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Mani Irani

How often, when we feel smug and complacent in our estimate of a certain thing, feeling by now we know Baba's ways, Baba shakes us out of it by doing just the opposite!

So with Baba one should never be caught napping. I just love Saint Theresa's words, "When pheasant then pheasant. When penance then penance." That is so characteristic of Baba in His molding of us. Baba makes us go through both phases: when feasting then feast, when fasting then fast.

When the budget has been full we have traveled in pomp by first class (though with patched luggage and not a penny in our private pockets, so that once I was truthfully able to say to a startled beggar, "I am poorer than you.") to all sorts of places, living in comfortable houses, yet at the end of it making a crude meal of thin vegetable soup and bread.

With Baba one learns to be so pliable and ready for anything. When occasionally we go out, we put on our best clothes returning home to change to our patches and quiet life which we love even more.

LETTERS FROM THE MANDALI, Vol. 2, p. 67, ed. Jim Mistry
1983 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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