The mast Ali Shah with Baba in Satara, India -  1947.  (Photo courtesy of the MSI Collection)
The mast Ali Shah with Baba in Satara, India - 1947. (Photo courtesy of the MSI Collection)

I WAS ONLY TESTING YOU
Eruch Jessawala

 

In 1956 Meher Baba sent me again to visit saints and masters with the following message. Meher Baba says you are His beloved child and He wants you to remember Him and love Him.

I went to many masters and each one accepted the message reverentially and with deep love, except one who claimed himself to be a Perfect Master. When I visited him in Bombay and gave him the message, he angrily retorted, "I am not His child. How dare you bring such a message!" and then continued to rave and rant against Baba for quite some time.

I heard him out patiently and listened to him abusing Baba, but despite being a short-tempered man, I kept my cool. At one point he said to me, "If Baba were to come to me, I will make Him stand on His head and let His legs dangle in the air, and He dares to call me His beloved child!"

In between his abuses I kept interjecting Baba's greatness and compassion. He then started to narrate incidents of how spiritual masters came to him and paid their respects and Baba, he said, had the temerity to call him 'His child!' He reeled out the names of a number of them whom I indicated I had come to know over a period of time and this volunteered statement of mine both surprised him and angered him considerably.

Soon it was time for me to leave, so I turned to him and said, "Do you see how big and strong I am. For nearly two hours you have been abusing Meher Baba, and if in retaliation I were to pounce on you and hold you by the neck, you would squeak like a chicken. But I don't see you as you are. I see my Baba speaking through you, and through you He is giving me a glimpse of His other facet, for He is Infinite and He is everything."

When he heard this, he looked astounded, then said, "Well done, my child. I was only testing you."

I thanked him and left.

 

THE ANCIENT ONE, pp. 91-92
1985 © Naosherwan Anzar

Meher Baba with Ali Shah. Photo courtesy of Dennis Schlaen
Meher Baba with Ali Shah. Photo courtesy of Dennis Schlaen

aka Abdulla R. Avazi  )

 

Meher Baba with Chhota Baba at Toka, India 1928.
Meher Baba with Chhota Baba at Toka, India 1928.
Meher Baba in the Crypt Cabin at Meherabad with the Prem Ashram boys
Meher Baba in the Crypt Cabin at Meherabad with the Prem Ashram boys
1st December 1955 - Meherabad, India. Photo taken by Panday
1st December 1955 - Meherabad, India. Photo taken by Panday

1st December 1955 ; Meher Baba ( left ) with the mast-saint Vishandas Maharaj from Indore, India

On the evening of December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, an African American, was arrested for disobeying an Alabama law requiring black passengers to relinquish seats to white passengers when the bus was full. Blacks also were required to sit at the back of the bus. Her arrest sparked a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system and led to a 1956 Supreme Court decision banning segregation on public transportation.

" I did not get on the bus to get arrested; I got on the bus to go home" Rosa Parks

14th January 1952

 

Nilu's beard stayed intact, as Baidul returned with Pathan Baba in Meherjee's car. After working with him on the 14th, Baba sent him back the same evening. Slamson had brought the mast-saint Vishandas Maharaj from Indore that same day, and the saint was kept at Meherazad. Baba intended to work in seclusion with the Hindu saint for some weeks (as he had done with the Muslim mast Pathan Baba the month before) but Vishandas Maharaj knew who Baba was, and so the work with him proved too difficult.

He was therefore sent back to Indore after five days, on the 19th.

Lord Meher Online Edition Page 3027-8

 

6 November 1952

Slamson then read a letter to Baba from Vishandas Maharaj, the mast-saint who had been brought to Meherazad from Indore during Baba's Manonash phase of work in January 1952.

Vishandas Maharaj had written:

 

On October 23rd at 3:00 P.M., before a gathering of 500 persons, I have opened a spiritual center in your name [in Indore]. I have placed there your three large-sized photographs. I have lighted a flame which I want to remain lit forever. I also wish to open a new center at Kalyan. The completion of the work at Kalyan will be done by God's will.

The saint expressed his deep feelings toward Baba and wished that Baba's name and work gather momentum day by day. He also expressed his desire to have Baba's darshan, to which Baba stated, "After April." Baba directed Slamson (who was from Indore) to tell Vishandas Maharaj to continue the work he was doing for him.

 

He then quoted this Persian couplet:

 

Do what you like with God the Absolute,

But be very careful with walis and masts!

 

Baba explained: "Walis [saints], who borrow power from vidnyan-bhumi [seventh plane], do not hesitate to use it, sometimes wiping off the best sanskaras of those who play mischief with them. Walis are independent. They are not bound to do either good or evil. Thus their contact may give one a great spiritual push, or it may retard one's spiritual progress.

"The Sadguru is like an ocean. He does not give anything, but when he gives, he gives the Ocean and you become Realized."

Lord Meher Online Edition Page 3166-7

November 1955

 

The sahavas group dispersed and went for tea at 3:00 P.M. Afterwards, Baba sat on the front verandah to distribute prasad. Nana Kher's uncle, Raja "Mancher Shah" Kher, had brought a parcel of oranges from Nagpur. Baba made the group stand before him and threw one orange to each. While looking to the left, Baba would throw the oranges to the right and occasionally in front of him, so every man was alert to catch them.

If a fruit fell down, Baba would have it given back and again throw it. There was much laughter and amusement during the distribution, and all coveted the prasad.

The mast-saint from Indore, Vishandas Maharaj, failed to catch his share and the orange fell to the ground. Baba had it returned and again threw it to him. This time he caught it, much to Baba's pleasure.

Lord Meher Online Edition Page 3871-2

1st December 1955

 

Bhaiya Panday, the photographer from Ahmednagar, had been called, and he took over 20 shots of Baba with different small groups ( including the one above ). Baba then led the group to the Meher Retreat building. There under the tin shed, the Marathi sahavas group sat on a carpet, and Baba sat in a chair and narrated to them about the Prem Ashram, his seclusion in the Tomb and other activities of Meherabad in the early days. In conclusion, Baba observed, "It is your great fortune that I myself brought you to my last resting place. After 60 years, this place will be a world center of pilgrimage."

Lord Meher Online Edition Page 3891

 

 

HANUMAN  BABA

 In Hardwar, among those Baba worked with was a strange mast known as Hanuman Baba
In Hardwar, among those Baba worked with was a strange mast known as Hanuman Baba