From Sunday, December 16th, (1956) Baba began feeling and looking weaker in health. His physical pains had risen with renewed intensity. Because Baba’s leg was in traction, the sandbag weights would drag him gradually toward the foot of the bed, and when he was shifted up the bed again, he had terrible pains. There were abrasions on his back, because of the previous cast and bed sores, but it was impossible to treat them, as the pain in his leg became excruciating whenever he was moved. Also, because he was always on his back, he had pain in his coccyx.
It was exactly 4:00 P.M. on December 16th, while the women were with him, that this incident occurred. Baba was lying down, comparatively peaceful and not in pain, when suddenly the women saw tears pour from his eyes and roll down his cheeks. This weeping was preceded by a lot of finger-moving. After almost a minute of weeping, Baba had his eyes wiped and gestured to them to forget it. He explained, “The tears were not for the suffering of my body, but for the suffering of the world.”
This suffering for the world was yet to come, the women thought. Seeing Baba weep was an unusual occurrence. Never before had the women witnessed Baba like this.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 15, pp. 5138 – 5139.