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mike to be claimed by its family. Then the men and boys took their turn—Sikhs, Moslems, Jains, Parsees, Hindus, Christians, of every size and description. Sometimes a proud father would stop and introduce his whole family. One or two cripples on crutches hobbled painfully up to the dais to have the Beloved Master's darshan. Once Baba teased, "Ben, are you awake? Keep awake so I can keep awake!"

 

At 3:15 rain seemed to threaten again and Baba dictated: "I am very happy you stayed in your places and everything is going well. Even if it rains I want you to remain silent and disciplined." At 4:00 p.m. the Australians, whose plane had been cancelled by the war emergency, arrived at Guruprasad and came up to the dais for their first embrace from Baba. He also embraced a devotee who had to leave the following morning for a meeting of Parliament. Baba asked all of us, "Are you feeling tired? If so, I will stop. I'm not tired.'' Voices all through the hall joined in a loud "No." Baba then said we had to thank the Indian climate for the slight showers that fell again as they helped somewhat to cool the oppressive heat. At 4:30 a special song was sung. At 5:00 Baba stopped the line of devotees and asked those who had not yet met Him to come at 2.00 p.m. the following day, and the others to come at 2:45. The colorful arti song-ceremony again ended the day of  "Avatar darshan."

 

November 3—Morning Session

 

Some of us were at Guruprasad early this morning—8:30 a.m.―and we witnessed the affecting scene of the little band of Andhra villagers and some fisherfolk greeting Baba on the outer porch. Baba had sent for them at the bus station, where they were about to leave without having had His embrace. Now as they squatted around Him in a colorful semi-circle of men, women and children, He asked them to sing something for Him. This was their spontaneous song: “I bow to You in Your infinite aspects. Infinite Bliss, Infinite Knowledge, Infinite Power are in this Human Form of Yours. You are my real father and mother. I long for that day when I become One with You.” Eruch said even Baba was moved with the devotion expressed in their song. A prasad of sweets was passed out and after each one had the privilege of embracing Baba, they left.

 

At 9:00 the Westerners were again seated before Baba in the inner hall. He said today He would give time to individuals or groups, to be with Him exclusively as He called for them. For tomorrow, (the 4th), there would be no time for individual talks, but there would be a performance by a noted singer.

 

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