MEANWHILE, (April 1959) Baba had Francis Brabazon staying at Ramakrishnan’s home in Kirkee, because it was quieter and Francis found it easier to write there. Francis had to ride a bicycle three miles to Guruprasad every morning. Baba had instructed him to come at 9:00 A.M., and Francis would arrive at 8:45 A.M.
One day, he came at his usual time and Baba asked, “Why are you late today? I was waiting for you.”
Francis said, “I have come fifteen minutes early.”
Baba sternly corrected him, “I have been waiting for you for one hour, and you say you are fifteen minutes early. Is it proper for you to speak like this?”
Pained at displeasing Baba, Francis burst into tears. Baba informed him, “Baba-time is something different. Remember it!” Embracing him, Baba assured him not to worry about it.
Francis began arriving at 8:30 A.M., but again Baba informed Francis that he had been waiting for him. The next day, Francis came at 8:00 A.M. exactly, but once more Baba was early, waiting on the veranda and scolded him for being late. This went on until Francis finally moved to Guruprasad.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 16, pp. 5562 – 5563.