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JWadhusudan ::Rejoins 2lis fBeloved Baba once said to Madhusudan: "You have composed bbajans, an arti and songs in my praise, and there are hundreds oflovers at distant places who hear and sing your compositions. These have helped them to love me more and more. So remain as active as ever, and do my work in Poona with love, enthusiasm, zeal and devotion, knowing that Poona is my birthplace."

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adhusudan was a teenager in the late 1940s when he first became aware of Meher Baba. According to Bal Natu's Glimpses ofthe God Man, it was at this time that he started experiencing mental crisis. Natu writes, "His love for music provided some consolation in life. This resulted in his friendship with Ramchandra Rao, a singer from north India... This comradeship led him to participate in Meher Baba's birthday program... Madhusudan was not very interested in lectures on Baba, but nevertheless he wished to continue his visits for the weekly bhajans... These programs gradually awakened in him a longing to see Baba in person. But there was a circular restricting darshan and even correspondence with Baba. Sule, who generally delivered talks at the meetings, convinced some of the youngsters to take the risk and have Baba's darshan. He told them that by imposing various restrictions, Baba was trying to create thirst in the hearts of His dear ones to see Him... Thus a young group of seven Baba lovers resolved to risk a visit to Baba in Ahmednagar, and Madhusudan was one of them. "In the morning on August 21, all of them presented themselves at Adi's office in Khushru Quarters, now called Meher Nazar. The preparations for the New Life were being made at breakneck speed. Adi was overworked with the details that he had to see to. When he found this group in the office he was amazed and said, 'Haven't you read the circular? Who advised you to come over here for Baba's darshan?' The group was nervous;

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no one expected a cold reception at Baba's office! Someone apologized to Adi for troubling him. But the way in which all behaved and the overflowing longing that was visible in the visitors' eyes made Adi say, 'You see, Baba is very busy and He does not see any visitor. In the morning I drove Him to Meherabad; in the evening I shall take him to Meherazad. If you can wait till evening, and can risk waiting on the road, nearby the railway station, I will drive slowly and you may have a glimpse of Baba. This much I can do and nothing more ... "By late afternoon all began to stroll or sit under the shade of the trees, about the spot fixed by Adi. The eyes of all were set in the direction of Meherabad. They anxiously waited and waited but there was no sign of the blue Chevrolet carrying Baba. Time weighed heavily on their minds. It was past seven. The last bus for Poona was at eight and yet there was no car in view. Though unwillingly, they decided to leave for the bus stand in a few minutes. Madhusudan folded his hands in the direction of Mehera bad as a salutation to Baba.Just then a car was sighted... "M adhusudan felt that a tender beam of soft light flashed from the car and flooded his soul. As the car passed by rather slowly, he saw Baba smiling; beauty and majesty seemed blended in His expression. Baba's marvelous look reminded him at once of the dream he had had the previous night. "In the dream, Madhusudan had seen the huge and mighty, but most tender and noble figure of Lord Vishnu, the Sustainer (Parvardigar), gracefully smiling. As he moved on to approach the Lord, His form miraculously disappeared and in its place there shone a disc of bright light, rotating and rolling farther and farther away. At last it entered a very small temple of Lord Krishna, the Flute Player. As the halo touched the statue, it got merged in the idol of Krishna... With the vivid recollection of this meaningful dream and with the vision of tender light touching the core of his heart, Madhusudan could not contain himself, he lay on the road as if dazed . "Adi's car moved some distance and stopped. The Poona group hastened, rather ran, to meet Baba. He called all near Him and blessed each of them. At Baba's instructions Vishnu, one of Baba's disciples, helped Madhusudan walk to the car. Baba smiled and placed His healing hand on Madhusudan's head . He gestured, 'I

know you love me. Continue to love me and remain happy. My nazar is on you... "M adhusudans fondness for music was an excuse for Baba to draw him in the orbit of His love, in His own unique way. In the aforementioned dream, when Madhusudan found himself at the threshold of Lord Krishna's temple, there came out the words from the inner chamber, 'Sing a song.' And he sang one. Baba's divine touch not only inspired Madhusudan to sing, but even to compose beautiful songs for Baba. His compositions in Hindi and Marathi were later very much appreciated by Baba. Many of these songs were sung in Baba's presence and in the public meetings too. Especially the arti, Meher mana arti swikaro (I offer my mind to Thee, 0 Meher, accept it as my arti), was sung in chorus before Baba by hundreds of His lovers." Subhadra Bundellu had sung bhajans with the Poona group dating back to about 1947 when she first met Baba. Madhusudan's marriage to her took place before Baba at Guruprasad on May 14th, 1959. Subhadra was a Harijan (an Untouchable, the lowest caste), while Madhusudan was a high-caste Brahmin. Yet they had the distinction of being the only couple Baba ever married." Baba blessed the couple, and later they were formally married at the registrar's office in a civil ceremony. It is recorded in Lord Meber that "In the middle of the ceremony at Guruprasad, Baba commented: 'Only Eruch knows why I am doing this (marrying them), but no one knows the work I am doing in between. This is the first and last wedding performed by me as Baba." Sources: Glimpses ofthe God Man (Vol. 2) by Bal Naru, and Lord Meber pp.3291,4901,5593-5595. "In late 1968, Dara and Amrit Irani similarly appeared before Baba for their "wedding, " although the legal ceremony was performed elsewhere.

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