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Baba was the originator of this school. Although he himself was observing silence, our teachers were different. But, during the examinations, he directly would pay attention to our studies and look to see whose studies were good. He would encourage us, even in games, running and play. While observing silence, he would come and play with us. He was very kind to us. There's no way that I can express it.

 

Unfortunately, after one year and 8 months, our parents said "We want our children back." Then, Baba sent us all back to our houses at his own expense. I should mention here that, during this time the expenses for our stay and for our coming and going were paid by Baba. He would pay for everything: books, clothing, teachers, etc. without taking a single penny from our parents or having expectations from them.

 

The important and most interesting thing for us during this period was, aside from Baba's kindness, the special lessons, that they taught us there. In addition to the lessons in Persian and English, we were taught, in one year and eight months the equivalent of four years of English school and six years of Persian school. In spiritual things, we were taught in such a manner that, even if I would open Hafiz's book, I felt I understood all of what I read.

 

When we left there and came back to Iran, we started our own lives here. I always thought of who this great man was and wondered what would become of him. After 40 years, he invited the whole world to go towards him and to lean on him. But, this part was not acceptable, especially for Persians. Westerners, though, have accepted it quite well. These people who have come to take movies of us are from America. Just because I have been one of the students in his school, they have come to find out what happened to me while I was with Baba. Now, so that they may benefit, so that all the world may know, I will tell of my observations and whatever I may have learned there.

 

First of all, I should say that I was very young. I don't understand how we would study one year's lessons in three months. We would take the examination after three months, and we would advance one year. I don't understand what power was there to push all of this into our heads. There was no examination that we would fail. For a nine year old, think how important it must have been. That was 50 years ago.

 

From 5 o'clock in the morning, when the first call for prayer was sung, they would wake up all the children. At that time, there were about 160 or 170 of us there. We were from all over the world and from all different religions. We would all be studying together there, and we were all so kind and friendly to each other. We all felt like brothers and sisters because we would be living, sleeping, studying in the same place. Although we were all from different religions and strata, there was not the slightest bit of enmity between us. Among the 160 or 170 people who were there, not even a single cuss word was heard. It was impossible.

 

So, in the mornings, they would wake us up at the time of the morning prayer. They would give us the powder to wash our teeth with. Then, we would wash our hands and faces. Then, we would go to have our breakfast. They would bake a bread so fresh and so delicious that I have never tasted anything like it anywhere. They would serve it with tea and milk. After that, we would go to school until noon. In the afternoon, we would go for play.

 

Every other day, we had a bath. After we would have our baths, the clothes washer would take away our clothes, wash them and bring them back. According to the number on the clothes, he would give it back to the right person the next day, so that we were ready for our next bath.

 

When our parents came to take us away, Baba stood in the road with all of us who were from Iran. He gave this advice to each of us individually: "Don't smoke. Don't drink, and don't tell lies." Then, he kissed our faces, each one of us, and then sent us away, as I said, at his own expense, to our own home.

 

Even in his silence, Baba would occasionally give us some discourses. One of the things that I remember hearing from him in my childhood concerns the evolution of forms and

 

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