INTRODUCTION OF MASTS

 GROUP-6

 MASTS OF MENTAL PLANE & SPIRITUAL CHARGEMEN

 Baba had explained the different duties of walis, pirs, and Perfect Masters, stating: "Walis manage and are directly connected with the gross world; pirs manage and are directly connected with the subtle and mental worlds; and Perfect Masters are above all but work through them."

Certain masts are known as spiritual chargeman sees the spiritual and material welfare of the place of which he is the spiritual chargeman in a small place. But in a large place he is a salik-pilgrim, and in some centres of peculiar importance the chargemanship is in the hands of both a mast and a salik-like pilgrim. This system whereby a mast or a salik-like pilgrim is often the spiritual chargeman of a particular city or a district is peculiar to India, and in other countries they are called spiritual agents. Spiritual chargemen are not necessarily on 5 th or 6 th mental planes.

Baba had added: "Every big city has a wali who is in charge and manages all gross affairs under a pir, who has charge of a number of cities. A wali is therefore like a collector; a pir like a commissioner; and a Perfect Master like a king or emperor.

"There are different kinds of walis. The artad is the most powerful; abdals, can change their body in a second to suit the need."

Baba further elaborated:

A wali can give spiritual experiences of the Path. He has the power to open the third eye and grant divine sight, if he is in the mood. He can do so by simply looking into the eyes of the aspirant, even if the aspirant is at a distance. When the third eye is opened, all is light. The small circle of light one perceives when one's eyes are tightly shut is the seventeenth lakh shadow of the light one sees when the third eye is opened. So imagine how powerful that is. It is so powerful an experience that the recipient either goes mad or drops the body. That light shows one the Path quite clearly, where one can tread, yet it is not the Real Light.

Sadgurus won't do that. They won't show light by opening someone's third eye. They can take the aspirant directly through the Path.

One type of wali is called artad. They are very, very few, quite rare. They are very fiery, with piercing eyes that break through anything, even mountains! Their gaze is sufficient to cut an animal in two; hence they always keep their eyes on the ground. (That too is split apart.) For instance, if they look at a flying bird, it falls dead from the sky. The artad doesn't do it intentionally, it happens automatically, and the one who dies gets no particular benefit.

Abdals can change their bodies. One moment they may be seen in Bombay and the next moment in America in the same body. But they can appear only at one place at a time. Sadgurus can present themselves anywhere, at any time, at many places at the same time, either in gross or subtle form, for they have a Universal Body.

Liberation is the goal. After that some retain their body and some leave it. If the body is retained, they come down for duty after about a month.

The few (saliks and majzoobs) that keep their body (after liberation) have no care for the world. However, those who come in their contact are greatly benefited by their darshan, touch, and service, for they are God-personified though they don't even know it, being only conscious of their higher Self.

Sadgurus sometimes take the help of walis (majzoobs) in their work by bringing them down to the "resting point." They then experience the sufferings of a Sadguru and not of a majzoob. These majzoobs at times quite unconsciously abuse the Sadguru if they happen to meet him. One majzoob is expected to come in Madras and I (Meher Baba) may bring him onto the resting point.

In Jul, 1942, on travel to Ajmer, Baba spoke about the number of masts in different countries:

There are two lakhs (200,000) of masts in India. There are one thousand masts in Russia and one thousand in China. In Europe there are only a few masts. Masts in India are original office (holders) spiritually; those in Europe are agents, who draw spiritual force from Indian masts. In Rome, there is one very advanced mast. The agents are linked with the original office bearers. Indian masts are officers in charge of regions. They also control the European regions through the agents. The Rome agent collects “power” from India and distributes it to the European agents. The Russian masts and Chinese masts are like Indian original workers and, in addition, help the European masts through the Rome distributer. The Russian, Chinese and Indian masts render reciprocal help.

The dead souls from India, who are spiritually degraded, are reborn in the West. The West dead souls who are meritorious are reborn in India and the Indian meritorious are reborn here to advance spiritually.

The Avatar is always born in Asia. Avatars are born only on one world [planet]. As that world cools down and becomes uninhabitable, in the meantime, another world becomes life-evolved and eventually replaces the first one. This is going on from time immemorial. There are crores of worlds.

There was Chaitanya (consciousness) when the Ocean was claim; when it moved, imagination started.

1-ABDUL QADIR JILANI

Mast of 6 th plane

Tanjore (Tamilnadu)

(Description not available)

 

 2-NAME NOT KNOWN

Mast of 6th plane

Agra (UP)

(Description not available)

 

 3-QABRISTANWALA (SOCRATES)

Mast of 5th plane

Ajmer (Rajasthan)                            

 

He was a delightful mast of 5th plane, the third of the great masts of Ajmer. His full description is in forgoing text of group -3 at page-xxx)

4-BASHIR MASTAN

Spiritual chargeman of 6th plane

Allahabad (UP)

This mast was particularly important as he is one of the three in India of 6th type of masts. He was spiritual chargeman of Allahabad. He was completely naked, elderly, and of shortish stature. He was always to be found in the middle of bazaar, and was great lover of pan. He was rather reluctant to come for Baba’s contact, but was eventually contacted in the dispensary of a doctor who liked the mast, and whom the mast also liked. He was very good mast who combined the characteristic of all five types of masts. He was of course, one of the masts one would like to know more about.  He was contacted in October, 1941.

 

5-DADA MAHARAJ

Mast of 6th plane

Amraoti (MS)       

He was a strange, 6th plane mast probably more than 80 years old and so frail that he could not walk and had to be carried pick-a-back. He was brought to Jabalpur Mast ashram by Chaggan for one day. He was held in very great esteem in Amraoti and the country round about, and used to carry big bundle with a hat on top of it, and would refer to this bundle and hat as his parents. He was a great of Cannibis Indica, a habit that caused him to be criticized in some circles, and he would often hold a pack of playing card in one hand.

There was general belief that, by his spiritual influence, he controlled the justice in that part of the Central Province, and that ultimate decision as to whom should be arrested by the police, and whom should be sentenced or acquitted by judge and jury, rested with him. As a result of this belief many miscreants would come to him in the reaction of remorse after having committed some crime or other and throw themselves on his mercy, and it was widely held that, if he forgives them, they would have nothing to fear from the forces of law.

6-NANGA BABA

Spiritual Chargeman of Ajmer

Amber (Rajasthan)

This mast was first noticed by Baba from the Blue Bus on his way to Jaipur in February 1939, during Bus Tour. Meher Baba described him as Spiritual chargeman of Jaipur and a very advanced Soul. During Baba’s visit to Jaipur in February 1941, Eruch was instructed to bring the mast to Jaipur but he refused. A few days later he was spotted by Eruch on the road near Baba’s bungalow and he was coaxed into garage where Baba contacted him. He was contacted in February 1939 and 1941.

7-KALA SAIN

Adept pilgrim

Amritsar (Punjab)

He was an adept of 6th plane. He was famous in Amritsar and reputed to be 110 year old. He had normal consciousness but in spite of his normal consciousness, he barely speaks to anyone. At the first two contacts he was in a shrine in a wild and lonely place on the outskirts of Amritsar; but in 1946, was found sitting naked in the shade of the tree. Baba liked him very much.

8-MAULVI ABDUL WAHAB MUDARIS

Majzoob and salik both of 6th plane

Aurangabad (MS)

Meher Baba met him in Paithan where He had gone with small group to make arrangements for giving charity to thousands of poor people. He was brought back to Aurangabad in His car. He was employed as a schoolmaster and drew salary, though he never worked properly in his job. He used to tell boys to repeat “There is no God but the one God”, and would sometimes give them roasted grain and exhort them to pray. An attendant was provided by state authorities who would take him once a day to the school to sign the register there.

9- QUTUB SHAH (CAPTAIN)

Majzoob like mast of 6th plane

Aurangabad (MS

He was an old, thin short man, very dirty indeed wearing filthy old clothes and sits on the porch of pleader’s house and says, “Jao, Jao ( go away, go away)” to everyone. He keeps bundle of rags. He is a very good, mazoob like mast of the 6th plane, and is unconscious of his bodily functions. The pleader personally washes him, and keeps him as clean as the mast allows

At the first meeting, Abdul Wahid explained to Baba and Baidul that he had previously been in a majzoob like state, and had written some notes about his spiritual experiences. His state now fluctuates and is sometimes salik-like and sometimes majzoob-like. The government paid his wife the greater part of his salary, and about 15 rupees a month was given to a shopkeeper who was made responsible for feeding him.

He was contacted a few days later in Paithan when he was given clothes and money, and sent home. On reaching Aurangabad at first meeting, he asked to be dropped in a bazaar, and promised to come to Baba later the same day; he slipped off; however, Baidul found him eventually at some wayside station and brought him back to Baba in Aurangabad.  He was contacted in January, 1943.

10-PHULWALA

Mast of 6th plane

Bangalore (Karnataka)

Phulwala was a typical Jalali mast of 6th plane. Baba said once in admiration of him,” Look at Phulwala; with one slap he can raise you in an instant to the sixth plane.” He was a dramatic-looking man with deep reddish-brown hair, bronze skin, a look of almost intolerable ecstasy in his eyes, as if the ecstasy might shatter his body into thousand fragments at any moments. He loved flowers (Whence his name) and slaked lime, which he would chew by the mouthful. Each morning, fresh flowers would be brought for him, and he would wreathe garland of roses, jasmine, gaucherie and mogras flowers about his turban. The lime he would mix with sugar, wrap in a twist of cloth, and chew for hours in stretch. His manner and voice were formidable and compelling, and he gave orders with a regal command that seemed to brook no disobedience, and made people afraid of him. He had frightening gesture of coming up level with a man and flinging out his arm with a sudden jerk, so that his index finger pointed menacingly but a few inches from the man’s eyes, and he would then utter some word are phrase in a terse and commanding manner, or merely look in the most startling way with his brilliant eyes into other man’s face.

He tied bits of old rag around his leg, feet, toes, wrists and fingers, a habit that is common to so many masts. At first he refused to be bathed by Baba, but eventually agreed, though he always remained in standing for his bath. He also declined to be shaved, but one day he demanded a razor blade from Eruch, and shaved his own chin with naked blade.

Later he became normal in behavior, and used to enter into the spirit of the ashram, though his dictatorial manner remained. He used to tell how he had been a carpenter, and one day, when Eruch was repairing a broken bed, Phulwala demanded the tool and mended the bed in such a way that Eruch was convinced that he must once really have been a professional carpenter. He would occasionally recollect flashes of his early life, and would speak of a loving wife and children; and once he seemed to relate how he became a mast. (Read more on page-68)

11-BANSI BABA

Adept Yogi

Bansi (UP)

He was an adept yogi of great age. Baba and his party underwent a great deal of trouble to reach his village , which was some miles from Bansi, and for the final 2 miles they had to walk through rice  fields which , when flooded as these were heavy going. Baba lived in upper room and old women known as “Mai” (Mother) serves him. Every day, scores of people come   from the surrounding districts for Bansi Baba’s darshan, which was given at particular hour. Eruch, however, found Mai at the back the house and she interceded with Bansi Baba that they may be allowed to see him at once.

They were taken to upstairs, to a dimly lit room, of which the darkness was the first thing that struck them. At the end of room, Bansi Baba was sitting on a kind of throne, one foot resting on the foot-stool. He seemed very bright in that dark room, and there was an overwhelming feeling of peace and love which those with Baba felt strongly. He was naked to the waist, and wore a brown turban, a short dhoti, and costly sandals. People in Bansi do not know his age, but he was believed to be about 250 years old. He sits quite still on his throne-like chair, as if he were a statue. He is very, very thin, mere bone and integument, but there were no wrinkles on his fair skin, so that Baba, in describing him, said that he looked like wax. His aspect was most kingly, for his presence dominated that dark room, and the bliss and peace that he radiated made him memorable personality. Baba said that they had seen a really good soul that day and that the trouble taken to reach him was amply justified.

12-BASHIR MIAN

Adept pilgrim

Bareilly (UP)

He was an adept pilgrim. He was very old man, lean of body, for he eats very little; he had long fingernails, and he apparently never sleeps in the night. He had some thirty to forty disciples, men and women, the latter, in his presence, being separated from men by a screen. All the men disciples have beards. Every evening these disciples gather around Bashir Mian, and one of them who plays harmonium, starts singing the Persian couplet, “Gunahgaram walekin khush nasibam” ( I am guilty  but I am fortunate); and they listen or join in the singing the disciples slowly become ecstatic, the men nodding their heads and breathing strangely. At certain times of the day the disciples shouted “Yahoo”. Bashir Mian himself had a disconnecting habit of occasionally expressing his breath with a snorting sound. He keeps a public kitchen for feeding poor.

13-SAID BADRUDDIN RAFAI SHAH

Mast of 6th plane

Baroda (Gujarat)

He was an old man who for 30 years remained in a room on the upper floor. He took food only once a day, and at times, when in a majzoob like state, he eats nothing for several days.  He is a 6th plane mast, sometimes majzoob like and sometime salik-like, and he is the lineal descendant of a saint of olden times. An amusing peculiarity about him was that he was always fully dressed, and wears his stiff, red fez cap even when he sleeps. He must be comfortable in spite of that, for he spends most of the day lying down, and sometime refuses to sit up even for his food.

14-HARIHAR BABA

Spiritual Chargeman of Benares

Benares (UP)

The old mast was blind and used to sit on the top of a boat kept along the bank of Ganges river near Dashashwamedh Ghat used for cremation. Meher Baba said that this great mast is the spiritual chargeman of Benares and was on 5th plane. Baba sent Kaka and Norina to him with a message that Baba wanted to see him, and when Kaka gave him the message, Harihar Baba repeated in a voice full of feeling , “ Meher, Meher, Meher” He was contacted by Meher Baba on 21 st January 1939,

 

15-BABA SHAHABUDDIN

Majzoob of 7th plane

Bhat

He was God-realized soul and was one of the two 7th plane Majzoobs in India. He is old, rather stout, and when he walks, he usually supports himself by an arm over someone’s shoulder; Baba first bathed him, and then sat alone with him for one hour. Later the mast himself led to Baba to a suitable place for secluded contact.

There is a story that many year ego Baba Shahabuddin was sitting on a county track when a fully laden bullock cart came along. The driver shouted at Baba Sahahabuddin to get out of the way, but he did not move, and the peasant. In a frenzy of rage, drove the heavy cart over Sahahbuddin’s body. But Baba Sahahabuddin emerged quite unhurt; the peasant was overcome by remorse and begged forgiveness, and the fame of Sahahabuddin spread far and wide. The episode was counted as miracle, for the people run over by the bullock cart usually die, or are very seriously injured.

Baba Sahahabuddin was himself in the majzoob state-drowned in God-but he had many disciples, and a public kitchen was supported and run by them where free food was given to poor. He was contacted by Meher Baba in July, 1943.

16-BHORWALA BABA

An Adept Pilgrim of Bhor

He said of Meher Baba, “Meher Baba has in Him the whole universe, He is the Master of everyone, and he is within every disciple. He is this world, that which is above it, and below it; He is in me and in every one. He is saint of saints; He is Tajuddin Baba; in one glance He sees the whole continent of India.”

 

17-SIADDIQ SHAH MAJZOOB

Majzoob like mast of 6th plane

Bidar             

He was a very high majzoob-like mast of 6th plane. He had a mild temperament, and is old, tall, thin man who wears a fez cap. He is very fond of chena (roasted gram), and respected very much by the local people who have kept him in Bidar by   a trick. This trick consists merely in having given him five rupees. When Siddiq Shah wants to leave Bidar, he takes the five rupees to the donor, and tries to pay them back to him. The donor utterly refuses to take the money back and Siddiq Shah thus decides not to leave Bidar (in spite of his wishes) while he is still has five rupees belonging to this man. Siddiq Shah roams about the countywide most of the day, wearing tattered and very dirty clothes.

He has a comic companion who goes with him everywhere, and this man is perhaps half mast, judging by his behavior, for Siddiq Shah and he talk together all manners in nonsense. This companion believes him to be a head police constable, and him and the mast talk over imaginary criminal cases, with Sadiq Shah as imaginary judge, and two of them discuss what they shall do with culprits. The companion goes to railway station each day when the train comes in, and carries people’s luggage, but refuses to accept tips. He was contacted by Meher Baba first in 10th April, 1945.

 

18-UMAR BABA

Spiritual Chargeman of Bombay

Bombay (MS)

He was a high mast of 6th plane who was spiritual chargeman of Bombay. Umar Baba was a man of ferocious aspect, a sixth plane mast in a complete majzoob-like state, and was at times so violent that people fear to come near him. In spite of this, he was greatly respected throught Bombay. He was of middle age, had long black hair and a white beard, and is often to be seen pacing to and fro with a furious look on his face.

 

19-ORIA BABA

Adept pilgrim

Brindravan (UP)

He was an adept pilgrim, a high fully conscious advance soul. Externally he was a man of middle height who wears sadhu’s ochre-coloured clothes and had his head clean shaven. He personally took Baba to an upper floor for contact.

20-MUNSHI

Mast-of 5th or 6th plane

Burhanpur (UP)

He was brought to Jabalpur from Burhanpur in 1939. Munshi was a man of middle height and middle age. He was slightly stout, naked except for a lungi, and had a pleasing face and short beard. Kaka met him first in a restaurant in Burhanpur, and Munshi gave him some food, and asked both Jal and Kaka where they had come from. They told him from Jubbulpore (Jabalpur), and he replied that he too had just come from there. Kaka believed this to mean that he had contacted Baba inwardly for Baba was then at Jabalpur.

There was belief in Burhanpur, based on tales told by bus drivers and an occasional late traveler, that each night, Munshi would  walk 12 miles from Burhanpur to Aisargarh, and that, for part of the way, two tigers would come and join him   on his walk, one walking on each side of him. He was also said to have been seen in odd places by night with his limbs detached and lying apart from his body. This strange and rare phenomenon is widely believed in both by Hindus and Muslims, and the state is described in their esoteric works. Baba called such a mast ghous-like.

21-PIR SAHEB

Adept pilgrim

Calcutta (WB)

He was an adept pilgrim whom Baba was pleased to see, and who struck those with Baba as an example of a Muslim of the best type. He was widely respected in Calcutta, and was often visited by wealthy and influential people. He is an old man, and he saw visitors by appointment, met Baba also by appointment, Baba contacted him on 11th October, 1945.

22-SHAH JEHAN

Mast of 5th plane

Calcutta (WB)

Shah Jehan was a very good mast of 5th plane. He sat in the dark and filthy room that crammed with musty books and a congeries of junk. He had a closed door with a screen, so that there is very little light indeed; and there are no windows. Shah Jehan was as dirty as his room, and is clad in offensive and tattered clothes. A tale is told of him that he used to sit under a certain dead tree near Narkuldanga Bridge, and that one day this tree came to life again. It is also said the police, in course of a beggar drive, once took Shah Jehan into custody, but that he was released within few hours in response to importunate petitions of those who revered him as a great mast. Shah Jehan lived in that dark room as a guest of certain butcher who revered him. Baba contacted him on 1 st April, 1948.

23-CHAMBU SHAH

Mast of 5th plane

Camby (Baroda)    

Chambu Shah was a great mast of 5th plane, sometimes salik-like sometime majzoob-like. He lived in Motiwada, a part of Baroda city. Baba contacted him first time in September 1947, on an earlier visit to Baroda. But it was this second visit that was so interesting. Chambu Shah was fat, with full cheeks and a cheerful face, and his appearance suggests untidiness rather than dirtiness. He pottered in and out of bawdy-houses, where he gossips with filles de joie. He was given a salacious banter, but his persiflage, if considered honestly , is a piercing commentary on the tragicomedy of human frailty ; and his personal chastity is unchallenged, for he was held in the greatest reverence by those whose avocation reveals to them more., perhaps, of human weakness than any other profession.

At the outset, on 22 October, Chambu Shah asked Baba for tea and cigarettes, and when these had been procured and given him, he demanded a lungi and a shirt. These too were brought and given to him. Chambu Shah removed his own clothes, and handing them to Baba, told him to put on them on. This Baba did later the same day. Finally Chambu Shah told Baba to come back next morning at 5 a.m.

Next morning at 5 a.m. Baba and mandali waited outside his room kept him reminding to open the door but for an hour he did not open. After land lord of the house persuaded him to open the door and Baba entered the room and sat with mast for a while. Chambu shah asked Baba to come again at 2 p.m. Baba came again at 2 p.m. and sat with him as before. Chambu Shah insisted baba to come again and again.

On the contact on 23 rd October, Chambu Shah told Baba to come again next morning at 5 a.m. and again at 5 p.m. After contact Chambu Shah instructed Baba to come next morning a five with a bandi and a coat. Next morning at 5 a.m., clothes were provided by Baba, mast again asked Baba to come again at 2 p.m.

Finally on 25th October, after meeting him Baba asked Eruch was asked to tell the mast the work was finished and Saheb (Baba) is leaving Baroda. Chambu Shah replied, “Give my greetings to Saheb (Baba), tell Him the work is finished, and ask him to give my greeting the ladies.” At the same time he handed Eruch the bandi, shirt, and coat, and several packets of cigarettes and matches that had been given to him by Baba, and unwinding a dirty turban from his head, gave that to Eruch also. In connection with these clothes he said to Eruch, “Give the turban, the matches, and the cigarettes to Saheb (Baba), and return the coat, bandi, and shirt to whomsoever they belong”, and finally added, “The whole word is finished”.

24-LOHEWALA BABA

Mast of 5th plane

Chanda (WB)

He was a mast of 5th plane, and a mixture jamali and iffefaqi types. Baba described him as a seventy-five percent typical Ittefaqi. He was a great hoarder of old pieces of iron, both large and small. He collected bits of rails, iron sleepers, old carriage wheels, and anything of iron he could find of iron, and made a cave of all these  in which he lived. He would also tie iron things to trees, and then sit and look at them. Chanda lies in the midst of the great forest of Central Provinces, and if one went for a walk in the forest, one would find here and there one sleeper or carriage wheel tied to the top of a high tree. All were the work of Lohewala Baba, and people wondered how he lifted such weighty things to such a precarious heights.

He was middle aged, with a head of bushy hair, and went about half naked. The railway staff at Chanda apparently respected him as a mast and did not interfere when he carried off odds and ends of scrap iron.

25-CHAMBELI SHAH

Mast of 5th plane

Chapra (Bihar)    

He was a 5th plane mast in a ghous-like stat. He had a peculiar springing gait as he walks, that is to say, he bobs his body up and down in an agile way, and Baba explained that this gait was typical of ghous –like masts. Abdur Qadir Jilani of Tanjore was who was also a ghous-like mast, walks in this way too. Chambeli Shah lives in a prostitute’s quarter of Chapra and runs away from everyone who approaches him. There was this difficulty when Baba wished to contact him until someone explained that he was very fond of chewing tobacco and lime. A handful of this was brought, and when he saw it, Chambeli Shah was tempted to approach, so was contacted. Baba contacted him on 1 st April, 1948.

 26-MASHITA BABA

Adept pilgrim

Chhahhrauli (UP)

He was an adept pilgrim. He lived in a dark and dirty grass hut outside the town. The Raja of that place gives him rides in his car, and people take him for excursions in Tonga. He was an impressive old man; thin in built, and moderately well dressed, in spite of his depilated hut. Many faquirs visit him, and he is famous in Chhachhrauli and the surrounding.

27-MOHAMMED BABA

Mast of 6th plane

Cuttack (Orissa)   

He was a 6th plane Mast and 100% Jalali type. He sat in a tea shop without leaving it for 26 years. Twice Baba wanted him to contact him but the mast was abusive and difficult. On third attempt a partial contact was achieved. He was contacted by Meher Baba in 18th October, 1945.

28-NANNU MIAN

Spiritual Chargeman of Dehradun

Dehradun (UP)                       

He was Spiritual Chargeman of Dehradun, a lame old man who wears boots and a kafni, and ties a shawl round his stomach. He is much revered in Dehradun, and when he asks for, and gets, anything from a shopkeeper (which he often he does), he puts it inside his kafni. All these things that he collects in this way, he locks up in little room where he lives, and he keeps the key on his person. He has few disciples, and, by night, he goes about the town and abuses and quarrels with anyone. His short, bent form is often to be seen about the town, as he hobbles along carrying a big stick with a piece of rag tied to it. He was greatly devoted to children and gives sweets to them, and is often to be seen with a swarm of youngsters about him. He was a very high mast. He was contacted by Meher Baba first in February 1942.

29-HAFIZJI NABEENA

Spiritual Chargeman of Delhi

Delhi

This mast was spiritual chargeman of Delhi. He was quite blind and quite naked, but despite his blindness, he would walk all over the old city of Delhi.

There is strange story in connection with his blindness. It seemed that certain residential influential residents of Delhi told the police that this man, walking about the streets quite naked, and was indecent; so the police brought him to the police station. There he was told that he was to be taken to the court and charged, he demanded to be taken to the court in palanquin. Seeing that he was blind, and already held in some respect by many people, this request was agreed to; but when the palanquin reached the magistrate’s court and its curtains were opened, all they found within was a stone lying on the floor of palanquin. The police returned to the station, their ears smarting with the reprimands of their superior, and sought out Hafizji again from the streets of Delhi.  This time they begged him to come with them to court, since they themselves were getting into trouble because of him. So he came and appeared in the court and was convicted, and locked in a prison cell. The same night, however, some policeman found Hafizji again free in the town, and knowing he had that day been locked up, reported the matter to the police station. Investigation showed that Hafizji cell was quite empty, though the locks of the gates of his cell were intact, closed, and apparently untempered with. So from that day forth, the fame of Hafizji became greatly spread throught the town, and he was allowed to move freely as and where he liked.

Baba first pointed him out in 1929, when he passed through Delhi on a visit to Kashmir. Since then Baba contacted Hafizji about five times. He passed away on 6th July 1941 his fame was so great then that reports of his death were published even in the Times of India, Bombay’s leading News Paper.

 

30-NAQABI HAFIZJI

Chargeman of Delhi after Nabeena

Delhi

Baba said this was a very high mast now spiritual chargeman of Delhi since the death of Hafiz ji Nabeena (described earlier). He wanders about the streets of Delhi by night, and sits in the street by day. He always binds a cloth veil (Neqab) over his face, so that his face cannot be seen. He wears good clothes, and comes of a good family. He was difficult to contacts, but Baba eventually succeeded in meeting him at a well, early in the morning. He was contacted by Meher Baba first on 14 August, 1944.

30-KAMBALPOSH BABA

Saint of 6th plane

Delhi

He was 6th plane saint, thus an adept pilgrim by Baba’s classification. He was tall, fair man of middle age, who sat with a blanket, gathered about him in a little room at the tomb of Hazarat Nizamuddin, near New Delhi.

Kamalposh Baba made a very profound effect on the group of lady disciples to whom Baba showed him at the time of visiting the shrine. This graceful and lovely tomb of one of India’s greatest saints of olden times was thus made memorable by the presence of a living saint within its wall. Baba also sat with him in the room alone for some minutes. Kamalposh Baba had eight or ten disciples. He was contacted by Meher Baba first in 6th February 1939.

31-MUNGSAJI MAHARAJ

Adept pilgrim

Dhamangaon (MS)

He was an adept pilgrim and very famous in the Central Province. He sits in a kind of hollow that had been excavated for his shrine after he dies. Once a week, there is a festival when the people come to take his darshan, and a public kitchen gives free meals to the poor.

The journey to contact him was difficult since the monsoon was then in full swing and Baba and His group had to walk some three miles through muddy fields. The return journey was even more tedious, and the party had to travel some eighteen miles by bullock cart. A journey over rough, muddy tracks in a bullock cart cannot be described in writing; it is one of the painful physical experiences that had to be gone through to be understood. Mungsaji was reported to be staying in Bombay (1947) as the guest of some disciples. Babadas, one of disciple, went to see Mungsaji Maharaj, and the latter told him that Baba was the Emperor. He was contacted by Meher Baba first in 12 Aug, 1944

 

32-GULAB BABA

Mast of 6th plane

Ellichapur (MS)

The description of Gulab Baba, 6th plane mast is given on previous page 38 under group 3 (Mast who bears witness of Baba’s Avatarhood)

 

33-HAZI ABDUL RAHIM SHAH

Adept pilgrim

Faizabad (UP)

He was about 90 years old and lived in mosque. He was much revered in Faizabad. Baba explained that he was an adept pilgrim. He was contacted by Meher Baba on 21st April, 1949.

 34-MASTANI MAI

Spiritual Chargeman of Goa

Goa               

Baba said that these women held the key to the spiritual affairs of Goa. Norina and Kaka were obstructed to go out and find a woman mast and bring her to Baba, and after some inquiries, they found this woman striding along the road. She was tall and strong, a Christian, fortyish, with bobbed hair, and she wore a black chiffon blouse and a big pleated skirt. She walked with great strides, and reminded Norina of modern “emancipated woman” or of an Amazon, so masculine and dominatory was her manner. Norina, who knew no Portuguese, addressed her in Italian, and said “Mammina”, but she gestured Norina away and walked straight down the road. She refused to come in the car, but walked direct to Baba’s hotel, where Baba was standing on the balcony of his room; when she came to the hotel she stopped, looked up at Baba for few moments, and then strode away. Baba contacted her on 14th April, 1940.

 35-CHOTA MSTAN

Mast of 6th plane

Hubli (WB)

He was a very high mast of 6th plane, perhaps 22 years old, quite naked in all weathers. He asks for money and throws it away when given. In one contact Baba gave him His coat but the next morning he was naked as the coat had been given to somebody. Baba contacted him in 1941 and 1942.

36-UNKNOWN

Mastani of 6th plane

Hyderabad (AP)    

She was mastani of the 6th plane found by pleader. Hedi and Walter Mertens were taken to see her. Baba did not personally contact her, but sent certain disciples to meet her. This was in December 1938.

37-SAIYID MOEINUDDIN (MAJZOOB MIAN)

A mast of 6 th plane & chargeman of Hyderabad

Hyderabad (AP)

He was the spiritual chargeman of Hyderabad, a majzoob-like mast of 6th plane. He was lame elderly man who lived in a wood stall at the Fateh Gate in Hyderabad. He sweeps the road with his own hands, is very fond of barfy (a sweetmeat rather like fudge), and he smokes exclusively an atrocious brand of cheap, local cigarettes. Because of his Jalali nature, he was never easy to contact, and at the first attempt to meet him Baba and His group were repulsed with epithets and objurgations. The following morning Baidul, while again trying to bring for contact, was hit with a stone. Baidul, however, nothing daunting, offered him cigarette of his beloved brand –which Majzoob Mian accepted- and he then asked for his equally beloved sweetmeat, barfy. This was brought from neighbouring shop and the mast’s mood then became more plaints so that Baba was able to contact, some four months later, was in street near a barber’s shop.

Baba explained that in order to achieve the purpose of his contact with a mast, he has to get the him into the best possible mood. A mast is, in many ways, like a child, in that he may at anytime ask for anything that takes his passing fancy; and if this fancy is not fulfilled, the mast, like a child, feel frustrated and upset, and in this mood purpose of Baba’s work cannot be achieved.

At third and last contact, Baba first waited for three hours before the mast would allow himself to be fed. After this tedious vigil, Baba was able to give him a good and solid meal with his own hands. This, however, was beginning of the things, for the meal was no sooner over than Moeinuddin   asked for qima (minced meat) and a chapatti; this was fetched and given, he demanded tea; this also was fetched and given, and he demanded sweetmeats; these were also fetched and given, and he demanded given cigarettes; these fetched and given, he finally asked for a special kind of bread that was very difficult to find; and this too-after some delay –was brought and given to him. And so, at the end of all this pandering to his whims, Baba achieved his object, a happy mast, and thus a happy issue to his work.

38-GOKHLE BABA

Mast of 6th plane

Ismail pur

The description of Gokhle Baba, 6th plane mast is given on previous page 38 under group 3 (Mast who bears witness of Baba’s Avatarhood)

39-UNKNOWN

Spiritual Chargeman of Jamnagar

Jamnagar (Gujarat)   

He was very high mast and spiritual chargeman of Jamnagar and Baba described him as being absolutely different from all other masts He has contacted. He lived in a cemetery, and his peculiarity was that he never removed his clothes-and if given any new clothes, he would put these on over the others. He was so stuffed with garments that   his arms struck out of his sides like the arms of a scarecrow, and he was unable to move them or to bend his elbows; thus, when Baba gave him money, he took it in his mouth. One supposes that local people, who revered him, fed him, as he was obviously not able to feed himself.  Baba contacted him twice, once a day in a restaurant and second time the same night in the countryside beyond the town. At this second contact, the mast wept loudly and shouted in loud voice, full of feeling “Khuda jangal men mil gaya” (I have found the God in the wild)

40-NANGA BABA

Mast bet 6th & 7th plane

Jasgiran

The description of Nanga Baba between 6th and 7th plane mast is given on previous page 49 under group 3 (Mast who bears witness of Baba’s Avatarhood)

41-NANGA SADHU (NANGA BABA)

Mast of 6th plane

Jodhpur (Rajasthan)

He was a very good mast of 6th plane in a majzoob like state. He was naked, middle aged man with bushy hair and a beard, and he sat outside an old disused stable on a heap of sand. He used to hide his face behind his hands and neck at the people through the slits between fingers.

Baba contacted him on 7th January 1941.

 

42-NUR SHAH

Mast of 6th plane

Kashmir (Chindlur) J & K

He was a high mast who was almost always naked, and was of the 6th plane and rarest type mast. He lived in wooden hut, and at the time of contact, he gave Baba cucumber, being that day, fortunately, in one of his rare periods of good mood.  He was a tall, thin, old man, perhaps seventy years of age. Baba later ate the cucumber, after having had it cooked.

The mast was of double importance , being one of the five great masts of Kashmir, and also one of the three in India of rarest types of all masts; the 6th type . Baba contacted him on 1 st September, 1944.

43-UNKNOWN

Mast of 5th plane

Katni (MP)

He was an elderly, 5th plane an Ittefaqi mast having traits of Jalali and jamali. He was thin, naked save for a loincloth, and carries a stick and several bundles. He was brought by Kaka to the Jabalpur Ashram and stayed there for three or four days. When Kaka tried him to persuade to come with him, the mast gave him some bits of rag from one of his bundles and then hit him. Eventually, however, he was persuaded to come to Jabalpur. Baba contacted him in March, 1939.

 

 

 44-HARIHAR DADAJI

Adept pilgrim

Khandawa (MS)

He was an adept pilgrim who was the chargeman of Dhuniwala Dada. He kept a sacred fir (dhuni) burning, as Dhuniwala Dada used to. Kaka gave him sweetmeats, flowers and a coconut, and Dadaji garlanded Kaka with flowers, and put the coconut on sacred fire.

He lived at Sanawat (a small village about 4 miles from Khandawa) where there is a kind of informal ashram of his attendants and disciples. Baba contacted him on 12th October, 1941

45-PALLUKOLLA BABA

Between 6th & 7th planes

Kilakkarai

He was very great mast, between 6th and 7th plane whom Baba once referred to in broad sense, “The King of all masts. “

He was a Muslim of southern India, and his language was Tamil, so that Baba’s men (very few of whom know Tamil) were not able to converse with him easily. Baba first tried to find Pullukollah Baba as early as January 1940, and at that time he actually made a journey to Cape Camorin, the south most cape of India.

It was not, however, until November 1940, when Baba and his group were in Ceylon that Kaka got wind of the whereabouts of   Pullukollah Baba, and he therefore set off across the shallow waters that separate Ceylon from India, and made his way to the village of Kilakkarai. There he found this great mast, a very aged, infirm man, believed to be 115to 120 years old. He was so infirm that he was unable to walk, and had to be carried from place to place so that Kaka was obliged to change his original plan of trying to bring this great mast with him to Baba in Ceylon. Kaka therefore stayed the night in Kilakkarai, and that evening he was told many tales of Pullukollah Baba greatness. The mast had reputation of crossing deep rivers without aid. And the following tale is an example of his mysterious power.

Pullukollah Baba used-about twice a month-to be ferried across the neighbouring river by a Muslim boatman, whence he would visit a certain village beyond the further bank. One day, Pullukollah Baba appeared on the river bank and told the ferryman to go alone across the river in his boat, and then make his way at once to a friend of his in a certain village beyond the further bank. And so the ferryman crossed the river and went at once to his friend’s house, and to his astonishment, found Pullukollah Baba already there sitting with his friend. Pullukollah Baba was too old and frail to have swum across this unbridged river, and there were, it seemed no other boat in sight at time. The fact that, by some means, Pullukollah Baba had reached his friend before him convinced the ferryman that he had witnessed a miracle.

Baba first contacted him on His return from Ceylon on 5th or 7th December 1940 when group was staying for a day or two at Ramnad. On that occasion, Baba sat with him alone for half an hour. The second contact was only two months later, when Baba came from Jaipur, in Rajputana, to this far southern extremity of the Indian peninsula. Baba reached Kilakkarai on 15th February, His birthday, and that morning told those with him to fast until He had contacted  Pullukollah Baba. After sitting with him for one hour party returned to local Dak Bungalow to break their fast. This was the final contact with the Mast.

46-SAIYID AHMAD ALI SHAH

Spiritual chargeman of district

Kottalanka

He was a very high mast, a mixture of Jalali and jamali type, and spiritual chargeman of the district. He was very aged and edentulous man who sat naked on the veranda of a Brahmin.  The Brahmin respects and cares for Saiyid Ahmad Ali Shah, and opposite his own house, he had built a dharamshala for those who come to visit the mast.

Baidul first went to the mast and told him that Rustom had come (meaning, in his mind, Baba) and the mast replied, “No, a crow has come”. (A crow appearing to someone is a good omen that a friend is about to arrive)

When Baidul got up to go, he touched the mast’s feet in a gesture of respect, and then mast stood up and hit Baidul in the stomach, telling him to sit down again. For an half hour Baidul waited, and then again got up to go, and was allowed to take his leave only on promise of returning later. Baba later came for contact, and left twenty rupees with Brahmin for a mattress for the mast, and also for the purchase of perfumes of which Saiyid Ahmad Ali Shah was very fond.

47-TOTA PURI

Mast of 6th plane

Kup

He was a very high, very famous, naked, Jalali mast f 6th plane. He lives in a little hut near an irrigation canal, and, at the first contact, was given banana and some cigarettes.   He roams about a great deal, and has dogs with him. In 1946, Baba saw him but did not really contact him, for he rebutted all advances. Baidul even gave food to one of Totapuri’s dogs, hoping that this might put the mast in a good mood, but he was angry at this also, so that they had to give up trying to contact him. This happened sometime in April 1942.

48-MOTI BABA

Adept pilgrim

Lahore (Pakistan)

He was tallish, thinnish, clean shaven man fifty-fivish, with many bundles containing heaven knows what, who sits leaning against wall in Kanjari Mohalla. He is sometimes wears a few dirty old clothes. He was an adept pilgrim, much revered by prostitutes, who feed him. Baba contacted him on 7th May 1946.

49-NASIBON MASTANI

Adept pilgrim of 6th plane

Lucknow (UP)     

She was an old woman and an adept pilgrim of 6th plane. She used to sit near a certain bridge in Lucknow. At the first contact in 1941, Baba gave her a special sari and some sweetmeats. She took some of the sweetmeats herself, and gave the rest back to Baba. At the second contact in 1942, she had gone that day to a certain Harijan colony, and Baba went there and gave her a scarf. She first tied this about her head, and then at once removed it and gave it to a Harjan woman standing near. She then called for another scarf, and did the same thing with it, giving it to another revered in Lucknow, and it was said that a certain Rani used to come and visit her from time to time.

50-DANDEKAR BABA

Adept pilgrim

Ludhiana (Punjab)

He was an adept pilgrim, an old man who wears ochre robes, and has an ashram with many disciples, both men and women. He confines himself in a room all the day, and comes down-stairs each evening to give darshan. When Baba and his attendants arrived, an arti ceremony was being performed before him. After this was completed Baba contacted him alone in his room. Baba contacted him in May 1946.

51-MAULVI SAHEB MASTAN

Spritual chargeman of Madras

Madras (Tamilnadu)   

He was a good mast of Jalali type and was the spiritual chargeman of Madras and located in Triplicane area. He was fat old man in a dirty shirt and dirty trousers, who potters about in Triplicane. He often sits by the side of certain house, in a neat little lane bordered by the houses of poor and middle class people. He was given bananas by Baba. Satisfactory contact was difficult because of inquisitive onlookers. Baba contacted him on 24th July, 1945.

52-NAME KNOT KNOWN

Adept pilgrim

Madura (Tamilnadu)

He was an adept pilgrim of giant-like physical stature and eccentric behaviour. He was a stout and very tall old man who wore four or five coats and walks about in sandals made from old hose pipes. He had a taste for cigars, and strides along in a commanding manner with a cigar in his mouth. He slept in great temples of Madura, one of the most magnificent temples in whole of India.

He was brought to the Traveller’ bungalow, where all his overcoats and other clothes were removed, and were given a bath by Baba. He remained with Baba in the bungalow for a few hours, and Baba told Jal Kerawala to give his overcoat to that man. Baba contacted him on 9th January 1949.

53-BRAHMANANDJI MAHARAJ

Adept pilgrim

Mathura (UP)

He was adept pilgrim who lived in a stable of a dharamshala near the hallowed bank of the Jamuna River. He had renounced all the worldly things, and sits in a gloomy room on a heap of filthy rubbish. At the first contact in 1945 nothing memorable occurred, but in 1946 he somehow recognized Baba. As soon as Baba entered the stable Brahmanandji touched Baba’s feet and said, “Behold, how devoted love draws the Lord Krishna to me, the Perfect master is here”, Then, to everyone’s astonishment, he opened it deftly at a picture page with a portrait of Baba there. How he had this one clean thing amidst such a dirty surrounding, and whether it was mere chance that his possession of the book coincided with Baba’s visit no one could say, but it certainly astonished those with Baba. It was Baba who met him for the first time on 14 November 1945.

54-IANATULLAH MAST

Spritual Chargeman of Mathura of 6th plane

Mathura (UP)

He was the spiritual chargeman of Mathura and a high mast of 6th plane in a majzoob –like state. He as a tiny old man about 4 feet tall, quite naked, and he loved sweetmeats and sat in front of certain restaurant. He is much revered in Mathura and many came to him to pay their respects. Baba met him on 3 occasions in 1944, 1945 and 1946

55-MEHERBAN BABA

Mast of 5th plane

Meerut (UP)

He was a high mast of the 5th plane, who stayed in the cremation ground. He looked very fierce, with a big eyes shining like fire, and had a fierce temperament of a Jalali type of a mast. He had with him ten to 12 dogs, and to those who dare to come near him (The local people are rather afraid of him because of his formidable appearance. He says “Meherban” (gracious friend). Baba met him on 1 st august 1946.

56-UNKNOWN

Mast of 6th plane

Agra (UP)       

Meher Baba met this boy while moving in streets of Agra. After seeing the  boy  Baba passed by and pointed out,” the only got intoxicated one in Agra,” and added that he was a mazoob like mast of sixth plane. He was once again seen by Baba on his return from Kashmir on 16th August, 1929.

57-SAIYID MUSTAFA

Mast of 6th plane

Mira Datar

He was a high mast of 6th plane, which was famous in Mira Datar. Once a year, he was taken through the town on a horse, and a great festival was held in his honour. He was old man of noble countenance, perhaps eighty-five years of age, and he was very imperative to look at. He stayed at the shrine of Mira Datar, a saint of great renown. There was belief that madness and possession of by an evil spirits may be caused by contact with this shrine, and people of all castes, Muslims, Hindus, and Parsis, flock there. Many with insane beloved one brought them to Mira Datar and tie them to the railings about the shrine, in the belief that they will be cured. It is said that many are thus made sane. Baba contacted him in June 1941.

58-LAKSHMAN DAS

Adept pilgrim

Mitri

He was an adept pilgrim, a very old man, who for fifty years had lived in a temple at Mitri. He had a fair, lustrous face, and he welcomed Baba cordially. Those with Baba made obeisance to him, and Lakshman Das wept when he met Baba; his emotional response was a very touching and beautiful sight. He had a lawyer as disciple, who reads the Gita aloud before him.

Mitri is few miles from Narayanpura station, and the party hired a camel for the journey. Baba and his men took turn s on the camel to mitigate the fatigue of walking over the sandy ground that is a typical of that part of Rajputana. Baba contacted him on 11 October 1946.

 

 59-HAZRAT SHADRUDDIN SHAH SALIK

An adept pilgrim

Multan (Pakistan)

He was an adept pilgrim and a hoary patriarch and said to be about 100 years of age. He is successor of a saint of olden times at whose shrine he sat. An organized feeding of poor takes place on sherbat only(Sharbat is a sweet cold drink). Baba contacted him on 4 October 1946.

60-MOTI BABA

High mast of 6th plane

Nagapatam (AP)        

He was a high mast of 6th plane. This great mast was first found by Kaka and Eruch on a trip of almost incredible hardships, when two of them were sent by Baba from Bangalore to bring masts for the newly established special mast ashram there. Baba contacted him on 28 November 1939.

61-AGHORI BABA

Adept pilgrim

Nahan (Punjab)

He was an adept pilgrim who sat near a pond in a cemetery and kept animals of various sorts with him. This cemetery is an awkward little valley, and Baba and his men had to clamber down a slippery muddy slope in torrential rain to get to him. Baba contacted him on 10 August 1946.

62-QUADER MIAN (CHAI BABA)

High mast of 6th plane

Naini (UP)

He was a very high mast of the 6th plane who wielded 4th plane powers. He lived in the house of a railway clerk, near Naini railway station, in a little room specially set aside for his use. He was utterly naked, rather tall, and had a long, dark face and was very partial to tea (Chai); hence his second name. He had a mild disposition. At the time of his first contact in October, 1941, Baba and mast sat together in the room for five hours, from five in the morning in the evening until ten o’clock at night, and Quadir Mian, during all the time, kept his door locked from within. Baba took a large kettle filled with thirty cups of tea, and Quadir Mian was able to drink as much as he felt inclined. Finally at about 10 p. m., the mast asked Baba to call Kaka and Sevak into the room, and he then ordered Sevak to bring pan and tea for him. Then pointing to Kaka, Quadir Mian asked Baba whether he would keep Kaka with Him or not. Baba gave an affirmative nod of the head, and after Sevak had brought the tea and pan, Baba again sat with Quadir Mian for a further ten minutes,

At the time of second contact in December of the same year, Baba took an even larger amount of tea, and during the many hours that he sat with Him, the mast drank –without exaggeration about two bucketful of tea. At that time there was a fire in Quadir Mian’s room, which, was, therefore, almost unbearably hot, and full of smoke.

63-MAJZOOB WALI

High mast of 6th plane

Nakodar (Punjab)

He was a high mast of 6th plane, in majzoob –like state. He was held in high esteem in that part of Punjab, and was reputed to have been seen at places many miles apart at almost one and the same time. He is of patriarchal age, thin, naked; has long hair, and sleeps in a certain merchant’s house at the village of Danewal a few miles from Nakodar. When Baba and His men returned to Nakodar station late at night from Danewal, they found all in pitch darkness because of wartime blackout regulations, the water taps all closed, the houses and shops all shut and the whole town apparently sound sleep. So they lay themselves to rest without refreshment of any sort after their tiring journey. Contact was made in April, 1942.

64-WAZIR BABA

High mast of 6th plane

Narsobhawadi (MS)    

He was a very high mast of the 6th plane. The record of his contacts with Baba is not complete, for Baba met him 5 times. At second contact, Wazir Baba was very gay and happy with Baba, and sang aloud. At the last contact in January 1942, Wazir Baba asked Kaka who went to see him first, “Have you come alone, or with your Guru?” Kaka replied, “With my Guru”.  Wazir Baba then added, “Tell your Guru that his work is very slow, and he should finish it with me today”. That day Baba sat with him for 2 hours, and perhaps the work was completed, for 3 months later Wazir Baba passed away. Wazir Baba lived at village called Aurvad, a few miles from Narsobhawadi.

65-WALIJI

Adept pilgrim

Nasik (MS)

This old man was an adept pilgrim of who lived in a on the bank of the sacred Godavari and Nasik. One of the townsmen of Nasik had given him a cow, and this same man, with commendable forethought used to send fodder each day for cow. Ado, Kaka and some of Baba’s women disciples, used to visit Waliji in his temple. He used to refer Baba as Mauji Baba (Bountiful Baba), and he kept a photo of Baba in his temple.

One day, shortly before Kaka left with Baba on tour to the west he went to see Waliji as usual. Waliji then asked Kaka to fix a platform close to ceiling in the temple, and to arrange a ladder so that Waliji could climb up and sit there. He explained to Kaka that Baba (pointing to the photo on the wall) had order him to let the waters loose in Nasik. Kaka fixed the platform, but had no time to fix the ladder to climb up to platform; a few days later the floods came in full force, and Waliji temple was flooded and was half submerged in the swirling waters, so that Waliji, not being able to climb up to his little platform-for there was no ladder-had to go about five miles away to another temple. When Kaka returned from west, Waliji taxed him with his having failed to fix a ladder, but in a quite a good natured way. Later he was bitten by a monkey and was treated in Nasik Hospital. He told Kaka that he did not want to die in the hospital –it was “hell”-and so he was taken to Baba’s retreat, and after a few week died there. He was cremated at Baba’s order, and each one of the mandali put a piece of sandalwood on the fire as the cells of Waliji body were being consumed by flames.

 

66-MASTAN

Spiritual Chargeman of Okha

Okha

He was the spiritual chargeman of Okha, a fine physical specimen over 6 feet tall. He was real Jalali type of mast, and very advanced. He used to carry an axe with him, and at times beat people, so that he was usually assiduously avoided for fear of physical assault. Baba cites him as a mast of peculiar interest because, in spite of his natural Jalali temperament, he behaved towards Baba and His men as the embodiment of a jamali type of mast, was as mild as lamb, and kissed hands of Baba and each of the men with Him. He was taken to traveler’s bungalow later and bathed, clothed and fed by Baba.  Contact was made in January, 1941.

67-BENGALI BABA

Spiritual Chargeman of Pathankot

Pathankot (HP)    

He was a very high mast of Jalali and jamali type combined, and spiritual chargeman of Pathankot. He is a thin old man who always lies in a potter shop, and says, “Jao, Jao” (go away, go away) to anyone who comes. The potter believes in him and reveres him so much that he goes home each evening leaving his shop open all night, with Bengali Baba lying there. Many townsfolk, especially Muslim women, take this opportunity to come by night to pay their respect to Bengali Baba. So great was the reverence in which Bengali Baba is held that nothing is ever stolen from his shop. Baba contacted him first in April 1942.

 

68-UNKNOWN

Mast of 5th plane

Pathri

The very mast was specially contacted by Meher Baba. He was a good mast on 5th plane, a Jamali type, who lived in a hut by roadside which he never left. Baba said that any mast before this contact was incidental and every one thereafter was purposely contacted. Contact was made in August, 1924.

69-ZINDA WALI

An adept pilgrim

Patna (Bihar)

He was an adept pilgrim, old man, who had never left the shrine of Phulwari Sharif for many years. Once each day he opened his door and gave darshan to those who came to see him, and then goes away at once, Proper contact was not possible due to crowds, But Baba was happy to see him, and spoke highly of him. Baba contacted him first in March 1942.

70-BHIKU BABA (BHIKU BHAGWAN)

A mast on 6th plane

Polavaram

He was a great majzoob-like mast of 6th plane, who was believed to be about 125 years of age. He was naked, except that he sometimes drew a sheet over his body, and he lived in a hut with piles of sand on the floor. He used a shovel and sand with his hands towards himself, making a pile of it between his legs and then moving his position, repeats the same manovoure as he did this he would mutter to himself in a way that no one understood. Once a year, at the time of Sankranti, the local people used to flock his hut, garlanded him and gave him new clothes and money. Many years before the date f this contact with Baba, Bhiku Baba began to say that he was going t die. A tomb was built for him by a rich disciple, and at that time of contact, this tomb had been ready for seven years. Baba contacted him in March 1943.

 

71-BUNDLE SHAH

Mast of 6th plane

Poona (MS)

The description of Bundle Shah a 6th plane mast is given on previous page 35 under group 3 (Mast who bears witness of Baba’s Avatarhood) Baba contacted him in March 1943.

72-NADIR ALI SHAH

Spiritual Chargeman of Quetta

Quetta

 

The description of Nadir Ali Shah Spiritual chargeman of Quetta is given on previous page 48 under group 3 (Mast who bears witness of Baba’s Avatarhood). Baba contacted him in March 1941.

73-UNKNOWN

Mast of 6th plane

Quetta

He was a majzoob-like mast of 6th plane. He lived in a tent full of old bones sand stale bread, and he used to chew these bones. His whole body was swarming with lice, which he allowed to remain unmolested upon him, without willfully ever killing a single one. Baba ordered Adi to feed him each day, and whenever Baba emerged from the house in which he was staying (Which happened to be exactly opposite the mast tent), the mast would gaze vacantly at Baba. One day, when Baba went to contact him, the mast embraced Him with startling ferocity.  Baba contacted him in 1924.

 

74-SAI PUDA

A mast of 5th plane

Rawalpindi (Pakistan)

He was a mast of 5th plane, sometime salik-like and sometime majzoob like, who for 30 years had been well known in Rawalpindi. He used to twirl a fan round in one hand. Baba pointed him out to the group with him on the way to Kashmir in 1929, and He contacted him again in 1933 on the way in Kashmir with small group of western disciples. At the same time Baba explained that the mast had 7777 invisible ways of working.

75-NANGA KHAN MASTAN PESHAWARI

Mast of 5th plane

Rawalpindi (Pakistan)

He was a very good mast of 5th plane, a marathon runner of a mast and a 100 percent Madarjad. He was naked, and ran about four of five miles at a stretch, sat in a small pit for a while, then again ran for four to five miles. Local people hand him food as he torts past. Baba contacted him on 23 April in 1942.

76-WALI BABA (SAIYID MOHAMMAD SHARIF)

Mast of 6th plane

Rewari (Rajasthan)

He was a very good mast perfect majzoob–like jamali mast of 6th plane. He lived in the head ticket collector’s house near the station. He laughed loudly when Baba sat with him for contact, and Baba gave five rupees to ticket collector to buy a mattress for him. Baba contacted him first in June 1941.

77-KESHWANANDJI MAHARAJ

Adept pilgrim

Rishikesh (UK)

The description of Keshwanandji Maharaj is given on previous page 47 under group 3 (Mast who bears witness of Baba’s Avatarhood).Baba contacted him through Pleader in April, 1934.

78-JAL TAPASWAI (JAL SAMADHI MAHATMA)

Adept pilgrim

Rishikesh (UK)   

He was a very high type of yogi and an adept pilgrim. He held an interesting conversation with Kaka and Eruch about Avatar. The talk veered almost at once to this topic, because Kaka and Eruch introduced themselves to him as coming from Bombay, and Jal Tapasvi at once asked how the things went there. They told him that there were constant riots and disturbances, and he replied that that was quite natural, and indeed, inevitable, and was the result of the work of the Avatar, who was now alive. He said that great men of the world, although famous and often worshipped by mankind were more plaything in the hands of the Avatar.; they were like kites on the strings, the end of which were all in the gasp of the Avatar, who controlled them as he wished. He went to say that these wars and disturbances would continue, and that three—quarters of the world population would be wiped out; for, he said, how could the people from hell mix with those from heaven; former must be obliterated. The Avatar, he said, would manifest in twenty two years time (i.e. in 1968 if taken literally) but that even then, like other Avatars, he would be ridiculed by majority, and his real fame would grow after his death.

Jal Tapasvi lived for several years under a rock facing the Ganges. Later, he moved to the roof of a temple that stood in the river. He sat there for many years without shelter, eating only when ever was given to him, and one supposes that not many people would venture to his rather inaccessible perch in the river. One day the temple fell into river, but Jal Tapasvi was neither injured nor deterred by this, and he continued to sit in the water on the ruins of temple that were submerged just below the surface. For many years he sat there, and thus earned his of Jal Tapasvi, i.e., one who carried out a penance of sitting (tapas) in water (Jal)

Baba contacted him in a house of the manager of the Uttar Kashi Poor House (Langar Khana) on 12th august 1946.

79-MASTER NEMEAJI

Mast bet 6th & 7th plane

Rohri (Punjab)

He was a majzoob-like mast between the 6th plane and the 7th, who is famous throughout this part of Sind. On many lamp posts in Rohri one sees notice boards with a picture of Nemrarji on them, directing the stranger which way to go to find him. He was a very old man believed to be about a hundred years of age, and he was disciple of a spiritual master called Baidul Shah. In early years he was a school master, and wore moderately decent cloths, and, in appearance, reminds one of the good sadhus. There are always great crowd of men, women, and children, around him, and he is greatly revered by people of different creeds.

Aga Baidul told an amusing story of visit to Rohri from Quetta in 1941, when he was trying to persuade a certain mast to come to him to Quetta for Baba contact (Baba was staying in Quetta at that time). Baidul was not making much headway, and he came, by the way of passing the time of the day, to see Master Nemerji, Baidul made no mention about planning to take another mast In Quetta, and was simply sitting there in room where Nemerji lived. Nemerji then addressed Baidul in a very peremptory manner, “This is Rohri, (stressing the word ‘Rohri’), this is Rohri, and you want to take him to Quetta” (stressing the word ‘Quetta’)

Nemerji was an eighty percent Jalali type of mast, and people were greatly afraid of him as well as revering him. His face was almost exactly like that of Chacha of Ajmer.

80-KRISHNA GUARD

An adept pilgrim

Sadhaura (up)    

He was an adept pilgrim, an erstwhile railway guard, with great devotion and love for Krishna. He wrote “Radha Krishna” everywhere, and utters the word “Radha Krishna” constantly aloud. He wept when he met Baba, and also seemed very happy to contact him. He was a fairly young man and his history is worth recounting. It is told of him that he was one day so rapt in devotional Bhajans to Krishna that he failed to report for duty. When he later realized that he had absented himself from work, he went to his supervisor and apologized for his laxity. The supervisor, however, brought the duty book and showed him his attendance signature signed in proper place. Many people also confirmed that they had seen him in the flesh on his usual train on that particular day. His reply to these proofs that he had in fact somehow done his duty, was “Krishnaji looked after my worldly duties while I was busy in praying him

From that time, therefore Krishna, he left his employment with the railway, departed his wife and family, and began his present life of ardent devotion to Krishna. Baba contacted him on 11 August 1946.

81-RAHAMATULLAH BABA (GODARIWALA MAST)

Mast of 6th plane

Saharanpur (UP)

He was a great mast of 6th plane in tattered raiment, but with a perpetually with happy and genial nature. He puts rags of allsorts over one shoulder, and wears torn clothes of padded cotton (like a quilt)

He was contacted in Saharanpur twice, and was often found to be in the Ida Sain mosque there. On 23 rd August, 1946, He was brought for one day to Haridwar, where Baba was staying for few days

He seemed in some way to recognize Baba’s spiritual status, for he touched Baba’s feet, and this caused some discussion between Baba and his men. Rahmatullah slept outside the house where Baba was lodged in Haridwar, and in the morning was not to be found. After a search, however, he was located at station

In view of his apparent recognition of Baba’s spiritual greatness, he was sent back to Saharanpur. He was real Ittefaqi type mast, with traits of a jamali.

82-UNKNOWN

Mast of 6th plane

Secluded place

He was a very good mast of the 5th plane. Two of Baba’s men at some railway station noticed this tall, bearded, old man in kafani with sad and puzzled look as if he was searching someone without success. Baba’s men thought that Baba may like to contact him, so they helped him into their Tonga ad brought to Baba’ house.

As soon as they reached   the gate of the house the old man exclaimed, “Gulistan me a gaye” (We have come to the flower garden). Now the garden of Baba’s house was not in any way superlatives. There are flowers in it, but not to the extent that would have made a stranger draw attention to them in such a picturesque terms and the meaning of these words would be better written as “We have come to a Paradise”. A few moments Baba came out of the house, and the old man walked quickly towards Him, he gazed lovingly at Baba’s face and began to laugh with tear of joy welling up in his eyes. Every wrinkle of his ancient face seemed to be smoothed away, and the veil of confusion and sadness that had been upon it vanished; he looked young and radiant, brimming over the joy at seeing Baba. He then turned to two Baba’s men, and pointing to Baba exclaimed, “Look at this man’s face and forehead, they shine as if they were sun there; can’t you recognize who he is?

Then Baba took him by hand into a little room in the gardener’s hut, and sat alone with him for about for 15 minutes, and while in the room the old man could be heard laughing with joy. Baba then emerged with him, and led him towards the house. Near the corner of the gardener’s hut, standing on the parapet, was shining brass bell that was used to call those in the house. This old man picked up this bell and danced in a circle round Baba, and as he danced, he rang the bell over his own head and Baba’s. After having taken him into the house for a while, Baba again brought him to gardener’s hut but sat with him for about half an hour. Before leaving, Baba gave him ten rupees which he was reluctant to accept, but did so after much persuasion. He, in his turn, insisted on taking Baba address, asked for a pencil and paper, and had the address jotted down, as he left in a tonga, his expression was one of superlative happiness . After he had departed, Baba described how, while in the house, he said, “God had sent me today to this Parsee saint”. He was a fifth plane mast; a rare mixture of jamali and Mahbubi. Contact was made in May, 1946.

83-NUR ALI SHAH MASTAN

A mast of 5th plane

Sehwan

He was a very good mast of 5th plane. He wears dirty clothes and carries a bundle of bed sheets. He is famous figure in Sehwan, and is surrounded by people as he wanders hither and thither in the town. He is fond of sitting on a certain public bench. He has been in Sehwan for last 25 years.

Baba was keen to contact him privately, and in order to achieve this He waited for him from 2 o’clock in the scorching afternoon until 10 o’clock at night. It was only at the time of night that the crowds of admirers left him, so that Baba was able to contact Nur Ali Shah alone. Baba contacted him on 1st October 1946.

84-GODARIWALA BABA

Adept pilgrim

Shahdara (Lahore)

He was an old man, a good mast of the adept pilgrim type. This sounds a contradiction in terms, but Baba explained that he was a mast of a complex type who was best classified in this way. Godriwala Baba always kept a quilt (gudariwala) over his shoulders, and every morning he would walk from Shahdara to Lahore, to the streets where prostitutes piled their trade. There would be abuse the prostitutes loudly, and return each evening to Shahdara, where he slept. He was difficult mast to trace, but was eventually discovered and contacted near a well. Baba gave him grapes and coconut. Baba contacted him on 4th November1943.

85-AGHORI BABA

Mast of 6th plane

Simla (HP)

He was a high mast of 6th plane In a Mazoob-like state, and of Jalali type. He was very impressive and powerful looking man with fiery eyes, and he sits covered only with a piece of sack on the verandah of a certain house. All about him he had collected piles of rubbish and rags, and the owner of house –a Sikh who is now unable to enter his house by way of his own verandah, for not only is it a choke-a-block with the rag and rubbish belonging to Aghori Baba, but also if he ventures to enter by this route, the mast rebuff him with abuse. The Sikh therefore had set up a ladder by means of which he bridges over the territory upon which Aghori Baba dislikes him to trespass and so reaches his house in this way.

Aghori Baba ate Aghori Baba ate any sort of food, but was fond of sweetmeats and curds, and sometimes enjoys a glass of lemonade. When Baba went to contact him, Aghori Baba, and addressing one of the mandali said, “You will see what come to pass, and one day will know who (Baba) really is”?

Brief description of Aghori Baba is also given on previous page 34 under group 3 (Mast who bears witness of Baba’s Avatarhood).Baba contacted him on 4th August, 1946.

86-NURU BABA

Mast of 6th plane

Sojat

He was a high mast of 6th plane who came to Sojat about 25 years ago from his home in the Punjab. He was a mast when he first came to Sojat and he settled himself on the varandah of a certain house. The owner of the house tried, by coaxing, to get Nuru Baba to move away, but finding this of no avail he eventually forced him to leave. So Nuru Baba moved to a stone slab, and sat naked on this in sun and rain. Disaster after disaster then befell the miserable house owner; his child died, his wife died, and he was overwhelmed by remorse and anxiety to such an extent that he feared he might lose his sanity. The people of Sojat began to associate the misfortunes of this man with the way he had treated Nuru Baba (a post hoc argument perhaps), and the latter was henceforth respected as a spiritual personality, and allowed to go back to th varandah that he had first chosen.

He sat on the varandah all the day, and was quite naked, and had about ten to twelve dogs about him which he feeds and cares for. He was about 80 years when Baba contacted him in 1941. He was born a mast and was classified as a Madarjad, though his characteristics are those of Jalali and jamali as combined.

Of such masts Baba said

“Today my condition is different

Tomorrow my clothes are different

Today my words are different.

Tomorrow my behaviour is different”

87-SWAMI HARI

Adept pilgrim

Sukkur MS)

He was an adept pilgrim; he is well known and has an ashram where his disciples perform arti and bhajan before him. He lived on Satbela Island in the Indus, and belongs to the 118th class of Hindu saints (Nam Das Udasi).Baba contacted him on 2nd October, 1946.

88-ABDUL QADIR JILANI

A 6th plane mast

Tanjore (Tamilnadu)

He was a 6th plane mast in a ghous –like state. Kaka and Eruch had first met Abdul Qadir Jilani during journey in southern India when Chatti Baba was first discovered.  Abdul Quadir Jilani cigars, and lived on the porch of butcher’s house, the butcher serving his needs.  He had typical fascinating gait a ghous-like mast, a springy, graceful way of walking that reminds one of a deer.

At the first contact in 1939, Baba washed the feet of Abdul Qadir Jilani and fed him, and He contacted him again about three years later, in October 1942.

 89-MAULANA ASHRAFALI CHIRAGE-E-HIND

Adept pilgrim

Thana Bhawan (MS)

He was an adept pilgrim; a thin and very aged man who led the prayers at the mosque at Thana Bhawan. It was said that he had been seen by independent observers leading the prayers at Thana Bhawan, and at the same time being present in the great Jama Masjid at Delhi. He had a wife and children, and wears good clothes. Baba desired to give him thirty rupees, but he declined to accept them. Baba however, who seemed to be definite about wishing to give him this sum, sent him a money order  for 30 rupees from Jalalabad   station shortly afterwards. Baba explained that he was a wali on the path of Shariat. Baba contacted him in Feb, 1942

 

90-UNKNOWN

Mast of 6th plane

(Ujjain (MP)

He was an important and high mast of 6th plane, and made an indelible impression on those who first saw him in the crowded street of Ujjain. He was rather stout, about 50 year old, naked except for loin-cloth, and he sat at the side of the street with a huge mound of rags and old bits of paper in front of him-a mound of at least 3 feet high. He kept picking up pieces from his mound and tearing them in to shreds. Baba stopped the car when he had just passed him by, pointed him out to the party as highly advanced mast, and sent one of the mandali with a rupee coin to be given to him.

Since observing silence Baba did not touch money, except when he gives it to masts in this way. In this case, he gave the mast a coin by proxy only, but one presumes that some contact was achieved by this means.

This mast of Ujjain was one of the few who stayed for about ten days in the Jabalpur ashram and after Baba’s work with him was complete, Chaggan took him back to Ujjain. Baba contacted him in Mar, 1939.

 

91-MOEINUDDIN BABA (NANGA BABA)

A high mast of 6th plane

Uran

He was a very high mast of 6th plane, famous not only in Uran but also in Bombay. He was about 100 years old and was in a typical majzoob like state. He sat either in his small hut or by the roadside, or anywhere that takes his fancy. Baba contacted him in a cemetery where he happened to be sitting at that time. Contact was made on 22nd September, 1942.

92-DEVIGIRI MAHARAJ

Adept pilgrim

Uttar Kashi (UK)

He was an adept pilgrim. This was an old man who travelled in the same train as Baba from Benares to Ayodhya). He arrived in Utter Kashi on 12th April and was contacted by Baba in the Viswanath temple. It was learnt that his journey of Devigiri Maharaj to Benares was the first that had he made to Uttar Kashi for many, many years. This contact with Devigiri was the last of all contacts in Uttar Kashi before Baba and his men departed the next morning on their return march to Their. Contact was made on 12th April, 1948.

93-LALA MAST

A good mast of 5th plane

Vengurla

He was a good mast of 5th plane; an old man, in old clothes, who carried a long stick, and talked a strange sort of Hindi that no one quite catches. He lived in a dilapidated little hut near the border of Savatwadi State. He cooked his own food and shares it with crows and stray dogs, and he came once a day to the main market. He was taken for a ride in Baba’s car, and, throughout the drive, he demonstrated his enjoyment with the ingenuous enthusiasm of a child. Contact was made on 8th March 1947.

94-TALLI SAIN

A high type wali mast of 5th plane

Verka, Amritsar (Punjab)

He was a high type wali mast of 5th plane. He is an old, short man who wears cloth that reminds one of the people Jaipur He had a slipper on one foot and kept the other foot bare and carries a branch of a tree and a bundle with Koran in it. He is so well known and so highly revered that almost every passer-by salutes him; and cars, buses, and tongas, as they pass, actually slow down vehicle while the occupants pay respect to him. Many optimistic gamblers in India have a habit of approaching well known saints and masts interpreting any word or sign they make as a guide in laying their bets. Talli Sain got pestered by such people, as he reprimand them, telling them to be good to their parents, never to accept money that they have not earned, and always to do good of others.

Bombay had contacted this great mast four times. At the contact in 1946 Baba brought some fresh plums and gave them to Talli Sain. Talli Sain, however came up to the tonga with Baba, handed Him back the fruit and told the tonga driver to take Baba and His men back to Amritsar. Talli Sain, then walked away, and Baba immediately sent one of his men with a message to Talli Sain asking him what should be done with the plums. He sent back words that “the person who has given me the plums knows  best what to do with them.”

Baba was not satisfied with this contact and went again the next morning to see him. During the night it had poured with rain, and Talli Sain was discovered sitting in a pool of water. His attendant (majuwar), who comes every day on a cycle from Amritsar to clean Talli Sain’s hut and attend to his needs, was already there, and was trying to clear the water away.  As the water was cleared away Baba sat with Talli Sain, and after half an hour two emerged, Talli Sain leading Baba by hand back to Tonga. Baba explained that his work with this mast had been satisfactorily completed. Contact was made in 1942 and 1946.

95-ISHWAR DAS SWAMI (TELEGU SWAMI)

Jeevan mukta of 7th plane

Yadgiri (AP)

Excluding Perfect masters, this mast was one of 3 men of 7th plane in India at that time. He was Jeevan Mukta in the state of Turiya Avastha. He lived in a little hut of Tumkur a few miles from Yadgiri and the village headman had built special room for him near the temple and a dharamshala also was built to meet the needs of many who visited him. To reach the village, Baba and party had to wade across a   knee deep river. When Baba approached Ishwardas Swami in his room, he suddenly looked radiant happy and embraced Baba with amazing fervour. Later Baba sat with him for a while and left for Yadgiri. Baba contacted him on 7th July 1945.