Mercy is God’s nature.
For My friends, I kill them and it is highest mercy on them. My mercy and grace to them are troubles and harassment.-Meher Baba
Trouble and harassment is real mercy
Some of the mandali complained to Baba, "Staying with you is nothing but harassment. Life is so full of hardships now. There is no other thought in our minds and hearts except death. We look happy to others; we eat and drink with everyone who comes, but who sees the dagger piercing our hearts?
In reply, Meher Baba explained, consoling them, It is My grace. This is My real mercy which descends on a very, very select few. These are My friends. They are My lovers to whom I give the gift of sorrow and distress. It is a gift much greater than gold – of incalculable value – and not given to all. This gift is only for My beloved children. We Masters can grant a world of gold, of happiness and prosperity to others by our blessings, but this rare and great gift of privations, troubles and suffering is destined for only a few.
So, don't be anxious. Remember that I love most those whose hearts I pierce and who, though their hearts are wounded, stay with Me and stick to Me through thick and thin. Were I to use My dagger on outsiders, they would not dare approach Me. I keep them happy with praise and encouragement so that they may be in My contact and gradually fit to bow down to Me in the real sense of the word. For My friends – I kill them and it is My highest mercy on them. What is My mercy? What is My grace? It is your trouble and harassment.