(July 1923) MEHER BABA had sent Soonamasi and Khorshed fromĀ  Ahmedabad to Ahmednagar with orders that they should remain there unless otherwise instructed. While Baba and the mandali were touring Gujarat, Soonamasi’s husband, Kaikhushru (called Masa), became seriously ill in Bombay. Although Soonamasi received a telegram urging her to immediately come to Bombay, she did not go. In a few days another telegram was received about his condition but Soonamasi obeyed the Master’s orders and did not leave. Even a third telegram, saying that Masa’s illness had taken a turn for the worse, was disregarded.

After Baba returned to Meherabad, he called Soonamasi and Khorshed to him. When he was informed about Kaikhushru’s illness, he asked, “Why didn’t you go?”

Soonamasi replied, “How could I break your order?”

Baba then asked, “What if Masa had died? Then what?”

“So what?” answered Soonamasi, “Everyone has to die sometime.”

“What will your relatives say about your behavior?” Baba inquired.

“I don’t care about what anyone thinks. What do I have to do with the world when I am at your feet?” replied Soonamasi.

Baba then smilingly told her, “Had you broken my order, Masa would have died; but now he won’t. You have saved him by obeying my instructions.” Baba at once sent her and Khorshed to Bombay, and Masa’s health improved as soon as they arrived.

Lord Meher, Original Publication, Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 2, p.549.