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through thick and thin." Ramjoo said that Maharaj declared He had given up everything to Baba; He had handed Him the "key."

 

"From that day," continued Baba, "I did not go to Sakori. And from that time the Hindu atmosphere increased. Maharaj encouraged them to be jealous of Me, and to be bitter, and to hurt Me. But Maharaj told Durgamai and Yeshwantrao that Merwan is now 'Malik'* of the Universe. When the Brahmins heard Me called 'Malik', they wanted to kill Me. We were both unaffected by all this.

 

. . . "Then Godavri came; and Maharaj said, 'I do not want this Brahmin atmosphere of men,' and He began to gather girls of pure character who wanted to love God only. The novices are dressed in white and are called Kanyas.

 

"Later on Maharaj sent word by Adi’s mother Gulmai, 'Soon I will drop this body, so tell Merwan to come to see Me.' I said I would not set foot in Sakori, so a meeting was arranged elsewhere in a hut.** We embraced each other and I put My head under His foot. He said, 'You are Adiskahti’. † Again He started weeping, and said to Me, 'Keep your eye on Sakori.' Then we both went away, and three to four months later, Maharaj dropped His body, and Godavri was given charge of the nuns. Godavri was in the secret all the time, but never said a word about Me. But the atmosphere there was Hindu, with their ceremonies. I have come to destroy in the world all rites and ceremonies that are superficial. Godavri loved Me in secret. The men there made it appear that I was not the spiritual heir of Maharaj, only of Babajan, and spread the news that Godavri was in charge of the ashram and Maharaj's spiritual heir. Poor girl, she is so good, a wonderful soul among women. She was in a fix, but her good nature kept her going.

 

"Then My disciples increased and the Sakori Brahmins got more and more annoyed, like the disciples of John the Baptist. Then a miracle happened . . . all . . .due to Godavri. Her loving influence overcame the Brahmin atmosphere. She at last saw Me at Nagar and asked Me to come once to Sakori. As I had promised Maharaj I would keep an eye on Sakori, I took the occasion of Yeshwantrao's housewarming to go.

 

"Godavri welcomed Me, placed her head on My feet, garlanded Me, and placed Me on the swing where Maharaj used to sit . . . I embraced all the group and they all melted. Godavri showed her love so clearly that the entire

 

*Owner.

**  Described in the Nov.,1941, issue of The Meher Baba Journal.

     † The Supreme Power.

 

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