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Born in the village of Magarpur (District Jhansi India), on 14 January 1928, Shaligram had a disturbed
childhood. He lost his mother when he 4 years old. His father, a landlord, did not pay loving attention
to Shaligram. He remained love starved and developed an aversion to the world. He aspired to become a
monk and seek God. Shaligram reflects that by planting this desire to seek God, Meher Baba was silently
drawing him closer.
At the age of 11 years, Shaligram, with one of his friends named Maithili Sharan, secretly left his
home for pilgrimage to Badrinath Temple situated high up in the himalayas. He carried a rosary and a
copy of Bhagwad Gita. However, on the way, Maithili felt frightened having been spotted by an
acquaintance and left Shaligram. Shaligram did not stop and continued his journey. In the train, a
blind Sadhu or monk took special interest in Shaligram. On learning that Shaligram has secretly left
his home and is on a pilgrimage to Badrinath, the Sadhu persuaded Shaligram to return saying that
pilgrim places are full of immoral practices and are no longer abodes of God. The Sadhu pointed out
that God Himself seeks His lovers and one-day Shaligram would succeed finding Him. Convinced, Shaligram
returned and resumed his normal life.
Shaligram resumed his studies and graduated from Kanpur. He then got trained for the job of a public
prosecutor in the police department. He was posted at Allahabad, a holy city infused with spiritual
environment. Again, he got tormented by the thought that he is drifting away from his main objective -
the search of God. Shaligram took a vow of a totally frugal diet and abstained from eating any thing
else. Shaligram resolved that he would not resume the normal diet until he finds God! After about a
year he was transferred to Hamirpur - a poorly developed small town surrounded from three sides by
rivers. Though reluctant initially, Shaligram accepted the new posting and arrived at Hamirpur with his
bag and baggage ferried across the river. Soon Shaligram, because of his monk like habits and honesty,
impressed one Hari Shankar Sharma, his senior. It was through Hari Shankar that Shaligram heard the
name of Meher Baba for the first time.
Hari Shankar talked about a police officer Vishnu Shrivastava and mentioned that Shrivastava's wife is
a devotee of somebody known as Meher Baba. The moment Hari Shankar mentioned about Meher Baba,
Shaligram had a vision of Baba in a pink coat and sadra. He saw Baba smilingly poised on a sofa chair.
At that time, Shaligram could not make out whom he actually saw in that vision. But later, when one of
Shaligram's acquaintance, who was working in Narayan Press of Hamirpur and from where the Hindi
magazine "Meher Pukar" was published by Keshav Narayan Nigam, took Shaligram to the place of his work ,
Shaligram while grazing through "Meher Pukar", saw a photograph of Meher Baba exactly similar to the
vision seen earlier. Shaligram's acquaintance was a Baba lover who firmly believed in the Godhood of
Baba. He gave Baba's declarations "Highest of the High" and "Meher Baba's Call" to Shaligram for
reading. Shaligram was deeply impressed by the divine authority of Meher Baba and was moved by His
At Narayan Press (now named as Meher Pukar Press) Shaligram met Parameshwari Dayal Nigam "Pukar". Pukar
told many Baba stories to Shaligram. In one such story, Pukar talked about a sahvas program at
Meherabad, where Baba lovers expressed about their desire to wash Baba's feet. Baba said that washing
His feet by everybody would be time consuming and troublesome. He said that He would wash His own feet
on every body's behalf. Pukar narrated how Baba washed the feet of lepers and the poor. He also talked
about the life and spiritual experiences of Baba's disciple called "Pleader". Pukar also gave the book
"God Speaks" to Shaligram for reading. "God Speaks", with its crystal clear presentation of highly
complex spiritual themes supported by beautiful charts, convinced Sharma that only God could create a
book like that. Shaligram accepted Meher Baba as the Avatar of the Age. This was the year 1960.
Hamirpur was already charged and activated by Beloved Baba and the tradition of holding annual Meher
Prem Mela and Sahvas had just been started. Shaligram came in the contact of many Baba lovers - Dr.
G.S.N.Moorty, Kishen Singh, Todi Singh, Prakashwati, Madhusudan and others. Shaligram's heart was now
aflame with Meher Baba's Love and craved whole-heartedly to have His darshan. At Panwari sahvas,
Madhusudan, moved by Meher love of Shaligram, informed him about a meeting scheduled on 4th of December
and specially convened by Baba for some selected lovers. Madhusudan instructed Shaligram to reach
Sarosh Talkies in Ahmednagar well in time and assured him of Baba's darshan. However, Jal, Baba's
brother, objected and discouraged Shaligram for rushing to Ahmednagar mentioning that the meeting is
exclusively for some special invitees. Shaligram felt dejected and crest fallen. Later moved by
Shaligram's mental state, Jal conceded and invited him for that very meeting, assuring that he would
try his best to arrange Baba's darshan. That meeting, however, was cancelled by Baba. Jal later
informed Shaligram that he would be meeting Baba on 25th of December and intends to show Shaligram's
photograph to Baba. Shaligram promptly sent his photograph and a letter for Baba.
On 31st of December, Jal wrote to Shaligram:" I have been to Baba for a few hours and in spite of
restrictions during Baba's seclusion, I could place your photograph and the letter before Him. Baba
looked at your photograph very lovingly and said, " I know everything about him and I will surely call
him one day." Jal's letter filled Shaligram with immense happiness. All this made him much more
restless to have a darshan of his Beloved Meher Baba.
This was the time when Bhopal center was celebrating Baba's birthday commencing programs from 24th of
February 1961 and invited Keshav Narayan Nigam as a special guest. Keshav was permitted to bring a
companion. Shaligram accompanied Keshav and both arrived at Bhopal on 24th of February. From Bhopal,
Shaligram sent a birthday telegram to Beloved Baba stating: "By your mercy I surrender myself to you as
birthday greeting." Over flowing with Baba's love, Shaligram started giving discourses on Baba's life
and teachings at various places.
It was the month of April, when Pukar gave the happy news about Baba's circular informing about a
darshan program at Poona. Shaligram started for Poona on 12th of May reaching there on 14th. At Poona
Bhau informed them that a special Baba darshan program is fixed on that very day at 4 p.m. Shaligram
vividly recollects: As he entered the room, he saw Baba seated on a chair wearing a sadra. His divinely
radiant face was full of peace and love. Light similar to moonlight was radiating from Him. When Pukar
introduced Shaligram to Baba, Baba asked "Has he started taking regular diet or he is still on frugal
food?" Pukar said, "He has started taking regular diet. He was reluctant but after receiving a telegram
from Adi Sr. , he relented." Baba then asked Shaligram "What made him stop taking regular food?" and
without waiting for the answer, He instructed everybody to assemble in the adjacent hall. In the hall
Baba came wearing a pink coat and sat on a sofa. This was exactly how Shaligram saw Baba in his vision.
In the hall, Shaligram was introduced again as the public prosecutor from Hamirpur. Baba asked the name
of Shaligram's village. He was told that it is Magarpur. Baba then asked Shaligram, "What do you want?"
Shaligram said, "I want to be true to my surrender to Baba". Baba was pleased and said, "No body has
said that before. Now the conditions are such that it is I who has to surrender before the world."
Somehow Shaligram took this as his rejection and felt terribly upset and dejected. Eruch, who was
interpreting Baba, then explained:" Baba is saying that surrender demands total emptiness within. If
you beat a solid block of wood, no musical sound can be produced. But if the same block is made empty
within by giving it the shape of a drum, it becomes a wonderful musical instrument. A rock has no
desire. In the same way in surrender one has to free himself from his own desires. Dust, trampled or
reverently smeared on the head, remains unaffected. In the same way surrender means becoming the dust.
Why Shaligram is seeking total surrender to me? This will make him useless for the world." Then Baba
asked Ramjoo to recite a couplet in Persian. That he did and Baba explained its meaning, "Since the
time I have surrendered myself to my Beloved, I have become totally useless for the world."
On this Shaligram said, "Baba please, make me useless for the world and give me the strength to
surrender to your will." Baba then enquired about Shaligram's family members - kids and wife and asked,
"Do they have faith in Me? What will happen to them? Have you thought about that?" Shaligram said," I
leave everything to you Baba". Baba then said," After surrender to the will of God, nothing remains to
be achieved." Then Baba instructed Pukar to ask Shaligram to sing a song of his choice. Shaligram
poured out his heart saying,"Baba give me the strength to surrender totally to your will and take
refuge in You." Suddenly Baba became supremely radiant and raising his hand said, "God has heard you
and has granted your wish." At that time the entire hall was filled with brilliant light and a
deafening explosion was heard by Shaligram. Shaligram was in profound ecstasy and Baba too was
extremely happy. Baba gave Shaligram five chocolates as prasad. But soon Shaligram discovered that one
of the chocolates is missing. Later he found that missing chocolate in his bed. He ate all the five.
Next day on 15th, Baba hugged Shaligram lovingly and rubbed His cheek on Shaligram's cheek. Shaligram
felt as if high voltage electric current has passed through his entire body. His joy of ecstasy was
increased manifold. Baba instructed Shaligram,"Be truthful in your worldly duties, see Baba in all
beings and work without any worry." Shaligram asked, "Baba, how to see you in all beings?" Baba said,
"Do not worry about that. I will take care of that at the appropriate time."
This is how Shaligram Sharma came to Meher Baba.
Shaligram Sharma currently lives in Hamirpur and brings out a Baba Magazine in Hindi called 'Meher
Pukar'. He can be contacted at the following address:
Shaligram Sharma, 9/88 Meher Nazar, Meherpuri, Hamirpur 210301 U.P., India Phone +91-5282-22217
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