stay in the Dak bungalow for a few days until December 22nd—when all came down to Nasik. On the 25th of December we were all assembled for Christmas night with Baba for one of the most blessed of all Christmas nights for us.
Fortunately for us, some of the Eastern disciples were living at the "Meher Retreat" in Nasik—Adi, Jr.,* Dadachanji (Chanji) and Kalingar, (a Persian boy) Rustom, Adi Sr.'s brother, Freni, Rustom's wife and three of their five children. They lived in various small bungalows in the Compound. The Westerners occupied one containing twelve rooms and the main building of four. Baba had, as always, his own private cabin.
Apart from his many interesting talks on Baba, to have had dear Dadachanji (since passed on) with us at this time was of untold help to us all, since he was so well-grounded, after many years of disciplineship, in Baba's ways of working. This was especially true where we might disagree amongst ourselves as to just what Baba did mean by this or that order, and whether it was to be taken literally or not. The Americans and English did not always see "eye to eye" here. Remember, Baba was not with us all the time—only for one or two days a week did he come to Nasik from his headquarters in Rahuri, bringing with him Adi, Sr.
Later, in May, when Baba allowed us to go beyond the limits of the Ashram, he would tell Adi, Jr. to go with us to see we did not get lost and that we returned before dark. He, too, was never without interesting anecdotes and stories of Baba's younger days. On the domestic side, dear Freni, who had lived several years in this same spot, was always available to offer a helping hand to Norina in her somewhat difficult task of managing for the Western group. Freni's three younger children, Meheru, Naggu and Beheram, attended a European school nearby as weekly boarders. Today, Meheru is one of those living in the Ashram at Meherazad, Naggu is a doctor married to a doctor, now in East Africa, and an older boy, Falu, is also married, living near Nasik.
I am sure had we found conditions at Nasik less luxurious and less comfortable, we would not have objected and would willingly have agreed to live the more simple life. We loved Baba so much that whatever he had asked of us we would have tried to do, even if unsuccessfully!
No doubt Baba knew us better! So we found besides a large attractive
*Adi, Jr. is Baba’s youngest brother; Adi, Sr., is no relation. Jr. and Sr. have been added to the names to differentiate between the two Adis.