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each member, general orders have been drawn on paper and affixed in the school common guidance. Behramji and Rustomji have been appointed the superintendent and vice-superintendent respectively in charge of those duties of general supervision, inspection and responsibility about all the activities of the colony. Arjoon has been authorized to all that is necessary for the management of the schools and the good conduct and condition of the boys. Gustadji is asked to exercise sole control of all supplies at distribution of stores and Padri is held responsible for everything about the hospital at dispensary. All these five have been given certain hours in the day to talk to Baba in connection with their respective duties while everyone else has been forbidden to try to speak with him unless otherwise instructed through signs or writing.

 

Amongst the duties allotted to each member Baba has set aside two hours daily for himself to grind grain along with the others sentenced to hard labor. The parents at guardians of the boys were also summoned before Baba this afternoon. They were informed of Baba's decision to remain silent for one year from tomorrow. Baba himself tried to impress upon them the importance of letting the boys remain in the school without any hitch or hindrance under any circumstances during his silence. After a lengthy discourse, the willing consent and promise of the parents and guardians were accepted by Baba that they will under no circumstances take away their boys from the school for least one year henceforth.

 

The mandali were also favored with a very interesting and engrossing lecture by Baba. It was followed with rapt attention by all in view of its being believed to be his last utterance for many a month to come. The theme can be divided into three distinct subjects. The "oopdesh"* was centered around the necessity of living for others and using up one's own body for the sake of others. The explanatory part dealt with the reasons of the silence which primarily were the heavy spiritual work in face of the coming death of Hazrat Babajan. The last part of the lecture hinted at the future of the world which spelled communal fighting, wide world wars and natural disasters which would take crores of lives and a free flowing of an unimaginable quantity of blood throughout the world in general and in India in particular. However, after this great devastation the reign of peace and tranquility was promised for the world.

 

Before retiring for the night as usual at about 10:30 p.m., Baba gave the final advice to the mandali to always carry lanterns with them while out and about in the night, and beware of snakes. With these last words ringing in their ears, the mandali paid their respects to Baba and began preparing for sleep. Within fifteen or twenty minutes of his final advice, one of the mandali marked a big and dangerous serpent lying in the compound, with the help of the lantern that he carried with him. In the absence of light there would have been every chance of that messenger of death being tred on with fatal results!

 

Friday, July 10th, 1925. As usual Baba came out of the Jhopdi (hut) at 5 in the morning and after having his daily bath, came towards the mandali. All were prepared to miss the daily morning inquiries, but to their pleasant surprise, Baba inquired of almost everyone of the mandali, boys and teachers, through signs and writing on a slate, as to their health, sleep, food, etc. Likewise, in spite of his vow of silence, Baba was seen all day busy as usual looking after affairs in general and keeping an eye on the two superintendents in particular. The only remarkable feature was the ever-present Bal ready with pen, pencil, paper and slates, dodging along Baba's footsteps wherever he went. Besides the peculiarity of silence about Baba and some minor misunderstandings resulting therefrom, all went well and as usual at Meherabad. Baba even took part in the evening bhajan by ringing tals** for some time.

 

* lesson

**hand bells

 

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