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smiling at all this commotion raised by the sannyasi and blessing him inwardly."

 

In striking contrast, Dadachanji tells us:

 

“One of the mandali, whom we shall henceforth recognize as E., was one day hurrying through the woods known as the "Abode of Sages" where the Yogis and Rishis live and meditate on God in their little white huts.

 

“E. was going to meet Baba who was returning to Rishikesh from one of his numerous journeys. Somehow, the attention of E. was drawn to a figure lying in one of the huts, which was without any roof and in a very dilapidated condition altogether. He looked in and was surprised to see a very handsome body lying there—a boy about 14 years of age.

 

"E. remembered the group's continued search for years for an ideal boy as required and desired by Baba, and he told him of the boy he had just seen. While they were walking to the group's bungalow from the Luxman Zula Bridge, he begged Baba to go with him to that hut and at least take a look at the little boy.

 

"Baba agreed and when they arrived at the hut, he gave the sign to E. that the child be asked what be was doing there. It turned out that this child had always had a longing for God and that he had his parents and his home in Ambala. But impelled by the inner urge, he gave it all up and boldly started for the Himalayas in his search for God, to meditate and to see what he could learn there.

 

"E. then asked the boy if he had a Guru. The boy replied, 'No, I have no Guru; they all talk too much; I want a Guru who does not talk. . .’ E. then told the boy that he knew of a Guru who had never spoken for the last 18 years, and that his name was Meher Baba.

 

"The boy at once replied that he knew of Shri Meher Baba. He had also heard that Shri Baba was staying somewhere in the neighborhood, but could not tell exactly where. 'But,' said the boy, after a little while of silence, 'Meher Baba is too great to accept me as a disciple.'

 

"Baba's identity was then revealed to the boy, who was overcome with joy, to be in the august presence of the Master!

 

"Baba then conveyed to the boy through E. that he himself would be his Guru; that this was the first and the last time they would meet,

 

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