(Nov. 1955) Although you are divided into groups, to me you all are one. But if you want to know God, the only solution is to catch hold of my daaman [robe]. If you care for God, if you have a sincere longing for Union, then hold on to my garment firmly. But if you have other wants to satisfy, if you want health, riches, children – then do not come to me. There are many saints who can satisfy your desires.
I am the Shah Saudagar – in Iran, a merchant prince or one who monopolizes a trade.
Baba asked Aloba to read a certain verse from Hafiz, which Baba explained as follows:
There are three types of dealers:
1) merchant kings who monopolize a business;
If you need a small thing like a needle, you go to a retailer, not to a wholesaler and certainly not to a merchant king. So to come to me for physical and material desires is of no use because I do not deal in such insignificant things like granting boons.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, p. 4726.