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After the Birthday celebrations, rules and regulations relaxed somewhat. We were allowed to leave the grounds of the estate, but certain conditions had to be strictly observed.

 

 

1. No one should go to a dance, club or any other place of amusement nor participate in any games or sports outside of our own grounds.

 

2. No one should speak with a stranger unless quite necessary nor go to visit any acquaintance.

 

3. No one should visit Sarosh Motor Works except on business.

 

4. No one should go out on foot or on bicycle between the hours of 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.

 

5. Everyone should be in the house punctually at meal times.

 

6. No one should eat anything which has not been prepared in the house, with the exception of toffee.

 

 

Baba called this Baba called this "Freedom with clipped wings." He discussed further points with us.

 

"From the 16th of March, Urdu lessons recommence. I want you to take work very seriously without crises. Every Sunday will be a holiday from Urdu — also the three days during each month when you are entitled to go out all day for a picnic from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M."

 

"Recreation. Garrett mentioned to me twice that it would be very good to have some form of physical exercise, like ping pong and badminton. I will give you 50 rupees out of which you can buy ping pong, badminton, deck tennis and anything else you like. All study well the list of restrictions ordered by me in connection with your leaving the grounds of the Ashram. Keep a copy and read it till you understand it perfectly, and don't say afterwards. 'it was not clear!'

 

"Meherabad. Owing to the heat that will be approaching, we will visit Meherabad only once in twenty days, instead of as first planned, once a week. After the summer we will go once a week or every ten days. On the 15th March all go to Meherabad with me.

 

"Concerning the Day of the Picnic: On this day there will be no duties and no meditation. You are free to leave at 8 A.M. and return at 8 P.M. As no food may be bought you may take all your meals with you. Norina will see to this for each separate outing. Sit in the shade and never in the sun, any time of the day between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.

 

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