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returned to Saharanpur at 12 midnight. At Gadavawli Mosque, Baba contacted a Mast of high stage. The next day at Saharanpur, one high placed Mast by name Gathriwala Bava, at Ida Savin Mosque, was contacted.

 

Leaving Saharanpur, they went to Ambala, reached there at night and contacted one Mast of high state named Malang Sayin at 1— 0 a.m. and two middle-state Masts the next evening. From Ambala, the party proceeded to Kalka where, at a distance of 3 miles at Pinjawar Road, Baba contacted one low state Mast and one Mast of high state on 3rd August. At Pinjawar village proper, Baba met one Saint who, for 34 years, had confined himself in one room and for 10 years was taking only fruit and milk that was voluntarily offered. From Pinjawar onwards, they contacted one middle-type Saint.

 

4th to 6th August: Baba, with Baidul and Eruch, met Kaka and Adi Sr. where they were sent out to gather Mast information. During the three days' stay there, Baba contacted one Mast of sixth plane consciousness and two Saints of lower consciousness. The fourth one being ill, he did not allow himself to be visited.

 

7th August: We reached Ambala at night, tired, and slept at the dak bungalow which was very warm.

 

8th August Left Ambala for a small railway station called Barara where we got down at 10-0 in the morning. With difficulty, we procured a cook who prepared 'dal' and rice for us. We immediately reserved our seats in a bus going to Sidhawra village and Nahan state. Baba and Adi Sr. squeezed in next to the driver's seat and the rest in the rear seats. There being only one bus running during the whole day, it was very crowded. The seats were very uncomfortable. The road was slippery due to rains. It was rugged, sandy and covered over with a number of bridgeless rivulets. In all there were 13 such rivulets. After an hour and a half, we reached Sidhawra. Baba tried to contact two holy men during the bus halt, but none was found. The bus then drove from Sidhawra to Nahan state, through a picturesque mountainous road of the State. A big river demarcates the state boundary, which the bus crossed over with considerable difficulty. We reach Nahan at night.

 

9th August: At Nahan, during one day stay, Baba went out with Baidul and Eruch, and contacted one Aghori Bava (Mast). He stays at the bottom of the valley where our party had to climb up and down. It was raining. The Mast is nude and has an external trait of eating indiscriminately. At a place called Powta, 19 miles away from Nahan, where there was hardly any road, a Mast was said to reside. A bridge contractor offered us free of charge his jeep car to take up there, but warned us about the extremely bad condition of the 'katcha' road. It started raining heavily and the trip was abandoned.

 

10th and 11th August: We left Nahan State by the afternoon bus and reached Sidhawra the same evening. Baba with the party had to traverse vast village stretches on foot till past midnight in search of holy men. One by name Dinashaw of upper spiritual grade, and another, a retired station guard spiritually advanced, were contacted. The guard had a miraculous history of devotion and love for Shri Krishna. Once, being engrossed and enraptured in devotional 'Bhajans' (songs) at Sidhawra, he failed to attend his train (N.W.R.). Some people saw the same guard in flesh and blood on duty on the train, while some others saw him attending the 'Bhajan' in the village at the same time. To corroborate the facts and find out the truth, they looked into the record of the train. They found that the guard had, on that particular date, put his signature at every station. It was the day when he did not attend service and was occupied in offering 'bhajan to Shri Krishna. When asked, he replied, "Krishnaji looked after my worldly duties when I was busy praying to Him".

 

We had hardly two hours' sleep at the Sidhawra dak bungalow when we rose early morning and took the morning bus for Barara railway station. From Barara, we entrained for Saharanpur. We had some lunch there. Going onwards, we reached Hardwar in the evening. At Hardwar, we slept in a retiring room. The banging of doors in the adjoining refreshment room kept our nerves on edge the whole night.

 

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