CRYPTIC STATEMENT -2-DIGNITARIES
SL. NO. NAME RELATION BABA'S CRYPIC STATEMENT
1 Apparao M R. Ex. State Minister of Social Welfare of Andhra Pradesh Baba a told him, "I am happy with your work for Me. My grace will always be on you. I want you both to love Me more and more. I am God in human form." After Baba had embraced them, the couple left.
2 Ashoka An Indian emperor of the Maurya dynasty Ashoka  was  One of the greatest of the ancient rulers, he brought nearly all of India together. However, sickened of war, he turned from Hinduism to Buddhism, and thereafter professed nonviolence. He sent Buddhist missionaries from India as far as Greece and Egypt, and was largely responsible for transforming Buddha’s teachings into a world religion — Buddhism.
3 Bal Gangadhar Tilak Indian Political Leader Tilak was one of the pillar of Indian politics. All three were great, but Tilak was the greatest of them all. In politics, Gandhi was his disciple.
4 Begum Akhtar Ghazal Singer from Lucknow Your songs were my best birthday present. Your voice is matchless."
5 Brahmananda Reddy K. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh On his birthday, Baba sent this message: "Face life boldly and honestly. I am with you."
6 Chaing Kai-Shek Ex. President of China Baba complimented him: "He is a great soul, a philosopher and a practical leader, who above all is sincere."
7 Chiang Kai Sheikh Philosopher from China He is great  a man of great spirit, sincere and practical.
8 Churchill Political Leader He is clever and shrewd politician and sprit of Britain , which but for him would have failed.
9 Cripps Missionary Cripps is clever, sincere, shrewd and sympathetic toward India
10 Dr. Ambedkar Indian Political Leader Meher baba net Ambedkar at Bombay and told him," Join Hands with Gandhi and go along with him for an electorate. You can exercise your influence on your colleagues and I will help you internally.
11 Edward VIII King of England Baba said, " He has a past connection with me and will join me.“ He lived at the time of Shivaji”
12 Edward VIII king of England He has a past connection with me and will join Me.
13 Firoz Shah Mehta Indian Leader Pheroz Shah Mehta is one of the pillar of Indian politics. All three were great, but Tilak was the greatest of them all. In politics, Gandhi was his disciple.
14 Gangadhar Tilak Indian Political Leader There are three types of souls — man, saint and God-Man. The saints are higher than men, and the God-Man higher than saints. Among men, Gandhi is surely one of the greatest today. Some call him a mahatma, and some call him a fool. He has his weaknesses, but he is a great soul. [Gopal Krishna] Gokhale, [Lokmanya] Tilak and Pheroz Shah Mehta were the pillars of Indian politics. All three were great, but Tilak was the greatest of them all. In politics, Gandhi was his disciple.
15 Ghalib Poet He was a regular wine drinker and had once fallen down in a street so drunk that he was arrested and brought to the court. The magistrate coincidentally happened to be his disciple, who imposed a fine on Ghalib but paid it out of his own pocket. There upon Ghalib stated:
16 Gokhle Indian Political Leader Gopal Krishna Gokhale, was one of the pillar of Indian politics.
17 Hitler However crazy and brutal is sincere in his convictions and aroused a whole nation to face the world. He is perfect medium and actor who is playing  his role in the world drama.
18 Jawahar Lal Nehru Indian Political Leader He was matchless as a statesman and India will have to wait for another 700 years to find another jewel like him. Only when I come again, during My next advent on the earth there will be another like Jawahar Lal.”
19 Jawahar Lal Nehru Indian Political Leader He is a matchless as statesman and India will have to wait for another 700 years to find another jewel like him.
20 Jhon F. Kenedy Ex. President of America He was a great man, good and sincere. Dying as he did has not only made him immortal in mankind's memory and history, but it has given him a great push forward spiritually. However, although he was assassinated because it was ordained to be, it is not a good thing, and it portends more suffering ahead for the world.
21 Jhon Milton English Poet Milton was spiritually advanced, but did not attain beyond the second plane in the subtle world. He could see heaven and hell and that was how he was able to write Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. His books about heaven and hell depict the result of his personally seeing them.
22 Jinnah Indian Leader Jinnah is cleverest of the whole lot, has politics on the tip of his finger, is the best speaker, but he is not as sincere and sensible as Gandhi and Azad, who is a great scholar of Islamic literature.
23 John Milton Poet & philosopher Milton was spiritually advanced but did not attain beyond the 2nd plane. He was therefore able to write Paradise Lost and Paradise regained.
24 Krishnamurti J. D/o Annie Besant J. Krishnamurti is on 3rd plane and will remain there till he dies.
25 Lord Irwin Viceroy of England Baba disclosed The Viceroy Lord Irwin has spiritual connection with me for he lived at the time of Shivaji.
26 Maharani Shantadevi Maharani of Baroda Baba stated, "I am happy with Shantadevi that on my mere asking, she placed her Guruprasad Palace in Poona at my disposal. She had not seen me before, but she had love and reverence for me. I am not happy because she is a maharani or because she has wealth. I am pleased with her because she possesses honest love."
27 Mahatma Gandhi Indian Political Leader Baba disclosed Mahatma Gandhi has spiritual connection with me for he lived at the time of Shivaji. He will one day be perfect after 3 more births, General Dyer of jalianwala  Bagh shooting will be member of his esoteric cycle. Gandhi ji promised me when he met me in 1931 aboard Ship Rajputana that when India becomes independent he would join and be with me. These were his words. On 30-1-1948, Baba told the mandali in the morning that a significant event would take place that day. In the evening Adi Sr. gave the news of the assassination of Gandhiji.
28 Mussolini Political Leader Five years before, in 1940, Baba had stated, "Mussolini will eventually be killed violently; Hitler will commit suicide." In April 1945, Mussolini was attempting to escape to Switzerland, when he was captured and killed by Italian partisans. His body was brought to Milan where it was hung upside down for public viewing at a petrol (gasoline) station. But poor wretch Mussolini – his plight is pitiable. Literally wiped out! He is now playing second fiddle to Hitler.
29 Napoleon Political Leader Napoleon, though brave and clever, was proud, greedy, and vicious.
30 Nixon Ex. President of America Baba mentioned that Nixon was destined to become president. Nixon had a small "encounter" with Meher Baba's name when he attended the World's Fair in New York in 1964. Jane Haynes and her daughter Wendy were just leaving the Pavilion of American Interiors where there was a Baba booth, when they saw Nixon surrounded by a crowd, signing autographs. Jane thrust a copy of the "Universal Message" into his hand for him to keep, but, instead, with barely a glance, Nixon signed his name above Baba's and returned the brochure to Jane.
31 Phiroz Shah Mehta Indian Leader One of pillar of Indian politics
32 Raja Dharam Karam Bahadur King of princely states of Hyderabad Baba then emphasized, "But remember, after becoming a minister, look upon the world as illusion and God as the only Reality. And remember, for the benefit of humanity; always be guided by my instructions." The maharaja was deeply moved and agreeing with Baba's words left with his sons.
33 Rajaji Indian Leader He is best among the whole lot and is the only man who can face Gandhi and tell him boldly what he feels.
34 Rajaji [Chakarvati Rajagopalachari] Indian Political Leader Rajaji [Chakarvati Rajagopalachari] is the best among the whole lot: sincere, clever, capable, and sociable and above all, bold enough to face all situations, flexible to adapt himself to changing conditions, though not through weakness, but cleverness. Rajaji is not obstinate or rigid. He is the only man who could face Gandhi and tell him boldly what he feels. He would confront even a separation, if need be for principles, and is the only person whom Gandhi fears. He is a perfect Vedantist, spiritually-inclined, who has the courage of his convictions, which impresses all.
35 Raman Maharshi Perfect Master He achieved God-Realisation.
36 Roosevelt Political Leader Roosevelt is good, sincere and capable. He came to India and stayed in the same houseboat in Kashmir that I occupied in 1933. The owner himself told Norina and the Westerners this. Good at heart, he wants to help and does, but he has to face great odds in his country too. All these great leaders, who play their part in this world drama, will go; but even if they won't live to see the good results of all this destruction and devastation, they have played their roles well to bring about a new era of peace on earth, and hence are blessed. Baba concluded by stating: "All are mine — you as well as they."
37 Sanjeeva Reddy AICC President He had Baba's darshan at Guruprasad Poona and Baba's message of him was, " It is better to deny God than defy God. When a leader of a nation puts complete faith in God, God makes him the instrument to guide the nation rightly.
38 Sanjeeva Reddy N. King AICC President and Speaker Lok Sabha Baba said to him, It is better to deny God than to defy God.  To profess to be lover of God and then not to be honest to God, to work and to him is unpatrolled hypocrisy. Difficulties give us opportunity to prove our greatness by overcoming them. When the leader of the nation puts complete faith in God, God makes him the instrument to guide the nation rightly. We should think well of those who think ill of us.
39 Shakespeare Poet and Philosopher Shakespeare is presently Born in India as Brahmin and takes art in Politics and is sincere, selfless worker. for the country. his thought force of the past has been transferred into action.
40 Shelley, Poet Shelley, though not spiritually advanced, was a thorough gentleman, a lover of God and nature.
41 Shivaji AICC President and Speaker Lok Sabha Shivaji was brave, but less clever than Napoleon; yet Shivaji was not proud or greedy. He was guided in all his actions by his Guru, Swami Ramdas. Everything is fair in war, even trickeries, yet Shivaji actually offered his whole kingdom to his Guru. He had great administrative powers, pure motives and conduct; hence he was great in every way – the only great king of the Hindus since the time of Ashoka (2)
42 Stalin Political Leader He is also a great medium. What he did and achieved bow one else have done. Russia us always the deciding factor.
43 Stalin Political Leader Stalin is very cunning with his big mustache. He has proved a perfect actor in this great world drama, playing his part very well, giving a most astounding stand to Hitler and the attacks of the German army on their two thousand-mile front.
44 Thirumala Rao Ex. Member of Parliament Govt. of India & Lieutenant governor of Rewa) Baba advised Thirumala Rao, "Continue carrying out my instructions, love me and be scrupulously honest. Do not let [Prime Minister] Nehru and [President] Babu Rajendra Prasad down. Translate God Speaks into Telugu with all your heart." Baba touched a copy of the book and presented it to him for the work. Thirumala Rao was overcome by Baba's blessing. Baba embraced him and he left.
45 Tom Hopkinson Journalist and Professor in Royal College of Nairobi Baba said, "Every night when you go to bed, just for one minute think of me. But do not think of me as you see me now; think of me as I really am. Whatever you do leave everything to me — good or bad. God knows everything, so have that conviction and don't worry. It is I who put the words into your heart. Every day when you go to bed just think: 'I must see Baba in everyone everywhere — Baba as Baba,' and one day you will."
46 Tom Sharpley mother London She fortunate soul and 2000 years ago she had sheltered Jesus in her home for 2 days.
47 Vincent cott Daughter of Annie Besant She visited Baba who told her, "Annie Basent will be born as a man in India.
48 Winston Churchill Political Leader Churchill is the man to hold the position and grave responsibility at the moment. But for him, England would have already surrendered to Germany. The boldness, the spirit of opposition and fight Churchill awakened, and the courage he inspired in his nation, are truly remarkable achievements. Churchill is a clever and shrewd politician. He is the spirit of Britain, who, but for him, would have failed. How cleverly he handled the delicate situation about India. He got Parliament's vote of confidence, formed a new cabinet, brought in Cripps and cleverly shirked the entire Indian problem on to (Cripps') head and responsibility.

Dreams within DREAM

At the outset, we must understand two facts about dream. First, dream is not real, a false experience of nothing and has no significance. Secondly, the dreamer is not aware that he himself is the creator of his dream; he himself becomes both the subject and objects of his dream and obviously he is also the doer of everything in his dream.

There can be two categories of dream, one is dream of God another dream of man.The universe, its objects and all events are within the dream of God. God Himself is the creator of His dream, becomes everything in His dream and obviously becomes the doer of everything also. Thus, the dreams of human being are dreams within DREAM of God.

There are three major differences between the DREAM of God and the dream of man.

First, God is conscious of His both states, one as dreamer (i.e. God’s state, Real Self) and second as the objects of His DREAM (i.e. false selves of human beings). God knows that He Himself is all living as well as non-living objects of His DREAM and He Himself is doing everything in His DREAM. Whereas, we are neither conscious that we are dreaming nor we are conscious that we ourselves are the objects of our dreams and we are doing everything.

Second, God dreams and comes out of His DREAM (i.e. end of creation) at His will. Whereas, we have no control over our dreams. We cannot dream or get out of dream at our own will.

Third, God dreams once a while. Whereas, we dream almost daily.

Dr. J. Kumar, Delhi

UTTRA KHAND
SL No. NAME INTRODUCTION PLACE
1 A Boy Rishi kesh
2 A Boy Searched for an ideal boy Rishikesh
3 A Layndary Man & wife Self & wife Dehradun
4 A Mahant Came for Baba's darshan Manjri Mafi
5 A singer Self Tehri Garhwal
6 Anglo & wife House rented by Baba Dehradun
7 Bal Gopal Dass & wife Neighbour of Bal Kishan Bakshi Dehradun
8 Balakram Friennd of Keki Desai Dehradun
9 Balgopal Das & Babyraj Self & wife Dehradun
10 Baxi Bal Kishan & Kanta Self Dehradun
11 Bijendra Singh Took Baba in Car Haridwar
12 Bramhdatt Dehradun
13 Burjor Sohrabji Self -Baba lover Dehradun
14 Charat Singh Dehradun
15 Chinchorkar Vyankatesh Self Dehradun
16 Dalanji Behram Manager For Grafton at Dehradun Dehradun
17 Dalip A boy with Mahant Haridwar
18 Desai Adar B/o Keki Desai Dehradun
19 Dilip Servant-boy Haridwar
20 Dr. R. R. Pal Sharma Veterinary surgeon Dehra Dun
21 Ganga Ram Secretary of Mira school Dehradun
22 Genral Bhandari & Kamala Self  & wife Dehradun
23 Ghanshyam Das Brother  of Vimla Kapill
24 Ghasita Old women dehradun
25 Haripant R. Rakhelkar Self Dehradun
26 Harish Chandra Kochar Self Dehradun
27 Hellan J. N. Self Dehradun
28 Ishwari Devi Self Dehradun
29 Jessan Self -visitor in Mira School Dehradun
30 Joginder Singh & wife Self-Panj Piyare & wife
31 Kamaladevi Sharma Self Dehradun
32 Kapil Vimla Sister in law of H. R. Kapil Dehradun
33 Kher Nana Gopal In New Life Dehradun
34 Kochar Harish Chandra Self -Early disciples Dehradun
35 Krishna Devi Self Dehradun
36 Lekh Raj Ulfat Principal Nanhi Dunia Dehradun
37 M/o Prakashwati Sharma M/o Prakaswhwatii Sharma Dehradun
38 Madan Singh S/o Kishan Sngh Dehradun
39 Meher Kanta D/o Bal Kishan Bakshi Dehradun
40 Nalawala Keki & Freiny Self & wife-Close disciple Dehradun
41 Nalawala Nausherwan Anzar Self Dehradun
42 Narawala K. B. Self Dehradun
43 Prakash Chabra Self Dehradun
44 Prakaswati Sharma Self Dehradun
45 Prasant Eldest son of Kumar Dehradun
46 Raisaheb Ravinder singh Self Dehra Dun
47 Raisaheb Sharma Self
48 Ramadevi of Mukimpur Elder sister of Mohini Rani Dehradun
49 Relatives of Mohini Rani R/o Charat Singh Dehradun
50 Sansarchand Gohal House-Mandali stayed in Haridwar Dehradun
51 Santosh Sharma Sister in law of H. R. Kapil Dehradun
52 Saree S. R. Self Dehradun
53 Satpal Singh In New life Haridwar
54 Savita jaitly Sister in law of H. R. Kapil Dehradun
55 Sharma Brij Bhshan S/o Prakaswati Sharma Dehradun
56 Sharma D B Self Dehradun
57 Sharma Dev Dutt Self Dehradun
58 Sharma Devi Prasad Self Dehradun
59 Sharma M P Brother  in law of H. R. Kapil Jalandhar
60 Sharma Mohan Lal Self Dehradun
61 Sharma Shashi S/o Sharma Dev Dutt Dehradun
62 Shasrtri ji Self Dehradun
63 Shaukat Ali Friend of Mahatma Gandhi Dehradun
64 Sheroo B. Chacha Self Dehradun
65 Subhadra W/o Shatrughan Kumar Dehradun
66 Sumeri Dai Self Dehradun
67 Swami Laxmidas A sincere seeker Rishikesh
68 Thatha Babu Self Dehradun

WORDLY EVENTS ARE BEST SPIRITUALLY

Everybody wants only good events to happen in one’s life. Good things are either materialistic or spiritual. Materialistic or worldly good events again can be categorized as immediate and delayed. One is more concerned with immediate good events or good results. For example, if one has to catch a train or flight, travels across the city and reaches in time, this is an immediate good event. However, if one is caught in the traffic jam and misses the train or flight and later comes to know that the particular train/flight met an accident, one thinks that it was good for him to have missed the train/flight. This is an example of delayed good event in the long run.Although as human beings one desiresonly immediate good events, may it be materialistic or spiritual but God bestows one only what is destined for him and good spiritually, may it be immediate or in the long run. Any worldly event may or may not be of immediate good for one but it is always good for one in the long run and for his spiritual benefit.God is never at fault. It is one’s incapacity to grasp the meaning underlying His acts and His will.

By Dr. J. Kumar, Delhi

 

VINOBA BHAVE

Religious and Social leader of India

Then there is the example of an ordinary man like Vinoba Bhave going about barefooted against all odds, out of his love for man. There are many such persons in India who are doing selfless service. Some of you too are doing the same thing, though you may not know it. Selfless service is service without the least tinge of ego.

The slightest egoistic thought would undo everything. Only one out of many can succeed in doing this type of service for humanity — even for saints it is impossible!

in the West, too, there are men rendering such service. One is a doctor in charge of a leper asylum. He is always with the lepers and so engrossed in his work that he has no time to think about himself. He does not know who Meher Baba is.

Such persons can do selfless service, but even they cannot come near me. Why? It is because the mind is there. The most subtle thought creates binding, and this prevents them from knowing Baba. Despite this, as soon as such persons drop their bodies they come to me because their thought is not for themselves but for advancing and improving on their work. And so they come to me.

Vinoba Bhave was a well-known social leader. Bhave's cousin, A. V. Bhave (a teacher), stood up and said, "I am not sure whether I was asleep or awake ..."

Baba with a wry smile interrupted him, "Then you are now nearing the Beyond, beyond state of being wide awake in sound sleep!" All laughed, and Baba embraced him, also.

VINOBA BHAVE

Religious and Social leader of India

Then there is the example of an ordinary man like Vinoba Bhave going about barefooted against all odds, out of his love for man. There are many such persons in India who are doing selfless service. Some of you too are doing the same thing, though you may not know it. Selfless service is service without the least tinge of ego.

The slightest egoistic thought would undo everything. Only one out of many can succeed in doing this type of service for humanity — even for saints it is impossible!

in the West, too, there are men rendering such service. One is a doctor in charge of a leper asylum. He is always with the lepers and so engrossed in his work that he has no time to think about himself. He does not know who Meher Baba is.

Such persons can do selfless service, but even they cannot come near me. Why? It is because the mind is there. The most subtle thought creates binding, and this prevents them from knowing Baba. Despite this, as soon as such persons drop their bodies they come to me because their thought is not for themselves but for advancing and improving on their work. And so they come to me.

Vinoba Bhave was a well-known social leader. Bhave's cousin, A. V. Bhave (a teacher), stood up and said, "I am not sure whether I was asleep or awake ..."

Baba with a wry smile interrupted him, "Then you are now nearing the Beyond, beyond state of being wide awake in sound sleep!" All laughed, and Baba embraced him, also.

VIRBHAN MAHARAJ

Saint

Baba was invited to Devargaon, fourteen miles from Amraoti, on the morning of Wednesday, 24 December 1952. There, he contacted a mast named Virbhan Maharaj. As Baba began massaging his legs, the mast said to him, "Why undergo so much trouble for me? You have to do great work for the world!"

Baba replied, "I am for those who love me, and those who love me are my gurus."

"You are the Master of the Universe," the mast said. "The village is blessed by your presence." Addressing the mandali, Virbhan Maharaj then quoted this shloka (verse) from the Bhagavad Gita: "When the flame of righteousness burns low, God descends as the Avatar."

Baba's presence overwhelmed Virbhan Maharaj, and he wept tears of love. "Meher Baba is the real Avatar," he stated. "I can see him in his Real Form. My birth has at last born fruit."

VASWANI T. L.

Saint

In 1957, Dada T. L. Vaswani, aged seventy-eight, was a former college professor of English and history who had renounced all to serve humanity. He was called “Sadhu” and had established and was running the Saint Mira School in Poona, and was regarded by many to be a saint. There was a longstanding invitation from him to Baba to visit the school. Not to disappoint his “Beloved child,” as Baba would call him, Baba agreed to go and a date was fixed.

On 23 rd March 1957, Meher Baba visited St. Mira School in Poona and was received by Dada T. L. Vaswani and gave darshan to the students and others in School Hall. There was a public darshan program outside where nearly 10000 people had His darshan and received prasad.

Baba cautioned the Meherazad mandali to be always with him during the Poona program, and he kept repeating this warning for days prior to going. At 6:30 A.M. on March 23rd, Baba, accompanied by Eruch, Bhau, Kumar and Aloba left Meherazad for Poona in Meherjee’s car.

Joyous singing and shouts of “Jai Avatar Meher Baba!” accompanied Baba’s car as it slowly made its way through the crowd toward Saint Mira High School. The car was decorated with garlands, and in the vanguard of the parade a band was playing. Vaswani received Baba at the door of the school and embraced him tightly. Tears rolled down his cheeks as he led Baba to a private room, where he sat with him for a while. Baba comforted him and was then carried in a chair to the school’s Sanctuary Hall, where he was seated on the dais. Vaswani sat on his right and Irene Conybeare was given a chair opposite them with some other people.

After recitations from the Bhagavad Gita and kirtan singing by the students, Vaswani, deeply moved, paid tribute to Baba in his welcome remarks over the microphone. The following is a part of his talk:

Sisters and brothers, children of the One Divine Mother! I speak in the presence of one whom his disciples in different parts regard as the Ancient One …

For thirty years and more, he who is in our midst today has borne witness to the truth that there is something better than speech. That is silence. It is, to my mind, the truth of Truths. He has spoken to the world through silence. His witness to the “Kingdom of Silence” went into my heart many years ago. In this age of noise, he has taught the truth: Be silent! . . .

I have been impressed, too, with another truth in the life of Beloved Baba. He is a lover of the simple life. He is simple, and therefore he rejoices in the company of the little ones. In his message … he said it did his heart good to come in contact with the little ones, the children of the Mira Schools.

There is a third thing too which I have noticed in regard to Meher Baba – the smile on his lips. A beautiful smile plays on his lips always. He has suffered as perhaps not many have. He has experienced pain as not many have. But there is always a beautiful smile playing on his lips.

His silence, his simplicity, and his smile – these are his three gifts to us. I bow down to him with love and humility in my heart.

On Baba’s behalf C. D. Deshmukh spoke eloquently for five minutes, emphasizing Baba’s Avatarhood and mission. The hall was full to capacity with Vaswani’s students and followers. Baba’s lovers had to stand outside by the gate.

The headmaster of the school, C. B. Advani, spoke a few words, and also the secretary, Sri Gangaram, after which Baba asked that this message from him be read out to the students:

The youth of today is the ruling force of tomorrow. All things have a small beginning; the seedling grows into a tree, the stream into a river and the child grows into a man to use or misuse the lessons he has absorbed in life as a youth. But even after he has grown into a man, he often remains a child in the spiritual sense of the word. The world is the kindergarten and school necessary for the spiritual lessons man must learn through countless lives of experiencing the opposites – such as pain and pleasure, joy and suffering, good and bad, wealth and poverty, et cetera.

All growth is gradual, and it is only through slow and gradual stages that man begins truly to grow up and discover his True Self and to relinquish the childish playthings of hate, greed and anger through selfless service and love. In the spiritual school also, there are many grades to be passed which few have the courage and determination to go through. Just as you need masters and instructors to guide you along the path of your studies, so there exist Perfect Masters who can guide you along the path of the spirit to the glorious destination of Godhood. Few have the good fortune to meet and follow such a spiritual Guide – when you do, you must earn his grace and be worthy of his love.

Do not balk at the discipline given by your parents and teachers. Discipline in small ways leads to the greater necessary discipline of self. Do not try to conquer others – conquer your self and you will have conquered the world. The simplest way to do this is to love God. Begin to love God by loving your fellow-beings. Begin to see God by seeing Him in all beings and things. Give without thought of return. Serve without thought of reward. God is everywhere, in everything. Most of all, He is right within yourself. You do not exist for the world – the world exists for you.

There is an amusing illustration of this in the story of the ant. An ant was trying to cross a stream on a leaf. Midstream the leaf, tossed by the wind, overturned and the ant cried: “Help, help, the world is drowning!”

A frog close by said: “What rubbish. The world is not drowning; you mean you are drowning.”

“Well,” said the ant, “once I drown the world might as well not exist for me. So for me it means not only that I am drowning but that the world is drowning too.”

In the same way, all existence is within you. God is to be found within yourself, and once you find Him you have found the only treasure worth finding. I give you my blessings that you love God and find Him.

After the welcoming ceremonies, Baba gave darshan and prasad to the women and students inside, and hundreds surged forward to take advantage of it. Goldney and Pukar locked hands to stem the tide of the crowd from overwhelming Baba with garlands and embraces.

Baba was then carried outside and sat on the veranda to give darshan and distribute prasad to his lovers and many others from Poona whose number now exceeded ten thousand. Elbows flew as some pressed forward. The situation became so serious that Baba’s safety was at stake. Physically, Baba was suffering terribly, but despite it, he had come to Poona to give darshan. The crowd continued to grow out of control and pandemonium eventually broke out.

A well-known singer who had been on Baba’s return flight from Australia had come with his party to sing before Baba. But his harmonium and other instruments got broken in the melee and total confusion reigned. The mandali surrounded Baba as the police appeared on the scene. Not knowing who they were, the police roughly manhandled the mandali and separated them from Baba. Kumar was forcibly removed and taken some distance away where he was made to sit down. He, whom Baba had made the Commander-in-Chief during the Andhra and Hamirpur programs, was now in the custody of the police. Bhau was shoved so violently that he was just saved from falling several feet away. Had Narayan Bundellu not caught him in time, he would have been severely injured.

On the one hand, the mandali were pleased that the police had come and now surrounded Baba, but on the other, they had Baba’s order to remain close to him during the program. The police would not allow them to come near, and they had to stand helplessly at a distance. Only Eruch was allowed to stand by Baba’s side, conveying Baba’s words.

Although order was restored after some time, the crowd continued to be undisciplined despite the presence of the police, and nothing could be done to keep the people in line. The out-of-town lovers had been pushed back and had to stand in the hot sun near the gate. Amidst the throng, Bhau observed his wife, Rama, with their two children, Sheela and Mehernath, and her brother Dhiraj, moving near Baba. Bhau tried to approach Baba, but the police again did not permit it, and he was unable to meet his family. In spite of their being there for Baba’s darshan, Bhau had no chance of speaking with them, not even a minute. From a distance, Bhau could see that Baba asked his wife how the children were, and he made Sheela turn around and show him her burnt back. The skin had healed with hardly a trace of the accident’s scars. . .

Before leaving, Baba’s arti was sung and he remarked, “Today’s program gave me much pleasure.”

TUKDOJI MAHARAJ

(A Saint from Nagpur)

Tukdoji Maharaj was a high saint from Nagpur Baba first met him in December 1937, and later in November 1944. He was high saint, revered for singing bhajans (devotional songs), son that whenever he sang thousands come to hear him. He was well known in central Province and Bombay.

At the time of contact Tukdoji was about thirty years old. And was a man of vast size. He has a rolling giant like that of one who is intoxicated. When he approached Baba on the occasion of large public darshan program in Nagpur in December 1937. One of Baba disciples exclaimed! ” Look Baba, a drunkard has come to see you”. Baba replied, “He had drunk the wine of love.”

On this occasion, Tukdoji Maharaj brought hundreds of his followers with him, and in front of all of them he bowed down before Baba, and then in his great voice sang devotional songs in Baba’s presence. During the disturbance of 1942, Tukdoji Maharaj was imprisoned until many influential people having made it clear that his great influence was spiritual and not political, procured his release. Tukdoji Maharaj was interviewed by an official in prison, and he asked to be allowed to stay in gaol, since he found it restful there.

The next contact with Tukdoji Maharaj was during the great Nagpur meeting of November 1944. Following account is extracted from a circular describing this meeting.

“The most important public function of the day as staged at Gorakshan Compound where Sri Baba gave darshan to a mammoth gathering of 30000 people. Another feature of the occasion of Bhajan by famous saint Tukdoji Maharaj, who received Sri Baba on arrival, and escorted Him to dais amidst shouts of “Sri Meher Baba Ki Jai”. After the Bhajan which ended at about midnight. Tukdoji Maharaj requested Sri Baba to step forward and bless the audience. The scene that was presented to the eyes, with Baba in his standing posture, his face aglow with divine lustre, hands outstretched in blessing was too sublime and transcendental for words to picturised adequately.

Tukdoji Maharaj had been told of Baba in 1948 by Babadas and Pankhraj. He had come to Ahmednagar to attend gatherings of his followers. Baba remarked to him, "I am in seclusion now and not giving darshan to anyone. When I go to Poona, I permit people to see me." Tukdoji Maharaj replied, "Darshan is of two kinds. One is to see physically, another is to see everywhere!"

Baba answered with a smile, "Only an exceptional one sees me everywhere. I am infinite!"

In 1955, Tukdoji Maharaj had been invited to attend a conference on world religions and world peace. He narrated details of his experiences there. Baba then sent him outside with Adi and Bhau for a tour of the Meherazad premises.