Although it had been announced by mail that no outsiders should come to Meherabad after July 1st, a group of Parsi politicians came to see Meher Baba on July 2nd. After discussing with them the political and spiritual situation of India, Meher Baba discoursed about the mind and body. This was to be his last verbal discourse:
"Human excrement is totally useless; only swine eat it. Similarly, when the flesh is cut from a carcass, only bones remain and these are thrown to the dogs. Man's mind is like flesh, and his body is like the bones.
We eat flesh (meat) and digest it, which means we use it. But the bones are uneatable and of no use; so we give them to dogs who can chew and utilize them. We, as men, must care for our mind, which is like the meat. We should use our mind by training it to flow into the proper channels. But we have to drop this physical body sometime, for it cannot be preserved. To exemplify this: suppose one's finger is chopped off or a leg is crippled, we should not worry or weep over it because we know that this whole physical body has to be discarded one day. But we should be most careful about our mind which is of the utmost use to us. The mind should be directed toward proper spheres; it should be kept in check and utilized.
If this body, which we have to discard one day, is used for anything, it should be used in the service of three causes: God, the Master, and our fellowman. The body may become weary and worn out — it may bring us suffering — but so what? Man, as a physical being, is destined to suffer. So long as the body is vibrant, active and under our control, man can be said to have used it for a good cause, by directing his energies in any good or noble work."
Baba's Work (Cont’d from p. 36)
becoming conceited about our own abilities. To observe ourselves so as to overcome bad habits of thought, disposition, and treatment of other, to remember ourselves so as to distinguish the real from the false, to give up pretences and laziness - this is to be engaged in Meher Baba's work.
Finally, we should remember His increasing insistence that His followers should hold on to His daaman, whatever happens. This, He has warned us will be exceedingly difficult. Indeed He says that few will succeed. To say what this means requires a talk in itself, and I can do no more here than to say that it belongs to our work, the final test of it. Let us help each other and may Baba bless us all.