WALKING TRIP : POONA to BOMBAY ( Mumbai ), INDIA
Meher Baba walk from Poona to near Bombay
After Baba returned to Poona, he entered the hut for the last time at 10:30pm Sunday night May 21st. 1922, All the men went into the hut and bowed down to Gustadji photo, after which it was taken down and the hut dismantled.
Meher Baba then led the men to Sadashiv's home where each man's bedding roll and kit were placed in a bullock cart. So at 2am - May 22nd, they all departed Kasba Peth in Poona by foot, first to see Babajan. Baba stood away from her but the others seeked her blessings.
Meher Baba led the 45 men to Bombay ( 22 Hindus, 12 Muslims & 11 Zoroastrians ). They walked in rows of 4 abreast and all were kept in line. After 4 hours they arrived at Chinchwad village. They stayed in a bungalow opposite the train station. After a short rest they proceeded, the older ones were sent ahead by train.
Lord Meher V2 p.374
21st May 1922 Historic Timeline : Three English mountaineers on the British expedition to Mount Everest came within 2,239 feet (682 m) of the summit of the 29,032.7 feet (8,849.2 m) high mountain, the tallest on Earth. George Mallory and Major Edward F. Norton, accompanied by the expedition's physician, Dr. Howard Somervell.
22nd May 1922 Historic Timeline : A member of parliament for Northern Ireland, was shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while walking to work in Belfast. The government of Northern Ireland, led by Sir James Craig, issued a declaration outlawing the Irish Republican Army & other groups the following day.
An attempt by rebels to overthrow the government of Nicaragua failed after an intervention by U.S. Marines occupying the Central American nation.
22nd May 1922 : Sunday - continued....
By 2pm they reached Khind village, with Meher Baba, Sarosh and Ramjoo leading the way to Talegaon
village, where they rested under the trees. Ghani was very sick. Baba gave him some quinine. They rested
23rd May 1922 : Monday
Without any breakfast they resumed at 5am, they continued walking for 4
hours, arriving at Kamshet village at 9am.
Here they rested for the day under the shade of a small grove and had something to eat. They rested for the day, this was to avoid the heat
of the daytime. Again, staying overnight to avoid the heat of the day.
24th May 1922 : Tuesday
They set-off at 5am from Kamshet, Baba had twisted his ankle badly, it became swollen and inflamed, despite that, Baba still kept up the pace
when they resumed. 3 hours later, they arrived in Lonavla at 8am. Tea was consumed and after a short rest and refreshed, they reached
Khandala in an hour during the day. They stayed the night.
25th May 1922 : Wednesday
Meals were prepared at a reserved area. They set-off again at 7am. At 8am, they had reached the top of Bhor Ghat of the Khandala Mountains. Baba had purchased soft canvas shoes for the men, due to the state of their ailing feet.
26th May 1922 :Thursday
At 5pm they arrived at Khopoli village, soon they ascended Bhor Ghat mountains.
Lord Meher V2 p.376
At 9pm they proceeded towards Chowk ( Chauk ) village, walking the 20 miles, arriving at 2am. They rested by the side of the road.
Lord Meher V2 p.377
27th May 1922 : Friday
At 4pm, they set-off for Panvel, arriving at 9pm, resting in a dharmshala ( resting house ). Faredoon ( Padri ) was stung by a scorpion on his back, after he awoke from resting. Padri was treated, but suffered greatly that night.
Meher Baba announced " Now that we have reached Panvel, where the sea meets the land, our pilgrimage on foot is over. We have reached the limit of our journey by foot. We will now proceed to Bombay in a truck ".
Lord Meher V2 p.379, also Ramjoo's Diaries p. 47-50
23rd May 1922 Historic Timeline : Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Soviet Union's Communist Party and premier of the USSR, suffered the first of three strokes, and was rendered paralyzed on his left side and unable to speak.
24th May 1922 Historic Timeline : Pope Pius XI opened the 26th International Eucharistic Congress in Rome with 30,000 people taking part in the opening ceremony.
25th May 1922 Historic Timeline : A general strike was called in Rome in protest against the disorders in San Lorenzo. Thousands of pilgrims attending the Eucharistic Congress had to walk to St. Peter's Basilica to hear the Mass because all public transportation was shut down.
26th May 1922 Historic Timeline : The Narcotic Drugs Import and Export Act, commonly called the Jones-Miller Act, was signed into law by U.S. President Warren G. Harding and created the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, predecessor to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
27th May 1922 Historic Timeline : A civil war broke out in Paraguay The war would continue for almost 14 months.
A parade of 25,000 Ukrainian Americans took place in New York City to protest the Polish military occupation of East Galicia The group then held a mass meeting in Madison Square Garden.
Haji Abdur Rehman Baba's Tomb
Haji Abdur Rehman ( Rahman ) was born in the Salem district of Madras & later moved to Bombay.
He died 13th February 1918 and the dargah was built where he lived / occupied.
28th May 1922 : Saturday - continued....
After lunch, a large truck was hired which they rode towards Bombay. They had tea and cake at a restaurant at Mumbra. They eventually arrived in Bombay at 4pm, stopping by the tomb of the Perfect Master Abdur Rehman.
Meher Baba standing by the truck, instructed the men to go into the tomb and pay their respects. When they returned they found Baba in lying prone on the road, bowing full length in the direction of the tomb.
( Baba's visit was just over 4 years after the Master passed away & the dargah newly built )
They all walked from the tomb to Munshi Rahim's house ( they drove to Munshi Rahim's house - Ramjoo's diaries p.51 ) on Charni Road and stayed there until a suitable place was found.
After arriving Baba took a bath and changed his clothes and ordered the others to do the same. Baba later proclaimed the pilgrimage a success.
Lord Meher V2 p.379
*** Note: In the book version of Lord Meher p.379, it states that the tomb visited was that of Chaman Baba. The On-line version of Lord Meher ( this is the latest info ) has the tomb belonging to Abdur Rehman. The latter, is also supported in Ramjoo's Diaries book.
Several days after arriving in Bombay, Meher Baba and his men mandali found premise to move in permanently. This chapter of Baba's story can be viewed in the next web page. Click on the following button, or select from the L/H side of screen index.