|PET'S WIH MEHER BABA & THEIR NICK NAMES|
|SL NO||NICK NAME||PET||PAGE NO|
|17||Gingo and Bingo||Dog|
|26||Lucky & Jhapoo||Monkies|
|31||Nutty & Gutty||Pigs|
|35||Raja & Rani||Bulls|
|36||Raja & Wazir||Calfs|
|44||Sunny and Bunny||Puppies male & female|
DESCRIPTION OF PET'S
In Meherabad three baby-birds were found on the ground outside by the servant girl. Baba at lunch, when saw the birds, Baba said we must keep them. Baba used to ask for cream and chapattis and breaking into tiny pieces Baba would feed the birds. Two of three mynahs very often flew towards Baba and perched on His shoulders one on each side and Baba would say, “See how sweet they are, they must be feeling hungry. Bring food for them and when food was brought, Baba happily fed them.
It was the end of 1933; Baba came from Nasik to Meherabad. One day Baba came to room when lunch was ready, Baba taking out from His pocket he slipped something in the Palm of Mehera to her surprise, she found a tiny pink scrawny pink flesh (baby parrot). Similarly Baba turned to Mani from His pocket put another featherless baby parrot in Mani’s hands. Likewise He gave to Khorshed. Baba gestured to keep it and asked them to feed chick-pea, floor and ghee.
In 1947, Banja, a small Dachshund was given to Baba by Sarosh Irani. Baba gave it to Elizabeth to take care for.
In October 1949, Baba set out for new life and in 1950 came to Satara from Dehradun. One day while ladies group walked with Baba Mehera happened to notice 3 horses grazing by road side. These horses were small like ponies. Mehera drew the attention of Baba toward one baby horse. On her interest shown by Mehera, Baba told Goher to ask the trader if they would sell the foal the trader agreed. Baba told Goher to bring the horse to house. Baba told Mehera to give her half seer (about half litre) milk in the morning and evening. Baba named this tiny filly “Begam” which means “lady” in Urdu. She was lovable pet.
She followed the women so much; she might as well have been called "Mary's Little Lamb." She had the run of the house and would even enter their rooms, and would not leave them alone. It was marvelous how she behaved more like a pet dog than a horse. Baba would pat her and feed her carrots. Begum would frequently go to Baba, and unless she was petted, she would not leave. Baba enjoyed her antics and purposely delayed stroking her. Begum quietly stood by, and only after Baba's attention was given, would the little horse happily trot off.
On 1st October 1950, Baba, the women, men and the pet horse, Begum, moved to Mahabaleshwar, where they stayed at the Agha Khan's bungalow. In Mahabaleshwar, Baba was in strict seclusion, He encouraged companions to take walk every morning with Begum too.
On May 25th 1951, Baba and the women left in Meherjee's car, driven by Adi Sr. The little horse Begum, who had become the women's pet, was given away to someone in Mahabaleshwar who promised to take good care of her.
Dr. Nath and Dr. Khare had sent a camel, christened Bhola Ram (Lord of the Innocent), the camel cart, two cows with a calf, two she-donkeys and a white horse to Sarnath.
Baba had of a mast living in the foothills of Himalaya. Baba and five mandali men set out for contact this mast. While walking through one valley Baba noted a darling black mountain puppy. Baba stopped for a minute to pet her and then turn towards steep hill to climb. The puppy continued to follow Baba. She would playfully frisk and jump at the feet of Baba. Suddenly they (men with Baba) heard a whipping sound behind them. They saw that puppy had slipped of the edge and was dangling from a rock below. Baba rushed to the puppy and lifted her to safety. Baba and mandali men brought the puppy to Ahmednagar.
Baba named the Puppy as Gol-Gol (round round) because he was just like that. Kaka called her Gul (flower) and lady girls called her Bhooti.
In 1949, Baba announced His plan for the New Life. Only Kaka and Bhooti stayed in Meherabad. When Bhooti had puppies ladies with Baba were in Poona. Baba sent words to Kaka that he wanted to see the puppy she looked like her mother. This puppy was Mastan, Baba’s most beloved pet. Money had a dog “Peter”. Eventually Peter and Mastan became good friends.
On Sunday, September 20th, 1959, Bhooty (also called Gulu), the female Tibetan mastiff, died. Baba had brought the dog from Uttar Kashi in 1948 when she was a puppy, and Kaka Baria kept her in Meherazad for several years. She was buried at Meherazad, and Baba remarked that she would take a human form in her next birth.
The Prayer of Repentance was recited and Baba himself put the first handful of earth over her remains. Several times Baba repeated: "Blessed is Bhooty, for very few get such an opportunity." Now only two dogs remained in Meherazad, Mastan (Bhooty's pup) and Peter.
June 1936, In Meherabad, someone gave Baba a beautiful non-white donkey. She was named Champa. She was named “Champa”. Baba caressed her and fed her with much care. Baba did ride Champa. It reminded Biblical times when Jesus also rode donkey.
On July 8th, 1936, Baba sat on white donkey for the first time. Dr. Ghani was specially called from Lonavla just to hold the reins. It was a matter of amusement for all the mandali and provided them an occasion of merriment.
Baba’s love for dear animals was always touching to witness for as it came from the very source of Love. All the animals whose destiny brought them into His contact were immensely fortunate to receive His love.
Piloo Mama Satha at Akbar Press had given Baba a puppy named Chum. Chum was kept at Meherabad and grew into a sturdy, ferocious watchdog. During this seclusion, Baba had the dog brought to be near him and Chum would sit outside the cabin. However, he was so protective that he would not allow anyone near the cabin without barking and growling.
During this period, a cow periodically visited Baba in his place of seclusion. Baba would take a break from his work, stepping outside the cabin to feed chapattis to the cow. Chum was jealous and would chase the cow around the cabin, barking furiously. In spite of this, the cow would not leave until it received something from Baba's hand. Baba was amused by the "circular" interplay of these two, and Age hoped it lightened the burden of his work.
Before returning to the mast ashram, Baba went with the women to see Lucky and the other pets. Lucky broke loose and misbehaved, smearing toothpaste, so Baba beat him with a stick. They finally caught the miscreant monkey in the bathroom. Baba was not at all happy. He remarked, "If Lucky would die he would be free. My two pets — Chum and Lucky — both have to be kept tied up all day."
Even Chum will not be so lucky. He will die before July 1941 and will be buried next to Warrior. But he will come back as a yogi. Kippy will also be a yogi in her next birth. I will not go deeply into details, or you would have understood more clearly. But I have given you some idea of my working.
In October 1938, the Hindu festival of Dassera was celebrated on Meherabad Hill. The women dressed the dogs Chum and Kippy in clothes and flowers. The rabbit on the hill was also dressed in an outfit to amuse Baba, and Helen Dahm dressed herself up like a rabbit. The women paraded in their compound before Baba, and Valu beat on an empty oil tin as if it were a drum. All had light-hearted fun as Baba happily watched the amusing skits.
In January 1935, While in Los Angeles, Rano presented Baba with a brown felt hat to wear on his trip back. Before he departed, Baba expressed his wish to acquire a puppy he could take back to India. Soon after, Rano found a pedigreed tan cocker spaniel in a kennel and took Baba to see it. Baba liked the puppy and purchased it for $35. Baba named it Chummy, since there was a watchdog already named Chum at Meherabad.
In San Francisco, Baba and the mandali took Chummy for a walk in Golden Gate Park before boarding the Cascade train. They continued their journey to Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington and arrived in Vancouver on January 10th. They checked into the Yale Hotel where Baba picked up his mail and telegrams.
Baba left for Hawaii and the Orient at 10 A.M. on January 12th aboard the steamer Empress of Canada accompanied by Chanji, Kaka, Jal, Adi Sr. and Chummy. The puppy had to be kept in the animal quarters, but Baba visited him every morning and afternoon. On the ship, Baba received many telegrams which revealed his lovers' pain of separation.
In February 1935, After arriving in India, Baba kept the puppy Chummy with him for some days and then gave the dog to Adi Sr. to look after. Settled in at Meherabad, Baba continued the fast he had started during the voyage from Singapore – drinking only milk and water. It was only after a month that Baba began eating solid food again.
In U. P., the group came to stay in a bungalow on the outskirt of in Dehradun on Saharanpur road. Group stayed in Dehradun for many months and once Baba took all to Kumbh Mela and then to Shimla.
Seeing the interest of ladies, Baba suggested to acquire one dog they liked. Ladies decided to look for Scottish terrier which was not available in short time so they left the idea.
Sometime after return to Dehradun, they were surprised when Baba on His return trip via Delhi (from mast tour) brought Scottish terrier pup with Him. The puppy was cutest and all fell in love with him. He was named “Cracker” by his previous owner. He became Mani’s dog. In December, Baba moved to Mahabaleshwar from Dehradun. Cracker loved going with Baba for walk. From Mahabaleshwar, Baba moved to Satara.
In 1947, Daney, a black Great Dane pup living in Pimpalgaon. Baba gave this puppy to Elizabeth to take care for.
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. Baba named the mongoose Dhoojara (Shivering) because of the trouble and the emotional stress the animals caused Sailor.
Prior to arrival of westerners at Meherabad, Baba had been given a baby deer. It was six month old and baba kept it in Meherabad. Baba humorously named the deer Dhadak (Palpitation). Once Baba was seated with girls around. The deer was tied by a short string to baba’s gaddi. Naka was standing nearby and she put her hand to pet the deer. But as soon as she did, the deer butted her. Again she tried her to pet deer again it butted her. Finally Baba told Naja to leave the deer alone.
This deer was later given away when Baba moved the Meherabad ashram to Bangalore and there was another deer was acquired named Lily.
Elizabeth had gone to Quetta station and found that a very handsome dog black in colour, with thick fur kept jumping on each train as it stopped at the station. Elizabeth took this orphaned dog to Baba. Baba felt Elizabeth’s deep concern for animals allowed her to keep. Baba named the dog “Foundy” as he was found.
During war year, Baba sent Nadine and Elizabeth both to West. Elizabeth took with her the Foundy along with Foundy Boston terrier “Kippy” to USA. When Baba called Elizabeth once again to India, Foundy was brought again in India by air plane and was picked up at airport by a Baba lover.
On Jan.30th 1948, Elizabeth Patterson had cried the day before, and when Baba inquired the reason she said, "Foundy is dying."
Baba answered, "That dog will live longer than Mahatma Gandhi." Gandhi was shot the next day and Foundy lived two days more. Foundy's body was buried on Meherabad Hill.
At Meherabad, Baba one day brought a baby fox. The fox was shy and hid behind the trunk in the room. It would not come out and no matter how hard the ladies tried to befriend it. They had to run after every time we feed it. It was such a job. They had to chase the baby fox around their trunks just to feed it. Finally they said to Baba this was too much for them. Baba with sparkle in eyes gestured, “All right, I will give the fox back.”
After a mast tour, Baba returned to Pimpalgaon on Wednesday, 31 May 1944. During this period, a Siamese cat named Gesu (Geisha) had been given to Baba and stayed in Pimpalgaon with the women as a pet. Baba had directed Margaret to look after the cat. At the beginning of June 1944, it was pouring down rain one night when Baba suddenly ordered Margaret to throw the cat outside. Margaret hesitated and said; "But Baba, it's raining so hard ..." Baba gave in and left her room.
17-GINGO & BINGO
In Bangalore Baba gave two pairs of dog to Caraske. One pair was named “Gingo” and “Bingo”.
When Baba returned to India after His trip to Canada, He was very ill. The cold climate had affected His health adversely. A goat had been given to Baba as it was suggested that Baba drink goat’s milk as it is beneficial for cold and cough.
February 1935,i n Nasik, a goat was given to Baba and it was recommended that he drink the goat's milk to improve his health. Goat's milk is supposedly beneficial for healing colds and coughs; unlike cows, goats eat many different herbs and grasses which give their milk more healthful qualities.
The goat given to Baba had a kid, and they especially loved to follow him around and play with him. Baba, in turn, enjoyed feeding them treats, pieces of chapattis or toast. Playfully, Baba would raise his hand high out of the mother goat's reach, and the goat would stand on her hind legs, putting her front legs on Baba's chest, so she could gain the treats. (Lord Meher Volume 6, Page 1954)
When Ladies group of Baba were staying in Pop’s (Goher and Clearts) in Ahmednagar, one night there was terrific wind storm and next morning, a bird nest therein had turned on ground and a baby orile had fallen from the nest. The ladies group decided to care of it. Ladies all the time, tried to feed the bird. When Baba came, as soon as bird saw Baba, it started to cry “Chee Chee” as if it was staring. Baba gestured to the poor little oriole was so hungry and you all are sitting there. As the days passed by bird grew up. One day Baba told us to open close the all door and window of room and let the bird fly. Orile flew beautifully
Two days later, Baba gestured to bring the bird in the garden with the cage. Baba opened the door of the cage and orile flew out. Baba looked pleased to see healthy and once again free.
At Uttar Kashi Baba bought a fluffy hill Puppy and named her Gol-gol: the equivalent in English of this name would be Roly-Poly. Baba Himself fed and cared for this pup all the way back to Ahmednagar.
The entire Meherabad zoo of birds and animals had been brought to Bangalore and set up in the Links compound. The women were now mostly occupied in looking after the cleaning, feeding and watering of its inmates. There were many ducks, hens and a rooster, whose water ponds were to be daily cleaned and refilled with fresh water. One day the pits filled with rain water and a hen fell in and drowned. When Elizabeth found it, she brought the dead animal to Baba weeping and said,
"Baba darling, the hen is unconscious with cold. What should we do now?"
Baba took the hen and went to the kitchen where Katie and Manu were cooking. He said, "This hen is frozen. Hold her over the fire!" Katie took the hen from Baba and replied in Gujarati, (which Elizabeth could not understand), that the hen was already dead. Baba winked at her and, after a while, remarked to Elizabeth, "Do you have any idea how fortunate this hen is? It is the hen's great luck that I have held her. If she dies, she will be even more fortunate and will take a more advanced form in her next birth; but she must die here and now in my presence."
Immediately, Katie played along and declared, "Baba, the hen is dead." Elizabeth thus accepted the accidental death. The hen's burial was performed before Baba with a proper ceremony.
In 1940, one female peahen named Idi was added to the menagerie.
In 1940, another female peahen named Jingi was added to the menagerie.
On December 8th, 1936, Norina Matchabelli, Elizabeth Patterson, Jean and Malcolm Schloss, along with Rano and Nonny Gayley arrived in Bombay on the steamer Elysia. They also brought two dogs with them – Elizabeth's black Boston terrier named Kippy,
Elizabeth Patterson: Help Norina with the ashram accounts; drive members of the group to the bazaar or elsewhere (such as Rahuri or Meherabad) whenever needed; look after the dogs, Canute and Kippy.
Baba and the group boarded the Strathnaver on Saturday, July 31st, 1937, and sailed for Marseilles. The two dogs Kippy and Canute also went with them.
After final instructions for Nonny and Elizabeth to come to India after four months, and directing Irene Billo to return to Switzerland with the dogs, Kippy and Canute,
Elizabeth's dog Kippy was usually around Baba when he was in Nasik. The dog walked up to him and she licked his feet. Baba took her in his arms for a moment.
On 15th February 1938, Elizabeth Patterson arrived from America in Bombay from the Conte Verde. Her dog Kippy, who had stayed with Irene Billo in Switzerland while Elizabeth was in America, accompanied her to India
Both were brought to Meherabad in time for the birthday celebrations, and they began living on the Hill with the other women mandali. The Hindu festival of Dassera was celebrated on Meherabad Hill. The women dressed the dogs Chum and Kippy in clothes and flowers. All had light-hearted fun as Baba happily watched the amusing skits.
Elizabeth Patterson's Boston terrier, Kippy, had been travelling with the menagerie. Kippy's birthday was observed in Jabalpur
on May 5th, and the little dog was decked out in a stunning outfit for the occasion. "Happy Birthday" was sung to her by all, and afterward Baba took the women for a boat ride on the Narmada River by moonlight to commemorate the day.
As instructed, Norina, Elizabeth and Nadine left Ajmer on May 27th, 1941, to do the Master's work of finding property in America for establishing a center. Elizabeth took the dogs Kippy and Foundy with her.
On December 23 th, the day Baba returned from His mast trip, the ashes of Elizabeth Patterson's dog Kippy were received from America. They were buried near Warrior's tomb and a
headstone was raised over the grave. On March 13 th1942, In Meherabad Baba instructed, Pendu to raise a headstone over
The dog Kippy's grave and also to have a gravestone made for Countess Nadine Tolstoy.
Bangalore ashram pets included a deer named “Lily’.
26-LUCKY & JHAPOO
The story of how Lucky the monkey came to the ashram is interesting. Baba had sent word to a few scattered disciples that he wished to keep a pet monkey that "would respond to him." A few primates were sent, including an exceptional chimpanzee,
but none was drawn to Baba. One day Savak Damania sent a crate from Bombay to lower Meherabad. It contained a monkey no bigger than a baby squirrel. Baba was called and, as was the usual procedure, he instructed the men to sit around the cage in a circle, with Baba among them, to see what happened when the cage was opened. Should the monkey jump into Baba's lap first, it would be the chosen one.
According to Caraske, it was year 1939, subject of monkey came in conversation and Norina told Baba that monkeys are adorable and she expressed her desire to have one. But later gave her a cute little baby monkey named “Lucky”. Norina holding monkey happily told Baba, “What a dear thing he is.” Baba told to bring food and Baba began feeding banana to new pet. Baba looked so pleased as He fed and played with little
monkeys. Baba handed over the monkey to Norina telling her that now she was the in charge.
After few days, Lucky got used to all and became bold and mischievous. Once she took Norina’s things from her table and began throwing them out of window. Norina shouted, “Naughty monkey.” Soon Baba left for Bangalore and Lucky was given away to a Baba lover.
In September 1940, before returning to the mast ashram, Baba went with the women to see Lucky and the other pets. Lucky broke loose and misbehaved, smearing toothpaste, so Baba beat him with a stick. They finally caught the miscreant monkey in the bathroom. Baba was not at all happy. He remarked, "If Lucky would die he would be free. My two pets — Chum and Lucky — both have to be kept tied up all day."
When in Calcutta, one day Baba visited and others visited a pet shop. Baba stopped at one cage in the shop that had a cute little golden, blonde furred monkey –very fair skinned, no tail, a very sweet looking. Monkey seemed to be happy as Baba looked at him. As soon as Baba walked away the monkey started to jump and cry holding the bar of his cage and screeching wildly. Baba walked over to monkey cage again and seeing Baba the tiny monkey quieted down immediately. Baba asked the cost and brought him. Baba named this monkey “Jampu” because he was always jumping and restless but he was really unusual. He was extremely gentle and affectionate. He wanted constant attention.
In Bangalore zoo included a gentle white lamb. He was names as “Mary”
While Baba and His group were in Poona, Mastan was born to Sunny and Bunny in Meherabad. When Baba heard that both das given birth to 4 puppies, He sent for Kaka to bring puppies to Poona. Kaka moved with new baby. Baba took the pup in His hands and cuddling and caressing him. Baba told the ladies group to feed Him and let him rest. He was given milk and bread. Just after lunch, it was discovered that he had mysteriously disappeared. Many thought of wrong under the Sofa. When the frill covering was lifted there was puppies was fast asleep.
Baba asked from group that to suggest the name of puppy. Several names were suggested, but Baba did not agree to anyone. Baba suggested first “Pluto” but Sister Mani said it to awkward. Thereafter, Baba said for no more changes and finally suggested as “Mastan”
Mastan was a tiny puppy, Baba asked Mehera to look after Mastan. Mastan was Mehera’s pet.
Baba would feed the dog Mastan pieces of mutton. In 1965, after Peter's death, companion Mastan greatly felt his separation, as both used to play together.
When Pilamai came to see Baba in Dehradun, she brought with her from Karachi a lovely pair of parrots. Female Parrot was named “Mittu”. She never learnt to talk. Male birds not live long.
Mittu name meant “Mischief one”. Once Baba went inside the bathroom, Baba took off Sadra and tossed it on small table nearby. Baba’s Sadra began to move itself. It was Mittu when Baba lifted it. Baba laughed silently. Baba said, “She is very naughty, she is real mawali.” Mattu liked fruits, seeds, nuts and also fond of dal rice and chutney
Mittu was in Lahore also. Baba party were busy were busy in packing their belonging. Shortly after hearing loud sound they found that Mittu was dragged away by a mongoose. Party kept on shouting and finally dropped Mittu under thick hedge. Mittu was treated and in a few days he was fine. Baba’s grace saved her.
Baba was really fond of Mittu. He would often feed her gestured to His mandali men saying I like her very much.
Mittu the parrot was staying with Baba and the women in Amrit Kuti. Baba loved the bird dearly, and it, too, was very fond of him. The parrot would sit on Baba's shoulder and finger, and Baba would kiss it. There were still many pets left behind on Meherabad Hill in the "zoo."
Mehera was given the job of feeding and caring of pet in Meherabad, a mini zoo consisting of puppy’s monkeys, dog and deer etc.
Moti was the beauty and pride of small zoo the peacock. Every morning before the sun came up over the horizon; Moti would come from his perch on the top of high swing and walk across the compound for breakfast. But not a second before the sun disappeared did he move. Moti showed his beauty with perfect half circle feathers whenever there was full brilliant rainbow appeared in the sky.
31-NUTTY & GUTTY
To please Elizabeth Baba brought two tiny pink piglets to Meherabad. Baba often came and watched the pigs. Baba named them “Nutty’ and “Gutty”. Baba looked after them lovingly. These two pigs Nutty and Gutty produced babies which were like miniature replica of their parents.
A family who had moved to Poona from a place nearby Ahmednagar had tusspets a dog and a Siamese cat named Pegu. They were good friends and played together.
During Baba's stay in Poona, a male Siamese cat, named Pegu, came to see him from the bungalow opposite Guruprasad. The cat would not leave Baba alone and would wait for him outside his bedroom. As soon as Baba would come there and have the door opened, the cat would precede him inside, lie down and rub his head on Baba's feet. The cat's owner was Dolly M. Diddi. She loved the cat very much and was anxious about its disappearance. After a few days, she came to Guruprasad in search of Pegu and the cat was returned to her. But as she was taking Pegu home, the cat jumped out of her arms and came running back to Guruprasad and went into Baba's room. Mrs. Diddi did her best to induce Pegu to come away with her, but the cat was drawn to Baba's magnetism and would not leave.
The end result was that Pegu began staying at Guruprasad and her owner became devoted to Baba. "How fortunate Pegu is," Mrs. Diddi said, "and how fortunate I am to have found Baba through my cat." Baba explained, "Any animal coming into contact with the Avatar's body gets a human body in its next birth."
Mehera used to see that cat in the dressing room but as soon as she saw Mehera he ran away. When Mehera saw this cat in her dressing room again, she brought her to Baba. It was love at first sight for Pegu. She just rushed to Baba and rubbed his head at Baba’s feet. Baba told Mehera that cat was very fortunate to have His darshan.
Every morning Pegu would seat himself in front of Baba’s bed room door and would slip into Baba’s bed room through the slit and was first to enter as to greet Baba before anyone entered in Baba’s room. Pegu looked so sweet as he would nestle his head against Baba’s feet. Truly Pegu’s love for Baba was unique. Baba loved Pegu very much and would remember him before He would eat Himself.
At the end of summer, all came to Meherabad leaving Pegu behind. Baba Warned Khorshed several times to take good care of Pegu in Poona.
On July 1st, 1966, while in Poona, S. D. Mohite, the caretaker of Guruprasad, came with the news that the Siamese cat, Pegu, had died after having been hit by a car while crossing the road in front of Guruprasad. Pegu would be missed, for the cat entertained and amused Baba.
A pet snake was given to Baba by someone who had heard that Baba was keeping pets. The fangs had been removed so it was not poisonous. Baba brought the snake to Caraske and said, “So don’t be afraid, it won’t bite” But what do you think.”When Caraske held the snake it felt cold and stiff like a stick. She did not like at all. Caraske and others who were staying on the hill at Meherabad they put the snake on the floor in the room and it wiggled away under their trunks and they wanted it and could not find it.
After a day, girl told Baba that they did not really like the snake, so Baba took it down to hill and never brought it up again.
This was in 1953, Baba had received from Caraske in states and his long graceful stride had returned. Mr. Coope’s sister had puppies. Caraske liked the look of Black puppy best, His name was Peter. Caraske give this dog “Peter” to Mani. Peter was very shy hid under the table. Baba told that give him milk and bread. Two new animals lived with Baba and the women mandali. Peter was also taken to Mahabaleshwar from Dehradun.
Mani was looking after her pet cocker spaniel, Peter. The dog loved to play with the tame squirrels near their residence in Satara.
In 1965, at Meherazad, Mani's pet cocker spaniel, Peter, was put to sleep. The dog had cancer, and Dr. Alu Khambhata administered the injection. Peter breathed his last in Baba's presence in His bedroom. A few moments before, Baba lovingly caressed the dog and Peter wagged his tail feebly. Peter had been with Baba and the women mandali for twelve years, and was very dear to them. His body lay "in state" in Baba's room until a pit was dug between the row of seven mango trees (the
seeds of which had been given to Baba by a mast from Madras years before). Baba had his handkerchief placed on Peter's body and often repeated that it should be buried with Peter and the dog's body should be laid to rest in the position he had died.
He remarked, "Peter is immeasurably blessed, for this is the first instance during My Avatarhood that any animal has passed away in My physical presence. Now, after a year, he will take birth in a male human form, and will come to Me as a baby boy to be held in My arms and cuddled by Me."
Peter was buried and in his memory a fragrant Champa tree was planted over his grave. Baba directed that these words be inscribed on his tombstone: "Baba's Pet, Peter." Baba observed, "Peter deserves the good fortune that he has received." Peter's companion Mastan greatly felt his separation, as both used to play together. Now only Mastan was left in Meherazad. Baba, too, missed the little fellow and remarked, "Even I, who am God and know how truly blessed Peter is, miss Peter's presence as 'Peter.' "
35-RAJA & RANI
When and the ladies group were in Bangalore Sarosh had given two completely black bulls terriers and they were named as “Raja” and “Rani”. Few ladies were called from Meherabad for a month. Gulu, Jaloo and Mehera came in one group. On arrival they asked first question to Caraske. “Where are the Raja and Rani? We have heard that Raja and Rani are staying with you. They amusingly surprised to know that Raja and Rani were bull terrier pups.
36-RAJA & WAZIR
(Baby English Bulls)
In June 1943, Baba asked Sarosh to bring two English calves to Meherabad within twenty-four hours. Sarosh sped off to the military dairy in Poona. The next day, with much difficulty, he managed to bring a white calf and a black one in his car. He presented the calves to Baba, who gave them to Mehera to look after. She fed them milk from a bottle, and Baba, too, would sometimes feed them. Baba named the black calf Rajah (King) and the white calf Pradhan (Prime Minister). Mehera, with Mani's help, was also looking after the garden.
Of two English Bulls at Meherabad, one was white in colour and other was predominantly black in colour with white patches. When they grew up bigger and could eat grass, they were sent to lower Meherabad for men mandali to take care of. The bulls grew up into fine, sturdy animals and used for ploughing the fields of Meherabad. In1948-49, when Baba had brought the two bullocks from Meherabad to plough the land in Meherazad.
Black bullock, Raja was the part of entrounge in the New Life. Baba told Padri to bring the Raja and the caravan to Sarnath along with other bullock named “Wazir” also. These two bullocks pulled the caravan during New Life travels.
Raja and bullock companion were brought to Dehradun where different phase of New Life was begun in which the animals no longer had a part. Raja & Wazir were given to “Nanhi Dunia” (Small World), an institute for deaf and dumb children in Dehradun.
One day, Meheru happened to find a stray puppy in Meherazad property. She called Mehera to see the puppy and if she wanted to keep him. He was good looking, much gender, and colored, sweet looking with a large head and short nose. Mastan (puppy) was already with ladies group hence new puppy was sent to men mandali to look after. Baba named new puppy ‘Ramu’. Soon he grew from skinny bony puppy to nice sturdy dog.
Mehera would teach Ramu tricks. She taught him to beg and jump over a stick. Baba wanted to see the trick learnt by Ramu. Ramu was brought to mandali hall, Baba showed a roasted toast to Ramu holding it on opposite side. Ramu in an instant had jumped over Baba’s leg and eaten the roast from His hand.
It was impossible to keep Ramu quiet and still. No matter how we tied him up, he would always wriggle free and when Ramu was free, he would run straight to B
aba in mandali hall, slipping through the tiny slot of opening where the door was kept ajar. Name Ramu means (to play) in Gujrati, so Baba gave the pup a perfect name.
Baba also acquired a pure white dog. In matchless humour Baba named the dog “Sadhu”.
Baba also acquired an all white bullock. In matchless humour Baba named him “Sant”
During Meherabad, Baba one day brought some salunkies to keep as pet and asked Khorshed to take care of the birds. Khorshed got a cut in finger working in the kitchen and developed septic. Mani and Caraske were given charge. While caring, they (both) left the door of the cage open and the birds flew and perched on the roof. Mani and Khorshed were shocked. Soon Baba came, certainly Baba was not pleased. He said, “You did everything so perfectly. Now is that you forget to close the cage door. Baba took it well and said, “Never mind. Let them be free.”
|For several days, the women found a few pair of their sandals missing. Baba had the watchman posted to catch the "thief" and they found that it was a large stray, male dog. It had a skin disease, and its body was covered with bleeding sores. Mehera took pity on it, and sent word to Baba. Baba told Eruch to find the dog. The animal, however, had wandered off, and Eruch spent hours looking for it. Cursing the women to himself, he finally traced the dog and with difficulty brought the mangy creature to Baba.|
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.
In Dehradun stay Baba was travelling with men mandali by car in search of mast. Baba happened to see baby horse grazing besides it mother on the roadside. Baba gestured to men, “I like this little horse but this could not be accommodated in the car so left the idea” when Baba came to house, Baba remembered the horse when he was in mandali. Shri, Shatrughan Kumar who was listening, said to Baba, I could get you a horse. Baba said, “Yes” try your luck.”
In June 1953, on the night of June 23rd, Kumar brought a colt,
which Baba gave to Mehera, who would look after it with great love. The horse was named "Sheba."
Referring to Sheba, the colt, Baba lamented, "This filly has come – when will there be its end? It needs bedding, it needs fodder, it needs medicine and many other things. So, where is the end?"
You have carried out one hundred percent the work of buying Sheba. It does not matter to me now whether the horse lives or dies. I am happy you fulfilled my wish as instructed.
In January 1954, Sheba, the colt, were also taken to Mahabaleshwar, Meher Baba departed Mahabaleshwar for Hamirpur. During this period, Mehera was caring for Sheba, whom she would lead to Baba's room in his absence to show the colt that Baba was not there.
The Hindu festival of Dassera fell on the 7th, and as was the Indian holiday custom, The horse Sheba was brought to Rosewood (the mandali's bungalow) fully decorated with flower garlands, according to Baba's wish.
Mehera lovingly cared for the mare Sheba. Baba himself would daily feed Sheba carrots, and to kiss him, Sheba would stretch out her neck. Baba loved her much and would kiss her often.
On October 14th 1956, was the holiday Dassera, and Mehera decorated Sheba grandly and paraded the horse before Baba. Baba loved Sheba.
In September1959, Sheba had been brought to Meherazad from Satara; but after some time the horse was given to a military officer in Ahmednagar, who wished to race her in Poona.
While living in Poona, Mehera’s mother had brought a white horse. It was pink and white with one eye black and one black. Her mother had arranged a groan to take care of the horse. Mehera started riding on the horse and had nice ride up to bund garden and came safely.
While shifting to Ahmednagar, Baba instructed Rustom to sell the horse, but Rustom told Baba, horse was very beautiful so Baba decided to bring the horse to Ahmednagar. Baba named the horse “Sufi” and he was the first pet to be brought to Meherabad.
44-SUNNY AND BUNNY
(Puppies male & female)
During Bangalore period, Perhaps at the end of 1939 or beginning of 1940, one day 2 small pathetic black puppies, one male and one female, came in the garden compound where Baba and mandali were staying. Evidently someone being unable to keep them had pushed them through the gates and left hoping of course someone would feed and love them. Their hopes realized.
Baba on hearing their arrival, knowing that Margaret Caraske after her coming to India had not acquired any regular job, hence Baba put these two under her charge to feed, keep them clean and exercise. Baba gave the name of Sunny and Bunny. It was too experiencing hot summer. It was period of meditation of His disciples. At room, all would sit cross legged and meditate silently pronouncing word (Ba) while inhaling and exhaling breadth. Caraske used to get late because of other works. Once the bell just rang for meditation, she found that she was breathing Sunny in and Bunny out. She stopped and had to go to Baba and confess as careless disciple. But to her surprise Baba laughed at her Sunny and Bunny meditation and embraced her. She ever remembered Baba’s loving humour caused by Sunny and Bunny.
After Baba shifted to Meherabad ashram to Nasik, on one visit to Nasik, Rustom presented Baba, a beautiful, Nepalese Mynah which he brought from Bombay. This bird was not ordinary but very beautiful and music loving. Whenever Mani played Sitar, this bird would dance with rhythm. Baba told ladies to teach the bird to speak English. This bird was remarkable mimic. When Shirin Mai came for visit, Shirin Mai heard the sound like baby crying from adjacent room. When it was checked and found that it was the pet mynah who fooled Shirin Mai by his mimicry.
He used to repeat clearly and loudly “Baba darling, Baba darling” from the cage. Before 1937 birth day-due to heavy bad storm
and rain mynah contracted pneumonia and in spite of best care he died. Baba picked up mynah’s body by hand lovingly buried him under neem tree outside kitchen.
Tipoo was the progeny of Rani, the Trust Compound watchdog who for years sat near Mani's feet during the days she attended the office and kept Meher Nazar compound free of unwelcome visitors.
In the late l980s Rani gave birth to Tipoo, an adorable puppy who came to Meherazad when he was about 2 months old. Tipoo soon became the darling of everyone here, especially Mehera and Meheru; there is even a photo of Mehera holding him as he enthusiastically licked her face. However, as Tipoo grew his temperament took an unreliable turn and he began to bite and unfortunately didn't restrict his biting behaviour to outsiders. Tipoo eventually bit Manu's hand very badly, so he was sent away for the first time. One of the Meherazad workers took him about 25 miles (40 km) to a farm where he would be well taken care of. Tipoo escaped and was back at Meherazad within three days.
Somewhat chastened by his exile, canine peace reigned for a while. But Tipoo's temperament prevailed and he cornered another Meherazad resident on the veranda, snarling and growling and threatening to bite. This time he was taken just outside Pune 84 miles (135 km) to families who promised to keep him tied and take good care of him. About two weeks later when some of us were talking outside Mandali Hall, we noticed a mangy, scrawny animal making its way down the veranda. We were stunned to see our very own Tipoo, emaciated, with a shredded leash attached to his collar running to greet us with an expression of desperate relief and happiness on his face. He rose up on his hind legs and licked our faces as we stood there in shock. Evidently he had made his escape almost immediately and it had taken two weeks obviously without much food for him to find his way home. So what to do with an animal so determined to remain at Meherazad? We kept him but had him neutered which resolved a lot of his aggressive behaviour.
After some time Tipoo took up his post, when he was freed in the evening, on the big step of the main bungalow veranda where he would execute his duty as watchdog the whole night through. Suddenly one night as the women were singing the Bujaawe arti in Baba's Room, he began to howl so loudly that they thought he was in pain. But it soon became clear that Tipoo was actually singing along with them. Night after night Tipoo would begin his aria as soon as they started singing he'd be silent during the Repentance Prayer and resume his singing through the "Avatar Meher Baba ki Jai's", sometimes so loudly that they couldn't hear their own voices. So every night around 7:30 pm Tipoo's soulful baying would announce to everyone in Meherazad that the women were in prayers. And he was so determined to sing the arti that on the occasional night when the women didn't do the Bujaawe because they had sung it at Meherabad earlier in the day; Tipoo would insistently sing anyway throught the repentance Prayer. He just had to. (Tipoo also sang "Happy Birthday" and even queued up along with everyone else to receive his birthday chocolate.)
Shelley Marrich for Avatar Meher Baba Trust, 3 September 2015
It was around 1944, Baba briskly walking through Meherabad garden carries a ball of wriggling fluff in His arms. There as terrific storm on the same day in the evening. Baba named the pup “Typhoon” with such marvelous sense of humour.
From the beginning, typhoon was not only sweet natured but unusually intelligent. Typhoon was put under the care of Mani. Mani and Caraske taught her many tricks. She learnt to walk on her hind legs and one she entertained Baba in little skit Caraske made for her.
When Baba left Meherabad on travels Typhoon came along. She was six months old, a good traveller and obedient. Typhoon travelled with group from Bombay to Raipur and then to Kashmir. In Kashmir one day a stranger appeared, Typhoon started barking on him. Meheru shouted he must be Tangewala but the young man when inquired, had only answer to all questions “Hoozoor, Hoozoor”. No one could understand. Meheru told the incident to Baba in the garden. Baba smiled and pointing to Himself said that young man a mast was referring to Himself. He was asking for the “The Great One”
Typhoon died in Hyderabad when chasing a cat on upstairs terrace. Cat jumped down and typhoon in her excitement leaped over low parapet and fell in the ground below. She died few weeks later but was fortunate to have love chase to Baba during her short life.
Meher Baba said- Warrior (pet dog) for Him was like Hanuman to Rama.
Dogs play an important part when used consciously by the Master. In My seclusion of about ten days, I wanted a dog for some work of My own – I won't tell you what. I could not use Chum, or any of the other pets. The dog I wanted had to be fresh, new, innocent and young. So, before seclusion, it all came about that Khorshed happened to mention an Alsatian puppy, and eventually we got Warrior. I said, "He is My dog." I did not say so about Jingo and Bingo or the other pets. Warrior, you all understood, was Baba's dog! Warrior was not actually a dog, but was temporarily brought down from the spirit world to do this work. I needed a dog for that kind of work. I won't go too deeply into the matter.
So Warrior came, and I kept on telling Elizabeth that he was to be near Me. But I also knew that it would be difficult, as things would crop up that would create obstacles. Therefore, for the first few days, Warrior suffered from worms, germs, et cetera. Eventually, I had him for the time I wanted him. I knew he would die, just as I know that before July 1st, 1941, Chum too will die.
So after I worked with him, I fed him with My own hands and gave him water to drink. When my work was over, I sent him back.
Soon after, he got ill, and I discussed with 'Soltoon's sister' (meaning Baidul, since no man's name would be mentioned in front of the women) where to bury him when he died. We finally selected that spot. When Warrior got very ill, I saw that if he died within three days, he would again have to take another birth, which would not have been safe for him. I saw to it that he did not pass away. So, when in those three days he did not die, I was happy. Now, no more birth for him.
Baby xxxx Yumi gave birth to two rabbits safely inside the container. When Baba came back to Meherabad ladies brought four darling babies in tray covered with cloth as surprise for Baba. Baba took them in His arm and lovingly caressed them. They were so sweet that Baba hugged each one. They were sometime with ladies, but when the left with Baba for travel, they were given away.