(Aug. 1949) On the first day of the meetings, several men had come whom Baba had sent away after a brief interview. One was a sadhu called Mauni Bua, who had taken a vow of silence and spent his time wandering about on pilgrimages. He had met Baba in June 1948, at Meherabad, having been brought by Bal Natu. On this occasion Baba asked Mauni, “Would you follow my orders?”
“I am ready to obey you one hundred percent,” Mauni scribbled on his slate.
Expressing his gratification, Baba dictated, “Then do this: Daily, drink two bottles of wine, eat meat and go to the movies. Will you do it?”
Mauni was in shock. To him, his own ideas about spirituality were greater than God’s! Although he had come to the Lord, he still attached importance to his own notions and fancies. Baba’s orders threw him into inner turmoil. He did not respond.
Observing his reaction and that the sadhu could not obey, Baba smiled and dictated, “All right, go about your pilgrimages and continue to beg for your food.” Baba’s words were balm to Mauni’s panic. The sadhu was convinced that by leading the type of life he had been leading, he would gain the spiritual treasure. Baba’s words seemingly reaffirmed his resolve. So Mauni left with his fixed ideas; but Baba eventually shattered those ideas. (1)
One’s attachments, ideas and inclinations are not overcome by eating meat or drinking wine or watching movies, but only by faithfully following the Master’s instructions. Had the sadhu gladly accepted Baba’s first orders, Baba would have felt happy and changed the order on his own. This was a test for the sadhu; but firmly embedded notions cannot be overcome at once. Thus, on August 15th, Baba gave the sadhu additional instructions which accorded with Mauni Bua’s ascetic inclinations.
(1) The sadhu Mauni Bua could not understand the meaning of Meher Baba’s words, as he was immersed in the rigid inclinations he held sacred and performed. But Baba would not let go of him so easily. He kept knocking at the core of Mauni’s deep-seated religious tendencies, and after several years Mauni eventually overcame them.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 10, p. 3388.