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INSPIRING EPISODES

(VOLUME-2)

ALPHABET A

SL NO 901 TO 930

 

DERLY MAN REMARKED JUST LIKE JESUS CHRIST WHILE BABA WASHED FEET OF AN OLD LADY

On the 18th, Baba went to the village of Parner, 25 miles west of Ahmednagar. Here the program was held in a school building. Baba washed the feet of 600 poor people and distributed prasad to 606 people. He presented one rupee to 28 people and gave two rupees to one man.

As Baba was washing the feet of one old lady from Parner, an elderly man was heard to remark in English, "Just like Jesus Christ!"  (Lord Meher-p-2625-1948)

 

902-AN ELDERLY MUSLIM IN OMKARESHWAR GOT INTO THE TRAIN AND HELD; AFTER CLUTCHING HANDS WITH BABA THE MUSLIM WAS QUITE HAPPY

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

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

 

903-AN ELDERLY STREET SINGER A TALL, GOANESE CHIRISTIAN WAS FORTUNATE TO SING BEFORE BABA

During the Bombay stay, Gohar’s sister, Kaity, Kept Baba amused with his mimicry and funny stories; likewise Jim Mistry kept Baba in good humour with his wits and jokes.

On the evening of 17 th October 1957, an elderly street singer with a ukulele- a four –stringed Guitar of Hawaiian origin –was called up to the apartment. Baba sat on the diwan, the men mandali around Him, while the women stood in another room. The musician –a tall, Goanese Chiristian- sang a few “Negro spirituals” in a deep, rich, hunting voice, Mani relented, and also “Begin the Beguine.” He was so drawn to Baba He wanted to keep playing.

Baba had Nariman to pay him generously and remarked, “He sings with feeling; he is so fortunate to sing an inspirational song titled “He”, written in 1954 by Richard Mullan and Jack Richards.

On Sunday, 20th October 1957, Khorshed brought a blind singer to entertain Baba with ghazals and qawaali. Each of his hand had two fingers missing. Nevertheless, He was able to play the harmonium quite well and sang several ghazals, which Baba enjoyed.

Another night, a concert was being held in the building opposite Ashiyana. Baba sat up all night to hear the singing. “Baba loved music so much,” Mehera commented, “He sat near the window,

 

904-AN ELDERLY SWISS LABOURER IN LUGANO WAS RAISED FROM SECOND TO FIFTH PLANE BY BABA

The weather in Lugano had been dreary and the sun had not been seen for days. Baba observed, "I seem to bring bad weather with me. Maya is doing her best to prevent me from enjoying my rest. But I will turn the key and make the sun shine for at least one day."

To get some relief from Lugano's weather, Kitty arranged a boat trip to Mt. Generoso. They left the hotel at nine the following morning, Tuesday, 3 May 1932. The majestic scenery of the mountains and lake was beautiful.

On the boat, an elderly Swiss laborer sat opposite Baba for almost an hour and left the boat when it stopped at a small harbor. As he stepped off the boat, he turned and smiled at Baba. Baba later asked if they had noticed anything unusual about the man, but since they had not, he explained:

He was my agent. I have come here for complete rest, and in order to do that, I must temporarily hand over the work to someone else. This morning, I have done that with this man. I had to raise him from (between) the second and third plane to (between) the fourth and fifth, so that he could take on the work I am giving him.

The transfer of my work must take place either in a thick jungle, on a high mountain, on water or in a crowd. That is why he smiled, looked at me and went off. You should have noticed how he answered my "taps" with his stick on the boat — by giving properly-timed taps with his stick in reply to mine.

Baba had borrowed Ghani's walking stick to demonstrate this. Although the man was not looking at Baba, he successfully copied Baba's taps exactly, three different times. Baba had also sent one of them to give the man some bread and butter, which he ate.

This agent of mine is married, but none of his family have any idea of his spiritual status. There are very few adepts [those between the third and sixth plane] in Europe. There is only one of the seventh plane; he is one of the 56 God-conscious souls on earth. There is also one person of the sixth plane in Europe. These adepts are still nothing compared to my circle members. Those of my circle will all be of the seventh plane; they have all been doing my dictates for ages.(Lord Meher-p-1394)

 

905-AN EXTREMELY POOR SWEEPER SANG KABIR'S COUPLETS EVERY MORNING AND RECEIVED BOON TO HAVE A FINE SON.

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

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

 

906-AN IDEAL BOY WAS BROUGHT BY ERUCH FROM RISHIKESH, BABA GAVE HIM FOUR ORDERS

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

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

He gestured to Eruch, "First, go ask him what he is doing here." Eruch talked with the boy alone, who told him, "My parents are in Ambala. I am only 14, but I have always had a great longing for God's darshan. So I left everything and started for the Himalayas in search of Him. I have come here to meditate and see what can be learned."

Do you have a guru?" Eruch asked.

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

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

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

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

Baba gave him these four orders:

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

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

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

 

907-AN INDIAN WOMAN DEVOTEE WISHED TO STOP SEXUAL INTERCOURSE BABA SAID IT COMES TO A QUESTION OF DUTY, YOU MUST SACRIFICE A LITTLE OF YOUR INTEREST TO PLEASE YOUR HUSBAND

While at Meherabad, Baba would grant interviews. An Indian woman devotee came to see Baba on October 28th. She complained openly before Baba that she wished to stop having sexual intercourse with her husband because of her desire to see God. But her husband was unwilling.

Consoling her, Baba explained, “It is better to treat your husband with love and affection, even if you dislike and do not wish to indulge in intercourse because of your spiritual aspiration and desire to love God. It is good to have no sexual desires, but when it comes to a question of duty, you must sacrifice a little of your interest to please your husband.

“Keep your mind focussed toward God and give your body to your husband. Remember Saint Mira’s sacrifice and how she suffered. Be like her.” Mira was one of Meher Baba’s favourite saints (Lord Meher-P- Vol. 6, p. 1919

 

908-AN INDIAN WOMAN HAD BABA DARSHAN WHILE LADY FROM NETHERLAND WAS NOT PERMITTED

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

 

909-AN INEBRIATED MAN STOOD SALUTING IN MILITARY FASHION FOR 20 MINUTES TILL BABA CHANCED TO LOOK IN HIS DIRECTION

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

 

910-AN IRANI WOMAN APPROACHED AND REQUESTED BABA TO CAST HIS NAZAR ON HER CHILDREN

In 1963, an Irani woman with her children approached Baba. She requested Baba to cast his nazar upon them. After she left, Baba observed, "My nazar is on everyone all the time; however, it does not fall upon just anyone. Once it falls on a person, he would instantaneously become infinite power, infinite knowledge and infinite bliss!" (Lord Meher-p-4981-1963)

 

911-AN OLD GENTLEMAN WAS TO TAKE OVER BORKER'S DUTIES AT THE AHMEDNAGAR SCHOOL. BABA SAID DO IT SINCERELY

In the evening on Tuesday, 29 March 1927, Borker brought his assistant and an older sincere gentleman who would be taking over some of Borker's duties at the Ahmednagar School. Baba advised them, "In whatever things you undertake, throw your whole heart and mind into it. Do it sincerely, wholeheartedly. Don't do anything half-heartedly, nor leave anything half-done.(Lord Meher-793)

 

912-AN OLD LADY WHOSE RIGHT HAND WAS PARALYSED, BABA ASKED HER TO DO EXERCISES

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

 

913-AN OLD MAN AND WOMAN RESIDING IN A HUT IN AMARPURA (UP) LONGED WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS, BABA CAME AND SANCTIFIED THEIR ABODE

In year 1952, darshan arrangements in Amarpura were made by Virendra Singh. Outside the village, an old man and woman were residing in a hut. They longed with all their hearts for Baba to come and sanctify their humble abode, but they had not the courage to request him. That day, after the program, instead of taking the direct road, Baba asked that the car be driven by another route.

Stopping by the old couple's hut, Baba entered it. The two were overcome with emotion and garlanded him. Gadekar sang the arti, and after embracing them Baba left. (Lord Meher-p-3209-1952)

 

914-AN OLD MAN CALLED HIMSELF CHARGEMAN OF NASIK; KAKA BARIA  MET HIM AS INSTRUCTED BY BABA TIME TO TIME

A 70-year-old holy man in Nasik resided in a temple on the banks of the Godavri River. Local people simply called him "the Baba." Once referring to this man, Baba revealed, "Although he dresses in rags and resembles a beggar in appearance, he is a wali on the fifth plane and is the spiritual charge man of Nasik." Kaka Baria was instructed to visit the wali from time to time (Lord Meher-p-2015-1931)

 

915-AN OLD MAN FROM AHMEDNAGAR WITH HIS WIFE AND SEVEN CHILDREN CAME TO DEDICATE WHICH AMUSED BABA

In November 1965, Gustadji was in charge of the storeroom and used to distribute rations to the poor. Many poor persons from Ahmednagar and surrounding villages came, and they were all given grain.

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

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

“Seven, and a wife!” he said.

I asked, “What will you dedicate to me? Have you any money?”

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

 

916-AN OLD MAN SUFFERING FROM HEMIPLEGIA (PARALYSIS) WAS REMARKED IF YOU LIVE UNTIL I BREAK MY SILENCE, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO WALK AGAIN

While the singing was going on, an old man suffering from hemiplegia (paralysis on one side of his body) was brought to Baba. Baba remarked to him, "If you live until I break my silence, you will be able to walk again." (Lord Meher-p-4945)

 

917-AN OLD MAN WAITED FOR FIVE YEARS AND CAME RUNNING 12 MILES BEHIND BABA'S CAR

A man who had been waiting to see Baba for over five years went to the place where darshan was being held. But he was informed that Meher Baba had just departed. Although old, he began running after Baba's car. He ran an incredible twelve miles, and finally, through his deep and unwavering faith, caught up with the group. Baba had had the car stopped and was sitting under a tree. The old man, panting heavily, approached and with difficulty uttered: "Meher Baba is omniscient! Meher Baba is omniscient!" Baba held him in a hearty and loving embrace. His long wait was over; he was in the All-knowing One's arms. (Lord Meher-p-3029-1952)

 

918-AN OLD MAN WAS GIVEN SEAT BY BABA WHILE TRAVELLING IN OVERCROWEDED THIRD CLASS TRAIN COMPARTMENT

Once in an overcrowded third class railway coach, the mandali had to keep standing in order to give Me a little space to sleep. Some of the passengers objected as to why Baba should sleep, while they were standing. The mandali tried to explain that they were their seats which they had given to Me, and so there was no need to quarrel. Just when the angry voices would settle, Baba would get up and give His seat to an old man. This would again enrage the other passengers, and a quarrel would start all over again. (Lord Meher-p-4990-1963)

 

919-AN OLD PARSI COUPLE HAD SPECIAL AFFECTION FOR MERWAN AND DOLE OUT SWEETS IN ABSENCE OF HER HUSBAND

Near St. Vincent's High School, an old Parsi couple served soft drinks from their small shop, which Merwan frequented with His friends.  Each time He came, the proprietress would dole out sweets to Him by the handful, and He would share them with His companions. Whenever the husband was present, however, he would prevent this by ordering the boys out of the shop. The kindly old woman, nevertheless, would let Merwan know that He and His friends could come around to the back door. She had a special affection for Merwan in particular. (Lord Meher-p-137-1909)

 

920-AN OLD WOMAN 99 YEARS OLD AND BLIND OFFERED SOMETHING WHICH WAS TAKEN BY BABA  LOVINGLY

During Andhra tour in 1954, at Eluru, leaving house of Ram Lingam Shastri, Baba passed an old woman who was sitting on the verandah with some offering in her hand. Baba took it from her and touched her lovingly. She was 99 years old and blind. (Lord Meher-p-3474-1954)

 

921-AN OLD WOMAN CAME TO EMBRACE BABA. SHE WAS COMFORTED AND INSTRUCTED TO THINK OF HIM MORE AND MORE

An old woman came to embrace Baba. She was very ill. Baba comforted her and instructed her to think of him more and more, and not to forget him while breathing her last when she knew she was about to die. (Lord Meher-p-4969-1963)

 

922-AN OLD WOMAN INFECTED WITH LARGE MAGGOTS CAME TO DISPENSARY FOR TREATMENT

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

 

923-AN OLDEST WOMAN IN THE GROUP FROM IRAN  HAD FALLEN AND BROKEN A RIB IN BOMBAY BUT CAME TO GURUPRASAD DAILY DESPITE HER PAIN

During sahwas program in year 1965, Aloba led and six individuals from Iran, who had come to Poona after overcoming great hardships. The oldest woman in the group had fallen and broken a rib in Bombay but came to Guruprasad daily despite her pain, not telling anyone of the extent of her injuries. (Lord Meher-p-5144-1965)

 

924-AN  OVERWEIGHT MAN TEASED BY BABA

Addressing the qawaal, Baba urged, "Now let us hear some choice truths!"

The qawaal sang: I go on deceiving myself, living in the hope of dying!

Stopping him, Baba commented, "What a beautiful thought! In this state the lover is totally uprooted from the world. All his desires die, except one, and that is to die for the Beloved."

It was getting very hot in the hall so someone switched on the fan. Baba had it turned off and told the qawaal, "All the doors are shut. It is warm. Baba has had the fan switched off. All are sweating."

Addressing one man who was overweight, Baba teased him, "It is good for you. You are perspiring and will slim down a bit." Loud laughter followed Baba's remark.

He continued jokingly, "It is good you people feel the heat. Had it been cool here you would have said, 'Baba, now please don't stop!' Now you will leave sooner!" (Lord Meher-p- 4234-1957)

 

925-AN WIDOW WOMAN WAS INTRODUCED TO BABA SAID SHE IS AS MOST FOTUNATE

In 1954, Kutumba Sastri and Mallikarjuna Rao had arranged a darshan program. After darshan program in Nidadavole that evening to which almost 5,000 came. Baba visited house of Kutumba Shastri. Introducing a woman at his house, Sastri told Baba, "Her husband has left her; she is most unfortunate."

To which Baba countered, "Why do you say most unfortunate? She sees God standing before her in person, and is most fortunate. More fortunate than the rishis and munis who are very, very old and long for my darshan." Addressing the woman, Baba said, "Think of me and don't worry." (Lord Meher-p-3486-1954)

 

926-ANANDMAYI  WAS INDIRECTLY CONTACTED BY BABA IN DEHRADUN

In June 1953, while in Dehradun Baba wished to contact the first Anandamayi But because he was about to fast, he decided instead to contact them by proxy. He put his head on Elcha's feet, and instructed him to go and touch Anandamayi Ma's feet, and convey his love and blessings to her

Elcha did as ordered, and afterward Anandamayi Ma expressed her desire to meet Meher Baba. Elcha informed Baba, who sent her this message:

Meher Baba was informed of your wish to see him. He says that there is no need for you to see him. If Baba is the Highest of the High, as people say, and is in everything and in everyone, then he is omniscient, and in you also. Even if that is not the case, then there would be no advantage in a meeting with him. Baba is bowing down to saints, walis, masts, sadhus and the poor equally, and he conveys his love to you. With his love, he sends his salutation to you.

Baba again bowed to Elcha, as proxy, and sent him back to Anandamayi Ma. After bowing to the woman saint, Elcha conveyed Baba's message. On hearing it, she declared repeatedly, "Namo Narayana! [Obeisance to God Narayan!]"

 

827-ANGELO AND HIS WIFE AN ELDERLY BRITISH COUPLE IN PITIABLE CONDITION IN DEHRADUN WERE HELPED BY BABA TO RETURN TO ENGLAND

During new life at Manjri Mafi, hut and for Baba and his men were not ready, Baba and the companions stayed in Mrs. Pratt's bungalow at No. 4 New Cantonment Road, Dehra Dun. In part of the bungalow an elderly British couple named Mr. and Mrs. Angelo were residing in a pitiable condition. They were destitute without enough money to return to England. Baba lovingly helped them considerably, and it appeared he had especially stayed at Mrs. Pratt's to rescue this worthy couple.

The Angelos were anxious to have Baba's darshan and asked Keki Desai to request it. Baba agreed, which was quite unusual. On the day arranged for their darshan Baba wore a new white kafni. (Lord Meher-p-2867-1950)

 

828-ANIL GAJWANI SON OF KISHANCHAND GAJWANI OF BOMBAY SAT QUIET ON THE FLOOR NEXT TO BABA'S CHAIR. MNI TOOK A FILM OF THE FAMILY WITH BABA.

On 1st September 1965, Baba gave an hour-long audience to Gajwani, his daughter Shyama and her small son Anil. The intelligent boy was quiet and sat by Baba on the floor next to Baba's chair. Mani took a film of the family with Baba. Shyama and the boy were taken to greet Mehera also. After they left, Baba sent Eruch to the Pimpalgaon pumping station to telephone Adi at Khushru Quarters to tell Shyama "not to let Anil be exposed to the breeze after perspiring." (Lord Meher-p-5167-1965)

 

829-ANIL SARKAR MET AN ACCIDENT, BROKE HIS LEG AND DEVELOPED SEPTICEMIA. IN THE AGONY OF HIS PHYSICAL PAIN, ABUSED BABA

On 20th February 1960, to the Calcutta group, Baba sent this message: "Drown all sound in my silence to hear my Word of Words."

Anil Sarkar had had an accident and had broken his leg after visiting Meherazad in January 1961. On 25th February, Baba sent him telegram: "Let Anil Sarkar rejoice in the thought that he is sharing a bit of my infinite suffering, for which I am born today and forever and ever."

A few months later, his wife Rama Sarkar informed Baba that Anil had developed septicemia and, in the agony of his physical pain, he was abusing Baba for not relieving him of it. Baba's reply to her by cable was: "Abuse from my lovers is sweeter than praise from my hypocritical admirers.” (Lord Meher-p-4536-1960)

On Saturday, 2nd January 1960, the newly-built Avatar Meher Baba Arangaon Center was decorated with buntings and with flowers, which gave off a sweet fragrance. Early in morning Anil Sarkar came to Meherazad with his family and others to have darshan. Baba arrived at Meherabad in morning and after remaining there a while, he was driven to Arangaon. (Lord Meher-p-4622-1960)

 

930-ANIL SON OF SHYAMA A INTELLIGENT BOY WAS ADVISED NOT TO BE EXOESED TO COLD BREEZE

On 1st September 1965, Baba gave an hour-long audience to Gajwani, his daughter Shyama and her small son Anil. The intelligent boy was quiet and sat by Baba on the floor next to Baba's chair. Mani took a film of the family with Baba. Shyama and the boy were taken to greet Mehera also. After they left, Baba sent Eruch to the Pimpalgaon pumping station to telephone Adi at Khushru Quarters to tell Shyama "not to let Anil be exposed to the breeze after perspiring." (Lord Meher-p-5167-1965)