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INSPIRING EPISODES

(VOLUME-2)

ALPHABET A

SL NO 601 TO 700

601-A LOCAL VILLAGER TOLD MANDALI STORIES ABOUT MATTRAGIRI MAHARAJ, A HIGH YOGI WHO LIVED IN A HUMBLE HUT IN THE VILLAGE OF ORIA OUTSIDE THE TOWN OF MOUNT ABU

Baba and the mandali encountered a local villager who told them stories about Mattragiri. The villager himself was past 40, and he remembered Mattragiri from the time he was a small boy, and explained that there had been no change in the yogi's physical appearance over the past 40 years.

Mattragiri was a tall and bony yogi, naked except for his loincloth. There was no doubt of his great age, yet his hair was black without a streak of gray, and his skin shone a deep dark color. His eyes were deep set and his glance was most penetrating. Unlike Ilai Swami's piercing eyes, this yogi's gaze did not disturb one in the least, because when he looked at one, one felt it was "the glance of a saint." (Lord Meher-p-2696)

 

602-A LODGE KEEPER ALLOWED GROUP TO STAY BUT APOLOGISED FOR CRACKING NOISE FROM FAN IN HIS ROOM

611-Once Baba and group arrived at a dak bungalow (traveller’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)

 

603-A LOVER ASKED BABA WE SEEK YOUR GRACE; BABA EXPLAINED

During sahwas in 1961 at Guruprasad, one of lover interjected, “Baba, We seek your grace.”  To this Baba replied, “No one has it (Grace) for his asking or seeking. You may be even ready to give up your very life for it, but with all this, you cannot claim Grace. How can you demand Grace?  The very desire to possess Grace is a barrier to receiving it. It is an act of unbounded Spontaneity.

Baba continued, “However, in a sense, you cannot love Me without My Grace, and as such, all the experiences that you have is nothing but the game of My grace.

“But Grace is Grace is quite different. It is not received in parts. It is infinitely indivisible and so indescribable. It is the Whim of the fully conscious “Infinite” to make the apparently “finite” realise its infinity. On the part of the “finite”, it can be likened to “drop” gulping the ocean.” (Glimpses of Guruprasad-189)

 

604-A LOVER  FELT THAT BABA IS HOAX BABA SAID WHOLE WORLD IS A HOAX

On 25th May 1963, at Guruprasad, a Baba lover came in and said that for a week he had thought that he should not come to Baba, for he felt that Baba is hoax. Baba replied, “The time for breaking of My silence is very near. It is during this time that there are great chances of My daaman slipping from your hands. Maya will try to take you away from Me. What does it matter if I am a hoax? I am everything –the Highest of the High as well the lowest. But I do not stop coming here even if you feel that I am a hoax. Do not go hunting for other masters and saints,” Baba finally said,” The whole world is a hoax. (Glimpses of Guruprasad –p-327)

 

605-A LOVER FROM ANDHRA PRADESH TOLD BABA THAT A VAN NECESSARY TO MOVE VILLAGE TO VILLAGE

On 8th May 1963, ay Guruprasad, Baba all lovers who had come from Andhra Pradesh. One worker told Baba that a van was an absolute necessity so that older workers like him could move in it from village to village, talking to the people about Baba. Baba said, “Who is to pay for the van? If I had to ask some lovers, they would willingly contribute toward it, but why should ask them to pay for My work? If I am going to break My silence in nine months time, then this van or all such plans to spread My messages would seem insignificant compared with the work that will be done as soon as I break My silence. If you have no van, travel by bullock cart. If this vehicle is not available, walk. If you are old and die while doing My work, it would be good for you.” Baba summed up: “In short, there must not be jealousy or backbiting among workers. Be one hundred percent honest. If you have something to say about another worker, tell it lovingly to his face and not behind the back. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-322)

 

606-A LOVER FROM JHANSI WAS HELPED IN GETTING ACCOMMODATION FOR HIS SON’S MARRIGE

A lover from Jhansi had come. He related to Baba in a very touching   manner how Baba helped him lately. He said that he had to go to Delhi for his son’s marriage. Finding accommodation for the marriage party was impossible. He met some higher authorities but was refused accommodation. He resigned himself to Baba’s will and      left the office. Just when he was at the gate, he was called in again and was told that they could spare a house for him!

He told Baba that his son had met with a motorcycle accident resulting in paralysis of his left foot. Neurosurgeons had advised craniotomy   (surgical opening of the skull). He was afraid of getting     his operated on. Baba called the son, who came limping. Baba gave him a packet of biscuits. And asked him to eat a small piece of biscuit daily, repeating Baba’s name, (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-320)

 

607-A LOVER FROM KAKINADA HAD BROUGHT SILVER CASTS OF BABA'S FEET WHICH HE PRESENTED TO BABA AND BEGAN DANCING.

Godavri Mai had invited Baba to Sakori, and as Baba did not wish to disappoint her, preparations were made to go there. So when the date was fixed, almost 400 lovers from Andhra, Hamirpur, Delhi, Bombay, Poona, Navsari and other places assembled in Sakori. Baba left Meherazad in morning on 18 March 1957 for Sakori.

A lover from Kakinada began dancing. He had brought silver casts of Baba's feet which he presented to him. Baba gave one cast to each of the group heads of the various places present. (Lord Meher-p-4155-1957)

 

608-A  LOVER WAS ASKED BY BABA WHAT SORT OF LOVE DO YOU HAVE FOR ME?

On 21st April 1963, in Guruprasad, a lover came and sat down. Baba asked him,” Did you slept well last night?” He replied, “very well. Baba.” Baba remarked humorously,” What sort of love do you have for Me? I did not sleep even for five minutes, while you enjoyed very good sleep.”(Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-295)

 

609-A LOVER FROM POONA RECITED SEVERAL POEMS, BABA REMARKED, WHERE THERE IS AN EXPERIENCE OF LOVE THAT IS POETRY!"

During sahwas program in 1960 at Poona, someone recited several poems, Baba remarked, "This is not poetry, it is your views. Where there is an experience of love that is poetry!" (Lord Meher-p-4684-1960)

 

610-A LOVER SAID HE SLEPT WELL LAST NIGHT BABA REMARKED HUMOROUSLY,I DID NOT SLEEP EVEN FOR FIVE MINUTES, WHILE YOU ENJOYED VERY GOOD SLEEP

On 21st April 1963, in Guruprasad, a lover came and sat down. Baba asked him,” Did you slept well last night?” He replied, “very well. Baba.” Baba remarked humorously,” What sort of love do you have for Me? I did not sleep even for five minutes, while you enjoyed very good sleep.”(Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-295)

 

611-A LOVER SAID HIS LUGGAGE WAS STOLEN WHILE COMING FROM BOMBAY, BABA SAID IT IS SOMETHING GOOD YOU HAVE ACHIEVED

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

 

612-A  LOVER SAID TO BABA I HAVE KEPT YOU AND LOOSE ALL ELSE WITH JOY

On 12th April 1959, there was gathering of the Baba family in Guruprasad, one lover said to Baba, “if I keep my heart, I love you; but I have kept You and lose all else with Joy.” (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-69)

 

613-A LOVER SAID WE SIN ON STRENGTH OF YOUR LOVE

On 12th April 1959, there was gathering of the Baba family in Guruprasad. A lover. In the joy and ecstasy of embrace, told Baba, We are bad but we are yours-every bit of us’ we sin on the strength of your love and compassion.” Baba gave and gave His love unstintingly. Sitting in front of Him, one felt how foolish must those seem who ask Him merely for material benefits when He could give such an untold treasure of His Love. With Baba among us, we felt that for once the heavens had really touched the earth and become one with it. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-69)

 

614-A LOVER SOUGHT BABA’S GRACE, BABA SAID IN A SENSE YOU CANNOT LOVE ME WITHOUT MY GRACE

During sahwas in 1961 at Guruprasad, one of lover interjected, “Baba, We seek your grace.”  To this Baba replied, “No one has it (Grace) for his asking or seeking. You may be even ready to give up your very life for it, but with all this, you cannot claim Grace. How can you demand Grace?  The very desire to possess Grace is a barrier to receiving it. It is an act of unbounded Spontaneity.

Baba continued, “However, in a sense, you cannot love Me without My Grace, and as such, all the experiences that you have is nothing but the game of My grace.

“But Grace is Grace is quite different. It is not received in parts. It is infinitely indivisible and so indescribable. It is the Whim of the fully conscious “Infinite” to make the apparently “finite” realise its infinity. On the part of the “finite”, it can be likened to “drop” gulping the ocean.” (Glimpses of Guruprasad-189)

 

615-A MAD BOY WAS BATHED

On 27th December 1937, Baba again bathed the mad boy, who despite his mental affliction responded with happiness to Baba. After playing with the boy, Baba answered his mail and granted interviews. (Lord Meher-p-895-1937)

 

616-A MALE DEVOTEE RECITED SEVERAL POEMS, BABA REMARKED, THIS IS NOT POETRY,

During gathering at Guruprasad in 1960, someone recited several poems, Baba remarked, "This is not poetry, it is your views. Where there is an experience of love that is poetry!" (Lord Meher-p-4684-1960)

 

617-A MAN BROUGHT HOT WATER FOR BATH BABA DID NOT FORGET AND MADE HIM A MEMBER OF 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)

and love is the craving of the soul. Never think that you have fallen so far as not to be able to rise again."

 

618-A MAN CAME WITH A WRITTEN LIST OF HIS TRANSGRESSIONS WHICH MADE HIM FEEL THAT HE WAS UNREDEEMABLE.

A man came with a written list of his transgressions, which made him feel that he was unredeemable. He was about to read it out, but Baba said, "There's no need to tell me anything. Don't worry. When one is meant for spiritual advancement, one has either love or lust in him to the extreme. This lust must be converted into love. What is lust but a craving to satisfy physical senses; and love is the craving of the soul. Never think that you have fallen so far as not to be able to rise again."

 

619-A MAN WITH LONG LIST OF QUESTIONS STARTED WITH QUESTION; WHY DO YOU CALL YOURSELF THE AVATAR?"

A respected man had come to meet Baba at the exhorting of his friend, who was a devotee of Baba. A day before, he 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 explained at length:

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

 

620-A MAN COULD IMITATE COULD IMITATE THE SOUND OF ALMOST ANYTHING IMAGINABLE GAVE SHORT PERFORMANCE

On 2nd June 1963, at Guruprasad, a man who could imitate the sound of almost anything imaginable arrived. He gave a short performance, much to the amusement of Baba and all. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-337)

 

621-A MAN COULD NOT PROMISE TO REMEMBER ONCE A DAY. AT LAST  BABA S ASKED  TO  REMEMBER AT THE TIME OF DEATH

A man had come to Baba, a strange man. Baba asked him, "Will you do one thing I tell you?"

He said, "I shall try to do it."

Then Baba said, "Remember Me three times a day, morning, noon and evening."

"I can't promise. I don't know if I shall be able to remember You three times a day."

So Baba said, "It doesn't matter. Remember Me twice. At the time when you get up in the morning and before going to bed at night; remember Me only twice."

He said, "No, Baba, I can't promise."

So Baba said, "All right, remember Me once a day."

He said, "No, Baba, I can't give you any promise whether I shall succeed or not, whether I shall remember or not; I can't remember you even once a day."

Then Baba said, "All right, don't remember Me every day, but at least remember Me at the time of your death."

The man thought to himself, "If I am not able to remember Him during my lifetime, how will it be possible to remember Him at the time of my death when I will be suffering so much?"

He went on remembering Baba often, every spare moment of his life. He wrote me letters and said, "There is nothing else but Meher Baba for me." So he did what Baba told him and it became so effective that it has become his whole way of life -- nothing else but Meher Baba.

And he has become very satisfied and joyful. (Just to love Him pp. 114-115)

 

622-A MAN COULD SEE BABA FROM GYAS MANZIL WAS ASKED TO LEAVE

On the morning of Wednesday, 5th February 1930, Baba abruptly secluded Himself again in the cage-cabin upstairs at Gyas Manzil. He sent this message:

I shall be in seclusion until my birthday. None of the mandali of Gyas Manzil should come upstairs. Whomever I send for may come for work, but only if they are specially called. No one should approach me for darshan on any account; if any outsider comes, he should be sent back. A strict watch should be maintained downstairs and no one should be permitted to enter the Manzil.

Rustom, Adi Sr., Padri, and Naval may come, but strictly on business. I will give darshan to all on the 17th of February.

On the 6th February 1930, Baba closeted Himself inside with the door shut from 3:00 P.M. until night. At 5:00 P.M. he called Buasaheb upstairs and told him to tell a man sitting on the verandah of the school opposite Gyas Manzil to stop looking up at Baba. The man had been able to see Baba as Baba paced back and forth inside the cage. Baba sent the man his blessings and said to inform him that he was fortunate to have seen Baba during this period when none was permitted inside. (Lord Meher-p-1136-1930)

 

623-A MAN DIAGNOSED A SCHIZOPHRENIC HAD NOT SLEPT WELL FOR LAST 14 YEARS WAS CURED BY SAME MEDICINE PRESCRIBED BY BABA

One man approached who was meeting Baba for the first time. He was gifted and intelligent, but suffered mentally and had been diagnosed as a schizophrenic. Because of this he had been forced to give up his medical studies. He had received treatment with different drugs, as well as electro-convulsive (shock) therapy. Baba asked him what trouble his mind suffered. He replied that he had not slept well for the past 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 –p-5004)

 

624-A MAN DISLIKED SHAVING BABA COMPARED WITH SANSKARAS AND DISCOURSED

On 28th November 1926, Baba and the mandali were discussing shaving having tea on the verandah of the bungalow. One man said, "Shaving gives me a headache! It is such a nuisance. The more you shave your whiskers the more they grow. Instead of shaving them off, they should be plucked out! Then they won't grow back."

Hearing this, Baba commented about sanskaras:

It is the same with sanskaras. Every thought, word and action of a human being creates sanskaras. Good thoughts, words, and deeds create good sanskaras, and bad thoughts, words, and deeds create bad ones. But either way, sanskaras are being created. They can never be eliminated unless one is lucky enough to incur the grace of a guru and become Realized.

Even the great yogis with their years of penances — even those who have reached the sixth plane — are unable to rid themselves of their sanskaric impressions. What they can do during meditation and samadhi is to stop the production and growth of new sanskaras. But what of the past store of sanskaras accumulated for years and ages? They remain. Even a great yogi [of the fourth plane] cannot destroy them with all his might and powers. They can only be destroyed by the grace of a God-realized Master who destroys them by uprooting the mind and making a person Realized.

When such great yogis cannot manage to destroy their past sanskaras, what of you ordinary human beings? It is for this reason that a Persian poet has said: "If you ask my advice I would say, 'Do nothing.' And if you do anything, do it without caring about the result."

Over the ages, you have collected a mixture of good and bad sanskaras, like the black and white hairs on one's head and beard. Yogis can erase sanskaras superficially as done when shaving, but a Sadguru can root them out completely; and when they are plucked out permanently, advancement on the Path is possible. All sanskaras must be eradicated in the mind so that they may not reproduce again.

So to stop the creation of new sanskaras and to destroy the past ones, have the company and sahavas of a guru who is Realized. A guru who is God-conscious is like a living furnace, burning away everything - good, bad, past, and present — all sanskaras. (Lord Meher-p-748-1926)

 

625-A MAN ENTERED LATE IN PANDAL , BABA ASKED ALL TO BE PRESENT BEFORE TIME

In 1858 program, Dehra Dun bhajan group performed lively and ecstatic singing. Baba entered the pandal looking serious and sat on the dais. One man entered the pandal late, and Baba questioned him about the reason. The man said he was sorry. Baba observed, "If you are sorry, I am more sorry as I have created the universe, the burden of which I constantly bear! When I give a time to be present, all should be present before that time." (Lord Meher-p-4276-1958)

 

626-A MAN EXPLAINED THAT HE DID NOT SLEEP, AND THE ENTIRE TIME KEPT LOOKING AT BABA'S PICTURE.

On 22nd November 1955, Baba arrived at Meherabad in morning. As usual, he asked those who had not slept the night before to stand. Some rose and gave various reasons of indisposition for their sleeplessness. Baba advised them, "If you cannot sleep, do not worry. Two or three hours of sleep is sufficient. Try to sleep, and don't chase it away by unnecessary thoughts. But if in spite of your efforts you cannot sleep, don't worry."

One man explained that he did not sleep, and the entire time kept looking at Baba's picture. Baba said, "If you get sleep, sleep; otherwise, continue looking at My photograph. When I cannot sleep, I see the pictures of My children in the world, and also My own picture everywhere." (Lord Meher-p-3843-1955)

 

627-A MAN FROM ANDHRA SINCERELY WISHED  FOR HIS NEXT BIRTH IN GUJRAT

One man from Andhra said to Baba, "You are so closely connected with Gujarat that I sincerely wish my next birth to be there."

Baba rejoined, "The very reason you want to do it will induce the Gujaratis to take their next birth in Andhra!" (Lord Meher-p-4331-1958)

 

628-A MAN FROM THE CIRCUS WAS BROUGHT A PERFORMING CHIMPANZEE CHIMP REFUSED TO BUDGE FROM MAHARAJ'S FEET

Once when Maharaj was in Bombay, a man from the circus was brought by a devoted follower to meet him. He brought along a performing chimpanzee who delighted all with his antics. When it was time to go, however, the chimp refused to budge from Maharaj's feet. All coaxing and temptations of bananas and biscuits failed to move the animal. The car was parked outside and all were waiting, wondering how to induce the chimp into the car. Finally, Maharaj patted it on the head and said, "Jao, beta (Go, my child) and the chimp leapt up and ran straight into the car.

 

629-A MAN FROM GROUP SAID WE HAVE IMPLICIT FAITH IN YOU AS GOD, BUT NOT SO MUCH IN YOUR PROMISES.

In 1961 a man from the group replied, "We have implicit faith in you as God, but not so much in your promises! So, we could not even dream of missing such a chance and so here we are."

Baba smiled and remarked, "I, too, have complete faith not only in Myself as God but also in my words, although not as you understand them." (Lord Meher-p-4747-1961)

 

630-A MAN FROM MANDALI ASKED BABA WHY GOD CREATED ALL THIS

On 7th October 1926, In the course of a discussion among the mandali, someone asked Baba, "Why did God create all this?"

"He did not create it." Baba replied. "It started automatically! First there was God and nothing else. In God was everything - Experience, Knowledge, Power and Existence. But He had no consciousness that He was God. All this bother and headache you see around you is to gain that consciousness!" (Lord Meher-p- 719-1926)

 

631-A MAN GAVE LADDOO AND ONE RUPEE COIN TO A MAST; BABA FORGAVE HIM

A second person also came forward. He had given the mast laddoos and a rupee coin. Baba forgave him also and embraced him. It was then ascertained that both men had made the offering to the mast before they heard of Baba's instructions, but they did not mention this to Baba. When he learned of it, Baba expressed his pleasure with them. (Lord Meher-p-r4278-1958)

 

632-A MAN HAD NO QUESTIONS ONLY WANTED MASTER’S CONTACT

Another person who also no questions had said he only wanted the Master's contact, to which Baba commented: "If it is true that I know everything, then there is no need to ask me questions. And if you feel I do not know, what is the use of asking me as I would not then be able to help you!" (Lord Meher-p-1631)

 

633-A MAN HAD SUDDEN STROKE OF PARALYSIS IN LEG AND ARM WAS CURED BY DRINKING WATER AS MEDICINE

On the 23rd a lover from Hyderabad came to see Baba. He had helped the mandali construct a small hut on a hill, where Baba had stayed for some time in seclusion (in 1951). After Baba left the place, the man kept Baba's photograph in the hut and prayed for guidance. He developed great faith and love for Baba. One day he had a sudden stroke and suffered paralysis of one arm, one leg and his face. He could hardly move; his condition was serious. Yet, he refused to take any medicines or injections. He would keep a glass of water before Baba's picture, pray to him and then drink the water as medicine. His faith in Baba was so great that he was cured and now he came to see Baba. Baba asked him to lift his legs and arms, which he did with considerable ease.(Lord Meher-p-5003)

 

634-A MAN IN MADRAS RUSHED INTO BUNGALOW ASKED THE MANDALI TO DISCLOSED BABA IDENTITY

During Baba’s stay in Madras, bazaar man rushed into their bungalow when Baba was having his hair combed, which further upset Baba. For hours he began asking the mandali whether his identity would be disclosed. "Will they tell others?" The servants could not help but wonder at this strange group of men: two were dumb and did not speak; one had long hair; they did all the cooking and cleaning themselves behind closed doors; they did not mix with anyone else! (Lord Meher-p-1600-1934)

 

535-A MAN INVITED BABA  AND SERVED TEA

In the year 1928, the villagers of Walki persisted in bringing food to Baba. One man invited Baba to his home, and seeing his sincere love, Baba accepted. Tea was served, and after taking it, all returned to Meherabad. The remainder of the food was brought back with them and Baba distributed it to the mandali who had stayed at Meherabad. (Lord Meher-p-711-1928)

 

636-A MAN LOOKING COULD SEE BABA FROM GYAS MANZIL; BABA SENT HIS BLESSINGS

On the morning of Wednesday, 5th February 1930, Baba abruptly secluded himself again in the cage-cabin upstairs at Gyas Manzil. he sent this message:

I shall be in seclusion until my birthday. None of the mandali of Gyas Manzil should come upstairs. Whomever I send for may come for work, but only if they are specially called. No one should approach me for darshan on any account; if any outsider comes, he should be sent back. A strict watch should be maintained downstairs and no one should be permitted to enter the Manzil.

Rustom, Adi Sr., Padri, and Naval may come, but strictly on business. I will give darshan to all on the 17th of February.

On the 6th February 1930, Baba closeted himself inside with the door shut from 3:00 P.M. until night. At 5:00 P.M. he called Buasaheb upstairs and told him to tell a man sitting on the verandah of the school opposite Gyas Manzil to stop looking up at Baba. The man had been able to see Baba as Baba paced back and forth inside the cage. Baba sent the man his blessings and said to inform him that he was fortunate to have seen Baba during this period when none was permitted inside. (Lord Meher-p-1136-1930)

 

637-A MAN LOST HIS HORSE. BABAJAN DIRECTED HIM WITH HER FINGER IN ONE PARTICULAR DIRECTION HORSE WAS FOUND.

A man happened to lose his horse, and he could trace it nowhere. He approached Babajan, and let forth his complaint. Babajan pointed out with her finger in one particular direction, and asked him to go straight until the horse was found.

Getting this hint, he left immediately, and proceeded in the direction pointed out by Babajan. He had not proceeded far, when to his surprise, the horse was observed coming towards him from the opposite direction. He was awfully pleased and loading a good quantity of sweets on the back of the horse, he came along with it to Babajan and requested her to distribute the sweets to the crowd with her own august hands.

Babajan caressed the horse, and distributed the sweets as requested.  (Hazrat Babajan, pp. 111-112)

 

638-A MAN OFFERED KHADI CLOTH BABA, ACCEPTED IT AND WIPED HIS FACE WITH IT.

During sahwas program at intervals, Baba would stop the singing and stretch his legs. One person offered a new piece of khadi cloth to Baba, who accepted it and wiped his face with it. (Lord Meher-p-5254-1963)

 

639-A MAN OFFERED LADDOO AND A RUPEE TO  MAST; BABA EXPRESSED HIS PLEASURE

A second person also came forward. He had given the mast laddoos and a rupee coin. Baba forgave him also and embraced him. It was then ascertained that both men had made the offering to the mast before they heard of Baba's instructions, but they did not mention this to Baba. When he learned of it, Baba expressed His pleasure with them. (Lord Meher-p- 4278-1958)

 

640-A MAN ON THE ROAD OFFERED THE BANANA TO BABA AFTER MAKING OBEISANCE

During Andhra tour in 1954, at eight o'clock night, Baba with the mandali drove to Eluru, and the Masulipatnam lovers gave him a rousing send-off. On the way Baba felt thirsty and stopped the car near the village of Godavri. A man was standing by the road holding a lantern in one hand and a banana in the other. When the car stopped, he stepped forward and offered the banana to Baba after making obeisance. How he found out Baba's car would pass that way was, and remains, a mystery. (Lord Mehere-p-3466-1954)

 

641-A MAN PRESENTED PHOTOGRAPH, BABA TOUCHED TO HIS FOREHEAD, AS A SIGN OF WORSHIPING HIMSELF IN IT.

One man presented Baba with a photograph of Baba which Baba touched to his forehead, as a sign of worshiping himself in it. (Lord Meher-p-4304-1958)

 

642-A MAN RAN INCREDIBLE 12 MILES BEHIND BABA'S CAR AND PRONOUNCED BABA IS OMNISCIENT

Another time, a man who had been waiting to see Baba for over five years went to the place where darshan was being held. But he was informed that Meher Baba had just departed. Although old, he began running after Baba's car. He ran an incredible twelve miles, and finally, through his deep and unwavering faith, caught up with the group. Baba had had the car stopped and was sitting under a tree. The old man, panting heavily, approached and with difficulty uttered: "Meher Baba is omniscient! Meher Baba is omniscient!" Baba held him in a hearty and loving embrace. His long wait was over; he was in the All-knowing One's arms.

 

643-A MAN RECOGNIZED BABA IN SAMBHAJI PARK IN POONA,

As announced, 7 June 1959 was the last Sunday for open darshan in Poona, and almost 4,000 persons flocked to Guruprasad to take advantage of this "last chance" for Baba's darshan and embrace, including a contingent from Vijayawada, Shantadevi and the close associates of Dada Vaswani. One person remarked about the crowd at the darshan, "It is like a tidal wave!"

Although Baba stopped giving darshan, certain workers from the Poona Center would come to Guruprasad every Sunday to play cards. Meherwan, Sadashiv, Meherjee, his brothers Beheram and Jalbhai, and nephews Sheroo, Rustom and Sohrab had permission to visit every day, and Jehangu had permission to visit whenever he had a day off from his job. Every day Baba would also go out for a walk somewhere, such as Sambhaji Park, Peshwa Park, Bund Gardens, and so forth. Once when he was in Sambhaji Park, a man recognized him, so Baba immediately went back to Guruprasad. (Lord Meher-p-4554)

 

644-A MAN SAID SHAVING A HEADACHE, IT IS SUCH A NUISANCE. BABA DISCOURSED ON SANSKARAS

On 28th November 1926, Baba and the mandali were discussing shaving having tea on the verandah of the bungalow. One man said, "Shaving gives me a headache! It is such a nuisance. The more you shave your whiskers the more they grow. Instead of shaving them off, they should be plucked out! Then they won't grow back."

Hearing this, Baba commented about sanskaras:

It is the same with sanskaras. Every thought, word and action of a human being creates sanskaras. Good thoughts, words, and deeds create good sanskaras, and bad thoughts, words, and deeds create bad ones. But either way, sanskaras are being created. They can never be eliminated unless one is lucky enough to incur the grace of a guru and become Realized.

Even the great yogis with their years of penances — even those who have reached the sixth plane — are unable to rid themselves of their sanskaric impressions. What they can do during meditation and samadhi is to stop the production and growth of new sanskaras. But what of the past store of sanskaras accumulated for years and ages? They remain. Even a great yogi [of the fourth plane] cannot destroy them with all his might and powers. They can only be destroyed by the grace of a God-realized Master who destroys them by uprooting the mind and making a person Realized.

When such great yogis cannot manage to destroy their past sanskaras, what of you ordinary human beings? It is for this reason that a Persian poet has said: "If you ask my advice I would say, 'Do nothing.' And if you do anything, do it without caring about the result."

Over the ages, you have collected a mixture of good and bad sanskaras, like the black and white hairs on one's head and beard. Yogis can erase sanskaras superficially as done when shaving, but a Sadguru can root them out completely; and when they are plucked out permanently, advancement on the Path is possible. All sanskaras must be eradicated in the mind so that they may not reproduce again.

So to stop the creation of new sanskaras and to destroy the past ones, have the company and sahavas of a guru who is Realized. A guru who is God-conscious is like a living furnace, burning away everything — good, bad, past, and present — all sanskaras. (lord Meher-p-748-1926)

 

645-A MAN SAID, TO HAVE LOST SLEEP BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN ASKED TO LEAVE MEHERABAD ONE DAY EARLIER

In Meherabad sahwas in year 1955, one man said he lost sleep because they had been asked to leave Meherabad on the 24th instead of the 25th. "With the greatest difficulty, I managed to come and get leave (from his job) to stay with Baba until the 25th. The thought of leaving a day early has robbed me of sleep."

Baba assured him, "You may stay here until the 25th, but I will not come here that day. I have to attend to other things in between the departure of this group and the arrival of another. Now that you have already passed a sleepless night over your intention, it is equal to your staying with me on the 25th." (Lord Meher-p-3846-1955)

 

646-A MAN SITTING ON A BOAT SURROUNDED BY HIS DISCIPLES WAS PUSHED FROM FIFTH PLANE THE SIXTH

While in Banaras, similarincident happened next day. Baba began walking fast and then stopped suddenly and pointed to a revered person sitting on a boat surrounded by his disciples. The mandali approached him and said, "We have come from Meher Baba." The man repeated three times, "Meher ... Meher ... Meher." Baba commented: "He was on the fifth plane and I pushed him to the sixth." (Lord Meher-p-1981)

 

647-A MAN SQUATTING ON THE STREET, DRESSED ONLY IN A LOINCLOTH, BABA SIGNALED TO GIVE HIM TWO PAISA

The group returned to Benares in the evening, and remained there for three days more. Baba was engaged in contacting masts, and also in searching for boys fitting his ideal. On the 21st, Baba went out in a Tonga with Norina and two of the men. After getting down and walking some distance, they spotted a man squatting on the street, dressed only in a loincloth. Baba stood far away and signaled to give him two paisa. The mandali did so, and when the man looked up, he looked radiant, but dazed. Baba later explained that the person was on the first plane and at that moment Baba pushed him to the second. (Lord Meher-p-1981)

 

648-A MAN STANDING BY THE ROAD HOLDING A LANTERN IN ONE HAND OFFERED A BANANA

At eight o'clock that night, Baba with the mandali drove to Eluru, and the Masulipatnam lovers gave him a rousing send-off. On the way Baba felt thirsty and stopped the car near the village of Godavri. A man was standing by the road holding a lantern in one hand and a banana in the other. When the car stopped, he stepped forward and offered the banana to Baba after making obeisance. How he found out Baba's car would pass that way was, and remains, a mystery.

There were no shops nearby, so proceeding a short distance further they found one called the Durga Cold Drink Shop. Eruch went inside to fetch soda water for Baba. Eruch himself cleaned the glass, and on the shopkeeper's inquiring who it was for, Eruch answered, "My Master."

"Which Master?" the man asked.

"Meher Baba," he was told. The owner then went and took Baba's darshan. He would not accept the cost of the aerated water, but when Baba told him to consider it as prasad, he took the offered amount. Baba then sent the mandali inside for cold drinks. Baba accompanied them and distributed the drinks, giving one to each with his own hands. How lucky the proprietor was to have God himself quench his thirst at his shop. (Lord Meher-p-3446)

 

649-A MAN SUFFERING FROM DIARRHEA WOULD EAT MALAI FROM BABA’S BREAKFAST WHICH A BOY  CARRIED EVERY MORNING

One time, Baba was holding sahavas program in Meherabad. Perhaps it was 1955 when different language group came from all over India to spend time with Baba. That is what sahavas means, to spend time in an intimate way with the Beloved. To bring this point home to everyone, on the very first day, Baba called everyone together and told them that they should feel at home at Meherabad. That He didn’t want them worrying about anything; their mind should be free to concentrate entirely on Him. So if they felt even a little bit of ill, they should contact one of the doctors instantly. They should just feel completely relaxed and at home at Meherabad.

Now it so happened that one of the man was suffering from diarrhea. He was an old lover of Baba’s and came forward and said that he had so many medical problems and had to be careful about his diet.

What Baba liked to have each morning for breakfast, cream from milk which is boiled and cooled (malai). Every morning Pendu would send a breakfast tray for Baba with a little dish of malai on it. A boy would bring it to Baba each morning as soon as He arrived at Meherabad.

But one morning when we arrived, there was only a tiny bit of malai in the tray. Baba asked, “Where is My malai?” Pendu called the boy who was responsible for bringing Baba’s tray but he swore that when opened the pindra to get Baba’s malai, only a little bit was left in the dish. Baba said “Be careful and see that tomorrow there’s no mishap.”

But the next morning, again the malai dish was almost empty. Again the boy who brought the tray swore that he hadn’t taken it. Pendu resolved to catch the thief. So that evening he put the malai as usual and then he hid himself nearby where he could watch.

The next morning, when all were still asleep this one sahvasi walks to the cabinet; opens it, scoops out most of malai and eats it and then goes back to bed. The next morning, when Baba came, Pendu told Baba who had done it. “Call him here.” Baba said.

It was the same man who had diarrhea and had been told to be so careful about his diet. Baba said, “What are you doing? You have been told to avoid these foods; they are bad for your health and yet you are eating them? And didn’t you know that cream was for My breakfast?” “Yes Baba.” the man replied. “I knew; but what to do, I was only following orders.” “My orders? What order did I give that said you should eat My cream?” Baba asked. “Baba,” the man replied, “When we first arrived, You told us that we should feel at home. Well at home, whenever I can’t sleep at night, I get up and have little malai and then I can go back to sleep. So when I couldn’t sleep here, I did the same thing, because You told us, we should make ourselves at home.”

Baba laughed and turned to us and gestured, “See, this is real obedience.” The man’s childlike innocence touched Baba.That’s what you have to be like.” Baba would tell us. “You have to have the type of innocent faith that lover had.”

Baba wants us to be as natural as children in His presence. childlike, but not childish (Determined to be His)

 

650-A MAN HAD SUDDEN STROKE OF PARALYSIS IN LEG AND ARM WAS CURED BY DRINKING WATER AS MEDICINE

On the 23rd a lover from Hyderabad came to see Baba. He had helped the mandali construct a small hut on a hill, where Baba had stayed for some time in seclusion (in 1951). After Baba left the place, the man kept Baba's photograph in the hut and prayed for guidance. He developed great faith and love for Baba. One day he had a sudden stroke and suffered paralysis of one arm, one leg and his face. He could hardly move; his condition was serious. Yet, he refused to take any medicines or injections. He would keep a glass of water before Baba's picture, pray to him and then drink the water as medicine. His faith in Baba was so great that he was cured and now he came to see Baba. Baba asked him to lift his legs and arms, which he did with considerable ease.(Lord Meher-p-5003)

 

651-A MAN VISITED A BOYS' SCHOOL AND ASKED A RIDDLE. A BOY REPLIED JOKINGLY

To a  lover, Baba asked, "Do you love me more than your wife or your own self?"

He replied, "If I love anybody, I love you, Baba."

Baba then wanted to hear a joke. One man told this one

Once a man visited a boys' school. He asked the boys a riddle: If a train 300 yards long crosses a railway platform in three minutes, what is my age? All the boys were dumbfounded.

One boy suddenly raised his hand and when asked the answer to the question he replied, "Forty-six years, sir." The man was quite perplexed at the answer for that was his correct age. He asked the boy how he had calculated his age. The boy replied, "My uncle who is twenty-three years old is only half mad, sir!"

Those present enjoyed the joke, and Baba responded that he would now tell a joke. He began: "During the East-West Sahavas in 1962, there was chithe Chinese aggression against India. During this sahavas, there is the kistani disturbance.

"All are alike to me, whether they may be Chinese or Pakistanis. But the fact remains that I have taken birth in India, so don't feel nervous. This is my joke. My joke means your suffering in ignorance. This suffering of yours I take upon myself."

 

652-A MAN WANTED MONEY; BABA ASKED BUASAHEB TO  GIVE RUPEES 200

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

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

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

Baba exclaimed, "Pay him Rs.200!"

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

 

653-A MAN WAS ALLOWED TO STAY ONE DAY MORE BUT BABA DID NOT COME THAT DAY

In Meherabad sahwas in year 1955, one man said he lost sleep because they had been asked to leave Meherabad on the 24th instead of the 25th. "With the greatest difficulty, I managed to come and get leave (from his job) to stay with Baba until the 25th. The thought of leaving a day early has robbed me of sleep."

Baba assured him, "You may stay here until the 25th, but I will not come here that day. I have to attend to other things in between the departure of this group and the arrival of another. Now that you have already passed a sleepless night over your intention, it is equal to your staying with Me on the 25th." (Lord Meher-p-3846-1955)

 

654-A MAN WAS CHEATED BY HIS WIFE DECIDED TO COMMIT SUICIDE BUT BABA MADE HIM TO THINK FORTUNATE TO HAVE SEEN ME

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

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

 

655-A MAN WHO COULD IMITATE SOUND OF ALMOST ANYTHING BABA ENJOYED

On 2nd June 1963, at Guruprasad, a man who could imitate the sound of almost anything imaginable arrived. He gave a short performance, much to the amusement of baba and all. (Glimpses of guruprasad-p-337)

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, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 17, p. 5766).

 

656-A MAN WITH LONG LIST OF QUESTIONS STARTED WITH QUESTION; WHY DO YOU CALL YOURSELF THE AVATAR?"

A respected man had come to meet Baba at the exhorting of his friend, who was a devotee of Baba. A day before, he 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 explained at length:

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

 

657-A MAN WITH PARALYSIS WAS BROUGHT TO BABA

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

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

 

658-A MANDALI MAN ASKED BABA WHY GOD HAS CREATED ALL THIS

On 7th October 1926, In the course of a discussion among the mandali, someone asked Baba, "Why did God create all this?"

"He did not create it." Baba replied. "It started automatically! First there was God and nothing else. In God was everything — Experience, Knowledge, Power and Existence. But He had no consciousness that He was God. All this bother and headache you see around you is to gain that consciousness!" (Lord Meher-p- 719-1926)

 

659-A MARRIED WOMAN HAD TUMOUR IN STOMACH WHICH WAS OPERATED BY BABA IN HER DREAM

A married woman baba lover had develpoed tumour in  stomach. As she and her husband were close in Baba’s love they informed Him, and said they had been advised that she should undergo an operation. Baba said to then “No operation.” Even though her stomach continue to grow as thouogn she was pregnant, and friends and neighbours expressed wonderment , she did nothing – she and her husband continued to obey Baba in full faith and love. But comments of neighbour grew more and more critical of their Master’s order,. Husband wrote again to Baba simply to inform Him that people are talking against Him but that he and his wife would continue to obey Him. Baba again replied that there should be no operation.

That night wife had a dreamin which Baba Himself came and performed the operation. In the dream Baba had come through window with stretcher, knife and bowl, and proceeded to remove the tumour. In the morning the size of her stomach was normal, and no scars visible.

 

660-A MARWARI APOLOGIZED BABA FOR MISBEHAVIOR OF OTHERS BROUGHT BY HIM

On 24th August 1964, a Marwari from Ahmednagar, who had met Baba the previous year at about the same date, brought five or six persons to Meherazad, including a person known as Chengat Maharaj of Nasik. This so-called "teacher" was extremely arrogant, and laughed sarcastically in Baba's presence, but Baba did not seem to mind and was, on the contrary, cordial with him and his followers. Before leaving, the Marwari and the guru's local host, Dr. Pandit, embarrassed by the person's actions, apologized profusely to Eruch. Eruch told them not to feel bad as Baba had contacted hundreds of such sadhus. He advised them to obtain a copy of The Wayfarers.  (Lord Meher-p-5086-1964)

 

661-A MAST IN LOINCLOTH WAS RECITED RAMA RAMA BEFORE BABA

During Andhra tour at Eluru a mast dressed in a loincloth was standing in line for prasad. He was reciting "Rama, Rama, Rama ..." to Baba, who embraced him and made him sit beside him. With his own hands, Baba fed him a banana. To the mandali, he remarked, "In this crowd of 60,000, he (pointing to the mast) is the only one who understands Me!"

 

662-A MENTALLY UNBALANCED WOMAN WAS THE FIRST TO DELIVER A CHILD

On Friday, 7 October 1938, the "surprise" was revealed when Baba spoke separately to the men and women mandali about journeying all over India by bus. Baba's plan had unparalleled significance, as he was to travel by this bus with his Eastern and Western women over the length and breadth of the country, contacting masts at many different places.

During this period, Jalbhai had been ordered to visit surrounding villages and bring women who were pregnant to the Maternity Hospital on Meherabad Hill. On 12 October, at 4:00 A.M., a mentally unbalanced woman was the first to deliver a child there.

It was a girl. That morning before dawn, Baba was the first to hear the baby's cry and he summoned the others. He ordered special care be given to the child since the mother was not normal. (Lord Meher-p-1151 & 52)

 

663-A MIDDLE AGED MAN WAS BROUGHT, TO WHOM BABA BOWED DOWN AND GAVE RS.100.

In year 1952, Baba arrived at Deshmukh's bungalow at Nagpur. Baba stated, "First I will have my food. Then I will rest for two hours. Don't disturb me until then." But after some time, Deshmukh entered Baba's room and requested that he finish the poor work, as the poor had already arrived. Although annoyed, Baba agreed. But he became further irritated when, against prior instructions, he found that some of Deshmukh's students had been included among the poor. Deshmukh wanted his university students to have Baba's contact and had brought them with that intention. So in addition, another poor, middle-aged man was brought, to whom Baba bowed down and gave Rs.100. (Lord Meher-p-3225-1952)

 

664-A MILKMAN GOT REALISATION FROM MASTER AT APPOINTED TIME MEANT FOR OTHER DISCIPLE

On Wednesday, 5 May 1937, Baba gathered the Western men and women and narrated this short tale illustrating obedience:

Once a Master asked his disciple to wake him at 5:00 A.M. by knocking on his door. The disciple kept vigilantly awake all night until 4:55 A.M. He then dozed for ten minutes and awoke at 5:05 A.M.

Meanwhile the milkman who used to come every day at five o'clock, arrived at his usual time and knocked on the door. The Master said, "Open," and the universe was opened to the milkman! But this was ordained, not just chance.

Realization is never a matter of chance. It is such a big thing. It is all chalked out, all planned beforehand.

 

665-A MILKMAN BECAME ILL, LEFT THE MEHERABAD SPACE AND ASKED FOR FORGIVENESS

Because of the large number of residents and the large daily milk requirement, several cows and buffalos were kept at Meherabad and a milkman employed.  But the milkman was ignorant of a Master's ways and kept disobeying Baba's order not to leave the property. He continually broke Baba's order, and his health suffered as a result. On one occasion, when he had barely broached the Meherabad boundary without Baba's permission, he became seriously ill. He pleaded for Baba's forgiveness. Baba forgave him for all his previous slips, but warned him never to leave Meherabad under any circumstances without prior permission.

Due the tensions of living together, working strenuously under the Master's strict instructions, with sometimes minimal food, several times different mandali members walked away from Meherabad, intending to leave forever. (Lord Meher-p-705)

 

666-A MILLIONAIRE IN MADRAS WANTED TO HAVE DARSHAN BY PROXY BY SENDING SWAMI, BABA SENT BACK

On 14th 1940, A swami from Madras came the same morning for Baba's darshan and said, "A millionaire in Madras has sent me to you and if I am impressed by your darshan, he too will come. Hearing this, Baba smiled, spelling out, "The millionaire has found a new way of having darshan — darshan by proxy! He seems to be quite clever. It is something quite new. But, tell me, how can one drink water without thirst?" The swami understood and respectfully left after he was shown the masts. (Lord Meher-p-2081-1940)

 

667-A MORPHINE ADDICT VERY MISERABLE, BABA ASSURED TO HELP HIM

A morphine addict who approached him. Baba asked, "Are you happy?"

The man said, "No, very, very miserable."

"Try to be always happy. Never think that life is dreadful; I am tired of life, et cetera. Such thoughts really make life miserable. Life is worth living. If you think like that, all difficulties will appear insignificant. I will help you try to develop love. Never think, 'I am alone,' 'I have so much to do,' 'I am poor,' and so on. All are poor. The whole world is poor. Even millionaires are poor because they have greed and want more. Love someone and I will help you." ( Lord Meher –p-1631)

 

668-A MUSLIM CARETAKER OF ZARZARI ZAR BAKSH'S TOMB WAS BOWED DOWN AND BABA GAVE HIM RS. 21 AS A LOVE-GIFT

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)

A Muslim caretaker of Zarzari Zar Baksh's tomb was bowed down and Baba gave him Rs. 21 as a love-gift

 

689-A MUSLIM CLEANER SUGGESTED MELLI IRANI TO GO TO BABA

The cleaner employed in the workshop of Keshavram (father of Gulabdas Panchal). Melli Irani was Business associate of Keshavram Panchal (Father of Gulabdas Panchal).

Once the cleaner went to Melli Irani’s office and saw that he was sitting very dejected. He asked him if his wife had become more ill because he was already aware of the grave illness she had. She had cancer of the esophagus and it was spreading all over. She had almost stopped eating and was on liquids. Now the time had come she was also vomiting out the liquids. She had grown quite weak. Melli Irani was told that his wife might not live long.

The cleaner mentioned to Melli Irani that there was an Irani saint from the same community to which Melli belonged who could be useful. He was instrumental in contact of Melli Irani & his wife getting cured of cancer ailment with the grace of Meher Baba. (Unlocking Secrets page 131-2 by narrated by Smt. Nirmala Panchal)

 

670-A MUSLIM DRINKER WOULD ENTER A TAVERN AND AFTER BEING DRUNK CHALLENGE ANYONE TO FIGHT

In 1963, during darshan Baba revealed, there was a Muslim who would enter a tavern from the back door lest he be seen by anyone. He would drink wine until he got drunk. Then he would fearlessly come out of the front door and challenge anyone he met to a fight! Once his intoxication abated, he would sheepishly slink away home. This is not the sort of 'intoxication' one gets in loving God! Love's intoxication is continuous." (Lord Meher-4959-1963)

 

671-A MUSLIM FATHER ASKED FOR SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR HIS SONS CITING POOR FOOD, BABA SENT THEM BY TRAIN

In year 1927, One of the stipulations for admission to Meher Ashram was that the boys be kept for five years, so that Baba would be able to complete the work he intended to do for them. (The parents were even asked to sign a written agreement to this effect.) However, on 30 July, after barely one month, a Muslim father asked for the return of his sons, citing the poor diet as his main complaint. He wished to send special provisions for his sons, but Baba did not permit any of the boys to be given preferential treatment. Baba was not pleased, and the boys themselves did not wish to leave.

Baba ordered the boys to be sent to Bombay by train, and they left weeping. "Go home now," Baba told them. "And if you like it here so much, tell that to your father. Persuade him to let you stay here without any special conditions and arrangements, and then come back."

To the mandali, Baba said in disgust, "I am not at all happy about sending the boys away. I hate it when anyone goes back on his word once it is given. I have now resolved not to accept any Moghul boys for the ashram, as these Moghuls are promise-breakers." (Lord Meher-p-833-1927)

 

672-A MUSLIM FRIEND OF KESHAV NIGAM WANTED BABA’S VISIT  TO ORPHANAGE RUN BY OF HIS FRIEND IN MAHEWA (UP)

On 23rd November 1952, on their way to Meherastana near Mahewa, Keshav Nigam told Baba, "A Muslim friend of mine conducts an orphanage. He wishes, if it pleases you, for you to pay a visit to his institution."

Baba agreed on one condition: "After washing and laying my head on the children's feet, I will give them prasad; but they should remain absolutely quiet and not move when I take their darshan." Keshav accepted and made the necessary arrangements in the orphanage. When Baba arrived, six or seven boys were brought before him. Baba began by washing the feet of the first lad. But when he tried to bow down to him, the boy suddenly stepped back. Baba was noticeably peeved and commented, "When the boy pulled back his feet, had my head touched the ground, this world would have gone to hell." However, Baba did lay his head on the other children's feet and gave them about 20 rupees each as prasad. Baba handed the entire amount to the orphanage manager, who it turned out was greedy and kept the money for himself.

They left. Baba said his work was spoiled and that he would not visit any more villages in the district. Pukar and Adarsh Khare began to weep. On the way, Baba had the car stopped and he got out. Pukar spread his coat on the ground, and Baba sat on it under a tamarind tree. He told Keshav and Pukar, "It did not go well. It is an unlucky happening and bodes ill for the orphanage and the village. The only remedy to free them from bad luck is for me to bow down and give prasad of Rs.14 to fourteen handsome and intelligent orphan boys under fourteen years old, the moment I reach Meherastana." (Lord Meher-3200-1952)

 

673-A MUSLIM HYPOCRITE BEGAN DANCING AND STRIKING HIMSELF AS IF OVERCOME WITH DIVINE INTOXICATION

On 30 September 1925 was a day of celebration in Meherabad. A second son, whom Baba named Feram (Falu), had been born to Rustom and Freiny the previous day. Rustom purchased many edible treats and a few people came to celebrate the occasion. During a music performance, a Muslim began dancing and striking himself on the ground as if overcome with divine intoxication. Some spectators were highly impressed, thinking he was a fervent lover of God who was indifferent to bodily injury.

When the singing was over and all had departed, Baba complained of unbearable pain in his body. Twenty of the mandali began vigorously massaging him, but the pain did not subside. Baba bitterly remarked, "I am suffering because of that Muslim's prancing and jumping!"

Pesu naïvely replied, "What a frenzy of love overcame that man!"

Baba snapped, "It was not love, but a sham! Posing is the greatest sin, and God never forgives it. God is afraid of hypocrites and keeps Himself at a distance from them." (Lord Meher-p-616-1925)

 

674-A MUSLIM MAN IN A PITIABLE CONDITION WAS OFFERED MONEY AS A GIFT

On the morning of the 6th December 1952, Baba went to dargah of Zarzari Zar Baksh, he found a Muslim man in a pitiable condition and offered him money as a gift. (Lord Meher-p-3222-1952)

 

675-A MUSLIM PRIEST WAS CALLED TO READ SELECTIONS FROM THE KORAN BEFORE BABA FOR HALF AN HOUR

In year 1951, because of inclement weather, Baba asked Padri to dismantle the two cabins on the hill, and within a week reassemble them into a single unit below at Meherazad. Padri did as ordered, and in two days the job was completed.

All the arrangements were completed on the 14th of December 1951, when they also relocated to Meherazad. That same day, a Maulvi (Muslim priest) from Ahmednagar was called to read selections from the Koran before Baba for half an hour.

After the completion of the reading, Baba made a curious remark. He said, "I could only concentrate on what was being read for five minutes. The rest of the time my mind was filled with thoughts — relevant, irrelevant, high, low, good and bad." (lord Meher-p-3020-1951)

 

676-A MUSLIM PRINCE (NABAB) FAILED TO KEEP HIS PROMISE AFTER GETTING INHERITANCE OF HIS FATHER’S PROPERTY

nawab (Muslim prince) happened to hear of Baba and came to see Him at His humble hut along Fergusson Road. Distressed, the nawab complained to Baba that he was the legal inheritor of his father's kingdom, but a younger prince had deprived him of it and usurped his lawful throne.

The nawab implored Baba for help in regaining the vast estate. Baba agreed to help him on the condition that, after gaining his inheritance, the nawab should financially help just one of the Master's devotees. The nawab promised but was puzzled as to how Baba would ever be able to recover the estate for him. He explained that the young prince who had usurped his title was backed by the government. Baba requested that he be patient and see what developed.

In a few days, the usurping prince suddenly died, and the nawab conveyed the news to Baba. Soon after, the nawab regained his inheritance; however, he failed to keep his promise and did not help any of the Master's poorer devotees. When reminded of this by the mandali, Baba told them to drop the matter and not remind the nawab about it. (Lord Meher-p-276/7-1924)

 

677-A MUSLIM READ AGAIN AND AGAIN, THE RENT AGREEMENT IN URDU FOR OF NEW BUNGALOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION

For His mast work, Baba wished to stay in Hyderabad for six months. Donkin was serving as a doctor in the military hospital at nearby Secunderabad, and at the end of January, 1945, he was cabled to start looking for suitable bungalows for Baba and the mandali. Donkin saw a few in Hyderabad and reported about them to Baba.

Baba wished to do some preliminary mast work in the area, and on February 21st, left for Hyderabad by train with Pendu, Baidul and Kaka Baria. Donkin met them at the Secunderabad station the following morning, and took them to the Rock Castle Hotel. There, Baba was informed by him about the bungalows. Pendu was sent to inspect them with Donkin, while Baba went out with Baidul and Kaka for mast contacts.

Pendu, for one reason or another, was dissatisfied with the bungalows chosen, so he began inspecting others. In the Jubilee Hills locality of the city, a new bungalow was under construction, with a small garden and a swimming pool on the grounds. Pendu liked it and showed it to Baba, who approved of it. He instructed Pendu to draw up an agreement with the owner about the rent.

Pendu and Donkin went to meet the landlord. He was a lawyer, and was entertaining guests when they arrived. They talked with him, after which he drew up an agreement in Urdu. Pendu returned to the hotel late at night, and Baba asked, "What does the agreement say?"

"It is in Urdu," Pendu replied. "I cannot read it, but he prepared it according to our terms."

But we must know exactly what it says. If it has not been properly drawn up, there will be trouble later."

It was quite late, most people were asleep, and who was Pendu supposed to find to translate the document? He left, and as he was walking around the hotel he saw three Muslims sitting in a room drinking wine. Pendu asked if anyone read Urdu, and one of them, rather drunkenly, answered, "Come, friend, I am your servant – at your command, ready to obey. What have you brought?" Pendu took him to Baba. He staggered in, grandly shook hands with Baba and began reading the agreement out loud with dramatic flourish.

Baba was highly amused and entertained by the performance. He would indicate to Pendu to tell him, "Read it again, read it again!" And the drunken Muslim would begin once more and falter through it. After reading the full text several times and shaking hands with Baba, he staggered out.

As he was leaving, he said, "If my services are required further, don't hesitate to call me." After he left, Baba had two or three corrections made, and the next day the agreement with the lawyer was executed. (Lord Meher-new volume-p-3010)

 

678-A NAKED SADHU REPEATED OVER AND OVER AGAIN THE SAME THING: "SAB HAM KHUDA HAIN

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

In  Madras one naked sadhu whom Baba encountered repeated over and over again the same thing: "Sab ham Khuda hain (We are all God])  Sab ham Khuda hain!"  (Lord Meher-p-2493-1945)

 

679-A NEEDY FAMILY AT MAIVI VILLAGE IN BIHAR WAS GIVEN FIVE RUPEES BY BABA

In year 1950, Baba moved from Behat village in Bihar, Baba moved to Maivi Village the same amount was bestowed upon another family, and there Baba also gave several poor persons five rupees each. (Lord Meher-p-2950-1950)

 

680-A NEPALI MAID WAS SAVED BY HER ELDEST SON WHO WAS IN PRISON VERY AGGRESSIVE AND VIOLENT

A Nepali maid was working at place of Keki and Dhun Desai

A Nepali maid was working at place of Keki and Dhun Desai in Delhi. She had three sons. Her eldest son was working in a pharmaceutical company. He was accused of committing a robbery and was jailed because of it. The maid came crying to Keki requesting him to plead with Baba for his son. She was convinced of Baba’s divinity and felt that Baba could her son released from prison through His divine intervention.

When this incident happened, Baba happened to be living at Keki Desai’s place along with the Mandali. Baba said he would hear the matter out on next day and decide about it.  The next day, after having his bath, Baba called the maid. He sat on the small tool with Keki and the maid to His left and Chanji on His right. It was like a court room. After hearing the matter out, Baba gave His judgment. He said that it would be better for his son to undergo a term in the prison because if Baba were to get him released, it would be not in the best interest of the maid. So, following Baba’s decision, they didn’t consent their son’s imprisonment which was to last for few years.

At that time, no one understood what Baba meant when He said that if son was released from the prison it would not be good for the maid. A few months later, the maid, who had been a widow for several years, gave birth to a son. No one knew about her pregnancy or, for a matter, about her affair with someone. She had kept it a secret. Only Baba knew this. He eldest son, who was in prison, was very aggressive and violent man. Had he been out of orison, he would surely have killed his mother, the maid, for he was known to be terror among the locals.

When people came to know of the maid’s pregnancy and her son’s violent nature, they realized the significance of Baba’s words. By allowing the son to go to prison, he not only saved the maid’s life, but also prevented the son from committing a heinous crime.

Several eyras later,   when son was released from prison, he had mellowed completely and did not take any drastic step against his mother. Thus in the so called act of cruelty on Baba’s part was hidden Baba’s mercy and compassion. (Real treasure Volume-5 page-110-111 by Rustom Falahati)

 

681-A NERVOUS YOUNG WOMAN WANTED TO MARRY CATHOLIC CHURCH PIANIST

A nervous young woman came, and Norina explained that she was in love with a church pianist. She wanted to know if she should continue the friendship platonically, as Catholic law prevents marriage with a man who is divorced. "Do they love each other?" Baba asked. The girl said yes, and Baba continued, "Then love is all that matters. If there is no lust, there is no harm in it. Let that love grow so that it makes two souls like one. I will help her spiritually to make this love grow purer." (Lord Meher-p-1631)

 

682-A NEW COMER INTRODUCED HIMSELF, SAYING THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME HE WAS SEEING HIM

A newcomer who introduced himself, saying this was the first time he was seeing him, Baba stated, "My dear friend, I have been seeing you for ages. So don't worry if you are seeing me for the first time." (Lord Meher-p-3650-1954)

 

683-A NEW TYPE OF DEDICATION BY A LOVER FROM AHMEDNAGAR

Gustadji was in charge of the storeroom and used to distribute rations to the poor. Many poor persons from Ahmednagar and surrounding villages came, and they were all given grain.

An old man from Ahmednagar would come regularly and tell me: "Baba, I wish to lay everything of mine at your feet."

I replied, "So far, I have not come across a single individual with your type of dedication! It is wonderful!" I asked him how many children he had.

"Seven, and a wife!" he said.

I asked, "What will you dedicate to Me? Have you any money?"

He answered, "I have no money, but I am dedicating my whole family at your feet. Please take care of us." I laughed much at his reply. I had no idea of such dedication! He showed Me a new type of dedication. (Lord Meher, 1st. ed. Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, p. 4776.)

 

684-A  NEWS REPORTER ASKED MEHER BABA, WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL PATH

The reporters were then introduced to Baba individually. (Jan. 1959) At the end of their ten-minute audience, one of them asked, “Meher Baba, what is the spiritual path, and what is the criteria for one being on the path?”

Baba smiled, for they had been instructed not to ask questions, but nevertheless, he explained:

When you begin to think of yourself as being on the Path, then you are not. The Path is not a defined direction set apart from yourself. It begins and ends within yourself. It is not so much more of a path added, but so much less of the veil of ignorance. In short, the Path is “I want nothing.”

But, although this denotes a freedom from wanting anything, even this desire for nothing is a want and a binding that has ultimately to be effaced before you reach the Goal and attain that total freedom from all want. (Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 16, p. 5521)

 

685-A NEWS REPORTER FROM THE CEYLON OBSERVER QUESTIONED ABOUT MAHATMA GANDHI, RELIGION AND PURPOSE OF HIS SILENCE

In Bandarawela on 26 January, Baba met a reporter from the Ceylon Observer who questioned him about Mahatma Gandhi and India, religion, the purpose of his silence and why he had gone to America. The following is Baba's response:

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

As for the Untouchability issue, I love the Untouchables.

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

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

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

Your Ceylon is a most beautiful country. I shall visit it again. I will be leaving for India soon and then I shall return here on my way to America via China and Honolulu. (Lord Meher-1503-1933)

 

686-A NEWS REPORTER FROM THE L. A. MIRROR-NEWS CHANNEL ASKED FOR MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD, BABA SAID

Philosophers, atheists and others may affirm or refute the existence of God, but as long as they do not deny their very existence, they continue to testify their belief in God; for I tell you with divine authority that God is Existence, eternal and infinite. He is everything. For man, there is only one aim in life, and that is to realize his unity with God. (Lord Meher-p-4055)

 

687-A NEWS REPORTER FROM THE  LOS ANGELES TIMES  INTERVIEWS BABA

Baba and the mandali were driven to the centrally located Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, where they had reservations. Some of the group stayed at the hotel with Baba; the rest at the Wilcox and other hotels. Then, one by one, newspaper reporters from the Los Angeles Times and other papers interviewed and photographed Baba in his room. (Lord Meher-p-4055)

 

688-A NEWS REPORTER IN AN INTERVIEW QUESTIONED MEHER BABA ON RELIGION AND SCIENCE

Reporters would seek interviews with Meher Baba; at times he would consent and at times deny their request. On Sunday, February 11th, (1040) Baba consented to an interview with a newspaper reporter. The following is their dialogue:

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

“It depends upon how it is understood,” Baba stated.

“If science deals only with material advancement, then such science would be said to have nothing of spirituality. But when the same science is expressed to make the meaning of life clear, then it is also a branch of spirituality – just as art, if expressed rightly, is spiritual, if expressed wrongly, material.”

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

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

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

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

“Science is a general thing, while astrology is individual, so science itself cannot be proved to be wrong. If a truth is established scientifically, you do not think of doubting it. It does not occur to you to doubt it. If you are told that the earth is round and if it is proved to you, you never think that it is flat. But if an astrologer tells you that you will get a million rupees after some time, you will. “Spirituality has no room for doubts. For example, if someone were to ask me, ‘Are you sure you are one with God?’ I would ask him, ‘Are you sure you are a man and not a dog?’ He would say that he is a man because he cannot think of himself as anything but a man. In the same way I am equally sure that I am one with God. Even if the whole world tells me otherwise, I do not feel anything about it. Spiritual certainty is something which nothing affects.”

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

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

“There is nothing irrational in spirituality. Explanation can be made so practical that it can be lived.

“Jesus Christ said, ‘Leave all and follow me.’ It means leave your limitations and live my life. He meant that it was the practical way.

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

“Mahatma Gandhi, for example?”

“Gandhi is a mystic in a way. Everyone is a mystic in his own way. A real mystic’s life is practical; for everybody it means leading life properly.

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

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

The reporter thought over this for a few moments and then said, “But what is needed to bring peace is material adjustment among nations, that?”

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

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

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

“For example, if praise and insult do not affect you, you would be always happy. If not, you are bound to be unhappy. How easy the remedy
is, yet the simplicity itself makes it difficult.”

After the interview, Baba left and went to bathe the masts and give them shaves and haircuts. (Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 7, pp. 2514 – 2516)

 

689-A NEWS REPORTER WAS GIVEN MESSAGE OF LOVE GOD BY BABA

I have only one message to give and I repeat it age after age. My message to one and all is: Love God. One must love God with all sincerity to such an extent that one loses one's self completely in love. And how does one love God? One can love God as He ought to be loved by trying one's utmost to make others feel happy even at the cost of one's own happiness. (Lord Meher-p-4055)

 

690-A NOSY GARDENER OF THE BUNGALOW HAPPENED TO GLANCE AT BABA THROUGH A SLIT IN THE WINDOW. BABA GOT VERY UPSET

Baba worked in seclusion on Nandi Hill during certain hours every day and took a walk around the hill in the evening. On the 21st, the nosy gardener of the bungalow happened to glance at Baba through a slit in the window. Seeing him, Baba was very upset and informed the mandali, "This place is not good for my seclusion. I will complete the work at some other place in Bangalore

The next day, the bazaar man rushed into their bungalow when Baba was having his hair combed, which further upset Baba. For hours he began asking the mandali whether his identity would be disclosed. "Will they tell others?" The servants could not help but wonder at this strange group of men: two were dumb and did not speak; one had long hair; they did all the cooking and cleaning themselves behind closed doors; they did not mix with anyone else!? (Lord Meher-p-1600)

 

691-A PARSI LAD AN EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD SINGER WOULD GO ON SINGING WITHOUT STOPPING.

Baba called upon Was Deo Kain to sing, but on the excuse that he had a sore throat, he escaped. Baba reminisced, "In Manzil-e-Meem, there was a Parsi lad who was an exceptionally good singer. The only trouble was he would become nervous when told to sing and would begin coughing and stammering. But once he started, he would go on singing without stopping." (Lord Meher-p-3841-1955)

 

692-A PARSI PRIEST ASKED BABA TO SING A BHAJAN

A Parsi priest came, and Baba asked him to sing a bhajan. The man loved Baba and complied. It was quite an unusual scene to see a Zoroastrian priest (most of whom, like other priests, are so engrossed in ritualistic ceremonies) singing a Hindu bhajan, wherein the theme was that only Ram (the Avatar), and nothing but he, exists. (Lord Meher-p-5033-1963)

 

693-A PARSI STRANGER INSISTED FOR DARSHAN BABA SENT GUSTADJI IN HIS PLACE

On 5th July 1923, Baba and mandali arrived in Navsari in evening. Although they had covered about 24 miles from Surat to Navsari and were very tired, they were not dejected as they had been in Kaira. Each one of the mandali had been completely exhausted and depressed in Kaira, while the Master was quite cheerful and vigorous. But in Navsari the opposite occurred; while the mandali were found to be in good spirits, Baba did not appear well.

Baba had them camp in the Sohrab Gardens of the Parsi dharamshala, which was situated in the center of the Zoroastrian community in Navsari. When they went to the well

 

894-A PARTIALLY BLIND GUJRATI TAILOR PITIED AND SEUGGESTED BABA  FOR AURVEDIC TREATMENT

On one occasion, Baba opened Eruch’s trunk containing cloths. He took out a shirt and a pair of pants, held them up to examine them and motioned to Gaimai, “I must have clothes like this prepared for Agha Ali.”  Gulmai immediately sent for a tailor, a Gujrati 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 her son Eruch.

Reaching that Baba was not speaking, the tailor asked, “Who is he, and why he doesn’t 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.

Th 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 wills surly cure you.

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

“But why go to Europe?  The tailor said. “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 tread 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, “Aye Ram! –O God, 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 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.

 

695-A PATIENT VERY SERIOUSLY ILL TO BREATH HIS LAST BUT HAVING HEARD ABOUT TELEGRAM OF BABA’S VISIT BECOMES PERFECTLY WELL

People of Hamirpur district in Utter Pradesh started writing letters to Baba imploring Him to visit this area. By the time this communication went on one patient became very seriously ill. He was about to breath his last; just then a postman comes with telegram which read, “Baba definitely visiting the district of Hamirpur. Love.” These words acted like a magic on the patient, and at that very moment he becomes, perfectly well, stands erect, and hails “Jai Baba.”

In 1961, During sahwas at Guruprasad, the   when the same patient walked straight to Baba, who was sitting on sofa, for confirming the contents of telegram, there was a loud applause in the hall from the audience. (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-197)

 

696-A PERSIAN WOMAN DURING DARSHAN REFERRED BABA AS THE OMNISCIENT ONE.

On 28th December 1927, a woman came for Baba's darshan 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- 876-1927)

 

697-A PERSIAN WOMAN FROM IRAN WAS TOLD THAT ONLY 100 PERCENT HONESTY LEADS ONE TO BABA. NEVER POSE

During darshan program in year 1965, a woman from Iran, Baba said to her, "Only 100 percent honesty leads one to Baba. Never pose. Be outwardly what you are within." (Lord Meher-p-5144-1965)

 

698-A  PERSIAN WOMAN WHILE TAKING DARSHAN, WEPT BITTERLY AND TOLD I CANNOT BEAR YOUR SEPARATION

During darshan program in year 1965, one Persian woman, while taking darshan, wept bitterly and told Baba, "I cannot bear your separation."

Baba replied, "I too cannot bear my own separation!" (Lord Meher-p-5144-1965)

 

699-A PERSON FROM THE ARYA SAMAJ (AN ULTRA-NATIONALISTIC HINDU ORGANIZATION) SPOKE TO THE GATHERING ABOUT BABA AT GEORGE TOWN

Meher Baba's 40th birthday was celebrated on 18th February 1934, with great éclat. Programs of arti, bhajan singing and darshan began in morning. A few private interviews were granted during the mid-day interval and again in evening after a recital by a professional singer.

After dinner, Baba agreed to appear at a smaller function held at George Town, where a person from the Arya Samaj (an ultra-nationalistic Hindu organization) spoke to the gathering about Baba. (Lord Meher-p-1590-1934)

 

700-A PERSON HAD NO QUESTIONS ONLY WANTED THE MASTER'S CONTACT

A person who also no questions had said he only wanted the Master's contact, to which Baba commented: "If it is true that I know everything, then there is no need to ask me questions. And if you feel I do not know, what is the use of asking me as I would not then be able to help you (Lord Meher-p-1631)