26 Aug 2012 – Handling Pride

 

One morning, when Baba was on a tour of inspection, he came to Malcolm Schloss’ room and inquired how he was doing. “Very bad,” Malcolm replied. “I am full of pride. I get impatient and irritable over unimportant things. What can I do about it?”

Baba just looked at him. That moment was profound. As Malcolm later recalled, “I shall never forget the look that Baba gave me. If he had spoken, he could not have said more clearly, ‘Well, now at last we can get to work!’ ”

Baba spelled out, “In some ways you are very advanced. In others you are very lacking. Pride is your one shortcoming.”

“My one shortcoming!” Malcolm exclaimed. “What of my impatience, my irritability?”

“Those are the result of pride. When the pride goes, they will go.”

“What can I do to make it go?”

“Of yourself, you cannot make it go. But I shall do it for you. Nevertheless, you must try. You must make the effort.”

“What shall I do?”

“Don’t let little things disturb you.

Rise above them.

Be big.

Be generous.

Leave the rest to me.

And don’t be concerned about it. I will do it. I have to for the sake of the work.” Baba then embraced Malcolm.

www.lordmeher.org, p 2069

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