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in English. He it was who was solely responsible for introducing Baba in the Andhra (Telugu-speaking areas) since 1951; before 1952-53, Baba was not known in Andhra. Due to the intense work of this "Grand Old Man" and the several other lovers that later came into contact with Baba, and the result of Baba's visits to Andhra in 1953 and again in 1954, the seeds of Baba's Love were widely sown and today there are thousands of ardent Baba-lovers in Andhra who vie with one another in their love, devotion and sacrifice for Baba's name and work. This "Grand Old Man" is Baba's devotee since 1941. He was a popular and reputed medical practitioner, now about 65 years of age, who goes about in the villages in Andhra Pradesh and spreads the name and message of Baba.

 

Along with his address, rolled up and kept in a cylindrical silver casket, he offered Baba a purse containing the joint love offering to Baba of Rs. 1416/ - and added that it was a poor token of love from the lovers of Andhra Pradesh. It must be mentioned, that there were subsequent individual love-offerings and many not only gave individual offerings but also shared in this joint love-offering.

 

O Parvardigar, Thou, Parabrahma Paramatma, the Infinite Chaitanya, Prabhu, the Divine Beloved, the Eternal Ancient One, The Self of all selves―in Thy infinite compassion, hast taken again a human form to awaken the sanskara-ridden world to the spirit of Divine Realization. We are proud of being the recipients of this Thy benevolent Grace and to be able to participate in Thy Love, and during our lives, of witnessing Thy Presence amidst us.

 

Our hearts this day are too full to adequately express our gratitude for Thy Divine Guidance which Thou hast given, both eternally and internally, to each of us, and which Thou hast extended time and again to the entire Universe, particularly human beings. Most especially, we happen to be very blessed and fortunate to participate in these celebrations and to be in Thy Presence this great day in our lives, the significance of which is all the more great because Thou hast declared that Thy Manifestation is very nigh.

 

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