Baba illustrated following story.

There was a sanyasi. He had a mouse as his pet and would feed him every day. The mouse became fond of him and would visit him quite often.

One day the mouse informed the sanyasi that he was afraid of the cat.

"All right, I'll make you a cat," assured his master and immediately the mouse became a cat. The cat would purr and gambol at the sanyasi's feet.

One day the cat expressed his worst fears about the dog.

"All right, I'll make you a dog," the sanyasi complied with a benign smile. The cat changed into a dog. When he heard the roar of a lion from the neighbouring jungle, the dog became jittery and pleaded with his master, who turned him into a lion.

One day thick clouds gathered in the sky and the peals of thunder made the lion get panicky. He scampered to the sanyasi and told him that he was afraid of the thunder. The sanyasi reproached him.

"You were a mouse; I made you a cat, then a dog and next a lion; still you carry the heart of a mouse and fear everything under the sun. It would be nice if you go back and take your original form."

At once the lion changed into a mouse and lived with the sanyasi happily as before


Man is always ambitious by nature but gets frustrated in non fulfillment of desires. One should resign to the will of God.

(In the Company of avatar Meher Baba, pp. 162-164 1988, 1992 © M. R. Dhakephalkar)