JUNE 1942 – MEHER BABA IS THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE AND BEARS THE BURDEN OF THE WHOLE CREATION.
Among the great saints of Rishikesh was Keshwanandji Maharaj. Meher Baba did not actually physically contact Keshwanandji while in Rishikesh but verified to Pleader that he was among the greatest saints of India. Pleader (Baba’s disciple) had encountered Keshwanandji Maharaj in April of 1934.
Keshwanandji was totally naked in all weather except for a loin-cloth, and his impressive bronze-colored physical form was a familiar sight in Rishikesh, for the saint would stand all day long, with a bamboo staff in one hand, gazing up at the sun. Keshwanandji had built a small wooden platform on the river bank, on which he stood. Every winter, when snow blanketed the great mountain walls through which the Ganges River cleaves its path, Keshwanandji would walk up to the high
valley and stand in the snow, gazing all day at the sun.
At Rishikesh, no one normally ever came close to Keshwanandji on his river platform, except for one disciple, his caretaker. Pleader, however, who was then on an order of silence given by Baba, after first having been refused by the caretaker to see the saint and told to go away, succeeded in persuading him to show a photograph of Meher Baba to Keshwanandji. Seeing the photograph, Keshwanandji smiled and then called Pleader to approach, and told him that he normally never let any stranger come near him, but seeing this photograph, and knowing the divinity of Meher Baba he had to call him near, because Meher Baba was “the Master of the universe.”
Keshwanandji Maharaj told Pleader, “Meher Baba bears the burden of the whole creation on his shoulders, so great a soul is he.” Keshwanandji allowed Pleader to stay with him for some months and assisted his caretaker in serving the saint.
Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 8, pp. 2802 -2804.
Meshwanandji Maharaj, the great saint of Rishikesh
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