20130130 – Events of January 1969 – Part 7

The night of January 30, Baba rested for four hours, sleeping for two and a half hours. At 3:45 A.M. he called Eruch, Pendu, Padri, Bhau and Goher. Repeated shocks made his body rise from the bed. All did. His followers and their generations after them were still waiting for his return by keeping his room in the monastery clean and intact, changing his sheets and pillows, keeping his water pots filled, expecting him to return at any moment.

Eruch asked, “Oh, you mean that abbot?”

Baba gestured, “Yes, the lama did not return, but I shall return.”

Eruch at first could not understand why Baba was saying this, but he then remembered a story he had read to Baba about ten days before from the Gujarati newspaper Kaiser-i-Hind. The tale was about a Tibetan lama who was an abbot of a Buddhist monastery over 1,500 years ago. As the ancient tale has been passed down: one day the lama left his abode, telling his disciples he would return, but he never did. His followers and their generations after them were still waiting for his return by keeping his room in the monastery clean and intact, changing his sheets and pillows, keeping his water pots filled, expecting him to return at any moment.

The spasms continued through the morning of January 31. At about 7:00 A.M., sending the men mandali away for their breakfast, Baba called all the women to his room. The marvelous thing was that whenever Mehera was in his presence, Baba was totally free of the spasmodic jolts. The same would happen whenever doctors Grant or Ginde were present.

And again the violent jolts began. The men held Baba to his bed, but the shocks continued. Baba was sacrificing his body on the altar of divine love for the benefit of the universe, and by doing so, was undergoing his final universal suffering.

Remembering Dr. Ginde, he inquired a few times if he had arrived. Every time he would gesture a “G,” he would rock with a severe spasm and wince at the unbearable pain.

The previous night, Baba had ordered Aloba to bring the painted board of Hafiz’s three couplets from mandali hall. Aloba brought it into Baba’s bedroom at 10:00 A.M. and placed it on top of a dresser. The often quoted couplets were recited:

“Befitting a fortunate slave,
carry out every command of the Master
without any question of why and what.”

“About what you hear from the Master,
never say it is wrong, because, my dear,
the fault lies in your own incapacity to understand him.”

“I am the slave of the Master
who has released me from ignorance.
Whatever my Master does is of the highest benefit
to all concerned.”

– Hafiz

 

After the couplets were read (in Persian), Baba bowed with his hands and gestured in respect, “Khuda [God] Hafiz!”

 

—Extracted from www.lordmeher.org, p6696-6714

Photo source – The film “Beyond Words” directed by Louis van Gasteren, filmed in 1967

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