"Age after age, when the Avatar comes, he has only a small group of followers. In this cycle it is different, this cycle is something special. Now thousands in the south of India follow me. Recently the government approved a textbook of my life for use in the schools. The Zoroastrians were once opposed to me but now they come and love me. Many saints came to the sahavas, and loved and respected me; and many yogis came too. Shuddhananda Bharati, a famous yogi from the South of India, also participated in the sahavas, dressed in yellow, with a long beard. He came and sat on the platform with me. He said he too wished to take upon himself the duty of spreading my name."
In India Baba had circulated a message about the "dark cloud" that hovers overhead. "It is approaching very fast. Only a few will hold onto me . . . those who are near to me, not in space, but in love. The rest will leave me. The age-old experience will be repeated. In this incarnation, I have a large following but again I shall be left with a few. It is as if around me there are many beautiful buildings; it took years to build them, but when an earthquake comes they are destroyed in a few seconds; only a few survive. The doctors had said, 'Don't go to the West, this is a bad time,' But I replied, "No, I must go meet my lovers and tell them these things.'
"If you love me 100 per cent you will be able to hold on to me. Obey me all costs—especially until July 10. You will never see me again in the flesh—all will come to pass in quick succession as I have said, any time after the 10th."
Baba mentioned that a Gujarati newspaper that used to print articles against him, published an astrological prediction that a great Parsi saint would manifest this year. "But;" added Baba,"I am not a saint. I am the Ancient One; and I tell you, the time has come.
“You will see me only in memory. When I drop my body, I will remain in all who love me. I can never die. Love me, obey me, and you will find me. Henceforth no one must give me a gift in cash or in kind. Only your love will be accepted. I only want your love."
"We will now have a little change. The raising of hands has made me very happy. Now Harry Kenmore will tell you what I mean by obedience."
Harry explained: There are (our general headings of obedience: (1) patriotic obedience, that of a soldier who is ready to lay down his life and