FROM THE KINGDOM OF THE BIRDS
Dr. Ghani tells the following tale of Manzil el Meem in Bombay in 1922.
One day they were all sitting round with Baba giving a discourse in
the courtyard; suddenly a pigeon flies into the courtyard, falls at
Baba's feet, and dies within 5 minutes, though not wounded: Baba
explains it brought a message from Baba Jan, and the shock of so doing
caused it to die.
Baba buried the pigeon with great reverence, and afterwards wrote a short
poem to it in Persian, the the original of which Dr. Ghani has, in Baba's hand.
Dr. Ghani's translation is as follows:
"The royal pigeon has become the guest of the Divine Tavern.
"How great a guest, that it at once became the owner of the soil upon
which it alighted;
"Why and whence it came is a puzzle, but its coming portends our
"It went suddenly into dissolution as if it had never suffered birth or
"Before its departure it bore wonderful tidings from the Beloved, and the
importance of that message cost the pigeon its life.
"O Lord, you are playing a wonderful game behind the curtain.
"Though self-manifest, your game is a riddle to those, who, though
they have eyes, are blind.
"From the kingdom of the birds this royal pigeon has become a saint in
their midst, and now lies buried in the precincts of Manzil-el-Meem.
"Meherban kisses its feet in reverence."
Meherban in the last line refers to Baba himself; he used to call
himself by that name in those days.
Note: Incorrect spelling of Babajan and Manzil-e-Meem is according to the
spelling used by Donkin.
DONKIN'S DIARIES, pp. 134-135, ed Sarah McNeil
2011 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust