Sometimes Maharaji would get angry… really angry. One time, we were sitting in the back of the temple with him and this guy who lived across the street named Purnanand, who Maharaji had known for many, many years, and actually the first person Maharaji talked to when he came to that area was this guy, 30 or 40 years before. So he comes through to the back part of the temple and Maharaji sits up, and he starts looking. And as soon as he sees him he starts screaming…I mean screaming at the top of his lungs. We were all sitting there wondering. And this guy – he wanted to turn around and run, but he couldn’t. He had to keep coming towards Maharaji. And it was, like, 50 feet. And every step was screaming rage and anger, right? So this guy comes and he bows down and Maharaji starts punching him on the back and screaming at him, calling him everything in the world. “Get up! Hap!” And the gun runs. And when he’s gone, Maharaji goes, “Hee hee!” So we later found out that this guy didn’t have a job, he didn’t have anything. So Maharaji created a job for him. He knew the people who ran the government. Government busses went through the area. So this guy got a job counting the busses. And for that he got paid a certain amount of rupees every month, so he could feed his family of thirteen. Earlier that day he had gotten his pay, and he spent it all on hash and charas, because he smoked charas all the time. And now his family was going to starve for the next month. Of course, Maharaji knew all that, and that’s why he was screaming at him. So of course, Maharaji fed his family for the next month. And he screamed at him the next month when he did the same thing. It was that kind of thing. So, if you don’t know the whole story, it’s very hard to pick one place to sit and try to understand it. These beings that know everything, where you’re going to go, going to say: we don’t know anything, you know. We just see the outside; we don’t see the whole story.
Excerpt from Barefoot in the Heart: Remembering Neem Karoli Baba, edited by Keshav Das