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2752THE NEW LIFE1949

And instead of sending the conditions to everyone closely connected to him — nearly 1,200 devoted lovers — Baba selected only 32 men whom he instructed should be called to Meherabad on 4 September, for a special meeting in which the conditions would be personally handed to them.

On 22 August 1949, a letter to each was mailed, informing them of the meeting with these urgent words: "You alone should come and if you don't come then you will never come!" (The meeting was later changed to 31 August.)

While the meetings were occurring in Meherabad, Ramchandra Gadekar brought Jagannath Keshav Rangole, Laxman and Kisan Thade, Madhusudan Yellapa Pund, Krishna Bundellu and one other man to Ahmednagar from Poona. Adi Sr. informed Baba, but Baba did not permit darshan. All had found out about Baba through Gadekar. Rangole, 26, and Madhusudan, 16, were coming to meet Baba for the first time. Rangole had recently undergone surgery and was forbidden by the doctor to walk. But he did not take rest and, out of his longing, came to Ahmednagar to kiss the Master's feet. Baba, however, did not allow the men to see him. Although they had no heart to go against his wish, they longed to meet him, if only for a moment.

During the appointed meeting days, early in the morning Baba would be driven to Meherabad sometimes by Eruch in the Buick and sometimes by Adi Sr. in the blue Chevrolet. In the evening he returned to Meherazad. The Poona group thought that after coming all this way, it would not be wrong if they stood on the side of the road and waited to have a glimpse of Baba as he passed in the car.

On the evening of 21 August 1949 at 7:15 P.M., while Baba was returning to Meherazad, he saw the group standing by the road. He asked Adi about them, and Adi told him who they were. Baba had Adi stop the car. He called the lucky group and they came running. In his joy, Rangole totally forgot the doctor's orders and stood up and rushed after the others toward Baba.

Madhusudan had had a vivid dream the night before. In it he saw a woman and asked her, "Do you know where God is?"

"Do you want to see God?" she asked.

"Yes, I want to see Him," he replied.

"Do you want to see God in human form?"

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