MADHYA PRADESH & CHATTISGARH (LIST)

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LIST OF MADHYA PRADESH & CHATTISGARH
SL. NAME INTRODUCTION  PLACE SOURCE
1 A depressed man Cheated by his wife Bilaspur LM-5007
2 A District Magistrate Self Jabalpur LM-1964
3 A Girl 4 years 3 year old Girl Sagar LM-4981
4 A Man Fed Mandali   GGM-295
5 A Man with paralysis Self   LM-4959
6 A Reporter Associated Press Jabalpur LM-
7 A Sadhu Running an ashram Jabalpur LM-1976
8 Abdul Mazid Khan Tahsildar (Revenue) Raipur LM-4251/3396
9 Agasod Wali Self Sagar Souvenir-2015
10 Ali Akbar Dy. Supdt of police, Jabalpur LM-1977
11 Anand Pankhraj S/o R P Pankhraj Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
12 Anvekar Family Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
13 Archana (Miss) D/o T.R.S. Lingam Bhopal Souvenir-2015
14 Aruna D/o T.R.S. Lingam Bhopal Souvenir-2015
15 Arya S. V. Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
16 Awale S. M. Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
17 Awate Self Jabalpur Care PG Nandi
18 Babu Hazara R/o A K Hazra Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
19 Balak Bhagwan (Balak Meher) Self Raipur LM-4245
20 Basanti (Km) Self Jabalpur Souvenier-2015
21 Bhaiya Lal Self Jabalpur Souvenier-2015
22 Bharat F.S. C. Self Jabalpur Souvenier-2015
23 Bhatia P. N. Self Ujjain Sovuenier-2008
24 Bhattacharji R. N. C/o A K Hazra Jabalpur Sovuenier-2008
25 Bhure Lal Self Bhopal Souvenier-2015
26 Brij Kishore Self Bhopal Souvenier-2015
27 Brother of Hardeep Hanspal Self (Eleder) Raipur Known Sources
28 Brother of Hardeep Hanspal Self Raipur Care Hanspal
29 Chanda Yadav (Mrs) Self Jabalpur Souvenier-2015
30 Chandrabhan Self Jabalpur Souvenier-2015
31 Chatterji Guradas Self Jabalpur Sovuenier-2008
32 Chawdhary Mahendra Lal Self Jabalpur LM-1971/1964
33 Chena Patel Self Sagar Kiran Nafde
34 D/o Hari Vinayak Pataskar Daughters Raipur LM-5053
35 Dhadphale Self Bhopal Souvenier-2015
36 Dhanjay Parkhe Self Bhopal Souvenier-2015
37 Dharmadhikari Nana self Betul Kiran Nafde
38 Dhotiwala self Guna LM -1048
39 Dr. Amiya Kumar Hazra & Gauri Self & wife Jabalpur LM-4233
40 Dr. Baldev Prasad Mishra Treated Baba's fracture-1957 Poona LM-2421
41 Dr. Gauri Shankar Dube Self Indore Souvenier-2015
42 Blank      
43 Dr. Hari Vinayak  Pataskar & wife Daughters Raipur LM-5053
44 Dr. Jai Prasar Vaidya Self Jabalpur Lord Meher
45 Dr. Jawala Prasad Self Jabalpur LM-3227
46 Dr. Kunda Nafde D/o D.Y. Nafde Bhopal Souvenier-2015
47 Dr. Ram Lakhan Sharma Self Jabalpur LM-4271
48 Dr. Ranjit Kumar Ganguli Self Jabalpur Lord Meher
49 Dr. S. V. Arya Self  (Corresponded with Baba) Jabalpur Lord Meher
50 Dr. Sarde Hosted shot stay of Baba in Jabalpur Jabalpur Lord Meher
51 D'Silva Mayor of Jabalpur Jabalpur Lm-1977
52 Dube Girijanandan Self Jabalpur LM-5321/1999
53 Dube Raj Kumar Friend of Dr.G S. Dube Indore Souvenier-2015
54 Dube Saccihidanand S/o Gitijanandan Dube Jabalpur Souvenier-2015
55 Elder B/o Hardeep Hanspal Self Raipur Known Sources
56 Father of Gokaran Sivastava Self Bhopal Known Sources
57 Father of Muniraj Y L. Self Jabalpur Known Sources
58 Ganesh Singh Companion of Amar Singh Saigal Bilaspur LM-4865
59 Ganga Halve Self Sagar Souvenier-2015
60 Ganguli Sukesh Kumar Self Jabalpur Sovuenier-2008
61 Ghanekar Mangala Self Bhopal Kiran Nafde
62 Ghanshyam Self Jabalpur Souvenier-2015
63 Ghasi Ram Self Bhopal Souvenier-2015
64 Ghasiram Patel Self Sagar Kiran Nafde
65 Goramma Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
66 Halve Indira Bai (Mrs) Self Sagar Souvenir-2015
67 Halve Ramchandra Self Sagar Souvenir-2015
68 Halve Sarla (Mrs) Self Sagar Souvenir-2015
69 Halve Sribala (Km) Self Sagar Souvenir-2015
70 Halve Suresh Self Sagar Souvenir-2015
71 Hande D. L. Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
72 Hande Nanda Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
73 Hande Sharad. Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
74 Hande Shobha Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
75 Hardeep Hanspal Self Raipur Personal contact
76 Harne Anil Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
77 Harne Ashok Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
78 Harne P.R. & wife Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
79 Harne Shobha Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
80 Harne Usha Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
81 Hazra Babu Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
82 Hazra Sneh Lata Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
83 Hem Singh Companion of A S Saigal Bilaspur LM-4865
84 Hira Devi Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
85 Jagdish Shukla Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
86 Jamvekar & wife Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
87 Jankibai Ringe ( Badibai) Self Chindwara Souvenir-2015
88 Jha Narayani Devi (Mrs) Self Mandala Souvenir-2015
89 Jha Sadhna (Mrs) Self Mandala Souvenir-2015
90 Jha V. P. Self -Baba lover Bilaspur LM-4252
91 Kale Janki R/o Murli Kale Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
92 Kamal Mishra Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
93 Kamath H. V. Self Katni LM-1971
94 Kanchhedi Lal Narad Friend of Rajanikant Upadhya Sridham Souvenir-2015
95 Kasibai Self Raipur Sovuenier-2008
96 Kasturi Yadav Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
97 Keki Bejan Self Jabalpur LM-1977
98 Kharate  Janak Dulari (Mrs) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
99 Kharate Asha Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
100 Kharate Dev Narayan Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
101 Kharate Meher Prakash Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
102 Kharate Shyam Sunder Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
103 Kharate Suresh Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
104 Kher B.R. Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
105 Kher Raja Balwant Rai Raja of Sagar Sagar LM-3246
106 Khuna Self Bhopal LM-913
107 Kishore Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
108 Kunjbihari Choubey Hindi translation of Disourses Raipur LM-2421
109 Lilawati (Mrs) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
110 Malhotra P M Self Jabalpur Lord Meher
111 Mangala (Mrs) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
112 Mate Siyaramattane B. Self Baruasagar Souvenir-2008
113 Meena Apte Self Sagar Souvenir-2008
114 Meher Hazara S/o Amiya Kumar Hazara Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
115 Meher Jyoti (Km) D/o Rajanikant Upadhya Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
116 Meher Lata Rawat Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
117 Meher Lata Sharma Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
118 Meherlal Sayalwar & Prabhawati Self  & wife Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
119 Meherlata Adal (Km) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
120 Mehrotra P. M. Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
121 Mira Kale R/o Murli Kale Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
122 Mishra Kamal Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
123 Mother of Gauri Shankar Dube Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
124 Mother of Gokaran Srivastava Self Bhopal Souvenir-2008
125 Mother of Hazra Amiya Kumar Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
126 Mother of Ramlakhan Sharma Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
127 Mrs. Jankibai Ringge ( Badibai) Self Chindwara Lord Meher
128 Muniraj Y. L. & Sarama Self  & wife Jabalpur LM-4273
129 Murli Kale & Sulbha Close disciple Jabalpur Ref Vol-3
130 Nafde  Kiran S/o Y.D. Nafde Bhopal Personal contact
131 Nafde  Pradeep Kumar S/o Y.D. Nafde Bhopal Personal contact
132 Nafde Datratray Yshwant  & Shakuntala Founder of AMBC Bhopal Bhopal LM-4273
133 Nafde Kishore S/o Y.D. Nafde Bhopal Kiran Nafde
134 Naiy Bau Self Sagar Lord Meher
135 Nandi P. G. Self Sagar Sovuenier-2015
136 Nanhi Self Bhopal Souvenir-2008
137 Narayan Swami Self Raipur Souvenir-2008
138 Nashneena Y.K. Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
139 Nephew of Ghanekar Mangala Self Bhopal Kiran Nafde
140 Niket Kale S/o Murli  Kale Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
141 Nirmala Kale(Mrs) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
142 Padma (Mrs) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
143 Padmja (Km) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
144 Pagare Shankar Lal Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
145 Pagare Shanti Lal Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
146 Palanji Motiwala Friend of Papa Jessawala Jabalpur LM-5434
147 Pandey Chand Kant Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
148 Pandey Nitin Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
149 Pandore Deepak Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
150 Pandore Rajendra Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
151 Pandore Sanjay Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
152 Pandore Shubha Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
153 Pandy D. R. Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
154 Pankhraj Anand S/o R. P. Pankhraj Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
155 Pankhraj R. P. & Tara Self & wife Jabalpur Sovuenier-2015
156 Paranjape Shankar Vaman Self Indore Lord Meher
157 Paranjape Shivram Celebrated journalist and freedom fighter. Jabalpur Lord Meher
158 Parkhe Photographer Bhopal LM-1033
159 Parkhe Dhananhay Self Bhopal Kiran Nafde
160 Parkhe Saroj Self Bhopal Kiran Nafde
161 Parkhi Dadaji Ramchandra Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
162 Parkhi Neelkanth Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
163 Parkhi Prabhakar Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
164 Parkhi Tulsibai (Mrs) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
165 Parkhi Yuvral Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
166 Patel  Guman Self Sagar Meher Pukar
167 Patel  Prem Rani Self Sagar Souvenir-2008
168 Patel Balle Self Sagar Souvenir-2008
169 Patel Behari Self Sagar Souvenir-2008
170 Patel Chetu Self Sagar Souvenir-2008
171 Patel Durjan Self Sagar Souvenir-2008
172 Patel Gore Lal Self Sagar Souvenir-2008
173 Patel Moti Lal Self Sagar Souvenir-2008
174 Patel Panu Self Sagar Souvenir-2008
175 Patel Prem Rani (Mrs) Self Sagar Souvenir-2008
176 Patel Raghunath Self Bhopal Souvenir-2008
177 Patel Raghuveer Self Bhopal Souvenir-2008
178 Patel Ranjit Self Bhopal Souvenir-2008
179 Pathak Murlidhar D. Self Mandala LM-1969
180 Pathak Pleader Self Mandala LM-1971
181 Pendore  Vishan Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
182 Pendore Deepak Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
183 Pendore Gopika  (Mrs) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
184 Pendore Gopika (Mrs) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
185 Pendore Lakhan V. Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
186 Pendore Rajendra Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
187 Pendore Sanjay Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
188 Pendore Shubha Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
189 Pendore Vishan Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
190 Prabhakar Palasapure Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
191 Prabhawati (Smt) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
192 Prahlad Yadav Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
193 Premila Adal (Km) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
194 Premlata Pingale Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
195 Puria Bhupendra Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
196 Puria Khemwati  (Mrs) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
197 Puria Narayan Singh Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
198 Ragho S. Raghavi Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
199 Rahate Moti Jagan Self Ckindwara Souvenir-2008
200 Rahate Panjabrao Kisan Self Ckindwara Souvenir-2008
201 Rahate Rodu Moti Self Ckindwara Souvenir-2008
202 Rajesh S/o T.R.S.Lingam Bhopal Souvenir-2008
203 Rajjamma (Smt) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
204 Ralli Vishwakarma Self Bhopal Souvenir-2008
205 Ramanujam T K & wife Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2008
206 Ramarao V. & Wife Self Bilaspur Sovunier-2008
207 Ramarao Vadrevu & wife Self & wife Bilaspur LM-4144
208 Ramnath Sharma Interpreter for Suloo meshram Jabalpur Souvenier-2015
209 Rani Pushplata   Chattarpur Lord Meher
210 Rao G. Narasing Self Jabalpur Lord Meher
211 Ravi Shankar Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
212 Rawat Meher Jyoti Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
213 Rishi Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
214 Sadaram Gargav Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
215 Saguna Lady cook of Meherabad Jabalpur Lord Meher
216 Saigal Amar Singh Self Bilaspur LM-4979
217 Saraf Cheddilal Self Chattarpur Souvenir-2015
218 Saraf Lachhaman Das &wife Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
219 Saraf Lachman Dass & wife Self & wife Chattarpur Souvenir-2015
220 Saroj Parkhe Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
221 Satbhawana Dubey Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
222 Saxena Bijendra Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
223 Sayalwar Meherla Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
224 Sayalwar Prabhawati (Smt) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
225 Saybhawana Dube Self Jabalpur Lord Meher
226 Secretary of Maharani of Indore Self Indore LM-1549
227 Seekh Nazeer Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
228 Seth Govindas Self Jabalpur LM-5109
229 Sethana Jerbanu P. Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
230 Shailja (Km) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
231 Shakuntala Sharma (Mrs.) Sister of Dr. G S. Dube Indore Souvenir-2015
232 Shambhulingam T. R.& wife Self (Secretary AMBC)  & wife Bhopal LM-4273
233 Shankar Rao Enallu Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
234 Sharad Gumasta Nephew of Gopal Srivastava Bombay Souvenir-2015
235 Sharma Meher Lata Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
236 Sharma Ramnath Interpreter of Sullo Meshram Jabalpur known sources
237 Sharma Shakuntala Sister of Dr. G S. Dube Indore known sources
238 Sheekh Nazeer Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
239 Shirdhonkar  Sudha (Mrs) Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
240 Shirdhonkar Anil Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
241 Shirdhonkar M.N Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
242 Shirdhonkar N.G Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
243 Shirdhonkar Pramod Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
244 Shirdonkar Asha (Km) Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
245 Shukla Ambika Charan Self Raipur LM-3879
246 Sister & Husband Of  Gokaran Srivastava Bhopal known sources
247 Sona Bai Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
248 Srarasvatibai Subhedar (Mrs) Self Chindwara Sovuenier-2008
249 Srivastava  Gopal & wife Self & wife Reeva Souvenir-2015
250 Srivastava Ashima D/o Gokaran Srivastava Reeva Souvenir-2015
251 Srivastava Girija Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
252 Srivastava Gobardhan Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
253 Srivastava Ram Krishna Self Chindwada Lord Meher
254 Srivastava Ramash Chandra B/I/L of Gopal Srivastava Reeva Souvenir-2015
255 Srivastava Rekha D/o G S Khare Chitrakoot Lord Meher
256 Srivastava Rupa (Km) Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
257 Srivastava Ruplata Sister of Gopal Srivastava Reeva Souvenir-2015
258 Srivastava Satyadev Self Chindwada Lord Meher
259 Srivastava Shobha D/o Gopal Srivastava Reeva Souvenir-2015
260 Srivastava Shyama D/o Gopal Srivastava Reeva Souvenir-2015
261 Srivastava Subhra D/o Gopal Srivastava Reeva Souvenir-2015
262 Srivastava Sudha D/o Gopal Srivastava Reeva Souvenir-2015
263 Srivastava Viresh S/o Gopal Srivastava Reeva Souvenir-2015
264 Subedar Self Jabalpur Lord Meher
265 Sullo Meshram Self Jabalpur LM-3881
266 Surendra Bhatnagar & Madhuri Professor Jabalpur LM-5079
267 Swarna (Km) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
268 Tara Yadav Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
269 Ukhalkar Mohan Shravan & wife Trustee of the Siddheshwar temple, Jabalpur Lord Meher
270 Ukhalkar N. S. Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
271 Ukhalkar Shashi Kala Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
272 Upadhya Rajanikant & Hira Devi Self & wife Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
273 Upadhya Sharad Chandra S/o Rajanikant Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
274 Vasant Wale Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
275 Verma Genda  Lal Self Jabalpur Sovuenier-2015
276 Verma Kasturi Bai (Mrs) Self Bhopal Souvenir-2015
277 Vhavale V. N. Self Jabalpur Souvenier-2008
278 Vijay Meshram Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
279 Vishwaroop Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
280 Vohra Nathram Vanji Self Bajwa Lord Meher
281 Yadav Ashok Self Jabalpur Souvenier-2015
282 Yadav Chandra (Mrs) Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
283 Yadav Sita Sharan Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
284 Yadav Vishnu Self Jabalpur Souvenir-2015
285 Yamuna Sister of Kakubai Baruasagar Lord Meher
286 Yashwant Rao Holkar (Mrs) Maharani of Indore Indore LM-1549

 

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CONTACTS –MADHYA PRADESH & CHATTISGARH

1-A DEPRESSED MAN

In 1964, a man approached Guruprasad, and Baidul went to inform him that Baba was not meeting visitors. Bhau was sent to find out more about him, and Pukar was told to go also. Bhau tried to question the person, but the man stood weeping, unable to speak. Pukar for some reason blurted out, "Has your wife been unfaithful?" The man nodded and slowly told his story: He was from Bilaspur. He found out his wife was cheating on him, and she subsequently ran away with her lover. He decided to commit suicide, but he wanted Baba's darshan first. He came by train, even though he had no money to purchase a ticket. He was caught traveling without a ticket and jailed for one week. He had just been released.

Baba called the man and told him, "You are fortunate that your wife left you. She has given you the opportunity to remember God. Don't worry about her. It's good that she left. You should thank her. Because of her, you have gotten my darshan. Now, forget about her, and never think of suicide." The man was told to return home and given an amount for his return fare and food along the way. (Lord Meher-p-5007-1964)

 

2-GIRL-THREE-YEAR-OLD

A three-year-old girl was sitting opposite Baba. He called her; she went to him at once and bowed down. Baba mentioned the girl came to Poona to see him from Sagar (in Central India) without her parents. The family's neighbours were coming for his darshan, and she insisted on joining them. (Lord Meher-p-4981-1963)

 

3-A MAN 

(Fed mandali)

One day someone came to Baba and entreated Him to come with His people for food at his house. Baba did not express His willingness to go. The person persisted with his request, and so Baba proposed, "If I alone visit your residence it will be tantamount to all the mandali also taking food, and so they need not and will not come. Now I give you a choice between my coming and my people coming for lunch!"

The person looked bewildered. On the spur of the moment he came under the veil of quantity and opted for Baba's people, for he was rich and had already made preparations to feed a large gathering. Baba with a smile gestured, "Granted."

Later, the person may have realized that he had missed an extremely rare chance that comes only after lifetimes. He chose the many rather than the One who represents all — Baba, the Ocean-become-drop. (Glimpses of the god-man, p. 295, 1982)

 

 4-A MAN

((Suffered from Paralysis)

During singing darshan program was going on, an old man suffering from hemiplegia (paralysis on one side of his body) was brought to Baba. Baba remarked to him, "If you live until I break my silence, you will be able to walk again." (Lord Meher-p-4945-1963)

 

7-A SADHU

On 8th January 1939, a sadhu who headed an ashram some distance from Jabalpur came and seeing Baba, exclaimed, "I saw you in Hardwar in December!"

Chanji interjected, "Meher Baba was in Meherabad during December!"

Baba countered, "Baba is now here with you and at the same time in many other places!"

The sadhu expressed his desire for God-realization and Baba praised his intention.

"Can I find God?" the sadhu asked.

"Why not? All have to," Baba answered.

"How?"

"By losing your self."

"By sanyas [renouncing the world]?"

"No, not by renouncing the world, but by renouncing your worldly desires. God is always there within you and you have to find Him there — not outside."

"How can I find God?" he asked.

"Regularly meditate and concentrate on your highest ideal. I will help you," Baba promised. (Lord Meher-p-1975-1939)

 

8-ABDUL MAJID KHAN

Abdul Majid Khan was a staunch Lover of Meher Baba from Raipur. On many occasion and darshan program he was with Baba and helped in arrangements. Most of his contacts and conversation with Baba is written below in chronological order...

In 1941, Abdul Khan's mother had recently expired, and the shock was so severe he had wept for days. But after Norina's lecture, he was so impressed by her speech, he requested an interview, and went to Deshmukh's house the day after the lecture to meet her. Abdul poured out his heart, telling Norina how depressed he had been since his mother's death. Norina spoke to him tenderly about Baba. He was so comforted he took Norina to be "God's angel," and all his sorrows and grief went away. (Lord Meher-p-2196-1941)

In November 1944, Baba returned to Nagpur. Abdul Majid Khan had arranged a qawaali program. Khan had been impressed by Norina's speech about Baba years before, and referred to her as Mother Norina. The qawaal sang until midnight and, though Baba was quite exhausted by the daylong activities, he did not disappoint Majid Khan and stayed until the end.

On Baba's arrival, Saoner had been transformed into a festival ground. Reception festoons and buntings adorned every corner. Roads were swept and cleaned, arches constructed over them and a huge pavilion erected. Abdul Majid Khan, Naib Tahsildar (a government officer), and many other devotees from the surrounding villages of Ajangaon, Kheri, Angewada, Patkakhedi, Malegaon, Ajni and others were responsible for this marvelous metamorphosis of Saoner.

Abdul Majid Khan had surpassed himself in making the best arrangements for Baba, with the help of Pophali's family. Multitudes of people gathered on 31 December — not less than 20,000. Age recorded: "The skies resounded with victory cries of Meher Baba's jai and the divine rays of his presence shone everywhere!"

Twenty thousand people assembled on 1 January 1953 at Saoner for another program. Baba's message "The Unquenching Fire of Spiritual Longing" was given, and at the end of the program Baba stated, "Due to the loving labour of Pophali Pleader and Abdul Majid Khan, Saoner is blessed by my presence.  Baba also visited several families in their homes. Qawaali singing was held at Abdul Majid Khan's home.

Abdul Majid Khan had surpassed himself in making the best arrangements for Baba, with the help of Pophali's family. Multitudes of people gathered on 31 December — not less than 20,000. Age recorded: "The skies resounded with victory cries of Meher Baba's jai and the divine rays of his presence shone everywhere!"

Twenty thousand people assembled on 1 January 1953 at Saoner for another program. Baba's message "The Unquenching Fire of Spiritual Longing" was given, and at the end of the program Baba stated, "Due to the loving labour of Pophali Pleader and Abdul Majid Khan, Saoner is blessed by my presence.  Baba also visited several families in their homes. Qawaali singing was held at Abdul Majid Khan's home.

In year 1958, after Arti, Baba asked Abdul Majid Khan to help him up. He grabbed Baba's arm and tried to lift him, but was himself pulled down toward Baba and was barely saved from falling. Baba proceeded toward the car. Gustadji was standing next to it, and before taking his seat, Baba looked at him three times. As the car departed for Meherazad, the sahavas group hailed him.

The same group of eighteen men in all who had gone with Baba to Hamirpur accompanied him to Andhra, Abdul Majid Khan from Saoner and others were told to proceed to Andhra and meet Baba at Vijayawada.

During Andhra tour, in 1954, The Telugu arti and prayer was sung. Abdul Majid Khan repeated it in English.

From Madhya Pradesh group, to Abdul Majid Khan, another tahsildar (revenue official) in Saoner, Baba stated, "I am very pleased with you. How finely you have dressed!" Taking his hat, Baba put it on his own head. Returning it to Majid Khan, Baba stated, "Now, be worthy of it."

In 1955 sahwas Baba said to Abdul Majid, if you don't feel Baba to be the Avatar, don't tell people that he is. If you speak about me at your own place and say: "Baba is the Avatar, the only Reality and everything else is illusion," and at the same time, if you were to get a telegram about the death of your wife and start beating your breast, sobbing and crying — what will your audience think? They will find that you behave differently from what you exhort, and what you call illusion you now weep about! You preach what you yourself do not practice. You have the right to tell people about me only when you yourself practice what I tell you!

Abdul Majid Khan declared, "I have full faith in your Avatar hood, Baba, and on the strength of that faith I inform people about you."

Baba replied, "I know it. You have full faith in me, and I love you. You are my gem."

Abdul Majid Khan approached Baba and placed a large basket of flowers before him, Baba inquired, "Why do you look so wan and pulled down? How is it you have become so thin? Perhaps it is because of your love for me!" Abdul Khan replied he had been ill.

During sahwas in year 1955, Abdul Majid Khan placed a large garland of wet roses around Baba's neck and Baba humorously remarked, "I will catch a cold from this garland." This reminded Baba of the incident in England when he was made to stand outside in the cold in his sadra for the sake of being photographed.

After narrating the incident, Baba coughed and smiled while looking at Abdul Khan. He gave him a rose petal to eat and then said:

I am on every level. I am level with even the dust under my feet. Everyone experiences me as being on his own level. You see me here with your physical eyes because I am physically present here. In the same way, those on the Path on different planes take me as belonging to their own particular plane. When man attains God-realization, he loses his body consciousness completely. He is not conscious of any of his three bodies — gross, subtle or mental. In that condition, nothing affects him, neither heat nor cold nor rain nor illness. But no sooner he comes down to normal consciousness, his body is subject to all changes, to cold, cough and other illnesses. Up to now, during the month of sahavas, I have not had a cold or cough, and that is why I told you this morning not to garland me. Once Sai Baba suffered from measles for 40 days.

Baba returned to Meherabad on 29 November 1955. He entered the hall in the morning. Upon his entrance, Baba remarked to Abdul Majid Khan, "Since you garlanded me yesterday I have been sneezing and coughing!"

Calling Abdul Majid Khan Baba asked him to sing "Allah-hu Akbar," and Homi Hansotia to sing "Ahuramazda." the entire gathering joined him. )

Considered a child-god, a young Hindu of seventeen named Balak Bhagwan had many devotees in Raipur. Bhagwan had been urged by Abdul Majid Khan to take Meher Baba's darshan. Eventually, Abdul Majid Khan sent Bhagwan from Raipur to see Baba. The youth arrived at Meherazad just before the darshan on the morning of 12th June 1955.

For 1958 Darshan, Baba had written to Abdul Majid Khan in Raipur to bring the young man Balak Bhagwan to Meherabad for the sahavas program.

When Abdul Majid Khan, wearing a long overcoat, approached, Baba asked him, "Is it snowing outside?" After his embrace, Baba reminded him, "I am the Lord of the Universe."

During 1958 Sahwas After taking darshan, V. P. Jha of Bilaspur gave some new marbles to Baba, and Baba immediately began playing with them on the dais. Abdul Majid Khan picked up a marble which had gone flying off the platform and brought it to Baba, who told him to keep it.

Baba called Abdul Majid Khan and urged him, "Focus your attention on me 100 percent, and I say this because I love you."

Referring to the mast was kept aloof, Baba stated, "We all are staying here together as companions. I have heard that two men approached the mast and gave him two rupees and laddoos. I had strictly forbidden it on the hill.

"Who did it? They should come forward and acknowledge their guilt so that I may forgive them. They should not be afraid, because I am Infinite Forgiveness."

Abdul Majid Khan stood up and confessed having given the mast a rupee. Baba corrected him, emphatically stating, "I am the Saheb-e-Zaman, the Master of the Age. Why are you catching hold of the branches? Why don't you hold fast to the root? In the depth of your heart you should enthrone me as God!"

Abdul Majid Khan also visited in month of May 1962. He would often give speeches about Baba at the birthday celebration and other occasions, and Baba urged him, "Tell the whole world I am God!" (Lord Meher-p-4798-1962)

 

10-ALI AKBAR

The deputy superintendent of police, Ali Akbar, also came for darshan and anxiously informed Baba, "My son is gravely ill in the hospital. Please have your nazar on him."

Baba comforted and assured him, "Don't worry. He will be all right. I have my eye on him!" (Lord Meher-p-1977-1969)

 

15-DR S. V. ARYA

Dr. S. V. Arya, retired Vice Chancellor of Agricultural University Jabalpur, joined Baba on 15-1-2012 after short illness. Dr, Arya, 86, was faculty at India’s prestigious Technology Institution, IIT Kharagpur, and later came to Jabalpur and became president of the State Agricultural University, for two consecutive terms.

Arya heard Baba’s name through M. M. Appalnaidu, who gave him “God Speaks” to read. Arya used to say with great emphasis that, there is no book in the world that explains the metaphysics so beautifully. “God Speaks” and “Discourses”, jointly summarise, in most simple language, the most complicated ideas, used by all religions of the world, in an evolutionary order. The fundamentals of all Upanishads become particular cases of generalized frame work detailed in “God Speaks”.

Prof. Arya was born in the village Barwan Distt. Hardoi (UP), and got education at Banaras and nearby places of Uttar Pradesh, the largest State of India. He showed meritorious qualities right from the early age. He stood second in the State level merit in Intermediate school exams. His father was school teacher with staunch devotion to social aspects of Arya Samaj’s philosophy. He was working hard for removal of untouchability and acceptance of the widow marriage by the society.  Govardhan Singh, Arya’s father, and his companions regularly engaged in the discussions about Arya Samaj and the traditional Hindu religion.

For young Prof. Arya these discussions were seed of enquiry in to the aspect of God, Soul and Prakriti. It was later at Allahabad and during his higher studies in the USA that he came into contact with Christianity, which enhanced the struggle in his mind regarding truth and life. Later, while teaching in Kharagpur he felt that all these questions in his mind were not merely searching for an answer, but for someone who was solution himself. He immediately felt that, he has enough intellectual activity and what he has needed was someone, with inner awakening. One event of younger days that influenced his thinking was related to me as following:

Once, Prof. Arya’s father took him to a theatre which was playing the old mythological storey of Ghantakarna, a mythological character who wore little bells on his ears so as to prevent the name of Vishnu or God from entering his ears. Every time Ghantakarna heard the name of God, he shook his head, in order to make the bells toll and prevent the God’s name entering the years. In this drama, some artist in the make-up room of Lord Vishnu appeared, and started performing his role. Young Arya was surprised to see the figure, which for him meant God’s presence. He wondered as to why the people always said that God cannot be seen. This moment He was seeing God in front of him in person. He resisted with difficulty the temptation of going forward on the stage to touch the feet of God in person. This disturbed the young child’s heart and he was restless for many days. As a child he had experienced the shadow of the inner joy and the carving that one goes through when he is in the presence of God, in human form

 

19-.BALAK BHAGWAN

Balak Bhagwan- considered a child-god, a young Hindu of seventeen had many devotees in Raipur. Bhagwan had been urged by Abdul Majid Khan to take Meher Baba's darshan. Eventually, Abdul Majid Khan sent Bhagwan from Raipur to see Baba. The youth arrived at Meherazad just before the darshan on the morning of 12th June 1957. Taking him and the mandali Baba was driven to Meherabad. On the way, Balak Bhagwan kept pointing mystically to the sun so that, as he explained, "it may set, and we will not feel the heat." Baba enjoyed his antics — though there was no lessening in the warm weather!

 

Baba went to Meherabad Hall, where He gave darshan to the Arangaon. Balak Bhagwan drove back with them, but would not allow Baba, Eruch and Bhau to attend to their work. The mischievous fellow would move about on either side of Baba's legs, as Baba sat in his chair, and spent his time playing. Baba and the mandali derived a lot of fun from his tricks. He boldly told Baba, "The day I am not garlanded, I do not feel good!"

Baba smiled at his guilelessness, but replied, "It is not good to receive worship or arti from others. It will throw you down into a stinking pit!"

The boy replied, "But I feel pleasure in being worshiped! I want people to revere me and perform my arti!" Baba laughed.

Balak Bhagwan spent the night in Meherazad, and the following morning, when Baba came to mandali hall, the youth said, "Last night while on watch, Bhau slept! I saw him sleeping from my room." Baba was amused and named him Balak Meher (Child of Meher). Baba embraced the youth, and then instructed him to return to Raipur.

In Central India (Madhya Pradesh), people took the boy Balak Meher to be the Avatar, and I instructed him that he should not allow anyone to kiss his feet and worship him because without authority it is binding. When I ordered Mangalanand to observe 40 days' silence and fast, Balak Meher followed him as he was leaving the camp and said: "Heed Baba's orders and follow them! Whatever Baba has to give you, he will give, and whatever I have to give you, I will give." Saying this to him, he returned at once and took his seat on the dais. Somehow I came to know of it and he confessed his mistake. I cautioned him not to do this in the future and treated him lovingly. )

Baba had written to Abdul Majid Khan in Raipur to bring the young man Balak Bhagwan to Meherabad for the sahavas program. Balak Bhagwan had met Baba six months previously at Meherazad, and had his own following in Raipur. On the 14th, Baba called Balak Bhagwan to Meherazad, where he gave him certain instructions, such as not to pose as an advanced soul, not to touch any woman and not to perform any "miracle." Baba warned him, "If you go against my orders, I will crush you." Pukar was appointed to look after him to make sure the boy didn't cause any trouble.

Noticing Saib Asmi, a poet from Lahore, Baba asked him to stand for a moment. He then made Balak Bhagwan sit beside him on the dais. Observing that those attending the sahavas had tied yellow entrance badges around their left arms, Baba questioned, "Why did you do this

Before darshan began, Baba directed, "Let the women come first, each in turn, and put the garlands around my right arm. When they have finished, Balak Bhagwan should come forward first for darshan and garlanding, and then the men proceed." Baba allowed the men fifteen minutes of recess while the women took his darshan.

Baba noticed D. S. Chowbey of Calcutta bowing down to Balak Bhagwan at the other end of the pandal. He stopped the darshan and called Pukar, who was supposed to be looking after Balak Bhagwan. Baba again warned Balak Bhagwan not to allow anyone to lay his head at his feet. Chowbey apologized, and Baba asked him if he had ever met him before. Chowbey said he had met Baba in America.

Baba chided Balak Bhagwan for dozing during the worker’s meeting and urged him to stay awake. Balak Bhagwan replied, "Baba's mercy is there."

Baba enjoyed the singing for some time and beat time to the music by tapping the head of Balak Bhagwan, who was seated on Baba's left. After one song, Baba appeared deep in thought, and then began this discourse:

The affairs of the universe will continue without my paying any special attention to them, and without there being any burden on the Creator. The subject of discourses and explanations is a headache to me. One's breathing is natural and one has not to pay any attention to it, but after some exertion, the mind becomes conscious of it. In the same way, the affairs of the universe go on without my paying any special attention to them.

Referring to Balak Bhagwan Baba said:

In Central India (Madhya Pradesh), people took the boy Balak Meher to be the Avatar, and I instructed him that he should not allow anyone to kiss his feet and worship him because without authority it is binding. When I ordered Mangalanand to observe 40 days' silence and fast, Balak Meher followed him as he was leaving the camp and said: "Heed Baba's orders and follow them! Whatever Baba has to give you, he will give, and whatever I have to give you, I will give." Saying this to him, he returned at once and took his seat on the dais. Somehow I came to know of it and he confessed his mistake. I cautioned him not to do this in the future and treated him lovingly.

Eruch related the experience of Balak Bhagwan, the seventeen-year-old boy from Madhya Pradesh, who was filled with Baba's light and presence, and saw Baba everywhere and in everything. He imagined himself to be on the fifth plane and was giving darshan and prasad to people. Baba had Eruch write a very firm reply, putting an end to such false interpretations to the experiences.

Baba likened the experiences to a tamasha (roadside magic show) which dazzles for a while and distracts the pilgrim's progress, proving more of a hindrance than a help.

During east west gathering in 1962, on 1st November 1962, Balak (Meher)-Bhagwan with other prominent Baba lovers were seated on dais

Baba said, "Yesterday, there were 5,000, not the 3,000 expected. Many came at the last minute. So I have more work today. Did you notice the boy with a red loincloth on the dais? He is called Balak Bhagwan, and in Central India people believe him to be an Avatar. I told him not to accept homage and that he had no authority to do so without first attaining God himself. Lord Meher-p-4855-1959)

 

34-CHOWDHARY MAHENDRA LAL

Mahendra Lal Chowdhary, a wealthy landowner from the town of Mandla, came to see Baba. He was terribly worried for he was involved in a murder case which had been dragging on for years. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

"I will save you, provided you follow my orders," Baba told him. "Go immediately to the police and surrender."

The man left without agreeing, but he would soon find himself surrendering to a much higher authority!

Next morning, a few people came to see Baba. Chanji had stayed behind in Hyderabad to settle matters, but he met Baba in Nagpur before proceeding to Jabalpur to make arrangements there. Deshmukh and his wife came, and Baba went to a hospital also to see one of his lovers who was ill. Before departing Nagpur, Mahendra Lal Chowdhary, a wealthy landowner from the town of Mandla, came to see Baba. He was terribly worried for he was involved in a murder case which had been dragging on for years. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

"I will save you, provided you follow my orders," Baba told him. "Go immediately to the police and surrender."

The man left without agreeing, but he would soon find himself surrendering to a much higher authority!

The next morning around eight o'clock, Baba went with the women to Mandla. They stayed at the Circuit House there, and the mandali stayed in a nearby private bungalow belonging to Mahendra Lal Chowdhary.  Referring to Mandla, Baba remarked, "Mandla was inhabited in ancient times by great saints, yogis, ascetics, recluses, and tapasvis who performed great penances here. Its earth is soaked in spirituality."

Baba then visited a popular pilgrimage site, the Sahastradhara Temple on the Narmada River. While dangling his feet in the water, Baba remarked, "The Avatar sanctifies the waters of any river when he puts his feet in it."

Two unexpected visitors arrived in evening on the 3rd. They were Mahendra Lal Chowdhary of Mandali and Pathak Pleader. Pathak had taken Baba to see a site in Mandla for setting up an ashram, but at that time Baba had not made any definite commitment. Chowdhary prayed to Baba to accept a small gift from him, as the murder charges against him had been dropped. Baba asked what it was, and Chowdhary replied that it was his land behind the Circuit House - 37 acres with 300 mango trees on it!

Baba resisted, replying, "I want only love, not dakshina (monetary offering). The dakshina of pure love is the highest type of donation one can make."

But Chowdhary sincerely entreated Baba to accept the gift. After a discussion lasting over two hours, Baba finally accepted the property. Chowdhary said, "I am blessed today as you have accepted my dakshina." He later told Chanji, "It is our great good fortune to make an offer to Baba, and for him to accept it for a cause such as his."

 

34-DAUGHTER OF HARI VINAYAK PATASKAR

Dr. Hari Vinayak Pataskar was the Governor of Madhya Pradesh. He longed for Baba's darshan, and met Baba on 15th December 1963 in the morning

Daughter of Dr. Hari Vinayak Pataskar had leprosy and Mrs. Pataskar begged Baba to cure her. Baba instructed that the girl should fill a glass with water every morning, look at it and repeat Baba's name before drinking it. "My nazar will be on her," Baba assured the woman, "and on you too." (Lord Meher-p-5053-1963)

 

38-DHOTIWALA

On 19th July 1929, a man named Dhotiwala had seen Baba taking a walk came in the morning for darshan. He complained about the scanty rainfall in the area and the farmers' plight and probable heavy financial losses and famine. He requested that Baba bring rain. Just as he was stating his plea, a heavy shower began to fall and Baba humorously rhymed, "You have got the neer (water) and I have got the teer (arrow)!" (Lord Meher-p-1408-1929)

 

39-DR. A. K. HAZRA

Amiya Kumar Hazra was a professor in College in Jabalpur.

As a newcomer he had first heard of Baba in Jabalpur in 1954 when he chanced on an informal talk being given by Bhau Kalchuri. Later, in 1956, Amiya met Y. L. Muniraj at a wedding, and Muniraj convinced him to read some of Baba's literature. After subsequent meetings with Baba lovers from his hometown, Amiya wrote a letter to Baba. From the moment he posted the letter, Amiya's love for Baba manifested and longing began to drive him to emotional excesses. He wrote to Baba pleading that he could not wait until February to see him, and Baba therefore permitted him to come to Poona on 7th December 1956

Baba called Amiya Hazra to him during the tea break. Baba gave Amiya his first embrace and then, pointing at Amiya, Baba stated: "Amiya, you are God. You see God (Baba pointed at himself), but you have to become God!

Amiya was a college lecturer. Baba continued, "Amiya has plenty of grey matter. I will test your intelligence today. I will give you a discourse on God and breath. Only ten sentences. You will have to repeat it. That’s all."

Baba began:

What is God? God is neither heavy nor light in weight. He is all-pervading. He is absolutely independent. But everything depends upon Him. You have a body; it is matter. You also have energy and mind. Body, energy and mind, in a sense, all depend on breath. In sound sleep the body lies in bed. Energy and mind are dormant, but breath continues, independent of all three.

Amiya was having trouble concentrating. He tried to remember what Baba had said, but when he was asked to repeat it, he admitted, "Baba, I am a fool. I don't recollect anything."

Baba said, "No, you have plenty of grey matter. Anyway, don't worry. When you go back to Bhopal, try to recollect what I said and then write it out and send it to me."

"Breath is not God," Baba continued. "It is only a simile for understanding God. He is the infinite and limitless Ocean of Noor, which can only be inadequately rendered in English as 'Light' or 'Effulgence.' One who sees God sees nothing but God, and one who sees everything else sees the world.

"There is a great difference in seeing God and becoming God. You are God, and yet you have to become God," Baba repeated.

Amiya was a college lecturer. Baba continued, "Amiya has plenty of grey matter. I will test your intelligence today. I will give you a discourse on God and breath. Only ten sentences. You will have to repeat it. That’s all."

Baba began:

What is God? God is neither heavy nor light in weight. He is all-pervading. He is absolutely independent. But everything depends upon Him. You have a body; it is matter. You also have energy and mind. Body, energy and mind, in a sense, all depend on breath. In sound sleep the body lies in bed. Energy and mind are dormant, but breath continues, independent of all three.

Amiya was having trouble concentrating. He tried to remember what Baba had said, but when he was asked to repeat it, he admitted, "Baba, I am a fool. I don't recollect anything."

Baba said, "No, you have plenty of grey matter. Anyway, don't worry. When you go back to Bhopal, try to recollect what I said and then write it out and send it to me."

"Breath is not God," Baba continued. "It is only a simile for understanding God. He is the infinite and limitless Ocean of Noor, which can only be inadequately rendered in English as 'Light' or 'Effulgence.' One who sees God sees nothing but God, and one who sees everything else sees the world.

"There is a great difference in seeing God and becoming God. You are God, and yet you have to become God," Baba repeated.

Amiya, an English professor living in Jabalpur had heard about Meher Baba, and when he was in Pune, Baba gave a discourse on "Ego."  Amiya was very, very happy to hear it.

When he returned home, the question of ego had made him mad.  He said to himself, "I have got a lot of ego, and I must get rid of it.”

He thought that he must resign from his post as a college English professor and seek some low-class position, so that he would become free from ego.  He resigned from his college and took a job as peon (messenger boy) in a primary school, where he would take files from one office to another.  The school was in Bheda Ghat, 13 miles from his home in Jabalpur.  In the morning, Amiya would bicycle to the school, and late in the evening return the same distance home.

Amiya's father was a doctor, very popular and very famous.  When he came to know that his son had left his professorship to become a peon, the doctor became very, very angry.  He could not figure out why his son had done such a thing and made inquiries regarding the matter.  He discovered that Amiya had come into Meher Baba's contact and had His darshan.  Amiya subsequently quit his professorship to become a peon.  The father was very, very upset with Meher Baba.  Abusing Him and abusing Him, Amiya's father told others, "Who is this Meher Baba who has spoiled the life of my son? I will go and see himself!”

Some Baba lovers heard this, and one of them sent a letter to Baba in Mahabaleshwar.  As soon as the letter was read out, Baba asked Eruch to send a telegram to Amiya.  Eruch did so, instructing Amiya to come to Mahabaleshwar immediately.

Amiya received the telegram, and since he had no money, sold his bicycle to buy his train ticket.  He also brought along his friend, Sharma, a professor at the college where Amiya had previously taught.

When Amiya and Sharma arrived in Mahabaleshwar, Baba embraced them and asked them to sit.  Then He inquired of Amiya, "Whether your screw is loose?"

"Yes, Baba, that's why I have come to You," Amiya replied.  "So that You may tighten my screw.”

"How can I tighten it?  When I see you, My screw becomes loose!"  Then Baba added, Why did you leave your job as a professor?”

"Baba, I've got so much ego.  In order to get rid of this ego, I left the post that was giving it to me.  I have taken up another job, where I have to carry out the orders of my superiors."

Then Baba added, "In order to make your ego weak, you left your good job and you have become a peon.  Can you be free from ego by doing this?  Can anyone be free from ego by these outer means?  You cannot.  You have no idea that it is your ego itself deceiving you when it tells you this.  Your ego is not going to leave you.  Instead, it is becoming more and more firm and keeps you in its grip.  If you have this low job, it does not mean that your ego has become weak.  It has remained just the same.  This is not the way you get rid of it.

"Only through love for God can you lose your ego, not through intellectual thinking.  But that love is the Grace of God.  And how can you have that grace?  It depends upon God's Whim.  And therefore, only obedience to Me and My Love can save you.  Follow My order and do not think about your ego.  Whatever I say, just follow with all love.  Your mind may question, and let your mind question, but you just follow My order wholeheartedly.  Whatever I say, just do it.  Now I tell you:  Go back and apply for your previous post.”

"But Baba," Amiya said, "another professor has already been appointed in my place. How can I get the same post?”

"Again, you are arguing?  Your obedience should be natural.  Just try to get your post as professor of English again, and you will.  Don't use your intellect.  Don't argue.  It is not good.  If you argue, how can you obey Me?  Whatever I say, just do it accordingly."

Then Amiya kept quiet.  When he went back, he was able to assume a post as a professor in another college. Amiya was able to resume teaching.

The mind always deceives.  It deceived Amiya into thinking that in order to become free from ego; he must resign from professorship and take the job of a peon.

On 5th June 1960, a renowned Sanskrit scholar and philosopher, Dr. Gopinath Kaviraj, sent his friend Amiya Hazra to Guruprasad to ascertain whether Baba would give him darshan, as he happened to be in Poona.  Baba informed Hazra that he would see Kaviraj the next day in morning. Hazra explained that as Kaviraj was observing silence two days a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, it would be better if he could be allowed to see Baba on Tuesday. But Baba replied, "I am also continuously silent."

Despite Baba's circular that He wished to remain undisturbed in seclusion, Amiya Kumar Hazra of Jabalpur had taken a chance, and come with his mother to Ahmednagar on 5th September, 1964. Adi upbraided him for coming without permission. Hazra was facing an emotional family crisis (tension between his wife and mother), so he appealed to Eruch in writing to ask Baba for an audience. Baba relented and sorted out his difficulties. (Lord Meher-p-5087-1964)

 

40-DR. BALDEV PARSHAD MISHRA

In year 1944, Jal Kerawalla had arranged a public darshan in Raipur. But suddenly, on the night of the 5th, Baba's health collapsed. The public darshan was scheduled to take place the next day, and Jal Kerawalla grew worried. He had invited many prominent people who had heard of Baba but who had never met him, including the Maharaja of Baghbahara and other important government officials. Jal was naturally anxious about the consequences of cancelling the program.

Baba gestured, "I will try for your sake. If I can sit for darshan. Baba went ti His room and no sooner was Baba out of the room, then like a flash of light, He suddenly became energetic, and His face assumed its usual rosy glow. He strode rapidly to His seat on the dais, and His divine smile diffused rays of joy throughout the gathering.

It was a unique experience, and a new understanding dawned upon Jal Kerawala about the Master. The darshan went on from morning to evening, and Baba's smile was like nectar to those who approached him for darshan. The light of His divine splendour pervaded Raipur, as qawaali singers entertained the crowd.

In between, Baba gave spiritual explanations to the gathering. Almost 5,000 persons had Baba's darshan that day, and later a few came for individual Dr. Baldev Parshad Mishra, principal of Bilaspur College had interview who later edited Kunj Behari Choubey's translation of Discourses in Hindi, came very close to Baba at this time. (Lord Meher-p-2421-1944)

 

 49-DR S. V. ARYA

Dr. S. V. Arya, retired Vice Chancellor of Agricultural University Jabalpur, joined Baba on 15-1-2012 after short illness. Dr, Arya, 86, was faculty at India’s prestigious Technology Institution, IIT Kharagpur, and later came to Jabalpur and became president of the State Agricultural University, for two consecutive terms.

Arya heard Baba’s name through M. M. Appalnaidu, who gave him “God Speaks” to read. Arya used to say with great emphasis that, there is no book in the world that explains the metaphysics so beautifully. “God Speaks” and “Discourses”, jointly summarise, in most simple language, the most complicated ideas, used by all religions of the world, in an evolutionary order. The fundamentals of all Upanishads become particular cases of generalised frame work detailed in “God Speaks”.

Prof. Arya was born in the village Barwan Distt. Hardoi (UP), and got education at Banaras and nearby places of Uttar Pradesh, the largest State of India. He showed meritorious qualities right from the early age. He stood second in the State level merit in Intermediate school exams. His father was school teacher with staunch devotion to social aspects of Arya Samaj’s philosophy. He was working hard for removal of untouchability and acceptance of the widow marriage by the society.  Govardhan Singh, Arya’s father, and his companions regularly engaged in the discussions about Arya Samaj and the traditional Hindu religion.

For young Prof. Arya these discussions were seed of enquiry in to the aspect of God, Soul and Prakriti. It was later at Allahabad and during his higher studies in the USA that he came into contact with Christianity, which enhanced the struggle in his mind regarding truth and life. Later, while teaching in Kharagpur he felt that all these questions in his mind were not merely searching for an answer, but for someone who was solution himself. He immediately felt that, he has enough intellectual activity and what he has needed was someone, with inner awakening. One event of younger days that influenced his thinking was related to me as following:

Once Prof. Arya’s father took him to a theatre which was playing the old mythological storey of Ghantakarna, a mythological character who wore little bells on his ears so as to prevent the name of Vishnu or God from entering his ears. Every time Ghantakarna heard the name of God, he shook his head, in order to make the bells toll and prevent the God’s name entering the years. In this drama, some artist in the make-up room of Lord Vishnu appeared, and started performing his role. Young Arya was surprised to see the figure, which for him meant God’s presence. He wondered as to why the people always said that God cannot be seen. This moment He was seeing God in front of him in person. He resisted with difficulty the temptation of going forward on the stage to touch the feet of God in person. This disturbed the young child’s heart and he was restless for many days. As a child he had experienced the shadow of the inner joy and the carving that one goes through when he is in the presence of God, in human form

 

51-D'SILVA

D'Silva the mayor of Jabalpur arrived to meet Baba.The man stated that he was an atheist and launched into his opinion about the root cause of the current troubles between the Hindus and Mohammedans, blaming the British for fomenting enmity between the two groups. "There is no true sense of service to the nation as claimed by our political leaders," he stated. "It is all a guise for lust of power in the name of service."

Baba agreed and added, "It is all due to self-interest and selfishness rather than selflessness."

The mayor continued, "My only creed is service to humanity irrespective of caste or creed."

Baba commended him, "That is serving God."

"I do not care. I give it no name or label."

"All the better. Serving humanity is the true ideal, while claiming nothing for the self. I am pleased."

The mayor was informed of Baba's wishes to establish a center and he urged Baba to consider Jabalpur. (Lord Meher-p-1977-1939)

 

52-DUBE GIRJANANDAN

Girjanandan Dube was Principal of Jabalpur College in Jabalpur. He came into contact of Baba in year 1939.

On 7th April 1939, in the morning, Baba was driven to Mandla with Girjanandan Dube (pronounced DU-bay). For an hour the trip went smoothly, but then the radiator began spewing out water and they stopped the car to let it cool. They were five miles from Mandla and the radiator was leaking so the car would not restart. Baba suggested an unusual solution to their problem. To their wonder, he directed them to read a passage from the Bhagavad Gita out loud before trying to restart the car each time it stalled! Thus they went to Mandla (where Baba held a meeting with some community leaders there and contacted masts), and all the way back to Jabalpur following this same strange ritual. Baba afterward gave the book to Dube, with these words, "Don't give this Gita to anyone, nor lose it. It is my prasad."

A grand celebration took place at the Ahmednagar Center in 1968.Welcome arches were erected over different roads in town, and other decorations were displayed. Like the previous year, a large procession was planned, and the principal of Jabalpur College, Girjanandan Dube, had come to deliver a public address at Gandhi Maidan.

On 27th February 1968, Baba invited ten of the main workers of the Ahmednagar Center to Meherazad. Baba praised their efforts in producing such a grand celebration for his birthday, especially the procession and talk at Gandhi Maidan.  Girjanandan Dube was also allowed to see Baba on this occasion. At one point, Dube recited a couplet before Baba about surrendering to God, which Baba appreciated. He allowed Dube to kiss his cheeks several times before he departed.

On Sunday, 1st December 1968, main inauguration function was held adjacent to the hospital in the affiliated college's auditorium. Girjanandan Dube was the principal speaker. (Lord Meher-p-5374-1968)

 

90-JHA V. P.

In 1958, after taking darshan, V. P. Jha of Bilaspur gave some new marbles to Baba and Baba immediately began playing with them on the dais. Abdul Majid Khan picked up a marble which had gone flying off the platform and brought it to Baba, who told him to keep it. (Lord Meher-p-4252-1958)

 

93-KAMATH H. V

  1. Kamath was granted an interview during Baba's stay in Jabalpur.

Baba was informed that Kamath had held a high position in the Indian Civil Service, but gave it all up to work for the country through the Congress party. Baba remarked, "Sacrifice is sweet when it is for a good cause."

Kamath asked Baba, "What is the goal of creation?"

Baba responded, "To know the Self as the infinite eternal existence and enable others to realize this same Self."

"Why do forces of evil predominate over forces of virtue?"

"It is all in the scope of Universal Law. The suffering that appears so grave is necessary for happiness, as binding is necessary to experience freedom. Unless evil temporarily triumphs, suffering cannot be experienced. This universe is based on duality. Binding and freedom, good and bad, evil and virtue, are inter-dependent. If only one aspect existed, there would be no interest or meaning in life. For the attainment of ultimate freedom and happiness, temporary victory of evil over virtue is necessary."

"Why does God who is so kind and merciful give suffering and pain to so many?"

"God has nothing to do with this. God is all, One-in-One. He is aloof and yet so attached that whatever is done is by His Law of Love and Will ... God is neither merciful nor cruel in your 'awakened' state."

"Will India come in the forefront, as in days of old, to lead the world?"

"It is the duty of India to lead the world spiritually."

Baba urged Kamath, "Work with all your heart with the one motive of making India truly free, but do not think of the results of your work. Men like you can do what millions cannot do, as you have heart, intellect and sincerity. This selfless service of yours in striving for India's freedom will lead you ultimately to God." (Lord Meher-p-1977-1939)

 

97-KEKI BAJAN

Keki Bajan was a Parsi devotee of Upasni Maharaj.

He came with his family from Katni for a few days to see Baba, arriving on the afternoon of the 3rd January 1939. The next morning, they came for Baba's darshan. After a few moments of silence, Baba stated:

I am like a child and also like a grown man — very small and very great at one and the same time. Eventually, a person must have that experience of being both small and great, a child and an adult simultaneously, whereby he consciously experiences being in all. For that to happen, this I must go. This is false, but for it to disappear is very difficult. If that false, finite I goes, and then the infinite I (Godhood) comes.

Keki must go for Baba to come! This is not born of reading or talks, but is my actual experience. Pandits (Pundits) are many, but the Experience must be there.

Keki said, "Your grace is required, Baba."

"Yes, it is not possible without grace. But it will come. Stick to Maharaj till the end. Hold tightly onto his feet. Only the Master knows. They may make one sink or swim!"

Keki narrated Upasni Maharaj's recent activities and tour, saying, "For fourteen days Maharaj was in Benares, for two days in Katni, and for one day in Satna.

He left from here (Jabalpur) only yesterday! After staying in Nagpur for two days, he will return to Sakori."

"I also intend to go to Benares," Baba said.

Keki invited him to come to his home in Katni (which is on the way from Jabalpur to Benares), and Baba accepted the invitation to go there after two weeks. Baba explained to him, "This hide-and-seek of the Masters (Maharaj and Baba going to similar places but not seeing each other) is significant and will soon end." He added, "Upasni Maharaj is going to drop his body soon." After Keki and his family had left, Baba again repeated this prediction to the men mandali saying, "In six months, Maharaj will drop his body."

On 5th January 1939, Keki Bajan again came with his family to see Baba. Explaining to them about surrender and grace, Baba stated:

To surrender is not as difficult as people think. It must not be external, but internal. You must do your duty toward your dear ones-your wife, children and others who depend on you. You must not shirk or avoid your responsibilities. But while doing these duties, one must not be attached to Maya.

One must remain detached, whatever the result may be. Even if one of your dear ones dies, you should not think about it, much less worry about it, but dedicate all to the guru. You should dedicate every thought and every act, both good and bad, at his feet. It is very easy, but because it is so easy, it is difficult. Once dedicated, you should forget everything, and if you cannot forget them [your thoughts and actions], how can you say that you have surrendered them?

The rain falls on both rocks and the soil. But the water flows away down the rock, while the earth soaks it up. The rock does not derive any benefit from the rain, while the soil does. Although the rain falls equally on both, only the soil takes advantage

Similarly, My mercy and grace are equally on all. But only those on the plain deserve it, while those who go about as if they are on the top of a high mountain do not benefit by all.

Keki Bajan was sent word to bring a mast named Bharosa Baba to Jabalpur. The mast, an old man, naked except for a loincloth, was always seen carrying dirty rags and sticks. In Jabalpur, the mast was given food, a bath and new clothes, but afterward he became very angry and restless. He was sent back to Katni after a day or so.

As per His promise, one day Baba visited Keki Bajan's house in Katni, 90 km to the northeast, with few mandali men. The Bajans' car was sent to Jabalpur to bring Baba's group. Baba had lunch with the couple and presented them with a framed photograph of himself. "Your connection with me is of many lifetimes," he informed them.”

Keki mentioned some financial difficulties, but Baba only smiled, reassuring him, "Everything will be all right in its own time. Don't worry about it. Don't think of that debt but of this debt (pointing upward to indicate God)."

Gesturing towards a painting of Zoroaster on the wall above his chair, Baba urged the couple, "Think of me as you think of him." (Lord Meher-Lord Meher-pp-1979-1933)

 

105-KHER RAJA BALWANT RAI

In 1953, Raja Balwant Rao Kher of Sagar and a few women from Hamirpur came without Baba's consent. Baba first rebuked, and then pardoned them. Raja Saheb Kher had met Baba in Nagpur and had come to Vijayawada. Baba nicknamed him Mancher Shah (the name of a king), because he was descended from a royal family and had a stately, regal bearing. (Lord Meher-3246-1953)

 

 

108-KUNJBIHARI CHOUBEY

A public darshan was arranged in Raipur by Jal Kerawala with permission of Baba. The program was scheduled for the 6th of August 1944 and all the influential citizens of the district were. Invited (Lord Meher-p-2419-1944)

Baba gave spiritual explanations to the gathering. Almost 5,000 persons had Baba's darshan that day, and later a few came for individual interviews. One of these was Kunjbihari Choubey, who later translated all the Master's Discourses into Hindi. (Lord Meher-p-2421-1944)

 

128-MUNIRAJ Y. L.

  1. Muniraj's family from Jabalpur came in close contact but their love was silent, and Baba expressed his Happiness with them.

His father was devotee of Lord Krishna and had Baba’s darshan in Jabalpur in 1939. He accepted Baba as Parsi saint.

Muniraj had deep urge to see God and he met number of saints. Finally one of Mahatma said to him “Unless one gets a living Perfect Master the soul remain wandering. To get him devote yourself to Ram or Krishna and remove lust, anger, greed and attachment as much as you can.

Baba called Y. L. Muniraj's family from Jabalpur and few others. Muniraj had first heard of Baba through Thade and had met Baba in the September 1954 meeting.

During sahwas of 1955, He had Baba darshan in form of Lord Krishna. He had great conviction in Avatar-hood of Baba and tried to lead a life as per directives of Meher Baba.


129-MURLI KALE & SULBHA

 (Mandali)

(Refer –Fortunate Soul –Volume -2)

 

132-NAFDE D. Y. (Bhau) & SHAKUNTALA (Tai)

Bhau Nafde was born to simple middle-class parents on 2nd October 1919. His was a huge joint family - father, mother, three brothers, three sisters, five cousin brothers and two cousin sisters. Nobody in his family was interested in spiritual matters and the family lived a simple life of a devout Hindu home. Rituals and religious festivals were dutifully observed and celebrated. In 1937, Bhau passed his matriculation examination. This was the time when his elder brother, who was living with a family in Chindwara, a small town in Central India, fell seriously sick and Bhau rushed from Jabalpur, to attend and help. The family with whom Bhau's elder brother was living was deeply devoted to Sadguru Tajuddin Baba, one of Meher Baba's five Perfect Masters. Bhau, who was attending to his sick brother, started living in Chindwara and was also drawn towards Tajuddin. Soon Bahu got a government job at Chindwara, which according to him, was e due to the blessings of Tajuddin Baba.

The family with whom Bahu and his brother were staying was related to Nana Kher; one of Baba's mandali, whose loving way of greeting `Welcome Home' at Meherabad has touched the hearts of Baba lovers all over the world. Nana used to visit his relations at Chindwara quite often and talked about Meher Baba day in and day out. He told Bhau that Baba is God-incarnate. He gave Bhau few books to read and Bhau was deeply moved by The Perfect Master by Charles Purdom and The Wayfarers by Dr. William Donkin. Bhau recalls that these books convinced him that Meher Baba is God-incarnate and he told Nana Kher that one day he will surely have Baba's darshan. Bhau got married in 1945 to Shakuntala and in 1948 was transferred to Jabalpur.

Nana could see the heart of Bhau being lighted by Beloved Baba's grace. He mentioned about Bhau to Baba and Baba invited Bhau to attend a special meeting at Meherabad between 7th-9th November 1952. This was a unique period of Baba's life. In February 1952, Baba had concluded the Manonash period of his New Life and from middle of November Baba was all set to give his first ever public Darshan in Hamirpur. On 8th November, Baba gave the Repentance Prayer at Meherabad and Bhau was a witness to this great event. Bhau was drowned in the infinite ocean of Beloved Baba's love and resolved that come what may, he and his family will never miss a Baba sahwas or darshan.

In 1955, Bhau Nafde participated in a Five-Day Baba Sahwas at Meherabad. In April 1957, they were asked to attend a one day darshan programme at Sakori, the sacred seat of Sadguru Upasani Maharaj, one of Meher Baba's five Perfect Masters. There were around 300 devotees -lovers. Baba gave a full coconut fruit only to Bhau Nafde and Hoshang Bharucha as prasad. Baba instructed them to keep the fruit with care and worship it in the way they like. This coconut fruit is Nafde family's most precious treasure.

In 1957 Nafde's were in Bombay and attended Baba's darshan programme at Sunderbai Hall. They also attended the day long qawaali (Sufi singing) programme at Ashiana, the home of Nariman & Arnavaz Dadachanji. In 1958, Bhau Nafde attended Five-Day Baba -Sahwas programme (16-26 February), arranged exclusively for his eastern lovers at Meherabad. Later Bhau was called to attend a day meet at Meherabad on 10 July 1958. This was the day when Beloved Baba gave his Universal Message to the world and Bhau was fortunate to witness that. Baba gave copies of Universal Message to his lovers assembled over there and asked them to disseminate it far and wide.

Bhau kept in touch with the members of Baba's close mandali through regular correspondence. Eruch, one of Meher Baba's close mandali, in one of his letters expressed Meher Baba's wish that a Baba centre be started at Bhopal. Thus in September 1959, Bhau Nafde with Sri Shambhulingam, Sri Shirdhonkar, Sri Parkhe and others started Avatar Meher Baba Centre at Bhopal.

The decade of 60's was again a period of intense and exciting Baba activities for Nafde's. In 1961, they participated in darshan programme at "Guru Prasad" (name of the palace of Maharani of Baroda, a devotee lover of Meher Baba) in Poona. In 1962 (1-5 November), they attended the East-West gathering of Meher lovers at "Guru Prasad." In 1963, Baba permitted Bhau Nafde to stay for a month in Poona and attend his darshan programmes at "Guru Prasad". Every day Bhau would reach "Guru Prasad" in the morning and join again in the afternoon from 3 p.m. onwards. During this period Bhau was fortunate to participate in a game of cards with Baba, and to join him in one of the visits to the house of a lover.

The same year Nafde's attended Baba's darshan programme at "Guru Prasad” which lasted four days. This was their last live darshan of their divine Beloved Avatar Meher Baba. Beloved Baba dropped his physical body on 31st January 1969. His body was kept for darshan in his Samadhi or Tomb-Shrine from 31 January to 7 February 1969, the day when it was finally interred at 12.15 p.m. amidst loud cheers of “Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai." During this period, Bhau and his entire family assembled at Samadhi to have a last darshan of the divinely beautiful human form of Beloved Baba. They received the precious gift of a cloth-piece of Beloved Baba's sadra from Bhau Kalchuri after Baba's body was interred. Later, Tai Nafde received the gift of Baba's hair from Mani at Guru Prasad between April-June 1969.

Bhau devotedly engaged in the work of Bhopal centre and continued to spread Meher Baba's message of love leading the centre. He used to remain immersed in Baba all the time spreading Meher Baba's message of love through a life of love and humility at His feet. Bhau passed away on 23rd October 2005 with Baba's name on his lips. He was 85. Such people are rare, such love - extraordinary.

Mrs. Shakuntala Nafde, loving called `Tai’ went to Beloved Baba on 13 March 2009 at 6.50 PM. She was 82. Avatar Meher Baba had said that God cannot be understood, discussed and explained. God can only be lived. Living the God should be the goal of our lives. Shakuntala Tai Nafde lived God by living Meher Baba’s Wish for His lovers.

It was the year of 1950 when Shakuntala Tai’s great destiny made her have Beloved Baba’s darshan.

 

 135-NANDI P.G

(Biography and contacts with Meher Baba in his own words)

I was optimistic and a happy-go-lucky person from my boyhood. My early life was not smooth and rosy, yet I never felt disheartened at my failures and adversities. I saw many deaths in our family. When I lost my mother quite early in my life, I depended upon my Auntie who brought me up with great love and affection.

Later my father died and I depended upon my uncle, elder to my father. I could not finish my graduation in the college due to lack of money. I sought for a job which was very difficult during the thirties – a decade of economic depression. At last I got a steno – typist job without any remuneration for six months. After this apprentice period I was paid Rs. 5/ per month as my hand-expenses. So I could eat monkey-nuts now, as my Tiffin, which was an improvement on a glass of drinking water as my Tiffin. I had two increments in two years and my pay rose to Rs.15/- per month.

I appeared for a competitive examination in the Posts and Telegraph Department for the job of a Telegraphist. I was successful and selected for training for one year for a stipend of Rs.30/- per month. After one year’s training and a few months in the Calcutta Telegraph Office, I was transferred to Chittagong (Now in Bangladesh), for a pay of Rs.55/-. Many friends advised me to give up the job as Chittagong was being bombed regularly by the Japanese after the fall of Rangoon during the second Worlds War.

Being adventurous, I did not listen to them and duly joined my duty. In spite of daily bombing at aerodrome of Chittagong, life continued to flow smoothly and in two years I appeared for another All India competitive examination on the Telegraph Engineering side as a departmental candidate. I became successful in the examination and was selected for training for a few months at Jabalpur in 1944. After training I was posted back to Calcutta as Engineering Supervisor. In 1948, I was transferred back to Jabalpur.

On 19th January 1949, I got married. Within two years of my married life I came to learn from a doctor that she was suffering from Mitral stenosis of the heart and that she should not conceive at all. The days of pleasure had gone and the nights of sorrow came in. Within a few years after my marriage, my uncle, auntie and many cousins left this world leaving me alone in this world. I had to depend entirely on my wife, the center of my joys and sorrows. After seven years I was transferred to Calcutta.

In 1960, again I was transferred to Jabalpur. After one year, on the 1st June 1961, my wife had a paralytic attack and she expired next day in the Victoria Hospital after 12 years of our married life. This was the greatest and rudest shock in my life because I loved her too much. The more she suffered, the more I loved her. Never did I hesitate to sacrifice my comforts and pleasures to make her happy and smile. She also loved me much more than anything in this world. Our two souls were, as it were, moulded into one.

After this blissful union, her physical separation, caused by cruel but merciful death, was an anti-climax in the drama of my life. I was a millionaire but became penniless over night. Who would guide me in my difficulties, console me in my afflictions and caress me in my psychological breakdown? As a result, I lost my balance of mind and I wept and wept and wept foolishly, perhaps to lighten my agonies. I gave up all games and sports; I gave up the company of all friends and well-wishers who advised me to marry again or to take “diksha” under some “Guru”. I shunned the society and became self-centered.

I did not marry again for biological needs and for the company when there is none else, because I felt I had loved my departed wife once for all and surrendered to her forever. I did not take “diksha” under some Guru, because I felt if I am true and honest,” Guru” would come to me instead of my going to him. In this mental state I passed my days and nights. Mechanically I was going to office and coming back. I was taking food from a nearby hotel and never cared for my health so as to die early to meet her in the next world. Keeping myself shut within four corners of the room, I wept bitterly for her. But any amount of weeping did not make her return to me nor did I die to meet her eternally. What a predicament!

One night, when my cup of sorrow was overflowing, I prayed to God from the core of my heart in this manner; “O God”, I never prayed to you, I do not know whether you exist at all, but people say that you do exist and that you are the only dependable one for those who had none in this world. Perhaps I have come to this stage of my life, if so, please help me and guide me for the rest of my life and reset my upset life”.

At that very moment there was a knock at the entrance door the house. I wondered who could knock when I deliberately shunned all friends. Anyhow, I opened the door and allowed in a gentleman of younger age with whom I was acquainted several months ago.

He was the friend of the son of one of my colleagues. The son shared a room in the house when his father made over the house to me on my transfer to Jabalpur, and his transfer to Calcutta. The young gentleman enquired about the whereabouts of the son of my colleague and also casually asked me how I was passing my days after my dear wife’s death. On my reply that I was feeling lonely and miserable, he offered, on his own, to lend me two books so that I might pass my days peacefully and perhaps seek solace in life by turning over to the spiritual side.

On my further query about the authors and contents of the book he disclosed that there was one booklet on the miracles of Sai Baba of Shirdi and the other book was “God Speaks” by Meher Baba. On my further enquiries about the identity of Sai Baba and Meher Baba, he replied that he was a devotee of Sai Baba and that he knew nothing about Meher Baba. He further added that he had purchased the book “God Speaks” but could not finish it as it was very difficult to understand. He then promised to send those two books, the next day.

But it so happened that those two books were not received next day. I was eagerly awaiting the books which did not reach my hand till the elapse of three weeks. After this period of waiting I was thinking about these books while I was at office when suddenly a peon of the office brought those two books to me. I was amazed. On further queries I came to learn that the young gentleman, who visited my house that momentous night of sincere prayer to God, actually presented those two books next day, as promised, to one of my officers while in the South Indian Club with a request to make over the books to me. But is so happened that the officer completely forgot to hand over the books to me in the office and remembered them after three weeks.

After all the books were received, the booklet was finished in no time. When I opened the book ” God Speaks”, I saw the picture of Avatar Meher Baba reclining on a tiger skin and fell in love at first sight. I thought within myself if I were to have a Master in my life I would prefer Him as He looked most divine with a compassionate smile on His face and most modern without any beard, most suitable to the modern age. Slowly I started going through the book without understanding its deeper meaning. But, since it is a story of the Creation explained in a scientific manner and since I remembered my cousin’s advice to go ahead even if I had not understood in the beginning, I continued to read the book with difficulty and came to the end in a few months.

This reading, however, had a healing effect on my mind and increased my hunger for reading and knowing more about Avatar Meher Baba. But no one could supply me with any information regarding His whereabouts. In this way many months passed away without the young gentleman turning up again to take back the book “God Speaks”.

It so happened that one day one of my student- colleague (J.D. Raje) who was transferred to Calcutta and came to Jabalpur in connection with his sister’s marriage, paid a visit to my place to renew old acquaintance and saw the book “God Speaks” on my table. Immediately he exclaimed tauntingly, “Oh, you have also become a “Chela” of Meher Baba”.

I explained to him the circumstances under which the above book came into my possession and enquired whether he could throw light on Meher Baba. He then invited me to come to his place in the evening so as to introduce myself to his brother-in-law Mr. R.P. Pankhraj who was the local Secretary of the Avatar Meher Baba Jabalpur Center.

This chance meeting with dear Pankhraj opened a corridor to the world of Avatar Meher Baba, and I came to learn more and more about Baba. Dear Pankhraj informed me that Baba was in “Seclusion” and that he would inform me about His Darshan program whenever He decided. Meanwhile his library of books by and on Avatar Meher Baba were flung open to me and I gradually enriched myself with all external knowledge about Him and ultimately installed Him in the throne of my heart with the firm conviction that He can be none other than God (Antaryami-Indweller of heart) who immediately responded to the sincere prayer of my heart by providing me with His most important book “God Speaks” and secondly, by creating an opportunity for a chance meeting with dear Pankhraj, the master key to open the door to the spiritual world of the Avatar.

Thus my revered Master entered my life in 1962 graciously but unceremoniously, without doing any sadhans required of me. I lost the temporal companion of this life in the form of dear wife, but gained the constant companion in the form of Avatar Meher Baba for all lives to come.

In the merry month of May, 1963 Beloved Baba decided to give “Darshan” at Guru Prasad in Poona and I merrily accompanied dear Pankhraj to have His “Darshan” for the first time in this incarnation of my life. He sat on the only chair and we the Jabalpur Group – sat on the floor of the Guru prasad Hall along with hundred others. He appeared to me just like the rising sun – crimsoned, radiant and resplendent. He announced by the gesture of the fingers of His hand that He would break His silence in ten months hence. Then the “darshan” started.

First the ladies finished their turns and we all watched. Then the turn of the Gents came and our group the rearmost got the first chance from the rest. Dear brothers R.K. Upadhyaya and Shri Awate were in front of me while dear Pankhraj, standing near, was introducing Jabalpur group to Beloved Baba. When the turn of Shri Upadhyaya came, Beloved Baba enquired of him if he had composed any new song and if so, he could sing the same in front of the mike. So, Mr. Upadhyaya started singing a new song to his Beloved while the line of darshanites stopped during singing.

This opportunity brought me almost to the threshold of the Beloved and sat a few feet away from His glorious lotus-feet. At that moment a chance thought occupied my mind to look intently on the signs and emblems of conch, flag etc. on the sole of His lotus-feet which I understood Lord Krishna possessed in His incarnation. But Beloved Baba was sitting with His left leg over His right thigh with sole of the left leg turned one right angle away to the left from the line of my eye-sight.

But it so happened that the moment the above thought possessed my mind, Beloved Baba immediately changed the angle of the sole of His lotus-feet towards the line of my eye – sight as if in response to my thought. Immediately I realized that Beloved Baba had caught my thought as I had read earlier in several books on His life story and admonished myself for such foolish thinking and I intently gazed upon Him without any whisk of thought whatsoever.

At last my turn came to have His darshan after the singing was over. I put my forehead on the hallowed lotus-feet of the Beloved without any knowledge of His instruction not to touch His lotus-feet. But Beloved Baba did not object to this while dear Pankhraj was introducing me to Him.

Beloved Baba out of great compassion touched both the cheeks of my face with His palms and lifted me up, like a grandfather lifting his grandson, and intently looked into my eyes. But He did not embrace me as He did in the case of other souls. Thus the Darshan-Diksha was over.

I felt so happy with His Divine touch on my face which was beyond words. I felt like a weightless man walking on air, delightfully and like a bird, care free, dancing from tree to tree. One brother of our Jabalpur group commented upon not having the embrace of Beloved Baba which was the most desired during “Darshan” but I kept silent thinking within myself that Beloved Baba had done what He knew best at that moment.

After three days of Darshan program I returned to Jabalpur along with the group with an outlook of mind completely changed. I became my old self again – a happy – go – lucky person. The prison of self-centeredness was broken open and I rushed to my friends and well-wishers from door to door only to announce that “I was the happiest man in the world”, which I claimed as a bachelor. But there was a difference. Earlier the claim was based on ignorance but now it is based on knowledge of certainty that I am connected to the source of all happiness.

The clouds of sorrow had disappeared and the sun of bliss appeared gloriously in my life when I dreamt the following dream one night, in which Beloved Baba gave me divine embrace.

Beloved Baba was sitting cross-ledged with His open body without any garment but with a tuft of sacred thread slung over His shoulder just like the Brahmins. I became a small baby in His lap. Just like mother He was caressing me to His breast with His two hands clasping me tightly. After this deep embrace He asked me to comb His hair which was lightly sparsed. While combing, the tooth stuck on the pulp-skin and blood oozed out. I became frightened. Baba said, “Don’t worry, Bring tincture Iodine”. The dream broke.

This is how I came in contact with Avatar Meher Baba in this incarnation of my life.

 

P.G.Nandi  
Date: 10.11.1984

 

151-PANKHRAJ R. P. & TARA

Pankhraj was born on the day of Ramnavami in the year 1922 at Kamptee a place near Nagpur. He was thus named Ramchandra by his parents. His earlier education was done at Kamptee High School and later at Patwardhan Higher Secondary School, Nagpur. Later he joined Morris College Nagpur during 1938-39 for his graduation.

At the Morris College Nagpur Pankhraj met Dr. C. D. Deshmukh who was one of the disciples of Meher Baba and the entire college knew him for his commendable knowledge of Spiritual teachings of Meher Baba. All his students in a way or other knew well about Meher Baba, but only a few developed genuine interest in Meher Baba. Pankhraj was one of those dear students for whom Dr. Deshmukh had great affection as he felt more and more interested in Meher Baba. Young and curious Pankhraj desired to go to Meherabad and meet Meher Baba one day and test for himself the stories about Baba’s omniscience.

In the year 1941 it so happened that he left Nagpur for Meherabad without giving any prior notice to the mandali. Baba was in seclusion at that time inside the room at the top of the Meherabad hill. None was thus allowed to meet Him, just when 19 years old Pankhraj reached Meherabad hill with a list of questions in his mind, to be asked to Meher Baba. He was attended by Vishnu who readily told him that Baba was in seclusion and could not be seen or communicated with.

Pankhraj did not move back but remained at Meherabad underneath a tree waiting for another opportunity to convey his request for darshan to Meher Baba. All the Baba’s mandali observed this young man who was sitting under a tree and repeating his request to be conveyed to Baba. His consistent reminders were conveyed to Meher Baba. On knowing that Pankhraj from Kamptee had come to seek Baba’s darshan, Baba through Vishnu sent a massage to Pankhraj. “Pankhraj should instead first go and have the darshan of Sadguru Narayan Maharaj, if his purse permits”.

With the very specific instruction Pankhraj could immediately understand that Meher Baba was omniscient and was pointing to one of his errors. He fell in tears and begged Vishnu to kindly convey to Baba his apologies and let him kindly have a darshan. Vishnu however was surprised at the instance as what could be the story behind Baba’s massage for Pankhraj and politely inquired. Pankhraj told him that before knowing about Meher Baba he was completely prejudiced about such Saints and Masters. His prejudice had given way to arrogance in openly criticizing them.

It so happened that Shri Narayan Maharaj was often coming to Kamptee the place where Pankhraj was born and brought up and visited His disciples and a temple which was close to their residence. While the people of Kamptee visited the house where Shri Narayan Maharaj was giving darshan, Pankhraj sat on the verandah of the opposite house and always criticize Shri Narayan Maharaj for being a fake Saint as Maharaj always wore silk cloths and diamond rings, which was contrarery to Pankhraj’s idea of a Spiritual person.

As a young boy at that time Pankhraj could not understand what he was doing under the impulse of prejudice, held by him in criticizing a real Perfect Master in His physical presence. The pinch of salt in Baba’s very first order made Pankhraj understand the omniscience of Baba, as there was otherwise no obvious reason for Baba to ask Pankhraj to submit to Shri Narayan Maharaj’s, first.

Through Vishnu Master Pankhraj prayed to Baba for forgiveness and darshan. Pankhraj was however allowed to have darshan and Baba came out of the room for a few minutes. Pankhraj with his long sustained opinion about Saints and Masters expected the Sadguru in rags but was astonished to see the divine beauty of Meher Baba, and fell at his feet, thus transforming his life and self to an altogether amended and different path, for the rest of his life.

Transformed from within, Pankhraj returned to Nagpur and resumed his normal hardships of life. Although outwardly everything was in the same fashion, but deep within him a fire was burning and a longing to be in communion with the Master persisted and continued through letters and correspondence. Dr. Deshmukh, a remarkable philosopher and disciple of Meher Baba, was holding the key to the communication between Pankhraj and Baba. Pankhraj exchanged through him letters which were rewarded with Meher Baba’s replies.

Pankhraj, after meeting Baba, felt absolute change and while implying his fullest strength to the work and duties, his inner voice to renounce the world and join Baba, as one of His mandali persisted. His desire to acquire a passport for Meherabad became stronger and stronger from within. Baba in His most acclaimed fashion, always kept Pankhraj’s request finely balanced between materialization and post-ponement. Although Pankhraj was always asked to wait for the appropriate time, the good lad was never tired of pursuing Baba for granting such visa to the Ashram.

One fine morning perhaps in 1944, as Pankhraj was hurriedly preparing for his regular morning routine, the doorbell rang and reluctantly he opened the door. He found standing on the door one of the mandali and a close disciple of Baba, Murli Kale carrying a letter from Baba, for Pankhraj which was instructed to be personally handed over at his residence.

Pankhraj asked this pleasing personality, Murli Kale standing in the door. Whom do you want, he said? For a moment Pankhraj thought, it was someone approaching to make certain inquiry. Smilingly the young man on the door asked, are you Pankhraj. I have a letter for you. Pankhraj for a moment thought” it must be some appointment letter”. He opened the letter carelessly. This letter was from the One without a Second, Meher Baba.

In his mixed reaction filled with surprise and happiness Pankhraj read the news from Baba, which contained a small note which changed his life at once. The letter instructed Pankhraj to

“Be in readiness to leave everything and come to Me”- Meher Baba.

Those who knew Baba and His ways would not be surprised to learn that actually it never happened but, it was one of His famous vaccinations for detachment that was used once again to keep Pankhraj always prepared to leave everything, when called, and join Baba.

Pankhraj often told me that this gave him immense strength and confidence, as he always felt that he was never made for this world but was always Meher Baba’s. In this readiness Pankhraj remained always prepared to leave everything and join Baba. And however it is equally true that Pankhraj did everything possible in his life for spreading Meher Baba’s name in all corners with the gift of his excellent narration skills. Off-course he did everything as an ardent disciple, except joining the Ashram, as a permanent resident.

The message in the letter was clear. It was more important to be in readiness than to actually leave anything. Meher Baba’s words were always from in His divine foresight. They conveyed the truth of truths. But Pankhraj had gained one more thing from the letter which was a band of trusted friend-ship with Murli Kale, the bearer of the letter, which continued and later cherished in Jabalpur. It was long after Murli Kale’s death, that Pankhraj’s daughter Meera married Murli’s son Niket Kale.

Baba was very specific with Pankhraj and had issued certain orders to him. One of which was to repeat Baba’s name twice a day for a certain number of times, as instructed, and the other more significant order was for celibacy and observance of a strict physical distance from any women above seven years of age. In course of time the understanding and his love for Baba had grown manifolds, and Pankhraj had become a familiar face at Meherabad, acquiring a status of a regular visitor for the darshan programs.

Pankhraj availed an opportunity to come, stay, and see the fine ways in which Meher Baba worked during the various darshan and tour program, held from time to time . During the year 1947 when the freedom movement in India was at peek and the dream of an independent country, free from the British rule emerged as a early possibility, it was then in April 1947 that Baba decided to give darshan at Madras, and thus after a pause of long 13 years Baba stayed at the house of Sampath Aiyangar. Dr. C. D. Deshmukh and Pankhraj joined the close group from Nagpur, at Aiyangar house, and spent the days with Baba.

– by Meera Kale

Baba had already announced that he would be going into strict seclusion for six months, from the 1st of August 1941, and Pendu and the mandali had been busy making the arrangements. Pendu and Kalemama had been ordered to erect four cabins on the four corners of Meherabad Hill for four night watchmen, who would either be from the mandali or hired villagers. Their job would be to prevent anyone from entering the limits of the property, and also to prevent the slightest disturbance to Baba.

When Baba returned to Meherabad, Pankhraj, a young man from Nagpur, was waiting for him. Although he knew darshan was not possible during Baba's seclusion, Pankhraj had come to Meherabad and stayed on, hoping Baba would see him. He had been very moved by Norina's speeches in Nagpur, and had eagerly come to meet the Master in person.

Pankhraj was behind Nana, and Baba commented, "This is Pankhraj, and he too is a good worker from Nagpur. And the Sardar (leader) of both is Dr. Deshmukh, who is very intelligent, loving and clever. He will come tomorrow."

Pankhraj respected much one of his school teachers who was also staying in their neighbourhood at Kamptee. This school teacher, Mr. Raje had a large family and the eldest of his daughter was Tara. She was working in one of the Govt. Departments. Pankhraj and Tara developed mutual respect for each other and in course of time began thinking of tying the wedding knot together. Tara always knew that Pankhraj was a devotee of Meher Baba and has always been asking Baba for permission to join his ashram. But in spite of this uncertainty that Baba may call him for good and he may leave the worldly belongings, Tara decisively kept the fire in her heart intact.

With mutual understanding the Raje family also came in contact with Baba and Tara also felt drowned towards Baba and accepted Baba’s instructions as a key to their life. Pankhraj and Tara often requested Baba for permission for their wedding and guidance. Meher Baba however always kept postponing the issue regarding their marriage. As Pankhraj had the orders not to touch any women above seven years of age they thus could not marry until permitted by Baba.

Both of them repeatedly raised the issue humbly before Baba as the pressure from the parents was consistently increasing for Tara to enter wedlock, as being the eldest daughter. Even due to this uncertainty in their life Tara’s younger sisters wedding was performed by their parents. On persistently making efforts to contact Baba Pankhraj received a Telegram from Meher Baba:-

16th Oct 1949 Telegram Pankhraj Darjee Mohalla Kamptee – CONTACT COMMUNICATION IMPOSSIBLE STOP LIVE YOUR USUAL LIFE WITH ASSURANCE OF MY DEEP LOVE – BABA

Later when the issue regarding Pankhraj’s marriage became much delayed Baba sent a letter to Pankhraj which said

”In the year 1950 both you and Tara Raje should go to Baba. In the presence of Baba both of you should shake hands with each other and subsequent to this meeting you should return home and enter into wedlock.” Baba sends His love and blessings to you both.”

Yours brotherly,

Adi K. Irani.

 

During the year 1950 on October the 16th Baba stepped down from the New life, to the old life for a few hours and wanted all gathered there to write down on a paper the things that they wanted to discuss with Baba and to seek His guidance.

Pankhraj wrote about his impending wedding with Tara Raje ordered by Baba to be only performed in Baba’s presence. As the gathering was for the men mandali only Pankhraj had not brought his fiancée with him and this was another of his problems. Baba in His humorous ways as ever sorted out a solution, for the problem and commanded old Gustadji to stand near Pankhraj as Tara, or a proxy bride.

In the presence of all Baba blessed the couple and performed the wedding of Pankhraj, by Gustadji standing as a proxy Bride. Meher Baba called Kalemama, one of Baba’s senior Mandali to stand behind the couple and chant some mantras to make the occasion realistic. Kalemama who often read “Bhagwat Geeta” for Baba read a few couplets as Mantra’s for the occasion. The “proxy bride” represented by Gustadji and the groom Pankhraj garlanded and embraced each other and bowed down to Baba. Meher Baba expressed to Pankhraj that “I have performed your wedding with Tara and you may go back to your home and get married to her in any fashion you like”.

It was a delightful experience for the mandali before they were back to the New life. Every one congratulated the couple. Meher Baba had reaffirmed His commitment to the new life once again, and here the poor couple forgot to beg to Meher Baba for exemption from His orders “Not to touch women above seven years of Age”. Although, Pankhraj and Tara wedded each other before the marriage registrar on the 3rd of December 1950 at Nagpur.

They had already realized that they had forgotten to ask Baba to relax one of the orders for Pankhraj “Keep strict physical distance from any girls above seven years of age.” Meher Baba created such situations in the life of their disciples that put their faith and obedience to the hardest possible tests. But Baba’s love so prevailed that even the toughest conditions were easiest to obey with His grace. The new couple had already suffered humiliation from their families as their wedding had been postponing for Baba’s suitable orders. Even the younger sister of Tara had married with due permission from the parents, by availing the benefit of the uncertainty of this divinely planned wedding.

Meher Baba had re-entered the New life and was unapproachable for being asked to allow any further relaxations. The newly weds however could not help but wait for a moment of earliest communication with Baba, while without any question implicitly obeying the Masters orders they kept absolute physical distance with each other while staying in the same house, for a number of months.

It was how the life and the surrenderance to the Guru was tested in companionship with Meher Baba. In such times, when people compete for more and more material pleasure, the exemplary abstinence of a newly married couple for an indefinite period while staying in the same house, in order to obey and please their spiritual Teacher was an example of the paramount order and will certainly be remembered for centuries for exemplary obedience.

Meher Baba returned back from New Life in the January of 1951 and Pankhraj had an opportunity to communicate and get an amendment to the standing orders and was allowed to touch his wife. Baba was however very compassionate towards Pankhraj and his family and often remembered them.

In the year 1953 Pankhraj was staying in Qr. No D/12/4 , Govt. Staff Qrs., Amravati Road, Ravi Nagar, Nagpur, which was allotted to his wife who was working in the Education Dept. at DPI office. Meher Baba’s visit to Nagpur was scheduled and Pankhraj managed to get Baba’s acceptance for a personal visit to bless their house. Baba instructed Pankhraj that He wanted rest and no one should be told about the visit. Pankhraj agreed and reached the place where Baba was staying to escort Him to his residence.

To their surprise when Meher Baba reached Pankhraj’s house they found that the news had somehow already broken that Meher Baba is visiting the place and several persons had already gathered and were eagerly awaiting. Baba smiled at Pankhraj who had promised Baba good and quite rest in his house. Anyway, Baba happily came to the house and was welcomed. Meher Baba gave darshan to the gathering of persons accumulated at Pankhraj’s house and also allowed His prayers and Arti to be performed.

Meher Baba stayed in Pankhraj’s house for a few hours and after the distribution of prasad, proceeded. During this visit of Baba Pankhraj’s son Anand was nearly one year old and was only taking milk. Mrs. Tara Pankhraj wished that Anand should start eating food with Baba’s hand and during the same visit at Dr. Kher’s house at Nagpur when all gathered for darshan, Baba called her near and lovingly gave the child prasad with His own hands as divine blessings, as his “Annaprashana”.

Baba called Pankhraj’s son Anand as little Gustadji as Baba performed the wedding of Pankhraj and Tara by proxy of Gustadji standing in place of the Bride. Baba always remembered to mention this wick in His correspondence with the Pankhraj family. This little Gustadji often went to darshan programs of Meher Baba along with his parents. Once during 1957 on the 18th of March when Pankhraj had been to Sakori to meet Baba, at Sakori this little Gustadji was allowed to even sing Baba’s Arti in Marathi in the presence of Baba. Pankhraj had the opportunity to be with Baba during the Andhra tour program from 18th to 20th Jan 1953. The reference and photographs of Pankhraj and his family are available in most of the reference books on Baba.

Later Pankhraj family moved to Jabalpur and another girl child was born to them. Pankhraj sent a photograph of the new arrival to Meher Baba and to which Baba replied by naming her as Meera. Anand and Meera had the opportunity to visit Meherabad or Pune as little children and received Baba’s blessings. They attended Madhusudhan’s wedding in 1959 and the East-West gathering and also the final darshan of Meher Baba during January 1969. Once Baba dictated a letter to Meera. Some portion of which is represented below though translated in English.

“Baba’s very dear Meera, Your sweet song dt. 15th September reached today and was read out to Baba which made Him very happy. You are Baba’s Meera and you have a fire in your heart alike Meera. The rays of this flame will spread through your songs in the future and you will become illumined like Meera. You are very dear to Baba and Baba is ever present in your little heart. You should sing songs and please Baba. Baba sends His love and blessings to His dear Meera and wants His Meera to convey His love to daddy, mummy and Anand”.
At Jabalpur Pankhraj became the Secretary of Avatar Meher Baba Center, and widely traveled for Baba’s work in several parts of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. While working in the State Electricity Board, he retired as Regional Accounts Officer, and later passed away in 1988 on December 14th. Mandali sent a Telegram to Jabalpur after receiving the news of the passing away of Pankhraj.

“UNEXPECTED NEWS OF OUR DEAR PANKHRAJ'S DEMISE SHOCKED MEHERAZAD MEHERABAD MANDALI. OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO BEREAVED FAMILY WE WILL MISS OUR DEAR PANKHRAJ. WE SALUTE HIS STEADFAST LOVE AND DEVOTION TO HIS BELOVED LORD AVATAR MEHER BABA.
-ERUCH-

 

 

158-PARKHE

From 15th June 1929, Baba began spending the night up the hill instead of in his Jhopdi.

Baba made arrangements for Beheram to study photography in Poona, and he returned there to pursue that career. Nusserwan was arranging the printing of Ramjoo's book Sobs and Throbs at his Mohan Press in Ahmednagar, and brought Parkhe the photographer that day to take Baba's photo for the book. Baba posed on the verandah of the Makan, and photos of Chhota Baba and Mastan were taken, as well.

Keki Bajan was a Parsi devotee of Upasni Maharaj.

He came with his family from Katni for a few days to see Baba, arriving on the afternoon of the 3rd January 1939. The next morning, they came for Baba's darshan. After a few moments of silence, Baba stated:

I am like a child and also like a grown man — very small and very great at one and the same time. Eventually, a person must have that experience of being both small and great, a child and an adult simultaneously, whereby he consciously experiences being in all. For that to happen, this I must go. This is false, but for it to disappear is very difficult. If that false, finite I goes, and then the infinite I (Godhood) comes.

Keki must go for Baba to come! This is not born of reading or talks, but is my actual experience. Pandits (Pundits) are many, but the Experience must be there.

Keki said, "Your grace is required, Baba."

"Yes, it is not possible without grace. But it will come. Stick to Maharaj till the end. Hold tightly onto his feet. Only the Master knows. They may make one sink or swim!"

Keki narrated Upasni Maharaj's recent activities and tour, saying, "For fourteen days Maharaj was in Benares, for two days in Katni, and for one day in Satna.

  

166-PATEL GUMAN

He belonged to Lotna Distt. Sagar (M. P.), He was fortunate to have Baba’s Darshan.

He died on 4th February 2002. (Meher Pukar)

 

 

179-PATHAK MURLIDHAR D.

Murlidhar D. Pathak was an attorney by profession.

He came to Baba on the 30th December 1938, and said, "There is a very good place here for setting up an ashram. Please come with me to see it." The man was a friend of Jal Kerawala (who had been posted to Mandla in 1937) and had heard that Baba was looking for a spot to establish a center. Pathak was told to return the next morning but was late. Baba canceled the appointment and he was just leaving the Circuit House, when the attorney arrived. Another appointment was given for 10:30, and this time Baba went with him and saw the spot. He liked it and instructed Jal to purchase 100 acres if the price was reasonable. (Lord Meher-p-1969-1939)

  

180-PATHAK PLEADER

Pathak Pleader with Mahendra Lal Chowdhary of Mandali unexpectedly arrived on the 3rd January 1939. They were and. Pathak had taken Baba to see a site in Mandla for setting up an ashram, but at that time Baba had not made any definite commitment. Chowdhary prayed to Baba to accept a small gift from him, as the murder charges against him had been dropped. Baba asked what it was, and Chowdhary replied that it was his land behind the Circuit House — 37 acres with 300 mango trees on it!

Baba resisted, replying, "I want only love, not dakshina [monetary offering]. The dakshina of pure love is the highest type of donation one can make."

Pathak sincerely entreated Baba to accept the gift. After a discussion lasting over two hours, Baba finally accepted the property. (Lord Meher-p-1971-1939)

 

206-RAMARAO V. & WIFE

Ramarao born in 1926 was Superintendent of I.T.I. Hostel at Koni in Bilaspur district of (India) when he came in contact with Meher Baba. He stayed at Meherabad, amidst all odds, befitting himself to Baba's work in his own way, in spite of the fact that he possessed a family of Children and grand children, all well placed in India and United States. He had given some of the images and 2 letters out of the many which he received from Meher Baba for publication on trust Meher website.

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Ramarao was one of the happy faces seen at Meherabad. He is 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.

He passed away on 7th October 2010.

 

207-RAMARAO VADREVU

Vadrevu Ramarao, a South Indian Baba lover who was living in Bilaspur working for Indian Railways. Charges were brought against him for stealing railway property. When he visited Baba, he too professed his innocence. Baba told him not to worry, if he had done nothing illegal. "Truth will always prevail," Baba stated. "My nazar is on you. Now go home and relax. Nothing will happen to you."

But Ramarao was tried, found guilty and sentenced to several years in prison. When he was in prison, Baba asked his lovers to look after the maintenance of Ramarao's family. Upon release, Ramarao came to see Baba, and Baba asked him again, "Tell me the truth. Did you commit the theft?" He finally admitted his guilt. "I told you that Truth will always prevail," Baba said. "Why didn't you tell me the truth the last time when you came?"

Baba tweaked his ears and admonished him, "I forgive you, but never do so again." (Lord Meher-p-4144-1957)

 

216-SAIGAL AMAR SINGH

Sardar Amar Singh Saigal, a member of India's Parliament in Delhi, met Baba for the first time on the 3rd June 1963. Saigal had first seen Baba's picture three years before and had been deeply drawn to it. He was a staunch follower of Guru Nanak, but as soon as he focused on Baba's photograph, he saw Guru Nanak's face in it. That vision was enough for Amar Singh, and thereafter the enthusiasm and energy with which he devoted himself to Baba's work were exemplary. He became very close to Baba, and Baba would often remember him.

Baba praised the work done by certain of his lovers in India. Amar Singh was the first to be singled out.

Amar Singh loves me intensely. He has firm faith in my Godhood. He tells many others that Baba is the Avatar. He contacts the rich and poor, the literate and the illiterate, even cabinet ministers, and tells all of them that Baba is God in human form.

Some time before, Amar Singh Saigal had given his good friend, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and other cabinet ministers a few booklets about Meher Baba. A report of his meeting with Nehru was sent to Baba at Meherazad, and after Baba heard the report on 22nd March 1963, he had dictated these instructions for Saigal:

Saigal should find another good opportunity to help the Prime Minister by telling him that, if he is not convinced about Meher Baba through hearsay, then it is time he should make it a point to meet Meher Baba personally to feel convinced of his Avatar-hood. The personal contact with the Avatar and the Avatar's grace may help the Prime Minister feel convinced.

God in human form is the Avatar, and God's shadow in human form is man; therefore, there is a world of difference between the grace of the Avatar and the blessings of saints. Arjuna was blessed by saints and sages, but the instant grace of the Avatar convinced him of the Avatar hood of Krishna, for there is nothing impossible when the Avatar wills it so.

Hence, it is time for our dear Panditji (Nehru) to come into the direct contact of the Avatar of the Age and begin to strive for that Freedom which, once gained, knows not any bondage but gives the freedom from freedom itself!

I know that Panditji has no time to read things which help this process of unlearning. Yet, moved by Panditji sincerity and honesty, I want you to tell him that Baba asks him to read a portion from God Speaks for five minutes daily, beginning with the first page and ending with the last.

I want you to take an appointment and have at least ten undisturbed minutes and read out the relevant paragraphs of this letter from paragraph three. In addition, I want you to especially read to him without fail, the following message from me:

Even intellectual conviction regarding Reality is not of any importance. The experience of seeing God within oneself as He is — the Ocean of Effulgence, of Love, Truth, Honesty, Power, Knowledge and Bliss — is important.

A few who thus see God become one with this Infinite Ocean. One rare one comes down from this Highest Consciousness and declares "I am God." This declaration of the I is not ego but is the natural outcome of his continuous experience.

If I were not the Avatar and if the world were to acclaim me as one, I would not become the Avatar! And if I am the Avatar, even if no one accepted me, my Avatar-hood would not be lessened the slightest bit.

I have infinite power, infinite knowledge and infinite bliss at my disposal, but I do not use my power. Otherwise, how could I feel helpless as did Jesus Christ during the carrying of the cross? And how could I suffer if I use my bliss?

When I break my silence, the Almighty Divine Power will be let loose and will revolutionize world conditions. I will have to break my silence and this will have to happen.

Baba closed his letter by stating: "I want you to convey my love-blessing to Panditji and to all those who remember me."

Amar Singh Saigal was to have met Nehru again on 11th April 1963, but something unexpected arose and he had to change the appointment.

Baba sent Saigal this telegram on 20 April

Had you kept the appointment with Panditji on the 11th, your work and his work would have been done successfully. Don't worry for the lapse. Now that you have returned to Delhi, definitely complete the work of giving my message to Panditji as soon as possible. My love to you.

Accordingly, Saigal did make an appointment and saw Nehru on 21st April 1963, at 11:15 A.M. for fifteen minutes. When Saigal handed Nehru the booklet Meher Baba On War, he explained that he had written to Baba about Nehru, and as a result had received a letter instructing him to give Baba's messages on war to the Prime Minister. Nehru read it carefully then and seemed moved by the contents. He asked how Meher Baba had been working without the aid of speech for the last 38 years. Saigal explained about Baba's former alphabet board and hand gestures, and how he dictated messages through an interpreter.

In 1963, He mentioned that he planned to see Baba soon, on 5th and 6th May in Poona. Nehru replied that he had a full schedule of appointments and engagements, but would try to spare some time to see Baba.

Saigal went on to briefly describe Meher Baba's five Masters, and gave an account of the East-West Gathering. He then handed Nehru the copy of God Speaks and requested that he read one page every day as Baba had instructed — for just five minutes. To this Nehru agreed.

Saigal again impressed upon him the necessity of seeing Baba, adding, in Nehru's own words, that until he had met him he could not form an opinion. But Nehru said, "So far, I do not have the inclination to meet Meher Baba."

Unfortunately, as events came to pass, Nehru never did come to see Baba.

Quite a concourse of lovers was present in Guruprasad on the morning of 5th May 1963, including Amar Singh Saigal, who had contacted Jawaharlal Nehru as directed by Baba.

A year before, in 1963, Baba had instructed Amar Singh Saigal to inform the Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, to come to Guruprasad to meet him. Although Saigal informed him of Baba's wish, Nehru did not take the time to come.

After Baba's arrival in Poona in 1964, when Bhau was on night duty, daily Baba would ask him, "I am in seclusion, and what will happen if Nehru comes abruptly?"

Bhau replied, "Nehru won't come like that, Baba. If he wishes to see you, first he will send someone to make an appointment, and when he does, we will inform him that no meeting is possible because you are in seclusion."

"What will happen if he comes without an appointment?" Baba asked.

"It cannot happen, Baba. Nehru is too busy!"

"But if it does?"

Thus the questions and answers would go back and forth every day, as soon as Bhau came for his night watch.

But on 26 May 1964, at about 2:30 P.M., Baba announced to the mandali, "Jawaharlal will come to me soon; he will have to come!"

Baba added, "Due to his sheer energy and will power, Jawaharlal has recovered rapidly from his recent stroke.

From 1964 onwards, Amar Singh Saigal gave talks in Hindi on All India Radio from wherever he happened to be. His talks were broadcast from stations such as Delhi, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Patna, et cetera. Because of certain controversies though, the Indian government had banned the broadcasting of any matters concerning living saints or gurus, so Bhau would fashion the speeches on such general topics as honesty, integrity, brotherhood and love, weaving Meher Baba's sayings throughout. Baba and all at Meherazad would listen to the talks on the radio, and it was a thrill every time Saigal would say: “and Avatar Meher Baba says ..."

Saigal came to Meherazad to see Baba on 8th January 1965.Later that evening, Saigal gave a talk at the Ahmednagar Center. The following evening at 9:00 P.M., he addressed a huge crowd at the Gandhi Maidan (square) in the city.

Poona Centre held a darshan program on 1st May 1965. The hall of the center could seat only 700 persons, so a pandal had been raised. After darshan program Amar Singh Saigal recited the Master's Prayer in Hindi over the microphone in a touching manner.

There was subject of repeated discussions was whether or not Amar Singh Saigal would be re-elected to India's parliament in the upcoming elections. Saigal had not wanted to run and had told Baba, "I want to devote the rest of my life in serving you and travelling all over India to spread your message and tell people about the Avatar of the Age." Baba heard him, but ordered Saigal to stand for re-election.

Regarding his campaign, Baba would comment to the mandali: "He has got no money. You know he is honest and I have told him to be honest. I have ordered him to stay in parliament only if he remains honest. So how can he get re-elected when he has got no money and others are spending like mad to transport voters to the polls?"

On the day of the election, during one point in the counting, Amar Saigal was trailing by more than 20,000 votes and his defeat seemed certain. Baba cabled him: "Worry not what the result will be as you have won the heart of the Ancient One in whose hands rest the rise and fall of human empires."

Pendu was listening to the results on the radio. He became excited about the election and insisted to Baba that he help Amar Saigal to win. When the final count was declared, Saigal was re-elected by 1,000 votes.

With the help of all the Bombay lovers and few mandali, a booth was set up at the International Tourist Fair, and a small booklet titled Who Is Meher Baba? was printed, along with the "Universal Message" in different Indian languages.

Baba himself had approved the material to be included in the booklet. To the first question, "Who is Meher Baba?" he dictated this answer: "He is the essence of your very being which provokes you to ask this question.”

In 1967, Adi, Sarosh and Viloo were sent as Baba's representatives in support of the booth devoted to him. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi officially inaugurated the fair and then rode around it in an open jeep. When she neared the booth, Gajwani went up and drew her attention to the large sign above it which read: "AVATAR MEHER BABA THE AWAKENER." Amar Singh Saigal invited her to get down and have a closer look, but there was no time. Indira Gandhi folded her hands and bowed to Baba's portrait, as she rode by standing in the jeep.

On 13th October 1968 in morning, 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, From Delhi Amar Singh Saigal was called to Meherazad: (Lord Meher-p-5357-1968)

 

228-SETH GOVINDAS

Seth Govindas, a well-known Hindi writer and Member of Parliament from Jabalpur. He came to meet Baba on the 30th December 1964

Govindas' son was a government minister in the Madhya Pradesh cabinet, but he had recently expired. Govindas was naturally deeply disconsolate over his son's death.

Govindas pleaded before Baba, "I want to be rid of this grief. I want peace."

Baba replied, "I will surely give you peace; but come to Poona in May."

"Will I not have peace until then?"

"It will come gradually; but in Poona, you will feel at peace completely."

"Where is my son, Baba?"

"He is with me!"

"I have no faith in God!"

"Who has faith in Him? If one had faith in God, what would there be to worry about? Everything happens according to His will, and once faith is born, there is no question of our existence or our passing away."

Baba instructed him to travel directly back to his home and convey Baba's love to his other family members. Govindas was highly impressed with the meeting, but he did not follow Baba instructions, because of a prior commitment to attend a Hindi literary conference in Bombay. Due to illness, he was also unable to attend the darshan in Poona in 1965. Later, when he recovered, he requested darshan, but being in seclusion Baba did not grant it. (Lord Meher-p-5109-1964)

 

 232-SHAMBHULINGAM T.R.

T.R.Shambhulingam was born on 16 March 1931 and  belonged to Aurangabad (MS).

Shambhulingam first heard about Meher Baba during the course of his college studies. Later he got a government job in Madhya Pradesh. It was in Jabalpur, Sri Shambhulingam came in close contact of Prof. Amiya K. Hazra, a devout Baba lover. Prof. Hazra’s contact lighted the heart of Sri Shambhulingam with the fire of Beloved Baba’s love. He had Beloved’s first darshan in 1958 in Pune and then later 6-7 times. He stayed for seven days in Meherabad in 1969 to have the last darshan of his divine Beloved. It was through Prof. Hazra that Sri Shambhulingam came to know about Sri Damodar Yashwant Nafde of Bhopal. Sri D.Y.Nafde’s dedication and surrender to Beloved Meher Baba made a deep and lasting impact on Sri Shambhulingam

Burning in Beloved Baba’s Love, Shambhulingam was possessed by the desire to start a Meher Baba Center in Bhopal. He wrote about this to Beloved Baba seeking His permission for this. On getting Beloved Baba’s approval, Sri Shambhulingam, along with Sri Dattatraya Yashwant Nafde, then started Avatar Meher Baba’s Bhopal Center in the year 1959. In Guru Prasad, Pune, Beloved Baba conveyed through hand gestures.”Lingam

A year before, in 1963, Baba had instructed Amar Singh Saigal to inform the Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, to come to Guruprasad to meet him. Although Saigal informed him of Baba's wish, Nehru did not take the time to come.

After Baba's arrival in Poona in 1964, when Bhau was on night duty, daily Baba would ask him, "I am in seclusion, and what will happen if Nehru comes abruptly?"

Bhau replied, "Nehru won't come like that, Baba. If he wishes to see you, first he will send someone to make an appointment, and when he does, we will inform him that no meeting is possible because you are in seclusion."

"What will happen if he comes without an appointment?" Baba asked.

"It cannot happen, Baba. Nehru is too busy!"

"But if it does?"

Thus the questions and answers would go back and forth every day, as soon as Bhau came for his night watch.

But on 26 May 1964, at about 2:30 P.M., Baba announced to the mandali, "Jawaharlal will come to me soon; he will have to come!"

Baba added, "Due to his sheer energy and will power, Jawaharlal has recovered rapidly from his recent stroke. (Lord Meher-p-5075-1964) you are the Secretary of Bhopal Center. Do not worry at all.”  Shambhulingam took up the assignment and selflessly served the Center from 1959 until he breathed his last.

Shambhulingam was truly a nobel soul who always carried Meher Baba's in his heart and his name on his lips. He was blessed living an exemplary life full of dedication, humility and love for his beloved Meher Baba.

On 18th January 2007,  Shambhulingam, Secretary, Avatar Meher Baba Center, Bhopal, met with a road accident and died in morning. M. Kiran Nafde of Bhopal Center informed the Meherazad-Meherabad mandali telegraphically on the same day, about the sad incident. Mandali’s message from Meherazad said: "Sri Lingam was a senior Baba lover and Beloved Baba has called him back near Him, kissed him, and sent him back for His work.

Proficient in Hindi, Urdu and English languages, Shambhulingam translated in Hindi many books by and on Meher Baba and important articles as well. Some of his significant Hindi translations are:

Sarod-E-Javidan (Urdu) by Sahib Asmi,

Hosh Madhosh (Urdu) by Abdul Ghani,

Insan-E-Kamil (Urdu) by Abdul Ghani,

Treasures from Meher Baba Journals (English),

What I am Doing Here (English) by Ivy Duce,

Spiritual Tales of Meher Baba (English),

Twenty years with Meher Baba (English) by Abdul Ghani,

Conversations with Meher Baba (English),

Meher Baba’s Last Sahvas by Dr. H.P.Bharucha,

The Turning of the Key (English) by Bill Le Page,

And various articles on Meher Baba by Prof. J.S.Rathore appeared in the Glow International.

Over the years some of these translations were serialized in Meher Pukar, a journal in Hindi devoted to Meher Baba, published from Meher Puri Hamirpur, India. 

 

245-SHUKLA AMBIKA CHARAN

Ambika Charan was from Raipur (M. P)

Baba called for him and before Shukla entered the hall, Baba began speaking about him. Eruch had trouble deciphering Baba's gestures, but finally was able to convey what Baba wanted: "I always experience that I am omnipresent everywhere. Yesterday, I saw Ambika Charan sitting in the right-hand corner of the hall. In the afternoon I found him outside the hall. This morning he was sitting in the left-hand corner of the hall, and now he is at the back! This makes me wonder whether Shukla is also everywhere!" Shukla and the others laughed. (Lord Meher-p-3879-1955)

Pointing out the villagers' poverty to Ambika Charan Shukla, Baba remarked, "Materially they are very poor, but in my love they are really rich!" The villagers had cleaned their huts, and some had even decorated them. Baba spent more than two hours going from house to house, trudging through the narrow, dusty lanes. But Baba did not mind the dust because of their love, and he chatted and laughed with all as if he himself were one of them. (Lord Meher-p-3889-1955)

 

264-SUBEDAR

In July 1928, Baba was in Toka. Since there was no barbershop in Toka, Pendu was asked to shave and cut the hair of the residents. A structure made of bamboo matting was improvised with two mirrors, two chairs and a bench for keeping newspapers and magazines. A man named Subedar volunteered to help Pendu.  The opening of the shop was on 8th July 1928, when Pendu shaved Baba, his first "customer." Phonograph records were played in the background and the atmosphere was filled with light-hearted fun. Meherjee entertained the group by doing gymnastic tricks, and tea and refreshments were served. (Lord Meher-p-947-1928)

 

265-SULOO RAM MESHRAM

Suloo Ram Mesh-ram was an ardent lover of Meher Baba. He was compared with Narada by Meher Baba. He wrote many devotional songs though he was not a good singer. He met Baba at Panchgani In 1938. Many of incidences are mentioned below.

While in Panchgani, Baba would give darshan once a week on Thursdays to his lovers On Friday, 8th April 1938, a fourteen-year-old boy named Suloo Ram Meshram arrived from Nagpur. He had found out about the Master by reading a newspaper account of Baba's visit to Nagpur in 1937 and contacted the Jessawalas for more information. Suloo had written to Baba in January 1938, and Baba had invited him to Panchgani in April. Along the way, the boy lost his luggage, except for two baskets of oranges he was bringing to Baba. He reached Panchgani with the help of a sympathetic bus driver. When Suloo met Baba he told him he had lost all his money and clothes, Baba quipped, "Lose everything, but don't lose me! Yet to lose everything is almost impossible, and when you totally lose all — I am found!"

The next morning Baba came while Suloo was taking a bath. Gustadji called Suloo, and he innocently went to Baba as he was — naked except for his underpants. Baba asked how he had slept and what thoughts were on his mind. After he told Baba, Baba looked at him closely and remarked, "Fit for this path!" After three days in Baba's intimate company, Baba gave Suloo certain instructions and then sent him back to Nagpur. Although he was young, Suloo loved Baba with all his heart and became devoted to him the rest of his life.

On the 11th 1958, a letter from Suloo Meshram was received and read out.  Baba was in a good mood and remarked, "Such devotees and lovers should be worshiped." Baba then joined his own hands together and closed his eyes as if praying; something the mandali had never seen him do before. He had the letter read out again and observed:

Suloo is greater than me in the sense that he loves me with such deep devotion. He has seen me only once in Panchgani in 1938 and since then has been kept far away. Lovers in that respect are truly great.

Suloo Meshram of Jabalpur, "the boy fit for the Path," also visited Baba at Jubilee Hills. Baba asked him if his mother would object to his staying with him permanently as one of the mandali. Suloo told Baba she would not allow it, much to Baba's disappointment, and after some days Suloo was asked to return home. Baba loved Suloo, but circumstances would not permit him to keep the boy near his side.

On 30th November 1955, Baba arrived from Meherazad in morning. Baba inquired, "Who could not sleep last night?"

Suloo Meshram stood up and said, "Last evening, I felt more or less unaware of my surroundings, and for about two hours, kept myself closeted in the bathroom. I felt that some breeze from God was passing over me; I felt I was beyond birth and death. I completely forgot about my family and my dying child, too — the child I left behind in answering Baba's invitation to come to Meherabad. I don't know whether the child is alive or dead. I still hear some sort of music and smell sweet smells. Yesterday, I was seeing light before my eyes, and that is why I could not sleep."

Baba motioned for Suloo to be seated and commented: "Suloo is telling the truth. He has been in my contact since April 1938, when he was a lad of fourteen. Since then, his love for me has increased. He has composed songs about me that are published in a book."

Baba, however, then admonished him, "Whatever your experience may be, there is no need to tell others about it! Listen very carefully. When you narrate these instances, the ego gets tickled, and you don't know it. 'I saw this sight, it was so wonderful, and I felt so happy ...' All these magnify the ego!

"If there is love, and if you let it slip out of your lips, you waste it! If you express it in words, you ruin it! Suppose you really love me — then you should keep that love locked within you. If you let it out, it tantamounts to an insult! If I ask you of my own accord, you may explain, but do not talk of it on your own.

"We have to go a long, long way. We have to reach the Summit. In their efforts to reach the Goal, even rishis and munis are apt to fall through expressions of ego. I like you, Suloo. You are simple and have a pure, innocent heart.

Love me more and more, but don't leave your family. And don't get upset when your initial state of tranquillity is disturbed or changed."

Suloo Meshram stood up and said, "Last evening, I felt more or less unaware of my surroundings, and for about two hours, kept myself closeted in the bathroom. I felt that some breeze from God was passing over me; I felt I was beyond birth and death. I completely forgot about my family and my dying child, too — the child I left behind in answering Baba's invitation to come to Meherabad. I don't know whether the child is alive or dead. I still hear some sort of music and smell sweet smells. Yesterday, I was seeing light before my eyes, and that is why I could not sleep."

Baba motioned for Suloo to be seated and commented: "Suloo is telling the truth. He has been in my contact since April 1938, when he was a lad of fourteen. Since then, his love for me has increased. He has composed songs about me that are published in a book."

Baba, however, then admonished him, "Whatever your experience may be, there is no need to tell others about it! Listen very carefully. When you narrate these instances, the ego gets tickled, and you don't know it. 'I saw this sight, it was so wonderful, and I felt so happy ...' All these magnify the ego!

While in Panchgani, Baba would give darshan once a week on Thursdays to his lovers On Friday, 8th April 1938, a fourteen-year-old boy named Suloo Ram Meshram arrived from Nagpur. He had found out about the Master by reading a newspaper account of Baba's visit to Nagpur in 1937 and contacted the Jessawalas for more information. Suloo had written to Baba in January 1938, and Baba had invited him to Panchgani in April. Along the way, the boy lost his luggage, except for two baskets of oranges he was bringing to Baba. He reached Panchgani with the help of a sympathetic bus driver. When Suloo met Baba he told him he had lost all his money and clothes, Baba quipped, "Lose everything, but don't lose me! Yet to lose everything is almost impossible, and when you totally lose all — I am found!"

The next morning Baba came while Suloo was taking a bath. Gustadji called Suloo, and he innocently went to Baba as he was — naked except for his underpants. Baba asked how he had slept and what thoughts were on his mind. After he told Baba, Baba looked at him closely and remarked, "Fit for this path!" After three days in Baba's intimate company, Baba gave Suloo certain instructions and then sent him back to Nagpur. Although he was young, Suloo loved Baba with all his heart and became devoted to him the rest of his life.

During 1955 sahwas in Meherabad, Suloo Meshram asked, "Didn't you promise to come to Jabalpur?"

Baba said, "If I go to Nagpur, on the way I will stop there for a day."

On 30th November 1955, Baba arrived from Meherazad in morning. Baba inquired, "Who could not sleep last night?"

Suloo Meshram stood up and said, "Last evening, I felt more or less unaware of my surroundings, and for about two hours, kept myself closeted in the bathroom. I felt that some breeze from God was passing over me; I felt I was beyond birth and death. I completely forgot about my family and my dying child, too — the child I left behind in answering Baba's invitation to come to Meherabad. I don't know whether the child is alive or dead. I still hear some sort of music and smell sweet smells. Yesterday, I was seeing light before my eyes, and that is why I could not sleep."

Baba motioned for Suloo to be seated and commented: "Suloo is telling the truth. He has been in my contact since April 1938, when he was a lad of fourteen. Since then, his love for me has increased. He has composed songs about me that are published in a book."

Baba, however, then admonished him, "Whatever your experience may be, there is no need to tell others about it! Listen very carefully. When you narrate these instances, the ego gets tickled, and you don't know it. 'I saw this sight, it was so wonderful, and I felt so happy ...' All these magnify the ego!

"If there is love, and if you let it slip out of your lips, you waste it! If you express it in words, you ruin it! Suppose you really love me — then you should keep that love locked within you. If you let it out, it tantamounts to an insult! If I ask you of my own accord, you may explain, but do not talk of it on your own.

"We have to go a long, long way. We have to reach the Summit. In their efforts to reach the Goal, even rishis and munis are apt to fall through expressions of ego. I like you, Suloo. You are simple and have a pure, innocent heart.

Love me more and more, but don't leave your family. And don't get upset when your initial state of tranquillity is disturbed or changed."

Suloo Meshram stood up and said, "Last evening, I felt more or less unaware of my surroundings, and for about two hours, kept myself closeted in the bathroom. I felt that some breeze from God was passing over me; I felt I was beyond birth and death. I completely forgot about my family and my dying child, too — the child I left behind in answering Baba's invitation to come to Meherabad. I don't know whether the child is alive or dead. I still hear some sort of music and smell sweet smells. Yesterday, I was seeing light before my eyes, and that is why I could not sleep."

Baba motioned for Suloo to be seated and commented: "Suloo is telling the truth. He has been in my contact since April 1938, when he was a lad of fourteen. Since then, his love for me has increased. He has composed songs about me that are published in a book."

Baba, however, then admonished him, "Whatever your experience may be, there is no need to tell others about it! Listen very carefully. When you narrate these instances, the ego gets tickled, and you don't know it. 'I saw this sight, it was so wonderful, and I felt so happy ...' All these magnify the ego!

"If there is love, and if you let it slip out of your lips, you waste it! If you express it in words, you ruin it! Suppose you really love me — then you should keep that love locked within you. If you let it out, it tantamounts to an insult! If I ask you of my own accord, you may explain, but do not talk of it on your own.

"We have to go a long, long way. We have to reach the Summit. In their efforts to reach the Goal, even rishis and munis are apt to fall through expressions of ego. I like you, Suloo. You are simple and have a pure, innocent heart.

Baba teased Suloo Meshram of Jabalpur that by registering his wife's name in the sahavas list, he, himself, had come. Baba remarked, "Anyway, you were drawn by my love." Baba went on to say that he did not like hypocrisy, and advised those present to always be natural and unpretentious.

Meshram begged Baba to visit Jabalpur, to which he replied, "If I were to go to Jabalpur, Deshmukh would say, 'Baba, Nagpur is not far from here, and then there would be no end to the travelling. I might have promised during the 1955 Sahavas to visit different places, but I am beyond all promises. Whether I break one promise, or one hundred, it is the same." Baba, however, assured Meshram that when Baba came back after 700 years, if Jabalpur were still there, he would visit it. (Lord Meher-p-4266-1958)

 

266-SURENDRA BHATNAGAR & MADHURI

Professor Bhatnagar was professor in Jabalpur. Gokaran first found out about Baba in 1961 from one of his professors in Jabalpur. He was extremely drawn to a photograph of Baba kept in Professor Bhatnagar's home, and after many days, Gokaran asked who it was. Subsequently, he wrote to Baba, he attended the East-West Gathering in 1962, and he came to Guruprasad in 1963.  (Lord Meher-p-5079-1964)

 

275-VERMA GENDA LAL

In words of Amiya Kumar Hazra

G.L.Verma was a prominent artist died in 1983. He too took part in sahavas in year 1958. He was not an atheist, but in 1957 when we met, he was not quite sure whether he ought to believe in Meher Baba or not. He believed in Goddess Durga and Saraswati with great devotion and often undertook fasts. When once he was with us in Meherabad, the first thing he sighted was the seven coloured flag flying from a high mast.

"What is that?" he asked me.

"That's Baba's flag. The Avataric flag of this age having all the seven colours in it."

"All the colours! Bah! That makes me very happy. Baba is an artist like me. Only He, as you say, is the Supreme artist. This is the artistic flag -- perfect artist's flag!"

"Baba is artist for artists, scientist for scientists, and everything else for everybody else," I said. "He says that He is everything and every being."

During the sahavas as we lined up for Baba's Darshan, G.L.V. whispered to me, "If somehow I could touch His hand, I am sure I will get inspiration to do artistic works much better."

"Let's see," I said. The normal procedure was that we were to go up to Baba, bow down at His feet, then embrace Him, and move forward for others to do the same. But to my pleasure, I saw that the moment G.L.V. approached Baba, the God-Man with a knowing smile purposely extended His hand toward G.L.V. and shook his hand warmly, thus fulfilling his desire of touching Baba's hands.

Afterwards G.L.V. often proudly remembered how Baba had shaken hands with him to give him better artistic power. Indeed there was a visible improvement in his artistic performance after the sahavas touch and he later on did a lot of fine paintings including many portraits of Baba Himself.

 

286-YESHWANTRAO HOLKAR (MRS)

(Maharani of Indore)

Maharani of Indore was married to Yeshwantrao Holkar.

The ship docked in Port Said on the morning of 2nd October 1933, and the Maharani of Indore, Mrs. Yeshwantrao Holkar, came to Baba's cabin for his darshan with her secretary. At the time, Baba was out for his morning walk on deck and someone directed her there. As she approached, Chanji intercepted her, saying, "Meher Baba only gives darshan after making an appointment. I will have to ask his permission and let you know." The secretary explained that the maharani had not come to ask anything of Meher Baba, but that she only wanted his darshan. Chanji reiterated that he would ask Baba and inform them. But they followed him and came face-to-face with Baba before Chanji could seek Baba's permission. (Lord Meher-p-1459-1933)