HARIGIRI MAHARAJ

HARIGIRI MAHARAJ

Mast from Vaijapur

Leaving Poona the same evening, Baba returned to Pimpalgaon. On April , 27th. (1944)  Baba, accompanied by Baidul, Chanji, Nilu and Pendu, left for the village of Vaijapur in Sarosh's car (driven by Chhabu) to contact a mast. While passing through Rahata, Baba pointed out the tombs of Upasni Maharaj and Sai Baba, and bowed his head to them from the car.

The mast Baba was hunting was Harigiri Maharaj, but he could not be found in the town. Someone approached, informing them, "The mast told me this morning that someone was going to come to him today, and it was not good for him to remain here. He has disappeared." Pendu and Baidul went to look for him, but despite their search of almost three hours, they could not find him.

Baba instructed Chanji to approach some local people from Vaijapur to go and look for the mast. They, too, failed, but they were paid for their efforts. Finally, Baba remarked, "If we don't find him by four o'clock, we'll go back." At quarter past four, quite unexpectedly, a Muslim from the village appeared and told them the whereabouts of the mast. Baba walked with the Muslim across a river, accompanied by Nilu and Chanji.

After walking about a mile, they found him at a farm surrounded by villagers. Upon seeing Baba, Harigiri Maharaj said, "Let us go to our own abode." He took Baba by the hand, and led him to the side of a temple where they could be in private. When the mandali had seen the mast in the midst of a crowd, they were wondering how to coax him to a secluded spot, as Baba always wished seclusion when working with a mast. Wonderfully, the mast himself saved them the trouble.

Within a short time the mast came back, followed by Baba. He sat down on the dry river bed, and Baba sat next to him. The crowd drifted to where they were, and although Baba usually preferred to be left alone, this time he continued to work with the mast in front of all the villagers. He pressed Harigiri Maharaj's legs for an hour and then declared that his work was done.

Baba's work with the masts not only pushed them forward in their journey along the inner planes, but some of the burden of His own universal work was also shifted to them. Some masts did not want this load transferred to their shoulders and so would try, like Harigiri Maharaj, to evade his contact.