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Nilu will look after your health.

 

"There must be harmony — if there is no harmony, then better all pack off. Discomforts and harmony must go together. I like G. for one thing — he was always honest and very direct in his answers. There is nothing like struggling — it results in perfection. Fall down and rise up again. Keep on struggling. Now think before you reply. Do not be swept away by emotions!"

 

(The majority voted for Ahmednagar.) "So it is to be Ahmednagar 'till we see if it is more practical than Portofino. If G. sends money we go to Portofino ― charter a boat all to ourselves!

 

"Now those who really want to go and come back, do it now — leave in June and return in October. Who wants to go now?

 

"Meherabad is ideal for me. I should have you quite near to me. But I think the discomforts would be too much for you to bear. If we had all strong people here we could manage it. All are strong in love — very strong. Not one of you wants to leave."

 

Same day, May 11th, 1937: "Anything that forms itself into a habit loses its freshness, sincerity, enthusiasm — even repentance. If you every day become weak and repent for having been weak, in the end, you find your only weakness has been repenting. Only love ever remains fresh.

 

"The habit of questioning and doubting in the end reacts on the questioner Vivekananda used to always ask questions; why? why? why? Ramakrishna loved him very much so used to answer. One day he got fed up and did not reply at all. Vivekananda asked and asked, but got no answer. Then one night at midnight Ramakrishna said 'bring me food and he named certain kinds of food. Vivekananda could not find the food in the house at that hour and said 'Why it's 12 o 'clock — it is no time for eating.' And Vivekananda got his answer from that day. He never asked another question.

 

"Now I, who have formed the habit of answering, will now ask questions and you all answer, honestly. Is there real harmony here?"

 

This subject was again thoroughly discussed with varied suggestions put forward by those present as to how to remedy this state of affairs. Finally, the change described above, namely that Norina should continue in over-all charge but Ruano should be in charge of the domestic side, was decided upon by Baba. It took a number of meetings to discuss the pros and cons

 

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