NAMES WITH SL NO 21 TO 40

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