to left: Nan Umrigar and myself
Baba’s first Bulaava
few years ago I read a book called ‘The Sounds of Silence’
by Nan Umrigar.
that she wrote about how she had discovered that her young son
who had tragically died, was being looked after by Meher Baba,
a Master who is no longer in the body.
knowledge she had received, through automatic writing.
had since then, had the desire to visit Meherabad, a colony
near Ahmedanagar, which is approximately a 2 hour drive
got the opportunity to visit the place!
it would be better to state that Meher Baba called me.
is said that, one can only set foot on holy pilgrim centers,
only when the Bulaava comes!
was serene. The Pilgrim Center was comfortable.
Pilgrims at the Pilgrim Center were friendly and helpful.
‘Samaaddhi’ was inhabited by Meher Baba. He was there. One
could feel him!
Baba said that he has not come to teach but to awaken!
was silent for 44 years! From July 10, 1925 until he passed
away on Jan.31, 1969.
observed silence for more than 3 decades because ‘man had
been deaf to the principles and precepts laid down by God in
the past…enough words had been asked for and given, and now
it was time to live them!’
said that to be nearer and nearer to God one had to get
further and further away from “I”, “my”, “me” and
renounce the limited self, Grace is required, and Baba said
that he had come to release that Grace.
hope to return to Meherabad soon to experience the ‘Grace’
second and third Bulaava
first time I went to Meherabad, it was quiet and peaceful.
I had the desire, that the next time round, I should visit it
during a festival.
got the Bulaava again. I asked that if my wish is to be
fulfilled, there should be a particular manifestation. The
manifestation manifested. However the desire has not yet been
above aside, I expressed the desire that the third time, I
should visit the Samaadhi with Nan Umrigar, the author of
Sounds of Silence.
soon as I returned to Bombay, I got a call from a friend
inviting me for lunch where Nan had also been invited!
met her. She is a charming non assuming, lovable and huggable
told her that I would like to take my next trip to Meherabad
passed. She sent me an email last week (March 2005) stating
that she was taking a group to Meherabad and if I would like
said yes, yes, I would love to…
went and have just returned. Was wondering why the bulaava,
since my desire has not yet materialized.
tells me sometimes, one is just an instrument, the bulaava may
be for the others who came because of me. (I had taken 3
friends along with me).
did however get a message which maybe was for me…it was a
message of Meher Baba and it stated that sometimes he gives
more than one expected and sometimes he gives nothing and in
that nothing there is everything.
like to hold on to the thought that I am in ‘big profit’
both ways! J
yes, one more thing, Nan told me that she got a forwarded
email with a quote of mine saying that ‘the next time I
would like to visit Meherabad with Nan’ I presumed I had
added that note on my website(www.dalsabzi.com)
under ‘Divine Calls and Meher Baba’
I looked for it on my website, it was not there!
|On the 10th
of Aug 2006 Nan released a new edition of
'Sounds of Silence'
was a beautiful program where Mahabanoo Kotwal and Anish
Trivedi read excerpts, Cyrus and Jimmy Mody shared experiences
and Gary Lawyer sang 'Begin the Beguine' a song much liked by
Meher Baba...a video was also released...
picture below, from left: Anish Trivedi,
Mahabanoo and Nan Umrigar