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Another new follower was Pritam Singh Sahni. He was a successful businessman running a thriving trade in Thailand. Once on Buddha's birthday, the local Buddhist people paid him much respect and greatly honored him. Pritam Singh questioned them, "Why are you felicitating me on this day?"

And they replied, "You come from the land where our Lord Buddha was born."

This answer moved him deeply and lifted a veil from his mind. He thought: "What a pity that I know nothing about Buddha, although I come from India, and here these people are worshiping him so devoutly. My whole mind is obsessed with making money, and yet these people revere me as someone spiritual."

Leaving his business, Pritam Singh returned to India and began longing for the darshan of the "living Buddha." He visited several sadhus and saints, but was never satisfied.

He heard of Meher Baba in 1936, and read a few of his books, but darshan being unavailable, he was made to wait six years before he could meet the one his heart had recognized. That day, December 26th [1942], his wishes were fulfilled.

Pritam vividly remembered that first meeting:

I followed Adi Sr. in a state of immense joy, my heart full of his [Baba's] love, my eyes full of joyous tears, running toward the Lord of my heart, who had made me his, long before.

One step in the hut, I was face to face with my Beloved Baba, who was reclining. I saw his brilliant face shining as a full moon, more beautiful than any face I had ever seen before. His two beautiful eyes, as wide and deep as an ocean, pierced my heart and kissed my soul. His graceful smile confirmed forever that I belonged to him and him alone.

I was lost in him for a while; then Adi took my hand and bade me sit beside him. Baba looked at me and the happiness of my millions of lives cannot equal the bliss of that one moment with Baba. Baba held my hand, drew me to his heart, gave me a warm embrace and made me aware that I was in the lap of the God-Mother, drinking deep from the well of his love.

Baba asked, "What do you wish for?" Before Pritam Singh could speak in reply, Baba dictated on the board, "I know what you want. For you, words are unnecessary." And he took him in his embrace again.


LORD MEHER, 1st USA ed, vol. 7 & 8, pp. 2830-2831
1995 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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