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LIST OF MAHARASTRA ALPHABET O, P, Q & R
SL No. NAME RELATION PLACE SOURCE
1 Omrigar Tenina D. Self Bhavnagar Souvenir-2008
2 Owner of Ashiyana & wife Sold ashiyana to Narimam Bombay Lord Meher
3 Pachame Shankar M. Self Barsi Souvenir-2008
4 Padole Waman Self Ahmednagar Lord Meher
5 Paghriwala Homi Manekji & Jeannie S/o Bhanumasi of Karachi Maharastra LM-2336
6 Pahaljani Vishwan G. Self  Sukkur LM-2316
7 Pahlajani Mulchand G. Self Maharastra LM-2316
8 Pakhare Tukaram P. Self Poona Souvenir-2008
9 Pakhere Mudaliar Self Maharastra Lord Meher
10 Pakhre M. B. Self Poona Souvenir-2008
11 Pakhre U.G. Self Kurdwad LM-3760
12 Palanji Self Kolhapur LM-1199
13 Palkhiwala School friend of Baba Poona LM-3235/116
14 Pamulu S. Deputy collector Maharastra Lord Meher
15 Panarkar Bhikubhai K. Owner Milan Studio Ahmednagar LM-4182/4353/GG-203
16 Panchakahari Gurupa S. Self Sholapur LM-3235
17 Panchal Gulab Das N. & Nirmala Self  & wife Bombay MM-82
18 Panchal Icharam Self Maharastra Lord Meher
19 Panchal Keshavram H. & Ratanben F/i/l of Gulab Das Panchal Bombay US-131
20 Panchal Nirumali N Self -Baba lover Bombay Lord Meher
21 Panchal Ratilal H. B/o G. D. Panchal Bombay LM-4634
22 Panchal Rohit Lal Self Pune Lord Meher
23 Panchewala Vasenji Ramji Self Bombay Lord Meher
24 Pandey Kanchan D/o Pandey Manohar Lal (Bhaiya) Ahmednagar LM-2676
25 Pandey L.R. Self Saoner Sovounier-2008
26 Pandey Manohar Lal (Bhaiya) photographer Ahmednagar LM-2676/2599
27 Pandey Tirath Raj Self -Baba lover Meherabad LM-5435
28 Pandey's son S/o Manohar Lal pande Ahmednagar LM-5006
29 Pandit V. M. Principal Hindu High School Poona LM-4767
30 Pandore Self Nagpur Lord Meher
31 Pandu Pund & wife Self Arangaon MOM-p-70
32 Pandurang S. Deshmukh (Pandoba) Self-close disciple Ahmednagar Refer Vol -3 Sl. No.74
33 Panikar Bacchubhai K. Photographer (Neelam Studio) Ahmednagar LM-4182
34 Panjvan Layaren Kotwal Self Surat Souvenir-2008
35 Pankhraj R. P. & Tarabai Self  & wife Kamhti-Nagpur LM-2221
36 Papa Mia Self Maharastra LM-472
37 Pappu Rao Self Maharastra Lord Meher
38 Parab M. S. Self Poona Lord Meher
39 Parekh Homi P. Friend of Sevak Kotwal Lonavla LM-4750
40 Parekh Shapur Pleader's cousin Maharastra MOM-P-54
41 Parel D. Kaikhushru Self Poona Lord Meher
42 Parents of a Sweeper Requested Baba for eyesight of his son Tikar Lord Meher
43 Parents of Issa Self & wife Arangaon Lord Meher
44 Parents of Kamal Yadav Self -Baba lover Meherabad Lord Meher
45 Parents of Lahanu Pund Self & wife Arangaon Lord Meher
46 Parhar Bhagaon M. Self Barsi Souvenir-2008
47 Parkhe U. G. Self Kurdwad Lord Meher
48 Parmar Dhiraj  & Vimla B/o Rama Kalchuri & wife Nagpur LM-5184
49 Parmar Pratap Singh F/o Rama Kakchuri Nagpur LM-5081
50 Parmar Sampath B/o Rama Kalchuri & wife Nagpur LM-5184
51 Parsi cricketers 3 Parsees cricketers Bombay. Lord Meher
52 Parthar Bhagaon M. Self Barsi Lord Meher
53 Parthasarthy K. V. Self Poona Souvenir-2008
54 Parvati Guardian of the leper ashram Meherabad LM-628/586
55 Parvatibai Babu Gujar Self Poona Sovounier-2008
56 Pasarni Self Maharastra Lord Meher
57 Patankar Owner  of Amar Jyoti Poona LM-3134
58 Patel S/o Dina Patel Maharastra Lord Meher
59 Patel Abbaji A Villager Arangaon LM-1604/2052
60 Patel Budmkar D. Self Shadade Lord Meher
61 Patel Chaganlal K. Self Surat LM-924/1927
62 Patel Kailash S/o  Patel Tukaram Shahada Lord Meher
63 Patel Kalawati D/o  Patel Tukaram Shahada Lord Meher
64 Patel Moti Jagan Head of a village Saoner LM-3878/3236
65 Patel P. D. Self Maharastra Souvenir-2008
66 Patel Ragho Self Saoner LM-3235
67 Patel Tukaram Dullabh & Meera Self & wife Shahada  MS Souvenir-2008
68 Patel Uma D/o  Patel Tukaram Shahada  MS Lord Meher
69 Patel Vishwnath S/o  Patel Tukaram Shahada  MS Lord Meher
70 Patell Aspy Earch S/o Erach Patell Mumbai LM-4664
71 Patell Earch & Soona Self & wife Mumbai LM-2779/5004
72 Patell Sam S/o Erach Patell Mumbai Lord Meher
73 Pathak Goma Ganesh Krishna Teacher in Hazarat Babazan school Meherabad LM-1898/2670
74 Pathak Nirmlabai (Mrs) Self Saoner Souvenir-2008
75 Pathak Prem Kumar Self Bombay Sovounier-2015
76 Patil  Shravanji Lalji Self Amravati LM-4778
77 Patil Anant Rao Vithal Editor of News Paper-Sahyatri LM-4478/3451
78 Patil Bhata Khandu Self Shahada Souvenir-2008
Patil Fakara Chhagan Self Tikhore Lord Meher
81 Patil Gita S. W/o Sadashiv Patil close disciple Poona LM-5435-17
82 Patil Lakhibai Sambu (Mrs) Self Shahada LM-5434
83 Patil Motiram Kohake Land provided for Baba Centre Anganwada LM-969
84 Patil Motiram Kohake Self Saoner LM-2310
85 Patil of Toka Villager Toka
86 Patil Raghav Nanu Self Kamptee Souvenir-2008
87 Patil Ramarao S. Self Panwell LM-4570
88 Patil Shravanji Lalaji Self Amravati Sovounier-2008
89 Patil Tryambak Sadashiv Self Shahada Souvenir-2008
90 Patil Tukaram Hari Self Khandesh Souvenir-2008
91 Patil Vithoba G. Self Malagaon Souvenir-2008
92 Patwardhan (Mrs) Self Bajwa Souvenir-2008
93 Patwardhan Maisaheb Sitabai & his son Maharani of Kurandwad Kurandwad LM-2009/4347
94 Patwardhan Ragunath & Janki Self  & wife Poona Lord Meher
95 Patwardhan Vinayak Narayan Singer Poona LM-4710/ GG-301
96 Patwardhan Vinayak Rao Singer Poona LM-4875/ GG-219/269
97 Pavar V. D. Self Kalyan Souvenir-2008
98 Pavri F M. Ardeshir Self Poona Souvenir-2008
99 Pawan Naik Professional Musician Ahmednagar Lord Meher
100 Pawar Bhaskar Rao Assistant Projectionist LM-2632
101 Peeraji A Villager Walki LM-573
102 Percy Patel & wife Voilin player Bombay Lord Meher
103 Perin Irani W/o Behram Irani-Close disciple Bombay LM-2500/4328
104 Pervin D/o Meherjee Poona LM-5072/2776
105 Perviz Godraj Self Poona LM-5055
106 Pesi Irani Son in law of Baidul (Close disciple) Poona LM-4328/2033
107 Pesu Irani D/o Ramjoo Poona LM-2663/616
108 Phadke A brahmin teacher Meherabad LM-819
109 Philkwala Editor of News Paper-Sahyatri Ahmednagar LM-4478
110 Phiroz Engineer Self Bombay Souvenir-2008
111 Phiroze Bhadha Self Bombay Lord Meher
112 Pilamai Hormuzd Irani (Spiritual Sister) W/o Gustad irani (Masaji)-close disciple Maharastra Refer Vol -3 Sl. No.122
113 Pillay T. Self Nagpur LM-3476/3493/3515
114 Pilley M. A. Self Bombay Souvenir-2008
115 Pillo N. Satha Close disciple Maharadtra Refer Vol -3 Sl. No.75
116 Pimpalgaonkar Satvaji M. Self Bombay Lord Meher
117 Piroja M. Bilimoria Self Bombay Lord Meher
118 Piroja N. Chothia Self Bombay Lord Meher
119 Police Patel Self Arangaon Lord Meher
120 Polly Umrigar & Dinoo Cricketer & his wife Bombay LM-4789/4699
121 Poopal Nursoo Local Photographer Ahmednagar LM-5028/2779
122 Pophali Dinkar Harbaji & Savitri Pleader-Self & wife Saoner LM-5028/2310/5319/
123 Pophali Gajanan S/o Pophali Pleader Saoner LM-3621/2311/2013
124 Pophali K. D. S/o Pophali Pleader Saoner Pophali P. D.
125 Pophali N. D.. S/o Pophali Pleader Saoner Pophali P. D.
126 Pophali Nirmala D/o Pophali Pleader Saoner LM-4266
127 Pophali P. D. S/o Pophali Pleader Saoner Pophali P. D.
128 Pophali P. W. (Mrs) Self Saoner Pophali P. D.
129 Pophali R. D. S/o Pophali Pleader Saoner Pophali P. D.
130 Pophali R. N. (Mrs) Self Saoner Pophali P. D.
131 Pophali Sriram & Shobha S/o Pophali Pleader Saoner LM-3621/2311/2013
132 Pophali Vasumathi Self Saoner Pophali P. D.
133 Pophali W.D. S/o Pophali Pleader Saoner Pophali P. D.
134 Poruchi Irani Second S/o Rustom & Freny Ahmednagar Lord Meher
135 Pote Dinkar Dhondiba Self Poona LM-4478
136 Prabha A Kanya from Sakori Sakori LM-3541
137 Prabha Patil Self Ahmednagar Sovounier-2015
138 Prabhakar & wife Younger brother of Vinayak LM-4539
139 Prajapati Jayanti Lal  & Jasuben Self & wife Surat Souvenir-2008
140 Prakash Chabbra Film maker Bombay LM-4333
141 Prakash Panchal S/o G. D. Panchal Bombay LM-1969
142 Prakhe U.G. Self Kurdwad LM-
143 Pranab M. S. Self Poona Lord Meher
144 Pravin Kumar ( Meher Prakash)  S/o Krishna Swami Pune Lord Meher
145 Prem Kishan Son of actor Premnath Bombay LM-2606/GG-127
146 Prem Nath Actor Bombay LM-2606/GG-127
147 Princess of Indore Self Cannes LM-1856
148 Princess of Kapurthala Self Cannes LM-1856
149 Princess of Mysore Self Cannes LM-1856
150 Princess of Nepal Self Cannes LM-1856
151 Principal & wife Cooperative College Poona LM-4805
152 Principal-1 Vincent High School Poona LM-4533
153 Principal-2 Dastur School Poona LM-5236
154 Principal-3 Girl School Poona LM-3645
155 Prof. A. N. Deshpande Marathi Nagpur University Nagpur LM-5336/2156
156 Prof. Abdul Kadar Self Poona LM-328
157 Prof. Abdul Karim Khan Professor of Persian Ahmednagar LM-3454/3161/4649
158 Prof. Dastgir Prof-translated God Speaks in Urdu Bombay LM-4664
159 Prof. Dinshah Kapadia Prifessor of Mathmatics Poona LM-707/8
160 Prof. Gangadhar V. Kulkarni Self Kolhapur LM-4796
161 Prof. Gopal C. V. Prof. of Cinematography, Mehrabad LM-5285
162 Prof. Habibulla E. Hakim Self Nagpur LM-2826
163 Prof. Hyder Ibrahim Music Poona LM-303
164 Prof. Rajdurkar Self Aurengabad LM-4563/GG-95
165 Prof. Ram Panjwani Self Bombay LM-5015
166 Prof. Sayani Self Maharastra LM-304
167 Prouchi Irani (Mrs) Self Bombay Souvenir-2008
168 Pudamji Khan Bahadur & Rupamai Self & wife (Parents of Dina Talati) Bombay LM-5434
169 Pudamji's Sister Self Bombay LM-570
170 Pundit Mahendarge Youngest Boy Meherabad LM-971/985
171 Punja Drum beater Poona LM-1737
172 Punjbibai Vallabh Chowdahry (Mrs) Self Shahada Souvenir-2008
173 Punjia Beat kersene container Meherabad Lord Meher
174 Purandhare D.S. Self Sakori LM-3455
175 Purohit Omprakash Self Nagpur Souvenir-2008
176 Pyaroo Qawaal Qawaali Singer Maharastra LM-646
177 Radha W/o Siddhu -close disciple Maharastra Lord Meher
178 Radha Kundala Self Maharastra Lord Meher
179 Radhabai W/o Siddhu close disciple Maharastra Lord Meher
180 Ragho Patel Self Saoner LM-2337
181 Raghunath A boy Meherabad LM-985
182 Raghunath Driver of Meherji Meherabad Lord Meher
183 Raghunath Karmarkar S/o Durgabai Karamkar Sakori LM-1644/454/5066
184 Raghuraj Singh Raja Prem Ashram boys Maharastra Lord Meher
185 Raghvi Kasheo Kripal Self Saikharda Souvenir-2008
186 Raghvi Ramaji Madho Bawale Self Kolhapur LM-1165
187 Raghvi Zapru Kripal Self Saikharda Souvenir-2008
188 Rahata Bkiku Daaru Self Kolhapur LM-2687
189 Rahate Moti  Kripal Self Saoner LM-3878
190 Rahman a boy Maharastra LM-1187
191 Raisaheb Raghunandan Singh Self Jhalokhar-Kurara LM-111
192 Raj Krishna S/o Maharani Shanta Devi Sakori Lord Meher
193 Raja Got 5 pats on his head Saoner MP-Oct-1966
194 Raja & Rani of Kurundwad S/o Maharani Shantadevi Kurundwad LM-4444/3558/5036
195 Raja (Qawaali Singer) Qawaali Singer Nanded. LM-2663
196 Raja of Bhor Raja of Bhor Bhor LM-5440
197 Raja Syed S/o Amin S. Syed (sweeper) Meherabad LM-2606
198 Raja Syed Singer-performed in Sundarbai Hall Aurengabad LM-3234
199 Rajan Bhandari D/o G. D. Panchal Bombay LM-570
200 Rajan Mohammad & wife Qawaali Singer Maharastra LM-4800
201 Rajan Tiwari Boy Ahmednagar LM-4774
202 Rajaram A student Meherabad LM-891/994/887/1017
203 Rajbhoj P. N. Member of Parliament Maharastra LM-4182
204 Raje family School teacher Kamhti.Nagpur LM-2221
205 Raje V. V. Self Bombay Souvenir-2008
206 Rajput Shiv Charan Self Bombay LM-5439
207 Rajroop Teacher in Meher Ashram Meherabad LM-736/570
208 Rajshwari D/o Krishna Sawami Pune Lord Meher
209 Raju Boy Banglore LM-2042
210 Rakhelkar Bhagirathbai H. (Mrs) Self Osmanabad Souvenir-2008
211 Rakhelkar Haripant R. Self Osmanabad LM-4251
212 Rakhelkar Harpant R. Self Osmanabad Souvenir-2008
213 Rakhelkar Ramchandra H. Self Osmanabad Souvenir-2008
214 Rakhma Lady cook of Meherabad Meherabad LM-613/6340/5337
215 Ram Bhiwa (Bholaram) A boy Meherabad LM-789/311/613
216 Ram Madhav Bro-in-law of Bhauji & wife Savner
217 Ram Nori Self Poona LM-176/144/5434
218 Ram Sindhi Qawaal Qawaali Singer Meherabad LM-5378/4800/5378
219 Rama Servant Meherabad LM-4582
220 Rama Kalchuri W/o Bhau Kalchuri Nagpur C/o Mehernath
221 Ramaji Meher Ashram student Meherabad LM-1029/1183
222 Ramakrishnan K. K. Self Poona LM-4537
223 Ramamurty Wrestler  of circus Ahmednagar LM-672
224 Ramamurty Wrestler of circus Ahmednagar LM-672
225 Raman T. A. Editor-Evening News Nasik LM-1758/2060
226 Ramarao Relative of Shanta Devi Poona LM-5004
227 Ramarao Patil Self Panwell LM-4971
228 Rambau Allayar Truck driver Meherabad LM-1142
229 Rambhau A mast Meherabad LM-4118/2182
230 Rambhau Mali opened tea stall Meherabad LM-628
231 Ramchandra Servant boy Ahmednagar Lord Meher
232 Ramchandra Gaikwad Self Ahmednagar Sovounier-2015
233 Ramchandra Nai Barber at Guruprasad Poona LM-3626
234 Ramchandra S. Self Martuer Lord Meher
235 Ramdass Arranged house in Bombay Bombay LM-753/581
236 Ramji Kamble Self Arangaon LM-1183/2628
237 Ramkrishna Gite Teacher Meherabad LM-847
238 Ramkrishna Jaju A Congress leader Sholapur LM-2663/3455
239 Ramna I.V. Self Bombay Lord Meher
240 Ramnath Baba's childhood friend Poona LM-3479
241 Ramnath Sharma Interpretter fo Sulloo Jabalpur LM-2769
242 Ramraju Acytutu Maid Arangaon Lord Meher
243 Ramu A boy Meherabad LM-1154
244 Ranade Sudha Vinayak Wife of Vinayak Ranade Pune Souvenir-2008
245 Ranade Vinayak Gopal Brother in law of V. J. Kher Pune Souvenir-2008
246 Ranade Yamutai (Mrs) Mother in law of V. J. Kher Poona Souvenir-2008
247 Randelia Beli Phiroz B/o of Noshir Maharastra LM-3645/3644
248 Rangarao Y. Self Ahmednagar Lord Meher
249 Rangole  Raste Self & wife Satara LM-5440
250 Rangole Jagnath Keshav Self Ahmednagar LM-2752
251 Rangole V. Swarnkar Self Satara LM-3934
252 Rangole M. J. & wife Self & wife Satara LM-4641/4657
253 Rani of Phaltan Self Phaltan LM-2692
254 Ranisaheb of Kurundwad Self Kurundwad LM-4672/3666
255 Ranjan Bhandari D/o G. D. Panchal rets-p-74 US-74
256 Rao Bandur Editor-Evening News of India Ahmednagar Souvenir-2008
257 Rao C. R. Self Poona Souvenir-2008
258 Rao V. V. K. & Laxmibai Self & wife Bombay Lord  Meher
259 Raosaheb M. V. Pandit & family S/I/L of Kalemama Maharastra LM-1173/1589/1177
260 Raosaheb Pandit Principal Hindu High School Bombay LM-1165
261 Raosaheb Raval Self Maharastra Lord Meher
262 Rasashah Aloo M. (Mrs) self Bombay Souvenir-2008
263 Rashesh Vaidya Self Bombay LM-5128
264 Rashid Assistant to Murli Kale Maharastra Lord Meher
265 Rashid Irani S/o Khodadad & Banu masi Bombay LM-3654/2004/5435
266 Rashid Sheikh Abdul S/o Abdur Rahman LM-3758/2758
267 Raste M.A. & wife B/o Shireenmai Maharastra LM-4347/ 5439
268 Ratan Kaikobad S/o Kaikobad Dastur Ahmednagar LM-2754
269 Ratan T. A Maharastra LM-5047/1759
270 Ratanbai (Miss) School teacher of Baba Maharastra LM-111
271 Ratanshah Aloo M Self Bombay LM-2316
272 Ratanshah Gyara A Parsee from Poona Maharastra LM-2717
273 Rathore Tej Singh B/I/L of Bhau Kalchuri Nagpur Lord Meher
274 Rati Baliwala A mentally upset young woman Bombay LM-5058/5044/5109
275 Ratnakar Owner of Amar Jyoti villa Poona Lord Meher
276 Rauth Patilbus Babaji (Mrs) self Saoner Souvenir-2008
277 Ravi Mehta Self Maharastra Lord Meher
278 Rawat Yashoda Self Poona Lord Meher
279 Rawatmani Aunt, wife of Shireenmai's Brother Dinshaw Poona Lord Meher
280 Rawoot Mahadev B. Self poona Lord Meher
281 Reddy M. Y. R. Self Ahmednagar LM-5434
282 Rege D. D. Photographer Maharastra LM-940
283 Reva D/o General Bhandari Poona LM-5057
284 Rhoda Mundegar Dedicated worker of Poona Poona MOM-P-14
285 Roda Cana Self Poona Sovounier-2015
286 Roda Mistry W/o Jim Mistry-D/o N.Dadachanji Bombay LM-3714/5439/2563
287 Roshan Bastani D/o Boman Bastani & Dolly Poona MM-15
288 Roshan Kerawala W/o Sam Kerawala Maharastra Refer Vol -3 Sl. No.123
289 Roydu L. C. Self Dharwar Souvenir-2008
290 Rudra Pratap Teacher in High School Kabrai Dharwar Lord Meher
291 Rukminibai C. Kulkarni Self Kurduwdi LM-5222
292 Rusi & Jeroo Self & wife (D/o Dina Talati) Maharastra LM-4241
293 Rusi & Mehra Joshi Self & wife (Sister of Chanji) Bombay LM-1677/1977
294 Rusi Bastani S/o  Boamnji Bastani Poona MM-13
295 Rusi Irani S/o Pilamai Maharastra LM-2316
296 Rusi P. Ghanogy Self Bombay Souvenir-2008
297 Rustom & Piroja (Mama & Mami) B/o Pilamasi & Sister of Sheriyarji LM-101/2/3/4
298 Rustom Barra Saheb Self Bombay LM-4701
299 Rustom C. Joshi Cousin of Rhoda Adi Dubash Bombay Lord Meher
300 Rustom Dadachanji & Freny Self & wife Ahmednagar LM-4953
301 Rustom Dinyar H/o Kharman Masi-Close disciple Deolali LM-2674/1731
302 Rustom E. Desai & wife Baba met him in Hongkong Bombay Lord Meher
303 Rustom Jamshedji & Gulrukh S/o Dinshaw Merwan Maharastra Lord Meher
304 Rustom Kaka Hathidaru & Silla Kaku Self & wife Ahmednagar LM-1586/2647/2632
305 Rustom Nagarwala A local devotee Sholapur LM-2963/2326
306 Rustom Salengi Orderly of Baba Bombay LM-5434
307 Rustom Sukhadawala S/o Sukhadawala Jehangir Poona Lord Meher
308 Rustomji Billimoria & wife Self & wife Bombay LM-2177

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CONTACTS- MAHARASTRA

ALPHABET – O, P, Q & R

 

 

5-PAGHRIWALA HOMI MANEKJI & JEANNIE

(Son in law of Sailor Mama)

 

PAGHRIWALA HOMI MANEKJI SON IN LAW OF SAILOR MAMA A PHOTOGRAPHER WAS HELPED BY BABA TO PURCHASE CAMERA

Paghriwala was a photographer, whom Baba had helped (giving him Rs.500 to purchase a camera and Rs.100 per month for some time). He and his wife Jeannie had stayed at Meherabad and were now living in a house in Ahmednagar, with their son. Baba visited the family on 13th May. Records were played and Baba was photographed. (Lord Meher-po-2336-1943)

 

 

PANDAY MANOHAR MOHANLAL

(Bhaiya Panday)

Manohar Mohanlal Panday was a photographer having his own studio in Ahmednagar. He was nicknames as Bhaiya Panday.

Manohar Mohanlal Panday, a photographer in Ahmednagar, had been in Baba's contact since 1932, through Khansaheb. However, Bhaiya (Brother) Panday, as he was called, did not acknowledge Baba as the Avatar, although he had faith in him and was an occasional visitor. One day Panday hand-colored a black-and-white photograph of Baba and brought it to him. It was not painted well, but Baba praised it and, raising his hand, remarked, "I have given it to you today." From then on, Panday's skills gradually improved; yet he still did not believe Baba to be the Ancient One.

Once, when Baba came to Khushru Quarters in 1945, he asked about Panday. It was learned that he had been hospitalized, and that his condition was serious. He had a ruptured appendix, and the doctor had lost all hope of saving his life.

Baba sent a message to his family not to worry, and that night Panday had a vision of Baba. He saw Baba standing by his bed saying, "Don't worry, my nazar is on you." In his delirium, he began speaking with Baba. His mother, thinking he was about to die, brought the doctor.

The doctor asked how he was feeling. "Better," Panday said. "Meher Baba came, and I was talking with him."

"Yes, he came to me, too," joked the doctor. The doctor took Panday's pulse, and was convinced he had only a few hours left in this world. But the next day, Panday's health took a turn for the better, and after a few days he completely recovered.

"Miraculous," conceded the doctor. "I think there was something between you and Meher Baba!"

Weeping, Panday bemoaned his previous attitude. "How foolish I was not to believe in him. Meher Baba, forgive me; you are the Avatar! I bow down to you." From then on, Panday accepted Baba and became his devoted follower — and also took many beautiful photographs of him throughout the years. (Lord Meher-p-2499-1945)

His daughter Kanchan Panday became gravely ill, and the doctor held no hope for her survival. She was so weak she could not even raise her hand. Her temperature had risen to 105°, and her family was terribly worried. Adi Sr. brought Panday to Meherazad on 29th October 1948, and Baba asked him, "Why have you come?"

He replied, "What is the use of our having faith in you when my daughter is about to die and you have no thought for us?"

Smiling, Baba asked, "What is the matter?" Panday told him about Kanchan and explained that she had not eaten anything for several days. Baba had Don bring two potatoes, and giving them to Panday spelled out, "After boiling these well, give them to Kanchan to eat."

"The doctors have forbidden her to take anything other than liquids," Panday informed Baba.

"Kanchan is dying anyway, so why let her die of hunger?" Baba replied. "Let her eat and die!"

Accordingly, on his return Panday made Kanchan eat the boiled potatoes. The girl had been reduced to a skeleton; she could not talk, and it took her four hours to eat them. When the doctor came and was informed she had eaten potatoes, he stormed out without examining her. He was sure she would not live for more than a few hours.

But when he came the next morning, Panday found that Kanchan's temperature had come down to 101°. He thought: "If the fever goes away completely, she'll live." In two hours the temperature went down to 95°, and all were anxious about this. Panday was sincerely praying to Baba, and in half an hour her temperature rose to normal.

Amazed, the doctor said, "I do not understand how this happened. I have never seen a case like this before."

Panday said, "This is the effect of the potatoes given by Meher Baba."

Panday went to Pimpalgaon again, and Baba asked, "Has Kanchan died?"

"By your grace, she is alive and well," he said. Baba gave him prasad and motioned to him to leave for home immediately, which he did — more convinced than ever that Meher Baba was the Lord of Lords. (Lord Meher-p-2676-1949)

On 30 October 1952, Baba, accompanied by Nilu, paid a visit to Viloo Villa and to Khushru Quarters. At Viloo Villa, he promised Viloo to take full responsibility for her and her family's welfare, provided that she surrenders everything to him. At Khushru Quarters, he spoke with Gulmai and other residents, and granted an interview to Alu Khambatta. Bhaiya Panday took two photographs of Baba. (Lord Meher-p-3137-1952)

On the morning of 14 February 1953, a small darshan took place in Ahmednagar at Khushru Quarters. About 100 persons had gathered. On this occasion, as instructed, Godavri Mai came. Godavri requested to see Baba again in Dehra Dun. Adi had arranged for a photograph to be taken by Bhaiya Panday, to which Baba agreed. (Lord Meher-p-3272-1952)

Before going to Meherabad on 17th September 1954, Baba stopped at Khushru Quarters where photographs of him on a tiger skin on Adi's bed were taken by Bhaiya Panday.

The Western men had requested Baba to have their photograph taken with him, so Bhaiya Panday was called from Ahmednagar, and at 2:30 on the afternoon of the 24th, Baba returned to the hill, where a few group shots were taken. (Lord Meher-p-3612-1954)

On 5th November 1954, Baba left for Pandharpur and others joined Him on 6th. They stopped at Bindra House for lunch. Several of Baba's close lovers in various places were informed and they, too, traveled to Pandharpur. Bhaiya Panday from Ahmednagar was included with them. (Lord Meher-p-3657-1954)

Baba left with mandali for Pandharpur on 6th November 1954.They stopped at Bindra House for lunch. Several of Baba's close lovers in various places were informed and they, too, traveled to Pandharpur.

With rising fervor and reverence, Maharaj added: "Reap the full benefit of Meher Baba's gracious presence by taking his darshan with full devotion and faith." He ended his speech with a wholehearted "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!" over the microphone. The photographer Bhaiya Panday of Ahmednagar took some photographs of the occasion. He would seldom miss such an opportunity at any function. Baba teased him, "Would you please allow me to relax a little now?"

Panday replied, "My camera is restless, Baba." Panday would gaze at Baba intently, studying his expressions to try to capture them on film. Baba would often chide him, "You are eating me with your eyes!"  (Lord Meher-p-3658-1958)

On Monday, 28th February 1955, Baba then took everyone, visitors as well as the mandali, severely to task for not following his orders 100 percent. In truth, only Sarosh was to blame, as he had failed to carry out Baba's instruction concerning Savak Damania. Savak, a scrupulously honest individual, was working as a cashier at Sarosh Motor Works, and there were some financial accounts between him and Sarosh, which Baba had told Sarosh to clear up. Although Baba was lambasting all, his arrow hit the right target, and Sarosh burst out weeping. He stretched himself full length on the floor before Baba, praying to him for forgiveness. Baba embraced him and then bowed his forehead on the feet of every man present 100 times each. (Adi Sr. had wanted to bring Bhaiya Panday to take some photographs, but Baba had not allowed him to come. (Lord Meher-p-3674-1958)

In 1955, Bhaiya Panday was snapping his camera every few minutes, whereupon Baba lamented, "This Panday will not let me be at ease In Andhra, too. (Lord Meher-p-3795-1955)

During 1955 sahwas at Meherabad, as desired by the members of the committee, their photographs with Baba were taken with him by Bhaiya Panday. (Lord Meher-p-3798-1955)

After the tea interval, Baba noticed that many of the group had purchased photographs of himself from Bhaiya Panday, and remarked, "Besides my pictures, you should take me away with you in your hearts when you leave here and return home." (Lord Meher-p-3830-19550

Bhaiya Panday, the photographer from Ahmednagar, had been called, and he took over 20 shots of Baba with different small groups. Baba then led the group to the Meher Retreat building. There under the tin shed, the Marathi sahavas group sat on a carpet, and Baba sat in a chair and narrated to them about the Prem Ashram, his seclusion in the Tomb and other activities of Meherabad in the early days. In conclusion, Baba observed, "It is your great fortune that I myself brought you to my last resting place. After 60 years, this place will be a world center of pilgrimage." (Lord Meher-p-3971-1954)

Arriving in Meherabad at 8:00 A.M. on 19th February 1958, Baba went directly to his cabin, where he discussed others matters concerning those sick, and the special train. Thereafter, the photographers Bhaiya Panday took photographs of Baba with women from different groups. (Lord Meher-p-4288-1958)

 

37- PANIKAR BHIKUBHAI K.

(Photographer-Milan studio)

 

BHIKUBHAI PANIKAR K. OF MILAN STUDIO TOOK PHOTOGRAPHS OF BABA AND FAMILY

In year 1957, at Kothrud, Wandrekar a former deputy minister of the Bombay government with his family received Baba warmly. Baba took his seat and all sat before him. Calling the entire Wandrekar family, Baba made them sit beside him, and again Subhadra sang bhajans and performed his arti. Bhikubhai K. Panarkar of Meelan Photo Studio (who had met Baba through Shinde) took photographs of Baba with the family and workers. (Lord Meher-p-4182-1957)

On 19th February 1958, Baba arrived Meherabad in morning. Baba went directly to his cabin, where he discussed with mandali men the matters concerning those sick, and the special train. The entire sahavas group had assembled in the meeting tent long before Baba's arrival. This was their last occasion with Baba. Some wanted to sing to him, and some wanted to ask something. Baba entered the tent, and the mandali started receiving handwritten notes from the group about their individual requests. Thereafter, the photographers Bhaiya Panday and Bhikubhai took photographs of Baba with women from different groups. (Lord Meher-p- 4288-195)

On 11th May 1958, a bhajan program took place in Guruprasad. Baba remarked, "I am in a mood to hear good bhajans today so continue singing. You do not know what work I am doing today." Madhusudan, Pratap, Subhadra, Thade and others proceeded to exhaust themselves by singing continuously for seven hours. Bhikubhai, the photographer of Meelan Studio who had come to take pictures, remarked to Baba that Subhadra's voice was exceptionally beautiful. Baba replied, "Yes, but she is now ready to drop!" The bhajan group finally stopped when Baba ended the singing after seven hours. (Lord Meher-p-4349-1958)

On the morning of the 17th, Bhaskara Raju and his group performed a shortened version of their four-hour ballad-play before Baba at Guruprasad. Afterwards, Bhikubhai took a photograph of the group with Baba. Baba remarked, "This is a unique photograph. People will appreciate it after my physical end and flock around you in recognition of your services for my universal cause."  (Lord Meher-p-4546-1959)

Tracing his five-month stay in Poona, Baba began: "I gave my love in full to the Poona lovers during this period, and received it in abundance. You were left out; so you are called here today. Seeing Bhaiya Panday, the photographer, Baba taunted him, "Your competitor in Poona, Bhikubhai, is a true lover.  Poona lovers are real lovers. In the local [Ahmednagar] Center, too, there are some." (Lord Meher-p- 4567-1959)

Baba told Bhikubhai (Meelan Studio photographer) to take a photograph. (Lord Meher-p-4763-1959).

Bhikubhai had been instructed to bring the well-known bhajan singer of Poona, Gajanan Watve, to sing. Knowing Baba enjoyed ghazals the most, Watve had specially learned some. At one point, explaining about divine love, Baba observed:

Divine love is the gift of God to man. It can be compared with the grace of the Sadguru which enables man to realize God in a flash. The true lover of God [Mard-e-Khuda] is he whose whole life has become like dust. The agony of love is so dear to him that, although it burns him to ashes, he will not part with it for anything! Though it may make him an outcast from society, a stranger to sleep, hunger and comfort, he prizes this blissful torture above all things in creation. Only God can implant this divine love in the human heart.

The lover continually burns within himself in the fire of divine love. But the wonder is that despite leading such a life of consummation, the real lover keeps it hidden within himself as an invaluable treasure. He does not want to give it up. His burning within is blissful, although in its fire he ultimately becomes the very dust!

Even such heroes don't obtain my grace.

us of millions, only a rare one gets this nazar, this grace. This Path is not for the weak and the faint-hearted! Where even the Mard-e-Khuda is unsuccessful [in gaining my grace], what to say of you people here? My nazar is always there on all of you, but it is an entirely different nazar, a different grace from the Grace which makes one realize the Self in a fraction of a second. (Lord Meher-p-4908/9-1963)

During sahwas in 1963, Bhikubhai interjected, "Now that (patriotic) songs of war are favored on the radio, Watve has less opportunity of singing devotional songs. He, too, is learning to sing some patriotic tunes for the jawans (soldiers)." (Lord Meher-p-4910-1963)

On 25th August 1963, the second message was sent to those in New York, working on the booth for the World's Fair. They were having a quarter of a million brochures printed of Baba's "Universal Message," a brief biography and a photograph of Baba (chosen by him) taken by Bhikubhai. (Lord Meher-p- 5042-1963)

On the inauguration of Poona center, Baba walked into the main hall, followed by the center's seven trustees and the photographer Bhikubhai. Flower petals were strewn on the carpeted pathway from the doorstep to the stage where Baba's chair had been placed. It was a cushioned armchair specially built for the occasion. Upon entering the hall, Baba looked all around, and praised the framed photographs of him that adorned the walls. They depicted various aspects of his life and work. Bhikubhai had presented the photographs to the center, and Baba asked him to take his photograph. (Lord Meher-p- 5073-1964)

In the end of program, Amar Singh Saigal recited the Master's Prayer in Hindi over the microphone in a touching manner. Those with cameras surrounded Baba to take his picture. While he sat on the dais smiling, pointing to someone, catching the eye of another, glancing or signaling to another in recognition, Bhikubhai and others took photographs. (Lord Meher-p-5130-1965)

 

 

PATIL RAMARAO

The residents of Chirle Village near Panvel came for Baba's darshan. Baba remarked about them: "The village consists of only 30 houses. They decided to come to me, and not only were their houses locked, but the whole village is deserted. They have left enough fodder for their cattle to last until they return. Baba's love has been ignited in them by Ramarao Patil, who has a long bushy beard. He looks like Father Christmas since he had brought the gift of Baba-love to all the villagers." (Lord Meher-p-4791-1963)

 

PATEL ABBAJI 

In year 1934, in Arangaon, an old villager named Abbaji Patel had been on his deathbed for three or four days, suffering intensely. On 4th May his relatives came to request that Baba relieve the old man of his suffering. Baba consoled them, replying, "He will not die until he sees me. I will come tomorrow."

But Baba became busy that day and went to Arangaon two days later, on the 6th. He saw the dying man at six o'clock in the evening and ordered that he be given tea. No sooner had Baba returned to Meherabad than word came that the man had died. (Lord-Meher-p- 1604-1934

 

76-PATHAK GOMA GANESH    

(Teacher in Hazrat Babajan School)

 

GOMA GANESH PATHAK OPENED A SCOOL FOR POOR CHILDREN

Goma Pathak was a devoted lover of Baba and was appointed as teacher in Hazrat Babajan school in the beginning of year 1925. Later he  opened his own school in remote area of Babawadi, for poor children. He also had many opportunities to come in contact of meher Baba. Some of his incident with Baba is written in chronological order.

On 25th March 1925, the Hazrat Babajan School was opened for them, with classes up to the seventh standard (grade).  In the beginning, Arjun was appointed the school's director, and Vishnu became the teacher for the Harijan children. Joshi and Bapu Gahile taught the Brahmin and Maratha children's classes. At first the school was made of simple bamboo matting, but later it was expanded into a high school with walls of tin sheets. More teachers were employed as the necessity arose. The first six teachers included, Goma Ganesh Krishna Pathak. Baba's mandali, in addition to was also ordered to serve as a teacher whenever he was at Meherabad. Eventually, there were almost 200 children in the school. (Lord Meher-p-570-1925)

Baba walked with all to Arangaon Village. He visited the Family Quarters, where his arti was sung once more. He then returned to Sai Darbar and sat in the small cabin where darshan was given until midnight. Perhaps 20,000 people had Baba's darshan that day.

Baba then retired inside the Table Cabin near the dhuni. People continued to stream into Meherabad and slept overnight in Sai Darbar. No sooner did Baba come out of the Table Cabin early the next morning than a crowd rushed before him, beseeching him for darshan. For nearly six hours, without taking a break, Baba continued giving darshan.

Everyone was given a free Marathi booklet titled Sat Samagam (Face-to-Face with the Truth), written by one of the teachers, Goma Ganesh. (Lord Meher-p-638-1926)

On 3rd November 1947, Gulabsha was again sent to Nasik, this time with a message for Goma Ganesh (a former teacher) who had invited Baba to attend a religious conference there. (Lord Meher-p-848-1927)

On the 13th January 1938, Goma Ganesh Pathak, a former teacher of the Meher Ashram, saw Baba the same day. Pathak sought Baba's financial help to proceed to England for further studies, but Baba later told Vishnu to refuse him tactfully.

On 18th March 1947, Baba gave an interview to Goma Ganesh. (Lord Meher-p-2565-1947)

On 15th January 1948, Baba held a meeting at Pimpalgaon to discuss his plans. In attendance were 10 disciples including Goma Ganesh. About giving grain and cloth to the poor, Baba stated, "This giving can by no means be deemed charity. People coming from distant places take the trouble and give you an opportunity to serve them. It is to them that thanks are due. Besides, my giving to people implies a spiritual task to be performed whose purpose necessitates they be contacted. The spiritual work done through giving them food and cloth is not fully fulfilled if my name is revealed, or if they think that they are receiving alms through charity." (Lord meher-p--2614-1948)

Goma Ganesh Pathak, one of the former teachers of the Meher Ashram School, was doing social work in Ahmednagar and would come to see Baba from time to time. He was in the process of opening a nursery school, Babawadi, for poor children where they would be given free milk. Baba was invited to the opening in October. On the 5th September 1948, Goma Ganesh brought some of these children to the Ice Factory to sing and dance for Baba, which Baba highly enjoyed. (Lord Meher-p-2670-1948)

On 1st August 1949, was a red-letter day in Meherazad. All the Meherabad mandali, as well as other Meherabad residents and many from Ahmednagar were to be present at Meherazad before seven o'clock that morning. Those who were invited included Goma Ganesh also. No one was to eat breakfast or take tea before arriving. All the men and women had been observing silence for one month, and they were to break it in Baba's presence when he stepped out of seclusion.  No one was to fold their hands or bow to Baba, utter any word or even shout "Jai!" They were to break their silence after a prayer was read out by saying "Amen." The men were to stay on the men mandali's side and the women were to go to the women's quarters. (Lord Meher-p-2732-1949)

Before moving in the new life, on 15th September 1949, Goma Ganesh and two other disciples had interviews at Meherazad and received instructions from Baba. Baba went to Meherabad that day at 3:00 and, after meeting with the mandali, played cricket with them for a while. He came on the 16th, 17th, and 18th also, and spent all three days on the hill with the women. (Lord Meher-p-2769-1949)

On 25th October 1948, Baba attended the opening in Ahmednagar of Goma Ganesh's Babawadi (nursery school), in morning accompanied by six disciples. All the Meherabad mandali came as did the Ahmednagar followers. Following message from Baba was read out.

Selfless work, as you all know, has many aspects in the social and political fields. Each aspect thereof, though tinged by a particular cultural background, has its own merit and consequential reward. But the work relating to the welfare of babies is in a class by itself. Babies and infants, everywhere in the world, are the very epitome of God's purity and innocence. They are guileless and helpless — and yet they desire and expect nothing. Why do men see and recognize the enemy and the criminal outside? Because the so-called enemy and the criminal are already within them. Babies have no criminal or enemy within and, therefore, see none outside.

I am also called "Baba," which endearingly means a baby. In fact, all God-realized souls are unsophisticated, like babies. I therefore see and enjoy my purity and colourlessness in the unselfconscious ones — the babies.

This is what is real selfless service, when you are serving the little selfless ones — and this is tantamount to rendering service directly unto God. The Biblical statement "And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me," bears out what I have said.

I bless you all. (Lord Meher-p- 2676-1948)

On 6th November 1952, Baba asked Goma Ganesh to read the poems he had composed. Baba appeared pleased with the work Goma had done for the welfare of the children in his school, Babawadi (whose opening Baba had attended four years before). Baba remarked to him, "I am busy, and if we want to finish by 11:00 A.M., let us talk about the practical side of your work. Until now you did your best for the Babawadi children, and you want to spend the rest of your life for the same purpose. So tell me what your future program is?"

Goma Ganesh replied that he was starting educational work in the villages. Baba stated, "I feel most happy to hear this. I give my blessings. Does your work without any worry or fear. Do not hesitate to pursue it. I will be with you in your honest endeavour to serve children. Start on November 15, 1952."

Baba further stated: "Childhood is the state of real Godhood. But children are unconsciously conscious of this. In bal-unmant-pishash [a majzoob], bal-Avesta (childhood) dominates; and the bal-unmant-pishash is consciously conscious of it (his Godhood). The whole universe serves as a toy for his game." (Lord Meher-p-3166-1952)

On 13th August 1959, Baba sent for the Ahmednagar bhajan group. Besides the singers and musicians, also present were the families of few disciples - about 50 men and women in all. They arrived early morning in a truck. After listening to some devotional music, Baba was in a jocular mood. When he caught sight of Goma Ganesh, whose chin bristled with a two-inch beard, Baba cracked, "Baidul [who had also grown a beard] until now was under the impression that he was unrivalled, but here is Goma Ganesh as his competitor." (Lord Meher-p-4567-1959)

 

PEERAJI

A villager

On 13th April 1925, Baba was about to proceed to Bombay. A villager from Walki, named Peeraji, came to Meherabad anxious and frightened. He had been bitten by a rabid dog. Baba cancelled his trip and took the man to Dr. Karkal, telling him to provide Peeraji with the best treatment. Rustom was then sent to Walki to find out if anyone else had been bitten.

Rustom found out that the dog had run away and no one else had been hurt. Baba lovingly consoled Peeraji, and the next day had him transferred to the Ahmednagar Civil Hospital. Baba made all arrangements for Peeraji's care and told him not to be afraid; assuring him he would be well treated. After some time, Peeraji returned to his village hale and hearty. From such endearing incidents, the simple farming villagers came to love Meher Baba devotedly, knowing that they would be looked after by the Master. (Lord Meher-p-574-1925)

 

 

106-IPERIN IRANI

(Wife of Behram Irani- elder brother of Meher Baba)

 

PERIN IRANI WIFE OF BEHRAM IRANI- ELDER BROTHER OF MEHER BABA WAS GREATLY DEVOTED

Perin was greatly devoted to Baba. She and her husband (Baba’s brother and mandali) had many occasions to meet and converse with Baba. An account of such meetings in chronological order is produced as under:

After Baba’s father’s (Bobo), death Memo and Mani (Baba’s Mother and sister) had also come to Nasik from Poona. They discussed Bobo's death and what should be done to make certain that Memo was well cared for. Baba wanted to keep Mani with him in the ashram, but Memo thought otherwise. She wanted a family member to be with her in Poona. Consequently Baba had directed his brother Beheram to marry Perin. Although Beheram was hesitant, he obeyed Baba and agreed to being married and staying with Memo. This freed Mani to join Baba's women mandali in the ashram. (Lord Meher-p-1468-1932)

Baba had been to Bombay on 17th August 1933 for the day, and went again on 4th September to book his boat passage for the upcoming trip to the West. Baba saw a former disciple from the Manzil-e-Meem days and an all-India cricketer.  He met Beheram, Perin and Memo, who were living in Bombay at the time.

In the evening, Baba wished to take Memo and Perin out, so they went to a film, The White Sister, at the Apollo Theater. The film, a romantic love story, had been highly recommended, but unfortunately they could not hear a word of the dialogue and left the film much before the end. (lord Meher-1541-1933)

On 20th December 1937, invited to Navsari and Nagpur Baba left Meherabad at six in the morning for Talegaon. On the way they stopped in Poona at Baba's family's house, where they were met by Memo, Adi Jr., Beheram and his wife Perin. (Lord Meher-p-1888-1937)

On 5th October 1938, Memo arrived with Jalbhai and returned on 11th with Beheram and Perin. (Lord Meher-p-1940-1938)

After Shirinmai’s funeral on 26th February 1943, her body taken to the Tower of Silence. A large contingent of devotees arrived from Bombay and Ahmednagar to pay their last respects. Some reported seeing Meher Baba bow thrice to his mother's body. On 27th February 1943, Baba returned to Poona, where he stayed at Bindra House. This time he did go to Baba House, and saw Beheram and his wife Perin. Beheram and Perin's children, Sheroo, age eight, and Gulnar, seven, loved Baba. For a while, Baba played with the two children. He then explained to all: "Memo has come to me and is now fully in bliss. She helped me so much in my work, and after playing her part she has come to me. She was an exceedingly adventurous woman and extremely fearless. (lord Meher-p-2323-1943)

On 12th August 1943, Baba and mandali left Lahore by Punjab Mail and arrived in Delhi the following morning.The next day, Baba was driven to Poona accompanied by disciples. They stayed at Bindra House and Baba met his brothers Jalbhai and Beheram, and Beheram's wife Perin and their children and Jessawala. (Lord Meher-2373/4-1945)

 
 

Baba went to Baba House to see his brother Beheram, his wife Perin and their children. Perin was pregnant and had been told she was carrying twins. Baba told Beheram, "If the twins are born feet first, Perin will die." This worried both terribly, but Baba assured Perin, "Go on taking my name continually, wholeheartedly — and don't worry, my nazar is on you." (Lord Meher-p-2496-1945)

 

At the end of September 1945, Perin was seriously ill, vomiting blood, and was admitted to the hospital. The doctors had sadly informed Beheram that they were doing their best to save her, but that they would not be able to save the twins. Beheram thought: "The Savior is Baba!" They remembered Baba fervently, and on 1st October 1945, Perin gave birth to two healthy boys. When Baba went to see Perin in the hospital the following day, he named the boys Rustom and Sohrab. (Lord Meher-p-2500-1945)

Baba had been in Poona a month before and met with Behram and Perin, who was expecting twins. Baba had joked; “if the twins are born feet first, Perin will die!”

On 23rd November 1945, Baba and the mandali arrived in Poona. Baba went to see his brother Beheram at Baba House.

Baba walked into the family's home and greeted Perin and held one of the one-month-old twins, Sohrab, but he deliberately avoided seeing the other one, Rustom. Perin informed Baba, "Rustom has been sick ever since we returned from the hospital." Baba seemed indifferent to the news. He did not reply and continued showering his attention on Sohrab. Perin was thinking, "Why isn't Baba asking about Rustom? Why doesn't he at least go into his room and see him? He is ill. Baba should have his eye on him."

Baba put the same question to Beheram, and he said, "Of course I love them."

Baba then asked Perin, who answered, "The children are yours, Baba — though I am their mother."

Baba spelled out, "Rustom will die." Regardless of what she had said, Perin was shocked and frightened by these words.

Baba stepped outside and began walking briskly on the verandah. For ten minutes he paced back and forth, and Beheram then approached him and informed him that Perin was weeping.

Baba entered the house, and asked Jalbhai, Beheram and Perin the same question: "Do you love these children?" Each gave the same answer, so he said, "It means that you do not love me!"

Anxious, all replied, "That can never be, Baba."

Baba wiped Perin's tears and requested that she smile, which she did. He went and picked up Rustom, and reassured his mother by saying, "I have my nazar on him. Don't worry." Rustom gradually recovered, and the whole family was indebted to Baba. (Lord Meher-p-2513/4-1945)

Baba remained in Poona for a week before leaving for Ahmednagar. During that time he met those at Baba House his brothers including Beheram, Perin and their children (Lord Meher-p-3550-1954)

Meher Baba at Baba House met Beheram, Perin, and their sons, Sheroo, Sohrab and Rustom, and their daughter, Gulnar. Baba walked to the back of the house and called the twins, Sohrab and Rustom. He directed them to bring their best marbles, as he wanted to play a game of marbles with them. Examining the marbles, Baba selected a fine "shooter" and insisted on being the first player. Baba's mood was very serious and he shot the marble with such force that several of the glass marbles were shattered into pieces. Observing this, the twins were utterly amazed and wanted to play their turn, but Baba gestured that that was the end of the game. (Lord meher-p-.4131-1956)

Baba was annoyed at first, but then forgave him. "I forgive you this time," Baba said, "but next time, don't make such a foolish error."

It was about 3:45 P.M. Meherjee was dropped off at his home, and Vishnu took his place. Jalbhai was also dropped off at Baba House, where Baba met Beheram, Perin, and their sons, Sheroo, Sohrab and Rustom, and their daughter, Gulnar. Baba walked to the back of the house to Jalbhai's room and called the twins, Sohrab and Rustom. He directed them to bring their best marbles, as he wanted to play a game of marbles with them. Examining the marbles, Baba selected a fine "shooter" and insisted on being the first player. Baba's mood was very serious and he shot the marble with such force that several of the glass marbles were shattered into pieces. Observing this, the twins were utterly amazed and wanted to play their turn, but Baba gestured that that was the end of the game. Soon after, Baba and the mandali began their return drive to Satara.

On 31st August 1963, Perin sent food for Baba and the mandali with his men disciple. 5044-1963

In April 1966, Baba sent for his brother, Beheram, and his entire family: Perin, Sheroo, Sohrab and Rustom. Beheram's daughter, Gulnar, and her husband Jehangu Sukhadwalla brought their daughter, Mehernaz, and their son, Merwan. (Lord meher-p- 5223-1966)

Perin wife of Behram Irani  passed away at Pune on 9th July, 2009 at 1:45 am.

Ken Colman writes about Perin Irani

Perin Irani joined her Beloved Baba at the age of 91. Her various bodily systems had been slowly weakening for many months, and she gently passed away during her sleep at approximately 1:45 AM, Thursday July 9th, at Baba House in Pune.

Perin loved Bund Garden because of the banyan tree where Babajan sat and because it was a place Baba visited every year during his stay at Guruprasad. As Perin had requested, her ashes were placed in an urn and set adrift on the Bund Garden River until it eventually submerged.

Perin had a lifetime of incredible experiences with Baba dating back to the early years. When Perin was a young teenager, Sheriarji pointed her out to Baba as a potential marriage partner for Baba’s brother Behram. Baba not only agreed, he placed the engagement rings on each of their hands and arranged the marriage himself. The marriage took place when she was 15 years old. Even after marriage, every facet of her life was directly orchestrated by Baba’s hand. When Baba’s mother Shireenmai passed away, Baba told Perin that she was now the head of the family. Despite the years of such close and constant contact with Baba, it is surprising how little attention Perin attracted to herself. I often noticed after speaking with Baba lovers who had visited Baba house in Pune, that many of them didn’t really remember the elderly woman sitting in the main room and who possibly gave them Baba’s blessing.

For me, one of the highlights of visiting Pune, was to see Perin and receive Baba’s blessing through her. By this I mean, that after taking darshan in Baba’s Room, she would give you prasad and then put her hand gently on your head, while looking at Baba’s picture and murmuring quiet prayers to Him for you. To me, it felt like a blessing from Baba. Although the thought of someone giving Baba’s blessing sounds impossible or even arrogant coming from virtually anyone else, receiving it from Perin was something different, something completely pure. There was no Perin when she gave Baba’s blessing. She was an empty vessel carrying Baba’s love. There were times when I would close my eyes when Perin touched my forehead and I saw Baba in my inner sight touching me.

Those who spent time around Perin knew that half the time she was with them, and half the time she was with Baba in some other world. She had no material interests. She didn’t care if she ate gourmet food, had nice clothing or jewelry, or to partake in any worldly activity. She didn’t need adoration or attention. She was so simple because her needs were simple. It seems to me that this is why, despite being such a great soul and so close to Baba, that she was not a celebrity in the Baba community. It was her simplicity that veiled her. It is the kind of simplicity that comes from having no personal needs or requirements other than being with Baba.

Over the years she suffered from a number of illnesses but I never felt there was self concern in her suffering. The last time I saw her was in January of this year and although suffering a great deal, her only concern was how I was doing. Her happiness in my happiness was so apparent. Although physically weak, she was emotionally energized about going to Meherabad for Amartithi. This was the one outside ‘activity’ she always looked forward to. No matter how poor her health was, Perin always managed to make the pilgrimage to Meherabad on Amartithi every year. Even at the age of 91, being physically weak and frail, and being the eldest of Baba’s family members, Perin waited for hours with the other pilgrims to take her darshan. As her sons Rustom and Sohrab worked their way in the queue she sat waiting outside the Samadhi for them to reach the threshold of the Samadhi so she could take her turn. There was no sense of entitlement on her part.

Perin was an inspiration to all who knew her and an extraordinary example of true discipleship to her Beloved Baba.

Ken Coleman
Washington, DC
July 17th, 2009

 

 

 

 

PESI IRANI

 

 

PESI IRANI, BAIDUL'S SON-IN-LAW HIMSELF LOST CONTROL INSTEAD TO LOOK AFTER ALOBA

Arrangements had been made to hold the qawaali program in the west room of the Meher Retreat building, where it could be heard better than in lower Meherabad. Everyone walked up the hill shortly before three o'clock to attend the program.

Aloba used to go into an emotional frenzy upon hearing qawaali singing, so to be on the safe side, Baba told Baidul's son-in-law, Pesi, to look after him. But when the music started, quite the opposite happened. Pesi himself lost control, and Aloba and others had to hold on to him. The singing continued until evening and was the last item on the program for the Gujarati group. Amidst shouts of joy, Baba bid them farewell and left for Meherazad. 3767-1957

Baidul's burly son-in-law Pesi Irani and others went ahead to try and clear a path for the car. (Lord Meher-p-4328-1958)

Pesi Irani, Baidul's son-in-law, informed Baba about the death of Baidul's nephew. "Did he love me?" Baba asked. Pesi said no, so Baba commented, "Then, why worry?" (Lord Meher-p-4253-1958)

During sahwas in 1958, Baba's chair was carried up Meherabad Hill followed by the sahavas women and behind them the men. Pesi and other disciples shared turns holding up the chair. As was done previously, an upholstered armchair was kept for Baba under the tin shed. Because the entire sahavas group could not be accommodated there, Baba, using canes, proceeded to the south wall of the garden where the armchair was brought. Baba sat facing north. The women sat in front on carpets and the men sat behind them in the sun. Baba asked the women to cover their heads if they were bothered by the warming sun. He also indicated the same to the men. A microphone was hooked up, and a loudspeaker hung in a tree. (Lord Meher-p-4334-1958)

In year 1959, Baba visited K. K. Ramakrishnan's residence in Kirkee (Suburb of Poona) in afternoon. Baba was seated on a chair, and the lovers sat around him on the floor. All were offered biscuits, sweets and sherbet. When the plate was passed to Pesi Irani, he found only a few tiny biscuits, whereas on another plate offered to Pratap Ahir, sitting next to him, there were large ones. Pesi was a robust, stout young man, and Pratap was skinny and half his size. Both were seated some distance from Baba. There were almost 50 people present, but Baba noticed them and remarked, "Look how funny this is. Pesi is like a tiger and gets small biscuits, and Pratap, who is like an ant, has a plateful of large ones." (Lord Meher-p-4518-1959)

 

 

 

PROFESSOR ABDUL KADAR 

 

 

PROF. ABDUL KADAR OF ELPHINSTONE COLLEGE IN BOMBAY WAITED FOR BABA’S DARSHAN

In 1922, no one was allowed to leave the Manzil without Baba's permission, and no one could enter it, either. As instructed, Ghani wrote a letter on the Master's behalf to Professor Abdul Kadar of Elphinstone College in Bombay and i promptly delivered it to the professor. The letter simply said that Professor Kadar should not come to Manzil-e-Meem unless he was sent for. On reading this, a surprised expression came over the professor's face, and Munshiji asked the reason.

Kadar explained: "I was about to go to see Meher Baba at five o'clock this very afternoon. I was wondering how I would get his permission to enter, so I decided to stand by the gates until I was allowed to see him. But now that his order has come, how can I go?" Munshiji consoled him by explaining that it was best to wait until Baba called him. (Lord Meher-p-328-1922)

 

159-PROFESSOR ABDUL KARIM  KHAN

(Professor from Ahmednagar)

On 3rd April 1960, a large darshan of mostly Bombay, Poona and Ahmednagar lovers was held until noon. Abdul Karim, a professor of Persian at Ahmednagar College, had come in Baba's contact through Bhagirath. Baba asked the professor what he had eaten for breakfast and lunch. The professor enumerated a long list of items, and Baba remarked, "A delicious breakfast and lunch indeed. Now you must be feeling satisfied and happy. You have tasted so many things, but you have not tasted me! You may eat as many eatables as you like and drink as much of whatever you want, but the satisfaction you derive from that is only short-lived.

"The real enjoyment lies when a drop gulps the Ocean! One should aspire for such a drink! What can make this possible? Continual wholehearted remembrance of God. The alternative is my grace.

"This is not a matter of just whitewashing the mind, but the mind itself has to be washed away — annihilated. Love alone can accomplish this." (Lord Mehher-p-4696-1960)

Another time, Professor Abdul Karim walked inside the hall and sat in front of Baba in the first row. Baba asked, "Where have you been? Have you heard what I have been explaining? Did you follow it?"

 

The professor replied that he had been standing outside the hall and that he had heard and understood Baba's explanations. "It is good that you came in," Baba stated, "otherwise, you would have remained 'out' for all time."

Conversing with him, Baba quoted a few couplets from Hafiz to the effect: "When one's mind is completely annihilated, one finds oneself in all. The soul then at times plays the part of man, and at times the part of God. The state is so indescribably high that it is beyond mind, intellect and understanding. It is like the drop gulping the Ocean of Effulgence and Light! And the bliss in that 'I-Am-God state' is so infinite that to come down to the awareness of the world [gross consciousness] is an indescribable agony in itself."

 

Baba ended by stating, "In my case, I was 'forcibly' brought back to gross consciousness by the five Perfect Masters to undergo suffering for humanity."

 

At one point Baba interrupted the singing to allow Professor Abdul Karim Khan of Ahmednagar College to recite his Urdu lines in praise of Baba. Baba advised Rustom Kaka to put the lines to music in the form of a ghazal, (Lord Meher-p-4774-1961)

One time, Eruch reminded Baba that the lovers had to take tea, so Baba permitted them to leave the hall. In fifteen minutes, all reassembled. For the benefit of his Ahmednagar lovers, Baba explained about "the Path and its hardships," as he had done on 9th December 1963. Before he began, Baba teased Professor Abdul Karim, by scolding him. When Eruch called his name, the startled professor stood up in a distant corner of the hall. Baba asked him, "You are neither in fana nor in baqa. So, where are you?"

Baba explained in short about these two states — fana and baqa. Referring to Professor Karim, he chided him for not seeing him for so long and asked, "Where were you during the East-West Gathering in Poona in November? All my lovers from all over the world came to meet me. I couldn't find you anywhere!" The professor failed to give a satisfactory reply. (Lord Meher-p-4908-1963)

Kokila Tiwari sang a ghazal, which the Professor Abdul Karim in his exuberance had composed. When Baba heard that the professor had composed it, he remarked, "If this is so, I won't allow you or your pen to rest! You must compose more ghazals." (Lord Meher-p-4930/1-1963)

 

1738-PATWARDHAN MAISAHEB SITABAI

(The Rani of Kurundwad)

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

On 13th August 1959, Baba sent for the Ahmednagar bhajan group. Besides the singers and musicians, about 50 men and women were present. Baba inquired of a few newcomers Maisaheb Patwardhan (Rani of Kurundwad), and others, being prominent and bespoke of their love for him in very appreciative terms. (Lord Meher-p-4567-1959)

 

1740-PATWARDHAN VINAYAK NARAYAN

 

 

VINAYAK NARAYAN PATWARDHAN A SINGER SANG AND BABA WAS HIGHLY PLEASED

On 5th June 1960, afternoon, Sardar Raste brought a famous classical singer of Poona, to give a performance; the 62-year old singer was named Vinayak Narayan Patwardhan. Baba was highly pleased with the quality of his voice. He removed the garland around his neck and gave it to the master singer. Afterwards, Patwardhan said he had never in his life sung as well. (Lord Meher-p-4701-1960)

There were a few more Sunday gatherings with Baba, before he returned to Meherazad. On Sunday, 3rd June 1962, Patwardhan gave a recital for two hours. Baba enjoyed it so much that, with his embrace, he gave the singer his handkerchief. (Lord Meher-p-4800-1962)

Patwardhan arrived and began warming up for singing. At 10:10 A.M., the music started. Kamat was playing the tabla; there was also a sitar player (Laxman Waze) and a flutist (Sakaram Jaibahar). At one point, Kamat gave a solo performance, and Baba told the Westerners to watch his fingers. All applauded when Kamat finished. After an hour, the musicians embraced Baba and departed. Baba remarked, "If you could understand what he just sang, you would feel so happy. There will be no singing tomorrow." (Lord Meher-4876-1962)

 

 

1741-PATWARDHAN VINAYAK RAO

During East west gathering in 1962, Baba informed the group, "In about half an hour, you will hear some of the best musicians of India. They play classical music. The chief singer is Vinayak Rao Patwardhan. He visited Russia some months ago, and it is said that [the Russian Premier Nikita] Khrushchev looked down his throat to see if he was concealing some instrument, so remarkable is his voice!

"Patwardhan and his whole family love me very much. He usually charges a big fee to perform, but gives his best performance for me without any fee. When I sent him word, he postponed his engagement in Calcutta and will soon be here to sing before me."

In Afternoon, Patwardhan gave a wonderful vocal performance for one hour which Baba and all highly enjoyed. Baba kept repeating: "He is blessed because he can make me happy." After the program, Baba embraced Patwardhan and gave him a handkerchief. He also had his photograph taken with the singer. (Lord Meher-p-4875-1962)

Patwardhan arrived and began warming up. At 10:10 A.M., the music started. Kamat was playing the tabla; there was also a sitar player (Laxman Waze) and a flutist (Sakaram Jaibahar). At one point, Kamat gave a solo performance, and Baba told the Westerners to watch his fingers. All applauded when Kamat finished. After an hour, the musicians embraced Baba and departed. Baba remarked, "If you could understand what he just sang, you would feel so happy. There will be no singing tomorrow."

At one point, Baba questioned his lovers, "Do you want to see me like this [touching his body] or like this?" and he raised his arms and gazed upward with a glorious look on his face. Before anyone could say a word, Baba, again stretching his arms high, declared, "Like this! You should want God the Beloved!" (Lord Meher-p-4961-1963)

Patwardhan came to sing before Baba that day, and asked, “What is that action which is I-less? What is not motivated by the thought of I?”

Baba replied:

In all actions there is I, but the action motivated by love for the Beloved in complete surrender to him has no I in it. It is egoless ego. In true love, the lover wants to seek the happiness of the Beloved without any thought of self. He then feels that he loves all.

This is the highest state of love. All other actions, good or bad, are binding. The actions of one who has surrendered 100 percent to a Perfect Master, or the Avatar, have no I thought. In true surrender, there is no thought of Why? and Wherefore? Once your surrender is complete, all actions done by you are not yours. You have to renounce nothing but your own self. One has ultimately to go beyond the mind, because Reality is beyond it.

How can you go beyond the mind? The only solution is love. This comes only with the grace of the Perfect Master. Once the I thought goes, nothing remains. But this is very difficult. One unconsciously asserts one’s ego when one says, “I am sick, I am hungry,” et cetera. This is one’s natural ego; however, it is egoless I. The ego still remains when one asserts, “I am a doctor, I am rich, I am serving the poor,” et cetera. This ego creates hunger [for pride], jealousy and greed.

The status of love is beyond the reach of the mind. Only those who carry their lives on their sleeves can reach its threshold. In perfect love, there is perfect obedience. Very few have this courage. Even Arjuna, who loved Krishna dearly, did not obey him when he was ordered to fight in the battle of Mahabharat against his own relatives. Krishna, as a last resort, had to reveal to Arjuna his Virat Swarup. Obedience on the part of Arjuna after this experience was of no value. Obedience must be unquestioning. Only then is it of the highest order. But this is impossible. (Lord Meher-p-4957-1963)

 

 

 

PRABHA

(A Kanya of Sakori ashram)

 

PRABHA A KANYA OF SAKORI ASHRAM STARTED CLEANING BLEEDING BABA'S TOES BY HER SARI. BABA STOPPED

During Sakori visit in 1954, Baba left the bamboo shed in afternoon and retired to Yeshwant Rao's residence. One of Baba's toes was bleeding, as he had stubbed it on a stone while sitting on the ground. A kanya named Prabha started to clean it by wiping the blood on her sari. Baba stopped her and Eruch cleaned it with cotton. Baba's feet were washed by water and puja was performed. The water was distributed as prasad among those present. (Lord Meher-p-.3541-1954)

 

 

 

PUNDIT MAHENDARGE

 

 

PUNDIT MEHENDARGE EIGHT-YEAR-OLD ONE OF THE YOUNGEST BOYS IN THE ASHRAM REPLIED  HE WANTS BABA’S SUFFERINGS TO CEASE WHEN ASKED

On 29 September 1928, Baba had a high fever. His head, waist, and stomach were aching, yet he continued his fast, staying at Meher Manzil the whole day surrounded by the boys. Ramjoo happened to pass by in the morning, and Baba gestured to him, "How do I look?" Ramjoo replied that Baba looked his usual self. "Still," Baba remarked, "last night was terrible for me. I had a 105 degree temperature throughout the night. My limbs have gone limp. My back is sore and aching. I could not rest even for a second. Had you been in my place, you would have dropped your body."

Then abruptly changing the subject, Baba turned to one of the youngest boys in the ashram, eight-year-old Pundit Mehendarge, and asked, "Tell me what you want. God, freedom, paradise, a motorcar, toys, or anything else that you like. This is the time; ask me whatever you want today and I will give it to you!"

Pundit immediately replied, "Baba, I want your sufferings to cease. I want you to get completely well." Ramjoo was so touched by these simple words from one so small that he was speechless.

It was the wine of love speaking through Pundit. How can those who have never tasted this Wine ever understand it? 971-1928

 

 

240-RAMNATH

(School friend of Meher Baba)

Baba.s narration

RAMNATH SCHOOL FRIEND GAVE A BOOK READING BABA FELT THAT HE WAS THE SAME "MERCY" TO WHICH BUDDHA REFERRED.*

 

When I was studying in Deccan College, I had a friend named Ramnath who was fond of reading books about the lives of saints. We were great friends, and one day Ramnath gave me a book to read on the life of Buddha. While going through it, I came across the passage where Buddha had said that when he comes again in physical body, his name would be Maitreya (Lord of Mercy). I had not gone to Babajan yet. But after reading the passage I thought, or rather spontaneously felt, that I was the same "Mercy" to which Buddha referred.*

*Thereafter, Upasni Maharaj revealed to me that I was the Avatar. Babajan also told me one day, "O my son, you will make the whole world dance to your tune!" But today, I definitely know that I am That. My name, Meher, means mercy!*

(Meher Baba, Online Lord Meher, Pg. 3479)

 

 

241-RAMNATH SHARMA

(Friend of Sulloo Meshram)

 

RAMNATH SHARMA A FRIEND OF SULLOO MESHRAM INTERPRETED THE WORDS OF SULLOO TO BABA

Sulloo explained to Baba that he was very eager and restless for self realization; he asked if Baba would give it to him in a fixed time. To this Baba replied that a baby cannot be born before nine months and there is a fixed time for everything, but Baba promised himself realization during this very life. Baba said, “You will do wonders.” Later during the conversation Baba added, “I am one with God and you have surrendered to me; how can I keep you in Maya?” With respect to his friend and interpreter Shri Ramnath Sharma, Baba explained that Sulloo and Sharma were linked through connections from a past life. (Lord meher-p—2769)

 

 

 

 

 

242-RAMU

 

 

 

RAMU A BOY COMPLAINED TO BABA FOR BEING SCOLDED BY BUASAHEB

 

On 17th March 1930, Buasaheb scolded a boy named Ramu for some mischief and twisted the boy's nose when he did not listen. Ramu complained to Baba, who told Vishnu to twist Buasaheb's nose for breaking his order against physically reprimanding the boys. Buasaheb became very upset and that night quietly left without telling anyone, and began wandering the streets. (Lord Meher-p-1154-1930)

 

 

 

 

243-RANDELIA BELI PHIROZ

Baba left Meherazad for Satara with the men and women mandali on Tuesday, 5 October 1954 for Satara. Baba's car stopped at Sarosh Motor Works, where he met few lovers

Breaking his journey in Poona, Baba visited the Yeravda Central Prison to see a devotee named Beli Phiroz Randelia, as a young man, Beli had become a devotee of Upasni Maharaj. He had quit his studies and lived in Sakori for a number of months before and after Upasni Maharaj died in 1941. But the young man was emotionally unbalanced and had an irritable temperament. His brother, Noshir, was a student at a Bombay college and also used to visit Maharaj. Somehow, Beli got the impression that Maharaj, and later his parents, loved Noshir more. (The father wanted to send Noshir to America for further studies.) Unable to bear this, Beli began hating his brother. The animosity between them increased until May 1945, when his brother was found dead on his bed with a deep gash on his neck. In a fit of jealousy, Beli had murdered him.

For the next eight months, Beli roamed about undetected by the police. He had heard of Meher Baba and tried desperately to meet him, but Baba was away on mast tours.

Pendu advised him to surrender and not come back to Meherabad. But Beli stayed in Ahmednagar and one day met Baba on his return. Beli confessed to his crime and sincerely repented for it.

Baba comforted him and advised him not to worry, but to surrender to the police and accept the consequences of his deed without fear. "My nazar will be on you," Baba assured him. Beli obeyed and surrendered to the police on 31 January 1946. He was convicted for murder and sent to Yeravda Prison for life.

From prison, Beli wrote to Baba and, in one reply, Baba told him, "I love saints as much as I love sinners. I love you. It is never too late or too much to love God. Think as much as you can about Baba and as little as possible about yourself."

Time and again Beli wrote that he was longing for darshan. He asked for Baba's books, and read them. A few days before Baba was to pass through Poona in 1954, letters from Beli came pouring in requesting darshan. Baba agreed, provided that the authorities allow the prisoner to have darshan. Baba arrived at Yeravda at about 9:00 A.M. Lovers from Poona, Barsi, Ahmednagar and Gujarat were also present. Baba was met first by the prison officials, who received him with utmost respect and reverence. A reception was arranged, and the superintendent of the prison was highly gratified at having Baba's darshan.

Then Beli was allowed an exclusive interview. "Why are you so impatient?" Baba asked him. "Here you have been given the best chance to remember me. Do as the jail officials say, and if you carry out my orders, I will be happy with you." Hearing this, the officials (who were present during the interview) were very thankful to Baba, as Beli had been a troublesome prisoner.

Beli was overjoyed with love and devotion, and with folded hands said, "This is the most joyous day of my life." He was sitting on the floor and Baba in a chair in a specially decorated room. Baba gave him a few more words of advice, embraced him and their photograph was taken. On parting, Beli got another embrace from Baba, who left the prison at eleven o'clock. Lord Meher-p-3645-1954)

 

250-RANGOLJAGANATH KESHAV

 

JAGANNATH KESHAV RANGOLE FROM AHMEDNAGAR THOUGH UNABLE TO WALK DUE TO RECENT SURGERY STOOD UP AND RUSHED TOWARD BABA.

On 22nd August 1949, a letter to each was mailed, informing them of the meeting with these urgent words: "You alone should come and if you don't come then you will never come!" (The meeting was later changed to 31st August.)

While the meetings were occurring in Meherabad, Ramchandra Gadekar brought Jagannath Keshav Rangole, four disciples and other man to Ahmednagar from Poona. Baba, but Baba did not permit darshan. All had found out about Baba through Gadekar. Rangole and Madhusudan, were coming to meet Baba for the first time. Rangole had recently undergone surgery and was forbidden by the doctor to walk. But he did not take rest and, out of his longing, came to Ahmednagar to kiss the Master's feet. Baba, however, did not allow the men to see him. Although they had no heart to go against his wish, they longed to meet him, if only for a moment.

On the evening of 21st August 1949. In morning while Baba was returning to Meherazad, he saw the group standing by the road. He asked Adi about them, and Adi told him who they were. Baba had Adi stop the car. He called the lucky group and they came running. In his joy, Rangole totally forgot the doctor's orders and stood up and rushed after the others toward Baba. (Lord Meher-p-2752-1949)

 

251-RANGOLE V. SWARANKAR

 

SWARANKAR V. FROM SATARA HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF BABA’S DARSHAN AND  BECAME VERY CLOSE

On 31st January 1956, Baba and the mandali were driven in car to Satara. From 1st February 1956, villagers from neighbouring places began coming to Satara for Baba's darshan, and Baba saw them for an hour each day as promised. Some residents of Satara also had the opportunity of his darshan at this time, and one man from among them, V. Swarankar Rangole, became very close in his contact. (Lord Meher-p-3934-1956)

 

 

 

253-RANI OF PHALTAN

 

RANI OF PHALTAN CAME TO AHMEDNAGAR AND REQUESTED TO MEET BABA ALLOWED

The Rani of Phaltan came to Ahmednagar and was accommodated at Sarosh and Viloo's residence, Viloo Villa, in the cantonment. Driven by Elizabeth in her DeSoto, Baba went there at 3:00 P.M. to meet her. Norina accompanied them. The Rani showed Baba a letter from the filmmaker, Alexander Markey, about his proposed trip to India, and she requested that he be permitted to meet Baba. Baba allowed it and told Norina to write to him. (Lord Meher-p-2692-1949)

 

 

237-RAMKRISHNA JAJU

RAMAKRISHNA JUJU A PROMINENT CONGRESS LEADER OF SHOLAPUR GAVE A SHORT SPEECH AND BESEECHED BABA TO GRANT DARSHAN TO THE CROWD

On 23rd July 1948, a one-hour darshan was held at lower Meherabad in the new hall. Baba arrived at Meherabad quite early with 3 woman mandali. About 250 Baba lovers from Sholapur, Barsi, Poona, Bombay and Ahmednagar arrived that morning .All gathered inside the hall. Everyone stood up as Baba entered, and cried out, "SADGURU MEHER BABA KI JAI!" The prayer The Seven Names of God was then sung. Baba met each group individually. Ramakrishna Juju (a prominent Congress leader of Sholapur) gave a short speech commemorating the occasion, and elaborated on Gandhi's work and his connection with Meher Baba. (Lord Meher-p-2663-1948)

On way back from Andhra the train stopped At Sholapur. Ramakrishna Juju beseeched Baba to grant darshan to the crowd gathered there. So Baba went out of the station, where a multitude was waiting. He dictated this message:

Until I break my silence, I hear through you and speak through you. To know me, you are to love me. I am one of you. Through love, you can know me.

One of the aspects of God is infinite honesty. If you do service to people with honesty, that too is love. One who loves me so as to forget himself can know my Real Self.

God cannot be explained; He listens to the language of the heart.

After the message was delivered, Baba immediately returned to his coach and took his seat in the second class compartment as the train steamed away. (Lord Meher-p- 3455-1954)

 

239-RAMNATH SHARMA

(Friend of Sulloo Meshram)

Sulloo explained to Baba that he was very eager and restless for self realization; he asked if Baba would give it to him in a fixed time. To this Baba replied that a baby cannot be born before nine months and there is a fixed time for everything, but Baba promised himself realization during this very life. Baba said, “You will do wonders.” Later during the conversation Baba added, “I am one with God and you have surrendered to me; how can I keep you in Maya?” With respect to his friend and interpreter Shri Ramnath Sharma, Baba explained that Sulloo and Sharma were linked through connections from a past life. (Lord meher-p—2769)

 

SHAIKH HIDAYAT KHAN

 

SHEIKH HIDAYAT KHAN OF AURANGABAD, BABA’S FAVORITE QAWAAL WAS CALLED IN A DARSHAN PROGRAM AT BHULABHAI DESAI MEMORIAL HALL IN BOMBAY; BABA PRAISED A HIS SINGING AND EXPLAINED MANY SPIRITUAL POINTS

In the afternoon a smaller function was held in Hasman Hall for Baba's close lovers.  It was more like a sahavas than a darshan program. Shaikh Hidayat Khan, one of Baba's favorite qawaals, had been specially called from Aurangabad. 4237-1957

 

PURANDHARE D. S.

 

PURANDHARE D. S. WAS ASSOCIATED WITH SAKORI ASHRAM OF UPASANI MAHARAJ.

Baba visited Sakori ashram of Upasani Maharaj. Baba entered Upasni Maharaj's hut, where a number of men and women had already gathered and were singing devotional songs. Baba sat down on a cushion on the stone flooring. One of Maharaj's devotees said a few words in Marathi welcoming Baba's visit,

In the morning Baba walked to Upasni Maharaj's samadhi, where Godavri and the kanyas were sitting. Baba took a seat exactly facing Maharaj's tomb Baba conveyed the following via the alphabet board to Godavri, D. S. Purandhare and all the residents of the ashram. (Lord Meher-p-3523-1954)

 

 

 

RAJA RAM

A Boy

 

RAJARAM A BOY IN WHITE KAFNIS WAS ALLOWED TO SIT INSIDE THE CRYPT DURING THE DAY.

On 25 January, Baba gave Chhota Baba and Rajaram white kafnis to wear and had a place in his underground crypt-cabin made for them, beside his space separated by a curtain.

Later, Rajaram and Lobhaji were allowed to sit inside the crypt during the day. Strict orders were issued that no one else should enter the new area except Raosaheb, as a special orderly.

Rajaram was seeing Baba continuously, but he could not recognize anyone else. Pendu asked him if he (Rajaram) knew who he was, and Rajaram replied, "Baba" and embraced Pendu. Even while with Baba, Rajaram caught hold of Baba's feet and wept continually for fifteen minutes. (Lord Meher-p-891-1928)

 

 

RAMAJI

RAMAJI A ASHRAM STUDENT WAS FORBIDDEN BY BABA TO MARRY, BUT BOY'S FATHER HAD ARRANGED HIS MARRIAGE AND IN WEDDING PROCESSION ONE BULLOCK PULLING CART SUDDENLY COLLAPSED

Ramaji, who was from Arangaon, was one of the older students in the ashram school. Baba was very fond of Ramaji and had forbidden him to marry, but disregarding that advice, the boy's father had arranged his marriage and Ramaji had to comply. On 5th June 1929, as the wedding procession was on its way through Arangaon Village, one bullock pulling a cart full of guests suddenly collapsed and died. Then heavy rain began falling, postponing the ceremony. The river near the village was flooded, and while crossing it, three or four persons were trapped; however, after some time they were rescued.

Meanwhile, Baba had been inquiring about Ramaji. He finally instructed Bhau Cheema to tell Ramaji to come and take his darshan at least once before getting married; otherwise, Ramaji would have to suffer terribly.

Ramaji was informed of Baba's wish, and the next day, he sought Baba's forgiveness. Seeing him weep, Baba forgave him and explained, "You have no idea what a great loss you have suffered by disobeying me. But since you have repented, you are pardoned. Had that bullock not died, your bride would have died. Do you have any idea to what extent I am troubled in order to save your bride?"

Baba then asked, "How did the bullock die? Was it sick?"

"It was very strong and quite healthy," Ramaji answered. "It just suddenly fell down and died."

"You will never understand it. Remember not to break my orders again." Ramaji felt deeply sorry and he wept much at Baba's feet, but Baba's embrace calmed him. (Lord Meher-1029/10-1929)

 

RAKHMA

(A woman servant)

 

 

RAKHMA A MAID SERVANT HAVING SEEN A SNAKE IN WOMEN'S BUNGALOW CALLED KRISHNA NAIR BUT HE REFUSED TO LEAVE HIS POST

In 1951 at Meherabad, on one occasion, Baba went for an outing with the women and directed Krishna to be on watch at the gate until his return, and not to enter the women's bungalow. Rakhma was one of four maid servants from Meherabad in the bungalow. At one point, a snake was seen in the house and Rakhma called Krishna to kill it, but he refused to leave his post.

When Baba heard about it on his return — the women servants had complained about Krishna — Baba asked him, "Why didn't you kill the snake?"

Krishna replied, "Your order was not to leave the gate. How could I go to the house?"

Baba then asked, "Had there been a fire in the house, would you have gone?"

Krishna said, "No."

Baba corrected him, remarking, "I would have been very pleased had you followed the order in this way. However, you did not obey for the sake of obeying me. On the contrary, you were irritated at my order not to leave the gate. That is why, although outwardly you obeyed, you have not obeyed me and have instead given vent to your anger."

Baba added, "It was on account of your being in such a bad mood that the snake came in the first place. Now if you want to please me, find the snake and kill it."

At first, Krishna could not find it, but after three-quarters of an hour he saw the snake crawl out of the window of the women's house. He called Baba and told him, but by that time the snake had disappeared, and Baba indicated to let it go. This was unusual because Baba's standing order to the mandali was that whenever a snake was seen, it was to be killed. (Lord Meher-p-2241-1951)

 

 

RAJBHOG P. N.

 

RAJBHOG P. N. THE HOSTEL SECRETARY, A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT RECEIVED BABA AND SAID A FEW WORDS.

In year 1957, Baba went to the Kamla Nehru Hostel to visit the Harijan children and students there. The hostel secretary, a member of parliament named P. N. Rajbhoj, received Baba and said a few words. Two small girls sang a Marathi bhajan, and Baba permitted the children to have his darshan. (Lord Meher-p-4182-1957

 

 

 

RAMKRISHNA GITE

(A teacher in school)

 

RAMKRISHNA GITE TEACHER HAD ARGUMENT WITH PANDOBA ABOUT THE VALUE OF EDUCATION BABA DISCOURSED

From the 1st of June 1927, the teaching of Persian began in the Meher Ashram School. In the morning at ten o'clock, an argument arose among two other teachers, Pandoba and Ramkrishna Gite, about the value of education.  Pandoba claimed that education had spoiled India's traditional family system of vocational trades (such as the son of a tailor or cobbler following in his father's footsteps), whereas Gite was in favor of it, maintaining that it had greatly benefited the nation. Hearing them, Baba made the following statements: (lord Meher-p-819-1927)

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

On 10th October 1957, one of the teachers, Ramkrishna Gite, left his position, Semester exams at the school were given on 20th October.  (Lord Meher-p-847-1927)

On 19th February 1956, Baba left Jal Villa and again began staying at Grafton with the women mandali. There he continued to remain in seclusion and did not see anyone or go out of the house. He broke his fast the next day, and again, from the 22nd, moved back to Jal Villa for his seclusion work. After his two days of work in Jal Villa, Baba indicated that his work in seclusion there was finished. He instructed the mandali to stop renting it, and another bungalow was rented for his seclusion work, called Gite's, or the Judge's Bungalow, (Lord Meher-p- 3946-1956)

 

RANGOLE M. J.

 

RANGOLE M. J. AND HIS WIFE WERE BLESSED WITH A CHILD EXPRESSED THEIR GRATITUDE TO BABA.

On Sunday, 20th March 1960 in morning, Baba along with the women and men mandali left Meherazad, and arrived at Guruprasad after three hours. Baba had permitted his Ahmednagar lovers to wait for him at Sarosh Motor Works, where he stopped to meet them on his way to Poona. But his Poona lovers were informed in advance not to be waiting on the roadside when he arrived in Poona, and they obeyed his wish. Yet no sooner had Baba arrived than M. J. Rangole of Satara was seen standing near the gates. His wife was holding a baby, and standing with him,. The previous year the couple had been extremely depressed when they approached Baba and, on his inquiry, the wife had said, "I am childless, Baba. People ridicule me and call me barren. I have to hide my face before them." Baba assured her not to worry and promised that he would see about it. This was the result and the couple had come to express their gratitude. (Lord Meher-p-4641-1960)

 

 

234-RAMDAS

RAMDAS, A HINDU FROM BOMBAY WAS GIVEN PERSONAL ADVICE TO VISIT THE SAINT TIPU BABA DAILY

On 10 th May 1925, Upasni Maharaj's 55th birthday was observed at Meherabad as an occasion for great rejoicing. Preparations for the program had begun several days before. A pavilion was erected and beautifully decorated. Handbills had been widely distributed and announcements printed in various newspapers, inviting people of all castes and creeds to participate in the celebration. Flags were flying over the school, hospital and Baba's Jhopdi; garlands and festoons hung on every doorway. In a temporary kitchen, a massive quantity of food was cooked in huge vessels.

Meher Baba gave personal advice and spiritual instruction at each interview. He instructed Mr. Ramdas, a Hindu from Bombay, to visit the saint Tipu Baba daily. Ramdas asked Baba the difference between a mast, a majzoob and a Perfect Master, and Baba gave an interesting explanation on the subject. (Lord Meher-p-581-1925)

On 5th December 1926, after staying in Lonavla for ten days, Baba decided to take the afternoon train to Bombay with the mandali. A house for him at Santa Cruz (a northern suburb) had been arranged through a Bombay devotee, Mr. Ramdas, who had met Baba at Meherabad in 1925.

Baba and the mandali reached Dadar railway station at five o'clock. Since it was the religious holiday of Amawasya (and a Sunday), Naval and Mr. Ramdas were not able to arrange transportation for the group to their lodgings.  Finally, a Victoria (cab) was hired and Baba went in the horse-drawn carriage with a few of the mandali to the bungalow. (Lord Meher-p-753-1926)

 

 

 

RAM BHIWA

(A Boy)

 

RAM BHIWA, A YOUNG HINDU BOY CAME TO SCHOOL TO LEARN ENOUGH TO READ THE RAMESHWARI (LIFE OF RAM). HE WAS RENAMED BHOLARAM BECAUSE OF HIS INNOCENT NATURE

In year 1925, one evening Ram Bhiwa, a young Hindu of 22, came to Meherabad seeking admission to the school. He said, "I would like to be able to learn enough so that I can read the Rameshwari (life of Ram) but my father does not send me to school and tells me to work in the fields instead. (Lord Meher-p-613-1925)

He said that I am too old for school." Bhiwa had left home with a few coins and only a few roasted chickpeas in his pocket. He had intended to go on pilgrimage to Pandharpur, but it was his great fortune to come face-to-face with Pandhari (Lord God) himself.

Baba kept Bhiwa at Meherabad and renamed him Bholaram, because of his innocent nature.  After the evening meal, Baba, communicating by gestures, began teaching Bholaram the alphabet in Marathi. Baba emphasized to him that he was the first boy at Meherabad to be personally tutored by him. Baba assured him that, whether Bholaram remained with him or not, he would continue making progress in his education, in spite of his age. (Lord Meher-p-614-1925)

Baba started paying particular attention to a boy named Bhiwa, often calling him to be near him, and patting and kissing him.  One day at 1:30 P.M., Baba gathered all the Prem Ashram boys and asked whether they were having any problems meditating at night and early in the morning. Many replied that they were not, but Bhiwa began shedding tears and did not answer. Baba questioned him. After hesitating, Bhiwa answered, "While meditating, I don't see your physical form. Many thoughts assail me."

Chhagan had been appointed as Baba's orderly the previous day. He had neglected to remove the slate, chalk and other writing materials beside Baba's seat, which he should have done according to Baba's order the previous day. Suddenly, Baba scribbled something on the slate. Moments later, he reminded Chhagan that he had announced his desire to stop writing and was furious with him for having forgotten to remove the writing materials. Baba then stormed out of the hall and locked himself in the Jhopdi, remaining there the rest of the day. A boy named Bhiwa served as his attendant.(Lord Meher-p-760-1927)

When the Meher Ashram (boarding) school first began, there were ten students including Bhiwa, The school was located in the Family Quarters, and the ashram staff stayed there also. (Lord Meher-p-806-1927)

On Wednesday, 22nd August 1928, Baba eased the school curriculum for one month and ordered the mandali to let the boys come to him whenever they wished

Baba started paying particular attention to a boy named Bhiwa, often calling him to be near him, and patting and kissing him.  One day in afternoon Baba gathered all the Prem Ashram boys and asked whether they were having any problems meditating at night and early in the morning. Many replied that they were not, but Bhiwa began shedding tears and did not answer. Baba questioned him. After hesitating, Bhiwa answered, "While meditating, I don't see your physical form. Many thoughts assail me." Baba consoled him with an explanation about the mind: (Lord  Meher-p-960-1928)

Baba transferred fifteen of the boys from the Prem Ashram back to Meher Ashram leaving eighteen boys in Prem Ashram. Bhiwa also would not stop crying and threatened to leave, but Baba consoled and in the end they obediently joined Meher Ashram. (Lord Meher-p-985-1928)

After being confined in his cage-room for almost three weeks, Baba declared on Monday, 27th January 1930, "I am exhausted by this seclusion and want to go away somewhere for a few days. But where and when should I go? Bijapur, South India, or some other place?" A foot journey was discussed, but no decision was made then.

At two in the afternoon on the 30th, Baba suddenly left his seclusion. When he came out of the cage-cabin, Bhiwa was the first to greet him, and Sailor was the first to take his darshan. It had been 22 days of cramped confinement.(lord Meher-p-1133-1930)

After his return to Nasik, the boy Bhiwa was added to the list of Baba's orderlies. Pilamai's son Vithal was also eager to remain near Baba and he, too, was allowed. Beheram and Padri returned that night from Bombay. After his return to Nasik, the boy Bhiwa was added to the list of Baba's orderlies-(lord Meher-p-1153-1930)

On 21st March 1930, Baba traveled to Sholapur in a bus with eleven of the mandali to grace the wedding of Anna 104's nephew, Malaya Jakkal. Among those going with Baba were Padri, Beheram, and Chhagan; Chanji was ordered to stay in Nasik and look after the Bhiwa was ill so he remained in Nasik.(lord Meher-p-1156-1930)

Baba left for England for first time in 1932. During Baba's absence, among two boys Bhiwa, who were formerly in the Meher Ashram, had stayed with Baba's men mandali in Nasik after the disbanding of the school. (Lord Meher-p- 1348-1932)

In March 1933, after his return to Nasik, Baba added the Bhiwa in the list of His orderlies. (lord Meher-p-1513-1953)

Meher Baba's health had broken down in the middle of winter while travelling through North America. In Canada the extreme cold temperatures affected his health severely. By March, it was observed that Baba was still weak; he had intermittent fever and a sore throat. The baking heat of India's summer was becoming intolerable. Seeking a more pleasant climate Baba shifted to Nasik with the women mandali early in the morning on Monday, 4 March 1935 to spend the hot summer months (March through May) there. Bhiwa drove the second bus carrying women and men mandali. (Lord Meher-p-1673-1935)

Baba shifted to Nasik with the women mandali early in the morning on 4th March 1935 to spend the hot summer months (March through May) there. They traveled in two buses. Bhiwa drove the bus from Meherabad to Nasik.(Lord Meher-p-1973-1955)

 

 

217- RAM NORI

 

RAM NORI MET BABA AT GURUPRASAD WHEN HE WAS A BOY.

Ram Nori, who met Baba at Guruprasad when he was a boy.

(C/o Sridhar Kelkar)

 

 

 

229-RAMBHAU

(A mast)

One day a mast-like man named Rambhau was brought to Satara from Poona by Baidul. He was not a full-fledged mast, but was somewhat spiritually intoxicated, having a "whiff" of the Path.  Bhau was ordered to care for him — to serve him food, make his bed and generally see to all his requirements. In addition, Baba ordered Bhau to wash and lay his head on Rambhau's feet seven times each day.

On one occasion, Baba instructed Bhau, "Today, I will cut Rambhau's hair and bathe him, so have everything ready by 1:30 P.M." Baba warned him three or four times to keep the mast ready and added, "I will cut his hair at exactly 1:30. Be alert and see that Rambhau does not leave the bungalow then."

Rambhau would never go outside; he would always remain seated docilely in one place. Bhau made the necessary arrangements and kept Rambhau ready. But, while he was in the bathroom, Rambhau slipped out of his room and, for the first time, walked off.

Exactly at 1:30 P.M., Baba arrived at Rosewood from Grafton. Bhau left the bathroom and went to Rambhau's room to fetch him. He was stunned to find the room vacant. Bhau had left him alone for only five minutes, never thinking he would behave like this. Terribly distraught, Bhau searched throughout the bungalow compound but could not find him. Baba sent for him and asked, "Didn't I tell you to bring the mast? What were you doing? I am waiting here for you ... Where is he?"

Bhau faltered, "The mast has gone somewhere."

Baba was furious and scolded Bhau, "I warned you repeatedly to be attentive, be very attentive. Still, you did not listen to me. How careless you are! How can I trust you?

You have spoiled my work."

He then ordered, "Find Rambhau and bring him within half an hour or else you will have to pack your things and leave!"

Bhau rode a bicycle and searched up and down the roads, but he could not find Rambhau. Frightened and dejected, he returned empty-handed. Baba was still fuming. Baba sent him out again with Pendu in the car, but they could not locate the mast.

Rambhau had disappeared. Bhau stood guiltily before Baba, feeling the ground slipping out from under his feet. At last, Baba ordered him, "Now, go out on foot. Find the mast and come back with him within five minutes. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to remain here."

Bhau left and saw Rambhau walking on the road back to the bungalow! Bhau felt a profound relief at seeing him. He took him to Baba immediately, who asked, "Where did you find him?"

"On the road."

"The mast never left before, how is it he wandered off today?"

"It is truly surprising," Bhau said. "I looked for him on the road in all directions, but could not find him anywhere. I do not know where he was or how he happened to be coming back."

Baba replied, "You did not pay proper attention to my warnings, and that is why he left. Let this be a lesson to you."

It was later learned that Rambhau had hidden himself in a public urinal, and when Baba had sent Bhau out again to search for him, Rambhau had just stepped back onto the road. (Lord Meher-p-

4117/8-1956)

 

235-RAMKRISHNA GITE

(A teacher in school)

On 10 th October 1957, one of the teachers, Ramkrishna Gite, left his position, Semester exams at the school were given on 20th October.  (Lord Meher-p-847-1927)

 

RAMKRISHNA JAJU

 

RAMAKRISHNA JAJU A PROMINENT CONGRESS LEADER OF SHOLAPUR GAVE A SHORT SPEECH COMMEMORATING THE OCCASION

On 23rd July 1948, a one-hour darshan was held at lower Meherabad in the new hall. Baba arrived at Meherabad quite early with 3 woman mandali. About 250 Baba lovers from Sholapur, Barsi, Poona, Bombay and Ahmednagar arrived that morning .All gathered inside the hall. Everyone stood up as Baba entered, and cried out, "SADGURU MEHER BABA KI JAI!" The prayer The Seven Names of God was then sung. Baba met each group individually. Ramakrishna Jaju (a prominent Congress leader of Sholapur) gave a short speech commemorating the occasion, and elaborated on Gandhi's work and his connection with Meher Baba. (Lord Meher-p-2663-1948)

 

RANDELIA BELI PHIROZ

Baba left Meherazad for Satara with the men and women mandali on Tuesday, 5 October 1954 for Satara. Baba's car stopped at Sarosh Motor Works, where he met few lovers

Breaking his journey in Poona, Baba visited the Yeravda Central Prison to see a devotee named Beli Phiroz Randelia, as a young man, Beli had become a devotee of Upasni Maharaj. He had quit his studies and lived in Sakori for a number of months before and after Upasni Maharaj died in 1941. But the young man was emotionally unbalanced and had an irritable temperament. His brother, Noshir, was a student at a Bombay college and also used to visit Maharaj. Somehow, Beli got the impression that Maharaj, and later his parents, loved Noshir more. (The father wanted to send Noshir to America for further studies.) Unable to bear this, Beli began hating his brother. The animosity between them increased until May 1945, when his brother was found dead on his bed with a deep gash on his neck. In a fit of jealousy, Beli had murdered him.

For the next eight months, Beli roamed about undetected by the police. He had heard of Meher Baba and tried desperately to meet him, but Baba was away on mast tours.

Pendu advised him to surrender and not come back to Meherabad. But Beli stayed in Ahmednagar and one day met Baba on his return. Beli confessed to his crime and sincerely repented for it.

Baba comforted him and advised him not to worry, but to surrender to the police and accept the consequences of his deed without fear. "My nazar will be on you," Baba assured him. Beli obeyed and surrendered to the police on 31 January 1946. He was convicted for murder and sent to Yeravda Prison for life.

From prison, Beli wrote to Baba and, in one reply, Baba told him, "I love saints as much as I love sinners. I love you. It is never too late or too much to love God. Think as much as you can about Baba and as little as possible about yourself."

Time and again Beli wrote that he was longing for darshan. He asked for Baba's books, and read them. A few days before Baba was to pass through Poona in 1954, letters from Beli came pouring in requesting darshan. Baba agreed, provided that the authorities allow the prisoner to have darshan. Baba arrived at Yeravda at about 9:00 A.M. Lovers from Poona, Barsi, Ahmednagar and Gujarat were also present. Baba was met first by the prison officials, who received him with utmost respect and reverence. A reception was arranged, and the superintendent of the prison was highly gratified at having Baba's darshan.

Then Beli was allowed an exclusive interview. "Why are you so impatient?" Baba asked him. "Here you have been given the best chance to remember me. Do as the jail officials say, and if you carry out my orders, I will be happy with you." Hearing this, the officials (who were present during the interview) were very thankful to Baba, as Beli had been a troublesome prisoner.

Beli was overjoyed with love and devotion, and with folded hands said, "This is the most joyous day of my life." He was sitting on the floor and Baba in a chair in a specially decorated room. Baba gave him a few more words of advice, embraced him and their photograph was taken. On parting, Beli got another embrace from Baba, who left the prison at eleven o'clock. Lord Meher-p-3645-1954)

 

RAMARAO

 

RAMARAO WAS A POOR RELATIVE OF MAHARANI SHANTADEVI WAS PROMISED WITH BABY GIRL BABA ASKED KAIKOBAD TO PRAY FOR HER RECOVERY

Ramarao was a poor relative of Maharani Shantadevi who was employed to oversee the servants at Guruprasad. A year earlier, his wife had had a baby girl who died. The wife entreated Baba to grant her the boon of another child and Baba promised he would. The mother had delivered another baby girl two weeks before, but the doctors were at their wits end trying to keep the child alive. The baby had been shifted from one hospital to another three times. Sometimes she would be much better, and sometimes it seemed as if she were about to pass away. The mother again entreated Baba to keep her baby alive. Baba replied that he did not use his powers, and so could do nothing in the matter. But on 25 May, he instructed Eruch to telephone Adi to deliver a message to Kaikobad on Meherabad Hill to pray hard for the recovery of the child. Kaikobad should beseech God through his prayers to save the child. (Baba also asked Kaikobad to pray that the program to be held at Guruprasad on the 26th — when Baba would distribute prizes to different cricket teams — would be a success.)

Baba later explained, "When Kaikobad prays earnestly, the baby feels better, but as soon as he dozes off, its condition deteriorates! Kaikobad's request to God to keep the baby alive is nothing but his request to me to keep it alive."

Baba asked Dr. Alu Khambatta whether or not the baby would live. She replied, "If your grace is on the baby, it will live."

In response, Baba stated, "My grace is there; the baby will become one with God!" (Lord Meher-p-5004-1963)

 

RAM SINDHI QAWAAL

 

 

RAM SINDHI QAWAAL PERFORMED IN MUSICAL PROGRAM TWO HOURS IN GURUPRASAD

On Tuesday, 15th May 1962, a musical program was held in Guruprasad in the evening, featuring Ram Sindhi Qawaal. It lasted for two hours, and local Poona lovers were allowed to attend. (Lord Meher-p-4800-1960)

 

 

 

 

RATAN KAIKOBAD

(Son of Kaikobad)

 

RATAN KAIKOBAD SON OF KAIKOBAD WAS GIVEN A JOB AT THE SAROSH CINEMA OPERATING THE FILM PROJECTOR

In year 1944, Kaikobad and his family arrived in Meherabad on the night of the 31st and remained for the rest of their lives. Kaikobad's wife, Jerbai, 46, and their three daughters, Meheru, 23, Gulu, 21, and Jalu, 18, were kept with the other women on Meherabad Hill, and Kaikobad stayed in lower Meherabad, in a small cottage that was built for him (on the spot of the old Bathroom Building). His son, Ratan, stayed in Ahmednagar and was given a job at the Sarosh Cinema operating the film projector. (Lord Meher-p-2419-1944)

On 14th October 1948, a deed of partnership between 20 of the mandali was executed for Meher Publications, for the purpose of publishing Baba's books. In attendance at Meherazad were Kaikobad's son Ratan, who showed up unannounced.  (Lord Meher-p-2674-1948)

Kaikobad's son Ratan was permitted to meet Baba and his father briefly on 28th October 1963, (Lord meher-p-5047-1963)

After her death ,Meheru was buried on Meherabad Hill on 28th February 1966, and afterwards, on 1st March, Baba called Jerbai, her two other daughters, Gulu and Jalu, and their brother Ratan, to Meherazad. Baba assured Jerbai, "Your faith and courage have made me very happy."  (Lord Meher-p-5210-1966)

 

 

297-RUSTOM MAMA  & PIROJA MAMI

(Brother of Pila masi & Sister of Sheriarji Moondegar Irani)

 

RUSTOM MAMA AND PIROJA WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN MARRIAGE OF SHERIARJI MOONDEGAR IRANI (BABA’S FATHER)

Merwan's maternal uncle Rustom Mama was a big, strapping fellow. He was working in theater, and he and his wife Piroja Mami had relocated to Calcutta, where there was an active Parsi theater scene. The couple was childless and, during 1916. Memo sent Merwan to stay with his aunt and uncle for a change of scenery and to improve his disposition. Unfortunately Merwan was not at ease in Calcutta and felt uncomfortable away from his friends. (Lord Meher-p-176-1916)

After 30 days of Chilla Nashini, Baba came to his sister’s house in Poona and stayed with his sister in Poona. The Sheriarji as dervish kept aloof and would spend his days in meditation and quietude. Occasionally he would cause his sister anxiety by remarking that he was considering resuming his old life as a wandering mendicant.

Piroja was a loving, innocent and gentle soul, whose love for her sadhu-brother was deep; she did not want him to leave, to lose himself in what she considered an aimless life. Piroja would often tell Sheriar that he should get a job, marry a nice Zoroastrian girl, and settle down with a family. But Sheriar would politely avoid the topic of marriage. He had not given up his longing to realize God. Although he had heard God speak to him, he did not fully understand the message.

Broken-hearted, but not broken in spirit, Sheriar became restless to be alone again under the open sky with his heart's sole companion. Searching for an answer to his profound dilemma, Sheriar earnestly implored, "Beloved Yezdan, what is Your will?"

One day in 1883, Sheriar was overcome with melancholy and gently told Piroja that the time for him to leave had come.

 

One day in 1883, Sheriar was overcome with melancholy and gently told Piroja that the time for him to leave had come.

Tears filled Piroja's eyes and she pleaded with her brother, "Don't go. Stay here in Poona. Why do you want to roam throughout India as a beggar? It is pointless! Stay here and get married. As your sister, I beg you. Settle down."

"But I am not meant for such a life," Sheriar explained. "I cannot marry; it isn't my nature. I do not want to hear talk about marriage anymore." Piroja began weeping and Sheriar was moved by his sister's love. He knew that even if he explained his deepest longing, it would not console her.

But the divine voice once again reverberated its message in his heart, "It is your son, Sheriar, your son ... Through your son you will know Me."

To put an end to this subject and to satisfy his sister, Sheriar forced a smile and said, "Okay. If it is your wish that I get married and settle down with a family, I am willing to do so. Let there be no further discussion on this topic. But there is one condition: I should have the liberty to marry the girl of my choice, not one of your choice. And only if the girl I select is willing, will I marry. If she refuses, then you should promise never to bring up the subject of my marriage and family life ever again and allow me to go on my way."

Although this was an unusual condition, Sheriar's determined, devout, and good-natured sister agreed and inquired if he had any such girl in mind. Glancing out the window, Sheriar said, "Yes." When asked who she was, he pointed to a small, charming Irani girl wearing a white frock and loose red trousers, who happened to be passing their house. It was little Shireen on her way to her lessons. Her eyes were lowered and she was carrying a slate and a few books under her arm.

"If I ever marry," Sheriar declared, "I will marry that girl alone. Otherwise, I will never marry."

"Have some shame, Brother, before uttering such things," Piroja admonished him, since the age difference between Sheriar (30) and the girl (five) was too great. Knowing Sheriar as she did, Piroja felt that this was a ploy on his part to avoid marriage and the burden of bringing up a family. He knew the acceptance of such a proposal was preposterous! No parent would ever give their innocent, young daughter in marriage to a person such as Sheriar, who was not only unemployed but was an ascetic living a pure life away from worldly attractions.

Piroja tried to "talk some sense" into her brother, but he was adamant and steadfast in his resolve. As per the promise given by him, he was prepared to marry that girl alone and no one else. Piroja was helpless and had to give in. She thought, "Why not try? If it is in their destiny to come together, God will make it happen."

Sheriar thought, "There is no harm in what I have said because, after all, who is going to agree to let a little girl marry a man of my age?" He felt relieved that he had found a way to stop this troublesome discussion about marriage.

However, just the opposite reaction took place in Piroja: Her determination to see her brother married, instead of being quashed by her brother's statement, was intensified. She hurried from the house to her friend Golandoon, fell on her knees, and pleaded with tears streaming down her face, "Golandoon, you are my dear friend. Today I have come to beg from you. Will you do me a great favor?"

Piroja appeared desperate and Golandoon pitied her. "What is the matter? What's happened?" she inquired anxiously. "Why do you look so unhappy? Tell me what is wrong."

"Save my brother!" Piroja cried. "Only you can save my brother and assure my happiness."

Confused, Golandoon inquired, "What is it you want me to do? How can I help your brother?"

Piroja beseeched her, "My brother's marriage to your Shireen. I know how it sounds, but you must agree. I have come to beg this of you."

Moved by her plight, Golandoon, out of pity for her friend, said, without thinking, "Yes, I promise."

The two ladies embraced. Piroja's joy knew no bounds; she felt as if she had won a great victory. Bursting with happiness, she hastened home to convey the good news to Sheriar. "My friend, Golandoon, the mother of the little girl you saw, has promised her in marriage to you."

Sheriar's reaction was that of stoic resignation to God's will, and he accepted what had happened. He had made a promise to his sister; he could not go back on his word. However, when Shireen's father Dorabji came to know of the arrangement, he became furious with his wife. They quarreled for days over the matter, but there was nothing he could do, for Golandoon had also given her promise, and a promise was not to be broken

Nine years passed before Golandoon's promise to Piroja was fulfilled. Sheriar and Shireen were married according to Zoroastrian custom in 1892. At that time, the bridegroom was 39 and the bride was just 14. Piroja and Golandoon rejoiced, but Dorabji still found the arrangement unacceptable and protested by refusing to attend the wedding. (Lord Meher-p-101/2/3/4-1984)

Baba's birthday was anticipated with much excitement and joy. The festivities were scheduled for Monday, 19 February. As the day dawned, many invited guests began pouring into the Manzil. The atmosphere was full of happy animation. Naval decorated the Manzil, its compound and the pandal; flower pots were arranged and young saplings beautified the grounds. Cascades of flowers were hung around the house, and a special velvet sofa was brought for the Master and splendidly decorated by Munshiji. The scene was quite lovely and breezes swung the sheets of flowers, wafting their fragrance throughout the premises.

When Baba was requested to occupy the sofa, however, he refused on several pretexts. After great beseeching, he entered the pandal but sat on the floor, where he was pro

Once ,Memo's sister-in-law (Sheriarji's sister) Piroja Mami (paternal aunt) came to Bangalore to see her favorite nephew. After dinner, she went to Baba's bathroom to wash her hands. It was evening and Chhagan was on night watch. He stopped her before she could enter, and Piroja indignantly said, "I am Baba's mami. Who are you to stop me?"

"No one is allowed here," Chhagan informed her. "Baba is resting. Please go back."

Chagrined, Piroja Mami left. Baba called Chhagan and asked what all the commotion was about. When he was told, he called Piroja Mami back. Then winking at Chhagan, Baba began scolding him in front of her, "You pig! Why didn't you allow my mami to wash her hands?! Touch her feet and beg her forgiveness. Never, never treat her like that again! She is the Avatar's mami!"

Chhagan did as instructed, and Piroja Mami was, of course, satisfied. Baba then told her, "Mami, please take care not to come here at night. A ghost is haunting me, and that is why Chhagan tried to stop you from coming to this side. It is dangerous for you to come here at night."

"Oh, is that so?" she declared. "I didn't know. I will never come here again."

After she went out, Baba and Chhagan had a good laugh, and Baba remarked, "Mami is very innocent." (Lord Meher-p-2064-1939)

On 19th September 1947, the mass darshan program continued the next day,  Baba also graced the nearby town of Rander with his presence. Some people began creating a disturbance during one of the programs, and Baba turned to a singer sitting by his side and gestured, "Sing a song that will gladden my heart." The singer chose an appropriate song, with this line, which pleased Baba: "Those who do not bow to the Sadguru and keep beating their own drums are worse than animals!"

For this rare darshan occasion, Baba's elderly maternal uncle and aunt, Rustom Mama and Piroja Mami, had come from Bombay to attend the program.  Calling them on stage, Baba made them sit by his side. Both loved Baba dearly and would come for his darshan from time to time. (Lord Meher-p-2592-1947)

Baba's uncle Rustom Mama died during this period. Just before he passed away, he told his wife Piroja, "I always believed that Merwan was God, but now I am even more convinced."

Piroja Mami came to Meherazad for Baba's darshan. After seeing her briefly, Baba retired to his room. Approaching her niece Mani, Mami inquired where Baba had gone. "He has gone to his room," Mani replied. "He won't come now." Mami looked disappointed and Mani asked, "Do you want to tell Baba something?"

"Yes, I have come for that reason," Mami replied.

"Tell me and I will convey it to Baba."

Mami said, "I want that which Baba gives to all."

Mani replied, "Baba gives his love to all, which he has already given you."

"Not love — I want murti [an idol]!"

Mani began chuckling, because she knew that what Mami meant was mukti — liberation from birth and death. She understood and assured her, "Don't you worry, Mami; I will tell Baba to give you murti." Mami left happily, and when Mani related the conversation to Baba the next day, he was much amused. (Lord Meher-p-  2672-1948)

On the evening of the 18th December 1952, he local people came to know of his presence and many people arrived at the dak bungalow including some government officials. Baba gave them darshan, particularly Adi Sr.'s brother-in-law, Dr. Ranade, who was responsible for arranging Baba's stay whenever he came to Aurangabad. Gulmai had specially come to Aurangabad to meet Baba, and Baba saw her and her daughter, Piroja (who was married to Dr. Ranade). (Lord Meher-p-3223-1952)

 

 

 

SAPRE BHASKER MUKUND

 

BHASKER MUKUND SAPRE’S (BROTHER-IN-LAW OF NANA KHER) HOUSE WAS OCCUPIED BY AMERICAN FILM DIRECTOR IN SAONER

Baba left Meherazad for Saoner on 29th December 1952. Baba was to take a train to Saoner. Alexander Markey, the American film director, also arrived at Saoner and was lodged at the home of Nana Kher's brother-in-law, Bhasker Mukund Sapre. Markey had expressly come to invite Baba to the inauguration of his film shooting at Alwar, but due to previous commitments Baba could not attend. (Lord Meher-p-3232-1952)

 

SAKHARE RAYA MAROTI

 

RAYA MAROTI SAKHARE (A MANDAPWALLA) A LOCAL DEVOTEE GAVE A SPECIAL PARTY TO ALL THE MEHERABAD RESIDENTS

On the 26th a local devotee, Raya Maroti Sakhare (a mandapwalla, one who erects canopies) gave a special party to all the Meherabad residents at 4:00 P.M.. All gathered at the Sai Darbar where tea was served and Baba distributed sev, bhujia and jalebis. Before doing so, he first struck a match and threw it into his spittoon. (Lord Mewher-p-695-1926)

 

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5-PAGHRIWALA HOMI MANEKJI & JEANNIE

(Son in law of Sailor Mama)

 

PAGHRIWALA HOMI MANEKJI SON IN LAW OF SAILOR MAMA A PHOTOGRAPHER WAS HELPED BY BABA TO PURCHASE CAMERA

Paghriwala was a photographer, whom Baba had helped (giving him Rs.500 to purchase a camera and Rs.100 per month for some time). He and his wife Jeannie had stayed at Meherabad and were now living in a house in Ahmednagar, with their son. Baba visited the family on 13th May. Records were played and Baba was photographed. (Lord Meher-po-2336-1943)

 

 

PANDAY MANOHAR MOHANLAL

(Bhaiya Panday)

Manohar Mohanlal Panday was a photographer having his own studio in Ahmednagar. He was nicknames as Bhaiya Panday.

Manohar Mohanlal Panday, a photographer in Ahmednagar, had been in Baba's contact since 1932, through Khansaheb. However, Bhaiya (Brother) Panday, as he was called, did not acknowledge Baba as the Avatar, although he had faith in him and was an occasional visitor. One day Panday hand-colored a black-and-white photograph of Baba and brought it to him. It was not painted well, but Baba praised it and, raising his hand, remarked, "I have given it to you today." From then on, Panday's skills gradually improved; yet he still did not believe Baba to be the Ancient One.

Once, when Baba came to Khushru Quarters in 1945, he asked about Panday. It was learned that he had been hospitalized, and that his condition was serious. He had a ruptured appendix, and the doctor had lost all hope of saving his life.

Baba sent a message to his family not to worry, and that night Panday had a vision of Baba. He saw Baba standing by his bed saying, "Don't worry, my nazar is on you." In his delirium, he began speaking with Baba. His mother, thinking he was about to die, brought the doctor.

The doctor asked how he was feeling. "Better," Panday said. "Meher Baba came, and I was talking with him."

"Yes, he came to me, too," joked the doctor. The doctor took Panday's pulse, and was convinced he had only a few hours left in this world. But the next day, Panday's health took a turn for the better, and after a few days he completely recovered.

"Miraculous," conceded the doctor. "I think there was something between you and Meher Baba!"

Weeping, Panday bemoaned his previous attitude. "How foolish I was not to believe in him. Meher Baba, forgive me; you are the Avatar! I bow down to you." From then on, Panday accepted Baba and became his devoted follower — and also took many beautiful photographs of him throughout the years. (Lord Meher-p-2499-1945)

His daughter Kanchan Panday became gravely ill, and the doctor held no hope for her survival. She was so weak she could not even raise her hand. Her temperature had risen to 105°, and her family was terribly worried. Adi Sr. brought Panday to Meherazad on 29th October 1948, and Baba asked him, "Why have you come?"

He replied, "What is the use of our having faith in you when my daughter is about to die and you have no thought for us?"

Smiling, Baba asked, "What is the matter?" Panday told him about Kanchan and explained that she had not eaten anything for several days. Baba had Don bring two potatoes, and giving them to Panday spelled out, "After boiling these well, give them to Kanchan to eat."

"The doctors have forbidden her to take anything other than liquids," Panday informed Baba.

"Kanchan is dying anyway, so why let her die of hunger?" Baba replied. "Let her eat and die!"

Accordingly, on his return Panday made Kanchan eat the boiled potatoes. The girl had been reduced to a skeleton; she could not talk, and it took her four hours to eat them. When the doctor came and was informed she had eaten potatoes, he stormed out without examining her. He was sure she would not live for more than a few hours.

But when he came the next morning, Panday found that Kanchan's temperature had come down to 101°. He thought: "If the fever goes away completely, she'll live." In two hours the temperature went down to 95°, and all were anxious about this. Panday was sincerely praying to Baba, and in half an hour her temperature rose to normal.

Amazed, the doctor said, "I do not understand how this happened. I have never seen a case like this before."

Panday said, "This is the effect of the potatoes given by Meher Baba."

Panday went to Pimpalgaon again, and Baba asked, "Has Kanchan died?"

"By your grace, she is alive and well," he said. Baba gave him prasad and motioned to him to leave for home immediately, which he did — more convinced than ever that Meher Baba was the Lord of Lords. (Lord Meher-p-2676-1949)

On 30 October 1952, Baba, accompanied by Nilu, paid a visit to Viloo Villa and to Khushru Quarters. At Viloo Villa, he promised Viloo to take full responsibility for her and her family's welfare, provided that she surrenders everything to him. At Khushru Quarters, he spoke with Gulmai and other residents, and granted an interview to Alu Khambatta. Bhaiya Panday took two photographs of Baba. (Lord Meher-p-3137-1952)

On the morning of 14 February 1953, a small darshan took place in Ahmednagar at Khushru Quarters. About 100 persons had gathered. On this occasion, as instructed, Godavri Mai came. Godavri requested to see Baba again in Dehra Dun. Adi had arranged for a photograph to be taken by Bhaiya Panday, to which Baba agreed. (Lord Meher-p-3272-1952)

Before going to Meherabad on 17th September 1954, Baba stopped at Khushru Quarters where photographs of him on a tiger skin on Adi's bed were taken by Bhaiya Panday.

The Western men had requested Baba to have their photograph taken with him, so Bhaiya Panday was called from Ahmednagar, and at 2:30 on the afternoon of the 24th, Baba returned to the hill, where a few group shots were taken. (Lord Meher-p-3612-1954)

On 5th November 1954, Baba left for Pandharpur and others joined Him on 6th. They stopped at Bindra House for lunch. Several of Baba's close lovers in various places were informed and they, too, traveled to Pandharpur. Bhaiya Panday from Ahmednagar was included with them. (Lord Meher-p-3657-1954)

Baba left with mandali for Pandharpur on 6th November 1954.They stopped at Bindra House for lunch. Several of Baba's close lovers in various places were informed and they, too, traveled to Pandharpur.

With rising fervor and reverence, Maharaj added: "Reap the full benefit of Meher Baba's gracious presence by taking his darshan with full devotion and faith." He ended his speech with a wholehearted "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!" over the microphone. The photographer Bhaiya Panday of Ahmednagar took some photographs of the occasion. He would seldom miss such an opportunity at any function. Baba teased him, "Would you please allow me to relax a little now?"

Panday replied, "My camera is restless, Baba." Panday would gaze at Baba intently, studying his expressions to try to capture them on film. Baba would often chide him, "You are eating me with your eyes!"  (Lord Meher-p-3658-1958)

On Monday, 28th February 1955, Baba then took everyone, visitors as well as the mandali, severely to task for not following his orders 100 percent. In truth, only Sarosh was to blame, as he had failed to carry out Baba's instruction concerning Savak Damania. Savak, a scrupulously honest individual, was working as a cashier at Sarosh Motor Works, and there were some financial accounts between him and Sarosh, which Baba had told Sarosh to clear up. Although Baba was lambasting all, his arrow hit the right target, and Sarosh burst out weeping. He stretched himself full length on the floor before Baba, praying to him for forgiveness. Baba embraced him and then bowed his forehead on the feet of every man present 100 times each. (Adi Sr. had wanted to bring Bhaiya Panday to take some photographs, but Baba had not allowed him to come. (Lord Meher-p-3674-1958)

In 1955, Bhaiya Panday was snapping his camera every few minutes, whereupon Baba lamented, "This Panday will not let me be at ease In Andhra, too. (Lord Meher-p-3795-1955)

During 1955 sahwas at Meherabad, as desired by the members of the committee, their photographs with Baba were taken with him by Bhaiya Panday. (Lord Meher-p-3798-1955)

After the tea interval, Baba noticed that many of the group had purchased photographs of himself from Bhaiya Panday, and remarked, "Besides my pictures, you should take me away with you in your hearts when you leave here and return home." (Lord Meher-p-3830-19550

Bhaiya Panday, the photographer from Ahmednagar, had been called, and he took over 20 shots of Baba with different small groups. Baba then led the group to the Meher Retreat building. There under the tin shed, the Marathi sahavas group sat on a carpet, and Baba sat in a chair and narrated to them about the Prem Ashram, his seclusion in the Tomb and other activities of Meherabad in the early days. In conclusion, Baba observed, "It is your great fortune that I myself brought you to my last resting place. After 60 years, this place will be a world center of pilgrimage." (Lord Meher-p-3971-1954)

Arriving in Meherabad at 8:00 A.M. on 19th February 1958, Baba went directly to his cabin, where he discussed others matters concerning those sick, and the special train. Thereafter, the photographers Bhaiya Panday took photographs of Baba with women from different groups. (Lord Meher-p-4288-1958)

 

37- PANIKAR BHIKUBHAI K.

(Photographer-Milan studio)

 

BHIKUBHAI PANIKAR K. OF MILAN STUDIO TOOK PHOTOGRAPHS OF BABA AND FAMILY

In year 1957, at Kothrud, Wandrekar a former deputy minister of the Bombay government with his family received Baba warmly. Baba took his seat and all sat before him. Calling the entire Wandrekar family, Baba made them sit beside him, and again Subhadra sang bhajans and performed his arti. Bhikubhai K. Panarkar of Meelan Photo Studio (who had met Baba through Shinde) took photographs of Baba with the family and workers. (Lord Meher-p-4182-1957)

On 19th February 1958, Baba arrived Meherabad in morning. Baba went directly to his cabin, where he discussed with mandali men the matters concerning those sick, and the special train. The entire sahavas group had assembled in the meeting tent long before Baba's arrival. This was their last occasion with Baba. Some wanted to sing to him, and some wanted to ask something. Baba entered the tent, and the mandali started receiving handwritten notes from the group about their individual requests. Thereafter, the photographers Bhaiya Panday and Bhikubhai took photographs of Baba with women from different groups. (Lord Meher-p- 4288-195)

On 11th May 1958, a bhajan program took place in Guruprasad. Baba remarked, "I am in a mood to hear good bhajans today so continue singing. You do not know what work I am doing today." Madhusudan, Pratap, Subhadra, Thade and others proceeded to exhaust themselves by singing continuously for seven hours. Bhikubhai, the photographer of Meelan Studio who had come to take pictures, remarked to Baba that Subhadra's voice was exceptionally beautiful. Baba replied, "Yes, but she is now ready to drop!" The bhajan group finally stopped when Baba ended the singing after seven hours. (Lord Meher-p-4349-1958)

On the morning of the 17th, Bhaskara Raju and his group performed a shortened version of their four-hour ballad-play before Baba at Guruprasad. Afterwards, Bhikubhai took a photograph of the group with Baba. Baba remarked, "This is a unique photograph. People will appreciate it after my physical end and flock around you in recognition of your services for my universal cause."  (Lord Meher-p-4546-1959)

Tracing his five-month stay in Poona, Baba began: "I gave my love in full to the Poona lovers during this period, and received it in abundance. You were left out; so you are called here today. Seeing Bhaiya Panday, the photographer, Baba taunted him, "Your competitor in Poona, Bhikubhai, is a true lover.  Poona lovers are real lovers. In the local [Ahmednagar] Center, too, there are some." (Lord Meher-p- 4567-1959)

Baba told Bhikubhai (Meelan Studio photographer) to take a photograph. (Lord Meher-p-4763-1959).

Bhikubhai had been instructed to bring the well-known bhajan singer of Poona, Gajanan Watve, to sing. Knowing Baba enjoyed ghazals the most, Watve had specially learned some. At one point, explaining about divine love, Baba observed:

Divine love is the gift of God to man. It can be compared with the grace of the Sadguru which enables man to realize God in a flash. The true lover of God [Mard-e-Khuda] is he whose whole life has become like dust. The agony of love is so dear to him that, although it burns him to ashes, he will not part with it for anything! Though it may make him an outcast from society, a stranger to sleep, hunger and comfort, he prizes this blissful torture above all things in creation. Only God can implant this divine love in the human heart.

The lover continually burns within himself in the fire of divine love. But the wonder is that despite leading such a life of consummation, the real lover keeps it hidden within himself as an invaluable treasure. He does not want to give it up. His burning within is blissful, although in its fire he ultimately becomes the very dust!

Even such heroes don't obtain my grace.

us of millions, only a rare one gets this nazar, this grace. This Path is not for the weak and the faint-hearted! Where even the Mard-e-Khuda is unsuccessful [in gaining my grace], what to say of you people here? My nazar is always there on all of you, but it is an entirely different nazar, a different grace from the Grace which makes one realize the Self in a fraction of a second. (Lord Meher-p-4908/9-1963)

During sahwas in 1963, Bhikubhai interjected, "Now that (patriotic) songs of war are favored on the radio, Watve has less opportunity of singing devotional songs. He, too, is learning to sing some patriotic tunes for the jawans (soldiers)." (Lord Meher-p-4910-1963)

On 25th August 1963, the second message was sent to those in New York, working on the booth for the World's Fair. They were having a quarter of a million brochures printed of Baba's "Universal Message," a brief biography and a photograph of Baba (chosen by him) taken by Bhikubhai. (Lord Meher-p- 5042-1963)

On the inauguration of Poona center, Baba walked into the main hall, followed by the center's seven trustees and the photographer Bhikubhai. Flower petals were strewn on the carpeted pathway from the doorstep to the stage where Baba's chair had been placed. It was a cushioned armchair specially built for the occasion. Upon entering the hall, Baba looked all around, and praised the framed photographs of him that adorned the walls. They depicted various aspects of his life and work. Bhikubhai had presented the photographs to the center, and Baba asked him to take his photograph. (Lord Meher-p- 5073-1964)

In the end of program, Amar Singh Saigal recited the Master's Prayer in Hindi over the microphone in a touching manner. Those with cameras surrounded Baba to take his picture. While he sat on the dais smiling, pointing to someone, catching the eye of another, glancing or signaling to another in recognition, Bhikubhai and others took photographs. (Lord Meher-p-5130-1965)

 

 

PATIL RAMARAO

The residents of Chirle Village near Panvel came for Baba's darshan. Baba remarked about them: "The village consists of only 30 houses. They decided to come to me, and not only were their houses locked, but the whole village is deserted. They have left enough fodder for their cattle to last until they return. Baba's love has been ignited in them by Ramarao Patil, who has a long bushy beard. He looks like Father Christmas since he had brought the gift of Baba-love to all the villagers." (Lord Meher-p-4791-1963)

 

PATEL ABBAJI 

In year 1934, in Arangaon, an old villager named Abbaji Patel had been on his deathbed for three or four days, suffering intensely. On 4th May his relatives came to request that Baba relieve the old man of his suffering. Baba consoled them, replying, "He will not die until he sees me. I will come tomorrow."

But Baba became busy that day and went to Arangaon two days later, on the 6th. He saw the dying man at six o'clock in the evening and ordered that he be given tea. No sooner had Baba returned to Meherabad than word came that the man had died. (Lord-Meher-p- 1604-1934

 

76-PATHAK GOMA GANESH    

(Teacher in Hazrat Babajan School)

 

GOMA GANESH PATHAK OPENED A SCOOL FOR POOR CHILDREN

Goma Pathak was a devoted lover of Baba and was appointed as teacher in Hazrat Babajan school in the beginning of year 1925. Later he  opened his own school in remote area of Babawadi, for poor children. He also had many opportunities to come in contact of meher Baba. Some of his incident with Baba is written in chronological order.

On 25th March 1925, the Hazrat Babajan School was opened for them, with classes up to the seventh standard (grade).  In the beginning, Arjun was appointed the school's director, and Vishnu became the teacher for the Harijan children. Joshi and Bapu Gahile taught the Brahmin and Maratha children's classes. At first the school was made of simple bamboo matting, but later it was expanded into a high school with walls of tin sheets. More teachers were employed as the necessity arose. The first six teachers included, Goma Ganesh Krishna Pathak. Baba's mandali, in addition to was also ordered to serve as a teacher whenever he was at Meherabad. Eventually, there were almost 200 children in the school. (Lord Meher-p-570-1925)

Baba walked with all to Arangaon Village. He visited the Family Quarters, where his arti was sung once more. He then returned to Sai Darbar and sat in the small cabin where darshan was given until midnight. Perhaps 20,000 people had Baba's darshan that day.

Baba then retired inside the Table Cabin near the dhuni. People continued to stream into Meherabad and slept overnight in Sai Darbar. No sooner did Baba come out of the Table Cabin early the next morning than a crowd rushed before him, beseeching him for darshan. For nearly six hours, without taking a break, Baba continued giving darshan.

Everyone was given a free Marathi booklet titled Sat Samagam (Face-to-Face with the Truth), written by one of the teachers, Goma Ganesh. (Lord Meher-p-638-1926)

On 3rd November 1947, Gulabsha was again sent to Nasik, this time with a message for Goma Ganesh (a former teacher) who had invited Baba to attend a religious conference there. (Lord Meher-p-848-1927)

On the 13th January 1938, Goma Ganesh Pathak, a former teacher of the Meher Ashram, saw Baba the same day. Pathak sought Baba's financial help to proceed to England for further studies, but Baba later told Vishnu to refuse him tactfully.

On 18th March 1947, Baba gave an interview to Goma Ganesh. (Lord Meher-p-2565-1947)

On 15th January 1948, Baba held a meeting at Pimpalgaon to discuss his plans. In attendance were 10 disciples including Goma Ganesh. About giving grain and cloth to the poor, Baba stated, "This giving can by no means be deemed charity. People coming from distant places take the trouble and give you an opportunity to serve them. It is to them that thanks are due. Besides, my giving to people implies a spiritual task to be performed whose purpose necessitates they be contacted. The spiritual work done through giving them food and cloth is not fully fulfilled if my name is revealed, or if they think that they are receiving alms through charity." (Lord meher-p--2614-1948)

Goma Ganesh Pathak, one of the former teachers of the Meher Ashram School, was doing social work in Ahmednagar and would come to see Baba from time to time. He was in the process of opening a nursery school, Babawadi, for poor children where they would be given free milk. Baba was invited to the opening in October. On the 5th September 1948, Goma Ganesh brought some of these children to the Ice Factory to sing and dance for Baba, which Baba highly enjoyed. (Lord Meher-p-2670-1948)

On 1st August 1949, was a red-letter day in Meherazad. All the Meherabad mandali, as well as other Meherabad residents and many from Ahmednagar were to be present at Meherazad before seven o'clock that morning. Those who were invited included Goma Ganesh also. No one was to eat breakfast or take tea before arriving. All the men and women had been observing silence for one month, and they were to break it in Baba's presence when he stepped out of seclusion.  No one was to fold their hands or bow to Baba, utter any word or even shout "Jai!" They were to break their silence after a prayer was read out by saying "Amen." The men were to stay on the men mandali's side and the women were to go to the women's quarters. (Lord Meher-p-2732-1949)

Before moving in the new life, on 15th September 1949, Goma Ganesh and two other disciples had interviews at Meherazad and received instructions from Baba. Baba went to Meherabad that day at 3:00 and, after meeting with the mandali, played cricket with them for a while. He came on the 16th, 17th, and 18th also, and spent all three days on the hill with the women. (Lord Meher-p-2769-1949)

On 25th October 1948, Baba attended the opening in Ahmednagar of Goma Ganesh's Babawadi (nursery school), in morning accompanied by six disciples. All the Meherabad mandali came as did the Ahmednagar followers. Following message from Baba was read out.

Selfless work, as you all know, has many aspects in the social and political fields. Each aspect thereof, though tinged by a particular cultural background, has its own merit and consequential reward. But the work relating to the welfare of babies is in a class by itself. Babies and infants, everywhere in the world, are the very epitome of God's purity and innocence. They are guileless and helpless — and yet they desire and expect nothing. Why do men see and recognize the enemy and the criminal outside? Because the so-called enemy and the criminal are already within them. Babies have no criminal or enemy within and, therefore, see none outside.

I am also called "Baba," which endearingly means a baby. In fact, all God-realized souls are unsophisticated, like babies. I therefore see and enjoy my purity and colourlessness in the unselfconscious ones — the babies.

This is what is real selfless service, when you are serving the little selfless ones — and this is tantamount to rendering service directly unto God. The Biblical statement "And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me," bears out what I have said.

I bless you all. (Lord Meher-p- 2676-1948)

On 6th November 1952, Baba asked Goma Ganesh to read the poems he had composed. Baba appeared pleased with the work Goma had done for the welfare of the children in his school, Babawadi (whose opening Baba had attended four years before). Baba remarked to him, "I am busy, and if we want to finish by 11:00 A.M., let us talk about the practical side of your work. Until now you did your best for the Babawadi children, and you want to spend the rest of your life for the same purpose. So tell me what your future program is?"

Goma Ganesh replied that he was starting educational work in the villages. Baba stated, "I feel most happy to hear this. I give my blessings. Does your work without any worry or fear. Do not hesitate to pursue it. I will be with you in your honest endeavour to serve children. Start on November 15, 1952."

Baba further stated: "Childhood is the state of real Godhood. But children are unconsciously conscious of this. In bal-unmant-pishash [a majzoob], bal-Avesta (childhood) dominates; and the bal-unmant-pishash is consciously conscious of it (his Godhood). The whole universe serves as a toy for his game." (Lord Meher-p-3166-1952)

On 13th August 1959, Baba sent for the Ahmednagar bhajan group. Besides the singers and musicians, also present were the families of few disciples - about 50 men and women in all. They arrived early morning in a truck. After listening to some devotional music, Baba was in a jocular mood. When he caught sight of Goma Ganesh, whose chin bristled with a two-inch beard, Baba cracked, "Baidul [who had also grown a beard] until now was under the impression that he was unrivalled, but here is Goma Ganesh as his competitor." (Lord Meher-p-4567-1959)

 

PEERAJI

A villager

On 13th April 1925, Baba was about to proceed to Bombay. A villager from Walki, named Peeraji, came to Meherabad anxious and frightened. He had been bitten by a rabid dog. Baba cancelled his trip and took the man to Dr. Karkal, telling him to provide Peeraji with the best treatment. Rustom was then sent to Walki to find out if anyone else had been bitten.

Rustom found out that the dog had run away and no one else had been hurt. Baba lovingly consoled Peeraji, and the next day had him transferred to the Ahmednagar Civil Hospital. Baba made all arrangements for Peeraji's care and told him not to be afraid; assuring him he would be well treated. After some time, Peeraji returned to his village hale and hearty. From such endearing incidents, the simple farming villagers came to love Meher Baba devotedly, knowing that they would be looked after by the Master. (Lord Meher-p-574-1925)

 

 

106-IPERIN IRANI

(Wife of Behram Irani- elder brother of Meher Baba)

 

PERIN IRANI WIFE OF BEHRAM IRANI- ELDER BROTHER OF MEHER BABA WAS GREATLY DEVOTED

Perin was greatly devoted to Baba. She and her husband (Baba’s brother and mandali) had many occasions to meet and converse with Baba. An account of such meetings in chronological order is produced as under:

After Baba’s father’s (Bobo), death Memo and Mani (Baba’s Mother and sister) had also come to Nasik from Poona. They discussed Bobo's death and what should be done to make certain that Memo was well cared for. Baba wanted to keep Mani with him in the ashram, but Memo thought otherwise. She wanted a family member to be with her in Poona. Consequently Baba had directed his brother Beheram to marry Perin. Although Beheram was hesitant, he obeyed Baba and agreed to being married and staying with Memo. This freed Mani to join Baba's women mandali in the ashram. (Lord Meher-p-1468-1932)

Baba had been to Bombay on 17th August 1933 for the day, and went again on 4th September to book his boat passage for the upcoming trip to the West. Baba saw a former disciple from the Manzil-e-Meem days and an all-India cricketer.  He met Beheram, Perin and Memo, who were living in Bombay at the time.

In the evening, Baba wished to take Memo and Perin out, so they went to a film, The White Sister, at the Apollo Theater. The film, a romantic love story, had been highly recommended, but unfortunately they could not hear a word of the dialogue and left the film much before the end. (lord Meher-1541-1933)

On 20th December 1937, invited to Navsari and Nagpur Baba left Meherabad at six in the morning for Talegaon. On the way they stopped in Poona at Baba's family's house, where they were met by Memo, Adi Jr., Beheram and his wife Perin. (Lord Meher-p-1888-1937)

On 5th October 1938, Memo arrived with Jalbhai and returned on 11th with Beheram and Perin. (Lord Meher-p-1940-1938)

After Shirinmai’s funeral on 26th February 1943, her body taken to the Tower of Silence. A large contingent of devotees arrived from Bombay and Ahmednagar to pay their last respects. Some reported seeing Meher Baba bow thrice to his mother's body. On 27th February 1943, Baba returned to Poona, where he stayed at Bindra House. This time he did go to Baba House, and saw Beheram and his wife Perin. Beheram and Perin's children, Sheroo, age eight, and Gulnar, seven, loved Baba. For a while, Baba played with the two children. He then explained to all: "Memo has come to me and is now fully in bliss. She helped me so much in my work, and after playing her part she has come to me. She was an exceedingly adventurous woman and extremely fearless. (lord Meher-p-2323-1943)

On 12th August 1943, Baba and mandali left Lahore by Punjab Mail and arrived in Delhi the following morning.The next day, Baba was driven to Poona accompanied by disciples. They stayed at Bindra House and Baba met his brothers Jalbhai and Beheram, and Beheram's wife Perin and their children and Jessawala. (Lord Meher-2373/4-1945)

 
 

Baba went to Baba House to see his brother Beheram, his wife Perin and their children. Perin was pregnant and had been told she was carrying twins. Baba told Beheram, "If the twins are born feet first, Perin will die." This worried both terribly, but Baba assured Perin, "Go on taking my name continually, wholeheartedly — and don't worry, my nazar is on you." (Lord Meher-p-2496-1945)

 

At the end of September 1945, Perin was seriously ill, vomiting blood, and was admitted to the hospital. The doctors had sadly informed Beheram that they were doing their best to save her, but that they would not be able to save the twins. Beheram thought: "The Savior is Baba!" They remembered Baba fervently, and on 1st October 1945, Perin gave birth to two healthy boys. When Baba went to see Perin in the hospital the following day, he named the boys Rustom and Sohrab. (Lord Meher-p-2500-1945)

Baba had been in Poona a month before and met with Behram and Perin, who was expecting twins. Baba had joked; “if the twins are born feet first, Perin will die!”

On 23rd November 1945, Baba and the mandali arrived in Poona. Baba went to see his brother Beheram at Baba House.

Baba walked into the family's home and greeted Perin and held one of the one-month-old twins, Sohrab, but he deliberately avoided seeing the other one, Rustom. Perin informed Baba, "Rustom has been sick ever since we returned from the hospital." Baba seemed indifferent to the news. He did not reply and continued showering his attention on Sohrab. Perin was thinking, "Why isn't Baba asking about Rustom? Why doesn't he at least go into his room and see him? He is ill. Baba should have his eye on him."

Baba put the same question to Beheram, and he said, "Of course I love them."

Baba then asked Perin, who answered, "The children are yours, Baba — though I am their mother."

Baba spelled out, "Rustom will die." Regardless of what she had said, Perin was shocked and frightened by these words.

Baba stepped outside and began walking briskly on the verandah. For ten minutes he paced back and forth, and Beheram then approached him and informed him that Perin was weeping.

Baba entered the house, and asked Jalbhai, Beheram and Perin the same question: "Do you love these children?" Each gave the same answer, so he said, "It means that you do not love me!"

Anxious, all replied, "That can never be, Baba."

Baba wiped Perin's tears and requested that she smile, which she did. He went and picked up Rustom, and reassured his mother by saying, "I have my nazar on him. Don't worry." Rustom gradually recovered, and the whole family was indebted to Baba. (Lord Meher-p-2513/4-1945)

Baba remained in Poona for a week before leaving for Ahmednagar. During that time he met those at Baba House his brothers including Beheram, Perin and their children (Lord Meher-p-3550-1954)

Meher Baba at Baba House met Beheram, Perin, and their sons, Sheroo, Sohrab and Rustom, and their daughter, Gulnar. Baba walked to the back of the house and called the twins, Sohrab and Rustom. He directed them to bring their best marbles, as he wanted to play a game of marbles with them. Examining the marbles, Baba selected a fine "shooter" and insisted on being the first player. Baba's mood was very serious and he shot the marble with such force that several of the glass marbles were shattered into pieces. Observing this, the twins were utterly amazed and wanted to play their turn, but Baba gestured that that was the end of the game. (Lord meher-p-.4131-1956)

Baba was annoyed at first, but then forgave him. "I forgive you this time," Baba said, "but next time, don't make such a foolish error."

It was about 3:45 P.M. Meherjee was dropped off at his home, and Vishnu took his place. Jalbhai was also dropped off at Baba House, where Baba met Beheram, Perin, and their sons, Sheroo, Sohrab and Rustom, and their daughter, Gulnar. Baba walked to the back of the house to Jalbhai's room and called the twins, Sohrab and Rustom. He directed them to bring their best marbles, as he wanted to play a game of marbles with them. Examining the marbles, Baba selected a fine "shooter" and insisted on being the first player. Baba's mood was very serious and he shot the marble with such force that several of the glass marbles were shattered into pieces. Observing this, the twins were utterly amazed and wanted to play their turn, but Baba gestured that that was the end of the game. Soon after, Baba and the mandali began their return drive to Satara.

On 31st August 1963, Perin sent food for Baba and the mandali with his men disciple. 5044-1963

In April 1966, Baba sent for his brother, Beheram, and his entire family: Perin, Sheroo, Sohrab and Rustom. Beheram's daughter, Gulnar, and her husband Jehangu Sukhadwalla brought their daughter, Mehernaz, and their son, Merwan. (Lord meher-p- 5223-1966)

Perin wife of Behram Irani  passed away at Pune on 9th July, 2009 at 1:45 am.

Ken Colman writes about Perin Irani

Perin Irani joined her Beloved Baba at the age of 91. Her various bodily systems had been slowly weakening for many months, and she gently passed away during her sleep at approximately 1:45 AM, Thursday July 9th, at Baba House in Pune.

Perin loved Bund Garden because of the banyan tree where Babajan sat and because it was a place Baba visited every year during his stay at Guruprasad. As Perin had requested, her ashes were placed in an urn and set adrift on the Bund Garden River until it eventually submerged.

Perin had a lifetime of incredible experiences with Baba dating back to the early years. When Perin was a young teenager, Sheriarji pointed her out to Baba as a potential marriage partner for Baba’s brother Behram. Baba not only agreed, he placed the engagement rings on each of their hands and arranged the marriage himself. The marriage took place when she was 15 years old. Even after marriage, every facet of her life was directly orchestrated by Baba’s hand. When Baba’s mother Shireenmai passed away, Baba told Perin that she was now the head of the family. Despite the years of such close and constant contact with Baba, it is surprising how little attention Perin attracted to herself. I often noticed after speaking with Baba lovers who had visited Baba house in Pune, that many of them didn’t really remember the elderly woman sitting in the main room and who possibly gave them Baba’s blessing.

For me, one of the highlights of visiting Pune, was to see Perin and receive Baba’s blessing through her. By this I mean, that after taking darshan in Baba’s Room, she would give you prasad and then put her hand gently on your head, while looking at Baba’s picture and murmuring quiet prayers to Him for you. To me, it felt like a blessing from Baba. Although the thought of someone giving Baba’s blessing sounds impossible or even arrogant coming from virtually anyone else, receiving it from Perin was something different, something completely pure. There was no Perin when she gave Baba’s blessing. She was an empty vessel carrying Baba’s love. There were times when I would close my eyes when Perin touched my forehead and I saw Baba in my inner sight touching me.

Those who spent time around Perin knew that half the time she was with them, and half the time she was with Baba in some other world. She had no material interests. She didn’t care if she ate gourmet food, had nice clothing or jewelry, or to partake in any worldly activity. She didn’t need adoration or attention. She was so simple because her needs were simple. It seems to me that this is why, despite being such a great soul and so close to Baba, that she was not a celebrity in the Baba community. It was her simplicity that veiled her. It is the kind of simplicity that comes from having no personal needs or requirements other than being with Baba.

Over the years she suffered from a number of illnesses but I never felt there was self concern in her suffering. The last time I saw her was in January of this year and although suffering a great deal, her only concern was how I was doing. Her happiness in my happiness was so apparent. Although physically weak, she was emotionally energized about going to Meherabad for Amartithi. This was the one outside ‘activity’ she always looked forward to. No matter how poor her health was, Perin always managed to make the pilgrimage to Meherabad on Amartithi every year. Even at the age of 91, being physically weak and frail, and being the eldest of Baba’s family members, Perin waited for hours with the other pilgrims to take her darshan. As her sons Rustom and Sohrab worked their way in the queue she sat waiting outside the Samadhi for them to reach the threshold of the Samadhi so she could take her turn. There was no sense of entitlement on her part.

Perin was an inspiration to all who knew her and an extraordinary example of true discipleship to her Beloved Baba.

Ken Coleman
Washington, DC
July 17th, 2009

 

 

 

 

PESI IRANI

 

 

PESI IRANI, BAIDUL'S SON-IN-LAW HIMSELF LOST CONTROL INSTEAD TO LOOK AFTER ALOBA

Arrangements had been made to hold the qawaali program in the west room of the Meher Retreat building, where it could be heard better than in lower Meherabad. Everyone walked up the hill shortly before three o'clock to attend the program.

Aloba used to go into an emotional frenzy upon hearing qawaali singing, so to be on the safe side, Baba told Baidul's son-in-law, Pesi, to look after him. But when the music started, quite the opposite happened. Pesi himself lost control, and Aloba and others had to hold on to him. The singing continued until evening and was the last item on the program for the Gujarati group. Amidst shouts of joy, Baba bid them farewell and left for Meherazad. 3767-1957

Baidul's burly son-in-law Pesi Irani and others went ahead to try and clear a path for the car. (Lord Meher-p-4328-1958)

Pesi Irani, Baidul's son-in-law, informed Baba about the death of Baidul's nephew. "Did he love me?" Baba asked. Pesi said no, so Baba commented, "Then, why worry?" (Lord Meher-p-4253-1958)

During sahwas in 1958, Baba's chair was carried up Meherabad Hill followed by the sahavas women and behind them the men. Pesi and other disciples shared turns holding up the chair. As was done previously, an upholstered armchair was kept for Baba under the tin shed. Because the entire sahavas group could not be accommodated there, Baba, using canes, proceeded to the south wall of the garden where the armchair was brought. Baba sat facing north. The women sat in front on carpets and the men sat behind them in the sun. Baba asked the women to cover their heads if they were bothered by the warming sun. He also indicated the same to the men. A microphone was hooked up, and a loudspeaker hung in a tree. (Lord Meher-p-4334-1958)

In year 1959, Baba visited K. K. Ramakrishnan's residence in Kirkee (Suburb of Poona) in afternoon. Baba was seated on a chair, and the lovers sat around him on the floor. All were offered biscuits, sweets and sherbet. When the plate was passed to Pesi Irani, he found only a few tiny biscuits, whereas on another plate offered to Pratap Ahir, sitting next to him, there were large ones. Pesi was a robust, stout young man, and Pratap was skinny and half his size. Both were seated some distance from Baba. There were almost 50 people present, but Baba noticed them and remarked, "Look how funny this is. Pesi is like a tiger and gets small biscuits, and Pratap, who is like an ant, has a plateful of large ones." (Lord Meher-p-4518-1959)

 

 

 

PROFESSOR ABDUL KADAR 

 

 

PROF. ABDUL KADAR OF ELPHINSTONE COLLEGE IN BOMBAY WAITED FOR BABA’S DARSHAN

In 1922, no one was allowed to leave the Manzil without Baba's permission, and no one could enter it, either. As instructed, Ghani wrote a letter on the Master's behalf to Professor Abdul Kadar of Elphinstone College in Bombay and i promptly delivered it to the professor. The letter simply said that Professor Kadar should not come to Manzil-e-Meem unless he was sent for. On reading this, a surprised expression came over the professor's face, and Munshiji asked the reason.

Kadar explained: "I was about to go to see Meher Baba at five o'clock this very afternoon. I was wondering how I would get his permission to enter, so I decided to stand by the gates until I was allowed to see him. But now that his order has come, how can I go?" Munshiji consoled him by explaining that it was best to wait until Baba called him. (Lord Meher-p-328-1922)

 

159-PROFESSOR ABDUL KARIM  KHAN

(Professor from Ahmednagar)

On 3rd April 1960, a large darshan of mostly Bombay, Poona and Ahmednagar lovers was held until noon. Abdul Karim, a professor of Persian at Ahmednagar College, had come in Baba's contact through Bhagirath. Baba asked the professor what he had eaten for breakfast and lunch. The professor enumerated a long list of items, and Baba remarked, "A delicious breakfast and lunch indeed. Now you must be feeling satisfied and happy. You have tasted so many things, but you have not tasted me! You may eat as many eatables as you like and drink as much of whatever you want, but the satisfaction you derive from that is only short-lived.

"The real enjoyment lies when a drop gulps the Ocean! One should aspire for such a drink! What can make this possible? Continual wholehearted remembrance of God. The alternative is my grace.

"This is not a matter of just whitewashing the mind, but the mind itself has to be washed away — annihilated. Love alone can accomplish this." (Lord Mehher-p-4696-1960)

Another time, Professor Abdul Karim walked inside the hall and sat in front of Baba in the first row. Baba asked, "Where have you been? Have you heard what I have been explaining? Did you follow it?"

 

The professor replied that he had been standing outside the hall and that he had heard and understood Baba's explanations. "It is good that you came in," Baba stated, "otherwise, you would have remained 'out' for all time."

Conversing with him, Baba quoted a few couplets from Hafiz to the effect: "When one's mind is completely annihilated, one finds oneself in all. The soul then at times plays the part of man, and at times the part of God. The state is so indescribably high that it is beyond mind, intellect and understanding. It is like the drop gulping the Ocean of Effulgence and Light! And the bliss in that 'I-Am-God state' is so infinite that to come down to the awareness of the world [gross consciousness] is an indescribable agony in itself."

 

Baba ended by stating, "In my case, I was 'forcibly' brought back to gross consciousness by the five Perfect Masters to undergo suffering for humanity."

 

At one point Baba interrupted the singing to allow Professor Abdul Karim Khan of Ahmednagar College to recite his Urdu lines in praise of Baba. Baba advised Rustom Kaka to put the lines to music in the form of a ghazal, (Lord Meher-p-4774-1961)

One time, Eruch reminded Baba that the lovers had to take tea, so Baba permitted them to leave the hall. In fifteen minutes, all reassembled. For the benefit of his Ahmednagar lovers, Baba explained about "the Path and its hardships," as he had done on 9th December 1963. Before he began, Baba teased Professor Abdul Karim, by scolding him. When Eruch called his name, the startled professor stood up in a distant corner of the hall. Baba asked him, "You are neither in fana nor in baqa. So, where are you?"

Baba explained in short about these two states — fana and baqa. Referring to Professor Karim, he chided him for not seeing him for so long and asked, "Where were you during the East-West Gathering in Poona in November? All my lovers from all over the world came to meet me. I couldn't find you anywhere!" The professor failed to give a satisfactory reply. (Lord Meher-p-4908-1963)

Kokila Tiwari sang a ghazal, which the Professor Abdul Karim in his exuberance had composed. When Baba heard that the professor had composed it, he remarked, "If this is so, I won't allow you or your pen to rest! You must compose more ghazals." (Lord Meher-p-4930/1-1963)

 

1738-PATWARDHAN MAISAHEB SITABAI

(The Rani of Kurundwad)

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

On 13th August 1959, Baba sent for the Ahmednagar bhajan group. Besides the singers and musicians, about 50 men and women were present. Baba inquired of a few newcomers Maisaheb Patwardhan (Rani of Kurundwad), and others, being prominent and bespoke of their love for him in very appreciative terms. (Lord Meher-p-4567-1959)

 

1740-PATWARDHAN VINAYAK NARAYAN

 

 

VINAYAK NARAYAN PATWARDHAN A SINGER SANG AND BABA WAS HIGHLY PLEASED

On 5th June 1960, afternoon, Sardar Raste brought a famous classical singer of Poona, to give a performance; the 62-year old singer was named Vinayak Narayan Patwardhan. Baba was highly pleased with the quality of his voice. He removed the garland around his neck and gave it to the master singer. Afterwards, Patwardhan said he had never in his life sung as well. (Lord Meher-p-4701-1960)

There were a few more Sunday gatherings with Baba, before he returned to Meherazad. On Sunday, 3rd June 1962, Patwardhan gave a recital for two hours. Baba enjoyed it so much that, with his embrace, he gave the singer his handkerchief. (Lord Meher-p-4800-1962)

Patwardhan arrived and began warming up for singing. At 10:10 A.M., the music started. Kamat was playing the tabla; there was also a sitar player (Laxman Waze) and a flutist (Sakaram Jaibahar). At one point, Kamat gave a solo performance, and Baba told the Westerners to watch his fingers. All applauded when Kamat finished. After an hour, the musicians embraced Baba and departed. Baba remarked, "If you could understand what he just sang, you would feel so happy. There will be no singing tomorrow." (Lord Meher-4876-1962)

 

 

1741-PATWARDHAN VINAYAK RAO

During East west gathering in 1962, Baba informed the group, "In about half an hour, you will hear some of the best musicians of India. They play classical music. The chief singer is Vinayak Rao Patwardhan. He visited Russia some months ago, and it is said that [the Russian Premier Nikita] Khrushchev looked down his throat to see if he was concealing some instrument, so remarkable is his voice!

"Patwardhan and his whole family love me very much. He usually charges a big fee to perform, but gives his best performance for me without any fee. When I sent him word, he postponed his engagement in Calcutta and will soon be here to sing before me."

In Afternoon, Patwardhan gave a wonderful vocal performance for one hour which Baba and all highly enjoyed. Baba kept repeating: "He is blessed because he can make me happy." After the program, Baba embraced Patwardhan and gave him a handkerchief. He also had his photograph taken with the singer. (Lord Meher-p-4875-1962)

Patwardhan arrived and began warming up. At 10:10 A.M., the music started. Kamat was playing the tabla; there was also a sitar player (Laxman Waze) and a flutist (Sakaram Jaibahar). At one point, Kamat gave a solo performance, and Baba told the Westerners to watch his fingers. All applauded when Kamat finished. After an hour, the musicians embraced Baba and departed. Baba remarked, "If you could understand what he just sang, you would feel so happy. There will be no singing tomorrow."

At one point, Baba questioned his lovers, "Do you want to see me like this [touching his body] or like this?" and he raised his arms and gazed upward with a glorious look on his face. Before anyone could say a word, Baba, again stretching his arms high, declared, "Like this! You should want God the Beloved!" (Lord Meher-p-4961-1963)

Patwardhan came to sing before Baba that day, and asked, “What is that action which is I-less? What is not motivated by the thought of I?”

Baba replied:

In all actions there is I, but the action motivated by love for the Beloved in complete surrender to him has no I in it. It is egoless ego. In true love, the lover wants to seek the happiness of the Beloved without any thought of self. He then feels that he loves all.

This is the highest state of love. All other actions, good or bad, are binding. The actions of one who has surrendered 100 percent to a Perfect Master, or the Avatar, have no I thought. In true surrender, there is no thought of Why? and Wherefore? Once your surrender is complete, all actions done by you are not yours. You have to renounce nothing but your own self. One has ultimately to go beyond the mind, because Reality is beyond it.

How can you go beyond the mind? The only solution is love. This comes only with the grace of the Perfect Master. Once the I thought goes, nothing remains. But this is very difficult. One unconsciously asserts one’s ego when one says, “I am sick, I am hungry,” et cetera. This is one’s natural ego; however, it is egoless I. The ego still remains when one asserts, “I am a doctor, I am rich, I am serving the poor,” et cetera. This ego creates hunger [for pride], jealousy and greed.

The status of love is beyond the reach of the mind. Only those who carry their lives on their sleeves can reach its threshold. In perfect love, there is perfect obedience. Very few have this courage. Even Arjuna, who loved Krishna dearly, did not obey him when he was ordered to fight in the battle of Mahabharat against his own relatives. Krishna, as a last resort, had to reveal to Arjuna his Virat Swarup. Obedience on the part of Arjuna after this experience was of no value. Obedience must be unquestioning. Only then is it of the highest order. But this is impossible. (Lord Meher-p-4957-1963)

 

 

 

PRABHA

(A Kanya of Sakori ashram)

 

PRABHA A KANYA OF SAKORI ASHRAM STARTED CLEANING BLEEDING BABA'S TOES BY HER SARI. BABA STOPPED

During Sakori visit in 1954, Baba left the bamboo shed in afternoon and retired to Yeshwant Rao's residence. One of Baba's toes was bleeding, as he had stubbed it on a stone while sitting on the ground. A kanya named Prabha started to clean it by wiping the blood on her sari. Baba stopped her and Eruch cleaned it with cotton. Baba's feet were washed by water and puja was performed. The water was distributed as prasad among those present. (Lord Meher-p-.3541-1954)

 

 

 

PUNDIT MAHENDARGE

 

 

PUNDIT MEHENDARGE EIGHT-YEAR-OLD ONE OF THE YOUNGEST BOYS IN THE ASHRAM REPLIED  HE WANTS BABA’S SUFFERINGS TO CEASE WHEN ASKED

On 29 September 1928, Baba had a high fever. His head, waist, and stomach were aching, yet he continued his fast, staying at Meher Manzil the whole day surrounded by the boys. Ramjoo happened to pass by in the morning, and Baba gestured to him, "How do I look?" Ramjoo replied that Baba looked his usual self. "Still," Baba remarked, "last night was terrible for me. I had a 105 degree temperature throughout the night. My limbs have gone limp. My back is sore and aching. I could not rest even for a second. Had you been in my place, you would have dropped your body."

Then abruptly changing the subject, Baba turned to one of the youngest boys in the ashram, eight-year-old Pundit Mehendarge, and asked, "Tell me what you want. God, freedom, paradise, a motorcar, toys, or anything else that you like. This is the time; ask me whatever you want today and I will give it to you!"

Pundit immediately replied, "Baba, I want your sufferings to cease. I want you to get completely well." Ramjoo was so touched by these simple words from one so small that he was speechless.

It was the wine of love speaking through Pundit. How can those who have never tasted this Wine ever understand it? 971-1928

 

 

240-RAMNATH

(School friend of Meher Baba)

Baba.s narration

RAMNATH SCHOOL FRIEND GAVE A BOOK READING BABA FELT THAT HE WAS THE SAME "MERCY" TO WHICH BUDDHA REFERRED.*

 

When I was studying in Deccan College, I had a friend named Ramnath who was fond of reading books about the lives of saints. We were great friends, and one day Ramnath gave me a book to read on the life of Buddha. While going through it, I came across the passage where Buddha had said that when he comes again in physical body, his name would be Maitreya (Lord of Mercy). I had not gone to Babajan yet. But after reading the passage I thought, or rather spontaneously felt, that I was the same "Mercy" to which Buddha referred.*

*Thereafter, Upasni Maharaj revealed to me that I was the Avatar. Babajan also told me one day, "O my son, you will make the whole world dance to your tune!" But today, I definitely know that I am That. My name, Meher, means mercy!*

(Meher Baba, Online Lord Meher, Pg. 3479)

 

 

241-RAMNATH SHARMA

(Friend of Sulloo Meshram)

 

RAMNATH SHARMA A FRIEND OF SULLOO MESHRAM INTERPRETED THE WORDS OF SULLOO TO BABA

Sulloo explained to Baba that he was very eager and restless for self realization; he asked if Baba would give it to him in a fixed time. To this Baba replied that a baby cannot be born before nine months and there is a fixed time for everything, but Baba promised himself realization during this very life. Baba said, “You will do wonders.” Later during the conversation Baba added, “I am one with God and you have surrendered to me; how can I keep you in Maya?” With respect to his friend and interpreter Shri Ramnath Sharma, Baba explained that Sulloo and Sharma were linked through connections from a past life. (Lord meher-p—2769)

 

 

 

 

 

242-RAMU

 

 

 

RAMU A BOY COMPLAINED TO BABA FOR BEING SCOLDED BY BUASAHEB

 

On 17th March 1930, Buasaheb scolded a boy named Ramu for some mischief and twisted the boy's nose when he did not listen. Ramu complained to Baba, who told Vishnu to twist Buasaheb's nose for breaking his order against physically reprimanding the boys. Buasaheb became very upset and that night quietly left without telling anyone, and began wandering the streets. (Lord Meher-p-1154-1930)

 

 

 

 

243-RANDELIA BELI PHIROZ

Baba left Meherazad for Satara with the men and women mandali on Tuesday, 5 October 1954 for Satara. Baba's car stopped at Sarosh Motor Works, where he met few lovers

Breaking his journey in Poona, Baba visited the Yeravda Central Prison to see a devotee named Beli Phiroz Randelia, as a young man, Beli had become a devotee of Upasni Maharaj. He had quit his studies and lived in Sakori for a number of months before and after Upasni Maharaj died in 1941. But the young man was emotionally unbalanced and had an irritable temperament. His brother, Noshir, was a student at a Bombay college and also used to visit Maharaj. Somehow, Beli got the impression that Maharaj, and later his parents, loved Noshir more. (The father wanted to send Noshir to America for further studies.) Unable to bear this, Beli began hating his brother. The animosity between them increased until May 1945, when his brother was found dead on his bed with a deep gash on his neck. In a fit of jealousy, Beli had murdered him.

For the next eight months, Beli roamed about undetected by the police. He had heard of Meher Baba and tried desperately to meet him, but Baba was away on mast tours.

Pendu advised him to surrender and not come back to Meherabad. But Beli stayed in Ahmednagar and one day met Baba on his return. Beli confessed to his crime and sincerely repented for it.

Baba comforted him and advised him not to worry, but to surrender to the police and accept the consequences of his deed without fear. "My nazar will be on you," Baba assured him. Beli obeyed and surrendered to the police on 31 January 1946. He was convicted for murder and sent to Yeravda Prison for life.

From prison, Beli wrote to Baba and, in one reply, Baba told him, "I love saints as much as I love sinners. I love you. It is never too late or too much to love God. Think as much as you can about Baba and as little as possible about yourself."

Time and again Beli wrote that he was longing for darshan. He asked for Baba's books, and read them. A few days before Baba was to pass through Poona in 1954, letters from Beli came pouring in requesting darshan. Baba agreed, provided that the authorities allow the prisoner to have darshan. Baba arrived at Yeravda at about 9:00 A.M. Lovers from Poona, Barsi, Ahmednagar and Gujarat were also present. Baba was met first by the prison officials, who received him with utmost respect and reverence. A reception was arranged, and the superintendent of the prison was highly gratified at having Baba's darshan.

Then Beli was allowed an exclusive interview. "Why are you so impatient?" Baba asked him. "Here you have been given the best chance to remember me. Do as the jail officials say, and if you carry out my orders, I will be happy with you." Hearing this, the officials (who were present during the interview) were very thankful to Baba, as Beli had been a troublesome prisoner.

Beli was overjoyed with love and devotion, and with folded hands said, "This is the most joyous day of my life." He was sitting on the floor and Baba in a chair in a specially decorated room. Baba gave him a few more words of advice, embraced him and their photograph was taken. On parting, Beli got another embrace from Baba, who left the prison at eleven o'clock. Lord Meher-p-3645-1954)

 

250-RANGOLJAGANATH KESHAV

 

JAGANNATH KESHAV RANGOLE FROM AHMEDNAGAR THOUGH UNABLE TO WALK DUE TO RECENT SURGERY STOOD UP AND RUSHED TOWARD BABA.

On 22nd August 1949, a letter to each was mailed, informing them of the meeting with these urgent words: "You alone should come and if you don't come then you will never come!" (The meeting was later changed to 31st August.)

While the meetings were occurring in Meherabad, Ramchandra Gadekar brought Jagannath Keshav Rangole, four disciples and other man to Ahmednagar from Poona. Baba, but Baba did not permit darshan. All had found out about Baba through Gadekar. Rangole and Madhusudan, were coming to meet Baba for the first time. Rangole had recently undergone surgery and was forbidden by the doctor to walk. But he did not take rest and, out of his longing, came to Ahmednagar to kiss the Master's feet. Baba, however, did not allow the men to see him. Although they had no heart to go against his wish, they longed to meet him, if only for a moment.

On the evening of 21st August 1949. In morning while Baba was returning to Meherazad, he saw the group standing by the road. He asked Adi about them, and Adi told him who they were. Baba had Adi stop the car. He called the lucky group and they came running. In his joy, Rangole totally forgot the doctor's orders and stood up and rushed after the others toward Baba. (Lord Meher-p-2752-1949)

 

251-RANGOLE V. SWARANKAR

 

SWARANKAR V. FROM SATARA HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF BABA’S DARSHAN AND  BECAME VERY CLOSE

On 31st January 1956, Baba and the mandali were driven in car to Satara. From 1st February 1956, villagers from neighbouring places began coming to Satara for Baba's darshan, and Baba saw them for an hour each day as promised. Some residents of Satara also had the opportunity of his darshan at this time, and one man from among them, V. Swarankar Rangole, became very close in his contact. (Lord Meher-p-3934-1956)

 

 

 

253-RANI OF PHALTAN

 

RANI OF PHALTAN CAME TO AHMEDNAGAR AND REQUESTED TO MEET BABA ALLOWED

The Rani of Phaltan came to Ahmednagar and was accommodated at Sarosh and Viloo's residence, Viloo Villa, in the cantonment. Driven by Elizabeth in her DeSoto, Baba went there at 3:00 P.M. to meet her. Norina accompanied them. The Rani showed Baba a letter from the filmmaker, Alexander Markey, about his proposed trip to India, and she requested that he be permitted to meet Baba. Baba allowed it and told Norina to write to him. (Lord Meher-p-2692-1949)

 

 

237-RAMKRISHNA JAJU

RAMAKRISHNA JUJU A PROMINENT CONGRESS LEADER OF SHOLAPUR GAVE A SHORT SPEECH AND BESEECHED BABA TO GRANT DARSHAN TO THE CROWD

On 23rd July 1948, a one-hour darshan was held at lower Meherabad in the new hall. Baba arrived at Meherabad quite early with 3 woman mandali. About 250 Baba lovers from Sholapur, Barsi, Poona, Bombay and Ahmednagar arrived that morning .All gathered inside the hall. Everyone stood up as Baba entered, and cried out, "SADGURU MEHER BABA KI JAI!" The prayer The Seven Names of God was then sung. Baba met each group individually. Ramakrishna Juju (a prominent Congress leader of Sholapur) gave a short speech commemorating the occasion, and elaborated on Gandhi's work and his connection with Meher Baba. (Lord Meher-p-2663-1948)

On way back from Andhra the train stopped At Sholapur. Ramakrishna Juju beseeched Baba to grant darshan to the crowd gathered there. So Baba went out of the station, where a multitude was waiting. He dictated this message:

Until I break my silence, I hear through you and speak through you. To know me, you are to love me. I am one of you. Through love, you can know me.

One of the aspects of God is infinite honesty. If you do service to people with honesty, that too is love. One who loves me so as to forget himself can know my Real Self.

God cannot be explained; He listens to the language of the heart.

After the message was delivered, Baba immediately returned to his coach and took his seat in the second class compartment as the train steamed away. (Lord Meher-p- 3455-1954)

 

239-RAMNATH SHARMA

(Friend of Sulloo Meshram)

Sulloo explained to Baba that he was very eager and restless for self realization; he asked if Baba would give it to him in a fixed time. To this Baba replied that a baby cannot be born before nine months and there is a fixed time for everything, but Baba promised himself realization during this very life. Baba said, “You will do wonders.” Later during the conversation Baba added, “I am one with God and you have surrendered to me; how can I keep you in Maya?” With respect to his friend and interpreter Shri Ramnath Sharma, Baba explained that Sulloo and Sharma were linked through connections from a past life. (Lord meher-p—2769)

 

SHAIKH HIDAYAT KHAN

 

SHEIKH HIDAYAT KHAN OF AURANGABAD, BABA’S FAVORITE QAWAAL WAS CALLED IN A DARSHAN PROGRAM AT BHULABHAI DESAI MEMORIAL HALL IN BOMBAY; BABA PRAISED A HIS SINGING AND EXPLAINED MANY SPIRITUAL POINTS

In the afternoon a smaller function was held in Hasman Hall for Baba's close lovers.  It was more like a sahavas than a darshan program. Shaikh Hidayat Khan, one of Baba's favorite qawaals, had been specially called from Aurangabad. 4237-1957

 

PURANDHARE D. S.

 

PURANDHARE D. S. WAS ASSOCIATED WITH SAKORI ASHRAM OF UPASANI MAHARAJ.

Baba visited Sakori ashram of Upasani Maharaj. Baba entered Upasni Maharaj's hut, where a number of men and women had already gathered and were singing devotional songs. Baba sat down on a cushion on the stone flooring. One of Maharaj's devotees said a few words in Marathi welcoming Baba's visit,

In the morning Baba walked to Upasni Maharaj's samadhi, where Godavri and the kanyas were sitting. Baba took a seat exactly facing Maharaj's tomb Baba conveyed the following via the alphabet board to Godavri, D. S. Purandhare and all the residents of the ashram. (Lord Meher-p-3523-1954)

 

 

 

RAJA RAM

A Boy

 

RAJARAM A BOY IN WHITE KAFNIS WAS ALLOWED TO SIT INSIDE THE CRYPT DURING THE DAY.

On 25 January, Baba gave Chhota Baba and Rajaram white kafnis to wear and had a place in his underground crypt-cabin made for them, beside his space separated by a curtain.

Later, Rajaram and Lobhaji were allowed to sit inside the crypt during the day. Strict orders were issued that no one else should enter the new area except Raosaheb, as a special orderly.

Rajaram was seeing Baba continuously, but he could not recognize anyone else. Pendu asked him if he (Rajaram) knew who he was, and Rajaram replied, "Baba" and embraced Pendu. Even while with Baba, Rajaram caught hold of Baba's feet and wept continually for fifteen minutes. (Lord Meher-p-891-1928)

 

 

RAMAJI

RAMAJI A ASHRAM STUDENT WAS FORBIDDEN BY BABA TO MARRY, BUT BOY'S FATHER HAD ARRANGED HIS MARRIAGE AND IN WEDDING PROCESSION ONE BULLOCK PULLING CART SUDDENLY COLLAPSED

Ramaji, who was from Arangaon, was one of the older students in the ashram school. Baba was very fond of Ramaji and had forbidden him to marry, but disregarding that advice, the boy's father had arranged his marriage and Ramaji had to comply. On 5th June 1929, as the wedding procession was on its way through Arangaon Village, one bullock pulling a cart full of guests suddenly collapsed and died. Then heavy rain began falling, postponing the ceremony. The river near the village was flooded, and while crossing it, three or four persons were trapped; however, after some time they were rescued.

Meanwhile, Baba had been inquiring about Ramaji. He finally instructed Bhau Cheema to tell Ramaji to come and take his darshan at least once before getting married; otherwise, Ramaji would have to suffer terribly.

Ramaji was informed of Baba's wish, and the next day, he sought Baba's forgiveness. Seeing him weep, Baba forgave him and explained, "You have no idea what a great loss you have suffered by disobeying me. But since you have repented, you are pardoned. Had that bullock not died, your bride would have died. Do you have any idea to what extent I am troubled in order to save your bride?"

Baba then asked, "How did the bullock die? Was it sick?"

"It was very strong and quite healthy," Ramaji answered. "It just suddenly fell down and died."

"You will never understand it. Remember not to break my orders again." Ramaji felt deeply sorry and he wept much at Baba's feet, but Baba's embrace calmed him. (Lord Meher-1029/10-1929)

 

RAKHMA

(A woman servant)

 

 

RAKHMA A MAID SERVANT HAVING SEEN A SNAKE IN WOMEN'S BUNGALOW CALLED KRISHNA NAIR BUT HE REFUSED TO LEAVE HIS POST

In 1951 at Meherabad, on one occasion, Baba went for an outing with the women and directed Krishna to be on watch at the gate until his return, and not to enter the women's bungalow. Rakhma was one of four maid servants from Meherabad in the bungalow. At one point, a snake was seen in the house and Rakhma called Krishna to kill it, but he refused to leave his post.

When Baba heard about it on his return — the women servants had complained about Krishna — Baba asked him, "Why didn't you kill the snake?"

Krishna replied, "Your order was not to leave the gate. How could I go to the house?"

Baba then asked, "Had there been a fire in the house, would you have gone?"

Krishna said, "No."

Baba corrected him, remarking, "I would have been very pleased had you followed the order in this way. However, you did not obey for the sake of obeying me. On the contrary, you were irritated at my order not to leave the gate. That is why, although outwardly you obeyed, you have not obeyed me and have instead given vent to your anger."

Baba added, "It was on account of your being in such a bad mood that the snake came in the first place. Now if you want to please me, find the snake and kill it."

At first, Krishna could not find it, but after three-quarters of an hour he saw the snake crawl out of the window of the women's house. He called Baba and told him, but by that time the snake had disappeared, and Baba indicated to let it go. This was unusual because Baba's standing order to the mandali was that whenever a snake was seen, it was to be killed. (Lord Meher-p-2241-1951)

 

 

RAJBHOG P. N.

 

RAJBHOG P. N. THE HOSTEL SECRETARY, A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT RECEIVED BABA AND SAID A FEW WORDS.

In year 1957, Baba went to the Kamla Nehru Hostel to visit the Harijan children and students there. The hostel secretary, a member of parliament named P. N. Rajbhoj, received Baba and said a few words. Two small girls sang a Marathi bhajan, and Baba permitted the children to have his darshan. (Lord Meher-p-4182-1957

 

 

 

RAMKRISHNA GITE

(A teacher in school)

 

RAMKRISHNA GITE TEACHER HAD ARGUMENT WITH PANDOBA ABOUT THE VALUE OF EDUCATION BABA DISCOURSED

From the 1st of June 1927, the teaching of Persian began in the Meher Ashram School. In the morning at ten o'clock, an argument arose among two other teachers, Pandoba and Ramkrishna Gite, about the value of education.  Pandoba claimed that education had spoiled India's traditional family system of vocational trades (such as the son of a tailor or cobbler following in his father's footsteps), whereas Gite was in favor of it, maintaining that it had greatly benefited the nation. Hearing them, Baba made the following statements: (lord Meher-p-819-1927)

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

On 10th October 1957, one of the teachers, Ramkrishna Gite, left his position, Semester exams at the school were given on 20th October.  (Lord Meher-p-847-1927)

On 19th February 1956, Baba left Jal Villa and again began staying at Grafton with the women mandali. There he continued to remain in seclusion and did not see anyone or go out of the house. He broke his fast the next day, and again, from the 22nd, moved back to Jal Villa for his seclusion work. After his two days of work in Jal Villa, Baba indicated that his work in seclusion there was finished. He instructed the mandali to stop renting it, and another bungalow was rented for his seclusion work, called Gite's, or the Judge's Bungalow, (Lord Meher-p- 3946-1956)

 

RANGOLE M. J.

 

RANGOLE M. J. AND HIS WIFE WERE BLESSED WITH A CHILD EXPRESSED THEIR GRATITUDE TO BABA.

On Sunday, 20th March 1960 in morning, Baba along with the women and men mandali left Meherazad, and arrived at Guruprasad after three hours. Baba had permitted his Ahmednagar lovers to wait for him at Sarosh Motor Works, where he stopped to meet them on his way to Poona. But his Poona lovers were informed in advance not to be waiting on the roadside when he arrived in Poona, and they obeyed his wish. Yet no sooner had Baba arrived than M. J. Rangole of Satara was seen standing near the gates. His wife was holding a baby, and standing with him,. The previous year the couple had been extremely depressed when they approached Baba and, on his inquiry, the wife had said, "I am childless, Baba. People ridicule me and call me barren. I have to hide my face before them." Baba assured her not to worry and promised that he would see about it. This was the result and the couple had come to express their gratitude. (Lord Meher-p-4641-1960)

 

 

234-RAMDAS

RAMDAS, A HINDU FROM BOMBAY WAS GIVEN PERSONAL ADVICE TO VISIT THE SAINT TIPU BABA DAILY

On 10 th May 1925, Upasni Maharaj's 55th birthday was observed at Meherabad as an occasion for great rejoicing. Preparations for the program had begun several days before. A pavilion was erected and beautifully decorated. Handbills had been widely distributed and announcements printed in various newspapers, inviting people of all castes and creeds to participate in the celebration. Flags were flying over the school, hospital and Baba's Jhopdi; garlands and festoons hung on every doorway. In a temporary kitchen, a massive quantity of food was cooked in huge vessels.

Meher Baba gave personal advice and spiritual instruction at each interview. He instructed Mr. Ramdas, a Hindu from Bombay, to visit the saint Tipu Baba daily. Ramdas asked Baba the difference between a mast, a majzoob and a Perfect Master, and Baba gave an interesting explanation on the subject. (Lord Meher-p-581-1925)

On 5th December 1926, after staying in Lonavla for ten days, Baba decided to take the afternoon train to Bombay with the mandali. A house for him at Santa Cruz (a northern suburb) had been arranged through a Bombay devotee, Mr. Ramdas, who had met Baba at Meherabad in 1925.

Baba and the mandali reached Dadar railway station at five o'clock. Since it was the religious holiday of Amawasya (and a Sunday), Naval and Mr. Ramdas were not able to arrange transportation for the group to their lodgings.  Finally, a Victoria (cab) was hired and Baba went in the horse-drawn carriage with a few of the mandali to the bungalow. (Lord Meher-p-753-1926)

 

 

 

RAM BHIWA

(A Boy)

 

RAM BHIWA, A YOUNG HINDU BOY CAME TO SCHOOL TO LEARN ENOUGH TO READ THE RAMESHWARI (LIFE OF RAM). HE WAS RENAMED BHOLARAM BECAUSE OF HIS INNOCENT NATURE

In year 1925, one evening Ram Bhiwa, a young Hindu of 22, came to Meherabad seeking admission to the school. He said, "I would like to be able to learn enough so that I can read the Rameshwari (life of Ram) but my father does not send me to school and tells me to work in the fields instead. (Lord Meher-p-613-1925)

He said that I am too old for school." Bhiwa had left home with a few coins and only a few roasted chickpeas in his pocket. He had intended to go on pilgrimage to Pandharpur, but it was his great fortune to come face-to-face with Pandhari (Lord God) himself.

Baba kept Bhiwa at Meherabad and renamed him Bholaram, because of his innocent nature.  After the evening meal, Baba, communicating by gestures, began teaching Bholaram the alphabet in Marathi. Baba emphasized to him that he was the first boy at Meherabad to be personally tutored by him. Baba assured him that, whether Bholaram remained with him or not, he would continue making progress in his education, in spite of his age. (Lord Meher-p-614-1925)

Baba started paying particular attention to a boy named Bhiwa, often calling him to be near him, and patting and kissing him.  One day at 1:30 P.M., Baba gathered all the Prem Ashram boys and asked whether they were having any problems meditating at night and early in the morning. Many replied that they were not, but Bhiwa began shedding tears and did not answer. Baba questioned him. After hesitating, Bhiwa answered, "While meditating, I don't see your physical form. Many thoughts assail me."

Chhagan had been appointed as Baba's orderly the previous day. He had neglected to remove the slate, chalk and other writing materials beside Baba's seat, which he should have done according to Baba's order the previous day. Suddenly, Baba scribbled something on the slate. Moments later, he reminded Chhagan that he had announced his desire to stop writing and was furious with him for having forgotten to remove the writing materials. Baba then stormed out of the hall and locked himself in the Jhopdi, remaining there the rest of the day. A boy named Bhiwa served as his attendant.(Lord Meher-p-760-1927)

When the Meher Ashram (boarding) school first began, there were ten students including Bhiwa, The school was located in the Family Quarters, and the ashram staff stayed there also. (Lord Meher-p-806-1927)

On Wednesday, 22nd August 1928, Baba eased the school curriculum for one month and ordered the mandali to let the boys come to him whenever they wished

Baba started paying particular attention to a boy named Bhiwa, often calling him to be near him, and patting and kissing him.  One day in afternoon Baba gathered all the Prem Ashram boys and asked whether they were having any problems meditating at night and early in the morning. Many replied that they were not, but Bhiwa began shedding tears and did not answer. Baba questioned him. After hesitating, Bhiwa answered, "While meditating, I don't see your physical form. Many thoughts assail me." Baba consoled him with an explanation about the mind: (Lord  Meher-p-960-1928)

Baba transferred fifteen of the boys from the Prem Ashram back to Meher Ashram leaving eighteen boys in Prem Ashram. Bhiwa also would not stop crying and threatened to leave, but Baba consoled and in the end they obediently joined Meher Ashram. (Lord Meher-p-985-1928)

After being confined in his cage-room for almost three weeks, Baba declared on Monday, 27th January 1930, "I am exhausted by this seclusion and want to go away somewhere for a few days. But where and when should I go? Bijapur, South India, or some other place?" A foot journey was discussed, but no decision was made then.

At two in the afternoon on the 30th, Baba suddenly left his seclusion. When he came out of the cage-cabin, Bhiwa was the first to greet him, and Sailor was the first to take his darshan. It had been 22 days of cramped confinement.(lord Meher-p-1133-1930)

After his return to Nasik, the boy Bhiwa was added to the list of Baba's orderlies. Pilamai's son Vithal was also eager to remain near Baba and he, too, was allowed. Beheram and Padri returned that night from Bombay. After his return to Nasik, the boy Bhiwa was added to the list of Baba's orderlies-(lord Meher-p-1153-1930)

On 21st March 1930, Baba traveled to Sholapur in a bus with eleven of the mandali to grace the wedding of Anna 104's nephew, Malaya Jakkal. Among those going with Baba were Padri, Beheram, and Chhagan; Chanji was ordered to stay in Nasik and look after the Bhiwa was ill so he remained in Nasik.(lord Meher-p-1156-1930)

Baba left for England for first time in 1932. During Baba's absence, among two boys Bhiwa, who were formerly in the Meher Ashram, had stayed with Baba's men mandali in Nasik after the disbanding of the school. (Lord Meher-p- 1348-1932)

In March 1933, after his return to Nasik, Baba added the Bhiwa in the list of His orderlies. (lord Meher-p-1513-1953)

Meher Baba's health had broken down in the middle of winter while travelling through North America. In Canada the extreme cold temperatures affected his health severely. By March, it was observed that Baba was still weak; he had intermittent fever and a sore throat. The baking heat of India's summer was becoming intolerable. Seeking a more pleasant climate Baba shifted to Nasik with the women mandali early in the morning on Monday, 4 March 1935 to spend the hot summer months (March through May) there. Bhiwa drove the second bus carrying women and men mandali. (Lord Meher-p-1673-1935)

Baba shifted to Nasik with the women mandali early in the morning on 4th March 1935 to spend the hot summer months (March through May) there. They traveled in two buses. Bhiwa drove the bus from Meherabad to Nasik.(Lord Meher-p-1973-1955)

 

 

217- RAM NORI

 

RAM NORI MET BABA AT GURUPRASAD WHEN HE WAS A BOY.

Ram Nori, who met Baba at Guruprasad when he was a boy.

(C/o Sridhar Kelkar)

 

 

 

229-RAMBHAU

(A mast)

One day a mast-like man named Rambhau was brought to Satara from Poona by Baidul. He was not a full-fledged mast, but was somewhat spiritually intoxicated, having a "whiff" of the Path.  Bhau was ordered to care for him — to serve him food, make his bed and generally see to all his requirements. In addition, Baba ordered Bhau to wash and lay his head on Rambhau's feet seven times each day.

On one occasion, Baba instructed Bhau, "Today, I will cut Rambhau's hair and bathe him, so have everything ready by 1:30 P.M." Baba warned him three or four times to keep the mast ready and added, "I will cut his hair at exactly 1:30. Be alert and see that Rambhau does not leave the bungalow then."

Rambhau would never go outside; he would always remain seated docilely in one place. Bhau made the necessary arrangements and kept Rambhau ready. But, while he was in the bathroom, Rambhau slipped out of his room and, for the first time, walked off.

Exactly at 1:30 P.M., Baba arrived at Rosewood from Grafton. Bhau left the bathroom and went to Rambhau's room to fetch him. He was stunned to find the room vacant. Bhau had left him alone for only five minutes, never thinking he would behave like this. Terribly distraught, Bhau searched throughout the bungalow compound but could not find him. Baba sent for him and asked, "Didn't I tell you to bring the mast? What were you doing? I am waiting here for you ... Where is he?"

Bhau faltered, "The mast has gone somewhere."

Baba was furious and scolded Bhau, "I warned you repeatedly to be attentive, be very attentive. Still, you did not listen to me. How careless you are! How can I trust you?

You have spoiled my work."

He then ordered, "Find Rambhau and bring him within half an hour or else you will have to pack your things and leave!"

Bhau rode a bicycle and searched up and down the roads, but he could not find Rambhau. Frightened and dejected, he returned empty-handed. Baba was still fuming. Baba sent him out again with Pendu in the car, but they could not locate the mast.

Rambhau had disappeared. Bhau stood guiltily before Baba, feeling the ground slipping out from under his feet. At last, Baba ordered him, "Now, go out on foot. Find the mast and come back with him within five minutes. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to remain here."

Bhau left and saw Rambhau walking on the road back to the bungalow! Bhau felt a profound relief at seeing him. He took him to Baba immediately, who asked, "Where did you find him?"

"On the road."

"The mast never left before, how is it he wandered off today?"

"It is truly surprising," Bhau said. "I looked for him on the road in all directions, but could not find him anywhere. I do not know where he was or how he happened to be coming back."

Baba replied, "You did not pay proper attention to my warnings, and that is why he left. Let this be a lesson to you."

It was later learned that Rambhau had hidden himself in a public urinal, and when Baba had sent Bhau out again to search for him, Rambhau had just stepped back onto the road. (Lord Meher-p-

4117/8-1956)

 

235-RAMKRISHNA GITE

(A teacher in school)

On 10 th October 1957, one of the teachers, Ramkrishna Gite, left his position, Semester exams at the school were given on 20th October.  (Lord Meher-p-847-1927)

 

RAMKRISHNA JAJU

 

RAMAKRISHNA JAJU A PROMINENT CONGRESS LEADER OF SHOLAPUR GAVE A SHORT SPEECH COMMEMORATING THE OCCASION

On 23rd July 1948, a one-hour darshan was held at lower Meherabad in the new hall. Baba arrived at Meherabad quite early with 3 woman mandali. About 250 Baba lovers from Sholapur, Barsi, Poona, Bombay and Ahmednagar arrived that morning .All gathered inside the hall. Everyone stood up as Baba entered, and cried out, "SADGURU MEHER BABA KI JAI!" The prayer The Seven Names of God was then sung. Baba met each group individually. Ramakrishna Jaju (a prominent Congress leader of Sholapur) gave a short speech commemorating the occasion, and elaborated on Gandhi's work and his connection with Meher Baba. (Lord Meher-p-2663-1948)

 

RANDELIA BELI PHIROZ

Baba left Meherazad for Satara with the men and women mandali on Tuesday, 5 October 1954 for Satara. Baba's car stopped at Sarosh Motor Works, where he met few lovers

Breaking his journey in Poona, Baba visited the Yeravda Central Prison to see a devotee named Beli Phiroz Randelia, as a young man, Beli had become a devotee of Upasni Maharaj. He had quit his studies and lived in Sakori for a number of months before and after Upasni Maharaj died in 1941. But the young man was emotionally unbalanced and had an irritable temperament. His brother, Noshir, was a student at a Bombay college and also used to visit Maharaj. Somehow, Beli got the impression that Maharaj, and later his parents, loved Noshir more. (The father wanted to send Noshir to America for further studies.) Unable to bear this, Beli began hating his brother. The animosity between them increased until May 1945, when his brother was found dead on his bed with a deep gash on his neck. In a fit of jealousy, Beli had murdered him.

For the next eight months, Beli roamed about undetected by the police. He had heard of Meher Baba and tried desperately to meet him, but Baba was away on mast tours.

Pendu advised him to surrender and not come back to Meherabad. But Beli stayed in Ahmednagar and one day met Baba on his return. Beli confessed to his crime and sincerely repented for it.

Baba comforted him and advised him not to worry, but to surrender to the police and accept the consequences of his deed without fear. "My nazar will be on you," Baba assured him. Beli obeyed and surrendered to the police on 31 January 1946. He was convicted for murder and sent to Yeravda Prison for life.

From prison, Beli wrote to Baba and, in one reply, Baba told him, "I love saints as much as I love sinners. I love you. It is never too late or too much to love God. Think as much as you can about Baba and as little as possible about yourself."

Time and again Beli wrote that he was longing for darshan. He asked for Baba's books, and read them. A few days before Baba was to pass through Poona in 1954, letters from Beli came pouring in requesting darshan. Baba agreed, provided that the authorities allow the prisoner to have darshan. Baba arrived at Yeravda at about 9:00 A.M. Lovers from Poona, Barsi, Ahmednagar and Gujarat were also present. Baba was met first by the prison officials, who received him with utmost respect and reverence. A reception was arranged, and the superintendent of the prison was highly gratified at having Baba's darshan.

Then Beli was allowed an exclusive interview. "Why are you so impatient?" Baba asked him. "Here you have been given the best chance to remember me. Do as the jail officials say, and if you carry out my orders, I will be happy with you." Hearing this, the officials (who were present during the interview) were very thankful to Baba, as Beli had been a troublesome prisoner.

Beli was overjoyed with love and devotion, and with folded hands said, "This is the most joyous day of my life." He was sitting on the floor and Baba in a chair in a specially decorated room. Baba gave him a few more words of advice, embraced him and their photograph was taken. On parting, Beli got another embrace from Baba, who left the prison at eleven o'clock. Lord Meher-p-3645-1954)

 

RAMARAO

 

RAMARAO WAS A POOR RELATIVE OF MAHARANI SHANTADEVI WAS PROMISED WITH BABY GIRL BABA ASKED KAIKOBAD TO PRAY FOR HER RECOVERY

Ramarao was a poor relative of Maharani Shantadevi who was employed to oversee the servants at Guruprasad. A year earlier, his wife had had a baby girl who died. The wife entreated Baba to grant her the boon of another child and Baba promised he would. The mother had delivered another baby girl two weeks before, but the doctors were at their wits end trying to keep the child alive. The baby had been shifted from one hospital to another three times. Sometimes she would be much better, and sometimes it seemed as if she were about to pass away. The mother again entreated Baba to keep her baby alive. Baba replied that he did not use his powers, and so could do nothing in the matter. But on 25 May, he instructed Eruch to telephone Adi to deliver a message to Kaikobad on Meherabad Hill to pray hard for the recovery of the child. Kaikobad should beseech God through his prayers to save the child. (Baba also asked Kaikobad to pray that the program to be held at Guruprasad on the 26th — when Baba would distribute prizes to different cricket teams — would be a success.)

Baba later explained, "When Kaikobad prays earnestly, the baby feels better, but as soon as he dozes off, its condition deteriorates! Kaikobad's request to God to keep the baby alive is nothing but his request to me to keep it alive."

Baba asked Dr. Alu Khambatta whether or not the baby would live. She replied, "If your grace is on the baby, it will live."

In response, Baba stated, "My grace is there; the baby will become one with God!" (Lord Meher-p-5004-1963)

 

RAM SINDHI QAWAAL

 

 

RAM SINDHI QAWAAL PERFORMED IN MUSICAL PROGRAM TWO HOURS IN GURUPRASAD

On Tuesday, 15th May 1962, a musical program was held in Guruprasad in the evening, featuring Ram Sindhi Qawaal. It lasted for two hours, and local Poona lovers were allowed to attend. (Lord Meher-p-4800-1960)

 

 

 

 

RATAN KAIKOBAD

(Son of Kaikobad)

 

RATAN KAIKOBAD SON OF KAIKOBAD WAS GIVEN A JOB AT THE SAROSH CINEMA OPERATING THE FILM PROJECTOR

In year 1944, Kaikobad and his family arrived in Meherabad on the night of the 31st and remained for the rest of their lives. Kaikobad's wife, Jerbai, 46, and their three daughters, Meheru, 23, Gulu, 21, and Jalu, 18, were kept with the other women on Meherabad Hill, and Kaikobad stayed in lower Meherabad, in a small cottage that was built for him (on the spot of the old Bathroom Building). His son, Ratan, stayed in Ahmednagar and was given a job at the Sarosh Cinema operating the film projector. (Lord Meher-p-2419-1944)

On 14th October 1948, a deed of partnership between 20 of the mandali was executed for Meher Publications, for the purpose of publishing Baba's books. In attendance at Meherazad were Kaikobad's son Ratan, who showed up unannounced.  (Lord Meher-p-2674-1948)

Kaikobad's son Ratan was permitted to meet Baba and his father briefly on 28th October 1963, (Lord meher-p-5047-1963)

After her death ,Meheru was buried on Meherabad Hill on 28th February 1966, and afterwards, on 1st March, Baba called Jerbai, her two other daughters, Gulu and Jalu, and their brother Ratan, to Meherazad. Baba assured Jerbai, "Your faith and courage have made me very happy."  (Lord Meher-p-5210-1966)

 

 

297-RUSTOM MAMA  & PIROJA MAMI

(Brother of Pila masi & Sister of Sheriarji Moondegar Irani)

 

RUSTOM MAMA AND PIROJA WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN MARRIAGE OF SHERIARJI MOONDEGAR IRANI (BABA’S FATHER)

Merwan's maternal uncle Rustom Mama was a big, strapping fellow. He was working in theater, and he and his wife Piroja Mami had relocated to Calcutta, where there was an active Parsi theater scene. The couple was childless and, during 1916. Memo sent Merwan to stay with his aunt and uncle for a change of scenery and to improve his disposition. Unfortunately Merwan was not at ease in Calcutta and felt uncomfortable away from his friends. (Lord Meher-p-176-1916)

After 30 days of Chilla Nashini, Baba came to his sister’s house in Poona and stayed with his sister in Poona. The Sheriarji as dervish kept aloof and would spend his days in meditation and quietude. Occasionally he would cause his sister anxiety by remarking that he was considering resuming his old life as a wandering mendicant.

Piroja was a loving, innocent and gentle soul, whose love for her sadhu-brother was deep; she did not want him to leave, to lose himself in what she considered an aimless life. Piroja would often tell Sheriar that he should get a job, marry a nice Zoroastrian girl, and settle down with a family. But Sheriar would politely avoid the topic of marriage. He had not given up his longing to realize God. Although he had heard God speak to him, he did not fully understand the message.

Broken-hearted, but not broken in spirit, Sheriar became restless to be alone again under the open sky with his heart's sole companion. Searching for an answer to his profound dilemma, Sheriar earnestly implored, "Beloved Yezdan, what is Your will?"

One day in 1883, Sheriar was overcome with melancholy and gently told Piroja that the time for him to leave had come.

 

One day in 1883, Sheriar was overcome with melancholy and gently told Piroja that the time for him to leave had come.

Tears filled Piroja's eyes and she pleaded with her brother, "Don't go. Stay here in Poona. Why do you want to roam throughout India as a beggar? It is pointless! Stay here and get married. As your sister, I beg you. Settle down."

"But I am not meant for such a life," Sheriar explained. "I cannot marry; it isn't my nature. I do not want to hear talk about marriage anymore." Piroja began weeping and Sheriar was moved by his sister's love. He knew that even if he explained his deepest longing, it would not console her.

But the divine voice once again reverberated its message in his heart, "It is your son, Sheriar, your son ... Through your son you will know Me."

To put an end to this subject and to satisfy his sister, Sheriar forced a smile and said, "Okay. If it is your wish that I get married and settle down with a family, I am willing to do so. Let there be no further discussion on this topic. But there is one condition: I should have the liberty to marry the girl of my choice, not one of your choice. And only if the girl I select is willing, will I marry. If she refuses, then you should promise never to bring up the subject of my marriage and family life ever again and allow me to go on my way."

Although this was an unusual condition, Sheriar's determined, devout, and good-natured sister agreed and inquired if he had any such girl in mind. Glancing out the window, Sheriar said, "Yes." When asked who she was, he pointed to a small, charming Irani girl wearing a white frock and loose red trousers, who happened to be passing their house. It was little Shireen on her way to her lessons. Her eyes were lowered and she was carrying a slate and a few books under her arm.

"If I ever marry," Sheriar declared, "I will marry that girl alone. Otherwise, I will never marry."

"Have some shame, Brother, before uttering such things," Piroja admonished him, since the age difference between Sheriar (30) and the girl (five) was too great. Knowing Sheriar as she did, Piroja felt that this was a ploy on his part to avoid marriage and the burden of bringing up a family. He knew the acceptance of such a proposal was preposterous! No parent would ever give their innocent, young daughter in marriage to a person such as Sheriar, who was not only unemployed but was an ascetic living a pure life away from worldly attractions.

Piroja tried to "talk some sense" into her brother, but he was adamant and steadfast in his resolve. As per the promise given by him, he was prepared to marry that girl alone and no one else. Piroja was helpless and had to give in. She thought, "Why not try? If it is in their destiny to come together, God will make it happen."

Sheriar thought, "There is no harm in what I have said because, after all, who is going to agree to let a little girl marry a man of my age?" He felt relieved that he had found a way to stop this troublesome discussion about marriage.

However, just the opposite reaction took place in Piroja: Her determination to see her brother married, instead of being quashed by her brother's statement, was intensified. She hurried from the house to her friend Golandoon, fell on her knees, and pleaded with tears streaming down her face, "Golandoon, you are my dear friend. Today I have come to beg from you. Will you do me a great favor?"

Piroja appeared desperate and Golandoon pitied her. "What is the matter? What's happened?" she inquired anxiously. "Why do you look so unhappy? Tell me what is wrong."

"Save my brother!" Piroja cried. "Only you can save my brother and assure my happiness."

Confused, Golandoon inquired, "What is it you want me to do? How can I help your brother?"

Piroja beseeched her, "My brother's marriage to your Shireen. I know how it sounds, but you must agree. I have come to beg this of you."

Moved by her plight, Golandoon, out of pity for her friend, said, without thinking, "Yes, I promise."

The two ladies embraced. Piroja's joy knew no bounds; she felt as if she had won a great victory. Bursting with happiness, she hastened home to convey the good news to Sheriar. "My friend, Golandoon, the mother of the little girl you saw, has promised her in marriage to you."

Sheriar's reaction was that of stoic resignation to God's will, and he accepted what had happened. He had made a promise to his sister; he could not go back on his word. However, when Shireen's father Dorabji came to know of the arrangement, he became furious with his wife. They quarreled for days over the matter, but there was nothing he could do, for Golandoon had also given her promise, and a promise was not to be broken

Nine years passed before Golandoon's promise to Piroja was fulfilled. Sheriar and Shireen were married according to Zoroastrian custom in 1892. At that time, the bridegroom was 39 and the bride was just 14. Piroja and Golandoon rejoiced, but Dorabji still found the arrangement unacceptable and protested by refusing to attend the wedding. (Lord Meher-p-101/2/3/4-1984)

Baba's birthday was anticipated with much excitement and joy. The festivities were scheduled for Monday, 19 February. As the day dawned, many invited guests began pouring into the Manzil. The atmosphere was full of happy animation. Naval decorated the Manzil, its compound and the pandal; flower pots were arranged and young saplings beautified the grounds. Cascades of flowers were hung around the house, and a special velvet sofa was brought for the Master and splendidly decorated by Munshiji. The scene was quite lovely and breezes swung the sheets of flowers, wafting their fragrance throughout the premises.

When Baba was requested to occupy the sofa, however, he refused on several pretexts. After great beseeching, he entered the pandal but sat on the floor, where he was pro

Once ,Memo's sister-in-law (Sheriarji's sister) Piroja Mami (paternal aunt) came to Bangalore to see her favorite nephew. After dinner, she went to Baba's bathroom to wash her hands. It was evening and Chhagan was on night watch. He stopped her before she could enter, and Piroja indignantly said, "I am Baba's mami. Who are you to stop me?"

"No one is allowed here," Chhagan informed her. "Baba is resting. Please go back."

Chagrined, Piroja Mami left. Baba called Chhagan and asked what all the commotion was about. When he was told, he called Piroja Mami back. Then winking at Chhagan, Baba began scolding him in front of her, "You pig! Why didn't you allow my mami to wash her hands?! Touch her feet and beg her forgiveness. Never, never treat her like that again! She is the Avatar's mami!"

Chhagan did as instructed, and Piroja Mami was, of course, satisfied. Baba then told her, "Mami, please take care not to come here at night. A ghost is haunting me, and that is why Chhagan tried to stop you from coming to this side. It is dangerous for you to come here at night."

"Oh, is that so?" she declared. "I didn't know. I will never come here again."

After she went out, Baba and Chhagan had a good laugh, and Baba remarked, "Mami is very innocent." (Lord Meher-p-2064-1939)

On 19th September 1947, the mass darshan program continued the next day,  Baba also graced the nearby town of Rander with his presence. Some people began creating a disturbance during one of the programs, and Baba turned to a singer sitting by his side and gestured, "Sing a song that will gladden my heart." The singer chose an appropriate song, with this line, which pleased Baba: "Those who do not bow to the Sadguru and keep beating their own drums are worse than animals!"

For this rare darshan occasion, Baba's elderly maternal uncle and aunt, Rustom Mama and Piroja Mami, had come from Bombay to attend the program.  Calling them on stage, Baba made them sit by his side. Both loved Baba dearly and would come for his darshan from time to time. (Lord Meher-p-2592-1947)

Baba's uncle Rustom Mama died during this period. Just before he passed away, he told his wife Piroja, "I always believed that Merwan was God, but now I am even more convinced."

Piroja Mami came to Meherazad for Baba's darshan. After seeing her briefly, Baba retired to his room. Approaching her niece Mani, Mami inquired where Baba had gone. "He has gone to his room," Mani replied. "He won't come now." Mami looked disappointed and Mani asked, "Do you want to tell Baba something?"

"Yes, I have come for that reason," Mami replied.

"Tell me and I will convey it to Baba."

Mami said, "I want that which Baba gives to all."

Mani replied, "Baba gives his love to all, which he has already given you."

"Not love — I want murti [an idol]!"

Mani began chuckling, because she knew that what Mami meant was mukti — liberation from birth and death. She understood and assured her, "Don't you worry, Mami; I will tell Baba to give you murti." Mami left happily, and when Mani related the conversation to Baba the next day, he was much amused. (Lord Meher-p-  2672-1948)

On the evening of the 18th December 1952, he local people came to know of his presence and many people arrived at the dak bungalow including some government officials. Baba gave them darshan, particularly Adi Sr.'s brother-in-law, Dr. Ranade, who was responsible for arranging Baba's stay whenever he came to Aurangabad. Gulmai had specially come to Aurangabad to meet Baba, and Baba saw her and her daughter, Piroja (who was married to Dr. Ranade). (Lord Meher-p-3223-1952)

 

 

 

SAPRE BHASKER MUKUND

 

BHASKER MUKUND SAPRE’S (BROTHER-IN-LAW OF NANA KHER) HOUSE WAS OCCUPIED BY AMERICAN FILM DIRECTOR IN SAONER

Baba left Meherazad for Saoner on 29th December 1952. Baba was to take a train to Saoner. Alexander Markey, the American film director, also arrived at Saoner and was lodged at the home of Nana Kher's brother-in-law, Bhasker Mukund Sapre. Markey had expressly come to invite Baba to the inauguration of his film shooting at Alwar, but due to previous commitments Baba could not attend. (Lord Meher-p-3232-1952)

 

SAKHARE RAYA MAROTI

 

RAYA MAROTI SAKHARE (A MANDAPWALLA) A LOCAL DEVOTEE GAVE A SPECIAL PARTY TO ALL THE MEHERABAD RESIDENTS

On the 26th a local devotee, Raya Maroti Sakhare (a mandapwalla, one who erects canopies) gave a special party to all the Meherabad residents at 4:00 P.M.. All gathered at the Sai Darbar where tea was served and Baba distributed sev, bhujia and jalebis. Before doing so, he first struck a match and threw it into his spittoon. (Lord Mewher-p-695-1926)