GROUP-16-INDIAN BABA LOVERS

LIST OF KERALA
SL No. NAME INTRODUCTION PLACE
1 A Proprietor of Lodge Proprietor of Calicut's Ceylon Lodge Kalicut
2 Dr. M. Anandam Self Kozhikode
3 Edgar Petrus Self Pondicherry
4 Krishna Swami (Kishanji) A typicalf sadhu Kerala
5 Ramkrishna P.S. Self Trichinopoly
6 Swami Ramdas Self Kerala

WADIA PROFESSOR

On 9th February 1936, the retired vice-chancellor of Mysore University and a professor of philosophy, and Professor Wadia, of Mysore University.  Kalemama informed them that Meher Baba was now in seclusion and would not be granting interviews until His seclusion ended in June.

VENKATAPATHAIYA

Attorney

Venkatapathaiya, the Bangalore attorney has written derogatory articles about Meher Baba which had appeared in Gujrati New paper. Chanji arrived in Quetta to see Baba on 22nd March 1941, and showed Baba some recent critical articles about Him. (most likely written by Baba directed Chanji to ignore the inflammatory articles and keep quiet.

SYED RASUL ARIF

On 17th December 1939, the foundation-laying ceremony for Meher Baba's Universal Center was held. The program began at 4:30 P.M., when the head of the reception committee, Pappa Jessawala, garlanded Baba on His arrival. In the Master's honor, Syed Rasul Arif recited a poem in Urdu

Baba proceeded to break the ground and lay the foundation. Sitting on a special stone seat (which was to be kept as a cornerstone of the future building), Baba rose and scooped a little earth with a special seven-metal shovel (forged at a local workshop) as acclamations in His praise rent the air. Baba struck the earth seven times and sat back on His special seat.

SIR MIRZA ISMAIL

Sir Mirza Ismail was Dewan of Mysore state. He arranged the sale of farmers land for present MSUBC and helped to get Byramangla centre established as per Baba’s wish.

Events unfolded with Mirza Ismail were as under:

When Meher Baba was in Mysore in 1936, He had come into contact with Sir Mirza Ismail, 55, the Dewan (Chief Minister) of Mysore state and Subrahmanya Iyer another influential individual.  They were now asked by letter to find a suitable spot where Baba could establish a center or ashram. Their reply was received in Panchgani assuring Baba of their cooperation, and a few weeks later Chanji and Pendu were sent to Bangalore, where Chanji met Sir Mirza (on 17 April 1938).

Upon receiving the Dewan's letter that a site had been selected, Baba expressed a desire to visit the place, which surprised Norina and Elizabeth as they never expected Baba to establish a center so far from Meherabad. They hoped Baba would change His mind, as He so often did.

Mentioning this very trait of His, Baba observed, "It is one of the great wonders of the world that those who apparently make the most changes, are the most unchanged or unchangeable!

On 15th April 1938, Chanji and Pendu had been sent by Baba to Bangalore, Mysore and Madras to discuss with the Dewan, Sir Mirza Ismail, and the possibility of opening a center in Bangalore. After meeting with Sir Mirza, they returned to Panchgani on the 22nd. Hearing their report, Baba expressed His desire to personally confer with Ismail and inspect the possible sites. He left Panchgani the following afternoon in Elizabeth's car with Norina, Chanji and Pendu. They drove to the Poona railway station and boarded the evening train for Bangalore.  They arrived on the evening of 24th April 1938, and just as they stepped off the train, Nature greeted Baba with a heavy shower of rain.1916-1939

The group left Sholapur 9th August 1939 in the morning and reached Bangalore four days later on 12 August in the evening via Satara, Kolhapur and Harihar The next day, Sir Mirza Ismail suggested that Baba establish His ashram in Bangalore. If Baba chose to do so, he said, Sir Mirza would donate a piece of land for the ashram. He immediately took Baba to a parcel of land at Byramangala, 22 miles from Bangalore, and Baba, after seeing the place, which he liked very much, accepted his offer. The Links bungalow, owned by Ismail's brother on Sankey Road, High ground, in Bangalore was rented and Baba and the women moved into it on the 14th.

After seeing the Byramangala land, Norina became completely involved in setting up plans for the ashram. On the evening of 19th August 1939, Sir Mirza came to the Links and sat on the floor before Baba. Baba sent for Norina to come at once. At the time, Norina was in the midst of sweeping her room. When she received Baba's message, she ran to Him with a broom in one hand and a bucket in the other, wearing an old, tattered dress. She felt awkward and embarrassed when she saw the Dewan and Baba said, "Meet Princess Norina Matchabelli." She felt hurt that Baba had not warned her to clean up.

Sir Ismail, on the contrary, was impressed at the sight of someone of Norina's stature carrying a broom! He remarked to Baba, "Your love is wonderful! An educated Western woman from a wealthy background doing this sort of work? Marvelous! She could engage dozens of servants, but it is your love that makes her sweep her own quarters. It is her luck to wield a broom in your court!" Tears welled up in Norina's eyes on hearing this, and wiped out the hurt she had felt.

After Baba's arrival in Bangalore, His attention focused on two things: his mast work and the establishment of a Universal Spiritual Center. As mentioned, the site for the center was selected at Byramangala, 22 miles from Bangalore and three miles from the Bidadi railway station. More than 560 acres of land were purchased, and plans for erecting nine separate structures were drawn up, containing 350 rooms. A committee consisting of Norina, Elizabeth, Pappa Jessawala, Adi Sr., Ramjoo, Chanji and Jal Kerawalla was formed to oversee the financial and other aspects of the center.

The foundation-laying ceremony was initially fixed for the 25th of October. But the local farmers requested that the ceremony be held after harvesting the crops on the Byramangala property, even though the property no longer belonged to them. October 25th was also the day of convocation at Mysore University, with which some of Baba's followers were involved. Therefore, the ceremony was postponed until the middle of December. The land had belonged to about 40 farmers and the government, and its purchase had been greatly facilitated and quickened through the influence of Dewan Mirza Ismail.

PESTON JI N.

On the 6th March 1940, Dr. Jamshed D. Patel of Bangalore and Mr. N. Pestonji came to see Baba. In the course of conversation with them, Baba said:

"Although I am in seclusion and keep silence throughout, I am now very busy working internally for future developments. You will see the upheavals that will take place very soon. The war will take a very serious turn, bringing untold misery and ruination all around."

Pestonji interjected, "Mr. Sumner Welles [U.S. Undersecretary of State] is trying to negotiate for peace; let us hope that he will be successful."

Smiling, Baba made a play on words, "It is like digging a well in summer! [meaning something unfruitful]. Nothing will come out of it. The world will soon plunge into the throes of a war never before seen or heard of."

"But Baba, what about the thousands of lives that will be lost?" asked Pestonji. "Can't they be saved?"

"The war is necessary. All this destruction will purge the world of dirt, cleanse it of filth so that a new order can be established.

"There are millions and millions of holes in my body because of the suffering of the world. But because of my infinite bliss and power, I can withstand it.

"Suppose you have a boil on your finger which is septic. You do not cut off the whole finger because of it! You bear it because the finger is part of your body. In the same way, I consider all as mine and I suffer, but I do not destroy myself and slaughter all. I put up with it and suffer because all are a part of my Universal Body."

Patel and Pestonji became close friends of the mandali in Bangalore and would regularly visit them, even after Baba's departure.

 

DR. JAMSHED D. PATEL

On the 6th, Dr. Jamshed D. Patel of Bangalore and Mr. N. Pestonji came to see Baba. In the course of conversation with them, Baba said:

"Although I am in seclusion and keep silence throughout, I am now very busy working internally for future developments. You will see the upheavals that will take place very soon. The war will take a very serious turn, bringing untold misery and ruination all around."

Pestonji interjected, "Mr. Sumner Welles (U.S. Undersecretary of State) is trying to negotiate for peace; let us hope that he will be successful."

Smiling, Baba made a play on words, "It is like digging a well in summer! (Meaning something unfruitful). Nothing will come out of it. The world will soon plunge into the throes of a war never before seen or heard of."

"But Baba, what about the thousands of lives that will be lost?" asked Pestonji. "Can't they be saved?"

"The war is necessary. All this destruction will purge the world of dirt; cleanse it of filth so that a new order can be established.

"There are millions and millions of holes in my body because of the suffering of the world. But because of my infinite bliss and power, I can withstand it.

"Suppose you have a boil on your finger which is septic. You do not cut off the whole finger because of it! You bear it because the finger is part of your body. In the same way, I consider all as mine and I suffer, but I do not destroy myself and slaughter all. I put up with it and suffer because all are a part of my Universal Body."

Patel and Pestonji became close friends of the mandali in Bangalore and would regularly visit them, even after Baba's departure.

 

RAMANNA B.

Arriving in Mysore on the night of the 31st January 1936,  Baba and His group went directly to the bungalow owned by Mr. B. Ramanna at Vani Vilas Mohalla. It was later called, irreverently, Bala (Headache) Bungalow.

 

KITTU PURNA,

Baba was not meeting the public in Bangalore but on 12 th November 1939, He made an exception. He granted a few minutes of darshan to Indian Kittu Purna, a former student at Oxford. Baba told them to come back after a month, when He would answer any questions they had.