APRIL 1942 – AMUSEMENT FOR BABA
Once in Dehra Dun a singer from Tehri Garhwal came and sang before Baba and the women. (Mehera did not appear.) The singer had no teeth, but boasted that the maharaja of Tehri Garhwal had compared him to Tansen, the celebrated singer in king Akbar’s court. He sang the song,
“Set aside your veil and you will see God!”
His blandishments while singing were so strange that Baba was quite amused. After he had left, Baba directed each of the women to sing and mimic him, and their airs and performances, being still stranger, much amused Baba. Only sister Mani was able to successfully imitate the singer, while Katie’s Hindi sent Baba into fits of laughter.
On another occasion, Baba noticed a magician strolling by their house and, just for fun, called him inside to demonstrate his magic. The magician said he wanted a boy, so Baba presented Meherwan. The magician very softly whispered in his ears, “Now when I clap, stop speaking, and when I clap again, talk!” He then announced to all: “I will now use my magic on this child whereby his tongue will be rendered useless.” He performed some tricks, waved his wand over Meherwan and clapped and said to the audience, “Now if you wish to ask him anything, ask, but he won’t be able to answer.” Everyone questioned Meherwan, but he kept quiet. Baba too asked him something; still he did not reply.
The magician clapped, and Meherwan began speaking. When the show was over and the man had left, Baba asked Meherwan, “Why couldn’t you speak?”
Meherwan said, “The magician told me not to speak!”
All had a good laugh at his disclosure, but Baba insisted, “No, no, he influenced your mind and prevented you from talking!”
Meherwan persisted, “No, Baba, really, he told me not to speak!”
Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 8, p. 2793 – 2794.
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