MONEY HAS NO VALUE COMPARED TO HIS OBEDIENCE
In April 1930, Baba called all the mandali and had a serious discussion about the financial state of affairs. "We are short of funds and meeting expenses will be difficult from now on. What should we do?"
Raosaheb spontaneously offered to go to Bombay to raise the money. "Splendid! It is a very good idea," gestured Baba. "But will you be able to return by tomorrow?" Raosaheb assured Baba that he would definitely return in time.
Raosaheb promptly left for Bombay, but was unable to return to Meherabad the following day. Baba was impatiently waiting for him and inquired frequently about him.
On the third day Raosaheb returned, but Baba was not at all pleased to see him. Scowling, Baba asked, "Why did you fail to show up yesterday? Why did you disobey me?" Raosaheb could not say anything, but silently placed a huge bundle of currency notes at Baba's feet, thinking that this would satisfy Baba.
But, on the contrary, Baba sent for Chhagan and demanded, "Pick up that money and burn it!" Chhagan took it almost five thousand rupees – and did as he was instructed. Raosaheb was aghast.
Baba explained, "You thought that I would be pleased at seeing the money. What value does money have for me? Even if you place the treasure of the whole world before me, it is nothing but shit to me! You broke my order! I would have been pleased had you not brought the money and returned the day I wished. How can you know what pain you have caused me by breaking my order? I don't want lucre; I want love!"
Raosaheb sought Baba's forgiveness. Baba consoled him and then advised, "Always follow my orders. If you grant me this gift of obedience, no other gift, however valuable, will compare to it." (1)
(1) Five thousand rupees was a considerable amount of money in 1930: its equivalent spending-power during the 1980s would be approximately fifty thousand rupees. One can well understand Raosaheb’s shock when he saw the money being burned. It would have the spending power of fifty thousand dollars in U.S. currency.
Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 4, pp. 1297 - 1298.