Gita’s desperation

Author | April 30, 2011

26/8/1967:
I got up late and finished ablution.  The rain was creating havoc.  It continued since ten days. Flood was swelling and it seemed difficult to start for home next day.  Ramanidada came to see my health. He administered warm water mixed with rock salt and lemon juice.  After a while he enquired whether I had [...]

Struggle continues

Author | April 28, 2011

25/8/1967:
Got up early.  It was drizzling and yet I completed the daily chore and took bath.  I finished breakfast.  Baba was deeply engrossed in his thoughts and walking up and down outside his fencing.  He shrewdly limped occasionally to invite our attention.  He then demanded pieces of iron bars to put on stones to make [...]

Rains

Author | April 26, 2011

23/8/1967:
Dressed in the morning and went to village Chunni to fetch milk.  On way back I fell down and bruised but luckily milk was intact.  I shook off the inertia and continued to tread the footpath.  After Baba’s early meal he called us in his hut.  His lust to perceive current affairs was fantastic. For [...]

Gardening & Discussions

Author | April 24, 2011

19/8/1967:
At 6 A.M. Ramanidada brought the summons to change clothes and be present immediately.  Baba was outside with Chinu on his shoulder.  He told me to transplant the remaining tomato plants. He already prepared a bed for that. After completing the task I finished routine chore and returned to Baba.  Shyamlal came with milk.  Baba [...]

More Routine & Dictations

Author | April 22, 2011

17/8/1967:
Got up leisurely. Strolled in the garden after completing daily chore. Baba came out. Shyamlal arrived, therefore first cancelled my going to Okhimath. It was drizzling. Again Baba decided I should go to post letter and purchase Hawai slippers for Gita and Dipali.
Reached Okhimath. Made purchases, etc. Mitranand met there. Together we came back. The [...]

Dictations..

Author | April 20, 2011

16/8/1967:
At 3.30 A.M. it rained cats and dogs. There was not an inch of roof, which did not leak. I opened umbrella and cuddled beneath it. At 5.30 A.M. Ramanidada came. He awoke me in sitting posture under umbrella. He brought message that Baba had summoned me. I went to his hut.
Baba enquired as to [...]

20th Independence Day

Author | April 18, 2011

15th August 1967:
Today is Independence Day – a day of rejoicing for independence and mourning for ravages of the partition.  Today is twentieth Independence Day and birthday of Rishi Aurobindo Ghosh.
At 5.30 A.M. Ramanidada awoke me from the sound sleep.  I immediately prepared to leave for Chunni to meet Shymlal Pradhan.  I went to Dada’s [...]

Baba calls me back

Author | April 16, 2011

11/8/1967:
Received Ramani Ranjan Das’s telegram posted yesterday informing me to start immediately for Gangtoli and if possible carry sixteen hundred rupees for their expenses.  The latter was beyond my capacity.  Impossible.
12/8/1967:
Secured seven day’s casual leave from Principal Mukherjee.  Withdraw Rs. Two hundred and had balance of rupees four hundred left for emergency.  Obeisance to parents [...]

At Home for 2 months

Author | April 14, 2011

29/5/1967:
I planted all saplings of flower plants given by Baba.  Withdraw rupees two sixty. Sent T.M.O. of Rs.250 to Gyandada at Shaulmari Ashram. Also sent telegram to Ramanidada about safe arrival and informing money sent to Ashram. My mother was delighted to see the plants. I inherited love for gardening from mother and grandmother.
5/6/1967:
Prabhakar and [...]

I leave for Amravati

Author | April 12, 2011

25/5/1967:
Finished routine, Sentry duty. Worm infection less. Baba, Rajat and me removed Georgette and bicolour roses into pot for me. Watered them. Luggage was heavy. Baba then went in and I had lemon juice. After bath we all sat near Baba. Gobind returned from Guptakashi with rice and potatoes.
We had a general talk. Baba told [...]

Buddha Poornima

Author | April 10, 2011

23/5/1967:
Today is ‘Buddha Poornima’. This Full Moon day is named after lord Buddha.  Got up at 4 A.M.  Finished routine and had a nap again.  Stomach was clean.  At 8.30 A.M. the sunlight set in. Some chapatis were prepared with mixture of salt.  I ate three.  I took bath and put on suit and tie.  [...]

Ashram routine

Author | April 8, 2011

20/5/1967:
I finished routine early.  Baba came out and with Sandip we sat near him. The talk was of general nature. Sandip asked quaint and ridiculous questions to Baba regarding meditation. Baba then enquired with me whether I applied mud to my ear yesterday night. He stressed that to prepare one maund of good medicinal mud [...]

Miss Gloria

Author | April 6, 2011

17/5/1967:
Ramanidada awoke us in the early morning.  All were served tea.  I do not take it.  Then he made us water the garden.  Gobind left on Agastimuni mission.  Rajat had been to the confluence and was instructed to wait for Baba’s coming out.
Dipali pitied upon me and offered couple of chapatis, which I devoured voraciously [...]

Baba’s wrath & outing

Author | April 4, 2011

15/5/1967:
Got up late.  Finished routine.  Schmoozed for a while.  Rajat and Gobind went in search of Baba up to Bhiri about seven miles away.  No trace.  They came back.  A boy named Sudhir Chandola came at about 9.30 A.M. and informed that an old man sitting up was calling one of us.  Boy knew not [...]

Baba’s Misery

Author | April 2, 2011

14/5/1967:
I got up at 5 A.M. I had beautiful coloured dream and in another I saw father had heart attack. Mother and I were massaging his chest and he was chanting Sanskrit mantras.  Queer. I was restless.
At 6 A.M. Baba gave his two woolen sweaters, my blanket, Gobind’s and Rajat’s blanket.  All were bundled up [...]