IT IS BETTTER YOU OBEY AND FOLLOW HIM

Cyrus Daily Messages

Baba declared his intention to do some special work from the 1st of December for forty days, so on the eve of it, November 30th, (1954) a qawaali program was arranged, and the singer Jadhav Qawaal was called to Satara from Bombay. A few persons from Bombay and Ahmednagar, such as Nariman, Meherjee, Adi Sr., Waman and Bal Natu, were also invited. Baba ordered Aloba not to give tea to anyone in the evening, as it was to be served at 9 P.M. in Grafton, where the qawaali singing was to be held. The qawaali program was held at Grafton so that the women mandali could hear it from behind a curtain.

Adi Jr. was invited to Satara. When he came to the bungalow in the evening, he asked for tea. Aloba prepared it without telling him that Baba had forbidden him to give it to anyone that evening. As instructed, at 8 P.M., the qawaali singer, his companions and the mandali arrived at Grafton. After some initial conversation, Baba stated, “Everyone will be served tea at nine o’clock, and then the singing will start. Has anyone already had tea this evening?”

Adi Jr. said he had. “Who gave it to you?” Baba asked.

“Aloba,” replied Adi.

Much displeased, Baba asked Aloba, “Why did you break my order?”

“He is your brother, Baba,” Aloba replied.

These words upset Baba even more, and he scolded, “If you think he is so great because he is my brother, then it is better you obey and follow him! Go and stay with him, not me!”

Adi Jr. intervened, “Had I known of your order, I would never have asked for tea.”

Baba critically replied, “Aloba gave you tea under the impression that it would please me. He does not know that he who breaks my order is my enemy! The one who carries out my instructions is my real brother. He who breaks my order can never be a brother of mine.”

Because he was so upset, Baba canceled the qawaali program and ordered everyone to return to Rosewood. The musicians stood up and repacked their musical instruments, but when they were about to leave, Baba called them back and forgave Aloba. Everyone had tea, and the qawaali singing began and lasted until midnight.

Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, pp. 4586 – 4588.

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