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4699GURUPRASAD, 19601960

As Subba Rao was thinking this, Baba gestured something which Eruch could not follow. "What Baba?" he asked, and Baba repeated the gesture, but Eruch could still not catch what he meant. Finally, Baba gestured, "Drop it!" Subba Rao then understood that Baba knew everything, and his doubts were dispelled.

That morning, a cabinet minister named Jagjivan Ram was granted an interview with Baba. Ram was working for the upliftment of the so-called "depressed classes" (Harijans) and Baba assured him of his help.

Sunday, 5 June 1960, was the largest public darshan that summer. An estimated 10,000 persons poured into Guruprasad seeking the God-Man's touch. Again, two sessions were held: from 8:30 until 11:00 A.M. and from 2:00 until 3:30 P.M. Yogi Shuddhanand Bharati had also come that day, as had Nana Kher, Harjiwan Lal, Todi Singh, the Raja of Kurundwad, Pilamai Irani and her family, Nari and Dolly Contractor, Polly and Dinoo Umrigar, Soonamasi, Naggu, Haribhai Patel, Jagannath Maharaj, Maniben Parakh, Niranjan Singh, Adi P. Ghaswala of Bombay, Yeshwant Rao of Sakori and the Ahmednagar bhajan mandali. A man named Swami Anand also came with an Australian and a Scotsman. Irwin Luck sat next to Baba throughout the program and was overwhelmed by the procession of humanity filing past him.

To one of the upcountry groups, Baba stated: "You will be leaving on the 6th, isn't it? So today will be the goodbye day. But no goodbye to Baba at any time! When you realize me as I am, you will bid goodbye to the three worlds for good."

To one who was weeping while leaving, Baba consoled, "Why shed tears? Although you may not see me physically, be certain I am always with you. The only place that can hold me is the heart. Keep me close with you — I am always there."

The darshan continued the next morning, 6 June 1960. The distinguished Sanjiva Reddy, the president of the All-India Congress political party (and later President of India), was among the visitors. Baba dictated this message for him:

It is better to deny God than to defy God. Sometimes our weakness is considered as strength and we take delight in this borrowed greatness. To profess to be a lover of God and then to be dishonest with God, with the world and with oneself is unparalleled hypocrisy. Difficulties give us the opportunity to prove our greatness by overcoming them.

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