*BIOGRAPHIES OF GOD REALISED

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ZARZARI ZAR BAKSH

On Sunday, 11 November 1951, Baba sat in seclusion in the cave of the Sufi Qutub Zarzari Zar Baksh (Sai Baba's Master in one of Sai's previous incarnations), and also contacted a mast near the shrine. Baba then proceeded to Daulatabad, and there too sat in several shrines for a fixed time before returning to Khuldabad in the evening.

In Khuldabad on 14 November, at the guest house, Baba washed the feet of the Muslim caretaker of Zarzari Zar Baksh's tomb, bowed down to him and gave him Rs.21 as a love-gift. Accompanied by the caretaker, Baba again went to Zarzari Zar Baksh's tomb, where he contacted 74 poor people, washed their feet, placed his head on their feet and gave each person ten rupees. The caretaker then offered the Fatiha worship and Eruch, Pendu, Baidul and Gustadji prayed for Baba's success in his work. (Lord Meher-p-3014)

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TUKARAM

(Perfect Master & poet)

Baba elucidated that Nizamuddin Auliya, Bualishah Qalandar and Chishti of Ajmer were all Sufi Perfect Masters.  He mentioned that Chishti was even considered to be on the same level as Muhammad; however, he was not equal to the Prophet, but the Qutub-e-Irshad of his time — the head of the spiritual hierarchy. Chishti established Sufism in India, and his tomb-shrine in Ajmer is a greatly revered place of pilgrimage.

These Perfect Masters and other Muslim Qutubs always liked listening to ghazals, which have been preserved in the various Divans of Hafiz.

Now, for a Perfect Master to write poetry — what is it (for Him) when the whole world is in His hands? But as Tukaram, the Sadguru, explained, one's original nature persists even after Realization.

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TUKDOJI MAHARAJ

(A Saint from Nagpur)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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SABIR SAHEB

About Sabir Saheb of Iran and his spiritual attainments, Baba stated:

Sabir was staying with his maternal uncle and had much wealth. Once, his mother asked him to prepare a vast amount of food and feed the poor. For twelve years he kept on feeding others, but during this time, he was living only on figs. He had become quite weak, and once his mother asked why he was not taking food cooked for others. He replied that he was told he should cook for and feed others, and so, whatever he was preparing, he was not eating himself.

Once, Sabir saw a flash of the divine light, and was so merged in it that he remained in that state of bliss for a year and a half. When he came to, he found himself sitting under a tree eating a fig. Such a state is called mukam-e-hairat (divine enchantment caught between the third and fourth planes). He got that flash of bliss and became dazed. Can you understand his condition? It is infinite bliss, continuous bliss, eternal bliss, but not in ordinary human consciousness. It is infinite bliss, infinite knowledge, infinite power, but he cannot use them. Sabir had that Experience, and only a rare one knows what it is.

Accompanied by Pendu, Elcha Mistry, and Kishan Singh and with Hellan driving, Baba left for Roorkee on June 24th. There, a poor program was held in the dargah of the Qutub Sabir.

In Roorkee, Baidul had arranged the program in the shrine of Sabir. A room for Baba to sit in was provided and a brick platform was raised for the poor to stand on to enable Baba to wash their feet and bow down on them. Baba had covered His head with a scarf and looked in a pleasing mood. The caretaker of the shrine brought a list of the fifty deserving poor who formed a queue in morning. Four rupees were to be given to each as prasad after the ritual bowing down. When Baba was to hand them the prasad, upon receiving it, each was to say: “May Allah help you! May Allah give you good health! May Allah bless you!” Kishan Singh wiped the feet of the first poor person after Baba had washed them. Looking gravely at Kishan, Baba again washed that man’s feet, and he himself wiped them again and placed His forehead on them. Thus He showed Kishan that He wanted to do this work himself without any assistance from anyone.

This program was specifically for fifty poor, but as three on the list had not showed up, three others from among those standing nearby were chosen. Baba washed, wiped, bowed His forehead on their feet and presented each his love gift of money. Several poor had come there in anticipation of receiving monetary help, and they also were given the prasad of rupees. The caretaker had helped much with the preparations for the success of the program, so Baba, after washing and bowing to his feet, gave him also a love gift of ten rupees. Another old man had also helped in the work and he too was accordingly given ten rupees. Meanwhile, the three persons absent from the original list appeared, and Baba offered them his love gift of money after the ceremony of washing and bowing to their feet. Those who received Baba’s prasad of money included women, old, young, blind and lame, and there were also some belonging to the middle-class. All were Muslims, as the Muslim caretaker had arranged matters.

After the poor work was over, Baba went inside the dargah and placed a silk carpet on the floor of the tomb, which signified his reverence for the departed Perfect Master Sabir. Lying face down on His stomach before the shrine, Baba paid His respects and offered His homage. The caretaker recited prayers and ended by uttering: “O God, may the spiritual work of the person who has washed the feet of the poor be done to his satisfaction.” To which the men chanted, “Amen.” In obeisance, Baba remained lying on His stomach stretched out full length, until all the prayers were recited. The same prayer was also offered on the veranda of the shrine and the crowd outside also joined in by saying, “Amen!” Baba thereafter offered the Muslim caretaker prasad and gave four annas to each of the poor collected outside. While heading back to Dehra Dun, Baba expressed how highly pleased He was with the work in Roorkee.

 

 

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KHWAJA SAHEB CHISHTI

(Perfect Master)

Baba elucidated that Nizamuddin Auliya, Bualishah Qalandar and Chishti of Ajmer were all Sufi Perfect Masters. He mentioned that Chishti was even considered to be on the same level as Muhammad; however, He was not equal to the Prophet, but the Qutub-e-Irshad of His time — the head of the spiritual hierarchy. Chishti established Sufism in India, and His tomb-shrine in Ajmer is a greatly revered place of pilgrimage.

These Perfect Masters and other Muslim Qutubs always liked listening to ghazals, which have been preserved in the various Divans of Hafiz.

Now, for a Perfect Master to write poetry — what is it (for him) when the whole world is in His hands? But as Tukaram, the Sadguru, explained, one's original nature persists even after Realization.

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JALALE DIN RUMI

(Perfect Master)

Baba said: Maulana Rumi was a great savant of his time. He could give good speeches and discourses. When he travelled from place to place, the books of his learned lore were packed and carried on camelback. Everywhere, he was accorded the highest honours. Shams-e-Tabriz, on the other hand, was quite naked. One day they encountered each other and Shams threw all Rumi's books in a well. Rumi was furious with him, but Shams explained that all his books, including the Koran, were like dry bones for a dog! "Until now," he said, "you have been chewing only the bones; it is time you tasted the brain!"

Rumi was greatly upset, and so Shams had all the books drawn out of the well. They were completely dry! This amazed Rumi, and Shams said, "As long as Rumi does not become the slave of Shams, he will learn nothing!" Henceforth, Rumi became his Master's slave, and Shams eventually made him God-realized.

Baba ended by saying, "Become men of Experience, and for that be like the dust at the Master's feet."

Shams-e-Tabriz, although a Perfect Master, used to play the game chowkhat (similar to checkers), which was his favorite game. Rumi would invariably lose the game. After years with Shams, one day while playing the game, Rumi lost as usual and exclaimed: "Alas! I have lost again!"

Shams said: "No, this time you have won!" That very instant, Rumi received God-realization from Shams.

Maulana Rumi was so intelligent that he had more brains than all the present day pandits (religious scholars) put together! (as a scholar), he wrote a lot of books on spirituality.

Once in an exceptional mood, Baba remarked about the Masters and saints, past and present, in Iran and India: “They are the real flowers of humanity- flowers of spiritual power! In Iran, Shams*e-Tabriz, Maulana Rumi and Hafiz all were Perfect. Omar Khayyam was not God-realised but high advanced.

 

Shams-e-Tabriz, although a Perfect Master, used to play the game chowkhat [similar to checkers], which was his favorite game. Rumi would invariably lose the game. After years with Shams, one day while playing the game, Rumi lost as usual and exclaimed: "Alas! I have lost again!"

Shams said: "No, this time you have won!" That very instant, Rumi received God-realization from Shams.

 

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SABIR SAHEB

About Sabir Saheb of Iran and his spiritual attainments, Baba stated:

Sabir was staying with his maternal uncle and had much wealth. Once, his mother asked him to prepare a vast amount of food and feed the poor. For twelve years he kept on feeding others, but during this time, he was living only on figs. He had become quite weak, and once his mother asked why he was not taking food cooked for others. He replied that he was told he should cook for and feed others, and so, whatever he was preparing, he was not eating himself.

Once, Sabir saw a flash of the divine light, and was so merged in it that he remained in that state of bliss for a year and a half. When he came to, he found himself sitting under a tree eating a fig. Such a state is called mukam-e-hairat (divine enchantment caught between the third and fourth planes). He got that flash of bliss and became dazed. Can you understand his condition? It is infinite bliss, continuous bliss, eternal bliss, but not in ordinary human consciousness. It is infinite bliss, infinite knowledge, infinite power, but he cannot use them. Sabir had that Experience, and only a rare one knows what it is.

Accompanied by Pendu, Elcha Mistry, and Kishan Singh and with Hellan driving, Baba left for Roorkee on June 24th. There, a poor program was held in the dargah of the Qutub Sabir.

In Roorkee, Baidul had arranged the program in the shrine of Sabir. A room for Baba to sit in was provided and a brick platform was raised for the poor to stand on to enable Baba to wash their feet and bow down on them. Baba had covered His head with a scarf and looked in a pleasing mood. The caretaker of the shrine brought a list of the fifty deserving poor who formed a queue in morning. Four rupees were to be given to each as prasad after the ritual bowing down. When Baba was to hand them the prasad, upon receiving it, each was to say: “May Allah help you! May Allah give you good health! May Allah bless you!” Kishan Singh wiped the feet of the first poor person after Baba had washed them. Looking gravely at Kishan, Baba again washed that man’s feet, and he himself wiped them again and placed His forehead on them. Thus He showed Kishan that He wanted to do this work himself without any assistance from anyone.

This program was specifically for fifty poor, but as three on the list had not showed up, three others from among those standing nearby were chosen. Baba washed, wiped, bowed His forehead on their feet and presented each his love gift of money. Several poor had come there in anticipation of receiving monetary help, and they also were given the prasad of rupees. The caretaker had helped much with the preparations for the success of the program, so Baba, after washing and bowing to his feet, gave him also a love gift of ten rupees. Another old man had also helped in the work and he too was accordingly given ten rupees. Meanwhile, the three persons absent from the original list appeared, and Baba offered them his love gift of money after the ceremony of washing and bowing to their feet. Those who received Baba’s prasad of money included women, old, young, blind and lame, and there were also some belonging to the middle-class. All were Muslims, as the Muslim caretaker had arranged matters.

After the poor work was over, Baba went inside the dargah and placed a silk carpet on the floor of the tomb, which signified his reverence for the departed Perfect Master Sabir. Lying face down on His stomach before the shrine, Baba paid His respects and offered His homage. The caretaker recited prayers and ended by uttering: “O God, may the spiritual work of the person who has washed the feet of the poor be done to his satisfaction.” To which the men chanted, “Amen.” In obeisance, Baba remained lying on His stomach stretched out full length, until all the prayers were recited. The same prayer was also offered on the veranda of the shrine and the crowd outside also joined in by saying, “Amen!” Baba thereafter offered the Muslim caretaker prasad and gave four annas to each of the poor collected outside. While heading back to Dehra Dun, Baba expressed how highly pleased He was with the work in Roorkee.

 

 

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MAULANA RUMI

(Perfect Master)

Baba said: Maulana Rumi was a great savant of his time. He could give good speeches and discourses. When he travelled from place to place, the books of his learned lore were packed and carried on camelback. Everywhere, he was accorded the highest honours. Shams-e-Tabriz, on the other hand, was quite naked. One day they encountered each other and Shams threw all Rumi's books in a well. Rumi was furious with him, but Shams explained that all his books, including the Koran, were like dry bones for a dog! "Until now," he said, "you have been chewing only the bones; it is time you tasted the brain!"

Rumi was greatly upset, and so Shams had all the books drawn out of the well. They were completely dry! This amazed Rumi, and Shams said, "As long as Rumi does not become the slave of Shams, he will learn nothing!" Henceforth, Rumi became his Master's slave, and Shams eventually made him God-realized.

Baba ended by saying, "Become men of Experience, and for that be like the dust at the Master's feet."

Shams-e-Tabriz, although a Perfect Master, used to play the game chowkhat (similar to checkers), which was his favorite game. Rumi would invariably lose the game. After years with Shams, one day while playing the game, Rumi lost as usual and exclaimed: "Alas! I have lost again!"

Shams said: "No, this time you have won!" That very instant, Rumi received God-realization from Shams.

Maulana Rumi was so intelligent that he had more brains than all the present day pandits (religious scholars) put together! (as a scholar), he wrote a lot of books on spirituality.

Once in an exceptional mood, Baba remarked about the Masters and saints, past and present, in Iran and India: “They are the real flowers of humanity- flowers of spiritual power! In Iran, Shams*e-Tabriz, Maulana Rumi and Hafiz all were Perfect. Omar Khayyam was not God-realised but high advanced.

 

 

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RAMAKRISHNA PARAMHANS

(Perfect Master)

Ramkrishna Paramhans was the Perfect Master (God-realised) and Vivekanand was His chief disciple whom He revealed glimpse of His divinity in a flash by putting His hand on Vivekananda’s head.

Swami Ramakrishna, once insulted (His close disciple) Vivekananda by telling him in a harsh, derogatory tone to go away and never come back; but, shortly afterward, He had him called back and consoled him. It is My love that has been the cause of humiliating you before the others. Baba then embraced Adi.

On 12 August 1924, inquiries were made about visiting Dakshineshwar and the temple where the Sadguru Ramakrishna Paramhansa once lived. On 12 August, they boated across the Hooghly River to visit the shrine. Near the bank of the river, they came across a blind beggar sitting in squalor. Baba and the men swept the filthy area, and then fed and comforted the destitute man.

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.

The Sadguru is like an ocean. He does not give anything, but when He gives, He gives the Ocean and you become realized."

Baba quoted the instance of Ramakrishna Paramhansa of Calcutta and his disciple Swami Vivekananda. Eruch narrated some incidents from Vivekananda's life which showed how he tested his guru in many ways. Baba concluded, "Had Vivekananda come in contact with a wali (saint) instead of a Sadguru like Ramakrishna, he would have been doomed for life!"

 

 

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NIZAMUDDIN AULIYA

(Perfect Master)

Baba elucidated that Nizamuddin Auliya, Bualishah Qalandar and Chishti of Ajmer were all Sufi Perfect Masters.  He mentioned that Chishti was even considered to be on the same level as Muhammad; however, he was not equal to the Prophet, but the Qutub-e-Irshad of his time — the head of the spiritual hierarchy. Chishti established Sufism in India, and his tomb-shrine in Ajmer is a greatly revered place of pilgrimage.

These Perfect Masters and other Muslim Qutubs always liked listening to ghazals, which have been preserved in the various Divans of Hafiz.