(May to October 1940)
Meherabad Mast Ashram was in effect the Bangalore Mast Ashram which was transferred to Meherabad early in 1940. For 2 to 3 weeks the inmates were installed in the quarters on Meherabad hill and those in charge set about making the place suitable for Baba’s work. The five principal masts from bang lore Ashram, Chatti Baba, Phulwala, Shariat Khan, Mohammad and Ramshish-were settled in the various small rooms. A special room was prepared for Baba in the rectangular shed so that He might live closely in contact with these masts. Baba arrived in the 1 st week of May 1940 and worked daily with the masts.
During first few days he came to bathe the masts at 5.30 a.m. and thereafter He began to come earlier each day and eventually settled down to a period of arriving at 12.30 a.m. midnight to start the morning’s work. This was at time when Chatti Baba was bathed with 150 to 200 buckets of water.
Early in June a break occurred, for Phulwala was sent back to Belgaum and Baba paid an unexpected visit to Calcutta and met the great 6th plane Jalali mast Karim Baba. In July 1940 Baba went to Ranchi for 3 weeks and masts of Meherabad Ashram were taken there and Karim Baba was brought here from Calcutta. Ranchi Ashram in effect was only a phase of Meherabad Ashram.
At the end of July 1940, Meher Baba returned to Meherabad along with inmates of the Ranchi Ashram. However Karim Baba was sent back to Calcutta. After Karim Baba left, Arjun the long haired, long nailed mast from the mad Ashram was brought the hill and stayed with Baba till the Ashram was disbanded in October.
The remaining inmates of the mad Ashram were brought up the Meherabad hill and were housed with Chatti Baba, Shariat Khan, Mohammad and Arjun. The Meherabad Ashram was disbanded in October 1940 and the next Ashram was established only after 6 years in Mahabaleshwar in December 1946.
Ali shah of the 5th plane mast of Ahmednagar was brought for one day on 29th May 1943. In 1946, he was brought for 7 consecutive days from 5th January for Baba special work with him between 9 a.m. and 12 noon. More of his description is available under sub-head Group 2 (Five favourite masts) at page-24
Chatti Baba the 6th plane mast of Nagapattnam was continuously staying at Meherabad from May 1940 to October 1940 and was important for work with him. His description is also given under subhead Group 2 (Five favourite masts) at page-14
Mohammad, the 5th plane mast also stayed in Meherabad ashram from April October 1940. His description is also given under subhead Group 2 (Five favourite masts) at page-15
Karim Baba, the 6th plane mast of Calcutta stayed here from 1 st to 16th August 1940 was sent back to Calcutta after Baba finished his work with him. His description is also given under subhead Group 2 (Five favourite masts) at page-22
Phulwala, 6th plane mast from Calcutta stayed here from April 1940 to June 1940 His description is also given under subhead Group 3 (Bangalore Mast ashram) at page-68
Ramshish, from Mangalore stayed in mast ashram for few weeks during April-June 1940. His description is also given under subhead Group 3 (Bangalore Mast ashram) at page-69
Shariat Khan of Chilmanglur stayed in this ashram from April 1940 and was sent back to his place on 26th October 1940. His description is also given under subhead Group 3 (Bangalore Mast ashram) at page-69
After Karim Baba left, Arjun , the longhaired and long nailed , one of few real mast was brought up to hill, and stayed with Baba until the ashram was disbanded in October. His description is also given under subhead Group 3 (Ajmer Mast Ashram) at page-22
ALI SHAH (Refer Page-24)
CHATTI BABA (Refer Page-18)
MOHAMMAD (Refer Page-15)
KARIM BABA (Refer Page-22)
PHULWALA (Refer page-68)
SHARIAT KHAN (Refer-page-69)