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.
(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.
(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).
(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.
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 )
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 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, Norina, Elizabeth 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.
(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.
(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
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.
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.
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|