On another occasion in July, (18, 1939) Baba remarked to the women, “All penance, austerities, meditation, have no place before me. I will lead you by the hand to the Destination. But you must keep a firm hold on my hand.
“Think and speak only about me. Remembrance of me is everlasting! Remembering me will make you forget eating, drinking, sleeping and everything else in your ephemeral world.”
On July 18th, (1939) Baba remarked to the men mandali about renunciation, “Renunciation means giving up things that you love most.”
Turning to Masaji, he spelled out, “Masaji should go to the movies but come back without seeing the picture! That is real giving up. Go, but don’t watch, and then return.” In conclusion, the Master’s unique way of training the mandali was not in depriving them of things they liked, but in giving those things to them, and ordering them not to use them or enjoy them.
Pleader, who had originally joined Baba to attain God-Realization, had recently returned from Bombay and had been confronting Baba for several days, saying, “According to your orders, I fasted for three years; I kept silence; I remained in seclusion; but up to now, you still have not shown me the sight of God!” However, Baba kept urging him to continue his unusual practices. The other men mandali did not practice such obvious penances or austerities. Their austerity was in obedience.
But one day during this period, Pleader could not control his obvious dejection and frustration, and Baba did not like it. Fed up with Pleader’s attitude, Baba called him and Pendu, and asked Pendu, “How long have you been with me?”
“Since 1922,” Pendu replied.
“What do you want from me?”
“Then why are you with me?”
“To serve you, to see to your pleasure and to do as you order.”
Sending Pendu away, Baba reprimanded Pleader, “Pendu has been with me for so many years, and you know how hard he works for me. Still, in return, he wants nothing! You, too, should create that mental attitude which will bring you, unasked for, that which you desire!” Baba then sent Pleader back to Bombay after giving him certain instructions.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 7, 2439.
(Towards the end of Pleader’s life, he admitted that Baba has kept His promise).