BACK IN DEHRA DUN, while conversing with the mandali one day, (March 1953) Baba explained to Kishan Singh: “To a freight train are attached many wagons. Some contain good material, some bad – iron, copper, oil, waste products, et cetera – in different wagons. But, whether it is good material or bad, when attached to the engine the carriages go where the engine goes. The engine does not carry wagons of only good things, leaving the bad behind. Similarly, I am like an engine, and those who remain attached to me reach their destination, whether they be virtuous or vicious.
Keki Nalavala asked, “But how do we remain attached to you?”
Baba replied, “The meaning of remaining attached to me is to follow my wishes, to remember me and to forget your selves.”
Kumar said, “This is an impossible thing, Baba! This type of joining depends on your grace.”
Baba replied, “If you try, you will be deserving of my grace. I am the Infinite Ocean of Mercy and to shower mercy is my nature. If you throw sandalwood or filth in the ocean, does it have any effect on it?”
“No,” Kumar said.
“There is an abundance of fresh water in the ocean and it does not give out fragrance if roses are thrown in it, or stink if garbage is dumped in,” Kumar replied.
Baba stated, “The ocean absorbs within itself heaps of sandalwood or refuse, good things or bad, as it is unlimited. Similarly, if you throw your good and bad actions upon me, absorbing them, I will free you from all bindings. But the meaning of throwing or dedicating to me is that you should thereafter completely forget such actions, because to remember them is not true dedication.”
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 11, pp. 4088 – 4089.