ANDHRA PRADESH (CONTACTS)

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CONTACTS-ANDHRA PRADESH

 

1-A CBLIND MAN

On 19th May 1963, Dr. Bharucha told Baba that many subjects had been discussed, including why Baba kept postponing the date of breaking his silence. Bharucha expressed his opinion, "It is immaterial for your lovers if you keep postponing the date, but when other people ask about the reason, it is not easy to convey." In reply, Baba assured Bharucha, "I shall positively break my silence after nine months."

The hall was full of lovers from Andhra, and Baba asked Kutumba Sastri to summarize what Baba had stated regarding the conduct of his work in Andhra. A blind man from Andhra played the violin, and then played the flute. (Lord Meher-p-5000-1963)

 

 8-A COOK

In 1955, all arrangements for the Telugu group were seen to by the mandali and Pendu, who had provided food according to the taste and habit of each respective group. A cook sent by Pendu from Andhra came to Meherabad with Dr. Kanakadandi. ((Lord Meher-p-3770-1955)

 

 9-A DISTINGUISHED LOOKING MAN

During Andhra tour, a distinguished looking man came to garland and bow down to Baba. He said, "I have read God Speaks so many times that I have it on the tip of my fingers. Now please instruct me how to realize the Truth."

Baba said:

That which is meant for the mind, mind grasps through the intellect. To know what is beyond mind, destruction of the mind is required. You want to know that which is beyond mind through the medium of the mind! That is impossible. So it is far better for you to love God.

I am free eternally, still, within you, I am bound. What is required is experience. Only then will thoughts, doubts, questions vanish forever. A man may have read and studied God Speaks, but if he claims he is God, it is hypocrisy!

For example, you are a man. Is it necessary for you to tell others that you are a man? No. But if you are [living] among donkeys, you would vehemently declare that you are a man. In the same way, I am God, but I have not to speak of it, because it is quite natural. Yet sometimes, I have to declare it.

How can you experience the Infinite? You can try to imagine it, but you can have no real idea of it. No sooner the I goes, the veil is torn and the Infinite is realized. What is the veil between you and God?

It is only your ego! Annihilate it and let God take its place.

How can you annihilate your own self? If you want to tear the veil, destroy your ego! How? All efforts to remove the veil strengthen it, and knots upon knots accumulate and become twisted tighter. The easiest way is to surrender your ego to me, regardless of how I handle it. (Lord Meher-p-4475/6-1960)

 

 10-A FAMILY

In 1954, darshan program in Andhra Pradesh, someone brought his family to be introduced to Baba, prompting Baba to comment, "I am my own wife, my own husband and my own child. This is not just idle talk. I am that!" (Lord Meher-p-3487-1954)

 

 11-A GIRL DANCED BEFORE BABA

In the final weekend of darshan and many came and were standing in a long line. Baba entered the hall. While he was giving darshan, Madhusudan sang bhajans. Baba also asked Lata to sing a ghazal.

Another girl gave a dance performance. Baba was very pleased with it, particularly when she danced standing on the rim of a brass platter. (Lord Meher-p-5034-1963)

 

 16-A LOVER FRO KAKINADA

Godavri Mai had invited Baba to Sakori, and as Baba did not wish to disappoint her, preparations were made to go there. So when the date was fixed, almost 400 lovers from Andhra, Hamirpur, Delhi, Bombay, Poona, Navsari and other places assembled in Sakori. Baba left Meherazad in morning on 18 March 1957 for Sakori.

A lover from Kakinada began dancing. He had brought silver casts of Baba's feet which he presented to him. Baba gave one cast to each of the group heads of the various places present. (Lord Meher-p-4155-1957)

 

17-A MAN FROM ANDHRA

One man from Andhra said to Baba, "You are so closely connected with Gujarat that I sincerely wish my next birth to be there."

Baba rejoined, "The very reason you want to do it will induce the Gujaratis to take their next birth in Andhra!" (Lord Meher-p-4331-1958)

 

 

18-A MAST IN LOINCLOTH

During Andhra tour at Eluru a mast dressed in a loincloth was standing in line for prasad. He was reciting "Rama, Rama, Rama ..." to Baba, who embraced him and made him sit beside him. With his own hands, Baba fed him a banana. To the mandali, he remarked, "In this crowd of 60,000, he (pointing to the mast) is the only one who understands me!"

 

20-POLICE INSPECTOR

Headman of the village set aside a room for the work, and a room was put at his disposal as requested by Eruch. Baba came from Gulbarga that same day, 30 October 1951, 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.

Earlier The headman And police Inspector had objected to it. Later Headman felt ashamed and 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. (Lord Meher-p-3013-1951)

 

25-A SCHOOL BOY

Baba was occupied with these visits until late that evening. A touching incident occurred when Baba visited the Venkata Rama Elementary School. Baba's visit to Eluru had been publicized through handbills containing Baba's photograph. A small boy had seen one and requested that his parents please take him to meet Meher Baba. But being a strictly orthodox Brahmin family, they could see no point in visiting a "Parsi saint." The boy wept and refused his dinner, but the parents were unrelenting.

Heartbroken, the boy had gone to school that morning convinced he had missed the opportunity of meeting Meher Baba, although he still ached to do so.

He was, therefore, momentarily dumbfounded when Baba entered his classroom. He flung himself into Baba's waiting arms and wept with joy. Once again, the Divine Beloved had answered his true lover's prayer. (Lord Meher-p-3475-1954)

 

26-A SHEHNAI PLAYER

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)

 

27-A SHOP OWNER

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)

 

32-A YOGI

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." (Lor d Meher-p-699-1926)

 

42-AN ACHARYA

(Hindu Priest)

On 21st January 1953, Baba and the group left Tadepalligudem and reached Pentapadu after half an hour, where he was riotously received by about 5,000 people. Gangadharam and an acharya (Hindu priest) delivered welcome addresses, and a few songs were sung. Baba touched the prasad of bananas and guavas, saying that the workers there should distribute it among the people. At eight o'clock, and gave a message to the students gathered there. (Lord Meher-p-3253-1953)

 

43-AN OLD MUSLIM

(Carried Boy with him)

In year 1942, Baba stopped in Secunderabad briefly for mast work and then continued by train. A touching incident occurred on the train between Secunderabad and Sholapur. Baba was travelling incognito by third class, dressed in ordinary clothes, wearing a Kashmiri-type fur hat and dark sunglasses. The train was so packed that the only way to enter the compartment was through the windows. At one station, an old Muslim with a white flowing beard came running up to their compartment, holding up a five-year-old boy, pleading with the passengers to take him inside. Those inside began protesting, saying it was impossible since they were already so crowded. As the train whistle sounded, the old man became desperate and shouted, "For God's sake, take the child in!"

At this point, Baba ordered the mandali to help the man and lift the boy inside. Amidst loud arguments with their fellow passengers, the mandali did as they were told, brought the boy in through the window, and sat him down next to Baba. The old man ran to the next compartment, and held on to a railing as the train started. At each stop, he would come back to see that the boy was all right.

Observing the old man's anxiety, Baba ordered the mandali to make room for the man inside. After much trouble and more vociferous complaints from the other passengers, the mandali succeeded in pulling the man in through the window. He squeezed in next to Baba and put the boy on his lap.

In the course of conversation with the old Muslim, the mandali learned he was from Gulbarga, and asked, as was their habit, if he knew any masts or saints thereabouts. The man was surprised by their question and asked, "Why do you ask about saints? People go to a saint with two distinct objects: either for obtaining wealth and prosperity, or for God. Which do you seek?"

Eruch explained, "We are Parsis from Ahmednagar, but spiritually-minded and interested in saints."

Hearing that they hailed from Ahmednagar, the old man reproached them, "What? You say you are Parsis from Ahmednagar and you do not even know about your own great saint who lives near there, named Meher Baba? Why are you running after others?"

The mandali, in order to avoid disclosing Baba's identity, had to pretend they knew nothing about Meher Baba, and casually asked who he was.

The man laughed derisively at their ignorance, and chided, "Why he is a very, very great saint of a high order. He is worshiped by thousands of all communities. I can't believe you have never heard of him! I myself have been to see him at his ashram at Meherabad twice, but was not fortunate enough to have his darshan. Once, he was away in a foreign country, and once he was in seclusion. But I am determined to pay my respects to him before I die," he added, "and take my whole family to him.

"At least once in my lifetime, I must have the good fortune of seeing him. I strongly suggest you go to him if you are interested in spiritual personalities."

At this point, the train stopped at Gulbarga, and the Muslim got down, thanking them for making room for himself and the boy. After he had left, Baba asked if they had any of his photographs with them. Eruch pulled a copy of Meher Baba Journal from his bedding roll. Baba bowed his head to his own photograph, and sent Eruch with the journal to give to the man, with these words, "Tell him who his companion on the train has been, and that I bless him and his family.

Now there is no need for him to visit Meherabad."

Eruch caught the old man outside the station as he was about to board a tonga and handed him the journal. When the old man saw Meher Baba's picture in it, and Eruch revealed Baba's identity to him, he exploded in anger. He loudly abused Eruch for having kept it a secret all this time. Eruch tried to explain the Master's reasons for not seeing anyone and travelling incognito, saying, "You are so blessed to have journeyed with him for an hour when hundreds of his followers thirst for his darshan, which he does not allow even for a moment."

But the man would not listen, and cursed Eruch and his entire "younger generation." The man explained how restless he had felt in the other compartment, and that was why he kept returning to theirs, somehow irresistibly drawn to be near Baba after having longed for his darshan for so many years.

Eruch ran back to catch the train, and the old man ran after him. Eruch jumped on board. The man saw Baba leaning out of the window, without his dark glasses and hat, as if waiting for him. The old man bowed his head to him, and Baba placed his hand on his head in blessing as the train pulled away (Lord Meher-p-.2254/5/6-1942)

 

44-AN OLD WOMAN

During Andhra tour in 1954, at Eluru, leaving house of Ram Lingam Shastri, Baba passed an old woman who was sitting on the verandah with some offering in her hand. Baba took it from her and touched her lovingly. She was 99 years old and blind. (Lord Meher-p-3474-1954)

 

45-AN WIDOW WOMAN

In 1954, Kutumba Sastri and Mallikarjuna Rao had arranged a darshan program. After darshan program in Nidadavole that evening to which almost 5,000 came. Baba visited house of Kutumba Shastri. Introducing a woman at his house, Sastri told Baba, "Her husband has left her; she is most unfortunate."

To which Baba countered, "Why do you say most unfortunate? She sees God standing before her in person, and is most fortunate. More fortunate than the rishis and munis who are very, very old and long for my darshan." Addressing the woman, Baba said, "Think of me and don't worry." (Lord Meher-p-3486-1954)

 

50-ANNAPURNIAH,

(Editor)

Annapurniah, the editor of a magazine called Velugu, asked, "Will the Andhra lovers be informed of the time and place of Baba's breaking his silence?"

My dear Velugu, if this is what is meant by breaking silence, it would be better I don't break it. All will know.

Just as I told you last night, about the powerhouse being switched on and all connected with it then being lighted, so it will not only be here but throughout the world.

But bulbs not working or fused will not give out light. That is why I have been telling you all to love me more and more. All this talk of literature, books, is for preparing the ground. But the time for the powerhouse to be switched on is so near that the only thing that will count now is love. (Lord Meher-3512-1954)

Annapurniah, the editor of the Andhra Telugu magazine Velugu, had written a letter to Baba a week before his demise, intending to read it at the meeting. The day after he had written it, he had come down with a fever and was semi-conscious for a week. Yet, even in that state, he was calling out Baba's name. After his death, the letter, which was full of love for Baba, was found on his table and brought by Kutumba Sastri.

Baba observed, "Annapurniah has come to me."

Part of the letter (which was read in its entirety before the gathering the following day) was:

O Lord of Lords! I have no temples to build for Thee. Thou are enshrined in the temple of my heart. I have no flowers to worship Thee. I place the wreath of my heart at Thy lotus feet.

O Ancient One! Give me the courage and strength to love Thee forever and ever and to follow Thee with unfaltering steps and undying faith to the heaven of eternal bliss. (Lord Meher-3624)

 

59-ARJANA RAO

In year 1953, Baba left for Kovvur at about ten o'clock, but on the outskirts of town He had the car stopped. Dhanapathy Rao was following in his car with his family. Far behind them were the buses transporting the mandali and the rest of the group. Getting out of the car, Baba sat under a tree and soundly rebuked Dhanapathy, Sastri and Arjana Rao because the mandali had become separated from Him.

"Don't play with fire!" he warned them. "From the very beginning I have been saying that the mandali should always be with me. You disregarded my instructions and failed to arrange things properly. I am canceling the remainder of the Andhra tour and leaving for Bombay today!"

Dhanapathy sincerely sought Baba's forgiveness and was pardoned. But he learned a lifelong lesson: There is severity amidst the sweetness of the Fire. In this harshness is true sweetness, as the Fire does not glow without it. (Lord Meher-p-3255-1953)

 

60-ARUNGA GAUTAMAI JEEVAK

In year 1954, during Andhra tour Baba visited the home of Gautamai Jeevak Arunga in Rajahmundry. (Lord Meher-p-3257-1954)

 

70-BANSILAL & WIFE

On 19th January 1953, mass darshan program held opposite Dhanapathy's residence. Next day, Baba paid visits to the homes of His lovers in Tadepalligudem. At Bansilal's home, his wife begged Baba for the gift of a son. (Lord Meher p-3250-1953)

71-BANTUMALLI  LAKSHMADU

In 1954, Baba entered a lane inhabited by poor hut dwellers. It was 6:45 P.M. and growing dark. Approaching one hut with a cot outside, Baba sat down on the ground. It belonged to a mason, and single kerosene light burned inside. Taken aback, the mason, named Bantumalli Lakshmadu, came out and sat near Baba. Baba was absolutely quiet, his fingers moving rapidly. After remaining there for five minutes absorbed in his work, he walked back to Naidu's. (Lord Meher-p-3465-1954)

The mandali found out later that the old man belonged to the lowest caste of the Untouchables (Harijans). Since the caste system was strictly enforced in Andhra at the time, the old man had not gone to the public darshan program, because there were higher caste people in attendance. Before Baba had arrived at his hut, he had been thinking sadly: "How unfortunate I am. The Avatar has come, and he is giving darshan. Most of the people are there, but I cannot even have a glimpse of him. O God, if I could but see him!"

God not only heard this poor Untouchable's prayer, but answered it. God came to his very own house. It was a very touching scene. The man was so elated that when Baba requested that he sit by him, he could not utter a single word.

He was dumbfounded. There were no words to express his gratitude for his good fortune in having Baba's visit. So, in this way, the one who thought himself the most unfortunate received the most.

At Naidu's residence, his daughter garlanded Baba, and since the man was ill, the daughter read out a letter to Baba wherein Naidu expressed his earnest wish to surrender at Baba's feet.

Sitting down on his bed, Baba massaged Naidu's legs and remarked, "I am feeling very happy. Think of me always. I am the Ancient One. I am Krishna."

Prasad was brought to Baba, which he touched. He again assured Naidu, "It is not at random that I say I am the slave of my lovers. Until the last moment, repeat my name: Baba, Baba, Baba!"

Dhanapathy Rao informed Baba that Naidu was hard of hearing. Baba started to dictate, "I am also deaf. I listen only to very, very ..." But before he could finish the sentence, the daughter began singing his arti, and without finishing his thought, he departed. (Lord Meher-p-3466-1954)

 

72- BAPIRAJU BANDILI

Bapiraju B. related several of his miraculous experiences, saying they were sufficient proof for him to take Meher Baba as the Avatar. To this, Baba replied at length:

All such experiences may be due to your love and faith, and as such are far off the mark to prove that I am the Avatar. Of course, as for myself, I have the experience that I am the Avatar. But, however much all of you say, I do not feel convinced that you really know that I am the Avatar. To know me as the Avatar, to know me as I am, you have to be what I am!

One day Upasni Maharaj, when we were alone in his hut, said to me with folded hands, "You are the Avatar." Now, though it is a fact that the Avatar, God and you all are One, yet all that I want you to do is to love me, obey me with full faith. For Hafiz says:

O Hafiz! Don't bother about anything.

Only worship your Master by holding fast to his robe.

Don't let go your hold under any circumstances!

To make the point clear, suppose there is a railroad engine with five or six bogies (railroad cars) attached to it.

Some contain gold, some silver and some cowdung. But as long as the link with the engine is maintained, all are safe and will reach the same destination. But no sooner is the link snapped, than the wagons shall be where they are.

So, don't bother about your thoughts, whether good or bad. Bear in mind that all thoughts are illusory. The only reality is to catch firm hold of the daaman. (Lord Meher-3260)

 

 73-BAPIRAJU T. & HIS SONS

In Eluru, Baba visited the homes of ten of his lovers in Tadepalligudem. A man named Bapiraju had lost his job and was facing financial ruin. At his house, to console him, Baba stated:

I am the Avatar, Perfect Master, anything. I am what I am and beyond that, too. Consequently, because you love Baba, this is the result. Whoever loves Baba suffers, because in that destruction emerges the real construction, in the barbadi (total ruin) emerges the real abadi (prosperity).

The man of the world with average means of comforts feels himself apparently having a stable stand on the earth, but he is quite ignorant that this so-called comfortable stand of his drags him down more and more, as if he were standing on the surface of quicksand or fire. That is what we find in the world. A man of the world, apparently comfortable, seeks more comforts, and there is no end to his seeking and stabilizing his position. But, in order to have a permanent stand, it is absolutely necessary that his apparent stand be totally removed. This means his apparent comfortable environments be withdrawn.

It is invariably found in the case of lovers of God that they have no place which they can correctly claim “as their own.” For the sake of the overwhelming love of their Master, his lovers are unmindful of calamities and sufferings. Their whole stand on this earth is completely shaken to such an extent that nothing is left to cling to but the love for their Beloved Master. They seem to be like dust particles floating in the air.

Ultimately, as soon as the love for the Master is established, that love places them on a rocklike foundation. The lover finds himself established on a rock of unshakable faith in the Master and he no longer craves for the apparent comforts and position which would have otherwise dragged him to destruction.

The Telugu arti was sung, and Bapiraju offered prayers in Telugu. Abdul Majid Khan repeated it in English, and the women sang Baba's arti in Marathi. After darshan and prasad distribution, Baba retired to his residence at the dak bungalow. (Lord Meher-p-3476-1954)

In 1958 darshan program, when Bapiraju of Kovvur stood before him, Baba took off Bapiraju's hat and put it on his own head. Embracing Baba warmly, he kissed him. Thereupon, Baba humorously remarked, "He is so engrossed in his love for me that I don't think he has ever kissed his wife as ardently as he kissed me just now!" (Lord Meher-p-4302-1958)

In year 1960, number of devotees from Andhra visited Guruprasad.  A touching incident occurred as T. Bapiraju, of Tadepalligudem, entered wearing a pink coat. He was an innocent and pure man, and his small sons were dressed similarly. On his head was a solar topee given to him by Baba after Baba had worn it in Andhra. Their visit and Bapiraju's unintentionally funny remarks had Baba almost doubled up with laughter. "In five minutes, he has lessened the weight of my universal burden," Baba said. (Lord Meher-p-4672-1960)

 

74-BAPU PURANIK

(Father in law of Dhakephalkar)

28th January 1929 was observed as Babajan's birthday. Baba had the occasion celebrated with three hours of singing and dancing by the local villagers.

Kalemama, who was the chief officer of Dhulia municipality, had been repeatedly requesting that the Master visit his house, and Baba finally agreed to come. Baba was driven there on 5 February 1929. At noon, they reached Malegaon, where Dhake's father-in-law Bapu Puranik warmly received them. Baba saw Dhake's newborn son Kamlakar, and then left, reaching Dhulia in the early evening. Kalemama gave Baba and the group a hearty reception, and Baba spent the night at his house. (Lord Meher –p-1009- 1929)

 

 75-BABU RAO KALE

(Son of Ramchandra Bapu Kale)

Baburao Kale was practicing a particular sadhana (spiritual practice), came for Baba's darshan. He told Baba about his dream wherein he found himself flying in the air and asked Baba, "Does this have any special meaning spiritually?"

Baba replied, "What meaning? Only that of a dream! we see the birds flying. What does that mean spiritually? In ancient times, some yogis were so powerful that they too could fly like birds. For a lover of God, such things are neither important nor essential."

Baba asked those sitting before him whether they had such dreams. Some hands were raised. "Then such dreams are not uncommon," Baba commented. Pointing to Pukar, he joked, "Even such a plump person can fly in a dream! What a wonder!"

Baba continued, "Whether you walk on water or fly in the air, maybe in a dream as you had, or maybe in the normal awake state as the ancient yogis did, it has no meaning spiritually or very little meaning — worth ignoring.

"Try honestly to love God, and you will realize that except love, all other things are meaningless."

"Do you meditate?" Baba asked Him. "If so. on whom?"

Baburao Kale replied, "On God."

"Where is God?"

Kale replied, "God is everywhere and in everything, in every particle of dust, and beyond it also."

Baba asked, "Is not this mere book knowledge? Is this your experience? Even a child can make such statements.

So unless you have experience, it is useless to make such statements.

"If you are really keen about the Truth, try to meditate with love on the Divine Form of your choice, or remember the name of God wholeheartedly. Then with divine grace, a fortunate one sees God face-to-face, everywhere and in everything far more clearly and intimately than you see the things in this room now with your physical eyes.

Bapu Kale came in Meherabad from Nasik on 17th October 1933. A cricket match was plated that day by Baba and the mandali with a tennis ball behind the bungalow at lower Meherabad.

 

77-BAVISETTI  MURLIDHAR

(A boy)

On Sunday, 18 January 1953, Baba proceeded to Dr. Dhanapathy's bungalow, where he first did his poor work, As usual, he washed and placed his head on the feet of seven poor souls and paid each Rs.51.

Baba then washed and laid his head on the feet of a boy of seventeen named Bavisetti Murlidhar, and handed him fourteen rupees as prasad. He instructed the boy to utter his name before retiring for the night, never to tell a lie and not to do anything bad. The young man was permitted to accompany Baba and the group on the tour. (Lord Meher-p-3248-1953)

 

 84-BHASKARA RAJU & GOVINDAMMA

Bhaskara Raju was a good singer among Andhra lovers of Baba. He performed many times before Baba and enacted drama with his brother and friends. He was younger brother of Ramabhadra Raju.

Bhaskara Raju had learned about Meher Baba when his elder brother Ramabhadra was hired to teach bharatanatyam (an ancient form of dance) to Dhanapathy's daughters. Ramabhadra 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. (Lord Meher-p-3249-1953)

On 19th January 1953, mass darshan program held opposite Dhanapathy's residence. Baba gave darshan and handed prasad to almost 10,000 men and women. Bhaskara Raju sang Bhajan continuously during the function.

On May 24th 1953,there was large darshan gathering when Andhra, Bombay and other groups came. Baba expressed his surprise and concern at those from Andhra travelling such a long distance for just one hour. When Bhsakara Raju came, Baba asked, “How is it that you look like you are becoming weaker day by day?

Baba and the mandali then came out and sat on the verandah. It was nine o'clock. Baba ordered the garden gates to be opened wide to allow people to come in and have his darshan. Gadekar performed the arti, and Baba asked Keshav Nigam to recite "Meher Chalisa." Bhaskara Raju sang a few songs, as did a local Bhajan party. After they had finished, Baba conveyed: (Lord Meher-p-3262-1953)

Bhaskara Raju had to return to Tadepalligudem, as his leave from work had expired. When he approached Baba for permission to go, Baba agreed, but then called him back and stated, "Remember one thing: I know your love for me. It is your business to make people love me as you do." (Lord Meher-p-3263-1953)

Baba then played marbles with his lovers. They were shown the Sakori photographs and Bhaskara Raju, and others each sang a song before Baba. (Lord Meher-p-3638-1954)

During Baba’s Andhra tour in 1954, Bhaskara Raju's home had not been included in the list of house-visits that morning, so he and his wife had proceeded to Dhanapathy's to meet Baba. Meanwhile, irrespective of the scheduled plan, Baba had gone to his house first.

Not finding them at home, Baba was miffed and left for the next stop.

Nearby, Bhaskara Raju caught up with Baba's car. Baba with a piercing look, demanded, "Where did you go while God Himself came to visit your house?"

Bhaskara replied, "Baba, I was misled. I was waiting at Dhanapathy's for your darshan."

Seeing him tremble with fear, Baba tickled him to make him laugh and then directed him, "Now, go wait at your house. I will come again after visiting all the other houses."

Baba did return to Bhaskara Raju's residence. While getting out of the car, he remarked, "I have come twice to your house." Baba entered, sat on a folding cot and ordered Bhaskara Raju: "Sing a sweet song to me; I have to go soon."

Bhaskara sang a song in Hindi which he had composed, apparently based on Baba's return to his home, titled "Phir Apna Ghar (Again Our House)." Baba expressed his happiness and, pointing toward him, told his wife, Govindamma, "Listen! He is mine, not yours. I hand him over to you. Look after him carefully."

The neighbors had gathered to have Baba's darshan. Baba asked for a glass of water. Govindamma brought it, and Baba dipped three fingers in it, directing her, "Distribute this water as my prasad to the ladies who have come." Baba then instructed Bhaskara Raju to follow him to Gopalapuram. (Lord MeheR-p-3484-1954)

Baba departed for Gopalapuram on 26th February 1954. With heavy hearts and tears in their eyes, the Tadepalligudem lovers bid him farewell.

Bhaskara Raju introduced his Bhajan mandali to Baba, who asked them to sing a song. They sang "Namo Meher Baba, Avatar, Namo Dev Deva."

Baba entered the mass darshan pandal erected in front of Dhanapathy's residence. People were anxious to touch Baba's feet, Baba admonished them: "If you love me, why don't you listen to me? When I say do not touch my feet, why don't you obey? You don't understand the importance of this moment for which even great saints wait for ages! So, take advantage of this occasion by doing as I say. Now, keep quiet." All became quiet, and the mandali performed Baba's arti in Gujarati, and Bhaskara Raju sang his bhajan: "Namo Meher Baba, Avatar, Namo Dev Deva!"

Baba reached the darshan place. Finding Bhaskara Raju ill, Baba embraced him before mounting the stage, making him sit beside him.

Bhajan singing began, and Baba played on a drum. A lover from Kakinada began dancing, and the whole atmosphere was surcharged with love. All quarrels were forgotten; all disputes resolved. Everyone felt at peace, as Bhaskara Raju sang, "Namo Meher Baba, Avatar, Namo Dev Deva!" Baba beat out the rhythm on the drum, and his sweet smile pierced every heart. (Lord Meher-p-3802-1955)

The group went for their lunch. Afternoon, Baba began seeing different batches of lovers. Bhaskara Raju introduced new lovers to Baba. One man Pandit Rajeyya, a Yadava (rural peasant caste), had come, believing Baba to be the same as Lord Krishna. Baba assured him, "It is so. You have come because of the link with me since ages past. I will give you darshan as Krishna in the last moments of your life, but never think it is God-realization." (Lord Meher-p-3804-1955)

Baba asked Bhaskara Raju, "What can you do for Me?"

"I live and die for Baba's cause," he declared.

"I will turn you into nothing!" Baba responded.

The interviews lasted until 4:00 P.M., and then Bhaskara and his brother Ramabhadra Raju enacted their Burra Katha. The song-and-dance-narrative depicted Baba's life, and the voice of the lead actor, Parepalli Satyam, was deep and resonant, which pleased Baba.  (Lord Meher-p-3805-1955)

A crowd was forming outside the compound. Restless and impatient for darshan, some were trying to climb over the compound wall to have Baba's darshan. Bhaskara Raju was growing nervous, but Baba put his hands on his shoulders and told him to sit down. Then he asked him, "Where is my tea? Bhaskara showed him, and Baba brought the tea, two biscuits and a handful of pomegranate seeds, which he put into Bhaskara's mouth.

Bhaskara Raju and his brother were very devout, and when they arrived, Baba commented, "They have deep love for me; it is deep down in their hearts. You can have no idea of their love for me. They have prepared a chart of God Speaks and laid it at my feet. I like the chart very much." Instructing the chart be hung in the Meherabad Hall, Baba added, "These brothers have been doing my work steadfastly for several years. In the towns and villages of Andhra, their group has staged their play, Burra Katha, 99 times and has asked my permission to perform it for the 100th time here on February 25 th 1958.I am pleased to permit it."

Bhaskara Raju of Andhra was an art teacher, and as mentioned previously, he and his brother had made a chart on God Speaks, and had laid it at Baba's feet during the February sahavas at Meherabad. After the meeting, Baba had the chart taken to Meherabad and hung on the wall in mandali hall. That morning before leaving Poona, he instructed Eruch to take the chart with them, so that it could be studied thoroughly and possibly corrected if necessary.

On 16th May 1959, Bhaskara Raju and his dramatic troupe arrived in Poona and they met Baba that afternoon. The following evening the Andhra group gave a public performance of their Burra Katha play at Gokhale Hall.

On the morning of the 17th May 1959, Bhaskara Raju and his team again performed a shortened version of their four-hour ballad-play before Baba at Guruprasad. Afterwards at 10:00 A.M., Bhikubhai took a photograph of the group with Baba. Baba remarked, "This is a unique photograph. People will appreciate it after my physical end and flock around you in recognition of your services for my universal cause."

On May 24th May 1961, there was large darshan gathering when Andhra, Bombay and other groups came. Baba expressed his surprise and concern at those from Andhra travelling such a long distance for just one hour. When Bhsakara Raju came, Baba asked, “How is it that you look like you are becoming weaker day by day? Bhaskara did not answer, and Baba asked, "Is it due to loving Me?" He nodded. Baba embraced him again and Bhaskara wept bitterly on Baba's lap. Baba made him sit near Him and jokingly pushed his head so that it fell at his feet.

In 1962, during East West gathering, under the direction of Bhaskara Raju, a scene from their Telugu play Burra Katha was staged, depicting Baba's life and work. Four men walked on stage to the accompaniment of tabla and harmonium. One narrated Baba's life, while the others, dressed to represent a Muslim (Bhaskara Raju), a Christian (Venkat acharya) and a Hindu (Satyam), interrogated him. In between, Baba's glory was extolled in songs. By staging the play at many different places in India, they had disseminated Baba's messages. That day was their 150th performance.

In 1963, in the afternoon, when Baba took his seat in the hall, Bhaskara Raju of Tadepalligudem, along with two other performers: P. Satyam and K. Venkat acharya enacted part of the Telugu musical narrative Burra Katha. for one hour. Bhaskara's brother, Ramabhadra Raju, accompanied them on the tabla, and Ramabhadra son, B. Satyanarayana Raju, played the harmonium. In the eight years since they had begun performing this ballad-drama depicting Baba's life, this was their 153rd performance and their fourth before Baba. Bhaskara Raju then led Venkat acharya by the hand to Baba and said, "This is Avatar Meher Baba!" Baba and everyone present enjoyed the play very much.

Burra Katha group saw Baba again at Guruprasad to bid him farewell. Baba handed Bhaskara Raju a packet of money for their traveling expenses, remarking, "Take this amount as my prasad." Baba called Adi Sr. and remarked, "Today these people will be our guests." So, before leaving for Andhra, they had lunch with the mandali.

Bhaskara Raju of Andhra had prepared several charts on God Speaks, and presented them to Baba at Guruprasad. Baba liked them and stated, "You yourself have done all these charts on your own accord, but now I say prepare a chart on Baba Is The God Of All Gods." Raju did so and Baba received it on 9 November 1967, and was pleased with his efforts. (Lord Meher-p-5297-1967)

 

85-BHASKARA RAJU & USHA KULKARNI

Bhaskara Raju’s father was T. Kutumb Sastri who came from Andhra to Ahmednagar when his was appointed by Meher Baba as the first Chairman of the Trust in year 1959.

He was married to Usha who is a good singer. His marriage to Usha was arranged with Baba’s blessing with the initial motive that the Ahmednagar Centre bhajan party did not want Usha to move away from Ahmednagar with her own family – they would lose one of their best singers!  Both Baskera Raju and Usha had many opportunities to have Baba’s darshan, including just after their marriage.

Baskera was given a beautiful photo of Baba wearing a crown which was given by Him as their wedding gift.

Baskera lived at Khushru Quarters for a short time. He once, was asked by Baba to drive the ladies Mandali back to Meherazad at around midnight, after their evening visit to Sarosh Cinema!  Baba and the men mandali had seen the earlier show. ((Lord Meher-p-3625)

On Sunday, 17 September 1961, eighteen lovers of Ahmednagar came to Meherazad.  A 24-year-old woman named Usha Kulkarni sang Bhajan. (Lord Meher-p-4772-1961)

 

90-BHUINJKAR TATYA SAHEB & FAMILY

Baba arrived in Bhuinj in afternoon on 8th December 1955. The villagers received Him outside the village and wanted to take Him into the village in a procession in the car. Baba, however, got out of the car and walked the distance along with the jubilant villagers, who led the way singing bhajans and beating on drums. When Baba reached the grand old mansion, Tatya Saheb was waiting on the steps and welcomed him. The family performed puja before Baba, and later Baba was led through the large house and sat comfortably in a decorated room. Tatya Saheb was so overjoyed to have Baba in his house, he could only stand and watch him silently. Baba, too, felt at home and expressed this with childlike delight.

Suddenly, Tatya Saheb remembered to introduce his friends and relatives, and snapping out of his reveries he began bustling back and forth bringing each person before Baba. One of those present was a relative named Chohan, who was an old lover. It was through him that Bhuinjkar had come to know about Baba. Baba distributed prasad to the family, and it seemed all had been in his contact for years! Baba walked around the entire house, and the family served tea and refreshments to Baba and the mandali.

Verandah was on a raised level, Baba stepped down among the villagers and darshan began. In an orderly fashion, men, women and children approached him and garlanded and bowed down to him with love and reverence. Baba would occasionally smile, pat some, put his hand on the heads of others, and this physical contact contributed to the awakening of their hearts and was a medium for keeping his memory always fresh in their minds.

Almost 1,000 people had assembled and Baba completed the darshan in an hour. After saying goodbye to Bhuinjkar and his family, Baba departed for Satara amid acclamations. (Lord Meher-p-3904-1955)

 

91-BHUPATI  RAO

In year 1953, in the morning, Baba served seven poor people. After washing the feet of a lad named Bhupati Rao, Baba also bowed his head to him, and gave him seven rupees as prasad. (Lord Meher-p-3258-1953)

 

98-BONALA VENKATESWARLU

In 1960, Baba’s mass darshan was scheduled at the Malladi Satyalingam Naiker Charities High School at Jagannaickpur. Bonala Venkateswarlu and two others had made all the arrangements. Baba’s messages were read out, and also the message titled "The Word of Words".

On 19th April 1959, the darshan was open to all. Bonala Venkateswarlu of Kakinada met Baba.

In year 1960, again Bonala Venkateswarlu from Andhra visited Guruprasad. (Lord Meher-p-4672-1960)

 

103-BROTHER OF KUTUMA SASTRII

In year 1957, Kutumba younger brother of Kutumba Shastri died in the house. Even then Kutumba left his home for my work immediately and as the elder brother, he did not even wait to perform the funeral rites demanded by custom. When questioned by visitors, the family replied by repeating what Kutumba Sastri had told them: that the man loved Baba and had merely dropped the coat of his gross body. Kutumba had felt certain that his young brother would have wanted him to go ahead with Baba's urgent work, at once, because he had always looked upon the service to Baba as infinitely more important and rewarding than any ritual.

The point I wish to drive home is that it is never too late to obey me; that you should obey me to the end; that you should obey me with courage undaunted by any disaster. (Lord Meher-p- 4203-1957)

 

103-BULLIAH

In year 1954, Bulliah had arranged food for Baba and the mandali at Gurukul and had seen to their accommodations. Baba appreciated his love. (Lord Meher-p-3515-1954)

 

108-CHAINANI & WIFE

(Chief Justice)

On 12th March 1963, Chief Justice named Chainani and his wife met Baba at Meherazad. Baba gave them a short discourse on love being the only way to realize God, and the necessity of having the courage to live with one's life on one's sleeve, "which only one in thousands has," Baba noted. (Lord Meher-p-4927-1963)

 

 109- CHAKRAPANI R.

Chakrapani came to Guruprasad from Talegaon on 7th April 1960. He had previously been given certain orders by Baba. He looked like a sadhu, with a long beard and long hair, and he was observing silence. Baba asked him, "Do you permit anyone to fall at your feet?" Chakrapani shook his head no.

Baba gestured, "That is very good."

Addressing the gathering, Baba continued at length:

The only obstacle on the Path is the ego. Volumes have been written on the nature of the ego. But book knowledge helps very little and by one's own efforts, the ego remains insurmountable. Whether you fast or feast, whether you become aggressive or humble, the ego goes on nourishing itself. Even the natural tendencies of the ego such as "I see, I read, I sleep" create bindings. So night and day in the very act of expending old sanskaras, you create new sanskaras and get bound.

Then (if) you wear long hair and put on the robe of a sadhu, you thereby are indirectly courting respect. A false sense of advertisement in spirituality is liable to be created when you try to lead a life in some other way than that of the common people. Others begin to look upon you with respect, and you begin to accept homage without the spiritual authority to do so — outwardly in the name of God, but deep within there is nothing but self-gratification.

As time passes, the superiority complex is nourished, and the ego craves greater honors. This is a dangerous pitfall!

In the God-realized Master, the Real Ego is established. He sees himself in each and every thing, in every being. And his divinity is so complete that he becomes the object of meditation and worship for all. So he has the authority to accept homage. All his actions are non-actions and therefore are non-binding.

To become completely free from all the sanskaric bindings, the intercession of the Master is necessary. The awakening of love is the remedy. Only then does one rare being get released from all the sanskaric bindings through the grace of a Perfect Master.

Turning to Chakrapani, Baba remarked, "So it is good you do not allow others to bow down to you." (Lord Meher-p-4564-1960)

 

119-CHINNA SUBBARAO

In 1960, R. Chakrapani came to Guruprasad from Talegaon.Baba asked him, "Do you permit anyone to fall at your feet?" Chakrapani shook his head no.

Baba gestured, "That is very good."

Baba remarked, "So it is good you do not allow others to bow down to you."

Chinna Subbarao who was present asked Baba, "Then, is it proper for a wife or children to bow down to their husband or parents?"

"This is quite a different thing," Baba replied, "It does not create more binding." (Lord Meher-p-4653-1960)

 

123-CHINNA SARVARAO & NAGMANI

On 20th February 1954, Baba arrived Vijayawada by train. The platform was packed with Baba's lovers and devotees. Cries of Baba's Jai filled the air. Chinta Sarvarao, his business partner Majety Ramamohan Rao, and the chief organizer of the Vijayawada program, Manikyala Rao, rushed to Baba's compartment and garlanded him.

On alighting, Baba was profusely garlanded by others. Baba was driven to Majety Ramamohan Rao's family residence, where he was to stay. After Baba settled in, Chinta and Majety's families met Baba, as did the family of Manikyala Rao, and the chief Andhra workers.

In 1958, regarding Chinta Sarvarao and Majety Ramamohan Rao of Vijayawada, Baba remarked, "This pair is inseparable. Wherever I give darshan, they are there. In Bombay and Poona they both came for my darshan and they are present now."

The Andhra group arrived at Khushru Quarters led by Chinta Sarvarao and others. Coming out of the meeting hall, Baba was led to a large room where the Ahmednagar lovers and Andhra lovers were awaiting his arrival. The moment he stepped into the room, the song Pyare, chalo, Meher darbar! (Dear ones, let's go to the court of Meher!) greeted him. After he had taken his seat, the Andhra lovers approached him first with burning camphor, garlands of flowers, baskets of fruit and sweets. Manikyala Rao introduced everyone, one by one, and Baba embraced and kissed them on both cheeks.

In 1962, Baba met His Western lovers in the hall. Chinta Sarvarao, Majety Ramamohan Rao, and Manikyala Rao entered the hall. Baba introduced them to the Westerners, explaining that they had brought all the Andhra lovers in a special train. Although these three men had been in Poona for the past three days, they had not had an opportunity to meet with Baba until then.4866-1962

On 1st January 1965, Chinta Sarvarao from Andhra also had a meeting with Baba that day for an hour.

On 1st January 1969, Chinta Sarvarao with two others from Andhra arrived in Meherazad with Adi as permitted. Baba entered mandali hall in his wheelchair at 9:00 A.M. He expressed his appreciation for the work the three men were doing in his name in Vijayawada and remarked to them, "The time is near. How lucky you are that I am meeting you three."

There was no electricity in Meherabad then, but sufficient illumination was provided. The ancient lamp of God was lighting the way for His pilgrims, as a full moon shone in the winter night sky the entire week. When Chinta Sarvarao and Majety Ramamohan Rao of Vijayawada arrived on the 1st, they arranged for a generator, and a ring of fluorescent lights encircled the Tomb.  A makeshift white cloth awning stretched over bamboo poles was erected in front of the Tomb to give a little shade from the scorching sun to those waiting to take darshan during the day. On the cement platform outside the samadhi different bhajan parties sang from the depths of their hearts.

On 3rd May 1965, leaving the hall, Baba appeared on the dais. The gathering cheered him. Shinde garlanded him, and Madhusudan sang a song, followed by the recitation of the Master's Prayer by Mallikarjuna Rao. The same prayer was sung in Telugu by Chinta Sarvarao. (Lord Meher-3462)

 

130-CHOHAN

Baba arrived in Bhuinj on the afternoon of Sunday, 8th December 1955.

Tatya Saheb remembered to introduce his friends and relatives. One of those present was a relative named Chohan, who was an old lover. It was through him that Bhuinjkar had come to know about Baba.(Lord Meher-p- 3904-1955)

 

 

137-DALANJI BEHRAM

On 29th August 1930, Baba left Nagpur toward the south for Kolhapur. In Hyderabad, a customs inspector named Dalanji Behram recognized Baba and beseeched Him to visit his house. Baba went with him in his car, and he showed Baba the sights of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Baba also visited the home of a man named Palanji, then left for Kolhapur where he remained for a week in the forest area of Tapovan. (Lord Meher-p-1199-1930)

 

 

140-DAUGHTER OF RAMALINGESHWARA RAO

In year 1953, during journey to Kovvur, Koduri Krishna Rao was the host in Kovvur, but instead of going to his home, Baba went straight to Ramalingeshwara Rao's home, where his daughter's wedding was being celebrated. (Lord Meher-p-3256-1953)

 

 

143-DAUGHTERS OF DHARMARAO

In 1954, during Baba’s Andhra tour, the evening a dance and play were staged in which Dharmarao's two daughters took the lead roles. In Eluru also, they had acted for Baba, and Dharmarao's entire family came close in His love. During this journey in Andhra, Dharmarao was driving Baba's car and, as mentioned previously, Baba would often joke with him, an indication of how close to him he felt.

In the play, Dharmarao's daughters had portrayed the love between Krishna and Radha, and in his happiness Baba remarked, "On March 2, remind me to explain about my dance. It is very original and not yet explained by me — my First Original Dance." But subsequently, no one remembered to remind Baba about it, and it remained unexplained. (Lord Meher-p-3480-1954)

 

 

145-GHARMADHIKARI G K,

Mr. Dharmadhikari of Betul was Secretary of Kaka Saheb Kakalkar –an associate of Mahatma Gandhi who came to meet Meher Baba in 1939.

Mahatma Gandhi sent his colleague D. B. Kalelkar to see the Meherabad ashram. Kaka Saheb Kalelkar, accompanied by his secretary, Mr. Dharmadhikari, was brought by Adi Sr., Nusserwan Satha and Chanji from Poona on the evening of 22 July 1939. Baba had already gone up the hill when they arrived, but knowing that Gandhi's representative was traditional in his views, Baba had instructed four or five of the men mandali that they should remain in their respective rooms and pretend to be meditating when Kalelkar was given a tour the following day. The two visitors were given the privilege of sleeping that night in the Rahuri Cabin. (Lord Meher-p--2015-1939)

In 1958 Sahwas, Dharmadhikari of Betul was walking away after taking darshan, but on Eruch's remarking that he had found out about Baba through Bhau, he was called back and given another embrace. (Lord Meher-p-4251-1958)

 

 

146-DHARMARAO NITTIMI & FAMILY

Nittimi Dharmarao, their host at Rajahmundry, had come to Kovvur with his Ford car. He had been a devoted follower of Sai Baba and Upasni Maharaj, and had met Baba at the November 1952 meetings in Meherabad. Dharmarao drove Baba to Dowlaiswaram, where a large function was scheduled

Koduri had arranged for the mandali and other members of Baba's group to proceed to Dowlaiswaram (in East Godavri) by boat across the Godavri River. At sunset Baba's car crossed the dam at Dowlaiswaram. Baba gestured for the car to stop. He got out and, facing west, dipped his hands and feet into the river.

Dharmarao had reserved the Nava Bharati Gurukul, a student hostel of a boarding school, in Rajahmundry for Baba's stay. When Baba arrived after the darshan program in Dowlaiswaram, the mandali were not present. They were still waiting on the banks of the Godavri, since there were no buses available to bring them. Baba became furious with Dhanapathy, Dharmarao and Arjana Rao. Sitting under a tree in the hostel's compound, he repeated, "I told you not to play with fire! I am canceling the entire program and going back to Bombay." Dhanapathy burst out weeping and Baba forgave him, but he canceled the enactment of a play that night. (Lord Meher-p-3256)

On the morning of the 23rd, Baba called Dharmarao to witness a special event.  Baba laid his head on the feet of 56 persons as "representatives" of the 56 God-realized souls on earth. (Lord Meher-p-3256-1953)

The mandali stayed at the Kanakya Parmeshwari dharamshala, while Eruch, Chhagan, Sidhu and Meherjee remained with Baba. The group was to go to Guntur the next day. This time Dharmarao had made the best arrangements by hiring a car, a bus, a van and a jeep, and he drove Baba's car. (Lord Meher-p-3457-1954)

In morning, Baba left for Masulipatnam, driven in a Ford by Dharmarao, with whom he felt very close and would make jokes. On the way to Masulipatnam crowds were waiting at various places, and Baba gave darshan as he proceeded. A fair was being held in one village, and a merry-go-round had been set up, as well as other amusements. Stopping his car, Baba went and sat in the merry-go-round for a while, enjoying a few rounds. (Lord Meher-p-3462-1954)

In the evening a dance and play were staged in which Dharmarao's two daughters took the lead roles. In Eluru also, they had acted for Baba, and Dharmarao's entire family came close in his love. During this journey in Andhra, Dharmarao was driving Baba's car and, as mentioned previously, Baba would often joke with him, an indication of how close to him he felt. (Lord Meher-p-3480-1954)

Dhanapathy's young granddaughter also took part in the play and, while dancing, performed Baba's arti. Dharmarao's daughters had portrayed the love between Krishna and Radha, and in his happiness Baba remarked, "On March 2, remind me to explain about my dance. It is very original and not yet explained by me — my First Original Dance." But subsequently, no one remembered to remind Baba about it, and it remained unexplained. (lord Meher-p-3480-1954)

The darshan was to be held on the grounds of the Municipal High School in Rajahmundry where a large shamiana (canopy) had been raised. Over 6,000 had gathered, Dharmarao's three daughters offered prayers. Arti was performed and welcome addresses made. Thereafter, the usual three messages were read aloud. (Lord Meher-p-3490-1654)

Baba and the group left for Amalapuram, and on the way Baba felt hungry. Meherjee gave him some cheese and crackers, but Baba wanted his customary rice and dal.

In the car, Baba urged Dharmarao, who was driving, "I am very hungry, so drive faster. Let's not stop; go straight to Amalapuram."

Dharmarao did as told, but when they came to the village of Kottapeta, many had assembled on the road. Baba had the car stopped. Some of the local workers approached Baba, requesting, "Rest here for a while; take some coconut water and permit the mandali to have it." (Lord Meher-p-3493-1954)

Hearing this, Baba got out of the car and, walking to a hut, sat down and began spelling out, "You mandali are after coconut water when I am feeling very hungry. I had given orders to drive the car straight to Amalapuram, but no one listened to that. Now you all may drink coconut water to your hearts' content. I order every one of you to drink the water of four coconuts."

Pendu stood silently, and Baba ordered him, "Go and arrange it immediately. Tell the person offering the coconut water that each of you should be given water from four coconuts so that he and you all may feel satisfied."

There were 60 men in Baba's group; most were the Andhra lovers who had accompanied them. They had already quenched their thirst by the time Pendu returned. Anyway, Pendu told the host that each should be given the water from four coconuts. That was impossible, as there were not enough coconuts. To bring more would take time, and the man could not figure out what to do. Besides, to bring so many coconuts at one time was out of the question.

Meanwhile, Baba severely scolded Eruch. Sastri and Dharmarao were bewildered and felt nervous at seeing Baba's fiery mood for the first time. Pendu came back and informed Baba that the coconuts were practically all gone, so Baba asked the men to retake their seats in the bus. The host learned a good lesson: that it is not wise to insist on anything against Baba's wish. (Lord Meher-p-3494-1954)

Reverting to the previous day's mishap in the car, Baba stated, "Yesterday, honestly, Dharmarao would have overturned the car. God saved us. This is attributed to me as my miracle, but I don't do anything of this sort. Until I speak, don't expect me to perform any miracle. Somehow or other I caught hold of the steering wheel. God made me do so." Baba turned to Dharmarao. "Now, for my sake or for God's sake, stay awake while driving!" (Lord Meher-p-3500-1954)

Baba stated, "Now let us go to Amalapuram, and remember, Dharmarao, drive carefully."

Dharmarao wondered why Baba said this. But hardly had they resumed the journey when Baba's car came to a sudden stop about six miles from the town of Amalapuram. Dharmarao, who was normally a cautious driver, had dozed slightly. They had been driving along a canal road and, just at the moment when he shut his eyes, they hit a pile of stones lying in the road. The right wheels of the car went over the pile, and the car would surely have overturned into the canal had Baba not quickly grabbed the steering wheel and regained control of the car.

Those riding in the car were holding their breath and silently thanking their Lord for the narrow escape — but Baba was all smiles. Observing that Dharmarao was upset and depressed over the incident, Baba began joking to cheer him up. "Now you and everyone else are wide awake!" he said. "I had lost my appetite over the episode in Kottapeta, but now it has returned! So let's drive quickly to Amalapuram, where I can have a good meal." (Lord Meher-p-3495-1954)

While making the statement, Dharmarao was observed dozing, and Baba humorously remarked, "While driving he was drowsy, and we would not be here now but would have been in the canal were it not for my timely control on the steering wheel. Even now he feels drowsy!"

Baba then added, "The only thing I did not lose when I found myself one with God was my sense of humor! So, though few can fathom my divinity, at least everyone can easily understand my being human." (Lord Meher-p-3496-1954)

During Andhra tour in 1954, Baba requested, every Andhra lover introduced himself to Him. Dharmarao introduced himself, and Baba jokingly recalled, "You are the one who would have brought about my physical death before the appointed time!" (Dharmarao had dozed off while driving Baba during his Andhra tour earlier that year. (Lord Meher-p-3624-1954)

After morning meeting on the 2nd, Baba played for a while with the pupils of the Gurukul, throwing apples to them, which they deftly caught. Baba then set out to visit the homes of his lovers, going first to Dharmarao's. His entire family was steeped in Baba's love. They performed his arti, and Baba distributed jackfruit as prasad. Dharmarao had driven Baba's car throughout the Andhra journey, and Baba advised him to take rest after he had gone. (Lord Meher-p-3515-1954)

Baba stated, "Here is N. Dharmarao, an executive highway engineer in Andhra. He drove my car, a jeep, during the Andhra tour. He loves me intensely and works for me. He was about to plunge the jeep into a deep ditch, when I averted the accident by catching hold of the steering wheel." (Lord Meher-p-4302-1958)

Dharmarao saw Baba on the 6th, and Baba approved his design for the Mehersthan Center at Kovvur. (Lord Meher-p-4554-1959)

On 9th June 1963, Baba was in the assembly hall in morning. After giving darshan to those who had come, including Dharmarao from Andhra, a musician played the sitar. Baba liked the music very much. Mohan-Saigal sang ghazals, of few of which Baba explained: (Lord Meher-p-5027-1963)

 

158-DR. KANAKDANDI SURYANARAYANA

(Son of Ranga Rao)

Dr. Kanakadandi Satyanarayana son of Ranga Rao of Andhra had come to Saoner for Baba’s darshan

In 1954, Ranga Rao, his son and Dr. Kanakadandi were on their way back to Andhra, but Ranga Rao's son desperately wanted a garland from Baba before they left. Thinking this was a good excuse to have Baba's darshan, Bhau asked Ranga Rao to give him a note, requesting a garland from Baba and offered to take it to the Circuit House.(Lord Meher-p-3234-1952)

10th July 1954, was Silence Day, and all Baba's lovers had been informed through a circular to fast and observe complete silence from 6:00 P.M. on the 10th until 6:00 P.M. on the 11th, repeating inwardly any name of God they chose. They were permitted to have tea or coffee thrice during this 24 hour period, and as much water as they liked.

Baba decided to fast for seven days from 10 July, and chose seven others to fast with him: Eruch, Pendu, Baidul, Sadashiv Patil, Keshav Nigam, Nana Kher and Dr. Kanakadandi Suryanarayana. Eruch, Pendu and Baidul were with Baba in Satara, and the other four men were informed by letter. Subsequently, Baba broke his fast on the 13th, and ordered the others to stop also.(lord Meher-p-3548-1954)

Others thought these arrangements were rather elaborate for a two-day meeting, but Baba had inspired Pendu to do so; other than that, there was no reason for doing it, because the rainy season had for the most part ended. The tents had been pitched in open fields on soft soil, and in the event of a rain shower, it would not have been good to have the participants sleeping on the ground. Therefore, Pendu arranged everything accordingly. Padri was responsible for providing electric lights and water. As helpers (to assist with the work for the meetings), Baba called Dr. Kanakadandi and few others to Meherabad.

On 29th September 1954, Baba arrived from Meherazad in a green Chevrolet driven by Raghunath, Meherjee's driver. Entering the hall, He smiled and asked Dr. Kanakadandi to feel his pulse. He did it and reported, "It's all right, Baba. You are fit."

"But I don't feel fit. Are you really a doctor?" Thus, by his humor, Baba transformed the serious atmosphere into a lighter one. (Lord Meher-p-3621-1954)

Baba called Vishnu and questioned him about the sum required every month. Vishnu said Rs.10, 000 per month were required for expenses.

Baba continued:

From the time I have been observing silence, I have not touched money. I touch it only when giving to the masts or the poor, and only after bowing down to them. Vishnu is the treasurer; money goes to him and passes out of his hands. Before I entered into seclusion in Satara, Vishnu came to me one day and said, "Baba, you are about to retire into seclusion, and I have no money with me. What about the expenses for the upcoming month?"

I told him, "Don't worry. Money comes and goes. Let me complete my seclusion; we shall see then."

I remained in seclusion for three months, and when it was over Vishnu came to me again for the same purpose. I said to him, "Forget it. I have a plan. I am going into strict seclusion for a year. But before that I will give my sahavas to my lovers in four groups, each group consisting of 50 persons."

Sending for Pendu, I inquired about the approximate expenses of the sahavas. He said Rs.30, 000. I told him, "We have no money. It is needed to meet expenses of the next month, and you want Rs.30, 000."

Pendu answered, "You wish to keep all in comfort with good food. (Lord Meher-p-3869-1955)

To procure the amount, Baba selected 20 persons and a letter was sent to each to send Rs.1, 500 each. Some remitted the amount immediately, some could not give and some gave whatever they could afford.

Then ten of the persons were sent another letter, but in between, a strange thing happened. Dr. Kanakadandi Suryanarayana of Andhra sent a telegram showing his willingness to make up the total needed. The shortfall was of Rs.15, 000 and he was wired to send it. In the meantime, Rs.25,000 was collected and there was a deficit of only Rs.5,000. Then Dr. Kanakadandi was again wired that the shortage was only Rs.5, 000, but he should send 10,000 more without any conditions, and he sent Rs.15, 000. I therefore instructed Vishnu to keep the amount aside for use of the dependents. (Lord Meher-p-3870-1955)

To give the fullest benefit of his company to each, to facilitate better accommodations to all, and to save time spent in endless translations in the different vernaculars of anything Baba wished to express through hand gestures, it was decided to hold a sahavas in the month of November 1955. There would be four groups divided linguistically — Gujarati, Telugu, Hindi and Marathi — each staying at Meherabad for one week. Accordingly, those concerned were informed, and the mandali's correspondence expanded. Baba originally decided to invite select lovers in four groups of 150 persons each; but the number later increased as more requested permission to come, which Baba allowed. To meet the sahavas expenses, money was requisitioned from selected persons, not from all. However, in the end, there was a shortage of Rs.5, 000. This required amount was made up by Dr. Kanakadandi and Kutumba Sastri of Andhra.

Preparations in Meherabad for the first of four sahavas programs were in the final stages. On 27th October 1955, Baba had been driven to Meherazad from Satara, and from the following day, he began visiting Meherabad daily. Tents for sleeping and for the meetings were erected. A separate dining pandal, with tables and chairs, was pitched for serving tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cooking arrangements were the responsibility of Chhagan and Shahastrabudhe (of Mahabaleshwar), aided by Dr. Kanakadandi and others. Workers from Arangaon Village were hired as additional help.

All arrangements for the Telugu group were seen to by the mandali and Pendu, who had provided food according to the taste and habit of each respective group. Pendu had even sent for a cook from Andhra who had arrived beforehand with Dr. Kanakadandi. And so, from the 11th, the game of Wine resumed. Its rules were different for each, but its main attribute of dispelling all differences and leading all factions toward Unity remained the same. There are no caste or religious differences in this game — and the Telugu group, too, felt this in their intoxication while at Meherabad.

Baba spoke about the New Life and its hardships, and then continued:

After my recent seclusion in Satara, Vishnu asked me, "What about next month's expenses?" I told him I had in mind to call a congregation of my lovers and workers. I thought of this sahavas program soon after the seclusion. But Vishnu asked me, when there was no provision for next month, how was it possible to provide for the congregation?

I then informed all the mandali, and 20 selected donors were individually approached for at least Rs.1, 500. Then the list was enlarged, as many showed willingness to contribute their mite. Of the Rs.30,000 collected so far, it was arranged with Pendu that I would give him 20,000 for the comfort, food, accommodation, et cetera, for the congregation members, and keep 10,000 for the four poor programs. Before this figure was reached, there was actually a shortage of Rs.5, 000 that Dr. Kanakadandi and Kutumba Sastri, on their own, made up. They offered further help. I took full advantage of their offer, and they sent a further 10,000 to cover the next month's expenses in Satara. Whatever I asked them to send, they sent it, and I am happy at their expression of love and obedience to me. (Lord Meher-p-3785-1955)

Don't give Kaka Baria anything now," Baba continued. "Go to your places; you can send from there. Kaka will collect and keep a list of the donors. Do not go begging from house to house. You can tell this to others, but do not force them. Openly describe everything you have heard here.

"Pendu will make a statement of receipts and expenses for the sahavas programs, and whatever balance is left should be remitted to Dr. Kanakadandi and Kutumba Sastri. Copies of the accounts statement are to be sent to all those present here."

Adi Sr. said, "Harjiwan Lal is sure to send his contribution."

Baba replied, "It and other remaining amounts have not been received. When they have been, they should be sent to Dr. Kanakadandi and Sastri." (Lord Meher-p-3786-1955)

Baba then broached the subject of the seven-day fast, and 20 men stood up. Baba remarked, "I am happy to know that in this group there are more than five who are ready to fast. But out of these 20, I will select only five, and the rest should not feel bad about it. I am pleased with you all. I ask Kutumba Sastri to think twice before offering to fast. It is easy to fast for seven days on water confined to a room the entire time. Adi Sr. once fasted on water for 21 days."

Baba chose Koduri Krishna Rao, Y. Ranga Rao, Dr. Kanakadandi, Kutumba Sastri and T. Meher Prasad, saying he would give them further instructions later. He informed those who were not selected: (Lord Meher-p-3789-1955)

When Dr. Kanakadandi's turn came, Baba again asked him to feel his pulse. He did it and reported, "It's all right, Baba. You are fit."

"But I don't feel fit. Are you really a doctor?" Thus, by his humor, Baba transformed the serious atmosphere into a lighter one.

In 1958, Sahwas when Dr. Kanakadandi Suryanarayana came for Baba's embrace, Baba praised him, "This Dr. Kanakadandi is our everything — doctor, cook, servant, lover, everything!" (Lord Meher=p-p-4306-1958)

160-DR. L. SUBBARAO

During the Andhra Tour, Baba visited the home of Dr. L. Subba Rao.  A teenage boy, named P. Narayana Swamy, had been with the group during the entire Andhra Tour, constantly taking Baba's photographs. At the home of Dr. L. Subbarao, Baba teased him, "Out of the thousands of pictures you have taken, has even one come out all right?" (Lord Meher-p-3517-1954)

 

 

168-Dr T.V. SWAMY

Reproduced in words of Dr. Swami

I graduated in B. Sc. (Agriculture) from Madras University in 1944. Later obtaining PhD... I held various agricultural positions, mostly in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Towards the end of February 1953, I became very sick with Amebiasis due to contaminated water drunk during my frequent travels on official duties in county areas. Despite the best treatment available at that time, I continued to lose weight and became anemic. My wife and I both were brought up to be devoted to Go, and to observance of spiritual practices and rituals. Now my deteriorating physical condition and mental agony made me turn more earnestly to God, entrusting Him wholeheartedly with my recovery. My father in law encouraged me to read lives and teaching of Masters such as Ram and Krishna and Vivekananda.

In the midst of this intense illness, I read in the news paper that Avatar Meher Baba was visiting Andhra Pradesh, and this first sight of His Beloved Name produced unexpectedly profound inner thoughts and feelings. Around same time my wife returned in great excitement from a visit to my uncle Suryanarayana Swamy. She told me, “It is a good fortune to have darshan of Meher Baba in the company of you uncle who is a Meher Baba lover. He is also close friend of Dr. Dhanapathy Rao, The grand old man of Andhra Pradesh; as described By Baba, because of his work in bringing so many souls to Him. There were thousand for his darshan and he gave Prasad with such love. I was so fortunate. While I rejoiced in her good fortune, it also intensified my anxiety to see Him A little later I visited my uncle’s house. I found a book “the Perfect Master” an early biography of Beloved Baba. Reading it over and over, made more to long to see him.

One I overheard from two boys that Meher Baba is giving darshan in our area at Glamour at a distance of 20 kilometers in Shanti theatre hall. I reached on my bicycle and was forced to stand in back of crowd.   One of my old friends Kutumb Shastri a Baba lover met me and he introduced me to Baba. I tried to kneel down and touch His feet, but Baba quickly held my cheeks with both hands and the put flowers into my hands. As he withdrew His hands from my cheeks, I felt, as it were, a shock of electrical power through my body. The whole time, I was also mesmerized by beautiful glow of His face and indeed it seemed His whole body.

My return Journey was in a state of suspended trance and tranquility, with the bicycle, as it were, floating along the air, and reaching home I lay for several hours again in dream-like state. Within a week I had recovered from my long illness, and within three weeks I was promoted to senior agricultural post. Thus was I blessed by My Beloved Meher Baba, and from then an on, my life has been a story of delights, successes and trails with His loving guidance and compassion.

 

 

169-DR. THOTA DHANAPATHY RAO NAIDU

In 1947 at Madras, a tall, stoutly built man was among the crowd attended darshan at Meher Bhavan. He approached Baba for darshan, and Baba smiled exceptionally lovingly at him. The man neither asked for anything nor did Baba tell him anything. But Baba's smile bound him for life, and revealed to him the way to freedom. This was none other than Dr. Thota Dhanapathy Rao Naidu, the man who would eventually spread Baba's name across the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Dr. Naidu had first heard of Baba in December 1941, when he read Purdom's book The Perfect Master, and had been waiting to meet Baba for six long years. After the darshan, Dr. Naidu began disseminating Baba's messages in Andhra, with the result that many workers came forward to share in the Master's cause. (Lord Meher-p-2573-1947)

In the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, thousands were awaiting Baba's darshan. Dr. Dhanapathy Rao, who had met Baba in 1947, played a major role in "arson" activities there! Thus in Hamirpur and Andhra, the seed of expectation was sown. (Lord Meher-p-2758-1949)

Looking at the Andhra group, Baba continued, "Dhanapathy Rao and Ranga Rao will be in charge of the darshan programs in the West Godavri district. I will even visit the Godavri River if they take me there." (Lord Meher-p-3177-1952)

Dr. Dhanapathy Rao and Y. Ranga Rao were made the in charge of mass darshan program scheduled from 18 to 28 January 1952, in West Godavri district of Andhra Pradesh. (Lord Meher-p-3179-1952)

On 18 January 1953, Baba proceeded to Dr. Dhanapathy's bungalow, where he first did his poor work in morning. As usual, he washed and placed his head on the feet of seven poor souls and paid each Rs.51. As stated, in every program during the Fiery Free Life, this activity had first priority. (Baba would also walk about to contact masts at each stopping place.)  Baba next met Dhanapathy's family.  (Lord Meher-p-3248-1953)

Baba left for Kovvur at about ten o'clock, but on the outskirts of town he had the car stopped. Dhanapathy Rao was following in his car with his family. Far behind them were the buses transporting the mandali and the rest of the group. Getting out of the car, Baba sat under a tree and soundly rebuked Dhanapathy, Sastri and Arjana Rao because the mandali had become separated from him.

"Don't play with fire!" he warned them. "From the very beginning I have been saying that the mandali should always be with me. You disregarded my instructions and failed to arrange things properly. I am canceling the remainder of the Andhra tour and leaving for Bombay today!"

Dhanapathy sincerely sought Baba's forgiveness and was pardoned. But he learned a lifelong lesson: There is severity amidst the sweetness of the Fire. In this harshness is true sweetness, as the Fire does not glow without it.

The buses had still not caught up with Baba, and Dhanapathy drove back in his car to see what had happened. He discovered that one bus had run out of gas and the other had developed a mechanical problem. (Lord Meher-p-3255-1953)

Dharmarao had reserved the Nava Bharati Gurukul, a student hostel of a boarding school, in Rajahmundry for Baba's stay. When Baba arrived after the darshan program in Dowlaiswaram, the mandali were not present. They were still waiting on the banks of the Godavri, since there were no buses available to bring them. Baba became furious with Dhanapathy. Sitting under a tree in the hostel's compound, he repeated, "I told you not to play with fire! I am canceling the entire program and going back to Bombay." Dhanapathy burst out weeping and Baba forgave him, but he canceled the enactment of a play that night.

On the morning of the 23rd, Baba called Dhanapathy, Dharmarao, Sastri, Arjana Rao and Editha Sathiraju to witness a special event.  Baba laid his head on the feet of 56 persons as "representatives" of the 56 God-realized souls on earth. (Lord Meher-p-3256-1953)

In the end, Baba created a committee and vested in it overall responsibility for his work in Andhra. There were four members of the committee: Kutumba Sastri, Dhanapathy Rao, Ranga Rao and Mallikarjuna — so Baba named it the K.D.R.M. Samiti (functioning body) .(Lord Meher-p-3269-1953)

Baba arrived in Vijayawada by train on Saturday, 20 February 1954

Instructing to all Baba stated: "I want every worker of Andhra, whether small or big, to be present on March 2 for a meeting. What I want to explain to all workers, I will explain then, because this is my last trip to Andhra, and after this program, another will be held at Ahmednagar on March 21. After that, there will be no more programs, except only the last program when I shall speak! I want to explain this to all the workers. So arrange that anyone whom K.D.R.M. [referring to the four men Kutumba Sastri, Dhanapathy, Ranga Rao, and Mallikarjuna Rao] think would work for me should be present." (lord Meher-p-3456-1954)

Baba said, "Last night, a dance was arranged at Tadepalligudem. There was a big gathering. I wanted to give a message there, but the microphone was out of order. So I could not give the message. I said, 'Dhanapathy's mind, through love for me, has also gone out of order!' Now he says, 'There is a mast here.'

"When Dhanapathy sees me as I really am, or even has just a glimpse of what I am, then he won't say, 'Baba, take food; Baba, take rest; Baba, there is a mast here.' He will then himself become a mast!" (Lord Meher-p-3487-1954)

On 25th Feb. 1954, Baba’s 60th Birth Day was celebrated at Tadepalligudem, AP at Dhanapathy Rao’s place and Baba’s feet were washed with Panchamithram.

On 1 March 1954, in morning, while discussing the meeting of workers to be held with K.D.R.M., the Andhra lovers and the mandali, Baba observed, "It would be better if the workers' meeting is held tonight, as all are to keep awake tonight anyway."

K.D.R.M. assured Baba they would see to the meeting arrangements for that night, and inform all concerned through telegrams. (Lord Meher-p-3499-1954)

On May 24, 1954, there was large darshan gathering when Andhra, Bombay and other groups came. Baba expressed his surprise and concern at those from Andhra travelling such a long distance for just one hour. There were many new persons, but Dhanapathy said, “Although they have not seen you before, Baba, their love for you is not new.  I did not bring them, they insisted on coming.”

Baba smiled, pleased at his answer, and assured him, I am happy that you came, it was I who drew you to Me.”

To Dhanapathy, he remarked, “I like old man and children!” As Dhanapathy lowered his head and closed his eyes, Baba joked,

“But you are neither an old man nor a child. Your clean shave make you look young.”

At his request, Dr. Dhanapathy Rao felt Baba's pulse and said Baba had fever.

Baba observed, “Despite fever, I want to meet each of you. Who knows, tomorrow my temperature may reach 105 degrees and then you may not have the chance of meeting me. So make the most of this opportunity.”

Referring to Dhanapathy Rao, Baba observed, “He travels to faraway places in Andhra Pradesh and spreads my message of Love and Truth in every house. He is doing wonderful work.”

Introducing Dr. Dhanapathy Rao, Baba remarked, “ He is our grand old man. The People of Andhra complain about his fitness. I have asked him to remind me tomorrow, when I shall instruct him.”

After discourse, when news was brought that the jeep in which Sastri, Dhanapathy, Ranga Rao and Mallik were returning, after dispatching the telegrams had been involved in an accident on the road between Razole and Kottapeta. However, the recipients of the news were not kept in suspense for long; soon the jeep arrived. The accident had occurred when the jeep was heading toward Kottapeta. They had encountered a man riding a bicycle coming toward them on the wrong side of the road. In an attempt to avoid hitting him, the driver of the jeep turned sharply to one side. In doing so, he lost control of the steering wheel, resulting in the jeep going down into a nearby ditch. All of the occupants were thrown out of the jeep as it turned on its side. (lord Meher-p-3502-1954)

Baba asked Kutumba Sastri to say what he had to say, and when he said that he never made any complaint about his fellow workers, Baba replied, "So you are absolutely satisfied with the arrangement of work of the other three?" Sastri explained that it was not a question of his feelings, but of obeying Baba's orders. Baba had impressed upon all members of K.D.R.M. to work in unison, but, as Sastri explained, it was found impractical due to three reasons:

First: their living at different places; second: their different temperaments and methods of working; and third: no possibility of consulting with one another. Continuing, he said that he did not like the methods some of his colleagues used to do things: namely, certain lapses on their part, such as failure to keep proper accounts for all financial transactions, et cetera.

Baba then asked the other members of K.D.R.M. in turn to say what they had to say. The discussion that ensued gave an impression that there were deep differences among all four men. All four wanted to do work for Baba with love, but there was a lack of unanimity. Other workers had become totally dissatisfied with K.D.R.M. and bitterly complained about them.

In response, Baba stated

I, myself, have not understood what work you are doing for me. If you are doing only propaganda, it is absurd. I do not want mere propaganda or any kind of false publicity. Never. Love and honesty I want. If you all cannot do that, then stop what you call work. I am quite capable of doing my work. Therefore, today I think we must try to stop this so-called work.

This is what I think.

I have often said I have not yet found one who could love me as I am meant to be loved. There are about 220 men and women from the East and West who have surrendered to me in such a way as to do anything I say. It is a fact.

For example, look at Eruch. He is intelligent, has a good heart. If I order him to do anything, he will try 100 percent to cut himself to pieces. Pendu, Meherjee and all others of the mandali have been with me for so many years and are like that. Each of these 220 mandali would lay down their lives at my bidding. What I am driving at is that to surrender is higher than to love; and, paradoxical as it may seem, to love me is impossible; to obey me is possible, but very difficult. Therefore, to call yourselves my workers and yet not to obey me is hypocritical. (Lord Meher-p-3507/8-1954)

Being in charge of the health of the Easterners, Dr. Kanakadandi was not able to attend many of the programs. He would, nevertheless, do his duty selflessly, dispensing medicine to his patients with Baba's name on his lips. One night Dr. Dhanapathy Rao brought one man in a serious condition. He asked Kanakadandi for his stethoscope. It was broken, and Dhanapathy pointed this out to him. "It is all Baba's blessing," he replied.

"Baba's blessing is surely there," retorted Dhanapathy, "but has he told you to examine patients with a broken stethoscope?"

"Don't worry; your patient will be all right by morning." The man did get well and attended the meeting the next day. (Lord Meher-p-3631-1954)

Baba asked Dr. Dhanapathy Rao to feel his pulse. He did and said it was normal.

Eruch said, "You must have noted certain changes in Baba's expression. You may at times find it very bright and happy, and at other times haggard and exhausted. This is in relation to certain moods, which Baba occasionally changes rapidly in the course of short periods."

"I am very happy with you all," (Lord Meher-p- 3790-1955)

On difference of opinion of Andhra workers, Baba Quarried:

Dhanapathy explained, "We wanted only workers, not lovers. We selected only those who could spare their time and money for the work; otherwise, we would not be able to function. We do not care for others!"

Baba asked, "Dhanapathy, tell me clearly what you mean by 'we do not care for others'? I know you have not said this from the bottom of your heart or with any bad intent. Because you have new dentures, you stutter!"

Dhanapathy said, "No Baba, I didn't say it to injure anyone's feelings." (Lord Meher-p-3799-1954)

Baba declared, from 15 February 1956, I will be going away somewhere in seclusion for a year. Every individual worker should love me and spread my love. Do this for one year at least. After that, I will see. But no correspondence, nothing of the sort. You can write to Adi."

Dhanapathy suggested, "Any correspondence should be done through the Andhra Meher Mandal office."

Baba corrected him, "Don't try to bind my lovers and their love for me with discipline. Everyone should have scope for the expression of his love.

"Suppose you are madly in love with a woman. You write her a letter full of sweet nothings, giving full vent to your love and passion for her. Would you like it if your letter were shown to the elders in your family before it reaches her hands?"

Everyone had a good laugh, and Mallikarjuna explained, "What Dr. Dhanapathy means is that except for household affairs or personal matters, any correspondence regarding Baba work or connected with the Samiti should go through our office. At least, a copy should be sent to the committee." (lord Meher-p-3800-1954)

Addressing Manikyala, Baba asked, "Do you want to die at such a young age, or remain in this body to do more Baba work? If you want to ruin your body, it will drop soon. Pendu will order the medicine prescribed for you, and Nilu will give you an injection today and tomorrow. Don't be disappointed, and do as I say. Follow Nilu's instructions, take proper care of your health and you will be all right."

Baba then asked, "Do you eat eggs?"

Dhanapathy answered on Manikyala's behalf, "He is a strict vegetarian."

"You must take a raw-egg mixture every morning. When I advise it, there is no harm in taking it; but don't start eating mutton!" Baba teased him. "Mix the egg in milk with honey or sugar and swallow it. First, take my name and then drink it." (Lord Meher-p-3806-1954)

Baba said: "I forgive all; in fact, there is nothing to forgive. There are gems outside, too. In America, there are lovers of mine who have dedicated their all to me. There are gems among you, too. Dr. Dhanapathy Rao does my work, going from one place to other undergoing hardships in traveling, et cetera.

"Those who do my work are my mandali. If we were to list their names, it would fill a volume. Remember, those who love me are mine. (Lord Meher-p-3809-1955)

Calling Dhanapathy Rao and members of KDRM to the dais, Baba asked each man his age and then remarked: "My connection with Andhra is very old. During this time, my Avatar-hood, Andhra has become an independent state. Besides Andhra, my connection is with the whole of South India. I don't mention this to please or humor you, but I am telling you the truth. This is the reason why you people love Me." (Lord Meher-p-4230-1958)

At his request, Dr. Dhanapathy Rao felt Baba's pulse and said Baba had fever.

Baba observed, "Despite fever, I want to meet each one of you. Who knows, tomorrow my temperature may reach 105° and then you may not have the chance of meeting me. So make the most of this opportunity." (Lord Meher-p-4295-1958)

 

In 1958 Sahavas, introducing Dr. Dhanapathy Rao, Baba remarked, "He is our grand old man. The people of Andhra complain about his fitness.  (Lord Meher-p-4303-1958)

Addressing the four chief workers of Andhra Pradesh — Dhanapathy Rao, Kutumba Sastri, Ranga Rao and Mallikarjuna Rao — Baba stated, "Kutumba Sastri is most reliable. Before meeting other workers, I want to meet with all four of you together. I am glad to see you four together." Baba embraced them again and informed the sahavas group, "These four are the big workers of Andhra Pradesh." (Lord Meher-p-4305-1958)

Calling the Andhra leaders, known as K.D.R.M., to the hall, Baba asked them point-blank, "Is there cooperation and love among you?"

Dhanapathy, Ranga Rao and Mallikarjuna replied affirmatively, whereas Kutumba Sastri could not make up his mind because Baba had asked them to be honest and sincere in their response. In the end, Kutumba Sastri said there was no problem.

Baba then told them, "Remember one thing: The time has come. After one year, this body will definitely drop. During this period, show your mettle. This is the time. Millions in the world will do my work when I am no longer here. There is no doubt about my being God Personified. Have love between yourselves and then spread that love to others. I know about your family, financial and other troubles. There is nothing more to tell you. The cloud is near to bursting. As soon as I return from America, you will find what I say has come to pass. Do not tell this to others in the sahavas."

Baba concluded, "This body of yours is a temporary phenomenon. You cannot come to terms with it. But on this physical plane, if you are near me, it is a great thing." (Lord Meher-p-4325-1958)

Foundation stone of the Andhra temple, Mehersthan, in Kovvur was laid by Dhanapathy, according to Baba's wish. The temple was meant to house a life-size statue of Baba in bronze. Baba sent this message to Koduri Krishna Rao: "I was with you when you laid the foundation stone of your temple of love." (Lord Meher-p-4636-1960)

On 24 May 1961, there was a large gathering for darshan when the Andhra, Bombay and other groups came. Baba expressed his surprise and concern at those from Andhra traveling such a long distance for just one hour, as his previous circular had discouraged lovers from coming from distant places. There were also many new persons among the Andhra group.

Baba "scolded" Dr. Dhanapathy Rao about this and asked him, "Didn't you read the circular that only close lovers should come, and you've brought all these new people?"

Dhanapathy Rao replied, "Although they have not seen you before, Baba, their love for you is not new. I did not bring them, they insisted on coming."

Baba smiled, pleased at his answer, and assured them, "I am happy you came; it was I who drew you to me."

To Dhanapathy, he remarked, "I like old men and children!" As Dhanapathy lowered his head and closed his eyes, Baba joked, "But you are neither an old man nor a child. Your clean shave makes you look young!" (Lord Meher-p-4750-1961)

Calling the Andhra leaders, known as K. D. R. M., to the hall, Baba asked them point-blank, "Is there cooperation and love among you?"

Dhanapathy, Ranga Rao and Mallikarjuna replied affirmatively, whereas Kutumba Sastri could not make up his mind because Baba had asked them to be honest and sincere in their response. In the end, Kutumba Sastri said there was no problem.

Baba then told them, "Remember one thing: The time has come. After one year, this body will definitely drop. During this period, show your mettle. This is the time. Millions in the world will do My work when I am no longer here. There is no doubt about my being God Personified. Have love between yourselves and then spread that love to others. I know about your family, financial and other troubles. There is nothing more to tell you. The cloud is near to bursting. As soon as I return from America,

you will find what I say has come to pass. Do not tell this to others in the sahavas."

Baba concluded, "This body of yours is a temporary phenomenon. You cannot come to terms with it. But on this physical plane, if you are near Me, it is a great thing."

On 1st November 1962, hired buses began plying between Guruprasad and the places dropping Baba lovers at the entrance of Guruprasad to wait. Pandal was full. More than 5,000 people had assembled.

Although Baba continued to have muscle spasms during the four days of darshan, the spasms miraculously disappeared whenever he came to the pandal. Baba arrived smiling and mounted the dais as the entire audience stood. Spontaneous shouts of Avatar Meher Baba ki jai! erupted from the crowd. Baba's face was glowing. He wore a long, spotless white sadra that set off his luster. Accenting the beauty of his broad, perfect forehead, his hair was pulled back, braided and tied with a pink ribbon. He looked radiant, like a burning sun, and was as splendidly brilliant to those at the back as he was to those in front. Those seated far away felt as if they were close and saw him quite clearly.

Seated on the dais with Baba were Maharani Shantadevi, Yogi Shuddhanand Bharati, Balak (Meher) Bhagwan, Eruch and Adi (who was staying at Guruprasad). To translate Baba's statements in different languages were Keshav Nigam, Kutumba Sastri, Dhake and Burjor Mehta. Eruch read Baba's gestures as the unspoken words were translated into Hindi, Telugu, Marathi and Gujarati. Dr. Dhanapathy Rao was also on the stage behind Baba. (Lord Meher-p-4852-1962)

 

 

180-FATHER OF P. NARAYANA SWAMY

A teenage boy, named P. Narayana Swamy, had been with the group during the entire Andhra Tour, constantly taking Baba's photographs. Narayana's father was to have been Baba's host at Navabpalem, but there was no time to go there. (Lord Meher-p-3517-1954)

 

 

 

184-GANGADHARAN  I.

On 21st January 1953, Baba and the group left Tadepalligudem and reached Pentapadu after half an hour, where he was riotously received by about 5,000 people. I. Gangadharam delivered welcome addresses, and a few songs were sung. Baba touched the prasad of bananas and guavas, saying that the workers there should distribute it among the people. At eight o'clock, and gave a message to the students gathered there. (Lord Meher-p-3253-1953)

 

 

198-GHOUS BABA

One was a revered Muslim named Ghous Baba. In Urdu Baba told him, "I give you my blessings to lose yourself in me so that you can see God and God alone!" He left, and Baba sent Ramjoo after him with the additional personal message that he should go on thinking of Baba so much so that he attains fana — self-annihilation (Lord Meher-p-3470-1954)

 

 

215-GURRALA KRISHNA RAO

(Father In-law of Dharmarao)

In year 1953, during Andhra tour, Baba visited the homes of Gurrala Krishna Rao (Dharmarao's father-in-law) and others in Rajahmundry. (Lord Meher-p-3257-1953)

 

 

217-HARIPANT ROHANKAR

Haripant R. Rakhelkar of Osmanabad presented a bundle of papers to Baba with the word BABA written all over them, which his father had sent. Baba kept the papers beside him. (Lord Meher-4251-1958)

 

219-HUSBAND AND WIFE

On 24th February 1966, a husband and wife from Andhra paid an unexpected visit to Meherazad. By way of introduction, they brought a letter from the Hyderabad Police Commissioner who had met Baba in December. The couple had previously participated in birthday functions in different Centers in Andhra. They came to Meherazad, reasoning: "If the birthday programs going on everywhere else are so grand, how much more so it must be at the source where Meher Baba resides."

Baba met the couple and they expressed their surprise and puzzlement to find things so quiet and simple. Eruch told them, "Although Baba is residing at Meherazad; he is actually with all his lovers, presiding at his programs wherever they are held. That is why Baba sent them the message: 'I shall be present among you all who gather in my love.' Therefore, you should hurry back to your hometown, so as not to miss being in his presence!" And it was true that at night Baba would often remember the different Centers where programs had been organized in his honor. (Lord Meher-p-5209-1966)

 

 

 

224-IYYAR  K.

Baba was photographed and filmed, alone and in groups, in his room and the large hall early Sunday morning, 22 July 1956. One press photographer, K. Iyyar, was from Andhra and wished to publicize Baba's visit in India, showing an Indian Master who had so many devotees in America. (Lord Meher-p-4001-1956)

 

 

225-JADHAV QAWAAL

On 3 May 1953, there was an afternoon qawaali program by Jadhav Qawaal. The singer and his group had sung before Baba twice before: at Meherabad for Baba's birthday in 1953 and again the following year at Satara. On this occasion, Baba liked Jadhav's performance so much that he gave him one of his handkerchiefs and remarked: "If you were to hear just a wave — a single vibration — of that Aadi Naad (Original Sound), you would lose bodily consciousness. I am the Oceanic Sound or Param Naad. Being on your level, when I hear a piece of exquisite music, I appear pleased even with the seventh shadow vibrations of the Param Naad." (Lord Meher-p-4672-1960)

 

 

 

228-JAGANNADHAM PANTULU

Jagannadham Pantulu read out in Telugu the messages given by Baba in Vijayawada. When this was finished at four o'clock, Baba dictated:

All these messages, writings and lectures mean nothing. For the common man the most practical way of loving God is to help others lovingly. God is in everyone, so if you try to love others, help others, make others happy, you are then loving God. So even attending to your duties of everyday life, you can still love God. If at least some of you try to love God, my coming here will be worth the purpose. (Lord Meher-p-3497-1954)

 

 

 

229-JAGANATH A. S. & RUKMANI ALLOJI

(Alloji Subdra Murthy)

  1. S Jaganath served in Indian railways and stayed in Vijayawada. He came to know about Baba from his colleague Mankkyala Rao and had first darshan of Meher Baba in Sahwas program of November1955. Seeing Meher Baba, he felt a shock in His body and lost himself for some time. When he came to normal consciousness He found that his shirt was completely wet in biting cold weather. He found that Baba’s was glowing like sun and His face extremely beautiful beyond any description. Subsequently he had Baba darshan several times. He attended duties of volunteer in 1956 at Pune, in 1957 at Sakori along with his wife and, 1958, 1962, 1964 and 1965. He shifted to Meherabad to spend his last days at the lotus feet of Meher Baba. He breathed his last on 24th December 2014 in private hospital at Ahmednagar near Meherabad.

His wife Rukmani Alloji (of Hyderabad, now resident in Meherabad) told her story of coming to Baba..

She first met Baba in a dream, in her home, while her husband was attending the 1955 Sahavas. Baba came to her with long flowing hair, wearing a white sadra, with a red tilak on His forehead.  When she asked her husband what Baba looked like, he described Him to be just as the One who had come to her in her vision, but minus the tilak.  But when Rukmani saw Baba for the first time in Sakori, He looked just like He came to her in her vision with the red tilak.

There were a series of incidents that occurred soon after the Sahavas that convinced her heart even more that Baba was God.  One incident concerned a 100 year-old woman who lived near her.  When she inquired why this woman was so often crying out in pain, she was told that she was beaten and ridiculed by her family.  Once when they were having a function, her family even placed the elderly woman out on the road in her bed.  Rukmani felt so much sympathy for this poor suffering woman that she implored Baba to allow the woman to die right after the function, asking Him why she had to suffer so much.  Four days later the woman died and Rukmani was exuberant in her deepening experience that Baba was God (“He’s God! He’s God!”)

After the 1957 Sahavas, Rukmani, along with her husband, Jagganath, saw Baba at many sahavases, often at Guruprasad in Pune.  Because their time at first with Baba in Pune was so intimate, the small number of followers sitting with Him enabled them to sit so close to their Beloved.  At the first large darshan at Guru Prasad, Rukhmini was feeling so sad because she had to sit far away from Baba.  She was longing for the physical closeness she was used to experiencing with Him, when He motioned to her and her husband to sit close to Him.

Jagganath told of a very special experience He had with Baba during the 1958 Sahavas.  He was volunteering at the Sahavas, as he always did, when Baba announced that he wanted all the lovers from each town to come before Him together.  Jagganath rushed over to where his townspeople were gathered, only to trip on a rope hidden in the ground, landing on his knee and causing him to be unable to move.

Baba took note of His plight and told Dr. Bharucha to tend to him, later directing him to take Jagganath to the hospital.  Jagganath implored Dr. Bharucha to be allowed to have Baba's private darshan, and Baba agreed to see Jagganath at 6:00 a.m. the next day.

Jagganath left the hospital in a stretcher as he still could not walk.  As the stretcher was brought before Baba, the room was totally silent.  This silence lasted for a while.  This silence was so unusual for Baba.  Everyone was wondering what would happen next.  No one could imagine what Baba might do. the silence continued.

Then Baba slowly lifted his right foot and slowly put it on Jagannath’s chest as he lay on the stretcher.

Jagganath, with tears in his eyes, held fast to Baba's foot, all time seeming to stop for him.  After a while Baba asked him, "Are you satisfied?". which brought more tears to Jagannath’s eyes (and heart).  He could not believe that Baba, God, was asking him if he was satisfied,

When Jagannath feels this experience with Baba, even in the present, what comes to his heart still is Baba asking him “Are you satisfied?”

 

 

 

232-JAGAT KUMAR R.

(The son of collector-V. V. Narayana Rao).

Baba had kept a few select boys along with Him on the journey. One boy was Murlidhar, another was Jagat Kumar (the son of the collector V. V. Narayana Rao). (Lord Meher-p- 3257-1953)

 

 

239-JOSYULA VENKATESWARA RAO,

Baba’s group reached Tadepalligudem in the evening. On the station platform, hundreds were waiting for Baba. Members of the Meher Reception Committee came forward to greet Baba. A splendorous and touching procession was taken out. At eight o'clock, the procession reached the dak bungalow where Baba was to stay. The mandali and others were accommodated in a board high school (one with boarding facilities). A local attorney, Josyula Venkateswara Rao, oversaw the preparation of their food. (Lord Meher-p-3248-1953)

 

 

242-JUPUDI SUBBANNA

In 1958 darshan program, Baba's neck was loaded with garlands and a surfeit of presents, such as fruit, sweets, perfume, silk cloths, scarves, et cetera, were piled on the dais next to him. Most of the gifts were returned by him to the givers as prasad. Many handed Baba his photographs, which he would bless by holding them to his forehead before giving them back. Bhajans and kirtans continuously echoed throughout the pandal.-

As the men were taking darshan, this was announced over the microphone by Kutumba Sastri: "Jupudi Subbanna of Akividu (in Andhra) has received Baba's permission to make up the deficit of over Rs.2,000 in connection with the special train arranged for the Andhra lovers for their return journey from Meherabad to Vijayawada."

Subbanna had approached Baba with the earnest request to bear the deficit. He said, "You in me are paying it, Baba."

Baba replied, "It is enough if you love me and do my work in your place; utilize this money for the work at Akividu."

But, insisting, Jupudi replied, "Please allow me to pay the sum. I will pay for this and spend other money for work in my area." Baba was touched by his devotion and permitted him.

Baba called Subbanna to the dais and introduced him to the gathering. (Lord Meher-p-4331-1958)

 

 

243-JYOTI PRAKASH

In 1953, Baba visited the homes of Jyoti Prakash in Rajahmundry. At Dharmarao's, his daughters performed a dance for Baba. (Lord Meher-p-3257-1953)

 

 

253-KALA VENKATA RAO

The group finally reached Amalapuram in afternoon on the 28th, and they were taken to Konaseema's residence. Kala Venkata Rao led Baba to his room; he had kept food ready for Baba and His group. They had lunch, and Venkata Rao kept guard at the bottom of the staircase leading to Baba's room so that no one would disturb Him. (Lord Meher-p-3496-1954)

 

 

254-KALELKAR D. B.

(Kaka Saheb)

As the result of Chanji's meetings, Mahatma Gandhi sent his colleague D. B. "Kaka Saheb" Kalelkar to see the Meherabad ashram. Kalelkar, 54, accompanied by his secretary, Mr. Dharmadhikari, was brought by Adi Sr., Nusserwan Satha and Chanji from Poona on the evening of 22nd July 1939. Baba had already gone up the hill when they arrived, but knowing that Gandhi's representative was traditional in his views, Baba had instructed four or five of the men mandali that they should remain in their respective rooms and pretend to be meditating when Kalelkar was given a tour the following day. The two visitors were given the privilege of sleeping that night in the Rahuri Cabin.

Baba came down from the hill the next morning before seven o'clock. He granted an interview to Gandhi's representative in his room for about fifteen minutes.

During the course of their meeting, Baba pointed out to Kalelkar:

It is not through intellectual gymnastics and knowledge acquired by reading or hearing lectures that spiritual truths can be understood. At the most, these can give one an intellectual understanding, which is the first preparatory stage for ushering one into the Path.

What is essential is a true inner feeling, an actual experience of the Truth — which is real, lasting and convincing. When one experiences union with God, one knows by actual experience that one is in harmony with everything and everyone — that there is nothing but one infinite indivisible Existence, and all else is but fleeting shadows.

Just as a human being knows by actual experience that he is a man, not an animal, dog or horse. He has not to think about it, that he is a man, for he is that. So should one know by actual experience that he is One with everything and everyone; not a separate individual entity, apart and away from others. Bhakti [devotion] and love create faith in divinity and Divine Beings, Masters and gurus, yet it is actual experience that always matters.

You may hear a lot about me from my enthusiastic devotees, but you shouldn't be carried away merely by the talk of others. You yourselves should have that experience and feel as they do; then alone is it real, lasting and convincing.

Sanyas (renunciation) is more internal than external. It is not in giving up or shirking one's duties towards one's own dependents, but in doing all these duties conscientiously — in living and sharing their happiness and sufferings both. That is true sanyas that is true yoga. Living in the world yet being not of it.

Kalemama conducted Kalelkar to the rooms of those meditating. They played their part well and it looked as if they were seriously immersed in meditation and in repeating God's name. Padri then showed him the simple, rustic mast ashram and explained to him about the masts. He was led back to Baba, who discussed with him many spiritual themes and further explained about masts and the inner planes. (Lord Meher-p-2016-1939)

 

 

276-KATTA SUBBA RAO

Baba arrived in Eluru on 23rd January 1953. An enormous crowd had come to the station to receive him and echoes of "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!" rocked the train itself.

Baba was met by Katta Subba Rao and others who garlanded Him. He was then led to the decorated car, and a long procession formed to parade the Lord of the Universe in all his splendor through their city. The group stayed with Baba in Katta Subba Rao's large garden. A small room had been kept for Baba, and a tent had been erected for the others. Katta, a simple man by nature, had made fine arrangements. (lord Meher-p-3258-1953)

While on tour of Andhra in 1953, Katta Subba Rao spoke of his wish to establish a center in his garden, to which Baba consented. So Subba Rao called some local Hindu priests to sanctify the place by chanting Vedic hymns. Baba was made to sit in the garden as the so-called "great pundits" began their worship. Baba, magnanimous as ever, did not disappoint Subba Rao or criticize his beliefs, and on the contrary, seemed to enjoy it all. Until the rites were over, He patiently sat there, and then touched a stone on which His statue was to be built. It is traditional for something precious to be placed in the cornerstone, and Katta Subba Rao handed Baba a few pearls, which Baba placed under it. (Lord Meher-p-3268-1953)

On 23rd February 1954, K.D.R.M. and others arrived, but Katta Subba Rao had locked the gates to his house and only those whom he allowed could enter. Baba ordered that they be kept open and those who had gathered came inside. Baba met them all with love. While a brass band played, people took turns approaching Baba. The women who came to meet Baba would place their babies on his feet, and Baba would kiss them. (Lord Meher-p-3467-1954)

The morning function came to an end, and at about 1:45 P.M. Baba walked toward the mandali's quarters. He paused by the side of a raised platform which was built on the stone he had touched during his last visit. A statue of Baba was to have been erected on the platform, but instead a painted portrait of him was displayed. Baba bowed to the painting and asked Katta Subba Rao why he had not had the statue built. Subba Rao replied that the matter was still being vigorously pursued, but that quality marble was not available.(Lord Meher-p-3468-1954)

The impact of Baba's love was felt in the whole of Eluru.  Baba left for Penugonda. Eluru bid Him a touching farewell. Katta Subba Rao had gone to all lengths to make Baba and the group's stay a comfortable one. In his garden, the japa of Baba's remembrance was continuously being chanted, and will be for generations to come. (Lord Meher-p-3475-1954)

After program of feeding at Savitri Rice Mill, Baba returned to the dak bungalow in Tadepalligudem, at 2:00 P.M., Baba discussed the meeting of the Andhra workers and informed Ranga Rao, "Include Katta Subba Rao in the meeting on the 2nd [of March]. It is important. The time is fast approaching. It is coming near 100 percent, and you all must work 100 percent." (Lord Meher-p-3478-1954)

After tea, the group gathered before Baba in the hall. On Baba's asking, Kutumba Sastri recapitulated what had transpired during the meeting. Katta Subba Rao looked dissatisfied, and Baba remarked: "I think Katta Subba Rao is boiling within! This is understandable because when I was in Eluru, he served me well, spent for all my comforts, food and accommodation and for the mandali also. (Lord Meher-p-3798-1955)

 

Baba asked Katta Subba Rao to stand up and express his heart openly in the presence of all. He angrily burst out, "I may not be a worker, but I am a Baba lover! I have devotion for Baba, and in my garden, I have built a temple where He sat. There, every Sunday people come to worship Him, and I think I could have contributed something by being a member of the committee. I didn't even know when it was formed! They never asked me to join. I feel left out. I am dissatisfied with the way the Samiti group is operating and feel there is a lack of cooperation among Baba lovers."

Baba asked Ranga Rao, "What do you have to say to this?" Ranga Rao refuted the charges, adding that there was something he wished to speak about with Baba afterwards in private. A heated exchange of words between the members of the committee and Subba Rao ensued, whereupon Baba intervened: "I have been telling everyone that the heart of every lover of mine is my shrine and that he himself is the priest of the temple. What Katta says is true. He says he loves me but does not understand spirituality. He wants that he, his family and others should worship me. That is the way to love me. Others from Eluru and those connected with me are indifferent to his love for me. I will tell you one thing. It will solve all your difficulties. It applies to all — those from different places and to the committee members, too. (Lord Meher-p-3799-1955)

Katta Subba Rao complained to Baba, "There are many workers, but when the Samiti was formed, why weren't all of them invited? Why were only a few from Eluru and Tadepalligudem invited?"

Dhanapathy was about to say something when Baba interjected, "A slight slip of your tongue has upset Katta for the past hour!

Mallikarjuna said, "When forming the Samiti, I thought of inviting those persons who could spare time for Baba work and were educated so they could explain things to others. Katta does not know English and, more importantly, has no time. I invited people from all over Andhra. I know Katta Subba Rao is a devout Baba lover and does Baba work in Eluru, but it was not possible to invite every person from Eluru, and at the same time from other places. So a few from each place were invited."

Baba said, "It is all right, if what you say is true. In that case, Katta should bless you!"

Mallikarjuna had spoken in English, which Katta Subba Rao did not understand. He told Baba this, so Baba made Mallikarjuna repeat it in Telugu.

Kutumba Sastri said, "Both of the Subba Raos wish me to say something." (There were two men named Subba Rao.)

One of the gathering interjected, "You have already narrated everything in detail, and they want you to tell it to them."

Sastri was about to proceed when Baba observed: "I have told the members of the Samiti today that the past should be forgotten. In the future, they should work in an atmosphere of harmony and love. If you have love among yourselves, you will spread my work. Now you are raking up the past which means you are disobeying My first order. I know Katta Subba Rao's love. He loves Me very much. He wants to do something for me and My lovers. I give him the freedom to do what he likes, and also to the committee to do what they like." (Lord Meher-p-3801-1955)

Despite these clear and definite instructions to go home directly after His darshan but some expressed their difficulty, whereupon Baba stated:

There may be individual problems, but the solution is in your hands. Whatever I wanted to say, I have said. Katta Subba Rao of Andhra had come here with the Telugu group, and while here he received four telegrams and one urgent phone call, demanding that he go to Bombay on business. He asked me what to do. I replied if he wanted to follow me, he should go to his home first and then go to Bombay, and he obeyed. I am not here to ease your problems and difficulties. They are immaterial. (Lord Meher-p-3882-1955)

281-KODURI KRISHNA RAO & WIFE

Koduri Krishna Rao was one of the members of four staunch workers (KDRM) of Andhra Pradesh. He was the host in Kovvur for Baba’s tour in Andhra but instead of going to his home, Baba went straight to Ramalingeshwara Rao's home, where his daughter's wedding was being celebrated. Koduri came there begging Baba's forgiveness for not arranging the buses properly. Baba forgave him and then went to his home, where a group of poor people were being fed.

In the evening a darshan was held at a second board high school, where almost 5,000 people had congregated. Baba touched the baskets of fruit with instructions for them to be distributed as prasad from him.

Baba kept Koduri Krishna Rao at a distance, though he was responsible for arranging all the events. Baba appeared not to be in a good mood, yet this was his way of drawing Koduri closer to him. By keeping him far away, Baba drew him near. It was Koduri who several years later established a center called Mehersthan (Meher's Abode) in Kovvur. (Lord Meher-p-3256-1953)

Koduri had arranged a fireworks display outside; but even the children, instead of going out and enjoying them, remained in the pandal gazing at Baba. At ten o'clock, Baba's arti was performed. Koduri had made arrangements for Baba and the mandali to stay in houseboats on the Godavri, and Baba proceeded there an hour later. Baba's boat had electric lights, as well as other amenities provided for his comfort. The mandali stayed in three other launches. As they boarded the boats with their bedding rolls, Hellan slipped and fell into the waist-deep water and his bedding roll floated away. The boats were taken to the opposite bank of the river where it would be more peaceful and quiet. Thus Baba and the mandali rested on the waters of the Godavri, after a long day of extensive traveling.(Lord Meher-p-3488-1954)

During the tour Savak Kotwal was in charge of the food and tea arrangements. Thinking that Koduri had already sent Baba's breakfast to his boat, Savak did not send it and prepared only enough for the mandali. Savak assumed they would see to Baba's needs. Baba walked onto the bank of the river where, highly displeased, he castigated Savak. Pendu and Bhau, too, did not escape his biting criticism, as Pendu was the controller and Bhau his assistant. Baba commanded Koduri, "Fasten a heavy stone around Savak's neck and throw him into the river!"

Koduri was frightened by Baba's display of temper, and with folded hands stood quietly. Savak approached him and said, "Please carry out Baba's order." Koduri was absolutely taken aback and was in a quandary about what to do. He had never come across a person so willing to die.

Sensing his confusion, Baba consoled him not to worry. But the event affected Koduri very much. Never before had he heard of or witnessed such an occurrence. It was a lifelong lesson to the one who later established the Mehersthan Center in Kovvur. (Lord Meher-p-3488-1954)

Darshan commenced and people started garlanding Baba. Baba was handing out prasad quickly, and the program ended at eleven that morning. About 2,000 had come and many more were standing in line, but Baba stopped and went to pay visits to several of his lovers' homes.

Baba went to Koduri's house first. He met his family — his wife, who was a devout lover, and his son, Prasad, whom Baba embraced. In honor of Baba's visit to Kovvur, Koduri had fed the poor for a week prior to his arrival, and almost 15,000 had taken advantage of the free food. (Lord Meher-p-3489-1954)

Koduri Krishna Rao was instructed about his proposal to house a life-sized statue of Baba in the Mehersthan Center in Andhra. He was told that the entire edifice should be built with his own money, and that it should be opened for universal worship to all without distinction. (Lord Meher-p-4441-1958)

In 1958, Koduri Krishna Rao of Andhra commissioned a bronze statue of Baba by the Bombay Sculptor B. Talim. This was meant for a temple dedicated to Baba, which he was constructing in Kovvur. Adi was involved with the Kovvur temple project and would go periodically go to Bombay to examine the progress of the statue. He also corresponded with Talim and in one letter, the sculptor suggested that cast be made of Baba’s feet. Adi thought this was an excellent idea and forwarded the letter to Mahabaleshwar, where it was read to Baba. A cast of Baba’s right hand had been made in England in 1932, so Baba agreed to this also.

Sri Koduri Krishna Rao of Kovvur built Mehersthan with the permission of Beloved Meher Baba. Meher Baba while giving permission instructed Sri. Krishna Rao to build Mehersthan with his own funds without collecting any donations from others. While Krishna Rao was searching for a suitable site for construction, Meher Baba Himself indicated the site in front of his home. Meher Baba also permitted Bro. Krishna Rao to install full size bronze statue of Baba, for which Baba himself gave posture and measurements. The construction of Mehersthan was completed and inaugurated on 28-2-1963. Meher Baba sent Bro. Adi K. Irani, Baba’s Secretary and Smt. Shantadevi, Maharani of Baroda to inaugurate Mehersthan and unveil Baba’s statue. It was a memorable event in the history of Kovvur town. Many thousands of Baba lovers and others participated in the inaugural function. Beloved Baba who was then in Meherazad also called Mandali and instructed them to repeat “Parvardigar” exactly at the same time of inauguration of Mehersthan i.e. 7.31 AM and also indicated that He was entering Mehersthan. On one occasion Baba stated that He was always present in Mehersthan.

 

Koduri Krishna Rao established Mehersthan (House of Meher) on the Western banks of the Godavri River in Kovvur, Andhra, where Baba had given darshan in 1954. Baba sent the following eight messages to Koduri to be displayed in Mehersthan:

 

1-Tear away the curtain of set ceremonies and rituals and you will find that I am the Worshiped, the Worship and the Worshiper.

2-To clothe simple worship with garments of ceremony and rituals is to expose me to the cold winds of ignorance.

3-To love faithfully the God-Man is to worship God truly.

4-To find me here in Mehersthan, search the depth of your heart.

5-Mehersthan is built for me with love, but I may only be found here by my lover who brings me here in his heart.

6-As the heart is, so is the house; as the eye is, so is the Image within the house.

7-The heart of man has always been the ancient temple for the worship of the Ancient One.

8-Nothing can house the Ancient One that does not house love.

On the 9th, Koduri Krishna Rao of Kovvur came with his family to see Baba in Ashiana. He had stayed in Bombay for a number of days, finalizing details with the sculptor B. V. Talim for a statue of Baba for Mehersthan. (Lord Meher-p-4501-1959

On 11 November, the builder of Mehersthan in Kovvur, Koduri Krishna Rao, died of heart failure. Baba was cabled: "Koduri Krishna Rao reaching 4:00 A.M. Left today heart failure." Baba had this telegram sent in reply to his wife and family:

On his Demise on 11-11-1965, Baba said, Krishna Rao now lives eternally in Me and is blissfully happy. He is one of My dearest lovers and has come to rest eternally in Me.” (Lord Meher-p-4304-1958)

Your husband Koduri Krishna Rao's love for me and his service in the cause of the Avatar have made him immortal. Krishna Rao now lives eternally in me and is blissfully happy. I want you to be brave and to keep happy in Krishna Rao's happiness. My love blessing to you and your dear children.

To his Andhra lovers, this telegram was sent:

Koduri Krishna Rao was one of my dearest lovers and has come to rest eternally in me.

Koduri's son Prasad asked where the ashes should be buried and Baba replied that the ashes should be buried in the Mehersthan compound, near the entrance. On the tombstone, Baba directed that these words be written: "Here lie the ashes of Koduri Krishna Rao, one of my dearest lovers. Meher Baba." (Lord Meher-p-5186-1965)

 

 

282-KODURI  PRASAD

(Son Koduri Krishna Rao)

On 11th November, Koduri Krishna Rao-father of Prasad died of heart failure.

Koduri's son Prasad asked where his father’s ashes should be buried and Baba replied that the ashes should be buried in the Mehersthan compound, near the entrance. On the tombstone, Baba directed that these words be written: "Here lie the ashes of Koduri Krishna Rao, one of my dearest lovers. Meher Baba." (Lord Meher-p-5186-1965)

On the 29th October 1968, Koduri Prasad, the son of the late Koduri Krishna Rao of Kovvur in Andhra, came with his family to Meherazad to meet Baba. Koduri Krishna Rao's demise had left his wife disconsolate. Baba comforted her, "How fortunate Koduri Rao was! He created Mehersthan for me and his image will ever live on its doorstep. Those coming to Mehersthan for my darshan will first see Koduri Krishna Rao. He has become immortal." Baba's words were sweet consolation to the family, and they left happy after half an hour. (lord Meher-p-5365-1968)

 

 

285-KONASEEMA

While on Andhra tour in 1954, Baba and His group finally reached Amalapuram in the afternoon and they were taken to Konaseema's residence. Konaseema's house was divided into two parts: he lived in one part and the Cooperative Bank, where Baba rested that night, was in the other part. A garden faced the building, and for a while Baba paced back and forth there.  (Lord Meher-p-3496-1954)

 

 

286-KONDAPALLI VENKATACHARYA & 3 OTHERS

Bhaskara Raju and his dramatic troupe arrived in Poona on 16 May 1959, In the morning of the 17th, Kondapalli Venkatacharya and three others from Andhra   performed a shortened version of their four-hour ballad-play before Baba at Guruprasad. Afterwards Bhikubhai took a photograph of the group with Baba. Baba remarked, "This is a unique photograph. People will appreciate it after My physical end and flock around you in recognition of your services for my universal cause." (lord Meher-p=4546-1959)

 

 

318-KUTUMBA SASTRI TADIMETI

Kutumba Sastri was active member of KDRM team named by Meher Baba for His main worker of Andhra Pradesh. He was associated for life time and particularly Baba’s tour of Andhra Pradesh in 1954, He was also made first chair person of Avatar   Meher Baba Trust at Meherabad.

On 5th October 1952, Baba held a meeting at Meherazad with six Andhra and six Hamirpur tour coordinators to discuss giving darshan to the masses.  Baba met with them in morning behind the Blue Bus. Baba went over his plans, after which they left for their respective places. Among the six men from Andhra, five were new. They were highly moved by their first meeting with Baba. Kutumba Sastri, however, could not acknowledge Baba as the Avatar, though his heart was impressed with Baba's love... (Lord Meher-p-3135-1953)

On 19th January 1953, a mass darshan program took place in morning opposite Dhanapathy's residence, where a huge pavilion was raised.

The message from Baba on "Spiritual Freedom" was read out and translated into Telugu by Kutumba Sastri. Then darshan commenced. Baba gave darshan and handed prasad to almost 10,000 men and women. It resumed in afternoon and went on and on until late that evening. About 20,000 had the good fortune of receiving Baba's touch that day. (Lord Meher-p-3250-1953)

On 21st January 1953, Baba and the group left Tadepalligudem in the morning by car and buses. Baba reached Pentapadu within half an hour, where he was riotously received by about 5,000 people. Baba touched the prasad of bananas and guavas, saying that the workers there should distribute it among the people. After giving a message to the students gathered there. .

Kutumba Sastri and a few others had joined Baba in Tadepalligudem. At each place Kutumba Sastri translated Baba's messages into Telugu. (Lord Meher-p-3253-1953)

Baba left Penugonda on 2nd January 1953 in morning, halting at Kapavaram Village, where he gave darshan. He arrived in Nidadavole. This was Kutumba Sastri and Mallikarjuna’s hometown. Darshan had been arranged at the board high school, and about 5,000 attended. Kutumba Sastri had arranged refreshments for the group accompanying Baba, and while the prasad distribution was taking place, the mandali and others had tea. (Lord Meher-p-3254-1953)

In the workers' meeting, differences among them over work in Meher Baba's name surfaced. Baba gave them full freedom to vent their feelings and iron out all strife. Those who did not know English were asked by Baba to express themselves in Telugu, which Kutumba Sastri would translate. But before anything was translated, Baba would know its meaning and dictate his reply. Once, he even corrected Sastri, saying he had not properly translated what was said. (Lord Meher-p-3268-1953)

Baba called Kutumba Sastri to Dehra Dun to discuss the Andhra programs. On Sunday, 26 July 1953, in the course of the conversation, Baba explained to Sastri:

To know God is to become God. So how can you know what a Perfect Master is unless you become one? I may be either the Avatar, a Sadguru or an ordinary man. I may be anything; I am what you take me to be. If you think I am the Avatar, I am the Avatar; if you think I am an ordinary man, I am an ordinary man. I am That which I am. By being everything, what you think me to be I am.

However, this is not important. If I am Baba, then for my work I need no one. And yet I tell you to be with me and ask the workers in Andhra to work for me for four months. If you look back on my life and work, I never have anything permanent. (Lord Meher-p-3379-1953

In 1954, Baba was welcomed by the Vijayawada Center, and then, according to Baba's wish, Ramjoo read the message "Playing with Illusions," which was translated into Telugu by Kutumba Sastri.  (Lord Meher-p-3461-1954)

After darshan at Elluru, Ramjoo read out the message in English, which Kutumba Sastri rendered into Telugu, titled "The Master's Love and Grace": (lord Meher-p-3468-1954)

In the evening Baba was taken through the town in a long procession. His car was decorated with flowers, and a band playing lively music led the way. The sky echoed with thunderous cries of "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!" and "Bhagwan (God) Meher Baba ki jai!" Men and women hurried out of their homes to garland Baba.

The procession arrived at Dhanapathy's house at 8:40 A.M., and Baba took his seat in the pandal. Kutumba Sastri gave a short welcome speech, (Lord Meher-p-3476-1954)

Baba reached the darshan place in evening. Kutumba Sastri presented Baba with a copy of his poetic praise in Sanskrit, and Baba was duly welcomed. (Lord Meher-p-3480-1954)

Baba left for Nidadavole, reaching there in the evening. Kutumba Sastri and Mallikarjuna Rao had arranged a darshan program that evening to which almost 5,000 came. As usual, Baba's arti was performed, he was garlanded and his Vijayawada messages read. The following is another message, given at the time, on "Liberation". (Lord Meher-p-3486-1954)

Leaving Nidadavole, Baba arrived in Kovvur at eight that night. He first went to the lawyer Palakodeti Ramalingeshwara Rao's house, next to which a canopy had been erected where many were waiting for him. Baba went under the canopy and sat on a chair placed on top of a lion skin. The lawyer wanted to introduce his family and friends to Baba, but before he could say anything, Baba remarked to him about the busy day he had spent, concluding, "I thought you would make certain that I rested, but here I find quite a different atmosphere."

Kutumba Sastri told the lawyer, "Let Baba rest tonight. Tomorrow you can do his arti and introduce all the people."

Hearing this, Baba remarked, "Rest and restlessness are both continually and simultaneously experienced by me from eternity. Do not worry about my rest, but always listen attentively to what I say. At Gopalapuram there was a huge crowd. I wanted to dictate something at Nidadavole, but they had no microphone. Spontaneously dictated messages have a different significance, and messages dictated and printed have their own significance. When I dictate on the spot on the board, it is different." (Lord Meher-p-3487-1954

On tour, Baba and the group left for Amalapuram, and on the way Baba felt hungry. Meherjee gave him some cheese and crackers, but Baba wanted his customary rice and dal. The car stopped and behind it the bus. Going to the bus, Meherjee asked Chhagan if rice and dal were ready. The dal was cooked, but there was no rice or bread to go with it. Chhagan was cooking for Baba on the journey, and kept all the necessary ingredients with him, but this time neither rice, nor chapati nor bread was available.

Baba directed Kutumba Sastri to inquire whether cooked rice could be procured in the next village they reached at Bobbarlanka, where the villagers rushed for darshan. Sastri was successful in locating a small restaurant where rice had just been put on the stove to boil. Chhagan began warming the dal, with Meherjee.

Baba asked Kutumba Sastri, "Will the rice be ready in five minutes?"

"Baba, it will take at least 20 minutes to cook properly," he said. Instead of waiting, Baba decided to leave and they left Boparlanka. Hardly had Baba's car proceeded 50 yards when two people were seen approaching with trays laden with food. Somehow, Kutumba Sastri had managed to convey the news ahead that Baba wished to eat. Baba's car had halted, and they informed Pendu about Baba's agreeing to their having coconut water.  (Lord Meher-p-3493/4-1954)

After darshan program In Amalapuram Baba left the tent and returned to the Cooperative Bank building. Although several thousand had come for darshan, each one received an answer to his question: On reaching the bank building, Baba informed Kutumba Sastri: "This is my last visit to Andhra in this life. No more programs after this, except the one at Ahmednagar on March 21. Then my 'Real Program' begins, not this which we see. (Lord Meher-p-3496-1954)

 

On 1st March 1954, morning, while discussing the meeting of workers to be held with K.D.R.M., the Andhra lovers and the mandali, Baba observed, "It would be better if the workers' meeting is held tonight, as all are to keep awake tonight anyway."

Addressing Kutumba Sastri, Baba asked, "Would you be able to make the necessary arrangements [for holding the meeting tonight]?

"I want work, and work must be done 100 percent honestly or stopped. Remember, I can work all alone.

"If possible, all small (marginal) and important workers should attend the meeting. I will thrash out every point on how to work because I don't want these mass darshans and programs merely for name's sake. If workers love me but do not work with 100 percent honesty, then they are not wanted."

"I have been doing my work all alone eternally — since eternity!" Baba concluded.

K.D.R.M. assured Baba they would see to the meeting arrangements for that night, and inform all concerned through telegrams. (Lord Meher-p-3499-1954)

Baba proceeded to the town of Ramachandrapuram, where Bikkenna Venkata Ratnam had planned the darshan. Kutumba Sastri delivered a lecture. After which Baba dictated. What Kutumba has been saying is the outpouring of his heart. But I would like to stress this point again and again, that all these ceremonies to receive me, and all my messages, mean nothing if not practiced. God is not to be preached, but to be loved; and only those who live the life of love can know me as the Ancient One! (Lord Meher-p-3516-1954)

At Baba's request, the Master's Prayer and Repentance Prayer were then recited by, Kutumba Sastri and others, in Gujarati, Urdu, Marathi, Telugu and English respectively. (Lord Meher-p-3623-1954)

Annapurna, the editor of the Andhra Telugu magazine Velugu, had written a letter to Baba a week before his demise, intending to read it at the meeting. The day after he had written it, he had come down with a fever and was semi-conscious for a week. Yet, even in that state, he was calling out Baba's name. After his death, the letter, which was full of love for Baba, was found on his table. It was brought to Baba Kutumba Sastri. Baba observed, "Annapurniah has come to me." (lord Meher-p-3624-1954)

Baba’s final declaration was translated by Kutumba Sastri into Telugu. Baba remarked:

Before I give my Final Declaration, I want to say a few words regarding other matters. After the meeting, I shall leave promptly. All who want to get the full benefit of this meeting, and return home with the atmosphere of this place are to go directly after the meeting to their destination. If any should want to stay at Bombay or other places, it would mean that they had not come to Baba only, but to talk and to play, or to attend to their own affairs. So I want all to return home at once. (Lord Meher-p-3634-1954)

Baba's Final Declaration was read out in four languages — one in Telugu was read by Kutumba Sastri. (Lord Meher-p-3638-1954)

It was decided to hold a sahavas in the month of November 1955. There would be four groups divided linguistically — Gujarati, Telugu, Hindi and Marathi — each staying at Meherabad for one week. To meet the sahavas expenses, money was requisitioned from selected persons, not from all. However, in the end, there was a shortage of Rs.5, 000 (Rupees Five thousand). This required amount was made up by Dr. Kanakadandi and Kutumba Sastri of Andhra.(Lord Meher-p-3720-1955)

During 1955, Sahwas group again gathered in the hall at lower Meherabad in afternoon and Baba continued. Eruch interpreted Baba's hand gestures in English, which Kutumba Sastri would simultaneously translated into Telugu. (Lord Meher-3777-1955)

 

 

Baba asked all, except the members of the Andhra Samiti, to leave the hall. This committee had been formed to do Baba work in Andhra but, as usual, there were personal differences among some of them. Part of address them by Baba is reproduced as below.

On this occasion, I want you all to forget everything of the past. Open up your hearts fully today. Do not hide anything, and do not be afraid of anyone. Think of my greatness. Baba descends on an equal level. I have explained about my work in Rajahmundry, abrogated K.D.R.M. (the four stalwarts of Andhra: Kutumba Sastri, Dhanapathy, Ranga Rao, Mallikarjuna Rao) and advised against establishing centers. Every heart is a Baba center. Thereafter, you must have decided to open a central office for Baba work. It is natural for misunderstandings to have cropped up. At the time, I was in seclusion. Someone came to know of the misunderstandings, and when I came out of seclusion, I was told about it. Now, first I wish you all to forget your past differences. (Lord Meher-p-3795-1955)

To end the rift among KDRM members, Baba laid down certain conditions for members asked if they are ready to work within these conditions. That is, first you have to create love among yourselves. Suppose Baba is going out for a year and (in his absence) you have to carry on the work in a loving atmosphere. Thereafter, I will see about it. But, for one year, without any dispute or strife, you have to work lovingly.

Could you do it?

Kutumba Sastri said, "We will try, Baba."

Pay attention! This is the time. After this, there will be no chance left. What do you all mean by Baba work? That someone should be sent out tom-tomming that Baba is the Avatar? Or is there some other way you want to propagate my cause? Let your life be a living example to others that you love Baba. Then, it will be impressive to others. Tell others about my life and discourses, but never exaggerate! Let miracles have no connection with me. You say Baba is the Avatar; but if anyone disbelieves you, do not get sulky or angry. Try to explain calmly and with love. You can do all this if you have the proper desire and enthusiasm. Then I will wash your feet! Do this with your love. (Lord Meher-p-3797-1954)

Non cooperation among main workers of Andhra Pradesh came to notice of Meher Baba. Mallikarjuna had spoken in English, which Katta Subba Rao did not understand. He told Baba this, so Baba made Mallikarjuna repeat it in Telugu.

Kutumba Sastri said, "Both of the Subba Raos wish me to say something." (There were two men named Subba Rao) One of the gatherings interjected, "You have already narrated everything in detail, and they want you to tell it to them."

Sastri was about to proceed when Baba observed: "I have told the members of the Samiti today that the past should be forgotten. In the future, they should work in an atmosphere of harmony and love. If you have love among yourselves, you will spread my work. Now you are raking up the past which means you are disobeying my first order. I know Katta Subba Rao's love. He loves me very much. He wants to do something for me and my lovers. I give him the freedom to do what he likes, and also to the committee to do what they like." (lord Meher-p-3801-1955)

Kutumb Shastri requested Baba to introduce his mandali members, and although Baba himself did not like the idea, he asked the mandali, turn by turn, to stand up when their names were called and he started introducing them.(Lord Meher-p-3807-1955)

On 21st May 1957, Baba went to Meherabad Hall, where he gave darshan to the Arangaon villagers and repeated the warning he had given to other groups in Poona. To Dhanapathy and Kutumba Sastri of Andhra, who were also present, Baba remarked, "Look at these people; they are poor but they have my love in them." (Lord Meher-p-4185-1957)

On 23rd April 1959, Baba gave interviews to Kutumba Sastri and his son Bhasker, who asked for Baba's guidance in obtaining employment. Baba had Bhasker sent to Ahmednagar where he was to work as a clerk in Adi Sr.'s office at Khushru Quarters. (Lord Meher-p-4538-1959)

On 8th September 1957, a three-hour meeting of the mandali and 32 men from Bombay, Poona and Ahmednagar was held at Meherazad. The meeting was held, ostensibly, to discuss the upcoming sahavas and arrangements for the invited Westerners.

Baba  said following words about Kutumba Shastri:

Kutumba left his home for my work immediately after his young brother had died in the house. Kutumba, as the elder brother, did not even wait to perform the funeral rites demanded by custom. When questioned by visitors, the family replied by repeating what Kutumba Sastri had told them: that the man loved Baba and had merely dropped the coat of his gross body. Kutumba had felt certain that his young brother would have wanted him to go ahead with Baba's urgent work, at once, because he had always looked upon the service to Baba as infinitely more important and rewarding than any ritual. (Lord Meher-p-4203-1957)

In 1958, Baba addressed the sahavas group: "I want all of you to take care of your health; otherwise, there will be no sahavas in the real sense. There will be coughing, sneezing and disturbance. When taking a bath, take precautions not to get a chill. Dry your body thoroughly before coming out of the bathroom, wear dry clothes and do not expose yourself; otherwise, you will catch the flu and also infect others."

Eruch was interpreting Baba's gestures in English, which Kutumba Sastri translated into Telugu Baba commented: "This sahavas will be a good opportunity for the Gujaratis to learn Telugu, and the Andhraites to learn Gujarati. If some of you cannot follow what is going on, just look at me and I will look at you. This is sahavas. Sit silently, gazing at me. Sahavas means companionship — intimate companionship." (lord Meher-p-4292-1958)

Taking off the garland round his neck, Baba stood up from his chair on the dais and folded his hands in supplication for the recitation of the Master's Prayer and the Prayer of Repentance, and the whole sahavas group also stood. Kutumba Sastri said both prayers in Telugu and during the Prayer of Repentance. Baba gently slapped his cheeks as a sign of contrition. (Lord Meher-p-4296-1958)

Calling Kutumba Sastri and other 3 members of KDRM team on the dais, Baba asked each man his age and then remarked: "My connection with Andhra is very old. During this time, my Avatar-hood, Andhra has become an independent state. Besides Andhra, my connection is with the whole of South India. I don't mention this to please or humor you, but I am telling you the truth. This is the reason why you people love me." (Lord Meher-4320-1958)

During darshan, Kutumba Sastri announced over the microphone by "Jupudi Subbanna of Akividu (in Andhra) has received Baba's permission to make up the deficit of over Rs.2,000 in connection with the special train arranged for the Andhra lovers for their return journey from Meherabad to Vijayawada." Subbanna had approached Baba with the earnest request to bear the deficit. He said, "You in me are paying it, Baba." Baba replied, "It is enough if you love me and do my work in your place; utilize this money for the work at Akividu." (Lord Meher-p-4331-1958)

Kutumba Sastri was translating Baba's words into Telugu, Baba interrupted, asking, "I was listening to what Kutumba Sastri was saying. But I fail to understand why the word garu is always coupled to my name?"

Sastri explained, "In Telugu, the word Babagaru is the same as Babaji."(The suffix ji is a term of respect in Hindi.)

Baba proceeded: "Neither Meherabad nor Meherazad is in my name. Only the site of my final resting place remains in my name.

"Now the Parvardigar Prayer will be recited. It is (also) called the Master's Prayer, and no one should say it out loud here. During the prayer, forget everything else and concentrate on the words of the prayer and on me."

Don then read the prayer, which Kutumba Sastri rendered in Telugu, (Lord Meher-p-4445-1958)

On 6th April 1959, Baba was driven in Meherjee's car to Meherabad, where, in the presence of a sub-register named Deshpande, the Avatar Meher Baba Trust Deed was registered on Meherabad Hill  All ten trustees were present for the registration ceremony on the hill. They included Kutumba Sastri, who was appointed chairman, Mani, Ramjoo, Adi, Meherjee, Nariman, Pendu, Vishnu, Padri and Kaka. Approved by Baba, the Trust Deed outlined the purpose and objectives of the Trust, as well as made provisions for the support of 41 persons dependent on Baba. (Lord Meher-p-4511-1959)

Kutumba Sastri brought Swami Satyaprakash Udaseen from Andhra to Baba during this time. Swami Satyaprakash also became a devoted follower and, a year later, began editing and publishing an English periodical about Baba, titled Divya Vani (Divine Voice). (Lord Meher-p-4675-1960)

On 8th March, Bhau's play Jai Meher was enacted by members of the Ahmednagar Center on the spacious stage of the Sarosh Cinema. Baba and the audience of nearly 200 persons thoroughly enjoyed the production. Kutumba Sastri and others from Andhra had come to attend the play. (Lord Meher-p-4791/2-1961)

Kutumb Shastri requested Baba to introduce his mandali members, and although Baba himself did not like the idea, he asked the mandali, turn by turn, to stand up when their names were called and he started introducing them After a few introductions, suddenly Baba stopped and gestured, "Why this introduction of individual mandali members? Have you not come from long distances to be with me? Are you not my lovers and workers? Each one of you can as well be introduced. .(Lord Meher-p-3807-1955)

During East west gathering, from 1st November 1962, hired buses began plying between Guruprasad and the places where the Easterners were staying, Within minutes the pandal was full. More than 5,000 people had assembled. To translate Baba's statements in different languages Kutumba Sastri, was one among others.(lord Meher-p-4852-1962)

On 12th March 1963, Kutumba Sastri, his son Bhasker, Adi, the Khilnanis met Baba at Meherazad. Baba gave them a short discourse on love being the only way to realize God, and the necessity of having the courage to live with one's life on one's sleeve, "which only one in thousands has," Baba noted.

Kutumba Sastri was leaving shortly on a lecture tour of South India. Baba urged him not to hesitate to openly declare that Meher Baba says he is the Avatar of the Age. "Declare this undauntedly before all," Baba told him, "Even at the cost of receiving a beating or putting your life in danger!"  (Lord Meher-p-4927/8-1963)

During Sakori visit in 1954 Baba addressed to gathering:

All that you see is nothing but illusion. Even your seeing Baba sitting here with you, giving you darshan and addressing you, is nothing but illusion, and there can be no compromise in it. One who loses his all for this cause can reach the depth of the unfathomable Ocean of Reality.

Kutumba Sastri translated Baba's statements into Telugu for the benefit of those devotees from Andhra. Overcome, a lover from Kakinada began dancing. He had brought silver casts of Baba's feet which he presented to him. Baba gave one cast to each of the group heads of the various places present. (Lord Meher-p-4155-1957)

On 2nd May 1965, a large crowd had collected near the gates of Guruprasad. The Hamirpur lovers Came singing "Hari Baba, Hari Baba! Meher Baba, Hari, Hari!" and "Satchitananda, Paramanand, Meher Baba Vidnyanand" with quiet ardor. Some of the nearly 1,000 devotees from Hamirpur had come in eight buses, and the rest by train...As soon as Eruch finished making announcements in English on behalf of Baba, Kutumba Sastri translated them in Telugu .(Lord Meher-p-5135-1965)

On 16 August 1965, Kutumba Sastri met Baba the following day.(lord Meher-p-5166-1965)

In 1966, Kutumba Sastri and his son Bhasker were permitted to meet Baba that morning for half an hour. (Lord Meher--p-5219-1966)

March 9th 1967, was the Hindu holiday of Shivratri (in honor of Lord Shiva). Kutumba Sastri was permitted a brief interview the following day. (Lord Meher-p-5365-1967)

Kutumba Sastri, his son Bhasker and Adi had an hour-long meeting with Baba on the 20th morning, and Baba sorted out the Sastris' family matters. (lord Meher-p-5266-1967)

On 13th October 1968, Baba held a meeting to inform his main workers of his decision to give darshan the following year from 10 April to 10 June 1969 at Guruprasad. Besides the resident men mandali, Kutumba Sastri and Swami Satyaprakash from Andhra were called to Meherazad: (.Lord Meher-p-5357-1968)

 

331-MADDI SUDARSHANAM & FAMILY

In year 1954, Baba and the group left for Guntur, 20 miles from Vijayawada. K.D.R.M. and other workers went along. After driving parallel to the pleasant scenery of the Krishna River and its canal, they reached Guntur in morning. Maddi Sudarshanam had made elaborate arrangements, and Baba was heartily welcomed with the firing of guns! Baba met Sudarshanam's family and then began giving darshan to women. The heaps of flowers, fruits and sweetmeats seen in Andhra defy description. Mounds and mounds of them collected wherever Baba went. Those coming for darshan had been told not to touch Baba's feet nor bow to him, so they quickly passed in front of him with folded hands. (Lord Meher-p-3458-1954)

 

 

333-MADDIPATI SUBBARAYUDU'S

Baba departed for Gopalapuram at 1:50 P.M. on 26 February 1954. The group arrived in Gopalapuram at about three that afternoon. Baba was accommodated in the home of Medikona Narayana.  As soon as they arrived, Dhanapathy took the mandali and others for tea at Maddipati Subbarayudu's home. Bhaskara Raju stayed behind with Baba. (Lord Mehe-p-3484-1954)

 

 

 

337-MAJETY RAMAMOHAN RAO & FAMILY

On 20th February 1954 Baba arrived at Vijayawada by train. The platform was packed with Baba's lovers and devotees. Cries of Baba's Jai filled the air. Majety Ramamohan Rao rushed to Baba's compartment and garlanded Him.

On alighting, Baba was profusely garlanded by others. Baba was driven to Majety Ramamohan Rao's family residence, where He was to stay. After Baba settled in, Majety’s families met Baba, as did the family of Manikyala Rao, and the chief Andhra workers.

In 1954, at Majety Ramamohan Rao's home, Baba remarked to the mandali: "I liked today's program; I liked it very much. First of all, I sat down on the ground in their midst on their level. I sat there not for mere show, but wholeheartedly. I stood up three or four times, but as Kumar says, had I really wished, there would not have been this confusion, because it was I who repeatedly asked for women to be stopped and for the men to be called for receiving prasad. I liked the program today."

Baba expressed His happiness to Majety Ramamohan Rao at the expression of his love, met his families and had a group photograph taken with him. Outside the house, many Baba lovers had collected and were shouting his Jai!

In 1958, regarding Chinta Sarvarao and Majety Ramamohan Rao of Vijayawada, Baba remarked, "This pair is inseparable. Wherever I give darshan, they are there. In Bombay and Poona they both came for my darshan and they are present now."

In 1960, The Andhra group arrived at Khushru Quarters led by Majety Ramamohan and others. Coming out of the meeting hall, Baba was led to a large room where the Ahmednagar lovers and Andhra lovers were awaiting his arrival. The moment he stepped into the room, the song Pyare, chalo, Meher darbar! (Dear ones, let's go to the court of Meher!) greeted Him. After He had taken his seat, the Andhra lovers approached Him first with burning camphor, garlands of flowers, baskets of fruit and sweets. Manikyala Rao introduced everyone, one by one, and Baba embraced and kissed them on both cheeks.

After hearing the report of the celebrations in Vijayawada, which included a grand parade of Baba's picture through the streets, music programs, feeding the poor, et cetera, Baba looked at Majety Ramamohan Rao and asked, "Have you gone crazy in My love? Don't you have to attend to your jobs and businesses?"

In 1962, Majety Ramamohan Rao with two others came to see Baba. Baba introduced them to the Westerners, explaining that they had brought all the Andhra lovers in a special train. Although these three men had been in Poona for the past three days, they had no opportunity of meeting Baba until then. Baba observed that some 20 years ago he had remarked to the mandali, "A day will come when you will want to approach me from far away, but won't be able to see me." This referred to the great crowds that would come in the future.

In 1962, Baba met His Western lovers in the hall. Majety Ramamohan Rao entered the hall. Baba introduced him to the Westerners, explaining that he had brought all the Andhra lovers in a special train. Although these three men had been in Poona for the past three days, they had not had an opportunity to meet with Baba until then.

On 1st January 1965, Majety Ramamohan Rao from Andhra also came to meet Baba for an hour. Several lovers had been invited to come to Guruprasad in the afternoon.   Majety Ramamohan of Andhra presented Baba an album containing pictures of the recent birthday exhibition in His honor, Baba stated, "I have heard all about the exhibition and I am very happy with the labor of love of the workers in Vijayawada."

On 1st January 1969, Majety Ramamohan Rao and two others from Andhra arrived in Meherazad. Baba expressed His appreciation for the work the three men were doing in his name in Vijayawada and remarked to them, "The time is near. How lucky you are that I am meeting you three."

In year 1969, there was no electricity in Meherabad then, but sufficient illumination was provided. The ancient lamp of God was lighting the way for His pilgrims, as a full moon shone in the winter night sky the entire week. When Majety Ramamohan Rao of Vijayawada arrived on the 1st, He arranged for a generator, and a ring of fluorescent lights encircled the Tomb.  A makeshift white cloth awning stretched over bamboo poles was erected in front of the Tomb to give a little shade from the scorching sun to those waiting to take darshan during the day. On the cement platform outside the Samadhi different bhajan parties sang from the depths of their hearts. (Lord Meher-p-3462)

 

 

343-MALLIK

In 1954, during Andhra tour Mallik along with Sastri, Dhanapathy, Ranga Rao was were returning in jeep after dispatching the telegrams. The they met with an accident on the road between Razole and Kottapeta. However, the recipients of the news were not kept in suspense for long; soon the jeep arrived. The accident had occurred when the jeep was heading toward Kottapeta. They had encountered a man riding a bicycle coming toward them on the wrong side of the road. In an attempt to avoid hitting him, the driver of the jeep turned sharply to one side. In doing so, he lost control of the steering wheel, resulting in the jeep going down into a nearby ditch. All of the occupants were thrown out of the jeep as it turned on its side. (Lord Meher-p-3502-1954)

 

 

344-MALLIKARJUNA RAO & WIFE

On 21st January 1953, Baba and the group left Tadepalligudem and reached Pentapadu after half an hour, where he was riotously received by about 5,000 people. Mallikarjuna Rao and a few others had joined Baba in Tadepalligudem. (Lord Meher-p-3253-1953)

Baba left Penugonda the next morning, on 22nd January 1953, at 7:00 A.M., halting at Kapavaram Village, where he gave darshan. He arrived in Nidadavole at 8:30. This was Mallikarjuna's hometown. Darshan had been arranged at the board high school, and about 5,000 attended. Baba was so quick in distributing prasad after the usual messages were read out and translated that by 9:50 A.M. he had completed everything.

(Lord Meher-p-3254-1953)

 

In Nidadavole, Baba paid a visit to the home Mallikarjuna Rao and met his family. (Lord Meher-p-3255-1953)

In January 1953, Baba created a committee and vested in it overall responsibility for his work in Andhra. There were four members of the committee: Kutumba Sastri, Dhanapathy Rao, Ranga Rao and Mallikarjuna — so Baba named it the K.D.R.M. Samiti (functioning body). (Lord Meher-p-3269-1953)

While instructing them, Baba stated: "I want every worker of Andhra, whether small or big, to be present on March 2 for a meeting. What I want to explain to all workers, I will explain then, because this is my last trip to Andhra, and after this program, another will be held at Ahmednagar on March 21. After that, there will be no more programs, except only the last program when I shall speak! I want to explain this to all the workers. So arrange that anyone whom K.D.R.M. (referring to the four men Kutumba Sastri, Dhanapathy, Ranga Rao, and Mallikarjuna Rao) think would work for me should be present." (Lord Meher-p-3456-1954)

God is eternally free. To realize God is to attain liberation from the bondage of illusion. The greater the strife and the more intensified the struggle to attain liberation, the more the shackles of illusion are felt, as this very action brings greater awareness of the illusion, which then becomes all the more impressive and realistic. All actions, whether good or bad, just or unjust, charitable or uncharitable, are responsible for making the bond of illusion firmer and tighter.

The goal is to achieve perfect inaction, which does not mean merely inactivity. When the self is absent, one achieves inaction in one's every action. However excessive, karma yoga, dnyan yoga and other yogas can be instrumental in one's achieving the end to all actions by practicing inaction in the midst of intense activity.

However, the only way to live a life of absolute inaction is to completely surrender to a Perfect Master, so that one dies to oneself entirely and lives only for the Perfect Master, to act and fulfill the dictates of the Beloved One.

My blessings to you all.

On reaching Nidadavole, Kutumba Sastri and Mallikarjuna Rao had arranged a darshan program that evening to which almost 5,000 came. As usual, Baba's arti was performed, he was garlanded and his Vijayawada messages read. The following is another message, given at the time, on "Liberation":

After the darshan, Baba visited the home of Mallikarjuna Rao, and also the Andhra Meher Center. Introducing a woman at His house, Sastri told Baba, "Her husband has left her; she is most unfortunate."

To which Baba countered, "Why do you say most unfortunate? She sees God standing before her in person, and is most fortunate. More fortunate than the rishis and munis who are very, very old and long for My darshan." Addressing the woman, Baba said, "Think of me and don't worry." (Lord Meher-p-3486-1954)

After lunch, the group had gathered. Raja Muhammad rose to recite a prayer-poem composed by Mallikarjuna Rao. Baba joked, "Read it in such a way that your heart may not start beating rapidly. There are some whose hearts palpitate in my presence. In Eruch's case, if I send him to rest and he is awakened in between, his heart starts beating wildly." (Lord Meher-p-3791-1955)

From 15 February 1956, I will be going away somewhere in seclusion for a year. Every individual worker should love Me and spread my love. Do this for one year at least. After that, I will see. But no correspondence, nothing of the sort. You can write to Adi."

Dhanapathy suggested, "Any correspondence should be done through the Andhra Meher Mandal office."

Baba corrected him, "Don't try to bind my lovers and their love for me with discipline. Everyone should have scope for the expression of his love.

"Suppose you are madly in love with a woman. You write her a letter full of sweet nothings, giving full vent to your love and passion for her. Would you like it if your letter were shown to the elders in your family before it reaches her hands?"

Everyone had a good laugh, and Mallikarjuna explained, "What Dr. Dhanapathy means is that except for household affairs or personal matters, any correspondence regarding Baba work or connected with the Samiti should go through our office. At least, a copy should be sent to the committee."

Baba stated, "If you want to write to Adi, you can write him directly. But if the work concerns the Andhra Mandal affairs, send a copy to their office. If you write me a love letter, there is no need to send them a copy! But if I don't already know of your love, what is the use in writing? Am I right?" (Lord Meher-p-3800-1955)

Mallikarjuna said, "When forming the Samiti, I thought of inviting those persons who could spare time for Baba work and were educated so they could explain things to others. Katta does not know English and, more importantly, has no time. I invited people from all over Andhra. I know Katta Subba Rao is a devout Baba lover and does Baba work in Eluru, but it was not possible to invite every person from Eluru, and at the same time from other places. So a few from each place were invited."

Baba said, "It is all right, if what you say is true. In that case, Katta should bless you!"

Mallikarjuna had spoken in English, which Katta Subba Rao did not understand. He told Baba this, so Baba made Mallikarjuna repeat it in Telugu. T. V. S. Prasad told Baba, "I was there when the Samiti was formed. Everything was thrashed out in detail. I was a witness." (Lord Meher-p-3801-1955)

Returning from Meherabad, Baba stopped to see the Satha family at Akbar Press, where a small darshan function was held. The Satha family alone was so large that, including children, it numbered over 100. Baba saw all his Ahmednagar lovers there, as well as some from out of town. Mallikarjuna Rao had come from Andhra, and saw Baba at this time. (Lord Meher-p-4163-1957)

Calling Dhanapathy Rao, Kutumba Sastri, Ranga Rao and Mallikarjuna Rao to the dais, Baba asked each man his age and then remarked: "My connection with Andhra is very old. During this time, my Avatarhood, Andhra has become an independent state. Besides Andhra, my connection is with the whole of South India. I don't mention this to please or humor you, but I am telling you the truth. This is the reason why you people love me." (Lord Meher-p-4230-1958)

In 1958, Mallikarjuna Rao of Andhra presented Baba with two new books about Baba written in Telugu. (Lord Meher-p-4304-1958)

Calling the Andhra leaders, known as K.D.R.M., to the hall, Baba asked them point-blank, "Is there cooperation and love among you?"

 

348-MANDRAJULA VENKATARATNAM,

Mandrajula Venkataratnam, a washer-man by caste came before Baba. To him Baba said, "Both of us are the same in a sense — but while you wash the dirt of a few, I wash the whole world from sin!" (Lord Meher-p-3805-1955)

352-MANIKAYALA RAO Y.

On 1st January 1969, Manikyala Rao with two others from Andhra arrived in Meherazad with Adi as permitted. Baba entered mandali hall in His wheelchair at 9:00 A.M. He expressed His appreciation for the work the three men were doing in His name in Vijayawada and remarked to them, "The time is near. How lucky you are that I am meeting you three." Baba asked Manikyala Rao about his personal and family affairs. After spending about half an hour in Baba's company, the three men departed.

On 20th February 1954 Baba arrived Vijayawada by train. The platform was packed with Baba's lovers and devotees. Cries of Baba's Jai filled the air. Chief organizer of the Vijayawada program, Manikyala Rao, rushed to Baba's compartment and garlanded him.

On alighting, Baba was profusely garlanded by others. Baba was driven to Majety Ramamohan Rao's family residence, where he was to stay. After Baba settled in, family of Manikyala Rao, and the chief Andhra workers.

The Andhra group arrived at Khushru Quarters at 8:45 A.M., 65 in all, led by Manikyala Rao and others. Coming out of the meeting hall, Baba was led to a large room where the Ahmednagar lovers and Andhra lovers were awaiting his arrival. The moment he stepped into the room, the song Pyare, chalo, Meher darbar! (Dear ones, let's go to the court of Meher!) greeted him. After he had taken his seat, the Andhra lovers approached him first with burning camphor, garlands of flowers, baskets of fruit and sweets. Manikyala Rao introduced everyone, one by one, and Baba embraced and kissed them on both cheeks.

In 1962, Baba met His Western lovers in the hall. Manikyala Rao entered the hall. Baba introduced him to the Westerners, explaining that he had brought Andhra lovers in a special train. Although these three men had been in Poona for the past three days, they had not had an opportunity to meet with Baba until then.

 

 

358-MAUNA SWAMI

Mauna Swami came for Darshan. He was the person who had made arrangements for darshan in Pamaru. On Baba's last visit to Eluru in 1953, this swami of his own accord volunteered to stay at Subba Rao's and work as a pujari (priest) in the temple, which Subba Rao wanted to build in the garden consecrated to Baba. Baba agreed to it but ordered the swami to stay permanently in Eluru. Breaking Baba's order, the swami had left after some time.

"Why did you leave?" Baba asked him.

"People here did not treat me properly," he said.

Baba replied, "Is that the thing you should think about? You ought to have died rather than left the place! For God, all inconveniences are nothing. They cannot be used as an excuse. Now from the day I leave Andhra, stay in one place, in a small place for 40 days. (Lord Meher-p-3470-1954)

 

359-MEDIKONA NARAYANA

In 1955, the group arrived in Gopalapuram at about three in afternoon. Baba was accommodated in the home of Medikona Narayana. The entire house had been kept vacant for him, and he moved about freely inside. (Lord Meher-p-3484-1954)

 

 

 

371-MEHER PRASAD T

In 1955, Baba broached the subject of the seven-day fast, and 20 men stood up. Baba remarked, "I am happy to know that in this group there are more than five who are ready to fast. But out of these 20, I will select only five. It is easy to fast for seven days on water confined to a room the entire time.

Baba chose T. Meher Prasad, Koduri Krishna Rao, Y. Ranga Rao, Dr. Kanakadandi, Kutumba Sastri and saying he would give them further instructions later. He informed those who were not selected: (Lord Meher-p-3786-1955)

 

 

376-MOHAN DAS B.

In words of Mohan Das:

I was part of a large family, with five brothers and three sisters. We were all active and healthy until, when I was fourteen, I slipped inside our house and fell. My right hip, knee and ankle were all affected, although neither I nor anyone in the family thought it was very serious. Our local doctor treated me and I seemed to be okay.

But, as days and months passed, I developed a very high temperature and severe pain developed in my ankle, knee and hip. Again our family doctor was consulted but this time he was not able to relieve the pain. It was decided that I should be sent to a large hospital in another city. There, many x-rays were taken and finally an operation was performed on my hip. Afterwards I was put in plaster from my chest to toe and had to stay that way for six months.

When the six months was up, I was taken back to the hospital for a check-up. To my horror, it was decided that I would have to be put in plaster again, only this time they said it must be for a period of three years! I was horrified. Every six months a new plaster cast was made for me, and the three year period extended for seven long years. Finally the plaster was removed.

I was an adult now, and I emerged pale, shaky and with a leg which was so stiff that I could not move it.... I reconciled myself to the fact that my leg would be crippled for life. It was my fate and I was thankful, in spite of the stiff leg, just to be out of the plaster.

While working for the Red Cross I came to know a number of people who loved Meher Baba. One of them was Dr. T. Dhanapati Rao.... My sister was also a Baba lover and would occasionally go to Meherabad. One day, in 1982 she told me that she was planning to go. I expressed a desire to go with her. An elder brother volunteered to drive us.

We arrived at Meherabad on January 29, 1982 and went straight to Meher Baba's Samadhi. My brother and sister knelt down inside and prayed. When my turn came, without thinking about it, I also knelt down and prayed. After a few minutes, I got up; still unaware that anything extraordinary had happened.

But my brother and sister were shocked to see me in a kneeling posture and asked me whether I felt any pain. Only then did I realize what I had done, that I had bent my stiff leg for the first time in forty years — I could not believe it! To assure myself that it had really happened, I went and knelt down again at Baba's feet, putting my forehead on the marble slab....

Isn't it a miracle? But even more "miraculous" is His compassion. In fact, I had been totally reconciled to my condition. I had not thought of asking Baba to cure me when I came to Meherabad. I had simply gone to pay my respects to Meher Baba, but His compassion is so great that even without my asking, when I went to bow down to Him, he made this possible.

Perhaps it is only an outward example of what Baba does inwardly as well. He cures us so that those obstacles which prevent us from bowing down to Him in our hearts are removed. Is He not really the Universal Surgeon? May His blessings be on one and all.

(From -web page)

 

 

 

379-MOHAN SEHGAL

In 1963, during inauguration of Kovvur centre, hall was full of lovers from Andhra, and Baba asked Kutumba Sastri to summarize what Baba had stated regarding the conduct of his work in Andhra. After this, Mohan-Saigal gave a wonderful two-hour recital, which Baba enjoyed. Once he sent Mohan out to take a break and have tea. While he was away, a blind man from Andhra played the violin, and then played the flute. (Lord Meher-p-5000-1963

 

 

385-MUDALIAR APPARAO

During the Madras darshan program, at the Mudaliar's house Baba was sitting on a gaadi listening to his arti, he twirled a small skein of cotton thread in his hands, and then handed it to Don and told him to enclose it with his letter. Baba had Don send it to Mary, who used to spin and weave her own cloth, along with instructions to hold the thread in her hands, and thereafter to keep it in a safe place and not to use it. (Lord Meher-p-2571-1947)

Baba had repeatedly warned his lovers of the critical two-and-a-half months ending in October 1959, during which time, he stated, Maya would try to do her best against him. For those in Poona, this became starkly and sorrowfully apparent when, on the final day of that period, 31 October, Srinivas Mudaliar, the only son of Appa Rao Mudaliar, whose house served as the Poona Center, slipped off of a ladder and died from his injuries. Srinivas was a very sincere and devoted worker in Baba's cause and the sole support of his family. Baba was informed and sent this telegram to Ramakrishnan: "Dear Srinivas has attained his blissful niwas (residence) in Baba. Comfort Mudaliar family with the warmth of Baba's love." (Lord Meher-p-4614-1959)

At the time, the Poona Center was in the home of Appa Rao Mudaliar at Sarswat Colony, 399 Somwar Peth, where weekly meetings had been held since April. Ramakrishnan had contacted this wealthy family to request the use of the hall in their large residence, where other local religious and spiritual groups sometimes met. The room was overflowing with newcomers when Baba arrived, and the Center workers had to stand outside. (The family and neighbors had spread saris strewn with rose petals on the road leading to the house.) Sadashiv Patil garlanded Baba, Gadekar delivered a short welcome address and Madhusudan sang a ghazal. (Lord Meher-p-4181-1957)

Baba had repeatedly warned his lovers of the critical two-and-a-half months ending in October, during which time, he stated, Maya would try to do her best against him. For those in Poona, this became starkly and sorrowfully apparent when, on the final day of that period, 31 October, Srinivas Mudaliar, the only son of Appa Rao Mudaliar, whose house served as the Poona Center, slipped off of a ladder and died from his injuries. Srinivas was a very sincere and devoted worker in Baba's cause and the sole support of his family. Baba was informed and sent this telegram to Ramakrishnan: "Dear Srinivas has attained his blissful niwas (residence) in Baba. Comfort Mudaliar family with the warmth of Baba's love." (Lord Meher-p-4614-1959)

On 6th November 1966, when Mudaliar and other came from Poona, they met the mandali but were not permitted to see Baba. It was not that some souls who came to Meherazad were "worthy" of darshan and others somehow not, Age pointed out. Everything Meher Baba did related solely to his work of benefiting individuals and the world at large. (Lord Meher-p-5253-1966)

 

 

386-MUDALIAR KUPPUSWAMI

Mandali

Refer Fortunate soul Vol-3

 

 

388-MUDALIAR SRINIVASAN

(S/o Appa Rao Mudaliar)

 

On 8th June, 1957, Meher Baba visited the Old Meher Baba Poona Centre which was in house of Mudaliar Srinivasan at Saraswat Colony, 366 Somwar Peth.

 

In 1960, Baba had repeatedly warned His lovers of the critical two-and-a-half months ending in October, during which time, he stated, Maya would try to do her best against him. For those in Poona, this became starkly and sorrowfully apparent when, on the final day of that period, 31st October, Srinivas Mudaliar, the only son of Appa Rao Mudaliar, whose house served as the Poona Center, slipped off of a ladder and died from his injuries. Srinivas was a very sincere and devoted worker in Baba's cause and the sole support of his family. Baba was informed and sent this telegram to Ramakrishnan: "Dear Srinivas has attained his blissful niwas [residence] in Baba. Comfort Mudaliar family with the warmth of Baba's love." (Lord Meher-p-4614)

 

 

389-MUDAPAKA GANGADHARAM

Mudapaka Gangadharam of Amalapuram delighted Baba and the mandali with his virtuosity on a flute-like instrument. Gustadji was not present and Baba especially called him, and had the man repeat his performance for Gustadji. (Lord Meher-p-3472-1954)

 

400-MURLIDHAR

(A Boy)

At Rajahmundry, Baba had kept a few select boys along with Him on the journey. One boy was Murlidhar.

More than 3,000 attended in darshan program in Rajahmundry. As usual, the crowd had been instructed not to touch Baba's feet. While taking darshan, one teenage boy could not stop crying and caught hold of Baba. The boy said, "If you will not allow me to touch your feet, I will not take prasad from you." Baba gestured for him to sit near his feet, and Baba put the prasad into his mouth. The boy continued to weep as Baba distributed the prasad. Finally, Baba motioned to Pukar to take the boy away. He picked him up like a child and put him on his shoulders, but the boy kept struggling. Aloba told Pukar to let him go and he fell at Baba's feet. Baba held him in His embrace for quite some time. The boy was crying so much, Pukar thought he would die on the spot!

Finally, Pukar led him away and began massaging him lightly to calm him down. In the evening Baba asked about the boy, and Pukar assured him that he was quite all right.

"What did you do to him?" Baba asked. Pukar replied, "I massaged him, and he came to his senses."  (Lord Meher-p-3257-1953)

 

 

407-MURTY H. SAMBA & HIS SON

In 1954, at the home of H. Samba Murty, the collector of the district, Baba was approached by his son with a book for Baba to autograph. Baba remarked to the boy, "From the day I kept silence, I have stopped writing." He did, though, draw a sketch of a duck in the boy's notebook.

At the collector's residence, lawyers, doctors and other influential members of society were present. Baba gave them message in the morning: (Lord Meher-p-3517)

 

 

 

412-MURTHY N. S. & TAYARAMMA

During Andhra tour in 1954, Baba asked Ramjoo to read out his first three messages given in Vijayawada. Darshan then started, and it continued until 5:30. Almost 3,000 people took advantage of it. After it was over, Baba visited N. S. Murthi's home, where Mrs. Tayaramma sang and arti was performed to him. (Lord Meher-p-3465-1954)

 

 

425-MURTY EDURI NARASIMHA

During Andhra tour, Baba entered Penugonda in the morning on 21st January 1953, where darshan took place in the Kanyaka Parmeshwari temple in the afternoon. Almost 8,000 took advantage of the opportunity and received prasad from his hands. Baba visited his home as well as the houses of Eduri Narasimha Murty. Lord Meher-p- 3254-1953)

  1. Murty complained to Baba that K.D.R.M. had not fixed any darshan program in his hometown of Penugonda, and the people there were extremely eager for his darshan. A heated argument ensued among the workers. Baba in the end agreed to go to Penugonda for five minutes on the 24th. (Lord Meher-p-3458-1954)

 

 

427-MURTHY V. L. N.

In year 1954, during Andhra tour Baba requested, every Andhra lover introduced himself to Him. V. L. N. Murty and Ramarao Naidu sought Baba's permission to publish his messages in Telugu, which He granted. Baba urged them, "I bless you both. Love Me and spread My love. For that, My salutations to you all." (Lord Meher-p-3624-1954)

 

 

429-MUTTA MANIKYAM

In year 1954, during Andhra tour Baba proceeded toward Kakinada, the last stop of His journey, reaching there at six in the evening on 3rd March 1954, Baba was accommodated in Y. V. Narasimha Rao's bungalow (Dharmarao's brother-in-law) at  Sarpavaram. The mandali and the rest of the group were accommodated at Mutta Manikyam's residence nearby. (Lord Meher-p-3517-1954)

 

 

449-NAIDU J. VENKATANARAYANA

Meher Baba's 40th birthday was celebrated on 18th February 1934, with great fervor in Madras. A few private interviews were granted during the mid-day interval and again in evening after a recital by a professional singer. A large public meeting under the chairmanship of Dewan Bahadur J. Venkatanarayana Naidu was held that evening with many speeches delivered about Baba's life and message. (Lord Meher-p-1590-1934)

 

450-NAIDU JAWADI LAXMIAH

Baba entered Penugonda at about 11:30 A.M., where darshan took place in the Kanyaka Parmeshwari temple at 2:30 that afternoon. Almost 8,000 took advantage of the opportunity and received prasad from his hands. Jawadi Laxmiah Naidu had arranged for Baba's stay in the local panchayat (village council) office, and also for his meals. Baba visited his home. (Lord Meher-p-3254-1953)

 

 

452-NAIDU KRISHNA RAO

Baba stopped at the house of district judge, Krishna Rao Naidu, where Baba gave this message on honesty:

I have lately been laying stress on honesty. If we love God honestly, we become one with Him. Never before have dishonesty and hypocrisy prevailed in the world as today. If the least hypocrisy creeps into our thoughts, words or deeds, God, Who is the innermost Self in us all, keeps Himself hidden.

Hypocrisy is a million-headed cobra. There are today so many so-called saints who tell people to be honest and not hypocritical, and yet they are, in themselves, deep in dishonesty. I say with divine authority that I am in you all, and if you honestly love God, you will find Him everywhere.

And remember, if you cannot love God and lead pure lives, at least do not make a show as if you are loving God, because the worst scoundrels are better than hypocritical saints! (Lord Meher-p-3267-1953)

 

 

454-NAIDU R. V. RAMARAO

In year 1953, during Andhra tour, Baba arrived in Eluru on 23 rd January 1953. An enormous crowd had come to the station to receive Him

Baba was met by R. V. Ramarao Naidu, the Maharaja of Pangidigudem and others who garlanded Him. He was then led to the Raja's decorated car, and a long procession formed to parade the Lord of the Universe in His entire splendor through their city. (Lord Meher-p-3258-1953)

 

 

455-NAIDU RAMARAO

During his Andhra tour in 1954, Baba requested, every Andhra lover introduced himself to him. Ramarao Naidu sought Baba's permission to publish his messages in Telugu, which he granted. Baba urged them, "I bless you both. Love Me and spread My love. For that, My salutations to you all.” (Lord Meher-p-3624-1954)

 

 

462-NAIDU VENKATA RATNAM

During Andhra tour in 1954, darshan started, and it continued till evening. Almost 3,000 people took advantage of it.

Thereafter, Baba proceeded to Venkata Ratnam Naidu's residence. When the car pulled up near the doorway, a girl came out bearing the ubiquitous garland. Baba smiling, indicated to her, "Already I have a ton of garlands round My neck." (Lord Meher-p-3465-1954)

 

476-NARAYANA RAO V. V & SAEASWATHY

Baba visited seventeen homes in Kakinada; his arti was sung in each one and prasad distributed. Sathiraju and V. V. Narayana Rao had had a pair of silver sandals made. Baba touched them and they were touched to his feet also. The chappals were to be kept in their homes for worship.  (Lord Meher-p-3517-1954)

 

 

478-NARAYANA NULI LAKSHMI

In year 1953, Baba entered Penugonda In the morning where darshan took place in the Kamyaka Parmeshwari temple at 2:30 that afternoon. Almost 8,000 took advantage of the opportunity and received prasad from his hands. Baba visited house of Nuli Lakshmi Narayana. (Lord Meher-p-2354-1953)

 

 

495-NOORI MEHER CHAND

 

Meher Chand Noori first met Meher Baba in the 1960’s and also attended the East-West Gathering in 1962 and the Eastern Darshan in 1965. He was at the entombment of Meher Baba in Meherabad, India, on February 7,

 

 

 

520-PALANJI

On 29th August 1930, Baba left Nagpur toward the south for Kolhapur. In Hyderabad, Baba also visited the home of a man named Palanji, then left for Kolhapur where he remained for a week in the forest area of Tapovan. (Lord Meher-p-1199-1930)

 

 

521-PAMULU S.

In 1954 tour the deputy collector S. Pamulu met and, looking at him, Baba advised, "Work for me wholeheartedly. Tell people about My love. If you work for the people, you work for Me." (Lord meher-p-3449-1954)

 

 

522-PANDIT RAJEYYA,

During, 1955, darshan program, Baba began seeing different batches of lovers. Bhaskara Raju introduced new lovers to Baba. One man, Pandit Rajeyya, a Yadava (rural peasant caste) had come, believing Baba to be the same as Lord Krishna. Baba assured him, "It is so. You have come because of the link with me since ages past. I will give you darshan as Krishna in the last moments of your life, but never think it is God-realization." (Lord Meher-p-3804-1955)

 

 

523-PAPPA RAO

In 1954 during tour of Andhra Pradesh, Baba visited the homes of Pappa Rao, in Kovvur. Pappa Rao was a poor man, who lived in a hut. Without invitation, Baba entered his dwelling and the man was beside himself with joy and wonder. The living Christ was sanctifying his dilapidated home.

(Lord Meher-p-3489-1954)

 

526-PAREPALLI SATYAM

In year 1955, the group went for their lunch. Baba began seeing different batches of lovers. Bhaskara Raju introduced new lovers to Baba. One man, Pandit Rajeyya, a Yadava (rural peasant caste), had come, believing Baba to be the same as Lord Krishna. Baba assured him, "It is so. You have come because of the link with me since ages past. I will give you darshan as Krishna in the last moments of your life, but never think it is God-realization." (Lord Meher-p-3804-1955)

 

 

528-PARVATI

(A girl)

During Andhra tour Baba returned to Lokanadha Rao's, after visiting Sai Samaj Orphanage 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! As the music continued, Baba remarked that his heart was particularly touched by a song sung by a girl named Parvati. (Lord Meher-p-3464-1953)

 

 

535-PATWARDHAN MAISAHEB SITABAI & HIS SON

(Rani of Kurdwad)

On 4th May 1958, Baba gave darshan on the verandah of Guruprasad as some of the Poona group sang bhajans. Many availed themselves of the occasion, including the owner of Guruprasad, Maharani Shantadevi of Baroda, who on that day had Baba's darshan for the first time. For a long while, she sat near Baba's chair. Maisaheb Sitabai Patwardhan, the Rani of Kurundwad, 57, also happened to come for darshan.  All were supposed to leave after taking darshan and not linger there but, as the darshan was in progress, Deshmukh brought the Rani of Kurundwad's son (the current Maharaja) and had him sit near Baba. Baba did not like it and so asked four of the very poorest lovers present to sit beside him. (Lord Meher-p-4347-1958)

 

 

549-PILLAY MIRA

Daughter of T. Pillay

In 1954 at Tadepalligudem Dhanapathy Rao & family performed  washing of feet of Baba and Arti in traditional Manner. Pillay's two daughters, Mira and her sister, garlanded Baba. This was the family whom Baba had sent to Andhra from Dehra Dun with Kutumba Sastri in 1953. Mira had found a good job with the railways.

To Mira, Baba urged, "Become like Mirabai in my love and remain pure."  Baba then asked Sastri to find a job for Mira, and he promised to look for one for her in Andhra. Baba then sent the family with Sastri to Andhra.(Lord Meher-p-3476-1954)

 

 

550-PILLAY T.

In 1954, Baba and his group left for Amalapuram. On his way, Baba stopped at the house of the engineer T. Pillay in Dowlaiswaram. Earlier Pillay had come to Kovvur to invite Baba to his home. Many had assembled and Baba informed them, "I wanted to come here at 7:30, stop for half an hour, deliver messages and give prasad.

Pillay of course knew Baba was observing silence, but did not know he was also not writing and so had kept a slate and chalk ready. Baba laughed and played the game tick-tack-toe on it with Dhake. At one point, Baba asked Pillay to introduce Him to the rest of his family. Pillay said, "My wife and children are out of town. I am alone here." Baba smilingly remarked, "I am eternally all alone and remain alone eternally. At least you are alone temporarily. I am happy." (Lord   Meher-p-3493-1954)

 

551-PILLAY VEENA

Daughter of T. Pillay

In 1954 at Tadepalligudem Dhanapathy Rao & family performed washing of feet of Baba and Arti in traditional Manner. Pillay's two daughters, Veena and her sister garlanded Baba. This was the family whom Baba had sent to Andhra from Dehra Dun with Kutumba Sastri in 1953. Veena was like a mastani, although now she was eating and appeared healthy. (Lord Meher-p-3476-1954)

After meeting Baba in Nagpur, Veena had begun behaving like a mastani, and had become emaciated. She scarcely spoke or ate, kept to herself and would sit for hours with a rapt expression on her face. The only time she "came to life" was when they recited the arti before Baba's picture — then she would participate and stand before Baba's picture with joined hands.

Although Veena had virtually stopped eating, that day she had food from Baba's hands. Baba fed her a little and then told her to eat some more. She had no bodily consciousness and had really become like a God-intoxicated mastani. Baba assured her father, "You are extremely fortunate and have no idea of the state she is in."

 

 

560-PRASAD T. V. S.

About non cooperation among workers in Andhra, Mallikarjuna had spoken in English, which Katta Subba Rao did not understand. He told Baba this, so Baba made Mallikarjuna repeat it in Telugu. T. V. S. Prasad told Baba, "I was there when the Samiti was formed. Everything was thrashed out in detail. I was a witness." (Lord Meher-p-3801-1955)

 

 

566-RADHA  K. L. & WIFE

In 1954, during Andhra visit Baba visited home of K. L. Radha at Eluru. His wife was given the rest of Baba's fruit juice to drink at their home, and Baba told her, "When God gives you a son, name him Meherdas (Meher's servant)." (Lord    Meher-p-3474-1954)

 

580-RAJU B. SATYANARAYANA

(Son of Rambhadra Raju) –Played Harmonium

Bhaskara Raju of Tadepalligudem, along with two other performers enacted part of the Telugu musical narrative Burra Katha. Bhaskara's brother, Ramabhadra Raju, accompanied them on the tabla, and Ramabhadra's son, B. Satyanarayana Raju, played the harmonium. In the eight years since they had begun performing this ballad-drama depicting Baba's life, this was their 153rd performance and their fourth before Baba. (Lord Meher-p-5000-1963)

 

 

582-RAJU BHASKARA BALGOPALA

Ramabhadra Raju Balagopala, and his younger brother, had learned about Meher Baba when Ramabhadra was hired to teach bharatanatyam (an ancient form of dance) to Dhanapathy's daughters. Ramabhadra 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. (Lord Meher-p-3249-1953)

Baba departed for Gopalapuram on 26 February 1954.On the way, Baba visited the home of Bhaskara's elder brother, Ramabhadra Raju, in Ramachandrapuram, where many had collected for darshan. After his arti was sung, Baba departed, having captured the hearts of those who met him. (Lord Meher-p-3484-1954)

Ramabhadra Raju Brother of Bhaskara Raju was very devout, and when he along with his brother arrived, Baba commented, "They have deep love for Me; it is deep down in their hearts. You can have no idea of their love for me. They have prepared a chart of God Speaks and laid it at my feet. I like the chart very much." Instructing the chart be hung in the Meherabad Hall, Baba added, "These brothers have been doing My work steadfastly for several years. In the towns and villages of Andhra, their group has staged their play, Burra Katha, 99 times and has asked my permission to perform it for the 100th time here on February 25. I am pleased to permit it."

Baba asked Bhaskara Raju, "What can you do for Me?"

"I live and die for Baba's cause," he declared.

"I will turn you into nothing!" Baba responded.(Lord Meher-p-3638-1954)

After interviews Bhaskara Raju and his brother enacted their Burra Katha. The song-and-dance-narrative depicted Baba's life, and the voice of the lead actor, Parepalli Satyam, was deep and resonant, which pleased Baba.

After the play, Baba reminisced about His early days: his meetings with Babajan, Upasni Maharaj and Sai Baba, the agonies he had passed through, and what each of these Perfect Masters had said about him. After recounting it, he added, "If you want to exaggerate this, exaggerate it; if you want to say less, say less. But Sai Baba and Maharaj are present here today! They are witnesses to what I have told you!"

Baba urged the actors, "As you have done here, perform this play at different places, whereby through your love, people may learn about Me." (Lord Meher-p-3805-1955)

 

 

589-RAJU RAMBHADRA BALGOPALA

Ramabhadra Raju Balagopala had learned about Meher Baba when he was hired to teach bharatanatyam (an ancient form of dance) to Dhanapathy's daughters. Ramabhadra 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. (Lord Meher-p-3249-1953)

Baba departed for Gopalapuram on 26 February 1954.On the way, Baba visited the home of Ramabhadra Raju, in Ramachandrapuram, where many had collected for darshan. After his arti was sung, Baba departed, having captured the hearts of those who met him. (Lord Meher-p-3484-1954)

Ramabhadra Raju was very devout, and when he along with his brother arrived, Baba commented, "They have deep love for Me; it is deep down in their hearts. You can have no idea of their love for me. They have prepared a chart of God Speaks and laid it at my feet. I like the chart very much." Instructing the chart be hung in the Meherabad Hall, Baba added, "These brothers have been doing My work steadfastly for several years. In the towns and villages of Andhra, their group has staged their play, Burra Katha, 99 times and has asked my permission to perform it for the 100th time here on February 25. I am pleased to permit it."

Baba asked Bhaskara Raju, "What can you do for Me?"

"I live and die for Baba's cause," he declared.

"I will turn you into nothing!" Baba responded. (Lord Meher-p-3638-1954)

After interviews, Ramabhadra Raju and his brother enacted their Burra Katha. The song-and-dance-narrative depicted Baba's life, and the voice of the lead actor, Parepalli Satyam, was deep and resonant, which pleased Baba.

While the performers were narrating the incident of Hazrat Babajan's kiss, Baba signaled to them to stop and explained, "When you were portraying the incident of Babajan, I again experienced the same as if it occurred at that moment. You reminded me of the early days of my life as Merwan. Now, at this moment, the five Perfect Masters of the age being rested [residing] in me are witnessing your Burra Katha. Carry on with your story."

The inception of this play is interesting. One night Baba appeared in Ramabhadra Raju's dream and said: "There is still something more for you to do for Me." Ramabhadra could not grasp what it was, but later when visiting Masulipatnam, M. S. R. Sastri suggested that he prepare a Burra Katha on Baba's life and teachings. Taking this to be what Baba had hinted in his dream, Ramabhadra set about composing the play and also training a company.

After the play, Baba reminisced about His early days: his meetings with Babajan, Upasni Maharaj and Sai Baba, the agonies he had passed through, and what each of these Perfect Masters had said about him. After recounting it, he added, "If you want to exaggerate this, exaggerate it; if you want to say less, say less. But Sai Baba and Maharaj are present here today! They are witnesses to what I have told you!"

Baba urged the actors, "As you have done here, perform this play at different places, whereby through your love, people may learn about Me." (Lord Meher-p-3805-1955)

 

 

591-RAKHELKAR HARIPANT R

Haripant R. Rakhelkar of Osmanabad presented a bundle of papers to Baba with the word BABA written all over them, which his father had sent. Baba kept the papers beside him. (Lord Meher-p-4251-1958)

 

 

609-RAMAMURTY

(Wrestler)

In 1926, a circus came to Ahmednagar and its prize wrestler, Ramamurty, came to Meherabad on the 10th June 1926, for Baba's darshan. Afterward, Baba consented to let the mandali go see the circus, but Adi Sr. was not able to arrange a bus. Baba later remarked, "It is for the best. This whole worldly existence is like a circus. If anyone wants to see it in its true form, he would not bother to see this so-called circus. He would find the world a circus!" (Lord Meher-p-672-1926)

 

 

628-RAMARAO V

Ramarao was one of the happy faces seen at Meherabad. He was well known to the Andhra Groups and many Westerners and most of the Pilgrims from India, for his constantly helping attitude and the many wonderful stories of his life with Baba.

Ramarao born 1926, almost 80, was Superintendent of I.T.I. Hostel at Koni in Bilaspur district of (India) when he came in contact with Meher Baba. Presently he is staying at Meherabad, amidst all odds, befitting himself to Baba's work in his own way, in spite of the fact that he possesses a family of Children and grand children, all well placed in India and United States. He passed away on 7th October 2010.

 

 

635-RAMKRISHNA GITE,

In year 1927, in the morning there was an argument arose among two teachers, Pandoba and Ramkrishna Gite, about the value of education.  Pandoba claimed that education had spoiled India's traditional family system of vocational trades (such as the son of a tailor or cobbler following in his father's footsteps), whereas Gite was in favor of it, maintaining that it had greatly benefited the nation. Hearing them, Baba made the following statements:

Education, however faulty and incompetent, is always better than ignorance. It is beneficial and does much good. If not always beneficial financially, education always brings about good mental training. Mentally, it is a step further toward human advancement, betterment and progress. Under all circumstances and at any place, I would repeat and declare that education is and does good. A system [of education] may be defective, even bad, yet you must not blame one for the other — i.e., education for the system.(Lord Meher-p- 818-1927

One of the teachers, Ramkrishna Gite, left his position, departing on 10th October 1927. (Lord Meher-p-847-1927)

 

 

643-RANGA RAO Y.

In year 1952, Ranga Rao, his son and Dr. Kanakadandi were on their way back to Andhra, but Ranga Rao's son desperately wanted a garland from Baba before they left. Thinking this was a good excuse to have Baba's darshan, Bhau asked Ranga Rao to give him a note, requesting a garland from Baba and offered to take it to the Circuit House where Baba stayed. (Lord Meher-3234-p-1952)

 

Baba was met by Ranga Rao, R. V. Ramarao Naidu, the Maharaja of Pangidigudem, Dr. Kanakadandi, Katta Subba Rao and K. Narayan Rao who garlanded him. He was then led to the Raja's decorated car, and a long procession formed to parade the Lord of the Universe in all his splendor through their city. The group stayed with Baba in Katta Subba Rao's large garden and made fine arrangements. (Lord Meher-p-3258-1953)

Baba asked Kutumba Sastri to say what he had to say, and when he said that he never made any complaint about his fellow workers, Baba replied, "So you are absolutely satisfied with the arrangement of work of the other three?" Sastri explained that it was not a question of his feelings, but of obeying Baba's orders. Baba had impressed upon all members of K.D.R.M. to work in unison, but, as Sastri explained, it was found impractical due to three reasons:

First: their living at different places; second: their different temperaments and methods of working; and third: no possibility of consulting with one another. Continuing, he said that he did not like the methods some of his colleagues used to do things: namely, certain lapses on their part, such as failure to keep proper accounts for all financial transactions, et cetera.

Baba then asked the other members of K.D.R.M. in turn to say what they had to say. The discussion that ensued gave an impression that there were deep differences among all four men. All four wanted to do work for Baba with love, but there was a lack of unanimity. Other workers had become totally dissatisfied with K.D.R.M. and bitterly complained about them. (Lord Meher-p-3506-1958)

Baba asked Ranga Rao, "What do you have to say?" Ranga Rao refuted the charges, adding that there was something he wished to speak about with Baba afterwards in private. A heated exchange of words between the members of the committee and Subba Rao ensued, whereupon Baba intervened: "I have been telling everyone that the heart of every lover of mine is my shrine and that he himself is the priest of the temple. What Katta says is true. He says he loves me but does not understand spirituality. He wants that he, his family and others should worship me. That is the way to love me. Others from Eluru and those connected with me are indifferent to his love for me. I will tell you one thing. It will solve all your difficulties. It applies to all — those from different places and to the committee members, too.

"Regarding the committee formed in Andhra for my work: first and foremost, let there be love for one another among the members. Only then should they speak to others about love, and at different places where there are Baba's lovers.

Addressing the four chief workers of Andhra Pradesh — Dhanapathy Rao, Kutumba Sastri, Ranga Rao and Mallikarjuna Rao — Baba stated, "Kutumba Sastri is most reliable. Before meeting other workers, I want to meet with all four of you together. I am glad to see you four together." Baba embraced them again and informed the sahavas group, "These four are the big workers of Andhra Pradesh." (Lord Meher-p-4305-1958)

Calling Dhanapathy Rao, Kutumba Sastri, Ranga Rao and Mallikarjuna Rao to the dais, Baba asked each man his age and then remarked: "My connection with Andhra is very old. During this time, my Avatar-hood, Andhra has become an independent state. Besides Andhra, my connection is with the whole of South India. I don't mention this to please or humor you, but I am telling you the truth. This is the reason why you people love me." (Lord Meher-p-p-4320-1958)

 

 

657-RAO C RAHGAVENDRA & FAMILY

On 25th December 1965 was Christmas day.  During Baba tour of Andhra, on the 26th, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Hyderabad, C. Rahgavendra Rao, along with his wife, children and other family members were permitted darshan. (Lord Meher-p-5203-1966)

 

 

658-RAO CHINTAMAN & WIFE

On the morning of 11th January, Baba visited house of Chintaman Rao and other devotees,. Many came for darshan and thus, his local followers learned of Baba's recent return to Meherabad. (Lord Meher-p- 761-1927)

On 17th April 1927, Baba met some of the visitors who had come, among them Chintaman Rao and his family. Chintaman's young wife and infant child were ill, and Baba inquired whether they had carried out his previous orders. When the wife admitted that she had not carried out his instructions completely,

Baba remarked, "Once before you failed to carry out My orders and, as a consequence, you were almost on your death bed. Instead of taking it to heart, you have again committed the same mistake and you and your child are suffering as a result."

Baba then warned: "Either don't ask the advice of a Master or, if you do ask, strictly act in accordance to the advice. Breaking the orders of one to whom you bow down and consider as God-realized, entails the person to a severe punishment. You cannot imagine the serious consequences (Lord Meher-p-.804-1927)

 

678-RAO J VENKATESWARA

During darshan program in Andhra, J. Venkateswara Rao asked, "What about our failings regarding spirituality?"

In reply, Baba said:

I tell you that no one has failed. You love me wholeheartedly. When love is not at its height, it always creates a mess. There is no question of failing. I am very happy with you all. As I said last night, this is the first time I am holding such a meeting for the Divine Cause in 60 years of my life. If only you had even a tiny glimpse of my divinity, all doubts would have vanished and love, Real Love, been established. Illusion has such a tight grip that we forget Reality.

After 100 years this (physical)] form you will not have, and yet today you don't feel this truth. If yesterday's accident to K.D.R.M. would have taken them away from this world, killing them, this muddle which is in their minds now, at this moment, would not be there. So K.D.R.M., think that you are all dead and from now on only live for me.

Venkateswara Rao said, "We are prodigal children, and not up to the mark. Give us help through Adi; that is my prayer."

Let us be very honest, absolutely honest. Adi has been with me like the few tested mandali for a long period and he has been doing office work for 20 years 100 percent, and even then, as I have said, none of my mandali is Baba! Everyone has weaknesses and defects. Advice you can have from Adi, but not as from Baba through Adi. (Lord Meher-p-3512-1954)

 

 

681-RAO K. NARAYAN

During Andhra tour in 1954, after morning darshan, K. Narayan Rao recited the Master's Prayer in English, and one of the workers repeated it in Telugu. Some pundits recited shlokas in Baba's praise, after which, Baba came out at 8:30 and sat on the lawn. (Lord Meher-p-3467-1954)

Once, Narayana Rao asked Baba, “How can we retain contact with the Avatar constantly?”

In response, Baba clarified:

He means that now that Baba is physically among us, we feel the contact. But when Baba physically leaves us, this contact gradually cools down. How to retain it constantly? I will explain.

Do you feel constantly hungry? When you are hungry, you take food and then you forget about it. When you work hard, you get hungry. And so work for me in such a way that you feel hungry for me – sometimes thinking of me, sometimes working for me, sometimes talking about me, but not continually. If you go on eating continuously you will get indigestion!

Before going to sleep say, “Baba, I entrust all that I did to you, thoughts, spoken words, good and bad deeds.”

When you wake up say, “Baba, I now begin entrusting all to you.” This much will be more than sufficient for me.

Say it only twice a day for five minutes. Do that and make me responsible wholeheartedly for all that you think, speak and do, but wholeheartedly. Then you are free. Nothing can bind you. But you must do it honestly.

I am the Ocean. I can accept both fragrant flowers and coconuts, and also filth. So throw everything in the Ocean with all your heart. This is a great thing and is to be done wholeheartedly; otherwise, it goes in a pool of water, making it filthy because of your own dirt. (4th March 1954 Andhra Darshan)

 

703-RAO P. LOKANADHA & FAMILY

In year 1953, during Andhra tour, Baba reached Masulipatnam in morning. He was grandly received at P. Lokanadha Rao's house, and the whole family was there to meet Baba. Food was served.

Baba went to the Sai Samaj Orphanage at noon and returned to Lokanadha Rao's, where many had gathered to meet Him, and He chatted with them. After lunch, 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!. ((Lord Meher-p-3463-1953)

 

704-RAO M. NARASIMHA

During Andhra tour, on 3rd March 1954, at 7:00 A.M., several people came to see Baba from Kakinada and elsewhere, since this was the last day of darshan of the Andhra tour. From Anakapalli, came M. Narasimha Rao, who had met Baba before. Baba asked him, "Are you awake only now? Why didn't you attend the other programs?" Narasimha Rao expressed his inability to attend due to illness, and Baba handed him prasad twice. (Lord Meher-p-3517-1954)

 

 

707-RAO MALLIKAJUNA

Calling Mallikarjuna Rao to the dais, Baba asked his age and then remarked: "My connection with Andhra is very old. During this time, my Avatar-hood, Andhra has become an independent state. Besides Andhra, my connection is with the whole of South India. I don't mention this to please or humour you, but I am telling you the truth. This is the reason why you people love me." (Lord Meher-p-4320-1958)

 

708-RAO MANIKYALA  & MANGAYAMMA

The train arrived in Vijayawada on 20th February 1954. The platform was packed with Baba's lovers and devotees. Cries of Baba's Jai filled the air. Chinta Sarvarao, his business partner Majety Ramamohan Rao, and the chief organizer of the Vijayawada program, Manikyala Rao, rushed to Baba's compartment and garlanded Him. (Lord Meher-p-3456-1954)

In Vijayawada, 10000 of multitude were present and had Baba’s darshan.  Baba said: After years, I felt for a moment amidst these vast crowds that I was all alone. God the Absolute Honesty is witness that I was all alone there for a moment. Really experienced myself as alone. Honestly, I was merged in them.

"Sometimes, you too feel mentally all alone, sometimes blank. In comparison to the Real Experience of Oneness, all these experiences are zero — absolutely zero. Today I am happy. If I am Baba, I did it all. If I am not Baba, then of what use is it all?"

Manikyala Rao asked, "How are we to know your Oneness?"

Smiling, Baba kidded, "At times even don't understand why I am so infinite! Honestly I tell you. How can you understand then, unless you become me?" (Lord Meher-p-3462-1954)

Concerning Baba’s work in Andhra a vociferous argument ensued, and Manikyala Rao was so upset he began shouting. Baba asked him to stop, but he did not hear the instruction. Baba then ordered him to leave the hall for five minutes.

The discussion was stopped when Baba announced, "I wish to ask God's forgiveness for the weakness and failings of all. Go and quickly wash your face and hands and come back for the Prayer of Repentance."

All left and did as instructed, and the prayer was recited. Baba stood and participated, also. Coffee was served again, and when all were seated, Baba addressed Manikyala Rao:

Your enthusiasm and love led you astray. I understand you wanted to spread my name through books, and you did it with the best of motives, but without tact. You failed to observe the principle. Did you not see how my confessing tonight for our weaknesses was done [through the Repentance Prayer]? How I became the confessor on your behalf? Even when I appear to act, not only do I act the part but I become the part. I confessed now wholeheartedly, and I not only did it for the whole universe, but actually became the one who confesses. I do not break my own principles. I am free, but the principle must be maintained. (Lord Meher-p-3507-1954)

During the group meeting, one Andhra worker became irritated with someone. Baba corrected him, "I tell you, be calm. If you preach to others to be calm and peaceful and yourself do not remain so, it is hypocrisy. If Baba is God and omniscient, then he knows everything. What is the use then of your long-winded lecture? If Baba is not Baba and does not know anything, what help would it be however best you may try to explain matters from your viewpoint? I know everything because I am in you all. I can assuage only Manikyala Rao's anger (who had been exasperated in the Rajahmundry meeting); so, be calm and cool. I forgive you." (Lord Meher-p- 3625-1954)

We have bodies, and they are subject to all sorts of ailments. Those who have realized the Self and do not come down to normal consciousness are immune from such bodily disturbances. Baba is suffering from a cold. Because I have come down to gross consciousness, I am subject to bodily suffering. Don't feel shy about your sickness, but bring it to the notice of the doctors concerned. When I, myself, suffer from a cold, what about you?"

Baba asked Manikyala Rao, "Why do you look so weak?"

Manikyala replied, "I didn't sleep last night."

"When I asked those who were indisposed to stand, why didn't you stand up?"

"I did not want to complain about something so small, like an old fogey!" (Lord Meher-3771-1955)

That afternoon, a shehnai player gave a performance and Baba explained about the spiritual planes. The Andhra lovers were present, and, seeing Manikyala Rao, Baba remarked to Moorty, "Just see how he is getting leaner and leaner out of his love for me, while you grow fatter by the day.

You are murdal (lifeless) Moorty!" (Lord Meher-p-4517-1959)

Baba was told that Manikyala Rao is very sick with a weak heart, and that he felt dizzy yesterday.

Addressing Manikyala, Baba asked, "Do you want to die at such a young age, or remain in this body to do more Baba work? If you want to ruin your body, it will drop soon. Pendu will order the medicine prescribed for you, and Nilu will give you an injection today and tomorrow. Don't be disappointed, and do as I say. Follow Nilu's instructions, take proper care of your health and you will be all right."

Baba then asked, "Do you eat eggs?"

Dhanapathy answered on Manikyala's behalf, "He is a strict vegetarian."

"You must take a raw-egg mixture every morning. When I advise it, there is no harm in taking it; but don't start eating mutton!" Baba teased him. "Mix the egg in milk with honey or sugar and swallow it. First, take my name and then drink it." (Lord Meher-p-3806-1955)

To Manikyala Rao, Baba remarked, "Of the 35 gems in Andhra, you are one of them. Lift up your shirt." When he did so, he was so lean that his ribs showed and all laughed. Baba remarked, "In my love he has come to this state." (Lord Meher-p-4518-1959)

In year 1960, Andhra group arrived at Khushru Quarters. Total 65 in all, led by Chinta Sarvarao, Majety Ramamohan Rao and Manikyala Rao. Coming out of the meeting hall, Baba was led to a large room where the Ahmednagar lovers and Andhra lovers were awaiting His arrival. The moment he stepped into the room, the song Pyare, chalo, Meher darbar! (Dear ones, let's go to the court of Meher!) greeted him. After he had taken his seat, the Andhra lovers approached him first with burning camphor, garlands of flowers, baskets of fruit and sweets. Manikyala Rao introduced everyone, one by one, and Baba embraced and kissed them on both cheeks. (Lord Meher-p-4625-1960)

After hearing the report of the celebrations in Vijayawada, which included a grand parade of Baba's picture through the streets, music programs, feeding the poor, et cetera, Baba looked at Majety Ramamohan Rao, Chinta Sarvarao, and Manikyala Rao and asked, "Have you three gone crazy in my love? Don't you have to attend to your jobs and businesses?" (Lord Meher-p-4751-1961)

In 1962 Sahwas program, in the morning, Baba went inside and sat in the hall with his Western lovers. He informed them he would be seeing individual groups that day, because there would be no time the following day. Just then, Manikyala Rao and three others entered the hall. Baba introduced them to the Westerners, explaining that they had brought all the Andhra lovers in a special train. Although these three men had been in Poona for the past three days, they had not had an opportunity to meet with Baba until then.

Baba observed that some 20 years before he had remarked to the mandali, "A day will come when you will want to approach me from far away, but won't be able to see me." This referred to the great crowds that would come in the future. (Lord Meher-p-4866-1962)

In 1965, several lovers had been invited to come to Guruprasad in the afternoon. Many others took advantage of this occasion, and so about 100 people were present in the side room. In the afternoon, Baba came and sat in his armchair in his silk boxer shorts under a fan. Manikyala Rao and others of Andhra presented him with an album containing pictures of the recent birthday exhibition in his honor, Baba stated, "I have heard all about the exhibition and I am very happy with the labor of love of the workers in Vijayawada." (Lord Meher-p-5137-1965)

On 1st January 1969, Manikyala Rao and two others from Andhra arrived in Meherazad. Baba entered mandali hall in His wheelchair in the morning. He expressed His appreciation for the work the three men were doing in his name in Vijayawada and remarked to them, "The time is near. How lucky you are that I am meeting you three." Baba asked Manikyala Rao about his personal and family affairs. (Lord Meher-p-5382-1969)

722-RAO NARSIMHA M.

On 3rd March 1954, several people came to see Baba from Kakinada and elsewhere, since this was the last day of darshan of the Andhra tour. From Anakapalli, came M. Narasimha Rao, who had met Baba before. Baba asked him, "Are you awake only now? Why didn't you attend the other programs?" Narasimha Rao expressed his inability to attend due to illness, and Baba handed him prasad twice.(Lord Meher-p-3517-1954)

 

728-RAO P. LOKANADHA & FAMILY

In year 1953, during Andhra tour, Baba reached Masulipatnam in morning. He was grandly received at P. Lokanadha Rao's house, and the whole family was there to meet Baba. Food was served.

Baba went to the Sai Samaj Orphanage at noon and returned to Lokanadha Rao's, where many had gathered to meet Him, and He chatted with them. After lunch, 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!-(Lord Meher-p-3463)

 

 

731-RAO PALAKODETI  RAMALINGESHWARA & FAMILY

In year 1954, Leaving Nidadavole, Baba arrived in Kovvur at eight that night. He first went to the lawyer Palakodeti Ramalingeshwara Rao's house, next to which a canopy had been erected where many were waiting for him. Baba went under the canopy and sat on a chair placed on top of a lion skin. The lawyer wanted to introduce his family and friends to Baba, but before he could say anything, Baba remarked to him about the busy day he had spent, concluding, "I thought you would make certain that I rested, but here I find quite a different atmosphere." (Lord Meher-p-3496-1954)

Ramalingeshwara Rao performed Baba's arti and then took his darshan. Within minutes, others took darshan, and Baba was loaded with garlands, which Eruch removed and heaped to one side. Very costly garlands were put around Baba's neck in Andhra, and wherever he went there were garlands galore!

After the darshan, Baba visited Ramalingeshwara's house and met his family. The lawyer had written to Baba before he had come to Andhra, volunteering to be his personal secretary during the tour. Because of this, Baba had nicknamed him P.S. for Private Secretary. (Lord Meher-p-3487-1954)

Koduri Krishna Rao had established Mehersthan (House of Meher) on the Western banks of the Godavri River in Kovvur, Andhra, where Baba had given darshan in 1954. A life-size bronze statue of Baba, cast in Bombay, had been installed. The unveiling ceremony was fixed for 28 February 1963. Baba sent the following eight messages to Koduri to be displayed in Mehersthan:

When the messages were received in Kovvur, there was much discussion as to what exactly Baba meant in regards to observing rituals in the newly-built center. One person who took the view that Vedic rite should be allowed was P. Ramalingeshwara Rao, an attorney in Kovvur. His letter to Adi on 19th January 1963, and Eruch's subsequent reply are reproduced in full. They contain important guidelines about these type of questions for future generations to reflect upon:

My dear brother Adi,

Pranams ([salutations) to the Lotus Feet of Beloved.

For the unveiling of Mehersthan, Beloved has favored eight messages to be inscribed in Mehersthan as well as in the hearts of all Meher lovers.

Our Andhra Meher Center met recently at Kovvur. The very first message which had to be translated into Telugu was interpreted in one way, while I am under a different view. As this is one of the primary messages, it is my earnest prayer to Beloved Avatar that it should be clarified, as we who are near Mehersthan should ourselves know the correct view what Avatar meant for us. This letter is a faithful question by a beloved of Baba to his sweet Beloved, as it should be clarified to one and all.

Baba said: "Tear away the curtain of set ceremonies and rituals and you will find that I am the Worshiped, the Worship and the Worshiper."

It is mostly the chief opinion of most of our lovers that rituals should be totally avoided, and that Baba means it so. I am totally unable to agree with the above friends of mine. I, for myself, do not feel that it is the wish and intention of the Avatar.

Holding the above firm view, some expressed that no Vedic ceremony will be followed for the unveiling ceremony. I do not know whether it is the order of Baba that Vedic rites are not necessary at the installation. The Vedas are the creation of the Avatar, Baba, himself. It is in the Vedas that we have to study our religion. The authority of the Vedas, you will agree, is for all time to come, as they are his own creation.

Rituals are the kindergarten of religion. They are absolutely necessary for the world as it is now, only we shall have to give people newer and fresher rituals. I am sure that Baba does not totally advocate the abolition of rituals; out of the existing rituals, new ones will have to be evolved. There is infinite power of development in everything; that is my honest belief. Baba must clarify and open my intuitive eye as well as that of everyone.

All along the history of the Hindu race, there was never any attempt at destruction, only construction. However, the Buddhists, the one sect who wanted to destroy, were thrown out of India. Ramanuja, Madhava and Chaitanya were constructive.  The progress of the Hindu race has been toward the realization of Vedic ideals. Whenever there was any reforming sect or religion which rejected the Vedic ideal, it was thrown out. This was past history.

There are innumerable opinions and innumerable paths leading to God. Baba as Krishna, in his universal divine song Bhagavad Gita, laid the three paths of dnyan [knowledge], karma [action] and bhakti (devotion, love). Further it is a well-known fact that the knowledge of a worldly person, knowledge of a devotee and the knowledge of an Incarnation are by no means of the same degree. Also it is an admitted fact that there are different levels among the devotees — superior, mediocre and inferior. All this has been described in the Gita.

To attain God-Love, at first the company of holy men is needed, which awakens shraddha (faith) in God. Then comes nishta ([one-pointed devotion). After nishta comes bhakti (love). Then dawns bhava (ecstasy)]. Next maha-bhav. Lastly prem or divine love. Of course, if the grace of an Avatar descends, love dawns in a flash. That comes to one in a million. When there are so many paths, stages and levels among devotees coming from the past, Baba will agree that one cannot be King Janak all of a sudden.

Even Janak practiced much austerity in solitude.

Ramakrishna Paramhansa (Sadguru of Calcutta) said that without having realized God, one cannot give up rituals altogether, and he too worshiped for a long time.

Of course, this is an Avataric time when the Avatar floods the entire universe. It is easy to break open the curtain with the grace of the Avatar. I agree Mehersthan is built with Baba's love; one who visits Mehersthan and loves Baba deeply gets his grace and strength to tear off the curtain. When one feels he is one with the Divine, the curtain is removed. But that is not the first state to all commonly.

The Eternal Religion, the religion of rishis, advocated all forms of worship. Rishis of old, in spite of their will power, in order to set an example to others, followed austerities. Baba [as Krishna] in the Bhagavad Gita stated that even he is unattached when he performs karms to set an example to the universe lest there is destruction.

Shloka: "Yadyad Acharathi Srestah." (The remembrance of God is the best karma.)

Baba fully knows a worldly man cannot be guileless. Hypocrisy is prevalent. Worldly men profess to love God; but it is not easy, as Baba stresses often, to love him.

If we are to advocate that Baba wanted rituals to be destroyed, as some of us most easily concur in the present times — if Baba does not mean it — is it not another crime for us?

Adi will forgive me and my anxiety in penning a long letter. It is not that the Avatar does not know, as he knows everything, and it is he who made me write and it is he who must lovingly respond and open our intuitive eyes.

As this relates to Mehersthan, I ventured to address my brother Adi so that he will be pleased to read over to Baba this soul's agony to its "Over soul" and clarify these points, opening my intuitive eye, as the Avatar is in our midst in flesh and blood to dawn the correct vision and grace with his loving message to all:

(1) Whether rituals are to be totally avoided?

(2) Whether in the ensuing opening of Mehersthan Baba does not concur with me that Vedic rites be sung in praise of the Highest in the installation ceremony, as was done in the past during the incarnation of Shri Rama when he installed Sri Ramalingeshwara at Rameshwaram?

(3) That Baba should prescribe the procedure in laying the idol. His wish as to how we should all conduct ourselves?

(4) That after installation, how regular conduct of worship is to be done and the manner of daily conduct and its running.

Yours affectionately, P. Ramalingeshwara Rao

The following is Eruch's reply:

Meherazad Ahmednagar
1 February 1963

My dear brother,

Your letter of 19th January was forwarded to me by dear brother Adi for being read out to beloved Baba and for reply to you.

In spite of Baba's ban for a full year on the flow of correspondence to and from him, and despite his present phase of seclusion, he permitted me to read out your letter to him, for it was from one who has endeared himself to him as "Baba's P. A. [Personal Assistant]!"

Without beating about the bush, I will attempt to answer your queries according to indications as gathered by me from Baba. As a matter of fact, your long letter can be replied in a short sentence by asking you simply to read Meher Pukar [a Hindi periodical] -the January-February 1962 issue, pages 27 to 31. However, I will reply to your four points as requested by you in your letter which, on the whole, seems based mainly on your questioning one of the eight messages of beloved Baba that he has given for the opening of Mehersthan on 28 February 1963. This message reads as follows:

"Tear away the curtain of set ceremonies and rituals and you will find that I am the Worshiped, the Worship and the Worshiper."

(1) Your first query is: Whether rituals are to be totally avoided?

In reply to this query I must tell you, dear brother; that Meher Baba as the Avatar of the Age wants you to believe that he does not want the true worship of his lovers to be entwined by rites and ceremonies of yagna and homa-havan (sacred fire rituals) or any other forms of ritual. Baba does not want his lovers to ever offer their prayer to him padded by any sort of formal practice or set customs. Any ceremony on which the rust of past ages of formal observance has long since set in, should never be entertained in his House of Worship.

Baba often stressed that he has come again as the Avatar of this Age to cut clean through the thongs which restrict the voice of true worship to God to the point of strangulation.

Beloved Baba further clarifies that when love for God is expressed spontaneously, then it is worshiping Him indeed, and such outbursts of true worship can be seen sometimes in the form of an offering of flowers and garlands, in singing hymns and bhajans and arti, in ecstatic dancing or rolling in the dust, et cetera. When such expressions are spontaneous — not formal — and are in praise of the Highest of the High, they constitute true worship of God, for this reaches Him and is acceptable to Him.

But when the mind expresses itself in patterns of formal rites and rigid ceremonies, it is nothing more than an empty echo of the habit of countless generations, performed automatically without "heart." Baba says that such worship not only does NOT reach Him, but holds the worshiper more firmly in the grip of ignorance.

(2) Your second query is: Whether at the opening of Mehersthan Baba does or does not concur with you that Vedic hymns be sung in praise of the Highest in the installation ceremony, as was done in the past during the incarnation of Shri Rama when he installed Sri Ramalingeshwara at Rameshwaram.

Before replying to this query, I must first draw your attention to the fact that a statue of beloved Baba is not to be installed, BUT that beloved Baba's dear Person embodied in bronze is to be unveiled.

After the unveiling, not only Vedic hymns may be freely sung in praise of the Highest, but also full freedom should then be given to Muslims to recite the Koran in praise of the Highest, to the Christians to sing their hymns in praise of the Highest, to the Zoroastrians to sing their monajats in praise of the Highest, and to the Harijans to sing their bhajans in praise of the same Highest of the High!

Indeed, Lord Ram may have installed Sri Ramalingeshwara with Vedic rites and singing of hymns, but remember that any action of the Avatar's doing is NEVER the same as our doing that same action. As Baba himself has often told us: "Do as I tell you, and not as I do!"

Also, we should remember that, although whatever the Avatar does must be right (since he is God), his actions at a particular time are not necessarily for all time. Furthermore, in each successive advent, the Avatar has to clear away abuses which have become attached to his former actions, even at the cost of apparently denying the validity (at the time) of those actions.

(3) Your third query is: That Baba should prescribe the procedure in laying the Idol; his wish as to how you should all conduct yourselves.

This very question arises from the misleading idea that you will be installing an idol of Baba! Baba says that his living Person is by itself the Real Idol of God and no other idol can replace it — it will be replaced only with his next advent after 700 years! No amount of ceremonies for pran-pratishta can ever breathe the life of Baba into an idol! The moment you think of an idol of Baba in Mehersthan, you wash away the very foundation of your own faith in Baba, your own love for Baba and your own obedience to Baba's dictates! Only those who fail to feel his presence anywhere else than in the bronze image of Baba, will find beloved Baba as a mere statue or idol in Mehersthan.

Lovers of Baba should make Mehersthan the House of True Worship by expression of their pure love for him, and they should believe that in it is housed the very presence of Beloved Avatar Meher Baba, and not his idol or statue.

The answer in a nutshell to your third query is that you should believe in the very presence of beloved Baba at Mehersthan, and drive away all thoughts of replacing Baba's presence with installation of an idol of Baba "sanctified" by Vedic rites.

The bronze statue of beloved Baba can be of help to perpetuate Baba's presence in Mehersthan for posterity.

4) Your fourth query is: That after installation, what should be the daily regular conduct of worship?

In answer to this I must say that this question will never arise if all lovers of Baba enter Mehersthan with the belief that Baba himself is in it. Your conduct should be as it is when you are in the presence of your beloved Baba at Ahmednagar or Poona.

Any lover of Baba who enters Mehersthan is in himself the pujari [priest] of Baba; every lover should have full freedom of expression of love for Baba according to the dictates of his or her heart. Anyone should have a free access to Baba in Mehersthan and be allowed full freedom of expression of love for Baba without any reservations of caste or creed or race. There can be no better form of worship in Mehersthan than repeating Baba's name and singing in his praise — and those who cannot sing can read, recall and repeat Baba's messages and discourses, can recite the Master's Prayer of Parvardigar and the Prayer of Repentance, can read aloud the messages of the Highest of the High and Meher Baba's Call, can listen to bhajans on Baba and, above all, can spend most of the time sitting quietly in Baba's presence, recalling the incidents and happenings of all the sahavas and the recent East-West Gathering.

In short, there should be no restrictions whatsoever for the conduct of worship in Mehersthan, and love for God should have full scope of expression without any reservation of high and low, rich or poor. The precious eight messages given by beloved Baba for the occasion of the opening of Mehersthan are by themselves the code of true worship. Nothing that is strictly formal, or set, or merely customary practice should be adhered to while worshiping in Mehersthan at Kovvur.

However, there should be strict rules framed and displayed to maintain discipline, cleanliness, and hygienic conditions in and around Mehersthan. Mehersthan should have a watchman to look after the property, but no regular and paid pujaris, for every lover of Baba is in himself a true pujari.

This letter has become very long, and I hope that you will feel satisfied with the answers to all your queries. I have tried my best to be faithful to what I have gathered from beloved Baba's indications given on points raised by you in your letter and given from time to time in response to such points raised in the past by some other lovers seeking enlightenment from him who is all-knowledge and compassion. Hence, if you had tried, dear brother, you would equally have found answers to your queries in the various literature of Baba in English as well as in Hindi in Meher PukarPrem Mahima and Divya Leela.

Now that you have received this letter, Baba wants you to make the best use of it by sharing the contents with all Baba lovers in Kovvur and all lovers of Baba in Andhra. Baba also wants you to explain the contents of this letter faithfully to Shri and Shrimati Koduri Krishna Rao.

Beloved Baba sends his love to you and to all his dear ones of your parivar (family) and wants you to acknowledge this letter.

Yours lovingly,
Eruch

(Lord Meher=p=4919-1963)

 

 

 

765-RAO THUMMALAPALLI  VEERABHADRA

In 1953, Baba went to the residence of Thummalapalli Veerabhadra Rao, and left Pippara at nine o'clock. On the way, He halted briefly for five minutes at two villages where, even within this short span of time, thousands had sight of Him. His sweet smile emitted rays of fire, penetrating every heart. (Lord Meher-p-3254-1953)

 

 

 

766-RAO U. HANUMANT & WIFE

In 1954, Sathiraju had had a pair of silver sandals made. Baba touched them and they were touched to his feet also. The chappals were to be kept in their homes for worship. M. Thirumala Rao presented a khadi shawl to Baba. U. Hanumant Rao's wife was ill, and, taking her by the hand, Baba inspected every room in her house and gave her prasad. (Lord Meher-p-3517)

 

 

 

 

 

768-RAO V. V. NARAYAN.

In 1962, in the afternoon, Baba proceeded to the local high school, where the darshan program was arranged. V. V. Narayana Rao of Kakinada had come and was waiting for Baba's darshan in the tent. Baba first sat on the ground for a while and then, standing up, saluted the gathered crowd by raising his folded hands above his head. He gave this message through his alphabet board:

I belong to no religion. Every religion belongs to me. My own personal religion is of my being the Ancient Infinite One, and the religion I teach to all is of love for God.

This love can be practiced by anyone, high, low, rich, poor; and everyone of every caste and creed can love God. The one God who resides equally in us all is approachable to everyone through love. So I give my blessings that at least some of you will love God as He is to be loved. (Lord Meher-p-3497-1957)

In year 1954, Baba visited seventeen homes in Kakinada; his arti was sung in each one and prasad distributed. Sathiraju and V. V. Narayana Rao had had a pair of silver sandals made. Baba touched them and they were touched to his feet also. The chappals were to be kept in their homes for worship. (Lord Meher-p- 3517-1954)

In 1962, V. V. Narayana Rao was informed by Baba that he should help in the formation of a body of responsible heads of workers, and that this body should satisfactorily represent all important Meher Centers. (Lord Meher-p-4877-1962)

 

 

779-RAO Y. V. NARASIMHA

In 1954 during Andhra tour, Baba proceeded toward Kakinada, the last stop of his journey, reaching there at six in the evening. Baba was accommodated in Y. V. Narasimha Rao's bungalow (Dharmarao's brother-in-law) at Sarpavaram. (Lord Meher-p-3516-1954)

 

 

790-REDDY S. N.

(Police commissioner)

In October 1951, a curious encounter occurred before leaving Hyderabad. Eruch visited the police commissioner's office and submitted a letter stating that Meher Baba intended to travel by foot from Hyderabad to Ahmednagar and requesting the police to inform other officials along their way, so that the group would not be stopped and unnecessarily inconvenienced for verification of their identity by the local police.

The commissioner, S. N. Reddy, invited Eruch to his house for tea, and Eruch, surprised by the invitation, accepted.

At his residence, Police Commissioner Reddy left the room and returned with an old framed photograph. It was the photograph of Baba as a young boy with his high school cricket team. Reddy said he was a member of the team and said, "Tell Baba that I always remember him from our school days." The necessary documents were promptly prepared and sent out. From then on, not only were Baba and his men allowed to travel freely in every town in the area, but also in every obscure outpost the local police had been informed not to stop them. (Lord Meher-p-3007/8-1951)

 

 

823-SHASTRI SUBRAMANYAM

At Subramanyam Shastri's residence, Baba’s meetings were regularly held, Baba was requested to sit in a chair which previously had only held his framed photograph. He complied, but asked Shastri to do his arti before a large portrait of him painted by Ranga Rao which hung in their house. Baba himself joined the arti by standing with folded hands before the picture.

One incident occurred there that amused Baba. Baba asked Subramanyam Shastri, "How many children do you have?"

"Seven!" he replied. The children were brought to Baba and introduced turn by turn; but Shastri was so deeply enamored of Baba that when Baba asked their names, he could not remember, and each time had to turn and ask his wife. This made Baba laugh. (Lord Meher-p--3264-1953)

 

 

827-SASTRI  M. S. R. & FAMILY

In year 1954, at Pamaru Village, Mauna Swami had arranged a darshan for about 500 people, who were gathered in a tent. Going there Baba stated: "I give you all my blessings and will now touch the prasad which will have my love in it."

Baba went to M. S. R. Sastri's home. Sastri was a lawyer, and his family performed Baba's arti. He beseeched Baba to perform the opening ceremony of the new Meher Center in Masulipatnam, which Baba did by garlanding and bowing down to his own autographed photograph.

Baba stated: "I find no one to bow down to except me because I find myself in everything. My coming physically here and opening this center would be of avail if you all make me yours, as you already eternally are mine. This center would be worth its name if it could spread my message of love by making people understand that God is the only Reality. Baba gives his blessings to you all." Baba distributed prasad to all at Sastri's home (Lord Meher-p-3463-1954)

 

829-SASTRI  MULUKUTLA RAMALINGAM

In year 1953, at the dak bungalow, Mulukutla Ramalingam Sastri (whom Baba nicknamed Baba Sastri) sang some of Kabir and Mira's songs in a classical way. Kabir's song "Remove the Veil and You Will See Ram" prompted Baba to explain: (Lord Meher-p-3251-1953)

In Year 1954, Ramalingam Sastri's, one of the family members asked Baba, "Lord, what can I give you beyond the lotus of my heart?"

"Give me what is not mine," Baba replied. "Everything is mine, except myself. Myself is for those who love me."

On leaving the house, Baba passed an old woman who was sitting on the verandah with some offering in her hand. Baba took it from her and touched her lovingly. She was 99 years old and blind. (Lord Meher-3474-1954)

In year 1958, when Ram lingam Sastri approached Him, Baba stated, "I have given him the name Baba Sastri. From childhood he has been inclined toward visiting saints. He comes wherever My darshan program takes place. For My darshan, he came all the way from Andhra to Sakori, to Hamirpur, and so on." (Lord Meher-p-4306-1958)

 

 

834-SASTRY M. B. G.

  1. G. Sastry of Guntur met Baba for the first time in 1962. During the gathering, he had become so choked up that he could not utter a word. Pointing to him, Baba stated, "If I were in your place, I would not have been able to love me as you do." (Lord Meher-p-4866-1962)

 

836-SATHIRAJU ALA

In 1960, Ala Sathiraju of Kovvur sent a telegram to Baba that he was to undergo an operation because of a serious medical condition. On the 8th, Baba cabled this reply: "Nothing can ever be serious except lack of love for me, and that you have in abundance." (Lord Meher-p-4640-1962)

 

 

837-SATHIRAJU EDITHA

During a Andhra darshan program in 1960, turning to Editha Sathiraju, Baba remarked, "I know how hard you work for me."

One devotee joined the queue again for a second embrace. Baba noticed it and reminded him, "There are still many who have not yet had their first turn." (Lord Meher-4305-1958)

 

838-SATHIRAJU T,

On Wednesday, 29 September 1954, Baba arrived from Meherazad in a green Chevrolet driven by Raghunath, Meherjee's driver. Entering the hall, he smiled and asked Dr. Kanakadandi to feel his pulse. Baba visited the kitchen and went round the camp inspecting everything. On the way, his sandals got stuck in the mud, so he had to take them off and proceed barefoot. At about 8:10, Baba entered the meeting pandal where the Western and Eastern lovers had gathered. On Baba's coat was pinned an entry badge. Even he had paid the amount! (lord Meher-p-3517)

 

850-SEETA RAM SWAMI

In words of Sitaram Swami:

During the year 1962, I was residing at Narasaropet, in Andhra Pradesh. I first came to know about Meher Baba when I was searching for a book in the local library. After searching through about one hundred books, I picked up Life of Sadguru Meher Baba in Telegu. Thus, without any apparent effort from me to know about Him from anybody, He made me know Him.

At first, while going through this book, I could not accept the assertion of Meher Baba to the effect, "I am Ishwara (God)."...

My desire in going to see Meher Baba in Poona was due to His statement, "I am God." When I arrived at Guru Prasad, I saw Meher Baba and I felt that He was a Divine Being and was known to me even before my having His physical darshan. I had neither before nor after seen such a Person. I also experienced that if at all god comes into this world in the form of a man, He will be like this. The following were the thoughts in my mind at this time.

"Am I seeing God-personified?"

"Is it possible for me to see God? Am I blessed?"

"We, born as Hindus, believe in Rama, Krishna, Shankar, as God-personified. Is Meher Baba another such One?"

Those above questions rose in me, not as doubts, but due to amazement and my heart yearning for the Truth. When these question cropped up in my mind for fulfillment, Meher Baba looked at me and gestured what I understood as, "In the entire universe there is One God. I am that One God." While Baba was gesturing this, I saw, in a flash, my deity, Lord Shankara, in His person. I believed from that moment that Meher Baba is none other than the Lord Himself in human (Form. Our Constant Companion, pp. 24–25)

 

853-SESHAGIRI  I. V. & FAMILY

Baba met the family of I. V. Seshagiri Rao, the secretary and later vice-president of the Andhra Meher Center. (Lord Meher-p-3248-1953)

The Seshagiri family came from Andhra. Baba lovingly inquired after each. He asked Seshagiri's son-in-law, M. V. Subba Rao, "Do you love Me?" and when he replied yes, Baba asked, "What do you want?"

"I want nothing more, Baba," he replied. Baba was pleased by his answer. (Lord Meher-p-3251-1953)

 

862-SHAIKH BABULAL.

In 1954, darshan, one man when introducing himself said his name was Shaikh Babulal. Baba commented, "In the Sufis' language, the meaning of shaikh is one who knows God. So, be a real shaikh by loving God!"  (Lord Meher-p-3624-1954)

 

875-SHIVNATH VIBHUTI GADEMALI

In 1926 Baba asked Shivnath Vibhuti Gademali, a short, bearded swami who was also staying at Meherabad and following similar instructions, to tell how he happened to come to Meherabad. He related that while he was visiting the tomb of a saint in Gangapur, he had a dream in which he heard a voice urging him, "Go towards Dhond and your work will be done." The next morning as he started for Dhond and passed through Arangaon, he decided to have Meher Baba's darshan. From that day on Vibhuti remained at Meherabad. (Lord Meher-p-701-1926)

 

909-SUBBANNA JUPUDI

In 1958, during darshan Program, Kutumba Sastri announced over the microphone that Jupudi Subbanna of Akividu (in Andhra) has received Baba's permission to make up the deficit of over Rs.2,000 in connection with the special train arranged for the Andhra lovers for their return journey from Meherabad to Vijayawada."

Subbanna had approached Baba with the earnest request to bear the deficit. He said, "You in me are paying it, Baba."

Baba replied, "It is enough if you love Me and do My work in your place; utilize this money for the work at Akividu."

But, insisting, Jupudi replied, "Please allow me to pay the sum. I will pay for this and spend other money for work in my area." Baba was touched by his devotion and permitted him.

Baba called Subbanna to the dais and introduced him to the gathering. The darshan by the men continued and the devotees filled bottles and other containers with the sacred water to take back to their homes. They had been told not to embrace Baba, so some were kissing His hands, some were taking them to their forehead, some were weeping, and thus, in a variety of ways, they expressed their profound love for the Embodied Beauteous Christ before them. Baba was patting everyone and lovingly caressed the cheeks of some. While giving darshan, he was exchanging jokes and clapping his hands in time with the singing. (Lord Meher=p=4331-1958)

 

 

911-SUBBARAO M. V.Y

The Seshagiri family came from Andhra. Baba lovingly inquired after each. He asked Seshagiri's son-in-law, M. V. Subba Rao, "Do you love Me?" and when he replied yes, Baba asked, "What do you want?"

"I want nothing more, Baba," he replied.

Baba was pleased by his answer. (Lord Meher-p-3251-1953)

 

918-SUBBARAYUDU V.

In 1955, the group arrived in Gopalapuram at about three in the afternoon. Baba was accommodated in the home of Medikona Narayana. The entire house had been kept vacant for him, and he moved about freely inside. As soon as they arrived, Dhanapathy took the mandali and others for tea at Mandipeta Subbarayudu's home.  (Lord Meher)

938-SURYACHANDRA & WIFE

On 19th January 1953, mass darshan program held opposite Dhanapathy's residence previous day. Next day Baba paid visits to the homes of his lovers in Tadepalligudam.  At every home. At Suryachandra's house, the couple had arranged chanting of the ancient Vedas to welcome the Avatar of the Age. (Lord Meher)

 

 

940-SURYANARAYANA S.

In his words;

In 1969, I was living at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, but that January I had been traveling up north. From Benares I went to Calcutta where A. C. S. Chari told me that Baba had passed away on the 31st of January and showed me a telegram to that effect sent to him by Adi K. Irani. This was completely unexpected news and I could not bear the shock. I left Calcutta immediately for my home.

When I reached Visakhapatnam, I learnt that earlier about 15 Baba lovers had hired three taxis and left for Meherabad to have Baba's _darshan_ before His body was interred. As soon as I realized that I had missed my chance to go to Meherabad I became very upset. I couldn't help brooding over my lost opportunity, and I was restless and     weeping all the time.

On the afternoon of the 13th of February I was sitting in a chair outside my home when I heard the sound of a car approaching. My house was situated in a garden of about two and a half acres, surrounded by shrubs, bushes and trees and isolated from the town itself. It was not common for cars to come this way and, as it was late afternoon, it was past the time when most people would visit. I assumed that it must be a relative of mine, who had a car, coming to invite me to some festive occasion But it was not my relative's car which came up to my gate and stopped. To my astonishment, I saw Baba open the door and walk quickly to the verandah where I was sitting.

There was a vacant chair beside me and Baba sat on it and looked at me. Being the Silent Master, Baba did not say a word or gesture to me. I was so amazed to see Baba that I could not speak a word myself. I was dumbfounded and I think I must have been in a sort of trance at the time. After a couple of minutes, Baba walked back to His car and car drove away.

Soon after, I came to myself and began to weep that I had missed this opportunity to embrace Baba, to speak to Him or to express my happiness at His visiting. Still weeping and went to my bedroom and, like a child, threw myself down on my cot, sobbing out my heart.

My crying must have been truly from my heart for after ten minutes or so, Baba appeared again. He came inside my house and lifted my grandson who was around six or seven months old and blessed him. Then He came to my cot and sat by my side while I was still lying there.

This time I didn't want to miss the opportunity to offer my respects. I called out to my wife that Baba had come and she should bring the camphor and other necessities to perform -arti_ to Baba. Baba gestured to me not to worry about such things and then instructed me that I should go to Poona for the _darshan_ program He had scheduled there on May 13, 1969. Baba told me that all would go well for me and then left, before my wife arrived. When she did come, we performed _arti_ to Baba's photo. After that I recovered my composure, and was no longer so depressed. I am of the opinion that Beloved Baba was kind enough to give me His _darshan_ in order to console me and to relieve me of the agony which His passing away caused me. Since then my heart and soul are entirely dedicated to Him, (Showers of Grace, pp. 42-44)

 

 

952-SWAMI NARSHIMBHA B. V.

Swami Narshimbha B.V. came to Meher Baba at Nasik and said, “Baba, I want to stay with you and write your biography.” I told him I did not want that done; that instead he should go to Sakori and write Upasni Maharaj’s biography. “I do not want you to write about me,” I told him. He then got very upset and went to Sakori, stayed for some time, and wrote the book Sage of Sakori. That is the book I took away from you yesterday after you had each been presented with a copy. Half the book is good and half nonsense. He wrote it without including the girls (kanyas) and gave his own interpretation. Later on, he began to doubt Maharaj. He then left him, and spread rumors about his keeping young girls, et cetera. He left Sakori, but the book was published.

He then went to Shirdi, when Sai Baba was no longer in his physical form. He gained information from the local people about miracles, and wrote a small book about Sai Baba’s miracles, but stressed only petty things – how Sai Baba blessed women who got children, and placed his hand on a poor man who got rich, how he lighted lamps with water, and so on. And from that day, people came from all parts of India for children, for money and for jobs. (Lord Meher-p-4479 – 4481)

 

 

953-SWAMI P. NARAYANA

A teenage boy, named P. Narayana Swamy, had been with the group during the entire Andhra Tour, constantly taking Baba's photographs. At the home of Dr. L. Subbarao, Baba teased him, "Out of the thousands of pictures you have taken, has even one come out all right?" Narayana's father was to have been Baba's host at Navabpalem, but there was no time to go there. (Lord Meher-p-3517-1954)

 

 

955-SWAMI SATYAPRAKAS UDASEEN

Kutumba Sastri brought Swami Satyaprakash Udaseen from Andhra to Baba during this time. Swami Satyaprakash also became a devoted follower and, a year later, began editing and publishing an English periodical about Baba, titled Divya Vani (Divine Voice). (Lord Meher-p-4675-1960)

For Silence Day, the mandali at Guruprasad and Meherabad and Baba's followers throughout the world were informed to observe complete silence from 8:00 P.M. on July 9 until 8:00 P.M. on Monday, 10 July 1961. On same day first issue of an English journal devoted to Baba called Divya Vani (Divine Voice) was release published by Swami Satyaprakash in Andhra.4766-1961)

In response to a request from Swami Satyaprakash for a message for Silence Day for his magazine Divya Vani, Baba sent him a telegram on 5 July: "My silence and the breaking of my silence at the appointed time will make silent those who talk of everything but God." (Lord Meher-p-5039-1963)

Swami Satyaprakash wished to establish a new center called Meher Vihar (Abode of Meher) in Vijayawada, Andhra. Baba sent him this telegram in July approving the idea: "Adhere to honesty in all you do, and this will keep you with Baba always, and will always keep Baba's love aglow in Meher Vihar." The inauguration of the center was held on 24 August 1963 and Baba sent Jalbhai as his representative. (Lord Meher-p-5041-1963)

On Sunday, 13 October 1968, at 8:30 A.M., Baba held a meeting to inform his main workers of his decision to give darshan the following year from 10 April to 10 June 1969 at Guruprasad. Besides the resident men mandali, Swami Satyaprakash was called from Andhra Pradesh. (Lord Meher-p-5357-1968)

Baba praised the work done by certain of his lovers in India. He said, “In Andhra Pradesh, besides Kutumba Sastri, Swami Satyaprakash do a lot of work in my cause.” (Lord Meher-p-5359-1968)

 

 

964-TATTAYYA

On Andhra tour in 1954, Baba and His group finally reached Amalapuram in the afternoon and they were taken to Konaseema's residence. Konaseema's house was divided into two parts: he lived in one part and the Cooperative Bank, where Baba rested that night.  A garden faced the building, The bank's night watchman (whose name was Tattayya) had a hut there, and Baba sat on his verandah, thus sanctifying his humble abode. (Lord Meher-p-3496-1954)

 

966-THIRUMALA RAO

In 1955, Thirumala Rao read a passage in English on Real Work, translating it at the same time in Telugu:

Work undertaken with honest intent and with love is Baba's work, and he who does this for the love of God is always His. But the greatest work one can do for Baba is to live the life of love, humility, sincerity and selfless service in which there is not the least trace of hypocrisy. Baba's love is for all; and, for each of Baba's lovers to efficiently help others to know this, his own life must be a shining example so that his love may become the instrument to spread Baba's love and the truth of Reality. Such a life and such a love are vital; they carry the weight of highest responsibility, for behind every thought, word and deed is the all-pervading force of Truth. (Lord Meher-p-3793-1955)

Baba said: "I will be away for one year. I have told this to the Gujarati group and also to Don Stevens. In My absence, keep your hearts clean and try to love one another. When I come back, I will see to everything."

"We need Thirumala Rao's help," Ranga Rao said.

An influential man in a high government post, Thirumala Rao replied, "I am not in a position to extend a helping hand to the central organization. My devotion for Baba tells me that you are all my friends, but I have no time to work in the Center. My heart is always at Baba's feet. Whatever I can do, I will — but not as a member of the committee. However, if a meeting is called I will attend it."

Baba advised, "Don't bind Thirumala Rao. Let him be free. He will come when he wishes. In case there are differences, you can seek his advice, and if he has time, he will help you. But don't commit him to participate in your meetings. In short, he does not want to involve himself in the Center's work."

Thirumala Rao said, "I will assist you, but I should know what is what and who is who. I will come and work like an ordinary man. If you inform me beforehand, I will attend the meeting and give whatever support I can."

Winding up the discussion, Baba advised, "You must love and trust one another. Do not distrust others. (Lord Meher-p-3797-1955)

Thirumala Rao's legs had become stiff from sitting on the stone floor. Observing his movements of discomfort, Baba remarked, "If some of you feel like stretching your legs, don't feel shy about doing it because you are in front of me. We are all in sahavas. If you behave quite freely here, I will be pleased. I wish you to be in my company without any reserve, so be free and not cramped." Thirumala Rao stretched out his legs and so did others, amidst a relaxing atmosphere and laughter. (Lord Meher-p-3799-1955)

Dhanapathy said, "Thirumala Rao has suggested that Baba send a telegram of his blessings and good wishes to Panditji."

Baba disapproved of the idea: "There is nothing to send. The value of what has been said here today by me will be nullified if we send a telegram. Whatever I have said, I have said from the heart."

Addressing Dhanapathy, Baba continued, "Because of a slip of your tongue, what you said yesterday created complications for more than an hour. When I say all this about Nehru, it will reach him. Sending him a telegram would reduce the value of my words." (Lord Meher-p-3803-1955)

On 4th January 1956, Thirumala Rao arrived with Meherjee, and Adi Sr. brought them to Meherazad to see Baba. Thirumala Rao had come for the sahavas with the Telugu group and afterwards was appointed the Lt. Governor of Vindhya Pradesh (a state in Central India). Before assuming his duties, he wanted to have Baba's darshan. He had written to Baba in Satara, but because Baba was to proceed to Meherazad for his work, He called him there.

Baba advised Thirumala Rao, "Continue carrying out My instructions, love Me and be scrupulously honest. Do not let (Prime Minister) Nehru and (President) Babu Rajendra Prasad down. Translate God Speaks into Telugu with all your heart." Baba touched a copy of the book and presented it to him for the work. Thirumala Rao was overcome by Baba's blessing. Baba embraced him and he left. (Lord Meher-p-3906-19580)

On 6th November 1957, Thirumala Rao with his family, came for Baba's darshan. (Lord Meher-p-4220-1957)

In 1958, seeing Thirumala Rao of Andhra, Baba remarked, "I had been to his house in Kakinada. He is very intelligent and loves me intensely. He has translated God Speaks into Telugu and will lay the manuscript at my feet on February 25, my 64th birthday. He is a social worker and a patriot and has been to jail for taking part in political agitation during the Freedom movement. He was also a lieutenant governor of Vindhya Pradesh for some time and presently is a member of parliament. When he was in America, he mixed with my group there. But to me all these qualifications do not count. The only qualification for me is whether he loves me or not. I am highly pleased with him. He has head and heart in balance. He is really a gem and very good." (Lord Meher-p-4303-1958)

Baba arrived at Meherabad in morning on 23 February 1958 and, after talking with the mandali about the management of the sahavas, he entered the pandal at 9:05 A.M. Before his arrival, Godavri Mai had already sat down on the dais on another cushioned armchair. She took Baba's darshan and then devotional songs and the Gujarati arti were sung. When they concluded, Baba offered his salutations to the assembly with joined hands.

Baba called Thirumala Rao to the dais to translate his English statements into Telugu. After inquiring about those who were sick, he stated, "Last week I had acquainted all those attending the sahavas with Godavri Mai, and now I will introduce her to you. I want to tell you something of her greatness. Eruch will read my introduction of her as given to the first group." Accordingly, Eruch read it out, and when it was over, the pandal resounded with cries of "Godavri Mata (Mother) ki jai!"  (Lord Meher-4306-1958)

In morning, Baba's arti was sung in Telugu and Gujarati. Thirumala Rao then laid his Telugu translation of God Speaks at Baba's feet and delivered a short speech:

This is a unique day in my life when the brightest manifestation of God on earth in the form of Meher Baba has shed his luster in the dark and dingy corner of my soul, and has ordered an ignorant man like me to translate his book on creation and its purpose, which Baba has given to humanity in English, out of his inner mystic experience and true knowledge of Reality. This book cannot be coordinated with any accepted tenets of philosophy in all its aspects.

I felt diffident and also overwhelmed when Baba called me during the sahavas of November 1955 and ordered me to translate this book into Telugu. I naturally expressed my fear that I may not do justice to the task. But Baba encouraged me, saying: "I am there with you; go ahead with the job." Today, I must acknowledge that Baba did give me the strength and the guidance ...

I am grateful to Baba for his grace, and my constant prayer to him is that he be with me, not only in this life, but in future lives until I merge in him.

Appreciating his devotion, Baba touched the manuscript and handed it back to Thirumala Rao to have it printed.(Lord Meher-p-4329-1958)

After the three messages were read, Baba asked Thirumala Rao to take medicine from Don for the cold he was suffering from, because he had to travel a long distance home. At the start of the meeting, Baba instructed that, except for the Andhra group, everyone should leave the hall at 11:00 A.M. When the reading of the three messages was finished, it was 10:50 A.M., but Baba stated, "According to Baba-time, it is past eleven o'clock and so you all must leave now!" Then he came out. He was in the same somber mood. All lovers were standing quietly at a distance. Without looking at anyone, Baba took his seat in the car and departed for Meherazad. The out-of-town lovers were subdued. (Lord Meher-p-4451-1958)

On 26th March 1959, the lieutenant governor of Rewa, Thirumala Rao, came to Meherazad and laid the Telugu translation he had done of God Speaks at Baba's feet. Baba touched the manuscript and returned it to him, urging him to publish it. He commented to Thirumala Rao, "I am highly pleased with your efforts and love. Despite your high position, you have not forgotten me. So live for me in that way and thereby you will truly serve the Indian government and more."

Thirumala Rao said, "I have become governor only by your blessing, so how could I forget you?"

"Even if you are removed as governor, remain happy, taking it as My wish, and don't worry."

Thirumala Rao departed happily. (Lord Meher-p=4162-1959)

Seeing Thirumala Rao of Andhra, Baba remarked, "I had been to his house in Kakinada. He is very intelligent and loves me intensely. He has translated God Speaks into Telugu and will lay the manuscript at My feet on February 25, My 64th birthday. He is a social worker and a patriot and has been to jail for taking part in political agitation during the Freedom movement. He was also a lieutenant governor of Vindhya Pradesh for some time and presently is a member of parliament. When he was in America, he mixed with My group there. But to Me all these qualifications do not count. The only qualification for Me is whether he loves Me or not. I am highly pleased with him. He has head and heart in balance. He is really a gem and very good." (Lord mMeher-p-4303-1958)

As Thirumala Rao was rendering this explanation into Telugu, Baba was deeply absorbed and at times, energetically moved his hands and fingers as if driving something away. At other times, his fingers moved as if he was calling somebody or dictating something. Once he took his own darshan. At one point his gestures conveyed consolation to someone, and then gestured as if asking someone else to wait. (lord Meher=p-4314-1958)

Gaimai Jessawala and her family worshiped him in Parsi-fashion from the steps of the dais. Gaimai then applied a red tilak mark to Baba's forehead, and broke a coconut on the ground in front of him for good luck. Baba took off His crown of flowers and explained to Godavri Mai, who was seated at his right, about the disagreement as to the selection of twelve men and twelve women to wash his feet. So he had decided to wash His own feet and mix the water with the rest of the water from the sacred Godavri River, which the sahavas men and women should apply to their foreheads.

Leaving his seat, Baba sat on a chair at the edge of the dais. He helped the Arangaon lovers empty the Toka river water into a large copper teep (cylindrical vessel) kept on Baba's right. Several men and women brought bottles filled with water from the Ganges and other sacred rivers of India, which were likewise emptied in the metal vessel. Milk, honey and rosewater perfume were also poured into the vessel. Then Baba put His feet into a clean basin-like bowl and poured four to five mugfuls of water over them. The music continued, as He did so. With His own hands, Baba poured the precious charanamrit (nectar of the lotus feet of God) into the large copper vessel. The entire pandal full of people burst forth with His praise. Eruch wiped and dried Baba's feet with a towel. Then standing up, Baba returned to his original seat.

The towel was presented to Thirumala Rao, who held it to his forehead and eyes in gratitude.

Baba detected some dirt in the water brought from Toka, so he instructed the devotees not to taste or drink it, but simply to apply it to their foreheads. Later, when the men and women went up the dais for Baba's darshan, each was given a little of the water in the palm of their hands. Baba repeated his instructions not to taste or drink it.

In morning, at 9:20 A.M., Baba's arti was sung in Telugu and Gujarati. Thirumala Rao then laid his Telugu translation of God Speaks at Baba's feet and delivered a short speech:

This is a unique day in my life when the brightest manifestation of God on earth in the form of Meher Baba has shed his luster in the dark and dingy corner of my soul, and has ordered an ignorant man like me to translate his book on creation and its purpose, which Baba has given to humanity in English, out of his inner mystic experience and true knowledge of Reality. This book cannot be coordinated with any accepted tenets of philosophy in all its aspects.

I felt diffident and also overwhelmed when Baba called me during the sahavas of November 1955 and ordered me to translate this book into Telugu. I naturally expressed my fear that I may not do justice to the task. But Baba encouraged me, saying: "I am there with you; go ahead with the job." Today, I must acknowledge that Baba did give me the strength and the guidance ...

I am grateful to Baba for his grace, and my constant prayer to him is that he be with me, not only in this life, but in future lives until I merge in him.

Appreciating his devotion, Baba touched the manuscript and handed it back to Thirumala Rao to have it printed (Lord Meher-p-4329-1958)

On Thursday morning, 4 February 1960, Kishinchand Gajwani and Sorabji Siganporia came with Thirumala Rao. Gajwani presented Baba with a radio. (Lord Meher-p-4632-1960)

 

 

 

980-VASUDEV KHER

Baba left for Pandharpur on Saturday, 6th November 1954 with his group. They stopped at Bindra House for lunch. Several of Baba's close lovers in various places were informed and they, too, travelled to Pandharpur.

A teacher named Vasudeo Kher from Kurduwadi also came to Pandharpur for Baba Darshan (Lord Meher-p-3657-1954)

 

991-VENKATA RATNAM BIKKENNA & FAMILY

In year 1954, during Andhra tour, Baba proceeded to the town of Ramachandrapuram, where Bikkenna Venkata Ratnam had planned the darshan. Kutumba Sastri delivered a lecture, after which Baba dictated:

What Kutumba has been saying is the outpouring of his heart. But I would like to stress this point again and again, that all these ceremonies to receive me, and all my messages, mean nothing if not practiced. God is not to be preached, but to be loved; and only those who live the life of love can know me as the Ancient One!

Baba distributed the prasad and expressed his happiness with Venkata Ratnam and his family. (Lord Meher-p-3516-1954)

 

993-VENKATA RAO EDARA

Mass darshan program which had been arranged in Eluru at the large grounds named Ram Kothi (where Baba had given a huge darshan the year before). Baba first took his seat on the dais, but then climbing down, sat on the ground for a while. Ramjoo read out the message in English on "The Master's Love and Grace":

Edara Venkata Rao was the president of the reception committee on Andhra tour. He performed Baba's arti and darshan began. (Lord Meher-p-3469-1954)

 

998-VENKATACHARYA KONDAPALLI

In the afternoon, when Baba took His seat in the hall, Bhaskara Raju of Tadepalligudem, along with two other performers: P. Satyam and K. Venkatacharya enacted part of the Telugu musical narrative Burra Katha. In the eight years since they had begun performing this ballad-drama depicting Baba's life, this was their 153rd performance and their fourth before Baba. In the play, interspersed between the songs, Venkatacharya asked "insane" questions about Baba (such as, "Why doesn't he talk?) and one of the others gave a reply. At the end, Venkatacharya said, "Now that I have heard so much about Meher Baba, please take me for his darshan." Bhaskara Raju then led him by the hand to Baba and said, "This is Avatar Meher Baba!" Baba and everyone present enjoyed the play very much. (Lord Meher-p-5000-1963)

 

 

1012-VENKATESWARLU K.

 

During tour of Andhra, Baba proceeded to the town of Mandapeta, where another multitude had collected. The function was held in the Panchayat Library. Mr. K. Venkateswarlu gave a short introductory speech about Baba, and then Baba said:

Whether rich or poor, big or low, literate or illiterate, all of you will have me if you love me as I ought to be loved, and will find me as your own Self. (Lord Meherp-3516-1954)

 

 

1030-YERRAPROLE SATYA NARAYANAMM (MRS)`

After inauguration of Masulipatanam centre Baba stated: "I find no one to bow down to except me because I find myself in everything. My coming physically here and opening this center would be of avail if you all make me yours, as you already eternally are mine. This center would be worth its name if it could spread my message of love by making people understand that God is the only Reality. Baba gives his blessings to you all."

Thereafter Baba went to the Sai Samaj Orphanage at noon. The woman running the institution, Mrs. Yerraprole Satya Narayanamma, introduced several of the children to Baba. They sang songs and Baba accompanied them on a tiny drum. Mrs. Narayanamma gave Baba a glass of fruit juice which, after drinking a little, he handed back to her to drink. (Lord Meher-3463-1954)