One day, (June 1940) Baba called the “five Bangalore boys” and asked each, “What do you want? What do you want to do in life?”
Raju said, “I want to go into business.”
Kalappa replied, “I want to deal in cooking oil.”
Amdoo said, “I would like to drive a tonga.”
Venkoba Rao said, “I want to be a farmer.”
Krishna alone replied, “I want you, Baba!”
Baba looked at him, gesturing, “I will give you Baba!”
He then informed Venkoba, “Wait for some time before you become an agriculturist.”
Baba kept Krishna and Venkoba Rao in Meherabad. He sent the other three boys back home, after making arrangements for them according to their wishes. Baba smilingly remarked to Krishna, “You have fallen into a ditch! Now you will be in trouble.”
Papa Jessawala was assigned to escort the masts Phulwala and Ramshish back to their villages and Kalappa, Amdoo and Raju to their homes.
Baba’s remark to Krishna proved to have a literal meaning a few days later. All of the waste material from the masts’ toilets was dumped into a large pit. One day it rained heavily, and the pit filled with water. Papa Jessawala told Krishna to empty the water from the pit with buckets. While cleaning it, Krishna slipped and fell into the pit. He shouted to Venkoba Rao, who pulled him out. Baba came by and saw Krishna covered with the filth. “Why were you cleaning the pit?” he asked. Krishna said that Papa Jessawala had told him to do it.
Baba became upset with Papa. “Why did you tell him to clean the pit without my permission?” he asked. Subsequently, Baba ordered Krishna to bathe sixteen times! He handed Krishna sixteen small stones, with which to count, so he would not make a mistake. After doing as Baba instructed, Krishna told Baba that his skin felt very tight. Baba went to the women’s room and brought him some oil to apply to his body.
Baba asked Krishna, “Did you feel bad while cleaning the pit?” He replied, “No.”
Baba spelled out, “You, yourself, are full of unclean matter. Do you realize that? Why do you live in such filth? Don’t you feel dirty? Start feeling unclean because of the filth of the desires that cover you from head to toe, and begin to clean them as you have cleaned the pit today.”
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 7, p. 2566.