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player and a flutist. One song was the classic "Dhun," "Shahanai Gat," composed by the saint Mira. In her song, she tells Krishna, "Don't leave me all alone! Kindle the flame of Love in my heart. Even if I burn to ashes, apply those ashes to your body so I can remain with You, O Lord." Another was based on the theme of complete surrender to the Perfect Master. Baba translated: "You are the Highest of the High, the Protector of all. You are Infinite Bliss and blessing; You are everything and I want to surrender to You. Don't leave me—I am the weak one. No one will listen to me but You. Don't let me go:" The tabla player gave us a solo; Baba told us to watch his fingers.

 

At 11:15 the musicians embraced Baba and left. He said ordinarily they needed more time to warm up to give their best performance, but today He gave them no time. "If you could understand what he just sang, you would feel so happy. There will be no singing tomorrow."

 

Mr. B. Bode, the development engineer who supervised the drying of the pandal after our "petite monsoon," came in for Baba's embrace. Baba said he would be the city engineer at Poona next year. Then Baba asked the women and the men to exchange seats this afternoon, for the women had had the sun for three days on their side of the pandal . On this note the morning session ended, without embraces.

 

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November 4—Afternoon Session

 

Around 2:00 p.m. the last day of darshan commenced. Baba was already on the dais and women were filing past Him as I entered the pandal and found a seat on the shady side. Commenting on the heat of today’s sun, Baba said:

 

"If you were inside the sun itself, that would be no comparison with the heat of love within the true lover of God. There God the Beloved doesn't allow one to use fans, but here Beloved Baba does permit you to have fans!"

 

Don Stevens stepped to the platform and read "The Universal Message,” given several years ago* on the anniversary of His Silence. After the reading, the Master said, "Next year I will not be available to anyone, either from the East or the West. I must prepare for the urge to break My Silence." This was translated by the three interpreters. Baba corrected the Telegu interpreter at one point, then He continued:

 

"I have to break My Silence and give My Word to the world. But I have

 

* Awakener, Vol. V, No. 4 P. 2

 

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