UTTAR PRADESH (CONTACTS)

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CONTACTS- UTTER PRADESH

 

1-A BLIND BOY

During UP tour in 1952, while Baba was giving mass darshan in Dhanauri, a blind boy groped his way through the crowd and came to the dais. Guiding him, some people took him by the arm and brought him before Baba, who handed him prasad. When darshan was over, Baba headed toward the village of Banda. On the way, he stopped the car, got out and sat down under a tree. He gathered the mandali around him and remarked, "Today, God saved me! A very bad thing almost happened. When the blind boy came to me, seeing his helplessness — he was so handsome, energetic and bright! — I had a whim to give him sight. In fact, this whim should not have been there. But God saved me from giving the beautiful boy his eyesight, which would not have been good for him."

At this, Eruch burst out laughing. On Baba's inquiring, he replied, "Seeing the lad, I thought of Jesus who performed so many miracles — making a corpse come alive, restoring sight to the blind, healing the lepers, making the crippled walk. And here is our Baba who has no mercy on this boy!"

Baba replied, "It was good I was saved through God's grace; otherwise, it would have harmed the boy, not helped him." (Lord Meher-p-3209-1952)

 

9-A DRUNKEN DRIVER

Once Baba heard of a mast who was in a village ten miles away. He asked the mandali to procure a bullock cart. They met a drunkard who, in his tipsy state, said he would bring his bullock cart if they paid him X number of rupees and also agreed to give him a tip of certain amount. The   deal was settled. He demanded his tip FIRST! He was given it. He at once raced off, not to get bullock cart but to nearest pub, where he had his fill. Then he set out asking friends for a cart. For he did not possess any of his own. After much waiting, he did bring a cart, but his eyes were red and rolling.

Baba and the mandali climbed into the cart, and    the drunken driver whipped the bullocks. They bumped along a stony track. On the way, they came      to a hill. The driver whipped the bullocks, and they climbed the hill at good speed. On the descent, he let go the reins, and the bullocks had the freedom to run at breakneck speed. The card rattled down the hill with all its occupants. None of them thought that they would arrive alive or in one piece. The driver seemed delighted with speed at which the cart was rolling and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. The cart did arrive at the foot of the hill, but   the bones in everyone’s body were rattled to the extent that they felt they would fall apart at the joints. Poor Gustadji suffered the most from this joyride. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-316)

 

 

10-FRUIT STALL OWNER

Baba departed Allahabad on the night of 9th February 1948, taking seven mandali men and leaving Babadas behind. They spent 36 hours in the train, changing trains several times en route. During the journey, as well as during his strenuous work in Allahabad, Baba and the mandali had been observing their partial fast of one meal a day. At one station, they got down at 2:30 A.M. to change trains. Although their next train was at the station, it was not scheduled to depart for several hours, so Baba and the men washed their face and hands and boarded it to rest.

Very early in the morning Baba noticed a fruit stall opening up for business on the platform, and sent Eruch to buy some oranges. The stall's owner was busy worshiping, praying before a photograph of what Eruch thought at first to be a saint, while a small boy dusted the jars of sweets and buns for sale. To his surprise, Eruch noticed that the photograph was of Meher Baba himself. Baba had told him to purchase six oranges, one for each of them, and Eruch asked the lad the price. The boy replied, "One anna per orange."

From the train, Baba gestured to Eruch, "Since we are buying six, try to bring him down."

Eruch began bargaining, and ended up paying five annas for the six oranges. When he returned to their compartment, he told Baba that the man had been praying before his photograph, but Baba did not pay much attention to it.

In the train, Baba handed each of the men an orange, and Eruch went to wash the one meant for Baba before cutting and serving it to him.

On the way, he was waylaid by the owner of the fruit stall, who started berating him. "You men have taken advantage of my boy before I was open for business. You looted the boy!"

"What is the matter?" Eruch asked. "We paid for the fruit."

"Yes, at one anna less! Pay me one anna; my prices are fixed," the shopkeeper insisted.

"We bargained, that's true, but your boy agreed."

"He had no right to agree; he is only employed to sweep the place. You'll have to pay the amount or return the fruit."

Eruch returned to the compartment, and Baba instructed him to tell the man, "Once a bargain is struck and the transaction takes place, it is your duty not to go back on the deal."

But the man would not listen and insisted they either pay the extra one anna or give the oranges back. Eruch vainly tried to convince him, "This is not a good attitude. It's only one anna. And that too, the first sale of the day (considered auspicious)."

Because the man had been worshiping Baba's photograph, Baba was taking pains to point out that his attitude was wrong. It was not a question of paying the extra money. But the man was stubborn and eventually took back the oranges.

Eruch asked, "Shall I tell him it is you, Baba?" Baba had covered his face with a shawl to avoid being recognized, which he always did while on tour.

Baba replied, "If he knows that, he will bring his whole stall here! How will he gain by that? He has benefited by praying to my photograph in my presence. Only that much is in his lot." (lord Meher-p-2622-1948)

  

11-A GARDENER

In 1947 during New Life, Baba went to Sarnath stayed in a hired Bungalow. In the garden of the women's bungalow there was a small cottage for the gardener of the estate. Baba had special love for this gardener, often sending Goher to inquire if he needed anything. The man once told her, "No, the thakur (titled landowner) has given me everything; I am not in need of anything." By thakur, Goher thought the gardener meant the owner of the bungalow or his boss who must be seeing to his needs, and informed Baba accordingly. But hearing it, Baba just smiled, and explained to her and Mehera that the old man meant Krishna himself.

Once, the gardener asked Goher for a matchbox, which Baba sent. Daily, Baba mentioned this man to the companions, and he referred to him as Sant Mali — meaning the Saintly Gardener.

On 7th December 1949, Baba walked back to the underground rooms in the subterranean passages of the Sarnath ruins with his men companions, returning from the underground rooms, Baba, along with the companions, went to see the gardener. Sant Mali smiled at them and joyously folded his hands in salutation. Baba praised the man, "See, even in this bitter cold, he is sleeping on this broken cot in the open. He cooks for himself and has only one cooking pot. All year round, he eats only boiled rice with salt. Getting up at four in the morning, he begins repeating "Sita-Ram, Sita-Ram." He goes to the well for a bath every morning at four, and works in the garden the whole day. He needs nothing and is always happy. He delights in presenting me with five radishes daily. He desires nothing, because he is a saint. His only desire is for Thakur (Lord) and for that, his Thakur (Baba) has come to visit him today." (Lord Meher-p-2841-1949)

 

12-A HELPLESS FAMILY

Once during the ten-day tour in March 1942, Baba stopped in Sitapur. Although it was not on their itinerary and no mast was found, it became evident to the mandali why Baba had come to Sitapur when they happened upon a helpless family camping under a tree near the railway station.

Baba told the mandali to make inquiries about them. The family consisted of three children, their father and mother. The mother was so gravely ill she could not move. Local inquiries revealed that one of their children had died the previous day. They had no money whatsoever. The illness of the woman and the recent death of the child had left the father totally despondent.

Baba instructed the mandali to first feed them and then question the man about his condition. He had been driven almost to madness by his unfortunate situation. Baba and the men were on their way to Bareilly, and Baba instructed that the family be taken along in the train. This was done, and once they arrived there, Baba instructed that the wife be admitted to a hospital. Money was given to the man to feed his family. As Bareilly was a large city, the man said he would be able to find employment soon. Once again, Baba's timely help had saved a family who had almost given up all hope and were on the point of dying of starvation. (Lord Meher-p-2270/1-1942)

 

15-A LODGE KEEPER

Once Baba and group arrived at a dak bungalow (traveller’s rest house) for night rest, which was rare during travels. The rest house keeper said that it was not possible for him to permit us to stay in it, as the executive officer was residing there. After much argument, he agreed to give us a room if the officer permitted. One of the mandali got his sanction, and we got the room. It was 9.00 pm and all were happy to go to sleep at once.

The officer in the next room was busy with his work and had ceiling fan going due to heat. The fan was making a cracking noise, and Baba felt disturbed. Baba asked the mandali to go and ask him to put off the fan! The officer felt annoyed at our audacity but finally agreed to turn it off. After some time, Baba could not stand the noise of his movements in his room and sent one of the mandali to tell him that it would be better if he stopped making noise. This was the last straw for the officer. In his fury, he even forgot that he could drive us out of the bungalow and acceded to the request to be quiet. Next morning, much to the amazement of the keeper, the officer came to Baba to pay his respects, when he came to know that it was Baba who had been the cause of his fury.” (Glimpses of Guruprasad –p-317)

 

 

16-A LOVER FROM JHANSI

A lover from Jhansi had come. He related to baba in a very touching   manner how Baba helped him lately. He said that he had to go to Delhi for his son’s marriage . Finding accommodation for the marriage party was impossible. He met some higher authorities but was refused accommodation. He resigned himself to Baba’s will and      left the office. Just when he was at the gate, he was called in again and was told that they could    spare a house for him!

He told Baba that his son had met with a motorcycle accident resulting in paralysis of his left foot. Neurosurgeons had advised craniotomy   (surgical opening of the skull). He was afraid of getting     his operated on. Baba called the son, who came limping. Baba gave him a packet of biscuits. And asked him to eat a small piece of biscuit daily, repeating Baba’s name, (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-320)

 

 

17-A MAN & WOMAN

In year 1952, darshan arrangements in Amarpura were made by Virendra Singh. Outside the village, an old man and woman were residing in a hut. They longed with all their hearts for Baba to come and sanctify their humble abode, but they had not the courage to request him. That day, after the program, instead of taking the direct road, Baba asked that the car be driven by another route.

Stopping by the old couple's hut, Baba entered it. The two were overcome with emotion and garlanded him. Gadekar sang the arti, and after embracing them Baba left. (Lord Meher-p-3209-1952)

 

18-A MAN IN LOINCLOTH

In January 1939, Baba remained in Benaras for few days. He was engaged in contacting masts, and also in searching for boys fitting his ideal. On the 21st, January, Baba went out in a Tonga with Norina and two of the men. After getting down and walking some distance, they spotted a man squatting on the street, dressed only in a loincloth. Baba stood far away and signaled to give him two paisa. The mandali did so, and when the man looked up, he looked radiant, but dazed. Baba later explained that the person was on the first plane and at that moment Baba pushed him to the second. (Lord Meher-p-1981-1939)

 

20-A MUSLIM FRIEND

On 23rd November 1952, on their way to Meherastana near Mahewa, Keshav Nigam told Baba, "A Muslim friend of mine conducts an orphanage. He wishes, if it pleases you, for you to pay a visit to his institution."

Baba agreed on one condition: "After washing and laying my head on the children's feet, I will give them prasad; but they should remain absolutely quiet and not move when I take their darshan." Keshav accepted and made the necessary arrangements in the orphanage. When Baba arrived, six or seven boys were brought before him. Baba began by washing the feet of the first lad. But when he tried to bow down to him, the boy suddenly stepped back. Baba was noticeably peeved and commented, "When the boy pulled back his feet, had my head touched the ground, this world would have gone to hell." However, Baba did lay his head on the other children's feet and gave them about 20 rupees each as prasad. Baba handed the entire amount to the orphanage manager, who it turned out was greedy and kept the money for himself.

They left. Baba said his work was spoiled and that he would not visit any more villages in the district. Pukar and Adarsh Khare began to weep. On the way, Baba had the car stopped and he got out. Pukar spread his coat on the ground, and Baba sat on it under a tamarind tree. He told Keshav and Pukar, "It did not go well. It is an unlucky happening and bodes ill for the orphanage and the village. The only remedy to free them from bad luck is for me to bow down and give prasad of Rs.14 to fourteen handsome and intelligent orphan boys under fourteen years old, the moment I reach Meherastana." (Lord Meher-p-3200-1952)

 

21-A PATIENT

People of Hamirpur district in Utter Pradesh started writing letters to Baba imploring Him to visit this area. By the time this communication went on one patient became very seriously ill. He was about to breath his last; just then a postman comes with telegram which read, “Baba definitely visiting the district of Hamirpur. Love.” These words acted like a magic on the patient, and at that very moment he becomes, perfectly well, stands erect, and hails “Jai Baba.”

In 1961, During sahwas at Guruprasad, the   when the same patient walked straight to Baba, who was sitting on sofa, for confirming the contents of telegram, there was a loud applause in the hall from the audience. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-197)

 

 

22A POOR COBLER

A poor cobbler had been among those hired to build Baba's hut in Meherastana. While labouring wholeheartedly in the cold day and night, he had fallen ill. He was so ill that when Baba arrived the man could not attend the darshan program.

The next day, with a crowd trailing behind him, Baba himself came to the poor man's tiny, one-room hut. Hearing noise outside, he came out and was dazed at seeing Meher Baba there. He ran to him like a crazed man and fell weeping at his feet. Baba and the mandali raised him up and led him back inside to his bed. Sitting next to him on the broken cot, Baba wiped away his tears with his hand. "O Lord, forgive me," the man cried. "I cannot offer you anything. No fruit, no flower, no coconut — still you have been merciful enough to enter a poor cobbler hut."

Baba answered compassionately, "Your love is the most precious offering you can give." (Lord Meher-p-3202-1952)

 

 

23-A POOR PESEANT WOMAN

 A poor peasant woman from Hamirpur (UP) who lived near the temple Meher Mandir Naurenga and taken upon herself to look after the place. She had been longing to see the beloved but wondered as how she could manage it, having to look after a small son and not being able to leave her cattle unattended. Her son knowing of her desire told her she should not worry at all but goes to Baba. He said he will look after the cattle, and Baba would look after him. It touched to hear that how she must have escaped and saved to have enough money for the train journey. (Glimpses of Gujrat -p-183)

 

 

24-A REVERED PERSON

In January 1939, Baba and the group was in Benaras. He was engaged in contacting masts, and also in searching for boys fitting his ideal. On the 21st

Baba went out in a tonga with Norina and two of the men. After getting down after some distance, Baba began walking fast and then stopped suddenly and pointed to a revered person sitting on a boat surrounded by his disciples. The mandali approached him and said, "We have come from Meher Baba." The man repeated three times, "Meher ... Meher ... Meher." Baba commented: "He was on the fifth plane and I pushed him to the sixth." (Lord Meher-p-1981-1939)

 

 

25-A SADHU

Forty men from Nauranga had come to Meherabad for darshan. Among them was also a sadhu. He had no money to attend the meeting. He had left Nauranga two days before the others' departure, and was somehow able to be present in Meherabad on time. (Lord Meher-p-3626-1954)

 

27-A STAGE DECORATOR

On 4th February 1954, Baba gave his public darshan in village Icchora. The Stage for Darshan was erected at 100 step away from Baba’s tent in north direction and connected with stage a large pandal was made for visitors. Work for erecting stage was awarded to a Muslim artisan and was to be paid rupees fifty per day and also given advance of rupees fifty to take up the stage work. He brought the material in three vehicles from Urai. He erected the decorated stage with coloured leaf and banners worth seeing. Seeing saw baba in person, he was so impressed that He told Prabhu Dayal that I have the darshan of such a unique Personality that I will accept any more remuneration for making stage. My labour and life is successful having his darshan. Compassionate father, Meher Baba in return of his labour of love gave him what he could not have achieved in number of future lives. He was worthy of divine mercy, and thereby he could get the opportunity to serve avatar Meher Baba. (English translation of p-33-History of Icchora)

 

 

29-AGRAWAL MADAN MOHAN

Another "scholarly" devotee was Madan Mohan Agrawal of Agra. He had helped prepare the five religious models carved from alabaster that Baba had used during the Manonash phase, and finally met Baba for the first time in Hamirpur. Madan had thoroughly studied the Ramayana by Valmiki, but only understood, at Baba's feet, the true meaning of this great epic — by finding Ram incarnate and becoming his follower. (Lord Meher-pp-3196-1952)

 

 

33-AMARDAN

(Qawaal)

During Hamirpur visit in 1954, Amardan qawaal  sang at Hiralal's home.  The atmosphere was so surcharged with love that many of those gathered wept as never before in their lives. After visiting homes, Baba rode in the car through the village. A few women were waiting with arti trays in their hands, and Baba had the car stopped so as not to disappoint them. Thereafter, he walked through the village and gave a number of other women the chance to perform his arti. The sky seemed to rock with the villagers' simple loving refrain, "Aa-eeya (Come) Avatar Meher Baba Prabhu!" (lord Meher-p-3439-1954)

 

 

 

38- AMIST RAISAHEB RAMASHANKAR

Raisaheb Sharma, was a lawyer by profession.

To Raisaheb Ramashankar, Baba affectionately joked, "I like him because his heart is sound, his body is round and his love is all-round!"

Raisaheb Ramashankar of Hamirpur was positioned next to Baba throughout the program. His job was to collect the various offerings (fruit, coconuts, sweets, flowers and gifts) brought by devotees before they went to Baba for prasad. But by the end of the day he was not to be seen. He was completely surrounded and submerged by the huge mound of offerings. Ramashankar was so overpowered by the day's experience that he did not know who he was anymore and had to be escorted away. Baba comforted him, but he was out of his senses with love, and it was almost a month before Ramashankar returned to normal.

Raisaheb Ramashankar said, "I dreamt last night that my head was chopped off, and I was still alive!"

Baba commented wryly, "If in the awake state you become headless and yet live, it will be a superb thing. (Lord Meher-p-3843-1955)

 

43-AN EXCUTIVE OFFICER

Once Baba and group arrived at a dak bungalow (traveller’s rest house) for night rest, which was rare during travels. The rest house keeper said that it was not possible for him to permit us to stay in it, as the executive officer was residing there. After much argument, he agreed to give us a room if the officer permitted. One of the mandali got his sanction, and we got the room. It was 9.00 pm and all were happy to go to sleep at once.

The officer in the next room was busy with his work and had ceiling fan going due to heat. The fan was making a cracking noise, and Baba felt disturbed. Baba asked the 4but finally agreed to turn it off. After some time, Baba could not stand the noise of his movements in his room and sent one of the mandali to tell him that it would be better if he stopped making noise. This was the last straw for the officer. In his fury, he even forgot that he could drive us out of the bungalow and acceded to the request to be quiet. Next morning, much to the amazement of the keeper, the officer came to Baba to pay his respects, when he came to know that it was Baba who had been the cause of his fury.” (Glimpses of Guruprasad –p-317)

 

 

44-AN OLD MAN

A man who had been waiting to see Baba for over five years went to the place where darshan was being held. But he was informed that Meher Baba had just departed. Although old, he began running after Baba's car. He ran an incredible twelve miles, and finally, through his deep and unwavering faith, caught up with the group. Baba had had the car stopped and was sitting under a tree. The old man, panting heavily, approached and with difficulty uttered: "Meher Baba is omniscient! Meher Baba is omniscient!" Baba held him in a hearty and loving embrace. His long wait was over; he was in the All-knowing One's arms. (Lord Meher-p-3029-1952)

 

 

48-AN WOMAN DEVOTEE

On 25th April 1948, in Benares, Baba contacted the very high mast known as Batwa Shah after three attempts...

A plate of food was placed before him which he began eating in Baba's presence. He finished half and offered the rest to Baba, who ate it.

A woman devotee then came, bringing more food. Batwa Shah again ate half and handed the rest to Baba. Baba started eating with joy, and when only a few mouthfuls were left, Batwa Shah took the plate away, handed it back to the woman and told her, "Distribute this among your family."

He then asked Baba to scratch his back, which Baba did with utmost care. After about an hour of this, Batwa Shah spoke in solemn English: "Permitted and allowed." These enigmatic words brought an end to the contact. Feeling very happy, Baba stood up. His joy was discernible by the gleam in his eyes and it seemed that the contact was completely successful. (Lord Meher-p-2705-1949)

 

 

52-ASER SAHEB

Aser Saheb originally belonged to Lucknow. He stayed with Meher Baba in Manjile Meem and did literary work for Baba. Many incidents connected   with Baba & Aser Saheb are written below:

In year 1922, Baba and group reached Panvel after foot journey Baba said, “Foot is over. We have reached the limit of our journey by foot. We will now proceed to Bombay in a truck."

After lunch, a large truck was hired which they rode in toward Bombay. In a restaurant at Mumbra, Baba ordered tea and sweets for the men. He was in a good mood and even allowed some to have soft drinks, and also gave cigarettes to Ahmed Abbas and Asar Saheb, who were heavy smokers.  The truck reached Bombay at four in the afternoon.

Two days prior to moving into the new bungalow, Baba had Ghani prepare a list of seven orders which every man was given to sign. The seven orders were to come into effect on the day they moved into Manzil-e-Meem. These seven orders, as dictated by Baba, were:

  1. To follow to the letter the spiritual instructions given by me.
  2. To keep or break the special connection with one other man or more than one from the group or otherwise that I order.
  3. To abstain totally for twelve months from alcoholic drinks or intoxicating substances, as well as sexual intercourse, except when allowed by me with your legal wife.
  4. To eat, drink and dress in accordance with the other residents in the house. To avoid eating fish, meat and eggs under any circumstances.
  5. To be present in the premises from 7:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M — barring accidents or mishaps.
  6. To perform faithfully the external duty given to each.
  7. Under no circumstances to give up my company, even if one finds that the whole world turned against me, except when ordered to leave me.

Note: If any of the above seven orders is intentionally broken by anyone who binds himself to my orders, I shall lock myself up in my room, avoiding completely all food, drink and company.

Order number two could be understood by taking Adi Sr.'s relationship with Gustadji's brother Slamson as an example. When they arrived in Bombay, Adi was also ordered to keep aloof from Asar Saheb, as well. This meant that Adi could not point at Asar, talk with him, or even accidentally look at him, unless Baba ordered him to do so. (Lord Meher-p-299-1922)

For the Urdu edition of Upasni Maharaj's biography, Ahmed Abbas and Asar Saheb were assigned the work of translating Volume I of Baily's manuscript, which they did at the Manzil. They closeted themselves in their rooms during the day, allowing no one to enter. They would come out only for meals and games. (Lord Meher-p-312-1922)

 

Khak Saheb and Asar Saheb had been staying in Delhi for the past ten days to persuade the Mohammedan Sufi scholar Hassan Nizami to write an introduction to Upasni Maharaj's Urdu biography, which was to be titled Gareebon ka Aasara (Refuge for the Meek).However, there had been no news from them for some days. Hassan Nizami had agreed to write the introduction, and they had informed him of Baba's prediction of the coming manifestation of the Messiah, saying that Meher Baba had indicated the "first spark" would be in India, especially Karachi.

In Year 1922, Baba asked Ghani to inform Khak Saheb and Asar Saheb about the spiritual regime which all the mandali had been following since the first of October. Ghani, accordingly, explained in great detail about the early morning rising, bathing, repetition and meditation orders. Asar openly objected to the pre-dawn rising and fixed hour for praying, asking why it was necessary. When Baba was told about Asar's objection, he was upset. He rebuked Khak and Asar for questioning his orders and instructed all the Muslim members of the mandali to awaken whenever they liked and to do as they pleased.

After quieting down, the Master directed these critical remarks toward Khak and Asar: "Who is there among you who know more about shariat (outward religious ceremonies and rituals) than Myself? You won't find a truer Muslim than Myself. I am what I externally am, but who among you knows what I am internally? Prayers and forms of worship are only meant for God. But you are so immersed in the formality of the thing and all its details; you forget God and worship the prayers."

In this tense atmosphere, Khak lost his temper and began blaming Asar. Up until then, Asar had been quiet, but after being upbraided, he loudly reproached Khak. An argument ensued and became so heated that, forgetting the subject of the new orders, they both began shouting at each other. Asar was so exasperated he refused to share a room any longer with Khak and requested that Baba separate them. The Master, however, said they should both be on amicable terms or else they would have to leave the Manzil. Within a short time, both men calmed down.

After final instructions, Baba left for Sakori on 14th October 1922. Before going, He made Khak and Asar promise not to argue further, to forgive each other and to continue working together on Upasni Maharaj's biography.

The order to awaken in the early hours of the morning for prayers was reinstated for the Muslim mandali. It seemed that, in order to wipe out some inner conflict between Khak and Asar, the question of prayer had arisen. It proved an effective medium for the Master to remove any resentment or misunderstanding brewing between these two strong personalities.

Baba left Ahmednagar by train on the night of 16th October 1929, and returned to the Manzil next morning. After reading through the correspondence received during his absence. Although no one was allowed to read anything, unless directed, Ghani admitted he had read a ghazal of Asar Saheb's published in the Urdu newspaper Bashral. For his infringement of the order, Ghani was sent out to buy a book written by Swami Vivekananda.

It was well known among the men that in his youth the Baba was an accomplished poet and loved to quote the poetry of Hafiz. On 19th July 1922, Baba requested that a few of the men start composing poetry and encouraged them in their efforts. He told them to try with all their hearts, without caring if the poems were "polished." They would write something when they could find time during the day and in the evening proudly read it out before all. It was a good pastime for those concerned, and the men enjoyed it.

Asar Saheb wrote this couplet:

One is hiding in the Manzil;

If my veil is removed, I will assert it is God! (Lord Meher-p-360-1922)

In year 1922, during stay in Manjile Meem, one day Baba asked Ramjoo, "Does God have a mother?"

Ramjoo thought for a moment and replied that he did not know. Irritated, Baba said, "Don't you even know the story in the Koran?"

To settle the matter, Khak and Asar Saheb were called to Baba's room. Asar observed, "What Ramjoo said is correct. Who can say with certainty whether God has parents or not?"

Baba taunted Asar, "If you don't know yourself and are not certain about it, then why do you ridicule the Christians who believe in the Son of God? Whatever it may be, you should not so easily renounce your religion. Outwardly you must adhere to it." In view of the Master's argument, Asar had to eventually accept this explanation — while Khak observed the incident peering through his spectacles.

Baba asked Ghani, "Does God have any children?"

Ghani replied in the affirmative, while the others emphatically denied it.

Baba asked Ghani to explain himself. "According to you, when God has a father, what error is there in supposing He has children, too?"

Baba retorted, "Having a father does not necessarily mean one must have children! But it is true that God has innumerable children. The multifarious powers that emanate from Him can be said to be God's children. The Hindus call God Deva, and His 33 crore (330 million) powers are called devtas."

When Baba returned from his bath, he found Asar Saheb asleep. He immediately reproached him for sleeping during the day. After calming down, Baba explained to him about the third eye:

In addition to our two outward eyes, there is a third eye internally which sees through the two outward eyes and is situated between the eyebrows — the yogis know about it. The real yogi, in his advanced state, sees God, or Brahmand [the God of the universe], through this third eye contained in his mind — within the skull.

The Sadguru sees three different things as it pleases his fancy. With his external eyes, he can see the universe and the world; with his inner eye, he sees God. And with his external eyes he actually sees all that exists coming out of himself in the form of innumerable circles — through the point of his inner third eye. Those yogis who see the Brahmand can be counted by the thousands, while Perfect Masters are always very, very few.

After the agreement was read and explained, it was passed among the mandali for their signatures; everyone except Asar Saheb signed. Without giving any reason, Asar openly refused to do as he was asked. Baba sternly ordered him to leave the Manzil, and Asar replied that he would spend the night outside, but would return in the morning. Baba did not accept this, saying that once he left the Manzil without signing the agreement, he left forever and should not come back. Thereafter, all the men went down to their rooms for the night, while Baba had a private talk with Asar.

In the morning the mandali found that Asar had signed the agreement at eleven o'clock the previous night and had then left. Above his signature, he had made this qualifying remark: "I shall follow as far as I can." This made his return permissible if he so desired.

On the day he fractured his toe, he had told the mandali about Asar Saheb, saying how unlucky he was and that the news of his tragic situation would reach them within a week. This foretelling of misfortune came true when on the same day he became upset with Dowla Masi; they received a letter from Asar.

Despite his promise, Asar had written to Baba saying he was leaving him as he desired "another connection," implying another guru. It is possible that Baba's outward expression of anger toward Dowla Masi was meant for Asar's benefit. Nevertheless, Dowla Masi was fortunate to have withstood her nephew's wrath and to have received his "prasad." )

On Saturday, 28th May 1933. Baba and a few mandali left Nasik for Poona and Bombay on the search for an ideal boy continued in Bombay. On 1st June, an old contact, Asar Saheb, the poet from Lucknow came to see Baba: who had stayed in Manzil-e-Meem. Baba promised to help him financially.

The Persian New Year was celebrated on 21st March 1934. Gulmai, Memo, Beheram Chanji, Pilamai, Silla, Baily Minoo Pohowala Kaka Chinchorkar Naval, Rupamai all reached on this occasion between 21th to 8th. March 1934. Asar Saheb came (Lord Meher-p-1593-1934)

 

 

54-AZIZ QUWAAL

During Baba’s visit of Hamirpur In 1954, at Mahewa people were ready for darshan, which Baba gave along with his prasad. While giving darshan he remarked, "It is a matter of great good luck that my darshan tour finishes here." He then left for his hut, Meherastana. There Baba instructed that since this was the last day of his darshan programs in Hamirpur, all the men accompanying him should keep awake that night from 9:00 P.M. to 4:30 A.M., and qawaali singing by Aziz Qawaal was arranged to help them. In addition, Baba ordered coffee served two or three times during the night. Leading workers from different villages of the district gathered. The program started that night at nine o'clock, and as bhajans and qawaalis were being sung, an argument broke out.

Aziz Qawaal continued his performance, which Baba would interrupt periodically to explain certain lines. At one point, Baba asked Kumar, "How can you call me Paramatma?"

He replied, "I only know my Baba, and also know that no one is higher than him. Even if he be higher than Paramatma, then that Paramatma is Baba!" Baba remarked, "I am touched by this." (Lord Meher-p-3450-1954)

 

56-BABADAS

Babadas was from Hamirpur district was ardent devotee of Meher Baba and worked for spreading messages of Baba in Hamirpur and other area from beginning of year 1944. He was also a companion of In New life of Baba. He was one of silent devotee for years together on orders of Baba. Series of incident and his conversation with Baba is recorded as under:

In year 1944, Babadas and Vibhuti were active in informing people about the darshan several days beforehand, but at the same time were quarrelling among them. Baba found out and took them aside, admonishing them severely: "Both of you love me. To spread my love, you distribute handbills and messages without resting. But it is a wonder to me how you, who inform and acquaint others of my love, fight among yourselves! Whatever you wish to do, do it with honesty. Why fight and criticize each other? Humility is born of rectitude and precludes criticism of others. Honesty demands work without complaint, and leaves the result to my Divine Will." Baba then asked to forgive, forget and embrace, which they did.

Baba began planning for the upcoming darshan programs in Nagpur and Saoner. Babadas was sent ahead to see to arrangements there

In year 1946, Babadas and Vibhuti came to Pimpalgaon on 25th February. The first two men had come from Madras, and were quarrelling about how to do Baba's work. Baba heard from both men, and let them argue in his presence. Each found fault with the other, and Baba encouraged them in the heated squabble. When they would finally calm down and become quiet, Baba would say something to incite them, and the fight would start all over again! At last, it reached the stage where Babadas, in his irritation, called Vibhuti a fool.

"You're a bigger fool!" Vibhuti retorted. "To lead people astray, you wear a kafni and grow a long beard."

"You too are fooling people," Babadas accused, "by giving them guru mantras as if you were a Master."

Thus, their quarrel brought out the truth of each one's faults, bad habits and weaknesses - which is exactly what Baba wanted. Pacifying them, Baba then reprimanded: "I had sent you both out for my work. I trusted you, but both of you have deceived me! How could you do my work when you both have become 'Babas'? You have no right to do that. You do not do my work, but sink deeper into the morass. If you want to continue doing so, then do not take my name before people and at the same time exhort your own virtues; because by your taking my name the responsibility becomes mine, and great harm will come to you due to this!

"Vibhuti was a leper, and I cured him. If he continues to act in this way, he will again become a leper!" Vibhuti and Babadas both sought Baba's forgiveness. Baba warned them not to behave like this ever again, and forgave them.

Baba then sent Babadas and two other devotees to Pandharpur, Ayodhya and Ujjain to locate 150 sincere sadhus. Baba also directed the three to bring one good mast each, and to be back in Ahmednagar on 9th March.

On 24th November 1946, Baba dictated instructions to nine close disciples to find either a mast or saint from various areas of India. Babadas was cover the areas of Orissa, Bihar & Bengal.

Murli Kale was conducting the homeopathic dispensary in Meherabad, and Rashid was his assistant. One day Babadas went to the dispensary and told Rashid, "India and Pakistan are at loggerheads, shedding each other's blood. Why don't you go to Pakistan and help your Muslim brothers?"

"I will remain here and nowhere else," Rashid replied.

"If the Hindus beat you up, what will you do?"

"I won't take it lying down; I will strike back!" He pulled a penknife out of his pocket and showed it to Babadas.

Babadas reported the matter to Baba, who called Rashid, whereupon Baba admonished, "It is not good to get so worked up. If you want to strike back, strike out at your own wrath! For me, inequality does not exist. All are equal for me as I am in everyone. But only those who love me are dear to me." Baba warned Babadas not to discuss such topics again, and also instructed the other mandali to refrain from mentioning politics.

On 16th August 1949, Babadas arrived in Meherabad with Gaya Prasad Khare. Baba permitted Khare to come to his room and see him for a moment. Baba then instructed him to return to Rath.

On the morning of 30th August 1949, Baba called the four stalwarts of his cause in Hamirpur into his cabin, along with Babadas. Although Babadas and Sripat had told Keshav Nigam of Baba seven years before, this was Keshav's first actual meeting.

Babadas and Sadashiv were to leave for Benares on the 26th October 1949, and Baba came to the men's hut that morning to give them final instructions about their stay in Benares. He directed them, "Besides locating accommodation for our stay for 20 days from November 25, find and purchase two she-donkeys and two cows."

Knowing their individual temperaments, Baba advised Sadashiv and Babadas, "Remain friendly with each other and behave properly. Like the other companions, do not read newspapers or discuss politics, even between yourselves. Eat good, clean food. Maintain your health, and help and cooperate with each other. In the event of illness, look after and care for each other.

On 15th November 1949, Baba & group reached Mughal Sarai station via the Calcutta Mail train at Mughal Sarai station. They had to change trains for Benares, The weather was extremely cold, and all were shivering and arrived at Benares station an hour later. Babadas was waiting on the platform, and when Baba got down, Babadas informed him that Dr. Nath had been waiting at the station with his wife since four o'clock.

On 25th November 1949, Baba set out for begging with Babadas to Dr. Nath's residence again, this time to receive bhiksha from the Khares.

In new life, on 15th December 1949, walking several miles, Baba and his group arrived in Jaunpur at four in the afternoon. Babadas came running and said it appeared arrangement of accommodations and could not be made. Babadas began to lead them to the chosen spot. However, he explained that matters were complicated, and he was not entirely sure negotiations for the place would be settled by the time they arrived.

The three plans of new life were typed and copies distributed to each man on 21 January 1950. Babadas chose to continue the New Life from their homes, following the second plan.

The next place of mass darshan was to be in Nagpur. Babadas was there, but caused a conflict because responsibility for making the arrangements had been given to Kaka Sherlekar instead of to him. He became so jealous and upset that he threatened self-immolation! Baba sent Pendu to Nagpur to bring Babadas to Amraoti, where Baba severely reprimanded him and then directed him to stay with him during the tour.

Babadas, whom Baba had kept on silence, met Bhau. Babadas kept telling Bhau through hand signs to open the book, Avatar, and read certain sections of it. But Babadas did not know English, and no sooner would Bhau open the book and begin reading, than Babadas would motion to turn the page and read there. Then again, before Bhau could finish the passage, Babadas would turn the page and point to another section.

 

Baba then remarked about God's leela, play or sense of humor:

I have a great sense of humor. It is my sense of humor that makes me rejoice to see Anna 104 and happy to listen to the irrelevant talk of Babadas. The more he talks the more I like him. It would be no exaggeration to say that Babadas is infinitely irrelevant. When Babadas referred earlier to Kalidas, the great poet, and to Surdas, the great devotee, there was absolutely no connection between the two, the topic in question and Babadas himself, except the common factor of the word das (slave) at the end of all three names! I cannot help humouring both him and Babadas and that, at times, I go far out of my way in order to keep them near me.

While Baba was in Calcutta, on October 1943, Baba served food to about 325 middle class persons who had become destitute. He had given instructions also to have 10,000 chapatis distributed free to the poor on the streets. Baba blessed the chapatis, and personally went out with Babadas and few mandali men in rickshaws to hand out the rotis. This work was done over a period of four or five days.

Babadas had told Tukdoji Maharaj about Baba in 1948. Tukdoji 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." (Lord Meher-p-5051-1963)

 

 

61-BABURAM VYAS

Baburam Vyas was a school teacher and resident of small village Muskara (Hamirpur) He was a Baba lover and worker also.

 

61-BABU RAMPRASAD

Babu Ramprasad from Nauranga, Hamirpur district (Utter Pradesh) was sincere and hard working Baba lover.

In year 1952, during Baba’s tour of Hamirpur, Babu Ramprasad had lovingly arranged things for Baba and his mandali in Nauranga. But there was also a hostile group there who opposed Baba. These persons went as far as to burst a canal dike. Water flooded everywhere and Baba could not enter Nauranga proper. He was forced to give darshan outside the village. But the surprising thing was that during Baba's Fiery Life the opposition shortly thereafter turned to ashes, and the place where this disturbance had taken place eventually became a perennial memorial to Meher Baba, named Meher Dham. (Lord Meher-p-3205-1952)

The following message was read out during one darshan program in Nauranga. It was titled "God As Truth."

Nauranga was the place where those opposed to Baba had breached the canal to prevent Baba's entry into the village in 1952, and Baba was forced to give darshan in Babu Ramprasad's field, seated under a tree. This time the whole village turned out, gathering a quarter of a mile ahead to receive him. Bands were playing and trumpets blared. Wine had sealed the lips of Babu Ramprasad, who was happily standing by, watching the wondrous scene. The entire crowd was shouting Baba's Jai! and he was escorted into Nauranga at the head of a long procession.

From Panwari, Baba proceeded to Mahoba, where darshan arrangements had been made by Ramsevak Khare. On this occasion, Babu Ramprasad expressed a wish to erect a "Baba-temple" in Nauranga, and Baba advised him to remember, "My temple is in your heart alone."

Babu Ramprasad replied, "The temple will be built solely to keep you there. It will be a symbol of your visit, on the basis of which we will be able to keep you always in our hearts. We wish for a medium of your remembrance, Baba."

Baba accepted his prayer, and touched a stone which Babu had brought for the foundation. Thus Meher Dham was established in Nauranga, where the opposition had been the greatest. In fact, Meher Dham came into being from the heart-blood of the Avatar's closest lovers there, who left nothing undone in serving his cause. Babu's brother, Narsingdas Ramprasad, had dedicated his very life to Baba's cause. And due to the hard labor he had done, Narsingdas fell ill and passed away soon after Baba's visit. But he was blessed, dying with Baba's name on his lips.

In year 1954 forty men from Nauranga had come. Baba made them stand before him and urged Babu Ramprasad, "You should tell people about me and my work, and act accordingly." Ramprasad then introduced each lover, one by one, and Baba was deeply touched on hearing of their love for him. Among them was also a sadhu. He had no money to attend the meeting. He had left Nauranga two days before the others' departure, and was somehow able to be present in Meherabad on time.

In January 1955, Baba received letters from Babu Ramprasad of Nauranga. Ramprasad intended to establish a Meher Temple and wished that one of the mandali would come to Nauranga to lay the foundation stone. Baba told Bhau to go.

In year 1955, during sahwas program, Baba said, “I want to stress the point that before speaking to others about my love, search within your own hearts and determine if you are worthy to love me or not.

Take Babu Ramprasad, for instance. Suppose he tells people about Meher Baba's love and says: "Baba is the Avatar, everything depends on his will and in all circumstances we should remain unaffected. Baba alone is real and all else is illusion. Without his will, not the leaf of a tree moves, and it is our duty in life to love him." All of a sudden, he gets a telegram in which the news of a theft of Rs.10, 000 from his home is conveyed. If Babu Ramprasad begins crying and shrieking, and shows all the signs of extreme distress, what will the effect be on his audience? Would they feel Baba's love within them? Would they not think that whatever Babu Ramprasad had said was all bunkum! He himself is entrapped in illusion and tells people that all is illusion! But if the news leaves Babu unmoved, then people would feel that yes, he has real love for Baba in him!

If anyone among you remains uninfluenced and calm while facing any adverse circumstance and goes on speaking about my love without caring about such disturbing news, then thousands would begin loving Baba. Make your very life itself the message of my love to others. One sincere lover can produce thousands of lovers!

Babu Ramprasad, of Nauranga, came with a sculptor from Jaipur. He requested that Baba sit for the man, and Ramprasad's love made Baba consent. Although Baba would occasionally sit for him, at the same time he would "complain," "What sort of love do I have? This is a bother; yet, I cannot disappoint the love of my lovers."

Thus, through the combined labor and untiring effort of dedicated lovers such as Babu Ramprasad, and others, the temple called Meher Dham came into being. (Lord Meher-p-4781-1961)

 

 

64-BAGHEL DURGA PRASAD

In year 1954, Baba was in Hamirpur and on 3rd February, He had decided to carry his divine work in Ichhaura. On this day, in the afternoon Baba coming out of his tent went into jungle in north direction without letting anyone to know about it and completed his divine work which cannot be understood by our limited mind. During this period when Baba was wandering in Jungle, the two Shepherds one named Durga Prasad Baghel saw Baba while coming back from the jungle. To the extent Baba wandered in the jungle is not known. The moment two shepherds saw glowing and divine face of Meher Baba They got frightened and ran away from the scene. They informed Prabhu Dayal. When Eruch came to know of it he ran toward the jungle to find that Baba was seen coming back to jungle. Baba came near tent and sat on the cot placed on raised plate form.

(English translation of -29 of History of Ichhaura by P. C Nigam)

 

 

66-BAGHEL RAMSAHAI SINGH

In year 1954, Baba departed Mahabaleshwar for Hamirpur on 1st February with nine mandali men. En-route via Poona, Itarsi Baba reached Orai on 3rd February. There He met Hamirpur workers for the first time. From Orai Baba came to Icchora. Early the next morning on 4th February, Baba sanctified the Betwa River by bathing with its water. (He also drank some of the water.) Baba gave darshan at Ichhuara on the 4th February, and thousands had the gift of his prasad as people from neighbouring villages also came for the occasion. Baba made house visit of Ramsahai Singh Baghel and few others in Icchora. (Lord Meher-p-3443-1954)

He was author of English book “History of Prem Teerth Ichhaura)

 

 

69- BAIJNATH RAJPUT

During stay at Icchora, on 3rd February 1954, Beloved Baba went into jungle. Two Shepherds saw Baba while coming back from the jungle. Two shepherds saw glowing and divine face of Meher Baba They got frightened and ran away from the scene. They informed Prabhu Dayal. When Eruch came to know of it he ran toward the jungle to find that Baba was seen coming back to jungle. Baba came near tent and sat on the cot placed on raised plate form.

Resident of Dhagwan (Atrauli), Baijnath Rajput got opportunity of singing “Alha” Bundelkhand patriotic song. (English translation of -30 of History of Ichhaura by P. C Nigam)

 

 

74-BALVIR SINGH

In year 1952, Balvir Singh made the best arrangements for food, and indeed, throughout their entire tour of Hamirpur, fine food was provided and excellent facilities arranged for Baba and his mandali. But in the Fiery Life, enjoying such refreshments in a relaxed manner could not be relished by those accompanying Baba. (Lord Meher-p-3201-1952)

 

 

82-BEGAM AKHTAR

Renowned ghazal Singer from Lucknow)

Bai Faizabadi, popularly called Begum Akhtar (October 07, 1914 – October 30, 1974) was a famous Indian singer of Ghazal, Dadra and Thumri. She received the Sangeet Natak Academy Award for vocal music and was awarded Padam Shri and Padam Bhushan (Posthumously) by Government of India. She was given the title of Mallika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazals).

Back in 1937-38, Adi had invited Begum Akhtar to sing before Baba, and expressed his willingness to pay her round trip travelling expenses from Lucknow Akhtar to Ahmednagar, and make all arrangements for her journey. But she demanded an exorbitant fee, and at the time, Baba informed Adi: "Don't call her now; one day she herself will come." Later she came to Baba and received His grace as destined by Meher Baba)

On 13 January 1963, very few workers and devotees from Ahmednagar had been called for Mehera's birthday. In the morning that day, Begum Akhtar, 49, the celebrated singer from Uttar Pradesh, was brought to Meherazad by Adi and Meherjee, along with Golwalkar, the music director of the Poona All India Radio station. Baba had several of Akhtar's records and she was one of his favourite artists.

In response to a message from Golwalkar, Akhtar was to have sung before Baba in Guruprasad the previous summer, but she had been unable to do so because of a serious illness. Meeting Baba now, Begum Akhtar wept copiously. It seemed as if she had been in Baba's inner contact for years. She told him, "From the day I heard of your call, I have been craving your darshan, and I sing a special ghazal before your photograph every day."

She beseeched Baba to allow her to sing it before him, to which Baba replied, "I am in seclusion now and not in the mood to listen to ghazals."

Begum Akhtar pleaded, and Baba replied, "I will give my permission only on the condition that you agree to come to Poona and give a performance of four to five hours at Guruprasad on any day in April or May. If you agree, I will hear one ghazal now."

She was delighted and lovingly accepted the condition. The "Queen of Ghazals", as she was known, (who used to charge Rs.1, 000 per day) herself came to Baba begging with a prayer to allow her to sing for him. (Lord Meher-p-4906-1963)

Such is Love's wonder!

Seated before Baba and the mandali, Begum Akhtar sang her daily "prayer" to Baba. Its first line was: "Ai Mohabat, tere anjam pe rona aaya." ("O Love, my tears are the result of surrendering to you!") Tears of love and joy coursed down her cheeks as she sang. Baba gave her one of his own handkerchiefs with which to wipe her tears. He was so pleased with her singing that she sang three more songs.

Baba remarked to her, "I am the Fakir of fakirs and the Emperor of emperors!"

Begum Akhtar replied, "Beyshak (without a doubt), beyshak!"

When Baba mentioned what fee she would accept for the program at Guruprasad, she said, "I want nothing except your love."

Baba was pleased by her answer.

The tabla player, Kamat, also accompanied Begum Akhtar, as did her daughter. They had brought two large garlands, one each for the daughter and Akhtar to place around Baba's neck. But Begum Akhtar was so overcome she put both garlands around Baba! Baba assured her, "You have no idea how happy you have made Me with your singing."

She exclaimed, "I am so happy and fortunate to have done so."

While leaving she held on to Baba's feet, and with her head on his knee wept quietly for a long time. Patting her bowed head, Baba gestured, "You are most blessed."

The girl Lata Limaye began singing a ghazal, and though her voice was melodious, she seemed to be nervous and in a hurry to finish it. Baba advised her to be patient in her rendering and informed her that she had to sing before Him in Poona when Begum Akhtar would also be present. Baba commented about Begum Akhtar's visit to Meherazad and her willingness to sing before Him. He also praised Lata because she had excelled and won first place in a music competition in Poona, and assured her that she had an exceptionally sweet voice. In respect of Baba's wish, Lata sang the bhajan called "Rajaji" and Baba gave her an embrace.

On 3rd May 1963, Begum Akhtar came to Guruprasad and saw Baba in morning along with others from Bombay and Poona.

In 1963 darshan, two large groups from Hamirpur came to Guruprasad, one by train and one in a private bus. They were staying in a school and would walk to Guruprasad singing songs in praise of Baba. It was a remarkable sight to witness. These poor villagers from Hamirpur were proclaiming the advent of the Avatar to the urban public of Poona.

When they came to Guruprasad, Baba embraced each of them. Lata Limaye sang a few ghazals, and she sang so well that even Begum Akhtar, who was sitting next to her, applauded and patted her on the back. Baba asked Lata, "Would you be willing to stay with Begum Akhtar for six months and learn ghazals?" To such a privilege she eagerly agreed.

In the afternoon, Begum Akhtar sang for nearly three hours. She was accompanied by Golwalkar on the sarangi and Muhammad Ahmed on the tabla. All were formidable musicians, and it was a special event to hear them. Before they started, while they were tuning their instruments, Baba remarked, "The original naad (celestial music or sound) does not need such tuning of tal (rhythm) or soor (tune). It is continuous. Saints and Sadgurus hear that. All worldly music is only the seventh shadow of that original naad. Once you hear that you forget all."

The program was marvellous, and Baba was extremely happy. Guruprasad was overflowing for the recital. Baba allowed the women mandali to listen from behind the door, and often during the singing, He would turn to them and gesture with a radiant expression, "What a magnificent voice she has!"

In afternoon, Begum Akhtar began her second qawaali performance. Baba gave her a ring with his picture, and a pink scarf, which she wore throughout the afternoon. While singing the last two ghazals, tears flowed down her cheeks, but her voice did not break. As he had done in Meherazad, Baba once again handed her His handkerchief to wipe her tears during one song. The song that Baba loved best she saved for last. Its first line was: "I am the smoke from a snuffed-out candle, going toward my Goal!"

Baba also enjoyed the excellent performance given by the tabla player Muhammad Ahmed and by the musician Golwalkar. Many of those present were so moved, they wept silently while Akhtar sang her last two ghazals.

Begum Akhtar was scheduled to perform in Poona in October 1963. Since she was so nearby, she wrote Baba, pleading with Him to allow her to come to Meherazad to sing before him. Despite His seclusion, Baba agreed. Akhtar arrived with Meherjee in his car at 10:00 A.M. on 15th October, 1963, along with her tabla player, Muhammad Ahmed, and a sarangi player. She presented Baba with a huge garland before singing three ghazals, and Baba appeared most happy. He gave her and Ahmed shawls He had used, and the other musician was given one of his handkerchiefs. In her love, Akhtar beseeched Baba to allow her to stay at Meherazad for a month, so that she could sing before Him every day. (Baba was pleased with her request, but it never transpired.) Akhtar was establishing a new music school in Lucknow, for which she sought Baba's blessings, and she departed at 11:15 with a large photograph of Him to be hung in the institute.

Inaugural ceremony of Meher Dham at Naurenga took place on 25th November 1963, by Sarosh and Villo Irani,

Begum Akhtar had also cancelled a previous engagement to attend the Mela at Hamirpur and she sang there. While going to Hamirpur, they had had beautiful weather and things went smoothly. But while returning, everything that could possibly go wrong on a car journey did. They suffered bad weather, engine trouble, flat tires, and poor accommodations. Viloo told Baba about this and then joked, "You took us in great comfort because you wanted us to go for your work, but on the return journey, you did not bother about us, because your work had been accomplished." Although Viloo had known Baba for many years, up to this time, she did not really believe in Baba's divinity; but after her many heartrending experiences in Hamirpur; she was fully convinced of his Godhood.

At Meherazad on the 25th, February, 1965, Begum Akhtar arrived in the morning.  She had come to Ahmednagar to give a public concert arranged by the Ahmednagar Center for Baba's birthday, and she wished to sing a few ghazals for Baba as her personal offering of love. Even though she was tired after the long journey and her hectic schedule of engagements, she sang superbly. A poet from Ahmednagar, Afsar Seemani, composed a ghazal in Baba's praise, which Begum Akhtar read. She then spontaneously began singing it.

Afterward, Baba remarked to her, "Your songs were My best birthday present. Your voice is matchless."

Begum Akhtar replied, "It is all your grace, Baba; there is nothing else."

Baba showed concern for how tired she looked and stated, "Take rest this afternoon."

With tear-filled eyes, she said, "My rest is only at your feet."

That night, Begum Akhtar sang before a crowd of 7,000 at Gandhi Maidan in Ahmednagar, and Pukar spoke about Baba's life and message.

Baba's lovers in West Bengal had organized a special program on 8 December 1968 to felicitate Begum Akhtar, who was visiting Calcutta. Baba sent them this message:

The God-Man is here among men to give them love of God and to awaken them to the reality that God alone is real and all else is a dream.

In words of Arnavaz N. Dadachanji

At the time of His birthday in 1967, Baba was extremely restless; He was also experiencing a great deal of pain. During lunch on 24th February He said, "My time has come. My time is very near." We were to hear Baba repeat these words frequently from then on. The following morning, His birthday, Baba was feeling quite low. Although He was dizzy, He tried hard to appear cheerful, as He wanted all of us to be happy. We placed the pink cake I had brought from Bombay before Him. After lighting the candles and singing "Happy Birthday" to Baba, we read aloud all of the many birthday telegrams He had received.

We celebrated quietly in Meherazad, but that evening a big birthday programme featuring Begam Akhtar, one of the most famous ghazal singers in India, took place at the Ahmednagar Baba Centre. She had sung for Baba twice at Guruprasad, and at her request Baba allowed her to come to Meherazad. We were happy to see the joy that her singing brought to Baba's face. Begum Akhtar was going to Mecca on a pilgrimage, and Baba asked her who would accompany her. When she told Him she was going alone, Baba said, "Am I not going with you?" He then gave her a handkerchief, asking her to place it on the Kaaba (the holy site of pilgrimage for all Muslims) and then bring it back to Him. After returning from Mecca she wrote Baba a letter sadly telling Him that she had lost the handkerchief on the way there.

Mehera Arjani wrote

Meherwan and I were discussing the lines from a ghazal this morning, and the talk came around to Akhtar Begum, who was the foremost proponent of the Thumri style of Hindustani Music, and who sang the ghazals that Baba loved.  She was very famous and Adi Sr. thought her performance would please Baba so he invited her to sing for Him.  She quoted a very high fee, and when Baba was told about it, He said, “Let it be.”

A few years later, Prof. Golwalkar (himself a very talented musician and composer) became the Director of All India Radio, Poona.  He was very taken with Baba, and so whenever a well-known singer came to perform for the radio station, he’d bring them before Baba.  At some point, he must have told Akhtar Begum about Baba, and following an inner prompting, she landed up at Meherazad where Beloved Baba was in seclusion, around His Birthday time.  Meherwan recalls that she turned up at Mandali Hall, and asked to sing before Baba.  Baba was asked, and He told one of the Mandali to bring her in.  She came in, and sang before Him.  Baba was very pleased and took a paper on which a poem for His Birthday had been sent by a close lover named Prof. Dastagir.  Showing the paper to her, He asked her if she could put it to music and sing it for Him.  She read it through and said, “Of course, I will do it right now.”  Thus saying she put it to music and sang it to Baba.  Then she asked to sing a final song, and Baba agreed on condition that she would come to sing before Him in Poona, for the three days of His Darshan there.  She readily agreed, and sang her third song.  Then she wept before Baba and from that day she was His.

Akhtar Begum kept her promise to sing at Guruprasad.  I remember the three days she sang, though to my 6-year old mind her singing wasn’t all that wonderful.  But she was very approachable, and when (on one of her beedi breaks – she smoked beedis and Baba would stop her every so often so she could go have a quick smoke - she was greeting Gai mummy and Manu, and I happened to be there, she gave me a hug and her blessings (it is traditional for elders to bless young ones, usually with long life and happiness).  Meherwan recalls that one time she had a congested chest and still sang so well Baba said to the gathered lovers, “See, she has a chest full of phlegm, but how lovely her voice still is!”

Akhtar Begum loved Baba a lot.  She always regretted that she wasted all those years when she could have been close to Him, She died a few years after Baba dropped His Body, and is still remembered in the Baba world as one who gave pleasure to the Highest of the High.  To quote a few lines from the ghazal that Meherwan and I were discussing – “Each syllable on my tongue praises Him, my every footstep on this earth is my salutation to Him.  I as Your lover am going towards my annihilation with as much rejoicing as if I was on my way to the Kaaba.” Maybe Akhtar Begum has reached her Kaaba too!

 

 

 

 

84-BHAGWAN DIN

(Maternal uncle of Keshav Nigam)

In 1954 darshan program, Baba expressed his annoyance for not making proper arrangement for meeting. Cancellation of meeting had profound effect on those workers, who gradually turned into pillars for Baba and his cause in Uttar Pradesh.

Baba visited a few of their homes. Soon after, public darshan began. Bhagwan Din, Keshav's maternal uncle, had made excellent arrangements for it in Dhanauri (Lord Meher-p-3443-1954)

 

 

88-BHAIRAV PRASAD

On 3rd February 1954, Prabhu Dayal Khare reached Teekar village to take Baba in bullock to Icchora Village. Baba was told by lovers that He had said in Eluru (Andhra) that He will go not by elephant but bullock cart hence they have brought bullock carts. Baba was very happy to hear this and got ready to go to Ichhaura. To protect from dust the bullock cart was covered by cloth inside and decorated with hangings. The owner and driver of the bullock cart was fortunate   named Bhairav Prasad. His bulls were very powerful and fast running. Baba often asked the driver to run bullock fast. Baba told Bhairav to give good feed to his bulls. (English translation from History of Icchora –p-222)

 

 

89-BHAIYADIN

Bhaiyadin belonged to Meherastana Mahewa.

He had Baba’s darshan in 1952 and 1954, when Baba came to Hamirpur. He was high school pass and Baba paid for on his education. He attended many Sahwas programs. He was also trusty of Meherastana trust.  He died on 1st January 2017. (Meher Pukar April 2017)

 

 

97-BRAHMA DEV

Brahma Dev had been ordered by Baba to fast on only water for a week, and thereafter, his long-suffering asthma left him. He told Baba, "By your blessing, I have been freed from asthma."

Baba corrected him, "It is no miracle of mine, but your love and faith. My only miracle will be at the time of breaking my silence." (Lord Meher-p-3628-1954)

 

 

 

103-BROTHER IN LAW OF SHIBHAI

In year 1958, Darshan, Shribhai's brother-in-law came to meet Baba. Introducing him, Keshav said he was a highly successful businessman, whereas Shribhai was a spendthrift. So Baba had Shribhai sent for and teased him, "I have just heard from Keshav that your brother-in-law earns money while you fritter it away! What is this?"

Shribhai answered, "Baba, it is only you who make us prosperous, or ruin us!"

Addressing all, Baba remarked, "Shribhai is my old lover and his love is as strong as ever. Pukar says Shribhai accidently started a fire and, due to his negligence, medicines worth five thousand rupees were lost in it. But what Shribhai has done is worth more than five crores (fifty million rupees)! He presented to me the very infinitesimal portion of the Makardhwaj (Ayurvedic) medicine saved from the fire he had prepared. It is invaluable!" (Lord Meher-p-4254-1958)

 

 

105-CHANDRA BHAN      

During Baba’s stay in Icchora for two days on 3rd & 4th February 1954 Chandra Bhan was assigned the duty of bringing water from Betwa River for Baba’s bath and drinking. He felt most fortunate to have got the opportunity of serving God. He fulfilled his duty most enthusiastically Love and vigilant manner. For baba, he used to carry the water on his head in earthen pot from Betwa River. On 4th February when he went to Baba’s tent to keep the earthen pot (Kalash) filled with water, seeing Baba’s radiant face he was so frightened that he ran away from the place and told Prabhu Dayal that gave darshan in this way then half the people will faint.

 

(English translation of -30 of History of Ichhaura by P. C Nigam)

 

 

 

107-CHANDRA PRAKASH

Chandraprakash of Hamirpur had brought seven rosary prayer beads from seven lovers to put around Baba's neck. Asking him to name the seven lovers, Baba allowed him to place the beads around his wrist one by one. He then took them all off and gave them back, telling Chandraprakash that he should repeat the seven lovers' names and put the rosaries one by one around his own wrist.

 

 

109-CHATURBHUJ LUMBARDAR

In 1954, during his visit of Hamirpur district, in the evening, Baba walked alone for some time into a part of a forest near Ichhuara. Early in the morning, Baba sanctified the Betwa River by bathing with its water. (He also drank some of the water.) Baba gave darshan at Ichhuara on the 4th, and thousands had the gift of his prasad as people from neighbouring villages. Baba made house visits to the homes of Chaturbuj & few others.

In 1958 darshan program Baba went to the men's dormitory tent, where Chaturbuj of Ichhuara was lying in bed ill and unconscious. Baba placed his walking stick on his chest and advised he be given milk, but someone said he was unable to drink anything. Baba sent someone to bring milk and kept his other cane on his chest. Chaturbuj suddenly sat up and held Baba in a tight embrace. He drank the milk and also ate after a while. (Lord Meher-p-4266/7-1958)

 

 

111-CHAUBE-KUNJ BEHARI

(Pandit)

He translated the discourses in Hindi “titled “Maher Baba KI Akhand Jyoti”   in 3 volumes

On 15th February 1955, Kunj Behari was also chosen, from five of Hindi group cited to fast for seven days on water starting 15 February 1956. Baba assured the others who were not chosen not to worry, because by their very willingness they had already fasted. (Lord Meher-p-3887-1955)

 

 

116-CHAURSIA SITA RAM 

In 1953, Baba and his group arrived in Kanpur, Baba asked, "What is the best thing available here to eat?"

One of the Hamirpur workers who had accompanied them answered, "Benarsi barfi (a fudge-like sweet)." With everyone following, Baba himself went to a nearby sweetmeat shop to make the purchase, but no one knew why. Barfi was bought, and Baba remained standing in the shop for a few minutes, enjoying the sweet. He asked Eruch to inquire who owned the establishment. It was learned that it belonged to Sitaram, a Baba lover who had gone to Hamirpur for Baba's darshan and had not yet returned. Baba had sanctified his premises by stepping in and tasting some of its wares.

In spite of Baba's repeated announcements that he was in seclusion and no one must ask to see him, Sitaram's son Ram of Hamirpur and Rajkumar of Kanpur expressed their ardent desire to meet him. When their letter was read out, Baba sent this reply: "Only my lovers' love can help the pain in my neck. It can ease only when my seclusion is undisturbed."

On 3rd December 1967, Chhagan came to Meherazad and reported about the Hamirpur fairs. Baba then sent the following telegram to those who had organized fair including Sitaram, "I am God in human form, and from my present deep seclusion, I send my love and blessing to you."

In 1965 darshan program in Guruprasad, afternoon, Baba gave darshan to a busload of lovers from Hamirpur, whose train had been delayed en route, and so had missed the darshan that morning at the center. A group brought by Sitaram from Kanpur also met Baba. (Lord Meher-p-.5133-1965)

 

124- DAUGHTER OF BEGAM AKHTAR

In year 1963, daughter of Begum Akhtar came along with her in Guruprasad. They had brought two large garlands, one each for the daughter and Akhtar to place around Baba's neck. But Begum Akhtar was so overcome she put both garlands around Baba! Baba assured her, "You have no idea how happy you have made Me with your singing."  (Lord Meher-4907-1963)

 

141-DIVEDI SHARDA SHARAN

(A boy performed arti in Ichhaura)

On 4rh February 1954, at Ichhaura Baba walked from his tent to ram Mandir where mandali stayed. Baba walked in the space between the idols of Ram and Janki installed opposite in room. After walk Baba told to Prabhu Dayal “you made me to stay here but I don’t feel comfortable here. Baba went to his room. But frequently he came from his tent to Ram Mandir and sit on the plate form under tree.

In the compound of Mandir a raised platform of mud was made for Baba to sit when he would come and plate form and we would perform His arti. All knowing Baba and came after lunch again came to Mandir and sat on the same platform and asked to perform his Arti. All Baba lovers garlanded Baba. A boy named Sharada Sharan Divedi from m Beri (Kurara, Hamirpur) performed Baba’s arti.

 

 

145-DIXIT RAM GOPAL

In February 1954, at the end of the function, Baba left for the village of Chhani. On the way, he often had to stop because at some places people lined the road, waiting for a glimpse of him. Baba stopped at a junior high school in the village of Muskara at 1:50 P.M. to give darshan. There, too, he humbly sat on the floor instead of on the platform that had been arranged for his darshan program. After a teacher, Ram Gopal Dixit, welcomed him, Baba dictated this message to the crowd:

I feel very happy to be among you all. I feel every one of you to be mine and I want that every one of you should make me yours.

For the poor, I am the personification of poverty. For the rich, I am the Emperor of emperors, but I am the slave of those who love me.

So my coming here would be worth it if you could love me. I give you my blessings.(Lord Meher-p-3443-1954)

 

 

147-DR, ADARSH BHUSHAN KHARE

He was son of Gaya Prasad Khare.

In 1954, Baba embraced each worker individually. Practically all wept at Baba's disappointment with them. Baba reiterated what he had stated, advising Adarsh Khare, "Do your work with the feeling that you are doing it for me. You, your wife, your children all belong to Baba. You should have such a feeling because I know how much you love me and I also love you." (Lord Meher-p-3443-1954)

Baba stated, "He, Dr. Khare and old Gaya Prasad did their utmost in the New Life to satisfy my nakhra [every fancy or whim]. I said I wanted a white horse, and there it was. I wanted a camel, and there it came. I wanted donkeys, and they were brought to me. I feel so happy to see dear Nath here. You are seeing me for the last time in this body. So, I feel happy you came at the opportune moment."

Adarsh Khare said, "I want such love whereby I can really see you!"

Baba replied, "For such love, my grace is required. If showered spontaneously and of my own accord, it is like nectar. If asked for, it is like plain water. If anyone insists on it, it proves like poison. So, just go on thinking of me, and leave everything to me. Say, 'Baba, your will is my will.' "

On 23rd November 1955, Baba arrived at Meherabad  in the morning. As usual, he asked those who could not sleep the night before to stand up and state the reason. Adarsh Khare declared that because he was thinking of Baba, he could not sleep. Baba asked his father Gaya Prasad, "Did you sleep?"

Gaya replied, "I slept very well. I could sleep because of Adarsh's restlessness!"

During the personal interviews the day before, Adarsh Khare had expressed his ardent wish to stay with Baba, and Baba had inquired who would look after his wife and children. Adarsh's father was very pleased with his son's desire and took full responsibility for his son's family. Baba replied that he would decide about it the following day, and so the whole night Adarsh was wondering whether or not Baba would accept him.

Baba disclosed the details of his interview with Adarsh, and declared to the gathering, "There is only one in a thousand like Gaya Prasad! He dedicates his own son to me out of his love for me, and I am very happy with him." Baba permitted Adarsh to stay with him for a year, starting from 15 February, but readers will see how this promised period of "one year" was shortened to only one month.

During darshan program In 1955, Adarsh Khare asked, "We call our father 'Baba,' and if we are not to use that word, what should we say?"

"In such a case, you can call him Baba, as you mean him and not me. But at that time, you should have no thought of me."

There were arguments over where Baba should give darshan. Finally Baba stated, "It is such a big problem for me to visit where I already am. I would go anywhere, wherever you all are, if I were not there already. I am ever-present everywhere, and so the darshan tour as desired by you has become a problem. When I visit on my own accord, it is a different matter. I am in Nauranga and so it is not necessary for me to go there. Had I not been there, I would surely have come."

Adarsh Khare responded, "Yes, Baba, you are everywhere. But now we request Baba from Meherazad to visit Hamirpur District to see Baba at Nauranga."

Baba replied, "Baba is Baba! So Baba from Meherazad sees Baba at Nauranga without visiting Hamirpur. How can I pay a visit to myself when I am never absent?" (Lord Meher-p-4760-1961)

 

 

148-DR. ARWIND U. VASAVADA

(A friend of Nariman Dadachanji)

In year 12956, darshan among those gathered was Dr. Arwind Vasavada, a friend of Nariman's who had met Baba previously in 1942. He was in Zurich to study with the psychoanalyst Dr. Carl Jung. Before bidding farewell, Baba stated, "I have come out of total seclusion, interrupting it for this trip, but I will continue my seclusion on my return until the 15th of February next year." (Lord Mehe-p-3791-1956)

 

 

153-DR. DEVENDRA NARAYAN NIGAM

In 1953 when Baba was in Dehradun, Devendra brought a batch of students from the Ayurvedic College in Hardwar. Devendra told Baba, "I want to see God!" and Baba extemporaneously composed these lines in reply:

 

Some seek money, some seek name.

Some seek power, some seek fame.

Some want children, few want God.

Life is a joke, and all is a game.

Baba proceeded to explain the use of the word seek in the poem, and spelled on the alphabet board:

The word "seek" is used. When one seeks with all one's heart, one gets what one seeks. When you say you sought and did not find, it means you did not seek as you ought to have sought. If even God can be found by seeking, why should we not get the trifles we seek after if we seek wholeheartedly?

Now, how to seek God? Hafiz declares: "Only if you carry your life on your sleeves can you enter the path of divine love."

So merely to say "I want to see God" or "I want to realize God" is similar to an ant saying "I want to become an elephant!" Mere words have nothing in them. The heart must thirst to seek God! (Lord Meher-p-3295-1953

In year 1954, Keshav's wife Sudhadevi informed Baba that her sister, Lalit Kishori, was on the verge of death. She had contracted a severe case of measles, and the illness had now become life-threatening. Baba went to see the sick woman, and consoled and comforted her.

On his return, he remarked to Keshav, "Ninety-nine percent, there is no hope for Lalit. But tell her to take my name continuously until her last breath." Baba suggested some medicine to Keshav's brother, Dr. Devendra, whereby after several days, Lalit completely recovered.

In 1958, during darshan program at Meherabad, Suddenly, Mukundlal Nigam threw himself at Baba's feet and would not get up despite much persuasion. Baba asked his younger brother, Dr. Devendra Nigam, to see whether he was alive or dead, and smilingly remarked, "If he is dead, all the better as in that case he would come to me!" Finally, Baba asked Mukundlal Nigam to leave the dais and he got up. Before leaving, Baba explained to him how real love consists in silently burning within, not outwardly showing it and appearing pious. (Lord Meher-p-4256-1958)

 

 

155-DR. GOPINATH KAVIRAJ

On 5th June 1960, a renowned Sanskrit scholar and philosopher, Dr. Gopinath Kaviraj, sent a friend to Guruprasad to ascertain whether Baba would give him darshan, as he happened to be in Poona.  Baba informed the friend that he would see Kaviraj the next day at 8:00 A.M. The messenger explained that as Kaviraj was observing silence two days a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, it would be better if he could be allowed to see Baba on Tuesday. But Baba replied, "I am also continuously silent."

Therefore, Gopinath Kaviraj came to see Baba on 6th June, and since Kaviraj was keeping silence, Baba permitted him to come again the following day also. Kaviraj came again the next day and was embraced by Baba and kissed on the forehead. Baba took him into the side room and had the door closed. Only one of the mandali was present to interpret. Baba spoke with him at length about the future of the world, life's ultimate purpose and an individual's duties, which convinced Kaviraj of Baba's omniscience.

Kaviraj asked about himself, and Baba replied, "I have nothing to say except that you should continue to do whatever sadhana you are doing every day at midnight."

Hearing this, Kaviraj was wonderstruck, because no one knew what spiritual practice he did at midnight, and there had been no mention of it. Thus, he was further convinced of Baba's omniscience. While leaving, Baba gave him a copy of God Speaks and told him, "I have an inner connection and association with you, which will dawn upon you by and by. (Lord Meher-p-4701-1960)

 

 

159-DR. MRS. MEHER JYOTI KULSHRESTHA

She is the daughter of Late Keshav Narayan Nigam, an ardent Baba lover from Hamirpur in UP. She was fortunate to have first darshan of Avatar Meher Baba at the young age of 8 years along with his father when Baba visited Hamirpur in 1952. She is M.Sc. and Ph. D. in Chemistry and was permitted telegraphically by Baba for her marriage on 26th January, 1969 before dropping His body. Later after a tear, she got married to Sh. Dinesh Kumar Kulshrestha Senior scientist in the   central government department.

She herself is very devoted and sincere worker and has been carrying out Baba’s literary work of translation and publishing the Meher Baba’s literature in Hindi through a trust named “Cosmic foundation based in Lucknow (UP).

She has translated and published following books in Hindi

Asli Khajana - Vol. 1

Asli Khajana - Vol. 2

Avatar

Puratan Purush

 

 

160-DR. PRITHVIRAJ

He belonged to Rath

Had Baba’s darshan, died on 10th September 2001

(Meher Pukar)

 

164-DR. SHARMA

Dr. Sharma belonged to Mathura.

Dr. Sharma came in darshan program. Baba stopped using the alphabet board from 7th October 1954. Dr. Sharma Left for Mathura on 8th October. (Lord Meher-p-3650-1954

 

 

166-DR. SIDDESHWAR NATH

Dr. Nath was a renounced eye specialist of Benaras (Now Varanasi). He attended Meher Baba in His New Life tour

Baba to sent this message to Dr. Nath, Dr. Nath will receive Rs.1, 000 more (out of the Rs.3, 000 with Kaka for cattle feed) from which he should buy a good camel and camel cart. Including this sum, Dr. Nath now has Rs.1, 700. With this he should purchase a camel, camel cart, two she-donkeys and, if there is enough money, two cows. If more is needed, Dr. Nath should pay the balance from his pocket as alms.

Dr. Nath promised to arrange everything, but said he did not understand why the purchase of cows should be dropped. If there were any deficit, he would pay the difference by way of bhiksha.

The weather was extremely cold, and all were shivering. They left Mughal Sarai at 4:30 A.M. and arrived at Benares station an hour later. Babadas was waiting on the platform, and when Baba got down, Babadas informed him that Dr. Nath had been waiting at the station with his wife since four o'clock.

As soon as Baba heard this, he became annoyed with Babadas, criticizing him, "Why didn't you make it clear to them that no one was to be present at the station to receive us — that in the New Life darshan, blessings, nazar and the like are all stopped?"

"I did explain everything to them," Babadas countered. "I do not know how they happened to come here."

Baba remarked, "This annoyance on my initial entry into Benares does not augur well for the future."

He sent Eruch and Babadas to Dr. Nath, asking him to leave immediately and not try to see Baba. He and his wife were standing in the bitter cold on the railway over-bridge, while Baba and the companions were still on the platform. Dr. Nath explained that he had come with his driver to drive the four women to the house. Baba then agreed to this if Nath would accept one rupee in payment- but they still were not permitted darshan.

Receiving Baba's instructions, the Nath left, disappointed. Although they had made the best arrangements for Baba, this was their prasad! They were in truth very fortunate, and being steadfast in their faith were able to bear this blow of love. Neither Dr. Nath nor Dr. Khare had ever met Baba; both were new to his ways. But they rendered great help in Baba's cause in Benares during this period of the New Life. In fact they were "old souls," having past connections with him.

Due to Dr. Nath's presence at the station, Baba and the group were delayed for an hour and a half. Thereafter, Baba and the women were driven in the doctor's car to the bungalow in Nichi Bagh, near the Bharat Milap section, and the companions followed on foot with the luggage. Dr. Nath had rented a spacious, stately bungalow called Nati Imli, which had two separate structures for the women and men. It had a large flower and fruit tree garden and was enclosed on all sides by a stone wall.

Goher was tired from the journey. No sooner had they entered the house than she sat down on a sofa. Baba did not like it and corrected her, "In the New Life, using chairs, sofas and beds is prohibited. Although every comfort is here, do not use any of it."

A tempting repast from Dr. Nath's home was received in such quantity that it was relished as their lunch for the day.

At first, both doctors had refused the Rs.600 for food for the first 25 days; but as it was Baba's specific wish, they finally accepted the money. Dr. Khare's father Gaya Prasad had also arrived from Rath with his wife, but darshan was forbidden to anyone. Nevertheless, Baba would send personal messages through Adi Sr., Sadashiv, Babadas and Eruch, which the families took as their good fortune.

Although the Nati Imli property was extensive, no cleaning had been done for some time. Therefore, from the first day, Baba and the companions began this work. Their trunks had been forwarded from Belgaum by a freight train, but when they arrived in Benares one trunk was missing. The authorities refused to release any of them to Vishnu until they had taken a complete inventory. The companions had no other clothes, so Baba advised them to put on the same clothes after taking a bath.

The same day, 16th November 1949, Baba again sent Eruch, Adi and Babadas to the doctors with Rs.700, instructing them to use the amount for the purchase of two cows and two female donkeys to be given to Baba. Because both doctors were eager to offer their services, Baba allowed them this opportunity. Baba sent word to Dr. Nath through Adi and Eruch that he was fortunate to be serving as a "link" between the Old and New Life.

On 25th, November 1949, because Dr. Khare's house was some far distance away, Baba set out for begging with Gustadji, Adi and Babadas to Dr. Nath's residence again, this time to receive bhiksha from the Khares. Again, in reverential silence, Baba received bhiksha. With Baba's permission, Dr. Nath had arranged for a photograph to be taken of the occasion by a local photographer.

Dr. Nath, according to the stipulations Baba had given, not only arranged for the bungalows, but also assured Sadashiv and Babadas that they would supply food for Baba and the companions. Although Dr. Nath knew nothing about Baba and was told that his darshan was not possible, he did his best to secure accommodations for Baba and the companions, and was successful. .

Dr. Nath of Benares had come. Baba stated, "He, Dr. Khare and old Gaya Prasad did their utmost in the New Life to satisfy my nakhra [every fancy or whim]. I said I wanted a white horse, and there it was. I wanted a camel, and there it came. I wanted donkeys, and they were brought to me. I feel so happy to see dear Nath here. You are seeing me for the last time in this body. So, I feel happy you came at the opportune moment." (Lord Meher-p-3627-1954)

 

 

 

176-FADALI & WIFE

During year 1952, in the village of Dhagwan of Hamirpur district, Baba visited a devotee named Fadali. Baba called his wife to him, but she was so shy she did not come. Fadali was upset over his wife's disobedience to Baba and slapped her. Baba rebuked him, ordering him never to do so again. In Hamirpur District, it is the custom for women to wear veils, and they never readily approach any male who is not a relative. But after this incident they, of their own accord, began coming to Baba, to their great benefit. In many places women would cover the dirt roads with their costly saris for Baba to walk upon (Lord Meher-p-3207-1952)

 

 

185-GANESH

During year 1952, in a scheduled darshan program In Teekar village of Hamirpur district anyone visitor could have Baba’s darshan standing in queue. During darshan program One sweeper couple with his two year son came to see Baba and suddenly put son at feet of Meher Baba. Baba asked Baba asked that man “what does he want” encouraged with Baba words He replied “Baba kindly give my sight to my son. Through his gestures Baba said, “What is there is worth there to see in the world” with tears in his eyes that man replied if this child gets sight he will have your darshan. It is difficult to say that that the ordinary poor villager knew or not the depth of his reply because worth seeing in the world is the God man. But baba appeared to be influenced by his spontaneous reply and he blessed the child.

On one occasion Baba had told that the only wish to have sight is the sight which makes a man makes able to see that, Everyone, equally has this faculty whether one is  blind or not.

After some effect paralytic effect on his eyes was over and the child began seeing moving his eye lids. Later he was called Ganesh by name and devoted to Meher Baba. He has been to Baba’ samadhi at Meherabad. (English translation of p-33-History of Icchora)

 

 

208-GUPTA BABU LAL & FAMILY

He was good singer belonged to Naurenga.

He had Baba’s darshan. He died on 22nd March 2001.

(Meher Pukar)

 

 

222-INDERJIT

(Son of G S Srivastava)

During darshan program, in year 1952, Srivastava had invited a few close personal friends to meet Baba, and Baba distributed prasad under a pipal tree in their garden. Inderjit had left to get a camera and missed his prasad. When he returned, Baba again sat under the tree before giving him his share. He also permitted Inderjit to take a few photographs.3212-1953

 

 

225-JAGARNI DEVI

(Mother of Babaram Vyas)

Jagrani Devi 55 year old resident of Muskara village in Hamirpur loved Baba devotedly.  A miraculous episode with her as described under:

On 4th May 1960, early morning she went out to cut and fetch grass for her goats and cattle. While returning with a massive bundle of it on her head, she encountered a man of about 30, with a stout stick in his hand, who approached her and asked her if he knew him. She replied, “No, son, I don’t know you.” Where upon he went down and catching hold of her ankles, yanked her off her feet.

The woman fell on her face and broke two teeth. She sat up and berated him for his cowardly attack. He commanded her to remove and give him the gold and silver ornaments from her person. She said she would not give him one grain of gold or silver from her person. At which he caught her by the legs and dragged her towards a nullah (dry river bed) a short distance away. Realising her life to be in danger, she cried out, “Baba! Beloved Baba1 Meher Baba, save me! If my love is sincere, and you are verily God Incarnate, save me!” The man laughed, “You cry in vain. There is no ‘Baba’ here, or anyone to help you. I shall kill you and remove your ornaments and leave you in the nullah, and no one will know.”

When they reached the nullah-she still shouting ‘Baba’ at the top of her lungs and from the bottom of her heart-he raised his stick for onslaught when, at the exact moment, three cows, seemingly from nowhere, appeared on the scene at a quick trot; and the russet-coloured one, bellowing fiercely, rushed at the man and attacked him with her horns, throwing him to the ground. He got up and defending himself, lashed cruelly at her animal. Jagrani took this opportunity to rise and run, but her assailant caught up with her and dragged her back to the nullah. Again the cow charged at the man, and however much he lashed out at it, the animal kept dodging and attacking with great energy and fury, bellowing loudly all the while.

In the meantime, the two cows stood on either side of nullah as guards, protecting the woman and helping their ‘red’ companion by butting in at the right moment. The woman was by this time exhausted and frightened to do anything except keep repeating Baba’s name. The fight was at its height when a bullock cart was heading rumbling towards them, on the path of the village. At this thug gave up and fled for his life. Help was given promptly, and the people of the village took Jagrani home, the three cows accompanying the group for about two furlongs. Next day, villagers went in search of the thug, helped in the right direction by the mark of his footprints; he was finally caught and given into custody.

Baba has said we should not attribute such miracles to Him; that it is one’s own love and faith that performs the miracle. Baba’s comments on hearing the above was, “God is omnipresent, and the one who calls out sincerely to Him never fails to be heard and to receive His help. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-143/144)

 

 

230-JAL KAPADIA

In year 1953, at Dehradun, Eruch's friend Jal Kapadia came to see Baba. After some personal matters were discussed, Jal desired to perform Baba's arti. "I am fed up with arti, bhajan and worship!" Baba told him. "I only derive joy by bowing down to masts, saints, walis and the poor; and for that purpose, I descend on this plane. The angels do my worship; I worship the world!" (Lord Meher-p-3334-1953)

 

 

236-JAYA PRAKASH

The program in Lucknow was arranged with the help of Mr. Jayaprakash of the Ramtirth Publication League. It was held in the Varma Memorial Hall Library on the 23rd, and almost 250 people attended.  (Lord Meher-2383-1943)

 

 

243-KALI CHARAN

(A mast)

Kalicharan a typical type of Mast had come to Ichhaura before year 1949. He was faultless He used to beg for food only. Earlier he used to lie under a tree later, stayed in the temple room of Prahudayal of Ichhaura. He had no idea as how many mouth he had? When asked for he would tell six mouths and four legs. Every day he begged for roti from every house and the same he would eat and the leftovers fed to dogs. While begging he would call men as ‘Bhaia’ and to ladies “Sisters’.

On 3rd February 1954, when Baba had came to Ichhaura, and then his time had come to beg for food. Therefore, he proceeded towards residence of Baba. Before that begging food from the house of Kori caste he reached to Baba Baba’s tent. And asked Bhaia roti de, de. Beloved Baba, placing His hand on his head gave him real food and as prasad gave a sweet in a plate.

Villagers did not notice him talking about Meher Baba. It was impossible to understand his words yet he would end all talks by loud uttering of ‘Neher Baba re ki Jai’ which meant Meher Baba ki Jai. Very often he would say “Bhagwan ji hai, very good, wore brown, brown red coat. Till death he called Bhagwan to Baba. Villagers who did not accept Baba, to whom also he would call, “Jai Baia Baba” he stayed in temple only. Whenever Prahudayal ji said to him,” Kalicharan jap karo” then he would repeat Baba, Baba, till he was asked again to stop it. Mandali staying in the temple talked to him at time because he used to lie on the platform of the temple.

In year 1960, he was struck by typhoid. No medicine would benefit him. In the same year (kawar) Hindi month cultivation was badly affected. In absence of rain field had developed cracks turning it like stones. Thereby the whole area was in serious grip of severe draught.

Seeing the seriousness of disease of Kalicharan, one day Prahudayal ji abruptly said, “Kalicharan, if you drop your body by 11 o’ clock on 22-9-1966, you will be liberated. Prahudayal ji said so for no way out left for least improvement in his disease and asked the villagers to go to their fields. Since all will be back to their houses afternoon. and then all from the village would be available for last rites of dead body.

Prahudayal ji asked Kalicharan to repeat Baba name before dropping his body, and saying so dropped his body at 11 O’clock in afternoon. As the villagers came to know about his death they prepared his arthi and for his last rites carried to bank of river Betwa. When his pyre was on all villagers prayed before his pyre, “Kalicharan if you are real devotee then let there be rain.”  The same time the small clouds came from west direction and it started raining with cats and dogs.

In the village of Ichhaura all fields were filled with water. Everyone in the village was happy. What amount of food villagers had fed to Kalicharan for such a long time, they had got much more then that by praying him.

Prahudayal ji informed the demise of mast Kalicharan to Beloved Baba at Meherazad, “Kalicharan stayed in temple. He dropped his body on 22-9-1966, Thursday at 11 am. Baba reply was received from Meherazad, “Kalicharan has come to Me stop He who has My name on his lips can’t die.” (English translation of page 43 of History of Ichhaura)

 

 

246-KAMAT

(Tabla Player)

Kamat, the tabla player, accompanied Begum Akhtar during her performance before Baba, as did her daughter. They had brought two large garlands, one each for the daughter and Akhtar to place around Baba's neck. But Begum Akhtar was so overcome she put both garlands around Baba! Baba assured her, "You have no idea how happy you have made me with your singing." (Lord Meher-p- 4907-1963)

 

 

260-KHARE GAYA PRASAD

Gaya Prasad Khare was a wealthy person in transport business in Benaras.

On 13th August 1949, Gaya Prasad Khare was sitting deep in thought at his home in Rath, Uttar Pradesh. "How unfortunate I am that I have never had Meher Baba's darshan," he lamented. "As soon as I came to know about him from Babadas, darshan was stopped. Why the hell did Babadas tell me about him in the first place? If he had never mentioned him to me, I would not feel so restless."

He wondered whether he should go to Pondicherry and seek Aurobindo's darshan instead; however, he subsequently learned that Aurobindo, too, had stopped giving darshan. What was he to do?

As he was mulling all this over, Babadas appeared at his door. "Don't bother me!"

Khare lashed out. "You are the one who told me about Meher Baba and put me in this fix! When you can't arrange his darshan, what is the use in talking about him?"

"You want his darshan?" Babadas asked with a smile. "I'll arrange it. Come along with me."

"How can you get darshan for me when you said yourself it has been stopped?" Khare challenged.

"Don't worry about that, just come with me."

And so on 16 August, Babadas arrived in Meherabad with Gaya Prasad Khare. Baba permitted Khare to come to his room and see him for a moment. Baba then instructed him to return to Rath. Khare did as he was ordered, but that one moment's darshan captured his heart forever.

In Sarnath, Dr. Nath had rented a friend's bungalow for Baba and the women, and another, an eighth of a mile away, for the men. The Nath and Khare families were to send meals by car from Benares, and thus continue to oversee all arrangements from a distance.

Dr. Khare had ever met Baba. He was new to his ways. But they rendered great help in Baba's cause in Benares during this period of the New Life. In fact they were "old souls," having past connections with him.

During New life at Benaras, Dr. Adarsh Khare and Dr Nath both doctors had refused the Rs.600 for food for the first 25 days; but as it was Baba's specific wish, they finally accepted the money. Dr. Khare's father Gaya Prasad had also arrived from Rath with his wife, but darshan was forbidden to anyone.

Gaya Prasad had begun to supervise the preparation of food at Nati Imli. Baba sent Vishnu to him several times, with instructions to upbraid him in this way: "Are you cooking or spreading smoke here? Do you have any sense?"

Gaya Prasad humbly replied, "Pardon me, Masterji; there will be no more smoke."

Vishnu thought Gaya Prasad was a cook, but he was in fact the wealthy owner of a transport company, and was supervising a hired cook in order to serve Baba. That evening, when Gaya returned to his son's house, his daughter-in-law remarked, "How nice it would have been if Baba had permitted us to cook here. We, too, could have contributed in serving him."

The next day, when Gaya went to Nati Imli to cook, Vishnu, as instructed by Baba, criticized him, "Hey, Cook, yesterday's food was terrible! Do you or don't you know how to cook?"

Gaya humbly replied, "Masterji, I will cook better today, I promise.

Forgive me for yesterday's fault. It was the first day."

In the evening Baba sent word to Gaya Prasad through Vishnu that from the following day food should be cooked and sent from Dr. Nath's home. Gaya was quite pleased, as both the doctors' wives were hoping for this opportunity.

Gaya Prasad's service was genuine. Despite rebukes and taunts, Gaya served Meher Baba with complete humility and love. Baba was not giving him darshan — not allowing him to sit with the companions — and, in addition, Gaya was being castigated without reason or fault on his part! The doctors and their families could not even step near the bungalow's vicinity. But Baba's behaviour was purely out of love for both families. He was showering his love on them by his strict attitude, and they were fortunate to have had such an experience.

In New life, on 25th November 1949, because Dr. Khare's house was some far distance away, Baba set out for begging with Gustadji, Adi and Babadas to Dr. Nath's residence, this time to receive bhiksha from the Khares. Again, in reverential silence, Baba received bhiksha. With Baba's permission, Dr. Nath had arranged for a photograph to be taken of the occasion by a local photographer. Except for Gaya Prasad, neither his wife Janaki nor his son and his family had ever seen Baba before. Both families were blessed as Meher Baba first entered his life of begging at their residence.

In new life, Baba and the companions were discussing the foot journey from Benares and Sarnath north to Hardwar and the provisions to be taken with them, it was noted that there was no money left for food. Baba was to help in the training period until the 31st of December, yet there was no money for even the cheapest of food. This period required an extra Rs.600 to 700 which had not been budgeted. Baba discussed this problem at length with the companions, inviting suggestions as to how to obtain the sum. However, no remedy within the conditions of the New Life was found. Then, putting forward this idea, Baba declared, "We'd better sell off all our personal belongings, such as our clothes, trunks, et cetera." It was estimated that even this would not fetch more than Rs.400. But considering food more important than clothing, even in winter, Baba stated, "The trunks and clothing should be delivered to Dr. Nath and Dr. Khare for whatever use they like, to keep them as a memory of our visit in the New Life. They may pay Rs.1,000 toward the purchase of foodstuffs, whereby, until December 31, the problem of food will be solved."

Both doctors and Gaya Prasad readily consented to the proposal. They paid the amount at once, and the trunks and clothes were handed over to them. The clothing included a coat of Baba's and one of his sadras. The doctors then sent word that they wished to return the things as bhiksha, but Baba refused to accept them back. They had actually accepted everything with this in mind; but Baba did not agree, because he wanted his companions to pass through difficult situations, and had thus purposely created the shortage of funds.

In Sarnath, Dr. Nath had rented a friend's bungalow for Baba and the women, and another, an eighth of a mile away, for the men. The Nath and Khare families were to send meals by car from Benares, and thus continue to oversee all arrangements from a distance.

Baba spent twelve days in Sarnath. During this period, he discussed with the companions the foot journey from Sarnath to Hardwar, and it was decided that the baggage should be sent north to Manjri Mafi by cargo train. Baba stated, "The Rs.1,000 we received from Nath and Khare in exchange for the clothes and trunks have already been spent. We now need an additional Rs.300 to 400 for the freight charges (Lord Meher-p-2842-1959)

On 16th October 1950, everyone had gathered outside the men's quarters of Florence Hall on the Agha Khan's estate. Keshav Nigam, Gaya Prasad Khare, Babu Ramprasad, Bhavani Prasad Nigam, Raisaheb Ramashankar, Laxmichand Paliwal and Parmeshwari Nigam (Pukar) were present from Hamirpur came for the meeting.

On 31st July 1951, certain instructions were issued and sent to the following five close lovers including Gaya Prasad Khare (of Rath, to be at the Buddha temple in Sarnath with a poor Buddhist or Jain from Sarnath or Benares. on October 16, 1951

The schedule for places to be visited during the November and December 1952 and January 1953 mass darshan programs was decided with those in charge at each place. Keshav Nigam, Gaya Prasad Khare and others were made in charge for arrangements at Hamirpur from 18 to 28 November 1952.

The largest darshan program during this period of the Fiery Free Life was held in the town of Rath on Tuesday, 25 November 1952. Gaya Prasad Khare, his son Adarsh and his whole family, including Gauri Shankar Vaidya, had planned the program, which was attended by not less than 20,000 people. Gaya Prasad had erected a huge pavilion, and all the best arrangements had been made and decorations hung. A great throng of humanity collected, and Baba distributed prasad nonstop throughout the day until evening.

On morning, 25 January 1953, the group gathered in Baba's room as instructed. Baba stated, "I am the Avatar. But tell me, how do you know I am the Avatar?"

Gaya Prasad Khare quoted some couplets (choupais) from the Ramayana, and said they were enough to convince him Meher Baba was the Avatar. Baba replied, "But it is also said that many shall appear in the Kali Yuga (present age) as Sadgurus and Avatars. How do you know that I am the Real One and not a fraud?"

Three meetings were held in Dehra Dun from 15–18th of July 1953. Those invited included  Gaya Prasad Khare and others from Hamirpur, besides the Dehra Dun lovers and the mandali. The meetings were held at Kishan Singh's bungalow at 101 Rajpur Road, where those invited were staying. On 15th July, Baba began by dictating from the board:

On 7th February 1954, Baba met the families of Khare

When Baba reached Dhanauri, he saw that the meeting place had been arranged just by the side of the tent where darshan was to be held. It was open on all sides whereas Baba wanted a closed room. "For this important work, I wanted a place where even a sparrow could not hear us!" he fumed. "This place is totally unsuitable."

Not satisfied with the answer of volunteers, Baba cancelled the program. Explaining what he meant by service to humanity, Baba said: "The essence of service to mankind is to give happiness to others at the cost of your own happiness. The best service is that which makes people start loving me, because in loving me, freedom comes — everlasting freedom! Service to humanity is an important instrument with which my love can be vastly spread."

Baba embraced each worker individually. Practically all wept at Baba's disappointment with them. Baba reiterated what he had stated, advising Adarsh Khare, "Do your work with the feeling that you are doing it for me. You, your wife, your children all belong to Baba. You should have such a feeling because I know how much you love me and I also love you."

While travelling from village to village, the group arrived in Rath in the evening and Baba was lovingly received by Gaya Prasad Khare, Gauri Shankar Vaidya and others. Khare had arranged for Baba and the group to stay in a dharamshala together, about which Baba was not pleased. He had indicated earlier that he wished to spend the nights quietly secluded in an enclosed place. There was confusion the whole night about what to do to meet Baba's preference.

Gaya Prasad Khare, an old lover, was introduced. Baba said, I am God and appear human. I have lost everything, but I have still retained my sense of humor. I cannot be fathomed. I am so unfathomable that even I cannot fathom my own self! Yet, I am the only One, the Ancient One, who can be one's own by love, honest love."

Baba gave some special prasad to Gaya Prasad and told him to eat it on the spot. Baba stated, "He, Dr. Khare and old Gaya Prasad did their utmost in the New Life to satisfy my nakhra (every fancy or whim). I said I wanted a white horse, and there it was. I wanted a camel, and there it came. I wanted donkeys, and they were brought to me. Adarsh Khare said, "I want such love whereby I can really see you!"

On 22th November 1955, Baba arrived at Meherabad. A poor program was to be held that day. Adarsh Khare said, "In the time of Ram, a boatman washed Ram's feet and did his puja (worship ceremony). Perhaps in this Avataric period, Baba is seeking that boatman from among the poor so that he may serve him!"

Gaya Prasad Khare along with Keshav and Pukar were called to Dehra Dun to discuss the Hamirpur programs. They arrived on the 20th and left four days later.

In Dehradun darshan in 1948, when Gaya Prasad Khare neared him, Baba praised him for the services he had accomplished in Benares during the New Life. Baba reminisced about how Vishnu, mistaking Khare for the cook, had scolded him for not preparing chutney. Khare wept copiously as Baba told the story.

One man from Bilaspur, after taking darshan, gave some new marbles to Baba, and Baba immediately began playing with them on the dais.  Adarsh Khare also picked up a marble brought back a marble that had fallen from the dais, and Baba demonstrated to him how to strike with it.

Baba asked to hear something comical, and Dr. Moorty related how when he was shaving a few days ago, Khare had entered the bathroom in a hurry and butted in front of him. Although Moorty did not like it, he made way for Khare, and at the same time thought how funny it would be if Khare were called by Baba right at that moment when he was half-shaven. Moorty did not know Baba had arrived and, within a matter of minutes, Baba sent for Khare, who had to go with lather on one side of his face.

Introducing Keshav, Baba stated, "He is the chief worker of Hamirpur District, and we have selected some gems from the whole district." Baba asked all from Hamirpur to stand. They included Gaya Prasad Khare and 4 others. Baba declared, " Go from door to door and sing my praises. When they meet, they greet each other with Jai Baba! The whole district is flooded with my love, and even the children shout Jai Baba!"

Pappa Jessawala's father of Eruch died on 29th May 1959. Lover came to attend his funeral next day. Gaya Prasad Khare and his family met Baba on 30 May 1959, along with a few others from Uttar Pradesh.

Later in May 1965, Baba himself remembered certain individuals who had not been able to attend the sahavas earlier that month, and he fixed a special darshan program for them in the first week of June 1965. He had a letter written Adarsh Khare of Hamirpur. Baba remarked, "This is my last darshan, and after this there will be no more darshan programs."

On 3rd December 1967, Chhagan came to Meherazad and reported about the Hamirpur fairs. Baba then sent the following telegram to those who had organized them — Gaya Prasad Khare, others from Hamirpur district and sent message "I am God in human form, and from my present deep seclusion, I send my love and blessing to you." (Lord Meher-p-5302-1967)

 

 

270-KHARE RAM SEVAK

On 9th February 1954, very early morning Baba proceeded to Mahoba, where darshan arrangements had been made by Gaya Prasad's brother, Ramsevak Khare. (Lord Meher-p-3447-1954)

 

 

273-KHATI RAM SANEHI

During Hamirpur visit at Ichhaura, Baba stayed in a tent and separated by fenced wires was the house of Bhairav Prasad Rajput. In the compound of Rajput’s house there was small room covered by earthen tiles where live family of Ram Sanehi Khati from Rajasthan. They were six in number and basically carpenter by profession. After the day’s work, and taking dinner they were getting ready to sleep after mid night.

When the fortunate khati members were about to sleep they saw a peculiar scene toward Baba’s residence (tent). They were warned not to create any sound in the night. According to their statement, they saw very brightening light emanating from Baba’s tent. Slowly they found that in that light many man clad in white dress started appearing from the bright light, who came in their typical vehicles from the sky route. In the commotion, they heard their sound.  They thought if some meeting is going on. They were not able to understand their language. Surprisingly they could not sleep and went on gazing the divine scene in concentrated manner. After having attended the divine meeting the deities from different parts of universe and paying obeisance to Lord Meher, they disappeared flying in their vehicles.

In the morning, Khati members in their inquisitiveness came to Prabhu Dayal and described the super natural incident which they eye witnessed. Listening their narration all were surprised because they had no information as such gathering was planned in that compound. No one knew  what divine work was accomplished by Avatar had done. Only time will reveal the importance.

 

 

279-KORI RAMDAYAL & DESHRAJ

During tour of Hamirpur district at Ichhaura, Meher Baba came out of his tent and walked toward Mandir.  On the way there was a kachha house of a schedule caste, poor and simple family Ramdayal and Deshraj Kori. There were kaccha platforms were built on both side of his kaccha house. Baba sat on the kachha plate form for some time. After sitting for some time Baba went back to Mandir.

 

 

280-KRISHNA PUNJABI

Hamirpur baba lovers had arranged a jeep of a rich man named Krishna Punjabi to take baba from Orai to Ichhaura. Also they arranged a bud to carry mandali men and other baba lovers. When in the night at 2 pm in the night a baba lover was sent to the house of driver to bring the jeep to dharamshala where all stayed. His wife told that his husband had taken away the jeep as directed by owner. It was later learnt that the jeep was so unfortunate that it could not render service to the Avatar of the age and it was constificated by excise department in Delhi and could get back to the owner because intoxicated drugs were seized from the said jeep. Thus the owner who got an opportunity to render rare service of Avatar but lost it. Thus he neither got the God nor money. It is said, “Man proposes God disposes” but here it was reverse, God proposes and man disposes.

 

 

306-MAKHAN LAL & WIFE

On 9th January 1950, leaving the mango grove near Akbarabad, the group journeyed eight miles and arrived in Najibabad. Thirty-eight miles had been covered on foot from Benares to Moradabad, and another 76 miles from there to Najibabad. Adi had arranged their stay in a garden where there was a platform. The spot was unkempt, but the women swept and cleaned it, and everyone liked the place. A few local women from town approached the women companions and requested that they not soil their hands in such work. They said there was a woman sweeper who would do it.

But the women replied that they themselves would clean the spot. The local women were surprised, as such work was usually done by only the lowest class. But in the New Life, servants and laborers were not to be hired and everything menial was to be done by the companions themselves.

After the cleaning was over, a tonga arrived at their place. A couple got down and introduced themselves. To everyone's amazement, the man and woman had brought fresh, hot, tasty food for the entire group of companions. Adi had arranged this by contacting people who would give food as bhiksha. Mr. and Mrs. Makhan Lal's address had been given to him by the tonga driver. When Adi told them about their Hardwar plans, the couple claimed it would be their great good fortune to serve them, declaring, "We can give food in bhiksha not for a few days but for weeks." (Lord Meher-p-2684-1950)

 

 

316-MAUNI BUA

On the first day of the meetings, several men had come whom Baba had sent away after a brief interview. One was a sadhu called Mauni Bua, who had taken a vow of silence and spent his time wandering about on pilgrimages. He had met Baba in June 1948, at Meherabad, having been brought by Bal Natu.

On this occasion, also, Baba asked Mauni again, "Would you follow my orders?"

"I am ready to obey you 100 percent," Mauni wrote with chalk on his slate.

Expressing his gratification, Baba dictated, "Then do this: Daily drink two bottles of wine, eat meat and go to the movies. Will you do it?"

Although Mauni Baba had come to the Lord, he still attached importance to his own notions and fancies; his own ideas about spirituality were greater than God's! Baba's orders threw him into inner turmoil. He did not respond.

Observing his reaction, Baba smiled and dictated, "All right, go about your pilgrimages and continue to beg for your food." And Baba gave the sadhu additional instructions which accorded with Mauni Bua's ascetic inclinations.

Baba's words soothed Mauni's panic. The sadhu was convinced that by leading the type of life he had been leading, he would gain the spiritual treasure. Baba's words seemingly reaffirmed his resolve. So Mauni left with his fixed ideas; but Baba eventually shattered those ideas. Mauni Bua could not understand the meaning of Meher Baba's words, as he was immersed in the performance of the rigid inclinations he held sacred. Baba would not let go of him so easily. He kept knocking at the core of Mauni's deep-seated religious tendencies, and after several years Mauni eventually overcame them.

One's attachments, ideas and inclinations are not overcome by eating meat or drinking wine or watching movies, but only by faithfully following the Master's instructions. Had the sadhu gladly accepted Baba's first orders, Baba would have felt happy and changed the order on his own. This was a test for the sadhu; but firmly embedded notions cannot be overcome at once."

 

 

318-MEHER DAS (RAMDAS)

Meherdas belonged to Hamirpur district of Utter Pradesh

In 1958, Meherdas had walked to Meherabad from Hamirpur for the sahavas, a journey of over 1,000 miles, which had taken him 40 days. Baba asked him, "Is it really true about the dead child coming alive when he was placed on your lap? You sang kirtans to me and the child came back alive?"

Meherdas replied, "Baba, it is so. Who can lie to you?"

Baba advised him, "In the future do not do such acts, as ultimately it is not beneficial.

Don't allow anyone to bow to you. Egoism in any form does not bring benefit to anyone in the end.

During the Meherabad Sahavas in 1955, Ramdas of Hamirpur started singing “Hari Baba, Hari Baba! Meher Baba, Hari, Hari!” Baba had given him the name Meherdas, Servant of Meher, and henceforward he would be referred to by this name. (For a while, he lived with Baba as one of the mandali at Meherazad)

Baba proceeded to Saint Mira High School in a procession with Joyous singing and shouts of “Jai Avatar Meher Baba!”. 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. (Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Vol. 15, pp. 5156 – 5161)

 

 

328-MOOL CHAND

He belonged to Naurenga.

He was a good tabla Player. He had Baba’s darshan.

He died on 22nd November, 2000 at the age of 87.

(Meher Pukar)

 

 

329-MOONGA LAL & SIYA RANI

(Dadda)

Sri Moonga Lal was very old Baba lover from (Rath) Naurenga Distt. Hamirpur U P. For the first time He had Baba’s darshan on 26th November 1952 at Naurenga during Baba Visit. Again on 5th February in 1954, Meher called to his house and gave darshan to all his family members. Later he become like a mast and started behaving strangely. Once in a fit of emotion he jumped into a well. On the way to Meherazad, Mungalal had gotten off the train at the wrong station, and Pukar had to get off at Rahuri and go back and bring him on another train. Because of his state, Baba had called him to Meherazad, and after meeting Baba, Mungalal regained his senses. (Lord Meher-4220-1957)

Through the combined labor and untiring effort of dedicated lovers such including Mungalal, and others, the temple called Meher Dham came into being. Narsingdas, in fact, literally sacrificed his life in Baba's cause while labouring so hard on this project, and he died before seeing its successful completion.

There after he remained devoted to Meher Baba. He used to attend almost all the Sahwas and Baba programs far and near places.  He belonged to very poor family and still his remained poor

He suddenly died on 5th January 2017. He was 96 years of the age. In his memory a condolence ceremony was held at Naurenga on 12th March 2017

Smt. Siya Rani, wife of Moonga Lal also had Baba’s darshan. She died Much earlier on 21th June, (Lord Meher-p-1999.4220)

 

 

331-MOTHER OF PARMESHWARI DAYAL PUKAR

When mother of Pukar met Baba-

Baba asked Pukar's mother, "How is Pukar?"

"You know that!" she replied.

"By making him do hard labor, I will make him thin," Baba joked.

"Do as you like," she said. "Pukar is yours."

Pukar's wife was expecting at any moment. Baba assured her, "I have blessed you with a very good soul who is to come. Don't worry about anything." He gave her special prasad, reminding her to remember him. Baba also visited Pukar's flour mill in Hamirpur, and poured grain into it with his own hands.

Pukar's mother had come with the intention of complaining to Baba about Pukar, but Baba told her, "You are very fortunate to have a son like him. I have given you five children, can you not give me one of them?"

The mother said, "Yes, Parmeshwari can stay with you, but he should also look after us."

Baba teased, "You want him to play the tabla with one hand and the dholak with the other!" meaning to have it both ways. "Now your 'child' is passing out of your hand!"

Then his mother responded, "Let him go! Beyond your nazar, where can he go?" (Lord Meher- p-3939-1956)

 

 

333-MUHAMMAD AHMED

(Tabla Player)

On 15th October, 1963, along with her tabla player, Muhammad Ahmed and  a sarangi player came to Baba. She presented Baba with a huge garland before singing three ghazals, and Baba appeared most happy. He gave her and Ahmed shawls he had used, and the other musician was given one of his handkerchiefs. In her love,  (Lord Meher-p-5046-1963)

 

 

335-MUNSHI PRABHU DAYAL

Prabhu Dayal Sharma originally belonged to Aatgaon (Rath) of District Hamirpur. He was the only son of his parents. He did not marry. First time in 1949 he came to Ichhaura from Maghwan as headmaster of school appointed by district administration. He stayed in village temple and started his school functioning. He came into contact of Meherdas, disciple of Meher Baba who said to him, “You love God and Meher Baba is God inhuman form, which he accepted without any logic or argument.

When Meher Baba came to Hamirpur district for 10 days (18th November to 27th November in 1954, Prabhu Dayal attended almost all darshan programs, and in Meherastana Meher Baba told him,” remember this, I always do my work through you.” On 26th Meher Baba went to the village Dhagwan of Prabhu Dayal ji

Prabhu Dayal ji was one of the groups called by Meher Baba for Andhra tour for 11 days from 18 January to 28th January 1953. He arranged the Baba and mandali stay in Ichhaura for 3rd & 4th February 1954. One mast named Kalicharan of typical features came to Ichhaura in 1949. This mast went to Baba and begged for food. Baba gave him food and blessed. In 1966, this mast become seriously ill and seeing his plight Prabhu Dayal said to him that you will die before today on 22-9-1966 before 11 a.m. and asked Kalicharan to say “Baba”, “Baba” and it happened exactly so.

Once, in 1958, Baba asked Prabhu Dayal, “How many days you want to stay with Me?” Before Prabhu Dayal could decide and answer, Baba himself said, “You stay in Ichhaura and I will stay with you in Ichhaura.” Prabhu Dayal obeyed Baba hundred percent and did not leave Ichhaura.

In 1958, once a tantrik came to his to Ichhaura and stayed in Ram Mandir (residence of Prabhu Dayal). All bowed down to tantrik but Prabhu Dayal did not. Trantric felt insulted and abuse him with derogaratory words for Baba. Prabhu Dayal could not bear the words and challenged tantrik to that if he has got any power he can burn me to ashes. My God is Meher Baba. Going to his room he wrote a letter to baba and kept under Baba’s Photograph. Same night, the tantrik felt sever pain in stomach and chest. He realized the he had committed a grave mistake and begged Prabhu Dayal   for life. He said tantrik to bow down to Baba (photograph). Tantrik felt relief in pain left the place saying others that this man (Prabhu Dayal) is a Master Tantrik, never hurt him.

On one occasion in 1959, at Guruprasad before mandali and foreign Baba lovers, Baba suddenly asked him, “Have you written something?” Surprisingly Prabhu Dayal thought of poem written by him for first time. Baba asked him to read of which first four lines are as under:

Baba ke Jan tum chalo sabhalkar, Priyatam ki marji tamasha nahi hai.

Agar maya pyari rahi tumko dil se, to Daman pakarna tamasha nahi hai.

On second occasion He related the only second poem to Baba of which 4 lines are as under

Apne Priyatam ko pakar ke maya ki tamanna kaun kare.

Maya priyam ki chaya hai, Chaya ki tamanna kaun kare.

Again in 1960, he got an opportunity of Baba’s darshan in Poona, Baba said to him, “I have given you My love so you have to love to others

 

338-NANAK CHAND

On 23rd November 1955, Baba arrived at Meherabad in morning. As usual, he asked those who could not sleep the night before to stand up and state the reason. Nanak Chand said, "In truth, I slept well but I stood up hoping to have Baba's embrace!" Everyone laughed, and Baba embraced him. (Lord Meher-p-3846-1955)

 

 

340-NARAYAN SINGH

Narayan Singh a student from Hamirpur came to Meherabad without his parents' permission. Baba informed him, "On your return, seek your parents' pardon on my behalf, and say that it is Meher Baba's mistake that he gave you such love." (Lord Meher-p-3628-1954)

 

 

341-NARSINGH DAS

Babu Ramprasad’s brother named Narsingdas, who had profound love for Baba. Narsingdas had renounced life and was leading the life of a hermit. For nine months he had worked, digging an underground room near a well and had built a window in the wall of the well. The steps leading down to the room were shrouded in darkness, and in this underground chamber Narsingdas would meditate on Meher Baba's divinity. On February 5th, Baba descended into the room, where Gadekar did his arti. (Lord Meher-p-4266 –4268)

 

 

345- NIGAM BHAGWATI PRASAD       

Bhagwati Prasad Nigam from Hamirpur, the son of Bhavani Prasad Nigam He had gone to Bombay without his parents' permission, and there had had his wallet pick-pocketed and lost all his money. Baba met with him for a while and arranged for Nariman to provide the train fare for his journey home.

When the boy left the room, Baba commented, "His father is the head of a joint family, a very practical and loving man. But see how the son is! How worried his parents must have been, but what does he care? He was having the time of his life in Bombay! Is this not a film show? The day-to-day events of the universe are like a movie. Some feel happy and some miserable." (Lord Meher-p-4803-1962)

 

346-NIGAM BHAVANI PRASAD & WIFE

Baba left for Kanpur by train in a crowded third class coach on the night of 16th and reached Kanpur on early morning of 18th November 1952.

Baba's lodging was arranged in the large bungalow of a magistrate, and the mandali stayed in the house of Bhavani Prasad Nigam. (Lord Meher-p-.3189-1952)

In 1956, Baba arrived in Bombay, and on reaching Dadachanjis' apartment, it was reported that Bhavani Prasad Nigam had come from Hamirpur and were staying at a hotel.

When the Hamirpur group was leaving, Baba stopped Bhavani Nigam. Baba had assuaged the antagonistic feelings between them in Meherazad the year before, but still some vestige was lingering. He asked him about it, to settle the matter once and for all. Then, by embracing each man, Baba finally cleared away whatever ill-feeling was left in their hearts.(Lord Meher-p-4272-1958)

 

 

347-NIGAM BINDA PRASAD

In 1948, Babadas had visited Hamirpur during July and had informed the following people about Bindra Prasad Nigam of Ingohta and others. (Lord Meher-p-2656-1948)

Baba left for Ingohta, where arrangements for darshan had been made by Laxmichand Paliwal and his brother, Tikaram, assisted by Bhavani Prasad and his brother, Bindra Prasad. Baba reached Ingohta and began giving darshan.

This message was dictated to the crowd gathered there :

We are all one from the beginning less beginning to the endless end. We were, we are, we will remain. I am in you all. I am poor, rich, man, woman, small, big, but only Real and One for those who love me. I give you all my blessings to love me, and by your love, make me your slave.

Hundreds of men, women and children of the village took Baba's darshan. Afterward Baba drove to visit Bindra Prasad's home. As his car slowly crept through the crowd, it seemed as if it were raining flowers. (Lord Meher-p-3774-1954)

 

368-NIGAM KESHAV NARAYAN & SUDHA

(Chief Worker in Hamirpur District)

Following narration is in the words of Keshav Narayan Nigam:

The spark of Baba's love had touched my heart deeply, so that I was getting closely drawn to Him. A great desire to serve Baba every moment was surging in my heart. Baba had become the be-all and end-all of my life although I had not yet physically met Him. His work appeared to me to be the only real thing worth doing and all else appeared to me false and illusory.

I longed for Baba's physical contact which I began by writing a letter to Him every morning after reaching Rewa. I did this from 26th September '48 to 10th October 1948. I received a reply to some of these letters from Baba's Secretary Adi K. Irani that contained the reply to my letters from 26th September to 4th October 1948. Baba had expressed His happiness at the contents of my letters and permitted me to write letters to Him once or twice in a month.

In his letter Adi K. Irani informed me, "He (Baba) tells you and your dear wife not to worry about anything. He has His 'NAZAR' on you both and your children." How happy were we to have received from God Baba His Divine 'NAZAR'! — a 'NAZAR' for which the aspirants so fervently long and for which saints and yogis practice penance for ages and ages.

Baba's assurance of 'NAZAR' was clarified to me by an incident. Adi K. Irani's envelope which was addressed to me in English was pushed in through the door of my house by the postman on 10th October 1948 along with other letters. My 8 years old daughter Meher Prabha and 4 years old daughter Meher Jyoti brought all those letters to me shouting with joy, "Meher Baba's letter, Pappa! Here Meher Baba's letter!" Though none of them knew English at all, yet they sorted out from the lot Adi's letter, which was addressed in English. When I opened the envelope I found that my both daughters had truly sorted out Baba's letter, and this made me feel how Baba's 'NAZAR' was on my whole family!

Bearing the seal of Baba's Divine 'NAZAR' on me, I started my office work and Baba's work simultaneously at Rewa. Because Vindhya Pradesh province was still in the making and in the early stage of organization, I had not much office work to do and hence I had ample time at my leisure. So I used to devote much of my time in telling people, who came into my contact, about Meher Baba and give to them Baba's literature whatever I had. And, at home I used to translate into Hindi the book Avatar by Jean Adriel, for which Baba had already mercifully permitted me while I was at Now gong.

On 18th of November 1952, that day the footprints of the Avatar fell on the land of Hamirpur town. Humanity at large rushed and gushed to have His Darshan. Up to the 27th of November Meher Baba gave His Darshan to the public at Hamirpur town, Inghota, Sumerpur, Meherastana-Mahewa, Mahoba, Moudaha, Kulpahar, Panwari, Rath, Nauranga, Jarakhar, Dhagwan, Amarpura, Dhanouri and Bandwa.

Thousands and thousands of men, women and children took Baba's Darshan, received His Prasad, and listened to His messages.

At village Mahewa there was no suitable place for Baba's stay, so we constructed a small Kacha (mud) hut for Him within 10 days after returning from Meherabad. It was erected on a raised mound standing in the midst of wilderness away from the village. A short account of this Kuti (hut) has been published in the 'July-August' issue of the Meher Pukar, in 1960.

Baba felt very pleased to see this hut. On that mound outside the hut He washed the feet of fourteen boys, each of fourteen years of age, put His head upon their feet and gave fourteen rupees to each one of them in the morning of 22 November 1952.

During the Darshan programme on 22nd of November Baba wanted to specially see my wife and children. They appeared before Him in their garb of poverty and hardship. Parvardigar Baba looked at them with deep mercy, and I felt as if He bestowed upon them something indescribably precious. He asked in a mysterious manner the age of my infant daughter Meher Sri!

In the afternoon of 22nd November 1952, Baba gave His Public Darshan in Mahewa where I offered to Him the welcome address on behalf of the "Cosmic-Meher-Family". Baba was pleased to hear it and He drew me to His heart. He also walked into the village and gave Darshan to many families in their homes.

In the morning of the 23rd November 1952 during the Mandali meeting in the courtyard of Meher-Astana I read out to BABA for the first time the lines of Meher Chalisa. Baba was moved to hear them and asked me astonishingly, "Have you composed these lines?"

I said, "Yes."

Baba said again, "I feel touched by them; they have touched my heart deeply!" Baba's whole Mandali also felt greatly moved by it.

In the afternoon of 24th November, on the way from Mahoba to Rath I got the opportunity to sit in the car with Baba. On the way Baba said to me, "You must go to Delhi with me."

I replied, "I will surely go, and if you so order I am ready to be with you always."

Then Baba said "I know that. I have that in mind. You are one of the few whom I think necessary to be near Me for My work."

Baba asked Keshav's wife Sudhadevi, "What do you desire?"

Keshav thought his wife might ask Baba for a son, since they had lost all four of theirs. He knew that she longed for at least one son. Instead, Sudhadevi replied: "Since you are found, Baba, everything is found. Now I don't wish for anything." Baba was very pleased with her response.

A Keshav Nigam began the introductions. He first introduced the boy Singh, who had accompanied Baba to Andhra and subsequently had run away from his home to join Baba in Dehra Dun. Baba asked Keshav if Singh was behaving normally now. He replied that there was still something lacking.

Baba asked Singh, “Do you know what real love is like?” and then explained, “The flame of love within does not even give out smoke for others to see. When you love me, you burn within yourself, and yet seem cheerful with a broad smile upon your lips. You bear the pangs of separation calmly and quietly. Even a sigh of the pangs of separation is an insult to that love!

“Attend to all your duties; you can still love Baba by dedicating all your good and bad to me. Just as you cover your body with clothes and forget all about the dress you wear all day, similarly dress your soul only once in a day with thoughts of Baba, and Baba will then be all the time with you, even without your paying any further attention.”

The youth did as Baba instructed.

The spark of Baba's love had touched my heart deeply, so that I was getting closely drawn to Him. A great desire to serve Baba every moment was surging in my heart. Baba had become the be-all and end-all of my life although I had not yet physically met Him. His work appeared to me to be the only real thing worth doing and all else appeared to me false and illusory.

I longed for Baba's physical contact which I began by writing a letter to Him every morning after reaching Rewa. I did this from 26th September '48 to 10th October 1948. I received a reply to some of these letters from Baba's Secretary Adi K. Irani that contained the reply to my letters from 26th September to 4th October 1948. Baba had expressed His happiness at the contents of my letters and permitted me to write letters to Him once or twice in a month.

In his letter Adi K. Irani informed me, "He (Baba) tells you and your dear wife not to worry about anything. He has His 'NAZAR' on you both and your children." How happy were we to have received from God Baba His Divine 'NAZAR'! — a 'NAZAR' for which the aspirants so fervently long and for which saints and yogis practice penance for ages and ages.

Baba's assurance of 'NAZAR' was clarified to me by an incident. Adi K. Irani's envelope which was addressed to me in English was pushed in through the door of my house by the postman on 10th October 1948 along with other letters. My 8 years old daughter Meher Prabha and 4 years old daughter Meher Jyoti brought all those letters to me shouting with joy, "Meher Baba's letter, Pappa! Here Meher Baba's letter!" Though none of them knew English at all, yet they sorted out from the lot Adi's letter, which was addressed in English. When I opened the envelope I found that my both daughters had truly sorted out Baba's letter, and this made me feel how Baba's 'NAZAR' was on my whole family!

Bearing the seal of Baba's Divine 'NAZAR' on me, I started my office work and Baba's work simultaneously at Rewa. Because Vindhya Pradesh province was still in the making and in the early stage of organization, I had not much office work to do and hence I had ample time at my leisure. So I used to devote much of my time in telling people, who came into my contact, about Meher Baba and give to them Baba's literature whatever I had. And, at home I used to translate into Hindi the book Avatar by Jean Adriel, for which Baba had already mercifully permitted me while I was at Nowgong.

Keshav Narayan Nigam did lot of literary work of Meher Baba of compilations Hindi translation & broachers. Some oh works are titled as under.

Avatar Meher Baba - Life Circulars

Avatar Meher Baba ke sat meri Jeevan Gatha

Meher Chalisa

 

 

396-NIGAM MUKUND LAL

(Brother of Keshav Narayan Nigam)

In 1958, suddenly, Mukundlal Nigam threw himself at Baba's feet and would not get up despite much persuasion. Baba asked his younger brother, Dr. Devendra Nigam, to see whether he was alive or dead, and smilingly remarked, "If he is dead, all the better as in that case he would come to me!" Finally, Baba asked Mukundlal Nigam to leave the dais and he got up. Before leaving, Baba explained to him how real love consists in silently burning within, not outwardly showing it and appearing pious. (Lord Meher-p-4256-1958)

 

 

402-NIGAM NARANDRA PRASAD

Son of Bhavani Prasad Nigam sheepishly walked into the room. He had gone to Bombay without his parents’ permission, and there had had his wallet pick-pocketed and lost all his money. Baba met with him for a while and arranged through Nariman the train fare for his journey home.

When the boy left the room, Baba commented, “His father is the head of a joint family, a very practical and loving man. But see how the son is! How worried his parents must have been, but what does he care? He was having the time of his life in Bombay! Is this not a film show? The day-to-day events of the universe are like a movie. Some feel happy and some miserable.”

Aloba was called and Baba asked him to recite a few lines from Hafiz in Persian. The meaning of the couplet was:

Happiness and misery are the lot of life and are experienced in the circle of duality.

Once one gets out of this circle, the duel of opposites in duality ceases.

Hence, happiness and misery both mean nothing.

Khilnani commented to Baba, “We understand this quite well on an intellectual level, but we cannot live up to it and cannot help being miserable, although this is all a game of nothing.”

Baba replied, “Mere verbal knowledge does not help much. But remember one thing: If misery and happiness are in the domain of Nothing and are really nothing, then why not always choose to be happy? Remain happy. Try to remain happy. Know that God alone IS, and all else is nothing.” (Lord Meher-p-4803-1962)

 

 

404-NIGAM PARMESHWARI DAYAL (PUKAR)

(Hanuman for Meher Baba)

Baba had previously instructed Pukar to travel throughout Hamirpur district and spread his message. He also asked for a full account of his travels. Pukar related an incident when the pujari (caretaker) of a temple had not allowed him to sleep there, even though Pukar was exhausted. The priest thought Pukar was a dacoit. Baba suddenly stopped him and asked, “Did you see any tiger or serpent in that village?”

Pukar had forgotten to mention this and said, “Yes, I did see a big black cobra. In fact, by not allowing me to spend the night there, the priest perhaps saved me from being bitten.”

Baba replied, “Then, why don’t you tell me about it?” But before he could reply, Baba interjected, “I am everywhere. I am the snake and I am everything. I know everything. There is no necessity for you to relate to me what you did on the tour. I know all about it. I was with you throughout your journey, doing my work through you.”

Baba used to tease Pukar by prodding his stomach with an aluminum basin used by Baba to wash his hands, and which was kept by his side in mandali hall. One morning when Baba prodded Pukar, he smiled at the resultant sound it produced and said, “Pukar is full of emptiness,” and added, “To be full of emptiness is the ideal state. Do you understand its real meaning?”

Kenmore replied, “It means to empty yourself of all the ideas, wants and attachments experienced in maya, like squeezing out the dirty water from a sponge.”

Baba nodded and explained further:

It means turning one’s heart and mind inside out — becoming empty and naked. To be empty means to be rid of all desires, and it concerns the heart. To be naked concerns the mind, and means not to care for the opinions, criticism or censure of others in one’s pursuit of the true Goal.

Baba asked Kenmore what he understood by this. He replied, “Not to be attached to worldly things.”

Baba added, “It is correct. Only if you become deaf, dumb and blind to the world can you get God. Ego cannot then attack you from any direction.

 

 

413-NIGAM RAJNDRA PAL & LALIT KISHORI

Lalit Kishori was wife of Rajendra Pal Nigam and sister of Sudha Devi wife of Keshav Narayan Nigam. Meher Baba saved her life in 1954. The episode goes like this. On 10th February 1954, in the morning about 8 a. m. Meher Baba was about to leave Meherastana, a new was brought that His lover Lalit Kishori is taking breathing  last in her house. She was down with double pneumonia and not able to speak. The Vaid (doctor) told that she will die in little moment. Meher Baba reached Meherastana on 9th February 1954 and hearing the news of His visit Lalit Kishori got up from the bed and ran for darshan but fell on the door of her room. On 10th February, Baba went to her house to give darshan and Baba touched her face with love. Getting loving touch of Baba she felt better and in her feeble voice beseeched Baba to give her relief from her suffering But Baba had already given her life gift.

Baba came in the open out of the room where she was lying and Baba said 99 percent there is no chance of her recovery but Baba instructed that even she has no strength to utter My name from her mouth still she should remember My name His name in her mind till her last breadth. Baba told the treatment in detail to Dr. Devendra Swarup Nigam was attending her and Baba instructed to him give her dry milk (Ararot) mixed with kalonji lot of sugar to eat. Any food or medicine be given taking My name. Dr. Devendra and experienced Vaid were surprised to administer Lalit Kishori the dry milk with lot of sugar according to divine instruction as this treatment was much against medical science and sure leading to death. They continued to administer the medicine and treatment according to Baba’s instructions. Lalit Kishori was fully recovered and the she got the lease of life by Baba’s grace.

She remained in fine health till March 2017 after life gifted to her By Meher Baba on 10 February 1954. On 29th March 2017, she fell sick and dropped body taking Baba’s name on her lips and joined Baba. (Meher Pukar-Year 64, April 2017 Number-3)

Lalit Kishori was sister of Keshav's wife Sudhadevi. Sudhadevi informed Baba that Lalit Kishori was on the verge of death. She had contracted a severe case of measles, and the illness had now become life-threatening. Baba went to see the sick woman, and consoled and comforted her.

On his return, he remarked to Keshav, "Ninety-nine percent, there is no hope for Lalit. But tell her to take my name continuously until her last breath." Baba suggested some medicine to Keshav's brother, Dr. Devendra, whereby after several days, Lalit completely recovered. (Lord Meher-p-3452-1954)

 

 

424-NIGAM SHEETAL PRASAD & WIFE

In 1948, Babadas had visited Hamirpur during July and had informed the following people about Baba: Bhavani Shital Prasad Nigam and others Sripat Sahai of Hamirpur had already met Baba and was telling people about him. People in these areas were eagerly looking forward to Baba's darshan, but Baba had not yet given them the opportunity. (Lord Meher-p-2656-1948)

 

 

431-NIGAM SURESH CHANDRA

Calling Suresh Chandra Nigam, a student, to him, Baba stated, "You are very lucky. Is it not your luck that you have attended this meeting? Now, from today do one thing: that is, be absolutely honest and on no account speak a lie, even if your throat is slit!" (Lord Meher-p-3626-1954)

 

 

444-NIRMAL JAIN

He was called to Poona with special message and had Baba’s darshan at Guru Prasad in 1962. (Meher Pukar-April-2017)

 

 

446-OWNER OF BUNGLOW

On 18th November 1949, in Benaras, the owner of the bungalow was noticed walking about in the garden with the gardener. Seeing them, Baba became displeased. It was his order that during the period of his stay, no one should step into the area.

Through Adi and Eruch, he sent word to the men to leave immediately.

When the message was conveyed, the owner replied, "It is my mistake and I beg to be forgiven this error. I knew of the instruction but thought that being in the garden would not be disobedience. Truly, I have come only to see to your comforts."

When he was assured nothing was required, the man left quietly, promising not to enter again. Still, Baba informed Dr. Nath that his instructions had not been properly carried out, and he was ordered to confront the owner and receive his firm promise that he would never set foot in the garden of the bungalow again while Baba was staying there. (Lord Meher-p-2832-1949)

 

447-OWNER OF ORCHID

In 1954, during Hamirpur in Ichhuara group came across an orchid having many ber trees so many that the sour, cherry-sized fruit had no saleable value.  Gustadji, who especially liked the fruit, started plucking a few of the bers from a tree. Seeing him, the others who had come with Baba also began picking them. Baba saw them from a distance. He sent for them and reprimanded them severely. The owner of the piece of land was called, and Baba conveyed to him, "Please forgive me. My men have, without your consent, plucked fruit from your trees. For this offense on their part, I ask your pardon. As they have come with me, I am responsible for them."

The man replied that there was no question of consent. He was honored they had enjoyed the fruit. Baba persisted, "You own the trees, and though they may not have much value to you, honesty demands that your permission should have been taken first. An offense is committed, so please excuse us."

The man was visibly stunned when Baba then sought his pardon by laying his head on his feet. (Lord Meher-p-3435-1954)

 

453-PALIWAL LAXMI CHAND & WIFE

Babadas had visited Hamirpur during July 1948, and had informed the Laxmichand Paliwal and of Ingohta and others. Sripat Sahai of Hamirpur had already met Baba and was telling people about him. People in these areas were eagerly looking forward to Baba's darshan, but Baba had not yet given them the opportunity.

On Monday morning, 16 October 1950, everyone had gathered outside the men's quarters of Florence Hall on the Agha Khan's estate for a meeting. Laxmichand Paliwal and others from Hamirpur were present from Hamirpur.

Baba left for Kanpur by train in a crowded third class coach on the night of 16 November 1952. After travelling for a day and two nights, they reached Kanpur early in the morning of the 18th.Baba's lodging was arranged in the large bungalow of a magistrate, and the mandali stayed in the house of Bhavani Prasad Nigam. Laxmichand Paliwal and others had made the best possible arrangements, and the lovers of the district had dedicated themselves in Baba's service.

On 20th November 1952, Baba reached Ingohta where accommodations for Baba and the mandali had been made at Laxmichand Paliwal's home. But for Baba, his only "rest" was discomforts and hardships!

For Baba's entertainment in Ingohta, Laxmichand Paliwal arranged a game of staffs one day. To play the game, two parties swing long sticks, striking at one another forcefully, trying to overstep the boundary of the opposite party. It is quite an intense game, with the danger of serious injury to any careless contender. (

After these visits, Baba immediately left for Ingohta, where arrangements for darshan had been made by Laxmichand Paliwal and his brother, Tikaram, assisted by Bhavani Prasad and his brother, Bindra Prasad. Baba reached Ingohta and began giving darshan.

During darshan program in 1954 at Meherabad Baba said to Laxmichand Paliwal "What tasty food you served in Ingohta."

In year 1956, Laxmichand Paliwal and his nephew had come from Hamirpur came for Baba darshan in Bombay and stayed at a hotel.

On Monday, 25 March 1957, Bhavani Prasad Nigam and Laxmichand Paliwal also arrived from Hamirpur and met Baba at Meherazad. For years there had been great camaraderie between these two men, but recently bitterness had arisen between them.

On 6th November 1957, Laxmichand, Paliwal, Hamirpur and others from Delhi came to Meherabad to have Baba’s darshan.

When the Hamirpur group was leaving, Baba stopped Bhavani Nigam and his brothers, and Laxmichand Paliwal and his brothers. Baba had assuaged the antagonistic feelings between them in Meherazad the year before, but still some vestige was lingering. He asked them about it, to settle the matter once and for all. Then, by embracing each man, Baba finally cleared away whatever ill-feeling was left in their hearts.

Baba stated, "Keshav is the chief worker of Hamirpur District, and we have selected some gems from the whole district." Baba asked all from Hamirpur to stand. They included Laxmichand Paliwal among others. Baba declared, "They go from door to door and sing my praises. When they meet, they greet each other with Jai Baba! The whole district is flooded with my love, and even the children shout Jai Baba!"

On Sunday, 3rd December 1967, Chhagan came to Meherazad and reported about the Hamirpur fairs. Baba then sent the following telegram to those who had organized them — Gaya Prasad Khare, Sripat Sahai, Ramsahai Yadav, Babu Ramprasad, Pukar, Sitaram, Keshav Nigam and Laxmichand Paliwal: "I am God in human form, and from my present deep seclusion, I send my love and blessing to you." (Lord Meher-p-5302-1967)

 

 

462- PANDEY JHUNNI LAL

Beloved Baba with his mandali reached Orai railway station around 3 pm on 3rd February 1954, rain coming from Jhansi. There were many baba lovers form Hamirpur to receive Baba. Other workers named Pukar Keshav Nigam and Bhawani prasad Nigam were waiting for Baba arrival. After getting down from the train Baba embraced all. From Orai station, Baba was carried to Mittholal Tekchand Dharamshala in closed car of senior advocate, Jhunnilal Pandey and all mandali men reached in Tonga with their entire luggage. Baba was accommodated in a separate room and mandali in two rooms. To carry Baba and mandali from Orai to Ichhaura a car and bus was arranged.

 

 

490-RAGHURAJ SINGH & WIFE

Raghuraj Singh and his family were meeting Baba for the first time. Although he was descended from a royal family, he was leading a simple life. Inwardly, too, he was a simple, guileless man, despite his high social status. He had deep love for Meher Baba and thereafter proved to be a great help in the Avatar's cause.

On 3rd February 1954, Baba and His group arrived in Orai, where Keshav, Pukar, Hellan, Brahma Dutt and a few other close ones had come to receive them. Baba stayed in the residence of Raja Raghuraj Singh, where he discussed matters first with the Hamirpur workers. (Lord Meher-p-3430-1954)

 

 

491-RAISAHEB RAVINDER SINGH

Baba reminded Raisaheb Ravindra Singh, "I am the slave of my lovers." (Lord Meher p- 3627-1954)

 

 

492-RAISAHEB SHARMA

Raisaheb Sharma, a lawyer, requested that Baba clarify what old connection he had with Hamirpur. Remaining serious for several minutes, Baba replied, "When I come back into the world after 700 years, remind me. I will clarify it then!" All laughed uproariously, and Baba asked them to go for their lunch. (Lord Meher-p-4272/1958)

 

 

 

495-RAJA KHER

The group of devotees from Hamirpur and Raja Kher was allowed to see Baba at Meherazad the following morning at 9:00 A.M. (Lord Meher-p-4640-1960)

 

 

 

 

507-RAJPUT BHAGWAN DAS

During Ichhaura stay of Baba and mandali in 1954, arrangement for lunch and dinner was made by Hamirpur baba lovers. For 4th February  a man who was supposed to make arrangement , told Prabhu Dayal that he can only make the arrangement of ration for Baba only and not for the mandali. Therefore adverse situation Prabhu Dayal made responsible one Baba lover named Bhagwan Das Rajput to provide ration for Baba and mandali which he accepted by heart. But the person who has refused to feed Mandali, cleverly carrying ration for food reached to Baba’s tent not passing in front of Ram Mandir but through any other route.

All knowing Meher Baba refused to accept ration from that man, and in this way he returned back to his house with Ration. But according to alternative arrangement made by Prabhu Dayal, Bhagwan Das Rajput reached little late to Meher Baba carrying Ration, Baba accepted it. When that man came to know that Meher Baba has accepted the ration of Bhagwan Das, he felt ashamed and with heavy heart went to Prabhu Dayal begged for pardon and accepting his fault. He missed the opportunity feeding Meher Baba but got chance of proving breakfast to mandali men.

 

512-RAJPUT SIDDH GOPAL & PREM RANI

The temple called Meher Dham came into being through the combined labor and untiring effort of dedicated lovers  Hamirpur Baba lovers including Siddh Gopal and others, In fact, they literally sacrificed his life in Baba's cause while labouring so hard on this project, and he died before seeing its successful completion (Lord Meher-p-4781-1961)

 

515-RAM CHARAN

In 1954, Baba stayed in a tent at Icchora (Hamirpur district). In the compound of Baba’s tent there was a big tree of ber which was laden with ripe ber fruits. When ripe these fell down and some ripe fruits were lying on the ground. One of mandali named Gustadji ate few ber (fruits) lying on the ground which were very tasty and sweet. When Baba came to know of the was not pleased. Calling Gustadji  Baba asked, “did you sought permission of the owner of the orchid before eating ber.” He gave a negative reply. Baba called Prabhu Dayal and ordered to call owner of the orchid and mandali man.

When Ram Charan, eldest son of Chaturbuj Lambardar came to know complete detail of Baba’s annoyance then he with extreme politely folded his hands before Baba and said, “Baba I am your servant. This orchid is yours and therefore this ber tree is also yours. We are yours. Mandali is also yours. The ber which they have eaten are yours is also yours and not mine.” With this reply Baba did not seem to be happy and expressed, “Though it is correct that al the universe is mine yet everyone should follow my rules. It is not good to take things which is not yours in this world. Some of my mandali men have failed to abide by this simple rule.

For a moment Baba stopped and folded his hands in sign of greeting ( namaskar) and looked at Ram Charan in serious mood and moving his fingers fast on alphabet board expressed, “Eating ber (fruit) without permission i myself seek your pardon on behalf of my mandali men.” All present there surprisingly looking at Meher Baba. Seeing Baba’s serious mood the Mandali men also felt guilty of having eaten Ber (fruit) without permission.

(English translation of -30 of History of Ichhaura by P. C Nigam)

 

 

 

517-RAMCHARAN NAI

Forty men from Nauranga had come. Baba urged Babu Ramprasad to introduce each lover, one by one, and Baba was deeply touched on hearing of their love for him. When introduced to a barber named Ramacharan Nai, Baba asked him, "Can you shave me? Have you brought your materials?"

Ramacharan said he did not have any equipment. Baba stated, "I am the Universal Barber .I shave and shape the heads of all!" (Lord Meher-p-3626-1954)

All laughed, whereupon Baba commented, "My humor is eternal. Due to it, people have no idea of my eternity, and I myself cannot gauge it! There is no one as true as I, and also as false!"  (Lord Meher-p-3626-1954)

 

 

 

520-RAM JANKI

A young woman named Ram Janki had also come from Lucknow, but against the wishes of her family. She was an intrepid girl who was determined to follow the dictates of her heart. For years, she longed for Baba's darshan. Her parents lived in Allahabad, but they had no faith in Baba's divinity. Ram Janki had done her utmost to attend the 1958 sahavas at Meherabad. She had written Baba, who had arranged for her to make the trip with Saroj Sahai's father, G. S. Srivastava, but the girl's parents forbade it. Then, after her marriage in Lucknow, unknown to her family, she had managed to come to see Baba in Poona in 1963 with a relative.

This time, in order to slip away from Lucknow, she had gone to her parents' home in Allahabad. Two days later she received a telegram from her husband, requesting her to return to Lucknow. She wired back that she could not come because her mother was ill with an attack of cholera. Receiving her telegram, her husband came to Allahabad and her mother had to pretend she was ill. Telling Ram Janki to remain in Allahabad for a few more days, the husband returned to Lucknow. It was impossible to persuade her parents to allow her to travel to Baba, so, telling them she was going to visit a relative's home, she instead came to Poona.

Not liking that Ram Janki had lied, Baba corrected her, "Why do you behave like this? I am always with you.

If you are forbidden to come, don't come!" And Baba repeated, "I am with you always!" (Lord Meher-p-5318-1965)

 

 

522-RAM KRIPAL

Fourteen-year-old Ramkripal came to the sahavas from Hamirpur, and Baba called Keshav and Pukar and asked, "Children under the age of seventeen were not permitted to attend the sahavas. Why did you bring him?"

Both replied, "The boy is very devout and was persistent in coming despite our advice to the contrary, saying that if he were not allowed to go he would commit suicide! So we had to bring him."

Baba asked Ramkripal, "Is this the sort of love you have for me? Are you prepared to die for me?" The boy nodded and Baba embraced him.

 

 

535-RAMA SHANKAR

In 1954 sahwas at Meherabad,  again the car had to stop. Rama Shanker of Bokhar village in Hamirpur was about to leap in front of it. Had Eruch not sharply applied the brakes, Rama Shanker would surely have been run over. Baba asked him sternly, "Why did you do that?"

"Baba, I am not satisfied ... Embrace me one last time."

Such was the condition of his lovers. Baba embraced him and then drove to Meherazad. At the beginning of the two-day meeting, rain had flooded Meherabad; now rivulets of tears flowed everywhere. (Lord Meher-p-3643-1954)

 

540-RAMNATH SONAR

During Hamirpur visit in year 1954, Baba left for Mahewa and on the way stopped at the village of Khanna. He had arrived early, and consequently there were only a few people waiting for him at the spot they had selected for giving darshan. But as soon as Baba's car was parked, his presence was announced by the beat of a drum (the customary village method of summoning people to assemble). Baba himself walked straight into the interior of the village and sat down on a raised platform outside the house of Ramnath Sonar, where he gave darshan freely to one and all. (Lord Meher-p-3448-1954)

 

 

550-RATHOR AYODHYA PRASAD

Introducing Ayodhya Prasad Rathor of Dhagwan Village, Keshav said that he had come to the meeting defraying his travelling expenses by selling his wife's jewellery. Baba asked, "Why did you do that? I was there [with you at your home]!"

Rathor answered, "Jewels can be obtained again in life; but there will not be another chance to attend such a rare meeting as this for 700 years."

 

 

555-RAWAT SHRIPAT SAHAI

On 14th August 1943, Shripat Sahai Rawat of Hamirpur, called Shribhai, came to Meherabad to see Baba. He had heard of Baba in Nagpur from Babadas. He was a very active political worker in the Indian National Congress party, and a warrant had been issued for his arrest because of his agitation for the country's independence. The British government was arresting all of the Congress party leaders for stirring up revolt against their rule.

When Baba saw him, he raised an eyebrow and inquired, "You are here? You should be in jail!"

Shribhai was amazed, as he was coming to Baba for the first time, and had not told him anything. Baba spelled out, "Take darshan without touching My feet."

Baba then asked him what had brought him to Meherabad. Shribhai described his long interest in spirituality, and at the end of his narration Baba dictated, "I am happy about your honest seeking for the Real. I am pleased with you. Ask Me what you want; you will get it. But express your wish in one sentence."

Shribhai was greatly affected by this meeting and on the spur of the moment said, "Spiritual advancement."

For a moment Baba looked serious. Then he gestured, "Granted."

Shribhai then admitted he was being pursued by the police, and Baba counselled, "You say that the conflict between a political and a spiritual life is now resolved. As you do not want to involve yourself further in politics, turn yourself in to the District Magistrate of Hamirpur."

"Don't run away," Baba advised, "Go and surrender yourself to the police. Your going to prison is good, and I will have My eye on you."

Shribhai obeyed. He was the first person from Hamirpur district to come in the Master's contact, and it is due to him that the whole of Hamirpur is today at Meher Baba's feet. His contact proved a link, and he also informed other Congress leaders in prison about Meher Baba.

Shribhai's brother-in-law came to meet Baba. Introducing him, Keshav said he was a highly successful businessman, whereas Shribhai was a spendthrift. So Baba had Shribhai sent for and teased him, "I have just heard from Keshav that your brother-in-law earns money while you fritter it away! What is this?"

Shribhai answered, "Baba, it is only you who make us prosperous, or ruin us!"

Addressing all, Baba remarked, "Shribhai is my old lover and his love is as strong as ever. Pukar says Shribhai accidently started a fire and, due to his negligence, medicines worth five thousand rupees were lost in it. But what Shribhai has done is worth more than five crores [fifty million rupees]! He presented to me the very infinitesimal portion of the Makardhwaj [Ayurvedic] medicine saved from the fire he had prepared. It is invaluable!"

During 1958 sahwas at Meherabad, Baba stretched out his legs and rested a while and asked Shripat Sahai, "Have you brought any medicine? This darshan is wearing me out."

Sahai aptly replied, "Baba, like everything else, your fatigue is eternal, but with my medicine it will go away."

Once Sripat Sahai approached, he offered his "flower," a poem of welcome to Baba, which Baba heard before giving him darshan. He then asked, "Have you brought the medicine?"

Sahai immediately produced a bottle of Ayurvedic tonic and, handing it to Baba, said, "When the Lord suffers, this medicine is prescribed."

 

 

559-RUDRA PRATAP

On completion of darshan in Mahoba, Baba went to the village of Kabrai. At five o'clock, he gave darshan at the Akhand Junior High School at Gauhari. One of the teachers, Rudra Pratap, gave a welcome address, and Baba dictated the following message:

When the fully-grown, fully-conscious man becomes childlike, desire less and lust less, he comes nearer to God. When I am among children, I feel myself to be a child. When I am among the poor, I feel no one is poorer than me. When I am among rich and influential people, I feel I am Emperor of all.

For you students, two things are necessary —honesty and humility. By humility, I do not mean modesty, but that humility which spreads greatness. So if you students realize this much, then the purpose of my being among you is served.

I give my blessings to you all.(Lord Meher-p-3448-1954)

 

 

570-SAKARAM JAIBAHAR

During 1962 gathering, Patwardhan arrived and the music started in the morning session. Kamat was playing the tabla; there was also a sitar player (Laxman Waze) and a flutist (Sakaram Jaibahar). At one point, Kamat gave a solo performance, and Baba told the Westerners to watch his fingers. All applauded when Kamat finished. After an hour, the musicians embraced Baba and departed. Baba remarked, "If you could understand what he just sang, you would feel so happy. (Lord Meher-p-4876-1962)

 

 

571-SAMIR DILJAN

He belonged to Lucknow and had Baba’s darshan. Now he is settled in Vasant Kunj Delhi.

 

 

574-SANT MALI

(A Gardener)

During New life Baba stayed in a cottage in Sarnath. Baba came out of his cottage with his hand on Sant Mali's shoulder, and gazed at the Nath and Khare families from a distance. Baba had invited them there on his last day in Sarnath so that they could have a second glimpse of him. (Lord Meher-p-2843-1949)

 

 

575-SARANGI PLAYER

On 15th October, 1963, at Guruprasad Begum Akhtar along with her tabla player, Muhammad Ahmed, and a sarangi player performed before Baba.(Lord Meher-p-5046-1963)

 

590-SHARMA

(A boy)

During Andhra tour, Baba reached Rajahmundry with the group. In addition, Baba had kept a few select boys along with him on the journey. Pukar had brought two boys from Hamirpur, named Sharma and Singh, who likewise stayed with the group. (Lord Meher–p-3257-1953)

 

 

599-SHARMA CHATURBUJ

During 1958 sahwas Baba went to the men's dormitory tent, where Chaturbuj of Ichhuara was lying in bed ill and unconscious.

Baba placed his walking stick on his chest and advised he be given milk, but someone said he was unable to drink anything. Baba sent someone to bring milk and kept his other cane on his chest. Chaturbuj suddenly sat up and held Baba in a tight embrace. He drank the milk and also ate after a while. (Lord Meher-p-4267-1958)

 

602-SHARMA RAJ KUMAR

Raj Kumar Sharma of Kanpur saw Baba at Meherazad on 6th November 1967, and was told to present all his difficulties to Baba after Baba ended his present seclusion. Baba said that, at that time, he might allow Raj to stay at Meherazad for three or four days, and Sharma was very happy. (Lord Meher-5296-1967)

 

604-SHARMA SALIGRAM & WIFE

Born in the village of Magarpur (District Jhansi, India), on 14th January 1928, Shaligram had a disturbed childhood. He lost his mother when he four years old. His father, a landlord, did not pay loving attention to Shaligram. He remained love starved and developed an aversion to the world. He aspired to become a monk and seek God. Shaligram reflects that by planting this desire to seek God, Meher Baba was silently drawing him closer.

At the age of eleven years, Shaligram, with one of his friends named Maithili Sharan, secretly left his home for pilgrimage to Badrinath Temple situated high up in the Himalayas. He carried a rosary and a copy of Bhagavad Gita. However, on the way, Maithili felt frightened having been spotted by an acquaintance and left Shaligram. Shaligram did not stop and continued his journey. In the train, a blind sadhu took special interest in Shaligram. On learning that Shaligram has secretly left his home and is on a pilgrimage to Badrinath, the sadhu persuaded Shaligram to return, saying that pilgrim places are full of immoral practices and are no longer abodes of God. The sadhu pointed out that God Himself seeks His lovers and one day Shaligram would succeed in finding Him. Convinced, Shaligram returned and resumed his normal life.

Shaligram resumed his studies and graduated from Kanpur. He then got trained for the job of a public prosecutor in the police department. He was posted at Allahabad, a holy city infused with a spiritual environment. Again he got tormented by the thought that he is drifting away from his main objective, the search of God. Shaligram took a vow of a totally frugal diet and abstained from eating any thing else. He resolved that he would not resume the normal diet until he finds God! After about a year he was transferred to Hamirpur, a poorly developed small town surrounded from three sides by rivers. Though reluctant initially, Shaligram accepted the new posting and arrived at Hamirpur with his bag and baggage ferried across the river. Soon Shaligram, because of his monk-like habits and honesty, impressed one Hari Shankar Sharma, his senior. It was through Hari Shankar that Shaligram heard the name of Meher Baba for the first time.

Hari Shankar talked about a police officer, Vishnu Shrivastava, and mentioned that Shrivastava’s wife is a devotee of somebody known as Meher Baba. The moment Hari Shankar mentioned about Meher Baba, Shaligram had a vision of Baba in a pink coat and sadra. He saw Baba smilingly poised on a sofa chair. At that time, Shaligram could not make out whom he actually saw in that vision. But later, when one of Shaligram’s acquaintance, who was working in Narayan Press of Hamirpur and from where the Hindi magazine Meher Pukar was published by Keshav Narayan Nigam, took Shaligram to the place of his work. While grazing through Meher Pukar, Shaligram saw a photograph of Meher Baba exactly similar to the vision seen earlier. Shaligram’s acquaintance was a Baba lover who firmly believed in the Godhood of Baba. He gave Baba’s declarations “Highest of the High” and “Meher Baba’s Call” to Shaligram for reading. Shaligram was deeply impressed by the divine authority of Meher Baba and was moved by His declarations.

At Narayan Press (now named as Meher Pukar Press) Shaligram met Parameshwari Dayal Nigam “Pukar.” Pukar told many Baba stories to Shaligram. In one such story, Pukar talked about a sahavas program at Meherabad, where Baba lovers expressed their desire to wash Baba’s feet. Baba said that washing His feet by everybody would be time consuming and troublesome. He said that He would wash His own feet on everybody’s behalf. Pukar narrated how Baba washed the feet of lepers and the poor. He also talked about the life and spiritual experiences of Baba’s disciple called “Pleader.” Pukar also gave the book God Speaks to Shaligram for reading. God Speaks, with its crystal-clear presentation of highly complex spiritual themes supported by beautiful charts, convinced Sharma that only God could create a book like that. Shaligram accepted Meher Baba as the Avatar of the Age. This was the year 1960. Hamirpur was already charged and activated by Beloved Baba and the tradition of holding annual Meher Prem Mela and Sahavas had just been started. Shaligram came into contact with many Baba lovers, including Dr. G. S. N. Moorty, Kishan Singh, Todi Singh, Prakashwati, Madhusudan, and others.

Shaligram’s heart was now aflame with Meher Baba’s Love and craved whole-heartedly to have His darshan. At Panwari sahavas, Madhusudan, moved by the Meher love of Shaligram, informed him about a meeting scheduled on 4th of December and specially convened by Baba for some selected lovers. Madhusudan instructed Shaligram to reach Sarosh Talkies (movie theatre) in Ahmednagar well in time and assured him of Baba’s darshan. However, Jal, Baba’s brother, objected and discouraged Shaligram for rushing to Ahmednagar, mentioning that the meeting is exclusively for some special invitees. Shaligram felt dejected and crestfallen. Later, moved by Shaligram’s mental state, Jal conceded and invited him for that very meeting, assuring that he would try his best to arrange Baba’s darshan. That meeting, however, was cancelled by Baba. Jal later informed Shaligram that he would be meeting Baba on 25th of December and intends to show Shaligram’s photograph to Baba. Shaligram promptly sent his photograph and a letter for Baba.

On 31st of December, Jal wrote to Shaligram: “I have been to Baba for a few hours and in spite of restrictions during Baba’s seclusion, I could place your photograph and the letter before Him. Baba looked at your photograph very lovingly and said, “I know everything about him and I will surely call him one day.” Jal’s letter filled Shaligram with immense happiness. All this made him much more restless to have a darshan of his Beloved Meher Baba.

This was the time when Bhopal center was celebrating Baba’s birthday commencing programs from 24th of February 1961 and invited Keshav Narayan Nigam as a special guest. Keshav was permitted to bring a companion. Shaligram accompanied Keshav and both arrived at Bhopal on 24th of February. From Bhopal, Shaligram sent a birthday telegram to Beloved Baba stating: “By your mercy I surrender myself to you as birthday greeting.” Overflowing with Baba’s love, Shaligram started giving discourses on Baba’s life and teachings at various places.

It was the month of April when Pukar gave the happy news about Baba’s circular informing about a darshan program at Poona. Shaligram started for Poona on 12th of May, reaching there on 14th. At Poona Bhau informed them that a special Baba darshan program is fixed on that very day at 4 p.m. Shaligram vividly recollects: As he entered the room, he saw Baba seated on a chair wearing a sadra. His divinely radiant face was full of peace and love. Light similar to moonlight was radiating from Him. When Pukar introduced Shaligram to Baba, Baba asked, “Has he started taking regular diet or he is still on frugal food?” Pukar said, “He has started taking regular diet. He was reluctant but after receiving a telegram from Adi Sr., he relented.” Baba then asked Shaligram “What made him stop taking regular food?” and without waiting for the answer, He instructed everybody to assemble in the adjacent hall. In the hall Baba came wearing a pink coat and sat on a sofa. This was exactly how Shaligram saw Baba in his vision.

In the hall, Shaligram was introduced again as the public prosecutor from Hamirpur. Baba asked the name of Shaligram’s village. He was told that it is Magarpur. Baba then asked Shaligram, “What do you want?” Shaligram said, “I want to be true to my surrender to Baba.” Baba was pleased and said, “Nobody has said that before. Now the conditions are such that it is I who has to surrender before the world.” Somehow Shaligram took this as his rejection and felt terribly upset and dejected. Eruch, who was interpreting Baba, then explained: “Baba is saying that surrender demands total emptiness within. If you beat a solid block of wood, no musical sound can be produced. But if the same block is made empty within by giving it the shape of a drum, it becomes a wonderful musical instrument. A rock has no desire. In the same way, in surrender one has to free himself from his own desires. Dust, trampled or reverently smeared on the head, remains unaffected. In the same way surrender means becoming the dust. Why Shaligram is seeking total surrender to me? This will make him useless for the world.” Then Baba asked Ramjoo to recite a couplet in Persian. That he did and Baba explained its meaning: “Since the time I have surrendered myself to my Beloved, I have become totally useless for the world.”

On this Shaligram said, “Baba, please, make me useless for the world and give me the strength to surrender to Your will.” Baba then enquired about Shaligram’s family members — kids and wife — and asked, “Do they have faith in Me? What will happen to them? Have you thought about that?” Shaligram said, “I leave everything to You, Baba.” Baba then said, “After surrender to the will of God, nothing remains to be achieved.” Then Baba instructed Pukar to ask Shaligram to sing a song of his choice. Shaligram poured out his heart, saying, “Baba, give me the strength to surrender totally to Your will and take refuge in You.” Suddenly Baba became supremely radiant and, raising His hand, said, “God has heard you and has granted your wish.” At that time the entire hall was filled with brilliant light and a deafening explosion was heard by Shaligram [described in talks by Shaligram as a clap of thunder]. Shaligram was in profound ecstasy and Baba too was extremely happy. Baba gave Shaligram five chocolates as prasad. But soon Shaligram discovered that one of the chocolates is missing. Later he found that missing chocolate in his bed. He ate all five.

Next day, on 15th, Baba hugged Shaligram lovingly and rubbed His cheek on Shaligram’s cheek. Shaligram felt as if high-voltage electric current has passed through his entire body. His joy of ecstasy was increased manifold. Baba instructed Shaligram, “Be truthful in your worldly duties, see Baba in all beings and work without any worry.” Shaligram asked, “Baba, how to see you in all beings?” Baba said, “Do not worry about that. I will take care of that at the appropriate time.”

 

607-SHASHI SHARMA

Shashi Sharma was son of Dev Dattu from Hamirpur

Prior to Baba's move to Dehra Dun, he had instructed Kishan Singh and others to look for an "ideal boy," because he wished to wash the boy's feet and offer him seven rupees as prasad every day for two weeks. A suitable boy was not found, but during the darshan on 23 March, Dev Dutt Sharma came accompanied by his teenage son, Shashi. Baba liked the lad and had Kishan Singh bring him to Mussoorie on 2 May. Baba kept him with him for about two weeks and then sent him home.

Shashi Sharma recalled that when he first saw Baba, "his divine glow made me try to touch his feet, but he did not allow it. I was invited to stay in his Mussorie ashram. Every day in the morning, he would put his head on my toes and give me a few rupees. I used to get an electric-[like] shock when his head touched my feet."  (Lord Meher-p-3311-1953)

 

610-SHARMA VISHNU PRASAD & WIFE

Babadas had visited Hamirpur during July 1952 and had informed Vishnu Sharma of Dhagwan; and others. People in these areas were eagerly looking forward to Baba's darshan, but Baba had not yet given them the opportunity.2656-1948

Almost 80,000 people had the good fortune to receive Baba's touch during ten days of darshan in Hamirpur district. The whole region of Hamirpur resounded with: "Hari [Lord] Baba, Hari Baba! Meher Baba Hari, Hari!" The originator of this chant was Vishnu Sharma of Dhagwan. 3210-1952

In 1954 Vishnu of Dhagwan sang the song "Jai, Jai Jagat ke Samarth!" — "Hail, hail the All-powerful One in the universe!" The song made Baba happy. 3268-1954

In 1952, during Baba’s visit of Hamirpur. A large-scale darshan took place in Nauranga. While coming up, Vishnu Sharma fell and badly hurt his leg. Pendu attended him and, after applying some medicine to the leg, bandaged it. 3384-1954

In 1955, sahwas program, the group reassembled in the hall at one o'clock, and Vishnu Sharma of Dhagwan sang bhajans as Baba played the drum. Baba praised Sharma's singing, and handing him back the drum, he instructed, "Keep it carefully as I have played on it."

After tea, all gathered in the hall in afternoon, where Vishnu of Dhagwan sang bhajans at Baba's request.

Baba wanted to know the time. It was 10:45 A.M. Baba indicated he would enjoy some singing and then give another discourse. Vishnu of Dhagwan gave a combined song and dance performance, greatly enjoyed by all.

Next, Vishnu Sharma came up to read his humorous Chai Puran (Tale of Tea), written in a mixture of Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi and English, which described the story of tea and extolled its attributes. When he finished, Baba joked, "Now the management's troubles have increased, because after hearing this tale, the men and women here will want more tea."

During 1958 sahwas, Vishnu Sharma of Dhagwan made Baba smile with a song full of love.

On the 18th May 1960, Vishnu Sharma of Dhagwan entertained Baba by reciting his story, Chai Puran (a humorous "Tale of Tea"). (Lord Meher-p-4684-1960)

 

614-SHASTRI MATRA DUTTA & RAJ KUWAR

In Hamirpur, a pundit named Matra Dutta Shastri came in close contact with Baba. He was an orthodox Brahmin, well-versed in the scriptures. He had come with a view to deriding Baba; but, seeing him, his heart underwent a miraculous change, and he bowed his head at Baba's feet and remained dedicated forever.

During 1954 gathering at Meherabad, Kaikobad was called and recited a prayer from the Zend Avesta. Just as he finished, Matra Dutta Shastri shouted, "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!" Baba warned all not to shout anything until he himself asked them to do so when the prayers were over. He, however, pardoned Matra. He also issued strict orders that no camera should click during the prayers.

On 21th November 1955, Baba arrived at Meherabad in morning. After going to his cabin Baba went back to his room and discussed various matters with the mandali. Entering the hall, Baba asked those who had not slept to stand. Matra Dutta Shastri also could not sleep. He recited a Sanskrit shloka praising the advent of the Avatar Krishna, and then in a paroxysm of weeping sought Baba's forgiveness for his sins. Baba called him and held him in a loving embrace. As Baba was consoling him, someone remarked about Matra Shastri, "He was feeling something within which made him restless, and so he couldn't sleep."

Baba thereupon explained to Shastri:

Don't be afraid, Shastriji. There is no need to say anything. If I am the Avatar, then I know everything. The only thing I have come for and can give is forgiveness. It is the most supreme thing for those who are forgiven. Christ often said, "I forgive you, I forgive you." Some considered this as his prasad, but people in general could not understand him.

If I am the Avatar, everything will be forgiven. If I am not the Avatar, what use would it be to ask my forgiveness? In fact, there is nothing to be forgiven. There is nothing like good and bad. Due to your bindings, you take it that way. In this bondage, there is good and there is bad; but eventually everything is zero. Maya is there for you, not for me. (Lord Meher-p- 3833-1955)

In 1955 gathering the group reassembled in the hall. Baba liked ghazal very much. Matra Dutta Shastri was again overcome with emotion, and standing up, began clapping and singing. At first no one clapped with him, but when Baba joined in, all others followed suit. The hall echoed with the sound, and Age was moved by the rhythm of Wine. Shastri started dancing

In 1960, Matra Dutta Shastri came from Hamirpur with printed copies of Divya Leela, which he laid at Baba's feet. Baba kept him in Meherazad the whole day. He also came the following day along with Homa Dadachanji. Baba paid a visit to the Ahmednagar Center on the 26th to embrace those who had laboured for his birthday celebrations there. This birthday message from Baba was sent to his lovers throughout the world: "The true lover is born only at that moment when he dies for God." (Lord meher-p-4636-1960)

             

623-SHIVENDRA SAHAI & SAROJ

Shivendra Sahai, old Baba lover from Banaras had opportunity to see to meet Meher Baba on His special invitation in May 1963 at Guruprasad in Poona along with his wife Saroj, children year old son Shachindra and 6 month old baby son. On barding next train from Manmad for Poona his younger son got indisposed by dysentery and dehydration and his condition worsened in absence any medical help when we reached near Ahmednagar. When his compartment reached near railway crossing the path leading to upper hill a solemn voice sounded within him, “Nothing will happen to him, just do not worry.” When they reached Poona and landed in a hotel He found that his condition had improved. When he met Baba in Guruprasad Baba took the baby boy in His lap recessed, and gave toffee & His garland to Shachindra. He gave a name “Meher Nath” to my baby son. On relating my train incident, He gestured, “My Nazar is always on you.”

Second time in July 1965, we all booked tickets for Poona to attend for Darshan but a fortnight before my leave was cancelled. Since I was not going I decided to make a bust of Baba. I made it and decided to paint it. But at last time, my son Shachindra broke it and nose of Baba‘s bust was broken. Finding no time I repaired the nose by chipping the material from the back of the bust, painted and dressed it as no can see the chipping. It was presented before baba through Keshav Narayan Nigam. Baba appreciated it but did point of the chipping on the back which can be from Baba being omniscient. When I came to know about it I was bowed down before Baba omnipresence and His love for us.

 

 

631-SINGH

(A boy)

During Andhra tour, Baba reached Rajahmundry with the group. In addition, Baba had kept a few select boys along with him on the journey. Pukar had brought two boys from Hamirpur, named Sharma and Singh, who likewise stayed with the group.

In year 1954, In Hamirpur Keshav began the introductions. He first introduced a boy named Singh, who had accompanied Baba to Andhra in 1953 and subsequently had run away from his home to join Baba in Dehra Dun. Baba asked Keshav if Singh was behaving normally now. He replied that there was still something lacking.

Baba asked Singh, "Do you know what real love is like?" and then explained, "The flame of love within does not even give out smoke for others to see. When you love me, you burn within yourself, and yet seem cheerful with a broad smile upon your lips. You bear the pangs of separation calmly and quietly. Even a sigh of the pangs of separation is an insult to that love!

"Attend to all your duties; you can still love Baba by dedicating all your good and bad to me.

Just as you cover your body with clothes and forget all about the dress you wear all day, similarly dress your soul only once in a day with thoughts of Baba, and Baba will then be all the time with you, even without your paying any further attention." (Lord Meher-3626-1954)

 

 

645-SONI NET RAM

He was called to Poona with special message and had Baba’s darshan at Guru Prasad in 1962. Baba said to him, “Lead a honest life”. He was in very profitable gold business. Leaving gold business he stated small business of selling copper goods and Bhajan books. He followed an honest life. (Meher Pukar-April-2017)

 

 

646-SONI SHIV NARAYAN

(In words of Mr. Soni)

I belonged to village Sidra in Hamirpur district and grocery shop owner.

I received information of Poona darshan program in East-West gathering in 1962 (from 1st to 4th November) through Keshav Narayan Nigam. I went to him and said I will not be arranging Rs. 60/ for both way train fare who had arranged train booking in 3 months in advance.

It was time nearing Dipawali. I came to Hamirpur and met Pukarji at his house. I thought I will meet only Pukarji instead of going to Poona. He asked me, How about going to Poona. I said my pocket does not allow. I came to my house in Sidra. My wife Prema gave Rs.25/-and asked me prepare for journey. I asked where from she got the money. She told that she found on the road while she took the goats for gazing in the field

I thanked Baba and to arrange the short fall I asked her to give her gold ear tops which she gave. I went to a money lender in village Paragaon.The money lender warned me not to gamble and loaned me Rs. 40/- Still there was short fall of Rs. 5/-toward incidental expenses in journey.

I proceeded with Rs. 60/-with me. I came to Ghat to cross the river. There was no ferryman. I removed my cloth and swam the river Betwa and reached Kings Road near house of Pukarji in the night. I said I will go to Poona and narrated the events. Pukarji treated me with food and my bedding.

After dinner, again I was worried about short fall of Rs. 5/-. I thought to sell some of my household goods in a bet. I came back to my village. In four bets I got Rs. 4/-each time and could collect Rs. 16/-It was 3 a.m. I said to my wife now things are OK. I came back to Beta Ghat again. This ferryman helped me to cross the river. It was 4 a.m. by now. I met Pukar ji again and related the events

Pukarji asked me to bring the Bus crossing Betwa river on big ferry From Igonhta which I did. With all Baba lovers gathered at the house of Pukarji we left and reached Jhansi. I boarded the train at Jhansi railway station with all Baba lovers. Jagdev Prasad Dube was also travelling. We reached Poona singing bhajans and ghazals.

At Poona station, we got divided in different groups. Our date for darshan was fixed on 4th November. We reached   Guruprasad on 4th by 4.30 a.m. in the morning. I stood near the Gate no 2 and was far behind in the line. Darshan started. I was looking at Baba from distance and found that Baba looked at me and His nazar was same as it was in year 1952 when I first saw Him in Hamirpur. When I reached in front of Baba, I bowed down to His Feet. Pukarji sitting by side of Baba told my story of Rs.25/- Baba raising His hands gestured that I am very happy and sais I have given him Rs. 25/-. Baba gave me one garland. For few minutes I saw Baba in front of Him. He looked very happy and His face was very bright and shining. Pukarji told me to me to move and I came out happily.

 

 

650-SHRIVASTAVA DWARKA PRASAD

Dwarka Prasad Shrivastava of Rath brought a bottle of water with which he washed Baba's feet, and then collected the water back in the vial. Adarsh Khare helped him and kept a little for himself. (Lord Meher-p-4250-1958)

 

 

655-SRIVASTAVA GOPAL SARAN & WIFE 

To make all the necessary arrangements required for Baba's work, Pleader was sent to Allahabad ten days in advance. There he contacted a man named G. S. Srivastava, an Assistant Commissioner with the state government, who had first met Baba in 1938 and become an ardent follower. Srivastava was already planning to spread Baba's message of love at the Kumbha Mela. Vibhuti and Babadas were coming to Allahabad for the same purpose. But Baba instructed that, until his own work at the fair was over and he had left Allahabad, their work should not begin.

The large painting done by Rano of Baba seated, titled The Avatar, was to be sent to Srivastava to be displayed at his house during the Kumbha Mela. But Baba specified that the painting should not reach Srivastava until after he had left Allahabad. (Lord Meger-p-2250-1941)

 

 

658-SHRIVASTAVA JAIDEV

He belonged to Urai

He was a good singer, Had Baba’s darshan in Hamirpur

(Meher Pukar)

 

 

652-SRIVASTAVA PREM NARAYAN & RAM KUWAR DEVI

They belonged to Jhansi UP

Both had Baba’s Physical darshan in 1958.

His Wife, Ram Kuwar Devi died on 18th December 2003.

(Meher Pukar)

 

698-TODI SINGH VERMA

Todi Singh, a prominent cream manufacturer in Aligarh, had found out about Baba from Kishan Singh and had had a brief glimpse of Baba from a distance in Meherabad at the time of the New Life meetings in August 1949. Later, he had also seen Baba in a dream, in which he had been asked, "Would you serve me? Would you feed me and my companions?"

The vivid dream made Todi Singh restless. He did not know Baba's whereabouts and wondered how he should serve him. The one glance he had of Baba at Meherabad had changed him completely — he was so overcome by his love that he had become almost like a mast. He appeared absorbed, merged in Baba's love.

His dream distressed him, and he longed somehow to obtain Baba's address.

During this period, Kishan Singh wrote to him from Delhi that he should send two large tins of butter to Baba as a gift. He gave him Keki Nalavala's address in Dehra Dun, and Todi was delighted at this fortunate turn of events.

Todi Singh and his son, Gajraj, arrived in Dehra Dun on the 11th of January 1950 with the tins. He went to Nalavala's home, where Keki Desai told him, "Baba is to arrive tomorrow, but he is not seeing anyone. In the New Life he is not accepting anything from anyone, either. Kindly leave so as not to disturb him."

Todi Singh informed Desai about his dream and said adamantly, "Baba has called me here to serve him." But Desai was equally insistent and requested that he leave. At last Todi Singh said, "Keep these tins of butter and send them to Baba."

But Desai answered, "I cannot interfere with Baba's conditions on anyone's behalf. I do not even know if Baba will see me or not."

"All right," said Todi Singh, "I am staying at a nearby dharamshala. If Baba meets you, kindly tell him about the tins and also tell him that I am eager to provide food for him." He left and Keki Desai subsequently forgot all about it. And Todi Singh himself did not bring up the subject when he was permitted to meet Baba briefly at the train station.

But on the 13th, Baba asked Keki Desai, "What is to be done about food during our stay at Manjri Mafi? We are only accepting food received as bhiksha." At this, Desai remembered Todi Singh's offer, but as he himself could not introduce any Old Life subject into the conversation, he remained quiet. Baba asked, "What are you thinking? Why don't you speak out?"

"Because of your order I hesitate to tell you," he said. Baba gave him permission and Desai explained about Todi Singh. Baba asked him to send for him, and Todi Singh came at once.

In Baba's presence, Todi Singh was so overwhelmed, he was absolutely dumbfounded. Whatever question was put to him he would answer, "Baba jani [knows]." He was asked, "How did you bring these two big tins of butter in the train?"

"Baba jani."

"What do you want?"

But the only words Todi could say were: "Baba jani."

Baba was highly amused, and he not only accepted the two tins of butter but permitted Todi Singh to provide him and the companions all their food as bhiksha.

He was asked to begin from the 16th of January, and again when questioned, "Are you ready to give food as alms for ten days from that date?"

All he could reply was: "Baba jani."

Baba laughed, and from that day Todi Singh was nicknamed Baba Jani. He returned to Aligarh, and on the 15th, with the required materials, he came back to Dehra Dun, and from there he went to Manjri Mafi.

Kishan Singh, Harjiwan Lal, Todi Singh and Was Deo Kain were called to attend a meeting between Baba and the men companions held at noon on Sunday, 30 April 1950, at Manjri Mafi.

Eruch explained to the men from Delhi about the New Plan, and they all promised without hesitation to give their full cooperation. Baba emphasized that they were to render all possible help, except in the way of money, food or clothing. "You should not spend a pie out of your own pockets for the companions of the New Plan," Baba emphasized.

Kumar promised to pay part of the proceeds of the sale of the Manjri Mafi property, which was Rs.7,000, by the end of July. Baba wanted the money immediately, then and there, that day! Consequently, Harjiwan Lal consented to lend the amount to Baba on condition that Kumar repay him by the end of July. Out of this Rs.7, 000, Rs.5, 000 was paid to Todi Singh in advance for the business, according to the New Plan. Harjiwan Lal was paid Rs.4,340 as rent for the building on Rohtak Road in Delhi.

Baba met with Kishan Singh, Harjiwan Lal, Todi Singh and Was Deo Kain for a while, and stated: "Somehow or other you men have come in my contact in the New Life as far as helping the New Plan group is concerned. But do not try to see me in Delhi unless I call you. You are free to meet the New Plan companions as often as you like. From today, you four have been taken in the New Life." The four men were happy with the meeting, and in the afternoon, they returned to Delhi.

Therefore, as a result of this unanimous decision, after just ten days in the ghee business, the companions immediately shut down their factory. The loan of Rs.16,000 was to be returned to Baba. This was done by handing over their cash balance of Rs.14, 570. The deficit of Rs.1, 430 was made up by the four women.

After the meeting, Baba expressed his desire to go mast hunting. Along with Eruch, Harjiwan, Todi Singh, Kain and Kishan Singh, he left for the town of Okhla.

A meeting of Baba lovers held on 29th September 1954, at Meherazad and about 850 persons arrived from different parts of India. Todi Singh was wandering near Baba behaving like a mast. Eruch gripped him firmly and led him to Baba.

In a similar manner, two other key men, Todi Singh Varma of Aligarh and Kishan Singh of Delhi, were also allowed a brief darshan and then sent away. These two individuals, along with Daulat Singh, were to prove important links in Meher Baba's work as events unfolded during the New Life.

Since Kaka was bedridden, Todi Singh's family came and prepared and sent the finest food. But Baba permitted the family to cook for only four days. On the 21st, he sent them back to Aligarh. Subhadra then cooked and sent the food, after which arrangements were made for the four women companions to do the cooking.

In Delhi, the companions began their ghee business. Appropriately, they named the enterprise the Navjeevan (New Life) Ghee Company. Since Kaka was the eldest, he performed the "opening ceremony," which was simply being the first to turn the handle of the charan (big wooden drum). Todi Singh had brought the required utensils and containers from Aligarh, where he had a factory. He also arranged for the supply of cream from which the companions prepared ghee. Most of the men helped in the work except Aloba, who cooked the meals for the companions, and Nilu, who assisted him by grinding the masala (spices). Baba had also exempted Kaikobad and Gustadji because of their age. Kaikobad would sit in a separate room and repeat Baba's name 100,000 times daily, as he had done in Dehra Dun. Gustadji would collect anything thrown away that he still thought useful.

The next day, Baba returned to Desai's and met with Kishan Singh, Harjiwan Lal, Todi Singh and the companions. Since the building which was to house Baba and the women in Delhi on Rohtak Road was not ready, Baba expressed his desire to relocate somewhere else. And since the companions of the Temporarily Restricted B-Group had always to be with him, they would naturally have to close down their ghee business. Baba informed them, "As companions of the original Plan One-B group, you must undergo the labor phase." He therefore proposed two methods of carrying out this phase, directing them to choose either one:

Todi Singh, after his meeting with Baba during the New Life in Manjri Mafi in 1950, was still behaving like a mast and had become careless about his family. He had come to Delhi from Aligarh for the darshan programs, at which time Baba instructed him to be mindful of his business and not neglect his responsibilities.

Baba arrived in Vijayawada from Madras on Friday, 16 January 1953. The largest group of those who joined Baba was the 30 from Hamirpur. From Delhi had come Dhar, Ganjoo and Kishan Singh; from Nagpur, Nana Kher, Pankhraj, Bhau and Kapse; from Saoner, Pophali Pleader; from Bombay, Nariman and Meherjee; from Ahmednagar, Kaka Chinchorkar and Pandoba; from Amraoti, Deshmukh, his wife and daughter; from Aligarh, Todi Singh.

Baba asked Todi Singh about his pecuniary condition and was told about his monetary difficulties.

"Are you worrying? [Todi Singh said yes.] What is there to worry about? In eternity, nothing has happened, and nothing will ever happen. All that happens, happens now at this moment — and then it is nothing!"   (Lord Meher-p-3629-1954}

 

 

700-TONGA DRIVER-1

In year 1939, while Baba and His group was in Benaras. Baba ordered the Tonga driver (to drive through the most crowded area of the city. Baba pointed out a particular man in the street, who looked like a beggar. The man was standing, gazing upwards, seemingly unaware of his surroundings. In this instance, Baba ordered Adi to give the man a coin. Chanji described the contact:

No explanation was offered at the moment, nor did we question Baba then as he seemed mentally preoccupied and "busy" elsewhere. After a while, after driving through many thoroughfares, Baba abruptly called for a turn, to return home. Simultaneously, Baba's expression changed with a "hum" typical to him. As the tonga traced its way homewards, Baba seemed to come down from his preoccupied (mental) state and began looking around with apparent interest. We took this opportunity to ask for an explanation about some of his significant gestures, and he readily replied that the man was spiritually dazed and "stuck-up" [stuck] on a certain place (like those inmates of our ashram of the God-Mad at Meherabad) and that the man needed a push onwards which he gave [from the second plane to the third plane]. The two-anna coin was a medium for this contact and significant for the planes Baba helped the man to cross. (Lord Meher-p-1981-1939)

 

 

701-TONGA DRIVER-2

In mast contact tour in year 1939, Baba left for Jaunpur (Utter Pradesh) in  very early morning on 15th December 1949, Leaving Rehata, they covered four miles before halting under some trees near a village. Walking several miles, they arrived in Jaunpur at four in the afternoon. Baba instructed to live by begging and search for a place to stay. They walked all over Jaunpur, but failed to find a suitable accommodation that fit the conditions.

After deliberating, Adi hired a tonga, and they went to a restaurant. Out of the sum he had been given to arrange for the accommodation, Adi paid the tonga driver ten rupees for the fifty-paisa fare, pleading, "Brother, give us food as alms!"

The tonga driver cocked his head to one side, and with a puzzled expression asked, "What did you say, sir?"

"Don't ask me again," said Adi. "If you don't give us food as bhiksha, we will starve! Come with us to the restaurant, order the food and tell us that it is alms for us from you. Then, we will all do justice to it." Never had such a strange request been made of the man. He stared at Adi (who looked far from starving) in astonishment. But he did as requested, and paid for the meal from the money Adi had given him for the tonga fare. (Lord Meher-p-2848-1949)

 

 

710-TULSIRAM

On seeing Tulsiram, one of the workers from Banda in Hamirpur, Baba was reminded how he had to travel by bullock cart to give darshan in the village of Ichhaura.

 

 

718-VERMA AURI SHANKAR

In year 1951, Was Deo Kain and Kishan Singh of Delhi were asked to have models of five religious symbols made: a Buddhist temple; a Hindu temple; a Christian church; a Mohammedan mosque; and a Zoroastrian fire-urn (representing the fire-temple). With the assistance of Auri Shankar Verma and Madan Mohan Agrawal the models were carved out of alabaster at Agra and sent to Hyderabad. (Lord Meher-p-3005-1951)

 

720-VAIDYA GAURI SHANKAR

Gauri Shankar Vaidya of Rath was an Ayurvedic doctor.

One largest darshan program during this period of the Fiery Free Life was held in the town of Rath on 25th November 1952.

Gauri Shankar Vaidya including Khare family had planned the program, which was attended by not less than 20,000 people. A huge pavilion was erected and all the best arrangements had been made and decorations hung. A great throng of humanity collected, and Baba distributed prasad nonstop throughout the day until evening.

One of the seven messages was read out after Baba's explanation on the Fiery Free Life. One message was titled "Our Ills and Our Remedies"

In 1953, Baba remarked to Gauri Shankar Vaidya of Rath, who was an ayurvedic doctor, "I am in very poor health. Just feel my pulse." While the doctor was feeling it, Baba added, "I am now suffering from measles, flu, pneumonia and malaria all at once. Have you any medicine for me?" 3246-19*53

On 5th February 1954, Baba left Nauranga for the village of Rath. The group arrived in Rath in the evening and Baba was lovingly received by Gauri Shankar Vaidya and others. Khare had arranged for Baba and the group to stay in a dharamshala together, about which Baba was not pleased. He had indicated earlier that he wished to spend the nights quietly secluded in an enclosed place.  (Lord Meher-p-3439-1954)

Gauri Shankar Vaidya (ayurvedic doctor) of Rath came forward, and Baba asked him to take his pulse. "It is normal, Baba," he said.

"The pulse of the whole world is controlled by my pulse," Baba stated. (Lord Meher-p-3628-1954)

Baba asked Gauri Shankar Vaidya (a doctor) to feel his pulse. "It is normal, Baba," he said.

"But I become indisposed in five minutes," Baba replied, "and become all right within the next five minutes. In five minutes I am old, and in five minutes turn young. You may mark how my countenance can undergo a change from bright and happy to old and haggard within a few minutes, and vice versa. What sort of disposition do I have?"

Baba then stated, "Now don't garland me daily; it is quite enough on this first day." (Lord MeheR-3814-1955)

 

 

722-VERMA HARISH CHANDER

Baba and the party arrived in Allahabad on 6th January 1953 in midnight to contact masts and Sadhus in Kumbh Mela.

Baidul had found a newly-constructed house in a quiet locality, where all were accommodated. They had a neighbour, Harishchander Verma, in whose care all correspondence and telegrams were sent. He was the only one in Allahabad who knew of Baba's presence there, and who was allowed to meet Baba. (Lord Meher-p-3241-1953)

 

 

742-WAMAN RAO

(A Singer)

During Hamirpur visit of Baba in 1954, thousands of people had come from different villages in the district to Hamirpur for Baba's darshan. As at other places, bhajan singing continued throughout the entire program. Two singers, Amardan and Waman Rao, had been travelling with the group. On the 8th, darshan continued until noon, (Lord Meher-p-3446-1954)

According to the Parsi calendar, Baba's 60th birthday fell on that day, on 10th February 1954. Everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. Keshav recited his poem "Meher Chalisa," and Baba embraced each one lovingly. Several of the Hamirpur men began dancing with joy.

Waman Rao started the refrain, "Yogi, mut jao (don't go), mut jao, yogi!"  But preparations for departure had already begun and the luggage was being packed. Baba had deeply embedded himself in the hearts of his Hamirpur lovers, and so his work was done. (Lord Meher-p-3451-1954)

 

 

745-YADAV BHAIRAV PRASAD

On 3rd February 1954, Beloved Baba had decided to carry his divine work in Ichhaura. On this day, in the afternoon Baba coming out of his tent went into jungle in north direction without letting anyone to know about it and completed his divine work which cannot be understood by our limited mind. During this period when baba was wandering in Jungle, the two Shepherds named Bhairav Prasad Yadav saw Baba while coming back from the jungle. To the extent Baba wandered in the jungle is not known. The moment two shepherds saw glowing and divine face of Meher Baba They got frightened and ran away from the scene. They informed Prabhu Dayal. When Eruch came to know of it he ran toward the jungle to find that Baba was seen coming back to jungle. Baba came near tent and sat on the cot placed on raised plate form. (English translation of -29 of History of Ichhaura by P. C Nigam)

 

 

749-YADAV RAM SAHAI

On 3rd December 1967, Chhagan came to Meherazad and reported about the Hamirpur fairs. Baba then sent the following telegram to those who had organized them — including Ramsahai Yadav "I am God in human form, and from my present deep seclusion, I send my love and blessing to you."5302-1937

Addressing all, Baba remarked, "Shribhai is My old lover and his love is as strong as ever. Pukar says Shribhai accidently started a fire and, due to his negligence, medicines worth five thousand rupees were lost in it. But what Shribhai has done is worth more than five crores (fifty million rupees)! He presented to Me the very infinitesimal portion of the Makardhwaj (Ayurvedic) medicine saved from the fire he had prepared. It is invaluable!"

In sahwas program of 1958, Baba stretched out his legs and rested a while and asked Shripat Sahai, "Have you brought any medicine? This darshan is wearing me out."

Sahai aptly replied, "Baba, like everything else, your fatigue is eternal, but with my medicine it will go away."