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On 21st July 1945, Baba, with mandali left Hyderabad by train headed south for Madras where he eventually worked with nineteen masts

In  Madras one naked sadhu whom Baba encountered repeated over and over again the same thing: "Sab ham Khuda hain (We are all God]) ... Sab ham Khuda hain!"  (Lord Meher-p-2493-1945)



On 15th August 1948, Baba and the mandali took a bus to Tiruppur, where Baba wished to contact Prasananand Swami Guru. Prasananand was a good yogi, 50 years old, and had a wife and children. When Baba and His mandali arrived, they were informed that Prasananand was fasting on water and had taken a vow of silence for 40 days. He had rigged up a sort of cell in one of the rooms of his house where he was currently sitting, while one of his followers kept guard to see that he was not disturbed.

As usual, whenever Baba would arrive in a village or small town, a crowd gathered to have a look at the strangers. As Eruch was busy talking with a devotee, a man with a palsied arm stood next to him and put his other arm lightly around Eruch's shoulder in a gesture of friendship — or so Eruch thought. Eruch was carrying a wad of ten-rupee notes in his upper pocket, and though he did not see the act, he heard a crisp sound, turned quickly and saw the man holding two notes in his hand. Because of the crowd, Eruch did not say anything, but he caught a firm hold of the man's wrist and dragged him behind the house, determined to give him a few hard slaps for picking his pocket. He raised his arm to strike him when suddenly someone caught his arm from behind.

Turning around, he saw it was Baba.

"What are you doing?" Baba gestured.

"This rascal pinched Rs.20 from my pocket!" Eruch responded.

Baba looked at the man. "Did you do that?" He caught hold of his earlobe (the usual punishment for children) and, pinching it, warned him, "Never, never do that again!"

Baba turned back to Eruch and motioned, "Give him back the money. It is meant for those who need it. Had he not needed it, why would he have stolen it?" Eruch hesitated, but Baba repeated, "Go on, and give it to him!" (Lord Meher-p-2667-1948)



Meher Baba's 40th birthday was celebrated on 18th February 1934, with great éclat. Programs of arti, bhajan singing and darshan began in morning. A few private interviews were granted during the mid-day interval and again in evening after a recital by a professional singer.

After dinner, Baba agreed to appear at a smaller function held at George Town, where a person from the Arya Samaj (an ultra-nationalistic Hindu organization) spoke to the gathering about Baba. (Lord Meher-p-1590-1934)



Meher Baba's 40th birthday was celebrated on 18th February 1934, with great éclat. Programs of arti, bhajan singing and darshan began in morning. After a recital by a professional singer, a few private interviews were granted during the mid-day interval and again in evening after recital.(Lord Meher-p-1590-1934)



On 14th 1940, A swami from Madras came the same morning for Baba's darshan and said, "A millionaire in Madras has sent me to you and if I am impressed by your darshan, he too will come. Hearing this, Baba smiled, spelling out, "The millionaire has found a new way of having darshan — darshan by proxy! He seems to be quite clever. It is something quite new. But, tell me, how can one drink water without thirst?" The swami understood and respectfully left after he was shown the masts. (Lord Meher-p-2081-1940)



During the programs at Madras, thousands filed past Baba after taking darshan. One man took darshan on the night of the 3rd and was about to walk away when Baba interrupted the flow and called him back. Baba spelled out to him, "I know you." But none of the local lovers were acquainted with this gentleman.

The next morning, Baba went for a drive with some of the mandali. He gave directions to the driver, as if he were a long-standing resident of the city. After a few minutes, they came to a building, where Baba stopped the car. He got out and climbed the stairs to the second floor, and knocked on a door. No one answered. Baba ordered the mandali to push the door open.

Baba entered, and they saw the same man Baba had called back the day before at the darshan program. The room was the man's prayer room. On the walls hung pictures of Ram, Krishna, Buddha and other past Avatars and saints. There was only one chair in the room, and Baba went straight to it and sat down.

The man rose and went to Baba, sobbing and laying his head on his feet. The mandali watched, amazed.

After he calmed down, the man narrated a remarkable story. For years, he had used this room as his place of offering devotions. He sincerely felt that if the Avatar were to take form again in this age, he would come and sit in this chair in his prayer room. No man had ever sat on it until Meher Baba came. He now knew for certain who Meher Baba was.

Baba looked at the man with deep compassion and gestured, "Ask for anything."

The man replied, "I want shanti [eternal peace]."

"Ask for anything but shanti," Baba spelled out.

The man repeated, "Shanti."

Baba again cautioned against asking for it, but the man shook his head and repeated his request. He put his head on Baba's feet and wept bitterly. Baba placed his hand on the man's head and gave him shanti. His soul found peace, and he dedicated his life to Baba. (Lord Meher-p-2569-1947)



(He was resident of Madras).

Baba arrived in Madras 1st March 1930. Baba was received with great love and reverence, and escorted to the Aiyangar family residence. The next morning, after inaugurating a hall built by Aiyangar opposite his residence that Baba had named Meher Asramam, Baba planted a pipal sapling at Meher Bhavan, thus symbolizing that for generations to come people would find shelter under the cool shade of his love.

In the afternoon he visited the home Ammal Pankajam. (Lord Meher-p-1145-1930)



In 1936, Baba & group left Chikmagalur by the eight o'clock bus the following morning, for Baba Budan Mountain. The road was extremely rough and after travelling some distance, the engine overheated and the radiator boiled over. Proceeding further, they found the forest dense and forbidding and the steep ascent terrifying. With much difficulty they reached Budan Nagar, a small village with a population of only 150 people. The driver advised them, "You'd better fill your canteens here, because up on the mountain there is no water." Chanji filled their containers.

During the bus ride, an elderly Muslim man had been staring at Baba. Quite taken by Baba's appearance, he said he wished to accompany Baba to the dak bungalow on top of the mountain; but the bus driver refused to allow the man to ride along and made him get off, although Baba seemed to like the old man and did not object. (Lord Meher-p-1723-1936)



A.K. Vasumathy was granddaughter of Sri C. V. Sampath Aiyangar, Saidapet, Madras who was 1st lover disciple from Madras (Chennai) since 1927.

She was great lover of Avatar Meher Baba. Right from childhood, Vasumathy was brought up in the “love atmosphere” of Babaji, as the entire family lovingly called Meher Baba

During the years 1930 to 1937, Beloved Baba was pleased to make several visits to Sampath Aiyangar’s place and stayed in his house at Madras and Bangalore for a period of over 20 days. Vasumathy was very fortunate to have had Baba’s darshan and be gifted with His close divine sahwas on all occasions. Baba also used to play hide and seek and other games with her and her brother Kasthuri when they were children.

In later years, she was employed in Bombay by Lever brothers and had the rare fortune to have Baba’s darshan frequently at Poona and Bombay.

When Vasumathi’s mother Janaki, who was a very staunch Baba lover, expressed her worry to Baba about her daughter living alone in Bombay, Beloved Baba comforted her with the remarks: “Don’t worry. My Nazar is always on her”

Vasumathy was very fortunate to be in God’s company and have His darshan for 5 days during the sahwas in February 1958 and participated in Baba’s 64th Birthday celebrations on 25-02-1958. She also attended the East West gathering at Poona in November 1962. Later Baba asked her to attend “The all-women’s day” gathering of select lovers at Meherazad on 23-12-1963 for Mehera’s birthday. She had Baba’s darshan for 2 days during “Final public program” at Poona in May 1965. When Baba dropped His body, Vasumathi was blessed to have His darshan at the crypt –Tomb Shrine on Meherabad Hill. Vasumathi had the opportunity of participating 3 birthday celebrations of Beloved Baba in His divine presence and received blessing in 1934 (40th) at Madras, in 1936 (42nd) at Bangalore and in 1958 (64th) at Meherabad respectively.

Vasumathi settled down in Meher Bhawan, Saidapet, Madras after she left Bombay and revived the activities of Meher Ashramam inaugurated by Meher Baba in 1930. She rededicated to Meher Ashramam –Temple of Silence on 10-07-1987 ( Baba’s silence day) after getting Baba’s approval in a subtle manner at his tomb shrine at Meherabad in form of unusual rain and sign of rainbow over Samadhi at the time of her appeal.

She emphasized Silence as the mode of worship at Meher Ashramam since Beloved Baba’s silence is the key note to this sacred place inaugurated by Him in March 1930 and planting Peepal tree sapling as its foundation. Except entrance room to the Ashramam, the rest of vast area of ground is dedicated to Baba’s silence. The pedestal platform where Baba sat in April 1947 under is magnificent Peepal tree in the rear portion is the Sanctum –Sanctorum of His Meher Ashramam.

Vasumathi took great pleasure in taking about Baba and His activities in an informal way to all lovers and was able to convey the messages of Baba’s discourses to the intellectuals in a lucid manner and people enjoyed her talks about Beloved Baba.

Her stead-fast faith in Meher Baba as Avatar and God in Human form and her unflinching love for Him under all circumstances were a result of the grace and compassion bestowed on her by Beloved Baba as His priceless gifts and prasad.

She was born on 14-5-1927 and died on 1-3-2013


15- FOSSIL S. M.

In year 1947, while was in Madras, S. M. Fossil arranged for Baba to visit a local high school. For those students, local artists, social workers and those associated with Madras public institutions who were present, Baba gave message education & culture. (Lord Meher-p-2571-1947)



On 15th August 1948, Baba proceeded by train and bus to the village of Avanashi, where He contacted one of the most forbidding characters ever recorded, a great yogi known as Ilai Swami. Although reported to be at least 80 years old, the yogi appeared physically to be untouched by time. Despite appearing young and radiant, Ilai Swami's nature was unpredictable and disturbing, and so intense that people often felt more upset than comforted after encountering him.

The yogi was naked, except for a small loincloth around his ebony body. His toe and fingernails were two to three inches long. When he slept, he simply lay on the barren earth, without a blanket — in all weather conditions. He was never seen drinking water or even touching it for that matter. After eating, he would simply wipe his hands on his thick black hair. (Lord Meher-p-2665-1948)




On 17th December 1939, the foundation-laying ceremony for Meher Baba's Universal Center was held. Besides the general public, Baba lovers from Bombay, Poona, Nasik and Ahmednagar attended. Forty buses were hired to carry them from Bangalore. About 4,000 persons participated including the Dewan of Mysore) and other important government officials. The program began at 4:30 P.M., when the head of the reception committee, Pappa Jessawala, garlanded Baba on his arrival. In the Master's honor,

Baba proceeded to break the ground and lay the foundation. Sitting on a special stone seat (which was to be kept as a cornerstone of the future building), Baba rose and scooped a little earth with a special seven-metal shovel (forged at a local workshop) as acclamations in his praise rent the air. Baba struck the earth seven times and sat back on his special seat. The following message from him was then read out by Aiyangar:

Among the speakers M. Chakravarthy Iyengar was one... The program terminated amid loud cheers of Baba’s Jai. (Lord Meher-p-2058-1939)



(Younger daughter of Sampath Aiyangar C.V)

Janaky K. was younger daughter of Sampath Aiyangar. She dedicated herself to Baba at first sight in March 1930, her staunch, unquestioning love for Baba was rare and Baba’s gift to her. Even at the outset she proved this. For instance, she was expecting her third child during Baba’s first visit to Meher Bhawan in 1930. Soon after Baba’s visit she had a severe attack of small pox. Doctors advised her to terminate her pregnancy to save her own life but she refused saying that she would leave everything to her God Baba. She not only fully recovered but to everyone’s amazement neither she nor her baby son Mehernath had any pox marks. Her faith in Baba had worked a miracle.

Trail and tribulations in her life only deepened her love and faith in Baba. This she transmitted to her children and grand children in great measure. She was solely responsible for keeping all in Aiyangar family rooted in baba after Aiyangar’s passing away. Under Baba’s instructions Adi (Sr.) kept in touch with her to keep track of the family after Aiyangar’s demise in 1943.

Baba permitted her to spend a week with Him and women mandali during His stay in Bangalore- an experience she cherished all her life.

The sacred Padukas worn by Baba during his 1947 visit to Madras was gifted by Him to her as His Prasad in exchange for a new pair he asked her to make and send.

It is to her that Aiyangar family owes a rich collection of Baba books, photographs, lockets and so on.

She passed away on 15-2-1968 and Beloved Baba was pleased to send the following telegram for the family.

“My dear Janaki has come to Me for eternal rest in My bliss. She is blessed- Meher Baba in seclusion”



(Gr. D/o Sampath Aiyangar)

Kasthuri, grand daughter of Mr. Sampath Aiyangar had Baba’s darshan in Aiyangar’s house in Bangalore on 18/19 April, 1934 when he was 8 years old. Baba was in a playful mood and entertained her by playing Hide & seeks, Stop & Go and Spot the middle finger.

On April 1934, she got opportunity to see Baba once again at her grandfather’s house in Bangalore.


23-LAXMI V. T.

Laxmi V. T. was the eldest daughter of Sampath Aiyangar had indomitable courage in taking bold initiatives; she grew up to become high profile, educated and prominent social worker instead of languishing as a shattered teenage widow which she was.

Even before Baba’s first visit to Saidapet in 1930 she assisted her father in spreading Baba’s name and message. She helped plan programs during Baba’s visits to Aiyangar’s home in Saidapet and Bangalore. She was the editor of the Meher gazette from 1930 to 1938 and talked about Baba in various meetings,

Her motto in life was “work is worship’. She had high-risk responsible positions which often posed threats to her life. Her firm faith in Baba saved her always.

During Baba’s visit to Saidapet He visited a Baby Care centre, the Harijan Welfare Colony, and Vigilance Home for rehabilitation of fallen women, run all by her. The inmates of Vigilant Home garlanded Baba with a specially woven Cotton garland with Velvet Flowers in them. Baba gave special instructions to Dr. Donkin to send the garland to the Backetts in London, who in turn donated it to the Myrtle Beach Centre in U.S.A.

She was responsible to arrange for Beloved Baba third and last visit to Saidapet, Madras in 1947from April 2nd to 5th. 15000 people had darshan.

She was appointers Honorary Magistrate in of her dedicated service to humanity. She was highly talented and her plats, songs, poems and articles were very much appreciated.

After Aiyangar’s passing away in 1943, she was the source of strength and succour to   Aiyangar family including her sister and her children.



A K. Mehernath is the grandson of Mr. Sampath Aiyangar Saidapet, Chennai who was first lover disciple of Avatar Meher Baba since 1927. He received the grace even before his birth since Beloved Baba blessed her mother Janki who was carrying him at that time when Baba visited Saidapet between 1st to 3rd March 1930 to inaugurate Meher Ashram.

Second time when Meher Baba visited Madras between 17th to 19th February, 1934, Mehernath was 3 years old and had God’s darshan for the first time and sat in his grandmother’s lap  at Baba’s feet.

Again In April and May, 1934, Baba visited his father’s house in Bang lore and stayed for six days and Mehernath as child had opportunity to play with Meher Baba.

In January, 1936, Baba visited his father’s house in Bang lore and on memorable day of 16th February (42nd Birthday as per Parsi calendar) Mehernath got to be with Baba and photographed.

During April 1938, from 24 to 27th Baba stayed in his father’s house and he had Baba’s darshan along with his family.

On 22nd March 1940, Mehernath had Baba’s darshan at Bang lore Meher Ashram when He was 9 years old.

Beloved Baba visited Saidapet madras for 3 rd time between 2nd to 5th April and stayed in his father’s house “Meher Bhawan”. Mehernath along with his family members had Baba’s loving contact.

Mehernath had opportunity to attend 5 days sahwas in Nov/December in 1955 and in 1958.

He later married to Gayathri in 1958 and he along with his wife also had opportunity to get Baba’s darshan at Meherabad. Baba embraces both of them and gave two toffees as prasad.

He had been in correspondence with Baba from 1940 to 1961 and received replies to his queries, messages and blessing from Baba. He had made lot of compilations in his own hand writing and calendar of events on related to Meher Baba’s visits. He is still very hard working and contributed most for this compilation.



While Baba was in Madras with Aiyangar family and close lover Mudaliar Vadivelu met who had helped with arrangements. Many others from Bombay, Nagpur Kashmir and Karachi came for the meeting (Lord Meher-p-2566-1947)

While Baba was on Andhra tour Mudaliar Vadivelu asked if Baba would also visit Madras. Baba looked at the old man lovingly and replied, "Dear Vadivelu, you have brought with you the whole of Madras; so don't worry about My going there in person." (Lord Meher-p-3177-1952)



Meher Baba's 40th birthday was celebrated on 18th February 1934, with great éclat. Programs of arti, bhajan singing and darshan began in the morning. A few private interviews were granted during the mid-day interval and again in evening after a recital by a professional singer. A large public meeting under the chairmanship of Dewan Bahadur J. Venkatanarayana Naidu was held that evening with many speeches delivered about Baba's life and message. (Lord Meher-p-1590-1934)



(Deputy Superintendent of police)

During sahwas program at Meherabad in 1955, when the group had gathered in afternoon M. Raja Muhammad recited a prayer-poem composed by Mallikarjuna Rao. Baba joked, "Read it in such a way that your heart may not start beating rapidly. There are some whose hearts palpitate in my presence. Raja Muhammad, in a clear low voice, read the prayer. (Lord meher-p-3791/2/1955)

Raja Muhammad and his wife Rahimatbi from Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu met Baba again. As his introduction, Baba observed, "He was deputy superintendent of police in Madras. He is a true Muslim. Then he was the inspector-general of police in Pondicherry. He has great love for me. His wife is my devotee. They have written their experiences about me and sent them to Adi. Anyone who wants to can read what they have written." (Lord Meher-p-4305/6-1958).

In sahwas program in 1955 at Meherabad Baba embraced Raja Muhammad and his wife. (Lord Meher-p-4325-1958



Sri C. V. Ramanuja Charlu (Ramanuja-Alia Swamiji) was C V Sampath Aiyangar’s cousin brother. He had Baba’s Darshan at Saidapet, Madras in March 1930 when Baba came to inaugurate Meher Ashram and planted peepal tree in commemoration of His visit.

Later he met Baba in 1634 at Madras and in 1936 in Bangalore. He was attracted to Baba as God from very beginning. He was resident caretaker of Meher Ashramam between 1930 to 1937 and participated in all Baba activities. He fed the poors daily in Baba’s name. He often observed silence. Meher library and reading room at Saidapet Madras were very popular among Baba lovers.

Baba permitted him to join the mandali in 1937 and gave him the nick name “Swamiji”. His primary job was to look after the masts and he sometimes accompanied Adi Sr. during his trips in search of masts.

Since 1930 Sri Ramanujam was in touch with Meher Baba through correspondence. He was then doing his duty as Treasurer of Meher League which was blessed by Baba. In February 1937 he was sent asked by Baba to attend his birthday celebrations at Nasik, which he attended. He also paid his respects, on his return to Shri Narayan Maharaj and Sri Upasani Maharaj of Sakori.

Sri Ramanujam said in his notes: “Within a month after return home I began to feel restless in life, ever longing to join the Master and live in His holy company rendering service to Him. One day a thought suddenly struck me to forthwith telegraph to Baba-‘feeling restless: prey interview. Awaiting orders’-to this I received the telegraphic reply the next day. ‘Come immediately Nasik.’ I started for Nasik and then to Rahuri where Baba was attending to the Mad- Mast persons. When I prostrated Baba, He asked me what my worries were. When I expressed my ardent desire to live with Him rendering service till this body lasted, He unhesitatingly said “You have come in very good time. Yes. You come and join Me at once. You will see and know who I am.”  Immediately he returned to Madras, settled his duties assigned to him in the Mad Ashram along with the two ardent disciples, Pleader and Baidul.

He was with the Master, while Baba was in Bangalore doing important duties. He had gone on Sri Baba’s propaganda mission and returned on the 10th May 1941 from his tour in South India. With His permission he stayed in Saidapet, with his cousin, during his last days in 1941. In 1941, he fell sick while travelling in south India doing Baba’s work observing silence and partial fast on Baba’s order. Baba instructed him to stay with Aiyangar at Meher Bhawan and take medical treatment. He and passed away on 4th June, 1941 in his Cousin’s (C. V. Sampath Aiyangar’s) residence in Saidapet (Madras) at the age of 69.  He continued his silence and just before breathing his last, he loudly called out Baba’s name three times. With the sacred name of Baba on his lips Ramanujam breathed his last and verily has gone to the feet of Avatar Meher Baba. A very fortunate soul indeed.

When Sri Baba was informed of his demise, He sent the following wire to C. V. Sampath Aiyangar:

“No body need feel sad but rather glad because Ramanujam has come to Me.”




On 27th February 1968, inviting ten of the main workers of the Ahmednagar Center to Meherazad Baba praised their efforts in producing a grand celebration for his birthday, especially the procession and talk at Gandhi Maidan. Girjanandan Dube and T. K. Ramanujam, 28, (who had accompanied Girjanandan) were also allowed to see Baba on this occasion. At one point, Dube recited a couplet before Baba about surrendering to God, which Baba appreciated. He allowed him and Ramanujam to kiss His cheeks several times before they departed.

  1. K. Ramanujam ardent Baba lover took his widowed mother for Beloved Meher Baba's darshan with the hope that it would act as a healing balm on her deeply wounded heart. When they sat in front of Baba in the darshan hall at Guruprasad, Poona, Baba looked at them with great understanding and compassion. Baba's eyes rested on the son and He asked, 'Where are you all staying?'

'At Ganeshkhind, Baba.'

'Why are you living so far from here? Could you not stay in a hotel near this place?'

'Baba,' Ramanujam hesitatingly replied, 'it's firstly because my cousin resides at Ganeshkhind'.

'Is that all?' Baba asked. As a Baba lover Ramanujam knew that he will have to explain fully as Baba will not leave it at that! So he replied, 'Baba it is also because my mother doesn't want to eat food cooked at a hotel.'

'Why does she not want to eat food cooked at a hotel?' Baba asked.

'Baba, because she has become a widow and as per our custom a widow takes food prepared by herself or by some relative who should be a Brahmin.'

Baba's eyes peered into the Ramanujam’s eye on his statement. After a moment's pause He said to him, 'Am I not your Father?'

With eyes full of tears, the Ramanujam replied, 'Yes, Baba, you are — you are indeed my Father!'

'Well, how can your mother be a widow then?' Baba pointed His finger at mother.

'You are right, Baba, she can't be a widow,' Ramanujam replied.

Baba's face suddenly assumed brightness and austerity. With calm but divine seriousness He further gestured with His hand making a circle in the air.

He said, 'I am the husband and father of the entire Universe. Know that for sure.'

The Ramanujam bowed down his head in assent. Baba continued, 'There is no need for your mother to shun food prepared at hotels and feel that she is a widow.'

The Ramanujam told his mother what Baba conveyed. He told her not to feel like widows bereft of a husband because she had Baba’s grace — the symbol of help and the protection. His mother perhaps did not quite understand all that was meant. But after leaving Guruprasad Hall, the he noticed a change coming over his mother slowly but steadily. She began to come out of her mental gloom. Baba had started healing her wounded mind, her tortured heart in His imperceptible manner from that moment on.

The mother and the son stayed for a fortnight. On the last day of departure, the mother and the son took an auto and started for Guruprasad to have a parting darshan of Beloved Baba. While on their way to Guruprasad the mother with a sigh of longing said to her son, 'I want to have a ride in Baba's car!'

The Ramanujam said, 'what are you dreaming of, mamma? This is a child-like expectation on your part. Who can travel by Baba's car? It is meant for His use and for the use by His mandali. So give up this childish idea!' She kept quiet, thinking that Baba's car was meant for Baba — The God-man.

When they arrived at Guruprasad and came to the porch, one of the Mandali came out and informed them that Baba had left for a house visit a few minutes back. 'But He has left His car for your mother and yourself to go to Poona Railway Station. So please go in it to the Railway Station, otherwise you people will be missing the train.'

The mother looked proud as her wish was fulfilled and said to her son, 'You talked as if you were not my child but my father. But see how Baba, the (Antaryami) Omniscient One, has fulfilled my desire to travel by His car. So remain a child that you are, O.K.?'

How fortunate were the mother and the son who were indeed beloved and taken care of by the One who knew the slightest wish and thought that sparkled in any mind in the world!

Why not? After all He is having a Universal Mind'. (Much love-pp 348-350)



(Circle Member)

Refer-fortunate Souls-Volume-2 group-10 Sl no 80



Baba arrived in Madras on 1st March 1930 and was received with great love and reverence. He was escorted to the Aiyangar family residence, Meher Bhavan. The next morning, after inaugurating a hall built by Aiyangar opposite his residence that Baba had named Meher Asramam, Baba planted a pipal sapling at Meher Bhavan, thus symbolizing that for generations to come people would find shelter under the cool shade of his love.

Baba visited the child welfare center and distributed sweets to children. In the afternoon he visited the homes of K. S. Srinivasan, and two other Baba lovers. (Lord Meher-p-1145-1930)



A Madrasi official named C. R. Sunder Rajan was residing nearby. When Chanji had visited this landlord four days before, Sunder Rajan had overheard Chanji and asked, "What exactly do you require, brother?" Chanji explained the benevolent work the philanthropic Parsi wanted to do for those who had suffered misfortune, and the Madrasi said, "He can stay in my new premises, which I am supposed to move into soon."

"But you have a family," Chanji pointed out. "The generous Parsi wants a vacant house." Sunder Rajan explained that his family was leaving for Madras in a day or two, so the house would be vacant.

So on the 15th, Chanji took Baba to Sunder Rajan's new house. Seeing him from a distance, Sunder Rajan was deeply affected. Sunder Rajan told Chanji, "You can use my car also during office hours, from 10 A.M. to 5:00 P.M." He gave the use of his driver and included free petrol besides. In those wartime days, gasoline was strictly rationed and very scarce, but Sunder Rajan, being a high official in the supplies department, somehow managed to obtain it for Baba's use.

Baba approved the house, and Sunder Rajan moved into a tiny adjoining room on the premises. Baba "bothered" him every few minutes, sending him word not to make any noise. Sunder Rajan had to be content to remain in his room like a statue. When he had to go out, he would carry his shoes in his hands and quietly tiptoe out of the house. He would only put on his shoes when he was well outside the gate.

All this may sound strange and unbelievable for one who did not know who Meher Baba was. But Baba's attraction was so strong, even atheists changed their minds about God's existence and were ready to serve Baba when they met him.

The Parsi mandali were accommodated in the Parsi dharamshala, and Deshmukh (a Hindu, not permitted to stay at the Parsi dharamshala) stayed in the Anand Bhavan Hotel. All saw Baba every morning at Sunder Rajan's for instructions.

Soon after settling in, Baba changed his plan: Instead of feeding 50 people per day for a month, he now wished to feed all the hundreds of them at once! Chanji went to inform Dr. Chowria, who gladly agreed to the proposal. Every member of his organization worked wholeheartedly. After a thorough selection process, they invited the most needy of the middle class to the feast. Tasty food was prepared, and dhotis and saris were purchased.

The "generous Parsi" (Baba) arrived at the school building on 19th October 1943, for the program, and was escorted to a private room where he could distribute the food. One of the mandali was posted to make sure no one except the genuinely needy entered. Baba served food to about 325 middle class persons who had become destitute. All the poor people gazed at him. They could not help themselves. Baba was such a unique personality that his splendour could not be hidden.

The guests murmured among themselves, "This Parsi must be a real Mahatma! How great he is to feed us so lovingly without any publicity. Others wish their names in the papers and photographers present for any small service." After the meal, Baba handed each man a dhoti and each woman a sari. His name was never disclosed, yet the wave from his Ocean of love touched every heart and, in so doing, cleansed it more than they could ever know.

For the previous few days, besides the feeding of the poor, Baba had been busy hunting for masts in Calcutta. (Lord Meher-p-2382-1943)