AFTER I SAW YOUR LITERATURE BEING USED AS TOILET PAPER . . .

Cyrus Daily Messages

(April 1958) . . . That morning, Baba suddenly expressed that he wanted to be driven to Udtara to visit the site of the automobile accident (December 1956). “See that you take me to the exact spot but be careful not to cross beyond the accident spot,” he warned Kohiyar Satarawala, who was driving. Eruch, Bhau, Savak and Jal went with them.

Kohiyar later related: “Stopping a few feet before the spot, Baba ordered us to get out of the car. Baba then hobbled along and across the road to and fro, some three times, as if to draw an imaginary border line. He stated, ‘I do not want to step even a single step from here to the Satara side.’ Baba pointed out the field on the opposite side of the accident spot where he had played cricket with the mandali.”

After slowly pacing up and down on the road, Baba returned to Mahabaleshwar.

Kohiyar Satarawala was to manage Shapoor Hall as a guest house after Baba’s departure. One day, Baba asked him why he had not hung a picture of Baba in the reception office and placed some of Baba’s books and literature there. Kohiyar had been doing so at other places he managed, but was reluctant to do so again after he saw one of the guests use a Baba pamphlet to clean up her infant child’s “accident.”

Kohiyar explained, “After I saw your literature being used as toilet paper, I decided it was useless to put your literature or picture in public places.”

Baba replied, “Why get upset over these petty things? A time will come when you will see my pictures in the filthiest places, in back alleys even. It will be on stamps badly defaced, on matchboxes, and on the labels of cheap brands of food. So why be disturbed? I also live in the filthiest of places and am in the filthiest of things.” (1)

(1) Meher Baba may have been speaking of how his image would end up being used in cheap advertising or propagandizing his name and cause. Although such things are done in India, the Western man or Christian may revolt at such a thought of Jesus’s sacred image on a matchbox, or food label. So the image of the Prophet of God is not ever defiled, Islam forbids any artistic rendering of Muhammad. In the late 1960s, Baba once saw an American underground tabloid with his picture printed and under it was written: “Would you buy a used car from this man?” Disgusted, Baba crumbled it up, threw it away and called it trash!

Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 15, p. 5374.