*FORTUNATE SOULS-VOLUME-2 ( GR-12 PART)

62-KISHAN SINGH

Kishan Singh belonged to Rawalpindi and was an ardent lover of Baba. He has to wait long 4 years to have Baba’s Darshan finally in 1945 in Hyderabad.

The story of his coming to Meher Baba and events of his long association and dialogues are described as under:

Kishan Singh had first heard of Meher Baba in 1933. He had tried to meet Baba in Dehra Dun in May of 1941, but by the time he got there, Baba had left. He began corresponding with Baba through Adi Sr., and longed for His darshan. He had been called to the meeting in May, scheduled for the 24th, but as it coincided with some official work he had to attend to, he found it impossible to get leave.

Finally on 3rd May 1945, Kishan arrived in Hyderabad, determined to have Baba's darshan after all these years. He did not know Baba's address, but after much searching through the city, a Tonga driver brought him to the mandali's residence, where he encountered Vishnu. Vishnu greeted him with strong words: "Baba is not seeing anyone. He is fasting. Now you should leave."

Kishan was not so easily dissuaded, replying, "Baba Himself has created this restlessness in my heart for His darshan, and I won't leave without His darshan.”

"If Baba has called you, you have come," Vishnu countered. "Now, it is Baba's order that you go back."

Kishan was adamant. "I won't leave this place. If you want me to leave, let me have His darshan."

"If you don't go, I will be forced to remove you physically!" Vishnu threatened. "Without Baba's permission, even a king cannot see Him!"

Kishan Singh was, in fact, an influential government official; however, he had no idea that Baba's mandali, when instructed, would humbly serve as sweepers to the poor and beggars, and at the same time were capable of preventing emperors from entering Baba's presence.

Kishan Singh explained his difficulties about not being able to come in May. Vishnu sympathized, "Were I not helpless myself, I would take you to Him, but it is His order. At this time, Baba is on a fast and is not seeing anyone. This is the third day of His ten-day fast."

"I'll stay for ten days," Kishan replied.

"You cannot stay here, but you can stay elsewhere and write a short application to Baba requesting darshan. I'll forward it to Him and see what He says."

Kishan agreed and wrote out his heart's petition, then and there. As he finished, Baidul happened to pass, and took Kishan's letter to Baba and told Baba about the man from Rawalpindi. Baba sent word through Baidul that Kishan Singh could see Him from a distance of 200 yards for two minutes, but Kishan should not bow down to Him.

Kishan Singh, of course, agreed, and Baidul led him to the gate of Baba's residence, again reminding him not to bow down or even to bow his head, but simply to fold his hands to Baba when He appeared on the upstairs terrace. Kishan Singh was led to the gate of the Jubilee Hills bungalow and Baba came out of the house onto the balcony. Here is Kishan Singh's description of what he saw:

It is still beyond my power to explain or write what I saw in Baba when He appeared. Suffice it to say that I simply felt stunned at the very first glance. The luster on Baba's face at once attracted my mind to surrender to Him wholeheartedly, regardless of His spiritual attainment — whether He was or was not the Avatar or a Sadguru, or even an ordinary saint or not a saint at all! Baba's smiling countenance cemented the tie of the little love that I then had for Him in my heart.

His brilliant eyes formed the index for what was in store for me in the near future. In fact, I presently felt the dawning of a New Era in my heart.

And in that bewildered and dazed state filled with ecstasy, Kishan Singh totally forgot all the previous instructions and laid himself face down on the ground in worship. Baidul raised a loud hue and cry, trying to stop him!

After exactly two minutes, Baba clapped and went back inside the bungalow, and Baidul helped Kishan to his feet. He was given food at the mandali's quarters and, according to Baba's orders, left for home. Returning to Rawalpindi, he delved into spreading the word about Meher Baba. Later, Kishan Singh was to prove an important link in Baba's work.

In 1948, one time, Baba returned to lower Meherabad and began giving interviews to those who had come, including Kishan Singh, After inquiring about Kishan's journey and health, Baba asked, "Now, what do you want?"

Kishan replied, "Is it for me to say what I need or for my Master to decide what I should have?"

Baba was quick in spelling out this reply, "Forget the idea of Master and just answer the question!"

"Then I need your love, devotion for you and inseparable union with you," said Kishan. "Will you give it to me?"

Baba smiled, and though He did not answer, when Kishan left Meherabad he felt Baba had given him much. He was told to return again on 4th September 1948 and on that occasion, Baba commented to him, "You are one of the few people whom I have selected for My spiritual work, and I will call you even without your asking." Kishan was called once every three months to meet Baba.

On 16 August 1948, at Meherabad, two key men, Todi Singh Verma of Aligarh and Kishan Singh of Delhi, were also allowed a brief darshan and then sent away. These two individuals were to prove important links in Meher Baba's work as events unfolded during the New Life.

A final meeting to present the New Life conditions had been arranged at Meherabad for 31st August 1949. Thirty-two close disciples were called, in which Kishan Singh was one.

Kishan Singh had come to Meherabad on 15th August 1949, Baba met with him the next day, and to Kishan's surprise, after just five minutes with Him, Baba sent him back to Delhi. Kishan was called to attend the meeting of the 31st. He also wrote "Yes," but when he returned home, he found so many difficulties confronting him that he could not go. He had to appear in court as a witness, and he informed Baba. Baba sent him this telegram: "In view of your letter, I forgive you and free you from your 'Yes' promise, and want you definitely to stay at home. Rest assured your spiritual connection with Me will remain as before."

On 22nd January 1950, Kishan Singh of Delhi had sent many things for the companions with his friend Prakashwati Sharma's mother and Kishan's son Madan. Keeping only a few of the items — such as sheets, towels, et cetera — Baba returned the rest (such as shaving articles and a watch) with instructions that Kishan should not send any more things.

Kishan Singh wrote to Todi Singh from Delhi that he should send two large tins of butter to Baba as a gift. He gave him Keki Nalavala's address in Dehra Dun, and Todi was delighted at this fortunate turn of event.

At their residence, Prakashwati Sharma from Delhi was waiting with her two-month-old baby. Kishan Singh had told her about Baba. Even though there was a ban on darshan, Baba saw her, but asked, "Didn't anyone in Delhi tell you that darshan has been stopped?"

"They did, "Prakashwati replied.”But the gates of one's father's house are always open for His daughter!"

Baba smiled, touched his forehead three times and said, "You are very fortunate. In the New Life, I have stopped seeing visitors and giving interviews, darshan and blessings. Tell others not to come here." Before leaving, Prakashwati prayed for His blessings. Baba told her, "In the New Life I give only love — not blessings — to others. And I expect love from others in return."

Kishan Singh, Harjiwan Lal, Todi Singh and Was Deo Kain were called to attend a meeting between Baba and the men companions held at noon on Sunday, 30th April 1950, at Manjri Mafi.

After the meeting, Baba expressed His desire to go mast hunting. Along with Eruch, Harjiwan, Todi Singh, Kain and Kishan Singh, Baba left for the town of Okhla.

Kishan had a high fever and it was difficult for him to keep up, but he exerted himself.

Reaching Okhla, Baba sat by the side of a river and asked the group to tell Him jokes and funny stories. Seeing some fishermen, Baba remarked, "All of Jesus' early followers were fishermen; later on He netted them in His own net!"

Kishan cracked, "But here we have a Master who does not reel us into His net but is throwing us out!" (Meaning Baba's followers were being denied His contact during the New Life).

To this Baba answered simply, "But I am not Jesus."

Returning to Delhi, Baba spent the night of 24th May at Kishan Singh's, 45 Pandara Road.

In 1951, Was Deo Kain and Kishan Singh of Delhi were asked to have models of five religious symbols made: a Buddhist temple; a Hindu temple; a Christian church; a Mohammedan mosque; and a Zoroastrian fire-urn (representing the fire-temple). With the assistance of Madan Mohan Agrawal of Agra and Kishan's friend Auri Shankar Verma, the models were carved out of alabaster at Agra and sent to Hyderabad.

In 1952, to ensure that Kirpal Singh was accorded an equal position with Baba, they had placed two chairs side by side on the dais in the tent, one for Baba and the other for the saint. Kishan Singh and Prakashwati prevailed upon them to remove the second chair, but the women objected. Harjiwan Lal approached the saint directly, who agreed at once, and on entering the pandal, Harijiwan Lal had the chair placed at a lower level. Baba arrived immediately afterwards. Darshan was given and Baba spelled on the alphabet board, "The worst scoundrel is better than a hypocritical saint."

(Although Baba had promised to meet Kirpal Singh at his ashram, and later even extended the fixed time by fifteen minutes so he could meet his disciples also, Baba shortened His stay in Delhi and left without going to the saint's ashram. Kishan Singh was sent to Kirpal Singh to express regrets for Baba's inability to pay a visit, and the saint was disappointed. This, however, was not the end of the saint's contact with Meher Baba as events unfolded.

In 1953, after Kishan Singh's return to Dehra Dun from Andhra, Baba, through correspondence, instructed him to arrange for Baba and the mandali's stay. Kishan Singh made all the arrangements responsibly.

After completing His work in Rishikesh, the next day, Tuesday, 3rd March 1953, Baba and the mandali drove to Hardwar. Hellan was driving Baba in Kishan Singh's car, after contacting several sadhus in Hardwar; Baba stopped the car at a spot where Kishan Singh had once thought about committing suicide by jumping into the Ganges and drowning himself. Kishan remembered the place and narrated to Baba that in 1941 he was so distraught and miserable at not having Baba's darshan that he had gone to Hardwar to die. He was about to leap into the river when he suddenly saw Baba standing before him.

Baba asked Kishan to pay one rupee to a sadhu who was sitting there. Afterward, Baba approached the sadhu and touched his feet.

While group was moving the jeep went out of order. The damaged jeep was attached to the truck which reached Muzaffarnagar at about ten o'clock that night. With all these mishaps, Kishan Singh felt rather worn-out and depressed. Baba called him, remarking, "Whenever I go out on tour for mast work, My journey is always beset with difficulties, as you must have read in The Wayfarers. Wash your face, have dinner and don't think about it.

Back in Dehra Dun, while conversing with the mandali one day, Baba explained to Kishan Singh, using the metaphor of a train: "To a freight train are attached many wagons. Some contain good material, some bad — iron, copper, oil, waste products, et cetera — in different wagons. But, whether it is good material or bad, when attached to the engine the carriages go where the engine goes. The engine does not carry wagons of only good things, leaving the bad behind. Similarly, I am like an engine, and those who remain attached to Me reach their destination, whether they be virtuous or vicious."

Baba had told Kishan Singh that He would not allow any darshan or interview in Dehra Dun, since He wished to work undisturbed, nevertheless after His arrival people frequently came seeking darshan. A lawyer named Harish Chander Kochar would sit from morning to evening in front of Baba's bungalow, and Baba often sent Kishan Singh to tell him to leave. At one point, however, Baba did go once to his house to console him.

A youth from Kashmir named Jagdish insisted on touching Baba's feet. "I will touch His feet under all circumstances," he shouted. He was prevented but cried out, "No power on earth will stop me from doing it!"

Eruch tried to console the boy, "To touch his feet would be against his express wish."

Jagdish replied, "I am not going to obey this instruction."

Kumar and Kishan Singh were about to lead Jagdish away, but Baba stated, "Let him touch My feet." He did it and wept bitterly. Baba lovingly pacified him, spelling out, "I do not permit anyone to touch My feet or bow down to Me. You have done it with love and that is good. Now, make the most of it by keeping Me in your heart always, and go on loving Me more and more until you realize Me! Would you do it?"

"Assuredly, Baba."

"I am very happy with you. Now My conscience tells Me to touch your feet. Let e do it!" Jagdish kept crying as Baba touched his feet. To make amends for the homage paid to him, Baba also touched the feet of seven of the mandali. The boy was led to the verandah, much distressed, where he sat weeping.

A local resident named Mr. Sehgal brought his wife, who was mentally unbalanced. Baba instructed him to repeat His name continuously for 21 days in front of her. Baba later sent Kishan Singh to Sehgal to remind him to carry out Baba's instructions. Nilu was also sent several times for the same reason, but Sehgal ignored Baba's advice, wishing that Baba would cure her through some miracle.

Baba sent Kishan Singh to Rishikesh to see Swami Shivananda on 5th April 1953, instructing Hellan to drive him. A "Parliament of Religions" conference was taking place at Shivananda's ashram, chaired by Shuddhanand Bharati, the yogi who had met Baba in Andhra. Baba sent Kishan again the next day also with this message for Bharati:

Meher Baba sends His love and blessings to you.

He says that these conferences, societies and functions murder spirituality. Baba further says that he will always be with you, as he told you at Tadepalligudem.

The yogi was anxious to meet Baba again. Kishan brought Bharati with him when he returned to Dehra Dun. Baba did not object and conferred with him for a few minutes. The yogi admitted that the conference had been a "farce."

Prior to Baba's move to Dehra Dun, He had instructed Kishan Singh and others to look for an "ideal boy," because he wished to wash the boy's feet and offer him seven rupees as prasad every day for two weeks. A suitable boy was not found, but during the darshan on 23th March 1953, Dev Dutt Sharma came accompanied by his teenage son, Shashi. Baba liked the lad and had Kishan Singh bring him to Mussoorie on 2nd May. Baba kept him with Him for about two weeks and then sent him home.

Since the time Baba had first arrived in Dehra Dun, Kishan Singh's domestic affairs had been under constant discussion. Kishan was a widower and had become involved with a married woman from Delhi named Prakashwati Sharma, who was staying in part of his house.

Baba wished Prakashwati to stay with her husband, but she wanted to remain in Dehra Dun. On 2nd June, Baba met with her and Kishan and remarked, "All are dear to Me, because I Myself am in everything and there is nothing except Me. I cannot loathe anyone as I Myself am indivisibly in everyone. So if you both wish to remain together, so be it!"

Baba asked Kishan Singh, "What would you say if anyone asks you about Me?"

Kishan replied, "Generally, when I get a chance to talk about you with others, I refer to you as the Avatar or a spiritually advanced person."

"For heaven's sake, don't call Me spiritually advanced!" Baba interrupted. "How can you call Me an Avatar and also spiritually advanced? Either say, I am spiritually perfect or an ordinary human being, because I know I must be either ordinary or perfect."

Baba again repeated, "When the time comes, God will make the whole world come to Me."

On Saturday, 13th June 1953, looking at Kishan Singh, who was involved with a married woman, Baba quoted this verse from Tulsidas on his alphabet board:

"Consider others' wealth as stone, another's woman as mother.

If, following this, God is not found, Tulsidas' tongue has no value!"

Kishan said, "I don't agree with what Tulsidas says. He, too, had a wife, and due to her, realized God."

Baba responded sternly, "Give up your shame so that God may be pleased! There is a vast difference between realizing God and pleasing God! It is better not to meet God than to meet and displease Him! Now, stop all this gorakh business (meaningless, ridiculous chatter)!"

Baba said to His mandali, "Fasting is no great thing. Now the time has come when you should understand Me better. My fast relates to My work, and is not with a view to achieve any self-importance. So many persons fast daily. Hunger-strikes are a daily news feature in the papers. So, of what significance is a fast? Here, Kishan Singh has been making a big noise about the fact that I am on a fast!"

Annoyed, Baba turned to Kishan and declared, "Go and tell people that Baba is fasting as a penance! ... Penance for Himself, for His lovers, for those who cry out for My mercy and, in short, penance for the whole world!"

Kishan Singh and Prakashwati were staying in the same bungalow, and on occasions Baba would see Prakashwati. Later that day, Baba suddenly asked Kishan Singh about her and came to know that she had gone to the woman saint Anandamayi Ma.

Baba cuttingly remarked, "It is good Prakashwati visits other saints. Now I am no longer responsible for her!"

Kishan attempted to explain, "Prakashwati went just to pass the time, because she is alone at her house and feels bored. Her mother is also there with Anandamayi Ma."

"If Anandamayi Ma tells her to do a thing, and if she does not do it, she will be in big trouble; and if she does it, I will be free of her responsibility."

Baba then admonished Kishan, "You are mine, and I seriously warn you that Prakashwati will lead you to disaster!" Anandamayi Ma and Ishwar Singh are on the Path, but if you take Me as the Head of all, then it behooves you to act responsibly and not go to every door." (This meant no association with other gurus.)

Baba continued, "If Prakashwati benefits or finds any advantage at the hands of Anandamayi Ma, then up to July take her to all saints here. If at the end of July both of you still feel that only Baba is real, then you should fulfill your promise of dedication to Me." (This meant paying some amount of money to Baba for his poor work.)

"If I am what you take Me to be, then you should catch hold of only Me. On My part, I must see that you become so helpless that you cannot leave Me! And then, no third power should interfere or influence you.

"I do everything 100 percent spontaneously. To My mind, greatness lies in that. The Highest of the High is always most spontaneous.

"When Prakashwati is not confused, she says she cannot live without Baba. If she said this from the bottom of her heart, she would not dream of ever going to Anandamayi Ma. It is quite a reasonable and logical assumption. Were Prakashwati to love Me 100 percent, and were I to disregard her completely, still she would have no place for anyone in her heart and would not leave Me."

According to Baba's behest, Kishan Singh took Prakashwati to different saints and also to Anandamayi Ma. Baba had given Prakashwati freedom to visit other saintly persons, and she did so.

The result was not harmful but wonderful, because in the end she remained uninfluenced by any saint. When Prakashwati went to a saint, she would feel a sort of uneasiness, and that Baba was pulling her away inwardly.

Consequently, on her own, she stopped going to any saint, and began singing kirtans about Baba at the residence of Bal Kisan Bakhshi and his wife, Meher Kanta. Every week, Prakashwati would perform kirtans in their bungalow, with this favorite line echoing: "Born of Shiva's phallus! Jai Meher Baba, Jai Merwan!"

Kishan, too, would sing so loudly that he was heard in the mandali's quarters, and Baba also would hear him. Thus, an amazing transformation in Prakashwati occurred, and Baba played His game of keeping Kishan Singh bowed forever at His feet. At His holy feet lies the Tavern, which provides ample shelter for all, and even those unwilling to come to Him were drawn there by His infinite mercy.

During this period, Baba would daily call a sixteen-year-old sweeper's son, named Isa, to him in Dehra Dun. Isa's mother and father were working in the men and women mandali's quarters. Since Kishan Singh was an official, the parents would work according to his orders; but Kishan had to be careful to be deferential to Isa, because Isa loved Baba and would complain to Him if anything went wrong.

One day Isa went to pick a few mangoes. To bring down the fruit he would throw a stone with a "Jai Meher Baba!" on his lips. If no mango fell, in exasperation he would curse, "Meher Baba be damned!"

He went on doing this, and a friend of his overheard him and informed Baba that Isa was abusing His name. Baba replied, "What's wrong with his abuses? Isn't he taking My name and remembering Me?"

One day Baba asked Isa, "What do you want to study?"

"I don't want to go to school," he replied. "I want to work, but I should have an easy job — one which can be done sitting on a chair — with nothing much to do."

Baba asked Kishan Singh to procure him such employment. Since Isa was uneducated, it was difficult for Kishan to find him this type of job. Baba would ask him about it every day, and take him to task for not carrying out His order.

So, Kishan consulted one of his influential friends who, as a favor to him, readily agreed to employ Isa at his office. A chair was to be placed outside his office for Isa to sit on, and his duty was to carry files to other offices.

Kishan informed Isa, and instructed him to be at work promptly at 11:00 A.M. But the next day, Isa did not go to the man's office. Acting as if he was unaware of this, Baba in the evening asked Kishan about Isa, who proudly informed Him that he had found Isa an easy job. Baba sent for the boy and asked him if he liked the work. "I didn't go!" Isa declared.

"Why not?" Baba asked him.

"It was for Kishan Singh to take me to the officer and first introduce me. He did not do this, so I didn't go."

Baba turned to Kishan, "What he says is true. Why didn't you take Isa with you? Take him tomorrow."

The next day, Kishan Singh drove Isa to the office in his car, and while he was speaking with another officer, Isa boldly entered his boss' room and sat down in a comfortable chair in front of him. When Kishan Singh came in the man pointed to Isa, saying, "Who is he?"

"He is the boy I mentioned," Kishan replied.

"Are you recommending this manner-less urchin to me? You're my friend; otherwise, I would teach this scoundrel a lesson!"

Embarrassed, Kishan returned to Baba with the boy. Isa immediately complained to Baba that Kishan had insulted him. On Baba's reproving him, Kishan argued, "He is a most ill-mannered boy, Baba. What could I do?"

"He is ill-mannered, but aren't you also?" Baba chided. "Because he is a sweeper, you look down on him. I, being God, permit him to sit beside Me, while you treat him contemptuously! I don't say you should put him on your level, but don't despise him — have love for him.”

In another event in Hamirpur, the driver tried to restart vehicle. Kishan Singh, sitting on the right side, casually leaned out the window to have a look and at once cried out to the driver to stop. The driver got out and saw that his right wheel was inches away from going off the road into the deep canal. Everyone got out, including Baba, who simply smiled at their narrow escape. The truck would certainly have overturned had it gone forward just a little. In gratitude for Baba's inner help, the Hamirpur workers riding in the vehicle burst out in acclamations of "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!" and their faith in him was strengthened.

At the shrine of Sabir, Baba was provided with a room to sit in, and a brick platform was raised for the poor to stand on, to enable Baba to wash their feet and bow down on them. Baba had covered His head with a scarf and appeared to be in a pleasant mood. The caretaker of the shrine brought a list of the 50 deserving poor, who formed a queue. Four rupees were to be given to each as prasad after the ritual bowing down. When Baba was to hand them the prasad, upon receiving it, each was to say: "May Allah help you! May Allah give you good health! May Allah bless you!" Kishan Singh wiped the feet of the first poor person after Baba had washed them. Looking gravely at Kishan, Baba again washed that man's feet, and He himself wiped them again and placed His forehead on them. Thus He showed Kishan that He wanted to do this work Himself without any assistance from anyone.

In Dehradun, Kishan Singh held an umbrella over Baba's head, and his eldest son, Madan Lal Arora, walked ahead with a camera, filming the event. The atmosphere was surcharged with expectancy. Loud cries of "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!" rent the air as Baba walked toward the canopy.

After Baba returned to Mahabaleshwar, He called Kishan Singh and Kumar from Dehra Dun. They arrived on the evening of 25th January 1953. For the tour, Baba dictated the message "Existence Is Substance and Life Is Shadow"

Kishan Singh described that hectic day in Andhra tour as follows:

Baba worked on earth like lightning in the sky, moving from place to place so hurriedly and quickly expressing His love to all the family members and relatives of the respective lovers, as they were introduced by them when Baba visited their homes, embracing some of them, giving special prasad, posing for family photos, sipping a little coconut water or other cold drinks at some places, and giving the rest to His lovers and their families to drink, and so forth. Arti was performed practically at all places visited by Baba. All sorts of garlands — flower, golden lace and camphor beads — were put around His neck in quick succession. The tempo was much increased as Baba had said this was his last visit to Andhra.

Baba discussed with Krishnaji His situation, informing him: "I have decided that what you have been doing these past years, you should now do just the opposite for the next four months, from August until the end of November. Do not stay in any ashram; do not stay near any saint; do not touch any woman; do not do any propaganda work for Me; do not roam about but stay in one place; keep silence as much as possible for the four months and think of Me.

Later on 26th July 1953, Baba played cricket at the men's bungalow with the mandali plus Elcha, Hellan, Kumar, Keki Nalavala, Harish Chander and Kishan Singh. Elcha was made captain of one team and Kishan captain of the other. Baba played on both sides. The game started at nine o'clock, and except for a few, the rest were bumbling participants, some of whom did not even know the rules. Baba batted and bowled with a small kerchief tied around his head, sometimes arguing over a call. Elcha's team eventually lost and Baba gave him two "strokes" on his backside with the bat. Baba decided that they would play cricket every Sunday and their weekly games continued for some time. Both sides would want Baba on their side, since he was by far the best player. At times they would toss a coin to decide the issue. Baba's side inevitably won.

In 1955 Sahwas, at Meherabad, Baba asked Kishan Singh to sing, and he very loudly began: "From Shiva's phallus has emerged Merwan! Jai Meher Baba, Jai Merwan!" His voice was so loud it carried over 200 yards, and the entire assembly shook with laughter. Baba, too, was smiling.

During the four sahavas programs, as mentioned, Feram and Kishan Singh were writing down Baba's words, and Ramjoo later compiled these notes into a booklet titled The Company of God.

Philippe (foreigner lover) did not obey any of the instructions Baba had given him and seemed to do just what Baba had told him not to do. For example, Baba had told him not to visit saints and holy men, yet Kishan Singh reported to Baba that Philippe had traveled to Delhi and had an audience with Kirpal Singh. Baba was not pleased about this and was displeased with Kirpal Singh, also, when He heard that Kirpal Singh had referred to Baba as the "head of majzoobs."

Eruch wrote to Kishan Singh about this:

Next time, if you happen to meet Kirpal Singh, you should bring home to this sant, the gross mistake that he is always committing by calling Baba as the head of majzoobs. Baba has explained to us that majzoobs (of the seventh plane) have neither any Head nor Tail among them. This is the status of one who is merged in Infinite consciousness - completely drowned in Infinite Bliss. There is no such thing as the head of majzoobs.

Had Kirpal Singh taken Baba as an ordinary man and called Baba just a man (instead of head of majzoobs), he would have said it without untruth, for Baba is also a man and the Lord of the Universe. A majzoob cannot give discourses, and cannot indulge in travels and in giving messages, for a majzoob (of the seventh plane) is completely absorbed in God consciousness.

Further, Baba instructed Adi Sr. to write to Kishan Singh to meet Kirpal Singh again and inform him:

Baba says that a majzoob on the lower planes is a mast intoxicated with divine love to the extent of being oblivious of his surroundings. A majzoob of the seventh plane, merged in his own Ocean of Divinity, is completely dead to the world.

Meher Baba sees people, meets people, holds sahavas and darshan programs, goes on world tours so many times, gives discourses, dictates God Speaks (the only spiritual book of its kind according to many scholars). To call Baba, who in fact is the King of Saliks, the head of majzoobs (which He also is) shows complete bankruptcy of spiritual knowledge.

After relaying this to Kirpal Singh, Baba wants you to convey to him Baba's love and to tell him that Baba still holds him as one of His precious beloved children.

 

 

33-DHAKEPHALKAR MORESHWAR RAMCHANDRA  (Dhake)

Dhakephalkar was one from mandali who had an opportunity of carrying Baba on his shoulders like Hanuman while crossing a shallow river. He remained in association with Baba for long time. His contacts with Baba and instances are narrated as under.

Many of his lifetime events and conversation with Meher Baba is described as under:

In 1926, one day Moreshwar Ramchandra Dhakephalkar, 24, a Hindu went to Meherabad to observe the activities there. He was a friend of Pandoba, who was teaching in the school. Dhake, as he was called, was a teacher in Ahmednagar, and Pandoba had told Baba about him.  Baba asked Dhake if he would work in the Hazrat Babajan School as a teacher. In reply, Dhake joked, "If you pay me Rs.300 per month and allow me to have the day off on all Hindu holidays. And if you do not abuse or beat me, for I am not interested in spiritual advancement."

To Dhake's amazement, Meher Baba accepted all these conditions. At the time, Dhake was only earning a salary of Rs.60 per month in Ahmednagar. Dhake then told Baba that he would come after a fortnight. Baba agreed and added, "What harm is there if you derive spiritual gain by serving here?"

Dhake replied, "None, but I am not coming here for that." He left Baba without even bowing or folding his hands in respect, thinking to himself, "How can an Irani be a saint? What can an Irani teach a Hindu? What does this Zoroastrian know of spirituality? No religion in the world can compare to Hinduism!"

Dhake moved to Meherabad two weeks later. It was a Sunday and Baba reminded him, "Today is a holiday, so you should not start work until tomorrow."

Dhake was highly impressed and thought: "Meher Baba remembered our agreement. He is keeping his promise. My ideas about Him were wrong." Though appointed as a teacher, Dhake became a disciple as the desire to accept Meher Baba as his Master was awakened in his heart.

Once, Baba with group went back to the bus while travelling He exclaimed to Dhake, "Where are the laddoos?" The men all laughed and Dhake told Baba he would arrange for their food. His relative, Dr. D. W. Chobhe, lived in Rahuri and he went to him, asking him to prepare supper for the group in one hour. The doctor agreed most willingly. They went to his residence and the mandali not only had very tasty food, but laddoos as well. It seemed that Baba had actually come to Rahuri only to meet this devout soul, Dr. Chobhe, who received him so lovingly.

In 1927, Dhake moved back to Meherabad and began staying with the mandali. Although He still harbored doubts about Meher Baba's divine stature, three events were to make a deep impression on him.

One day Baba found a chatti, an earthen pot for drinking water, uncovered. He made all stand in a line and angrily asked them, "Why did you break my order? Who will be responsible when worms are found in the water? What will happen if one of the children dies from drinking our water?" As a punishment, Baba began striking each of the mandali with a stick. Dhake was also standing in line and was afraid that "the excitable Irani nature in Baba" would forget His promise not to beat him, which Baba had made in 1925 when He accepted Dhake as a teacher. Baba moved down the line giving a stroke to each of the mandali in turn, but when He faced Dhake, He just smiled — and Baba's smile embraced him. The next moment, Baba continued down the line and was as stern as ever. Dhake thought to himself, "Baba is after all Baba — a Master. No one else could display such a blissful smile in the middle of a tirade."

Dhake witnessed another event which impressed him. A Hindu from Kerala came for Baba's darshan and related, "I have come from Benares on pilgrimage and due to unfortunate circumstances, and I am now penniless.

According to my religion, I have to provide a feast to the Brahmins as soon as my pilgrimage ends. Last night, as I lay on the Ahmednagar railway platform, I was worrying over this problem. I fell asleep and God appeared in my dream and directed me to go to Meherabad ashram where Meher Baba would fulfill my needs. I woke up elated and for this reason I have humbly come to you today, begging you to contribute toward fulfilling my religious responsibilities."

Baba replied, "What you say is true. It is obligatory to feed the Brahmins after a pilgrimage in accordance with the tenets of Hinduism. But last night I too saw God in My dream. And He told Me that today a lying rogue would come trying to extract money and deceive Me. He instructed that I should not pay him a penny, but beat him and send him running!"

Hearing this, the man was dumbfounded and knew he had been caught in his deception. Although Baba was not touching money since adopting His silence, He nevertheless called Behramji and had him hand the man some rupee notes. Taking the money, the man was about to depart when Baba sternly reminded him, "Remember, God loves honesty. Nothing is hidden from God."

Meanwhile, Dhake wondered why Baba had given the man money when He knew he was dishonest. Baba explained, "The man knew I was aware of his deception and he will always remember what happened here today. He will never forget that Meher Baba gave him money despite seeing through him. Why did I do it? So that the next time he tries to swindle someone, he will remember Me, desist and improve." The wisdom of the Master's actions touched Dhake deeply.

Baba then conveyed to the mandali: "All are one and this oneness is completely indivisible. If you love Me as I should be loved, I will make you experience that oneness

On Friday, 15th April 1927, Baba called Chanji, Dhake, and others, and He expressed His dissatisfaction with the management of the school. Dhake protested, "I am disappointed to learn that you are grieved with My work, in spite of the fact that I am putting My whole heart into it."

Baba took this to mean that Dhake was quitting. So he inquired of Chanji, Vishnu, Padri, and Nisal whether any of them would be willing to serve as principal, but they refused, saying that Dhake was the best man for the job and he did not intend to quit. Baba was displeased with their attitude and went to His Jhopdi.

He later called Chanji and Dhake and informed them that the school should be closed. Chanji, perhaps in the heat of the moment, suggested that in that case all the activities in Meherabad should be stopped and the mandali and students should be sent back to their respective homes. Hearing this, Baba replied, "I have promised the mandali to keep them here, whether or not there is a school. I wish the activities in Meherabad to be to My satisfaction."

Chanji said, "Only Dhake is the proper person to be the principal as he is the best qualified and is supervising it very well." Baba told Dhake to take more interest in the work and pointed out one or two things that were wrong, but allowed him to continue as before. At their request, Baba agreed to come to the mandali's quarters every day, as he used to do previously but had not done for quite a few days.

Three days later, Baba again expressed His dissatisfaction with the administration of the school. Blaming Chanji and Dhake, Baba demanded an explanation. They replied, "To satisfy you is utterly impossible because you are perfect and we are not! To follow your instructions to the letter, in the work of the school, is difficult. We are not allowed any freedom whatsoever to run the school as we see fit. Our every duty is subject to your orders and scrutiny, and because we are not perfect, you remain dissatisfied."

Chanji and Dhake were conscientiously carrying out their responsibilities, which they took very seriously. They were under constant pressure and were extremely careful not to do anything that might upset Baba. But Baba being Baba, always found some fault with them.

Baba replied at length concerning Meher Ashram and about the work of the mandali. In his own inimitable way, Baba scolded and appreciated the mandali at the same time:

Later that day, Baba severely reprimanded Dhake and Nisal for not meditating according to his orders. "Both should pack off after dinner," Baba stated angrily. "It is useless and harmful for them to stay here if they are going to neglect my orders. Any of you who do not fulfill an order once given will suffer. That is why I don't wish you to break My orders. It is better if you don't stay here than break My orders deliberately. The consequences are very grave. If Dhake and Nisal do not wish to meditate they should say so, ask My permission, get themselves freed, and then not do it. That would be quite all right."

Both asked Baba's forgiveness. Dhake explained that he had simply forgot. In fact, he did not like to meditate, but now he had no choice. Before staying with Baba, Dhake attached great importance to meditation, but he had since learned that the best meditation was to carry out the Master's wishes. Baba then gestured to Ramjoo to meditate in Dhake's place. But Ramjoo requested that Baba free him of this order.

In the end, Baba exempted Dhake, Padri and Ramjoo from meditation, but ordered them instead to relate one detective story of Sexton Blake every night for an hour, to which they happily agreed.)

In 1933, after the Meher Ashram was disbanded, its former principal Dhake left to study law, financed by Baba. Dhake would occasionally come to visit Baba in Meherabad. One day when he was there with Baba and Adi Sr., Dhake humorously joked at Adi's expense.

Adi was insulted and spoke cruelly in return to Dhake, hurting his feelings. Baba ordered Adi to fall at Dhake's feet and ask forgiveness, which he did.

Baba then remarked, "To gulp down anger is the most courageous act one can perform. One who does it becomes humble."

Dhake had disobeyed Baba's order not to marry again, and had been banned from coming to see Baba. Dhake regretted defying Baba and repented greatly. Frequently, through Adi Sr., he would send messages to Baba. After almost a year, Dhake came to see Baba at Meherabad on the 26th with his wife, Sanjeevani. Baba asked the mandali present, "How should I punish this scoundrel for his disobedience?"

Everyone suggested some light punishment and Baba observed, "Were I to punish Dhake, what would be the difference between Me and you? I had picked him up from the dirt but he has again fallen into it!

Still, I will pull him out."

Baba forgave Dhake and embraced him. Then Baba asked every member of the mandali to embrace him. The punishment for his disobedience was forgiveness from the infinite Ocean of Mercy!

In 1945, Dhake's son Sudhakar was in poor health, so Baba kept him with the Meherabad mandali for treatment. Within a year, he regained his strength and recovered.

Dhake's wife, Kashibai, had recently died. Dhake had much love for Baba, and once in Rahuri years before, Baba had visited his home. Finding Kashibai weak and run-down, Baba had advised him to give her complete rest. With her health in mind, Baba had made arrangements for her during his stay in` Toka during 1928, so that she and Dhake could live there in the family quarters.

After her demise, Baba had a private talk with Dhake during the meeting. He explained, "You are now free and I will look after your children. Now don't fall into that trap (meaning marriage) again, and stay with Me permanently." On Dhake's agreement, Baba welcomed him to join the mandali, "From tomorrow, come to stay with Me." To this also Dhake consented.

Baba then clarified, "Come to stay with Me permanently, after six months." In this manner everything was settled.

In 1946, Dhake got engaged for a second time. When his wedding invitation was received, Baba immediately sent Kalemama to him with orders that he should not marry. Kalemama was unable to contact Dhake in time and the marriage was performed. Baba was furious over the affair and temporarily forbade Dhake from coming to Him.

Baba said: Dhake has been with Me for nineteen years. He is no fool. He is an intelligent lawyer. He has received no temporal benefit from Me. His wife has just died and yet there has not been the least difference in his love and devotion toward Me. Yesterday I called him and told him to give up his legal profession and do My work, and he has agreed to do so.

Ramjoo, Ghani and Khak Saheb suggested that the mandali should be served a good meal before their departure with Baba, to which Baba agreed

They requested non-vegetarian food and, for the first time, Baba gave His consent for meat to be served in Meherabad. When the meal was ready, Baba asked where it should be eaten. The large hall was suggested. Baba asked Dhake what he thought, and being an orthodox Brahmin, he said, "This hall is the sacred seat of the Avatar, and never, until now, has non-vegetarian food been served near your seat. So, in My opinion, I disapprove of it being taken there."

Others protested that it was not good to divide the group because of one man's prejudices. But Baba replied, "For Me the opinion of even one man counts. You are all on one side, and Dhake is on the other. So, I side with him and say let's not eat inside."

As a result, at 6:30 P.M., everyone had to have the meal in Kakubai's cottage, while Dhake and Kalemama (also a Brahmin) had a mixture of sweets as their supper, which they ate in the hall.

While Baba served the food and distributed wine, whiskey and brandy that he permitted Sarosh to bring, Dhake read out a humorous speech titled "Farewell to Baba and Companions," which Baba enjoyed. Adi Sr. and Ramjoo helped themselves to glass after glass of the liquor, and others too freely imbibed. But when Baba approached Feram, he indicated, "Don't ask for more," and then poured only two drops in His glass. Teasing him, Sailor elbowed Feram, urging him to plead for more. Feram held out his glass, but Baba ignored him.

Although there was joking and laughter, the argument over food had taken place prior to eating, so that by the time they actually sat down to the meat dishes, the general mood was spoiled. Even this "last supper" could not be held in a pleasant atmosphere, and that was Baba's preference. He would make His closest disciples eat and drink, but at the same time create tense situations so that no one found any real pleasure in it.

Dhake would regularly send greeting cards and humorous notes to Baba, which Eruch would read out to him. In reply to one of Dhake's letters, Baba directed Eruch on 23rd March 1966 to convey to him following:

You are in search of God not knowing that you are God! So also you crave to love your beloved Baba not knowing that you love him deeply and fervently! Moreover, Baba is very happy with your love — and yet you do not know whether you love Him!  

Following are assertions of Dhake in his own words related to Meher Baba:

He could finish His work with me there itself without going all the way to Nagar. He pressed into my hands his ticket and Rs. 25/- towards part payment of my fees and handed over a vakaltanama signed by him. He thanked his stars for having met me on the way without proceeding further and went back home.

My eyes welled with tears of joy and gratefulness and I felt guilty that I had disturbed Baba for a trifle; I should not have tested Him for a trivial matter. He has always been with me. I resolved not to repeat it to invoke Baba's help. Just then the bus started. My friends called me in. I was practically not in my senses. I was thinking of Baba and feeling His presence about me. He gave me the experience that He is always with me.

My birthday falls on the 16th January. Baba and His disciples were putting up at “darshan" in Madras and stayed there for a week. So, on the 16th January when the disciples gathered, Baba informed them that it was my birthday and it would be celebrated over sweet meats, for which Rs. 10/- was sanctioned.

At His bidding, I finished my bath and sat before Him. Baba gave me a garland and asked me to put it round His neck. I adorned Him with it. I bowed down at His Lotus feet with eyes full of tears. Baba embraced me and said that with that birthday, all the previous birthdays and the future ones were deemed to have been celebrated by Him and there was no need for me to celebrate any more birthdays thereafter. He asked all the disciples to wish me a happy birthday and many happy returns of the day.

I was in the habit of inhaling snuff. I just opened the snuff-box to enjoy a pinch of it hiding myself behind those disciples sitting in front of me. When I lifted my head and looked at Him, I found Him peering into my face.

"What is that?" Baba asked.

"Baba, it's snuff," I replied.

"Is it not possible to leave it, for good?"

"Yes, Baba, by all means."

I threw the snuff down on the carpet and from that day, i.e. 16-1-1953 onwards, I have not touched snuff. Prior to that, I was consuming one bottle a day. Snuff was the last thing at night and the first thing in the morning. It is a very dirty habit, giving the smell of snuff to all the clothes; and all the handkerchiefs get stained with it and one does not hesitate to ease and clean one's snotty nose anywhere and everywhere. I contracted this dirty habit from my brother-lawyers and I was not able to leave it. All my relations tried their best in vain to dissuade me from using snuff. But a mere suggestion from Baba was enough to wean me from this bad habit.

One of the disciples was smoking at least twenty cigarettes a day. Baba said to him, "Now you smoke only nineteen." After a few days Baba brought it down to eighteen and so, in about six months, the disciple was made to give up the habit altogether. But He brought about this gradually so that the suggestion was accepted without any resistance. So also, another disciple was cured of the drink-habit. Baba helped many get rid of their vices.

One day Baba was giving a discourse on the alphabet board and Eruch was interpreting. There were about fifty of us in the hall and pin-drop silence prevailed. I was sitting about thirty feet away from Baba's chair.

Now a fly had entered my mouth and stationed itself in my throat. I had a very bad tickling sensation. I went red and wanted to cough it out. But I dared not as the meeting was in progress. I was very unhappy and in great discomfort.

Just then Baba looked at me. Our eyes met. Baba gestured, pointing to His eyes that He had seen the fly entering my mouth and coming out of it and that there was no fly in my throat. I alone knew what He had meant though others were looking at us. So when I was assured that there was no fly in my throat, the uneasy sensation at once disappeared and I was my usual self once again.

The fly was quite near my eyes — just half-inch away. But I could not see it either getting in or going out of my mouth. Though I was seated far away from Him among a cluster of devotees, Baba could observe it. This was how Baba would keep a constant eye upon us every moment.

The meeting being over, I bowed down to Baba who enquired if I was alright. I replied that He had made me very happy.

Baba said: Dhake: since 1924, he is with Me. His love remains the same. Deep down in his heart, he knows who Baba is and boldly tells people. From head to foot he loves Me.

 

66-LAXMAN GANGADHAR JANGLE

Laxman Gangadhar Jangle was resident of Arangaon and was employed by Meher Baba in 1939 for purchase of good required for Mandali going to Ahmednagar. He was young just 28 years. Later He and is whole family became devoted to Meher Baba.

Following the narration of Mr. Ramesh Jangle about his father

Laxman G. Jangale came to Meherabad in 1938, at the age of 23. Baba and the mandali had decided to advertise for someone to help with the marketing for the ashram. Jangale applied for the job and was hired. He and his wife became devoted to Baba and raised their five children in the Family Quarters compound. They lived closely there with others in Baba's circle: Siddhu and family, Chhagan Master and family, the Savak Kotwal family and the Kalchuri family.

Jangale was always known as "Jangale Master," as the term "master" was used for teachers or for those in charge of marketing. He continued to do the marketing work for the ashram throughout his life with Baba. During the New Life meetings in 1948, Baba said that Jangale Master was one of His mandali. Jangale Master served Baba at Meherabad for the rest of his life, well over 60 years, and is buried in the Men's Cemetery at Lower Meherabad between Aloba and Bhau.

When Jangale was first hired, his salary was 20 rupees per month; when his wife Mukta joined him, Baba raised it to 30! In the beginning their possessions were few. They had one or two kitchen utensils, an empty ghee tin for boiling water, and they slept on gunny sacks on the floor. Jangale Master learned from Vishnu, Siddhu and Chhagan Master the job he was to do and the ways of Baba and the various mandali members. He traveled to Ahmednagar bazaar by tonga (horse cart) each day. Every morning he would report to Baba about the previous day's bazaar work and what he was to undertake on that day. Gently he was molded into the service of the Master.

Jangale Master asked Baba's permission to go into the "milk business," which Baba granted, and the family kept a couple of cows and a couple of buffalo. Mukta began to learn sewing from Nergiz Kotwal. There was no tailor in Arangaon at that time and Mukta eventually conducted a small tailoring trade. Jangale realised there was a skill to cutting the cloth to fabricate clothes, so during his marketing excursions he would visit his friend who was a tailor and he learned from him how to cut. At night Jangle Master would cut, and by day Mukta would stitch, making ends meet, quite literally.

The story of sewing machine is a touching one. When Jangale's youngest sister was to be married, his father contacted him and asked him to borrow 300 rupees "from your boss." Jangale Master went to Baba. "Baba, my sister is to get married and my father is requesting Rs. 300/-/

Baba hesitated, "I don’t know if you will return it to me." Jangale Master assured him he would, and produced a note written by his father, stating that he would return the amount within one year. Vishnu read out the note in Marathi to Baba. Baba asked Pendu, “Shall we give it?”

And Pendu answered, "Yes, Baba, he is promising. He will give it back.” So Baba said Ok, and He gave Jangle Master the loan.

After a year, Jangale Master received the money from his father and took it to Baba, saying he was repaying the money loaned for his sister's marriage. Baba said, "I don’t remember that." And He asked Pendu, "Did I give him money?"

“Yes, Baba.”

Baba mused, "What shall we do?" Pendu didn’t say anything. "OK," Baba said. "Keep this money as my prasad. Don’t give it back to Me.

At home, Jangale Master discussed the money with Mukta. "This is Baba's prasad; we must use it well." They decided to buy a sewing machine. They got a second-hand one for exactly Rs. 300. The little tailoring business was a great help to their family, along with the milk sales. Later when Jangale Master and Mukta's eldest daughter was to get married, Baba asked Jangale, "Do you have money? Can I help you?" And Jangale Master answered, "Baba, I have saved money. Because of the sewing machine we purchased and the cows we keep, we have saved enough money. Thanks to You, I have enough to take care of all the children.” Mukta Jangale's sewing machine (bearing a new table top), kept all these years by the family.

Some of his encounters with Meher Baba are described as under:  

During 1939, the number of residents at Meherabad having greatly increased with Baba's return, it was difficult for Vishnu alone to do all of the shopping for daily provisions at the bazaar, since he also had other duties. So an advertisement was placed in the newspapers to hire someone full-time to do the marketing. Applying for the job, Laxman Gangadhar Jangle, showed up at Meherabad. Baba asked him, "What are you doing nowadays?"

"I've failed in the matric exam and am planning to take it again," Jangle said.

"If you want to come and work here, you will have no chance of studying further."

"If you give me the job, I will stay."

Baba hired Gangadhar, and he and his family moved to Meherabad. Jangle had come seeking employment, but was inwardly drawn to the Master, and stayed in Meherabad thereafter assisting Vishnu and Sidhu with the marketing and doing other odd jobs.

On 6th October 1939, Jangle with Masaji, Ghani and Pendu moved to Bangalore, arrived by train on with the remaining trunks, furniture, dispensary equipment, animals and other items from Meherabad. Now all of the Meherabad residents were with Baba in Bangalore.

In 1940, Baba arrived at Meherabad. Meherabad, once again, reflected its glorious atmosphere after ten months of Baba's absence. By now, all the masts from Bangalore, the zoo and the mandali including Jangle had returned to Meherabad.  Jangle — had been given other duties

In 1944, once Masaji slept that night, and the next day after lunch went to his room to take a nap. At 1:30 P.M. Jangle came to ask about purchases to be made in the bazaar. He knocked on the door but there was no answer. Slowly opening the door, he saw Masaji's head lolling a little over the edge of his bed. Jangle called him — but Masaji was sleeping the sleep of death. Jangle shouted for Pendu, and he, Padri, Nilu and Vishnu came running. Nilu felt Masaji's pulse, but could do nothing and said it was heart failure. A doctor from Ahmednagar was summoned, but Masaji had already passed away.

In 1945, in the afternoon, the mandali were divided into two teams and a volleyball match was played at Meherabad. Annasaheb Kale was the referee, Sailor the captain of one team, and Sidhu of the other. Jangle was on Sidhu's side with others

Jangle and his family stayed In the Family Quarters near Arangaon Village along with were Savak Kotwal, his wife Nargis and their daughter Hilla, their other two children. In 1948, arrangements for these five women to remain on Meherabad Hill were fixed. Jangle Master, who was residing in the Family Quarters compound near Arangaon, was appointed to look after them and do their marketing.

During the stay in Ahmednagar in 1948, Baba would visit Meherabad occasionally, and also go to the Family Quarters near Arangaon to see those close ones residing there. There were four families staying at the Family Quarters: Savak Kotwal's, Chhagan's, Sidhu's and Jangle's. Whenever Baba returned from a tour, these families would sweep and clean the compound and keep everything in order, waiting for him. On this occasion, when Baba visited them after His tour to the Himalayas, Nergiz Kotwal remarked, "Baba, so long we have been waiting for you.

Baba then warned, "My decision, and the decision you all will take today, will be irrevocable and binding for all times. Those who do not take it 100 percent seriously will have to bear the consequences."

Those to whom the conditions had not been given were afterwards made to take individual oaths to carry out the arrangements decided upon; these included Sidhu, Jangle and Jamadar. Jangle was to attend to the necessities and requirements of the women staying on the hill; and Jamadar was to be the night watchman on the hill.

During 1953, Jangle with other mandali men remained in Meherabad. Residing on the hill were Mansari and Kaikobad's family.

On Monday, 25th November 1957, Meheru Damania and Burjor Mehta were married in Ahmednagar. Jangle came from Meherabad to attend.

During this period of seclusion of 1958, Jangle Master with his family and others stayed in Meherabad living on Meherabad Hill.

On Wednesday, 31st January 1968, Baba called the few individuals to Meherazad. Jangle was one of them.

18-ABDUR RAHMAN (Munshi ji)

Shaikh Abdur Rahim. Munshi ji was the storekeeper at the Public Works Department in Poona. His office assistant was Sayyed Saheb, through whom Munshi ji had heard about Merwan Seth (Meher Baba)

Episodes of his contact and experiences with Meher Baba are produced below.

Occasionally, Merwan Seth would revisit the toddy shop in the evenings. But no matter how large the crowd there would be or how busy the shop was, he would not lend a helping hand to Behramji. Instead, he would politely excuse himself and go to the house of a Muslim named Munshi Shaikh Abdur Rahim. Munshiji was the storekeeper at the Public Works Department in Poona. His office assistant was Sayyed Saheb, through whom Munshiji had heard about Merwan Seth.

One day Merwan Seth went to Munshiji's office concerning some business with the toddy shop. Without knowing who he was, Munshiji was so taken by Merwan's appearance that he could not even say, "May I help you, sir?" Munshiji simply stared at the striking figure and wondered who this young man was. Merwan introduced himself and proceeded to get his work done. After he left, Munshiji longed to see Merwan Seth again.

Soon after, Sayyed Saheb invited Merwan Seth to visit Munshiji's home. Munshiji inwardly recognized Merwan Seth to be someone spiritual or highly advanced and offered his home near Sassoon Hospital as a center for Merwan Seth's activities. His offer was accepted.

Munshiji, 42, was a faithful Muslim but he was also a generous, simple-hearted, unassuming person. He believed in the Prophet hood of Muhammad, but was not orthodox. He enjoyed socializing with his friends, but most of all he enjoyed playing cards. This he hesitated to admit to Merwan Seth, thinking it was not spiritual. One day Merwan Seth casually asked, "Munshiji, why don't you ever play cards?"Munshiji haltingly answered, "I do, but in your presence I would not ..." Merwan Seth interrupted, "What harm is there in playing cards? I will play a game with you." Munshiji was overjoyed.

Munshiji gradually became convinced that Merwan Seth had the ability to read his thoughts. One evening he was thinking, "For some days now, I have been eating meat — tomorrow I must eat fish. But how can I buy fish? It is not the season." The next morning, Munshiji was surprised when he saw Merwan Seth bicycling toward him, carrying a large fish in his hand. Merwan smiled and, handing the fish to Munshiji, pedaled away without a word. This incident convinced Munshiji that Merwan Seth knew everything, for he had not told anyone of his desire to eat fish.

Another evening, Munshiji went to bed with a fever. He woke in the middle of the night, took a bath and swallowed two quinine tablets. Early the next morning, Merwan Seth came to his house and said, "What a novel remedy you took for your fever: a bath in the dead of night and two tablets of quinine!" Munshi was again wonderstruck at Merwan's omniscience.

A group of Merwan Seth's friends and associates began gathering every evening at Munshiji's house. Merwan Seth would have the Divan of Hafiz read for an hour or two, explaining the poetry's mystical meaning to His comrades. Afterward, the group would sometimes play a game of cards or have some light entertainment. Munshiji, a bachelor, was a good cook and would serve some food.

Baba expressed a wish to visit Mandwa, and asked Munshiji to telegraph certain persons in Poona and Lonavla and invite them to join him on the journey. Before leaving Bombay, Baba's omniscience was demonstrated one morning at Munshiji's, when Baba was busy meeting visitors. Far away, a few of the close men were joking with each other in an off-color manner (something they would never do in Baba's presence). Suddenly, someone came running towards them with a message from Baba: "Stop all this nonsensical talk at once and feel ashamed for talking in this way. If you have nothing better to talk about, leave this place at once and never show your faces to me again!" It was an object lesson for the early disciples to be conscious of their conversations and actions, even when not in Baba's presence

Meher Baba had not bathed during His entire six-month stay at Upasni Maharaj's ashram in Sakori, and His clothes had become ragged and full of lice. Reaching Bombay by train, he went to Munshiji's house on Charni Road. Munshi was now an important official in the Bombay Backbay Reclamation Scheme. He was very happy to see Baba, but was shocked by His condition. He pleaded with Baba to bathe, and Baba consented to do so with Munshiji's help. Before bathing, Baba agreed to be photographed, and Munshiji sent Sayyed Saheb in his car to bring a friend of Munshiji's who was a photographer. After Baba had bathed, either that day or a few days later, a second photograph was taken of Baba in a suit and tie. (Lord Meher-p-256-1922)

Baba was the guest of honor at the wedding of Munshiji's adopted son Usman on Sunday, 20 August 1922 and stayed at Munshiji's that whole night listening to a qawaali singer.(Lord Meher-p-316-1922)

No one was allowed to leave the Manzil without Baba's permission, and no one could enter it, either. As instructed, Ghani wrote a letter on the Master's behalf to Professor Abdul Kadar of Elphinstone College in Bombay and handed the letter to Munshiji to deliver. Munshiji promptly delivered it to the professor. The letter simply said that Professor Kadar should not come to Manzil-e-Meem unless he was sent for. On reading this, a surprised expression came over the professor's face, and Munshiji asked the reason.

Kadar explained: "I was about to go to see Meher Baba at five o'clock this very afternoon. I was wondering how I would get his permission to enter, so I decided to stand by the gates until I was allowed to see him. But now that his order has come, how can I go?" Munshiji consoled him by explaining that it was best to wait until Baba called him.(Lord Meher-p-328-1922)

In 1922, Naval had recommended to Munshi to purchase a second-hand De Dion automobile for Rs.100, but repairing it cost Rs.300 more. On the afternoon of 5 October, Baba, Behramji, Gustadji and Munshi ji rode in it to Malabar Hill for a test drive. When they returned, Baba remarked, "The engine is so noisy that while talking one has to shout to be heard! It stalled twice, and Munshi ji had to shout to the driver over the roar of the engine." When Naval came to the Manzil, Baba told him facetiously, "You were right — the car was a steal! You really are a miracle-worker. Would you believe that we drove the car all the way up Malabar Hill at terrific speed without having to blow the horn once? It's a fact. The noise of the engine was so loud that it was sufficient to make all pedestrians give way — and then make them strain their necks to see who would be fool enough to ride in such a car!"

Because of His hurry to return to Meherabad, Baba did not go to see Munshiji in Bombay. When Munshiji learned that Baba had come to Bombay and left without seeing him, he became so disturbed that he stopped eating. News of his fast reached the Master five days later. Solely because of Munshiji's situation, Baba once again left for Bombay; but before departing He asked the mandali what special things He could bring for them. Such simple acts of kindness toward His men and women disciples touched them deeply and kept them at His feet under all circumstances.

Baba visited with Munshiji for two days and persuaded him to start eating again. When Baba returned to Meherabad, He was informed that a student was ill, and He promptly went to the hospital.  After seeing the boy, He inspected matters at the school. Vishnu had asked him to bring samosas (vegetable turnovers) from Bombay, and Baba distributed them to all. Vishnu's broad smile was evidence of his gratitude.

One day, Mr. Munshi tearfully told Chanji, "I wanted to kiss Baba's sadra, but I could not do so, thinking it would be disrespectful. I could see nothing but light around Baba. I cannot explain it. It is the greatest good fortune to have had His darshan and my great luck to have met Him. What a privilege to be traveling with Him on the same ship! I feel that this is why I have been sent to the West — only so I could meet a Buzurg (Great Being) like Baba!"

Munshi Rahim’s adopted son, named Usman came suddenly in the evening to see Baba after several years. When asked how he had come to know of Baba’s presence, he too, said he had dreamed previous night of seeing Baba and had taken it as a sign that the Master would be in Nasik.

Naval cabled Baba that Munshiji died in Nasik of a heart attack at the age of 57 on the morning of 19 December 1933. Munshi had been one of the first in contact with Baba in Poona when, as a young man, Baba worked in the toddyshop in Kasba Peth. Sayyed Saheb had been close to Munshiji, having worked for him, and it was he who told Munshiji about Meher Baba. Munshiji had great love for the Master. Baba cabled Naval, "The grand old man has come to me."

Sayyed Saheb was deeply saddened by Munshiji's death, and Baba called him, Naval, Abdulla Jaffer, and Ramjoo from Nasik to Meherabad on the 22nd. Knowing how Sayyed missed Munshi, Baba consoled him, "Death is like sleep; and as sleep is essential to man, so also is death a necessary part of life. In reality, no one is born and no one dies. This is all a dream. And what worth does a dream have?

"Munshiji has come to Me and is happy; so it is not right to feel sad about him.

Once Baba said, with time, all the mercy was spent, Munshi Rahim loved Me  much. He would visit Manjil-e-Meem. Once, he came and said he dreamt of Me and that I had instructed him about something which he had forgotten. I replied that, although he has forgotten, I would tell him. I said I was in need of money. He brought it and it was spent in no time.

Baba said Munshi was Aurangzeb and he returned to His Darbar due to his past connection with Him.

 

66-LAXMAN GANGADHAR JANGLE

Laxman Gangadhar Jangle was resident of Arangaon and was employed by Meher Baba in 1939 for purchase of good required for Mandali going to Ahmednagar. He was young just 28 years. Later He and is whole family became devoted to Meher Baba.

Some of his encounters with Meher Baba id produced below:  

During 1939, the number of residents at Meherabad having greatly increased with Baba's return, it was difficult for Vishnu alone to do all of the shopping for daily provisions at the bazaar, since he also had other duties. So an advertisement was placed in the newspapers to hire someone full-time to do the marketing. Applying for the job, Laxman Gangadhar Jangle, showed up at Meherabad. Baba asked him, "What are you doing nowadays?"

"I've failed in the matric exam and am planning to take it again," Jangle said.

"If you want to come and work here, you will have no chance of studying further."

"If you give me the job, I will stay."

Baba hired Gangadhar, and he and his family moved to Meherabad. Jangle had come seeking employment, but was inwardly drawn to the Master, and stayed in Meherabad thereafter assisting Vishnu and Sidhu with the marketing and doing other odd jobs.

Jangle with Masaji, Ghani and Pendu moved to Bangalore, arriving by train on 6th October 1939, with the remaining trunks, furniture, dispensary equipment, animals and other items from Meherabad. Now all of the Meherabad residents were with Baba in Bangalore.

Jangle would do the shopping for the ashram

In 1940, Baba arrived at Meherabad. Meherabad, once again, reflected its glorious atmosphere after ten months of Baba's absence. By now, all the masts from Bangalore, the zoo and the mandali including Jangle had returned to Meherabad.  Jangle — had been given other duties

In 1944, once Masaji slept that night, and the next day after lunch went to his room to take a nap. At 1:30 P.M. Jangle came to ask about purchases to be made in the bazaar. He knocked on the door but there was no answer. Slowly opening the door, he saw Masaji's head lolling a little over the edge of his bed. Jangle called him — but Masaji was sleeping the sleep of death. Jangle shouted for Pendu, and he, Padri, Nilu and Vishnu came running. Nilu felt Masaji's pulse, but could do nothing and said it was heart failure. A doctor from Ahmednagar was summoned, but Masaji had already passed away.

In 1945, in the afternoon, the mandali were divided into two teams and a volleyball match was played at Meherabad. Annasaheb Kale was the referee, Sailor the captain of one team, and Sidhu of the other. Jangle was on Sidhu's side with others

Jangle and his family stayed In the Family Quarters near Arangaon Village along with were Savak Kotwal, his wife Nargis and their daughter Hilla, their other two children. In In1948, arrangements for these five women to remain on Meherabad Hill were fixed. Jangle Master, who was residing in the Family Quarters compound near Arangaon, was appointed to look after them and do their marketing.

During the stay in Ahmednagar in 1948, Baba would visit Meherabad occasionally, and also go to the Family Quarters near Arangaon to see those close ones residing there. There were four families staying at the Family Quarters: Savak Kotwal's, Chhagan's, Sidhu's and Jangle's. Whenever Baba returned from a tour, these families would sweep and clean the compound and keep everything in order, waiting for him. On this occasion, when Baba visited them after his tour to the Himalayas, Nergiz Kotwal remarked, "Baba, so long we have been waiting for you.

Baba then warned, "My decision, and the decision you all will take today, will be irrevocable and binding for all times. Those who do not take it 100 percent seriously will have to bear the consequences."

Those to whom the conditions had not been given were afterwards made to take individual oaths to carry out the arrangements decided upon; these included Sidhu, Jangle and Jamadar. Jangle was to attend to the necessities and requirements of the women staying on the hill; and Jamadar was to be the night watchman on the hill.

On 16th October 1950, morning everyone had gathered outside the men's quarters of Florence Hall on the Agha Khan's estate. Jangle was present along with other mandali

During 1953, Jangle with other mandali men remained in Meherabad. Residing on the hill were Mansari and Kaikobad's family.

On Monday, 25th November 1957, Meheru Damania and Burjor Mehta were married in Ahmednagar. Jangle came from Meherabad to attend.

During this period of seclusion of 1958, Jangle Master with his family and others stayed in Meherabad living on Meherabad Hill.

On Wednesday, 31st January 1968, Baba called the few individuals to Meherazad. Jangle was one of them.

 

70- MINOCHAR NUSSERWAN KHARAS (Minoo)

Minochar Nusserwan Kharas, known as Minoo was, one of Avatar Meher Baba’s close disciples, declared at the end of his diaries that his life with the Master and his struggles against his own weaknesses are an “open book.”

The diaries tell the compelling story of Minoo’s colorful life and his lessons in discipleship with Meher Baba.

They illustrate Meher Baba’s consummate, unparalleled ways of shaping his disciples: his patient and loving guidance through the labyrinth of worldly snares and allures, his aid in the battle against the inclinations of the lower nature – anger, greed, lust, jealousy, envy, hatred, pride, arrogance, cruelty, and selfishness – and the transformation of consciousness he gradually brings about so that the sincere disciple may receive what the Master has come to give.

Minoo told that the most difficult order he had ever received from Meher Baba came at the beginning of the New Life. That order was that Minoo was not to lay eyes on Baba during this period (he had been accepted as one of those who was to remain behind but obey implicitly). If he were to lay eyes on his Master at any time, at any place, he was not to acknowledge Baba in any way. He could not speak his name or speak to Him or even look upon Him. If this ever happened, he was to immediately leave that place.

Minoo told Baba that he didn't believe that he could ever carry out this order, but Baba said to him, "You must!"

Many months elapsed, and Minoo, like many others, longed for just a glimpse of His beloved Baba. In the second year of the separation, one day in Delhi near the railroad station, Minoo looked up as he rounded a corner to see none other than Baba standing near the platform with the men disciples. He remembered his order from Baba, and with great difficulty he did not cast his eyes upon Baba but fled from the spot.

Because of the work he had to do in the city, he remained there to spend the night. He chose a hotel that he had known and retired early, trying not to give way to the sorrow in his heart in not being able to even touch or speak to Baba. During the evening, a knock came at his door and someone inquired if he knew where Meher Baba was staying — that he had been told he was in Delhi and wished to see Him. Minoo replied that he did not know Baba's whereabouts. He then went to bed and tried to sleep, but he could not. He wept all night long.

The next day he went back to the work Baba had assigned him, and it was not until many months later that Minoo learned an astonishing fact. On the same night that he lay in the hotel, crying for the love of Baba, his beloved Baba lay on a bed in the next room against the same wall that divided them, for Baba had decided for his own reasons to remain overnight in a hotel right next door to the hotel in which Minoo stayed. So all the time he wept, Baba was lying near to him. Again, what a demonstration of love and example of why our faith is so important.

In 1932, Minochar Nusserwan Kharas, of Karachi Minoo, as he was called, had come to Nasik to attend the Police Training School. Minoo had always been interested in finding God and had many questions about the meaning of life. And although he had been raised a Zoroastrian, he had put up pictures in his room of Christ, Ram, Buddha and various holy men.

In January of 1932, a barber came one morning to shave Minoo and, when he saw all the pictures hung around the room, he asked Minoo, "What in the world are you doing here in this Police Training School?" He pointed away from Minoo's quarters and suggested Minoo visit a certain holy man who resided nearby.

"To whom are you referring?" Minoo asked.

"Shri Meher Baba," the barber replied.

Minoo had heard this name a few years before in Karachi and seen Baba's photo in a Gujarati newspaper.

On 24th March 1932, Baba sailed from Bombay for England with his small group of six mandali; Approximately 150 of Baba's lovers gave him a hearty and loving send-off on the docks at Ballard Pier. Minoo Kharas with others came to see off.

In 1934, after a brief stay at Meherabad, Baba went to Bombay with a few of the mandali to give darshan to His lovers there. The darshan was held at Naoroji Dadachanji's house and many of Baba's close ones attended, including Minoo Kharas.

For His "spiritual reasons," Baba had a request sent to certain close lovers which included Minoo Kharas to donate Rs.10 per month towards the maintenance of the mandali.

In 1937, two-day celebration was the most grand of any of Baba's birthdays to date, and for the Western lovers it was an experience they would never forget. For several years, Baba had stopped celebrating His birthday, but He allowed it in 1937 because of His Universal work. While returning, the Rahuri bus (with Minoo Kharas) met with accident. )

Minoo Kharas arrived from Karachi to see Baba on 19th February 1939, and after a long discussion with him, left soon after.

On 5th February 1941, Baba again departed from Jaipur for Delhi to contact masts with Chanji and Gustadji. At the Delhi station, Baba and Gustadji sat near the telegraph office, Minoo Kharas of Karachi had suddenly been ordered to go to Delhi on official police work, and Chanji was shocked to see him standing on the platform. Since Baba was traveling incognito, as per His standing order, Minoo covered his eyes when he saw Baba and turned away. Chanji asked him to help find Kaka and then leave, without meeting Baba. "It's a torture!" Minoo pleaded to Chanji — but he obeyed.

Minoo Kharas arrived for a private meeting with Baba on 23th May 1942. He was instructed to meditate for five minutes a day between 2:00 and 5:00 A.M., and to feed, bathe and clothe the poor of Karachi. He left the same day.

Minoo Kharas of Karachi had brought a close relative, Naize Dubash, to whom Baba gave a ring, telling her never to remove it. It was a special gift as that day was Naize's birthday!

Baba and the mandali returned to Lahore on Saturday, 13th November 1943. Minoo Kharas arrived on the 18th. Baba instructed him to come to Meherabad the following May and to remain there for one month.

On 4th April 1947, the last day of His darshan in Madras, Baba called Minoo Kharas to Him. They had been attending the programs during the day, and sleeping at the Theosophical Society at night. Baba ordered Minoo to sleep at the men mandali's quarters that night. He was thrilled to obey. Baba occupied a small room on the first floor, and the mandali a larger room connected to it. Minoo slept on the floor with the men, and then traveled with Baba by train to Bombay the next day.

Besides Ali Shah and Chacha, Minoo Kharas brought three masts from Karachi to Satara on 13th June 1947. They were not particularly outstanding, and Baba kept them for only two days. He bathed and fed them, and then sent them back with Minoo on the evening of the 14th June 1947)

In 1954, once, Kutumba Sastri was reading out the Telugu version, Baba noticed Minoo Kharas dozing. Eruch was told to bring him, and as "punishment" Baba ordered him to stand on the platform until the proceedings were over. He was happy to do so because he found Baba's smiling eyes often on him.

Minoo Kharas and Naize Dubash met Baba on 30th December 1947, at Khushru Quarters. Baba arrived in a car driven by Sarosh and took Minoo and Naize to Meherazad. Baba was pleased to see that Naize was still wearing a ring he had given her during a previous meeting and told her never to remove it. While Naize was with the women mandali, Baba again confirmed to Minoo that he was a member of the Avatar's circle and repeated His promise to give Minoo God-realization.

In the morning of 23rd July 1948, a one-hour darshan was held at lower Meherabad in the new hall. Minoo Kharas and Minoo Pohowala (business partners) had come from Karachi. Baba met each group individually, though they were not allowed to take His darshan or ask questions.

In 1948, Minoo Kharas and few others came to Meherabad, and Baba went to see them at noon that day. (The meeting was in relation to Nariman opening a business office in Karachi, with Kharas and Pohowala help.) Baba returned the next day

On 31st December 1949, Baba gave darshan in the morning in a decorated room at Khushru Quarters, Ahmednagar. Minoo Kharas with his small group came from Karachi.

At the beginning of August 1949, Baba informed the mandali that He would be coming to Meherabad from Meherazad to "discuss and decide about the mandali's future." Five days of meetings were scheduled from 15 to 20 August. Arrangements were made in advance for the out-of-town lovers invited to the meetings, to stay at Meherabad. They arrived on 14th August 1949. The invitees included Minoo Kharas from Karachi

A final meeting to present the New Life conditions had been arranged at Meherabad for 31st August 1949. Of Thirty-two close disciples called, Minoo Kharas was one from Karachi.

Minoo Kharas arrived at Meherabad with Jalbhai. Although Minoo was one of the Yeswalas and wanted to accompany Baba, Baba directed him to wait for the time being and stated, "I free Minoo Kharas and yet include him in the Yeswalas." Minoo was given certain instructions to fulfill and told to return to Meherabad on the 13th. He left for Karachi the next morning.

In new life, three men among the Yeswalas were not to go with Baba. Concerning them, He stated, "The work I had given to Minoo Kharas, he has done satisfactorily. So, by his remaining at his home, he can still be considered a Yeswala. In spite of his staying at home (in Karachi) and carrying on his business and other duties as before, I have asked him to implicitly obey certain of the conditions.

On the 15th 1949, Baba sent Minoo Kharas with few others to Poona, from where they departed for Bombay. Before returning to Karachi, Minoo also saw to it that Baidul's family was safely settled in Bindra House.

Baba wished, all to gather in the meeting hall at seven o'clock, and the doors were shut. Vishnu did not close the gate as fast as he should have, because he saw Gustadji walking toward the hall. Meanwhile, two uninvited men slipped inside, approached Baba and touched His feet. Baba in turn bowed to them.

After they were escorted out, Baba became terribly upset. He scolded Vishnu, "Even if you had seen God approaching the gate, you should have closed the door and not waited for Him to enter."

Baba immediately caught himself and admitted, "I suddenly became angry, which is not good." Baba ordered one of the men to slap him, which the man did, but lightly. Baba was not pleased and asked the same of Minoo Kharas (a former policeman), who gave Baba a hard slap.

Baba wanted from the men to privately take the oath of the New Life. He came to hall clad in a white kafni, the ocher-colored satchel for begging hanging from his shoulder. Baba declared that He had now stepped back into the New Life, and He exhorted all Yeswalas to either enter the New Life and follow His behests 100 percent, or to lead the Old Life, or to take up an independent life altogether. One of these they had to decide. The decisions taken were:

Minoo Kharas — Old Life (as ordered by Baba)

Minoo Kharas happened to be visiting Bombay at this time and was permitted to see Baba briefly at Ashiana, on 30th January 1950. He was permitted to return on 3rd February and join Baba and the mandali to attend the "Great Royal Circus," near the Marine Lines Station. They left Ashiana in two cars at 6:00 P.M, and Baba watched the entire two-and-a-half-hour show. (A "thrilling new attraction" was a high-wire motorcycle act.

In 1950, one morning, Minoo Kharas and Ghani slept late and dressed hurriedly without bathing. Baba called both men to come forward and asked why they thought they were exempt from His orders. Minoo looked at Ghani, who replied, "Baba, after having your darshan yesterday, the dust on our bodies was so precious to us we did not bathe. We prefer to be covered with the dust of your presence." Baba was amused by Ghani's quick reply, but warned that in the upcoming days both of them should join the rest in early-morning ablutions.

Baba emphasized: "If I stay on Pimpalgaon Hill, it will only be during the final stage (lasting for 30 to 40 days) of the Manonash period. Baba stated that Daulat Singh and Minoo Kharas would be with Him for the first three months of Manonash period.

Minoo Kharas and Daulat Singh arrived in Hyderabad as instructed, but Minoo was so severely ill he had to be hospitalized for a few days. Because of his poor health, Baba sent him back to Karachi.

Baba’s flight landed in Karachi at night on 22nd August 1951. Only Minoo Kharas had been called to the airport in Karachi, but with him had come Adi Dubash, and also Minoo's fiancée Freni Patel. Minoo alone went forward to greet Baba. Reservations for Baba's group to India were difficult to obtain, but Minoo pointed out that Adi could possibly arrange it, as he worked in shipping.

Baba sent for him and asked, "Why were you hiding? Why didn't you come forward?"

Adi replied, "You had not permitted it."

Baba was pleased. Baba and the women were accommodated in rooms at the airport. Minoo kept watch outside Baba's door during the night.

As decided by Baba, eleven men from the group were to repeat God's name on Baba's behalf, continuously from the 2nd of November to the morning of the 14th, in His Jhopdi. The repetition was to be non-stop the full 24 hours throughout the next twelve days. The schedule was set for Minoo Kharas along with other mandali men.

5:00 to 7:00 P.M. — Minoo Kharas, Ya Yezdan.

During 1952, in the afternoon, Arangaon bhajan group sang before Baba. A qawaali program followed by Habib Qawaal. His performance was so touching that Minoo Kharas and others started weeping. Baba commented: "Tears that stream down the cheeks without your being aware of them are very difficult to control. But if restrained, they give more happiness. You will find greater joy in the inner companionship with your Beloved.

Baba asked Minoo Kharas to read the list of persons who had dedicated their money or property or both to Baba. Before reading the list, Baba stated, "Yesterday, I had a talk with the mandali in My retiring room (Interview Cabin) about accepting money. As per the New Life conditions, I do not accept money; so when Harjiwan Lal showed his willingness to offer Rs.4, 000, I hesitated. Now, I do not like the idea of accepting money. But to make you all feel that you have shared in this giving, even if your name is not on the list, you may give at least one rupee as a token of love, so that all may feel that they, too, have shared."

On 10th November 1952, Baba came to Meherabad. For many invited, Baba gave interviews. Minoo Kharas and few others were allowed to leave for their homes.

In 1953 at Mahabaleshwar Meherjee brought Minoo Kharas Meanwhile, Baba's health was suffering, and the mandali insisted Him to take some treatment. Mandali prevailed upon Baba to return to Bombay for medical treatment, to which Baba agreed on one condition: "I am ready to go on condition that from the day I begin taking treatment, you all remain beside Me awake without a wink of sleep."

Minoo Kharas wrote to Eruch informing him of the birth of a baby daughter. Eruch replied on 11th December 1954:

Under the present atmosphere at Rosewood, where Baba has been keeping aloof even from the mandali, the news reaching us from you could not possibly be conveyed to Baba. Under strict orders from Baba, we have not to convey to Him anything, whether it be the contents of letters, telegrams or things pertaining to mandali's daily routine. The seriousness in the atmosphere near Baba is gradually gaining a tempo, which is now beginning to tell upon the mandali, too.

Ramjoo also wrote to Minoo Kharas (on 25th January 1955):

Baba and all those who live with or near Him remain more or less preoccupied with what Baba calls His "preparation" for breaking His silence. As far as appearances go, Baba is day-by-day withdrawing more and more to himself, reducing all communications to the minimum of gestures in respect to day-to-day routine, without recourse to the alphabet board or to making signs of "writing by fingers" as He used to do throughout the 30 years of his silence.

Living practically with next to no sleep during the nights and subsisting on meager nourishment as an excuse for eating once every 24 hours, Baba still remains very active from morning to evening and twice in a day walks more than a mile from one bungalow to another of those staying with Him permanently in different groups.

Preparations in Meherabad for the first of four sahavas programs were in the final stages. On 27th October 1955, Baba had been driven to Meherazad from Satara, and from the following day, He began visiting Meherabad daily. Tents for sleeping and for the meetings were erected. A separate dining pandal, with tables and chairs, was pitched for serving tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Minoo Kharas with others rendered services

When all had joined Him there, Baba stated:

From each group I want one man who will fast for 21 days from the 15th of February 1955, remain only on water and continuously repeat My name. It is nothing great to remain on water for 21 days; many have fasted like this for longer periods. But to remain at one place and continuously repeat My name loud enough so that only the one saying it can hear it is really very difficult.

Even for Baba it is difficult!

Baba asked those courageous enough to do this fast to stand up. A few stood and Baba selected five, of which Minoo Kharas was one. Baba instructed him.

For 21 days stay at one place, eat and drink nothing except water, take Baba's name half-audibly and never sleep.  I will give further instructions later on. God is deaf. If you repeat My name mentally, I will not hear it as I am also deaf. Come what may, whether you fall ill or there are other difficulties, follow faithfully and stick to what I have told you.

On 6th November 1955, Baba arrived at Meherabad. After a discussion with the mandali, He entered the hall where the sahavas group had already gathered. "Baba looked quite beautiful, Baba asked, "How do I look?"

Several men said He looked radiant. Baba commented, "I did not sleep at all last night, yet you say I look splendid and blissful!"

Baba asked about those who had not slept well. A few stood up; among them was Minoo Kharas of Karachi. Baba joked, "I don't believe you. Last night, I was out on a survey of worldwide conditions when I found both of you snoring loudly!"

On Monday, 7th November 1955, Baba arrived in Meherabad from Dehradun after darshan program .Baba had a discussion in His cabin with Pendu, Padri and Vishnu for some time, and then came to the hall to see the sahavas group. He said, "Those who did not sleep last night should stand up." Minoo Kharas and Adi Dubash promptly stood up again. Baba wryly inquired, "Don't you two ever sleep at night?"

Dadi Mehta remarked, "Both sleep quite well, Baba!"

Everyone laughed, and Baba asked Adi Dubash, "Has Minoo's proximity affected you? Despite no sleep, your health seems to be quite good, so there is nothing to worry about.

In 1958, darshan program, Baba called Minoo Kharas, and Minoo had an embrace. Baba chatted with such longtime lovers as Minoo Kharas, and other Pakistani lovers

Minoo Kharas joked, "Baba, I remembered only your second advice — to love you wholeheartedly — and clean forgot about the first."

Calling him, Baba twisted his ear, commenting, "True love never expresses itself outwardly. Love makes one forget oneself from head to foot."

For the first time in the history of Meherabad, a train arrived and halted there. The luggage was piled into the coaches, and the men and women tearfully shouted Baba's Jai as the train whistled and started. It was a very moving sight for Age. "

The train departed amidst loud cheering. Minoo Kharas was so overcome that he ran after the train for about a quarter of a mile loudly shouting Baba's Jai!

Baba's chair was carried up Meherabad Hill followed by the sahavas women and behind them the men. There was a small ditch nearby, and Baba made Pukar stand up and warn people about it, joking with him, "You will be kept in this pit!" After a while, Baba suddenly flung Minoo Kharas' hat into the ditch.

In 1959, a special train from Andhra bringing 300 pilgrims arrived in Ahmednagar on Sunday, 1st March 1959. Minoo Kharas of Karachi was there. About 500 lovers from Ahmednagar also gathered.

In 1965, Minoo Kharas came from Karachi, and saw Baba on the 9th and 10th May with his family. Minoo returned on 25 May. It was to be his final meeting with the Divine Beloved.

 

 

 

69-MEHERWAN B. JESSAWALA

Meherwan B. Jessawala was son of Papa Jessawala and younger brother of Eruch B. Jessawala.

Meherwan came to live with mandali as a child with his family. When he grew up Baba sent him to live in Poona. There after he shouldered family responsibilities with short stays with mandali.

Some of important life time episodes and his conversation with Meher Baba are produced below.

Once, Nariman Dadachanji brought beer at Meherazad and asked for Beloved Baba’s permission to serve it to Mandali and Baba gave him permission to do so. Meherwan Jessawala (Eruch’s younger brother) was visiting Meherazad at that time, so natural he was included in the treat. Nariman gave beer to all thee Mandali and Meherwan Jessawalas in his room as the villagers and workers were not supposed to know that alcohol was being served. After dirking everybody retired to their respective rooms at night.

Next day Beloved Baba asked Mandali if they enjoyed the cool bear. When enquired specifically from Aloba to which Aloba replied “yes, very much!” Then Baba asked Meherwan whether he liked the drink, and Meherwan replied that he did not like it but made him dizzy. Hearing this, Beloved Baba instructed Meherwan that in future no more alcohol for him, and this should be treated as His order. Ever practical Eruch, asked Baba as to what about some medicines where alcohol; is present. To this Baba responded that in medicines alcohol was allowed and that there is no problem. Meherwan was very young when Baba had given this order to him. Throughout his life Meherwan did not eat any chocolates, cakes and any other dish with even a dash of alcohol. Even the medicines containing alcohol were rarely consumed by him.

During one of Darshan program, someone asked Baba as how anyone can recognize a saint. Baba replied pointing toward corner of Guruprasad hall. In the corner a young Meherwan Jessawala was sitting quietly. And he indeed is a saint as pointed by beloved Baba.

Naja Irani was Baba’s Cousin. Baba once asked her read the letter which He asked her to write his family and friend, in presence of everyone. She was reluctant to do so. Baba kept her coaxing her and finally she had to read letter. She began the letter as “Dear Saint Meherwan” and suddenly there was a burst of laughs and giggles. Immediately Baba turned towards the ladies and said that Meherwan is indeed a Saint and everyone turned serious and quietly listened to the contents’ of the letter.

Referring to Meherwan Jessawala, Baba complimented him, “He is Eruch’s brother and My jewel, an original jewel. From head to foot he is Mine.

In 1934, before leaving Meherabad, Baba sent away the boys, Meherwan Jessawala to Akbar Press to stay with his relatives and Dadi Kerawala to his family, telling them, "I will call you later."

Jessawala’s young son Meherwan had proven to be a burden to his relatives at Akbar Press where Baba had placed him before leaving on the tour. Gaimai's sister Shirin's husband Jehangir Damania would continuously write to Gaimai to take Meherwan back, claiming he was too much of a nuisance to look after. Gaimai seemed anxious one day and Baba asked her the reason.

She said, "For us, you are put to so much trouble. Now there is Meherwan to worry about. We have come to you with only problems."

Baba asked, "Do you love Meherwan or Me?"

Gaimai replied, "To dedicate my one Meherwan at your feet is not enough; even were I to surrender a thousand sons, it would be nothing."

Her reply made Baba happy and He consoled her, "As you have come to Me leaving everything behind, what trouble it will be to Me?" Then He said, "You are not worthy of being Eruch's mother, but you are worthy of being My mother!"

Baba permitted the Zoroastrian thread ceremony of Meherwan and Sam to be performed on Sunday, 9th April 1939, Pappa Jessawala came for the occasion and had the ceremony performed at a local agyari by its resident priest. Masaji prepared a feast for the 200 attendees. The two boys were taken to meet Baba after the ceremony. The priest too wished to meet privately with Baba but Baba, for his own reasons, refused to see him. (Although Baba granted interviews to some of the sincere guests the next day.)

Around Christmas and New Year's Eve, each group put on a short skit. In the play, Meherwan Jessawala was made a butler, and Mani his Muslim boss. But, instead of bringing the tea tray and saluting Mani, little Meherwan took the tray to Baba and saluted Him, which made Baba laugh so hard, He was pink in the face. Meherwan then proceeded to upturn the tea tray he was supposed to serve and fumbled his lines, which he recited off cue, despite what Mani had taught him.

In 1942, during train journey on the way to Lonavla, there was a frightening incident, as Meherwan Jessawala relates: "We were all in a compartment when Baba suddenly became very pale, unable to lift His hands and feet. His eyes were open, but He appeared totally drained of blood, and as if He was passing away. He lay there helpless, unable to move and totally limp."

All rushed forward to revive Him. Rano administered a few drops of Coramine (a central nervous system stimulant) and within a few minutes Baba recovered. Meherwan concluded, "During times of great internal working, Baba would suffer such spells."

Meherwan was in college at the time, studying for his Bachelor of Science degree. The day of his final examination was approaching, and while searching for bungalows he had no time to study. As a reward for their success in finding a suitable residence, Baba made an exception to his ban on visitors and sent for Pappa, Meherwan and Gadekar.

During 1954, Meherwan had not seen Baba for more than a year. He was shocked by Baba's condition: "I had never seen Baba so physically depleted. He was in a terrible state, so thin and frail that His neck was like a chicken's, and He had to be supported to walk. Because of piles trouble He could not even sit, and for the duration of our visit, Baba stood. He was totally emaciated. Yet the smile He gave to greet us was His usual one and He embraced us.”

Baba expressed His pleasure at the procurement of Guruprasad, and then asked Meherwan, "When is your exam?"

In a few days," he replied.

"Will you pass?" asked Baba.

"Of course," Meherwan assured Him.

Eruch interrupted, "He has not studied at all, Baba! He has not had time. So how can he pass?"

Therefore, Baba ordered Meherwan, "All right, now start studying." Only four or five days were left, but Meherwan concentrated and passed his final exam.

On 18th June 1954, the following men arrived in Satara for the cricket match. Meherwan Jessawala participated.

A Match was played at Udtara a distance of twelve miles. Eruch drove Baba in Meherjee's car to Udtara, near the road, as they were leaving Udtara, Baba had remarked, "Remember this place." The men did not understand why Baba had said this. But they learned the significance of Baba's words a year and a half later, when Meher Baba's second automobile accident occurred near this spot.

Baba convened a small group meeting in Rosewood in April 1955 to announce and discuss certain plans, including his intention to go into seclusion for three months. Close ones in Baba's contact including Meherwan Jessawala. Some from different centers in India were also called.

After road accident in 1956, Baba did not like staying at Dr. Bansod's nursing home — it was too small and he was uncomfortable — and he said he would not stay there longer than necessary. So Meherwan Jessawala and Meherjee hurried to find a suitable house in Poona. They managed to rent a small, quiet house near Meherjee's own home, a bungalow named Silver Oaks, at 23 Salisbury Park Road. Baba was taken there on the 11th afternoon. A special bed was kept for him, and Dr. Bansod and a civil surgeon named Dr. Virkar put His leg in traction. But, that evening, Baba again had severe pains and spasms, and the doctor had to be called in the night.

Referring to Meherwan Jessawala, Baba complimented him, "He is Eruch's brother and My jewel, an original jewel. From head to foot he is Mine."

Rano became ill in May, as did Pappa Jessawala and Roshan's baby. On the night Rano was stricken with a severe attack of gastroenteritis, with constant loose motions and vomiting. Meherwan Jessawala brought a female doctor who prescribed medicine for her, and Meherwan did not get any sleep the whole night.

Before leaving, He told Meherwan, "You did not sleep last night, so tonight go to bed at ten o'clock. This is My order."

Meanwhile, Meherwan was at his office nearby, and when Baba returned to Guruprasad he had the car stopped outside the office. Meherwan was summoned and Baba again reminded him to be sure to sleep at 10:00 P.M.

That night, exactly at ten o'clock when Meherwan was about to go to bed, Pappa shouted for him. Meherwan was in a quandary; Baba had ordered him to go to bed at ten o'clock, and now this unexpected situation had arisen.

Meherwan lay down quickly to fulfill Baba's order and then ran to his father's bedside. He found Pappa breathing with difficulty and sweating profusely. Anxious about Pappa's condition, Meherwan went out to bring the doctor, but it was too late. Pappa's time had come. He died of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 74 with the word Baba on his lips.

Guruprasad was informed and Baba sent Nariman and Meherjee to Bindra House. According to Baba's instructions, Eruch stayed at Guruprasad. Pappa was merged forever in Baba's Ocean of Divinity. Meherwan was not upset over his demise — he was worried about his own disobedience to Baba's instruction.

On Sunday morning, 1st October 1961, Habib Qawaal came to Meherazad at 9:00 A.M. and sang before Baba. Baba enjoyed his performance. A few persons from Ahmednagar had been called, as well as Meherwan Jessawala, who arrived that day from Poona and stayed overnight at Meherazad.

Soon after their arrival, on the evening of 3rd April 1962, Pendu had much pain passing urine and was admitted to the Jehangir Nursing Home. He had to have a prostate operation, but when the surgery failed to relieve his condition, he was operated upon a second time. This operation failed as well, but fortunately the third attempt (on 9th May) was successful. As Meherwan Jessawala pointed out, "It was so obvious that such a capable surgeon would not fail three times. All these procedures were extremely painful for Pendu, and it looked as if Baba was making Pendu share in the suffering that was always the lot of the mandali who were with Baba.”

On 23rd October 1962, Meherwan Jessawala with others was coordinated the Westerners' stay in different hotels for East West gathering.

Mohan-Saigal gave a performance at Meherazad from 1:00 until 5:00 P.M. on 28th September 1963, a wonderful musical feast of ghazals. Meherwan Jessawala and many from Ahmednagar and few from Bombay were present, including all those from Upper and lower Meherabad — about 105 persons. Baba had enjoyed Mohan's singing in Guruprasad and was delighted to have him at Meherazad.

At Guruprasad, Meherwan Jessawala presented Baba with the special folding toilet seat he had designed and had made for Baba's convenience, according to Goher's instructions. Baba was quite pleased with the device.

On 7th February 1966, Meherwan Jessawala arrived Poona for his annual stay at Meherazad for Baba's birthday. While he was there, Meherwan would help his brother Eruch with the correspondence, which always increased at this time.

During 1967, sometimes the work would be so intense that Baba said He would feel faint. Bhau was instructed to tie a sash around Baba's waist and around the chair to prevent Him from falling off. As Meherwan Jessawala recalled, after one of his stays, "It was tremendous work that was being done. Soon after the work was over and we would be called, we could see the physical part of it. Baba's body was so fatigued and tired out, as if all energy had been drained from Him. He would be covered with sweat and very tired."

On Sunday, 13th October 1968, at 8:30 A.M., Baba held a meeting to inform His main workers of his decision to give darshan the following year from 10th April to 10th June 1969 at Guruprasad. Besides the resident men mandali, Meherwan Jessawala from Meherabad was called to Meherazad

Recently, Meherwan B. Jessawala joined Baba in year 2017.

 

68-MEHERJEE ARDESHIR KARKARIA (Meherjee)

Meherjee Ardeshir Karkaria was related to Dadachanji. He was an ardent lover and close disciple of Baba. Being mandali he widely travelled with Baba.

Many of his lifetime episodes and dialogues with Meher Baba are recorded below:

In March 1927, Chanji brought his young relative Meherjee from Poona to Meherabad who lived in their same compound in Poona. Meherjee had been induced to come with them on a picnic to Ahmednagar.

The Dadachanji families were Parsis from Bombay, and though it was not customary for them as Zoroastrians, they offered Baba homage by touching His feet. But Meherjee, the son of a Parsi priest in Navsari, folded his hands in salutation from a distance. After Baba inquired about each one’s health, He gestured to Meherjee and asked, “What do you do?” He replied that he was studying science and engineering. Baba inquired further, “What will you do when you finish?” Meherjee replied that he would obtain his Bachelors of Science degree. Baba smiled and asked, “Why don’t you come to My school and work as a teacher?” Meherjee did not seem happy with this, so Baba added, “All right, appear in the exam; but if you fail, come back.” Meherjee did not say anything.

Meherjee Karkaria met Baba in 1927, and for two years he was with Him as school teacher and as one of the mandali. He went Persia, and began Import business. When He departed, Baba said to Him, “Never get disappointed in doing anything, try your best, stick to the job, do it honestly with Me at the back of your mind, and leave result to Me. He took these words to his heart, and he have found that if he adhere to them, and leave all to Him, process may not be of our liking, but ultimately all turned out well. His experience with Baba has proved this.

The same day, Meherjee was depressed because he had been dismissed as Baba's personal attendant. Baba first teased him, but then He joked with him to appease him. The following night, Baba beckoned him, "Ask of Me whatever you want and I will give it to you. The sky, the depths, the earth, the waters — anything that you may desire. You have only to ask for it."

Meherjee humbly replied that he did not want anything. Baba insisted, "Oh for God's sake, ask for something! I am happy tonight and I will give you anything you want." Meherjee persisted, saying that he did not want anything other than to serve Him well. So Baba reinstated him as His orderly, and Meherjee was satisfied.

In 1928, Meherjee's father arrived unexpectedly at Meherabad in the afternoon with four Parsi priests. He had heard a rumour that his son had shaved his head and was moving about in a long robe like a sadhu. But when he saw Meherjee, he realized the stories were false. Nevertheless, he told Baba, "Meherjee is my eldest son and I have hopes of his shouldering the full responsibility of our entire family. I therefore wish to take him home."

Baba replied, "Your son is gold. You may take him with you, but I allow it with a pain in My heart." Meherjee did not want to leave, but Baba took him aside and consoled him, "Go now. It is My order. I am sending you with My blessing. And remember, even if you leave Me, I will never leave you."

Baba then asked Meherjee if he loved him. Meherjee replied, "If I did not love you, how could I wish to remain here?"

Baba explained, "Obedience is higher than love. So carry out what I order you to do. Go now, and remember that I am with you." Meherjee accepted, and with tears in his eyes accompanied his father home.

Two days later, Meherjee returned to Meherabad. He was planning to travel to Persia to work and wished to have Baba's darshan and permission before departing. The proprietor of a firm had offered him a salary of Rs.60 per month, but Baba advised him not to accept the job. After some days, the proprietor approached Meherjee with an enhanced offer of Rs.100. This time Baba allowed him to accept the job. Before Meherjee departed, Baba remarked, "You may go and I will follow you. My nazar is on you." Meherjee left for Persia as a lowly employee, but returned to India sixteen years later as a prosperous businessman.

Since 1929, Meherjee Karkaria had been quite successfully doing business in Iran, and had no opportunity of meeting Baba. He had come to India once in 1934 to see Baba, but at the time, Baba was in the West. In 1943, Meherjee again came to Bombay for a visit, and against his better judgment, a friend took him to a palmist. Consulting Meherjee’s hand, the palmist said, “If you are not careful of your business, sixty per cent of your wealth will be lost.” At that, Meherjee sent a cable to his manager in Persia, instructing him to dispose of his business. He then proceeded to Lahore to see Baba.

During their meeting, Baba asked Meherjee, “What have you been doing all these years in Persia? How’s your business coming along?” Meherjee told Baba everything, and also about his recent encounter with the palmist. Baba twisted Meherjee’s ear and said, “You fool! Do you believe in astrology? Palmistry? I myself am God, and God can transform, create and destroy entire planets. Send a telegram immediately that nothing should be disposed of.”

Meherjee wrote the message, and Baba dispatched Vishnu to the telegraph office to have it sent at once. Baba advised him to continue his business as he had been doing, and Meherjee left for Persia. By heeding Baba’s advice, his business prospered more than ever before.

A few years before, Meherjee Karkaria had been instructed by Baba not to sell his business in Iran, but to continue as he had been doing. Meherjee returned to Iran, according to Baba's advice, and his business was quite prosperous. In 1945, he again visited India and Baba called him to Hyderabad on 23rd June 1945. Baba discussed matters with him, and stated, "Now go back to Iran, close your business down, and move to Bombay. If you don't, Homai (his wife) will die."

That was a sufficient incentive, and Meherjee returned to Persia, sold his business as Baba instructed, and landed in Bombay on 2nd November 1945. However, it took a long time for Meherjee to finally wind up all his affairs in Iran, and even after he had settled in India, he still had to go back to Iran on business. Each time he would inform Baba by cable that he was leaving, and each time Baba would give him a fixed date for his return.

Once Meherjee could not find a boat from Bander Abbas to Bombay, and to reach India on the appointed date he sailed by a small fishing vessel. A storm arose during the voyage, and the boat began pitching and rolling from side to side.

The captain said it was too dangerous to go further, and decided they should stop where they were. But Meherjee insisted, "Don't stop! I have to reach Bombay as soon as possible!"

The captain pleaded, "Dead or alive? If we proceed, we will sink." The storm continued gathering force and the sea was turbulent, but Meherjee persisted in his demand. Once, he was so forcefully thrown to one side, the platinum ring on his finger broke into pieces. Remembering Baba, he did not lose courage. When the boat docked at the closest port, Meherjee caught another boat bound for Bombay and arrived in time. He experienced Baba's inner help because of his firm determination to obey Him.

On 1st April 1949, Adi Sr., Nariman, Meherjee and the boy Frenchy arrived in Mount Abu. Adi, Nariman and Meherjee left Mount Abu on 2 April, while Frenchy stayed for a few days more at Baba's request. Baba traveled to Bombay on 11th April, arriving the next night, and stayed at Meherjee's house with Baidul and Eruch.

At Bombay, Meherjee and Nariman did night watch for Baba on alternative days.

On 7th July 1949, Baba fasted on tea without milk, taken twice, and two glasses of buttermilk, also taken twice that day. At 11:00 A.M., Kaka came out of Baba's cabin and wrote on his slate for Meherjee "You will not get such an opportunity again in your live, so make the most of the time at your disposal.

The Meherabad estate had first belonged to Adi Sr. and his father, who had laid it at Baba's feet. Meherjee became the owner of lower Meherabad, Sarosh of Meherabad Hill and Nariman of Meherazad.  But these three men maintained the properties for Baba's future work and never considered them as their own.

In 1949, one day Baba came in the morning for breakfast and met Meherjee, his wife Homai, and their daughter Pervin. Meherjee's other daughter, Mehernaz, was an infant, and Baba took her in his arms and played with her for a while.

After the first part of His 40-day seclusion was over, on 24th March 1951, Baba called an hour-long meeting at the seclusion hut. Meherjee and other resident mandali were summoned.

Baba asked Meherjee to read out the clippings from different newspapers about Jal Kerawalla. Baba stated, "Jal obeyed Me 100 percent without any complaint and with absolute faith. Indeed, such obedience and faith is rare."

Meherjee Karkaria returned at the end of April 1953, and came to Mussoorie.

Meherjee was called to Mahabaleshwar for a few days from 17 April 1954.  On the 29th, Baba left Mahabaleshwar and group for mast work in Dharwar. They traveled in Meherjee's car, which had been sent from Bombay. On 14th May 1954, Baba and the women mandali, proceeded to Bhilar near Panchgani in Meherjee car, and after a three-day holiday there, they returned to Mahabaleshwar.

Adi Sr. brought Meherjee, Vishnu and Irene Conybeare to Satara on the 4th 1956. Baba also indicated that Meherjee would accompany Him to the West in the first part of July 1956.

Baba embraced Clarice and Ena and urged them to be happy. Meherjee drove them back to their hotel. Later, Baba questioned him about what they had said in the car, as if he wanted to know if they liked him and were impressed and satisfied with their visit. He told Meherjee, "I wanted them to be here and that is why they came. I love both very much."

For Meherjee, Baba's "work" involved many lessons in humiliation! For example, although it had been announced that the plane was to land in Dallas at 1:00 A.M., a few minutes later, Baba directed Meherjee to go ask the stewardess when they would be landing. After another ten minutes, Baba told him to go ask again. This happened several more times and Meherjee said, "Baba, she will wonder if we are mad or jungli (uncouth, ignorant)!" However, Baba had His own reasons and told him to ask, and the woman would always smile, give a courteous reply and not be annoyed at all.

Once, during another plane flight, everyone was sleeping after dinner. The stewardesses were also tired and were dozing at the rear of the plane. Baba instructed Meherjee, "Go and ask our stewardess when I will get breakfast."

"But she is resting," Meherjee said.

"Wake her up and ask her." Meherjee had to obey. Smiling, the young lady said that breakfast would be served in the morning. When he returned and told Baba, Baba gestured, "I am feeling hungry. Get me something to eat now." Meherjee had to go back and wake up the lady again, and she gave him some cereal and coffee. Baba hardly touched it, just crumbling a little of the food between His fingers. And Meherjee was further embarrassed to have to return the tray like that — practically untouched.

At other times, in the middle of the night, Baba would tell the mandali to go to the stewardess and ask when she was going to wake them up and when they were going to arrive at their destination. "But, Baba, she is sleeping," they would say. "Call her!" they were ordered.

"Miss, miss, our boss wants to know when we will get to Los Angeles," for example. Surprisingly, the mandali found that the stewardesses were never angry about it. Baba had His own reasons for doing this. By waking someone up, He was giving the blessing of his contact to that person.

Baba and the mandali boarded their flight on Qantas Airlines on 14th August 1956, departing from Australia to return to India. After the plane touched down in Darwin and Jakarta, they landed in Singapore at 2:00 P.M. on the 15th, where they were to spend the day and night in an air-conditioned room at the Raffles Hotel. Baba was not in a good mood. Nilu was on watch near him at night. Baba had the air-conditioner in his room turned off, and every ten minutes kept sending for Meherjee, Eruch or Adi. He remarked that their plane might be delayed due to the Suez Crisis, but the mandali thought that highly unlikely.

During the night he was very restless and instructed Meherjee, "Go and inquire what time breakfast is served in the morning." Meherjee reported that it was not available before six o'clock. They were to leave before this, and at 4:00 A.M., Baba sent him back to try and arrange something to eat before they left. Despite his efforts, he failed.

Without washing or having tea, Baba and the mandali came down to the lobby at 5:00 A.M. to go to the airport in a BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) bus. There were two buses parked and Meherjee escorted Baba into the first thinking it would leave sooner. No one else was in the bus as the driver had not come yet. Adi's mood was spoiled because of no breakfast, and Baba too was taking the other three men to task for various things that were annoying him. It was then learned that the first bus was not proceeding to the airport. Baba was highly displeased with Meherjee for making him sit in it. Boarding the second bus, they reached the airport and departed for Colombo

Due to the Suez Canal Crisis, they were informed that planes from Colombo to Bombay had been canceled. Baba asked the mandali, "Do you think Me mad because of My behavior last night?" They realized that by becoming angry, Baba had averted a much worse situation, as the Suez Crisis proved to be a minor affair.

Vishnu had departed for Poona on the 1st for some work, and Baba told him to join them on their return to Satara on the evening of the 2nd. Meherjee was called to Satara from Poona on the 1st and instructed to bring several crates of soda water. It was Baba's standing order for him to come to Satara by bus. But because he had been told to bring the soda, Meherjee drove to Satara in his new, imported Chevrolet. When he arrived, Baba was furious with him. "Why did you break My order and come in your car? Send it back to Poona immediately." So, Meherjee sent the car back with the driver and he stayed the night.

Leaving the Bombay airport, Baba and the mandali drove to Ashiana. After having tea, Baba, Eruch, Nilu, Meherjee, Bhau and Ismail drove to Satara in Meherjee's car and arrived the same day. A telegram had been sent from Bombay to the women in Satara — but it reached them only an hour before Baba did.

On reaching Satara, Baba inquired about the telegram Meherjee had sent. When he heard that it had not been received, he was greatly perturbed and scolded Meherjee, "Why didn't you do as I told you? Where is that telegram now?" Meherjee acknowledged his mistake and regretted trying to save a little money. He departed for Poona the next day.

In Jalgaon, after working with a few more masts, Baba went to the dak bungalow to rest for the night. After dinner, He uncharacteristically poured a little brandy for each man. Baba then began to smoke a cigarette a mast had given him earlier in the day. Calling Meherjee, Baba handed him the cigarette, indicating to him to take a few puffs. He then motioned to him to throw it away and never smoke again. Meherjee, being from a strict family of Zoroastrian priests, had never tried smoking, so this proved to be his first and last cigarette — given to him by Baba!

In 1959, for treat, Deshmukh wished to give ice cream to the mandali and Baba permitted it. Meherjee was there and Deshmukh asked him how the brand Kwality ice cream was rated. Meherjee reflected, "If you order Kwality ice cream, your skin will be peeled off (meaning, it will cost a lot, because it was one of the best brands). You'd better order a cheaper variety for so many."

Deshmukh considered this and said, "You are right. I don't want to spend so much." He brought another brand of ice cream, which Baba distributed to all.

Dada Vaswani had many followers, all of whom Baba allowed darshan. Baba appeared to be in a happy mood. Homa was to drive Baba back to Ahmednagar in Meherjee's car. Meherjee's wife brought the car to Saint Mira High School and handed the keys to Homa, who locked the car. Baba was occupied with giving darshan, and Homa was gazing at him as if entranced. Joy and happiness prevailed in this pleasant atmosphere. Seeing Baba's smile had a wonderful effect.

Suddenly Homa remembered the keys and discovered he had locked them inside the car.

He became nervous, went to tell Meherjee. Meherjee told Homa to go quickly to his house and bring a duplicate set. The darshan was about to end. Homa took another car and was able to return just as Baba was stepping out of the hall. Baba left with the mandali in Meherjee's car for Meherazad, and remarked on the way, "No stool, no urine, but the work done was quite good!"

Baba was in a cheerful mood, and when informed of Homa's blunder, he remarked to him, "I am so happy today that I forgive you. Now, drive fast.”

Baba said to Irwin that "I want you to be here every morning at 7:30 A.M. Meherjee will pick you up at your hotel and you will stay with Me during the day. He will take you somewhere for lunch and bring you back, and you will remain with Me until I dismiss everyone. After that he will take you for dinner and show you a different part of Poona each day." Baba then instructed Meherjee to take Irwin to Babajan's tomb that evening and to other places of interest on subsequent days.

Meherjee became a partner with Dadachanji in his business. However was mostly with Baba on Mast trips and doing various tasks for Him, and in 1959 Baba directed that partnership be dissolved.

With Baba’s permission Meherjee started a hand-paper making factory. From the beginning he encountered many difficulties, and nearly five years the business was running at a loss. Yet Baba assured him often, “Don’t worry. I am with you. Even if water comes to your nose, it will not enter in your nostrils, and you will not sink.” Even at the point when the business was still losing money, Baba said, "Don’t worry. Do not lose courage; it is going to be very big, - in fact so big that you will not be able to cope with the work.” And as He said, by His grace the business has so flourished that His words of assurance so many years ago was constantly with Him.

The difficulties were many in the beginning. In purchasing land for the factory, He did not need a great space, but to obtain some at right place. He was forced to take five acres, much more than he needed, and that too it was the site of an old quarry.  Yet at the time Baba assured him that land would prove to be “Raw gold”. Then the dams of the Poona water supply burst, supply was therefore cut-off and water was essential for filter paper-making process. He could not obtain water elsewhere, and so, although the factory site was nothing but rock, in disruption he hired a drilling machine with an operator and pointing to spot directed that operator take Meher Baba’s name and start drilling. We got the water at three and half a feet! It was by His grace and blessings-nothing else!  When we continued four inch bore to seventy five feet, and He then had a constant supply of 30000 gallons a day, amply for our requirement.

The need in India at that time was for filter papers, and they were only obtainable at high cost from overseas. But the technology to make them was not available in India. So with Beloved Baba’s name on my lips, he experimented and again by His grace we developed over six to seven years almost sixty types of filter papers, all without foreign know-how. Baba expressly desired that he should give work to as many unemployed people as possible. So He had that time eighty women working there, many of them widows and therefore destitute.

On 20 June 1963, Baba visited Meherjee's filter paper factory, White Cloud. Afterwards, he went to the new house which the Harbs had built on a nearby hill. Baba also went to Meher Villa, Meherjee's home, before returning to Guruprasad.

For the most part, Baba kept Himself secluded in Guruprasad, not allowing any outsiders to come and see Him. However there was no ban imposed against visits from Meherjee and few others. But most of these men had jobs, so they came only on Sundays, when Baba would also call lovers such as Madhusudan, Ramakrishnan, Pratap, Narendra, Kisan, Kamble, Shinde and Pote to play card games. So the atmosphere at Guruprasad that summer was quiet and peaceful, as Baba's seclusion work continued.

During this period, Baba gave Bhau one hour, from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M., in which to do writing work, and so while Bhau was writing, Meherjee was instructed to be on watch near Baba.

One day Meherjee came out of Baba's bedroom and walked straight past Bhau to Eruch. Bhau saw Him but thought He had some message to deliver and would be coming back. After a few minutes, Baba clapped and Goher rushed to Him. "Where is Bhau?" Baba asked, "I sent for him. Why hasn't he come?"

Goher told Bhau, and he entered Baba's bedroom. Baba was displeased and asked, "Why didn't you come? I have been waiting for you. Didn't Meherjee tell you I wanted you right away?"

"No, he did not," said Bhau.

Baba sent for Meherjee and asked him, "Why didn't you tell Bhau to come to Me?"

"I forgot," Meherjee replied. "But it was Bhau's responsibility to ask me why I left your room early." Baba agreed and scolded Bhau for not asking Meherjee about it. From that day onward, the moment Meherjee came for his duty, Bhau had to wait outside on the verandah and go to Baba the minute Meherjee left.

Baba had promised Ramakrishnan that He would bless the Poona Center when the building work was completed, and directed him to arrange the inauguration in a simple and quiet manner because of Baba's seclusion. The meeting hall being built could comfortably accommodate 700 people, and bathrooms and toilets were also provided, as well as an office and a room for Baba to rest in. The work was finished and all arrangements for its opening done.

On 1st May 1964, for the first time since His arrival in Poona that summer (other than going to the doctor's office), Baba stepped out of the confines of Guruprasad and was driven to the Avatar Meher Baba Poona Center at 441/1 Somwar Peth. Because of his strict seclusion and the consequent ban on all programs and darshan, no public celebration was permitted by Him. Only close lovers and their families were invited. But they, in turn, brought relatives and friends, so the number increased to more than 500 people.

Meherjee's daughter, Pervin, drove Baba and the mandali to the center, where they arrived. The assembly of lovers heartily hailed Baba as his car reached the gate. The car was driven to the verandah outside the main hall, which was decorated with Baba's seven colors as depicted in his flag.

As soon as Baba stepped out of the car, the president of the center, Sadashiv Patil, garlanded Him. With a smile, Baba embraced him and then approached the door of the hall, where Meherjee presented him with a tray containing scissors and the key. Taking the scissors, Baba cut the seven-colored ribbon fastened across the doorway and then unlocked the door with the key.

In 1968, one exception to "visitors" was an eccentric Irishman, named Dennis Kirkpatrick. He was a tall man in his late fifties. His father had been a prominent civil surgeon in a Poona hospital. Kirkpatrick was well-educated and had stayed on in India after its independence. He had held a post as a secretary and rector in a church, but had fallen on hard times. He was now living hand-to-mouth alone, and resembled a beggar. He was about to be evicted from a small, ramshackle room next to Guruprasad where he had been staying, because he could not pay the rent. Because the landlord had shut off the water to his room, Kirkpatrick would walk to Guruprasad every day, collect water in a small brass bucket and carry it back to his room in the blazing hot sun. Baba noticed him and instructed Meherjee to help him financially. Baba remarked that he was like a mast.

Kirkpatrick saw Baba several times during Baba's residence at Guruprasad. Baba would ask him, "Are you happy?" Sitting on his knees, the Irishman would silently gaze up at Baba and nod.

One day Baba asked Kirkpatrick, "Do you have everything you need?" Kirkpatrick said that he did. Baba turned to Meherjee and directed him to continue to give him a monthly allowance.

Meherjee made a face of disapproval. Seeing his expression, Baba corrected him, "Say yes, happily; otherwise, don't agree! You have no idea what you were to gain in this. I will pay him, don't think about it!"

Meherjee protested, "But Baba, I did not say no."

Baba corrected him again, "You have so much money, yet you think even this small amount is too much. I did not ask it for Kirkpatrick's benefit. I am giving you the opportunity of serving me; you don't realize it."

Meherjee handed Kirkpatrick the amount and began seeing to his welfare.

On 13th October 1968, at 8:30 A.M., Baba held a meeting to inform His main workers of His decision to give darshan the following year from 10th April to 10th June 1969 at Guruprasad. Besides the resident men mandali called to Meherazad, Meherjee with others came from Poona.

On 20th December 1968, Meherjee brought Dr. Grant again with Dr. Ichaporia to give Baba a second blood transfusion. Baba was cheerful in His presence and also explained several spiritual subjects to him. Baba remarked, "I am the Expected One who will also be the Accepted One while I am yet in this body. All will know Me when I manifest, but those who know and love Me now are the really fortunate."

 

65-KUTUMB SASTRI

Kutumb Shastri was the team member of “KDRM”-(Kutumb Sastri, Dhanapathy Rao Naidu, Ranga Rao, and Mallikarjuna). Baba entrusted His work in Andhra to “KDRM”. When Avatar Meher Baba Trust was formed in later years Beloved Baba choose Kutumb Sastri as 1st chairman.

Some of his lifetime episodes and talks with Meher Baba are narrated below: 

On 5th October 1952, Baba held a meeting at Meherazad with six Andhra Baba met with them from 8:00 to 10:00 A.M. behind the Blue Bus. Baba went over His plans, among the six men from Andhra; all were new except for Dr. Dhanapathy. They were highly moved by their first meeting with Baba. Kutumba Sastri, however, could not acknowledge Baba as the Avatar, though his heart was impressed with Baba's love.

In 1953, Kutumba Sastri had arranged refreshments for the group accompanying Baba, and while the prasad distribution was taking place, the mandali and others had tea. After the darshan was over, Baba lambasted Pendu, who was the tour manager, for this breach of His orders. The fact was that Pendu had been standing near Baba all along and was unaware that the group was having refreshments. But to teach the newcomers a lesson, Baba corrected Pendu and the other mandali severely, whereby all learned that without His consent nothing was to be consumed.

In Nidadavole, (Andhra) Baba paid a visit to the homes of Sastri and Mallikarjuna Rao and met their families. Sastri's wife and two sons, Bhasker and Krishna, saw Baba for the first time here, and the family was blessed. Sastri had made all the arrangements for Baba, even though he was in financial straits. Baba wanted to give him Rs.500, but he would not accept it. By refusing Baba's prasad, his condition grew worse. When he realized he had made a grave mistake in not accepting the amount, he was ashamed of his pride. Baba later advised him, "Whenever I give anyone anything as prasad, it should be accepted with joy at once, because it is great good luck to receive prasad from the hands of the Avatar."

One day, in morning, Baba called Dhanapathy, Dharmarao, Sastri, Arjana Rao and Editha Sathiraju to witness a special event.  Baba laid His head on the feet of 56 persons as "representatives" of the 56 God-realized souls on earth.

In the end, Baba created a committee and vested in it overall responsibility for His work in Andhra. There were four members of the committee: Kutumba Sastri, Dhanapathy Rao, Ranga Rao and Mallikarjuna — so Baba named it the K.D.R.M. Samiti (functioning body).

Baba called Kutumba Sastri to Dehra Dun to discuss the Andhra programs. On 26th July 1953, in the course of the conversation, Baba explained to Sastri:

To know God is to become God. So how can you know what a Perfect Master is unless you become one? I may be either the Avatar, a Sadguru or an ordinary man. I may be anything; I am what you take Me to be. If you think I am the Avatar, I am the Avatar; if you think I am an ordinary man, I am an ordinary man. I am That which I am. By being everything, what you think Me to be I am.

However, this is not important. If I am Baba, then for My work I need no one. And yet I tell you to be with Me and ask the workers in Andhra to work for Me for four months. If you look back on My life and work, I never have anything permanent.

Hospitals, schools, ashrams were constructed and pulled down, because I have no need of any establishment or organization. Yet I want workers. Why? To make people ready to receive what God will make Me give. The morning sun sheds its rays everywhere, but the sun does not need connection with the whole world. If after 400 or 700 years the world is full of houses and there is no room for its rays to penetrate the world and reach mankind, the sun may then resort to making people remove the roofs of houses so that its full rays may fall on everything and everyone. I want such persons who can demolish the roofs of low desires by spreading My message of love, so that when the time comes — like a cloudless day at twelve noon — people can receive the "rays."

Do not get involved in controversies, societies, factions, (or such affairs). I wish you to work wholeheartedly as one unit, as one center for four months. Just work and prepare people by informing them of the message of honesty, love and longing for God. Make them enthusiastic so that what God makes Me give in December, they will be able to receive.

Usually, rivers flow into the ocean. But the rivers are now drying up. It is time for the Ocean to "flood" the rivers!

I may be anything, but when you work wholeheartedly, God, Who is everywhere and knows everything, gives you rewards from Him without your asking. Even if I am the Devil, God will reward you according to your work!

God is free, independent; and to know Him, we must work wholeheartedly and with no reservation. One who is free does not like any reservation. If you work for Him honestly, with an open heart, God helps. Don't become a flatterer and never be dishonest to yourself and others. Be natural and honestly simple. I consider one as My center who loves Me wholeheartedly for the sake of love. God may make Me give that gift which is permanent. Only God is real. God is all Love; God is all Wisdom; God is all Power; God is all Beauty; God is Everything.

Baba concluded with Shastri, by spelling out, "There is only one thing which keeps you away from God and that is lust. There is always ego in that. So lead a pure life."

In 1954, addressing Sastri, Baba spelled out, "This life is a mighty divine joke. Joke is the very word, most suitable — mighty divine joke and zero. To call it even zero would make it exist."

Kutumba Sastri presented Baba with a copy of his poetic praise in Sanskrit, and Baba was duly welcomed.

Baba left for Nidadavole, reaching there at 4:15 P.M. Kutumba Sastri and Mallikarjuna Rao had arranged a darshan program that evening to which almost 5,000 came. As usual, Baba's arti was performed, he was garlanded and his Vijayawada messages read. The following is another message, given at the time, on "Liberation":

God is eternally free. To realize God is to attain liberation from the bondage of illusion. The greater the strife and the more intensified the struggle to attain liberation, the more the shackles of illusion are felt, as this very action brings greater awareness of the illusion, which then becomes all the more impressive and realistic. All actions, whether good or bad, just or unjust, charitable or uncharitable, are responsible for making the bond of illusion firmer and tighter.

The goal is to achieve perfect inaction, which does not mean merely inactivity. When the self is absent, one achieves inaction in one's every action. However excessive, karma yoga, dnyan yoga and other yogas can be instrumental in one's achieving the end to all actions by practicing inaction in the midst of intense activity.

However, the only way to live a life of absolute inaction is to completely surrender to a Perfect Master, so that one dies to oneself entirely and lives only for the Perfect Master, to act and fulfill the dictates of the Beloved One.

My blessings to you all.

After the darshan, Baba visited the homes of Kutumba Sastri and Mallikarjuna Rao, and also the Andhra Meher Center. Introducing a woman at his house, Sastri told Baba, "Her husband has left her; she is most unfortunate."

To which Baba countered, "Why do you say most unfortunate? She sees God standing before her in person, and is most fortunate. More fortunate than the rishis and munis who are very, very old and long for My darshan." Addressing the woman, Baba said, "Think of Me and don't worry."

Baba and the group left for Amalapuram, and on the way Baba felt hungry. Meherjee gave Him some cheese and crackers, but Baba wanted his customary rice and dal. The car stopped and behind it the bus. Going to the bus, Meherjee asked Chhagan if rice and dal were ready. The dal was cooked, but there was no rice or bread to go with it. Chhagan was cooking for Baba on the journey, and kept all the necessary ingredients with him, but this time neither rice, nor chapatti nor bread was available.

Baba directed Kutumba Sastri to inquire whether cooked rice could be procured in the next village they reached. At 9:45 they arrived at Bobbarlanka, where the villagers rushed for darshan. Sastri was successful in locating a small restaurant where rice had just been put on the stove to boil. Chhagan began warming the dal, with Meherjee pressuring him to speed up the process.

Baba asked Kutumba Sastri, "Will the rice be ready in five minutes?"

"Baba, it will take at least 20 minutes to cook properly," he said. Instead of waiting, Baba decided to leave. So Chhagan turned off the stove and they left Boparlanka.

In the car, Baba urged Dharmarao, who was driving, "I am very hungry, so drive faster. Let's not stop; go straight to Amalapuram."

Dharmarao did as told, but when they came to the village of Kottapeta, many had assembled on the road. Baba had the car stopped. Some of the local workers approached Baba, requesting, "Rest here for a while; take some coconut water and permit the mandali to have it."

Baba remained quiet, but Eruch reminded him, "You had sanctioned this in Rajahmundry when the Kottapeta lovers asked you for this privilege."

So Baba agreed, stating, "All right, let the mandali drink coconut water; but take My car to Amalapuram.

I won't have the coconut water."

On reaching the bank building, Baba informed Kutumba Sastri: "This is My last visit to Andhra in this life. No more programs after this, except the one at Ahmednagar on March 21. Then My 'Real Program' begins, not this which we see.

The next morning, Monday, 1st March 1954, at 7:00 A.M., while discussing the meeting of workers to be held with K.D.R.M., the Andhra lovers and the mandali, Baba observed, "It would be better if the workers' meeting is held tonight, as all are to keep awake tonight anyway."

Addressing Kutumba Sastri, Baba asked, "Would you be able to make the necessary arrangements (for holding the meeting tonight)?

"I want work, and work must be done 100 percent honestly or stopped. Remember, I can work all alone.

"If possible, all small (marginal) and important workers should attend the meeting. I will thrash out every point on how to work because I don't want these mass darshans and programs merely for name's sake. If workers love Me but do not work with 100 percent honesty, then they are not wanted."

Baba repeated, "If it is possible, then arrange the meeting tonight; if not, tomorrow morning. If all cannot come tonight, then they must come tomorrow. I say all this because I will not come here again in this body.

"I have been doing My work all alone eternally — since eternity!" Baba concluded.

K.D.R.M. assured Baba they would see to the meeting arrangements for that night, and inform all concerned through telegrams.

Baba explained in brief about the composition of the group K.D.R.M. and, inquiring about their work, stated:

Last time I visited Andhra I appointed K.D.R.M. as the four pillars of my work in Andhra. K is Kutumba Sastri; D is Dhanapathy Rao; R is Ranga Rao; and M is Mallikarjuna Rao. I know each of you love Me wholeheartedly and work for me wholeheartedly, no doubt. But now I find it must be My own mistake in forgetting that north, south, east and west cannot meet at any point — the four are in different directions. So first let us find out if these four can work together or not as I want. Therefore, pour out your hearts honestly to Me without any curtain. This will make Me say something very original and lasting for all. Do not look at each other or fear each other.

Baba asked Kutumba Sastri to say what he had to say, and when he said that he never made any complaint about his fellow workers, Baba replied, "So you are absolutely satisfied with the arrangement of work of the other three?" Sastri explained that it was not a question of his feelings, but of obeying Baba's orders. Baba had impressed upon all members of K.D.R.M. to work in unison, but, as Sastri explained, it was found impractical due to three reasons:

First: their living at different places; second: their different temperaments and methods of working; and third: no possibility of consulting with one another. Continuing, he said that he did not like the methods some of his colleagues used to do things: namely, certain lapses on their part, such as failure to keep proper accounts for all financial transactions, et cetera.

Baba then asked the other members of K.D.R.M. in turn to say what they had to say. The discussion that ensued gave an impression that there were deep differences among all four men. All four wanted to do work for Baba with love, but there was a lack of unanimity. Other workers had become totally dissatisfied with K.D.R.M. and bitterly complained about them.

In response, Baba stated:

I, Myself, have not understood what work you are doing for Me. If you are doing only propaganda, it is absurd. I do not want mere propaganda or any kind of false publicity. Never. Love and honesty I want. If you all cannot do that, then stop what you call work. I am quite capable of doing My work. Therefore, today I think we must try to stop this so-called work.

All four members of K.D.R.M. were asked, "Do you think I am unjust in dissolving K.D.R.M.?" They each replied no.

Baba then decided: "K.D.R.M. be dissolved. Centers be dissolved. Every true worker becomes a Baba-center! And for God's sake, for Baba's sake, be aware of money. One pie (cent) taken from others (under false pretenses) makes one die a million deaths!"

Baba further stated:

I know definitely I love Andhra, and the people of Andhra have expressed their love in a way as to touch my heart. Every one of you who is here tonight loves me. So I feel very happy. The unique love expressed by all of Andhra during all the small and big [darshan] programs has touched me very deeply.

Now, once again, I will confess before God, Whoever He be, our weaknesses on behalf of you all, as the Eluru people were not here when I confessed the first time tonight. After the confession, if you really love me even a little, I want your hearts toward one another to be clean. Forget your past differences, clean your hearts, and live for Baba, if you love Baba.

After this reading, Baba Sastri of Andhra sang some shlokas in Sanskrit from the Bhagavad Gita in which Krishna says: "Age after age, from time immemorial, for the destruction of ignorance, for the preservation of Truth, I have taken human form."

When he had finished Baba remarked, "You speak as if you are swimming in mid-ocean, attacked by sharks!" Baba wryly observed, "I have created everything, and yet I do not know Sanskrit. I just nod my head as if I understand."

Baba wished to express through hand gestures, it was decided to hold a sahavas in the month of November 1955. There would be four groups divided linguistically — Gujarati, Telugu, Hindi and Marathi — each staying at Meherabad for one week. Accordingly, those concerned were informed, and the mandali's correspondence expanded. Baba originally decided to invite select lovers in four groups of 150 persons each; but the number later increased as more requested permission to come, which Baba allowed. To meet the sahavas expenses, money was requisitioned from selected persons, not from all. However, in the end, there was a shortage of Rs.5, 000. This required amount was made up by Dr. Kanakadandi and Kutumba Sastri of Andhra.

Kutumba Sastri requested that Baba introduce His mandali members, and although Baba Himself did not like the idea, He asked the mandali, turn by turn, to stand up when their name was called, and introduced them as follows:

Gustadji, Kaikobad, Don, Kaka Baria, Padri, Pendu, Vishnu, Jalbhai, Shatrughnan Kumar, Adi Sr. Dhake, Savak Kotwal, Nariman, Meherjee, Sidhu, Chhagan, Aloba, Bhau.

Baba said to Kutumba Sastri

Pay attention! This is the time. After this, there will be no chance left. What do you all mean by Baba work? That someone should be sent out tom-tomming that Baba is the Avatar? Or is there some other way you want to propagate my cause? Let your life be a living example to others that you love Baba. Then, it will be impressive to others. Tell others about My life and discourses, but never exaggerate! Let miracles have no connection with me. You say Baba is the Avatar; but if anyone disbelieves you, do not get sulky or angry. Try to explain calmly and with love. You can do all this if you have the proper desire and enthusiasm. Then I will wash your feet! Do this with your love.

Baba said: Kutumba left his home for My work immediately after his young brother had died in the house. Kutumba, as the elder brother, did not even wait to perform the funeral rites demanded by custom. When questioned by visitors, the family replied by repeating what Kutumba Sastri had told them: that the man loved Baba and had merely dropped the coat of his gross body. Kutumba had felt certain that his young brother would have wanted him to go ahead with Baba's urgent work, at once, because he had always looked upon the service to Baba as infinitely more important and rewarding than any ritual.

In 1958, addressing the four chief workers of Andhra Pradesh — Dhanapathy Rao, Kutumba Sastri, Ranga Rao and Mallikarjuna Rao — Baba stated, "Kutumba Sastri is most reliable. Before meeting other workers, I want to meet with all four of you together. I am glad to see you four together." Baba embraced them again and informed the sahavas group, "These four are the big workers of Andhra Pradesh."

Calling Dhanapathy Rao, Kutumba Sastri, Ranga Rao and Mallikarjuna Rao to the dais, Baba asked each man His age and then remarked: "My connection with Andhra is very old. During this time, My Avatar hood, Andhra has become an independent state. Besides Andhra, My connection is with the whole of South India. I don't mention this to please or humor you, but I am telling you the truth. This is the reason why you people love Me."

Calling the Andhra leaders, known as K.D.R.M., to the hall, Baba asked them point-blank, "Is there cooperation and love among you?"

Dhanapathy, Ranga Rao and Mallikarjuna replied affirmatively, whereas Kutumba Sastri could not make up his mind because Baba had asked them to be honest and sincere in their response. In the end, Kutumba Sastri said there was no problem.

Baba then told them, "Remember one thing: The time has come. After one year, this body will definitely drop. During this period, show your mettle. This is the time. Millions in the world will do My work when I am no longer here. There is no doubt about My being God Personified. Have love between yourselves and then spread that love to others. I know about your family, financial and other troubles. There is nothing more to tell you. The cloud is near to bursting. As soon as I return from America, you will find what I say has come to pass. Do not tell this to others in the sahavas."

Baba concluded, "This body of yours is a temporary phenomenon. You cannot come to terms with it. But on this physical plane, if you are near me, it is a great thing."

When Kutumba Sastri was translating Baba's words into Telugu, Baba interrupted, asking, "I was listening to what Kutumba Sastri was saying. But I fail to understand why the word garu is always coupled to My name?"

Sastri explained, "In Telugu, the word Babagaru is the same as Babaji."(The suffix ji is a term of respect in Hindi.)

Baba proceeded: "Neither Meherabad nor Meherazad is in My name. Only the site of My final resting place remains in My name.

"Now the Parvardigar Prayer will be recited. It is (also) called the Master's Prayer, and no one should say it out loud here. During the prayer, forget everything else and concentrate on the words of the prayer and on Me."

Don then read the prayer, which Kutumba Sastri rendered in Telugu, Keshav Nigam in Hindi, and Dhake in Marathi.

Baba then declared: "I am the Ancient One, and I have the divine authority to forgive anyone of anything!"

On 6th April 1959, Baba was driven in Meherjee's car to Meherabad, where, in the presence of a sub-register named Deshpande, the Avatar Meher Baba Trust Deed was registered on Meherabad Hill at 11:45 A.M. All ten trustees were present for the registration ceremony on the hill. They included Kutumba Sastri, who was appointed chairman,  Mani, Ramjoo, Adi, Meherjee, Nariman, Pendu, Vishnu, Padri and Kaka. Approved by Baba, the Trust Deed outlined the purpose and objectives of the Trust, as well as made provisions for the support of 41 persons dependent on Baba.

In year 1960, Kutumba Sastri brought Swami Satyaprakash Udaseen from Andhra to Baba during this time. Swami Satyaprakash also became a devoted follower and, a year later, began editing and publishing an English periodical about Baba, titled Divya Vani (Divine Voice).

During 1962, Kutumba Sastri's son, Bhasker, was working in Adi's office, and, as mentioned, his marriage had been arranged with Usha Kulkarni. The day after the play, their wedding took place in the Ahmednagar Center. Afterwards Kutumba Sastri, Bhasker, Usha and their relatives went to Meherazad, where Baba blessed the couple. Usha sang a song before Baba, who was pleased by her efforts. He advised the young couple: "Love each other and love Me with your combined love." The Sastri family then happily returned to Ahmednagar.

On 12th March 1963, Kutumba Sastri, his son Bhasker, Adi, the Khilnanis and a Chief Justice named Chainani and his wife met Baba at Meherazad. Baba gave them a short discourse on love being the only way to realize God, and the necessity of having the courage to live with one's life on one's sleeve, "which only one in thousands has," Baba noted.

In 1963, Kutumba Sastri was leaving shortly on a lecture tour of South India. Baba urged him not to hesitate to openly declare that Meher Baba says He is the Avatar of the Age. "Declare this undauntedly before all," Baba told him, "Even at the cost of receiving a beating or putting your life in danger!"

In 1965, Baba said:  those leaving today, irrespective of the group they may belong to, should have darshan today. After them, the rest should come in their respective groups, while the group head will introduce each one to Baba. Jal will introduce some of those lovers from Andhra who had helped financially in the completion of the Avatar Meher Baba Poona Center Hall.

On 13th October 1968, in the morning, Baba held a meeting to inform His main workers of His decision to give darshan the following year from 10 April to 10 June 1969 at Guruprasad. Besides the resident men mandali, the following men were called to Meherazad. They were Kutumba Sastri and Swami Satyaprakash from Andhra Pradesh.

 

 64-KUPPUSWAMI A. MUDALIAR

Mudaliar Kuppuswami had met Baba in Bangalore and joined the ashram in 1942. Kuppuswami was ordered by Baba to be on silence, and he stayed in Meherabad for a year or so.

Few of his events and conversation with Meher are produced below:

According to instructions, those invited arrived in Meherabad on the 23rd, May 1945, Baba gave them individual interviews. Among 40 men Kuppuswami also attended the meeting.

Baba arrived in Meherabad at 7:40 A.M., on Saturday, 12 November 1955. Among Telugu sahavas group, Kuppuswami appeared in a saffron-colored kafni, and Baba inquired, "Since when have you begun wearing a kafni?"

He replied, "It is only for this occasion."

Baba replied, emphasizing, "We should cleanse our hearts with this color — not merely wear it outwardly."