GODAVARI MAI

GODAVARI MAI

(A women disciple of Upasani Maharaj)

Meher Baba visited the samadhi of Upasani Maharaj at Sakori on 20th March 1954, Godavari Mai received Him and the ashram residents came to receive them singing in a procession, with a band playing.

Baba was garlanded, and Godavri Mai and the other kanyas touched his feet. Baba took the group of Westerners around the ashram and led them to Upasni Maharaj's tomb, where He stated:

This old man was God-incarnate. I said at my last visit here that I would not again step in Sakori. But I remembered that he (Maharaj) had once said that Merwan would bring the Westerners here and they would do bhajan; and, to fulfil this, I had to come and bring you dear ones here. Now My work here is finished. After the meetings of the 29th and 30th, the following months will be for My final work, to break My silence, to manifest and then to die a violent death, all in quick succession. You should all bow down at Maharaj's samadhi. I am the Ancient One. When he threw that stone at Me, I knew I was the Ancient One.

What Baba had stated in English was translated into Marathi before His arti was sung by the kanyas. Then the following bhajan was sung by the nuns of Sakori:

The Master tells his disciples that, My Name is God.

Some call me Ram and some Shyam [Krishna].

In the world I am the object of worship and I am also the worshiper.

At times I am the Giver and at times I am the Beggar.

I am everywhere and yet I belong to no place.

Baba then observed:

You all can have no idea how happy I am here. Godavri is the Mother here, and all are her companions. She met Maharaj when she was just two and a half years old. He put her on his lap and said, "All this belongs to you." They all live a life dedicated to my Master. I love her most dearly. The nuns are dressed in yellow saris, and the candidates in white.

Upasni Maharaj was a tall, heavy man and usually was naked, except for a gunny cloth and sandals when going out. For fourteen months and twelve days, he lived in a bamboo cage and ingested nothing but coffee once a day. The cage was about three feet by three and a half feet so that he could not lie down. He died in a room shown to us.

Baba bowed at Maharaj's tomb, and then each of the mandali and group did the same.  Food was served to all, and Baba sat with them (though he barely touched his meal). He was cheerful and playful, tossing fruit to them, but looked strained and suffering.

A hymn was sung in his praise, and at the end, he commented: "To find me, you have to lose yourself. But these are just words when spoken and heard. Losing oneself and finding oneself is for very few lovers who carry their life on their sleeves."

Baba visited a kanya who was ill and fed her rose petals. He went with the group to the women's quarters and sat on the swing as one of the girls sang the song Baba had composed for Maharaj. Baba took the Western men to the temple, where he showed them Sai Baba's staff and pipe. They were to have gone to Shirdi also, but there was not sufficient time.

On 12th September, 1954 a mass darshan program was held at Wadia Park in Ahmednagar, Godavari Mai had come from Sakori to attend with Kanyas.

On 26th January, 1956, Baba gave darshan to Godavari Mai and her Kanyas.

On 18th March 1957, Baba was taken by car in a special procession through Ashram Gates, led by a White Horse and men carrying Silver Staffs. Godavari Mai and her Kanyas sang His arti. Baba gave darshan in a big Pandal where nearly 2000 people were gathered.