he entire Meherabad zoo of birds and animals had been brought to Bangalore and set up in the Links compound. (Oct. 1939). The women were now mostly occupied in looking after the cleaning, feeding and watering of its inmates. There were many ducks, hens and a rooster, whose water ponds were to be daily cleaned and refilled with fresh water. One day the pits filled with rain water and a hen fell in and drowned. When Elizabeth found it, she brought the dead animal to Baba weeping and said, “Baba darling, the hen is unconscious with cold. What should we do now?”
Baba took the hen and went to the kitchen where Katie and Manu were cooking. He said, “This hen is frozen. Hold her over the fire!” Katie took the hen from Baba and replied in Gujarati, (which Elizabeth could not understand), that the hen was already dead. Baba winked at her and, after a while, remarked to Elizabeth, “Do you have any idea how fortunate this hen is? It is the hen’s great luck that I have held her. If she dies, she will be even more fortunate and will take a more advanced form in her next birth; but she must die here and now in my presence.”
Immediately, Katie played along and declared, “Baba, the hen is dead.” Elizabeth thus accepted the accidental death. The hen’s burial was performed before Baba with a proper ceremony.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 7, p. 2460.