After bowing down to Mehera's tomb, Mani rose and told Richie’s daughter, Mehera Blum, “Do you know why we bow down to Mehera’s tomb? We do it so that some of her love for Baba will rub off on us.”
When Ralph met Baba on
Baba came to the Barn almost every day to meet with people for a couple of hours. One incident stays in Ralph’s memory strongly. He was standing between the two screen doors, and Baba was sitting inside the Barn near Elizabeth Patterson. Baba leaned over and motioned for Ralph to come over. A man near Ralph thought the gesture was for him and he started to respond, but Baba gestured, “Not you” and indicated Ralph. Immediately Ralph’s mind started working. This was in 1958, so he and Stella had had time to learn more about Baba’s ways, and Ralph was apprehensive about what Baba might ask of him. “What’s He gonna make me do?” A hundred thoughts like this went through Ralph’s mind as he stood before Baba.
“Would you like to do something for Me?” Baba asked, as if it were the most important thing in the world and you couldn’t possibly refuse.
The way Ralph was telling this anecdote, you got the sense that he couldn’t discern the significance of this simple order; nonetheless, he followed it to a T, waiting in the parking lot even though no one came looking for Baba. After Baba came back from lunch, He gestured to Ralph, “Go and have your lunch,” and he did.
Another story that Ralph told was short and simple: Ralph saw Baba starting to get up from His seat, and Ralph felt strongly that Baba needed help. Could he help Baba? Ralph wondered. He took a step forward to help Baba up, but then thought better of it and stood back.
Later on, it occurred to Ralph what this incident could possibly have meant. After the meeting in the Barn had ended, everyone had gone out, leaving Baba sitting there alone. The lack of respect which people had at that time, their inability to acknowledge Baba’s Divinity, may have been what pained Baba (not because Baba demands or needs our respect, but because He wants us to know who He is and why He has come to us).
Mehrnoush, one of Shireen Vahidi’s daughters, recently moved to
After she had been browsing like this for about ten minutes, suddenly Baba appeared to her, with his beautiful flowing hair and white sadra! He told her, “Buy whatever you want—My treat!”
To be continued