Feramroz ( Framroze )  Hormusji  Dadachanji

 

" Chanji "

 

Born : 23rd November , 1892 - India

Died : 25th August, 1944 - Kashmir, India

Married : December 1916 - Divorced 1920-1

Parents :

Siblings : Naoroji ( 1883-1967 )

Nationality : Indian

 

 

Chanji was Meher Baba's secretary during the 1920's and 30s.

 

Chanji was Arnavaz Dadachanji's uncle.

1924

 

One day Baba went for a walk with Naval Talati to Chowpatty Beach ( Bombay ). Baba's gaze happened to fall on a man sitting in a pensive mood, and he asked Naval, "Who is that person?"

Surprised, Naval replied, "Baba, how should I know? Thousands come here every day. He might be anyone."

Baba said, "Go and ask him his name and find out what he is thinking."

Naval hesitated, asking, "What do we have to do with him? But if you insist, I will inquire."

Baba and Naval walked over to the man and called him. The man turned out to be a friend of Naval's. He asked, "What do you want?"

Baba answered, laughing, "We don't want anything."

The man queried, "Then why are you disturbing me?"

Baba replied, "To tell you that only bliss and joy are destined for you!"

Astonished, the man replied, "Joy? I am not so lucky! Happiness is not part of my life. All my happiness has gone away!"

In a serious tone, Baba explained, "Your false idea of happiness will vanish to bring you real bliss. It will be removed to find true joy. So why be miserable and unhappy?"

Hearing this, the man was puzzled and wondered, "Who is this man who reads my mind?" He gazed at Baba and asked, "Who are you?"

Baba only smiled, but his smile was the turning point in the man's life. As he looked at Baba, he was roused from his painful reverie and freed from the sorrow gripping his heart. Naval told his friend about the Master, and Baba said, "You have a very important part to play in my cinema!"

At this point, the man disclosed, "I too have a cinema ... I am the owner ..."

Baba laughed and said, "I am talking about the Universal cinema. By coming to me, you will find out what that is. But what I want to tell you is that good luck is in store for you and you should not feel dejected."

 

Lord Meher Revised Online Edition Page 479

Continued...

Naval then gave him Baba's address and they left. Reading the address, the man's distress dissolved into rays of hope

Who was this man sitting so forlornly on the beach? He was a man so distraught that he was about to commit suicide by drowning himself in the sea. Why? He once had a beautiful wife, whom he loved dearly. He was completely devoted to her and sacrificed much for her happiness and comfort. Although he had complied with her every wish, she left him for another man — his best friend. It drove him to the depths of depression and he could no longer bear his misery. That day, he had come to the shores of Chowpatty Beach to end his life.

People commit suicide every day, but the Savior did not allow this suicide to happen. On the pretext of taking a stroll, he had come to the seashore and lifted the man's heart in his hands. At that moment, the man was given a new life and eventually proved an invaluable medium for the Master's work. He was Framroze Hormusji Dadachanji and he would become Meher Baba's first secretary.

Dadachanji was born in Bombay on 23 November 1892. Educated in Parsi schools in Bombay, he went to college for a year in Karachi and then learned shorthand and typing, and worked for Greaves Cotton Company in Bombay. Four years later, during World War I, he enlisted as a journalist on the hospital ship Takada. He got married in December 1916.

After the war, he worked at various jobs as a salesman, accountant and correspondent with different Bombay companies. He also worked as an advertiser and manager of movie theaters and eventually owned one cinema in partnership — the Madeleine Theater near the corner of Grant and Lamington Road. His partner was his best friend, who had an affair with his wife. The affair led to a divorce in 1920 or 1921, which was quite scandalous at the time.

The morning after the incident on the beach, Baba impatiently paced the floor and later asked Naval to go to Dadachanji's house and bring him. Dadachanji came, narrated his woes to Baba, and sobbed uncontrollably at Baba's feet. Baba took him in his arms, patted his cheeks, and told him, "Leave everything and come to me."

Dadachanji, 31, began visiting Baba regularly and was nicknamed Chanji. After some years, Chanji was reconciled to the turn of events in his marriage which had driven him to despair, because it was his despair that had led Baba to save him.

Chanji was a kind man with a forgiving heart, and he never hated his former wife and partner for what had happened. Due to Chanji's influence, his entire family — his parents, four brothers, one sister, their spouses and children — and numerous other Parsis and Iranis in Bombay, would eventually devote their lives to Meher Baba's cause.

 

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Photo courtesy of Arnavas Dadachanji's  book : Gift of Love
Photo courtesy of Arnavas Dadachanji's book : Gift of Love

CHANJI (Framroz Dadachanji) died August 25, 1944 in Kashmir.

Baba dictated a cable, "Chanji has come to me forever. He has joined me eternally, and no one should worry."

 

(LM8 p2969-2970).

 

 

Baba dictated the following about him:

"Framroze H. Dadachanji
Born on 23rd November 1893. Died on 25th August 1944.

An ardent and very close disciple of Shri Meher Baba of Ahmednagar. He spent twenty years of his life as a personal secretary in the devoted service of Baba. He strove to alleviate the suffering of all with whom he came in contact, and especially exerted his utmost bringing the Parsi community to the pedestal of the true spiritual understanding through the contact and grace of Baba. For time to come, he leaves a vast record of events of Baba's life, with their spiritual significance explained. With Baba he traveled the world over several times, drawing up itineraries and gathering the records of his Master's work with untiring energy. Whilst doing his duties as one of the most trusted and dear ones of Baba, he laid down his life with the name of Baba on his lips."


GO p84



Baba also said of him, "Chanji was not only my disciple, he was my friend."

GO p84
1930s advertisement in the magazine "Meher Message"
1930s advertisement in the magazine "Meher Message"
Courtesy of "Gift of God"
Courtesy of "Gift of God"

Book Published due to Chanji's notes from the 1920s

MEHER BABA'S TIFFIN LECTURES

 

MEHER BABA

 

Edited & Compiled : Framroze "Chanji" Dadachanji,

Meherwan B. Jessawala & Ward Parks

Layout & Art : Sheila Krynski

 

2017 - Hard cover

 

Published : Sheriar Foundation

657 pp.

MEHER BABA ON THE SS BREMEN, NEW YORK, 1932

 

Chanji is standing behind Meredith Starr on right of screen

 

 

1932 : Meher Baba at Harmon, New York.  Chanji is in the dark grey suit, rear far right. Colourized image.
1932 : Meher Baba at Harmon, New York. Chanji is in the dark grey suit, rear far right. Colourized image.
Awakener ; Vol.20,No 2 - Portofino 1933 - Chanji standing on the far left
Awakener ; Vol.20,No 2 - Portofino 1933 - Chanji standing on the far left

CHANJI'S DIARIES


Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Trust Archives, India

1936 Aiyangar family, Bangalore, India. Chanji standing rear right
1936 Aiyangar family, Bangalore, India. Chanji standing rear right
East Challacombe, Devon, 1932, l to r F. H. Dadachanji, Beheram Irani, Dr Abdul Ghani -biographer of Babajan, Adi S Irani, Adi K. Irani & Kaka Baria
East Challacombe, Devon, 1932, l to r F. H. Dadachanji, Beheram Irani, Dr Abdul Ghani -biographer of Babajan, Adi S Irani, Adi K. Irani & Kaka Baria
( L-R ) Adi Jrn., Quentin Tod, Meher Baba, Beheram, Tallulah Bankhead, Chanji and Kaka at Paramount Studios. Photo taken on this day or the 31st May 1932.
( L-R ) Adi Jrn., Quentin Tod, Meher Baba, Beheram, Tallulah Bankhead, Chanji and Kaka at Paramount Studios. Photo taken on this day or the 31st May 1932.
Nth.India : Chanji is 2nd from the right
Nth.India : Chanji is 2nd from the right
MSI Collection ; Harvan, Nth. India
MSI Collection ; Harvan, Nth. India
MSI Collection ; 1938 - India - Chanji seated
MSI Collection ; 1938 - India - Chanji seated
MSI Collection ; England
MSI Collection ; England
MSI Collection ; Trimbak,India 1937 - Chanji is in the middle
MSI Collection ; Trimbak,India 1937 - Chanji is in the middle
MSI Collection ; Portofino, Italy 1930s
MSI Collection ; Portofino, Italy 1930s
1931 : Baba at Hancock, NH.  Malcolm Schloss ( left ) with Meredith Starr & Agha Ali on Baba's right. Courtesy of Lord Meher - p.1464
1931 : Baba at Hancock, NH. Malcolm Schloss ( left ) with Meredith Starr & Agha Ali on Baba's right. Courtesy of Lord Meher - p.1464
1931 Baba at Hancock, NH, Malcolm Schloss on his left Meredith Starr on the right with Agha Ali standing. Courtesy of Lord Meher - p.1481
1931 Baba at Hancock, NH, Malcolm Schloss on his left Meredith Starr on the right with Agha Ali standing. Courtesy of Lord Meher - p.1481
Early 1936 : Chanj standing behind Meher Baba
Early 1936 : Chanj standing behind Meher Baba
MN Collection
MN Collection