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thereby helping the thief to achieve the purpose. On another occasion a person from Bombay, in token of his fulfilled desire, placed two bangles of solid gold round Babajan's wrists. At the earliest opportunity, an unknown person snatched away the bangles so very roughly that it gave her wrist a nasty cut which bled profusely. The cry of "Catch the thief" was raised by people around, and a policeman on duty approached the scene. To the discomfort of everyone around, Babajan ignored the real culprit and asked the policeman to arrest those around calling for thief.

 

An idea can be had of her super-physical state when the act of eating was described by her as jodna (patchwork to the body); and the attendants (mujawar) also, when reminding her of food, would address her in that sense.

 

A regular visitor to Hazrat Babajan could never miss hearing her constant mutterings to herself, worded somewhat like this: "Vermin are troubling me incessantly, I sweep them away, but still they keep on gathering." Simultaneous with these mutterings, unintelligible to listeners, she would keep on moving the palms of her hands all over her body, as if removing dust or cobwebs.

 

Hazrat Meher Baba, when questioned as to the meaning and significance of the above meaningless utterances and the almost constant movement of the hands, gave the following illuminating explanation: "Annihilation of all Amal (actions), good and bad, means Najat (salvation); and Babajan, being God-realized, was much above the state of salvation. She not only had no Amal (actions) to account for, but was in a position to destroy the Amal of others. The physical body of a Saint like Babajan, when working on the earthly plane after Realization, becomes the focal point to which myriads and myriads of Amals of the universe get attracted; and getting purified in the furnace of Divinity, i.e., the body of the Saint, they go out again into the universe as spiritual Amals. Take for instance white ants, which, you know, have a tremendous power of multiplying. The queen of the white ants, a fat, round, bulky creature about three to four inches in length, feeds upon its own kind, the smaller ants. But the queen procreates much more than she consumes. Likewise perfect Saints like Babajan give out more spiritual Amals to the world than what they destroy. Hence it is that living Saints are a blessing and mercy to the world, whether one knows it or not."

 

This condition (halat) in Saints is the aspect of Divine love and beauty (Shane-jamal).

 

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