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1-A BARBER GUIDED MINOCHAR NUSSERWAN KHARAS OF KARACHI TO VISIT MEHER BABA

During Baba’s stay in Nasik, one occasional visitor was 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. (Lord Meher-p-1349-1932)

 

2-A BEARDED MUSLIM-CHARLATAN DRESSED IN FAKIR ASKED FOR A CAR TO CURE LEPERS PATIENTS IN MEHERABAD; BABA WROTE I AM AN ALL ROUND DOCTOR OF ALL DISEASES

During 1922 in Poona, One day a bearded Muslim man dressed as a fakir came from Ahmednagar. He had been pretending to be an advanced soul and said to Baba, "If you are pleased to allow Khansaheb (Sarosh Irani) to give me an automobile, I will tell you of a cure for your leper patients at Meherabad."

The hypocrite saint was taken to task for his effrontery. Baba wrote on the slate, "I am an all-round doctor — a doctor of all diseases. I prescribe whatever medicine a patient needs. I am treating lepers most successfully, but how can you understand this?"

"When you treat them, why don't they get well?" asked the fakir.

"How can you know if they become well or not? Within their ugly, distorted bodies, light shines! You cannot see that light; you only see the cages of their unsightly bodies."

The charlatan arrogantly insisted that Baba order his devotees to give him a car. Baba strongly rebuked him, gesturing for him to leave. (Lord Meher)

 

3-A BLIND PERSON OF BLIND SCHOOL WORLI-BOMBAY ASKED WHY HE WAS SO UNFORTUNATE TO BE BLIND

Baba then left for Worli, a Bombay suburb, to visit the home for the blind. The young inmates received him warmly. Speaking reverentially on behalf of all, one of the young blind men eloquently welcomed Baba. Everyone gave a small rose to Baba, who embraced each. All went near the One who is the very basis of love, but whom their physical eyes could not see. Baba's fathomless love for them was obvious and truly touching, and their sightless eyes wept at his touch. Each blind person's face was transformed as Baba embraced him, as though an inner light had been switched on.

One person asked Baba why he was so unfortunate as to be blind. Was it because of some misdeeds he had committed in a previous birth? Baba replied: "In a way you are very fortunate not to see the evils and sufferings of the world. All are blind. Even those you think can see are truly blind, for they see what is not real.

"You do not see the real either — it is only your desire to do so that binds you. Therefore, do not ask for physical eyesight, but ask that you be given the true Sight which will make you see the only thing worth seeing, the only thing which IS. Take my name all the time. Think of me constantly. I give my love and blessings to you all."  (Lord Meher)

 

4-A BOY AT NALGONDA COULD GUESS THAT BABA NEED SUGAR IN TEA

On 7th September 1956, Baba left Satara along with Pendu and others, for a four-day mast trip to Hyderabad and surrounding places. At Nalgonda, Baba gestured to Eruch (who was driving) to stop at a small roadside tea stall. Eruch went in to ask the proprietor to prepare good tea and saw to it that the cups were thoroughly washed.

Bhau was standing near the open car door by Baba, who remained seated in the car. After a little while, Baba gestured to Bhau to go see if the tea was ready and bring it to him. Bhau brought it, and Baba poured the tea from his cup into his saucer and began to drink it. Baba gestured something with his right hand which held the cup. As Baba's fingers were partially blocked by the saucer, Bhau could not read his hand signs.

A boy, who was sitting nearby on the ground under a tree, kept staring at Baba. Baba would also gaze at him. Baba kept gesturing, but Bhau was at a loss to understand him. "Do you want sugar, Baba?"

Baba shook his head no.

Suddenly, the boy stood up and cried out in a loud voice, "He wants milk!" Baba nodded, and Bhau brought him more milk.

After the mandali returned, Baba remarked, pointing to Bhau, "Look at this man. He has been with me for three years, yet he could not understand a simple thing I asked for, such as milk. But (pointing to the boy) that little boy could understand and had to tell him. What sort of a man is Bhau?"

The boy had been able to see Baba's hand, as he was sitting on the ground, whereas Bhau was standing. But Bhau kept quiet, and they continued on to Hyderabad, where Baba contacted some masts, all of whom he had worked with before. About three days later, when they were on their way back to Satara, Baba again had Eruch stop at the same small cafe for tea. The boy was under the tree where they had left him, and as soon as they arrived, he began staring at Baba. Baba sent Bhau for tea, and when he went inside, the boy came up to him and asked, "Who is he?" As Baba was in seclusion and did not like to be disturbed, Bhau said, "Go away." The boy returned to his position and continued looking intently at Baba, who also glanced at him while he drank his tea. (Lord Meher-p-4119/20-1956)

 

5-A BOY FROM AMBALA CAME TO RISHIKESH IN SEARCH OF GURU; BABA ACCEPTED HIM AS DISCIPLE AND GAVE HIM THESE FOUR ORDERS:

In 1942, Baba was returning to Rishikesh from a mast trip, Eruch went to meet him. On the way, Eruch passed through a forested area known as the Abode of Sages, where yogis and rishis live in tiny white huts and meditate on God. In one dilapidated hut, Eruch saw a handsome teenage boy lying down.

Remembering Baba's constant desire to find an "ideal boy," he described the youth to Baba and requested that he at least go to the hut and have a look at this unusual boy. Baba agreed, and went to the boy's hut after crossing the Laxman Jhula Bridge on the way back to their bungalow.

He gestured to Eruch, "First, go ask him what he is doing here." Eruch talked with the boy alone, who told him, "My parents are in Ambala.

I am only 14, but I have always had a great longing for God's darshan. So I left everything and started for the Himalayas in search of Him. I have come here to meditate and see what can be learned."

"Do you have a guru?" Eruch asked.

"No, I don't; they talk too much. I want a guru who doesn't talk!"

Eruch said, "I know of a guru who has not spoken for the last seventeen years. His name is Meher Baba."

The boy at once replied, "I have heard of Shri Meher Baba; he is staying somewhere nearby, isn't he? But ..." pausing for a few moments, "But, Meher Baba is too great to accept me as his disciple."

Touched by his words, Eruch then took the lad to Baba. Upon seeing Baba, the boy was overcome with happiness. Baba told him, "I will be your guru. This is the first and last time that we will meet. You will never see me again physically. However, if you want me to accept you as my disciple, you must carry out four orders. If you agree to obey, then one day you will find me in your heart."

Baba gave him these four orders:

  1. You should be free from lust, and, until your dying day, you should never touch a woman.
  2. Instead, you should only think continuously of realizing the Divine Beloved.
  3. You must never touch money, and you must beg for your food.
  4. As a mantra from me, you must keep repeating night and day God's name — whichever name you wish.

Without the least hesitation, the boy accepted the four orders and thus obtained the guru of his heart's desire.

Baba left, and the next day sent Eruch back to the boy with a locket of his image, a book on Baba's life, a mat to sit on, and some flour to make into chapatis and eat as his prasad. The boy was extremely thankful for Baba's gifts. Without evincing the least fear, he continued to live in the woods of Rishikesh, which are famous for their deadly black scorpions, numerous snakes and occasional tigers. Now that he had found his true Master, there was nothing to fear! (Lord Meher-p-2286/7-1942)

 

6-A BOY WAS TREATED BY DR.  BHARUCHA INSTRUCTED BY BABA GETS RELIEF

During Darshan program in May 1959, In Guruprasad, Dr. H P. Bharucha was sitting before Baba. In the afternoon, a Baba lover phoned from hotel Mobos that his son had severe abdominal pain and needed medical care. Baba asked Dr. Bharucha to go immediately and see the boy. Although Dr. Bharucha was not happy to leave Baba, he took a scooter and went full speed to the hotel. After examining the boy Dr. Bharucha prescribed some anti-colic and vermifuse medicine. Dr. Bharucha rushed back to Guruprasad and reported to Baba what he had done. Baba seemed pleased with Dr. Bharucha’s quick action.

The next day, the boy and his father came to Guruprasad, and Baba very lovingly asked the father about boy’s pain. He replied, “After Dr. Bharucha prescribed the medicine and I gave it to my son, within a short time his pain disappeared, and now he is fine.” Baba looked at Dr. Bharucha raising His hand and making His favorite sign of touching thumb to index finger, said that Dr. Bharucha was a very clever doctor. Dr. Bharucha felt happy with praise but did not dream of what was in store for him. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-83)

 

7-A BRAHMIN HIS WIFE & SON WERE MADE COMFORTABLE BY BABA

A Brahmin with his wife and son aged 10 years were in the same coach in which a Baba lover of Calcutta was also travelling for Poona for Baba’s Darshan. Boy’s leg had been operated six months back and he was going to Bombay for Check up. Since Baba lover from Calcutta who was observing silence on particular day (Friday) talked to others by gestures, the Brahmin thought that I was dumb, but it was clarified to him that Calcutta lover was observing silence on that day. He told that they were going to Poona for Meher Baba’s darshan. The Brahmin may have felt that his son might be cured by Meher Baba and so decided to come with Baba lover to Poona/ From Kalyan, they changed train and went to Poona, where they put up in a chaoltry (Rest house) opposite to railway station.

Next day, they (Baba lover & his family) were at Guruprasad. It was not known to us that Baba had asked Brahmin to leave for Bombay in the afternoon. Instead, the Brahmin stayed in Poona and went for sightseeing there. At about 4.00 pm, the Brahmin went to shoe shop and after trying so many shoes, he went to pay for the pair he had chosen. To his horror he found that he had been pick pocketed and had lost seven hundred rupees. He had no money left and so walked back to choultry, crying for help.

On inquiry, it was learnt that he had been pick pocketed and Baba lover gave him ten rupees to enable him to send a telegram to his home for financial help. The telegram was sent the next morning by him while his wife and child accompanied Baba lover to Guruprasad. When he arrived Guruprasad, Baba asked him why he had not left Poona for Bombay the day before in the afternoon as instructed. Baba lover told what had happened.

Thereupon, Baba said, “I am that thief.” Baba asked Pendu to give one hundred rupees to the Brahmin. Baba asked him whether he had any change, to which the Brahmin replied in the negative. Baba asked Pendu to give the Brahmin another ten rupees. Baba lover said to Brahmin, “Baba has given this amount to you as gift.” Baba replied, “I am a naked fakir. Tell him that Baba told one of His lovers to give this money to him...” The Brahmin asked Baba how he should return this money, to which Baba said,” Tell him this is Baba’s prasad.”

Just then, the Maharani of Baroda came for darshan and gave Baba a bottle of honey. Baba gave it to the Brahmin with instructions that he should give a spoonful of it to his son daily in the morning and evening, repeating Baba’s name. Baba also presented to the Brahmin a framed photo of Himself and asked him to pray before it twice daily. Baba then asked the Brahmin to return home. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-163)

 

8-A BRAHMIN STATION MASTER AGREED IMMEDIATELY TO ACCOMMODATE UPON GLANCING AT BABA AND ACCEPTED TEN RUPEES FOR TASTY MEAL

Baba and group moved to from Deolali to Lahit in Tonga on way to Igatpuri They stopped near an office by the train station, and Ramjoo went to see the station master. The man, a devout Brahmin, at first hesitated to accommodate the strangers, but Ramjoo informed him of Meher Baba's relationship with Sai Baba, and because of the man's awareness of Sai Baba's divinity, he agreed. Immediately upon glancing at Baba, the Brahmin was greatly impressed and expressed a desire to serve food. Baba told Ramjoo that he would agree to accept the food on the condition that the man, in turn, accepts whatever money was given to him. The station master at first refused, but when Ramjoo explained that he should either accept the money as Meher Baba's prasad or keep it aside and use it to aid someone poor, he agreed. He accepted ten rupees and, within a short time, brought them a fresh, tasty meal. The man was very happy to see them enjoy the food. (Lord Meher)

 

9-BULLOCK CART TRAILING WITH THE LUGGAGE TUMBLED DOWN; MEN HAD MUCH DIFFICULTY SLOWING THE CART.

In 1922, Baba and mandali proceeded to Khopoli in the afternoon. After walking a mile, they ascended the Bhor Ghat (a range of hills between Karjat and Lonavla). From there the descent to Bombay began and the lone bullock cart, which had been trailing with the luggage, took the lead. The gradient was steep and the bullock nearly tumbled down with the cart while the men ran alongside it, scrambling to keep it under control. The cart had been fixed with boards on its wheels to act as brakes, but they weren't effective, and the men had much difficulty slowing the cart's wheels with their bare hands.

Ghani's friend, Abdul Rezak, arrived with refreshments. Ghani suggested halting in the more comfortable setting of Rezak's house in Khopoli, but Baba chose to rest outside the town by a mountain brook. (Lord Meher-p-296-1922)

 

10-A CID OFFICER FOLLOWED THE MANDALI A GROUP OF STRANGERS INTHEIR FOREIGN ATTIRE BUT DID NOT STOP TO INTERROGATE THEM

On 12th June 1923, Baba said, "Before proceeding to Persia, I have been thinking of travelling six more months in India, walking from Kashmir to Bombay and staying somewhere along the journey for a month." He asked the mandali to think about this new plan and the route.

The next afternoon, Baba wished to climb the high mountain two miles away that overlooked their house. He walked there at a swift pace and the mandali, finding it hard to keep up after some distance, were practically running behind him. Observing the new strangers and their foreign attire, passersby began staring at them, and one C.I.D. officer even followed the group. Reaching the base of the mountain, Baba started climbing it with sure and swift strides. But none of the mandali could climb the rocks and slid back down as soon as they had gone up a few feet. Baba came down shortly thereafter, and the group returned to the city. The C.I.D. agent, however, did not stop to interrogate them. (Lord Meher-p-429-1923)

 

11-A CATHOLIC PRIEST MET BABA ON PERSUATION LEFT PUZZLED WHEN BABA SAID YOU ARE IN ROME AND I AM AT HOME.

Baba returned to Nasik on Saturday on 13th March 1937. Malcolm had met a Catholic priest at a religious conference in Nasik and he urged the priest to meet Baba, but he declined. When Malcolm told Baba, he also seemed uninterested. However, due to Malcolm's persuasion a meeting was arranged.

When they met, Baba commented to him, "All the mullahjis (Muslim priests) are good; the Pope is good; the Agha Khan is good; the pandits (Hindu scholars) are good. But only the Shankaracharya (head Hindu priest) can speak for hours on end!"

The priest, hearing Baba's words, proudly refuted what had transpired at the conference, "It was not the Shankaracharya, but I who spoke during the whole conference. The Shankaracharya could not argue convincingly at all. He could not say a word to me and I rebuked him severely."

"Yes," replied Baba, "these mullahjis, and the Shankaracharya, all need to be warned. They deserve lecturing and need to be taken to task."

"You just said they are good and now you say they need to be lectured?" the priest said. "I don't follow what you mean."

Explaining, Baba spelled out, "The Shankaracharya and high priests have big heads — they are intellectuals — but they have small hearts.

You, however, have a good heart."

Baba added, "There are many to teach in the world, but very few to learn."

"What do you mean?" asked the priest.

"They all teach but none of them wants to learn — and those who teach do not know the Truth themselves.

Baba then recounted an incident concerning Baily: "A chap named Baily was my school friend and he just could not believe how a boy like me, who used to play marbles with him, could as a man attain such a high state, while he was still where he was. The difference between him and me was so phenomenal that he wanted to see some miracles as proof in order to gain conviction about me. One day, when Baily was writing something in my thatched hut in Poona, all of a sudden the inkwell began dancing up and down! He was flabbergasted. After a little while, the pen jumped from his hand and also started to dance. He started shouting, 'BABA! BABA!' and wept continuously for some days. From that day on, he was convinced of my powers and had faith in me.

"I told him, 'You fool, if this small phenomena could convince you of spirituality, why don't you go follow Mohamed Chhel (a well-known tantric magician)?'

"All miracles are child's play, whereas spirituality is far above them. Miracles in themselves have no spiritual value or significance. But they are necessary and, at times, performed by the Master as a means to convince people of Truth and spirituality. Jesus performed miracles not for his own gain, but to make people recognize the Truth and to create faith in them. Yet, when he was crucified, he who could raise the dead, did not stop it!"

Changing the subject, the priest asked, "Why do you keep silence? Why don't you speak?"

"I always speak!" Baba replied, smiling. "I continually speak through you, through Malcolm, through all the high priests and through everyone."

Not following what Baba meant, the priest asked, "Then why do you use the alphabet board?"

"I talk through you and all, and I answer questions through this board."

The priest looked more perplexed and asked, "How? I don't understand."

Baba quipped, "Yes, you cannot follow because you have been to Rome, and I know because I have been to Home! This is the difference between you and me. You are in Rome and I am at Home!

The priest then left quite puzzled by his encounter with Baba. What Baba meant by "Home" was that he was one with God, and "Rome" was the church — rites, rituals, and religious orthodoxy. (Lord Meher)

 

12-A CHRISTIAN YOUTH DREAMT OF BABA IN ARAB ROBE; BABA TOLD HIM NOT TO WORRY

In year 1939, one day a Christian youth from Jabalpur approached Jal and told him, "I dreamt of Meher Baba in an Arab robe, and he told me to see you!" Jal took him to Baba on the 6th, and repeated the strange tale.

Baba listened and then told the boy, "Life is not to be wasted like this! You are depressed because you don't find employment. It is good that you have come to me. Don't worry, I will help you, and you will feel my help." The boy understood that Baba had read his mind and knew everything. (Lord Meher)

 

13-A COBBLER NEAR HOUSE OF BASTANI IN POONA STOOD IN ATTENTION, SALUTED BABA; ASKED FOR SOME MONEY WHICH WAS GIVEN THROUGH MEHERJI KARKERIA

In 1960’s When ever Beloved Meher Baba came to Guruprasad He would visit His house on Dastur Meher Road in Poona. The house of Faroukh Bastani was on the second floor of the 870 Dastur Meher Road. Bastani family used to stand in the Balcony and there they would observe Baba and His mandali’s visits. One morning when they were standing in their Balcony, they noticed Baba’s group came by car to visit His house. Beloved Baba came out of His car and started walking through the small lane towards the Baba’s house.

A cobbler (roadside shoe smith) always sat in a corner near the lane, repairing shoes, slippers and polishing the shoes. Whenever Baba visited His house: the car was parked on the roadside near lane. The cobbler on seeing Baba’s car quickly brushed his coat and his hair with the same shoe brush. The he wore his turban and stood in attention. As beloved Baba passed by him, he stood at attention and then saluted Baba. After that he held out his right hand and asked Baba for some money. Beloved Baba asked Meherjee Karkaria (one of Baba’s Men Mandali) to give him some coins.

This was repeated for few visits, One day Beloved Baba’s brother Jal approached the cobbler and told him not to beg and ask for money from Baba whenever He was visiting His house. The cobbler replied, “What is your problem I am not begging from you. I am begging from my GOD.” Later when this incident was narrated to Beloved Baba He had a good laugh. (Courtesy: “Memorable Moments” page 66 by Faroukh Bastani):

 

14-A COLLEGE PROFESSOR ASKED BABA WHAT IS LIFE BABA REPLIED LIFE IS A MIGHTY JOKE.

During Darshan at Dehradun a college professor asked Baba, "What is life?"

Baba looked at him with a smile and replied: "Life is a mighty joke! He who knows this can hardly be understood by others. He who does not know it feels himself in a state of delusion. He ponders over this problem day and night, but finds himself incapable of knowing it.

"Why? People take life seriously and God lightly, whereas we must take God seriously and life lightly. Then we know that we always were the same and will ever remain the same — the originator of this joke! This knowledge is not achieved by reasoning; it is born of experience." (Lord Meher)

 

15-A DEPRESSED MAN CHEATED BY HIS WIFE WAS SAVED FROM COMMITTING SUICIDE

In 1964, a man approached Guruprasad, and Baidul went to inform him that Baba was not meeting visitors. Bhau was sent to find out more about him, and Pukar was told to go also. Bhau tried to question the person, but the man stood weeping, unable to speak. Pukar for some reason blurted out, "Has your wife been unfaithful?" The man nodded and slowly told his story: He was from Bilaspur. He found out his wife was cheating on him, and she subsequently ran away with her lover. He decided to commit suicide, but he wanted Baba's darshan first. He came by train, even though he had no money to purchase a ticket. He was caught travelling without a ticket and jailed for one week. He had just been released.

Baba called the man and told him, "You are fortunate that your wife left you. She has given you the opportunity to remember God. Don't worry about her. It's good that she left. You should thank her. Because of her, you have gotten my darshan. Now, forget about her, and never think of suicide." The man was told to return home and given an amount for his return fare and food along the way. (Lord Meher-p-5007-1964)

 

16-A DEVOTEE WENT BLIND. CHANJI ADVISED TO KEEP BABA'S LOCKET IN WATER AND APPLY WATER TO HIS EYES WITH RESULT THAT HIS VISION IMPROVED.

While Meher Baba in Ceylon Baba narrated to the women following incident:

One of my devotees was working in an office, when suddenly he went blind. His family was miserable because of his plight. He was treated by doctors and taken to an occultist. But they could do nothing for him, except counsel patience.

Chanji happened to visit the man. Chanji knew he had faith in me so he advised, "Keep Baba's locket in water and apply the water to your eyes." The man began faithfully following the advice, without resorting to any other treatment. He also stopped taking his prescribed medicine. Chanji sat with him as the man put a locket of Me in a glass of water.

After a little while, he applied the water to his eyes. Chanji kept him company for the next two hours. Suddenly, the man saw a black spot, and in it appeared a vision of Me walking toward him. He told Chanji, who was overjoyed.

The next day, Chanji again went to see him.

His vision had continued to improve. He told Chanji, "Come closer. I can see you very dimly." After that, his sight improved so quickly that within two days he returned to work, to the utter amazement of the doctors (Lord Meher)

 

17-A DEVOTEE-ASKED PERMISSION TO STAY FEW MORE DAYS IN POONA BABA ALLOWED WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING THE JOBS OR THE FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES.

During sahwas programme in May 1961 at Guruprasad, a Baba lover said to Baba, if you permit us for some more days, we can very well stay in Poona for that period.”

Baba said, “Have you read the circular?’

“Yes. Baba.”

“Accordingly, you are not to seek the advice from Me on any personal or spiritual problems; you are not to expect any discourse from Me; not to seek permission to repeat the visit of Guruprasad.”

“We are not claiming permission. Can we not request you, Baba?”

“But then, what will you do over here?”

“We shall just be sitting in the hall, Baba.”

“Alright, Stay in Poona but without jeopardizing the jobs or the family responsibilities. And if there is nothing to be attended to in Guruprasad, we shall just sit or doze!” (Glimpses of Guruprasad -p-189)

 

18-A DHOBI WITH FOURTEEN CHILDREN WAS READY TO GO PANDHARPUR IN LION’S CLOTH IN OBEDIENCE WHICH AMUSED BABA  

A dhobi (laundryman) with his wife and children were residing near Grafton. The family would quarrel constantly, and after calling the members concerned, Baba would sit them in front of him and pacify them. Although he was not seeing anyone at this time, this poor dhobi's family was reaping a rich harvest of his company. The man had fourteen children, and the arguments were mostly between him and his elder sons.

Once, after a quarrel between father and son, Baba sent for both. The father told Baba, "If you order me, I am ready to go at this moment to Pandharpur dressed only in a loincloth! Is this not the meaning of obedience? If you instruct this good-for-nothing son of mine to go there, see if he goes or not!" Baba was much amused by their ways, and during the Satara stay, the family had the privilege of his contact practically every day. By Baba's instructions, Goher also had to treat the whole family in case anyone got sick. (Lord Meher)

 

19-A DISTINGUISHED LOOKING MAN WAS TOLD BY BABA THAT MEMORISING GOS SPEAKS HAS NO MEANING UNLESS YOU GET REAL EXPERIENCE

During Andhra tour, a distinguished looking man came to garland and bow down to Baba. He said, "I have read God Speaks so many times that I have it on the tip of my fingers. Now please instruct me how to realize the Truth."

Baba said:

That which is meant for the mind, mind grasps through the intellect. To know what is beyond mind, destruction of the mind is required. You want to know that which is beyond mind through the medium of the mind! That is impossible. So it is far better for you to love God.

I am free eternally, still, within you, I am bound. What is required is experience. Only then will thoughts, doubts, questions vanish forever. A man may have read and studied “God Speaks’ but if he claims he is God, it is hypocrisy!

For example, you are a man. Is it necessary for you to tell others that you are a man? No. But if you are ([living) among donkeys, you would vehemently declare that you are a man. In the same way, I am God, but I have not to speak of it, because it is quite natural. Yet sometimes, I have to declare it.

How can you experience the Infinite? You can try to imagine it, but you can have no real idea of it. No sooner the I goes, the veil is torn and the Infinite is realized. What is the veil between you and God?

It is only your ego! Annihilate it and let God take its place.

How can you annihilate your own self? If you want to tear the veil, destroy your ego! How? All efforts to remove the veil strengthen it, and knots upon knots accumulate and become twisted tighter. The easiest way is to surrender your ego to Me, regardless of how I handle it. (Lord Meher-p-4475/6-1960)

 

20-A DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE SPOTTED BABA IN THE SPECTATORS' LOUNGE AND WENT TO MEET HIM; BABA DID NOT ENJOY LEFT THE STADIUM.

In year 1958, the Ranji Trophy cricket match, a national tournament, was played in Wadia Park in Ahmednagar from the 7th to the 9th of January, and Baba went the first two days to watch the teams play. He was able to watch most of the first day's match from the second floor of the Zilla Parishad (City Council) building overlooking the stadium, but the next day, the district superintendent of police spotted Him in the spectators' lounge and went to meet Him. A crowd collected, and since Baba could not enjoy the cricket match in peace, He decided to leave early. Before leaving, Baba presented a donation of Rs.100 to Nagesh Davre, the secretary of the Ahmednagar District Cricket Association. (Lord Meher)

 

 

 

21-A DRUNKARD DRIVER ENJOYED THE ROLLING DOWN OF THE CART FROM HILL

Once Baba heard of a mast who was in a village ten miles away. He asked the mandali to procure a bullock cart. They met a drunkard who, in his tipsy state, said he would bring his bullock cart if they paid him X number of rupees and also agreed to give him a tip of certain amount. The deal was settled. He demanded his tip FIRST! He was given it. He at once raced off, not to get bullock cart but to nearest pub, where he had his fill. Then he set out asking friends for a cart. For, he did not possess any of his own. After much waiting, he did bring a cart, but his eyes were red and rolling.

Baba and the mandali climbed into the cart, and the drunken driver whipped the bullocks. They bumped along a stony track. On the way, they came to a hill. The driver whipped the bullocks, and they climbed the hill at good speed. On the descent, he let go the reins, and the bullocks had the freedom to run at breakneck speed. The cart rattled down the hill with all its occupants. None of them thought that they would arrive alive or in one piece. The driver seemed delighted with speed at which the cart was rolling and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. The cart did arrive at the foot of the hill, but   the bones in everyone’s body were rattled to the extent that they felt they would fall apart at the joints. Poor Gustadji suffered the most from this joyride. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-316)

 

22-A FAMILY KNOWN TO BAHRI (MRS) CAME TO GURUPRASAD; BABA ASKED THEM O COME NEXT DAY BEFORE LEAVING FOR POONA. UNLUCKY FAMILY WERE REFUSED BABA DARSHAN.

Mrs. Bahri from Dehradun had come and stayed in Poona for many days. One family from Dehradun known to her came to Guruprasad (Poona) after travel from Bombay for Meher Baba’s darshan for the first time. Baba caught them when they said they are coming from Dehradun and said you are not coming directly from Dehradun but touring many cities before coming to Poona. Baba asked them to come tomorrow.

Since they had no faith, they decided to return back to Bombay next day. As they were talking about their return to Bombay, Baba sent a messenger came with message that they can go wherever they want to go and don’t not come to see Baba tomorrow. But before going back to Bombay they should meet a lady named Mrs Bahri who had come from Dehradun who was now staying in Poona.

When they met Bahri started crying. She pitied them for planning to go to Bombay when Baba Himself wanted to meet them next morning. She told to them that they were unlucky and missed a golden opportunity. She told them she was waiting many days to meet Baba but had not got the chance. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-163)

 

23-A FARMER GETS CURED OF BACK PAIN

In early years at Meherabad, a nearby farmer became very close to Beloved Baba, and he would often sit with the Mandali as one of them. All was well with him, except that he had persistent backache which gave him considerable pain and interrupted his work. But he did not complain to Baba about his condition and pain. One day when he was present, Baba complained about the effect of his buffalo milk then He turned to the farmer and asked about his one cow. ”But Baba, she barely gives a cup of milk each day.” farmer said. Baba replied. “Never mind, bring Me tomorrow whatever milk you get from her. Do not keep any of it for yourself.

The next day the farmer appeared with about two liters of milk, not the cupful that he normally got. Seeing this Baba appeared as though angry, and said sternly, “You liar, you said you only ever receive a cup of milk daily!” and with that He struck the farmer such a blow that he banged against the wall hitting his back as he did so. When he arose he found that his back pain had disappeared and it never returned. (Courtesy: Divine humanity vol-2-p-181, Bill Le Page)

 

24-A FARMER WAS ASKED TO DIG FIVE FEET MORE TO FIND  WATER

During 1926, the scarcity of water was a great problem in Meherabad due to the increasing number of people staying there and the lacklustre rainfall that year.

A farmer from a nearby village came to Meherabad, looking very dejected as he approached the Master. When Baba asked the reason, the villager said, "I am a very poor man. I own a small piece of land, but cannot farm it due to lack of water. I borrowed money to drill a well, but no water was found, and now I am in desperate straits."

What do you want?" Baba asked.

"You are someone great. I have come to beg water of you. If I find water my problem will be solved. I have full faith that you will grant me this boon."

"How deep did you go?"

"Forty feet."

"Don't stop digging. Go five feet more. God is great; He will help you."

The villager left satisfied with Baba's advice. Baba then remarked to the mandali, "Today I committed a very serious mistake. I don't know how I did it! I asked that man to go five feet more and if he doesn't find water, what will happen? He will lose his faith in Me and in God. Here you are digging and no water is found in My well! How then will he get water? I made a very serious mistake today."

After a week, the same man along with other villagers arrived with all the paraphernalia for performing Baba's arti and puja. The man looked elated. When Baba asked the reason he was so happy, he replied, "Water has been found in my well by your grace!" He performed arti and garlanded Baba. Afterward Baba distributed prasad to all the villagers and they left singing His praises.

After their departure Baba remarked to the mandali, "Believe Me — I am telling you the truth — I did nothing! It was the man's faith that brought water." (Lord Meher-p-724-1926)

 

25-A FINELY DRESSED MAN DEPRESSED BY TERRIBLE SUFFERING WAS CONSOLED BY BABA 

A finely dressed man came to see Baba and prayed to him for guidance on the path. Baba asked him, "For what do you want this guidance?"

The man confessed, "I have incurred numerous debts to maintain my family in comfort; now the debts are weighing on me like a great mountain. They pierce me like arrows and I suffer terribly. No one in the world is as miserable as I am!"

Baba urged him to have courage and advised, "Try to wipe out your debts. I will help you internally."

The man was comforted, and Baba explained, "Sacrifice is sweet when it is for a good cause. Suffering should be for something worthwhile, and not for selfishness or weakness.

"Even cowards suffer, as do heroes, but there is a great difference between the sufferings of the two. The wounds of the arrows which the brave bear, and the worldly arrows that pierce you, are as different as the earth and the sky. Cowards go on being miserable by the arrows of Maya, while heroes endure their lot for love of God." (Lord Meher)

 

26-A FINELY DRESSED YOUNG MAN DID NOT FOLLOW ORDERS WEPT BEFORE BABA

during the darshan program in Bombay on 21st December 1937, a finely dressed young man was standing in line weeping. When he approached Baba, he embraced him forcefully and fell at his feet sobbing. Baba stopped the darshan queue, looked into the youth's eyes and asked, "Did you carry out all My orders?" The young man could not say a word. Baba repeated the question, looking displeased. He spelled out, "An order is much more important than any amount of spiritual longing or gifts of thousands of rupees." Asking two women present to leave the room, Baba explained to him about sex:

There are seven kinds and colors of sanskaras. Red is the worst and the deepest; it is the most lasting impression and takes the longest to be wiped out. These red sanskaras are caused by the sex act; hence they are a great check on the progress and advancement. The sex act is considered a grave sin on the Path and prohibited to spiritual aspirants.

Thoughts [of sexual desire] may come, and even a rush of impulses, but one should not commit any action with another person. Even self-pollution (masturbation) is better, though it is bad in a physical way.

Sexual intercourse has the worst consequences. It attracts to oneself the worst sanskaras of ages past of one's partner; hence it is most difficult to wipe out. It incurs incredible damage to one's spiritual progress. The young man knew what Baba meant and moved on. (Lord Meher)

 

 

 

 

27-A FRIEND OF PREGNANT WOMAN CONVEYED OF LABOUR PAIN BABA ACTED IN A DIFFERENT MANNER FOR HER SAFE DELIVERY

In 1920, Baba was staying at Kaka Baria's in Bombay. A woman came to tell Baba that a dear friend of hers had been in labour for hours and still had not delivered the baby. Baba heard her and without saying a word covered Himself and seemed to be sleeping. The woman was astonished and thought: 'What sort of guru is this Meher Baba to have gone to sleep when my friend is dying in pain?' After she left, Baba got up and took a bath though he had never done so before at such an odd hour. When the woman went back to her friend, she discovered that while she had been narrating her plight to Baba, the woman had easily delivered the child and was resting." (Lord Meher)

 

28-A FRUIT STALL OWNER A BABA LOVER UNAWARE OF MANADALI DID NOT ACCEPT BARGAIN OF ORANGES IN HIS ABSENCE AND TOOK IT BACK

Baba departed Allahabad on the night of 9th February 1948, taking seven mandali men and leaving Babadas behind. They spent 36 hours in the train, changing trains several times en route. During the journey, as well as during his strenuous work in Allahabad, Baba and the mandali had been observing their partial fast of one meal a day. At one station, they got down at 2:30 A.M. to change trains. Although their next train was at the station, it was not scheduled to depart for several hours, so Baba and the men washed their face and hands and boarded it to rest.

Very early in the morning Baba noticed a fruit stall opening up for business on the platform, and sent Eruch to buy some oranges. The stall's owner was busy worshiping, praying before a photograph of what Eruch thought at first to be a saint, while a small boy dusted the jars of sweets and buns for sale. To his surprise, Eruch noticed that the photograph was of Meher Baba himself. Baba had told him to purchase six oranges, one for each of them, and Eruch asked the lad the price. The boy replied, "One anna per orange."

From the train, Baba gestured to Eruch, "Since we are buying six, try to bring him down."

Eruch began bargaining, and ended up paying five annas for the six oranges. When he returned to their compartment, he told Baba that the man had been praying before His photograph, but Baba did not pay much attention to it.

In the train, Baba handed each of the men an orange, and Eruch went to wash the one meant for Baba before cutting and serving it to Him.

On the way, he was waylaid by the owner of the fruit stall, who started berating him. "You men have taken advantage of my boy before I was open for business. You looted the boy!"

"What is the matter?" Eruch asked. "We paid for the fruit."

"Yes, at one anna less! Pay me one anna; my prices are fixed," the shopkeeper insisted.

"We bargained, that's true, but your boy agreed."

"He had no right to agree; he is only employed to sweep the place. You'll have to pay the amount or return the fruit."

Eruch returned to the compartment, and Baba instructed him to tell the man, "Once a bargain is struck and the transaction takes place, it is your duty not to go back on the deal."

But the man would not listen and insisted they either pay the extra one anna or give the oranges back. Eruch vainly tried to convince him, "This is not a good attitude. It's only one anna and that too, the first sale of the day (considered auspicious)."

Because the man had been worshiping Baba's photograph, Baba was taking pains to point out that his attitude was wrong. It was not a question of paying the extra money. But the man was stubborn and eventually took back the oranges.

Eruch asked, "Shall I tell him it is you, Baba?" Baba had covered His face with a shawl to avoid being recognized, which he always did while on tour.

Baba replied, "If he knows that, he will bring his whole stall here! How will he gain by that? He has benefited by praying to My photograph in My presence. Only that much is in his lot." (Lord Meher-p-2622-1948)

 

29-A GIRL SUDDENLY APPEARED AND CAUGHT BABA BY THE HAND; UNWILLINGLY BABA PUSHED HER AWAY AND TOOK BEATING FROM TEACHER WITHOUT WORD ON COMPLAINT

During school days, once after lunch, Merwan returned to school early. There was plenty of time before classes resumed, so he wandered to a solitary place and surveyed the surroundings. A girl in search of her friend happened to come by and, requesting His help, caught Him by the hand. Merwan's attention was elsewhere, and her sudden appearance startled Him. He tried to pull His hand away, but the girl held on tightly. Seeing that she would not let go, He gently pushed her away. She lost her balance and fell. The little girl cried and ran to report the matter to a teacher, who punished Merwan. He took the beating without a word. Moreover, of His own volition, He approached the girl and apologized for pushing her. (Lord Meher-115-1902)

 

30-A GOVERMENT OFFICAL RECEVED ANSWER TO HIS QUESTIONS WITHOUT ASKING FROM EVERY PATS BY BABA

Once, in April 1957, Baba was playing a checkers-like game with the mandali when an important government official came to see Him. Telling him to sit by His side, Baba continued the game. The official’s mind began working. Smiling, Baba remarked, “When I was Krishna, I played this game and in this form, also, I enjoy it. Though to you I seem to be absorbed in it, you know not what work I am now doing in the universe. My Universal work continues every moment – while I eat, drink, sleep, play – constantly.” The official received the answer to his question without asking it and was highly impressed. He watched Baba play for some time, and Baba would occasionally pat him on the back.

The man later related to Dadi Kerawala, “Baba is omniscient and answers any question, not with words, but through His smile. His pats were the answers to all my questions. Sitting by Him, God knows what questions arose in my mind. But when He would pat me on the back, all my questions vanished. This has been the most memorable experience of my life.” (Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 15, pp. 5165 – 5167)

 

31-A GRADUATE CAME WITH HIS TWO SONS FOR DARSHAN; BABA ADVISED TO FACE EVERY SITUATION WITH COMPLETE FAITH IN GOD

A young college graduate who had loved Baba from his teenage years came for darshan with his two sons on 12th May 1960. Baba remarked to him: "Once you were a child, and now you have come with children. As one grows in age there is a nonstop flow of positive desires. 'I want this ... I want that ... I want a wife ... I want children ... I want position ... I want, I want, I want!'

"Whether you become successful or unsuccessful in fulfilling these desires, at a later stage there surges a wave of negative desires (in reaction}, such as, 'I don't want this ... I don't want that ... I am fed up with my wife ... I am fed up with my position ... I don't want, I don't want,' et cetera.

"The real thing is that you should neither be carried away by the so-called pleasures, nor feel bored with them. You should face every situation with complete faith in God's will." (Lord Meher-p-4676-1960)

 

32-A GROUP OF REPORTERS FROM NEWS, EVENING STAR AND WASHINGTON POST INTERVIEWED BABA IN AMERICA

Baba was also interviewed by reporters from the News, the Evening Star and the Washington Post. The reporter from the Star, Charles Puffenbarger, asked what was the reason for His visit. Baba smiled and gestured: "I have been repeatedly telling that God is the only reality. God is in everyone. Everyone should love God. Your love for God should be so much that you see Him in each and all."

About his silence, Baba said: "God has been everlastingly working in silence, unobserved, unheard, except by those who experience His Infinite Silence. If my silence cannot speak, of what avail would be speeches made by the tongue?"

To George Clifford, the reporter from the News, Baba stated: "Selfishness is the primary cause of wars. It must be replaced by selflessness to have world peace."

 

33-A GROUP OF YOUNG GIRLS FROLICKING CAME INSIDE GURUPRASAD ERUCH OBJECTED BUT BABA GREETED THEM

During stay in Poona in March 1961, although visitors to Guruprasad were strictly banned, Baba, Himself, would sometimes contravene His own orders. For example, Baba had given orders that His lovers were not even to look inside Guruprasad if they happened to be passing by, as Baba might be on the verandah at that time. Not to risk breaking His order, several avoided travelling via Bund Garden Road altogether.

One evening a few young girls came inside and began frolicking about. Eruch saw them and came out to scold them that they were trespassing. "What do you want?" he demanded.

"We just wanted to see what was inside," they said.

"Is this the time to come when the gates have been shut? What is here? A zoo?"

The girls had been steadily approaching the main building, because, from behind Eruch, Baba was standing waving for them to come closer. Pointing to Eruch, Baba remarked, "Yes, this is a zoo, and here is one of the animals!" Baba greeted the girls, who then scurried away. (Lord Meher-p-4741-1961)

 

34-A HARIJAN MONEY LENDER WAS SLAPPED BY BABA FOR HIS MISBEHAVIOUR TO A LADY

In year 1925, Arangaon was an impoverished village at the time, employment was scarce and villagers often had to resort to taking loans from moneylenders. Once a villager ran off from home without repaying a loan of Rs.20 to a Harijan. Out of revenge, the Harijan assaulted the wife of the man who had taken the loan. When Baba found out about the incident, He sent for both. He scolded and slapped the Harijan for raising his hand to a woman. Baba instructed the woman to repay the man at seven rupees per month for three months, and he accepted the agreement. The woman did so and thus freed herself of her husband's debt. (Lord Meher-p-588-1925)

 

35-A HELPLESS FAMILY WAS SAVED BY TIMELY HELP BY BABA

Once during the ten-day tour in March 1942, Baba stopped in Sitapur. Although it was not on their itinerary and no mast was found, it became evident to the mandali why Baba had come to Sitapur when they happened upon a helpless family camping under a tree near the railway station.

Baba told the mandali to make inquiries about them. The family consisted of three children, their father and mother. The mother was so gravely ill she could not move. Local inquiries revealed that one of their children had died the previous day. They had no money whatsoever. The illness of the woman and the recent death of the child had left the father totally despondent.

Baba instructed the mandali to first feed them and then question the man about his condition. He had been driven almost to madness by his unfortunate situation. Baba and the men were on their way to Bareilly, and Baba instructed that the family be taken along in the train. This was done, and once they arrived there, Baba instructed that the wife be admitted to a hospital. Money was given to the man to feed his family. As Bareilly was a large city, the man said he would be able to find employment soon. Once again, Baba's timely help had saved a family who had almost given up all hope and were on the point of dying of starvation. (Lord Meher-p-2270/1-1942)

 

36-A HINDU COUPLE WAITED FOR BABA’S DARSHAN DURING SECLUSION MEDITATED BUT LEFET WITH HEAVY HEART

In late April 1928, Baba again entered seclusion. He was in the underground crypt and gave orders that no one was to be sent up the hill. One day three groups of visitors unexpectedly arrived at Meherabad for Baba's darshan.

Just before the Parsi group arrived, a Hindu couple also came to Meherabad with the explicit intention of having Baba's darshan. The couple and the group of Parsis were told that Baba was in seclusion and was not seeing anyone or giving darshan. On hearing this, those who had come to sightseeing merely laughed cynically and decided to go back. The sincere Parsis who had come for darshan were disappointed but decided to stay, hoping that Baba would come down the hill or call them up. They sat with Chanji and inquired about the Master, listening attentively to His stories. They left around four o'clock, after six hours of waiting.

Also deciding to wait, the Hindu couple sat near Baba's gaadi by the dhuni and began meditating. They continued meditating, waiting patiently until nine o'clock that night in hopes of having Baba's darshan. Finally, believing it was God's will that they not see Baba, they left with heavy hearts. (Lord Meher-p-923-1928)

 

37-A HINDU DESTITUTE BOY WAS RESCUED, FED AND LATER RESTORED TO HIS PARENTS 

In the year 1923, at Surat mandali men removed the luggage as they had to change trains. Baba walked to the bazaar near the railway station. On the way back, He spotted a Hindu boy of about eighteen in a pitiable condition. The boy was shivering in the cold. At Baba's request, Ramjoo inquired and found that the boy had come from Wadala seeking employment in Surat, but had fallen ill and was now penniless. Baba then directed one of the mandali to boy to a nearby restaurant, where he was fed to his heart's take the content. A railway ticket to Wadala was purchased for the boy, and Baba handed it to him, instructing him to return to his parents and recuperate. Baba and the mandali then boarded the train for Ahmadabad.

The Master's decision to leave the station and walk through the bazaar was a divine pretext for encountering this destitute youth and to rescue him. Witnessing this incident, the mandali were deeply touched and impressed by Baba's spontaneous love, mercy. (Lord Meher-p-466-1923)

 

38-A LADY CURED OF CANCER

Melli Irani had a transport business spanning in Quetta and also parts of Iran. Melli Irani was Business associate of Keshavram Panchal (Father of Gulabdas Panchal). His helmets used to be cleaned in Keshavram workshop. A cleaner employed in the Keshavram workshop knew Melli Irani. Once he went to Melli Irani’s office and saw that he was sitting very dejected. He asked him if his wife had become more ill because he was already aware of the grave illness she had. She had cancer of the esophagus and it was spreading all over. She had almost stopped eating and was on liquids. Now the time had come she was also vomiting out the liquids. She had grown quite weak. Melli Irani was told that his wife might not live long.

The cleaner happened to mention to him that there was an Irani saint from the same community to which Melli belonged who could be useful. Melli decided to travel to Meherabad to seek his blessings. He repaired his car and took his wife in the back seat of his car, reclining. They drove all the night and reached at 5 p.m. the next morning. They waited till 8 am... Baba did not call them but he came out. He scanned the young lady up and down with his eyes. Then he gestured the couple to go.

Melli was disappointed. He returned to Bombay with his wife, cursing all the way. She did not show any sign of recovery. He took her to Dr Golawala for X-ray, when the X-ray was taken. There was no sign of infection or cancer cells. The doctor used the second X-ray machine. Then he also sent her to another specialist. Even that radiologist could not detect cancer cell. Doctors were surprised.

When Melli realised his wife was cured, they decided to meet Baba. They took a large rose garland but when they reached Meherabad, Baba refused to take the garland and said Melli had abused him all the way home on his return journey. Melli was asked to go back to Bombay. Melli never contacted Baba again. His name has not come to circulate in Baba’s orbit of love.  (Courtesy: “Unlocking Secrets” page 131-2 by narrated by Smt. Nirmala Panchal)

 

39-A LAME WOMAN LOST BALANCE AND FELL AT BABA’S FEET WAS ABLE TO WALK NEXT DAY

One day Anna brought two afflicted women to Baba. One woman was lame and had been in pain for many months from some deformity. She lost her balance and fell at Baba's feet. He comforted her, saying "Your suffering has fallen at my feet." The next day, she was able to walk quite naturally again and confessed to Anna that he had taken her to a "very good Bua." (Lord Meher-p-793-1927)

 

40-A LEADER OF HARIJAN WAS ADVISED TO CONTINUE STRIKE AGAINST EMPLOYERS NON-VIOLENTLY FOR TEN DAYS

A leader of the Harijans in the city came to see Baba and informed him of their resolve to go on strike against their employers because of prejudicial mistreatment. He asked for the Master's advice, which Baba gave: "Hold on and continue to strike non-violently for ten days, and you will succeed. Your grievances will be met. My blessings to you." The man invited Baba to view the strike, but Baba did not promise to do so.

The next day, however, when Baba was returning from a visit to Tapovan, where he had gone to celebrate the Hindu holiday Holi, he told the driver to drive past the temple where the picketers were on strike. Recognizing Baba, the strikers acclaimed Him, but Baba did not get out of the car. He left after briefly viewing the scene. (Lord Meher-p-1153-1930)

 

41-A LECTURER WAS REPRIMANDED FOR NOT MEETING APPOINTMENT GIVEN BY BABA

Baba had asked a lecturer in a college to come on certain date, which he missed. He came to see Baba after few weeks. Baba asked him if he had read His books. The visitor replied. “Yes Baba, they are really a blessing to whole world.”

Baba said,” what about you? Have you read the books as they should have been read, you would have left the work on hand to keep up the appointment. It was for your good. My love is impersonal and unconditional too. In spite of your failure to come, I love you.”

The visitor asked,” Baba, are you coming to Poona next May?”

Baba said, “For Me, there is no tomorrow, and you talk about next May! Even so, I know what is to happen at any time in the seemingly endless future, including next May! I live in the present moment, which has eternity within it. Time is not there. Past and future exist for you.” (Courtesy: Glimpses of Guruprasad –p-146)

 

42-A LOVER FROM HYDERABAD SUFFERING FROM PARALYSIS IN ONE ARM AND LEG WAS CURED BY DRINKING SIMPLE WATER

A lover from Hyderabad had come to see Baba. He had helped the mandali to construct a small room on a hill where Baba stayed for some time. After Baba left this place, the lover used to keep a Baba’s photo in that room and prayed to Him. He developed good faith in and love for Baba. One day he had a sudden stroke of hemiplegia-paralysis of one arm, one leg, and his face. He could not move. His condition was serious, yet he refused to take any medicines or injections. He would keep a glass of water before Baba’s picture and pray to Baba. He would then drink the water as medicine. His faith in Baba was so great that he was cured and had come to see Baba. Baba asked him to lift his leg and arms, which he did with comfortable ease.  (Courtesy: Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-327)

 

43-A LOVER LOST HIS CLOTH AND SOME MONEY WHILE COMING TO POONA WAS TOLD NOT TO BROOD OVER THE LOSS BUT SOMETHING WHICH HE HAS ACHIEVED

On 8th June 1963, during sahwas at Guruprasad (Poona), one lover narrated: luggage was stolen when he was coming from Bombay to Poona. He lost practically all clothes that he had and also some money. Baba said, “It good that you have no family or you would have lost that also. If you had got lost, it would have been good. If you don’t brood over the loss of your belongings, then it’s something you have achieved.” (Courtesy: Glimpses of Guruprasad p-342)

 

44-A MAGICIAN WAS EXPOSED BEFORE ALL WHEN MEHERWAN (CHILD) REVEALED THE TRUTH THAT MAGICIAN HAD TOLD ME NOT TO SPEAK

In 1942, on one occasion, Baba noticed a magician strolling by their house and, just for fun, called him inside to demonstrate his magic. The magician said he wanted a boy, and Meherwan stepped forward. The magician very softly whispered in his ears, "Now when I clap, stops speaking, and when I clap again, talk!" He then announced to all: "I will now use my magic on this child whereby his tongue will be rendered useless."

Mumbling some incantation, the magician waved his wand over Meherwan, clapped and said to the audience, "Now if you wish to ask him anything, ask, but he won't be able to answer." Everyone questioned Meherwan, but he kept quiet. Baba too asked him something; still he did not reply.

The magician clapped, and Meherwan began speaking. When the show was over and the man had left, Baba asked Meherwan, "Why couldn't you speak?"

Meherwan said, "The magician told me not to speak!"

All had a good laugh at his disclosure, but Baba insisted, "No, no, he hypnotized you and prevented you from talking!" Meherwan persisted, "No, Baba, really, he told me not to speak!" (Lord Meher-p-2882-1942)

 

45-A MAN CAME AND SAID HE WANT NOTHING BUT EXPRESSED ALL HIS DIFFICULTIES STILL WANTED GOD

A man came to Baba for darshan and said to Baba, “I have not come to ask anything of this world.  I have come only with desire in my heart to have your darshan.” Hearing this, Baba felt very happy. He further said,” Baba! Nowadays I am not keeping good health. . With your blessing I become alright, I don’t want anything more than this. In reality I have not come to ask you for anything.” After this he described his financial condition, big family and many other difficulties. And every time he also said, that these are minor things, I do not want much, in fact I want God.”  On this, Baba said, “there are people who time and again repeat that they want nothing but go on putting their problems one by one. (Courtesy: Maja Meher Ke Sath Me-p-109)

 

46-A MAN CAME FOR INTERVIEW AND SPOKE OF HIS INNER EXPERIENCES BABA TOLD HIM THESE EXPERIENCES HAVE NO SIGNIFICANCE. MEDITATE AFTER TAKING MY NAME

On 8th June 1963,at Guruprasad, someone had come to Baba for an interview. This man told Baba of all the experiences that he felt he had on path. Baba said, “This man had a mental breakdown four years back for which he had consulted a doctor. The next day after this, he came to Me for the first time and embraced Me. During the eight days that followed this embrace, he said he had complete peace and tranquility of mind and also inner experiences like hearing celestial music, smelling unearthly scents, seeing circles, and lights. He had been telling these experiences and discussing them with others. He felt that he was very near the Goal.

I told him not to discuss these experiences, as they have no significance and are illusory. I gave him instructions to get up at 3 am, as was his usual practice for meditation, but to remember Me before beginning of meditation.” Baba continued, “Had i not exhorted him, he would have been an addiction to the present-day hypocritical saints. Getting enamored of such experiences is rawness on the path. Love for God is something quite different. In Love, there is no compromise. Either you love God, or you don’t. (Courtesy: Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-342)

 

47-A MAN EXPERIENCING FLIGHTS IN DREAMS BABA SAID ACTUAL EXPERIENCE OF REALITY, IS DIFFERENT; YOU MUST SCRUPULOUSLY AVOID ALL HYPOCRISY

On 19th April 1960, at Guruprasad, Beloved Baba explained to a seeker who had been experiencing flights in dreams that no one should attach too much importance to such experiences,” Many people who love Me experience miracles, like My being on the bed of sick persons. But real anubhav, or experience of reality, is different from all such things. Even saints can get stuck in the minor experience on the path. You must scrupulously avoid all hypocrisy and get lost in God if you want to have that experience by which you become what you really are. This experience, being beyond the mind, cannot be explained. Still, I often try to describe it for you using charts and similes, so that you may have some idea about it. (Courtesy: Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-124)

 

 

48-A MAN FOUND HIS SON                                                                          

n 29th September 1926, a Hindu gentleman whose son had disappeared came to Baba and brought with him a printed handbill with his son's description. Though sincerely interested in finding the boy, he also wanted to test Baba. He asked, "Where is my son and when will I find him?"

Baba replied, "Your son will be found tomorrow and for that you should start for Sholapur immediately." When he was about to leave, Baba called him back and rebuked him, "What do you take me for? If you take me as a saint, why is it necessary to ask questions? And if you take me as a fortune teller, where is my fee?"

The man admitted his wrong intention and Baba directed him to take darshan of Narayan Maharaj at Kedgaon. Baba also suggested that he inquire at the Christian Missionary School there for his son, assuring him that he would soon locate the boy. (Lord Meher-p-717-1926)

 

49-A MAN FROM BILASPUR LEFT BY HIS WIFE CAME BEFORE CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE; BABA SAID IT WAS A GOOD REASON TO HAVE GOTTEN MY DARSHAN

In 1954, one day, a man approached Guruprasad, and Baidul went to inform him that Baba was not meeting visitors. Bhau was sent to find out more about him, and Pukar was told to go also. Bhau tried to question the person, but the man stood weeping, unable to speak. Pukar for some reason blurted out, "Has your wife been unfaithful?" The man nodded and slowly told his story: He was from Bilaspur. He found out his wife was cheating on him, and she subsequently ran away with her lover. He decided to commit suicide, but he wanted Baba's darshan first. He came by train, even though he had no money to purchase a ticket. He was caught travelling without a ticket and jailed for one week. He had just been released.

Baba called the man and told him, "You are fortunate that your wife left you. She has given you the opportunity to remember God. Don't worry about her. It's good that she left. You should thank her. Because of her, you have gotten my darshan. Now, forget about her, and never think of suicide." The man was told to return home, and he was given an amount for his return fare, and for food along the way. (Lord Meher-p-5077-1964)

 

50-A MAN HAD LOST FAITH AND BELIEVED THAT BABA TO BE A TOTAL HOAX

On the morning of 26th May 1963, a few persons returned to Guruprasad. Baba mentioned that he had been with the mandali since morning. Baba spotted the man who had claimed that he had lost faith in Baba and who believed Baba to be a total hoax. Baba told the man, "Judas grew up with Jesus, and yet he betrayed Him in the end. Peter, who was the chief apostle of Christ, also denied Him. So why worry if you get such thoughts about Me? Stick to Me and do not let go of My daaman; keep a firm grip, at least until the 1st of January 1964. Do not go to any saint. Come here daily for the next fifteen days, and your mind will be free of all such thoughts." (Lord Meher-p-5007-1963)

 

51-A MAN IN THE CAR MET BABA ON THE ROAD, BOWED DOWN HAVING SEEN HIM 35 YEARS AGO IN TOKA

In 1963, on the way to Poona, Baba had the car stopped. He used his commode, behind a makeshift screen erected by the mandali by the side of the road. But as he stepped out and stood for a moment by the door, a black car which had been behind them for some time drew up in front. A man alighted and with joined hands walked straight to Baba. Adi stopped him, but Baba motioned that it was all right. As the man bowed down, he explained, "I saw you last in Toka 35 years ago, and I cannot tell you my joy at the unexpected blessing of this chance meeting on the road." Baba smiled and gestured that he too was happy about it. The actual reason for Baba having stopped at that particular time and place then became apparent. (Lord Meher-p-4933-1963)

 

52-A MAN LOSES HIS TWO SONS WHEN HE TRIED TO PROVE BABA FRAUD

In early years, when Baba was living in Meherabad, a man had come from Poona for Baba’s darshan. This man was not a Baba lover and his sole aim was in coming to Baba was to expose as a con-man. After taking Baba’s darshan, the man pleaded with Baba to bless him with a child, telling that he had no children.

The truth was that the man already had three sons and he was trying to trick Baba. If Baba blessed him because of his pleading that he had no children, then he could go and tell the world that Baba was fraud, for if Baba was God then He should have known that he already three children.

Then the man asked Baba to bless him with a child, Baba became silent. With a look of serious concern on His face, Baba said, ”Ask for anything else, but do not ask for this.” The man continued pleading, “By God’s grace, I have everything I need; the only thing I don’t have are children of my own. Please bless me so that I have one child.

Baba warned the man, telling him, “What you are asking from Me might cause you suffering. Be happy with what God has given you and don’t ask for a child. Ask something else and I shall definitely give it to you.

The man was adamant about what he wanted and insisted, “Baba, I want one child.” Finally, Baba said, “Are you absolutely sure that you want one child?” The man said, “Yes, Baba.” So Baba blessed him saying, “all right, then I bless you and you have one child. But don’t say that I didn’t warn you.” The man thanked Baba and left

When the man went back to Poona, he went around telling everyone about what had happened and proclaimed Baba to be fraud. He went about the task in vigorous way. It so happened that within a short while, two of his children fell seriously ill. The doctors were unable to diagnose the disease and the children finally succumbed to this strange illness. This man was completely heartbroken and grief stricken. He could not understand why all this had happened. It was only a few days later, when the man was reflecting over the situation that he remembered with horror Baba’s warning and now understood its true significance.

Fearing for safety of his only surviving child, he went running to Baba for His forgiveness. On meeting Baba, he narrated the whole episode and begged for forgiveness. He pleaded with Baba to see that no harm come to his only child. Baba forgave him and said to him, “I warned you about it, but you would not listen. What could I do?” Baba reassured the man that no harm would come to his only child. The man went away and never returned. (Courtesy: Real Treasure Vol-5 page-59-60 By Rustom Falahati)

 

53-A MAN OPTED FOOD FOR MANDALI INSTEAD OF BABA; MISSED AN EXTREMELY RARE CHANCE THAT COMES ONLY AFTER LIFETIMES.

One day someone came to Baba and entreated Him to come with His people for food at his house. Baba did not express His willingness to go. The person persisted with his request, and so Baba proposed, "If I alone visit your residence it will be tantamount to all the mandali also taking food, and so they need not and will not come. Now I give you a choice between my coming and my people coming for lunch!"

The person looked bewildered. On the spur of the moment he came under the veil of quantity and opted for Baba's people, for he was rich and had already made preparations to feed a large gathering. Baba with a smile gestured, "Granted."

Later, the person may have realized that he had missed an extremely rare chance that comes only after lifetimes. He chose the many rather than the One who represents all-Baba, the Ocean-become-drop. (Courtesy: Glimpses of the God-man, p. 295 1982)

 

54-A MAN STEALING MONEY FROM ERUCH’S POCKET EXCUSED BY BABA

On 15th August 1948, Baba and the mandali took a bus to Tiruppur, where Baba wished to contact Prasananand Swami Guru. Paramanand was a good yogi, 50 years old, and had a wife and children. When Baba and His mandali arrived, they were informed that Prasananand was fasting on water and had taken a vow of silence for 40 days. He had rigged up a sort of cell in one of the rooms of his house where he was currently sitting, while one of his followers kept guard to see that he was not disturbed.

As usual, whenever Baba would arrive in a village or small town, a crowd gathered to have a look at the strangers. As Eruch was busy talking with a devotee, a man with a palsied arm stood next to him and put his other arm lightly around Eruch's shoulder in a gesture of friendship — or so Eruch thought. Eruch was carrying a wad of ten-rupee notes in his upper pocket, and though he did not see the act, he heard a crisp sound, turned quickly and saw the man holding two notes in his hand. Because of the crowd, Eruch did not say anything, but he caught a firm hold of the man's wrist and dragged him behind the house, determined to give him a few hard slaps for picking his pocket. He raised his arm to strike him when suddenly someone caught his arm from behind.

Turning around, he saw it was Baba.

"What are you doing?" Baba gestured.

"This rascal pinched Rs.20 from my pocket!" Eruch responded.

Baba looked at the man. "Did you do that?" He caught hold of his earlobe (the usual punishment for children) and, pinching it, warned him, "Never, never do that again!"

Baba turned back to Eruch and motioned, "Give him back the money. It is meant for those who need it. Had he not needed it, why would he have stolen it?" Eruch hesitated, but Baba repeated, "Go on, and give it to him!" (Lord Meher-p-2667-1948)

 

55-A MAN STRUCK BY TRAIN WALKED AWAY AFTER BABA ATE RICE AND DAL

10 May 1929, Baba and the group took a bus to Manmad and then left by the Delhi-Allahabad Express train for Hardwar. Along the way Baba played games of chess and cards to pass the time.

Near the village of Khandawa an accident occurred; a man was struck by the train and severely injured. A large crowd gathered around the man.

Meanwhile, Baba dispatched Chhagan to buy some rice and dal from a vendor. Chhagan thought to himself, "A man has just been seriously hurt - all are rushing to his aid - yet this Deva (God) feels hungry and wants something to eat! How can Baba be so merciless? Who could eat at a time like this?" With these thoughts in his mind, Chhagan made his way through the crowd to bring the food, but he could not return quickly because of the excited crowd on the platform. After some time Baba lost His patience and sent Gustadji to look for him, and when Chhagan returned, Baba admonished him for taking so long.

Watching Baba eat, Chhagan thought, "Outside a man is dying and inside Divinity Himself is quietly enjoying His lunch in peace. How can Baba be so cold?"

Baba gestured to Chhagan, "What are you thinking?"

Chhagan replied that it was nothing. Baba shrugged and then spelled out, "You only think of the man who is hurt, but you have no thought for Me. How will you help him by thinking about him? Your sympathy is empty; it carries no weight.

"You see Me eating food, but what do you know of what I am really doing for that man? If you believe that everything is in My hands and not a leaf moves without My will, then why don't you accept that whatever has happened to him - and whatever will happen to him - is according to My will? Your only duty is to follow My wish. Why give importance to your wish?

"I am eating this food, but it reaches the belly of that man! You can't see that. Remember, I am the benefactor of all. Your sympathy cannot do a damned thing! To fulfill My wish, you have to burn up your desires. Only then will you be fit to serve Me."

Baba then sent Chhagan to see what had happened to the injured man. Chhagan was dumbfounded at the scene which met his eyes. The man had not only regained consciousness, but he was enjoying a cup of tea! He was about to be removed to a hospital in an ambulance and a doctor remarked that there was no serious injury. He would be all right and be able to walk once his fracture was set. Hearing this, Chhagan repented for his thoughts.

The fact was that Baba was not really hungry, but He pretended to be so in order to revive that man and to teach Chhagan a lesson about how he worked at times.

Baba would go to such lengths to drive home a message to his disciples, sacrificing his own comfort and often spending hours in the process for their sakes. (Lord Meher-p-1023-1929)

 

56-A MAN WANTED TO STAY, WAS ALLOWED BUT ACTUALLY WANTED TO GET RID OF HIS PROBLEM

A man came to Baba to have darshan and said, “I have come to stay with you forever. Staying with you, I want to serve you. I do not want anything. I have no attachment with the world. Only two times food and cloth to cover my body, I will remain contended and serve you.  Baba said to him, very few people come here who are satisfied with bread, cloth and small requirements. Very few come with love Me and God. Some people also come who ask for God as well as worldly things. Baba allowed him to stay with Him.  After half an hour, he again came and said, “Baba, I have only one problem, if I get rid of that problem then I will have no worry and I will serve you till my death. At last, after enquiries it came to light that he carried so much debit that it was not only difficult to pay off debt but impossible for him. (Courtesy: Maja Meher Ke Sath Me-109-English translation)

 

57-A MAN WAS ASKED BY BABA TO GRIND THE HANDMILBEFORE DARSHAN, BUT MAN DID NOT AGREE AND LEFT

On 4th July 1925, hand mills for grinding grain were obtained and fixed in a separate room, and the men began grinding their own millet for the bhakris that were served for their evening meal. Baba named the men to work the mills at fixed times each morning, from 7:00 to 9:00 A.M.

One day, when Baba was grinding the hand mill, a man came for His darshan. Baba told him, "I am grinding jowar (millet) and if you want My darshan, you will have to share in My work."

Taken aback, the man replied, "Great One, I have come for Your darshan, not for grinding grain."

Baba smilingly retorted, "What is the use of having the darshan of a simple grinder of grain? I grind completely those who come for My darshan. Without such grinding, how can you expect to have darshan? You are not in the least willing to do as I say, so how can I give you darshan?"

The man did not follow the meaning of his words and said, "Now that I have seen you, Baba, I will take your leave. Namaskar (Farewell)!"

"All right, take darshan!" Baba said. The man put his head on the Master's feet and went away. Afterward, Baba told the mandali, "That man has bowed to his desires and expectations, not to Me! Had he carried out My wish today, I would have given him My real darshan! I was in that mood and he would have assuredly derived great benefit had he listened to Me.” (Lord Meher-p-598-1925)

 

58-A MENDICANT LOVER HAD THE BABA’S DARSHAN IN SECLUSION

In April 1928, Baba again entered seclusion. He was in the underground crypt and gave orders that no one was to be sent up the hill. One day three groups of visitors unexpectedly arrived at Meherabad for Baba's darshan.

A mendicant showed up at about five o'clock, expressing his desire to see Meher Baba. On being told the Master's instructions, he spoke very forcefully, saying that he would have Baba's darshan or else he would not leave. He went to the well where he washed himself in preparation for meeting the guru. Afterward he sat under the neem tree near the dhuni, silently repeating God's name.

According to Baba's wish, travellers and fakirs who came from long distances were always given a meal, and so the mandali requested that the mendicant join them for supper. He answered, "Without the guru's darshan, I shall not touch food or water!" The mandali tried to persuade him not to act so stubbornly and overrule the Master's orders, but the fakir would not listen. That night, after hours of useless persuasion, he was invited to come and sleep inside with the men, but he even refused this and continued to sit by the main road.

The next morning the mandali found the fakir sleeping on the verandah of their quarters and concluded that he must have given up his foolish behaviour. But when the man awoke, his face was beaming, and he declared, "The guru heard my voice! My desire has been fulfilled. I had the guru's darshan last night."

Thinking he must have seen Baba in a dream, the mandali told him that Baba often appears to His followers in their dreams and he was fortunate to have had such an experience. At this, the man jumped up, rebuking them, "What are you talking about?! This was not a dream! Meher Baba came to me, in person, gave me His darshan, and then returned up the hill."

The mandali did not believe him, as Baba was in seclusion and never came down the hill once He retired for the night. But then one of the mandali who had been on night watch appeared at lower Meherabad and related how for some unexplained reason, Baba had walked down the hill during the night and then returned. The fakir was proved correct. He was given breakfast and left happily. (Lord Meher-p-924-1928)

 

59-MENTALLY UPSET MAN HAD INNER EXPERIENCE AFTER HAVING EMBRACE OF BABA

In the year 1963, Baba spoke of a man who had recently come for an interview with him. He told Baba of the experiences he had undergone. Baba said:

The man had a mental breakdown four years back for which he consulted a doctor.

The day after this he came to me for the first time and embraced me. During the eight days that followed this embrace, he said it brought him peace and tranquillity of mind and also inner experiences like hearing celestial music, smelling unearthly smells, seeing circles, colors and lights. He has been telling and discussing these experiences with others. He felt that he was very near the Goal. I told him not to discuss these experiences, as they have no significance and are illusory. I gave him instructions to awake at 3:00 A.M., as was his usual practice for meditation, but to remember me before beginning the meditation.

Had I not exhorted him (to do so), he would have been an addition to the present-day hypocritical saints! Getting enamored by such experiences is rawness on the path. Love for God is something quite different. In love there is no compromise. Either you love God, or you do not! (Lord Meher-p-5024-1963)

 

60-MIDDLE AGED HINDU WAS ASSURED BY TO GET A SON FOR HIS WIFE

In 1926, a middle-aged Hindu would come to visit Baba occasionally. His wife was seriously ill and for years the man had tried unsuccessfully to cure her by going on pilgrimage to different holy places in India and performing charities in her name. Baba assured him that not only would his wife recover but also she would bear him a son.

Months passed. At nine o'clock at night on 22nd September 1926, the man unexpectedly arrived at Meherabad carrying sweets and flowers. He smiled broadly and conveyed the news that a son was born to him. With tears of joy, he kissed Baba's feet in gratitude.

After the man left, the Master explained to the mandali about the state after death, (Lord Meher-p-712-1926)

 

61-A MUSLIM DOCTOR FROM BOMBAY WAS INSTRUCTED TO GET UP AT MIDNIGHT EVERY NIGHT AND REMEMBER GOD SINCERELY

One day a Muslim doctor from Bombay, who was a friend of Goher's, came to see Baba. The doctor said, "All religions lead to God, but no one understands the meaning of religion. No one is conscious of its true significance, and by adopting shariat (rituals) they create binding."

Baba replied, "Forget all that! Just tell Me if you would be willing to do as I say."

"Of course," the man replied.

Baba instructed him, "Get up at midnight every night, remember God sincerely - call out to Allah loudly with all your heart! - and you will have the Experience."

The doctor was pleased and departed. Dadi Kerawala was present during the meeting and thought: "How easy! Remember God for five minutes at midnight and experience divine bliss!" (Lord Meher-4164-1957)

 

62-MUSLIM LOVER DRAPED BABA WITH A SEHERA - A LONG VEIL OF FLOWERS TRADITIONALLY PLACED ON A MOHAMMEDAN GROOM; BABA SMILED AND LOOKED BEAUTIFUL

February 18 1937, was the day of Baba's actual birthday celebration. He rose in the morning Baba looked wonderfully refreshed and immediately became preoccupied with supervising and personally directing everything for the feast. Smiling, He greeted the Westerners and remarked, "I have that one bad Avataric habit of supervising every detail Myself!"

At eight o'clock Memo washed Baba's feet with milk and honey. The women devotees followed and then the men. The Westerners too participated in this ceremony. Afterward, the milk was distributed as prasad.

One of Baba's Muslim lovers draped Him with a sehera — a long veil of flowers traditionally placed on a Mohammedan groom. Baba looked beautiful in it and smiled broadly when it was put over his head. (Lord Meher-p-1767-1937)

 

63-A MUSLIM POLICE OFFICER ESCORTED MANDALI TO DHARMSHALA

At eight in the evening, Baba with three of His mandali men arrived in Baroda and stayed in the Gujarat Hindu Lodge. Sadashiv remained on the train and returned directly to Poona. The next afternoon at 4:00 P.M. they walked to Pavagarh and reached the foot of the mountain at nine that evening.

They had to carry their baggage along the narrow jungle road, and Padri asked Gustadji to light a lantern to guide them, implying that Baba might trip and fall. But Gustadji insisted that the other travellers along the road were carrying lanterns and there was sufficient light and no need to waste kerosene. As they began to follow one man, he walked briskly ahead, leaving them stumbling in the dark. Padri fell down and injured his leg, and later vented his anger at Gustadji. A Muslim police officer happened by and escorted them to a dharamshala where they rested for the night. As the place was situated in the middle of the jungle and was frequented by wild animals, the policeman strongly advised them to stay indoors and not venture out in the night. (Lord Meher-p-553-1924)

 

64-A MUSLIM PRINCE & WIFE SICK AND PITY WERE HELPED BY GIFT OF RUPEES FIVE HUNDRED

One interesting incident of these contacts was when they heard of a former prosperous nawab (Muslim prince) who had fallen victim to a wretched plight. Previously, he had been so rich that when he used to travel, a special saloon for him was attached to the train, and at the entranceway of his splendid home elephants were kept chained. Yet his sudden misfortune had reduced him to a pitiful state - selling bidis and matches on the street, and he had no place where he could call home.

Eruch began a search to locate this former prince in the Mud Fort locality of Hyderabad. The man was well known, but since he was without a place of residence, he could not easily be found. Eruch at last approached a shopkeeper who said, "He is here, lying sick on the veranda." Eruch went to him. He was lying on a broken-down cot, which someone had given him. Nearby were a few match boxes and bidis piled on top of an empty wooden crate — the extent of his worldly possessions. His wife had gone to a free municipal dispensary to bring medicine.

Eruch left and at once brought Baba, Pendu and Baidul. Eruch gently told the man, "My elder brother has come to help you. He will give you a large sum as a gift of love, and we will be grateful if you accept it."

Suspicious, the man asked, "From where have you come, and why do you wish to help me? With what motive?"

"Please do not ask such things," said Eruch. "Accept the gift as God's mercy; that is all we ask."

After much persuasion, the man agreed. Baba was in a hurry to finish everything, but Eruch said, "Baba, let's wait until his wife comes. There are many people about and someone might steal the money."

Baba replied, "Yes, money is such a thing that people in his condition cannot afford to be careless with it."

Baba approached the man to wash his feet. The sick man wanted to get off the cot and stand up. Although he was told not to do so, he would not hear of it. Baba washed and placed His forehead on his feet and gave him five hundred rupees as His love gift.

Seeing the stack of notes, the man was so overcome he fainted. Seeing the man fall, the people who were watching began verbally abusing Baba and the party. They charged that because of the presence of Baba and His men, the man had become more ill and died. A ruckus was raised. As a crowd gathered around them, Baba, Pendu and Eruch lifted the man and laid him back on the cot, and Baba began fanning him.

"Inform the police immediately!" the crowd demanded. "These are dacoits! They have poisoned the poor nawab! Don't let them escape!" Eruch tried to pacify them, but to no avail.

At this point, the wife returned with the medicine. Seeing her husband unconscious, she started weeping and wailing. Loudly she shrieked, "I have been deprived of everything in this world! Only my husband was left with me, and now you have snatched him away!"

Eruch tried to calm her, "He will come around soon; he is not dead. Do not be distraught. He has been given a large sum of money. See that it is kept safe and spent on his treatment."

The man slowly opened his eyes, and tears flowed. "Why do you abuse them?" he said to his wife. "These men are the angels of God! Do you know what they've done?" The woman started offering her thanks for the timely help.

Eruch told her, "It is God's grace. Thank Him!" Baba had quickly slipped out the door so suddenly; some still thought he was in fact guilty of a crime. (Lord Meher-Vol. 9 & 10, pp. 3651-3652)

 

65-A MUSLIM STAGE DECORATOR IMPRESSED BY BABA DECIDED NOT TO ACCEPT ANY REMUNERATION FOR MAKING STAGE IN ICCHORA

On 4th February 1954, Baba gave His public darshan in village Icchora. The Stage for Darshan was erected at 100 step away from Baba’s tent in north direction and connected with stage a large pandal was made for visitors. Work for erecting stage was awarded to a Muslim artisan and was to be paid rupees fifty per day and also given advance of rupees fifty to take up the stage work. He brought the material in three vehicles from Urai. He erected the decorated stage with coloured leaf and banners worth seeing. Seeing Baba in person, he was so impressed that He told Prabhu Dayal that I have the darshan of such a unique personality that I will not accept any more remuneration for making stage. My labour and life is successful having His darshan. Compassionate father, Meher Baba in return of his labour of love gave him what he could not have achieved in number of future lives. He was worthy of divine mercy, and thereby he could get the opportunity to serve Avatar Meher Baba. (Courtesy: History of Icchora p-33 translated in English)

 

66-A MUSLIM VILLAGER APROACHED AND TOLD WHEREABOUTS OF THE MAST HARIGIRI MAHARAJ

Baba was hunting the mast named Harigiri Maharaj, but he could not be found in the town. A villager approached, informing them, "The mast told me this morning that someone was going to come to him today, and it was not good for him to remain here. He has disappeared." Pendu and Baidul went to look for him, but despite their search of almost three hours, they could not find him.

Baba instructed Chanji to approach some local people from Vaijapur and have them look for the mast. They, too, failed, but they were paid for their efforts. Finally, Baba remarked, "If we don't find him by four o'clock, we'll go back." At quarter past four, quite unexpectedly, a Muslim from the village approached them and told them the whereabouts of the mast. Baba walked with the Muslim across a river with disciples..

After walking about a mile, they found the mast surrounded by villagers at a farm. Upon seeing Baba, Harigiri Maharaj said, "Let us go to our own abode." He took Baba by the hand, and led Him to the side of a temple where they could sit in private. When the mandali had seen the mast in the midst of a crowd, they were wondering how to coax him to a secluded spot, as Baba always wished seclusion when working with a mast. Wonderfully, the mast himself saved them the trouble. (Lord Meher-p-2406-1944)

 

67-A MUSLIM WORKING IN THE SHIP'S ENGINE ROOM SILENTLY GAZED; FELT TO SPEAK BABA GIFTED HIS HANKERCHIEF 

Baba with mandali left Karachi for Bombay by small ship in the morning on 22nd September 1929, amidst a loving farewell. During the rest of the voyage, Baba refused to come up on deck. The cabin He had been provided with was in the hold and the men were sweltering in the heat. Baba remarked, "It's My luck. This place (the hold) is destined for Me and I like it."

Although none of the passengers were informed of Meher Baba's identity, once they saw Him they could not help but stare. A Muslim who worked in the ship's engine room would stand silently in a corner and gaze at Baba, feeling too moved to speak. He never uttered a word, nor did Baba seemingly pay attention to him. After five days passed, Baba sent for the person and handed him His handkerchief. The man had tears in his eyes in appreciation of the precious gift, which he said he would never part with. (Lord Meher-1093-1929)

 

68-A NEATLY DRESSED WALI WOULD APPEAR WHENEVER YOUNG BOY (MEHER BABA) COMES TO LONAVLA RESTAURANT OF FAREDOON MASA

Dowla Masi and Faredoon Masa owned a successful restaurant in Lonavla. It was noticed that every time Merwan visited, a wali (saint) would come to the restaurant. The neatly dressed wali would enter the restaurant. This advanced soul was venerated by the towns people, and lived on the outskirts of the town, seldom leaving his spiritual seat. Yet, no sooner would Merwan arrive in Lonavla this wali would appear at the restaurant and remain daily from morning until night.

The local people tried to offer wali tea or food, but he would accept things only from the young boy (Meher Baba). Merwan would usually give the wali tea. On the day Merwan would return to Poona, the wali the spiritual personage would stop coming to the restaurant — much to the curiosity of the local observers. (Lord meher-p-133-1908)

 

69-A NEATLY DRESSED YOGI PRAYED FOR DIVINE HELP AND GIVEN TASK OF REPEATING A COUPLET BUT LEFT WITHIN ELEVEN DAYS

On 10th August 1926, the Irani New Year was celebrated. The following day, a neatly dressed yogi, who spoke English, arrived at Meherabad. He bowed to Baba and prayed for his divine help. Baba directed him to stay at Meherabad and then quoted this strange couplet in Gujarati: "Matla, ghatla, ghotla, satla/ Watla, chotla, aur potla."

Baba's remark implied that for begging purposes, a yogi should not possess anything more than a cloth bag and a staff. He should not accumulate things, should avoid all comfort and should not wear long hair for the sake of show. He should be attached to nothing and follow the precept: "The wandering yogi, the flowing water."

However, after only eleven days, the yogi wished to leave Meherabad. On Baba's inquiring the reason, the person replied that the food there was not good. Disappointed by his attitude, Baba allowed him to depart. Watching him go, Baba remarked regretfully, "Came for God, left for bread." (Lord Meher-p-699-1926)

 

70-A NEPALESE BOY-ROWDY WATCHMAN OF THE GARDEN IN DEHRADUN WAS OFFERED SALARY, FOOD, CLOTHING PLUS EDUCATION. LATER SENT BACK TO HIS HOMETOWN IN NEPAL.

Adjoining Baba's bungalow in Dehra Dun was a garden of guava trees. Four watchmen had been hired to shoo away the birds at night. The men would shriek and shout, and Baba would complain about the noise, stating that he was much disturbed. One day Baba directed Kumar to tell the watchmen not to make so much noise at night.

Kumar did as instructed, but they laughed derisively and said, "What you say is true. But if we don't do it, the birds will eat all the fruit, and who will make up for the loss? Our boss would fire us and we would be out of work." Returning, Kumar informed Baba, who sent him back with the message that they should be less noisy while frightening away the birds. Kumar went and told them.

The next day, Baba complained that the noise that night had been worse than before. Kumar was exasperated by Baba's complaining. Baba, nevertheless, sent him to the owner of the garden, who got very upset with him for wasting his time. "If I don't tell my servants to make uproar," the man said, "they will go to sleep and the birds would ruin my garden. But I cannot understand how you could be disturbed by their shouts. It is not possible for their noise to be heard in your bungalow."

When Baba was informed, he asked Kumar, "What is the remedy for this?"

Half-joking, Kumar said, "There is no other remedy than to buy the garden and let the birds eat all the fruit."

"A wonderful idea!" replied Baba enthusiastically. "Go and find out its price."

Kumar once again approached the owner, who became even more infuriated. "Have you any sense? Is this the time to sell a garden when it is full of fruit? Anyway, the fruit has already been sold to a contractor who is gradually taking away the produce."

When Baba was informed, he sent Kumar back with this message: "Tell the contractor not to take the produce gradually, but to collect it all at once."

Kumar returned. The owner dismissed Kumar with an angry wave of his hand, shouting at him to leave at once. When Baba was told he still complained, "Somehow this racket must be stopped. I cannot sleep and it is affecting My health, My mood and My work. Something must be done."

After a few minutes, Baba said, "All of the watchmen do not make such a loud noise. It is one boy among them who is the loudest. If you bring him here and put him to work here, the problem will be solved." Kumar left to identify the young culprit. He found him, but the boy was not convinced to give up his job. Kumar tempted him with a higher salary, but still he refused. Despite this, Kumar persisted, and at last the boy was prevailed upon and brought to Baba, who was pleased to see him.

The eighteen-year-old lad was Nepalese and did not know Hindi very well. Baba asked him his salary, and with a very funny accent he replied, "Powcheese rupiya" (instead of pacheece rupiya meaning, Rs.25). Baba enjoyed his way of speaking Hindi and assured him, "You will get Rs.50 working here, plus food and clothing. Besides this you will be educated."

The boy was overcome with joy and Bhau was given the duty of teaching him. He was provided with cotton and woollen clothing, and all his comforts were seen to. But he now began behaving like a boss — with Bhau as his servant! Bhau's duty included making his bed, bringing his food, cleaning his dishes and generally seeing that he was happy.

Although the nightly ruckus in the garden continued, Baba now expressed no signs that he was disturbed.

He loved the Nepalese boy, and his stay pleased Baba. From the day the boy moved in, Baba disregarded the noise. The boy stayed in Bhau's room and tried to learn what he was taught, but his head would ache with the least effort. A, he would pronounce as aa, and he learned virtually nothing, even after two months. Baba would call him daily and repeatedly ask, "What wages were you getting there?" and in his peculiar pronunciation he would utter, "Powcheese rupiya," which would delight Baba and make him laugh.

The background of the Nepalese boy was that he was an only child and had, for some reason, run away from home. His parents were distraught at his disappearance and wept sorrowfully for him. They had tried to find him, but were unsuccessful. This was learned when a friend of the boy's from Nepal came to visit him in Dehra Dun two months later. When Baba was told, he persuaded the boy to return home. Baba would daily lay His head on the lad's feet and embrace him, and only His love made the boy obey.

The youth was given Rs.300 and left willingly. Had he not come to Baba, he would never have gone home. Thus, after a couple of months, the true reason for Baba's "disturbance" came to light. (Lord Meher-p-3402/3/4-1953)

 

71-A NEWS REPORTER OF MAHARASHTRA ASKED BABA ABOUT WINNER OF WAR BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA; BABA PRONOUNCED HIS AVATARHOOD AND INDIA'S VICTORY.

During East West gathering in 1962, several newspaper reporters were present. After taking darshan, one reporter from the Hindi newspaper the Maharashtra Times, quickly asked Baba, "Who will win the war between India and China?"

Baba replied, "As the Avatar of the Age, I have taken birth in India — so Bharat (India) will eventually be victorious. Just now, someone was reciting the call of Lord Krishna in the Gita. I am Lord Krishna, I am the Ancient One. Time and time again, I come down to protect and redeem My lovers. I am the Christ, the Personification of Love."

Shouts erupted from each language group, as Baba's pronouncement of His Avatar hood and India's victory were translated. (Baba's statement was published in most newspapers in India, and two weeks later, China unexpectedly declared a ceasefire and withdrew its troops across the border. (Lord Meher-p-4880-1962)

 

72-A PANDIT WAS ASKED TO BATHE HARIJAN BOY BEFORE DARSHANBABA DISAPPROVED UNTOUCHABILITY

Once, Baba was bathing Harijan boys of the school. All were present. A well-dressed learned gentleman who had some religious authority came and sought Baba’s darshan. Baba sent words to him, “You would not get darshan unless you bathe one of the Harijan boys.”

It was a habit with these pundits not to touch Harijan and if they touched by accident, they would take bath and wash their cloths too. The pandit replied that he would obey Baba’s order and was ready to bathe the Harijan.

He was ushered in a bath room. He took out his turban, shawl and coat and remained only in shirt and dhoti. He up-turned his sleeves. Baba asked him to take a seat near Him and asked one of the disciples to bring a Harjan boy.

The young Harijan student came and stood before the pandit. Soap and water were there. So the learned pandit bathed the Harijan boy with hot water and cleaned his body completely. Baba asked to take mucus from his nose; the pandit did it also and gave a complete bath to him. His body was dried with a Turkish towel and the boy was sent away.

Baba folded His hands before the learned pandit who bowed to Baba and kissed and washed His feet with water. He put a little of that water into his mouth and smeared his body with the remaining portion and in the presence of us all declared, “I have got the real darshan of Sadguru Meher Baba” and left as a happy man. This is how Baba demonstrated the problem of untouchability to be solved.

 

73-A PARALYTIC MAN RECOVERED BY REPEATING BABA’S NAME FOR SIX MONTHS

In 1963, once mandali and a few others collected in the side room and began to play La Risque with Baba. Within moments, a man entered the room. He had had paralysis of his left arm and leg for six years, and had come for Baba's darshan. He pleaded to Baba that he had taken treatment of all sorts, yet he was unable to move his limbs well, and he had also developed involuntary muscle spasms. Baba asked him to repeat His name with full faith and love, and to do certain exercises every day unassisted. If he did as Baba instructed, he would recover his health in six months. (Lord Meher-p-5007-1963)

 

74-A PARSEE FATHER THOUGHT THAT BABA WAS STARING AT HIS DAUGHTER IN VICTORIA GARDEN SLAPPED BABA WHO WAS UNCONSCIOUS OF HIS BODY DID NOT REACT

having exhausted all available means to return their son to normality, Merwan's parents decided that a change of environment might help, and sent him to Bombay for a few months to stay with his brother Jamshed, who was working as a clerk in the Bombay municipality office. Jamshed had rented a room opposite the zoo at Victoria Gardens in the Byculla area. In his letters home, Jamshed would often complain of feeling lonely and isolated in Bombay, so he welcomed Merwan and watched carefully over him. When Jamshed went to the office, Merwan would go to the seashore at Chowpatty beach early each morning; there he would sit for several hours and watch the waves roll in and recede — usually until the afternoon. Then Merwan would walk back to Victoria Gardens and again sit for hours. He would sit on one particular bench in an isolated area of the public gardens, away from the other benches and pedestrians. He would remain there alone until evening, when Jamshed would arrive and accompany him back to the room.

For some weeks, Merwan followed this routine every day undisturbed. One day, however, His favourite bench in the gardens was occupied by a Parsi family. Merwan started nervously walking back and forth. He strode swiftly up to the people on the bench, turned around abruptly and walked quickly in the opposite direction; then again strode up to them and suddenly turned around when he got near.

The fact that Merwan never blinked made the Parsi man think that the young man was staring at his daughter. The family did not leave the bench, and when Merwan walked again in front of them, the father got up angrily, grabbed hold of Merwan, and slapped Him across the face. But Merwan was oblivious to what was happening and unconscious of his own physical body, so the slap had no effect on him. He did not react to the man's affront, but continued as before — walking swiftly back and forth in front of the bench, staring straight ahead. The man could not stand it any longer and, thinking the young man to be unbalanced, finally left with his wife and daughter. Immediately, Merwan headed straight for the empty bench and settled Himself in His usual manner until Jamshed arrived that evening to escort Him to his room.

 

 

75-PARSEE GUARD, A KIND PERSON, AFTER CONSULTING STATION MASTER ALLOWED MANDALI TO PASS THE NIGHT IN THE FIRST-CLASS WAITING ROOM AT SHOLAPUR.

Baba, Behramji and Gustadji arrived in Sholapur at midnight. Being in peculiar attire and carrying a stove, cooking utensils and a lantern, they were interrogated by a suspicious police officer. Gustadji told him the facts, but the policeman called the railway ticket collector and asked for their tickets. Gustadji replied that he would hand over the tickets when they left the station's exit gate, according to the rules.

On the station platform, Baba asked Behramji to spread their bedding on the ground in front of the station. The area was full of debris; only after sweeping it did Behramji spread out their blankets. After a short while, they happened to see a Parsi guard, and Gustadji was told to request that he arrange some other place where they could sleep. The guard turned out to be a kindly person and, after consulting the same stationmaster, they were allowed to pass the night in the first-class waiting room. (Lord Meher-p-473-1923)

 

76-A PARSEE TRAVELLING IN TRAIN GAZED BABA COULD NOT BEAR THE SPLENDOUR OF BABA'S BEAUTY AND EVENTUALLY FELL AT THE FEET

After a train ride through the night, Baba and the mandali arrived at the Dadar station in Bombay in morning on 7th July 1923.

During the train ride, Baba distributed the food to the men. He drank only coffee, not breaking His liquid fast of several months. A Parsi in their compartment gazed fixedly at Baba for a long time. The man could not bear the splendor of Baba's beauty and eventually was overcome and fell at the feet of the Master. After he regained his composure, Baba embraced him compassionately and inquired about him. (Lord Meher-p-445-1923)

 

77-A PARSI BARRISTER ASKED MEHER BABA TO PROVE HIS DIVINITY THROUGH MIRACLES

One day, a Parsi barrister came to see Baba. He was not convinced of Baba's divinity and asked,"

“Why don't you prove what you claim to be? Why don't you do any miracles?"

Baba first laughed and then stated at length:

The Creator (God), who is limitless, formless and unbounded, is not bound to prove to His own creation that He is the Creator. It is for the creation to know, find and realize the Creator.

A father never even dream to prove to his own son that he is his real father. In spite of this, if the son doubts him, naturally he tries to search for his real father – and ultimately, the son is convinced that what his father said is true.

You talk of open miracles. Do you take Me to be a madari – magician? Jesus Christ was publicly humiliated, stoned and spat on by the ignorant ones. This mockery, His apostles, such as Peter and James, could not bear to see – and they persuaded Jesus to do miracles to pacify the crowds. Although Jesus was reluctant to do so, yet, in order not to displease His apostles, He openly performed miracles.

What happened as a consequence? He was accused of being a magician, tried, found guilty and crucified.

If I really am that One I have been claiming to be for the last forty years, do you think it is essential on My part to do such things? When God, Who, as I said, is formless, takes a form in a mortal, human body to awaken people when they need awakening – only a few accept Him, and whatever He says is laughed at and mocked. But the same (Impersonal) God – whom very few fortunate ones have realized – without form, is faithfully and convincingly accepted.

As I have often said, this body is not really what I claim to be. And these childish questions simply amuse Me. God needs your intense love. He needs you to become dust for His love, instead of defying Him. It is better to deny God than to defy Him. (Lord Meher)

 

78-A PARSI STRANGER SAT WITH BABA IN THE TRAIN COMPARTMENT REFERRED BY SADHU VASWANI

In January 1956, Baba and the mandali left Navsari for Bombay in a especially reserved third class compartment amidst shouts of his praise.

A Parsi stranger entered the compartment and insisted on sitting by Baba's side as far as Dadar station. Baba permitted him and the man said, "I have been intensely thirsting for your darshan for the past three years, and today I have the opportunity! I am so happy to have the chance to pass a little time in your company. I am deeply interested in saints and one of them, Sadhu Vaswani, has great reverence for you. He speaks highly of you and has deep regard for your divinity."

"They are all my lovers," Baba replied.

"Mirchandani too is a good saint," the man continued, "and I pray to you to bring him in your contact!"

"Because I am in everyone, I am in Mirchandani, too. I am everything." (Lord Meher-p-3922-1956)

 

79-A PARTY WORKER CAME TO MEHERABAD AND ASKED ABOUT INDIA’S POLITICAL INDEPENDENCE; BABA SAID IT IS VERY EASY BUT SPIRITUAL INDEPENDENCE IS VEY IS VERY DIDDICULT TO ACHIEVE

In year 1926, one party worker came to Meherabad along with Shivram Paranjape, a celebrated journalist and freedom fighter. In between conversation this worker asked, Baba, Will India attain Swaraj (self-rule), and if so, when?"

"What do you mean by Swaraj?" Baba asked.

"Political independence from Britain," replied the man.

Baba wrote on His slate, "If by Swaraj you mean the gaining of Truth, that is already the property (right) of everyone — the spiritual independence. As for the political independence, no doubt India will gain it in the future. There is no need to worry about it. Political independence can be gained very easily, but the real spiritual independence is very hard to achieve.

"My advice to all is: Seek that Truth which will give you everlasting bliss and real dnyan (knowledge), and thus be able to raise others too, and save them from the entanglements of the world."

Then Baba predicted, "Within ten years, India will enjoy extraordinary freedom." (Lord Meher-p-20-1926)

 

80-

A PERSIAN LADY SAFELY DELIVERS TWINS

During darshan program in year 1965, Aloba led six persons from Iran, who had come to Poona after overcoming great hardships. One lady brought an offering of money from another woman in Iran and explained whom it was from: "Just before we left, this woman was in a very complicated and difficult labor, and the doctors were preparing to perform a caesarean to save her. She kept repeatedly calling, 'Baba, Baba!' Within moments, to the amazement of the doctors, she safely delivered twins without the surgery. She asked me to place this love-offering at your feet."

Baba told her to return the money to the woman who had sent it, along with His love, and to instruct her to feed the poor in Iran with the money. (Lord Meher-p-5144-1965)

 

81-A PHYSICIAN FROM NAGPUR SUFFERING FROM LEUKODERMA CAME FOR DARSHAN BABA TOLD HIM MENTAL LEPROSY IS THE WORST SUFFERING.

In 1961, Baba smiled and remarked, "I, too, have complete faith not only in Myself as God but also in My words, although not as you understand them."

One afternoon a physician from Nagpur who suffered from leukoderma (a skin disease called white leprosy) came for Baba's darshan. He requested a five-minute personal interview. Baba asked, "Haven't you read the Life Circular? You have come here, taking Me to be God. I am God and I know everything. So what is the use of telling Me anything? And suppose I didn't know anything, then what would be the advantage in informing Me? Mental leprosy is the worst suffering! You seem very fine to Me. I see only inner beauty. I know everything, so don't worry." (Lord Meher-p-4747)

 

82-A POLICE MAN BECAME SUSPICIOUS OF SILENT EXCHANGES WITH FINGERS BETWEEN GUSTADJI AND BABA; ERUCH; WITH DIFFICULTY PERSUADED HIM OF THEIR INNOCENCE.

On 1st April 1948, Baba was out looking for masts on Mukamma Ghat in Batanagar, an amusing incident took place. Baba was conversing with mandali men and Gustadji As Gustadji was keeping silence, he was "talking" with his fingers, and Eruch, who was the most adept at putting his gestures into words, was interpreting for Baba. Because Gustadji had enjoyed a bumper breakfast that morning, he was in a good mood and his fingers moved rapidly.

Nearby a policeman was observing this odd exchange and became suspicious. He asked everyone to accompany him to the police station. Eruch asked what they had done wrong. "This man is not speaking but making signals and I am suspicious of him. You'll have to come with me to the station to be interrogated." The policeman thought there were some secret coded messages being passed between Baba and Gustadji by signs. Due to the bitter relations between India and Pakistan at the time, even the smallest, most trivial incidents were viewed with apprehension.

Eruch assured him, "We are Parsis, and this person is dumb and therefore was speaking through signs."

Gustadji's feelings were pricked by this repeated remark and he gestured to Eruch, "Why do you always call me 'dumb'? Am I dumb or observing silence?"

Eruch did not pay any attention to him and continued talking with the officer, but Baba snapped at Eruch, "What is he saying, what is he saying? Why don't you tell Me what Gustadji is saying?"

When the policeman saw that there were two "dumb" persons in their group, he became even more suspicious! Eruch, with difficulty, persuaded him of their innocence and the man left. (Lord Meher)

 

83-A POLICE MAN JOBLESS AND SUFFERING FROM LEPROSY WAS HELPED BY BABA FOR HER DAUGHTERS MARRIAGE

March 1927, Baba ordered each of the mandali to remind him to attend the wedding the following evening of a former policeman's daughter. The man had come to Meherabad especially to invite Baba a few days before.

The man's story was very touching. He had developed leprosy, lost his job and fell into great financial trouble. Seeking help in his dire situation, he had pleaded to the Shankaracharya priest and to Mahatma Gandhi, but he found no help from either of them.  As a last resort, he came to see Meher Baba. He explained that his daughter was of marriageable age, but that it was extremely difficult to find a man willing to marry into the family of a leper. Baba's compassion was shown as He helped to arrange her wedding and gave money for her dowry.

The next day, the mandali reminded Baba about the wedding, and Baba went to Ahmednagar with six men to attend the ceremony. The policeman was deeply moved by seeing Baba, and the marriage was joyously performed before Him. The poor man cried out, "O Lord! Only your grace has brought about this happy event. Otherwise, who would have married the daughter of a leper?"

Baba replied, "In your ugly cage resides a beautiful soul. Only I can see its beauty. Do not worry about your condition. You have nothing to fear." (Lord Meher-792-1927)

 

84-A POLICE MAN STUMBLED BACK WHEN ANNOYED BABA GLANCED AT HIM

In year 1917, once while going to Sakori alone, Meher Baba had the impulse to get off the train at the Kopargaon railway station instead of Chitali (which comes first). It was ten o'clock at night and bitter cold, but Merwanji, wearing only a light cotton coat and pants, started walking on the road. The night was black and though the town was only two miles from the train station, it took him more than two hours to reach it. Coincidentally, Sadguru Narayan Maharaj happened to be visiting devotees in Kopargaon, but Merwanji did not stop to see him. He passed through the city and headed straight to Sakori (about ten miles away).

At one juncture on the road, a policeman stopped Merwanji and warned him not to wander on the dark road, for the area ahead abounded with thieves. The policeman was holding Merwanji's coat sleeve, trying to persuade him to stay the night in Kopargaon, when Merwanji roughly pushed his hand Merwanji then glared at the policeman in such an intense, forceful manner that the fellow actually stumbled back, thinking he might be in danger. Merwanji, however, immediately fell at the policeman's feet and begged his pardon. The man did not know what to think as Merwanji rose and turned away, walking off into the desolate blackness of the moonless night. The radiant glow on Merwanji's face could not be hidden, even in his dazed condition. The policeman stared at the strange young man, as he disappeared into the night, puzzled by this chance encounter.  (Lord Meher-p-189-1917)

 

85-POOR HINDU MAD BOY BECAME EXCITED AND JUMPED WHILE BATHED BY BABA

In 1937, at Nagpur, Baba retired to the main bedroom. After a quick bath and breakfast, interviews began. Deshmukh and his wife Indumati were also staying at the Jessawalas' during Baba's three-day visit.

Shortly thereafter, Baba gave a bath to a very poor Hindu boy who was mad. After being dressed in new clothes, the boy became excited and jumped around, and threw his arms around Baba. Baba held him for a good while, and then ordered that the boy be kept in the house night and day during His visit. He also instructed Pappa Jessawala to bring the boy to Meherabad in April.

On 27 December, 1937, Baba again bathed the mad boy, who despite his mental affliction responded with happiness to Baba. After playing with the boy, Baba answered His mail and granted interviews. (Lord Meher-p-1894/5-1937)

 

86-A POOR MAN CAME FOR MONETARY HELP BABA GAVE HIM 100 ONCE OBJECTED BY BUASAHEB BABA MADE IT RS. 200

One day, a person who was familiar with Baba came to Him and poured forth his tale of being reduced to poverty. Baba frankly explained to him, "I have no money at all. My mandali go hungry and I myself am looking for someone to arrange for their food. My mandali consist of such gems that they consider it an ordinary thing to sacrifice their lives for My cause."

The man remained quiet and then went away. Sending for Buasaheb, Baba directed him, "Follow that man and give him Rs.100."

Buasaheb looked astonished and said, "Day and night we rack our brains trying to make ends meet! And you want to give him Rs.100?"

Baba exclaimed, "Pay him Rs.200!"

Buasaheb was taken aback, but he wisely kept quiet. He thought: "Knowing Baba, if I say anything more, the figure will jump from Rs.200 to 500." So he prudently exited and gave the man Rs.200. (Lord Meher-p-1220-1931)

 

87-A POOR MAN OF BHOR AND HER TWO DAUGHTERS WERE TIMELY HELPED BY FIVE HUNDRED RUPEES SENDING ERUCH TO HIS HOUSE  

In December 1943, an Irani came to Meherabad and wanted to place Rs.500 at Baba's feet. Baba did not accept the money, but the man entreated him again; so Baba motioned to him to give it to Eruch, remarking, "You [Eruch] must hand over this amount to a family who is very poor, but who cannot beg.

You will come to know the whereabouts of such a family in a natural way."

Baba had agreed to give darshan in Poona at the end of December, and Eruch was sent there in advance. Eruch had had no time to look for such a family in Ahmednagar, but when he went to Poona, taking the Rs.500 with him, he began his search. One day he was sitting in a shop sipping sugarcane juice. He overheard some of the other customers talking among themselves. One said, "What wonder of God that the very rich have become the very poorest, and the very poorest have become the very richest."

The shopkeeper nodded in agreement and said, "I know of a man in Bhor who is most faithful. Previously, he had a good job as a head-clerk. But he was fired from his job. He was not afraid to pursue justice, and had a reputation for being absolutely honest. His superior, who would always accept bribes, was jealous of him and somehow downgraded him, making him a pauper. The poor man has two daughters of marriageable age, but he is now penniless, without proper food and clothing."

After the customers left, Eruch took down the man's name and address and went to the town of Bhor. When he reached the house and saw the family in their miserable condition, his heart reached out to them. The daughters wore tattered clothing, and their small house was in a dilapidated condition. Seeing Eruch, the daughters were afraid, as he was dressed in khaki, and they thought he was a military officer or policeman. One daughter burst out, "We have done nothing wrong; for God's sake, leave us alone."

Eruch calmed her, "Don't be afraid, sister; I have come to help you. My elder brother has sent me to give you aid."

The other daughter pleaded, "My father is unemployed. He is out at the moment but will return at night. Please come tomorrow as we won't be able to pay the debts."

"I have not come to collect any debts," Eruch tried to explain. "I have come to present him with a gift from my elder brother. Please tell your father to be here tomorrow."

Eruch returned to Poona, and the next day went back to Bhor where he met the father. He informed him of his mission and the man asked, "Who has sent you?"

Eruch could not reveal Baba's name. "By the guidance of God, my elder brother has sent me. Oblige us by accepting the money." Eruch then touched the man's feet according to Baba's instructions, and handed him the money.

The man wept and disclosed, "Brother, Had you not come today, I would not have been alive tomorrow! I had decided to commit suicide. How long am I to continue carrying the load of these marriageable girls when I am up to my neck in debt? You can see for yourself our condition. We badly need clothes and other goods. But God is the Ocean of mercy! It is for our own good that He has kept us this way."

Folding his hands to the devout man, Eruch left. Such was Beloved Baba's play! He is the Protector of everyone at every moment, and nothing is hidden from him! (Lord Meher-p-2391/2/3-1943)

 

88-A POOR OLD WOMAN WITH A LARGE HEAD WOUND, INFESTED WITH MAGGOTS ARRIVED IN DISPENSARY A GREAT CONCERN WAS SHOWN BY BABA

During stay at Rahuri ashram, in year 1937, Baba showed great concern for a poor, itinerant old woman who had arrived at the dispensary with a large head wound, infested with maggots. He arranged for a bedding to be given her, told Nilu to give her a sleeping dose, and instructed Adi Sr. to take her to Ahmednagar the following day for further treatment. (Lord Meher-p-1810-1937)

 

89-A POOR VILLAGER OF SAONER WAS PRESENTED WITH AN ALARM CLOCK BY BABA TO REPEAT HIS NAME FOR ONE YEAR

One poor villager, who resided near Saoner, stood up and asked, "Baba, I would like to repeat your name at midnight, but I have no watch, and in fact, there is not a single clock in the whole village. How will I know when it is midnight?"

Baba asked Pophali, "Is this true?"

Pophali said, "Baba, yes, his village is in the middle of a forest, and no one has a watch or clock there."

Baba assured the man He would give him a watch, and told him to remind Him about it the next day.

As promised the previous day, Baba presented the poor villager from near Saoner with an alarm clock, telling Pophali to explain again to him that he should do the nam-japa (repeating of Baba's name) for one year beginning 15 February 1956, exactly at twelve midnight every day, for 365 days, exactly 14 and 28 times alternately. (Lord Meher-p-3888-1955)

90-A-POOR WOMAN FAINTED AFTER RECEIVING PRASAD

A poor woman, though young and strong, fainted after receiving prasad, and Baba held her for a while. A mandali mans took her to a room, where she recovered. Baba allowed her to sit near Him on the stage. Ten minutes later, He again gave her prasad, instructing her to eat it then and there. Overcome with emotion, she was led out of the crowd with much difficulty. (Lord Meher-p-3921-1956)

 

91-A PREGNANT WOMAN’S DELIVERY WAS SUCCESSFUL ASSISTED BY BABA AND MANSARI

After opening of Dispensary at Meherabad, Jalbhai had been ordered to visit surrounding villages and bring women who were pregnant to the Maternity Hospital on Meherabad Hill.

A stout female physician named Dr. Kalavker had been hired for three months, but if a patient in labour happened to arrive from the village at night, the doctor refused to get up and attend the patient. Once a village woman in labour showed up at 3:00 A.M. Baba awakened Mansari, but she did not have any experience in these matters and did not know how to deliver a baby. Fortunately, Memo was there at the time and came with Mansari to the hospital. Baba himself boiled hot water in another room, lit lanterns and made the necessary preparations. Memo delivered the baby with Mansari's assistance and when the child was born and washed, several times Baba went in to see it and kissed it. (Lord Meher-1951/2-1938)

 

92-A PUNJABI CUSTOM OFFICER IN DOMEL, RECOGNIZED BABA AND TOOK HIS DARSHAN.

Baba and mandali reached Uri at six that evening. Although it was quite cold, Baba did not wear his coat the entire day. He cooked dal and personally served it to each in the group. While on tour, Baba usually remained incognito, but at the Customs House in Domel, a Punjabi customs officer recognized Baba and took His darshan. He was given a booklet and a copy of the Meher Message. (Lord Meher-p-1055-1929)

 

 

93-A QAWAAL COULD NOT SING WELL; BABA REPRIMANDED BAIDUL TO HAVE HIRED FOR A NIGHT FOR PALTRY SUM OF RUPEES FIVE ONLY

In year 1942, during this seclusion, Baba expressed a wish to hear qawaali singing and, on 18 July, Baidul brought a local qawaal with a group of musicians. The singing began, but within two minutes Baba left the room and beckoned Adi to follow Him. With the door shut to His room, He revealed to Adi, "To lessen the great Universal burden, I wanted to take it easy and relax by hearing a qawaal. From where on earth did Baidul bring this man? Is he singing or what?"

Baba sent for Baidul and asked him sharply, "Who have you brought here? That man can't sing!"

But Baidul assured him, "He is a famous qawaal. Just come and listen. Give him a chance. He was only warming up."

So Baba went back to listen again, but after ten minutes he motioned to Baidul to send the group away after paying them. When the singer and musicians had left, Baba asked Baidul, "What did you pay him?"

"Five rupees only. He agreed to sing the whole night for that amount."

"And his Tonga fare?"

"It was included in the five rupees."

"You brainless Irani idiot!" Baba fumed. "Can any real qawaal ever agree to sing for such a sum? You should have had some thought about me! That rogue knew he couldn't sing, so he accepted five rupees.

"You are stupid enough to be happy thinking you had struck such a good bargain. Has your father ever heard qawaali music?" Baba then shook his head and chuckled over Baidul's miserliness. (Lord Meher-p-2292-1942)

 

94-A QAWAAL MISSED THE OPPORTUNITY OF SINGING BEFORE BABA FOR OFFERING NAMAZ

19th August 1938 was actually Lord Krishna's birthday and Baba narrated the story of Krishna and the Pandavas to the Westerners. During this period, Padri once brought a qawaal to the P.W.D. bungalow to meet Baba. Baba met with him for a while and the man said, "How great is my luck that I have met you today. I wish someday to compose ghazals and sing them before you, Hazrat."

Baba replied, "If you want to sing, sing now as I am in the mood to listen to music."

But the man said, "Hazrat, forgive me; now is the time for my namaz. I must leave or I'll be late."

Baba motioned, "Then go and offer your prayers."

The qawaal left to go to the mosque and Baba caustically remarked, "People don't want God, they want namaz! What can poor God do? God wants to give them God, but they want to pray!"

Age too lamented, "Formless God had taken form, but not everyone who prayed to God recognized Him in form!" (Lord Meher-p-1936-1938)

 

95-A RAILWAY EMPLOYEE AT LAHIT STATION SANG BEFOR BABA

In year 1924, Baba stayed in Lahit Railway station with His group. An employee at the railway station was a gifted bhajan singer and, with Baba's consent, he performed with great devotion, singing before the Master and reciting poems for an hour. Soon all the station staff, including the low-caste Harijans, gathered and sat by Baba's side listening to the music.(Lord Meher-p-530-1924)

 

96-A RELATIVE OF MAN CONVICTED FOR DEATH LIED FOR  LACK OF FUND AND DID NOT LISTEN BABA’S ADVICE TO APPEAL IN PRIVY COUNCIL. LATER ACCUSED WAS EXECUTED   

Baba went from Meherabad to Nasik on 9 th January 1931. Some persons from Kolhapur came to see Baba and related the details of a murder trial there. A relative of one person in the group was involved in the case and had been sentenced to death. Baba advised the person to appeal to the Privy Council on his relative's behalf, but the person said that he lacked the funds for such an appeal. Baba directed him, "If you go to the Privy Council, My inner help will be there for you." Later it was discovered that the person had lied to Baba because he had, in fact, considerable wealth. He did not listen to Baba's advice and the accused relative was executed. This news was reported to Baba on 13th January 1931.

Baba explained to the mandali about what happens to the consciousness of a person who is executed by the government, he enters a state of samadhi. It is temporary. For instance, when a person is being hanged, there is a clash during the execution between the functioning of inhalation and exhalation; becoming lifeless, the person enters a samadhi state.

This type of samadhi has nothing to do with anything spiritual, for as soon as this state is over, and according to the sanskaras of his past life, the soul takes rebirth. If he has murdered anyone, he must pay for those sanskaras of murder. If the person is innocent, yet is executed, he is then freed from the sanskaras of murder.

It is quite different in the case of people who commit suicide by hanging. When a suicide's samadhi finishes, he remains "hanging" — waiting between the astral and gross worlds. That person becomes a ghost and does not acquire another physical body for ages to come. (Lord Meher)

 

97-A RENOWNED SINGER AT MANDWA PLAYED FOR BABA AND MANDALI SO WELL THAT ABDULLA JAFFER SUDDENLY BEGAN WEEPING UNCONTROLLABLY.

On 23rd January 1922, Baba with few mandali men left on a coastal steamer from Bombay to Mandwa. After an hour they disembarked at Mandwa and walked to the bungalow.

After lunch at Mandwa, a renowned singer and sitar player, who had travelled with the group on the boat from Bombay, played for Baba and His companions. The old man performed so well, and the effect was so profound, that Abdulla Jaffer suddenly began weeping uncontrollably. Lateef was even more overwhelmed and began to jump up and down slowly in an ecstatic motion. He then began jumping higher and faster. The tempo of his movements became more frenzied until his whole body was shaking. He shouted, "Call a serpent from the jungle to dance to the strains of this heavenly music!" (Lord Meher-p-260-1922)

 

98-A REPORTER FROM CEYLON ASKED QUESTIONED ON GANDHI, RELIGION AND SILENCE; BABA ANSWERED

In Bandarawela on January 26th, (1933) Baba met a reporter from the Ceylon Observer who questioned Him about Mahatma Gandhi and India, religion, the purpose of his silence and why he had gone to America. The following is what Baba replied:

Look at Gandhi's passive resistance movement. From the spiritual point of view it is wonderful because it embraces sincerity, truth and non-violence. Don't ask Me its value as a political weapon. I have nothing to do with politics....

As for the Untouchability issue, I love the Untouchables. They are close to My heart. Recently, I summoned their leader Dr. Ambedkar and advised him what to do. I consider the orthodox Hindu attitude foolish, but there I leave it as I condemn no one and hate no one.

My religion? I belong to no religion and yet to every religion. Love is My principal agent. The Infinite One can be attained only through love and sincerity. I do not believe in dogmas and ceremonies. God can be realized in every phase of life – art, science, nature and beauty. That is My religion.

I have been silent for eight years. It is not a vow but it has been undertaken for spiritual reasons. Shortly, My mission of preaching will begin. My reason for starting in America is that America, being the most deeply engrossed in material things and suffering the most in consequence, is the soil on which a new spiritual rebirth will first take place. America requires only the guiding hand of a Master to redirect its material powers to the heights of spirituality.

Your Ceylon is a most beautiful country. I shall visit it again. I will be leaving for India soon and then I shall return here on My way to America via China and Honolulu. Will I found an ashram here? Perhaps. (Lord Meher-1757)

 

99-A REPORTER FROM NEW YORK INTERVIEWED BABA AND NBC TELEVISION FILMED THE EVENT

On Monday, 23 July 1956, Baba called all into the interview room. Cameramen from NBC television were going to take a short film. Don Stevens read Baba's message "Deathless Living," and afterwards Baba stated:

It is the birthright of every human being to be happy, but most feel miserable. It is due to the load of sanskaras or impressions gathered throughout evolution. In our evolution, through the entire forms— stone, worm, bird, fish, animal — we gather impressions. Once human consciousness is gained, then there is full consciousness. After that, it is only a question of directing one's attention to the I in order to become free.

Everyone can be happy, but some feel happy and some miserable. Those who constantly want something will never feel happy. Misery is bound to accompany wanting. Those who never want for themselves but for others, they can feel happy. Why? Because they want others to feel happy.

God, Who is in everything and in everyone, is deaf to formal rituals, ceremonies, prayers in mosques, churches and temples. But he hears the voice of the heart. When you help others, God knows instantly and is pleased. No amount of prayer or meditation can do what helping others can do.

The main thing that counts is love for Me. How will you love Me? By loving God as well as others. If you make others happy, God pays heed. Do you follow? I have been saying the same message throughout the ages that all are One. We are all One, and all of you love me.

I am in everything, and everything is in Me. In India I bow down to the lepers, the poor, the lame. Why do I bow down? Because I am one with everything! God is in everyone. Age after age, I have been bringing the same message, but mankind does not listen. Christ had to be crucified; otherwise, humanity would not have listened to him.

Baba ended by gesturing, "I am the Ancient One."

The newsreel was shown late that night on television in the New York area.

Baba left the interview room and went into a smaller room next door for a press conference with reporters from the New York newspapers. About a dozen or so had come to interview him. Ivy had already briefed them on Baba's life and background. Eruch, as usual, interpreted for Baba:

"I am very happy to see you all. While I was giving the interviews a few minutes ago, this gentleman asked, 'Baba, what is your title?' Do you remember?"

The reporter said, "Yes, I do."

"In India the Indians call me Avatar, which means God in human form, God descending in human form. But I say to everyone, you are all Avatars. Why? Because God is in all. I and you are One. That is what I say to all. In India when I go to different places to give darshan, that is when the people see Me and bow down to Me, then I bow down to them - to the aged, to the lepers, to the children - to make them understand that the only Reality is God. Every individual should be happy, but no one is. Why? It is due to ignorance. They do not understand that God resides in all, that God knows everything. If they would just resign to the will of God, they would be happy because they would know how to feel happy. One should not think of self; one should think of others and try to make others happy. Then there will not be any strife. All would be happy; everything would be harmonious.

"Yesterday, I gave out this message: God who is all-power, all-wisdom, all-love, all-mercy and all-bliss resides in us all. There also reside in us all the opposite aspects of these infinite qualities like helplessness, ignorance, lust, cruelty and suffering. He who desires God develops compassion, selflessness and self-denying renunciation. He who runs after transitory shadow objects of desires cultivates selfishness, greed and hatred. The former brings peace on earth; the latter brings war and destruction. Give up low desires and unnecessary cravings, and you will experience heaven on earth."

Another reporter asked, "We have here many excerpts of messages concerning your silence. Is there any one statement that is more significant than the other?"

"There is one," Baba replied. "When I break My silence, the world will come to know that I am the One whom they were waiting for."

What inspired your silence?"

"To make the world know Me after breaking My silence."

"Under what circumstances did you become silent? Did you have a vision of some kind or a message?"

"My Knowledge. I do not have to think about this; I know it. When I first began silence, I knew that when I broke the silence the world would know me, and so I began."

Eruch asked, "Do you follow what Baba says? It is important, Baba says."

The reporter said, "Yes, thank you. It is known that many people who are not articulate over a number of years lose their power of speech. Are you confident that you will be able to speak when the time comes?"

"One hundred percent," Baba gestured.

Another reporter queried, "How can you be sure?"

"Because I know," Baba answered.

As the reporters began to talk among themselves, Bernard Carvalho interjected a comment on how Eruch recites the alphabet until Baba indicates by a sign the first letter of the word he wishes, if necessary spelling out the word until Eruch catches on.

Baba continued: "When I began My silence, I also gave up writing. I gave up reading. Then I began to use an alphabet board. When people came near Me, I used to explain on the alphabet board. I used to give messages to thousands at one time in this way. People came to Me by the thousands and tens of thousands. They would sit in silence to hear My message that I would dictate on the board. Very recently, I have given up even the use of My alphabet board, and I try to express what I wish through My gestures."

Eruch continued: "When I cannot grasp what Baba wants me to say, then He makes a sign, and I stop and repeat A, B, C, D, et cetera."

Baba stated: "I am happy to see you all."

The same reporter asked, "May I have another question? Do you recommend non-speech to others who wish to achieve what you are achieving?"

Baba gestured, "No."

The reporter continued: "You do not. Have you heard of an American evangelist by the name of Billy Graham? Have you met and spoken with him?"

Again Baba gestured, "No."

"Have you heard of his work?"

"I know."

"Can you tell us what you think of his work?"

"Any work done in the name of God or Lord Jesus is a good work.

But it must be done sincerely, honestly, without taking any pride in it, without wanting to profit through it."

At this point, Baba seemed anxious to leave, and indicated people were waiting for him inside. The reporter asked one more question: "Will you break your silence of 31 years during your present trip to the United States?"

Baba answered: "No, no. When I was in India, I decided to go into seclusion for one year. I had this news circulated to all My lovers. This trip is an interval of one month in My seclusion. When I return to India I will resume My seclusion. There are five more months until it is completed. After My seclusion, whenever I think fit, I shall break My silence."

"But not in this country?"

"No."

"Are you India's present Mahatma Gandhi?"

"I am not concerned with politics. Gandhi was a good soul. He loved Me very much. Adi Irani will tell you the details about this. It is a question that has been asked repeatedly and he knows My answer. The fact is that Gandhi loved me very much. He met Me three times. Mr. Irani will give you the whole account."

Baba wished to end the conference at this point, and some of the reporters remonstrated. One asked, "Is there any truth in the reincarnation theory as mentioned in (The Search for) Bridey Murphy?"

Baba indicated, "You will find the answer to that question in My book ‘God Speaks’. It gives every detail about the evolution of consciousness, reincarnation, the involution of consciousness and then the final experience of Union with God."

As a parting question a reporter asked, "How many followers does Baba have all over the world?"

Eruch replied, "We have never counted Baba's followers, but in India, especially in the state of Andhra in the south, practically every household knows Baba and loves Baba, and even the children there sing songs in praise of Baba. It is impossible to give any definite number of followers."

Baba gestured, "How can one say any definite number of followers? Can you tell me the number of hairs on My head?"

Baba and the mandali then made their exit. (Lord Meher)

 

100-A REPORTER IN BANGALORE ASKED QUESTIONS ON SCIENCE, ASTROLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY IN HIS INTERVIEW

One interview took place at the Links on Sunday, 11th February 1940. The reporter began by asking:

"Do you accept the principle now usually accepted in the West that science and religion deal with different spheres?"

"It depends upon how it is understood," Baba stated. "If science deals only with material advancement, then such science would be said to have nothing of spirituality. But when the same science is expressed to make the meaning of life clear, then it is also a branch of spirituality — just as art, if expressed rightly, is spiritual, if expressed wrongly, material."

"You mean scientific truths and principles are valid so far as they go, and are to be fitted in with spiritual doctrine?"

"They can be fitted in. What is the gross world, after all, but the medium of realizing spirituality? For example, the body is purely material, physical and gross, but it is the medium for the soul to know itself, provided it is dealt with and handled rightly; otherwise, it becomes a hindrance to spiritual progress. Similarly, scientific principles and truths, if used rightly, help in the spiritual progress of the universe, but if improper use is made of them, they are bound to be a source of hindrance in the spiritual path."

"But what about astrology? Astrology is not part of science," the reporter asked.

"Everything has something to do with spirituality. It depends on how it is worked out, and that again results in either advancing or retarding spiritual progress.

"Science is a mass (general) thing, while astrology is individual, so science itself cannot be proved to be wrong. If a truth is established scientifically, you do not think of doubting it. It does not occur to you to doubt it. If you are told that the earth is round and if it is proved to you, you never think that it is flat. But if an astrologer tells you that you will get a million rupees after some time, you will think of it a million times.

"Spirituality has no room for doubts. For example, if someone were to ask me, 'Are you sure you are one with God?' I would ask him, 'Are you sure you are a man and not a dog?' He would say that he is a man because he cannot think of himself as anything but a man. In the same way, I am equally sure that I am one with God.

Even if the whole world tells Me otherwise, I do not feel anything about it. Spiritual certainty is something which nothing affects."

The reporter asked, "Is it impossible to understand spiritual matters intellectually?"

"Spiritual doctrines can be stated in intellectual terms. Intellect is a great help in the experience of the heart. If someone who never had a headache asks you to explain it to him, you will try to explain intellectually what it is. But to make him understand it, you would have to hit him over the head. He gets a headache and knows what it is.

"There is nothing irrational in spirituality. Explanation can be made so practical that it can be lived. Christ said, 'Leave all and follow Me.' It means leave your limitations and live My life. He meant that it was the practical way.

"Mysticism is thought to be something supernatural and out of human grasp. It is not so. You may be doing all your worldly duties and at the same time be a mystic. It depends on how you arrange your actions and whether you lead a proper life."

"Mahatma Gandhi, for example?"

"Gandhi is a mystic in a way. Everyone is a mystic in his own way. A real mystic's life is practical for everybody leading life properly.

"Mysticism has connection with every phase of life, if properly expressed. If not, there is a reaction which cannot be called mysticism. Thus love that is handled badly through jealousy is converted into hatred. Mysticism if adjusted rightly can help all nations now at war, while if handled otherwise it would make matters worse.

"Mysticism means experience of the soul on higher planes. And the highest is attained through this experience."

The reporter thought over this for a few moments and then said, "But what is needed to bring peace is material adjustment among nations, economic and political changes. Has this doctrine any relevance to that?"

"Material adjustment can be made with spiritual understanding. If people were made to realize that all the trouble is due to self-interest, then automatically material adjustment would follow."

"Is economic adjustment possible so long as human beings are what they are?" the reporter asked.

"Economic adjustment and human nature are co-dependent. If it is realized that the trouble is due to self-interest, the problem would be solved. It is easy and simple. Yet because of this ease and simplicity, the task is also difficult.

"For example, if praise and insult do not affect you, you would be always happy. If not, you are bound to be unhappy. How easy the remedy is, yet the simplicity itself makes it difficult." (Lord Meher-p-2078-1940)