TIDINGS OF JOY ABOUT THE GOD-MAN
I felt a bit puzzled as I read this letter. Instead of just meeting Him, I was to be invited for a stay with Him at Meherabad. This was more than encouraging, but the condition of obedience to Him had to be seriously considered. After much thought, a reply was sent by me as follows: "Baba, I have not yet met you personally. I do not know much about your teachings. I do not have any idea about the nature of the obedience expected of me. So, however much I wish to see you and be with you, will it be proper to reply, 'I will implicitly obey you?' I need your guidance to be honest to my conscience. Please help me inwardly to arrive at the right decision."
During the previous few months I had become acquainted with the late R.K. Gadekar, one of Meher Baba's dear disciples, who lived at Sholapur, about eighty kilometres from my place. I used to visit him to learn more about Meher Baba. A few days after posting the above letter I went to Sholapur. I showed Gadekar the letter received from Adi Sr. and told him the contents of my reply to Baba. He explained to me how my reply to Him was wrong. I should instead have willingly agreed to obey Meher Baba.
He added, "Whatever the Master orders is invariably for the highest good." He told me that I was all the more fortunate, for Baba had given me the opportunity of obeying Him before meeting Him in person. So on that very day I conveyed posthaste to Baba my readiness to obey Him implicitly!
The next day when I reached my home a letter from Adi Sr. awaited me. It read: "Baba is pleased with your sincerity, frankness and purposeful decision which you strive to arrive at in obeying Him. He sends His love and blessings." But I did not receive any reply to the letter sent from Sholapur. From this incident I learned that in my life with Meher Baba I should take whatever decision I honestly felt. Baba preferred one's honest efforts irrespective of the decision itself.
A regular correspondence continued and I used to receive replies to practically all of my letters. I was not a poet then, nor am I now, but somehow I used to compose some lines on Baba's divinity and mail them to Him. He would convey that He liked them. What an unconditional love!
Regarding seeing Him, I was asked to wait until the opportune moment. In one of the letters it was stated: "Baba says that He knows your heart. Baba knows your feeling full well." I wondered how it could be and, if so, what could that feeling be! Thus passed the year 1943, the year that brought me the tidings of joy about the God-Man.
GLIMPSES OF THE GOD-MAN, Vol 1, pp. 27-29
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