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supervising and being cheerful with everyone, and being everywhere, and used to keep fit. Even now I feel fit, but I think I shall catch cold from you all."

 

The fruit drinks were brought in and put before Baba, only the Westerners remaining, except Eruch. The doors were shut; there was silence. Baba said, "For one minute close your eyes and ask God, Who is the innermost Self of us all, to help us to love Him honestly." He then sipped from each glass, and handed a glass to each one. "Drink slowly," He said. When all had finished, the doors were opened, the Mandali came in and had a glass each, not sipped by Baba.

 

He got up and said, “Now we will all go to the dome." We visited the dome, the graves and Baba 's room, and afterward Baba sat with us under a tree. Then He went down the Hill, taking only an Indian boy with Him.

 

 

Friday, September 24—Afternoon

 

At 2:30 p.m. on the afternoon of September 24th, Baba returned from the men's ashram and gathered us together for several group photographs which, as a group, we had requested permission to have taken with Him. A professional photographer from Ahmednagar was present, and photographs were taken in the field alongside the house, in front of Baba's tomb and alongside the tomb, in front of the little meditation cubicles which had been used by some of Baba's Mandali years ago, during one of His seclusion.

 

At 2:45 p.m. Baba led us all down the Hill to the men's ashram, where were joined by the Mandali living there, and a number of Baba's disciples and devotees from various parts of India. When we had all gathered about Baba in the large hall, Baba had Vishnu recite Upasni Maharaj's "Praise of the Ten Avatars." Then one of His devotees from Madras, M. Ramalingam Shastri, read in Sanskrit that passage from the Bhagavad Gita in which Krishna says: "Age after age, from time immemorial, for the destruc­tion of ignorance, for the preservation of Truth, I have taken human form."

 

When he had finished Baba said, “You say this as if you were swimming in mid-ocean and attacked by sharks." Then Baba continued wryly, "I have created everything, and yet I don't know Sanskrit. I just nod My head as if I knew." Evidently He considers Persian, English, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu and Marathi adequate to serve Him in this incarnation.

 

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