MANGALANAND DHUNIWALE

MANGALANAND DHUNIWALE

(Saint from Madhya Pradesh)

In central India (Madhya Pradesh), people took the boy Balak Meher to be the Avatar, and I instructed him that he should not allow anyone to kiss his feet and worship him because without authority it is binding. When I ordered Mangalanand to observe 40 days' silence and fast, Balak Meher followed him as he was leaving the camp and said: "Heed Baba's orders and follow them! Whatever Baba has to give you, he will give, and whatever I have to give you, I will give." Saying this to him, he returned at once and took his seat on the dais. Somehow I came to know of it and he confessed his mistake. I cautioned him not to do this in the future and treated him lovingly. Mangalanand was in the habit of discoursing on Vedanta to the sahavas group, so I sent him away.

Baba inquired about Swami Mungalananda Paramhans Dhuniwale sitting in front of him. "If he is hungry and feels happy, the Swami should go for his food." Swami Mungalananda conveyed to Baba that since Baba was happy, he also was happy, and did not feel like eating then.

Baba called Swami Mangalanand to the stage. The swami touched Baba's feet, and Baba asked him if he would obey him, then stated, "Even if it comes to dropping your body, you should stick to my order." The Swami agreed. Baba ordered him to fast only on water and to remain silent for 40 days. He asked whether the Swami would do it. He gladly accepted. Baba said, "If you do this and do not allow anyone to worship you or touch your feet, I will give you a glimpse of my divinity." Baba instructed him to leave immediately for Mandla, where he was living in a hut on land formerly owned by Baba. After he left, Baba remarked to the gathering, "Let us see whether he really obeys me."