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3027MANONASH1952

His expression was grave, and signs of exhaustion lined his features.

On Thursday, 31 January, Baba took a bath in the morning, and then sat alone in his cabin from seven to eight o'clock. Thereafter, he directed Kaka and Kaikobad to sit on either side of him and loudly invoke the name of Ahuramazda over and over for a half hour — from 8:00 to 8:30.

Baba sat alone for another half an hour, and then Nilu and Vishnu were asked to sit on either side of him and repeat "Om Parabrahma Paramatma" over and over for half an hour — from 9:00 to 9:30. Baba again sat alone for half an hour. Then Pendu and Padri were called to cry out "Ya Yezdan" over and over for half an hour from 10:00 to 10:30.

From ten-thirty to eleven o'clock that morning, Baba was alone, and from eleven to noon the work he had intended to do with the saint Vishandas Maharaj he did by himself. Baba had lunch between noon and one o'clock, and then rested for a while, again sitting in seclusion from one to two in the afternoon. From two to three o'clock, Eruch read out excerpts from Sufi literature to Baba, after which Baba was again alone for half an hour. From 3:30 to 4:00 that afternoon, Adi Sr. loudly uttered "Parvardigar! Parvardigar! Parvardigar!" while Gustadji repeated the phrase internally.

There was then an interval until 4:30 during which Baba ate a little fruit. From 4:30 to 5:00, Ramjoo and Baidul loudly uttered "La ilah illallah!" Baba remained secluded from 5:00 to 5:30.

For the next half hour Don and Eruch sat on either side of Baba repeating, "God Almighty, who art in heaven!" Again for half an hour Baba sat alone.

"The Manonash seclusion work was climaxing," Age observed, "and the Mind of Man was terrified. It became immobile with fear as it faced its impending annihilation by the Mind of all minds!"

Baba stepped out of his cabin at 7:00 P.M. and the dhuni was lit. Eruch read the following as dictated by Baba:

O Source of Infinite Knowledge, Almighty God! You know that I did all that was humanly possible for me, in this ordinary state, and I leave the result entirely to Your will and sanction. For its fulfillment, may the moment, the hour, the day, the month, the year, the yug [age] be as You have decreed and destined.

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