HUMILIATION A BLESSING IN DISGUISE
In 1938 I had just started my service to Meher Baba and at the time only His women disciples lived up the hill at Meherabad. No man other than Baba was permitted there, the only exception being when some labour job required the presence of a handyman.
One day when Baba was going up the hill, I went half-way to be with Him. Pendu and Padri were also with Baba and there was a brief discussion.
Suddenly Baba noticed a man going up the hill and through gestures He said, "Does he not know that no one is allowed up on the Hill? Stop him immediately!"
So I quickly rushed to the man and angrily shouted at him. He stuttered, "I was going up for Baba's darshan," and he became stupefied. I stopped him from going any further and took him to Baba to whom I related the purpose of his visit. It was, as I said, the first year of my service to Baba and I was very proud of myself for having accomplished Baba's wish.
However, Baba then embraced the man very lovingly and said, "How blessed you are that you were going for My darshan and were humiliated."
On hearing this, my inflated ego became deflated and I was very embarrassed, for I had been so stern and rough with the man and Baba was so very loving towards him. Then Baba added, "To come and see Me is a great blessings. Doubly blessed are those who are humiliated while making an attempt to come and see Me."
THE ANCIENT ONE, p. 21, ed Naosherwan Anzar
1985 © Naosherwan Anzar