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which took place at the bottom of the hill near the railway tracks that divide Upper from Lower Meherabad. Here Baba had a column erected, on which was to be inscribed the names of Baba's close men disciples after they pass.

 

In preparation for the simple ceremony that Baba performed, a grave was dug and in it was placed the body of Masaji, Baba's dear old maternal uncle. Also as Baba's close disciple, Chanji, had died and been buried in Kashmir a month or so earlier, Baba had Chanji's bedding-roll also placed in the grave.

 

Then Adi Senior read a message from Baba to the effect that all of Baba's men disciples who had already passed on were to be represented in the grave by a flower.

 

Margaret Craske, who was also present at the time, gives this description: "Baba himself, looking radiant and beautiful, dropped rose after rose into the grave, while the name of the disciple represented by each particular flower was announced, and Baba, simply shining with love, indicated by signs how happy he was to think of the love and service these dear ones had given him over so many years."

 

"It was," she adds, "the only funeral service I ever attended in which death was robbed of all sadness and was given instead a happiness in the memory of those who had only lived for Baba."

 

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SHORT-SHORT EDITORIAL: S.O.S.!

 

I do not know how many of our readers are acquainted with the problems of amateur publishing, but there are plenty. Firstly, because all of us on the staff, including our faithful printer, Mr. Healy, do this work for Baba voluntarily in our spare time, we cannot get our magazine out "on the dot" like commercial magazines. Also, our beloved Master does not wish us to accept paid advertising—the support of most magazines. Nor is THE AWAKENER sold at newsstands and stores. We depend entirely on YOU—our friends and subscribers, to keep going. But, because there are too few, each issue actually costs us not 75c but over $1.00 to bring to you. Unfortunately, our sales for this 3rd year of publishing have fallen short, and we cannot get out the full-sized, 36-page Spring Issue we know you all want . . . UNLESS you all respond to this S.O.S.! If EACH ONE of you would faithfully buy ONE MORE COPY of this Winter Issue NOW, we will be able to make the grade in time. It's so little after all, for Baba and His work. !

 

Your Editor,'Filis'

 

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