Meher Today – 2nd April
2 April 1925
One such festive holiday was Lord Ram’s birthday, which was celebrated in Meherabad on Thursday, 2 April 1925. Bhajan singing started at 9:00 A.M. and lasted until noon. Ram’s birth was then celebrated, after which Baba handed out the prasad of sweets. In the afternoon Dr. Abdur Rehman (Ghani’s brother from Lonavla) entertained everyone by singing qawaalis.
The following day, a great feast was served to almost 5,000 people. Many from surrounding villages came for the feast. Wrestling matches were held in the afternoon and the winners were given bright-colored turbans as prizes. A silent film, Sant Tukaram, depicting the life of the Perfect Master Tukaram was shown at night.
2 April 1930
On 2 April, some of the mandali were feeling depressed and complained to Baba, “Staying with you is nothing but harassment. Life is so full of hardships now. There is no other thought in our minds and hearts except death. We look happy to others; we eat and spend time with everyone who comes, but who sees the dagger piercing our hearts?”
In reply, Baba explained, consoling them:
It is my grace! This is my real mercy which descends on a very, very select few. These are my friends. They are my lovers to whom I give the gift of sorrow and distress. It is a gift much greater than gold — of incalculable value — and not given to all. This gift is only for my beloved children. We Masters can grant a world of gold, of happiness and prosperity to others by our blessings, but this rare and great gift of privations, troubles and suffering is destined for only a few.
2 April 1950
Sunday, 2 April 1950, was another special day of the Kumbha Mela, as it was the date of the lunar eclipse. Saints, hermits, ascetics and mahatmas from various ashrams and gathering places marched in a procession to bathe in the Ganges, chanting mantras and singing hymns. Some of the sadhus rode on top of elephants to the river. That day, Baba also bathed at his hut with water from the Ganges that Baidul had brought from Hardwar.
2 April 1959
Baba is called on by a group of cricket players to ask his blessing on their participation in matches in England. Baba gives them a discourse on sportsmanship and how to play in a way that spiritually uplifts both the players and the spectators.