During the month of August, Baba often remarked that Upasni Maharaj would come to the Manzil and give darshan, and that the mandali should be prepared for his arrival, although he never did show up.
For relaxation, Baba would go to Munshi Rahim’s house to play cards. Once, while playing cards at Munshi’s, he quietly stole a card from Ramjoo, and as a result his side won. In the middle of the next game, Ghani did likewise; but this time Ramjoo saw it. He complained to Baba, who rebuked Ghani for cheating. Ghani for some time bitterly thought: “Meher himself pilfers cards and then rebukes me for doing the same!”
After a while longer, Baba stopped the game and told the men a true story about a Perfect Master:
One day a Sadguru went with some of his disciples to a city where he was known. He approached a candy shop and entering, put some sweets in his mouth. His disciples, too, mimicked him in this respect. He then visited a bakery and there also the same thing happened. He picked up some cookies and put them into his mouth, and his disciples did the same.
Then he went to a blacksmith’s shop where there were red-hot pieces of iron in the furnace. The Master picked up one of the pieces and ate it!
His disciples stared at him. The Sadguru then said, “Now eat this too!”
Not one dared move and the Master admonished, “Why did you do as I did? Are you parrots? Never do as I do, but do as I say.”
After hearing this tale, Ghani burst out laughing, and Baba asked the reason. He replied, “I bow down to your knowledge. You have answered my question superbly!”
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 2, p. 398.