Meher Baba had explained that a mast progresses only on the planes and never gets between one plane and another until he has reached to the 6th plane. However the case of Mohammad was different from other masts. When he was brought to Rahuri in 1936, he was between the 3rd plane and the 4th. As a result of Baba’s contact, Mohammad never entered in 4th plane but jumped to a state between 4th and 5th plane. Baba stated that he was on the 5th plane and will not progress further in this life.
Mohammad was a Hindu by birth born in Ratnagiri and his name was Tukaram Chawan. He had a wife and two children and when he became a Mast, he went to Bombay and came to be called Mohammad.
He was brought from Bombay to Rahuri in August 1936. Baba started the routine of shaving, bathing, feeding and sitting with him and he was given conspicuous priority. Mohammad took full advantage of this and during that period his daily intake consisted 12 bananas, 4 pounds of boiled beat root, two large plates of rice and dal, 6 raw onions, 12 chapattis, 12 plates of cooked vegetables, and 12 cups of tea.
He used to sit most of the day near the door of Ashram and abuse and spit on anyone who came near him. At night he would repeatedly call for another blanket for him although there was no need for same. This odd behaviour went on even after the Ashram was moved to Meherabad in April 1937.
At Meherabad Ashram he began to dig holes in the grounds with his hands. Early in the morning at 4 AM, when the Ashram staffs were busy, he would shout impatiently for someone to help him at the toilet. From 6 to 8 AM, he would remain standing, cleaning his teeth and would frequently call for buckets of water. Later, when Baba called him for bath, it would take 3 men to cajole him to the bathroom.
Another strange behaviour which continued even in the later years was his bending down or squatting and gazing at the ground and looking at something with his fingers. This was done for hours at a stretch and if asked what he was doing he would reply “Deesh Pahato”, meaning “I am looking at something I want.”
He always referred to Baba as “Dada” and following are some of his statement about Baba.
“Dada is God” “Dada is Master”; “Everything depends on Dada’s will” Because Dada is there, the world is there.” “Dada is the Master of Mercy.”
In the summer of 1937, Meher Baba stayed at Cannes (France) for several months for His universal work. Baba wanted Mohammad to be brought to Cannes in September 1937 and he was brought by Adi Sr and Baidul with great difficulty. When he arrived, baba lodged in a room over the garage and began his routine with him. Baba has stated that the mast is an effective agent for spiritual work and the mast mind is used directly by master as a medium for sending his spiritual help to different part of the world. After this work of Mohammad was over he was sent back to Meherabad in November 1937, and his history was closed with Baba and no other mast had such prolonged contact with Baba.
In December 1939, Mohammad stayed for few days with Baba and his party in Hyderabad during course of the bus tour, In March 1938; He stayed at Panchgani with Baba and returned to Meherabad in June 1938. In February 1939, Mohammad stayed at Ajmer and was bathed and fed by Baba during time of the Mast Ashram there. In, March 1939, Mohammad stayed with Baba and his group in Bhopal during their few days stay there. From august 1939, to April 1940 he stayed in the Bangalore Mast Ashram.
In October 1940, Mohammad was sent to Bombay and his hometown of Ratnagiri. In January 1942 he was brought back to Meherabad and was a permanent resident till his demise on 17-6-2003.