DURING THIS PERIOD, (August 1938) Padri once brought a qawaal singer to the P.W.D. bungalow to entertain Baba. Baba met with him for a while and the man said, “How good is my luck that I have met you today. I wish someday to compose ghazals and sing them before you, Hazrat.”
Baba replied, “If you want to sing, sing now as I am in the mood to listen to music.”
But the man said, “Hazrat, forgive me; now is the time for my namaz – prayers. I must leave or I’ll be late.”
Baba motioned, “Then go and offer your prayers.”
The qawaal left to go to the mosque and Baba caustically remarked, “People don’t want God, they want namaz! What can poor God do? God wants to give them God, but they want to pray!”
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 7, p. 2307.