AUGUST 1922 – STRENGTH OF A LION.
Due to his meagre diet and prolonged fasting while staying in the Manzil, Meher Baba was very thin. Although frail in appearance, he claimed to have the physical strength of a “lion,” and one day he demonstrated his strength to Adi. He told Adi to wrestle with him with all his might. Taken aback, Adi did not know quite what to do, but began lightly grappling with Baba, who said, “No! As hard as you can!”Baba looked so frail that Adi did not wish to hurt him, but he had to obey and exerted his full strength against Baba. He was, therefore, greatly startled when Baba, without much effort, picked him up and threw him on the floor!
On another occasion, to convince them that he had superhuman strength, he once challenged all the mandali to a tug of war. Even forty of the men, using all their strength, could not budge him an inch!
Meher Baba had inherited certain characteristics from each of his five Masters. It is known that Hazrat Babajan, Tajuddin Baba and Sai Baba would, at times, slap people or use abusive language if someone displeased them or displayed arrogance. Narayan Maharaj had a high-pitched, squeaking voice and was as meek as a child. Narayan had a gentle, jamali personality and it was rare if he abused anyone in front of others. Although Upasni Maharaj could oftentimes appear meek and humble, his foremost characteristic was jalali divinely glorious and awe-inspiring and his beating of disciples was frequent. Such a beating was considered a true blessing.
From the time Meher Baba began staying in Manzil-e-Meem, he would sometimes exhibit this jalali trait a fiery or violent mood. It is said, without exaggeration, that he was fire! At such times, every man would be terrified of him and it was difficult to remain in his presence; some would even run away and hide in their rooms. When in that jalali mood, Meher Baba’s voice would roar and he would pick up and throw anything at anyone nearby. But this fiery mood would always subside as swiftly as it had flamed.
According to Meher Baba’s order, Ghani, Ramjoo and Adi were always sitting beside him. On August 11th, Bapu Brahmin arrived from Poona. In the course of the conversation, Bapu said something which so displeased the Master that he suddenly grabbed him by the neck and lifted him off his feet. Bapu was a stout man of two hundred pounds and resisted Baba. But Baba kept a hold of Bapu and shoved him down the stairs, as if he were a weakling. Adi, Ghani and Ramjoo leapt up and followed Baba down the stairs, thinking he might decide to stay there. But, he suddenly turned around and found Ramjoo obstructing his way. Instantly, he became annoyed and slapped Ramjoo so soundly that he was utterly dazed. Shortly thereafter, Baba was his genial self again. He began speaking cordially, patting the men on the back as he talked, while Ramjoo recovered from the blow.
Once, when Baba was in an open mood, Sarosh asked him, “Why do you sometimes get so angry with us?”
Meher Baba replied:
I am never violent or angry. For me anger, pride, lust, happiness or misery do not exist. Nothing like that exists for me. But when I appear angry at someone, it is his anger that expresses itself through me. I am the medium through which both your good and bad show themselves. You see your own face reflected in the mirror. Whatever you look like this is what you see in the mirror. The image is not only there in the mirror, but in the face itself. The mirror is unchanging. If the face is not good, can it appear differently in the mirror? What you see in the mirror is your exact likeness it is not the likeness of the mirror!
A ball thrown against a wall rebounds to you with the same force with which you throw it. The wall is always at a standstill absolutely stationary. You receive whatever resulting force you use in throwing the ball against the wall.
In conclusion, however I appear to you, it is only your own reflected image. I am always still and unchangeable like the wall or the mirror.
Lord Meher, 1st., ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol 2, pp.392 -393.
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