SL NO 801 TO 900

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INSPIRING EPISODES

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ALPHABET A

SL NO 801 TO 900

801-A YOGI TRAVERSING TOWARD LAXMAN JHULA IN RISHIKESH DID SASHTANG NAMASKAR AFTER EVERY STEP. BABA OFFERED OBEISANCE BY PLACING HIS HEAD ON THE YOGI'S FEET

On their way back to Rishikesh, they noticed a yogi traversing toward Laxman Jhula (bridge). In a most painfully slow manner, he was prostrating himself completely face-down on the ground after every step he took — it is known as sashtang namaskar. He was naked, and his body was covered with dirt and sweat. Baba offered him his obeisance, placing his head on the yogi's feet. (Lord Meher-p-2891-1950)

 

802-A YOUNG BOY BEGAN READING FROM A HOLY BOOK AND SHED TEARS WITH EACH LINE HE READ AT SABIR'S TOMB IN KALYAR

In 1953, Baba wished to offer prayers at midnight, and they drove to Kalyar, near Roorkee, where he could offer prayers at the shrine of the Perfect Master Sabir. Baba urged Hellan to drive faster and faster so that he would be sure to reach Kalyar on time. When they reached Sabir's tomb, Baidul went to the caretaker to request that he open it. The man flatly refused, and Baba had to make do with offering prayers near a marble trellis through which Sabir's grave was visible.

Baba instructed all the men accompanying him to circumambulate Sabir's dargah 101 times.

A young boy who happened to be watching was so touched he began reading from a holy book and began to shed tears with each line he read. (Lord Meher-p-3401-1953)

 

803-A YOUNG BOY IN A PITIABLE CONDITION TO SCHOOL

During the afternoon feast, a young boy in a pitiable condition came into the school. He was dirty, appeared half-starved, and was dressed in ragged clothing. He looked like a beggar but when questioned, he said he was a Parsi. He was brought to Baba who asked him to tell him about himself. The boy began to weep. He said his name was Burjor Sarkari. He claimed he had been mistreated by his relatives and abandoned. He was now homeless and penniless.(Lord Meher-p-812)

 

804-A YOUNG BOY WORKING AT THE MAJESTIC HOTEL IN SRINAGAR HOTEL DISCLOSED BABA’S IDENTITY

During Kashmir tour, Trailokya Nath Dhar among three were eager for Baba's darshan. Dhar, in fact, heard that Baba was staying at the Majestic and went there to meet him on the 19 august 1944. Since Baba was travelling incognito, he was informed that there was no one at the hotel by that name.

Dhar did not give up and asked a young boy working at the hotel if there was a guest there with long hair and a moustache.

The boy at once replied, "Yes, there is a deaf and dumb Maharaja staying on the top floor." A moment later, Baba stuck his head out of an upstairs window and Dhar had his first glimpse of his Beloved. Baba permitted him a few minutes meeting and Dhar became a follower for life. (Lord Meher-p-2424-1944)

 

805-A YOUNG COLLEGE GRADUATE WAS ADVISED TO FACE EVERY SITUATION WITH COMPLETE FAITH IN GOD’S WILL

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

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

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

 

806-A YOUNG DANCER FROM MEHERABAD BROUGHT BY ADI K. IRANI BUT BABA SENT HIM BACK

On 4th February 1934 in Meherabad, Jalbhai brought a young dancer from a nearby village. He danced well as Adi Sr. played the harmonium and Adi Jr. the tabla. But Baba did not keep him and had him driven back to his village. (Lord Meher-p-1588-1933)

 

807-A YOUNG FIREMAN CAME TO BABA WITH A GIFT OF FRUIT

One young fireman came with a gift of fruit and asked Baba, "How can I open my heart more, love more?" Baba told him to repeat his name 100 times at midnight. (Lord Meher-p-4077)

 

808-A YOUNG SADHU LIVED IN A TEMPLE NEAR DEHRADUN CAME AND CONVERSED WITH BABA

Dressed in a purple robe, a young sadhu who lived in a temple near Dehra Dun had come for darshan in the morning, and Baba made him sit beside him. He came again in the afternoon and wanted to ask Baba something. Eruch discouraged him, but Baba allowed him to speak his mind. This conversation ensued:

The young sadhu said, "My sadhana (spiritual practice) goes on, but I pray to you to render me any inner spiritual help you can give."

"How do you sleep?" Baba asked.

"I sleep in a seated position. I keep a table in front of me and sleep for five hours."

"How many times do you take food?"

"Only once a day."

"Where do you live and from where do you get your meals?"

"I live in a temple; whatever people offer, I eat."

"Have you any attachments?"

"I have a few connections with some people, not as a Master and disciple, but out of devotion."

"Do people touch your feet?"

"Yes."

"Are you serious about God?"

"Yes, I have an intense desire and longing for that."

"Do you get good or bad thoughts in your mind?"

"I don't have good thoughts for all 24 hours of the day. Some thoughts are ordinary and some are of acute intensity. But the body is unable to bear hardships. When I meditate or think of God, I get a headache and so on and so forth."

Baba responded, "Although no interviews are allowed today, Eruch told me a few times that you needed spiritual help on the Path. If you really want my help, do two things and God will help you. These are:

"First: Don't allow anyone to bow down to you; on the contrary, you should bow down to them.

These two things which I have told you are the best of all sadhanas, but they are also very difficult. Even rishis and munis cannot do them. Stick to these two things, which have everything in them. Start from today and let God feel that you are serious about Him. This has, however, no connection with the way you like to sleep or eat, which you may do in any manner you like. Remember that if even one person bows down to you, then the whole thing are lost. This order stands good for a period of eleven months only. Thereafter we shall see what God does."

The sadhu left joyfully, promising Baba he would put into effect his instructions from that night.

"Second: At exactly twelve o'clock midnight from today, cry out loudly 'Parabrahma Paramatma,' but only once. Shout it out in such a way as if God were deaf. Then after five minutes, only once in the same loud voice shout 'BABA' as if Baba is deaf. (Lord Meher-p-3299/30-1953)

 

809-A YOUNG SOUND ENGINEER, PETER BRUGMAN HAD STRANGE AND DEEP EXPERIENCE SEEING BABA

A memory of filming Meher Baba that really stands out is that of the very strong spiritual power of Meher Baba. I sensed that directly when I first saw him. An old man with fair skin and greying hair, dressed in white, sitting in his white room on white cushions. His eyes had a remarkable power that is difficult to describe: very lively, speaking, open, warm, understanding, encouraging, loving. It was a very strange experience that, although I had never seen it before, it seemed as if I could understand his sign language quite well. It was as if he could communicate with me in a very direct way — as if he could speak directly with my soul. It was really a very strange and deep experience that I have thought about many times in my life. I still feel very privileged to have met him. (Lord Meher-p-5289)

 

810-A YOUNG WOMAN ASKED BABA DON’T YOU CHEAT, BABA SAID WHEN HE WAS AT SCHOOL, HE HAD TO ALWAYS CHEAT IN ARITHMETIC TO GET THROUGH EXAMINATIONS

On 25th May 1963, at Guruprasad, a young woman who had appeared for an examination in medicine came to see Baba. Baba asked her how she fared. She replied, “Not to my satisfaction. Baba.”  Baba don’t you cheat?” she said, “No.” Baba then told us that when He was at school, He had to always cheat in arithmetic to get through His examinations! (Glimpses of Guruprasad-p-328)

 

811-A YOUNG WOMAN WANTED TO DEVELOP THE DIVINE WITHIN BABA SAID YOU WILL ACHIEVE BY MY HELP

A young woman wanted to develop the divine within, but felt she could not achieve it herself, without help. Baba responded, "You will achieve it by my help. Never be disheartened. It is all within, and I will help you to 'open' it."

 

812-A YOUNG WOMAN WITH HER BOY-FRIEND SUDDENLY KNELT AT BABA’S FEET AND WEPT

A young woman with her boyfriend happened to be strolling past the hotel. When they saw the queue waiting to take Baba's darshan inside, they joined it.

When their turn came to face him, Baba greeted them. Without consciously knowing why, the girl looked at the radiant being before her and suddenly knelt at his feet and wept. The young man knelt down; too, no doubt wondering what was happening to them. Baba patted them both and made them sit on the floor beside him throughout the rest of the afternoon. (Lord Meher-p-3976)

 

813-ABBAS ALI, A BOY WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM ASHRAM; BABA BECAME VERY SAD AND SERIOUS

On 17th February 1928, Baba mentioned that two of the boys, Aga Ali and Muhammad Hussein, were almost ready for a spiritual push, requiring only "the last touch." There was a long discussion with Raosaheb, Buasaheb, and Baidul about these two boys, whose fathers had not yet signed the agreement (regarding keeping their sons in the ashram for a stipulated period of time). Suddenly that morning, Muhammad Hussein's elder brother came to take him and another boy, Abbas Ali, away from the ashram. Baba became very sad and serious when he was informed, and retired inside, refusing to see any of the visitors and telling all to leave. . (Lord-Meher-p- 908-1928

 

814-ABDUL MAJID KHAN A TAHSILDAR IN SAONER CAME FINELY DRESSED BABA APPRECIATED

From Madhya Pradesh group, to Abdul Majid Khan, another tahsildar (revenue official) in Saoner, Baba stated, "I am very pleased with you. How finely you have dressed!" Taking his hat, Baba put it on his own head. Returning it to Majid Khan, Baba stated, "Now, be worthy of it." (Lord Meher-p-3641)

 

815-ABDUL MAJID KHAN PLACED A LARGE GARLAND OF WET ROSES AROUND BABA'S NECK

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

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

I am on every level. I am level with even the dust under my feet. Everyone experiences me as being on his own level. You see me here with your physical eyes because I am physically present here. In the same way, those on the Path on different planes take me as belonging to their own particular plane. When man attains God-realization, he loses his body consciousness completely. He is not conscious of any of his three bodies — gross, subtle or mental. In that condition, nothing affects him, neither heat nor cold nor rain nor illness. But no sooner he comes down to normal consciousness, his body is subject to all changes, to cold, cough and other illnesses. Up to now, during the month of sahavas, I have not had a cold or cough, and that is why I told you this morning not to garland me. Once Sai Baba suffered from measles for 40 days. (Lord Meher-p-3872)

 

816-ABDUL MAJID KHAN GAVE A RUPEE TO A MAST; BABA SAID I AM THE SAHEB-E-ZAMAN. CATCH HOLD THE ROOT NOT BRANCHES

In year 1958, referring to the mast whom he kept aloof, Baba stated, “We all are staying here together as companions. I have heard that two men approached the mast and gave him two rupees and laddoos. I had strictly forbidden it on the Hill.

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

Abdul Majid Khan stood up and confessed having given the mast a rupee. Baba corrected him, emphatically stating, “I am the Saheb-e-Zaman, the Master of the Age. Why are you catching hold of the branches? Why don’t you hold fast to the root? In the depth of your heart you should enthrone me as God!” Baba then embraced 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 how pleased he was with them for their honesty. (Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 15, p. 5304)

 

817-ABDUL MAJID KHAN PICKED UP MARBLE PIECES WHICH HAD GONE FLYING OFF

After taking darshan, V. P. Jha of Bilaspur gave some new marbles to Baba, and Baba immediately began playing with them on the dais. Abdul Majid Khan picked up a marble which had gone flying off the platform and brought it to Baba, who told him to keep it. AdarshKhare also brought back a marble that had fallen from the dais, and Baba demonstrated to him how to strike with it.

Baba then explained how he experienced the sahavas:

It is I alone who bow down to myself and embrace myself; it is I who smile, I who weep. It is Baba who sits on the dais, and it is Baba squatting on the floor of the pandal. Baba meets Baba, Baba comforts Baba. It is Baba who pats each one lovingly, and it is Baba who is being patted. It is all Baba, Baba, Baba! That is my experience.

 

818-ABDUL MAJID KHAN WAS ASKED TO FOCUS 100 PERCEN ATTENTION

he meeting tent was full to capacity long before 3:30, as the Dehra Dun bhajan group added fire to the Wine with lively, ecstatic singing. Baba entered the pandal looking serious and sat on the dais. Baba called Abdul Majid Khan and urged him, "Focus your attention on me 100 percent, and I say this because I love you."(Lord Meher-p- 4276)

 

819-ABDUL RAHAMAN SON OF RAMJOO WAS NICKNAMED BARSOAP

Abdul Bahaman being Son of Ramjoo was in Baba’s love since child hood. Introducing Abdur Rehman, Baba remarked, "He is My childhood langoti friend (bosom buddy)." Abdur Rehman then sang ghazals.

In 1923, after an incident, Baba nicknamed Abdul Rahaman “Barsoap”. During the meal, a humorous incident occurred. By everyone's plate there was a small dish containing a piece of soap, cut artistically to resemble an after-dinner mint. This was meant for people to wash their hands after the meal. Dinner was almost over when Abdur Rehman popped the piece of soap into his mouth, thinking it to be a piece of cheese! He immediately spat it out and tried to pretend nothing had happened, but his mis-judgment did not escape the notice of those at his table. Word of this amusing incident soon spread, causing laughter as soon as the story was repeated. When Baba came to know about it, he called Abdur Rehman and asked, "Don't you know how to behave? Why did you eat the Barsoap?"

Embarrassed, Abdur nervously explained, "Sometimes, at the end of feasts, there is a small piece of cheese or sweets served ... I ate it, thinking it to be cheese."

Soon after, to add further to Abdur Rehman's discomfort, Baba had the gong struck to gather the mandali and told them to read what he had written on the notice board. From today, Abdur should be called CHEESE. — Merwan

 

820-ABDUL RAHAMAN KACHWALA A SINGER THOUGH TIRED BUT BABA ASKED HIM TO SING ONE MORE GHAZAL AND PRESENTED A HANDKERCHIEF

At Baba's pleasure, Kachwala sang without a break and became quite tired. He pleaded to Baba, "I am exhausted; I cannot sing anymore now." But Baba asked him to sing one more ghazal. Kachwala was the first qawaal whom Baba had prevailed upon to sing until he could no longer continue! As a reward, Baba presented him with one of his handkerchiefs, and permitted the singer and musicians to touch and kiss his hand. (Lord Meher-p-5282)

 

821-ABDUL REZAK SERVED REFRESHMENTS FOR BABA AND MANDALI IN KHOPOLI BUT PREFERRED TO STAY OUTSIDE

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

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

On 19th November 1922, a Muslim named Nasir Ahmed came to meet Baba. When asked how he had come to know about the Master, Nasir narrated this recent incident:

"One day, when I returned home, my servant informed me that an unexpected guest was waiting to meet me. The guest turned out to be a venerable old man, who said his name was Abdul Wahid. During our conversation, he casually hinted that I should go to meet Meher Baba. I informed him that, although I had heard of the Irani Master, I hesitated to go for his darshan since he was not a Muslim Master.

"Then explained to me: 'Masters have no religion. Meher Baba is the first of our time. He has been appointed the special duty of creating as many walis [saints] as possible. At present, his state is such that he can transform anyone whom he embraces into a saint! Go meet Meher Baba and give him my salaams.' "

Baba's response was a smile and he remarked that Abdul Wahid was spiritually advanced, and that Nasir was fortunate to have heeded his advice. (Lord Meher-p-368-1922)

 

822-ABDUL TAYAB WENT TO BOMBAY TO PERSUADE THE OWNER OF BUNGALOW AT WALVAN TO LEND IT FREE OF CHARGE BUT COULD NOT

On 24th November 1923 Baba reached Bombay. He informed the mandali, to go for strict seclusion. Baba, with others left for Lonavla by train. Baba detrained at Khandala so those in Lonavla would not know of His arrival. Ghani and Ramjoo borrowed Abdul Tayab's car and drove to a bungalow at Walvan that was under Abdul Tayab's charge, Baba stayed in Walvan and inspected different proposed sites for His seclusion, but did not approve of any. Finally he said, "If this (Walvan) bungalow can be given free for a month or two, I will remain here in seclusion.

Abdul Tayab went to Bombay to persuade the bungalow's owner to lend it free of charge; meanwhile, Baba expressed his wish to go somewhere in the Ahmednagar area. Ghani complained to him, "Your constant changes frighten us. Why don't you chalk out a definite plan and then stick to it?!"

Baba replied, "The very fact of these frequent changes is testimony to my being changeless. My plans are always definite, and there is no room for the slightest deviation. What you see as 'change' is the very body of a fixed plan — an inseparable part of a definite plan!"

Soon after, Abdul Tayab's telegram from Bombay was received, stating that the bungalow at Walvan was not available as the owner intended to use it himself.

On Thursday, 29 November Baba sent for Vajifdar from Bombay and, after talking with him in private, made him immediately return. Thereafter, Baba proceeded to the station by car, well before the train's arrival, and remained seated in the car until it was time for departure. But the driver had informed his family about Meher Baba's arrival, and soon a crowd gathered near the car. The presence of the curious crowd perturbed Baba, so he entered the train. Baba had called only Papa Miya (a local lover), Abdul Tayab and Dr. Bhiwalkar to the station; but, due to the throng around the compartment, they could not even see him. Amidst the confusion, Baba and Gustadji departed at 8:30 P.M. for an unknown destination, leaving Ghani and Ramjoo guessing where they were headed. (Lord Meher-p-523)

 

823-ABDULLA (CHOTA BABA) REMAINED INSIDE THE CABIN, SITTING NEXT TO BABA, ON BEING ASKED HE SAID, I SEE YOU IN EVERYTHING, CONTINUALLY, EVEN DURING SLEEP

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

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

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

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

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

"Have you any desires? Any thoughts?"

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

 

824-ABDULLA A. R. BAGGU SON OF RAMJOO AND BIBI DAUGHTER OF GHANI WERE MARRIED IN NASIK

In 1942, Ghani had been in Lonavla and Baba met him on His return. Ramjoo also returned on the 29th, and Baba discussed their upcoming family wedding between Ramjoo's son and Ghani's daughter. (Lord Meher-p-2303-1942)

On the 11th November 1942,, Baba and some of the mandali drove to Nasik to attend the wedding of Ramjoo's son, Baggu, to Ghani's daughter, Bibi.  Baba and Pendu went with Sarosh in his car, driven by him; Adi Sr. drove his Opel with Eruch, Adi Jr. and Savak as passengers. Raosaheb, Kaka Baria and Chanji had also come from Bombay. Baba returned to Lonavla late the same night.

Baggu's twelve-year-old brother Ali had his doubts about Baba's divinity. During the wedding, their older brother Dadu shot a short film, and Baba turned his head and raised his hand as Dadu was filming him. Ali saw this and thought: "Baba is acting so his picture will come out better. Were he really God, he would not care about such things. Prophet Muhammad never permitted his likeness to be depicted." Thus, Ali had his doubts about Baba, which were to remain for many years. (Lord Meher-p-2305-1942)

Until February 16th, 1952, Baba said I want to feel that Ghani is still in the physical body, and Baba have therefore asked Ghani's son-in-law Baggu, who was not present at the meeting of June 28 1952, to act as Ghani's proxy on October 16 by fasting and saying the prayer for Baba. Ramjoo had been instructed to convey to Baggu such a full and vivid picture of the meeting that he will feel himself to have been actually present at it. In this way, Ghani's duty as one of the witnesses to Baba’s “My Declaration” was fulfilled.(Lord Meher-p-3007-1951)

 

825-ABDULLA  HAROON JAFFER AN ASTHMATIC MEDITATED WITHOUT SLEEP

In 1952, Abdulla Jaffer related his experience to Baba. He said, "Baba, when I was repeating Allah Hu this morning, I was about to fall asleep. But that very moment, I saw you sitting on my bed, and this saved the near break in the continuous repetition of God's name."

Abdulla Zaffer, who was an asthmatic, had trouble repeating God’s name while seated, so he would stand from 3.00 to 5.00 A.M. and say God’s name. Because he had almost fallen sleep, Nana Kher was instructed by Baba to keep him company and thus make certain that there was no break in the repetition. From that night on, Nana had to remain with Abdulla and also with Gadekar, since he too suffered from asthma.

Early disciple, Abdulla Haroon Jaffer, died two weeks before in Nasik, on 23 November 1953. Baba said, “Like others Abdulla Jaffer in his life had loved Me with all his heart.

 

826-ABDULLA HAROON JAFFER WON COURT CASE AFTER 10 YEARS

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

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

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

 

827-ADAM A KASHMIRI BOYS IN SRINAGAR WHOM BABA IMMEDIATELY LIKED AND BROUGHT TO HIS RESIDENCE

While Vishnu and Raosaheb were at Harvan, Baba went sightseeing in Srinagar with Chanji, Ali Akbar, and Tulsi. They walked around the city streets and bazaar. Baba spotted two Kashmiri boys named Rehman and Adam, whom He immediately liked and had brought back to His residence. There, Baba began cooking cabbage and the boys were amazed to see "a guru" doing such work. Baba admonished them, "Never feel ashamed to do any useful work." (Lord Meher-p-1186)

Adel Kharas brother of Minoo Kharas from Pakistan was embraced and caressed lovingly by Baba

 

828-ADARSH KHARE ASKED BABA FOR LOVE WHEREBY HE COULD SEE HIM

Sept. 1954) Adarsh Khare said, “I want such love whereby I can really see you.”

Baba replied, “For such love, my grace is required. If showered spontaneously and of my own accord, it is like nectar. If asked for, it is like plain water. If anyone insists on it, it proves like poison. So, just go on thinking of me, and leave everything to me. ‘Say, Baba, your will is my will.’ ”

Baba continued, “I will tell you something about lust and love. It has such a feeble link of demarcation that lust can be thought of as love, and love as lust; and yet, love takes you to God, and lust binds you in illusion. The sign of love is one: love never asks for anything. The lover gives all to the Beloved. Lust wants everything. Remember that one who wants nothing is never disappointed. He who wants nothing has everything.” (Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, p. 4530)

 

829-ADEL KHARAS BROTHER OF MINOO KHARAS FROM PAKISTAN WAS EMBRACED AND CARESSED LOVINGLY BY BABA

Baba embraced and caressed him lovingly, releasing his Breeze of Joy in his heart. There was a ban on touching Baba's feet, but Minoo Kharas' brother Adel was unaware of it and bowed down to Baba. Baba did the same to him. (Lord Meher-p-2939-1950)

 

830-ADELE WOLKIN WAS ASKED BY BABA A JOKE OR A RELIGIOUS STORY.”

Once, in the evening, Baba said, to Adele Wolkin, “I want a joke or a religious story.”

He didn't know of any joke, so he said, "Well, why did Peter betray Jesus three times? And it was predicted. Jesus said, "Before the cock crows three times, you will have denied me three times.” That was what happened.

Baba said, "Peter loved Me the most." Baba makes everything into something wonderfully positive. He always says that I want you to be happy. And He makes anything that has the slightest negativity converted. Baba said, "Peter loved Me the most. And what he did, he had to do.”

And then Delia (DeLeon) said, "But Baba, what about Judas?" Baba had already, in India, given them a lot of information about the story of the Christ, but she did bring that up. She may not have been clear about it.

Baba said, "Judas served Me the best. What he did no one else could do, so he served Me the best. He was one of the God-realised disciples.”

At that point, everyone started wondering about this and that, and about the suicide of Judas. Baba said Judas did what he did under a veil - he couldn't have done it otherwise -whereas Peter did it consciously.

 

831-ADER DESAI BROTHER OK KEKI DESAI OF DELHI AND ONE OF OLDEST LOVER OF NAVSARI SAID THERE IS NO ONE MORE WORTHY OF LOVE THAN YOU."

In the summer of 1956, few Navsari Baba lovers met Baba at Guruprasad. Poona. On the last day of His stay, while returning back to Ahmednagar, Baba would always visit the Botanical Gardens. At the Botanical Gardens, seated amidst His lovers, Baba suddenly asked, “Who am I? What do you think is My stats? Most Baba lovers replied GOD, Avatar or Sadguru. Baba then turned to Ader Desai with the same question and Ader Desai said, “I don’t believe you are you are Avatar” “then who am I? Baba asked and he once again firmly replied, “You are an Aunsh Avatar. (A fraction of the Avatar) “Is anybody higher than Me? Asked Baba. “Nobody Baba, for me you are the highest of high.” Baba the said, “Don’t worry, and continue to believe whatever you think I am, but believe it honestly.” (Reminiscences of Meher Baba lovers from Navsari p-87-88 by Dr. Ajit B. Soni.)

On the morning of 28th January 1956, Baba left Meherazad for Bombay with several of the mandali. The next day Baba from Bombay boarded a train for Navsari with ten of the men. Many Bombay lovers accompanied Him in a separate compartment. It had been eighteen long years since Baba had been to Navsari; he had not returned there after Sohrabji Desai's demise in December 1937.

On Sunday, 2 June 1957, Baba held meeting with 43 of His lovers from Navsari, Bajwa and Surat at Ganeshkhind, and repeated verbatim what He had stated at the previous "warning" meeting in May about visiting saints. Baba exhorted them to hold firmly to his daaman, as the black cloud was fast approaching, and he again emphasized the fact that He was the true Avatar of this age. "Age after age," Baba said, "Five Sadgurus control the affairs of the world. They don't suffer — they bring Me down to take on the suffering of the world."

Ader Desai (Keki Desai's brother) promptly said, "Baba, I love you so much, but the idea of God coming down as the Avatar does not penetrate into my heart, however much I try to make it do so. I tell others that you are the Avatar, but to be honest I have no such conviction, though I desire it very much."

Baba asked him, "Do you love someone more than me? Have you come across anyone greater than me?"

Ader replied, "No, there is no one more worthy of love than you."

Baba assured him, "Then that is enough. Why worry? Try to love me more and more. But remember one thing: Never tell others what you do not feel yourself. Tell others only what you honestly take me to be. I am everything, and one can honestly believe anything." (Lord Meher-p- 4178-1957)

 

832-ADI ARJANI OF KARACHI SHOULDERED THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ARRANGE FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF BABA

In 1958, Dr. Deshmukh wanted to have group photographs taken with Baba, but Eruch explained that there was no time. On Deshmukh's insistence, Baba asked who would take this responsibility. He added that if the person who took the responsibility failed to fulfill it, he would have to fast for seven days on water — not for any spiritual benefit, but as a punishment! Adi Arjani of Karachi was prepared to shoulder the responsibility and to arrange for the photographs to be taken on the 19th between 9 and 10:00 A.M. Baba decided the photographs should be taken at lower Meherabad rather than on the hill.

Even though Baba did not like the idea of photographs at this time, he agreed to the plan to please those who wanted it, but he remarked, "What is the use of having my photograph on paper; it would be best to establish it in one's heart."

Ramjoo opposed the taking of photographs, and a discussion (sometimes heated!) ensued between those in favor of it and those against it.

On December 31st, (1964) Baba dictated this special message to be sent to Adi Arjani in Pakistan, who did a daily-diary project of collecting Baba’s statements:

“To love those whom you could not hate is natural; but to love those whom you cannot love is to love me as I should be loved.” (Lord Meher-6298-1964)

 

833-ADI JR. (ADI SHERIYAR IRANI) YOUNGER BROTHER OF BABA WAS SLAPPED BY BABA FOR MISCHIEVOUSLY CHEWING TOBACCO FROM BABA’S BOX

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

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

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

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

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

 

834-ADI JR. BABA’S BROTHER STUDYING IN DECCAN COLLEGE WAS ASKED TO BE DOCTOR IN HIS ASHRAM

When Meher Baba went to Poona it was specifically to meet his brother Adi Jr. who was then studying in Deccan College. Baba took him aside and asked through Chanji, “How are you doing in college.”

“All right,” Adi replied.

“Do you like it?’ Baba asked, Ali assured him that his studies were going fine. By the manner in which Baba was questioning him, Adi knew Baba had something up in his sleeve but he did not know what, “Are you happy here?” pressed Baba. Adi answered that he was. After being assured that Adi was doing all right, Baba left for Nasik.

Baba arrived in Nasik on October 1st. Soon after, however, he sent Adi a telegram informing him to come to Nasik at once. When Adi arrived, he was called alone to Baba’s room. Again Baba asked, “Are you really happy in college?” Adi assured him that he was happy. Baba then asked, “Do you really want to become a doctor?”

Adi said, “Yes. Then I will join you and become ashram doctor.”

Baba then shocked Adi with this question, “Which would you rather be, My ashram doctor or my Vivekananda?”

Adi was filled with great aspirations at that time and thought to himself: “My God, be a doctor and be damned, or to be Vivekananda?” Adi accepted Baba’s offer and was ordered to join the ashram in Nasik immediately.

Adi returned to Poona and told his mother he was giving up his medical studies, dropping out of the college and going to live in Nasik. Baba had given Adi the courage he needed to face his mother, who strongly objected the idea. There were two terrific arguments between mother and son, but Adi was adamant and moved to Nasik soon afterward.  Every day he kept expecting the miracle of perfection to happen - to become like Vivekananda. As months and years passed on, Adi accepted his own unique fate and difficult role as “Baba’s brother,” and eventually, realized the role of Vivekananda had just hat been bait.

 

835-ADI JUNIOR CONDUCTED A HOMEOPATHIC DISPENSARY, A MAN DEMANDED GOOD MEDICINE AND DID NOT LEAVE

Adi Sheriar Irani, Baba’s youngest brother, lived in London. He travelled with Baba to the West in the thirties and lived in the ashram from time to time.

Baba's brother Adi Jr. conducted a homeopathic dispensary in Meherabad periodically, from 1936 to 1944. Once a sick person came to him, but even when he was given medicine, he did not leave. Adi told him graciously, "I have given you your medicine; now you may go." The man demanded, "I want good medicine." Adi replied, "But this is good medicine, it will make you well." The man demanded. "Give me some medicine which will cure me instantly," "You are Baba's brother, and only you can give such medicine." Adi tried to persuade him to leave, but he would not budge. Getting fed up, Adi said, "Brother, kindly leave. Don't bother me further." But the man continued sitting there.

Soon Baba came along. Adi explained the situation to Baba, concluding, "This fellow is a real headache!" Baba replied, "If he is a headache to you, it is good. You should thank him. He is teaching you forbearance. Be grateful to him. You are not obliging him by giving him medicine. On the contrary, he is obliging you by giving you the chance of serving others."

 

836-ADI JUNIOR WAS ALLOWED TO MEET TALLULAH BANKHEAD BUT NOT TO TOUCH HER BUT THE FAILED AND PLEADED INNOCENT BEFORE BABA

Adi jr. had many stories of his travels with Baba. The following story by Adi describes the mistaken impression of the Hollywood movie stars who became acquainted with Meher Baba. At the reception at the Pickfair, Adi Jr. was staying aloof seated at a table, keeping his worn-out shoe concealed. Tallulah Bankhead came up and sat near him. Adi warned her not to touch him. She explained that she just wanted to talk. During their chat, the actor Gary Cooper came by and Tallulah introduced Adi to the famous actor. Adi, who was feeling self-conscious, simply said how much he admired Mr. Cooper's movies. Other stars came by, and Tallulah also introduced them to Adi who politely, but shyly, shook their hands.

When it was announced that Baba wanted to leave, Tallulah asked Adi if it was possible for him to come to her house the next day for lunch, for she had something to talk about with him. Adi said that he thought it would be possible, but that he'd have to ask Baba. When he approached Baba, Baba replied, "Fine." Then in a stern tone, he further warned, "But do not touch her and do not let her touch you." Adi assured him that nothing ill-intentioned would happen.

Adi went to Tallulah's home, the following afternoon. When he met her, he immediately blurted out, "I am happy to be here, but please do not touch me." She blushed, saying she would not embarrass him. During their lunch, Adi asked what was it that she wanted to talk to him about. Tallulah said that she was in love with a certain man, but that he did not love her, nor showed her any affection. She wanted Adi to persuade his brother (Baba) to cast a "love-spell" on the man, and thereby he would fall in love with her and be hers. Adi was taken aback and assured her that Baba did not do such things and that she was greatly mistaken about the kind of spiritual things Baba taught. Tallulah, nevertheless, insisted that Adi ask his brother if he would cast such a spell. Adi said he would, but explained again that he doubted if Baba would do such a thing.

After Adi returned to the Jones residence, he was feeling quite disturbed about his meeting with Tallulah Bankhead, but did not say anything until he met with Baba. When he did, Baba sternly inquired, "Did you touch her?" Adi pleaded innocent and then explained why she invited him over and what she wanted Baba to do – cast a love-spell on a certain man, so he would fall in love with her. Baba showed his obvious disgust, “ hollywood!”

The general impression among many of the movie stars was that Baba was a yogi or swami of a high class, who possessed occult powers and could influence people's minds. That is why Tallulah made such an inquiry. The Hollywood actors and actresses were famous people whose lives were well publicized, and since Baba had attained much notoriety in the newspapers they had welcomed him as an equally famous person. However, their understanding of true spirituality, or what Meher Baba's Avatarhood really meant, lacked any depth.

 

837-ADI JUNIOR’S WIFE GULU DIED AND ADI MARRIED FRANEY

On 21 February 1944, Baba's brother Adi Jr. and Viloo's younger sister Gulu were married in Poona. Baba sent his blessings from Aurangabad, but did not attend the wedding ceremony. Adi Sr. drove Baba to Toka for the day early in the morning on the 22nd.

On 24th December, 1944, tragedy struck again. Adi Jr.'s wife Gulu died in Ahmednagar an hour after giving birth to a son, named Dara. At 5:00 A.M., Baba had gone from Meherabad to see Gulu at Sarosh's home, Viloo Villa. He had put his hand on her head seconds before she died. It seemed Gulu had been waiting for Baba's arrival before leaving her body. Receiving his blessing, she merged in him at the age of 30.

Baba had approved of His brother Adi Jr. remarrying and had even chosen the date. Accordingly, Adi Jr. was married to Sarosh's niece Franey from Ahmednagar, on Thursday, 20 November. Baba did not attend the marriage ceremony at the Agyari, but called the couple to Khushru Quarters before the wedding for his blessings. Adi Sr. drove Baba there at 2:00 P.M. and he returned to Meherazad at 5:30 P.M. Near Pimpalgaon, four villagers were standing across the road, with their hands raised to stop the car, which Adi did. They informed Baba that they were sincere seekers of the truth, and Baba permitted them darshan and called them to Meherazad, where he gave each a banana.

 

838-ADI K. IRANI ASKED REASON FOR NO RAIN IN AHMEDNAGAR. IT RAINED IMMEDIATELY AFTER BABA TOOK OFF HIS WOOLLEN KAMLI COAT

As the monsoon rains had still not fallen in Ahmednagar, on Friday, 9th September 1927, a group of people came to Baba at Meherabad, praying for rain. Adi Sr. asked Baba, "There are floods elsewhere in India. Why is there no rain in Ahmednagar?" Baba only smiled and would not reply.

Sitting beside the dhuni the next day, Adi repeated his question and requested that Baba produce rain. Baba immediately took off His woollen kamli coat (which He had not done for a very long time, having worn it even at the height of summer in May). Baba remarked, "All the heat has been taken out; there will be cold now," meaning it would rain. As soon as Baba did this, clouds began gathering in the sky, and a heavy rain fell which continued throughout the night.

Baba put the coat on again the next morning and, though still cloudy, it did not rain that day. Baba remarked to the mandali, "You won't be able to understand the significance of the taking off and putting on of this coat." (Lord Meher)

 

839-ADI K. IRANI DID NOT OBEY AND STARTED EATING BREAKING BABA’S ORDER LATER ASKED FOR FORGIVENESS

Once Gulmai, Adi and Sarosh were expected at Satara for a visit. Baba told Sidhu that the instant they arrived he should immediately send Adi to him. They came late in the evening, and, as soon as Sidhu saw Adi, he delivered Baba's message. But Adi was hungry and, instead of going to Baba, he sat down to eat. At that moment, Baba appeared and blamed Sidhu.

Sidhu insisted he had given Adi the message, so Baba retorted, "Why didn't you catch the pig and bring him to me?"

While Baba was reprimanding Sidhu, Adi calmly continued his meal. Turning to him, Baba asked, "Why are you eating like a pig?" Without replying, Adi went on eating. Baba ordered, "Throw your plate away." Adi did it. "Smash it." This too Adi did.

Baba then asked, "Why did you break the plate?" "You told me to," Adi snapped.

"When you're obeying me now, why didn't you obey in the beginning and come to me at once?"

"Forgive me, I was so hungry," Adi said. "I was starving!" Baba broke into a smile and gestured to Adi to finish his meal. (Lord Meher-new volume-p-3178)

 

840-ADI K. IRANI SON OF GULMAI WAS ADVISED BY BABA TO DEVOTE MIND AND HEART TO ME WHILE, AT THE SAME TIME, STUDYING DILIGENTLY AT COLLEGE.

One evening at the hut, Baba told Gulmai's son, Adi, "Keep your actions subject to your obligations. Your obligation is to devote your mind and heart to me while, at the same time, studying diligently at college. But always remember that the chief duty of your life is to think of me."

Adi asked, "Should I think of you even while studying?"

Baba advised, "When studying, have no thought of me; but when you find the time, devote your entire attention toward me, remembering me in the same way in which you naturally remember those whom you love. It is the inner contact that matters."

Once they passed a thick cactus hedge alongside the road. Baba suddenly turned to Adi and asked, "Are you prepared to do anything I tell you, at any time?" Adi answered he was, and the Master ordered, "Take off your topee and throw it into that hedge." Adi was fond of fine clothes and this was his favorite solar topee. (Lord Meher-p-278 & 279)

TO BE ADDED PAGE 279

 

841-DI K. IRANI WAS ASKED TO WRESTLE WITHOUT MUCH EFFORT; BABA PICKED HIM UP AND THREW HIM ON THE FLOOR

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

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

 

842-ADI K.IRANI WAS TOLD BY A WALI IN NASIK THAT YOUR MASTER IS THE REAL EMPEROR BEFORE HIM WE ARE MERE DOGS

After tea on Sunday, January 4th, (1931) Baba desired to play a game of atya-patya and went to his Jhopdi to change clothes. When he returned, he found that the men had not started preparations for the game – sides had not been chosen, nor had the lines on the playing field been drawn. The mandali's negligence caused Baba to become extremely annoyed, and he reprimanded them:

It is painful facts that neither do you care for me, nor for my instructions. I am being worshiped by the angels, walis and pirs, but, you my mandali, your behavior toward me is one of complete indifference. The other day when Adi Sr. had been to the wali in Nasik, the wali told him, "Your Master is the real Emperor before whom we are mere dogs!" The wali used such words for describing me; whereas you, my mandali, pay no attention to my directions. I had clearly expressed my wish to play atya-patya, and it was your duty to prepare for it. But you have not lifted a finger. How painful this is to me and what a pity it is! Remember this well: A day will come when you, one and all, will break your heads and shed tears of blood and repent to the heavens for your indifference.

When you recognize me and come to know fully who I really am, you will feel sorry for yourselves and realize how grossly negligent you were in following my dictates and caring for my words.

Although I now pardon you and your mistake is forgiven, it is not befitting to be so careless. It is not really your mistake but my luck. The same thing happens with every Avatar. He remains unknown in his lifetime, but after he gives up his body, the whole world weeps in repentance for the great loss they have to sustain. Your time of weeping will also come!

 

843-ADI K. IRANI DRIVING BABA TO KHULDABAD MET WITH ACCIDENT HITTING A GIRL

Adi k Irani was driving car carrying baba to Khuldabad. Baba was also insistent that Adi drive faster, but since the roads were bad, he could not do so.

Along the way, about 40 miles from Ahmednagar, near the village of Loni, a group of women crossed the road from right to left. Suddenly, one girl ran back across the road. Adi quickly braked to avoid hitting her, but another girl had unexpectedly followed her, unnoticed by Adi. She was hit by the left front fender and flung to the right side of the road, where she rolled on the dusty ground. Adi immediately stopped the car, and Baba and the others got out to examine her. Cold water was sprinkled on the girl and she regained consciousness. Baba advised that she be removed to a hospital, and Adi took her to the sugar factory clinic nearby with the help of Dhake and Waman. Baba sat down with Eruch and Chhagan under a tree to wait.

Since the girl was the victim of an automobile accident and not a factory-related injury, the doctor at the clinic refused to treat her and said she should be taken to a government civil hospital. Dhake consulted a friend named Desai, who worked in the factory. He managed to persuade the doctor to examine her and determine if she had any serious injuries. The girl was not hurt badly and, after arranging for her treatment, Adi returned to Baba, who was calm and unperturbed. He said, "Of a series of five, this is the third mishap. Two more are still to come! The girl was to die, but was fortunate (that Baba was there)."

He then "hammered" Adi, scolding him, "Why didn't you drive fast? Had you driven as I instructed, we wouldn't have come across the women — we would have passed before they crossed the road. For God's sake, do as I tell you!" (Lord Meher-p-3220)

 

844-ADI NORAS RESIDENT OF NAVSARI AND FRIEND OF KEKI NALAWALA HAD BABA’S DARSHAN WHEN CURTAIN WAS RAISED

In 1941, Keki Nalavala of Dehra Dun and Keki Desai of Delhi had come to meet but Baba had not been allowed even to see his feet. Baba's coquettishness, however, served its purpose, and on Chanji's request Baba agreed to give darshan to the two Kekis in the mandali's bungalow, but only for one minute. Adi Noras, residence was in Navsari and a friend of Keki Desai, was also permitted to come with them but who was working in Dehra Dun. All three were warned beforehand neither to fold their hands, garland, bow down to, or speak to Baba.

They came on 14th April 1942 and were led to Baba's small, ten-foot by ten-foot room. A curtain had been drawn across the room. As Keki Nalavala recalled: "We were made to stand before the small curtained room as stage actors stand on the stage before the curtain is lifted." At exactly 2:00 P.M. the curtain was drawn aside revealing Baba sitting cross-legged in a corner with Jal Kerawalla. "The curtain had been raised, not only in the room," Age observed, "but from their minds and hearts too!"

They had been forbidden to say anything to Baba. But it did not matter, because when they stood in his presence they were so overcome, they could not have said anything even if they had wanted to. Nalavala remembered seeing "the glittering sight of the rising Sun" and being "dumbed, mummed and stunned!" (Lord Meher-p-2266-1942)

 

845-ADI P. DUBASH & RHODA LOST FIVE-YEAR-OLD SON HOMI IN KARACHI.

Adi P. Dubash from Karachi was married to Rhoda . They were devoted to devoted to Meher Baba. In later years the came to Bombay. Many times they came from Karachi To Meherabad to Meet Baba with family. They met and conversed Baba many times. A short account their meeting with Baba is written below as under.

From that time on, Merwan stopped twitching his nose. Not once did he do it again. During the ensuing years, when Baba was in strict seclusion and no correspondence was allowed, Adi and Rhoda would sit in front of Merwan and joke, "Come on, Merwan, twitch your nose so we can send a telegram to Baba!" But Merwan would reply, "Then I will also cable Baba that you made me do it."

Once in Guruprasad, Adi Dubash was playing cards with Baba. He was dealing and dealt Baba a very good hand. Baba inquired, "Have you given me these cards on the sly? Did you deal crookedly?" Adi admitted that he had dealt from the bottom of the deck. So Baba gently twisted his ear, and though he had not applied much pressure Adi's ear pained for several hours.

Karachi is such a dry city that it hardly ever rains. But on that July day, suddenly the sky grew dark and without warning it rained very heavily, more than an inch. Within half an hour, there was knee-deep water in some parts of Karachi. Eight-hundred guests had been invited to the wedding, but only 100 to 150 came. The rain lasted until the end of the ceremonies.

When Rhoda first met Baba at Meherabad, he called her and her husband to him and asked if they had any questions. Rhoda did not say anything, but the thought that kept creeping into her mind was: "You sent me heaven's blessings on my wedding day!" She became his forever. The bride who had wanted to draw her husband away from Baba, was herself brought to his feet.

On 14 August 1952, Baba and the group were supposed to fly from Geneva the next morning, their flight landed in Karachi at 9:00 P.M. the next night. Only Minoo Kharas had been called to the airport in Karachi, but with him had come Adi Dubash, and also Minoo's fiancée Freni Patel. Minoo alone went forward to greet Baba. Reservations for Baba's group to India were difficult to obtain, but Minoo pointed out that Adi could possibly arrange it, as he worked in shipping.

Baba sent for him and asked, "Why were you hiding? Why didn't you come forward?"

Adi replied, "You had not permitted it."

Baba was pleased. Baba and the women were accommodated in rooms at the airport. Minoo kept watch outside Baba's door during the night. The next morning, Adi was called again and instructed to arrange for their plane tickets. His mother Naize, his wife Rhoda and their two small boys, along with Pilamai were also permitted darshan. Somehow, Adi procured four seats on a small plane to India, so Baba left for Bombay with women disciples and others followed on the next available flight the following day. Baba landed in Bombay in the evening on 23 August 1952 and was driven straight to Meherazad.

Several other devotees came to see Baba on the 7th. Adi and Rhoda Dubash (of Karachi) came. Baba said to Adi, "Aren't you satisfied yet, since you stayed with me in Meherabad for so many days? Perhaps Rhoda has brought you here."

A letter was read out from a girls' school principal who requested a specific message from Baba. Baba dictated, "The girls should be taught so that they may diffuse love at home and everywhere."

Thereafter, Baba asked Adi, "How is Rhoda as a wife?"

"A-1 (Number one)!" Adi replied emphatically.

Baba asked Rhoda about Adi as a husband. "A-1," she, too, said.

Thereafter, Baba informed the principal, "Now, there is no need for any message. Let Adi and Rhoda mount the stage during the school assembly as an example of an ideal couple."

Baba sent Rhoda away and kept Adi in Rosewood for the function that evening, at which time he would be "giving up" the alphabet board, as he had previously declared.

Before she left, Baba asked Rhoda something curious. "If I ask you to give me one of your sons would you give him to me willingly?" Baba said.

"Of course, Baba," Rhoda replied. "They are yours." Nevertheless, as she sat in a corner while Baba spoke with the mandali, tears welled up in her eyes. Even from a distance, Baba noticed this and commented, "Why are you crying now? A time will come when you will weep without stopping." No one understood to what Baba was referring, but they would find out six months later.

On 13th March 1958, Baba proceeded in Meherjee's car to Bombay, with mandali men to obtain visas for his journey. They stayed at Ashiana. Adi and Rhoda Dubash were in Bombay at the time. Their eleven-year-old son Merwan had not been able to attend the sahavas since he was too young, so Baba saw the boy at Ashiana.

 

Baba asked Eruch to inform the gathering about the accidental death of Adi and Rhoda Dubash's five-year-old son Homi in Karachi the previous week. When Baba and the mandali were returning from America and Europe in 1952, Rhoda and Adi met Baba at the airport in Karachi, with their two sons. Rhoda wanted to put Homi in Baba's arms, but Baba stopped her, and instead took their eight-year-old son Merwan on his lap. Similarly, when Adi and Rhoda had met Baba in Satara after the September 1954 meeting, Baba asked her about Merwan but not about Homi. Baba had said, "If I ask you to give me one of your sons, would you give him to me willingly?" Rhoda had replied that she would.

It was on the afternoon of 16th April 1955 when little Homi (son of Adi & Rhoda Dubash) fell down from the first story window of their home at 3:30 P.M., and was rushed to the hospital, where he died within half an hour, without regaining consciousness.

Baba had previously issued orders to his lovers to take Baba's name for 24 hours nonstop for one month. The Karachi group of lovers had therefore arranged the nonstop repetition of Baba's name in turns. Just after the child had plunged to his death, it was Adi Dubash's turn to participate in the repetition. Even at that critical time, he did his turn. It was Rhoda's turn next and she, too, did it. Only after someone persuaded Rhoda to allow her to take her place did they perform the last rites of their young son. They consoled themselves with the thought that Baba had wanted Homi and took him.

At the time, Baba had sent this consoling telegram: "Little Homi has come to me and is with me." A small photograph of Homi was also sent to Baba. Even though it was daytime, Baba asked for a flashlight, shined it on the photograph and later had it mailed back to the Dubash family with instructions to have it framed.

During the program in 1958, the men had been sitting on one side of the pandal, and the women on the other. There were hundreds present, and in such a throng, Rhoda Dubash wondered if Baba had noticed her, as she had been sitting at the far back the entire time. Niranjan Singh was sitting opposite her across the aisle. Moments later, Baba asked over the microphone, "Niranjan Singh, why did you change your seat today? I cannot see you." Rhoda was taken aback. Although Baba had questioned Niranjan, his remarks seemed directed at her, because Niranjan had not changed his seat that day.

On 19th May 1963, Rhoda Dubash arrived that day with her son, Merwan. They embraced Baba, and Rhoda informed him how ill Merwan had been after she and Adi had returned home from the East-West Gathering. His Senior Cambridge exam was to start shortly after Merwan returned to Karachi from the East-West Gathering, but on his return he became sick with a very strong attack of measles. The Parsi community in Karachi criticized Adi and Rhoda for taking their son for Baba's darshan when his exams were so near. After missing the first three papers, Merwan's doctor allowed him to appear for the rest of the exams, but all expected him to fail. The result astounded everyone as he was the only Parsi to pass First Class at the top of his class, despite having not appeared for the first three exams.

On 26th May 1963, in morning a few persons returned to Guruprasad. Baba told everyone present to take his darshan. Rhoda Dubash put her head on his feet three times: once for herself; once for her husband Adi; and once for their five-year-old son Homi, who had fallen out of a window and had died eight years before.

Once in Guruprasad, Adi Dubash was playing cards with Baba. He was dealing and dealt Baba a very good hand. Baba inquired, "Have you given me these cards on the sly? Did you deal crookedly?" Adi admitted that he had dealt from the bottom of the deck. So Baba gently twisted his ear, and though he had not applied much pressure Adi's ear pained for several hours.

Adi and Rhoda Dubash had come for the darshan from Karachi, and Baba asked them to stay in Poona until the end of June 1965. They would visit Guruprasad daily.

The next morning, the wedding party came to Guruprasad. Among those seated before Baba were Adi and Rhoda Dubash. After the usual greetings, Baba asked Viloo and Sarosh about the wedding. Viloo complained, "Baba, it rained so much!"

Baba replied, "Well, your son asked for my blessing and I gave it to him." Turning to Rhoda Dubash, he gestured towards her and said, "Ask her what happened on her wedding day."

A similar incident had happened to Rhoda at the time of her wedding in 1945 in Pakistan. She did not believe in Baba then and had issued a challenge to him, saying in her heart: "If you are what they say you are, you will send me heaven's blessings on my wedding day!" And likewise, it had poured down rain that day. But Rhoda had never mentioned this incident or her challenge to Baba! That day in Guruprasad, when Baba addressed her, she was so taken by surprise, she could only gape. In her heart she had known it was Baba who had sent his blessings on her wedding day, but now God Himself was confirming it.

Eruch said, "Well Rhoda, what happened on your wedding day? We are waiting."

Rhoda began to narrate the story and while she was speaking, Baba interrupted to remind her, "You did not tell them that, after throwing this challenge at me, you completely forgot about it until after the wedding," which was indeed true.

In June 1965, Adi Dubash had had to return to Karachi for work, but Rhoda and their son Merwan remained in Poona, coming to Guruprasad daily. Rhoda was enlisted to help type correspondence, and would work in a small room adjoining the hall. One day, from his chair, Baba noticed her and, moving his fingers, he mimicked her typing. Sometimes, Mehera would invite Rhoda to have lunch with Baba and the women. Baba would on occasion tease Rhoda Dubash about her being a notoriously slow eater. When she was having lunch with Baba on 27 June 1965, handing her a large sliced mango, Baba asked her to finish it in less than five minutes. At first Rhoda took it as a joke, but Baba motioned, "Now, only four minutes are left. Hurry!" Seeing that he was serious, Rhoda began eating the fruit as fast as she could. "Now only one minute is left!" Baba indicated. So Rhoda shoved the remaining pieces into her mouth, and Baba clapped. The other women laughed uproariously at her swollen cheeks, and Baba gestured to her, "Now go into the next room and slowly chew what you have in your mouth." (Lord Meher-p-5160-1965)

 

846-ADI P. DUBASH & RHODA REQUESTED BABA TO REMOVE THE NOSE TWISTING HABIT OF HIS SON

Baba allowed Adi Dubash to come to Guruprasad daily. For months, his son, Merwan, had the habit of twisting his nose. He would do it at any time and often. Adi and Rhoda tried everything to make him stop, but nothing worked.

Once, when all three were present in Guruprasad, Baba asked Dadi Kerawala, "What are you thinking?"

Dadi replied, "You know it, Baba!"

Baba commented, "I have told you many times that I will give you a wife as beautiful as the moon, and still you are thinking about it. You must have complete faith in Me. When an individual has one hundred percent faith in Me and leaves everything to Me, the burden automatically falls on My shoulders. I have My universal work to do and I am totally engrossed in it, but the weight of that individual's burden reminds Me of My responsibility toward him and I do everything for such a person."

Right after Baba stated this; the thought came into Rhoda Dubash's mind: "Okay Baba, I leave Merwan's nose-twisting one hundred percent to You."

Immediately after thinking this, Baba turned to her and gestured, "Why is Merwan twisting his nose?"

Rhoda pleaded, "Oh Baba, we have tried everything and he won't stop!"

Baba turned to the boy and sternly corrected him, "Merwan, why do you do this?" Baba did a perfect imitation. "It is not a good habit. Someday someone will beat you up for it. Never do it again."

Baba then narrated this incident:

A friend of My father's was in the habit of winking. Once while he was accompanying Sheriarji somewhere, they passed a few fishermen with their womenfolk. Unintentionally, the friend winked suddenly and the fishermen got very upset. Catching hold of him one began shouting abuses at him, and was about to beat him when Sheriarji intervened, saying, "He did not do it on purpose; it is his habit." At that very moment, the friend winked at the fisherman, and he and the others saw that it was an unconscious habit and let him go.

According to Eastern custom, winking at a woman implies one is making inappropriate sexual advances toward her, and that is why the fishermen were angry.

Baba told Merwan, "You too will one day be beaten!" A few minutes later Merwan wrinkled his nose and Baba caught him. "You are doing it again! Adi, Rhoda, if he ever does this again when you return home, send Me a telegram."

Rhoda said, "I will pay for the telegram from Merwan's pocket money."

Baba replied, "No, you pay half of it."

From that time on, Merwan stopped twisting his nose. Not once did he do it again. During the ensuing years, when Baba was in strict seclusion and no correspondence was allowed, Adi and Rhoda would sit in front of Merwan, saying, "Come on Merwan, twist your nose so we can send a telegram to Baba." But Merwan would reply, "Then I will also cable Baba that you made me do it."

Once in Guruprasad, Adi Dubash was playing cards with Baba. He was dealing and dealt Baba a very good hand. Baba inquired, "Have you given Me these cards on the sly? Did you deal crookedly?" Adi admitted that he had dealt from the bottom of the deck. So Baba gently twisted his ear, and though he had not applied much pressure Adi's ear pained for several hours.(Lord Meher-new volume-p-6173)

 

847-ADI P. DUBOSH & RHODA WERE TEASED BY EATING MANGO

Sometimes Baba works on us in very humorous ways, but even when He teases and treats a subject lightly, that doesn't mean we shouldn't take Him seriously. All my life I have been a very slow eater, and Baba used to poke fun at me frequently.

"Poor Adi," He would say, "I don't know where he found such a wife." Or He would tell everyone, "By the time Rhoda has finished just one slice of mango, the rest of us would not only have finished our lunch, but would already be fast asleep." Sometimes Baba would even mimic my peculiar way of eating.

One day Baba called me to the table where He was having lunch with the women mandali. Baba was seated at the head of the table with Mehera, Mani, Goher, Naja, Rano, Meheru and Arnavaz. One mango seed with a lot of pulp still clinging to it, and a large slice of mango had already been put aside on a plate for me.

Then Baba said, "Add one more slice." That done, He said to me, "You must finish all this in five minutes. Sit at the table and eat so that we can watch you eat like a monkey."

I started on the mango, but Baba kept asking me questions, and I would eat, answer, and then eat again. Then Baba pointed at the clock on the wall opposite Him and gestured, "four minutes left." That was when the gravity of the situation hit me and I realized this was not something Baba was joking about, but His order, and I started attacking the mango as quickly as I could.

Baba still asked me questions, but now I answered by simply nodding or shaking my head, and I continued eating. "Three minutes left," said Baba — then "two minutes." I started sucking the pulp from the seed. "One minute more," reminded Baba, as my back was to the clock. At that I started stuffing everything left on the plate, including the skin — everything except the seed — into my mouth. "Five minutes over," said Baba and clapped His hands.

Baba then told me to wash my hands. I couldn't answer because my mouth was full, my cheeks puffing out like a big balloon. Looking at my mouth, Baba said, "You had better go into the next room and finish what you have in your mouth." It took me nearly half an hour to finish eating what I had thrust into my mouth, and by that time I was exhausted.

Baba never explained this incident. But later I realized that He had not only encouraged me to eat more quickly; He had given me a beautiful memory. Every time I eat a mango, I think of Him and the loving discipline He gave to us during those wonderful days we were privileged to spend with Him. (Surrendering to him, pp. 94-96)

 

848-ADINATH THOMBE WAS ASSOCIATED WITH MEHER NAZAR TRUST OFFICE.  HE AND HIS SISTERS WOULD MEET KHORSHED WHO ENCOURAGED THEM TO SING BY OFFERING CANDIES

Adinath Thombe is associated with Meher Nazar Trust office. He had opportunity to spending time with Khorshed, Mani and Bhauji in his childhood.

As a child, he and his sisters, along with Asha and Sudam’s children, would meet Khorshed several times during the day.  She would teach and encourage them to sing by offering candies every time they came.  Some days she would even have competitions and give extra candy to whoever would sing the loudest.  Adi says at that time they did not know anything about Khorshed being a mandali or what that meant, but they would come every day because they loved to get the sweets!  It was his and his sisters’, routine to meet Khorshed before they went to school.

They would say prayers, arti and sing bhajans. Occasionally this morning program would go on so long he would be late for school. One day his teacher asked him why he was so late.  When he explained, she did not believe him, and beat him instead! Finally one day, the teacher did come to observe this morning routine for herself and at that time she understood and believed him.  Adi also shared his memories of playing with Mani.  He recalled that even though she was the chairman, she always made time to play with him and the other children.  When he became older he had more opportunities to meet with Bhauji. (Tavern talk)

 

849-ADVANI C. B. HEADMASTER OF MIRA HIGH SCHOOL IN POONA SPOKE  IN MIRA MODEL SCHOOL DDEHRADUN

On some special occasion or celebration, such as a birthday or anniversary, occasionally Baba would permit his lovers to pay to have food prepared for Him and the mandali. Adi Ghaswala, a Bombay lover, had sent Adi Sr. a cheque or money order for Rs. 100 for food to be sent to Baba, but the money was somehow lost in the transit. Ghaswala felt terrible, but Baba appreciated the thought, and on 2 September cabled Ghaswala his love and blessings stating, “Anything given with love is not lost”

 

850-ADWARD JAMES A NEGRO REPLIED I HAVE NOT LEARNED ANYTHING WHEN ASKED  BY BABA TO TELL HIM IN FIVE WORDS

An African-American mureed named Edward James was a well-read intellectual. Baba asked him, "Tell me in exactly five words what you have learned from all these books?" The young man looked at Baba, not knowing what to say. Baba answered for him: " 'I have not learned anything' — five words, isn't that so?" (Lord Meher-p-1039)

 

851-AFSAR SRIMANI COMPOSED GHAZAL IN PRAISE OF BABA SANG BY BEGAM AKHTAR

Begum Akhtar arrived At Meherazad on the 25th. She had come to Ahmednagar to give a public concert arranged by the Ahmednagar Center for Baba's birthday, and she wished to sing a few ghazals for Baba as her personal offering of love. Even though she was tired after the long journey and her hectic schedule of engagements, she sang superbly. A poet from Ahmednagar, Afsar Seemani, composed a ghazal in Baba's praise, which Begum Akhtar read. She then spontaneously began singing it. (Lord Meher-p-5121-1965)

 

852-AFSERI PICKED UP THE DEAD SNAKE TO SHOW IT TO BABA, BABA GESTURED TO TO DISCARD IT AND ORDERED TO WASH HIS HANDS 24 TIMES.

In 1926, Meherabad was infested with snakes and scorpions. One day an unusually long snake was killed near the Post Office, and Baba came to see it. Afseri picked up the dead snake to show it to Baba, but Baba gestured to him to discard it and then ordered him to wash his hands 24 times.

Baba expressed the need for a new watchdog. Madhav Rao (a Meherabad resident) brought his uncle's dog to Meherabad. But after a few days, Baba ordered Anna 104 to return it to its owner in Ahmednagar. The mandali were in favor of keeping the dog, but they remained quiet, respecting Baba's wish. When Anna took the dog back, the reason behind Baba's sending it away was made known. Madhav's aunt told Anna that she missed the dog and hadn't been in favor of it being taken to Meherabad in the first place. Her husband had even written Madhav and Baba about it, but Madhav had felt embarrassed and did not show the letters to (Lord Meher-p-Baba.698-1926)

 

853-AFTER EACH PERSON HAD TAKEN DARSHAN THEIR HAND WAS DIPPED IN DYE AND STAINED RED TO PREVENT REPETITION.

As person after person filed by, the program went on continually from eight in the morning until six in the evening, and more than 10,000 people received Baba's prasad in those ten hours. Twenty-five of the men mandali kept the crowd in line and some lovers also helped.  After each poor man or woman had taken darshan, his or her hand was dipped in dye and stained red to prevent repetition. Sometimes in their enthusiasm, the mass of poor people would break out of their rows and the mandali were hard-pressed to maintain order. Surf was forming in the Ocean, stirring some of the drops to rise up in exaltation!

At one point, a mad rush erupted and disorder was about to break out. But Baba's silent warning brought the crowd to their senses and calm was restored. This was the chance for the poor to receive the God-Man's prasad and have his personal touch, and some waiting in line must have thought that Baba would stop the distribution and they would miss their turn. But he did not, and went on giving bundle after bundle to each, hour after tiring hour.

As the darshan progressed into the middle of the afternoon, someone asked Baba if his back hurt from leaning over and touching the feet of so many people and handing out prasad. Baba indicated, "My back aches so much it doesn't ache at all (Lord Meher-p-1785)

 

854-AFTER SECOND BULL WAS KILLED IN BULLFIGHT AT THE HIPPODROME, BABA INDICATED THAT HIS WORK WAS ACCOMPLISHED.

Quentin Tod was in charge of the nightly entertainment and they would go each night to a different movie. One night, Tod took Baba to the Theater Espanol to see Love of the Sorcerer, a ballet. Another evening, Tod took Baba to see Cohen and Kelly at Madrid’s best movie theatre, the Capitol, which had an orchestra and a revolving stage.

Baba would often say he wished to go to the movies to contact the spectators internally. Immediately after his work was over, he would get up and leave. Those who accompanied him had often become engrossed in the film’s story but had no choice other than to leave with him. When Baba went anywhere or did anything, it was only for his spiritual work, and the various places and events were all his different mediums of work.

On the last three mornings of their stay, they walked to Caso de Campo, a beautiful park. During their stay in Spain, some in the group had mentioned their desire to attend a bullfight, while others were not in favor of going to such a brutish affair. A bullfight was to be held at the Hippodrome on the afternoon of October 29th, (1933) and Baba surprisingly asked them to buy tickets. Those who wanted to go had told Baba that it would be a good opportunity to contact a large, typically Spanish crowd.

Watching as the first bull was killed, one of the women was overcome with fright and had to leave. Then one of the mandali, feeling ill at the brutal sight, had to go outside. In contrast, Baba was very bored throughout and thought the whole ordeal was childish. After the second bull was killed, Baba indicated that his work was accomplished and it was time to leave. He remarked, “Those two bulls were fortunate. They will incarnate next as human beings and rapidly advance on the path, because they were killed in my presence.” (Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 5, p. 1837)

 

855-AGA ALI (SYED ALI HAJI MUHAMMAD) WAS ADMITTED IN SCHOOL ANDBABA WORKED WITH HIM ON SUBTLE AND MENTAL PLANES

On 21 November, a Muslim boy of about thirteen years old named Syed Ali Haji Muhammad (later nicknamed Aga Ali) was brought to Meherabad by his father, but Baba refused to admit him. Baba did not want the boy in the school, but after the father entreated Baba to keep the boy, Baba agreed. There was a hidden reason for Baba's reluctance which was brought out later.

The mystery underlying this new development was unraveled when, on 19 November, Aga Ali's father came to Toka for the third time. On this occasion he brought a notorious gangster with him to forcefully demand the return of his son. Ali was handed over to him and they left the following day. It was for this very reason that Baba had been working so strenuously day and night with the boys during the previous few months. As soon as his work was finished, he announced his sudden decision to send the boys away, and the next day Ali's father arrived, threatening dire consequences by his "bodyguard" if his son was not returned to him.

The discourses had a profound effect on Aga Ali. He would write in his notebooks: "Meher Baba is my Master ... Aga Ali, the son of Meher Baba This book belongs to the humble slave of Shri Sadguru Meher Baba."

The boy expressed his heart's message in pebbles on the ground, and he had a special fondness for collecting things belonging to Baba and used by him.

He would save Baba's fingernails, his hair, and the cotton Baba would put in his ears at night. The soul was aching with longing. Bursting in his heart and on his lips was the song of the Master, the Divine Beloved, and eternal love

 

856-AGNE BARON HAD MET BABA IN MEHER MOUNT AND SHE WAS NICKNAMED BELOVED'S WATCHDOG

Baba remarked, "No one can understand My ways. I am beyond your understanding. Only Perfect Masters can know Me and My ways."Continuing, Baba explained, "Another point, As you all become more intimate with Me, with opportunities to come closer to Me, all that is good and all that is bad within you comes out in sparks, as it were. All the impressions of the past, the accumulation of past sanskaras of all illusory things, which include both good and bad, come out. My proximity, the intimacy with Me, just change that mass of sanskaras and sometimes, you find sparks of good and bad flying out."

After a few more private interviews, Baba and the mandali had tea. During one of the private interviews, Baba straightened out a romance as He had done in Myrtle Beach. The fiancee of one of the group had fallen in love with her fiancee's best friend. Baba called all three and explained to the young man that "The girl and his best friend love each other, but don't wish to hurt you, so I am asking you to release her" which the young man tearfully did.

Baba had spoken of "Sparks flying," and one incident occurred during the visit to Meher Mount. Agnes was about to leave her guests and go to Baba, when Ivy Duce asked for something. Agnes was in such a hurry to leave, she did not fulfil Ivy Duce's request, causing her to make some disparaging comment about Agnes. Fuming, Agnes came to Baba and said, "I don't love everybody-what am I going to do about it?"

Baba looked at her, and Adi interjected, "Agnes you love everybody, you just don't like everyone!"  In the car while returning to Los Angeles, Baba sat next to Agnes in the front seat. She said, "Baba, you know what Ivy Duce said about me ... I don't believe it, but if it is true what am I going to do about it?"

Baba slapped her on the shoulder and chuckled, "I like you the way you are. I like your spirit!" Agnes was so happy to have Baba come to Meher Mount after all these years, she felt silly and joked, "What kind of spirit do you like - the hard, kind or just the mild?"

Baba would call Agnes the "Beloved's Watchdog." Years later, she concluded that the reason she was surrounded by so many hypocrites was that Baba wanted her to bark – but not bite – and snap at their heels. (Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 14, pp. 5066 -5068.)

 

857-AHMED A MUSLIM BOY-QAWAALI SINGER HAD A GOOD VOICE AND KNEW QAWAALI. HE WAS HIRED TO SING BEFORE

In July 1950, Baba settled in Satara, began working with the mast alone each day for three hours. Other masts and mad were also gathered and brought to Satara. Five member mandali cared for them.

After an extensive "Qawaal Hunt," a Muslim boy named Ahmed was brought to Baba who had a good voice and knew qawaalis. He was hired to sing before Baba and the companions daily and was taught the Song of the New Life and certain ghazals. He stayed in Satara until 31st July, when he was sent home.

 

858-AHMED A YOUNG QAWAAL SANG THE SONG OF THE NEW LIFE AND THE NEW LIFE PRAYERS. YOUNG QAWAAL

In year 1960, while Baba was in Satara, He pressed his head on the feet of every servant-companion. After that, on Baba's sign, Nilu and Vishnu read the Dasavatar (Ten Incarnations) section of the Bhagavata Puran. Kaikobad, Eruch, Pendu and Kaka read a Zoroastrian prayer, Baidul an Islamic prayer and Don a Christian prayer. Baba next asked Don and Nilu to loudly recite the English translation of the Song Celestial from the Gita, which they did for one hour. Thereafter, the young qawaal sang the Song of the New Life and the New Life prayers. (Lord Meher-p-2932-1960)

 

859-AHMED ABBAS (KHAK SAHEB) WAS ASSIGNED THE WORK OF TRANSLATING VOLUME I OF BAILY'S MANUSCRIPT, WHICH HE DID AT THE MANZIL.

In 1922, travelling on foot Baba with mandali reached Panvel where the sea meets the land, Baba surprisingly announced to travel in truck.

After lunch, a large truck was hired which they rode in toward Bombay. In a restaurant at Mumbra, Baba ordered tea and sweets for the men. He was in a good mood and even allowed some to have soft drinks, and also gave cigarettes to Ahmed Abbas and Asar Saheb, who were heavy smokers.  The truck reached Bombay at four in the afternoon. The Master had it stop by the tomb of the Mohammedan Perfect Master Baba Abdur Rehman. He stood by the truck and instructed each man to go inside the tomb and pay his respects. When they returned, they found Baba lying prone on the roadside in sashtang pranam (bowing full length on the ground) in the direction of the tomb.

At Sakori, Urdu edition of Upasni Maharaj's biography, Ahmed Abbas and Asar Saheb were assigned the work of translating Volume I of Baily's manuscript, which they did at the Manzil. They closeted themselves in their rooms during the day, allowing no one to enter. They would come out only for meals and games. (Lord Meher-p-312-1922)

 

860-AHMED MUHAMMAD WALKED 175 MILES FROM BOMBAY AND SUFFERED MANY HARDSHIPS

Ahmed Muhammad a Muslim boy who had been taken away with Aga Ali. On 28 December 1928, at sunset, as Baba was seated by his crypt-cabin discussing matters with the mandali, suddenly Ahmed came forward and garlanded Baba with roses. He stood with pride before Baba. The little fellow returned to Meherabad, having walked all the way from Bombay, 175 miles. He had gone without food during his long journey and suffered many hardships along the way.

 

861-AIYANGAR (OF NASIK) AND HIS WIFE SAW BABA. BABA INSTRUCTED AIYANGAR TO STARE INTO THE DARKNESS EVERY NIGHT BEFORE SLEEPING FOR THREE MINUTE

On 25th February 1934, Aiyangar (of Nasik) and his wife saw Baba. Baba instructed Aiyangar to stare into the darkness every night before sleeping for three minutes, with his eyes open, and to report to Baba if he saw any colors or had any unusual experiences. They returned to Nasik the same afternoon. (Lord Meher-p-1592-1934)

 

862-AKBAR ALI M. ANWARALLI DRIVER SPECIALLY ESCORTED BABA TO AMRAOTI

Baba was invited to Devargaon, fourteen miles from Amraoti, on the morning of Wednesday, 24th December 1952.

In the afternoon, Baba gave darshan in a Harijan colony. That evening there was a mass open-air gathering in Devargaon. Jairam Bua also came with his devotees and took part in the Master's arti.

Baba was driven back to Amraoti by Akbar Ali M. Anwaralli, who had specially come from Bombay to drive Baba in his new Hudson automobile. (Lord Meher-p-3230-1952)

 

863-ALA SATHIRAJU OF KOVVUR SENT A TELEGRAM TO BABA THAT HE WAS TO UNDERGO AN OPERATION

In 1960, Ala Sathiraju of Kovvur sent a telegram to Baba that he was to undergo an operation because of a serious medical condition. On the 8th, Baba cabled this reply: "Nothing can ever be serious except lack of love for me, and that you have in abundance." (Lord Meher-p-4640-1962)

 

864-ALAIN YOUELL WAS ASKED TO NOT TO SMOKE MORE THAN FIVE CIGARETTES A DAY

During this period, Harry Dedolchow showed up. Baba needled him, “Harry, you know you are not supposed to come and see Me. I have sent letters to everyone telling them not to come. I am in seclusion.” After a few moments, Baba’s serious expression gave way to a broad grin. “Come here,” He beckoned and enfolded Dedolchow in an embrace.

Dedolchow had brought two suitcases with him. One was full of medical supplies and whisky, the other full of cartons of cigarettes

Alain Youell, giving in to his British sense of propriety, was thinking:

“How could he bring such things for Baba?”

Baba turned to him and asked, “Do you smoke?”

“Yes, I do.” He replied. “Which of those do you smoke?”

“Salems,” Youell replied.

Baba gestured to Eruch to hand him a carton, which Baba then hands to Youell as if it He were giving to hit him with it. “You can have them and smoke them, but you must never smoke more than five a day under any circumstances.” He ordered. By this time, again Youell wanted the floor to open up and swallow him, he felt such a fool. (Lord Meher-p-5675).

 

865-ALAMAI M. KATRAK BROUGHT FRIED PURIES; BABA SAID YOU HAVE BROUGHT LOVE”.

Alamai M. Katrak had heard of Meher Baba from her sister Jerbai, who was married to Kaikobad Dastur of Navsari. She had also heard much about the Master from her neighbour Ardeshir (Kaka) Baria. She had met Baba in 1928 in Meherabad and came for His darshan at the Talati’s home, bringing a tasty dessert of sweetened milk and fried puries. She had only brought them for the Master, but Baba beckoned her to distribute them among all the present. Alamai was confused and Baba asked, “Why did you bring so few puries?” and motioned her to distribute the puries generously.

Alamai hesitatingly obeyed, with Baba walking by her side to see that she did so. After every one was served, Alamai was greatly surprised to find the same number of puris left over in the container, Baba informed her, “Why do you hesitate? Besides the puris, you brought that which never lessens –no matter how much it is distributed, you have brought love”.

 

866-ALI AKBAR HYDERY SON OF AKBAR HYDERY SAID FEW WORDS TO BABA

Akbar Hyderi and his wife had come to see Baba at noon on 29 September. "We are both miserable," Lady Hyderi admitted, "Our son, Ali, is a drunkard and a spendthrift. We are terribly worried about him." Baba consoled them, assuring them there was no cause for worry, and their son would be all right after two months. Lady Hyderi asked if she could bring their son to him, and Baba indicated at another time.(Lord Meher-p-1549)

 

867-ALI ASGHAR, A MAST PRESENTED A BOUQUET OF SEVEN SMALL SPRIGS OF A MULBERRY BUSH TO BABA.

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

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

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

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

 

868-ALOBA CONTINUED STARING BABA TOLD NOT TO USE MIND CITING THE STORY OF MASTER SHAMS-E-TABRIZ AND CONSOLED NARRATING STORY OF A QUEEN

Baba had forbidden Aloba to stare at him. Each day, Baba would catch him at it, reprove him severely and have the Prayer of Repentance said. Once when Baba caught Aloba looking at him, after scolding him and then forgiving him again, Baba pleaded, "Can't you help me even a little? You love me; but help me in my work!"

Yet, Baba's daily castigation of Aloba for staring at him went on. It went to such an extent that it became difficult for Aloba even to glance at Baba. On account of this, Aloba was so distressed that he found it impossible to sleep. One day, Baba remarked, "You are

growing old. Why do you look so tormented?"

Aloba now pleaded, "I am unable to follow your smallest instruction which causes you to get upset. Because of it, I cannot sleep at night."

Baba corrected him, "Why use your head? Just do as I tell you! By becoming wise, you yourself come to trouble!" Citing the following

instance, Baba related:

Once a tipsy man, like yourself, came in contact with the Perfect Master Shams-e-Tabriz, and the man prayed to the Master to guide him on the path. Shams advised him to do as he told him, without altering his original instructions by using his common sense. But the man could not refrain from doing so. Once, both of them came to a riverbank. They wanted to cross the river, but it was flooded. There

was no way to go across it.

So the man asked Shams how they should proceed. Shams told him: "Follow me, repeating “Shams, Shams! “ And while saying this, Shams stepped into the river and began crossing it. The man followed with

"Shams, Shams, Shams!" on his lips.

After a while, he noticed that Shams, too, was saying something. Listening closely he heard Shams repeating "Allah, Allah! Allah!" and saw that the river was parting for him. So the man thought: "When Shams is saying 'Allah, Allah!' why should I say 'Shams, Shams?' “

And using his powers of reasoning, he stopped the repetition the Master had given him and began saying "Allah, Allah!" and was thus drowned!

Baba concluded, "Aloba, I have told you a thousand times: do as I say and don't use your discrimination or discretion. You come to trouble

by doing so against my orders."

Aloba was always in such a hurry to carry out Baba's orders that even before Baba had finished giving them, without listening fully to the

instructions; he would start to execute them.

One night, Baba dictated these poetic lines to Bhau:

"We walked so fast that even while nearing the Goal We could not check our speed and went past it!

Again the following day, Aloba committed the same error and these lines were read to him, after which Baba remarked, "This is your state!"

Another hapless incident involving Aloba concerned the repetition of the invocation that Baba had given the mandali during this period. His time for doing it was when Baba was with the other mandali in the hall. This prevented Aloba from being with Baba in the hall, a source of great distress to him. Once, Baba sent for him, and with the audible repetition on his lips, he came. Baba insisted, "Stop the japa, sit here and go on looking at me. Go on! Set aside my pleasure and please yourself."

Thereupon, Aloba began a long rigmarole of how he could not stand to be so isolated from Baba.

Baba reminded him of the verses of Kabir:

"If something is given by the Master

on his own it is like milk;
if asked for, it is like water;
if forced, it is like blood.
This is what Kabir says."

"You think only about pleasing yourself," Baba scolded, "You have no thought of keeping my pleasure. What sort of love is this? Christ had a Judas; don't be one to me! Sit here for today. From tomorrow, do

the japa at the time I have given you."

Folding both his hands, Baba warned him, "For God's sake, from

tomorrow don't make me angry with you."

Baba stretched out his hand to give a copy of the October 16 th Life

Circular to Kumar, but Aloba jumped up to take it. This made Kumar

laugh, much to Aloba's chagrin.

Baba now turned on him, correcting Kumar, "Don't laugh at others' mistakes. All commit mistakes. It is a strict condition of My order not to hurt the feelings of others. You laughed at his error and hurt his feelings."

Baba then asked Aloba to remain in his room from the next day onwards so that he might not commit any mistake in Baba's presence and put Himself up for further ridicule. Baba cited this verse of the

poet Jigar:

"Love, thy name is annihilation! Don't seek life in love;
Take His will as your pleasure; don't look to your own!"

From the following day, Aloba began staying in his room, but he felt miserable not seeing Baba. Baba called him and to console him explained:

Suppose there is a beautiful queen and she encounters a roadside once, chancing to look at the queen, he falls in love with her. He has a right to love the queen, and his physical misfortune is no bar to his loving her. But if he wants to embrace the queen, would she like it? And should the beggar have that sort of love for the queen? On the contrary, if he strengthens his love, by keeping the queen's happiness always in mind, it is possible that, moved by his plight, the queen may notice him and begin to help him sometime in the future.

Baba added: "Service is supreme! Aloba has so many ways to serve me. Still, why does he insist on being in my presence? If I permit him to sit here, unlike you, he would go on breaking my orders, thereby causing Me pain. If he is not dear to me, why do I keep him so near? I can keep him away from me at a distance within five minutes. Although he causes me such distress, I do not keep him apart. In that

case, I know, he would not be able to live without me."

Thereafter, Baba allowed Aloba to spend some time every day with Him, and with Baba's permission he started reading the Parvardigar Prayer to Him. After a few days, however, Aloba also began singing a prayer in praise of Baba. Stopping him, Baba stated: "Don't bring up something new. Why I did not like calling you to Me was that you always bring up something or other and prove a burden to Me. The members of My mandali sitting here are no more dear to Me than you whom I permit to sit before Me. They do as I tell them, which is a help to Me in my work, and thereby y load is lessened. As for you, you increase My burden! (Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 16, pp. 5503 - 5506.)

 

869-ALOBA HAD A TIFF WITH BHAU OVER EATING FOOD AT SUSHILA’S HOUSE

Aloba and Bhau went to Grafton to escort Baba to Rosewood. On the way, Baba casually asked Bhau, "What did you have for dinner last night?"

For a few moments, Bhau could not remember what he had eaten, and then he told Baba. Baba was highly displeased, "Why did you eat at Sushila's? You have disobeyed Me."

"There was no order about eating out," Bhau protested.

Aloba intervened, saying, "Yes, there was! I never take food at anyone's place."

Baba castigated Bhau bitterly as they walked to Jal Villa. Vishnu was just about to leave for marketing when Baba called him. Baba accused him, also, of disobedience, but he, likewise, gave the same reply as Bhau. Aloba, however, insisted there had been a breach of obedience, that Baba had given orders not to eat out. Vishnu became angry and told Aloba sharply, "You are lying!"

Baba took Aloba's side. This emboldened Aloba and he replied, "It is not me, but you who are a liar!"

A heated war of words was exchanged between Aloba and Vishnu, and Baba thoroughly enjoyed the altercation. In his fury, Vishnu told Aloba, "If you utter any more lies, you shameless Irani, I will give you a good kick!"

"And do you think I won't retaliate?" Aloba shouted. "I'll crack your skull!" Turning his back, Vishnu stomped away and left on his bicycle for shopping in the bazaar

 

870-ALOBA HELPED HARISH CHANDRA KOCHER TO MEET BABA

One morning in mid-February 1955, after Aloba had escorted Baba to Jal Villa, he spotted Harish Chander Kochar on the roadside. He had come from Dehra Dun. Aloba was surprised at his appearance and asked Kochar why he had come.

"I want to see Baba," Kochar said.

"But Baba is in seclusion seeing no one," Aloba replied.

"His love has drawn me. I just want a glimpse of Him, nothing more. Where is he staying?" Kochar asked.

"I cannot tell you, it would be breaking his order. You should go back."

Kochar persisted, "I won't disturb Baba, and I only want to see him from a distance."

Aloba's heart gave in and he said, "You promise, only from a distance? Then stand where you are. In the morning, He comes by this way. This is the route He takes every day, so stand under this tree and you will see Him."

Aloba did not tell any of the mandali or Baba what had transpired. The next morning, Aloba was again chosen to accompany Baba from Rosewood to Grafton. As they were walking along the main road, Baba saw Kochar. He stopped, turned to Aloba and asked, "Why has he come here? Who told him I pass this way?"

Aloba confessed but rose to Kochar's defense, saying, "Baba, he has come all this way out of love for you."

"Has he come because of love?" Baba asked, extremely displeased. "All right, I will show you what sort of love he has!"

Baba took Kochar to Jal Villa, where he asked him, "Why have you come here?"

"Your love drew me to you, Baba."

"Now that you have seen Me, you may go. I am in seclusion and do not allow people to bow down to Me."

Kochar then said, "Baba, I am much troubled with litigation. There are six court cases against me. They haunt me day and night; I cannot sleep. Please do something!"Baba turned to Aloba and gestured, "See his love!

 

871-ALOBA WAS ASKED TO WEAR DARK GLASSES FOR NOT STARING AT HIM

In 1957, 75 days of special work began; but, for Aloba and Bhau it was mostly 75 days of torment! They were the prime targets for Baba's taunts; Bhau at night and Aloba during the day. If, while Baba was in the hall, Aloba was seen anywhere near it, Baba would call for Him and harshly rebuke him. He would say: "I told you not to let Me see your face for 75 days. So long as I am in the hall with the mandali, stay inside your room. Don't do anything outside and stay away from the hall." But every day, the same thing would happen: From the door or window, Baba would see Aloba, and the arrows would begin to fly. The fact was that Baba wanted to see Aloba, and would create such circumstances forcing Aloba to come out of his room — and then Baba would take him to task.

Aloba's nature, however, was such that he could not bear not seeing Baba daily, even from a distance. Baba noticed some movement outside the window of mandali hall, and asked Kaka to see if someone was there. He returned, saying it was Aloba trying to peep inside. Baba called him and "broiled" him before the others. "Why did you disobey me?" he asked. "Why were you looking at me when I told you not to?"

Aloba pleaded, "My heart was thirsting for sight of you. I could not help myself."

Baba turned to the mandali, completely fed up, and asked, "Now, what should I do with him?"

Baba's brother Jalbhai was present and suggested, "If you don't like him watching you, there is one solution. He should be given dark sunglasses to wear whenever he is in your presence, so that he won't stare at you."

Baba liked the idea and instructed Kaka to buy the darkest pair of sunglasses he could find. Kaka ordered them and they were so dark, almost nothing could be seen through them! Aloba began sitting before Baba wearing the dark glasses. Whenever visitors would come, they would wonder why this man was wearing dark glasses inside the hall, and would laugh at him. Baba would also point out this peculiar sight to them, agreeing how strange a man Aloba was. Little did they know the true story behind it!

Mention has been made about Aloba's dark glasses. Baba had forbidden Aloba to come before him for six months, as even the sunglasses did not prevent Aloba from "staring" at Baba, or so Baba claimed. But hiding here and there, as Baba would come and go between his house and the hall, Aloba missed no chance to have a fleeting glimpse of Baba whenever he could, and Baba would daily catch him. It went to such an extent that Baba ordered Aloba to stay in Bombay for a month. He reprimanded him, "Go and remain there for one month, because you are making Me angry every day, which is not proper. Put your bags in a bullock cart and go to Ahmednagar in it. From there, leave immediately for Bombay by train. I will call you back after a month."

A bullock cart was hired from the village and Aloba's luggage was placed in it. With a heavy heart, he left. But after going two miles, he stopped a boy and sent Baba this message: "My living now is of no use. I will put an end to my life."

Reading it, Baba called him back and harshly took him to task for threatening to kill himself. Dhake had come to Meherazad that day from Ahmednagar. Winking at him, Baba asked, "Now what should I do with Aloba?"

Dhake replied, "His message is proof of his trouble-making intentions. The police should be called to arrest him."

Baba asked Aloba, "Are you going to Bombay or should I turn you over to the police?" Aloba agreed to go, and left.

The fact of the matter was that Aloba often used to ask permission to visit Bombay; while staying in Satara, he went many times. Previously, he had owned a restaurant in Bombay, which he sold during the final stages of the Satara residence, but perhaps some "link" was still left over somewhere. It was this attachment which Baba wished to snap once and for all, because, after returning, Aloba never again talked of going to Bombay.

Previously Baba had forbidden Aloba to stare at him, to the extent that for one period, Aloba had been made to wear dark sunglasses in mandali hall. During this period also, each day, Baba would catch Aloba "staring at Him." Baba would reprove him severely, and then have the Prayer of Repentance recited. Aloba would be sent to his room, where he would weep copiously. After sometime, Baba would send Pukar to see what he was doing. Then Baba would call him back in the hall.

In order to avoid staring at Baba, Aloba began sitting with his back to Baba. Baba asked him why he was behaving so strangely. "Can't you sit normally, facing Me like the others, without staring at Me?"

Later, Baba commented to the mandali, "This man stares at My photo all night and that is why he has the habit of staring at Me. I am sure if I ask him to hack his body into pieces; he will carry out My order. But he cannot obey small orders!"

The next day, Baba told Aloba to change his position in the hall and sit farther away. But when Baba caught him glancing at him sideways, after scolding him and then forgiving him again, Baba pleaded, "Can't you help Me even a little? You love Me; but help Me in My work!"

Baba's daily castigation of Aloba for staring at him went on. It went to such an extent that it became difficult for Aloba even to glance at Baba. On account of this, Aloba was so distressed that he found it impossible to sleep. One day Baba remarked, "You are growing old. Why do you look so tormented?"

Aloba now pleaded, "I am unable to follow your smallest instruction, which causes you to get upset. Because of it, I cannot sleep at night."

Baba corrected him, "Why use your head? Just do as I tell you! By becoming 'wise,' you yourself come to trouble!"

 

872-ALOBA WAS FORBIDDEN TO  SEE BABA FOR SIX MONTHS AND AND ASKED TO WEAR DARK GLASSES

In Meherazad, over the next ten days, a detailed plan was chalked out for the Indian sahavas. Baba sent for Pendu, Padri and Vishnu repeatedly, discussing it with them and finalizing all the arrangements.

Mention has been made about Aloba's dark glasses. Baba had forbidden Aloba to come before him for six months, as even the sunglasses did not prevent Aloba from staring at Baba, or so Baba claimed. But hiding here and there, as Baba would come and go between His house and the hall, Aloba missed no chance to have a fleeting glimpse of Baba whenever he could, and Baba would daily catch him. It went to such an extent that Baba ordered Aloba to stay in Bombay for a month. He reprimanded him, "Go and remain there for one month, because you are making me angry every day, which is not proper. Put your bags in a bullock cart and go to Ahmednagar in it. From there, leave immediately for Bombay by train. I will call you back after a month."

A bullock cart was hired from the village and Aloba's luggage was put in it. With a heavy heart, he left. But after going two miles, he stopped a boy and sent Baba this message: "My living now is of no use. I will put an end to my life."

Reading it, Baba had him sent back and harshly took him to task for threatening to kill himself. Dhakephalkar had come to Meherazad that day from Ahmednagar. Winking at him, Baba asked, "Now what should I do with Aloba?"

Dhake replied, "His message is proof of his trouble-making intentions. The police should be called to arrest him."

Baba asked Aloba, "Are you going to Bombay or should I turn you over to the police?" Aloba agreed to go, and left.

The fact of the matter was that Aloba often used to ask permission to visit Bombay; while staying in Satara, he went many times. He had owned a restaurant in Bombay, which he sold during the final stages of the Satara residence, but some "karmic link" was still left over somewhere. It was this attachment which Baba wished to snap once and for all, because, after returning, Aloba never again talked of going to Bombay." (Lord Meher-new volume-5250)

 

873-ALOBA WAS REMARKED OF HAVING FOUL BODY ODOUR

An incident once took place with Aloba. Aloba was called from Meherazad, and one day Baba asked him to wash his glass. When he went near the table to take the glass, Baba made a sour face and remarked, "My God, what a smell! Don't you ever take a bath? You stink! What a dirty man you are."

He asked Ramjoo to smell Aloba, and Ramjoo replied, "Baba, I feel like vomiting! Even for a minute, I cannot stand to be near anyone who smells as bad as he does." (Some new persons who were also in the hall took the incident seriously and thought Aloba really smelled.)

Baba then asked Bhau "Does your sweat smell?" "Yes, Baba, it does."

Baba motioned to Ramjoo to smell him and judiciously He reported, "The smell is there — but less than Aloba."

 

874-ALOBA WAS REPRIMANDED BY BABA FOR BREAKING HIS ORDER BY OFFERING TEA TO ADI JUNIOR, HIS  BROTHER

Baba declared His intention to do some special work from the 1st of December for forty days, so on the eve of it, November 30th, a qawaali program was arranged, and the singer Jadhav Qawaal was called to Satara from Bombay. A few persons from Bombay and Ahmednagar, such as Nariman, Meherjee, Adi Sr., Waman and Bal Natu, were also invited. Baba ordered Aloba not to give tea to anyone in the evening, as it was to be served at 9 P.M. in Grafton where the qawaali singing was to be held. The qawaali program was held at Grafton so that the women Mandali could hear it from behind a curtain.

Adi Jr. was invited to Satara. When he came to the bungalow in the evening, he asked for tea. Aloba prepared it without telling him that Baba had forbidden him to give it to anyone that evening. As instructed, at 8 P.M., the qawaali singer, his companions and the mandali arrived at Grafton. After some initial conversation, Baba stated, "Everyone will be served tea at nine O'clock, and then the singing will start. Has anyone already had tea this evening?"

Adi Jr. said he had. "Who gave it to you?" Baba asked.

"Aloba," replied Adi.

Much displeased, Baba asked Aloba, "Why did you break My order?"

"He is your brother, Baba," Aloba replied.

These words upset Baba even more and He scolded, "If you think he is so great because he is My brother, then it is better you obey and follow him! Go and stay with him, not Me!"

Adi Jr. intervened, "Had I known of Your order, I would never have asked for tea."

Baba critically replied, "Aloba gave you tea under the impression that it would please Me. He does not know that he who breaks my order is My enemy! The one who carries out My instructions is My real brother. He who breaks My order can never be a brother of Mine."

Because He was so upset, Baba canceled the qawaali program and ordered everyone to return to Rosewood. The musicians stood up and repacked their musical instruments, but when they were about to leave, Baba called them back and forgave Aloba. Everyone had tea, and the qawaali singing began and lasted until midnight. (Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, pp. 4586 – 4588)

 

875-ALOBA'S LOVE FIGHTENS ME

Baba then left for lower Meherabad. When He was discoursing to the western men, Eruch, Adi Sr., Ramjoo, Nana Kher, Kishan Singh and Kumar were always with him. The other mandali were occupied with work and had no chance of hearing Baba's talks, and most of them were not much interested in such spiritual discussions either; they were content in serving Him.

While walking down the hill, Aloba would hold an umbrella over Baba's head to shield Him from the sun's rays. Suddenly, overpowered by an emotional paroxysm, dropping the umbrella he fell at Baba's feet and clutched them tightly. The other mandali had already gone down the Hill, since Baba would usually sit with the western men as they ate. So there was no one else around at the time, and because of His silence Baba could do nothing. Aloba had attached himself to His feet, and Baba could not move an inch. With great difficulty, He calmed Aloba and freed Himself. Aloba lay sprawled in the dust and after a while came running after Baba with the umbrella in his hand. Baba narrated the incident to the mandali and remarked, "When Aloba was running after Me, I felt afraid and also wanted to run. His love frightens Me!" (Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, p. 4488.)

 

876-AMANULLA KABULI A HALF JALALI MAST WAS GIVEN TEN RUPEES TO GO TO AJMER

Early in the morning of November 12th, Baba had a humorous encounter with a mast named Amanullah Kabuli. He was a high half-jamali, half-jalali mast. Baba handed him ten rupees after their private contact, and then this amusing conversation in Urdu took place between them.

Baba spoke through Baidul:

"Where are you going now?" the mast asked.

"Ajmer," Baba replied.

"I will come with you," the mast said.

"I will pay you ten rupees more for train fare," Baba said. "You should buy your own ticket to Ajmer and go there by yourself."

Baba handed him an additional ten-rupee note and then said, "Now permit us to proceed to Ajmer."

Amanullah, pointing to Baba, said, "You and the others may go, but he (pointing to Baidul) must return in the evening."

"For God's sake, allow us all to go!" pleaded Baba.

Again pointing to Baba, Amanullah answered in cryptic fashion:

"God is standing just in front of me,

so how can I let Him go?"

Baidul chatted with him about various mundane things and tried to exact his permission to leave. Amanullah finally gave his consent, but turning to Baba uttered, "Inwardly I will constantly be sending you my love-cables. You may be in either the East or the West, but my love-cables will be so powerful, they will drag you back to me."

"When you call me, I will come," Baba assured him.

Amanullah replied, uttering this couplet in Persian:

"Wherever I cast my eyes, I see only You."

The mast continued speaking Persian for some time. In the end, with much love, and with tears in his eyes, he grasped Baba's hand and after a few moments allowed Baba to leave. (Lord Meher-new volume-3309)

 

877-AMAR SINGH SAIGAL, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT INTERACTED WITH HIS FRIEND  PRIME MINISTER JAWAHARLAL NEHRU ON BEHALF OF BABA. HE WAS RE-ELECTED FROM BILASPUR (M.P.).

Sardar Amar Singh Saigal, a member of India’s Parliament in Delhi met baba fir the first time on 3rd June 1963. Saigal had first seen Baba’s picture three years before and had been deeply drawn to it. He was staunch follower of Guru Nanak, but as soon as he focussed on Baba’s photograph, he saw Guru Nanak’s face in it. That vision was enough for Amar Singh, and thereafter the enthusiasm and energy with which he devoted himself to Baba’s work were exemplary. He became very close to Baba and Baba would often remember him.

Baba praised the work done by certain of his lovers in India. Amar Singh was the first to be singled out.

Amar Singh loves me intensely. He has firm faith in my Godhood. He tells many others that Baba is the Avatar. He contacts the rich and poor, the literate and the illiterate, even cabinet ministers, and tells all of them that Baba is God in human form.

Some time before, Amar Singh Saigal had given his good friend, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and other cabinet ministers a few booklets about Meher Baba. A report of his meeting with Nehru was sent to Baba at Meherazad, and after Baba heard the report on 22nd March 1963, he had dictated these instructions for Saigal:

Saigal should find another good opportunity to help the Prime Minister by telling him that, if he is not convinced about Meher Baba through hearsay, then it is time he should make it a point to meet Meher Baba personally to feel convinced of his Avatar hood. The personal contact with the Avatar and the Avatar's grace may help the Prime Minister feel convinced.

God in human form is the Avatar, and God's shadow in human form is man; therefore, there is a world of difference between the grace of the Avatar and the blessings of saints. Arjuna was blessed by saints and sages, but the instant grace of the Avatar convinced him of the Avatar hood of Krishna, for there is nothing impossible when the Avatar wills it so.

Hence, it is time for our dear Panditji (Nehru) to come into the direct contact of the Avatar of the Age and begin to strive for that Freedom which, once gained, knows not any bondage but gives the freedom from freedom itself! 

I know that Panditji has no time to read things which help this process of unlearning. Yet, moved by Panditji sincerity and honesty, I want you to tell him that Baba asks him to read a portion from God Speaks for five minutes daily, beginning with the first page and ending with the last.

I want you to take an appointment and have at least ten undisturbed minutes and read out the relevant paragraphs of this letter from paragraph three. In addition, I want you to especially read to him without fail, the following message from me:

Even intellectual conviction regarding Reality is not of any importance. The experience of seeing God within oneself as He is — the Ocean of Effulgence, of Love, Truth, Honesty, Power, Knowledge and Bliss — is important.

A few who thus see God become one with this Infinite Ocean. One rare one comes down from this Highest Consciousness and declares "I am God." This declaration of the I is not ego but is the natural outcome of his continuous experience.

If I were not the Avatar and if the world were to acclaim me as one, I would not become the Avatar! And if I am the Avatar, even if no one accepted me, my Avatar hood would not be lessened the slightest bit.

I have infinite power, infinite knowledge and infinite bliss at my disposal, but I do not use my power. Otherwise, how could I feel helpless as did Jesus Christ during the carrying of the cross? And how could I suffer if I use my bliss?

When I break my silence, the Almighty Divine Power will be let loose and will revolutionize world conditions. I will have to break my silence and this will have to happen.

Baba closed his letter by stating: "I want you to convey my love-blessing to Panditji and to all those who remember me."

Amar Singh Saigal was to have met Nehru again on 11th April 1963, but something unexpected arose and he had to change the appointment.

Baba sent Saigal this telegram on 20 April

Had you kept the appointment with Panditji on the 11th, your work and his work would have been done successfully. Don't worry for the lapse. Now that you have returned to Delhi, definitely complete the work of giving my message to Panditji as soon as possible. My love to you.

Accordingly, Saigal did make an appointment and saw Nehru on 21st April 1963, at 11:15 A.M. for fifteen minutes. When Saigal handed Nehru the booklet Meher Baba On War, he explained that he had written to Baba about Nehru, and as a result had received a letter instructing him to give Baba's messages on war to the Prime Minister. Nehru read it carefully then and seemed moved by the contents. He asked how Meher Baba had been working without the aid of speech for the last 38 years. Saigal explained about Baba's former alphabet board and hand gestures, and how he dictated messages through an interpreter.

In 1963, He mentioned that he planned to see Baba soon, on 5th and 6th May in Poona. Nehru replied that he had a full schedule of appointments and engagements, but would try to spare some time to see Baba.

Saigal went on to briefly describe Meher Baba's five Masters, and gave an account of the East-West Gathering. He then handed Nehru the copy of God Speaks and requested that he read one page every day as Baba had instructed — for just five minutes. To this Nehru agreed.

Saigal again impressed upon him the necessity of seeing Baba, adding, in Nehru's own words, that until he had met him he could not form an opinion. But Nehru said, "So far, I do not have the inclination to meet Meher Baba."

Unfortunately, as events came to pass, Nehru never did come to see Baba. 

Quite a concourse of lovers was present in Guruprasad on the morning of 5th May 1963, including Amar Singh Saigal, who had contacted Jawaharlal Nehru as directed by Baba.

A year before, in 1963, Baba had instructed Amar Singh Saigal to inform the Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, to come to Guruprasad to meet him. Although Saigal informed him of Baba's wish, Nehru did not take the time to come.

After Baba's arrival in Poona in 1964, when Bhau was on night duty, daily Baba would ask him, "I am in seclusion, and what will happen if Nehru comes abruptly?"

Bhau replied, "Nehru won't come like that, Baba. If he wishes to see you, first he will send someone to make an appointment, and when he does, we will inform him that no meeting is possible because you are in seclusion."

"What will happen if he comes without an appointment?" Baba asked.

"It cannot happen, Baba. Nehru is too busy!"

"But if it does?"

Thus the questions and answers would go back and forth every day, as soon as Bhau came for his night watch.

But on 26 May 1964, at about 2:30 P.M., Baba announced to the mandali, "Jawaharlal will come to me soon; he will have to come!"

Baba added, "Due to his sheer energy and will power, Jawaharlal has recovered rapidly from his recent stroke.

From 1964 onwards, Amar Singh Saigal gave talks in Hindi on All India Radio from wherever he happened to be. His talks were broadcast from stations such as Delhi, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Patna, et cetera. Because of certain controversies though, the Indian government had banned the broadcasting of any matters concerning living saints or gurus, so Bhau would fashion the speeches on such general topics as honesty, integrity, brotherhood and love, weaving Meher Baba's sayings throughout. Baba and all at Meherazad would listen to the talks on the radio, and it was a thrill every time Saigal would say: “and Avatar Meher Baba says ..."

Saigal came to Meherazad to see Baba on 8th January 1965.Later that evening, Saigal gave a talk at the Ahmednagar Center. The following evening at 9:00 P.M., he addressed a huge crowd at the Gandhi Maidan (square) in the city.

Poona Centre held a darshan program on 1st May 1965. The hall of the center could seat only 700 persons, so a pandal had been raised. After darshan program Amar Singh Saigal recited the Master's Prayer in Hindi over the microphone in a touching manner.

There was subject of repeated discussions was whether or not Amar Singh Saigal would be re-elected to India's parliament in the upcoming elections. Saigal had not wanted to run and had told Baba, "I want to devote the rest of my life in serving you and travelling all over India to spread your message and tell people about the Avatar of the Age." Baba heard him, but ordered Saigal to stand for re-election.

Regarding his campaign, Baba would comment to the mandali: "He has got no money. You know he is honest and I have told him to be honest. I have ordered him to stay in parliament only if he remains honest. So how can he get re-elected when he has got no money and others are spending like mad to transport voters to the polls?"

On the day of the election, during one point in the counting, Amar Saigal was trailing by more than 20,000 votes and his defeat seemed certain. Baba cabled him: "Worry not what the result will be as you have won the heart of the Ancient One in whose hands rest the rise and fall of human empires."

Pendu was listening to the results on the radio. He became excited about the election and insisted to Baba that he help Amar Saigal to win. When the final count was declared, Saigal was re-elected by 1,000 votes.

With the help of all the Bombay lovers and few mandali, a booth was set up at the International Tourist Fair, and a small booklet titled Who Is Meher Baba? was printed, along with the "Universal Message" in different Indian languages.

Baba himself had approved the material to be included in the booklet. To the first question, "Who is Meher Baba?" he dictated this answer: "He is the essence of your very being which provokes you to ask this question.”

In 1967, Adi, Sarosh and Viloo were sent as Baba's representatives in support of the booth devoted to him. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi officially inaugurated the fair and then rode around it in an open jeep. When she neared the booth, Gajwani went up and drew her attention to the large sign above it which read: "AVATAR MEHER BABA THE AWAKENER." Amar Singh Saigal invited her to get down and have a closer look, but there was no time. Indira Gandhi folded her hands and bowed to Baba's portrait, as she rode by standing in the jeep. (Lord Meher)

 

878-AMARDAN QAWAAL SANG SO WELL THAT MANY GATHERED WEPT IN SURCHARGED ATMOSPHERE OF LOVE

During Hamirpur visit in 1954, Amardan qawaal sang at Hiralal's home.  The atmosphere was so surcharged with love that many of those gathered wept as never before in their lives. After visiting homes, Baba rode in the car through the village. A few women were waiting with arti trays in their hands, and Baba had the car stopped so as not to disappoint them. Thereafter, he walked through the village and gave a number of other women the chance to perform His arti. The sky seemed to rock with the villagers' simple loving refrain, "Aa-eeya (Come) Avatar Meher Baba Prabhu!" (Lord Meher-p-3439-1954)

 

979-AMBARAM BHAI KAHAR FINE PAINTER CHILDHOOD FRIEND OF BACHUBHAI SONI MET KAMMU BABA FOR HIS BLESSINGS LATER MIGRATED TO BRITAIN

He was a painter with a divine vision. He was born in very poor fisherman family. His affinity and aptitude for fine art and music gave him an edge over the others. At young age of 14, he left his family and started living with his teacher and serving him.

Ambaram bhai was the childhood friend of Bachubhai Soni. He came into contact with Baba lovers at very tender age. Since 1943, Ambarambhai started attending the programs at Navsari center

After He completed his secondary school education, He decided to pursue the field of fine art at Mumbai’s renowned college, Sir J. J. School of Arts. He secured admission but his boarding and lodging expenses was a problem. He met Kammu Baba for his blessings. Kammu Baba recognized him saying you had made the Portrait of Sai Baba. After meeting Kammu Baba hid problem of boarding and lodging was miraculously solved. A rich business man from Mumbai impressed with his paintings hired him to work on big portraits for four years until his course at art school was complete.

In 1953, one of his friends introduced him to Sai Baba of Shirdi. Unaware of Sai Baba divinity and spiritual status, He prayed Sai Baba to help him to completing his portrait. Sai Baba appeared with smiling face in his vision. Ambaram bhai also painted a picture of Meher Baba and donated it AMB center Navsari.

A portrait of Meher Baba made by Ambaram bhai was placed in Avatar Meher Baba Navsari center. In 1956, when Meher Baba after mass darshan program, he touched the picture very lovingly and sanctified His own picture with His divine touch.

In 1964, Ambaram bhai migrated to Britain. He held many one man art exhibitions in India and Britain. When he returned to India, in his senior years, he established a beautiful art gallery.

Ambaram bhai was a devout Meher Baba Lover who served Navsari Baba center along with his work in the field of fine art. He spent his entire life content in love of Sai Baba and Meher Baba.

He passed away on 3rd August 2009. (Reminiscence of Baba Lovers of Navasari” page-77 by Dr. Ajit B. Soni of Navsari)

 

880-AMBIKA CHARAN SHUKLA FROM RAIPUR (M. P), BABA SAID HE IS MATERIALLY VERY POOR, BUT REALLY RICH IN MY LOVE

Baba called for him and before Shukla entered the hall, Baba began speaking about him. Eruch had trouble deciphering Baba's gestures, but finally was able to convey what Baba wanted: "I always experience that I am omnipresent everywhere. Yesterday, I saw Ambika Charan sitting in the right-hand corner of the hall. In the afternoon I found him outside the hall. This morning he was sitting in the left-hand corner of the hall, and now he is at the back! This makes me wonder whether Shukla is also everywhere!" Shukla and the others laughed.

Pointing out the villagers' poverty to Ambika Charan Shukla, Baba remarked, "Materially they are very poor, but in my love they are really rich!" The villagers had cleaned their huts, and some had even decorated them. Baba spent more than two hours going from house to house, trudging through the narrow, dusty lanes. But Baba did not mind the dust because of their love, and he chatted and laughed with all as if he himself were one of them. (Lord Meher-p-3889-1955)

 

881-AMINABAI JAFFER STAYING TOKA, CONTRACTED CHOLERA. BABA PERSONALLY GAVE HER MEDICINE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT SHE RECOVERED.

Amina sister of Ramjoo Abdulla was married to Abdulla Haroon Jaffer –who joined Baba’s school early childhood.

Ramjoo's sister, Amina Jaffer, who stayed with the women in Toka, contracted cholera and on 15th August 1928, appeared critically ill. Showing special concern, Baba would visit her even in the middle of the night and personally gave her medicine to make certain that she recovered.

The next day, more photographs were taken - one of Baba with Murli, and another of Baba, Chhota Baba and the mandali in the boat. Photographs of Baba with all the Prem Ashram and Meher Ashram boys were arranged, as well as separate photographs of Baba as Krishna. Despite having few materials on hand to work with, the women had made a beautiful crown for Baba. The guests actually believed it to be a real jeweled crown. Ramjoo's sister, Amina Jaffer, was so impressed, she mused, "One day I too shall adorn you, Baba, in a splendid outfit."

The Master's 37th birthday was celebrated on Tuesday, 17th February 1931, in Nasik. That year, Ramjoo's sister Amina Jaffer had seen to all the arrangements and she and her husband Abdulla had paid for all the expenses.

In Poona during 1922, while at the thatched hut along Fergusson Road, Abdulla had sought Baba's advice when he faced a court case against him. At that time, Baba foretold that he would win his property back and be awarded Rs.80,000. After nine years this prediction came true, and in their deep gratitude, Amina and Abdulla spent lavishly to celebrate Baba's birthday. They had a beautiful robe made for Baba and placed a net of flowers over his body to adorn him.

Amina Jaffer had ordered an enormous feast and Baba served the food to all. Chanji got the most precious "prasad" from Baba that day. While serving the meal, Baba asked him through hand gestures, "Do you want more?" Chanji did not speak, but replied back with gestures. At Baba's asking again, Chanji simply nodded. Annoyed by this, Baba flung his alphabet board at Chanji, striking him on the throat. Chanji gasped, then cried out that he was hurt. Baba motioned, "Do you want more of My prasad?"

Chanji humbly replied, "You are the Master and you have all authority over me. I am at your feet and you may do as you like."

In Talegaon, Baba met Ramjoo's and Ghani's families, and Amina and 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.

Baba left for nearby Talegaon on 23 rd May 1939, with Chanji as His only companion. They visited Amina and Abdulla Jaffer, Ramjoo's sister and her husband, who along with others lovingly took Baba's darshan. There he met his lovers for darshan. Something happened that disturbed Baba, and he ordered Amina that so long as she lived, she should never take his darshan again by bowing to his feet! After eating lunch served by her and her relatives, Baba and Chanji returned to Lonavla in the evening. (Lord Meher-p-2009-1939)

 

882-AMIR AHMED B. S. AND HIS BROTHER INVITED TO SHIMOGA AND BABA WENT TO SEE THE SITE OF A GOLD MINE THEY OWNED

Baba and His group arrived in Shimoga from Bangalore in morning. They were received by B. S. Amir Ahmed and his brother. These two brothers had met Baba in Bangalore and invited him to Shimoga, so Baba had included the stop on his itinerary. Baba was taken to see the site of a gold mine they owned, and he indicated to them where to begin digging.

The brothers (with Ghani's personal guidance) had made good arrangements for Baba's group, and the town’s people of Shimoga came for darshan. Baba did not really wish to meet anyone during the tour, but he granted the sincere prayer of both brothers. Darshan was given to the local people, and a group photo was taken. (Lord Meher-p-2093-1940)

 

883-AMIYA KANTI DAS OF CALCUTTA BROUGHT SOME PRESENTS BUT BABA SAID I WANT ONLY LOVE AND GAVE HIM A GLISTENING WHITE ROSE.

Amiya Kanti Das, an elderly attorney from Calcutta, arrived. Amiya Das had been longing for Baba's darshan since 1931, but had never been able to manage it for one reason or another.

Dedolchow informed Baba that Das had also brought some presents. Baba frowned and continued, "Baba does not need anything, only love from his lovers. I appreciate what you do; I know that it is the love in you that compels your actions. But all these things brought to me are illusory. Only love is real."

Amiya Das Was leaving, Baba remarked to Harry, "I know everything. Do you know how I know everything?"

Harry said he did not. Explaining, Baba said

Dedolchow and Amiya Das saw Baba the next day, along with various Poona workers. About 60 persons had gathered. At one point a mother approached Baba, cradling her infant in her arms. The baby was fast asleep, but Baba wanted to hold it. So the mother placed the child in Baba's arms, and Baba started tickling it and patting its cheeks until it woke up. Instead of crying, the baby stared at Baba intently and would not look away. Finally, the mother took the baby from Baba's arms — and then the baby started to cry!

Baba began a discourse and Das started to take notes. Baba signaled him to stop; he did not want any notes taken then. After the morning session, Dedolchow, Das and Jalbhai went out to lunch, and then to the zoo until one o'clock, after which they were to return to Guruprasad for the afternoon session with Baba.

On 31th March, Amiya Das of Calcutta returned for darshan, and Baba presented him with a glistening white rose. That afternoon at 4:30 P.M., Baba and nine of the mandali were driven to Bindra House and then Peshwa Park.

Another seaman, Harry Dedolchow, and A. K. Das visited Guruprasad for three days at this time. Dedolchow asked Baba if he could go to the hospital and visit his friend Joseph. Baba agreed, but instructed him, "When you go, tell Joseph the reason I did not let him drop his body was because he did not say my name when he was about to take his last breath."

Dedolchow found this confusing and said, "Baba, I used to live with the Harbs in San Francisco for many months, and Joseph always repeats your name for one hour every morning."

In Year 1960, Amiya Kanti Das, an elderly attorney from Calcutta, arrived. Amiya Das had been longing for Baba's darshan since 1931, but had never been able to manage it for one reason or another. Baba embraced him first and the old man wept.

Das had also brought some presents. Baba frowned and continued, "Baba does not need anything, only love from His lovers. I appreciate what you do; I know that it is the love in you that compels your actions. But all these things brought to Me are illusory. Only love is real." Baba embraced Amiya Kanti Das. (Lord Meher-p-4641-1960)

 

884-AMIYA KUMAR HAZRA MET BABA FOR FIRST TIME

(In words of Amiya Kumar Hazra)

We had a get together at GABA Dopi's place. He was a boatman and though his cottage was as humble as a poor man's cottage could be, it was as clean as a five-star hotel. He had left no pains to keep it spic and span for the occasion and it was his love for Baba that prompted all the labours.

In the evening about thirty of us assembled and as the songs were sung, the atmosphere was being charged with devotion for the creator of all living and non-living things. Afar-away the Dhuadhar cataract roared, otherwise the silence that hovered over the place of the rocks and the river was broken only by our singing.

I felt highly inspired. I wanted to pour out my love for Baba in the form of a bhajan (devotional song). I chose to sing a song composed by Madhusudan Sri Pund — 'AyeeGokulKeFirseySawariyaa' meaning 'The Beloved Krishna of Gokul has come again to us'. As the song progressed I felt one with the words — my heart was testifying to the words for I really felt that Meher Baba was the self-same Beloved Krishna of Gokul.

Suddenly I saw a man come towards the assembly. No one noticed him as the listeners faced me. But I faced the man. He looked at me, his eyes big and black, and then he smiled. Well, He was Baba! Meher Baba! For no one could smile that way! He smiled again and my fingers playing the harmonium stopped. He peered into my eyes and my throat choked and the song would not come out any more.

I gazed at His divine face and burst out into tears. Here, 700 miles away from where He physically lived, Beloved Baba had condescended to appear and give me His love and His smile of pleasure. But it was only a matter of a few seconds. He turned away and then mingled with the darkness outside.

Much though I tried to continue with the song, I could not. My voice would not cooperate at all. My heart had again met the Beloved and Oh! how compassionately He had come all these miles in His inexplicable manner to give me His Darshan. I told no one about what I saw and got up. The programme could not be continued obviously for no other reason except that I was too moved to sing.

Everyone else although ignorant of what had happened felt a strange awe overcome them. I motioned to M. P. S. to return to his house. B.V.C. who had come from Jabalpur supported me and led me to M. P. S.'s home while all others returned to their respective homes.

Lying on the bed, I silently enjoyed and suffered from the erstwhile union and separation again from Beloved Baba at Bhedaghat. That was the first time Baba appeared to me at a place far from where He was physically staying. (The memoirs of a Zetetic, pp. 128-129)

 

885-AMIYA KUMAR HAZRA RESIGNED FROM COLLEGE AND TOOK A JOB OF PEON TO REDUCE HIS EGO

Spirituality is to get rid of your false self, and when your false self goes, you know what you are in Reality.  In Reality, no one is "high," and no one is "low."  Everyone is not every one, but One.  So when there is only One, how can there be the question of high and low?  But in the illusory world, there is high and low.  There are so many distinctions because the ego plays its role, and the ego always deceives.

Amiya was an English professor living in Jabalpur.  He had heard about Meher Baba, and when he was in Pune, Baba gave a discourse  on "Ego."  Amiya was very, very happy to hear it.

When he returned home, the question of ego had made him mad. He said to himself, "I have got a lot of ego, and I must get rid of it."

He thought that he must resign from his post as a college English professor and seek some low-class position, so that he would become free from ego.  He resigned from his college and took a job

as peon (messenger boy) in a primary school, where he would take files from one office to another.  The school was in Bheda Ghat, 13 miles from his home in Jabalpur.  In the morning, Amiya would bicycle to the school, and late in the evening, return the same distance home.

Amiya's father was a doctor, very popular and very famous.  When he came to know that his son had left his professorship to become a peon, the doctor became very, very angry.  He could not figure out why his son had done such a thing and made inquiries regarding the matter.  He discovered that Amiya had come into Meher Baba's contact and had His darshan.  Amiya subsequently quit his professorship to become a peon.  The father was very, very upset with Meher Baba.  Abusing Him, Amiya's father told others, "Who is this Meher Baba who has spoiled the life of my son?  I will go to see Him!"

Some Baba lovers heard this, and one of them sent a letter to Baba in Mahabaleshwar.  As soon as the letter was read out, Baba asked Eruch to send a telegram to Amiya.  Eruch did so, instructing Amiya to come to Mahabaleshwar immediately.o

Amiya received the telegram, and since he had no money, sold his bicycle to buy his train ticket.  He also brought along his friend, Sharma, a professor at the college where Amiya had previously taught.

When Amiya and Sharma arrived in Mahabaleshwar, Baba embraced them and asked them to sit.  Then He inquired of Amiya, "Whether  your screw is loose?"
"Yes, Baba, that's why I have come to you," Amiya replied.  "So that  you may tighten my screw."

How can I tighten it?  When I see you, My screw becomes loose!" Then Baba added, "Why did you leave your job as a professor?"

"Baba, I've got so many ego. In order to get rid of this ego, I left the post that was giving it to me.  I have taken up another job, where I have to carry out the orders of my superiors."

Then Baba added, "In order to make your ego weak, you left your good job and you have become a peon.  Can you be free from ego by doing this?  Can anyone be free from ego by these outer means?  You cannot.  You have no idea that it is your ego itself deceiving you when it tells you this.  Your ego is not going to leave you.  Instead, it is becoming more and more firm and keeps you in its grip.  If you have this low job, it does not mean that your ego has become weak.  It has remained just the same.  This is not the way you get rid of it.

"Only through love for God can you lose your ego, not through intellectual thinking.  But that love is the Grace of God.  And how can you have that grace?  It depends upon God's whim.  And therefore, only obedience to Me and My love can save you.  Follow My order and do not think about your ego.  Whatever I say, just follow with all love.  Your mind may question, and let your mind question, but you just follow My order wholeheartedly.  Whatever I say, just do it.  Now

I tell you:  Go back and apply for your previous post."

"But Baba," Amiya said, "Another professor has already been appointed in my place.  How can I get the same post?"

"Again, you are arguing?  Your obedience should be natural.  Just try to get your post as professor of English again, and you will.  Don't use your intellect.  Don't argue.  It is not good.  If you argue, how can you

obey Me?  Whatever I say, just do it accordingly."

Then Amiya kept quiet.  When he went back, he was able to assume a post as a professor in another college

 

886-AMIYA KUMAR HAZRA SAW BABA IN COTTAGE AT JABALPUR 100 MILES AWAY FROM MEHERABAD

We had a get together at Gopi's place. He was a boatman and though his cottage was as humble as a poor man's cottage could be, it was as clean as a five-star hotel. He had left no pains to keep it spic and span for the occasion and it was his love for Baba that prompted all the labours.

In the evening about thirty of us assembled and as the songs were sung, the atmosphere was being charged with devotion for the creator of all living and non-living things. Afar-away the Dhuadhar cataract roared, otherwise the silence that hovered over the place of the rocks and the river was broken only by our singing.

I felt highly inspired. I wanted to pour out my love for Baba in the form of a bhajan (devotional song). I chose to sing a song composed by Madhusudan Sri Pund — 'Ayee Gokul Ke Firsey Sawariyaa' meaning 'The Beloved Krishna of Gokul has come again to us'. As the song progressed I felt one with the words — my heart was testifying to the words for I really felt that Meher Baba was the self-same Beloved Krishna of Gokul.

Suddenly I saw a man come towards the assembly. No one noticed him as the listeners faced me. But I faced the man. He looked at me, his eyes big and black, and then he smiled. Well, He was Baba! Meher Baba! For no one could smile that way! He smiled again and my fingers playing the harmonium stopped. He peered into my eyes and my throat choked and the song would not come out any more.

I gazed at His divine face and burst out into tears. Here, 700 miles away from where He physically lived, Beloved Baba had condescended to appear and give me His love and His smile of pleasure. But it was only a matter of a few seconds. He turned away and then mingled with the darkness outside.

Much though I tried to continue with the song, I could not. My voice would not cooperate at all. My heart had again met the Beloved and Oh! How compassionately He had come all these miles in His inexplicable manner to give me His Darshan. I told no one about what I saw and got up. The programme could not be continued obviously for no other reason except that I was too moved to sing.

Everyone else although ignorant of what had happened felt a strange awe overcome them. I motioned to M. P. S. to return to his house. B.V.C. who had come from Jabalpur supported me and led me to M. P. S.'s home while all others returned to their respective homes.

Lying on the bed, I silently enjoyed and suffered from the erstwhile union and separation again from Beloved Baba at Bhedaghat. That was the first time Baba appeared to me at a place far from where He was physically staying. (The Memoirs of a Zetetic, pp. 128-129

 

887-AMIYA’S UNMERITED HARRASMENT BY OTHERS WERE REMOVED THROUGH SURPRISING INCIDENTS

As narrated by Amiya Kumar Hazra in his book Memoirs of Zetitic page 129)

During the month following my interview for first job i experienced unnecessary and unmerited harassment by certain persons on several occasions,  As, I after my newly –felt longing for Meher Baba, did not feel much attraction for material things, i also soften down to a degree in ego defences. This later was a Risky development from a practical perspective, since it allowed to feel secure while burning me. Although I felt embarrassed by uninvited bullying, I offered no counter- offence but nevertheless requested them politely to desist from such undesirable behaviour.  Feeling that i was a quite harmless creature, they ignored this patient and friendly request on my part and rather enhanced their insulting pranks. Four or five days passed with that kind of pestering and then I began to lose my patience! There were ordinary ways of acting in such situations as suggested by worldly wisdom, but i suddenly thought of not resorting to them. Why  not ask the Divine Being to intervene in a way as to stop this process and teach them a lesson?

The prayer from my heart resoled in two interesting events. First, a monkey alighted from the roof of the house of the main troublemaker, and then entered that person’s room, gave him a hard slap and went away. The following night, when one of the troublemakers was still not desisting from his unsavoury jokes and comments, I prayed to Meher Baba to take a hand in the matter and see to it that uncouth fellow was prevented. Within ten minutes, so called gentleman began to toss on his bed with intense pain and shooting fever. Clearly he was in panicky state and most wonderful part of it was that although i said nothing to him nor played aloud to Baba, the man also seemed to divine that his offences had crossed the limits of cosmic tolerance, and he at once began to apologise to me while clutching my hands in agony and fear.

My heart was filled with surprise at this’ immediate response’ and now filled with pity for the burly egoistical man’s helpless condition. Now it was his plight turned to convulsions. I got a doctor called. Medicines were administered, but that hardly helped the man. As he had come from another town where his family resided, he insisted on being sent away and with the help of some friends , we arranged his exodus.

 

888-AMIYA KUMAR HAZRA WANTED LEMON TO GET A PROOF OF BABA’S DIVINITY
Soon after the GDC incident, one evening as I sat engrossed in reading, my mother asked me to go to the market to buy a dozen lemons. The juice of the lemons was needed to help my sister solve a gastric problem she was having — dyspepsia.

I felt lazy at that hour, and I refused. Mother got annoyed, and chided me for being so indifferent to my sister's suffering. The moment she left the room, I thought of Meher Baba and His "Mood of Grace" and again requested Him that I would be so glad and grateful to Him if He somehow arranged for the lemons as he had arranged for the candy. This thought passing, I went back to reading my book.

Only a few minutes elapsed. I could still hear my mother telling my sister how heartless I was becoming, when someone knocked on the door. The servant of one of our neighbours appeared. He had a smile on his lips, and a bag containing more than a dozen lemons in his hand. Depositing the lemons on the table he departed. I took them to my mother. She was astonished.

"How could you get these lemons? You didn't go out to fetch them, did you?"

"Oh no, I never stirred from the room, but someone who listens to my prayers has prompted someone to send them to us. They are from our neighbour. Did you send any message to him yourself for lemons?" This last I asked because a familiar side of my brain was seeking evidence, as a matter of habit.

"No, I told none beside you. And why should I, unless you prove yourself utterly useless to us!" With this final sting, sweet mother collected the lemons, evidently happy for their receipt, although not that happy with me.

As she went away, I was trying to rid myself of my intellectual dyspepsia. I had read so many books that had fostered so much skepticism. Now I felt the desire to achieve faith in Meher Baba, but now my habit of emulating Doubting Thomas was not easily expunged.

I told myself, "Peace, my dear Amiya Kumar, don't be in such a hurry to conclude. Let lots of water flow by before you finally form a verdict." (The Memoirs of a Zetetic, pp. 88-89)

 

889- AMIYA WANTED TO EAT MUTTON WHICH WAS FULFILLED

After returning from my duty at power house i has an urge to eat mutton. When I divulged my desire to the family members, they said it was no longer possible to get mutton as the mutton shops were already closed. So they told to wait till following day to get a dish of mutton. I was clearly frustrated because the urge to eat mutton was far that night and not for the following morning!  Indeed, as the hours passed by, and the vegetarian dishes were being cooked in the kitchen, I felt my frustration amounting. Then I resolved that if I did not get mutton to eat that night, I would forgo taking even meals. Well then I suddenly thought of Meher Baba and what the books said on Him. I will frankly admit this to you, which I prayed to Meher Baba to see that i got mutton to eat in spite of the shops being closed that very night. Otherwise I would keep a fast!”

Interesting thing happened. Quite late in the night, one of servant of my friend (RKG) came to my home. He held a lump of mutton in his hand.  He gave it to my elder brother’s wife and said,” Doctor Saheb has just returned from hunting expedition out of station. He bagged a big barking dear and bade me give a slice of it to you. As the dear was killed many hours back, it is suggested that it should not be kept for another day but cooked without delay, it was almost cooked immediately

 

890-AMIYA WANTED TO HAVE CANDY AS A PROOF OF BABA’S DIVINITY

(In words of Amiya Kumar Hazra)

I was in a half playful mood as it is the case where faith has not pitched its tent firmly. I tossed the prayer to Meher Baba, “Please get me a candy from someone. If it happens i will believe that, you have provided it.” Meher Baba was physically over thousand kilometres away from where i uttered the prayer.

I hurried home, my mouth getting dryer .About 30 paces from home stood an elderly gentleman. He knew me as we were fellow –members of the Bai Ka Bagicha club. He  greeted me obviously in a mood for conversation and I was at least at that moment, desiring to return home  immediately for a glass of water, but it would have been impolite to ignore his invitations to stop, and so I went up to him with a “Good Evening.”

“Good Evening. Hazra Saheb, you seem to be in a great hurry.” He smiled.

“Well, a bit, no doubt, as I am returning from the playground after two-hour session at the “throws.”

“Okay, you can go in that case, but before that please have this candy.”  He offered me a candy in his hand.

“Candy? You keep them with you. Do you?” I was so confused that I was at loss to know what I ought to say.

“Oh no. I”m not a kid. It is only because doctor suggested the other day that i should defer smoking for few days to recover from phyaryngitis –and you know what a job it is to overcome the temptation to smoke. So i bought some candy to eat whenever i get the itch to smoke. Please have one.” He smiled.

As I ate candy, the thought of Meher Baba unavoidably loomed jn my mind. Was this timely arrival of this candy just a chance incident, or was the event really directed by Meher Baba from afar?

 

891-AMIYA WAS EXPLAINED WHAT IS GOD

Baba called Amiya Hazra to him during the break. Baba gave Amiya his first embrace and then, pointing at Amiya, Baba stated: "Amiya, you are God. You see God (Baba pointed at himself), but you have to become God!

Amiya was a college lecturer, and Baba continued, explaining to Eruch, "Amiya has plenty of grey matter. I will test your intelligence today. I will give you a discourse on God and breath. Only ten sentences. You will have to repeat it. That’s all."

Baba began:

What is God? God is neither heavy nor light in weight. He is all-pervading. He is absolutely independent. But everything depends upon Him. You have a body; it is matter. You also have energy and mind. Body, energy and mind, in a sense, all depend on breath. In sound sleep the body lies in bed. Energy and mind are dormant, but breath continues, independent of all three.

Amiya was having trouble concentrating. He tried to remember what Baba had said, but when he was asked to repeat it, he admitted, "Baba, I am a fool. I don't recollect anything."

Baba said, "No, you have plenty of grey matter. Anyway, don't worry. When you go back to Bhopal, try to recollect what I said and then write it out and send it to me."

"Breath is not God," Baba continued. "It is only a simile for understanding God. He is the infinite and limitless Ocean of Noor, which can only be inadequately rendered in English as 'Light' or 'Effulgence.' One who sees God sees nothing but God, and one who sees everything else sees the world.

"There is a great difference in seeing God and becoming God. You are God, and yet you have to become God," Baba repeated.

 

892-AMIYA'S MOTHER TRAVELS IN BABA'S CAR

(In words of Amiya Kumar Hazara)

During darshan period which lasted for about fortnight for my mother and me, the last day of parting arrived. Mother and I were getting ready to leave. Suddenly, I thought of first paying a short visit to Baba for a farewell glimpse and then go to railway station. We sat in three wheeler. Mother said in Bengali, with a sign of longing, “I wanted to have a ride in Baba’s own car!”

I was surprised beyond measure. “What are you dreaming of, mamma?  This is child-like expectation on your part. Who can travel in Baba’s car? It is meant for Him and a few of His Mandali. So give up this idea.” Perhaps the tone was gruff and i saw the shade of humiliation come over the mother’s face. But she said nothing. Truly, Baba’s car was meant for Baba, for the God-man, and not for such ordinary beings as us. So she kept quiet and we reached Guruprasad palace with three wheeler, inside the gate, with its noise towards the road, stood Baba’s car, it meant that Baba was in the hall, and we could have a parting glimpse of Him. As we went ahead towards porch, a  man from mandali came up to us. “Amiya where are you going?”’

“Why, for Baba’s darshan, before we leave Poona. Is it not possible? Will He not give Hid darshan?”

The gentleman nodded his head and said. “Well, Amiya, Baba has left for a house-visit a few minuet’s back, So you cannot see Him.” Mother and I looked very much disappointed.

Then i looked at the car and could not help asking, “But Baba’s car is here!””Yes he has gone by another car. And he has instructed me to tell you that he has left His car for your mother and yourself to go to the Poona railway station. So please go into it or you would be missing your train.”

As we got into God-man’s car. A sweet  fragrance greeted us. The driver started the car and we were off the railway station. I looked at my mother. She looked back proudly and said, “You talked as if you were not my child but my father. But you see how Antayami Baba has fulfilled my desire to travel by His car. So remain a child that you are, okay?”

Well, she was right and i was wrong, as the car sped towards the station, i could not stop wondering again about Baba’s Omniscience and Love for us, How fortunate we were indeed to be loved and taken care of by one who knew slightest wish and thought that sparked in any mind in the world!

 

893-AMIYA'S GOT RELIEF IN NECK PROBLEM AFTER MEDICATIO BY BABA AFTER

(In words of Amiya Kumar Hazra)

It was the early months of 1960. One day a strange sensation overcame me as if somebody was powerfully holding the nape of my neck. I tried to quiet the sensation by moving head in all directions north, west, south and East  but it did not at all help. The grip remained as tight as ever, and within a couple of hours I had no alternative except to go to doctor and ask him to find out what was wrong with my neck. The doctor in normal course, diagnosed my case in category of a stiff neck, sprain. etc. and accordingly dished out a handful of pills and capsules for me to swallow and analgesic massages to be done. But no medicine could combat the strange hold of my neck. The night hours were the worst. I could not lay myself down on the bed. Pillows to the tune of three or four had to be kept on my head to give a shadow of relief. But the disease seemed to make ghastly grin at all these attempts and had persisted for days and then for months on end.

When the best medicines had been tried and no results obtained both victims myself and my friend (RKU) had only one alternative left to approach Meher Baba and see if he cures us. (RKU) also had the similar treatment without any cure of his skin disease,

The darshan of Meher Baba ultimately was declared open during summer months at Poona. We both decided to reveal our trouble to Baba and ask Him to do something about it. But before we boarded the train for Poona, we had already about five months of most miserable kind of experience in our lives.

As usual, thousand gathered for darshan a Guruprasad Hall, Poona, but when we entered the portico some volunteers came forward and told us that Baba has strictly enjoined  His  devotees not to ask for anything during darshan period.

When we were admitted to Baba’s august presence, My mother without any hitch told that I was suffering for last five months from strange neck pain that no doctor had been able to cure. Baba looked at me with questioning glance. I could say Baba. “I am really miserable. Please cure me.” The moment I uttered these words, Baba face clouded and became stern. “Why did you ask for anything? Did you know that I have forbidden all my lovers to ask anything?”

“All your disease is imaginary.” He said sternly.

Later Baba told all devotees to go out of the hall and signaled me and my small group including RKU to remain inside. Baba said, ‘I shall pulverize your body . Then He asked Eruch to get a bottle of medicine from another room, As Eruch brought a small bottle containing ten tablets, Baba touched the bottle with His hands and gave it to me. “Now take that.  Every night take one tablet with a cup of milk. But remember one thing for sure, before you swallow the tablet. You must take My name100 times. Well now do not worry anymore. You shall be well if you follow My instructions.

Back at Ganeshkhind where we were staying, when night approached, I asked my cousin for a hot cup of milk and took Baba’s name a hundred times as bid by Him, and then swallowed the tablet. After about an hour, I developed slight pyrexia. I do not recollect when I went to sleep. The morning cup of tea woke up me up. Then as I sipped it, I exclaimed with unmitigated joy, “Great God, where has that five months old pain gone? All the family members were surprised. There was no trace of that insufferable pain in the nape of my neck. Baba had cured me undoubtedly, under cover of a randomly chosen tablet, while so many doctors could not do it  in my town with so many medically appropriate medicines.

 

894-AMIYA'S SISTER DIES IN VARANASI AFTER 3 YEARS OF ILLNESS

At Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh lived my sister Indira. She too heard of Baba from us and although she already had a guru she developed a deep regard for Baba. She composed poems on Him. My nephews were also drawn to Baba and we received an invitation from them to hold a meeting at Varanasi to tell people about Baba. Meanwhile my sister, Indira fell seriously ill and developed galloping tuberculosis. When we received communication, naturally we were worried and mother was greatly perturbed at the news Treatment apart, Indira;s health was in very poor state and recovery seemed difficult. Now, I had no alternative except to write to Baba, and this time for my sister’s recovery. The telegram i received from Baba was highly significant in regard to what our attitude was to be when such circumstances engulfed us.

Inspire of being in seclusion Baba had this message sent to us was our first lesson to try to be resigned to His will. From text of the write it appeared that Indira was not to survive long. Yet such was the Baba’s grace that she recovered at that time and lived for three more years. Her end came only when one day an intravenous injection containing an air bubble by mistake, killed her. During the three further years of her time on the earth, Indira developed still greater love for Baba, and when I communicated to Baba that she had died in1963, Baba sent us second telegram.

Of course my dear sister’s death caused grief but by that time we had developed enough conviction in Baba’s divinity and the message brought us relief that Indira had joined those fortunate ones who eternally reside in Baba.

 

895-AMMAL PANKAJAM HOME WAS VISITED BY BABA IN MADRAS

Baba arrived in Madras 1st March 1930. Baba was received with great love and reverence, and escorted to the Aiyangar family residence. The next morning, after inaugurating a hall built by Aiyangar opposite his residence that Baba had named Meher Asramam, Baba planted a pipal sapling at Meher Bhavan, thus symbolizing that for generations to come people would find shelter under the cool shade of his love.

In the afternoon he visited the home Ammal Pankajam. (Lord Meher-p-1145-1930)

 

896-AMRIT RAI KAPIL FELT SENSELESS WHEN GLANCED BY  BABA

Sri Amrit Rai Kapil had Baba’s Darshan in 1965 Sahwas in Poona.  He is resident of Delhi. He retired from Beauro of Indian standard (BIS) as section officer in 2002.  He is a sincere Baba lover and his experience meeting Meher Baba is given below in his words

“I was standing in the queue and I reached before Meher Baba. I placed my appointment letter (which I carried with me) at Baba’s feet and bowed down. Baba glanced at me and I felt quite senseless for few second, I was convinced that that I have found God in form of Meher Baba.”

 

897-AN  ACHARYA DELIVERED WELCOME ADDRESSES AT  PENTAPADU

On 21st January 1953, Baba and the group left Tadepalligudem and reached Pentapadu after half an hour, where he was riotously received by about 5,000 people. Gangadharam and an acharya (Hindu priest) delivered welcome addresses, and a few songs were sung. Baba touched the prasad of bananas and guavas, saying that the workers there should distribute it among the people. At eight o'clock, and gave a message to the students gathered there. (Lord Meher-p-3253-1953)

 

898-AN ARMY GENERAL OF BAAM A GENERAL OF THE PERSIAN ARMY CAME; FALLING AT BABA'S FEET, HE KISSED HIS HANDS.

In Baam, a general of the Persian Army came to Baba's residence in full uniform with a sword hanging by his side. He asked the mandali about Meher Baba, but was told that no one by that name lived there. The general requested, "Please go tell your Master that a beggar is standing on his threshold." When informed, Baba permitted the soldier to enter. The moment he came into Baba's presence, he folded his hands reverently on his chest (a mark of respect in Persia). He saluted Baba in grand Persian military style and then, taking out his sword, placed it on the floor. Falling at Baba's feet, he kissed his hands.

"Who are you?" Baba inquired.

"Your humble slave!" he replied.

"What is your rank?"

"It is nothing before your venerable self," the man replied.

"I asked about your rank in the army."

"I am a general in the army of Persia."

Baba lovingly patted him on the head and back and remarked, "To die in the service of one's country is indeed great, but to die for love of God is greater!"

The general nodded, saying, "I understand, your Holiness. I implore you to grant me the grace that my devotion to God may increase."

"I will help you," Baba promised.

In adoration, the general closed his eyes and bowed down, saying, "If I am permitted, your Holiness, I would like to say that the salvation of my country does not lie in its military strength, but in its spiritual rebirth through an inner understanding of life brought about by the grace of great Buzurgs (asters) like yourself. My humble prayer is that you might be pleased to shower your grace on my unfortunate country and its illiterate people."

Baba smiled, gesturing, "That is why you see me here."

"It is a great privilege for this country. May your blessing sanctify the soil of this land!" The general then walked reverently backward, step by step, gazing at Baba. It was a most touching and memorable sight, and one that the mandali never forgot. When they later asked the general how he happened to come to meet Baba, the man explained that he was a seeker and had been literally drawn by some unexplained spiritual force.  (Lord Meher-p-1108-1929)

 

899-AN ASTHMATIC LOVER PRAYED BEFORE PHOTOGRAPH WITH SUCH A LOVE THAT BABA WOULD COME OUT OF THE FRAME AND SIT BEFORE HIM

A lover from Dehradun was an extreme asthmatics so much that he  longed for relief in death. he was told that meher baba is god in human  form so deeply moved in longing to see him that he somehow managed to be included in poor program given by Baba in Dehradun,

When he came before Baba, Baba in his compassion allowed him to express his wish that he should take him in death, or take his asthma. Baba said to him ‘ Don’t worry, be happy, think of me more and more. Love me more and more I am with you . The man was profoundly moved and left happily.

When he was asked by friends about his asthma and they expressed sympathy, he responded that this asthma was in fact his greatest friend   because it has brought him to the lord of his heart, Avatar Meher Baba.

every day he would prey before a photo of baba and it was told by him that such was the fervour of love for Baba that Baba would come down the frame and sit before him.

Years passed by, one day two of man’s friends were talking in a room in which there were a photo of him with Meher Baba, suddenly with no apparent reason the glass of the photo cracked, and while a discussion ensued between the two men for the reason of cracking and need to replace the glass, news came from another friend that the man had died,

 

900-AN ATTORNEY NARRATED TO BABA HOW HIS SON, GOVIND, ASKED HIM WHETHER BABA WOULD BE ABLE TO SPEAK AUDIBLY AT THE BREAKING OF HIS LONG YEARS OF SILENCE.

In June 1962 one Sunday gathering, an attorney narrated to Baba how his son, Govind, asked him whether Baba would be able to speak audibly at the breaking of his long years of silence. Turning to the boy, Baba smiled and nodded emphatically. "Yes, I will speak audibly," he gestured. "In fact, when I break my silence it will be heard infinitely more clearly than the loudest of speech uttered by anyone." (Lord Meher-p-4800-1962)