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Aneece Hassen

We (Padri and [I]) were talking about the brutality of Masters, how Sai Baba and Upasni Maharaj, and even Baba at times, would strike disciples, how they would hurt or abuse them, and how when Upasni Maharaj, especially, swung at someone, he swung 180 degrees from his heels and really knocked them flat, being a brute of a man over six feet tall and very stockily built. I like what Padri said:

"You know, many of the Muslims welcome this type of thing, and they even instigate it. They tease Masters or saints, trying to get the Masters to abuse them in some way or to hit them. But this is the wrong way — to try and taunt someone to abuse you. It should be done on the Master's own initiative. When it's done that way, you know what it means."

Padri continued, "When the Master physically hits a person, they are free and this actually kills all their sanskaras. And that means, of course, liberation." He explained:

These Masters — Upasni Maharaj, Meher Baba — have no greed. They don't have lust. They don't have anger. Nothing. So why should they beat a person? If it seems like anger, then it is sham anger. When they thrash you, it means no more births and deaths for you."

Padri went further and said that many educated people call this mean, that a Perfect Master or a saint shouldn't do this, or that they shouldn't use foul language. "You know," he added, "many of the Masters use foul language — they would curse as well as many of our sailors do — and these educated people would say, 'This man can't be a saint.' What they have visions of is possibly someone sitting under a tree in a lotus position, meditating. But then they decide that's not right either, because he may be naked or half-naked — that's vulgar, and no saint could be vulgar. But if he's naked, he's mad. If he's vulgar, he can't be a saint. If he does wear fine clothes, then he's too attached to material things so he couldn't be a saint. What is it that they really think that a saint or a Master is? What is the formula for one?"

Then Padri said," They don't have an answer. All they know is that each individual knows what he expects a saint or a Perfect Master to look like, and if one doesn't fit this specification exactly, then in their books, he isn't one."

It comes down to one thing, that you cannot judge a saint or a Perfect person by the way he dresses or the things he says, or especially by the things that he does. The final tally and the final proof is in the individual soul itself. And, of course, no one ever knows about that. If one truly believes in his teacher, in his guru, in his Master, and does it with all his heart — then of course, again, no one knows. The liberated soul is the one who followed the true Master and the other is the one who did not.

We know that Baba never allowed any of the mandali  to degrade any pseudo-saint, anyone who claimed to be a Perfect Master or the Avatar. He wouldn't allow it. Baba said, "Never mind. They have their thing to do, and by your abusing them it doesn't help you one bit."

HOW A MASTER WORKS, pp. 641-642, Ivy O. Duce
1975 © Sufism Reoriented, Inc.


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