SINK OR SWIM TOGETHER
On December 31st , Baba gathered the companions
together and asked them to wash their hands and feet, and
after He washed His own hands, Ghani read out the following
Today is the last day of the two and a half months'
period of promised help.
At the conclusion of the prayer Baba said,
I asked the Most Merciful God for forgiveness for myself
and my companions for any conscious or unconscious
mistakes, large or small, committed by me or my companions
toward each other or toward the spirit of the conditions
of the New Life and the oath pertaining thereto during
these two and a half months.
I forgive my companions wholeheartedly for any misbehavior
toward me and ask my companions to wholeheartedly pardon
me for any ill-treatment I might have given them.
I ask the All-powerful God to give us strength to live the
New Life 100 percent according to the conditions and the
oaths of the New Life which begins from tomorrow, the
1st of January, 1950.
After full consideration, and keeping well in sight the
conditions of the New Life and our oaths, I have decided
that without promising anything, I will try to overlook
unconscious mistakes, large or small. But I will never
condone any small or large mistakes consciously committed.
Author's commentary: Up to January 1st, the training that the
companions had received from Baba was devoted to the first two
aspects of the New Life — helplessness and hopelessness. From
the first of the year onward would begin the internal work of
integrating these two aspects into the very tenor of life with
full trust in God.
I will not forgive any mistake that goes radically against
the spirit of the conditions, and under no circumstances
will there be any compromise. I will be brother and friend
in every respect except in absolute obedience to my
orders. We, who stick to the conditions 100 percent, sink
or swim together.
MEHER BABA'S NEW LIFE, pp. 273-274
2008 © Bhau Kalchuri