(Feb. 1948) Meanwhile, Padri was busy fitting the plumbing to the new building at Pimpalgaon. Baba would visit daily and insist that he speed up the work. Once, in a teasing mood, Baba remarked to Padri, “Be more careful of the laborers working here. They are being paid and you must get a full day’s work from them.” Padri replied that he was extracting as much work from them as he could. “Then why are you standing around here now?” Baba asked. “I have been telling you to complete the work soon, and if you continue goofing off, how will it ever be finished?” Padri stormed off, and within five minutes Baba called him back, repeated the same criticism and sent him away. Again, after a few minutes, Padri was sent for. Baba’s words of warning were reiterated and Padri was criticized to get back to work.
It happened again and again, and Padri, now irritated beyond control, said, “If you go on calling me so often like this – how in the hell am I supposed to get any work done?”
Smiling, Baba replied, “Padri, you have just lost! I was waiting and watching to see if you would get angry, and you did. Does this work mean less? It is clear you have not yet learned to control your anger. To be able to control anger is a great work, so from now on be careful of your temper. Don’t allow this devil to invade your nut!”
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 9, p. 3253.