“The combination of Islam, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism in my personality is not a coincidence; it has great significance,”
folios #2v335-2v338a, 5-8 July, 1927.

The local Moghul boys were enrolled in the Ashram.

The Parsi gentleman who often repeated a funny sound [The Combined Diary, Part 160] returned from his visits to Upasni Maharaj, Narayan Maharaj and Babajan. He was unable to settle down with of any of these Perfect Masters and Baba gave him a “lecture” on the theme “To Stick to One.” A few days later he was “somehow made to quit Meherabad.”

After a day of preparations and arrangements during which Burjore was assigned to the office and Shankarnath was transferred to the Ashram the Persian division opened in the school.

Kaka Shahane and his family having returned on Tuesday to reside again at Meherabad, the customary Thursday afternoon tea party for Baba and the mandali took place.

The attractive young swami that Baba sent to Upasni Maharaj [The Combined Diary, Part 162] returned to Meherabad by Maharaj’s instruction. Baba gave him strict orders to maintain silence and sent him to Babajan in Poona with arrangements for his room and board until Monday when he was to return with Baboo Ubale.

Baba had given Mr. K. J. Dastoor some time to consider an offer to work for the school [The Combined Diary, Part 159]. He arrived from Bombay for further discussions with Baba during which he accepted the offer of 1000 rupees for six months service, 200 rupees in advance. He went back to Bombay with a promise to return after the weekend.

In response to newspaper reports of riots in Calcutta, Baba conveyed: “It is simply madness and foolishness on the parts of Hindoos and Muslims both to break each other’s heads and injure and insult each other’s religions in the very name of religion. That religion is not worth its name that allows violating the sacred sentiments of someone else’s religion.

“The work of conversion, turning a Hindoo into a Mussulman or vice versa is equally silly and senseless. The increase in numbers of the followers of a particular religion is no indication of its greatness and value or credit and prestige. The struggle for religious supremacy is nothing but rank irreligion. Many actions and customs originating through social, economical or political considerations and preached or practiced by prominent people at the spur of the moment in the long run become a part and parcel of a religious creed ……. There is no truth about the alleged rumors that Government purposely brings the two communities at the loggerheads through direct or indirect means, though when the differences arise the Government of course takes due advantage of the situation.”

Baba continued: “It is said that the chief complaint of the Hindoos against the Musselmans is due to cow killing. It is wrong on the part of the Hindoos to do so. If the Hindoos protest through economic or humanitarian considerations against cow-killing then why do they restrict themselves on the question of cows? Why don’t they feel equal mercy for the other animals that are slaughtered away….. There is no question of mercy. An animal gets advanced when it is killed or slaughtered and hence it is benefitted but if the animal gets advanced the one who kills it is retarded and has to suffer much. Therefore one who kills is to be pitied rather than that which is killed. The Hindoos don’t know themselves why cow-killing is to be avoided. The fact is that the cow form is nearest to the …… and farthest from the …… in the ‘celestial chakra’ and hence killing a cow creates very bad sanskaras while for the same reason serving a cow advances one to ……

“But the real reason underlying these communal riots as well as the general restlessness all over the world is due to the near approach of the spiritual outburst that takes place at long intervals. It will all end into unity and peace. You feel great disturbance and pain in the abdomen before having an unusually satisfactory motion! It is just like it. These very disturbances are the indication of the coming peace. The combination of Islam, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism in my personality is not a coincidence; it has great significance.”

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