Baba’s Pet Cemetery
Prepared with the help of our gal reporter Bevan from Meherabad.
A number of Meher Baba’s pets (mainly dogs) are buried on Meherabad Hill, to the north of the people’s tombs (such as Baba’s parents’), in three “almost-rows” under the big, often crow-filled banyan tree near the Samadhi’s west side (near Mehera and her four companions Naja, Rano, Soonamasi, and Kitty).
In “row 1” closest to the banyan tree are two pets: dog Warrior and peacock Moti.
Warrior was at Meherabad from July to September 1940. Baba said, “Dogs play an important part when used consciously by the Master. In my seclusion of about ten days, I wanted a dog for some work of my own — I won’t tell you what! I could not use Chum, nor any of the other pets. The dog I wanted had to be fresh, new, innocent and young. So, before seclusion, it all came about that Khorshed happened to mention an Alsatian puppy, and eventually we got Warrior. I said, ‘He is my dog.’ I did not say so about Jingo and Bingo or the other pets. Warrior, you all understood, was Baba’s dog! Warrior was not actually a dog, but was temporarily brought down from the spirit world to do this work. I needed a dog for that kind of work.” (Lord Meher, online rev. ed., 2155)
After Warrior died, Baba said, “When Masters touch the dead bodies of animals, the animals get human forms in their next lives. Those animals who are in contact with Masters get forms of spiritual souls in the next birth. But, for Warrior, no more birth!” (Lord Meher, 2156)
Warrior’s marker is close to the top of the third marker in the middle “row 2,” where three dogs are buried as follows, bottom to top: Foundy, Kippy, Cracker. (Warrior’s marker is just a bit below Cracker).
Foundy was a dog that Elizabeth had found. In January 1948, “Elizabeth’s dog, Foundy, had been ill in Satara. When Baba had seen Elizabeth crying, he inquired the reason. She replied, ‘Foundy is dying.’ Baba had remarked, ‘That dog will live longer than Mahatma Gandhi.’” The next day (January 30), Gandhi was assassinated.
Kippy’s marker has a small bronze plaque at the base which reads “Kippy” 1935-1941. None of the other pets have such a bronze plaque.
“Row 3” is only one marker: dog Chum. “According to Katie [Irani], Chum most likely died of old age (perhaps circa 1943), and Baba was present at his burial.” (Lord Meher, 2156, footnote)
“Piloo Mama Satha [Eruch’s maternal uncle] at Akbar Press had given Baba a puppy named Chum. Chum was kept at Meherabad and grew into a sturdy, ferocious watchdog. During this seclusion [September 1935], Baba had the dog brought to be near him and Chum would sit outside the cabin. However, he was so protective that he would not allow anyone near the cabin without barking and growling.” (Lord Meher, 1690)
Baba said that Kippy and Chum would come back as yogis. (Lord Meher, 2156)