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Baba visited Meherabad and Khushru Quarters a few times after his return from Poona, and once, Baba took the women mandali with him to Meherabad. While driving to Meherabad (on 5 February 1959), Baba referred to his two accidents. Baba revealed their purpose when he stated to Eruch: "I got my physical bones broken so as to break the backbone of the material aspect of the Machine Age, keeping intact its spiritual aspect."

At Meherazad, Baba began inviting the Ahmednagar Center lovers almost every week to sing devotional songs before him. A young Muslim qawaali singer named Muhammad Sayyed Soonumyan (nicknamed Soonu) would also come to sing ghazals. Thus, due to his close contact, Baba's Ahmednagar lovers were inspired to conduct his center wholeheartedly. Rangole undertook charge of the work, and meetings were held each week at Rustom Kaka's house. Later, when their numbers increased, a regular center was built in Khushru Quarters.

By Baba's wish, Francis Brabazon arrived from Australia to live at Meherazad on 27 January 1959, for an indefinite period.  He laid the handwritten manuscript of Stay With God at Baba's feet — and literally began staying with God! Baba commented about the book: "The unique fact of this epic of the living Avatar being written during his lifetime, and being heard by him in physical form, will have a great bearing and significance for posterity."

Baba remarked to Francis: "My love will touch the heart of all who read it, as no book has ever done. It will appeal to the highest intellects and to those with simple hearts," which to Francis was the highest praise Baba could have given.

Francis was working on the notes that were to appear at the back of the book, and he was reading through various scriptures. One day Baba commented about them, putting the scriptures in their proper perspective:

The scriptures are like rotten bones rotted and are as food for worms. Theosophy and philosophy are like good bones rotted and are as food for vultures.

The writings of inspired poets are like fresh bones and are as food for dogs. The writings of spiritually advanced saints are like flesh and are as food for tigers. The writings by living Perfect Masters are like brain and are as food for men!

Good bones when rotted have some semblance of bone, but rotten bones when rotted are like filth.

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