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not yet prepared Myself for the urge to break My Silence. I feel it will take about a year's time to break My Silence. I have been telling you all I will break My Silence next year, but now next year means next year! For the first time I take the responsibility of My own promise to you all!"

 

Then Baba asked Dr. Kenmore to recite the Prayer of Repentance in English. "You should all pay attention to this Prayer in My Presence. I want you to forget and forgive everything of the past."

 

We all stood as the Prayer was said. At the end Baba made a beautiful gesture as if He took away the load and burden of our collective past. Then He allowed the Mandali one by one to come and bow down to Him for the first time in many years — "twenty-two years." Eruch said. This was surely a significant moment for them all.

 

"If I finish with giving My darshan to the public, you may all bow down to Me. If not, you can all go home thinking you have taken My darshan, which you have had the last four days," Baba announced. A basket of hard candies was presented to Baba and blessed by a quick gesture, then passed out among us. The Poona Bhajan Mandali continued their devotional songs. Meanwhile the throng filed continuously past Baba, averaging about thirty a minute. Among those coming by were the gypsy caste of Banjaras in colorful clothes sewn with big pieces of mirror, and wearing heavy ornaments. They had walked twelve miles to see Him. Baba said, "These are nomadic tribes. I have visited their huts. Each one has a photo of Me, they worship Me as the living God. The government support has changed their habits of dress. They used to wear so many more ornaments; even sleeping in them.

 

"I am in the least one of them and in every one of you. No one is low and no one high in My Nazar. Because God is One, I am One, you are all One; there is no difference of tall or short, man or woman, beautiful or ugly, rich or poor. All are one in My Nazar."

 

At this point a woman devotee began crying "Baba, Baba " at the back of the tent and came rushing forward. She was grasped by the workers and taken outside. Baba said "She is full of love but if permitted to come to Me would take hold of Me and never let go." He gestured with hands at His neck.

 

He also said, “When the queue is over you may come to Me and bow down and that will be the first bowing down and the last bowing down." Now the queue extended one-third of a mile outside the gates; 7,000 people were here, Eruch reported. So many garlands piled up beside Baba they

 

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