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As far as I recall them, they were: 1) House of advanced souls; 2) The abode of the Saints; 3) Solitary quarters for meditation; 4) Resting place for the afflicted; 5) A training ground for selfless workers who will learn how to render real effective service to mankind.

 

Baba did not go on to specify when these different activities would start. Thinking over His statement made to the group on His next visit in 1956, that the Center would become a great place of pilgrimage after He gave up His body, it is possible that these various activities may only then be put into action. Does it matter? I feel that Baba, through His years of work in India and through His several world tours, has already prepared the ground for His work in connection with His various Center—even if structures have not been started. Baba, by His very appearance, presence and choice of sites, has laid the foundation stone for the 700 years before His next coming.

 

And yet, may not these activities have already started, perhaps indirectly, at the Center in Myrtle Beach? When Baba left the Center after the 1958 Sahavas, He expressed two wishes,—that there should be greater activity from now on at the Center, and that Pine Lodge be used as a library and reading room. On the last day of the Sahavas an announcement was made to all that the Center was open to visitors who had seen Baba or loved Baba and who wished to stay at the Center for short or long periods.

 

Youpon Dunes, where Baba spent a month, has been used since 1947 for Baba's work. He has sent various disciples to live with Elizabeth; Nadine Tolstoy. Norina Matchabelli, Mildred Kyle, myself, also Ruth White, now in her 89th year, who enjoys the great privilege of using the same room Baba used in 1952. She looks across the ocean, remembering Baba's dear words to Norina, "Sit on the porch and look across the ocean and think of My Love as limitless as the ocean." Here as elsewhere can be found a training ground for selfless workers who can learn how to render real effective service to mankind. And one's inspiration is found in the frequent visits back and forth to the Center.

 

Yet—has not Baba said his real center is the heart of each of His lovers? Hence it must be from within our real Self that these varied aspects of Baba's work must first blossom.

 

In Baba's words, "Let your life itself be My message of love and truth to the world."

 

To be continued (Part II, Volume 7, Number 1, Page 5)

 

 

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