I heard the name of Avatar Meher Baba from the Bandella family, Poona. I did not pay any attention to it. Then in 1953 L. P. Thade (a member of the Poona Bhajan Mandali) visited Jabalpur from Ahmednagar. He told many a thing about Baba and showed me the album which he had with him. I also read the Wayfarers which was in his possession but this ignorant mind could not perceive anything. In the night exactly at 12 he chanted the Jap of "Om Parabrahma Paramatma" for one hour, this being Baba's order. Just to please him I told him that it was a good thing that he was chanting the name of God, but how was it that He was given the Jap of "Om Parabrahma Paramatma" when Baba is a Parsee. He told me that Baba's Lovers are from many religions and Baba has said that each should chant that name of God to which he or she is accustomed.
The next day he left for Ahmednagar giving me the invitation to come to Ahmednagar when I happened to visit Poona.
Sometime afterwards my father-in-law died in Poona Camp (his native place) and I went there on 15 days' leave. After performing the 10th day ritual for the departed soul, I was contemplating the way I should spend the remaining period of my leave, when suddenly Thade's invitation flashed back in my mind. The next afternoon I reached Ahmednagar by bus. Thade was out on tour, but I being related to the family, his absence did not cause any inconvenience to me. The whole family seemed to be mad after Baba! Amidst all activities they never ceased to speak about Baba. Bhajan (devotional music) appeared to be their chief nourishment. This impressed me a bit. The next day Thade's younger brother took me to Pimpalgaon where I met Kaka Baria, who prepared tea for us. At that time Baba was not there. Kaka dwelt upon God for a long time and advised me to stick to Baba once for all when I have taken His supporting arm. I mused to myself "I have not taken His supporting arm yet! "
Then we returned to Ahmednagar. After the mid-day meal we went to Meherabad Ashram, where I met Pendu, to whom I was introduced by the younger Thade. Then we went with Siddhu to see Mohammed (a God-intoxicated soul who was one of the inmates of the Ashram), but he did