Cyrus Daily Messages

(July 1956) Henry David Kashouty, age thirty-three, was a lawyer from Virginia who had been looking all his life “for the kind of answer that would be able to hold up no matter what happened in life.” He had read widely, but in 1955, as he wrote to Swami Nikhilananda (a disciple of Ramakrishna of Calcutta) in New York, “I am growing tired of reading of the Reality I am now convinced exists. I want to meet someone who has experienced that Reality.”

His wife Kecha’s childhood friend, Elizabeth Sacalis, came from New York to visit, and Henry told her of his inner longings. When she returned in December 1955, she sent him God Speaks as a Christmas present. Henry unwrapped the package in his office and saw Baba’s picture. “He looked so ancient, so timeless,” Henry remembered. “There was something about that picture. It was instant recognition. He was someone who had that authority, who knew everything there was to know. Someone in whom I could place my confidence. My conviction was one hundred percent.”

Kashouty had only read the inside flyleaf of the cover when he picked up the telephone, called Elizabeth Sacalis in New York and told her, “Meher Baba is the One. Please find out how we can meet him.” Later, Elizabeth contacted Henry to say that she had been to the office of Dodd, Mead, and was told Baba had come in 1952, and was not expected again. There was an address in India on the back cover of the book (King’s Road, Ahmednagar), so Henry sent a special delivery airmail letter to Baba in which he stated: “Dear Meher Baba, I have your book God Speaks. It has great meaning for me. I want to meet you and I do not think that is impossible.” He received a reply that Baba would be in New York the following spring. Kashouty said: “That was the beginning – the beginning of this love affair.”

When Baba arrived in America, Henry and his wife Kecha, age twenty-four, drove north to New York from Virginia. On July 20th, they drove to the Hotel Delmonico to meet Baba. Kecha had some errands to do, so Henry got out and went inside. They got to the floor where Baba was meeting people and gave their names to John Bass. Here is Henry’s account of his first meeting with the Knower of All:

When I finally had the opportunity to go into the room where Baba was, I looked at him and my reaction, my feeling was of total knowing of this person. There was no barrier of any kind. There is always a barrier between a person and a friend, or a relative, or a mother or father – things you would not say, whatever. But here, there was absolutely no barrier between me and that person – which meant that those things that I would not tell a soul, I would not have hesitated to say to him. That is what I mean when I say I felt as if I had always known him – such an intimate closeness.

He was the most familiar person, someone more than a friend. He is the Friend, that no matter what you are, he will never condemn you. He is the friend that understands you completely, that is why he never condemns you and consequently loves you totally. He is a friend who is never absent. He is a friend who waits forever, if necessary, for you to come home.

For years, I looked for someone to whom I could say anything. But the only thing I could say to Baba when he embraced me was what I said in his ear: “I adore you.”

When Henry Kashouty was let out into the corridor where everyone went after having their interview with Baba, he was totally dissatisfied. He did not feel that he had said what he needed to say to Baba, although he did not really know what to say. He further stated:

Baba was God, and I wanted to look at God in human form – how he blinks, how he turns his head – everything! If I could not see the Godliness there, my blindness, if it looked enough, would see. There was not any question in my mind that his Reality would touch the deepest aspect in me if I looked long enough.

Every time the door opened, Kashouty tried to peek inside for another glimpse of Baba. Finally, Eruch approached him and said, “Baba wants to know what you want.”

Henry said, “I must see him again,” and he was allowed to see Baba once more. He later explained: “I found it very troubling that I could not strip away everything false about me, to find my own reality enough to address this great Reality.” The best he could do was to say: “Baba, I must experience the Truth.”

Baba beamed and said, “You will experience the Truth. I am helping you. I will help you.”

Lord Meher, Original ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 14, pp. 4961 – 4962. 

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