|CONTACTS - MAHARASTRA
ALPHABET –J & K
In June 1930, early morning, Baba proceeded to Gangapur Falls in search of an isolated spot for his seclusion. Baba was disappointed that he could not find such a place. He then decided to travel to Deolali, where a darshan function was held at the house of a lover named Jadhav. (Lord Meher-p-1183-1930)
On 11th February 1953, Baba's 59th birthday was celebrated in Meherazad. No outside lovers were invited, but four disciples from came from Ahmednagar, three from Meherabad, three from Poona also attended in the morning. Baba washed the feet of 150 poor in Meherazad. After placing his head on their feet, he gave each two rupees as prasad.
Jadhav Qawaal gave a qawaali performance for two hours in the afternoon. The qawaals singing was quite good and pleased Baba.
In year 1952, Baba declared his intention to do some special work from the 1st of December for 40 days, so on the eve of it (30th November 1954), a qawaali program was arranged, and the singer Jadhav Qawaal was called to Satara from Bombay. A few persons from Bombay and Ahmednagar were also invited. In Grafton the qawaali singing was to be held. Jadhav Qawaal, his companions and the mandali arrived at Grafton. After some initial conversation, Baba stated, "Everyone will be served tea at nine o'clock, and then the singing will start.
On 3rd May 1960, there was an afternoon qawaali program by Jadhav Qawaal. The singer and his group had sung before Baba twice before: at Meherabad for Baba's birthday in 1953 and again the following year at Satara. On this occasion, Baba liked Jadhav's performance so much that he gave him one of his handkerchiefs and remarked: "If you were to hear just a wave — a single vibration — of that Aadi Naad (Original Sound), you would lose bodily consciousness. I am the Oceanic Sound or Param Naad. Being on your level, when I hear a piece of exquisite music, I appear pleased even with the seventh shadow vibrations of the Param Naad." (Lord Meher-p-4673-1960)
On 10th April 1960, Jaffer Qawaal sang before Baba for four hours in afternoon. Others from Poona also sang Bhajans.
On 5th June 1960, was the largest public darshan 1960 summer. An estimated 10,000 persons poured into Guruprasad seeking the God-Man's touch. Two sessions were held: from 8:30 until 11:00 A.M. and from 2:00 until 3:30 P.M. Jagannath Maharaj and many others came from different places including Ahmednagar bhajan mandali (Lord Meher-p-4699-1960)
Chanji stopped him, but Baba stood by the car, waiting, and permitted the man to approach. As he came close to Baba he uttered, "You are the Avatar of Lord Vishnu! Pray, grant me the Lord's boon!"
Baba smiled and motioned, "You are quite lucky! I know how immersed you are in your devotion for Lord Vishnu. My blessing to you."
The man cried out, "My work is done!" He stood before Baba like a beggar, tears flowing down his face. Choking, in a shaking voice he uttered, "No one knows you here! I saw you and recognized you at once. You are the Avatar of Vishnu! You, too, know me."
Baba gestured, "I know everything. That is why I have come to you here."
The man became elated and burst forth, "My life's desire is fulfilled! JAI LORD VISHNU! ... JAI LORD VISHNU!"
He bowed to Baba and then left. The same man had passed their houses on the day they had arrived from Meherabad. At that time, too, he had been singing and had seen Baba from a distance. Referring to Jagannath, Baba remarked, "He is on the threshold of the Path and intensely longs for sight of God." (Lord meher-2236/7-1941)
People credit me with miracles, but the truth is that I have done no miracles up to now. When I break my silence, I will perform the greatest miracle. Just as by switching on the electric light, due to connection with the powerhouse, there is light; similarly those connected with me will receive the light when I utter the Word.
7-JAKKAL GAGANATH GANGARAM
During 1925, Jagannath Gangaram Jakkal whom everyone called Anna (elder brother), joined the mandali. Anna was originally from Sholapur, where his family owned a printing press and published a newspaper, but they also had property in Ahmednagar. Anna's duty was to do the marketing for the Meherabad community, riding back and forth each day on his bicycle to Ahmednagar. On 28 June, he had not returned from the market by midnight. Concerned, Baba and the mandali set out to look for him, and on the way Maruti Patil found a notebook which belonged to Anna.
It turned out that thieves had surrounded Anna on his way back to Meherabad and robbed him of everything he had bought. He had been severely beaten and had returned to his house in Ahmednagar. When Baba and the men reached Anna's home, they found him lying in bed with bandages wrapped around his head. Baba asked, "What happened?"
In a daze, Anna stammered, "Baba, 104 ... 104!"
Baba repeated the question two or three times, but the only thing Anna would say was, "Baba! 104!" What Anna meant was that his temperature was 104°. Baba called for a doctor and arranged for his treatment. After he recovered, Baba would recount with humor Anna's feverish utterances and subsequently nicknamed him Anna 104.(Lord Meher-p-596-1925)
8-JAGAT MURAI & WIFE
On 20th September 1967, seven Babe’s disciples brought seven lepers to Meherazad for Baba’s work with lepers. Other three from Ahmednagar were also present. Jagat Murari had requested permission through Jalbhai to be present to film the occasion in 35mm black and white, and Baba granted his request.
When Murari arrived with his film crew and a professor of cinematography, Baba commented he was happy that Gopal came and joked with him, "Your wife loves me more than you do."
In good humor, Gopal replied, "I love you so much, Baba, my wife cannot possibly love you more than I do!"
For the first time since returning to Meherazad, Baba stepped out of his seclusion and came out of the hall to wash the feet of seven lepers. Before starting, he stated, "Lepers are beautiful souls in ugly cages. By bowing down to the lepers, I am bowing down to myself. I am in them, I am everything and everyone. None of you here should touch the lepers freely; with me it is different."
As Baba began the program, Murari and one foreigner were busy lining up their film shots. A squabble broke out between the two film crews, and Baba pointed to Eruch to go see what was the trouble.
Foreigner protested, "This is my day for filming! He is taking my shots!"
Baba intervened, stating; "It is neither his day nor your day but my day!" Winking at Murari he gestured for him to let foreigner have his way.
(A woman servant)
Baba had originally stated that he would be extending his stay in Poona until 12 July, he changed his plans and returned to Meherazad on 1st July 1968, without allowing anyone to come to Guruprasad to bid him farewell, and without stopping to see anyone on the way in Poona or Ahmednagar. Baba would never step out of Meherazad again. There were two other women servants from Pimpalgaon Village, named Jai and Gangi. (Lord Meher-p-. 5337-1968)
11-JAIRAM BUA SANT
on 21 ST December 1952, a large pandal had been erected in front of Vinoo Kher's house, and Baba arrived there at eight o'clock. The morning darshan began with a kirtan performed by Jairam Bua Sant, in the course of which he obliquely questioned Baba's silence. No one had taken notice of Jairam's inquiry, but Baba did and he stated, "In spite of my silence, I speak through all the tongues in the world."
Baba was invited to Devargaon, fourteen miles from Amraoti, on the morning of Wednesday, 24th December 1952.
In the afternoon, Baba gave darshan in a Harijan colony. That evening there was a mass open-air gathering in Devargaon. Jairam Bua also came with his devotees and took part in the Master's arti. (Lord Meher-p-3230-1952)
15-JAL COWASJI & TEHMI
(Husband of Tehmi,-eldest of Dr. H P Bharucha of Gujrat)
Jal Cowasji was married to Hoshang's sister Tehmie and had moved to Bombay. Cowasji, however, would never allow his wife to indulge in spiritual practices for fear she would renounce him and the world. One day they had a heated quarrel, and Tehmie left the house and went to live in a hotel. Regretting the argument, the husband sent a telegram to Hoshang to tell him that Tehmie had left home.
Just before receiving the telegram, Hoshang and his other sister, Meheru, had been reading the chapter on the four kinds of suicides from the recent book Listen, Humanity. Hoshang Bharucha's mother asked him to go to Bombay to bring Tehmie, but he explained that he could not leave Navsari because he had Baba's order. His mother and sister decided to leave Navsari for Bombay on the next train.
On 9 July 1959, exactly one month after Baba had given Hoshang the order, Meheru phoned to tell him, "Tehmie is dead. She has committed suicide. Her funeral is tomorrow morning."
Despite his shock, Hoshang was determined not to disobey Baba's order and resigned himself not to attend the funeral. Hoshang's sister informed Baba about Tehmie's death, and that evening, Hoshang received a telegram from Baba, stating: "Leave immediately for Bombay, attend all ceremonies, then come to Poona to see me for two minutes."
Hoshang's brother-in-law, Jal Cowasji, was terribly upset over the death of his wife. He wondered what would happen to her soul. Hoshang, who had read about the types of suicides, told him that she would not get another body for a very long time and she would have to mentally suffer in the hell state.
"What should I do," Cowasji asked. "It is all my fault."
Hoshang said, "Only one person in the world can tell you — that is Meher Baba!"
Jal Cowasji, though he had never desired to talk or hear about Baba, desperately asked if he could meet him, even though when his wife had wanted to go for Baba's darshan, he had adamantly refused. On Sunday, 12 July 1959, both he and Hoshang left for Poona to see Baba.
Baba asked Cowasji, "Do you have faith in me? Will you believe what I tell you about Tehmie?" He said yes.
Baba stated, "Because Hoshang loves me very much and because I was informed within three days of her death, I have saved Tehmie. She will not suffer in the hell state, and I will give her another body soon. She will have to take another birth, because she loves you very much."
"Baba, I am responsible ... It is all my fault," Cowasji said, weeping.
"No," Baba informed him, "you are not responsible. Just like the film you see in the movie theater, so is this life like a film. It is predestined. Whatever is in the film will happen.
It is already there. It had to happen this way."
Jal Cowasji returned to Bombay much consoled.
The following year when Hoshang Bharucha stayed at Guruprasad, his mother and sister came to see Baba. In the course of a discourse, Baba stated, "Perfect Masters have the power to bring back to life a person who may have died 300 years ago."
When the mother and sister heard this, they said to Baba, "If Perfect Masters can bring back to life a person dead for 300 years, you being the Avatar can bring Tehmie back in the same form!"
Baba replied, "I shall tell you in a dream about Tehmie."
The following year, when Hoshang's mother and sister met Baba again in Guruprasad, they made the same request. Baba smilingly replied, "Tehmie has been reborn in the family of one of my lovers. She has been brought to me here in Guruprasad and has played on my lap." (Lord Meher-p-4559/60/61-1959)
16-JAL DORABJEE & WIFE
He was the devoted Baba lover and owner of Edward hotel in Poona near railway station. Food for mandali used to be was served from Dorabji hotel. There was a very touching incident in which he lost his daughter and grand daughter. Brief description is written a under:
Every Thursday Shinde, Kamble, Pote and Dhavle (all Poona residents) would spend the day at Guruprasad, going for their lunch at noon to the Edward Hotel, Jal Dorabjee's guest house near the railway station. After lunch, Baba would ask them what they had eaten.
They would name several dishes, and Baba would inquire, "Do you want to drive Dorabjee bankrupt? How could you have so many items for only two rupees?" Shinde, Pote and Dhavle would each lay the blame on Kamble.
This went on for some time, and one day, calling Dorabjee, Baba instructed him, "Tomorrow Shinde, Kamble, Pote and Dhavle will come to eat at your hotel. Serve only Kamble. Take two rupees from each in advance, but don't serve the other men any food. Tell them fresh food is being prepared and they should wait. Then give them water. After ten minutes, give them onions [the usual sliced raw onions that accompany meals]. Don't serve them anything else to eat. After half an hour, I will send Aloba to call them."
Dorabjee did as instructed. He served food only to Kamble and not to the other three. When Aloba came, Kamble had finished and the others were sipping the water and nibbling on the onions. They accompanied Aloba to Guruprasad. Baba asked, "What did you eat today?"
Their faces fell and dejectedly Shinde replied, "The food was not ready, Baba. We were waiting for it."
"Why wasn't it ready?"
"Dorabjee kept repeating, 'Just wait for five minutes ... Just five minutes more,' but even after half an hour we didn't get anything to eat. He was serving others — including Kamble! — but not us."
"Did you pay him?"
"The moment we stepped inside."
"Forget about it now; you can eat here." So the three of them had their lunch in Guruprasad, and they never did learn why Dorabjee had behaved as he had. Afterwards Baba commented, "It is so strange. Kamble got his food. Why didn't you get yours?" They didn't know. Baba explained, "You were blaming Kamble in the beginning, but God had pity on him and he had his food, whereas you had to go without."
One day the women from Bombay came to Guruprasad. Baba asked what they had eaten. Nargis Dadachanji replied, "[Mutton] Brain and spinach."
Baba joked, "You have all had brain; now don't eat my brain!" (Meaning, tire him with unnecessary questions.)
On 27th July 1961, Baba and a few of the mandali paid their respects at Babajan's tomb. Naja would always stay at Bindra House to cook, as food for Baba and the women came from there. The men's food came from Jal Dorabjee's guest house.
Although Dorabjee's daughter had come for Baba's darshan the previous year, his son-in-law did not in the least believe in Baba's divinity. Yet in his anguish, Keki Billimoria expressed his desire to Jal Dorabjee to see Baba, who conveyed this to Pendu. Pendu beseeched Baba to see the grief-stricken young man, and again Baba made an exception and called him to Guruprasad. Keki Billimoria was impressed by meeting Baba and told him, "My wife tried to persuade me to come with her last year, saying, 'I cannot express in words what you will get from Baba, but just sit for a few minutes at his feet and you will know' — and still I did not come. Now I have come and I know what she meant. I will be forever grateful to her for this, but I am filled with remorse that I did not come to you when she was alive."
Baba consoled him over the sudden loss of his wife and daughter, and Keki Billimoria left braver in heart, calmer in mind and resigned to God's will. (Lord Meher-p-5076/7-1964)
(Friend of Eruch)
In year 1953, Jal Kapadia friend of Eruch came to see Baba in Dehradun. After some personal matters were discussed, Jal desired to perform Baba's arti. "I am fed up with arti, bhajan and worship!" Baba told him. "I only derive joy by bowing down to masts, saints, walis and the poor; and for that purpose, I descend on this plane. The angels do my worship; I worship the world!" (Lord Meher-p-3334-1953)
(Son of Rusi Pop & Brother of Goher Irani)
On 18th March 1935, Rusi's son Jal Rusi with his father and came to Nasik for Baba darshan. (Lord Meher-p-1674-1935)
On the 1st of September 1939, the German army under Adolf Hitler invaded Poland. That day Baba began sending four disciples in turns, to a nearby shop which had a radio, to listen to any news of war. They were to report the latest news to Baba. This went on all day and into the night and continued the next day, until Adi Sr. and Jal Rusi (who was staying with the group in Bangalore) managed to rent a radio which could be kept at the Links and listened to every hour.
Jal had stayed at Meherabad for a few days the previous year and was engaged to be married. At the time he was lean and slender, and one day he told Baba, "Make me big, Baba."
Baba replied, "Stay here and I will."
"But the food here will make me even thinner," said Jal.
So Baba arranged special meals for him and asked Eruch to dress himself like a waiter and serve him. Jal would take his food very pompously, sitting at a special table (not like the other men mandali, who would eat sitting on a thin carpet or mat on the floor), and Eruch would serve him.
But when Jal was eating, Baba would appear and remark, "Oh, you shouldn't eat that; it will make you thinner. Give it to Baidul and Gustadji." So Jal would give the item away. Thus every day, just when Jal was about to eat his meal, Baba would appear and repeat the same thing. Jal was thinking himself something special to be treated with such deference by Baba and the others, but in reality he would go hungry.
For a week Jal kept quiet; then finally he told Baba, "You keep coming in when I am about to take my meals and make me give all the good dishes you've ordered for me to Baidul and Gustadji. Instead of growing bigger, I am losing weight."
"Don't you worry? You will surely start gaining," Baba promised.
Despite the facilities afforded him, Jal Rusi learned how difficult it was to remain with Baba.
Baba had previously indicated that it was necessary for him to go on a tour for his work, and a one-month journey was subsequently chalked out with Baba specifying the places he wanted to visit. The journey of over 1,000 miles was to be made in the Blue Bus and in cars.
Before leaving Bangalore, Baba met the inmates of the mast ashram and gave duties to each of the mandali in Bangalore Jal Rusi left for Quetta by Baba's order. (
Jal Rusi and two other disciples saw Baba at Mahabaleshwar in after noon on 1st March 1947.
On 14th October 1948, a deed of partnership between 20 of the mandali was executed for Meher Publications, for the purpose of publishing Baba's books. In attendance at Meherazad was Jal Rusi among 13 disciples.
Jal Rusi with two disciples had come to Bangalore.
In December 1948, several visitors came to Meherazad to see Baba. Among them were Jal Rusi and four other disciples.
Jal Rusi-Goher's younger brother was also in Belgaum at the time working at a job, but because of the restrictions, he never came to see either Baba or his own sister. Don passed him on the road several times, but both kept their faces turned, as the companions had instructions not ever to see or talk with any Old Life friends or acquaintances. (Lord Meher-p-2825-1949)
On 10th July 1936, Baba was driven from Meherabad to Rahuri and Nasik, along with Sidhu, Piroja and her baby daughter Tehmi (who was to have a tonsillectomy in Nasik). And a boy named Jalil followed by bus.(Lord Meher-p-1730-1936)
(Daughter of Kaikobad Dastur)
Jaloo came to live in Baba’s ashram in July 1944, when her father, Kaikobad, one of Baba’s close disciples, brought his wife and three daughters to Meherabad at Baba’s order.
Jaloo, her mother Jerbai, and sisters Meheru and Guloo, lived on Meherabad Hill ever since. For most of their life there, the family occupied rooms in a building that had been previously used by Baba for the maternity hospital, masts, the mad, and the Meher Baba’s Journal’s office. Right next to their living quarters was and still is Baba’s Cage Room, used by Him for intense seclusion and mast work. The family was allowed to stay there at upper Meherabad even when Baba left for the New Life in 1949.
Many pilgrims from the 1970s onwards remember Jaloo’s sweet, childlike, humorous and most appealing nature. Walking on the Hill in the evening with her sister Guloo, or having visitors in her room the last few years after Guloo went to Baba, Jaloo was a delight to meet and talk with. Her simple devotion to Baba was unique and absolutely wholehearted. And what a deeply special soul Jaloo must have been to spend almost all her life just a few yards away from the Avatar’s Samadhi!
Jaloo Kaikobad Dastur passed away on 1st March 2012, at 2:20 in the afternoon in her room on Meherabad Hill after a brief illness. She was 83 years old.
On 1st March evening while her body was laid on the funeral pyre, Jaloo’s face was strikingly beautiful, radiating peace and joy, leaving no doubt that she had found her final resting place in the arms of her Beloved Master, Meher Baba.
Her long-time friend and caretaker Janaki along with medical staff and faithful servants were with Jaloo when she went to Beloved Baba. (Tavern Talk)
On the night of the 31st July 1944, Kaikobad and his family arrived in Meherabad and remained for the rest of their lives. Kaikobad's wife, Jerbai, 46, and their three daughters, Meheru, 23, Gulu, 21, and Jalu, 18, were kept with the other women on Meherabad Hill, and Kaikobad stayed in lower Meherabad, in a small cottage that was built for him (on the spot of the old Bathroom Building).
While in Meherabad, Kitty taught English to Kaikobad's daughters, Gulu and Jalu.
In year 1947, the Meherabad group was subdivided in four groups. In the fourth Mansari, Jerbai and the Fatties (Jalu, Gulu and Meheru Dastur) were placed. Every group will have separate cooking arrangements. Mehera, Mani, Meheru and Walu will stay at Pimpalgaon."
There was a hidden reason behind Baba's dividing the women at this time — and probably behind his recent work with Chacha, also. The country was about to be partitioned into two parts — India and Pakistan — and violence and civil chaos was breaking out everywhere in India. When the government's plan for partition was announced, Baba snorted in disgust and remarked, "Two parts — it will be (divided into) 56!"
Baba decided to allow only her and Kaikobad's wife Jerbai and their three daughters, Meheru, Gulu and Jalu, to stay on the hill. Kaikobad's son Ratan was learning to be a film projectionist in the Sarosh Cinema in Ahmednagar and was residing there.
Although other mandali members did not share Baba's physical presence every day, of equal significance were those living at lower Meherabad. Baba visited them on 9th August 1959, the day after his return. At lower Meherabad stayed Kaikobad's family, comprised of Jalu, Gulu, Meheru and Jerbai Dastur.
Meheru was buried on Meherabad Hill on 28th February 1966. On 1st March, Baba called Jerbai, her two other daughters, Gulu and Jalu, and their brother Ratan, to Meherazad. Baba assured Jerbai, "Your faith and courage have made me very happy." The mandali too were impressed by Jerbai's surrenderance to Baba's will.
The family told Baba, "Meheru actually saw your physical presence by her bedside before her death, and you called out to us, telling us that you had been with her and that she would now go to you! (Lord Meher-p-5210-1966)
21-JAMADAR & BHAGUBAI
(Jamadar –night watchman of Meherabad)
Gulmai's husband Khansaheb was not particularly drawn to Meher Baba, but he did not prevent his wife and children from being dedicated to the Master. Sarosh, son of brother in law of Khansaheb had to keep his visits secret during this period. However, Sarosh's father came to know of his visits through a man who spied for him who was working at Meherabad. At the time, no one knew who carried information to Elder Kaikhushru, but on Baba's hint they questioned a local villager named Jamadar and he admitted the truth. Baba allowed Jamadar, to stay on the property and hired him as a chowkidar (night watchman).
Jamadar proved so faithful a worker that he served at Meherabad from 1925 onward for nearly 45 years and his wife was later appointed to help the women mandali.
A boy named Jamshed Afseri continued to disobey Baba's instructions and on 21 July, he was asked to leave the ashram, which he did, showing no sign of regret. Two more boys who were especially troublesome were Jamshed Khan and Mehedi Khan, both of whom left the school on the 23rd. Baba was not, however, displeased by their departures. On the contrary, he remarked, "A great burden has been lifted from my shoulders. I will be able to breathe freely.
(Friend of Adi K. Irani)
Nilu arrived on 5 July from Poona with two pigs, and Jalbhai came the next day in an Austin. Baba visited Rahuri with many on the 7th to have dinner at Dhake's residence. Adi Jr. visited on 9 July and it was decided that he would remain in Poona, rather than Meherabad.
On 13th July 1939, a college friend of Adi Sr. named Jamshed Ardeshir Irani met Baba at Meherabad (Lord Meher-p-2017-1939)
26-JAMSHED BEHRAM MISTRY (JIM)
(Refer Fortunate souls Volume-2 sl. No 50)
During 1927, Baba primarily supervised the activities of the Hazrat Babajan High School and Meher Ashram, in which more than 170 boys were now enrolled. Baba would play games with the boys and teach them Persian, dictating from his alphabet board. Burjor and Jamshed Khan, would frequently sing for Baba.
On 20th February, a telegram was received from Aga Ali's father, Haji Muhammad, who refused to give his signature to the agreement and demanded that his son return home.
The news upset Baba, who remarked sharply, "If Ali goes, everything goes! I will come out of seclusion and close the school." Jamshed Khan was sent to Bombay to reason with the father and bring him to Meherabad. (Baba also agreed to pay off the father's debts.) Eventually, Ali was allowed to stay in Meherabad. (Lord Meher-p-910-1928)
(Son of Rustom & Freiny)
Rustom's one-year-old son Jangoo came from Nasik with Chanji. Rustom's wife Freiny had a mental breakdown and could not take care of her infant son, so Baba put the baby in Khorshed's charge, and had him kept in the ashram.
Baba and the women were driven to Meherabad on 1st June 1948. Baba got out at lower Meherabad and the women were driven up the hill. The opening ceremony for the new hall at lower Meherabad took place by Baba taking his seat inside and the mandali performing arti before him. Baba then went up the hill. There, Kaikobad performed the navjot ceremony of Jangoo (Lord Meher-p-2648-1948)
(wife of Kalemama
Janki wife of Kalemama was seriously ill with heart trouble. Baba went to the Family Quarters to see her on 13 th March 1934. She felt so happy at seeing Baba that she forgot her pain. Baba assured her, "You will be freed tomorrow. Do not worry." The woman expired at 3:30 A.M. that night and was freed forever by the God-Man. After the death of his wife, Kalemama moved to the men mandali's quarters and lived there the rest of his life. (Lord Meher-p-1592-1934)
(a group of 40 singers from Poona)
Baba and the group arrived in Madras on the night of the 2nd April 1947. They were taken to the Aiyangar family's house, Meher Bhavan, in Saidapet, where they were to stay. A large pandal had been erected opposite the house for the darshan programs.
Manek Mehta of Bombay, who had come with about 40 (mostly female) members of his Jap Mandal other disciples came from Nagpur, Kashmir and Karachi. (Lord Meher-p-2566-1947)
Jaynarayan of Saoner had invited Baba and the mandali to his house for supper. Baba went there in the evening and gave darshan to the members of the household. Afterwards, Baba indicated it was time to leave for Nagpur, (Lord Meher-p-2449-1944)
(A seven year old boy)
A boy named Jayanti regularly attended the Ahmednagar Center meetings but had not yet met Baba in person. After he had pestered Adi and others to take him to Baba, one morning, with Baba's consent, he was brought by Waman Padale. Before being taken to Baba, Eruch asked the boy, "Why do you want to see Meher Baba?"
"So that real faith may be born in me," Jayanti replied sincerely.
"What do you hope to gain after having faith?"
"I will find God," the boy answered.
"And when you have found God, what will you do?"
"I will love him and serve him!"
The boy was taken inside mandali hall and he reverently placed a packet of sweets at Baba's feet. He did not have to remove his shoes before entering the hall, because he had already removed them before starting from Ahmednagar! Baba embraced and caressed him, remarking, "You are very fortunate!"
Jayanti nodded emphatically in agreement. When asked who it was that was seated before him, he answered simply, "God."
Eruch said, "Well, now that you have seen him, ask of him what you will. What do you want from him?"
The boy gazed at Baba and said, "Love."
Baba was delighted at this reply and smilingly gestured, "Granted." (Lord Meher-p-(Lord Meher-p-5207-1966)
46-JEEJABAI DOKEY (OR GAJABAI)
(Mother in law of Sadashiv)
On 10th June 1927, Baba graced Dr. Sathe's residence in Ahmednagar on Friday, , for the thread ceremony of one of his relatives. Baba's women devotee-Sadashiv's mother-in-law Jeejabai (or Gajabai) Dokey, with other two women devotees arrived the same morning and spent the night. (Lord Meher-p- 823-1927)
(Son of Boman Bastani & Dolly)
48-JEHANGIR SUKHADWALA'S SON & SANTOSH CHOPRA
49-JEHANGIR TARPOREWALA & SARWAR
Baidul knew nothing of her quarrel with her husband, and Sarwar did not tell him.
Upon arriving at Ashiana, Baba asked Sarwar to sit quietly for five minutes, and feeling guilty, she obeyed. Her anger dissolved, and Baba told her, "Anger is among the worst possible things and it should be swallowed. You stayed with me for so many years (at Meherabad), so you should be an example to others." Baba's words impressed Sarwar deeply, and she repented for becoming so upset. She was thus convinced of Baba's omniscience, and the experience served as inspiration to her for the rest of her life. (Lord Meher-p-4212/3-1957)
This was demonstration of his omniscience during this stay in Bombay
On 23rd August 1939, Jehangir Wankadia, a Parsi scholar of Eastern philosophy came to Bangalore and met Baba. Wankadia was facing some crisis in his life and was permitted to stay in Bangalore for three weeks (lord Meher-p-.2028-1939)
(Refer fortunate Souls Volume-3 Sl. No. 52)
(Wife of Kaikobad Dastur)
Jerbai was married to Kaikobad Dastur of Navsari.
Those who were employed would eat lunch at their jobs and have their dinner along with the rest of the mandali. For those who stayed with Baba, lunch consisted of the usual dal and rice. The evening meal was a vegetable and bread, Jerbai-Vajifdar's sister-in-law and her sister would do the cooking, which was a great relief to the men.
Vajifdar's widowed sister-in-law Jerbai and her sister Hilla — arrived in Quetta accompanied to stay with Baba.
In Quetta, soon after, the women's group — consisting of Mehera, Daulatmai, Naja, Big Khorshed, Gulmai, and Vajifdar's widowed sister-in-law Jerbai and her sister Hilla — arrived in Quetta accompanied by Gustadji, Rustom and Masaji. Once the women settled in, Baba was most particular that Mehera was happy and comfortable in the new environment.
On 24th March 1932, at nine at night, Baba sailed from Bombay for England with his small group of six mandali, along with 800 other passengers, on the Italian ship Conte Rosso. The group going to China set off the same day from Colombo for Shanghai on the French ship Chenonceaux .
Approximately 150 of Baba's lovers gave him a hearty and loving send-off on the docks at Ballard Pier. Waving farewell were Gulmai and her husband Khansaheb, Sarosh, Pudumji, Vajifdar, Hilla, Jerbai, Sohrabji Desai and his family, Minochershaw and Alamai Katrak, the Dadachanji family, Banubai and Manekji Confectioner, the Jessawala family, Khorshed Namdar and her sister, Meherjee, Manek Ranji, Sadashiv Patil, Minoo Kharas and other followers from Bombay, Poona and Nasik.
In April 1944, after meeting Baba at Pimpalgaon, Kaikobad Dastur had returned to Bombay and sold all his possessions in the belief that Baba was about to call him and his family to join the ashram. He saw Baba again at the meeting in June, and had been waiting for Baba's call ever since. But mentally, he was becoming exceedingly restless and running out of patience, and finally decided that he would not join Baba if he were not called by August.
Aware of Kaikobad's state, Baba sent him a telegram to come to Raipur on 26th July 1944. When he arrived, Baba instructed him to immediately return to Bombay, pack everything he owned and move to Meherabad. Baba then sent word to Pendu and Pilamai, who were looking after the affairs of the men and women mandali at Meherabad.
Before proceeding to new life Baba decided to allow only her and Kaikobad's wife Jerbai and their three daughters, Meheru, Gulu and Jalu, to stay on the hill.
Kaikobad and his family arrived in Meherabad on the night of the 31st and remained for the rest of their lives. Kaikobad's wife, Jerbai, then 46, and their three daughters, Meheru, 23, Gulu, 21, and Jalu, 18, were kept with the other women on Meherabad Hill, and Kaikobad stayed in lower Meherabad, in a small cottage that was built for him (on the spot of the old Bathroom Building). His son, Ratan, stayed in Ahmednagar and was given a job at the Sarosh Cinema operating the film projector.
On 1st December 1962, a Life Circular was issued stating that for reasons of his very important Universal work, Baba did not wish his birthday celebrated in 1963, anywhere in the world. His lovers were also reminded that Baba wished them not to write to him or any of the mandali during 1963, except in cases of emergency.
Driver drove Jerbai, her three daughters and two other ladies to Meherazad on the 3rd December 1962. Mehera's birthday was celebrated early on 9th December 1962 (instead of on the 23rd). About 150 close ones from Poona, Bombay, Navsari, and Ahmednagar were present that day. Jerbai, her three daughters were driven to Meherazad on the 3rd December.
On 27th February 1966, afternoon, Jerbai’s eldest daughter, Meheru, died on Meherabad Hill after suffering very severe burns in a cooking fire accident. Kaikobad was in Meherazad and did not go to Meherabad. So Baba sent Eruch to console his family. Kaikobad's wife, Jerbai, was elated that Kaikobad had not come. Jerbai said, "I was afraid he would leave Baba's work to come. I am glad that he didn't. Why should we worry when Meheru has gone to Baba?" This is an example of how Baba's Love and Truth lived in his close lovers. Neither parent was saddened by the passing of their daughter.(Lord Meher-p-5210-1966)
Jeru Dhunjishaw belonged to a very aristocratic and affluent family from Poona. During 1950, in Poona the lady came in a big car. She took Baba’s darshan, offered sandal wood and stood quietly in front of Baba. Beloved Baba enquired from Jeru as what was going in her mind and if everything was fine with her. Jeru replied that there was no peace in her family. At this point Beloved Baba asked her, “Show me one family where there is peace.”
Jeru thought for a while but could not find an answer for the same. After the meeting she left quietly.
(Courtesy: Faroukh Bastani’s book Memorable Moments-p-40)
(Son of Sadhu Vaswani)
At Guruprasad, Ramjoo continued to work on the deed for the creation of the Avatar Meher Baba Trust, finalizing the stipulations and wording with the assistance of Kutumba Sastri.
On the 26th, Jashan P. Vaswani, Sadhu Vaswani's nephew and chief disciple, saw Baba at Guruprasad. He presented Baba with a box of almonds and sprayed perfume on Baba's coat.
Jashan Vaswani was called to Guruprasad on 8th April 1963, and Baba spoke with him for three-quarters of an hour. He returned the following day with a reply from his uncle, Dada Vaswani.
At Meherazad, like previous years, all the mandali were awake early on 25th February 1964 in early morning. All shouted "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!", and offered the Master's and Repentance prayers. Although there was a ban on correspondence, Baba had allowed his lovers to send him birthday greeting cards and telegrams, and each was read to him. Meherjee, Bade and Elcha Mistry were permitted to visit Baba for an hour that day.
As his birthday message, this cable was sent to his Western lovers: "Although I take birth for all mankind, fortunate are the ones who love me while I am on earth." Widespread celebrations were held all over India that year. In Ahmednagar, hundreds of poor persons were fed. In Bombay, 70 poor people were fed. In Poona, Jashan Vaswani was the chief guest at the celebrations.
On the 16th January 1966, Sadhu Vaswani passed away in Poona. Baba sent this message to his nephew Jashan: "Dada Vaswani was very dear to me, and Dada now rests happily in me in eternal bliss. My love blessing to you and Shanti and all who loved and served my dear Dada, who lived to love and serve God." (Lord Meher-p-5205-1966)
55-JESSAWALA BEHRAMSHAH DORAB.
(Refer Fortunate souls Volume-2, Sl. No.29)
56-JESSAWALA MEHERWAN B.
(Refer Fortunate souls Volume-2, Sl. No.69)
The once-quiet atmosphere at Meherabad was rapidly changing. The number of Arangaon children was increasing and on 25 th March 1925, the Hazrat Babajan School was opened for them, with classes up to the seventh standard (grade). In the beginning. At first the school was made of simple bamboo matting, but later it was expanded into a high school with walls of tin sheets.
More teachers were employed as the necessity arose. The first teachers included Jhagirdar was one among eight teachers.
A regular report was submitted to Baba by the teachers concerning tardiness, lack of attention, quarrelling and improper behaviour among certain students. On 29 May, there was a bitter squabble among some of the boys, and Baba appointed Ghani (who was visiting) as judge to try the case. Ghani handled it like a serious trial. Depositions were taken, witnesses were called to state evidence, and those students found guilty were given a warning as punishment. As this courtroom drama unfolded before Baba, the mandali were delighted with the humor of the scene. The students were also well impressed and, through this amusing enactment, they were shown how to improve their behaviour.
On 1 June 1925, Jhagirdar Master, one of the schoolteachers, invited the Master and the mandali to his house for tea.
There, Baba explained:
God can be seen. No matter what religion or faith a person may adhere to, once the veil of illusion is lifted by the guru he sees God. The only difference lies in the means adopted to remove the veil.
It is important not only that one obeys a guru's orders but how one obeys. A guru may tell you to do anything. And after doing it, he may blame you for it! He may scold you, asking why you did that. However, you should not reply that you did it according to his order; on the contrary, you should humbly say it was your mistake and ask his forgiveness.
In year 1926, he students were taught in the hospital premises. The boys were overcrowded in the Mess Quarters and Arjun was asked to send away the smaller boys to eliminate the congestion. The number of schoolchildren gradually diminished and only a few were left. Nevertheless, as the buildings at Meherabad were being torn down, Baba indicated that the teaching at the school should continue, though there were only a few students. Other teachers had left except Jhagirdar was one among four teachers. Only three teachers were willing to work without wages and remained at Meherabad. (Lord Meher-p- 736-1926)
59-JEEJABAI DOKEY (OR GAJABAI)
(Mother in law of Sadashiv)
On 10th June 1927, Baba graced Dr. Sathe's residence in Ahmednagar on Friday, , for the thread ceremony of one of his relatives. Baba's women devotee-Sadashiv's mother-in-law Jeejabai (or Gajabai) Dokey, with other two women devotees arrived the same morning and spent the night. (Lord Meher-p- 823-1927)
(A Elder devotee of Sakori Ashram)
62-JIMMY F. KHAN
(Son of Firoz Khan & Khorshed)
Jimmy Khan met Avatar Meher Baba in the summer of 1960 at Guru Prasad in Pune. According to his guess he met Baba over a 100 times in Guru Prasad and once at Meherazad. When Meher Baba dropped his body in 1969, Jimmy was one of the handfuls of volunteers who spent seven days when Baba's body was in the crypt. Jimmy has had the distinction of sharing his stories of being in Baba's presence to audiences on four continents. As a measure of selfless service, Jimmy conducts bus tours of seekers from Mumbai to Meherabad and Meherazad and several thousand seekers have taken these trips over a period of several years. Jimmy lives in Mumbai with his wife Firuza.
Excerpts from the lecture by Jimmy F. khan.
Jimmy Khan estimates that he saw Baba between 150 and 200 times between 1961 and 1968 at Guruprasad in Pune, and only once at Baba’s residence in Meherazad. Jimmy’s family would come to Pune from Bombay to be with Baba, staying at Mobo’s Hotel (along with the Mistry family), which was in walking distance of Guruprasad.
To clarify his descriptions, Jimmy described the layout of Guruprasad, which was a palatial building owned by Maharani Shantadevi and situated on the Bund Garden Road in Pune (formerly spelled Poona when India was under British rule). Meher Baba first stayed at Guruprasad as far back as 1951; later he began to stay there regularly during the summer season (roughly April-June; Baba said “In March we march to Poona), as a break from the intense heat in Meherabad.
Jimmy described Guruprasad as a hybrid between a bungalow and a mansion, as it was relatively small but highly ornate, with big iron gates at the roadside, a long, well-manicured garden and large fountain, marble statues, golden etching on the glass doors, and high ceilings with chandeliers.
At the top of the marble steps, there was a broad verandah around the front and south side of the bungalow. A huge central doorway led to a spacious hall (or drawing room). During the weekends, when there was a kind of open house for Baba-lovers, 200 to 300 people would gather there before Baba seated on his sofa at the far end. The hall was flanked with three rooms on each side, containing the men and women mandali's quarters respectively. Baba's room was alongside the verandah on the women’s side.
On the men’s side there was a big room (“mandali hall”) in which Baba would sit with his men mandali and people whom he invited to meet privately with him before the darshan program. In the afternoons, Baba would play cards in this room with the men mandali and invited lovers. Correspondence from all over the world was also read to Baba in this room.
Behind Guruprasad was another verandah, where Baba sat during the East-West Gathering of 1962 and the Eastern Sahavas of 1965. This “backyard” could hold up to 10,000 people.
How the Khans Landed in Baba’s lap
Jimmy’s father died in the late 1950s when Jimmy was nine. Their mother, Khorshed, was then forty years old, and overnight she became a single parent to Jimmy and his two younger sisters. Into her grief-stricken existence came Roda Mistry, who was Arnavaz Dadachanji’s sister (Roda passed away in 2006). Roda would come to the Khan family home once or twice a week and talk nonstop about Meher Baba. Roda also introduced Jimmy’s mother to Hoshang Patel, who spoke to her about Baba as well. Khorshed Khan was very ripe to receive spiritual ideas, and she accepted Baba wholeheartedly even before meeting him. She would close her eyes to meditate and would see Baba before her.
In 1961, Roda announced that she and her family would be going to Pune for two months to see Baba at Guruprasad. She suggested that the Khans come along and stay at Mobo’s Hotel, and maybe they could see Baba too. And so they did. Jimmy was seventeen at the time.
Roda was quite absent-minded. When she saw Baba, he asked her whether anyone had come with her from Bombay. She said, “Yes, Baba, my family.” “Anyone else?” “No, Baba.” “What about the lady at the gate?” Then Roda remembered. “Yes, Baba, Khorshed Khan has come with her three children.” Baba said to bring them the next day.
The next day Khorshed came to Guruprasad with a garland for Baba. When she saw the crowd on the verandah, she was disappointed, as she had hoped for a one-on-one meeting with Baba. Just then someone announced that first-timers could come to meet Baba first, and the others would come afterward. So Khorshed felt that Baba had heard her prayer. Roda brought the Khans into the room, and Khorshed fell into his arms, releasing her pent-up emotions. She sobbed and cried for five to ten long minutes while Baba held her. He told her, “My nazar (protective glance of the Master) is on your children; you don’t have to worry about them.” And from that moment on, while caring for her children, Khorshed became emotionally resigned to Baba, knowing that he would look after them. Baba had Dr. Goher come in and examine the two sisters; she said they were skinny but fine, there was nothing to worry about.
Baba Decides Jimmy’s Future
As a teenager, Jimmy said, he was not mature enough to be hungry for Baba’s love and had not yet accepted him as the God-Man. Yet through meeting Baba many times, he grew to love him quickly.
Mobo’s Hotel would be booked up almost entirely with Baba-lovers during the summer. All would troop to Guruprasad, which was a short walking distance away. People did not bother to wait for family members but would walk over when they were ready.
Since the room in which they gathered was small, holding no more than twenty-five to thirty people, Jimmy was never sitting very far from Baba—sometimes as close as eight feet from Baba’s chair. The men mandali were there but not the ladies. Baba would begin by asking questions to put people at their ease: Did you sleep well? Did you eat? After a few pleasantries and some laughter, they settled down.
Eruch, who, as noted, attended to Baba’s English-language correspondence, one time brought to Baba a letter from Jimmy in which he stated that he would like to become a pilot. The other men who were present when the letter was read out—whom Jimmy described as the “heavyweights,” such as Nariman Dadachanji, Dr. Deshmukh, and Meherji Karkaria—all offered their opinions. Some said it was too risky and that Baba should not encourage Jimmy. Others said no, it’s fine, planes are safe nowadays, and everyone is flying. Jimmy’s mother of course turned to Baba for the decision, but Baba didn’t say a definite yes or no, he simply pointed out that a pilot needed to have strength, and Jimmy was very thin. At the time, Jimmy was in college studying for a B. Comm. (business) degree, in preparation to become a CA (what Americans call a CPA). Baba pointed out that in an accountant’s position Jimmy would “sit in a big chair,” people would respect him, and he would make good money.
On weekends, darshan would be given in the central hall, and qawwali programs were given in the afternoon. Baba was very animated, every minute gesturing in a lively manner, keenly listening to the ghazals. These were in a mixture of Hindi and Arabic, and every few lines Baba would stop the singer and explain in gestures the central theme of the couplet; otherwise the audience would not have been able to follow. Often he would continue with a discourse related to the ghazal. Also during Indian dance (kathakali) performances — presented before Baba by little girls in costumes — Baba would interact constantly, gesturing in synch with the singers. The last song was always “Gate Chelo,” which means “Sing His praises and move on.” But who would want to move on and leave Baba for the afternoon?
Only once in his life did Jimmy have the rare experience of seeing Baba three times in one day. He and Meherwan Mistery were called to Baba’s room, where he sat on a cot in his shorts and sadra. Baba, who had broken both hips in his accident, was in great pain, and Dr. Goher was giving him a light massage. Roda and Adi Dubash’s son, Meherwan, was reading the newspaper headlines to Baba. He’d read a couple of paragraphs of the news item and then Baba would tell him to go on to the next headline. The last page was sports, which interested Baba very much, so this was read at length.
One time Jimmy’s mother was walking from the hotel to Guruprasad and saw a vendor selling pink and white garlands made not to real flowers but of cotton. No real flowers were available, and she wondered whether she should get a cloth garland for Baba; would it look OK? She decided it wouldn’t look nice and passed the vendor by.
Inside Guruprasad, Baba was seated in a chair — without any garlands on. He gestured, “No one bought a garland for me? Not one?” On a hook was an old cloth garland whose pink flowers had faded white, and since no one had brought any, Baba garlanded himself with this old garland. Jimmy’s mother felt so sorry that she hadn’t bought the garland — that she had allowed her mind to overtake her heart.
Baba, of course, has often said that he has not come to be garlanded; what he wants is our love, nothing else. Indeed, at many of the mass darshan programs recorded on film, we can see how the numerous garlands are a burden to Baba in the heat, Eruch having to remove them, wipe Baba’s perspiring neck with a handkerchief, and put the garlands aside to make room for more. So this occurrence seemed like a message designed to show Khorshed Khan not to allow her mind to overtake her heart.
Playing Cards with Baba
At Guruprasad, Baba used to enjoy playing a card game called La Risque, an occasion of much merriment. Baba liked a lively and amusing atmosphere around him, so this was the perfect pastime. It eased the burden of Baba’s universal work and allowed the players’ minds to focus on him in a natural manner. The losers, who had to humble themselves by rubbing their noses on the carpet before Baba, were really the winners, causing Baba once to quote an Urdu verse meaning, “It is a game in which the winner feels ashamed and the loser rejoices.”
Once a Baba-lover told Jimmy that he had gone on the Internet trying to find out how to play La Risque, but it was nowhere to be found. (I myself also tried this and even queried the owner of a card-playing web site, who told me he’d never heard of it.)
The game was played only by men — the lady mandali were sent to the other side, so women were never around. Jimmy has no explanation for why this was so; it’s just how it was. (Although this is what Jimmy said, I have read a detailed description of the game by Mani; possibly she was an observer or just a researcher)
There had to be an even number of players sitting in a circle, typically from 20 to 40, sometimes fewer. If an odd number of men were present, one of the mandali would stand out. Every alternate person would be on Baba’s team. Sometimes Jimmy was on Baba’s right and Jim Mistry on his left. Jimmy would shuffle. One joker was removed from the deck. The other joker was the highest card; next best was the ace of spades. If there were 24 players, they were given 2 cards each; if fewer, then 3 cards each; the rest of the cards were put on the carpet.
If Baba received very low cards, Jimmy would have to shuffle and deal again. Baba had to have “nice cards.” He would ask who had the joker, the ace, jack, or king, and they would openly discuss it. He might even peek at the other team’s hands. If the opposing team had the high card, he’d tell them, “Give it to me,” and all of a sudden the game was over before the cards had barely been dealt. Yes, Baba as the Divine Sportsman would cheat, but others were expected to play fair. The losing team had to rub their nose on the carpet while the winning team cheered. (Baba never rubbed his nose on the ground.) Once a guy refused to rub his nose, and the Twins (Baba’s nephews Rustom and Sohrab) forced him, while Baba silently shook with laughter. There were spiritual overtones to this gesture of humiliation in the presence of the God-Man, suggesting that one was rubbing away one’s sanskaras. It was therefore regarded as a privilege by the men. I’m reminded of the story of Rumi losing a chess game to his Master, Shams, who told him, “No, you have won!” because in that moment he granted Realization to Rumi.
If Indians who were not Baba-lovers were to witness these games, they would disapprove, as cards are associated with gambling in the East and frowned upon. Card playing would especially be considered inappropriate activity in an ashram. What, God playing cards? Unthinkable.
In fact, sometimes while playing cards, if a conventional-minded religious person arrived to see Baba, Baba would gesture to the mandali, “Quick, sit on the cards!” so that the visitor would not be shocked. This was not hypocrisy on Baba’s part but rather, out of his divine courtesy, meeting their expectation of how God was expected to behave. As soon as the visitor was gone, out would come the cards again.
As Jimmy Khan described it, while playing La Risque one’s mind was focused on the cards, lost to the world and all worries. With your energies focused on the cards and the desire to win, Baba would use those energies to work on you. A similar event occurred when Baba attended movies. While the spectators’ minds were focused on the film, they forgot their problems, their families, their bodies, and under these conditions Baba could work on them. Baba attended the show only to do his work, and when that was done, he was ready to leave, often to the mandali’s disappointment, as they would have liked to know how the movie ended. Again, at cricket matches, where there would be thousands in the stadium, Baba would go for his work and then leave; he wouldn’t sit for one more ball, even though Baba loved cricket and had played it himself as a youth.
In response to a question from the audience, Jimmy said that the conviction that Meher Baba was the Avatar of the Age was not of concern to him. Just being in Baba’s company was all they ever wanted. We have heard similar remarks from many other Indian Baba-lovers whose families were in close contact with Meher Baba. Through such stories of experiences in Baba’s presence, one sees how Baba lived and imparted his love most naturally among people as one of them, and one with them; however, he would frequently remind them: Never forget that I am God.
62-JOG S. G.
(A friend of Ramjoo)
On 2nd January 1965, Ramjoo came for a few hours on the 2nd with S. G. Jog, a friend from Satara who was a homeopathic doctor. (Lord Meher-p-5110-1965)
63-JOGLEKAR M. W. & WIFE
When Baba asked in sahwas who could not sleep well last night, four men from the Marathi group stood. Then Baba himself stood up, declaring that he too could not sleep last night! He questioned the four for their reasons and Dr. Ranade said, "I was thinking of you the whole night." Baba embraced him.
M. W. Joglekar of Ahmednagar said, "Previously I was an atheist, but subsequently I began worshiping a Devi (goddess), whose statue is in a certain temple. I tried to remember you last night, but all the while thoughts of the Devi would intrude in my mind."
Baba replied, "Continue remembering her. I am that, too. By remembering your Devi, you will be remembering me." (lord Meher-p-3875-1955)
(A Christian man)
In year 1957, Baba had contacted a few masts in Poona. One day Jalbhai brought a Christian named John, whom he had spotted wandering in the bazaar. Baba had not worked with this man before. He said, "He is not on the Path (planes), but he has some hawa (breeze) of it." The man appeared mast-like, speaking fluent English, but his sentences were without rhyme or reason. He was rather distinguished looking, had a beard, old clothes and a somewhat courtly manner. Baba was very happy to contact him and enjoyed his nonsensical talk.
When they returned, they saw the Christian man, John, standing by the open car door looking intently at Baba. Baba gestured to Mani to give him one rupee, and as she was doing so, this John asked her, "Have you helped him somewhat?"
She replied, "We hope so, John, we hope so."
As their car drove away, the Christian began muttering an odd assortment of words. Baba asked what he had said, but all Mani had caught was something like: "I shall let him know when it is positively verified." They reached Meherazad at about eight o'clock that evening. (Lord Meher-p-4199-1957)
(Friend of Manek Shroff)
Baba came out of his seclusion after 10 days on 14 th February 1930 and went to visit the women mandali. After an hour, he returned to the Manzil, walked upstairs and retired into his cage-cabin. Baba kept himself closeted inside for the next three days.
Memo and Freiny Masi arrived the night of the 14th to attend the birthday function. The following day, more devotees came. Manek Shroff and a Christian friend of his, John Marquis. All were permitted upstairs to greet Baba, and Baba himself came down on the 16th. He took a stroll around the compound and sat by the well. Visitors gathered around him, and he gave a brief explanation on the evolution of the human form and involution to God. (Lord Meher-p-1137-1930)
The number of Arangaon children was increasing and on 25 March 1925, the Hazrat Babajan School was opened for them, with classes up to the seventh standard (grade). In the beginning, Arjun was appointed the school's director, and Vishnu became the teacher for the Harijan children. Joshi taught the Brahmin students (Lord Meher-p-570-1925)
On 30th January, 1965, a physiotherapist named Gopal S. Joshi, who was to stay in Ahmednagar (at Dowlat Lodge) for a week. Joshi massaged Baba's neck, shoulder and upper back twice a day, from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M., and from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. Joshi became faithfully devoted to Baba.
Joshi was called early, on Monday, 1st February 1965.and he treated Baba in his bedroom. Rather than coming and going from Ahmednagar, Joshi was permitted to remain at Meherazad until the 5th. At 11:00 A.M. that day, Baba experienced a very painful pins-and-needles sensation in both arms for about 45 minutes. It was more intense and lasted longer in the left arm. (Lord meher-p-5118-1965)
69-JOSHI BURJOR F.
(A wealthy Parsee merchant and contractor)
Age witnessed this scene and reported, "Baba's close lovers were waving kisses with such depth of feeling it seemed as if they were bidding farewell to the very source of their being! Angels wept at the unique expression of their love. They watched as the Master waved from the deck of the ship to his lovers of all castes and creeds, rich and poor. When the lover speaks to the Beloved through tears, it cannot be described; only the heart can understand what sonnets of love are exchanged between them."
On board the ship, it was puzzling to the other passengers to see the one who was given such a loving and grand send-off occupy an open space on the third-class deck. A wealthy Parsi merchant and contractor from Nasik named Burjor F. Joshi whispered to Chanji, "A saint of Meher Baba's calibre should not travel third class. I will arrange a special cabin for him." Chanji explained that Baba always travelled third class. Not satisfied, the man approached Baba directly and pleaded respectfully, "Your Holiness, the deck is no place for a person of your saintly status. Permit me to arrange a cabin for you and your companions in first class."
Baba gestured in reply, "I am quite happy where I am. A fakir's place is always among the poor."
But the merchant could not accept this. Joshi found the captain of the ship and requested that he provide a proper accommodation with all comforts for Baba and the mandali at his expense, and he especially asked him to see personally to all their needs. The captain made all the requested arrangements, but Baba shunned the offer despite Joshi's frequent inquiries. At his earnest request, however, Baba did agree to shift to a second-class cabin. Joshi had heard of Meher Baba, but he was meeting him for the first time. His first encounter with the Master caused a profound turmoil in his heart; he was determined to see Baba more comfortable, and his efforts surely proved a blessing at some point in his life. (Lord Meher-1091-1929)
Joshi Maharaj also had his followers, But He Was Not Advanced. He, Too, Had Met Baba Previously At Sakori. At That Time, He Had Touched Baba's Feet, But This Time, Since He Was Accompanied By Influential Persons And Some Of His Followers; He Merely Shook Hands With Baba. Baba Pointed Out, "When You Came To Sakori You Garlanded Me And Touched My Feet." Realizing His Mistake, Joshi Maharaj Immediately Bowed Down At Baba's Feet.
After Joshi Maharaj Left, Baba Remarked, "In The Presence Of All The Dignitaries, His Pride Prevented Him From Touching My Feet. But I Am Ustad (The Master). I Purposely Made Him Bow Down To Me. It Was For His Own Good." (Lord Meher-P-4523/4-1959)
72-JOSHI MANOHAR M
As a daily morning outing, as mentioned the mandali would take Baba in the car to Ganeshkhind Garden, and to Sambhaji and Peshwa Parks for walks.
Once during his Poona stay, without any prior notice, Baba unexpectedly made house visits to a few of his lovers. Mandali one disciple from Poona accompanied him in two cars. Baba left Guruprasad in morning, driving first across the Bund Garden bridge and towards Alandi. He visited the homes of Manohar M. Joshi (at Kasba Peth) and four more disciples in Poona before returning to Guruprasad in the night. (Lord Meher-p-4766-1961)
74-JUSTICE M. BHAVANISHANKAR NIYOGI
Leaving the women mandali in Aurangabad, Baba departed for Manmad on 10th November 1944, with mandali men. At Manmad, they were joined by more mandali men. They reached Nagpur the next morning at ten o'clock. Justice M. Bhavanishankar Niyogi along with hundreds of others, were at the station to welcome Baba, whom they garlanded profusely. (Lord Meher-p-2438-1944)
On 14th November 1944 at Nagpur in the morning to give darshan at the Theosophical Society in Nagpur. The secretary of the organization read out Baba's message, The Dynamics of Love
In the afternoon Baba gave interviews at Thakur's home. In evening a program was held in the convocation Hall of Nagpur University. On Baba's arrival, Justice Niyogi garlanded him. Justice Niyogi spoke on Baba's spiritual status and work, and then read out Baba's message, "The Unity of All Life" to the crowd. Part of it was:
In the One undivided and indivisible Ocean of life, you have, through ignorance, created the pernicious divisions based upon sex, race, nationality, religion and community. And you allow these self-created divisions to poison your heart and prevent [obstruct] your relationships. Slowly but surely you must imbibe this truth at the feet of the Master of Wisdom.
Slowly but surely you must shed prejudices and get disentangled from the superficial distinctions. Slowly but surely you must tread the path to the Formless and Nameless One.
When you enthrone the Nameless One in your mind-heart, you do not necessarily put an end to the game of duality. You have to play a role in the drama of creation, without being caught up in duality. The unity of life has to be experienced and expressed in the very midst of its diverse experiences. All life is one, and all divisions are imaginary.
Be ye established in this eternal Truth I bring!
Afterwards, Baba visited the homes of Justice Niyogi and Puranik before proceeding to the train station. Most of his lovers had gathered there, anxious for one final glimpse of the Beloved. The station platform was full, and there were piles and piles of garlands. The crowd gave Baba a rousing send-off with heavy hearts. Although it was a bright winter morning, "showers" fell in the form of rain from his lover's hearts.
Age witnessed this touching scene and marveled at the spontaneous outpouring of love for Meher Baba during the previous five days. Even the angels were envious of the populace of Nagpur, as they looked down on these lucky individuals who were drenched in the "showers," and felt their own longing to take human form grow to new heights! (Lord Meher-p-2440/4/5/8/2450-1944)
75-JUSTICE W R PURANIK
Leaving the women mandali in Aurangabad, Baba departed for Manmad on 10th November 1944, with mandali men. At Manmad, they were joined by more mandali men. They reached Nagpur the next morning at ten o'clock. Justice W R Puranik along with hundreds of others, were at the station to welcome Baba, whom they garlanded profusely.
On 14th November 1944, at Nagpur in the morning to give darshan at the Theosophical Society in Nagpur. The secretary of the organization read out Baba's message, The Dynamics of Love
In the afternoon Baba gave interviews at Thakur's home. In evening a program was held in the convocation Hall of Nagpur University. On Baba's arrival, Justice Puranik also garlanded him. A few female students sang a song of welcome. Justice Puranik, a vice-chancellor of the university, had great reverence for Baba and declared, "It is the good fortune of Nagpur University that Meher Baba, whose work is to give God-realization to mankind, has come here today."
Afterwards, Baba visited the of Justice Puranik before proceeding to the train station. Most of his lovers had gathered there, anxious for one final glimpse of the Beloved. The station platform was full, and there were piles and piles of garlands. The crowd gave Baba a rousing send-off with heavy hearts. Although it was a bright winter morning, "showers" fell in the form of rain from his lover's hearts. (Lord Meher-p-2440/4/5/8/2540-1944)
76- KACHWALA ABDUL RAHMAN
On 10th September 1967, as a recreation from the burden of his seclusion work, the qawaal Abdul Rahman Kachwala and five musicians were called from Bombay to Meherazad in morning. Kachwala was a large, hefty man, but his voice was mellifluous and Baba liked his ghazal selections and the way he sang. He performed from noon till 2:00 P.M. and again in the afternoon from 2:30 P.M. until 4:00 P.M.
At Baba's pleasure, Kachwala sang without a break and became quite tired. He pleaded to Baba, "I am exhausted; I cannot sing anymore now." But Baba asked him to sing one more ghazal. Kachwala was the first qawaal whom Baba had prevailed upon to sing until he could no longer continue! As a reward, Baba presented him with one of his handkerchiefs, and permitted the singer and musicians to touch and kiss his hand. (Lord Meher-p-5281/2-1963)
(Chief disciple of Gadge Maharaj)
Gadge Maharaj sent word with a messenger for his beloved Vithoba to come to his dharamshala. That night, tens of thousands of pilgrims had gathered to hear spiritual discourses and kirtans delivered by Maharaj and his devotees. Since Maharaj wished to personally escort Baba to the site in morning, Baba left with everyone to hear the kirtan on the banks of the holy Chandrabhaga River. He drove to Maharaj's dharamshala, where Gadge Maharaj joined him in the car. In the car, Maharaj confessed, "My joy knows no bounds at having you here today, Baba."
When Baba arrived, the kirtan was already in progress. Kaikadi Maharaj (Gadge Maharaj's chief disciple) was standing on a huge pile of sand which served as a stage, addressing over the microphone the thousands of pilgrims seated on the riverbank. The crowd sat listening in rapt attention. The cold was intense, but even though Vithoba (Baba) was dressed in thin apparel, he was, nonetheless, radiantly happy!
Standing beside Baba and holding his hand, Gadge Maharaj addressed the multitude: "Have the darshan of Meher Baba! Jagat Guru Meher Baba! Try to realize how fortunate you are that although you came here to worship the Lord's image in stone, you find instead amidst you the Lord of the universe. You can never realize how happy I am that Baba is near me today."
On 6th November 1954, in the morning Baba and the mandali had tea and washed. Then Baba set out for the lepers' colony along with Gadge Maharaj. Maharaj first took Baba to the Harijans' dharamshala in morning. Baba sat among them in the large compound and then drove to the leper colony. That day was the most auspicious day of the year for the Pandharpur pilgrims, and thousands were bathing in the sacred river. All but one of the lepers had gone to the riverbanks to beg for alms.
Hot water was brought, and Gadge Maharaj helped Baba bathe the leper. Pendu handed the water to Baba, who used a lot of soap to wash the man. He dried his body with a towel and dressed him in new clothes. Baba then bowed down to him and handed him prasad.
After Baba had finished, he gestured to Maharaj, "I have kept my promise; now keep yours."
Gadge Maharaj entreated Baba to come with him to Namanand's dharamshala, and Baba relented. Kirtans were being sung there. Gadge Maharaj offered Baba a chair, and he himself sat on the floor. Kaikadi Maharaj and his followers were also present.
Baba cited the examples of the saint Gadge Maharaj, and his followers Kaikadi Maharaj and Namanand, who recently had taken up Baba's cause and were doing their best to carry his message of love far and wide:
These men are moving from place to place to better the lot of humanity; they have built dharamshalas, schools, hospitals. They undergo all sorts of hardships out of love for God. They love Baba. Gadge Maharaj took me to Pandharpur where thousands of pilgrims took my darshan, though Gadge Maharaj himself is worshiped as a saint throughout Maharashtra.
Then there is the example of an ordinary man like Vinoba Bhave going about barefooted against all odds, out of his love for man. There are many such persons in India who are doing selfless service. Some of you too are doing the same thing, though you may not know it. Selfless service is service without the least tinge of ego. (Lord Meher-p-3773-1955)
Kaikhushroo Irani was the son of Sheriarji's elder brother, Khodadad. The family lived in Bombay and from childhood Kaikhushroo had played with Merwan and later greatly admired his cousin. Unfortunately, around January 1918, in the prime of his youth, Kaikhushroo suddenly died at the age of 32. Kaikhushroo had been a virtuous young man and his father's right hand in the family's business. Khodadad and his family were deeply stricken with grief.
The tragic news reached Bobo and Memo, who decided that Merwan should be sent to represent the family and, on their behalf, participate in the funeral ceremony. He was to return after four days when the last rites were completed. Although Merwan had been on close terms with his cousin, he did not react as if Kaikhushroo's death was such a terrible tragedy. Understanding the true nature of life and death, Merwan knew it was not possible for him to express sorrow or grief at the funeral. He was aware of the usual proceedings of wailing and weeping at funerals, and he knew that he would offend his uncle if he did not exhibit such emotions. He did not look forward to four days of lamentation and tried to escape this responsibility, but his parents insisted that he attend.
Merwan took a train to Bombay and went to the family's home, where he found the expected gloomy atmosphere of mourning. Despite his efforts, Merwan could not bring himself to express any sign of grief. Fortunately, a perfect stratagem arose: On seeing the white-gowned corpse displayed on the stone floor, Merwan relaxed his whole body, turned his eyes upwards, and fell down on the floor as if in a swoon. Thinking that he had fainted, the family tried various remedies to bring him around. When he "revived" after some time, he was made to lie on a bed. Thus, he escaped attending the funeral.
When the mourners returned, Khodadad was worried about Merwan; he was as dear to his uncle as his own son had been. He was aware of Merwan's traumas and thought it best to send his favourite nephew back to Poona on the next train. Merwan, relieved to escape the depressing atmosphere, expressed his sympathy to all the other relatives before departing. (Lord Meher-p-192-1918)
Baba himself narrated about Kaikhushru Icecreamwala.. “When I lived in Poona, one of my friends was named Kaikhushru Icecreamwala. He was an Irani who used to make and sell ice cream. He was in the habit of taking bhang (hashish mixed in milk), and once after drinking some, he went to sell ice cream. On his way, there was a small puddle, hardly half a foot wide. But to Kaikhushru that puddle was a lake! He actually ran and jumped ten feet over it in order to cross it.”
Now, if you had said to him, "This is not a lake, but a tiny puddle," do you think he would have believed you? He would have called you mad. To him it was a lake.
Similarly, to you, all this before you is matter. But to me it is nothing. Just as matter does not exist in your sound sleep, so it does not exist in my awake state. What you experience unconsciously in the sound sleep state, we God-realized persons experience in the awake state. Our awake state is real, but yours is false. When you realize God you will see for yourself. The existence of matter is due to the existence of the mind. When the mind disappears, matter also vanishes. (Lord Meher-p-1018-1929)
82-KAIKHUSHRU JAMSHED DASTUR
83-KAIKHUSHRU JAMSHEDJI PLEADER
On 27 January 1928, a Zoroastrian named Kaikhushru Jamshedji Pleader, 29, came for the first time to meet Baba. He had read Upasni Maharaj's biography and was very impressed, and subsequently met Upasni Maharaj, Narayan Maharaj and Babajan. Pleader, as he was later called, was unmarried, working in a bank in Bombay, and openly expressed his wish to remain in Meherabad. Baba, however, denied his request and sent him away. (Lord Meher-p-892-1928)
(Husband of Soonamasi-close disciple)
Kaikhushru Masa, Soonamasi were devotee of Upasni Maharaj. Soonamasi longed to take her sister to Sakori before she and her husband left for Bombay. For two weeks she pleaded with her sister to visit the Sadguru, but Gulmai refused. Finally, Gulmai agreed and was accompanied by Kaikhushru Masa and couple acquaintances from Poona. They reached Sakori around noon and saw Upasni Maharaj's humble thatched hut situated among thorny, scraggly bushes with a small temple nearby. A few paces away was a pipal tree, under which two young Persian men were sitting. Gulmai approached them and Kaikhushru Masa started a conversation with Meher Baba..
One day Baba asked Kaikhushru Masa what time the ladies went to sleep. Masa replied at midnight, as they stayed up making garlands for Baba. Baba then sent a message to Mehera and the other women not to prepare the garlands but to retire early.
Kaikhushru Masa kept Baba informed about the women's health. Baba would always be sure to inquire about them. Although in seclusion, the Master kept the women mandali within the boundaries of his orders, and so, like the men, they had no freedom of choice. The men at least were able to go up the hill for work, whereas the women were ordered not to leave the bamboo-matting compound surrounding their quarters at the Bathroom Building. In addition this strict confinement, Mehera was also not allowed to read or write. Yet even under these restrictions, she was happy and found contentment in pleasing her Beloved (Lord Meher-p-887-1928)
85-KAIKHUSURU FREAM DASTUR
(Refer Fortunate souls Volume-2 Sl. No.N0.13)
(Daughter of Jim & Soona Hodivala)
Jim was married to Soonu in year 1965, in India. Soonu did not appear to be drawn to Baba. However, years later, as Jimmy's daughter, Kairbaan, related: "One day my mother had a dream about Baba. She woke up crying, sobbing, and feeling really shaken. That morning came the news that Baba had dropped His body. I think that changed my Mum. My mother was a very kind and gentle lady. She would never judge people. She always wore her sadra and kusti but was not a follower of rituals. She hung Baba's pictures around the house and lived a Baba life. I know that Baba turned the key." (Lord Meher-p-5174-1965)
(Refer Fortunate souls Volume-3 SL NO 111)
(Member of Parliament & Bombay Corporation)
On 9th May 1960, at Guruprasad, Sri Kajolkar visited Baba. It was second occasion when Baba emphasised that simplicity and greatness always go together. (Glimpses of Guruprasad p-128-by H P Bharucha)
(Nicknamed "Kaka" Chinchorkar)
(Vyankatesh Sridhar "Kaka" Chinchorkar)
On 5th August 1926, while holding a discussion Vyankatesh Sridhar "Kaka" Chinchorkar (devotees from Ahmednagar), the Master explained to him about desires and spiritual independence versus political independence. Baba ended by emphasizing:
Mahatma Gandhi had arrived in Ahmednagar to address a mass meeting of supporters and for the dedication of the Rashtriya Pathashala. He was staying in a Marwari's bungalow not far from Meherabad and was taking his morning constitutional on the road toward Meherabad. Nusserwan and Kaka Chinchorkar were with him, and they explained to Gandhi about Meher Baba, remarking that he was the chief disciple of Upasni Maharaj. Hearing Maharaj's name, Gandhi was taken aback, and quickly changed the subject and did not express any desire to meet Meher Baba.
On 3rd April 1927, in celebration of Gudi Padwa, the Hindu New Year, Baba went to Kaka Chinchorkar house in Ahmednagar accompanied by the mandali.
On 22nd June 1927, Baba and the mandali were hosted at Dhake's residence in the city, in honor of his recent marriage. Adi's car got a flat tire while returning, so Baba walked to Kaka Shahane's, where he waited until the tire was fixed. He went to Chinchorkar for lunch the following day.
In year 1929, while Baba was taking tea at Walu Pawar's house in the village, Kaka Chinchorkar and one more disciple arrived. Baba was pleased to see them and praised them for helping him financially, remarking, and “It is in times of such crises that great spiritual work is done. It is also a time of test." (
On 4th April 1930. Baidul returned from Persia with Ali Akbar, arriving at Meherabad. Kaka Chinchorkar came to see Baba. (Lord Meher-p-1164-1930)
In year 193, Baba stayed in Nasik for more than a month. However, during this time, he kept to himself; except for the men and women mandali and a few close lovers, he saw no one. No outsiders were permitted. Among those infrequent visitors who did see him, Kaka Chinchorkar was one among eleven disciples.
On 3rd January 1934. Kaka Chinchorkar and two other disciples saw Baba.
On 1st January 1932, Baba, Chanji and Aga Ali reached Bombay in India in morning. At Ballard Pier, Baba was welcomed home with heartfelt joy by ten disciples including Chinchorkar and other followers.
On the 18th December 193, Kaka Chinchorkar came to see Baba in afternoon. On 20th Baba was to a spot in Ahmednagar where an air show was being held. Baba didn't stay long, however. He became upset about something and driven back to Meherabad.
On the 30th August 1934, Kaka Chinchorkar and two more disciples had Baba's darshan
On the 13th January 1938, Kaka Chinchorkar sought Baba's financial help to proceed to England for )
On the 17th August 1938, Kaka Chinchorkar came and was shown the mad ashram and the new buildings on the hill. Baba arrived that morning with Adi's father Khansaheb, who was also given a tour. Khansaheb was impressed when he saw Baba serving the masts — cutting their hair, cleaning their latrines, bathing and feeding them.
On the 12th June 1939, Kaka Chinchorkar came to meet Baba
Kaka Chinchorkar of Ahmednagar was an old acquaintances of Mahatma Gandhi's, and had been invited by Baba to accompany Kalelkar and his secretary on their tour of Meherabad. As Kaka was also Baba's old devotees from the 1920s, he was surprised at the "meditation show" being perpetrated by the men, because they knew that the mandali seldom, if ever, meditated. Kaka was taken up the hill where they and were shown places usually "off limits" to visitors — the hospital, cabin, tomb and meditation cells. Kalelkar left Meherabad in evening. After their departure, Baba explained to Kaka Chinchorkar:
Kaka Chinchorkar was associated with Gandhi and had likewise been arrested in November. They had been unable to attend the meeting at Meherabad (although they had been invited), because they were in jail for their anti-government protests and activities.
On 7th December 1946, Baba was driven in car from Mahabaleshwar to Meherabad to inspect things there and to see his masts. They arrived in afternoon via Poona. Baba's Ahmednagar lovers, such as families of Kaka Chinchorkar, few disciples and others, came to see him at Meherabad that day. While discussing matters with them, Baba remarked prophetically, "There will be revolution all over India, including Ahmednagar. The face of the country will change as the time of my manifestation is nearing."
On 25th October 1948, in morning Baba attended the opening in Ahmednagar of Goma Ganesh's Babawadi (nursery school), accompanied with six disciples all the Meherabad mandali came as did the Ahmednagar followers. Kaka Chinchorkar also spoke.
On 16th January 1953, Baba arrived in Vijayawada from Madras. Baba stayed at the rest house of the Vijayawada station, where many came to join him for the tour in Andhra. The largest group of those who joined Baba was the 30 from Hamirpur. Disciples from Delhi Nagpur Saoner, Bombay, and Ahmednagar Aligarh and Kaka Chinchorkar from Amraoti, had come.
On 5th May 1951, Baba was driven to Bombay with five women disciples and stayed at Ashiana. They stopped briefly on the way at Bindra House, where Baba permitted his darshan to Kaka Chinchorkar and three disciples.
Travelling in Adi's car, Baba reached Ahmednagar at two that afternoon. After lunch at Viloo Villa, he went to Adi's office in Khushru Quarters, where he met close lovers and their families including Kaka Chinchorkar.
Almost 7,000 people had gathered that day, but because Baba gave his personal contact to Kaka Chinchorkar and many other disciples. Baba had no time left to hand out prasad to everyone present. After three hours, at six o'clock, despite request from disciple that he stays for another half an hour, Baba climbed on top of Car and, waving to those still waiting in line, was slowly driven out of the compound. He then took his seat and returned to Meherazad.
On 5th November 1954, Baba called Nariman Dadachanji and Meherjee Karkaria to Satara. On the 6th, He left with them and in two cars for Pandharpur. Five disciples accompanied Him. Several of Baba's close lovers in various places were informed and they, too, travelled to Pandharpur. These included: Kaka Chinchorkar among nine disciples from Ahmednagar; one from Sakori; two from Kurduwadi seven from Poona; and one Andhra. Reaching Pandharpur in afternoon Baba was served tea and refreshments at Kaka Chinchorkar father-in-law Aradhya Patil Vakil's home.
Since it was Sunday, Kaka Chinchorkar had come from Ahmednagar with Adi Sr. Baba commented to Chinchorkar, "You had no time to come for the last three days when I gave spiritual discourses and explanations; but today, when the topic is money, you appear! All right, now listen carefully."
As I told you yesterday, money comes and goes. With the exception of two or three, the Parsi devotees in India are all karka (hard up, broke) like me. Nariman and Meherjee are helpful to me, and once, Sarosh also was no less helpful. Adi has dedicated his all. Most of the Parsis having connection with me are large-hearted and rich in their love for me, but poor of purse. The three other groups that will be coming will be told the same things I am telling you. But this particular subject, about which I am about to tell you something, I had no intention of discussing with you. Eruch said that according to my explanation of sahavas — we being intimate with one another — it was desirable that nothing be kept back from any group. So I agreed to lay this matter before this Gujarati group, too.
As you know, I have decided to remain aloof from the mandali and from all for one year, from 15 February 1956. The mandali are dependent on me for their necessities, and so I will have to provide for them. I have two months left now to do this. During these two months, those of you who could afford to send something disinterestedly, without any scruples, and without feeling any burden on your minds, I will accept it for this particular purpose. To send means what? To offer freely, to offer sincerely, conveniently. Love is without scruples, doubts, interest; do not send anything with a heavy mind. If you can afford and want to send in the spirit I have outlined, then send it to Kaka Baria, c/o Adi K. Irani by the end of January 1956. If you can send more, send it; if less, less. Even five rupees will do. You will be sharing equally my work in aloofness, irrespective of the amount you contribute. But do not think of sending less if you can send more, under the impression that all contributors will be sharing my work equally, and so why should you send more!
In 1923, I first set foot in Meherabad.
Thirty-two years ago, I had nothing with me. At that time, Nusserwan Satha and Kaka Chinchorkar used to give me money, themselves obtaining it from others. I spent all for the Prem Ashram, schools, dharamshala, et cetera, which I established then. Here, I am declaring my greatness. I have spent nothing for myself. I have no value for money. I might have spent about a crore (ten million) of rupees until now. In spite of that, today I have nothing. If you cannot give, do not worry about it. But do not mix up love and money. Love for me must be there in your hearts. Do not cease loving me. And do not think you will become me if you give me crores! Only through love alone can you become God.
Another point. I have been telling you that I am That [God]. But because I am among you, I have to be practical. Every minute detail I have to look after. Those who contributed 30,000 for the sahavas were selected by me. A list of contributions received and expenses incurred will be sent to all the persons present here — not only to the contributors, as was planned previously.
Now the poor program will begin. Remain with me, and repeat sincerely God's name as instructed yesterday as long as the program lasts. Let thoughts come, but go on repeating God's name. Before three o'clock this afternoon, gather on Meherabad Hill. I will show you the spot where my last remains will be deposited.
On 21th September 1957, at Meherazad, Baba met Kaka Chinchorkar and three disciples.
Although the function was private from the mandali six disciples came. Kaka Chinchorkar and a few others from Ahmednagar were also present.
On the 7th May 1958, Kaka Chinchorkar was brought for Baba's darshan,
On 1st January 1959, Kaka Chinchorkar was brought to see Baba. A meeting was held that day between four disciples and Baba about publishing matters, including the collection of donations from America to help finance Saib Asmi's Urdu book about Baba, Saheb-e-Zaman (the Messiah), which included an introduction by Ramjoo.
In year 1961,
Baba asked Dhake if he composed ghazals. Dhake had attempted some years ago but nothing ever came of it. Baba asked the same of Kaka Chinchorkar, who laughed and said he, did not know the first thing about writing ghazals. Next in line was Feram who, though he would often pen witty nonsense rhymes, had likewise never attempted ghazals. At the end of the singing, one by one, the lovers went before Baba to receive his prasad, and each then filed out into the compound where refreshments were served. Baba, too, came out. (Lord Meher-p-4744-1961)
91-KAKA L. S. SHERLEKAR
On 19th October 1952, Kaka L. S. Sherlekar, and three more disciples (already at Meherazad) were called to discuss the darshan programs in Nagpur and Saoner. Four of men disciples attended the meeting. Sherlekar was given overall responsibility for seeing to all arrangements.
The next place of mass darshan was to be in Nagpur. Babadas was there, but caused a conflict because responsibility for making the arrangements had been given to Kaka Sherlekar instead of to him.
Kaka Sherlekar also invited Baba for food, and one day Baba went to his house for a meal. Baba visited the residences of disciples in Nagpur. (Lord Meher-3240-1953)
(Fortunate Souls Volume-3 Sl No. 110)
In a similar manner to his search for masts, Baba assigned Jalbhai the duty of finding and bringing suitable boys to him for his work. Daily, Jalbhai would bring a boy or two whom Baba would usually keep for a short time and then send back to their respective homes. But, of the boys found by Jalbhai, Baba chose Kalappa one of four to be kept near him for an extended period. (Lord Meher-p- 2042-1939)
96-KALCHURI VIRENDRA SINGH & PUSHPA
Virendra Singh Kalchuri had come with his wife, Pushpa, but according to Baba's orders, Bhau had not spoken with them. Sending for him, Baba asked about it. Bhau replied, "It is your order that I not speak with any of my relatives, and so I did not talk to them."
Baba lamented, "I have never seen anyone as foolish as you! Are Virendra and Pushpa your relatives, or my sahavas guests? Go and talk with them." After a while, Baba directed him, "But don't talk with Rama. She, too, is a sahavas guest, but don't even look at her! Did you meet Mehernath and Sheela?"
"How could I meet them, it was against your order?" Bhau asked, and Baba was pleased. (Lord Meher-p-4272/1958)
On 11th April 1959, Baba visited the Poona School and Home for the Blind in Koregaon Park. He had been invited by the school's superintendent, Mr. Kale. Baba arrived there in morning. There were about 150 blind students and a dozen teachers, also blind. The boys sang before Baba, and one of them sang a welcome bhajan composed by Madhusudan and taught to him by Subhadra, expressing their appreciation to the Avatar of the Age for sanctifying their institution with his presence.
Baba gave this message, which Nana Kher read out:
People generally think that the blind are unfortunate. You may also sometimes think so. But it is people with eyesight who are really unfortunate. They think that all the things they see are real. But they do not see God, Who alone is real.
All those who do not see God are blind. The only thing worth seeing is God. So even those who have physical sight may be more blind than those who are physically blind and love God within.
Today, I embrace you with my love so that some day you may have real Sight and see me everywhere.
Baba then gave each of the students and teachers a touch of his Reality by embracing them. (Lord Meher-p-4516-1959)
(Son of Ramchandra Kale)
Baburao Kale who was practicing a particular sadhana (spiritual practice), came that day for Baba's darshan. He told Baba about his dream wherein he found himself flying in the air and asked Baba, "Does this have any special meaning spiritually?"
Baba replied, "What meaning? Only that of a dream! We see the birds flying. What does that mean spiritually? In ancient times, some yogis were so powerful that they too could fly like birds. For a lover of God, such things are neither important nor essential."
Baba asked those sitting before him whether they had such dreams. Some hands were raised. "Then such dreams are not uncommon," Baba commented. Pointing to Pukar, he joked, "Even such a plump person can fly in a dream! What a wonder!"
Baba continued, "Whether you walk on water or fly in the air, maybe in a dream as you had, or maybe in the normal awake state as the ancient yogis did, it has no meaning spiritually or very little meaning — worth ignoring.
"Try honestly to love God, and you will realize that except love, all other things are meaningless."
"Do you meditate?" Baba asked Him. "If so, on whom?"
Baburao Kale replied, "On God."
"Where is God?"
Kale replied, "God is everywhere and in everything, in every particle of dust, and beyond it also."
Baba asked, "Is not this mere book knowledge? Is this your experience? Even a child can make such statements.
So unless you have experience, it is useless to make such statements.
"If you are really keen about the Truth, try to meditate with love on the Divine Form of your choice, or remember the name of God wholeheartedly. Then with divine grace, a fortunate one sees God face-to-face, everywhere and in everything far more clearly and intimately than you see the things in this room now with your physical eyes.
"Before the real 'seeing' is revealed, one gets many experiences on the Path. If not rightly valued, these experiences prove very alluring and deceptive, too. If one starts feeling proud about one's flight in a dream, how much pride will the experiences on the Path nourish? One has to be very watchful about the tricky nature of the ego which tries to maintain its separateness more and more.
"One thing is certain. The more importance and attention you pay to such experiences, the more bound you get. Don't run after experiences, but remain steadfast in your love for God." (Lord Meher-p-4566-1960)
Babu Kale came with Jalbhai in Meherabad from Nasik on the 17th October 1933. A cricket match was played that day by Baba and the mandali with a tennis ball behind the bungalow at lower Meherabad.
100-KALE RAMCHANDRA BAPUJI
Refer: fortunate souls Volume-2 SL.No. 50
101-KALELKAR D. B.
(Nicknamed Kaka Saheb)
As result of Chanji's meetings with Mahatma Gandhi was that Gandhi sent his colleague D. B. "Kaka Saheb" Kalelkar to see the Meherabad ashram. Kalelkar, 54, accompanied by his secretary. was brought by Adi Sr., Nusserwan Satha and Chanji from Poona on the evening of 22nd July 1939. Baba had already gone up the hill when they arrived, but knowing that Gandhi's representative was traditional in his views, Baba had instructed four or five of the men mandali that they should remain in their respective rooms and pretend to be meditating when Kalelkar was given a tour the following day. The two visitors were given the privilege of sleeping that night in the Rahuri Cabin.
Baba came down from the hill the next morning before seven o'clock. He granted an interview to Gandhi's representative in his room for about fifteen minutes.
During the course of their meeting, Baba pointed out to Kalelkar:
It is not through intellectual gymnastics and knowledge acquired by reading or hearing lectures that spiritual truths can be understood. At the most, these can give one an intellectual understanding, which is the first preparatory stage for ushering one into the Path.
What is essential is a true inner feeling, an actual experience of the Truth — which is real, lasting and convincing. When one experiences union with God, one knows by actual experience that one is in harmony with everything and everyone — that there is nothing but one infinite indivisible Existence, and all else is but fleeting shadows.
Just as a human being knows by actual experience that he is a man, not an animal, dog or horse. He has not to think about it, that he is a man, for he is that. So should one know by actual experience that he is One with everything and everyone; not a separate individual entity, apart and away from others. Bhakti [devotion] and love create faith in divinity and Divine Beings, Masters and gurus, yet it is actual experience that always matters.
You may hear a lot about me from my enthusiastic devotees, but you shouldn't be carried away merely by the talk of others. You yourselves should have that experience and feel as they do; then alone is it real, lasting and convincing.
Sanyasi ([renunciation) is more internal than external. It is not in giving up or shirking one's duties towards one's own dependents, but in doing all these duties conscientiously — in living and sharing their happiness and sufferings both. That is true sanyasi that is true yoga. Living in the world yet being not of it.
Kalemama conducted Kalelkar to the rooms of those meditating. They played their part well and it looked as if they were seriously immersed in meditation and in repeating God's name. Padri then showed him the simple, rustic mast ashram and explained to him about the masts. He was led back to Baba, who discussed with him many spiritual themes and further explained about masts and the inner planes.
Both Nusserwan Satha and Kaka Chinchorkar of Ahmednagar were old acquaintances of Mahatma Gandhi's, and had been invited by Baba to accompany Kalelkar and his secretary on their tour of Meherabad. As they were also Baba's old devotees from the 1920s, they were surprised at the "meditation show" being perpetrated by the men, because they knew that the mandali seldom, if ever, meditated.
The duo were taken up the hill where they and were shown places usually "off limits" to visitors — the hospital, cabin, tomb and meditation cells — and they spent over an hour talking with Norina and Nadine.
Kalelkar left Meherabad at 5:00 P.M. After their departure, Baba explained to Nusserwan and Kaka Chinchorkar:
According to Kalelkar's orthodox trend of mind, he was first shown this exercise in meditation, repetition of God's name, et cetera. Had he first been sent to the mast ashram, the tendency of his mind would not have been pleased and he would not have listened properly to my explanations about the masts. Therefore, his mental bent [inclination] was first satisfied and then he could pay attention to what I was telling him!
I have to play such parts to cater to the fixed, deep-seated ideas of persons. Slowly I am leading them to the path of Truth. If their mind is shocked at the outset, they would not feel interested. (Lord Meher-p-2015/6-193)
102-KALINGAD ABDUL WAHAB
(A student of school)
A twelve-year-old Muslim named Abdul Wahab Kalingad, who had been taken away on the same day as Ali but had managed to find his way back to Toka within a week. On 27th September 1928, however, Kalingad's elder brother again came to the ashram and took him away. Within three days, the brother was back demanding Kalingad's return. The boy had escaped on the very day they reached Bombay, but had not yet turned up at Toka. The brother eventually relented, seeing that Baba was truly the light in Kalingad's heart, saying, "When he comes, let him remain here," and he left.
On 1st October 1928, Kalingad finally showed up and his brother was immediately informed by telegram. A party was given at five in the afternoon to celebrate his return.
Kalingad, while sitting beside Baba, fell asleep. Baba tossed his handkerchief at him and he awoke, slowly opening his eyes. Observing his reaction, Baba stated:
People all over the world are like that. When awakening, first they gradually open their eyes and it is the same with me. I take two and a half hours for rest or sleep, but I do not really sleep. My body is here and you think I am sleeping, but I am inwardly working at different places. I perform my duty during these two and a half hours, but it takes me half an hour to become fully conscious. In a similar way, Ramakrishna Paramhansa [of Calcutta] would take one hour to become fully conscious.
A Perfect Master never sleeps. While he is doing Universal work strenuous efforts are required to open his eyes, as if after a long sleep. Sai Baba looked like he was actually sleeping while sitting in the presence of his disciples, but he was, in fact, engaged in his universal duty. To bring him "back," an old devotee would put a chillum in his mouth and he would "come to" after a long time.
Babajan also used to take an hour to be fully awake. She would go to sleep or rest at 4:00 A.M. and not awaken until 9:00 or 10:00 A.M.
On 14th January 1928, during the evening singing of arti, a boy named Rajaram was overwhelmed by the intensity of love and became unconscious, but his normal consciousness returned after some hours. The next day Abdul Wahab Kalingad burst forth in loud wailing and stopped eating or drinking, even refusing food from Baba's hand.
Three other boys, pleaded with Baba to keep them beside him and not send them to classes, as the Master's absence was unbearable to them. Baba acceded to their prayerful pleas, and starting on the 16th they remained with him. On this same day, Baba appointed Baidul as the Prem Master, shifting him from his previous position as the Prem Manager. (Lord Meher-p-884-1928)
On 24th October1936, Baba sent some of the Prem Ashram boys to Happy Valley, where he intended to spend a few days. The boys left at five in the evening with 3 disciples and spent the night there. Baba arrived early the following early morning with Kalingad, and 6 disciples. Baba himself prepared tea and served it, and, with the help of the boys, he fried bhujias. After dinner Baba gathered the boys, and explained to them:
Just listen to me. If you commit mistakes I will forgive them not once but a million times, but do your best to do as I say. If you obey I will see to your progress.
Never be afraid of me. Suppose a child while playing puts a stone in his mouth and the mother sees it. Do you think she would stand passive at the sight? She would do her best to take the stone from his mouth or beat him. In the same way I am the mother of the universe, especially of you, and so what reason is there to fear anything? Never fear; I won't send you to Meher Ashram as I sent the other boys. I will see that you tread the Path.
On 26th June 1929, the Muslim section of the ashram was then closed, and Aga Ali and Ali Akbar were kept on Meherabad Hill. Kalingad was living with the men mandali at this time.
By 24January 1929, Baba stopped having his arti performed — although the morning music sessions continued — and he also prohibited darshan, making his seclusion much stricter. He ordered, "No one should come near me. If anyone has anything in particular to convey relating strictly to work, he should first inform Buasaheb, who will inform Kalingad. Only after they tell me will I consider allowing the person to see me."
Baba left for Nasik in afternoon but it was not a smooth journey. The driver stopped at Kolhar to see his relatives. When he did not return quickly, first Sidhu was sent to call him, and then Raghunath. When they reached Sangamner they wanted to stop for tea, but the driver turned into a narrow lane and the bus got stuck despite the driver's efforts to extricate it. A crowd gathered. Adi Sr. lost his temper, took the wheel, and managed to back up the bus. No one had tea. Twenty-five miles from Nasik they had a flat tire. Another bus on its way to Nasik stopped.
In it were some of Raghunath's friends, who he had told of Baba. (One of the others passengers misunderstood and took Kalingad for Meher Baba and fell at Kalingad's feet) Baba granted them darshan and then decided to proceed on foot while the driver changed the tire. He and the mandali walked four miles before the bus caught up with them. They arrived at Nasik at 7:30 P.M. and Baba went to the women's bungalow for his dinner before retiring again on the upper floor of Gyas Manzil.
On 23th February 1930, the group left Nasik. Baba also took with him on the trip Kalingad; and other 3 boys they were former ashram schoolboys who were now employed at Sarosh Motor Works in Nasik, learning to be mechanics.
Baba permitted darshan to all and, at night he retired to Hall No. 3 of the Water Tank where Kalingad and to more boys were also remained. Each person had their own partitioned space within the rooms.
Baba issued strict orders about the group's stay and food at Meherabad. At Upper Meherabad, Pendu began construction of a bathroom, a tin shed and a kitchen for Baba opposite the Water Tank. Kalingad, who was a good mechanic, fixed up an old bus and would carry the construction materials from Ahmednagar. (
On 25th September 1934, Baba went to Nasik with Adi Sr. and Kalingad to enroll the children in school. Freiny was emotionally unwell and could not properly look after them, and Rustom was occupied in business and his duties with Baba's work and property. Baba would often go to Nasik to make certain the children were taken care of and to see to their welfare. He returned to Meherabad that same day.
On 4th March 1935, Baba shifted to Nasik with the women mandali early in the morning to spend the hot summer months (March through May) there. They travelled in two buses. Kalingad drove Baba and the women in one, and Bhiwa drove the other with Daulatmai, her infant grandson Beheram, Jalbhai and Chhagan. Masaji rode in the front seat of Kalingad's bus.
During this period a few of Baba's close ones changed their living arrangements. As related, in November 1935. Baba, along with Jalbhai and Kalingad, went to Bombay in a rented car on 14th December 1935.
On 10th July 1936, Baba was driven to Meherabad to Rahuri and Nasik, along with few disciples Kalingad and a boy named Jalil followed by bus. Baba stopped in Rahuri on the way to check the progress of work there. Kalemama had speedily taken up the work of erecting an ashram at Rahuri as instructed by Baba, and Baba would often visit the site.
On 20th December 1936, Baba returned to Meherabad via Nasik, in a rented car, accompanied by Kaka and Kalingad. (Lord Meher-p-1696-1936)
Baba kept Kalingad in Nasik to assist the Westerners, along with other disciples.
Kalingad wept profusely before Baba, who comforted him, "I am always with you; keep me always with you."
After staying with Meher Baba for ten years, on 28 April, Kalingad departed for Persia with tears in his eyes. The men mandali also regretted his departure. Kalingad never saw Baba again, as he died a few years later in Persia.
Padri Tukaram and Kalingad and Adi Sr. met Baba and the group in Bombay. Baba, along with the other women mandali, promptly proceeded to Meherabad, only staying in Bombay a brief time to refresh themselves. (Lord Meher-p-1885-1937)
(A staff nurse).
In evening, Baba sent the Westerners back to Meherabad, and with a few of the mandali he visited the small tuberculosis sanitarium near the village. Baba had been invited there by one of his devotees, Kamlabai Pusalkar, who was a nurse. Baba saw all the patients and then left.
On 30th June 1957, Baba went to Meherabad, where he gave darshan. The Poona group arrived and sang in the hall. Kamlabai Pusalkar a nurse who worked at the Arangaon T. B. Sanatorium, Kamlabai Pusalkar, was devoted to Baba and made a request that he give darshan to the patients there, which he lovingly did.
Kamlabai Pusalkar, a staff nurse and a devoted Baba lover, further pleaded the patients' case, and Baba agreed to bless the sanitarium with his presence (as he had done previously in 1954). He went and personally handed prasad to every patient, and the members of the staff. (Lord Meher-p-4624-1960)
105-KAMAT V. A.
In November 1955, departed for Meherazad a few minutes past five o'clock and sat in the car, amid cries of "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai." After he left each day, V. A. Kamat of Bombay and others would keep the gathering entertained with humorous tales.
In 1962 East west gathering as Patwardhan arrived and began warming up and music started in morning. Kamat was playing the tabla; there was also a sitar player (Laxman Waze) and a flutist (Sakaram Jaibahar). At one point, Kamat gave a solo performance, and Baba told the Westerners to watch his fingers. All applauded when Kamat finished. After an hour, the musicians embraced Baba and departed. Baba remarked, "If you could understand what he just sang, you would feel so happy. There will be no singing tomorrow."
On another occasion in the morning, Golwalkar and Kamat came to give an hour's recital on the sarangi and tabla. At Baba's request, the musicians played the traditional "bride's song," which depicts a new bride, joyful about her marriage but sad to depart from her parent's home. An appropriate choice of music for how most of the Westerners felt.
Kamat The tabla player also accompanied Begum Akhtar, as did her daughter. They had brought two large garlands, one each for the daughter and Akhtar to place around Baba's neck. But Begum Akhtar was so overcome she put both garlands around Baba! Baba assured her, "You have no idea how happy you have made me with your singing." (Lord Meher-p-4907-1963)
(A social worker from Nagpur)
In 1953, at Nagpur, in the evening a large public darshan took place in the Gita temple. It lasted until late at night. Baba was led through the crowd with much difficulty and escorted back to his residence. No previous notice had been given for this program, no publicity or announcements in the papers, yet almost 10,000 people had come for darshan.
One of disciple, had informed only a few, but because of the children's program held that morning, the neighborhood people had thronged to the Gita temple for darshan at night. Baba was again to give darshan in the temple that morning. Baba came, bowed down to the gathering, and Mr. Kamath, an important local social worker, read out Baba's message. (Lord Meher-p-3239-1953}
107-KAMBLE BHAU CHEEMA
(A boy from Arangaon Village)
During May 1924, Baba fasted solely on a small amount of milk less tea for several days. His presence near Arangaon caused much interest among the local villagers. The poor farmers gradually realized that there was a sadhu or holy man living nearby.
One day two children, Bhau Cheema Kamble, snuck over to Meherabad. Baba spotted him, and beckoned him to approach him. He became frightened and started crying. Baba gently caressed him, saying, and “Don't be afraid. Tell me where you live." Bhau Cheema replied that they resided in Arangaon. Baba asked how many children there were in the village and what they did all day. The boy explained that there were many Mahar and Mang children (lower-caste Untouchables) who take the goats and cows for grazing. Baba then asked, "If they are given sweets, will they come to visit me?"
On 25th November 1926, Baba and group left Meherabad secretly to avoid the crowd at Ahmednagar station by going directly to Lonavla with the mandali in two large buses. There were more than 20 men and women with Baba at this time. Among those accompanying him was Bhau Cheema among other men and woman.
On 1st September 1928, afternoon a cricket match was played. In the evening a program of comical skits and speeches was held in the House of Nonsense, the name given by Baba to the evening sessions in the dining hall where, for the previous several days, regular entertainment programs were staged. That night there were humorous songs, speeches, and plays. Bhau Cheema also performed a small farce.
Ramaji Kamble of Arangaon was one of the older students in the ashram school. Baba was very fond of Ramaji and had forbidden him to marry, but disregarding that advice, the boy's father had arranged his marriage and Ramaji had to comply. Baba had been inquiring about Ramaji. He finally instructed Bhau Cheema to tell Ramaji to come and take his darshan at least once before getting married; otherwise, Ramaji would have to suffer terribly.
On the 27th September 1928, Bhau Cheema performed a comical bhajan program in the evening.
In Year 1930, Bhau Cheema Kamble of Arangaon with other boys was given employment in Nasik.
In year 1936, Cheema among other boys was one of the residents of the Rahuri ashram,
109-KAMBLE HARISCHANDRA SONAJI & ANUSUYA
(Grandfather of Laxmi T. Kamble Baba lovers at Meher Hospital Meherabad since January 1999)
Harishchandra Sonaji Kamble Met Baba for the first time in year 1922. As young boy of twelve he used to take cows for grazing near Gillori Shah’s Neem tree. One day Baba called him and enquired about his parents and whether the attended any school. Baba then asked whether he and his friends from the village were interested to attend school if the arrangements were made for them. Harishchandra who was nicknamed Chabbu by Baba, immediately agreed and next day he brought ten more boys to Baba for attending the school however on other side the parents of all those boys gathered at Chabu’s house which led to a heated arguments with his parents. The villagers feared that perhaps their children would be kidnapped thus they opposed the idea of sending their children to school.
Later, Baba visited Chabu’s parents’ and explained everything in detail. This proposal was accepted and children started attending Babajan’s school with hostel facilities. The children were happy as they could meet their parents over the weekends. The Beloved Baba use to give bath to those children and also helped in washing of their clothes. He also gave them regular lessons mainly on love and spirituality. Baba use to often ask the kids who was dearest to them and every time without a doubt they would vote for Baba. The children were happy to receive Baba’s personal attention and loving care.
As years went by, villagers slowly started getting odd jobs in Meherabad area where Chabu’s mother’ Sunderbai also started helping the woman mandali. While she was working at Meherabad, she asked Baba’s permission for Chabbu’s marriage on at least three occasions. She wanted somebody to help her with household cores and in those times people usually married at young age. At last Baba gave her permission for her son’s marriage. Chabu was married to Anusaya in the year 1926 and with Baba’s blessings he left for Poona for his first job with his family.
Chabu had three daughters of which Laxmi was one of the twins born in 1939, Laxmi twin sister passed away at very young age in her grandmother’s house when the family had vacationed at Arangaon. Anusaya Kamble was inconsolable with grief and used to cry the whole day. One day Sunderbai visited Baba with her entire family where Baba asked the name of surviving twin. Finally after much discussion Baba gave the name Laxmi. Laxmi stayed in her granny’s house till the age of five years, (Courtesy: Memorable Moments Page -58. Faroukh Bastani)
In 1924, one day two children, Bhau Cheema Kamble and Chhabu Sona Kamble, snuck over to Meherabad. Baba spotted them, and beckoned them to approach him. They became frightened and started crying. Baba gently caressed them, saying, "Don't be afraid. Tell me where you live." Bhau Cheema replied that they resided in Arangaon. Baba asked how many children there were in the village and what they did all day. The boy explained that there were many Mahar and Mang children (lower-caste Untouchables) who take the goats and cows for grazing. Baba then asked, "If they are given sweets, will they come to visit me?"
Smiling, Chhabu said, "For candy, every one of the children will come, sir!"
Baba then smiled, saying, "Tomorrow, bring them all here." Baba then called for sweets from Gustadji and gave them to both boys. They returned happily and told the other village children about the kind stranger. (Lord meher-p-512-1924)
110-KAMBLE KASYA S.
A Young servant Kashya S. Kamble, was fortunate enough to see Baba during his seclusion who would bring Baba the Times of India at 8:30 every morning. Baba, however, was always particular to ask Vishnu about each of the Meherabad men and women mandali's health, work, duties and activities. (Lord Meher-p-2135-1940)
111-KAMBLE LALA BABAJI.
In May 1924, some children began coming. Baba would speak with them kindly in Marathi and give them candy. Once he asked a boy named Lala B. Kamble, "Will you sing bhajans with me?"
Lala replied, "If you give us sweets, we will do whatever you say!"
"First sing a bhajan, and then I will give you sweets." The children agreed, and Baba said, "I will sing a line first and then you repeat it." He sang in Marathi:
O Pandarinath, how wonderful it is to see you,
standing on bricks with hands akimbo.
How beautiful and blissful you look!
112- KAMBLE LAXMAN RAMCHANDRA & WIFE
On the 9th March 1948, Laxman Ramchandra Kamble and two other lovers from Poona came to see Baba. They had found out about Baba through Gadekar (who had been transferred to Poona) and he was meeting Baba for the first time.
Baba asked each man, "How many children do you have?" Every man except Kamble replied. Baba turned to him and inquired, "Why are you silent? Don't you have any children?"
Kamble replied, "No, Baba, I do not."
"Do you want one?" Baba asked.
"If you so wish to grant us one," he replied.
Baba handed him a coconut and stated, "Give up all thoughts of children and only think of me. You will have my prasad." (Lord Meher-p-2628-1948)
113-KAMBLE LAXMI T.
(Daughter of Harishchandra Kamble)
Laxmi T. Kamble is daughter of grandfather. She has been serving Baba lovers at Meher Hospital Meherabad since January 1999.
As the years went by, villagers slowly started getting odd jobs in Meherabad area where Chabu’s mother’ Sunderbai also started helping the woman mandali. While she was working at Meherabad, she asked Baba’s permission for Chabbu’s marriage on at least three occasions. She wanted somebody to help her with household chores and in those times people usually married at young age. At last Baba gave her permission for her son’s marriage. Chabu was married to Anusaya in the year 1926 and with Baba’s blessings he left for Poona for his first job with his family.
Chabu had three daughters of which Laxmi was one of the twins born in 1939, Laxmi twin sister passed away at very young age in her grandmother’s house when the family had vacationed at Arangaon. Anusaya Kamble was inconsolable with grief and used to cry the whole day. One day Sunderbai visited Baba with her entire family where Baba asked the name of surviving twin. Finally after much discussion Baba gave the name Laxmi. Laxmi stayed in her granny’s house til the age of five years,
She narrated following incident in her own words.
In early forties, Baba’s birthdays and Dhuni’s days were celebrated with much enthusiasm with lots of music. Dance and Lezim etc. On one such celebration, I was sitting near Baba’s feet and He was giving each lover a laddo by his own hands as Baba lovers filed past. I thought why Baba was not passing me any Prasad although I sat next to His feet. I also thought soon all the laddoos will finish and I will be deprived of the Prasad, but then Chaggan Master bringing more Prasad in a bigger baskets. I was getting impatient to get my laddoos I caught Baba’s hand and asked why I was not getting my share. To this Baba replied that I could take as many laddoos as I wanted by spreading my scarf. But I wanted Prasad by His hand, so Baba gave me one. Later, I shared that Prasad With all the members of my family
(Courtesy: Memorable Moments page-58 Faroukh Bastani)
114-KAMBLE MAHADEV VITHOBA
He was one of the honest workers from Arangaon, Meherabad. He worked with men mandali for six months only. Padri received a note from Meherazad that one helper is required So, Padri took Bapu and Mahadev Kamble and both went to Ahmednagar and met Adi K. Irani... In the city Adi bought them new cloths. On the third day Mahadev & Bapu were taken to Pimpalgaon. There, Beloved Baba called them in the Hall of darshan. Eruch briefed them about the work in the detail that they had to do, such as sweeping, cleaning, washing clothes etc. Beloved Baba wanted them to work for 3 months. Mahdev duty was to bring milk in the evening.
Mahadev worked with love till the month of March and after that he started accompanying Baba everywhere to perform daily chores.
There was a small temple of Khandoba near Meherazad hills. An annual pilgrimage was regularly held at that temple. Both the worker including Mahadev were not allowed to go anywhere outside Meherazad without permission. Once fellow workers coaxed Bapu and Mahadev to visit the temple when celebration were on. Both were hesitant to take Baba’s permission. After persuasion from friends they visited the temple at night. In those days Pendu and Bhauji were the night watchman. At 9 o’ clock after the dinner they left for temple on the hill. In those days there were no lights and proper roads so both reached temple around 11 o’ clock.
That night only Beloved Baba asked Pendu to look into their room and check. Pendu found both of them missing, the lantern was put on sum and door was closed but was not bolted from inside. Pendu informed Baba that they were missing. After Pendu, during Bhau’s duty time also baba checked on them and found they were still missing. Both of them started coming down the hill from the temple around four in the morning. Later Bapu brought the milk and then started routine of heating bath water for mandali. Beloved Baba used to come to the mandali hall early morning every day. Both of them were very scared and frightened to face Baba. As usual they carried Baba into the hall in His chair. Baba then worked with Kaikobad for one hour in the hall. Bapu and Mahadev along with other workers were called by Baba into the Mandali Hall. They were very scared and thought that Baba would ask them to pack up and go home immediately. In the Hall Baba asked them as to where were they in the night. Out of fear they both started crying and told Baba they had gone to see dance and drama at night. Baba further asked whether they took Khandoba’s darshan to which they replied in negative. In the presence of Mani sister Baba emphasised that He was indeed the Great Khandoba in front of them and not in the temple. Baba made both to rub their noses on the floor in front of Him as punishment after which He forgave them and gave them prasad. In the end He warned them not to go anywhere without His permission.
One day when Baba was sitting in the mandali hall, He was asked for all workers to come for darshan. Everybody stood in the line for darshan. Baba looked extremely happy that day and asked each worker about his wish. Baba asked one by one a wish that was to be granted. On their turn Bapu and Mahdev were also asked for their wish. Both of them did not know what to ask for so they kept quiet. After some time Baba said that since they did not ask for anything, He will give them Mukti (Liberation). Both the workers were very young and very innocent. They did not know the meaning of the word Mukti and for a moment thought Baba was talking about their marriage to a girl mukti. As they came out of the mandali hall, Pukar of Hamirpur picked both of them with joy and said they were most fortunate as beloved Baba had given them something very precious as to obtain Mukti people have to wait for numerous births.
(Memorable Moments page-41-44 Faroukh Bastani)
KARANDIKAR L. K.
In 1955 Darshan L. K. Karandikar of Barsi sang a sweet rendering of one of Tukaram's bhajans. Digambar Gadekar stood up to take a snapshot of Baba, and Baba remarked, "You are very clever!" (Lord Meher-p-3879-1955)
(Wife of Dhakephalkar)
In year June 1928,Dhake was living in Toka with his wife, Kashibai, in the family quarters along with the other teachers, some distance away from the mandali's residence.(Lord Meher-p-939-1928)
In Year 1945, Dhake's wife, Kashibai, had recently died. Dhake had much love for Baba, and once in Rahuri years before, Baba had visited his home. Finding Kashibai weak and run-down, Baba had advised him to give her complete rest. With her health in mind, Baba had made arrangements for her during his stay in Toka during 1928, so that she and Dhake could live there in the family quarters.
After her demise, Baba had a private talk with Dhake during the meeting. He explained, "You are now free and I will look after your children. Now don't fall into that trap [meaning marriage] again, and stay with me permanently." On Dhake's agreement, Baba welcomed him to join the mandali, "From tomorrow, come to stay with me." To this also Dhake consented.
Baba then clarified, "Come to stay with me permanently, after six months." In this manner everything was settled. (Lord Meher-p-2483-1945)
KASHYAP D. D.
(A film director)
KHARE B. S.
During Baba stay in 1959 at Poona he did make one exception. The superintendent of the Yeravda Reformatory School, B. S. Khare, requested that he visit the institution and give darshan to its students. The boys were juvenile delinquents (some for thievery) and were kept in the school to learn some vocation and thus be able to take care of themselves in the future and fit into society.
On 19th January 1949, Baba was driven to the reform school. He had requested that no flowers or garlands be offered to him. In a light-hearted mood, he remarked: "When I was a boy, I used to steal things and eatables from the pantry at home, and was full of boyish mischief. But when I grew up, I robbed God outright and became One with Him. You boys can now rob me of my love through your love, and I bless you all for it."
Baba's words were translated into Marathi by Khare for the boys, and all 400 students came in turn for darshan. Baba patted some, placed his hand on the heads of others and kissed a few. Thus each of the boys had the advantage of receiving the God-Man's love and caress. (Lord Meher-p-4486-1959)
In 1954, Baba visited the small tuberculosis sanitarium near the village. Baba had been invited there by one of his devotees, Kamlabai Pusalkar, who was a nurse. Baba saw all the patients and then left. (Lord Meher-p-3615-1954)
KANNAMWAR M. S.
(Chief Minister of Maharashtra)
In 1963, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, M. S. Kannamwar, was coming to Ahmednagar on 14th and 15th January 1963. Sarosh informed Baba if he could agree to give the Chief Minister darshan. Lokhande of Nagpur had also written to Baba of the Chief Minister's interest in meeting him.
Baba replied, "Kannamwar's wife is a fast (good) friend of one of my close lovers, Indumati Deshmukh. She has attended some meetings of the Nagpur Center. Kannamwar himself once presided over my birthday function, and wants to meet me. He could not come to the East-West Gathering in Poona, and now my seclusion has started. Still, I will see them on the morning of the 15th, between nine and ten o'clock for five minutes." (Lord Meher-p-4910-1963)
(A nine-year old village girl)
KHODADAD MASA & BANU MASI
Banu Masi was one of aunt (masi) Baba’s three masis. After working for several years in Bombay, Merwan's paternal uncle (kaka), Khodadad Kaka returned to live in Iran. However, after Merwan was born, Khodadad returned to India for six months every year just to visit his young nephew. )
As mentioned, Merwan's aunt and Uncle Banu Masi and Khodadad Masa were living in Bombay at this time with their family. Before starting his work in his teashop, Khodadad Masa would come to Victoria Gardens to see Merwan. Holding Merwan's hand, he would place it on his own head in blessing, as an auspicious way to begin the day. Such was the love and respect Khodadad had for his nephew; he sensed that he was not an ordinary young man.
Baba arrived in Karachi on 31rd May 1923. Pilamai made everyone comfortable in her home. Later, she guided Baba and the mandali on a sightseeing excursion to places of interest in Karachi. Baba went to visit his maternal aunt and uncle, Banu Masi and Khodadad Masa, who had moved there from Bombay.
On 15th May 1927, Baba's cousins, Merwan and Homi (the sons of his maternal aunt, Banu Masi) were brought to Meherabad. The boys had been living in Karachi and were brought to Meherabad to study in the school. Thereafter, Banu Masi would come to Meherabad from time to time to see her sons.
Banu Masi arrived at Meherabad from Karachi on 13th June 1927. She met with her two sons, Merwan and Homi, who were studying in the Meher Ashram School and felt happy to find them doing well. She left for Bombay in the evening.
Baba decided to remain in Karachi for several days during Baba visited his Aunt Banu Masi's home and discussed family matters with her. Her son Homi wanted to stay with Baba at Meherabad, and Baba had directed him to remind him about it. When Homi brought up the subject, Baba, however, advised him to seek employment, earn money and manage his household affairs, and in this way he would be serving Baba.
On the night of 21th September 1931, the ship arrived in Karachi. Baba and the mandali were met by Pilamai, Baba's maternal aunt Banu Masi, and Merwan and Homi, her two sons who had been at the Meher Ashram School.
Banu Masi had not been feeling well, so Baba made arrangements in Karachi for an operation she needed and instructed his cousin Merwan to attend to her. His other cousin, Homi, wished to stay with Baba permanently. Baba gave him no answer then, but asked him to remind him about it on his return from Persia.
Baba bid farewell to his close followers in Karachi — Banu Masi, and others — and left by train for Bombay on 26th August 1931.
On 18th October 1936, Baba came to Bombay by car, from where on the 20th at accompanied by only Kaka and Chanji; Baba boarded the Kathiawar Mail train for Karachi. (Hindu-Muslim communal riots, that left 60 dead and 500 injured, coincided with Baba's presence in Bombay.) Reaching Karachi two days later, Baba met Pilamai and her family, and his maternal aunt Banu Masi and her family.
In mid-April 1962, Baba's maternal aunt Banu Masi came to Poona from Karachi with her son Merwan. She wept much as she greeted Baba and her nieces. (Lord Meher-p-4794-1962)
(Wife of Ghani's)
On the 28th September 1949, before commencement of new life in which Ghani was to accompany Baba. He went to Bindra House in Poona and saw Dr. Ghani's family, too. Baba consoled Ghani's wife, Khatunbi, urging her to be brave, since Ghani was to accompany him on the New Life. (Lord Meher-p-2775-1949)
KARNATAKI, VINAYAK DAMODAR
Vinayak Damodar Karnataki, a student and friend of Baban's brother Mohan came foe darshan , Addressing Karnataki Baba stated:
Dedicate your life to this school by renouncing your self; but let there not be even a thought that you are doing this or that for others. Only then will the Igradually diminish.
Appear for the bachelor of science examination and try to obtain the degree, but do not feel glad if you pass or disappointed if you fail. Success and failure should be equal in your eyes. Supposing you pass, do not think, "Now that I have passed, I will be able to render better service than if I had failed." This is not desirable. The I must not be there; there should not be ambition. Except [the existence of] bliss, there is nothing else anywhere in creation.
Baba then asked Vinayak what he was thinking. "I want to get a master's degree," the young man replied. "My parents have repeatedly been after me to do this."
Smiling, Baba dictated, "Very good. But will you invite me to this school again after you are so highly educated?"
"Won't you come uninvited, Baba?"
"Since you ask that, I will personally come for you next time." (lord Meher-p-1143/4-1930)
(Friend of Aziz Ahmed)
In 1923, Baba had begun by keeping silence.
Baba stopped aiming his arrows at the mandali and instead instructed Ramjoo to send a telegram to Aziz Ahmed (in Nasik), saying: "Baba and the mandali arriving in Bari tomorrow morning. Arrange to take them to Bhandardara." Aziz Ahmed then wired his confirmation and informed his friend Mr. Kothare, who lived in Ghoti, to attend to Meher Baba and the mandali's comfort. Mr. Kothare came to the railway station and asked if there was anything he could do, but as Baba and the mandali had already had their dinner; Baba explained that he preferred to spend the night where they were. Kothare was thanked and told they did not require anything. (Lord Meher-p-460-1923
WANJARI BHAU SAHEB
2nd April 1925 was the festive holiday of Lord Ram's birthday, which was celebrated in Meherabad with Bhajan singing in the morning and lasted until noon. Ram's birth was then celebrated, after which Baba handed out the prasad of sweets
In Hinduism, Thursday is the traditional day for worshiping one's guru. Every Thursday, a villager would sing hymns in praise of God. He was followed by a blind singer from Ahmednagar named Bhau Saheb Wanjari, who became a regular visitor of Meherabad. Wanjari would sing the bhajans at the top of his voice, with all his heart; hence, Baba would appreciate his efforts and always ask him to sing.
Once, Wanjari pleaded with Baba to give him sight for just half a minute, so that he could see his only son. To appease him, Baba promised, "Yes, I will let you see; just be patient and wait." Although Wanjari never regained his sight, he lived a life of inner contentment under the Master's guidance.
Thus, through different mediums, Baba attracted many different types of people, gracing them with the opportunity of basking in the rays of his divine radiance.
On Wednesday morning, 18th May 1927 Upasni Maharaj's 57th birthday was celebrated. The whole of Meherabad sparkled with a holiday atmosphere as several village bands played boisterous music
As soon as this ceremony was over, Baba signaled to begin serving the food while various musicians performed. Almost 4,000 people (mostly poor villagers) were fed in honor of Upasni Maharaj.
Bhau Saheb Wanjari sang bhajans between for one and half hour. (Lord Meher-p-812-1927)
In the evening of 9th May 1923, with great éclat and in regal style, Rustom and Freiny were married according to Zoroastrian custom. That morning Baba was dressed in a new suit of clothes, and puja was performed before him. A European band and various entertainments were enjoyed by all the other 200 guests. A private qawaali program was staged for Baba, the mandali and a few selected members of Rustom's family, led by Yasin Qawaal who had been brought from Bombay just for the occasion.
The following afternoon there was another qawaali program. Baba thoroughly enjoyed the music. The Wine of the Divine Song flowed freely during such programs, especially qawaali programs by such an accomplished singer as Yasin. Baba himself was an exceptional singer and always took great interest in such programs, and listened intently to the singer. (Lord Meher-p-418-1923)
(Brother of Subhadra Bundellu)
On 23rd July 1948, a one-hour darshan was held at lower Meherabad in the new hall. Baba arrived at Meherabad quite early with 3 woman mandali. About 250 Baba lovers from Sholapur, Barsi, Poona, Bombay and Ahmednagar arrived that morning .All gathered inside the hall. Everyone stood up as Baba entered, and cried out, "SADGURU MEHER BABA KI JAI!" The prayer The Seven Names of God was then sung. Baba met each group individually. Krishna brother of Subhadra Bundellu had met Baba at Meherabad the year before. (Lord Meher-p-2663-1948)
KULKARNI GANGADHAR V
On Saturday, 14 April 1962, Professor Gangadharam V. Kulkarni of Kolhapur met Baba at Guruprasad and kept pestering Baba for permission to go on pilgrimage and visit certain saints. Baba did not like this. (Lord Meher-p-4796-1962)
During September 1933, the booklet Questions and Answers was being translated from English into different languages — into Marathi by Kalemama, K. K. Manekar and Kelkar of Dhulia, (Lord Meher-p-1541-1933)