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me He paused for a second, then gave me the "Maha Prasad." While Baba had paused I began to wonder how I, a sinner, had come here and how did I dare to receive the Mahaprasad.

 

After meals Baba sat down on the ground before the Ashram and then He asked Madhusudan to sing Bhajans. I was deeply impressed by the Bhajan. "Bolo Jai Jai Bolo Dekhu Meherba Aye.” I pondered if God has come again. Sometimes I would look at Baba’s feet for I had heard that the mark of a Lotus is found on God's feet. The next day Baba took us all up the hill where he had his own tomb constructed. Baba stood by the side of the tomb and told us not to dash our foreheads against the ground―only to pay our respect. In the afternoon Baba imparted to us His "Final Declaration" which was interpreted in Hindi, Marathi and Telegu. During the "Declaration" there was a pattering of rain drops on the Pandal and Baba pointed towards it. I now feel that this was symbolical of what Baba had then declared. After this Baba gave to each of us His "Prasad" and bid us farewell.

 

Now the problem of my return fare popped in my mind! I had borrowed some money from a friend, but it was not sufficient to cover the expenses. Then I purchased a ticket up to Manmad only and entrained deciding to forget the actual problem for some distance at least. As soon as I entered the carriage, I met a head ticket collector who had also been for Baba's Darshan. Thus the rest of the difficulty was solved by this unexpected help and I was able to return to Jabalpur without further inconvenience. I was pondering over the incalculable way in which Baba drew me to Him and ultimately gave me His "Darshan", His "Embrace" and ''Prasad" and also kindled in my heart a flame which knows no extinguishing!

 

During the Sahavas Congregation 1956, one devotee had offered Baba a "Crown of Flowers." As soon as Baba wore this "Crown" he appeared to me as Lord Krishna; whoever has taken Baba's Darshan as Lord Krishna would have found this scene more than satisfactory. Now I could not control my feelings when I looked at Baba. Baba left the Pandal and went to the Ashram Hall. As soon as Baba was seated in the Ashram Hall I went and sat near him. My desire was to be photographed with Baba in this posture and my desire was fulfilled. The photograph was taken with myself sitting near the right hand of Baba.

 

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