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passed Him in the line, drawing them to Him for a special embrace. Usually they were children with large, luminous eyes. Perhaps Baba saw in them future saints or Masters.

 

One old man in a red turban and a flowing white beard came back for a second darshan. The police wanted to move him on, but Baba held him and embraced him warmly, placing one of His garlands around his neck. Occasionally He would give a garland to some woman or child who passed. "I love them all," He said at one time, "big, small, high, low, rich, poor, all." And again, "I am whatever anyone takes me to be."

 

At one time Baba motioned all of us to move out of the sun and sit closer to Him in the shade. At another time He called Frank Eaton and John Bass to sit beside Him, as they would then be more comfortable. Occasionally He would bend down, pick up a stone, and throw it to one of the Western group.

 

At a quarter to six, the queue of waiting people was still long, and Sarosh tried to persuade Baba to stay another quarter or half an hour, but Baba this time was adamant, although He was highly amused, and at six o'clock promptly He left, instructing us to return at once to Meherabad. Our last glimpse of Baba showed Him seated on top of His automobile, giving mass darshan to all those who had not been able to come before six. As we drove off, we heard shouts of "Shri Sadguru Meher Baba Maharaj ki Jai" as Baba left for Pimpalgaon.

 

 

Monday, September 27

 

Baba came in the morning, unexpectedly, when several of the group were not present. He said He did not want to come as He had to deal with other things; but the women had presents they wanted Him to give with His own hands, and to distribute photographs to which He had put His signature.

 

Mr. K. Hitaker, the Japanese, was called and told that from 12 mid-day until six o'clock tomorrow evening, he was to keep silence, to think of Baba and to read the messages.

 

Baba then explained what was to happen on the 29th and 30th. On the first day there were to be group talks and interviews, and we should come down to mix with the company and chat with them, but there was no need

 

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