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43341958 MEHERABAD SAHAVAS1958

At 8:50 A.M., Baba's chair was carried up Meherabad Hill followed by the sahavas women and behind them the men. Pesi, Meherjee, Hoshang Bharucha, Adi Dubash, Krishna Nair, Digambar Gadekar and others shared turns holding up the chair. Kumar held Baba's umbrella over him from behind. After crossing the railway tracks, the chair was put down momentarily to allow Chhabra's car to go ahead in order to film the procession making its way to the top. While stopped, Baba covered his face with a thin blue cloth and appeared to be engrossed in his Universal work.

As was done previously, an upholstered armchair was kept for Baba under the tin shed. Because the entire sahavas group could not be accommodated there, Baba, using canes, proceeded to the south wall of the garden where the armchair was brought. Baba sat facing north. The women sat in front on carpets and the men sat behind them in the sun. Baba asked the women to cover their heads if they were bothered by the warming sun. He also indicated the same to the men. A microphone was hooked up, and a loudspeaker hung in a tree.

There was a small ditch nearby, and Baba made Pukar stand up and warn people about it, joking with him, "You will be kept in this pit!" After a while, Baba suddenly flung Minoo Kharas' hat into the ditch.

As he had done with the first group, Baba proceeded to give them some background about the structures on Meherabad Hill, and describe his fasts and seclusions in the Tomb. Again, he emphasized: "After I drop my body, my physical remains will rest here, and this Hill will become an important place of pilgrimage for the world. You all do not realize the importance of this day. After 70 years, this place will be a place of great privilege and pilgrimage. A big town will grow up here.

"Baba, the living figure, has led you up this Hill, his final resting place. You can have no idea of the unique privilege you are having today. I said the same thing at the sahavas of the first week."

Baba had Eruch read out his discourse "God As Both Father and Mother."

Afterwards, Baba instructed those who had not seen the Tomb, to take darshan and then walk back down the hill. He gave the same instructions as before: "While bowing down at the Tomb, I want you all to remember two things: first, to love me wholeheartedly. Love does not mean just outward expression. You should love in such a way that you forget yourself in me, the Beloved. If you cannot love me, I will love you and you will be my beloved. Second, to give happiness to others at the cost of your happiness or comfort."

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