Who is Sai Baba' guru? Zarzari Zar Baksh who lived at Khuldabad, says Meher Baba
By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune
Sai Charita, Sai Baba's life story as it is popularly known, makes no mention of Meher Baba. Upasni Maharaj, whose Ashram is at Sakori, some six kilometers from Shirdi, hardly appears in the book, though he is regarded in some quarters as Sai's spiritual heir. The reference to him comes up mostly in the context of last days of Sai. Also, no-biography of Sai throws light on how and where Sai Baba became the Fakir of Allah. But in 'Lord Meher', the life story of Meher Baba, there are innumerable references to Sai Baba. To Upasni Maharaj himself, whom, Meher Baba hailed as the King of Yogis.
By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune
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New Delhi, 19 January (Asiantribune.com): Sai Charita, Sai Baba's life story as it is popularly known, makes no mention of Meher Baba. Upasni Maharaj, whose Ashram is at Sakori, some six kilometers from Shirdi, hardly appears in the book, though he is regarded in some quarters as Sai's spiritual heir. The reference to him comes up mostly in the context of last days of Sai. Also, no-biography of Sai throws light on how and where Sai Baba became the Fakir of Allah.
But in 'Lord Meher', the life story of Meher Baba, there are innumerable references to Sai Baba. To Upasni Maharaj himself, whom, Meher Baba hailed as the King of Yogis.
According to Meher Baba, Sai is the Qutub-e-Irshad, the head of the spiritual hierarchy, and the leading Perfect Master of his time. Meher Baba credited his advent to Sai, Upasni and three other Perfect Masters – Babajan, Tajuddin Baba and Narayan Maharaj.
'All five of these Perfect Masters have brought me down and my Avataric state comprises the five states of these five Perfect Masters', he said once. Every age has five such Masters, who possess simultaneously God-Consciousness and normal consciousness of man.
Readers of Sai Charita may recall that Sai would beg every day for bread in Shiridi. He continued begging up to his last days in 1918. Giving the secret behind Sai's begging, Meher Baba said: 'The houses represented the five Perfect Masters who are always living in the world, and at whose feet the whole universe begs for spiritual and material progress'.
Meher Baba met Sai only once, that too when the World War I was raging. Meher was still a young Zoroastrian, Merwan Sheriar Irani, the son of a first generation Iranian parents settled in Pune. He had just lost gross consciousness and was in a dazed state. That was all because of Hazarat Babajan. One day in May 1913, she kissed 'my beloved son' on the forehead to accomplish her 'mission' of 'unveiling' Merwan.
Sai was returning from the lendi procession, when he spotted the Zoroastrian. The eyes of the young man and the eyes of the old man steadily gazed at each other. And according to Lord Meher, the great word came out of the old fakir's mouth, 'Parvardigar'! When the youngman fell at his feet also, Sai uttered the word 'Parvardigar'!
Parvardigar is an Islamic term for the Protector or Preserver of creation. The daily prayer, Meher Baba gave, also begins with the words, 'O Parvardigar'.
There was a crowd of devotees when the 'meeting' took place in December 1915. In other words there were witnesses to the 'extraordinarily' significant event.
Professor Jagadamba Rathore, who heads the Meher Spiritual University (MSU), met one eye-witness.
'There is no mention of the meeting (Sai and Meher) in Sai Charita. I have not come across Sai devotees speaking about the meeting either. But I met one person who was a witness to the incident', the Professor told me when I met him at Meherabad last fortnight.
And that witness is no ordinary person either. Because he went on to become a great person in his own right and was accepted at home and abroad as an authority on Vedanta and Yoga. He met Meher Baba and sat at His feet as He gave darshan to people from the East and the West in Pune. I recorded his name only phonetically. So I will give his name in my next column after checking the spelling with Prof Rathore. Also after getting some more details.
To go back to that December morning at Shirdi, it is interesting to hear from Bhau Kalchuri, who wrote Lord Meher and devoted ( on the directions of Meher Baba himself) the opening pages of the book to the five Perfect Masters of our time.
Says Bhau, 'The crowd surrounded Sai and pushed the young Meher aside. Sai returned to his seat. And Meher, who was still Merwan, picked himself up and continued wandering along the dusty road'.
From Sai, Meher wandered into the Khandoba temple, where Upasni had been fasting. He was naked, sitting outside on the steps of the temple as the youngman slowly walked forward with folded hands. 'Looking directly at Meher, Upasni picked up a stone, stood up and threw it at the youngman striking him on the forehead with such force that the wound bled'. The stone hit at the very spot Babajan had kissed. Afterwards, Meher and Upasini went inside the temple and stayed alone for two days.
From all accounts, it was with Upasni that Meher Baba was closely associated in the early days of His Avataric life. The two met off and on for seven years. And at one time, Meher Baba lived at Sakori continuously for six months in 1921.
On the day Meher left, Maharaj said, 'You are Adi Shakti' and declared, 'I am handing over my keys to you'.
On his directions, some of his closest disciples became Meher Baba devotees. One of them was Gulmai of Ahmednagar, in whose house, the Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Trust is located today. Her son Adi became Meher Baba's secretary. And her husband, Sarosh, bought from the British army the land at nearby Arangaon village, which has since become the Meherabad.
A facet of Sai Baba, many of his devotees may not know is that he had controlled World War I. Meher Baba himself disclosed the nugget. According to Lord Meher, 'at that time (during the war) when he was walking between the mosque and the temple, a strange light would be seen on his (Sai) face. It was also noticed that he would make strange signs in the air with his fingers. This behavior continued daily for four years, from the start of World War I to its conclusion'.
Interestingly, Meher Baba took recourse to this very strange sign language to speak through his silence.
There is a phase in Sai Baba's life about which nothing much is known even according to Sai Charita. It relates to the period before he settled down in Shirdi.
Meher Baba disclosed the 'missing' details on June 5, 1927, when he took a few of his close disciples to Khuldabad, near Aurangabad. "The tomb of Sai Baba's Master is here (Khuldabad)", he told them and gave the name of the Master as Zarzari Zar Baksh.
Baksh lived some 700 years before Sai. So, how was it possible for the two meet even?
Replied Meher Baba, 'You have no idea of how great is the grace of the Perfect Master. While Zarzari Zar Baksh was alive, Sai, in a previous incarnation, was his disciple. The Master's grace descended upon him at that time; however, it carried over and made him perfect after 700 years. Zarzari Zar Baksh means Giver of the Wealth. This he gave to Sai'.
Sai was inwardly drawn to be near his former Master. He entered a cave overlooking the tomb of Zarzari Zar Baksh, and stayed inside for several years without leaving for food or water. He became God-realized during this period. He was fully conscious of himself as God, 'Anal Haq'; but he was completely oblivious of his own human body and the world around him. Sai remained in this 'dazed' state of an
emaciated fakir for over four years.
Next week the focus will be on how the fakir became Sai. And also about a miracle story of a couple who had checked into Mumbai's iconic Taj to celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary on November 26 and how an 'invisible' hand and voice guided them to escape the terrorist bullets through a nearly non-existent exit. Muncher and Ferozie Wadia visited Meherabad a week later for the first time to offer their silent prayer at the Samadhi.
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