NAMES WITH SL NO 101-120

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.