GROUP-11 (DIGNITARIES)

141-SUNDER RAO NAIDU

(Ex. Mayor of Madras)

He had Baba’s darshan in April, 1947 in Madras. He was Mayor of Madras and owner of Sun Theater. Beloved Baba visited his Sun Theater and witnessed a mythological film for a short time.

142-TALLUTAH BANKHEAD

(A Hollywood Actor)

Baba visited Paramount Studios. On one lot, The Devil and the Deep was being filmed. Quentin had known the American actress Tallulah Bankhead and the actor Charles Laughton in London when they worked in the theater, and he introduced them to Baba. They in turn introduced Baba to another actor and afterward were photographed with Tallulah. The visit lasted almost two hours. According to a newspaper account (which may not be accurate), Baba spelled on the board to Tallulah, that one of the reasons he had come was that, in Hollywood, there was an "equal balance between the spiritual and material forces."

On Thursday, 2 June 1932, Baba went to Paramount Studios again and met Maurice Chevalier, 43, who was making Love Me Tonight with Jeanette MacDonald. Tallulah Bankhead was there and ran to Baba, hugging and kissing Him.

In the evening Baba went with Quentin to Tallulah Bankhead's residence for dinner.

During th West visit of Baba, according to Adi, Jr., it was announced that Baba wanted to leave, Tallulah Bankhead asked Adi Jr. if it was possible for him to come to her house the next day for lunch, for she had something to talk about with him. Adi said that he thought it would be possible, but that he’d have to ask Baba. When he approached Baba, Baba replied, “Fine.” Then in a stern tone, He warned, “But do not touch her and do not let her touch you.” Adi assured Him that nothing ill-mentioned would happen.

Adi went to Tallulah's home the following afternoon (probably with another of the mandali). When he met her, he immediately blurted out, "I am happy to be here, but please do not touch me." She blushed, saying she would not embarrass him. During their lunch, Adi asked what was it that she wanted to talk to him about. Tallulah said that she was in love with a certain man, but that he did not love her, nor had he shown her any affection. She wanted Adi to persuade his brother (Baba) to cast a "love-spell" on the man, and thereby he would fall in love with her and be hers. Adi was taken aback and assured her that Baba did not do such things and that she was greatly mistaken about the kind of spiritual things Baba taught. Tallulah, nevertheless, insisted that Adi ask his brother if he would cast such a spell. Adi said he would, but explained again that he doubted if Baba would do such a thing.

After Adi Jr. returned to the Joneses' residence, he was feeling quite disturbed about his meeting with Tallulah, but did not say anything until he met with Baba. When he did, Baba sternly inquired, "Did you touch her?" Adi pleaded innocent and then explained why she invited him over and what she wanted Baba to do — cast a love-spell on a certain man, so he would fall in love with her. Baba showed His obvious disgust, "Hollywood!"

The general impression among many of the movie stars was that Meher Baba was a yogi or swami of a high class, who possessed occult powers and could influence people's minds. That is why Tallulah Bankhead made such an inquiry. The Hollywood actors and actresses were famous personalities whose lives were well publicized, and since Baba had attained much notoriety in the newspapers during this visit, they welcomed him as an equally famous personality.

Like most people caught up in maya, the Hollywood celebrities' understanding of true spirituality, or of what Meher Baba's Avatarhood really meant, lacked much depth.

                                      

 143-TEHMANKER

(A Reporter from London)

The following day, a Mr. Tehmanker, confronted Chanji, "When will Meher Baba break his silence?"

Chanji conveyed the question to Baba, who replied, "If strong winds are blowing and you try to open your umbrella, it is blown here and there and it becomes difficult to hold. But when there is no wind and much heat and rain, then you will naturally open your umbrella. Similarly, when there is no movement of air and I find signs of 'heat' or 'rain,' I will break My silence."

144-THOMAS AUGUSTUS WATSON

Scientist worked with Alexander Graham Bell

Among the persons gathered to receive Meher Baba was an elderly man named Thomas Augustus Watson, who had come with his wife from America to stay at the retreat for two days. Mr. Watson was the scientist who had worked with Alexander Graham Bell in inventing the telephone and since retired was searching for spiritual knowledge. Upon entering the retreat and climbing the staircase to his room, Baba stopped for a moment and gently placed His hand on Watson’s head. Baba’s divine touch had such a deep effect on him that the old man wept like a child. From Baba’s gentle touch, his heart burst and overflowed with love.

Having observed similar incidents while on tour with Baba, Chanji took Mr. Watson into the library and made him sit down. Watson continued to weep for about fifteen minutes and then became quiet. His eyes filled with tears and he asked softly, “How long have you been with him?”

“For seven years,” replied Chanji.

Hearing this, Watson placed his hand in a fatherly way on Chanji’s back and said, “My son, do you realize how fortunate you are to have been living in such close contact with such a great personality?”

“Yes sir, I do consider myself fortunate,” Chanji answered. “It is His grace that I am near Him.”

After a few moments of silence, Watson revealed, “In my seventy-eight years of life, today is the first time I have experienced what divine love is. I have come to realize this with just a touch from Meher Baba.”

Chanji said, “Such a privilege is bestowed on very few.”

Without Watson’s asking, Baba had rocked the grounds of His being. Watson’s heart blossomed and he saw a new light – the light which dispels the darkness of ages.

It was wonderful how the Master’s work was manifesting. He was forging a link with Watson for a plan which, up to now, he had not revealed. Baba was planning on going to America from England and Watson was to be His medium for setting it up. This is why Watson felt compelled to travel all the way to England just to meet Meher Baba.

Thomas Augustus Watson assisted Alexander Graham Bell during the experimental period of the telephone. Resigning from Bell Telephone Company in 1881, he formed a company to build engines and ships. Thomas Watson was the first person on earth to receive the first telephone call from Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, on March 10, 1876. Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia).

145-THIRUMALA RAO

(Ex. Member of Parliament Govt. of India & Lieutenant governor of Rewa)

On 4th January 1956, Thirumala Rao arrived, and Adi Sr. brought them to Meherazad to see Baba. Thirumala Rao had come for the sahavas with the Telugu group and afterwards was appointed the Lt. Governor of Vindhya Pradesh (a state in central India). Before assuming his duties, he wanted to have Baba's darshan. He had written to Baba in Satara, but because Baba was to proceed to Meherazad for His work, He called him there.

Baba advised Thirumala Rao, "Continue carrying out My instructions, love Me and be scrupulously honest. Do not let (Prime Minister) Nehru and (President) Babu Rajendra Prasad down. Translate God Speaks into Telugu with all your heart." Baba touched a copy of the book and presented it to him for the work. Thirumala Rao was overcome by Baba's blessing. Baba embraced him and he left.

On March 26th, the lieutenant governor of Rewa, Thirumala Rao, came to Meherazad and laid the Telugu translation he had done of God Speaks at Baba's feet. Baba touched the manuscript and returned it to him, happily urging him to publish it. He commented to Thirumala Rao, "I am highly pleased with your efforts and love. Despite your high position, you have not forgotten Me. So live for Me in that way and thereby you will truly serve the Indian government and more."

Thirumala Rao said, "I have become governor only by Your blessing, so how could I forget you?"

"Even if you are removed as governor, remain happy, taking it as My wish, and don't worry."   Thirumala Rao departed happily.

On 5th May, 1968, a special function was arranged in spacious lawns (Now holding underground municipal Market) of Connaught Place which was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of India M. Hidayatulla, which was attended by Shri. Thirumala Rao M. He paid tributes to Avatar Meher Baba. He made a very thought proposing and inspiring speech replete with Baba’s devotion and interspersed here and there with Baba’s teachings. He told the audience that Meher Baba was “That all pervading Power which worked behind whatever we saw or heard.” He added that when Baba gives Darshan at Guruprasad  it is not only few hundred people sitting in the Pandal before Him who benefit from His nazar (His Grace) but millions outside as well benefit by spiritual waves emanating from His Avataric Body. He emphasized that His penances, self-inflicted suffering and a long spell of over 42 years of silence. Baba has taken upon Himself the sufferings of others to rid humanity of their karmic load.

146-TOM HOPKINSON

Journalist and Professor in Royal College of Nairobi

Tom Hopkinson, a journalist, had first met Baba in 1952. This time when he embraced Baba, he recalled: "I remember giving Him a hug and feeling this strange feeling that you always felt when you embraced Him, of mingled lightness and solidity as though it were very real and yet intangible."

Hopkinson was asked if there was anything he wished to say. He said, "Baba, I am happy to see you but I cannot accept you as God. My mind is not equal to the task of recognizing you as God, but I thank you for what you have done for me."

Baba said, “What does it matter? Every night you go to bed, just for one minute think of Me. But do not think of Me as you see Me Now; think of Me as I really am. Whatever you do leave everything to Me –good or bad. God knows everything, so have that conviction and don’t worry. It is I who put the words in your heart. Every day when you go to bed just think: “I must see Baba in everyone everywhere-Baba as Baba” and one day you will.

They went to South Africa shortly afterwards where Tom Hopkinson worked as journalist editing the magazine “Drum” and subsequently moved to Nairobi after accepting a Professorship in Journalism in the Royal College there. He came to India in December 1965 to attend a Seminar of the Asian Press. Mr. Hopkinson was treated as State Guest during his stay for over a week in New Delhi. Adi K. Irani from Ahmednagar wrote to letter to W. D. Kain asking to contact Hopkinson and talk to him about Baba. Accordingly Mr. Kain received him in New Delhi and took him around the historical places. They became intimate friends. Mr. Hopkinson later on moved to the University of Wales as a Professor of journalism. They were deep in love for Baba.

147-UDAI & RAVI SHANKAR

( Pandit Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury & Uday Shankar Chowdhury )

Udai Shankar

Born ; 8 December 1900 Udaipur, Rajasthan

Died ; 26 September 1977 (aged 76) Kolkata, West Bengal

Married ; Amala Shankar

Children ; Ananda & Mamta

Parents ; Shyam Shankar Chowdhury ( father ) & Hemangini Devi

Younger Siblings ; Rajendra, Debendra, Bhupendra and Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar :

Born ; 7 April 1920 - Benares, India

Died ; 11 December 2012 (aged 92) - San Diego, California, USA

Married ; Annapurna Devi in 1941 - Child ; Shubhendra Shankar- born 1942

Partner ; Kamala Shastri ( 1940s )

Partner ; Sue Jones - Child ; Norah Jones - born 1979

Married ; Sukanya Rajan in 1979 - Child ; Anoushka Shankar

Uday was a renowned dancer and had a dance troupe consisting of all his brothers and mother and some others in which they toured Europe and the USA.

Uday and his younger brother Ravi both met Meher Baba on board the ship M.V. Conte Verde travelling to Italy on 28th September and again in early October 1933.

On September 25th, 1933, Baba sailed for Europe on the M. V. Conte Verde, accompanied this time by Adi Jr.Chanji and Kaka Baria.

On the 28th September 1933 the celebrated Indian dancer Uday Shankar, 33, came to see Baba. He had found out about Baba through the Swiss sculptor and art historian Alice Boner, who was defraying the expenses of the visit of Shankar's dance troupe to the West. It was during Alice Boner's trip to India with Shankar in 1930 that she heard of Meher Baba. While in Europe, NorinaElizabeth and Quentin had met Uday Shankar and had spoken to him of their Master.

Uday Shankar bowed reverently to Baba, who praised him and expressed appreciation for his talent. He told Baba, "I want to introduce and spread Indian classical dance to the West, but some organizations in India criticize me. They want money from me for their institutions, organizations and societies, but I have no money to give them."

Baba spelled out on His board, "Every good work has to face opposition, and the reaction of the opposition offered always helps the work. You need not worry; continue conscientiously with your work, with double the zeal in the right direction."

Shankar then said, "Baba, I would like to give a dance performance for you one day."

Baba replied, "I would be delighted to see it."

Shankar was extremely happy to have Baba's darshan, but Baba cautioned him before they parted, "Do not inform anyone on the ship about Me, as I do not wish to meet anybody. See me before disembarking in Brindisi."

 

 148-VALLABH BHAI PATEL

(First Home Minister of India)

Vallabhbhai Patel called as ‘Iron man’ was first Home Minister of India. He was first intellectual follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He started the, the non cooperation of Mahatma Gandhi’s and was successful.

During conversation between Mahatma Gandhi, Vallabhbhai Patel was also present among other politicians. Hearing Gandhiji promise to join Baba after settlement of self-government struggle of India, Vallabhbhai Patel asserted into conversation. Patel said, “Bapu ji, while you are giving this promise, did you think of us and ask our advice in these matters?”

Turning to Vallabhbhai, Gandhiji replied, “Once the struggle of Independence is settled, who will care for you and me? Then, what I do with my life is a question between Meher Baba and me. I have already promised. Then turning to Baba, he asked, “Haven’t I?”

“Yes, you have, and you have also promised once before that you retire from politics, you would come and stay with Me.”

Gandhiji replied, “But after the struggle ends. When will that day dawn.

At last Baba then embraced Gandhi, saluted the other politicians and left. A day after meeting Baba, Gandhi and Sardar Patel were arrested by the British and remanded to Yeravda Prison

149-VENKAT NARAYANA NAIDU

(C.I.E. Madras & Advisor to Governor)

He had Baba’s darshan in February 1934 at Madras. He took part in 40 th birthday celebration and presided over meetings.

150-VENKATA RAO

(Ex. Minister Madras Govt)

The group finally reached Amalapuram at 12:30 P.M. on February 28th, and they were taken to Konaseema's residence. Kala Venkata Rao led Baba to His room; he had kept food ready for Baba and his group. They had lunch, and Venkata Rao kept guard at the bottom of the staircase leading to Baba's room so that no one would disturb Him. Venkata was a former minister in the Madras government and general secretary of a political party of the Indian National Congress. But despite his high worldly positions, he was a humble man who had deep love for Baba.

After the meals, Shastri informed Baba that were it not for the help rendered by Venkata Rao to those who had suffered in the recent floods, many families would have been left destitute and starving. Hearing this, Baba observed:

Love for God can be expressed in so many ways because He has infinite aspects. The three aspects of power, knowledge and bliss are well known, but infinite honesty and infinite goodness are also main aspects – and goodness means where there is no thought of self.

When you serve your fellow beings with selflessness, you serve God; but this term "selflessness" is so very loosely used that in its very use its purpose is lost. Selfless service means that it has to be so very natural that even the thought that you have served should be absent.

What God's aspect of honesty means is that you serve others in order to make them happy at the cost of your own happiness? Honesty demands that no show and no fuss is made of your service and you treat others as you treat your own dear ones.

151-VICTOR TUBY

(Renowned French Sculptor)       

On the 11th the renowned French sculptor Victor Tuby and his wife visited Baba. Tuby, 49, was a nice man with a long white beard, who was living in Cannes. Baba liked him. Tuby and his wife returned for a second visit four days later, with the niece of the famous French poet Frederic Mistral, whom Tuby greatly admired.

152-VIDYA CHARAN SHUKLA

(Cabinet Minister in Govt. of India)

He was Cabinet Minister in Govt. of India and represented Raipur constituency. He presided in one of Baba birthday celebration in Galib Academy in New Delhi

153-VINAYAKRAO PATWARDHAN

Renowned Indian Artiste

In 1963, Patwardhan arrived and began warming up and at 10:10 A.M., the music started. Kamat was playing the tabla; there was also a sitar player (Laxman Waze) and a flutist (Sakaram Jaibahar). At one point, Kamat gave a solo performance, and Baba told the Westerners to watch his fingers. All applauded when Kamat finished. After an hour, the musicians embraced Baba and departed. Baba remarked, "If you could understand what he just sang, you would feel so happy. There will be no singing tomorrow."

At one point, Baba questioned His lovers, "Do you want to see Me like this (touching His body) or like this?" and He raised His arms and gazed upward with a glorious look on His face. Before anyone could say a word, Baba, again stretching His arms high, declared, "Like this! You should want God the Beloved!"

At about 3.00 P.M., Patwardhan gave a wonderful vocal performance until 4.30 P.M., which Baba and all highly enjoyed. Baba kept repeating: “He is blessed because he can make Me happy.” After the program, Baba embraced Patwardhan and gave him a handkerchief. He also had His photograph taken with the singer. Afterwards, Madhusudan sang a few ghazals. The day ended with each one going to Baba, kissing His hand and leaving the hall.

 

154-WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

(English Poet)

Meher Baba once told to Dadachanji that William Shakespeare renowned Poet and Playwright is presently reincarnated in India. He is now a Brahmin taking a leading part in politics, but one of the most sincere, selfless workers for the country. His thought force of the past has now been transformed into action. He was a genius and all the controversies over whether he was the original author of his works are meaningless. He wrote all the plays — no one else. It was entirely the result of his giant intellect. There is not a whiff of the spiritual in all his dramas and poetry, yet he was a genius. The writer Kalidas would rightly be called India's Shakespeare.

155-WINSTON CHURCHILL

(Political Leader)

Mentioning Winston Churchill, Baba commented:

Although not a desirable politician like Lloyd George, Churchill is the man to hold the position and grave responsibility at the moment. But for him, England would have already surrendered to Germany. The boldness, the spirit of opposition and fight Churchill awakened, and the courage he inspired in his nation, are truly remarkable achievements.

Churchill is a clever and shrewd politician. He is the spirit of Britain, who, but for him, would have failed. How cleverly he handled the delicate situation about India. He got Parliament's vote of confidence, formed a new cabinet, brought in Cripps and cleverly shirked the entire Indian problem on to (Cripps') head and responsibility.

Churchill is clever and shrewd Politician and is the spirit of Britain, which but for him would have failed

Following dignitaries are said to be in contact with Meher baba during His life time but the descriptions could not be traced.

Dhar T. N. Ex. Lok Sabha Speaker
Dr. Karan Singh Ex. Minister of Tourism Govt. of India
Ethiragulu Naidu Barrister of Law
Maharaja of Jaipur Ex. Maharaja of Jaipur
Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Ex. Cabinet Minister,  Govt. of India
Sir Kishan Prasad Maharaja of Hyderabad
Wanderekar Ex. Deputy Minister of Bombay

121-RAGHUGIR SINGH S.

Secretary of international Sikh federation

In a Public meeting at C-225, Defence Colony on Monday 24th, Aman Qawaal held the audience spellbound by his qawaalis. Here S. Raghubir Singh, Secretary of the International Sikh federation said. “I was convinced at world conference of Religions that Avatar Meher Baba’s point of view regarding religion was altogether different from those others. Religion, as he understood from teachings, was intended to connect us with Reality.

122-RAJA BHALENDRA SINGH & HIS SECOND WIFE

(Raja of Patiala Estate)

Kusum's brother-in-law, Raja Bhalendra Singh of Patiala and his second wife, who were meeting Baba for the first time, had also come.

123-RAJA DHARAM KARAM BAHADUR

King of one of the princely states of Hyderabad

On 31 August, Raja Dharam Karan Bahadur came to see Baba in Hyderabad with his three sons. He was a king of one of the princely states and had seen Baba in Hyderabad in 1938, when Baba was traveling on tour in the Blue Bus. At that time, there was talk of opening a center in Hyderabad, and the maharaja was eager to help in the project. But Baba had left Hyderabad with the idea hanging in the air. This time, Dharam Karan did not broach the topic, but told Baba, "I have come to dedicate, at your feet, my humble self and my family. Please satisfy us by making us your own."

Although the maharaja had not voiced his true request, Baba answered, "I will help you spiritually, and will have an eye on your ambition to become a minister (in the government), and see to the worldly welfare of your sons."

Baba then emphasized, “But remember, after becoming a minister, look upon the world as illusion and God as the only Reality. And remember, for the benefit of humanity; always be guided by My instructions.” The maharaja was deeply moved and agreeing with Baba’s words left with his sons.

124-RAJGOPALACHARI CHAKRAVARTY

Ex. Governor General of India

Baba said “Rajaji is the best among the whole lot and is the only man who can face Gandhi and tell him boldly what he feels.”

On Thursday, 12 March 1942, Meher Baba commented on the current political situation in the country and abroad, and about different political figures in India and elsewhere. With perfect mimicry, Baba imitated the typical expressions of each one, and said:

Rajaji (Chakarvati Rajagopalachari) is the best among the whole lot: sincere, clever, capable, and sociable and above all, bold enough to face all situations, flexible to adapt himself to changing conditions, though not through weakness, but cleverness. Rajaji is not obstinate or rigid. He is the only man who could face Gandhi and tell him boldly what he feels. He would confront even a separation, if need be for principles, and is the only person whom Gandhi fears. He is a perfect Vedantist, spiritually-inclined, who has the courage of his convictions, which impresses all.

125-RAO V. K. R. V.

Ex. Minister of Transport & Shipping, Govt. of India

A programme of silence Anniversary of Avatar Meher Baba was observed from 1st to 9th July 1967, at the community hall, Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi. Prof. V. K. R. V. Rao, Minister of Transport and Shipping inaugurated the function by garlanding the picture of Meher Baba said, “It is matter of great fortune for me that that I have been given this opportunity of participating the 74th Birthday celebrations of Avatar Meher Baba. In our country we had a chain of Men of God, who presented a visible embodiment of God. They had in them all those attributes which every religion described as attributes of God. It is the good fortune of country and all people of the world that we are having amongst us today the Man of God (God-man) who is described as Avatar Meher Baba.

126-REDDY S. N.

Police Commissioner

A curious encounter occurred before leaving Hyderabad. Eruch visited the police commissioner’s office and submitted a letter stating that Meher Baba intended to travel by foot from Hyderabad to Ahmednagar and requesting the police to inform other officials along their way, so that the group would not be stopped and unnecessarily inconvenienced for verification of their identity by the local police.

The commissioner, S. N. Reddy, invited Eruch to his house for tea, and Eruch, surprised by the invitation, accepted.

At his residence, Police Commissioner Reddy left the room and returned with an old framed photograph. It was the photograph of Baba as a young boy with His high school cricket team. Reddy said he was a member of the team and said, "Tell Baba that I always remember him from our school days." The necessary documents were promptly prepared and sent out. From then on, not only were Baba and His men allowed to travel freely in every town in the area, but also in every obscure outpost the local police had been informed not to stop them.

127-RICHARD NIXON

(Ex. President of America)

Presidential elections had recently been held in America. When the news was received that Richard Nixon had been elected, Feram, who did not like him, was wondering how Baba could have allowed such a man to become President. Baba told him, "There is no worthy man to be President of the United States. Nixon was the only choice."

On a previous occasion, in 1960, when Richard Nixon lost to John F. Kennedy in the election by a narrow margin, Baba mentioned that Nixon was destined to become president. Nixon had a small "encounter" with Meher Baba's name when he attended the World's Fair in New York in 1964. Jane Haynes and her daughter Wendy were just leaving the Pavilion of American Interiors where there was a Baba booth, when they saw Nixon surrounded by a crowd, signing autographs. Jane thrust a copy of the "Universal Message" into his hand for him to keep, but, instead, with barely a glance, Nixon signed his name above Baba's and returned the brochure to Jane.

128-ROOSEVELT

(Political Leader)

On Thursday, 12 March 1942, Regarding Europe and America, Baba observed about its leaders:

Roosevelt is good, sincere and capable. He came to India and stayed in the same houseboat in Kashmir that I occupied in 1933. The owner himself told Norina and the Westerners this. Good at heart, he wants to help and does, but he has to face great odds in his country too.

All these great leaders, who play their part in this world drama, will go; but even if they won't live to see the good results of all this destruction and devastation, they have played their roles well to bring about a new era of peace on earth, and hence are blessed.

Baba concluded by stating: "All are mine — you as well as they."

129-SANJIVA REDDY N.

(AICC President and Speaker Lok Sabha)

6th June, 1960, Sanjeeva Reddy, President of AICC, had Baba’s darshan at Guruprasad, Pune and following message was given to him:

“It is better to deny God than to defy God.  To profess to be lover of God and then not to be honest to God, to work and to him is unpatrolled hypocrisy. Difficulties give us opportunity to prove our greatness by overcoming them. When the leader of the nation puts complete faith in God, God makes him the instrument to guide the nation rightly. We should think well of those who think ill of us.

He had Baba’s blessings and also the special message of Love from the Ancient One in the shape of an embrace of the Beloved of all hearts.

130-SAROJINI NAIDU

Pre-indepence political leader of India

On September 4, 1931, Baba made following comments about Gandhi’s political followers.

Even among followers of Gandhi, or those who at least agree with him on the question of independence, their objectives differ. Observe how Sarojini Naidu and Pandit Malaviya act.  Gandhi preaches the use of khadi [handspun cotton cloth] to all and sundry, yet Mrs. Naidu wears silks, though she is a colleague in his fight for independence. Gandhi preaches and advocates the abolition of caste and religion, particularly in abolishing Untouchability,. There are thousands in the Congress who do not accept this dictum of Gandhi's at all, and that is why the party is not strong; the result of which will bode ill for the future.

 

131- SAYYED A. K.

(Persian poet)

Foundation laying ceremony of Meher Baba Universal Spritual Centre, Byramangala was held in Byramangala (Bangalore)   on 17th December, 1939. Meher Baba himself dug the earth and stuck seven times with seven metal shovel and sat on the granite stool.  Twenty one fire cartridges were fired in the air to mark the beginning of the MBSUSC. More than four thousand people gathered to attend the function. Sir Mirza Ismail was the Chief Guest. Poet A. K. Sayyed recited poem in Persian. Meher Baba gave the immortal message read by Aiyangar which will inspire sincere aspirants to understand the significance of Universal Spiritual Centre.

132-SHAH K. K.

Ex. Minister of information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India

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.

The Hon’ble Minister emphasized the importance of sound and the word eternal and said that  devotional music like voice eternal would “reach  where He is” where ever Baba is-where-ever God is referring to Baba’s teaching, the ;earned speaker said, Baba has said, “Love will sustain because Love does not speak for anything.” He told the audience that the real religion meant the mixture of Faith and Knowledge. He had to learn from Baba. Saying this he invoked Baba’s Grace.

133-SHIVAJI

Maratha Emperor of South India

In 1925, at the time of the Poona Hut, Baba had spoken of the Maratha king, Shivaji, and hinted that Shivaji was one of his minor incarnations.

He repeated something similar at Kaka Shahane's House, when He wrote on His slate and swore it was true: "Although European historians paint Shivaji in a different light, there was no warrior so brave, so sincere, so clever, so gentle, or so pure. He was a perfect devotee and a true disciple of his Spiritual Master, Swami Ramdas. It is the same Shivaji that is now present in this form to perform a great part in the tremendous spiritual outburst that is meant to occur in the near future."

Then Baba remarked, "I was present at the time of Jesus, too, but that is another matter. It is a secret, but a part of it I have thus revealed."

In reference to Shivaji, Arjun asked, "Are the men of that time present here?"

Baba nodded and then asking for the slate, he wrote: "Although many were with him, about 24 played a key role at that time. Ten out of these 24 will once again, within two years, be the instruments of great spiritual workings in the world. Afzal Khan, who was killed by Shivaji, will assume the lion's share of the work. One foreigner at that time played a key role, too, and he likewise will be one of the most prominent members of Shivaji's circle. Shivaji has now realized Truth, and through him at the appointed time in the near future, these companions will also realize they played a powerful part in the scheme. "

Baba concluded, "Don't think about it. Let it go, it is all a mystery. But the knowers will know within two years from this date."

The next day, Baba wrote another cryptic remark: "The secret will be out in the year 1927 when, at a touch, again the blind will be given sight and the dead will be raised with a breath."

During the early phase of His Universal work Baba declared to a foreign journalist that He was Chattrapati Shivaji in one of His previous incarnations. According to History, Shivaji came into contact with two perfect Masters, namely Sant Tukaram and Ramdas Swami beside some Muslim saints.

On 4th November, 1927, in morning, Meher Baba made following comments before mandali on historical figure Shivaji.

Shivaji was the greatest warrior of them all, even greater than Napoleon. Napoleon, though brave and clever, was proud, greedy and vicious. Shivaji was brave, but less clever than Napoleon; yet Shivaji was not proud or greedy. He was guided in all his actions by his Guru, Swami Ramdas. Everything is fair in war, even trickeries, yet Shivaji actually offered his whole kingdom to his Guru. He had great administrative powers, pure motives and conduct; hence he was great in every way – the only great king of the Hindus since the time of Ashoka.

Statue of the great warrior—king Shivaji had been erected in Poona. One day, during a stroll through the city, Baba explained that for certain spiritual work, there occur in varying centuries two types of Avataric incarnations: major and minor. He then revealed one of His past minor incarnations had been as Shivaji: "In a past lifetime, I was Shivaji. Until recently, the British have left nothing undone to detract from Shivaji historically. Yet, they have now, when I am present in this form, had a statue unveiled by the Prince of Wales last year in Shaniwar Wada."

Glancing at the men present, he revealed, "You were all with Me at the time of Shivaji. Behramji was Afzal Khan, the Moghul general who was killed by Shivaji. Sadashiv Patil was Tanaji Malsoore, the man who gave his life to save Shivaji." Later, in private, Baba explained to Gulmai's son Adi that he had been Shivaji's wife.

In Maharashtra, people have great reverence and love for Shivaji, and these statements by Baba further consolidated the early disciples' faith in Baba's greatness. After he revealed this, the men talked of it for days among themselves.

There is significance in the role of Shivaji's activities in founding the Maratha kingdom (which later became the state of Maharashtra) in the Deccan plateau during the 17th century. Born in 1627, Shivaji was a versatile personality and leader — a statesman, social reformer, brilliant military strategist and advocate of religious tolerance. Called "the Grand Rebel," he was devoted to Hindu religious freedom and fought against the Muslim  oppression and persecution of Hindus that had been instigated by the Mogul ruler Aurangzeb. Shivaji was spiritually guided by Swami Ramdas, a Sadguru. Although veiled from his true identity, Shivaji reorganized the country of India and prepared the people's consciousness for the advent of the Avatar, especially the Muslims and Hindus in the Deccan.

Baba said "I like heroes such as Napoleon and Shivaji; they were never cowards. Napoleon was courageous till the last. Alexander the Great was brave, also. Emperor Akbar was brave, but not as brave as Shivaji. Even when the situation was hopeless, they did not run away. That is bravery. One must fight till the last, do or die!"

34-SHUSHILA NAYYAR

Ex. Minister of Health, Govt. of India

On the 27th evening session of Third World Religious conference in Delhi Ramlila ground, milling crowd came. Dr. Sushila Nayyar, the health Minister Of India delivered a nice speech

135-SIR MIRZA ISMAIL

(Ex. Dewan of Mysore)

Sir Mirza Ismail was Dewan of Mysore. He was contacted by Meher Baba through one influential person M. Chakravorty who came to see Baba when He stayed in Mysore.  Meher Baba wished that Sir Mirza Ismail and Subramanian Iyer be contacted for finding a suitable place to establish the Universal Spiritual Centre. Mirza Ismail was a very popular person and he found a suitable spot at Byramangala and wrote to Baba about it. In April 1938, Baba sent two of His men mandali to Bangalore and Mysore for negotiation with Sir Mirza Ismail about the possibility of the establishment of the centre. Later Baba sent a message to Mirza Ismail saying that He has postponed His plan until March of the next year.

Meher Baba visited Byramangala for the first time on 13th August 1939 along with Mirza Ismail. It is 34 kilometers from Bangalore and 4 kilometers from Bidadi Railway Station. Baba liked the place very much and He accepted the offer of Mirza Ismail to buy the land from the Mysore State. Mirza Ismail was helpful in making two bungalows of his brother available for use of Baba. He requested Baba to stay in Bangalore and assured Him all assistance. So Baba decided to stay in Bangalore and did not go to Mysore.

On 1st September 1939, Baba went to Byramangala and He selected a point where He hammered a spike. The point is Central Point where Baba’s pictures are engraved in mirror over seven steps. On 7th September He gave a cheque to Mirza Ismail and settled the transaction. An area of 406 acres was bought from the Mysore State.

On 19th August 1939, Mirza Ismail came to see Baba for discussions about plan of the centre. While discussing plan of the centre, He said to Ismail, “Yu are the power here materially; I am the power of spiritually, everywhere in My own way. So we need to talk of powers. Taking you as one of My own. I want to discuss with you on quite frank terms.

On foundation laying ceremony on 17 th December 1939, Meher Baba dug the earth and struck seven times with seven metal shovel and sat on the granite stool on which “Meher Baba Universal Spiritual Centre, Byramangala, 17 th December 1939’ was engraved. Sir Mirza Ismail was the chief guest of the function of foundation laying ceremony.

136-SONDHI M. L.

Ex. Member of Parliament Govt of India

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.

On the concluding day, Shri M. L. Sondhi Member of Parliament came to pay tributes to Avatar Meher Baba in the evening. After garlanding Baba’s portrait, he made such a touching speech the like of which Baba lovers had not heard for long. He told the audience that Meher Baba would lead them towards the development of a real spirit of citizenship, of love, of brotherhood. He emphasized all that we have to do is to believe in His divine working.”

Appreciating the music programme presented by Meher Singing Group, he said “Sangeet gives us Divine Symphony and brings us nearer to God.” Eluding the previous programmes arranged by Baba lovers in Delhi, he said, “Sometimes, small endeavours have great effect. Baba message has to be brought home to each individual: to each family.” When a picture of Baba was presented to the speaker, he remarked “This picture should be engraved in the hearts of all in Delhi instead of just put on the wall and this medium of awakening should be adopted in our life so that the country as whole is affected and the hearts of mankind change.”

137-STAFFORD CRIPPS

(Political Leader)

On March 12th, when Baba heard the news that Sir Stafford Cripps was coming to India, being sent by Winston Churchill, Baba commented on the current political situation in the country and abroad, and about different leaders in India and elsewhere. With perfect mimicry, He imitated the typical expressions of each one:

Cripps is clever, sincere, shrewd and sympathetic toward India. Jinnah is cleverest of the whole lot, has politics on the tip of his finger, is the best speaker, but he is not as sincere and sensible as Gandhi and Azad, who is a great scholar of Islamic literature.

138-STALIN

(Political Leader of Russia)

Stalin is very cunning with his big mustache. He has proved a perfect actor in this great world drama, playing his part very well, giving a most astounding stand to Hitler and the attacks of the German army on their two thousand-mile front.

139-SUBRAMANIUM C.

Cabinet Minister of central Govt

 

He was prominent Cabinet Minister of central Govt. He took part in Baba’s functions in Delhi, during period 1960-1970.

140-SUMITRA NANADAN PANT

Eminent Hindi writer and scholar

In 1963, Shri Sumitra Nandan Pant, an eminent Hindi writer and writer evinced interest in Baba’s teachings. Consequently on 31-12-1963, Bhau Kalchuri sent following books to Shri. W. D. Kain to be given to Pantji with Baba’s love;-

  1. God Speaks
  2. To stay with God
  3. The East West gathering
  4. The everything and Nothing
  5. Existence is Substance and Life Shadow
  6. Highest of High

These books were made over to Him at his Allahabad address: 17/7-B Kasturba Gandhi Marg, early in January, 1964.

Shortly afterwards, Shri. W. D. Kain got a note from King’s Road (Adi K. Irani) his personal copy of “wayfarers” may be given on loan to Pantji for study: copies of this book were not available with publishers. This was duly delivered as directed by Baba. Shri W. D. Kain did not hear from Pantji for more than 3 months, and he had to go to Allahabad to collect the book. Pantji regretted very much that the book was untraceable in the jumble of books scattered all about, as the house was under repairs. He promised to send it by post which he never did.

It seemed as he could rather during the course of his casual talk with Pantji, that little spark of love ignited by study of Baba’s discourses had burst into huge flames-after reading masterly compendium by Dr. Donkin about Meher Baba’s work with God-intoxicated Souls, Saints and Sadhus, engulfing Pantji in its effulgence. The “Wayfarers” was responsible for it. For Pantji, it was not a book but a symbol of the real Wayfarer – the Awakener of the Age-Meher Baba.

101-MUDALIAR C. NATESA

(M.L.C. and Leading Politician of Madras)

Mudaliar had Baba darshan in 1930 and presided in public meetings and functions.

102-MUNSHI K. M. & WIFE

Ex. Governor

On 10th March 1959, a former Governor K. M. Munshi and his wife came for darshan. Baa remarked to him, “Th experience God is difficult because the seer and seen are One.”

103-MUSOLINI

Dictator-of Italy

But poor wretch Mussolini – his plight is pitiable. Literally wiped out! He is now playing second fiddle to Hitler.

104-NAIDU RAMARAO R. V.

Maharaja of Pangidigudem

Baba was met R. V. Ramarao Naidu, the Maharaja of Pangidigudem, who garlanded Him. He was then led to the Raja's decorated car, and a long procession formed to parade the Lord of the Universe in all his splendor through their city. The group stayed with Baba in Katta Subba Rao's large garden. A small room had been kept for Baba, and a tent had been erected for the others. Katta had made fine arrangements.

105-NARI CONTRACTOR

(Nariman Jamshedji Contractor)

Indian cricket captain

Born: 7th March 1934, - GodhraGujarat, India
2nd April 1959 - Guruprasad, Poona, India, the Indian Cricket team posed with Meher Baba, some are holding copies of Baba's book "Life at its Best". Nari is standing on right of Baba. Nariman Jamshedji Contractor would have played far more than 31 Tests had it not been for a brutal head injury that cut short his career. In a tour match during the West Indies tour of 1962, nearly a decade after making his debut against New Zealand in 1955, he was struck on the side of his head by a bouncer from Charlie Griffith. He was unconscious for six days and needed back-to-back surgeries. He never played another Test, though he made a First-Class comeback and played for years after the incident. A left-handed opening batsman Contractor was captain at the time of his injury -a role he held since the young age of 26. In fact, at the time Contractor was India’s youngest ever Test captain. In total, he played 31 Tests, scoring 1,611 runs at 31.58. He also bowled part-time medium-pace, and took a solitary wicket. His First-Class career began in outstanding fashion; playing for Gujarat, he scored twin centuries against Baroda on debut. He played 138 First-Class matches in all, scoring 8,611 runs at 39.86 with 22 centuries. He also took 26 wickets at 40.

2nd April 1959 - Guruprasad, Poona, India, members of the Indian Cricket team Nari Contactor & Polly are standing behind Meher Baba. M. G. Bhave, the secretary of the Poona Cricket Association, requested Baba's darshan and blessing for the team of seventeen Indian cricketers who were about to leave for England for the upcoming test match. Baba made an exception to the darshan-only-on-Sundays rule and agreed to see the cricket team on Thursday, 2 April 1959, at 9:00 A.M. That day Baba was ready in the hall of Guruprasad at exactly 9:00 A.M., but as the cricket players were undergoing a medical examination the same day, they were delayed.

Representatives of the press had also been allowed to come, and they took advantage of the opportunity to put a few questions to Baba. Baba was in a welcoming mood and answered them. Telling them about his childhood, He related:

Of all games, I love cricket the most. I used to play as a boy. I was particularly good behind the wickets. I was a member of the junior cricket team of St. Vincent High School which I attended, and I was selected as a wicket keeper even on the senior team. Ever since My childhood days I was always chosen as the leader by My schoolmates, and whenever there was a quarrel or fight among the students, I was invariably chosen to arbitrate between the quarreling parties.

When I was a child, children were attracted to Me. When I grew up, God was attracted to Me. And when I became one with God, people all over the world became attracted to Me.

After St. Vincent's, I went to Deccan College; and there, too, I played many matches. Once, a cricket match was being played on the grounds of the Poona Club. (Mirza) Yusuf Baig, the famous all-rounder of those days, was batting.  Yusuf knew of My ability in wicket-keeping and he challenged Me to "out" him. I accepted his challenge. Yusuf played the first four balls very carefully, but he stepped out of his place a bit to strike the fifth ball. That was his undoing, as My throw shattered his wickets and he was out. I won the challenge. Yusuf Baig came over and congratulated Me.

Although nowadays I am not playing games, I am still interested in watching matches, especially cricket. If I happen to pass the grounds near the Maharashtra Club or the Deccan Gymkhana, I stop the car and watch the play. Very few important test matches have missed my presence. I have been to Delhi to see the match between the Indian and West Indies teams. Last year I was in Ahmednagar to watch the Ranji Trophy match. The D.S.P. (District Superintendent of Police) saw Me come into the spectators' lounge. By that time a crowd collected all around Me. More than seeing the match, they wanted to gaze at Me! Just to save the spectators any disturbance, I left early. I have often explained that My visits to witness cricket matches and sitting among crowds intently watching the game has a great spiritual purpose behind it.

While describing his childhood days and love of games, Baba told the reporters: "I am one with God, and when you write reports of this meeting in your newspapers, you should include also that, as One with everything and everybody on all levels of consciousness, I live all the respective roles at the same time."

Thus, for almost an hour through signs and gestures, Baba replied to the questions of the reporters.

Finally, the cricket players appeared in the hall. One of them asked Baba to bless the team so that they would play well in England. Baba said: "Embrace Me with all your hearts and love, and be sure to take My love with you to England. I bless you. Don't be nervous because of your poor showing with the West Indies team. If you play with one heart, My love will help you to win at least one test, and on the whole you will put up a better show than you did with the West Indies. But all will depend on your love for Me. Take My love with you and you will shine well."

Baba lovingly embraced the cricket players and handed each a copy of Life at its Best and Twenty-One Fragments, and also this message, titled "I Am the Greatest All-Rounder," which Eruch read:

In going to England to represent India in the field of sport, you also have the unique opportunity of practicing and of conveying to the people there the great spiritual lessons of concentration and love. When you take the field, and if you play as eleven men with one heart, each enjoying the excellence of performance in another player as he would in himself, whether that player is on your side or on the side of the opposing team, and so eliminating feelings of jealousy, anger and pride, which so often mar the sport — you will not only be entertaining the spectators, but demonstrating the real spirit of sportsmanship. True sportsmanship is concentrated ability, enlivened with appreciation of the performance of others. And when this is manifested, everyone present, both players and spectators, receives spiritual upliftment as well as good entertainment.

Some of you are "all-rounders." I am the greatest spiritual "all-rounder" of all times, because I feel equally at home with saints, yogis, philosophers and cricketers, as well as with so-called sinners and scoundrels. I give you My blessing that in all your actions you show forth the spirit of love.

Baba again gave a parting embrace to each player. Several had come to Baba with feelings of wonder, inquisitiveness and curiosity. But after meeting Him and receiving His love, they departed with new enthusiasm, love and reverence for Him. Two of them, Polly R. Umrigar, 33, and Nari Contractor, 25, became devoted followers.

Pendu was also very fond of following cricket matches, listening to the radio to find out the score. When the test match was being played in England, Pendu came and stood outside Baba's bedroom. Bhau was on watch and Baba asked who was outside. On being told, he called Pendu. Joining his hands, Pendu entreated Baba, "Baba, make Nari Contractor (the captain of the Indian team) win the match!" At this simple-hearted request, Baba laughed and replied, "We shall see."

"It is not a matter of seeing," Pendu persisted, "you have to make him win the game."

Baba was much amused and asked Pendu to leave. Pendu went but shortly was back with the same request. Baba gestured to him, "We shall see. Why are you so worried?" Baba heard Pendu's prayer. Despite an injury to his ribs, Nari Contractor scored 84 runs for India's side and the team won.

Baba himself was so fond of cricket that on one exceptionally busy morning, he remarked, “The poor Avatar has all this to do when he would much rather be watching a good game of cricket!"

The public darshan was held on Sunday, 6 March 1960, in Khushru Quarters (Ahmednagar)  Nari Contractor, the famous Indian cricket player, came.

On 5th June 1960, was the largest public darshan that summer. An estimated 10,000 persons poured into Guruprasad seeking the God-Man's touch. Nari and Dolly Contractor, Polly and Dinoo Umrigar along with others from Bombay came to see Meher Baba.

On 13th May 1962, afternoon, Guruprasad was filled to overflowing during a program of qawaali singing held. Many from Bombay and Poona were present, including the cricket players Polly Umrigar, Nari Contractor and his wife Dolly,

On 26th May 1963, few bhajans were sung, followed by arti, after which the cricket players departed.

The next day, the Times of India printed an article on their sports page with the headline: "Go in for Bright Cricket, Says Meher Baba." The Indian Express also carried a story of the unique event, and one newspaper reported: "Meher Baba has a big following of cricketers, prominent among whom are India's captain Nari Contractor, Polly Umrigar, Khandu Rangnekar and others."

On 16 June 1963, Nari Contractor and Polly Umrigar, the two cricket players from Bombay, arrived. Baba embraced them, conveying how happy he was to see them both.

 

 

106-NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

French Emperor  & Conqueror          

Born: 15th August, 1769 - Ajaccio, Corsica

Died: 5th May, 1821 (aged 51) Longwood, St.Helena,

Br.Empire

Buried: Les Invalides, Paris

Baba gestured: “Napoleon, though brave and clever, was proud, greedy and vicious.

I like heroes such as Napoleon and Shivaji; they were never cowards. Napoleon was courageous till the last. One must fight till the last, do or die!"

107-PANDIT MADAN MOHAN MALVIYA

Pre-indepence political leader of India

 On September 4, 1931, Baba made following comments about Gandhi’s political followers.

Even among followers of Gandhi, or those who at least agree with him on the question of independence, their objectives differ. Observe how Sarojini Naidu and Pandit Malaviya act. Gandhi preaches the use of khadi (handspun cotton cloth) to all and sundry, yet Mrs. Naidu wears silks, though she is a colleague in his fight for independence. Gandhi preaches and advocates the abolition of caste and religion, particularly in abolishing Untouchability, and his lieutenant in the Congress Party, Malaviya, does not adhere to it. Malaviya takes his cook to England with him, thinking that eating meals prepared by foreigners is irreligious. There are thousands in the Congress who do not accept this dictum of Gandhi's at all, and that is why the party is not strong; the result of which will bode ill for the future.

108-PARMAL GOSH     

Ex. Minister of Railways, Govt. of India

A special function was held at 196 North Avenue (the residence of Shri A.S. Saigal, MP. Shri Primal Gosh, minister of state for Railway, who presided over the meeting, told the audience that he considered Avatar Meher Baba the same “Power that comes to redeem humanity when the power is most needed.

109-PATASKAR

Ex. Governor of Madhya Pradesh

On 12 th December, 1963, Governor of Madhya Pradesh Sri. Pataskar and family came for Baba’s darshan. Earlier, the governor had inaugurated the Meher Baba centre Raipur.

 

110-PAUL BRUNTON

(Raphael Hurst)

British freelance journalist

 Paul Brunton (October 21, 1898 - July 27, 1981) was probably born as Hermann Hirsch of German Jewish origin. Later he changed his name to Raphael Hurst, and then Brunton Paul and finally Paul Brunton. He was a British philosophermystic, traveler, and guru. He left a journalistic career to live among yogis, mystics, and holy men, and studied Eastern and Western esoteric teachings. Dedicating his life to an inward and spiritual quest, Brunton felt charged to communicate his experiences about what he learnt in the East to others. His works had a major influence on the spread of Eastern yoga and mysticism to the West. Taking pains to express his thoughts in lay person's terms, Brunton was able to present what he learnt from the Orient and from ancient tradition as a living wisdom. His writings express his view that meditation and the inward quest are not exclusively for monks and hermits, but will also support those living normal, active lives in the Western world.

In 1930, news was received at this time that a freelance journalist named Paul Brunton was coming from England for Baba's darshan and to interview Him. Brunton had been an editor and the publicity advisor to three large corporations but, in 1929, he gave up his occupation to travel throughout India, Egypt and Asia, investigating the ideas and practices of yogis, sadhus and holy men, and personally living in their retreats, hermitages and ashrams.

Baba had no desire to see Brunton, as He was in seclusion, and remarked to the mandali, "See how Maya obstructs My work! I did not wish to see anyone and now my work is being impeded." Baba instructed Vishnu to write to Adi K. Irani in Nasik, informing him to go to Bombay and meet Brunton at the dock, lodge him in a hotel for the night at his own expense, and bring him to Meherabad with brother Jal. He also instructed Adi that Brunton should bring plenty of fruit with him because no fresh food except milk was available at Meherabad.

Accordingly, Adi met Paul Brunton, and he and Jal arrived in Meherabad on November 22nd. Brunton was accommodated on Meherabad Hill in one of the rooms in the Water Tank. Although Sidhu did not know a word of English, he was appointed by Baba to look after Brunton's needs.

The next day, Baba called Brunton to Him in the cave along with Jal. The purpose of Brunton's interview was to determine if Baba was a genuine Master. Vishnu read Baba's alphabet board as he dictated. The following are excerpts of their conversation when Brunton questioned Meher Baba about His mission:

I shall change the history of the whole world. As Jesus came to impart spirituality to a materialistic age, so I have come to impart a spiritual push to present-day mankind. There is always a fixed time for such divine workings, and when the hour is ripe, I shall reveal My true nature to the entire world.

The great teachers of religion – Zarathustra, Ram, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad – do not differ in their essential doctrines. All these Prophets came from God. These Divine Ones appeared in public when their spiritual help was most needed, when spirituality was at its lowest ebb and materialism was apparently victorious everywhere. Mankind is rapidly approaching such a time.

At present, the whole world is enmeshed in sensual desires, in racial prejudice, selfishness and money-worship. God is forsaken! True religion is abused. Man seeks life and the priests give him stones! God, therefore, must send His True Prophet among men once again to establish true worship and to awaken people out of their materialistic stupor. I but follow in the line of these earlier Prophets. This is My mission.

The Prophets lay down certain rules and practices to help the masses lead better lives and to incline them toward God. These rules become the tenets of an organized religion; but the idealistic spirit and motive force, which prevail during the Avatar's lifetime, gradually disappear after his death. That is why organizations cannot bring spiritual truth home to people. Religious organizations become like archaeological departments trying to resuscitate the past. Therefore, I shall not attempt to establish any new religion, cult or organization. I shall rejuvenate and revitalize the religious thought of all people and instill a higher understanding of life in them.

Remember, though, that the fundamental truth of all religions is really the same, because all issue from the same source – God. But the Avatar considers the times, circumstances and prevailing mentality of the people before His public manifestation. He therefore preaches doctrines best understood and best suited to such conditions. (Lord Meher Volume 4, Page 1346-7)

Baba then brought up a different point to Brunton:

Have you not noticed how all nations have been brought into instant communication with each other during this modern epoch? Do you not see how the railways, steamships, telephones, telegraph, radio and newspapers have caused the whole world to become a closely woven unit? An important event happening in one country is made known within a day to the people of another country ten thousand miles away.

There is a special reason why all these developments have recently taken place. The time is soon coming to give mankind a universal spiritual belief, which will serve all races of people in every country. In other words, the way is being prepared to enable Me to deliver a worldwide message to humanity.

"But, when will you tell the world about your mission?" asked Brunton.

Baba dictated this reply:

I shall break My silence and deliver My message only when there is chaos and confusion everywhere, for then I shall be most needed – when the world is rocking in upheavals, earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions – when both East and West are aflame with war! Truly the whole world must suffer, for the whole world must be redeemed!

"Do you know the date of this war?" inquired Brunton.

"Yes, it is not far off. But I do not wish to reveal the date," dictated Baba.

"This is a terrible prophecy!" exclaimed Brunton.

Baba looked sad for a moment and explained:

Yes, it is. The war will be terrible in its nature, because scientific ingenuity will make it more intense than the last war. However, it will last only a short time – a few months – and when it has reached its worst; I shall make Myself known publicly and declare My mission to the entire world.

After the war, a long era of unique peace will come – a time of world tranquility. Disarmament will no longer then be a matter of mere talk, but an actual fact. Racial and communal strife will cease. Sectarian hatred between religious organizations will come to an end. I shall travel widely throughout the world and all nations will be eager to see Me. My spiritual message will reach every land, every town and every village, bringing universal brotherhood in its wake, peace among men, compassion for the poor and the downtrodden. And most importantly, I will bestow love for God.

"What is India's future?" asked Brunton.

In reply, Baba stated:

In India, I shall not rest until the pernicious caste system is totally uprooted and destroyed. When this happens, India will find itself to be one of the most influential countries in the world. Despite its shortcomings, India is still the most spiritual country in the world. The future will find India to be the moral leader of all nations. All great founders of religions were born in the East, and it is to the East that the people of the world must continue to look for spiritual light.

Brunton thought this over for a moment and then said, "Europe is hard and skeptical. How can you convert unfamiliar peoples to your brand of belief? The average European will tell you that it is impossible and very likely laugh at you for your pains!"

Baba then remarked:

But you do not realize how changed the times will be. Once I publicly announce Myself as the Avatar, no one will be able to withstand My power! I shall openly perform miracles as proof of My mission, not to satisfy idle curiosity, but to convince the skeptically-minded.

When the conversation ended, Brunton admitted that he did not understand why Meher Baba was confining himself inside a stone cave when there was a well-structured building to abide in; but he was impressed by what Baba revealed to him.

During his final interview on November 24th, Brunton asked Baba,

"How do you know you are the Messiah?"

Dictating from His board, Baba replied:

I know! I know it so well. You know that you are a human being, and I know that I am the Avatar. It is My whole life! My bliss never stops!

You never mistake yourself for some other person; so I cannot mistake who I am. I have a divine mission to fulfill and I will do it! My manifestation will occur in the near future, but I cannot give you the exact date.

"There are others who claim to be the Messiah," said Brunton.

Baba smiled, and then remarked:

Yes, there is Krishnamurti, Annie Besant's protégé. The Theosophists deceive themselves. Their chief wire-pullers are supposed to be somewhere in the Himalayas – Tibet. You will find nothing there but dust and stones. Besides, no real spiritual Master ever required someone else's body for his own use. Such thinking is ridiculous!

Baba then commented about America:

America has a tremendous future and will become a spiritually-minded nation. Whenever I visit a place and stay there, however short a time, its spiritual atmosphere becomes greatly elevated – and I intend to visit America.

Baba ended his meeting with Brunton by urging him, "Go to the West as My representative! Spread My name as that of the coming Divine Messenger. Work for Me and you will then be working for the good of mankind."

Brunton looked startled and said, "I don't know if I can do that; the world will probably think I'm mad."

Baba assured him that He was mistaken, "I will help you to render service to Me in the West."

Baba then directed Brunton to meet Hazrat Babajan in Poona, and to see the Tiger Valley cave in Panchgani, and then to visit Kolhapur High School and the Madras Centre. Accompanied by brother Jal, Brunton soon left for Poona to meet Babajan

In 1962 J. Dastur not only carried out his propaganda campaign through Meher Message in India, but in correspondence to foreign countries as well. His opposition, however, had quite the reverse effect because it convinced the Master's Western followers to stick to His feet even more firmly. It was later discovered that it was Dastur who influenced the journalist Paul Brunton against Baba.

Kitty Davy received a letter from her father saying that scandalous, unpleasant reports had appeared about Baba in some of the London newspapers which he thought needed to be repudiated. It was Paul Brunton who, provoked by K. J. Dastur, had published some erroneous articles about Baba in the John Bull magazine which had a dubious reputation for exposing frauds. In a slandering manner, Brunton wrote that Meher Baba owned a movie theater and motor garage, used to own a toddy shop and kept hired women companions.

Hearing this, Baba consoled them, "Don't worry. It is a good thing. It is an aspect of My game and I am happy to face this situation. This opposition has been deliberately created by Me to give a greater force and effect to My work in the West, and to the spiritual earthquake and upheaval that is also to take place. But what I wish of you is to not pay the slightest attention to it.

"My mandali know Me and My game; so they remain unaffected. But I tell you all that you should not get upset in the least. Just moments ago you were telling Me to distribute a major portion of My suffering through the display of open antagonism toward me, and now that it has happened, you have already begun worrying. Do not be disturbed by it. It is My own play and I know who is responsible for it."

Margaret Craske asked, "Baba, will you tell us who has done it? In the newspapers, there is no mention of who has written the article."

Baba smiled, spelling out to her:

Since you want to know, I will tell you. It is Raphael Hurst (Paul Brunton). He is creating opposition against Me in London. The poor chap is to be pitied; we should pity him rather than blame him. Unknowingly, he has been made an instrument of K. J. Dastur's in India. He is unaware of the real situation, inner details and aim. Dastur is the cause of all this animosity. What hypocrisy! What humbug this is! He is creating false propaganda against Me, saying that I am running ashrams only for show, keeping paid women servants, and speaking with the mandali while simply pretending to keep silence in public to deceive people. But there are different facts which I will clarify here out of My love for you.

Poor Paul Brunton has been made a fool and a tool by Dastur. Brunton has been to India, stayed in Nasik and has observed things with his own eyes. When he sought My advice, I told him to go on a pilgrimage to certain places in India. Coming under the influence of Dastur, he has commenced spreading lies about Me here. This is the result.

But you may take it that the result was expected, and it has happened through Me. Only an hour ago, we were talking about opposition and now you hear about it. So none of you should be anxious about it. Nothing should disturb you. It is My game and I will see to it.

 

 

111-PERCY BYSHE SHELLY

English Poet                

At night, Baba arranged the books in rows and stacked them in specific piles, forbidding anyone to touch them. Age speculated that Baba was soaking the volumes in the wine of his love, pouring the required measure for every child into each book. The following day, Baba personally handed a set of books to each student, thereby giving an inner push to their minds toward knowledge and their hearts toward loving God.

Later that morning, the topic of literature arose when Dastur asked Baba who his favorite authors were, especially poets. Baba related that his favorite writers were Hafiz in Persian, and (William) Shakespeare, (John) Milton and [Percy Bysshe] Shelley in English. Shakespeare is presently reincarnated in India; he is now a Brahmin taking a leading part in politics, but one of the most sincere, selfless workers for the country. His thought force of the past has now been transformed into action. He was a genius and all the controversies over whether he was the original author of his works are meaningless. He wrote all the plays — no one else. It was entirely the result of his giant intellect. There is not a whiff of the spiritual in all his dramas and poetry, yet he was a genius. The writer Kalidas would rightly be called India's Shakespeare.

Milton was spiritually advanced, but did not attain beyond the second plane in the subtle world. He could see heaven and hell and that was how he was able to write Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. His books about heaven and hell depict the result of his personally seeing them.

Shelley, though not spiritually advanced, was a thorough gentleman, a lover of God and nature.  But Hafiz not only excelled in spiritual writings, for he was perfect, but also in poetic meters and style, better than Firdausi or Shaikh Saadi. Shams-e-Tabriz and Jalal al-Din Rumi, too, were God-realized, though Omar Khayyam was not.

The following morning, the discussion was resumed in the mandali's quarters, during which Baba commented on some famous historical figures:

Shelley, though not spiritually advanced, was a thorough gentleman, a lover of God and nature.  But Hafiz not only excelled in spiritual writings, for he was perfect, but also in poetic meters and style, better than Firdausi or Shaikh Saadi. Shams-e-Tabriz and Jalal al-Din Rumi, too, were God-realized, though Omar Khayyam was not.

112-PHIROZ SHAH MEHTA

Indian Political Leader

On 29th November, 1940, while discussing politics with the women, Baba commented:

There are three types of souls — man, saint and God-Man. The saints are higher than men, and the God-Man higher than saints.

Among men, Gandhi is surely one of the greatest today. Some call him a mahatma, and some call him a fool. He has his weaknesses, but he is a great soul. Gokhale, Tilak and Pheroz Shah Mehta were the pillars of Indian politics. All three were great.

113-POLLY UMRIGAR

(Pahlan Ratanji "Polly" Umrigar)

Indian Cricketer

Born: 28th March 1926 - Sholapur, MS., India

Died: 7th November 2006 - Mumbai, India (80years))

Married: Dinu -1951

Children: 2 sons, 1 daughter

M G. Bhave, the secretary of the Poona Cricket Association, requested Baba's darshan and blessing for the team of seventeen Indian cricketers who were about to leave for England for the upcoming test match. Baba made an exception to the darshan-only-on-Sundays rule and agreed to see the cricket team on Thursday, 2 April 1959, at 9:00 A.M. That day Baba was ready in the hall of Guruprasad at exactly 9:00 A.M., but as the cricket players were undergoing a medical examination the same day, they were delayed.

Representatives of the press had also been allowed to come, and they took advantage of the opportunity to put a few questions to Baba. Baba was in a welcoming mood and answered them. Telling them about his childhood, he related:

Of all games, I love cricket the most. I used to play as a boy. I was particularly good behind the wickets. I was a member of the junior cricket team of St. Vincent High School which I attended, and I was selected as a wicket keeper even on the senior team. Ever since My childhood days I was always chosen as the leader by my schoolmates, and whenever there was a quarrel or fight among the students, I was invariably chosen to arbitrate between the quarreling parties.

When I was a child, children were attracted to Me. When I grew up, God was attracted to Me. And when I became one with God, people all over the world became attracted to me.

After St. Vincent's, I went to Deccan College; and there, too, I played many matches. Once a cricket match was being played on the grounds of the Poona Club. (Mirza) Yusuf Baig, the famous all-rounder of those days, was batting.  Yusuf knew of my ability in wicket-keeping and he challenged Me to "out" him. I accepted his challenge. Yusuf played the first four balls very carefully, but he stepped out of his place a bit to strike the fifth ball. That was his undoing, as My throw shattered his wickets and he was out. I won the challenge. Yusuf Baig came over and congratulated Me.

Although nowadays I am not playing games, I am still interested in watching matches, especially cricket. If I happen to pass the grounds near the Maharashtra Club or the Deccan Gymkhana, I stop the car and watch the play. Very few important test matches have missed My presence. I have been to Delhi to see the match between the Indian and West Indies teams. Last year I was in Ahmednagar to watch the Ranji Trophy match. The D.S.P. (District Superintendent of Police) saw Me come into the spectators' lounge. By that time a crowd collected all around Me. More than seeing the match, they wanted to gaze at Me! Just to save the spectators any disturbance, I left early. I have often explained that My visits to witness cricket matches and sitting among crowds intently watching the game has a great spiritual purpose behind it.

I love children. When I meet them, I become like a child. I love to play marbles with them, fly kites and play cricket. Often when I am driving in the car, and if time permits, I find small children playing cricket with a plank as a bat and a rubber ball, I ask the car to stop and watch the game with interest.

While describing his childhood days and love of games, Baba told the reporters: "I am one with God, and when you write reports of this meeting in your newspapers, you should include also that, as One with everything and everybody on all levels of consciousness, I live all the respective roles at the same time."

Thus, for almost an hour through signs and gestures, Baba replied to the questions of the reporters.

Finally, the cricket players appeared in the hall. One of them asked Baba to bless the team so that they would play well in England. Baba said: "Embrace me with all your hearts and love, and be sure to take my love with you to England. I bless you. Don't be nervous because of your poor showing with the West Indies team. If you play with one heart, my love will help you to win at least one test, and on the whole you will put up a better show than you did with the West Indies. But all will depend on your love for me. Take my love with you and you will shine well."

Baba lovingly embraced the cricket players and handed each a copy of Life at its Best and Twenty-One Fragments, and also this message, titled "I Am the Greatest All-Rounder, “which Eruch read ;

In going to England to represent India in the field of sport, you also have the unique opportunity of practicing and of conveying to the people there the great spiritual lessons of concentration and love. When you take the field, and if you play as eleven men with one heart, each enjoying the excellence of performance in another player as he would in himself, whether that player is on your side or on the side of the opposing team, and so eliminating feelings of jealousy, anger and pride, which so often mar the sport — you will not only be entertaining the spectators, but demonstrating the real spirit of sportsmanship. True sportsmanship is concentrated ability, enlivened with appreciation of the performance of others. And when this is manifested, everyone present, both players and spectators, receives spiritual upliftment as well as good entertainment.

Some of you are "all-rounders." I am the greatest spiritual "all-rounder" of all times, because I feel equally at home with saints, yogis, philosophers and cricketers, as well as with so-called sinners and scoundrels. I give you My blessing that in all your actions you show forth the spirit of love.

Sunday, 17 April 1960, was a very crowded day at Guruprasad. Thousands attended the darshan from 8:00 A.M. until noon, including a Zoroastrian high priest named Dastur Bodh, who had heard of Baba while in America. Polly Umrigar, the well-known Indian cricket player, also came with his wife Dinoo. (Lord Meher Online Edition Page 4664)

Baba again gave a parting embrace to each player. Several had come to Baba with feelings of wonder, inquisitiveness and curiosity. But after meeting him and receiving his love, they departed with new enthusiasm, love and reverence for him. Two of them, Polly R. Umrigar, 33, and Nari Contractor, 25, became devoted followers.

Pendu was also very fond of following cricket matches, listening to the radio to find out the score. When the test match was being played in England, Pendu came and stood outside Baba's bedroom. Bhau was on watch and Baba asked who was outside. On being told, he called Pendu. Joining his hands, Pendu entreated Baba, "Baba, make Nari Contractor [the captain of the Indian team] win the match!" At this simple-hearted request, Baba laughed and replied, "We shall see."

"It is not a matter of seeing," Pendu persisted, "you have to make him win the game."

Baba was much amused and asked Pendu to leave. Pendu went but shortly was back with the same request. Baba gestured to him, "We shall see. Why are you so worried?" Baba heard Pendu's prayer. Despite an injury to his ribs, Nari Contractor scored 84 runs for India's side and the team won.

Baba himself was so fond of cricket that on one exceptionally busy morning, he remarked, “The poor Avatar has all this to do when he would much rather be watching a good game of cricket!"

Sunday, 5 June 1960, was the largest public darshan that summer. An estimated 10,000 persons poured into Guruprasad seeking the God-Man's touch. Again, Polly and Dinoo Umrigar along with others came for darshan.

Baba loved the game of cricket from His childhood. In 1959, He promised one of His devotees, Nari Contractor, a professional cricketer, that He would make it possible for him to lead the Indian cricket team. Later that year when the team went to England, Nari was in fact made captain. Polly Umrigar, another Baba-lover, was also on his team,

On 13th May 1962, afternoon, Guruprasad was filled to overflowing during a program of qawaali singing held from 4:00 to 6:30 P.M. Many from Bombay and Poona were present, including the cricket players Polly Umrigar, (Lord Meher Online Edition Page 4798)

On 27th May 1963, the next day, the Times of India printed an article on their sports page with the headline:"Go In For Bright Cricket, Says Meher Baba." The Indian Express also carried a story of the unique event, and one newspaper reported: "Meher Baba has a big following of cricketers, prominent among whom are India's captain Nari Contractor, Polly Umrigar, Khandu Rangnekar and others."

In the morning, on 16 June 1963, Nari Contractor and Polly Umrigar, the two cricket players from Bombay, arrived. Baba embraced them, conveying how happy he was to see them both.

114-POONACHA C. M.

Ex. Minister of Railways Govt. of India

A programme of silence Anniversary of Avatar Meher Baba was observed from 1st to 9th July 1967, at the community hall, Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi under the chairmanship of Shri. C. M. Poonacha, Minister of Minister of Steel. The Vice President of India Shri V.V. Giri inaugurated the function by garlanding the picture of Avatar Meher Baba. Following Message of Baba was read out by W. D. Kain.

“My love and blessings to all assembled to mark forty-second year of My Silence STOP Convey My blessings to chairman and speakers of all young and old who actively participate in Silence Anniversary Programme STOP I bind Myself with Silence that when I break it mankind will realise what real freedom is.” Meher Baba.

Main function of Baba’s birthday celebration was Held at 5.p.m. 25th February 1968, in Harcourt Bulter Higher Secondary School Hall, New Delhi. On this occasion Shri. C. M. Poonacha said, “I am grateful of having been given this opportunity of speaking on the occasion of the 74th Birthday Celebrations of avatar Meher Baba. In the matter of speaking facts are the same. All I need to say is that God is within yourself. Maya keeps you away from the realisation thereof. Universal Love can help you to do away with Maya. Avatar Meher Baba has come to awaken that Love in you.

115-PRABHAKAR MISHRA

Vice chancellor of international Sanskrit university

74th Birthday Celebration of Avatar Meher Baba was Held at 5.p.m. 25th February 1968, in Harcourt Bulter Higher Secondary School Hall, New Delhi. On this occasion Shri. Prabhakar Mishra, Vice Chancellor of International Sanskrit University told the audience that how he came into contact with Avatar Meher Baba through W. D. Kain. Quoting from scriptures, the learned speaker convinced the audience that the Name Meher and its attributes were all described at length in our holy books as that God.

 116-THE PRESIDENT OF THE ALL INDIA HINDU MAHASABHA

The president of the All India Hindu Mahasabha (a Hindu nationalist political party) arrived to see Baba. He asked for a message. In response, Baba stated:

Love God to such an extent that you become God! That love could be had through selfless service, but this service should be so sublime that there is not even a single thought of self. What counts most is Experience and not mere understanding. One has to go beyond one's mind! You can see Reality within you, but for this you have to dive deep within yourself.

Conviction of God's existence through the intellect (by reading and contemplation) is possible, but conviction by sight is better. And conviction by actually becoming one with God is far better than this. After gaining the conviction by being one with God, one in a thousand comes down to normal human consciousness on this earth as a Perfect Master.

The president of the Mahasabha had an unpleasant, arrogant attitude; even though he knew Meher Baba never entered into political matters, he tried to persuade him to give a special message for His speech the next day. He left soon after meeting Baba, without even taking the time to sit before Baba for a while. Just then a few lovers from Eluru arrived and Baba embraced them.

117-PROF. HUMAYUN KABIR

Ex. Minister of Petroleum Govt. of India

Avatar Meher Baba’s 71 st Birthday was celebrated at community Hall, Panchkuian road, New Delhi from 5 p. m. To 8.30 p.m. on 25th February 1965. The program commenced with devotional music by Baba lovers and ladies mandali. Prof. Humayun Kabir, union Minister for Petroleum and Chemicals gave the presidential speech. This was followed by Arti and distribution of Prasad. At 10 o’clock in the night the programme was relayed by All India Radio from Delhi station for 10 minutes on 25 February 1965.

118-PROF. ABDUL KARIM 

Professor     

At this point, Professor Abdul Karim walked inside the hall and sat in front of Baba in the first row. Baba asked, "Where have you been? Have you heard what I have been explaining? Did you follow it?"

The professor replied that he had been standing outside the hall and that he had heard and understood Baba's explanations. "It is good that you came in," Baba stated, "otherwise, you would have remained 'out' for all time."

Conversing with him, Baba quoted a few couplets from Hafiz to the effect: "When one's mind is completely annihilated, one finds oneself in all.

The soul then at times plays the part of man, and at times the part of God. The state is so indescribably high that it is beyond mind, intellect and understanding. It is like the drop gulping the Ocean of Effulgence and Light! And the bliss in that ‘I-Am-God state’ is so infinite that to come down to the awareness of the world (gross consciousness) is an indescribable agony in itself,”

119-PURANIK W.R.

(Ex. Vice Chancellor of Nagpur University)

On Tuesday 14th November, 1944, in the afternoon from three to five, Baba gave interviews at Thakur's home. At 7:30, a program was held in the convocation Hall of Nagpur University. The hall was full and some had to stand outside. On Baba's arrival, Justice Puranik garlanded him. A few female students sang a song of welcome. Justice Puranik, a vice-chancellor of the university, had great reverence for Baba and declared, "It is the good fortune of Nagpur University that Meher Baba, whose work is to give God-realization to mankind, has come here today."

 

120-RAGHAVCHARLU V.

(Chief Secretary of Madras Govt.)

He was father in law of Sh. C. V. Sampath Aiyangar, had Baba’s darshan in 1930 and 1934. He was an ardent lover of Meher Baba.

81-MABEL BESANT SCOTT

Daughter of Annie Basent

Mabel Besant-Scott, 63, came to visit Baba. She was the daughter of Annie Besant, who had passed away in India in September. (Mabel Scott had also lived in India for a few years, assisting her mother). She said, “I have come to see a friend of mine, but when I learnt that you were staying here, too, I came to see you.

“I am extremely pleased to meet you."

"I am also very happy to have met you," Baba indicated.

They talked about her mother and Baba remarked, "She will be born as a man in India."

"I also think so," said Mrs. Scott. "She loved India so much. She now greatly needs rest."

Reassuring her, Baba stated, "The world is now inclined toward materialism, and to turn toward the higher values of life, it needs help. I will give it this help."

"I believe you will truly do so," said Mrs. Scott. "God is the supporter of everything and the source of all and He is present in all. But He is to be realized and revealed."

"I will help you toward that end," Baba promised.

"I am indebted to you," she replied.

82-MAHARAJA OF BHOR

(Maharaja of Bhor)

Meher Baba paid a visit to the district of Bhor on 5th March 1933, having been invited by the Maharaja. He stopped first at Lonavla, where Ghani and Tyebali arranged tea and breakfast. After a brief stop in Poona, Baba went on to Bhor where He was received grandly and hundreds came for His darshan.

Later in 1934, at the Poona train station, a throng was awaiting Baba's arrival and included the Maharaja of Bhor who presented to Baba an exquisite garland, truly fit for a king.

 

83-MAHARANI OF GWALIOR

On 5th June 1960, afternoon, famous 62-year old singer was named Vinayak Narayan Patwardhan sang before Baba. Baba was highly pleased with the quality of his voice. He removed the garland around his neck and gave it to the master singer. Afterwards, Patwardhan said he had never in his life sung as well.

The Maharani of Gwalior was also present that day.

  

84-MAHARANI OF INDORE

(W/o Yeshwantrao Holkar)

Born: 1914 - India

Died: 13th July, 1937 - Tarasp, Switzerland

The ship docked in Port Said on the morning of 2 October1933, and the Maharani of Indore, Mrs. Yeshwantrao Holkar, came to Baba's cabin for his darshan with her secretary. At the time, Baba was out for His morning walk on deck and someone directed her there. As she approached, Chanji intercepted her, saying, "Meher Baba only gives darshan after making an appointment. I will have to ask His permission and let you know." The secretary explained that the maharani had not come to ask anything of Meher Baba, but that she only wanted His darshan. Chanji reiterated that he would ask Baba and inform them. But they followed him and came face-to-face with Baba before Chanji could seek Baba's permission.

In the same year, in morning, Maharani of Indore had come with her secretary to see Baba for about fifteen minutes.

Baba was dressed in a sadra at the time and His long hair was down. Baba informed the queen, "This is My customary dress. It is the clothing I wear in front of those who come to know Me. To those who take Me for a foreigner, I become a foreigner. I did not wish to meet you as a foreigner, so it is good that you have come today. Do I not look like a fellow countryman now?"

The maharani laughed, and Baba continued by dictating a discourse:

Everything depends on the mind. The mind feeds on happiness and misery. The world is really a dream. Happiness and sorrow are plays of the mind; there is no substance in either. In fact, the mind exists to endeavor to see God, but it leaves this aside and becomes caught up in the world. "I want this! I want that!" it shouts. The mind gets one entangled in maya and thereby increases desires. No sooner is one desire satisfied than another is there ready to be satisfied. Thus, one after another, desires increase without limit and they never bring freedom to anyone.

So the man who has control over the mind possesses the whole universe. He has no use for happiness, suffering, health, wealth or anything else. He is beyond all that.

The maharani was satisfied with Baba's discourse and left. Shortly thereafter, Uday Shankar arrived to talk about his dance programs. Baba remarked to him, "One day, perhaps in Chicago, I shall give you darshan."

85-MAHARANI OF SAVANTWADI

Maharani of Savantwadi    

The Maharani of Savantwadi (whose husband had given the Panchgani Tiger Valley Cave to Baba) expressed her wish for Baba's darshan, and Baba acceded to her request. The maharani came with her three daughters on the 17th. Baba met with them for a few minutes. The maharani humbly placed a coconut at His feet. Baba picked it up and handed it to one of the daughters, remarking, "Keep this with you always. Preserve it. Everything will be all right. You should not worry." The maharani was deeply moved, as her daughter had been suffering mentally (perhaps from depression), although she had not mentioned this to Baba. His unexpected prasad deeply gladdened the maharani's heart. The maharani invited Baba, to visit her palatial bungalow with the women. Baba accepted, and they went there two days later.

Baba left Amboli at two in the afternoon on the 20th and traveled to Belgaum. They arrived three hours later, and stayed in a bungalow three miles from the city, which belonged to the Maharani of Savantwadi. On the 22nd, Baba took the women to see the spot chosen for establishing Baba's center in Belgaum, and the Maharani of Savantwadi again came to see him.

 

 

86-MAHARANI SHANTA DEVI

Maharani of Baroda

In 1951, Baba and the women then went to see the bungalows that had been arranged. Though they didn't like the Wanowri house much, Baba agreed to stay there for two days, before moving to the other bungalow. Their meals were to be sent from Bindra House. Gadekar had meanwhile managed to procure the Maharani Shantadevi of Baroda’s palatial bungalow, Guruprasad at 24 Bund Garden Road, with the help of Sardar M. A. Raste. Gadekar received this information in a telegram on 27 March, and immediately delivered the cable to Bindra House. Meherwan sent the telegram to Baba along that day, because he himself was also forbidden to meet Him. At this time, Baba was not seeing anyone, including the Jessawala family at Bindra House or His brother Beheram's family. All were eager to meet Him, but no one would disobey His wish.

Whenever Baba was in Poona, he would always visit the Gadekars at their new home on 885/5 Khandarka Institute Road, Deccan Gymkhana. Baba would sometimes even go to Gadekar's office and give him darshan there. Baba had expressed a desire that he would like to have a spacious bungalow for his stay during the summer. Six years before, with the help of Sardar Raste, Gadekar had found Maharani Shantadevi's palatial Guruprasad bungalow in Poona for Baba's use. Gadekar again contacted the Maharani and was able to obtain the palace for Baba. )

Baba probably would have stayed at Guruprasad Palace until He left Poona, but a long distance telephone was received from Shantadevi’s secretary in Bombay, informing them that a portion of Guruprasad was required for Maharani’s brother and his guests whom the Maharani had promised to accommodate.

The secretary was told that during his stay Baba did not want anyone else to stay in the house. But since the Maharani had already promised her brother, Baba agreed to vacate the bungalow early. The secretary most likely conveyed this to the Maharani, and phone calls went back and forth between Bombay and Guruprasad; but having decided to leave, Baba moved back to Dadi Kerawala's bungalow at Ganeshkhind Gardens on 1 June 1957. The result was that, thereafter, the Maharani reserved Guruprasad exclusively for Meher Baba's use, and never allowed anyone else to stay while Baba was there.

Despite this, on Sunday, 4 May 1958, Baba gave darshan on the verandah of Guruprasad as some of the Poona group sang bhajans. Many availed themselves of the occasion, including the owner of Guruprasad, Maharani Shantadevi of Baroda, 44, who on that day had Baba's darshan for the first time. For a long while, she sat near Baba's chair. Maharani Shantadevi was greatly impressed by Baba, and she remained faithful in her heart to His cause. After permitting her to sit by Him for some time and speaking with her a little, Baba asked Shantadevi to depart. From that time on she began coming to Baba often, and each year made Guruprasad available to Him.

On the morning of 10 July 1958, Baba arrived in Meherabad and spent an hour in His cabin discussing His work with various groups. Maharani Shantadevi and the Rani of Kurundwad garlanded Baba. Garlanding was prohibited in the meeting, but Baba allowed it this time. Taking off the garlands, He put them aside on the table next to Him. He then commented, "I have heard much praise for the Bombay bhajan group.

Baba observed: "Some things I will tell you today which have connection with the 10th of July. This time I have not invited the women. Last time, they were called to the sahavas. But some women are present whom I will introduce." He introduced Maharani Shantadevi, the Rani of Kurundwad and her son the Raja of Kurundwad, the Maharaja of Bhor, Mrs. Sardar Raste and Mrs. Prabha Kain.

About Maharani Shantadevi, Baba stated, "I am happy with Shantadevi that on My mere asking, she places her Guruprasad Palace in Poona at My disposal. She had not seen Me before, but she had love and reverence for Me. I am not happy because she is a maharani or because she has wealth. I am pleased with her because she possesses honest love."

Looking at Maharani Shantadevi, who was a frequent visitor, Baba would joke, "I am God and know everything. But I don't know which boy is Sohrab and which Rustom is!"

Maharani Shantadevi came to see Baba on 22nd May 1959, with her daughters. Shantadevi would often visit Guruprasad to see Baba, whenever she visited Poona, but she stayed in another bungalow while Baba was occupying Guruprasad. Baba once remarked to her, "I want you to come to Me regularly. But come only when you have the time and it is convenient." She was wondering why Baba did not order her to come to Him as He would do with others. But Baba never did give her any orders. She would never ask Baba anything on her own, but occasionally when Baba would ask her about things on her mind, she would answer and tell him about her personal and family affairs. (She had marital problems with her husband, who was considered an "international playboy.")

On one occasion, Baba commented to Shantadevi, "You are blessed. I love you more than you love Me. I have My nazar on you." Baba would also frequently remark to her in later years, "Guruprasad has become immortal.

From 13 April 1960, Maharani Shantadevi began coming every morning to see Baba from 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. The time set for darshan was from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M.

Baba mentioned Maharani Shantadevi, Maisaheb Patwardhan (the Rani of Kurundwad), Sardar Raste and others, both prominent and less so, and bespoke of their love for Him in very appreciative terms. )

The open darshan began on Monday, 15 May 1961 and lovers from all over India streamed in to take advantage of it. Lovers from Hamirpur and Uttar Pradesh led by Pukar were there. Also present were Deshmukh, Bal Natu and hundreds of other devotees. Some children danced for Baba, and there was a singing performance. Maharani Shantadevi attended the darshan program.

The Maharani of Baroda again came to Guruprasad on 30 May 1961. The "Seven Avatars" drama was re-enacted for her benefit. Madhusudan and Subhadra had gone to great pains to produce it and it was a grand success.

Over the one year and a half, the temple and statue were built, but the unveiling of the statue was not to take place until the annual mela (fair) held in Nauranga from 25–27 November 1961. For that purpose, Baba sent Adi and Maharani Shantadevi to Nauranga. Meherdas was also sent from Meherazad with several of Baba's old personal articles (a much-used coat, a pair of sandals, an old cricket bat, a letter in Baba's handwriting dated back in 1922, a curl of His golden-brown hair from His younger days, and other items) to be exhibited in the temple for the lovers to bow down to and thereby take darshan. The main function was held on the 26th of November. The building where the statue was to be housed had been named Meher Mandir (Meher Temple), but sending a telegram that day, Baba changed the name to Meher Dham (House of Meher).

On 27th October 1962, in the small hall of Guruprasad, Baba met about 100 of His lovers who had already arrived from Karachi, Calcutta and Bombay. Maharani Shantadevi was also present.

On 19th December 1962, Baba instructed Adi to add the following in a letter to Maharani Shantadevi: “Next year is most important and critical.

Baba wants to know if Guruprasad will be available to him throughout the next year so that He can come and go whenever He likes, and also will you be free to come and go whenever He calls you?"

In 1963, Baba expressed concern for inaugural ceremony of Meherastana at Kovvur. He stated, "I am sending Adi and Maharani Shantadevi for the opening as My representatives, and some from Poona and Bombay will also be going.

Shantadevi spoke of Hamirpur, "When I had been to Meher Dham for its opening ceremony, I was accorded a reception the likes of which I have never been accorded in my own kingdom. The love of your lovers there is intense, Baba."

"You have become immortal," Baba assured her, "As has Guruprasad."

Baba repeatedly told her, "Hold on to My daaman continuously until I speak the Word of Word and make My dear ones and the world receive My grace according to each one's capacity."

Baba promised her, "You will see My True Light."

In Andhra, on 28th February 1963, at 7:00 A.M., Maharani Shantadevi declared Mehersthan open to the public by cutting the seven-colored ribbon strung across its entrance. She unveiled the bronze statue of Baba and delivered an address. Adi then unfurled Baba's flag on the dome of Mehersthan and gave a speech. Many attended the function, including several dignitaries and Yogi Shuddhanand Bharati, Dr. Moorty from Calcutta, and Hoshang Bharucha from Navsari, all of whom gave a short speech.

At Meherazad on the 28th, Baba called both the men and women mandali to the hall to stand before him. At 7:32 A.M., exactly at the moment Shantadevi was unveiling the statue at Mehersthan, Baba clapped and, according to His wish, all the mandali shouted with one voice, "Parvardigar!"

Madhusudan had composed a new song in honor of Guruprasad. He had had the words printed and framed and presented it to Baba, who gave it to Maharani Shantadevi. Baba asked him to sing it.

On 21 st June 1963, Baba visited Meherjee's filter paper factory. The next day, after going to Ruby Hall Clinic for a glucose test, Baba visited Jamnagar House with eighteen of the men and the Maharani of Baroda. He arrived at 10:00 A.M. and stayed for an hour. The house was decorated and Baba embraced each person. In the course of conversation, he remarked, "The other day, I was made to take a head bath [hair shampooed] — which is a crucifixion for Me."

Another musical program was held in Meherazad three days later, on 18 October, from 1:00 until 4 P.M. Kishinchand Gajwani brought Jaipuri Qawaal and his musicians. This time, 100 men from Ahmednagar, Poona, Bombay and Navsari were invited. It was an "all-male" affair, except for Maharani Shantadevi, who was especially invited.  Baba enjoyed the singing immensely.

In 1964, Maharani Shantadevi came to Poona for four days and was allowed to see Baba daily from 20 April.

In 1965, darshan program commenced in the morning. Maharani Shantadevi came on the dais five minutes later and garlanded Baba with a beautiful white-rose garland. The garland was handmade of fine material by a Parsi lover.

In 1967, Baba gave the following instructions for the four-month period:

There is one very important point: that none of the mandali should disturb Baba until November end with any sort of correspondence or news received through telegrams, however important the letters or telegrams may be, EXCEPT important letters which are received from Rani (Maharani Shantadevi), Nariman, Don Stevens, Allan (Cohen), Rick (Chapman), Bob Dreyfuss and Louis Van Gasteren, and these letters are to be read to Baba only on Saturdays at 9:00 A.M.

On 25 June 1968, Baba's blood samples were again checked for sugar, urea and cholesterol levels. Maharani Shantadevi was permitted to visit on 26 and 27 June 1968.

On 10 October 1968, permitted to see Baba, Maharani Shantadevi, was called to Meherazad. She arrived at 9:00 A.M. and spent an hour in Baba's company. Shantadevi's husband, Pratap Singh Gaekwad, had died the previous July. Although Gaekwad was a profligate playboy, who had abandoned his wife and children in 1943 and remarried, Shantadevi always remained faithful to him. Still, she could not help but feel depressed and remorseful over his indifference and behavior. Baba comforted her, informing her that He had blessed her husband and he is in peace despite his bad behavior, because of Shantadevi's close connection with Baba. "You have had innumerable husbands and wives in your previous births, which you cannot remember," Baba told her. She left greatly consoled and uplifted.

Before leaving Ahmednagar, Shantadevi went to Viloo Villa for refreshments. Baba had Eruch telephone Adi with a message for Shantadevi not to worry, to take sleeping tablets to help her sleep, and to telephone Adi when she reached Poona.

87-MAHATMA GANDHI

(A Political worker & Spiritual Aspirant)

Mahatma Gandhi was a political leader and spiritual aspirant. He made an experiment of Truth even his political career. He was greatly influenced By Meher Baba.  He promised Baba to come to Him after getting independence for India. After meeting Baba and his divine silence he started observing silence once a week on every Monday.  Baba said Gandhi will get liberated after three more births. Baba also advised him on political issues also and not to impose non-violence on general public which Gandhiji could not grasp its significance and result was his assassination. It is felt proper her to elaborate the detailed account of direct and indirect conversation between Meher Baba and Gandhi as under.

In 1925, Baba mentioned about Gandhi

Gandhi is the best man among the millions of non-Realized souls in the world. In spite of so many people calling him a "mahatma," he unreservedly admits himself to be far from the Goal, and according to his recent writings thinks of completely surrendering to someone who is One with the Truth. Realization of Truth is a very difficult achievement.

From January 3rd, 1931 onward, correspondence had been exchanged between Gandhi and Baba while the Master was in America. Gandhi expressed his desire to see Baba as soon as he returned to India, and Baba had indicated that He also wanted to see Gandhi. The political and social situation in India had become intense; Gandhi was expected to be arrested by the British for political agitation. A meeting was quickly arranged.

Accompanied by Chanji, Baba went to Mahatma Gandhi's residence, called Mani Bhawan, late at night at 11: 45 on January 3rd. Gandhi welcomed Baba with a loving embrace; both sat down and together discussed matters for about an hour:

"I am very happy to see you," Gandhi said.

"I am also glad we could meet," Baba replied. "I was quite busy the whole day, but I had to see you at least once."

"Yes, Rustom had delivered your message here and I sent word that I must see you."

"That is why I came."

"If you had not come, it would have been my lifelong grievance against you," Gandhi said.

"Perhaps if you are arrested, which I am afraid you will be in a day or two, this meeting would have been canceled. But since your arrest is definite, I came even though it is so late. I understand you could not come to Me."

"It is your kindness to have come here."

"Now, what news?" Baba inquired.

"You know it all. These people around me are ready with their sleeves rolled up. We shall have to fight the British to the end."

"It will be much better if you see the Viceroy once again. Then the excitement which is now so intense will calm down considerably and the situation will be easier to handle."

"I do wish to see the Viceroy, but he lays down such conditions, such as this topic is not to be discussed, that is not allowed, and so forth. It is impossible for me to reach an agreement. Also, no talk about ordinances will be allowed, and that is the first and main point at issue. When they don't wish to talk on that, it is no use meeting. It is like."

Baba interrupted, "But in spite of all that, if you go and see the Viceroy once, you will be able to work in a quieter atmosphere. The present excited turmoil all over India will have settled down and be quieter; otherwise, the atmosphere will go to the other extreme of violence.

"Let me explain," Baba continued. "Your dictum and doctrine of non-violence is widespread and is the best method. I, too, wish this non-violent attitude to be followed and acted on. But I know it is very, very difficult – rather impossible. And that is why I repeatedly ask you to see the Viceroy once in person in order to try to bring about a spirit of reconciliation between the rulers and the ruled. For, let me tell you once again, if this meeting does not come about, matters will turn from bad to worse. People will turn very violent and once violence is adopted, it will be destructive in every way."

"This is quite probable," Gandhi concurred. "We are also afraid of such violence. However, we have to fight for what is right, and we have been advocating and advising non-violence in our battle to persuade the British to leave. The result rests with the Almighty!"

Baba then explained to him, "Whatever may happen, one thing is certain: India still has much to suffer. I have already told you this before and I repeat it today. But even this suffering is a real blessing in disguise. The more India suffers materially, the better for it spiritually. And we Masters only look to the spiritual benefit. If India gains self-government without struggle, suffering and sacrifice, it invites the grave danger of becoming inclined toward materialism. And this material independence would be a hindrance on the path of spiritual advancement, which is undesirable."

"You are right," Gandhi said. "Spiritual strength must accompany spiritual power. That is real greatness."

"And for that, one must suffer and sacrifice, but with a non-violent attitude. That is why I repeatedly advise you to go once again and see the Viceroy in person."

The conversation then shifted to Baba's recent visit to Europe and America:

"What do you think about the West from your experiences and tours?" Gandhi asked.

"In America, the spiritual hunger is intense. That is why I went and stayed there for a month. There is everything there materially. There is wealth; there are brains; there is heart. In other words, there is sufficient preparedness for spiritual growth and development."

Chanji then narrated the details of Baba's tours, His meetings with people from all denominations and walks of life, their sincere aspirations for Truth, and the formation of a group to spread Baba's cause.

Gandhi asked, "Then there is an awakening and interest about spirituality in America?"

"Yes, there is much," Baba answered. "But the Americans have not had sufficient light and genuine guidance by a Master in a spiritual direction. If they get these, they will respond wonderfully."

"And what about England?"

"In England, there is also an interest and longing, but not as intense as in America. The response that Americans gave was so splendid that, even now, I am considering when to go there again. They would not let Me leave and have made Me promise that I return soon; only then did they let Me leave. I came back to India, because there is much work to do here. I have left behind instructions with My followers in the West about what to do in My absence. I have to check all My affairs on this side of the world."

"There is a greater need for you to be here in India, looking over all the situations," Gandhi stated. "If I am arrested, you will have to take care of affairs here."

"That will be done," Baba promised. "I undertake to settle this entire self-government struggle, but on one condition: after all this is settled, you are to come with Me to America."

His heart gladdened with these words, Gandhi immediately stretched his hand to Baba and said, "I promise."

After meeting with Ambedkar in Bombay, Baba returned to Nasik. Within a few days, he sent Rustom to try to see Mahatma Gandhi in Yeravda prison where he was incarcerated in Poona. Rustom was not successful, because individual interviews were not permitted at the time.

Soon after, the British government removed restrictions on interviews, and Baba sent Chanji and Ramjoo from Nasik to see Gandhi on the morning of September 21st. They found Gandhi sitting on his bed in a courtyard of the prison and working on a charkha – spinning cotton into yarn. Gandhi warmly welcomed them and had them sit near. They had the following conversation:

On Saturday, 22 August 1931, Mehta informed Baba that Mahatma Gandhi might also be traveling to England, but it was looking extremely doubtful at this stage. Baba replied, "If I go to England, I will take Gandhi with Me. You simply expedite the passport work." The next day, Baba repeated the same thing about Gandhi.

In September, a Round Table Conference was scheduled to take place in London about India's independence, but it was uncertain whether Mahatma Gandhi would attend. At the last moment, He agreed and, when it was announced that He would be sailing to England on the SS Rajputana, Chanji and Mehta grasped the significance of Baba's earlier comments, and Chanji realized why they had not been able to travel on the earlier ship.

About his trip, Mahatma Gandhi told newspaper reporters, "I must go to London with God as my only guide."

The visa work continued. The British authorities had endorsed Baba's passport with a visa on 25 July, but Mehta was informed that Baba would be required to sign a "guarantee" (perhaps in relation to Ali, who was a minor). Even Mehta with all his influence as mayor of Karachi found it impossible to convince the British authorities to issue all the documents to Meher Baba without His signature. At last, Baba consented to sign, but before doing so, He remarked ominously, "The British government is compelling Me to sign its own death warrant! This will be the end of the British Empire in India."

On 25 August 1931, Baba executed a bond in the commissioner's office in Karachi and, with a grim expression, signed Meherban Sheheriyar Irani to the typed guarantee. The British government had unknowingly dug its own grave and their rule in India slowly started to topple as a result.

On Saturday, 29 August 1931, Age watched as Meher Baba, 37, sailed from the port of Bombay on the SS Rajputana, accompanied by 16-year-old Agha Ali, Chanji, 38, and Rustom, 32. They were required to be at the docks at 7:30 A.M. to pass a medical examination. Despite waiting for more than three hours, their names were never called, and they boarded the ship at 11:00. They sailed two hours later, at 1:00 P.M.

Just a few days before, Mahatma Gandhi had agreed to participate in a Round Table Conference in London concerning India's independence from the British, and for that purpose was proceeding there on the same ship (unknown to him) with Meher Baba. Although no one had come to say goodbye to Baba, there were thousands on the pier waving bon voyage to Gandhi (including Jawaharlal Nehru) — and thus unknowingly to the Avatar also.

Staying aloof, Baba kept inside His cabin during the voyage and saw no one for some days. He would, however, take a stroll on the deck early every morning and late in the evening for almost an hour when no one was around. He ate in His cabin and maintained a strict vegetarian diet.

Mahatma Gandhi would be on deck during most of the voyage, and offer prayers in the evening, giving a short speech afterward. He was dressed in his usual white lungi, but Baba remarked, "It's only his vanity and fondness for show that makes him dress like that.

On 2 September 1931, Baba mentioned calling Gandhi for a private meeting for an hour. The ship docked at Aden early the following morning, but Baba did not get off. After they had set sail again later that afternoon, Baba was walking on the upper deck when Gandhi appeared and noticed Baba from a distance. They were joined by many other passengers, so Baba, Chanji, Rustom and Ali moved to a discreet corner of the deck for some time. Baba and His group went up again for half an hour after dinner, after which Baba retired to his cabin for the night and Chanji went to the library to write his diary.

That evening, Gandhi gave a lecture on the significance of prayer to a group of passengers, and Rustom was among the audience. Gandhi explained what an important part prayer played in his life and how it brought him peace of mind. Gandhi claimed that three of the greatest teachers of the world — Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad — had left "unimpeachable testimony that they found illumination through prayer, and could not possibly live without it."

Gandhi's statement later gave rise to a protracted argument between Chanji and Rustom. They brought up the subject with Baba, saying that Gandhi had referred to Masters such as Jesus and Muhammad as "praying" to God at times.

Baba replied:

People like Gandhi are not to be blamed for misconstruing such things because they know nothing about the Avatar. They have no actual experience. It is a misconception to say that Avatarhood can be achieved through prayers. They take the nirvikalp-samadhi state (the "I-Am-God" state) of the Avatar before his manifestation of divinity to be a state of offering prayers. Such an idea is due to ignorance of the Avatar's inner state.

On 4 September 1931, Baba remarked, "If Gandhi comes to meet Me, it would be very good for him and good for all concerned."

About the Round Table Conference, Baba explained to Chanji and Rustom:

Even Gandhi will have no influence there, in spite of his presence. He should have gone at first with other representatives who, in a wavering mood, left for Multan; but at that time, Gandhi hesitated on account of certain grievances. Then he suddenly agreed to participate in the conference, though most of their grievances were not redressed.

The point is that once Gandhi refused to join in the conference on certain grounds, he ought to have refused to the end. He should not have suddenly consented to take part in it unless and until all his grievances were redressed and removed, and he should have stayed in India. But being inconsistent, he consented to attend the conference at the eleventh hour. He has lost his prestige and now he won't succeed there. At the Round Table Conference, differences of opinion will prevail among the parties and no one will agree, and Gandhi's influence will not make a difference. His influence will be ineffectual.

"Why?" asked Chanji.

In reply, Baba spelled out:

Gandhi's influence has already waned. He wants to keep every party pleased and there (in) lies his weakness. How could he keep everybody pleased when they all are opposed to one another and have conflicting views, extremely opposite to each other?

In India, the many political parties and creeds all have one common aim: to attain independence. But there is not a single party among them who can come to terms with another party about details. Even the (Indian National) Congress, the party considered strongest, is affected by the foul odor of religious differences.

Its influence on others is gradually failing. With the weakening of its influence, the influence of Gandhi is also waning. Not only are the two greatest and largest parties and communities, the Muslims and the Untouchables, out of the influence of the Congress, but they also oppose and fight tooth and nail against Gandhi and the Congress.

Even among his own followers, or those who at least agree with him on the question of independence, their objectives differ. Observe how Sarojini Naidu and Pandit Malaviya act. Gandhi preaches the use of khadi (handspun cotton cloth) to all and sundry, yet Mrs. Naidu wears silks, though she is a colleague in his fight for independence. Gandhi preaches and advocates the abolition of caste and religion, particularly in abolishing Untouchability, and his lieutenant in the Congress Party, Malaviya, does not adhere to it. Malaviya takes his cook to England with him, thinking that eating meals prepared by foreigners is irreligious. There are thousands in the Congress who do not accept this dictum of Gandhi's at all, and that is why the party is not strong; the result of which will bode ill for the future.

Gandhi also advocates celibacy, though he himself is married and has children, and recently he arranged his son's marriage. There are so many things like these which he recommends, but does not put into practice himself. Why preach such things which he himself can't or won't do?

It is this trait in his character, combined with two other great defects — vanity and inconsistency — which causes Gandhi to lose his influence gradually, and leads those who once admired him to oppose him today. Shaukat Ali was once Gandhi's closest companion and he is now his staunchest opponent. Why? Because of that great dividing factor, the religious animosity and enmity between the Hindus and Muslims. The religious fanatics on both sides have nurtured and fostered this hatred to the extent that even in Congress there are the orthodox who color every political activity and action with their religious bigotry, and it is all authorized, approved and practiced by and with Gandhi. This leads to great antagonism which is now weakening the Congress party.

What can I say about (Gandhi's) vanity? Too much of a thing always spoils a man. To raise one to the seventh heaven and to cry out "Mahatma Gandhi ki jai" has made him vain and brought him down.

Shaukat Ali has caustically remarked, "These things have gone to his head and made him (Gandhi) mad!"

Besides, his immediate attendants put up a great show and fuss in every activity, which shows that Gandhi has a taste for it. But it is the natural outcome of too much praise and adulation. This daily exhibition in all functions, public and private, has reached the limit. It is too prominent to conceal from a shrewd observer or a sincere soul, who never likes or desires such a show. Hence, there is the dislike of him by many who, in spite of their admiration for him at one point, have left and are leaving him in (droves).

The Perfect Master of Spirituality can do anything and everything. He can preach about things which He Himself does not practice, and for His spiritual purposes He can do things according to the prevailing conditions and circumstances, because He is eternally free of all things and can undo their effects. This is something an imperfect person can never do, much less one who has no "wind" (breeze) even of spirituality (such as a political leader, like Gandhi].

The reactionary effects of all these preaching’s, fuss, sham, show and vanity are disastrous; causing a gradual erosion of any influence Gandhi has among his admirers and followers, however great. If Gandhi's influence goes, the rise of youth will take place, which in its activity will resemble Russian communalism. The signs are already there, as we find them assassinating people in high places and assaulting them in broad daylight.

Although Jawaharlal (Nehru]) sides with Gandhi in his objective for independence, his views, creed and activities are quite different from Gandhi's.

On 5th September, 1931, regarding Britain, Baba said:

The British government will not grant anything more than what was settled on in the last Round Table Conference. There is a change of government and, except for (Prime Minister) Mac Donald; no one has any sympathy for our cause. Gandhi, too, will not gain anything more by his presence than what has already been decided to be given. His personality and influence will have no effect at all. And if Gandhi tries to give in again to avoid a conflict, the Congress will not accept it.

Baba predicted a civil war erupting in India between Hindus and Muslims. "There will be a terrible massacre and slaughter of one another," He stated. "It will also have its reflection on Europeans.

There will be an equally strong civil war between the Indians and foreigners, particularly the Europeans and more particularly the British."

On 7th September, 1931, Baba said:

The common cause of nationalism and the objective of achieving independence are sacrificed for want of unity between the Hindus and the Mohammedans, and they are harming their own cause by bringing religion into the matter. No one understands religion, and all this strife and squabble is born of irreligiousness.

Gandhi, who goes to England as the chosen leader of the Congress and the spokesman for India, this time, will have no influence, unfortunately, owing to various reasons of conflicting ideals and party politics. Not only will his influence fail with the British people, but his influence will fall considerably even with his own people, the Indians, to the extent of failure. And with Gandhiji's influence gone, and "communalism" coming in, civil war will follow.

This is all very sad for poor India and for Britain, too. But sadder times are still to come before the sun of the New Era of peace and prosperity dawns on the world, for such is ordained.

The ship docked at Port Said at 3:00 A.M. on 7 September 1931, and Baba, Ali, Chanji and Rustom disembarked and spent half an hour walking on the shore.

During the voyage, Baba seemed eager to meet Gandhi and would often repeat, "It is always like this: When I don't allow visitors, people complain and ask, 'Why don't you allow us to see you?' And now when I want to see certain persons for My own reasons, they don't show any inclination. Now we should forget about trying to contact Gandhi. It is too late now."

Later, expressing His concern, Baba remarked, "Gandhi is a good man, but it will be better if he sees Me. It would be to his great benefit. I love him dearly and I would like to meet him for his own good."

Meanwhile Jamshed Mehta, who was an acquaintance of Gandhi (and a Baba lover), cabled Gandhi on board the ship, strongly urging him to meet Meher Baba. At nine o'clock on Tuesday, 8 September, Mahatma Gandhi came to Baba's cabin with his secretary Mahadev Desai. After Gandhi was introduced, he looked at Baba and said, "I have read much about you and wanted to see you one day when God willed it; but I never expected it to be so soon."

Baba expressed how happy He was to meet him and dictated from His alphabet board: "Do you have the time to stay?"

"Yes, I have come to sit and listen," Gandhi replied.

Gandhi talked about meeting Upasni Maharaj at Sakori, and Baba explained to him in detail about Maharaj and Babajan. Baba ended by dictating, "Upasni Maharaj is My Master and a Perfect Sadguru."

As previously mentioned, according to Baba's instructions in 1924, Rustom had sent Gandhi a copy of Upasni Maharaj's biography in Gujarati, Sakorina Sadguru. After reading the book, Gandhi went to Sakori to see Maharaj. But Maharaj was not in a welcoming mood that day and abused Gandhi. Upset by Maharaj's abusive language, Gandhi left with a very disturbed impression of the heralded sage of Sakori. The ways of the Masters appear mysterious to the world. Gandhi's connection was with Meher Baba, not Maharaj, and that is why Maharaj scolded him and drove him away.

Baba narrated a summary of His own life and experiences to Gandhi — His attraction to Babajan, Sai Baba's pronouncement, His encounter with Maharaj at the Khandoba Temple, His many visits to Maharaj in Sakori, His terrible suffering during His coming down, the establishment of the ashrams at Meherabad, his many fasts and seclusions, His silence for the last six years, and of His writing a special book.

Their conversation then proceeded, in English and Gujarati:

Gandhi asked, "Where is that book?"

Pointing to a trunk, Baba replied, "In there."

"Can I read it?" Gandhi asked.

"Have you the time?" Baba dictated.

"Oh, I can find time to read it. Why not? I will definitely read it. Give it to me."

Changing the topic, Baba spelled out, "There is bliss everywhere and nothing else (exists), but people do not know it. It is no use listening to lectures and learning from books. Direct experience of God is needed. The Experience is spontaneous; it is not to be forcibly obtained."

Concerning his activities, Gandhi remarked, "Whatever I do, I take upon Myself the responsibility for it. Though in the end, internally I leave everything to God. I cannot shirk My responsibility. Except for God, it is My conviction that I cannot disvow My responsibility."

"But that thought should not be there," Baba explained to him. “'I do ... I think ... I renounce ... I suffer ... I do everything for others.” These thoughts should not be there. If, to the detriment of others, one tries to know and understand God, it creates terrible sanskaras."

Gandhi said, "Please, give me any advice you have."

"After you are free from the Round Table Conference discussions, retire to a secluded spot and take rest, and for 24 hours automatically think only of God. For the attainment of the Goal, for you, this is the best, the easiest and the shortest path. During that period, come and stay with Me for some days."

Gandhi replied, "God Himself will bring that about; He will grant me understanding and create the circumstances. In all earnestness, I look forward to that day." Then he said, "I wish to see you speaking."

Baba only nodded.

Concerning reading that book, Gandhi pointed to the trunk. Baba replied, "Unfortunately, the key has been left behind in India."

"I will have it opened."

Handing the tin box to Gandhi, Baba explained, "After opening it, bring the case back to me and I will select the things for you to read with My own hands."

"Certainly," Gandhi answered. "It will be my pleasure to read it."

Baba warned him, "Be careful. Up to now I have not allowed anyone to see it — not even My mandali. As the first person to read it, I am giving it to you alone. You may go through it, but allow no one else to read it."

"Assuredly. I will go through it with great joy."

Changing the subject, Baba then advised him:

You are striving and making sacrifices for the advancement of the poor. You love the farmers. It is very noble; it is real service. But do not think that you are responsible for their suffering, because such thoughts create sanskaras. The thought, however, is there and that brings trouble.

You try to please all and don't wish to hurt others' feelings. But considering the numerous parties, castes and creeds in India, it is not possible for you to keep all pleased.

If you keep the Hindus pleased, you will wound the feelings of the Muslims, and vice versa. If you try to please other parties, the Congresswallas would not like it. So you are always in a fix. But from now on, always leave the results of your actions to God, which will bring you satisfaction. Your aim is good and highly praiseworthy, and that is the noblest reward.

Gandhi admitted, "I am imperfect and full of defects, but the people must know that. I have not attained Perfection and have many drawbacks, which people should understand. Once they know my weaknesses, they will have to put up with them, and it is only proper that I make them aware of my shortcomings. I do have the conviction that whatever happens is God's will."

Referring to Jamshed Mehta, Gandhi remarked, "He is the most honorable person in Karachi. He is most worthy. I will telegram him tonight that I have seen you, Baba Saheb, and will ask him why he did not inform me earlier so that I could have spared more time to meet with you. When will such a time come again?

"I received your monthly magazine Meher Message in Yeravda Prison (when incarcerated there). At the time, due to all the confusion, I had no time to read it and only glanced at it cursorily; but from that time after reading it, I wished to meet you one day. Now that day has dawned and the meeting has taken place. I am most happy. Tomorrow I will surely bring back the case to you and accept whatever you select for me to read from what you have written."

Gandhi then commented on Baba's silence, "I am wonderstruck at your silence. Seven years! I keep silence once a week. How small it is before your silence. I understand the significance of silence. You have been silent for seven years and when you speak, what untoward events will take place! I am astonished!"

Before leaving at 10:30 that night, Gandhi extended a cordial invitation to Baba to visit his place of residence in London, and Baba agreed to pay a visit while he was in London.

On 9th September 1931, Baba called Agha Ali, Rustom and Chanji in His cabin and quoted these Urdu couplets:

When the crow tried to imitate the gait of the swan,

it only lost its own demeanor.

The moment Farhad tried to imitate King Khushrow,

his task was spoiled.

We know that eventually You will not deceive us.

But by the time You respond, we will have turned to ashes.

In the afternoon, while the ship was passing Messina, many passengers gathered on the upper deck including Gandhi and the men of his party, and Baba, with Agha Ali, Chanji and Rustom. The Indian politician Shaukat Ali, who had boarded the ship at Aden, saluted Baba reverently and later spoke with Him for half an hour.

Seeing Baba, Gandhi approached him with folded hands. While they were standing together, photographers started taking pictures.  Within a few minutes, Gandhi remarked, "I now take your leave. The photographers won't allow us a moment's rest." The brief discussion they had concerned food, and Baba explained to Gandhi about Pleader's fast on only milk.

Then the topic turned to khadi, and Gandhi asked, "What crime have I committed? For the upliftment of the poor, I hit upon the idea of the charkha (spinning wheel). I will meet with you tonight. At present, there is some work which needs my attention. I shall manage somehow to come at night."

Gandhi came to Baba's cabin at nine that night with the box containing Baba's book, which he had had opened with the help of the ship's crew. Baba gave him certain chapters of the "Creation Series" for him to read.

Referring to their afternoon conversation, Baba stated:

I wish to clarify the point about food and khadi. For years I have been a vegetarian. When I was attending college, I felt restless and distressed if I missed a meal even once. But since My meeting with Babajan and her kiss, about which I informed you last night, I have become totally indifferent to food. Once for eleven months (in 1914), I remained on only weak tea. The marvelous thing at the time was that I did not even have a thought that I was not eating. I had no idea (of what I was doing), yet I kept quite healthy.

Besides not eating for eleven months, I did not sleep at all. With open eyes I would lie there, gazing about Me. My parents felt distressed for Me. My mother first took Me to be mad. Then a doctor named Bharucha was called to give Me morphine injections, but to no avail.

I had no sleep at all during that period.

Thereafter when I started eating, it was vegetarian, and there was no fixed time for My meals. Frequently I would fast for a few days and at times for months. Then I would take milk, weak tea or just water, but I continued to fast. Although remaining only on water, I would take foot journeys, walking 25 miles a day. And though I used to eat at times, it was not at any fixed time but only when I felt like it.

My mandali have also been eating only vegetarian food for years now. I would rarely make any of them fast on milk. However, once when you were in Yeravda Prison, I kept over 20 of My mandali fasting on just milk for two or three months, but none of them felt any discomfort.

A Parsi named Pleader has been living only on milk for the last two and a half years. He is quite healthy and happy. Not only does he live only on milk, but he is locked up in a room, not speaking with anyone and observing strict silence. He is also forbidden to read or write. Over and above that, he is deprived of My presence and company continuously as I am always on the move from place to place. Even in Nasik, I do not see him. During this period of two and a half years, I have hardly seen Pleader more than ten or twelve times. Still, when I inquire through someone about him, he indicates that he is happy.

Gandhi interjected, "It is nothing to remain on milk in seclusion; but it is very hard not to speak with anyone or not to read and write."

Baba nodded, then continued:

There is another devotee of mine named Dixit in Kolhapur at a school there. He has also been on milk for the last twelve years, though he takes bananas with it. He is quite fit and works all day. He is married and has a wife with whom he lives, yet he never touches her at all and practices a life of complete celibacy. It is quite astonishing to be a true brahmachari (celibate), yet married and living with one's wife. In all respects, the man is quite good. He has devoted his life to the service of the youth."

"I think I have received a letter from someone named Dixit," Gandhi said. "He must be the same.

It comes to this: Milk is the best food; it sustains the body and purifies the mind. And the more the mind becomes pure, the more it can be controlled. Desires become less, which is necessary for spiritual aspirants, as there is no progress on the Path without the mind being under control. So long as desires and longings persist, the mind cannot be controlled. From that standpoint, therefore, milk is the best food.

Gandhi replied, "My experience is similar. To keep good health, milk is necessary."

Changing the topic, Baba stated:

Now I wish to clarify the subject of khadi. As you say, everything has two sides — one material and the other spiritual. There are two main things about the material aspect: one is that it should be cheap, and the other is that it should conform to one's nationality. I always dress in clean, simple clothing. For several years, I wore a coat made from a rough woolen blanket (kamli). It was full of patches, and I only changed coats after seven years because My mandali insisted. Therefore, My dress is plain, cheap and clean, and it conforms to My nationality as I am a Persian subject.

The British authorities raised an objection before My last journey to Persia over My not writing My signature, and the Persian Consul was of the opinion that I, a Persian subject, should have a Persian passport. The current law in Persia under Reza Shah is that every citizen should wear a certain style coat and pants and a Pahlavi cap as a symbol of national dress, which means I should also dress like this. But I reside in India and people naturally wish that I appear like an Indian. Between this Persian and Indian headache, I have selected a style of dress to My liking which I wear. But in fact, both types of attire are the same to Me.

For those of My mandali who prefer khadi, I permit them to use it. My devotees K. J. Dastur, editor of Meher Message, Nusserwan Satha of Ahmednagar, Chinchorkar, R. B. Hiray,  Akolkar and others asked Me about wearing khadi, and I gladly consented.

But I Myself don't advise anyone about it, because the things that I Myself do not do, I cannot ask others to do. For example, a man may be addicted to smoking, but he does not tell others not to smoke.

Your propagation of khadi is creditable. It is cheap and besides it provides a means of subsistence to the poor who weave the cloth. It is good in all respects. For those who want to use it, I willingly allow to do so. But I cannot ask others to wear it for the reasons I have explained.

After a brief pause, Baba continued:

While on this subject, let me tell you an anecdote. The Parsis defame Me and call Me shaitan (devil) simply because I do not eat meat and fish. I don't drink liquor and I don't behave badly. Their definition of a Parsi is that he should be a non-vegetarian, drink wine and lead an immoral life while at the same time wearing the religious symbols of the sadra and kusti, visiting the fire-temple, and paying heed to the priests. Thus, by their behavior, they themselves are in fact devils! In short, a Parsi may do what he likes, but he is considered a pucca (true, faithful) Zoroastrian if he simply wears the religious symbols.

A fellow Zoroastrian, Colonel M. S. Irani, once came to Meherabad. At that time, I was staying in a small cabin shaped like a table, which seemed to look like a chicken coop to him, and the austere, simple atmosphere of Meherabad disgusted him. To vent his spleen, on the pretext of disclosing unworthy wrong-doings of fake sadhus and saints, he involved Me also in the columns of the daily press!

(Colonel Irani's actions) are an example of a misunderstanding. He is really My friend, because he too is Mine. It is only one Soul inhabiting the persons of My friends and enemies. It is the same one Soul in everyone. If a person gently rubs his cheek or slaps himself with the same hand, he would not feel upset at his hand, because it is his hand whether it soothes or slaps. Likewise, all My well-wishers and those who criticize Me are Mine. All belong to Mme and all are equal.

Upon mention of Colonel Irani, Gandhi interjected, "Is he the Colonel Irani from Belgaum?" Chanji answered that Colonel Irani had worked at the Civil Hospital in Belgaum in 1927.

Gandhi: "Yes, I know him; imagine that."

Commenting on Parsis, Gandhi observed, "They upheld my civil disobedience movement and cooperated with me splendidly. The Parsis of Bombay really worked wonders!"

Mentioning his imprisonment, Gandhi remarked, "When I was sentenced to prison, it was a rest in a way, both physically and mentally. I was saved the innumerable bothers of everyday life and had time to think and study India's situation."

Baba continued explaining about the opposition he faced:

Why are the Colonel and the Parsis against Me? Simply because I don't eat meat and I don't drink alcohol. To them, the teaching of their religion consists of eating, drinking and being as merry as they like — wearing the sadra and kusti, and living a life of riches in public — which is quite sufficient for them.

The priests are responsible for all this. The priest class proves to be an impediment in everything." Pointing to Gandhi, "If you gain independence, do this first: arrest all the purohits, dasturs and mullahs (Hindu, Zoroastrian and Muslim priests)! Do not use violence, but deal with them firmly. Deal with them vigorously, because it is an important, big work. And unless you send them all to Yeravda Prison, they won't improve; on the contrary, they will become worse!

Baba concluded, "For the One to whom everything is a zero, what is it to him whether it is this or that? To him, all are equal."

Commenting on the current political crisis in India, Baba stated to Gandhi:

First solve the question of Hindu and Muslim unity. And as far as possible, allow them separate electorates; let them unite and fight a battle for power. Joint electorates are good, but the Muslims persist for separate electorates; so for the present, let them have them. They themselves will advocate joint electorates immediately and then there will be some stability. But if you try for joint electorates now, it won't last.

As far as possible, present your demands firmly at the conference in London. Whatever you have thought of and decided to do, demand it as your right. Let the British decide to grant it or not, but you must be persistent in your demands. The British won't grant everything (full dominion status to India). It is doubtful, because whatever decision was made in the first Round Table Conference, they will adhere to that.

If they don’t give anything and if you have to return empty-handed, do not be concerned, because whatever agreement you may arrive at is good.

And if you don't do that, no one else will. So let there be some workable outcome. If not, you will have to offer civil disobedience (as an alternative). Considering the present political climate and atmosphere, violence may erupt, which would be quite hard to control. If the youth adopt violence, it will be most disastrous and harm the essence of spirituality in India.

In case you return empty-handed and have to conduct non-violent civil disobedience, it would be the best. It would not harm India just now to undergo more suffering. These agonies will result in more preparedness. Really speaking, the root cause of every good result is suffering. India is considered to be the land of spiritual greatness -of Avatars and saints. To sustain this spiritual greatness, there must be the strength to bear these miseries. Europe has material greatness, but it must go.

Another major difficulty is the Untouchability problem (prejudice against the Harijans) in India. It is the greatest evil. With the Brahmins it is sheer wickedness; they have deep-rooted past sanskaras which cannot be easily wiped out. The main cause of the ruination of any community in India is the priest class who, to serve their own selfish ends; have become the props to perpetuate religious rites and rituals.

These comments by Baba concluded their meeting. Before leaving, Gandhi reminded Baba that He was invited to stay with him in London, and Baba agreed to see him one day while there. Gandhi said, "I will arrange for your stay in a serai (dharamshala), as wherever I go, I stay with my people; two or four more won't matter. At least I will have the benefit of passing one night in your company. Will that day ever dawn?"

Baba gestured, "Of course."

At ten that night, their second meeting came to an end.

The next day, Thursday, 10 September 1931, Baba sent Chanji back and forth to Gandhi's cabin. Baba sent him some additional writings and messages, inviting Gandhi's opinion about them. However, Gandhi had no opportunity to meet Baba during the day.

After dinner and a discussion with the mandali, Baba retired for the night. Soon after, there was a sudden knock on the door. Gandhi had come again to see Baba. "Forgive me; today I am somewhat late. If you are resting, I will leave," he said.

"Come in and sit down," Baba gestured. "But what about yourself; do you have the time?"

"To listen to you, I can snatch the time from somewhere. You may explain without hesitation. Look, I have taken my seat and will remain seated. I will stay as long as you wish. Where will I ever get such an opportunity again?"

Gandhi was in a very happy mood, and Baba welcomed him to express his views on his writings. Gandhi stated:

These (writings of yours) should be in their original form, else they will lack sweetness. Whatever is yours is yours, and whatever is from others is others'. I have gone through your sayings and have grasped their truth. All these I have drunk and digested. I have clearly understood what you wish to convey. But the writings by other new, raw and inexperienced hands are difficult to follow. K. J. Dastur has an eye only for grammar and language, and murders the sweetness of your original words. There is as great a difference in your description of a thing and Dastur's translation as between heaven and earth! Your saying go is not merely a word. Behind this go is your power to make one go, which Dastur does not have.

Suppose my son has climbed up a tree, but finds himself in such a predicament that he can neither climb further nor come down. He just keeps hanging on. I tell him I will bring a mattress, but it is doubtful that he can hold on until my return; and if he falls down, he may be lost to me forever. So, remembering God, I tell him, 'Jump! Jump down!' Although I have no strength to catch him, I raise my hands and he jumps. No one is injured.

When the boy was ready to leap from such a height, it was not due to my telling him to jump. No, behind these words were a father's love and faith. The child thinks: 'I will fall into my father's arms and he will save me.' ”With this belief and confidence, he jumps; I catch him and he is saved. Similarly, there is a vast difference in your saying go and in my or anyone else's utterance of the same word.

Regarding your book, whatever you have written by hand in English (in the book) and whatever you want to express cannot be expressed in English. I suggest that such works ought to be written in Sanskrit or Gujarati.

First and foremost, there are no appropriate words in English for some or most of the terms, which would bring out their real meaning. For instance, avidya in English is ignorance; that is, want of knowledge. But the term ignorance does not carry the true meaning and connotation of avidya, which it can never evoke. What is avidya is avidya and nothing else! It just cannot be translated.

The reason for my saying this is that, though I am able to follow your writings, it might be difficult for others. So if your writings are kept in Gujarati, it is better because they can be explained better in Gujarati. Gujarati is more useful here.

Baba remarked, "I can write all this much better in Persian than in English, because Persian contains the equivalent Sufi terms, and I also write much better in that language. In English, these things cannot be as well explained as they can be in Persian or Gujarati."

Gandhi concurred, "Those languages are the best. There is no harm if you write in Persian, because the knowledge you are gifting, the philosophy you are preaching and the new light you are showing will be a help to the desirous and the inquisitive who can read and understand Persian. When such a book of excellence is published, people will hasten to learn Persian, enabling them to translate it properly. So you'd better write in Persian, not in English. What harm is there if only a few can read it? When the time comes, the book's translations will be published and then its worth will be known.

"If you write in Gujarati, it is better still; no, it is best. But it should not be in English, as it is hard to understand its meaning in that language. These days, such things in Gujarati are very necessary. The more this knowledge is spread, the more the benefit. And I am quite ready to render whatever help I can in this regard."

Addressing Chanji, Gandhi said, "You may write to me at any time regarding this matter."

Gandhi's comments referred mostly to the Master's discourses as published by Dastur in the Meher Message magazine. When Gandhi referred to whatever Meher Baba had written by hand, he meant the secret book, a few pages of which had been given to Gandhi to read.

Gandhi continued:

I have read all your sayings today, which I also understood fully.

They are fine, yet I find they are quite distorted. They are bereft of their sweetness and importance when put in Mr. Dastur's language. However simple your own original style may be, however faulty from a grammatical point of view, it has that sweetness and significance which this "polished" version does not.

I have read and studied the scriptures very deeply and hence I can make out what you mean to say behind these words. But the language in which they are presented to people is quite erroneous and conveys quite another sense from the original. It is due to the editor's desire to give it a garb of flowery language and make it more impressive. On the contrary, it quite alters the sense and murders the spirit behind it.

So, to beautify the language by doing away with your original terms and expressions and polishing them, has taken the taste out of it. The words have lost their beauty. The words of saints and Masters require no gilding or garb of academic expression and embellishment. Their beauty is in their simplicity. They have a deeper inner meaning.

The name of Omar Khayyam has become immortal due to the translations of his Persian Rubaiyat into Western languages. Pure gold is gold, and impure is adulterated! Where is the need for embellishment of words that have come out of the mouth of a Dnyani (Knower, Seer) like you!

Therefore, these messages should also be put in simple language, as the meaning contained in such short, pithy sayings can only be understood and appreciated if your originality is maintained. The originality turns into imitation and the worth is valueless if the language is polished. It really would be better if you write them either in Persian or Gujarati.

Looking at Chanji, who was interpreting Baba's alphabet board during the exchange, Gandhi said:

Write to Mr. Dastur — write him from me — and tell him to pay less attention to the construction of language while publishing Baba Saheb's discourses, sayings and messages. Also, tell him to pay more attention to maintaining the original terms and words than to the beauty and grammar of the language. What necessity is there in polishing these things? To do so is an injustice to such excellent writings. If Dastur accepts what I say, then he should publish a footnote in the magazine each time he alters Baba's writings.

The writings that the reader grasps and finds beneficial are by Baba, and those found difficult to understand are from Dastur. With proper footnotes the reader may know that the translation is by Dastur and not in its original form as expressed by Shri. This clarification should be there. Write him in my name to do this at once, starting with the next issue. You should write him right now, as the night mail will be going soon.

After more discussion regarding India's struggle for independence, Baba ended the meeting by remarking, "Try as much as possible to do as I have told you." Gandhi once again reiterated his endearing invitation to Baba to see him in London and Baba consented to visit him.

On 24th July 1937, Gandhi ji sent his colleague D.B.K. Kalekar to Meherabad to see the ashram and express his opinion.

In June, 1939, Meher Baba sent Chanji to meet Gandhiji and to handover to him first issue of Meher Baba journal.

On 5th December, 1941, at Meherabad, Baba sent the following message to Gandhiji through Chanji: “Stick to Truth at all cost, even it means giving up your political life. Do not try to force Non violence on unwilling adherents nor try to establish it, since it has already eternally established.”

On 30th January, 1948 Meher Baba told mandali in the morning, “A very significant event will occur today.” Late in the evening Adi Sr. Informed Baba that Mahatma Gandhi has been assassinated at about 5 p.m. Baba at once dictated on the Board. “Gandhi’s whole life of sacrifice and selfless service was his love of God, whom he longed to see until the very end.” Baba called Gandhi “A Great Soul”

Mahatma Gandhi had his own ideas of what constituted “non-violence” and “non-violent resistance,” and he did not truly understand the gist of Baba’s message on the subject. Baba sent Chanji again to Delhi to see Gandhi, which he did on April 3rd. Chanji returned to Dehra Dun and several letters ensued between himself and Gandhi about this subject. Gandhi had been shocked to read Baba’s views justifying the use of violence in certain situations, and called them “wholly inapplicable.”

Gandhi’s views were totally impractical for those on the Path; his idea of non-violence could only be achieved in the God-Realized state of a majzoob, whereby it is attained automatically.

On April 9th 1948 while discussing Gandhi and his resistance movement, Baba further clarified:

Real non-violence, like truth, love and selfless service, is the guide to God-Realization. My non-violence includes violence under certain circumstances when it is done one hundred percent for others and without the slightest feeling of malice, hatred, and revenge or self-gain. I call it “non-violent violence.”

Non-violence, pure and simple, is the Beyond state of God. It is the goal of humanity. It cannot exist where one is still in the stages of a seeker. The seeker can, however, reach this goal through the means of “non-violence of the brave,” or of “selfless violence,” which means non-violent violence.

In September, 1953, Meher Baba praised Mahatma Gandhi and said” This is only one man who led a life of 100% truthfulness and honesty and that was Mahatma Gandhi. I took promise from him when he met me on steamer Rajputana (in Sept, 1931) that he would come to me after India attains independence. He kept his promise and has come to me.

88-MAISAHEB SITABAI PATWARDHAN

Rani of Kurundwad

On Sunday, 4 May 1958, Baba gave darshan on the verandah of Guruprasad as some of the Poona group sang bhajans. Many availed themselves of the occasion, including Maisaheb Sitabai Patwardhan, the Rani of Kurundwad, 57, also happened to come for darshan. Deshmukh brought the Rani of Kurundwad's son (the current Maharaja) and had him sit near Baba. Baba did not like it and so asked four of the very poorest lovers present to sit beside him. (Lord meher-p-4347-1958)

In year 1959, Baba inquired of a few newcomers as to who they were and what they did, and was duly informed. Baba mentioned Maharani Shantadevi, Maisaheb Patwardhan (the Rani of Kurundwad), Sardar Raste and others, both prominent and less so, and bespoke of their love for him in very appreciative terms.

On the morning of Monday, 2 May 1960, Baba visited the homes of some of his Poona lovers including Raisaheb of Kurundwad,

Sunday, 5 June 1960, was the largest public darshan in summer. An estimated 10,000 persons poured into Guruprasad seeking the God-Man's touch. Along with others Raja of Kurundwad was also present

Although Baba was not seeing outsiders, on Sunday, 23 June 1963, at the invitation of the Raja of Kurundwad, Baba went into the city, accompanied by Shantadevi and 32 of his lovers, including the mandali. They visited the Rashtriya Sahayak Stree Samiti Art Exhibition, in support of India's defense efforts, held at the Bhamburda Police Headquarters recreation hall near Shivajinagar.

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89-MAJOR GENERAL BHANDARI B. N.

Deputy Director of Medical Services of the Army's   

An influential man, the Deputy Director of Medical Services of the Army's Southern Command stationed in Poona, Major General B. N. Bhandari, 55, heard of Baba in year 1961. Since he was living just a few miles away, he came one afternoon with his wife, Kamla, 42, who was a physician. Their first meeting made a tremendous impact on them. They said they felt "transported by the overflow of love emanating from his Divine Being."

When Kamla Bhandari approached Baba, he asked her, "How are you?"

"Thank you, I am all right," she said.

"Are you happy?"

"Yes, Baba."

"What do you want?"

"I am in search of God."

"Your objective will be realized."

Baba's reassurance drew the couple close to him, and they became His devoted followers.

General Bhandari and his wife, Kamla, from Poona were also visitors. The general had to go to Delhi and had received Baba's permission to see Him before he left. Baba was gracious enough to pose for photographs, though it meant getting up and coming outside, which was physically painful. Before they left, Baba presented the couple with two books signed by Him.  

General Bhandari of Poona was being transferred to Delhi. Having the urge to pay respects to Baba on his way to Delhi, without prior intimation, just as Adi was leaving for Meherazad on the 2nd, Bhandari and his wife came to Khushru Quarters, with their seventeen-year-old daughter, Reva. Adi told them to follow his car to Meherazad, and Baba met them lovingly.

The brigadier general was a Sikh from the Punjab, and Baba remarked to him that Guru Nanak was a Perfect Master.

His wife asked, "Have you read about Guru Nanak?"

"I have not read," Baba gestured, "I know!"

The brigadier asked, "Baba, I have heard that it is beneficial to repeat the divine name, but which name is best to repeat?"

"Do you love your wife?"

"Yes, Baba. I love her very much."

"What would you do if she were staying far away from you?"

"I would remember her, of course."

"Would you remember her with a rosary in your hand? Would you sit in a corner and repeat her name?"

"No, I would think about her spontaneously with love."

Baba stated, "In the same way, automatic remembrance of God in a natural way is what is worthwhile. And without love, it is not possible. When there is intense thirst for the remembrance of the Beloved, love is born, and one's only thought is of the Beloved.

"This is called real japa (repetition of a divine name). Then, even the impossible becomes possible. It is the glory of the name." The brigadier was highly impressed by Baba's explanation.

General Bhandari and his wife bid a tearful goodbye to Baba. Out of his great kindness, Baba had met them, knowing this was the last time the couple would ever see him.

90-MANMATH NATH CHATTERJEE

(Former professor of sociology at Antioch College in Ohio)

Another Indian, a learned Brahmin in his early 60s named Manmath Nath Chatterjee, also met Baba. Chatterjee was a former professor of sociology at Antioch College in Ohio, and a dear friend of one of his former pupils, Agnes Baron. Agnes had been trying to convince "Chat" to meet Meher Baba for years, but he had scorned her attempts, saying, "You Westerners are so stupid! You run after all these big chaps, not knowing what the consequences will be. Until you are ready to have your life turned inside out — stay away from them!"

By sheer coincidence Chatterjee had phoned Agnes inviting her out to lunch. Agnes was furious and threatened, "If you don't come to meet Meher Baba, I will never speak to you again!" So, reluctantly he came to the hotel. It was time for lunch, but Agnes pleaded with Adi to let Chatterjee go in. They were seated outside Baba's room on a bench. Adi informed Baba, who came out, and taking Chatterjee’s hand between His palms; Baba escorted him into the room. Agnes was told to wait outside.

Half an hour later, Chatterjee, who was always very straight, almost military in his bearing, came out almost doubled up. Agnes took him to her room. Chatterjee was nearly unconscious, muttering, "I had to come, I had to come!" He left after some time and later sent a copy of one of his books to Baba. Shortly afterwards, Agnes learned that he had become paralyzed on the left side and he died soon after.

       

91-MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

(Political Leader from America)

Beryl Williams wrote this letter on May 12, 1956 inviting the Kings for Meher Baba's darshan. It is not clear whether Reverend King responded.

Dear Rev. & Mrs. King,

This brings to both of you, your able associates and each member of the congregations of souls in Montgomery, deep Love and Blessings from Meher Baba.

The accompanying biographical sketch and photos will tell you more about Him than I can include in the brevity of this letter; but, He is widely recognized in the East (India being His birth place), and by an increasingly large number of people all over the world as the Avatar (Saviour) of the Age. The one who emanates the rare quality of Divine Love and who by His Presence and Spiritual working in the world, enables the Humanity of the present day to imbibe it and progress more rapidly in the awareness of itself as soul and realize the Spiritual Emancipation and Freedom, which is and ever has been the birth-right of every soul born on Earth into a human body (regardless of the sex, shape, color or size of that body).

It is out of a profound respect for your inherent wisdom and sensitivity to the human plight and your determined efforts to serve the cause of Truth with spiritual weapons that I and many others take our hats off to you. Yet, I can never be content merely to cheer you (even though sincerely). Only one who loves God deeply, can have the courage to declare in the face of such tremendous odds and before God and the whole world that His Truth is worth living for and worth dying for — this Truth that we are all One — and for you there is no other way but to live it. For Me, your work derives spiritual significance from the fact that many other God-lovers like yourselves, are cooperating today in living and serving (each in his/her own way) their various roles in the larger task of which yours seems to be part and parcel, in order that human consciousness may be prepared to receive a fresh Dispensation of Light from above and reshape the conditions of human life into a more perfect harmony for the furtherance of the Divine Plan for the Earth. Perhaps we may not ever meet personally in this life; still, I bow in recognition of yourselves and your associates as kindred souls who are making their own contributions to this glorious venture. In the spirit of sharing the treasures of lasting value I send this priceless contribution to your cause, and by the Grace of God it then will abide in your own and many other deeply receptive hearts. It is in this faith, I greet you all.

Dear Rev. and you Mrs. King, Because I simply cannot regard you and the many dear ones of whom you are leaders as merely a group of Negro People engaged in a struggle only for social and economic equality in a society dedicated to the denial of it and determinedly opposed to it, I've felt you would welcome the information enclosed with this letter. It is intended to be a very brief introduction to a very vast subject as well as an invitation to a feast of Love — which will take place in America, in July of this year. In the course of a life-time comparatively few have the good fortune to attend it personally, not being aware of it for the most part and because it is only those who in the secret of their own souls can recognize its worth, who feel impelled to simply make the most of it.

I've also sent this same information to Rev. Abernathy and having had a card with your address, I want to send you this personal invitation.

Meher Baba will once again make one of His infrequent trips to the West, arriving in New York about July 20, where he will spend 4 days then go onto Myrtle Beach, S.C. for 5 days and lastly fly over to Calif. 17 days for the whole visit. In the course of this itinerary, He will see all those who have been in one way or another drawn to Him, including some who have been waiting very patiently for many years for this personal contact and all who want to meet Him. It is in full confidence of its truth that I say to you, "He understands completely the complex significance of all our human struggles and endeavours, our aspirations and our aims — including the immediate and ultimate meaning of the struggle in which you and all are presently engaged — and is fully capable of rendering undreamed of Spiritual help towards its successful completion. True, it follows naturally, the recipient if such help needs on his part a willingness to receive it, if it is to have the intended result. In Meher Baba one finds a true friend, a constant companion who by the stimulating power of His Presence, enables the individual so aware of Him to untangle all the knotty problems of his/her life, and in so doing, progressively uncover and discover for him or herself the real meaning of existence and the hidden purpose of human life in a physical body. In knowing Him, one also knows truly that the Divine guidance does surmount every limitation imposed by time and space.

Of course, it is possible to only indicate to another what a personal meeting and interview with this Being — whom we affectionately call "Baba" — could mean to any one — the actual occurrence is the only way of knowing each for him/her self; since it is a spiritual experience and much more than a mere belief. Many acknowledge it as the most precious Gift, of all Life's precious gifts and the heart can embrace it as its full compensation for the sorry state of affairs in our world of today, which on all sides would appear to make a mockery of and contradict Man's age-old awareness of himself as Soul (an eternal portion of Divinity) also that human birth entitles and enables this soul to realize its noble aspiration of finding and experiencing Itself through the various conditions of Life. But, God (truth) is not mocked! To meet One to whom and in whom that is not merely an inarticulate aspiration, but, an accomplished fact; a Self-evident Truth, is to add significance to one's own life and gives meaning to one's Religion. Baba, His life and work with the various types of Humanity makes us know our own latent possibilities and even though we become more keenly aware of the numerous obstacles to their fulfillment in the individual as well as in the collectively, He, out of Infinite Mercy and Compassion does provide the means of our transcending every barrier that hides the Truth (Reality) from our conscious experience.

As you are a Christian minister I'm happy that it is not necessary for Me to go into lengthy discussion of Christ's beautiful invitation to all who would know that Soul is Eternal Existence, to ".take up the cross and follow Me." as you and so many others are actually doing and because it was the living God (Christ in human form) who of necessity had to become the "Way, the Truth and the Light", it follows that the human being of the present day has the same need of a Divine Guide in human form, if he is to come into his inheritance of the Kingdom Within. It is also becoming increasingly clear that the Supreme Intelligence makes the provision in every Age throughout the long history of human life on Earth and the Supreme Soul (God) becomes man in every Age for the redemption of humanity; eternally groping and struggling to experience Light and Truth, yet, how few make it a point to discover the deeper secrets of Life by their own personal and conscious experience — while they can.

When we once have tasted of this Pure Love of God, we begin to see and understand more clearly what motivates all human endeavour and aspiration in the various spheres of our existence on Earth and ascertain that the heart of mankind can never be satisfied with anything less than its own perfect fulfillment which Divine Love alone can satisfy. To know that the thing really exists not only in the glowing descriptions of spiritual writings in which in we may or may not have faith, but, which our own hearts can verify and come into communication and Divine communion with, is to see the justification of all the great religions of the world. You ministers of the Gospel who have contributed so much towards keeping the lamp of faith and love burning in the human heart (amidst the attitude of cynicism and cold, stark indifference to the finer aspects of man's spiritual nature and the primary need of his being to experience and express the soul that he is) do have great cause for rejoicing today with utmost confidence in yourselves and your work; for, no one can serve God in vain. His Law is that by such service we can ever move closer to the realization of our Oneness with Him. I could not refrain then from yielding to this deep urge to share with you dear ones in Montgomery this guarded secret of many lives and hearts — "We are not alone!" Because you have every right to know that he is in incarnation in our lifetime, just as surely as He has been in the past, it would be betraying a sacred trust not to share the information with you lovers and worshippers of Truth.

Christ in His incarnation as Jesus declared, "Lo, I am with you always; even unto the end if the world:" Certainly, our faith in His Word has to become knowledge by experience of its eternal Truth. We are learning today that the concrete experience of the "Word made Flesh" was never intended by Him to be an event in the lives of a certain few of His children who happened to lived at a particular time in human history, while the rest of us could only have the dubious consolation of yearning for His Love to embrace us from the cradle to the grave. It is in the nature if love to respond to love, even in our every-day human experience; so, Rev. and Mrs. King, who would deny to the Supreme Being who is Perfect Love Itself, the power of a recurrent Advent and manifestation of Divine Love in His own Universe, in response to the ceaseless cry of the human soul in spiritual bondage and which after all is His own self? If Divine Love could clothe itself in human form once, in order to lead man out of the impasse of false consciousness, it is not a preposterous assumption on man's part to ascribe to All-Power and All-Mercy, the power to assume human form for the sake of all His human selves of every Age.

I don't know what your personal views on this aspect of Truth are, or how deeply you have delved into the recorded Spiritual Lore of Human history, but, somehow I feel you are well aware of all this and so I do not hesitate to speak frankly; your wisdom and the strength of character expressed in handling this task assigned to you, is not the way in which someone insensitive to spiritual Truth would handle it. So, since we are indeed members of one vast family, living for a supremely noble purpose, your work is no less than a part of the Great Drama that is (silently) being enacted on the wider stage of the world today; all who work for the betterment of mankind and the eradication of the human ignorance concerning each human soul as an eternal portion of the Supreme Soul (God), are working for the highest good — and in the nature of things — the love you're all employing is the very thing which will draw to your aid Divine Love. When we through love form an alliance with the Power that created and sustains the Universe, we can rest assured that we can never have loved in vain; for it is the means by which mankind is won back to the God of Love.

This then is not an invitation for you to join a new organization or accept a foreign creed, nor abandon your Religion of love in Christ, certainly it is not everyone's good fortune to meet a Being of Meher Baba's Spiritual Greatness in person: One who just by His Presence is able to impart to those who come to Him as much of the sublime awareness of the Soul as each is capable of absorbing, so that the soul knows once and for all its own worth in the sight of God. To Him it is unimportant what we take Him to be, it is quite sufficient if we have love. Through the interplay of love with Divine Love working through the fabric of our lives, our humanity is gradually transformed into Divinity. Then God is known to be our Self and the Real Self of all. All this becomes quite intelligible of we study the lives of the Avatars (Saviors) of the past i.e. Zoroaster, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Christ, Mohammed etc; not to mention all that has been written about and saints and Perfect Masters of our own day: No, our Age is no exception in God's Plan for His Creation!

Perhaps you would want to give all this adequate reflection and consideration, though I'm well aware that many people on hearing about Meher Baba are able to perceive as most natural, the fact that Christ walks the Earth a man among mankind today just as He did in Ages past: Their hearts have always known it intuitively, so, to them it is but a final confirmation. I wouldn't be surprised if you are among these enlightened men and women, or potentially so. If you should feel this to be of value to you and yours and wish to have further information as to time and places for the interviews, then, do write that I may send you all the particulars. Then you and all who are able to can make full use of a golden opportunity.

You will find in this sacred assembly, true brothers in God — of every race, nationality and religion — who out of a profound love for God, have offered their lives in their entirety on the altar of His selfless service. They have no time to waste in superficial considerations of sect, class and the racial distinctions between one member of the human race and another since the object of their lives is to love and serve the One God who resides in us all. They understand humanity to be the living flower garden of Divinity, each by his very being contributing in a unique way to the perfect blending of the whole, so, everyone has his place and his importance equally in the eyes of God. These noble souls, by the life they lead confirm man's dreams of brotherhood as a living breathing truth, which all can and will experience: In spite of all that those misguided by appearances may say or do in the desperate struggle to maintain the edifice of self-created horror in which they attempt to encage their own soul. Eternal Truth has again decreed a New Dawn and is making all the necessary preparations for what will be. Therefore, the gate is open to all who are ready to be not only witnesses, but intimate participants in the era of light, Love and Truth, that is rolling back the clouds of darkness of a dying Age. Those like yourselves who have found that darkness intolerable and are playing an active role in its dissipation should be able to take the Name of our Beloved Jesus with a new fervor. The certainty that God does answer prayer, in Person should bring to your steadfast hearts a new treasure to foster and cherish.

It won't be long, dear ones before each one finds himself/herself a conscious part of this Mighty, Infinite Ocean of Love, that is once again spreading Itself over the face of the Earth, easing the hearts of men in order to erase completely from his memory, eventually, the lie of separateness, difference, hatred and fear including all that is based upon it. Love will restore to each soul its own forgotten Unity of Being, ones only credentials for admittance into its ever widening embrace is his or her love for God. In that love lies our guarantee of participation in the New Dispensation of Divine Love.

Yours in His Love and service, Beryl Williams

 92-MIRABEN

(English Follower of Mahatma Gandhi)

When Baba was in seclusion at Meherabad during August 1941, some distorted reports appeared in the press regarding his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi in the early 1930s. Gandhi's English follower, Miraben, was reported to have told the author, Ram Landau:

I know all the details about the connection between the two men. It was always Shri Meher Baba who went to see Gandhi, never otherwise.

In Gandhi’s letter dated 20-4-1941 to Chanji he set right the Matter as follows. You may announce to the curious that It was not Meher Baba who sought me on Rajputana But I who sought Him out in His cabin and it was I who frequently used to go to His cabin.

They first met on the Rajputana, and Baba sent round word, asking whether Gandhi would receive Him. Gandhi, of course, consented. They had a talk, and after that, Sri Meher Baba visited Gandhi again in London. But, you may state quite emphatically that Gandhi never asked Meher Baba for help or for spiritual or other advice. He liked Meher Baba, and he talked to him, as he talks to everyone who wants to see him - that was all.

In 1950, Pendu and Murli had brought to Motichur Raja, the English bull, harnessed to pull the bullock cart. Baba wanted the bull to be given to a goshala (cow-yard) to be bred. Kumar, who happened to be in Motichur at the time, suggested that it should be given to Mirabehn, Mahatma Gandhi's English disciple, who was running such an institution nearby. It was named Pashu Lok (Animal World). Baba agreed, and asked Pendu to stop at Mirabehn's place on his way back to Manjri Mafi.

Pendu accordingly visited Mirabehn's vivarium near Motichur. She was willing to accept Raja, even though they had stopped using English bulls for breeding purposes. Pendu asked her to send someone to Manjri Mafi to take Raja away on the 10th, and she consented.

93-MIRZA ISMIL

Dewan of Mysore

In August, 1939 Baba went with Mirza Ismail to inspect the property at Byramangala (20 miles from Bangalore). On first of September, 1939, Baba selected a point and hammered a spike. This was called central point. Baba laid the foundation Stone of Universal spiritual centre at Byramangala, near Bangalore. The Dewan of Mysore, Sir Mirza Ismail, presided the occasion. The site was 574 acres in area and a nine member trust was formed to work out the project.

 94-MISHRA L. N.

(Ex. Minister of Defence Production Govt. of India)

In December 1968, celebration to commemorate Baba first visit of Delhi in 1952, a gathering was held at Ram Lila Grounds, where the people so far had witnessed Dussehra festival, depicted at length “Meher Lila” from 1 st to 3rd December. In a beautifully festooned Pandal illuminated with multi-coloured electric lights, was visible the life-sized portrait of avatar Meher Baba on a beautifully furnished stage. Inaugural address was delivered by Sh. K. K. Shah, Minister of Information and broadcasting on the 1st December, after he had garlanded Baba’s portrait.

The Hon’ble Minister emphasized the importance of sound and the word eternal and said that devotional music like that voice eternal would “Reach whenever He is “where ever Baba is-where God is. Referring to Baba’s teaching, the learned speaker said, Baba has said, “Love will sustain because Love does not ask for anything.” He told the audience that real Religion meant the mixture of Faith and Knowledge. He had to learn that from Baba. Saying this he invoked Baba’s Grace.

 

95-MISS CARENA SHIELDS

(Archaeologist)

2nd January 1935 was Minta's birthday and chicken and ice cream and cake were served. Baba gave her a scarf and Minta presented Baba with an electric razor, which Adi began using to shave Baba.

Miss Carena Shields met Baba the same day. She was an intelligent, bold young archaeologist who had spent time with native tribes in southern Mexico who practiced mystical, occult traditions. Like Hurlbut, she too felt conflicted. Baba reiterated: "In the West too are sincere souls who seek the Truth. There is an awakening even in the West toward a life behind all this [gross world]. But it is difficult to reconcile the two — material and spiritual living. I know how you feel, and tell you that you shouldn't feel disappointed with this situation or conflict, as you say.

"You must always remember that in spirituality, it is not the intellect and external life that matters, but it is the feelings and inner experiences that count. You can live in the world, do all your duties, and yet be spiritual. You should not run away from the world, nor shirk your duties towards your own and others. Live in the world doing all your legitimate duties, but keep your mind always toward the goal. Have a longing for inner life and experiences, and it will surely come to you gradually.

96-MOHAMMAD ALI JINNAH

Muslim political leader and Ex. Prime Minister of Pakistan

On Thursday, 12 March 1942, when Baba heard the news that Sir Stafford Cripps was coming to India, being sent by Winston Churchill to meet with Indian independence movement leaders, he commented on the current political situation in the country and abroad, and about different political figures in India and elsewhere. With perfect mimicry, Baba imitated the typical expressions of each one, and said:

Cripps is clever, sincere, shrewd and sympathetic toward India.  Jinnah is cleverest of the whole lot, has politics on the tip of his finger, Jinnah is the best speaker, but he is not as sincere and sensible as Gandhi and Azad, who is a great scholar of Islamic literature.

97-MOHAMMAD IQBAL     

(Islamic poet & activist)

Muhammad Iqbal (1877–1938) was educated at Oxford. He later wrote a national song (“Sare Jahan Se Acha Hindustan Hamara”) which became popular at the time of India’s movement for independence from British rule. His Urdu and Persian poetry is considered among the greatest of modern times.

In 1930, while travelling by train, from Lahore to Amritsar, in a 53-year-old Muslim man (Muhammad Iqbal) in compartment was also visibly drawn to Baba. He kept gazing steadily at Baba, who was patting the new boy seated beside him. After some time, Baba looked straight at him and dictated through one of the mandali, “My friend, there is nothing but bliss everywhere.”

“May be for you, Sir,” the man replied, “but not for us.”

Baba answered, “You complain because you cannot see it, but I tell you there is nothing but bliss all around. I see it; I experience it every moment.”

The man then said, “I have experienced nothing but misery, conflict and suffering in the world. I have never known happiness and am quite disgusted with my life.”

“This is because of ignorance, “Baba explained. “You have no experience of real bliss. You run after the shadow, losing the substance. You mistook happiness for eating, making money, and in pleasures and enjoyments, which are fleeting, false and transitory. Not only that, they take you further away from the real bliss which is everlasting.”

“But, where can I find that bliss?” asked the man. “And how does one find it?”

“That is exactly the point!” Baba exclaimed. “Now you are asking and desiring something real. Let your desire be only to find this bliss, to find Truth and to find God. Continuously have this longing and you will achieve it. You will find the path to achieve it, and someone will surely show it to you.”

“Would you show it to me?” the man pleaded. “Would you help me?”

“Certainly with the greatest pleasure. That is what I want to do. That is My work; that is My mission. I will show you what real bliss is only if you do as I say, and I will not tell you to do something too difficult for you. It is so easy, if you only take it to heart. I will then see to the rest.

Every morning, very early, spare only five minutes for this. Seek a place, aloof and alone, and try to meditate, thinking, “God is One; He is everywhere and there is nothing but Him.”  Do this for only five minutes daily. I will see that you experience something. You will see some light, and then you will be satisfied and proceed on the Path.”

The man was visibly relieved of his misery, and felt joy from meeting the Master and accepting His advice. Baba’s simple explanation made him experience that life was again worth living. The feeling of renewed enthusiasm for life had not been conveyed through words; it had been imparted internally.

The mandali found out that the person had tried many different spiritual austerities and was searching for a Master, but after years he had grown dejected and depressed. When he met Baba in the train, he was contemplating suicide. Baba not only saved his life, but inspired him to continue in his quest. This individual was none other than the celebrated Indian poet Muhammad Iqbal.

Muhammad Iqbal, the celebrated Indian poet and philosopher. was a towering figure among pre-Independence Muslim intellectuals, and it was therefore with much sadness that Ramjoo and Ghani heard the news of Iqbal's passing on April 21st, 1938 at the age of 61.

The next day, they were to visit Baba in Panchgani, but they were so preoccupied with other matters to be discussed that when they arrived they completely forgot about Iqbal's demise. But pointing to one of the hairs on His head, the first thing Baba dictated on the board to them were the Urdu words, "Mera ek baal gaya," meaning "I have lost one of My hairs." For some moments Ramjoo and Ghani looked blank, and it was only when Baba repeated what He had dictated and added, "Don't you fellows understand?" that they caught Baba's use of the words ek baal (one hair) rhyming with Iqbal. Baba had expressed His sense of loss but also the insignificance of it by comparing it to the loss of a hair.

98-MOHAMMAD SHAFI QURESHI

Ex. Deputy Minister of Commerce Govt. of India

In the evening of 24 June 1967, the programme of spiritual discourses was formally inaugurated by Shri Mohd. Shafi Qureshi, Dy. Minister of Commerce Govt. of India, at Urs Mahal, Dargah Sharif, Hazarat Nizamuddin Aulia. The Hon’ble Minister in his inaugural address, which was preceded by devotional music by Mrs. Kusum, Prabha, and Pushpa, remarked “In the world of today, fraught with various conflicts, man does not find peace. In the past people worshipped nature in search of Creator and thereby found peace. Then came the enlightened ones who showed us the path to God-realisation. We call them prophets. But when they declared their Authority, their Divine Power, they incurred the displeasure of mankind- the humanity whom they had come to save. To declare the truth an Avatar requires a Lion’s Heart. A time will come when the world will feel that there is a man who says that mutual conflicts and hatred has to be given up and we have to live as children of one Father-The God in Heaven. In conclusion, he appealed to the audience to listen to and spread the message of Meher Baba amongst others through good though thoughts, good words and good actions.

99-MORARJI DESAI

Ex. Prime Minister of India

In October 1964, Dr. Bool Chandra Desai General secretary of Third world religious conference invited Shri. W. D. Kain to be member of reception committee, he accepted being a noble cause. He wrote to Meher Baba about it and Eruch informed him that Baba has no objection to his lovers participating in it at the conference in Delhi next year.

At the executive Committee meeting of W.R.C. a list of persons to be invited was drawn and Shri. W. D. Kain gave a list 85 delegates and 25 speakers including Adi. K irani and others senior Baba lovers. The Third World Religious Conference, which had been sponsored by Muni Shushil Kumarji, was held in Ram Lila Grounds. New Delhi from 26th to 28th February 1965.

The Inaugural session started in the afternoon, with Prayers of All Religions by various representatives of societies /Associations etc. On behalf of Avatar Meher Baba centre, Sardar Amar Singh Saigal recited the Parvardigar or Master’s Prayer. Prime Minister of India spoke on the occasion after the session had been duly inaugurated by Shri. Morarji Desai, formerly Union finance Minister. He said on this occasion that religion, which could be best means to attend peace in the world, had always been the basis of wars and conflicts.

100-MRS. OTILIA AEOMENANA

Minister of Cultural Affairs, Panama and Rep of UNESCO

A woman named Otilia de Tejeira had flown to Myrtle Beach from Panama to meet Baba. She had heard of Him from Delia DeLeon in 1948. Baba met with her at 4:00 P.M. on the 16th and instructed her to shake hands with every one of her group in Panama.

Otilia de Tejeira of Panama had met Baba in Myrtle Beach in 1952. She came to London and related to Baba, "You have helped me a great deal."

"It is your love that has done it," Baba replied.

61-JAMSHED R. N. MEHTA

(Ex. Mayor of Karachi)

On April 30th, (1931) Jamshed Mehta, the mayor of Karachi, came to see Baba. Baba praised his sincere efforts and sympathetic treatment of the poor and needy, and admired his selfless service in other areas as well. Baba explained to him:

I am very pleased with your sincere work and selfless service, particularly in the cause of the really poor and needy. You render it with a sense of renunciation, even at the cost of sacrificing your own interests. I know all about your activities in the cause of service to others, and they are unique and most praiseworthy. You are sincere and selfless as very few persons in the world in your position could be.

In spite of all these sincere humanitarian efforts in the cause of service to others, God-Realization is far, far away. The ego will not die so easily. It is most difficult for the ego to disappear, and disappear it must before God-Realization is possible.

Even in the noblest aspirants and the sincerest workers for the good of humanity, the thought that "I did this" or "I have done that" exists. Although they might not say this openly to others, the thought persists in their minds. This very thought that "I have done this service" is so destructive that it nullifies all the service rendered and robs it of all value and worth.

Jamshed Mehta was highly impressed with Baba's explanation and his heart accepted the truth of the Master's words. To Mehta's surprise, Baba visited the slums of Karachi and Manora with him that evening.

 (It was on Jamshed Mehta's suggestion that Gandhiji's first meeting with Meher Baba took place on the ship S.S. Rajputana.)

 

62-JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU

(Ex. Prime Minister of India)

Previously in 1963, Baba had instructed Amar Singh Saigal to inform the Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, to come to Guruprasad to meet him. Although Saigal informed him of Baba’s wish, Nehru did not take the time to come.

After Baba’s arrival in Poona that year, when Bhau was on night duty, daily Baba asked him, “I am in seclusion and what will happen if Nehru comes abruptly?”

Bhau replied, “Nehru won’t come like that, Baba. If he wishes to see you, first he will send someone to make an appointment, and when he does, we will inform him that no meeting is possible because you are in seclusion.”

“What will happen if he comes without an appointment?” Baba asked.

“It cannot happen, Baba. Nehru is too busy!”

“But if it does?”

Thus the questions and answers would go back and forth every day with the watchmen.

But on May 26th, at about 2:30 P.M., Baba announced to the mandali, “Jawaharlal will come to Me soon; he will have to come!”

Baba also commented, “Due to his sheer energy and will power, Jawaharlal has recovered rapidly from his recent stroke. But if he gets a second heart attack, he will not survive but will pass away instantly.”

Twenty-four hours after Baba’s statement, Nehru’s death was announced over the radio. Eruch’s brother Meherwan phoned the news to Guruprasad at 2:30 P.M. on May 27th. Only then did Bhau grasp how Nehru could “come” to Baba without an appointment

Meanwhile, Was Deo Kain invited Baba to Delhi to see an unusual cricket match between the members of Parliament and the Prime Minister's team. On November 18th, Baba went from Dehra Dun accompanied by Eruch, Pendu, Nilu, Kishan Singh, Kumar and Hellan to attend the cricket match. Meherjee and Nariman were also called from Bombay to attend the occasion. On the way to Delhi, Baba stopped and visited Minoo Desai in Meerut. In Delhi, they stayed at Kain's house, 16 President Estate.

When Baba and the mandali went to the National Stadium to watch the cricket match the following day, Baba wore a black felt hat and sunglasses so that no one would recognize him. The mandali would also surround him so that no one would see him too clearly. But despite this, spectators gazed at Him throughout the game. It was observed that the Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, saw Baba from a distance and continued to look at Him now and then while conversing with his associates.

Some time ago, Amar Singh Saigal had given Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru a couple of booklets about Meher Baba. A report of his visit was sent to Baba at Meherazad, and when He heard it on March 22nd, (1963) Baba remarked:

Saigal should find another good opportunity to help the Prime Minister by telling him that, if he is not convinced about Meher Baba through hearsay, then it is time he should make it a point to meet Meher Baba personally to feel convinced of His Avatarhood. The personal contact with the Avatar and the Avatar's grace may help the Prime Minister feel convinced.

God in human form is the Avatar, and God's shadow in human form is man; therefore, there is a world of difference between the grace of the Avatar and the blessings of saints. Arjuna was blessed by saints and sages, but the instant grace of the Avatar convinced him of the Godhood of Krishna, for there is nothing impossible when the Avatar wills it so.

Hence, it is time for our dear Panditji (Nehru) (Footnote:"Panditji," meaning a wise man or learned man, was a commonly used term of respect and affection for Jawaharlal Nehru. The term was also respectfully used for Mahatma Gandhi) to come into the direct contact of the Avatar of the Age and begin to strive for that freedom which, once gained, knows not any bondage but gives the freedom from freedom itself!

I know that Nehru has no time to read things which help this process of unlearning. Yet, moved by Nehru's sincerity and honesty, I want you to tell him that Baba asks him to read a portion from God Speaks for five minutes daily, beginning with the first page and ending with the last.

I want you to take an appointment and have at least ten undisturbed minutes and read out the relevant paragraphs of this letter from paragraph three. In addition, I want you to especially read to him without fail, the following message from me:

Even intellectual conviction regarding Reality is not of any importance. The experience of seeing God within oneself as He is – the Ocean of Effulgence, of Love, Truth, Honesty, Power, Knowledge and Bliss – is important.

A few who thus see God become one with this Infinite Ocean. One rare one comes down from this Highest Consciousness and declares "I am God." This declaration of the "I" is not ego but is the natural outcome of his continuous experience.

If I were not the Avatar and if the world were to acclaim me as one, I would not become the Avatar! And if I am the Avatar, even if no one accepted me, my Avatarhood would not be lessened the slightest bit.

I have infinite power, infinite knowledge and infinite bliss at My disposal, but I do not use My power. Otherwise, how could I feel helpless as did Jesus during the carrying of the cross? And how could I suffer if I use My bliss?

When I break My silence, the Almighty Divine Power will be let loose and will revolutionize world conditions. I will have to break My silence and this will have to happen.

Baba closed his letter by stating: "I want you to convey My love-blessing to Nehru and to all those who remember me."

26 May, 1964, Baba told mandali “Jawahar Lal will come to Me soon; Jawahar Lal passed away the next day on 27 th May. Baba remarked to Mandali, “Jawahar Lal Nehru is matchless as a statesman and India will have to wait for another 700 years to find another jewel like him. Only when I come again, during My next advent on the earth there will be another like Jawahar Lal.”

63-JOHN F. KENEDY

(Ex. President of America)

The President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated on 22 November 1963, in Dallas. It all seemed part and parcel of the "suffering and chaos the world over" which Baba had foretold. When the news of Kennedy's death was brought to Meherazad, Baba commented:

He was a great man, good and sincere. Dying as he did has not only made him immortal in mankind's memory and history, but it has given him a great push forward spiritually. However, although he was assassinated because it was ordained to be, it is not a good thing, and it portends more suffering ahead for the world.

64-JOHN MILTON

(English Poet)

Milton was spiritually advanced, but did not attain beyond the second plane in the subtle world. He could see heaven and hell and that was how he was able to write Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. His books about heaven and hell depict the result of his personally seeing them.

65- JUSTICE HIDAYATULLA M.

(Ex. Chief Justice of India)

On 5th May, 1968, a special function was arranged in spacious lawns (Now holding underground municipal Market) of Connaught Place which was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of India M. Hidayatulla, who had been a devotee of Tajuddin Baba, one of the five Perfect Masers of Meher Baba. In his inaugural address the Chief Justice of India said:

“I am grateful for having been asked to inaugurate the 74th Birthday Celebrations of Avatar Meher Baba, who was born on 25th February 1954. These celebrations are held in most of the places for 74 days. For me this day has special significance as it was 25th February that I was sworn in as Chief Justice of India. Therefore, it is quite evident that Baba’s grace and kindness is upon me. I have not been able to see him so far; but I have read quite lot about Him. I have learnt from it and profited by His teachings. Meher Baba is Allah-Aulia, whose name is known all over world. All religions have Aulias, who try in their own way to bring the adherents of all religions on the right path. To them all religions are equal. It is my good fortune that I happened to know Tajuddin Baba also. The Quran says, “Revere Aulia-Allah and live near him”. He who Meher Baba is amongst us now and the whole world is taking advantage of His holy presence. I have not been able to touch His feet, to sit near Him. But I feel that He, on whom His nazar falls, get the benefit of His Grace, His Karam. It is hoped that Baba may break His silence and say words about the end of this year. The whole world is anxious to listen His words. We wish to live up to that time when He speaks. We may listen to Him. We should read His messages and try to follow His teachings. If you follow His oath, not only you, but the entire world will benefit. Baba is as much in your hearts as He is in mine. So what can I tell you?" He alone will guide you.

66-JUSTICE M.B. NIYOGI

(Judge)

On 14th November 1944, in the afternoon from three to five, Baba gave interviews at Thakur's home. A program was held in the convocation hall of Nagpur University. The hall was full and some had to stand outside. On Baba's arrival, Justice Niyogi garlanded Him. A few female students sang a song of welcome. Justice Niyogi spoke on Baba's spiritual status and work, and then read out Baba's message, "The Unity of All Life" to the crowd. Part of it was:

In the One undivided and indivisible Ocean of life, you have, through ignorance, created the pernicious divisions based upon sex, race, nationality, religion and community. And you allow these self-created divisions to poison your heart and prevent (obstruct) your relationships. Slowly but surely you must imbibe this truth at the feet of the Master of Wisdom.

 

67-JUSTICE P. B. MUKHERJEE

(Justice Calcutta High Court)

On 8 July, Judge Mukharji delivered a speech in Calcutta in celebration of Silence Day, which he titled, "The Eloquence of Silence." The speech was sent to Baba in advance, and on the occasion Baba sent this telegram to him and also to others:

I bind myself with silence that, when I break it, mankind will realize what real freedom is.

68-JUSTICE PURANIK

(Judge)

In the afternoon from three to five, Baba gave interviews at Thakur's home. At 7:30, a program was held in the convocation hall of Nagpur University. The hall was full and some had to stand outside. On Baba's arrival, Justice Puranik and Justice Niyogi garlanded Him. A few female students sang a song of welcome. Justice Puranik, a vice-chancellor of the university, had great reverence for Baba and declared, "It is the good fortune of Nagpur University that Meher Baba, whose work is to give God-realization to mankind, has come here today."

Justice Niyogi spoke on Baba's spiritual status and work, and then read out Baba's message, "The Unity of All Life" to the crowd. Part of it was:

In the One undivided and indivisible Ocean of life, you have, through ignorance, created the pernicious divisions based upon sex, race, nationality, religion and community. And you allow these self-created divisions to poison your heart and prevent (obstruct) your relationships. Slowly but surely you must imbibe this truth at the feet of the Master of Wisdom.

69-JUSTICE RAMASWAMY V.

(Judge Supreme Court of India)

Meher Baba’s birthday (25-2-1984) was celebrated at Sapru House, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Justice Shri V. Ramaswamy, Judge of Supreme Court of India on 25 th Feb, 1967 at 5.45 p.m. Justice V Ramaswamy delivered the presidential address where he eulogized the divine played by Baba in the present era. Begam Akhtar sang melodious songs and ghazals in the program.

70-KALIDAS.

(Poet)

Topic of literature arose when Dastur asked Baba who his favorite authors were, especially poets. Baba related that his favorite writers were:

Hafiz in Persian, and (William) Shakespeare, (John) Milton and (Percy Bysshe) Shelley in English. Shakespeare is presently reincarnated in India; he is now a Brahmin taking a leading part in politics, but one of the most sincere, selfless workers for the country. His thought force of the past has now been transformed into action. He was a genius and all the controversies over whether he was the original author of his works are meaningless. He wrote all the plays — no one else. It was entirely the result of his giant intellect. There is not a whiff of the spiritual in all his dramas and poetry, yet he was a genius.  The writer Kalidas would rightly be called India's Shakespeare.

71-KAMATH H. V.

Ex. Member of Parliament Govt. of India

Avatar Meher Baba’s 71 st Birthday was celebrated at community Hall, Panchkuian road, New Delhi from 5 p. m. To 8.30 p.m. on 25th February 1965. The program commenced with devotional music by Baba lovers and ladies mandali.  Shri H. V. Kamath, Member of Parliament, gave a speech showering great reverence to Baba.

 72-KANNAMWAR M. S.

Chief Minister

In year 1963, Sarosh informed Baba that the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, M. S. Kannamwar, was coming to Ahmednagar on 14 and 15 January, and if it pleased Baba, he could agree to give the Chief Minister darshan. Lokhande of Nagpur had also written to Baba of the Chief Minister's interest in meeting Him.

Baba replied, "Kannamwar's wife is a fast (good) friend of one of My close lovers, Indumati Deshmukh. She has attended some meetings of the Nagpur Center. Kannamwar himself once presided over My birthday function, and wants to meet Me. He could not come to the East-West Gathering in Poona, and now My seclusion has started. Still, I will see them on the morning of the 15th, between nine and ten o'clock for five minutes."

Adi K irani contacted the Collector, who informed him that M. S. Kannamwar would not be able to go to Meherazad, as he was scheduled to leave Ahmednagar at 8:00 A.M. on 15 January. Adi informed Baba, who agreed, as a special case, to meet the couple at eight o'clock. Everything was arranged and the route was lined with police officers. Two officers were posted at the gates of Meherazad. But when Adi went to Kannamwar's bungalow that morning, the Chief Minister was preoccupied and running late, and expressed his inability to come. Instead, the two police officers entreated Baba to permit them to have his darshan. Baba agreed and remarked to them, "How fortunate you are that, being on duty here, you have gotten the advantage of darshan and not your chief minister." (Three years later, Kannamwar saw Baba in Guruprasad in 1966 and expressed his regrets for not keeping his appointment at Meherazad.)

73-KAPINDRA JI

Authority on Ramayana

In year 1968, birthday celebration a special meeting at Tikona Park near Keshmiri Gate was arranged by Krishna Prasad Sinha which was inaugurated by Sh. P. Govind Menon, Minister of Law. Among speakers was Sh. Kapindra ji who was an authority on Ramayana

74-KARANJIA N. K.

(Ex. Director Central bank of India Bombay)

In year 1968, starting with birthday celebrations at the President’s Estate, in went around Delhi at Sarojini Nagar, Kailash, Baljit Nagar, Moti Nagar spreading out to Tikona Park near Keshmiri Gate where Krishna Prasad Sinha had arranged a special meeting which was inaugurated by Sh. P. Govind Menon, Minister of Law. Among speakers was Sh. N. K. Karanjia Director Central Bank of India Bombay

75-KING EDWARD VIII

(King of England)

During 1936, the King of England, Edward VIII, had abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American suing her husband for divorce.  His younger brother, George VI, was being crowned king in Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, May 12th, 1937, and the Westerners listened to the coronation ceremony on B.B.C. radio. Baba also listened for some time and remarked, "It's all illusion – bound by time and space." However, at the same time he expressed that he appreciated the king giving up his crown for the sake of love.

They asked if Edward was listening to the broadcast of the coronation and Baba said, "Yes, but he does not feel regret about it."

During the Archbishop of Canterbury's address, Baba commented, "Those in the church all speak of Christ our Lord, but do not follow Him."

After the ceremony he explained to the group, "Edward is free now to follow love and to draw toward Me. To follow divine love, impersonal or personal, is to come to Me."

Remarking on the new King George and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, Baba stated, "At least it is some solace to the people that they both have good hearts." (Lord Meher-Volume 6, page-2180)

76-KRISHNSMURTHY J.

(A Philosopher & Thinker)

On 6th November, 1931, at New York Meher Baba said about J. Krishnamurthy: “He does good and will to come to Me one day. I will help him to advance on the path. Krishnamurthy possesses great possibilities within himself. He is on the right path but he will not fulfil himself or become truly great so long as he does not visit me.

On 8th March, 1932, Shri J Krishnamurthy wrote to Malcolm, London, in reply to his letter: it is very good of you to have sent newspaper article regarding Meher Baba. I do not see how I can write to Him as I have nothing to say Him, but I hope I shall meet Him sometime either in India or Europe. I hope you understand that it is not the rudeness on my part to correspond with Him but I really love have nothing to day. After meeting in person perhaps we can correspond”.

77-KUMARI SURENDAR SAINI

(Ex. Vice President of NDMC Delhi)

On 5th May, 1968, a special function was arranged in spacious lawns (Now holding underground municipal Market) of Connaught Place which was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of India M. Hidayatulla.

Function was also attended by Shri Surinder Saini Vice president N.D.N.C. and she paid tributes to avatar Meher Baba.

On  Thursday 25 th February 1971, all roads led to town hall of New Delhi, the city of fountains, where 77 th birthday of Avatar Meher Baba was celebrated with  great pomp and show befitting to the Divine Status if Highest of High. In the same Town Hall Baba’s two emissaries Bros. Pendu and Eruch –first gave public talk in Delhi. It was there again that Beloved Baba during His darshan program of 1952-53 gave the message on 2nd December 1952.

On this occasion Shri W.D. Kain.  B. D. Dixit, C. D. Deshmukh and Dr. G.S.N. Moorty spoke on Baba messages & teachings.

Kumari Surinder Saini, Senior Vice President of the New Delhi Municipal Committee in her presidential address stated that. “It has not been my fortune to have Baba’s Darshan, but I had occasions of attending Baba’s Jayanti celebrations. I have kept Baba’s photo in my family temple at my house. She went on to say “If you wish to see God, try to look inwards. Love all beings of God in order that you may be able to love God” She questioned “Why are you not happy or have no peace of mind? Why is there no synthesis between prosperity and peace? She went to explain “If you go deep into problem you will realise the truth of Baba’s teaching and know that mental peace can only be attained by love of God. We lack contentment. Little do we realise that if “ill-got money comes it will be taken away one way or another. Some sort of introspection is needed. What are the causes of corruption in the world? How far are we responsible for it? Baba has stressed the need of self-abnegation, which ultimately leads to self-realisation. The drop feels the impulse of the Ocean when Baba’s grace comes. So let Baba bless us with His Grace in order that we can make our lives worth living. Let Baba place His parental hands on our heads. I pray. As she concluded with an offering of flowers at Baba’s feet, the auditorium echoed and re-echoed with joyous cries of Avatar Meher Baba ki Jai! Thereafter she released the Meher Year 1971 Calendar, issued by the Avatar Meher Baba Centre Delhi through courtesy of Dr. C. D. Deshmukh.

78-KUSHAK BAKULA

Ex. Member of Parliament Govt of India

In order to remember that eventful day of 2nd December 1952, when Meher Baba gave Public darshan at Delhi. In 1967, three days programme was announced. The first day meeting was held at Lajpat Bhawan Hall New Delhi which was inaugurated by Mr. Triguna Sen, Minister of Education.  Shri Kushak Bakula, Member of Parliament from Ladakh who told the audience, “Let us put in practice the teachings of Avatar Meher Baba.”

79-LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI

(Ex. Prime Minister of India)

The war between India and Pakistan had finally ceased in October 1965, due to firm action taken by the Security Council of the United Nations. A cease-fire had been ordered to which both nations complied. The war had reached a stalemate, yet neither country was willing to withdraw from the military positions they had gained. In January 1966, the Soviet Union persuaded President Ayub Khan of Pakistan and Prime Minster Lal Bahadur Shastri to come to the Russian city of Tashkent and sign an agreement for complete withdrawal behind their own borders in accordance with the 1949 cease-fire line. Both leaders were scheduled to meet for summit talks on January 3rd, 1966. When Prime Minister Shastri was on his way to Tashkent, one night Baba asked Bhau, "Will Shastri returns to India from Russia?"

“Why not?” Bhau  said.

"Winter is severe in Russia and Shastri is a heart patient. I feel he will not come back”

Bhau said to Baba, "Shastri is a very good man, gentle and self-effacing. Why don't you do away with Ayub Khan; he is the one responsible for all this carnage?”

Baba, however replied, "Ayub Khan is very strong, hale and hearty. The cold will not affect him.”

Bhau asked, "In the case of Shastri's demise, who is fit to become Prime Minister?”

Baba replied, "A good and strong Prime Minister will come."
After a few moments he asked about Nehru's daughter, Indira. "What do you think of Indira?”

Bhau asked, "What experience does she have, Baba? She is quite new to politics.”

Baba remarked, "You have no idea about her. Jawaharlal has taught her everything. She is very clever." Bhau later related the conversation to Nariman, and both of them were surprised when Shastri suddenly died in Tashkent on January 10th, and Indira Gandhi took over as Prime Minister of India.
Just before Shastri had left for Russia, C. D. Deshmukh met him, told him of Baba and presented him with a copy of The Everything and the Nothing, along with the Parvardigar Prayer. Shastri expressed his assurance that he would read them, and allowed himself to be photographed with Deshmukh, as he held the literature in his hands

When news of Shastri's passing was heard on the morning of Tuesday, January 11th, Baba commented:

Lal Bahadur was a fine man and a very good soul. He was blessed to have heard My name and talked about Me with Deshmukh before leaving his physical body

Long fellow said: "Come ye slow or come ye fast, it is but death who comes at last." And the poet Amir said: "Man is born for his last day."

Whereas I say: "None dies, and none knows to die. The rare one who knows to die is never born again.

In 1965, during Third World Religions Conference, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri said that there was no immediate prospect of the formation of one world religion. He, however, agreed that basic ideals and goals of all religions were the same.

80-LORD IRWIN

(Viceroy of India)

In 1930, Baba disclosed “the Viceroy Lord Irwin and Mahatma Gandhi have spiritual connection with Me for both lived at the same time of Shivaji.”

Viceroy, Lord Irwin, is very, very good, as is Mahatma Gandhi. Both are doing great service to India, though they are apparently on opposite sides. Both men have previous spiritual connections with Me, for both lived in the time of Shivaji, though one is a European and the other is now an Indian. But that is insignificant.

From ancient times, India has been a land of spirituality. So being born in India is a matter of spiritual pride, inasmuch as a person is (seemingly) so near the spiritual goal. The best of people born in America, Europe, Africa and other countries, with their good karma from this life, are born in India in their next life; and the worst of those born in India with false pride, egotism, and undesirable karmas are born in Europe and America, or in places which are so spiritually backward.

Great upheavals are coming soon throughout the world, particularly in India. There will be great tension in India between the British and the Indians on one hand, and between the Hindus and the Muslims on the other, resulting in terrible bloodshed and massacres. Hindus will kill Muslims, the Muslims will kill Hindus, and the British will kill both! Rivers of blood will flow in India and there will be corpses everywhere! Civil war will break out in India and all the parties will clash against one another. Nothing but chaos and confusion will reign everywhere. Out of this cry and clamor for independence, quite a new situation will arise with others intervening and abruptly appearing.

41-EDWARD VIII

(King of United Kingdom who was abdicated)

On Tuesday, 25 June 1929, there was a discussion about an editorial in the Times of India regarding the "Bachelor Prince" of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII. Earlier, on 6 June, Baba had commented that the Prince had a very good heart. (Baba even revealed that he had been an Indian in his previous life.) On the 25th, Baba made some further appreciative remarks about him, saying, "He has a good character for a man of his position and surroundings. He has a past connection with me and will join me."

The mandali could only wonder silently, "But when?"

Baba continued, "I like heroes such as Napoleon and Shivaji; they were never cowards. Napoleon was courageous till the last. Alexander [the Great] was brave, also. Emperor Akbar was brave, but not as brave as Shivaji. Even when the situation was hopeless, these leaders did not run away. That is good. That is bravery. One must fight till the last, do or die!"

In England, a scandal was brewing when the King of England, Edward VIII, was revealed to be having an affair with Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American suing her husband for divorce. On 6th December 1936, Baba remarked that it would be good on part of the king to give up his crown to marry the woman the professed to love, rather than prove false to his promise to marry her. “That would ba real mardi (heroic act),” Baba stated.

King Edward VIII had abdicated the British throne to marry Willis Simpson, - His younger brother, George VI, was being crowned king in Westminster listened to the coronation ceremony on B. B. C. Radio.

Baba said,” Edward VIII has a past connection with Me and will join Me.”

“He lived at the time of Shivaji”

  

42-ERNST LUBITSCH

(Hollywood Film Star)

On Thursday, 2nd June 1932, in the evening Baba, Meredith, Chanji and Quentin were driven to Santa Monica by director and producer Ernest Lubitsch, a “very fine and sincere man,” and had tea with him at his house.

 

43-FIROZ SHAH MEHTA

(Political Leader)

While discussing politics with the women, Baba commented:

There are three types of souls — man, saint and God-Man. The saints are higher than men, and the God-Man higher than saints.

Among men, Gandhi is surely one of the greatest today. Some call him a mahatma, and some call him a fool. He has his weaknesses, but he is a great soul. (Gopal Krishna) Gokhale, (Lokmanya) Tilak and Pheroz Shah Mehta were the pillars of Indian politics. All three were great, but Tilak was the greatest of them all. In politics, Gandhi was his disciple.

44-GABRIEL PASCAL

(Movie Producer & Director)

During September 1950, the movie director Gabriel Pascal had come to India for a week to peruse his idea of making a film on the life of Mahatma Gandhi. He was interested producing a film about Meher Baba’s life, now that plans for Baba’s own film ideas had been dropped. Adi senior talked with him at Ashiyana (house of Chanji in Bombay), but Pascal wanted to meet Baba personally. Pascal was informed of new life instructions, and he duly promised not to broach the subject of films or money-business in Baba’s presence.

Baba met Pascal at Ashiyana on 12th September, 1950. Baba lovingly remarked, “You are My Phoenix! You were with Me for several incarnations. I will you to fulfil My mission in the West. Your career will soar higher than ever before.

Pascal asked about silence, and Baba spelled out on the alphabet board, “The time is near when I will break My silence and utter the word.”

Pascal was overjoyed to see Baba, and later told his wife, “Merely being with Baba had given me back my vitality.” A true genius, Pascal had suffered a depression during this period; however, he was never able to fulfil his dream of making a film about Baba.

45-GHALIB

Poet

On 24 September 1961, about 70 Baba lovers from Ahmednagar reached Meherazad on invitation. All had gathered in the Meherazad compound wall, after which Baba met everyone individually, the women first then the men. Baba asked Rustom Kaka to sing first a Hindi song he had dictated to Bhau, which Rustom had put to music. More songs by Bhau followed, and a poem of Francis Brabazon's in English, which Rustom Kaka played in Indian strains.

At one point Baba interrupted the singing to allow Professor Abdul Karim Khan of Ahmednagar College to recite his Urdu lines in praise of Baba. Baba advised Rustom Kaka to put the lines to music in the form of a ghazal, and he had two records of Saigal's and Ghalib's ghazals played to give Rustom an idea of what he meant.

Afterward, Baba related this incident: "(Although a Muslim), Ghalib was a regular wine drinker and had once fallen down in a street so drunk that he was arrested and brought to the court. The magistrate coincidentally happened to be his disciple, who imposed a fine on Ghalib but paid it out of his own pocket. There upon Ghalib stated:

We were taking loans and spending on drink

But we knew someday our penniless state would be exposed.

Baba had dictated these two lines of Ghalib's to Bhau.

Baba then called Rajan Tiwari, a nine-year-old boy, before him and motioned to him to recite this couplet of Ghalib's:

Ghalib! Beware before entering the Maikhana (Tavern)!

Here, if one is not careful, the turban is whisked off one's head [one's ego is crushed]!

46-GENERAL SAM MANECKSHAW

Ex. Field Marshal of India

General Sam Maneckshaw was the war veteran who later went on to become the Field Marshal of India. He later led India to victory in wars against Pakistan and played a crucial role in freeing Bangladesh.

General Sam Maneckshaw (from Parsi Community) came to know about Meher Baba through Baba’s ringleader Gulabdas Nathubhai Panchal in Bombay, in year 1955. The incident in brief is written as under:

Gulab das Panchal had joined Home Guards as cadet in 1955. In a parade General Maneckshaw was the chief guest and all newly recruited cadets of Home Guards standing in a line to be greeted by the general. When general saw Gulabdas Panchal, he stopped and asked the cadet, are you a Parsi? The cadet replied, “No sir, but my guru is a Parsi (minority community in India even then). General Maneckshaw shook hands with Gulabdas also and moved on.” This attracted the attention of everyone in the parade.

In those days, trams ran all over Bombay a choice of commuting for employed middle class. Politically motivated riot broke between two communities–Marathi speaking and Gujrati speaking people. After this riot broke out, there was tram strike that disrupted the city transport. Panchal had also learnt to drive tram therefore he was given the duty to run the tram during strike. One day he went to run the tram from Tardeo. He did not know that the tram he was driving was also faulty. The brakes were sabotaged in the night. While running downhill he applied break but to no effect. To his horror, he saw in front of him a cart full of soda bottles on the approach road. Tram collided with cart with big bang and a fatal accident occurred. The man driving the cart died on the spot. Police came to the spot of accident. Since Panchal was driving the tram police thought it a deliberate act on part of driver and he was hauled into police jeep.  Panchal quietly sat in the police jeep.  As police jeep moved on way to police station another jeep from opposite direction. The man in navigation seat was General Maneckshaw. He looked at Panchal and asked him quietly hop on to his jeep. The police let him to go into that jeep. The General had recognized the cadet who had said he had a Parsi guru. Panchal ji jumped out of the police jeep to General’s jeep. The general took him to his home. He was given breakfast and he asked him to rest in the bedroom. But Panchal ji could not rest. He wondered if he would be responsible for killing the cart owner. Later General personally drove his jeep with Panchal ji to the Churhgate station. He saw the cadet off till he entered an Andheri local train. He stood on the platform till the train left the station.

One is bound to think there must have been a reason why Maneckshaw singled out Gulab Das on parade ground. He saved him from the great disaster. Only Meher Baba had foreseen it.

47 GIRI.V. V.

(Ex. president of India)

A programme of silence Anniversary of Avatar Meher Baba was observed from 1st to 9th July 1967, at the community hall, Sarojini Nagar, under the chairmanship of Shri. C. M. Poonacha, Minister of Minister of Steel. The Vice President of India Shri V.V. Giri inaugurated the function by garlanding the picture of Avatar Meher Baba. Following Message of Baba was read out by W. D. Kain.

“My love and blessings to all assembled to mark forty-second year of My Silence STOP Convey My blessings to chairman and speakers of all young and old who actively participate in Silence Anniversary Programme STOP I bind Myself with Silence that when I break it mankind will realise what real freedom is.”- Meher Baba.

48-GIRME K. T.

Ex. Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly,

Another function on centenary of Sassoon General Hospital Poona was held on 9 December to unveil a marble plaque bearing an inscription of Baba's birth date, which had been installed on the outside wall of the hospital building where Baba was born, due in large part to Jalbhai's efforts. Chhagan recited the Master's Prayer in Hindi and K. T. Grime, the deputy speaker of the Maharashtra assembly, unveiled the plaque on which was written in both English and Marathi:

AVATAR MEHER BABA WAS BORN

IN SASSOON GENERAL HOSPITALS

ON 25TH FEBRUARY 1894

Baba's donation to the hospital was presented at this time and then Adi gave a talk.

 

49-GOPAL KRISHNA GOKHLE

(Indian Political Leader)

While discussing politics with the women, Baba commented:

There are three types of souls — man, saint and God-Man. The saints are higher than men, and the God-Man higher than saints.

Among men, Gandhi is surely one of the greatest today. Some call him a mahatma, and some call him a fool. He has his weaknesses, but he is a great soul. (Gopal Krishna) Gokhale, (Lokmanya) Tilak and Pheroz Shah Mehta were the pillars of Indian politics. All three were great, but Tilak was the greatest of them all. In politics, Gandhi was his disciple.

50-GHOSH PIRAMAL

Ex. Minister of State for Railway of India

In July 1966, bro. Aloba received a letter from his friend Dr. J. Mehrabanpur of Shiraj, a great devotee of Meher Baba who had earlier visited India with a team of lovers from Iran and had Baba’s darshan. He stayed that Dr. Z. Ghorban, Vice Chancellor; Pahlavi University of Shiraj was coming to New Delhi to attend a conference on Medical Education. And that He was much eager to see Meher Baba and also contact some Baba lovers. His grandson had got an attack of paralysis since last two years. Dr J. M. gave him Baba’s photo to love it, concentrate on it, and repeat Baba’s name. Their Ayah stated that “last night when the child was restless, they just put Baba’s photo under pillow and the child had a comfortable night.”

Adi K. Irani, secretary for Baba from Ahmednagar forwarded a letter to W. D. Kain in Delhi and telegraphed the contact no of Sh. W.D. Kain to Dr. Z. Ghorban in Shiraj. As soon as Dr. Ghorban (pronounced as Qurban in English) arrived in New Delhi, Sh. W.D. Kain contacted him at Hotel Oberoi International. Sh. Kain talked to him about Baba’s   teachings over a cup of tea and also gave him some books on Baba. In return Dr. Ghorban gave to Sh. Kain a copy of History of Iran.

 

51-GOVIND DAS

(Ex. Member of Parliament)

On December, 30th, a member of parliament in Delhi, named Seth Govindas, arrived in Meherazad with Amiya Kumar Hazra. Hazra was an old lover, who availed himself of every opportunity of Baba’s darshan with his family. Govindas came to know about Meher Baba through Hazra.

Govindas’ son, who was a government minister in the Madhya Pradesh cabinet, had recently expired, and Govindas was sad and miserable over the death. (Some people consider it a malediction to have a child die before the parents.)

Govindas pleaded before Baba, “I want peace.”

Baba replied, “I will surely give you peace; but come to Poona in May.”

“Will I not have peace until then?”

“It will come gradually; but in Poona, you will feel it completely.”

“Where is my son, Baba?”

“He is with me.”

“I have no faith in God!”

“Who has faith in Him? If one had faith in God, what would there be to worry about? Everything happens according to His will, and once faith is born, there is no question of our existence or our passing away.”

Govindas was highly impressed with his meeting, but due to illness was unable to attend the darshan in Poona in 1965. Later, when he recovered he requested darshan, but being in seclusion Baba did not grant it. .

 

 

 52- GOVINDA MENON P,

(Ex. Minister of Law Govt. of India)

A cell organised function to celebrate the 42nd silence anniversary (on 25 July, 1967) of Meher Baba was organised at Faridabad under the Chairmanship of Shri P. Govind Menon, Minister of Law, who made a very touching speech throwing light on the teachings of Meher Baba and importance of silence observed by him. W.D. Kain gave a brief outline of early school days of Baba and His contact with five Perfect Masters. He asked the audience not to lose time in running up to catch the “daman” of Meher Baba. Shri T. N. Dhar thanked   the audience for having responded to invitation of this sammelan. The Avatar Meher Singing Group, led by Kusum, Prabha, Pushpa and Vinod presented a devotional music. Sardar Amar Singh Saigal, MP recited the Parvardigar Prayer and Prayer of Repentance, followed by Arti and a buffet dinner hosted by Sri & Smt. B.G. Malhotra.

 

 

 53-GULJARI LAL NANDA

Ex. Union Minister of Home Govt. of India

In October 1964, Dr. Bool Chandra Desai General secretary of Third world religious conference invited Shri. W. D. Kain to be member of reception committee, he accepted being a noble cause. He wrote to Baba about it and Eruch informed him that Baba has no objection to his lovers participating in it at the conference in Delhi next year.

At the executive Committee meeting of W.R.C. a list of persons to be invited was drawn and Shri. W. D. Kain gave a list 85 delegates and 25 speakers including Adi. K. Irani and others senior Baba lovers. The Third World Religious Conference, which had been sponsored by Muni Shushil Kumarji, was held in Ram Lila Grounds. New Delhi from 26th to 28th February 1965.

The Inaugural session started in the afternoon, with Prayers of All Religions by various representatives of societies /Associations etc. On behalf of Avatar Meher Baba centre, Sardar Amar Singh Saigal recited the Parvardigar or Master’s Prayer. Shri Guljari Lal Nanda was in the chair.

On 28th February, Shri Guljari Lal Nanda, in his presidential address, said that it has been this country’s tradition to call such conferences and discuss religious and theosophical problems.

54-HITLER

(Political Leader of Germany

Baba was in a good mood the following day, December 13th, (1941) and reflected on the present world condition and parts played by different leaders:

Hitler plays the greatest part of all roles. His name will remain immortal for centuries. He plays a double role of hero and villain simultaneously, and so marvelously, in spite of such a burden of worries that would make anyone else crazy, and as well as being surrounded by enemies and spies that endangered his life every moment. He would have been assassinated already, but for God's will, to enable him to play the role assigned, which he plays so creditably. Due to this divine sight on him, a sincere belief and strong conviction are created in him so that whatever he does he thinks is for the betterment and good of humanity, and is therefore right no matter how wrong it is.

Someone interrupted asking, "Does this mean he is an agent of the spiritual hierarchy?"

He is not an agent of mine, but an actor – perfect in playing the role ordained. What organizing powers he has! Look at his achievements. Fighting all alone against the whole world, against such formidable enemies as Britain, Russia and now America. Truly great!

But, on the other side, he is a fool and a madman. His colleagues – Goebbels, Goering – are hopeless and vicious. They have dragged him down. (Footnote: Paul Joseph Gobbles (1897-1945) was head of Nazi propaganda and called master-mind of the "big lie." Hermann Wilhelm Goering (1893-1945) was the general head of Germany's Gestapo (secret police) and air military forces. Both men were notorious sadists and both committed suicide.)

55-HUKUM SINGH S.

Ex. Lok Sabha Speaker Govt. of India

The 70th Birthday of Meher Baba was celebrated at Constitution Club, New Delhi, on 25th February 1964 at 5 p. m.  This was inaugurated by Shri. S. Hukum Singh, speaker Lok Sabha. Shri Amar Singh Saigal read out the following messages of Meher Baba received on this occasion.

“The aim of life is to love God.”

“The Goal of life is to become one with God.”

“The surest and quickest way to achieve to achieve this goal is to hold on to My daman by loving Me more and more.”

“I have suffered much and will have to suffer much more till I break My silence”

I give My love to My Lovers.”-Meher Baba

A booklet entitled “Seventy flowers” compiled By W. D. Kain was released. This was later sent to Baba by his lovers all over India and to U.K. USA and Australia.

 

 56-INDIRA GANDHI

(Ex. Prime Minister of India)

On Sunday, October 8th, (1967) as desired by Baba, Kishanchand Gajwani, Sohrabji Siganporia, Jal Dastur and Kishore Mistry came to Meherazad from Bombay. An International Tourist Fair was to open in Bombay on October 30th, and after reading about what Canadian lovers had done at the Montreal Expo, Siganporia was inspired to set up a similar booth at this fair. Baba gave his encouragement, and with the help of Dr. Ram Ginde, Jim Mistry, Nariman, Arnavaz and all the Bombay lovers, a booth was set up and a small booklet entitled "Who Is Meher Baba?" was printed, along with the Universal Message in different Indian languages.

Baba himself had perused the material to be included in the booklet. To the first question, "Who is Meher Baba?" He dictated this answer: "He is the essence of your very being which provokes you to ask this question."

Baba instructed them about this project and other work in Bombay and expressed His pleasure with Gajwani for his having arranged the three qawaali sessions in Meherazad in September. Baba asked him to prepare two more music programs with Jaipuri Qawaal for November and February. The group then departed.

Adi, Sarosh and Viloo were sent as Baba's representatives in support of the booth devoted to him. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi officially inaugurated the fair and then rode around it in an open jeep. When she neared the booth, Gajwani went up and drew her attention to the large sign above it which read: "AVATAR MEHER BABA THE AWAKENER." Amar Singh Saigal invited her to get down and have a closer look, but there was no time. Indira Gandhi folded her hands and bowed to Baba's portrait, as she rode by standing in the jeep.

57-IVOR NOVELLO

(Hollywood Film Star)

On Thursday, 19 October 1933, Quentin Tod brought Ivor Novello, 40, one of the most popular figures in British musical theater of the 1920s.  Novello was momentarily bemused. "There is no need to say anything," Baba told him. "For those who feel, there is no need for words and explanations. You have a good heart."

Novello rested his head on Baba's right hand and appeared overwhelmed. Quentin told Baba that Ivor's nature was so loving — he was always helping others despite his fame. Baba replied, "I am the Ancient One. He belongs to Me and has been working for Me all the while, though unconsciously. But one day he will know all."

Ivor Novello had invited Baba to Proscenium, a comedy in which he had a part. That evening Baba went with his group to see the play at the Globe Theater, and Novello gave Baba the box seats usually reserved for royalty. Honored by his presence, the entire cast bowed to Baba at the end of the show and Novello went to the box to receive Baba's embrace. Afterward, Novello introduced the actresses Zena Dare and her younger sister Phyllis to Baba, and extended a cordial invitation to stay at his country house whenever Baba was back in England. (Lord Meher-p-1565-1933)

58-IYER SUBRAHMANYA V.

On 9 February 1936, the politician Dr. S. Radhakrishnan came to see Baba with V. Subrahmanya Iyer, 67, the retired vice-chancellor of Mysore University and a professor of philosophy, and Professor Wadia, also of Mysore University. Radhakrishnan had come to know about Baba through Dr. Deshmukh in Nagpur and learned of Baba's presence in the area through Iyer, who was one of Baba's neighbors. Kalemama informed them that Meher Baba was now in seclusion and would not be granting interviews until his seclusion ended in June. They left. (Lord Meher-p-1698-1936)

59-JAGJIVAN RAM

(Ex. Cabinet Minister Govt. of India)

In 1960, on 4 th June, a cabinet minister named Jagjivan Ram had good fortune ti meet Beloved Meher Baba at Guruprasad and have love blessings. He was granted an interview with Baba. Ram was working for the upliftment of the so-called "depressed classes" (Harijans) and Baba assured him of his help. (Lord Meherp-4699-1960)

60-JAMES DOUGLAS

(Reporter from London Times news paper)

James Douglas, aged 64, a well-known writer and editor of the London Sunday Express (specializing in religious articles) came to see Meher Baba in London. A friend of Purdom, he prepared a lengthy questionnaire containing many "trick" questions meant to test Baba. He thought: "It would be much better to approach Meher Baba without prior intimation, as he will thereby be caught off guard and unable to prepare answers to my questions. I will expose him to the public, so that they may not be entrapped, and will be cautious of other so-called Indian mystics!"

He therefore appeared at Russell Road on Saturday, 9 April 1932 quite unexpectedly. Baba was on the first floor and was about to go out to visit the poorer sections of London. The trip was arranged already and cars were waiting. Baba wore English clothes when going out, but he would wear His Indian attire of a sadra and cotton pants at the Davys' home.

James Douglas was met Chanji at the door and was told that Baba was about to leave the house. He was requested to make an appointment and to come back the next day. But Douglas said, "I only want to see him for a minute."

Baba was informed and, surprisingly, He consented to see the reporter. Baba removed His trousers and sat in His room in a dressing gown and a blue silk scarf around His neck. When Douglas came up, He stood on the threshold, looking here and there. Chanji was with Baba to read the alphabet board and invited Douglas to enter. Something overcame Douglas. He seemed startled. With difficulty, he stepped inside toward Baba. He later related that it was as if an electric shock had penetrated his body. He was sweating and frequently wiped his brow. It was quite chilly at the time and strange to see someone perspiring.

Chanji invited him inside again. Douglas tried to speak, but his lips only quivered slightly.

He continued to try, and finally, wiping his forehead with a handkerchief, managed to ask, "What is happening to me? Can you tell me?"

Baba waved Douglas to a chair and said with a smile, "Don't be afraid. Come nearer and sit down." One smile from the Sun had Douglas into tremors and the man forgot himself.

He blurted out, "I feel a tremendous power here! Would you please tell me what is happening to me? From where is this power emanating and flowing?"

Baba again gestured for him to be seated in the chair before him, and James repeated, "What is happening to me? Won't you tell me?"

Baba responded with a grin, "I will show you later. Just be seated and tell Me if you wish to ask anything. I will explain everything to you, but first let Me know why you have come."

"I have come to have a long talk with you," he said, "and want clarification about some questions. But what is happening to me?"

"Don't be afraid," Baba spelled out to him. "Whatever you have to ask, you may do so without fear."

James Douglas felt comforted at these loving words from Baba and sat down. Then, after a few moments to settle himself, the interview began:

Douglas asked Baba, "Your birth name, please?"

"Merwan Sheriar Irani."

Douglas told Chanji, "Please don't read the board. Let me read it. I want to know directly what Baba has to say."

"Gladly," Chanji said and stepped out of the way.

Douglas tried to read the alphabet board. Baba moved His fingers slowly and pointed to each letter, spelling out "M. S. Irani."

"There is some confusion," said Douglas.

Chanji smilingly replied, "What is so confusing? Baba is spelling out his name 'M. S. Irani' on the board. Why are you suspicious?"

"Let me try again," he said.

Baba again repeated his name on the board, but the man could not read it. He stood up and moved behind Baba to try again, but he could not. Chanji again spoke out, "M. S. Irani."

Douglas said to Baba, "Please spell out some other sentence and let me read it."

Baba spelled, "My name is ..." Except for "my," the man's mind further failed to make anything out!

Chanji repeated from a distance, "My name is ..."

"How could you read his board from such a distance?" Douglas asked.

"I have practice," Chanji answered.

Douglas went and stood over by Chanji and tried again to read the alphabet board, but again failed.

Baba was very patiently moving His finger on the board to enable Douglas to read it, but as several minutes had passed, He now indicated to him, "Now, come to the point without wasting any more time on reading the board. There is only a little time left."

Douglas asked, "What is your caste?"

"I am an Irani."

"Where were you born?"

"In Poona."

"That means in India. How could you be an Irani?"

"My parents are Persians."

"Are you a Zoroastrian?"

"I was born to Zoroastrian parents."

"Which religion is considered highest today?"

"I consider all religions equal, as they are all different paths to realize the one God!"

"What's your opinion about the Christian religion?"

"Christ was a great soul who had realized God. So the religion derived from such a Divine Being must be great."

"What religion do you believe in?"

"I am beyond caste and religion. All religions belong to Me, but I have no special relationship with any caste, community or religion. I am one with God, and God is in everyone and everything."

"Are you a Mahatma?"

"What is the meaning of Mahatma? Tell me who is called a Mahatma? He who knows the Soul, the Truth, is called a Mahatma. I know the Truth; I have experience of the Truth. As you know and have experience of the city of London from being a resident of it over many years; so also, one who has not seen London, but wants to know it, will have to do so indirectly through a medium. But you live in London and have experience of it and know it well. For that, you do not have to resort to any outside means or medium. Do you follow Me?"

"Very well. Do you know Gandhi?"

"Yes, we met on board the Rajputana."

"Are you interested in politics?"

"I do not concern myself with any ethics or science, and so, also not with politics either, because in Self-knowledge, everything is included. He who has gained Self-knowledge has gained everything."

"What do you think of Gandhi?"

"He is a good soul and a profound student of the Gita, an aspirant for Self-knowledge."

"Are you a Divine Being?"

"I am merged in God in the way in which Buddha, Christ and Krishna were merged in and had become one with God.

In the same way, I live in God. As they knew God, so have I known Him! You yourself, and others, can know God in the same way and become one with Him!"

Douglas again wiped his face. His questions were being answered so quickly, and the answers were so concise and sharp-witted, he was stunned. After a while, Douglas continued:

"Is there evil in the world?"

"No, there is nothing like evil," Baba spelled out.

Douglas was momentarily astounded and asked, "What do you mean?"

"There is nothing else except bliss everywhere."

Douglas excitedly rose to his feet and began asking questions. "How could that be?"

"In Reality, that is the case," Baba assured him.

Regaining his composure, Douglas sat down and took out another questionnaire. "Then how do you explain the thousand and one evils in the world such as theft, murder, rape, treachery, dishonesty, immorality, torture? Can these wickednesses not be considered as evils?"

"Not necessarily."

"Then what do you call them? What are these to be considered?"

"They are more or less of a degree of good itself."

Douglas was struck by this idea and put his hand on his forehead. He had gotten up again, and he slowly sat down and said, "Oh, God! How wonderful! Why couldn't the poets and metaphysicians have explained it in such a straightforward and intelligible manner?" He sat thinking for a while.

Baba added, "As I have said, there is nothing but bliss in the world. What the world calls evil is an extremely lower aspect of good."

"Of course, of course," Douglas declared. "How easy! Why people cannot understand such a simple thing is surprising! Could you enlighten us as to when the world will understand this simple truth?"

"When its angle of vision has changed."

"But when?" Douglas asked.

"It is going on internally," Baba spelled out.

"Thank God! What do you say about the delicate and dangerous situation the world is facing? The world's financial condition today is such that countries are ready to strangle one another! Restlessness is everywhere. When will this calamitous period end? When will this situation improve?"

"Not until there is a change of heart."

"A change of heart? What a sovereign remedy! But when will the heart change?"

"It will start after about a year."

"Christ took three years to complete His work. How long will it be for you to complete your work?"

"Thirty-three years."

"What is your secret message or special advice?"

"The elimination of the ego."

Amazed, James went out to consult with his friend Sir Denison Ross   who had accompanied him and was waiting downstairs.

Returning, he said he had not yet begun to ask the questions he had really meant to ask. But before that, he again asked, "What is the mysterious power in this room, and from where is it emanating?"

"First, finish your questions," Baba said. "I will answer your query at the end."

"May I ask you another question?"

"Very willingly."

"You want to bring about the salvation of the world. Is there any Bible, Koran, or any other book, for which ..."

Baba interrupted, "I give counsel, and people take Me for a Master. But I do not attach any importance to book knowledge or to learning because I awaken the divinity hidden within (each one)."

"Do you believe in Buddha and his eight principles, and in that”

Again before he could finish, Baba replied, "Yes, any religion is a step on the path of progress toward Self-knowledge. You want to ask about Christ and Krishna, and the answer is the same."

This made Douglas stand up in surprise, and he gazed at Baba. Baba motioned to him to take his seat and to continue with his questions.

"Which God do you believe in? Of the Christians or “

"God is only one for all!"

"Which religion is closest to your accepted religion? That is, which religion is worthy of being accepted?"

"All religions are of God and, therefore, all are one."

"Is there a future life after this?" Douglas then asked.

Baba spelled out, "Yes, but only for the body. The soul is one. It never dies. It goes on taking one body after another, birth after birth. Unless it becomes one with God, it goes on taking rebirth."

"Is that nirvana?"

"Yes, but not at the cost of the soul's most pristine existence."

Douglas was about to ask something else when Baba stopped him, explaining, "The essence of existence of the soul is everlasting, and this Eternal Existence is one with God. Do not mistake this Eternal Existence, which is the soul, with the mind or the intellect. The soul makes the intellect work, but nothing controls the soul. The soul is absolutely independent. Intellect depends on the soul, but the soul is totally independent.

Intellect is the instrument of the soul. That is, it is a means to attain the Original, Eternal Existence and to experience it. Love, service, devotion and dedication make a person know God."

"From where did you acquire this knowledge? Before a question enters my mind, you know it!"

"All this I can understand quite easily."

"You did not answer my last question. How do you understand and know all this?"

Baba smiled. "Because I am one with Eternal Existence."

"What is your mission?" Douglas asked.

"To bring about a spiritual regeneration of mankind — of all, the East and the West," Baba spelled out.

"Have you the confidence to do that, especially in the West?"

"With as much confidence as that which you possess in thinking you are now talking to Me and believing that you are doing so! In truth, with this objective (the spiritual regeneration of mankind) I have taken this birth. This is the purpose of My taking human form."

"Who has appointed you to be the benefactor of mankind? Who has sent you?"

"I know it and it is My life."

Douglas was confused and found Baba's words incredible. Baba soothed him by lovingly stroking his back. Then he took the man's hand in his own and their eyes met. Both were quiet for a moment. Looking at him, Baba smiled, then Douglas exclaimed:

"Are you always like this — in bliss?"

"I enjoy eternal bliss. It is My constant life and existence."

"Why do I not enjoy that bliss?"

"Because in this illusion, you are not free of your ego and so cannot enjoy such bliss. For this reason, due to ignorance, the world is miserable. In truth, nothing exists on all four sides except bliss."

"Who is God? What is He? Is He a person or a power?"

"God is both in form and without form. He resides in every being and pervades every thing. In every aspect of life — in art, in literature, in beauty — He is!"

Hearing this, Douglas was about to ask Baba something, but Baba prevented him, indicating that he should first listen to what Baba wanted to say. Continuing, Baba spelled out, "From all this, you should not take it that I am a pantheist. This is not My opinion. In reality, I know everything through experience. You will understand all this when you know God. The highest experience is to know oneself.

It is the supreme experience. It means to be one with God!"

"Are you married?" Douglas then asked.

"I am beyond sex," Baba spelled out. "There is no difference for Me between a male and a female."

"How many hours do you sleep at night?"

"Three."

"What are your plans after this?"

"I will proceed to America after a short stay at the Devonshire ashram."

"Would you now answer my first question and put an end to my anxiety?"

Smiling, Baba gestured to Chanji to tell Douglas, "You are very lucky."

"It is your kindness."

Douglas rose to leave and again asked, "The answer to my first question: What is the reason for the power permeating this room? Where does it come from?"

"It is due to My presence."

James Douglas took Baba's hand in his and then pressed it to his eyes, and Baba blessed him. "I melted under his enchantment in spite of my caution," he later wrote. His heart was full of Baba's love, and after a respectful bow, he left. His "one-minute" meeting had stretched to a full hour. The next day, James Douglas published the entire interview on the front page of the London Sunday Express. It had a great impact on many readers and numerous people found out about Meher Baba from it.

21-CHATURBHUJ SHARMA    

(Ex. Local Self Government Utter Pradesh)

Mr. Chaturbuj Sharma had met Meher Baba In earlier visit. On 26th November 1961 came to Nauranga. He was specially invited for his occasion. He came in the   morning at Meher Dham and left after participating inaugural function of Meher Dham.

22-CHIEF JUSTICE OF BOMBAY HIGH COURT

During one of Meher Baba’s stay at Guruprasad in Poona, Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court arrived one morning with his wife and children, seeking Baba’s darshan.

Baba was in seclusion at that time but nevertheless He permitted them to spend five minutes in His presence. The whole family sat at His feet and Baba asked whether they had good night’s sleep and He enquired of the health of each one.

Then turning to man, Baba asked, “What is your profession?”

“I am a judge. Baba,” the man replied’

Baba smiled and said, “I am in the same profession.”

The man seemed confused but a short while later Baba explained. “There is one difference between you and Me.” He said. “When a guilty one is brought before you, you establish his guilt and then you punish him. On the other hand when guilty one is brought before Me, I establish his guilt and then forgive him.” (Ancient One-p-126))

 

23-CONSTANCE COLLIER

(Hollywood movie actress and drama teacher)

2nd January 1935 was Minta's birthday and chicken and ice cream and cake were served. Baba gave her a scarf and Minta presented Baba with an electric razor, which Adi began using to shave Baba.

Constance Collier, 57, a Hollywood movie actress and drama teacher, came to see Baba at the house on Camino Palmero on Sunday, 6 January 1935. She was having trouble with failing eyesight and Baba gave her a meditation to do, which he said would help her both physically and spiritually. She said to Him, "I have hundreds of friends, but not one could be called a true one. I feel so alone."

Baba gestured to her, "I am your friend — a real one."

"Yes, I believe you are. I do not feel alone since I have known you.

Please remember Me."

"I am in you all the time," Baba assured her.

 

24-DATUR B. N.

(Ex. Minster of Home Govt. of India)

A public meeting under the chairmanship of the Lok Sabha (Parliament) Speaker sh. Ananthasayanan Ayyangar, was arranged at the Constitution Club, New Delhi at 5 p.m.,

  1. N. Datar, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs made a very touching speech. He told the audience how he met “Bhagwan Meher Baba”.

Later Dr. Moorty enlightened the public on the importance of Meher Baba’s silence and proved by quotations and anecdotes how Meher Baba was considered to be Avatar

 

25-DIXIT G. Y.

Vice-chancellor of Kolhapur University,

Meanwhile G. Y. Dixit, a devoted follower and the vice-chancellor of Kolhapur University, invited Baba to participate in the opening of a new Montessori school. Because of his seclusion, Baba did not go. Instead, on Sunday, 18 October 1942, he sent Adi Sr. to deliver this message:

The form of service that a Montessori school takes has a practical value, if one's service is rendered selflessly. It is an important task, as it deals with the infant's nature in the prime of its development. The children's carefree hearts and restless pranks reflect qualities which are divine, and they are blissful in their innocence. The task is to see how far you can make use of this "divinity" in man, expressed through the child-God. A little patience, a little kindness, infinite understanding and sweet love are the only things by which the teachers can repay for having received the usefulness of human service at its purest.

My blessings to all those who are genuinely responsible for having this school opened, as much as to the children who will attend it.

 

 

 26-DR. ABDUL MAJID KHAN

(Religious Head)

Abdul Majid Khan, wearing a long overcoat, approached and Baba asked him, “Is it snowing outside?” After his embrace, Baba reminded him, “I am the Lord of the Universe.

During a meeting, tent was full to capacity long before 3.30, as the Dehradun Bhajan group added fire to the wine with lively, ecstatic singing. Baba entered the pandal looking serious and sat on the dais. Baba called Abdul Majid Khan and urged him, “Focus your attention on Me 100 percent, and I say this because I love you.”

In one of incident, Abdal Mazid Khan offered help to mast to whom Baba had kept aloof, Baba stated, "We all are staying here together as companions. I have heard that two men approached the mast and gave him two rupees and laddoos. I had strictly forbidden it on the hill.

"Who did it? They should come forward and acknowledge their guilt so that I may forgive them. They should not be afraid, because I am Infinite Forgiveness."

Abdul Majid Khan stood up and confessed having given the mast a rupee. Baba corrected him, emphatically stating, "I am the Saheb-e-Zaman, the Master of the Age. Why are you catching hold of the branches? Why don't you hold fast to the root? In the depth of your heart you should enthrone Me as God!"

During Baba birthday celebration in 1968, a meeting was held at Chitra Gupta temple Pharganj in Delhi. On this occasion, Sh. Abdul Majid Khan made a startling statement in his speech that, “Nothing can house the Ancient One that does not house love” and he concluded with the remark, “Have hope, Baba has come to sow the seed of love in your hearts.”

27-DR. AMBEDKAR B. R.

(Indian Political Leader)

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the Father of Indian Constitution. His full name is Bhimarao Ramji Ambedkar and also known as Babasaheb. Indians observe his birthday to commemorate his contribution to the Indian Society.

Dr. Ambedkar was born on April 14th 1889 in Madhya Pradesh in family of Dalits or untouchables. Dalits were downtrodden in that time. He was one of the first “untouchables” to get a college education in India. He continued his studies abroad where he got his doctorates in law, political science and economics from Columbia University and London School of Economics. He practiced law and contributed for the rights of India’s untouchables.

Dr. Ambedkar was more than Indian Jurist. He was philosopher, thinker, historian, prolific writer, editor and Buddhist activist. He joined the freedom struggle of India and entered politics in 1936. He founded ‘Independent Labour Party’ of India. He published several books for the upliftment of Dalits, some of them are: The Annihilation of Caste; The Untouchables: A Thesis on the Origins of Untouchability; who are Surdas etc.

After India got its independence, the new congress-led government invited Ambedkar to be the nation’s first Law Minister. On August 29, 1945 Ambedkar was appointed as Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee and was charged to write free India’s new constitution. He died on 26th December 1956. Dr. Ambedkar was honoured with Bharat Ratna in 1990. It is the highest Indian civil award.

Mr. Gandhi made request to Meher Baba;

“I have one request to make. I hear that a large number of Untouchables are coming to see you in Nasik. Will you please tell them that this entire storm that they have raised about entering a temple there is futile? Dr. Ambedkar has made himself their leader. He is an educated man, but due to the defect of the age-old, caste prejudices and systems, the Hindu society does not encourage or sympathize with him and tried to keep him out. And out of vindication for this wrong, he has started this campaign for the cause of the Untouchables and tries to excite their feelings against the Brahmins."

Gandhi continued, "I am going to fight for the Untouchables until the end of my life and I want to destroy the prejudice of untouchability – root and branch. I want to make them one with Hindu society and religion, and blend in with the other castes. But they are now trying to establish themselves into a separate class as "Untouchables" by asking for separate elections and sanctions from the government, the very thing that I want to do away with."

Meher Baba responded, "I have already advised these Untouchables and their leaders who came to Me. I intend to advise them to fight for their rights non-violently. In Nasik, the leaders of both the Brahmins and the Untouchables come to Me for help."

Gandhi said, "This is why I ask this of you. I am sure they will listen to you and follow your advice. Therefore, I request you to reconcile them. It is a great work. I am sure Dr. Ambedkar will listen to you."

Baba assured Gandhi that he would do so.

Meher Baba then embraced Gandhi saluted the other politicians and left. A day after meeting Baba, Gandhi was arrested by the British and held in prison.

On September 6th, Baba had sent Nilu to Dr. R. Ambedkar, leader and spokesman of the Untouchables, whom Mahatma Gandhi had urged Baba to meet. Nilu was in medical school in Bombay at the time and would occasionally visit Baba in Nasik. When Nilu informed Dr. Ambedkar about Baba, he agreed to see Him immediately. Baba went to Bombay on September 12th to meet with him, and the following conversation took place at seven o'clock the next evening

"I am very pleased to see you," Baba began. "I have wanted to meet you for a long time."

"I was also eager to see you, but I had not been able to manage it," replied Ambedkar.

Baba then spelled out to him, "Let Me clearly explain to you in detail what I want you to do. First of all, let it be quite clear that I have nothing to do with politics. My concern in this matter is purely from the spiritual point of view, and out of My regard and feeling for the depressed classes. Apart from any politics, I have already done much for them during My time in Meherabad, where I made the high-class Brahmins live and eat in My ashram with Untouchables. Not only that, I made My Brahmin disciples bathe the Untouchable boys. I have the cause of the depressed classes at heart, and I quite understand and appreciate your efforts on their behalf.

"Now, the situation is such that the settlement of self-rule for India rests on the delicate question of joint or separate electorate for the depressed classes. Now is the time and place for those who fight for the causes of these Untouchables to strike while the iron is hot, getting as much as possible for them. So, the time of this golden opportunity for the poor Untouchables has come. I would advise you, for reasons I am about to explain, to accept the joint electorate with a reservation of seats, and other rights and details to be settled with Mahatma Gandhi and the other leaders.

"I had a long meeting with Gandhi the day before his arrest. He explained things and asked Me to tell you and the other leaders of the depressed classes to accept a joint electorate.

He promised Me, if you and the other leaders accept that he would meet with you and be most sympathetic to the rights of the Untouchables, using his influence on all political leaders to insure justice in the new arrangement.

"There are reasons why I want you to accept a joint electorate and join with Gandhi in this. By having the aid of the government for a separate electorate of the depressed classes, you run the risk of forever clashing with Hindu society and establishing yourself as a separate class, branded Untouchable forever and least desired. The stigma of Untouchability is to be uprooted once and for all, and all classes are to be united. This is the time and place for such a golden opportunity to tell your non-Hindu brethren to include the oppressed and all their legitimate rights; otherwise, they will lose and make them enemies forever, which no well-wishers of Hindu independence would want.

"It is enough that you remember what I have told you. You try to persuade those in your party and bring them around through your influence. I will see to the rest. Will you do so?"

"Yes, I will," Dr. Ambedkar verbally promised.

"Therefore, join hands with Gandhi and go along with him for a joint electorate. He has already promised to do his utmost for their representation and rights in the new government. Gandhi is sincere and will keep his word, and his influence will carry weight with other classes. I will also internally help your fight for the depressed classes, whose cause is always in my heart."

Dr. Ambedkar responded, "I understand what you mean and would like to do as you say, but I must explain that I alone cannot do it. I have to consult my colleagues in the party, provincial and all-India before acting."

Baba replied, "You can still exercise your influence on them and I will help internally."

"That I will," replied Dr. Ambedkar. "But I cannot say if they will accept or not."

"You need not worry," Baba assured him.

"I am so glad," Baba concluded. "You will be doing the greatest service for your people. So, remember, I am very, very pleased to have seen you."

"So am I," said the doctor.

Ambedkar then left. After a discussion with his colleagues, all agreed to accept a joint electorate; but as events unfolded, it took a long time to happen.

On 6th September 1932, Baba communicated through with Gandhi through disciple Ramjoo. Ramjoo said to Gandhi, "You remember when Baba saw you last January, just before your arrest, that he promised you that he would meet the leaders of the Untouchables and use his influence to make them accept joint electorates. Accordingly, he saw some of the local leaders before he left and wired Dr. Ambedkar, who could not come. Baba then left for Europe and America.

"On His return, Baba came to know of your arrest and sent for Ambedkar, and had a talk with him for half an hour. Baba impressed upon him the fact that, although he himself never took part in any politics, he wanted to convince the depressed classes that it was for their own benefit to accept joint electorates with reservation of seats and other rights; otherwise, they would form themselves of their own accord into an Untouchable group for all time, and that sooner or later he wanted to see the Brahmins and so-called Untouchables on an equal footing, not only in politics but in the matter of religion and spirituality also.

"Ambedkar replied that he would keep Baba's advice in mind, but that first he had to consult with his committee members and would let Baba know the results later. Baba says that this settlement of the electorate problem, for which you have started fasting, will soon be settled, but he wishes you to fast for 40 days. In reference to your desire to spend a night

 

28-DR.CHENNA REDDY M

(Ex. Finance Minister of Andhra Pradesh)

The Finance Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Channa Reddy, and his family came to see Baba. Baba remarked to him, "There is now conflict between Pakistan and India.

India is blessed because I am born in India. There is no cause for worry."

The minister said, "Even the Chinese situation is bad."

Baba replied, "I know everything. India need not worry. When I break My silence, the world will know who I am. All misery will disappear when people will begin to love Me. They will then come to know that only God is worth worrying about."

In order to remember that eventful day of 2nd December 1952, when Meher Baba gave Public darshan at Delhi. 1n 1967, three days programme was announced. The first day meeting was held at Lajpat Bhawan Hall New Delhi which was inaugurated by Mr. Triguna Sen, Minister of Education. Dr. M. Chenna Reddy, minister of steel and Mines offered their flowers of devotion by speaking with great fervor about life and teachings of Avatar Meher Baba.

 

29-DR. COUCH

(An Educationist from Australia)

Amar Singh Saigal, Indian Parliamentary Delegate to Yugoslavia met Dr. Couch –a Doctor of Philosophy-of Australia, in Moscow on his way back to India After the formal introduction, Shri Saigal told Dr. Couch that all geographical, historical literary or philosophical research was of no value   in absence of a spiritual understanding, which only the Avatar in this Avataric Age could impart. Dr. Couch, who was educationist, was rather taken aback at this bold stand. Seeing him in perplex situation, Shri Amar Singh Saigal gave him some of Avatar Meher Baba’s literature containing Meher Baba’s bibliographical sketch and a picture. He told him avatar wants little of us. All he wants is complete surrender and complete abandon. He wants every one of us to purify ourselves and live a life of love and will to Humanity. He advised him to go through Baba’s books, especially God Speaks as “Nothing of this kind has been rendered before.”

 

 

 

 

30-DR. HARI VINAYAK PATASKAR

(Governor of Madhya Pradesh)

The Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Dr. Hari Vinayak Pataskar, had inaugurated the Meher Baba Center at Raipur, and his speech there was carried on All India Radio. He longed for Baba's darshan, and Amar Singh Saigal beseeched Baba to permit him to come. On Baba's agreeing, Pataskar, his wife and Amar Singh arrived at Meherazad on Sunday, 15 December 1963 at 9:30 A.M. The road was lined with police as their car sped through the gates of Meherazad. Although Pataskar held an important and influential government post, he was a sincere and unaffected person, and was visibly moved when Baba embraced him. His wife was severely afflicted with arthritis, and when she was carried into the hall on a chair and seated before Baba, she cried out, "Closer, closer, put me closer to Baba!" She talked to Baba with such confidence and candor, as if she felt certain of his love and understanding. It was a most touching scene.

Their daughter had leprosy and Mrs. Pataskar begged Baba to cure her. Baba instructed that the girl should fill a glass with water every morning, look at it and repeat Baba's name before drinking it. "My nazar will be on her," Baba assured the woman, "and on you too."

31-DR. K. L. RAO

      Ex. Cabinet Minister

The eleventh commemoration of the first Public darshan that Baba gave in December 1952 in Delhi was observed at a public meeting    in New Delhi at Ramlila ground with number of M.P.’s and cabinet Ministers of Central government among large attendance. Dr. K L. Rao, The Minister For irrigation and Power inaugurated the celebration, garlanded Beloved Baba’s portrait before speech. He spoke. He spoke on the need for mankind to receive and follow Baba’s message to awaken his love

 

32-DR. DESHMUKH PUNJAB RAO

(Ex. Central Minster Govt. of India)

 

On the afternoon of the 22nd December 1952, a program as held in the Janata College Maharshi Hall at 4:15 P.M. A central government minister, Dr. Punjab Rao S. Deshmukh, received Baba, as did the principal, Dr. Jawala Prasad, and other members of the faculty. After garlanding Baba, Punjab Rao delivered a speech. Bhajan singing was performed, Baba's message "Religion and Politics" was read out and the students of the college were given prasad. Sagane presented Dr. Rao with a large photograph of Baba sent by Harjiwan Lal of Delhi. (Lord Meher-p-3327-1952)

While it was being installed in the hall, Dr. Rao said, "The photograph in this hall will always remind us of your visit here." Baba also unveiled a portrait of the saint Ramana Maharshi, after whom the hall had been named, and then toured the college campus. (Lord Meher-p-3328-1952

33-DR. RADHAKRISHNAN

(Ex. President of India)

On 9 February 1936, the politician Dr. S. Radhakrishnan came to see Baba with V. Subrahmanya Iyer, 67, the retired vice-chancellor of Mysore University and a professor of philosophy, and Professor Wadia, also of Mysore University. Radhakrishnan had come to know about Baba through Dr. Deshmukh in Nagpur and learned of Baba's presence in the area through Iyer, who was one of Baba's neighbours. Kalemama informed them that Meher Baba was now in seclusion and would not be granting interviews until his seclusion ended in June. They left.

Radhakrishnan never came again for Baba's darshan, though he was interested in Baba and was later given a copy of God Speaks. After he became President of India during the 1960s, he would hear about Baba from Delhi Baba lovers, Mona and Manohar Sakhare. They would keep Radhakrishnan informed about Baba's activities and play Baba's arti for him on their record player.

Baba came to see the three Westerners on the hill on 3rd. Adi Sr. arrived with Dr. Deshmukh, who was introduced to Irene. A copy of God Speaks was given to Irene to present to Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the Vice-President of India (who had met Baba), taking a promise from him to read the entire book. Irene was then driven back to Bombay and then left for Delhi where she wished to spend the winter with friends.

Dr. Deshmukh knew the President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, who he had first told about Baba in the mid-1930s.

Radhakrishnan subsequently met Baba in Mysore in 1936. Manohar and Mona Sakhare arrived in Poona from Delhi and informed Baba that they had recently met the President and given him a copy of Stay With God and other literature. Radhakrishnan had been very pleased to hear about the East-West Gathering and more about Baba, and expressed a desire to meet him again soon. In response, Baba stated, "The President will come some day. Everyone will come one day. Even saints, real or false, will come. They have no alternative but to come to me."

While in Delhi, Deshmukh had also met the President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, whom he had met many years before. He presented a copy of The God-Man to him. Radhakrishnan had read God Speaks and Listen, Humanity. Baba wished him to read God Speaks again, so when, Manohar and Mona Sakhare were to meet him (on 5 March 1966), and they were told to pass along Baba's instructions.

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan while in New Delhi had evinced great interest in the teachings of Meher Baba. Although he was unable to attend any of the functions due to so many official “engagements” he used to send messages of good wishes on Baba’s birthday celebrations One of these message is reproduced below:

Rastrapati Bhawan

New Delhi-4

February, 1964

“I am happy to know that 70th Birthday Anniversary of Shri Meher Baba is being celebrated in Delhi.  I send my best wishes on the occasion and hope that his teaching will continue to inspire a large number of people in our country.”

(S. Radhakrishnan)

34-DR. RAJENDRA PRASAD

Ex. President of India

The Phrase –those who remember Baba, directly or indirectly is very significant because it goes without saying that Dr. Rajinder Prasad did remember Baba and the fact that Baba had given a preference to the residence of Sri. W. D. Kain in President’s Estate further confirms that Dr. Rajendra prasad had carved a niche in his heart. Two incidents in the life of Dr. Rajendra Prasad confirm it.

On one occasion, President was taken seriously ill and was removed to Sen’s Nursing home. His younger son, close to Shri W.D. Kain sent an urgent telegram to Shri Kain who was in Rishikesh. Though Dr. Rajendra Prasad was in nursing home so serious that at Rastrapati Bhawan they were arranging for “His Last Darshan”. Mr. Kain coming to Delhi immediately headed for ICU in the hospital. Mr. Kain said to Dr. Rajendra Prasad, “Let us go to Rastrapati Bhawan. He nodded in agreement. We returned to Rastrapati Bhawan. During next two years (when he retired) there was no instance of any trouble not even a minor headache.-Baba had done this all.

On another occasion, President was going on tour to Bombay via Rajasthan; Shri W. D. Kain was called and asked to go to Bombay with “Meher Baba File.”Since the president loved Shri Kain like his son, he sent his security officer with Shri Kain. President had directed Mr. Kain to find about Shri Meher Baba where about in Bombay and in case He happened to be there or near about, the President would like to meet Him. President stayed at Raj Bhawan. Police man was sent the residence of Nariman’s residence, which was away to Ahmednagar where Baba was stationed at that time; moreover, the state Govt. could not arrange the return tour of the President to Ahmednagar both on account of security reasons as well as for lack of time. So in spite of President’s wish to have Baba’s darshan, he found himself helpless. Later on in Delhi when Shri Kain reminded the President about fixing the programme of seeing Baba, he said with a smiling face, “Ho gaya” “It is not necessary now. I have it.” Apparently Baba had revealed Himself to the President and President appeared very happy.

35-DR. RAMAN C. V.

(Noble Prize winner & scientist)

The Indian physicist Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (1888-1970) worked mainly in optics and acoustics, fields to which he was drawn by a deep fascination for everything related to sight and sound. His most memorable achievement, honored by the 1930 Nobel Prize for physics, was the discovery, in 1928, that when light is scattered, it may undergo a shift in wavelength. Raman furnished a valuable tool for probing the nature of matter -- Raman Spectroscopy.

A third meeting was held at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore on November 9th. The Nobel Prize winning Indian physicist Dr. Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman chaired the gathering. Norina, Nadine and Deshmukh each spoke about their experiences of being with Baba. Afterwards, in his remarks, C. V. Raman observed:

I have never been a believer in personalities as such, although I have read the life of Krishna, Buddha, Christ, et cetera, and have great respect and reverence for them. Yet, when I visited the ruins of Benares and other places of pilgrimage, I could not help but allow the atmosphere of those places to touch and inspire me.

It is certainly a strange experience, since the sages have lived thousands of years in the past, and yet their influence still pervaded the atmosphere of those places where they had lived. This experience is not a matter to be expressed by words but it is a matter of feeling. If mere ruins create such feelings after centuries, then certainly spirituality is a matter of feeling and not of intellect.

Although he disagreed with Deshmukh at the beginning, C. V. Raman concluded that after hearing his talk he agreed with him entirely, stating:

This was not only because of the logic of Deshmukh's arguments, but primarily because of his great sincerity and faith, with which he expressed and held to his views. Although the teachings of all Prophets are identical, they are very difficult to follow. A teacher is always greater than his teachings, and the influence he wields over humanity is due to his being a living example of these teachings. People will be able to estimate the value of Shri Meher Baba through His personal contact. (Lord Meher Volume 7, Page 2466)

 

 

36-DR- SUBODH CHANDRA ROY

(A Hindu Indian Scholar)

An Indian Hindu scholar named Dr. Subodh Chandra Roy, aged fifty, had been teaching in New York at the New School for Social Research since 1948. One day after a lecture, a lady named Rose Garbade (who had met Baba in America in 1958) gave Chandra Roy one of Baba's books. Chandra Roy had been blind since he was seven years old, and he was the first blind scholar to be granted a Fulbright Research Scholarship to travel and study in India. His research subject was "Modern Trends in Hinduism," and after talking at length with A.C. S. Chari in Calcutta, he was determined to meet Meher Baba.

Baba allowed him to come to Meherazad in January, but Chandra Roy failed to show up on the appointed day. Baba acted very concerned about him. By mistake, Chandra Roy had gone to Ahmadabad instead of Ahmednagar, a difference of over five hundred miles. But the man had a strong will and at last, found his way to Adi K. Irani's office in Ahmednagar.

On the morning of January 21st, at 9:00 A.M., he was brought to Meherazad by Adi. After embracing him, Baba also kissed him two or three times. Chandra Roy recalled the incident:

I was very happy and also much embarrassed, as I had never been kissed by a man. But Baba embraced and kissed me with such kindness and affection that it was most gracious.

Chandra Roy was with Baba for about three-quarters of an hour. Baba was in the mood to discourse and answered the scholar's questions about reincarnation.

Chandra Roy then asked, "What does Your darshan mean for a person without sight?"

Baba lovingly drew His hand over the man's face and explained, "All who come for My darshan are blind, for none can see Me as I am. There are very few in the world who can see Me, the rest see only illusion. But the contact of touching Me or receiving My embrace is a darshan of untold blessing, and so you are blessed."

When Chandra Roy asked about the breaking of His silence, Baba replied, "The fact that I have observed silence is in itself the answer that I must break it.”

"My silence is no vow. I had the urge to observe silence, and I will equally have the urge to break it. An urge is independent of time, but the time is fast approaching when I will have the urge to break My silence."

Chandra Roy spoke of his deep study of various world religions and the conclusions he had reached, and invited Baba's comments. In response, Baba stated, "There are two aspects of religion, the ceremonial and the spiritual – for example, the husk and the substance. When a man's consciousness begins to involve and he dives deep within, he can rightly assert that he belongs to no religion but that all religions belong to him."

"How should I characterize your teachings?" asked Chandra Roy. "To what philosophy or religion is it closest to?"

Baba replied, "My teachings are not like any religion or philosophy. If you are looking to anything for close similarity, it would be a synthesis of Sufism, Zoroastrianism and Vedantism."

"I am glad to know this. As a professor in America, I teach comparative religion. I teach all three of these religions, Sufism as a part of Islam."

Chandra Roy next inquired, "How do you convey your gestures when you feel tired or get impatient?"

Baba took the blind man's hands into His and showed him how He did His signs, letting him feel His hands as He gestured. Chandra Roy asked, "Do you feel impatient at my questions?"

Baba joked, "Not yet."

Chandra Roy said, "I lost one day in my life by going to Ahmadabad by mistake instead of coming to Ahmednagar. How am I to make it up?"

Gesturing, Baba's answered, "Time has no real existence in Eternity."

Chandra Roy put other questions to Baba about metaphysics, to which he replied, "You will find all the answers to your questions in God Speaks. Study the book thoroughly and absorb it."

Chandra Roy said, "I have found that your teaching is the same Truth established through the ages."

Baba smiled and answered, "If it were otherwise, it would not be Truth! Truth is but one, the same and eternal. However, I have not come to teach it, but to give it."

Baba pointed to the metal plaque on the wall, which Eruch read out, "I have come not to teach but to awaken."

While leaving Meherazad, the professor told the mandali how happy and satisfied he was with meeting Baba, and said more than once, "Baba is indeed compassionate!"

Later, Chandra Roy summarized his meeting with these words:

Meher Baba's love is really very genuine and very great. He showed me what life should really embody, that is, about the "power of love" as opposed to "love of power." Most of us have experienced love of power, but very few of us have experienced the power of love.

After meeting Baba I concluded for myself, here is a person who embodied, practiced and inspired many of us with the power of love. I will cherish the interview I had with Him throughout my life.

 37 –DR. SHUSHILA NAYYAR

Ex. Health Minister of Health Govt, of India

 The Third World Religious Conference, which had been sponsored by Muni Shushil Kumarji, was held in Ram Lila Grounds. New Delhi from 26th to 28th February 1965.

The Inaugural session started in the afternoon, with Prayers of All Religions by various representatives of societies /Associations etc. On behalf of Avatar Meher Baba centre, Sardar Amar Singh Saigal recited the Parvardigar or Master’s Prayer. Shri Guljari La Nanda was in the chair.

On the 27th evening session of religious Conference milling crowd came to Ram Lila ground. Dr. Sushila Nayyar, the health Minister of India delivered a nice speech.

 

38-DR. VIKRAM SARABHAI

Indian Scientist -A Student of Oxford University

Baba was not meeting the public in Bangalore, but at 3:30 P.M. on Sunday, 12 November 1939, he made an exception. He granted a few minutes of darshan to three accomplished young men: a Western author and art critic named Francis Watson, 32; an Indian science student, Vikram Sarabhai, 20, who was studying at Cambridge; and another Indian, Kittu Purna, a former student at Oxford. Baba told them to come back after a month, when he would answer any questions they had.

39-DR. ZABIH GHORBAN (QURBAN)

(Vice Chancellor of Pahlavi University of Shiraj)

In July 1966, Aloba ji had received a letter from his friend Dr. J.Mehrabanpur of Shiraj, a great devotee of Baba, who had earlier India with a team of lovers from Iran and had Baba darshan.

40- DR. TRIGUNA SEN

(Ex. Minister of Education, Govt. Of India)

In order to remember that eventful day of 2nd December 1952, when Baba gave Public darshan in Delhi, a meeting was held at Lajpat Bhawan Hal in New Delhi which was inaugurated by Mr. Triguna Sen, Minister of Education and offered their flower of devotion by speaking with great fervour about the life and teaching of Meher Baba. Dr W. D. Kain read the message received from Baba.

INTRODUCTION OF DIGINATRIES

1-ABDUL RAZZAK

(Ex. Municipal Chairman Madras and MLC)

Sh. Abdul Razzak had Baba’s darshan in March 1930 at Saidapet in Madras. He took part in Baba activities, opened Meher Library and reading room at Meher ashram in Madras.

 

2- AGGRAWAL M. M.

(Ex. Secretary National chamber of Commerce India)

As Baba went into more strict seclusion after 1965, Baba lovers spread out their wings to fly over to distant places to spread His name and teachings amongst the lovers of God during the month of April 1966 The first spiritual sojourn was towards Agra- The city of Taj, where love story of Shah Jahan and his consort Mumtaj Mahal is written in marble. In this historical city, M. M. Aggarwal, Secretary, National Chamber of Commerce and Shri Krishna Prasad, Managing Director of Alopi Prasad & Sons played the host.

3-AKBAR

(Mogul ruler in India)

Akbar (1542-1605) was a Mogul emperor of India. An outstanding army general, he added Afghanistan, Baluchistan and northern India to his domain. His reign was marked by administrative reform, religious tolerance, and with the flowering of art and literature.

As to Akbar, he was quite a different. It was his greatness of spirit, nobleness of heart that made him great. The great tolerance for the religious feelings of others which he had shown the magnanimity of his heart.

Baba said, “Emperor Akbar was brave, but not as brave as Shivaji. Even when the situation was hopeless, they did not run away. That is bravery. One must fight till the last, do or die!" (Lord Meher Volume 4, Page 1167)

4- AKBAR HYDERI & HIS WIFE

(Sir Mohammed Saleh Mohammed Akbar Hydari)

Prime Minister of Hyderabad, India during the British reign.

Born: 8th November, 1869 - Bombay, British India

Died:  November 1941

Married: Amina Mulla Tyabji (born.1878 and died.1939)

7 children

On 25th September 1933, Baba sailed for Europe on 6th trip with Adi Jr. Chanji and Kaka.

After two days at sea, on the evening of September 27th while Baba was discussing matters with the mandali, there was a knock at the cabin door. Chanji opened it, and stepped out to find a very dignified looking old man standing in the hallway. Introducing himself, the old man said, "I am Sir Akbar Hyderi and I wish to see Meher Baba tomorrow morning if he will allow me to visit for a few minutes. May I know what time will be convenient for him?"

Chanji went inside to inform Baba, who instructed, "Tell him that, though I am not seeing anyone during the voyage, I will see him for five minutes tomorrow morning at ten."

Chanji accordingly informed the old man who seemed very pleased, saying that he had heard much about Meher Baba and had longed for an opportunity to meet Him. Akbar Hyderi, 64, was the Dewan of Hyderabad, an important government official (similar to a chief minister).  He came the next morning to meet Baba, who was pleased to see him. After the usual introductions and pleasantries, the conversation turned to spirituality. (Lord Meher on line edition page 1546)

Baba explained about the three types of faith.

Hyderi said, "Turn me toward the second stage where I can feel and experience God!"

Baba assured him of help, replying, "I will send you instructions for this tomorrow." Hyderi requested that Baba give an appointment to his wife, as she also would be pleased to meet Him. Baba indicated that the following day at 5:00 P.M. would be suitable. Hyderi left with his spirit greatly uplifted. Baba liked the old man very much; he was genuinely interested in spirituality, a trait Baba always appreciated. Baba also liked it that he was humble, despite his high government position. (Lord Meher Online Edition Page 1547)

Akbar Hyderi and his wife had come to see Baba at noon on 29th September. "We are both miserable," Lady Hyderi admitted, "Our son, Ali, is a drunkard and a spendthrift.

We are terribly worried about him." Baba consoled them, assuring them there was no cause for worry, and their son would be all right after two months. Lady Hyderi asked if she could bring their son to Him, and Baba indicated at another time.

They happily left, and Baba thereafter began sending them messages each day with Chanji. On 2 October 1933, Sir Hyderi's son intended to get off in Port Said and his mother was anxious about it. She did not wish him to go ashore, fearing he would end up drunk and a source of troubling embarrassment to them. Baba sent a message, telling them not to be afraid and to ask their son not to disembark. Accordingly, they told their son, who obeyed them, strangely enough without an argument. The parents were quite relieved.

Sir Hyderi again saw Baba, who assured him, "I will keep an eye on your son. Do not worry in the least. During the coming two months, he will have a relapse and go on a binge twice. You should not worry on these occasions, for he will thereafter totally give up alcohol." Hyderi invited Baba to Hyderabad and expressed his desire to return to India on the Conte Rosso, on which he had been told Baba would be traveling.

After he left, Baba sent another message with Chanji, who went to their cabin, but Sir Hyderi had already retired for the night. Lady Hyderi answered the door and told Chanji, "Baba showered his mercy on us yesterday. It was his blessing. Our son would otherwise never have listened to us. Please convey our grateful thanks to Him. May He ever have His nazar on us!"

Chanji repeated Baba's message about the son's future two drunks and told her not to worry. She asked if it would be possible for him to give it up immediately. "Do not be anxious. This, too, will pass," Chanji said.

Lady Hyderi then said, "We are resigned to Baba's will. Now what about my son's operation in London on his leg? Is there any danger?"

Chanji assured her that everything would be all right. "Convey our salaams and thanks to Meher Baba," Lady Hyderi said before wishing him good-night.

Baba sent Chanji to Sir Hyderi a few more times that night and Chanji once had to wake him to give him Baba's message. The son had not wanted to see Baba at first and had refused his parents' request to do so. (Lord Meher Online Edition Page 1549-50)

But now the son told Chanji on his own, "Give my salaams to Meher Baba and tell Him that I will surely come to see Him. Due to the pain in my leg, I am unable to do so just now. But Inshallah (God willing), I will definitely come tomorrow. When will His Holiness see me?" Chanji replied at about ten o'clock and that he would come to get him.

The father had entreated Baba, "By your power, draw him to you!" When they found their son's welcome change of mind, their joy knew no bounds and they were deeply grateful to Baba. Thereupon, at 12:30 on Wednesday, 4 October 1933, Ali Hyderi visited Baba. After a cordial introduction, Baba explained to him:

Grateful, Ali Hyderi expressed his feelings of reverence for the Master and left.

On 21st October 1933, Sir Akbar Hyderi again came to Hygeia house in London to take Baba to the nursing home where his son was recuperating from surgery. After He comforted the Hyderis, Baba visited the homes of other lovers on his return, meeting with each one and giving attention to their needs.

                                       

                                

5-ALEXANDER MARKEY

(A renowned Film Producer from America)

On 20th & 21 st November, 1954, Alexander Markey visited Delhi and arrangement for his stay was made at Imperial Hotel, New Delhi by W. D. Kain. He was given a photograph of Meher Baba and attended Baba’s morning Satsang at his residence in President Estate. On His return to Bombay, Mr. Markey wrote following to Mr. W.D. Kain.

“I have just returned to my home base in Bombay; and this is my first chance to thank you for the pleasure and privilege of meeting you and participating in your inspiring Sunday morning ritual (Satsang) at the president’s Estate. I hope to have the joy of joining you again before I have to leave these shores.

I cherish the little photograph of Baba you were kind enough to give me and it was a special grace to meditate in Baba’s room.

With love to you and all and warm yuletide Blessings.

Alexander Markey

 

6-ANANTHSHAYANAM AYYANGAR

(Ex. Lok Sabha Speaker)

A public meeting under the chairmanship of the Lok Sabha (Parliament) Speaker sh. Ananthasayanan Ayyangar was arranged at the Constitution Club, New Delhi at 5 p.m., when the speaker made a very impressive speech on the advent of Masters and Incarnations of God and Baba’s message of love and peace to humanity.

7-ANTHONY BROOKE

(Rajah of Sarawak)

Last White Rajah of Sarawak (The Rajah Muda of Sarawak)
Born : 10th December, 1912 - England

Died : 2nd March, 2011 - Wanganui, New Zealand ( aged 98 )

Married : (1) Kathleen Mary Hudden - married 1939 & divorced 1965

(2) Brigette( Gita ) Keller - married 1982 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Children : 3 from Kathleen's marriage

James, Angela, Celia

Parents : Bertrum Brooke & Gladys Palmer

Nationality : English

On 19th March 1965, an unexpected visitor, Sir Anthony Brooke, 53, arrived. Brooke belonged to a prominent British aristocratic family, and had been appointed as the Rajah of Sarawak for one year.   Brooke was interested in spirituality and had learned where Baba resided from Maud Kennedy in England.

He intended to travel in India, visiting the ashrams of different saints, such as Aurobindo and Ramana Maharshi.

Brooke arrived at Khushru Quarters in a tonga. Adi was surprised to see a distinguished Englishman get down from the tonga. Humbly, the man asked about Baba. "Did he receive my letter?" he inquired. No letter had been received. It turned out that Brooke had written to Baba c/o the Pimpalgaon Postmaster, who delivered his letter that same morning.

Adi explained that Baba was in seclusion and inquired of the visitor who he was. "I am from Sarawak," Brooke replied. "I am the Rajah of Sarawak. I have come all the way to see Meher Baba."

In the meantime, after Brooke's letter was read to Baba, a note was sent to Adi permitting him to bring Brooke, which he did at 11:00 A.M. Brooke was shown into mandali hall where he fell at Baba's feet. Baba embraced him and spoke with him briefly.

About his meeting, Brooke related: "I was drawn there at that time by the power of love and, on arriving; I flowed straight into Baba's arms. Few words passed, so far I can recall. Baba was very frail, and after sitting in front of Him for a few minutes, I left."

Brooke left the same night by train for Bombay. He later wrote to Maud Kennedy: "[The] meeting with beloved Baba was quite beyond words. It was the briefest possible, but everything was in it. He is Pure Love."

On July 17th, 1965, Anthony Brooke came to see Maud Kennedy in Lower Heyford with a friend, Mrs. Monica Parish. They talked about Meher Baba and his meeting with him:

Anthony told me what occurred in India. He found his way to the Bombay Baba Center and then to Ahmednagar and was interviewed by Adi K. Irani, who told him there was not much hope of seeing Baba as He was in seclusion. However, Adi went and asked Baba and Baba said yes – He would see Anthony for three minutes. So, of course, he went to Meherazad immediately.

Once in Baba's presence, Anthony walked toward Baba and knelt down before him with bowed head. Baba raised him up and motioned him to sit down on a chair. Anthony spoke a few words about himself and then asked Baba, "Who is the Master of St. Annes?"

Baba smiled lovingly and pointed to Himself. After three minutes and receiving Baba's blessing, Anthony left.

On October 11th, 1965, another letter was written from Anthony Brooke to Maud Kennedy:

I enjoyed your letter so much. Bless you, but I can only be brief in return. In answer to your question, I have no absolute inner feeling or conviction about the Avatarship of Baba, but He is a Perfect Master I have no doubt. It seems we each have a certain path and approach we need to tread, and after all my travel experiences, including ashrams and Buddhist meditation centers, I am in some inner way being curiously pressed back into the New Testament, seeing new meaning in it. Strange, but it is the way I have to go. )

 

 8-APPA RAO M. R.

(Ex. State Minister of Social Welfare of Andhra Pradesh)

Andhra Pradesh Minister, M. R. Appa Rao, arrived with his wife for Baba's darshan. He longed to anoint Baba's feet with milk and honey, but hesitated to ask Baba's permission. Baba asked him what he wanted. Haltingly, he replied, "If it is no trouble for you, I would like to worship your feet." Baba consented and instructed him to come the next morning.

Appa Rao returned the following morning at 7:00 A.M., and he and his wife anointed Baba's feet with honey, milk, curds (yogurt), spices, et cetera. They then washed His feet with eau-de-cologne and lastly with rosewater. They offered Baba tea, of which Baba sipped a little and returned the rest to them as His prasad. Appa Rao said to Baba, "On behalf of myself and my wife, I wish to declare publicly what we believe in our hearts — namely that you are the Avatar — God in human form." Baba appreciated the couple's sincerity.

In 1965, Andhra minister, M. R. Apparao with his wife came, Baba told him, “I am happy with your work for Me. My grace will always be with you. I want you both to love Me more and more. I am God in human form.” After Baba had embraced them, the  couple left.

Baba was happy with the work done by M. R. Apparao, the Minister of Excise, Prohibition and Social Welfare in Andhra Pradesh. He told him, “I know all that you do. I am pleased with your work.”

9-ASHOKA

(Ex. Ruler of India)

Meher Baba made following comment.

Ashoka (273-232 B.C.) was an Indian emperor of the Maurya dynasty. One of the greatest of the ancient rulers, he brought nearly all of India together. However, sickened of war, he turned from Hinduism to Buddhism, and thereafter professed nonviolence. He sent Buddhist missionaries from India as far as Greece and Egypt, and was largely responsible for transforming Buddha’s teachings into a world religion — Buddhism

 

10-B. D. JATTI

Ex. Vice President of India

A darshan programme was held on 16-17th 1984, May in Town hall Bangalore where B. D. Jatti, former Vice-president of India presided over the occasion. This programme of Meher Baba was held at Town Hall after a long gap of forty five years. Earlier programme was held about Meher was held on 6th November 1939. After finishing the programme at Town hall, the Baba lovers arranged a small function at Byramangala also to enlighten the villagers nearby about the legacy of the Avatar.

11- BAL GANGADHAR TILAK

 (Ex. First Home Minister of Govt. Of India)

On 29th November, 1940, while discussing politics with the women, Baba commented:

There are three types of souls — man, saint and God-Man. The saints are higher than men, and the God-Man higher than saints.

Among men, Gandhi is surely one of the greatest today. Some call him a mahatma, and some call him a fool. He has his weaknesses, but he is a great soul. [Gopal Krishna] Gokhale, [Lokmanya] Tilak and Pheroz Shah Mehta were the pillars of Indian politics. All three were great, but Tilak was the greatest of them all. In politics, Gandhi was his disciple.

12-BALWANT RAO KHER (MANCHER SHAH)

Raja of Sagar

Raja Balwant Rao Kher of Sagar and a few women from Hamirpur had come without Baba's consent. Baba first rebuked and then pardoned them. Raja Saheb Kher had met Baba in Nagpur and had come to Vijayawada with Nana. Baba nicknamed him Mancher Shah (the name of a king), because he was descended from a royal family and had a stately, regal bearing.

13-BARON F. VON BLOMBERG

(Co-President of the World fellowship of Religions)

A seven days programme to celebrate Baba’s 76th Birthday was drawn. The public meeting was held under the Preside ship of Shri M. Thirumala Rao, Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Estimates Committee, Lok Sabha Messages received good wishes from the Chairperson of Avatar Meher Baba Trust read out by W.D. Kain.

Baron F. Von Blomberg, Co-President of the World Fellowship of Religions Who had come to offer a garland of flowers at the feet of Avatar Meher Baba’s picture. He paid tribute to Meher Baba saying “Baba gives us love, understanding and appreciation of all religions, guiding us to work hand in hand for the welfare of the world. “ This was followed by a talk by Dr. G. S. N. Moorty on the subject “How can one realize the greatness of Baba.”

14-BEGUM AKHTAR

(Renowned ghazal Singer from Lucknow)

Born: 7th October, 1914 - Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Died: 30th October, 1974 - Ahmedabad, India

Married: Ishtiaq Ahmed Abbasi ( 1945-1974 )

Children: Zohra & Bibbi

Bai Faizabadi, popularly called Begum Akhtar (October 07, 1914 – October 30, 1974) was a famous Indian singer of Ghazal, Dadra and Thumri. She received the Sangeet Natak Academy Award for vocal music and was awarded Padam Shri and Padam Bhushan (Posthumously) by Government of India. She was given the title of Mallika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazals).

Back in 1937-38, Adi had invited Begum Akhtar to sing before Baba, and expressed his willingness to pay her round trip travelling expenses from Lucknow Akhtar to Ahmednagar, and make all arrangements for her journey. But she demanded an exorbitant fee, and at the time, Baba informed Adi: "Don't call her now; one day she herself will come." Later she came to Baba and received His grace as destined by Meher Baba)

On 13 January 1963, very few workers and devotees from Ahmednagar had been called for Mehera's birthday. In the morning that day, Begum Akhtar, 49, the celebrated singer from Uttar Pradesh, was brought to Meherazad by Adi and Meherjee, along with Golwalkar, the music director of the Poona All India Radio station. Baba had several of Akhtar's records and she was one of his favorite artists.

In response to a message from Golwalkar, Akhtar was to have sung before Baba in Guruprasad the previous summer, but she had been unable to do so because of a serious illness. Meeting Baba now, Begum Akhtar wept copiously. It seemed as if she had been in Baba's inner contact for years. She told him, "From the day I heard of your call, I have been craving your darshan, and I sing a special ghazal before your photograph every day."

She beseeched Baba to allow her to sing it before him, to which Baba replied, "I am in seclusion now and not in the mood to listen to ghazals."

Begum Akhtar pleaded, and Baba replied, "I will give my permission only on the condition that you agree to come to Poona and give a performance of four to five hours at Guruprasad on any day in April or May. If you agree, I will hear one ghazal now."

She was delighted and lovingly accepted the condition. The "Queen of Ghazals", as she was known, (who used to charge Rs.1, 000 per day) herself came to Baba begging with a prayer to allow her to sing for him. (Lord Meher-p-4906-1963)

Such is Love's wonder!

Seated before Baba and the mandali, Begum Akhtar sang her daily "prayer" to Baba. Its first line was: "Ai Mohabat, tere anjam pe rona aaya." ("O Love, my tears are the result of surrendering to you!")

Tears of love and joy coursed down her cheeks as she sang. Baba gave her one of his own handkerchiefs with which to wipe her tears. He was so pleased with her singing that she sang three more songs.

Baba remarked to her, "I am the Fakir of fakirs and the Emperor of emperors!"

Begum Akhtar replied, "Beyshak (without a doubt), beyshak!"

When Baba mentioned what fee she would accept for the program at Guruprasad, she said, "I want nothing except your love."

Baba was pleased by her answer.

The tabla player, Kamat, also accompanied Begum Akhtar, as did her daughter. They had brought two large garlands, one each for the daughter and Akhtar to place around Baba's neck. But Begum Akhtar was so overcome she put both garlands around Baba! Baba assured her, "You have no idea how happy you have made Me with your singing."

She exclaimed, "I am so happy and fortunate to have done so."

While leaving she held on to Baba's feet, and with her head on his knee wept quietly for a long time. Patting her bowed head, Baba gestured, "You are most blessed." (Lord Meher-4907-1963)

The girl Lata Limaye began singing a ghazal, and though her voice was melodious, she seemed to be nervous and in a hurry to finish it. Baba advised her to be patient in her rendering and informed her that she had to sing before Him in Poona when Begum Akhtar would also be present. Baba commented about Begum Akhtar's visit to Meherazad and her willingness to sing before Him. He also praised Lata because she had excelled and won first place in a music competition in Poona, and assured her that she had an exceptionally sweet voice. In respect of Baba's wish, Lata sang the bhajan called "Rajaji" and Baba gave her an embrace. (Lord Meher-p-4931-1963)

On Friday, 3 May 1963, Begum Akhtar came to Guruprasad and saw Baba in morning along with others from Bombay and Poona. (Lord Meher-p-4977-1963)

In 1963, two large groups from Hamirpur came, one by train and one in a private bus. They were staying in a school and would walk to Guruprasad singing songs in praise of Baba. It was a remarkable sight to witness. These poor villagers from Hamirpur were proclaiming the advent of the Avatar to the urban public of Poona.

When they came to Guruprasad, Baba embraced each of them. Lata Limaye sang a few ghazals, and she sang so well that even Begum Akhtar, who was sitting next to her, applauded and patted her on the back. Baba asked Lata, "Would you be willing to stay with Begum Akhtar for six months and learn ghazals?" To such a privilege she eagerly agreed.

In the afternoon Begum Akhtar sang for nearly three hours. She was accompanied by Golwalkar on the sarangi, and Muhammad Ahmed on the tabla. All were formidable musicians, and it was a special event to hear them. Before they started, while they were tuning their instruments, Baba remarked, "The original naad (celestial music or sound) does not need such tuning of tal (rhythm) or soor (tune). It is continuous. Saints and Sadgurus hear that. All worldly music is only the seventh shadow of that original naad. Once you hear that you forget all."

The program was marvelous, and Baba was extremely happy. Guruprasad was overflowing for the recital. Baba allowed the women mandali to listen from behind the door, and often during the singing, He would turn to them and gesture with a radiant expression, "What a magnificent voice she has!" (Lord Meher-p-4978-1963)

In afternoon, Begum Akhtar began her second qawaali performance. Baba gave her a ring with his picture, and a pink scarf, which she wore throughout the afternoon. While singing the last two ghazals, tears flowed down her cheeks, but her voice did not break. As he had done in Meherazad, Baba once again handed her His handkerchief to wipe her tears during one song. The song that Baba loved best she saved for last. Its first line was: "I am the smoke from a snuffed-out candle, going toward my Goal!"

Baba also enjoyed the excellent performance given by the tabla player Muhammad Ahmed and by the musician Golwalkar. Many of those present were so moved, they wept silently while Akhtar sang her last two ghazals. (Lord Meher-p-4982-1963)

Begum Akhtar was scheduled to perform in Poona in October 1963. Since she was so nearby, she wrote Baba, pleading with Him to allow her to come to Meherazad to sing before him. Despite His seclusion, Baba agreed. Akhtar arrived with Meherjee in his car at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, 15 October, 1963, along with her tabla player, Muhammad Ahmed, and a sarangi player. She presented Baba with a huge garland before singing three ghazals, and Baba appeared most happy. He gave her and Ahmed shawls He had used, and the other musician was given one of his handkerchiefs. In her love, Akhtar beseeched Baba to allow her to stay at Meherazad for a month, so that she could sing before Him every day. (Baba was pleased with her request, but it never transpired.) Akhtar was establishing a new music school in Lucknow, for which she sought Baba's blessings, and she departed at 11:15 with a large photograph of Him to be hung in the institute.

Inaugural ceremony of Meher Dham at Naurenga took place on 25th November 1963, by Sarosh and Villo Irani,

Begum Akhtar had also canceled a previous engagement to attend the mela at Hamirpur and she sang there. While going to Hamirpur, they had had beautiful weather and things went smoothly. But while returning, everything that could possibly go wrong on a car journey did. They suffered bad weather, engine trouble, flat tires, and poor accommodations. Viloo told Baba about this and then joked, "You took us in great comfort because you wanted us to go for your work, but on the return journey, you did not bother about us, because your work had been accomplished." Although Viloo had known Baba for many years, up to this time, she did not really believe in Baba's divinity; but after her many heartrending experiences in Hamirpur; she was fully convinced of his Godhood.

At Meherazad on the 25th, February, 1965, Begum Akhtar arrived at 11:30 A.M. with Meherjee. She had come to Ahmednagar to give a public concert arranged by the Ahmednagar Center for Baba's birthday, and she wished to sing a few ghazals for Baba as her personal offering of love. Even though she was tired after the long journey and her hectic schedule of engagements, she sang superbly. A poet from Ahmednagar, Afsar Seemani, composed a ghazal in Baba's praise, which Begum Akhtar read. She then spontaneously began singing it.

Afterward, Baba remarked to her, "Your songs were My best birthday present. Your voice is matchless."

Begum Akhtar replied, "It is all your grace, Baba; there is nothing else."

Baba showed concern for how tired she looked and stated, "Take rest this afternoon."

With tear-filled eyes, she said, "My rest is only at your feet."

That night, Begum Akhtar sang before a crowd of 7,000 at Gandhi Maidan in Ahmednagar, and Pukar spoke about Baba's life and message.

Baba's lovers in West Bengal had organized a special program on 8 December 1968 to felicitate Begum Akhtar, who was visiting Calcutta. Baba sent them this message:

The God-Man is here among men to give them love of God and to awaken them to the reality that God alone is real and all else is a dream.

In words of Arnavaz N. Dadachanji

At the time of His birthday in 1967, Baba was extremely restless; He was also experiencing a great deal of pain. During lunch on 24th February He said, "My time has come. My time is very near." We were to hear Baba repeat these words frequently from then on. The following morning, His birthday, Baba was feeling quite low. Although He was dizzy, He tried hard to appear cheerful, as He wanted all of us to be happy. We placed the pink cake I had brought from Bombay before Him. After lighting the candles and singing "Happy Birthday" to Baba, we read aloud all of the many birthday telegrams He had received.

We celebrated quietly in Meherazad, but that evening a big birthday programme featuring Begam Akhtar, one of the most famous ghazal singers in India, took place at the Ahmednagar Baba Centre. She had sung for Baba twice at Guruprasad, and at her request Baba allowed her to come to Meherazad. We were happy to see the joy that her singing brought to Baba's face. Begum Akhtar was going to Mecca on a pilgrimage, and Baba asked her who would accompany her. When she told Him she was going alone, Baba said, "Am I not going with you?" He then gave her a handkerchief, asking her to place it on the Kaaba (the holy site of pilgrimage for all Muslims) and then bring it back to Him. After returning from Mecca she wrote Baba a letter sadly telling Him that she had lost the handkerchief on the way there.

Mehera Arjani wrote

Meherwan and I were discussing the lines from a ghazal this morning, and the talk came around to Akhtar Begum, who was the foremost proponent of the Thumri style of Hindustani Music, and who sang the ghazals that Baba loved.  She was very famous and Adi Sr. thought her performance would please Baba so he invited her to sing for Him.  She quoted a very high fee, and when Baba was told about it, He said, “Let it be.”

A few years later, Prof. Golwalkar (himself a very talented musician and composer) became the Director of All India Radio, Poona.  He was very taken with Baba, and so whenever a well-known singer came to perform for the radio station, he’d bring them before Baba.  At some point, he must have told Akhtar Begum about Baba, and following an inner prompting, she landed up at Meherazad where Beloved Baba was in seclusion, around His Birthday time.  Meherwan recalls that she turned up at Mandali Hall, and asked to sing before Baba.  Baba was asked, and He told one of the Mandali to bring her in.  She came in, and sang before Him.  Baba was very pleased and took a paper on which a poem for His Birthday had been sent by a close lover named Prof. Dastagir.  Showing the paper to her, He asked her if she could put it to music and sing it for Him.  She read it through and said, “Of course, I will do it right now.”  Thus saying she put it to music and sang it to Baba.  Then she asked to sing a final song, and Baba agreed on condition that she would come to sing before Him in Poona, for the three days of His Darshan there.  She readily agreed, and sang her third song.  Then she wept before Baba and from that day she was His.

Akhtar Begum kept her promise to sing at Guruprasad.  I remember the three days she sang, though to my 6-year old mind her singing wasn’t all that wonderful.  But she was very approachable, and when (on one of her beedi breaks – she smoked beedis and Baba would stop her every so often so she could go have a quick smoke - she was greeting Gai mummy and Manu, and I happened to be there, she gave me a hug and her blessings (it is traditional for elders to bless young ones, usually with long life and happiness).  Meherwan recalls that one time she had a congested chest and still sang so well Baba said to the gathered lovers, “See, she has a chest full of phlegm, but how lovely her voice still is!”

Akhtar Begum loved Baba a lot.  She always regretted that she wasted all those years when she could have been close to Him, She died a few years after Baba dropped His Body, and is still remembered in the Baba world as one who gave pleasure to the Highest of the High.  To quote a few lines from the ghazal that Meherwan and I were discussing – “Each syllable on my tongue praises Him, my every footstep on this earth is my salutation to Him.  I as Your lover am going towards my annihilation with as much rejoicing as if I was on my way to the Kaaba.” Maybe Akhtar Begum has reached her Kaaba too!

15-BHAVE M. G.

(Ex. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh)

Baba's darshan and blessing for the team of seventeen Indian cricketers who were about to leave for England for the upcoming Test Match. Baba made an exception to the darshan-only-on-Sundays rule and agreed to see the cricket team on Thursday, April 2nd, at 9:00 A.M. That day Baba was ready in the hall of Guruprasad at exactly 9:00 A.M., but as the cricket players were undergoing a medical examination the same day, they were delayed.

Representatives of the press had also been allowed to come, and they took advantage of the opportunity to put a few questions to Baba. Baba was in a welcoming mood and answered them. Telling them about his childhood, he related:

Of all games, I love cricket the most. I used to play as a boy. I was particularly good behind the wickets. I was a member of the junior cricket team of St. Vincent High School which I attended, and I was selected as a wicket keeper even on the senior team. Ever since My childhood days I was always chosen as the leader by My schoolmates, and whenever there was a quarrel or fight among the students, I was invariably chosen to arbitrate between the quarrelling parties.

When I was a child, children were attracted to Me. When I grew up, God was attracted to Me. And when I became One with God, people all over the world became attracted to Me.

After Saint Vincent's High School, I went to Deccan College; and there, too, I played many matches. Once a cricket match was being played on the grounds of the Poona Club. Yusuf Baig, the famous all-rounder of those days, was batting. Yusuf knew of My ability in wicket-keeping and he challenged Me to "out" him. I accepted his challenge. Yusuf played the first four balls very carefully, but he stepped out of his place a bit to strike the fifth ball. That was his undoing, as My throw shattered his wickets and he was out. I won the challenge. Yusuf Baig came over and congratulated Me.

Although nowadays I am not playing games, I am still interested in watching matches, especially cricket. If I happen to pass the grounds near the Maharashtra Club or the Deccan Gymkhana, I stop the car and watch the play. Very few important test matches have missed My presence. I have been to Delhi to see the match between the Indian and West Indies teams. Last year I was in Ahmednagar to watch the Ranji Trophy match. The D.S.P. (District Superintendent of Police) saw Me come into the spectators' lounge. By that time a crowd collected all around me. More than seeing the match, they wanted to gaze at Me. Just to save the spectators any disturbance, I left early. I have often explained that My visits to witness cricket matches and sitting among crowds intently watching the game has a great spiritual purpose behind it.

I love children. When I meet them, I become like a child. I love to play marbles with them, fly kites and play cricket. Often when I am driving in the car, and if time permits, I find small children playing cricket with a plank as a bat and a rubber ball, I ask the car to stop and watch the game with interest.

While describing His childhood days and love of games, Baba stated to the reporters: "I am One with God, and when you write reports of this meeting in your newspapers, you should include also that 'As One with everything and everybody on all levels of consciousness, I live all the respective roles at the same time.' “Thus, for almost an hour through signs and gestures, Baba replied to the questions of the reporters through Eruch.

Finally, the cricket players appeared in the hall. One of them asked Baba to bless the team so that they would play well in England. Baba stated: "Embrace Me with all your hearts and love, and be sure to take My love with you to England. I bless you. Don't be nervous because of your poor showing with the West Indies team. If you play with one heart, My love will help you to win at least one test, and on the whole you will put up a better show than you did with the West Indies. But all will depend on your love for Me. Take My love with you and you will shine well."

Baba lovingly embraced the cricket players and handed each a copy of Life At Its Best and Twenty-One Fragments, and also this statement entitled, I Am the Greatest All-Rounder, which Eruch read:

In going to England to represent India in the field of sport, you also have the unique opportunity of practicing and of conveying to the people there the great spiritual lessons of concentration and love. When you take the field, and if you play as eleven men with one heart, each enjoying the excellence of performance in another player as he would in himself, whether that player is on your side or on the side of the opposing team, and so eliminating feelings of jealousy, anger and pride, which so often mar the sport, you will not only be entertaining the spectators, but demonstrating the real spirit of sportsmanship. True sportsmanship is concentrated ability, enlivened with appreciation of the performance of others. And when this is manifested, everyone present, both players and spectators, receives spiritual upliftment as well as good entertainment.

Some of you are "all-rounders." I am the greatest spiritual all-rounder of all times, because I feel equally at home with saints, yogis, philosophers and cricketers, as well as with so-called sinners and scoundrels. I give you my blessing that in all your actions you show forth the spirit of love.

Baba again gave a parting embrace to each player. Several had come to Baba with feelings of wonder, inquisitiveness and curiosity. But after meeting him and receiving his love, they departed with new enthusiasm, love and reverence for him.

Pendu was also very fond of following cricket matches, listening to the radio to find out the score. When the Test Match was being played in England, Pendu came and stood outside Baba's bedroom. Bhau was on watch and Baba asked who was outside. On being told, he called Pendu. Joining his hands, Pendu entreated Baba, "Baba, make Nari Contractor (the captain of the Indian team) win the match!" At this simple-hearted request, Baba laughed and replied, "We shall see."

"It is not a matter of seeing," Pendu persisted, "you have to make him win the game."

Baba was much amused and asked Pendu to leave. Pendu went but shortly was back with the same request. Baba gestured to him, "We shall see. Why are you so worried?" Baba heard Pendu's prayer. Despite an injury to his ribs, Nari Contractor scored eighty-four runs for India's side and the team won.

Baba himself was so fond of cricket that on one exceptionally busy morning, he remarked, "The poor Avatar has all this to do when he would much rather be watching a good game of cricket."

16-BRAHMANAND REDDY

(Ex. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh)

The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, K. Brahmananda Reddi, had also learned of Baba and sent a request for Baba's blessing on his birthday. Baba sent it along with this message: "Face life boldly and honestly. I am with you."

     
     

17-CECIL B. DEMILLE

(Film producer from America)

Born: 12th August, 1881 - Massachusetts, USA.

Died: 21st January, 1959 - Los Angeles, CA.,USA

Nationality: American

Baba had sent word beforehand that he would not be giving darshan, and that no one should come to see him at Ashiana except for those few he called. He did, however, go with the men to see the Cecil B. De Mille movie The Ten Commandments at the Regal Cinema, but he stayed only up to the part when Moses sees God (as the burning bush) on Mount Sinai.

Afterwards, Baba revealed:

Moses was on the sixth plane. His seeing the land of Israel but not being able to enter it is symbolic of his experience on the sixth plane of seeing God, but not yet merging in Him. Though when he dropped his body Moses realized God. I liked this picture very much; it was well acted and well made. It has much to give those who are able to receive it. Rameses [II] in his next incarnation entered the Path; the old Pharaoh [Seti] received mukti, because he took Moses' name when dying.

Baba then recalled his meeting with Cecil B. De Mille in Hollywood in 1932. Later, the women mandali were also sent to see the movie. While climbing the stairs to the theater's balcony, Baba was supported on one side by Homa Dadachanji and on the other by Homa's brother, Dara. Homa had a long history of leg problems and Dara had recently injured his knee. After the movie, Baba joked, "It was a sight for the gods! Here I was, injured myself, leaning on two cripples." (Lord Meher Volume 15, Page 5264)

Before coming to Myrtle Beach from New Jersey, Harold Rudd had written to Cecil B. de Mille that Meher Baba had seen his latest movie The Ten Commandments and liked it very much. While at Myrtle Beach, a reply from de Mille was forwarded to Harold in which he wrote of his great appreciation and privilege of meeting Meher Baba in Hollywood at Mary Pickford's home in 1932. Harold Rudd told Nariman about this, and he went to the Lagoon Cabin and told Baba. Baba summoned Harold and asked him to read de Mille's letter. Baba was quite pleased with its contents, and then ordered Harold Rudd to read it out to the whole group the next day in the Barn, which he did. Baba commented, "I saw the first half of the picture in Bombay."

 

  

18-CHAING KAI-SHEK

(Ex. President of China)

On 22th February, 1942, the President of China, Chiang Kai-Shek visited India with the Viceroy, Jinnah, Nehru, Gandhi and other leaders. Baba complimented him: “He is a great soul, a philosopher and a practical leader, who above all is sincere.”

 

19-CHAND CHHABRA

(Ex. President of New Delhi Municipal Committee)

On 5th May, 1968, a special function was arranged in spacious lawns (Now holding underground municipal Market) of Connaught Place which was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of India M. Hidayatulla.

Dr. W. D. Kain read out the following message from Baba’s mandali:

“We are all so happy to hear the programme in Delhi on 5th May 1968, in connection with 74th Baba Birthday celebrations. We are so pleased that our dear Hidayatulla, chief justice of India, will inaugurate the function. Avatar Meher Baba’s Mandali send from Guruprasad their salutations and Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai to all gathered in His love. Of course beloved baba is bound to be present among the assembly for He has always assured us that He is present whenever His lovers get together in His love to give His message of love.

Function was also attended by Shri chand Chhabra IAS President NDMC. In his concluding speech he said,” I have been encouraged by the message sent by mandali that Baba will be present in this function; and I am grateful for having been given this opportunity to participate in this function. I feel that since Avatar Meher Baba has been silent for so long, we should instead of making speeches invoke His Karam, His Gace or Guruprasad.  If you get His grace, you have an experience, which it is hard to narrate. Just as in the hot weather we feel refreshed and happy after a cold bath; similarly we are bound to experience ‘Ananda’ –a blissful state –after a spiritual bath provided by the shower of His grace. I have all along been looking at Baba’s photograph since the time it has been given to me; and if I have not yet seen Avatar Meher Baba in it, there must be some deficiency to love on my part for the Avatar. I therefore humbly offer my tribute to Baba and ask for His grace.

20-CHARAT SINGH

Raja Saheb of Sahanpur

The Rani and Rajah of Sahanpur were living in a bungalow near Baba's bungalow. The queen's name was Mohini Rani and her husband was Charat Singh. One of their daughters, Pushplata, who was married to the Raja of Patiala, had died recently during childbirth. Overcome with grief, the Rani became like a mad woman, and had she not met Baba at this time; her condition would surely have worsened.

The Rani found out about Meher Baba and, one evening in September 1953, she came to the mandali's bungalow accompanied by her husband. Eruch was sitting outside on the verandah with Baba, who asked her what she wanted. Mohini Rani replied, "Baba, I have come to you in great misery. I have come with a request."

Baba asked, "What is it? What do you want from Me?"

"I cannot live without my daughter. I want my daughter back. I implore you to bring my daughter back alive!" And she burst out weeping as she narrated her story.

Baba comforted her with the words, "Why do you cry? You will have your daughter back."

Mohini Rani, in wonder, asked, "The same daughter, Baba? In the same form?"

"Yes, the same daughter," He promised.

"But her corpse has been cremated ..."

Baba smiled, and his smile dissolved Mohini's agony. "I am Paramatma, and nothing is impossible for Me," He assured her. "I have created the universe! Can I not make your daughter come alive?"

These words lifted the terrible burden from her heart and her despondency was transformed into hope. She asked, "Would you truly give me back my daughter?"

Baba assured her with a smile, "Yes, I am telling you exactly that. Now stop worrying and have patience. Your daughter will come back to you. All you have to do is to remember Me and love Me. Remember Me constantly and love Me as much as you can, more and more each day. Will you do that?"

The Maharani agreed, and for the first time in a long, long while, she felt light at heart. The couple left. Eruch had been interpreting Baba's words and was stunned, thinking: "My God! What is Baba promising? It is not like him to declare such things."

Eruch said to Baba, "You have assured her that her daughter will come back, but what will happen when she does not get her back?"

Baba replied, "I have the remedy for every disease and My treatment is infallible. At present she needs this medicine until her illness subsides. She was happy and you will see that her condition won't worsen; on the contrary, it will improve."

Some days later, Mohini Rani informed Baba that she wished to sweep and clean His room herself. On Baba's agreeing, she did it. She then asked for some personal article of Baba's, and His sadra was given to her.

As long as Baba was staying in Dehra Dun, Mohini Rani was happy and cheerful, and inwardly leaned more and more on him. After Baba's departure, whenever she remembered her daughter, she would write to Baba, who would reply that she must be patient; her daughter would definitely return to her, but meanwhile she should go on remembering Baba more and more. Baba indicated that she would see her daughter in a dream and this would be the sign of her imminent return.

Later in 1954, Mohini Rani came to Ahmednagar with her husband for a darshan program, determined to ask Baba finally to bring her daughter back from the dead.

But when in Baba's presence, she completely forgot about it.

Some years later, when the couple came to Guruprasad for Baba's darshan, Baba asked Mohini Rani, "How are you?"

"Baba, I am very happy," she answered.

Baba looked radiant that day and suddenly stated, "I am in the mood at this moment to give you whatever you ask. Tell Me at once: Do you want your daughter back, or do you want Me?"

The Rani gently placed her hand on Baba's knee and replied, "I want you, Baba."

Baba replied, "Now you have your daughter back. The whole world is in Me, including your daughter."

Baba gave Mohini Rani her daughter back by making Mohini totally forget her daughter. Because of her daughter's death, Mohini Rani came into Baba's close contact and became His forever. Her husband, Charat Singh, also held fast to Baba's feet, and their other daughter, Kusum, became ecstatic in Baba's love. Kusum's husband, Sardar Mohkam Singh, at first had no faith in Baba, but once when he was brought for darshan, he was so drawn to Baba that he arranged frequent bhajan-kirtan programs at their residence in New Delhi.

About 50 of Mohini Rani's relatives (including her elder sister, Ramadevi of Mukimpur and her family) came into Baba's contact and had the good fortune to be at His feet — all because of the tragic death of Pushp Lata. Thus the daughter was brought to life in Meher Baba's love. (Lord meher-p-3404/5/6-1953)

Rani Mohini of Dehra Dun had come with her husband, Raja Charat Singh. Like Godubai, she, too, had come with a firm purpose: to ask Baba to keep his promise about giving back her deceased daughter. But when she neared Baba for prasad, His twinkling eyes and enchanting expression made her forget also — and forget forever! By fulfilling desires, bindings are created; by eradicating them, their chain is broken. Baba made Rani Mohini forget for all time. This was His miracle, which never furthered attachments, but uprooted them.

In 1965, darshan the queue ended and Baba asked for the arti to be sung. Madhusudan and the Poona bhajan group sang and everyone joined in. Mohini Rani of Dehra Dun, her daughter, Kusum, and Mohini's sister, Ramadevi of Mukimpur came forward with the arti flame burning on a salver, and waved it in ritualistic fashion in front of Baba

Avatar Meher Baba gave darshan to public in December 1952. In 1968, at 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.

A touching speech was given by Raja of Sahanpur (father of Kusum M. Singh of Delhi) wherein he described how he had come in contact with Baba and how he was convinced that “Baba is the Avatar”, was received with much applause by the audience. He stated that “It is not real blind faith but the real faith that unites you with God. If you really love Baba you can unite with Baba-with God, because Baba is love. I do not simply say that He is Avatar but I also know that He is Avatar

 

LIST OF DIGNITARIES

SLNO NAME OFFCE OF HOLDING
1 Abdul Razzak MLC, Ex. Municipal

Chairman Saidapet Madras

2 Aggarwal M. M. Ex. Secretary National

Chamber of Commerce India

3 Akbar Ex. Mogul Ruler of India
4 Akbar Hyderi &

wife

Ex. Prime Minister of

Hyderabad

5 Alexander Markey A Renowned Film Producer

from America

6 Ananthshayanam

Ayyangar

Ex. Lok Sabha Speaker
7 Anthony Brooke Rajah of Sarawak (Malaysia)
8 Appa Rao M. R. Ex. Health Minister of

Andhra Pradesh

9 Ashoka Ex. Ruler of India
10 B. D. Jatti Ex. Vice President of India
11 Bal Gangadhar

Tilak

Ex. First Home Minister of

Govt. Of India

12 Balwant Rao Kher

(Mancher Shah)

Raja of Sagar
13 Baron F. Von

Blomberg

Co-President of the World

fellowship of Religions

14 Begum Akhtar Renowned Ghazal Singer

from Lucknow

15 Bhave M. G. Ex. Chief Minister of Andhra

Pradesh

16 Brahmanand

Reddy

Ex. Chief Minister of Andhra

Pradesh

17 Cecil B. Demille Film producer from America
18 Chaing Kai-Shek Ex. President of China
19 Chand Chhabra Ex. President of New Delhi

Municipal Committee

20 Charat Singh Raja Saheb of Sahanpur
21 Chaturbuj Sharma Ex, Minister UP Govt,
22 Chief Justice

of Bombay High

Court

Chief Justice of Bombay

High Court

23 Constance Collier Hollywood movie actress

and drama teacher

24 Datar B. N. Ex. Minster of Home Govt.

of India

25 Dixit G . Y. Vice-chancellor of Kolhapur University,
26 Dr. Abdul Majid

Khan

Professor
27 Dr. Ambedkar B.

R.

Indian Political Leader
28 Dr. Chenna Reddy

M.

Ex. Finance Minister of

Andhra Pradesh

29 Dr. Couch Educationist from

Australia

30 Dr. Hari Vinayak

Pataskar

Governor of Madhya

Pradesh

31 Dr. K. L. Rao. Ex. Minister of Irrigation

& Power Govt, of India

32 Dr. Punjab Rao S. Deshmukh Ex. Central Minster Govt.

of India

33 Dr. Radhakrishnan Ex. President of India
34 Dr. Rajendra

Prasad

Ex. President of India
35 Dr. Raman C. V. Noble Prize winner &

scientist

36 Dr. Subodh

Chandra Roy

An Hindu Indian Scholar
37 Dr. Sushila Nayyar Ex. Health Minister of

Health

Govt, of India

38 Dr. Vikram

Sarabhai

Indian Scientist -A

Student

of Oxford University

39 Dr. Zabih Ghorban ( Qurban) Vice Chancellor of Pahlavi

University of Shiraj

40 Dr. Triguan Sen Ex. Minister of Education

Govt. of India

41 Edward VIII King of UK who  abdicated
42 Ernst Lubitsch Hollywood Film Star
43 Pheroz Shah

Mehta

 Indian Political Leader
44 Gabriel Pascal Movie Producer & Director
45 Galib Urdu poet
46 General Sam

Maneckshaw

Ex. Field Marshal of India
47 Giri V.V. EX. President of India
48 Grime K. T. Ex. Dy. speaker of

Maharashtra Assembly

49 Gopal Krishna

Gokhale

Indian Political Leader
50 Goshal Piramal Ex. Minister of State for

Railway of India

51 Govind Das Ex. Member of Parliament

Govt. of India

52 Govind Menon P Ex. Minister of Law Govt.

of India

53 Guljari Lal Nanda Ex. Union Minister of Home

Govt. of India

54 Hitler Ex. Political leader of

Germany

55 Hukum Singh Ex. Lok Sabha Speaker

Govt. of India

56 Indira Gandhi Ex. Prime Minister of India
57 Ivor Novello Hollywood Film star
58 Iyer Subrahmanya V Retired Vice Chancellor of

Mysore University

59 Jagjivan Ram Ex. Home Minister of Govt.

Of India

60 James Douglous Reporter from London

Times news paper

61 Jamshed R. N.

Mehta

Ex. Mayor of Karachi
62 Jawahar Lal Nehru Ex. Prime minister of India
63 John F. Kenedy Ex, President of America
64 John Milton English Poet
65 Justice Hidayatulla M. Ex, Chief Justice of India
66 Justice M.B. Niyogi Ex. Judge
67 Justice P. B.

Mukherjee

Ex, Justice of Calcutta High

Court

68 Justice Puranik Ex. Judge
69 Justice V

Ramaswamy

Ex. Judge of Supreme

Court Of India

70 Kalidas Poet
71 Kamath H. V. Ex. Member of Parliament

Govt. of India

72 Kannamwar M. S. Ex. Chief Minister of Central

Province

73 Kapindra Acharya Authority on Ramayana
74 Karanjia N. K. Ex. Director Central Bank

of India

75 King Edward  VIII King of England
76 Krishnamurthy J N. Philosopher & Thinker
77 Kumari Surinder

Saini

Ex. Vice President of NDMC

Delhi

78 Kushak Bakula Ex. Member of Parliament

Govt of India

79 Lal Bahadur

Shastri

Ex. Prime Minister of India
80 Lord Irwin Viceroy of India
81 Mabel Besant

Scott

Daughter of Annie Basent
82 Maharaja of Bhor Maharaja of Bhor
83 Maharani of

Gwalior

Maharani of Gwalior
84 Maharani of Indore W/o Yeshwant Rao Holkar
85 Maharani of

Savantwadi

Maharani of Savantwadi
86 Maharani Shanta

Devi

Maharani of Baroda
87 Mahatma Gandhi Indian Political Leader
88 Maisaheb Sitabai Patwardhan Rani of Kurundwad
89 Major General

Bhandari  B. N.

Deputy Director of Medical

Services of the Army's

90 Manmath Nath

Chatterjee

Former professor of

sociology at Antioch College

in Ohio

91 Martin Luther King Political leader from South

Africa

92 Miraben Gandhi's English follower
93 Mirza Ismail Dewan of Mysore
94 Mishra L. N. Ex. Minister of Defence

Production Govt. of India

95 Miss Carena

Shields

Archaeologist
96 Mohammad Ali

Jinnah

Ex. Prime Minister of

Pakistan

97 Mohammad Iqbal Poet
98 Mohammad Safi

Querishi

Ex. Minister of

Communication Govt. of India

99 Morarji Desai Ex. Prime Minister of India
100 Mrs. Otilia Aeomenana Minister of Cultural Affairs,

Panama and Rep of

UNESCO

101 Mudaliar C.

Natesa

MLC and Leading Politician

of Madras

102 Munshi K. M.

& wife

Ex. Governor
103 Mussolini Dictator-of Italy
104 Naidu Ramarao

R.V.

Maharaja  of

Pangidigudem

105 Nari Contractor Indian Cricketer
106 Napoleon

Bonaparte

Dictator of France
107 Pandit Madan

Mohan Malaviya

Pre-indepence political

leader of India

108 Piramal Ghosh Ex. Minister of State for

Railway Govt. Of India

109 Pataskar Ex. Governor of Madhya

Pradesh

110 Paul Brunton British freelance journalist
111 Percy Byshe

Shelly

English Poet
112 Phiroz Shah

Mehta

Indian Political Leader
113 Polly Umrigar Indian Cricketer
114 Poonacha C. M. Ex. Minister of Railways

Govt. of India

115 Prabhakar Mishra Ex. Vice Chancellor of

international sanskrit

university

116 President Hindu

 

Maha Sabha

President of All India Hindu Mahasabha
117 Prof. Humayun

Kabir

Ex. Minister of Petroleum

Govt. of India

118 Professor Abdul

Karim

Professor
119 Puranik W.R. Rx. Vice Chancellor of

Nagpur University

120 Raghav Charlu V. Chief secretary of Madras
121 Raghubir Singh S. Ex. Secretary of International Sikh Federation
122 Raja Bhalendra

Singh & his

second wife

Raja of Patiala Estate
123 Raja Dharam

Karam Bahadur

King of one of the princely

states of Hyderabad

124 Rajagopalachari C. Ex. Governor General of

India

125 Rao V. K. R. V. Ex. Minister of Transport

& Shipping, Govt. of India

126 Reddy S. N. Police Commissioner
127 Richard Nixon Ex. President of America
128 Roosevelt Ex. Political leader of Russia
129 Sanjeeva Reddy N. Ex. President of India
130 Sarojini Naidu Ex. Pre-indepence Political

leader of India

131 Sayed A. K. Persian Poet
132 Shah K. K. Ex. Minister of Information

and Broadcasting Govt. of

India

133 Shivaji Maratha Emperor of South

India

134 Sushila Nayyar Ex. Minister of Health, Govt.

of India

135 Sir Mirza Ismail Ex. Dewan Of Mysore

Province

136 Sondhi M. L. Ex. Member of Parliament

Govt of India

137 Stafford Cripps Ambassador of Churchill
138 Stalin Political leader of Russia
139 Subramanian C. Ex. Minister of food, Govt.

of India

140 Sumitra Nandan

Pant

Eminent Hindi writer and

scholar

141 Sunder Rao Naidu Ex. Mayor of Madras
142 Tallulah Bankhead Hollywood Film star
143 Tehmanker Newspaper reporter,
144 Thomas Augustus Watson Scientist worked with

Alexander Graham Bell

145 Thirumala Rao Lieutenant governor of

Rewa & Baba Lover

146 Tom Hopkinson Journalist and Professor in

Royal College of Nairobi

147 Uday Shankar

(Pandit)

Famous Indian Dancer
148 Vallabhbhai Patel Ex. Home Minister of India
149 Venkat Narayan

Naidu

CEI. Madras and Advisor to

Governor

150 Venkata Rao Ex. Minister Madras Govt

& Baba Lover

151 Victor Tuby Renowned French Sculptor
152 Vidya Charan

Shukla

Ex. Minister Govt. of India
153 Vinayakrao

Patwardhan

Renowned Artist
454 William

Shakespeare

English Poet
155 Winston Churchill Ex. Prime Minister of United

Kingdom