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Listen Humanity, Life at Its Best, etc., words remain words. Words and learning will never carry one too far. Those who have love for Me need not read anything. Reading is not necessary for those who love. . . love takes one beyond the intellect and beyond the mind. I have been saying authoritatively to the world that Iam the Ancient One. Love Me. If you love Me with all your heart, then you shall be free."

 

Baba did not allow the men to pose for photos. He said they had had their turn in the November Sahavas, that this Sahavas was only for the women; the men just had a chance to accompany them.

 

About 11:30 a.m. all the Sahavasis reassembled in the Meeting-Pandal at Baba's wish. Baba said there would be no interviews, but after lunch each one should start packing for the return journey. He explained where the special train would pick them up and the arrangements for other travelers. He said, "I want you all to take My prasad home." Each devotee was given a small packet containing four laddus such as he had distributed to the public the day before. Some devotees also purchased sugar-candy and had Baba touch it as prasad for their families and friends at home.

 

Baba continued: "I want you all to leave happily today. I give My Love to you. Be determined, all of you, to love Me more and more. After the songs, there will be a concluding arti, then I will leave for the cabin. No one should come and linger round the cabin. I will go to Meherabad Hill at 2 p.m. and I have asked the ladies* to join Me there. When the special train departs at about 2:30 or 3 p.m. we will wave farewell to you all. Last weeks' group did not have this privilege, so you Sahavasis are specially fortunate."

 

Suddenly Baba asked, "Have you all heard of Mehera?" The Sahavasis said they could not remember, and Baba replied, "She is referred to in the book Avatar."† He evidently intended to say something more about Mehera, but did not continue.

 

Those not travelling via the special train left in two or three groups and Baba gave them each farewell. The scenes of parting were mixed with feelings of joy at the privilege of having been with Baba all these five days, and feelings of sadness at having to part from His company. The worries of home and jobs had already begun for some . . . others could not contain themselves and gave vent to their emotions by shedding tears; others tried to hold in their feelings. Baba asked all to smile and be cheerful and said, "Take Me with you. Love Me more and more."

 

* Women Mandali

† As Baba’s chief woman disciple

 

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