EPISODE-13 (JATAU & RAMCHANDRA GADEKAR)

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EPISODE-14

(DRAUPADI FOR LORD KRISHNA & NORINA NATCHABALLI FOR AVATAR MEHER BABA)

Meher Baba revealed that Norina Matchabelli was Draupadi, wife of Pandavas in one of his previous incarnations. Baba used to call her “Noorjahan” i.e. “Light of the world”. Baba also disclosed that she was the 12th member of each concentric circle of 12 disciples. Hence this comparison. Brief life sketch of Draupadi and contact of Norina Matchabelli with Avatar Meher Baba are as under.

Draupadi

According to the epic, she is the "fire born" daughter of Drupada, King of Panchala and also became the common wife of the five Pandavas. Draupadi had five sons; one by each of the Pandavas.

King Drupada (father of Draupadi) begged Shiva to grant him a boon. Drupada of Panchala was defeated by the Pandava’s prince Arjuna on behalf of Drona, who subsequently took half his kingdom. To gain revenge on Drona, he performed a yajña to obtain a means of besting him. Draupadi emerged as a beautiful dark-skinned young woman together after her sibling Dhrishtadyumna from the sacrificial fire. When she emerged from the fire, a heavenly voice said that she would bring about the destruction of the Kauravas. Draupadi is described in the Mahabharata as a very beautiful woman of that time.

Arjuna wins Draupadi in her Swayambar. Drupada intended to wed his daughter to Arjuna. Upon hearing of the Pandavas' supposed death at Varnavata, he set up a Swayambar contest for Draupadi and declared her as the prize of the victor in the contest.

At the Swayambar, almost all the assorted monarchs were unable to complete the challenge. Only Karna, the king of Anga was able to wield and string the bow but Draupadi refused him to take part in the competition, rejecting him for being a mere "suta-putra", the son of a charioteer. Later the Pandavas showed up incognito, Arjuna in disguise wins Draupadi's hand. In the aftermath the Pandavas revealed their survival. Draupadi marries all the five Pandavas after Kunti accidentally asks the Pandavas to share her.

Indraprastha was built at the site of the Khandava forest. The pride of buildings was the "Palace of Illusions", and this was where Duryodhan and his entourage explored during Hastinapur's attending of the Rajasuya Yagna.

The moment Duryodhan entered the palace he encountered an atmosphere of mystery. The courtyard was divided in two parts. The surface of one part appeared to ripple like the surface of a lake. The surface of the other part appeared solid flooring and when Duryodhan stepped on the apparently solid part of the courtyard, there was a splash and Duryodhan found himself waist deep in water, drenched from head to foot. When Draupadi and her maids saw this from the balcony they were amused. Duryodhan felt extremely insulted that Draupadi and her maids saw his embarrassing predicament. Draupadi joked "Andhasya Putra Andhaha" meaning "a blind man's (referring to Dhritrashtra) son is blind"

Draupadi was presented in a Parcheesi game where Yudhishthira has gambled away all his material wealth. This key incident is often considered to mark a definitive moment in the story of Mahabharata. It is one of the driving reasons that ultimately led to the Kurukshetra war.

Draupadi was horrified after hearing that she was staked in the game and now is a slave for Duryodhan. Draupadi questions Yudhishthira's right on her as he had lost himself first and she was still the queen. She refuses to present herself in court. Duryodhan, angry with Draupadi's behaviour, commands his younger brother Dushasana to bring her into the court, forcefully if he must. Dushasana grabs her by the hair and brings her into the court, dragging her by the hair. Duryodhan orders Dushasana to disrobe Draupadi. Seeing her husbands' passivity, Draupadi prays to Krishna to protect her.

Draupadi was great devotee of Lord Krishna. It is said that when Shishupal had exceeded 100 abuses, Lord Krishna killed him by His Chakra. When Chakra retuned after cutting the head of Shishupal, the finger of Lord Krishna got a cut and blood oozed out. It was only Draupadi who took care and bandaged Lord Krishna’s finger by a piece of her sari. Lord Krishna compensated her by roping in endless length of sari .This miracle occurred henceforward, which was attributed by Lord Krishna. As the Pandavas and the court looks away, Dushasana unwraps layers and layers of her sari. But as her sari keeps getting extended, everyone looks upon in awe, and Dushasana himself is forced to stop due to exhaustion.

At this point, a furious Bhima vows to remove Dushasana's arm (that had held her hair) and to drink the blood from his chest, at the pain of not seeing his ancestors/entering heaven. This vow unsettles the entire court. Draupadi vows not to tie her hair until she has decorated it with the blood of Dushasana. This was perhaps one of the reasons which led the war between Pandavas & Kauravas.

The only Kauravas who object to the disrobing of Draupadi in the court are Vikarna and Vidura. Vikarna appeals the assembly to answer the questions raised by Draupadi, but in vain. Vidura openly calls Duryodhan a snake and a demon, but after finding no support, even from his own brother, Vidura is helpless. Draupadi herself verbally eviscerates the entire court, threatening that once Drupada heard of his daughter's insult; he would tear Hastinapur to the ground. Just as she is about to curse the Kuru dynasty, she is interrupted by the queen mother Gandhari. Gandhari counsels Dhritarashtra to action. Also fearing retribution from Panchal, Dhritarashtra intervenes and grants Draupadi three boons. Draupadi in her first boon asks her husband’s to be freed from bondage so her sons would not be called Dasas. In her second boon she asks for all the wealth Pandavas lost in the game of dice to be restored to them. When Dhritarashtra asks her to wish for the third boon she refuses by saying that it would be greedy to ask for more. Shakuni and Duryodhan later convince Dhritarashtra to invite Pandavas for a new game of dice, with modified rules. The loser here would go for 12 years in exile and another one year of anonymity. Yudhishthira agrees and loses again. It was following the defeat in this new game that Pandavas were sent into exile for 13 years.

While the Pandavas were in the Kamyaka forest, they often went hunting, leaving Draupadi alone. At this time Jayadratha, the son of Vriddhakshatra, the husband of Duryodhana’s sister Dussala, passed through Kamyaka forest on the way to Salwa Desa. There he saw Draupadi. Jayadratha then started beseeching her to go away with him and desert her husbands who had fallen upon bad times. Draupadi pointed out that it was wrong to desert one’s spouses when they were in difficulty and then gave him a rather long and deliberately delaying speech on exactly the sort of bad time her husbands would give him on their return. Failing with words, Jayadratha tried violence and forced her onto his chariot. Meanwhile, the Pandavas finished their hunt and on return they found their wife was abducted. Learning of their wife's abduction by Jayadratha they rushed to save her. On seeing the Pandavas coming after him, Jayadratha left Draupadi on the road and Draupadi was saved. The Pandavas caught Jayadratha after chasing him on the chariot. Yudhishthira urged Bhima to spare Jayadratha’s life for the sake of Dussala and Gandhari, much to the indignation of Draupadi. Pandavas decided to make Jayadratha humiliated. Pandavas brought Jayadratha back to their hermitage in chains and shaved his head at five places in order to publicly humiliate him and later he was freed.

 

There are over 400 temples dedicated to Draupadi in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka.

Princess Norina Matchabelli

Princess Norina Matchabelli met Baba in 1931 and consequently left her position and status of a diplomat’s wife and lived in Baba’s ashram. She travelled all over India, Europe and later America to spread Baba’s message and in 1949 helped Elizabeth to establish Baba’s centre at Myrtle Beach.

Born in Italy on March 3rd 1880 in Florence, Italy, and her first husband was Karl Volmoeller a Baba lover film maker. Later she married to Prince George Matchabelli, a national hero who, after revolution in Russia fought for his country of Georgia, in the Caucasus, and thereafter settled in U.S.A. In 1924, they founded the world famous perfumery “Matchabelli Perfumes”. Later the Perfume Corporation was sold, and she spontaneously gave her share to Baba. Her life revolved around Him more and more and she participated in the Master's many trips to the west. She went to India with the very first group of women in 1933 and also endured the publicity blast. Great capital was made of her title of princess actually she had asked Baba if she could give it up, but Baba had said it would be useful in His work.

As a young woman, Norina was chosen by the stage director max Reinhardt to play the role of the Madonna in his play the miracle, written by Norina’s first husband, the German author Karl Volmoeller. The play was a phenomenal success performed over a thousand times. From this role, Norina developed a deep spiritual longing and became a seeker. In the midst of   a life of glamour and success, however, she developed into a deep spiritual seeker and prepared her way to the final experience which instantaneously transformed her life—when she met Meher Baba.

Norina Matchabelli was an old friend of Jean Adriel, and the day before Jean had left for Harmon to prepare for Baba's arrival, she had gone to see Norina at her apartment in New York. Norina candidly asked her, "Who is this Master at whose feet you would worship?" Jean tried to explain to her about Baba and about Thomas Watson’s profound experience with Him in England, but Norina remained unconvinced.

Norina asked Jean, "How can you worship at the feet of any man, even if he does call himself a Master? Women like ourselves – who have had such deep inner experiences – don't need any man to show us the way to God.

How can you allow yourself to be drawn into such foolishness?" As jean was leaving, Norina sarcastically remarked, "Well, darling, when your Master arrives, I must meet him. I would also like to weep like dear old Watson!"

Jean’s explanations had seemed odd to Norina and she was amused, but also puzzled. Three days after Baba's arrival, she phoned Jean at Harmon, saying, "The strangest thing has been happening to me. From the moment Meher Baba landed in New York, I have been weeping continuously. You must arrange for me to see Him."

When Norina encountered Baba in Harmon, tears of ecstasy rolled down her cheeks and she totally forgot herself. Her life became Baba’s and she dedicated herself completely at His feet. Later, she described that meeting:

I doubt whether that experience of meeting Meher Baba can be expressed in words. I had heard about Him, but I remained skeptical. I had followed teacher after teacher, and yet none of them could ever reassure me about the path. Eventually, I consented to go with a friend to Harmon.

I entered the room in which Meher Baba was sitting surrounded by followers and disciples. That very moment, an experience began – full of wonder and beauty. Suddenly I had to run across the room and I found myself weeping on the floor at his feet. Weeping! Oh, how I was weeping! But I also began to laugh, and the streams running down my cheeks and the outbursts of laughter became one. While I was resting, My head on Baba's hand, my whole body was shaking with terrific sobs of liberation.

After some time, I quieted down. Baba then took my face between His hands and looked at me for a long time into one of my eyes, and then into the other, and then back into the first eye.

Then He spoke to me via the alphabet board. His first words were: "I am man and woman and child. I am sexless." He then paused for a while; brought His face nearer to mine and spelled out, "Have no fear."

An incredible joy surged through me. I went into the next room and lay down on a sofa, weeping with joy. Suddenly the door opened and Baba came in. I knew now that my whole life had no meaning if it were not dedicated to the Perfect Master, and so I said to Him, "Baba, please take me with you." He motioned, "It is yet too soon." I could have died with grief when I felt His words. As a child, Norina had had an experience of God. On one occasion, she recollected:

Since childhood, I knew of God. When I was twelve, He came as Jesus Christ and spoke to me. He explained to me in words of sublime wisdom that this love which had begun to surge within me was an imperative for the fulfillment of the highest form of spiritual love. He spoke to me in the unforgettable words: "I am your first and last love."

The significance of these words was fully realized by Norina when she met Meher Baba for the first time and recognized Him as Christ personified. Without her ever mentioning this incident, Baba spelled out, "I was the one who came to you in the form of Christ to lead you toward the goal." From their very first meeting, the Master established unconditional faith in her.

In her quest, she tried to find her to-day at the feet of her Master, to love and to serve Him as very few could. She stayed in Nasik Ashram from 1935-1940. She was in charge of the management of Nasik retreat.

She was sent back to USA in 1940 to help Elizabeth Patterson to develop Myrtle Beach at S. Carolina. Baba stated, “She is the only person who has My orders to transmit My spiritual thought and discourses. Later it was withdrawn.

The property of Mr. Simon Chapin, father of Elizabeth Patterson comprising of 500 acres of timber land, with fresh water lakes fed by the springs and close to Atlantic Ocean, was dedicated to Meher Baba by Elizabeth Patterson. Baba referred this place as “My home in the west.” Elizabeth Patterson and Norina Matchabelli was the co-founder of Meher spiritual centre at Myrtle Beach. Kitty Davy joined them later in 1952. When Norina passed away in 1957, Baba wanted James Haynes to take her place.

Now her life began to change. The prince also met Baba, but could not accept Him in the same way. Baba told him that just before he died, he would experience who Baba is and this came to pass. He had a beautiful experience of Baba as the Christ just before he passed away (1935). He and Norina had been divorced in 1933, after sixteen years of marriage. Their worlds had grown apart.

She died on June 15th, 1957 at the age of 77 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S.A.

Meher Baba also revealed that in former incarnation she had been Joseph, the father of Lord Jesus. In Avatar’s period she incarnated alternatively a man and woman. She was also mother of Baba in previous incarnation. She had been, at different times, the Avatar’s mother and father. In present Avatarhood of Meher Baba, she had held position of His mother (not biologically). Baba always addressed her as “Mummy”.

Interpretation- According to Meher Baba: God listens the language of heart. Avatar and Sadgurus are like telephone exchange where all calls from far distance and near are heard instantly and answered according to sincerity of our prayer. It requires preparation of many births to come into contact of Sadguru or Avatar. Those  who had opportunity to see Baba are fortunate and those who have come to His contact without His physical darshan are specially blessed as termed by Late Sh. Bhau Kalchuri –mandali a close disciple of Baba.

 

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EPISODE-13

(JATAU OF LORD RAMA & RAMCHANDRA GADEKAR OF AVATAR MEHER BABA)

Jatau

Meher Baba revealed that Ramchandra Gadekar was Jatau (a bird) in past incarnation. Because he had given his life while fighting with Ravana, he came so close to Him in this Advent. He was also reborn as Shambhaji Bhonsle (eldest son of Shivaji) in mini advent of Meher Baba as Shivaji. Hence this comparison,

In the Indian epic Ramayana, Jatayu-a bird", was the youngest son of Aruna. His brother, Sampaati, has the form of a Vulture and was an old friend of Dashrath (Rama's father). Jatayu tries to rescue Sita from Ravana when Ravana is on his way to Lanka after kidnapping Sita. Jatayu fought valiantly with Ravana, but as Jatayu was very old Ravana soon got the better of him. As Rama and Lakshman chanced upon the stricken and dying Jatayu in their search for Sita, he informed them of the fight between him and Ravana and tells them that he had gone south.

According to legend, Lepakshi in Andhra Pradesh, India is the place where Jatayu fell after being wounded by Ravana and Ramarkal Mettu is the place where the last rites were performed

Shambhaji Bhonsle

Shambhaji Bhonsle (14 May 1657–11 March 1689) was the eldest son of Chattrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire, and his first wife Saibai. He was successor of the realm after his father's death. Sambhaji's rule was largely shaped by the ongoing wars between the Maratha kingdom and the Mughal Empire, as well as other neighboring powers such as the Siddis, Mysore and the Portuguese in Goa. Shambhaji was captured, tortured, and executed by the Mughals, and succeeded by his brother Rajaram.

Full life sketch of Ramchandra Gadekar and his contact with Avatar Meher Baba is elaborated as under.

Ramchandra Gadekar

Ramchandra Gadekar was son of Kanhoba Rao Gadekar of Ahmednagar. His father made a pair of sandals which was presented to Meher Baba in 1922, while Gulmai presented him when Baba was staying in the thatched hut on Fergusson Road in Poona. There was a spiritual mystery underlying Meher Baba's fondness for this particular pair of chappals

Cobbler's son, Ramchandra Gadekar came to Meherabad on 29 April 1925, for darshan. Baba received him warmly and urged him to stay at Meherabad. Baba also promised him the necessary funds to pursue his education in Poona.

For a long time, Ramchandra had been suffering from acute stomach pains, which no medicine had alleviated. He had come to pay his respects to Meher Baba and also to consult with him about his ailment, which had troubled him for a long time. When he bowed down, the Master asked, "What do you want? Why have you really come to see me?"

At that moment, Ramchandra was overcome by a divine desire that made him forget about his affliction. He spontaneously replied, "Baba, I want God-realization!"

Hearing this, Baba smiled and touched his head, blessing him. Later Baba inquired about his health and advised a certain treatment.

After some months, the stomach ailment disappeared and Ramchandra and his wife became teachers in the Hazrat Babajan School. Later the entire Gadekar family came to live at Meherabad, in one of the small earthen rooms built behind the Mess Quarters. His father Kanhoba also served the Master by keeping those particular sandals repaired. Thus, this ordinary pair of sandals was a precious inner link which connected the Gadekar family and many others to Meher Baba.

1921, Ramchandra Gadekar, who was staying in Meherabad at the time, had recently taken his college exams. On 31 May, Baba informed him, "You have failed in your exam!" The young man was crestfallen and tears welled up in his eyes. To console him, Baba called for sweets and distributing them among all, declared, "This is to celebrate Gadekar's failure in his exams!" But moments later, news was brought from Ahmednagar that Gadekar had actually passed his tests. Gadekar's unhappiness turned into a smile of relief.

Although Gadekar had passed his exams; he was worried about his further studies. On the night of 5 June, Baba advised Gadekar, "Due to worry, this universe came into being. And now man is unable to realize his own Real Self due to engaging his mind in worry. I advise you to be at peace and remain quiet in the face of any agitation, any worry and any calamity. Do not allow such thoughts to enter your mind, but push them toward me, saying, 'Go to Baba!' If you follow my advice, things will turn out fine.

In 1927, Baba proceeded to Ahmednagar to attend Ramchandra Gadekar's wedding. Baba had been waiting for Chhagan, who had not yet returned from Akolner. But as it was getting late, He left with the mandali for the wedding, where He was received with the greatest reverence. Kanhoba Rao was overwhelmed with happiness. The guests rushed to the Master for his darshan, leaving the marriage ceremony which had already started. Baba was covered with garlands, and the guests shed tears of joy. Most of those invited were from the lowly cobbler caste, and they were deeply moved to have such an illustrious guest. It was Kanhoba's first opportunity to entertain the high-caste Brahmins among Baba's mandali, and they were treated to a lavish feast. Kanhoba was very touched when he noticed that Baba was wearing the sandals he had made in 1922 when Baba stayed in a hut along Fergusson Road in Poona

In 1927, a tragic event at Meherabad afflicted one of the teachers. Ramchandra Gadekar and his wife Yashoda had come to live at Meherabad where both served as teachers in the schools. Baba had given Gadekar orders not to touch his wife. Yashoda would rise early in the morning and work all day. She was very devout, and in obedience to Baba's instruction, she would recite his name many times in the small room where they lived. But after nine months, Yashoda became extremely distraught. She fought badly with her husband and late one night, ran away and committed suicide by jumping in a well near the railway tracks.

In 1929, On Wednesday morning, 12 June 1929, Gadekar arrived bearing flowers and sweets with the happy news that he had passed his B.A. exam. Gadekar was sure had failed, even though Baba had assured him he would pass.

In 1930, Gadekar had also come to Nasik and invited Baba to Sangamner, where he was now working. He introduced his fiancée, Gunatai, (either on this visit or another) and Baba agreed to come to Ahmednagar to attend their wedding. Gunatai and Gadekar had met when they were students in Poona. They were later married in Ahmednagar, and Baba attended their wedding along with the mandali.

Among teachers in the school at Meherabad, Ramchandra Gadekar was the one who worked most tirelessly to disseminate Meher Baba's name and messages to people wherever he traveled. He would light Baba's lamp of love in new vicinity, and this was the reason that for years Baba wore the sandals made by Gadekar's father Kanhoba. Those hand-stitched sandals were the medium through which Gadekar and his family were kept at Baba's feet forever.

In 1937, travelling on the same ship was Ramchandra Gadekar, the son of the humble cobbler who was deeply connected with the Master. Gadekar had won a government scholarship to study education at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Actually, Baba had informed Gadekar in advance that he would be travelling to France on the Strathnaver, but he had instructed Gadekar not to tell anyone. So when Gadekar's wife Gunatai and their two children saw him off in Bombay, they were delighted to see Baba and the mandali on board. To Gunatai, Baba remarked, "Do not worry. I am with your husband."

In, 1944, after some time, Gadekar was transferred from Sholapur to Ahmednagar, where he and his family lived in Mutha's Bungalow. The family kept one room reserved specially for Baba. As the house was situated on Station Road, Baba would stop there on his way to Meherabad, but he would not inform them in advance of his visits. Once Gunatai complained to him saying, "Baba, why do you come so unexpectedly, without informing us? The house is in such a mess at times. If we knew you were coming, we could keep everything in order."

Baba smiled, gesturing, "Is this your house? This is My house. Do I have to inform you when I come to My own house?" They showed him to His room, and Baba was pleased, but remarked, "Do you want to keep Me locked up in only this one room? I want to go to each and every room." Even the kitchen was not left out of his inspection tour.

In 1948, in a lighter vein, Baba asked Gadekar, "Do you fight with Gunatai (his wife)?"

"Never, Baba” She fights with me!" he insisted.

"She is teaching you forbearance. You are in her debt."

In 1953, Ram Chandra was hired to teach bharatanatyam (an ancient form of dance) to Dhanapathy's daughter. Ram Chandra had composed the words and melody of the line, "Namo Meher Baba, Avatar, Namo Dev Deva" during the November 1952 gathering at Meherabad. When Bhaskara sang it at this time before Baba, Baba interrupted and inquired as to who had written it. After the song was over, Baba instructed Dhanapathy and the Hamirpur lovers to write down and memorize the prayer-song. This line was sung all over Andhra during these programs, and is still sung to this day.

In 1955, Joining his hands, Baba offered his namaskar to Gadekar. Taking advantage of Baba's mood, Gadekar broached another subject: "I am now 51 years old, and there are four years left before I retire with my pension. I would like to resign at once and stay with you."

Baba replied, "Up to the 15th of February 1957, just obey Me, thereafter, I will call you to stay with Me for all time." Baba's words came true, as readers shall see—but not in the way that Gadekar could have imagined.

In year 1958, It was becoming obvious that Gadekar's health was deteriorating. Gadekar was diagnosed as having Hodgkin's disease, with two cancerous tumors under his armpits. Gadekar, however, continued to brood and began having trouble sleeping at nights

In 1959, Gadekar and Gunatai came to Meherazad to see Baba on the morning of Thursday, 12 February. Gadekar had grown weak and was suffering terribly. Weeping, he cried out, "Baba, cure me. I want to go to different places to spread your love."Baba had Goher give him seven sleeping pills for seven days. He was also suffering from asthma, so Benadryl syrup was given to him. Despite Goher's clear instructions to take only one tablet before sleeping, the next morning Gadekar swallowed all seven sleeping pills. When it was discovered, Baba called him and asked why he had made such a stupid error. Goher then gave him some apples, and Baba kept him seated beside him. This seemed to mitigate any adverse reaction, because the tablets apparently had no ill effect on him. Soon after, Gadekar's worries left him, his mood changed and he appeared happy.

Baba consoled him, "Don't worry; you will be all right soon. You have devoted your whole life for My cause, and I am pleased with you." Sending him out of the hall with one of the mandali, Baba informed Gunatai, "Gadekar will come to Me soon, so serve him well. Keep him as cheerful as possible. Whatever is going to happen will happen. You should not worry. Keep your head cool and give him as much rest as possible."

On Saturday, 7 March 1959, Baba departed for Bombay with his group. They halted in Poona for two hours to have lunch and tea at Guruprasad but before taking any food or rest, Baba went to Gadekar's residence with the mandali to inquire about his health.

"How is your pain?" Baba asked him. "How do you feel?"

Gadekar said, "Because you have come to see me, I don't feel the slightest pain."

"Today is Maha Shivratri (a Hindu holiday in honor of Lord Shiva) and Shankar in person has come to your house to see you. Repeat My name day and night. Go on doing it."

Gadekar wept tears of joy. After embracing him, Baba returned to Guruprasad. It was to be the last time Gadekar ever saw his Beloved.

On 12 March 1959, news was received that Gadekar had died in Poona at midnight at the age of 55. He had been sitting on his bed repeating Baba's name when his heart suddenly stopped. Baba sent this telegram to Gunatai:

Gadekar was dear

Now he has come near.

Inform all not to fear.

But to love me with cheer.

Baba added: "Be happy that Gadekar enjoys My Company forever."

On the same day, Gadekar's ashes were buried at lower Meherabad. Baba himself lowered the box of ashes into the grave and covered it with earth. He scattered flowers on top, as did the mandali present, and garlanded the grave. Turning to Gunatai, who had come with the ashes from Poona, Baba remarked, "Gadekar is free; he will not take birth again (for a long time]. He is very fortunate that I, with My own hands, have placed the box containing the last remains of one of My dear ones in the grave. He will only come back with me after 700 years, when I return as the next Avatar."

Baba said that Gadekar is a person who comes to tears by talking of the good qualities of others. I won't talk much about him. He is a smiling Buddha (he was rotund in shape) and a bhola bhakta (guileless devotee). He has passed through ups and downs, but he has never left Me. Although he has all along been serving Me, he told Me yesterday that it is a great pity that he does not get opportunities to serve Me.

Baba had worn born for many years the sandals sewn for him by Gadekar's father, Kanhoba Rao are preserved in the museum at Meherabad.”

Interpretation: Baba said, "Any animal coming into contact with the Avatar's body gets a human body in its next birth." When the Master (Avatar or Sadguru) touches the dead body of an animal, the animal gets human form in next lives.