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that same day (December 13th) was the yearly occasion when hundreds of devout Moslems from far and near gathered at the shrine to pay homage.

 

Before visiting the shrines BABA asked one of his men, "Why should a true devotee of God necessarily visit particular places, since God is believed to be present everywhere?"; and before anyone could reply he answered the question himself, saying, It is because particular places appeal more to certain devotees in their approach to God." On his return BABA said to one of his men, "Do not start on a round of the shrines and Samadhis on your return home merely because you have seen me doing it here. Never try to imitate me, but do only as I say. By going to the dargahs of these Masters I have made them bear witness to what I do and say these days."

 

Two of the groups worked separately during two successive days amongst the Hindu and Moslem population of the village, making searching inquiries in order to select the required number of needy persons to be brought to BABA. BABA performed his 'Service to the Poor' on the same lines as at Hamirpur but under different circumstances.

 

Forty Moslems (all men) were brought on the morning of December 16th to the compound of the dargah of Shah Rajoo Quattal Hussainee (father of the Master Bandanavaz Gesoodaraz of Gulbarga ). BABA washed their feet, bowed down to them and at the end gave each of them ten rupees. That same afternoon BABA contacted in the same way twenty-five Hindus (15 men, 9 women, and 1 boy) at the rest-house and presented each with twenty rupees. In the evening BABA paid an extra visit to the shrine of Zarzari Zarbakhsha, where a special case came to his notice and BABA performed the 'Poor Service' exclusively for this particular Moslem within sight of the tomb.

 

Later, referring to his obeisance, BABA said, "When I bow down I do not do so as a mere formality. ` Khudako lekar, Khudako jbukta hoon ,' which means, 'Having gained God I bow down to God'."

The next two days BABA and his men stayed at the dak bungalow at Aurangabad . Besides contacting some Masts, BABA went to the samadhis of Hindu Masters at Daulatabad and Aurangabad . Somehow BABA'S presence became known and there was quite a crowd at the dak bungalow on the evening of the 18th, including most of the officials of the place, to whom BABA gave darshan. BABA with his men left Aurangabad in the early hours of the following morning.

 

 

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