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where he had greeted His Western lovers, in 1952 and in 1956. He welcomed each new arrival or group of arrivals as soon as they entered the Center, with his indescribably divine warmth and radiance. He continually asked those already there for information about those who had not yet arrived. When one after the other said "I don't know," Baba said he was going to add a new chapter to "The Wayfarers," and everyone who answered "I don't know" would be entered as a mast! The busload of about 25 people from New York were the last arrivals to be greeted by Baba as a group, around 4:30. Then he retired to his house a quarter of a mile away from the main center. One of the earliest arrivals said Baba had remarked that he would never return to America again, thus making everyone feel how precious were the following days of "divine company" with him. When someone said, "Baba, you look wonderful;" Baba replied he was in constant pain from his hip and had a fever, but, he motioned, "The divine bliss I constantly experience sustains me.”

 

 

Tuesday, May 20

 

After Baba had greeted those who had arrived late the previous day, all assembled in the recreation barn at the Center for the first full day of sahavas. 225 lovers of Baba were present, seated in a semi-circle about him after he was carried into the barn on his special chair. He "said" to us, through his gestures which were interpreted by Eruch at his side: "What is sahavas? It is companionship with God. It means that I come to your level or you rise to my level. We are not on the same level. Either I come to yours or you come up to mine. Sahavas means God becoming human."

 

In India Baba issued the message that only those who love him and were prepared to obey him should participate in the sahavas. Thousands would have liked to participate, he told us, but a few only were called. There were 800 persons for each period from the north and south. They were divided into two parties because of language difficulties; each consisted of both men and women. Baba warned everyone in the message that he might or might not come; he might give discourses or might not. Only those were called who were prepared to accept these conditions.

 

He then went on to say, "Relax and stretch and be comfortable. Feel at home because I have come down to your level. I want you to be here in spirit as well as physically."

 

He then spoke about the accident in India last year. Something happened. What? No one can explain it. The right side of the car in which they were

 

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