GROUP-11 (DIGNITARIES) SL NO. 81-100
|SL NO||NAME||OFFCE OF HOLDING||PAGE NO|
|81||Major General Bhandari B. N.||Deputy Director of Medical Services of the Army's||72|
|82||Manmath Nath Chatterjee||Former professor of sociology at Antioch College in Ohio||73|
|83||Martin Luther||Political leader from South Africa||74|
|85||Miraben||Gandhi's English follower||78|
|86||Mirza Ismail||Dewan of Mysore||78|
|87||Mishra L. N.||Ex. Minister of Defence Production Govt. of India||79|
|88||Miss Carena Shields||Archaeologist||79|
|89||Mohammad Ali Jinnah||Ex. Prime Minister of Pakistan||80|
|91||Mohammad Safi Querishi||Ex. Minister of Communication, Govt. of India||81|
|92||Morarji Desai||Ex. Prime Minister of India||82|
|93||Mrs. Otilia Aeomenana||Minister of Cultural Affairs, Panama and Rep of UNESCO||82|
|94||Mrs. Yeshwant Rao Holkar||Maharani of Indore||82|
|95||Mudaliar C. Natasa||MLC and Leading Politician of Madras||83|
|96||Munshi K. M. & wife||Ex. Governor||84|
|98||Nari Contractor||Indian Cricketer||84|
|99||Napoleon Bonaparte||Dictator of France||84|
|100||Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya||Pre-indepence political leader of India||85|
81-MAJOR GENERAL BHANDARI B. N.
Deputy Director of Medical Services of the Army's
An influential man, the Deputy Director of Medical Services of the Army's Southern Command stationed in Poona, Major General B. N. Bhandari, 55, heard of Baba in year 1961. Since he was living just a few miles away, he came one afternoon with his wife, Kamla, 42, who was a physician. Their first meeting made a tremendous impact on them. They said they felt "transported by the overflow of love emanating from his Divine Being."
When Kamla Bhandari approached Baba, he asked her, "How are you?"
"Thank you, I am all right," she said.
"Are you happy?"
"What do you want?"
"I am in search of God."
"Your objective will be realized."
Baba's reassurance drew the couple close to him, and they became his devoted followers.
In 1963, General Bhandari and his wife, Kamla, from Poona were also visitors that day. The general had to go to Delhi and had received Baba's permission to see him before he left. Baba was gracious enough to pose for photographs, though it meant getting up and coming outside, which was physically painful. Before they left, Baba presented the couple with two books signed by him.
Again on the 31st, 1963 Army Major-General Bhandari, his wife, Kamla, and their two daughters arrived at Guruprasad to have Baba's darshan.
Baba told him:
China is hesitant to attack India. There are two views about it in China. If she attacks, there will be a lot of chaos and suffering in India. If she does not attack, there will be tension and great suspense in India. The coming fifteen days are crucial. I have to decide which way is best. But the eventual victory will be that of India. I look after the affairs of the entire world. I am the Sole Authority.
In 1964, General Bhandari of Poona was being transferred to Delhi. Having the urge to pay respects to Baba on his way to Delhi, without prior intimation, just as Adi was leaving for Meherazad on the 2nd, Bhandari and his wife came to Khushru Quarters, with their seventeen-year-old daughter, Reva. Adi told them to follow his car to Meherazad, and Baba met them lovingly, along with Sarosh's party.
The brigadier general was a Sikh from the Punjab, and Baba remarked to him that Guru Nanak was a Perfect Master.
His wife asked, "Have you read about Guru Nanak?"
"I have not read," Baba gestured, "I know!"
The brigadier asked, "Baba, I have heard that it is beneficial to repeat the divine name, but which name is best to repeat?"
"Do you love your wife?"
"Yes, Baba. I love her very much."
"What would you do if she were staying far away from you?"
"I would remember her, of course."
"Would you remember her with a rosary in your hand? Would you sit in a corner and repeat her name?"
"No, I would think about her spontaneously with love."
Baba stated, "In the same way, automatic remembrance of God in a natural way is what is worthwhile. And without love, it is not possible. When there is intense thirst for the remembrance of the Beloved, love is born, and one's only thought is of the Beloved.
"This is called real japa [repetition of a divine name]. Then, even the impossible becomes possible. It is the glory of the name." The brigadier was highly impressed by Baba's explanation.
General Bhandari and his wife bid a tearful goodbye to Baba. Out of his great kindness, Baba had met them, knowing this was the last time the couple would ever see him.
82-MANMATH NATH CHATTERJEE
(Former professor of sociology at Antioch College in Ohio)
Another Indian, a learned Brahmin in his early 60s named Manmath Nath Chatterjee, also met Baba that day. Chatterjee was a former professor of sociology at Antioch College in Ohio, and a dear friend of one of his former pupils, Agnes Baron. Agnes had been trying to convince "Chat" to meet Meher Baba for years, but he had scorned her attempts, saying, "You Westerners are so stupid! You run after all these big chaps, not knowing what the consequences will be. Until you are ready to have your life turned inside out — stay away from them!"
By sheer coincidence Chatterjee had phoned Agnes that day at 11:00 A.M., inviting her out to lunch. Agnes was furious and threatened, "If you don't come to meet Meher Baba, I will never speak to you again!" So, reluctantly he came to the hotel. It was time for lunch, but Agnes pleaded with Adi to let Chatterjee go in. They were seated outside Baba's room on a bench. Adi informed Baba, who came out, and taking Chatterjee’s hand between his palms, Baba escorted him into the room. Agnes was told to wait outside.
Half an hour later, Chatterjee, who was always very straight, almost military in his bearing, came out almost doubled up. Agnes took him to her room. Chatterjee was nearly unconscious, muttering, "I had to come, I had to come!" He left after some time and later sent a copy of one of his books to Baba. Shortly afterwards, Agnes learned that he had become paralyzed on the left side and he died soon after.
83-MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
(Political Leader from South Africa)
Beryl Williams wrote this letter on May 12, 1956 inviting the Kings for Meher Baba's darshan. We do not know whether Reverend King responded.
Dear Rev. & Mrs. King,
This brings to both of you, your able associates and each member of the congregations of souls in Montgomery, deep Love and Blessings from Meher Baba.
The accompanying biographical sketch and photos will tell you more about Him than I can include in the brevity of this letter; but, He is widely recognized in the East (India being His birthplace), and by an increasingly large number of people all over the world as the Avatar (Saviour) of the Age. The one who emanates the rare quality of Divine Love and who by his Presence and Spiritual working in the world, enables the Humanity of the present day to imbibe It and progress more rapidly in the awareness of itself as soul and realize the Spiritual Emancipation and Freedom, which is and ever has been the birth-right of every soul born on Earth into a human body (regardless of the sex, shape, color or size of that body).
It is out of a profound respect for your inherent wisdom and sensitivity to the human plight and your determined efforts to serve the cause of Truth with spiritual weapons that I, and many others take our hats off to you. Yet, I can never be content merely to cheer you (even though sincerely). Only one who loves God deeply, can have the courage to declare in the face of such tremendous odds and before God and the whole world that His Truth is worth living for and worth dying for — this Truth that we are all One — and for you there is no other way but to live it. For me, your work derives spiritual significance from the fact that many other God-lovers like yourselves, are cooperating today in living and serving (each in his/her own way) their various roles in the larger task of which yours seems to be part and parcel, in order that human consciousness may be prepared to receive a fresh Dispensation of Light from above and reshape the conditions of human life into a more perfect harmony for the furtherance of the Divine Plan for the Earth. Perhaps we may not ever meet personally in this life, still, I bow in recognition of yourselves and your associates as kindred souls who are making their own contributions to this glorious venture. In the spirit of sharing the treasures of lasting value I send this priceless contribution to your cause, and by the Grace of God it then will abide in your own and many other deeply receptive hearts. It is in this faith, I greet you all.
Dear Rev. and you Mrs. King, Because I simply cannot regard you and the many dear ones of whom you are leaders as merely a group of Negro People engaged in a struggle only for social and economic equality in a society dedicated to the denial of it and determinedly opposed to it, I've felt you would welcome the information enclosed with this letter. It is intended to be a very brief introduction to a very vast subject as well as an invitation to a feast of Love — which will take place in America, in July of this year. In the course of a life-time comparatively few have the good fortune to attend it personally, not being aware of it for the most part and because it is only those who in the secret of their own souls can recognize its worth, who feel impelled to simply make the most of it.
I've also sent this same information to Rev. Abernathy and having had a card with your address, I want to sent you this personal invitation.
Meher Baba will once again make one of His infrequent trips to the West, arriving in New York about July 20, where he will spend 4 days then go onto Myrtle Beach, S.C. for 5 days and lastly fly over to Calif. 17 days for the whole visit. In the course of this itinerary, He will see all those who have been in one way or another drawn to Him, including some who have been waiting very patiently for many years for this personal contact and all who want to meet Him. It is in full confidence of its truth that I say to you, "He understands completely the complex significance of all our human struggles and endeavors, our aspirations and our aims — including the immediate and ultimate meaning of the struggle in which you and all are presently engaged — and is fully capable of rendering undreamed of Spiritual help towards its successful completion. True, it follows naturally, the recipient if such help needs on his part a willingness to receive it, if it is to have the intended result. In Meher Baba one finds a true friend, a constant companion who by the stimulating power of His Presence, enables the individual so aware of Him to untangle all the knotty problems of his/her life, and in so doing, progressively uncover and discover for him or herself the real meaning of existence and the hidden purpose of human life in a physical body. In knowing Him, one also knows truly that the Divine guidance does surmount every limitation imposed by time and space.
Of course, it is possible to only indicate to another what a personal meeting and interview with this Being — whom we affectionately call "Baba" — could mean to any one — the actual occurrence is the only way of knowing each for him/her self; since it is a spiritual experience and much more than a mere belief. Many acknowledge it as the most precious Gift, of all Life's precious gifts and the heart can embrace it as its full compensation for the sorry state of affairs in our world of today, which on all sides would appear to make a mockery of and contradict Man's age-old awareness of himself as Soul (an eternal portion of Divinity) also that human birth entitles and enables this soul to realize its noble aspiration of finding and experiencing Itself through the various conditions of Life. But, God (truth) is not mocked! To meet One to whom and in whom that is not merely an inarticulate aspiration, but, an accomplished fact; a Self-evident Truth, is to add significance to one's own life and gives meaning to one's Religion. Baba, His life and work with the various types of Humanity makes us know our own latent possibilities and even though we become more keenly aware of the numerous obstacles to their fulfillment in the individual as well as in the collectively, He, out of Infinite Mercy and Compassion does provide the means of our transcending every barrier that hides the Truth (Reality) from our conscious experience.
As you are a Christian minister I'm happy that it is not necessary for me to go into lengthy discussion of Christ's beautiful invitation to all who would know that Soul is Eternal Existence, to ". . . take up the cross and follow me. . ." as you and so many others are actually doing and because it was the living God (Christ in human form) who of necessity had to become the "Way, the Truth and the Light", it follows that the human being of the present day has the same need of a Divine Guide in human form, if he is to come into his inheritance of the Kingdom Within. It is also becoming increasingly clear that the Supreme Intelligence makes the provision in every Age throughout the long history of human life on Earth and the Supreme Soul (God) becomes man in every Age for the redemption of humanity; eternally groping and struggling to experience Light and Truth, yet, how few make it a point to discover the deeper secrets of Life by their own personal and conscious experience — while they can.
When we once have tasted of this Pure Love of God, we begin to see and understand more clearly what motivates all human endeavour, and aspiration in the various spheres of our existence on Earth and ascertain that the heart of mankind can never be satisfied with anything less than its own perfect fulfilment which Divine Love alone can satisfy. To know that the thing really exists not only in the glowing descriptions of spiritual writings in which in we may or may not have faith, but, which our own hearts can verify and come into communication and Divine communion with, is to see the justification of all the great religions of the world. You ministers of the Gospel who have contributed so much towards keeping the lamp of faith and love burning in the human heart (amidst the attitude of cynicism and cold, stark indifference to the finer aspects of man's spiritual nature and the primary need of his being to experience and express the soul that he is) do have great cause for rejoicing today with utmost confidence in yourselves and your work; for, no one can serve God in vain. His Law is that by such service we can ever move closer to the realization of our Oneness with Him. I could not refrain then from yielding to this deep urge to share with you dear ones in Montgomery this guarded secret of many lives and hearts — "We are not alone!" Because you have every right to know that he is in incarnation in our lifetime, just as surely as He has been in the past, it would be betraying a sacred trust not to share the information with you lovers and worshippers of Truth.
Christ in His incarnation as Jesus declared, "Lo, I am with you always; even unto the end if the world:" Certainly, our faith in His Word has to become knowledge by experience of its eternal Truth. We are learning today that the concrete experience of the "Word made Flesh" was never intended by Him to be an event in the lives of a certain few of His children who happened to lived at a particular time in human history, while the rest of us could only have the dubious consolation of yearning for His Love to embrace us from the cradle to the grave. It is in the nature if love to respond to love, even in our every-day human experience; so, Rev. and Mrs. King, who would deny to the Supreme Being who is Perfect Love Itself, the power of a recurrent Advent and manifestation of Divine Love in His own Universe, in response to the ceaseless cry of the human soul in spiritual bondage and which after all is His own self? If Divine Love could clothe Itself in human form once, in order to lead man out of the impasse of false consciousness, it is not a preposterous assumption on man's part to ascribe to All-Power and All-Mercy, the power to assume human form for the sake of all His human selves of every Age.
I don't know what your personal views on this aspect of Truth are, or how deeply you have delved into the recorded Spiritual Lore of Human history, but, somehow I feel you are well aware of all this and so I do not hesitate to speak frankly; your wisdom and the strength of character expressed in handling this task assigned to you, is not the way in which someone insensitive to spiritual Truth would handle it. So, since we are indeed members of one vast family, living for a supremely noble purpose, your work is no less than a part of the Great Drama that is (silently) being enacted on the wider stage of the world today; all who work for the betterment of mankind and the eradication of the human ignorance concerning each human soul as an eternal portion of the Supreme Soul (God), are working for the highest good — and in the nature of things — the love you're all employing is the very thing which will draw to your aid Divine Love. When we through love form an alliance with the Power that created and sustains the Universe, we can rest assured that we can never have loved in vain; for it is the means by which mankind is won back to the God Of Love.
This then is not an invitation for you to join a new organization or accept a foreign creed, nor abandon your Religion of love in Christ, certainly it is not everyone's good fortune to meet a Being of Meher Baba's Spiritual Greatness in person: One who just by His Presence is able to impart to those who come to Him as much of the sublime awareness of the Soul as each is capable of absorbing, so that the soul knows once and for all its own worth in the sight of God. To Him it is unimportant what we take Him to be, it is quite sufficient if we have love Through the interplay of love with Divine Love working through the fabric of our lives, our humanity is gradually transformed into Divinity. Then God is known to be our Self and the Real Self of all. All this becomes quite intelligible of we study the lives of the Avatars (Saviors) of the past i.e. Zoroaster, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Christ, Mohammed etc; not to mention all that has been written about and saints and Perfect Masters of our own day: No, our Age is no exception in God's Plan for His Creation!
Perhaps you would want to give all this adequate reflection and consideration, though I'm well aware that many people on hearing about Meher Baba are able to perceive as most natural, the fact that Christ walks the Earth a man among mankind today just as He did in Ages past: Their hearts have always known it intuitively, so, to them it is but a final confirmation. I wouldn't be surprised if you are among these enlightened men and women, or potentially so. If you should feel this to be of value to you and yours and wish to have further information as to time and places for the interviews, then, do write that I may send you all the particulars. Then you and all who are able to can make full use of a golden opportunity.
You will find in this sacred assembly, true brothers in God — of every race, nationality and religion — who out of a profound love for God, have offered their lives in their entirety on the altar of His selfless service. They have no time to waste in superficial considerations of sect, class and the racial distinctions between one member of the human race and another since the object of their lives is to love and serve the One God who resides in us all. They understand humanity to be the living flower garden of Divinity, each by his very being contributing in a unique way to the perfect blending of the whole, so, every one has his place and his importance equally in the eyes of God. These noble souls, by the life they lead confirm man's dreams of brotherhood as a living breathing truth, which all can and will experience: In spite of all that those misguided by appearances may say or do in the desperate struggle to maintain the edifice of self-created horror in which they attempt to encage their own soul. Eternal Truth has again decreed a New Dawn and is making all the necessary preparations for what will be. Therefore, the gate is open to all who are ready to be not only witnesses, but intimate participants in the era of light, Love and Truth, that is rolling back the clouds of darkness of a dying Age. Those like yourselves who have found that darkness intolerable and are playing an active role in its dissipation should be able to take the Name of our Beloved Jesus with a new fervor. The certainty that God does answer prayer, in Person should bring to your steadfast hearts a new treasure to foster and cherish.
It won't be long, dear ones before each one finds himself/herself a conscious part of this Mighty, Infinite Ocean of Love, that is once again spreading Itself over the face of the Earth, easing the hearts of men in order to erase completely from his memory, eventually, the lie of separateness, difference, hatred and fear including all that is based upon it. Love will restore to each soul its own forgotten Unity of Being, ones only credentials for admittance into its ever widening embrace is his or her love for God. In that love lies our guarantee of participation in the New Dispensation of Divine Love.
Yours in His Love and service, Beryl Williams
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.
Dewan of Mysore
In August, 1939 Baba went with Mirza Ismail to inspect the property at Byramangala (20 miles from Bangalore). On first of September, 1939, Baba selected a point and hammered a spike. This was called central point. Baba laid the foundation Stone of Universal spiritual centre at Byramangala, near Bangalore. The Dewan of Mysore, Sir Mirza Ismail, presided the occasion. The site was 574 acres in area and a nine member trust was formed to work out the project.
86-MISHRA L. N.
(Ex. Minister of Defence Production Govt. of India)
In December 1968, celebration to commemorate Baba first visit of Delhi in 1952, a gathering was held at Ram Lila Grounds, where the people so far had witnessed Dussehra festival, depicted at length “Meher Lila” from 1 st to 3rd December. In a beautifully festooned Pandal illuminated with multi-coloured electric lights, was visible the life-sized portrait of avatar Meher Baba on a beautifully furnished stage. Inaugural address was delivered by Sh. K. K. Shah, Minister of Information and broadcasting on the 1st December, after he had garlanded Baba’s portrait.
The Hon’ble Minister emphasized the importance of sound and the word eternal and said that devotional music like that voice eternal would “Reach whenever He is “where ever Baba is-where God is. Referring to Baba’s teaching, the learned speaker said, Baba has said, “Love will sustain because Love does not ask for anything.” He told the audience that real Religion meant the mixture of Faith and Knowledge. He had to learn that from Baba. Saying this he invoked Baba’s Grace.
87-MISS CARENA SHIELDS
2 January 1935 was Minta's birthday and chicken and ice cream and cake were served. Baba gave her a scarf and Minta presented Baba with an electric razor, which Adi began using to shave Baba.
Miss Carena Shields met Baba the same day. She was an intelligent, bold young archaeologist who had spent time with native tribes in southern Mexico who practiced mystical, occult traditions. Like Hurlbut, she too felt conflicted. Baba reiterated: "In the West too are sincere souls who seek the Truth. There is an awakening even in the West toward a life behind all this [gross world]. But it is difficult to reconcile the two — material and spiritual living. I know how you feel, and tell you that you shouldn't feel disappointed with this situation or conflict, as you say.
"You must always remember that in spirituality, it is not the intellect and external life that matters, but it is the feelings and inner experiences that count. You can live in the world, do all your duties, and yet be spiritual. You should not run away from the world, nor shirk your duties towards your own and others. Live in the world doing all your legitimate duties, but keep your mind always toward the goal. Have a longing for inner life and experiences, and it will surely come to you gradually.
(English Follower of Mahatma Gandhi)
When Baba was in seclusion at Meherabad during August 1941, some distorted reports appeared in the press regarding his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi in the early 1930s. Gandhi's English follower, Miraben, was reported to have told the author, Rom Landau:
I know all the details about the connection between the two men. It was always Shri Meher Baba who went to see Gandhi, never otherwise.
They first met on the Rajputana, and Baba sent round word, asking whether Gandhi would receive him. Gandhi, of course, consented. They had a talk, and after that, Shri Meher Baba visited Gandhi again in London. But, you may state quite emphatically that Gandhi never asked Meher Baba for help or for spiritual or other advice. He liked Meher Baba, and he talked to him, as he talks to everyone who wants to see him — that was all.
In 1950, Pendu and Murli had brought to Motichur Raja, the English bull, harnessed to pull the bullock cart. Baba wanted the bull to be given to a goshala (cow-yard) to be bred. Kumar, who happened to be in Motichur at the time, suggested that it should be given to Mirabehn, Mahatma Gandhi's English disciple, who was running such an institution nearby. It was named Pashu Lok (Animal World). Baba agreed, and asked Pendu to stop at Mirabehn's place on his way back to Manjri Mafi.
Pendu accordingly visited Mirabehn's vivarium near Motichur. She was willing to accept Raja, even though they had stopped using English bulls for breeding purposes. Pendu asked her to send someone to Manjri Mafi to take Raja away on the 10th, and she consented.
89-MOHAMMAD ALI JINNAH
Muslim political leader and Ex. Prime Minister of Pakistan
On Thursday, 12 March 1942, when Baba heard the news that Sir Stafford Cripps was coming to India, being sent by Winston Churchill to meet with Indian independence movement leaders, he 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:
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.
(Poet from Lahore, India)
Muhammad Iqbal (1877–1938) was educated at Oxford. He later wrote a national song (“Sare Jahan Se Acha Hindustan Hamara”) which became popular at the time of India’s movement for independence from British rule. His Urdu and Persian poetry is considered among the greatest of modern times.
In 1930, while travelling by train, from Lahore to Amritsar, in a 53-year-old Muslim man (Muhammad Iqbal) in compartment was also visibly drawn to Baba. He kept gazing steadily at Baba, who was patting the new boy seated beside him. After some time, Baba looked straight at him and dictated through one of the mandali, “My friend, there is nothing but bliss everywhere.”
“Maybe for you, Sir,” the man replied, “but not for us.”
Baba answered, “You complain because you cannot see it, but I tell you there is nothing but bliss all around. I see it; I experience it every moment.”
The man then said, “I have experienced nothing but misery, conflict and suffering in the world. I have never known happiness and am quite disgusted with my life.”
“This is because of ignorance,” Baba explained. “You have no experience of real bliss. You run after the shadow, losing the substance. You mistook happiness for eating, making money, and in pleasures and enjoyments, which are fleeting, false and transitory. Not only that, they take you further away from the real bliss which is everlasting.”
“But, where can I find that bliss?” asked the man. “And how does one find it?”
“That is exactly the point!” Baba exclaimed. “Now you are asking and desiring something real. Let your desire be only to find this bliss, to find Truth and to find God. Continuously have this longing and you will achieve it. You will find the path to achieve it, and someone will surely show it to you.”
“Would you show it to me?” the man pleaded. “Would you help me?”
“Certainly, with the greatest pleasure. That is what I want to do. That is my work; that is my mission. I will show you what real bliss is only if you do as I say, and I will not tell you to do something too difficult for you. It is so easy, if you only take it to heart. I will then see to the rest.
“Every morning, very early, spare only five minutes for this. Seek a place, aloof and alone, and try to meditate, thinking, ‘God is One; He is everywhere and there is nothing but Him.’ ” Do this for only five minutes daily. I will see that you experience something. You will see some light, and then you will be satisfied and proceed on the Path.”
The man was visibly relieved of his misery, and felt joy from meeting the Master and accepting his advice. Baba’s simple explanation made him experience that life was again worth living. The feeling of renewed enthusiasm for life had not been conveyed through words; it had been imparted internally.
The mandali found out that the person had tried many different spiritual austerities and was searching for a Master, but after years he had grown dejected and depressed. When he met Baba in the train, he was contemplating suicide. Baba not only saved his life, but inspired him to continue in his quest. This individual was none other than the celebrated Indian poet Muhammad Iqbal*.
Muhammad Iqbal was the celebrated Indian poet and philosopher. Iqbal was a towering figure among pre-independence Muslim intellectuals, and it was therefore with much sadness that Ramjoo and Ghani heard the news of Iqbal's passing on 21 April 1938 at the age of 61.
The next day, they were to visit Baba in Panchgani, but they were so preoccupied with other matters to be discussed that when they arrived they completely forgot about Iqbal's demise. But, pointing to one of the hairs on His head, the first thing Baba dictated on the board to them were the Urdu words, "Mera ek baal gaya," meaning, "I have lost one of my hairs." For some moments Ramjoo and Ghani looked blank, and it was only when Baba repeated what he had dictated and added, "Don't you fellows understand?" that they caught Baba's use of the words ek baal (one hair) rhyming with Iqbal. Baba had expressed his sense of loss, but also the insignificance of it by comparing it to the loss of a hair.
91-MOHAMMAD SHAFI QURESHI
Ex. Deputy Minister of Commerce Govt. of India
In the evening of 24 June 1967, the programme of spiritual discourses was formally inaugurated by Shri Mohd. Shafi Qureshi, Dy. Minister of Commerce Govt. o India, at Urs Mahal, Dargah Sharif, Hazarat Nizamuddin Aulia. The Hon’ble Minister in his inaugural address, which was preceded by devotional music by Mrs. Kusum, Prabha, and Pushpa, remarked “In the world of today, fraught with various conflicts, man does not find peace. In the past people worshipped nature in search of Creator and thereby found peace. Then came the enlightened ones who showed us the path to God-realisation. We call them prophets. But when they declared their Authority, their Divine Power, they incurred the displeasure of mankind- the humanity whom they had come to save. To declare the truth an Avatar requires a Lion’s Heart. A time will come when the world will feel that there is a man who says that mutual conflicts and hatred has to be given up and we have to live as children of one Father-The God in Heaven. In conclusion, he appealed to the audience to listen to and spread the message of Meher Baba amongst others through good though thoughts, good words and good actions.
Ex. Prime Minister of India
In October 1964, Dr. Bool Chandra Desai General secretary of Third world religious conference invited Shri. W. D. Kain to be member of reception committee, he accepted being a noble cause. He wrote to Meher Baba about it and Eruch informed him that Baba has no objection to his lovers participating in it at the conference in Delhi next year.
At the executive Committee meeting of W.R.C. a list of persons to be invited was drawn and Shri. W. D. Kain gave a list 85 delegates and 25 speakers including Adi. K irani and others senior Baba lovers. The Third World Religious Conference, which had been sponsored by Muni Shushil Kumarji, was held in Ram Lila Grounds. New Delhi from 26th to 28th February 1965.
The Inaugural session started in the afternoon, with Prayers of All Religions by various representatives of societies /Associations etc. On behalf of Avatar Meher Baba centre, Sardar Amar Singh Saigal recited the Parvardigar or Master’s Prayer. Prime Minister of India spoke on the occasion after the session had been duly inaugurated by Shri. Morarji Desai, formerly Union finance Minister. He said on this occasion that religion, which could be best means to attend peace in the world, had always been the basis of wars and conflicts.
93-MRS. OTILIA AEOMENANA
Minister of Cultural Affairs, Panama and Rep of UNESCO
Otilia de Tejeira had flown to Myrtle Beach from Panama to meet Baba. She had heard of him from Delia DeLeon in 1948. Baba met with her at 4:00 P.M. on the 16th at Myrtle Beach in 1952 and instructed her to shake hands with every one of her group in Panama, from him.
She came to London and related to Baba, "You have helped me a great deal.""It is your love that has done it," Baba replied.
94-MRS. YASWANT RAO HOLKAR
Maharani of Indore
The ship docked in Port Said on the morning of 2 October, and the Maharani of Indore, Mrs. Yeshwantrao Holkar, came to Baba's cabin for his darshan with her secretary. At the time, Baba was out for his morning walk on deck and someone directed her there. As she approached, Chanji intercepted her, saying, "Meher Baba only gives darshan after making an appointment. I will have to ask his permission and let you know." The secretary explained that the maharani had not come to ask anything of Meher Baba, but that she only wanted his darshan. Chanji reiterated that he would ask Baba and inform them. But they followed him and came face-to-face with Baba before Chanji could seek Baba's permission.
Baba was wearing European clothes and, for his own reason, did not want any Indian to see him in that attire. Baba explained to them, "As I do not wish to meet anyone while outside on deck, I dress like an ordinary man to avoid being recognized. No one knows me as I really am. For those who want to know my Real Self, I have no need to put on such a show. But I am afraid of those who have no longing to know me truly and have to hide my identity from them. I therefore must go about incognito." A meeting with Baba was scheduled for the maharani.
Earlier that morning at 10:00 A.M., the Maharani of Indore had come with her secretary to see Baba for about fifteen minute
Baba was dressed in a sadra at the time and his long hair was down. Baba informed the queen, "This is my customary dress. It is the clothing I wear in front of those who come to know me. To those who take me for a foreigner, I become a foreigner. I did not wish to meet you as a foreigner, so it is good that you have come today. Do I not look like a fellow countryman now?"
The maharani laughed, and Baba continued by dictating a discourse:
Everything depends on the mind. The mind feeds on happiness and misery. The world is really a dream. Happiness and sorrow are plays of the mind; there is no substance in either. In fact, the mind exists to endeavor to see God, but it leaves this aside and becomes caught up in the world. "I want this! I want that!" it shouts. The mind gets one entangled in maya and thereby increases desires. No sooner is one desire satisfied than another is there ready to be satisfied. Thus, one after another, desires increase without limit and they never bring freedom to anyone.
So the man who has control over the mind possesses the whole universe. He has no use for happiness, suffering, health, wealth or anything else. He is beyond all that.
The maharani was satisfied with Baba's discourse and left. Shortly thereafter, Uday Shankar arrived to talk about his dance programs. Baba remarked to him, "One day, perhaps in Chicago, I shall give you darshan."
95-MUDALIAR C. NATASA
(M.L.C. and Leading Politician of Madras)
Mudaliar had Baba darshan in 1930 and presided in public meetings and functions.
96-MUNSHI K. M. & WIFE
On 10th March 1959, a former Governor K. M. Munshi and his wife came for darshan. Baa remarked to him, “Th experience God is difficult because the seer and seen are One.”
Five years before, in 1940, Baba had stated, "Mussolini will eventually be killed violently; Hitler will commit suicide." In April 1945, Mussolini was attempting to escape to Switzerland, when he was captured and killed by Italian partisans. His body was brought to Milan where it was hung upside down for public viewing at a petrol (gasoline) station.
But poor wretch Mussolini – his plight is pitiable. Literally wiped out! He is now playing second fiddle to Hitler.
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!"
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.
100-PANDIT MADAN MOHAN MALVIYA
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. Observe how Sarojini Naidu and Pandit Malaviya act. Gandhi preaches the use of khadi (hand spun cotton cloth) to all and sundry, yet Mrs. Naidu wears silks, though she is a colleague in his fight for independence. 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.