The orthodox religious view, with few exceptions, is just the same now as it was then, based on self interest and fear of being discredited by the Truth: "If we let him then alone, all men will believe on him; and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation." For then, as today, "A great multitude followed Him;"—"And Jesus had compassion on the multitude."
I give one final example to show that human nature has not changed. An ardent Western disciple of Baba, who had done much valuable literary work for Him, wrote recently regretting that Baba's devotees spent so much money on garlands and gifts, which they could not afford, and that the money could be much better spent in giving to Baba's fund. I conclude with the similar incident recorded in St. Mathew, Ch. 6,— when a woman poured precious ointment on the head of Jesus, as He sat at meat in the house of Simon the Leper. When the disciples remonstrated, saying the ointment might have been sold and the money given to the poor, Jesus said, "Why trouble ye the woman? For she has wrought a good work unto me. For ye have the poor always with you, but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured the ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there also this that the woman had, done, be told for a memorial of her."
A few quotes from MIRA Magazine, April, 1957, Issue:
"March 23 (Saturday) was a red-letter day in the history of St. Mira's High School, for on this day Shri Meher Baba blessed the Institution with his holy presence . . . a wave of enthusiasm prevailed in the Sanctuary Hall of the School when Babaji entered, his holy countenance shining with mystic radiance and beaming with spiritual beauty. A wonderful smile played on his lips. Babaji was profusely garlanded by the students and teachers. The spacious hall and the verandahs of the School Building were filled to capacity. Apart from hundreds of St. Mira's students, thousands of people—including brothers and sisters of the 'Fellowship Circle,' had assembled to have Babaji darshan . . . An inspiring item of the program was the distribution of 'prasad' which the students were privileged to receive from Babaji's holy hands . . .
“The parting scene was touching. Sri Vaswaniji and Babaji embraced each other. It was a sight for Gods to see. Indeed, the sweet, sacred memories