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

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.

 

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."

 

63-KRISHNA P. NAIR (Krishna)

Krishna Nair came from a village Kallur from Palghat District, Kerala. His father died when he was studying in sixth standard. After that he started living with his maternal uncle. He had no interest in studies. One day, when he was ninth standard his teacher told his uncle that he had failed in his examination. His uncle whacked him severely with stick till he was bruised and bleeding. He was so upset that he decided to leave the home. He secretly took 100 rupees from the purse of his mother and went to Bangalore with his friend Damodar.

Within four month he spent away all the money. There after he approached the owner of the hotel and who after hearing his story permitted him to work in his hotel on monthly salary.

One day, a German Opal car stopped near the hotel and four gentlemen got down. They entered the hotel and ordered coffee.  He later learned that they were disciples of Avatar Meher Baba. One of them was Baba’s brother Jal other were Adi K. Irani and Dr. Donkin. When Jal saw him, he inquired, “Will you come with us? We will give you a good job and also good salary.” He said “No”.  Next day they came again. Jal wanted to him to accompany them because Baba, as they said had asked them to bring me. He declined again and did not go with them. Jal came again on the third day and coaxed him ultimately to go with them.

In those days, Baba was staying in “Link’s bungalow’ at Bangalore. Jal took him to Baba. Baba said to Jal “Tell him not to be scared. He has a connection with Me since so many previous births. He should, therefore, stay with Me.”

He replied, “No, Baba” he cannot say ‘yes’ without consulting my hotel owner, who has given me a shelter since last 2-3 months” Baba agreed to his proposal. He went back and talked about this development to his hotel owner. Owner of the hotel cautioned him saying that these persons appeared to be rich persons of Mumbai and one must be quite careful. But he then left the decision with Me

In this way, on 19th October 1939, he joined the God- Avatar Meher Baba.

Krishna Nair remained in service of Meher Baba since 1939 to 1955. He was assigned various kinds of services for Meher Baba. Most of the period he served as night watchman, he had many reminiscences of interesting incident with Baba. He was assigned to take care of mast Chatti Baba who had peculiar habit. He was Brahmin by caste; Baba assigned him the job of keeping happy to one sweeper’s son Amir Amin Sayyed and another Isa to bring out his bad sanskaras of hate and anger. He wowed in writing before Baba to remain single but Baba made him to go for secret marriage which was a great humour by Baba and for others.

There had been many life instances of serious, interesting and humorous nature, some of these are produced below

As it turned out, Krishna, fourteen, was the one who had the closest connection with Meher Baba. Jalbhai brought Krishna around the 19th of October 1939, having found this handsome Kerala boy working in a humble restaurant. Seeing him, Baba remarked, "You have a past connection with Me." Krishna was appointed to serve Baba personally, the remaining three boys, Raju, Kalappa and Amdoo were later sent to stay at Meherabad.

In 1940, one day Baba called the five Bangalore boys and asked each, "What do you want? What do you want to do in life?"

Raju said, "I want to be a farmer."

Kalappa replied, "I want to sell cooking oil."

Amdoo said, "I would like to drive a Tonga."

Venkoba Rao said, "I want to go into business."

Krishna alone replied, "I want you, Baba!"

Baba looked at him, gesturing, "I will give you Baba!"

He then informed Venkoba, "Wait for some time before you become a businessman."

Baba kept Krishna and Venkoba Rao in Meherabad and sent the other three boys back home, after making arrangements for them according to their wishes. As it turned out, all three of the boys prospered and became wealthy.

Baba joked with Krishna, "You have fallen into a ditch! Now you will be in trouble."

Baba's remark to Krishna proved to have a literal meaning a few days later. As mentioned, Baba frequently cleaned the masts' pan-type toilets

All of the waste material from the iron pans was dumped into a deep soak pit, some distance from their compound. One day it rained heavily, and the pit filled with water. Pappa told Krishna to empty the water from the pit with a bucket tied to a rope. While cleaning it, Krishna slipped and fell into the pit. He shouted to Venkoba Rao, who pulled him out. Baba came by and saw Krishna covered with the filth. "Why were you cleaning the pit?" He asked. Krishna said that Pappa had told him to do it.

Baba became upset with Pappa. "Why did you tell him to clean the pit without My permission?" He asked. Subsequently, Baba ordered Krishna to bathe sixteen times! He handed Krishna sixteen small stones, with which to count, so he would not make a mistake. After doing as Baba instructed, Krishna told Baba that his skin felt very tight. Baba went to the women's room and brought him some oil to apply to his body.

Baba asked Krishna, "Did you feel bad while cleaning the pit?"

He replied, "No."

Baba spelled out, "You, yourself, are full of unclean matter. Do you realize that? Why do you live in such filth? Don't you feel dirty? Start feeling unclean because of the filth of the desires that cover you from head to toe, and begin to clean them as you have cleaned the pit today."

As instructed, daily Krishna would carry Baba's meals to Him in the cage-room, leave the food on the floor, and go away without seeing Baba.

A bell was hung in front of Baba's room. After eating, Baba would go inside the cage and pull on a rope to ring the bell for Krishna, who would come and take away the empty tiffins. Krishna too had a rope on the outside that was attached to the bell. When he rang the bell two times at eight in the morning, for instance, Baba would know that Vishnu was coming, so He would retire inside. This went on for six or seven days until the following incident occurred.

One afternoon as Krishna sat in his usual position outside the compound gate, he heard the bell ring. Krishna related what happened next:

I wondered why Baba was calling me in the middle of the afternoon, because it was not His tea time. I entered the gate. I had just opened the gate when I saw Baba standing in front of me. A blazing light stronger than a hundred suns shone from His body. I was overwhelmed by its brightness. I swooned. Catching one side of the gateposts with my right hand for support, I lost consciousness.

Baba hurried over to Krishna and grasped his left bicep. He pulled the muscle so hard it tore in two pieces. The searing pain brought Krishna back to consciousness. "Why did you come inside?" Baba demanded angrily. "Do you want to burn? Do you want to die? Do you want to be blind? Why did you come? Who called you?"

Krishna was weeping. After a few minutes, he replied, "Baba, the bell was ringing."

"Who rang the bell?"

"I don't know," Krishna replied. "I'm innocent, Baba."

Baba went inside. Krishna remained slumped by the compound gate, unable to move. Baba came out again within five minutes. He was smiling. Baba caressed Krishna's face. "Don't worry," He said. "I forgive you. What has happened has happened." Krishna got to his feet and Nilu was called to treat his injury. The muscle never healed properly and left a scar. But it served as a lifelong reminder to Krishna of what he had seen that day on Meherabad Hill.

In 1940, Chatti Baba's peculiar behavior in Ceylon was not related only to events in Europe but also to events which would transpire nearly 50 years in the future, as the following incident reveals. Krishna continued to attend to Chatti Baba during the day, and to do night watch near Baba at night. In Baba's room, Krishna was not permitted to move while Baba was lying down. If Krishna shifted his position even slightly, Baba would say He was disturbed by the sound of Krishna's clothes rubbing together.

Whenever moving into a new bungalow, Baba always selected rooms for each of the mandali and for Himself. In Kandy, Chatti Baba's room was a few doors down from Baba's. At midnight one night, the mast began yelling and screaming. He picked up the metal bath buckets and chairs and threw them across the room.

Then he tore up his bed sheets. The noise awoke the mandali, but Baba was snoring. Krishna began thinking: "What type of God is Baba? Is He really all-knowing?"

After some time, Baba rose and asked for a glass of water. "What are you thinking?" he motioned to Krishna.

"I am wondering whether you are really God."

"Why? Why do you think such a thing?"

"Baba, every night I sit in front of you like a stone. I cannot move an inch. The tiniest sound from my clothes disturbs you.

"But Chatti Baba has been shouting at the top of his voice and throwing things for nearly one hour, while you are enjoying a sound sleep."

Baba glared at Krishna. He put his fingers to His lips and said "Keep quiet."

Again, Baba lay down, but soon He got up and asked, "What are you thinking this time?"

"The same thing, Baba."

"What do you want to know?" Baba demanded.

"What was the reason for Chatti Baba's outburst?"

Baba spelled out, "After many years there will be a civil war in Ceylon. I have done this work through Chatti Baba. I have brought him to Ceylon for that purpose. Since Chatti Baba is the one who is working, in the meantime I am resting."

In the mid-1980s, as Baba foretold, civil war did break out in Ceylon between the Tamil separatists in the north and the Sinhalese-dominated government in the south. Thousands upon thousands of people have been killed in the conflict.

In 1941 one day Baba told Krishna to go ask Chatti Baba whether he wanted a bath. Krishna did so and at first Chatti Baba laughed, but then agreed. Baba came and began bathing him. During the bath Baba gestured to Krishna to ask Chatti Baba whether he felt cold. Krishna asked him and he said, "Cold? I'm on fire! I'm burning up!"

Krishna looked puzzled and asked, "You're having a cold bath, yet you feel that you are burning?"

Chatti Baba nodded toward Baba and said, "This fire is burning me!"

Baba wished to give Chatti Baba a bath every morning at 6:00 A.M. Krishna would prepare kangi (cream of wheat) and an omelette for the mast's breakfast, and keep it ready, so that he could be fed immediately after his bath. On one occasion, Baba wanted the bathwater to be very hot. That morning, Krishna was late but by only ten minutes. Angrily, Baba knocked loudly on his door and demanded him to hurry up. Baba went to the other men and complained, "Krishna is eating and sleeping like a pig!"

Sending for Gustadji, He gestured to him, "I am so upset, I cannot forgive Krishna for his mistake. You'd better forgive him."

Gustadji replied with hand signs, "If you cannot forgive him, Baba, how can I?"

Addressing Krishna, Baba scolded, "Why are you always so careless? I am paying you ten rupees per month, besides feeding you and sending money to your mother. And, still, you don't do your duty properly. If you accept wages, then you must work faithfully and be honest."

Krishna snapped back, "Do you think I am staying with you for money?"

"Then why do you take payment from Me? But be warned, to do your work without compensation, like the mandali, will be still more troublesome. It requires exactitude. Only he whose head is ever-bowed at My feet can work like that. You are hopeless! Useless! It is better you go away!"

"If you think that I am here for wages, then I will leave."

"Where will you go?"

"Anywhere ... I will find work."

"Had you any love for Me, you wouldn't talk like this," Baba said and left the room.

Krishna felt terrible and decided to leave Baba. When he took one step toward the door, Chatti Baba began laughing loudly. Krishna asked the mast, "Why are you laughing?"

"Where are you going?"

Peeved, Krishna replied tersely, "I'm going somewhere! What difference does it make to you?"

The mast then declared, "Go anywhere in the world you like; wherever you go, He will be there. There is no place where He is not."

Krishna opened the door. Baba was standing outside. Krishna told Baba that he was leaving Him. Baba replied, "Fine, but do one thing first. Give Chatti Baba his breakfast. When he finishes, then you may go." Krishna agreed. But by the time the mast finished eating, Krishna's temper had cooled. Baba said, "Now go."

"I would like to stay," said Krishna.

Echoing Chatti Baba's words, Baba said, "Go anywhere, but I will always be with you. I am in you, and throughout the world. Even if you leave Me, you will come again and be with Me in your next birth. If you want to stay, stay; but stay for Me, and not for the self!" And thus Baba forgave him.

One of Krishna's responsibilities was bringing the milk to Dehra Dun from a nearby village. One day he slipped alongside the road and fell into the river, and was swept away by the swift current. At the exact moment he was struggling for his life, Baba, who was in Dehra Dun, grabbed Nilu's hand, gesturing, "Be careful. You might fall down!" Nilu could not understand why Baba had caught hold of His hand, and said so. Krishna was rescued by some passersby. When he returned to Dehra Dun and narrated this incident, the men understood the significance of Baba's remark.

On 12th November 1941, Baba left Belgaum for Dharwar at eleven o'clock, reaching there three hours later. Although Mokashi's bungalow at Saptapur, which had been rented, was quite spacious, there was the problem of scarcity of water. Krishna, Venkoba Rao and Kashinath (an employed servant boy from Dharwar) were given the work of bringing water, after drawing it up from a deep well. But Venkoba was weak, and Kashinath also had the duty of doing the marketing, so the task usually fell to Krishna. To bring sufficient water for nearly 40 women was an exhausting task.

Once in Dharwar, Krishna was fifteen minutes late in bringing water, as he was feeling drowsy and had overslept. Baba was waiting for him at the gate, and when Krishna came he was angry with him and scolded, "I don't want to see your black face ever again!  How many times have I told you to be honest and regular in your duty, but you don't pay the slightest attention to My words. However much one may water seeds on a stone, there is no hope of their taking root. And you are like a stone!"

On another occasion, Baba went for an outing with the women and directed Krishna to be on watch at the gate until his return, and not to enter the women's bungalow. There were four maid servants from Meherabad in the bungalow — Lakshmi, Bhami, Rakhma and Tani. At one point, a snake was seen in the house and Rakhma called Krishna to kill it, but he refused to leave his post.

When Baba heard about it on his return — the women servants had complained about Krishna — Baba asked him, "Why didn't you kill the snake?"

Krishna replied, "Your order was not to leave the gate. How could I go to the house?"

Baba then asked, "Had there been a fire in the house, would you have gone?"

Krishna said, "No."

Baba corrected him, remarking, "I would have been very pleased had you followed the order in this way. However, you did not obey for the sake of obeying Me. On the contrary, you were irritated at My order not to leave the gate. That is why, although outwardly you obeyed, you have not obeyed Me and have instead given vent to your anger."

Baba added, "It was on account of your being in such a bad mood that the snake came in the first place. Now if you want to please Me, find the snake and kill it."

At first, Krishna could not find it, but after three-quarters of an hour he saw the snake crawl out of the window of the women's house. He called Baba and told him, but by that time the snake had disappeared, and Baba indicated to let it go. This was unusual because Baba's standing order to the mandali was that whenever a snake was seen, it was to be killed.

In year 1941, one day Krishna saw a cobra near the women's bungalow.

He threw a stone and struck it, but did not kill it. Someone had told him never to let a wounded snake escape, because it would return to bite the person who had injured it. When Krishna was keeping watch by Baba's side that night, Baba asked why he looked so worried. Krishna told Baba about the wounded snake and Baba inquired, "Was it a cobra?" Krishna said it was and Baba said, "Yes, it must be killed. It will come back and bite you. Are you afraid?" Krishna said he was not.

At the end of night-watch, at 5:00 A.M. Baba told Krishna to go rest. Before he left, Baba warned him repeatedly, "Be sure to tuck your mosquito net inside your bedding; otherwise, ants might come inside." Krishna's cot was outside under a mango tree. Soon after lying down, Krishna heard the rustling of leaves and saw the same cobra coming toward him. He shouted to Nilu and Vishnu to bring his stick. Because of the tight mosquito netting around his bed, the cobra had been unable to enter. Krishna killed it with the stick. Baba's warning had saved his life.

During the years he stayed with Baba, Krishna said he killed 47 snakes.

During stay in Rishikesh in 1942, there was no indoor plumbing. So the many sadhus who lived there would repair to the jungle to answer nature's calls. But the women mandali, who were living in strict seclusion, could not go off to such isolated places for this purpose. The problem was solved by Baba, who instructed Krishna to have a pit dug in back of their compound. Rano, Margaret, Irene and Kitty would collect their own daily eliminations in a tin pan, which Krishna would empty in the pit and then cover with earth. That of the Eastern women, Mansari would gather and keep outside for Krishna to collect and empty.

Finding out about this, some of the local sadhus were disturbed and complained, "This holy place is being made vile!"

So Baba sent them this message with Krishna:

By eliminating in the open, flies gather and there is a possibility of some sort of disease breaking out. By throwing the elimination in the pit and covering it with earth, no flies are attracted. This is a sign of purity, not impurity.

In Lonavla, Krishna and Venkoba Rao were given the duty of being on night watch, Krishna outside and inside Baba's room, and Venkoba Rao by the women's compound. Venkoba would sometimes doze during his night watch duties, and Baba had repeatedly warned him about it. One night Baba called Krishna and motioned, "Go and see if Venkoba is awake or asleep." Krishna left and was horrified by the sight that met his eyes. Venkoba was sound asleep and a poisonous snake was right next to him ready to strike.

Krishna grabbed a stick and struck the snake. This awoke Venkoba, who jumped to his feet. As Krishna was striking the snake, he heard Baba clap. Telling Venkoba to finish killing it, Krishna returned to Baba. Baba asked, "What was all the noise?" Krishna informed Baba about the snake and Baba sent him back to see if Venkoba had killed it.

Venkoba had and when Baba was told, he sent for Venkoba and scolded him, "If you fall asleep again, you will be bitten by a snake! I won't save you next time!"

One night, when Krishna was sitting on watch inside Baba's room, at 11:30 Baba ordered him to sit outside and to make a round every half an hour. On his second round, Krishna spotted a large cobra. While killing it, he made some noise and Baba clapped. Krishna brought the snake and Baba complimented him, "You have done well. The snake will jump three lives."

After five minutes, Baba called Krishna inside His room. He motioned, "Talk about something." Taken aback, Krishna did not know what to say. Baba then asked him, "Who am I?"

"Meher Baba."

"No, I mean previously."

"I don't know," Krishna said.

Baba spelled on the board, "M-E-R-W-A-N. I was Merwan. After that I became Sadguru Meher Baba. After that, Avatar Meher Baba."

Then Baba said, "There are two Meher Babas."

Krishna did not understand what He meant. "How is it possible?" he asked. "You are sitting here. Where are two Meher Babas?"

"No, there are two," Baba insisted.

"I have not seen another one anywhere."

Baba told him to go look at the wall, which was a typical whitewashed, plastered wall. "Look at the wall and tell Me what you see."

Krishna looked but responded, "Nothing, Baba."

"Open your mind and look!"

"It's just a wall, Baba."

Baba came and stood next to Krishna. He grabbed a lock of Krishna's hair, twisted it and said, "Now see!" On the wall, Krishna saw an exact replica of Baba's form. The image lasted only a few seconds. Baba asked, "Did you see it?"

"Yes, Baba."

Baba then explained, "There are two Meher Baba's. When I take physical form, it is My reflection that descends. That is the Avatar. I do not come. I am the Beyond, Beyond God.

"When I was Krishna, it was really My reflection. I am not that. I am the Beyond, Beyond God," He repeated.

Krishna asked Baba something he had often wondered about: "Baba, previously you had taken birth for the Hindus as Ram and Krishna, then for the Christians as Jesus Christ, after that as Muhammad. Now you have come as a Zoroastrian. Have you come only for the Parsis?"

"No. Now I am for all," Baba replied. "This time I am the One for all, with only one teaching. What is that teaching? Love Me. No prayer, no meditation, only love Me."

"But we must have something to remember you by."

"You have Me in the body."

"And after that. After you drop your body."

"That is why I say only love Me. My prayer is that. Each and everything, from top to bottom, is contained in that prayer. Only love Me. This prayer is enough for you."

"Are you for any religion?"

"No religion. When the Avatar takes birth it is like the reflection on the wall. When He drops His body, the reflection disappears but the wall (God) remains. It is eternal like Myself."

On Saturday, 19th September 1942, Baba explained about His work:

Reality is; unreality is not! Unreality, or "nothing," is in the air. My work, too, is in the air and, because of that, it looks to you uncertain. I often make changes. Several times I have repeated that this is My last fast, this is My last seclusion, and this is My last mast trip!

Still, all these "lasts" continue without an apparent end. I myself suffer infinitely and am harassed and troubled, especially in the mast work. But I like it more than you can ever know!

Because My work is so undecided, seemingly vague and indefinite, it is real work. In such great uncertainty, real work is being done.

About God, he remarked:

It is totally wrong to say that God is. Only saying "IS" is true. By saying God is, He is limited in all this infinite show. To connect "is" with God makes it finite. And so only IS is real; but to describe this Reality, He is called God.

Baba told him to take the dog to the veterinarian every day for treatment. Krishna was instructed to care for it, and Baba named it Saifu. Krishna made a paste of sulfur, betel-nut and yogurt, which he applied to Saifu's skin. Baba saw the dog daily, overseeing its care, and making sure Eruch took it to the doctor on time.

Saifu's suffering had brought it to God's feet. In two months, the reddish-brown dog was as sleek and fierce as a tiger. Saifu was subsequently brought to Meherabad with the group and given to Padri.

After this mast tour in South India, Baba returned to Mahabaleshwar on the evening of 19th March 1943. As usual, Krishna and Venkoba Rao were the night watchmen outside of Valley View bungalow. One night a tiger came near the house. Krishna saw it but did not move from his position, though he was frightened. The tiger glowered menacingly. Krishna had a rifle with him.  Just as he was about to take aim, Baba clapped. Krishna came inside and told Baba there was a tiger nearby. "Should I shoot it, Baba?" he asked.

"Wait, I'll come," gestured Baba. But Baba did not come for five minutes, by which time the tiger had stalked away. Baba motioned, "Now shoot." Krishna fired in the direction taken by the tiger, but the bullet lodged in the trunk of a tree.

Inside, Baba asked him, "Were you scared?" Krishna admitted that he was. "Don't be," gestured Baba. "The tiger won't devour you. Why were you afraid?" Krishna could not explain.

Teasing him, Baba remarked, "My burden would have been lessened had he eaten you!" After this incident, Baba instructed Krishna to sit in the Blue Bus during His watch, instead of unprotected out in the open.

A black dog would visit Baba's bungalow in Lahore and it would be fed daily. Then, a puppy that was injured also began coming to the door. The women nursed its wounds and looked after it lovingly. But one day the puppy went mad, and Margaret was ordered to catch it, and turn it over to Nilu to be destroyed.

A few months later (on the morning of 1st October 1943), the black dog too went mad and bit Margaret.  Krishna was resting after his night duty, when the gardener came at 7:00 A.M. and told Krishna that Baba wanted him immediately. Baba was standing with Margaret. The dog was lying nearby. Baba pointed to the dog and ordered, "Take this animal away." It was difficult for Krishna to capture it, as it had already bitten Margaret. Hesitant to get near it and be bitten, Krishna devised a yoke of bamboo. Quietly approaching the dog, he held its neck with the bamboo and tied a rope around it.

Baba ordered, "Take the dog 20 miles from here."

Krishna replied, "That is not possible, Baba. The dog is mad (rabid)!"

Baba was adamant. "It is my order!"

Krishna expressed his inability to transport the dog so far. Baba looked disappointed, and dictated, "All right, take him eleven miles. And be certain to count the miles carefully." Baba went inside without giving Krishna a chance to protest further.

Krishna got on his bike and, using the rope to pull it and the bamboo to keep it at bay, he led the dog away.

It was an arduous task. Using small pebbles, he counted off the miles. It took him five hours to bicycle eleven miles. There was a small pond of water, and Krishna took the dog near the water to give it a final drink before letting it go. As soon as the dog touched its mouth to the water, it died. Krishna was peeved. "If the dog was to die, why not kill it back in Lahore?" he wondered. "Why go to all this trouble of dragging it eleven miles away?"

Leaving the carcass, Krishna returned to the bungalow. It was almost two in the afternoon. Nilu was waiting to inform him that Baba wanted to see him immediately. Baba was walking on the verandah. "Did you leave the dog?" he asked.

"Yes. It died."

Baba was very happy. "You went eleven miles?" Krishna nodded.

"Did you count the miles with the stones?" Krishna nodded.

Baba smiled, gesturing, "I am very happy. You have done a good job. Go and have lunch."

Krishna stood still. "Baba, what is this?" he asked. "Why did you want me to take that dog eleven miles away?"

Baba gave him a kick and twisted his hair. "Get out!" he motioned. "Go! Get out of my sight!"

Krishna, however, stood outside the gate. Baba asked him what he wanted. "What was the reason, Baba? Tell me. First you told me to go 20 miles, then 11 miles. After I took the dog all that way, it died there. If you wanted him dead, I could have killed him here in five minutes.

"Why did you make me go to all that trouble? What difference did it make where that dog died? What work were you doing?"

Baba called him back and motioned to him to take a stick and draw a line on the ground. Erasing the line with his foot, Baba indicated to draw another line. "That's correct," he gestured.

Then Baba revealed, "In the future, India will be divided into two countries — India and Pakistan. This will be the boundary line between the two."

Four years later at the time of Partition, Krishna recalled Baba's words. A dispute arose over the exact boundary line, whether it was to be 11 miles or 20 miles from a certain point.

One night, when Krishna was sitting on watch inside Baba's room, at 11:30 Baba ordered him to sit outside and to make a round every half an hour. On his second round, Krishna spotted a large cobra. While killing it, he made some noise and Baba clapped. Krishna brought the snake and Baba complimented him, "You have done well. The snake will jump three lives."

Baba had brought with Him from Ahmednagar a lowly sweeper's son named Amir Syed. His sister was working for the women and she had asked Baba to keep her brother.

Baba kept this poor boy in regal style, and Krishna was assigned the duty of serving him. Baba appeared to be very fond of Amir and pampered him. (According to Krishna, "At 5:00 P.M., if Amir would declare it was five in the morning, Baba would say he was correct!")

Every Saturday and Sunday, Krishna had to escort the boy six miles away to the movies. Krishna purchased the ticket for Amir, but he himself (though also young at eighteen) was not allowed to go inside the theater. He had to sit outside like a servant, waiting for the boy to come out. One day, as they were returning after the movie, a truck passed by and raised a cloud of dust, which settled on Amir's fine clothing and got into his eyes.

The boy became indignant. "The dust is flying in my face," he shouted. "Why are you taking me on this filthy road?"

Krishna said, "This is the only way to the cinema. There is no other route."

Amir was not consoled. He shouted abuses at Krishna until Krishna could bear no more. "You bloody little bastard," he cursed. "If I weren't with Baba, I would cut you up into tiny, little pieces and throw you away into the garbage pit! Is it my mistake that a truck passed by and raised a cloud of dust? Could I have prevented it?"

Amir went straight back to the mandali's bungalow and ran to Baba and began to cry in front of him. Amir complained bitterly about Krishna. Baba immediately sent for Krishna and asked, "Why did you take the boy via such a bad road?"

Krishna retorted, "He was shouting at me, cursing me on the road. Am I to build his little highness a special highway?" For the first time, Baba slapped Krishna. Enfolding Amir in His arms, He directed him to go to his room.

When Amir left, Baba motioned to Krishna, "What are you thinking?"

"Baba, I am wondering what you are doing. I was not at fault. I did not commit any mistake, and still you struck me?"

"You hate him because you are a Brahmin and he is a sweeper. To banish this hate from your heart, I have purposely given you this work of serving him.

"You should be thankful to Amir for helping to eradicate this prejudice from inside you. You hate him, and you also envy him.

He does not hate or envy you. This shows that Amir is a true amir (nobleman) while you are the pauper."

"Then why is he so demanding?" asked Krishna.

"Were he not so fastidious, how could your hate have manifested? To bring this hate to the surface, I have given you this work. Amir does his work well. If the poison were not taken out, you would die. He is benefiting you, but you have no idea of it."

Baba caressed Krishna, reassuring him, "Don't think about it any further. It was for my work. He is a Muslim and you are a Hindu. There is some work I must do between you two. By thrashing you, I did some important work. Now forget about it."

During this period in Lahore, Baba once warned Krishna that during the night watch, while he took his rounds around the bungalow, he should be extra careful and always carry a stick and a flashlight with him. Baba repeated this warning three times, and Krishna was puzzled at His repeated emphasis on the point. When Krishna saw Baba at night, Baba again harped on the same thing. Therefore, Krishna was most careful that night, but nothing happened.

He then began having thoughts that Baba was unnecessarily repeating things without any rhyme or reason just to frighten him. The next night, also, when he was with Baba, Baba brought up the subject. Somewhat irritated, Krishna said, "You've told me this before, Baba! What is the use of repeating it?"

Baba scolded, "There is a reason; otherwise, why would I waste My breath! Now repeat it to Me three times."

So Krishna repeated three times: "I will be cautious at night and, when doing the rounds, I will always carry a stick and torch (flashlight) with me."

Despite all this, Krishna failed to take Baba's warning seriously. One night, when he was walking on his rounds outside, he spotted a large black cobra in the garden near some banana trees. Krishna picked up sand and threw it toward it, making the snake turn and come for him. Whereupon, Krishna struck it, breaking its back, then finally killed it with his stick.

The noise made Baba step out of His room. He inquired, "What happened?"

Krishna replied, "A big black cobra ..." Baba did not ask anything more, and Krishna now understood why Baba had warned him so tirelessly.

In Kashmir tour, on 24th August 1944, Mehera, Mani, Meheru and Rano were to be shifted to Bhagat Villa in Nishat. Before proceeding to Nishat, Baba instructed Krishna to follow in the truck with their luggage and not to come by bicycle. But after they had loaded everything in the truck, there was no room for the bicycle, so Krishna cycled to Nishat and Vishnu rode in the truck.

When they arrived, Baba scolded Krishna, "Why did you fail to carry out My order? I told you not to ride your bicycle."

"There was no room in the truck for the bicycle. The driver refused to take it and I ..." Krishna pleaded.

"You should have thrown the bicycle away!" Baba interrupted. "Do you value a bicycle more than My words? Is your bicycle greater than My orders? Why don't you obey Me?"

Then Baba spelled out, "If Chanji comes, you will have to go."

Krishna did not understand and Baba spelled out: "If Chanji improves and comes here, you will die."

That night, Krishna also came down with fever, and Nilu began treating him. Meanwhile, despite the best possible treatment, Chanji did not improve. At 5:30 A.M. on 25th August 1944, with Baba's name on his lips, Chanji shut his eyes forever to the world, and opened his eyes to see his Divine Beloved in His Pure Being! He was 52 years old.

In 1945, one day Krishna, while out on a walk, eyed a young woman. He began having undesirable thoughts, and he could not get them out of his mind. Distressed and feeling ashamed, he went to Baba's room for night watch. When Baba asked what was wrong, Krishna told him what had happened. Telling him to wait, Baba went to the women and returned with a slip of paper on which were written the words:

“Satchitanand, Paramanand, Meher Baba Vidnyanand”
(All Truth, Knowledge and Bliss, God in the Beyond, Meher Baba the All-knowing One)

"From today, repeat these three names for fifteen minutes a day for seven days," Baba instructed. To give Krishna the tune and beat, Baba stood in front of him and clapped as Krishna sang the line. Baba Himself put Krishna in a room and closed the door. Fifteen minutes later, Baba came and asked Krishna how he felt. Krishna replied that the thoughts had ceased, and Baba caressed his face and assured him not to worry.

In 1946, ever since returning to Pimpalgaon, something very mysterious and strange was happening to Krishna during his night watch. All the windows and doors of Baba's room were tightly shut. At midnight, Krishna would see a shadow fall across the window. Soon a spirit would appear inside the room. The apparition was that of an old man with slightly reddish eyes, a white beard, and no legs. He was wearing a white kafni, with a white cloth tied around his head. "He was wonderful and attractive to look at," Krishna related later, "so I wasn't afraid. But whenever he appeared, I lost all my strength. I couldn't move."

The spirit would approach Baba's bed. As soon as he was about to touch Baba's feet, Baba would snap His fingers and the spirit would disappear. Baba did not say anything and Krishna also did not report what he had seen. Every night the same thing happened: When the spirit appeared, Krishna would feel immobilized with his energy drained away. After a few days, he complained to Baba that the spirit was taking away his strength. Baba decided to move to a different room.

Half a mile from the Pimpalgaon ashram was a small cottage, belonging to Ratanshah Gyara, a Parsi resident of Poona who was devoted to Baba. After retiring from his job as an engineer, Gyara farmed some land he owned near Pimpalgaon. No one stayed in the cottage, as it was used to store grain and farm implements. So, from 9th February 1946, because of the ghost, Baba began going with Krishna to Ratanshah's small cottage every evening at nine o'clock to rest for the night. Because Krishna felt so weak, Baba instructed Kaka to come at 4:00 A.M. and relieve Krishna, but neither Kaka nor anyone else was told about the spirit.

The spirit never appeared at Gyara's cottage. For a few days things seemed to be going well when one night at about two o'clock, someone knocked on Kaka's door. "Kaka, wake up!" the voice cried. "It's four o'clock!" Kaka sprang out of bed, frightened that he would be late, and ran from Pimpalgaon to Gyara's cottage. From the window, he shone his flashlight on Krishna's face inside. Krishna came out and asked, "Kaka, why have you come so early?"

Early?" Kaka said. "What's the time? Why did you wake me up?"

"It is 2:00 A.M.," Krishna informed him. "I did not wake you up. I've been here with Baba all the time. How could I have gone to your room and left Baba alone?"

Kaka returned, puzzled. Who had roused him in the middle of the night? The next night the same thing happened. After three or four days of being awakened early, Kaka also saw the apparition. He told Baba that he could no longer do his duty, because the spirit kept waking him up.

The next day, Baba shifted back to Pimpalgaon. At midnight the spirit appeared. Baba Himself got up, opened the door and went out. At 12:15 A.M., He came back into the room. He was covered with sweat. He closed the door and indicated to Krishna that he wanted to change his clothes. He then washed his face and went to sleep. From that day on, the spirit never returned.

Krishna wondered about it, and on the third day he asked Baba, "I have not seen that spirit lately. Why hasn't he come?"

"The work is finished," Baba motioned.

"What work, Baba?"

"I will explain," Baba replied. "Remind Me tomorrow in front of the mandali."

The next morning at eight o'clock, Krishna came, even though he would normally be sleeping at that hour. Baba asked why he had come and he reminded Baba about the spirit. Baba spelled out to the mandali, "Ask Krishna what was going on every day." Krishna related what had transpired, and Baba explained, "The spirit was a great and powerful man. If he wanted to destroy the world, he could have done so within a second. He was that powerful.

"For some reason, he committed suicide. He wanted to be freed, but I was avoiding him. He was coming to Me for that purpose. Four days ago I relieved him and gave him a body. Now he won't come around."

Hearing this, Krishna lost his temper. "Baba, look at me! How weak I've become. Why didn't you relieve him the very first day? Why did you let him cause so much trouble?"

Baba smiled and dictated, "The time had not come. When the time came, I gave him the body."

Krishna Nair had been with Baba doing the night watch duty since 1941. The standing order to all the mandali was not to make the slightest noise while keeping watch. To fulfill this duty, one had to become like a statue — not for an hour or two, but at times for the whole night. Mosquitoes, which were widespread in Niranjanpur, used to pester Krishna incessantly. One night, as a mosquito was biting his cheek, Krishna carefully slapped and killed it, hardly making a sound. But it was enough to disturb Baba, who asked what the noise was. Krishna replied that a mosquito was biting him and he killed it.

This displeased Baba, and He found an excuse to severely take Krishna to task for half an hour. Afterward Krishna thought: "No one who calls Himself the embodiment of divine love could get so upset over such a minor mistake ... Is he God or the Devil?"

After an hour, Baba asked, "What are you thinking?"

"Nothing, Baba," Krishna replied.

"Tell me the truth!"

"I was wondering whether you are God or the Devil," he admitted.

Baba just smiled, and after a while informed Krishna, "I am going to Hardwar tomorrow. You should come with Me!"

"I don't want to come. Whenever you go out anywhere, you never take me. Why should I be invited this time?"

"Do as I tell you," Baba gestured. "It is not good to talk back to Me!"

Krishna finally gave in, and Baba added, "Rano will give you tea and breakfast at five in the morning. After breakfast, bring a Tonga and we will both proceed to Hardwar."

After his watch was over at 4:00 A.M., Krishna went to his room. He took a bath and went out to look for a Tonga. When Rano could not find him for breakfast, she told Baba. While a search was made, Krishna returned with the tonga.

Upset, Baba scolded him, "I had told you to go for the tonga after breakfast. Why did you go before?"

Krishna explained, "Tongas are not readily available at such an early hour, Baba. I left so we would be sure to get one and not be delayed in departing."

"Who told you to use your brain!? Just listen to what I say. What you did was not good. Never disobey My order."

Krishna had his breakfast, and again mulled over Baba's seemingly demonic tendencies. Baba took his seat in the tonga with Krishna. On the way, a few empty tongas passed by and Baba teasingly remarked, "And you said that tongas were unavailable. Now look how many there are!"

Reaching Hardwar by train, Baba occupied a room in a dharamshala. Staying inside, he directed Krishna, "Lock the door from outside, and go find out where Maujwala Baba stays." Krishna left accordingly. He found where Maujwala's abode was and came back and told Baba.

Baba immediately set out with Krishna in a tonga to contact the mast. The place was six miles away. Baba gestured to Krishna to ask the tonga driver if there were any masts along the way. The driver responded, "Yes, half a mile away there is Nanga Baba. He has been standing on one foot under a tree for years. After six months, he switches to the other leg. But the tonga cannot go there as the road is too rough." Nearing the place, Baba got down and instructed Krishna to tell the driver to wait. The driver wanted double the fare for waiting, which Baba agreed to pay.

Baba indicated to Krishna, "Walk slowly behind; I am going ahead." As Krishna followed at a distance, he observed an unusually splendid sight.

The instant Nanga Baba saw Baba approaching, he folded his hands and shouted, "Lord! Welcome, welcome! Long have I waited to see you! For years I have thirsted for you alone! Today you have come. O Lord, emancipate me!"

Nanga Baba fell at Baba's feet and began weeping. Seeing this, Krishna thought: "How stupid I am. Even while staying with Baba I was thinking He was Satan ... And here is this mast pining just to have a glimpse of Him."

The mast had not spoken for years, and he broke his silence for the first time upon seeing Baba. When Baba was about to leave, the mast again fell at Baba's feet and begged him, "Please relieve me of this body; there is no purpose in my living since I have now seen God!"

After leaving Nanga Baba, Baba and Krishna rode on in the tonga to see Maujwala Baba. Baba worked with him alone, keeping Krishna at a distance. Maujwala was a tall mast, living only on water. He unexpectedly asked for sev — a salty snack made from chickpea flour. Baba sent Krishna to buy some. It was not available in the tiny village and the city was six miles away. Luckily, Krishna got a ride in a car and brought some for the mast. But Krishna did not know that "sev" also meant apple.

Seeing the sev Krishna had brought, Maujwala Baba snapped, "I don't want this! I want an apple! But never mind, don't worry. You eat it; I forgive you."

Baba, however, gestured to Krishna not to eat it, and after a while they left. On the way back, Baba motioned to Krishna to throw the sev away.

When they returned to the dharamshala, Baba ordered Krishna to stand outside his door. Baba's coat and shawl were hanging on a hook outside when a monkey came and grabbed both off the rack. Krishna informed Baba, who told him, "Hurry, run after it! You must get them back." Krishna ran after the monkey as fast as he could, but the monkey jumped from building to building, eluding him. Fed up, Krishna began crying. The monkey dropped the shawl, but it still would not let go of Baba's coat.

After chasing him for a long while, Krishna was about to give up when the monkey suddenly stopped. It smelled the coat and then threw it down in disgust.

Krishna returned the shawl and coat to Baba, who put them on. Krishna wondered what work was being done since Baba had another coat with Him. He refused to wear the clean coat, insisting upon putting this one back on, and they returned to Niranjanpur from Hardwar.

After a week, Baba sent Krishna back to Hardwar to see Nanga Baba and present him with flowers and a cup of water. When Krishna reached the place, he found a large crowd collected around Nanga Baba's dead body. He had died that very morning. A devotee of the mast remarked to Krishna that the day before, Nanga Baba had said, "My work is done; I am going now." And this suddenly reminded Krishna of what Nanga Baba had uttered before Baba: "Now release me." Krishna bowed to Nanga Baba, placed the flowers on his body, sprinkled the water over it and returned to Niranjanpur.

In another event while Baba was staying in Dehra Dun in 1942, the following incident occurred involving Krishna Nair, Baba's night watchman at the time. Krishna would take a walk every evening at five o'clock before going to Baba's room for night watch. Opposite their bungalow was a girls' school. Four girls used to watch Krishna, and one of them asked him if she could come with him for a walk.

Krishna felt extremely uncomfortable around women. "I didn't want to see any woman's face," he recounted. "I disliked women."

His disgust was so great that when the girl innocently asked to accompany him, he spit on her face. The girl's feelings were hurt and she complained to Baba. Baba called Krishna and asked for his side of the story. "You have done a terrible thing," Baba reprimanded.

He directed the girl to remove her sandal and slap Krishna with it. Krishna was ordered to bow down to her and seek her forgiveness. When the girl left, Baba asked Krishna why he did that. Krishna said, "Baba, I do not want to touch any woman; I do not want to have any contact with any woman."

Baba spelled out to him, "You say you do not want to have anything to do with women, but you will marry! You will have one son, also! He will cry. When he cries who will look after him?"

"No, Baba, I will not marry."

"Are you challenging Me?" Baba asked him.

"I am not challenging you, but I do not want to marry."

"You will marry!" Baba insisted. Krishna was equally firm that he had resolved not to wed. "All right," Baba directed him, "write it down." Krishna took out a pencil, but Baba stopped him. He called Vishnu and told him to bring a quill pen. He then directed Nilu to draw blood from Krishna's forefinger.

To Krishna, He ordered, "Write, in your own blood: I will not marry." When Krishna finished, Baba examined the paper and handed it to Vishnu. "Keep this with you, and when I ask for it again, give it to Me," Baba instructed.

Four years passed. Nothing was said again about Krishna's marriage. Prior to traveling to Niranjanpur in July 1946, Baba had given Krishna a month's leave to visit his mother. "Don't disappoint your mother," Baba ordered him. "Obey her words and make her happy." Krishna went home and saw his family for the first time in nine years.  After four or five days, his mother began pestering him to marry. Krishna remembered Baba's words and sent him a letter. Baba sent a one-line telegram: "Obey your mother's words." Krishna's mother arranged the marriage, and the marriage ceremony was held twelve days later. The very next morning, a telegram came from Baba ordering Krishna to return immediately.

His bride was not upset; on the contrary, she insisted that he go.

Krishna met Baba in Rishikesh. When Krishna entered the room, everyone was ordered out. Baba asked Krishna, "Are you married? Is your wife beautiful? Does she love you?"

"Baba, I was with her for only eight hours," Krishna said. "How do I know whether or not she loves me?"

Baba commented, "She is better than you! She loves you more than you know." Krishna was sent back to Niranjanpur, with instructions not to tell anyone about the marriage.

Once, Baba sent Eruch for certain work to Ahmednagar, asking him to return to Pimpalgaon by seven that evening. When Eruch had not returned by that time, Baba became restless. He would send Krishna every two minutes to see whether he had arrived. Baba was very uneasy and got angry with Krishna for no apparent reason.

In 1947, Eruch had been late in leaving Ahmednagar and was driving swiftly toward Meherazad. On the way, he found the nallah (riverbed) flooded due to the monsoon rains, and cars and buses were stuck there. Paying no attention to the warnings not to cross the canal, Eruch plunged the car through the stream. He managed to drive across, though he got completely soaked. He arrived safely at Meherazad, and as soon as he drove in the compound, Baba calmed down. Eruch was called, and Baba asked him, "Why are you late?"

Eruch was weeping. He said, "Baba, I forgot."

"Why didn't you forget yourself?" Baba fumed. "Why did you forget My order? If you die, I will have to answer to Pappa!"

Once, Baba asked Krishna, "How do you find Eruch?"

Krishna replied, "He is a very good man."

Baba stated, "He is not only very good, he is a gem!"

While Baba was away on tour, Chandrabhan, the boy who did the shopping in the bazaar was under Kaka's supervision and refused to listen to Krishna. Foregoing sleep to do night duty, Krishna sometimes would be in an irritable mood. When Baba returned from His journey, He was displeased to learn that, in His absence, Krishna had gotten angry at Chandrabhan and had struck the teenager.

Baba scolded Krishna disapprovingly and said, "Now it is better that you go." Krishna sorrowfully agreed and left for his home in South India. Baba then appointed Chhagan to take over as night watchman.

A few individuals received specific instructions from Baba. One of them was Baba's former night watchman Krishna Nair. Krishna had been living in South India since November 1947. He came to Meherabad desiring to stay with Baba again.

Krishna asked Baba why he was not included among those men going on the New Life with him. Baba explained to him, "You are not to be concerned about the New Life."

Instead, Baba gave him a special order. Krishna was instructed to make a pilgrimage all over India, stopping at famous temples, shrines and sacred places of all religions — Hindu, Muslim, Zoroastrian and Christian — throughout the country. He was told to bow down at those places and utter the words Meher Baba. Baba called Vishnu and directed him to give Krishna Rs.2, 000 for his expenses. Krishna began his pilgrimage at Benares. It took nearly seven and a half months to complete the pilgrimage.

In 1949, before leaving Meherabad, Krishna received a letter informing him that his wife had given birth to a son. Krishna was reading the letter when Baba came by. Baba asked what news he had received. Krishna told him, and Baba ordered him not to tell anyone about the letter. (Previously in 1946, Baba had ordered Krishna not to tell any of the mandali about his marriage.) Later, when everyone had gathered in the hall, Krishna was called. In front of everyone, Baba asked him, "How are your wife and son?" Since Baba had instructed Krishna to keep his marriage and now the birth of his son a secret, the men were wondering when he had married and had a son.

Dr. Ghani asked, "What miracle are you performing here, Baba? Without a wife, Krishna gets a son?"

Baba then asked Vishnu to bring the note Krishna had written in his blood in 1942, pledging, "I will not marry." It took Vishnu three-quarters of an hour to locate the paper. Baba held it up and stated, "This bloody bastard challenged Me that he would not marry! Now you are married and have a son also!"

Nilu interjected, "Baba, Krishna married behind our backs, without giving us a proper celebration. We demand a party!"

Baba replied, teasingly, "Don't look at Me! I am not the one who got married. It is for Krishna to give you a party." However, since Krishna had no money, Baba bought basundi (a condensed milk dessert) for everyone to honor the occasion.

Krishna Nair had also joined Baba when he was a boy in Bangalore in 1939, and stayed with him subsequently. But in 1947, he had been sent back to his home in South India. Before going on the New Life, Baba had instructed Krishna to go on a pilgrimage all over India. After this pilgrimage, and since Baba had not called him to join the New Life, Krishna had joined the police force.

Dr. Ghani once asked Baba what happened between him and Krishna: "Previously Krishna was a frequent visitor," Ghani observed. "Now we do not see him for months."

Baba replied, "Krishna was on the straight lane, but he turned. Now he has gone to the side. He is stuck there."

"Who changed his lane, Baba?" Ghani inquired.

"Don't ask," Baba replied.

In 1952, Krishna got the opportunity to visit Hyderabad to deliver a parcel on behalf of his superior on the police force. He knew that Baba was in Hyderabad from one of Adi's circulars mailed to him, so he attended the meeting.

When He met with Krishna, Baba inquired as to what he was doing. Then Baba asked, "Are you willing to come and stay with Me again?"

Krishna said he would. Baba then declared, "He has come again in the lane!" Quitting his job, Krishna rejoined Baba.

In 1953, Krishna Nair was on night watch near Baba every night from 9:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. One day Baba instructed him, "Find a boy for Me who can keep watch by My side at night, then I will give you leave for a month."

So Krishna started searching and found a good boy from a wealthy family. He talked with him and asked, "Would you like a good job for a month?"

The boy replied indignantly, "I can hire you as a servant in my house!"

"This job is different," Krishna attempted to explain. "Here we have to dedicate everything to our Master and give up all desires to gain anything from Him. This Master is the giver of good fortune, and only lucky ones can serve Him."

The boy introduced Krishna to his father. When Krishna asked if the boy could serve His Master for a month, the man too was offended and said angrily, "I can employ you and your Master both! Aren't you ashamed to speak to me like this?"

On his return, Krishna informed Baba about the incident, whereupon the next day Baba went with him to observe the boy. Baba watched him from a distance for five minutes and then commented, "My purpose is served. Now don't go back to him."

In 1954, Krishna Nair was the night watchman near Baba in Mahabaleshwar. He also had the duty of preparing Baba's bathwater every morning. One day he accidentally heated the water a little too hot. Baba put His finger in the water and complained it was scalding. He lambasted Krishna. "Are you trying to kill Me?" he asked. "Do you want to burn Me?"

Baba severely reprimanded him, "Why are you staying with Me? It would be better if you went away! I now dislike your staying with Me. You are useless! You only eat and sleep. I would be happier if you died! Why don't you die instead of trying to kill Me?" On and on it went. Baba was relentless and Krishna was devastated. After he was dismissed, Krishna went to his room and in despair swallowed 22 sleeping pills to attempt suicide.

At one time, Baba called the men inside. Nariman and Arnavaz Dadachanji had come from Bombay for a few days and had brought mangoes. Baba distributed one mango each to Baidul and others telling them to save it and eat it the following day.  Baba sent for Krishna, who, when he walked in, looked like a corpse. His eyes were white. Handing him a mango Baba ordered him, "Eat this immediately!"

Krishna ate it and soon after vomited the pills. Feeling very ill, he could hardly stand and he was shaking. When he came to Baba's room in the evening for His duty, Baba asked, "What is the matter with you today?" Krishna kept quiet, and only after Baba's repeated questioning did he admit the truth.

Baba was furious. He called Goher and instructed her to give Krishna some medicine. Baba handed him a bottle of orange soda and told him to drink it. He then stated, "Press My foot and do not let up even for a moment!" Feeling very weak, Krishna could barely sit up, but managed to massage Baba's foot as ordered. A number of hours passed. At 4 A.M., Savak led Krishna to his room where he slept the entire day. Baba came and woke him up at 6:30 P.M. and asked how he was feeling. He was his normal self again. With a mango, Baba had saved him from an ignoble death!

There happened to another interesting incident in 1955, at Satara. There was a girls' school in Satara near the mandali's bungalow, which Krishna Nair would pass while going for night duty.

One particular girl requested that Krishna give her Baba's books in Marathi, and he gave her one. Some of the girl's friends saw her talking to Krishna and decided to have some fun. A love letter written in Marathi was received at the school addressed to the girl. The superintendent suspected Krishna, and the matter was reported to Baba. Baba met with the superintendent and explained that Krishna did not know Marathi, as he was from South India. Nevertheless, Baba informed the school official, "Although I know Krishna did not do anything wrong, I have decided to send him home, as you suspect him." The woman was satisfied and she left.

Afterward, Baba explained to Krishna, "What has happened is very bad. It reflects poorly on Me. Now it is better you leave."

Krishna was stunned. For a moment, he doubted whether Meher Baba was God. Weeping, he protested, "I am innocent, Baba! You know the truth; still you are sending me away?"

Baba replied, "Ram also knew that Sita was pure but he sent her away into the jungle.  So also, I know you have done nothing wrong but I am sending you away for My own reasons. I will always have My nazar on you and help you internally." Baba sent Krishna Nair back to his home in Malabar, and thereafter never kept Krishna with Him as a permanent member of the mandali, though he was called back by Baba on various occasions.

With Krishna having departed, the night watch was now shared by Savak Kotwal and Bhau: Savak until midnight, and Bhau from midnight to 5:00 A.M.

It had been two years since Krishna had been sent home from Satara, and he missed Baba terribly. According to Baba's orders, he had taken a job in Bombay, but, despondent and depressed; he felt he could not live without staying with Baba. He traveled to Swami Nityanand's ashram north of Bombay, where he met the great saint. When Krishna stood before him, without asking anything, Nityanand began laughing. Krishna, too, did not say a word.

In year 1957, he quietly left and climbed up the mountain near the saint's ashram, reaching the top at 4:00 P.M. He had resolved to leap off the mountain cliff into the huge canyon below. No one would find his body hidden in the crevices. But, to be sure, he decided to jump after dark. He lay down and fell asleep. When he awoke, it was dark. He took three steps toward the edge of the cliff and suddenly heard Baba's clap. He turned and saw Baba standing before him. Baba was in his early thirties. He wore a sadra, and his long hair was open. Krishna told Bhau, "Baba's eyes were burning like fire! Red in color and flashing!" Krishna fell down unconscious. When he woke up, he abandoned his thoughts of suicide.

Bhau did not tell Krishna what had happened between himself and Baba that day. Thus he discovered that Baba had acted as he did to save Krishna's life. When Krishna had changed his mind and returned home, Baba's temperament had suddenly undergone a change.

After hours of reproof, Bhau had the good fortune of tasting the sweetened drink touched by Baba's lips.

Baba truly worshiped His lovers, and nothing ever remains hidden from Him. Later, when Krishna met Baba, Baba asked about what had happened that day. Baba commented, "You think I am here only, but I am everywhere — all over the world, and in your heart also."

Krishna told Baba how miserable he was in Bombay. Baba reminded him that when he was a boy and Baba had asked him what he wanted, he had replied, "I want you, Baba."

"Do you remember that?" Baba asked him. "Wanting Me means to follow My orders."

Krishna said, "At that time I thought it would be simple to follow your wishes, but it is very, very difficult."

Baba said, "Never mind. Return to your job. This is My order. You are free to come and see Me whenever you like."

Krishna narrated his meeting with Nityanand.

Baba asked, "Did you take the saint's darshan?"

Krishna replied, "No, he was laughing."

Baba replied, "He was not laughing. I was laughing. I, myself, was laughing. You wanted to die? Never think of suicide again!”

In the year 1968, Baba's former night watchman, Krishna Nair, arrived in Ahmednagar unexpectedly and met Adi. He wished to see Baba, but Adi informed him that at present Baba was not seeing anyone. Krishna decided to try and he took a bus to Meherazad, arriving at 2:00 P.M. Pukar was on watch by the gate, but at first he did not recognize him. He told Krishna to leave, but Krishna asked him to inform Baba that it was he who had arrived. When notified, Baba called him inside His room. Baba was alone. He asked Krishna, "Why have you come?"

"I wanted to see you. You have given me permission to see you whenever I like."

"You have seen Me, now go. But when will you come again?"

"I can come anytime you call me," Krishna answered.

Baba gestured, "No, you won't see Me for a long, long time. Now it is finished. Go straight back to Bombay." Krishna returned to Bombay. He realized only later what Baba meant by "a long, long time," as this was Krishna Nair's last physical meeting with his Master.

 

61-KHODADAD RUSTOM IRANI (Khodu-Sailor-mama)

Khodadad Rustom Irani was younger brother of Dr. Abdul Ghani boyhood friend of Meher Baba. He was nicknamed as Khodu (Sailor-Mama)

Some of his episodes and dialogues with Meher Baba are written below:

In year 1925, Baba's school chum Khodu came to reside at Meherabad. Khodu was the close friend who had accompanied Merwan to Shirdi to meet Sai Baba and Upasni Maharaj in 1915.

Sailor penned this short rhyme:

Ladies and Gentlemen, listen carefully to what I say —

Last night we lit the dhuni and afterward a heavy rain fell.

All saliks love to light the dhuni; it is their habit.

It is quite difficult to explain; it is all your glory!

Now with your permission I take your leave; I am unable to describe any more.

Sailor says this is the first time in his life he has ever composed a poem!

At Meherabad, he was put in charge of the water supply and with the help of two servants; Khodu would distribute water to the Meherabad residents for drinking, cooking and washing. By then, he and his wife, Najamai, fully accepted Baba as their Master, and Baba would call their infant son, Dinshaw, His "first disciple." On 28th September 1925, Baba nicknamed Khodu Sailor because of his water duty, and that became his name thereafter.

On 30 April 1026, a group of Hindu pilgrims passed by Meherabad chanting loudly, "Tukaram Tukaram Tukaram." They were on pilgrimage to Pandharpur. Hearing their chant, Baba remarked, "Even if those people were to dance and sing bhajans for 100 years, it would have no value. What is essential is deep devotion, without which all else is worthless. Tukaram comes out of their mouths, but He is not in their hearts."

Baba nevertheless directed the mandali to feed the pilgrims. Without informing Naja, Sailor gave them some of the food cooked for the students, and what remained for the children was later discovered to be insufficient. Baba was furious and called Naja, lashing out at her for her negligence. Naja was quite perplexed and explained that she had cooked the same amount of food that she normally prepared.

Sailor then appeared and explained that it was his fault, that he had given some of the food to the pilgrims. At this, Baba's anger turned on Sailor and He dictated, "Why for God's sake did you not tell Naja to cook more food, you Irani idiot?" Sailor meekly apologized for having forgotten to inform her. Baba ordered the mandali to tie Sailor to a pillar and not give him food or water for three days. It appeared to be a dreadful punishment because it was the middle of summer and scorchingly hot. Accordingly he was tied up, but Baba Himself set him free after an hour or so and comforted him by giving him sweets. Baba and the mandali's food were given to the children, and some additional amount was hurriedly prepared.

 In late September, a mongoose and a deer were brought to Meherabad and Baba assigned Sailor the duty of looking after them. It was not an easy job as the mongoose would run away and Sailor had to hunt for hours to find it. On 30th September 1926, Baba humorously named the deer Dhadak (Palpitation) and the mongoose Dhoojara (Shivering) because of the trouble and the emotional stress the animals caused Sailor.

One evening from nine to midnight, the men staged a skit titled "Selfish World." The actors were Rustom, Padri, Pendu, Mohan, and Sayyed. The play was followed by a few lectures and finally a dance performance by Sailor also.

Sailor requested, "Baba should eat today."

Sohrabji Desai invited Baba to Navsari, and Baba promised to come. Sailor escorted Sohrabji to Kedgaon, where he had Narayan Maharaj's darshan, as ordered by Baba, before returning to Navsari.

On 30th August 1926, Sailor's wife Naja arrived from Poona to enroll their son, Dinshaw, in the Meher Ashram. Baba had held Dinshaw after he was born and would refer to him as His "disciple."

In 1927, Sailor delivered several crates of textbooks for the students, which Baba kept beside His seat on Meherabad Hill. Sailor was ordered to return to Poona to look after his elderly mother, and to move back to Meherabad after five months. Sailor left that same evening.

Again on 16th January, 1928, Sailor Mama's wife Najamai came the same day to see Baba as well as her son Dinshaw, who was studying in the ashram, but Najamai arrived late and had to depart without having Baba's darshan.

Sailor arrived on the morning of Sunday, 5th February 1928, but left that evening after meeting Baba privately. Sailor was instructed to return to Meherabad on Baba's birthday and stay for some days.

Sailor Mama was operating a café in Nasik, which later provided lodging to some. On 17th January 1930, Kaka Baria arrived with his sister and her husband, but Baba did not see them that night as they had not brought a boy, as Baba wanted.

They were accommodated at Sailor's, and the next day Baba told Sailor to charge them for providing their room and board. Sailor explained that he never charged such devoted followers as Kaka Baria's family, who had accommodated the mandali on several occasions at their residence in Bombay. Baba said all right, but told Sailor to charge others.

In the afternoon Baba suddenly left His seclusion. When He came out of the cage-cabin, Bhiwa was the first to greet Him, and Sailor was the first to take His darshan. It had been 22 days of cramped confinement.

Sailor along with mandali accompanied Baba in Bijapur and they were all living in Ajewkar Pleader's bungalow. In Bijapur, Baba had expressed His wish to enter seclusion. Since no suitable spot was located, Baba instructed that a cave be dug at Meherabad: "I will sit there in seclusion and it would be most desirable if the mandali themselves dig the cave." All the men were ready to share in the labor, but Baba selected Pendu, Chhagan, Sailor and Vishnu for the work, making Jalbhai the supervisor.

The mandali's plans were changed on 15th September 1933, when Baba sent Pendu to Meherabad with instructions to construct certain buildings there. Sailor, Sidhu, Bala Supekar, and Kalingad were sent along with him.

In 1934, Sailor Mama was operating a tea stall next to Circle Cinema. He was given certain restrictions by Baba regarding his expenses, which made Sailor become very angry. The tense situation over the general ashram finances was relieved when a cable from Norina in Berlin was received, saying that a friend of Elizabeth's in New York had arranged for $15,000 towards Baba's expenses to travel to the West and for the film work.

Baba arrived at Meherabad at noon on 3rd May 1940. 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, Sailor returned to Meherabad. The men had traveled from Bangalore by train with 25 mad and masts, a gazelle, a lamb, a white rabbit, some geese, five dogs, three monkeys and pet birds.

In 1941, Sailor was with Meher Baba in Mahabaleshwar and he was given miscellaneous duties.

In 1945, about mandali Baba said: Sailor has been with Me from childhood. He has a thousand defects, but his love and faith in Me have been of such a high order that all his defects are of little consequence.

Once in 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. Baba awarded a prize of Rs.28 to the winning team.

Once in 1945, very early in the morning, Baba left Meherazad for Meherabad. Sailor Mama saw Baba's car pull up and informed all, "Baba has come, Baba has come." Everyone rushed to receive Him — all except Ghani's nephew Rashid, who was still sound asleep. Baba took a plate and ladle and went to his room. He began striking the metal plate with the spoon near Rashid's ear, shocking the boy into wakefulness. Baba scolded, "God has come to you, and you are sleeping!"

On the morning of 14th October 1949, the mandali at Meherabad were called to Meherazad to witness Baba symbolically end His mast work by shaving, bathing and clothing Ali Shah and Mohammed. Both masts were now living at Meherabad, being cared for by Sidhu. The masts were taken to Meherazad by Sailor and Gustadji.

In 1952, once all had reassembled, the singing started. Rustom Kaka, Abdur Rehman, sang songs one composed by Khak Saheb and the other by Ghani. He commented to the gathering that Ghani, Ghani's brother Abdur, Sailor (Khodu) and Baily were his childhood chums. Ghani had passed away, and in case Baba would also leave this world, He stated, He would be happy that "at least three (of us) will still be left!"

Baba added, "We all played together, we even quarreled, but the outstanding thing was that they all loved Me dearly."

Then He asked Sailor, "What do you think of Me now?" Sailor's instant reply was: "God-personified!"

Baba's face shone with pleasure, and He joked, "As My early childhood friends think so highly of Me, even after so many years, it is enough to make Me feel that there must be something extraordinary in Me!"

Once, Baba led the group up Seclusion Hill, picking up pebbles and tossing them on either side as He climbed. But, Sailor Mama was seen far behind. Baba halted and related to the group, "Sailor was My childhood companion but he did not believe in Me. He had no idea of My state. He was an athlete, whereas I was lean and thin. Once, when I went to His house, in a friendly way, he began showing Me his strength. To stop him, I pushed him a little, and he fell back ten yards! From then, he had faith in Me and began staying at Meherabad, where he lived for many years until the New Life.

Baba said, “I want to convey to you all is that My brothers and sister love Me very much. Some of My school friends, with whom I had played marbles in the street and with whom I had disputed mildly and quarreled, also love me because I am God. They believe Me when I say that — Dr. Ghani, Sailor Mama and others. It is not just a theory for them; they see something greater. They have that conviction; they believe that I am God.

On Sunday, 27th October 1968, Sailor Mama, one of the earliest of Baba's mandali, died in Poona from complications of diabetes, at the age of 78. Sailor was one of Baba's boyhood friends and had accompanied Baba to see Sai Baba at Shirdi and Upasni Maharaj at Sakori in December 1915. Sailor and his family lived in Nasik and Meherabad until the New Life began in 1949.

Demise on-27-10-1968