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2 hours—Piano, including teaching (Freni’s, little girls).

 

1 hour—with Margaret to set music for the "spirit dance."

 

1 hour—Teach English to Naja and Khorshed when at Meherabad.

 

General: To write daily report (diary) to be shown to Baba when he comes to Nasik .W rite doubt in shorthand whenever Baba dictates and hand it over to Nonny for typing ... Help Norina in managing and supervising the sweeping, cleaning, etc.., in new building of 12 room s, hereafter called "Sarzat. " ... Help make bundles of grain and cloth for the poor on Baba's Birthday.

 

All had similar schedules with slight variations.

 

 

Concerning activity and recreation, Baba told us the following: "If you dance for me, you do as much good as one who meditates on me. Some like work, some like play, but when you do it for me, then it is the same. This is Vedanta and Christian philosophy in a nutshell. So very easy, yet so difficult. Try to forget yourself and do all for Baba. Let it be Baba all the time!"

 

Alongside of work were periods set apart for daily meditation, leading up to Baba's definition of meditation, which means—all the time, always thinking of Baba. Said Baba: "I want you to be gay and have humor, but I also want you to be serious about certain points, especially about meditation." .. "Constant prayer and selfless service are both vital in turning the mind away from worldly things and directing it towards spirituality."

 

During the meditation hour Baba wanted complete quiet in the compound. "External silence helps to inner Silence, and only in internal Silence is Baba found—in profound inner Silence."

 

"I am never silent. I speak eternally. The voice that is heard deep within the Soul is my voice ... To those who are receptive to this voice I speak."

 

Baba brought up two very important points during our first month in Nasik. Whether Baba thought any of us might be called back to England for home problems I can't say, but an important statement made by Baba was that if we received cables (referring especially to Margaret, Delia and myself) calling us home, we were not to go. He warned us that Maya might make trouble. We were to be on our guard and to remember, whatever happened, not to go. "I am sure none of you will go ..." "After Nasik it will be all right. I will take care of things."

 

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