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We had quick baths and were soon hurtling forward in Padri 's car. In spite of his determination to reach Meherazad at 9 a.m. and his dexterity at driving, we reached it at 9:30 as we had to pick up provisions en route from Adi. As our car turned on to the Meherazad private road, my heart thumped hard and rapidly against its thoracic cage. All the worries and woes of this illusory world vanished from our minds as only one joyful thought reigned supreme — we would be seeing Baba in a few minutes.

 

We were taken to our room, and immediately after were called by Baba to his usual meeting hall in line with the rooms where the mandali reside. At the door we removed our shoes quickly, pulling them off without loosen­ing the laces. At last we were in His presence. Baba was seated in his usual chair and mandali members squatted on the floor opposite to Him. He motioned us to sit down, which we did, our eyes glued on Him all the time. The never-tiring Eruch started interpreting Baba's gestures.

 

Baba said, "Stay here till the 25th. 1 shall then give you an important work to be done in some town. You may then return to your home in Navsari on the 31st, after having finished My work. Do not leave Navsari till the end of December. You are fortunate and lucky to have been called here during My seclusion. On the 17th, 19th, 21st, and 23rd you must keep silence and also fast without taking food and water from 8 a.m. to 8 pm. I have given the mandali some duties. During your eleven days' stay your duty will be to clean this meeting hall daily. Do not lift My chair alone, both of you (Cowas Vesuna and Hoshang) should lift it together... " My eye grew moist at the thoughtfulness of Baba who is love incarnate and shows His love in the planning of the slightest detail for the welfare of His lovers. How considerate of Him to have specifically mentioned that we should lift His heavy chair together.

 

Baba's thin delicate fingers continued to move still more rapidly while Eruch's quick eyes took in the messages: "You will be given something to read during your stay here which you will have to explain to others. Take care of your health. Don't remember anything of the world while you are here. Forget the world and think of Me all the time. Keep only Me in your mind." Then Baba asked for details of our journey to Ahmednagar and my daily routine at Navsari. He told us that while we were at Meherazad we would get breakfast and tea at 7 am., lunch before noon, afternoon tea at 3 pm., and dinner at 7 p.m. He concluded by saying, "Eat well."

 

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