NAMES WITH ALPHABET S

49-SABIR SAHEB OF IRAN

About Sabir Saheb of Iran and his spiritual attainments, Baba stated:

Sabir was staying with his maternal uncle and had much wealth. Once, his mother asked him to prepare a vast amount of food and feed the poor. For twelve years he kept on feeding others, but during this time, he was living only on figs. He had become quite weak, and once his mother asked why he was not taking food cooked for others. He replied that he was told he should cook for and feed others, and so, whatever he was preparing, he was not eating himself.

Once, Sabir saw a flash of the divine light, and was so merged in it that he remained in that state of bliss for a year and a half. When he came to, he found himself sitting under a tree eating a fig. Such a state is called mukam-e-hairat (divine enchantment caught between the third and fourth planes). He got that flash of bliss and became dazed. Can you understand his condition? It is infinite bliss, continuous bliss, eternal bliss, but not in ordinary human consciousness. It is infinite bliss, infinite knowledge, infinite power, but he cannot use them. Sabir had that Experience, and only a rare one knows what it is.

Accompanied by Pendu, Elcha Mistry, and Kishan Singh and with Hellan driving, Baba left for Roorkee on June 24th. There, a poor program was held in the dargah of the Qutub Sabir.

In Roorkee, Baidul had arranged the program in the shrine of Sabir. A room for Baba to sit in was provided and a brick platform was raised for the poor to stand on to enable Baba to wash their feet and bow down on them. Baba had covered His head with a scarf and looked in a pleasing mood. The caretaker of the shrine brought a list of the fifty deserving poor who formed a queue in morning. Four rupees were to be given to each as prasad after the ritual bowing down. When Baba was to hand them the prasad, upon receiving it, each was to say: “May Allah help you! May Allah give you good health! May Allah bless you!” Kishan Singh wiped the feet of the first poor person after Baba had washed them. Looking gravely at Kishan, Baba again washed that man’s feet, and he himself wiped them again and placed His forehead on them. Thus He showed Kishan that He wanted to do this work himself without any assistance from anyone.

This program was specifically for fifty poor, but as three on the list had not showed up, three others from among those standing nearby were chosen. Baba washed, wiped, bowed His forehead on their feet and presented each his love gift of money. Several poor had come there in anticipation of receiving monetary help, and they also were given the prasad of rupees. The caretaker had helped much with the preparations for the success of the program, so Baba, after washing and bowing to his feet, gave him also a love gift of ten rupees. Another old man had also helped in the work and he too was accordingly given ten rupees. Meanwhile, the three persons absent from the original list appeared, and Baba offered them his love gift of money after the ceremony of washing and bowing to their feet. Those who received Baba’s prasad of money included women, old, young, blind and lame, and there were also some belonging to the middle-class. All were Muslims, as the Muslim caretaker had arranged matters.

After the poor work was over, Baba went inside the dargah and placed a silk carpet on the floor of the tomb, which signified his reverence for the departed Perfect Master Sabir. Lying face down on His stomach before the shrine, Baba paid His respects and offered His homage. The caretaker recited prayers and ended by uttering: “O God, may the spiritual work of the person who has washed the feet of the poor be done to his satisfaction.” To which the men chanted, “Amen.” In obeisance, Baba remained lying on His stomach stretched out full length, until all the prayers were recited. The same prayer was also offered on the veranda of the shrine and the crowd outside also joined in by saying, “Amen!” Baba thereafter offered the Muslim caretaker prasad and gave four annas to each of the poor collected outside. While heading back to Dehra Dun, Baba expressed how highly pleased He was with the work in Roorkee.

50-SACCHIDANANDA

(Yogi)

Well-known Indian yogi named Swami Satchitananda, 54, a disciple of Ramana Maharshi and the saint Shivananda in Rishikesh, had moved to America where he established a yoga center in New York. Harry Kenmore telephoned Eruch at this time that Satchitananda wished to meet Meher Baba, as he would be traveling through Maharashtra with a group of his followers. But when Satchitananda secretary telephoned Adi from Bombay on 13 September, Adi informed him that Baba was in strict seclusion and not meeting anyone at this time. Instead, with Baba's permission, Adi offered to drive to Manmad railway junction (about 100 miles from Ahmednagar), where their train would be halting for a few hours, to speak to Satchitananda and his group about Baba. The offer was accepted.

On 16 September 1968, Don drove Adi in his car to Manmad, where they met Swami Satchitananda and about 23 of his followers (some of whom were Westerners). Adi gave them literature about Baba and answered questions. One of the groups had heard that Meher Baba did not approve of yoga. Adi replied, "Baba is in everything, including yoga. Baba does not displace anything, but lays great stress on love. And the real purpose of every yoga is to evoke love of God and see that 'you go' and 'Baba comes.' "

Satchitananda asked when Baba would see them, and Adi replied, "Not now, may be later."

After their meeting, Adi reported to Baba that Satchitananda seemed genuine and sincere. Baba was happy to hear the report, but did not call Satchitananda for darshan.

 

51-SANT DNYANESHWAR

(Perfect Master)

About Sadguru Dnyaneshwar, Baba elucidated:

He was very young. The unique thing is that the whole family got Realization. Dnyaneshwar had Realization within his teens and has written very beautiful lines on guru-bhakti (devotion to a guru). Nivrutti, his elder brother, was his guru. Sopan, his younger brother, and Muktabai, his sister, too, were Realized souls. And God knows what depth of Experience they had!

Bayazid, the Sardar (Leader) of Sufis, got Realization at the age of 90. Even if someone 99 percent spiritually prepared dies, he has to take a body again for the remaining one percent preparedness. In such cases, Realization is achieved either in childhood or after 60 years of age.

In Sufism, all such points like grades, types and sects of walis, the range of work and heritage and other subtle details on the Path have been clearly and specifically mentioned. They have classified even the Perfect Ones according to their duties towards the world. Kamil is the Perfect One; Akmal the most Perfect One; Mukammil the Supremely Perfect One; and Saheb-e-Zaman (Avatar) is beyond Mukammil. As for Nabis (Prophets) or Sadgurus or Qutubs, to call them perfect would be childish. It is clear that perfection implies no imperfection. But it is said that in a Qutub there is "infinite perfection and infinite imperfection" simultaneously.

52-SATCHITANANDA MATA OF CEYLON, 

(A Saint of Peshan)

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

 

  

53-SATYA SAI BABA

(A Saint)

A yogi named Satya Saibaba was becoming famous in south India, as he would materialize ash in his palm, jewels and other items for his devotees. In letter dated March 2nd, 1963, a devotee had written describing Satya’s powers. In response, Eruch Joked, “To keep such a one as him among the mandali would be of great help in all respects!”

Baba commented, “These are the powers of a tantric.”

On another occasion, Ivy Duce wrote inquiring if Satya Sai Baba was on fourth plane and perhaps misusing his occult powers. Baba replied that he was a tantric (magician) and using tantric powers of his so-called “miracles,” which were magical tricks

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54-SEEMAB AKBARABADI

Urdu Poet

Seemab Akbarabadi born to Aashiq Hussain Siddiqu (father) on 5 June 1882 and He died 31 January 1951; He was an acclaimed Urdu poet from India.  Seemab Akbarabadi, a descendant of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq, the first Caliph of Islam, was born in Imliwale makaan of Kakoo Gali, Nai Mandi, Agra, as the eldest son of Mohammad Hussain Siddiqui, who was himself a Urdu poet, author of several books, a disciple of Hakim Amiruddin Attaar Akbarabadi, and an employee of the Times of India Press, Ajmer. Seemab had said that his forefather had migrated from Bukhara sometime during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and made Agra his home, however, according to Mohan Lal his great-grandfather had migrated from Bukhara during Aurangzeb's reign. Seemab learnt PersianArabic and logic from Jamaluddin Sarhadi and Maulavi Rashid Ahmed Gangohi. The death of his father in 1897 forced Seemab to give up his studies and seek a livelihood first in Agra and then in Kanpur before joining the railways service at Ajmer, from which he resigned in 1922 and returned to Agra. In 1923 he founded the publishing imprint, Qasr-ul-adab. He had four sons and two daughters and the youngest son, Mazhar Siddiqui, continued his work in Karachi and published many of his father's manuscripts. He belonged to the Daagh School. He hailed from Agra where his family had lived for nearly three hundred years.

Seemab began ghazal writing in 1892 and in 1898 became a disciple of Nawab Mirza Khan Daagh Dehlawi (1831–1905) to whom he was personally introduced by Munshi Nazar Hussain Sakhaa Dehlawi at the Kanpur Railway Station.[4] After founding "Qasr-ul-adab" in 1923 with Saghar Nizami as its editor, he started publishing the Monthly "Paimana". In 1929, he started the Weekly "Taj" and in 1930 the Monthly Shair. The publication of "Paimana" ceased in 1932 when Saghar Nizami separated from Seemab and moved to MeerutShair continued to be published long after Seemab’s death, managed and edited (since 1935) by his son, Aijaz Siddiqi, and "Wahi-e-manzoom" published by his son Mazhar Siddiqui from Karachi was graced with a Hijra Award on 27 Ramzan by the President of Pakistan, General Zia-Ul-Haq.

Seemab never enjoyed a comfortable financial position, yet he always appeared immaculately dressed in a neat sherwani and white wide payjama with a Turkish topi covering his head. He did not have a beard. Seemab wrote in all literary formats and on various social and political topics. In 1948, he went to Lahore and then to Karachi in an unsuccessful search for a publisher for his monumental work, "Wahi-e-Manzoom", an Urdu translation in verse form of the Quran. Seemab did not return to Agra. In 1949 he suffered a massive paralytic stroke from which he never recovered and he died on 31 January 1951. His translation of the Qur'an was published thirty years later

Beginning with the publication of his first collection of poems," Naistaan" in 1923, Akbarabadi published seventy-five books throughout his life. These included twenty-two books of poetry, not including "Loh-e-mahfooz" (1979), "Wahi-e-manzoom" (1981) and "Saaz-e-hijaz" (1982), all published long after his death. He is best known for his ghazals particularly by those sung by Kundan Lal Saigal. He also wrote short stories, novels, dramas, biographies and critical appraisals and was acknowledged as a master of UrduPersian and Arabic language and grammar.

In 1958 sahwas, someone was singing a ghazal of Seemab. The ghazal followed “Mujhe gale laga ke ba chorna, meri zindagi ka sawal hai.” (Don’t leave after embracing me; it is a question of my life and death). Baba stopped the singing of a ghazal written in Urdu by the deceased poet Seemab. Apparently, so touched was Baba by Seemab's composition that he was quiet for a moment and then declared before the stunned audience, "I gave mukti (liberation) to Seemab just now." (Lord Meher-p-4268-1958)

In 1963, sahwas after Madhusudan sang a ghazal by the Urdu poet Seemab. Baba interpreted it as follows: "Seemab writes that when he met a Perfect Master, he gained everything that had to be gained. When he found the Master's footprints, he possessed everything worth possessing. He had met One who knew Himself, the path, everyone and everything. He said he had undoubtedly met God in human form."

55-SIDDARTH SWAMI

(Saint)

Gulmai and a few others gradually recognized Merwan’s (Meher Baba) attainment, most in the Zoroastrian community scoffed at the notion that this young Irani had become a prophet. They included Merwan’s younger brother, Jal, seventeen, who likewise did not believe in his brother’s advancement and dismissed Merog (Baba’s nick name) as being insane. Jal knew a Hindu guru outside of Poona named Siddhartha Swami of Hubli village (reported to be a Sadguru), whom he would occasionally visit. But Jal would ridicule those who believed his brother should be given such spiritual respect.

56-SWAMI-1

(Professor turned Swami)

A professor in a Delhi college, He touched My heart. When he saw Me, he said he would do what I told him. Then he met with Baba lovers and told them that I had made him My Chargeman! In My name, he collected Rs.500 from one lover and Rs.2, 000 from another. These two men had not yet had My darshan. One of them even wrote to Adi, requesting darshan and explained to him what had happened to show his love for Me!

The main thing is to gain love and give love. Everything gets merged in love. As the members of one family are close to each other in love, you, too, come close to one another like one family. Love one another and then tell others to love one another. Even if the whole world goes against you, do not become distressed. The world does not know what you do. Don't be exasperated with it. Never become dismayed. It appears there are only a few (lovers) here, but if you follow me properly you will change the whole world.

If anyone slaps you, take his hand lovingly and tell him, "Love Baba!" But no one loves Baba like this, not even Me!

57-SWAMI -2

(Did not obey the orders of Baba)

Another episode likewise illustrates how seriously Baba wished his orders enforced that year. One day a swami came for darshan. Aloba, Nana and Eruch prevailed upon him to give up the idea of meeting Baba and leave, but he would not budge. In fact, he demanded, "So long as I do not have Meher Baba's darshan, I will not leave!"

Eruch tried to explain to him at length, but the swami was obstinate. It was time for Baba to go to the hall, so after allowing him to meditate there for some time, Eruch, Aloba and Nana had to bodily lift the swami up and carry him outside the gate and lock him out.

58-SWAMI ABHYAN ANANDA

Saint

The secretary sought Baba's permission to say a few words, and on receiving it stated: "The people of Swarg Ashram, where Baba stayed in 1942, were responsible for spreading the false rumour, and particularly a Swami Abhyan Ananda, an unpleasant character who has spread similar obnoxious gossip about Swami Shivananda."

He added, "I had taken your darshan in Madras at Sampath Aiyangar's place, and from that day on I have been taking you as my Master and myself as your disciple. According to the message you had given on that occasion in Madras, I am serving this ashram. Swamiji (Shivananda) has great respect and love for you and it is our good fortune that you have taken the trouble to come here."

But, in fact, contrary to what the secretary claimed, the rumor had not been started by Abhyan Ananda, but by Swami Shivananda himself! It so happened that before Baba set out in the New Life; Mauni Bua had come for Baba's darshan in Meherabad. Baba had inquired whether he would follow His orders, and he had agreed. But when Baba ordered him to eat mutton and drink wine, he was shocked. So Baba asked him, instead, to proceed to Rishikesh, and he did so willingly.

58-SWAMI BHABANANDA

A young swami from Bengal

Among the visitors on the afternoon of the 30th was Bhabananda, a young swami from Bengal dressed in an orange robe. He came with another young swami clad similarly, who had already met Baba. The following conversation ensued between Baba and the swami:

Bhabananda declared, "In searching for God, I have renounced all — my father, mother, family and everything! I have gone around to many places in India, even to Tibet, and am just returning from Rameshwaram.  I came to know about you in Bangalore, and although many others tried to discourage me from paying you a visit, I felt an inner urge and was determined to see you at all costs. I am so happy to have the privilege of your darshan today."

Baba, too, expressed His pleasure at seeing him and complimented him, saying that he was a rare type of seeker. But Baba then cautioned him, "It is very easy to give up father, mother and family, but very difficult to realize God."

"I am prepared to give my life for God-realization," replied Bhabananda.

Baba said, "Even dying is easy. This longing of yours is very good and highly appreciable. I want men of your caliber who have no other thought or desire but to realize God, for that is the only real thing in life."

The swami felt very happy at these encouraging words and said again, "I am ready for anything!"

Baba warned, "I will test you, it won't be easy. Just think it over and let Me know later."

"I have nothing to think over," the young swami said. "I have thought so much about it that there is now nothing more to consider."

Smiling, Baba gestured, "Then you are My man!"

Bhabananda felt happy, closed his eyes and exhaled a deep sigh of relief at Baba's recognition of his sincerity. "I would still like you to think it over quietly," Baba stated, "for I know of others who, in their momentary enthusiasm, have said similar things, but failed the moment they were put to the test."

I have washed my hands of everything," Bhabananda replied.

"Shabash (Bravo)!" Baba said. "I am glad. Then I will guide and help you in your cherished goal. Now listen carefully. As a preliminary step, I want you to go to Rameshwaram on foot. Eat only once a day and beg for your food. Touch no money. Touch no woman. If you happen to come around any (woman, think of her) as your mother.

"Take darshan of 100 people in Rameshwaram and be back here by the first of February."

The moment Bhabananda heard Baba say not to touch money; he took out his coin purse and threw it on the ground in compliance with Baba's injunction. His friend, the other swami, whispered to him, "To go to Rameshwaram and return in a month is practically impossible." But Bhabananda did not pay attention to him and remained firm in his determination.

Baba remarked to the second swami gently, "That is his lookout. Why are you worrying? He isn't. He says he is prepared for anything, and is determined even to die for God!"

Baba then cast a significant glance at Bhabananda, as if to ask what he had to say. But the young swami said nothing and rose to leave with Baba's permission and blessings. Baba let him go, while the other swami followed.

The mandali in the room watched all this with silent admiration at Bhabananda's determination and longing. Both swamis had just walked out the door, when Baba ordered one of the mandali to call Bhabananda back. He returned alone and stood before Baba. Baba smiled at him, then stated: "I am very happy you stood my test and did not hesitate or question, nor ask for any excuse to get out of the difficult situation, even with your injured foot. (He was limping because of a boil on one foot.) If you keep up your longing for God and the same spirit to stand all tests, you will surely realize Him. He is there, in you and always with you."

Bhabananda replied, "Ramana Maharshi and other saints whom I have met also said so. But up to now I have no experience of these words."

Baba explained, "Ramana Maharshi was right. Ramakrishna also said the same. Vedanta says it. But it is a matter of experience. I want you to realize it. That is why I take interest in you and instruct you to do certain things

I want you to follow the instructions I have already given — go to Rameshwaram, not by foot, but by train."

The swami started to say something but hesitated. Baba asked him to speak up. The swami said, "I do not have sufficient money for the fare."

Baba ordered that a few rupees be given to him in addition to what money he had thrown down. He directed him not to worry, but just to accept what he had said and act accordingly, with faith and determination and without the slightest hesitation. "Take this money. Use it for your train fare. All other instructions are the same as already given. Go to Rameshwaram and come back here by the date I told you."

"But Master, I just came from Rameshwaram," the swami said.

"It will now be a new Rameshwaram for you," Baba explained. "There will be many who will try to discourage and dissuade you from this, saying, 'What are you doing? Why are you wasting your time? Where are you going?' and so on. But just listen to it with one ear and let it out the other. Bless them all and go on your own way. Persevere and fear not. I will always be with you. You will feel My presence and help."

Bhabananda, giving a reverential bow and uttering, "Om," left the room and began his pilgrimage.

60-SWAMI BHISHAMI MAHARAJ

Saint from Rishikesh

Avatar Meher Baba gave darshan to public in December 1952. In 1968 the Ram Lila Grounds where people had so far witnessed Ram Lila during Dussehra Festival, depicted at length Meher Lila from 1stt to 3rd December. In a beautifully festooned Pandal illuminated with multicolored electric lights, was visible the Life-sized portraits of Avatar Meher Baba on a beautifully furnished stage. Inaugural address was delivered by Shri K. K. Shah, Minister of Information and broadcasting on 1st December, after he garlanded Baba’s portrait.

Surprisingly, saffron clad Swami Bhisham Ji Maharaj from Rishikesh Paid tributes to Avatar Meher Baba quoting at length from Gita and other holy books to prove that Avatar Meher Baba had come as manifestation of God.

61-SWAMI BRAHMANAND

Founder Brahmanand Inter College Rath

In 1954, afternoon, Baba gave darshan to a group of college students at the Brahmanand Inter College. He stated: "I feel very happy to be among you all, and especially to meet Swamiji (Swami Brahmanand, the founder of the college). Swamiji has done so much and is doing so much for you because even this is an aspect of divine love. I give you all my love and blessings."

Swami Brahmanand was asked by Baba to join him on the dais, but he preferred to sit on the ground. Shortly afterwards, Baba too left the dais and sat on the steps of the verandah. Brahmanand requested that Baba have tea, but Baba stated, "Seeing you all here, my heart has become full; and when the heart is full, what is the need for tea?" However, later, at the repeated request of the principal, Baba and the mandali had tea and refreshments. The principal introduced one of the college masters (teachers) to Baba who punned, "I too am connected with masters, as I myself am one."

 62-SWAMI LAXMIDAS

Saint

On 13 April 1966, Swami Laxmidas, a sincere seeker in his forties from Rishikesh, arrived at Guruprasad. Baba made an exception and granted him a five-minute audience. Baba seemed very happy to see him, and Baba embraced him twice. The swami had read Baba's literature in Hindi, and was in contact with Keshav Nigam.

 

 

 

63-SWAMI PARMANANDA

yogi/Spiritualist        

Born : 5th February 1884 - Banaripara, East Bengal, India (nowadays Bangladesh)

Died : 21st June 1940

A monk from India named Swami Paramananda, 47, arrived to meet Baba, accompanied by his niece and three of his students. Paramananda had come to America in 1906 as the youngest disciple of Swami Vivekananda and three years later founded the Vedanta Center in Boston.

During the interview, Paramananda invited Baba to visit the Ananda Ashram in Southern California, a retreat he had established as an extension of the Boston Vedanta Center in 1923 on 120 acres of land. Baba replied, "It is not possible on this trip. When I visit America again after six months, maybe I can." The niece also requested that Baba come to California, promising to prepare Indian food for him. Baba smiled, gesturing, "After six months."

Paramananda had brought a bottle of honey for the Master and after he presented it to him, Baba dictated, "There is nothing but for one, infinite Existence, and I am one with it. I continuously enjoy eternal bliss and see myself in everything and in everyone.

"Mere intellectual conviction is not enough. Reality is a matter of illumination, inner sight and experience. All this is within you; but for that, 'death' is necessary — to become dead to maya in order to be born in Reality."

After hearing this, Paramananda put the several books which he had written about spiritual knowledge on a nearby table. The monk had intended to present them to Baba but realized the foolishness of his idea. He said, "Even though I have philosophy and may be able to explain things to others, all these [books] are worthless pieces of paper unless Infinity is experienced." Humbly he said, "This I have not attained. I require a Sadguru like you, Baba, and your grace. I bow before you. Push me forward, Baba!"

Paramananda then prostrated himself before Baba, who placed his hand on the man's head, blessing him. The monk then turned to his students and said, "One can never attain spiritual perfection without a Guru. Meher Baba, being a Perfect Master, finds the content of these books playthings. What we discuss with the intellect, this bliss Baba is constantly experiencing." Paramananda was an accepted spiritual leader of several hundred American Vedantists. By declaring this, his followers understood the spiritual status of Meher Baba.

 

64-SWAMI PREMANANDA

(Yogi from Dehradun)

In Dehra Dun, a seeker from Uttar Pradesh called Swami Paramananda unexpectedly arrived, requesting an interview with Baba. Formerly, he had been a professor of English, but he had left his position to pursue a life dedicated to finding God. Baba allowed him to come inside and Paramananda bowed down to him.

Baba inquired, "How did you happen to come here?"

Paramananda replied, "I heard of you during a visit in Uttar Kashi and felt drawn to meet you. I have resolved to give up all worldly attachments and lead a life under your spiritual guidance."

"There are many gurus and teachers here and in Rishikesh," Baba pointed out. "What made you come to me?"

"I feel that you are the One who can lead me to the Goal," he replied.

"Many come to me seeking material gains, relief from physical suffering or for a suitable wife or husband. I am happy that you have come solely for spiritual guidance."

Baba continued, "You want to stay with me, but that is not easy — it requires great daring. And above all, those who stay with me have to obey me implicitly."

The swami replied, "I am ready to obey you."

Baba instructed him to sit outside the room for fifteen minutes to reconsider. Paramananda did so, and when he returned he said, "My decision to obey you remains unchanged."

Baba looked very serious and spelled out, "Remember one thing carefully. It is easier to sit naked on a snowbound peak of the Himalayas doing meditation, japa and tapa [repetition of God's name and penance] than to live with me and obey me implicitly!"

Baba then stated, "Listen attentively. There are three orders that I want you to follow: For the present go back and stay wherever you want to, but without fail come to see me after exactly one month. During this month, read my books and messages, and do not touch any woman.

"Will you do it?"

Paramananda said yes. "One more thing," Baba added. "When you come back after a month, come alone; do not bring anyone else with you."

Paramananda gladly agreed and left. How well Paramananda obeyed these three seemingly simple orders will be seen.

During this period, Babadas asked for a few days' leave to return to Nagpur, and Baba granted him permission.

He left on 28 March 1953 — sadly never to return. His head was shaved and his beard clipped, because Baba wanted him no longer to pose as a saint.

That day, referring to the humiliation Baba had to face, he stated:

This humiliation has to come. I will be beaten, slapped and kicked, and so will the mandali. I will later die as the result of injuries received. Then two things will happen: defeat and hesitation. The hearts of those who love me will waver, but when I break my silence everything will change. God will do as He has ordained. I feel 100 percent sure of it today. God's work, God will do.

65-SWAMI PRASANANAND GURU

 Yogi from Tiruppur    

In 1948, Baba and the mandali took a bus to Tiruppur, where Baba wished to contact Prasananad Swami Guru. When they arrived, they started looking for the Swami's house and happened to ask an elderly Brahmin, who turned out to be somewhat unbalanced. He excitedly said that he would personally guide them and jumped into their already overcrowded tonga.

Prasananad was a good yogi, 50 years old, and had a wife and children. When they arrived, they were informed that Prasananad was fasting on water and had taken a vow of silence for 40 days. He had rigged up a sort of cell in one of the rooms of his house where he was currently sitting, while one of his followers kept guard to see that he was not disturbed.

When the men began talking with one of Prasananand's devotees about approaching him for contact, the madcap Brahmin slipped into the Swami's room and began frantically scribbling notes on scraps of paper and pushing them into Prasananand's cell. The notes read: "Please allow this stranger to contact you."

66-SWAMI PURANAND MAHARAJ

(Saint from Mount Abu did not get Baba)

Once Swami Puranand Maharaj of Mount Abu, told to Panchal ji (An ardent Baba Lover from Bombay) that Meher Baba came to him when he was mediating in the morning between 3a.m and 5 a.m. (Baba apparently chooses that time to give instructions to His agents). Swamiji was scheduled to go to Udaipur. But he was ordered to go to Amraoti, since Gadge Maharaj had dropped his body. He never met Baba, although he came to Ahmednagar. He had a Parsee devotee, but the devotee said things against Meher Baba and did not take him to meet Baba. Swamiji returned to Mount Abu without Baba’s darshan. He said Panchal was more fortunate as Panchal also worked for Him.

67-SWAMI RAM KRISHMA

(Saint from Rishikesh)

In order to contact Swami Ram Krishna. Baba reached the area near the flow of the Sheshdhara River, called Sheshdhara. Baba was anxious to contact him. The road to the Swami Ram Krishna's ashram was very rough and steep, and they reached the remote place with much difficulty. But the gate, which was closed, had a sign hanging on it which read: "The Swami will not give darshan to anyone until March 10th." Usually there was a daily religious discourse when the Swami would give darshan, but for some reason it had been suspended until the 10th.

An ashram inmate was working on one side of the ashram and Eruch beckoned to him and requested that he ask Ram Krishna for darshan. He flatly refused to grant the request. Despite Eruch's persuasive attempts, he was not even willing to inform the Swami that people were standing outside his gate for his darshan. Finally, Eruch beseeched him to at least send one of the Swami's close disciples. He reluctantly shuffled off and sent one man, who also uncivilly dismissed their request. Eruch pleaded with him, "Please inform Ram Krishna that we have come for his darshan from a great distance. If he refuses, then we will go away."

"We are not permitted to carry any message to him," said the spokesman.

"All right," said Eruch, "don't convey the news to him. But allow one of us to take his darshan from a distance if he appears at the window."

"I have been telling you that we are not permitted anything of the sort," the man said tersely. "Still you keep harping on the same thing!"

"Please show us a way and help us," Eruch pleaded.

"There is no recourse. If you want darshan, come back on the 10th."

"We have other important work and are unable to return. Be kind to us," Eruch pleaded.

"He who is eager for darshan has no other important work. It is all a pretext!" replied the man.

Eruch did his utmost to prevail upon him, but did not succeed. Baba was smiling as he surveyed the exchange, and indicated to Kishan Singh, "This is called obedience! You people any day, any time, come for my darshan against my wish! This is a good lesson for you to take to heart."

God Himself had gone to the Swami for darshan, but was turned away. Enduring hardships, stress and strain, Meher Baba had gone out of His way to cover the distance on the narrow rocky road for the darshan of one who was in seclusion remembering God day and night. But his gate remained closed and no amount of entreaties or prayers could open it. What could the God-Man do? He had to leave without contact, but there was a secret exchange.

68-SWAMI SATYA PRAKASH (UDASEEN)

Editor Divya Vani (Kakinada)

Meher Baba approved the opening of New Centre at Vijayawada, called Meher Vihar by Swami Satya Prakash Udaseen.

In response to a request from Swami Satya Prakash for a message for Silence Day for his magazine Divya Vani, Baba sent him a telegram on 5 th July: “My silence and breaking of My silence at appointed time will make silent those who talk of everything but God.”

69-SWAMI SHIVANAD SARAWATI

(Saint from Rishikesh)

Meher Baba met Swami Shivananda in his ashram on 3rd March 1953. At Rishikesh

Reaching Rishikesh at 3:30 P.M., they went to Shanti Koti on the Kogal Ghat, where they were to stay. Baba dispatched Eruch and Kishan Singh to Shivananda's ashram to make the appointment for that evening at 5:30, but when they arrived they learned that Shivananda was indisposed. Still, the meeting was arranged. However, Shivananda's secretary (who had had Baba's darshan several years before) insisted that Baba meet the ashram inmates first. Baba wanted to see Shivananda directly, but was told this could not be agreed to, since such a great personage as Meher Baba must be properly welcomed.

Baba arrived at Shivananda's ashram at exactly 5:30 P.M., where he was received with great reverence. Baba had informed those in charge of the ashram that no ceremony should be performed; but according to their custom, it was done anyway. The secretary saluted Baba by bending down and touching his feet, and Baba returned the greeting in the same way. Touching Baba's feet was prohibited, as Eruch had clearly and emphatically pointed out beforehand, but Baba's instructions seemed to be observed more in breach than in compliance that day.

The secretary led Baba to a hall where bhajan singing was in progress. He garlanded Baba and his Jai reverberated throughout the building. Baba was made to sit on a chair, but he immediately left it and sat on the floor.

He then indicated to Eruch that he should read out this statement (dictated in Dehra Dun on the 23rd and later issued in the form of a circular):

We should once and for all understand that no amount of learning, reading, and teaching, reasoning and preaching can give us liberation (mukti). Vedantic expressions, Sufi talks, mystical words and philosophical statements take us nowhere spiritually. Religious conferences, spiritual societies and the so-called universal brotherhood are apt to bind the soul, rather than free it.

Only when we transcend intellect and enter the domain of love can we aspire for liberation. When love for God reaches its zenith, we lose ourselves in the Beloved God and attain Eternal Liberation. Liberated ones are ever free from all illusory attachments. Good and bad, virtue and vice, cannot pollute the Ocean of Divine Truth.

Perfection does not merely mean escaping from the mayavic law. Man becoming God is perfection. But when man, after consciously becoming God, returns to gross consciousness as man, he has achieved the Supreme Perfection. Such a Perfect One is not only God, but lives the life of God as man. He is in maya and simultaneously beyond it. He is amidst the law of karma but not bound by it. Whatever his actions, they are non-actions, for the actions which bind ordinary man are not only non-binding when performed by a Perfect One, but are channels for his universal spiritual work of liberating mankind from the ignorance of maya. The Perfect Ones are free from Freedom itself, and so are free even from the non-actions that they perform for their Universal work.

To those who love Me and naturally wish to know about My activities I can only say that, as far as My inner life and internal activities are concerned, only God and those who are one with God can know and understand. As far as My external activities are concerned regarding My work with the God-intoxicated (masts), saints, sadhus and the poor, of contacting them, working with them, serving them and bowing down to them in wholehearted devotion, they have all been recorded by a disciple of Mine in The Wayfarers.

I enjoy games, chiefly cricket, playing marbles, flying kites and also listening to music, which I have on rare occasions enjoyed. From time immemorial to this day, I have been playing with the mayavic universe, and this enjoyment of playing still persists.

Although the rumour concerning me and my devotees regarding consumption of liquor at Swarg Ashram is absolutely false, it is a fact that once in a great while I give wine to my lovers and make them understand that it is not this wine of grapes, but the true wine of love-giving Divine Intoxication that helps toward union with God.

I allow vegetarians to follow their diet and non-vegetarians to eat meat, fish, eggs, et cetera. I do not interfere with any religion and permit all to follow their own creeds unhindered. When faced with love for God, these external ceremonials have no value. Love for God automatically and naturally results in self-denial, mental control and ego annihilation, irrespective of the lover following or renouncing these external adoptions.

I sometimes see motion pictures (mostly humorous ones), and enjoy My real state of being the Eternal Producer of the vast, ever-changing, never-ending film called the universe. I also find relaxation in listening to humorous stories, all the time being aware of the humor that lies in the aspect of the soul, which is the source of infinite power and glory being made to feel so helpless in its human bondage of ignorance, in its various forms of duality.

Once in a while, I give darshan and prasad of love to the people, each person benefiting according to his or her receptivity. I give updesh (advice) in the form of instructions to those who have surrendered to Perfect Masters, and I give help in the form of general advice to a few who long for the Truth. All this, of course, is effective in accordance with the worthiness of the recipient.

Perfect Ones can impart divine knowledge, bestow divine love and shower the grace of God-union by a mere glance, touch, or a single divine thought.

I feel very happy, and give My love and blessings to all. If My gesture of love is understood even by one among you all, My coming here today will have served its purpose.

Baba then saluted the ashram inmates and stated, "There is now no need for you to salute Me, as I am in you as well as in everyone, and I salute Myself in you."

The secretary sought Baba's permission to say a few words, and on receiving it stated: "The people of Swarg Ashram, where Baba stayed in 1942, were responsible for spreading the false rumour, and particularly a Swami Abhyan Ananda, an unpleasant character who has spread similar obnoxious gossip about Swami Shivananda."

He added, "I had taken your darshan in Madras at Sampath Aiyangar's place, and from that day on I have been taking you as my Master and myself as your disciple. According to the message you had given on that occasion in Madras, I am serving this ashram. Swamiji (Shivananda) has great respect and love for you and it is our good fortune that you have taken the trouble to come here."

But, in fact, contrary to what the secretary claimed, the rumor had not been started by Abhyan Ananda, but by Swami Shivananda It so happened that before Baba set out in the New Life, Mauni Bua had come for Baba's darshan in Meherabad. Baba had inquired if he would follow His orders, and he had agreed. But when Baba ordered him to eat mutton and drink wine, he was shocked. So Baba asked him, instead, to proceed to Rishikesh, and he did so willingly.

In the New Life, Baba was to go to Manjri Mafi from Benares, and was to contact many sadhus in Rishikesh. But for His own reasons, Baba did not wish to see Mauni Bua, and so Bal Natu was asked to go to Rishikesh and tell Mauni Bua to leave the area. Bal did so accordingly, informing Mauni Bua of Baba's wish.

Then Bal Natu saw Swami Shivananda, from whom he came to know about damage in transit to a parcel containing liquor bottles in 1942 and, coincidentally, Baba's supposed hurried departure from the place. Bal's faith in Baba remained unshaken and Shivananda could only attribute such faith and devotion to "black magic on Baba's part which had mesmerized" Bal. This false rumor spread in the whole of Rishikesh. In the land of the ancient rishis, such was the treatment given to the Avatar!

Bal Natu narrated the event to the ashram inmates in Baba's presence, and after he had finished Baba remarked to the secretary: "Up to now I have not come across a single true disciple in the whole world. Had I found one, he would have understood My divinity. In the whole world I am the only real disciple and all are My Masters. All My gurus are sitting here, even though I am the Ancient One."

He then addressed the ashram inmates: "I advise you to hold fast to Shivananda and carry out his instructions 100 percent. You have accepted him as your Master and so you should stick to him wholeheartedly."

Baba added, "If we want to know God as He is, we must be as honest as He is. The least hypocrisy creeping into our hearts keeps Him away. So let us be honest. I give you all My blessings and My love."

Standing up, Baba motioned to the secretary to take him to Shivananda. Baba entered Shivananda's room with Eruch and Bal Natu. Shivananda was suffering from lumbago and could not rise from his bed. As asked by Baba, Eruch explained to him everything that had been said before the ashramites. Eruch then read this message from Baba: "Whether you have personally and directly or indirectly spread the false rumour, or whether others have done so in your name, I bow down to you with My love for your having been an instrument of help in My Universal spiritual work."

Baba laid His head on the Shivananda's feet and then, sitting down on his bed, began pressing his legs. Baba gestured to Eruch to repeat the message delivered in the hall, and it was read out again. Baba assured Shivananda, "Don't worry about anything."

With folded hands, Shivananda replied, "When I came to Rishikesh, people, including the sadhus of this place, began to spread nasty stories about me, too. Let us be unmindful of such groundless rumours."

Baba asked Shivananda if he recognized Bal Natu, with whom he had talked one night in 1949 and to whom he had repeated the rumour. Bal spoke about the meeting and Shivananda remembered the painful incident. Again with folded hands he told Baba, "Baba, I don't speak ill about anyone or anything — from an ant to an elephant — but I regret that my tongue slipped in making that remark."

Baba spelled out on the board in reply, "It was to happen and it happened; otherwise, I would not have sent you this message and would not have come to your ashram or offered My namaskars to all the inmates."

He added, "God is honesty personified, and therefore let us all be honest. Let there be a link of love between us."

On a previous occasion, Eruch and Pendu had presented to Shivananda Baba's message on honesty (first circulated in Eluru) and Shivananda told Baba, "I have read your message on honesty."

Baba repeated, "Let the link of love be maintained."

When Baba was about to leave the room, Shivananda recited a Sanskrit prayer in Baba's honour, the chorus of which his devotees repeated.

After it was over, Baba pointed to himself and dictated on the board, "I am the Ancient One."

Hearing this, Shivananda struggled to get up from his bed, but as he was unable to do so, he shouted loudly, "I bow down to the Ancient One!"

Baba reassured him, "Don't worry. It is because you are dear to me that I have come to you today." He again admonished the secretary and followers, "You should stick to Swami Shivananda with all your heart."

On His departure, the inmates of the ashram burst out, "Sadguru Meher Baba ki jai!"

It was a touching scene, depicting Meher Baba's divine authority, His divine love and conduct; and it also demonstrated the humility of Swami Shivananda. It was Baba's love for him that had brought him to his ashram and made Him massage his legs, kiss him, behave forgivingly toward him and at the same time make him imbibe the essence of truth and honesty.

On the verandah outside, refreshments were served and the secretary informed Baba that it was Shivananda's wish that Baba partake of them. Baba picked up some dried fruits and gave them to the secretary as His prasad. He then touched all the food on the table with instructions to distribute it among the ashram inmates. Baba then left.

Along the way Baba remarked to the mandali, "I am deeply touched with Shivananda's love, and wish him a complete recovery."

Baba sent Eruch again to Shivananda to inform him that his name would be omitted from the message about the false rumor that was to be printed and widely circulated. Eruch conveyed this to the ashram the next day. While Baba stayed in Rishikesh for his work of contacting masts and sadhus, He continually inquired about Shivananda's health. Some days later, Shivananda recovered from his condition — proof positive of Baba's love for him.

He added, "God is honesty personified, and therefore let us all be honest. Let there be a link of love between us."

On a previous occasion, Eruch and Pendu had presented to Shivananda Baba's message on honesty (first circulated in Eluru) and Shivananda told Baba, "I have read your message on honesty."

Baba repeated, "Let the link of love be maintained."

When Baba was about to leave the room, Shivananda recited a Sanskrit prayer in Baba's honour, the chorus of which his devotees repeated.

After it was over, Baba pointed to himself and dictated on the board, "I am the Ancient One."

Hearing this, Shivananda struggled to get up from his bed, but as he was unable to do so, he shouted loudly, "I bow down to the Ancient One!"

Baba reassured him, "Don't worry. It is because you are dear to me that I have come to you today." He again admonished the secretary and followers, "You should stick to Swami Shivananda with all your heart."

On His departure, the inmates of the ashram burst out, "Sadguru Meher Baba ki jai!"

It was a touching scene, depicting Meher Baba's divine authority, His divine love and conduct; and it also demonstrated the humility of Swami Shivananda. It was Baba's love for him that had brought him to his ashram and made Him massage his legs, kiss him, behave forgivingly toward him and at the same time make him imbibe the essence of truth and honesty.

On the verandah outside, refreshments were served and the secretary informed Baba that it was Shivananda's wish that Baba partake of them. Baba picked up some dried fruits and gave them to the secretary as His prasad. He then touched all the food on the table with instructions to distribute it among the ashram inmates. Baba then left.

Along the way Baba remarked to the mandali, "I am deeply touched with Shivananda's love, and wish him a complete recovery."

Baba sent Eruch again to Shivananda to inform him that his name would be omitted from the message about the false rumor that was to be printed and widely circulated. Eruch conveyed this to the ashram the next day. While Baba stayed in Rishikesh for his work of contacting masts and sadhus, He continually inquired about Shivananda's health. Some days later, Shivananda recovered from his condition — proof positive of Baba's love for him.

70-SWAMI SUDHANAND BHARTI

(Yogi  & Poet)

(Saint & disciple from Chennai)

In south of India, Kavi Yogi Maharishi (great divine visionary, wise poet), Dr. Shuddhanand Bharati wrote several hundred works in English, French, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Sanskrit; five thousand songs, and fifteen hundred poems in French. The magnum opus of the man conscious of the presence of God in him, Bharata Shakti, (in 50,000 verses) described his ideal: only One Humanity living in communion with only One God in a transformed world! Bharata Shakti is a monumental and unique work. The Yogi depicted the essence of all the religions, of all the prophets and saints, all the approaches of Yoga and all the cultures on an allegorical fabric. His commitment is summarized in his book celebrating his life, Pilgrim Soul.

The two poems mentioned in the opening express perfectly his ideal. His mantra, Aum Shuddha Shakti Aum. nourishes our souls and guides our steps towards the inner Joy Ananda. It means: The light of Grace and power of the pure supreme almighty bless us of peace, happiness and prosperity! The name of Sudhanand (pure bliss) was given to him by his friend Yogi Jnana Siddha (Hindu sage) in 1905. The title of Kavi Yogi Bharati was given a few years later by the Jagadguru of Sringeri, Sri Satchidananda Shiva Narasimbja Bharati Abhinava, Sivaswamimonasitic name (1887-1912). In 1954 Swami Shivananda gave him the title of Maharishi, a great visionary, which he really was. March 23, 1984, he received the Raja Rajan Award from the Tamil University at Thanjavur, University of the best literature for his opus magnum Tamil (major work) Bharata Shakti and the whole of his work, with the honorary title of Doctor Shuddhanand Bharati.

He was also the creator and founder of Sama Yoga (Sama Yoga is a fusion of all the old techniques of Yoga for a healthy and natural harmonization of the body and spirit). Dr. Shuddhanand Bharati had an ideal in his life, the vision of peaceful world, peaceful humanity and God

Yogi Shuddhanand Bharati witnessed a great event meeting Meher Baba First in 1915 at Shirdi Ashram of Sai Baba. Sai Baba, who had given him a candy, saying, "Your Beloved will possess you soon. Keep silent and centered on the self.”  Later he came for Baba's darshan.

Sadguru Upasni Maharaj had once told Shuddhanand, "The Beloved of your life will one day embrace you." Now, after meeting other spiritually illumined beings such as the saints Ramana Maharshi and Aurobindo, at last he faced Meher Baba, and immediately recognized him as "The Saint of saints, the Mahatma of Mahatmas, the goal of my long pilgrimage.

Baba met him very lovingly, and Shuddhanand Bharati bowed his head at Baba's feet. Baba gave him a message called, "Inner Humility Is Strength, Outer Humility Is Weakness."

Baba further remarked to Shuddhanand Bharati, “You will do My work because you are now My devotee, and you have the background of devotion and fame behind you. I am the Light of the Universe. Once when you get a glimpse of the Truth you will know Me, and you will have that glimpse.” Baba then handed Bharti the shawl Chari had given Him

Yogi Shuddhanand Bharti, a well known personality of South India who had a considerable following of his own, received Baba’s embrace.

On 25th February, 1958, Baba’s 64th birthday was celebrated at Meherabad after a period of 20 years. When Baba arrived in His car he was welcomed by Baba lovers from a distance of 3 furlongs from Meherabad and was garlanded profusely on reaching in His cabin. Baba washed His feet and this water was mixed with water from Godavari River and offered as Prasad to all lovers only to be applied on their forehead. Yogi Shuddhanand Bharati recited a birthday song in English.

Next, accompanied by musicians, Yogi Shuddhanand Bharati recited a birthday song in English that he had composed for Baba.

On 21st February 1963, at Meherazad, Baba sent a message to Yogi Shuddhanand Bharati, for incorporating in His book on Baba titled “Silent Splendour.”

On 6th February, 1967, Sudhanand Bharati wrote a book in Tamil “Meher Mahimai” (Glory of Meher) and Baba gave the Message “In this Age of Mess, My Message is: Hold fast to My Daaman and be 100% honest in every way, because God, besides being infinite power, knowledge and bliss is also infinite Honesty. So try being honest in everything and you will be able to love God as He is.

On 5th November, 1968, Yogi Sudhanand Bharati wanted Baba’s message for His book “Bharata Shakti” (The Power of India) and Adi Sr. was directed By Baba to send the following message, “I was Rama, I was Krishna, I was this One and I was that One and now I am Meher Baba. In this form of flesh and blood I am the same Ancient One, who alone is eternally worshipped and ignored, ever remembered and forgotten.”

Yogi Bharati invited Baba to accompany him to Switzerland, and Baba told him to write Him about it later and he would consider the request.

Baba was about to go back to his bungalow for lunch when Shuddhanand Bharati asked if he could sit in Baba's room and meditate for a while. Baba permitted him to sit in the room where he would converse with the mandali.

After his meditation, the yogi told Nilu, "Baba is a very great saint."

"Meher Baba is not a saint," Nilu corrected him. "He is above all saints!"

"What spiritual practices does Meher Baba do?" Bharati inquired.

"There is no need for him to do any sadhana."

"What do you mean?"

Nilu explained, "Meher Baba is the source of all knowledge. There is nothing for him to achieve or know, as all knowledge flows from him. Seekers do sadhana, not the One who is realized." Bharati was offered milk and fruit, and left at 2:15 P.M.

 

 

71-SWAMI VIDYANAND JI MAHARAJ

Saint from Rishikesh

Avatar Meher Baba gave darshan to public in December 1952. In 1968 the Ram Lila Grounds where people had so far witnessed Ram Lila during Dussehra Festival, depicted at length Meher Lila from 1st to 3rd December. In a beautifully festooned Pandal illuminated with multicolored electric lights, was visible the Life-sized portraits of Avatar Meher Baba on a beautifully furnished stage. Inaugural address was delivered by Shri K. K. Shah, Minister of Information and broadcasting on 1st December, after he garlanded Baba’s portrait.

Surprisingly, saffron clad Swami Vidynand Ji Maharaj from Rishikesh Paid tributes to Avatar Meher Baba quoting at length from Gita and other holy books to prove that Avatar Meher Baba had come as manifestation of God

On second day Swami Vidya told the audience that, “It is wrong to say that Avatar belongs to one country, one place,  one caste or one society. He is born in any place, any society, to rid humanity of all the distress and evils confronting mankind. So while Avatar is here why not remove all the shackles of Maya around your mind and body and attain the real freedoms.”

73-SWAMI VIVEKANAND

(Philosopher Saint)

Vivekanand was the chief intellectual disciple of Perfect Master Swami Ramkrishna Paramhans. He was convinced of master’s divinity only when Ramkrishna showed a glimpse of reality by putting His hand on Vivekananda’s head.

After emancipating himself from maya, a Sadguru has again to involve Himself in maya to release others. As Swami Vivekananda says, "He is the real guru who brings himself down to the level of his disciples." For example, suppose a pearl is lying hidden under a heap of filth. To take it out, one has to thrust his hands in it. Likewise, the Sadguru has to involve himself in the filth of illusion; but He is never soiled by it.

On 19th September 1626, Baba remarked, "A moment of one's life spent in the company of a Sadguru is more valuable than hundreds of years of tapa-japa (repeating God's name with beads). Or as Vivekananda said, 'To light a chillum (water pipe) for a Sadguru is better than millions of years of meditation."

Baba had advised Nusserwan to give up politics and remain with him, to which he agreed but so far had not done. Baba quoted this couplet by Vivekananda, "Maya, let go thy hold, / O sanyasi, be bold!" — Which meant that one should be courageous enough to take the step of breaking one's connections with the world? Despite Baba's repeated advice, Nusserwan never gave up politics and never joined the ashram, though he continued to stay in contact with the Master his entire life.

Swami Vivekananda can be said to have done the first "Spiritual spade work" in the West, when he established his American headquarters in New York City in 1895, just a year after Meher Baba was born. Vivekananda referred to New York as "The head, hand, and purse of the country." As one author put it: "The great, sophisticated, polyglot metropolis was indeed a wellspring of new ideas; it was creative and enterprising; it was the center of all the arts; it was rich, generous, and throbbing with vitality; everything was there."

On 23 April 1936, Baba mentioned Vivekananda again in reference to Deshmukh's recently released book, My Master and His Teaching. Baba said it would appeal to "those who have heart." Baba added, "Devotees of Krishna are interested in his life, but pundits are only interested in Vedanta and the Gita. The Gita and Vedanta are very good indeed, but they only touch the head, whereas the life of Krishna touches the heart. (Lord Meher-p-1720-1936)

Vivekananda's best work is My Master, though it is a slim volume. Why? Because it was written with love. Other of his works are more intellectual."

On 28 March 1936, Baba commented:

A thing in which I cannot put My "mind" has to be worked out by external means. As Vivekananda has said, "The true Teacher is he who comes down to the level of his student." I have to come down to the level of the external (gross) world, work, feel and suffer as you ordinary human beings do. For instance, in the case of Mani: I cannot apply my mind, so I work through all external means, feel and suffer as an ordinary being. Maya always works in opposition and her force is greatest where I cannot put my mind.

The habit of questioning and doubting in the end reacts on the questioner himself. Vivekananda used to always ask questions: "Why? Why this? Why that?" Ramakrishna loved him very much so he used to answer. But one day he got fed up and did not reply. Vivekananda asked again and again, but got no answer.

Then one night at midnight, Ramakrishna said, "Bring me food," and He named certain kinds of dishes. Vivekananda could not find the food in the house at that hour. Ramakrishna asked him, "Why? Why is it not available?" and Vivekananda said, "Because it's twelve o'clock at night! It's not the time for eating!" At that moment, Vivekananda got his answer. From that day, he never asked another question.

 

74-SWAMI YOGANANDA

Saint

Swami Yogananda, who lived in the area near Ojai, visited the property in November 1946 and spent a few hours there. He remarked: “This place is a dream Oriental paradise. One does not even have to focus to hear the Om sound here.” Meher Baba’s lovers in California, Newyork, and also at Myrtle Beach, were eagerly awaiting the time when the Soundless Sound himself would visit their centers in America-as He had hinted He would be doing in near future.

75-SWAMI-3

(High-ranking Official turned Swami)

Topkhane introduced a swami to Baba who had once been a high-ranking member of the prestigious Indian Civil Service. The swami had adopted the path of selfless service, renouncing a distinguished career. Baba expressed His pleasure at meeting the swami and remarked to him:

It is good that you have renounced everything, but even after renouncing all, the I is there. And to gain Knowledge, this has to be totally uprooted. Even the greatest material self-sacrifice does not make this I disappear. The mind says, "I did this. I did that. I do good for others." When the mind dies, all desires vanish; but the mind lasts until the end. To achieve God-realization, this I must go once and for all.