SWAMI ABHYAN ANANDA
The secretary sought Baba's permission to say a few words, and on receiving it stated: "The people of Swarg Ashram, where Baba stayed in 1942, were responsible for spreading the false rumour, and particularly a Swami Abhyan Ananda, an unpleasant character who has spread similar obnoxious gossip about Swami Shivananda."
But, in fact, contrary to what the secretary claimed, the rumor had not been started by Abhyan Ananda, but by Swami Shivananda himself! It so happened that before Baba set out in the New Life, Mauni Bua had come for Baba's darshan in Meherabad. Baba had inquired whether he would follow his orders, and he had agreed. But when Baba ordered him to eat mutton and drink wine, he was shocked. So Baba asked him, instead, to proceed to Rishikesh, and he did so willingly.He added, "I had taken your darshan in Madras at Sampath Aiyangar's place, and from that day on I have been taking you as my Master and myself as your disciple. According to the message you had given on that occasion in Madras, I am serving this ashram. Swamiji [Shivananda] has great respect and love for you and it is our good fortune that you have taken the trouble to come here."