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The Mast continued observing silence and remained in a particular posture almost throughout the journey. I took him once to the dining car, where he handled his spoon very efficiently. Half-naked as he was, the sight of his handling a spoon while eating amongst cultured persons and military officials in the dining car proved most unique.

 

When we reached Meherazad the Mast was assigned a separate room and Baidul was ordered by Baba to look after him. It was on the 10th of July when Baidul sent word that the Mast had broken his silence; after that, he talked on all sorts of relevant and irrelevant subjects practically every day, such as saying “Tindamindy, Udia bhai” . . . or, "Cooly lok," etc. Some of his short sentences were rich in sense, such as "The world is a zero and in it is God."

 

Whenever dear Baba visited him, the Mast took special care to offer Baba a seat, saying, "Please sit here." Sometimes he praised Baba in Sanskrit verses: “We play with You, we speak with You, we take food with You, and we make jokes with You, in our ignorance."

 

He used to cook his food with the help of Baidul. During the cooking he went on talking, sayng mostly words which one could not understand. Among the sentences which he spoke to himself, the following is a trans­lation of his utterances in Hindi: "The earth will split; men will become helpless and shelterless like beasts roaming on a plateau. Men will die in large numbers and will take birth again. Due to forced circumstances, men will be compelled to eat grass and leaves. Old human habitations will be wiped out and new ones will be established. The place of the in­digenous languages like Hindi will be replaced by the English language. Rites, rituals and religious ceremonies will be eliminated. A very big cloud will appear."

 

Once, when he was seated in front of dear Baba, the Mast recited some Sanskrit verses, which had been recited by Ravana at the time of performing prayers in praise of Shankara. This Mast had been brought to Baba many times before at different places, but he always observed complete silence. Only on the 10th of July did he break his silence at Meherazad on the memorable day when dear Baba released his Universal Message, "God Alone Is,"* and gave instructions to his selected lovers gathered at Meherabad. Formerly, when the Mast was observing silence, he used to write on a slate in English, Hindi, Bengali, and Udia languages.

 

On the 2nd of August, the Mast made himself ready for his return journey by tying a piece of cloth around his forehead, another piece around his waist, and putting on his chappals.** Because of the request made to him, he postponed his journey to the next day. On the 3rd the parting scene was very touching. When Baba came to see him, the Mast clasped dear Baba's hands and afterwards put both of his hands on Baba's head in a very loving manner. While walking together with Baba, he kept repeating in Hindi:

 

"Please surely call me in the coming life. I will also definitely come then at your call." He continued in a beseeching way, "Please release me from this body."

 

His parting look was most touching. Just before leaving the Meherazad premises, the Mast suddenly looked back, gazed at dear Baba steadfastly for a while and then turning, left with Baidul for the long journey to his abode.

 

* Awakener, Vol. 5, No. 4. Page 2

** Sandals

 

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