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from tomorrow, to think of Me exclusively for half an hour daily, from 9 to 9:30 a.m., for seven days, sitting alone where you will not be disturbed. Close your eyes and just try to bring before your mind's eye Baba's figure. ... If thoughts worry you it does not matter. Let them came and go....” This order was rescinded in three days. Again He said later, “I will show you how to become constantly aware of My presence, and thus live with Me consciously."

 

After a few days, and before the seven days expired, someone reminded Baba of this promise, to which He responded. "When you rise in the morning, think of Me for one second—just for one second—as if you were putting Me on as you put on your coat; again at 12 noon and 5 p.m., just as you might adjust your tie in a second, and finally the same at night, when getting into bed, which makes 4 seconds in all."

 

Two of us who came to Nasik with the Western group, in 1937, could recall Baba's emphasis then on punctuality, when He fixes definite times in this manner. To interrupt the bustle of Western life four times daily with a brief second's thought of Baba was to be our part in bringing to fruition the love He bestowed on us during these three unforgettable weeks.

 

Baba related an incident with regard to a lad of 13* which illustrates not only His sufferings when His instructions are not carried out, but also how He works through unexpected happenings following such omissions. He directed that a full flask of coffee should be provided for Him each morning for a whole year* while He was in seclusion, and that was to be His only sustenance. But, day by day, the flask arrived only half full at the hands of an "untouchable" lad who carried it up the hill. At the end of the period He asked those responsible for the reason why it arrived half full, but they assured Him the flask was duly filled each day.

 

Then Baba called the lad and embraced him, counseling him to tell the truth, and heard from his own lips that he had drunk half the coffee, for he was so tired each day climbing up the hill.

 

Baba then asked us with a smile what word described drinking after another's lips had touched the vessel, and as no one could reply, He gave the answer—"prasad;" but with such humor that all had to laugh at the unusual situation of the Avatar taking the "prasad" day by day of an "untouchable," during seclusion for His universal work, instead of the reversal of their relationship, as one might expect.

 

*the boy’s name was "Lahu", seclusion year 1927-28, Lord Meher

 

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