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Baba then remarked, "Truth cannot be hidden. If there is no Truth, no amount of words or show can help my Divinity. If I am not Baba, of what use would it be if so many came to me!"

 

Baba again returned to the side room at 11:50 a.m. He asked one lover from Navsari to sing. She had sung before Baba many years ago. At 12:20 p.m. Baba came into the assembly hall. Long queues of people awaited his darshan. This was the last day of Baba's darshan and so there was a huge crowd. Madhusudan sang a few bhajans. A Parsee girl of about three came to Baba for darshan. He asked her to recite the Parvardigar Prayer over the microphone. Quite bravely she sat facing the audience and said the Prayer.

 

Mr. Kohiyar Satarawala of Mahabaleshwar, an old lover, came for Baba's darshan. Baba asked him to chant a Zoroastrian prayer. He said the prayer in such a heart-touching way that, though many could not understand it, it brought tears to their eyes.

 

Madhusudan then sang a new song he had composed about Guruprasad. He had the song framed, and presented it to Baba who gave it to Maharani Shanta Devi. Baba then asked Madhusudan to sing the song, the theme of which was that we should all hold on to Baba's daaman till the end.

 

Sri Vithal Shinde, who had sung in the morning, sang a few more ghazals. Sri Golvalkar then played the final tune—"Bhairavi." Practically everyone in the hall had tears in their eyes. After that, Madhusudan sang a parting song. The hearts that had not yet melted into tears did so now, in Baba's love. Dr. Harry Kenmore was asked to say the Repentance Prayer which was followed by the Arti. Those who had not yet had Baba's darshan that day, came to him for the last darshan. Baba left the hall at 5:15 p.m. and all lovers departed with a mixed feeling of pain and joy in their hearts—the pain of separation, and the joy of having just had Baba's sahavas.

 

Thus ended the darshan program of this summer. Lovers from all over India had come to have a glimpse of their Beloved Baba and to bask in the sunshine of his Love. Their love had sustained them throughout their weekly journeys on overcrowded trains. They found their haven in Baba. The peace they got from his sahavas will give them strength to resume their roles in life and to do his work. True love can best be recognized by the fact that it thrives under circumstances which would blast anything else to pieces.

 

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