THOSE WHO RESIDE WITH THE JEWELER ARE TRULY SPIRITUAL

Cyrus Daily Messages

. . . Darshan was held at Karamchand’s bungalow in Nishat on September 20th. (1944)

Almost five hundred people came to meet Baba. Meeting each briefly,
Baba sent them back, but did give some extra time to Daulat Singh, his
family and a few others.

Among them was a recluse who described his austerities to Baba and
also his visits to different saints. Baba praised him, and in the
midst of talking with everyone observed, “Daulat Singh is a gem!”

The recluse replied with a knowing smile, “He is a gem, but he is
still worldly. He has not yet renounced the world.”

Baba just smiled and did not comment. He began discussing something
else and after a while asked, “I remember a story. Would you like to
hear it?” All expressed their eagerness and Baba’s fingers flew across
the alphabet board, which Vishnu read:

A man renounced the world and was passing his time in meditation,
solitude, repeating God’s name, and so forth, and also visiting
different saints and mahatmas. Years passed by like this. Once he had
the luck to encounter a Perfect Master. He prayed to him for
God-Realization, and the Sadguru told him to stay with him in his
ashram.

The Master also had other followers who were living under his orders.
There was no spiritual practice of any sort in the ashram and he
thought all the others there were useless, as he did not observe them
doing anything spiritual. Some were cooking, some were washing, some
were cleaning and thus, according to the words of the Master, keeping
themselves busy.

Although now living with the Perfect Master, the sanyasi had continued
his spiritual practices and become a recluse. One day he asked the
Master, “When will I see God?”

The Master replied, “If you act according to my orders, you will gain
the sight of God very soon.” The recluse nodded in accord. The Master,
picking up a small piece of stone, then told him, “Go to the market
and, in exchange for this, bring five seers (cup measurements) of
vegetables.”

Looking at the stone, the recluse replied, “Master, this is a stone.
Who will give five seers of vegetables in exchange for it? No one will
touch it.”

The Master said, “You have promised to obey me and now you are
arguing. If you do as I say, you will have God’s darshan.”

The recluse went to the market, but no vendor was ready to agree to
the bargain, and all laughed in derision. With great difficulty, one
agreed to give him two seers of vegetables. Refusing, the recluse
returned and said to the Master, “Master, I had told you from the
beginning the exchange was foolhardy. Who would give five seers of
vegetables for a stone? I could get nothing.”

The Master said, “Now go to a sweetmeat shop and bring five seers of
sweets for this piece of stone.” The recluse left thinking his Master
deranged. No one was willing to give five seers of sweets and the most
he could argue for in one shop was three seers. So he returned, again
empty-handed.

The Master then directed him to approach a goldsmith and bade him to
bring back not less than five thousand rupees in exchange. Now the
recluse was convinced the Master was completely crazy, but he went
anyway. The goldsmith examined the rock and announced that he was
ready to pay one thousand rupees. This surprised the recluse as now he
was being offered a

thousand rupees in exchange for a stone against which previously he
could not even get five seers of vegetables. He then thought the
Sadguru knew what he was doing and there was something more to it than
met his eye.

He returned to the Master and told him what had transpired. The Master
next asked him to go to a jeweler and sell the stone for one hundred
thousand rupees. So he went and the jeweler agreed to the sale and
paid him the amount. The recluse brought the money and the Master told
him, “You did not value the stone, but the jeweler knew its true
value. He knew that it was in fact a diamond. Only a jeweler’s eye
could recognize the stone’s genuine worth.

“The vegetable vendors, the sweetmeat shopkeepers, the goldsmiths –
all are like those who are veiled; they can only evaluate things
according to their consciousness.”

The Master then told the recluse: “I am the Jeweler and I know the
capacities and capabilities of those around me. They act according to
my wish, leaving their own aside. Those who reside with the Jeweler
are truly spiritual. Whomever you have approached in your years of
wandering until now have all been like vegetable sellers, shopkeepers
and goldsmiths – limited by their own limited viewpoint. So, it is
better to remain with the Jeweler who knows your true worth and who,
in time, will make you a Jeweler like himself.” In this manner the
recluse was convinced and held fast to the Master’s feet.

And the recluse seated before Baba also learned a good lesson from
this tale, especially about Dr. Daulat Singh.

Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 8, pp. 2975 – 2977.