(VASUDEV FOR LORD KRISHNA & DHAKEPHALKAR FOR AVATAR MEHER BABA)
Vasudev (father) carried Lord Krishna on his head to cross river, likewise Dhakephalkar a close disciple, carried Meher Baba on his shoulder to cross a river. Hence both episodes are briefly described as under:
Vasudev was the father of Krishna, and Nandraj foster father of Lord Krishna. Vasudev was a partial incarnation of Rishi Kashyap. Vasudev married Devki, the sister of Kansa, and he was also the father of Krishna's sister Subhadra. Eldest son of Vasudev was Balarama from his first wife, Rohini .
Vasudev and Devki spent most of their early adult life behind bars in the deepest pits of darkness as ordered by Kansa. Vasudev was known for his consistent approach to life and his virtue of being a truthful person, never uttering a lie during his lifetime.
At the time birth of Lord Krishna fetters and shackles of Vasudev and Devki was miraculously cut, prison door opened and guards fell asleep. Afraid of his son to be killed by Kansa, Vasudev and Devki decided to carry baby Krishna to his friend Nandraj in Gokul whose wife has also given birth to a baby girl and bring the baby girl in prison to save the Life of baby Krishna. Vasudev put baby Krishna in a bucket and left the prison. He had to cross the river Jamuna. He entered in the river and level of water in Jamuna started rising. Vasudev could not hold the bucket in hand as water was rising; he put the bucket over his head. Surge of water in Jamuna did not stop. When the water of Jamuna reached the nostril level of Vasudev, baby Lord Krishna moved out His legs and touched water of Jamuna. Thereafter, Jamuna water started receding. In fact, as a part obeisance to Lord Krishna, Jamuna surged and surged to touch Lord Krishna and Lord Krishna fulfilled her wish and sanctified Jamuna by putting His feet in her water. Vasudev brought the baby girl of Yashoda in the prison. When Kansa tried to kill this baby, she released herself from the hand of Kansa and voiced “Your opponent Krishna, 8th son of Devki and Vasudev has already taken birth to kill you”
This episode of Vasudev carrying over his head crossing Jamuna River is somewhat similar of Dhakephalkar, one from mandali who had an opportunity of carrying Baba on his shoulders while crossing a shallow water stream. The episode in brief as written in Lord Meher is reproduced.
While returning to Toka, when Meher Baba and his mandali came to the river, their car stalled. Dhake offered to carry Baba across on his shoulders. Baba smiled and replied, "I am prepared as long as you promise not to drop me."
"Never!" Dhake promised. "I may stumble, but I promise you will not fall."
Everyone laughed and Baba asked, "Are you a magician? When you fall, how will I remain on my feet?"
Dhake, with a witty answer, said, "How could you fall, Baba? Those who make the fallen rise never fall themselves."
Baba then got on Dhake's shoulders and crossed the river. On the opposite bank, Baba remarked, "You have brought me across the river today. I am pleased with your efforts and one day I will help you cross the river of Eternal Existence."
Moreshwar Ramchandra Dhakephalkar worked as a teacher in the Hazrat Babajan School. Baba said about him. “Dhake has been with Me for nineteen years. He is no fool. He is an intelligent lawyer. He has received no temporal benefit from Me. His wife has just died and yet there has not been the least difference in his love and devotion toward Me. I called him and told him to give up his legal profession and do My work, and he has agreed to do so.”
Baba said, “The aspirant can best assimilate the lessons of true service, if he has the good fortune to be in contact with the Master. The Master teaches not through preaching, but through example. Contact with the Master is also helpful in imbibing the spirit of cooperation, which the aspirants cultivate easily because of their common love for the Master. They serve because the Master wants it. They do the Master's work, not their own. And they do it, not of their own accord, but because they have been entrusted with that work by the Master. Therefore, they are all free from any ideas of individualistic claims, rights or privileges, being keen only about the Master's work, ready to serve His cause to the best of their ability when they are called upon to do so, and equally ready to hand over that work to another aspirant if he can do it better.”