On ‘Reporting to Baba’


Taking a break from a business trip to Cochin from New Delhi, Don Stevens visited Meherazad again for a day on the morning of 27 November 1965. He arrived in Meherjee’s car with Meherwan Jessawala.

Stevens’ mother had recently passed away. Though Don had mentioned it in passing in a letter to Baba, […]

“I put you there; now stay there.”

Don Stevens was a well-paid executive of Standard Oil. Once, thinking that he should pursue a more humanitarian line of work, such as being a doctor, teacher or counselor, he contemplated giving up the oil business. He decided that the next time he came to India, he would tell Baba of his decision. When […]

Don’t just try but do your best


Once Baba wrote to Delia to arrange something very difficult. Delia sent this telegram”:I will try.”

Baba cabled back immediately, “Leave it.” Delia then realized that Baba was dissatisfied and cabled: “I will do my best.”

Baba was pleased and answered, “Go ahead. I will help you.”

Though very few words were exchanged […]

Thus the task proved a medium for remembering the Master


On this day, when Baba arrived, he conveyed to Shakuntala that he was hungry and that she should give him something to eat. Shakuntala had the jam on the stove, but it had not yet thickened. She shyly told Baba that it would take a little while for the jam to congeal. “Bring […]

Skip all the in-between lives

Baba with Mastan

When Baba dropped His body, Mastan did not know at first what had happened. Then, one day I saw him come into the dining room, which he had never before done without first being called. He looked at Baba’s chair, and saw that Baba was not there. And very slowly he […]

Yet in all our anguish Baba’s gentle, loving hands were ever on us

Although Baba’s body never showed any sign of deterioration, the mandali decided that on the seventh day the crypt should be closed. The atmosphere of grief had become so suffocating that we could no longer postpone the inevitable moment of Baba’s interment. It was 7th February, the date of Baba’s birthday that year according […]

“Who weeps for love, he weeps the best”

Once, an old lady, completely bent at right angles at her waist came in. She would put her hand on her forehead to avoid the glare on her eyes so that she could see Baba in the crypt. When asked whether she could see Baba, she just shook her head in the negative. She […]

“Carry on your worldly duties but think that Baba is behind everything”

One lover from an out-station told Baba that he wanted to stay for one month at Poona and do Baba’s “Seva” or service.

Baba told him, “What service will you do here? Spreading My message of love is My service.

If you stay here, on the contrary, I will have to do your seva, […]

Don’t brood over lost things

Baba was in the hall by 7:45 A.M. on Saturday, 8 June 1963, and he embraced the newcomers.

A devotee’s luggage was stolen while on his way from Bombay to Poona. He lost practically all his clothes and also some money. Baba teased him, “It is good that you have no family or you […]

“You value your breakfast more than you value Me”

Another V.I.P*. had come with his family to see Baba from an out-station. He seemed to be very sincere and loving. Baba asked him to come the next day at 9 A.M. as there would be some musical program. The gentleman arrived a little after 10. After the usual prostrations, he sat down. A […]