Just three days ago he said, “Now I am going to be active again because the country needs me.” I have never come across a man who has said, “We need Morarji Desai.” For what? What has he done? But whether you need him or not he is going to serve God Almighty, he is going to remain active in politics. Now he will be active in politics and still ambitious to realize God. He wants to have not only power here but power in the other world too; he wants to know God.
He said, “I have realized only a little bit of truth. I have not been able to know the truth in its totality.” Now, except me, nobody in the whole of the country has criticized him. The truth is always known in its totality; truth cannot be known in parts, in fragments. Truth is indivisible.
And just to prove that he is right he says that even Mahatma Gandhi has not known the truth in its totality. So he becomes parallel to Mahatma Gandhi; that is his great desire. Mahatma Gandhi was called Bapu. Bapu means father. And whenever somebody addresses Morarji Desai as Bapu, that is the only time he smiles. So those who want to buttress his ego, they address him as Bapu, and then he is just as joyous as one can be. That is his deepest desire, to be put alongside Mahatma Gandhi.
Mahatma Gandhi also never knew the truth, because he was on the wrong track as much as Morarji Desai is, because truth cannot be known the way Mahatma Gandhi was trying to know it. To know truth one needs meditation, but to know meditation is to get out of your mind. And then you cannot be a politician. That is the trouble: the politician has to be in the mind, constantly in the mind. Mind is a cunning mechanism. Mahatma Gandhi never knew anything of meditation.
One man who knew meditation had written to him, but he felt offended and insulted. That man was also in Pune – Meher Baba. He had lived for thirty years in silence, in absolute silence, not uttering a single word. He was one of the greatest mystics of all the ages, but he was condemned in Pune in the same way I am condemned.
Meher Baba, knowing that Mahatma Gandhi wants to know truth, sent him a telegram out of his compassion. He was absolutely silent, but he used to make gestures and the person, the one person who remained with him for thirty years, had become capable of understanding his gestures. There had developed a communication, a deep, heart-to-heart communication, between Meher Baba and his secretary, Adi Irani.
Adi Irani came to see me once and I could see that this man has a beauty – such beautiful space and such silence. It was bound to happen: to live with a master like Meher Baba for thirty years, to drink his wine, his presence…and he was his interpreter. It was not from mind to mind, because Meher Baba’s mind was put aside. It was a heart-to-heart message.
So he was given the message. He telegrammed Mahatma Gandhi: “If you really want to know truth, come here. Be here with Meher Baba for a few days. He feels great compassion for you because you are striving so hard to attain to truth, but what you are doing is not the right way.”