SUNDAY, JUNE 5th, 1960, was the largest public darshan that summer. An estimated ten thousand persons poured through Guruprasad seeking the God-Man’s touch. Among them were a number of government officials and one cabinet minister, named Jagjivan Ram. Kaikobad was brought from Meherabad by Adi, and Aloba and Homi Satha accompanied them. Yogi Shuddhanand Bharati had also come that day as had Harjiwan Lal, Todi Singh, the Raja of Kurandwad, Pilamai Irani and family, Nari and Dolly Contractor, Polly and Dinoo Umrigar, Soonamasi, Naggu Irani, Haribhai Patel, Jagannath Maharaj, Maniben Parakh, Niranjan Singh, Adi P. Ghaswala of Bombay, Yeshwant Rao of Sakori and the Ahmednagar bhajan mandali. A man named Swami Anand also came with an Australian and a Scotsman. Irwin Luck sat next to Baba throughout the program and was overwhelmed by the procession of humanity filing past him.
To one of the upcountry groups, Baba stated: “You will be leaving on the 6th, isn’t it? So today will be goodbye. But no goodbye to Baba at any time. When you realize me as I am, you will bid goodbye to the three worlds for all time.”
To one who was weeping while leaving, Baba consoled, “Why shed tears? Although you may not see me physically, be certain I am always with you. The only place that can hold me is the heart. Keep me close with you – I am always there.”
The darshan continued the next morning. The distinguished Sanjeeva Reddy, the president of the All-India Congress political party (and later President of India), was among the visitors that morning. Baba dictated this message for Sanjeeva Reddy:
It is better to deny God than to defy God. Sometimes our weakness is considered as strength and we take delight in this borrowed greatness. To profess to be a lover of God and then to be dishonest with God, with the world and with oneself is unparalleled hypocrisy. Difficulties give us the opportunity to prove our greatness by overcoming them.
A child’s trust in his mother is complete because he leaves all his worries to her. She has to take care of him. So if we trust in God and let Him worry for us, we live contented and happy. When the leader of a nation puts complete trust in God, God makes him the instrument to guide the nation rightly.
We should think well of those who think ill of us.
To a highly educated group of his lovers, Baba stated something similar:
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri,Vol. 17, pp. 5767 – 5768.