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for me, as I am sensitive and critical in the first place, and the contrast with Baba was so great.

 

But I assure you we have been welded into a unit by Baba, and there is only love and peace. Dr. Donkin is close to Baba, although very different. He is our medic. Very handsome and healthy, but also apparently gentle. Francis Brabazon is Baba's comedian. His surface is hard but his heart's right…Right now he is scolding our dog who got himself chewed up when he attacked his own father (mistaken identity, no doubt)! Baba put Francis in charge of the two Australian boys, whom He told to stay in His tomb at 12 midnight for half an hour. They are to sit on the edge of the pit, and if they fall and break a leg, Baba will hold him responsible! They are to keep eyes open and not blink. I suggested they take a nap this afternoon.

 

We just had tea. I am so full of the good food that Mrs. Irani feeds us that I am considering putting a sign on myself, "no more room:" Yet, Baba had mentioned yesterday that we don't seem to have enough, as far as He could see! So, we're getting more than ever. Baba gave us prasad of "Sitafal" fruit, laying His hands on us from the back as we sat at table. His humility is boundless. Today He sat on the floor, covered with a table-cloth, while we ate. The Sufi men are terrifically impressed and in tears half the time. Baba "spoke" in Arabic or Persian to Joseph Harb—it meant "Everlasting Breath." Yesterday we were permitted the privilege of being at Baba's prayers, several languages. He prayed in front of His own picture, giant size. "Today God has joined you in praying to God" He remarked to us when we were in the Hall today. It was a very impressive ceremony, without priests or temples, etc. When Baba does anything, it takes on life and meaning; the old familiar songs we heard had a new flavor.

 

During the meeting this A.M. Baba, as usual, was doing His Universal Work. He says that being here and there at the same time is called Sahaj Samadhi. He distinguished for us between a trance state which is momentary ecstasy but does not result in a changed individual; several states of Samadhi, after which comes distress as a result of a sort of (spiritual) drunkenness; and Nirvikalpa Samadhi (Fana in Sufism) or real Union with God. But many do not regain worldly consciousness. Sahaj) (effortless, spontaneous) or Nirvikalpa Samadhi operates on every plane. He promised to explain how He does it.

 

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