CONTACTS - DELHI
On 29th December 1952, Baba set out for mast contacts in Delhi. Because of the mandali's late arrival that morning for the poor program, Baba had informed them, "To compensate for the delay in the poor program, I wish to wash the feet of and bow down to a special boy. He must be between sixteen and eighteen years of age, spiritually-minded, intelligent, athletic, obedient to his parents, and he should have a pure heart. Can anyone bring me such a lad?"
Pukar volunteered to undertake the task along with Nana Kher, and they with Daulat Singh and Babadas went to a college in search of such a lad. The students ridiculed them, but undeterred they contacted the principal, who suggested a suitable candidate. The boy was willing, but his mother was not prepared to tolerate such a person of Meher Baba's stature and magnitude washing her son's feet and bowing to him. Pukar prevailed upon her to consent to Baba's wish, but the woman was insistent. Finally, as they were about to give up hope, they found another boy walking along the road and brought him to Baba. Baba was pleased with him, bowed at his feet and gave him Rs.51. The boy's father was a devotee of Sai Baba, and the boy himself said he sometimes "saw" Sai Baba in a park near their home. Pukar then realized that Baba had wanted to contact this boy all along. (Lord Meher-p-3213-1952)
2-A BABA LOVER
To a Delhi lover, Baba remarked, "Baba will soon depart, but I am everywhere. So, stay where you are and love me, and see me there as you now see me here." Baba handed him a rose petal to eat. (Lord Meher-p-3630-1954)
3-A GROUP OF 7 POOR PERSONS
In year 1948, during Baba’s stay in Delhi seven poor persons were brought. They were not the sort that Baba preferred, but he nevertheless washed their feet and gave each Rs.51. Lord Meher-p-xxxx-1948)
A Nepali maid was working at place of Keki and Dhun Desai in Delhi. She had three sons. Her eldest son was working in a pharmaceutical company. He was accused of committing a robbery and was jailed because of it. The maid came crying to Keki requesting him to plead with Baba for his son. She was convinced of Baba’s divinity and felt that Baba could her son released from prison through His divine intervention.
When this incident happened, Baba happened to be living at Keki Desai’s place along with the Mandali. Baba said he would hear the matter out on next day and decide about it. The next day, after having his bath, Baba called the maid. He sat on the small tool with Keki and the maid to His left and Chanji on His right. It was like a court room. After hearing the matter out, Baba gave His judgment. He said that it would be better for his son to undergo a term in the prison because if Baba were to get him released, it would be not in the best interest of the maid. So, following Baba’s decision, they didn’t consent their son’s imprisonment which was to last for few years.
At that time, no one understood what Baba meant when He said that if son was released from the prison it would not be good for the maid. A few months later, the maid, who had been a widow for several years, gave birth to a son. No one knew about her pregnancy or, for a matter, about her affair with someone. She had kept it a secret. Only Baba knew this. He eldest son, who was in prison, was very aggressive and violent man. Had he been out of orison, he would surely have killed his mother, the maid, for he was known to be terror among the locals.
When people came to know of the maid’s pregnancy and her son’s violent nature, they realized the significance of Baba’s words. By allowing the son to go to prison, he not only saved the maid’s life, but also prevented the son from committing a heinous crime.
Several eyras later, when son was released from prison, he had mellowed completely and did not take any drastic step against his mother. Thus in the so called act of cruelty on Baba’s part was hidden Baba’s mercy and compassion. (Copied from Real treasure Volume-5 page-110-111 by Rustom Falahati)
5-A NEIGHBOUR’S DAUGHTER
Keki Desai of Delhi was assigned to reserve a bogie for Baba and the mandali from Delhi to Dehradun and also to bring food for everyone to the Delhi station. Keki and his wife, Dhun, had brought along their neighbor’s little daughter. Baba asked Dhun whether the girl was their daughter. When Dhun told him who the child was, Baba further asked her, "Are you fond of children? Do you want one?" Dhun replied that, though she liked children, she didn't want one just then. They had only been married two years.
Baba counselled her, "Whenever you want a child, think of me. I will give you a baby who should be named Meher," and he placed his hand on Dhun's head in blessing. It was not until ten years later that the Desai’s had a daughter, whom they considered as Baba's gift (Lord Meher-p-2297-1942)
When I was in Dehra Dun, a swami who was an M.A. came to see me. He was a professor in a Delhi college. He touched my heart. When he saw me, he said he would do what I told him. Then he met with Baba lovers and told them that I had made him my charge man! In my name, he collected Rs.500 from one lover and Rs.2, 000 from another. These two men had not yet had my darshan. One of them even wrote to Adi, requesting darshan and explained to him what had happened to show his love for me!
The main thing is to gain love and give love. Everything gets merged in love. As the members of one family are close to each other in love, you, too, come close to one another like one family. Love one another and then tell others to love one another. Even if the whole world goes against you, do not become distressed. The world does not know what you do. Don't be exasperated with it. Never become dismayed. It appears there are only a few (lovers) here, but if you follow me properly you will change the whole world. (Lord Meher-3798-1955)
19-BAHUGUNA R. D.
In Sahwas program, when R. D. Bahuguna of Delhi approached, Baba punned, "I was bahurupiya (a street performer who assumes different roles, for instance, one day a man, the next a woman), but now I have become Bahuguna (one with many attributes)!"
Baba lovingly embraced one man who had come to see Him after quite a long while. This prompted Burjor Ghai to step forward for an embrace, and thereupon Baba admonished him, “You should not have done that as you see I am not embracing others.”
|In 1956, Burjor Gai of Delhi was sent a copy of God Speaks to give to Kripal Singh and at the meeting the saint expressed his desire to have Baba's darshan again, since he would be going to Poona which was not far from Satara. Baba gave His permission. Soon after, Kripal Singh arrived in Kalyan (near Bombay). On 14th May 1956, Eruch was sent to fix the time for His meeting, along with this message: "Meher Baba has instructed me to tell you, 'You are My dear child.' ”The humble saint was very happy to hear this, and listened attentively as Eruch narrated events from Baba's life. (Lord Meher-p-3959).|
23-DAUGHTER OF JOGINDER SINGH
Joginder Singh along with his wife and two sons and one daughter went to Meherabad for Meher Baba’s darshan on 13th November 1958, after six years since he met Him at Delhi.
26-DHAR K. N.
Mr. K. N. Dhar is son of T N Dhar who had Baba’s darshan in 1944 at Kashmir.
K N Dhar as boy was also fortunate to have contact of Meher Baba. He was called at Panchgani and Baba bowed down to his feet.
27-DHAR T. N.
Baba & His group arrived in Srinagar on Friday evening, 18th August 1944. The other mandali had arrived three days before all had to stay in the Majestic Hotel in Srinagar for a week.
Trailokya Nath Dhar came to know about Meher Baba through Daulat Singh, who was an influential doctor in Srinagar, had been spreading Meher Baba's messages in the Srinagar area, Dhar, was eager for Baba's darshan. In fact, he heard that Baba was staying at the Majestic and went there to meet him on the 19th August. Since Baba was traveling 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.
Baba reached Delhi on the morning of the 29th November 1952, Ganjoo P N and few others from Delhi Dehradun and Nagpur were present at the train station to receive Him. Baba with Eruch, Chhagan and Sidhu stayed at Kain's house at 16 President Estate, and the rest of the group at 10 Tagore Road, where Harjiwan's son was staying.
On 1st November 1953, a large public darshan program was held in Dehradun. Baba gave the message on "Real Darshan": T. N. Dhar and other Baba lovers from Delhi had come to Dehradun for Baba’s darshan uninvited. That morning, when Baba met those from Delhi, He chided them, "Why did you come without My invitation? This is a lesson to Me not to give darshan, as you people are always on My chest!"
Kain pleaded, "When will you come to Delhi, Baba, as you promised to come before the end of the year?"
"Had you people not come here, I would surely have come. And besides, if you take me to be what I am, I am already there!"
On Thursday morning, 4 March 1954, during Andhra darshan program Baba met T. N Dhar and others who were to leave for their respective homes. Baba embraced each one.
Mr. T N. Dhar later settled in Delhi in Narayana Vihar and used to have gathering of Baba lovers and satsang on second Saturday of every month. His son K N Dhar as boy was also fortunate to have contact of Meher Baba. He was called at Panchgani and Baba bowed down to his feet
In year 1940, Dhunijisha Mavalwala was station Master during visit of Baba in Delhi. Keki Desai happened to meet him for reservation in train for Baba and Mandali. Following is the story in words of Keki Desai as how he met the Station Master led to his meeting with Meher Baba.
In the year 1958, I was returning from Mathura to Meerut by Frontier Mail. At Delhi junction a passenger came to my compartment and sat on the birth facing me. It was evening time so I started reciting my daily prayers. Being Parsee, we cover our head with a cap or kerchief while saying the prayers which I did. The fellow who sat in front of me kept staring at me. When I finished my prayers he asked me in Guajarati whether I was a Parsi. I replied in affirmative.
He then enquired about my job, my place of residence, where I was going to and such other things. He also talked about himself and mentioned that he too was a Parsi and that he worked in the railway as the station Master of Meerut Cantonment. He then told me if I ever needed his help in the future, then I should contact him and he would be glad to help me. I was amused to hear this from a stranger and wondered if I could ever really need his help.
Sometime later, this station master was transferred to Ghaziabad Junction and eventually, in 1940, to Delhi. In those days, there was an optical shop called Bombay Optical House in Chandani Chauk area of Delhi which was a meeting place for Delhi Parsis. I regularly visited this shop and one such visit, I ran into the station Master. Chanji, whenever he visited our place, would also accompany me to the shop and I introduced him to the station master. Chanji told Baba about the man.
In September 1942, when Baba and party decided to leave Dehradun and return to Meherabad, He asked me to take help of my station master friend to reserve a full railway coach for Himself and the entire Mandali.
The Second World War was still going on and all the coaches were being used for army movements. By Baba’s grace, the station Master was able to reserve a whole coach. The station Master name was Dhunijisha Mawalwala. On 10th of September, Baba came to Delhi. I along with the station master was there on the platform to help with the transfer of Baba and Mandali’s luggage to the reserved coach.
When everything was arranged and settled, I introduced the station master to Baba who embraced him and gave him a Baba’s badge. After reaching Meherabad, Baba sent a telegram blessing Dhun, myself and the station master.
During Baba’s subsequent visits to Delhi, I would take the help of the same station master who would leave his office and personally come with me to ensure that the reservation clerk gave us the reservations as per Baba’s requirements.
In 1945, he was transferred to Karachi, but as Baba needed him for His work, he was again transferred back to Delhi at the time of partition and also promoted to the Station Superintendent of Delhi.
(Copied from the book of Real Treasure Volume-5 page 97-99 by Rustom Falahati)
29-DR. HUKUMAT RAI & KRISHNA KAPIL
Hakumat Rai Kapil was a Govt. officer in Delhi originally belonged to Hoshiarpur (Punjab). Having read Baba’s literature, He left his family and decided to go Haridwar to find a guru and do austerities for attaining the goal of Realisation. Before going to Haridwar, He went to meet Meher Baba. Baba discouraged him in following words on renunciation and made him to go back to family.
“In your efforts to be one with God, by trying to understand yoga you will be lowering your objective. How to inhale, how to meditate, what posture to assume these are all exercises. Only heroes can realize God, the path leading to Him is quite different. God wishes that we attain Him most naturally in our day-to-day life. It does not need meditation. Numerous yogis and swamis in the world are still unaware of God. They follow the path of meditation, yoga, pranayama and guide others in how to do other spiritual practices. Instead of emancipating, these bind the seekers more. You want freedom, but all these things create more bondage. If you truly and sincerely wish to realize God, you should be ready to sacrifice your life for Him.”
Baba emphasized hundred percent honesty counts. The slightest hypocrisy is fatal. Honesty should be of such a degree as to make even God feel we are as honest as He is in His infinite state. In this Path, the least hypocrisy is dreadful. If you desire to lead a yogic disciplined life, go in for drills at some ashram. Go to saints and seek their guidance. But if you want to attain divinity, be ready to die for it and follow My orders hundred percent.
Baba stated, "All past Sadgurus never advised seekers to assume a certain posture and sit in meditation. They taught them to love God and obey the Perfect Master, but this is extremely difficult. Compared to it, a yogic life of discipline is easy. Meditation is good, as it silences the mind. Saints are, after all, advanced souls trying to guide others. The lives of genuine saints are for others. They lead others toward purity, towards God; but to attain God, one must die for Him. Now of these two, choose one: either a disciplined life, or God-realization. For the latter you will have to follow Me hundred percent. If you do that, I will bow to you!"
He also accepted and undertook 21 days complete silence under strict conditions as per Baba’s instructions.
His wife Mrs. Krishna Kapil a household as well a working woman was also devoted to Baba. She was a good orator and used to tell Baba messages. Regular Baba’s Satsang was held at their Govt. residence in Sarojini Nagar for many years till they were shifted to Faridabad after retirement. She died on 28th March 2001.
30-FATHER IN LAW OF WAS DEV KAIN
When father in law of Was Dev Kain approached, Baba commented, “I am very happy that you came here.”
32-GRAND MOTHER OF PRABHA KAIN
In Delhi, Baba spent the night of 24 May at Kishan Singh's, 45 Pandara Road. The next day was spent at Keki Desai's, and that night Baba slept at Kain's house. Baba again said he would not meet any of Kain's family (all of Kain's in-laws resided at his house). But when Prabha Kain's grandmother persisted, Baba relented and permitted them darshan the next morning. (Lord Meher-p- 2926-1950)
33-GUPTA BISHABAR DAS & ANGOORI
Harjiwan Lal's son-in-law, Bishambar Das Gupta had come from Delhi. There was an interesting episode about his marriage to Anguri (daughter of Harjiwan Lal). On the day of the wedding, Gupta's mother died. So, through a long-distance telephone call from Delhi, Anguri informed Baba, who instructed her to go ahead with the ceremony. After the mother's body was cremated, the marriage was performed with much pomp and pageantry.
Baba remarked to Gupta, "Anguri is very dear to Me, very, very dear."
35-GUPTA CHELA RAM
He belonged to Delhi.
He had Baba’s darshan in 1962 with his family. He died on 26th February 2001 at the age of 92
Harjiwan Lal, a lawyer from Delhi, also came for Baba's darshan in December 1948. This was his second meeting, and this time he brought his wife and children. He had first learned of Baba in Benares, and Babadas had contacted him subsequently in Delhi. Harjiwan Lal's entire family became devoted to Baba and the lawyer himself proved to be a great help in Baba's future work. (Lord Meher-p-2688-1948)
The seven poor persons were brought. They were not the sort that Baba preferred, but he nevertheless washed their feet and gave each Rs.51.
Meanwhile, Pendu and all the group who were staying at Harjiwan's arrived at Kain's house late. Baba became upset again. Pendu explained, "What could I do, Baba? I insisted Harjiwan provide us with a bus soon, but he could not."
Baba asked Harjiwan Lal, "What do you take me for?"
"Paramatma," he replied.
"Even taking me as God you do not follow my behests, so what is the use of your mere understanding?"
"There will be no delay from tomorrow, Baba," Harjiwan promised. "I will make sure all the arrangements are carried out."
But the next day it happened again. Baba took Harjiwan Lal to task: "You promised me yesterday. Why couldn't you keep your promise? I thought I was the champion promise-breaker, but you excel me!"
Public darshan was held at six places in Delhi. Harjiwan Lal, who had been given charge of arranging the programs, fixed one at his house near Lahori Gate. His entire family was fully devoted to Baba. His wife and daughter Anguri had made the best possible cooking arrangements for the large group, and his sons Sugandh and Inder were helpful in other ways. But Baba would reprove Harjiwan often, which curiously added to the fire of his love.
Two darshan programs, which middle-class families of the city attended, were held at 10 Tagore Road in Delhi on 30 November and 1 December 1952. A function held in the Town Hall was attended mostly by educated, cultured persons. A large shamiana (decorative canopy) had been erected outside Harjiwan's residence, and Baba met with those who came in the mornings and evenings.
Baba expressed his pleasure to Harjiwan Lal for the work he was doing in his cause in Hamirpur, and also to Was Deo Kain of Delhi. Baba embraced both of them and also embraced Raja Muhammad and his wife.
(Mohammedan Sufi scholar)
After breakfast, Baba ordered cricket to be played, saying, "Let Ramjoo and Abdulla [Jaffer] be captains and select their respective teams." Neither knew the first thing about cricket and Ghani began teasing them, "Abdulla and Khak would make a beautiful pair as captains with their spectacles sliding down their noses!" This made Baba laugh, and he remarked, "Khak will surely return today." After a game of cricket was finished, Khak and Asar unexpectedly arrived at the Manzil.
Khak Saheb and Asar Saheb had been staying in Delhi for the past ten days to persuade the Mohammedan Sufi scholar Hassan Nizami to write an introduction to Upasni Maharaj's Urdu biography, which was to be titled Gareebon ka Aasara (Refuge for the Meek). However, there had been no news from them for some days. Hassan Nizami had agreed to write the introduction, and they had informed him of Baba's prediction of the coming manifestation of the Messiah, saying that Meher Baba had indicated the "first spark" would be in India, especially Karachi. (Lord Meher-p-353-1922)
This is the famous story of a young man called Gypsy Sharma who died of Cancer in Delhi , India at the age of 21 on 28th February 1983. As Gypsy suffered in his last days and as the time of his death drew nearer, amidst deep agony of the family who helplessly watched Gypsy slipping away , a miraculous event happened.
Dr.G.S.N.Moorty, a renowned Baba lover, narrates this incident detailing Gypsy's last moments , as told by Gypsy's parents :
"On the 16th Feb. `83, while the boy was sound asleep, his mother tried to wake him up. With eyes half opened the boy moved a little and said, `What are you doing mother? Do not disturb me please. Look, Meher Baba is here in this room.' Then he closed his eyes and turned aside. People in the house were surprised on hearing Gypsy's words and wondered who Meher Baba was; for they heard this name for the first time in their life. Neither the boy, nor any member of the family, far and near, had ever known or heard anything about Avatar Meher Baba.
On Sunday, the 27 February `83 late at night, the boy was persuaded by his mother again to get up for a cup of tea. He opened his eyes slightly and said, `Mother, look; I am talking to Meher Baba. Promise me on oath that you will not disturb me any more. I am in great peace mother, please do not disturb me.'
All those gathered around drew a blank and asked each other who Meher Baba was, and why Gypsy was repeating his name. However, the utterance was again dismissed as an unfounded imagination in semi-delirium. But that was not to be. Around 12 in the noon on Monday, 28 Feb. `83, Gypsy's condition became serious. His sister, with tears in her eyes, asked him to get-up, eat something and talk. At last, he opened his eyes, muttering incoherently to himself, taking Baba's Name again. Desperately she asked, `What are you talking about Gypsy? Who is Meher Baba?' He responded clearly and said, ` Don't you see, Meher Baba is standing here in the room in his white clothes.'
His mother anticipated that the inevitable was near and that Gypsy would soon leave them. With tears in her eyes She said,` Gypsy, my son, you are not well. Now you should remember Lord's name.' Gypsy replied, ` Why should I remember Lord's name mother? Look; Meher Baba has himself come to take me along. I am going with him.' Then he raised his hand high, snapped his fingers and closed his eyes forever, leaving behind Meher Baba's mystery."
`On the first anniversary of Gypsy's death, M.G.Sharma, Gypsy's father saw a dream,
the significance of which was revealed later when the couple visited Meherabad and Meherazad. In the dream, Gypsy’s father saw himself and his wife being taken to a place similar to a temple. There was a person, like a priest, who led them into this temple down some stairs, which opened into a sort of a cellar. In the cellar, Sharma saw the bust of a person with a large moustache. The Sharma couple's search for Meher Baba, eventually through enquiry about Meher Baba, brought them to Meherabad on 27 February 1985, two year's after Gypsy's death.
On 28th February, they visited Meherazad where Eruch, one of Meher Baba's closest mandali, showed them around Mandali Hall. Eruch also took them inside the Blue Bus where Sharma saw the bust of the person with a large moustache - Meher Baba! Describing his experience in Mandali Hall, Sharma, looking at Eruch, said, "You might have casually shown me the bust, but in a profound way it has confirmed my belief that Gypsy had an intimate connection with Meher Baba. And what a coincidence, today is the second anniversary of Gypsy's demise."
Next day at Meherabad, Nana Kher, one of Baba's mandali, took the Sharma couple to the museum near Baba's Samadhi. Nana led them down the two stairs and the first thing that arrested their attention on the left side, was a replica of the bust they had seen in the Blue Bus and the dream . This experience revealed the full significance of the dream filling Mr. and Mrs. Sharma with love for Meher Baba and His "temple like" Samadhi.
Gypsy's family is now completely devoted to Meher Baba.
45-JOSHI K. D
On 18th June 1930, an astrologer named K. D. Joshi happened to come to meet the Master. Joshi was an intelligent young man and seemed sincerely drawn to Baba. Chanji later gave him three hand-colored photographs of Baba, which Joshi stared at for a few minutes, absorbed in thought. Then quite suddenly, while gazing at Baba's pictures, Joshi predicted, "In about two years, this powerful personality will come out in full force — the powers that are latent in him and unseen by the world will be manifest and his silence broken. The silence too is a sign that his extraordinary powers have been kept secret and unknown for the past five years. These powers will burst forth in the n-ext two years in their full force, sweeping the whole of humanity in its sway." (Lord Meher-p-1184-1930)
46-KAIN W. D. & PRABHA
W.D. Kain & His wife Prabha stayed in Delhi and devoted to Meher Baba.
Meher Baba stayed in W.D. Kain’s house in President House in Delhi between 29th November to 1st December, 1952 and Baba gave public darshan in Delhi.
In Delhi, from 18th Nov to 21st 1953, Baba stayed at Kain’s house in President’s Estate. On 20th He watched a cricket Match, President’s 11 Vs Prime Minister’s 11 and later visited Shrine of Nizamuddin.
Although Meher Baba has dictated many discourses on meditation yet for His devotees, He just stressed the need of love for God. "Just love Me," Baba said.
Personally I never could meditate in the real sense of the word. After all the Gopis of Vrindavan never meditated. They just loved Krishna. The "Vanar Sena" and Hanuman just loved and obeyed Rama. Shabri just adored Rama. Saints Surdas and Tuka Ram sang the glory of the Lord. So did Peter and Paul.
One day a friend questioned me and pumped into my ears the meditation cult. I never paid any heed to it. Perhaps the Subconscious Mind did. On the night of 7/8th September, 1955, I had a dream where I was given a glimpse of one of my previous lives in India. I was like a devotee of God singing His Glory. I was so much entranced by the rapture of music that I got up very late. And when I woke up, the All India Radio was broadcasting the same song which I had composed and sung several hundred years back!
Baba thereby told us that we are here for Baba only — what matters for us is Love — unblemished love for Baba — He came to give us His love — He left us here to sow the seeds of the divine in suffering humanity and quit when the harvester comes!
Hearken my love Beloved. We long for thy love.
We often miss your caresses;
Baba dear send us lots of Love.
During the 1950 summer, I received a call from Hassan Building, Kashmiri Gate, Delhi, where Baba's very devoted followers reside, saying that Beloved Meher Baba had arrived there. On another occasion I had enquired from Keki Desai and his wife Dhun about Baba's liking in the matter of fruits and food and I was told that Baba liked Mangoes and Papaya.
The Papaya plant in our kitchen garden was bearing fruit this summer. Before leaving for Kashmiri Gate, I plucked a single fruit off that plant and took it to Baba. It was a good sized fruit, yellow both in and outside, and it being tree-ripe Baba relished it very much. Strangely enough a strong wind the following evening just sliced the plant in two. Apparently it got salvation from tree life in lieu of the "service rendered to the Avatar." Never a Papaya plant matured in our garden after that....
A few days later on 23rd May, dear Baba with two members of the Mandali including Brother Eruch drove right to our residence (President's Estate). In the evening Prabha prepared the usual meal of rice and dal for Baba and also had a "Malai" dish (milk cream delicacy) ready for Baba. Baba partook of some rice and dal, but did not touch the Malai. After finishing the meal, He gave a two anna Silver coin as the price of the meal, saying that in the New Life He did not accept any free food from any source. When requested to eat the Malai also, Baba regretted that although he liked Malai very much, He did not have the money to pay for it. Both my wife and I were touched by these remarks and were wondering how the King of Kings—our dear Baba—presented Himself to be so helpless and penniless.
Next morning Baba was taken for a round of the Talkatora Gardens opposite the President's Estate. It was almost mid-summer then. There were no flowers or greenery in the Gardens. But as soon as Baba entered the main gate, a big tree of Acacia type, which all those days was without any flowers or foliage, suddenly burst into a splash of colour showering scented blossoms on to the shoulders of Baba. This was a miracle for us to witness, because never had any of these trees blossomed in the summer months in the Talkatora Gardens, which happened to be my regular venue for morning walks.
Baba went right up to the garden end and on the uppermost terrace we climbed onto one of the towers from where Baba was shown the Qutub Minar. Baba remarked that He would like to visit that place as well.
The visit of Baba to Talkatora Gardens proved to be a boon for Delhiwalas. This place was just then known for its spacious grounds for Football and Cricket and a cluster of Mango trees. After Baba's visit, fountains started playing in the Gardens and it was given a facelift by adding lots of flower beds. And during the Asian Games an indoor stadium with latest facilities for competitive events was erected. Let Baba lovers know how the miracle happened.
In the afternoon of 24th May, Baba accompanied by Eruch, T. N. Dar, P. N. Ganjoo and W. D. Kain went to Okhala. Baba was strolling along the Canal Weir, when he felt like sitting and "talking." I took off my "bushirt" and spread it on the floor for Baba to sit, while all of us kept standing.
On the river barrage opposite us some anglers were catching fish. Pointing out to them Baba said, "Do you know who were the early disciples of Jesus Christ — Peter, Paul, etc." Answering it himself, Baba said they were all fishermen. Jesus Christ asked them to leave the fish and cast their spiritual nets over human beings in the future. Somehow or other Baba made us realise that He was the best fisherman, and has got all of us in his net-the lucky fish!
During the night of 28th/29th January, 1953, Shri Aurobindo Ghosh appeared to me in a dream. He said, "I kept this body/left this body in the hope that Shri Meher Baba will help me, but he does not seem to have done this...."
The dream was so clear that it made me realise that Shri Arvindo Ghosh was leaving the body/expiring. I left my bed immediately and after my bath and prayer, I contacted the Hindustan Times; they told me that Arvindo Ghosh expired last night.
I felt very restless and was not in a position to work with equanimity. So after luncheon I left for Dehradun, where Baba was then stationed during his Fiery Free life. Since I did not know the exact place where Baba or his Mandali were staying, I drove direct to the Post Office and reached there late in the night.
I contacted the Post Master at his nearby residence and when I divulged my identity, he readily agreed to find out the whereabouts of Baba's Mandali. After a while he gave me an address of the Mandali, who were staying at No. 101, Rajpura Road.
When I reached the place, I found the entire Bungalow in darkness; electric lights had apparently been switched off. Dr. Neelkanth, with a lantern placed near his chair, was sitting in the veranda. With a sign he told me that he was keeping silence and that I should go in and sleep.
I entered the main hall which was not occupied by anybody and spread my bath towel on the floor. Due to the presence of mosquitoes, it was impossible to sleep, so I used my dhoti (a long cloth used for bathing or dress for prayers) to cover my body....
At 6 o'clock Brother Eruch came into the room, when I had just uncovered my face, and he was relieved to find that the "dead body" had come to life. The silence was over at 6 a.m. and he said "Kain Sahib, you kept us on tender hooks throughout the night, for we could not identify who or what was lying in our room."
Formalities over, I told him what had brought me so suddenly to Dehradun. Here was a message from the departing soul of a Saint to the Perfect Master of the Age. The message was relayed to Baba immediately at his residence and I was taken there to explain the whole incident.
On listening to my account Baba said, "Kutta Jane Chamra Jane ... You don't worry. I'll deal with this." Baba then gave me a very loving embrace or maybe he kissed me which brought me to my normal self.
On the occasion of Guru Purnima (Full Moon Night) in the month of July, Perfect Masters are worshipped all over India by their devotees. Just a day or two before Guru Purnima in July, 1943, I happened to visit a temple to return a courtesy call by a local saint residing in Srinagar. I noticed a lot of activity in the premises. The place was being given a face lift. Flowery arches, festoons and foliage were being profusely used for decorating the place.
In response to my anxious enquiry I was told that next day being Guru Purnima, their perfect master (Guru Ji) living right in those very premises would be garlanded and offerings would be made to him by the devotees. He would give Prasad — sweets and fruits, along with his blessing to the devotees. I was invited to join those festivities. But all this jubilation rather upset me (like Manthra in the Ramayana, who was angered at the receipt of news about Rama's Coronation).
I returned to my house with a heavy heart and lay down in bed almost weeping. My regret was that while their Guru would bless his followers and give them fruits and sweets, my Perfect Master was not available even for Darshan, leave aside the dainties. I was all alone in the house: Nobody to console the weeping child of Baba! I had practically no sleep that night. About 3:30, it seemed, I dozed off. Around 4 a.m. I saw a light in the adjoining prayer room. I was startled out of my bed for I had switched off the lights at 10 p.m.
As I rushed into my prayer room, Lo! What do I see? Baba sitting on my prayer seat all smiles! Recollecting that it was Guru Purnima and Baba had graciously come to bless me, I prostrated at His feet, made verbal offering of Rs. 100 as Guru Dakshina. Baba touched my head and as I got up to have a look at Him, Baba had disappeared as mysteriously as He had appeared. He slipped past my hold, which made me repeat the words of Bhagat Surdas:
You have slipped past my hold considering me to be too weak.
But if ever you are able to escape the hold of my heart
then only I shall consider you too strong for my love grip. (My life with Meher Baba pp. 3-4 1993 © W. D. Kain)
Was Deo Kain also expressed his desire to surrender all to Baba. In reply, Baba instructed him, "Carry on as you have been doing until next June. On the 10th of June, resign from your job. Whatever belongings or property you have, give them to your wife. Leaving everything behind, on the 15th of July, start walking from Delhi to Meherazad. The Rs.101 which you have brought with you for me now, take back, and while coming on foot in July, do not keep a pie more than this sum [of Rs.101] with you. If you spend it all, beg for your food. Let me know in May about your decision."
But, as events unfolded, Was Deo Kain, too, could not join Baba, as he faced many pressing problems, and Baba directed him to stay in Delhi, working at his job.
47-KALIA R. N.
|R. N. Kalia, the Delhi correspondent of a Lahore English newspaper, came to see Baba. Kalia said, "I am now trying to make as much money as possible so that I may be able to invite saints like you to my house. I wish to serve saints and keep them in comfort."
Baba's reply was especially poignant:
Saints love lovers of God, even if they are poor. Those who are rich, but without love, saints would never like for a host. So a saint would prefer a poor beggar who has love and devotion for God to a rich person devoid of either.
Your objective is good, but the way in which you intend to fulfill it is doubtful.
In your enthusiasm to get money, you are likely to resort to undesirable means, perhaps even becoming unscrupulous. It is better for you to remain poor with an honest and loving heart, instead of collecting riches by dishonest means. Keep the company of saints and have love for God; you will surely achieve the aim of your life.
Your ideal of service is only a means to an end, and not the end itself. So try to go further until you attain the highest and noblest end itself. To say that only a few selected ones gain entrance onto the Path does not mean you should not try. Why be drowned in maya when you can rise out of it and be drowned in the ocean of Bliss and Knowledge?
A real saint wants only love and devotion from his devotees — not money, not luxurious comforts. Try to create divine love within your heart by longing for God and you will have everything.
48-KAPIL AMRIT RAI & VIJYA
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.”
Mrs. Vijay Kapil Amrit Rai Kapil) was lucky to have Baba’s darshan during East-West gathering in 1962 at Poona. She has professional qualification in nursing after matriculation. She is also retired from Ram Manohar Lohia hospital from the post of Assistant Nursing Superintendent in 2001. She is one of sister in law of late Sri. Hakumat Rai Kapil an ardent lover from Delhi. She is sincere Baba lover and her experience of meeting Meher Baba in her words is as under:
“I was devotee of Shiv ji, when I went to see Baba in 1962 along with my relatives. I was mesmerized with beautiful and charming personality and His twinkling eyes of Meher Baba. I became sure in mind that no one can be equated with Meher Baba. Coming back after darshan, I made correspondence with Baba and He suggested me to join nurses training after my matriculation. I have always felt that Baba had been helping in fulfillment of my worldly responsibilities. Baba had made me to believe that my bond with Him is unbreakable and shall remain so in all my future incarnations.”
She is leading bhajan singer of Avatar Meher Baba Center Delhi.
52-KEKI DESAI & DHUN
Keki Desai from Gujarat, settled in Delhi was brother of Ader Desai. Being an ardent lover of Meher Baba he had many opportunities of meeting, conversing with Baba and carry out his orders. His only daughter Meher Desai is married to Rustom Falahti (Ex. Resident of Meherabad) of Bombay. Following incidences are narrated below.
In 1941, a young man from Delhi named Keki (Kaikobad) Ardeshir Desai, 29, read in the January 1941 issue of Meher Baba Journal that Baba would be staying in Jaipur. He came there to meet Baba on 1st February 1941. He had first heard of Baba twelve years before in Navsari from his brother Ader Desai, who was a follower. When Keki came to the Jaipur bungalow, however, Baba was working with Chatti Baba. He sent this message through Norina: "I am pleased that you have come, but since I am in seclusion, I ask you to return to where you have come from by the first available train."
Although disappointed, Keki obeyed. It would be a year before he met the Divine Beloved in form. (Lord Meher-p-2191-1941)
Date of drawing the lottery was fixed for the Blue Bus. One hundred of Baba's followers and lovers had sent in their donations of Rs.50 each. On that day Baba indicated to the mandali, "The bus will go to one outside the mandali, 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. (Lord Meher-p-2249-1941)
Keki Desai of Delhi had come to meet Baba in Jaipur in 1941, but 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 Keki Desai of Delhi and Keki Nalawala of Dehradun in the mandali's bungalow, but only for one minute. Also permitted to come with them was Adi Noras, a friend of Keki Desai, whose residence was in Navsari 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. (Lord Meher-p- 2276-1942)
Keki Desai was deeply moved, but because the darshan was over so quickly, and because he had been so excited, he had not seen Baba properly to his heart's content. He later felt disappointed about this. But Baba is all-merciful and six days later, on the 20th April 1942 he invited Keki's wife Dhun to the women's bungalow to spend the day with them. Keki was asked to bring her. When he went to drop her off outside the house, Soonamasi’s, who was on guard duty told him to wait. After some time Baba called him inside to the garden. Baba was seated in an armchair, and Keki now had the good fortune of seeing him from close range as he had longed for.
"Are you fully satisfied this time," Baba asked him, "having seen me from head to toe?"
Keki later recalled: "His was the most beautiful face I had ever seen or would ever see. I was overjoyed on seeing my Beloved at last!" (Lord Meher-p- 2277-1942)
Keki Desai was tasked with reserving a bogie for Baba and the mandali, and also to bring food for everyone to the Delhi station. Keki and his wife, Dhun, had brought along their neighbour’s little daughter. Baba asked Dhun whether the girl was their daughter. When Dhun told him who the child was, Baba further asked her, "Are you fond of children? Do you want one?" Dhun replied that, though she liked children, she didn't want one just then. They had only been married two years.
Baba counseled her, "Whenever you want a child, think of me. I will give you a baby who should be named Meher," and he placed his hand on Dhun's head in blessing. It was not until ten years later that the Desai’s had a daughter, whom they considered as Baba's gift and, according to his instructions, named Meher. (Lord Meher-p-2297-1942)
Baba boarded the Punjab Mail train for Lahore with the men and women mandali on Sunday, 4 July 1943, at 11:00 A.M. They arrived in Delhi the following night, where they halted for a few hours. (Lord Meher-p-2361-1943)
Keki Desai and his wife, Dhun, had been cabled in advance to meet them at the station and arrange for their dinner. Continuing on the same train, the party reached Lahore on the 6th. Chanji had already arranged two bungalows for the women, one for the men and one for guests. He made all the other arrangements for their stay with the help of a local Baba lover, Keki Desai's cousin named Homi T. Desai. (Lord Meher-p-2362-1943)
|After significant mast work, Baba left Lahore on 12th August 1943, on the Punjab Mail, accompanied with three man mandali. They arrived in Delhi the following morning, and were met by Keki Desai's family who, according to Baba's instructions, had brought a meal of dhansak. Continuing, Baba arrived back in Meherabad on the evening of the 14th August 1943. (Lord Meher-2373-1948)|
Baba stayed in Lahore for more than five months. The majority of the men and women mandali were sent back to Ahmednagar.
Baba left Lahore on 20th November 194, and went by car to visit the Golden Temple at Amritsar. They then boarded a train for Delhi, arriving the next morning. Baba spent a few hours at Keki Desai's home on Nicholson Road, and also went to the Qutub Minar before continuing his journey on the Delhi Express. (Lord Meher-p-.2391-1941)
|From Lahore, Baba proceeded to Agra, arriving at midnight on the 30th September 1944.Baidul and Keki Desai had been sent to Agra a week before to secure accommodations, which they did at the Agra Hotel on Cariappa Road. In Agra.
The following afternoon, Baba, Baidul and Kaka left Agra on the Punjab Mail for Delhi. They had dinner at Keki Desai's house, where they spent the night. The next day around noon, accompanied by Keki, they left Delhi by train for Mathura, where several masts were contacted,
After completing his mast work in Mathura, Baba returned to Delhi the same evening and again had dinner and rested at Keki Desai's. At 7:45 A.M. on 5 October, Baba, Kaka, Baidul and Keki left Delhi by the Peshawar Express for Panipat, where Baba recontacted certain masts. After finishing his work, he boarded the Bombay Express that evening. Keki got down at the Delhi station, where his wife Dhun, as instructed, had brought food, which Baba and the men took with them for their journey to Agra. (Lord Meher-p-2435-1944)
Baba with the group of companions reached Moradabad by train in the afternoon of 21st December 1949 and rested in the waiting room at the station until dawn.
Adi had arranged accommodation in Ram Leela Maidan, a public garden, but as it took time to clean the area, they spent the day in the dharamshala and went to the Maidan that evening.
The Maidan had been found at the last moment. Adi, Harjiwan Lal and Keki Desai were about to give up hope of ever finding a suitable place according to Baba's terms, and considered sending a telegram to Baba for his advice. Then Harjiwan entered a barbershop for a shave. He asked the barber, "Don't sadhus, saints and mahatmas ever come here?"
"Regularly," the man replied.
"Where do they stay?"
"We have a big field that is specifically meant for them."
Harjiwan quickly gathered more details, and when his shave was over, stuffed a few rupee notes into the barber's hand.
"So much, sir?" the barber asked.
"To me it is too little," Harjiwan said. "You have not only removed my beard, but a great headache as well!"
Desai, Harjiwan and Adi then approached the proper authorities, and the place was acquired. (Lord Meher-p- 2586-1949)
Until the end of August 1949, Baba had indicated that he himself did not know where they would be going. But on 1st September 1949, Baba began unfolding details of his plans
The first thing he mentioned was that he had begun acquiring land in northern India near Rishikesh. He had given this work to Keki Desai of Delhi, who had been in Baba's contact for seven years. Keki was called to Meherazad on the 9th September 1949 to discuss the matter. Kaikobad, who was too old and weak to accompany Baba, would be sent to stay with Keki, from October until the land was purchased. He was then to stay on it and await Baba's arrival. (Lord Meher-p-2586-1949)
The first thing he mentioned was that he had begun acquiring land in northern India near Rishikesh. He had given this work to Keki Desai of Delhi, who had been in Baba's contact for seven years. Keki was called to Meherazad on the 9th September 1949 to discuss the matter. Kaikobad, who was too old and weak to accompany Baba, would be sent to stay with Keki, from October until the land was purchased. He was then to stay on it and await Baba's arrival. (Lord Meher-p- 2587-1949)
After finishing his work in Junagadh (Gujarat), Baba proceeded to Delhi, arriving by train on 10th November 1948,in morning. Keki Desai had been informed in advance of Baba's visit and had made all the preparations for it. Baba stayed at his home in the Hassan Building at 4 Nicholson Road. Because of the tremendous strain involved in Baba's seclusion work, and to relax, Baba wished to watch the first cricket test match between the West Indies and India to be played in Delhi from the 10th to the 14th. (Lord Meher-p-2679-1948)
On Saturday, 25 December 1948, Baba took the women to Meherabad to spend Christmas Day there. At lower Meherabad, Baba warned men them that he would disband the Meherabad mandali and ashram if they could not get along with each other Keki Desai and few others also came.
After the women's "fancy-dress" contest that evening on the hill, Baba left for Meherazad around nine that night. (Lord meher-p-2690-1948)
A final meeting to present the New Life conditions had been arranged at Meherabad on 31st August 1949. Thirty-two close disciples were called, sixteen of them from out of town. Keki Desai from Delhi was also included among others. (lord meher-p-.2758-1949)
In early September 1949, Baba had instructed Keki Desai to find a suitable place for his headquarters, either near Dehra Dun, Roorkee, Hardwar or Rishikesh, specifying that the place had to have a small house on it and a well, and be about five to six miles from the main town. Keki asked if he could select a place near Dehra Dun, as he already knew several people there, and Baba agreed. Keki was warned not to tell anyone, not even his wife, Dhun, about this work.
Keki Desai returned to Dehra Dun and contacted a friend of his named Balakram, asking for his help in locating a property, but without mentioning Baba's name. Together, they and Nalavala set out in a tonga to look at different sites. Travelling through the rural, sparsely populated area, they came to the village of Manjri Mafi, where Balakram knew someone he thought could help.(Lord Meher-p- 2802-1949)
Balakram's friend was seated in a chair opposite his house, smoking a cigar while reading a novel. They approached him and asked, "Could you, by any chance, help us in buying a five-acre plot?"
"Yes, I think so," the man replied casually.
"It has to have a small house on it."
"And a well ..."
"We need it immediately!"
The man was so friendly that Keki Desai was convinced that Baba had sent them to him. After a few words, they expressed a desire to see the property. The man at once showed them four properties. Keki liked the fourth one the instant he saw it, since there was already a small cottage with two small rooms and a verandah on it. Although the land had originally belonged to this man, he had sold it to an advocate living in Lucknow who now wanted to sell it.
Keki took some photographs of the land and sent them to Baba, together with a detailed letter. Baba was happy and called Keki to Meherabad at the end of September. When Keki arrived, he gave Baba all the details and Baba stated that he, too, liked the fourth selection. Keki was instructed to purchase it. He returned to Dehra Dun, and a sale deed was drawn up for Rs.9, 000 — Rs.8, 500 for the land and cottage, and an additional Rs.500 for the standing crop of sugarcane and wheat.
After the deed was completed, Keki Desai was again called to Meherazad on 9th October 1949. Baba gave him Rs.28, 000 for the land, digging of a well, repairs and other work. Keki left the following day. When he and the local resident approached the owner, without a word of bargaining, Keki opened his briefcase and heaped stacks of rupee notes on the table. ("I thought these people were refugees from Pakistan who had fled to India after partition," the local resident later recalled.) The seller was surprised they had such faith in him without ever having met him. He wrote a receipt and gave it to them, and the registration of the sale deed was done the following day.
One problem was solved, but another loomed before Keki. Baba had ordered him in Meherabad that besides buying the property he had to arrange for Kaikobad to stay on it for five months prior to Baba's arrival. Baba had paid Keki Rs.500 for this purpose, telling him to arrange for Kaikobad's meals. (lord Meher-p-2803-1949)
So Keki asked the local gentleman, "A friend of ours is going to stay here for five months. Could you possibly arrange for his food? We will pay you Rs.500."
The gentleman replied, "I can arrange for his food, but there is no need to pay me."
"It is Baba's order! Food cannot be accepted without payment," Keki insisted.
"Which Baba?" the man asked.
"Meher Baba, our Master."
He had never heard the name and jokingly replied, "All right, if it is your Baba's wish, I'll accept the money."
Keki handed him the amount, and now this matter too was settled. But the property had no well. The man offered to have a well dug, and Keki and Nalavala were happily surprised by his cooperation and help. Their hearts were full at Baba's secret game. It was as if the man had been waiting to make all the required arrangements for Baba's stay.
Still smiling, the man asked, "Who is this Meher Baba?"
Keki Desai answered, "He is a great personality, but he neither meets nor gives darshan to anyone. According to his wish we cannot allow you to meet him. Meher Baba will come with his companions, but he will not see anyone."
The man named Shartughan Kumar was puzzled, but before he could question them further they left for Dehra Dun, where they sent a telegram to Baba informing him of the purchase of the plot at Manjri Mafi. Keki then returned to Delhi. (Lord Meher-p- 2814-1949)
|Baba said, the Hardwar property, has been acquired in the names of Eruch, Kaka Baria and Keki Desai of Delhi. This Hardwar property is situated at a village called Manjri Mafi.
Continuing, he stated:
If one of them dies, the remaining two will use or manage it. If two of them die, the one surviving will use and manage it. If all three die, the property automatically goes to the four Arrangementwalas. The understanding is very clear. The property is in the name of the three above-mentioned men; it does not belong to them by way of private ownership. In the event of one, two or all of them dying, the property can never go to their legal heirs — it is for the use of all during their lifetime and after their death. (Lord Meher-p-2805-1949)
Baba spent twelve days in Sarnath. During this period, he discussed with the companions the foot journey from Sarnath to Hardwar, and it was decided that the baggage should be sent north to Manjri Mafi by cargo train. Baba stated, "The Rs.1, 000 we received from Nath and Khare in exchange for the clothes and trunks have already been spent. We now need an additional Rs.300 to 400 for the freight charges. From where are we going to get that amount?"
After a while, Baba mentioned his solution: "Be ready to sell your watches so that we can meet this expense."
|Baba then instructed Eruch to send a telegram to Keki Desai in Delhi to come to Benares with the sum of Rs.500. When Desai arrived on the 8th December 1949, he was given the twelve watches in exchange for the amount. The entire luggage was dispatched with him to Dehra Dun on the 10th December. Keki was instructed to sell the watches to recover his money. (Lord Meher-p-2843-1949)
During New Life, at Jaunpur (Utter Pradesh) Baba discussed with the group also finalized 20 conditions for begging: After this meeting, Adi was sent to Delhi by train to arrange their residence in Moradabad with the help of Harjiwan Lal and Keki Desai. (Lord Meher-p-2584-1949)
Baba left by train for Moradabad with the group of companions and reached Moradabad on 22nd December 1949 in early morning. The Maidan had been found at the last moment. Adi, Harjiwan Lal and Keki Desai were about to give up hope of ever finding a suitable place according to Baba's terms, and considered sending a telegram to Baba for his advice. He asked the barber, "Don't sadhus, saints and mahatmas ever come here?"
"Regularly," the man replied.
"Where do they stay?"
"We have a big field that is specifically meant for them."
Harjiwan quickly gathered more details, and when his shave was over, stuffed a few rupee notes into the barber's hand.
"So much, sir?" the barber asked.
"To me it is too little," Harjiwan said. "You have not only removed my beard, but a great headache as well!"
Desai, Harjiwan and Adi then approached the proper authorities, and the place was acquired. But as it was past evening, the cleaning had to be postponed until the next day. (Lord Meher-p- 2856-1949)
On the 22nd December 1949, Baba had allowed Keki Desai a few minutes in regards to the Manjri Mafi accommodations. Baba also showed Keki a tent that Don had given him, in which he stayed. It was erected near the steps leading to the women's room. Baba conveyed to Keki that he wanted 12 similar tents for his companions, which Keki was ordered to purchase in Delhi. Keki was unable to obtain such tents ready-made, so Baba instructed that a sample be made to his specifications. (Lord Meher-p- 2857-1949)
Shartughan Kumar had a dream but having little faith in the dream, and the whole night tossed and turned from side to side; but just before dawn, Keki Desai rode up to his house on a bicycle and delivered Baba's message. "Baba has sent me to you and wishes that you should not worry. He says he has forgiven you."
After delivering this message, Desai left for Dehra Dun. Taken aback, Kumar wondered at God's mercy. Baba had specially sent Desai five miles just to set Kumar's mind at ease. (lord Meher- 2870-1949)
On 11th of January 1950, Todi Singh with his son came to Dehradun with the tins of butter. He went to Nalavala's home, where Keki Desai told him, "Baba is to arrive tomorrow, but he is not seeing anyone. In the New Life he is not accepting anything from anyone, either. Kindly leave so as not to disturb him."
Todi Singh informed Desai about his dream and said adamantly, "Baba has called me here to serve him." But Desai was equally insistent and requested that he leave. At last Todi Singh said, "Keep these tins of butter and send them to Baba."
But Desai answered, "I cannot interfere with Baba's conditions on anyone's behalf. I do not even know if Baba will see me or not."
"All right," said Todi Singh, "I am staying at a nearby dharamshala. If Baba meets you, kindly tell him about the tins and also tell him that I am eager to provide food for him." He left and Keki Desai subsequently forgot all about it. And Todi Singh himself did not bring up the subject when he was permitted to meet Baba briefly at the train station.
But on the 13th, Baba asked Keki Desai, "What is to be done about food during our stay at Manjri Mafi? We are only accepting food received as bhiksha." At this, Desai remembered Todi Singh's offer, but as he himself could not introduce any Old Life subject into the conversation, he remained quiet. Baba asked, "What are you thinking? Why don't you speak out?"
"Because of your order I hesitate to tell you," he said. Baba gave him permission and Desai explained about Todi Singh. Baba asked him to send for him, and Todi Singh came at once. (Lord Meher-p-2871-1950)
Because there were three "Kekis," (namely Kaikobad Dastur, Nalavala and Desai), to avoid confusion Baba gave them three different names: Kaikobad became Keko, Nalavala became Keka, and Desai remained Keki. (Lord Meher-p-2877-1950)
Food for Baba and the companions was cooked at Kumar's home at Manjri Mafi. Kumar would bring their lunch on his motorcycle at eleven o'clock and Keki Desai would bring dinner at six in a tonga.
Prior to Baba's arrival, Kumar was busy sinking a well at Manjri Mafi. To speed up the work extra laborers had been hired. Keki Desai would also go to Manjri Mafi to inspect the progress of the work.
One day Baba specifically instructed Keki Desai not to wait at Kumar's place, but to return soon with whatever food had been prepared. When he told Kumar about Baba's order, he and his family explained that on that particular day they had planned to make puris, which would take some time. Desai ("foolishly," he admitted later) agreed to wait, and thereby broke Baba's order. While returning from Manjri Mafi each day, he would purchase bread from a local bakery for Baba. On this day, to make matters worse, the tonga driver got lost, causing more of a delay.
Meanwhile, at bungalow, Baba was repeatedly asking everyone about Keki Desai and why he had not returned. When he arrived, Baba asked the reason for his delay. Desai told him the whole story. The food had been sent to the women, who first took out their share and then sent the rest for the men companions. When they started eating, Baba reappeared and again began lambasting Desai. Soft rice and plain dal was always sent for Baba twice a day, since he preferred only this. But as fate would have it, on this day Subhadra was in such a hurry she had forgotten to put Baba's food in the basket.
Baba scolded Desai first for breaking his order by waiting at Kumar's and then secondly for forgetting to bring his food. "Now I will have to remain hungry while you all are nicely having your dinner," he fumed. Desai was so upset he could hardly eat. After Baba left though, Nilu, who was sitting next to him, nudged Desai to finish his dinner and not to worry. . (Lord Meher-p-2688/9-1950)
Baba sent Keki Desai back to Delhi and Nalavala to Dehra Dun. After their arrival in Motichur, Baba and the companions began eating only one meal a day. Baba and Gustadji would have rice and dal, and the other companions would have dal and chapatis. Also, Baba began doing his own menial work of sweeping his hut, cleaning his utensils, plate and commode, washing his clothes, and so forth. (Lord Meher-p-2890-1950)
|On 17th March 1950 proceeded to Saat Sarovar with his men, where he completed his work by bowing down to 400 sadhus and holy men before evening.|
This brought the total contacted so far to 794, since he began this work eight days before.
Walking along on their way back to Motichur, Eruch and Pendu noticed two crows mating. Eruch mentioned it to Baba, and added, "It is said that anyone who sees crows mating will die."
"After how long?" Baba asked.
Making light of it, Eruch said, "Within a day. Now both of us won't be alive tomorrow."
"My Kumbha Mela work is pending, and if you both 'cross over,' what will happen? Is there no remedy to save you?"
"There is one way out," Eruch joked. "If any of our relatives or acquaintances is informed of our death, we will be saved."
Baba took him seriously. "All right, Both of you go back to Hardwar immediately and wire Keki Desai about your demise."
Their joke was backfiring. What would Gaimai say when she received the news that her eldest was dead? What would Naja say when she heard that her brother Pendu was dead? But they had to carry out Baba's instructions. They walked to Hardwar and sent a cable that they had perished.
The next day, Baba told them to send a second telegram that they were alive. As it turned out, Keki received the second telegram first, and therefore did not take the first one seriously when it arrived.
Although the crow superstition is prevalent in India (and also its "remedy"), Pendu and Eruch did not believe it; they had only broached the topic to amuse Baba. But the tables were turned and the joke was on them! (Lord Meher-p-2895-1950)
Baba had a severe backache, and it was obvious to the men that the labours of his work were affecting his body. Nevertheless, at the crack of dawn, he started for Hardwar with the four companions. There Baba had to walk back and forth on both sides of the road to make the continuous contacts amidst heavy traffic of motor vehicles and multitudes of pilgrims. Searching through the ashrams and camps of saints, sadhus and mahatmas, peering into every by-lane and secluded recess, he found and contacted 921 more such men, bringing the total to 5,903. During this phase, Baba was not repeating contacts; he would contact a person only once. As the day wore on, Baba became terribly exhausted, and returned to Motichur at a slow gait with heavy steps. His eyelids, he said, felt heavy, and the companions were at a loss as to how to convince Baba to take rest.
In Kumbha Mela despite the crushing fatigue, Baba contacted 532 sadhus and anchorites in Hardwar. On next day, 31 March 1950. Keki Desai had been called from Delhi on some work, and Baba saw him before returning to Motichur.
Accompanied by the four companions and Keki Desai, Baba again visited Hardwar. On 1st April, after contacting 262 persons they returned to Motichur. There Baba remarked, "If 7,000 contacts are made I will be perfectly satisfied, but I will be happier if the number exceeds 7,000." The total thus far was 6,697.
The Beloved was noticeably weaker and his continual labour of bowing down and rising, taking darshan of hundreds, one after another, was pushing his state of exhaustion to a point of collapse."(Lord Meher-p-2900-1950)
At Motichur, on the morning of the 1st April 1950, Baba and the companions had left their cottage. Keki Desai had also accompanied them. Baba's work that day centered on a few ashrams and camps which had purposely been omitted so that they would be full of sadhus on pilgrimage when Baba visited them. (Lord Meher-p-2904-1950)
Baba explained to the companions that staying at Manjri Mafi was impractical during the monsoon and, therefore, he was planning to shift to Delhi. For this purpose, he had sent Keki Desai to Delhi with the following instructions:
Call Kishan Singh, Harjiwan (Lal), (Was Deo)] Kain and Todi Singh and tell them that Baba wants a place of residence in Delhi, and that they should help you in securing the same. But while doing so, they should not have the idea of service done for Baba as their guru or Sadguru, but only with the intention of helping someone who loves them, and in return for that love, a sort of help is given. Also, they should not expect that owing to this help to Keki in finding bungalows, there would be any chance for them to see Baba, come in his contact or have correspondence with him.
If any one of them is the owner of the bungalow selected, then Baba will pay a reasonable rent, which the owner must accept, so that there may not be a chance of any sort of boja (financial indebtedness) on Baba in this New Life. No sooner this work of securing bungalows at Delhi is completed; they should not involve themselves any further in helping Baba, unless otherwise ordered by him to do so.
In short, no seeing Baba, no connections with him and no correspondence when he resides at Delhi. They can, however, see or communicate with the companions staying with him. (Lord Meher-p-2906-1950)
On 16th April 1950, Eruch and Keki Desai were sent to Delhi to find accommodations for the companions at a reasonable rent, suitable to all the purposes of the New Plan, as well as to look for a residence for Baba and the women. 2912-1950
On 20th April 1950, Baba held meeting with companions and discussed the possibility of starting a business in Delhi.. Baba came to the decisions the New Plan. Baba said, Keki Desai will take part in the New Plan business, and for his services, he will be paid Rs.300 per month, from June 1, 1950. His stay with the group is left to his discretion. (Lord Meher-p-2915/6-1950)
|After deciding the modalities of New plan, Baba, in order to help in the formation of the New Plan, sent the following telegram to Keki Desai in Delhi:
Inform Harjiwan Lal that the Rohtak Road Building will be decided on 1st May definitely. Therefore, arrange accordingly with agent Sardarji. Inform Harjiwan, Kain, Todi Singh, Kishan Singh to be here on Sunday, 30th morning, to return to Delhi the same evening. After informing them, you come here immediately for seven days.
Baba concluded the proceedings, stating that from now on a meeting would be held twice a day until the end of April.
On arriving in Delhi on 10 May 1950, the men companions stayed at Keki Desai's house. In Delhi, the companions began their ghee business on the 12th. Appropriately, they named the enterprise the Navjeevan (New Life) Ghee Company. (Lord Meher-p-2922-1950)
The next morning, Baba went to Delhi with Desai and Baidul to evaluate matters for himself. They arrived that afternoon. Baba met with the companions at Keki Desai's residence, where they voiced their business difficulties to him. It was evident that the ghee business idea was a failing proposition. (Lord Meher-p-2924-1950)
Returning to Delhi, Baba spent the night of 24 May 1950. The next day was spent at Keki Desai's. On 26th May 1950, Baba left for Dehra Dun by car, accompanied by Keki Desai, (Lord Meher-p- 2926-1950)
Baba specifically instructed Keki Desai not to wait at Kumar's place, but to return soon with whatever food had been prepared. When he told Kumar about Baba's order, he and his family explained that on that particular day they had planned to make puris, which would take some time. Desai ("foolishly," he admitted later) agreed to wait, and thereby broke Baba's order. While returning from Manjri Mafi each day, he would purchase bread from a local bakery for Baba. On this day, to make matters worse, the tonga driver got lost, causing more of a delay. (Lord Meher-p-2968-1950)
|Baba was repeatedly asking everyone about Keki Desai and why he had not returned. When he arrived, Baba asked the reason for his delay. Desai told him the whole story. The food had been sent to the women, who first took out their share and then sent the rest for the men companions. When they started eating, Baba reappeared and again began lambasting Desai. Soft rice and plain dal was always sent for Baba twice a day, since he preferred only this. But as fate would have it, on this day Subhadra was in such a hurry she had forgotten to put Baba's food in the basket.
Baba scolded Desai first for breaking his order by waiting at Kumar's and then secondly for forgetting to bring his food. "Now I will have to remain hungry while you all are nicely having your dinner," he fumed. Desai was so upset he could hardly eat. After Baba left though, Nilu, who was sitting next to him, nudged Desai to finish his dinner and not to worry.
After some time, Baba returned and instructed Desai that the next day he should not come to see him first as usual, but that he should go straight from Nalavala's to Kumar's house. "Tell them that the puri preparation was an unnecessary hardship for the women," Baba commented. "Also, tell them that in their haste they forgot to pack my food. But it is all right; I forgive them."
When Desai returned to Nalavala's house that night, at ten o'clock, Baba sent Vishnu with the message that in the morning Desai should first see him and then go to Kumar's. "Baba has also asked you to sleep well," added Vishnu, "because he knows you are feeling very upset."
Next morning when Desai arrived, Baba instructed him, "Go to Kumar's house on a bicycle today to deliver the message, not in a tonga."
Desai said, "This will be my first time on a bicycle in seven years."
Baba ordered, "From today do not use a bicycle again for another seven years." And off Keki cycled for Kumar's house.
There had also been trouble at Manjri Mafi the previous evening. Instructing Subhadra to give Keki the food, Kumar had gone to watch the well workers. When he returned home at seven in the evening, he found his wife agitated. He asked her what the problem was. (Lord Meher-p-2969-1950)
On 31st July 1951, Baba issued certain instructions to Keki Desai (of Delhi) that on October 16, 1951,he will be at Khwaja Saheb (Mu'inuddin Chishti)'s tomb in Ajmer with a poor Muslim from the area. (Lord Meher-p-3003-1951)
Baba and the mandali left Jhansi in the evening and reached Delhi on the morning of the 29th. Keki Desai, many other lovers from Delhi and few others were present at the train (Lord Meher-p-3212-1952)
On 20th November 1953, Baba visited the mausoleum shrine of Nizamuddin, one of the most celebrated Sufi saints in India. He also paid his respects at a few other places in Delhi, accompanied by Keki Desai. While returning to Kain's house, Baba instructed both, "Henceforth never visit any religious place — temple, church, or mosque — or go to any sadhu, saint or wali." (Lord Meher-p-3418-1953)
54-KISHAN LAL & WIFE
Sri Kishan lal was the Driver in air Force and posted in Delhi. When Baba came to Delhi, he was fortunate to drive Baba in car in and around Delhi. He had varied experiences with Baba
He was father of Sh. Madan Lal who is associated with AMB Delhi Centre since its inception and in charge of poor fooding.
(Father of B. Kumar)
Mahabir Prasad belonged to native place Chunar in Mirzapur district (near Mogalsarai) U.P and came to Delhi when he got an alternative appointment in Air Force Head Quarters in Delhi after retrenchment from Central Ordinance Depot in Allahabad in year 1957. He came to know about Meher Baba 1957 through Sri Kishanlal Bhasin also an employed in Air Force Head Quarter at Delhi who got an opportunity to drive Baba’s car during Baba’s Delhi visit in year 1952.
He used to attend regular satsang of Avatar Meher Baba’s programs held every Sunday at 16, President Estate, official residence of Sh. W. D. Kain. He was fully convinced of Baba divinity after he got opportunity to see Meher baba in person at Poona some time in year 1965.
He retired in year 1977 and stayed in with family & two sons and a daughter in Delhi. His eldest daughter, Chandra Kala married to Late Sri Krishna Lal Chakrawal stays in Varanasi. His eldest Birendra Kumar a retired engineer and compiler of "Fortunate Souls" is also resident of Delhi having long association with AMB Centre of Delhi since 1970. His second son, Dr. Jitendra Kumar is retired Principal Scientist from IARI, Pusa also lives in Delhi. His second and youngest daughter, Shashi Kala married to Sri Chandra Shekhar Verma, a businessman is settled in Hardoi (UP). ln year 1985, he shifted to rented residence of his eldest son in Varanasi where he died of heart attack in B.H.U. hospital on 19th May 1985.
58-MISHRA N. P.
In sahwas program in Guruprasad Poona, When N. P Mishra came, Baba Advised, “Remember Me daily before going to sleep.”
59-MOHKAM & KUSUM SINGH
Coming from Delhi, Kusum Singh’s husband, Mohkam, was a cynical sort of fellow and was skeptical about Baba’s claim to godhood. He was reading the popular science-fiction novel Chariots of the Gods, in which it claimed that God was an astronaut from another planet. As they sat before Baba, he nagged his wife and told her to ask Baba which planet he was from. Kusum held up her hand and said, “Baba, my husband wants to know which planet you are from, or which you belong to?
Baba laughed and remarked, “I do not come from any planet-all planets come from me!”
Mohkam was having trouble with his back and Kusum asked if they should have Dr. Kenmore adjust it. Baba remarked, “No, I am the biggest doctor. My nazar is on him!”
In mid-November 1961, Manohar Sakhare and his wife Mona, Kusum Mohkam Singh and other staunch lovers of Delhi wrote to Adi about their idea to set up an information booth with Baba literature at the Indian Industries Fair, soon to be inaugurated in Delhi. Adi consulted Baba about it, who gave his approval, and a parcel of pamphlets and books was sent. Many came to know of Baba through their efforts, which also proved a catalyst for their counterparts in America during the World's Fair in New York in 1964.
63- PROF. JOGINDER SINGH & WIFE
Joginder Singh was a scholar in chemistry and had written 20 books on the subject. Professor T. S. Wheeler, in Bombay once said, "His text books in Chemistry can stand with any foreign text book." Professor Joginder Singh was born on 20th January 1984 and did his post graduation in Chemistry from Punjab University Lahore. He worked as chemist in Burma shell Oil Company and later taught Chemistry at Akal College, Mastana at Allahabad. Later he became Head of the Chemistry Department at Mohinder College Patiala. Having known the teaching skills and the reputation of Joginder Singh, Professor Niranjan Singh wanted him to teach Chemistry to Honours student of Khalsa College Amritsar. He therefore joined Khalsa College in 1930. Later in 1948, Prof. Joginder Singh joined Sikh national College, Kadian. Finally he settled at Delhi. The two professors of the same subject were to become followers and favourites of the same Master.
Joginder Singh came to know of Meher Baba’s visit to Delhi from Principal Niranjan Singh. He was also present at Camp College, Delhi where Beloved Meher Baba gave darshan on 2nd December 1952. He associated with W. D. Kain also and had developed tremendous interest in the Awakener of hearts, Meher Baba.
Like Pritam Singh, Professor Joginder Singh also had to wait for a long time until he was called at Meherabad in 1958. Joginder Singh along with his wife and two sons and one daughter went to Meherabad for Meher Baba’s darshan on 13th November 1958, after six years since he met Him at Delhi. Later he said, “Early in the morning, I met my Beloved and kissed Him. I kissed His Lotus feet, hands and lips.” During this darshan, Joginder Singh’s son Niranjan Singh took few photos of Baba. Meher Baba blessed the whole family of Prof. Joginder Singh.
Joginder Singh loved Baba as Nanak. In fact after darshan at Meherabad, Joginder Singh would always say, “I feel as if I am in bosom of my mother. I see no difference between Baba and Nanak.” The authority in chemistry met the “final authority” to become His forever. His heart sang the tune of Beloved Baba. He wrote a beautiful poem on Baba for His 68th birthday which was published in Divya Vani on 10th April 1962.
Poetry for a professor of Chemistry is something unheard of. But anything is possible in love. No wonder Baba called him one of His favourites. Joginder’s family much later again had Baba’s darshan at Pune in 1954. His son, Niranjan Singh Sekhon reminisces, his father having distributed a lot of copies of Baba’s last messages to many people on the occasion on His 75th birthday.
Prof. B .N. Bhasin met Prof. Joginder Singh in 1966 through his son Prof. C. Singh. Both C. Singh and Bhasin were lecturers then.
Prof. Joginder Singh Loved Beloved Baba till his last breath.
Prof. Joginder Singh was one of the five favorite Sikh lovers titled as “Panj Pyare” by Meher Baba. To read more about him, refer pages 78 to 83 of book “Panj Pyare” compiled D.V. Balkrishna Meher and published by Waryam Singh of Delhi in year 2012.
64-PROF. NIRANJAN SINGH MALHOTRA
Prof. Niranjan Singh, principal of Camp College then near Birla Mandir in Delhi was a distinguished scholar in Chemistry. He was an educationist and had held many important posts in erstwhile Punjab of undivided India.
Prof. Niranjan Singh came to know about Meher baba and His philosophy from Was Deo Kain. It was probably in the year 1952, that Prof. Niranjan Singh wrote his first letter to Meher Baba though W. D. Kain. Prof. Niranjan Singh had doubts and would cross examine with Mr. Kain on various points. One day while discussing with W. D. Kain he was told that most of the troubles worrying him were due to his past impressions (sanskaras). At the he asked Mr. Kain to write to baba “ What is the glory of the guru (Master) if he cannot cancel the past actions (Karmas) and what is use of going under the protection of lion if a jackal was going to frighten him.” Baba was amused to read that letter and promptly came a reply through Eruch. Baba says, “But first surrender to the lion.”
In 1952, Mrs. Niranjan Singh was apprehensive of meeting Meher Baba. She deeply felt repeating the name of ‘Guru Nanak’ was better than meeting sadhus and saints. But it so happened that on 30th November 1952, W.D. Kain went to their house and informed them of Meher baba’s darshan program and took then in a taxi to Prakash Chand house at 10, Tagore Road where baba was to give darshan. Mrs. Niranjan Singh recollects, “I cannot describe how elegantly Meher baba was got down from the taxi and swiftly moved and entered the house and sat on the sofa meant for Him. He was wearing white sadra. He was charming and lovely. His beauty was ethereal. I was stupefied by His presence. God knows what fear I had. I was unable to enter the house. I sat in the last row. I remember Baba asked the name of my husband. Baba said by His gestures, “Niranjan sigh is a pure gem.” all this was happening as if in a dream but I was still frightened. Just then Baba spoke through Eruch, “Are you frightened?” I quickly nodded my head and said ‘No’. Baba knew my inner state. He took my head in His hands and looked at me with so much of compassion that my heart melted and I wept continuously. The scientist and his wife came back home. The scientist had witnessed an unusual phenomenon. At times he saw Baba as Nanak and at times Baba Himself. This confirmed his faith in the Master. On the morning of 30th November 1952, Baba dictated at the residence of W.D. Kain to be read over to Principal Niranjan Singh.
Next day again the couple went to Kain’s house and had Baba’s darshan. The couple accepted Meher Baba as their Master. They knew for sure that Beloved Meher Baba’s spiritual status was very high. Mrs. Niranjan recollects that Prof. Niranjan Singh was so impressed that he spoke to his colleagues in the college and decided to invite Meher Baba to their college. Invited by Niranjan Singh, in His College, Baba gave darshan to the students on 2nd December 1952. Meher Baba was received by Principal Niranjan Singh and senior professors were welcomed with garlands. There were more than 2000 students. First Niranjan Singh spoke on brief introduction of Meher baba then his own feeling. Mrs. Niranjan Singh also garlanded Meher Baba amidst loud clapping and cheering from the audience who were already mesmerized by His presence. On behalf of Meher Baba read two messages on “Soldiers of God” and “spiritual freedom” (these messages can be read from book Panj Pyare published & circulated by Waryam Singh)`
He corresponded with baba for a long time. Niranjan Singh and his wife attended a Sahwas program for the first time in Meherabad in 1954. Niranjan Singh later narrated. In his words, Baba said to him. “In eternity nothing has happened and nothing will ever happen and all that happens now at this time it is nothing:’ Amidst the gathering Baba pointed to me and said, “You must grasp it. If God has no beginning then what was before Him? The answer is God.ans what was before God? The answer again is God. The answer will always be God. Illusion has a meaning for time, cause and effect while in eternity everything happens “now”. Remember, when zero is added to one (i.e. added to the right of 1) this zero gets a value. Add as many zeros and the value increases accordingly, but if you put millions of zero before one, it has no value. Can you grasp?”
Meher Baba had explained Vedanta in a nut shell to Niranjan Singh. Scientist in him always conflicted with the spiritualist. But in His presence all his doubts would vanish as darkness vanishes by the first streak of Sun light. On next day on 30th September 1954, Baba called Niranjan Singh for an interview. Baba said to him, “I will definitely make you feel so conscious that you know Me as God definitely. Definitely in an instant, all unaware!” Niranjan Singh eyes were filled with tears.
The Lord promised him, Himself! Baba then asked him “Do you remember the promise I gave you?” Niranjan Singh said, “Yes Baba, You promised me that you will visit my house.”
Baba said, “It will be fulfilled, even if I were to drop My body.”
Baba explained various kinds of experiences of Kaikobad who used to repeat Baba’s name one lakh times every day. Adding that Baba said all those experiences are in illusion. At this time Niranjan Singh said to Baba, “Baba, please take charge of my mind completely.” Baba replied, “Leave it to Me.”
Meher Baba then told him, “I give the gift of suffering to my lovers with home I am happy.” great suffering awakens great understanding.” Meher Baba then embraced Niranjan Singh. Niranjan Singh asked Baba, “Can I give this embrace to my wife? Baba embraced again Niranjan Singh and said, “This is for your wife.”
Once Niranjan Singh had a doubt. Baba says, “He is infinite but His physical body is finite. How can the infinite be bottled up in a small physical frame. Promptly reply came from Baba through Eruch. It was said that baba was amused to hear his question. Baba reminded him to read and digest the pages of the book “God Speaks”. (Full text of reply from baba is not reproduced here). Niranjan Singh was not convinced with this reply. Much later when he again visited Meherabad Baba answered his question. Meher baba answered the questions of intellectuals time to time and the answers were later published in the book entitled “The Everything and the Nothing”. One day after the book was published Niranjan Singh visited Baba and sat with the disciples before Him. Baba said asked Francis and said,” Go and get that book Niranjan Singh is responsible for.” Then Baba quarried, “Are you not happy with the book?” Mr. Singh replied, “When I left my last visit last, I was so pleased and happy. My mind was always at rest since I had asked all the questions which bothered me and You had answered then to my satisfaction. I was really in a happy state I left here of Ahmednagar railway station “
Baba persisted, “Are you not happy then that all your question were answered. Niranjan Singh replied, “Yes, Baba. You answered all my questions but when I sat in the train, this galloping mind of mine once again started asking intriguing questions.” Baba asked, “What is intriguing you now?” Niranjan Singh said, “A thought came to my mind like this: Baba says; He is infinite consciousness in form, but how can the infinity be bottled up in a limitation? This intrigues me Baba. How is such a thing possible?”
Baba said. “Is that the only thing that intrigues you? Look, I am the Creator and yet there are so many things intrigue Me that perhaps you being a scientist, can explain them to Me. tell Me, do you see anything outside that open door?”
“Yes, Baba I see sandals.”
“What else can you see?”
“Yes, I can see cattle grazing.”
“What else do you see?”
“People moving around.”
“What else do you see?”’
“A range of hills, baba.”
“Another range of hills behind that.”
“What else do you see?’
“I see the clouds.”
“It intrigues Me,” Baba said, “That these tiny eyes of yours can encompass such vastness. How is that possible? It intrigues Me how this little iris of yours can capture such vastness.”
Niranjan Singh understood and sat silent.
Niranjan Singh had corresponded with Baba many times. There are all three letters dated 26th November 1956, written By Eruch as directed by Meher Baba. (The text of letter is not produced here to make it brief)
Undoubtedly, Niranjan Singh was an intellectual giant whose heart Baba himself awakened.
67-SAHNI PRITAM SINGH
(Father of Waryam Singh)
Pritam Singh Sahni was staunch follower of Avatar Meher Baba (Baba said He was like one of His Panj Piyre). He was a successful businessman running a thriving trade in Thailand. Once on Buddha's birthday, the local Buddhist people paid Him much respect and greatly honoured him. Pritam Singh questioned them, "Why are you felicitating me on this day?" And they replied, "You come from the land where our Lord Buddha was born."
This answer moved him deeply and lifted a veil from his mind. He thought: "What a pity that I know nothing about Buddha, although I come from India, and here these people are worshiping him so devoutly. My whole mind is obsessed with making money, and yet these people revere me as someone spiritual."
Leaving his business, Pritam Singh returned to India and began longing for the darshan of the "Living Buddha." He visited several sadhus and saints, but was never satisfied. He heard of Meher Baba in 1936, and read a few of his books, but darshan being unavailable; he was made to wait six years before he could meet the one his heart had recognized. That day, December 26th 1942, his wishes were fulfilled.
Pritam vividly remembered that first meeting:
On arrival on 26th December, 1942 Soon after, Adi K Irani (secretary of Meher Baba) called Came running there saying that meher Baba called Me.
I followed Adi Sr. in a state of immense joy, my heart full of his [Baba's] love, my eyes full of joyous tears, running toward the Lord of my heart, who had made me his, long before.
One step in the hut, I was face to face with my Beloved Baba, who was reclining. I saw his brilliant face shining as a full moon, more beautiful than any face I had ever seen before. His two beautiful eyes, as wide and deep as an ocean, pierced my heart and kissed my soul. His graceful smile confirmed forever that I belonged to him and him alone.
I was lost in him for a while; then Adi took my hand and bade me sit beside him. Baba looked at me and the happiness of my millions of lives cannot equal the bliss of that one moment with Baba. Baba held my hand, drew me to his heart, gave me a warm embrace and made me aware that I was in the lap of the God-Mother, drinking deep from the well of his love.
Baba asked, "What do you wish for?" Before Pritam Singh could speak in reply, Baba dictated on the board, "I know what you want. For you, words are unnecessary." And he took him in his embrace again.
Pritam Singh would not involve himself in any other pursuits except some activities related to Baba, Once at khamaria at Jabalpur, there was Baba’ programme in year 1953. Bhau Kalchuri, Nana kher and few others had come came for that programme. There was no electricity due to failure of and finally programme was held with the help of lanterns. Pritam singh was always eager to participate in such activities, would immerse in telling Baba stories. Many would come to meet him and he would tell Baba tales in most touching manner.
Professor Amiya Kumar Hazara, another staunch Baba lover and resident of Jabalpur had very profound memories of Pritam Singh which he described in his book “Memoirs of Zetetic”. He recorded in his book, ‘a peculiar phenomenon too place when Pritam Singh was pouring out his heart’s love for Meher baba in most touching words. A strong exudation of fragrance, like hundred roses fill the room as old eyes sparkled with tears punctuating his stories about his Master. Meher Baba must have made an invisible member of the audience at such time and sudden manifestation of fragrance was the testament of His presence.
Prof. Hazra further wrote further about Sardar Pritam Singh, an elderly gentleman deeply impressed with his age, sagacity, intelligence and other devotion to Meher Baba. In his first meeting with Meher Baba, someone asked him , what his impression about Meher Baba was, Pritam Singh’s reply was “Can a new born baby describe his father?” This was an apt manner in which to describe the indescribable. He was the role model for his son, Waryam Singh.
68-SAHNI WARYAM SINGH
(Son of Pritam Singh)
Waryam Singh Sahni is the son of Pritam Singh Meher (one of Punj Piare of Meher Baba and settled in Shalimar Bag in Delhi. he had first darshan of Baba in 1956 at Poona. He described his experience with baba in his own words in his book titled “God’s Grace.”
On 14 Jan 1956 at Poona, Baba's green colour car reached the darshan place. Baba was sitting in the front seat wearing pink coat. Baba was so beautiful and radiant. I felt that I had not seen any man or woman so beautiful and was crying inside me 'Baba, Baba...’ I felt Baba was responding to everyone. He was like a Bright Sun with His rays of Light and Love all around. I was just melting in His presence and wanted to keep looking at Him only.
Baba alighted the car and went inside the building and after some time darshan started. I was in queue for darshan. While in queue I do not remember what I was thinking. But it was a special feeling to be in the orbit of the Avatar. After some time my turn came. I do not remember whether I bowed at Baba's feet or He embraced me but I remember Baba gave me Prasad and with one hand gestured (closing his fingers below His chin) sign of beard; my father had long beard. Brother Eruch translated His gesture, Baba says, "Go and give Prasad to Pritam Ji." I felt, Baba gave me the experience that He was all Knowing.
I came back home and gave the Prasad of Baba to my father. For several days together I was feeling Baba's presence and now I too longed like my father to have His darshan as soon as possible. I waited for another two years before I had His darshan for the second time....
It is so difficult to reconstruct that atmosphere but surely I shall bring out what I remember. On the first day Baba came in a regal manner and He occupied His seat. One Mr. Panday was taking Baba's photo. Baba remarked to him regarding some photo which he might have clicked earlier. He said, "What a wonderful photo you have taken! It showed as if Baba is giving birth to Baba." He was so encouraging to the minutest and meanest efforts of ours.
Baba then gave a discourse. "In my previous incarnations, God had the chance of playing the part as God the father, but in this incarnation, God has the chance of playing both the part as God the Father and God the Mother."
We were then standing in queue for His darshan. I was in the line with album of photos (which I had taken during my first darshan at Poona on 14 Jan 56) behind my father. My father's turn came and Baba said to him, "Pritam ji PREETAM se miliye". Preetam means beloved. So Baba in His humorous style meant, 'Beloved please meet the BELOVED'. I must have embraced and bowed to Him. But I do not remember; I was blank then.
Each day would end with His arti and everyone felt like being in His presence all the time. It is the rarest privilege which few of this mankind got to be in the presence of the Avatar who being the personification of Love had come only for giving and receiving love.
One day during the Parvardigar prayer we all were facing Baba who was also standing with folded hands and someone was reciting the prayer. My mind was running towards the door of the Pandal. But when it reached the door, some hidden hand brought it back till the prayer was finished. Baba showed me His authority. In His presence our body, mind and soul were all His.
One of the stories of my father which proved Baba's protection for those who call out to Him sincerely has been related before as well. But I feel I also must describe it as the story is not only wonderful but also powerful.
My father would describe, "Earlier, I was doing some contract work in a forest area. Those days, Indian forests were full of tigers. One day some of them were confronted by a tiger. They ran for their lives, but no one was hurt. They were all very scared. Few hundred workmen were working for me in the forest then.
The next day again some people saw the beast and this happened continuously for a few days. By now the workers were too scared to work and they protested. They said that they would work no longer and had almost begun to leave the work. I tried my best explaining all the Jim Corbett theories but nothing convinced them. I was now in a tight spot.
"In a spur of a moment I hit upon a new idea. I took a piece of cloth and made a flag of Meher Baba and hoisted it at the location site of ours where everyone was living. I gathered some courage and then collected all people and told them I had prayed to Meher Baba to see that tigers do not come to that area henceforth. 'If you see any tiger in spite of the flag being hoisted, then I will stop all work at whatever cost it might be to me.' The workmen agreed to my proposal.
"To everyone's surprise from that day no tiger ever came to that area. After a few weeks, one day suddenly one worker came running to the camp and he was petrified and panicking to everyone's horror. It appeared that he had seen the tiger. A doctor was called and he recovered after several days from his state of anxiety and delirium.
"All of us were very anxious to know what had transpired that fateful day. The worker then revealed the story that when he had reached the spot where the flag had been hoisted, he saw the giant form of Meher Baba near the flag. Meher Baba's hands and legs were very huge and He had taken gigantic proportions! Seeing this form of Baba the worker almost fainted. This explained his fear and anxiety. We were directly subjected to an experience of His protection."
Such stories of our lives not only assure us of His protection but also inspire many to place their faith on Him without a second thought on Baba. My father had by now won the trust of all his workers. Isn't this a bountiful blessing on all those who seek Him?
71-SARDAR V. SINGH,
The retired police officer, Sardar V. Singh, had come to see Baba in Delhi. During the darshan function, he remained fully occupied in looking after arrangements from morning until evening. Baba would frequently call him during the day on one pretext or another. "Have you had your food?" he would ask. "Did you drink tea?" Baba felt happy with him and would direct the mandali to call "the new Daulat Singh," since his deep love reminded Baba of another Sardar, Dr. Daulat Singh. Sardar V. Singh's whole family became devoted to Baba and would often come to him. (Lord Meher-p-3414-1953)
73-SHARMA MOHAN LAL
In 1955, Sahwas, Vishnu of Dhagwan began song, but before he could finish, Mohan Lal Sharma of Delhi joined in and began to sing in an emotional tone. (Lord Meher-p-3841-1955)
(Neighbour’s daughter of Dhun Desai)
Episode goes like this:
Baba left Dehradun for Meherabad on 10th September 1942, He planned to travel via Delhi and He sent Papa Jessawalas in advance to Delhi with a message to Keki to reserve a full coach for Mandali and Himself. Keki took the station master, Dhanjishah’s help. Baba had told Papa to assist Keki with all the necessary arrangements for the journey. He told Keki to ask Dhun to prepare food for Him and all the Mandali and bring it to the Delhi Train Station.
Keki did as instructed as instructed by Baba and went to the station along with Dhun who also had her neighbor’s child with her. The child, Suniti, was very attached to Dhun and Keki would spend the whole day at their place. For all practical purposes, Dhun treated her as her own daughter and attended to her daily needs. Suniti would also tell the people that Dhun and Keki were her real parents. Such was the bond between Suniti and Dhun that she decided to take her along with for Baba’s darshan.
Although Baba is all-knowing, on seeing Suniti, He asked Dhun, “Is it your daughter?” Dhun said, “No baba, I don’t have my children. This child belongs to my neighbour.” Baba then asked Dhun,”Do you want a child of your own?”Dhun replied, "Not just now, Baba.” Baba then said, “Whenever you feel like having a child, think of Me, take My name, and I will give you a baby whom you should name Meher, whether it’s a boy or a girl.” After this Baba placed His hand on Dhun’s head and blessed her.
Thus child Suniti was instrumental in getting Dhun, her own child by Baba’s grace.
(Copied from “Real Treasure” page 105-106 by Rustom Falahati)
Tekchand was one of Meher Baba’s ardent Sikh followers from Delhi,. Baba asked Eruch to narrate his story:
Tekchand, who is with the Indian Army’s frontier road building team, was deep in the Subansiri division on November 9th, 1962, together with seven hundred non-combatants without arms when the Chinese troops began encircling them. They received orders to withdraw immediately, leaving everything behind. Panic seized them as they had no food and no arms! Somehow the Chinese had cut across, severing all communication between them and their base. But Tekchand instilled hope and courage into his men by assuring them they had nothing to fear because the living God, Avatar Meher Baba, was with them! And so no harm would come to them and they would get back safely. The men were visibly cheered, as Tekchand had told them much about Baba.
Taking the help of some hill tribesmen, Tekchand with the seven hundred men trekked back through the forests. They trekked for seven days and nights, through unfamiliar terrain, without food and without protective clothing in the biting cold, rain and slush. The whole way, Tekchand was singing bhajans in Meher Baba’s praise, with the men joining in and taking Baba’s name. They encountered breathtaking hardships on the way. At one point they had to swim across turbulent waters when a bridge gave way under their weight, but they managed to get across safely. Others, overcome with hunger, accidently ate DDT that they found at an abandoned post, mistaking it for flour! They were violently sick and vomited up the poison, and others helped them to carry on. Added to all this was their constant fear of being spied by the Chinese.
At last the incredible journey was over, and the men returned to their base in Assam, famished and terribly emaciated in their tattered clothes, but without a single casualty. In fact, not one of them even suffered from frostbite or any chest complications in spite of the cruel cold. Thus did Tekchand return from the frontier, instrumental in bringing back his seven hundred men to safety through Baba’s love.
When Eruch finished, Baba remarked: “They say it is My miracle, but it is no miracle of mine. It is the miracle of my Name!
“After I drop My body, the world will experience many so-called miracles. And there will be a rush to Meherabad, Meherazad, Guruprasad, and all places where I have been.
After retirement Tekchand, settled in Baljit Nagar the then outer locality of Delhi. Though he was not supported by his family members in Baba’s activities but he was very regular in attending Baba’s programs in different houses of Baba lovers and Delhi center. Even during old days being handicapped he still used to attend baba programs in Delhi walking on crutches. He would always begin his bhajan on harmonium with “ Meher main charnan chor na jaun.”