The New Life: Daulat Singh shares Baba’s New Life all alone (Part-2 of 2)

In 1949, Baba had sent Dr. Daulat Singh home to Bangalore from Belgaum with certain instructions. Accordingly, he was to live only on food obtained by begging for a fixed period. Daulat Singh was from a respectable family, and his relatives were disconcerted by the idea of someone like himself, an educated doctor, begging. Society ridiculed him and looked with disapproval at his peculiar behavior. But Daulat Singh was uniquely obedient, the type of man who would give up his life to keep his word. Finally, circumstances being so intolerable, he left his home to wander and beg for his sustenance in various places. Unknowingly, the beggar at last reached the doorsteps of the only Real Giver.

He had no idea that Baba had shifted his headquarters from North India to Satara, but one day [in September, 1950] he happened to end up wandering there — begging right near Baba’s bungalow. Eruch was keeping watch outside. Suddenly, Baba asked him to find out who was sitting on the culvert. As Eruch neared the beggar, he could not believe his eyes. Daulat Singh was equally astonished to see Eruch.

“Is Baba here?” he asked excitedly. “Can I come to Baba’s door to beg?” he inquired.

Eruch went to inform Baba. Calling Daulat Singh, Baba heard his woeful story and gave him food in his begging bowl with his own hands. Afterward, Baba praised his courage: “I am extremely pleased with your obedience. You are truly leading the New Life, and are an example to others. Although away from me, you are close to me. I am very pleased with you. I promise one day I will visit your house.”

Now that the New Life had developed into three plans, Baba freed Daulat Singh from begging for his food, and included him in Plan One-B to live and work independently as a physician. Soon after, with tears in his eyes, Daulat Singh left for his home in Bangalore.

“In this pilgrim’s begging sack was a treasure!” Age sang. “His bhiksha of Wine will one day transform his beggarly existence into Eternal Life.”

Daulat Singh held fast to Baba’s feet until the last. He would occasionally visit Baba at Meherazad and, as Baba stated, he remained a true New Life companion, though living apart., p2928
September, 1950; Satara

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