soon. Anita—when you are here I can't work!" Baba teased.
We were told to be in the pandal at 1:45 p.m. and that there would be no embraces.
Baba: "Dana, are you worried? Didn't you hear what Hafiz said—not to grieve? Who else is worried?" No one answered. "If no one is worrying," Baba gestured, “I have to worry. But My worry is great fun for Me! It’s a very old habit of Mine to worry for the whole creation, to worry continuously for the release of souls from the bondage of life and death. It’s great fun. Some come to Me to heal their diseases, to bless them with better prospects in life, or for a job or for children, or because they have too many children! And I have to worry about all those things, in addition to My Universal worries. You see Me sitting here with you, but I am simultaneously on all the planes of consciousness, on all those stations on the Chart that is here before you. There are souls in the Subtle World who want Me―and I am there with them; and there are those in the Mental World who want Me, and I am there with them. You are in the Gross World, so you find Me with you in the Gross World; those in the Subtle World find Me in the Subtle World, those in the Mental World find me in the Mental World. And one rare one who finds Me as I really am is blessed . . . But remember not to worry! Take the advice of Hafiz and do not worry!"
This ended the morning session.
November 2—Afternoon Session
Promptly at 1:45 we took our seats in the pandal. 1,000 more chairs had been added. On the platform the Poona Bhajan Group was singing in praise of Avatar Meher Baba. By Baba's chair were Yogi Shuddhananda Bharati and the Maharani of Baroda. At 1:46 Baba entered as we all rose, 6,000 strong, crying, "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai! Baba embraced a tall Sikh, then gestated, "It may rain!" Darwin Shaw stepped to the microphone and read Baba's message as follows:
Your coming to Me from different places and from across oceans has pleased Me. And although no sacrifice to be near Me is too great, I am touched by the sacrifice that some of you have made to come here.
Those who have not been able to come to Me should not feel disheartened, for My love is with them as always, and especially so at this time. I know how they are longing to be near Me even for an hour, and how helpless they are in their circumstances.