THE YEAR OF DROPPING HIS BODY
We were going to Delhi from Madras by Grand Truck Express. It was a long journey and on the way Baba encouraged us to entertain Him with stories, talks or skits just to pass time.
Baba said that He had a year in His mind. In that year a very great event would take place and the whole universe would receive a shock thereby. The year might be anything between 1950 and 1999 and the one who gave the exact year in His mind would receive a five-rupee note as reward. Everyone made a try for it and Baba would say, "No, not that."
When my time came I said, "1969."
Baba at once said, "Exactly, you are right. I have fixed up that year in my mind. How did you come to it that I have that year in my mind?"
"Even now I don't know what is there in your mind. Perhaps you want to give me the prize and have therefore confirmed my conjecture," I submitted.
"No, it is not so; you must have come to this year by some thinking and what is it?" enquired Baba.
"Baba, you like numbers 1, 7 and 9 and consider them to be important. Figures 1 and 9 were already supplied to you by others. By figure I mean the sum total of all the numbers. I have arrived at the figure 7 by adding all the digits in 1969," I said. The prize was given to me.
On the 31st January, 1969, when Baba dropped His body, I recalled to my mind this incident and then realised the significance Baba had attached to the year 1969 and the great event that would give a shock to the whole world was the dropping of His body.
This was how He suggested the year of dropping His body.
IN THE COMPANY OF AVATAR MEHER BABA, p. 115
1992 © M. R. Dhakephalkar