|I. Where He Lies|
|An excerpt from Elizabeth Patterson's journal:|
A.M. April 20th, 1933, Kashmir: . . Baba said that in Perfection, good and bad were both included, that He worked with good and bad, but was beyond them both. To ask questions about agents or anything was unimportant, because we could only see how He worked when we realized Him — then we would know all. His ways were unfathomable until we had Realization. P.M. Today at Hardwan, Baba showed us a path leading up the mountain, from the left of the trout -
hatchery. Beyond this mountain, appeared a rock-topped mountain. It was here that Baba stayed in 1929 . . . June to July . . . for 30 days, fasting. A small earthen hut was hastily constructed for Him by the natives, who climbed the steep mountain with Him. He lived in that clay hut and drank water only. At night wild beasts, bears, lions, tigers prowled about, but did not touch Him. Seven of His disciples (one being Chanji) were keeping guard for Him so no one would disturb Him, and in shifts they returned to a small house in the Jhurna Valley Road to sleep and eat. Natives made pilgrimage to Him from all around and would bow in front of Him as they passed. The place is most difficult to reach.
Baba told us the Christ's body is buried on top of this mountain: although there is a tradition that He was buried at Hardwan, none know the exact spot except Baba. The body was brought there by two of Christ's disciples, Bartholomew and Thaddeus, after the Crucifixion. Christ appeared to His disciples, after death, in His fourth, or heavenly, body.
A little boy saw us looking at the mountain top and he told us "that is where Meher Baba sat . . ." so the place is still remembered by natives.
II. "A Bright Transcendental Sun . . ."
A Kashmiri man now in Delhi had seen a photograph of Baba in 1942. He heard that Baba was going to be in Kashmir, on the 19th of September, 1944, at the Hotel Majestic in Srinagar. He went to the hotel to inquire, but Baba and the Mandali had come incognito. The registrar had no one by that name nor any of the Mandali's names. So the man went outside and noticed a boy from the hotel staff. He asked him if he had seen a man whose face was "more beautiful than the dawning sun."
The boy said, Yes, there was the "deaf and dumb rajah" on the third floor. Just then the man caught a glimpse of Baba. He headed up the stairs to try to see Baba. On the way up he met Pendu coming down, who asked him what it was he wanted. He replied that he wished to see Meher Baba, whom he had just spotted on the balcony. Pendu said the party had a cook who looked like Baba. The man then asked to see this 'cook' and clear up the matter. Pendu told him that the 'cook' was busy tending five sick ladies all dying of various ailments and couldn't be seen.
Meanwhile Pendu had been backing the man down the stairs. On the first landing Baba sent a message down that the man could see Him, for one minute only.