pictures taken in India and America, but the electricity had not yet been connected to the Kiel Mountain property, so we were unable to see these pictures. Now Baba asked the men to tell their stories. The men had thought up many good stories and kept Baba chuckling and all of us laughing.
Noel Adams told the joke about the Sunday school teacher.
Then Osie Hall told one about the absent-minded art professor coming home one evening. The professor leaned against the lamp post for a long time studying the horse, then he spoke to the cab driver: 'Look here, look here, I think you'd better rub out the horse and start over."
There were many more stories, and Baba said he would tell the story both comic and tragic, about the four saints at the Sahavas to India, 1958. Two of them were genuine saints and two of them were—let us call them saints. Baba told how the two who were not real saints sat near him and listened to his discourses. When Baba left Meherabad for Pimpalgaon each evening they would form a group and give their own discourses. Baba heard what had happened. One asked for Baba's forgiveness, the other was ordered to fast for 40 days taking only water, and all the time to think of Baba. Baba went on to say that one who allows others to bow down to him without real authority is feeding his ego. One who has no authority and yet permits people to bow down to him plays a losing game, while those who bow down gain. The unburdening of sanskaras of those who bow down at his feet is the cause of his loss, for he takes on sanskaras that can only be wiped off by many more births.*
At this afternoon's session Bill LePage had brought his father to meet Baba. He was sitting in the center of the hall when Baba noticed him Baba beckoned to him to come out to Him. Mr. LePage knelt before Baba, and Baba gave him a long and loving embrace; we all felt as though He had embraced us all. At the close of this day, we filed past Baba and kissed His hand; there would be no more embracing from Baba.
Friday 6 th June:
This was the last day of the Sahavas, and Baba had advised that he and the mandali would return to Sydney in the afternoon. All were called to be at Avatar's Abode at 9 a.m. We assembled in the meeting room, and Baba gave an original discourse that even the mandali had not heard
* See Awakener , Vol. 5, No. 3, page 27