The flag of seven colours, sent out from India by Mani, was flying from the flagpole a few minutes after Baba's arrival, and Baba sent down word to the farmhouse for all to come up to the meeting hall. We climbed the short road up the hill, and gathered in the meeting hall, all expectant with excitement and joy as the long-awaited moment arrived to look upon our Beloved Baba again. At last four men carried Baba in a chair to the meeting hall a short distance from the house. At the entrance Baba stepped out of the chair, and leaning on the arm of Eruch, he slowly walked to the front of the hall, with one arm raised in greeting, and smiling his loving welcome. We all stood as Baba entered, and our hearts were full with the joy of having our Beloved with us again. Soon Baba was seated on the dais, and although he has suffered so much with his hip injury, he looked radiant and loving as when we saw him in Melbourne in 1956. Baba said we were to spend four days with him at this Sahavas; each morning to meet at 9 a.m., have an hour for lunch and start again at 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Baba asked about the arrangements that had been made for food and Baba said the mandal would eat the same food as everyone else. Baba asked why the men had tents on the side of the road, and Francis explained that it was not a public road, but the road on the property, and that Baba's house was also on the road. Baba asked whose property it was and Francis explained that "It is now your property, Baba." Baba gave the property back to Francis and said that he now holds no goods or property. Baba asked many questions regarding the finances; who had contributed to the buildings, and he asked each one to stand as their names were called. Baba ordered that these people have their contributions returned to them; he also asked the ages of several small children in the front, as it had been stated that only children over 9 years of age could come to the Sahavas. All the children were over 9 years of age.
Baba now asked Francis to introduce all the people to him, and one by one we all filed past Baba and received his embrace as Francis called each name. This was a very precious moment when each received Baba's loving embrace; some returned to their seats with faces radiant, others felt their hearts would burst as they shed tears of joy. When all were seated again, Baba asked was there anyone who could say the Prayer of Repentance by heart; there was no one who could remember it; then he asked did anyone have a copy; two hands were raised, and one woman was