I WAS INSPIRED BY KAIKOBAD
William M. Stephens
Eighteen years later, in December of 1973, I met Kaikobad. He was 83 years old at the time and confined to a wheelchair. Mansari told me that Kaikobad had become crippled in a most remarkable way. Meher Baba, following His second automobile accident in 1956, said to Kaikobad, "Accidents come in threes, and I am due to have one more. Are you willing to take it in my place?" Without hesitation, Kaikobad said, "Of course, Baba." A short time later, he was standing in his room on Meherabad Hill when, without warning, he suddenly fell to the floor and fractured his hip....
During Meher Baba's second trip to Meher Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach, in 1956, Baba spoke of Kaikobad. He said that Kaikobad, after repeating Baba's name 100,000 times a day for only two years had his first experience of seeing Baba everywhere. Baba added that Kaikobad had only gotten a glimpse of the Real Baba, and was not God-realized. "It is natural," Baba said, "for Kaikobad to love Baba because he has had a glimpse."
On another occasion, Meher Baba explained that souls on the higher planes see everything as One, with no divisions. Kaikobad, he added, "sees divisions but sees Baba in all the divisions." Baba added that Kaikobad would have to go beyond his present state and ultimately "see no divisions but see himself everywhere."
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND, pp. 53-54
1977 © Oceanic Press