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18

The Last Meeting of Meher Baba

and Upasni Maharaj

 

In the words of a visitor who accompanied Baba:

 

As previously arranged by Baba 's orders, I reported myself with my car at Panchgani on the night of 16th instant. On the morning of 17th Savak Kotwal, with myself driving, left Panchgani. We reached Poona at about 9:30 a.m. and had our lunch at mother Shirinmai 's house. Leaving Poona at 11:30 a.m. we reached Ahmednagar at 1 p.m. At first Baba thought of spending some time at the Dak Bungalow but seeing it full, went to Meherabad. Meherabadians were both delighted and surprised to see Baba. I returned to the garage to equip the car and drove to Meherabad at 2 p.m., accompanied by Gulmai and Kaka Baria. At Meherabad, Padri and other members requested Baba very earnestly to allow Padri to accompany Baba with his camera. Baba agreed and we all left Meherabad at about 2:30 p.m. – Shri Baba, Gulmai, Kaka Baria, Savak Kotwal, Padri and myself.

 

Two miles away from Sakori is a village called Dahigaon. We reached there at 4 p.m. A small garden surrounded by fencing and a but were found to be very pleasant by Baba. On our arrival at this place we saw Yeshwantrao unlocking the gate. Yeshwantrao is an old disciple of Upasni Maharaj and holds Baba in equal reverence and devotion. When asked, Yeshwantrao said he had been asked by Maharaj to unlock the door and clean up the place. It was Baba's definite orders that no one of Maharaj 's mandali should be in the vicinity of the but and Gulmai had been expressly instructed to the effect that Shri Maharaj was to come alone to the meeting place.

 

Baba ordered Gulmai and myself to go to Sakori and bring Maharaj. We arrived at Sakori at 4:30 p.m. and took the car straight to the residential worship-house of Maharaj. A few minutes ' waiting and Gulmai was summoned inside. She came out with a message that Maharaj would be ready to accompany us in a few minutes. As we waited, all the disciples of Maharaj were scanning us with eager and puzzled eyes, conjuring up causes for our expectant waiting. At 5:30 p.m. Maharaj joined us in the car and within a few minutes we reached Dahigaon Garden. Shri Maharaj got out of the car and went straight to the but inside the garden. The rest of the party, including Gulmai, waited outside the compound and had definite orders that we should not step into the compound or even look towards the hut. We were also instructed that soon after Baba clapped hands, we should enter the compound, and Padri was to take photos.

 

The atmosphere was solemn and serene. We then heard the clapping for which we were expectantly waiting and with due reverence rushed in. During the meeting Baba had been all alone with Maharaj, and no one had been there even in the compound. It was a magnificent sight to see the two Masters walking together, with their faces lit up with a glowing radiance and incandescent brilliance. Padri made the best of the moment and took the photos. As the two reached the gate Gulmai garlanded them. We paid our respects here to Maharaj. Yeshwantrao, who was standing at some distance, tried to approach for Baba's darshan, but Maharaj

 

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