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Baba went to Meherabad from Pasarni on the 18th, leaving the women mandali behind with Gustadji, Kaikobad, Krishna, Nilu, Narayan, Vishnu and Venkoba Rao. A small cottage for Kaikobad had been built in lower Meherabad (at the front, near the main road), and Baba slept there at night.

Adi Sr.'s father Khansaheb Irani had been ill and bedridden for the past several months, and so Baba went to see him at Khushru Quarters on the 19th. Khansaheb had always had great reverence for Baba, but no love. Now, much to his wife Gulmai's delight, he felt genuinely drawn to Baba.

Baba asked him, "What do you wish for?"

"Good health for two months and, thereafter, liberation," he said.

Baba promised: "Do as I say for two months, and I will definitely fulfill your wish."

Baba gave him some instructions regarding personal matters, and Khansaheb was happy. He garlanded Baba, and a photograph was taken of Baba, Gulmai and Khansaheb. Before leaving, Baba took Adi and Gulmai aside and remarked, "He will be relieved of his agonies in October."

This was to be Khansaheb's last meeting with Baba, and his last wish was fulfilled by Baba. He merged in God's infinity eighteen days later on Sunday, 7 October 1945, at noon, with Baba's name on his lips. He was 67 years old.

A few days before Khansaheb died, Adi was surprised to find flowers strewn on his bed when he went to sleep at night. The next night again, his bed was covered with flowers. When the third night he waited and caught one of the servants in the act, he demanded to know who had instructed him do such a thing. The servant told him that it was none other than the ailing Khansaheb.

Adi confronted his father the following morning and Khansaheb admitted that he did it. "But why, Father?" asked Adi.

"All these years," said Khansaheb, "you had been telling me how great Meher Baba is — how he is like Zoroaster, our Prophet. I did not believe you and tried to thwart you in your efforts to serve him. But now I know that you were right all along, and I ask your forgiveness. I wish to honor and worship your love for Baba. You and your mother were right, Adi. Baba is God!" And his father folded his hands to a picture of Baba kept on the wall opposite his bed. Adi burst out weeping and fell into his father's arms.

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