|His Lotus Feet|
At Baba's birthday celebrations, Eastern devotees often pour milk and honey with a little water over Baba's feet and wash them gently with the mixture, or place a cocoanut at His feet. Baba explained the symbolism of this ceremony:
“The feet which are physically the lowest part of the body, are spiritually the highest. Physically, the feet go through everything, good and bad, beautiful and ugly, clean and dirty, yet they are above everything. So, spiritually, the feet of a Perfect Master are above everything in the universe, which is like dust to them.
"When people come to a Perfect Master and touch his feet with their heads, they lay upon him the burden of their sanskaras, those subtle impressions of thought and emotion which bind the individual soul to recurrent earthly lives. This is the burden which Jesus meant He would assume when He said, 'Come to me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'
"A Perfect Master collects these sanskaras from all over the universe, just as an ordinary person, in walking, collects dust on his feet. Those who love the Master deeply and wish to share his burden as much as possible, wash his feet with honey, milk and water, representing different types of sanskaras, and place at his feet a cocoanut, which represents the mind and symbolizes their complete surrender."
The Wisdom of Meher Baba
Here are more "gems" of the Master's Wisdom—many of our favorites, each one followed by lovely verse interpretation by Ruth White. In her interesting introduction, Mrs. White explains how she first contacted the Master in an unusual way, and how her love and devotion for Him blossomed in these "spontaneous outpourings." Every Baba-lover will welcome this slim volume on their shelves. The frontispiece photo of the Master is excellent. The book ($2.50 in hard covers) may be ordered direct from Elizabeth C. Patterson, Box 487, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mrs. White has donated all proceeds from her book to Baba's work.