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While at Meherabad, He would sometimes give as fruit, one by one, or Himself serve each plate, as His "prasad"; and once the Indian waiters and Indian staff shared with us like one family. On another occasion, He walked round the table to place both hands on our shoulders, and the gentle firmness of His touch gave deep significance to that simple gesture. There was much laughter when He circumnavigated the long table to find where He could best tickle each one, joining in the fun Himself, for He likes us to be bright and happy always. At the ping gong table provided for our relaxation, He was a doughty opponent, with unique grace and speed. He also showed us a different game of marbles, awarding a prize to the winner and applauding his skill or luck, as part of the deeper game of Divine Love, which is the Master's real sport.

 

It was, however, a solemn moment, when towards the end of our stay, Baba sent for glasses of fruit drink, and after dismissing His Eastern followers, put His own lips to each glass, after which each of us partook from one glass.

 

Truly, as one of Baba's absent Western devotees had written, "we are millionaires in Love, through Baba's grace."

 

As if to emphasize His universal consciousness and Presence at all times, He said, on other occasions:

 

"I know everything—I cannot help it."

 

"Just as when we breathe we do not pay attention to our breathing, and in sound sleep it is automatic and our constant companion, still we do not pay attention to it,—so Baba is there all the time and therefore you don't feel Him..."

 

“It is not easy for you to understand that, though I am here with you in this place, I am also everywhere at the same time."

 

Taking us to the place outside the compound adjoining His tomb, where He used to give spiritual instruction to the boys at His school, Baba showed us where one of them became conscious of The Master's Universal Divine Form, which the boy also saw in everyone and everything and enjoyed ineffable spiritual bliss."*

 

Perhaps it was to prepare others that He said, another morning, "I want you,

 

*Described in Meher Baba Journal, Vol. I, No. 4, pp. 20-22.

 

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