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money for the work in your place.' J. S. replied, 'I will pay this and also spend other monies of mine for the work in my place.' He added, 'Baba, you said that you are in everyone of us; so, if I pay the deficit, it only means that You in me are paying it. So, please allow me to pay the same. I will pay and spend for the work separately in my place.'" Baba was much touched by this devotion of J. S. and permitted him to bear and pay the deficit after ascertaining the actual amount. Baba asked T. S. K. to announce this in English and Telugu. It was, as usual, translated in Gujarati also. Baba called J. S. to the dais and he was introduced to the audience.

 

In passing, it may be added that a few of the other Andhra levers, some well placed in life, wanted to reduce the liability of J. S. and so adopted the method of purchasing higher class tickets, though there was no space in that class and they actually did travel third class, silently and without letting Baba know of it in advance.

 

The darshan for the men commenced actually at about 11:15 a.m. and lasted until about 2:00 p.m.

 

Some brought Baba's photos and the new books purchased by them to Baba so as to be touched and blessed by Baba and which they would take home after such touching by Baba. Many took a little of the "Charanamrit” in small bottles to be taken home and distributed to their family members and friends. Baba again stressed that the "Charanamrit" was only to be applied on the forehead or one's hands and not to be put in the mouth.

 

Baba, while the men's darshan was proceeding, said that the Andhra drama called "Burra Katha" would be staged this night in the Meeting-pandal between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. and everyone should witness it. It was the 100th performance, and free, though the actors, who were poor, had their expenses met by the more well-to-do lovers.

 

Baba wanted the Sahavasis to leave the pandal after 2:00 p.m. to enable the management to arrange space for the public darshan in the afternoon to commence by 2:30 p.m.

 

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The members of the public (gathering from the neighboring villages, some had come walking long distances) queued up in two lines, one of women, girls and children and another of men and boys. Baba arrived in the pandal at about 3:20 p.m. and sat on the dais. Godavari Mata also accompanied Baba and occupied the chair to the right side of Baba. One by one, people walked up to the dais and either saluted Baba or touched

 

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