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LIST OF IRAN (PERSIA)
SL No. NAME INTRODUCTION PLACE PAGE NO
1 A Boy-1 Found in Multan Duzdab LM-2201
2 A Boy-2 Found in Duzdab Duzdab LM-1117
3 A Boy-3 Son of Dacoit Dera Gazi Khan LM-2202
4 A CID officer Self Quetta LM-429
5 A Dervish Self Quetta LM-1096
6 A Group of 100 beggars Group Bagdad LM-1740
7 A Persian lady Friend of pregnant woman Iran LM-5144
8 A Persian woman-1 Self Iran LM-876
9 A Persian woman-2 Self   LM-5114
10 A Persian woman-3 Self Iran LM-5144
11 A Persian woman-4 Self Iran LM-4981
12 A Persian woman-5 Self Iran LM-5144
13 A Principal Zoroastrian Marker School Yezd LM-1106
14 A Punjabi custom officer Self Iran LM-1005
15 A Saintly looking Man Self Iran LM-1107
16 Abdulla Rokneldin Pakrawan Self Iran LM-828
17 Ali Akbar Shapurjaman (Aloba) close disciple Meherabad Ref FS-Vol-2 Sl. No.7
18 An Arrogant Arbi Self Bushire LM-489
19 Arbab Rustom Khushrav Self Yezd LM-1104
20 Ardeshir Golwalla Self Quetta LM-429
21 Ardeshir Irani Friend of Rusi Pop Quetta LM-430
22 Army General of Baam Self Baam LM-1108
23 Faredoon F/o Buasaheb Mukarba LM-1105
24 Gulam Hussain Owner Lodhi Hotel Bushire LM-488
25 Hafizji Driver Baam LM-1111
26 Holaram Self Sukkur LM-534
27 Irani Hormusdiar Beheram Self Khorramshahr LM-5436/14
28 Irani Hormusdiar Boman & Pilamasi Self Iran LM-5434/81
29 Irani Rashid Khusroo Self Jafrabad LM-5434/63
30 Irani Rusi Pop & Khoshed B/o Pilamai Quetta LM-1540/2197
31 Irani Rustom B. B/o Bomanji Karachi LM-5434/79
32 Irani Shermard Khorband Prem Ashram boy Iran LM-5434/65
33 Jahangir Mehrabanpur Self Iran LM-5144
34 Kasaho Asaree Self Iran C/o Khodayar
35 Khodadad (Kaka) & Banu Masi B/o Sheriyarji (F/o Meher Baba) Iran LM-5434
36 Khodayar & Azendumush Irani Self & wife Iran Irwin Luck
37 Mehrabanpur Sheriyar Rashid Self Iran LM-828
38 Miya Khan Friend of Rusi Pop Quetta LM-430
39 Phiroz Shah Friend of Rusi Pop Sukkur LM-534/430
40 Police Commissioner of Baam Self Iran LM-1108/9
41 Police Commissioner of Moharamanh Self Iran LM-1196
42 Shah (Shayr) Khodadad S/o Khodadad Kaka Iran LM-5434
43 Sheheryar Irani Priest Iran LM-903
44 Sister of Soltoon Self Iran Lord Meher
45 Sohrab B/o Rusi Pop Quetta LM-430

 

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IRAN (PERSIA) CONTACTS 

 

1--A BOY-1

In 1941, Baba contacted one mast and one mastani in Multan. The bus arrived late in the afternoon, amazingly with only one puncture along the way. Eruch and Nilu were sent into the town to hunt masts. Eruch was also to bring a few boys, and Baba selected one to join them on the pretext that the boy would be taught to operate a movie projector and get a job at the Sarosh Cinema in Ahmednagar. But Baba had a hidden reason for the boy he chose.

On 7th March 1841, Baba and group left Multan for the town of Khar, a distance of 110 miles in Blue bus

Baba had brought the boy from Multan in the car and he had no idea who the friendly silent stranger was. The boy was singing to himself, but when the women in the group started shouting, "Sadguru Meher Baba ki jai," he realized that he was in the presence of someone great. (Lord meher-p-2201-1941)

 

 2-A BOY-2

Before leaving Duzdab, Buasaheb found a boy. He thought would fit Baba's description and brought him to Baba. Baba dressed the lad in fine clothes and fed him, but sent him back." (Lord Meher-p-1117-1929)

 

 3-A BOY-3

(Son of vicious dacoit)

In year 1941, Baba and the group reached the town of Dera Ghazi Khan in morning. The local folk of Dera Ghazi Khan warned them about the dangers of travelling to Quetta by this route. The people said that even the military were hesitant to travel by this road because of bandits, and that route was taken only with the greatest precaution. Baba was determined, however, and they drove on toward the mountains.

It continued to rain throughout the day as they proceeded toward Khar along the narrow, tortuous roads which wound up the steep mountain and around sharp curves. The area was so desolate and wild; there was actually no sign of human life along the entire drive. At two places the car and bus got stuck in the mud and were freed only when everyone got out and pushed. They reached the town of Khar at five in the evening and settled in at the dak bungalow on top of a mountain for two days.

The group left Khar on the 10th morning for Loralai, a distance of over 130 miles. The whole way was through mountain passes and was the most dangerous part of the journey. Ten miles away, they stopped at Rakhni to pick up hired military escorts.

In Loralai, the boy who had been accompanying them was identified as the son of a vicious dacoit. He had begun giving them trouble, so Baba sent the boy back to Multan. Baba's reason for bringing him was now revealed. The dacoits had not attacked them knowing the boy was travelling with them. (Lord Meher-p-2203-1941)

 

4-A CID OFFICER

On 12th June 1923, Baba said, "Before proceeding to Persia, I have been thinking of travelling six more months in India, walking from Kashmir to Bombay and staying somewhere along the journey for a month." He asked the mandali to think about this new plan and the route.

The next afternoon, Baba wished to climb the high mountain two miles away that overlooked their house. He walked there at a swift pace and the mandali, finding it hard to keep up after some distance, were practically running behind him. Observing the new strangers and their foreign attire, passers-by began staring at them, and one C.I.D. officer even followed the group. Reaching the base of the mountain, Baba started climbing it with sure and swift strides. But none of the mandali could climb the rocks and slid back down as soon as they had gone up a few feet. Baba came down shortly thereafter, and the group returned to the city. The C.I.D. agent, however, did not stop to interrogate them. (Lord Meher-p-429-1923)

 

5-A DERVISH

In September 1934, the police commissioner of Mohammerah and other officials wanted to meet Meher Baba, and when this was brought to Baba's attention, he scolded the men sternly, "I have told you a thousand times not to disclose my identity to outsiders. I don't like it. I do not wish to see anyone here. I might give darshan of my own accord elsewhere, but not here. Not one of you listens to me, and this creates all these unnecessary harassments."

It was later discovered that the dervish who had arranged for their house had informed others about Meher Baba. When they first met him, the dervish did not know at the time who Baba really was, but he found out when Baba visited Ardeshir Irani's house in Mohammerah.  But Baba was adamant and did not grant darshan to anyone in Mohammerah. (Lord meher-p-1096-1924)

 

6-A GROUP OF 100 CITY BEGGARS

In Bagdad, In spite of his failing health, on the 27th October 1936, Baba arranged for a large amount of cooked food to be purchased and fed 100 of the city's beggars, serving the food with his own hands. At one point, he remarked, "By my coming here, the link with Rahuri is snapped, and to re-establish this link, I am feeding these poor persons." Before starting their journey, Baba had expressed his desire to feed and, if possible, bathe a number of poor and crippled persons in Baghdad. Now, due to being detained by the breach in the railway line, he was able to do his work with the destitute.  (Lord Meher-p-1740-1936)

 

7-A PERSIAN LADY

During darshan program in year 1965, Aloba led six persons from Iran, who had come to Poona after overcoming great hardships. One lady brought an offering of money from another woman in Iran and explained whom it was from: "Just before we left, this woman was in a very complicated and difficult labor, and the doctors were preparing to perform a caesarean to save her. She kept repeatedly calling, 'Baba, Baba!' Within moments, to the amazement of the doctors, she safely delivered twins without the surgery. She asked me to place this love-offering at your feet."

Baba told her to return the money to the woman who had sent it, along with his love, and to instruct her to feed the poor in Iran with the money. (Lord Meher-p-5144-1965)

8-A PERSIAN WOMAN-1

On 28th December 1927, a woman came for Baba's darshan and referred to him as the Omniscient One. Thereupon Baba discoursed on the four types of knowledge — worldly knowledge, inner knowledge of the planes, Self-knowledge of the seventh plane, and all-knowledge, which only the Avatars and Sadgurus have in order to work in and for the three worlds. (Lord Meher-p- 876-1927)

9-A PERSIAN WOMAN-2

During darshan program in year 1965, a woman from Iran, Baba said to her, "Only 100 percent honesty leads one to Baba. Never pose. Be outwardly what you are within."   (Lord Meher-p-5144-1965)

 

 

10-A PERSIAN WOMAN-3

During darshan program in year 1965, one Persian woman, while taking darshan, wept bitterly and told Baba, "I cannot bear your separation."

Baba replied, "I too cannot bear my own separation!" (Lord Meher-p-5144-1965)

 

11-A PERSIAN WOMAN-4

In 1963, an Irani woman with her children approached Baba. She requested Baba to cast his nazar upon them. After she left, Baba observed, "My nazar is on everyone all the time; however, it does not fall upon just anyone. Once it falls on a person, he would instantaneously become infinite power, infinite knowledge and infinite bliss!" (Lord Meher-p-4981-1963)

 

12-A PERSIAN WOMAN-5

During sahwas program in year 1965, Aloba led and six individuals from Iran, who had come to Poona after overcoming great hardships. The oldest woman in the group had fallen and broken a rib in Bombay but came to Guruprasad daily despite her pain, not telling anyone of the extent of her injuries. (Lord Meher-p-5144-1965)

 

14-A PUNJABI CUSTOM OFFICER

Baba and mandali reached Uri at six that evening. Although it was quite cold, Baba did not wear his coat the entire day. He cooked dal and personally served it to each in the group. While on tour, Baba usually remained incognito, but at the Customs House in Domel, a Punjabi customs officer recognized Baba and took his darshan. He was given a booklet and a copy of the Meher Message. (Lord Meher-p-1055-1929)

 

 

15-A SAINTLY LOOKING MAN

Baba and group arrived in Baam and inquires were made as to how to proceed to Duzdab. They were informed that, via desert Duzdab could be reached in two days. They were also told that the route was extremely dangerous and full of highway bandits. In the interim, Raosaheb arranged for a quiet rest house on the outskirts of town where they stayed.

On 31st October 1929, Gustadji noticed a saintly-looking man, whom the local people held in great reverence, seated in front of a shop opposite their house and told Baba about him. Baba came to the door to see him. As soon as Baba appeared at the door, the saint jumped up from his seat as a mark of respect for Baba, whom he seemed to know. He came forward and kissed Baba's hands. Baba embraced him and the man walked off to return to his seat.

He told all who came to him afterwards, "There is amidst us an Emperor of all Fakirs." Later, Baba had him brought to his room where he sat alone with him.

Baba gave him his mattress and the man departed. Baba revealed that the man was a wali on the fifth plane. (Lord Meher-p-1107/8-1929)

 

 

16-ABDULLA ROKNELDIN PAKRAWAN

Rusi's efforts in Quetta proved fruitful and on 3rd July 1927, at seven in the morning, the first contingent of Persian students arrived with Baidul — twelve Zoroastrian and two Muslim boys. Two other adults accompanied the group. Baidul was successful in bringing the boys to India without passports — an accomplishment that would have been impossible without Baba's inner help. As soon as the boys arrived, although they were very tired from the long journey, Baidul lined them up according to height and had their photograph taken to document their appearance and condition on arrival. Baba then came and patted each boy on the head and lovingly welcomed them to Meherabad.

A Persian, a Muslim orphan of seventeen named Abdulla Rokneldin Pakrawan, arrived a week later, on 9th July 1927.  Seeing an advertisement for the Meher Ashram in a newspaper, he had come seeking to further his formal education; he was not interested in spirituality or in gurus. Because he was raised an orthodox Muslim, only Islam meant anything to him. Nevertheless, Baba admitted him to the Hazrat Babajan High School, and shortly after, Abdulla's orthodox mentality was transformed and he would be christened Chhota Baba. (Lord Meher-p-828-1927)

 

 

17-ALI AKBAR SHAPURZAMAN (ALOBA)

(Mandali)

(Refer Fortunate souls-2)

 

 

18-AN ARROGANT ARABI

After only a few days in Persia, group boarded the cargo ship “Baroja” and left Bushire. Baba and the mandali would always travel by the lowest class and, accordingly, they occupied the deck. Most of the other passengers on board were illiterate Arab tribesmen. There was not much room for the passengers because the cargo ship was carrying cows, goats, chickens, donkeys, and horses-the animals' dung caused a terrible stench. The Arabs daily slaughtered goats and chickens on the deck for their meals, and their unhygienic habits shocked the mandali.

On one occasion, an arrogant Arab kicked Nervous' bedroll, throwing it aside, rather than ask him politely to move it. Baba quickly stopped Nervous from confronting the man. On another occasion, one Arab abused his fellow Muslim for not offering namaz (prayer) with his face toward the west; however, the next morning, the same Arab was seen offering namaz as soon as he was out of bed, without first washing his hands and feet, which was customary. (Lord Meher-p-487/8-1924)

 

 

19-ARBAB RUSTOM KHUSHRAV

Baba and the group left Isfahan for Yezd on Tuesday, 22 October 1929. After two days of travel through a vast desert, Baba and the group arrived in Yezd at night and put up in a serai (inn). The next day, they were invited to stay at the house of a merchant named Arbab Rustom Khushrav and Baba accepted the offer. (Lord Meher-p-1104-1929)

 

 

20-ARDESHIR GOLWALLA

During their stay, Baba would go for walks daily to various places in Quetta. On 16th June 1923, Baba walked three miles with the mandali to the garden of Ardeshir Golwalla (Rusi’s friend) where they played gilli-danda. (Lord Meher-p-429-1923)

 

 

22-ARMY GENERAL OF BAAM

In Baam, a general of the Persian Army came to Baba's residence in full uniform with a sword hanging by his side. He asked the mandali about Meher Baba, but was told that no one by that name lived there. The general requested, "Please go tell your Master that a beggar is standing on his threshold." When informed, Baba permitted the soldier to enter. The moment he came into Baba's presence, he folded his hands reverently on his chest (a mark of respect in Persia). He saluted Baba in grand Persian military style and then, taking out his sword, placed it on the floor. Falling at Baba's feet, he kissed his hands.

"Who are you?" Baba inquired.

"Your humble slave!" he replied.

"What is your rank?"

"It is nothing before your venerable self," the man replied.

"I asked about your rank in the army."

"I am a general in the army of Persia."

Baba lovingly patted him on the head and back and remarked, "To die in the service of one's country is indeed great, but to die for love of God is greater!"

The general nodded, saying, "I understand, your Holiness. I implore you to grant me the grace that my devotion to God may increase."

"I will help you," Baba promised.

In adoration, the general closed his eyes and bowed down, saying, "If I am permitted, your Holiness, I would like to say that the salvation of my country does not lie in its military strength, but in its spiritual rebirth through an inner understanding of life brought about by the grace of great Buzurgs (asters) like yourself. My humble prayer is that you might be pleased to shower your grace on my unfortunate country and its illiterate people."

Baba smiled, gesturing, "That is why you see me here."

"It is a great privilege for this country. May your blessing sanctify the soil of this land!" The general then walked reverently backward, step by step, gazing at Baba. It was a most touching and memorable sight, and one that the mandali never forgot. When they later asked the general how he happened to come to meet Baba, the man explained that he was a seeker and had been literally drawn by some unexplained spiritual force.  (Lord Meher-p-1108-1929)

 

 

23-FAREDOON

(Father of Buasaheb)

On 27th October 1929, the group went to the suburb of Mubarka where Baba met Buasaheb's father Faredoon. (Lord Meher-p-1105-1929)

 

 

24-GHULAM HUSAIN

Baba and the mandali stayed at Ghulam Husain Lodi's house in Bushire. Their baggage was brought by mule, the most common means of transportation in Iran at the time. A Primus stove was lit and Baba warmed himself near it, for he was shivering from the extreme cold. Nervous brought charcoal and lit hearths to heat the room. Strong winds were blowing, and the cold atmosphere was gloomy and uncongenial. Nervous brought supplies from the market and Masaji cooked a meal. Water for drinking had to be bought, as there was a great scarcity. But the water which was purchased contained maggots and looked so milky that most people would not even have washed their feet in it! The mandali had to walk to the seashore to wash the cooking utensils. (Lord Meher-P-488)

 

25-HAFIZJI

(Driver)

On 1st November 1929, Baba and the mandali left Baam in the afternoon by hired bus to drive to Duzdab, and an experienced driver named Hafizji was engaged.

The driver was specifically instructed not to load any other items on the bus. Baba suddenly lost his temper while taking his seat, but none of the men could understand the reason for it. They had proceeded only a mile when the bus had two flat tires. The driver, Hafizji, became frightened because the tires were brand-new and there was no apparent cause for the punctures. The tires were repaired and they drove on to the next stop where they rested.

As they were driving the next day, Hafizji noticed steam spewing out of the radiator. Stopping the bus, he got down and inspected it. What could be wrong? He wondered. He poured cold water in the radiator and restarted the bus; however, within a few minutes, the engine registered as hot as before.

Getting down from the bus, Hafizji opened the hood and checked the engine, but again failed to detect anything amiss. Perplexed, he kept checking and finally found a small crack at the bottom of the radiator. He managed to patch the crack with the white of an egg, filled the radiator with cold water and drove as slowly as he could, muttering at the wheel, "Allah, Allah." They arrived at the village of Fahrej that night. Hafizji was often heard talking to himself, "Allah, protect me! I've never had such trouble before."

The journey was resumed the following day, but again after driving only a few miles, the radiator began boiling over. Hafizji was at his wit's end by this time. He tried to repair the damage, but his mind was despondent and, being superstitious, he was afraid. When Raosaheb approached Hafizji to comfort him, the driver suddenly remembered what was wrong and told Raosaheb (who spoke Persian), "Now I understand why all this has happened. It is so clear to me now! I have broken my promise to your Master. Before leaving Baam, I loaded two gunnysacks of almonds on the bus, contrary to his orders. How am I to ask for his forgiveness? I am ashamed of my ignorance and folly. Kindly pray to him on my behalf to forgive me."

Raosaheb sympathized with the man and told him, "I warned you that bad luck accompanies those who break their promise to Meher Baba, but you failed to heed my advice. I will take you to Meher Baba and entreat him to forgive you."

Raosaheb took Hafizji to Baba, who forgave him.

Never disrespect the word of a Buzurg and never break a promise once you have given it. Now stop worrying; drive back to Baam carefully and return with another bus." The driver was doubtful the bus would make it to Baam, but Baba assured him, "Don't be anxious. I will see that it arrives safely." Baba directed Raosaheb to take the Persian boy back home and they traveled with Hafizji.

Hafizji followed Baba's advice and safely reached Baam. To teach this man a lesson, Baba spent two days in an isolated desert village where there was little to eat and thieves were rampant. But Hafizji was meant to be blessed and learned a lesson he was never to forget (Lord Meher-p-1111-1929)

 

 

26-HOLARAM

(A residents of Sukkur)

On 11th June 1924, Baba returned to Quetta. He had wired Ramjoo to await his arrival in Sukkur, but the telegram had not been delivered. Baba then related that he had gone to the site which Ardeshir had selected in Sukkur and liked it so much he had bought it through Holaram and Rustomji, two residents of Sukkur who had become devoted to the Master's cause. (Lord Meher-p-534-1924)

 

 

30-IRANI RUSI (POP) & KHORSHED BANU

(Father & mother of Dr. Goher)

On 7th June 1923, after spending a pleasant week in Karachi, Baba departed with the mandali for Quetta. Pilamai had spared nothing in seeing to Baba's comfort, and he appeared pleased with his visit and her consideration. The group reached Quetta the next day. For the Master's privacy, Rusi had rented a house on Bruce Street next to his own; Baba stayed on the ground floor while the men mandali stayed upstairs. Rusi owned a restaurant and saw to his guests' food and general well-being. The Zoroastrian and Mohammedan mandali's meals were prepared at Rusi's restaurant; the Hindu mandali had their own separate (vegetarian) cooking arrangements in the house.

It was cold in Quetta, even though it was summer, and Baba relaxed the order for the men concerning their early morning cold-water baths, permitting them now to use hot water. Despite the cold, Baba did not stop fasting and would drink only warm milk and almond broth in the mornings and eat plain dal in the evenings.

Baba played with all of Rusi's children but he was most attentive to Goher and Katie. Goher was only seven years old and Katie was three. Baba became their perfect playmate and would teach them games. Katie once remarked to her father, "Meher Baba is such a fine gentleman. Don't allow him to leave!" While playing carrom one day, Baba quietly lifted up one of the pieces. "Baba, you're cheating!" Goher complained. "Play fairly." The Master laughed.

Rusi was an amateur magician and would stage magic shows every evening for Baba's enjoyment, telling jokes and funny stories as he performed his tricks. Rusi also took Baba and the mandali to different orchards and gardens surrounding Quetta, especially the beautiful garden of Jamasp, and showed them the city's many scenic spots. Baba was quite happy in Quetta and pleased to be in Rusi's humorous company.

Goher Irani had moved to Ahmednagar from Quetta in 1932 with her brother, Jal. The rest of her family moved in 1933, following Baba's warnings to leave Quetta before a terrible earthquake struck in 1935. All in the family were devoted to Baba, especially Goher and her sister Katie. On 22nd August, "Rusi Pop" (as Goher's father came to be known) arrived in Nasik. He stayed overnight and left with his cousin Adi Sr. the next day for Ahmednagar.

In 1933, Big Khorshed (the wife of Baba's deceased elder brother Jamshed) left the ashram and moved to Bombay, preferring a more independent life, as compared to the strict secluded life of the women mandali in the ashram, Big Khorshed had joined the ashram in 1926 after Jamshed's death and was also among the women staying at Toka during 1928. She later re-married and eventually moved to Karachi, though she kept in touch with Baba's family.

On 28th January 1934, Freiny Masi arrived suddenly with her son Keki. She was suffering from cancer and was depressed about her condition. She begged Baba to keep her in the ashram. Adi Sr. drove them to Khushru Quarters and Daulatmai was informed in Nasik. While returning, Adi brought Rusi Pop's daughters Silla, Goher and Katie to Meherabad to see Baba. Rusi Pop came the following day.

On 1st March 1935, Rusi Pop came to see Baba in the morning along with Padri's mother Freiny Masi, with whom Baba had a long talk about her illness. Baba assured her she would recover and instructed her to go to Poona and, for 40 days, to place ashes from his dhuni on Babajan's tomb.

1941, Rusi Irani had been instructed at Ahmednagar to go to Quetta, and arrange living accommodations for Baba and the group. Pendu and Rusi came to Jaipur on 22nd February 1941 and the following morning had a long discussion with Baba about the arrangements. Rusi was a former resident of Quetta, and during the 1920s Baba had stayed at his house three times. Following Baba's advice, Rusi and his family had left Quetta and were now residing in Ahmednagar. Rusi's daughter Katie had joined the women mandali on the Blue Bus tour, and another daughter, Goher, was studying to be a doctor in Bombay. During her vacations, Goher would eagerly come and stay with Baba, as she too had tasted Wine and longed for more.

Goher R. Irani had finished medical school and had come to Ahmednagar to stay with her family. Although she very much wanted to be with Baba, her mother Khorshed was disconsolate and wept at the thought of yet another daughter leaving her to join Meher Baba's ashram. Goher's sister, Katie, had been one of the resident women mandali since 1938, so their mother wished Goher to work as a doctor and live at home. Goher's father Rusi Pop, however, had no objection and wanted her to remain with Baba. (Lord Meher-p-2402-1944)

On 31st January 1945, Baba left Pimpalgaon and moved with the women to Rusi Pop's house in Ahmednagar, not far from Khushru Quarters. This move to Katie and Goher's parent's home was necessitated because of some minor construction and renovation work which was to take place at Pimpalgaon.

Baba's 54th birthday was observed (according to the Parsi calendar) on Friday, 13th February 1948. Baba called the women from Meherabad to Pimpalgaon at three in the afternoon for a bhajan performance by an Arangaon group. Also allowed to attend the festivities from Ahmednagar were: Khorshed Banu (Rusi Pop’s wife) and her daughter Roshan Shirin Damania.

The first program was held on Monday, 16th February 1948, at the town of Kotul, 80 miles from Ahmednagar near Sangamner. Driven by Adi Sr., Baba left Pimpalgaon in the middle of the night at 3 A.M. and came to Rusi Pop's where he washed and had breakfast. He left with Dhake, Kaka and Jalbhai, and arrived at Kotul shortly after eight in the morning. The program was held at the dak bungalow. Baba sat on a stool and washed the feet of 1,010 poverty-stricken men and women, placed his head on their feet, and handed them his prasad. To 27 of them he gave one rupee each.

In Meherabad, on the morning of the 26th of February 1948, Baba broke his 40-day fast. In His presence, Nilu, Don and Ghani also broke their partial fast of 25 days by eating some food in front of Baba. Kaka and Annasaheb Kale broke their silence of the past 25 days by speaking to Baba. On the hill that afternoon at five, Rusi Pop gave a magic show before an audience of both the men and women mandali. Baba returned to Rusi Pop's with the women the next morning at eight.

On 17th September 1947, Baba drove to Bombay with Sarosh and others. There they were met by the other mandali who were to accompany them including Rusi Pop. All boarded the train at 8:30 that evening and left for Surat. (Lord Meher-p-2588-1947)

Having completed his mast work in Bombay, Baba and the men and women mandali returned to Ahmednagar on Saturday, 20 March. From that night, Baba changed his routine and began sleeping at Rusi Pop's, rather than Gyara's. He visited the mandali at the Ice Factory during the day.

The day after Baba arrived; Adi drove him as usual at 8:00 A.M. from Rusi Pop's to the Ice Factory Bungalow. Baba went through the post and telegrams that had arrived while he was away, and met Don, Pendu, Padri and Sarosh. Don showed Baba the cover and some pages of proofs of The Wayfarers, and Baba expressed his pleasure at the work. Baba returned to Rusi Pop's for lunch, and Adi drove him back to the mandali's at 3:00 P.M. (Lord Meher-p-2645-1948)

Although they were happy to be back in India, they were feeling the pain of separation at being kept at After the housewarming at Meherazad, Baba called Jean and Delia to Pop's house to stay, and they felt much happier. Kaka was cooking separately for the Westerners living at Pop's and Baba was sending them to the Ice Factory Bungalow for their meals, while he ate with the Eastern women at Pop's.(Lord meher-p-2688-1948)

1st August 1949, was a red-letter day in Meherazad. All the Meherabad mandali, as well as other Meherabad residents, including Rusi Pop were invited. 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. Sarosh was the only one who had been exempted from being on silence because of his political involvements and work.

Before New Life, on 15th September 1948, Rusi Pop and two others had interviews at Meherazad and received instructions from Baba.

Pointing to Rusi Pop, Goher's father, Baba commented, "I stayed in his house in Quetta years ago."

On 31st March Rusi Pop came to Meherazad in Meherabad. Baba was in a very cheerful mood that day. A discussion took place about lower Meherabad and the Family Quarters.

Goher's mother was seriously ill with cancer and required an operation in Bombay. Baba was informed and instructed the family to proceed with the operation. Meanwhile, Feram and Goher's father, Rusi Pop, were called to Meherazad at 9:00 A.M. on 23 March. Baba ordered Feram to sleep at Rusi Pop's for some days.

Goher's mother Khorshed's condition was becoming worse. Alu Khambatta had been enlisted to help the family look after her. Baba was informed on 16th May, and through Goher he conveyed a message to her parents to "Remember him constantly, take his name and do not worry." On the 23rd, just as Khorshed was passing through a crisis, a phone call from Baba came to Adi, informing him that Khorshed would drop her body when Baba willed it, and that he was pleased with the efforts of all those who were attending her.

Khorshed died the following day at 2:00 P.M., and Baba had this message phoned to her husband Rusi Pop in Ahmednagar:

Dear Khorshed has come to Me to rest eternally in My love. You be brave and be resigned to My Divine Will. I will call you when I return to Meherazad. My love-blessing to you and the family"

 

 

33-JEHANGIR MEHRABANPUR

Aloba led in Jehangir Mehrabanpur, his wife and six others from Iran, who had come to Poona after overcoming great hardships. (Lord Meher-p-5144-1965)

 

 

34--KASAHO ASAREE

Irani Azendumush wrote about Kasaho Asaree

Kasaho Asaree had had Baba's darshan along with Irani Azendumush at Bombay Centre and He kissed his feet. Then went to Guruprasad. There, at Guruprasad, Baba asked for all the people from Iran. He touched everyone with his touch of grace and then told us to go. When it was time for us to leave, Azendumush told Baba, "Baba, we can't leave you and we can't live without you." Baba said, "Don't worry. Just remember me at all times. I am with you. Think of me."

In Bombay Azendumush stayed at the house of Kasaho Asaree. He told him, "This is the way that I feel. I can't go back to Iran. I am going mad." (Now that I am telling this, I am beginning to feel just the way I did then.)

Kasaho Asaree told me, "Don't worry. We'll go back to Baba." Kasaho Asaree soothed his feelings a little bit with what he said. He told Azendumush if he was very upset I could go back to Baba. It so happened that everyone had gone for Baba's darshan except Kasaho Asaree. He said, "Okay, we can go together," and so we went together.

When they reached Poona, they told Baba that a few of the Iranians had come to see him. It was in the evening. Baba gave us permission to go and visit him. When they saw Baba, They saw he was much more beautiful and much more radiant than before. He looked just like an angel. We all had his darshan again. Khodayar, Khodadad and Kasaho Asaree and myself. (Recorded by Irwin Luck; translated by Farhad Shafa)

 

 

35-KHODADAD KAKA & BANU MASI

(Meher Baba’s paternal uncle nicknamed (kaka)

After working for several years in Bombay, Meher Baba’s paternal uncle (kaka), Khodadad Kaka had returned to live in Iran. However, after Merwan was born, Khodadad returned to India for six months every year just to visit his young nephew.

Once Shireen confronted her brother-in-law, "Khoda, you always say you can't afford this, you can't afford that! How is it that you can afford to come to India every year?"

Khodadad Kaka smiled and replied, "I have to see Merog, don't I? I am his uncle, am I not?"

Sometimes, Merwan would visit Bombay and spend part of his vacation with his other maternal aunt and uncle, Banu Masi and her husband Khodadad Masa, and their children.

Khodadad Masa managed several flourishing teashops in Bombay and they lived in a large house with a spacious compound where the children played. Merwan's paternal uncle, Khodadad Kaka, and members of his family had also settled in Bombay, and Merwan would visit them as well, befriending Khodadad Kaka's sons.

Baba's father and his elder brother, Khodadad Kaka, arrived on 8th November 1927. Baba's uncle had brought his two grandsons to enroll them in the ashram school. In this way, a number Baba's young relatives were under his direct spiritual guidance. Khodadad Kaka was small-statured, with a small white beard, and tiny bright eyes. He was humble and loved and revered his nephew. He had a habit of walking if he could manage it. He would walk the six miles from the railway station, to Meherabad, for instance.

In year 1937, on the auspicious occasions as His birthday at Nasik  Meher Baba called many of His lovers from Bombay, Poona, Ahmednagar, Nagpur, Karachi and other distant places throughout India. Sheriarji's brother Khodadad Kaka also attended.

 

 

36- KHODAYAR & AZENDUMUSH IRANI

In his own words

My name is Irani Azendumush, wife of Khodayar. I did not know of Baba in the beginning. When I was a child it was as if I was searching for something, as if I had lost someone and I was looking for him. Wherever I would go, in the temples or wherever, I could not figure out what it was I was looking for. All I felt was that I had someone, something I was looking for, until I became acquainted with Khodayar.

In the beginning, I didn't want to get married at all. Then I became acquainted with Khodayar and he was speaking of Baba. Gradually the love that Baba inspired in my heart became the nucleus of our married life and, also, the love in our marriage. In the beginning, as Khodayar would tell me about Baba, although there were times I would believe what he would say, there were other times that I could not believe what he said, especially when he would speak of these extraordinary things of Baba. Those I could not believe. I would say to myself he was lying, maybe it was just pretense or something.

Finally, though, I started to hit the books — Hafiz, this one, that one — and I gradually advanced. All of these became so familiar to me that I got acquainted with Baba. It was such that whatever I would ask of Baba he would give me, he would arrange it. I did not have a mother from very young childhood and my relatives were very distant relatives. When I was distressed and there was something that I wanted, I would only approach Baba. Baba is my father, Baba is my mother, Baba is my everyone. Whatever I would ask, he would give me.

When I was in Shiraz, I didn't know anyone. When I would get ill, I would just think of Baba. I would then see that Baba was sitting in the chair next to me. He would come from above to down here. He would tap me over the head and my face, like someone restoring my health. Then I would get well and get up and go to my work.

One day I got very ill. I was really sick. I could only expect Baba to come and take me away. I had gone to the doctor, but it had not been effective. I was just waiting for Baba. In that state of sleep and wakefulness, I saw Baba at my side. He took my skin off just like when you take the sheep's skin off. He took off my skin and I didn't say anything. I became well after a few days.

After one or two years we went for Baba's darshan. I asked Baba, if it was his will, he would arrange everything so that I could come, too. Of course, it was very hard for me to believe I could go. All I said was, "Baba, if you really want me to come to your darshan, arrange it so I can come." He arranged it and I went. It was very beautiful. We were there for the four days. We got to know all the Baba lovers and all the new things there.

The first time that I met Baba, I did not know where I was. The state that I was in was very good. I cannot say that I left consciousness. When I would see him, I would tell him I was in that state. I would say to myself, "O God, all the people throughout history, all the Zoroastrians, who know that a great person is to come — they should know our father. Where are they? They should raise their heads from their graves and see that the person they have been expecting for many years has come now. But unfortunately they are old now, immaterial. They don't know this great one who has come owns the two worlds ..." I can't explain any further, all of this was in my mind at that time.

We were very happy. We had Baba's darshan in Bombay Centre and we kissed his feet. Then we went to Guruprasad. There, at Guruprasad, Baba asked for all the people from Iran. He touched everyone with his touch of grace and then told us to go. When it was time for us to leave, I told Baba, "Baba, we can't leave you and we can't live without you."

Baba said, "Don't worry. Just remember me at all times. I am with you. Think of me."

When the darshan was over and everyone was leaving Guruprasad, I was there and I just couldn't leave. This feeling was so strong in me that I did not want to leave Guruprasad. I did not want to leave Baba. It was very difficult for me. Everybody was saying good-bye and I was constantly telling Khodayar, "I don't want to leave. How can you possibly go to Iran? How can you make yourself leave Baba? Let us stay and remain here." But we had to leave.

In Bombay, whenever they would ask me to go here or there — I would say, "I don't want to go anywhere." We stayed at the house of Kasaho Asaree. I told him, "This is the way that I feel. I can't go back to Iran. I am going mad." (Now that I am telling this, I am beginning to feel just the way I did then.)

He told me, "Don't worry. We'll go back to Baba." Kasaho Asaree soothed my feelings a little bit with what he said. He told me if I was very upset I could go back to Baba. It so happened that everyone had gone for Baba's darshan except Kasaho Asaree. He said, "Okay, we can go together," and so we went together.

When we reached Poona, they told Baba that a few of the Iranians had come to see him. It was in the evening. Baba gave us permission to go and visit him. When we saw Baba, we saw he was much more beautiful and much more radiant than before. He looked just like an angel. We all had his darshan again ... Khodayar and Khodadar, Kasaho Asaree and myself. When I saw Baba looking so beautiful, like an angel, I thought of circling him seven times. It didn't take seven times. After going around him two times, Baba gestured for me to come and bow down to his feet, I kissed Baba's feet, then we left. This was a little bit of solace to my heart. There was nothing else we could do. We had to go. When we returned to Iran, we would have letters from Baba and write in return.

During the four days of darshan at Poona, one day about 9:30 a.m., Baba sent his own car — to the Zoroastrian Hotel where the Iranians were staying. Parichaar, a lady from Pakistan who knows our language, had come to tell us that all the ladies who wanted to could go and see the women mandali. But it so happened that there was nobody else there; I was the only one left. I told Parichaar I didn't know the language but Parichaar said, "Come, I will help you." So she came with us to Guruprasad.

It was Baba's own doing. They told me that Baba was in his room there, so I fell behind his door and kissed the threshold of the door. Then all of a sudden, I couldn't feel myself anymore. I lost my normal consciousness. All the ladies came — Mehera, Dr. Goher, Mani, Baba's sister. They patted me ... they raised me and sat me in the chair. Baba's sister went and made a cold drink for me. I couldn't understand anything. I only wanted Baba. I didn't know where I was. They would constantly keep asking me what my name was, and I would answer "Iran." But they thought I was telling them I was from Iran. They asked this 2 or 3 times. Finally, I managed to tell them my name was Iran. With their speech and their kind pattings, they gradually got me out of the state that I was in. Then in the afternoon, they brought us back to the hotel in the same car.

After we returned back to Iran, every now and then I would sit and remember Baba and think of Baba. Khodayar was translating Baba's work. While I was a wife with children, difficulties would arise. I would remember Baba's name and he himself would take care of it all. He was God who knew Himself; whenever I have needed help, he himself has helped me a great deal. My love is all his. We're all his and he himself has taken us ahead.

There is no way I can speak the words that I want. Suffice it to say that whenever I have needed help, I have thought of him and he has helped me. Many times in this very house as I would work, I would be thinking of Baba. I would see that Baba was following me. I would also see Baba in the yard, here and there, with Eruch he would be walking and speaking; he would be gesturing to me and things like that.

I have dreamt of him many times. Before I went to Baba's darshan, I was pregnant with my third child. I had a dream of Baba one night. I saw that Baba was at the well with some sort of an Indian there. I had not yet seen Baba. As soon as I saw Baba I was very happy I had finally managed to see him. I asked him, "Baba, when did you arrive? You didn't let us know that you were coming. Khodayar is very anxious to see you."

He told me, "My nazar is constantly with Khodayar and I am with him. He can't see me but I am seeing him now." It was just like this. All of our lives he himself is guiding all of our actions. Whenever we need help, he helps, and he has helped me so much. There are no words to express it. What else can I say?

This point I am going to make is very important because some people say Baba died and he passed away. But Baba is not dead; he is living in everybody. Baba is living in everybody; he is not dead. For example is this incident, when you were going to come here. Twenty-four hours before you arrived, I was sitting in our yard. As I usually sit and think of Baba, then I was thinking to myself, "Oh Baba, if we could just see, for an instant, what you see behind your own eyes; if we could know what goes on behind your eyes, how good that would be. If you would show to us, how nice it would be ... this world and Baba are nothing but love."

All of a sudden my head bent over and I went into a mood. I don't want to pretend that I saw anything — no, I didn't see anything -– but it was just that my eyes turned up to the sky — just like this, for a moment — and I gazed there for a minute so that I might see something. But I didn't see anything Yet after twenty-four hours, your telegram arrived saying you were coming. Then Baba gave me nothing but Love.

In this way he proved to me that Baba is Love and is service. He guided you into our house. I am very grateful to you for coming to our house and for you to take movies of us and tape our conversations. I am very grateful. Your steps, which are steps of love which Baba has guided to our house, I kiss them and I say Jai Baba to all the Baba-lovers and to all the listeners and viewers. (Recorded by Irwin Luck; translated by Farhad Shafa)

 

 

37- MEHERBANPUR SHERIAR RASHID

Sheriar Rashid Mehrabanpur was one other resident of Meherabad. He had first heard of Baba in Persia from Baidul, and immediately borrowed money and came to India. Mehrabanpur was a young, strong man and a very sincere seeker. Baba allowed him to join the mandali and placed him on silence.

He was told to act as a watchman by the gate at Upper Meherabad to make certain that no outsiders came into the Meher Ashram compound on the hill. (Lord Meher-p-828-1927)

 

 

39-PHIROZSHAH

Phirozshah, one of Rusi's friends in Quetta came to meet Meher Baba and in a short time many established close contact with him and was greatly drawn to the Master. (Lord Meher-p-430-1924)

On 6th June 1924, Baba left Bombay for Quetta by the Gujarat Mail train. Unfortunately, the charming house they had selected for their permanent stay during their last visit to Quetta was no longer available. Baba was disappointed because he liked its lovely garden. Another problem was Quetta's winter; its freezing temperatures and heavy snows were not comfortable for Baba's mandali. Those who were used to more temperate weather could easily catch pneumonia. After discussing the matter, Baba decided to relocate to Sukkur.

Baba told Ardeshir and Ramjoo to proceed to Sukkur and make all necessary inquiries to select a suitable place for them to stay. Phirozshah gave them a letter of recommendation to present to his friend Mobed, and both departed.

Reaching Sukkur on 11th June, they inspected various fruit orchards and mailed daily reports to Baba. Ardeshir approved of one orchard on the banks of the Indus river; but Ramjoo wrote to Baba that the climate was so hot during the summer that it would not be advisable to think of living in Sukkur. Receiving no reply from Baba, they returned to Quetta on 14th June, but were informed that Baba had left for Sukkur with Phirozshah that same day. (Lord Meher-p-533/4-1924)

 

 

40-POLICE COMMISSIONER OF BAAM

Police commissioner of Baam came to inquire about Meher Baba. According to the prevailing law in Persia, the police were authorized to record the name, business and purpose of visit of all foreigners travelling through the country. The commissioner had come to gather these details. The facts were laid before him by Baba's secretary Chanji, but the officer said, "I wish to meet your leader, Arbab Merwan, in person."

He was told that Baba was not meeting anyone, but he persisted, "According to government regulations, I must interview him in person." When he was told again it was not possible, he said, "I cannot tell you how much it would mean to me to see Hazrat Meher Baba." Then he apologized and confessed, "I have used my authority solely to gain entrance and have your Master's darshan today. Everything I did was simply pretence."

Baba was informed and called the commissioner to his room, remarking that he appreciated the spirit of love and intense desire to meet him behind the man's actions. The man humbly presented himself to Baba and kissed his hands. Baba allowed him to sit with him for a while and then he remarked to the man, "I will return from Quetta soon, and will break my silence and manifest in Persia."

The commissioner said, "I am indeed happy to have met the Revered One that so many now talk about. Hazrat, I am ready to carry out your wishes." Turning to the mandali, he commented, "You are truly fortunate to have the constant company of the Master." (Lord Meher-p-1109-1929)

 

 

41-POLICE COMMISSIONER OF MOHAMMERAH

In year 1929, Baba was in Mohammerah. The police commissioner and other officials wanted to meet Meher Baba, and when this was brought to Baba's attention, he scolded the men sternly, "I have told you a thousand times not to disclose my identity to outsiders. I don't like it. I do not wish to see anyone here. I might give darshan of my own accord elsewhere, but not here. Not one of you listens to me, and this creates all these unnecessary harassments."

It was later discovered that the dervish who had arranged for their house had informed others about Meher Baba. When they first met him, the dervish did not know at the time who Baba really was, but he found out when Baba visited Ardeshir Irani's house in Mohammerah.  But Baba was adamant and did not grant darshan to anyone in Mohammerah. (Lord Meher-p-1096-1929)

 

 

43-SHEHERYAR IRANI

(A Priest)

Sheheryar Irani, of Persia, met Baba on the 7th, and the Master explained to them about Zoroaster:

The prayer books of all religions — Avesta of the Parsis, the Koran of Islam, Bible of the Christians, et cetera — are all written by priests and have nothing whatsoever to do with the Truth. Zoroaster meant for agni  (fire) to burn your "heart" in love of God. The dasturs murdered the meaning and changed it to burning in the external sense of the sacred fire. So also, other religious dogmas and doctrines of kusti, prayers of the Avesta — are all ceremony and rituals.

Take one name of God sincerely, lovingly, devotedly for a few minutes each day without the thought of anything else and that is much more beneficial than hours of prayers recited mechanically, the mind being all the while engaged and occupied in worldly affairs.

Zoroaster had fourteen disciples whom he Realized. There was one whom he realized after the fourteen. From him, the knowledge and experience of God was passed on from father to son for 700 years. But after Dastur Azar Kaivan [who became a Perfect Master], a false, deceitful Dastur obtained the sacred gaadi and started collecting money. Those dasturs who followed him decreed as they thought. After them, until the present, there has been no Realized person among Zoroastrians.

Whatever religious books [Avesta] the Zoroastrians have got now are books of these dasturs and not of Zoroaster. Zoroaster taught and gave out gems of Truth — gems of Sufism — but they are not known to people. To his special fourteen disciples he gave real Knowledge and Experience. To others (i.e., the world) he gave them tariqat of Sufism — laws, rules, regulations, etc. There were tremendous changes in the doctrines set down by Zoroaster made by the false dasturs. The same is true with Christ's Bible, Muhammad's Koran, et cetera.

Suppose after I give experience to some, the members of my circle go out in the world and lecture before people. These lectures will be taken down by people and they will hereafter be taken as to constitute the next Avesta, Bible, Koran, Vedas, et cetera. These, too, will undergo various changes under different hands as time goes by.

So my best advice to you is to create love for God. Earn something by your own efforts and in my contact. Otherwise, if you spend your time in discussions on religious doctrines and dogmas, it will take you nowhere.

It is all rigmarole and will waste your precious time, which might better be used in thinking of God, meditating, and creating love. Love is the sum and substance of all religions and the only essential of all creeds. Leave the rigmarole alone.

For example, the alphabet is taught to a child to make him begin to learn the language. But if he merely learns the alphabet without any efforts at proceeding further, he will learn practically nothing. It is the same in religion. The shariat, doctrines, and dogmas are given as a preliminary beginning — like the alphabet — to reach the ultimate aim of the Realization of the Truth. After one masters the fundamentals, one advances; but if a person merely sticks to religious ceremonies and rituals and believes that religion is that alone, then he does not advance at all. God and Truth are far, far above shariat, doctrines and dogmas, rituals and ceremonies. (Lord Meher-p-903/4-1928)

 

 

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1-A NEW REPORTER

(From Ceylon Observer)

In Bandarawela on 26 January, Baba met a reporter from the Ceylon Observer who questioned him about Mahatma Gandhi and India, religion, the purpose of his silence and why he had gone to America. The following is Baba's response:

Look at Gandhi's passive resistance movement. From the spiritual point of view it is wonderful because it embraces sincerity, truth and non-violence. Don't ask me its value as a political weapon. I have nothing to do with politics...

As for the Untouchability issue, I love the Untouchables.

They are close to my heart. Recently, I summoned their leader Dr. Ambedkar and advised him what to do. I consider the orthodox Hindu attitude foolish, but there I leave it as I condemn no one and hate no one.

My religion? I belong to no religion and yet to every religion. Love is my principal agent. The Infinite One can be attained only through love and sincerity. I do not believe in dogmas and ceremonies. God can be realized in every phase of life — art, science, nature and beauty. That is my religion.

I have been silent for eight years. It is not a vow but it has been undertaken for spiritual reasons. Shortly, my mission of preaching will begin. My reason for starting in America is that America, being the most deeply engrossed in material things and suffering the most in consequence, is the soil on which a new spiritual rebirth will first take place. America requires only the guiding hand of a Master to redirect its material powers to the heights of spirituality.

Your Ceylon is a most beautiful country. I shall visit it again. I will be leaving for India soon and then I shall return here on my way to America via China and Honolulu. (Lord Meher-1503-1933)

 

2-A SMILING WOMAN

On t13th, December-1840, staying in Ceylon Lodge, Baba came to the women smiling and remarked, "My work was most satisfactory today. I am very, very happy." To celebrate, Baba distributed toddy, bhujia and chiwada. Baba's face was glowing like a full moon and his eyes radiated light. The women were awestruck and, affected by the strong, fermented toddy, began chanting the prayer, "Hari, Paramatma, Allah, Ahuramazda, God, Yezdan, Hu!" (Lord Meher-p-2181-1941)

 

 

3-A VERY OLD MAN

Baba & group arrived in Colombo on 12th January 1933.

On 15th January 1933, Baba travelled into the interior of Ceylon and stayed in a bungalow called Vth illa Valencia on a hill between the towns of Bandarawela and Diyatalawa, an area said to have the most equable climate in Ceylon. It was picturesque and a river of raging torrents ran through the deep ravine behind Baba's bungalow, causing a ceaseless roar.

After settling in, Baba directed Kaka to find a spot where Baba could sit in seclusion for 24 hours, as he had done in Assisi. Searching through the small town of Bandarawela on 19 January, Quentin and Kaka found a Buddhist temple at the end of a narrow lane. It looked like a suitable place and they showed it to Baba. A priest would not permit them to enter the temple, so they descended a few steps and came upon an open courtyard.

A door of an adjoining house opened and a very old man, who looked at least 100 years old, came out. He seemed to immediately recognize Baba and he started talking to him through hand signs. Baba gestured back, "I want a room where I can be in seclusion without being disturbed for 24 hours." The old man instantly understood and asked the Buddhist priest to open the temple and make a room available to Baba. Baba, however, changed his mind. Later, Baba remarked, "That old man was on the fourth plane. I will push him to the fifth plane when I leave Ceylon. He is my agent in charge of Central Ceylon." (Lord Meher-p-1503-1933)

 

 4-BILLIMORIA RUSTOMJI  RATAN SHAH

At the end of September 1940, Meher Baba began making plans to leave Meherabad for some other place where he could continue to work in seclusion. At the beginning of October, Kaka and Chanji were sent to Ceylon to find a place to stay. A wealthy Parsi businessman named Rustomji Ratanshah Billimoria knew of Baba, and helped Kaka and Chanji look for a suitable residence for Baba and the women. Baba had specified that he wished to stay in a villa on the beach. But as none was available, Rustomji put his own bungalow in Veyangoda, 25 miles outside of Colombo, at Baba's disposal. Chanji and Kaka sent a telegram to Baba, and he agreed.

During his stay in Ceylon, Baba bathed Chatti Baba every day in a separate hut on the property.

Rustomji Billimoria and his family were remarkably devoted to Baba, though this was their first meeting. However, for his own reasons, Baba did not want to stay at their house. For his "special work," Baba indicated he needed a house on the seashore or on a hill with a lake or a stream nearby. Therefore, as soon as they arrived in Ceylon, the search for another bungalow began. (Lord Meher-p-2166-1940)

 

5-OWNER OF MARGO SOAP FACTORY

the proprietor of Calicut's Ceylon Lodge was the owner of a Margo soap factory. He came to know about Meher Baba and that he was occupying his premises and wished to refund the rent, which had been paid in advance for several months. But Baba sent him word to keep it as prasad from him. Baba and his group of 42 persons departed Calicut on the afternoon of 23 December, after having stayed for two weeks. (Lord Meher-p-2181-1940)

 

6-SATCHITANANDA MATA

Coming out of the room, Baba went and sat under a tree. Meanwhile, a woman devotee of Swami Shivananda, named Satchitananda Mata of Ceylon, arrived at Sakori. In the name of Swami Shivananda, she was conducting the Divine Life Society in the area, and had come to Sakori seeking a personal interview with Baba. Accompanied by Eruch, Baba took Mata to a secluded spot and gave her a private interview for a few minutes. (Lord Meher-p-3916-1956)

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SL No. NAME RELATION PLACE REFERENCE
1 Hodiwala Sonna N. Self Aden Lord Meher-5738
2 Patel Dadi Peston Ji Self  Aden Souvenir 2008
3 Mishru S. N. Self  Aden Souvenir 2008
4 Damani Cawas Jehandir Self  Aden Souvenir 2008

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 SOONA HODIVALA

Soona Hodivala had found out about Baba through his relative Banumasi Kerawala in 1937 and met him for the first time in Bangalore two years later. Soona had not felt drawn to Baba, but after she had an experience of seeing Baba's face in a portrait of Zoroaster, she became totally his. The Hodivalas had since moved to Aden, but returned to India in August 1965, for their son Jimmy's wedding. Jim Hodivala   was anxious to have Baba's darshan, but because Baba was in seclusion the possibility was remote. He asked Sam Kerawala to write to Eruch about this, and soon afterwards Eruch cabled the Hodivalas that Baba had agreed to see them "for two minutes only." (Lord Meher-p-5738-1965

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SL No. NAME INTRODUCTION PLACE PAGE NO
1 A Driver self Lahore LM-2691
2 Abdul Rasak Moenuddin S. Self Karachi Souvenir-2008
3 Adel Kharas B/o Minoo Kharas Karachi LM-2939
4 Aisoobai Salehmomed (Mrs) Self Karachi Souvenir-2008
5 Arjini A. K. Self Karachi LM-4270
6 Bachu Zakaria Self Karachi Souvenir-2008
7 Burjor Rajkotwalla Father of Dolly Arjani Karachi LM-2691
8 Dadachanji Aspandiar B/o Dadachanji Karachi LM-2315
9 Desai Homi T. Cousin of Keki Desai Lahore LM-2362
10 Dina Patel  Sister of Minoo Kharas Karachi LM-3976/2691
11 Dinshaw Elder brother of Sarosh Irani Karachi LM-469
12 Dolly Arjani D/o Burjor Rajkotwalla Karachi LM-2691
13 Dubash Adi & Rhoha Self & wife Karachi LM-2961
14 Dubash Mahiar & wife Self & wife Karachi LM-2961
15 Dubash Naize M/o Adi Dubash Karachi LM-2691
16 Eazak Mouiddin S. A. Self Karachi Souvenir-2008
17 Freny Kharas (Mrs) W/o Minoo Kharas Karachi LM-2691
18 Homi Desai Self Lahore LM-2691
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1-A DRIVER

On 27th July 1943, Baba and the men returned to Lahore. A Victoria (horse-drawn carriage) was hired in Lahore to take Baba and some of the women to the movies.

The driver did not know who Baba was, but seeing that he was silent, the driver would talk with them through hand signs. Baba, in turn, would reply with hand gestures. Although they told the man to speak, he would not. Baba understood his signs and he understood Baba's. While gesturing, the driver's whole body would shake and wiggle, and Baba greatly enjoyed "talking" with him. (Lord Meher-p-2371-1943)

 

3-ADEL KHARAS

(Brother of Minoo Kharas)

Baba embraced and caressed him lovingly, releasing his Breeze of Joy in his heart. There was a ban on touching Baba's feet, but Minoo Kharas' brother Adel was unaware of it and bowed down to Baba. Baba did the same to him. (Lord Meher-p-2939-1950)

 

5-ARJANI A.K.

In 1958, Dr. Deshmukh wanted to have group photographs taken with Baba, but Eruch explained that there was no time. On Deshmukh's insistence, Baba asked who would take this responsibility. He added that if the person who took the responsibility failed to fulfill it, he would have to fast for seven days on water — not for any spiritual benefit, but as a punishment! Adi Arjani of Karachi was prepared to shoulder the responsibility and to arrange for the photographs to be taken on the 19th between 9 and 10:00 A.M. Baba decided the photographs should be taken at lower Meherabad rather than on the hill.

Even though Baba did not like the idea of photographs at this time, he agreed to the plan to please those who wanted it, but he remarked, "What is the use of having my photograph on paper; it would be best to establish it in one's heart."

Ramjoo opposed the taking of photographs, and a discussion (sometimes heated!) ensued between those in favor of it and those against it. (Lord Meher-p-4270-1958)

On December 31st, (1964) Baba dictated this special message to be sent to Adi Arjani in Pakistan, who did a daily-diary project of collecting Baba’s statements:

“To love those whom you could not hate is natural; but to love those whom you cannot love is to love me as I should be loved.” (Lord Meher-6298-1964)

 

7-BURJOR RAJKOTWALLA

On, 31 December 1949, Baba gave darshan in the morning in a decorated room at Khushru Quarters, Ahmednagar. Minoo Kharas with his small group from Karachi, Homi Desai of Lahore, Deshmukh from Nagpur, Nariman and Meherjee from Bombay, and other out-of-town close followers were present, as well as about 400 from Ahmednagar. Elizabeth and Norina came with Baba to take part in the program, and they enjoyed meeting everyone again.

Others among the Karachi group included Gulu and Khorshed Shroff; Minoo Kharas' fiancée Freiny and her father Kaikhushru Patel; Minoo's sister, Dina Patel; Mr. and Mrs. Mahiar Dubash; Burjor Rajkotwalla and his daughter Dolly Arjani; and Adi Dubash's mother Naize. (Lord Meher-p-2691-1949)

 

9-DESAI HOMI T

He was cousin of Keki Desai of Delhi

On 4th July 1943, Baba boarded the Punjab Mail train for Lahore with the men and women mandali. They arrived in Delhi the following night, where they halted for a few hours. Continuing on the same train, the party reached Lahore on the 6th. Chanji had already arranged two bungalows for the women, one for the men and one for guests. He made all the other arrangements for their stay with the help of Homi T. Desai (Lord Meher-p-2363-1943)

In the year 1959, Homi Desai of Lahore came for Baba's darshan. He came after several years and was eager to lay some of his problems before Baba. But on seeing him, Baba stated, "Homi, just sit here quietly for five minutes and then leave." Homi sat down, but his mind was in turmoil. After five minutes Baba asked him to go, and he left highly disappointed. He thought that he had lost his chance, but Baba sent someone with a message to tell him to come the next day. The whole night he kept awake, worries filling his mind. He appeared the next morning, but Baba again told him to keep quiet and leave after five minutes. Homi flushed with anger, but Baba asked him to come again the following day.

The third day, deeply troubled, Homi arrived at Guruprasad. His eyes were red from lack of sleep and his mind was churning. "Sit here for five minutes and don't say anything," Baba stated. "Then go."

At first Baba took no notice of him, but the next moment when Baba gazed at him, his clouded mind cleared and inwardly he received the sought-after answers to his questions. Greatly heartened, Homi folded his hands and said to Baba, "Thank you," and then exclaimed, "What a butcher you are to slaughter one so slowly!"

Baba replied with a smile, "Only slow butchering leads one to the Goal. A quick end keeps you where you are." (Lord Meger-p-5424-1959)

 

 

10-DINA PATEL 

On west tour of Meher Baba in the afternoon of 18 July 1956, more than 120 people came for darshan in the large hall of the hotel. Will, Mary and Charles sat next to Baba, and Dorothy, Tom and Delia ushered in each one individually to meet Baba for one minute. To introduce newcomers, Fred Marks stood by the door with a royal blue sash across his chest like a steward. Baba distributed prasad of sweets and his photographs. Dina Patel (Minoo Kharas' sister) and her son Hoshang were also present. (Lord Meher-p-3796-1956)

 

 11-DINSHAW

(Sarosh's elder brother)

Baba was not seeing any of his followers in Karachi. But one day, curiously, Sarosh's older brother Dinshaw, who had recently moved to Karachi, came and talked casually with the Master for two hours, though he was not a devotee. (Lord Meher-p- 469-1923)

 

13-DUBASH ADI & RODHA

Rhoda Dubash along with her mother in law, Naize Dubash met Baba at Meherabad in year 1945. Rhoda Dubash's story is interesting. Naize Dubash was a devoted lover of Meher Baba, but her family — especially her husband — was antagonistic towards Baba. She used to sneak away to visit Baba whenever she had the opportunity, and she had always taught her children that Meher Baba was God.

Rhoda, on the other hand, had no faith in Baba whatsoever. In 1944, she was engaged to marry Naize's son, Adi. When Rhoda found out that he was a Baba lover, she was shocked. But she decided to go through with the wedding because she loved Adi and was sure her love could draw him away from "This Meher Baba person." Meanwhile Minoo Kharas (Adi's cousin) and Adi's mother would constantly talk to her about Baba and, since Rhoda was the prospective daughter-in-law, etiquette demanded that she listen — though she was not interested or impressed.

Rhoda had been a very religious child and somewhat romantic. She had always had a secret wish that when she got married God should bless her wedding in the form of a slight drizzle — a few sprinkles of rain — as a sign of his blessing. Just one day before her wedding in Karachi, on 1 July 1945, she had been hearing so much about Meher Baba's greatness during the last months that she issued a challenge to him: "If you are what they say you are, you will send me heaven's blessings on my wedding day." She promptly forgot all about the ultimatum in the hectic hours preceding the large and lavish ceremony.

Karachi is such a dry city that it hardly ever rains. But on that July day, suddenly the sky grew dark and without warning it rained very heavily, more than an inch. Within half an hour, there was knee-deep water in some parts of Karachi. Eight-hundred guests had been invited to the wedding, but only 100 to 150 came. The rain lasted until the end of the ceremonies.

When Rhoda first met Baba at Meherabad, he called her and her husband to him and asked if they had any questions. Rhoda did not say anything, but the thought that kept creeping into her mind was: "You sent me heaven's blessings on my wedding day!" She became his forever. The bride who had wanted to draw her husband away from Baba, was herself brought to his feet.

Naize Dubash and her daughter-in-law, Rhoda, were permitted to see Baba at Meherabad on the 27th and 28th. Rhoda Dubash's story is interesting. Naize Dubash was a devoted lover of Meher Baba, but her family — especially her husband — was antagonistic towards Baba. She used to sneak away to visit Baba whenever she had the opportunity, and she had always taught her children that Meher Baba was God. Rhoda, on the other hand, had no faith in Baba whatsoever. In 1944, she was engaged to marry Naize's son, Adi. When Rhoda found out that he was a Baba lover, she was shocked. But she decided to go through with the wedding because she loved Adi and was sure her love could draw him away from "this Meher Baba person." Meanwhile Minoo Kharas (Adi's cousin) and Adi's mother would constantly talk to her about Baba and, since Rhoda was the prospective daughter-in-law, etiquette demanded that she listen — though she was not interested or impressed.

Rhoda had been a very religious child and somewhat romantic. She had always had a secret wish that when she got married God should bless her wedding in the form of a slight drizzle — a few sprinkles of rain — as a sign of his blessing. Just one day before her wedding in Karachi, on 1 July 1945, she had been hearing so much about Meher Baba's greatness during the last months that she issued a challenge to him: "If you are what they say you are, you will send me heaven's blessings on my wedding day." She promptly forgot all about the ultimatum in the hectic hours preceding the large and lavish ceremony. (Lord Meher-p-2517-1945)

Karachi is such a dry city that it hardly ever rains. But on that July day, suddenly the sky grew dark and without warning it rained very heavily, more than an inch. Within half an hour, there was knee-deep water in some parts of Karachi. Eight-hundred guests had been invited to the wedding, but only 100 to 150 came. The rain lasted until the end of the ceremonies.

When Rhoda first met Baba at Meherabad, he called her and her husband to him and asked if they had any questions. Rhoda did not say anything, but the thought that kept creeping into her mind was: "You sent me heaven's blessings on my wedding day!" She became his forever. The bride who had wanted to draw her husband away from Baba, was herself brought to his feet.2518/1945

In 1949.Adi Dubash had come from Karachi with his wife Rhoda and their one-and a half-year-old son, whom Baba had named Merwan. The child had just begun talking, and as he was walking around the room, he loudly shouted, "BABA!" All were surprised, and Baba commented, "There! Of the many on the 'waiting list,' I have selected him!"

In 1954, once Baba asked Adi, "How is Rhoda as a wife?"

"A-1 (Number one)!" Adi replied emphatically.

Baba asked Rhoda about Adi as a husband. "A-1," she, too, said.

Thereafter, Baba informed the principal, "Now, there is no need for any message. Let Adi and Rhoda mount the stage during the school assembly as an example of an ideal couple."

Baba sent Rhoda away and kept Adi in Rosewood for the function that evening, at which time he would be "giving up" the alphabet board, as he had previously declared.

Before she left, Baba asked Rhoda something curious. "If I ask you to give me one of your sons would you give him to me willingly?" Baba said.

"Of course, Baba," Rhoda replied. "They are yours." Nevertheless, as she sat in a corner while Baba spoke with the mandali, tears welled up in her eyes. Even from a distance, Baba noticed this and commented, "Why are you crying now? A time will come when you will weep without stopping."

In August of 1954 Meher Baba was in Satara, and I was visiting Panchgani, a hill station a few miles away, with my two sons. On 30th August, Rusi Billimoria, the cousin whom I was visiting, and another friend from Panchgani were going by car to Satara for some work. I decided I couldn't pass up this opportunity, so I asked my cousin to let me accompany them to Satara and drop me at Grafton Villa, where Baba was staying.

As we approached Satara, I was suddenly filled with misgivings. What would Baba say about me dropping in unannounced? What was I thinking of? But then I assured myself that I needed to see Baba and tell Him what I had wanted to tell Him at the airport in Karachi two years earlier. In any case, it was too late to turn back. As we approached Grafton Villa, I asked Rusi to stop the car a short distance from the gate of the villa.

I got out of the car and told Rusi to come back for me in the evening. By that time I knew something of Baba's ways, and I thought if the car waited for me, He would see me for only a few minutes and then send me packing. But without a car, I would be helpless, and Baba would have to take me in. "Everything is fair in love and war," I concluded, and when the car was only a tiny speck in the distance, I walked to the gate.

Rano Gayley, one of the mandali, appeared and asked me what I wanted.

"I've come to see Meher Baba," I said.

"He doesn't see anyone," answered Rano.

"That's all right. Just give Him a message. Tell Him that a lover of His has come from Karachi to dedicate her life at His feet."

Rano's hand shot out over the gate, and we shook hands. "Wait a minute," said Rano. She went into the house. A few minutes later she returned and said, "I've given your message to Baba. He is very happy and He wants you to come to Rosewood Cottage at 2:00 this afternoon."

I was overjoyed. "Could you tell me where Rosewood Cottage is?"

"Why? Don't you have anyone to take you there?" asked Rano.

I was all innocence. "No, I'm sorry, but I'm absolutely alone here."

"Wait a minute." Rano went inside again.

I waited, certain that Baba would call me in. But a few minutes later Dr. Goher appeared with her bicycle and said, "Baba has asked me to take you to Kohiyar Satarawala's house and to give him Baba's instructions to bring you to Rosewood Cottage at 2:00."

"Well," I thought, "you can't say I didn't try." But what could I really have expected? Baba is the Avatar and He is always one up on us.

Kohiyar, another follower of Baba's, was overjoyed to see me, as this would give him a chance to have Baba's darshan too. Soon we sat down to eat lunch, but I couldn't wait for it to be over, as I was so eager to get started. "Come on, let's go," I said repeatedly. So Kohiyar and I set out on foot, tracking through the fields until we reached the main road. Suddenly we saw a car approaching at full speed, honking. Kohiyar stopped abruptly. "It's Baba!" he said. "That's His car."

The car drew up to where we were standing, and Eruch leaned out the window on the driver's side. He smiled at me. "Couldn't you wait until 2:00?" he laughed. "Well, in any case, Baba has sent His car. He told me it was too hot for you to be out walking, and He said to take the car and bring you."

"Where does Baba sit in the car?" I asked.

"The front seat," Eruch replied.

I jumped into the front seat and rode in silence toward Rosewood Cottage, deeply touched by Baba's thoughtfulness and His concern for my welfare.

As we drew up at Rosewood, Eruch said, "Go in. Baba is waiting for you."

We entered the main room, and for a moment I couldn't see Baba, as my eyes hadn't adjusted from the bright light outside. And then I saw Him, sitting in an armchair on one side of the room. Love radiated from His whole being. As I approached Him hesitantly, He opened His arms, and the next moment I felt His embrace. There are some moments in life when one cannot find adequate words. For me this was one of those moments. Suffice it to say that time stood still for me in the embrace of my Beloved. Love, beauty and peace flooded me. I had come home.

Baba gestured for me to be seated at His feet. He said, "Your love makes Me very happy."

In 1955, when Baba and the mandali were returning from America and Europe in 1952, Rhoda and Adi met Baba at the airport in Karachi, with their two sons. Rhoda wanted to put Homi in Baba's arms, but Baba stopped her, and instead took their eight-year-old son Merwan on his lap. Similarly, when Adi and Rhoda had met Baba in Satara after the September 1954 meeting, Baba asked her about Merwan but not about Homi. Baba had said, "If I ask you to give me one of your sons, would you give him to me willingly?" Rhoda had replied that she would.

It was on the afternoon of 16 April 1955 when little Homi fell down from the first story window of their home, and was rushed to the hospital, where he died within half an hour, without regaining consciousness. Baba then asked Eruch to inform the gathering about the accidental death of Adi and Rhoda Dubash's five-year-old son Homi in Karachi the previous week.

Baba had issued orders to his lovers to take his name for 24 hours nonstop for one month. The Karachi group of lovers had therefore arranged the nonstop repetition of Baba's name in turns. Just after the child had plunged to his death, it was Adi Dubash's turn to participate in the repetition. Even at that critical time, he did his turn. It was Rhoda's turn next and she, too, did it. Only after someone persuaded Rhoda to allow her to take her place did they perform the last rites of their young son. They consoled themselves with the thought that Baba had wanted Homi and took him.

At the time, Baba had sent this consoling telegram: "Little Homi has come to me and is with me." A small photograph of Homi was also sent to Baba. Even though it was daytime, Baba asked for a flashlight, shined it on the photograph and later had it mailed back to the Dubash family with instructions to have it framed.

In 1958, one day Adi Dubash suddenly felt giddy and had trouble standing; he was removed to the dispensary for treatment. Baba went to his cabin and at noon, after all had eaten; he came out to depart for Meherazad. The sahavas group formed into two long rows. Baba's lift-chair was carried between them to the road, where he took his seat in the car. "A profound sense of sadness descended on Meherabad," Age related, "and tears fell from almost every eye. After giving them his company for the past several days, the pangs of separation was his gift to them. He, who resided in their hearts, created deeper aspiration to love him."

Adi and Rhoda Dubash were in Bombay at the time. Their eleven-year-old son Merwan had not been able to attend the sahavas since he was too young, so Baba saw the boy at Ashiana.

In 1960, Adi and Rodha Dubas were staying with relatives in a congested area of Poona. They would bicycle to Guruprasad and return home for lunch, and afterwards Adi and Merwan would cycle back to Guruprasad. On the afternoon of the 22nd, on the way back to Guruprasad, they were cycling through a small street when a car suddenly came from the opposite direction at high speed and narrowly missed hitting Merwan. An old man walking by saw what happened and exclaimed, "God saved him!"

On reaching Guruprasad, as they stepped into the side room where Baba was seated, Baba turned immediately to Adi and asked, "How does Merwan ride his bicycle?" Adi mentioned that the boy had just escaped a serious accident. Baba became very serious and looking annoyed said to Merwan, "Don't you think I have anything better to do than to keep my nazar on you?!"

From that day on, Baba forbade Merwan from cycling while in India. After Baba retired that afternoon, the mandali and others in the room mentioned that for the past week Baba had been asking everyone if they knew how Merwan rode his bicycle. "Does he ride carefully?" Baba wanted to know. "Is he rash? ... Does he drive fast?" Now they understood the reason for Baba's concern.

On 19 May 1963, Rhoda Dubash arrived that day with her son, Merwan. They embraced Baba, and Rhoda informed him how ill Merwan had been after she and Adi had returned home from the East-West Gathering. His Senior Cambridge exam was to start shortly after Merwan returned to Karachi from the East-West Gathering, but on his return he became sick with a very strong attack of measles. The Parsi community in Karachi criticized Adi and Rhoda for taking their son for Baba's darshan when his exams were so near. After missing the first three papers, Merwan's doctor allowed him to appear for the rest of the exams, but all expected him to fail. The result astounded everyone as he was the only Parsi to pass First Class at the top of his class, despite having not appeared for the first three exams.

One day Adi Dubash had arrived and Baba allowed Adi and his son Merwan to come to Guruprasad daily. For months, Merwan had the habit of twitching his nose. He would do it at any time and often. Adi and Rhoda tried everything to make him stop, but nothing worked.

Once, when all three were present in Guruprasad, Baba asked Dadi Kerawala, "What are you thinking?"

Dadi replied, "You know it, Baba!"

Baba commented, "I have told you many times that I will give you a wife as beautiful as the moon, and still you are thinking about it. You must have complete faith in me. When an individual has 100 percent faith in me and leaves everything to me, the burden automatically falls on my shoulders. I have my Universal work to do and I am totally engrossed in it, but the weight of that individual's burden reminds me of my responsibility toward him and I do everything for such a person."

Right after Baba stated this; the thought came into Rhoda Dubash's mind: "Okay Baba, I leave Merwan's nose-twitching 100 percent to you."

Immediately after thinking this, Baba turned to her and gestured, "Why is Merwan twitching his nose?

Rhoda pleaded, "Oh Baba, we have tried everything and he won't stop!"

Baba turned to the boy and sternly corrected him, "Merwan, why do you do this?" Baba did a perfect imitation. "It is not a good habit. Someday someone will beat you up for it."

Baba then narrated this incident:

A friend of my father's was in the habit of winking. Once while he was accompanying Sheriarji somewhere, they passed a few fishermen with their womenfolk. Unintentionally, the friend winked suddenly and the fishermen got very upset [believing he was winking at their wives]. Catching hold of him one began shouting abuses at him, and was about to beat him when Sheriarji intervened, saying, "He did not do it on purpose; it is his habit." At that very moment, the friend winked at the fisherman, and he and the others saw that it was an unconscious habit and let him go.

Baba jokingly told Merwan, "In this way you too may one day be beaten!" Then he became very serious and instructed Merwan, "From now on you must stop twitching your nose, and if I catch you doing it again, I don't want to see your face again!"

A few minutes later, Baba caught Merwan twitching his nose but forgave him as he was doing it unconsciously. This happened a few times and each time Baba forgave Merwan and said, "I will let it go for today as you are doing it unconsciously, without realizing it. But remember, from tomorrow, if I catch you twitching your nose I do not want to see your face again!"

He told Adi and Rhoda, "If he ever does this again after you return home, send me a telegram."

Rhoda said, "I will pay for the telegram from Merwan's pocket money."

Baba replied, "No, you pay half of it."

From that time on, Merwan stopped twitching his nose. Not once did he do it again. During the ensuing years, when Baba was in strict seclusion and no correspondence was allowed, Adi and Rhoda would sit in front of Merwan and joke, "Come on, Merwan, twitch your nose so we can send a telegram to Baba!" But Merwan would reply, "Then I will also cable Baba that you made me do it."

Once in Guruprasad, Adi Dubash was playing cards with Baba. He was dealing and dealt Baba a very good hand. Baba inquired, "Have you given me these cards on the sly? Did you deal crookedly?" Adi admitted that he had dealt from the bottom of the deck. So Baba gently twisted his ear, and though he had not applied much pressure Adi's ear pained for several hours.

On, 26 May 1963, few persons returned to Guruprasad. Baba told everyone present to take his darshan. Rhoda Dubash put her head on Baba's feet three times: once for herself; once for her husband Adi; and once for their five-year-old son Homi, who had fallen out of a window and died eight years before.

Sarosh and Viloo's son, Merwan, returned from England and was to be married to Anita, his Swiss fiancée. One day he and Sarosh came to Guruprasad, and Merwan said, "Baba, I want your blessings on my wedding day." Baba gestured, "Granted," and instructed that after the wedding in Ahmednagar, the bride and groom, and Sarosh and Viloo should come to Guruprasad to see him.

The wedding was held on Thursday, 27 June 1963. That day, Baba asked Eruch to phone Sarosh and find out how the preparations were going. Irritated, Sarosh shouted over the telephone, "Tell Baba it is raining cats and dogs here! We've had to change the wedding arrangements to inside." When Eruch related this, Baba just listened and did not comment.

The next morning, the wedding party came to Guruprasad. Among those seated before Baba were Adi and Rhoda Dubash. After the usual greetings, Baba asked Viloo and Sarosh about the wedding. Viloo complained, "Baba, it rained so much!"

Baba replied, "Well, your son asked for my blessing and I gave it to him." Turning to Rhoda Dubash, he gestured towards her and said, "Ask her what happened on her wedding day."

A similar incident had happened to Rhoda at the time of her wedding in 1945 in Pakistan. She did not believe in Baba then and had issued a challenge to him, saying in her heart: "If you are what they say you are, you will send me heaven's blessings on my wedding day!" And likewise, it had poured down rain that day. But Rhoda had never mentioned this incident or her challenge to Baba! That day in Guruprasad, when Baba addressed her, she was so taken by surprise, she could only gape. In her heart she had known it was Baba who had sent his blessings on her wedding day, but now God Himself was confirming it.

Eruch said, "Well Rhoda, what happened on your wedding day? We are waiting." Rhoda began to narrate the story and while she was speaking, Baba interrupted to remind her, "You did not tell them that, after throwing this challenge at me, you completely forgot about it until after the wedding," which was indeed true. (All talks ©2016 Mandali Hall Talks)

Adi Dubash had had to return to Karachi for work, but Rhoda and their son Merwan remained in Poona, coming to Guruprasad daily. Rhoda was enlisted to help type correspondence, and would work in a small room adjoining the hall. One day, from his chair, Baba noticed her and, moving his fingers, he mimicked her typing. Sometimes, Mehera would invite Rhoda to have lunch with Baba and them. Baba would on occasion tease Rhoda Dubash about her being a notoriously slow eater. When she was having lunch with Baba on 27 June 1965, handing her a large sliced mango, Baba asked her to finish it in no less than five minutes. At first Rhoda took it as a joke, but Baba motioned, "Now, only four minutes are left. Hurry!" Seeing that he was serious, Rhoda began eating the fruit as fast as she could. "Now only one minute is left!" Baba indicated. So Rhoda shoved the remaining pieces into her mouth, and Baba clapped. The other women laughed uproariously at her swollen cheeks, and Baba gestured to her, "Now go into the next room and slowly chew what you have in your mouth."

 

15- DUBASH NAIZE

(Mother of Minoo Kharas)

On Saturday, 26 December 1942, the out-of-town lovers began arriving at Meherabad for the meeting.

Minoo Kharas of Karachi had brought a close relative, Naize Dubash, to whom Baba gave a ring, telling her never to remove it. It was a special gift as that day was Naize's birthday! (Lord Meher-p-2310-1942)

Minoo Kharas and Naize Dubash met Baba on 30 December 1945, at Khushru Quarters. Baba arrived in a car driven by Sarosh and took Minoo and Naize to Meherazad. Baba was pleased to see that Naize was still wearing a ring he had given her during a previous meeting and told her never to remove it. While Naize was with the women mandali, Baba again confirmed to Minoo that he was a member of the Avatar's circle and repeated his promise to give Minoo God-realization. (Lord   Meher-p-2456-1945)

Minoo Kharas, Naize Dubash and her 25-year-old daughter-in-law Rhoda were permitted to see Baba at Meherabad on the 27th and 28th December 1945. Rhoda Dubash's story is interesting. Naize Dubash was a devoted lover of Meher Baba, but her family — especially her husband — was antagonistic towards Baba. She used to sneak away to visit Baba whenever she had the opportunity, and she had always taught her children that Meher Baba was God. Rhoda, on the other hand, had no faith in Baba whatsoever. In 1944, she was engaged to marry Naize's son, Adi. When Rhoda found out that he was a Baba lover, she was shocked. But she decided to go through with the wedding because she loved Adi and was sure her love could draw him away from "this Meher Baba person." Meanwhile Minoo Kharas (Adi's cousin) and Adi's mother would constantly talk to her about Baba and, since Rhoda was the prospective daughter-in-law, etiquette demanded that she listen — though she was not interested or impressed. (Lord Meher-p-2517-1945)

On Friday, 31 December 1949, Baba gave darshan in the morning in a decorated room at Khushru Quarters, Ahmednagar. Many from Bombay, Nagpur Bpmbay and other out-of-town close followers were present, as well as about 400 from Ahmednagar

Others among the Karachi group included Gulu and Khorshed Shroff; Minoo Kharas' fiancée Freiny and her father Kaikhushru Patel; Minoo's sister, Dina Patel; Mr. and Mrs. Mahiar Dubash; Burjor Rajkotwalla and his daughter Dolly Arjani; and Adi Dubash's mother Naize. (Lord Meher-p-2691-1949)

Baba and the women finally flew to Paris on Thursday afternoon, 21 August 1952, via Air France 437, and Air France 180 to Karachi. Their flight landed in Karachi at 9:00 P.M. the next night. Only Minoo Kharas had been called to the airport in Karachi, but with him had come Adi Dubash, and also Minoo's fiancée Freni Patel. Minoo alone went forward to greet Baba. Reservations for Baba's group to India were difficult to obtain, but Minoo pointed out that Adi could possibly arrange it, as he worked in shipping.

Baba and the women finally flew to Paris on Thursday afternoon, 21 August 1952, via Air France 437, and Air France 180 to Karachi. Their flight landed in Karachi at 9:00 P.M. the next night. Only Minoo Kharas had been called to the airport in Karachi, but with him had come Adi Dubash, and also Minoo's fiancée Freni Patel. Minoo alone went forward to greet Baba. Reservations for Baba's group to India were difficult to obtain, but Minoo pointed out that Adi could possibly arrange it, as he worked in shipping.

Baba was pleased. Baba and the women were accommodated in rooms at the airport. Minoo kept watch outside Baba's door during the night. The next morning, Adi was called again and instructed to arrange for their plane tickets. His mother Naize, his wife Rhoda and their two small boys, along with Pilamai were also permitted darshan. Somehow, Adi procured four seats on a small plane to India, so Baba left for Bombay with Mehera, Mani and Goher. Meheru and Rano followed on the next available flight the following day. Baba landed in Bombay at 6:10 P.M. on 23 August 1952 and was driven straight to Meherazad. (Lord Meher-p-3129-1952)

 

18-HOMI DESAI

Homi Desai of Lahore came for Baba's darshan. He came after several years and was eager to lay some of his problems before Baba. But on seeing him, Baba stated, "Homi, just sit here quietly for five minutes and then leave." Desai sat down, but his mind was in turmoil. After five minutes Baba asked him to go, and he left highly disappointed. He thought that he had lost his chance, but Baba sent someone with a message to tell him to come the next day. The whole night he kept awake, worries filling his mind. He appeared the next morning, but Baba again told him to keep quiet and leave after five minutes. Desai flushed with anger, but Baba asked him to come again the following day.

The third day, deeply troubled, Desai arrived at Guruprasad. His eyes were red from lack of sleep and his mind was churning. "Sit here for five minutes and don't say anything," Baba stated. "Then go."

At first Baba took no notice of him, but the next moment when Baba gazed at him, his clouded mind cleared and inwardly he received the sought-after answers to his questions. Greatly heartened, Desai folded his hands and said to Baba, "Thank You," and then exclaimed, "What a butcher You are to slaughter one so slowly!"

Baba replied with a smile, "Only slow butchering leads one to the Goal. A quick end keeps you where you are."

 

19-IRANI ARDESHIR

Ardeshir Irani and his friend Feram of Karachi came to meet Baba, and presented fruit and sweets to him. Baba discussed with Ardeshir about planting a fruit orchard at Meherabad, similar to the ones he had seen in Persia, and told him, "If you were to begin an orchard here, my men would have employment." Ardeshir was quite prepared to begin such work and, from that day, began living at Meherabad as one of the mandali. Baba designated him "Director of Agriculture" and advised him to begin immediately to fertilize and improve the soil for the orchard.

Ardeshir had been introduced to the Master at Manzil-e-Meem through Baidul, and even at that time he was eager to stay with the Master. Baba had assured him he would call him later, and on this day Baba fulfilled that promise. However, the mandali were not so thrilled with this new addition to their ranks. Ardeshir, being a hearty Irani, was a harsh taskmaster. This newly-appointed Director of Agriculture literally worked the mandali to a breaking point. He worked them so hard that Ramjoo wondered how many of them would live to see the orchard blooming — much less survive to taste its fruit. (Lord Meher pp-510-1954)

 

22-IRANI HORMUZD BOMAN & PILAMAI

Baba was in a good mood when they arrived in Karachi on 31 May 1923. Pilamai's husband Hormuzd, Baily, and other devotees were waiting at the station to welcome them. Baily's sister Khorshed had moved to Karachi, and Baba had sent him ahead to assist with travel arrangements. Baba rode to Pilamai's house in a Victoria and relaxed there. Within a few days, Karachi residents who already knew of Meher Baba came for his darshan.

Pilamai made everyone comfortable in her home. Later, she guided Baba and the mandali on a sightseeing excursion to places of interest in Karachi. One day Baba went to visit his maternal aunt and uncle, Banu Masi and Khodadad Masa, who had moved there from Bombay. Afterward Baba visited Baily's sister's home. (Lord Meher-p-423-1923)

 

29-KHODADAD MASA & BANU MASI

Baba's maternal aunt Banu Masi arrived at Meherabad from Karachi on 13 June. She met with her two sons, Merwan and Homi, who were studying in the Meher Ashram School and felt happy to find them doing well. She left for Bombay in the evening. Dhake returned to his duties that day. (Lord Meher-p-824-1927)

On the night of 21st September 1931, the ship arrived in Karachi. Baba and the mandali were met by Pilamai, Baba's maternal aunt Banu Masi, and Merwan and Homi, her two sons who had been at the Meher Ashram School. The most distinguished among the others waiting to receive them was the mayor of Karachi, Jamshed N. R. Mehta. Pilamai invited Baba to her house and he went there at 11:30 P.M., accompanied by Buasaheb and Vishnu.

Baba met with people until two in the morning, giving a discourse on divine love to Jamshed Mehta, 43, and praising the selfless service he was doing in Karachi to assist the downtrodden classes and lepers. Baba then stated:

Real worship is within — inside the heart — not in the outward muttering of words. To enter the spiritual path, one has to go beyond religious ceremonies. One cannot grasp Truth through the intellect, but, at present, people are averse to know even an iota of it!

All the disorder of the world is due to the mind. He who conquers it, conquers everything and is a real hero.

Banu Masi had not been feeling well, so Baba made arrangements in Karachi for an operation she needed and instructed his cousin Merwan to attend to her. His other cousin, Homi, wished to stay with Baba permanently. Baba gave him no answer then, but asked him to remind him about it on his return from Persia.  (Lord Meher-p-l1092-1929)

Baba bid farewell to his close followers in Karachi — Nariman, Pilamai, Banu Masi, and others — and left by train for Bombay on Wednesday, 26 August 1931, (Lord Meher-p-1232-1931)

 

30-KHORSHED BANU PATASKIA

On 15 May 1927, Khorshedbanu Pastakia and Pilamai along with a few boys from Karachi arrived at Meherabad to stay in the ashram for some days. The boys had been living in Karachi and were brought to Meherabad to study in the school. (Lord Meher-p- 810-1927)

 

34- MAVALVALA-ZARINA T.

One fateful dinner in 1968, my brother entreated me to give my soul another chance! He asked me to remove the Beloved's picture from the wall, store all my Baba literature out of sight, go to no more Baba meetings, resume wearing the customary sadra-kusti which I had discarded and begin attending all the traditional Zoroastrian prayers, ceremonies and such.

In short, I was to become an orthodox Zoroastrian for six months, completely forgetting about Baba, at which point my brother was sure that it would be a case of "out of sight, out of mind."

I bargained with him that I would do all he asked except for taking Baba's picture down from the wall. I had taken to heart the advice given me by Freny and dear Arnavaz that I should think well before putting up a picture of Baba in my room, for once up, I should never take it down. But my brother was relentless, and though it troubled my heart to take the beautiful picture down, I finally gave in and agreed to all his conditions.

After all, I thought, this was an opportunity my Beloved was giving me to test my faith — would my lukewarm love suddenly be kindled into an undying flame, would my uncertainty of His Godhood be dispelled to be replaced by doubtless, heartfelt conviction?

As long as He chose to reside in my heart, what need had I for all the external trimmings (except for that one beloved picture!)? Didn't "absence makes the heart grow fonder" too? So, despite the turmoil within me and anticipating sleepless nights, with a heavy heart I promised to start the "masquerade" from the next morning.

However, the Infinitely Compassionate One had other plans. Round about 11 o'clock that very night the telephone rang. As I was still awake, I got up to answer it.

It was a dear old Baba lover, who apologized for disturbing the sleeping household at that late hour, but he dared to call because he thought I would want to hear without any delay Beloved Baba's cable that he had just received and been instructed to convey to all in Karachi. And lo and behold! What was the message of the cable?

LOVE MAKES THE FORMLESS AND INFINITE
BECOME ENFORMED AND FINITE
AS THE GOD-MAN AMONG MEN.

LOVE ME MORE AND MORE BECAUSE
FOR THE SAKE OF LOVE
I HAVE COME AMONG YOU.

— MEHER BABA

My heart knew then that He knew my heart, for who else but the All-knowing God could have such perfect timing? Not even one sleepless night! With tranquillity of heart, I fell at His Feet for the saving grace He had bestowed upon me — I would never, ever take down His picture now!

When he takes over, pp. 59-60, ed. Bal Natu, 1988 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust

Freny Dadachanji's sister, Zarine Mavalwala, also came for the darshan from Karachi. Zarine had love for Baba but did not yet fully believe him to be God-incarnate. On one occasion, when the Bombay women were with Baba, Zarine began having dreadful thoughts of doubt about him. Suddenly addressing her, Baba remarked, "Don't be afraid of skepticism. I am purposely creating it to clear your mind of it. I am God personified! Is it not true, Zarine?" Zarine shyly kept quiet, but then and there accepted Baba wholeheartedly as the Avatar. (Lord Meher-p-5154-1965)

 

35-MEHTA JAMSHED N. R.

(Mayor of Karachi)

On the night of 21st September, 1929, the ship arrived in Karachi. Baba and the mandali were met by Pilamai, Baba's maternal aunt Banu Masi, and Merwan and Homi, her two sons who had been at the Meher Ashram School. The most distinguished among the others waiting to receive them was the mayor of Karachi, Jamshed N. R. Mehta. Pilamai invited Baba to her house and Baba went there in night.

Baba met with people until two in the morning, giving a discourse on divine love to Jamshed Mehta and praising the selfless service he was doing in Karachi to assist the downtrodden classes and lepers. Baba then stated:

Real worship is within — inside the heart — not in the outward muttering of words. To enter the spiritual path, one has to go beyond religious ceremonies. One cannot grasp Truth through the intellect, but, at present, people are averse to know even an iota of it!

All the disorder of the world is due to the mind. He, who conquers it, conquers everything and is a real hero. (Lord Meher-1092-1929)

On April 30th, 1931 Jamshed Mehta, the mayor of Karachi, came to see Baba. Baba praised his sincere efforts and sympathetic treatment of the poor and needy, and admired his selfless service in other areas as well. Baba explained to him:

I am very pleased with your sincere work and selfless service, particularly in the cause of the really poor and needy. You render it with a sense of renunciation, even at the cost of sacrificing your own interests. I know all about your activities in the cause of service to others, and they are unique and most praiseworthy. You are sincere and selfless as very few persons in the world in your position could be.

In spite of all these sincere humanitarian efforts in the cause of service to others, God-Realization is far, far away. The ego will not die so easily. It is most difficult for the ego to disappear, and disappear it must before God-Realization is possible.

Even in the noblest aspirants and the sincerest workers for the good of humanity, the thought that "I did this" or "I have done that" exists. Although they might not say this openly to others, the thought persists in their minds. This very thought that "I have done this service" is so destructive that it nullifies all the service rendered and robs it of all value and worth.

Jamshed Mehta was highly impressed with Baba's explanation and his heart accepted the truth of the Master's words. To Mehta's surprise, Baba visited the slums of Karachi and Manora with him that evening. (Lord Meher-p-1365)

(It was on Jamshed Mehta's suggestion that Gandhiji's first meeting with Meher Baba took place on the ship S.S. Rajputana.)

 

36-MERWAN DUBASH

Son of Adi and Roda Dubash of Karachi (Pakistan)

Following is the extract of contacts with Baba in his own word of Meherwan Dubash as written by H P Bharucha in his book Glimpses of Guruprasad.

I am son of Adi and Roda Dubash of Karachi, Pakistan. When Baba was informed about my birth in 1947, He sent a cable by return, naming me Merwan.

In May and June 1960, I spent the first of my 3 long stays with Baba. We were in Poona about five to six weeks and went to Baba every day at Guruprasad. First my mother and I went only in the mornings and my father alone went back after lunch in the afternoon.

I was only thirteen and started to get bored after a week or so of this and was agitating to go to Panchgani. At the right opportunity, my parents asked Baba if it was OK for me to go to Panchgani. In His usual fashion, Baba asked, “Why does he want to go? Doesn’t He like it here? And because Baba asked, my parents, said that I was getting restless and a little bored. Baba said, in this case, they should let me come with Adi (my father) in the afternoon to Guruprasad. You notice He didn’t say no to going to Panchgani. So I started going to Guruprasad with my dad in the afternoon as well, thinking that I was now going to be doubly bored. Of course, what I didn’t know was that the afternoon was more fun.

This was also the first time I met the twins, Rustom and Sohrab and Merwan Mistry. In the afternoon the four of us would amuse ourselves before Baba came back from women mandali. We must have been making quite a racket doing this because Baba got word that we were disturbing Pendu, who would take a nap every afternoon before Baba returned to the men side. Others told us to keep the noise down, and I guess we didn’t     because one day Baba told us that we were making too much noise and disturbing the Pendu’s sleep. Therefore, between 12.00 and 2.00 all four of us were told to keep silence in Guruprasad, which I did for the rest of my stay. Of course in the afternoon Baba also played His famous card game of La Risque. Initially, I did play but picked up the cards and dealt with them after each game, and after a while Baba let me graduate the player level.

In the afternoons we also had Aloba’s famous tea. Also, very often Baba receives baskets of mangoes from His lovers as a gift, and there were so many that he would regularly distribute them to us to eat. Baba would sit on a stool on the side varandah or kitchen and give the mangoes individually to each one. Then there were also the house visits when Baba would visit lover’s house in Poona at their invitation. He not only took the men mandali but took two or three carloads of people with Him.

In atypical fashion, Baba would make sure everyone got a chance to go. He would take an interest in making the selections as to    who was going on which visit and in which car. House visit were great fun to go on, and we tucked in heartily in the goodies that were laid out for Baba. Baba Himself would only have a cup of tea and very little to eat, but His entrounge did justice    to the rest! Of course, all this was great fun for a boy of thirteen, and now that I was spending all day with Baba, the desire to go to Panchgani was no longer there.

However, there were still, let’s say, a few moments that were less fun. For example, every Sunday Baba would allow the local people from Poona and Bombay to have His darshan. Inevitably these lovers would sing song for Baba. Quite a few of them sang classical Indian songs and played classical music, and not being fan of Indian music, I was not particularly enthralled. I would survive the morning session, but halfway through the afternoon session, it would be a struggle to stay awake! He merely came down to my level and kept me interested in activities around Him-truly a demonstration of His humanness.

There is also a message in this story of youngsters, which is that if you feel bored when you are at Meherabad or Meherazad, don’t worry, don’t feel guilty or think that something is wrong; it happens   to most kids, but Baba eventually takes care of that.

In 1960, during this stay at Guruprasad, I experienced one my major incident with Baba; we had started using rented bicycle for transportation to Guruprasad every day. Each day we would cycle   there in the morning, back home for lunch, and then back to Guruprasad. One morning as we entered Guruprasad I was told by someone that the mandali ladies had noticed that I cycled very fast and I should slow down, as Baba would not like it, I was warned but son forgot about it.

One day in the afternoon on way to Guruprasad after lunch, as my father and I were bicycling through one of the crowded side of street of Poona, a car appeared from nowhere at some speed with horn blaring. I a hurry to move over one side, I lost the presence of mind, and instead of pulling over to left (which is the side to drive in India) I pulled over the right, across the path of the oncoming car. Apparently, the car missed me by a whisker. After I had composed myself, we    cycled over to Guruprasad, parked our bikes, and noticed that Baba was already in the Mandali Hall.

As soon as we put our foot into the room, Baba looked over at my father and asked, “How well does Merwan ride a cycle?” Of course, my dad just needed an excuse, and he quickly blurted out what had happened that afternoon. Baba became quite serious (not angry), and my father’s complaints had finished, He looked at me and said, “Don’t I have anything better to do than keep My nazar on you? From now on your bicycle riding stops.” I was instructed by Baba that I should return the rented bike that evening and from then on was not to ride a bicycle. Being only thirteen, I asked if this meant no cycling when I went back to Karachi, and Baba said, “No cycling when you are in India, You can cycle in Karachi,” That was the end of this incident with Baba.

However, we found out afterwards that for some days before the incident Baba had regularly been asking Aloba, “How does Merwan ride his bicycle?” Of  course, Aloba was the one on gate duty, so he used to see me riding into the Guruprasad  and told Baba that most kids of my age. I rode a little fast and showed off a bit. Apparently, Baba asked the same question regularly for some days before the incident.

There is a sequel story. In 1962 I finished school and went to university. The only convenient transportation to get me to university and back was bicycle. When I asked my parents to buy me one, they hesitated. Even though Baba had said I could bicycle in Karachi, they were reluctant to buy one for me without Baba’s permission. So in 1963, when we were with Baba again in Guruprasad, at the opportunate time Baba was asked whether I could use bicycle in Karachi to go back and forth to university. Baba, after some discussion, said it was Ok for me to have a bicycle for my own in Karachi, but I was still not to ride a bike in India. So even today, although I can ride a bicycle anywhere in the world, have one in Toronto, I do not ride in India. (Glimpses of Guruprasad –p-159-162)

 CONTACTD-PAKISTAN

 

38-MINOO KHARAS (MAINOCHAR)

(Close Disciple)

Refer: Fortunate Souls- Vol 2 sl. No. 70

 

39-MINOO POHOWALA N.

(From Karachi)

On 27th May 1928, while all mandali were getting ready in the packing to move ashram to Toka (Rajasthan) Minoo N. Pohowala and two other Baba livers desiring to join the ashram, arrived. Baba permitted them to stay in Meherabad for a few days so they could acquaint themselves with the mandali and become familiar with the various work. (Lord Meher-p-929-1928)

On 2nd June 1928, the day before leaving Meherabad, Baba met privately with Minoo Pohowala. As Minoo was in the habit of going to one saint after another, Baba pointedly explained to him:

When you sink a well, you first select a spot before beginning the drilling. But if you stop drilling halfway and start anew at a different spot, you will never find water and all your labours will be wasted. But if you keep drilling at one spot, you will surely find water eventually. A spirit of fortitude is required. If you are easily disappointed and keep trying at different places, you will never succeed.

Similarly, if you continue running from one saint or Sadguru to another, you will never gain anything. Stick firmly to only one Master and carry out his wishes. Dig, dig, and keep on digging, and one day you will get the water of Realization.

On 30th June 1928, Minoo Pohowala came to Toka (Rajasthan) and others from Bombay, Quetta and few foreigners.

On 10th July 1928, the third anniversary of the Master's silence was celebrated. Minoo Pohowala also came. At two in the afternoon, Baba's feet were washed and the mandali and boys gave him a bath. The daily singing of the Gujarati arti composed by Baba, Bujaave Naar, began from that day. As prasad, Baba distributed sweets and tea to all.

On the 22nd December 1928, Minoo Pohowala, his brother visited Meherabad,

On 1st March 1929, Minoo Pohowala and Nadir Dastur came to Meherabad at noon. Baba discussed some work. Minoo returned on the 4th.

On the 14th July 1930, Baba left Meherabad for Nasik where he stayed at Rustom's home. Baba stayed in Nasik for more than a month. However, during this time, he kept to himself; except for the men and women mandali and a few close lovers, he saw no one. No outsiders were permitted. Among those infrequent visitors who did see him was Minoo Pohowala one among others.

On 20th August 1930, Baba left Nasik for a visit to Calcutta with three mandali men and Agha Ali. Meanwhile, Minoo Pohowala had arranged for the men mandali's stay in Bijapur, and all 22 of them, including those still fasting, left Nasik for Bijapur on 21st August. The mandali were instructed by Baba to remain there until the end of October.

On 21st February 1933, Baba wished to go to Kolhapur along with boys for whom a new twelve-ton bus driven by a driver was hired for Baba and others. An older Chevrolet bus to be driven by another driver was sent by Minoo Pohowala for the mandali.

On 7th March 1930, Baba left Horikan for Mangalore in the afternoon. After arriving there, a telegram was sent to Minoo Pohowala at Bijapur, informing him that Baba had accepted his invitation and that they were on their way. They spent the night at Mangalore and the next day, they took a drive and walked around the town, along the seashore, and to the seaport. They departed after buying newspapers at the railway station. It was the start of an eventful day the mandali would never forget.

On 9th March 1930, Baba with group reached Hubli having driven through Shimoga, Honnali, and Harihar. The next day, they received two telegrams; one was from Minoo Pohowala concerning financial matters, without acknowledging receipt of Baba's previous telegram about Baba's decision to visit Bijapur.

Baba asked, "Should we go to Bijapur or not?" They discussed the alternative of visiting Panchgani, but due to Kalemama's difficulties with arranging matters at Panchgani, it was eventually decided to go on to Bijapur.

On the evening of the 10th March 1930, they reached Minoo's Meher Motor Works in Bijapur where Minoo received them warmly. A darshan was held and they had a fine moonlit drive after dinner to a lake.

On 30th March 1930, Minoo Pohowala and others came to Nasik to see Baba who expounded on the nature of love to them.

On 7th September 1930, Baba left Kolhapur and arrived in Bijapur, where he met up with other members of the mandali. According to Baba's instructions, four of mandali men broke their long fast on 4th September. Only Pleader and Bala Tambat were instructed to continue fasting.  Every evening, people would throng to him for darshan and sing his arti. Baba would also give discourses, and many in Bijapur tasted the Master's wine and felt his divine love. Minoo Pohowala had made comfortable arrangements for Baba and the mandali, and Baba's stay there was a happy occasion.

On 26th August 1933,

A meeting was held there was a talk of constructing a few new buildings at Meherabad, but if it were later decided to stay in Nasik permanently, then constructing buildings in Meherabad would be a waste of money and energy. Minoo Pohowala came on the 26th from Bijapur to meet Baba, for the first time in three years.

On 23rd May 1934, in the room on the back verandah of the Mess Quarters at lower Meherabad, Baba began dictating the "Theory of Creation" for the first time. Baba would dictate on the alphabet board, which Jalbhai or Chanji would read. Feram Workingboxwala would take it down in shorthand and later type it out. Minoo Pohowala was present and listened.

In June of 1939, Baba was again residing at Meherabad after a six-month absence. Many came to see him on 4th June including Minoo Pohowala and others and families.

In year 1953, Baba divided the 99 men into two groups, "A" and "B." He had the names of the "A" group read out and told them to remain seated.

"But before you all disperse," Baba stated, "I want you to remember three important things: First, I do not want any monetary help from any of you.

"Secondly, you need not worry, be anxious or lose your peace of mind over what I might ask you to do. I know what each one of you can do and so will instruct accordingly.

"But, and this is the third point, I will use to the utmost the capabilities of each of you."

In Group B, consisting of the following 22 men Minoo Pohowala was one.

On 1st June 1948, Baba and the women were driven to Meherabad. Baba got out at lower Meherabad and the women were driven up the hill. The opening ceremony for the new hall at lower Meherabad took place by Baba taking his seat inside and the mandali performing arti before him. Baba then went up the hill. Baba returned to lower Meherabad in morning and began giving interviews to those who had come, including Minoo Pohowala and the Poona Theosophical group.

On the morning of 23rd July 1948, a one-hour darshan was held at lower Meherabad in the new hall. Baba arrived at Meherabad quite early with three mandali women. Baba was garlanded. About 250 Baba lovers from Sholapur, Barsi, Poona, Bombay and Ahmednagar arrived that morning at nine o'clock, after their train stopped at Meherabad to let them descend. Minoo Kharas and Minoo Pohowala (now business partners) had come from Karachi. Baba met each group individually, though they were not allowed to take his darshan or ask questions.

On 16th September 1948, Baba came to live at Meherazad with ladies mandali women. On the 18th, Minoo Pohowala, with four mandali men came to Meherabad, and Baba went to see them at noon. (The meeting was in relation to Nariman opening a business office in Karachi, with Kharas and Pohowala's help.

In Mahabaleshwar, Baba's health was suffering, and the mandali insisted he take some treatment Minoo Pohowala and Minoo Kharas came to Mahabaleshwar around the 18th with Meherjee. They were particularly anxious, since he was to leave shortly to give mass darshan — a physically demanding task even when Baba was in the best of health. Close mandali men prevailed upon Baba to return to Bombay for medical treatment, to which Baba agreed on one condition: "I am ready to go on condition that from the day I begin taking treatment, you all remain beside me awake without a wink of sleep."

Ivy O. Duce wrote about Minoo in her book “How a Master works.”

Minoo had difficult order he had ever received from Meher Baba came at the beginning of the New Life. That order was that Minoo was not to lay eyes on Baba during this period (he had been accepted as one of those who was to remain behind but obey implicitly). If he were to lay eyes on his Master at any time, at any place, he was not to acknowledge Baba in any way. He could not speak his name or speak to him or even look upon him. If this ever happened, he was to immediately leave that place.

Minoo told Baba that he didn't believe that he could ever carry out this order, but Baba said to him, “you must!”

Many months elapsed, and Minoo, like many others, longed for just a glimpse of his beloved Baba. In the second year of the separation, one day in Delhi near the railroad station, Minoo looked up as he rounded a corner to see none other than Baba standing near the platform with the men disciples. He remembered his order from Baba, and with great difficulty he did not cast his eyes upon Baba but fled from the spot. (As Minoo told me this, one could see his heart breaking anew, though it had been many, years before)

Because of the work he had to do in the city, he remained there to spend the night. He chose a hotel that he had known and retired early, trying not to give way to the sorrow in his heart in not being able to even touch or speak to Baba. During the evening, a knock came at his door and someone inquired if he knew where Meher Baba was staying-that he had been told he was in Delhi and wished to see him. Minoo replied that he did not know Baba’s whereabouts. He then went to bed and tried to sleep, but he could not. He wept all night long. The next day he went back to the work Baba had assigned him, and it was not until many months later that Minoo learned an astonishing fact. On the same night that he lay in the hotel, crying for the love of Baba, his beloved Baba lay on a bed in the next room against the same wall that divided them, for Baba had decided for his own reasons to remain overnight in a hotel right next door to the hotel in which Minoo stayed. So all the time, he wept. Baba was lying near to him. What a demonstration of love and example of why our faith is so important. (How a Master works-pp 544-545)

 

 41-MUHAMMAD IQBAL

On the train travelling from Lahore to Amritsar, a 53-year-old Muslim man in the compartment was also visibly drawn to Baba. He kept gazing steadily at Baba, who was patting the new boy seated beside him. After some time, Baba looked straight at him and dictated through one of the mandali, "My friend, there is nothing but bliss everywhere."

"Maybe for you, Sir," the man replied, "but not for us."

Baba answered, "You complain because you cannot see it, but I tell you there is nothing but bliss all around. I see it; I experience it every moment."

The man then said, "I have experienced nothing but misery, conflict and suffering in the world.

I have never known happiness and am quite disgusted with my life."

"This is because of ignorance," Baba explained. "You have no experience of real bliss. You run after the shadow, losing the substance. You mistook happiness for eating, making money, and in pleasures and enjoyments, which are fleeting, false and transitory. Not only that, they take you further away from the real bliss which is everlasting."

"But, where can I find that bliss?" asked the man. "And how does one find it?"

"That is exactly the point!" Baba exclaimed. "Now you are asking and desiring something real. Let your desire be only to find this bliss, to find Truth and to find God. Continuously have this longing and you will achieve it. You will find the path to achieve it, and someone will surely show it to you."

"Would you show it to me?" the man pleaded. "Would you help me?"

"Certainly, with the greatest pleasure. That is what I want to do. That is my work; that is my mission. I will show you what real bliss is only if you do as I say, and I will not tell you to do something too difficult for you. It is so easy, if you only take it to heart. I will then see to the rest.

"Every morning, very early, spare only five minutes for this. Seek a place, aloof and alone, and try to meditate, thinking, 'God is One; He is everywhere and there is nothing but Him.' Do this for only five minutes daily. I will see that you experience something. You will see some light, and then you will be satisfied and proceed on the Path."

The man was visibly relieved of his misery, and felt joy from meeting the Master and accepting his advice. Baba's simple explanation made him experience that life was again worth living. The feeling of renewed enthusiasm for life had not been conveyed through words; it had been imparted internally.

The mandali found out that the person had tried many different spiritual austerities and was searching for a Master, but after years he had grown dejected and depressed. When he met Baba in the train, he was contemplating suicide. Baba not only saved his life, but inspired him to continue in his quest. This individual was none other than the celebrated Indian poet Muhammad Iqbal.

Previously, in 1930 while travelling by train from Lahore to Amritsar, Baba and the mandali had struck up a conversation with a fellow passenger who appeared to be in despair. After their talk, however, the man was much heartened and grateful to Baba for his advice. The person turned out to be none other than Muhammad Iqbal, the celebrated Indian poet and philosopher. Iqbal was a towering figure among pre-independence Muslim intellectuals, and it was therefore with much sadness that Ramjoo and Ghani heard the news of Iqbal's passing on 21 April 1938 at the age of 61.

The next day, they were to visit Baba in Panchgani, but they were so preoccupied with other matters to be discussed that when they arrived they completely forgot about Iqbal's demise. But, pointing to one of the hairs on his head, the first thing Baba dictated on the board to them were the Urdu words, "Mera ek baal gaya," meaning, "I have lost one of my hairs." For some moments Ramjoo and Ghani looked blank, and it was only when Baba repeated what he had dictated and added, "Don't you fellows understand?" that they caught Baba's use of the words ek baal (one hair) rhyming with Iqbal. Baba had expressed his sense of loss, but also the insignificance of it by comparing it to the loss of a hair. (Lord Meher-p-1916-1938)

 

 

46-SAIB ASMI

Saib Asmi came for Baba darshan in 1958 sahwas.

While giving darshan and embracing the women, Baba's eyes roved throughout the pandal. Saib Asmi, who was dazed, absorbed in his experience of Baba's love, was seated next to Ramjoo Abdulla. Baba asked Ramjoo, "What is going on by your side?" Ramjoo was already aware of Saib Asmi's condition.

Baba asked Ramjoo if Sahib Asmi had eaten lunch. Ramjoo said he would have food in the evening. Again, he asked Ramjoo if Sahib Asmi would eat a little fruit. Through Ramjoo, Asmi said he would eat in the evening.

Even while giving darshan and embracing the women, Baba's eyes roved throughout the pandal. Saib Asmi, who was dazed, absorbed in his experience of Baba's love, was seated next to Ramjoo Abdulla. Baba asked Ramjoo, "What is going on by your side?" Ramjoo was already aware of Saib Asmi's condition.

When Baba came onto the dais, the poet Saib Asmi was asked to sit on Baba's right. Baba asked Ramjoo if Asmi had slept in Baba's cabin. Ramjoo replied that he had slept in another room. Introducing him, Baba observed:

This is Saib Asmi. He is a resident of Lahore and a famous Pakistani poet. He has not met me before and this is the first time he has come to Meherabad. Yet, he has written a book in Urdu, Sarod-e-Javidan, which is dedicated to me. In the book, he has devoted about 100 pages to my life as much as he knows about it and has composed poems about me. He has introduced me to the Muslim world as Saheb-e-Zaman [the Messiah]. All this from a Muslim who has not seen me before and that, too, in a land [Pakistan] where people do not believe in the conception of man becoming God. I know he has taken this courageous step out of his deep love for me, and that sort of daring and love pleases me most.

Eruch was interpreting Baba's hand signs and conveying them in English, and Keshav Nigam was translating them into Hindi. By mistake, Keshav introduced Saib Asmi to the gathering as "Saheb-e-Zaman Asmi," creating a burst of laughter.

Baba declared, "Saib Asmi is not Saheb-e-Zaman, but Keshav has mistakenly said so. Someday, in one of his future births, Asmi may become (Qutub] Saheb-e-Zaman)" This elicited loud cheers of "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!" and the pandal resounded with the cries.

Keshav then apologized for his mistake, saying that only Meher Baba was the Saheb-e-Zaman. Saib Asmi laid his head on Baba's feet, and Baba warmly embraced him. Again there was loud cheering.

 

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 1-A NEPALESE BOY

Adjoining Baba's bungalow in Dehra Dun was a garden of guava trees. Four watchmen had been hired to shoo away the birds at night. The men would shriek and shout, and Baba would complain about the noise, stating that he was much disturbed. One day Baba directed Kumar to tell the watchmen not to make so much noise at night.

Kumar did as instructed, but they laughed derisively and said, "What you say is true. But if we don't do it, the birds will eat all the fruit, and who will make up for the loss? Our boss would fire us and we would be out of work." Returning, Kumar informed Baba, who sent him back with the message that they should be less noisy while frightening away the birds. Kumar went and told them.

The next day, Baba complained that the noise that night had been worse than before. Kumar was exasperated by Baba's complaining. Baba, nevertheless, sent him to the owner of the garden, who got very upset with him for wasting his time. "If I don't tell my servants to make an uproar," the man said, "they will go to sleep and the birds would ruin my garden. But I cannot understand how you could be disturbed by their shouts. It is not possible for their noise to be heard in your bungalow."

When Baba was informed, he asked Kumar, "What is the remedy for this?"

Half-joking, Kumar said, "There is no other remedy than to buy the garden and let the birds eat all the fruit."

"A wonderful idea!" replied Baba enthusiastically. "Go and find out its price."

Kumar once again approached the owner, who became even more infuriated. "Have you any sense? Is this the time to sell a garden when it is full of fruit? Anyway, the fruit has already been sold to a contractor who is gradually taking away the produce."

When Baba was informed, he sent Kumar back with this message: "Tell the contractor not to take the produce gradually, but to collect it all at once."

Kumar returned. The owner dismissed Kumar with an angry wave of his hand, shouting at him to leave at once. When Baba was told he still complained, "Somehow this racket must be stopped. I cannot sleep and it is affecting my health, my mood and my work. Something must be done."

After a few minutes, Baba said, "All of the watchmen do not make such a loud noise. It is one boy among them who is the loudest. If you bring him here and put him to work here, the problem will be solved." Kumar left to identify the young culprit. He found him, but the boy was not convinced to give up his job. Kumar tempted him with a higher salary, but still he refused. Despite this, Kumar persisted, and at last the boy was prevailed upon and brought to Baba, who was pleased to see him.

The eighteen-year-old lad was Nepalese and did not know Hindi very well. Baba asked him his salary, and with a very funny accent he replied, "Powcheese rupiya" (instead of pacheece rupiya meaning, Rs.25). Baba enjoyed his way of speaking Hindi and assured him, "You will get Rs.50 working here, plus food and clothing. Besides this you will be educated."

The boy was overcome with joy and Bhau was given the duty of teaching him. He was provided with cotton and woollen clothing, and all his comforts were seen to. But he now began behaving like a boss — with Bhau as his servant! Bhau's duty included making his bed, bringing his food, cleaning his dishes and generally seeing that he was happy.

Although the nightly ruckus in the garden continued, Baba now expressed no signs that he was disturbed.

He loved the Nepalese boy, and his stay pleased Baba. From the day the boy moved in, Baba disregarded the noise. The boy stayed in Bhau's room and tried to learn what he was taught, but his head would ache with the least effort. A he would pronounce as aa, and he learned virtually nothing, even after two months. Baba would call him daily and repeatedly ask, "What wages were you getting there?" and in his peculiar pronunciation he would utter, "Powcheese rupiya," which would delight Baba and make him laugh.

The background of the Nepalese boy was that he was an only child and had, for some reason, run away from home. His parents were distraught at his disappearance and wept sorrowfully for him. They had tried to find him, but were unsuccessful. This was learned when a friend of the boy's from Nepal came to visit him in Dehra Dun two months later. When Baba was told, he persuaded the boy to return home. Baba would daily lay his head on the lad's feet and embrace him, and only his love made the boy obey.

The youth was given Rs.300 and left willingly. Had he not come to Baba, he would never have gone home. Thus, after a couple of months, the true reason for Baba's "disturbance" came to light. (Lord Meher-p-3402/3/4-1953)

 

2-KRIPAL

For nine months Meher Baba had set up headquarters in Dehra Dun. Baba left Dehra Dun with the men and women mandali at noon on Sunday, 29th November 1953. The two Nepalese boys, Kirpal and Khushal, who used to cook for the mandali in Dehradun, (Lord Meher-3421-1953)

 

3-KUSHAL

For nine months Meher Baba had set up headquarters in Dehra Dun. Baba left Dehra Dun with the men and women mandali at noon on Sunday, 29th November 1953. The two Nepalese boys, Kirpal and Khushal, who used to cook for the mandali in Dehradun, (Lord Meher-3421-1953)

 

 

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