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“Since the spirit is immortal, so these whose bodies have returned to the earth are still living in the spirit. And yet, today, I feel constrained to offer homage to the flame of sacred love—which is so dear to God—that burns in every loving heart, the same flame, that burned with different intensities in the hearts of all these departed ones.

 

“As an expression of this homage, and in memory of these dear ones and of many others, now departed, who graced my life by their love and service, I shall today make an offering of Rs. 124 to a poor man of worthy character and shall bow down before him."

 

There followed the list of the departed ones, 87 men and 37 women. While giving the offering to a poor man and bowing down to him, Baba gave this invocation: "O God, by bowing down to this man, I bow down to the departed ones." In another message, Baba said:

 

"Baba invokes the help of God for his work of Manonash, and those who wish to join him in this invocation may do so by wholeheartedly and lovingly repeating any one of the following names of God for half an hour each day from December 29, 1951 to February 16, 1952: Parsees, repeat Ahuramazda; Iranis, Yazdan, Muslims, Allah Hoo; Hindus, Parabrahman; Christians, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost. All others repeat the name of God as commonly used in their religion.

 

“The one Indivisible, Infinite and Eternal God, who is in everything and in everyone, because He is the Soul of all souls and yet is beyond everything and everyone, who knows everything because He is the Mind of all the minds, is being invoked by Baba through His various names to help him through the instrument of His Infinite Power, Love and Mercy."

 

Ten days before Baba came out of his Manonash seclusion at Pimpalgaon, that is, on February 6th, 1952, he dictated his inspiring message, "Manonash."

 

"For these last four months, according to ordinary human standards, and by ways and means known to me, I have tried my utmost for the achievement of Manonash, and I can say in all truth that I feel satisfied with the work done. This satisfaction is due to the feeling I have, of having regained my Old-Life Meher Baba state . . . yet retaining my New-Life ordinary state. I have regained the Knowledge, Strength and

 

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