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To one from the Continent asking guidance in material difficulty, Baba's simple directions to repeat His name aloud seven times daily at a given hour, evoked a strange resistance, as apparently it would impinge on holiday and domestic routine, etc. Baba treated it nonchalantly but emphasized the necessity and simplicity of His spiritual remedy. Thus the "one minute" interview promised was graciously extended to 7 or 8 minutes.

 

With family groups, Baba's approach was also individual and yet comprehensive, and when He embraced both husband and wife together, they felt indeed they had entered upon a new era.

 

His intense animation, eloquent gestures and commanding glance when "dictating" His words by signs, solved all problems; for example, at a business interview that exceeded the allotted hour and had to be completed later, just before His first reception. The sequence of His words included the clear presentation of each different outlook and our need for absolute and entire cooperation in His love, with His own authority delegated to each different person in succession, thus ensuring continuity in policy. Every one present had to face his or her own particular limitations as well as any natural gifts, in the service of the Master.

 

Baba quoted with telling effect the parallel development of His workers in a certain district in India, to show the need for every ego to be transmuted through the opportunity to serve Him, wherever each one may find himself.

 

The receptions when hundreds were presented individually to receive His "prasad" (a photo and a sweetmeat, to be eaten by each recipient alone), revealed the same individual understanding of every guest. To one, a deeply significant glance; to another, a loving touch on the cheek, or perhaps the arm would be gently stroked. Some, whom Baba had greeted at their first meeting by a handshake, received a warm embrace. Some, who expected advice, received none and yet others who had been hoping for at least 10 minutes in which to explain their long-standing difficulties, heard His familiar "I know all and I will help you." Most striking, too, were the groups of friends or the family in which the children and their parents all came together to Baba for the first time, and His look, passing from son to father, conveyed His love in which both father and son, and indeed all humanity find themselves afresh. Another guest, seized with an unaccountable depression, on arriving at the party, had

 

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