There were many lizards in Kandy. Because there was a danger they would urinate or defecate in the food, and their urine and excreta are extremely poisonous, Katie would brush them off the wall, and Baidul’s daughter, Dowla, would kill them. On Sunday, November 17th, (1940) Dowla reported to Baba that she had killed seven lizards in only fifteen minutes. Baba was not happy, but Katie said in her defense, “If any of them fall in the food, we could die.”
Baba instructed them, “Don’t kill lizards. Any animal that directly injures should be killed, but not lizards. Catch them and throw them outside. They eat flies and are useful.”
He added in a teasing manner, “If you kill them, you will be a lizard in your next birth!”
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 7, p. 2641.