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What matters is the change it has all worked on those participating in it while it lasted.

 

“And what has that change been in us who were called from the West to share in the life of the East? It is not too near to the experience to speak of it. We all feel we have learned a great deal of tolerance and understanding of one another, of the real inner meaning of Love and service and the need of adapting oneself to the new and restricted surroundings. Most of all ― what has it revealed to us of the Master, Meher Baba himself? Can one truthfully say one understands his ways more? No, I personally feel that these six months' close contact leaves one with greater amazement, awe and wonder at his unfathomable ways. They are beyond the finite human understanding. But one's love and trust in him have grown far deeper and with this deeper faith has come a more complete surrenderance. His orders we may still disobey, because we are humanly weak. But this does not mean our love is any the less. In fact, it is through our very weaknesses that Baba each time draws us closer to him. His forgiveness, tinged though it may be with sternness or gentleness, but always with justice and kindness, leaves an unforgettable impression in the heart and mind. And it is just this opportunity of living in such close contact with a master like Meher Baba, as we have been privileged to do these past months that has taught us so much.

 

“It was Baba's love that brought us to India and it is his love again that now sends us back to the West to make preparation for the next phase of his activity there.

 

"So it is 'good-bye’ to India for the present. We have loved meeting so many of Baba's devotees and close disciples and feel a very close tie with all who love Baba, and we hope one day to renew that friendship if Baba calls us again to India. We were greatly touched to welcome so many at the docks who came to see us off and gave us a hearty farewell."

 

Conclusion:

 

Then it was 1937 ― today, 1964 — a lapse of 27 years. I can think of no better way to close the bridge of time than to use this opportunity to state my answer to the following question: "Is it not the personal Baba and not what he stands for that you and other disciples love? You remark on his beautiful eyes, his sensitive hands, his winning smile. What will you all do when he is no longer with you?"

 

To the question, What will we do? We will do just what we do now — try to follow Baba's Way of Life as he has shown it to us through his

 

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