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Meherabad—alone every Wednesday.

 

a. Start 8 A.M. from Rahuri. Stay at Meherabad from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. Leave 3 P.M., arriving Rahuri at 4 P.M.

 

b. With the Nasik group of Westerners to go to Meherabad every Friday. Leave Rahuri 10 A.M. Stay Meherabad 11 A.M. — 4 P.M. — arriving Rahuri 5 P.M.

 

Friday's Program For The Whole of the Nasik Group and Also Every Alternate Sunday For the Male Members.

 

Be ready to start at 5 A .M. from Nasik to meet Baba at Rahuri and from Rahuri to accompany Him to Meherabad according to the times detailed hereunder—5 A.M. Leave Nasik by car. 8 A.M. Arrive Rahuri. 8 to 10 A.M. Stay at Rahuri; see Baba work with the inmates of the "Mast" Ashram and participate in the work as and when directed. 10 A.M.—Leave Rahuri with Baba for Meherabad. 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Stay at Meherabad — men members with the men—and women up the hill with the "Ooppernas."*

 

Note: The above is just an index of the exact planning, timing, etc that one has observed throughout the years in Baba's working with his mandali.

 

Then followed the program of daily work for us individually. Briefly, our program of work for all included: one hour of meditation (as instructed), one-hour lessons with Ramju, (a most devoted Mohammedan disciple of Baba—how patient and painstaking!—and Delia reminds me, "We were not all bright "). Also helping make bundles of grain and cloth for distribution on Baba's Birthday, February 25th, 1937.

 

Norina was household manager of "Meher Retreat." Elizabeth helped Norina with accounts—not an easy task for her in Indian rupees!—and drove members of the group to Rahuri, Meherabad as needed. She also had the care of Canute and Kippy. Canute was a large, beautiful white Siberian that had to be taught not to chase the chickens in the neighborhood. Kippy was her small affectionate Boston terrier which, when Baba left some months later, just sat for two days on Baba's couch refusing to eat. Nadine Tolstoy spent three hours translating Baba's life, teachings, and so forth, into Russian. She spent the rest of the time helping Norina, Ruano and Mary. Ruano had entire care of the birds, brought from Marseilles. (Alas, they eventually died.) She also helped Norina when needed

 

* Companions.

 

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