45-MAKE ME YOUR CONSTANT COMPANION.
Make Me your constant companion. Think of Me more than you think of your own self. The more you think of Me, the more you will realize My love for you.
Your duty is to keep Me constantly with you throughout your thoughts, speech and actions. They do their duty who, sincere in their faith and love, surrender to Me – guided by the implicit belief in My divinity as Baba.
The hypocrites who, not knowing their own minds, constantly doubt. They are at times, through false emotions, inclined to believe in Me and at other times, to indulge in slanderous gossip against me. No amount of slander can ever affect or change Me nor any amount of admiration and praise enhance or glorify My divinity.
Master is the only true and constant companion Episode - narrated by Pratap Ahir (disciple)-an episode
I had the first blessed good fortune to meet Meher Baba in 1950, during the one day He stepped out of the New Life on October 16, in Mahabaleshwar. But the incident I would like to relate now, occurred seven years after that.
I was living in Poona and was an active member of Poona bhajan group. Baba came to Poona that summer and was staying at Shrikhind Botanical Gardens. This was before Baba started staying regularly at Guruprasad.
Baba decided that He wanted to have a meeting with Poona bhajan group and He asked one of its members to draw up a list of those who were involved in this group so that they could be invited to attend the meeting.
I was waiting eagerly for someone to come and officially invite me to the meeting.
As the time passed, I began to become quite restless. I had discovered that the meeting was to be held that afternoon and I waited with much hope and anticipation until the last moment for my invitation to arrive. To my surprise, no one ever showed up to inform me about the meeting. As I was quite active in the group, there had never been any doubt in my mind as to my being invited. It was quite painful shock for me and I felt deeply hurt at this omission.
At first I just cycled aimlessly but eventually I came to the Sangam Bridge at the junction of the Mula and Mutha rivers. I got down from my cycle and sat under a tree for an hour or so and then cycled home, hot, dejected and tired.
To my surprise, before I could enter the house, my mother started shouting at me, scolding me for not telling her exactly where I was going when I left. She said, “Baba sent a car here to take you to the Botanical Garden. Now rush there immediately”.
I was stunned at this news. I cursed myself now for ever having left the house, but it was too late now to worry about that. I jumped on my cycle and began to pedal at fast as I could, wish all the while that I could go even faster. When I reached the garden and the house where Baba was staying, I just threw my cycle down and ran forward.
As I entered the room, Baba looked at me so lovingly that I could not contain myself and I burst into tears.
“Why did not you come in the meeting?” Baba gestured. “I was not invited”, I replied. Baba looked very surprised to hear this and then He gestured for me to come and sit near Him.
I went forward and sat facing Baba, with my back to all others who were there. Baba looked at Eruch and gestured, “Why his name left off the list?” And Eruch then informed Baba of who had done it.
Baba turned to Me and gestured, you say that you are close friends. But what kind of friendship is this? You were together in school, in college and both of you have come to Me and love Me, but still he forgot to include your name, your own friend!
Baba continued to tease me in this vein for some time. But then He turned serious and looking straight into my eyes He declared,” Always remember one thing. All your relations in the world –your father, mother, brothers, sisters, and friends are only your companion for the time being. They remain with you for a certain period but I am the only companion who is with you from the very beginning and will remain with you till the very end.
After the meeting, I was told by others that as soon as the meeting had begun, Baba has asked about me and sent a car to bring me. My friend may have forgotten me but Baba had not and in later life, I experienced many disappointments, people I trusted and felt close too, let me down time and again. But not only Baba never abandoned me. He is the only companion; I have ever had whose love for me is unfailing and unconditional.