Baba thereupon decided to have a new bungalow built consisting of twelve rooms, to accommodate the ten more from the West whom he would call. Here, the "Matter of Great Importance" ended and Baba concluded with "As you have all promised to stay five years and live harmoniously together, the others must do the same."
As I said earlier, Baba had come to Nasik from his headquarters in Rahuri once a week. Let us be with Baba on one of his weekly visits to the Nasik Ashram, February 3rd, 1937. It so happened that it was also Norina's birthday. That helped to create a good mood! Ice cream and cake! So the unfortunate habit we some of us had, of rushing to Baba the moment his car entered the compound with questions, complaints, asking for private interviews and so forth, did not occur. Also, when Baba arrived, looking tired and withdrawn, we stood aside, let his car pass straight to his own cabin, and waited his call. Result — a most interesting talk from Baba. We are indebted to Elizabeth for an account of Baba's visit.
"Baba arrived at Nasik on the evening of February 3rd. He was coming on the 4th, but the 3rd being Norina's birthday, he was giving her a surprise by arriving on the evening before.
"The journey from Rahuri was exceptionally hot and tiring. From this, coupled with work for the universe (that never ceases for Baba), he arrived very tired, and unlike his usual custom, the car drove up to the house without sounding the horn, — a signal which keeps us all alert as the hour of his arrival approached. In spite of this when we saw his car pass the front door as we sat at table we all rushed out to greet him, as is our habit. When he alighted from his car we saw at once he wished to be left alone, to retire right to his room. Adi told us to finish our meal and Baba would see us after he had rested a while.
"Within a very short while, before we had got up from dinner, Baba silently came into the living room and lay on the sofa. We all crept in and sat quietly around him.
"Baba was still very tired and far away, as he so often appears to us when he is working. He seemed also to be suffering much from the inner conditions he was dealing with.
"Later he asked for cold water to wash his face and this seemed to revive him and he began to talk from the board to us. ‘Sometimes I have to take