ON SILENCE DAY, Sunday, July 10th, 1955, both the men and women mandali kept silence and ate only one meal that day. Baba’s lovers throughout India, Pakistan, Europe and America were also ordered to observe silence, but not to fast.
As in other places in India and Pakistan, as well as in Satara, according to his wish, unbroken repetition of Baba’s name had been going on from May 1st. It was to be continued by the mandali, turn by turn, until the 31st of July. One day, after Bhau and Kumar had walked Baba to Grafton from Jal Villa, Bhau sat down in the bungalow to do the japa, since it was past his appointed time. He closed his eyes and began repeating, “Om Parabrahma, Paramatma,” but his mind kept wandering. Frustrated, at one point, he thought to himself: “What is the use of this mechanical repetition of God’s name?”
Meanwhile, Baba came back to Jal Villa and stood quietly next to Bhau. As his eyes were shut, Bhau did not know Baba was present, but after a while Baba tapped him on the head. Opening his eyes, Bhau was startled to find Baba standing before him. Baba asked, “Where was your mind roaming? God’s name should be taken wholeheartedly!”
Bhau replied, “I cannot keep it in check, Baba. When I try to do the japa, it wanders more.”
Baba stated, “Such japa is of no use. God does not hear it. But as I ordered you to do it, the responsibility is mine. And so on hearing it, I have come to remind you to do it sincerely.”
Then Baba advised, “Do not worry about the thoughts. The mind is not in your hands. You are repeating God’s name because I have instructed you to do so. You are following my instructions. That is what matters.”
Baba further stated, “When you are within a mosquito net, the mosquitoes cannot bite you, though they may buzz outside the curtain, and you hear the noise. You are safe from their bite and they cannot harm you. Thoughts are like mosquitoes, and if you fix the curtain of love and my remembrance around your heart, the thoughts cannot do you any harm. So do not worry about thoughts. Just remember me and love me. I am here to protect you.”
Lord Meher, Original ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol 13, pp. 4636 – 4637.
[July 10, 2022 marks the ninety-seventh Silence Anniversary of Beloved Baba]