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Baba asked Dr. Harry Kenmore to say the Parvardigar Prayer.*

 

There came in about a dozen Gujarati women for Baba’s darshan led by one who is revered as a saint and she has a large following in Gujarat. They asked Baba if they could be given the privilege of singing one bhajan. Baba permitted them and they sang in perfect rhythm and all other lovers joined in. Even Baba began to tap on his chair in tune with the bhajan. After this there was a dance performance by the four-year-old daughter of one of the Poona Baba-lovers. Baba asked his brother Beheram to take a movie film of the girl. Baba's brother was kept quite busy with his camera today.

 

At about 9:30 a.m. Sri Vithal Shinde, a famous All-India Radio artist from Bombay, came on his own for Baba's darshan, and sang a number of ghazals. He had a very melodious voice and Baba enjoyed his singing very much. On hearing a particular ghazal, Baba said, "In spite of the prevailing prohibition enforced by the Government of Maharashtra, many people drink. There is no prohibition regarding 'drinking' the Wine of Divine Love, yet rarely does one drink that Wine!"

 

A Parsee priest, a lover of Baba, had come to see Baba. Baba asked him to sing one bhajan. It was quite queer to see a Parsee priest, most of whom are so engrossed in ritualistic ceremonies, singing a bhajan whose theme was that only Ram (God Incarnate) existed and nothing but Him. At 10:30 a.m. Baba's Arti was sung and all dispersed.

 

Baba was in the side room at 11:00 a.m. and met five Parsee cricketeers from Bombay. Two of them were Nari Contractor and Polly Umrigar. Baba talked to them about his school days when he used to play cricket.

 

Baba said to them, "To know me as I am is very difficult. I am Infinite within. I experience this continuously. A rare one experiences this." Baba then told Nari, the Indian Skipper, that he often wished to witness good cricket matches, but people would not allow him to do so in peace. Nari invited Baba to Bombay and said that he would make all arrangements for Baba to see a match undisturbed. Baba said, "For nine months I shall be at Meherazad and will want to remain undisturbed. I may remain for many days without food and water. When I break my Silence after nine months, the world will come to me for they shall then know who I am. But there is no charm in coming to me after I break my Silence. Blessed are they who come to me now."

 

*The Awakener, Vol 1 No. 2 P.18

 

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