FEBRUARY 1958 – THE MASTS HAVE THE COMBINED ATTRIBUTES OF A CHILD, MADMAN AND A PISHACH (GHOST).
Baba then described the mast he had brought from Meherazad, who had been kept opposite the main building in lower Meherabad on the east side. He had been given milk which he drank, and Baba directed that he be given a little rice and more milk at noon. Baba warned them not to disturb the mast, nor pester him with food or money. He remarked:
Worldly people may take him as an ordinary mad man, but he is groveling in the dust and wallowing in filth due to his love for God. I am very happy to have brought him here. I always bow down to such lovers of God, and therefore it is not necessary for you to pay homage to him. I know there are some of you who would like to go and surround him. I must warn you that the mast has a stick and he may take it into his head to poke anyone in the eye who approaches him.
Those masts on the path, as they advance, have the combined attributes of a child, madman and a pishach (ghost). They are as guileless as a child, act peculiarly like a madman and live in dirty surroundings like a ghoulish figure.
So if any of you go near him, despite my warning, and he pokes you in the eye with his stick, I will be happy. (Those present laughed.) Who knows? The mast may even run into the dormitory tents at any moment! If he does, do not be frightened; catch hold of him gently and remain calm. But he won’t do it; so don’t be afraid of him.Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 15, p. 5297. The Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India are the copyright holders of all of Meher Baba’s messages, discourses and photographs, unless otherwise stated.