UTTARAKHAND (CONTACTS)

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ONTACTS – UTTRAKHAND

 

1-A CLEVER WOMAN

In Dehradun one clever woman stood before Baba, and offered a prayer from the Guru Granth Saheb (Sikh's holy book). This gave her an opportunity to be in his presence a little longer. Another woman started praying in front of Baba, and then other women tried to do the same. (Lord Meher-p-3412-1953}

 

2-A COLLEGE PROFESSOR

During Darshan at Dehradun a college professor asked Baba, "What is life?"

Baba looked at him with a smile and replied: "Life is a mighty joke! He who knows this can hardly be understood by others. He who does not know it feels himself in a state of delusion. He ponders over this problem day and night, but finds himself incapable of knowing it.

"Why? People take life seriously and God lightly, whereas we must take God seriously and life lightly. Then we know that we always were the same and will ever remain the same — the originator of this joke! This knowledge is not achieved by reasoning; it is born of experience." (Lord Meher-p-3301-1953)

 

3-A GOOD BOY

Prior to moving Dehra Dun, Baba had instructed mandali men to look for an "ideal boy," because he wished to wash the boy's feet and offer him seven rupees as prasad every day

One day Baba instructed night-watch man Krishna Nair "Find a boy for me who can keep watch by my side at night, then I will give you leave for a month."

So Krishna started searching and found a good boy from a wealthy family. He talked with him and asked, "Would you like a good job for a month?"

The boy replied indignantly, "I can hire you as a servant in my house!"

"This job is different," Krishna attempted to explain. "Here we have to dedicate everything to our Master and give up all desires to gain anything from him. This Master is the giver of good fortune, and only lucky ones can serve him."

The boy introduced Krishna to his father. When Krishna asked if the boy could serve his Master for a month, the man too was offended and said angrily, "I can employ you and your Master both! Aren't you ashamed to speak to me like this?"

On his return Krishna informed Baba about the incident, whereupon the next day Baba went with him to observe the boy. Baba watched him from a distance for five minutes and then commented, "My purpose is served. Now don't go back to him." (Lord Meher-p-3311-1953)

 

4-A SADHU

On Tuesday evening, 7 March 1950, Pendu brought news of a good sadhu near the spring where the companions filled their water jugs. Baba immediately went to the sadhu, bowed his head at the sadhu's feet and brought him back to the hut to feed him. Baba spoke with him for about an hour via the alphabet board before the sadhu left. (Lord Meher-p-2891-1950)

 

5-A SINGER

In 1942, one day in Dehra Dun, a singer from Tehri Garhwal came and sang before Baba and the women. (Mehera did not appear.) The singer had no teeth, but boasted that the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal had compared him to Tansen, the celebrated singer in King Akbar's court. He sang a song with this line, "Set aside your veil and you will see God!"

The man's blandishments while singing were so strange that Baba was quite amused. After he left, Baba directed each of the women to sing and mimic him, and their airs and performances, being still stranger, further amused Baba. Only Mani was able to successfully imitate the singer, but Katie's mispronounced Hindi sent Baba into fits of laughter. (Lord Meher-p-2280-1942)

 

 

6-A SWEEPER

Baba had returned to Dehradun on 6th May 1942 after mast tour travelling to Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Lahore, Hardwar and Rishikesh.

Next door to their bungalow in Dehra Dun, an extremely poor (toilet) sweeper lived with his wife. The wife was pregnant, and each morning the man would sing Kabir's couplets to her. Unbeknownst to him, as he was singing in their hut, the God-Man would be beating time to his songs on a drum in his room. Baba remarked to the women, "That man will have a fine son. I am not playing just to amuse myself. He is receiving a boon from me." (Lord Meher-p-2280-1942)

 

7- A YOGI

On their way back to Rishikesh, they noticed a yogi traversing toward Laxman Jhula (bridge). In a most painfully slow manner, he was prostrating himself completely face-down on the ground after every step he took — it is known as sashtang namaskar. He was naked, and his body was covered with dirt and sweat. Baba offered him his obeisance, placing his head on the yogi's feet. (Lord Meher-p-2891-1950)

 

8-A YOUNG BOY

In 1953, Baba wished to offer prayers at midnight, and they drove to Kalyar, near Roorkee, where he could offer prayers at the shrine of the Perfect Master Sabir. Baba urged Hellan to drive faster and faster so that he would be sure to reach Kalyar on time. When they reached Sabir's tomb, Baidul went to the caretaker to request that he open it. The man flatly refused, and Baba had to make do with offering prayers near a marble trellis through which Sabir's grave was visible.

Baba instructed all the men accompanying him to circumambulate Sabir's dargah 101 times.

A young boy who happened to be watching was so touched he began reading from a holy book and began to shed tears with each line he read. (Lord Meher-p-3401-1953)

 

 9-A YOUNG SADHU

Dressed in a purple robe, a young sadhu who lived in a temple near Dehra Dun had come for darshan in the morning, and Baba made him sit beside him. He came again in the afternoon and wanted to ask Baba something. Eruch discouraged him, but Baba allowed him to speak his mind. This conversation ensued:

The young sadhu said, "My sadhana (spiritual practice) goes on, but I pray to you to render me any inner spiritual help you can give."

"How do you sleep?" Baba asked.

"I sleep in a seated position. I keep a table in front of me and sleep for five hours."

"How many times do you take food?"

"Only once a day."

"Where do you live and from where do you get your meals?"

"I live in a temple; whatever people offer, I eat."

"Have you any attachments?"

"I have a few connections with some people, not as a Master and disciple, but out of devotion."

"Do people touch your feet?"

"Yes."

"Are you serious about God?"

"Yes, I have an intense desire and longing for that."

"Do you get good or bad thoughts in your mind?"

"I don't have good thoughts for all 24 hours of the day. Some thoughts are ordinary and some are of acute intensity. But the body is unable to bear hardships. When I meditate or think of God, I get a headache and so on and so forth."

Baba responded, "Although no interviews are allowed today, Eruch told me a few times that you needed spiritual help on the Path. If you really want my help, do two things and God will help you. These are:

"First: Don't allow anyone to bow down to you; on the contrary, you should bow down to them.

These two things which I have told you are the best of all sadhanas, but they are also very difficult. Even rishis and munis cannot do them. Stick to these two things, which have everything in them. Start from today and let God feel that you are serious about Him. This has, however, no connection with the way you like to sleep or eat, which you may do in any manner you like. Remember that if even one person bows down to you, then the whole thing is lost. This order stands good for a period of eleven months only. Thereafter we shall see what God does."

The sadhu left joyfully, promising Baba he would put into effect his instructions from that night.

"Second: At exactly twelve o'clock midnight from today, cry out loudly 'Parabrahma Paramatma,' but only once. Shout it out in such a way as if God were deaf. Then after five minutes, only once in the same loud voice shout 'BABA' as if Baba is deaf. (Lord meher-p-3299/30-1953)

 

10-ADI NORAS,

(A friend of Keki Nalawala)

In 1941, Keki Nalavala of Dehra Dun and Keki Desai of Delhi had come to meet but Baba had not been allowed even to see his feet. Baba's coquettishness, however, served its purpose, and on Chanji's request Baba agreed to give darshan to the two Kekis in the mandali's bungalow, but only for one minute. Adi Noras, residence was in Navsari and a  friend of Keki Desai, was also permitted to come with them but who was working in Dehra Dun. All three were warned beforehand neither to fold their hands, garland, bow down to, or speak to Baba.

They came on 14th April 1942 and were led to Baba's small, ten-foot by ten-foot room. A curtain had been drawn across the room. As Keki Nalavala recalled: "We were made to stand before the small curtained room as stage actors stand on the stage before the curtain is lifted." At exactly 2:00 P.M. the curtain was drawn aside revealing Baba sitting cross-legged in a corner with Jal Kerawalla. "The curtain had been raised, not only in the room," Age observed, "but from their minds and hearts too!"

They had been forbidden to say anything to Baba. But it did not matter, because when they stood in his presence they were so overcome, they could not have said anything even if they had wanted to. Nalavala remembered seeing "the glittering sight of the rising Sun" and being "dumbed, mummed and stunned!" (Lord Meher-p-2266-1942)

 

 11-ADVANI C. B.

On 23rd March 1957, Baba, accompanied with four mandali left Meherazad for Poona  to visit Saint Mira High school on invitation of Sadhu T L Vaswani.

Joyous singing and shouts of "Jai Avatar Meher Baba!" accompanied Baba's car as it slowly made its way through the crowd in a procession toward Saint Mira High School. .Vaswani received Baba at the door of the school and embraced him tightly. Vaswani, deeply moved, paid tribute to Baba in his welcome remarks over the microphone. On Baba's behalf Deshmukh spoke eloquently for five minutes, emphasizing Baba's Avatar hood and mission.

The headmaster of the school, C. B. Advani, spoke a few words, after which Baba message from him be read out to the students: (Lord Meher-p-4158/59-1957)

 

12-ANGELO & WIFE

During new life at Manjri Mafi, hut and for Baba and his men were not ready, Baba and the companions stayed in Mrs. Pratt's bungalow at No. 4 New Cantonment Road, Dehra Dun. In part of the bungalow an elderly British couple named Mr. and Mrs. Angelo were residing in a pitiable condition. They were destitute without enough money to return to England. Baba lovingly helped them considerably, and it appeared he had especially stayed at Mrs. Pratt's to rescue this worthy couple.

The Angelos were anxious to have Baba's darshan and asked Keki Desai to request it. Baba agreed, which was quite unusual. On the day arranged for their darshan Baba wore a new white kafni. (Lord Meher-p-2867-1950)

 

13-ARORA MADAN LAL

(Eldest Son of Kishan Singh)

Age surveyed the wondrous scene in Dehra Dun, and this is what it saw: "At 7:30 A.M. Baba left his bungalow headed toward the mandali's. He looked resplendent in his white sadra and pink coat, his hair combed back into a braid hidden under the collar of his coat. His smile diffused rays of joy; his glowing features were like the shining Sun! The beauty of his eyes — from which flowed a steady stream of Wine - glistened for everyone to see."

Kishan Singh held an umbrella over Baba's head, and his eldest son, Madan Lala Arora, walked ahead with a camera, filming the event. The atmosphere was surcharged with expectancy. Loud cries of "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!" rent the air as Baba walked toward the canopy.

During Andhra tour, on Sunday morning, 28 February 1954, Baba gave his personal contact to the boys of the Gurukul hostel. Light-heartedly, he played marbles with them and lovingly briefly discoursed them:

Madan Arora had to leave for his home on this day because they had to return to his job. Embracing them, Baba permitted him to depart. Madan had been filming all the functions since Vijayawada, but because his leave had expired he was forced to go back to work. (Lord Meher-p-3491-1954

Madan Arora of Dehra Dun burst out weeping when he came to Baba. "Why this downpour?" Baba asked.

"Forgive me, Baba," he said.

"What has happened?"

"While moving about in all this mud yesterday, I thought: we are so inconvenienced here ... at Meherazad Baba must be so comfortable. When he comes here, he will put on gum boots to walk around. How could he have any idea of how we are suffering? If he moves about barefoot like us, then he will know.' In the morning when I saw you walking about like that, I was thunderstruck. Please forgive me."

Baba embraced him, telling him not to worry. (Lord Meher-p-3621-1954)

 

14-AN OLD BLIND BEGGER WITH A BOY

On 3rd March 1940, Baba with few companions left Majri Mafi to go to Harrawala railway station which was about two and half miles away. Train tickets were purchased as per baba’s order on the Amritsar Passenger train by Nalawala. Two berths were reserved for Baba and party in third class from Dehradun. Harrawala, being a small station on Hardwar-Dehradun section, had no proper platform. When the train arrived, Baba and party got on the board. However, as the halt was only for two minutes, Baidul was left behind with half of the luggage.

When the train departed, two beggars came to Baba’s compartment. One of them was an old blind man led by a small boy. The blind man was singing a Hindi song, “Ram Chale Banwas Ayodhya Roye,” which means “When Ram left for exile, Ayodhya wept.” On hearing the words, Keki pointed to Baba for Baba too had exiled Himself from the world and was now leading a wandering life, just like Lord Rama. Baba gestured to Keki to keep quiet and also asked him to give the beggars some coins.

(Copied from “Real Treasure” Volume-5 page 161-162 by Rustom Falahati).

 

15-ANGELO & WIFE

During new life at Manjri Mafi, hut and for Baba and his men were not ready, Baba and the companions stayed in Mrs. Pratt's bungalow at No. 4 New Cantonment Road, Dehra Dun. In part of the bungalow an elderly British couple named Mr. and Mrs. Angelo were residing in a pitiable condition. They were destitute without enough money to return to England. Baba lovingly helped them considerably, and it appeared he had especially stayed at Mrs. Pratt's to rescue this worthy couple.

The Angelos were anxious to have Baba's darshan and asked Keki Desai to request it. Baba agreed, which was quite unusual. On the day arranged for their darshan Baba wore a new white kafni. (Lord Meher-p-2867-1950)

 

16-BAHRI (MRS)

Mrs. Bahri was from Dehradun had come and stayed in Poona for many days. One n family from Dehradun known to her came to Guruprasad (Poona) after travel from Bombay for Meher Baba’s darshan for the first time. Baba caught them when they said they are coming from Dehradun and said you are not coming directly from Dehradun but touring many cities before coming to Poona. Baba asked them to come tomorrow.

Since they had no faith, they decided to return back to Bombay next day. As they were talking about their return to Bombay, Baba sent a messenger came with message that they can go wherever they want to go and don’t not come to see Baba tomorrow. But before going back to Bombay they should meet a lady named Mrs Bahri who had come from Dehradun who was now staying in Poona.

When they met Bahri started crying. She pitied them for planning to go to Bombay when Baba Himself wanted to meet them next morning. She told to them that they were unlucky and missed a golden opportunity. She told them she was waiting many days to meet Baba but had not got the chance. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-163)

 

17-BAKSHI BAL KISHAN & MEHER KANTA

On 23rd March 1953 (a public holiday for Ram's birthday) was fixed for that purpose. The darshan was publicized in the newspapers, but Baba forbade erection of a canopy, and decided to give darshan in the hall of the mandali's bungalow.

Several came with the intent to derive material gains, whereas others sincerely wanted Meher Baba's darshan. Opposite Baba's residence lived Bal Kisan Bakhshi, 38, and his wife, Meher Kanta, 33, who loved Baba dearly. They never once tried to come near Baba's bungalow or to send a request for darshan, and were never a hindrance. (Lord Meher-p-3293-1950)

Bal Kisan and his wife, Meher Kanta, had been waiting since morning but had had no chance to see Baba. Baba called them and asked the latter, "What do you want?"

Meher Kanta's eyelids lowered shyly and she replied, "I don't wish for anything except your love."

"I will give you my love," Baba promised.

Baba then repeated the same question to Bal Kisan, who answered, "You have everything and I am not worthy to ask for anything. You may give it to me or not give it to me as you choose, but do make me yours forever."

"I am extremely pleased with you both," Baba replied. "Both of you are mine." This couple was subsequently responsible for the creation of a center named Meher Dham in Dehra Dun, and Baba truly bestowed his gift of love on them.

Prakashwati stopped going to any saint, and began singing kirtans about Baba at the residence of Bal Kisan Bakhshi and his wife, Meher Kanta. Every week, Prakashwati would perform kirtans in their bungalow, with this favorite line echoing: "Born of Shiva's phallus! Jai Meher Baba, Jai Merwan!"

People in the area were eager to hear about Meher Baba and public lectures were arranged at Dehra Dun, Chuharpur and Raipur. Baba sent Deshmukh and Bhau to deliver the talks. A gathering of 5,000 was present in Raipur when the microphone went dead. Deshmukh expressed his inability to deliver his speech without it, but Bhau spoke, and in Deshmukh's place Bal Kisan stood up to speak. He had a powerful, ringing voice and began: "Brothers and sisters, Jai Baba! You all know what I am going to say, so what's the use in saying it!

All right: Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!"

The audience laughed at this short "speech." Bal Kisan and his wife, Meher Kanta, had begun helping in Baba's cause, and they played a major role in his work in the area.

Bal Kishan and his wife, Meher Kanta, had been waiting since morning but had no chance to see Baba. Baba called them and asked the latter, “What do you want?”

Meher Kenta’s eye lid dropped and she replied, “I don’t wish for anything except your love.”

“I will give you my love,” Baba promised.

Baba then repeated the same question to Bal Kishan, who answered, “You have everything and I am not worthy to ask for anything. You may give it to me or not or not to give it to me as you choose, but do make me yours forever.”

“I am extremely pleased with you both, “Baba replied. “Both of you are mine.” This couple was subsequently responsible for creation of the center named “Meher Dham” in Dehradun, and Baba truly bestowed his gift of love on them

With Bal Kisan, Baba joked, "Had you not come, Kishan Singh would never have forgiven you." Baba then asked him about his wife, Meher Kanta.

"She is all right by your blessing," he replied.

Baba then called Bal Kisan and Meher Kanta from Dehra Dun. These families were in Baba's close contact, but their love was silent, and Baba expressed his happiness with them. Nafde was a long-time lover, and his children were full of love for Baba. Muniraj had first heard of Baba through Thade and had met Baba in the September 1954 meeting.

Bal Kisan Bakhshi of Dehra Dun and his wife, Meher Kanta, came for darshan. Baba asked Meher Kanta, "What do you want?"

"I want nothing except your love," she replied. Her reply made Baba happy and the couple left after touching his feet. (Lord Meher-p-5150-165)

 

18-BALAKRAM

During New life, early in September 1949, Baba had instructed Keki Desai to find a suitable place for his headquarters, either near Dehra Dun, Roorkee, Hardwar or Rishikesh, specifying that the place had to have a small house on it and a well, and be about five to six miles from the main town. Keki asked if he could select a place near Dehra Dun, as he already knew several people there, and Baba agreed. Keki was warned not to tell anyone, not even his wife, Dhun, about this work.

Keki Desai returned to Dehra Dun and contacted a friend of his named Balakram, asking for his help in locating a property, but without mentioning Baba's name. Together, they and Nalavala set out in a tonga to look at different sites. Travelling through the rural, sparsely populated area, they came to the village of Manjri Mafi, where Balakram knew someone he thought could help.

Balakram's friend was seated in a chair opposite his house, smoking a cigar while reading a novel. They approached him and asked, "Could you, by any chance, help us in buying a five-acre plot?"

"Yes, I think so," the man replied casually.

"It has to have a small house on it."

"All right."

"And a well ..."

"Yes."

"We need it immediately!"

The man was so friendly that Keki Desai was convinced that Baba had sent them to him. After a few words, they expressed a desire to see the property. The man at once showed them four properties. Keki liked the fourth one the instant he saw it, since there was already a small cottage with two small rooms and a verandah on it. Although the land had originally belonged to this man, he had sold it to an advocate living in Lucknow who now wanted to sell it. (Lord Meher-2803/4-1949)

 

19-BALGOPAL DAS & BABYRAJ

In 1966, Baba's seclusion had been greatly disturbed by the Arangaon villagers.  Baba wanted to remain undisturbed until November 1967. As per Baba's order, two signboards each in three languages were prepared and placed on 5th November 1966 inscribing “Meher Baba has stopped seeing or giving darshan to anyone.”

Balgopal Das Baba lover of Dehra Dun telephoned to Adi from Poona to seek darshan on the same day. Balgopal Das and his wife drove to Ahmednagar and Adi guided them to Meherazad, although as he had explained on the phone, Baba was in seclusion and would probably not see them. The couple had vowed not to drink water that day until they had taken Baba's darshan. By the time they arrived at Meherazad, Baba was already in his room and, on hearing a car approach, he sent Bhau to find out who had come. When Bhau reported, Baba asked him, "Should I see them?"

Bhau said, "Baba, the boards have been put up today and it would not be right to give them darshan."

But Baba replied, "For me there is no binding. When I wish something, you should be attentive to it. Go bring them."

Bhau brought the couple to Baba's room, but they halted at its threshold. Baba's face shone like the moon, and with a smile he gestured to them, "I am very happy to see you both. Take me with you." The couple left gratified. They were given a note asking the caretaker of Guruprasad to give them a tour, and requesting that Jalbhai show them Baba House and other places of interest in Poona.

Balgopal Das and his wife, Babyraj, had done much toward the establishment of Meher Dham in Dehra Dun and were of great help financing Baba functions and other work done in Baba's name there, such as feeding the poor. (Lord Meher-p-5252-1966)

 

20-BRAHMA DUTT

In 1953, a friend of Kumar's named Brahma Dutt would come to Baba occasionally. Brahma Dutt also arrived on the 30th and brought a friend named Brahma Dev, who had been suffering from asthma for the past seven or eight years. In the course of conversation, when Baba asked about his illness, he described his condition. Baba advised him to fast on water for seven days and remember him wholeheartedly. He did it and was freed of his malady.

In 1954, Brahma Dutt lover from Dehra Dun was standing at a distance, and Baba inquired, "In Hamirpur and Andhra you were always fighting to be near me. How is it that now you are keeping so quietly away?" Brahma Dutt laughed and came forward near Baba. (Lord Meher p-3628-1954)

 

21-BURJOR SOHRABJI (CHACHA)

Occasionally Baba would call a man named Burjor Sohrabji Chacha to Niranjanpur. Burjor, like Nalavala, was working for the Singer Sewing Machine Company in Dehra Dun. Although in 1942 he had stayed with the Nalavalas and found out about Baba through them, this was his first opportunity for darshan. On one occasion when Burjor came to Niranjanpur, Baba remarked to him that he reminded him of his deceased brother Jamshed, whom he resembled.’ (Lord Meher-p-2554-1946)

  

22-CHARAT SINGH & MOHINI RANI

The Rani and Raja of Sahanpur were living in a bungalow near Baba's bungalow. The queen's name was Mohini Rani and her husband was Charat Singh. One of their daughters, Pushp Lata, who was married to the Raja of Patiala, had died recently during childbirth. Overcome with grief, the Rani became like a mad woman, and had she not met Baba at this time; her condition would surely have worsened.

The Rani found out about Meher Baba and, one evening in September 1953, she came to the mandali's bungalow accompanied by her husband. Eruch was sitting outside on the verandah with Baba, who asked her what she wanted. Mohini Rani replied, "Baba, I have come to you in great misery. I have come with a request."

Baba asked, "What is it? What do you want from me?"

"I cannot live without my daughter. I want my daughter back. I implore you to bring my daughter back alive!" And she burst out weeping as she narrated her story.

Baba comforted her with the words, "Why do you cry? You will have your daughter back."

Mohini Rani, in wonder, asked, "The same daughter, Baba? In the same form?"

"Yes, the same daughter," he promised.

"But her corpse has been cremated ..."

Baba smiled, and his smile dissolved Mohini's agony. "I am Paramatma, and nothing is impossible for me," he assured her. "I have created the universe! Can I not make your daughter come alive?"

These words lifted the terrible burden from her heart and her despondency was transformed into hope. She asked, "Would you truly give me back my daughter?"

Baba assured her with a smile, "Yes, I am telling you exactly that. Now stop worrying and have patience. Your daughter will come back to you. All you have to do is to remember me and love me. Remember me constantly and love me as much as you can, more and more each day. Will you do that?"

The Maharani agreed, and for the first time in a long, long while, she felt light at heart. The couple left. Eruch had been interpreting Baba's words and was stunned, thinking: "My God! What is Baba promising? It is not like him to declare such things."

Eruch said to Baba, "You have assured her that her daughter will come back, but what will happen when she does not get her back?"

Baba replied, "I have the remedy for every disease and my treatment is infallible. At present she needs this medicine until her illness subsides. She was happy and you will see that her condition won't worsen; on the contrary, it will improve."

Some days later, Mohini Rani informed Baba that she wished to sweep and clean his room herself. On Baba's agreeing, she did it. She then asked for some personal article of Baba's, and his sadra was given to her.

As long as Baba was staying in Dehra Dun, Mohini Rani was happy and cheerful, and inwardly leaned more and more on him. After Baba's departure, whenever she remembered her daughter, she would write to Baba, who would reply that she must be patient; her daughter would definitely return to her, but meanwhile she should go on remembering Baba more and more. Baba indicated that she would see her daughter in a dream and this would be the sign of her imminent return.

Later in 1954, Mohini Rani came to Ahmednagar with her husband for a darshan program, determined to ask Baba finally to bring her daughter back from the dead.

But when in Baba's presence, she completely forgot about it.

Some years later, when the couple came to Guruprasad for Baba's darshan, Baba asked Mohini Rani, "How are you?"

"Baba, I am very happy," she answered.

Baba looked radiant that day and suddenly stated, "I am in the mood at this moment to give you whatever you ask. Tell me at once: Do you want your daughter back, or do you want me?"

The Rani gently placed her hand on Baba's knee and replied, "I want you, Baba."

Baba replied, "Now you have your daughter back. The whole world is in me, including your daughter."

Baba gave Mohini Rani her daughter back by making Mohini totally forget her daughter. Because of her daughter's death, Mohini Rani came into Baba's close contact and became his forever. Her husband, Charat Singh, also held fast to Baba's feet, and their other daughter, Kusum, became ecstatic in Baba's love. Kusum's husband, Sardar Mohkam Singh, at first had no faith in Baba, but once when he was brought for darshan, he was so drawn to Baba that he arranged frequent bhajan-kirtan programs at their residence in New Delhi.

1958, Rani Mohini of Dehra Dun had come with her husband, Raja Charat Singh. Like Godubai, she, too, had come with a firm purpose: to ask Baba to keep his promise about giving back her deceased daughter. But when she neared Baba for prasad, his twinkling eyes and enchanting expression made her forget also — and forget forever! By fulfilling desires, bindings are created; by eradicating them, their chain is broken. Baba made Rani Mohini forget for all time. This was his miracle, which never furthered attachments, but uprooted them.

 

23-DALIP

(A help of Jamnadas Mahant)

April 13th 1950, was the most significant day of the Kumbha Mela, when hundreds of thousands of different sects of sadhus and mahatmas were to form into processions and march to the Ganges River to bathe in the sacred water.

On 12th April, Baba left Manjri Mafi in a station wagon with the nine women companions.  Mahant's servant-boy Dilip went to Hardwar by train, and all stayed in Sansarchand Gohal's large house. (Lord Meher-p-2908-1950)

 

24-DAUGHTER OF R P GUPTA

During Baba’s stay at Dehradun in 1953, Dr. R. P. Gupta brought his mentally retarded eight-year-old daughter to Baba, and Baba stated he would help her. He instructed the doctor to repeat God's name 101 times over a glass of water, give it to the girl to drink, and then bring her back to Baba after some time.(Lord Meher-3296-1953)

 

25-DEEWAN KANWAR SEN & PADMA

The incident of their meeting with Baba is described in the words of Mrs. Padma as written in book Glimpses of Guruprasad.

In year 1960, My husband (Kanwar Sen Deewan) and I were in Bombay, where my brother was producing a movie and had promised to show us as how shooting is done, but only after two days. Since we had two days, on my mother’s advice, we went to Poona for Meher Baba’s darshan for the first time. When we reached Guruprasad, Baba asked us, “where are you coming from?’ I replied, “Dehradun, Baba.” Baba replied, “No, you are not coming directly from Dehradun but are touring many cities before coming to Poona.

We were surprised that Baba knew about us, but still, we did not have faith in Baba. Baba asked us to come the next day, but as soon as we came out of the bungalow, we said to each other that we would return to Bombay the next day so that we could see how a film is made.

As we were talking about our return to Bombay, Baba sent a man running towards us with this message: “Both of you go wherever you want to go and don’t come to see Me tomorrow.” The messenger also told us that before going back to Bombay, we should meet a lady named Mrs. Bahri, who had come from Dehradun and was now staying in Poona. We knew Mrs. Bagri and so went to meet her. When we talked to her, she started crying. She pitied us for planning to go to Bombay when Baba Himself wanted to meet us the next morning. She told us that we were unlucky and missed a golden opportunity. She told us that she had been waiting many days to meet Baba but had not got a chance.

Before leaving Guruprasad. We had asked Baba if we could have our photographs taken with Him. He had agreed and had said that He would come out in the open and then we could take the photographs. We had no idea what obedience To Baba means, and so we told Baba that we would take photographs in the house and that He need not come out in the garden. We took Baba’s photos in Guruprasad against His will, with the result that when the photos were developed, none of prints were clear. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-193)

 

26-DR. R P GUPTA

During Baba’s stay at Dehradun in 1953, Dr. R. P. Gupta brought his mentally retarded eight-year-old daughter to Baba, and Baba stated he would help her. He instructed the doctor to repeat God's name 101 times over a glass of water, give it to the girl to drink, and then bring her back to Baba after some time.(Lord Meher-3296-1953)

 

27-DR. R. R. PAL SHARMA

On 7th, October 1954 was Hindu festival of Dassera and day was also the anniversary of Sai Baba's death in 1918. Baba sent this telegram to Shirdi: "The Ancient One, Avatar Meher Baba, sends homage to Sai Baba, the Guru, God-Incarnate, Sai Baba."

The veterinary surgeon of Dehra Dun, Dr. R. R. Pal Sharma, who loved Baba, was also called that day. Dr. Sharma had first had Baba's contact in Dehra Dun during the New Life, and had attended the recent meetings at Meherabad. (Lord Meher-p-3646-1954)

 

28-DR.VEER INDER SINGH

Vir Inder Singh worked as Sub-Inspector in police department of utter Pradesh. Once Vir Singh was ordered along with his team was ordered to nab dacoits hiding nearby the village in Atroli. He proceeded to the spot and suddenly he found himself surrounded by dacoits. They beat him so hard that he fell unconscious and received eye injury. Dacoits tied him pole of a thatched hut and put it on fire and fled. With the heat of fire, he came to senses and freighted to see the fire around him spreading from hut.  He mentally remembered God and cried for help. His cries reached the lord of the Age and rescue police arty reached the spot and he was saved from fire.

In March 1953, at Dehradun, he came to know about Meher Baba through his friend Sardar Singh, acquainted with Kishan Singh, one of the mandali and watchman during seclusion of Baba in Dehradun stay that there is a great saint Meher Baba who is observing silence since 18 years and staying in Dehradun. He dreamt of Meher Baba wearing pink coat and with bewitching smile. Next day he went to Kishan Singh’s place where baba was staying and the place was similar to the place he has dreamt last night. Kishan Singh expressed inability to see him Baba since He was in seclusion. Vir Inder Singh was disappointed and thought & murmured “Khuda Ke Ghar Aandher Hai” (there is darkness in God’s abode).

Again Vir Inder Singh and his friend Sardar Singh both went to Baba’s residence and again Kishan Singh said that they cannot meet Baba because He is in strict seclusion. However Baba conveyed through Kishan Singh that they can see Him from a distance by standing near broken boundary wall. Meher baba gestured to Vir Inder Singh, “Don’t worry be happy”. Inder Singh was lost in the beauty of Baba’s radiating effulgence. He bowed his head to baba but some of mandali shouted not to bow down as this was not allowed by Meher Baba during seclusion period.

One day he and his wife Ranji started preparing prasad (Halwa) to offer to Baba as prasad. They were still cooking the halwa at their house. Surprisingly they found Meher Baba standing in front of them. They were overjoyed and gave halwa, Baba ate and then left. Later both husband and wife took the prasad to Baba’s residence offered Baba. Baba said “No”. I have already taken your prasad at your residence.

When his wife had first darshan of Baba in Dehradun, she wept and wept. Someone tried to console her but baba said, let her wash out her sanskaras. Baba advised her to keep her husband always.

After meeting Baba in Dehradun, they always longed for baba darshan. In was in1955, he met Baba in public darshan program in Poona. Pointing to Vir Inder Singh Baba said, “See, how I have caught certain Sikh’s. How pleased I am with you. Guru Nanak is dear to Me. the same Nanak is in the world today.”

After retirement he settled in Dehradun with his family. He had a rose plantation in residence compound. He and Kishan Singh used to arrange satsang /gathering at their residences. He was the witness of one incident when 30 flowers fell down kept above Baba’s Photograph in Satsang held at residence of Kishan Singh as a proof of Baba’s presence. Kishan Singh had sent for these flowers from rose garden of Vir Inder Singh.

 

29-DR. BALDEV SINGH RATHKE

In Dehradun, Baba had trouble in His eyes His eyes discharged a sticky substance and became painfully swollen, and at the same time, he had the continual sensation of something gritty in his eyes. Goher applied penicillin or silver nitrate ointment, but Baba got an allergic reaction to this which made it worse. Goher did her best to treat him, but Baba received little relief. An ophthalmologist from Dehra Dun, named Baldev Singh Rathke, was called. Dr. Rathke treated the condition adequately, and Baba soon felt better. However, the relief was only temporary.(Lord Meher-p-2923-1950)

 

30-JAGANNATH N. HELLAN

In year 1950, during stay at Manjre Mafi in Dehradun, Jagannath N. Hellan was also allowed to visit Baba, along with two other baba lovers. (Lord Meher-p-.2877-1950)

 

31-GANGA RAM

(Secretary of School)

On 23rd March 1957, Baba, accompanied with four mandali left Meherazad for Poona to visit Saint Mira High school on invitation of Sadhu T L Vaswani.

Joyous singing and shouts of "Jai Avatar Meher Baba!" accompanied Baba's car as it slowly made its way through the crowd in a procession toward Saint Mira High School. .Vaswani received Baba at the door of the school and embraced him tightly. Vaswani, deeply moved, paid tribute to Baba in his welcome remarks over the microphone. On Baba's behalf Deshmukh spoke eloquently for five minutes, emphasizing Baba's Avatar hood and mission.

The Secretary of the school, Mr. Ganga Ram spoke a few words, after which Baba message from him be read out to the students: (Lord Meher-p-4158/59-1957)

 

33-GHASITA & HER SON

Baba visited Manjri Mafi on 16th February 1950. While returning to the Mahant's house, an old woman, named Mrs. Ghasita, stopped them. With tears in her eyes, she begged Baba to help her son who was ill. Baba asked for the details. The boy had vomited 20 times and, suffering diarrhoea had passed 30 motions the previous night. Baba ordered Nilu to treat him. (Lord Meher-p-2881-1950)

 

34-GOEL

Baba wanted to sell the Majri Mafi property for which he asked Kain, Kishan Singh, Todi Singh and Harjiwan Lal to be present in Majri Mafi. Baba told the wish and said that either they should by it collectively or individually. Ha said He wanted Rs.7000 for the property, though much larger amount had been spent on it.

On hearing this, Keki was happy as he was hoping that one of Baba lover from Delhi would purchase the property and preserve it for posterity so that lovers from all over the world could come for darshan to one of the most sacred spots connected with Baba.

But all four of the group began looking at each other and appeared unsure about purchasing the property. Finally they expressed their inability to buy it. On hearing this, Baba became very angry. He pointed out Harjiwan Lal and said, “You were ready to cut your throat for My work. Now what happened?”

Turning to Todi Singh, He said, “You said that for My work you will even become naked. Have you forgotten those words of yours?”

Baba who was still angry, asked them to go away and they left dejectedly. Seeing them refuse to by the property, Keki was upset and pleaded with Baba to give them one more chance to buy it. Baba asked Keki to call them back. Keki was so excited on hearing this that he ran barefoot on the road to call them back.

They had already reached the main road by time Keki caught up with them and informed them of Baba’s order. Baba told them not to worry about the property as He had already decided that this property should go to an outsider. Baba embraced them and then sent them away. They went away happily.

The Majri Mafi property was purchased by a photographer from Dehradun, Mr. Goel.

Baba had set 1st May as the date for special bhiksha. With companions Baba walked a distance of two miles and came to dry Sandy River called Rispana. Mr. and Mrs Nalawala, Mr. and Mrs. Burjor Chacha and Shatrughan Kumar and his mother arrived there to give bhiksha to Baba. Bhiksha consisted of containers of food which they offered to Baba one at a time. Baba accepted it all and the containers were then carried by the companions on their heads of all the way to the cottage with Baba leading the way.

On arriving at the college, Baba told them that this was last bhiksha. Baba served everyone with his own hands. Mr. Goel, who had purchased Majri Mafi, was also present and had the good fortune to be served by Baba. Al the activities at Majri Mafi came to close from that day. (“Real Treasure” Volume-5 page 171-173 by Rustom Falahati)

 

35-ISA AND HIS PARENTS

During this period, Baba would daily call a sixteen-year-old sweeper's son, named Isa, to him in Dehra Dun. Isa's mother and father were working in the men and women mandali's quarters. Since Kishan Singh was an official, the parents would work according to his orders; but Kishan had to be careful to be deferential to Isa, because Isa loved Baba and would complain to him if anything went wrong.

One day Isa went to pick a few mangoes. To bring down the fruit he would throw a stone with a "Jai Meher Baba!" on his lips. If no mango fell, in exasperation he would curse, "Meher Baba be damned!"

He went on doing this, and a friend of his overheard him and informed Baba that Isa was abusing his name. Baba replied, "What's wrong with his abuses? Isn't he taking my name and remembering me?"

One day Baba asked Isa, "What do you want to study?"

"I don't want to go to school," he replied. "I want to work, but I should have an easy job — one which can be done sitting on a chair — with nothing much to do."

Baba asked Kishan Singh to procure him such employment. Since Isa was uneducated, it was difficult for Kishan to find him this type of job. Baba would ask him about it every day, and take him to task for not carrying out his order.

So, Kishan consulted one of his influential friends who, as a favour to him, readily agreed to employ Isa at his office. A chair was to be placed outside his office for Isa to sit on, and his duty was to carry files to other offices.

Kishan informed Isa, and instructed him to be at work promptly at 11:00 A.M. But the next day, Isa did not go to the man's office. Acting as if he was unaware of this, Baba in the evening asked Kishan about Isa, who proudly informed him that he had found Isa an easy job. Baba sent for the boy and asked him if he liked the work. "I didn't go!" Isa declared.

"Why not?" Baba asked him.

"It was for Kishan Singh to take me to the officer and first introduce me. He did not do this, so I didn't go."

Baba turned to Kishan, "What he says is true. Why didn't you take Isa with you? Take him tomorrow."

The next day, Kishan Singh drove Isa to the office in his car, and while he was speaking with another officer, Isa boldly entered his boss' room and sat down in a comfortable chair in front of him. When Kishan Singh came in the man pointed to Isa, saying, "Who is he?"

"He is the boy I mentioned," Kishan replied.

"Are you recommending this manner less urchin to me? You're my friend; otherwise, I would teach this scoundrel a lesson!"

Embarrassed, Kishan returned to Baba with the boy. Isa immediately complained to Baba that Kishan had insulted him. On Baba's reproving him, Kishan argued, "He is a most ill-mannered boy, Baba. What could I do?"

"He is ill-mannered, but aren't you also?" Baba chided. "Because he is a sweeper, you look down on him. I, being God, permit him to sit beside me, while you treat him contemptuously! I don't say you should put him on your level, but don't despise him — have love for him."

During Baba's stay in Dehra Dun, almost daily some episode concerning Isa would take place. The tenacious boy was Baba's means of wiping off the sanskaras of Kishan Singh, Krishna Nair and, later, Bhau Kalchuri. When Bhau arrived in Dehra Dun, he was told to look after Isa and keep him pleased — but Isa was a boy not easily satisfied, as the men were to learn.

Once, Don was talking with Baba while Isa was there.

When the conversation was over, Baba motioned that Don could go. He left, but remembering something, came back. At this, Isa laughed, and when Baba asked him why he was laughing, he said, "You told him to go, and he has come back. He does not know the meaning of obedience!"

Baba praised the boy in front of the mandali, "Look, see how clever Isa is. He understands the importance of obedience."

Another time, Isa's mother came weeping to Baba. Baba asked the reason, and she said, "Isa lost Rs.100 gambling last night. Please make him win tonight." Baba assured her of his help. After she left, Baba had a hearty laugh. He sent for Isa and arranged his activities in such a way that he could not find the time to go out and gamble. Going to the movies, playing cards and other games, doing japa and being with Baba for certain times of the day — these were Isa's occupations. Baba would send him to the movie theatre with Krishna, and someone else was sent to bring him back, so that he would not be tempted to go gambling.

Isa's parents would loudly quarrel with each other, and Baba would go on listening to pleas from both sides. Then he would mediate and explain things to them, settling their affairs. It was surprising that those longing for darshan had not been given permission for even a minute, yet Baba would give his company to Isa's humble family for hours on end. (Lord Meher-p-3339/40/41-1953)

 

34-JAMNADAS

(Mahant of village)

Since November 1949, Kaikobad had been staying on the Manjri Mafi property which had been purchased for Baba. But the well, and the huts for the companions, and an extension to the existing structure for the women, were still not completed. So on 16th January 1950, leaving Dehra Dun with the men and women companions, Baba shifted headquarters to the house of Jamnadas, the Mahant (head of a religious sect) in Manjri Mafi Village. Keki Desai was instructed to return to Delhi at this time.

During this period, Jamnadas, the Mahant of the village with few others were allowed to visit Baba.

Baba wished to attend the great Kumbha Mela festival in Hardwar that year. At the beginning of February 1950, he consulted Jamnadas (Mahant) about the possibility of finding a suitable bungalow a few miles from Hardwar, where he could stay during March and April. The Mahant suggested a place called Motichur, four miles from Hardwar. The next day, Virendra Pandey, the District Information Officer for Dehra Dun, offered to locate and arrange a bungalow for Baba. When Baba informed him he wished to pay the two months' rent, Virendra said it was unnecessary. Baba remarked, "I do not wish to take any boja (financial burden) in the New Life."

Shatrughna Kumar was now accepted as if one of the men companions, and was permitted to see Baba often. On the 20th, he came with Jamnadas, the Mahant of the village. Baba explained to them, "For you both, I feel a sort of responsibility of love. In the New Life, I am not meeting anyone except you, Nalavala, Chacha, Desai, Virendra and Elcha, and it is only to you and them that I give my personal contact."

Baba then asked the Mahant, "Would you sincerely and faithfully carry out two instructions I give you?" Jamnadas assured Baba he would. "Then don't worry in the least about your permanent release from prison until the very last minute of your going back to prison on 17 June. And every night before going to bed, offer this heartfelt prayer: 'O God, I leave my fate in your hands.' "

The Mahant had been sentenced to prison for shooting and killing two villagers during a dispute, but had been granted a temporary parole because he was ill, suffering from tuberculosis. Jamnadas agreed to follow these two orders, and Baba added, "I feel inwardly that if you obey these instructions faithfully, God will not fail you." Jamnadas derived courage from Baba's words.

Afterwards, Baba remarked to him, "From now on, you should accept it that your connection with me in the New Life will not continue."

The day Baba left Dehra Dun, 14 June 1950, an order was received from the government that the Mahant had been permanently released from prison. It was Baba who broke the good news to him, and he attributed it all to Baba's nazar. (Lord Meher-p-2915-1950)

 

37-JAYANTI

(Mother of Shatrughan Kumar)

When Baba reached at Dehradun station with Mandali, baba asked Shatrughan Kumar to bring for Mandali within one hour. He brought cooked rice (Pulav). His mother Jayanti (known as "Mataji"), his wife and two or three other women of the village cooked food for Baba and the companions at Kumar's home at Manjri Mafi (Lord Meher-p-2638-1950)

 

38-JASHAN

(Nephew of Sadhu Vaswani)

August 28th 1959, was Lord Krishna's birthday. On the occasion of Krishna's birthday, Baba sent this message to Sadhu Vaswani and his nephew Jashan in Poona, who had sent greetings to Baba:

Give my love to my very dear Dada Vaswani and to dear Jashan and all dear ones of the Saint Mira High School, who remember me and love me.

I was Ram, I was Krishna, I was this One, I was that One, and now I am Meher Baba. In fact, in this form of flesh and blood, I am the same Ancient One who alone is eternally worshiped and ignored, ever remembered and forgotten.

I am that Ancient One whose past is worshiped and remembered; whose present is ignored and forgotten, and whose future advent is anticipated with great fervour and longing. (Lord Meher=p-4581-1959)

 

39-JOSHI  URVADATTA J. P.

On 26th April 1960 Uravdatta J P Joshi who was in-charge of Shankarji’s Avataric Mandir at Badrinath came to Guruprasad for darshan of Bhagwan Meher. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-125)

 

40-KAPIL VIMLA

Vimla Kapil is sister in law of late Sri Hukumat Rai Kapil of Delhi. She is lucky Baba lover to have had 3 times Baba’s physical darshan. She is unmarried and settled in Amritsar (Punjab). Please read her experiences with Baba’s darshan in her own words:

I came to Delhi in 1954 and got admission in nursing course. At that time, I used to go to W.D. Kain’s house where Baba’s satsang used to be held on Sunday.  I also used to go to house of Mohkam Singh along with my brother in law to attend Baba’s program. I developed interest in Baba.

It was 1954. I got one month annual leave and wanted to go to Massouri to see my mother and  brother but Kapil ji  said to me that I can go to Satara to see Meher Baba and then to Massouri. He arranged ticket; came to Poona and boarded me in Satara bound bus, explained everything, gave address where Baba stayed and then left. After getting down at Satara I took auto and reached Baba’s bungalow. Auto driver left me 50 yards behind Baba’s bungalow. I left my suitcase on roadside proceeded on foot toward Baba’s bungalow which was located in isolated place.

When I reached at Baba’s bungalow, a hefty man (Baidul) was standing on the Gate, I asked him, “Is Baba staying in this bungalow”. He looked at me from top to bottom. He asked me, “Who am I and coming where from”. I replied in single breath that my name is Vimal and have come from Delhi. He was surprised to listen that how; I have come alone from such a long distance. He also said that now-days Baba does not meet anyone so you return back. It was evening by now and I was in position to return. Then He said me to wait and went inside bungalow and came back with another gentleman. He also tried to convince me that Baba cannot meet you. I requested them to inform Baba about my coming here. Then it started raining. I got drenched. He asked me about my baggage. I said it is lying 50 yards from here on road side. He got my baggage collected through someone. By this time Baba was informed about my arrival. I was called inside gate. That night, I stayed in the house of Vishnu Master. Just as I reached in his house, Baba sent a message that ask the girl to change her drenched dress; give her hot tea with tablet of Aspirin. She will be called tomorrow. To hear this news, my happiness knew no bound. In curiosity, I could not sleep well that night.

Next morning I woke up early and got ready after bath. Call from Baba was received at 9 am and I went to Baba. I was standing in the varandah and Baba was strolling in first floor balcony. Then suddenly, I heard the sound of clapping and I raised my head and saw above. “What a beautiful face” as radiating bright sun and rays falling on me. I was not able to keep My eyes open and I was not able to see Baba clearly. Then there was second clap, Baba asked me to come closer. I started looking at Baba again but my eyes were getting closed. Baba was saying through gestures that you have come to see Me then see Me. I tried again and again, but every time my eyes flashed with brightness and I could not see Baba properly. This continued for ten minutes. In His milky, fair colour and shining face in white Kafani, Baba was looking God personified. I had seen for the first time in my life such a beautiful personality.

Next day, Baba again called me. I was sitting before Baba. Baba asked me what you are doing. I replied, “I have joined nursing course.” Baba said, “I am very happy that you have selected this profession. Always go on serving community; love Me, obey My orders and I will always remain with you”

Third day, I was to return back. Baba through someone sent along with me to Poona and got entrained me in Delhi bound train and also arranged some money which I was told to spent while travelling. I was very disappointed while coming back and was weeping after leaving my Beloved Baba. I was feeling empty and was not willing not to return. I was drawn towards Baba. Compelled with situation, I caught the train from Delhi to Dehradun and reached Massouri to spend my holidays. When I told my family, they found it difficult to believe that I have really come back after having Baba’s darshan.

Second darshan I had in 1962, during east-West gathering in Guruprasad Bungalow at Poona between 1st to 4th November. I joined with my mother Laxmi Devi, My sister, Vijaya, Santosh, Savita and my brother Ghanshyam Das. Dr. Kapil along with his family had come from Delhi. During darshan we never felt Baba was silent. When I went before him I felt at peace and all my doubts were clear.

My third darshan was in 1965 in Public Darshan Program in Poona. I had opportunity of touching Baba’s feet which was even softer than flower. This was my last darshan. When Baba dropped His Body in 1969, it was my bad luck that I could not reach on this occasion. I used to go samadhi almost every year and I feel that my battery gets fully recharged.

In feel the Baba’s presence all the time and now Baba is everything for me, I have gone through many ups and downs in my life but every time I found Baba with me. I wish to die with Baba’s name on my lips.

 

41-KHANNA (MRS)

(A neighbour of Mrs Prakashwati of Dehradun)

Following is the narration of Mrs Khanna in his own words

I came to know about Meher Baba from Prakashwati and Kishen Singh of Dehradun. They used to have weekly kirtan (bhajans) at their place, and they invited us, as we were their neighbour. These kirtan inspired me very much, and I developed love for Baba even though I have not met Him. In 1958, both Kishan Singh and Prakashvati were going to Poona to meet Baba at Guruprasad, and they invited me to go with them.  I was not married then, and my father    knew that I was in safe hands and so permitted to go along.

We reached Guruprasad and when it was my turn to bow down at the feet of Baba. There was tremendous impact of His love, and momentarily I forgot where I was. As I rose up after bowing down to Him; I felt I had never touched such a lovely feet in my life. Since I am fond of tea, I had brought a packet of tea to give Baba as token my love for Him. He accepted the packet and was very pleased with it. The expression of love and gratitude on His face brought tears in my eyes. I had never seen any man from whom love simply flowed like a river in spate, irrespective of the person who received it. That day I could feel the difference between the love of my parents and Baba’s love for me. His love was unselfish, pure and divine. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-39 -by H P Bharucha)

 

42-KISHAN SINGH

(Close disciple)

(Refer fortunate Souls Vol-3)

 

43-KOCHAR HARISH CHANDRA

In 1953, people in Dehra Dun came to know that Beloved Avatar Meher Baba was in their midst.  Though He was in seclusion and did not want to meet anyone, from time to time, people would send messages through Kishan Singh, expressing their wish to have Baba's darshan.

Baba agreed to meet all those who wanted to see Him before He left Dehra Dun.  Nevertheless, messages from people would still come.

Every day, a man named Harish Chandra Kochar would come and sit by the side of the road.  When Baba would take a shortcut to the men Mandali's or His own bungalow, Harish Chandra would see Him.

One day, Baba asked Kishan Singh, "Who is that person I see every day?  In the morning, when I go to Mandali's bungalow, he is standing there. When I go back for lunch, I see him.  Again, when I come in the afternoon, he is there.  When I return to My bungalow in the evening, still he remains.  Every day, I see him four times.  What does he do there?"

"Baba, he loves You very much," Kishan Singh said.  "He wants to have Your darshan."

And Baba said, "Whether or not he has any work?  The whole day he remains there."

"Baba, he loves You so much that he cannot be without You."

"All right," Baba then said.  "Call him and ask him to stand at a distance from Me."

Kishan Singh informed Harish Chandra, who came to the place where Baba was staying.  As instructed, he stood at a distance, and through signs, Baba told him, "I am very, very happy to see you.  Now you go."

So he left.  But returning to His bungalow for lunch, Baba again saw Harish Chandra standing by the side of the road.  "Is he still there?" Baba said to Kishan Singh.  "Why did he not return home?  Go and ask him."

Kishan Singh spoke to Harish Chandra, and when he returned, informed Baba, "Harish Chandra said, 'It is impossible to remain without Baba.'"

"All right, call him again," Baba said.

When Harish Chandra came to Baba, Baba asked, "Why do you sit by the side of the road?  Why don't you go home?"

"It is now impossible for me to be without You," Harish Chandra replied.  "Please allow me to come every day.  I will be with You like your Mandali."

Baba told him, "I will allow you to come on one condition:  that you not tell Me anything and not tell the Mandali anything from the outside.  Just come and sit.  Only if I ask can you tell Me anything.  Otherwise, don't say a word.  Be like the Mandali."

Harish Chandra assured Baba that he would not say anything.  He was then permitted to come every day, from 9:00 in the morning until 5:00 in the evening.

Sometimes when he came, Baba would cut jokes with him.  He would eat lunch with us.  He would play cards with Baba.  Sometimes, though he did not know how to, he would play cricket with Baba.  He was very, very happy!

After five days, Harish Chandra said, "Baba, tomorrow, I will not be able to come."

"All right," Baba said.

Baba did not ask why he would not be coming, so Harish Chandra could not say anything about the reasons for his absence.  The next day, he did not come, but on the one following, he returned.

Still Baba did not ask, "Why did you not come yesterday?"

Harish Chandra was waiting and waiting for Baba's question.  But Baba would not ask anything.  Five or six days later, again, he said to Baba, "Baba, tomorrow, I will not be with You."

"Good," Baba replied.

The next day, he did not come.

The day after that, when he returned, Baba still did not ask why he did not come nor what he was doing.

Harish Chandra wanted to speak out, and when Baba did not ask him any questions, he said, "Baba, yesterday I did not come.  But the whole day I was very, very restless."

"Keep quiet," Baba instructed him.  "Don't tell Me anything."

"I now know, Baba," Harish Chandra continued, "that without You, this world is vacant.  It is really impossible to live without You."

"Do not talk about anything," Baba repeated.  "Just keep quiet.  I understand."

A third time, he said, "Baba, tomorrow I will not be able to come."

"All right," was all that Baba said.

Harish Chandra was very anxious to speak out, but Baba started attending to correspondence.

When he returned on the second day following, Harish Chandra was very, very anxious to tell Baba what he wanted.  But again Baba instructed him, "Keep quiet.  Don't say anything."

Nevertheless, Harish Chandra said, "Baba these court cases are such a burden for me.  I want to be with You, but I have to go to the courts.  It is going on and on."

"I tell you everything will be all right.  So why do you worry?  Now keep quiet.  If you say anything, I will stop you from coming."

Harish Chandra kept quiet.

But then Baba asked him how many children he had, how his wife was, how his daughters, sons, were, etc.

One day, Harish Chandra said, "Baba, everyone in the family loves You, and they want to see You."

Baba went to the extent that He even visited Harish Chandra's house and met his family members.

1st November, 1953 was fixed as the day for Baba's public darshan before He left Dehra Dun for Mahabaleshwar.  During the program, Baba delivered the message, "Real Darshan."

Baba stayed in Dehra Dun several times, but that day was the only one upon which a public darshan was held.  It was a big program and lasted from morning to evening.  Many people came to have Beloved Baba's darshan.  The children from Nanhi Dunia School brought a very big garland, many feet long.

"Real Darshan" is a very important message and indicates what Real Darshan is.  Actually, only the rare ones get Real Darshan.  But to have that Darshan, love and longing are necessary. You have no desire, no wants, no liking, no disliking, just God.  But it is impossible to become desireless, and this is the reason Baba gave importance to implicit obedience to the Perfect Master or the Avatar.  Obedience makes Him happy.  It pleases Him.

Baba left Dehra Dun, but what He has done there?  He has sown the seed of His love, and that seed is germinating.  People will witness what happens during His Universal Manifestation.

Harish Chandra did not want to wait for results.  He wanted results immediately, and what happened?

He knew the trick of how to see Baba, and after a few months, he went to Satara (near Mahabaleshwar).  He found out where Baba was living and where the Mandali's bungalow was.  One day, he stood in between them, underneath a tree.

I was with Baba and Aloba as we went to the Mandali's bungalow.  Baba saw Harish Chandra standing there, and asked him, through signs, "Why did you come here?"

"Baba, he has come because of Your love," Aloba answered.

"Because of My love?" Baba responded.  "All right." And, then to Harish Chandra, Baba said, "Come with Me to my bungalow."

When we reached the bungalow, Baba sat down and asked Harish Chandra, "Now tell Me, why did you come?"

"Baba, I am fed up with these court cases," Harish Chandra replied.  "I cannot wait any longer."

"All right, another reason?" Baba asked.

"I want to sell my kothi (bungalow), but I cannot get a good price."

"What else?"

"Baba, my daughter Raj is suffering from tuberculosis," Harish Chandra continued, "and I want her to be all right soon.  I love her."

"Now listen carefully to Me," Baba told him.  "Everything will be all right.  Just wait."

But Harish Chandra said, "I cannot wait any longer, Baba.  It is too much for me to bear."

"If I so want, everything will be all right in a single day.  You will get whatever you want, but you will forget Me."

"I will never forget you, Baba," Harish Chandra promised.

"All right.  Then wash your feet and come to Me," Baba instructed him.

So Harish Chandra washed his feet and came to Baba.  Baba bowed down to him 101 times.  Then Baba told Aloba, "Because you said, 'He has come for love, ' you also wash your feet and come to Me."

Aloba washed his feet, and then Baba bowed down to him seven times.

Baba asked Harish Chandra, "Now you go.  Don't worry."

Harish Chandra returned to Dehra Dun.  He won his court cases.  He received a good price for his bungalow, and his daughter Raj got well.  He then went to Delhi and became a manager of a big hotel, and was given a bungalow to live in.

He became involved in the world.  But after some years, we found out that at least he did not forget Baba.  He was remembering and remembering Him, but because of his business involvement, he could not come to see Baba.

 

 

46-MADAN

(Son of Kishan Singh)

On 22nd January 1950, Kishan Singh of Delhi had sent many things for the companions with his friend Prakashwati Sharma's mother and Kishan's son Madan. Keeping only a few of the items — such as sheets, towels, et cetera — Baba returned the rest (such as shaving articles and a watch) with instructions that Kishan should not send any more things. (Lord Meher-p-.2877-1950)

 

47-MADAN ARORA

In September 1954, at Meherazad during sahwas, Madan Arora of Dehra Dun burst out weeping when he came to Baba. "Why this downpour?" Baba asked.

"Forgive me, Baba," he said.

"What has happened?"

"While moving about in all this mud yesterday, I thought: 'We are so inconvenienced here.  At Meherazad Baba must be so comfortable. When he comes here, he will put on gum boots to walk around. How could he have any idea of how we are suffering. If he moves about barefoot like us, then he will know.' In the morning when I saw you walking about like that, I was thunderstruck. Please forgive me."

Baba embraced him, telling him not to worry. (Lord Meher-3261-1954)

 

48-MAHAROAKH

(Daughter of Keki Desai)

Keki Nalavala felt deep love for Baba, but his wife, Freiny, had no special feeling for him. She had not yet had Baba's darshan, nor was she particularly eager for it. Despite this, Keki invited Baba to his home in Dehra Dun for lunch. Baba played with their five-year-old daughter, Maharoakh, and picked up their infant son, Naosherwan, just two months old then, taking him on his lap, caressing and kissing him.  Freiny observed Baba with her son and at once faith was lit in her heart and has burned brightly from then on. Thereafter, the whole family became dedicated to Baba and worked in his cause. (Lord Meher-p-2554-1946)

 

49-MOTHER OF PRAKASWATI SHARMA

On 22nd January 1950, Kishan Singh of Delhi had sent many things for the companions with his friend Prakashwati Sharma's mother and Kishan's son Madan. Keeping only a few of the items — such as sheets, towels, et cetera — Baba returned the rest (such as shaving articles and a watch) with instructions that Kishan should not send any more things. (Lord Meher-p-.2877-1950)

 

50-MAKHAN LAL & WIFE

On 9th January 1950, leaving Akbarabad (Now in Uttakhahnd) Baba and the group journeyed eight miles and arrived in Najibabad. Thirty-eight miles had been covered on foot from Benares to Moradabad, and another 76 miles from there to Najibabad. Their stay was arranged in a garden where there was a platform. The spot was unkempt, but the women swept and cleaned it, and everyone liked the place. A few local women from town approached the women companions and requested that they not soil their hands in such work. They said there was a woman sweeper who would do it.

After the cleaning was over, a Tonga arrived at their place. A couple got down and introduced themselves. To everyone's amazement, the man and woman had brought fresh, hot, tasty food for the entire group of companions. Adi had arranged this by contacting people who would give food as bhiksha. Mr. and Mrs. Makhan Lal's address had been given to him by the Tonga driver. When Adi told them about their Hardwar plans, the couple claimed it would be their great good fortune to serve them, declaring, "We can give food in bhiksha not for a few days but for weeks."

Mr. and Mrs. Lal brought hot meals twice a day. The wife would converse at length with the four women companions. Once, as Mani interpreted his gestures, Baba asked Mrs. Lal how she felt physically. She replied that she was miserable and her whole body ached.

"Is there pain in your legs specifically?" asked Baba.

"Yes, they pain me the most!" she said.

Baba then asked where else specifically she was having pain, and she explained that for many years her fingers ached terribly. Baba took some homeopathic medicine from Baidul, and offered it to her. Looking at the tiny globules, the woman laughed, "I have so much pain, how could these small pills help me?" Baba gave her a few, telling her to swallow them. She did and within seconds was miraculously rid of all her pain, which had been plaguing her for years.(Lord    Meher-p-2865-1950)

 

51-NALAWALA KAIKOBAD RUSTOM

Kaikobad (Keki) Rustom Nalavala, came for darshan for the first time. But because of Baba's seclusion, he, too, was allowed to see Baba only from a distance. Baba was in his room, and when Keki stood outside to greet him, he could only see Baba's feet and nothing else. He left bitterly disappointed. But his disappointment brought him Baba's constant remembrance, which, in turn, brought him closer to the Master. He thought Baba would surely call him one day during his Dehra Dun stay, but Baba did not. Yet, by keeping Keki at a physical distance, Baba drew him inwardly nearer. (Lord Meher-p-2212-1941)

 

52-NALAVALA KEKI & FRAINY

In year 1941, because of the unavailability of accommodation in Karachi, Baba asked three of his mandali men to look for residences in Dehra Dun. The mandali men came to Meherabad on 3rd April 1952 and contacted Keki Nalavala. Keki had not yet met Baba, but he had come to know about him from Keki Desai of Delhi. Keki Nalavala helped mandali men look for vacant bungalows and they found one and informed Baba in Quetta.

Irene Conybeare stayed in Dehra Dun for some time, finally agreeing to go as Baba wished as he was in seclusion. Keki Nalavala would visit Irene and talk to her of Baba (although Keki himself had not yet met Baba either), and Irene became more and more anxious for his darshan. Finally, Baba called her to Ajmer. She met Baba for first time.

Baba wanted to work in the vicinity of the Himalayas, so he sent Pappa and Savak Kotwal to. Keki Nalavala helped them to arrange a fine two-story house in Dehra Dun.

Keki Nalavala was a resident of Dehra Dun and loved Meher Baba. He was not permitted to see Baba and had only seen Baba's feet once, a year ago — that too from a distance! On Chanji's request Baba agreed to give darshan to the two Kekis in the mandali's bungalow, but only for one minute. Keki Nalawala and other two Adi Noras of Gujarat and Keki Desai of Delhi all three were warned beforehand neither to fold their hands, garland, bow down to, or speak to Baba.

They came on 14th April 1942 and were led to Baba's small, ten-foot by ten-foot room. A curtain had been drawn across the room. As Keki Nalavala recalled: "We were made to stand before the small curtained room as stage actor’s stand on the stage before the curtain is lifted." At exactly 2:00 P.M. the curtain was drawn aside revealing Baba sitting cross-legged in a corner. "The curtain had been raised, not only in the room, but from their minds and hearts too!"

They had been forbidden to say anything to Baba. But it did not matter, because when they stood in his presence they were so overcome, they could not have said anything even if they had wanted to. Nalavala remembered seeing "the glittering sight of the rising Sun" and being "dumbed, mummed and stunned!"

On one occasion, Keki and Freiny went to the market, leaving their daughter Maharoakh at home alone. After a while, Baba heard her crying. He sent Goher to bring Maharoakh to him. When Keki and Freiny returned, Baba sent for them and corrected them, explaining about the duty of parents to their children. From his spiritual summit, Meher Baba became one with them, and attracted them to him by taking interest in their everyday practical matters, thus making their hearts even more deeply receptive to his love.

In 1956, women mandali left Delhi for Dehra Dun and Keki Nalavala was waiting at the train station to receive them. He had arranged for their conveyance from Dehra Dun to Niranjanpur, according to previous instructions. He also saw to providing cooked food for the first few days of their stay.

Keki Nalavala had the opportunity of coming into Baba's close contact at this time. During his stay in Niranjanpur, Baba permitted Keki to visit daily. One day Baba instructed him to bring five needy former middle-class people, those who had suffered some misfortune, but who found it difficult to seek help because of their upbringing.

Keki searched everywhere and found that almost everyone he met was needy. He was nervous of making a mistake, but at last managed to choose five, and he brought them to Baba in a Tonga. In a closed room, Baba washed their feet and gave them prasad in the form of money. After they had gone, Baba explained to Keki, "The whole world is needy, but I wanted to contact those people who are helpless, and yet do not beg."

Once "Keka" Nalavala and two mandali men came to see Baba. Baba informed them: "I have stopped accepting bhiksha from anyone in a big lot as I did in the past. Bhiksha in this manner looks like a compromise between the Old and New Life.

Keki Nalavala felt deep love for Baba, but his wife, Freiny, had no special feeling for him. She had not yet had Baba's darshan, nor was she particularly eager for it. Despite this, Keki invited Baba to his home in Dehra Dun for lunch. Baba played with their five-year-old daughter, Maharoakh, and picked up their infant son, Naosherwan, just two months old then, taking him on his lap, caressing and kissing him.  Freiny observed Baba with her son and at once faith was lit in her heart and has burned brightly from then on. Thereafter, the whole family became dedicated to Baba and worked in his cause. Occasionally Baba would call Keki Nalavala, to Niranjanpur.

Baba's 56th birthday was celebrated in Manjri Mafi. Naja cooked rawa, which Baba distributed to the companions along with bhujias. A few local villagers and about 20 other visitors — including Keki Nalavala's families — came to wish Baba a happy birthday.

Keki Nalavala had the opportunity of coming into Baba's close contact during his stay in Niranjanpur. Baba permitted Keki to visit daily. One day Baba instructed him to bring five needy former middle-class people, those who had suffered some misfortune, but who found it difficult to seek help because of their upbringing.

Keki searched everywhere and found that almost everyone he met was needy. He was nervous of making a mistake, but at last managed to choose five, and he brought them to Baba in a Tonga. In a closed room, Baba washed their feet and gave them prasad in the form of money. After they had gone, Baba explained to Keki, "The whole world is needy, but I wanted to contact those people who are helpless, and yet do not beg."

Keki Desai had hinted to Keki Nalavala beforehand about Baba's arrival in Dehradun and he accordingly informed Kaikobad, who had been residing at Manjri Mafi since the 1st of November.

Baba gave him a different name as Keka to identify between Kaikobad and Keki Desai.

Keki Nalavala had rented a small house adjoining his own at 36 Lytton Road in Dehra Dun to serve as Don's dispensary. On 28th February 1950 afternoon the opening ceremony was held, which Baba attended with the men and women companions; close lovers from Manjri Mafi and Dehra Dun were also present. Baba distributed cakes, pastries and rawa to all, while Freiny Nalavala served tea

Before returning to Manjri Mafi, Baba, with the women, visited the Nalavala’s home for a while. At the Nalavalas', Baba played with their four-year-old son, Naosherwan, and nine-year-old daughter, Maharoakh.

Accompanied by Keki Nalavala seven mandali men and the servant-boy Satyapal, Baba left Manjri Mafi for Motichur on Friday, 3 rd March 1950, in the afternoon. Mandali man brought the luggage in bullock carts, while Baba, Nalavala and other 3 mandali men walked two and a half miles to Harrawala railway station. From there, all boarded a train towards Motichur, except Pendu and Murli, who drove one of the bullock carts to Motichur.

During Dehradun stay, Keki Nalavala was given the work of bringing patients to Don. He once brought his wife and children for an examination, but Baba asked Don not to take any fee from him. Next time, Nalavala brought an elderly poor woman for treatment. Whatever Don spent on her, Nalavala only paid him a fourth of the expense.

April 13, 1950, was the most significant day of the Kumbha Mela, when hundreds of thousands of different sects of sadhus and mahatmas were to form into processions and march to the Ganges River to bathe in the sacred water. To witness the event, Baba, therefore, arranged for them to stay at Hardwar on that day. On 12th April, Baba left Manjri Mafi in a station wagon with the women companions including Freiny Nalavala. Keki Nalavala and the rest of the companions came the following day. Upon their arrival, Baba remarked to them: "I and the women had absolutely no sleep last night, as there was such a great din and noise going on outside the whole night."

From 1st October 1953, prayers were offered by the mandali including Keki Nalavala at various sites in Dehra Dun, starting at midnight each night. There being no fire-temple in Dehra Dun, Keki would go to the Parsi cemetery to pray. Some of the mandali prayed in Baba's presence while keeping the symbols of their religions before them. Baba took part in each prayer. Thereafter he would go to the church, mosque, temple and Gurudwara (temple of the Sikhs), where, as instructed, one of the mandali would utter the prayer according to his religion at midnight. The ritual would last until 2:00 A.M. and continued for a full week.

On 21st March 1950, Keki Nalavala came to see Baba in the morning. During Baba's stay in Manjri Mafi, the families of Keki Nalavala came closer in Baba's love. It seemed as if these he had been unconsciously awaiting Baba's arrival, and Baba had gone to Manjri Mafi for this purpose.

As dawn was breaking, Baba set out to beg with the companions. Walking two miles in absolute silence, they came to the dry, sandy riverbed of the Rispana River, where Keki and Freiny Nalavala and few others were waiting for them. Freiny also gave food to Baba in bhiksha, after which Baba immediately returned to Manjri Mafi.

During Baba's stay in Dehra Dun, the Nalavala family had more chance to enjoy his company. They lived next door and had the good fortune of seeing Baba practically every day. Baba would at times visit their home. Baba would advise them about their personal and household affairs, and the whole family became devoted to him. Baba once told Keki Nalavala to prepare two earthenware stoves. It was something novel for Keki, but he made them, and Baba was pleased with his efforts.

On 14th June 1950, having accomplished significant work in Manjri Mafi, Baba with the four women left Dehra Dun for Kalyan along with four mandali man. At the train station, Nalavala family was present to bid them farewell.

Baba and the mandali left Jhansi the same evening and reached Delhi on the morning of the 29th. Among Delhi lovers Keki Nalavala, was also present at the train station to receive him.

Baba and the women spent went by train to Dehra Dun, via Bombay. Everyone arrived there by the 18th. A separate villa at 103-A Rajpur Road was rented for Baba and the women. Baba had permitted a few close lovers of Dehra Dun Keki Nalavala and four mandali men to see him.

Back in Dehra Dun, while conversing with the mandali one day, Baba explained to Kishan Singh, using the metaphor of a train: "To a freight train are attached many wagons. Some contain good material, some bad — iron, copper, oil, waste products, et cetera — in different wagons. But, whether it is good material or bad, when attached to the engine the carriages go where the engine goes. The engine does not carry wagons of only good things, leaving the bad behind. Similarly, I am like an engine, and those who remain attached to me reach their destination, whether they are virtuous or vicious."

Keki Nalavala asked, "But how do we remain attached to you?"

Baba replied, "The meaning of remaining attached to me is to follow my wishes, to remember me and to forget your selves."

For darshan program in Dehradun on 1st November 1953, a large tent had been erected by Harish Chander Kochar, opposite the mandali's bungalow, and Pendu made all the arrangements for the program. Freiny Nalavala and other ladies decorated the hall in the mandali's bungalow, and the bungalow and grounds looked resplendent.

In darshan program in Dehradun, Keki Nalavala was busy selling literature about Baba outside, and wished he too could appear in the film being taken of Baba. But since he had his duty to fulfil, he remained steadfast and did not attend the program. Suddenly, Baba called him and instructed Madan, who was filming the scene, "Take our picture together." Keki was tremendously gratified and knew Baba had not forgotten him.

It had been nine months since Meher Baba set up headquarters in Dehra Dun. Baba left Dehra Dun with the men and women mandali at noon on Sunday, 29 November 1953 Most of Baba's lovers wanted to see him off at the train station, but he did not allow it and permitted few families including Keki Nalavala.

In a darshan program at Poona in 19955, Keki Nalavala was profoundly affected by the singing, and the continuous thought of impending separation from Baba, He was so moved that Baba embraced and kissed him even though it had been announced before the qawwali songs began that no further embraces or touch would be awarded before the men left. Baba, likewise, kissed four others.

In year 1958, after sahwas was over, Baba paid a surprise visit to Meherabad 11th July 1958, the remainder of the group who had attended the meeting were packed and about to leave. Baba was in a fiery temper. The cause of his bad mood was that when his car had driven up to the verandah of the main building, there was a gap of a foot or so, and a puddle a half-inch deep had collected. Baba fumed, "Why wasn't a wooden plank or stool kept between the footboard and the edge of the verandah for me to step on? Do you all want me to drown in this pool or slip and break my neck?"

Turning to Keki Nalavala, he asked, "You come so far from Dehra Dun to greet me, and you have no sense to guard and protect me? This puddle of water looks small to you, but it was as difficult for me to cross as it was for Ram to cross Adam's Gulf to reach Ceylon.

Those gathered were taken aback by Baba's anger, but soon his lion rage changed into a lamb's gentleness. He bade them all to have their lunch, and he embraced them. The group then left Meherabad, and the reason for Baba's sudden outburst was revealed when they reached Manmad that night. Because of incessant rains in the Western Ghats and elsewhere, no direct trains were available. They were forced to board several different trains, and most reached their destinations many hours later — but all reached safely.

In Dehradun, Prakashwati and Freiny Nalavala brought a flat piece of marble on which a statue of Baba was to be placed for Meher Dham, a new temple in Dehra Dun. Baba blessed the marble pedestal by touching it with his hands. Prakashwati requested Baba to place his feet on it. Baba did so, leaning forward in his chair and pressing down on the stone. "I am now completely in it," he informed her. The two women were overjoyed and carefully carried the tone back to Dehra Dun.

On 26 July 1963, Baba played cricket at the men's bungalow with the mandali. Keki Nalavala played in the Match.

Mehera's birthday on 22nd December 1964 was a low-key affair, with only a few close lovers called; Freiny Nalavala of Dehra Dun met Baba on 25 December for half an hour. Freiny was called inside to meet Mehera.

During Poona Sahwas one afternoon Baba met with the several workers and volunteers of the Poona Center who had worked so hard in making arrangements for the six-day darshan program. After the darshan program, Keki Nalavala and his son, Naosherwan, were allowed to remain in Poona for three additional days, because Naosherwan had some difficulty in breathing and Baba wished him to be treated by Dr. Grant.

On 24th December 1968, Keki Nalavala of Dehra Dun came to Meherazad with his wife, Freiny, and son, Naosherwan. Baba asked about the couple's health, and they wept at Baba's loving concern when he himself was so critically ill. (Lord Meher-p-5380-1968)

 

53-NAOSHERWAN ANZAR

Naosherwan, Keki Nalavala's son was studying in college in Dehra Dun, but since seeing Baba in Poona in May 1965, Naosherwan had been acting peculiar. On 19 March 1966, he suddenly announced to his parents his decision to renounce everything and go directly to Meherazad, where he hoped to live with Baba as one of the mandali. If Baba refused, he said he would go to a cave in some remote place and meditate on Baba. His final exams for his bachelor's degree were approaching, but he decided not to appear for them. When his mother heard this, she secretly sent telegrams to Baba about his decision. Baba heard her telegrams and commented, "Outward renunciation is unnecessary when the Avatar's daaman is held. Obedience to the Avatar is essential."

On 22th March, Baba sent this telegram to Naosherwan:

Renunciation not necessary. Appear for your examination. No darshan until 1967 end. Rest assured one day my grace will be on you to know me as I am. My love blessing to you and all at home.

In addition, Baba dictated this letter to the boy:

For spiritual aspirants renunciation is of help, but those who love the Avatar and are under his direct guidance do not have to "renounce" anything! The lovers of the Avatar have simply to obey the Avatar's instructions and to love him wholeheartedly.

Pay attention to your studies, sit for the examination, pass it and continue to edit the Glow magazine. All these are now your responsibility — no less important than the aspirant who has no Avatar to guide him and has to renounce everything ...

Baba wants you to love him more and more while doing all your worldly duties.

Adi was called to Meherazad on 24 March 1966, and another telegram to Naosherwan was given to him to send:

Obey me implicitly if one day you want to know me as I am. Pay all your attention to your studies, sit for the exam and pass it ... continue to edit the Glow magazine. Do not renounce anything except your present attitude.

Naosherwan cabled back that he would obey Baba, and Baba wrote to him through Eruch:

This has made Baba very happy, and he repeats that to obey the God-Man is the highest form of worship to God in human form.

Sit for the examination, and pass or fail is absolutely immaterial as long as you obey him with all your heart. Whether you pass or fail, leave the result to Baba.

Separately, Eruch wrote to Naosherwan father, Keki (on 30 March):

Baba wants Naosherwan to leave everything to his will and pleasure, and in it is Naosherwan's success and eventual Victory. To obey Baba is the highest form of renunciation, for in obedience to the dictates of Baba's wishes, we automatically "renounce" imperceptibly all yearnings, stage by stage, till eventually we renounce even the thought of renunciation!

Four months later in July 1966, Naosherwan Nalavala published a small book of poems dedicated to Baba titled In Lap of Love. This message from Baba was printed at the front of the book: "God does not hear what your pen writes; He hears what your heart sings."

On 1st November 1965, Naosherwan Nalavala, of Dehra Dun, published the first issue of a periodical devoted to Baba titled the Spark.

 

55-PANDEY VIRENDRA & ALKA

In 1950, Baba wished to attend the great Kumbha Mela festival in Hardwar. At the beginning of February 1950, He consulted Jamnadas about the possibility of finding a suitable bungalow a few miles from Hardwar, where he could stay during March and April.

The Mahant suggested a place called Motichur, four miles from Hardwar. The next day, Virendra Pandey, the District Information Officer for Dehra Dun, offered to locate and arrange a bungalow for Baba. When Baba informed him He wished to pay the two months' rent, Virendra said it was unnecessary. Baba remarked, "I do not wish to take any boja (financial burden) in the New Life."

On, 5th February, Virendra drove Eruch to the village of Motichur, a distance of 35 miles, to show him the house of one of his friends, who was willing to allow Baba to use the property during March and April. Because the friend did not wish to take any money, Baba paid Rs.400 to have needed repairs done on the old bungalow. 2879-1950

On Saturday, 18 February 1950, Virendra Pandey drove Baba, accompanied by Eruch, Kumar and Nalavala, in his car to Motichur Village, 35 miles away. Baba inspected the repairs and gave certain other instructions for a hut to be constructed. Then he was driven to Hardwar, where he met Sansarchand Gohal, Virendra's friend, and the owner of the bungalow. (Lord Meher-p-2881-1950)

During Baba's stay in Manjri Mafi, the family of Virendra Pandey along with others came to see Baba and Baba had gone to Manjri Mafi mainly for them. (Lord Meher-p-3897-1950)

On 29th November 1953, Baba left Dehra Dun for Mahabaleshwar. Most of Baba's lovers wanted to see him off at the train station, but he did not allow it and permitted only few including Virendra and Alka Pandey. The departure was painful for them, but such pain is born out of good fortune. (Lord Meher-p-3421-1951)

 

56-PRAKASH CHHABRA

(Film maker)

Prakash Chhabra, the filmmaker from Dehra Dun, had arrived the day before with a crew of about 15 to 20 persons. He formed the procession in an orderly manner and proceeded to film it. A few additional photographers appeared to take snapshots, which further slowed its progress. Indian "gunshots" (fireworks) were fired in Baba's honor and some men and women showered flowers on him as the procession slowly passed. Seated in a car behind Baba's, Godavari Mai was following in the procession.

It took almost an hour for Baba's car to reach his cabin. While he was inwardly feeling the urge to move his bowels, outwardly he was smiling his broadest, and was encouraging the singers and dancers to continue. It was a wonderful sight! All had gone mad with joy and, in their enthusiasm, they had blocked Baba's car. The Avatar shared in their happiness by controlling his physical urge to defecate!

At last, at 8:30 A.M., the procession arrived near Baba's cabin. Baba went inside to use the potty. When he emerged, his appearance was the cause of more frenzied acclamations. Using two walking sticks, Baba made his way to the decorated convertible and took his seat in it so that all could see him. Kaka sat on his right and Kumar stood behind him holding an umbrella over his head. Eruch, Meherjee and the other mandali formed a guard all around the car as protection. (Lord Meher-p-4333-1658)

Baba returned to Meherabad at 8:00 A.M. the next morning, Wednesday, 26 February 1958. He went straight to his cabin, where he was interviewed and filmed by Chhabra. Chhabra was from a wealthy family and had planned to make a film titled Modern Indian Saints and Sages, in which he wished to include the sequences he was shooting of Baba at Meherabad. It was not to be a commercial venture, but more of a documentary.

Baba asked him, "Do you have any questions?"

"Baba, why do you maintain silence?" Chhabra asked.

"Do people question why God is silent?"

Chhabra replied, "I am in the material world and cannot say. It's too vague."

Baba told him, "If my silence cannot be heard, of what avail are words?"

Then Baba asked Chhabra, "Do you need any help? Is the filming going all right? Do you have everything you need?"

Chhabra said, "We are making this film for the public, so if you have any message, we can convey it to the world. We would be most happy to do so

After 45 minutes, Chhabra's interview ended and the film crew left the cabin. Chhabra never completed his film, Modern Indian Saints and Sages, although he did collect footage of other personalities in India. Ironically, two or three years later, he embarked on another film project about the life of Jesus Christ, titled Messiah, for which he travelled to Hollywood and Jerusalem. He also met with Pope Paul VI in Rome. But this project, too, never came to fruition. Little did the filmmaker know that he had already met the living Christ at Meherabad!

 

57-PRASANT

(Eldest son of Shartughan Kumar)

Shatrughan Kumar's eldest son, Prashant, 19, who worked as an electrician in a mine near Belgaum, was called to Guruprasad in early July. After Baba embraced Prashant, he remarked, "You have fever." Calling Gunatai and Nalini Gadekar, Baba asked them to keep him in their home, and asked Nalini (who was in medical school) to treat him. They did accordingly, but his illness worsened and he was removed to Jehangir Nursing Home. After a medical examination, he was found to be suffering from leukemia.

The doctor treating Prashant was Keki Byram Grant, who had met Baba through Goher. On the evening of 10th July 1959, Baba sent word to Dr. Grant that if he saved Prashant that night, Baba would restore Prashant's health.

But the doctor failed to do so, and Prashant died at 10:00 P.M. When the news was received, Baba kissed Eruch on the forehead and sent him to the hospital, telling him to do likewise to Prashant's corpse. As instructed by Baba, Meherdas had nursed Prashant in the hospital and served him well in his dying moments.

The passing away of his son had no effect on Kumar, who remained stoic and submitted completely to Baba's will. His wife Subhadra was called from Dehra Dun, and arrived on the 15th. Gaimai and Eruch were instructed to break the news to her tactfully. Baba consoled her and permitted her to remain at Guruprasad for a few days. He then sent her back with Kumar. He commented, "It has to be for lovers like them to share some of my suffering happily."

The hula-hoop craze had come to India and one had been brought to Guruprasad. During one session with Baba, before Kumar and his wife left on the 29th, Baba told Kumar, "Come on, get up and show us how to do the hula hoop before me." Kumar immediately rose and moved his hips energetically to keep the ring in motion. This was how Baba transformed a sad occasion into one of gaiety.

During this same period, Pukar's son also died. Baba had sent Pukar to Hamirpur for a month, and he returned to Guruprasad at the end of July. Pukar also had not wept over the death of his son, and Baba praised him publically for his stoicism and cited him as an example of the type of love he wanted. During Pukar's stay at Guruprasad, Baba gave him a good amount of "his special prasad" by daily striking him soundly on his large abdomen with an aluminium basin (kept by Baba's side for washing his hands). (Lord Meher-p-4558/9-1959)

 

58-PROF. LEKH RAJ ULFAT

Professor Lekh Raj Ulfat was the founder of Nanhi Duniya (Little World), a school for deaf and dumb In Dehradun. Baba advised Lekh Raj, "Your work d Baba advised Lekh Raj, "Your work done for innocent children is praiseworthy in the eyes of God. Carry on bravely and leave the results to God. “One for innocent children is praiseworthy in the eyes of God. Carry on bravely and leave the results to God." In New Life in 1950, Baba gave all but one of the bullocks free to Professor Lekh Raj Ulfat a friend of Kumar. At this point, only the caravan, one bullock cart and the bull (Raja) remained with the New Life companions.

Baba stayed in Manjri Mafi, the families of Keki Nalavala, Burjor Chacha, Elcha Mistry, Hellan, Virendra Pandey, the university professor Ulfat Lekh Raj, and especially Kumar's came closer in Baba's love

In 1953 afternoon the Principal of the Nanhi Duniya Institution, Lekh Raj Ulfat, came with the deaf and dumb children of the school.

They brought a tremendous garland and crown for Baba. The children put the crown on Baba's head, and he looked like Lord Krishna. Baba kissed one child, caressed another and was quite at ease with the little ones. He dictated this message to the children: "God does not need ceremonies and shows. He wants love. Our love should be so supreme that when our heart loves God, even our mind should not be aware of it."

The program continued since morning at Dehradun and Baba gave another message from Baba given to the public that day was titled "Playing with Illusions"

 

59-RAJ

(Daughter of Harish Chandra Kochar)

In year 1953, during his stay in Dehradun, Baba went to Kochar's home to see his family, who were devoted to Baba. His eldest daughter, Raj, was particularly devoted. The family entertained Baba with a few songs. Baba was happy with their love, and permitted Kochar to visit the mandali's residence every Sunday.  (Lord Meher-p-3353-1953)

 

60-RAMADEVI

(Elder sister of Mohini Rani)

Ramadevi of Mukimpur and her family came into Baba's contact and had the good fortune to be at his feet — all because of the tragic death of Pushp Lata the daughter of Mohini Rani was brought to life in Meher Baba's love. (Lord Meher-p-3406-1953)

 

62-RANA K. S.

  1. S. Rana from Dehra Dun had arrived to see Baba. When Baba was residing in Dehra Dun, they had not been able have his darshan, and because of that they had now travelled over 1,000 miles to meet him. One of the men had met the expenses of the journey by selling his wife's jewellery; the other had used money his brother had given him for some other purpose. Baba met them lovingly, but inquired, "Why did you come by defraying expenses like that?"

They remained silent and, as wished by Baba, each was given Rs.100 for their return fare. They hesitated to accept the money, but Baba advised, "Never hesitate to accept anything offered by any God-realized Soul — be it gold or dust." So they accepted the sum as his prasad and were sent back after having a meal.( Lord Meher-p-3689

 

63-RELATIVES OF MOHINI RANI

About 50 of Mohini Rani's relatives (including her elder sister, Ramadevi of Mukimpur and her family) came into Baba's contact and had the good fortune to be at his feet — all because of the tragic death of Pushp Lata the daughter of Mohini Rani brought to life in Meher Baba's love. (Lord Meher-p-3406-1953)

 

64-SADHU & SAINTS

March 29th was the celebration of the Hindu holy day Ramnavni — the birthday of Lord Ram. Learning of the arrival of new groups of holy men at Saat Sarovar, Baba contacted 472 sadhus and mahatmas that day. As he would come across them, even stopping them on the main road, which was crowded with all manner of traffic and throngs of people, Baba would place his head on their feet. Some sadhus were found sitting under the shade of trees and some on the banks of the Ganges. Some Baba even contacted as they were bathing in the river. Despite becoming wet and being jostled by the crowds, Baba made his way down the stone steps of the Ghats leading to the river and waded into the water to make his contact. Such hardships he bore for the sake of this work.

On 30 March 1950, high winds were blowing from the Himalayas that misty morning and it was freezing cold. Because of the dew and mist, everything was damp.

Searching through the ashrams and camps of saints, sadhus and mahatmas, peering into every by-lane and secluded recess, he found and contacted 921 more such men, bringing the total to 5,903. During this phase, Baba was not repeating contacts; he would contact a person only once. As the day wore on, Baba became terribly exhausted, and returned to Motichur at a slow gait with heavy steps. His eyelids, he said, felt heavy, and the companions were at a loss as to how to convince Baba to take rest.

Despite the crushing fatigue, Baba contacted 532 sadhus and anchorites in Hardwar the next day,

Accompanied by the four companions and Keki Desai, Baba again visited Hardwar, early in morning on the following day. After contacting 262 persons they returned to Motichur. There Baba remarked, "If 7,000 contacts are made I will be perfectly satisfied, but I will be happier if the number exceeds 7,000." The total thus far was 6,697. (Lord Meher-p-.290/1-1950)

 

65-SEHGAL & WIFE

A local resident named Mr. Sehgal brought his wife, who was mentally unbalanced. Baba instructed him to repeat his name continuously for 21 days in front of her. Baba later sent Kishan Singh to Sehgal to remind him to carry out Baba's instructions. Nilu was also sent several times for the same reason, but Sehgal ignored Baba's advice, wishing that Baba would cure her through some miracle. (Lord Meher-p-3299-1953)

 

66-SANSAR CHAND GOHAL

Before beginning the New Life on 16 October 1949, Baba reached Dehradun on 18th February 1950, Virendra Pandey drove Baba, accompanied drove in his car to Motichur Village, 35 miles away. Baba inspected the repairs and gave certain other instructions for a hut to be constructed. Then he was driven to Hardwar, where he met Sansarchand Gohal, Virendra's friend, and the owner of the bungalow.(Lord Meher-p-2881-1950)

 

68-SARDAR VIRINDER SINGH,

During inauguration of Meher Dham at Dehradun

Standing on the dais, Sardar Virinder Singh, a police officer, gave a speech, and afterwards Baba kissed him.

Eruch read the alphabet board, as Baba dictated: "I am very happy with you. Try to find me within yourselves."

"Let me know how to do so," the officer requested.

"Think of me as much as possible — it is the only way," Baba told him.

While Sardar V. Singh heard Baba's message through Eruch, others were waiting to take darshan and the crowd had thickened. Singh again stood in the queue; others also began standing in line again for darshan. (Lord Meher-p-3412-1964)

 

69-SATYAPAL DANGARAM

(A servant)

On 14 February 1950, Baba sent Baidul and Kumar's nineteen-year-old servant Satyapal Gangaram (who was serving as Baba's attendant) to Rishikesh, to bring fresh water from the Ganges for Baba to bathe.

Baba left Manjri Mafi for Motichur on Friday, 3rd March 1950, in the afternoon accompanied by nine mandali men and the servant-boy Satyapal.

In new life, Baba returned to Motichur at four o'clock that afternoon. He was hungry after working in Saat Sarovar, but Satyapal had not prepared his rice on time. This upset Baba, and for losing his temper he asked each companion to twist his ear. Satyapal was doing the cooking for Baba and the companions, since Aloba was not well.

Baba left Manjri Mafi for Motichur and directed all other group member to come on bullock cart.  Satyapal accompanied the group and returned to Manjri Mafi two days later. Vishnu had come to Harrawala station to receive Baba. Satyapal returned to Manjri Mafi two days later.

During stay in Dehradun, Eruch and Pendu liked to smoke, but they had run out of cigarettes. Satyapal, the teenage boy who prepared their food, knew it and would take pride in tossing a cigarette to them every now and then. Both "beggars," taking it as bhiksha, would enjoy a relieving smoke, and felt grateful to the youngster. (Lord Meher-p-2898-1950)

 

71-SECRETARY OF SHIVANANDA

In the New Life, Baba was to go to Manjri Mafi from Benares, and was to contact many sadhus in Rishikesh. Bal Natu was asked to go to Rishikesh.

Then Bal Natu saw Swami Shivananda, from whom he came to know about damage in transit to a parcel containing liquor bottles in 1942 and, coincidentally, Baba's supposed hurried departure from the place. Bal's faith in Baba remained unshaken and Shivananda could only attribute such faith and devotion to "black magic on Baba's part which had mesmerized" Bal. This false rumour spread in the whole of Rishikesh. In the land of the ancient rishis, such was the treatment given to the Avatar!

Bal Natu narrated the event to the ashram inmates in Baba's presence, and after he had finished, Baba remarked to the secretary: "Up to now I have not come across a single true disciple in the whole world. Had I found one, he would have understood my divinity. In the whole world I am the only real disciple and all are my Masters. All my gurus are sitting here, even though I am the Ancient One." (Lord Meher-p-3278-1953)

 

72-SHARMA BRAMHDATT & SHASHI

Prior to Baba's move to Dehra Dun, he had instructed Kishan Singh and others to look for an "ideal boy," because he wished to wash the boy's feet and offer him seven rupees as prasad every day for two weeks. A suitable boy was not found, but during the darshan on 23 March 1953 Dev Dutt Sharma came accompanied by his teenage son, Shashi. Baba liked the lad and had Kishan Singh bring him to Mussoorie on 2nd   May. Baba kept him with him for about two weeks and then sent him home.

Shashi Sharma recalled that when he first saw Baba, "his divine glow made me try to touch his feet, but he did not allow it. I was invited to stay in his Mussorie ashram. Every day in the morning, he would put his head on my toes and give me a few rupees. I used to get an electric-[like] shock when his head touched my feet." (Lord Meher-p-3311-1953)

 

73-SHARMA BRIJ BHUSHAN

(Son of Prakashwati Sharma)

There were several mango trees in the compound in Dehra Dun. Baba had given orders to the mandali that no one should pluck the mangos from the trees, but if they fell on the ground, they were free to gather them. Among the men, Gustadji and Baidul were the most eager to collect the ripened fruit. They would wait for the mangoes to drop, and immediately run and pick them up. The rivalry between the two went so far that Gustadji would spend most of the night outside, just to prevent Baidul from collecting more than his share.

Dr. Deshmukh had come from Nagpur for a visit and was sleeping in a room in the house. Since it was quite hot at the time, Deshmukh climbed up to the terrace with his bedding roll and slept there, where it was cooler under the stars. One night, because of the heat, there was a sudden shower of rain. Unprotected, Deshmukh quickly rolled up his bedding and, instead of carrying it downstairs, threw it from the terrace. It landed with a crash a few inches from where Gustadji was sitting. Gustadji's entire concentration had been on the falling mangoes, as there was a fine breeze that night, which was loosening much fruit from the trees. When Deshmukh threw down his bedding, Gustadji narrowly escaped having it land on his head. Gustadji was shocked to have such a large object crashing down next to him.

Highly vexed, the next morning he complained to Baba. Coming to know of Baidul and Gustadji's competitive activities, Baba had a good laugh. But from then on, he stopped both from eating the mangoes.

Thereafter, Baba called Prakashwati's son Bhushan and asked, "Would you do as I say?"

Bhushan answered, "Certainly."

"Remove all the mangoes from the trees and, after they ripen, sell them in the market.

Keep an accurate account, and I will check it."

So, Bhushan had all the fruit picked and kept in the mandali's residence for ripening. No one was to touch the mangoes. Since permission to eat them had been taken away from Baidul and Gustadji, both were seething with anger at Deshmukh, and their tempers found no relief until he left.

Bhushan began selling the fruit in the bazaar, and Baba would check his account daily. Before assigning him this work, Baba had ordered him to speak the truth always, be honest and never do any contemptible action. Along with Bhushan's duty, Baba would instruct him on honesty, calling attention to his smallest mistake.

In year 1654, sahwas in Dehra Dun group, Prakashwati's son, Bhushan was called. He was barely turned sixteen, and so he was allowed to attend the program. Baba asked if he was following his orders, and then asked in wonderment, "How is it that you always get angry so quickly?"

Baba gave Bhushan a very simple method of overcoming anger: "Whenever you are about to get angry with someone, at once remember that he is Baba! Then you will not get angry with Baba."

He left his body in February 2019.  (Lord Meher-p-3628-1954)He died

 

75-SHARMA DEVI PRASAD

On 23rd April 1955, Devi Prasad Sharma of Dehra Dun had arrived to see Baba. When Baba was residing in Dehra Dun, they had not been able have his darshan, and because of that they had now travelled over 1,000 miles to meet him. One of the men had met the expenses of the journey by selling his wife's jewellery; the other had used money his brother had given him for some other purpose. Baba met them lovingly, but inquired, "Why did you come by defraying expenses like that?"

They remained silent and, as wished by Baba, each was given Rs.100 for their return fare. They hesitated to accept the money, but Baba advised, "Never hesitate to accept anything offered by any God-realized Soul — be it gold or dust." So they accepted the sum as his prasad and were sent back after having a meal. (Lord Meher-p-3689-1955)

 

78-SHARMA PRAKASHWATI

On 22 January Kishan Singh of Delhi had sent many things for the companions with his friend Prakashwati Sharma's mother and Kishan's son Madan. Keeping only a few of the items — such as sheets, towels, et cetera — Baba returned the rest (such as shaving articles and a watch) with instructions that Kishan should not send any more things.

Prakashwati Sharma from Delhi was waiting with her two-month-old baby. Kishan Singh had told her about Baba. Even though there was a ban on darshan, Baba saw her, but asked, "Didn't anyone in Delhi tell you that darshan has been stopped?"

"They did, "Prakashwati replied. "But the gates of one's father's house are always open for his daughter!"

Baba smiled, touched his forehead three times and said, "You are very fortunate. In the New Life, I have stopped seeing visitors and giving interviews, darshan and blessings. Tell others not to come here." Before leaving, Prakashwati prayed for his blessings. Baba told her, "In the New Life I give only love — not blessings — to others. And I expect love from others in return."

In year 1952, Kirpal Singh  met Meher Baba. He was accorded an equal position with Baba, by   devotes of Kripal Singh as they had placed two chairs side by side on the dais in the tent, one for Baba and the other for the saint. Kishan Singh and Prakashwati prevailed upon them to remove the second chair, but the women objected. Harjiwan Lal approached the saint directly, who agreed at once and on entering the pandal had the chair placed at a lower level. Baba arrived immediately afterwards. Darshan was given and Baba spelled on the alphabet board, "The worst scoundrel is better than a hypocritical saint."

In year 1953, Baba had first arrived in Dehra Dun, Kishan Singh's domestic affairs had been under constant discussion. Kishan was a widower and had become involved with a married woman from Delhi named Prakashwati Sharma, who was staying in part of his house.

Baba wished Prakashwati to stay with her husband, but she wanted to remain in Dehra Dun. On 2 June, Baba met with her and Kishan and remarked, "All are dear to me, because I myself am in everything and there is nothing except me. I cannot loathe anyone as I myself am indivisibly in everyone. So if you both wish to remain together, so be it!"

Baba continued, "If Prakashwati benefits or finds any advantage at the hands of Anandamayi Ma, then up to July take her to all saints here. If at the end of July both of you still feel that only Baba is real, then you should fulfill your promise of dedication to me." (This meant paying some amount of money to Baba for his poor work.)

"If I am what you take me to be, then you should catch hold of only me. On my part, I must see that you become so helpless that you cannot leave me! And then, no third power should interfere or influence you.

"I do everything 100 percent spontaneously. To my mind, greatness lies in that. The Highest of the High is always most spontaneous.

"When Prakashwati is not confused, she says she cannot live without Baba. If she said this from the bottom of her heart, she would not dream of ever going to Anandamayi Ma. It is quite a reasonable and logical assumption. Were Prakashwati to love me 100 percent, and were I to disregard her completely, still she would have no place for anyone in her heart and would not leave me."

According to Baba's behest, Kishan Singh took Prakashwati to different saints and also to Anandamayi Ma. Baba had given Prakashwati freedom to visit other saintly persons, and she did so.

The result was not harmful but wonderful, because in the end she remained uninfluenced by any saint. When Prakashwati went to a saint, she would feel a sort of uneasiness, and that Baba was pulling her away inwardly.

Consequently, on her own, she stopped going to any saint, and began singing kirtans about Baba at the residence of Bal Kisan Bakhshi and his wife, Meher Kanta. Every week, Prakashwati would perform kirtans in their bungalow, with this favourite line echoing: "Born of Shiva's phallus! Jai Meher Baba, Jai Merwan!"

Kishan, too, would sing so loudly that he was heard in the mandali's quarters, and Baba also would hear him. Thus, an amazing transformation in Prakashwati occurred, and Baba played his game of keeping Kishan Singh bowed forever at his feet. At his holy feet lies the Tavern, which provides ample shelter for all, and even those unwilling to come to him were drawn there by his infinite mercy.

Kishan Singh and Prakashwati were staying in the same bungalow, and on occasions Baba would see Prakashwati. Later that day, Baba suddenly asked Kishan Singh about her and came to know that she had gone to the woman saint Anandamayi Ma.

Baba cuttingly remarked, "It is good Prakashwati visits other saints. Now I am no longer responsible for her!"

Kishan attempted to explain, "Prakashwati went just to pass the time, because she is alone at her house and feels bored. Her mother is also there with Anandamayi Ma."

"If Anandamayi Ma tells her to do a thing, and if she does not do it, she will be in big trouble; and if she does it, I will be free of her responsibility."

Baba then admonished Kishan, "You are mine, and I seriously warn you that Prakashwati will lead you to disaster!" Anandamayi Ma and Ishwar Singh are on the Path, but if you take Me as the Head of all, then it behoves you to act responsibly and not go to every door." (This meant no association with other gurus.)

Baba continued, "If Prakashwati benefits or finds any advantage at the hands of Anandamayi Ma, then up to July take her to all saints here. If at the end of July both of you still feel that only Baba is real, then you should fulfil your promise of dedication to me." (This meant paying some amount of money to Baba for his poor work.)

"If I am what you take Me to be, then you should catch hold of only Me. On My part, I must see that you become so helpless that you cannot leave me! And then, no third power should interfere or influence you.

"I do everything 100 percent spontaneously. To My mind, greatness lies in that. The Highest of the High is always most spontaneous.

The same day, Prakashwati came to see Baba with the saint Anandamayi Ma. The woman saint was given Rs.1,000 as Meher Baba's contribution to her for starting a medical dispensary in Manjri Mafi.

Prakashwati Sharma introduced the Dehra Dun women, and beseeched Baba to visit Dehra Dun again. Other women seconded this request, but Baba did not reply except to say, "Have courage and remember me sincerely."

Darshan for the women was almost finished when Baba joked, "Before noon, I will be done with the men, too, so we can go for our food."

Narsingh Qawaal continued the musical entertainment as Baba distributed prasad to all. Prakashwati Sharma also sang, and Dr. Moorty, Pukar and Shirpat Sahai presented a skit ("Death and Back to Life").

Prakashwati and Freiny Nalavala brought a flat piece of marble on which a statue of Baba was to be placed for Meher Dham, a new temple in Dehra Dun. Baba blessed the marble pedestal by touching it with his hands. Prakashwati requested Baba to place his feet on it. Baba did so, leaning forward in his chair and pressing down on the stone. "I am now completely in it," he informed her. The two women were overjoyed and carefully carried the stone back to Dehra Dun.

Sarosh and Viloo arrived for inauguration of Meher Dham in Dehra Dun on the 21st. The inauguration ceremony coincided with the date of Baba's first public darshan in Dehra Dun in 1953, and each year a mela is held in memory of that occasion. The Master's Prayer was recited in Hindi by Prakashwati over the radio, and Baba listened to it at Meherazad. Baba's statue was also unveiled. (Lord Meher-p-5065-1964)

 

79-SHATRUGHAN KUMAR

(Mandali)

(Refer- Fortunate souls-Vol-3 p-85)

 

80-SHEHROO CHACHA

On 1st May 1950, as dawn was breaking, Baba set out to beg with the companions. Walking two miles in absolute silence, they came to the dry, sandy riverbed of the Rispana River, where Shehroo Chacha and 3 of mandali men were waiting for them. Shehroo and others mandali men gave food to Baba in bhiksha, after which Baba immediately returned to Manjri Mafi.  (Lord Meher-p-2920/1-1950)

 

81-SUBHADRA

(Wife of Shatrughan Kumar)

Subhadra was a loving woman, innocent and open-hearted, and though it was late she immediately started cooking. But Kumar was in such a rush he made her nervous. Kumar had promised Baba to bring food for him and mandali within one hour at Dehradun railway station.

Subhadra said, "Be patient; otherwise, the rice will be spoiled."

Kumar was anxious, though Subhadra was cooking as fast as she could. She kept the rice boiling at an even temperature so as not to burn it, but Kumar was only thinking of being on time.

The pulao was finally ready. Keeping it in a pot, Kumar raced to the station, making it back within the hour. Baba was very pleased, but Kumar found there were more people with him. Burjor Chacha and others had come, and the total was now more than 20 people. Confused, Kumar was wondering how the food would feed so many, but he kept quiet. The pot was taken and kept on a table, and plates were taken out of the trunk. Baba began serving everyone. The more Baba dished out on every plate, the more anxious Kumar became. "Take as much as you want; eat your fill," Baba remarked. "You may not get anything later." When all had been served and were satisfied, there was still pulao left in the pot! Kumar was amazed at this miracle. (Lord Meher-p-2867-1950)

 

83-SWAMI LAXMIDAS & 2 SONS

On 13th April 1966,

There were several mango trees in the compound in Dehra Dun. Baba had given orders to the mandali that no one should pluck the mangos from the trees, but if they fell on the ground, they were free to gather them. Among the men, Gustadji and Baidul were the most eager to collect the ripened fruit. They would wait for the mangoes to drop, and immediately run and pick them up. The rivalry between the two went so far that Gustadji would spend most of the night outside, just to prevent Baidul from collecting more than his share.

Dr. Deshmukh had come from Nagpur for a visit and was sleeping in a room in the house. Since it was quite hot at the time, Deshmukh climbed up to the terrace with his bedding roll and slept there, where it was cooler under the stars. One night, because of the heat, there was a sudden shower of rain. Unprotected, Deshmukh quickly rolled up his bedding and, instead of carrying it downstairs, threw it from the terrace. It landed with a crash a few inches from where Gustadji was sitting. Gustadji's entire concentration had been on the falling mangoes, as there was a fine breeze that night, which was loosening much fruit from the trees. When Deshmukh threw down his bedding, Gustadji narrowly escaped having it land on his head. Gustadji was shocked to have such a large object crashing down next to him.

Highly vexed, the next morning he complained to Baba. Coming to know of Baidul and Gustadji's competitive activities, Baba had a good laugh. But from then on, he stopped both from eating the mangoes.

Thereafter, Baba called Prakashwati's son Bhushan and asked, "Would you do as I say?"

Bhushan answered, "Certainly."

"Remove all the mangoes from the trees and, after they ripen, sell them in the market.Swami Laxmidas, a sincere seeker in his forties from Rishikesh, arrived at Guruprasad. Baba made an exception and granted him a five-minute audience. Baba seemed very happy to see him, and Baba embraced him twice. The swami had read Baba's literature in Hindi, and was in contact with Keshav Nigam. Indumati Naik of Nagpur came with her two sons the same day. After giving them darshan, Baba asked them to leave.(Lord Meher-p-5224-1966)

 

84-SWAMI RAM KRISHNA.

In morning of 2nd March 1953, Baba set out to contact masts, saints and sadhus throughout Rishikesh.

After contacting a few sadhus, He reached the area near the flow of the Sheshdhara River, called Shesh Dhara, to contact Swami Ram Krishna.

Baba was anxious to contact him. The road to the Swami Ram Krishna's ashram was very rough and steep, and they reached the remote place with much difficulty. But the gate, which was closed, had a sign hanging on it which read: "Swamiji will not give darshan to anyone until March 10." Usually there was a daily religious discourse when the Swami would give darshan, but for some reason it had been suspended until the 10th.

An ashram inmate was working on one side of the ashram and Eruch beckoned to him and lovingly requested that he ask Ram Krishna for darshan. The man flatly refused. Despite Eruch's persuasive attempts, he was not even willing to inform the Swami that people were standing outside his gate for his darshan. Finally, Eruch beseeched him to at least send one of the Swami's close disciples. He reluctantly shuffled off and sent one man, who also uncivilly dismissed their request. Eruch pleaded with him, "Please inform Swamiji that we have come for his darshan from a great distance. If he refuses, then we will go away."

"We are not permitted to carry any message to him," said the spokesman.

"All right," said Eruch, "don't convey the news to him. But allow one of us to take his darshan from a distance if he appears at the window."

"I have been telling you that we are not permitted anything of the sort," the man said tersely. "Still you keep harping on the same thing!"

"Please show us a way and help us," Eruch beseeched.

"There is no recourse. If you want darshan, come back on the 10th."

"We have other important work and are unable to return. Be kind to us," Eruch pleaded.

"He who is eager for darshan has no other important work. It is all a pretext!" replied the man.

Eruch did his utmost to prevail upon him, but did not succeed. Baba was smiling as he surveyed the exchange, and indicated to Kishan Singh, "This is called obedience! You people any day, any time, come for my darshan against my wish! This is a good lesson for you to take to heart."

Age noted the irony in the situation: "God Himself had gone to the Swami for darshan, but was turned away. Enduring hardships, stress and strain, Meher Baba had gone out of his way to cover the distance on the narrow rocky road for the darshan of one who was in seclusion remembering God day and night. (Lord Meher-p-3281-1951)

 

85-TRUCK DRIVER

Baba with His party travelled from Majri Mafi to Motichur. First they travelled to Harrawala railway station on foot about two and half miles away and boarded train and on reaching Raiwala junction station Baba and party got down. The rest of journey to Motichur was done by a truck. Baba sat next to the driver and rest of companions were standing behind the truck along with luggage. They reached Motichur in afternoon.

(“Real Treasure” Volume-5 page162 by Rustom Falahati)