On December 4th,(1942) Baba left Lonavla for mast work in Raichur. (1) He returned after a week, on December 10th.
Mehera, Mani and Gaimai all had the experience of being bothered by a ghost in Lonavla. When Mehera was sleeping, her arm was pulled; Mani’s entire body was shaken. Baba assured them, “Don’t worry about it; I will take care of it.”
Thereafter, the ghost did not disturb anyone. Baba had freed the spirit so it could take another birth. They later found out that some years before, a laundryman had committed suicide in the well of the compound. Because of this, his spirit was hovering over the place. Baba’s mercy put an end to his miserable state, and he was freed.
Baba explained to the women: “Don’t be afraid of ghosts. They don’t do any real harm. The atmosphere is full of impressions. Sometimes, when you think you feel the presence of a spirit, it is not the actual spirit but the impressions in the place that you feel. That is why I told you all not to go near the well where the laundryman committed suicide. All those impressions of his are lingering there, but I have now freed his spirit, so it is all right now.”
(1) There is no written account of Baba’s mast contacts in Raichur.
Lord Meher, Original ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 8, p. 2824.