The Universal Work of Baba – Part 2: “I have to come in contact with all kinds of people of all religions, countries and creeds”

 

Even Sadgurus, such as Sai Baba, Babajan and Upasni Maharaj, do not have as much opposition as I have. It is because their duties are confined to only certain spheres and not as widely universal in aspect as mine. …

My work is universal; hence, I have to come in contact with all kinds of people of all religions, countries and creeds, in the East as well as in the West. And while working, I have to be very careful to consider the feeling and impression created on all who come in my contact, especially those whom I wish to work for me immediately, or later in the future.

If I do not do that, no one would come in — would be induced or persuaded to do the work as I want him or her to do it. In my great, universal divine plan I require men and women of all castes, creeds, cults and denominations in life — from the poorest peasant to the richest Rockefeller — each to fit in to a particular type of work in his or her class or community. Accordingly, I find the person willingly inclined.

Thus with me, there are Hindus, Mohammedans, Parsis and Christians, Easterners and Westerners, each with certain tendencies, temperaments, inclinations, and fitness or fondness to do a certain type of work. Each has at the time certain weaknesses and prejudices side-by-side with good qualities, and it is all these things and factors which I have to observe and consider if I want a particular person to fit in somewhere for certain work of mine.

Therefore, whenever a person is introduced or comes into my contact, I watch over him closely, and for a certain period in the beginning, even pamper his prejudices of caste, creed or religion. I tolerate his other weaknesses in nature and temperament until he is gradually trained and prepared to give these up one by one. And then he begins to understand things in a better and broader angle of vision, all the while trained through talks, explanations, discourses and direct references to others, which are really meant for him.

It is a very delicate and difficult task, involving so many problems for a number of persons concerned in a particular question; consequently, some have to tolerate and suffer unnecessarily for others who are thus being trained.

Thus, if a Hindu comes to see me, I have to look at his caste — Brahmin or Untouchable — and speak and deal with him accordingly, and similarly in the case of a Mohammedan, a Parsi or a Christian. I explain things as the person likes best — seeing to his or her temperament, inclination, or prejudices — so that he will digest what I want to impress on him, and then try to learn to overcome and rise above his prejudices gradually.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1712
Apr, 1936; Mysore

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