GROUP-04 (INMATES OF MAD ASHRAMS)

RAHURI ASHRAM

Rahuri lies about 30 miles north of Ahmednagar and is a compact country-town on the bank of a tributary of sacred Godavari river. In August 1936, temporary shed for Ashram were erected and a one roomed hut for Baba was built. A dispensary was also opened and catered to the needs of the local people.

Rahuri Ashram was principally for mad people and was the starting point of Baba’s later work with masts. Mohammad was first brought to Rahuri in August 1936

At the end of April 1937, Baba decided for various reasons to move the ashram to Meherabad.

` RAHURI ASHRAM
SL. NO. NAME OF  MAD
1 Arjun
2 Dagdu Bua
3 Mast from Bombay
4 Lal Sahib
MEHERABAD ASHRAM
5 Faqir Bua
6 Ahmed Sahib
7 Bhukku
8 Ramjan on the Path
9 Punja (Idiot)
10 Shankar (Childlike who would touch fire
not knowing that it would burn the finger
11 Gulam Hussain
12 Bhu
13 Muhammad ( Very fond of Baba)
14 Mahbub
15 Mallaji
16 Kalidass ( Samarth Brahmin of Salem district)

1-ARJUN

Arjun was easily picked out from other because of his long, tousled, black hair and long finger nails, neither of which he would allow to be cut short. He had prodigious thirst, and every day drank two full sized bucketful water. He was a moderate mast.

2-DAGDU BUA

She joined in Rahuri. In early days he used t climb ant tree in the garden and sat clinging to the unsecure uppermost branches for 4 to 5 hours every day. He was shifted to Meherabad when Rahuri ashram was closed.

 

3-MAST FROM BOMBAY

He had a habit of smearing his entire body with ashes and slaked lime. He was the first real mast to be bathed by Baba at Rahuri and left after a few days stay.

LAL SAHEB

Lal Saheb joined Rahuri Ashram. He used to fall at Baba’s feet, embrace him and call him God. He was a good mast and was sent to Nasik in 1940.

MEHERABAD ASHRAM

5-FAQIR BUA

Faqir Bua had an old depressed fracture of the skull the size of a saucer, used to hit the other inmates from time to time. Once, having come up with a grin on his face to Baidul, he punched in the nose. He then asked him why his nose was bleeding, and advised him to pour earth on his head to stop the bleeding.

6-AHMED SUFI SAHIB

On 6 th April 1948, in Tehri, Baba worked with a very good mast known as Ahmed Sufi Saheb, who oddly enough sold soap on the street. This mast was much respected throughout the town. (Lord Meher-p-2641-11948)

7-BHIKKU

(Description not available)

8-RAMJAN ON THE PATH

(Description not available)

9-PUNJA (Idiot)

Punja was probably the most amenable and amusing of the mad. He was goofy yokel with irritated mental development. But he was a splendid company, and became life and soul of the Ashram. By nature he was blithe and sportive, and given to hilarious laughter at the slightest provocation. He loved rhythm of the sound and body, and was seldom seen without a kerosene tin slung round his neck, which he would employ as a percussion instrument, and tap out a sequence of sounds to whose accompaniment he would fling himself into exotic dances. He so loved this improvised drum that any minor lapse on his part could be connected by a threat to confiscate it.

10-SHANKAR

Childlike who would touch fire not knowing that it would burn the finger.

11-GULAM HUSSAIN

A young night watchman got frightened by Gulam Hussain coming to him in the dark. Boy pointed Shaitan to him exclaiming how big he had grown.

12-BHU

(Description not available)

13-MOHAMMAD

Mohammad was first brought to Rahuri Ashram in August 1936 and besides him a few genuine masts in mad Ashram. Dagdu Bua, Lal Saheb and

Description for Mohammad mast is given under subhead Group 3 (Advance Souls at page-27)

14-MAHBUB

She joined in Rahuri. He lay awake by night and sleep by day. At breakfast he would eat 6 chapattis and 8 cups of tea. He used to mumble and laugh to himself and would collect and smoke the flag ends of beedies dropped by others. He was God mad.

At the end of April 1937, Baba decided, for various reasons, to move to ashram at Meherabad, as soon as everything was in working order in the new quarter there, Baba set himself to his usual daily labors with the inmates. Mohammad was the pride of the ashram and most of Baba’s activities were focussed on him. This concentrated work in the ashram, with a marked emphasis on Mohammad, continued until the Baba left for France in August 1937.

 15-MALLAJI

(Description not available)

 

16-KALIDASS

Samarth Brahmin of Salem district