(Spiritual Leader of Sikh)
The spiritual leader of the Sikhs, Kirpal Singh, met Meher Baba in Delhi in November 1952. On occasion, Baba would remark that Kirpal Singh was a saint and very dear to him. Of all the saints and yogis in India, Baba would say that there were seven who were very dear to him and he always mentioned Kirpal Singh’s name as one of them. (Kammu Baba and Gadge Maharaj were two of the other saints, but Baba did not name the other four.)
Burjor Gai of Delhi was sent a copy of God Speaks to give to the saint, and at this meeting Kirpal Singh expressed his desire to have Baba’s darshan again, since he would be going to Poona which was not far from Satara. Baba gave his permission.
Soon after, Kirpal Singh arrived in Kalyan. On May 14th, Eruch was sent to fix the time for his meeting with Baba. On Friday, May 18th, Kirpal Singh came to Satara with two of his male followers and one woman and met with Meher Baba in the Judge’s bungalow at about 9:30 A.M. Baba was standing on the veranda and lovingly embraced the saint. Catching hold of his hand, he took him to his room, signalling the others to wait outside, except for Eruch who was interpreting Baba’s gestures. Baba sat on his usual seat and
beckoned Kirpal Singh to be seated. With folded hands, Kirpal Singh said, “I am so very happy and fortunate to see you.”
Baba replied, “I am the Lord of the Universe; I am in everyone and am everything. I know everything and yet, simultaneously, I know nothing… .”
“That is the mark of real greatness,” Kirpal Singh interrupted.
“It is all of you who are great; I am but a slave of my lovers. I feel truly happy when I get opportunities to wash their feet. My delight is to embrace them. I am the Ocean of Love.”
Baba stood up and patted Kirpal Singh, who also rose immediately.
Baba asked him to sit down, but he remained standing reverently until Baba was himself seated and resumed the conversation. “I am very pleased with the work you are doing,” Baba began stating. “It is I who, through you and others, do my own work.” Kirpal Singh said, “How can people be expected to take interest in spirituality unless they have had some experience? Some miracle should be performed!”
In an emphatic tone, Baba replied, “Although it is good to have inner experiences, it is very dangerous to attach importance to them. If the aspirants are not pre-warned, then even petty experiences prove treacherous and hinder steady progress.” A day before, Baba had stated, “He who knows everything, displaces nothing. To each one, I appear to be what he thinks I am.” Baba instructed Rano Gayley to write this line out in large print, and the message was hung near Baba’s chair. Baba pointed to it and explained to Kirpal Singh the true significance of the spiritual path. Baba then cited two examples among his own followers who had had experiences. He told Kirpal Singh, “They now have their own followers and groups, and are initiating newcomers. Although they still love me, they have their own independent way of life.”
Baba emphasized, “Such irresponsible practices based on petty experiences are harmful both to the initiator and the initiated.”
Kirpal Singh interposed, “But if the experiences are utilized for the progress of the aspirants?”
“What I am pointing out is not meant for you, but I do want you to realize how petty experiences can trap aspirants and lead them astray.”
Baba signalled for a copy of Sobs & Throbs, Ramjoo Abdulla’s book, describing the Prem Ashram boys’ experiences. The moment Baba stood up, Kirpal Singh also rose and stood near Baba. Baba embraced him once again and asked him to sit down. He remained standing, however, as a mark of respect. Baba opened the book and showed Kirpal Singh the photographs of the boys who had had inner experiences.
Kirpal Singh innocently remarked, “At that tender age, it is not difficult for boys to have such experiences.”
Baba expressed surprise, “Tender age?” Smiling he said, “Age, whether tender or ripe, has nothing to do with experience gathered by the Self, which knows no limitations of age.”
Baba then drew Kirpal Singh toward him and, taking his hand, led him to Kaikobad room, telling him, “You are now going to hear something from an old man about inner experiences.” Baba sat on Kaikobad bed and asked Kirpal Singh to sit nearby.
“Kaikobad,” Baba explained to Kirpal Singh, “is my old lover and has had many inner experiences. Sometimes he tells me about them, but I do not understand. Perhaps you will understand what Kaikobad has to say.”
Baba permitted Kaikobad to relate all that he had experienced, requesting Kirpal Singh to hear him patiently, since he would speak in an odd mixture of Hindi and Gujarati languages, because Kaikobad did not know Hindi properly.
Leaving Kaikobad and Kirpal Singh alone, Baba left the room and joined the three devotees who had accompanied Kirpal Singh to have Baba’s darshan. Being in seclusion, Baba would not permit them to bow down to him, but he patted each in turn and sat down on the steps of the Judge’s bungalow, while each was introduced to him.
Meanwhile, Kaikobad narrated his experiences to Kirpal Singh, who commented, “Such experiences could only be had with Baba’s blessing! I have had no such experiences!” After hearing what Kaikobad had to relate, Kirpal Singh joined Baba. He was invited by Baba to sit in a chair but preferred sitting near Baba on the steps. The party had brought a movie camera and desired to have some footage of Baba and Kirpal Singh together, which Baba allowed. Baba then ordered Kirpal Singh’s followers to “hold fast to the daaman of Kirpal Singh and follow his instructions with love and devotion.”
Once again, Baba embraced the saint, who reciprocated with deep affection. One person in the group asked Baba to pay a visit to Delhi sometime soon. Baba, nodding his head, accepted.
One naïve person from Poona then invited Baba to pay a visit there and hear Kirpal Singh’s discourses. Baba replied, “I continually hear everything at all times from where I am.”
Again embracing Kirpal Singh with great love, Baba led him back to his room. Picking up a slip of paper from one of the tables, Baba handed it to Kirpal Singh. On the paper was written in a bold hand “15 Feb. 1957.” Baba asked, “Would you like to spend the night of that day with me?”
“Willingly,” Kirpal Singh replied, “if I am not out of India.”
Baba indicated, “That is your lookout.”
Joining both hands in respect, Kirpal Singh replied, “Baba, I leave it in your hands.”
Baba said, “Should you be in India then, I will send Eruch to bring you to spend that night with me.”
Kirpal Singh agreed and put the slip of paper in his pocket. Embracing him once more, Baba led him by the hand outside. Before taking Baba’s leave, Kirpal Singh requested that he be allowed to go directly to Poona without stopping at the travellers’ bungalow where Eruch had met them that morning. This made Baba happy, and permission was given, it being in accord with his usual custom.
As Kirpal Singh and his three followers were nearing their car, suddenly one of them remembered that they had forgotten to present the basket of fruit to Baba. Laughing, Kirpal Singh remarked, “We have forgotten everything because we are here in a different world!” Baba accepted the fruit with love and Kirpal Singh received another embrace. The party was about to be seated when they remembered that they had also forgotten the box of sweets for Baba.
All laughed joyfully, saying that it gave them another chance of seeing Baba. Finally, the car was driving off when Eruch remembered that Kirpal Singh had forgotten the copies of Sobs & Throbs and The Wayfarers that Baba had presented to him. He managed to stop the car on the roadside just in time and handed the two books to Kirpal Singh.