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Avatar Meher Baba Pune Centre Celebrating 50 years!
Beloved Baba's Birth Day Celebration at Pune Centre.
K.K. Ramakrishnan had left his home and joined the army when he was just 17. After serving the army for several years, he took voluntary retirement due to ill health and came to Pune.He got a job in the ammunition factory at Khadki and got accommodation in the government quarters in the area called Range Hills.The first man he came across in Poona group was Sh. Ramchandra Gadekar. Ramakrishnan was absolutely focused on doing Baba work.He had his own ideas for accomplishing what he intended to do to spread Baba’s name and message amongst people.
It was with KKR’s initiative and acquaintance that weekly meetings started at Mudliar’s place in right earnest. KKR had also started reading all the Baba literature and started giving well-studied talks on Baba.
When the weekly meetings began, a handbill was prepared and distributed to invite people to regularly attend these meetings. The contents of the handbill was as under:
MEHER BABA LOVERS OF POONA ARE OPENING A NEW CENTRE TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF LOVE AND TRUTH OF AVATAR MEHER BABA.
PLACE: SHRI A.T. MUDLIAR HALL
399, SOMWAR PETH, SARASWAT COLONY,
POONA – 2
DATE: MONDAY, THE 22ND APRIL 1957
TIME: EVENING 7 PM TO 8:30 PM
ARTI AND PRASAD
[THERE WILL BE REGULAR SATSANG ON EVERY MONDAY FROM 7PM TO 8:30PM ]
ALL ARE CORDIALLY INVITED!
MEHER BABA LOVERS,
With the active interest and support of local Baba lovers and due to the loving atmosphere created by Mudliar family, the weekly Baba programs went on well, drawing in more and more people day by day.
Beloved Baba was keeping an eye on Poona Centre’s activities and whenever required, he was guiding and motivating KKR. Out of his love for the Poona Group and to encourage this activity, on Saturday, June 8th 1957, at 8 am Baba visited Poona Centre which had been named as “MEHER SPIRITUAL CENTRE” to bless it.
On that day, Baba spent a good amount of time with Poona Lovers, Listened to bhajans sung by Poona bhajan mandali, gave darshan to everyone present and gave His love and blessings to Apparao Mudaliar and his family. This Centre at Mudaliar’s house had started functioning on 22nd April 1957, Baba came to this place and blessed the Centre on 8th June 1957, just after one and half month. What does it indicate? To me, it shows Baba’s interest to have a Centre in His birthplace, Poona and for his lovers to collectively work for spreading His message of Love to Humanity. He must have been happy that a beginning was made to properly organize such an activity.