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A message was dictated June 13th by Baba and circulated to his lovers: "The personal disaster for some years foretold by me has at last happened while crossing the American continent, causing me through facial injuries, a broken leg and a broken arm, much mental and physical suffering. It was necessary that it should happen in America. God willed it so. . . ”

 

It brought to fruition the first part of the New Life Circular in which Baba said in the Complicated Free Life — "Until July 10, weakness would dominate strength, and bindings would dominate freedom, but from July 10, in my Full-Free Life, strength would dominate weakness and freedom would dominate bindings, and then from November 15 in my Fiery Free Life, both strength and weakness, freedom and bindings would be consumed in the fire of Divine Love."

 

The men disciples returned to the Center and managed for themselves. I found myself helping in the kitchen with a few Indian dishes, with Bessie in charge. During the day the men came regularly to see Baba. Dr. Nilu was on duty every night and often during the day. Baba kept Sarosh and Adi fully occupied as only he knows how! One chore Sarosh had was to take me daily to the stores to buy the food. Baba always likes to eat around 11 o'clock. To make things more complicated, we experienced a heat wave during this June, 1952. The mandali felt the heat more than in India; for one reason, they were wearing western clothes. I still see Gustadji sitting in his shirt-sleeves and heavy waistcoat, his coat and hat somewhere else in the room. He would mop his face which was streaming. Dear Gustadji with his smiling eyes, rosy chubby cheeks, and happy mood, was Bessie's favorite. He would stand at the entrance to the pantry and Bessie understood. He was as you know, the silent one, not having spoken for twenty-five years. Bessie would leave whatever she was doing and hand him a glass of ice cold water. The mandali were allowed tea and cokes to drink, but the rest of their food they prepared either at the Center or ate out where they chose. Baba allowed them two dollars a day for food. I recall Gustadji telling me he had only spent a little on his lunch, a boiled egg or something, and with the money he had saved was going to buy a piece of clothing.

 

Baba was still suffering much from his injuries and no visitors were allowed. However, toward the end of June, he took Mehera, who had also suffered severe injuries, and Mani, once more to see the Center, and they returned saying how beautiful it was and hoped they would return one day. We are still hoping this may be so.

 

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