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In the West, Baba had always accepted our love and work for him without pointing out defects of selfishness and other egotistical traits. Now we were to learn to express our love as Baba wanted, in selfless, unattached service done for the sake of love.

 

The atmosphere was not always peaceful and smooth—often, turbulent and restless, with an occasional "firecracker. " Especially was this so when our members increased to thirty or more. Baba did not want a unity based on conformity, but a unity born out of diversity; a far more difficult achievement which meant compromise, tolerance, and eventually, understanding.

 

To Baba, we must have been very fertile soil: Says Baba, "If there is a lack of beauty or goodness in those by whom the Master is surrounded, then these very things become for him the opportunity to shower his Divine Love on them and redeem them from the state of material or spiritual poverty."

 

The early training of Meher Baba's Eastern group of women disciples already living on Meherabad Hill had been somewhat different from ours. While Baba had left us in the world during the first five years of contact with him, this small group (small only at this period), had been living in strict seclusion and under a strict discipline. Of this Eastern group many had been with Baba for ten years: Mehera, his sister Mani, his cousin Naja and Khorshed, since their early teens. Gulmai, Masi and Valu came in their more mature years. Yet, although our early training and theirs had been so different, the goal had been the same—to love and serve Baba and his work. That their Beloved Master was also loved by the West gave them great joy and happiness. Here truly was a universal fellowship issuing out of a mutual love for the One Universal Fount of Infinite Love and Truth.

 

Two things impressed me when I came to live with this group on the Hill: (1) their implicit obedience to Baba in the tiniest details with intense concentration on him—thinking more of him than of themselves, having him as their constant companion and guide throughout the day in their thought, speech and action; (2) a sublime child-like quality and attitude in their love and faith in

 

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