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creation also benefit from the Master's Presence.

 

In 1938 an upper floor was added to the tank building, with an outside staircase and tower, which commanded a view of the surrounding country. To the north, between two ranges of hills thirteen miles away, the hill of Pimpalgaon is visible. Baba's ashram is at the foot of Meherabad Hill, where we were also taken by Him, and He conducted us first through the men's quarters. There we met several of His old Mandali members, while Baba explained their lives of seclusion, fasting, meditation or strenuous activity. Here, too, is the tiny room where His "Mast" work was done-alone—and the meager floor covering on which He slept. Outside, someone always kept watch at night to answer immediately any summons from within.

 

Here, too, was the dismantled blue bus—veteran of many thousands of miles of touring throughout India with Baba and His party. In this same bus Baba spent part of the "Great Seclusion" of 1949. Nearby is a shed reconstructed from the two smaller ones erected on Pimpalgaon Hill, one on the summit and one on a ledge of the Hill further down. Baba was in seclusion in both of these huts and said that in future years that hill (at Pimpalgaon) would be venerated and become a great place of pilgrimage.

 

On another day, we followed Baba, a truly inspiring figure in white, up this same Hill in brilliant Indian sunshine, He an embodiment of spiritual grace and energy. He sat down three times in deep thought, and often had to stop to allow us to keep near Him;—we two eldest were directed to rest while He took the others to the summit. How fortunate we were, He said, to be there with Him leading the way. Afterwards we visited the women's quarters at Pimpalgaon, and while we were seated around Him on the veran­dah, He showed us His two greatest spiritual treasures—a very old patched coat which He wore thirty years ago in the "Prem (Love) Ashram" days, and the pair of old, old sandals worn in 1928. This was the year Babajan came to the railroad crossing at Meherabad and the two Masters met, for the last time.

 

In years to come, Baba said, people will revere that coat and sandals, and find out "what they contain."

 

While resting there with Him we were all served a refreshing fruit drink, another instance of Baba's thought of our needs.

 

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