SL NO 701 TO 800
701-A POLICE COMMISSIONER OF MOHAMMERAH AND OTHER OFFICIALS WANTED TO MEET BUT BABA DID NOT GRANT DARSHAN TO ANYONE NOT TO DISCLOSE HIS IDENTITY
In September 1934, the police commissioner of Mohammerah and other officials wanted to meet Meher Baba, and when this was brought to Baba's attention, he
scolded the men sternly, "I have told you a thousand times not to disclose my identity to outsiders. I don't like it. I do not wish to see anyone here. I might give darshan of my own accord elsewhere, but not here. Not one of you listens to me, and this creates all these unnecessary harassments."
It was later discovered that the dervish who had arranged for their house had informed others about Meher Baba. When they first met him, the dervish did not know at the time who Baba really was, but he found out when Baba visited Ardeshir Irani's house in Mohammerah. But Baba was adamant and did not grant darshan to anyone in Mohammerah. (Lord meher-p-1096-1924)
702-A POLICE INSPECTOR APOLOGIZED FOR COMPLICATIONS AROSE BECAUSE OF THE RIVALRY BETWEEN THE TWO SHOPKEEPERS
On 30th October 1951, Baba and His group reached Gulbarga, Baba wished to give money as "love-gifts" to 101 needy families in Warangal. One Shop keeper Assured help to Eruch but the headman of the village having his own shop disliked and reported the police. Eruch explained to the police inspector.
The program had a harmonious ending. The headman felt ashamed that he had tried to stop Eruch and repented for his behavior.
Inspector also apologized and said all these complications arose because of the rivalry between the two shopkeepers." The police inspector took it as his good fortune to have been able to see Baba from a distance. (Lord Meher-p-3012-1951)
703- A POLITICIAN ENTERED IN BABA’S COMPARTMENT AND THOOUGHT HE WAS IN THE MIDST OF A BUNCH OF LUNATICS AND LEFT
Baba left for Baroda on the morning of October 29th, and another amusing incident occurred on the train. Baba, Baidul, Eruch and Gustadji found themselves in a small third class compartment which was empty. Everyone was pleased at this lucky turn of events, as whenever possible Baba preferred to have the compartment to himself so that he could relax and express himself uninhibitedly through gestures, without being concerned about drawing attention to himself. But unfortunately, just as the train pulled out of the station, a Congress leader stepped in.
Baba was not at all pleased to have a stranger in their midst and motioned to Eruch to get rid of him. Eruch pleaded, "Sir, the next halt is only ten or fifteen minutes away. When it comes will you please oblige us by finding a seat in another compartment? The train is not crowded and we would prefer to be alone. We are travelling a long distance and are tired."
"Why, is this compartment reserved?" he asked.
"No, it's not," Eruch replied. "But we prefer to spread out, and you will be equally comfortable in another compartment."
The man became arrogant and rude, and began arguing loudly, refusing to move. Baba signaled, "Stop arguing with him. Just observe silence, talk with each other through signs and laugh uproariously. If he asks you anything, ignore him."
Gustadji, who was under orders not to converse in sign language while travelling, to avoid attracting attention, was now freed of this longstanding restriction, and he plunged into animated "conversation." Baidul and Eruch were familiar with his signs, and they also began using them and laughing loudly.
The politician looked puzzled and asked Eruch, "Where are you going?" Eruch looked at him and turned away without replying. He asked Baidul, and he too turned his face. "Where do you live?" the man questioned; but no one paid any attention to him and they kept up their sign language among themselves.
At the next stop, probably thinking he was in the midst of a bunch of lunatics, the man rose to leave the compartment, and called for a coolie to remove his luggage.
Baba gestured to Eruch to shake his hand, thank him and help him out. So Eruch got up and helped the man down with his trunks and bid him farewell with a "Thank you."
They settled back to resume their journey in privacy, and Baba cuttingly remarked, "Serves him right!"
704-A POOR BUT A VERY DEVOTED BABA LOVER HAD A DREAM OF LEGAL POINT WHICH SETTELED THE DISPUTE OF HIS INHERITED PROPERTY AMONG OTHER RELATIVES
A poor but devoted baba lover with large family who was unexpectedly left a large inherentence. But the inhrrentence was apparently not legal water tight, and the relativesof this man took him to court claiming the inferentece for themselves. The claim did not lookgood for the Baba lover, yet his laywer was positive that somewhere in the mass of the legal cases was one that would give a winning answwerto his exact case. But try as he might, he could not findthe case. The baba loveralso spent countless hours helping the lawyerto go through volumes after volume of legal caseswith thwie court decisions. They had no success, but the Baba lover remained resigned to his Beloved’s Will.
Then one night he had a dreamin which Meher Baba told him the the volume in which his case could be found, and even the exaxct page. It was ofcourse as Baba had said in the dream, everyone was astonished, and wonderedhow he could have obtained the information. He inly answered: “My Master told me.”’
So he won the case. After doing so he settled something on each of his relatives and each year he contributed to Meher Baba’s trust in India,
705-A POOR COBBLER HIRED TO BUILD BABA'S HUT IN MEHERASTANA FELL ILL. BABA HIMSELF WENT TO THE POOR MAN'S TINY, ONE-ROOM HUT.
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 ar```rived 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)
706-A POOR COUPLE ‘S HOUSE WAS VISITED BY BABA. WIFE STOOD LIKE A STATUE
In 1956, Baba visited the home of another poor couple, but the wife was standing inside all alone. Her husband had not yet returned from work, and she was wondering what to do. When Baba entered her hut, she was so taken aback. She remained standing like a statue. Before she could do anything to properly receive him, Baba smiled at her and quickly left. (Lord Meher-p-3933-1956)
707-A POOR DEVOTEE OFFERED A PAISA COIN TO BABA AS DAKSHINA
In 1958, darshan program Baba got up and sat down again after adjusting his sadra. One poor devotee offered a paisa coin (penny) to Baba as dakshina, which Baba accepted. (Lord Meher-p-4252-1958)
708-A POOR LAUNDRYMAN WAS READY TO GO TO PANDHARPUR IN LIONS CLOTH WITH HIS 14 CHILDREN IN OBEDIENCE
A laundryman with his wife and children were residing near Grafton. The family would quarrel constantly, and after calling the members concerned, Baba would sit in front of them and pacify them. Although He was not seeing any one at that time. This poor laundryman’s family was reaping a rich harvest of His company. The man had fourteen children, and the arguments were mostly between him and his elder sons. Once, after a quarrel between father and son, Baba sent for both. The father told Baba, “If you order me, I am ready to go at this moment to Pandharpur dressed only in a loincloth! Is this not the meaning of obedience? If you instruct, this good-for-nothing son of mine to go there, see if he goes or not!” Baba was much amused by their ways, and during the Satara stay, the family had the privilege of His contact practically every day. By Baba’s instructions, Dr. Goher also had to treat the whole family if any one got sick. (Lord Meher, new volume- pp. 4644)
709-A POOR MAN BROUGHT FORWARD, AND BABA BOWED DOWN AND INVOCATION ON BABA'S BEHALF WAS RECITED BY ERUCH
This invocation on Baba's behalf was then recited by Eruch regarding a second poor man:
On December 24th 1951, in this New Life, Baba is experiencing an utter hopelessness of spirit, mind and body.
He is full of weaknesses, and feels himself utterly unworthy of the love, service and devotion of all those, both in the East and the West, who have placed their loving faith in him.
He knows that the all-knowing, all-understanding and all-just God will bestow His divine gift of Self-knowledge on all of them, in proportion to their worthiness; and yet, Baba desires to pay homage to their love, service and devotion, by making an offering of Rs.51 to a poor man of worthy character, by bowing down before him.
The other poor man was then brought forward, and Baba bowed down to him, as the following invocation was recited: "O God! By bowing down to this man, I bow down to these living ones." Baba then handed him the love-gift of Rs.51. (Lord Meher-3022-1951)
710-A POOR MAN FROM MALABAR IN SOUTHERN INDIA WAS TOLD THAT PLANS AND PEACE TWO CAN NEVER GO HAND IN HAND
In the evening a poor man from Malabar in southern India came to see Baba. The following conversations took place.
Baba asked “Do you have family?”
“No , I only have my father. I am alone>” the man replied.
“You mean to say that you are all alone?”
“Yes, I am alone here.”
“When you weren’t alone?” asked Baba.
Thinking a few minutes, the man replied, “I am always alone.”
“Then you are very unfortunate.”
“Only God is alone. If you feel yourself alone, you are very lucky.”
The man looked confused and Baba explained, “You are not alone. You have many friends like the mind, desires, thoughts, sexual urges, which are always with you. They are really your enemies.
“When you are really alone, you would be like God! God is alone and I am alone. Now tell me, what do you want?’
The man answered, I want to fulfill my plans and have peace of mind.”
“Plans and peace! These two can never go hand in hand. Where there is peace, there is no plan: and where there are plans, there is turmoil. Either give up plans and have peace. Or have your plans and give up thoughts of peace. You cannot have both. That is impossible.
“People suffer because they love the impossible! You want to stand in the fire at the same time do not want it to burn you.
“You want to build a house in graveyard! What you need is castor oil for one mouth! That will clean out your stomach and intestines and your mind will be clearer. You will then be able to think clearly, calmly and coolly, and accordingly do the right thing. Cleanse your inside, be peaceful and think good thoughts.”
Those present smiled at Baba’s advice to the simple man, given with tongue in cheek.
711-A POOR MIDDLE AGED MAN WAS BROUGHT BABA BOWED DOWN AND GAVE HIM RS.100
In year 1952, Baba arrived at Deshmukh's bungalow at Nagpur. Baba stated, "First I will have my food. Then I will rest for two hours. Don't disturb me until then." But after some time, Deshmukh entered Baba's room and requested that He finish the poor work, as the poor had already arrived. Although annoyed, Baba agreed. But He became further irritated when, against prior instructions, He found that some of Deshmukh's students had been included among the poor. Deshmukh wanted his university students to have Baba's contact and had brought them with that intention. So in addition, another poor, middle-aged man was brought, to whom Baba bowed down and gave Rs.100. (Lord Meher-p-3225-1952)
712-A POOR OLD MAN WAS DUMBFOUNDED AT BABA'S SURPRISE VISIT,
In Bajwa, while walking around neighbor-hood, Baba suddenly went and sat on a raised platform outside the hut of a poor old man, who was sitting there alone. Baba sat beside him. The man immediately rushed into his house and brought a tattered gunny sack for Baba to sit on. Baba remained next to him for a few minutes, but did not say anything. The poor man was simply dumbfounded at Baba's surprise visit, and when Baba stood up to leave, the man bowed at his feet in reverence. (Lord Meher-p-3933-1956)
713-A POOR PEASENT WOMAN UNDERTAKES TRAIN JOURNEY TO MEET BABA LEAVING HER SMALL SON AND CATTLES UNATTENDED
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 Guruprasad-p-183)
714-A POOR WOMAN NEAR WALKI RECOGNISED BABA
On 21st September 1928, Baba chose 20 of the men and started on foot toward the village of Walki, a distance of six miles. Each one carried a sack for begging. Near the village, a poor woman recognized Baba and came forward for darshan. Baba asked her to bring food if it was possible. (Lord Meher-p-711-1928
715-A PROFESSIONAL SINGER GAVE RECITAL ON 40TH BIRTHDAY DURING MID-DAY INTERVAL AND AGAIN IN EVENING
Meher Baba's 40th birthday was celebrated on 18th February 1934, with great éclat. Programs of arti, bhajan singing and darshan began in morning. After a recital by a professional singer, a few private interviews were granted during the mid-day interval and again in evening after recital. (Lord Meher-p-1590-1934)
716-A PROFESSOR IN A DELHI COLLEGE CHEATED OTHERS SAYING THAT BABA HAS MADE HIM HIS CHARGE MAN
When in Dehra Dun, a swami who was an M.A. came to see me. He was a professor in a Delhi college. He touched my heart. When he saw me, he said he would do what I told him. Then he met with Baba lovers and told them that I had made him my charge man! In my name, he collected Rs.500 from one lover and Rs.2,000 from another. These two men had not yet had my darshan. One of them even wrote to Adi, requesting darshan and explained to him what had happened to show his love for me!
The main thing is to gain love and give love. Everything gets merged in love. As the members of one family are close to each other in love, you, too, come close to one another like one family. Love one another and then tell others to love one another. Even if the whole world goes against you, do not become distressed. The world does not know what you do. Don't be exasperated with it. Never become dismayed. It appears there are only a few [lovers] here, but if you follow me properly you will change the whole world.
If anyone slaps you, take his hand lovingly and tell him, "Love Baba!" But no one loves Baba like this, not even me!
717-A QAWAAL SINGER FROM NAVSARI ENTERTAINED ON BABA'S BIRTHDAY AT LOWER MEHERABAD
In year 1938, Baba's birthday was celebrated at two places separately — on Meherabad Hill by the women and in lower Meherabad by the men.
Baba's feet were washed with milk and saffron on the early morning of his 44th birthday according to the Zoroastrian calendar, Sunday, 20 February 1938. Afterward, at eight o'clock, the darshan program at lower Meherabad started and went on continually until evening. Baba handed out prasad with both hands to the hordes of people who had come, amidst the singing of bhajans, praising God in all His mercy for allowing them to participate in this momentous day.
A qawaal from Navsari entertained the men from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., while a female singer from Poona sang for the women. (Lord Meher-p-1901-1938)
718-A QAWAAL HAD AN EXCEPTIONAL VOICE, AND BABA PRESENTED HIM AND HIS ACCOMPANYING MUSICIANS WITH LOCKETS
On 8th January 1939, in Jabalpur, people of all beliefs poured in to Baba's bungalow for a day-long darshan. The darshan lasted until late in the evening, with some being given special private interviews. The next day a qawaali program took place before Baba, which he highly enjoyed. The qawaal had an exceptional voice, and Baba presented him and his accompanying musicians with lockets. (Lord Meher-p-1975-1939)
719-A QAWAAL SINGER SANG A GHAZAL; BABA TOLD MARVIN THAT I AM THE SONG, ITS WORDS AND ITS MELODY
On 24th May 1959, about 500 people came for Baba's darshan. Seeing Baba exert himself to give darshan to one and all,
During one ghazal by a qawaali singer, Baba told Marvin: "My unique experience of the Beyond State is so unique that I simultaneously experience being everything and beyond everything. I am the song, its words and its melody, and I am the singer. I am the musical instruments and the players and the listeners. And on your level I explain to you the meaning of what I, the Singer, sing." (Lord Meher-p-4549-1959)
720-A QAWAAL SINGER WAS HIRED TO SING BEFORE BABA FOR A MONTH BUT SENT BACK AFTER TWO DAYS
On 22 July 1947, Jalbhai brought a qawaal from Poona, who sang before Baba. At first, the singer was hired to sing before Baba every day for a month. But after two days, Baba remarked that because of his present fast, it was too difficult for him to bear the strain of listening to the qawaal — something he normally loved. The singer was therefore sent back to Poona. (Lord Meher-p-2584-1947)
721-A QAWAAL’S FIRST GHAZAL, NOT BEING OF A SUITABLY SPIRITUAL NATURE DISPLEASED BABA
In Meherabad during 1958 darshan program, Baba arrived in the meeting tent, where a qawaali program was to be held. It was hot, and Baba had the sides of the pandal opened. He remarked, "Those who cannot follow the singing should concentrate on me, and those who understand the words should try to enjoy it in my presence." He also added, "But even if you sleep, I won't mind. You are at full liberty to do so if you wish."
The first ghazal, not being of a suitably spiritual nature, displeased Baba, who remarked, "Such a thing should not have been sung in an assemblage like this." Dr. Abdur Rehman sang a "blasphemous" ghazal of complaint against the Beloved with great flourish, which made Baba laugh. He remarked he had not laughed so hard in days. Then the qawaal and his musicians followed with a few good ghazals. (Lord Meher-p-4267-1958)
722-A QAWAALI SINGER UNABLE TO SING WANTED HARMONIUM, BABA ASKED HIS MEN TO SECRETLY REMOVE THE HARMONIUM FROM THE BOX
On November 22nd, a great crowd came to Meherabad for the Master’s Darshan. Every Thursday and Sunday there was a mass darshan, and flower and tea stalls would be set up by the side of the road to cater the crowds.
On this day, Ramjoo, Ghani, Sadashiv Patel and Sayyed Saheb arrived. Sayyed had brought an unknown qawaali singer with him, but when the man was before Baba he confessed his inability to sing. Nevertheless, he had the nerve to request in broken English that Baba give him a harmonium box. Sayyed was upset with rogue, for he had paid his full fee and brought him all the way to Meherabad from Nasik solely to entertain Baba. Sayyed expressed his disappointment, but Baba prevented him from scolding the fellow and promised the man he would be given a harmonium box. Later, in a poetic manner, Baba remarked to the mandali:
By powdering charcoal, its colour is not changed. In the same way, whether a man be good or bad, his nature never changes
The darshan program ended at eight thirty that evening. Since there was no means of public transportation available, people shouldered their belongings and started walking to the train station. A harmonium was presented to the so-called qawaali singer, and he again demonstrated his nerve by asking Baba for a coolie to carry it. Baba provided two of the mandali, first ordering them to secretly remove the harmonium from the box. The mandali lifted the empty box, pretending that it was heavy. They walked five miles to the railroad station carrying the box and placed it in the train compartment. When the man was settled in the train he opened the case and he was shocked to find it empty. He had asked for a harmonium box and he got that!
The next day, Baba presented a blind singer named Sawla Ram with the expensive harmonium as prasad.
723-A RADIO MUSICIAN PLAYED THE SHEHNAI FOR ABOUT HALF AN HOUR BEFORE NEW COMERS
On 8th June 1963, Baba was in the hall and he embraced the newcomers. He mentioned he had explained many things during the last four days, and then inquired about how they slept.
A radio musician played the shehnai for about half an hour.(Lord Meher-p-5203-1963)
724-A RAGGED MAST WOULD COME TO FAREDOON'S RESTAURANT WHENEVER MEHER BABA VISITED
Dowla Masi and Faredoon Masa owned a successful restaurant in Lonavla. It was noticed that every time Merwan visited, a mast (God-intoxicated person) would come to the restaurant. The ragged mast would stay seated outside, He was venerated by the townspeople, and both lived on the outskirts of the town, seldom leaving their spiritual seats. Yet, no sooner would Merwan arrive in Lonavla than he would appear at the restaurant and remain daily from morning until night.
The local people tried to offer the mast tea or food, but he would accept things only from the young boy. Merwan would usually give the mast a loaf of bread. On the day Merwan would return to Poona, mast a spiritual personage would stop coming to the restaurant — much to the curiosity of the local observers.(Lord Meher-p-133-1908)
725-A RAILWAY GUARD AT NAVSARI SOUGHT CONSENT OF BABA TO START TRAIN
On 30 January 1956 Baba left Navsari for Bombay by train travelling in third class, At every wayside station, crowds acclaimed Baba and came into his compartment for darshan. At the Surat station, there was a great rush for darshan. A stifling crowd had gathered, and Baba gave his contact to many. There was the likelihood of the train being delayed, so the guard humbly approached Baba and asked, "Should I give the signal for the train to leave?" Baba smiled and gestured yes. (Lord Meher-p-3930-1956)
726-A REFUGEE FROM PAKISTAN WAS GIVEN JUSTICE BY BABA WHEN A LOVER TRIED TO DECIEVE HIM OF LOAN AMOUNTING TO RS.5000
We were in Dehra Dun, in 1953, and Beloved Baba was in seclusion. He did not want to see anyone. But a Baba Lover named Kishan Singh, who had arranged bungalows for Baba and His Mandali in Dehra Dun, was permitted to come to the Mandali’s bungalow.
People came to know that Kishan Singh was going to the Mandali's bungalow where Baba would come every day. So they started approaching Kishan Singh, asking him to arrange Beloved Baba's darshan for them, and Kishan Singh would come and tell Baba. Baba informed him that one day before He left Dehra Dun, He would see everyone. Still, Kishan Singh continued to tell Baba that so-and-so wanted to see Him.
One day, Kishan Singh told Baba a very touching story about a refugee from Pakistan who wanted to see Beloved Baba. He had lost everything and travelled to India along with his family. In Dehra Dun, he came to know about Beloved Meher Baba and would go to the Meher Baba Centre there. One day, he mentioned his plight to one of the Baba lovers, and that he had nothing. "I am a mechanic, and I want to open a workshop. But I have no money. Is there a Baba lover who can help me?"
The Baba lover replied, "Yes, there is one man, a nice person and very kind. He may help you."
And he gave the address of the potential helper to the refugee.
The refugee went to the man's home, and when the man heard of his guest’s plight, he asked, "How much do you want?"
"If you give me 5,000 rupees, that will be sufficient to open a workshop," the refugee replied. "I assure you that I will return your money as soon as possible, along with any interest."
And the man said, "Interest? You are a Baba lover. I don't charge interest to Baba lovers!"
The refugee was amazed and said, "Please take this down in writing, regarding the money you have given to me."
"What are you talking about? I have full faith in you. I trust you. You are a Baba lover, and therefore there is no need for me to put anything into writing. Please open your workshop. Whenever it is possible for you, return the money to me, without any interest."
The refugee was very impressed. He thought, "Indeed, there are kind people in the world. I have encountered so many difficulties. I had to leave Pakistan because of harassment. But now, how kind Beloved Baba is to arrange such a deal for me."
The refugee opened his workshop, repairing cars, motorcycles and other vehicles. Because he was an excellent mechanic, his shop was soon running very well, and he earned good money. Within a few months, he returned the loan. And then what happened?
When the refugee met the person who had given him the loan, the latter asked, "How is your workshop going?"
"Because of Beloved Baba's grace, it is earning very well," the refugee told him..
"Since the earning is good, when are you going to return my money?"
The refugee thought that the man was joking. He said, "Did you forget? The first thing I did was to return your money to you?"
"What are you talking about?" the other responded. "I am not cutting a joke. I am telling you the truth. You have not returned my money, want you to return it as soon as possible!"
The refugee could not understand this. He had been very much impressed because of the man's kind help, but now he was in trouble. He told Kishan Singh, who, in turn, told Baba. "All right, Baba said,
"call that refugee."
Which Kishan Singh did?
When the refugee came to Baba, Baba asked him, "What is the matter?"
The refugee told Baba the whole story.
Baba asked, "When the man gave you money, did he take anything
down in writing?"
"No, Baba," the refugee replied. "He did not take anything in writing
Then Baba said to him, "But there must be some witnesses?"
"No, Baba, there was no one. The man was in a field, so I went there. We both were sitting under a tree. Then I gave him the money."
Baba heard this and asked him to call that man who had loaned him the money. So the refugee brought him and Baba asked, "Did you give this refugee 5,000 rupees?"
And he said, "Yes, Baba."
"Dd he return it?" Baba asked.
"Why did you not take it down in writing when you gave him the money?"
"I trusted him because he was a Baba lover."
Then Baba asked the refugee, "You don't have any witnesses?"
"No, Baba. We both were sitting under a tree in the field when I gave him the money."
So Baba said, "Then the tree is a witness! Go and call that tree."
The refugee was just looking at Baba -- he could not believe what Baba had just said.
"Did you not hear?" Baba said. "I just want you to go to that tree and call it here."
The refugee asked, "How will the tree come here, Baba?"
Baba replied, "This is My order.Go and tell the tree, and it will come."
So the refugee left. The man who loaned the money remained sitting there, and Baba started attending to other work. After two hours Baba asked, "That refugee has not yet come? How long should I wait for him?"
"Baba, that tree is far off," the man answered. "He will take another two hours to come back."
Immediately, Baba said, "How did you come to know that the tree was that far off?”
The man was caught. He said to Baba, "Baba, please forgive me. He did return the money to me, but I played mischief. Please forgive me."
And Baba said to him, "Never deceive anyone. You take yourself as a Baba lover? Are you a lover? You must be honest. What a sin you are committing! Stop doing such things. Never in your life do it again. Do you think I don't know? I know everything! I see everything, every moment. Nothing remains hidden from Me."
Then Baba added, "You speak a lie, and you can hide it from others, but can you hide it from yourself? You know that you spoke a lie. I am thousands of times closer than your very breath. So when you cannot hide a lie from yourself, how can you hide it from Me? Remember this and never repeat such things. I forgive you now, but never play
such mischief on anyone."
Then the refugee returned, and Baba asked him, "Where is that tree?"
And he said, "Baba, I prayed and prayed to You before the tree. I told it that You wanted it to come to You. I bowed down to it 1,000 times,
but still the tree did not move."
Baba told the refugee, "The tree had come here, and he gave witness! Ask this man."
"Yes, Baba, the tree came here and gave witness," the man admitted. "I am really very sorry." Then he said to the refugee, "Please forgive me; I deceived you. You did return my money. I will not do such a
Then the man turned to Baba and said, "Please, Baba, forgive me. I know You are All Knowing. You know everything, and nothing remains hidden from You. Henceforth I will be honest, and I will never decieve anyone.And Beloved Baba forgave him again. (Bhau messages- 2nd May, 2004 )
727-A RENOWNED SINGER AND SITAR PLAYER, WHO TRAVELLED WITH THE GROUP ON THE BOAT FROM BOMBAY PERFORMED BEFORE BABA
After lunch at Mandwa, a renowned singer and sitar player, who had travelled with the group on the boat from Bombay, played for Baba and his companions. The old man performed so well, and the effect was so profound, that Abdulla Jaffer suddenly began weeping uncontrollably. Lateef was even more overwhelmed and began to jump up and down slowly in an ecstatic motion. He then began jumping higher and faster. The tempo of his movements became more frenzied until his whole body was shaking. He shouted, "Call a serpent from the jungle to dance to the strains of this heavenly music!"
Lateef, seemingly out of control, was having an experience of ecstasy. Baba looked at him carefully, then told the sitar player to continue playing or it would be fatal to Lateef. The old man continued, gradually slowing the rhythm. Lateef, in turn, gradually stopped jumping.
Afterward Baba explained, "What Lateef experienced was not a trance. His experience was caused by the vibration from the music. He had to jump! It is a very rare gift in a singer to be able to create such a vibration. The voice has to be just right — the sound can both kill and revive!"
Baba remained in Mandwa for a few days, and it was during this stay that he referred to himself as being a God-conscious Master, a Sadguru or Qutub, and mentioned his mandali — circle of disciples — for the first time:
From the very beginning, I have a circle consisting of a fixed number of individuals. In the near future, these men will gain the ultimate experience of Truth and Knowledge.
Out of millions of souls, only one becomes perfect. Perfection entails unimaginable hardships and sufferings. The Perfect Man can bestow divine consciousness upon anyone in the twinkling of an eye. He bestows it at the right moment upon those who have an age-old connection with him.
To clarify this, suppose a man has suddenly come into wealth. After becoming rich, however generous he may be, he will not distribute his riches to every poor person in the world. (Lord Meher-p-260)
728-A REPORTER ASKED MEHER BABA, WHAT THE SPIRITUAL PATH IS
The reporters were then introduced to Baba individually. (Jan. 1959) At the end of their ten-minute audience, one of them asked, “Meher Baba, what is the spiritual path, and what is the criteria for one being on the path?”
Baba smiled, for they had been instructed not to ask questions, but nevertheless, he explained:
When you begin to think of yourself as being on the Path, then you are not. The Path is not a defined direction set apart from yourself. It begins and ends within yourself. It is not so much more of a path added, but so much less of the veil of ignorance. In short, the Path is “I want nothing.”
But, although this denotes a freedom from wanting anything, even this desire for nothing is a want and a binding that has ultimately to be effaced before you reach the Goal and attain that total freedom from all want. (Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 16, p. 5521)
729-A REST HOUSE KEEPER ALLOWED GROUP TO STAY BUT APOLOGISED FOR CRACKING NOISE FROM FAN IN HIS ROOM
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 accede
730-A RETIRED BRAHMIN STATION MASTER AGREED TO RENT THE PLACE WHICH WAS FINALLY SELECTED BY BABA FOR SECLUSION
Baba and Gustadji looked at several places for quiet seclusion in Akolner but failed to find a suitable spot. In the afternoon they bought milk from a Muslim lad named Ismail, who worked for the railways, and prepared tea. Behramji returned from Ahmednagar in the evening with Rustom, who brought food for the two men's dinner. (Baba was fasting.) Again they searched for an appropriate place of seclusion, and Baba finally selected a piece of land belonging to a retired Brahmin station master. The Brahmin agreed to rent the place — supposedly for a sick man to recuperate his health — and Rustom went back to Ahmednagar to bring a small tent. Meanwhile, Baba, with Behramji and Gustadji keeping watch, spent the night on the stone platform of the Akolner railway station. (Lord Meher-p-475-1927)
d 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)
731-A RETIRED CAPTAIN TRIES TO PUSH HIS WIFE OUT OF TURN WHEN OBJECTED; BABA ASKED ERUCH TO DOWN TO THE MAN AND APOLOGIZE
A retired captain who had then become a sanyasi (one who gives up everything and wanders on pilgrimage) would come for Baba’s darshan whenever possible. On one such occasion he brought his wife. There was at the time a large crowd, and in his insensitive efforts to bring his wife to close despite the crowds, he almost backed right into Baba. Just in the nick of time, Eruch gave a sharp push to the sanyasi who collapsed into the laps of nearby women. He was very annoyed, yelled at Eruch and Eruch tried to explain himself. At that point Baba gestured to Eruch, ‘Be quiet!’ and then continued, ‘Now go and bow down to the man and apologize.’ Eruch promptly did as Baba ordered and the man later boasted to others: “See! Meher Baba gets His disciple to bow down to me.’ Baba, during darshan program gave above message.
732-A RETIRED JUDGE CAME AFTER PILGRIMAGE OF BADRI NARAYAN; BABA DISCOURSED HIM
One retired judge had been on a pilgrimage to Badri Narayan, a sacred Hindu shrine in the Himalayas. As he told Baba about his visit, Baba asked, “Did you see me there?” The man was silent.
Baba then stated at length to him:
The fun is, although I am with you and within you all, you travel far and wide to find me. I am the Infinite One, infinitely near to everyone, but because of this infinite nearness, it becomes infinitely difficult for you to find me. Until you see the world as worthless, you cannot see me. Once you have a glimpse of my divinity, you have an infinite longing to see me as I am. Owing to this intensity you get painted unawares spiritually.
Baba quoted these lines of Kabir in Hindi:
“One very, very slowly gets painted spiritually;
mind takes a very, very long time to vanish completely;
and the man who has slept for ages (in ignorance)
gets awakened very, very gradually.”
On the Spiritual Path, in the subtle world at different stages, the aspirant gets unusual and splendid experiences of sweet music, perfumes and the sights of lovely lights. In the mental world, the seeing of God has its beginning and culmination. A rare one, who with enough patience keeps his heart open, sees me as I should be seen; but even this “seeing” is not the goal. You have to become me.
Time steeped in infinite eagerness and patience rolls on and, at the opportune moment, the aspirant begins to lose the awareness of himself as being a separate “self.” Although awake, he becomes literally blank to all that can be seen in the six planes of consciousness and thus experiences infinite vacuum, or complete “blackout” of the Nothing. Then, in an instant, he becomes fully conscious of God as Everything.
Consciousness of the Nothing is the Vacuum State. Consciousness of Everything is the God State. (1) But this needs my grace.
One of the devotees interrupted, pleading, “Baba, we seek your grace.”
In response, Baba replied:
No one gets it from his seeking or asking. You may be ready even to give up your very life for it, but with all this you cannot claim grace. How can you demand grace? The very desire to possess grace is a barrier in receiving it. It is an act of unbounded spontaneity.
However, in a sense you cannot love me without my grace, and as such all of the “experiences” you have are nothing but a game of my grace.
But grace as grace is quite different. It is not received in parts. It is infinitely indivisible and so indescribable. It is the whim of the fully conscious Infinite to make the apparently finite realize its Infinity. On the part of the finite it can be likened to a drop gulping the Ocean!
Baba then gestured, “Enough of this subject now. Only love counts. Is it not mentioned in the circular that you are not to expect any discourse from me? So let us have some songs now.”
(1) Meher Baba was referring to the divine states of Nirvan-Nirvikalp. (Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 17, pp. 5832 – 5833)
733-A REVERED PERSON SITTING ON A BOAT SURROUNDED BY HIS DISCIPLES BABA PUSHED HIM FROM FIFTH PLANE TO THE SIXTH
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 21Baba 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)
734-A SADHU CHANTING "RAM! RAM!" WAS MORE ENGROSSED IN MONEY AND FOOD THAN GOD.
In year 1924, walking about ten miles with luggage from Haridwar Jwalapuri, Baba and group finally halted at the Pathri railway station. Some sadhus arrived on their way to Hardwar, and Baba bowed down to them and handed them a few coins as dakshina. One was chanting "Ram! Ram!" Baba later explained that he was not sincere because his mind was more engrossed in money and food than God. However, during this encounter, Baba strongly lectured the sadhu to continue the way of renunciation and tread the righteous path if he was determined to lead the life of a man of God. (Lord Meher-p-547-1924)
735-A SADHU FROM NAURENGA HAD NO MONEY TO ATTEND THE MEETING. HE LEFT TWO DAYS BEFORE AND WAS ABLE TO BE PRESENT IN MEHERABAD ON TIME
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)
736-A SADHU GAZING STRAIGHT AT THE SETTING SUN AND SHOUTING LOUDLY "JAP! JAP!"
Having seen the place generally and deciding upon His program of work, Baba started the contacts with the sadhus. It was about sunset time when Baba touched the first sadhu. This sadhu, whom we encountered accidentally, as it were, when Baba decided to begin the contact work, was a very typical person. He was gazing straight at the setting sun and shouting loudly "Jap! Jap!" (Meditate! Meditate!)
He was the only sadhu amongst the hundreds of thousands of them in the Kumbh Mela who had put on a typically mixed dress, partly Eastern style and partly Western. The long garment of the average Indian sadhu with some dirty torn clothes perhaps represented the East; while the old and shabby hat on his head was the probable pointer for the West. The question as to whether Baba selected this first sadhu accidentally, or whether the selection had a deep meaning, would provide an interesting study to the lovers of Baba's work of universal spiritual upliftment. (Treasures, pp. 153-159, ed. Jane Barry Haynes)
737-A SADHU WAS CONTACTED TO WHOM BABA BOWED DOWN HIS HEAD TO HIS FEET
On Tuesday evening, 7 March 1950, Pendu brought news of a good sadhu near the spring where the companions filled their water jugs. Baba immediately went to the sadhu, bowed his head at the sadhu's feet and brought him back to the hut to feed him. Baba spoke with him for about an hour via the alphabet board before the sadhu left. (Lord Meher-p-2891-1950)
738-A SADHU WAS GIVEN SWEETS AND WASHED HIS FEET BY BABA
On 20th July 1949, after tea that morning, Eruch brought a sadhu. Baba washed his feet, gave him sweets and two rupees. (Lord Meher-p-2729-1949)
739-A SANYASI HAS BEEN OBSERVING SILENCE FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS; KAKA RECOGNIZED HIM AS THE SAME MAUNI BABA
Baba was driven towards his abode toward Bund Gardens, Fergusson College and then to Deccan Gymkhana. Nearing Wadia College, Baba noticed a sanyasi walking along the road. Baba directed Eruch to get down and ascertain his background. Eruch stopped the man, communicated with him for a while, and reported to Baba that he was a seeker of God who had been observing silence for the past seven years while wandering throughout the country.
Kaka recognized him as the same Mauni Baba who was contacted near Kathgodam village in Hardwar years before when Baba was staying in Dehra Dun in 1942. The silent (mauni) sanyasi was taken with them in the jeep and Baba sat with him alone for a few minutes at the Hindu cremation grounds. (Lord Meher-p-2729-1959)
|740-A SCOUNDREL EXPRESSED EXCESSIVE DEVOTION AND ENACTED A SHOW BABA SAID BAD IS RELATIVE
For long periods Meher Baba did not permit anyone longing to meet Him to come to Meherazad where He lived. We always pleaded with Baba to allow His lovers this permission but the result would always be the same. They would be called only when Baba wanted them to come and I could never understand this.
One day however, Baba permitted a certain man to visit Him. This person expressed excessive devotion to Baba and pretty much enacted a show in Baba's presence. In my heart I could see through the entire act since I knew that the man was an absolute scoundrel, but I did not mention anything to Baba.
The man came on several occasions after that and each time he effusively put on an act of love and devotion which to the onlookers smacked of play-acting. Finally when I could not take it anymore and the visitor had left, I told Baba that the man was a thorough scoundrel and that he was merely putting on an act of love and devotion.
Baba simply said, "Yes, I know he does. You are looking at only his shadow, but I see his substance. He may be a scoundrel but he has the potential to be a real lover of God.
"You see him as bad, but you don't know how far he had to come to be only this bad." (The Ancient One, p. 132, ed. Naosherwan Anzar)
741-A SEEKER ASKED, WILL HE REALIZE THE TRUTH IN THIS INCARNATION; BABA SAID REMEMBER THE PATH IS SLIPPERY. GUARD YOURSELF AGAINST POSING
On 26th April 1960, Baba was discoursing about the Path when he remarked: "The fun of it is that the One who is sought is Himself the seeker. It is the same One God who prompts the seeker to ask, 'Where can I find God?' ... 'How can I find God?'
"The seeker asking 'Where can I find God?' is really God saying, 'Where indeed is the seeker?' "
A young devotee asked Baba this earnest question one day: "Will I realize the Truth in this incarnation?"
Baba replied, "Why be so eager, so impatient? How will you profit by my reply? If I were to say that you will realize the Truth in this very life, will you gain anything more than merely hearing these encouraging words? And if I were to say, 'No [not this lifetime]' and that you need many more births to realize the Truth, you will feel nervous and dejected."
The young man answered, "Nothing will affect me in either case."
"Then forget your question altogether! This much is certain, that the Truth is infinitely more anxious to reveal Itself through you — and through everyone — than your seeking It with utmost efforts.
"Even wanting Truth is an unwanted want, and Truth is far beyond wanting. You cannot demand Truth; it dawns unawares. The way lies through successive unconditional surrenders to the Perfect Master."
Baba continued, "Again, remember the Path is slippery. Guard yourself against posing. It is the worst thing.
|Let the lamp of honesty ever burn within you. Be sincere in your seeking. My nazar is on you. Don't worry." (Lord Meher-p-4666/7-1960)|
742-A SHEHNAI PLAYER OF MASULIPATANAM PLAYED BEFORE BABA REMINDED HIM OF ORIGINAL SONG
In 1954 after visiting orphanage home near Masulipatanam, Baba returned to Lokanadha Rao's, where many had gathered to meet him, and he chatted with them. After lunch at 3:00 P.M., he proceeded to the darshan tent at the Municipal Town Hall, where people were awaiting his arrival while sweet devotional music was being played. Baba was received with shouts of his Jai!
He praised the shehnai player and at four o'clock stated: "I feel very happy to hear this music. It reminds me of the First Song that was sung ages ago, and that Song produced this phenomenon called the universe.
"God will make me soon break my silence, and that First Original Song will be sung again. (Lord Meher-p-3463-1954)
743-A SHOP OWNER ACCEPTED THE COST OF AREATED WATER ONLY AS PRASAD
During Andhra tour in 1954, at eight o'clock at night, Baba with the mandali drove to Eluru, and the Masulipatnam lovers gave him a rousing send-off.
There were no shops nearby, so proceeding a short distance further they found one called the Durga Cold Drink Shop. Eruch went inside to fetch soda water for Baba. Eruch himself cleaned the glass, and on the shopkeeper's inquiring who it was for, Eruch answered, "My Master."
"Which Master?" the man asked.
"Meher Baba," he was told. The owner then went and took Baba's darshan. He would not accept the cost of the aerated water, but when Baba told him to consider it as prasad, he took the offered amount. Baba then sent the mandali inside for cold drinks. Baba accompanied them and distributed the drinks, giving one to each with his own hands. How lucky the proprietor was to have God himself quench his thirst at his shop. (Lord Meher-p-3466-1954)
744-A SIKH CARETAKER OF AS CHINTA BHAGAT
A Sikh who served as Chinta Bhagat's caretaker, and together they went to the mast's room, where he was lying asleep on his charpoy (cloth-strap cot). The Sikh began chanting devotional verses, and soon the mast rose and sat on his bed. As his devotee continued singing, the mast clapped his hands and laughed merrily in ecstasy. Repeating the refrain of the song, Chinta Bhagat stood up and held Baba's hand and began walking to and fro in the room, sometimes leading Baba outside to the road.
Chinta Bhagat would not let Baba go! With Baba's finger in his hand he circumambulated the room; Baba had to follow along. At 2:00 A.M., in complete darkness and bitter cold, Baba followed the mast in step outside. At a sign from Baba, Eruch told the mast, "We have to go now; let go of him!" The mast stood still for a minute holding Baba's hand, but then he pushed Eruch aside and again started going around the hut. This continued for almost another hour. (Lord Mejer-p-3400)
745-A SINCERE DEVOTEE HAD LOVINGLY KEPT LARGE PHOTOGRAPH OF RAMKRISHNA. BABA GREETED HIM
On 11th August 1924, Baba and His group reached Howrah (a suburb of Calcutta). Belur Math, the temple and headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, is situated on the banks of the Hooghly River, not far from Dakshineshwar Village. The main temple is a beautiful structure, surrounded by twelve smaller ones. The shrine is a peaceful and quiet sanctuary, located at the edge of the teeming city's slums. Baba and the men made obeisance in the room used by Ramakrishna for his Universal work. In another room, they viewed the statue of Kali, which Ramakrishna worshiped, and the relics associated with the Perfect Master's life (such as his sandals). They also viewed the rooms used by Vivekananda and Ramakrishna's other disciples.
While returning, Baba noticed a humble Hindu temple and went inside. Here a sincere devotee had lovingly kept Ramakrishna's large photograph in perfect condition. Baba greeted him, and after an inquiry, gave the man some advice about his meditations. (Lord Meher-p-545-1924)
746-A SINGER CHOSE TO SING AN APPROPRIATE SONG WHICH PLEASED BABA
The mass darshan program continued on 19th September 1947. Baba also graced the nearby town of Rander with His presence. Some people began creating a disturbance during one of the programs, and Baba turned to a singer sitting by His side and gestured, "Sing a song that will gladden My heart."
The singer chose an appropriate song, with this line, which pleased Baba: "Those who do not bow to the Sadguru and keep beating their own drums are worse than animals!" (Lord Meher-p-2592-1947)
747-A SINGER FROM AHMEDNAGAR WAS SENT; BABA WOULD GATHER THE MASTS IN HIS ROOM AND LISTEN MUSIC
A tea stall had been opened in one corner of the mast ashram on 19 February, where the masts could go at any time and drink tea and smoke beedies or cigarettes. A crude hand-painted sign was nailed up, reading "MAST HOTEL."
The masts apparently were delighted to have a place of their own to congregate. A singer from Ahmednagar had been sent for, and each day Baba would gather the masts in his room to listen to music. (Lord Meher-p-2074-1940)
748-A SINGER FROM GUNJOTI (AURANGABAD DISTRICT) CAME TO GURUPRASAD AND SANG KESHAV NIGAM'S MEHER CHALISA BEFORE BABA
A singer from Gunjoti (Aurangabad District) came to Guruprasad and sang Keshav Nigam's Meher Chalisa before Baba. He butchered the song, but Baba kept nodding as if enjoying it. He gestured to the mandali, "He has made a mess of it!" But he told Eruch to tell him, "It was quite good; your performance has pleased me much." And the singer left quite happy. (Lord Meher-4672-1960)
749-A SINGER FROM POONA ENTERTAINED BABA WITH A CONCERT
On 29th November 1926, Baba went to visit the Meher Flour Mill at Talegaon with few man mandali men and driven past the Lohagen and Visapur Forts near the village of Karla. They returned to Lonavla.
Babu Cyclewalla arranged a singer from Poona and entertained Baba with a concert. (Lord Meher-p-751-1926)
750-A SINGER WAS ASKED BY BABA TO SING A SONG WHICH PLEASED HIM
The mass darshan program continued on 19th September 1947. Baba also graced the nearby town of Rander with his presence. Some people began creating a disturbance during one of the programs, and Baba turned to a singer sitting by his side and gestured, "Sing a song that will gladden my heart."
The singer chose an appropriate song, with this line, which pleased Baba: "Those who do not bow to the Sadguru and keep beating their own drums are worse than animals!" (Lord meher-p-2592-1947)
751-A SIX YEAR OLD CHILD ACCOMPANIED HIS MOTHER FOR DARSHAN, SHOUTED AVATAR MEHER BABA KI JAI"
On the 4th, since lovers from many towns and cities had not yet had darshan, Baba came on the dais again at 3:40 P.M., when devotees from Delhi, Jabalpur, Bilaspur, Raipur, Sholapur, Gotegaon and other far places availed themselves of the chance for darshan.
One touching incident occurred when a child of about six years old accompanied his mother for darshan. When the mother was bowing down at Baba's feet, the youngster at her side shouted with force, "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!" (Lord Meher-p- 5149-1956)
752 SMALL GROUP OF LOVERS WERE DISCOURSED ON PHILOSOPHY
A Small group of lovers were permitted to visit Baba and they were sitting in front of Him in Guruprasad. Baba asked one of His lovers, “have you read Stay with God?” The lover had an excuse of “no time.” Baba said, “is it really so? Are you honest with your answer? Hypocrisy is the worst thing; in every walk of life it consciously or unconsciously persists.
The lover put forth another excuse for, “pending works.” Baba continued: “It is good to be frank and honest in all matters, whether most ordinary or important. Let not hypocrisy persist, and try this with every breath.”
And there was one more excuse: “I have no interest in philosophy.” Baba said, there is no philosophy in the book. A simple thing made difficult is philosophy. The book contains food for brain and a feast for heart. “
Someone interrupted, saying: “Expounding of a certain principle is philosophy.” Baba said, “Statement of facts and philosophy are not the same. Can you call “Gita” a philosophy?” The reply was, It can be called so!”
Baba continued, “Then there is My philosophy: I am in everything and I am everything. To know Me as I am you must lose all in Me. I am the Ancient One. Also remember well that this is not mere philosophy but a statement of fact based on experience. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-147)
753-A SMILING WOMAN AWESTRUCK SEEING BABA BEGAN CHANTING THE PRAYER HARI, PARAMATMA, ALLAH, AHURAMAZDA, GOD, YEZDAN, HU
On t13th, December-1840, staying in Ceylon Lodge, Baba came to the women smiling and remarked, "My work was most satisfactory today. I am very, very happy." To celebrate, Baba distributed toddy, bhujia and chiwada. Baba's face was glowing like a full moon and his eyes radiated light. The women were awestruck and, affected by the strong, fermented toddy, began chanting the prayer, "Hari, Paramatma, Allah, Ahuramazda, God, Yezdan, Hu!" (Lord Meher-p-2181-1941)
754-A SNAKE FIVE-FOOT-LONG SEEN OUTSIDE KITCHEN WAS GIVEN FINAL BLOW BY BABA
The same day [March 28, 1938] a five-foot-long snake was seen outside the kitchen with a sparrow in its mouth. Baba was called, and he came with a few of the men. One man struck the snake on its back, and it released the sparrow which flew away. Baba gave the final killing blow, crushing its head.
Later in the evening after dinner, he remarked about snakes, "Unless a snake is killed by a human being, it remains always a snake. Never leave a snake wounded, as it takes so long to die. Once wounded, a snake will always remain near you to be killed outright."
On another occasion, the men killed a snake at Lower Meherabad, and Padri brought it to Baba who crushed its head. To Padri, he explained, "In evolution, the snake form is like an entangled rope which you cannot undo or unwind. However, if it is killed by a human being the knot untangles itself and the soul is free to continue on its way through evolution. (Lord meher, 1st usa ed, vol. 6 & 7, p. 2269)
755-A SON BORN IN FRANCE WAS NICKNAMED FRENCHY AND BABA TOOK CARE OF HER EDUCATION IN AHMEDNAGAR
A couple from Ahmednagar had gone to live in France, where a son was born to them. Tragedy befell, as the father died a short time after the child's birth. The mother was grief-stricken and in a pitiable condition. When Baba heard about it, he instructed certain lovers in Europe to help her, whereupon she came back to Ahmednagar with the child. Baba nicknamed the boy Frenchy, and he was taken under Baba's wing and his education was provided for by Baba. Baba asked the boy to stay in his company for one month every year, to which the boy and his mother agreed.
On 1st April 1949, Adi Sr., Nariman, Meherjee and the boy Frenchy arrived in Mount Abu. It was common practice for Baba, before proceeding on a mast tour, to gather reports of various masts and saints and their habits and locations, to facilitate his work when he went to contact them for the first time. Three weeks before, Adi Sr. had issued a circular on 9 March, according to Baba's instructions, asking His lovers to send Him information about masts, saints, sadhus and mahatmas living in their areas, or dates of any spiritual fairs (melas) or religious gatherings. When Adi arrived at Mount Abu, he brought the reports of their findings and handed them over to Baba. Adi, Nariman and Meherjee left Mount Abu on 2nd April, while Frenchy stayed for a few days more at Baba's request. (Lord Meher-p-2698-1949)
756-A SON OF DEVOTEE OF SAI BABA WAS BOWED DOWN AND GIVEN RS.51
Pukar volunteered to undertake the task along with Nana Kher, and they with Daulat Singh and Babadas went to a college in search of such a lad. The students ridiculed them, but undeterred they contacted the principal, who suggested a suitable candidate. The boy was willing, but his mother was not prepared to tolerate such a person of Meher Baba's stature and magnitude washing her son's feet and bowing to him. Pukar prevailed upon her to consent to Baba's wish, but the woman was insistent. Finally, as they were about to give up hope, they found another boy walking along the road and brought him to Baba. Baba was pleased with him, bowed at his feet and gave him Rs.51. The boy's father was a devotee of Sai Baba, and the boy himself said he sometimes "saw" Sai Baba in a park near their home. Pukar then realized that Baba had wanted to contact this boy all along.(Lord Mwhwe-p-3213)
757-A STALL OWNER DEVOTED LOVER, UNMINDFUL ASKED ONE ANNA FOR ONE EXTRA ORANGE TAKEN BY ERUCH IN BARGAIN
Baba departed Allahabad on the night of 9th February 1948, with seven mandali men 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.
Early 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.
In 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-2621/2-1948)
758-A STATION MASTER WAS DEEPLY IMPRESSED ALLOWED MANDALI TO PASS THE NIGHT IN THE FIRST-CLASS WAITING ROOM
Baba, Behramji and Gustadji arrived in Sholapur at midnight,. Being in peculiar attire and carrying a stove, cooking utensils and a lantern, they were interrogated by a suspicious police officer. Gustadji told him the facts, but the policeman called the railway ticket collector and asked for their tickets. Gustadji replied that he would hand over the tickets when they left the station's exit gate, according to the rules.
To avoid a quarrel, Baba told Gustadji to accompany him to the bathroom; but the police officer followed them and started a fight with Gustadji. The station master appeared as Baba came out of the toilet. Baba glanced at him, and the station master rudely told him, "This lavatory is only to be used by first and second class passengers."
Meher Baba pointed overhead to the sign which read, “GENTLEMEN”, and politely asked, "Where is there any indication about first and second class passengers? This toilet is for gentlemen, and I too am a gentleman, sir." At this, the station master was abashed and began to think he was not dealing with an ordinary traveller. He then became amiable and treated the stranger with deference.
Later, on the station platform, Baba asked Behramji to spread their bedding on the ground in front of the station. The area was full of debris; only after sweeping it did Behramji spread out their blankets. After a short while, they happened to see a Parsi guard, and Gustadji was told to request that he arrange some other place where they could sleep. The guard turned out to be a kindly person and, after consulting the same stationmaster, they were allowed to pass the night in the first-class waiting room. The stationmaster even personally made certain they were comfortable. Despite there being empty benches in the waiting room, Baba spread his blanket on the floor. The stationmaster was deeply impressed by this wondrous fakir, and his heart was touched by the echo of the Song. Finding the stationmaster taking an interest in these three strange men, the police officer stood at a distance watching them. (Lord Meher-p-473-1923)
759-A STRANGE LOOKING MAN HALF NAKED MAN APPROACHED BABA DIRECTLY AND HANDED A FLOWER
On 18th July 1929, the group drove from Bhopal to Guna. Baba set out for a walk with four of his disciples. On the road, a strange looking man, half-naked wearing only a langoti, approached Baba directly and silently bowed to him. He said something to Baba, as if he were "reporting to his superior" Chanji noted, and handed Baba a flower. Then, just as mysteriously, he walked away. (Lord Meher-p-1045-1928)
760-A SUPDT. OF MEHERABAD ALWAYS TALKED IN LEGAL TERMS ; BABA NICKNAMED HIM BARRISTER
The superintendent of the Meherabad community, Baba's old acquaintance Behramji, although virtually uneducated, was in the habit of speaking to others in legal terms. He would refer to civil laws and different rules on the slightest pretext, often arguing his view as if he were presenting a case before a jury. Baba nicknamed him Barrister, which all the other men thought was quite appropriate. (Lord Meher-p-639-1926)
761-A SWAMI FROM MADRAS CAME FOR PROXY DARSHAN FOR A MILLIONAIRE
On 14th 1940, A swami from Madras came the same morning for Baba's darshan and said, "A millionaire in Madras has sent me to you and if I am impressed by your darshan, he too will come."
Hearing this, Baba smiled, spelling out, "The millionaire has found a new way of having darshan — darshan by proxy! He seems to be quite clever. It is something quite new. But, tell me, how can one drink water without thirst?" The swami understood and respectfully left after he was shown the masts. (lord Meher-p-2081-1940)
762-A SWEEPER SANG KABIR’S COUPLETS, BABA WOULD BEAT DRUM AND BLESSED SON FOR HIS PREGNANT WIFE
Baba had returned to Dehradun on 6th May 1942 after mast tour travelling to Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Lahore, Hardwar and Rishikesh.
Next door to their bungalow in Dehra Dun, an extremely poor (toilet) sweeper lived with his wife. The wife was pregnant, and each morning the man would sing Kabir's couplets to her. Unbeknownst to him, as he was singing in their hut, the God-Man would be beating time to his songs on a drum in his room. Baba remarked to the women, "That man will have a fine son. I am not playing just to amuse myself. He is receiving a boon from me." (Lord Meher-p-2280-1942)
763-A SWISS MAN HAD NOT EATEN FOR THREE YEARS, BABA COMMENTED SPIRITUALITY IS AS NORMAL AND NATURAL AS SITTING ON THE CHAIR
One day a Swiss man, whom Anita had told of Baba, came to meet him. He had gone on a fast to prepare himself for the meeting, and he told Baba that he had not eaten for three days. Baba looked at him innocently, gesturing, "You must be hungry." The man was taken aback. Then Baba commented, "Spirituality is as normal and natural as that chair you are sitting on. You need not fast. Only love is important. Love me." (Lord Meher-p-1859)
764-A TABLA PLAYER (TABALCHI ) WAS DIRECTED BY BABA HOW TO KEEP IN RHYTHM
Baba instructed the mandali to take darshan of Upasni Maharaj's samadhi, which they did. Noshir Siganporia stepped forward to garland Baba, and Baba directed him also to bow down at Maharaj's tomb. Bhajans were sung and, through hand gestures, Baba directed the tabalchi (tabla player) how to keep in rhythm. (Lord Meher-p-3914-1956)
765-A TEA STALL WAS OPENED IN ONE CORNER OF THE MAST ASHRAM NAMED MAST HOTEL
A tea stall had been opened in one corner of the mast ashram on 19 th February, where the masts could go at any time and drink tea and smoke beedies or cigarettes. A crude hand-painted sign was nailed up, reading "MAST HOTEL."
The masts apparently were delighted to have a place of their own to congregate. A singer from Ahmednagar had been sent for, and each day Baba would gather the masts in his room to listen to music. (Lord Meher-p-2074-1940)
766-A THIEF SLEPT WITH MANDALI AT BARODA RAILWAY STATION AND GOT GOD'S PROTECTION
On 28th October, 1947, Baba left Baroda for Ahmedabad. Baba and the mandali spent the night at the railway station, as they were to leave early the following morning. Here a memorable incident took place. Baba and the men would always carry their bedding rolls with them, and at the station they spread them out on the ground at the end of the stone platform. One of the mandali was to keep awake on night-watch, but that night the sentry must have been feeling drowsy, because all of a sudden Baba started shaking Eruch awake.
Eruch awoke, startled. "What's the matter?" Baba pointed to a man sleeping beside them. The man had slipped under their blanket and was effectively using it to hide himself. Eruch shook him and asked, "Who are you?" But as soon as Eruch touched him, the man jumped up and ran away. When he did, the police were heard loudly blowing their whistles and chasing after him. The man was a thief and had slipped in between them seeking to disappear from the police.
Unknowingly, the thief had sought God's protection — and even if he was later caught, he had already had Baba's shelter! (Lord Meher-p-2601/2-1947)
767-A TICKET INSPECTOR WAS DEEPLY IMPRESSED LOOKING CLOSELY AT BABA'S PHOTOGRAPH
In 1924, while travelling from Hyderabad to Ahmedabad Baba and his group had to change trains at Hyderabad (Sind). A confusing incident occurred. The ticket inspector insisted on weighing the entire luggage, in spite of their entreaties to persuade him otherwise. The stationmaster then came and he, too, insisted that the bedding rolls be opened, reiterating that the entire luggage must be weighed and inspected. At this, Baba told Ramjoo to give him a copy of Upasni Maharaj's Urdu biography. Looking closely at Baba's photograph inside the book, the stationmaster was deeply impressed and relieved them of the aggravation. Although the men carried only their bare necessities, it was the considerable amount of the women's luggage that aroused the inspector's attention. (Lord Meher-p-443-1924)
768-A TONGA DRIVER GUIDES AND CARRIED BABA AND KRISHNA TO NANGA BABA IN HARIDWAR BUT ASKED FOR DOUBLE FARE
In year 1948, reaching Hardwar by train, Baba occupied a room in a dharamshala. Staying inside, he directed Krishna, "Lock the door from outside, and go find out where Maujwala Baba stays." Krishna left accordingly. He found where Maujwala's abode was and came back and told Baba.
Baba immediately set out with Krishna in a Tonga to contact the mast. The place was six miles away. Baba gestured to Krishna to ask the Tonga driver if there were any masts along the way. The driver responded, "Yes, half a mile away there is Nanga Baba. He has been standing on one foot under a tree for years. After six months, he switches to the other leg. But the tonga cannot go there as the road is too rough." Nearing the place, Baba got down and instructed Krishna to tell the driver to wait. The driver wanted double the fare for waiting, which Baba agreed to pay. (Lord Meher-p-2531-1948)
769-A TONGA DRIVER IN JAUNPUR ARRANGED ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD AS BHIKSHA IN NEW LIFE
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)
770-A TONGA DRIVER LOST THE ROUTE TWICE. GROUP ENDED UP WASTING TIME RAMBLING ABOUT FOR A LONG WHILE,
During Mast tour in 1943, Baba and Mandali men left by the morning train on 27th October 1943 for Hoshiarpur, which they reached in morning, Baba wanted to go to the telegraph office first and then have a meal, but Baidul suggested going in a certain direction to contact a nearby mast. Their tonga driver, however, got lost, and they ended up wasting time rambling about for a long while, which upset Baba's mood. His instructions had been disregarded, and his plans were consequently upset. The mast could not be traced. However, Baba did, on the way, come across a young mastani walking past their Tonga whom he contacted. She was called Mastani Bavaji. She was quite beautiful and fair of face, and wore scarlet clothes. She had many devotees
They then drove back to the town and found a restaurant where they had a meal. They hired another tonga. Baba wanted to go to Harmoya first, where he wished to contact a particular mast. Despite the recent memory of his first mistake in overlooking Baba's precise instructions, Baidul made another serious mistake in disregarding Baba's instruction. Baidul indicated that the village of Sisoli was closer, and told the tonga driver to head there. After several hours of futile rambling on very rough, sandy roads, they got lost. Finally after crossing through numerous fields and sand (and with the help of a fine young lad as a guide), they arrived at 3:00 P.M. in Sisoli, which was only seven miles away.(Lord Meher-p-2386-1943)
771-A VERY POOR HINDU BOY WAS BATHED AND DRESSED BY BABA IN NAGPUR AND CALLED TO MEHERABAD
In December 1937, at Nagpur, Baba gave a bath to a very poor Hindu boy who was mad. After being dressed in new clothes, the boy became excited and jumped around, and threw his arms around Baba. Baba held him for a good while, and then ordered that the boy be kept in the house night and day during His visit. He also instructed Pappa Jessawala to bring the boy to Meherabad in April. (Lord Meher-p-1894-1937)
772-A VILLAGE HEADMAN QUARRELLED WITH OTHER TO GIVE MONEY AS "LOVE-GIFTS" TO 101 NEEDY FAMILIES IN WARANGAL
Baba wished to give money as "love-gifts" to 101 needy families in Warangal, and he sent Eruch in advance to contact the headman of the village. The headman owned a shop, and opposite his was another shop. Unbeknownst to Eruch, there was a bitter rivalry between the two shopkeepers. As Eruch approached the headman's shop, the other shopkeeper called him over and asked what he wanted.
Eruch explained his purpose and the second shopkeeper told him, "There is no necessity of meeting him. I will arrange everything." He then drew up a list of 101 families who had once been farm owners but, as their land had been confiscated by the government, were now on meagre government pensions of Rs.20 to 25 per month. The shopkeeper handed the list to his servant, who accompanied Eruch to distribute passes among the listed families.
Meanwhile, the headman came to know of the matter and, out of spite, informed the police. Two constables came to where Eruch was distributing tickets. One constable, noticing that Eruch was poorly dressed and unshaven, arrogantly demanded, "Come over here. What are you doing?"
"Be civil," Eruch replied. "I am not a thief. You are a public servant. Why behave in such an insolent manner?"
The policeman said, "Come with us to the police station; our inspector wants to speak with you."
I have no time," Eruch answered. "Send your chief here. I have not broken any law. If he will not come, I will see him after finishing my work."
So both constables returned to the police station.
While Eruch was on his way to the second shop with the head person of each needy family, a police inspector with the two constables confronted him. The headman, pointing to Eruch, told the inspector, "He's the ruffian!"
Eruch then began to understand, and going to the second shopkeeper asked him, "What's going on here? Is there some enmity between you and the headman?"
"That is true, but it is not my fault," the man replied. "Though I do not do anything to provoke him, he is jealous of me."
Eruch asked, "Then would you have any objection if our program is carried out at his house? My elder brother would first come to your shop, and then distribute his love-gifts to the families selected at the headman's house."
The shopkeeper said, "I would not mind at all. I only wish that your work be done." Eruch complimented him for his cooperation and approached the headman.
The police inspector intervened and asked Eruch, "What is going on?"
Eruch said, "You will come to know."
He then requested that the headman set aside a room for the work, and a room was put at his disposal. Baba came from Gulbarga that same day, 30 October, with Pendu, Gustadji and Baidul. Without his identity being disclosed to the local people, Baba began his work with the poor of this village. One by one they stood in line, and touching the feet of the person representing each family, Baba handed each Rs.50.
The program had a harmonious ending. The headman felt ashamed that he had tried to stop Eruch and repented for his behaviour. After the program, Eruch asked the police officer, "Have you anything further to ask?"
The inspector said, "I apologize. All these complications arose because of the rivalry between the two shopkeepers."
Because of the political unrest in the Hyderabad area at that time, and to avoid any trouble along the way, the police had been informed in advance of Baba's foot journey. Eruch asked the inspector, "Have you had any special circular from your commissioner regarding the movements of Meher Baba in the area?"
"As a matter of fact, yes, we have received it."
It was Meher Baba who distributed the love-gifts; but please do not tell anyone," Eruch revealed.
The police inspector took it as his good fortune to have been able to see Baba from a distance.
Completing his work with these poor villagers, Baba returned to Gulbarga with his companions. The district superintendent of police, named Mane, had come to Meherabad for Baba's darshan. Learning of Baba's presence in the city, he came to see him with his family. Although Baba was not seeing anyone at the time, he consented and met Mane and his family. (Lord Meher-p-3011/12/13)
773-A VISITOR REQUESTED BABA TO GIVE HIM HIS BLESSINGS BABA SAID ONE WHO RECEIVES MY LOVE IS COMPLETELY RUINED IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD
Seeing Baba wearing a pink coat every day during the darshan hours, some lovers expressed their desire to see Him wear a coat of some other shade. Baba smilingly replied: “If I started changing the colour of My coat and clothes at the suggestion of My lovers, could you imagine what variety of colours would be introduced in wardrobe? I am slave of your love, not of your whims!”
Someone who wanted Baba’s blessings for a job reminded Him, “Baba, You say You are the slave of Your lovers. Well then, You must give Me your blessing that I get this job.”
Baba retorted with smile, “I am not your slave. I am slave of your love. Remember that.”
During darshan one day, a visitor requested Baba to give him His blessings. Baba replied:
It is very easy for Me to give blessings, because you are eager to receive them. The necessary receptivity is already there. But it is not so with love, because no one really wants to receive it as it should be received. The warmth of love is so unbearable that one who receives it has his whole being “blistered” and “blasted!”
The one who receives My love is completely ruined in the eyes of the world. To receive My love, you have to lose everything even own yourself! Rarely has one the longing to receive love. I am the ocean of love, but no one is ready, as one should always be, to receive love.
As for My grace, I bestow it when I get the whim to do so. Grace means grace, and it is perfectly independent of merits and demerits. (Lord Meher-new volume-p-5727)
774-A WALI (MUSLIM SAINT) IN NASIK OFFERED PRASAD TO ERUCH AND INSISTED ON HIS EATING IT, WHICH HE DID.
On Baba's prompting, Eruch narrated an incident about a wali (Muslim saint) in Nasik. Baba had asked the mandali in Nasik to fast for a day. The wali approached one of them with prasad and insisted on his eating it, which he did. This upset Baba, and he instructed the mandali that whenever the wali offered them prasad, they should accept it but not eat it.
Baba concluded, "So, if you are under my orders, you should be very, very careful in approaching others, however great they may be spiritually." (Lord Meher-p-3840)
775-A WEEPING WOMAN WAS WITH NO CHILD WAS CONSOLED SAYING I MYSELF IS YOUR CHILD
A weeping woman Baba remarked, "She has no child and is looked down upon in the family." Baba consoled her, "I myself am your child, and all are my children."
776-A WHITE PIGEON FLEW INTO THE MANZIL AND DIED; BABA HIMSELF DUG A HOLE IN THE BACKYARD AND BURIED THE BIRD
On September 10th, 1922, a white pigeon flew into the Manzil. The bird looked ill and exhausted and, when an attempt was made to catch it, it was easily trapped. The bird was taken to Meher Baba, who lovingly held and caressed it. But it was so sick it was unable to walk.
It was exceptionally beautiful, and Baba looked after it the whole night. The next day, he told the men that despite his care the pigeon had died. He had been up three times during the night to nurse it. He told all the men to come and see the bird, for it had died in a peculiar position — on its legs with its head bent — as if offering namaskar (salutations).
Baba then posed this question to the mandali, "Tell me how this pigeon suddenly happened to be here and then, just as suddenly, died?" As no one could reply, he explained, "Do you remember sometime ago when I told you that I would be receiving an important message from Babajan? This pigeon has come from her with that message. The importance of the message can well be imagined and gauged in that soon after delivering the heavy burden, the pigeon died."
Thereafter, Baba himself dug a hole in the backyard of the Manzil and buried the bird. The grave was made in the form of a small tomb which was covered with a green sheet (according to Muslim burial rites) as flowers were strewn over it. He then wrote the following ghazal in Persian dedicated to this bird:
Oh Pigeon! I accepted you as my honoured guest
Because you had come from the Emperor!
But what a guest you were!
By obeying the Emperor's orders,
you became the dust of his feet.
No one knew from where you came, or why.
But your coming portends our departure.
You came to annihilate your life of duality in illusion
And now you won't be born again,
as if you had never suffered.
What a message you brought from the Emperor!
The importance of it cost you your life!
Oh God! What a wonderful game
You are playing behind the veil!
Though You are ever-manifest, your game is a riddle
to those who have eyes but are blind.
Royal Pigeon, you have become a saint!
You now are buried at Manzil-e-Meem
and Merwan kisses your feet in reverence.
Lord Meher, 1st U S A ed, vol. 2, pp. 404-405
777-A WIDOW WOMAN HAD A FEUD WITH THE VILLAGE TALATI (GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTANT); BABA INTERVENED AND SETTLED DISPUTE
This is a typical example of the Master's compassion. There was a widow living in Arangaon. She had a feud with the village Talati (government accountant), which resulted in litigation over unpaid taxes on her deceased husband's farmland. Baba intervened and paid the Talati Rs.50; in addition, he paid the widow Rs.15 for the legal expenses she had incurred. Through this unexpected loving gesture, the woman's heart turned to him as her Lord, and her tears expressed the deep gratitude which she felt and remembered for the rest of her life. (Lord Meher-p-580-1925)
778-A WOMAN BOATMAN WITHOUT CHILD WEPT BEFORE BABA BLESSED HER
Baba planned to leave the houseboat and go to Harvan the following day. He discussed what the mandali's food and living arrangements would be while he was in seclusion. At one point, Baba remarked, "Leaving Venice tomorrow, we will go to Palestine."
Baba came to the mandali's boat for a bath, but finding his water not yet warmed, he slapped Ramjoo and Buasaheb. After the water was properly heated, Chhota Baba and Gustadji assisted him in bathing.
The boatman's wife came for Baba's darshan and wept. Baba blessed her, "Your luck has changed!" To her husband Sultana, Baba presented his new black coat.
Catching hold of Baba's feet, the man cried like a child. That night the boatman's wife played the sitar to entertain Baba. (Lord M eher-p-1058)
779-A WOMAN COMPOSED POEMS, SANG VERY WELL WITH FERVENT LOVE BEFORE BABA
On 8th June 1963, at Guruprasad, a woman who has been composing poems about Baba for a long time was asked to sing by Baba. She had longed for this opportunity, and all her poems were on theme that that she should by called by Baba to rest at His feet for ever. She sang very well with fervent love. Tears rolled down her cheeks. When she finished singing, she fell at Baba’s feet and wept. Baba gestured to one of disciple to help her rise, and then she returned to her seat. Baba told , she M.A. in philosophy. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-342)
780-A WOMAN CONFESSED AFTER MEETING THAT BABA IS MOST BEAUTIFUL MAN
One woman who had been against Baba confessed tearfully the day after meeting him, "I can't think of anything but that beautiful man. I must confess I was a little prejudiced ... All I have done since I have seen him is to pray 781-A WOMAN COULD NOT SLEEP BECAUSE SHE HAD A HEADACHE; BABA ADVISED, "REMEMBER ME AND ALL HEADACHES WILL DISAPPEAR
On 8th June 1963, Baba was in the hall in morning, and he embraced the newcomers. He mentioned he had explained many things during the last four days, and then inquired about how they slept. One of those present said she could not sleep because she had a headache. Baba advised, "Remember me and all headaches will disappear." (Lord Meher-p-5023-1963)
782-A WOMAN DEVOTEE BEGAN CRYING BABA, BABA AT THE BACK OF TENT AND CAME RUSHING FORWARD; BABA SAID, SHE IS FULL OF LOVE
During sahwas program in 1962, in Guruprasad, a woman devotee began crying “Baba, Baba” at the back of tent and came rushing forward. She was caught by workers and taken outside. Baba said, “She is full of love, but if I permitted to come to Me, would take hold of Me and never let go.” Baba gestured with hands at His neck. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-272)
783-A WOMAN DEVOTEE FEEDS BATWA SHAH MAST IN BENARAS
Baidul went to him early in the morning. There was a mosque nearby, and Baidul suggested that the mast accompany him there. But Batwa Shah resisted, uttering with deep feeling: "I have forgiven the mosque. I have stopped going to it, so how can I enter it? I won't."
Then Chhagan, Eruch and Vishnu tried to coax him to another site where Baba could contact him privately. The mast would not budge. In the evening Eruch was sent back to Batwa Shah to plead with him to allow contact, and the mast replied that he would see Baba at nine that night. (Baba had also gone near him three times during the day.) When Baba arrived, the mast was sitting on the edge of a cot on the road. Baba sat next to him and the contact with him began.
There was a plate of food 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.
Baba later related to Don: "When I sat near Batwa Shah, I felt as if I were sitting near Chacha." Some idea of the mast's greatness can be gleaned from this remark as Chacha was God-realized — a seventh-plane majzoob.(Lord Meher –p-2705
784-A WOMAN DEVOTEE WAS EXPLAINED SLANDER, BABA CITED COUPLET OF KABIR:
He who slanders me is my friend,
Because with his own soap, he cleanses me of my dirt!
"So," Baba emphasized, "the first thing required is love. And the second is do not backbite."
He added, "Feel glad if anyone slanders you, and always be careful that you don't slander others."
The woman said, "Baba, I don't slander anyone."
"It is good if you don't slander anyone. But generally, he who drinks liquor says: 'Do I get intoxicated? I am never drunk!'
"The same is the case with slanderers. A slanderer will slander, and if anyone were to draw his attention to it, he would reply, 'Who says I am slandering? I never slander.' "
The woman said, "But really, I never backbite. It is the truth!"
If anyone speaks about another's shortcomings behind his back, even though what he says may be true, it is slander.
What effect do the sanskaras of backbiting produce? Suppose Mr. A says to Mr. B: "Mr. C has not come; he is a bad man." Mr. C is not present. Mr. A has told this directly to Mr. B. Consequently, there is an exchange of sanskaras in an indirect way between Mr. A and Mr. C, and in a direct way between Mr. A and Mr. B. Thus, the sanskaras of slandering are of two types — direct and indirect. Thereby, the most minute sanskaras are created and for millions of births it is difficult to be freed from them.
Sanskaras are of seven colors. Sanskaras of lust and anger have different colors, and the sanskaras created by backbiting are still deeper. We do not know them as such, but they are some of the worst type and nearly impossible to eradicate. Viruses are very subtle germs and invisible, but they are the most troublesome. Similarly, the sanskaras of calumny and defamation are most wicked and troublesome.
Therefore, do not defame or vilify others. If someone does it to you, you should be pleased. If someone kicks you, press his leg. What Christ has said about presenting the other cheek [if slapped] has meaning. If you love, you cannot slander. So try to love all. If you do it, I will believe in you! Otherwise, your coming to me has no meaning. So what is the benefit? It is the luck of you all that you are connected with me.
If you keep all four fingers in front of your eyes, you will not be able to see me. So, how can profound subjects be discussed? Tukaram has said:
How can I thank the Perfect Master?
He is that one who keeps me alert every moment!
Consequently, I have been warning you often about backbiting, and I previously had a Life Circular issued about it. (Lord Meher -p-4667)
785-A WOMAN DEVOTEE WISHED NOT TO INVOLVE IN SEX BABA SAID IT IS GOOD BUT FOR DUTY SACRIFICE A LITTLE.
While at Meherabad, Baba would grant interviews. An Indian woman devotee came to see Baba on October 28th. She complained openly before Baba that she wished to stop having sexual intercourse with her husband because of her desire to see God. But her husband was unwilling.
Consoling her, Baba explained, “It is better to treat your husband with love and affection, even if you dislike and do not wish to indulge in intercourse because of your spiritual aspiration and desire to love God. It is good to have no sexual desires, but when it comes to a question of duty, you must sacrifice a little of your interest to please your husband.
“Keep your mind focussed toward God and give your body to your husband. Remember Saint Mira’s sacrifice and how she suffered. Be like her.”
Mira was one of Meher Baba’s favourite saints (Lord Meher-P- Vol. 6, p. 1919)
786-A WOMAN DID NOT COME FOR DARSHAN TWICE ON PERMISSION; BABA SAID ANY APPOINTMENT WITH THE GOD-MAN HAS SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE
One day a woman approached Baba for darshan with her child. She requested that Baba bless her baby. Baba commented, "As you wish. But do you remember how last year on your request, I permitted you to visit Guruprasad to have my darshan a second time? You did not come."
From the hundreds who had visited Guruprasad that year it seemed incredible to the woman that Baba would remember such a small detail. The woman felt ashamed and apologized, explaining, "Baba, treat me as your daughter ... I had to attend my brother's marriage, so I could not come. Please pardon me."
Baba as usual pardoned her, but also remarked, "I forgive you but remember, you yourself asked for an opportunity of which you did not avail. Any appointment with the God-Man has special significance which cannot be repeated. It is difficult to make up that loss. However, now be happy and forget about it." (Lord Meher- 4760-1961)
787-A WOMAN DID NOT SLEEP WELL WAS ASKED TO REPEAT 101 NAMES GIVEN IN ZOROASTRIAN PRATER BOOK
During Sahwas in 1963, at Guruprasad (Poona) Baba asked the woman whether she had slept well the night before. She said she had not. Baba said, “If you do not go to sleep it is good, for you can remember Me all the More.”Baba then asked if anyone could repeat the 101 names given in Zoroastrian prayer book in praise of God, with their meanings. No one could. He said,” If you repeat these names with loves, no other prayer remains to be said. Anyone can repeat these names irrespective of the religion he belongs to.” (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-297)
788-A WOMAN FROM SCOTLAND WAS IN TEARS WHEN SHE CAME BABA CONSOLED HER.
A woman from Scotland had come and was permitted to stay in Meherabad for two days. She seemed distressed when she came to Baba and told him something with tears in her eyes. Baba consoled her, but also stated that this was not the time to bring up such matters.
789-A WOMAN REFERRED BABA AS THE OMNISCIENT, BABA DISCOURSED HER THE FOUR TYPES OF KNOWLEDGE
A woman came for Baba's darshan the same day and referred to him as the Omniscient One. Thereupon Baba discoursed on the four types of knowledge — worldly knowledge, inner knowledge of the planes, Self-knowledge of the seventh plane, and all-knowledge, which only the Avatars and Sadgurus have in order to work in and for the three worlds.(Lord Meher-p-876)
790-A WOMAN SAID SHE COULD NOT SLEEP BECAUSE SHE HAD A HEADACHE, BABA ADVISED, REMEMBER ME AND ALL HEADACHES WILL DISAPPEAR
Baba was in the hall by 7:45 A.M. on Saturday, 8 June 1963, and he embraced the newcomers. He mentioned he had explained many things during the last four days, and then inquired about how they slept. One of those present said she could not sleep because she had a headache. Baba advised, "Remember me and all headaches will disappear."
791-A WOMAN SEEING BABA’S GESTURES SUGGESTED GROUP TO VISIT SHRINE WHICH BABA DID ON INSISTENCE
After making mast contacts on the 27th at Mount Abu and at Oria, nine miles away, on the 29th, Baba and the mandali descended Mount Abu, and after contacting a few masts in the town of Abu Road, boarded a train to Ahmednagar.
On the way back, Baba and the men alighted at a station where they had to change trains. Baba was tired and unshaven, his clothes were dirty and he felt uncomfortable. He took a seat on the platform and, by hand signs, began giving instructions to the mandali about future work.
Observing Baba’s gestures, a woman asked one of them, "Has he been dumb from birth?"
Eruch, who was also exhausted, said in exasperation, "Please do not bother us! Go away!"
The woman replied, "I have come to help you, not to trouble you. There is a shrine in this town. If you take him there perhaps he will be able to speak. Many have benefited by pilgrimage there."
"We are not seeking any cure," said Eruch. "For God's sake, leave us in peace!"
Shortly, a crowd gathered and began talking among themselves: "What a beautiful face! What radiance! The poor man has been speechless since childhood. Why doesn't he go to the tomb? He will surely be helped."
Another person stepped forward and told Eruch, "Listen to us, brother; take him to the shrine. You will not regret it. I assure you it will be to his benefit."
Eruch protested, "We have to catch the train and ..."
"You still have time," the man assured them. "The shrine is very near; you will be back in time."
Baba gestured to Eruch, "It is better we go to the shrine to get rid of them once and for all."
So Eruch asked, "Where is this shrine?"
"We'll come with you and show you," they volunteered.
"Please, kindly just show us the way; we do not want you to come with us," Eruch told them.
After receiving the address, Baba proceeded toward the Muslim dargah with Eruch and Pendu, leaving Baidul on the platform to guard the luggage. The crowd was gratified. Age ironically noted, "He who speaks innumerable languages through innumerable tongues was paying homage at a shrine to regain his speech. What a divine leela!"
Those at the train station were fortunate to be so attracted to Baba and persistent in their request — even though Baba was inconvenienced by their good intentions.
792-A WOMAN WAS URGED NOT TO WORRY FOR PHYSICAL SUFFERING
To another who was likewise facing difficulties, Baba urged: "Don't worry over physical suffering. Even if the body were cut to pieces, it matters little in comparison with the heart getting stained. Try your utmost to keep the heart pure. Let your faith remain unadulterated. Through the body, you get a chance to suffer, but a time gradually comes, and it must come, when all sufferings are over. Then you leave the body for good and experience eternal bliss."(Lord Meher –p-4668)
793-A WOMAN WAS ASKED TO SHUT UP HER MIND AND END ALL WORRIES
Observing one woman who looked worried about something, Baba remarked: "Shut the trap of your mind and end all your worries. Open the trap of your heart and release love." (Lord Meher -p-4668)
794-A WOMAN WAS TOLD IF SHE DOES NOT GET SLEEP, SHE CAN REMEMBER ME MORE AND MORE
During Sahwas in 1963, at Guruprasad (Poona), Baba asked the woman whether she had slept well the night before. She said she had not. Baba said, “If you do not go to sleep it is good, for you can remember Me all the More.”Baba then asked if anyone could repeat the 101 names given in Zoroastrian prayer book in praise of God, with their meanings. No one could. He said,” If you repeat these names with loves, no other prayer remains to be said. Anyone can repeat these names irrespective of the religion he belongs to.” (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-297)
795-A WOMAN WITHOUT CHILD WEPT, BABA SAID I MYSELF AM YOUR CHILD AND ALL ARE MY CHILDREN
A woman weeping, Baba remarked, "She has no child and is looked down upon in the family." Baba consoled her, "I myself am your child, and all are my children."
796-A WOMAN’S DEEP FINANCIAL AND LEGAL PROBLEMS WERE SETTLED AFTER BABA’S DARSHAN
The woman was in deep financial and legal straits, but her problems were settled in a short time after having Baba's darshan. (Lord Meher-p-793-1927)
797-A WOMAN’S FRIEND FROM IRAN EASILY DELIVERED THE CHILD WHILE BABA SEEMED TO BE SLEEPING
In 1920, Baba was staying at Kaka Baria's in Bombay. A woman came to tell Baba that a dear friend of hers had been in labor for hours and still had not delivered the baby. Baba heard her and without saying a word covered himself and seemed to be sleeping. The woman was astonished and thought: 'What sort of guru is this Meher Baba to have gone to sleep when my friend is dying in pain?' After she left, Baba got up and took a bath though he had never done so before at such an odd hour. When the woman went back to her friend, she discovered that while she had been narrating her plight to Baba, the woman had easily delivered the child and was resting."
798-A WORKER ASKED HOW BABA'S MESSAGES WOULD REACH THEM AFTER THE CENTRES WERE DISSOLVED
In year 1954, at Rajahmundry Baba said to workers:
For God's sake, for Baba's sake, be aware of money. One pie (cent) taken from others (under false pretenses) makes one die a million deaths
One worker asked as to how Baba's messages would reach them after the centers were dissolved. Baba replied:
You are all workers of Baba. Those who have money and can afford it can go from place to place, telling people about my message of love. Those who have little money can go around their own town and by living a life of love convert others to love for God. Those who have no money, a large family and no time, should convert their own homes to Baba's love. So, from now on, no centers, no office, no accounts. Money should not be asked from people, and Baba's love will be there. Is this not right?
A worker queried, "Can we correspond with you directly after the centers are closed?"
"I am stopping all correspondence," Baba stated.
The worker complained, "For others' faults we have to suffer!"
"It is no one's fault," Baba assured him. "It may be your fault, who knows?
Is there anyone without weaknesses, defects and faults?"
One of the workers said, "Only one, Baba! You are that one. Baba means God!"
799-A WORKER TOLD THAT A VAN WAS NECESSITY FOR OLDER WORKER TO MOVE FROM VILLAGE TO VILLAGE TALKING TO THE PEOPLE ABOUT BABA
On 8th May 1963, ay Guruprasad, Baba all lovers who had come from Andhra Pradesh. One worker told Baba that a van was an absolute necessity so that older workers like him could move in it from village to village, talking to the people about Baba. Baba said, “Who is to pay for the van? If I had to ask some lovers, they would willingly contribute toward it, but why should ask them to pay for My work? If I am going to break My silence in nine months time, then this van or all such plans to spread My messages would seem insignificant compared with the work that will be done as soon as I break My silence. If you have no van, travel by bullock cart. If this vehicle is not available, walk. If you are old and die while doing My work, it would be good for you.” Baba summed up: “In short, there must not be jealousy or backbiting among workers. Be one hundred percent honest. If you have something to say about another worker, tell it lovingly to his face and not behind the back. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-322)
800-A YOGI CAME TO BABA STAYED FOR 11 DAYS AS BUT LEFT AS FOOD WAS NOT GOOD
On 10 th August 1926, the Irani New Year was celebrated. The following day, a neatly dressed yogi, who spoke English, arrived at Meherabad. He bowed to Baba and prayed for his divine help. Baba directed him to stay at Meherabad and then quoted this strange couplet in Gujarati: "Matla, ghatla, ghotla, satla/ Watla, chotla, aur potla."
Baba's remark implied that for begging purposes, a yogi should not possess anything more than a cloth bag and a staff. He should not accumulate things, should avoid all comfort and should not wear long hair for the sake of show. He should be attached to nothing and follow the precept: "The wandering yogi, the flowing water."
However, after only eleven days, the yogi wished to leave Meherabad. On Baba's inquiring the reason, the person replied that the food there was not good. Disappointed by his attitude, Baba allowed him to depart. Watching him go, Baba remarked regretfully, "Came for God, left for bread." (Lord Meher-p-699-1926)
to God for forgiveness." (Lord meher-p-4077)