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I had brought a number of food parcels from Baba lovers in Navsari. They had been placed outside the meeting room till now. Baba asked me to bring them in. As each packet was opened Baba would pick up a little of its contents and give it to Dr. Harry Kenmore to taste. He liked the sweets very much. When all the packets had been opened and Harry had finished sampling them he said, “This fellow ought to visit us every weekend." Baba laughed very much at this remark and began to tell us about Harry. He said, "Harry uses his money very freely for My cause. He is very clever, witty, and has great love for Me. He obeys Me wholeheartedly. He cannot see, but records everything on his tape recorder. He has brought a camera which in one minute after exposure can develop and produce prints."

 

After Baba left us at lunch time, we met the mandali and settled our kit in our room. Soon after lunch, Baba would return to the meeting hall and Pukar 's loud clap would summon all of us there. On this first afternoon Baba asked us to repeat the following prayer daily from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: "Almighty God, help us all to hold on to Baba, and help Baba to manifest definitely as your Avatar before the end of this year." Baba showed us the first copy of Stay With God by Francis Brabazon that had just arrived in Meherazad. Francis was asked to read a passage from it. Baba told us that Francis had low blood pressure as he had undertaken many fasts. Kaka Baria, one of the mandali, was seated quietly in a corner of the room as he had had several attacks of angina in the past. Pointing to him, Baba said, "He will not die till break My silence." Kaka looked sheepishly around, his expression not conveying whether he was elated or otherwise, at this news.

 

During this seclusion while Baba remained in Meherazad, all over India Baba lovers were doing “Jap. " * Some centers had this program going on for all the twenty-four hours, each lover contributing an hour, so that the continuity of the jap was not broken. Baba asked Eruch to inform all centers that they should stop the jap from 28th October. He said that he would be doing His universal work alone thereafter, and needed no help from His lovers. He said He would soon break His silence. He also said that Westerners—Baba lovers in the West—were very keen to come to India to see Him but He had to postpone their visits. The talk then drifted to the "Bal Mandir" near Calcutta, a temple organized and run by children who love Baba immensely. These children perform "puja" (religious ceremonies) and "Arti” themselves.

 

* Repeating the Name of God.

 

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