When Ghani was preparing Meher Baba’s bath around two o’clock that afternoon, the Master ordered chocolates from the market and distributed them among the mandali. He asked everyone if they liked the taste and, except for Arjun, all said they were delicious. Sometime later Baba inquired, “Is the taste which you enjoyed just a few moments ago still present?” The men replied it was no longer there.
The Master then explained:
The mind is pleased when a good thing is given to it but it soon returns to its original state. The same mind revolts when some bitter medicine like castor oil is forced upon it, but again after a short while it reverts to its normal state. This proves that both the pleasures and pains of this world are short-lived.
A few moments ago you ate the chocolates with a sense of enjoyment, but immediately after the same enjoyment and delicious taste became a thing of the past because the flavor did not linger in your mouth. Such is the case with all earthly pleasures and pains.
Sexual intercourse is the highest type of sensual pleasure in the world, but how long does it last? Only a few minutes. If this, the highest of all worldly pleasures, is compared with the real happiness of eternal divine bliss, it is a mere shadow of a drop from the infinite ocean of eternal bliss. When once realized, the bliss is felt and enjoyed every second forever! From this comparison, you can imagine the hollowness of the world and its pleasures.
In the evening, Baba sang in Persian a couplet from a ghazal of Hafiz, which he explained to the men. He was in a splendid mood and it being Thursday – the day of the Guru – the arti of Upasni Maharaj was sung. Afterward, for the first time in many months, the men were allowed to bow down to Meher Baba’s feet and take his darshan.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 2, pp. 437 – 438.