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Hazrat Babajan oftentimes, when the aspect of Divine glory (Shane-jalai) possessed her, used to rave and grumble in the following strain: "Why do you torment my children; nay, you even kill them. They have done no wrong to you. Do I not feed you, and clothe you? What is it you lack? And still you perpetrate all these atrocities on them. What have I done to merit all this?"

 

Words conveying this sense have been frequently heard from Babajan and naturally they gave rise to some guesswork on the part of the hearers, who interpreted the words to mean that Babajan was remembering and bemoaning the loss of her children who perhaps were cruelly dealt with by her people.

 

Hazrat Meher Baba, when questioned on the point, explained: "There can be nothing further from truth; Babajan was never married and had no children. By children, she evidently meant the Saints of the time (Awliyae-waqt) who are misunderstood, vilified and persecuted by the churches of all denominations, unmindful of the circumstances of which they are the outcome. Babajan was equally concerned with the enlightened and the ignorant, and hence her reference to feeding and clothing the latter. She was as much for the material well-being of the world at large, as for the spirituality of the godly few whom she called her children."

 

Hazrat Babajan's spiritual status in the hierarchy of Saints is that of Qutub. Literally the word Qutub means a peg or pin, and a Qutub functioning on the physical plane is the hub round which the universe revolves. Babajan's subjective experience (halat) of Gnosis (Irfan), would be described by Sufis as that of Salik-Majzoob. After God-realization, one returning to normal consciousness is possessed both of Divinity and Gnosis (Haqiqat and Marefat). When Divinity is uppermost in him he is called a Majzoob, and when Gnosis predominates, he is a Salik. Babajan had both these aspects in her equally balanced, and hence she was the Salik-Majzoob of the time, possessing all the characteristics of a Qalandar.

 

Hazrat Babajan, like all Qutubs (Perfect Masters), had a circle of twelve disciples and the spiritual chargeman thereof is Hazrat Meher Baba of Meherabad, Ahmednagar District. She stood in the unique position of a mother (the store house of spirituality) to all the Saints of the time.

 

Once a Fakir complained that Baba Tajuddin’s durban was more lavish and free in providing worldly amenities than hers; Babajan retorted by saying: "What can Tajuddin give? He gives what I give Him." This

 

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