During this darshan programme , Gadge sat in front of Baba. Papa Jessawala comforts him.
Meher Baba used the word "saint" (sant in Hindi) primarily to refer to advanced souls on the mental (5th or 6th) planes. Sant Gadge Maharaj of Pandharpur
(died Dec. 21, 1956) was a well-known Hindu saint of Maharashtra. Meher Baba identified him as a sixth-plane saint.
"Gadge Maharaj...was one of the greatest saints alive in India, and ... was even considered to be a Sadguru by many devotees..." Lord Meher 12:4398
Sitting left of Meher Baba at Pandarpur, India in November 1954 is Sarosh Irani with Adi K Irani sitting behind him. Gadge is
standing left of him.
Courtesy of Lord Meher ; 1st Ed. Vol.13-14, p.4579.
Lord Meher 1:190--
While at Deccan College, Merwan formed a dramatic troupe which rehearsed at his uncle Rustom's and aunt Piroja's house on Sachapir Street. The group staged two or
three public performances at a local theater with the proceeds donated to charity.
Merwan and his friends would sometimes attend kirtan performances – Hindu songs with narration about God or the gurus and saints. Gadge Maharaj was a Hindu
saint of the sixth plane, who in his youth wandered in India living off alms. He was later known as a "perfect saint" because not only did he teach the love of God but also performed
selfless service by managing a leper colony in Pandharpur, India. Once Merwan heard the great saint perform a kirtan in Poona. Although the humble saint was dressed in rags, Gadge Maharaj
radiated divine love, and all who attended were profoundly impressed.
6TH NOVEMBER 1954, MILITARY BOARDING SCHOOL, PANDARPUR, INDIA
7TH NOVEMBER 1954, LEPER COLONY, PANDHARPUR, INDIA
( R - L ) Meher Baba , Gadge Maharaj, Sarosh Irani (tall man), Meherjee Karkaria ( side on .