally took care of his brother. Jal's heart was profoundly touched by the love his brother showered on him. Later he confessed, "Merog, my ego is smashed. You are truly God! I was a fool to doubt you. Forgive me, brother." Mysteriously, whenever Merwan Seth visited Jal in the hospital, the pain in Jal's hand would completely go away. But as soon as Merwan Seth left, the excruciating pain would return in its full intensity.
Later when Jal's wound healed, he would show his hand to new people coming into Merwan Seth's contact, narrating every detail of the event that made him realize that his brother was indeed God in human form.
LORD MEHER, 1st American ed, vol. 1, pp. 282-283
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