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introduced me to devotees from every walk of life. The warmth of their greeting was overwhelming and the great love for Baba was constantly flowing through us to Him. I later had a long talk with Mr. Sastri, who was interested in my membership, since 1948, in the Self-Realization Fellowship, founded in 1920 by Paramhamsa Yogananda in the U. S. He asked me for a copy of their bi-monthly magazine.

 

Many gifts of fruits and sweets were presented to Baba, and garlands of every shape and kind, including those skillfully worked in silver and gold thread of much beauty. In an interval, moving Hindu chants were sung, and one doughty man from Andhra danced the dance of his State with éclat, deep emotion and some humour. His huge castanets of silver made a merry accompaniment in the Spanish style, but Argentina, the famous Spanish dancer, would have needed special training to wield them with his skill!

 

Baba had been invited to take midday refreshment with Godavri Mai and then give darshan to others—also to help some who had suffered great tribulation or had personal problems to solve.

 

Kishan Singh took me to the house thoughtfully placed at our disposal and there we had a pleasant meal of fruit, vegetables and some Indian dishes, which both of us much enjoyed. It was delightfully cool and we felt little fatigue from the heat.

 

On a slate in the Ashram, a time-table had been chalked up, showing time of arrival and other events, with 3 p.m. as the time of departure. Having rested awhile, we went back to the awning to find that Baba was now to give further darshan in the Ashram, round which we were shown by one who had been a disciple of Upasni Maharaj and one of those present at the time he dropped the body. Some years later rich devotees of Upasni Maharaj had built the present handsome buildings of the Ashram, also the temple. The architecture and decoration of all the buildings is on a high level of artistry.

 

The biography of Upasni Maharaj was on sale in English, and when I showed interest in it, a copy was presented to me, which I shall study with deep interest at the first opportunity. The shrine of Upasni Maharaj is lovely, and over it is the cane hut where Baba spent many months during His unveiling. We also saw the wooden but where Upasni Maharaj dropped the

 

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