(CHARIOT OF LORD KRISHNA & BLUE BUS OF AVATAR MEHER BABA)
Baba said, “Blue bus is like Krishna chariot and after my manifestation, people will consider it sacred.” Meher Baba traveled with 23 men & women including Himself to contact purposefully masts in number of cities in India between years 1938 to 1941. The events related to Blue bus are elaborated as under:
Lord Krishna son of foster father Nandraj belonged to royal family and was King of Dwarka. The chariot on which both, Sri Krishna and Arjuna, rode was donated by Agni (the fire-God) to Arjuna, and that was indication that this chariot was capable of conquering all directions, wherever it was drawn throughout the three worlds. This was the story behind the gifting of the chariot – Once when roaming in the Khandava Vana, Arjuna and Krishna met the God of fire, Agni. Agni was in great hunger and needed to burn down the entire Khandava Vana to quench his hunger (The real reason why Agni wants to burn this forest is to cure his stomach ailment that is a different story related to king Swetaki.). But Takshaka, the serpent-king lived in the same forest and was a friend of Indra’s. So the latter brought down heavy rains to thwart Agni’s plans to burn the woods. Agni requested Krishna and Arjuna to help him realize his goal. The three of them then invoked Varuna, the God of the oceans, who blessed Arjuna with the Gandiva – the moon bow created by Brahma. In this way, Arjuna came into possession of his famous bow. Agni also gave Arjuna an incandescent chariot with four horses yoked, and bearing a flag that would one-day be occupied by Hanuman. Arjuna also obtained his famous conch. With Krishna using the Sudarshana Chakra, Arjuna and Krishna waged a successful battle against Indra and helped Agni burn down the entire Khandava Vana including all its demons and evil spirits
To please Agni, the fire-god, Krishna arranged to offer him the Khandava forest. The Lord Krishna asked Arjuna to burn down the forest and would accompany him as his charioteer. Agni (the demigod in charge of the southeastern portion of the universe) was so satisfied with the offering that he presented Arjuna with the Gandiva bow, a team of horses, a chariot, two inexhaustible quivers, and armor. The Lord’s chariot, yoked with the horses named Saibya, Sugriva, Meghapuspa and Balahaka. Padma Purana describes Lord Krishna’s chariot horses: Saibya was green like a parrot’s wings, Sugriva yellow-gold, Meghapuspa the color of a cloud, and Balahaka whitish.”
After the war was over Sri Krishna asked Arjuna to take down the Gandiva and get off from the Chariot, as this is for his good only. Arjuna did as he was directed. After this lord Sri Krishna abandoned the reins of the steeds and dismounted himself from the chariot as well. After Sri Krishna had dismounted from that chariot, lord Hanuman that topped the mantle of Arjuna’s vehicle disappeared there and then. The top of the vehicle, which had before been burnt by Drona and Karna with their celestial weapons, the chariot with its quick pairs of steeds, yoke, and shaft, fell down, and reduced to ashes. Arjuna was amazed with this sight and with folded hands he asked Sri Krishna on why the chariot has been consumed by fire. Krishna said that the chariot was consumed by diverse kinds of weapons. It was because He had sat upon it during battle that it did not fall into pieces, previously consumed by the energy of brahmastra, it has been reduced to ashes upon His abandoning it.
Preparations for the bus journey went on throughout the month of November 1938. Sarosh had had the body of the bus built in Bombay, according to Baba's precise specifications. Because it was painted blue, it became known as the Blue Bus. On 8th December 1938, Baba left Meherabad Hill in the Blue Bus with the following women.
Mehera, Mani, Naja, Khorshed, Soonamasi, Walu, Mansari, Gaimai, Manu, Meheru Jessawala, Kakubai, Elizabeth, Hedi, Helen, Irene, Kitty, Nadine, Nonny, Norina, Rano, Thus, there were eleven Eastern women, nine Western women, two men mandali and Baba: a total of 23 persons. Elizabeth was the main driver.
Meher Baba travelled Sholapur, New Delhi, Ajmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Katni, Gersoppa, Karwar, Nagpur Meherabad, Bangalore, Hassan. Bangalore, Arsikere, Kandy, Calicut, Mannar, Ambala, Ludhiana Jullundur, Amritsar, Lahore, Multan, Quetta, Khar, Muzaffargarh and Dehradun
For their return journey to Meherabad, Baba sent for Sarosh to come to Dharwar and drive the Blue Bus to Ahmednagar. On 27th November 1941, Baba spelled out to Sarosh in front of Chanji, Nilu and Vishnu, “This is the last journey of the Blue Bus. You are very lucky to drive myself and the mandali in this bus on its last trip. You were the one who had it built and now it is you who are taking it on its final journey”.
Blue bus is like Krishna chariot and after My manifestation, people will consider it sacred. This bus should be sold in lottery among our close ones and winner should keep it on condition that he does not derive any commercial benefit from it either by keeping it on hire or by selling it. This bus has great importance and to be kept it preserved as essential. I have done much work through it and it is Sarosh’s good fortune to be driving God in person on its final run.
In 1941, at Dharwar, Sunday, December 28th, had been fixed as the date for drawing the lottery for the Blue Bus. One hundred of Meher Baba’s followers and lovers had sent in their donations of fifty rupees each. On that day Baba indicated to the mandali, “The bus will go to one outside my circle who resides at a great distance from Meherabad.”
Baba drew the raffle Himself in the mast ashram at five o’clock that afternoon, and true to his words, Keki Desai of Delhi won it. Keki was informed, and he expressed his respect for Baba by giving the bus back to Baba from his heart. Baba accepted his gesture, and the bus stayed in Ahmednagar, where Sarosh had it overhauled.
On 22 June, 1949, Baba inspected the Blue Bus cabin, and gave detailed instructions for each man and woman at Meherazad during the period of His seclusion and Baba entered the Blue Bus to begin His 40-day seclusion. The Blue Bus had been placed directly under a neem tree. Baba remained in seclusion in the Blue Bus.