When Baba was sitting for the final session with the sculptor Edward Merrett on April 13th, (1932) a newspaper reporter came to watch and asked Baba:
“It is said that a woman is a drag on man in his attainment of divine grace. All the saints …”
Baba interrupted, emphatically spelling out, “No! A woman can play an important part in the development of divine grace. She is man’s equal. So long as she is true to herself, all will be well. But once she surrenders to her surroundings, the function of marriage fails. It is then you have divorces.”
“Then what about the vow of celibacy which the saints undertook?” the reporter asked.
‘”It is unimportant. Some men marry, others remain single; but a man is not more backward spiritually because he has married. A woman can inspire him by her love to know the Truth. But she must develop love and not lust. This is the key to happiness.”
The conversation was disturbing Edward Merrett’s work, who interrupted and said, “Please look up, Baba.” This abruptly stopped the interview from continuing. . .
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 5, pp. 1564 – 1566.