Sitting with the companions on the morning of October 31st, Baba explained to them about begging in Benares and other places:
If people offer clothing, accept it, but do not ask for it. You cannot accept money under any circumstances. Although the conditions say that food and clothing can be accepted, ask only for food and not for clothing. Food or clothing, when given, should be first brought and placed before me.
Do not accept anything else such as cigarettes, shoes, hat, cap, pen, pencil, stationery, brass or copper pots. Readymade and unstitched clothing can be accepted such as ghongadi (rough blankets), socks, rugs and shawls. In this category, chaddars (bedspreads) and bedsheets must not be accepted. This much we decide today. Detailed instructions will be given at Benares.
In the afternoon, (November 2, 1949) again referring to begging, Baba further elaborated, “We are not to accept any living animal such as a cow, bullock or water buffalo, if given while living a begging life. This is possible, since Hindus very often give away animals such as cows to sadhus and yogis. And putting us in that category, they may perhaps treat us that way. Fodder, rope and iron shoes for bullocks can be accepted if offered without being asked for. We have to ask only for food, for us and the animals.
“Do not ask for anything else, but accept ready-made clothes, blankets and shawls if offered voluntarily. What we decide today stands for good. Animals offered voluntarily must be refused, but while thus refusing, you can say that if a white horse is given, you would accept it.”
Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 10, p. 3467 & p. 3472.
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