ONLY INTERESTED IN REMAINING DISINTERESTED
To try to bring his attention back to everyday things, the men and women mandali urged him to take part in card games, carrom and seven tiles, but when he played, he played without the least interest. During a card game, he would suddenly throw down the cards and quit; in the midst of a game of seven tiles, when it was his turn to throw, he would drop the ball and look away. When playing a game of carrom, he would aim anywhere. He was in a seemingly most peculiar depressed state. Never before or since during his Avataric work was Baba found to be like this. Outwardly, he appeared totally unmindful and unconnected with everything.
Finding Baba in such a state, the mandali resorted to different types of amusements to please him — all in vain. They would shoulder Baba in his chair and take him long distances for walks, tell him funny stories, yet his disinterestedness did not let up but, on the contrary, increased. On the festive day of Diwali (20 October), Meherazad was gaily decorated by Meheru on the women's side and Meherdas on the men's side, and Baba showed a glimmer of awareness of what was going on around him. But soon, he reverted to the same aloof condition.
LORD MEHER, Online revised ed, p. 4721
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