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The Dargah which attracts over ten thousand people at its annual fair is that of Zar Zari Zar Baksha (Giver of the Wealth of wealths). It is a household word amongst the Moslems in the Deccan, but not all know that the real name of the Master is Khwaja Muntajebuddin, who is also popularly called the Dulay-mian, which means the esteemed bridegroom, and stands for one who has achieved union with his Beloved, GOD.

 

For his own reasons, BABA had, about twenty years ago, disclosed to only a few of his disciples that Zar Zari Zar Bakhsh was the Master of Sai Baba*. It was therefore news to most of the others when BABA now told them this fact and also pointed out the small cave wherein Sai Baba, during his lifetime, used to retire in seclusion.

 

The presence of pilgrims or visitors to the Ellora caves arouses little curiosity at Khuldabad. Some of the villagers knew BABA as a philanthropist who once in a while visited the place to distribute food and clothing to the poor. Those who knew BABA as a Master were informed that he would not see anyone except those expressly called for his work. There were therefore no crowds to watch BABA. He and his men were left to themselves for the five days they stayed in the rest-house which was about two miles from Khuldabad proper and had the Rock Temples of Ellora on either side of it.

 

During this short period BABA was more than ever the Devotee as well as the Master, playing both these roles to perfection. When approached about it he would invariably say "I AM WHAT I AM." Who can understand or ever explain BABA'S various feelings and experiences in relation to space and time, but those few who have gained that Divine State, those who have learned through painstaking discrimination born of unselfish love that it is possible for man to become GOD, and for GOD to be GOD as well as man at one and the same time, free and capable of playing any number of roles at all times?

 

The visit to Khuldabad was primarily a pilgrimage for BABA, and during that time he was exclusively in the company of his disciples and devotees.

 

For BABA's men this trip was a very trying and exacting time both physically and mentally. To begin with, there was no breakfast, only tea in the mornings; and the two daily meals consisted of simply cooked dhal and rice at eleven A.M., and bread and some vegetable at six P.M. Turn by turn they had to keep awake in pairs each night, and as they were not permitted

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* Sai Baba was the Master of Upasni Maharaj who was one of Baba's Masters.

 

 

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