GROUP-11 (DIGNITARIES) SL NO 101-120

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GROUP-11 (DIGNITARIES) SL NO 101-120

SL NO NAME OFFCE OF HOLDING PAGE NO
101 Pataskar Ex. Governor of Madhya Pradesh 85
102 Paul Brunton British freelance journalist 85
103 Percy Byshe Shelly English Poet 87
104 Phiroz Shah Mehta Indian Political Leader 88
105 Polly Umrigar Indian Cricketer 88
106 Poonacha C. M. Ex. Minister of Railways Govt. of India 89
107 Prabhakar Mishra Ex. Vice Chancellor of international sanskrit university 89
108 President Hindu Maha Sabha President of All India Hindu Mahasabha 90
109 Prof. Humayun Kabir Ex. Minister of Petroleum Govt. of India 90
110 Puranik W.R. Rx. Vice Chancellor of Nagpur University 91
111 Raghubir Singh S. Ex. Secretary of International Sikh Federation 91
112 Raja Dharam Karam Bahadur King of one of the princely states of Hyderabad 91
113 Rajagopalachari C. Ex. Governor General of India 92
114 Ramarao R. V. Maharaja of Pangidigudem, 92
115 Rao V. K. R. V. Ex. Minister of Transport & Shipping, Govt. of India 92
116 Reddy S. N. Police Commissioner 93
117 Richard Nixon Ex. President of America 93
118 Roosevelt Ex. Political leader of Russia 93
119 Sanjeeva Reddy N. Ex. President of India 94
120 Sarojini Naidu Ex. Pre-indepence Political leader of India 94

 BIOGRAPHIES

101-PATASKAR

Ex. Governor of Madhya Pradesh

On 12 th December, 1963, Governor of Madhya Pradesh Sri. Pataskar and family came for Baba’s darshan. Earlier, the governor had inaugurated the Meher Baba centre Raipur.

  

102-PAUL BRUNTON

British freelance journalist

In 1958, News was received at this time that a British freelance journalist named Paul Brunton, 32, was coming from England for Baba's darshan and to interview him.  Brunton's parents were Jewish and he developed an interest in meditation, mysticism and Theosophy at a young age. He published articles for the Occult Review, through which he likely came in contact with Meredith Starr. He spent two years as a regular visitor to the library of the Secretary of State for India.

Brunton also began a correspondence with K. J. Dastur, who wrote "tremendously enthusiastic letters about his guru," Brunton related, "so much so that I was tempted to go out and investigate the matter for myself." Brunton was working as the publicity advisor to three large corporations, but he gave up his occupation and decided to travel throughout India, Egypt, and Asia, investigating the ideas and practices of yogis, sadhus and holy men, and personally living in their retreats, hermitages and ashrams.

Even before meeting Baba, Brunton wrote a laudatory article for the August 1930 issue of the Meher Message titled "The West Needs Meher Baba." Nevertheless, Baba had no desire to see Brunton, as he was in seclusion, and remarked to the mandali, "See how maya obstructs my work! I did not wish to see anyone and now my work is being impeded." Baba instructed Vishnu to write to Adi Sr. in Nasik, informing him to go to Bombay and meet Brunton at the dock, lodge him in a hotel for the night at his own expense, and bring him to Meherabad with Jalbhai. He also instructed Adi that Brunton should bring plenty of fruit with him because no fresh food except milk was available at Meherabad.

Brunton was invited to stay with the men at the ashram in Nasik. Brunton had written to Baba from Calcutta, "I am looking forward in the near future to receiving spiritual enlightenment at your hands; I need it if I am to go back to the West with any message for their materialistic minds." During his week-long stay, however, Baba usually kept aloof from him. Although Brunton questioned the Master every day, Baba was cool in his reception and their meetings were deliberately brief in contrast to the lengthy interviews Baba had granted him at Meherabad. Brunton was given Chanji's and Ramjoo's diaries to read; but he was, on the whole, unimpressed and doubted Meher Baba's claim of divinity.

As Age reminds us, however, "The Avatar works in mysterious ways. Those who oppose him also work for him."

Meher Baba had a secret motive in aggravating Brunton, causing him eventually to pen attacks against him. The fact was that, just as Baba had wished Colonel Irani to oppose him in India, he wished an influential person from the West to oppose him in Europe and America. Baba chose Brunton for this role, as he had certain work to accomplish through Brunton's antagonistic attacks and criticisms. Three years later, Paul Brunton was to publish a popular book titled A Search in Secret India which, although critical of Meher Baba, drew many Europeans and Americans to become interested in him.

In an uneasy mood, Brunton left Nasik on Sunday, 8 February 1931, traveling to the saint Ramana Maharshi's ashram in South India before returning to London.

Of all the gurus he met, Brunton was most impressed with Ramana Maharshi. When Brunton asked Ramana Maharshi if he had ever heard of Meher Baba, the saint replied that he had. Brunton asked if he had anything further to add to Meher Baba's claim to be an Avatar, and Ramana Maharshi replied, "What have I to say?

  1. J. Dastur not only carried out his propaganda campaign through theMeher Messagein India, but in correspondence to foreign countries as well. His opposition created misunderstandings and was a hindrance to Stokes, Malcolm and others, who were trying to raise funds for Baba's work at Harmon and Hancock. It was later discovered that it was Dastur who influenced the journalist Paul Brunton against Baba. But, as Age noted, Dastur's limited ideas and conceptions were like a clay pot that has not been properly "baked" in the Master's kiln.

Kitty received a letter from her father saying that scandalous, unpleasant reports had appeared about Baba in some of the London newspapers which he thought needed to be repudiated. It was Paul Brunton who, provoked by K. J. Dastur, had published some erroneous articles about Baba in John Bull, a weekly British magazine which had a dubious reputation for exposing frauds.  Brunton wrote that Meher Baba owned a movie theater and motor garage, used to own a toddy shop and kept hired women companions.

Hearing this, Baba consoled them, "Don't worry. It is a good thing. It is an aspect of my game and I am happy to face this situation. This opposition has been deliberately created by me to give a greater force and effect to my work in the West, and to the [spiritual] 'earthquake' and upheaval that is also to take place. But what I wish of you is to not pay the slightest attention to it.

"My mandali know me and my game; so they remain unaffected. But I tell you all that you should not get upset in the least. Just moments ago you were telling me to distribute a major portion of my suffering through the display of antagonism toward me, and now that it has happened, you have already begun worrying. Don't think about it at all!. It is my own play and I know who is responsible for it."

Margaret asked, "Baba, will you tell us who has done it? In the newspapers, there is no mention of who has written the article."

Baba smiled and said:

Since you want to know, I will tell you. It is Raphael Hurst (Paul Brunton). He is creating opposition against me in London. The poor chap is to be pitied; we should pity him rather than blame him. Unknowingly, he has been made an instrument of K. J. Dastur in India.

Poor Paul Brunton has been made a fool and a tool by Dastur. Brunton has been to India, stayed in Nasik and has observed things with his own eyes. When he sought my advice, I told him to go on a pilgrimage to certain places in India. He did not do that, and coming under the influence of Dastur, he has commenced spreading lies about me here. This is the result.

But you may take it that the result was expected, and it has happened through me. Only an hour ago, we were talking about opposition and now you hear about it. So none of you should be anxious about it. Nothing should disturb you. It is my game and I will see to it.

 

 103-PERCY BYSHE SHELLY

English Poet

At night, Baba arranged the books in rows and stacked them in specific piles, forbidding anyone to touch them. Age speculated that Baba was soaking the volumes in the wine of his love, pouring the required measure for every child into each book. The following day, Baba personally handed a set of books to each student, thereby giving an inner push to their minds toward knowledge and their hearts toward loving God.

Later that morning, the topic of literature arose when Dastur asked Baba who his favorite authors were, especially poets. Baba related that his favorite writers were:

Hafiz in Persian, and [William] Shakespeare, [John] Milton and [Percy Bysshe] Shelley in English. Shakespeare is presently reincarnated in India; he is now a Brahmin taking a leading part in politics, but one of the most sincere, selfless workers for the country. His thought force of the past has now been transformed into action. He was a genius and all the controversies over whether he was the original author of his works are meaningless. He wrote all the plays — no one else. It was entirely the result of his giant intellect. There is not a whiff of the spiritual in all his dramas and poetry, yet he was a genius. The writer Kalidas would rightly be called India's Shakespeare.

Milton was spiritually advanced, but did not attain beyond the second plane in the subtle world. He could see heaven and hell and that was how he was able to write Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. His books about heaven and hell depict the result of his personally seeing them.

Shelley, though not spiritually advanced, was a thorough gentleman, a lover of God and nature.  But Hafiz not only excelled in spiritual writings, for he was perfect, but also in poetic meters and style, better than Firdausi or Shaikh Saadi. Shams-e-Tabriz and Jalal al-Din Rumi, too, were God-realized, though Omar Khayyam was not.

The following morning, the discussion was resumed in the mandali's quarters, during which Baba commented on some famous historical figures:

Shivaji was the greatest warrior of them all, even greater than Napoleon. Napoleon, though brave and clever, was proud, greedy, and vicious. Shivaji was brave, but less clever than Napoleon; yet Shivaji was not proud or greedy.

Shelley, though not spiritually advanced, was a thorough gentleman, a lover of God and nature.  But Hafiz not only excelled in spiritual writings, for he was perfect, but also in poetic meters and style, better than Firdausi or Shaikh Saadi. Shams-e-Tabriz and Jalal al-Din Rumi, too, were God-realized, though Omar Khayyam was not.

 

104-PHIROZ SHAH MEHTA

Indian Political Leader

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.

105-POLLY UMRIGAR

Indian Cricketer

At 10:30 A.M., Baba's arti was sung and all departed. Baba came to the side room half an hour later and met Polly Umrigar, Nari Contractor and three other Parsi cricketers from Bombay.

At 10:30 A.M., Baba's arti was sung and all departed. Baba came to the side room half an hour later and met Polly Umrigar, Nari Contractor and three other Parsi cricketers from Bombay.

He reminisced with them about his school days when he used to play cricket, and then stated, "To know me as I am is very difficult. I am Infinite and I experience it continuously. Only a rare one experiences this state."

Baba commented to Nari Contractor, the cricket team captain, that he often wished to witness good cricket matches, but people would not allow him to do so in peace. Nari invited Baba to Bombay, saying he would make all the arrangements for him to see a match undisturbed. Baba replied, "For nine months, I shall be at Meherazad, and I want to remain undisturbed. I may remain for many days without food and water. When I break my silence after nine months, the world will come to me, for they shall then know who I am. But there is no charm in coming to me after I break my silence. Blessed are those who come to me now!"

106-POONACHA C. M.

Ex. Minister of Railways Govt. of India

A programme of silence Anniversary of Avatar Meher Baba was observed from 1st to 9th July 1967, at the community hall, Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi under the chairmanship of Shri. C. M. Poonacha, Minister of Minister of Steel. The Vice President of India Shri V.V. Giri inaugurated the function by garlanding the picture of Avatar Meher Baba. Following Message of Baba was read out by W. D. Kain.

“My love and blessings to all assembled to mark forty-second year of My Silence STOP Convey My blessings to chairman and speakers of all young and old who actively participate in Silence Anniversary Programme STOP I bind Myself with Silence that when I break it mankind will realise what real freedom is.” Meher Baba.

Main function of Baba’s birthday celebration was Held at 5.p.m. 25th February 1968, in Harcourt Bulter Higher Secondary School Hall, New Delhi. On this occasion Shri. C. M. Poonacha said, “I am grateful of having been given this opportunity of speaking on the occasion of the 74th Birthday Celebrations of avatar Meher Baba. In the matter of speaking facts are the same. All I need to say is that God is within yourself. Maya keeps you away from the realisation thereof. Universal Love can help you to do away with Maya. Avatar Meher Baba has come to awaken that Love in you.

 

107-PRABHAKAR MISHRA

Vice chancellor of international Sanskrit university

74th Birthday Celebration of Avatar Meher Baba was Held at 5.p.m. 25th February 1968, in Harcourt Bulter Higher Secondary School Hall, New Delhi. On this occasion Shri. Prabhakar Mishra, Vice Chancellor of International Sanskrit University told the audience that how he came into contact with Avatar Meher Baba through W. D. Kain. Quoting from scriptures, the learned speaker convinced the audience that the Name Meher and its attributes were all described at length in our holy books as that God.

108-THE PRESIDENT OF THE ALL INDIA HINDU MAHASABHA

The president of the All India Hindu Mahasabha (a Hindu nationalist political party) arrived to see Baba. He asked for a message. In response, Baba stated:

Love God to such an extent that you become God! That love could be had through selfless service, but this service should be so sublime that there is not even a single thought of self. What counts most is Experience and not mere understanding. One has to go beyond one's mind! You can see Reality within you, but for this you have to dive deep within yourself.

Conviction of God's existence through the intellect [by reading and contemplation] is possible, but conviction by sight is better. And conviction by actually becoming one with God is far better than this. After gaining the conviction by being one with God, one in a thousand comes down to normal human consciousness on this earth as a Perfect Master.

The president of the Mahasabha had an unpleasant, arrogant attitude; even though he knew Meher Baba never entered into political matters, he tried to persuade him to give a special message for his speech the next day. He left soon after meeting Baba, without even taking the time to sit before Baba for a while. Just then a few lovers from Eluru arrived and Baba embraced them.

109- PROF. HUMAYUN KABIR

TO BE PISTED

 

  110-PURANIK W.R.

(Ex. Vice Chancellor of Nagpur University)

On Tuesday 14th November, 1944, in the afternoon from three to five, Baba gave interviews at Thakur's home. At 7:30, a program was held in the convocation Hall of Nagpur University. The hall was full and some had to stand outside. On Baba's arrival, Justice Puranik garlanded him. A few female students sang a song of welcome. Justice Puranik, a vice-chancellor of the university, had great reverence for Baba and declared, "It is the good fortune of Nagpur University that Meher Baba, whose work is to give God-realization to mankind, has come here today."

 

 111-RAGHUGIR SINGH S.

Secretary of international Sikh federation

In a Public meeting at C-225, Defence Colony on Monday 24th, Aman Qawaal held the audience spellbound by his qawaalis. Here S. Raghubir Singh, Secretary of the International Sikh federation said. “I was convinced at world conference of Religions that Avatar Meher Baba’s point of view regarding religion was altogether different from those others. Religion, as he understood from teachings, was intended to connect us with Reality.

112-RAJA DHARAM KARAM BAHADUR

King of one of the princely states of Hyderabad

On 31 August, Raja Dharam Karan Bahadur came to see Baba in Hyderabad with his three sons. He was a king of one of the princely states and had seen Baba in Hyderabad in 1938, when Baba was traveling on tour in the Blue Bus. At that time, there was talk of opening a center in Hyderabad, and the maharaja was eager to help in the project. But Baba had left Hyderabad with the idea hanging in the air. This time, Dharam Karan did not broach the topic, but told Baba, "I have come to dedicate, at your feet, my humble self and my family. Please satisfy us by making us your own."

Although the maharaja had not voiced his true request, Baba answered, "I will help you spiritually, and will have an eye on your ambition to become a minister [in the government], and see to the worldly welfare of your sons."

Baba then emphasized, "But remember, after becoming a minister, look upon the world as illusion and God as the only Reality. And remember, for the benefit of humanity; always be guided by my instructions." The maharaja was deeply moved and agreeing with Baba's words left with his sons.

 

113-RAJGOPALACHARI CHAKRAVARTY

Ex. Governor General of India

Baba said “Rajaji is the best among the whole lot and is the only man who can face Gandhi and tell him boldly what he feels.”

On Thursday, 12 March 1942, Meher Baba commented on the current political situation in the country and abroad, and about different political figures in India and elsewhere. With perfect mimicry, Baba imitated the typical expressions of each one, and said:

Rajaji [Chakarvati Rajagopalachari] is the best among the whole lot: sincere, clever, capable, and sociable and above all, bold enough to face all situations, flexible to adapt himself to changing conditions, though not through weakness, but cleverness. Rajaji is not obstinate or rigid. He is the only man who could face Gandhi and tell him boldly what he feels. He would confront even a separation, if need be for principles, and is the only person whom Gandhi fears. He is a perfect Vedantist, spiritually-inclined, who has the courage of his convictions, which impresses all.

114-RAMARAO R. V.

Maharaja of Pangidigudem,

In 1953, when Baba reached Eluru, Baba was met by Ranga Rao, R. V. Ramarao, the Maharaja of Pangidigudem, Dr. Kanakdandi, Katta Subba Rao and K. Narayan Rao who garlanded him. He was then led to the Raja's decorated car, and a long procession formed to parade the Lord of the Universe in all his splendor through their city. The group stayed with Baba in Katta Subba Rao's large garden. A small room had been kept for Baba, and a tent had been erected for the others. Katta, a simple man by nature, had made fine arrangements.

 

 115-RAO V. K. R. V.

Ex. Minister of Transport & Shipping, Govt. of India

A programme of silence Anniversary of Avatar Meher Baba was observed from 1st to 9th July 1967, at the community hall, Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi. Prof. V. K. R. V. Rao, Minister of Transport and Shipping inaugurated the function by garlanding the picture of Meher Baba said, “It is matter of great fortune for me that that I have been given this opportunity of participating the 74th Birthday celebrations of Avatar Meher Baba. In our country we had a chain of Men of God, who presented a visible embodiment of God. They had in them all those attributes which every religion described as attributes of God. It is the good fortune of country and all people of the world that we are having amongst us today the Man of God (God-man) who is described as Avatar Meher Baba.

116-REDDY S. N.

Police Commissioner

A curious encounter occurred before leaving Hyderabad. Eruch visited the police commissioner's office and submitted a letter stating that Meher Baba intended to travel by foot from Hyderabad to Ahmednagar and requesting the police to inform other officials along their way, so that the group would not be stopped and unnecessarily inconvenienced for verification of their identity by the local police.

The commissioner, S. N. Reddy, invited Eruch to his house for tea, and Eruch, surprised by the invitation, accepted.

At his residence, Police Commissioner Reddy left the room and returned with an old framed photograph. It was the photograph of Baba as a young boy with his high school cricket team. Reddy said he was a member of the team and said, "Tell Baba that I always remember him from our school days." The necessary documents were promptly prepared and sent out. From then on, not only were Baba and his men allowed to travel freely in every town in the area, but also in every obscure outpost the local police had been informed not to stop them.

 

117-RICHARD NIXON

(Ex. President of America)

Presidential elections had recently been held in America. When the news was received that Richard Nixon had been elected, Feram, who did not like him, was wondering how Baba could have allowed such a man to become President. Baba told him, "There is no worthy man to be President of the United States. Nixon was the only choice."

On a previous occasion, in 1960, when Richard Nixon lost to John F. Kennedy in the election by a narrow margin, Baba mentioned that Nixon was destined to become president. Nixon had a small "encounter" with Meher Baba's name when he attended the World's Fair in New York in 1964. Jane Haynes and her daughter Wendy were just leaving the Pavilion of American Interiors where there was a Baba booth, when they saw Nixon surrounded by a crowd, signing autographs. Jane thrust a copy of the "Universal Message" into his hand for him to keep, but, instead, with barely a glance, Nixon signed his name above Baba's and returned the brochure to Jane.

118-ROOSEVELT

(Political Leader)

On Thursday, 12 March 1942, Regarding Europe and America, Baba observed about its leaders:

Roosevelt is good, sincere and capable. He came to India and stayed in the same houseboat in Kashmir that I occupied in 1933. The owner himself told Norina and the Westerners this. Good at heart, he wants to help and does, but he has to face great odds in his country too.

All these great leaders, who play their part in this world drama, will go; but even if they won't live to see the good results of all this destruction and devastation, they have played their roles well to bring about a new era of peace on earth, and hence are blessed.

Baba concluded by stating: "All are mine — you as well as they."

 

119-SANJIVA REDDY N.

(AICC President and Speaker Lok Sabha)

6th June, 1960, Sanjeeva Reddy, President of AICC, had Baba’s darshan at Guruprasad, Pune and following message was given to him:

“It is better to deny God than to defy God.  To profess to be lover of God and then not to be honest to God, to work and to him is unpatrolled hypocrisy. Difficulties give us opportunity to prove our greatness by overcoming them. When the leader of the nation puts complete faith in God, God makes him the instrument to guide the nation rightly. We should think well of those who think ill of us.

He had Baba’s blessings and also the special message of Love from the Ancient One in the shape of an embrace of the Beloved of all hearts.

120-SAROJINI NAIDU

Pre-indepence political leader of India

On 4 September 1931, Baba made following comments about Gandhi’s political followers

Even among his own followers, or those who at least agree with him on the question of independence, their objectives differed in his fight for independence. Gandhi preaches and advocates the abolition of caste and religion, particularly in abolishing Untouchability, and his lieutenant in the Congress Party, Malaviya, does not adhere to it. Malaviya takes his cook to England with him, thinking that eating meals prepared by foreigners is irreligious. There are thousands in the Congress who do not accept this dictum of Gandhi's at all, and that is why the party is not strong; the result of which will bode ill for the future.