JUNE 1948 – IT IS A GREAT PENANCE AND AUSTERITY TO WAIT FOR ME.
DURING THIS STAY in Ahmednagar, (June 1948) Baba would visit Meherabad occasionally, and also go to the Family Quarters near Arangaon to see those close ones residing there. There were four families staying at the Family Quarters Savak Kotwal’s, Chhagan’s, Sidhu’s and Jangle’s. Whenever Baba returned from a tour, these families would sweep and clean the compound and keep everything in order, waiting for him. On this occasion, when Baba visited them after his tour to the Himalayas, Nargis Kotwal remarked, “Baba, so long we have been waiting for you. We daily clean the house and compound in anticipation of your arrival.”
“It is your good luck to wait for me,” Baba remarked. “Who is so fortunate to wait like that? It is a great penance and austerity to wait for me until I come.”
Baba entered the Family Quarters and by gestures conveyed to Vishnu to call Chhagan. Chhagan was in the toilet and after quickly washing his hands and pulling up his trousers he appeared. Baba asked what took him so long. Chhagan explained the cause of the delay and Baba began taunting him, “But why didn’t you come as you were? God himself is knocking at your door and you keep him waiting by tying your loincloth. Remember, if you are not diligent and alert when He knocks, He will go away while you go on fumbling with your underwear until your dying day. You should be ready to welcome Paramatma any time. These women wait for me, scanning the horizon for my car; and there you are in the toilet, bungling with your drawstring!”
Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 9, p. 3278.
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