During this period (Oct. 1958) of Baba’s seclusion, Bhau was keeping watch by Baba all night and also had various daytime duties to attend to. Even when he tried to get some sleep for a few hours, the loud repetitions the other mandali were ordered to do would disturb him. When he would go for his tea at 9:00 A.M., he would get that which had been made at six o’clock. It was kept aside for him in a mug, and he had to drink it cold. After tea he would sit in the hall before Baba, and when Baba left, Bhau would go to his room to do correspondence or writing work. He could not have his lunch on time at eleven with the other men, because the errand boy from Ahmednagar would leave Meherazad at 4:00 P.M., by which hour he had to have all the outgoing mail ready. After completing his work, he would go for his meal. Baidul was the cook then, and after serving everyone he would keep Bhau’s rice and dal aside on a plate uncovered over which, as time went by, gnats would hover and land. This was the food he had to eat.
Once he asked Baidul to at least keep the food covered to avoid the flies landing on it, to which Baidul replied angrily, “This is your reward for not being on time for lunch. You should be regular and that is why I don’t cover your food.” Bhau said he could not help being late, as he had to finish work given to him by Baba. Baidul retorted, “For lack of time, would you also stop answering calls of nature? To take food is necessary. I don’t accept what you say. I do my duty by cooking and serving food at 11:00 A.M. I have not been given the duty of keeping food aside for anyone.” Such were the conditions under which the resident mandali had to pass their days – it was exactly as Baba wished. This is how the Master, though loving all inwardly, was often ruthless outwardly.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 16, p. 5510.