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Before the members dispersed for tea, Baba remarked, "Have I not said, in clear words what I have to say? I am sure that the points in question have been made sufficiently clear to you.”

 

A devotee from Bombay expressed a wish to offer rupees one thousand at Baba's feet. He lovingly placed this amount before Baba. Baba decided to use this money for His work with the poor. *

 

There were also some who spontaneously offered what little they could give. Baba directed that this amount be sent for a newly opened Centre and remarked, "I do not like to give money and expect work for me in return. This is ridiculous. However, I am giving this money as 'Prasad.' Do not expect any more from me for my work."

 

In the course of discussion he humorously remarked, "It is a fact that it is easier for my lovers to give their heads than to give money!" About the attendance at the Centres Baba said, "If five hundred attend the meeting it is well and good. If you try your utmost and people do not come, do not lose heart. Even If there are five persons present at the meeting, take it I will be there."

 

Baba further said, “Recently I heard that among some of my workers there has developed a considerable difference of opinion. Better you do not work for me than develop such an attitude. I will appreciate your competitive spirit only in your surrender to me and love for me. To get yourself divided while doing my work shakes the very foundation of that work. That will defeat its own end. It is the height of hypocrisy to say, 'I alone can do Baba's work.'

 

Those concerned were given the opportunity to give vent to their feelings and express their thoughts freely. "When you get divided," Baba explained, "I and my work are set aside. You open a Center to spread brotherhood but first see for yourselves how you behave among the group! If you cannot work together with concord, why open new Centers for me? It you want to further my Cause, there is no escape but to become like dust in my work. There cannot be any compromise. Each of my lovers must become like dust. Then people of their own accord will flock around him and his own life will radiate my message of love to others.

 

* Accordingly on 9th June, '57,200 children below fifteen years from poor families were brought to Baba. Baba bowed down to each one of them and gave each a packet of sweets and a piece of cloth as prasad.

 

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