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living room, dining room, porches, and so forth, separate bed rooms—furnished with electric fittings, modern bath, hot and cold water. All this and Heaven too!" This embraced but one condition that we obey Baba implicitly So simple―yet so difficult.

 

In all Baba's Ashrams, there has never been but one spiritual head and that was Baba—no lesser orders or supervisors as in some orders. All were on one level, so to speak. To some Baba gave supervisory offices in relation to the daily work of the Ashram, but on the practical side only. All directions remained with Baba and Baba ONLY and it is still so!

 

In a welcome address to readers of the Meher Gazette (1937), Chanji, writing of the fifteen European and American members now in the Ashram whom he had known through five years’ contact in their best moods and worst says:

 

“Some have been trying for years to live in accordance with the fundamental spiritual principles, some have practiced Yoga exercises and meditation in their quest for the highest—some have always felt the pull of the East, whilst others have led lives too full of material pleasures and excitements to consider the life of the spirit until they met Meher Baba. The love awakened by Shri Baba gave life a new significance. It was now dedicated to the service of the Master—to learn under the presence and guidance of the Master—to love more deeply, to serve more selflessly.

 

"Patience is a great virtue in spiritual training and although, as Kabir says, the work of giving the final touch or push to the disciple is instantaneous, (for a Master can give God-Realization to an aspirant in the twinkling of an eye), it cannot be done until the disciple is ready."

 

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It should have been possible and not too difficult to fall in love with what was expected of us, when you think of all the love, individually, materially and spiritually, that Baba brought to the preparations for our visit—that the Ashram life would be an example of peace, love and selflessness.

 

Yes, true, but Baba had first to teach us that great lesson—how to live in harmony with one another. Without harmony what was the worth of work or service to Baba? While one and all of the various pronounced types of egos Baba brought together at Nasik loved Baba first and

 

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