1923 Quetta, ( then British India ). Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 Quetta, ( then British India ). Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 

 

1923  :  HIS  MISSION  EXPANDS

 

 

 

1.                       INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

This web page / chapter 5, will follow Merwan Irani in 1923 to expanding his first close group of both male & female followers.

 

The beginning of this page continues the story from the previous page, when Meher Baba and his first group of men mandali ( close ones ) are residing in Dadar, Bombay at the Menzel-e-Meem building.

 

Click on images and maps to enlarge them, also click on the under-scored names to visit their web-pages.

 

 

CONTENT :  1. INTRODUCTION

                     2.  MANZIL-E-MEEM

                     3.  VISIT TO  KALYAN  &  MALANG FORT ( GAD )

                     4 MOVING TO ARANGAON

                     5.  1ST TRIP TO QUETTA

                     6.  WALKING TREK STARTS AT AHMEDABAD

                   

Click on the following button to visit the previous page in Meher Baba's Advent.

 

 1923 : Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 : Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 

2.                       MANZIL-E-MEEM

 

 

On 3rd January 1923, Meher Baba called all the men at the Manzil-e-Meem and announced a new regime whereby daily for an hour or two, they'll have time set aside to hear all matters from the men, chaired by Meher Baba, followed by recreational activity.

This meeting was called a "Gutta" or wineshop / tavern.

 

The old car was finally sold by lottery to a Hindu man - Shri Satchitananda, one of the bhajan singers from Mahim in Bombay.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.471

 

1976 . The Manzil-e-Meem building. Khorshed is seen standing at the entrance. Image courtesy of John Connor & rendered by Anthony Zois.
1976 . The Manzil-e-Meem building. Khorshed is seen standing at the entrance. Image courtesy of John Connor & rendered by Anthony Zois.

 

February

 

By 2nd February, Meher Baba had been on the 38th day of his fast. He then went onto a liquids diet. On the 15th February, he instructed 500 people to be fed and 100 poor people clothed.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.474

 

 

In early February, Baba explained to Dr. Ghani his process with his Masters.

Baba said, " In my case, Babajan gave me Realization : and for understanding I had to go to Maharaj, who took 8 years to finish the process of understanding. During this period of my process of understanding, if I had connection with some others, I would have gone to many for such understanding. Such Masters who advance the student are also entitled to be called a Master, although, in the real sense, there is only one Master."

 

Baba also revealed about the 'charge' ( authority )Baba said, " The last 4 months that I was with Maharaj at Sakori, I had to externally take charge in writing. The stamped paper agreements written here by me, ....."

 

Ramjoo's Diaries  p.152

 

 

One day in February, Meher Baba convened a session of the "Gutta", for all the men of the Manzil. Baba said " Let us have a motto".

All agreed, suggestions came and finally they all agreed to "Mastery in Servitude". It became the motto of the Manzil, later the Master's work.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.478

 

Meher Baba's Colophon
Meher Baba's Colophon

 

 

 

CHOWPATTY  BEACH, BOMBAY

 

February,.....continued

 

On the 12th February, the Poona men mandali ( close ones ) arrived and were sent to Chowpatty Beach to bathe and wash their clothes, before being permitted to enter the Manzil.

On the 13th, a large pandal 'tent' was erected over the Manzil's backyard, to celebrate Baba's 29th birthday.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.483

 

A Pathan ( of ethnic Pashtun ancestry ) in the service of Saint Tipoo Baba brought a bouquet and a garland of flowers for Baba on the 15th. He in return, sent Tipoo Baba  a garland and a sheet of flowers for Abdur Rehman Baba's tomb.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries p.137

 

 

Later that day, 500 poor people were brought to the Manzil to be fed. The Poona visitors returned to their homes.

The following day, Maulvi Abdul Wahid came to the Manzil, he had come from Hyderabad, he had seen bright lights above the Manzil while he was in the nearby mosque meditating. This prompted him to seek out this place.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.483

 ***There is no image for Maulvi Abdul Wahid

 

The feast was continued up to 4 pm when about 800 poor were fed, while the mandali were observing a complete fast since the previous night, which ended at 9 pm that night. However, Baba did not break his liquid fast.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries p.155

 

  SAINT TIPOO BABA            ABDUR REHMAN BABA'S tomb              ABDUR REHMAN BABA

 

 

February,.....continued

 

 

Baba's birthday was celebrated on the 19th February at the Manzil-e-Meem.

Ramjoo's Diaries p.160

 

Later in February, Shireen ( Baba's mother ), Daulat and her sister Freiny, cousin Naja and Gulmai came to Bombay for Baba's birthday celebrations. The ladies were accommodated on the top floor of the Manzil. Baba stayed downstairs with the men.

During Baba's birthday, he was profusely garlanded whilst seated on the floor. Another 200 people came for his birthday. All feasted, then a qawaali singing program followed.

Baba's birthday was celebrated on the 19th February at the Manzil-e-Meem.

 

 Ramjoo's Diaries p.160

 

***There is no image for Freiny ( Daulat's sister ).

 

 

 

  SHIREEN D. IRANI          DAULAT S. IRANI            NAJA R. IRANI              GULMAI K. IRANI

 

 

February,.....continued

 

 

The following day ( 20th ), Baba asked Daulat in a private meeting "Are you willing to marry your daughter Freiny to Rustom ( K.).

Daulat agreed, as this arrangement had been planned for some months. That afternoon Meher Baba betrothed Rustom & Freiny ( who had also come ) to the Manzil, this gave both mothers great pleasure.

 

Later, Baba remarked, " After Rustom's wedding, I am thinking of moving to some village for a while."  Gulmai then asked, " Why don't you come and visit our property near Arangaon village, outside Ahmednagar ?"

 

Baba replied to her, "Why do you say that ?"  Gulmai replied, " Your visit has been foretold by a local saint Gilori Shah."

 

Baba made out he didn't understand and Gulmai told him the story that Gilori Shah told her. Baba then told Gulmai after hearing her story, to complete the tomb for the saint  as he wished.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.484-5

 

 

On the 23rd February, about 200 poor, blind and maimed were fed and 50 were clothed.

The following day ( 24th ) news came from Davla Masi that Perfect Master Maharaj had gone very weak from he self imposed imprisonment in a bamboo cage.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries p.160

***There is no image for Davla Masi ( female )

 

 

RUSTOM K. IRANI      FREINY J. IRANI                SAINT GILORI SHAH          UPASNI MAHARAJ

 

 

 1923 : Perfect Master Upasni Maharaj self-imprisoned in his bamboo cage at Sakori. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 : Perfect Master Upasni Maharaj self-imprisoned in his bamboo cage at Sakori. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
Map showing the area between Bombay & Ahmednagar, especially Arangaon. Map graphics bt Anthony Zois.
Map showing the area between Bombay & Ahmednagar, especially Arangaon. Map graphics bt Anthony Zois.

      ADI K. IRANI                 MUNSHI RAHIM        BEHRAMJI H. IRANI       GUSTADJI HANSOTIA

 

 

RAMJOO JAFFER         HORMUSJI VAJIFDAR              DURGABAI              KHWAJA H. NIZAMI

 

 

March

 

On the 7th March, Baba went on a car ride to Munshi's home on Charni Road in Bombay along with Behramji, Gustadji, Ramjoo, Adi & Vajifdar. This was the first time in 3 months of strict confinement. They stayed a couple of hours. Later that night they returned to the Manzil and leaned the Upasni Maharaj had sent some of his men to bring Merwan back to Sakori, which Baba refused.

Upasni's chief female disciple Durgabai also came a few days later and tried, but to no avail.

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.495

 

For a couple of weeks Upasni Maharaj had been verbally putting down Baba to many who came to him, including Shireen - Baba's mother and Adi K. Irani. Shireen was physically abused by Upasni Maharaj, which scared her, but later settled down after talking to him.

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On the 9th March, the Manzil was again staged to celebrate the engagement of Rustom & Freiny Irani. Decorations were everywhere - 200 tables sets, it was like a royal feast.

Family members were in their finest clothes for the event.

Baba told Freiny after the ceremony not to return to Sakori, but to stay with his aunt

( Gulmai's sister ) in Parel in Bombay.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.496

 

Baba returned to Charni Road on the 13th, staying the night there, returning to the Manzil at 5pm on the 14th.

 

The Manzil on 19th had a distinguished visitor - Khwaja Hasan Nizami who had come by car, to see Baba, but Baba had disallowed anyone to see him. Arrangement were then made for some of the mandali to see Nizami the following day near Chowpatty in Bombay.

 

 Ramjoo's Diaries p.173-4

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khwaja_Hasan_Nizami

 

 

 

1922-3 : Manzil-e-Meem, Bombay, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1922-3 : Manzil-e-Meem, Bombay, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 

March... continued

 

One day in late March, Baba decided to go to Sakori alone and as he walking to Dadar Railway Station, the men mandali followed him and when he told them to go back they refused even when he was persistent. He then relented and they all went back to the Manzil. Soon afterwards, he told the men that after Rustom's wedding in May in Ahmednagar, that he'll be staying in Arangaon with a few men and life will be very tough.

 

Whilst some of the men were starting to dismantle the partitioning at the Manzil and others trying to sell Upasni Maharaj's biography.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.499

 

 

KamarAli Darvesh dargah in Shivapur.
KamarAli Darvesh dargah in Shivapur.

 

April

 

On the 5th April, Baba consented that Ramjoo and Dr. Ghani take the train from Lonavla where they now lived, on the Madras Express to Poona, joining others there, then by motor lorry to Shivapur. The distance from Poona R.S. is 27 kms / 17 miles.

 

The following day, they paid their respects at the court of Kamarali Shah Darvesh, whose yearly anniversary, thousands from Poona and elsewhere celebrate.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries p.184

 

Hazrat Kamar Ali was a great Sufi whose name means 'wisdom'.

He passed away at a very early age of 18 years and there after he was honoured as a saint. He was buried at this place about 700 years back.

https://www.indianmirror.com/temples/kamar-ali-darvesh.htmlhttps://aalequtub.com/hazrat-qamar-ali-darvesh-r-a/

 

 

 

3.   VISIT TO  KALYAN  &  MALANG FORT ( GAD )

 

 

Malang gad ( fort )
Malang gad ( fort )

 

April..... continued

 

Meher Baba and a few of the men that included Ramjoo, Ghani and Khak Saheb, returned to Kolyan on the 13th April at 2:30pm, taking tonjas for the mountain journey to Saint Malang Shah's tomb ( dargah ), that they tried to visit in late October 1922.

Reaching the base of the mountain, Baba stayed with Sadashiv, whilst the others went up to the mountain, bow down and make offerings of pretty flower sheets on the grave on Baba's behalf at the saint's dargah.

This all took 2 1/2 hours.

 

The journey back to Kolyan was 14 miles / 22.5 kms, in the hot sun. Once they returned at 2pm, Baba took them to a restaurant near the station and allowed the men soda water and watermelons, the local water was polluted.

 

Baba and the party left for Bombay by a local train, while Ramjoo went back to Lonavla with Dr. Ghani by the evening express.

 

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.500-502

***Ramjoo's Diaries p. 185-6

 

 

April... continued

 

On the 15th April, Baba went to the marriage ceremony at Naval & Dina Talati's house in Central Bombay, before the wedding started, he called them into the street, where he blessed them, he then rode back in a tonga to the Manzil-e-Meem.

 

 

 

1920s : Dina & Naval Talati. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1920s : Dina & Naval Talati. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 

April... continued

 

The men had packed the luggage ready for the next chapter, leaving the Manzil-e-Meem.

Ten months had passed and the remaining 13 men left by train on the night of the 19th for Ahmednagar.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.502-5

 

By the 19th April 1923, all the arrangements were completed in full detail for leaving the Manzil, even the disposal of the Flour Mill was concluded as well, Baba decided to leave for Ahmednagar that night on the Raichur Passenger train.

The Menzil premises were duly handed back to the owner, the heavy luggage was dispatched to the station, an outhouse was retained as an office for matters of the 'Circle & Co.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries p.177-8

 

Bombay-Poona Mail train. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
Bombay-Poona Mail train. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 

 

4.                                        MOVING TO ARANGAON

 

 

 1923 Ghatkopar, India. Trimmed image. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 Ghatkopar, India. Trimmed image. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 

April... continued

 

When they arrived in Poona, Baba's relatives, Ramjoo, the Kasba Peth mandali & fishermen were present at the railway station. Baba was profusely garlanded with flowers, while refreshments were served.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.505

 

1923 : OLD POONA RAILWAY STATION - entrance. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 : OLD POONA RAILWAY STATION - entrance. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 

April... continued

 

The train left Poona at 7:30am on the 20th April and arrived in Ahmednagar a few hours later.   ( see end February 1923 map prior for journey details )

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.505

 

The train ride from Poona to Ahmednagar took 5 hours then.

 

1920S : AHMEDNAGAR RAILWAY STATION. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1920S : AHMEDNAGAR RAILWAY STATION. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 

 

KHUSHRU  QUARTERS, AHMEDNAGAR

 

1938 : Khrushru Quarters, Ahmednagar. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1938 : Khrushru Quarters, Ahmednagar. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

Khushru Quarters became known later as Meher Nazar, the Trust office on Kings Road, Ahmednagar.

 

April... continued

 

Meher Baba stayed at Gulmai Irani's residence at Khrushru Quarters. Apart from her family.the other Zoroastrian community were hostile towards Baba and would ridicule Gulmai and her family. Baba stayed secluded for 7 days in his room, after exploring Ahmenagar for several days.

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.505

 

On the 30th April, Baba took a long hike with the men mandali to Happy Valley, some 14 miles / 22 kms north of Ahmednagar. They stayed at a duk bungalow, a government rest hous for several days.

Baba celebrated Upasni Maharaj's birthday on the 3rd May, whilst still at Happy Valley and instructed his mandali to fast for 24 hours and cook food for hundreds of the poor from the nearby village.

Late in the night, after the villagers departed, Baba left Happy Valley with his mandali at 11:30pm and walked back to Ahmednagar in the dark. They reached their Khrushru Quarters at 2:00am ( 4th May ) quite exhausted.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.506-9

 

Part of the road / path that Baba took from Ahmednagar & Happy Valley, went past his future home at Meherazad in the late 1940s  - 1960s.

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TRIP  TO  HAPPY  VALLEY

 

May... continued

 

During the day of the 4th May, Adi told Baba some of the slander from family members staying at the house and Gulmai ( his mother ) had not returned as instructed from Sakori. Baba stormed out and was rapidly walking through Ahmednagar and finally stopped on Station Road, some of his men were following him, leaving their belongings behind. They crossed the Sina River, after walking 6 miles / 10kms to the south, they saw some dilapidated buildings and a small village nearby.

When they entered the property, they came across a watchman who informed them that it used to be a British military post and were now owned by Gulmai's husband - K.K. Irani.

The nearby village was Arangaon. Baba sat down under a neem tree by a well, he pointed out the newly constructed tomb for the Muslim saint Gilori Shah. Other features were also observed.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.510

 

Arrived in Arangaon's outskirts

 

4th May... continued

 

Rustom K. Irani realized that Baba was gone and he raced on his motorbike, eventually finding him sitting under a tree. Rustom had tears in his eyes asking why Baba left.

Baba said, " I no longer wish to stay in Khrushru Quarters " and he explained to Rustom, he won't be present at his wedding but will later bless both of them. Rustom was sent back to send their belongings to their new location.

Later on, the baggage arrived and the men spread out their bedding rolls, but there were swirling hot winds, also a snake was killed during the night.

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.510

 

The Post Office

Meherabad P O model constructed by Ted Judson. The fence was erected 2 years later when it accomodated the women mandali. Image courtesy of the Meher Baba Trust, India.
Meherabad P O model constructed by Ted Judson. The fence was erected 2 years later when it accomodated the women mandali. Image courtesy of the Meher Baba Trust, India.

 

May... continued

 

The next day ( 5th May ), the men swept the Post Office building and cleaned it. Baba and the men stayed in there that night. The next day, the cleaning and repair of the mess hall ( Old barracks ) was carried out the whole day and night, even Baba helped out.

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.511

 

During the 6th May, Ghani, Ramjoo, Sadashiv, Munshi and Vajifdar arrived and quickly adopted the new daily schedules. Baba told them that life here was too rough for them and sent some back to Bombay except Ramjoo.

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.512

 

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/50267608/meherabad-avatar-meher-baba-trust

 

Sarosh Manzil, Ahmednagar, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
Sarosh Manzil, Ahmednagar, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 

May... continued

 

On the 8th May, Meher Baba changed his mind and attended Rustom's wedding, but stayed on the top floor of Sarosh Manzil.The men were instructed to help set-up for the wedding at Gulmai's home.

Rustom & Freiny were married the following day ( 9th May ), with Baba dressed in a new suit of clothes and the 'puja' was performed before him. Baba did not attend the public ceremony, but he did bless the couple when they came to him eat at the Sarosh Manzil. A small programme was held for Baba.

Pilamai Hormunzd Irani had come from Karachi for the wedding. She became devoted to Baba after meeting him.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.513

 

Rustom K. Irani was 25 years old & Freiny J. Irani was 19 1/2  years old when they married.

 

9th May 1923 : Rustom & Freiny's Wedding, standing outside the Parsi Fire Temple in Ahmednagar. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
9th May 1923 : Rustom & Freiny's Wedding, standing outside the Parsi Fire Temple in Ahmednagar. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

May continued....

 

May 10th

 

After the music stopped, Baba discussed with the men mandali the next arrangement for them. He instructed Khak Saheb to go back to Bombay and stay with Munshi and Sayyeb.

The Kasba Peth men to go back to Poona and the remaining 13 men  - Jal, Gustadi, Adi K., Babu, Cyclewalla, Baidul, Barsoap, Behramji, Masaji, Pendu, Nervous, Padri, Ramjoo and Slamson, would stay with Baba in Arangaon.

Ghani was sent back to Bombay a couple of days later.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.516

 

            JAL                     GUSTADJI             ADI K.                 B. CYCLEWALLA            BAIDUL

    BARSOAP           BEHERAMJI              MASAJI                     PENDU                 NERVOUS

 

      PADRI                            RAMJOO                           SLAMSON                 PILAMAI H. IRANI 

May continued....

 

May 11th

 

Once Baba decided who went where, there was another dispute arose in Gulmai's family which gave Baba the excuse to leave. They all walked to the Railway Station and stayed in the traveller's shelter there. Baba didn't want to go back to Arangaon.

After a couple of days at the shelter, Baba decided to go back to Arangaon. Their goods were once again transported there by cart. It was also decided to clean and repair the old mess hall - old bungalow, ( see image below ) to house the men.

Ramjoo's Diaries  p.192-6

 

On the 11th May, when Baba stormed out of Sarosh Manzil, because of the slander accusing him future deceitful actions. Baba first walked to the Railway Station, stopping at a deserted graveyard on the way. He and his men rented a dharmashala - rest house.

Behramji had gone to the Post Office near Arangaon and returned with all their belongings by bullock cart. Gulmai was distressed by Baba's departure from her house and their property, husband Kaikhushru went to the rest house and pleaded with Baba to return to Arangaon and Baba agreed.

After a 3 days stay, Baba walked back to Arangaon on the 13th May and stayed in the Post Office building.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.517

 

 

 

By the 22nd May, the mess quarters were quite ready for occupation, when suddenly a small snake was found inside a bedding roll. This incident sparked Baba to decide to immediately leave Arangaon, Ahmednagar district and India for Persia.

Ramjoo's Diaries  p.192-6

 

Because of the snake situation, Baba said he wanted to go somewhere where there wasn't any snakes or scorpions. Suggestions were made and Pendu suggested Quetta. Baba like this and since he had promised to visit Karachi to Pilamai, Baba later said, " Not only should we leave Arangaon, but we should also leave Ahmednagar, Bombay and India altogether and go to Persia by route of Quetta and Karachi."

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.521

 

The distance from Khushru Quarters to the dharmashala was half mile.

 

Early 1920s. Old Barracks / Mess Hall at Lower Meherabad, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
Early 1920s. Old Barracks / Mess Hall at Lower Meherabad, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 

 

May... continued

 

During the wedding period, Meher Baba stated to Pilamai H. Irani, " Gulmai is my spiritual mother, but remember you are my spiritual sister, so you should stay in close contact with me ".

 

Mehera J. Irani did not attend Freiny's wedding. She was Freiny's sister.

She was staying in Sakori with Upasni Maharaj. She was doing manual labour carrying stones, earth, etc., on her head in an iron container for the contruction work, along with Maharaj's female devotees, who were also helping in the work.

Mehera's knee became swollen during the wedding period and Maharaj did not allow her to work or attend the wedding. Others who attended the wedding had wanted to propose to Mehera, but she was absent.

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.518-9

 

Mehera J. Irani was 15 years old at the time.

 

 

Baba told Soona Irani  ( see below ) who had come from Bombay for the wedding with her daughter Khorshed ( 13 y.o. ), not to go back to Bombay but stay in Ahmednagar, so that they could have Baba's darshan ( blessing ) regularly.

 

Before leaving Arangaon, the topic of giving a name to the place ( Post Office & barracks ) discussed and Baba renamed it "Meherabad ", "Abad " meaning a prosperous settlement, or a flourishing colony. A large sign was painted and Nervous nailed it between 2 poles, near the railway tracks.

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.521

 

 

    SOONA  IRANI                                                                               KHORSHED K. IRANI ( young )

 

 

 

5.                                 1ST  TRIP  TO  QUETTA

 

 

1923 -  Quetta, ( then Bristish Inia ). 1923 - Quetta, ( then British India ). Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 - Quetta, ( then Bristish Inia ). 1923 - Quetta, ( then British India ). Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 

May... continued

 

On the morning of 25th May, Baba ordered everything from Meherabad moved to Khushru Quarters, only bedding rolls and small personal items were taken on their journey to Quetta. Baba and his party walked alongside the path of the railway tracks from Meherabad reaching Ahmednagar Railway Station at 10:30am.

Many had gathered prior to Baba's arrival to bade him and his entourage of 5 women and 14 men farewell.

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.521

 

They left Ahmednagar by train at 12:30pm, reaching Manmad in the early evening.

Ramjoo's Diaries  p.197  & Lord Meher Vol.2  p.523

 

The 14 men are shown in the following image taken prior to their trip from Bombay to Quetta.

The men are : Adi K., Babu Rao ( Cyclewalla ), Baidul, Abdul Rehman ( Barsoap ), Behramji, Nervous, Padri, Pendu, Ramjoo, Sarosh, Jal ( Baba's brother ).

 

The 4 women are : Gulmai, Soona and her daughter Khorshed, Pilamai & her infant son Vithal.

 

Click on the under-lined names to visit their respective web pages on this site.

 

The photo below was taken just prior to Baba and his men mandali left Quetta for Ahmedabad in late June 1923. They had just received their kafnis outfits for their forthcoming long foot journeys.

1923 - Quetta, ( then British India ). Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 - Quetta, ( then British India ). Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 area covered by Meher Baba and his companions.
1923 area covered by Meher Baba and his companions.
May - June 1923 map route - Ahmednagar to Quetta, Br. India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
May - June 1923 map route - Ahmednagar to Quetta, Br. India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
East Gateway, Stupa 1, Sanchi, India. Courtesy of Wkipedia.
East Gateway, Stupa 1, Sanchi, India. Courtesy of Wkipedia.

May continued....

 

25th May... continued

 

 The train reached Sanchi ( north of Manmad ) and past the sculptured stupas dedicated to Lord Buddha. Baba made a comment about the Buddha in India over 2,500 years ago.

" Gautama was physically perfect, or had a perfect body. in comparison with the other Avatars".

 

The train arrived in Agra and all disembarked on the 27th May. They were instructed to all carry their own bags even though there were rail porters on hand. They stayed at the Empress Hotel.

Later, they all followed Baba to see the city's main attractions, Taj Mahal & Agra Fort during a very hot day.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.523-4

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanchi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agra https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agra_Fort

 

AGRA

1988 - Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Photo taken by Anthony Zois.
1988 - Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Photo taken by Anthony Zois.
1988 - The Red Fort, Agra, India. Photo taken by Anthony Zois.
1988 - The Red Fort, Agra, India. Photo taken by Anthony Zois.
Map of Agra, India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
Map of Agra, India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

May continued....

 

28th May

 

The next morning ( 28th May ), they went to Mathura ( north of Agra ) and stayed in a Hindu dharmshala. The men bathed in the Jamuna River and also washed their clothes.

Mathura is famed as the birthplace of Lord Krishna and they went to the shrine-temple where he was born 4,000 years ago.

That night they took rides in boats on the Jamma River.

 

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.525

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathurahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamuna

MATHURA IS 200 KMS FROM DELHI.

MATHURA IS 50 KMS FROM AGRA.

 

MATHURA

 

1920s : Mathura. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1920s : Mathura. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

May continued....

 

29th May

 

The following day 29th May, Meher Baba and his group left Mathura by train and arrived at Delhi at 5:30pm. Baba cancelled a visit to the city, so only hurried glimpses of the old city were had. The railway station had 17 platforms and they all made their way to platform for the N.W. Ry. Mail train to Bhatinda ( now Bathinda ), in the Punjub state.

 

** During this travel period, the rail lines were not established in some areas, hence the round-a-bout route to get to Karachi from Delhi. Refer to the previous large map May-June 1923.

 

 The following images are of Delhi, Bathinda & Samasata Railway Stations. Click on images to enlarge.

May continued....

 

30th May

 

They arrived the following morning ( 30th May ) at Bhatinda and changed trains for Samasatta and again changed trains at Samasatta ( now Pakistan ) for the Karachi Mail train which arrived in the evening for the journey to Karachi. The train was packed like sardines when they boarded and the heat was terrible when they left.

 

 

Ramjoo's Diaries  p.199-202

 

 

KARACHI

 

 

1931 : Map of Karachi, British India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1931 : Map of Karachi, British India. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1920s : Karachi Cantonment Railway Station. Image rendering by Anthony Zois.
1920s : Karachi Cantonment Railway Station. Image rendering by Anthony Zois.

 

May continued....

 

On May 31st, the train arrived in Karachi later that morning, Pilamai's husband Hormasji and others including Baily greeted Baba and the group at the railway station. Baba was garlanded.

Baily's sister had previously moved to Karachi and Baily had been sent ahead to help with the arrangements.

They all then went in Victoria horse drawn buggies to Pilamai's house where they all stayed. They all washed and refreshed themselves. She later gave Baba and others a tour of the city and visited his paternal uncle Khodadad and his aunt Banu, who had moved from Bombay, they also visited Baily's sister at her home.

 

They went for a drive to Clifton and its sea face. Kothare Parade was recently completed with fine pavilions built of stone  and concrete, also a bandstand, which impressed many.

They also visited the docks at Keamari, which was serviced by trams. Many fine building were seen including cinemas and the Empress Market.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries  p.202

Lord Meher Vol.2  p.526

 

Check the map above for the places mentioned in Karachi.

The book sources don't mention which part of Karachi they stayed, but it would be presumed they stayed near the Parsi Colony which is near the Zoo & Soldier Bazaar.

Meher Baba and his group stayed 7 days in the Karachi area.

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Click on the following images to enlarge.

 

 

1st June 1923

 

Baba decided to take the men on a tour of the city after some men went to Friday prayers at the Aram Bagh Mosque. The men that went for prayers misjudged the time difference so they ended up being late and upsetting plans that Baba had made. Later, many taxis were hired and they headed to Soldier Bazaar near the Zoo and Botanical Gardens which were  combined.

 

After the visit there, they took to the main streets such as Bunder Road in Karachi and checking out what films were playing so they could arrange later that night to see a programme. The explored the docks at Keamari and the different camps of the city.

From Keamari, they took a ferry ride to Manora Island on the other side of East Channel, with Baba Island nearby. Manora Is. was mainly occupied by the military.

 

After returning to their residency and had supper, they went to a cinema.

The following 2 days were very uneventful except for occasional walks nearby.

 

 They toured the city in large Buick cars of that period 1918-1923. The year & models are not mentioned. The models shown above are very typical of the model for that period.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries  p.203-4

 

Check the big map above for the places mentioned in Karachi.

Check out the main page of Karachi in the Location folder. Click the name Karachi to visit.

Some place names especially roads have had their names changed to Pakistani names.

 Click on the following images to enlarge.

 

 

June continued....

 

4th June

 

 Baba and his group left their house at 6:30 am and took the tram to the railway station, with the train leaving for Malir ( a small village ) at 8:15 am, travelling 2 stations away, on the N-E outskirts of Karachi for a picnic.

They put up in the compound of a bungalow, a short distance from the station. Because of the scarcity of water they moved to a nearby  hotel, again, little water to be found. They now walked a few miles to a field which which water pumped by a motor and they bathed, washed, etc. They returned at the end of the day to Karachi.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries  p.204-5 & Lord Meher p.526

 

The next 2 days were not recorded, but assumed they rested before moving on, which Baba had made changes on the 5th June.

 

 The following images are of Malir, near Karachi, Sibi Railway Station and the Bolan Pass and Quetta Railway Station.

 

June continued....

 

7th June

 

 Meher Baba and his group left Karachi on the train for Quetta at 9:30 am, On the way the temperature rose considerably and the sand dust from the desert was blowing.

 

8th June

 

At 5:45 am the following day they reached Sidi junction. They stopped for an hour as a security requirement, everyone was examined medically and the police checked their travel papers, because of the frontiers people. They headed off again an hour later for Quetta taking them through the Bolan Pass, with security very tight all along to Quetta.

 

QUETTA

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetta

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1935_Quetta_earthquake

A larger display of images can be viewed on the main page for Quetta on this website.

The city of Quetta was destroyed about 2 years after his initial visit in late May 1933.

 

They reached Quetta at 5:30 pm  9th June and were quickly taken by carriages to a rented house on Bruce Road next door to Rusi Irani's home. Baba stayed on the 1st floor and the men upstairs. Rusi owned a restaurant and took care of his guests with food, etc. he was a confectioner and also an amateur magician and would perform to Baba and the group throughout their stay.

 

Being at 5,000 feet above sea level, it was very cold. Everyone refreshed themselves upon arrival.

 

Pilamai's brother Rusi Jehangir Irani, was residing in Quetta with his wife Khorshed with eir 2 daughters. Khorshed's sister was married to Gulmai's nephew Dinshaw, Sarosh's brother. They had all attended Rustom's wedding  and had met Meher Baba.

 

The real reason for the trip was Baba wanted to meet Rusi's daughters - Goher ( 7 years old ) & Katie ( 3 years old ). Rusi gave Baba a tour of the city - the orchards & Garden of Jamasp. Baba also met a mast opposite his house.

                           

Lord Meher p.528                 

                             

RUSI & KHORSHED IRANI        MEHER BABA IN QUETTA 1923   KHORSHED & HER CHILDREN

The above images of Quetta were taken in the 1920s & 1930s & after the May 31st devastating earthquake. Click on the images to enlarge them & their details.

 

June continued....

 

On the 9th June, Rusi took Baba and the group a sight-seeing tour of Quetta and it's many gardens and orchards. About this time, Baba made contact with a mast ( God-intoxicated person ) called Allah, who was staying at a hotel opposite to their residency.  who had picked Baba up and swinging him around It took a while for the Mast to let him down.

The following day the 10th June, they walked and inspected the Kabari Markets and the following day 11th June, the men without Baba, visited Sandham Hall and its fine grounds, the local museum, which was closed and the nearby large Town Hall building, including the very fine rest houses and shelters.

The following day, 12th June, they walked to see the road known locally as Thandi Sadak

( Gloucester & Lyntton Roads ) for the tree canopies over the road. They also saw British military aeroplanes buzzing the skies and the Scottish Highlanders marching past twice daily, in full dress and bagpipes playing.

Baba bought up forth a new plan, staying the next 6 months in India before going to Persia, possibly taking a walking tour from Kashmir to Bombay with long stays along the way. The next day, 13th June, at 6pm Baba had a desire to climb the large hill over-looking their house. Everyone dashed through the town to the foot of the hill over several miles away and then the climb was abandoned.

The next few days were uneventful, but on the 18th June, Baba  and the group went to see the 1916

 

 

 Below : The 1916

 Above :

 

June continued....

 

    On the 21st June, Baba and his group travelled in 3 Ford cars and a Ford lorry took them to see the waterworks in the mountain pass at Urak - 14 miles away ( 22kms ). Having arrived, they settled in the visitor's bungalow, food was prepared and consumed by all.

After lunch, Baba was photographed under a tree, which proved successful. Many photos were taken by the streams and pools of water and also the surrounding hills.

Everyone was back to Quetta by sunset.

The following day 22nd June, Baba had a meeting with the men mandali about the upcoming journeys and all agreed to Baba's conditions.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries p. 210-214

Sohrab J. Irani ( Rusi's brother ) was the photographer at the Urak Valley.

They visited Hanna Lake which is the main water reservoir for Quetta.    

The images below are of the 1922 Ford motor car & 1920 Ford Model TT truck, typical models.

1923 : Map of Quetta district showing Hanna Lake & Urak Valley that Baba visited. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1923 : Map of Quetta district showing Hanna Lake & Urak Valley that Baba visited. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

 

June continued....

 

On 23rd June, Baba and the men tried out the new kafni clothing which they'll wear on their upcoming walks. They had several photos taken in these clothes ( see May 25th group photo ).

Later that day, they went to the Empire Cinema watching the 1920 film "Heliotrope". ( see film poster above )

Baba had sent Asthma to Ahmedabad to get his father's permission to travel in the future.

 

On 24th June, after lengthy discussions, the touring program was changed, Calcutta was now the starting point of the next foot journey, then on the following day, 25th June, the starting place was now agreed to be Ahmedabad in Gujarat State.

 

Prior to leaving, Baba threaded a length of string to 2 matchboxes and stretched them, then handed one end to Gulmai and spoke to her through the other end and then did the same with Katie ( Rusi's daughter). The telephone was introduced in India 2 years later.

 

They all packed their things and walked to the Railway Station, with the steam train leaving at 4:55 am on 25th June. The Quetta people had given them a hearty send-off. Rusi's daughters- Goher & Katie had given Baba a goodbye kiss.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries p. 215-6

Lord Meher Vol. 2  p.537-9

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliotrope_(film)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6pCp1fUk1M

 

 

 

 6.      WALKING TREK STARTS AT AHMEDABAD

 

21st June 1923, Urak Mountains, near Quetta, Br. India ( now Pakistan ). Photo taken by Sohrab J. Irani ( Rusi's brother ). Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
21st June 1923, Urak Mountains, near Quetta, Br. India ( now Pakistan ). Photo taken by Sohrab J. Irani ( Rusi's brother ). Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 June continued....

 

When they arrived in Hyderabad ( Sind ), on the 26th June, they changed trains, ( the rail gauges changed a couple times, also ). Their luggage was weighed and again later when they changed trains at Marwar. Some rail personal were being very difficult, so much so when the station master ( who was a Brahmin ) arrived to see what the commotion was, he made his own enquiries, Baba then handed him a Urdu copy of Upasni Maharaj's new biography, when the station master saw Baba's picture in the book he quickly cleared the way for them to travel without further ado.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries p. 216-7

Lord Meher Vol. 2  p.540

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyderabad,_Sindh

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyderabad_Junction_railway_station

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marwar_Junction_railway_station

June - July 1923 : Quetta to Meherabad route taken. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
June - July 1923 : Quetta to Meherabad route taken. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

 

June continued....

 

They arrived at Ahmedabad on the 27th June at 9:30 pm. Sadashiv, Asthma & Vajifdar were there to meet them at the station. Baba sent Gulmai, Khorshed, Soona & Sarosh to Ahmednagar along with their trunks, leaving on the Bombay train at 10 pm. He advised them to stay there until called upon. Sadashiv was sent back to Poona the following night and Vajifdar put on the new clothing attire for the walking journey.

They all took numerous motor lorries to move their belongings about a mile away, staying at a Parsi traveller's house, with Baba's Muslim men pretending to be their servants, so they too could stay.

Asthma was sent back home and would not contact Baba ever again.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries p. 217

Lord Meher Vol. 2  p.540

 

21st June 1923 : Urak. Photo taken by Sohrab J. Irani ( Rusi's brother ). Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
21st June 1923 : Urak. Photo taken by Sohrab J. Irani ( Rusi's brother ). Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

The above images show the various places that Baba & his mandali saw in Ahmedabad & the surrounding district. Click on the images to enlarge them.

 

 

June continued....

 

The following day, 28th June, they hired a motor lorry and they went sightseeing the historic city. The first place visited was a Jain Temple, then a factory that made matches, mechanically. They saw Kankadia Lake, crossed the Sabarmati River, pass Mahatma Ghandi's ashram on the way to Sabarmati. They tried to tour the main jail, but were denied. After touring in the hot sun on the back of a truck all day they were glad to return to their dharmashala.

 

Ramjoo & Barsoap went to the main Friday Mosque for Friday prayers on the 29th July, which was on Reachy Road near the Three Gates. After that, they visited the tomb of Sultan Ahmed, who founded the mosque. The 30th was a quiet day.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries p. 217-8-9

Lord Meher Vol. 2  p.540

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmedabad_Junction_railway_station

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutheesing_Jain_Temple

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kankaria_Lakehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabarmati_River

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabarmati_Central_Jailhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabarmati_Ashram

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Darwazahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmad_Shah%27s_Tomb

 

 The below images show the various places that Baba & his mandali saw in Ahmedabad & the surrounding district. Click on the images to enlarge them.

21st June 1923, Urak Mountains, near Quetta, Br. India ( now Pakistan ).  Photo taken by Sohrab J. Irani ( Rusi's brother ).Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
21st June 1923, Urak Mountains, near Quetta, Br. India ( now Pakistan ). Photo taken by Sohrab J. Irani ( Rusi's brother ).Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
The map shows the foot journey from Ahmedabad R.S. to Mehmadabad, then rail to Broach. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
The map shows the foot journey from Ahmedabad R.S. to Mehmadabad, then rail to Broach. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

 

 On 1st July at 4 am, their walking tour started, quietly walking through the town, reaching Jetalpur in the south at 7:45 am, they only walked 10 miles / 16 kms, but they were exhausted and stayed the daytime at a nice spot. They set off for Kaira at 5:30 pm, taking an apparent short-cut via Barejadi, which proved to be incorrect. They arrived at Barejadi at sunset, staying the night at a dhamarshala. They had travelled 14 miles / 23 kms the 1st day.

 

The following morning at 4:30 am, 2nd July, they set off again heading back to their original main road, but they had to traverse muddy and thick sandy tracks and in the hot sun, it was too much for most of the men, especially Pendu, Ramjoo, Masaji, Baidul, Padri and Vajifdar.

When they arrived at the Vatrak River, with Kaira township ( now Kheda ) on the other side, Baba instructed us not to drink the water, but they could splash themselves in the very shallow river. Baba also ordered all the men to throw away their fez caps in the river. After crossing the river, they eventually found a resting place in the town. Slamson was ordered to go to the town and get lunch.

Padri showed his tongue to Baba to show how swollen it was, he couldn't speak. The lack of decent water was the main problem for all.

News came quickly that the locals seriously feared that Baba and his men were bandits, etc and it could prove to be danderous by staying there, so it was decided to move immediately by hiring 4 bullock carts to take them to Mehmadabad Railway Station ( now Mahemdaved ) about 7 miles / 11 kms away, arriving at 7:15 pm.

They stayed at a local traveller's shelter until their train to Broach ( Bharuch ) arrived.

They departed at 11 pm.

Baba and the mandali had travelled 29 miles / 47 kms in 2 days.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries p. 221-4

Lord Meher Vol. 2  p.541-5

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jetalpurhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barejadi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatrak_Riverhttps://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/kheda-satyagraha-how-gandhi-made-the-journey-from-mohandas-to-mahatma/210282

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kheda

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahemadavad_Kheda_Road_railway_station

 

Note : Kaira was famous for an insurrection in March 1918 starting there, Mahatam Gandhi convinced the locals in Gujarat to standup to draconian local laws. Click on the above links to get more information.

 

 The below images show the various places that Baba & his mandali saw in the district south of Ahmedabad towards Kaira ( Kheda ). Click on the images to enlarge them.

 

July continued....

 

They arrived in Broach ( now Bharuch )  on 3rd July at 3:30am and stayed at a traveller's house. They attempted to wash themselves and their clothes in the nearby Namada River, but it was way to muddy, etc. They returned to the house and rested till 4pm.

Masaji, Pendu & Vajifday as instructed prior, left Broach by train for Bombay. Pendu was very weak healthwise.

 

At 4pm, Baba and the men left Broach from the Jamshed Baug for Ankleshwar. They again went to the Namada River and hired a boat to take them across. Strongs winds during the crossing made it very hazadous, Nervous was badly injured when he was struck on the forehead by the boat ropes and almost lost his eye. The boat got stuck in the mud because of the low river levels, they waded through the mud and transfered their belongings to another boat. Although they were all muddied they found it humerous even thou the 2nd boat also got stuck, which they pushed it to the shore.

 

They reached Ankleshwar Railway Station at 8:30pm. They stayed the night on the railway platform and they were finally allowed to drink as much as they wanted.

38 miles / 61 kms covered in 4 days.

 

The train for Surat came at 4am and they reached Surat at 6am, 4th July. They took the horse tongas to the Parsi traveller's house. Here they cleaned & bathed and ate well. Baba wired Rustom to meet them at Navsari on the 6th.

 

They left Surat at 4am on 5th July, carrying their belongings beside the railway tracks, parallel with the road. They reached Sachin at 9am, they rested for 2 hours, had a small snack each and they continued walking. Finally reached Navasari at 5:30pm.

They had covered 24 miles / 39 kms and Baba was not well.

 

In Navsari, they camped in the Sohrab Gardens of the Parsi Dharmasala called Sorab Baug situated in the middle of the town. A Parsi man arrived and wanted Baba's darshan, Baba refused citing exhaustion but the man persisted, so Baba sent Gustadji in his place. The man didn't know what Baba looked like, so he gave his 'namaskars'  ( greeting - a salutation to a divinity ) and then left.

 

On the 6th July, there were fears in the town, that Baba and his men were theives, etc, the police came and rudely interogated the group. Baba had sent Rustom to fetch Sohrab Desai who was editding the Gujarat version of Upasni Maharaj's biography and very distinguished resident in the town. Sohrab arrived and admonished the police for their impertance, saying he has come for Baba's darshan and these are his men. The police asked for forgiveness and requested Baba's darshan as well, but Baba refused and the police departed.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries p. 224-8

Lord Meher Vol. 2  p.546-8

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bharuch

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bharuch_Junction_railway_station

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narmada_Riverhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankleshwar

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankleshwar_Junction_railway_station

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surat

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surat_railway_station

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sachin,_Gujarathttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navsari

 

Map shows the various walking routes between Ahmedabad & Navsari. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
Map shows the various walking routes between Ahmedabad & Navsari. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

 

6th July continued....

 

Sohrab Desai was meeting Meher Baba for the first time, Sohrab was overcome and invited Baba to his house, which he agreed. Sohrab was talikng care of his widowed sister, Baimai, who was bed-ridden for several years due to a leg fracture and couldn't walk.

Upon seeing Baba,she suddenly leapt out of bed to meet Baba with tears in her eyes, Standing !  She gradually began her ability to walk.

 

Baba pointed to a picture of Zarathustra in the house and declared, "That's exactly how Zoroaster looked, I am your Prophet Zarathustra !"

 

Sohrab's niece, Manija, was at school in Bombay, she came to live with Baba 14 years later  and he renamed her Mansari.

 

Baba and his men mandali returned to the dhamarshala ( resting house ), he also announced that the foot journey to Bombay was cancelled and that they were going to spend 3 months in Nasik ( Nashik ).

Gustadji went to his relative's house in Andheri in Bombay to try to use their house in Nasik, Rustom accompanied him that afternoon by train.

After meals, Baba and the men departed for the station at 8pm and departed Navsari at 10 pm for Nasik.

This concluded the foot journeys, walking 62 miles / 100 kms in 5 days.

 

Baba and the men arrived at Dadar Railway Station at 5:30 am, 7th July. They were met at the station by Gustadji & Burjorji P. Dahiwala. They all proceeded to the nearby  G.I.P. station where many of the Bombay followers came including the Talati family, including Dina's parents Hormusji & Rupamai Karani.

 

The Nasik train departed at 7:25 am. Masaji joined the party on the train to Nasik and arriving at Nasik at 2:45 pm. Syadsahib was waiting for them at the station and he had carriages ready to take them to Nomanbhai's bungalow to stay.

 

Ramjoo's Diaries p. 228-9

Lord Meher Vol. 2  p.548-9

 

 

The Bombay map shows the rail line from Navsari to Dadar & then they changed to the Dadar to Nasik line.  Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
The Bombay map shows the rail line from Navsari to Dadar & then they changed to the Dadar to Nasik line. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
June 1923 : Meher Baba in a studio. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
June 1923 : Meher Baba in a studio. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 - Ghatkopar, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 - Ghatkopar, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 Ghatkopar, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 Ghatkopar, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 Ghatkopar, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1923 Ghatkopar, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

REFERENCE  BOOKS

 

 

 

The reference books that were used on this webpage : 

 

Lord Meher Vol.2          - Bhau Kalchuri

Ramjoo's Diary              - Ramjoo Abdulla

The Perfect Master      - Charles B. Purdom

The God-Man                - Charles B. Purdom

 

 

 

 

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