(Feb. 1958) In the Dehra Dun group, discord had arisen in some families about the manner in which certain family members were loving and worshiping Baba. Baba settled the matter in his masterful way, by advising the parties concerned not to hurt the feelings of their near and dear ones. In such cases, Baba stated, he preferred that they remove his photographs from their house, not attend Baba meetings or revere him, and stop repeating his name audibly. Baba impressed upon his lovers the necessity of maintaining harmony among family members, and urged them to keep him enthroned in their hearts, and silently love him more and more with constant remembrance. “Thereby,” he concluded, “all avenues of dissatisfaction and discord in the family will be closed and they will have no cause for offense.”
. . . As in the Dehra Dun group, the question of a family member opposed to Baba was again raised. Pophali’s daughter, Nirmala, was especially keen to have Baba’s darshan, but her husband was vehemently against Baba. He warned her that if she went for Baba’s darshan, he would not allow her to return to his house.
But, at the last moment, something internally happened to him and he completely changed to the point of insisting that Nirmala accompany her father to the sahavas.
When they had Baba’s darshan, Pophali narrated the events to Baba, who advised the girl, “You must respect the wishes of your husband, treating him as Baba. If he does not like you to worship me, then throw away my photograph from your house. I will stay in your heart forever. Inwardly, remember me as often as you can. That is my real worship.”
In the course of conversation with his old disciple Murli Kale, Baba observed, “Now that you are married, you will have a family and will have to look after all the resultant difficulties and maintain them.” Murli Kale was among the mandali from the beginning and had accompanied Baba in the New Life. With Baba’s permission, he had moved to Jabalpur.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 15, p. 5291 – 5293.