( Feb. 1954) The program started at nine o’clock that night, and as bhajans and qawaalis were being sung, an argument broke out, causing Baba to make an important declaration. The quarrel was between Pendu and Kumar. Kumar had prohibited those coming, from placing their shoes and sandals in front of the door because they blocked the way, but people had ignored his dictates. Kumar, thereupon, asked that the shoes and sandals be removed, and immediately others picked them up and flung them in a heap to one side. When Pendu saw this, he became outraged and confronted Kumar. “What are you doing? How will people be able to sort out their footwear?”
Kumar replied, “That is their problem! Why did they block the door?” he demanded. This led to a heated exchange of words, and Baba sent for both of them.
Harjiwan Lal was present, and Baba called upon him. He asked Harjiwan Lal, “Pendu is the controller, and Kumar is the commander-in-chief. You are a lawyer. Now tell us, who is superior, the controller or the commander-in-chief?”
Harjiwan Lal said, “It is difficult to say with any certainty in your darbar (court) whose authority supersedes whose. You alone know it.”
With a dismissive gesture, Baba urged, “Forget all that! Give us your legal opinion.”
Harjiwan Lal explained, “A lawyer’s viewpoint depends upon which party gives him the most money; he then represents their side. Truth turns into falsehood, and lies into truth! Every lawyer is like that!”
This made Baba laugh, and he inquired, “Who threw the shoes?” Only Pankhraj raised his hand, although others had also taken part. Baba rebuked him severely, and Pankhraj thought with dismay that this is the result of his telling the truth. Although it was a scolding, this was Baba’s “gift” to Pankhraj, and others went without it.
Baba then observed, “Harjiwan Lal does not wish to play the counselor here; for that he wants a fee. But since there is no money either with Pendu or Kumar, the best course is that both embrace each other lovingly and forget all about it.” Laughing, Pendu and Kumar embraced, and this incident provided a lesson to the Hamirpur workers.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 12, pp. 4281 – 4282.