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and forbearance. A naughty child is easier to control than a boisterous Mast who is ever so difficult to handle. Baba lays great stress on the attendants being always balanced and the least provocative in dealing with them. A Mast is the "Office-bearer" of the spiritual world and is most sensitive. With total disregard for physical needs or hygienic conditions, he keeps physically fit and strong and is likely to baffle the best medical observations.

 

Once Baba remarked: Ordinary man is backed by his individual mind, subject to fluctuations of health or disease: a Salik (God-conscious and normally conscious) has Universal Mind which is a barometer of cosmic peace and disturbance: a Mast (God-conscious) has no mind at all. He is directly supported by God-consciousness. The body is maintained as a past momentum of life-energy, invariably healthy and almost impervious to vital and mental impacts of ill-health and disease. The body is nevertheless prone to a reflex from external disorder. But the Infinite soon decentralizes the effect and restores balance of health.

 

25th August: In Baba's face, we soon noticed a reflection of intense spiritual activity and its attendant effect on the body. He continued his 3-hour seclusion.

 

Baidul and Eruch brought from Kalka late at night one 'Avadhuta' (Mast) semi-naked with the utmost difficulty in traveling. There is no consideration for time, convenience or money to bring a Mast. The Hardwar Fair was on. Only a 1st Class could afford squeezing-in room to the three persons. II and III Class were impossible to travel in. Baidul, Kaka, Adi Sr. and Eruch were given 2-hour duty each to keep an all-night watch over the Mast. Early morning, Baidul and Eruch left for Saharanpur to finalize the arrangements for collecting the poor people.

 

26th August: Baba went through the Mast contact speedier than expected and called upon Adi Sr. to return the Mast to Kalka the same day with an escort. III-versed in the art of handling Masts, Adi Sr. arranged with a townsman to accompany the Mast and reserved two bus seats for them. But the escort unexpectedly brought back the Mast in a tonga from a 12-mile bus travel-spot as he (the Mast) became unmanageable. The man pleaded utter inability to look after the Mast. Baba acquiesced in his unenviable plight and the Mast had to be detained at the house.

 

27th August: Adi Sr. was asked to go to Bangalore from Hardwar. Baba and Kaka left with the Mast for Saharanpur. Kaka is an additional help in managing Masts. The dual service to Baba and the Mast sharpened his wits to the point of a 'break-down'! He proved equal to the task. At Saharanpur, Baidul arranged an escort for the Mast to be taken to Kalka.

 

28th August: From 6—0 to 9—0 o'clock in the morning, Baba contacted 1,500 persons, consisting of lower middle-class and poor people, men and women alike, by giving each person some money. No distinction of class, creed or nationality was observed. This way of giving the people the dignity and honour of accepting help from Baba's hands was so unconventional that the congregation looked to be more celebrative and less ceremonious. The distribution was held in a public library, Jubilee Garden, Saharanpur ( Punjab). Baba left Saharanpur at 10—0 a.m. accompanied by Baidul, Kaka and Eruch and reached the Garden House on the Hardwar-Jwalapur Road by the afternoon.

 

29th August to 17th September: A period of strict seclusion was maintained by Baba, while Baidul was sent out to gather information re: Masts at Hyderabad (Sind), Sukkur, Rohari, Multan, Bharatpur, Lyallpur and a host of other places.

 

12th September: Pendu and Adi Sr. left Meherabad together and joined Baba.

 

12th to 24th September: This was a period of semi-seclusion for Baba, the accompanying Mandali members passing a comparatively peaceful time, with the exception of occasional bringing in of Masts who were contacted before.

 

25th to 28th September:Lahore: Pendu and Adi Sr. were deputed to discover any more Masts at this place. They searched the whole town on foot and could not find any more than what Baidul had found before.

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