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Baba then introduced the Sakori men. He first asked Yeshwantrao to rise, and said: "He is the link between Maharaj and Merwan." Mr. Wagh then stood up and Baba said: "This is Mr. Wagh, who has for years faithfully and honestly carried out the office work and the arrangements at Sakori Ashram; he can be called one of the few main pillars of Sakori." Mr. Vasant Deshmukh stood up and Baba said: "Here is Sakori's high priest; even his priesthood will not save Me from the violent death." Mr. Purandhare stood up and Baba said: “One of the most honest, faithful workers at Sakori." Then Mr. Bharucha stood up and Baba said: "This old Hindu father loves God wholeheartedly and longs for God, at Sakori, near the feet of Maharaj." The Sakori men then left the platform.

 

Baba said: “Now please pay attention, be wide awake, not drowsy. Since I stopped speaking, and also stopped writing, except for My signature, when essential, I carried on with this alphabet board all these years of My Silence. From the 7th of October, 1954, I will give up this board too, and I won't make signs with My fingers, like Gustadji, to convey thoughts. From the 7th of October, I shall not be speaking, writing, or using the board, or making signs with My fingers. I shall be as if withdrawing within Myself. This is because now at last the so-long-promised and repeatedly promised time of breaking My Silence is very near. From the 7th October, 1954, I shall completely retire from My present activities. There will be no mass darshans, no programs, no meetings, no messages, nor correspondence. Take this seriously and do not write to Me from the 7th October, as I shall pay no attention to letters. I shall go with Gadejai Maharaj when he takes Me to Pandharpur, if he has the fortune to do this, as I shall drop this body soon. The Mandali have asked Me today to say in a few words exactly and precisely what will happen to Me. So I tell you—note it down:

 

“In October at Satara, I shall be appearing to lead a retired, normal life, eating, taking walks, and so on; but there will be no use of the board and other things from 7th October, as I have told you. By the end of April, 1955, I shall definitely drop this body. During the six months, November, December, January, February, March and April, three phases of the Avatar-life will manifest themselves. First, a very strange and serious disease will attack this body, which will be the cause of My humiliation that I have been speaking about. Secondly, the humiliation will end in the sudden breaking of My Silence, and My uttering that Word which only God can utter.

 

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