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“One day, I had walked behind the curtain at Guruprasad looking for Mani when I encountered beloved Mehera alone. I seized my chance and asked, ‘Mehera, I so often hear of a white horse in connection with Baba and would you mind telling me the significance of it?'

 

"She replied, ‘You know the vast cycles in time are called yugas in India and there is a symbol which represents the Avatar of each yuga: the symbol of the Avatar of this particular age is a white horse. Baba has told us that at the time of Rama people were rather good and the world was not like it is now; but He told His devotees and disciples that it would not always be so; that when the Kali-yuga or Iron Age came, it would be the worst and the most destructive in the world's history — and that there would be much war, degeneration and depravity. The word got around and all the followers came and begged, Lord Rama, please do not let us in inmate in the dreadful Kali-yuga Age. So here we all are!"

 

"Mehera smiled brightly. She continued: ‘You know, Ivy, this is why Baba has called all His lovers here to Him, because He wants to fortify and protect His lovers in the bad times to come so that they can work for Him and spread His Love and Message in the new era!"

 

Baba is in His sitting room before 10:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. He returns to His bedroom at 8:00 p.m. Dr. Goher's room is just outside, then comes Mani and Mehera's room. Across the hall is the dining room, where Baba eats His meals with the women. Everything is in simple style. We passed through the porch where Mani has her little office that keeps in touch constantly with the Western lovers of Baba and where she types all her letters, [sometimes by kerosene lamp for Meherazad doesn't seem "electrified"], then to Meheru and Naja's room, and Rano's. Here Elizabeth and Norina stayed in 1948.

 

Down by the Mandali quarters we saw the famous "blue bus" on its cement dais and the little caravan that was pulled by two bullocks used by the women in the New Life trek. Here too was the cabin that used to be on Seclusion Hill (— the small peak in the back of the ashram), now it is Eruch's office. Bhau's room was once a stable, Pendu's room was once used for Baba's Mast work. We saw Kaikobad's room where he repeats the name of God 100,000 times a day; Kaka's "storekeeper" room full of all kinds of supplies, Baidul's room (he also repeats Baba's name constantly), and finally Francis' room where he has the Western (democratic?) luxury of an old rocking chair and a bed with a cotton-stuffed mattress. We also inspected the primitive kitchen where the simple Mandali meals are cooked over an open fire. The cook must be an Eagle Scout for sure!

 

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