Dr. Digambar Gadekar
Digambar Gadekar is the son of Ramchandra Gadekar, one of the mandali of Beloved Meher Baba. His mother Gunatai, was also a devout and outspoken Baba-lover. Baba and his mandali were present atthe wedding of Ramchandra and Gunatai. Naturally Digambar and his elder sister Nalini grew up in Baba’s ambiance. Digambar sang before Baba for the first time in Solapur when he as seven years old. As a member of the Poona Bhajan Mandali, he sang his father’s and Madhusudan’s bhajans before Baba on several occaisions.
After completing his Master’s in geology in India, as per Baba’s instructions, he did graduate research at the University of California, Berkeley in 1959-60. He followed Baba’s orders during his tenure in the U.S. as a graduate student and visited Baba centers in Myrtle Beach, California, Washington, D.C., New York, and London.
After his return to India, Baba asked Digambar to visit Andhra and share His love with His lovers. Throughout his life, he has continued to travel throughout India, the UK and the US, sharing Beloved Baba’s Love, telling Baba stories and the story of his father who dedicated his life to Baba, serving at His pleasure.
Ursula was born and raised in Germany, post war. She met and married Mik Hamilton, who was in the US Military in Germany. Together they embarked on a journey to the East. Their travels were a great adventure which eventually led them to meet Meher Baba in 1966.
After returning to the US, Ursula and Mik settled in Berkeley in 1968. They were active among the group of young Baba lovers who Baba tasked with spreading His message on the dangers of psychedelic drugs. Ursula was a practicing sufi from 1975 – 1980.
Ursula later re-married to Ed Van Buskirk and together they have one son, Eric. She still lives in Northern California where she works to provide medical and mental health care to the Prison system.
Cindy heard about Meher Baba in 1964 and instantly recognized Him as her master. In 1966, after Baba declaring her to be totally free from drugs, she began writing songs devoted to Him. She attended the 1969 Darshan and, during subsequent trips to India, Mehera and Mani both lovingly encouraged her musical career. For many years she taught music and performed professionally, as well as for Baba’s Mandali and lovers at countless Sahavases and other Baba events.
Her passionate vocals, distinctive guitar playing and artful presentation create a rich and heady brew seasoned with Folk, Rock, Country, Classical, Eastern Music and Other-Worldly ingredients. Several of her songs have been recorded by other artists and some have been used in films. She now splits time at her home near Meherabad, India and her home in Myrtle Beach. Cindy has just finished recording her 7th album.