GROUP-11 (DIGNITARIES) SL NO 121-140
|SL NO||NAME||OFFCE OF HOLDING|
|121||Sayed A. K.||Persian Poet|
|122||Shah K. K.||Ex. Minister of Information and Broadcasting Govt. of India|
|123||Shivaji||Maratha Emperor of South India|
|124||Sushila Nayyar||Ex. Minister of Health, Govt. of India|
|125||Sir Mirza Ismail||Ex. Dewan Of Mysore Province|
|126||Sondhi M. L.||Ex. Member of Parliament Govt of India|
|127||Stafford Cripps||Ambassador of Churchill|
|128||Stalin||Political leader of Russia|
|129||Subramanian C.||Ex. Minister of food, Govt. of India|
|130||Sumitra Nandan Pant||Eminent Hindi writer and scholar|
|131||Sunder Rao Naidu||Ex. Mayor of Madras|
|132||Tallulah Bankhead||Hollywood Film star|
|134||Thomas Augustus Watson||Scientist worked with Alexander Graham Bell|
|135||Thirumala Rao||Lieutenant governor of Rewa & Baba Lover|
|136||Tom Hopkinson||Journalist and Professor in Royal College of Nairobi|
|137||Uday Shankar (Pandit)||Famous Indian Dancer|
|138||Vallabhbhai Patel||Ex. Home Minister of India|
|139||Venkat Narayan Naidu||CEI. Madras and Advisor to Governor|
|140||Venkata Rao||Ex. Minister Madras Govt & Baba Lover|
121- SAYYED A. K.
Foundation laying ceremony of Meher Baba Universal Spritual Centre, Byramangala was held in Byramangala (Bangalore) on 17th December, 1939. Meher Baba himself dug the earth and stuck seven times with seven metal shovel and sat on the granite stool. Twenty one fire cartridges were fired in the air to mark the beginning of the MBSUSC. More than four thousand people gathered to attend the function. Sir Mirza Ismail was the Chief Guest. Poet A. K. Sayyed recited poem in Persian. Meher Baba gave the immortal message read by Aiyangar which will inspire sincere aspirants to understand the significance of Universal Spiritual Centre.
122-SHAH K. K.
Ex. Minister of information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India
Avatar Meher Baba gave darshan to public in December 1952. In 1968 the Ram Lila Grounds where people had so far witnessed Ram Lila during Dussehra Festival, depicted at length Meher Lila from 1stt to 3rd December. In a beautifully festooned Pandal illuminated with multicolored electric lights, was visible the Life-sized portraits of Avatar Meher Baba on a beautifully furnished stage. Inaugural address was delivered by Shri K. K. Shah, Minister of Information and broadcasting on 1st December, after he garlanded Baba’s portrait.
The Hon’ble Minister emphasized the importance of sound and the word eternal and said that devotional music like voice eternal would “reach where He is” where ever Baba is-where-ever God is referring to Baba’s teaching, the ;earned speaker said, Baba has said, “Love will sustain because Love does not speak for anything.” He told the audience that the real religion meant the mixture of Faith and Knowledge. He had to learn from Baba. Saying this he invoked Baba’s Grace.
Maratha Emperor of South India
In 1925, at the time of the Poona Hut, Baba had spoken of the Maratha king, Shivaji, and hinted that Shivaji was one of his minor incarnations.
He repeated something similar at Kaka Shahane's House, when he wrote on his slate and swore it was true: "Although European historians paint Shivaji in a different light, there was no warrior so brave, so sincere, so clever, so gentle, or so pure. He was a perfect devotee and a true disciple of his Spiritual Master, Swami Ramdas. It is the same Shivaji that is now present in this form to perform a great part in the tremendous spiritual outburst that is meant to occur in the near future."
Then Baba remarked, "I was present at the time of Jesus, too, but that is another matter. It is a secret, but a part of it I have thus revealed."
In reference to Shivaji, Arjun asked, "Are the men of that time present here?"
Baba nodded and then asking for the slate, he wrote: "Although many were with him, about 24 played a key role at that time. Ten out of these 24 will once again, within two years, be the instruments of great spiritual workings in the world. Afzal Khan, who was killed by Shivaji, will assume the lion's share of the work. One foreigner at that time played a key role, too, and he likewise will be one of the most prominent members of Shivaji's circle. Shivaji has now realized Truth, and through him at the appointed time in the near future, these companions will also realize they played a powerful part in the scheme. "
Baba concluded, "Don't think about it. Let it go, it is all a mystery. But the knowers will know within two years from this date."
The next day, Baba wrote another cryptic remark: "The secret will be out in the year 1927 when, at a touch, again the blind will be given sight and the dead will be raised with a breath."
During the early phase of His Universal work Baba declared to a foreign journalist that He was Chattrapati Shivaji in one of His previous incarnations. According to History, Shivaji came into contact with two perfect Masters, namely Sant Tukaram and Ramdas Swami beside some Muslim saints.
On 4th November, 1927, in morning, Meher Baba made following comments before mandali on historical figure Shivaji.
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. He was guided in all his actions by his Guru, Swami Ramdas. Everything is fair in war, even trickeries, yet Shivaji actually offered his whole kingdom to his Guru. He had great administrative powers, pure motives and conduct; hence he was great in every way – the only great king of the Hindus since the time of Ashoka (2)
Statue of the great warrior—king Shivaji had been erected in Poona. One day, during a stroll through the city, Baba explained that for certain spiritual work, there occur in varying centuries two types of Avataric incarnations: major and minor. He then revealed one of his past minor incarnations had been as Shivaji: "In a past lifetime, I was Shivaji. Until recently, the British have left nothing undone to detract from Shivaji historically. Yet, they have now, when I am present in this form, had a statue unveiled by the Prince of Wales last year in Shaniwar Wada."
Glancing at the men present, he revealed, "You were all with me at the time of Shivaji. Behramji was Afzal Khan, the Moghul general who was killed by Shivaji. Sadashiv Patil was Tanaji Malsoore, the man who gave his life to save Shivaji." Later, in private, Baba explained to Gulmai's son Adi that he had been Shivaji's wife.
In Maharashtra, people have great reverence and love for Shivaji, and these statements by Baba further consolidated the early disciples' faith in Baba's greatness. After he revealed this, the men talked of it for days among themselves.
There is significance in the role of Shivaji's activities in founding the Maratha kingdom [which later became the state of Maharashtra] in the Deccan plateau during the 17th century. Born in 1627, Shivaji was a versatile personality and leader — a statesman, social reformer, brilliant military strategist and advocate of religious tolerance. Called "the Grand Rebel," he was devoted to Hindu religious freedom and fought against the Muslim oppression and persecution of Hindus that had been instigated by the Mogul ruler Aurangzeb. Shivaji was spiritually guided by Swami Ramdas, a Sadguru. Although veiled from his true identity, Shivaji reorganized the country of India and prepared the people's consciousness for the advent of the Avatar, especially the Muslims and Hindus in the Deccan.
Ex. Minister of Health, Govt. of India
On the 27th evening session of Third World Religious conference in Delhi Ramlila ground, milling crowd came. Dr. Sushila Nayyar, the health Minister of India delivered a nice speech
125-SIR MIRZA ISMAIL
(Ex. Dewan of Mysore)
Sir Mirza Ismail was Dewan of Mysore. He was contacted by Meher Baba through one influential person M. Chakravorty who came to see Baba when He stayed in Mysore. Meher Baba wished that Sir Mirza Ismail and Subramanian Iyer be contacted for finding a suitable place to establish the Universal Spiritual Centre. Mirza Ismail was a very popular person and he found a suitable spot at Byramangala and wrote to Baba about it. In April 1938 Baba sent two of His men mandali to Bangalore and Mysore for negotiation with Sir Mirza Ismail about the possibility of the establishment of the centre. Later Baba sent a message to Mirza Ismail saying that He has postponed His plan until March of the next year.
Meher Baba visited Byramangala for the first time on 13th August 1939 along with Mirza Ismail. It is 34 kilometers from Bangalore and 4 kilometers from Bidadi Railway Station. Baba liked the place very much and He accepted the offer of Mirza Ismail to buy the land from the Mysore State. Mirza Ismail was helpful in making two bungalows of his brother available for use of Baba. He requested Baba to stay in Bangalore and assured Him all assistance. So Baba decides to stay in Bangalore and did not go to Mysore.
On 1 st September 1939, Baba went to Byramangala and He selected a pint where He hammered a spike. The point is Central Point where Baba’s pictures are engraved in mirror over seven steps. On 7th September he gave a cheque to Mirza Ismail and settled the transaction. An area of 406 acres was bought from the Mysore State.
On 19th August 1939, Mirza Ismail came to see Baba for discussions about plan of the centre. While discussing plan of the centre, He said to Ismail, “Yu are the power here materially; I am the power of spiritually, everywhere in My own way. So we need t talk of powers. Taking you as one of My own. I want to discuss with you on quite frank terms.
On foundation laying ceremony on 17 th December 1939,Meher Baba dug the earth and struck seven times with seven metal shovel and sat on the granite stool on which “ Meher Baba Universal Spiritual Centre, Byramangala, 17 th December 1939’ was engraved. Sir Mirza Ismail was the chief guest of the function of foundation laying ceremony.
126-SONDHI M. L.
Ex. Member of Parliament Govt of India
Avatar Meher Baba gave darshan to public in December 1952. In 1968 the Ram Lila Grounds where people had so far witnessed Ram Lila during Dussehra Festival, depicted at length Meher Lila from 1stt to 3rd December. In a beautifully festooned Pandal illuminated with multicolored electric lights, was visible the Life-sized portraits of Avatar Meher Baba on a beautifully furnished stage.
On the concluding day, Shri M. L. Sondhi Member of Parliament came to pay tributes to Avatar Meher Baba in the evening. After garlanding Baba’s portrait, he made such a touching speech the like of which Baba lovers had not heard for long. He told the audience that Meher Baba would lead them towards the development of a real spirit of citizenship, of love, of brotherhood. He emphasized All that we have to do is to believe in His divine working.”
Appreciating the music programme presented by Meher Singing Group, he said “Sangeet gives us Divine Symphony and brings us nearer to God.” Eluding the previous programmes arranged by Baba lovers in Delhi he said, “Sometimes -small endeavors have great effect. Baba message has to be brought home to each individual: to each family.” When a picture of Baba was presented to the speaker, he remarked “This picture should be engraved in the hearts of all in Delhi instead of just put on the wall-and this medium of awakening should be adopted in our life so that the country as whole is affected and the hearts of mankind change.”!
On March 12th, when Baba heard the news that Sir Stafford Cripps was coming to India, being sent by Winston Churchill, he commented on the current political situation in the country and abroad, and about different leaders in India and elsewhere. With perfect mimicry, he imitated the typical expressions of each one:
Cripps is clever, sincere, shrewd and sympathetic toward India. Jinnah is cleverest of the whole lot, has politics on the tip of his finger, is the best speaker, but he is not as sincere and sensible as Gandhi and Azad, who is a great scholar of Islamic literature.
(Political Leader of Russia)
Stalin is very cunning with his big mustache. He has proved a perfect actor in this great world drama, playing his part very well, giving a most astounding stand to Hitler and the attacks of the German army on their two thousand-mile front.
Cabinet Minister of central Govt
He was Prominent Cabinet Minister of central Govt. he took part in Baba’s functions in Delhi, during period 1960-1970.
130-SUMITRA NANADAN PANT
Eminent Hindi writer and scholar
In 1963, Shri Sumitra Nandan Pant, an eminent Hindi writer and writer evinced interest in Baba’s teachings. Consequently on 31-12-63, Bhau Kalchuri sent following books to Shri. W. D. Kain to be given to Pantji with Baba’s love;-
- God Speaks
- To stay with God
- The East West gathering
- The everything and Nothing
- Existence is Substance and Life Shadow
- Highest of High
These books were made over to Him at his Allahabad address: 17/7-B Kasturba Gandhi Marg, early in January, 1964.
Shortly afterwards, Shri. W. D. Kain got a note from King’s Road (Adi K. Irani) his personal copy of “wayfarers” may be given on loan to Pantji for study: copies of this book were not available with publishers. This was duly delivered as directed by Baba. Shri W. D. Kain did not hear from Pantji for more than 3 months, and he had to go to Allahabad to collect the book. Pantji regretted very much that the book was untraceable in the jumble of books scattered all about, as the house was under repairs. He promised to send it by post which he never did.
It seemed as he could rather during the course of his casual talk with Pantji, that little spark of love ignited by study of Baba’s discourses had burst into huge flames-after reading masterly compendium by Dr. Donkin about Meher Baba’s work with God-intoxicated Souls, Saints and Sadhus, engulfing Pantji in its effulgence. The “Wayfarers” was responsible for it. For Pantji, it was not a book but a symbol of the real Wayfarer – the Awakener of the Age-Meher Baba.
131-SUNDER RAO NAIDU
(Ex. Mayor of Madras)
He had Baba’s darshan in April, 1947 in Madras. He was Mayor of Madras and owner of Sun Theater. Beloved Baba visited his Sun Theater and witnessed a mythological film for a short time.
(A Hollywood Actor)
On Thursday, 2 June 1932, Baba went to Paramount Studios again and met Maurice Chevalier, 43, who was making Love Me Tonight with Jeanette MacDonald. Tallulah Bankhead was there and ran to Baba, hugging and kissing him. Chevalier shook hands with Baba and said what a pleasure and honor it was to meet him. When that Baba informed had been on silence for the past seven years,
In the evening Baba went with Quentin to Tallulah Bankhead's residence for dinner, and also to meet Greta Garbo, 26. However, Garbo telephoned at the last minute to say she was not well enough to come. Baba was openly disappointed at not meeting her, as he had said that Garbo was the "most spiritual" of the Hollywood stars and had been a yogi in a previous lifetime.
During th West visit of Baba in 1938, According to Adi Jr., when it was announced that Baba wanted to leave, Tallulah Bankhead asked Adi Jr. if it was possible for him to come to her house the next day for lunch, for she had something to talk about with him. Adi said that he thought it would be possible, but that he'd have to ask Baba. When he approached Baba, Baba replied, "Fine." Then in a stern tone, he warned, "But do not touch her and do not let her touch you." Adi assured him that nothing ill-intentioned would happen.438
Adi went to Tallulah's home the following afternoon (probably with another of the mandali). When he met her, he immediately blurted out, "I am happy to be here, but please do not touch me." She blushed, saying she would not embarrass him. During their lunch, Adi asked what was it that she wanted to talk to him about. Tallulah said that she was in love with a certain man, but that he did not love her, nor had he shown her any affection. She wanted Adi to persuade his brother (Baba) to cast a "love-spell" on the man, and thereby he would fall in love with her and be hers. Adi was taken aback and assured her that Baba did not do such things and that she was greatly mistaken about the kind of spiritual things Baba taught. Tallulah, nevertheless, insisted that Adi ask his brother if he would cast such a spell. Adi said he would, but explained again that he doubted if Baba would do such a thing.
After Adi Jr. returned to the Joneses' residence, he was feeling quite disturbed about his meeting with Tallulah, but did not say anything until he met with Baba. When he did, Baba sternly inquired, "Did you touch her?" Adi pleaded innocent and then explained why she invited him over and what she wanted Baba to do — cast a love-spell on a certain man, so he would fall in love with her. Baba showed his obvious disgust, "Hollywood!"
The general impression among many of the movie stars was that Meher Baba was a yogi or swami of a high class, who possessed occult powers and could influence people's minds. That is why Tallulah Bankhead made such an inquiry. The Hollywood actors and actresses were famous personalities whose lives were well publicized, and since Baba had attained much notoriety in the newspapers during this visit, they welcomed him as an equally famous personality.
Like most people caught up in maya, the Hollywood celebrities' understanding of true spirituality, or of what Meher Baba's Avatarhood really meant, lacked much depth.
(A Reporter from London)
The following day, a Mr. Tehmanker, confronted Chanji, "When will Meher Baba break his silence?"
Chanji conveyed the question to Baba, who replied, "If strong winds are blowing and you try to open your umbrella, it is blown here and there and it becomes difficult to hold. But when there is no wind and much heat and rain, then you will naturally open your umbrella. Similarly, when there is no movement of air and I find signs of 'heat' or 'rain,' I will break my silence."
134-THOMAS AUGUSTUS WATSON
Scientist worked with Alexander Graham Bell
Among the persons gathered to receive Meher Baba was an elderly man named Thomas Augustus Watson, who had come with his wife from America to stay at the retreat for two days. Mr. Watson was the scientist who had worked with Alexander Graham Bell in inventing the telephone and since retired was searching for spiritual knowledge. (1) Upon entering the retreat and climbing the staircase to his room, Baba stopped for a moment and gently placed his hand on Watson’s head. Baba’s divine touch had such a deep effect on him that the old man wept like a child. From Baba’s gentle touch, his heart burst and overflowed with love.
Having observed similar incidents while on tour with Baba, Chanji took Mr. Watson into the library and made him sit down. Watson continued to weep for about fifteen minutes and then became quiet. His eyes filled with tears and he asked softly, “How long have you been with him?”
“For seven years,” replied Chanji.
Hearing this, Watson placed his hand in a fatherly way on Chanji’s back and said, “My son, do you realize how fortunate you are to have been living in such close contact with such a great personality?”
“Yes sir, I do consider myself fortunate,” Chanji answered. “It is his grace that I am near him.”
After a few moments of silence, Watson revealed, “In my seventy-eight years of life, today is the first time I have experienced what divine love is. I have come to realize this with just a touch from Meher Baba.”
Chanji said, “Such a privilege is bestowed on very few.”
Without Watson’s asking, Baba had rocked the grounds of his being. Watson’s heart blossomed and he saw a new light – the light which dispels the darkness of ages.
It was wonderful how the Master’s work was manifesting. He was forging a link with Watson for a plan which, up to now, he had not revealed. Baba was planning on going to America from England and Watson was to be his medium for setting it up. This is why Watson felt compelled to travel all the way to England just to meet Meher Baba.
- Thomas Augustus Watson assisted Alexander Graham Bell during the experimental period of the telephone. Resigning from Bell Telephone Company in 1881, he formed a company to build engines and ships. Thomas Watson was the first person on earth to receive the first telephone call from Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, on March 10, 1876. Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia).
(Ex. Member of Parliament Govt. of India & Lieutenant governor of Rewa)
On 4th January 1956, Thirumala Rao arrived, and Adi Sr. brought them to Meherazad to see Baba. Thirumala Rao had come for the sahavas with the Telugu group and afterwards was appointed the Lt. Governor of Vindhya Pradesh (a state in central India). Before assuming his duties, he wanted to have Baba's darshan. He had written to Baba in Satara, but because Baba was to proceed to Meherazad for his work, he called him there.
Baba advised Thirumala Rao, "Continue carrying out my instructions, love me and be scrupulously honest. Do not let [Prime Minister] Nehru and [President] Babu Rajendra Prasad down. Translate God Speaks into Telugu with all your heart." Baba touched a copy of the book and presented it to him for the work. Thirumala Rao was overcome by Baba's blessing. Baba embraced him and he left.
On March 26th, the lieutenant governor of Rewa, Thirumala Rao, came to Meherazad and laid the Telugu translation he had done of God Speaks at Baba's feet. Baba touched the manuscript and returned it to him, happily urging him to publish it. He commented to Thirumala Rao, "I am highly pleased with your efforts and love. Despite your high position, you have not forgotten me. So live for me in that way and thereby you will truly serve the Indian government and more."
Thirumala Rao said, "I have become governor only by your blessing, so how could I forget you?"
"Even if you are removed as governor, remain happy, taking it as my wish, and don't worry." Thirumala Rao departed happily.
On 5th May, 1968, a special function was arranged in spacious lawns (Now holding underground municipal Market) of Connaught Place which was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of India M. Hidayatulla, which was attended by Shri. Thirumala Rao M. he paid tributes to Avatar Meher Baba. He made a very thought proposing and inspiring speech replete with Baba’s devotion and interspersed here and there with Baba’s teachings. He told the audience that Meher Baba was “That all pervading Power which worked behind whatever we saw or heard.” He added that when Baba gives Darshan at Guruprasad it is not only few hundred people sitting in the Pandal before him who benefit from His nazar (His Grace) but millions outside as well benefit by spiritual waves emanating from His Avataric Body. He emphasized that His penances, self-inflicted suffering and a long spell of over 42 years of silence. Baba has taken upon Himself the sufferings of others to rid humanity of their karmic load.
Journalist and Professor in Royal College of Nairobi
Tom Hopkinson, a journalist, had first met Baba in 1952. This time when he embraced Baba, he recalled: "I remember giving him a hug and feeling this strange feeling that you always felt when you embraced him, of mingled lightness and solidity as though it were very real and yet intangible."
Hopkinson was asked if there was anything he wished to say. He said, "Baba, I am happy to see you but I cannot accept you as God. My mind is not equal to the task of recognizing you as God, but I thank you for what you have done for me."
Baba said, "What does it matter? Every night when you go to bed, just for one minute think of me. But do not think of me as you see me now; think of me as I really am. Whatever you do leave everything to me — good or bad. God knows everything, so have that conviction and don't worry. It is I who put the words into your heart. Every day when you go to bed just think: 'I must see Baba in everyone everywhere — Baba as Baba,' and one day you will."
They went to South Africa shortly afterwards where Tom Hopkinson worked as journalist editing the magazine “Drum” and subsequently moved to Nairobi after accepting a Professorship in Journalism in the Royal College there. He came to India in December 1965 to attend a Seminar of the Asian Press. Mr. Hopkinson was treated as State Guest during his stay for over a week in New Delhi. Adi K. Irani from Ahmednagar wrote to letter to W. D. Kain asking to contact Hopkinson and talk to him about Baba. Accordingly Mr. Kain received him in New Delhi and took him around the historical places. They became intimate friends. Mr. Hopkinson later on moved to the University of Wales as a Professor of journalism. They were deep in love for Baba.
(Celebrated Indian Dancer)
On September 28th, (1933) the celebrated Indian dancer Uday Shankar came to see Baba. He had found out about Baba through the Swiss sculptor and art historian Alice Boner, who was defraying the expenses of Shankar's visit to the West. It was during Alice Boner's trip to India with Shankar in 1930 that she heard of Meher Baba. While in Europe, Norina Matchabelli, Elizabeth Patterson and Quentin Tod had also met Uday Shankar and had spoken to him of their Master.
Uday Shankar bowed reverently to Baba, who praised him and expressed appreciation for his mastering of the ancient Hindu art of dance. He told Baba, "I want to introduce and spread Indian classical dance to the West, but some organizations in India criticize me. They want money from me for their institutions, organizations and societies, but I have no money to give them."
Baba spelled out on his board, "Every good work has to face opposition, and the reaction of the opposition offered always helps the work. You need not worry; continue conscientiously with your work, with double the zeal in the right direction."
Shankar then said, "Baba, I would like to give a dance performance for you one day."
Baba replied, "I would be delighted to watch you."
Shankar was extremely happy to have Baba's darshan, but Baba cautioned him before they parted, "Do not inform anyone on the ship about me, as I do not wish to meet anybody. See me before disembarking in Brindisi."
(1) Uday Shankar was the older brother of the famous sitarist Ravi Shankar. Uday Shankar was thirty-three years old when he met Baba. At his zenith, his dance ability was compared in greatness with the Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, though it was classical Indian dance and not classical ballet.
138-VALLABH BHAI PATEL
(First Home Minister of India)
Vallabhbhai Patel called as ‘Iron man’ was first Home Minister of India. He was first intellectual follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He started the, the non cooperation of Mahatma Gandhi’s and was successful.
During conversation between Mahatma Gandhi, Vallabhbhai Patel was also present among other Politian at a distance. Hearing Gandhiji promise to join Baba after settlement of self-government struggle of India, Vallabhbhai Patel asserted into conversation. Patel said, “Bapu ji, while you are giving this promise, did you think of us and ask our advice in these matters?”
Turning to Vallabhbhai, Gandhiji replied, “Once the struggle of Independence is settled, who will care for you and me? Then, what I do with my life is a question between Meher Baba and me. I have already promised. Then turning to Baba, he asked, “Haven’t I?”
“Yes, you have, and you have also promised once before that you retire from politics, you would come and stay with Me.”
Gandhiji replied, “But after the struggle ends. When will that day dawn.
139-VENKAT NARAYANA NAIDU
(C.I.E. Madras & Advisor to Governor)
He had baba’s darshan in February 1934 at Madras. He took part in 40 th birthday celebration and presided over meetings.
(Ex. Minister Madras Govt)
The group finally reached Amalapuram at 12:30 P.M. on February 28th, and they were taken to Konaseema's residence. Kala Venkata Rao led Baba to his room; he had kept food ready for Baba and his group. They had lunch, and Venkata Rao kept guard at the bottom of the staircase leading to Baba's room so that no one would disturb him. Venkata was a former minister in the Madras government and general secretary of a political party of the Indian National Congress. But despite his high worldly positions, he was a humble man who had deep love for Baba.
After the meals, Shastri informed Baba that were it not for the help rendered by Venkata Rao to those who had suffered in the recent floods, many families would have been left destitute and starving. Hearing this, Baba observed:
Love for God can be expressed in so many ways because He has infinite aspects. The three aspects of power, knowledge and bliss are well known, but infinite honesty and infinite goodness are also main aspects – and goodness means where there is no thought of self.
When you serve your fellow beings with selflessness, you serve God; but this term "selflessness" is so very loosely used that in its very use its purpose is lost. Selfless service means that it has to be so very natural that even the thought that you have served should be absent.
What God's aspect of honesty means is that you serve others in order to make them happy at the cost of your own happiness? Honesty demands that no show and no fuss is made of your service and you treat others as you treat your own dear ones.