“There will be no end to my photos”

 

Meher Baba had not bathed during his entire six-month stay at Upasni Maharaj’s ashram in Sakori, and his clothes had become ragged and full of lice. Reaching Bombay by train, he went to Munshiji’s house on Charni Road.  He was very happy to see Baba, but was shocked by his condition. He pleaded with Baba to bathe, and Baba consented to do so with Munshiji’s help. Before bathing, Baba agreed to be photographed … Baily was present and commented to Baba that it would have been better not to have taken the first photo, before his bath, in a torn sadra and dirty clothes. Baba smiled and stated:

“A time will come when my photograph will be taken every day, in great numbers, in different poses. Photos of me will be sold everywhere. They will appear in newspapers of different languages of the world, in books and magazines, at residences, businesses, religious places, government and private offices. Wherever your eyes look, my photos will be seen — on lockets tied around necks, on coat buttons, on rings showing my face, small and big enlargements of my photos will adorn the walls, life-size oil paintings of me, also. Over and above that, my image will be seen on the cinema screen — sitting, standing, sleeping — in all postures; smaller than the smallest channa dana [pea size] and bigger than life-size. There will be no end to my photos.”

-www.lordmeher.org, p258
January, 1922; Bombay

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