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KARNATAKA (CONTACTS)

 

1-A DRIVER

(Bus driver)

Baba left Horikan for Mangalore on the afternoon of 7th March 1949. They continued and began ascending the Agumbe Mountain on some of the worst roads they had ever encountered. Not only was the road steep and full of hairpin curves, but it was so narrow that only one vehicle at a time could pass.

Just as the mandali's bus was going around a curve, the bus suddenly began sliding backward. No one knew what to do, but they began to repeat Baba's name. The driver lost control of the steering wheel. The bus rolled backwards over a small stone wall separating the road from a deep valley below. Crying out, "BABA! BABA! BABA!" all were certain the bus was about to crash and they would die.

Suddenly, the bus came to a complete halt. Gasping (some were on the verge of fainting), no one could explain how the bus had stopped rolling backwards. Only Baba's nazar had saved them; otherwise, the bus would certainly have rolled off the cliff and plunged to the valley below.

After carefully getting out, they saw that half the bus was hanging over the cliff! There was nothing to suggest why it had not continued over the cliff. It was both astonishing and inexplicable! Some of the mandali began to weep, thanking Baba for having his nazar on them. Vishnu cried out, "Baba has saved our lives today! Let us all shout his Jai!”

Baba instructed the men to pull the bus back onto the road, and he stood nearby and personally supervised. After much effort by all, the bus was pushed back onto the road. This was more dangerous than it sounds, because there was the possibility of the bus sliding back again and dragging some of the men over the cliff with it.

Afterward, they stopped at a waterfall, washed their faces and refreshed themselves. (lord Meher-p-1149-1930)

 

 

2-AMDOO

In 1939, Baba assigned Jalbhai the duty of finding and bringing suitable boys to him for his work. Daily, Jalbhai would bring a boy or two whom Baba would usually keep for a short time and then send back to their respective homes. But, of the boys found by Jalbhai, Baba chose four to be kept near him for an extended period. Amdoo was one among four Baba gave him hem work in the mast ashram.

One day Baba called the five Bangalore boys and asked each, "What do you want? What do you want to do in life?"

Amdoo said, "I would like to drive a Tonga." (Lord Meher-p-2111-1940)

 

 

3-AMIR AHMED B. S.

Baba and His group arrived in Shimoga from Bangalore in morning. They were received by B. S. Amir Ahmed and his brother. These two brothers had met Baba in Bangalore and invited him to Shimoga, so Baba had included the stop on his itinerary. Baba was taken to see the site of a gold mine they owned, and he indicated to them where to begin digging.

The brothers (with Ghani's personal guidance) had made good arrangements for Baba's group, and the town’s people of Shimoga came for darshan. Baba did not really wish to meet anyone during the tour, but he granted the sincere prayer of both brothers. Darshan was given to the local people, and a group photo was taken. (Lord Meher-p-2093-19405-

 

 

CHAKRAVARTY M.

  1. Chakravarty, the man who wanted to see Baba in Bombay but missed Him. He came to Bala Bungalow for darshan on 9th March 1936. Baba permitted him to see Him for one minute from the adjoining room. After he had Baba's darshan, Chanji talked with him and found out he was an influential person. Chakravarty assured Chanji he would secure a better place for Baba's ashram after conferring with the Maharaja of Mysore and his dewan(chief minister) Sir Mirza M. Ismail. (Lord Meher-p-1702)

 

6-DAUGHTER OIF VENKOBA RAO

On 30th August 1964, Venkoba Rao, his wife, and their young daughter were permitted to have Baba's darshan. Venkoba Rao was a former night watchman from South India. He had been called to Ahmednagar in January to discuss the disposal of the small portion of the Byramangala property, which he had purchased in 1949. Baba had given his permission and the property had been sold. At Meherazad, Venkoba Rao laid the proceeds (Rs.2, 500) at Baba's feet, and Baba kept Rs.1, 000 for his work and returned the rest to Venkoba Rao as prasad. (Lord Meher-p-5086-1964)

 

8-DR. JAMSHED D. PATEL

On the 6th, Dr. Jamshed D. Patel of Bangalore and Mr. N. Pestonji came to see Baba. In the course of conversation with them, Baba said:

"Although I am in seclusion and keep silence throughout, I am now very busy working internally for future developments. You will see the upheavals that will take place very soon. The war will take a very serious turn, bringing untold misery and ruination all around."

Pestonji interjected, "Mr. Sumner Welles (U.S. Undersecretary of State) is trying to negotiate for peace; let us hope that he will be successful."

Smiling, Baba made a play on words, "It is like digging a well in summer! (Meaning something unfruitful). Nothing will come out of it. The world will soon plunge into the throes of a war never before seen or heard of."

"But Baba, what about the thousands of lives that will be lost?" asked Pestonji. "Can't they be saved?"

"The war is necessary. All this destruction will purge the world of dirt; cleanse it of filth so that a new order can be established.

"There are millions and millions of holes in my body because of the suffering of the world. But because of my infinite bliss and power, I can withstand it.

"Suppose you have a boil on your finger which is septic. You do not cut off the whole finger because of it! You bear it because the finger is part of your body. In the same way, I consider all as mine and I suffer, but I do not destroy myself and slaughter all. I put up with it and suffer because all are a part of my Universal Body."

Patel and Pestonji became close friends of the mandali in Bangalore and would regularly visit them, even after Baba's departure. (Lord Meher-p-2085)

 

9-DR. S. RADHAKRISHNAN

On 9th February 1936, the politician Dr. S. Radhakrishnan came to see Baba with two other retired V.Subrahmanya Iyer and Wadia also professor of philosophy of Mysore University.  Radhakrishnan had come to know about Baba through Dr. Deshmukh in Nagpur and learned of Baba's presence in the area through Iyer, who was one of Baba's neighbours. Kalemama informed them that Meher Baba was now in seclusion and would not be granting interviews until his seclusion ended in June. They left.

Radhakrishnan never came again for Baba's darshan, though he was interested in Baba and was later given a copy of God Speaks. After he became President of India during the 1960s, he would hear about Baba from Delhi Baba lovers, Mona and Manohar Sakhare. They would keep Radhakrishnan informed about Baba's activities and play Baba's arti for him on their record player. (Lord Meher-p-1968-1936)

 

10-DR. SHIVRAO

On 18 May 1940, Dr. Shivrao came from Bangalore to stay at Meherabad. At first Baba told him to stay for one year, informing him that to receive what he wished for, he must cut all ties to his family and the world and remain fasting and in seclusion. But after a few days Baba sent him back to Bangalore. (Lord Meher-p-2107-1940)

 

11-IYER V. SUBRAHMANYA

On 9th February 1936, the politician Dr. S. Radhakrishnan came to see Baba with V. Subrahmanya Iyer the retired vice-chancellor of Mysore University. She learned of Baba's presence in the area through Iyer, who was one of Baba's neighbours. They were that Meher Baba was now in seclusion and would not be granting interviews until his seclusion ended in June.  .

In 1938, Meher Baba was in Mysore. Subrahmanya Iyer an influential individual came into contact with Baba. He and Mirza Ismail were now asked by letter to find a suitable spot where Baba could establish a center or ashram. Their reply was received in Panchgani assuring Baba of their cooperation, and a few weeks later Chanji and Pendu were sent to Bangalore, where Chanji met Sir Mirza on 17 April 1938. (Lord Meher-p-1911-1938)

 

 

13-KITTU PURNA

Baba was not meeting the public in Bangalore but on 12th November 1939, He made an exception. He granted a few minutes of darshan to Indian Kittu Purna, a former student at Oxford. Baba told them to come back after a month, when He would answer any questions they had.  (Lord meher-p-2407)

 

14-KRISHNA P. NAIR

(Mandali)

Refer- Fortunate Soul Volume 2 SL.No-63

 

15-PESTON JI N.

On the 6th March 1940, Mr. N. Pestonji of Bangalore came to see Baba. In the course of conversation with them, Baba said:

"Although I am in seclusion and keep silence throughout, I am now very busy working internally for future developments. You will see the upheavals that will take place very soon. The war will take a very serious turn, bringing untold misery and ruination all around."

Pestonji interjected, "Mr. Sumner Welles [U.S. Undersecretary of State] is trying to negotiate for peace; let us hope that he will be successful."

Smiling, Baba made a play on words, "It is like digging a well in summer! (Meaning something unfruitful). Nothing will come out of it. The world will soon plunge into the throes of a war never before seen or heard of."

"But Baba, what about the thousands of lives that will be lost?" asked Pestonji. "Can't they be saved?"

"The war is necessary. All this destruction will purge the world of dirt; cleanse it of filth so that a new order can be established.

"There are millions and millions of holes in my body because of the suffering of the world. But because of my infinite bliss and power, I can withstand it.

"Suppose you have a boil on your finger which is septic. You do not cut off the whole finger because of it! You bear it because the finger is part of your body. In the same way, I consider all as mine and I suffer, but I do not destroy myself and slaughter all. I put up with it and suffer because all are a part of my Universal Body."

Patel and Pestonji became close friends of the mandali in Bangalore and would regularly visit them, even after Baba's departure. (Lord Meher-p-2085)

 

 

16-PROFESSOR WADIA

On 9th February 1936, the retired vice-chancellor of Mysore University and a professor of philosophy, and Professor Wadia, of Mysore University, to whom Kalemama informed them that Meher Baba was now in seclusion and would not be granting interviews until His seclusion ended in June.  (Lord Meher-p-1698)

 

 

18-RAMANNA B.

Arriving in Mysore on the night of the 31st January 1936, Baba and His group went directly to the bungalow owned by Mr. B. Ramanna at Vani Vilas Mohalla. It was later called, irreverently, Bala (Headache) Bungalow.  (Lord Meher-p-1697)

 

19-ROSE

(Nurse)

She was a nurse in Mysore Hospital where Mani was she had an emergency ear-operation in 1936. Mani described about this nurse in her word as written in book “Lives of Love” by Judith Garbett,

In the days after her surgery Baba came every day and tenderly fed her drops of soup from a teaspoon at first, then later tiny pieces of apple until she was well enough to eat.

Naja stayed in Mani's room to look after her. As Baba wished His identity kept secret, Naja and Mani were told not to tell anyone who He was. Even then the nurses were greatly drawn to Baba without knowing why.

A nurse asked one morning "Who is this Baba?"

Naja replied, "The patient's brother."

"And why doesn't He speak?" persisted the nurse.

"Oh, He's very shy!" said Naja.

Every morning as Baba's car pulled up, it seemed that all the nurses would be on the landing in order to have a glimpse of Him coming up the stairs. Then again they would come into Mani's room whenever He was there, on some pretext or another, just to see Baba.

One nurse popped in, her eyes on Him, asking "Is my thermometer here?"

Naja said to Mani in her resounding "stage whisper": "She never takes your temperature so how could she leave the thermometer here?"

Nurse Rose, who worked in the nursery, would come pitter-patter into the room with each of the day's newborn babies. Without a word she would hold it out before Baba. He would silently take the baby on His lap and "talk" to it in gestures and smiles, taking quite a bit of time with each one. This went on every day while Naja and Mani looked on.

One day Mani counted twelve newborn babies that Nurse Rose brought to Baba one after another. So many were brought that Mani and Naja began to feel very impatient and thought there would be little time left for them to spend with Baba.

But He expressed no impatience whatever, and gave the full measure of His love and attention to each of these fortunate babies. (Lives of Love, Mani, Part 2, p. 9)

 

20-SIR MIRZA ISMAIL

Sir Mirza Ismail was Dewan of Mysore state. He arranged the sale of farmers land for present MSUBC and helped to get Byramangala centre established as per Baba’s wish.

Events unfolded with Mirza Ismail were as under:

When Meher Baba was in Mysore in 1936, He had come into contact with Sir Mirza Ismail, the Dewan (Chief Minister) of Mysore state. They were now asked by letter to find a suitable spot where Baba could establish a center or ashram. Their reply was received in Panchgani assuring Baba of their cooperation, and a few weeks later Chanji and Pendu were sent to Bangalore, where Chanji met Sir Mirza (on 17 April 1938).

Upon receiving the Dewan's letter that a site had been selected, Baba expressed a desire to visit the place, which surprised Norina and Elizabeth as they never expected Baba to establish a center so far from Meherabad. They hoped Baba would change His mind, as He so often did. Mentioning this very trait of His, Baba observed, "It is one of the great wonders of the world that those who apparently make the most changes, are the most unchanged or unchangeable! (Lord Meher-p-1911-1938)

On 15th April 1938, Chanji and Pendu had been sent by Baba to Bangalore, Mysore and Madras on to discuss with the Dewan, Sir Mirza Ismail, the possibility of opening a center in Bangalore. After meeting with Sir Mirza, they returned to Panchgani on the 22nd. Hearing their report, Baba expressed his desire to personally confer with Ismail and inspect the possible sites. He left Panchgani the following afternoon with 4 of mandali. They drove to the Poona railway station and boarded train in the evening for Bangalore.  They arrived on the evening of 24th April 1938, and just as they stepped off the train, nature greeted Baba with a heavy shower of rain.

Baba and His Group left Sholapur on 9th August 1939 in the morning and reached Bangalore four days later on 12th August 1938, in the evening via Satara, Kolhapur and Harihar The next day, Sir Mirza Ismail suggested that Baba establish His ashram in Bangalore. If Baba chose to do so, he said, Sir Mirza would donate a piece of land for the ashram. He immediately took Baba to a parcel of land at Byramangala, 22 miles from Bangalore, and Baba, after seeing the place, which he liked very much, accepted his offer. The Links bungalow, owned by Ismail's brother on Sankey Road, High ground, in Bangalore was rented and Baba and the women moved into it on the 14th.

After seeing the Byramangala land, Norina became completely involved in setting up plans for the ashram. On the evening of 19th August 1939, Sir Mirza came to the Links and sat on the floor before Baba. Baba sent for Norina to come at once. At the time, Norina was in the midst of sweeping her room. When she received Baba's message, she ran to Him with a broom in one hand and a bucket in the other, wearing an old, tattered dress. She felt awkward and embarrassed when she saw the Dewan and Baba said, "Meet Princess Norina Matchabelli." She felt hurt that Baba had not warned her to clean up.

Sir Ismail, on the contrary, was impressed at the sight of someone of Norina's stature carrying a broom! He remarked to Baba, "Your love is wonderful! An educated Western woman from a wealthy background doing this sort of work? Marvelous! She could engage dozens of servants, but it is your love that makes her sweep her own quarters. It is her luck to wield a broom in your court!" Tears welled up in Norina's eyes on hearing this, and wiped out the hurt she had felt.

After Baba's arrival in Bangalore, His attention focused on two things: His mast work and the establishment of a Universal Spiritual Center. As mentioned, the site for the center was selected at Byramangala, 22 miles from Bangalore and three miles from the Bidadi railway station. More than 560 acres of land were purchased, and plans for erecting nine separate structures were drawn up, containing 350 rooms. A committee consisting of Norina, Elizabeth, Pappa Jessawala, Adi Sr., Ramjoo, Chanji and Jal Kerawalla was formed to oversee the financial and other aspects of the center.

The foundation-laying ceremony was initially fixed for the 25th of October. But the local farmers requested that the ceremony be held after harvesting the crops on the Byramangala property, even though the property no longer belonged to them. October 25th was also the day of convocation at Mysore University, with which some of Baba's followers were involved. Therefore, the ceremony was postponed until the middle of December. The land had belonged to about 40 farmers and the government, and its purchase had been greatly facilitated and quickened through the influence of Dewan Mirza Ismail.

On 13th August 1939, Sir Mirza Ismail suggested that Baba establish His ashram in Bangalore. If Baba chose to do so, he said, Sir Mirza would donate a piece of land for the ashram. He immediately took Baba to a parcel of land at Byramangala, 22 miles from Bangalore, and Baba, after seeing the place, which he liked very much, accepted his offer. The Links bungalow, owned by Ismail's brother on Sankey Road, High-ground, in Bangalore was rented and Baba and the women moved into it on the 14th.

 

21-SYED RASUL ARIF

On 17th December 1939, the foundation-laying ceremony for Meher Baba's Universal Center was held. The program began at 4:30 P.M., when the head of the reception committee, Pappa Jessawala, garlanded Baba on His arrival. In the Master's honor, Syed Rasul Arif recited a poem in Urdu

Baba proceeded to break the ground and lay the foundation. Sitting on a special stone seat (which was to be kept as a cornerstone of the future building), Baba rose and scooped a little earth with a special seven-metal shovel (forged at a local workshop) as acclamations in His praise rent the air. Baba struck the earth seven times and sat back on His special seat. (Lord Meher-p-2057)

 

22-VENKATAPATHAIYA

(Attorney)

Chanji arrived in Quetta to see Baba on 22rd March, 1941, and showed Baba some recent critical articles about him, which had appeared in the Gujarati newspapers (most likely written by Colonel Irani and Venkatapathaiya, the Bangalore attorney). Baba directed Chanji to ignore the inflammatory articles and keep quiet. (Lord Meher-p-2207-1941)

 

23-VENKOBA RAO

(Mandali)

(Refer –Fortunate souls-volume-3 Sl. No. 89)

 

24-WIFE OF VENKOBA RAO

On 30th August 1964, Venkoba Rao, his wife, and their young daughter were permitted to have Baba's darshan. Venkoba Rao was a former night watchman from South India. He had been called to Ahmednagar in January to discuss the disposal of the small portion of the Byramangala property, which he had purchased in 1949. Baba had given his permission and the property had been sold. At Meherazad, Venkoba Rao laid the proceeds (Rs.2, 500) at Baba's feet, and Baba kept Rs.1,000 for his work and returned the rest to Venkoba Rao as prasad. (Lord Meher –p-5086-1964)