"My suffering is becoming daily more intense, and my health is daily getting worse, but my physical body continues to bear the burden of it all. Despite it all I will hold the sahavas. I expect from you a deep understanding of my self-imposed suffering, which is begotten of my compassion and love for mankind. Also understand therefore, that I will not undergo medical examinations or treatments for my injured hip either in America or Australia. No doctor or treatment will be of any help before the pain I am undergoing has served its purpose. Remember that my coming is entirely to give my sahavas to you all.
“This sahavas will be unique in the sense that you will witness and share my present universal suffering by being near me as my fortunate companions—being with the Ancient One, who will at the same time be completely on the human level with you. It will be helpful to all those participating in the sahavas, to know of the oft-repeated hint I have given to those living with me―reminding them of my 'declaration' wherein I stated that my glorification will follow my humiliation, and pointing out that this period of my sahavas will fall within the orbit of my universal suffering and helplessness.
"A similar circular was sent out prior to the Meherabad sahavas in February. My sahavasis who came with love and resignation to my Will, had the utmost happiness of receiving far and above what they expected. Likewise with you all, I may give you more, much more than you expect—or maybe nothing, and that nothing may prove everything. So I say, come with open hearts to receive much or nothing from your Divine Beloved. Come prepared to receive not so much of my words, but of my Silence. My LOVE to you each and all."
Another short message sent by the Master May 3rd stated he would give the sahavas as planned, regardless of his very poor physical condition which included a daily low fever of unknown origin.
In accordance with Baba's wishes, no one met his Bombay plane at the Idlewild Airport, New York, on Saturday, May 17th, which arrived around 9:30 a.m., two hours late. He was reported to have been in a good mood and to have stood the strenuous trip fairly well.
The Master had given orders that all were to arrive on May 19th at Meher Center-On-The-Lakes: not before. Everyone was free to travel to the Center in his own way, so individuals and groups arrived from early morning on. By 10. a.m., Monday, Baba was already in the Lagoon Cabin