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At 10:30 A.M. Harry Kenmore recited the Parvardigar Prayer as usual and this was followed by the Arti. After this Baba sat for a group photo with Haribhai of Bajwa and his family. Baba said that he consented to this only because Haribhai's newly-wedded son had also come. He did not want it to be made a precedent for all.

 

Baba soon came into the side room and sat for about three-quarters of an hour chatting about this and that. He went to his room at 11:45 A.M. to return to the assembly hall at 12:10 P.M. The Ahmednagar bhajan party entertained Baba. The main feature of the whole program was a young lover called Manek who had dressed up as a Qawwal. His accompanists were clad in peculiar caps. He sang quite well, imitating delightfully the typical gestures of a Qawwal while singing, much to the amusement of all. We dispersed after singing the Arti at 3:30 P.M.

Notes Gathered from Other Lovers

June 5th:—To someone who invited Baba to his town. Baba said, "I am here and also there. I am near, and also away; I am everywhere."

 

Today, Baba was in a mood to give a discourse. He said: "Fana is of three types: a) Fana-Fillah; b) Fana-fi-Sheikh; c) Fana-fi-Rasool. In Fana-Fillah a person becomes One with God. There are 56 persons existing in this state always. In Fana-fi-Sheikh, a person becomes One with the consciousness of a Qutub. He is One with the Infinite consciousness of the Qutub but he is NOT One with the Office of the Qutub. In Fana-fi-Sheikh state he does use sometimes and to a very limited extent the Infinite Power-Knowledge-Bliss. The person in the Fana-fi-Sheikh state drops his body immediately after the Qutub, who has brought him to the State of Fana-fi-Sheikh, drops his body. There are five Qutubs (Perfect Masters) existing always.

 

"In Fana-fi-Rasool, which is a very rare state and occurs very rarely, a person becomes One with the Avatar (Rasool). When it does happen it is during the Avatar's physical presence on Earth and just before the unique world-wide manifestation of the Avatar. It is a rare occurrence. It has happened in the past. None from Fana-Fillah can become one of the Fana-fi-Rasool state. An ordinary man who is only gross-conscious is chosen by the Avatar Himself and on him is bestowed the state of Fana-fi-Rasool. In Fana-fi-Rasool the person becomes like the Avatar but does NOT hold the Avatar's Office, and he drops his body immediately after the Avatar drops His body."

 

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