WHERE BABA NOW SAT
The legend tells how Yudisthira then overlord of all India had gambled away his kingdom in a game of dice. As punishment he and his four brothers, of whom Arjuna was one, were banished from the kingdom and wandered as homeless exiles for about twelve years. It was during this period that they carved out these caves as shelter for themselves; here Krishna and other great sages came to visit them, and from here they wandered forth with Krishna on many pilgrimages.
No doubt this exile constituted the preparatory phase to that great battle of the Mahabharata Kurukshetra in which Arjuna received his initiation at Krishna's hands. It seems as if a similar drama has but recently been enacted on a more comprehensive scale, and perhaps Baba's foreknowledge of the war to come was one of the reasons he made a special point of our visiting these caves. Again a group of disciples had been undergoing long years of rigorous training, preparatory to a world initiation which the subsequent world-wide war heralded.
In later times other Masters lived in these caves with their disciples and left upon them the imprint of their lives there. A particularly unusual one had been occupied by a famous Jain Master with his circle of eighteen men. A balcony, which extended in a semi-circle around the cave, was supported by seventeen pillars, each resting on a massive stone jar. In the center of the cave was a raised pedestal or altar.
On the steps in the center where Baba now sat the
former Master would sit Baba informed us with his
disciples gathered around him, on the steps below, as he instructed
them in spiritual Truth. An adjoining cave with eighteen cells, also
carved out of the rock, they used for meditation.
AVATAR, pp. 192-193
1947 © Jean Adriel