Baba sends money & telegrams from Tanakpur

Posted By Author on September 25, 2011

9/3/1969:

I had been to Nagpur for conducting practical examination.  It was against my will but I had to supplement income to try to settle monetary matters of prime importance.

With wife I was back home.  Father surprised me by informing that a money order of rupees four hundred had come in my name.  Probably Shri Baba must have had managed.

11/3/1969:

With Prabhakar went to General Post Office and encashed the money order of rupees four hundred.  On the coupon note was written ‘ for     Prajnachaitanya meaning Ramani Ranjan Das and sender’s name was Vijnanananda that was Baba.’ Actually Vijnan is Bengali pronunciation of Vidnyan that means science. Because of change of name Intelligence sleuth could not locate Baba. The letter sent in his own hand in faint green envelope is as below:

“Om”

Tanakpur

9.3.69

Dear Suresh.

If possible, as soon as you receive this letter just go to Ramani and give the letter addressed to him and sent herewith.

On the eve of my entering into the deepest depth of the Himalayas I fervently aspire; the Divine Mother bestow her kinetic grace upon you.

Love and blessings

Saradananda

(The enclosed letter for Ramani Ranjan Das was written in Bengali script.)

The postal stamp on the coupon was illegible.  However the suffix was ‘bad’ I strongly felt it might be Najiibabad in U.P. where Ramakrishnaji was chief engineer in P.W.D. Anyway I immediately conferred with Prabhakar and narrated the position including abhorring, pathetic, pitiable, and atrocious tragedy of Gita.  We took an instant decision and we started our journey to the Melghat on his scooter at 1 P.M. The weather was inclement.  The hot wind scorched our faces.   After Paratwada I drove.  On turnings when a vehicle suddenly appeared from the opposite direction my heart pounded and beats almost stopped.  The ordeal was over without any mishap.  We arrived at our camp in Sirasban.  All were happy to see me.  I talked with Dada and Haribandhu.  Then Gitamasi and myself, we sneaked to the stream to discuss matters in privacy.  She opened her heart and poured all her woes before me.  She confided she got conceived again after the Himalayas against her wishes rather forced after recent abortion. She was avoiding it right from the Himalayas, Ashram. And Amarkantak and wanted shelter of her mother. She ultimately became pregnant and was aborted. It was too late for me to realize the whole situation. I was shocked and bewildered but I requested her to take care of her health especially of her haemoglobin and anemia and throw Divine treatment to winds. She must keep in touch with Dr. Banerjee. She promised.  I played with Chinu.  She would frisk and frolic. I handed over rupees three hundred to Haribandhu for daily necessities and rupees hundred to Gitamasi for personal safety.  I apologetically expressed to Gitamasi about my inability to attend on the coming Sunday.  She courageously agreed to wait.  After swallowing snacks we hurried and left to reach home before it was too dark.

Basically I am skeptical about palmistry. However now I began to feel that the big cross on the brain line of Baba was responsible for great mental chaos. My father is an astrologer of repute. Once I put two horoscopes before him without naming persons. One was of Nehru and another of Subhash Bose. Father said this man’s planets are on the right side. He will roll in name, fame, riches, and position. About other he explained the planets are on the left side. So he will suffer, success will be hard, life will be miserable. It was absolutely true.

14/3/1 969:

I was worried about safety of Shri Baba.  The tension released suddenly.  Father handed me an envelope, which came by post.  It contained a letter in English written to me under the name of Vijnananand in his own handThere was another letter written by pencil to Shri Dada but it was in Bengali script and I could not make head or tail of it.  The envelope was posted from Tanakpur near western Nepal border. I was also instructed to handover letter to Dada at the earliest possible convenience.

I was already under catastrophic worry of threatened abortion of my wife when I was to become father first time.

15/3/1969:

I dashed to my teacher and colleague in the college, Professor Mrutyunjaya Kartikchandra Banerjee, Head of the Department of mathematics (and Principal later.)  I showed the Bengali script written by Shri Baba for Dada and requested him to read and explain.  He narrated that, ‘He went to Burhanpur via Dharni.  There he came across a person who booked a First Class compartment for him and thus he reached Zansi.  A young man at Zansi booked his further passage by the very class up to Agra.  From Agra he dispatched a parcel containing shoes, sweets and dry-fruits for Chinu at my address. He further wrote that he was on his way to the Himalayas and promised to send enough money to make provision for Dada and his family and for the Ashram for a period of six months.  He himself would rehabilitate and then take away Chinu, etc.’ The letter was dated 9/3/1969.

As per his regular habit Prof. Banerjee was to go for evening walk.  I accompanied him for a distance. He was very inquisitive and curious. He showered barrage of questions.  I dexterously avoided and bade him goodbye with many thanks.

My wife Shefali was better and stabilized. I cancelled my going to the Melghat.

17/3/1969:

I had been to college and father received the parcel.  Unfortunately he opened it out of curiosity and tasted some cashew nuts.  I grudged.  In the evening I was contemplating to go to Melghat but again postponed.

19/3/1969:

New year’s day, Gudhi Padwa (Chetri Chenda) of the Indian calendar and hence could not leave for the camp.

22/3/1969:

After attending the college luckily I got Burhanpur bus by seconds.  Reached the destination at 6 P.M.  The weather was hot.  The area from main road to huts was a Sargasso of heaps of shaded large teak leaves as dry as tinder. With wind leaves scurried towards huts.  Every step made a crumpling sound and I was frightened about accidental fire.  The flamboyant picturesque forest turned into sullen dry one.  The water in the stream was depleting at a fast rate.  At night the nocturnal predators grunted and scrambled around our hut.  The place was getting dangerous. It was situated on fringe of the Project Tiger funded by the United Nations to preserve wild life.  I happened to do a research project for Mr. Koppikar, Director of Project Tiger. I did mapping and field survey of the area and sanctum sanctorum. The work was appreciated and the World Chairman, Switzerland personally called upon me. He issued a circular to other nations of WWF to follow on my lines.  I knew the real danger was not tigers but bears. We were just on the border of Sanctum Sanctorum of Tigers’ reserve and I knew nook and corner of it. Luckily bisons were absent in our area but tigers, panthers and bruins posed a constant threat and danger. The adjoining stream was drinking spot of wild animal to quench thirst in simmering summer.

It was 6 P.M. when I reached the huts.  I showed Shri Baba’s letter in Bengali to Gita first and later to Dada.  I handed over parcel too.  I had a wash at the stream and then long chat with Gitamasi. I frankly told her that atrocities and coercion perpetrated on her were running riots in my conscious. After all torture too has its own limit of forbearance.  I promised her to see that she would be with her mother before long.  Chinu was getting naughty and spoke fluent Hindi.  Played with her.  All of us had dinner together.  Chat.  Left for recess with Haribandhu.

23/3/1969:

Finished morning chore and had breakfast. Then with Haribandhu went to collect firewood. We stumbled upon a very big log in the valley. I insisted to carry it by short but steep route.  The short cut proved injurious and we miserably failed.  Then we treaded a long way along the contours succeeding on the low gradient. I learnt a lesson to choose a long but safe route but not short and steep one.  We had a lot of fun in brining the log.

Gitamasi wrote a letter for her mother and handed it to me for posting.  We finished our lunch.  A guest named Mannu Maharaj of Paratwada and a Korku arrived.  He was a very talkative fellow.  Offered both of them food and tea and they left.  Gitamasi prepared sweets of coconut especially for me and then I bade them all good-bye and caught a bus that transported me at 10.30 P.M. safely at home.

29/3/1969:

Attended Mohan Ranade’s reception and lecture in Amravati Municipality.  He was a freedom fighter for liberation of Goa and was interned in the Portuguese penitentiary in Lisbon for many years even after liberation of Goa.  In the Himalayas long back when I brought it to the notice of Shri Baba that the Government repatriated the Portuguese officers immediately after liberation of Goa but failed to get back freedom fighters in exchange who languished in exotic jail for many years.  Mr. Ranade was recently released.  In fact he should have been in India by 1962.  On listening to this episode Shri Baba’s ire knew no bounds.  He blurted and accused our politicians for unpardonable folly.  He warned me to note down and remind him about this at ‘proper time’. One remarkable thing about Ranade was that his intonation of Marathi changed due to many years’ association with Portuguese language. Similar was probably case of Baba.

6/4/1969:

Received Baba’s letter in ink dated 4/4/69 from Tanakpur signed Vijnanananda. It was written in his own hand. Contents of this letter are as below:

“Om”

4.4.69

“ Dear Suresh

Even in ten days your letter did not reach here. Do not send any more letters etc for me to the Tanakpur address. From my present destination towards which I am just moving no exchange of letters etc is possible.

Due to illness I am now not in a condition to receive money and as such in the near future no money will be sent. Tell Prajnachaitanya to pull on as many days as possible by selling Chinu’s necklace. Mother only knows when next it will be possible to send money. “

Love and blessings

Vijnanananda

8/4/1969:

I received letter from Advocate Ramen Roy of Calcutta.

9/4/1969. With Chandrashekhar Dandge in his car via Chikhaldara we reached destination Ghuguria.  It was about 5 P.M. Chandrashekhar’s cousin Laxaman Dandge was also with us.  Tea was offered. I had conversation with Gitamasi. Encouraged her.  Gave her letter from Calcutta. She told that Haribandhu had gone to Amravati to see me.  So we returned early.  Met Haribandhu and gave him rupees hundred from reserved fund of Gitamasi.  I requested him to stay for the night.  He expressed his inability to defy Shri Baba’s prohibitory order and hence returned.

10/4/1969:

I told at home that my guest from Calcutta was to arrive.  Father was upset and so was I perturbed. I left house without food.  In my absence father got a message from the telegraph office, which he wrote in his hand and after return handed it to me.  It is in the diary.  Shri Baba sent rupees eight hundred and twenty five by telegraphic money order.  The Sender’s name was mentioned as Vijnanananda, Tanakpur.  The instruction read, WIRED RUPEES EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE FOR Prajnachaitanya STOP TELL HIM TO PAY OFF Gondu and Rewa.’ As one may easily understand that to maintain secrecy he changed his name and that of Ramanidada too.  That was typical of Him.  When he left India dodging the British Government, he took names as Ziauddin and Mazzotta.  In Japan he took name as Matsuda. To change name, religion, and caste was his modus operandi of dodging. Here it is most important to note that Baba would tell that he was born in a Brahmin family in East Bengal. That was his typical way of dodging his identity. I dashed out and encashed the T.M.O. (Bengali Prajna is Sanskrit Pradnya means intelligence and Chaitanya is spirit.)

It is worth mention here that as described earlier from Shri Baba’s Bengali letter, he reached Agra via Burhanpur. From there he went to Etawah on           Agra-Kanpur line.  Ramesh Saxena lived in Etawah.  He was contacted and told to raise money to send it to me.  Saxena probably contacted a rich timber merchant and apprised him that Shri Baba was Netaji in order to obtain money.  It was this merchant who is recorded as a witness in Khosla Commission Report who claimed to have met Netaji.  He indeed was a genuine witness without any proof and hence was treated as fraud. His name is Brajendra Swarup.

Anxiety was ingrained feature of Baba. His mode of communication was mostly telegraphic like Subhash Bose. When he left my region the following telegrams show his intense anxiety and way of communication.

Telegram 1.

Reply Paid Express Telegram of 21 Received On 23/4/1969

DR. SURESH PADHYE M.A. PH D.

KHAPARDE GARDEN AMRAOTI

URGENTLY WIRE ABOUT PRAJNACHAITANYA AND ALL CHAIRMAN MUNICIPALITY

TANAKPUR

My reply at 9 A.M. on 23/4/1969

HIS HOLINESS VIJNANANDA CARE CHAIRMAN MUNICIPALITY TANAKPUR

ALL WORRIED WATER DEPLETED CHIKHADARA NO ROOM TERRIBLE

PROBLEM LETTER FOLLOWS

SURESH

Telegram 2.

REPLY PAID EXPRESS TELEGRAM 24/4/1969 RECEIVED ON 25/4/1969

DR SURESH PADHYE M.A. PH. D KHAPARDE GARDEN AMRAOTI

URGENTLY WIRE IMMEDIATELY ABOUT PRAJNACHAITANYA AND ALL

VIJNANANANDA CHAIRMAN MUNICIPALITY TANAKPUR

My reply same day

HIS HOLINESS VIJNANANANDA CARE CHAIRMAN MUNICIPALITY TANAKPUR

ALL WORRIED WATER DEPLIETED CHIKHALDARA NO ROOM TERRIBLE PROBLEM

LETTER FOLLOWS     SURESH

Telegram 3. EXPRESS 25/4/1969 TANAKPUR

DR SURESH PADHYE MA PH D KHAPARDE GARDEN AMRAOTI

WITH MORAL COOPERATION OF PATWARDHAN GET HUT CONSTRUCTED FOR THEM NEAR WATER AT MAKHLA EIGHT MILES AWAY FROM SEMADOH AND GET THEM SHIFTED THERE EARLIEST STOP UNTIL HUT CONSTRUCTED THROUGH PATWARDHAN GET THEM ACCOMODATED AT FOREST DAKBUNGALOW AT MAKHLA STOP SENDING MONEY IN ABOUT A WEEK – VIJNANANANDA


Telegram 4. TANAKPUR REPLY PAID EXPRESS SENT 26 RECD 28

DR SURESH PADHYE MA PH D KHAPARDE GARDEN AMRAOTI

WITH DISCERNMENT YOU MAY ADOPT BETTER ALTERNATIVE STOP WITH COOPERATION OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENTION OFFICER AND GRAMSABHAPATI CHIKALDARA YOU MAY GET HUT CONSTRUCTED THERE PREFERABLY NEAR WATER PURIFYING CENTRE OR ADJACENT VILLAGE STOP SHOW THEM TELEGRAM AND ASK THEIR COOPERATION ON MY BEHALF

VIJNANANANDA


My Rely the same day

SWAMI VIJANANANDAJI CARE CHAIRMAN MUNICIPALITY TANAKPUR11/4/1969

FLYING BY NIGHT PLANE TO BOMBAY RETURNING 7Th WORRY NOT AS LONG AS I AM ALIVE. SURESH

(‘Telegram thy name is distortion.’ I have given above corrected form.)

Mark here that Baba’s communication was telegraphic like Subhash Bose. Writing full sentences avoiding abbreviation was common to both. Similarly giving qualifications of a person in address is typical of both.

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