Pleader was new to the mandali, having recently joined Baba, and expressed his willingness to serve in any way. There were no sweepers in the ashram, and this was a problem as there were no flush toilets or septic tanks. Masaji was given the duty of cleaning the women’s toilets. The men mandali would relieve themselves in the fields, but the boys’ toilets required cleaning and this was done by different men mandali.
One day, Baba informed Pleader, “You should either work as a sweeper or fast for seven months on water. Which do you prefer?” Pleader chose to fast, but Baba suggested otherwise: “We Masters also work as sweepers cleaning toilets (meaning sanskaras) and that we do internally. You should attend to the external latrines and I will see to the internal. Don’t think of anything else except this duty.” Pleader hesitated, but Baba assured him, “Don’t let it bother you. I will give you another duty after some time.”
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 3, p. 1070.