MAY 1943 – DYING SHOULD BE SUCH . . . THAT IT BECOMES LIFE ETERNAL.
. . . Baba addressed all collectively. They gathered on the platform outside the Tomb at 7:30 P.M. At times Baba would crack jokes, at times give discourses, at times listen to ghazals and at times listen to funny stories from those assembled.
In the Saoner group was a man named Ragho Patel. Baba asked him, “Would you offer your neck to me? Would you sacrifice your life for me?”
Ragho was dumbfounded by the question and gazed at his leader, Pophali. He said to him, “Pophali, you have brought me here for darshan, and Baba wants my throat! What will happen to my wife and children?”
There was a burst of laughter and Baba smilingly asked again, “Are you afraid of death?
“What if I am?” he replied. “When I have a wife and children to look after …”
“To die is not easy,” Baba spelled out to him. “Thousands and thousands die daily, but it is not dying! Dying should be such that it is complete death; then it becomes Life Eternal.”
“If I offer my neck in your cause, would you keep me alive eternally?”
“When you are worried about your wife and children, how can you offer your neck?”
“Now I am ready, Baba.”
“I offer you my neck slash it! I don’t care now if you keep me alive or not.”
“Now you have become very brave,” chuckled Baba.
Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 8, pp. 2870.
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