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101-A REPORTER OF ASSOCIATED PRESS CAME FOR INTERVIEW AND ASKED BABA’S OPINION ON PRESENT CHAOTIC CONDITIONS AND MAHATMA GANDHI

A reporter from the Associated Press came to interview Baba. The reporter was very respectful and kept referring to Baba as, "Your Holiness." Their meeting ensued as follows:

The reporter asked, "How long will the present chaotic state of affairs continue in the world?"

Baba replied, "As long as selfishness exists, because it is the root cause. In all this chaos and confusion My work is done. It is a cleaning process."

"How long will you be in Jabalpur specifically, and from here where will you go?"

"I will be leaving from Jabalpur on January 15th and will tour Benares, Agra, Ajmer, Kashmir and other places. In April, I intend to return to Jabalpur and open a spiritual center either here or in Mandla."

"What is your Holiness' opinion about Mahatma Gandhi?"

"He is a great and noble soul and is trying to serve humanity with all his heart."

"When do you think India will be given its independence?"

"When the Hindus and Muslims cease quarrelling."

"Will the Jews, the most oppressed nation in the world today, be able to withstand the onslaught that is being perpetrated on them by Hitler and Mussolini?"

"Jews or non-Jews, whosoever sticks to the Truth, or is on the side of Truth, can withstand any onslaught!"

Will your Holiness kindly give me a message that I may broadcast to the world?" (Lord Meher-p-1976-1939)

 

 

102-A RESPECTED MAN QUESTIONED BABA TO KNOW WHAT HE WANTS TO KNOW.

A respected man had come to meet Baba at the exhorting of his friend, who was a devotee of Baba's. A day before, the man drew up a long list of questions, starting with: "Why do you call yourself the Avatar?"

Knowing what was in his mind, Baba asked, "What do you wish to ask Me?"

The man replied sarcastically, "Since you are the Avatar, you should know without the question being expressed."

Baba smiled and said:

Why bargain with the Master? Expecting intellectual answers to various questions from the Master is to belittle him.

From the very beginning, the question that confronts every individual is "Who am I?" This is the Original Question which gets expressed in infinite ways. It is the driving force behind this question that brought about the entire evolution of consciousness, and after innumerable reincarnations and through the involution process, the real answer to the original question is arrived at as "I Am God."

By studying Vedanta, you may become intellectually convinced about the logical deductions such as, "I am God" and "Everyone is God." But of what avail is such dry knowledge? Love is the way, and it is only the experience of the "I-Am-God" state that solves all questions once and for all.

To gain such an experience is not child's play. Cycles and cycles have to roll on before one becomes worthy to experience the Real Answer. (Lord Meher-p-4698-1960)

 

103-A RETIRED BRAHMIN STATION MASTER AGREED TO RENT THE PLACE FOR BABA’S SECLUSION AT AKOLNER RAILWAY STATION

Baba and Gustadji looked at several places for quiet seclusion in Akolner but failed to find a suitable spot. In the afternoon they bought milk from a Muslim lad who worked for the railways, and prepared tea. Baba was fasting. They searched for an appropriate place of seclusion, and Baba finally selected a piece of land belonging to a retired Brahmin stationmaster. The Brahmin agreed to rent the place - supposedly for a sick man to recuperate his health. Rustom went back to Ahmednagar to bring a small tent. Meanwhile, Baba, and other kept watch and spent the night on the stone platform of the Akolner railway station. (Lord Meher-p-.475-1923)

 

104-A RICH WOMAN WAS DUPED OF HER PROPERTIES BY HER RELATIVES; BABA ASKED HER TO LEAVE ALL TROUBLES TO HIM

On 11th May 1963, in Guruprasad, a woman came with garland for Baba. Baba told us that she was once very rich, but her relatives duped her of her property illegally. She went to court and she had to face eighty three law suits against her. Baba said, “In spite of such a mental and financial troubles, it is her good fortune that she has still stuck with Me.” Baba asked her to leave all her troubles to Him and then wait and watch the results.

 

105-A ROBUST SADHU APPROACHED BABA, BEGGING FOR MONEY T9 GO TO HARDWAR BABA SAID TO GO ON FOOT

A stout, robust sadhu approached Baba, begging for money to go to Hardwar by train. Baba said:

The meaning of a sadhu is one who performs spiritual practices with the object of controlling the mind. But since you are unable to keep your mind under control, what do you expect to gain by going to Hardwar? If you want to go into the Himalayas overpowered with love for God, then go on foot enduring hardships for the sake of realizing God. This will be your sadhana (spiritual practice) and thereby you will be able to conquer your mind from its thoughts of worldly allurements. A sadhu should always try to be above desires of any sort. (Lord Meher-p-792/3-1927)

 

106-A ROYAL PRINCESS REQUEST FOR DARSHAN DURING SECLUSION WAS GRANTED BY BABA

On 17th July 1963, a royal princess of one of the former Indian states had been waiting in Ahmednagar for days in the hope of Baba granting her a moment's darshan, despite His seclusion. Baba granted her request. When she met Baba, the Rani told him, "I pray to God so hard, but He never answers my prayers. I cannot understand why that should be. I thought God did not let anyone down."

Baba replied, "God not only does not let anyone down, God is constantly forgiving those who let Him down!" (Lord Meher-p-5240-1966)

 

107-A SADHU CAME WITH PLANS TO START A UNIVERSAL SPIRITUAL CENTRE AND BLESSINGS; BABA SAID DO EVERY THING WITH ONE HUNDRED PERCENT HONESTY

On 4th May 1963, in Guruprasad, a sadhu came to see Baba. Baba asked him if he had anything to say. He replied that he had come for Baba’s blessings, as he had plans to start a universal spiritual centre. Baba said, “Your idea is very good, but do everything with one hundred percent honesty. Let no hypocrisy enter in your doings. Do not allow your ego to be tickled. Do it with the thought that you are not doing it but that it is being done, as it is God’s will. Only then My nazar (glance) be on you. (Courtesy: Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-312)

 

108-A SADHU FROM JABALPUR QUESTIONED AS HOW CAN I FIND GOD; BABA   REPLIED; BY NOT RENOUNCING THE WORLD BUT WORDLY DESIRES

On 8th January 1939, a sadhu who headed an ashram some distance from Jabalpur came and, seeing Baba, exclaimed, "I saw you in Hardwar in December!"

Chanji interjected, "Meher Baba was in Meherabad during December!"

Baba countered, "Baba is now here with you and at the same time in many other places!"

The sadhu expressed his desire for God-realization and Baba praised his intention.

"Can I find God?" the sadhu asked.

"Why not? All have to," Baba answered.

"How?"

"By losing your self."

"By sanyas (renouncing the world)?"

"No, not by renouncing the world, but by renouncing your worldly desires. God is always there within you and you have to find Him there - not outside."

"How can I find God?" he asked.

"Regularly meditate and concentrate on your highest ideal. I will help you," Baba promised. (Lord Meher-p-1975-1939)

 

109-A SADHU HIGHLY ADVANCED CAME MEHERABAD AND BEGAN DANCING IN SEARCH OF GOD

On 19th November 1927, an emaciated sadhu arrived at lower Meherabad afternoon. After walking around the Mess Quarters, he put down his sack of belongings and began to dance. "There is fire here," he sang. "I've been searching for Him here, there, and everywhere." Baba was informed and sent Baidul with instructions that the man be given something to eat and then sent on his way.

After the sadhu had left, Baba commented:

He is a real man — the first of his kind to have come here - highly advanced. He will remain restless till he finds what he wants. He has no consciousness of his body or of the world. He is lost in love and desire for Paramatma. Very few find God, but he will, and that too in this birth. He came for giving his "presentee" (being present; like a student would do in a class roll call). From here he will go to Kedgaon to contact Narayan Maharaj, and from there he may go to Babajan. One day one of them will bestow their grace on him. He will see (God). In Nagar, people flocked to him for his darshan and gave him so much food. He didn't like it. He has no desire except for God. (People were expecting some benefit from him.) But when God is not seen by him, how can he show it to others? (Lord Meher-p-853-1927)

 

110-A SAINTLY OLD WOMAN ROARED LIKE A TIGER STOPPED WHEN APPROACHED BY BABA

On 25th February 1941 in the morning Baba left for Agra. The others followed in the Blue Bus completely packed 28 persons squeezed into seats designed for 14.

While at the Taj Mahal, Baba was informed about a saintly old woman who lived in a deserted horse stable not far away. When Baba and the men approached the stable, they heard a wild cry like a roaring of a tiger, and when they entered the stable they found the woman. She was pacing back and forth, roaring in this extraordinary fashion, and when Baba approached her she stopped. She beckoned to Baba with respect, and Baba gestured to Eruch to ask her if she was happy to see him. She replied that she was truly very happy. Although old, she was a large, strong woman, both of her arms covered with bangles, and she had a bright attractive face. Baba remarked she was a very high mastani and referred to her as Mastani Mai. (Lord Meher-4-2197-1941)

 

111-A SAINTLY-LOOKING MAN IN BAAM JUMPED OUT OF IS SEAT WHEN BABA CAME TO THE DOOR TO SEE HIM

Baba and group arrived in Baam and inquires were made as to how to proceed to Duzdab. They were informed that, via desert Duzdab could be reached in two days. They were also told that the route was extremely dangerous and full of highway bandits. In the interim, Raosaheb arranged for a quiet rest house on the outskirts of town where they stayed.

On Thursday, 31 October 1929, Gustadji noticed a saintly-looking man, whom the local people held in great reverence, seated in front of a shop opposite their house and told Baba about him. Baba came to the door to see him. As soon as Baba appeared at the door, the saint jumped up from his seat as a mark of respect for Baba, whom he seemed to know. He came forward and kissed Baba's hands. Baba embraced him and the man walked off to return to his seat. who came to him afterwards, "There is amidst us an Emperor of all Fakirs." Later, Baba had him brought to his room where he sat alone with him.

Baba gave him his mattress and the man departed. Baba revealed that the man was a wali on the fifth plane. (Lord Meher-p-1107/8-1929)

 

112-A SANSKRIT SCHOLAR CHANTED SOME HYMNS OF SANKARACHARYA BEFORE BABA

A Sanskrit scholar came one day and chanted some hymns of Shankaracharya. Baba stated, "Don't translate the lines. It is not necessary. I like to listen to the naad (sound, chant) of the hymns. It pleases Me, because it has come out of Me." (Lord Meher-p-4860-1960)

 

 

113-A SANYASI FROM RISHIKESH WAS NOT ALLOWED TO SEE BABA; EXPLODED IN ANGER AND PASSED OFF WITHOUT RECOGNIZING BABA.

In year 1942, one day in Rishikesh, Baba was giving Chanji instructions at the mandali's quarters when a sanyasi came to the gate desiring darshan. Chanji went to him and told him that Meher Baba, being in seclusion, was not seeing anyone until His tours in the Himalayas were finished.

The sanyasi exploded with anger, "Why does He refuse to give darshan? Am I not worthy? Do you know that I have visited hundreds of the holiest places of pilgrimage in India? Why should I care if I don't get darshan here!"

Chanji tried to explain the situation and pacify him, but the sanyasi became even more argumentative. He began quoting passages from the shastras, as if to demonstrate his devotion. Eventually he stormed off, quoting this couplet:

Where doest thou seek Me, O dear devotee!

I am always near and with thee!

Repeating these lines louder and louder, he raised his arms dramatically and walked off, looking toward the heavens, as if pleading with God to grant a little sense to poor Chanji to be able to recognize someone as sincere as himself.

But the ironic part of the whole affair was that, had the man not been so absorbed in his own performance, looking toward the sky, he would have seen Baba, who was off to one side, watching all the time! Twice, he passed Baba without recognizing Him.

After the man had left, Baba explained to Chanji, "His time has not yet come. People like him wander from place to place, haphazardly, in search of God, muttering verses and chapters from the shastras and chanting couplets from the poets, but all superficially with the tongue, and not from the heart. They gain very little - practically nothing, spiritually.

"It is not merely the desire, but a keen inner longing that, in time, brings one in contact with a true saint or Master." (Lord Meher-p-2285-1942)

 

114-A SANYASI REACTED AGAINST BABA’ES WORD “GEM” FOR DAULAT SINGH TILL BABA NARRATED HIM A STORY OF PERFECT MASTER

In Srinagar, on 20th September 1944, permitted by Baba, Daulat Singh was overjoyed and arranged darshan program at Karamchand's Bungalow in Nishat. Almost 500 people came. Among those who met Baba that day was a sanyasi who described his austerities to Baba and also his visits to different saints. Baba praised him, and in the midst of talking with everyone observed, "Daulat Singh is a gem!"

The renunciate replied with a knowing smile, "He is a gem, but he is still worldly. He has not yet renounced the world."

Baba just smiled and did not comment. He began discussing something else and after a while said, "I remember a story. Would you like to hear it?" All expressed their eagerness and Baba's fingers flew across the alphabet board, which Vishnu read:

A man renounced the world and was passing his time in meditation, solitude, repeating God's name, and so forth, and also visiting different saints and mahatmas. Years passed by like this. Once he had the luck to encounter a Perfect Master.

H

e prayed to him for God-realization, and the Sadguru told him to stay with him in his ashram.

The Master also had other followers who were living under his orders. There was no spiritual practice of any sort in the ashram and the sanyasi thought all the others there were useless, as he did not observe them doing anything "spiritual." Some were cooking, some were washing, some were cleaning and thus, according to the words of the Master, keeping themselves busy.

Although now living with the Perfect Master, the ascetic had continued his spiritual practices. One day he asked the Master, "When will I see God?"

The Master replied, "If you act according to my orders, you will gain the sight of God very soon." The sanyasi nodded in accord. The Master, picking up a small piece of stone, then told him, "Go to the market and, in exchange for this, bring five seers (a weight measurement) of vegetables."

Looking at the stone, the ascetic replied, "Maharaj, this is a stone. Who will give five seers of vegetables in exchange for it? No one will touch it."

The Master said, "You have promised to obey me and now you are arguing! Do as I say and you will have God's darshan!"

The sanyasi went to the market, but no vendor was ready to agree to the bargain, and all laughed in derision. With great difficulty, one agreed to give him two seers of vegetables. Refusing, the aspirant returned and said to the Master, "Maharaj, I had told you from the beginning the exchange was foolhardy. Who would give five seers of vegetables for a stone? I could get nothing."

The Sadguru said, "Now go to a sweetmeat shop and bring five seers of sweets for this piece of stone." The recluse left thinking his Master deranged. No one was willing to give five seers of sweets and the most he could argue for in one shop was three seers. So he returned, again empty-handed.

The Sadguru then directed him to approach a goldsmith and bade him to bring back not less than Rs.5,000 in exchange! Now the ascetic was convinced the Master was completely crazy, but he went anyway. The goldsmith examined the rock and announced that he was ready to pay Rs.1,000. This surprised the sanyasi as now he was being offered Rs.1, 000 in exchange for a stone against which previously he could not even get five seers of vegetables.

He then thought the Sadguru knew what he was doing and there was something more to it than met his eye.

He returned to the Master and told him what had transpired. The Master next asked him to go to a jeweller and sell the stone for Rs.100,000! So he went and the jeweller agreed to the sale and paid him the amount. The sanyasi brought the money and the Master told him, "You did not value the stone, but the jeweller knew its true value. He knew that it was in fact a diamond! Only a jeweller’s eye could recognize the stone's genuine worth.

"The vegetable vendors, the sweetmeat shopkeepers, the goldsmiths — all are like those who are veiled; they can only evaluate things according to their consciousness."

The Master then told the sanyasi: "I am the Jeweller and I know the capacities and capabilities of those around me. They act according to my wish, leaving their own aside. Those who reside with the Jeweller are truly spiritual. Whomever you have approached in your years of wandering until now have all been like vegetable sellers, shopkeepers and goldsmiths — limited by their own limited viewpoint. So, it is better to remain with the Jeweller who knows your true worth and who, in time, will make you a Jeweller like himself."

In this manner the sanyasi was convinced and held fast to the Master's feet.a

And the ascetic monk seated before Baba also learned a good lesson from this tale, especially about Dr. Daulat Singh. (Lord Meher-p-2434-1954)

 

115-A SCHIZOPHRENIC GETS RELIEF FROM SAME MEDICINE PRESCRIBED BY BABA

One man approached who was meeting Baba for the first time. (May 1963). He was gifted and intelligent, but suffered mentally and was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and forced to give up his medical studies. He had been given treatment with different drugs, as well as electric shock therapy. Baba asked him what trouble his mind suffered. He replied that he had not slept well for the last fourteen years, due to conflicting thoughts and rapid breathing, particularly at night. Baba prescribed some tablets for him for one month. After he came out of the hall, the man told Dr. Bharucha that he had taken the same tablets before, but to no effect. Bharucha explained that it was not of importance what medicine Baba prescribed. What was more important was that Baba – God Himself – was prescribing them. If Baba gave a pinch of dust it might work miracles! So the man obeyed Baba and took the tablets that night. Next morning when he came, he was asked by Baba if he had slept well. He replied, “Baba, in the last fourteen years, this is the first night that I slept soundly.” (Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 18, p. 6176 – 6177)

 

116-A SCHOOL BOY DISAPPEARED FROM THE SCHOOL BABA PUNISHED TEACHERS 

One morning, finding out that one of the boys had disappeared from the school, Baba called the men mandali to him at eight o'clock and asked them why the boy had left. Baba held the director, Arjun, the monitors, and the teachers responsible, maintaining that due to their carelessness the boy had run away. As a novel punishment, Baba ordered them to keep bitter quinine powder in their mouths without swallowing or spitting it out. When they were unable to bear the horrible taste any longer, Baba allowed them to spit it out and gave them a sweet to get rid of the taste.(Lord Meher-p-702-1926)

 

117-A SCHOOL BOY HAD BABA’S DARSHAN IN HIS CLASS ROOM

During Andhra tour until late that evening, a touching incident occurred when Baba visited the Venkata Rama Elementary School. Baba's visit to Eluru had been publicized through handbills containing Baba's photograph. A small boy had seen one and requested that his parents please take him to meet Meher Baba. But being a strictly orthodox Brahmin family, they could see no point in visiting a "Parsi saint." The boy wept and refused his dinner, but the parents were unrelenting.

Heartbroken, the boy had gone to school that morning convinced he had missed the opportunity of meeting Meher Baba, although he still ached to do so.

He was, therefore, momentarily dumbfounded when Baba entered his classroom. He flung himself into Baba's waiting arms and wept with joy. Once again, the Divine Beloved had answered his true lover's prayer. (Lord Meher-p-3475-1954)

 

118-A SCULPTOR COULD DO HIS JOB AS AGREED; BABA COULD MOVE IN THE ROOM WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY

In year 1959 at Guruprasad, C D Deshmukh wished, Baba to permit a sculptor to take measurement. He pleaded to Baba to give a few minutes sitting when the sculptor came to Guruprasad. Baba being the slave of His lovers’ love, had agreed to these sittings in one of the rooms behind Guruprasad bungalow. With great difficulty, Baba would walk to the room behind the bungalow and sit there while the sculptor did his job. Dr. Deshmukh would profusely thank Baba for the trouble given to Him. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-67)

 

119-A SEEKER ENTREATED BABA FOR GOD RELISATION BUT COULD NOT FOLLOW THE ORDER TO SIT UNDR TREE FOR FIVE MINUETS

On 14th July 1926, a seeker arrived and entreated Baba for God-realization. Baba ordered him to sit in a small hut opposite Baba's table under a neem tree for one year and to eat only once every 24 hours. The man agreed to Baba's instructions. But while he was sitting before Baba, scarcely fifteen minutes having passed, Baba asked him, "What are you thinking?"

He replied, "I would like to go stay in Shirdi instead." Baba gave him permission and he promptly left. (Lord Meher-p-691-1926)

 

120-A SIKH DRIVER TEASED BY BABA IN RAISED TEMPER SAID TO RETURN SRINAGAR BUT AGREED TO STAY AFTER HAD EXPERIENCE OF HIS DIVINITY IN A DREAM.

Meher Baba and party left for Kashmir by bus with a Sikh driver.

After working with the mast, they continued their search. Along the way, Baba now began teasing the Sikh taxi driver through Kaka and Baidul. He told him, "You aren't a very good driver, are you? You really don't drive too well." This angered the Sikh and he said something in return. Baba then asked, "Who gave you a driving license? Did you have to bribe the officer? How much did you have to pay him?" This set the man's temper in a rage, and in his anger he uttered a few vulgar curses.

He added curtly, "I have to return to Srinagar by six o'clock this evening."

"How can you return before our work is completed?" Baba asked. "You promised to stay with us until it was finished. It's not good to break a promise."

The taxi driver, despite much persuasion, would not agree to go further. At last Baba agreed to return to Srinagar.

The driver turned around, but before he had covered seven miles, both the front and back tires got punctured. The driver changed the tube on the back tire, but had no spare for the front. It was evening and Baba inquired, "You have urgent work to attend to in Srinagar. How will you be able to manage?" The driver kept quiet.

Baba, through Habibullah, arranged with the headman of the village of Mangom to spend the night. Baba slept in the chief's house and food was sent to the driver. Rising very early the next morning, Baba left the house and went and sat on a riverbank alone. Kaka, Baidul and Habibullah found Him there and Baba directed Habibullah, "Go and see how the taxi is."

When Habibullah confronted him, the driver repeated the very question Habibullah himself had asked, "Who is that man?"

"How is it you are so curious about Him?" Habibullah inquired.

"Last night I had some experience of His glory. He must be someone great. I have lied to Him. There was no urgent work in Srinagar. I am now ready to remain with Him as long as He wishes." When Baba heard this, He was pleased and forgave the Sikh driver. (Lord Meher-p-2428/29-1944)

 

121-A SINGER ARRANGED BY MIRZA FOR A QUWAALI PROGRAM WAS ASKED TO COME EARLY; BABA BECAME FURIOUS WHEN SINGER ARRIVD BUT MIRZA DID NOT     .

On 27th December 1922, Baba called all the mandali to His room. It was the fifth day of His seclusion and fast; he was not eating or drinking anything.

Baba told Ghani, "Tell Mirza (the bookbinder) that it would be better if the qawaal, who he was to send this evening, could come early tonight." Ghani went to Mirza who arranged to reschedule the musician. But Ghani told the bookbinder to also come in the evening, and this proved to be a mistake.

When Baba found out that Ghani had invited Mirza, He was furious and ordered, "Send Mirza back as soon as he comes!" Ghani felt awkward, wondering how the man who had arranged this qawaali program could be so discourteously turned away? But when the singer and his party arrived, Mirza was not with them. He had had a sudden attack of fever, and this greatly relieved Ghani's anxiety. The embarrassing situation Ghani had imagined was lifted and he was able to enjoy the qawaali singing. (Lord Meher-p-371/2-1922)

 

122-A SINGER FROM TEHRI GARHWAL WITHOUT TEETH BOASTED AND COMPARED HIMSELF WITH TANSEN BUT STRANGE SINGING AMUSED MORE WHEN WOMEN STARTED MIMIC HIM

One day in Dehra Dun, a singer from Tehri Garhwal came and sang before Baba and the women. (Mehera did not appear.) The singer had no teeth, but boasted that the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal had compared him to Tansen, the celebrated singer in king Akbar's court. He sang a song with this line, "Set aside your veil and you will see God!"

The man's blandishments while singing were so strange that Baba was quite amused. After he left, Baba directed each of the women to sing and mimic him, and their airs and performances, being still stranger, further amused Baba. Only Mani was able to successfully imitate the singer, but Katie's mispronounced Hindi sent Baba into fits of laughter. (Lord Meher).

 

123-A SINGER WAS PRAISED BY BABA SAYING I AM THE SINGER AND I AM THE SONG, I AM THE TABLA, I AM THE TABLE PLAYER,  I AM IN THE HARMONIUM AND I PREY MYSELF

Baba held a poor program in Ganeshkhind on 9th June 1957. Two hundred poor boys below the age of fifteen (as Baba had specified) were brought by His Poona lovers, who were allowed to be present for the program. A few lovers from Bombay, Navsari, Hamirpur and Andhra, were also there.  As each child approached Baba in turn, and after offering his salutation by bowing to them, Baba handed them a piece of cloth and a sweet.

He praised one singer and then immediately said, "Whom do I praise? I am the singer and I am the song! I am the tabla and I am the tabalchi (table player)! I am in the harmonium and I myself am it! And I am the sound that emanates from it! I am everything and I am everywhere! Now whom should I praise? I praise Myself alone!"

In the course of the day, he remarked, "I am the Ocean ... I am the Ancient One ... I am eternal!"

After the arti was performed, all returned to their homes (Lord Meher-p-4183/4-1957)

 

124-A SMALL GIRL- FOUR YEAR OLD, CAME AND SAT NEXT TO BABA FEARLESSLY; BABA REMARKED, THIS CHILD HAS MASTI

On 7th April 1963 in Guruprasad, a small girl about four years old came from crowd to Baba. She bowed Baba and then sat next to Him on His sofa, fearlessly facing the huge crowd and not at all perturbed by the thousand or more eyes watching her. Baba remarked, “Some men drink and then hide their faces; others drink and boldly face public criticism. The masts are also in an “intoxicated” condition, but they do not care about people or anyone. This child also has masti, for she is unmindful of the crowd.” After sitting next to Baba for about half an hour, she got up and went to her mother. Following her example, children from the crowd started coming to Baba for darshan in orderly fashion and then went back to their seats. Baba said,” They come to Me because I am also a child.”

 

125-A SMALL GROUP OF SWARAJ PARTY WITH SHIVRAM PARANJAPE, A CELEBRATED JOURNALIST MET; BABA ADVICED TO SEEK THAT TRUTH WHICH WILL GIVE EVERLASTING BLISS AND REAL KNOWLEDGE

On 7th October 1926, In the afternoon a small group of energetic and enthusiastic Swaraj (Indian independence) Party workers arrived, including Shivram Paranjape, a celebrated journalist and freedom fighter.

They were eager to elicit Baba's "support" for their cause. Baba explained: "What is politics but fraud? Whatever your own, honest, candid opinion might be, you have to act according to the creed of the party, (at times) against the voice of your conscience, and thus be dependent upon others for your actions, which is quite opposed to the fundamental principles of Truth."

One of the workers asked, "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-719-1926)

 

 

126-A SOLDIER FAILED TO DRAW ATTENTION OF BABA TWICE TO OFFER GARLAND FOR OWN REASONS 

During east west gathering in 1962, although Baba was greeting each of those who came with love, on one occasion that afternoon, an unusual incident occurred. During the darshan, a soldier came forward carrying a huge garland. Just then, Baba's attention was drawn elsewhere and the man was hurried along before Baba could turn back to him. Undeterred, the soldier went outside, purchased another garland and stood in the line again. After more than an hour of inching slowly forward, he stood before Baba once more. But again, just at that moment, someone on the stage began talking with Baba, and His attention was diverted. The soldier was furious and left. Baba's distraction was no accident, and He had His own reasons for causing it on behalf of the man. (Lord Meher-p-4881/2-1962)

 

127-A SON OF DACOIT TRAVELLED WITH BABA TO AVOID ATTACK IN DESERTED ROAD OF QUETTA

In year 1941, Baba and the group reached the town of Dera Ghazi Khan in morning. The local folk of Dera Ghazi Khan warned them about the dangers of travelling to Quetta by this route. The people said that even the military were hesitant to travel by this road because of bandits, and that route was taken only with the greatest precaution. Baba was determined, however, and they drove on toward the mountains.

It continued to rain throughout the day as they proceeded toward Khar along the narrow, tortuous roads which wound up the steep mountain and around sharp curves. The area was so desolate and wild; there was actually no sign of human life along the entire drive. At two places the car and bus got stuck in the mud and were freed only when everyone got out and pushed. They reached the town of Khar at five in the evening and settled in at the dak bungalow on top of a mountain for two days.

The group left Khar on the 10th morning for Loralai, a distance of over 130 miles. The whole way was through mountain passes and was the most dangerous part of the journey. Ten miles away, they stopped at Rakhni to pick up hired military escorts.

In Loralai, the boy who had been accompanying them was identified as the son of a vicious dacoit. He had begun giving them trouble, so Baba sent the boy back to Multan. Baba's reason for bringing him was now revealed. The dacoits had not attacked them knowing the boy was travelling with them. (Lord Meher-p-2203-1941)

 

128-A STATION MASTER FROM HYDERABAD WAS DEEPLY IMPRESSED LOOKING BABA PHOTO IN UPASANI MAHARAJ’S URDU BIOGRAPHY

In 1924, while travelling from Hyderabad to Ahmadabad Baba and his group had   to change trains at Hyderabad (Sind). A confusing incident occurred. The ticket inspector insisted on weighing the entire luggage, in spite of their entreaties to persuade him otherwise. The Station Master then came and he, too, insisted that the bedding rolls be opened, reiterating that the entire luggage must be weighed and inspected. At this, Baba told Ramjoo to give him a copy of Upasni Maharaj's Urdu biography. Looking closely at Baba's photograph inside the book, the station master was deeply impressed and relieved them of the aggravation. Although the men carried only their bare necessities, it was the considerable amount of the women's luggage that aroused the inspector's attention. (Lord Meher-p-443-1924)

 

129-A STRANGE-LOOKING PERSON, A MAST WAS FIRST TO ENTER IN MEHERABAD; BABA DRESSED HIM WITH NEW CLOTHS

In year 1924, Baba was in Meherabad. In the afternoon a strange-looking person came near the well and, after quenching his thirst, indicated he was hungry. He was brought to Baba, who appeared delighted with his arrival and explained that the man was a mast — a God-intoxicated person traversing the inner planes. The mast was served food and given sweets. He was also questioned, but he simply nodded without answering. Baba had him dressed in a new shirt and a new pair of pants and then sent him away on the road. Although his name is not recorded, he was the first mast to enter Meherabad. (Lord Meher-p-502-1924)

 

130-A STRANGER CAME WITH LONG LIST OF PROBLEMS AND BEGGED BABA FOR BLESSINGS

once a stranger came to Manzil-e-Meem and narrated his long list of problems to Baba. He begged Baba to bless him, and bowed to the Master. After he had gone, Baba remarked:

People coming to see me almost always ask me to bless them. These simple souls do not know that Masters really neither bless nor curse anyone. The fulfillment of their worldly desires gained by approaching a divine personality is in direct proportion to the faith they manifest toward him, and their prayers are answered by the divine powers active around him.

A Perfect Master works in the spiritual domain. Those on the planes can be said to bless, for it is their spoken word that brings about the desired result. When approaching a Perfect Master with the object of deriving material benefit, one would be better off requesting him for his curse, because a blessing from him — if at all he gives it — is likely to uproot one's sanskaric links from his worldly surroundings with a view to making him One like the Master. (Lord Meher-p-331-1922)

 

131-A SWAMI ADAMENT NOT TO LEAVE PLACE WITHOUT DARSHAN ALLOWEDTO MEDITATE BUT LATER BODILY LIFTED OUTSIDE

This episode likewise illustrates how seriously Baba wished his orders enforced.  One day a swami came for darshan. Aloba, Nana and Eruch prevailed upon him to give up the idea of meeting Baba and leave, but he would not budge. In fact, he demanded, "So long as I do not have Meher Baba's darshan, I will not leave!"

Eruch tried to explain to him at length, but the swami was obstinate. It was time for Baba to go to the hall, so after allowing him to meditate there for some time, Eruch, Aloba and Nana had to bodily lift the swami up and carry him outside the gate and lock him out. (Lord Meher-p-5330-1968)

 

132-A SWAMI PROFESSOR IN DELHI COLLEGE MET BABA LOVERS AND COLLECTED MONEY IN BABA’S NAME

Baba said: When I was in Dehra Dun, a swami who was an M.A. came to see me.  He was a professor in a Delhi college. He touched my heart. When he saw me, he said he would do what I told him. Then he met with Baba lovers and told them that he met with Baba lovers and told them my name, he collected Rs.500 from one lover and Rs.2, 000 from another. These two men had not yet had my darshan. One of them even wrote to Adi, requesting darshan and explained to him what had happened to show his love for me!

The main thing is to gain love and give love. Everything gets merged in love. As the members of one family are close to each other in love, you, too, come close to one another like one family. Love one another and then tell others to love one another. Even if the whole world goes against you, do not become distressed. The world does not know what you do. Don't be exasperated with it. Never become dismayed. It appears there are only a few (lovers) here, but if you follow me properly you will change the whole world. (Lord Meher-3798-1955)

 

133-A SWEEPER HUSBAND OF A PREGNANT WIFE SANG KABIR’S COUPLETS IN THE MORNING AND BABA WOULD BEAT THE DRUM TO HELP HER

Baba had returned to Dehradun on 6th May 1942 after mast tour travelling to Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Lahore, Hardwar and Rishikesh.

Next door to their bungalow in Dehra Dun, an extremely poor (toilet) sweeper lived with his wife. The wife was pregnant, and each morning the man would sing Kabir's couplets to her. Unbeknownst to him, as he was singing in their hut, the God-Man would be beating time to his songs on a drum in his room. Baba remarked to the women, "That man will have a fine son. I am not playing just to amuse myself. He is receiving a boon from me." (Lord Meher-p-2280-1942)

 

134-A TALL MAN GETS LIBERATION

Beloved Meher Baba had visited Madras on 1st March, 1930. Mainly due to the devoted efforts of Baba lovers Baba broke the long spell of His Public withdrawal by giving darshan to the devotees and people at Madras.

Mr. C. V. Sampath Aiyangar had dropped his body to rest eternally in Baba, but his wife and daughters did their utmost to make Baba's stay comfortable in their house, Meher Bhavan, No. 20 Brahmin Street, Saidapet.

On 3rd April 1930, the darshan programme commenced from 9:30 am in the well decorated hall on the ground floor of Meher Bhavan. People streamed through the room in hundreds.

In the long queue waiting for Baba's darshan, stood a tall man whom no one seemed to know. Like others, he took Baba's darshan and was about to leave the hall when Baba, interrupting the darshan programme, clapped His hands and called him back.
Baba gestured, "I know you." Those standing around did not realise the import of these words for "Everything that is Real is given and received in silence.”

Next morning, Baba asked for a car to be brought to His residence. Baba and some of the Mandali drove off without the latter knowing their destination. Baba would give directions to the driver and ultimately, passing through a maze of streets, the car entered a small lane in Royapettah and came to a standstill opposite a stair case that led to the first floor of a building.

A few seconds later, Baba was on the top of the landing on the first floor knocking at a door. No one seemed to be inside for there was no response. Baba asked the Mandali to push open the door forcibly.

Baba entered the room, and the Mandali peeping over His shoulders saw the tall man they had seen in the darshan programme. The room happened to be the prayer room of the tall man. On the walls hung pictures of Rama, Krishna, other past Avatars and saints. There was just one chair in the room and Baba headed straight for it and sat down.

The tall man, who was in meditation, opened his eyes when his door burst open and before he could realize what was happening, Baba had sat down on the chair. The tall man got up from his seat and putting his head on Baba's feet sobbed loudly. The Mandali were amazed.

When he could get his breath back, the tall man said that for years he had been praying in this room and had felt that if his prayers were sincere, and if there was an Avatar in this Age, He would come and sit on the chair in his prayer room. No man
had ever sat on that chair until Baba, who on His own came and sat on it. His heart full of love and reverence for Baba, whom he now knew for certain to be the avatar, he shed tears of joy.

Baba looked down on him with such compassion that the Mandali was touched deeply. Baba gestured, “Ask for anything.”

The tall man rep[lied, “I want shanti (Peace).”

Baba said, “Ask for anything but Shanti.”

The tall man again repeated "Shanti." For the second time Baba asked him to ask for anything else. The tall man shook his head and with his throat choked cried, "I want Shanti." He put his head on Baba’s feet and wept bitterly.

Baba put his hand on the tall man's head and gave him Amar Shanti (eternal peace). The soul of the tall man found its heaven in the infinite over-soul of Beloved Baba. The tall man dropped his body in the Avatar's presence! This is Baba's  Miracle! (Much Love -312-13 T K Ramanujam)

 

135-A TEMPLE PRIEST DELIVERED A SHORT SPEECH THANKING BABA AND RECALLING HIS EARLY WORK WITH THE VILLAGERS.

In year 1955, before start of the poor program, Baba concluded, "The moment I start washing and bowing at the feet of the poor, take God's name and continue taking it until the poor work is finished." Baba walked to the pandal, where 250 poor men and women had collected. The program started in the morning and he washed the feet of each, turn by turn, dried them and after placing his head on their feet, gave each his love-gift of four rupees. The atmosphere was charged with the silent chanting of "Parabrahma Paramatma, Ahuramazda, Allah hu Akbar, Yezdan," while God in human form, becoming the poorest, laid his head on their feet.

At about four o'clock, Baba started on foot for Arangaon accompanied by the entire sahavas group. There the villagers heartily received him. Baba first went to the samadhi of Buaji Bua. There the temple priest delivered a short speech thanking Baba for his mercy in gracing their humble homes. The priest recalled Baba's early work with the villagers during the 1920s, how he had showered his love on the village. (Lord Meher-p-3887/8/9-1955)

 

136-A TICKET COLLECTOR AT MANMAD STATION ASKED TO VACATE THE LUGGAGE FROM MILITARY COMPARTMENT

Catching the night train, they left Sholapur and reached Dhond at four in the morning where they changed trains for Manmad. For two nights they had had no sleep and were exhausted. But as soon as they arranged their luggage in the compartment, the ticket collector came and told them to vacate it as it was reserved for military personnel only. An unpleasant quarrel ensued, but Baba asked Gustadji to move to another compartment. By the time they completed carrying some luggage to the other compartment the train was in motion, and they only finished transferring everything as the train pulled into Visapur station. Continuing on, Baba and Gustadji got off at Akolner. (Lord Meher-p-475-1923)

 

137-AN VERY OLD AND PARTIALLY BLIND TAILOR SUGGESTED BABA GET TREATED BY AURVEDIC DOCTOR IN KATHIWAR

On one occasion, Baba opened Eruch’s clothes trunk. He took out a shirt and pair of pants, held them up to examine them and motioned to Gaimai, “I must have clothes like this prepared for Agha Ali.” Gaimai immediately sent for her tailor, a Gujarati man who was very old and partially blind. Baba himself explained to the old man about sewing suits for Ali, and Gaimai gave him silk fabric that had been meant for Eruch.

Realizing that Baba was not speaking, the tailor asked, “Who is he, and why doesn’t he talk?”

Gaimai replied, “He is my elder brother; due to some throat problem he cannot speak. All remedies have been tried, but to no avail.”

The old man was drawn to Baba and, hearing this, he looked sad and said, “Merwan Haite, give up these English medicines and come with me to Kathiawar, where there are very good ayurvedic doctors.  Their treatment will surely cure you.”

Baba nodded in agreement and good-naturedly dictated, “I am going to Europe to have my throat examined. Perhaps I will be helped there.”

“But why go to Europe?” the tailor asked. “Listen to me and get yourself treated in Kathiawar.” Baba only smiled.

It was observed that Baba particularly enjoyed the old man’s company. Whenever the tailor had to thread his needle, he would call out, “Merwan Haite, come and thread this needle for an old man.” When Baba would do it, the tailor would burst out with, “Arey, Ram!” On one occasion, the tailor remarked, “Merwan Haite, how handsome you are, how youthful you look! But see God’s play; He has deprived you of a tongue! Trust me and come with me to Kathiawar. If you begin speaking, you will be irresistible.” Delighted, Baba would listen to the tailor’s conversation, and the old man would purposely pull the thread from the needle just so he could call Baba and keep him near. (Lord Meher-p-1198)

 

138-A VERY OLD MAN OF THE FOURTH PLANE RECOGNISED BABA AND ASKED BUDDHIST PRIEST TO OPEN THE TEMPLE AND MAKE ROOM IN CEYLON

Baba & group arrived in Colombo on 12th January 1933.

On 15th January 1933, Baba travelled into the interior of Ceylon and stayed in a bungalow called Vth illa Valencia on a hill between the towns of Bandarawela and Diyatalawa, an area said to have the most equable climate in Ceylon. It was picturesque and a river of raging torrents ran through the deep ravine behind Baba's bungalow, causing a ceaseless roar.

After settling in, Baba directed Kaka to find a spot where Baba could sit in seclusion for 24 hours, as he had done in Assisi. Searching through the small town of Bandarawela on 19th January 1933, Quentin and Kaka found a Buddhist temple at the end of a narrow lane. It looked like a suitable place and they showed it to Baba. A priest would not permit them to enter the temple, so they descended a few steps and came upon an open courtyard.

A door of an adjoining house opened and a very old man, who looked at least 100 years old, came out. He seemed to immediately recognize Baba and he started talking to him through hand signs. Baba gestured back, "I want a room where I can be in seclusion without being disturbed for 24 hours." The old man instantly understood and asked the Buddhist priest to open the temple and make a room available to Baba. Baba, however, changed his mind. Later, Baba remarked, "That old man was on the fourth plane. I will push him to the fifth plane when I leave Ceylon. He is my agent in charge of Central Ceylon." (Lord Meher-p-1755-1933)

 

139-A VILLAGE MENDICAP ASKED BABA'S PERMISSION TO PERFORM SHEHNAI AND TO PLEASE HIM BABA PERMITTED

On 16 June 1928, A local village madcap came to see Baba in the afternoon when Baba was deeply absorbed in his daily routine of activities. He asked Baba's permission to perform on his shehnai, and to please him Baba permitted it.  At the same time, Baba conveyed to the mandali by gestures, "What is wrong if one more headache is added to my 1,700 worries! He is in trouble and so am I."

The "musician," not knowing what Baba was saying, went on playing the shehnai loudly. Baba pretended to enjoy the music. The man concluded his performance, exclaiming, "Baba, only you appreciate my art! I'll come often to make you happy." Smiling, Baba agreed and the mad musician left.

Baba then remarked, "See how I always keep others pleased despite my being upset and preoccupied." (Lord Meher-p-936-1928)

 

140-A WANDERING SANYASI COULD NOT OBEY SIMPLE ORDER TO SIT FOR HALF AN HOUR

A wandering sanyasi, who was a recluse and an ascetic, once showed up at Meherabad during this period. He had heard of Meher Baba and wanted the Master's darshan. He was dressed in an ochre-colored robe, with long matted hair and a beard, and his whole body was smeared with ashes.

Meher Baba asked him, "Who are you? Where do you come from and where are you going?" The sanyasi, with evident pride, listed all the places of pilgrimage he had visited and said he had now come to Meherabad.

Baba asked, "Now what?"

"I have come to have your darshan," the sanyasi said.

"Then?"

"Go further and wander throughout Mount Abu."

"Then?"

"I will proceed further and continue visiting holy places."

"Then?"

"Then what! I will continue roaming as I have been doing."

"For how long?"

"Until I find my Master. Once the Master's grace descends, I will be free!"

"When will that happen?"

"Whenever it is destined."

Meher Baba said, "Everyone is destined to realize God in the end, but no one has any idea of it. Everyone goes his own way."

"What are we to do then?" pleaded the sanyasi.

"Become dedicated to a guru."

"Such a One is not found or seen!"

"Your eyes are to blame! The guru is everywhere. He is to be searched for and recognized."

"I am ready to find him."

"I will show you God, but would you do as I say?"

The sanyasi said he was ready and Meher Baba directed him to sit under a nearby tree. Baba told him to wait there and said he would give him instructions after some time. The sanyasi walked over to the tree and sat down.

Baba became occupied with supervising the labor work of the mandali, during which some of the men were harshly scolded. After half an hour, Baba sent Padri to bring the sanyasi to him, but he was gone!

Afterward, in a serious manner, Meher Baba explained to the mandali:

It is easy to renounce the world by wearing an ochre-colored robe, but to find a guru is very difficult. Surrenderance at his feet is even more difficult, but the most difficult of all is to carry out a Guru's orders.

Take that sanyasi for instance: for years he has lived aloof like a recluse, he has been visiting places of pilgrimage, undergoing hardships in the heat and cold. He has also made innumerable pilgrimages and will go on making them for years to come. But unless and until he surrenders to a guru, he will gain nothing. He will go on wandering with his face and body covered with ashes.

Even if he comes in contact with a real guru, he understands nothing and flings away the cup which is very near his lips! I told him to sit underneath a tree, which he could not do for even half an hour! It is beyond one's capacity to realize God except by the grace of a Master — and it is not easy to gain that grace. It requires the preparation of births and births to be worthy of it. Therefore, those who are living in the intimate contact of the Master are truly blessed.

Later, describing a real lover of God, Meher Baba said:

As a thirsty man under the scorching sun in the desert values water more than pearls or diamonds, so also a real lover of God only thirsts for Him and considers everything else as dust before Him! A real lover is not after name, fame or wealth. He only yearns for God, his Beloved. He who does not possess this attribute is full of selfishness! (Lord Meher, 1st ed. vol. 2, pp. 621-624)

 

 

141-A WEALTHY FRIEND BADLY INJURED HIS FINGER IN SOCCER PRACTICE; BABA TOOK HIM TO DOCTOR

In his school days, Merwan (Baba) formed a soccer team. He received financial support from a good friend whose father was a leading merchant. Soccer practice went well for some time, but one day the same wealthy friend (who was acting as goalie) tried to catch the ball and badly injured his finger. Merwan wrapped his finger in a wet cloth and took him to a nearby Christian doctor who treated the injury. Then he escorted the boy home. After this incident, the soccer team was also disbanded and Merwan decided not to form any other teams. (Lord Meher-p-126-1905)

 

142-A WEALTHY MAN BESEECHED TO PERFORM HIS CHILD'S CONFIRMATION CEREMONY. BABA DISCOURSED, "I HAVE COME TO DO AWAY WITH ALL THESE DOGMAS.”

In year 1960, at Guruprasad, a wealthy man beseeched him to perform his child's confirmation ceremony. Baba was not always so willing to participate in such religious ceremonies. Baba replied, "I have come to do away with all these dogmas and rituals, so how can I take part in it?"

Just a week before, on 9 May, Baba had discoursed:

Many people of the world say that God is. Every religion and religious book states that God is. God IS. People believe it. You, too, believe in His existence. Despite all this, only rarely does one resolve firmly to see God. Rare is the one who says: "I will see God at any cost," even at the expense of renouncing his home, family and all else.

When one becomes like a fish living out of water in order to see God — thirsting with all his heart for His darshan — then one surely attains it. And he sees God with far more clarity than you see one another here.

Darshan has no connection whatsoever with rites, rituals, dogmas and daily religious routine. Zoroaster has shown that with good thoughts, good words and good deeds anyone can become like Zoroaster. And what is the state of affairs now? Zoroaster laid stress on good thoughts, good words and good deeds, but today his followers lay stress on wearing the kusti. They get annoyed if some fail to perform the ritual of kusti each morning. They do not bother much about the precious precepts Zoroaster gave. If once they forget to perform the kusti, they grieve over it, but they do not grieve while telling lies!

Thus, as long as such falsehoods like unclean thoughts, words and deeds are not given up, then no matter with what zeal you do kusti — however energetically you whisk it about early in the morning muttering prayers — there is not the least progress toward the Path. Study as many religious books as you can, they will not gain you God's sight! Even the worms destroy books! So create within you the sincere longing for the sight of God.

Cults and religions have no importance. Love holds the key. Do your duty but have the thought at the back of your mind that all this is maya, and Baba is the only Truth. (Lord Meher-p-4863-1990)

 

143-A WESTERN LADY DISLIKED THE JOKE OF HARRY KENMORE

The episode goes like this.

Baba would often ask His Mandali or His close lovers to tell Him a joke in order to lighten the burden of His universal work. At times, Baba would permit them to tell adult joke. However, the lover would first have to inform Baba that it was a dirty joke and take His permission before reciting it. IF Baba was not in the mood, He would refuse but, more often than not, Baba permitted it.

On one occasion, Baba had invited some Western Baba lovers for His Sahavas. Harry Kenmore had also come. He was a blind chiropractor from America who had treated Baba after car accident in Satara when Baba fractured His hip joint. As Harry could not see Baba because of his blindness, baba would make him sit near His feet and would pat him from time to time in order to make him fell His presence.

On one occasion, Baba asked Harry Kenmore to tell him a joke. Harry said, “Baba if it is okay with you, can I recite a dirty joke?”Baba gave His consent. A western Baba lover who was present was shocked and looked at Harry disapprovingly. She felt that Harry had crossed a line with Baba which he should not have done. After all, Baba was God, a divine being that should be worshipped. The idea of Harry telling a dirty joke to God was totally unacceptable to her.

She tried not to listen to the joke by blocking out the words. But when Harry finished telling it, Baba laughed heartily and gestured, “I liked the joke very much, Harry. Could you repeat it one more time?”

Baba then turned towards woman who found the very idea of telling an off    colour joke to Baba to be offensive and said, “I liked this joke a lot. I want you bear it carefully so that you can share it with your friends. It’s a very good joke.

The woman knew that Baba had divined her thought and by asking her to listen to the so called dirty joke in God’s presence, He was helping her break the conventional idea that she had of God and spirituality.

(Copies from “Real treasure” volume-5 page 63-64 by Rustom Falahati)

 

144-A WIDOW HAD A FEUD WITH THE VILLAGE TALATI BABA INTERVENED AND COMPENSATED BOTH

This is a typical example of the Master's compassion. There was a widow living in Arangaon. She had a feud with the village Talati (government accountant), which resulted in litigation over unpaid taxes on her deceased husband's farmland. Baba intervened and paid the Talati Rs.50; in addition, he paid the widow Rs.15 for the legal expenses she had incurred. Through this unexpected loving gesture, the woman's heart turned to him as her Lord, and her tears expressed the deep gratitude which she felt and remembered for the rest of her life. (Lord Meher-p-580-1925)

 

145-A WOMAN APPROACHED WITH HER CHILD CRYING FOR MILK BABA BEING EXHAUSTED WENT TO LOWER MEHERABAD WITH WATCHMAN AND BROUGHT MILK

According to the Zoroastrian calendar, 44th birthday was celebrated on 20th February 1938 at two places separately — on Meherabad Hill by the women and in lower Meherabad by the men. At eight o'clock, the darshan program at lower Meherabad started and went on continually until evening. Baba handed out prasad with both hands to the hordes of people who had come, amidst the singing of bhajans, praising God in all His mercy for allowing them to participate in this momentous day.

While a female singer from Poona sang for the women. Baba was intensely occupied from 3:00 A.M. to midnight. When he went to his cabin for rest late that night, a woman approached him, saying, "Baba, my child is crying; it is hungry, it needs milk." Baba, despite being exhausted, took the watchman Jamadar with him to lower Meherabad, found some milk, brought it back up the hill and gave it to the woman himself. (Lord Meher-p-1901-1938)

 

146-A WOMAN CAME RUNNING FROM BACK WITH GARLAND IN HER HAND FOR BABA

Baba visited nearly all the houses in Arangaon, where his arti was sung and he was profusely garlanded. He was literally buried under the garlands and kept them on despite the intense afternoon heat. "That day, Baba showered his love on the villagers

The lanes of Arangaon Village were usually dusty, but the residents had sprinkled water all around and kept the narrow, twisting lanes clean. Baba was walking in the vanguard of the procession when he stopped suddenly. No one could understand the reason, but it became clear when a woman at the back came running forward with a garland in her hand. Nothing was hidden from him! When his eyes surveyed the whole universe, how could they miss a poor woman's love? (Lord Meher-p-3614-1954)

 

147-A WOMAN FROM INDIA ONLY HAD BABA DARSHAN NOT THE OTHER WOMAN FROM NETHERLANDS

Once at Guruprasad, two women happened to arrive at the same time and requested permission to meet Baba. One was an Indian and the other was from the Netherlands. Baba called the Indian inside first, and after some time she came out happy and radiant at seeing Baba and having had his darshan. Just as the woman from the Netherlands was about to enter, Baba sent a message to stop her. Instead, Eruch was sent to comfort her that Baba would not be able to see her. Naturally, she was disappointed after all her expectations, and she left quite upset. Sarosh later asked Baba why he had not seen her. Baba explained, "The first one was, of course, fortunate to have had my darshan, but the second woman was even more fortunate because I pricked her heart, and she will now remember me more." (Lord Meher-p-4485-1959)

 

148-A WOMAN M.A. IN PHILOSOPHY COMPOSING POEMS FOR A LONG TIME; BABA ASKED HER TO SING

On 8th June 1963, at Guruprasad, a woman who has been composing poems about Baba for a long time was asked to sing by Baba. She had longed for this opportunity, and all her poems were on theme that that she should by called by Baba to rest at His feet for ever. She sang very well with fervent love. Tears rolled down her cheeks. When she finished singing, she fell at Baba’s feet and wept. Baba gestured to one of disciple to help her rise, and then she returned to her seat. Baba told she is M.A. in philosophy. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-342)

 

149-A WOMAN REFERRED BABA AS OMNISCIENT

On 28th December 1927, a woman came for Baba's darshan the same day and referred to him as the Omniscient One. Thereupon Baba discoursed on the four types of knowledge — worldly knowledge, inner knowledge of the planes, Self-knowledge of the seventh plane, and all-knowledge, which only the Avatars and Sadgurus have in order to work in and for the three worlds. (Lord Meher-p-786-1927)

 

150-A WOMAN WITH CHILD REQUESTED BABA TO BLESS HER BABY; BABA PARDONED HER NOT MEETING HER PREVIOUS APPOINTMENT

One day a woman approached Baba for darshan with her child. She requested that Baba bless her baby. Baba commented, "As you wish. But do you remember how last year on your request, I permitted you to visit Guruprasad to have my darshan a second time? You did not come."

From the hundreds who had visited Guruprasad that year it seemed incredible to the woman that Baba would remember such a small detail. The woman felt ashamed and apologized, explaining, "Baba, treat me as your daughter ... I had to attend my brother's marriage, so I could not come. Please pardon me."

Baba as usual pardoned her, but also remarked, "I forgive you but remember, you yourself asked for an opportunity of which you did not avail. Any appointment with the God-Man has special significance which cannot be repeated. It is difficult to make up that loss. However, now be happy and forget about it." (Lord Meher- 4760-1961)

 

151-A WORKER FROM AUROBINDO SOCIETY OF BOMBAY SOUGHT BELOVED BABA’S BLESSING

A worker from Aurobindo society of Bombay sought Beloved Baba’s blessing. Baba said: “blessings are easy to get because all wants them; love is tough most are encased in their own walls of ignorance; and grace is extremely rare because few have prepared themselves for receiving it.  (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-128)

 

152-A YOGI GETS ANSWERS OF HIS ALL QUESTIONS BY BABA IN ADVANCE

A former attorney from Pathardi had devoted himself to certain practices and had become a yogi. On 9th January 1926, he came to Meherabad for Baba's darshan. He wished to question the Master about spirituality, and Baba agreed to answer all his questions. The yogi said: he preferred to write out his questions to ensure privacy as many were present. Baba agreed. The yogi was given a slate and began writing. Simultaneously, Baba too started writing, sitting opposite him. After finishing, the yogi handed his slate to Baba, and Baba handed His slate to him. Upon reading Baba's slate, the yogi was dumbfounded. On it, he found written all the answers to his questions! He was highly impressed by Baba's omniscience.

After he left, Baba remarked, "This is the first time I had the whim to read and express a visitor's thoughts, although I frequently do so in the case of the mandali, as you all know." (Lord Meher)

 

153-A YOUNG DEVOTEE ASKED CAN HE REALIZE TRUTH IN THIS INCARNATION; BABA SAID TRUTH IS FAR BEYOND WANTING; YOU CANNOT DEMAND TRUTH IT DAWNS UNAWARES

On 26th April 1960, Baba was discoursing about the Path when he remarked: "The fun of it is that the One who is sought is Himself the seeker. It is the same One God who prompts the seeker to ask, 'Where can I find God?' ... 'How can I find God?'

"The seeker asking 'Where can I find God?' is really God saying, 'Where indeed is the seeker?' "

A young devotee asked Baba this earnest question one day: "Will I realize the Truth in this incarnation?"

Baba replied, "Why be so eager, so impatient? How will you profit by my reply? If I were to say that you will realize the Truth in this very life, will you gain anything more than merely hearing these encouraging words? And if I were to say, 'No (not this lifetime)' and that you need many more births to realize the Truth, you will feel nervous and dejected."

The young man answered, "Nothing will affect me in either case."

"Then forget your question altogether! This much is certain, that the Truth is infinitely more anxious to reveal Itself through you — and through everyone — than your seeking It with utmost efforts.

"Even wanting Truth is an unwanted want, and Truth is far beyond wanting. You cannot demand Truth; it dawns unawares. The way lies through successive unconditional surrenders to the Perfect Master."

Baba continued, "Again, remember the Path is slippery. Guard yourself against posing. It is the worst thing.

of honesty ever burn within you. Be sincere in your seeking. My nazar is on you. Don't worry." (Lord Meher-p-4666/7-1960)

 

154-A YOUNG MAN FROM SOUTH RECITED A SANSKRIT SHLOKA LIED TO HAVE COMPOSED HIMSELF; BABA SAID TO RAMKRISHNAN DON’T WORRY FORGET IT

One day a young man from South India came to see Baba. He wished to recite a Sanskrit shloka before Baba, claiming he had composed it in praise of Baba's love and glory. Baba allowed him to recite it and appeared to like it. Looking at Ramakrishnan, Baba asked, "How did you like it?" Ramakrishnan knew that the verse was from a Vedantic book and not the man's own as he had claimed, and he said this. Baba scowled. "You are a fool!" The man who was annoyed and hurt, repudiated Ramakrishna’s statement, asserting again that he had written it himself.

After the gathering ended and the man had left, Baba asked Ramakrishnan, "What are you thinking?"

"Baba, there is a conflict in my mind between the truth and love. When you asked me, I said the truth that the verse was not written by that man. I know it was from a certain book."

Baba replied, "Don't worry now. Forget it. I wanted you to admire it so that the man would feel happy and be encouraged to love me more. At the same time, he would have realized that he had told a lie before me and would have felt ashamed." (Lord Meher-p-4536-1959)

 

 

 

155-A YOUNG MAN HELPED VISHNU TO LIFT BABA IN HIS CAR AFTER ROAD ACCIDENT IN 1956

In 1956, Baba’s second road accident happened in Satara. The road was deserted of traffic and pedestrians. Three minutes after the accident, a young man, driving in the opposite direction, from Belgaum to Poona, saw the wreck and stopped his car. Vishnu and the young man lifted Baba into the man's car. An open truck stopped, and Vishnu asked the Parsi driver to take Eruch, Pendu and Nilu to Rosewood, and he obliged. Vishnu then accompanied Baba in the car to Grafton. (Lord Meher-p-4133-1956)

 

156-A YOUNG SADHU CAME TO MEHERABAD; BEGGED FOR MONEY TO GO TO HARDWAR. BABA SAID NOT TO WANDER TO SEEK A GURU OR GOD

In late March, 1927, a young sadhu wandered into Meherabad and approached Baba begging for money to go to Hardwar. Baba took a special interest in him and gave him this discourse: The meaning of a sadhu is one who performs spiritual practices with the object of controlling the mind. But since you are unable to keep your mind under control, what do you expect to gain by going to Hardwar? If you want to go into the Himalayas overpowered with love for God, then go on foot enduring hardships for the sake of realizing God. This will be your sadhana (spiritual practice) and thereby you will be able to conquer your mind from its thoughts of worldly allurements. A sadhu should always try to be above desires of any sort.

There is no easier way for attaining God-Realization than satsang – the contact with or company of saints and Masters. As for my circle members, there is no fear in them or worry about Realization, for the clock is wound and the alarm is set. When the time comes it will ring automatically. Let the clock be here or there, but why move it? Continue doing satsang and contact the true Masters. When the time comes, within a second all will be light. Wait; just wait and be patient.

Baba’s words, “Why move the clock?” meant why go here and there, wandering about seeking a guru or God. (Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 3, p. 921)

 

157-A YOUNG SADHU FROM SAIKHED WAS SENT BY DHUNIWALA BABA; HE WAS DIRECTED TO GO SAKORI AND RETURNED TO MEHERABAD

In July 1927, sent by an advanced soul named Dhuniwala Baba, a young sadhu from Saikhed with long, curly hair and "dreamy eyes" came for Baba's darshan. The sadhu had already been to Babajan and Narayan Maharaj, and was on his way to Sakori.  Baba presented him with some of his photographs and lockets. When asked why he had left Dhuniwala Baba and started on this pilgrimage, the youngster replied, "Dhuniwala told me to go have a look at the rivers that have become one with the sea."

One of the mandali asked, "How did you come to know about the particular 'rivers'? Were any definite names suggested to you?"

The young sadhu answered, "No. I was not asked or told to see particular places and personalities. I am guided in this matter intuitively."

Baba instructed Ramjoo to escort the youth to the station and to purchase a ticket for him to Sakori. At the station, the sadhu boarded the train and advised Ramjoo, "You have taken a seat on the bank of a river that is about to overflow. Stick to it under any circumstances. One can never be sure when the river will flood."

Suddenly, the sadhu stopped speaking, rested his head on the window frame of his compartment and sat still for a few seconds. With a smiling face and beaming eyes, he lifted his head and told Ramjoo that he had just felt a message about his arrival being flashed from Baba at Meherabad to Upasni Maharaj in Sakori.

When this incident was related to Baba, he commented, "The sadhu is genuine. He is on the Path. He is able to see something of the unseen."

Three days later, the young sadhu returned to Meherabad unexpectedly, at Maharaj's directive. Baba, in turn, ordered the swami to go to Babajan and remain in her service for three days, before again returning to Meherabad.

He was to observe silence until he returned. (Lord Meher-p- 829-30-1927)

 

158-A YOUNG STUDENT HAD FALLEN ILL FROM EXHAUSTION BUT NEXT DAY HE FELT WELL ENOUGH AFTER CHALLENGING BABA AS REAL SADGURU. 

On 12 April 1930, at the invitation of its principal, Topkhane, Baba left Panchgani for a three-day visit to Kolhapur. They arrived in morning and were taken outside the city to the Tapovan, where they were accommodated.

One young student had worked so hard that he had fallen ill from exhaustion. When Baba had first arrived and came to know of this, he asked to be taken to meet the devoted lad before anyone else. The boy had a high fever, but was thrilled at seeing the Master and in all humility said, "If you are a real Baba (a true Sadguru), I will be well by tomorrow to work in your service." The next day, the boy felt well enough to attend the programs. Baba specified that the boy sit beside him and paid special attention to him. (Lord Meher-p-1168-1930)

 

159-A YOUNG SWAMI FROM KOLHAPUR ONCE BEEN A HIGH-RANKING MEMBER OF INDIAN CIVIL SERVICE, RENOUNCING HIS CAREER FOLLOWING PATH OF SELFLESS SERVICE MET BABA

In 1930, Topkhane from Kolhapur introduced a swami to Baba who had once been a high-ranking member of the prestigious Indian Civil Service. The swami had adopted the path of selfless service, renouncing a distinguished career. Baba expressed his pleasure at meeting the swami and remarked to him:

It is good that you have renounced everything, but even after renouncing all, the I is there. And to gain Knowledge, this I has to be totally uprooted. Even the greatest material self-sacrifice does not make this I disappear. The mind says, "I did this. I did that. I do good for others." When the mind dies, all desires vanish; but the mind lasts until the end. To achieve God-realization, this I must go once and for all. (Lord Meher-9-1143-1930)

 

160-A ZOROASTRIAN ARMY GENERAL HONEST TO FOLLOW THE THREE PRECEPTS OF ZOROASTER, BABA ASKED HIM TO READ GOD SPEAKS

A  Zoroastrian army general and his wife came to see Baba for the first time. He had heard and read a little about Baba but could not accept the fact that Baba was God in human form. After the general was seated and introduced, Baba told him, "What harm is there if you cannot accept the concept of God in human form as long as you are 100 percent honest and follow the three precepts of Zoroaster — namely good thoughts, good words and good deeds."

The general's face brightened and he said he was very honest and followed the three precepts of Prophet Zoroaster. Baba added, "If you were to read God Speaks, you will have an idea of how Infinity can be bottled up in human form. You will also know that for God, Who is infinitely powerful, it is possible to do anything. Do not worry. Read God Speaks and you will understand that nothing exists but God. You are also God, but you are under the hallucination that you are a human being."

Without hesitation, the general replied, "Yes, we are all God!"

 

161-A. C. S. CHARI AN ADVOCATE ASKED FOR BLESSING TO WORK BETTER: BABA ANSWERED TRY TO GET OVER LUST AND GREED.

Chari had met Baba briefly in Nasik in 1932, and at that time Baba had given him a tall glass of hot milk as prasad. The next day Chari went to see Upasni Maharaj, who casually asked him, "Did you have any hot milk today?" Only years later did Chari realize the close connection between Maharaj and Baba, and remembered Maharaj's "innocent," casual query.

Fifteen years later, in 1947 Chari met Baba in meeting in Madras. Chari asked Baba to bless him to do Baba's work better. Baba answered by spelling out on the alphabet board, "Try to get over lust and greed."

In 1951, all the Old and New Life companions were invited for a stay of seven days; in addition, 39 men were to stay for only three days. The Hamirpur leaders, such as Keshav Nigam and Pukar, were to come, as were those from Andhra, led by Dhanapathy Rao and the Madras advocate A. C. S. Chari. These were relatively "new" lovers, yet they did much work for Baba in their areas — with the result that in a short time the entire Hamirpur district of Uttar Pradesh in the north and the state of Andhra Pradesh in the south were at Meher Baba's feet.

In September 1957, Goher began looking for an Indian chiropractor, and through A. C. S. Chari, she had contacted an American-trained chiropractor Dr. M. Alexander in Calcutta about the possibility of Baba's going there for treatment. Baba's X-rays were sent, and Chari wrote that, according to Dr. Alexander, Baba definitely would benefit from a chiropractic adjustment.

In 1958, A. C. S. Chari came late, and Baba asked the reason for his delay and asked him to relate something funny. "Try somebody else," Chari replied morosely. (Chari was facing a personal crisis, but had not mentioned it.) Baba consoled Chari, "I am aware of your circumstances and difficulties, and I also know how you have held fast to me despite all that."

In September 1959, when, Dedolchow’s ship docked in Calcutta, He took leave and travelled with A. C. S. Chari to see Baba. They arrived at Meherazad on 7th September. Instead of five minutes, Baba allowed him to stay for about two hours.

arrived, Dedolchow was told to wait outside mandali hall until Baba called him inside. Soon the call came. He followed Chari inside and sat on the floor beside him. Chari immediately took out his notebook to write down what Baba, through Eruch, stated. Baba called Dedolchow near him. On approaching, Dedolchow looked at Baba continuously and tried to bow at his feet. Baba stopped him and said: "Harry, you have come at such a time when I have stopped giving darshan. All correspondence is also closed. Had you come before, you would have seen me brilliant, in a jolly mood. I myself would have welcomed you. Still, you are fortunate to get the opportunity to come to me when others cannot approach me. And because of you, Chari has the same opportunity. He too is lucky to be here. These days, I do not allow anyone to bow down to me." Baba asked, "Have you eaten anything today?" Dedolchow said that he and Chari had come directly from Calcutta by train and had eaten very little. Baba called for tea and refreshments and both ate before him. Baba asked about their return reservations and Chari replied that they were confirmed.

 

Chari put a garland around Baba's neck and wanted his photograph taken with Him. He desired Baba's embrace twice — once for himself and another for someone and his wife, who could not attend the sahavas, but who had sent their love-gift of a shawl for Baba. Accepting both his requests, Baba embraced him twice and then had three photographs taken. Baba himself then added a touch of humor by having a fourth taken.

In Calcutta, A. C. S. Chari had a difficult time on Silence Day. It was a day “full of remorse,” as he silences his past mistakes and misdeeds. He felt so contrite that he could not contain himself and in the evening he sent this telegram to Baba:

Reviewing all past events of my life, I feel bitter remorse and feel that I was unworthy of being thy lover, disciple and worker. I pray for complete forgiveness and for thy love and grace to make me worthy of your love and perennial grace in all ways.

Chari received this reply:

Baba wants me to inform you that he has forgiven you and that you should not worry about your drawbacks or weaknesses, but pay all attention to curb them and to rise above them with the prop of his remembrance and his name. Baba wants me to mention here that you are one of his jewels in his cause, and as such, the jewel can never get tarnished even though its lustre may apparently get dimmed by extraneous matter — dust or dirt! Once the jewel is polished it shines and remains to shine bright. (Lord Meher)

 

162-ABBAJI PATEL-AN OLD VILLAGER ARANGAON DIED AFTER BEING GIVEN TEA AS DIRECTED BY BABA

In year 1934, in Arangaon, an old villager named Abbaji Patel had been on his deathbed for three or four days, suffering intensely. On 4th May his relatives came to request that Baba relieve the old man of his suffering. Baba consoled them, replying, "He will not die until he sees me. I will come tomorrow."

But Baba became busy that day and went to Arangaon two days later, on the 6th. He saw the dying man at six o'clock in the evening and ordered that he be given tea. No sooner had Baba returned to Meherabad than word came that the man had died. (Lord-Meher-p- 1604-1934)

 

163-KARIM – PROFESSOR WAS DISCOURSED: REAL ENJOYMENT LIES WHEN A DROP GULPS THE OCEAN

One day, Baba asked Professor Abdul Karim what he had eaten for breakfast and lunch. The professor enumerated a long list of items, and Baba remarked, “A delicious breakfast and lunch indeed. Now you must be feeling satisfied and happy. You have tasted so many things, but you have not tasted me! You may eat as many eatables as you like and drink as much of whatever you want, but the satisfaction you derive from that is only short-lived.

“The real enjoyment lies when a drop gulps the Ocean! One should aspire for such a drink! What can make this possible? Continual wholehearted remembrance of God. The alternative is my grace.

“This is not a matter of just whitewashing the mind, but the mind itself has to be washed away – annihilated. Love alone can accomplish this.” (Lord Meher 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 17).

 

164-ABDUL MAJID KHAN STAUNCH LOVER OF MEHER BABA FROM RAIPUR HAD MANY REMNISENCES OF HIS MEETING WITH BABA

Abdul Majid Khan was a staunch Lover of Meher Baba from Raipur. On many occasion and darshan program he was with Baba and helped in arrangements

Abdul Khan's mother had recently expired, and the shock was so severe he had wept for days. But after Norina's lecture, he was so impressed by her speech, he requested an interview, and went to Deshmukh's house the day after the lecture to meet her. Abdul poured out his heart, telling Norina how depressed he had been since his mother's death. Norina spoke to him tenderly about Baba. He was so comforted he took Norina to be "God's angel," and all his sorrows and grief went away.

In November 1944, Baba returned to Nagpur. Abdul Majid Khan had arranged a qawaali program. Khan had been impressed by Norina's speech about Baba years before, and referred to her as Mother Norina. The qawaal sang until midnight and, though Baba was quite exhausted by the daylong activities, he did not disappoint Majid Khan and stayed until the end.

In year 1958, after Arti, Baba asked Abdul Majid Khan to help him up. He grabbed Baba's arm and tried to lift him, but was himself pulled down toward Baba and was barely saved from falling. Baba proceeded toward the car. Gustadji was standing next to it, and before taking his seat, Baba looked at him three times. As the car departed for Meherazad, the sahavas group hailed him.

From Madhya Pradesh group, to Abdul Majid Khan, another tahsildar (revenue official) in Saoner, Baba stated, "I am very pleased with you. How finely you have dressed!" Taking his hat, Baba put it on his own head. Returning it to Majid Khan, Baba stated, "Now, be worthy of it."

In 1955 sahwas Baba said to Abdul Majid, if you don't feel Baba to be the Avatar, don't tell people that he is. If you speak about me at your own place and say: "Baba is the Avatar, the only Reality and everything else is illusion," and at the same time, if you were to get a telegram about the death of your wife and start beating your breast, sobbing and crying — what will your audience think? They will find that you behave differently from what you exhort, and what you call illusion you now weep about! You preach what you yourself do not practice. You have the right to tell people about me only when you yourself practice what I tell you!

Abdul Majid Khan declared, "I have full faith in your Avatar hood, Baba, and on the strength of that faith I inform people about you."

Baba replied, "I know it. You have full faith in me, and I love you. You are my gem."

Khan approached Baba and placed a large basket of flowers before him, Baba inquired, "Why do you look so wan and pulled down? How is it you have become so thin? Perhaps it is because of your love for me!" Abdul Khan replied he had been ill.

sahwas in year 1955, Abdul Majid Khan placed a large garland of wet roses around Baba's neck and Baba humorously remarked, "I will catch a cold from this garland." This reminded Baba of the incident in England when he was made to stand outside in the cold in his sadra for the sake of being photographed.

narrating the incident, Baba coughed and smiled while looking at Abdul Khan. He gave him a rose petal to eat

After and then said:

Baba returned to Meherabad on 29 November 1955. He entered the hall in the morning. Upon his entrance, Baba remarked to Abdul Majid Khan, "Since you garlanded me yesterday I have been sneezing and coughing!"

For 1958 Darshan, Baba had written to Abdul Majid Khan in Raipur to bring the young man Balak Bhagwan to Meherabad for the sahavas program.

When Abdul Majid Khan, wearing a long overcoat, approached, Baba asked him, "Is it snowing outside?" After his embrace, Baba reminded him, "I am the Lord of the Universe.")

the mast was kept aloof, Baba stated, "We all are staying here together as companions. I have heard that two men approached the mast and gave him two rupees and laddoos. I had strictly forbidden it on the hill.

"Who did it? They should come forward and acknowledge their guilt so that I may forgive them. They should not be afraid, because I am Infinite Forgiveness."

Abdul Majid Khan stood up and confessed having given the mast a rupee. Baba corrected him, emphatically stating, "I am the Saheb-e-Zaman, the Master of the Age. Why are you catching hold of the branches? Why don't you hold fast to the root? In the depth of your heart you should enthrone me as God!" (Lord Meher-p-4277-1958)

 

165-ABDUL WAHID A MAULVI FROM HYDERABAD STOOD DAZED OUTSIDE MANZIL-E-MEEM

A Muslim named Maulvi Abdul Wahid of Hyderabad arrived in Bombay in search of a friend and stayed in the mosque at Dadar. While he was meditating in the mosque, he saw a bright light issuing from the Manzil. He immediately sensed that there must be a “holy” or “divine personality” inhabiting the building. The next day, when he sat in meditation, he again saw a still brighter light, and in its brilliance he was able to read the words “Manzil-e-Meem.”

It was on February 16th when Wahid could no longer remain passive to his vision. He came and stood outside the Manzil. He was in such a dazed state that he ended up standing on the sidewalk the whole night without speaking to anyone.

The next morning, (February 17, 1923) the Master noticed the stranger outside; He sent Gustadji to inquire about the reason for the silent sentry by their gate. Wahid narrated his story about the light he had experienced in the mosque and added that he felt profound peace within himself near the Manzil. By Baba’s order, Wahid was directed to Munshi Rahim’s house, where he was given food and informed about who Meher Baba was.

After dinner a meeting of the Gutta was called, and the Mandali asked, “Why is it that we always hear of outsiders – such as the Maulvi priest today – having great experiences of your divinity and seeing brilliant lights? And why are we, who you say are members of your circle, left in the dark?”

To appease them, Baba gave a brief but convincing explanation:

What happens when you place a kerosene lamp on the floor? It sheds light all around, but the area which is closest to it – encircling its base – is always dark. So it is with you who are closest to Me. What is the use of all these great experiences and seeing of light? One day I will give you the real light and you will be out of the darkness forever! Wouldn’t you rather have that? (Lord Meher)

 

166-ABDUL WAHAD KALINGAD- A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD MUSLIM BOY WAS TAKEN AWAY BY HIS BROTHER BUT ESCAPED TO BOMBAY AND RETURNED BACK TO TOKA ASHRAM

Abdul Wahab Kalingad was one of students of Prem Ashram.

On 15th January 1928, during evening singing of arti, Abdul Wahab Kalingad burst forth in loud wailing and stopped eating or drinking, even refusing food from Baba's hand.

On 29th September 1928, a twelve-year-old Muslim named Abdul Wahab Kalingad had been taken away, but had managed to find his way back to Toka within a week. On 27th September, however, Kalingad's elder brother again came to the ashram and took him away. Within three days, the brother was back demanding Kalingad's return. The boy had escaped on the very day they reached Bombay, but had not yet turned up at Toka. The brother eventually relented, seeing that Baba was truly the light in Kalingad's heart, saying, "When he comes, let him remain here," and he left.

On 1st October 1928, Kalingad finally showed up and his brother was immediately informed by telegram. A party was given at five in the afternoon to celebrate his return. (Lord Meher-p-972-1928)

 

167-ABDULLA HAROON ZAFFER WINS COURT CASE AND -

Abdulla Haroon Zaffer was brother in law of Ramjoo, came in contact of Meher Baba early in 1922..

During 1922, a court case was brought to Baba's attention by Ramjoo's brother-in-law, Abdulla Haroon Jaffer. He informed the Master that after his father's death, his elder brother had wrongfully seized possession of the family's estate and a lawsuit over rightful ownership was proceeding in the local court. His brother, however, was an influential businessman, highly regarded in government circles, so Jaffer expressed little hope of winning the lawsuit. Baba smiled, promising that Jaffer would win the lawsuit and added that he would be compensated Rs.30, 000 from the estate, but remarked that it would not be his brother who would pay this settlement.

Jaffer's case dragged on for ten years, eventually reaching the high court, but in the end he won. True to Baba's words, Jaffer was paid exactly Rs.30, 000 from the estate, but it was paid by his nephews, not his elder brother who had died. Jaffer was very happy at the outcome and expressed his gratitude to Baba by generously contributing to the Master's birthday celebration at Nasik in 1937 which, due to Jaffer's donation, was held on a very grand scale. (Lord Meher-p- 277-1922)

 

168-ABDULLA ROKNELDIN PAKRAWAN (CHOTA BABA) COULD SEE BABA SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL EYE

A Persian, a Muslim orphan of seventeen named Abdulla Rokneldin Pakrawan, arrived a week later, on 9th July 1927.  Seeing an advertisement for the Meher Ashram in a newspaper, he had come seeking to further his formal education; he was not interested in spirituality or in gurus. Because he was raised an orthodox Muslim, only Islam meant anything to him. Nevertheless, Baba admitted him to the Hazrat Babajan High School, and shortly after, Abdulla's orthodox mentality was transformed and he would be christened Chhota Baba.

On January 11th, while Baba was discoursing to the boys and mandali who were seated on the platform outside his cabin, He disclosed, “Those whom I find worthy I shall attract to the mistress of love, and to them I shall offer the elixir of life. Children, only Truth is real – all else is worthless. Try and be diligent. I shall make pure gold from your mixed alloys.”

Suddenly, coming from Baba’s window, Abdulla saw an extraordinary flash of light. Overpowered, he fell down unconscious and at Baba’s direction he was removed to the hospital. Baba gazed compassionately at him as the men carried Abdulla away.

Although the weather was quite cold, when Baba removed his jacket, his chest was covered with perspiration. He was outwardly perspiring as he inwardly worked to change Abdulla’s consciousness. Baba was working to raise Abdulla to the sight of God – to the sixth plane in the mental world.

Resting at the hospital, Abdulla’s eyes looked empty – he had lost his normal consciousness. He was actually seeing God! And he remained in this elevated state for four days.

On the third day of Abdulla’s unconscious state, one of the Persian boys, Espandiar Vesali, went to see him in the hospital. “Abdulla, do you know me?” Vesali asked.

Abdulla, semiconscious, opened his eyes and replied softly, “Yes.”

“Who am I?” Vesali asked.

“You are Baba.”

A matchbox was lying nearby and Vesali picked out one match and held it up to him. “Do you see this? What is it?”

“It is Baba,” Abdulla answered.

Whatever Abdulla was asked he would answer with only one word, “Baba.” He saw Baba everywhere.

On the fifth day, Baba directed that Abdulla be given an enema. After this was done, he slowly regained some consciousness of his surroundings.

On 25 January, Baba gave Chhota Baba white kafni to wear and had a place in his underground crypt-cabin made for them, beside his space separated by a curtain. Chhota Baba was now allowed to sleep there, a special privilege given only to him. (Even Gustadji had never been permitted to sleep so near the Master but had always slept outside whatever room Baba was using.) Chhota Baba was also given a pair of Baba's pajamas and his sheet, which Chhota Baba wrapped around his head like a scarf.

Day and night Chhota Baba remained inside the cabin, sitting next to Baba

On the 25th, after being asked whether he was able to read Baba's cardboard alphabet board, Chhota Baba replied, "Yes."

Baba asked him, "Do you see me at the time of reading the board?"

"Yes. With these gross eyes I see other things, but at the same time with my internal (third) eye, I see you, simultaneously. Even when I see somebody else and recognize him as so-and-so, I can see you in him, at the same time. I see you in everything, continually, even during sleep. I haven't been able to sleep for so many days, but last night when I slept, even with my eyes closed I could see you."

"Have you any desires? Any thoughts?"

"None whatsoever. Only seeing you always!" (Lord Meher-p-891-1928)

 

169-ADI JUNIOR FORGETS TOBACCO CHEWING

Adi Jr. had a mischievous, carefree side like his brothers Jamshed and Jalbhai. One day, while Baba was visiting the family, Adi pinched some chewing tobacco from Baba's box, snuck away and chewed it; he promptly became dizzy and nauseated. Memo found out what he had done and told Baba. Baba gave him a hard slap and scolded, "Why did you snitch my tobacco?"

Adi countered, "Why not? You chew tobacco!"

"Don't do as I do!" Baba warned him. "I can fast for months on end, can you? Do as I tell you to do! Don't ever try to imitate me in any way!"

Shortly thereafter, Baba gave his younger brother a pinch of tobacco. Adi expressed his confusion: "I don't understand. You slapped me for chewing tobacco, and now you are giving it to me?"

Baba said, "I am giving it to you, so now it is all right." Then he winked and joked, "Just don't tell Memo!" And this time Adi did not feel dizzy or ill. (Lord Meher-p-561-1924)

 

170-ADI K. IRANI BEGGED FOOD FOR MANDALI FROM A TONGA DRIVER IN NEW LIFE AT JAUNPUR (UTTAR PRADESH)

In mast contact tour in year 1949, Baba left for Jaunpur (Utter Pradesh) in very early morning on 15th December 1949, Leaving Rehata, they covered four miles before halting under some trees near a village. Walking several miles, they arrived in Jaunpur at four in the afternoon. Baba instructed to live by begging and search for a place to stay. They walked all over Jaunpur, but failed to find a suitable accommodation that fit the conditions.

After deliberating, Adi hired a Tonga, and they went to a restaurant. Out of the sum he had been given to arrange for the accommodation, Adi paid the Tonga driver ten rupees for the fifty-paisa fare, pleading, "Brother, give us food as alms!"

The Tonga driver cocked his head to one side, and with a puzzled expression asked, "What did you say, sir?"

"Don't ask me again," said Adi. "If you don't give us food as bhiksha, we will starve! Come with us to the restaurant, order the food and tell us that it is alms for us from you. Then, we will all do justice to it." Never had such a strange request been made of the man. He stared at Adi (who looked far from starving) in astonishment. But he did as requested, and paid for the meal from the money Adi had given him for the Tonga fare. (Lord Meher)

 

171-ADI K. IRANI GETS A TASTE OF DIVINE STRENGTH OF BABA

Despite Baba being quite thin, one day Baba demonstrated His strength to Adi. He told Adi to wrestle with Him with all his might. Taken aback, Adi did not know quite what to do, but began lightly grappling with Baba, who said, "No! As hard as you can!" Baba looked so frail that Adi did not wish to hurt Him, but he had to obey and exerted his full strength against Baba. He was, therefore, greatly startled when Baba, without much effort, picked him up and threw him on the floor!

On another occasion, to convince them that He had superhuman strength, He once challenged all the Mandali to a tug-of-war. Even 40 of the men, using all their strength, could not budge Him an inch!

 

172-ADI K. IRANI WAS CONSOLED BY BABA AFTER ACCIDENT

In 1933, Adi drove back to Rustom's garage, where Rustom asked him to drive some General Motors officials to the travellers’ rest house. Adi thought there was still plenty of time so he agreed, but Rustom kept talking with the men. Adi finally insisted, "We must leave now, as I have to pick up Baba at twelve o'clock."The men got in the car. Adi began driving very fast to the Dak bungalow. He was almost there when he approached a culvert where a few small children were playing. One of them pushed a little girl who fell in front of Adi's car. He swerved to avoid her, but she was struck by the back fender. Adi got out of the car and saw that blood was oozing from her mouth. The businessmen also got out, and Adi told them to walk the rest of the way. He put the girl in the car and glanced at his watch.

Adi took the girl to the hospital and then drove to Gyas Manzil. Baba was standing on the verandah. He looked annoyed and asked, "What happened? Why are you late?" "Baba, I had an accident," Adi cried, and he sorrowfully described what had happened.

Baba was furious and bitterly remarked, "I hope they put you in jail! What can I do now? You disobeyed Me!" Adi was pale with fear and remorse. Baba consoled him, "Don't worry; but never forget to follow My orders literally."

The girl died and a lawsuit was filed against Adi; it dragged on in court for four months. However, in the end, Adi was found not guilty of negligent homicide, but was fined for not reporting the accident to the police. He went through a very depressing and anxious period for having disobeyed Baba.

 

173-ADI’S FATHER KHAN SAHEB FINALLY ACCEPTED BABA LIKE ZARATHUSTRA

During 1945, Adi’s father, Khan Saheb Irani, had been ill and bedridden for the past several months. Baba went to see him at his home in Khushru Quarters, Ahmednagar, on September 19th. (1945). Khan Saheb had always had great reverence for Baba, but no love. Now, much to his wife Gulmai’s delight, he genuinely felt drawn to Baba.

Baba asked him, “What do you wish for?”

“Good health for two months and, thereafter, liberation,” he said.

Baba promised: “Do as I say for two months, and I will definitely
fulfil your wish.”

Baba gave him some instructions regarding personal matters, and Khan Saheb was happy. He garlanded Baba, and a photograph was taken of Baba, Gulmai and Khan Saheb. Before leaving, Baba took Adi and Gulmai aside and remarked, “He will be relieved of his agonies in October.”

This was to be Khan Saheb’s last meeting with Baba, and his last wish was fulfilled by Baba. He merged in God’s infinity eighteen days later on Sunday, October 7th, 1945, at noon, with Baba’s name on his lips.

A few days before Khan Saheb died; Adi was surprised to find flowers strewn on his bed when he went to sleep at night. The next night gain, his bed was covered with flowers. When the third night he waited and caught one of the servants in the act, he demanded to know who had instructed him do such a thing. The servant told him that it was none other than the ailing Khan Saheb.

Adi confronted his father the following morning and Khan Saheb admitted that he did it. “But why?” asked Adi.

“All these years,” said Khan Saheb, “you had been telling me how great Meher Baba is – how he is like Zarathustra, our Prophet. I did not believe you and tried to thwart you in your efforts to serve him. But now I know that you were right all along, and I ask your forgiveness. I honour and worship your love for Baba. You were right, Adi. Meher Baba is God!” And his father folded his hands to a picture of Baba kept on the wall opposite his bed. Adi burst out weeping and fell into his father’s arms.

Although Khan Saheb opposed Meher Baba at the beginning, he became his at the end. Could the very man who gifted the sacred grounds of Meherabad to the Master not be his? Because of this family’s deep connection with the Avatar, Baba had chosen Meherabad as his own final resting place. Generations to come will honour Khan Saheb for his gift of love. Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, p. 3063 – 3064.

 

174-AGASHI V. Y. AN EMPLOYEE OF THE CENTRAL JAIL PRINTING PRESS ARRANGED BABA’S DARSHAN PROGRAM IN JAIL PREMISES

  1. Agashi was an employee of the central jail printing press and lived opposite the jail in one of the staff quarters. He had been a devotee of Sai Baba of Shirdi long before meeting Meher Baba. The road in front of the jail was lined with uniformed policemen. A small shamiana had been erected in front of Agashi's house. Under the canopy he had placed two sofas at one end. On one sofa, was a large photograph of Sai Baba, and the other was kept vacant for Baba to sit on. A crowd of people were waiting in front of the house for Baba's darshan.

The prison authorities had made special arrangements for Baba's reception. Beli was brought to the office situated near the main entrance of the jail. The premises in and around the office were spotlessly clean and decorated with buntings, green leaves and flowers. Baba was received with reverence by the officers and staff, all of whom took his darshan. He then lovingly granted a 20-minute interview to Beli, whom he embraced and blessed.

Baba next went to Agashi's home and was received by local lovers. He sat on the sofa and gave darshan to about 300 people. Devotees had come from Bombay, Barsi and Gujarat also. (Lord Meher-p-3724-1955)

 

175-AGHA ALI A FAVORITE BOY IN THE PREM ASHRAM HAD GLIMPSES OF BABA’S DIVINITY.AND COULD SEE BABA EVERYWHERE

Agha Ali was one of the Master’s favorite boys in the Prem Ashram and had been having glimpses of Baba’s divinity. Ali’s spiritual nature was most remarkable for a boy; his love for Baba was admirable and truly inspiring. It was noticed, however, that from the second week of January, Baba began keeping aloof from Ali, who desired only to stay near Baba. If Baba called him, he would send him back after only a minute. Ali began feeling extremely restless due to this treatment, and he was shaken with grief.

On a previous occasion, twelve days before, Baba kept calling Ali back to him, as often as ten times in one day, but each time he sent him back immediately on some pretext. Afterward, observing how Ali was seething within, Baba poetically remarked:

“Even in divine intoxication, the head should always be on the Master’s feet.”

On January 29th, Baba revealed, “Ali is now fit for my touch.” The next evening, criticizing Ali before the other children, he remarked, “These days Ali is more attentive to his studies; he has forgotten me. He thinks only of his father and longs to be reunited with him.” Hearing these words, Ali lost control over himself; he felt his heart break and began weeping. He started running about aimlessly. Baba directed Raosaheb to catch him and bring him back. Baba then held him in his arms, consoling him. But Ali could not control himself and for a long time did not stop shedding tears. Ali wept for three hours. At last Baba took him in his arms, patted and kissed his head and touched his chest with his own head two or three times. Immediately, Ali became quiet and his restlessness subsided. He drifted into deep unconsciousness. After fifteen minutes, Raosaheb tried to rouse him, but Ali did not open his eyes or stir. When his eyelids were lifted, his pupils appeared lifeless. He was questioned but he did not respond. Sometime later, on a sign from Baba, Raosaheb asked Ali, “How do you feel?”Ali replied in a barely audible whisper, as if speaking from far, far away, “Happy.”Raosaheb asked, “What do you see?”

“Baba!” he replied.

“Where?”

“Everywhere!”

Baba had him taken to the hospital where one of the men was told to look after him. That night Baba remained sitting in the upper portion of his room until about two in the morning, frequently asking about Ali. Padri made every possible arrangement to keep Ali comfortable in the hospital. The next day, Ali began moving about, but his condition was far from normal and his eyes were vacant.

No one knows how Meher Baba suffered the whole night to bring Ali down from that spiritual state. On January 31st, Baba did not even come to the window of his room, but remained inside all day. Raosaheb stayed in the hospital to look after Ali while Rustom took over his duties in the school.

After Ali recuperated in the hospital for three days, he pleaded with Baba, “Please give me the tongue so that I may speak and declare to the world that I have been seeing you everywhere at all times. I will speak with the force of real experience of having seen for myself!” However, Baba ordered him to resume his studies, which he did from February 1st.-(Lord Meher-p-1016)

 

176-AGRAWAL CHIRANJI LAL RECALLS IN HIS DREAM BABA AS LORD KRISHNA

Agrawal and Nair brought the poor persons to Baba on Sunday, 2nd February 1941. He washed each person's feet, placed his head on their feet and gave them clothes and sweets. Agrawal was deeply impressed. He later related to Chanji:

What an accumulation of greatness! I was asked to pour water and hand Baba the soap, but I had to be constantly reminded of my duty, because my mind had become absolutely blank. I felt such an extraordinary feeling of joy, which was contagious. I was staring at Baba, drawn by his charm, which one cannot describe.

While I was in that state of ecstasy, a vision I had in the past came back to me in all its details.

I dreamt of Lord Krishna coming along a wide road, followed by Arjuna. Meher Baba had that same expression of joy as I saw in Krishna's face. Lord Krishna stopped in front of me. He opened his mouth and showed me the entire universe, as he had shown it to Arjuna. My joy was so great that even in my dream, I clapped my hands loud enough to scare the family in the house, who immediately came and asked what had happened to me.

I had not recalled this dream for years. But when I stood in the presence of Meher Baba, it came back in all its reality. I feel happier today than I have ever felt before. I can believe that the power of such a man can go a long way in bringing about the solution to the present world chaos. (Lord Meher-p-2191/1941)

 

177-AGRAWAL N. S. OF NAGPUR  REQUESTED BABA TO GIVE HIM DARSHAN OF VIRATSWARUP AS LORD KRISHNA GAVE TO ARJUNA

One day N. S. Agrawal of Nagpur came for a few hours and, seeking solace, pressed his head on Baba's feet. As he returned to his seat, he requested that Baba give him darshan, "I have come for darshan; I have got to have darshan."

"You have just had Baba's darshan!" Eruch remarked.

Still, with folded hands, Agrawal repeated, "Baba, I pray to you to give me darshan."

"You mean real darshan," Baba stated. "Only a rare one is fortunate enough to have that darshan — seeing me as I should be seen."

"If you bless me, as Lord Krishna blessed Arjuna, then I will have Vishwaruup darshan."

"Vishwaruup or Virat darshan which Arjuna had was not real darshan. It was just the darshan of Krishna's Universal Body. In Virat darshan, there is fear. That is why Arjuna felt afraid. In real darshan there is only bliss."

One man interrupted, telling Agrawal, "And that is why Arjuna repeatedly prayed to Krishna to withdraw the cosmic vision and begged him to reappear in his usual attractive human form. So you, too, should now feel content to have Baba's darshan in this Avataric form, which is due to your good fortune."

Agrawal replied, "Why? I am not content. The mind rebels, remains dissatisfied and the heart craves for real darshan."

In response, Baba stated, "Good! But you have no idea about real darshan. It is quite different from Virat darshan. In real darshan, there is ever-renewing bliss; there is no fear. The only way to have such darshan lies through love, and to love Me is not easy. To follow love is to keep oneself prepared for greater and greater sacrifice. In leading the life of love, you must have that readiness to leave anything or everything at my signal; or willingly retain your connection with the family, business or society, if so desired by me

This is not easy. Try to love me in your own way and obey implicitly the instructions as and when they are given. But of your own accord, don't ask for any instructions. Don't worry. I like you." ((Lord Meher-p-4663-1906)

 

178-AHMED KHAN GAVAI PREVIOUSLY AN ARMY MAN SUPERVISED MARCHING OF MANDALI MEN IN MILITARY STYLE

Ahmed Khan Gavai was an old time Baba lover since Baba’s stay in Manjile Meem.

In 1922, some families of the married mandali were being financially supported by Baba. Later on 11th October 1922, Baba asked those mandali members concerned whether they had received money order acknowledgments from their families. Some replied no. The acknowledgment receipts had been kept with Ghani, who went to his room and upon returning handed one receipt to Ahmed Khan Gavai. Seeing this exchange, Baba became so perturbed with Ahmed for having anything to do with Ghani that he demanded that the men leave the Manzil immediately. Ahmed was frightened and began perspiring, while Ghani was resigned. After a while, Baba called them back and forgave them, slowly reverting once more to his good-humored self.

In the evening of 16th January 1923, Ahmed Khan was supervising the marching of the mandali in the back compound. Ahmed had previously been in the army and, in smart military fashion, was shouting, "Left turn, hut! Right turn, ho!" The marching lasted for about an hour, and Ahmed made the men sweat like new recruits. Afterward, Baba disclosed the reason for the strenuous exercising: "Today is Kakaji's daughter's birthday, and he has sent us a large quantity of rich food. To create an appetite and to digest such food requires exercise."

In year 1923, Baba sent the guests away the day after his birthday celebration. He remarked to the mandali, "Yesterday I watched all of you eat too much. The rich food should be properly digested, or else you will fall sick." All cringed at the thought of another march, and Ahmed Khan was anxiously waiting for the Master to signal the order. Instead, Baba said, "There is only one cure that will help. Today we must all laugh a lot! Hearty laughter will digest the food." All were delighted at this novel suggestion, and many humorous anecdotes were told. Baba, too, shared in the jokes and made the mandali laugh. (Lord Meher-p-392-1923)

 

179-AKBAR HYDERI AND HIS WIFE INSISTED BABA TO ACCOMPY TO NURSING HOME WHERE THEIR SON WAS OPERATED  

He was Dewan of Hyderabad and Baba lover Event of his contact and conversation with Meher Baba is depicted as under:

Baba had finalized his plan for next trip to Europe; He left Nasik for Bombay on 23th September 1933. He was interviewed the next night in Dadar by newspaper reporters. On the 25th, Baba sailed for Europe on the MV Conte Verde, accompanied this time by two mandali men. It was his sixth foreign trip in two years.

Baba had a comfortable cabin and took walks on the deck for an hour in the morning and again for an hour in the afternoon, remaining in his cabin for the rest of the time. According to his instructions, no one on board the ship was informed of his presence. Nevertheless, after two days at sea, on the evening of 27th September while Baba was discussing matters with the mandali after dinner, there was a knock at the cabin door at 9:00 P.M. Chanji opened it, and stepped out to find a very dignified looking older man standing in the hallway. Introducing himself, the gentleman said, "I am Sir Akbar Hyderi and I wish to see Meher Baba tomorrow morning if he will allow me to visit for a few minutes. May I know what time will be convenient for him?"

Chanji went inside to inform Baba, who instructed, "Tell him that, though I am not seeing anyone during the voyage, I will see him for five minutes tomorrow morning at ten."

Chanji accordingly informed the old man who seemed very pleased, saying that he had heard much about Meher Baba and had longed for an opportunity to meet him. Akbar Hyderi was the Dewan of Hyderabad, an important government official (similar to a chief minister).  He came the next morning to meet Baba, who was pleased to see him. After the usual introductions and pleasantries, the conversation turned to spirituality.

Akbar Hyderi and his wife had come to see Baba at noon on 29th September 1933. "We are both miserable," Lady Hyderi admitted, "Our son, Ali, is a drunkard and a spendthrift.

Baba explained about the three types of faith.

Hyderi said, "Turn me toward the second stage where I can feel and experience God!"

Baba assured him of help, replying, "I will send you instructions for this tomorrow." Hyderi requested that Baba give an appointment to his wife, as she also would be pleased to meet him. Baba indicated that the following day at 5:00 P.M. would be suitable. Hyderi left with his spirit greatly uplifted. Baba liked the old man very much; he was genuinely interested in spirituality, a trait Baba always appreciated. Baba also liked it that he was humble, despite his high government position.

Terribly worried about him, Baba consoled them, assuring them there was no cause for worry, and their son would be all right after two months. Lady Hyderi asked if she could bring their son to him, and Baba indicated at another time.

They happily left, and Baba thereafter began sending them messages each day. On 2nd October 1933, Sir Hyderi's son intended to get off in Port Said and his mother was anxious about it. She did not wish him to go ashore, fearing he would end up drunk and a source of troubling embarrassment to them. Baba sent a message, telling them not to be afraid and to ask their son not to disembark. Accordingly, they told their son, who obeyed them, strangely enough without an argument. The parents were quite relieved.

Sir Hyderi again saw Baba, who assured him, "I will keep an eye on your son. Do not worry in the least. During the coming two months, he will have a relapse and go on a binge twice. You should not worry on occasions, for he will thereafter totally give up alcohol." Hyderi invited Baba to Hyderabad and expressed his desire to return to India on the Conte Rosso, on which he had been told Baba would be travelling.

After he left, Baba sent another message with Chanji, who went to their cabin, but Sir Hyderi had already retired for the night. Lady Hyderi answered the door and told Chanji, "Baba showered his mercy on us yesterday. It was his blessing. Our son would otherwise never have listened to us. Please convey our grateful thanks to him. May he ever have his nazar on us!"

Chanji repeated Baba's message about the son's future two drunks and told her not to worry. She asked if it would be possible for him to give it up immediately. "Do not be anxious. This, too, will pass," Chanji said.

Lady Hyderi then said, "We are resigned to Baba's will. Now what about my son's operation in London on his leg? Is there any danger?"

Chanji assured her that everything would be all right. "Convey our salaams and thanks to Meher Baba," Lady Hyderi said before wishing him good-night.

Baba sent Chanji to Sir Hyderi a few more times that night and Chanji once had to wake him to give him Baba's message. The son had not wanted to see Baba at first and had refused his parents' request to do so.

Son told Chanji on his own, "Give my salaams to Meher Baba and tell him that I will surely come to see him. Due to the pain in my leg, I am unable to do so just now. But Inshallah (God willing), I will definitely come tomorrow. When will his Holiness see me?" Chanji replied at about ten o'clock and that he would come to get him.

The father had entreated Baba, "By your power, draw him to you!" When they found their son's welcome change of mind, their joy knew no bounds and they were deeply grateful to Baba. Thereupon, at 12:30 on 4th October 1933, Ali Hyderi visited Baba. After a cordial introduction, Baba explained to him:

What kind of nature the mind has that it becomes a slave of desires and continues to do so, turning the desires into habits! It is next to impossible for a person to extricate himself from a set pattern of habits. If he is freed, he is saved. He who gives up habits attains God. But habits are a great harassment on the Path. They bring even a good soul to ruin.

(Citing Pleader as an example, Baba continued.) A man once came to me with a prayer to show him the spiritual path. I told him if he followed what I said, he would surely find it and he agreed. I instructed him to lock himself up in a room, keep silence, not read or write, and remain on milk only. For the last four years, he has been doing it and he is radiantly happy. This is called naad (divine infatuation) and this type of naad makes one realize God.

There once was a man who had the bad habit of smoking cigarettes. He could not give up smoking, and he came to me for help. Since he has been with me, he has not smoked even once in the past five years! In short, a bad habit ruins a man. It makes the mind, body and soul miserable and makes all those around you unhappy, too.

Real life consists of making others happy. So try to make people around you happy. Do not be afraid. All will be well. Do not worry. My nazar is on you.

Grateful, Ali Hyderi expressed his feelings of reverence for the Master and left.

The boat stopped in Brindisi, Italy, at 9:30 A.M. on the 5th and left port two hours later. That afternoon, Mr. Munshi came at 4:30 for ten minutes. Thereafter, Akbar and Lady Hyderi saw Baba at five o'clock; he comforted them again and urged them not to worry about their son.

On the 21st October 1933, Akbar Hyderi came to Hygeia House and took Baba to the nursing home where his son was recuperating from surgery. After he comforted the Hyderis, Baba visited the homes of other lovers on his return, meeting with each one and giving attention to their needs.

Having returned from London, Akbar Hyderi and his wife met Baba in Bombay on the 17th morning, when Baba paid a visit to them in their luxurious private railway salon at Victoria Terminus. (They sent their American Packard to bring him.) Also present were Lady Hyderi's sister and her niece and son-in-law. (Lord Meher-p-1594-1934) named Circle Productions, Inc. was formed on 28th June 1934 in order to raise money by selling shares to finance the film. Attempts at raising money for the film projects were also being pursued in India at this time. Of the total estimated cost of one million rupees, 500,000 were to come from the West and the other 500,000 from India. Prior to Baba's journey to the West, Chanji had been ordered in February to contact Akbar Hyderi for help in raising the money from wealthy Indians, but Hyderi had been unsuccessful. (Lord Meher-p-1615-1934)

 

180-ALI ABDULLA SON OF ALI RAMJOO WAS APPREHENSIVE BUT BABA TOLD HIM BY FOLLOWING MY ADVICE, YOU WILL BECOME TRULY INDEPENDENT

Ramjoo Abdulla always sought Baba's advice about any family problem. Ramjoo and his family had left Nasik and moved to Ahmednagar two years earlier, in 1946. He had eight children: six sons and two daughters. Ali was his fourth son.

When Ali passed high school, Ramjoo brought him to Baba one day at the Ice Factory Bungalow. Baba asked Ali, "Do you want to study further? Do you want to go to college?"

Ali said no and Baba asked, "What do you want to do?"

"I'm not sure," he replied. "Whatever I feel like doing, I will."

"If you do so, you will fall into a ditch! Do as I tell you," Baba advised.

Ali complained, "By doing that I will lose my freedom and have to face many hardships like my father!" In the past, when Ali had gone to Baba with his brothers Dadu and Baggu, Baba would occasionally keep them waiting when they had plans to go to a movie. This had led Ali to believe that by following Baba, one would be sacrificing one's "independence."

Baba stated: "What you think to be freedom is not freedom; it is bondage," Baba stated. "By following my advice, you will become truly independent."

Ali agreed, and Baba told him to have a holiday for six months at Meherabad. Afterwards Baba had him employed in the Sarosh Motor

 

181-ALI AKBAR DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE MET BABA TO HAVE NAZAR ON HIS GRAVELY ILL SON

In Year 1939, Ali Akbar came for darshan and anxiously informed Baba, "My son is gravely ill in the hospital. Please have your nazar on him."

Baba comforted and assured him, "Don't worry. He will be all right. I have my eye on him!" (Lord Meher-p-1977-1939)

 

182-ALI ASGHAR A MAST PRESENTED A BOUQUET MULBERRY BUSH TO BABA

In year 1948, Baba sent a letter to Nariman and Meherjee asking them to visit Ali Asghar, to determine if the mast was now prepared for contact. They went to his house several times, and in the end Ali Asghar agreed. They cabled Baba accordingly, and on 12 July 1948.

Baba was driven to Ali Asghar's house in Bombay. Baba explained to the men, "It is imperative that we follow the same method of approaching Ali Asghar as we did last time. Therefore, we must arrive at exactly the same time in the afternoon." They did, but when they reached his house the door was locked. After much endeavour, and a half an hour of waiting, the mast tentatively opened the door, and Baba entered.

After five minutes of contact, both came out; but Ali Asghar immediately disappeared back inside. He soon came back with a pair of scissors and clipped seven small sprigs of a mulberry bush. Tying them into a bouquet, he presented them to Baba. He patted Baba on the back and said, "Now you can go."

Baba seemed elated by the contact and commented, "My work is accomplished so beautifully today, I will never have to come again to contact Ali Asghar." (Lord Meher-p-2660-1948)

 

183-ALIMUDDIN A MUSLIM BOY IN A PAROXYSM OF DEVOTION BEGAN JUMPING UP AND DOWN. IN THE COURSE OF THE SINGING

In 1957, after the ghazal, speaking on haal, an emotional state, Baba commented, "Once my old companion and disciple Munshiji arranged a qawaali program here in Bombay. A Muslim boy named Alimuddin in a paroxysm of devotion began jumping up and down. In the course of the singing that day it happened a few times. (Lord Meher-p-4233-1957

 

184-ALOBA DISOBEYING TOUCHED BABA’S FEET AND IN PROCESS BABA’S FINGERS INJURED BUT BABA PARDONED ALOBA

For a long time now Baba had stopped his lovers and mandali from touching his feet, and also from offering salutation with folded hands. Every man was aware of it and was obedient to his wishes. On 18 August, however, Aloba, who was sitting by Baba's chair, silently and quickly touched Baba's feet. No one noticed, but suddenly Baba became very grave. The mandali sat in silence. Without expressing any displeasure, Baba gestured to Aloba to stand before him without moving. Baba got up from his chair, approached him and bent over to touch his feet. Aloba shrieked loudly and jumped into the air. To save him from falling on the stone flooring of the hall, some of the mandali leapt up to catch him. He landed on and injured Baba's hand. Without drawing attention to his hand, Baba motioned to Aloba to be obedient and stand still. Finally, with Aloba sobbing, Baba touched his feet.

It was then discovered that Aloba's full weight had fallen on the fingers of Baba's right hand. Although first aid was administered on the spot and treatment was subsequently given by Nilu and Don, Baba had to carry his hand in a sling for several days. His fingers became swollen, and for several nights he experienced throbbing pain. It became increasingly difficult for Baba to "speak" through the alphabet board, because it was difficult for him to move his fingers, and only by painful efforts was he able to sign documents.

But later that same day, Baba pardoned Aloba, urging him to forget the incident and not to blame himself for his reaction. Addressing Aloba, he stated, "Carrying out my orders was the all-important thing. Compared to that there was no importance at all to my falling at your feet. (lord Meher-p-2748-1949)

 

185-ALU SATHA WAS ATTENDED BY BABA TO RELIEVE HER OF MISERIES AT HER LAST MOMENT

Eruch had been quite ill. In mid-August he suffered from severe viral pneumonia and, after getting acute hemolytic anemia from a drug reaction, he was admitted to the Salvation Army Booth Hospital in Ahmednagar on 8th October 1961 for a blood transfusion, and treated by Dr. Ernest Pedersen, an Australian surgeon.  Meherjee was at Meherazad at this time and stayed with him in the hospital the first few nights. Eruch had to remain in the hospital for a few weeks, and Baba was driven there twice — on 12th and 22nd October — to see him with some of the mandali. Eruch was discharged from the hospital on 31st October. He was driven first to Akbar Press and then to Meherazad, before going to Poona for three weeks to convalesce at Bindra House.

Eruch's cousin Alu Satha wrote Baba through her sister Roshan Kerawala, pleading with him to make Eruch well and to let her die instead! Alu was afflicted with muscular dystrophy and was crippled. Both she and her sister, Dhun, had suffered from the disease since childhood. But Alu's condition was growing worse day by day and she was prepared to die, though she was only 40 years old.

Baba once visited Bindra House and asked Alu to read him a passage from a book of the Christian saint Theresa of Avila. He comforted her, "You are my Saint Theresa. Remember me as she did. When you die you will see me, and I will see you. I will give you bliss after death."

Hearing this, her sister Dhun said, "What about me?" Baba laughed and embraced her. The sisters were very close, and Baba instructed that Dhun should go stay in Poona for a while.

Meanwhile, Alu Satha's condition worsened. She stopped eating and drinking. On Saturday, 18th November 1961 she asked her sister to write again to Baba, "I feel that I will not be long in this world, and before I go I would like to have your darshan. So please come and see me." Baba was in seclusion and feeling quite ill himself that day. Roshan explained to Alu that there was no chance that Baba would come just to visit her. Nevertheless, her message was sent to Adi's office to forward to Baba.

Unexpectedly, when Baba received her message he indicated that he wanted to go see Alu. He was driven there at 3:00 P.M., accompanied by Goher, Pendu and Kaka. At that time, Baba had a fever and his hip was paining. Before leaving, Goher tried to dissuade him, but Baba insisted that he wanted to go. Getting out of the car, the first thing he asked Roshan was, "Is Alu still alive?" and he went inside Akbar Press to see her.

Baba sat on the bed next to Alu and embraced her. "This world is a zero," he told her. "It has no meaning. It is like a movie you watch and get so involved in that you think it is real, but it is not. This life is like a movie. Now forget everybody and everything, and think only of me."

Baba asked for a glass of sherbet. He drank most of it and gave the remaining amount to Alu.

He consoled her, "Why do you worry? I have done much work through you and there is much still to do." As mentioned, Baba had a fever and was perspiring. He took a handkerchief from his pocket, wiped the sweat from his forehead and gave it to Roshan to tie on Alu's right hand.

He gestured to Alu, "Look, my daaman is firmly in your grip. Forget the whole world. It is all illusion. I alone am real. Think only of me and take my name. Don't worry at all. I will be with you." Baba instructed Roshan to place his photograph on the small refrigerator opposite Alu's bed, so that she could see it and focus her attention on it. He then returned to Meherazad.

Alu lapsed into a coma that evening and never regained consciousness. Four days later, Alu Satha merged in him forever and was at last free of the intolerable suffering she had borne for years. Baba observed, "She has come to me. I could have cured her in an instant, but it was best for her to suffer. Now, no more births!" (Lord Meher-p-4777)

 

186-AMDOO A BOY BROUGHT TO BANGLORE AND WHEN ASKED HE SAID HE LIKE TO BE A TONGA DRIVER

Baba assigned Jalbhai the duty of finding and bringing suitable boys to him for his work. Daily, Jalbhai would bring a boy or two whom Baba would usually keep for a short time and then send back to their respective homes. But, of the boys found by Jalbhai, Baba chose four to be kept near him for an extended period. They were: Krishna K. Nair, Raju, Kalappa and Amdoo. Baba gave them work in the mast ashram.

Eruch had been the manager of the mast ashram. After Pappa returned from Karwar, he was put in charge while Eruch was in Bangalore with the rest of the family. The five boys who had been brought from Bangalore (Krishna, Venkoba Rao, Raju, Kalappa, and Amdoo) were also working in the mast ashram. (Lord Meher-p-2108-1940)

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

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

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

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

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

Krishna alone replied, "I want you, Baba!" (Lord Meher-p-2111-1940)

 

187-AMIR KHAN WAS TAUGHT CAR DRIVING BY BHAGIRATH AS ORDERED BY BABA

In March 1938, Baba spent two days in Bombay. Raosaheb brought a poor Pathan boy named Amir Khan to Baba. Baba took him with him to Nasik on the 9th, where Baba met Daulatmai. He had lunch there and spent the night, before returning to Meherabad the following evening.

On the 11th March, Amir Khan arrived at Meherabad by the night train. Adi Sr. took him to purchase clothes and Bhagirath was ordered to teach him driving in a Morris car specially hired for that purpose. (Lord Meher-p-1904-1938)

 

188-AN ABDUCTION BID FOILED BY BABA

Arun Kumar Songhai was loving student of Prof. A K. Hazra of Jabalpur. After post graduation He joined him as junior member of the faculty in the same college. In which he was a student.

Following are the narration of Hazra about a miraculous episode in his own words.

Arun Kumar was very attached to me, as a student and colleague. He came to know about Baba from me, and he had read quite a few of Baba books and heard quite a few tales from us about Baba. His faith was quite strong.

He came from a very wealthy stock of Singhais who had great fame and property in a place near Sagar named Khurrari. His family were known as jamadars, landlords of immense holdings of property. His father was fabulously rich. Dhannalal   Songhai was about 60, very much sturdy, but bowed down by massive cardiac attack which he had survived. Whatever Songhai’s personal proclivities were as regard to religion. Singhais are Jains and they believe in Mahavir and as their incarnation. As opposed to their Hindu sects who believe in Ram, Krishna and Kali, perhaps. So Baba we a stretch for Jains, even more for others.

Khurrari and the surrounding places were quite fertile, and there were many wealthy persons in that region, and their presence had attracted many notorious gangsters, (we call them “Dacoits” in India), who found it very much in their interest to prey on wealthy persons. These dacoits often kidnapped and sometime killed people. It was impossible for government to track the dacoits to their lairs, which were usually deep in the exclusive forests of Madhya Pradesh. Further, their enterprises made them a lot of money, and nobody much trusted that police were putting their best foot forward to catch them.

Dhannalal (father of Arun) used to visit his own land and supervise the agriculture. On evening, on his way home from the fields, he saw a procession of mourners who were carrying a dead body in a cartage, and chanting, “Ram, nam, satya hai, Ram, nam, satya hai, satya bolo, mukta hai,” and so forth. This is common way of Hindus in funeral procession, chanting God’s name. It means, “Speak the truth and you will be liberated, take Ram’s name and you will be liberated.” Being an Indian Hindu, not exactly in the same sense as others were, as he was in the Jain sect, it behoved that he should stop his car out of respect for the dead. When he did that, the funeral procession also stopped. He couldn’t pass through the funeral procession, because that would have been uncivil, unmannerly. Instead they lowered the dead body, and didn’t move the dead body. He was little perturbed. Suddenly the dead body sprang up, and with a sten-gun in his hand rushed towards him. Other persons in the funeral party rushed at him with their guns, and then he came understand that this was a mock funeral procession to capture him, and they had guns and he was unarmed and couldn’t fight back. They told him, “Now you are our prisoner. We are dacoits and our tradition is that we do not kill you unless you force us to. We want 60 lakhs from you –six million rupees-as ransom. Dhannalal was a brave guy and he began to buy time. He said, “Well. Okay, but my resources are not so great. I don’t have as much as I used to have, so I may be your captive, but I have to communicate with my sons and relatives to see if they can arrange money for my freedom”. That suited them, and they removed him from the car, put him on horseback, and blindfolded him. They all went back to their lair in the forest. His car was left on the road side. This happened after Baba had dropped his body, may be in early seventies.

Arun Kumar Songhai came to me and said, “I have very bad news. I have received a phone call from Khurrari that says my father has been captured by dacoits who will kill him after stipulated period, if we do not give them a large amount of money as ransom.”

I listened to him and said, “Do whatever is practical. You love your father?”

He said, “I love him very much. Sir, what do you think I should do?”

I said, “Don’t take all money from your property—Take a few lakhs and tell that you will pay in installments. That will prevent them from killing him outright.”

“But that will prolong his imprisonment, and he is heart patient.”

“Tell them that they should take care of your father, otherwise he will die and they would get no money.”

The dacoit who had captured Dhannalal a notorious in that area was named Puja Baba (pronounced “Babba”). The one strange thing about him was that he was great devotee of God. Puja means worship and Babba in this context means who patronizes worship. He would worship for hours and hours before he would go do one theft or kidnappings. He wanted to appease the gods and goddesses to make plunder successful.

So the son paid ten or twelve lakhs, but after a time his relatives, even his brothers, got tired of paying, and they wanted quits of the whole thing. “We do not have so much money, our business has gone down and we cannot pay so much money.” It was a bit family scandal.

So now Arun Kumar came back to me to say. “What should I do?” My father will be killed by them if we do not fulfil the contact by stipulated period.”

I said, “Okay, let me think about it for a while. So I went and sat before Baba’s photo, and I started meditating for some time, thinking Baba would give me some hint. And he did, and it was this. I felt Baba says, “You should take a locket and picture and give them to Arun Kumar Singhai and tell him to take these two things to Puja Babba straight away and say whatever you think proper.

I gave the locket and the photo to Arun Kumar and said, “Take these to Puja Babba, and tell him, “It is not money, because no money can be equal to this. What I am giving you today is God Himself in human form, and if you care to understand you will be most fortunate person.” Give the locket to your father and tell him not to worry.”

“Will Puja Babba accept this sort of ransom?” he rejoined.

“Don’t call it ransom. This is for Puja Babba’s liberation and it is for his goods that you are doing this. Are you afraid of death?” Arun Kumar replied, “On contrary I was thinking going there to suggest that the dacoits release my father and hold me instead, and if they didn’t get the ransom they could kill me instead.”

So Arun Kumar took the photograph of Baba, a beautiful photograph of Baba, and the locket and went. The dacoits permitted some visits to their hideaways under the condition the visitor would go blindfolded, accompanied with some dacoits, on the back of a mule, and this he did, with no money but with Baba things. He was on the mule, blindfolded, for three hours. He felt he hadn’t gone for and that the route looped back on itself quite a bit. Eventually he reached the dacoits’ camp.

Arun Kumar said that he wanted to see Puja Babba himself, and also his father. This was also the dacoit’s instructions. So Arun Kumar first bowed down, from distance, to Puja Babba. Puja Babba told him, “Where is the money? You are being damn slow. If you hurry up I will release your father, and a dacoit is never false, so you can count on my words.”

Arun Kumar said, “I have brought something else for you.”

“What else could you have brought? You are not cheating me. Are you? Do you know the consequences?”

“No, I am not cheating you. On contrary, you are cheating yourself all the while. See, here is gift for you, and this gift is given to you by one of my teachers, and it is said by him that this is the greatest treasure of all treasures in the world you could ever imagine to have got.” And so saying he opened the photo of Baba and brought the photo of Baba near to Puja Babba.

When Puja Babba looked at Baba’s photo, he was almost taken aback, sort of dazzled. Puja Babba said. “No, no, don’t hand it to me, I won’t touch. I have not yet taken my bath. First let me take my bath then I will take it.” Meanwhile he told another dacoit, “Take this photo and put it in my prayer room. I will come later on after my bath. Okay, boy this is wonderful thing you have brought me, but next time you must bring me the installment.. Now you can see your father.”

Arun Kumar went to his father, who was very impatient and said, “Why are my very rich relatives not giving the ransom? How long I shall be compelled to remain here? I don’t like this place and don’t like these people.”

Arun said, “Father, have this locket around your neck.”

“Who is he?”

“Meher Baba, the incarnation of God.”

“Incarnation of God? How do you know that?”

“It is a long story, and I don’t have much time because they won’t permit me a long session with you. You wear this. Now remain happy in the knowledge that His nazar (sight) is on you and not to worry about anything.”

Arun Kumar was blindfolded, and escorted back.”

Within few days, a miracle happened. His father escaped the strict cordon of dacoits, climbed a hill, went to the other side, found a highway, saw a truck coming, and flagged it down, and was able to return to his native place without further incident,

Now, dacoits of India have some curious rules. If a prisoner is caught escaping, he should be immediately shot. But if succeeds escaping, they will leave him alone. It’s an honorable matter, and the dacoits have a kind of honour, a contact with the victim you may say. So that was it.

Meanwhile, Puja Babba began worshiping Meher Baba along with other deities in his prayer room. He sent additional letters with additional treats and requests for money to Singhai family, which simply ignored them since they knew the rules of deviltry. Soon after that, Jai Prakash Narayan, one of the able political leaders of India, came to Madhya Pradesh and requested the dacoits to surrender, offering no death sentence and an open jail if they would come out peacefully.  Puja Babba and all his gang surrendered. However, Puja Babba made it a condition of his surrender that he be allowed to make pilgrimages to certain places at which he wished to worship. This condition was granted. Thereafter they took him to jail.

This story dates back to early seventies, and he was already getting old, s Puja Babba and Dhannalal Singhai probably are no more, but Arun Kumar Singhai is still alive and his faith in Baba developed intensely after this incident.

(Courtesy: Seekers of love page 151-157 by Amiya Kumar Hazra and Keith Gum)

 

189-AN ALCOHOLIC GIVES UP DRINKING HABIT FOR THE SAKE OF BABA

The episode narrated by Adi K. Irani goes like this:

A man whom I knew very well once came to Baba. He lived in Ahmednagar and was an alcoholic. I knew where he lived and also know his wife and children. Because of his alcoholic drinking habit, his family would often have to face starvation.

This man met Baba and, after some time, Baba called me and asked me to give this man then rupees. I was shocked. I said to myself, “Does Baba know he is an alcoholic? Why is Baba giving him money? He will spend it on alcohol.” If Baba had given the money to his wife, at least for next 15 days she would be able to feed the family as ten rupees was a lot of money in those days.

“Any way, the man goes away but, to my surprise, he comes back the next day. He approaches Baba and again, Baba asked me to give him ten rupees. I was annoyed, but before I could tell Baba anything, Baba silenced me and gestured to me to do as He said. So I gave the man ten rupees.

“Again, he came back the next day as well and meets Baba. I was irritated when Baba asked me to give him ten rupees. I protested and said, “But Baba before I could say anything more, Baba quieted me. He looked angrily at me and told me to obey Him. So I gave the man another ten rupees.

“This went on the next day, and the fifth day and the sixth and seventh as well. On the eighth day, the man did not come at his usual time, so I thought he would not come. I was wrong. He did come, but in a different way. His cloths were all torn; he was stinking of alcohol and he had tears in his eyes.

“What had happened was that because of his excessive drinking, his family, friend and relatives finally beat him and threw him out of the house. He was disowned by everyone. At that point he felt it deeply and later told me “All my family, friends and relatives disowned me, but Meher Baba continued to shower His love on me in spite of who I am”

“So he came to see Baba again. On the way he happens to meet another Baba lover who was also coming to see Baba. They began to talk and alcoholic told him his story, and of how everyone had turned against him. He said that he felt completely unworthy of Baba’s love and he had nothing he could offer to Baba.

“The other Baba lover, “But why don’t you give him your weakness-your drinking habit?” It would make Baba happy.” And so it was that man came to Baba, stinking of alcohol, and with tears in his eyes he said, “Today, Baba, I have come to give you something. My drinking habit I give up for your sake.

Baba appeared happy and showered the man with lots of love. The man was reformed from that day and lived happily with his wife and children.

Adi concluded, “Only God can achieve such a result. If anyone of us have attempted to do what Baba did, the man would probably still be an alcoholic.

(Copied from “Real Treasure” volume-5 page 72-74 by Rustom Falahati)

 

190-AN ANTAGONISTIC LAWYER OF KAKINADA HAD NO FAITH IN AVATARHOOD WAS STRUCK BY OMNIPRESENCE WHEN MET BABA

A lawyer of Kakinada had been antagonistic to Baba and disclaimed him, saying he had no faith in his Avatar hood, although the entire press was acclaiming Meher Baba as the Avatar. But when he met Baba, his attitude changed and he asked, "May I write something about you, Baba?"

Baba stated, "Write whatever you think about me."

He felt ashamed. The arrow of Baba's omniscience had struck at exactly the right spot. The lawyer became dedicated to Baba's cause thereafter. (Lord Meher-3325-1954)

 

191-AN ARROGANT ARABI ABUSED HIS FELLOW MUSLIM FOR NOT OFFERING NAMAZ (PRAYER) WITH HIS FACE TOWARD THE WEST

After only a few days in Persia, group boarded the cargo ship “Baroja” and left Bushire. Baba and the mandali would always travel by the lowest class and, accordingly, they occupied the deck. Most of the other passengers on board were illiterate Arab tribesmen. There was not much room for the passengers because the cargo ship was carrying cows, goats, chickens, donkeys, and horses-the animals' dung caused a terrible stench. The Arabs daily slaughtered goats and chickens on the deck for their meals, and their unhygienic habits shocked the mandali.

On one occasion, an arrogant Arab kicked Nervous' bedroll, throwing it aside, rather than ask him politely to move it. Baba quickly stopped Nervous from confronting the man. On another occasion, one Arab abused his fellow Muslim for not offering Namaz (prayer) with his face toward the west; however, the next morning, the same Arab was seen offering Namaz as soon as he was out of bed, without first washing his hands and feet, which was customary. (Lord Meher-p-487/8-1924)

 

192-AN ELDERLY GENTLEMAN PRAISED BABA FOR CONTINUED SINGING COMPOSED BY HIM

In November 1914, Baba with his four friends (Baily, Khodu Behramji and Lattoos) went out for visiting holy places, The group spent three days at Udwada, they reached Udtara. Afternoons were quite warm and once, after finishing their lunch, the group decided to rest in their room. As they were about to leave, Merwan suddenly began singing a song in Persian with deep fervor. His singing was so beautiful that it captivated their attention and they forgot about their intended naps. The sweetness of Merwan's voice brought other guests out of their rooms. Everyone enjoyed Merwan's singing so much that they requested that he sing another and another, and he continued singing ghazal after ghazal. Some were commonly known, while others were his own compositions, composed extemporaneously.

An elderly gentleman was so affected that he complimented Merwan as he patted him on the back, "The glow on your face while you sang, and the ghazals you, yourself, composed to the glory of God, lead me to believe that someday you will be a great man whose name will be known throughout the world." (Lord Meher-p-160-1914)

 

193-AN ELDERLY MUSLIM MAN WISHED TO ACCOMPANY BABA TO DAK BUNGALOW AND CARRIED WATER

During the bus ride, an elderly Muslim man had been staring at Baba. Quite taken by Baba's appearance, he said he wished to accompany Baba to the dak bungalow on top of the mountain; but the bus driver refused to allow the man to ride along and made him get off, although Baba seemed to like the old man and did not object.

But while Baba was engaged in his inner work, the hired man was seen bringing the water up the mountain. Chanji could not shout to him since that would have disturbed Baba. So he signalled to him to stay away; but the man could not follow what he meant and Chanji quietly walked to him and told him to put the water down and leave. Chanji picked up the heavy container and began to struggle slowly back toward the bungalow. But then he heard Baba clapping. With a great effort, he rushed up the hill. When he reached the bungalow, Baba immediately expressed his displeasure, "I have been clapping, and you are coming only now?"

Chanji was exhausted and panting from the hike back. He could barely utter "Ba ... ba" in a vain attempt to explain. "What is it?" Baba smiled. But Chanji could not speak. Finally, after catching his breath, Chanji was able to explain what had happened. (Lord Meher-p-1723/4-1936)

 

194-AN ELDERLY MUSLIM WHILE TRAVELLING IN TRAIN BABA ASKED ABOUT PAVAGARH HILLS

On 27th August 1924, Baba contacted a mast in Omkareshwar, and immediately proceeded for Baroda. A wayside station, an elderly Muslim wanted to board their compartment. It was sundown and Padri tried to stop him, since Baba had said he wished to be alone. But the man caught a glimpse of Baba and insisted on having a closer look. Pointing to Baba, he started shouting, "Why are you preventing me from meeting that gentleman? I only want to shake hands with him. Why do you stop me?"

He then got into the train and held out his hand to Baba, who extended his. After clutching hands, the Muslim was quite happy, and Baba spoke with him for a long time. During their conversation the man took out a chunk of opium, folded it in a chapatti and swallowed it. When Baba casually asked about the Pavagarh Hills, the man praised the place vociferously and was humorous in his language and manner. The drug took effect, and in an expansive mood, he continued to sing the praises of Pavagarh: "It's heaven, I tell you! A paradise on earth!" And to the surprise of the mandali, Baba appeared to take the man seriously and decided to go there instead of to Mount Abu. (Lord Meher-p-552-1924)

 

195-AN ILLETERATE VILLAGER BROUGHT HOT WATER FOR BATH; BABA MADE HIM BENEFICIARY OF THE TRUST

During mast tour, Baba’s stay at night had been arranged at a rest house on the outskirts of a village. In the morning at 4 am, Baba asked Eruch to fetch a bucket of hot water for His bath. Eruch was at his wit’s end, as he did not have a vessel in which to heat water, nor did he have a stove. He said, “yes, Baba,” and left the house. The only container he had was a mug (lota). He took a match, lit news paper, and held the mug full of water over it! He fully well that Baba could not possibly have a bath with that little quantity of water. But over the years with Baba, we have learned that one must try to obey Baba even thought it may seem impossible.

While Eruch was doing impossible task of heating water for Baba’s bath in a mug, he sighted a man coming toward the rest house. Since it was Baba’s order that no one should come to the rest house at night, Eruch called out to the man, “Who is there? Why have you come? As the man reared, Eruch saw that he was carrying a pot on his head. Replying to Eruch, he said, “I have brought this pot of hot water for Baba’s bath!” Eruch wondered what had prompted this man to bring hot water for Baba at that hour. Eruch told the man to leave the pot and go back. When the man left, he took the hot water to Baba, who, without a question, had His bath.

In 1959, at Guruprasad, Meher baba summoned some of His disciples and expressed His wish to form a trust with the sole property which remained in His name time to time. While He was naming the 41 beneficiaries, He named a person whom no one seemed to know. Mandali looked up at Baba questioningly and then at each other. When Baba was asked about the identity of this person, Baba reminded Eruch of an incident that had happened during His darshan in the village.

Years passed by, and this incident had been completely wiped out of Eruch’s memory. When mandali asked about the beneficiary He had named, Baba said that the person He was referring to was the person who had brought hot water for His bath many years ego. This illiterate villager, whose heart was unison with his Beloved, must have a divine link forged through many lives with Baba, a deeper connection with Baba than the darshan he had at his village on the previous day. The mandali realised the love Baba had for this villager. His small sacrifice had not been forgotten by Baba after so many years. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-116)

 

196-AN INEBRIATED MAN STOOD SALUTING IN MILITARY FASHION; BABA SMILED AND RETURNED HIS SALUTE

Some in the crowd had been "celebrating" privately. One inebriated man in particular was seen standing at a distance. For almost 20 minutes, the fellow stood saluting Baba in military fashion. It was only when Baba chanced to look in his direction and return his salute that the man put down his hand. Baba smiled at him. Thus, the Master gave him a taste of the Beloved's wine, too! (Lord Meher-p-728-1926)

 

197-AN OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE LODGE GAVE ROOM FOR MANDALI BUT BABA ASKED HIM TO STOP NOISY FAN AND SURPRISINGLY HE CAME TO PAY RESPECT TO BABA.

Once Baba and group arrived at a dak bungalow (traveler’s rest house) for night rest, which was rare during travels. The rest house keeper said that it was not possible for him to permit us to stay in it, as the executive officer was residing there. After much argument, he agreed to give us a room if the officer permitted. One of the mandali got his sanction, and we got the room. It was 9.00 pm and all were happy to go to sleep at once.

The officer in the next room was busy with his work and had ceiling fan going due to heat. The fan was making a cracking noise, and Baba felt disturbed. Baba asked the mandali to go and ask him to put off the fan! The officer felt annoyed at our audacity but finally agreed to turn it off. After some time, Baba could not stand the noise of his movements in his room and sent one of the mandali to tell him that it would be better if he stopped making noise. This was the last straw for the officer. In his fury, he even forgot that he could drive us out of the bungalow and acceded to the request to be quiet. Next morning, much to the amazement of the keeper, the officer came to Baba to pay his respects, when he came to know that it was Baba who had been the cause of his fury.” (Glimpses of Guruprasad –p-317)

 

198-AN OLD BLIND BEGGAR LED BY A BOY IN BABA’S COMPARTMENT “ RAM CHALE BANWAS AYODHYA ROYE”  SIMILAR TO BABA  EXILED HIMSELF

On 3rd March 1940, Baba with few companions left Majri Mafi to go to Harrawala railway station which was about two and half miles away. Train tickets were purchased as per Baba’s order on the Amritsar Passenger train by Nalawala. Two berths were reserved for Baba and party in third class from Dehradun. Harrawala, being a small station on Hardwar-Dehradun section, had no proper platform. When the train arrived, Baba and party got on the board. However, as the halt was only for two minutes, Baidul was left behind with half of the luggage.

When the train departed, two beggars came to Baba’s compartment. One of them was an old blind man led by a small boy. The blind man was singing a Hindi song, “Ram Chale Banwas Ayodhya Roye,” which means “When Ram left for exile, Ayodhya wept.” On hearing the words, Keki pointed to Baba for Baba too had exiled Himself from the world and was now leading a wandering life, just like Lord Rama. Baba gestured to Keki to keep quiet and also asked him to give the beggars some coins. (Courtesy: “Real Treasure” Volume-5 page 161-162 by Rustom Falahati).

 

 

199-AN OLD LADY RECOVERED FROM RIGHT IN HER HAND PARALYSIS

During sahwas in year 1963 at Guruprasad (Poona), an old lady whose right hand -was paralysed came to see Baba. She had recovered some movements of her hand already. Baba asked her to do exercises. She said,” Baba bless me.” Baba said,” When I asked you to do exercises, that itself is blessing. Remember Me more and more.” After this incident Baba magnificently said,” Five Perfect Masters bring Me down. Now, even five hundred of them wants to bring Me down, I will not come for another seven hundred years. (Courtesy; Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-300)

 

200-AN OLD MAN BOASTED TO BE 130 YEARS OLD BLESSED BABA

On 24th February 1948, Eruch, Vishnu, Nusserwan, Pendu and Chhagan brought 838 villagers to the compound at Pimpalgaon, where Baba proceeded, as usual, to wash their feet and give each a bundle of cloth and grain.

In the crowd was an old man who boasted that he was 130 years old — though he looked no more than 80. After Baba handed him his bundle, he turned and blessed Baba. After the function was over, Baba remarked facetiously, "For a long time I have been waiting for someone to bless Me, and at last today My wish is fulfilled!"  (Lord Meher-p-2627-1948)