(Dec. 1936) . . . T. A. Raman, an editor of the newspaper The Evening News of India, came to Nasik and interviewed Norina Matchabelli, Nadine Tolstoy and Garrett Fort. He also approached Baba with several questions. Raman criticized that there was too much “so-called spirituality” in India. The following is his dialogue with Meher Baba:
Raman cynically said to Baba, “What we need in India is a holiday from things of the spirit!”
Baba answered with a smile, spelling out, “I will not give a holiday, but permanently retire the forms and rituals of different religions on which India blames half her troubles.”
“What then is your philosophy about?”
“I have no philosophy.”
“If you have no new philosophy to preach, what is your job?” Raman asked.
Baba dictated in reply, “My job is to awaken the feeling of Godliness in humanity.”
Raman said, “But let us not forget the poverty of our country and the fact that we rank so low among nations.”
Baba replied, “Our miseries are the product of man’s selfishness and greed. If we live the life of God, these economical disparities will vanish. If all men decide to help each other, sacrifices will become easier and inequalities of wealth and opportunity will vanish.”
“Why don’t you break your self-imposed silence and preach in the marketplace?”
“Every great change must be carefully timed. How else could it be with the greatest revolution in the mind of man? The time of preaching in the marketplace will come, but only after the world has been humbled and purified by a carnage greater than any the world has yet seen!
“For years I have predicted that a war was definite. It will be shorter but far more terrible than the last one, and India will be radically affected, as a result of which social and economic conditions in the country will be revolutionized. The First World War was not enough to bring about a change of heart in man. The world, purged of its pride, will listen to reason only after an even more terrible purgatory.
“I repeat: a global holocaust will engulf the world.”
“So that is your opinion?” the journalist asked.
Looking directly at Raman, Baba smiled and spelled out, “My son, I have no opinion to offer. I know!”
The reporter had come to challenge Meher Baba, but left impressed and moved by the depth of feelings and genuine love of the Westerners toward Baba and the mandali. His article appeared in newspaper The Evening News on January 7th, 1937, and it was sympathetic.
Lord Meher, American ed.,Bhau Kalchuri, Vol.6, pp. 2060 – 2061.