Aloba was called and Baba asked him to recite a few lines from Hafiz in Persian. The meaning of the couplet was: (June 1962).
“Happiness and misery are the lot of life
and are experienced in the circle of duality.
Once one gets out of this circle,
the duel of opposites in duality ceases.
Hence, happiness and misery both mean nothing.”
Khilnani said to Baba, “We understand this quite well on an intellectual level, but we cannot live up to it and cannot help being miserable, although this is all a game of nothing.”
Baba replied, “Mere verbal knowledge does not help much. But remember one thing: if misery and happiness are in the domain of Nothing and are really nothing, then why not always choose to be happy? Remain happy. Try to remain happy. Know that God alone IS, and all else is nothing.”
Gajwani interrupted, saying that understanding derived through reading is vague and later on becomes confusing. Therefore, he had stopped reading books on spiritual subjects.
“This is only partially true,” Khilnani opined. “When we are with Baba, our Master, reading becomes unnecessary, but when we are away from him, reading of his books and meditating on their themes are a real solace in life, at least for me.”
Baba stated, “Truth can never be expressed in words. However, words have their own importance within certain limits. The effect of reading depends upon the kind of books and the value you attach to them. We find people quarreling in the name of religion over their holy books. Is it not like dogs fighting for the bare bones which have no marrow in them?”
Baba asked Aloba to repeat the lines of Hafiz referring to orthodox believers and fanatics, wherein Hafiz says:
“O God, forgive the orthodox and fanatics,
for they do not see the Truth.”
Baba continued, “The real men (lovers of God ) do not pay heed to ritualistic books, but instill in their lives the truths revealed by the Perfect Masters.”
Khilnani said, “Yes, but why is it that man, although he desires to be good and honest, fails to do so? This is the question.”
Baba replied, “When one honestly desires, one never fails. Not one, but many questions crop up in the mind and will continue to do so. There is only one way out, only one remedy; ‘Obey the Master.’ That will answer all your questions. That will lead you, guide you and make you understand what is in fact ununderstandable. All your problems will be solved. Hafiz says:
“Whatever the Master says, obey him
without asking the why and wherefore of it.”
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 17, pp. 5909 – 5910.