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INSPIRING EPISODES

(VOLUME-2)

ALPHABET A

SL NO 501 TO 600

 

501-A GOOD BOY FROM A WEALTHY FAMILY WAS WATCHED BY BABA FROM A DISTANCE.

Krishna Nair was on night watch near Baba every night. One day Baba instructed him, "Find a boy for me who can keep watch by my side at night, then I will give you leave for a month."

So Krishna started searching and found a good boy from a wealthy family. He talked with him and asked, "Would you like a good job for a month?"

The boy replied indignantly, "I can hire you as a servant in my house!"

"This job is different," Krishna attempted to explain. "Here we have to dedicate everything to our Master and give up all desires to gain anything from him. This Master is the giver of good fortune, and only lucky ones can serve him."

The boy introduced Krishna to his father. When Krishna asked if the boy could serve his Master for a month, the man too was offended and said angrily, "I can employ you and your Master both! Aren't you ashamed to speak to me like this?"

On his return,Krishna informed Baba about the incident, whereupon the next day Baba went with him to observe the boy. Baba watched him from a distance for five minutes and then commented, "My purpose is served. Now don't go back to him."

 

502-A GROUP OF 10 FRIENDS OF KHARMALE WERE INSTRUCTED THEM NOT TO GO AROUND POONA CITY INSTEAD TO GO HOME

Beloved baba held darshan Program for all lovers during summer in Guruprasad. One day Kharmale and ten of his friends decided to go to Poona by road on bicycle. They all started in the morning on their bicycles for Guruprasad. When they reached there, they were very hungry after long journey. Soon they all started having lunch and while they were eating. One of close disciple informed them that Baba was calling them immediately at that very moment. They stopped eating the food and rushed to the hall to meet Baba. Baba asked the people who were sitting in front to clear the place for Kharmale and his friends to sit there. Baba also mentioned that they are all very dear to Him. Next Baba got up from sofa and sat amongst them. Baba also enquired about their welfare and ordered them to leave for their village immediately. He instructed them not to go around Poona city instead to go home directly from Guruprasad. (Extracted from book “Memorable Moment” page 46 by Faroukh Bastani)

 

503-A GROUP OF 10 YOUNG GIRLS FROM ANDHRA PERFORMED DANCE DRAMA

On 19th May 1963 at Guruprasad, 10 young girls from Andhra performed a dance drama. They wore very gorgeous costumes, and the stage was magnificently decorated. The expressions and movements in the dance were wonderful. They had been trained so well that there was perfect harmony among them. Coloured lights were focussed on them. Adding to the beauty of the dance.

The first scene was of Lord Vishnu in heavens with angles dancing around Him. In the next scene, Lord Vishnu hears a call from the earth, saying that there is great need for Him to descend on the earth as Avatar. In the third scene, God descends in the form of Merwan among the nature’s picturesque settings. In the fourth scene, Babajan kisses Merwan, who instantly gets God-Realisation. In the fifth scene, Meher Baba declares that He has come not to teach but to awaken. He also gives His messages of Love to the World.

In the sixth scene, the world celebrates one of the Baba’s birthdays. In the seventh scene, Baba shows His Real Self to Adi’s mother, Gulmai, before she dies. The eighth scene shows Francis Brabazon singing one of his poems about Baba. The last scene was of East-West Gathering, which ended with Baba’s arti the girls did not speak a single word but conveyed all this through their performance. The commentary was given in English before each scene. The little girls who acted the role of Baba, Bal Rani, was so natural and imitated Baba so well that Baba applauded her often. The background music and songs were also very good.

After the dance drama was over, Baba embraced all the actors and had photographs taken of Himself with full cast. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-326)

 

504-A-GROUP OF 100 POOR CHILDREN WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND GIVEN TEN RUPEES AS A LOVE-GIFT BY BABA

On 8th July 1958, was marked the end of Baba's 56 days of work, but Baba made no reference to it. He also did not issue any instructions for the observance of Silence Day that year, and left it entirely to the inclination of each person concerned, either to observe, or not to observe silence as they wished. On 10th July, (silence day) Baba went to the old Poona Center, where 100 poor children were gathered, and Baba washed their feet and gave them each ten rupees as a love-gift. (Lord Meher-p-4558-1959)

 

505-A GROUP OF 100 CITY BEGGARS IN BAGDAD WERE SERVED COOKED FOOD BY BABA ,

In Bagdad, In spite of his failing health, on the 27th October 1936, Baba arranged for a large amount of cooked food to be purchased and fed 100 of the city's beggars, serving the food with his own hands. At one point, he remarked, "By my coming here, the link with Rahuri is snapped, and to re-establish this link, I am feeding these poor persons." Before starting their journey, Baba had expressed his desire to feed and, if possible, bathe a number of poor and crippled persons in Baghdad. Now, due to being detained by the breach in the railway line, he was able to do his work with the destitute.  (Lord Meher-p-1740-1936)

 

506-A GROUP OF 100 DESTITUTES WERE GIVEN CUSTOMARY WASHING OF FEET AND BOWING DOWN BY BABA

On 29th November 1959, as instructed by Baba, the Ahmednagar close lovers brought two busloads of lepers, the blind and maimed (100 destitute persons in all) to Meherazad in morning. After the customary washing of feet and bowing down, Baba gave each five rupees as prasad. (lord Meher-p-4615-1959)

 

507-A GROUP OF 1000 BABA LOVERS WERE GIVEN DARSHAN AT ASHIYANA IN BOMBAY

On 8th March 1959, Baba gave darshan in Ashiana to about 1,000 of his Bombay lovers. He embraced all, despite the previous day's long and hot journey from Ahmednagar and not having much sleep the night before. Because most were his long-time lovers, Baba cracked jokes with them, and humor and merriment prevailed throughout the function. Sorabji Siganporia had arranged four different programs of well-known qawaals to sing before Baba in Hasman Hall. (Lord Meher-p-4500-195)

 

508-A GROUP OF 1,000 POOR AND DESTITUTE PERSONS WERE FED IN A BHANDARA

On the same day, at 11:00 A.M., the bhandara (mass feeding) started and continued until evening. Nearly 1,000 poor and destitute persons were fed. The food was cooked by Chowdhary with the other mandali's assistance. Rustom brought up a subject that he considered important, which resulted in a meeting of the mandali, and several guests were also called. (Lord Meher-p-495)

 

509-A GROUP OF 101 LEPERS WERE WASHED AND GIVEN ONE RUPEE AND A PACKET OF SWEETS AS PRASAD AT AHMEDNAGAR

on Sunday, 15 September 1957, Baba washed the feet of 101 lepers at the Ahmednagar leper colony, bowing to them while seated in a low chair (the lepers climbed onto a table), and giving them each prasad of one rupee and a packet of sweets. Among the mandali with Baba were Adi Sr., Bhau, Eruch, Kaka Baria, Jalbhai and Elcha Mistry, who left that day for Bombay. Although the function was private, Dhake, Kaka Chinchorkar and a few others from Ahmednagar were also present, including Beatrice Vigo, to whom Baba remarked: "In the [diseased] physical cages of these lepers dwell beautiful souls. I don't bow down to them as lepers; by my laying my head on their feet, God is bowing to God! Suffering brings one nearer to God, and for that, these lepers are dearer to me." (Lord Meher-p-4250)

 

510-A GROUP OF 101 VILLAGERS WERE BOWED DOWN AND GIVEN 10 RUPEES AND LADDO BY BABA

On 30th September 1957, 101 elders from Pimpalgaon villagers were brought to Meherazad. As he had done with the lepers and children before, Baba bowed down to each old man and woman and gave ten rupees and laddoos prepared by Chhagan as his prasad. Sarosh brought the D.S.P., Collector and Civil Surgeon to witness the proceedings, but they came late. Nevertheless, Baba spoke with them for a few minutes and gave each one laddoo as prasad.

Adi Sr. brought Gulmai at 2:30 P.M. on 1 October, after the completion of her 40-days of midnight prayers. Hoshang Bharucha visited the following day; Pankhraj on the 3rd (for a three-day stay at Meherazad); and Siganporia on the 4th. Adi was sent periodically to (Lord Meher-p-4208--1957

 

511-A GROUP OF 105 POOR CHILDREN WERE WASHED FED, GIVEN LADOO AND FRESH CLOTH TO WEAR

One hundred and five poor children were brought to Judge's Bungalow on 9 June. Baba washed and wiped their feet and gave them laddoos. After each boy and girl was fed a good lunch, Baba gave material for either a shirt or dress to each. Only after this program was concluded did Baba take his meal in the evening. (Lord Meher-p- 3965)

 

512-A GROUP OF 106 LEPERS AND FORTY-FOUR DESTITUTE PERSONS WERE GIVEN 5 RUPEES EACH

On Sunday, 26th June 1960, Baba came to Khushru Quarters in morning with few mandali men and went to the Avatar Meher Baba Trust office room. Sarosh's eldest daughter Gulnar was getting married that day, and she and her physician fiancé, Hirji S. Adenwala, garlanded Baba, along with other family members, and received his blessings.

In morning a poor program was held in front of office in the open compound. According to Baba's wish, mandali men had found and brought 106 lepers and Forty-four destitute persons.  Baba washed and wiped the feet of the lepers, and after touching his forehead to their feet he handed each five rupees as prasad. He did the same with the 44 poor destitutes. They were made to stand on the elevated wooden platform. Each leper was given the towel Baba had used to wipe his feet. (Lord Meher-p-4711-1960)

 

513-A GROUP OF 11 DESTITUTE HINDU AND MUSLIM FAMILIES WERE GIVEN RS 500

In Hyderabad, eleven destitute families were found in need of Baba's love-gift. Baba gave Rs.500 to three Muslim families, and the same amount to five Hindu families. Three other families received lesser sums from Baba.

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

 

514-A GROUP OF 120 PEOPLE HAD DARSHAN OF BABA IN THE LARGE HALL OF THE HOTEL

On the afternoon of 18 July 1956, more than 120 people came for darshan in the large hall of the hotel. Will, Mary and Charles sat next to Baba, and Dorothy, Tom and Delia ushered in each one individually to meet Baba for one minute. To introduce newcomers, Fred Marks stood by the door with a royal blue sash across his chest like a steward. Baba distributed prasad of sweets and his photographs. Among those who came were Darius Hodivala, Phyllis (who had met Baba years before at East Challacombe), Ann Powell, Dina Patel (Minoo Kharas' sister) and her son Hoshang, Margaret Craske's sister, Will Backett's sister, Joyce Bird and her family, Charles Purdom's wife Antonia, Milicent Deakes and Norman Franklin. 

Will described the reception as follows:

The reception ... revealed Baba's same individual understanding of every guest. To one, a deeply significant glance; to another, a loving touch on the cheek, or perhaps the arm would be gently stroked. Some, whom Baba had greeted at their first meeting with a handshake, received a warm embrace. Some who expected advice received none, and yet others, who had been hoping for at least ten minutes in which to explain their longstanding difficulties, heard his familiar "I know all and I will help you." Most striking, too, were the groups of friends or the family in which the children and parents all came together to Baba for the first time, and his look, passing from son to father, conveyed his love in which both father and son and indeed all humanity find themselves afresh. (Lord Meher-p-3976)

 

515-A GROUP OF 1200 PERSONS WERE GIVEN TWO METERS OF CLOTH AND THREE SEERS OF MILLET TO EACH POOR PERSON BY BABA

In February 1944, Baba was busy chalking out a plan to distribute grain and clothing to the poor of the area. Eruch and Jalbhai were sent for from Poona to assist in the work. The first program was held on 25th February 1944, at which Baba distributed two meters of cloth and three seers of millet to each poor person gathered in the Aurangabad Town Hall. From 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Baba handed out the prasad continuously to nearly 1200 persons. The grain had been brought in trucks, and had been bundled in two meters of cloth by the mandali. This making of bundles had been going on day and night for some time. The wonderful fact was that these were the days of strict rationing, and millet was unavailable in the market. The millet and cloth had been procured from the government with great difficulty. (Lord Meher-p-2397-1944)

 

516-A GROUP OF 1400 STUDENTS WERE GIVEN EMBRACE BY BABA AT CATHOLIC SAINT JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL IN WADALA

Baba had been invited to visit the Catholic Saint Joseph High School in Wadala by the principal. Baba visited school on 13th March 1959.

Baba then said: "The human form of Beloved God cannot be more humanized than this, by meeting you 1400 students (and others) and giving you each His embrace. You are now quite young and have innocence and receptivity to receive the purity of His divine touch."

Each boy and girl then filed past Baba, who embraced them and distributed sweets. Baba asked only one boy his name. The child had an unusual name and replied, "My name is Christ." (Lord Meher-p-4503-195

 

517-A GROUP OF 15 BEGGARS IN JABALPUR BABA FED, BATHED, SHAVED AND CLOTHED

On 10th April 1939, the men collected fifteen beggars in Jabalpur and brought them to Baba's bungalow. There Baba fed, bathed, shaved and clothed each of these destitutes in new kafnis.  (Lord Meher-p-2001-1939)

 

518-A GROUP OF 150 POOR WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND GIVEN 2 RUPEES AS PRASAD

On 11th February 1953, Baba's 59th birthday was celebrated in Meherazad. No outside lovers were invited, but four disciples came from Ahmednagar. Three disciples from Meherabad and two disciples from Poona and Babadas also attended. In morning, Baba washed the feet of 150 poor in Meherazad. After placing his head on their feet, he gave each two rupees as prasad.

Jadhav Qawaal gave an qawaali performance for two hours in the afternoon. The qawaal's singing was quite good and pleased Baba. (Lord Meher-p-3271-1953)

 

519-A GROUP OF 1500 SCHOOL CHILDREN DID GYMNASTIC AND STAGED PLAY AT GITA TEMPLE

On Saturday, 3 January 1953, a children's program was held in the Gita temple. Sherlekar had arranged it and almost 1500 schoolchildren had Baba's darshan. All were under twelve years old. Baba's message about bowing down was explained. Baba bowed to all and a message for children was read. Like a child himself, Baba mingled freely with the little ones of every group.

 

520-A GROUP OF 160 HOLY MEN WERE CONTACTED AND BABA BOWED HIS HEAD ON THEIR FEET.

On the 16 th xxxx 1950, at ten in the morning Baba went five miles from Motichur to Saat Sarovar (Seven Lakes). He was accompanied by four mandali men. The area was surrounded by a colony of anchorites consisting of ascetics, and two groups of saints, sadhus and mahatmas known as the Dandi and Virakta sects.  The bank of the river contained many a hut or hermitage, and the river passed through dense forests which sheltered and hid these souls. Along the river Baba contacted 160 of these holy men by laying his head on their feet. In one encounter, a sadhu or ascetic who was keeping silence offered Baba and the companions sherbet to drink.

When Baba went to another hermitage, an ascetic was in meditation in his hut. Baba sat down under a tree to wait for him to come out. While waiting, Baba explained to the men: "During the Old Life, I used to contact masts, saints, walis and sadhus for two reasons. The first was to take their darshan, and the second was in regard to my special work with them- (Lord Meher-p-2894-1950)

 

521-A GROUP OF 18 ASPIRANTS WERE WASHED, BOWED DOWN AND GIVEN EACH SEVEN RUPEES AS HIS PRASAD.

In Gujarat, on top of this hill, a small group of aspirants were living and leading simple, ascetic lives devoted to God. They were like monks. Baba praised them, commenting: "I have visited temples, shrines, ashrams and convents all over India and in many foreign countries as well, but I have never seen aspirants living a life of such exemplary simplicity consisting solely of spiritual aspiration, selfless work and the mortification of material desires." The austere diet of these hardy ascetics was only porridge of coarsely ground wheat boiled in water.

During his Gujarat tour on the 5th November 1948, Baba washed and laid his head on the feet of eighteen of these aspirants, giving each seven rupees as his prasad. (Lord Meher-p-2679-1948)

 

522-A GROUP OF 18 POORS PEOPLE WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND GIVEN 10 RUPEES EACH BY BABA ♦

On 18 April 1947, eighteen poor people from a nearby village were brought up the hill. Baba washed the feet of each person, bowed to them and handed them each ten rupees. (Lord Meher-p-2577)

 

523-A GROUP OF 200 POOR BOYS WERE SERVED WITH RAWA AND A PIECE OF CLOTH FOR A SHIRT BY BABA

On 1st September 1956, Baba's one-year seclusion was at its height. All correspondence had been completely stopped and all out-of-town lovers strictly forbidden to come to Satara. From the 2nd to the 5th, Baba worked in seclusion with Kaikobad in Judge's Bungalow. Daily’

On 6th September 1956, in the same bungalow, Baba washed and laid his head on the feet of 200 poor boys, served them rawa and handed each a piece of cloth for a shirt. The expenses for the poor program were a gift to Baba from Irene Conybeare. Fifty additional children came and they too were given sweetmeats as prasad. (Lord Meher-p-4118-1956)

 

524-A GROUP OF 200 VILLAGERS WERE GIVEN PRASAD B BABA

In 1954, Meher 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. The lanes of Arangaon Village were usually dusty, but the residents had sprinkled water all around and kept the narrow, twisting lanes clean

The group entered a policeman's compound, where three small girls gave a dance performance. Baba distributed prasad to about 200 of the villagers, most of whom had been students in the Hazrat Babajan High School. During this period, several of them had taken leave from their jobs to offer their services for the meetings.. (Lord Meher-p-3614-1954)

 

525-A GROUP OF 220 POOR PERSONS WERE HANDED OVER 10 RUPEES EACH AS PRASAD

On the final day of Baba’s fast, 10th September 1960, a program for the poor was held from 8:45 until 10:15 in the morning in mandali hall at Meherazad. Baba bowed to 220 poor persons (167 men and 53 women) from eight surrounding villages, and handed ten rupees to each as prasad. (Lord Meher-p-4717-1960)

 

526-A GROUP OF 24 HINDU FAMILIES RECEIVED ALMS OF RUPEES 10 EACH

In Khuldabad on 14th November 1951, Baba, accompanied by a Hindu, begged at the doors of five Hindu families. Afterwards, Baba washed, and then laid his head on the feet of the heads of 24 other Hindu families, who also received alms from him. To 22 of them Baba gave Rs. 10 each, and to the remaining two families, one family head (who was blind) was given Rs.15, and the other Rs.20. The head of the last family was the man who had assisted Baba in this work.(Lord Meher-p-3015-1951)

 

527-A GROUP OF 25 ELDERLY VILLAGERS WERE BOWED DOWN AND GIVEN 5 RUPEES AS PRASAD

As previously arranged, Baba laid his head on the feet of 25 elderly villagers from Arangaon, to whom he gave five rupees each as prasad. One villager burst forth with, "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!" which Baba felt inappropriate for the occasion. Because of the man's interruption, Baba lost his temper with someone and his mood was disturbed. But Baba's mood was restored after he bowed down two times at the feet of each of the mandali. (Lord Meher-p-4218-1957)

 

528-A GROUP OF 25 HINDUS AND  40 MUSLIMS WERE OFFERED SERVICES

On December 16th 1952, some poor and needy people, Hindus and Muslims, were brought to Baba. Twenty-five Hindus were gathered at the guest house and forty Muslims were assembled at the dargah of Shah Hussaine, father of the renowned Perfect Master of Gulbarga, Bandanavaz. As usual, Baba's service to the poor was done in His own quiet way.

In the company of the mandali He later remarked, "My bowing down to the poor is an entirely different thing than your act of bowing. It is Godhood bowing down to God" (Khuda ko lekar Khuda ko jhukta hoom).

Then he explained a subtle difference between relief and His help. He used different languages while commenting on this subject and the gist of it is as follows:

"You feel sorry to see a beggar, an injured or diseased person, or someone in a miserable predicament. And naturally you are prompted to do something to relieve the person from his/her suffering. But this gives the person only temporary relief.

"The real remedy, however, is primarily to awaken in others the spirit of accepting suffering as part of one's karma. People should not fear suffering; while overcoming it they should develop a proper understanding of it. This is the beginning of real happiness. However, this act of awakening perfect hope in the hearts of others is bestowed only by the Realized Ones.

"This does not mean that you should not feel distressed for the poor and the afflicted. However, whatever, is done in response to one's honest feelings, should be done in a spirit of selfless service." (Glimpses of the God-man Meher Baba- (Lord Meher Vol 3, pp. 237-238)

 

529-A GROUP OF 25 HINDUS WERE BOWED DOWN AND GIVEN PRASAD OF RS.20 EACH

On the morning of the 16th December 1952,in the dak bungalow that afternoon, Dhake and Yeshwant Rao brought 25 Hindus, to whom Baba bowed down and gave prasad of Rs.20 each. In the evening.

The next day, explaining about his bowing down to the poor, Baba stated, "When I do it, I do not do it as observance of some custom or mere formality. Taking them as God, I salute them. It is like God bowing down to God." (Lord Meher-p-3222-1952)

 

530-A GROUP OF 250 POOR MEN & WOMEN- RECEIVED BABA'S LOVE-GIFT OF FOUR RUPEES

Baba reached Meherabad on 14th November 1955 (Diwali that year), and entered the hall fifteen minutes later. The morning session began with a few devotional songs by the Telugu bhaktas (lovers). It was (Prime Minister) Pandit Nehru's birthday

The poor program was held, similar to the Gujarati group's stay. Each of the 250 poor men and women received Baba's love-gift of four rupees and, according to Baba's instructions, the sahavas group chanted "Om Parabrahma Paramatma!" throughout — while Paramatma Incarnate was engaged in washing and then laying his head on the feet of the poor. (Lord Meher-p-3803-1955)

531-A GROUP OF 26 PERSONS INCLUDING CHILDREN HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SING BEFORE BABA

On Sunday, 24 April 1960, the Ahmednagar bhajan group (26 persons, including children) had an opportunity to sing before Baba in Guruprasad.  (Lord Meher-p-4666-1960)

 

532-A GROUP OF 27 LEPERS WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND GIVEN PRASAD OF 5 RUPEES EACH

Baba washed the feet of 27 lepers, and after touching their feet with his forehead, gave each prasad of five rupees. Don Stevens and Jalbhai filmed Baba as he did his work with the lepers. Alain was given the umbrella to hold over Baba during one part of Baba's work with the lepers. He was nervous, and the experience left him emotionally drained. ("I felt like a piece of furniture being stripped," he recalled. (Lord Meher-p- 4519-1959)

 

533-A GROUP OF 3 DESTITUTE FAMILIES WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND GIVEN RS. 500 EACH

Traveling farther south, Baba and his companions arrived in Madras, where a thorough search was made to locate more families. Three destitute families were found, and Baba washed their feet and gave Rs.500 to each family. (Lord Meher-p-2951)

 

534-A GROUP OF 30 CHILDREN WERE BATHED, DRESSED IN NEW CLOTHES AND GIVEN SWEETS

In year 1925, after his return to Ahmednagar, Baba began to refer to Meherabad as his permanent headquarters, where he would now hold

public darshan. Many people of all castes and creeds began to come regularly for his darshan not only from Arangaon and Ahmednagar, but distant places as well.

All the men mandali returned to live at Meherabad. The Arangaon children were especially happy for they had missed Baba. With his presence there, they were now assured of his entertaining company, as well as having good treats to eat.

Once Baba asked the children, "Can you all come here tomorrow afternoon?"

One replied, "We cannot come because we have to graze the goats. If we don't, our parents will beat us."

Baba told them to tell their parents that he invited them to come if they permitted it. The next day, 30 children from Arangaon came to Meherabad and Baba bathed each one, dressed them in new clothes and gave them sweets.

The poor villagers came to know of this and soon men, women and more children came and requested clothing. Baba told them to be patient. A short time passed, and one day he distributed clothes among all in the village and served a feast. After a while, as the number of children increased, it was proposed that a school be opened for them. (Lord Meher-p-565-1925)

 

535-A GROUP OF 30 VERY POOR BROUGHT TO BABA  AND EACH WAS GIVEN A ONE-RUPEE AS HIS PRASAD

In Baroda, on 26th October 1947, Baba had fourteen very poor people brought to him in the morning, and each was given a one-rupee coin. In the evening of the same day, sixteen more poor persons were brought, and after contacting them Baba gave each of them one rupee as his prasad. (Lord Meher-p-2600-1947)

 

536-A GROUP OF 300 CHILDREN WERE GIVEN TOFFEES AND CANDIES

7th May 1961, was the day Baba's state of disinterestedness turned into one of interest, for on that day Baba gave darshan to over 300 children in Guruprasad.

The function took place in the afternoon in Guruprasad. Children of Poona lovers (up to twelve years of age) were invited. To care for the tiny toddlers, one adult from each family was permitted to accompany them. Toffees were purchased as prasad, and each candy was fashioned so that it whistled. Starting the function, Baba picked up one of the sweets and blew it, and the shrill sound drew the attention of all toward him. Baba met all 300 children, kissing some, patting others, taking a few on his lap and distributing prasad to all. (lord Meher-p-4742-1961)

 

537-A GROUP OF 36 MASTS AND MAD WERE SERVED BY BABA IN LOWER MEHERABAD

Thirty-six masts and mad were staying at lower Meherabad, and Baba was occupied in serving them. Pleader had been summoned from Benares in late May (a few months ahead of schedule). He and Baidul were the supervisors of the mast and mad ashram, carrying out their duties according to Baba's instructions.

Baba would cut the hair of the masts and mad, and bathe, shave and feed them himself. (Lord Meher-p-1948)

 

538-A GROUP OF 40 MUSLIMS WERE BOWED DOWN AND GIVEN 10 RUPEES AS PRASAD

On the morning of the 16th December 1952, 40 Muslims were gathered in the dargah of the saint Shah Raju Kaital Hussaini. After washing and wiping each one's feet, Baba placed his forehead thereon and paid each ten rupees as prasad.

The next day, explaining about his bowing down to the poor, Baba stated, "When I do it, I do not do it as observance of some custom or mere formality. Taking them as God, I salute them. It is like God bowing down to God." (Lord Meher-p-322-1952)

 

539-A GROUP OF 40 POOR DESTITUTES WERE GIVEN RS. 3 EACH AS PRASAD IN RAICHUR

On 21st July 1945, Baba left Hyderabad by train headed south for Madras where he eventually worked with nineteen masts

On his way back to Hyderabad, Baba stopped at Raichur on 26th July 1945, where the mandali gathered 40 of the poorest destitutes about three miles from the city. Keeping his identity secret, Baba washed their feet and bowed down to these 40 mostly beggars (many of whom were blind) and handed them each three rupees as prasad. (Lord Meher-p- 2493-1945)

 

540-A GROUP OF 40 POORS WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND GIVEN RUPEES 15 AND THREE LADDOOS

On 19th January 1947, Baba directed two of his disciples to Bring 40 poor persons who are weak or disabled, who have three or four children each and who go without food frequently and are simply unable to pull on." As a final touch to his work, Baba instructed that they be brought to the bungalow in four days. The disciples went from village to village, selecting and gathering such persons. On the 23rd, Baba contacted each person alone, privately washing their feet and laying his head on their feet, and gave each Rs.15 and three sweet laddoos.

Baba later explained to the mandali: "This is by no means a gift or charity. My contacting them and giving them prasad is so that these persons may enter the spiritual path in the next birth, and in this life rise in spirituality." (Lord Meher-p-2561-1947)

 

541-A GROUP OF 40 WIDOWS WERE GIVEN FIVE RUPEES EACH AS HIS LOVE-GIFT.

Baba's work with masts began a week after his arrival in Mount Abu. Baba left on  th March 1949, with three mandali men. They traveled to Ajmer and from there to Taragarh Hill.

Baba stayed at Taragarh Fort that night, and the next day contacted a group of 44 widows living on the hill by giving them five rupees each as his love-gift. (Lord Meher-p-2695/6-1949)

 

542-A GROUP OF 400 SADHUS WERE BOWED DOWN AT SAAT SAROVAR

On 17th March 1950, Baba accompanied four of mandali men proceeded to Saat Sarovar, where he completed his work by bowing down to 400 sadhus and holy men before evening. (Lord Meher-p-2894-1950)

 

543-A GROUP OF 400 STUDENTS RECEIVED  LOVE AND CARESS

On 19th January, at 10:00 A.M., Baba was driven to the reform school. He had requested that no flowers or garlands be offered to him. In a lighthearted mood, he remarked: "When I was a boy, I used to steal things and eatables from the pantry at home, and was full of boyish mischief. But when I grew up, I robbed God outright and became One with Him. You boys can now rob me of my love through your love, and I bless you all for it."

Baba's words were translated into Marathi by Khare for the boys, and all 400 students came in turn for darshan. Baba patted some, placed his hand on the heads of others and kissed a few. Thus each of the boys had the advantage of receiving the God-Man's love and caress. (Lord Meher-p-4486-1959)

 

544-A GROUP OF 44 POOR DESTITUTES PERSONS WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND GIVEN R5. AS PRASAD

t 9:00 A.M., a poor program was held in front of Adi's office in the open compound. According to Baba's wish, Adi, Chhagan, Rangole, Rustom Kaka, Waman and Bhagirath had found and brought 106 lepers. Forty-four destitute persons were also brought. Baba washed and wiped the feet of the lepers, and after touching his forehead to their feet he handed each five rupees as prasad. He did the same with the 44 poor destitutes. Each leper was given the towel Baba had used to wipe his feet. After Baba had bowed to the first few persons, the elevated wooden platform, on which the lepers were asked to stand, was shifted to Piroja’s verandah, as a breeze was bothering Baba. The program took one and a half hours, and afterwards Baba returned to Meherazad. Mrs. Dhakephalkar was the only woman permitted to witness the program. (Lord Meher –p-4711)

 

545-A GROUP OF 45 DEVOTEES FROM KAKINADA WERE ALLOWED TO BOW DOWN

On 2nd November 1964, a busload of 45 devotees from Kakinada, travelling to places of pilgrimage throughout India, arrived in Ahmednagar, desiring to have Baba's darshan. Because of his seclusion, Baba at first agreed to see the group for five minutes only, with no bowing down or embraces. But out of his compassion, when Baba met the group on the 3rd, he permitted each person to bow down to him. (Lord Meher-p-5094-1964)

 

546-A GROUP OF 5 ELDERLY VILLAGERS WERE BOWED DOWN AND GIVEN 51 RUPEES EACH AS PRASAD

On 15 November 1957, five elderly Pimpalgaon villagers were brought to Meherazad. Baba bowed at their feet and gave each Rs.51 as prasad. (Lord Meher-p-4220-1957)

 

547-A GROUP OF 5 QAWAALS PERFORMED; BABA  LIKED SINGING OF FIFTH QAWAAL

Baba gave darshan in Ashiana to about 1,000 of his Bombay lovers on 8th March 1959. He embraced all, despite the previous day's long and hot journey from Ahmednagar and not having much sleep the night before. Because most were his long-time lovers, Baba cracked jokes with them, and humor and merriment prevailed throughout the function.

That day, Kishinchand Gajwani and Sorabji Siganporia had arranged four different programs of well-known qawaals to sing before Baba in Hasman Hall. The first group started as soon as Baba reached the hall with the mandali in afternoon. Baba did not like them and sent them

away for tea.

The second group began to play, but they too were stopped after five minutes. The third and the fourth groups met with the same fate. Baba was not happy with any of them. He asked Gajwani and Siganporia, "What is this? I didn't like even one of them."

They replied, "Baba, these four qawaals are famous all over Bombay."

"They may be famous in Bombay, but I like singing to be from the heart!"

At this point a fifth qawaal, who had sung before Baba in Meherabad in 1955, appeared with his musicians. Baba enjoyed his singing immensely. And as the other four groups sat in the audience full of pride in their "art." Baba eyed them occasionally and they realized that to sing before the Avatar required something more than ability.

After the program, Baba instructed Gajwani and Siganporia to pay the four qawaals in full and not disappoint them. (lord Meher-p-4500/1-1959)

 

548-A GROUP OF 50 LOVERS AND DEVOTEES ARRIVED FROM CALCUTTA, JABALPUR AND HAMIRPUR WERE DISCOURSED

On Friday, 29 April 1960, about 50 lovers and devotees arrived from Calcutta, Jabalpur and Hamirpur. To a group from Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, Baba said:

The untold Infinite Treasure is within you. The only problem is that you do not seek it within you. You look without. This has been your habit from your apparent birth in the Beginning less Beyond.

The moment you awaken from sleep, you start looking outside of yourself. On the Path, as you begin to look within, you see some sparks of the Treasure. But these are just the shadows of the Real Treasure.

The Perfect Master has the key that opens the last gate which leads to and opens this Infinite Treasure. To aspire to have a look at, or to become one with, the Infinite Treasure — God — is in a way sheer madness. It has to be that degree of madness which remains unaffected by the most alluring pleasures or the most sorrowful pains. The infinitely affectionate "look" — nazar — of the Perfect Master can awaken such "madness." But for this, you have to lead a life according to the Master's instructions with complete resignation to his will. It makes no difference

 

549-A GROUP OF 50 TRULY POOR AND NEEDY DESTITUTES WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND HAD BABA'S DARSHAN

Baba wished to wash the feet of the poor in Jaipur. Two residents of the city, Lala Chiranjilal Agrawal and C. G. Nair, were assigned the task of selecting and bringing to Baba's bungalow 50 truly poor and needy destitutes.  These two men had wished for Baba's darshan, but because he was in seclusion it was not possible. However, since they had participated in the program for the poor, they did have the good fortune of seeing Baba then.

Agrawal and Nair brought the poor persons to Baba on Sunday, 2 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: (Lord Meher-p-2191

 

550-A GROUP OF 50 WOMEN FOLLOWERS PARTICIPATED IN PROGRAM  HELD IN ASHIYANA BOMBAY

On 17th February 1952, Baba, along with four women disciples left Meherazad for Bombay in car. Other four disciples in another car. In Bombay, Baba and the women stayed at Ashiana. During their stay, Baba and the women went to the American Consulate to get their visas; they took an early morning walk on Juhu beach; they visited the aquarium and saw three films. While waiting for their visas, Baba held a program for 50 women followers at Ashiana. After getting the visas, Baba and the women returned to Meherazad on the morning of the 22nd. (Lord Meher-p- 3033-1952)

 

551-A GROUP OF 500 PEOPLE IN PENUGONDA (ANDHRA PRADESH) ALL WERE BLESSED BY BABA

Baba and his group arrived in Penugonda(Andhra Pradesh) at one o'clock in the early morning. A large tent was pitched where 500 people had been waiting since seven that evening. Even though it was late, Baba's arti was sung, and he blessed all. He gave this brief message:

Let my coming here for a short period, even at this late hour, be worth coming by your trying to love me and find me within yourself. My blessings to you all.

Because it was so late, Baba touched the prasad and ordered it be distributed to all. Leaving immediately, he returned to Tadepalligudem at 2:45 A.M. (Lord Meher-p-3475)

 

552-A GROUP OF 5000 POOR VILLAGERS WERE DISTRIBUTED LADDOOS

Baba's birthday was celebrated at two places separately — on Meherabad Hill by the women and in lower Meherabad by the men.  Only a few of the Western women were allowed to come down the hill and observe the celebrations there.

On Monday, 21 February, a free feast was given to 5,000 poor villagers from the surrounding areas. Baba personally distributed laddoos to the multitude. Afterward, the guests departed with longing in their hearts. But they carried the bliss of Meherabad back to their homes, where the joyous feeling of being in Baba's presence stayed with them for days to come.( Lord Meher-p1901-1938)

 

553-A GROUP OF 51 POOR PERSONS WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND GIVEN LOVE GIFT OF MONEY

On 31st July 1955, Baba washed the feet of 51 poor persons and, after bowing down to them, gave each his love-gift of money. (lord Meher-p-3712-1955)

 

554-A GROUP OF 56 POOR PERSONS WERE FED, 50 GIRLS FROM ORPHANAGE GIVEN NEW CLOTHS AND 50 LEPERS GIVEN NEW SHIRT IN SATARA

By the beginning of January 1955, Baba looked tired and was a bit weak, but his mood was good. On Sunday, 9 January 1955, he fed 56 poor persons and, in addition, almost 50 girls from an orphanage were given new clothes, and 50 lepers from a leper colony were each given a new shirt. At midnight that same night, according to his instructions, both the men and women mandali loudly shouted God's name when Baba clapped. On the 10th, at 4:00 P.M., Baba broke his fast with rice and dal. (Lord Meher-p-3688)

 

555-A GROUP OF 6 BOYS WERE BROUGHT TO BABA BY CHHAGAN

On 26th April 1930, Baba had sent Chhagan, Pendu, Raosaheb, and Vishnu in search of "good boys" and they brought six. Except for a boy called Bhaiya (Brother), Baba promptly sent the others away after giving them new clothes. (Lord Meher-p-1171-1930)

 

556-A GROUP OF 6 PARSI BOY’S ATTEMPT TO CAUSE TROUBLE IN DARSHAN PROGRAM WAS THWARTED

In 1956, at Navasari, crowd gathered in front of Meher Cottage. Baba had to go up to give them darshan. Thus people kept coming and going, and the road opposite the house was always full.

On the one hand, thousands were eager for Baba's darshan, and on the other, a handful of opponents were bent on causing trouble. Thwarted in their attempts to disrupt the darshan, the six Parsi boys had climbed up on the wall of the opposite house and were shouting "Meher Baba murdabad (Death to Meher Baba])" and "Meher Baba chale-jao (Meher Baba, go away}!"

Baba enjoyed the contradictory scene; but Hoshang Bharucha, in his anger, wanted to thrash them. Stopping him, Baba explained, "Sit near me and don't mind their antics. Some people remember God and repeat his name with love, while others do so with hate. But, they are both repeating God's name, and so they are forgiven."

Baba added, "They know not what they do; they are absolutely innocent. They are to be pitied and loved."

Baba exhorted everyone inside the cottage to stay calm, not get excited, and neither should they scold the boys. He explained, "Be absolutely unmindful of the anti-slogans. It is I myself who is shouting these slogans through the boys. It is I who does everything -because there is nothing besides me!"

He further warned, "No one should express resentment toward the slogans, nor should anyone disturb (confront) the boys in any way. All of you should remain peaceful and cheerfully face the situation. As I am in all, I am in them, too! As I enjoy the cheers from my devotees, so also I enjoy simultaneously the amusing slogans from others. Those who cheer me and those who jeer at me are both equally ignorant. The ignorance of one is a pleasure, whereas the ignorance of another is amusing. No one is at fault; none knows me as I am."

He concluded, "Remember that they, too, are repeating my name when they shout the slogans. It suffices when one remembers me, whether it be through devotion or derision. They are innocent. Let them shout. I am enjoying it very much."

The Parsi boys continued shouting until finally they grew tired. Not a trace of resentment was noticed from Baba's devotees after his enlightening explanation. Everyone was calm, unopposing and cheerful.

While the boys dispersed, the crowd still eagerly awaited another chance of having Baba's darshan. The slogans, as it were, had stirred devotion in those hearts which were truly genuine, and evoked greater love for Baba. They yearned patiently for one final glimpse of Baba before going. Touched by their love, Baba agreed to give them darshan while sitting in his suite. The public was conducted to the room in a queue. They were asked not to stop near Baba but look at him for a few moments and move out in quick succession. Thus hundreds more had Baba's darshan "by sight." (Lord Meher-p-3926/7-1956)

 

557-A GROUP OF 6-POOR PERSONS WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND GIVEN 51 RUPEES AS PRASAD

Baba announced that the last 40 days of his seclusion work would be of utmost importance. As instructed, on the 22nd December 1959, Padri had brought six poor persons from Arangaon. Baba then washed their feet and bowed down to them, and he gave each Rs.50 as prasad. (Lord Meher-p-4615-1959)

 

558-A GROUP OF 60 POOR PERSONS WERE WASHED THEIR FEET BY BABA IN JAIN DHARAMSHALA AT KHANDAWA

Masts are my best medium for work in the world, and that is why I exert myself so much to contact them," Baba revealed.

In the meantime, Baba had sent Eruch, Kaka and Jalbhai to find and collect the poor. After his work with Gorab Shah, Baba washed and laid his head on the feet of about 60 poor persons in the Jain dharamshala near the bridge at Khandwa. He then handed a rupee coin to each.

Whenever Baba would wash the feet of the poor, the entire operation was carried out with such precision that some remarked it was like a military exercise. It had to be. Baba was always in a great hurry and would not tolerate any wasted motions or time. Finding a suitable place, gathering the poor at a fixed time, heating water to wash their feet and seeing that each person exited in an orderly manner after receiving prasad — all these and other chores took place simultaneously. (Lord Meher-p-2408)

 

559-A GROUP OF 600 MEN & WOMEN WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND BUNDLES OF GRAIN AND CLOTH

On 7th March 1948, Baba went to village of Wambori, fifteen miles north of Ahmednagar. There he washed and laid his head on the feet of 600 men and women. To 583 of them he handed bundles of grain and cloth, and gave 50 people one rupee each and two persons two rupees each. (Lord Meher-p-2628-1848)

 

560-A GROUP OF 7 DESTITUTES WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND GIVEN RS 51 AS LOVE GIFT

During these ten days, darshan programs took place at the towns and villages of Hamirpur, Bharwa, Sumerpur, Ingohta, Maudaha, Mahewa, Mahoba, Kulpahar, Panwari, Rath, Nauranga, Majhgwan, Jarakhar, Dhagwan, Amarpura, Khangaram, Dhanauri, Banda and Harpalpur. At each place, the first activity was the ceremony for the seven destitute, disabled and needy men and women. None was an outright beggar, although each represented an extreme case, and had been selected after a laborious search. They had been chosen irrespective of caste, religion or sect and were brought before Baba as his guests. According to Baba's wish, at the place of darshan, a makeshift room was set aside, curtained off on all sides, with a small raised platform in it. Hot water, soap and towels were kept ready and the "guests" would follow Baba to the room. Except for the mandali and a few workers, no one was permitted inside. Baba would place his head on the feet of the seven destitutes after washing and wiping them dry, and as his love-gift would hand each Rs.51.(Lord Meher-p-3190)

 

561-A GROUP OF 7 LEPERS WERE WASHED THEIR FEET  AND GIVEN  BLANKET

In year 1959 at Meherazad, Baba washed the feet of seven lepers and bowing to them, Baba gave each a blanket as the symbol of his love. They were also given tea and sweetmeats, and a meal was served to them in the afternoon. (Lord   Meher-p-5286-1967)

 

562-A GROUP OF 7 MASTS WERE CONTACTED BY BABA

Baba contacted seven masts and returned to Mahabaleshwar the same evening. They stopped briefly at Bindra House, but Baba did not get out and ate while seated in the car. The next day was the last day of Baba's 100-day seclusion, and he remarked, "This seclusion is completed to my satisfaction by God's grace." (Lord Meher-p-3984-1951)

 

563-A GROUP OF 7 POOR DESTITUTES WERE BATHED AND FED

On 1th March 1943, in the morning, Baba and the mandali proceeded 44

miles by car and buses to Barsi, where excellent preparations were made for the program. At ten o'clock, Baba was carried in an open horse-drawn, four-wheel carriage and paraded around the town for four hours accompanied by a band of musicians. He was taken to bless a school and the newly opened Meher Baba Center at Barsi. The procession ended at the dak bungalow..

Baba first bathed and fed seven poor destitutes (or mad persons) before the darshan started. Almost 5,000 people came. To a priest of the place, Baba commented, "I have 'seen' you all within a few minutes of my coming here. Now the question is how soon can you see me in my Real State?" Baba gave a short discourse, explaining that the Self exists in all; in Baba, the eyes are open and in others they are closed. "When the curtain of ignorance is lifted, there is light and one can see everywhere. With the eyes closed, one can only imagine the Reality and sense it. With the eyes open, one can see it, and there is no doubt or uncertainty." (Lord Meher-p-2357-1943)

 

564-A GROUP OF 7 POOR PERSONS WERE BROUGHT. BABA WASHED THEIR FEET AND GAVE EACH RS.51 IN DELHI

They were not the sort that Baba preferred, but he nevertheless washed their feet and gave each

In year 1948, during Baba’s stay in Delhi seven poor persons were brought. They were not the sort that Baba preferred, but he nevertheless washed their feet and gave each Rs.51. Lord Meher-1948)

 

565-A GROUP OF 70 LOVERS WERE MET BY BABA INDIVIDUALLY

On 24th September 1961, Baba called the group of singers. This time more people had been invited and about 70 of his Ahmednagar lovers came. All had gathered in the Meherazad compound well in the morning after which Baba met everyone individually, the women first and then the men.  (Lord Meher-p-4773-1961)

 

566-A GROUP OF 700 POORS WERE GIVEN CLOTH AND LADDOS

Baba's one-year seclusion was to end on 15th February 1957. As previously announced, Baba wished to distribute cloth and sweets to 700 poor persons. Four of mandali men had been instructed a month before to find the poor and bring them on that day to Meherazad. Baba was to fast for 24 hours without water that day. Accordingly, the 700 poor were brought from different neighboring villages. A truckload of cloth and laddoos had arrived and were arranged in stacks and baskets. Pukar had come from Hamirpur to help, according to Baba's wish, and the Ahmednagar lovers were also present for the occasion. (Lord Meher-p-4146-1957)

 

567-A GROUP OF 74 POOR PEOPLE WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND GIVEN 10 RUPEES EACH

In Khuldabad on 14th  November 1951, at the guest house, Baba washed the feet of the Muslim caretaker of Zarzari Zar Baksh's tomb, bowed down to him and gave him Rs.21 as a love-gift. Accompanied by the caretaker, Baba again went to Zarzari Zar Baksh's tomb, where he contacted 74 poor people, washed their feet, placed his head on their feet and gave each person ten rupees. The caretaker then offered the Fatiha worship and Eruch, Pendu, Baidul and Gustadji prayed for Baba's success in his work. (Lord Meher-p-3014-1951)

 

568-A-GROUP OF 80 CHILDREN FROM THE REMAND HOME RECEIVED PRASAD

Goher's sister, Roshan, brought 80 children from the Remand Home (an orphanage in Ahmednagar), where she was a teacher, each of whom received Baba's prasad. Some of the orphans were frightened and would step away hurriedly after receiving prasad, but Baba would not miss touching them gently. (Lord Meher-p-4626-1960)

 

569- GROUP OF 992 POOR VILLAGERS WERE WASHED THEIR FEET AND GIVEN PRASAD, ONE RUPEE TO 98 AND TWO RUPEES TO 13 VILLAGERS

The third poor program took place on Friday, 20 February 1948, at the town of Kharda, 70 miles southeast of Ahmednagar. There, too, a school building was utilized for the work with 992 poor villagers. Again, Baba washed their feet and privately handed prasad to each. He also gave one rupee each to 98 people and two rupees to 13. The mandali assisted in their assigned tasks, with Kaikobad keeping track of the number of contacts. (Lord Meher-p-2625)

 

570-A GROUP OF CRICKETERS

In year 1959, a cricket match between India and England was to be played in England. Many of players were from Maharashtra state. Before leaving for England, the cricket players appeared in the hall. One of them asked Baba to bless the team so that they would play well in England. Baba said: "Embrace me with all your hearts and love, and be sure to take my love with you to England. I bless you. Don't be nervous because of your poor showing with the West Indies team. If you play with one heart, my love will help you to win at least one test, and on the whole you will put up a better show than you did with the West Indies. But all will depend on your love for me. Take my love with you and you will shine well."

Baba lovingly embraced the cricket players and handed each a copy of Life at its Best and Twenty-One Fragments, and also this message, titled "I Am the Greatest All-Rounder," which Eruch read:

In going to England to represent India in the field of sport, you also have the unique opportunity of practicing and of conveying to the people there the great spiritual lessons of concentration and love. When you take the field, and if you play as eleven men with one heart, each enjoying the excellence of performance in another player as he would in himself, whether that player is on your side or on the side of the opposing team, and so eliminating feelings of jealousy, anger and pride, which so often mar the sport — you will not only be entertaining the spectators, but demonstrating the real spirit of sportsmanship. True sportsmanship is concentrated ability, enlivened with appreciation of the performance of others. And when this is manifested, everyone present, both players and spectators, receives spiritual upliftment as well as good entertainment.

Some of you are "all-rounders." I am the greatest spiritual "all-rounder" of all times, because I feel equally at home with saints, yogis, philosophers and cricketers, as well as with so-called sinners and scoundrels. I give you my blessing that in all your actions you show forth the spirit of love.

Baba again gave a parting embrace to each player. Several had come to Baba with feelings of wonder, inquisitiveness and curiosity. But after meeting him and receiving his love, they departed with new enthusiasm, love and reverence for him. Two of them, Polly R. Umrigar, 33, and Nari Contractor, 25, became devoted followers. (Lord Meher-p-4510-1959)

 

571-A GROUP OF PARSI MEN AND WOMEN CAME LATE IN GURUPRASAD

In 1948, a group of Parsi men and women from Bombay came late at Guruprasad and missed the program. They went to Viloo's and then Khushru Quarters. When Baba heard about their situation, he went in Adi's car to look for them. He found them near Sarosh Motor Works and they were very happy to have his contact. (Lord Meher-p-2663-1948)

 

572-A GROUP OF PARSI POLITICIANS CAME TO SEE MEHER BABA DISCOURSED

Although it had been announced by mail that no outsiders should come to Meherabad after 1 July, a group of Parsi politicians came to see Meher Baba on Thursday, 2 July. After discussing with them the political and spiritual situation of India, the Master discoursed about the mind and body. This was to be his last recorded verbal discourse:

Human excrement is totally useless; only swine eat it. Similarly, when the flesh is cut from a carcass, only bones remain and these are thrown to the dogs. Man's mind is like flesh, and his body is like the bones.

A person eats flesh [meat] and digests it, which means he uses it. But the bones are inedible and of no use; so he gives them to dogs, who can chew and utilize them.

A human being must care for his mind, which is like the meat. He should use his mind by training it to flow into the proper channels.

A person has to let go of his physical body sometime, for it cannot be preserved. To illustrate this: suppose one's finger is chopped off or a leg is crippled, he should not worry or weep over it because he knows that his whole physical body has to be discarded one day. But a human being should be most careful about his mind, which is of the utmost use to him. The mind should be directed toward proper spheres; it should be kept in check and utilized.

If this body, which a person has to discard one day, is used for anything, it should be used in the service of three causes: God, the Master and our fellowman. The body may become weary and worn-out — it may bring one suffering — but so what? Man, as a physical being, is destined to suffer. So long as the body is vibrant, active and under one's control, man can be said to have used it for a good cause by directing his energies in any good or noble work.(Lord Meher-p-596/7-1925)

 

573-A GROUP OF SINGERS FROM BARODA CAME; BABA JOKED THE ELDER SINGER SOUNDED LIKE THE BLAST OF THE ENGINE AND THE YOUNGSTER LIKE ITS WHISTLE

A singing program that was not as enjoyable as the one in Newasari was held at 4:00 P.M. on 4th November 1928. A group from Baroda had come and waited for hours before Baba agreed to hear them, based on Vishnu's recommendation. But when Baba heard their off-key voices, he stopped them after only fifteen minutes and sent them away with his blessings. Comparing their singing to a train, Baba joked to the mandali, "The elder singer sounded like the blast of the engine and the youngster like its whistle!" (Lord Meher-p-987-1928)

 

574-A GROUP OF 6 PARSI BOY’S ATTEMPT TO CAUSE TROUBLE IN DARSHAN PROGRAM WAS THWARTED

In 1956, at Navasari, crowd gathered in front of Meher Cottage. Baba had to go up to give them darshan. Thus people kept coming and going, and the road opposite the house was always full.

On the one hand, thousands were eager for Baba's darshan, and on the other, a handful of opponents were bent on causing trouble. Thwarted in their attempts to disrupt the darshan, the six Parsi boys had climbed up on the wall of the opposite house and were shouting "Meher Baba murdabad (Death to Meher Baba])" and "Meher Baba chale-jao (Meher Baba, go away}!"

Baba enjoyed the contradictory scene; but Hoshang Bharucha, in his anger, wanted to thrash them. Stopping him, Baba explained, "Sit near me and don't mind their antics. Some people remember God and repeat his name with love, while others do so with hate. But, they are both repeating God's name, and so they are forgiven."

Baba added, "They know not what they do; they are absolutely innocent. They are to be pitied and loved."

Baba exhorted everyone inside the cottage to stay calm, not get excited, and neither should they scold the boys. He explained, "Be absolutely unmindful of the anti-slogans. It is I myself who is shouting these slogans through the boys. It is I who does everything — because there is nothing besides me!"

He further warned, "No one should express resentment toward the slogans, nor should anyone disturb (confront) the boys in any way. All of you should remain peaceful and cheerfully face the situation. As I am in all, I am in them, too! As I enjoy the cheers from my devotees, so also I enjoy simultaneously the amusing slogans from others. Those who cheer me and those who jeer at me are both equally ignorant. The ignorance of one is a pleasure, whereas the ignorance of another is amusing. No one is at fault; none knows me as I am."

He concluded, "Remember that they, too, are repeating my name when they shout the slogans. It suffices when one remembers me, whether it be through devotion or derision. They are innocent. Let them shout. I am enjoying it very much."

The Parsi boys continued shouting until finally they grew tired. Not a trace of resentment was noticed from Baba's devotees after his enlightening explanation. Everyone was calm, unopposing and cheerful.

While the boys dispersed, the crowd still eagerly awaited another chance of having Baba's darshan. The slogans, as it were, had stirred devotion in those hearts which were truly genuine, and evoked greater love for Baba. They yearned patiently for one final glimpse of Baba before going. Touched by their love, Baba agreed to give them darshan while sitting in his suite. The public was conducted to the room in a queue. They were asked not to stop near Baba but look at him for a few moments and move out in quick succession. Thus hundreds more had Baba's darshan "by sight." (Lord Meher-p-3926/7-1956)

 

575-A  GROUP OF SOLIDERS QUARRELED WITH OCCUPANTS; BABA PACIFIED THEM

During the last World War, when several coaches of the railways would be reserved for military personnel, I and the mandali once got into a military compartment, since the train was overcrowded. A number of the soldiers objected to it, while the remaining helped me and my men to enter. A quarrel ensued among the occupants, and a hot exchange of words followed. When the train moved out, we found ourselves watching a free-for-all of which we were the cause. At the next halt, I clapped loudly and gestured to them to stop fighting. I distributed sweets to both parties and brought about a complete change in the tense atmosphere (Lord Meher-p-4990-1963)

 

576-A GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM THE AYURVEDIC COLLEGE AT HARDWAR, MEHER BABA COMPOSED ANSWER IN A COUPLET

A group of students from the Ayurvedic College at Hardwar visited Meher Baba, and one of them said, "I wish to see God."

Baba composed this couplet in answer:

Some seek money
Some seek name,
Some seek power
Some seek fame.

Some want children
Few want God,
Life is a joke
And all is a Game.

Baba then explained the use of the word "seek" in the couplet: "What one seeks with all one's heart, one gets. When you say you sought and did not find, it means you did not seek as you ought to have sought. When God is found, if sought, why then should you not get the trifles you seek, if you seek them wholeheartedly?

It is said that if you carry your life in the palm of your hand you can enter the Path of Divine Love. If you say 'I want to see God,' it means you want to become God. It is like an ant saying, 'I want to become an elephant.' (The best of the glow, p. 5, ed. Naosherwan Anzar)

 

577-A GUJRATI PARTIALLY BLIND TAILOR INVITED BABA TO KATHIAWAR FOR AURVEDIC TREATMANT

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 Aga Ali." Gaimai immediately sent for her tailor, 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)

578-A HEN IN MEHERABAD DIED IN A PIT FILLED WITH RAIN WATER, HER BURIAL WAS PERFORMED BY BABA

The entire Meherabad zoo of birds and animals had been brought to Bangalore and set up in the Links compound. The women were now mostly occupied in looking after the cleaning, feeding and watering of its inmates. There were many ducks, hens and a rooster, whose water ponds were to be daily cleaned and refilled with fresh water. One day the pits filled with rain water and a hen fell in and drowned. When Elizabeth found it, she brought the dead animal to Baba weeping and said, "Baba darling, the hen is unconscious with cold. What should we do now?"

Baba took the hen and went to the kitchen where Katie and Manu were cooking. He said, "This hen is frozen. Hold her over the fire!" Katie took the hen from Baba and replied in Gujarati, (which Elizabeth could not understand), that the hen was already dead. Baba winked at her and, after a while, remarked to Elizabeth, "Do you have any idea how fortunate this hen is? It is the hen's great luck that I have held her. If she dies, she will be even more fortunate and will take a more advanced form in her next birth; but she must die here and now in my presence."

Immediately, Katie played along and declared, "Baba, the hen is dead." Elizabeth thus accepted the accidental death. The hen's burial was performed before Baba with a proper ceremony.

 

579-A HINDU BOY OF ABOUT EIGHTEEN IN A PITIABLE CONDITION WAS RESCUED, FED AND SENT BACK TO HIS PARENTS

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

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

 

580-A HINDU KIRTANKAR DELIVERED A KIRTAN PROGRAM (STORIES OF GOD ACCOMPANIED BY SONG AND MUSIC)

In the year 1924, a private room for Baba's personal use was constructed near Gilori Shah's tomb. Lord Ram's birthday was celebrated on Sunday, 13th April 1924. A small mandap (canopy) was erected opposite the newly-constructed room, and many followers from Poona and Ahmednagar arrived.

The Master gave a short discourse in the evening; the essential message was: "The Perfect Master is God in human form. One should think twice before being in the company of a Sadguru; and once one has joined and stayed with him, one should completely surrender to him for the rest of one's life."

At seven in the evening, a kirtan program (stories of God accompanied by song and music) was delivered by a Hindu kirtankar. The singing lasted until late in the night. (Lord Meher-p-494-1924)

 

581-A HUNCHBACK MUSLIM A SUPERB STORY TELLER AND REGULAR CUSTOMER WAS LISTENED BY BABA

In the year 1906, one of the restaurant's regular customers was a curiosity in himself, a hunchback Muslim who was a superb storyteller. The clientele would often press him for a tale, listening enthralled to his stories of adventure and fantasy, plying him with tea and beedies (hand-rolled cigarettes) far into the night. Often a single story would take a whole week. Merwan was fascinated with this strange hunchback and would always listen to his tales. (Lord Meher-p-133-1906)

 

582-A JOURNALIST WAS GRANTED A RARE INTERVIEW BY BABA

On 13th April 1939, a rare interview with the Master was granted to a journalist. The subject of perfection was discussed at length. Baba explained:

Just as everything in the domain of duality is based on the proportion of degrees, so also is perfection based on degrees when concerned with duality. Good and bad, virtue and vice, strength and weakness are all based on degrees when considered in relation to duality. Bad and good, vice and virtue, weakness and strength are all aspects of duality; but, in Truth [Reality], all are a degree of oneness in duality. Evil is not evil, but the lowest degree of good. Similarly, weakness is not weakness, but the lowest degree of strength.

Perfection also has degrees, when compared with imperfection.

So you see, one perfection in duality does not include every perfection. He who is perfect in science is probably not perfect in singing, and one perfect in singing will not be perfect in painting. So all these "perfections" are in the field of duality. Have you ever heard of perfect crimes? When murder is so cleverly perpetrated as not to leave a single clue behind, it is called a perfect crime. So even in crimes and so-called sins, there is perfection.

But spiritual Perfection is not in the domain of duality. All these relative perfections explained come within the scope of intellect, but the perfection of spiritually Perfect Souls is beyond intellect. When one is perfect spiritually, one experiences that nothing except God alone exists. To a Perfect Being, everything that exists under the intellect and under the domain of duality is illusion. So for the Perfect Man, nothing exists but God — science, art, music, weakness, murders are all dreams to him. His knowledge, his perfection, is one indivisible existence.

When this Perfect Soul, for spiritual reasons, wants to use all his power and knowledge, he does it purely for the spiritual good of others. He then applies his Universal mind in that subject and knows all. To express everything outwardly is not necessary, but he does know everything.

How? All languages have their root in the mental world (of thought) and are then expressed orally. But he, the Perfect Man, knows the mind of everyone! He knows the purport of every thought before it is uttered! So it is with everything — science, art, et cetera — if he wants, he can know it even before it is actually manifested. But he does that only when he thinks it necessary.

Then a series of questions and answers ensued:

The journalist asked Chanji, "Does Meher Baba believe in the theory of previous births, as mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita?"

"Yes," Baba dictated, "the whole existence depends on the law of reincarnation."

"Even materially, Lord Krishna was perfect. So aren't you also perfect materially?"

"Perfection includes all perfections, but there is no need to express them. Krishna was perfect spiritually. That means He was perfect in everything, but He never showed His perfection materially, as it (material perfection) has no meaning and is in the realm of illusion. He could have shown Himself a perfect drunkard, a perfect sinner, a perfect rogue.

But that would have shocked the world. So, He did not express that. He was a perfect drunkard, perfect sinner, and perfect rogue- perfect in everything. He must have been because He was, above all, a perfect God!"

"But was it necessary for Krishna to show Himself as a perfect murderer?"

"I have stated, when it is necessary, these Perfect Souls express their perfection in everything. For the spiritual benefit of the world, I can be perfect in any mode of life I have to adopt, not merely to show perfection (but for My work). Every aspect of life is contained in the highest state of perfection - perfection in the world, perfection in yoga, perfection in attachment, perfection in detachment!"

Baba then asked him, "What is it you really want? What is it that you really desire and need?"

The man said, "I am in search of a Perfect Teacher who can lead me to Perfection and satisfy me."

Baba said, "And I too am looking for a perfect disciple who could satisfy Me! But I don't find any! Tell Me the truth, what do you really want?"

The man, somewhat confused, answered, "I want to gain perfection by material ways and means. I must first find the ways and means to fill the hungry bellies of my starving countrymen before launching on a spiritual campaign."

"Yes, you are right," replied Baba. "When people are starving, you cannot preach spirituality. They will not listen. Come after fifteen days. I will then reveal to you something - something very simple." (Lord Meher-p-2001/2/3-1939)

 

583-A JUDGE'S WIFE SAW BABA AS KALKI AVATAR

A large public darshan was held in the evening at the Jessawala’s' bungalow. Eruch had previously been connected with the Ramakrishna Ashram in Nagpur. The swami of the ashram was Bhaskareshwar Ananda and he attended the darshan. A saintly Hindu named Tukdoji Maharaj also attended. Tukdoji sang heartfelt bhajans before Baba, and was gratified at having his darshan.

Hundreds came for Baba's darshan that evening, among whom was the wife of a prominent judge. Her guru had advised her, "Go to Nagpur for the darshan of the Kalanki Avatar!" When she approached Baba, the woman cried out, "Kalanki Avatar! Kalanki Avatar!" Those who saw her were taken aback, wondering if she was a mastani – female mast. She threw herself at Baba's feet and exclaimed, "The object of my life is fulfilled today! I have had the darshan of the Kalanki Avatar!" The woman went away in tears, but they were tears of joy. Lord Meher (Lord Meher, Vol. 7-pp-2255)

 

584-A KANYA OF SAKORI ASHRAM SENT HIS BROTHER TO SAKORI WITH REQUEST THAT BABA SIT IN HER ROOM AND PERFORM ARTI

Baba left Meherazad 26th January 1956, Baba reached Rahata village (one mile from Sakori) an hour later. In Rahata, Adi delivered Godavari’s message and Baba was happy to hear it.

One of the kanyas named Jiji was an old lover of Maharaj's and a resident of Sakori. She could not be present, because she was ill in Hyderabad.

Instead, she had sent her brother with the request that Baba sit in her room and that His arti be performed there. Her brother was introduced to Baba, and was so pleased to meet Baba, he remarked, "We are blessed today. It is the grace of Upasni Maharaj that we find Meher Baba in our midst." (Lord Meher-p-3912/3-1956)

 

585-A KIRTAN SINGER PERFORMED ON 54TH BIRTHDAY AT MEHERABAD

On 20th May for the celebration of Upasni Maharaj's 54th birthday was celebrated at Meherabad. Flowers and festoons were hung all around the Jhopdi, and Meherabad was bustling as Tongas continually arrived with people from different places. There were heaps of flowers, fruits and sweets, and people thoroughly enjoyed the happy and festive occasion. Baba had a private meeting with every person, including his brothers, Jamshed and Beheram.

The main celebration was in the evening. Upasni Maharaj's photograph was placed in a swing and swung in honor of Lord Krishna. It was then placed in a decorated palanquin to be taken in a procession. Suddenly a storm arose, cracking with thunder and lightning and swirling winds. A kirtan singer launched into his performance very loudly but no one could hear him over nature's own salute to Upasni Maharaj! Heavy, unseasonable rain started and so the arti was quickly sung and prasad distributed. The palanquin procession was cancelled, and Baba requested all to have their dinner. Afterward the weather cleared, and bhajans by the Hindu mandali were sung until midnight. (Lord Meher-p-523-1924)

 

586-A LAME WOMAN BROUGHT BY ANNA 104 WAS ABLE TO WALK QUITE NATURALLY; BABA DISCOURAGED

During this period, (March 1927) Anna 104 claimed that his leg had been miraculously healed by the Master. Anna began declaring to many of the local people that by repeating the name of Meher Baba, and by applying the juice of neem leaves on his leg, his deep wound was completely healed. One day, Anna brought two afflicted women to Baba. One woman was lame and had been suffering for many months. She fell at Baba's feet, and he comforted her: "Your disease has fallen at my feet." The next day, she was able to walk quite naturally again and confessed to Anna that he had taken her to a true Master.

The other woman was in deep financial straits, but her problems were settled in a short time after having Baba's darshan. However, after some time, Baba discouraged Anna from bringing people to him who were seeking miracles, explaining that performing miracles was the work of saints, but not his work.

 

587-A LAUNDARY MAN TOLD BABA TO GO TO PANDHARPUR IN LIONS CLOTH TO GET RID OF 14 CHILDREN

A laundryman with his wife and children were residing near Grafton. The family would quarrel constantly, and after calling the members concerned, Baba would sit in front of them and pacify them. Although He was not seeing any one at that time. This poor laundryman’s family was reaping a rich harvest of His company. The man had fourteen children, and the arguments were mostly between him and his elder sons. Once, after a quarrel between father and son, Baba sent for both. The father told Baba, “If you order me, I am ready to go at this moment to Pandharpur dressed only in a loincloth! Is this not the meaning of obedience? If you instruct, this good-for-nothing son of mine to go there, see if he goes or not!” Baba was much amused by their ways, and during the Satara stay, the family had the privilege of His contact practically every day. By Baba’s instructions, Dr. Goher also had to treat the whole family if any one got sick. (Lord Meher, new volume- pp. 4644)

 

588-A LAWYER FROM RURAL AREA WAS EXPLAINED PURE LOVE

The following was the dialogue between a rural lawyer and Meher Baba

The lawyer, quite frankly but gently, told Baba, "I have heard many people talk about love, but I still don't know what love really is."

Baba asked, "Are you married?" "Yes."

"Do you have any children?"  "Yes."

"Do you love them?"

"Yes, in the ordinary way. But I cannot say that is real love. My

object is to have real love, not this worldly affection and attachment. I visited saints, in the hope of experiencing love, but so far have not succeeded in any way."

Baba praised the man's longing for true and divine love, and dictated the following:

"You must first understand what real love means. Selfish motives, even in what people call love, often deceive them, and they mistake selfish feelings for love.

"I will make the point clear with an example. A person talking of love will say, 'I love my Beloved. I want my Beloved to be with me,' and so on. In all these expressions of love, the 'I' and 'my' are predominant.

"Another example: Suppose you find your child running about in tattered clothes and feel unhappy about it. It will pain you, and you will readily feel for him. You will do all in your power to see that he has good clothes and to make the child happy.

"On the other hand, if you see someone else's child in the street in a similar state, would you feel the same and act as readily as you did in the case of your own child? If not, it shows how your attitude toward your own child is merely a result of your selfish feelings.

"Your feelings could be called the outcome of true love, only if your attitude toward the unknown child of a stranger in the street were the same as toward your own child, under the same conditions.

Complete absence of selfishness is the true characteristic and real test of pure love. (Lord Meher)

 

589-A LAWYER OF KAKINADA HAD BEEN ANTAGONISTIC DISCLAIMED HIM, SAYING HE HAD NO FAITH IN HIS AVATAR HOOD,

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-p-3525)

 

590-A LECTURER CALLED BY ON CERTAIN DATE MISSED, BABA SAID FOR ME, THERE IS NO TOMORROW

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

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

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

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

 

591-A LEPER PRESENTED A FLOWER TO BABA

On one touching occasion, some of the local villagers came to see Baba. Among them was a leper who presented Baba with a flower. Baba immediately took two petals off the flower, gave one to the leper to eat and ate the other one himself. He embraced the diseased man and indicated that he would be cured. (Lord Meher-p-1509)

 

592-A LEPER SADHU WITH BADLY AFFECTED AND FINGERS WITHDREW HIS LEGS WHEN BABA BENT TO TOUCH HIS FEET

Instead of resting in Baroda as planned, Baba left two days later at 10:00 P.M. and arrived at Ujjain on 25 August at 1:00 P.M. After lunch, he set out in search of more sadhus and found many on the banks of the Sipra River; there were several lepers as well. Baba bowed to the sadhus, placing his forehead on their feet, and gave them money as his dakshina.

A temple was located on the banks of the Sipra River, and Baba told Sadashiv to bathe first in the river, and then go to the temple and offer worship according to Hindu rites. Two strange sadhus were found in a hut next to the temple. One of them was a leper whose eyes were badly affected and whose fingers were almost completely wasted away.

Baba approached them gently. He placed some coins on the ground before the sadhus, but when he bent over to place his head at their feet, the leprous sadhu withdrew his legs with a loud "HUMPH!" Instead of touching his feet, Baba folded his hands and reverently bowed his head to the man, then quietly left. (Lord Meher-p-551)

 

593-A LEPER WAS TOLD TO SIT NEAR THE DHUNI IN VILLAGE OF KUP BHALWANI

Accompanied by the group, Baba walked back to lower Meherabad, where he met the women villagers of Kup Bhalwani near the dhuni. Among them was a leper whom Baba had told to sit near the dhuni. Going to him, Baba placed his hand on his head. Baba then sat in the pandal, and the male villagers of Kup Bhalwani began taking his darshan and singing bhajans for him. (Lord Meher-p-3891)

 

594-A LITTLE BOY SANG; BABA REMARKED NO CHILD SHOULD BE BROUGHT ON STAGE FROM TOMORROW

In 1958 Sahavas, Adi had brought a little boy who also sang for Baba, accompanied by Manek on the tabla. Baba embraced all the children, but remarked that from tomorrow no child should be brought on the stage. (Lord Meher-p-4278-1958)

 

595-A LOCAL COLLECTOR FROM KARWAR CAME TO SEE BABA HAD TO WALK ON FOOT TO MEET BABA

Baba stayed in Karwar for a week. Chanji arrived there on 1 November. While he was there, the local Collector requested an interview by letter. Nilu responded that the Collector would be permitted to have Baba's darshan from a distance, but no interview. The man came in his car on the evening of the 3rd. By mistake, he drove to the mandali's bungalow first and parked there. After he saw Baba, a locket and photo were given to him, along with Baba's blessings, which he deeply appreciated. (Lord Meher-p-2238)

 

596-A LOCAL COLLEGE PROFESSOR ASKED BABA WHAT IS LIFE

(March 1953) from the asylum for the Blind in Dehra Dun several men came for Baba’s darshan. Although they could not see Meher Baba’s physical form, they had an appreciation of his love which they could feel. Baba consoled them: “The whole world is blind because it cannot see God as Truth, and whatever it sees is false. From that viewpoint, you are luckier than those enmeshed in illusion.”

A local college professor asked Baba, “What is life?”

Baba looked at him with a smile and replied: “Life is a mighty joke! He who knows this can hardly be understood by others.

“He who does not know it feels himself in a state of delusion. He ponders over this problem day and night, but finds himself incapable of knowing it.

“Why? People take life seriously and God lightly, whereas we must take God seriously and life lightly. Then we know that we always were the same and will ever remain the same – the originator of this joke! This knowledge is not achieved by reasoning; it is born of experience.” ( Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 11, p. 4102)

 

597-A LOCAL PRIEST CHANTED SOME VERSES AT THE SAMADHIS OF ANAND NATH AND MANOHAR NATH IN SURAJ KUND

Baba and the mandali traveled on to Suraj Kund, where, at the samadhis of Anand Nath and Manohar Nath a local priest was called to offer prayers. After the priest chanted some verses in Sanskrit, Baba, Baidul and Gustadji bowed down at the tombs. (Lord Meher-p-3398-1953)

 

598-A LOCAL QAWAAL WAS BROUGHT BY BAIDUL FOR FIVE RUPEES; BABA CHUCKLED OVER MISERLINESS

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

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

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

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

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

"And his tonga fare?"

"It was included in the five rupees."

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

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

 

599-A LOCAL SINGER SANG BHAJANS WHOLE NIGHT; BABA DID NOT HAVE MUCH REST

On invitation to Navsari and Nagpur in December 1937, Baba left Meherabad in the morning for Talegaon on Monday, 20 December 1937. In Talegaon, Abdulla Jaffer. Ghani had arranged a bhajan program by a local singer, which many attended. It went on the whole night and Baba did not have much rest.(Lord Meher-p-188-1937)

 

600-A LOCAL VILLAGE HEADMAN INVITED BABA IN THE PICTURESQUE VILLAGE OF SHENDI

Baba proposed a holiday for himself on Friday, 27 May 1927, a day of "rest and relaxation" with the mandali in the picturesque village of Shendi, six miles from the city, where he had been invited by the local village headman. Borker's orphanage, Anath Ashram, also had a branch there. However, Baba intimated to Borker and the Patil that his visit should be kept strictly private and that he would not give darshan in Shendi.

Baba and the mandali left at 7:30 A.M. in an open-air trolley pulled by a tractor. They first went to the railway station, where Babu Cyclewalla and Baily had arrived suddenly from Poona, and joined them. Next they went to Ahmednagar and had breakfast at Shahane's home. From there, they proceeded to Shendi, followed by a procession of Tongas carrying Borker, Shahane, Raya, Nusserwan, and other devotees of Baba from Ahmednagar.

The village Patil's house was in a cool and shady setting, and it seemed to be a well-chosen spot where Baba could spend the day relaxing in private with his close disciples. However, no sooner had he sat down upon a special carpet spread for him than a crowd began gathering for darshan. Showing his displeasure, he left his seat and directed the mandali to sit in the trolley with the intention of returning to Meherabad.(Lord Meher-p-816)