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Baba then led us out of the house and up the hill where the cabins used to be into which He used to retire either for Mast-work or for seclusion. He explained that the hill was not far from Gorakhnath, where Krishna used to play with the Gopis, and it was also near Khandoba's temple.

 

On the way up the hill Baba followed His recent custom of throwing four stones. He led us first to the flat place, just below the top of the hill, where one of the cabins had been during His seclusion and Mast-work. This was the one where the Mandali had stayed during the day-time. Then all of us, except Will Backett and Charles Purdom, whom Baba ordered to wait, followed Baba up to the summit where the other cabin had been—the one in which He had retired, and in which He did His Mast-work.

 

Then Baba led the way down the hill and into the patio of the house, where we all gathered around Him.

 

“If you are not in trim, you are likely to feel this in your legs for two days," He said.

 

“You are all really fortunate to have come with Me on the hill, with My leading the way. That is a very dear piece of land, that hill. When I was there I fasted on only very weak tea. The hill is now barren, but a time will come when there will be much construction there by Baba's disciples."

 

Baba then told us to sit quietly for five minutes, when we would have fruit juice to drink. Baba then referred again to the pictures of Himself and the locks of hair which He had entrusted to Lud, and told him again to show them to us at Meherabad and return them.

 

“Some of them," interjected Fred Winterfeldt.

 

"All of them," rejoined Baba, “and more. They will come back with your love."

 

While we were having fruit juice, reference was made to the various places where Baba had retired in seclusion at different times—Mount Abu, Rishikesh, Hardwar, Angarishi, Panchgani, Khuldabad and Meherabad, all were mentioned.

 

Then came the most moving event of the day. One of the girls appeared with a large shawl, which she carefully opened. Out of this, she drew an

 

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