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and the One for whom it is done. Such work has its own charm, strength and merit . . .

 

"Today is the Birthday of Beloved Baba. Today is the birth of a new House of Baba-work in Bombay. May this day also be for us an awakening to a new day of understanding of mutual kinship and help towards development of Baba-work in Bombay. It is always easy to talk of mutual adjustment, but so difficult to do it. A variety of views and voices creates a difference. A difference may create friction; but friction need not necessarily create a split. So long as we pledge ourselves to a spirit of give and take within reason, mutual regard and respect, no difference, no friction can undermine our amity and goodwill We can in honor of our allegiance to a common Cause, accommodate one another triumphantly. I often saw Baba emphasize: 'For the love of Baba, give up; and for the love of Baba's work, give in.' Jai Baba!"

 

—Adi K. Irani

 

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. . . and a talk given by Joseph Harb at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Avatar Meher Baba — Poona Center, Poona, India:

 

Dear Ones in Baba: Indeed it is a great pleasure for me to be here in Poona, which was the chosen birthplace of the Beloved Avatar Meher Baba. His graciousness drew me into His blissful fold and gave me the privilege to be near His Divine Personality. Also, I am happy to have such an unique opportunity as this of joining with you in paying our tribute of homage and honor in celebration of Beloved Baba's 68th birthday and His message of Divine Love.

 

We find in this great cycle of all cycles almost all religions are awaiting the Advent of a World Teacher or Avatar. The Avatar is always the same ONE and He personifies spiritual perfection. In each manifestation He uses His Divine Authority according to the need of that time.

 

During the past several years, since dedicating my life to the service of Beloved Baba in 1947, quite often I have heard the questions asked, "What is an Avatar?" “What does Meher Baba do?" etc. Just for a moment, dear ones, let us reflect on this first question in our minds and try to grasp the true idea, at least through the mental concept, before indulging in the discussions of Baba's Divine Authority.

 

Meher Baba says "God's first whim was to know Himself." He said, "Who am I?" He became conscious and unconscious simultaneously. The

 

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