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At 5:30 p.m. the concluding Arti song was sung by the group. Thereafter, Baba said: 'Be brave, be happy. I and you are one. The Infinite that eternally belongs to Me will one day also belong to every individual. Remember 'I and you are One' and not 'You and I are one.' "

 

(By the way, the foregoing saying of Baba, "I and you are all one" and not that "You and I are one," corresponds to the saying of another Master, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, which runs thus: "God is in every man, but every man is not God.”)

 

Baba continued: "Tomorrow is the day for workers. I want all group-workers to gather together, not by centers, but all workers in one group. Everyone will say that he is a worker. It is not possible to gather all under the 'workers' meeting.' The organizers should select the workers. The workers' meeting will be between 3 and 5 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. I will talk to them about 'Real work and real workers.' The workers selected to attend tomorrow's meeting should be such that they are real workers. I will lay stress on real work and real workers. I want work to be done as 'work'; otherwise, I say, ‘let there be no work at all!' Hypocrisy and egoism  I will not tolerate. Tomorrow I will explain in detail about this in the workers' meeting. Some of you workers who attended the last week's workers' meeting need not attend tomorrow."

 

Baba left the camp for Pimpalgaon at about 6 p.m. The Sahavasis spent the rest of the day and night exchanging greetings and their experiences and all were one in their ardent love and devotion to Baba. Some gave devotional songs in the tents. Some devotees distributed free literature and small block-prints of Baba's photos amongst the Sahavasis. There were good sales of books, photos, etc.

 

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In the night, between 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. there was a meeting of the Andhra lovers as to the plans of Pada-pooja to Baba on the 25th inst. (Baba's birthday), a joint money offering as a purse, and the special arrangements to celebrate the Birthday. There was difference of opinion as to the various matters and ultimately the meeting concluded with no definite conclusion arrived at. Some preferred individual offerings to be placed at Baba's feet and others voted for a united and joint offering in the name of all the Andhra devotees. For Pada-pooja, each wanted to participate and there was much discussion as to the method of choice of the 12 men and 12 women whom Baba wanted to be chosen.

 

to be continued  in  Volume 7 Number 3 Page 8

 

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