Masters Shouldn’t Do These Things

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Aneece Hassen

We (Padri and [I]) were
talking about the brutality of Masters, how Sai Baba and
Upasni Maharaj, and even Baba at times, would strike
disciples, how they would hurt or abuse them, and how when
Upasni Maharaj, especially, swung at someone, he swung 180
degrees from his heels and really knocked them flat, being a
brute of a man over six feet tall and very stockily built. I
like what Padri said:

“You know, many of the Muslims
welcome this type of thing, and they even instigate it. They
tease Masters or saints, trying to get the Masters to abuse
them in some way or to hit them. But this is the wrong way
— to try and taunt someone to abuse you. It should be done
on the Master’s own initiative. When it’s done that way, you
know what it means.”

Padri continued, “When the Master
physically hits a person, they are free and this actually
kills all their sanskaras. And that means, of course,
liberation.” He explained:

These Masters — Upasni Maharaj,
Meher Baba — have no greed. They don’t have lust. They
don’t have anger. Nothing. So why should they beat a person?
If it seems like anger, then it is sham anger. When they
thrash you, it means no more births and deaths for

Padri went further and said that
many educated people call this mean, that a Perfect Master
or a saint shouldn’t do this, or that they shouldn’t use
foul language. “You know,” he added, “many of the Masters
use foul language — they would curse as well as many of our
sailors do — and these educated people would say, ‘This man
can’t be a saint.’ What they have visions of is possibly
someone sitting under a tree in a lotus position,
meditating. But then they decide that’s not right either,
because he may be naked or half-naked — that’s vulgar, and
no saint could be vulgar. But if he’s naked, he’s mad. If
he’s vulgar, he can’t be a saint. If he does wear fine
clothes, then he’s too attached to material things so he
couldn’t be a saint. What is it that they really think that
a saint or a Master is? What is the formula for

Then Padri said,” They don’t have an
answer. All they know is that each individual knows what he
expects a saint or a Perfect Master to look like, and if one
doesn’t fit this specification exactly, then in their books,
he isn’t one.”

It comes down to one thing, that you
cannot judge a saint or a Perfect person by the way he
dresses or the things he says, or especially by the things
that he does. The final tally and the final proof is in the
individual soul itself. And, of course, no one ever knows
about that. If one truly believes in his teacher, in his
guru, in his Master, and does it with all his heart — then
of course, again, no one knows. The liberated soul is the
one who followed the true Master and the other is the one
who did not.

We know that Baba never allowed any
of the mandali  to degrade any pseudo-saint, anyone who
claimed to be a Perfect Master or the Avatar. He wouldn’t
allow it. Baba said, “Never mind. They have their thing to
do, and by your abusing them it doesn’t help you one


HOW A MASTER WORKS, Ivy O. Duce, pp.

Copyright 1975 Sufism Reoriented,