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who, Baba said, was Upasni Maharaj's favorite disciple, and was now in charge of Upasni's ashram in Sakori, where thirty of Upasni's women disciples were now living. Second in command at Sakori was a gracious, elderly gray-haired woman, who was nick-named "Jiji."

 

Baba, through Eruch, spoke to us and to them. One of the most important things He said was, "I am the One Reality."

 

Next Baba led us out to the little wooden hut, on legs, so small that one could not stand up straight inside of it, where He spent a number of months in seclusion in 1925, writing the account of His spiritual experience, which no one so far has seen. Adi said that this was not "God Speaks,"* but a separate manuscript, which is now in a vault in a bank in Bombay.**

 

Alongside this is Baba's Dhuni, or sacred fire. Vishnu, one of Baba's Mandali, told us of the drought in 1927, which was so severe that in desperation the villagers came to Baba imploring Him to send them rain; whereupon Baba lit the Dhuni, and by the time the villagers had returned to their village, which was close by, it was raining.

 

"They call it a miracle," said Baba, but it was only a coincidence." "I will perform only one miracle—when I speak the One Word—The Divine Word. That will really be a miracle,"

 

Then He led us to another hut nearby, which we were told was the first into which He had retired in seclusion.

 

From here He led us back up the Hill to our present quarters, motioning the women to take it in leisurely fashion. He stopped once on the way up and gathered the Western group about Him under a tree, throwing stones in oblique directions, which we were supposed to catch. As we continued up the Hill, He bent down several times to pick up stones which He threw into the fields. On our arrival at the retreat, He took the women up the steps to see our quarters, then led them into the tomb, and to the room where He had rested in seclusion, after which He sent them back, advising them that He would come with us one day soon to Sakori.

 

Then He led the Western group into the lounge underneath our dormitory and told us, through Adi, that in the early days there was no door

 

*Soon to be published [This footnote was written in 1955 and God Speaks first priniting was also 1955.]

**about 6 months before Baba dropped the body Eruch asked him where the book was and He made a gesture that it is in some Western country.  (see Awakener vol. 21, no. 2, p. 55)

 

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