THIS WAS GOD'S WILL
Ivy O. Duce
From Oklahoma City we drove an hour by cab to the
hospital at Prague and were met at the door by Sarosh Irani
and Delia DeLeon. They were haggard and spent. Sarosh
burst into tears and exclaimed, "I shall have to kill myself I
can never face India again, for the thousands of devotees
there will all feel I should have taken better care of the Master!"
I let him weep, and then tried to point out that as he was not
even in the stricken car, he could hardly be held responsible.
We went to see the patients, and it was a terrible shock.
Baba had broken his left arm just below the shoulder, and the
left lower leg had both bones broken in a jagged way. His
face and nose were swollen, and we learned from Dr. Goher
The septum of beloved Baba's nose was broken.
There was profuse bleeding from his nose until the
nostrils were plugged at the hospital. Rano sat with
Baba and kept mopping up the profusion of blood
while I tried to persuade Dr. Burleson to attend to
Baba. The doctor was so busy attending to Mehera's
head wound that he would not come until that was
stitched, so I requested him to let me at least have the
material for plugging. Thus with his permission I was
able to plug beloved Baba's nose with gauze strips and
so stop further bleeding. Baba had swallowed so much
blood that in the night he vomited more than a kidney
basin full of blood. The nose bridge being broken was
the cause of Baba losing the beautiful shape of his
It happened that Baba only wore the lower denture
on that day and the force of his fall from the car caused
the denture to cut into his upper gum, causing a deep
wound in the gum which made eating and drinking
very difficult and painful.
It had been at the suggestion of Dr. Donkin that Baba
was persuaded to wear dentures on this trip to the West.
He wore them reluctantly, and usually either the upper
or lower denture, and then not too often. Before this
trip in 1952 and after it, Baba never wore dentures.
Mehera had a fractured skull. Her closed eyes looked like
huge red beets and she bore an ugly wound in her forehead.
Elizabeth Patterson, who had been driving, had both arms, a
collarbone and some ribs broken, as she had been pinned
behind the wheel. Meheru had one fractured wrist, one badly
sprained wrist, and assorted cuts and bruises. Manija was the
least hurt her feet and knees badly scratched, and she
limped with a cane. She would not eat for days and was
overcome with grief because God had not given her as much
to bear as the others.
Baba took my hand and then wrote on his board:
"You must understand that this was God's will and it will
result in benefit to the whole world."
HOW A MASTER WORKS, pp. 95-96
1975 © Sufism Reoriented, Inc.