RENDERING GREAT SERVICE TO MY WORK
A certain rumour concerning myself and my disciples has reached my ears. It is to the effect that during my stay in Rishikesh with my disciples in 1942, some parcels were sent to us by rail, that some of these parcels being damaged during transit were found to contain liquor, and that I and my disciples had to leave Rishikesh immediately to save ourselves the embarrassment of an awkward situation.
I deeply appreciate this action on the part of those responsible for spreading such false rumours, as I feel that it has the effect of rendering great service to my work. In spiritual work, opposition, rumours and criticism help as nothing else can. The spiritually Perfect Ones who are one with the Truth, know and bless such channels that try to conceal and distort the truth.
A principal part of my work for these many years has been to bow down to saints, sadhus, the so-called sinners and to the poor. Now, when I go to Rishikesh and Hardwar, I will also bow down to the persons concerned in the spreading of the rumour and to all those who believe it....
I want it clearly understood that this bowing down to them is not an ironical gesture propelled by any motive of egotistic attitude on my part, nor is it caused by any displeasure towards them: but that it is an indication of love, from the bottom of my heart, for the help rendered by them in my great spiritual work.
From the beginningless beginning to the present day I AM WHAT I AM, irrespective of praise or universal opposition, and will remain so to the endless end.
THE LIFE CIRCULARS OF AVATAR MEHER BABA, p. 29
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