STORY OF A REFUGEE FROM PAKISTAN
One day, a refugee from Pakistan who wanted to see Beloved Baba. He had lost everything and traveled to India along with his family. In Dehra Dun, he came to know about Beloved Meher Baba and would go to the Meher Baba Centre there. One day, he mentioned his plight to one of the Baba lovers, and that he had nothing. "I am a mechanic, and I want to open a workshop. But I have no money. Is there a Baba lover who can help me?"
The Baba lover replied, "Yes, there is one man, a nice person and very kind. He may help you."
And he gave the address of the potential helper to the refugee.
The refugee went to the man's home, and when the man heard of his guest’s plight, he asked, "How much do you want?"
"If you give me 5,000 rupees, that will be sufficient to open a workshop," the refugee replied. "I assure you that I will return your money as soon as possible, along with any interest."
And the man said, "Interest? You are a Baba lover. I don't charge interest to Baba lovers!"
The refugee was amazed and said, "Please take this down in writing, regarding the money you have given to me."
"What are you talking about? I have full faith in you. I trust you. You are a Baba lover, and therefore there is no need for me to put anything into writing. Please open your workshop. Whenever it is possible for you, return the money to me, without any interest."
The refugee was very impressed. He thought, "Indeed, there are kind people in the world. I have encountered so many difficulties. I had to leave Pakistan because of harassment. But now, how kind Beloved Baba is to arrange such a deal for me."
The refugee opened his workshop, repairing cars, motorcycles and other vehicles. Because he was an excellent mechanic, his shop was soon running very well, and he earned good money. Within a few months, he returned the loan.
And then what happened?
When the refugee met the person who had given him the loan, the latter asked, "How is your workshop going?"
"Because of Beloved Baba's grace, it is earning very well," the refugee told him.
"Since the earning is good, when are you going to return my money?"
The refugee thought that the man was joking. He said, "Did you forget? The first thing I did was to return your money to you?"
"What are you talking about?" the other responded. "I am not cutting a joke. I am telling you the truth. You have not returned my money, and I want you to return it as soon as possible!"
The refugee could not understand this. He had been very much impressed because of the man's kind help, but now he was in trouble. He told Kishan Singh, who, in turn, told Baba. "All right, Baba said, "call that refugee."
Which Kishan Singh did.
When the refugee came to Baba, Baba asked him, "What is the matter?"
The refugee told Baba the whole story.
Baba asked, "When the man gave you money, did he take anything down in writing?"
"No, Baba," the refugee replied. "He did not take anything in writing from me."
Then Baba said to him, "But there must be some witnesses?"
"No, Baba, there was no one. The man was in a field, so I went there. We both were sitting under a tree. Then I gave him the money."
Baba heard this and asked him to call that man who had loaned him the money. So the refugee brought him and Baba asked, "Did you give this refugee 5,000 rupees?"
And he said, "Yes, Baba."
"Did he return it?" Baba asked.
"Why did you not take it down in writing when you gave him the money?"
"I trusted him because he was a Baba lover."
Then Baba asked the refugee, "You don't have any witnesses?"
"No, Baba. We both were sitting under a tree in the field when I gave him the money."
So Baba said, "Then the tree is a witness! Go and call that tree."
The refugee was just looking at Baba -- he could not believe what Baba had just said.
"Did you not hear?" Baba said. "I just want you to go to that tree and call it here."
The refugee asked, "How will the tree come here, Baba?"
Baba replied, "This is My order. Go and tell the tree, and it will come."
So the refugee left. The man who loaned the money remained sitting there, and Baba started attending to other work. After two hours Baba asked, "That refugee has not yet come? How long should I wait for him?"
"Baba, that tree is far off," the man answered. "He will take another two hours to come back."
Immediately, Baba said, "How did you come to know that the tree was that far off?"
The man was caught. He said to Baba, "Baba, please forgive me. He did return the money to me, but I played mischief. Please forgive me."
And Baba said to him, "Never deceive anyone. You take yourself as a Baba lover? Are you a lover? You must be honest. What a sin you are committing! Stop doing such things. Never in your life do it again. Do you think I don't know? I know everything! I see everything, every moment. Nothing remains hidden from Me."
Then Baba added, "You speak a lie, and you can hide it from others, but can you hide it from yourself? You know that you spoke a lie. I am thousands of times closer than your very breath. So when you cannot hide a lie from yourself, how can you hide it from Me? Remember this and never repeat such things. I forgive you now, but never play such mischief on anyone."
Then the refugee returned, and Baba asked him, "Where is that tree?"
And he said, "Baba, I prayed and prayed to You before the tree. I told it that You wanted it to come to You. I bowed down to it 1,000 times, but still the tree did not move."
Baba told the refugee, "The tree had come here, and he gave witness! Ask this man."
"Yes, Baba, the tree came here and gave witness," the man admitted. "I am really very sorry." Then he said to the refugee, "Please forgive me; I deceived you. You did return my money. I will not do such a thing anymore."
Then the man turned to Baba and said, "Please, Baba, forgive me. I know You are All Knowing. You know everything, and nothing remains hidden from You. Henceforth I will be honest, and I will never deceive anyone."