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was chalked out for BABA’s first visit to Andhra in January, 1953 .

 

On the morning of the 16 th of January, BABA and his men left Madras for Bezwada, the only railway junction station in Andhra, where those who were invited from Ahmednagar, Bombay, Delhi, Saoner, Hamirpur, Amraoti, etc., to attend the Andhra program were expected to join BABA.

 

Before BABA and his men, who now numbered over fifty, left Bezwada for West Godavri on the afternoon of January 17th, their identity neither remained a secret, nor were any attempts made to conceal it any longer. Beginning with a small crowd of about three hundred people who saw them off from Bezwada, over one hundred and fifty thousand people must have had BABA ’S darshan and at least fifty thousand men, women and children received prasad at his hands before he passed through Bezwada again on January 29th at the end of the public program originally chalked out on the eve of BABA’s Fiery Life.

 

The response received by BABA from all classes of people, rich and poor, literate and illiterate, officials and businessmen, politicians and social workers, was beyond the expectations of the organizers. According to them the beginning of this deep response had taken place months before BABA’S actual arrival in Andhra. Many people who had never before seen BABA had begun to know about him not only through the literature on BABA, but also from personal inner experiences, visions, and dreams. There was therefore some particular significance in an address presented to BABA at Tadepalligudem on January 19th. In the course of the expression of their love and devotion, they said ... “Thou hast been transmitting tremendous power from Thy infinite, inexhaustible dynamo, silently awakening Love through inner contact by continuous telepathic radiations ... "

 

Likewise at another reception, the members of the bar, leaving all thought of their profession aside, addressed BABA in all simplicity, saying ‘Yea, though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we fear no evil, for Thou art with us, Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort us ... "

 

At Tadepalligudem, after he had finished bowing down to seven poor persons and given them each Rs. 50/ as prasad, and instead of returning to the Dak bungalow, BABA slipped away and walked in the opposite direction. After going about fifty yards, he selected a particular house and sat down on the plinth near the doorway, to the utter joy and amazement of the inmates at this unexpected Grace of the Master. BABA remained there

 

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