THE GREAT SECLUSION
C. B. Purdom
There have been many periods of seclusion in Baba's life, some for
long periods, but the seclusion upon which he was now to start was
regarded by him as 'The Great Seclusion' because of the work to be
accomplished. He had been referring to it months beforehand, telling
the mandali to be alert and watchful about every action. It was work
of preparation, in which he was to be actively averse to the buried
past and carefree of the unborn future.
The seclusion took place at Meherazad. Baba selected a small space
occupied on three sides by the buildings, the fourth side being closed
with bamboo matting. In this space the body of the motor bus, already
referred to, was mounted on empty oil drums, fixed in brick and lime.
There he spent forty days, from 22 June until 31 July 1949.
The daily routine was carefully detailed, with time-tables, duty
charts, and instructions for emergencies. All, with a few exceptions
for practical reasons, were ordered to observe silence and to fast,
including Kaka who was to wait upon Baba in the enclosure, being
called by a bell.
On the 21 June Baba called the mandali and his local disciples at 7
a.m. to participate in what he called the purification ceremony, which
consisted of recitations from the sacred books, Baba freely commenting
upon each recitation. He said:
These are all different approaches to the one
Truth, God, and the purpose of each book is the
same. These approaches are of two kinds,
direct and indirect, or personal and impersonal;
but the same end is reached by either way.
What can be received in a flash by spiritual
experiences takes ages to grasp by the mind. I
have reasons of my own for this seclusion.
It should not be looked upon as a time of
meditation, for I am free in every way; but I am
going to get myself bound voluntarily. I shall
intensify my silence and will not allow the least
sound from my mouth.
THE GOD-MAN, pp. 160-161
1971 © Meher Spiritual Center Inc.