This epitome of Bhauji’s life was distributed to Bhaulist by the Trust immediately after he passed away on 23 Oct 13:
Named Vir Singh Kalchuri and nicknamed “Bhau” (“brother” in Hindi) by Baba, Bhauji joined Baba in 1953 after receiving master degrees in Law, Chemistry and Agriculture. For many years he served as one of Baba’s night watchmen and it was during the hours of night watch that Baba first expressed His wish that Bhau begin writing poem-songs in Hindi, and later books and plays, for Baba’s pleasure. After Baba dropped His body, Bhauji’s unique background in Law and Public Administration proved to be invaluable, from the early days of the Trust’s activities when Bhau became a trustee, through the past 17 years when he served as Chairman. Whether working day and night to solve a Trust difficulty, answering a pilgrim’s question, resolving a resident’s dilemma, or touring the Baba world in response to invitations from Baba centres in India and abroad, Bhauji gave extraordinary service to Baba through many different aspects. Even during his last illnesses, despite great discomfort Bhauji made efforts to give visitors his personal attention, loving wisdom and lively sessions of witty humour and song, as well as continuing his Sunday online “Chat” which was looked forward to and enjoyed by Baba-lovers around the world. Bhauji’s achievements for Baba’s Cause were legion. But like the men mandali who went before him, Bhauji will be remembered and honoured by posterity above all because of his loving, wholehearted, life-long surrender at the Feet of the Avatar of the Age, Beloved Meher Baba.
One of the things that the Trust has been blind to is the fact that towards the end of his life Bhauji was a recognized and fully functioning Hindu Guru in the mainstream Indian Hindu community.
Bhau was a man of many parts, and he hid his Guru part from those who couldn’t benefit from it. While always responding to Bhau, although not always positively, and journeying to India twice to answer his call, I did not really know that I was one of those until he became the Root Guru of this lineage by his transmission to me on his deathbed. Bhauji, of couse, was not the least bit confused by me. He knew all about me from the beginning and fingered me as one of his own, from the moment I stuck my nose into one of his chat sessions from Ahmednagar.
Apart from his empowerment of the lineage, Bhau’s dharmic significance for the lineage is huge, and it resides in this: The Spiritual Training Programme (PDF). Bhau stated therein that this Programme could be used by other groups.
Excerpts from Bhauji’s Excellent Spiritual Training Programme ((This has turned out to be almost the whole document. Those pages indicated in caps are the continuous and complete rendering of that material out of the PDF file – vshr, 18 Jan 15))
Namo Maitreya Buddha