01-ANDHRA PRADESH

PAREPALLI SATYAM

In 1955, the interviews lasted until 4:00 P.M., and then Bhaskara and his brother Ramabhadra Raju enacted their Burra Katha. The song-and-dance-narrative depicted Baba's life, and the voice of the lead actor, Parepalli Satyam, was deep and resonant, which pleased Baba.

While the performers were narrating the incident of Hazrat Babajan's kiss, Baba signaled to them to stop and explained, "When you were portraying the incident of Babajan, I again experienced the same as if it occurred at that moment. You reminded me of the early days of my life as Merwan. Now, at this moment, the five Perfect Masters of the age being rested (residing) in me are witnessing your Burra Katha. Carry on with your story.

VENKATACHARYA K.

In the afternoon, Bhaskara Raju of Tadepalligudem, along with two other performers: P. Satyam and K. Venkatacharya enacted part of the Telugu musical narrative Burra Katha. Bhaskara's brother, Ramabhadra Raju, accompanied them on the tabla, and Ramabhadra's son, B. Satyanarayana Raju, played the harmonium. In the eight years since they had begun performing this ballad-drama depicting Baba's life, this was their 153rd performance and their fourth before Baba. In the play, interspersed between the songs, Venkatacharya asked "inane" questions about Baba (such as, "Why doesn't he talk?) and one of the others gave a reply. At the end, Venkatacharya said, "Now that I have heard so much about Meher Baba, please take me for his darshan." Bhaskara Raju then led him by the hand to Baba and said, "This is Avatar Meher Baba!" Baba and everyone present enjoyed the play very much.

SURYANARAYANA S.

In his words;

In 1969, I was living at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, but that January I had been traveling up north. From Benares I went to Calcutta where A. C. S. Chari told me that Baba had passed away on the 31st of January and showed me a telegram to that effect sent to him by Adi K. Irani. This was completely unexpected news and I could not bear the shock. I left Calcutta immediately for my home.

When I reached Visakhapatnam, I learnt that earlier about 15 Baba lovers had hired three taxis and left for Meherabad to have Baba's _darshan_ before His body was interred. As soon as I realized that I had missed my chance to go to Meherabad I became very upset. I couldn't help brooding over my lost opportunity, and I was restless and     weeping all the time.

On the afternoon of the 13th of February I was sitting in a chair outside my home when I heard the sound of a car approaching. My house was situated in a garden of about two and a half acres, surrounded by shrubs, bushes and trees and isolated from the town itself. It was not common for cars to come this way and, as it was late afternoon, it was past the time when most people would visit. I assumed that it must be a relative of mine, who had a car, coming to invite me to some festive occasion But it was not my relative's car which came up to my gate and stopped. To my astonishment, I saw Baba open the door and walk quickly to the varandah where I was sitting.

There was a vacant chair beside me and Baba sat on it and looked at me. Being the Silent Master, Baba did not say a word or gesture to me. I was so amazed to see Baba that I could not speak a word myself. I was dumbfounded and I think I must have been in a sort of trance at the time. After a couple of minutes, Baba walked back to His car and car drove away.

Soon after, I came to myself and began to weep that I had missed this opportunity to embrace Baba, to speak to Him or to express my happiness at His visiting. Still weeping and went to my bedroom and, like a child, threw myself down on my cot, sobbing out my heart.

My crying must have been truly from my heart for after ten minutes or so, Baba appeared again. He came inside my house and lifted my grandson who was around six or seven months old and blessed him. Then He came to my cot and sat by my side while I was still lying there.

This time I didn't want to miss the opportunity to offer my respects. I called out to my wife that Baba had come and she should bring the camphor and other necessities to perform _arti_ to Baba. Baba gestured to me not to worry about such things and then instructed me that I should go to Poona for the _darshan_ program He had scheduled there on May 13, 1969. Baba told me that all would go well for me and then left, before my wife arrived. When she did come, we performed _arti_ to Baba's photo. After that I recovered my composure, and was no longer so depressed. I am of the opinion that Beloved Baba was kind enough to give me His _darshan_ in order to console me and to relieve me of the agony which His passing away caused me. Since then my heart and soul are entirely dedicated to Him, The Eternal One. (Showers of Grace, pp. 42-44, Copyright 1984, AMBPPCT)

 

SURYACHANDRA

On 19th January 1953, after mass darshan program held opposite Dhanapathy's residence previous day. Next day Baba paid visits to the homes of his lovers in Tadepalligudam.  At every home, Gadekar performed the arti in Marathi. At Suryachandra's house, the couple had arranged chanting of the ancient Vedas to welcome the Avatar of the Age.

 

SUBRAMANYAM SHASTRI

At Subramanyam Shastri's residence, Baba’s meetings were regularly held, Baba was requested to sit in a chair which previously had only held his framed photograph. He complied, but asked Shastri to do his arti before a large portrait of him painted by Ranga Rao which hung in their house. Baba himself joined the arti by standing with folded hands before the picture.

One incident occurred there that amused Baba. Baba asked Subramanyam Shastri, "How many children do you have?"

"Seven!" he replied. The children were brought to Baba and introduced turn by turn; but Shastri was so deeply enamored of Baba that when Baba asked their names, he could not remember, and each time had to turn and ask his wife. This made Baba laugh.3264-1953

SUBBARAYUDU

In 1955, The group arrived in Gopalapuram at about three that afternoon. Baba was accommodated in the home of Medikona Narayana. The entire house had been kept vacant for him, and he moved about freely inside. As soon as they arrived, Dhanapathy took the mandali and others for tea at Mandipeta Subbarayudu's home. Bhaskara Raju stayed behind with Baba

SASTRI RAMALINGAM

When Ramalingam Sastri approached him, Baba stated, "I have given him the name Baba Sastri. From childhood he has been inclined toward visiting saints. He comes wherever my darshan program takes place. For my darshan, he came all the way from Andhra to Sakori, to Hamirpur, and so on."

 

SATYAM P.

In the afternoon, Bhaskara Raju of Tadepalligudem, along with two other performers: P. Satyam and K. Venkatacharya enacted part of the Telugu musical narrative Burra Katha. Bhaskara's brother, Ramabhadra Raju, accompanied them on the tabla, and Ramabhadra's son, B. Satyanarayana Raju, played the harmonium. In the eight years since they had begun performing this ballad-drama depicting Baba's life, this was their 153rd performance and their fourth before Baba. In the play, interspersed between the songs, Venkatacharya asked "inane" questions about Baba (such as, "Why doesn't he talk?) and one of the others gave a reply. At the end, Venkatacharya said, "Now that I have heard so much about Meher Baba, please take me for his darshan." Bhaskara Raju then led him by the hand to Baba and said, "This is Avatar Meher Baba!" Baba and everyone present enjoyed the play very much.

 

SAMBA MURTY H.

In 1954, at the home of H. Samba Murty, the collector of the district, Baba was approached by his son with a book for Baba to autograph. Baba remarked to the boy, "From the day I kept silence, I have stopped writing." He did, though, draw a sketch of a duck in the boy's notebook.

At the collector's residence, lawyers, doctors and other influential members of society were present. Baba gave them message in the morning:

RANGA RAO

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."