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493JOURNEYING1924

The ghamela yoga work lasted from 8:00 to 11:00 A.M. It was summertime and due to the hot weather, from 11:00 to 3:00 P.M., there was an afternoon recess for a bath, lunch, rest and laundry.

For an hour and a half from 3:00 to 4:30 P.M. the men were to repeat a one-line prayer given by Baba of seven names of God: "Khuda, Paramatma, Allah, Ahuramazda, Ram, Yezdan, Hu." This was to be preceded and followed by the poem "The Horizon of Love (Prem ne Seema)" which Baba had composed at Manzil-e-Meem. 

From 4:30 to 6:00 P.M., the men again attended to their various assigned duties. Masaji would cook for most of the mandali, and Chowdhary would cook separately for the Hindus. Dinner was served at 6:00 P.M., followed by Baba giving a discourse or singing a song; by 10:00 P.M. the men would retire.

Those who were physically weak or in poor health had to either draw water from the well and bring it to the Post Office building, or cook and clean. (Baba instructed them to eat a few almonds every day to build up their strength.) The ghamela yoga work was quite strenuous. The mandali were mainly assisting a mason who had been hired to construct a small private stone room for Baba, according to his specifications. The men prepared the mud and lime mixture for the mason, carted stones and carried dirt to the site. Urging that the room be completed as soon as possible, Baba himself lent a hand in the work.

When Baba had first arrived in Arangaon during May 1923, the Mohammedan saint Gilori Shah was still alive, although his tomb at Meherabad had been completed. By the time Baba returned to Meherabad in March 1924, Gilori Shah had dropped his body. According to the saint's wishes, his funeral procession on 16 January ended at Meherabad. When the saint was buried, there was a dispute among his followers as to which rites to perform — Hindu or Muslim. But someone at the funeral settled the dispute by quoting what Gilori Shah had once said, "For the fakir, there is no sect or religion."

Thus, the saint was buried without ceremony, as he had wished. Gilori Shah himself had kept his coffin ready, on which he had inscribed: "He who has died before his death is alive." 

Gulmai's husband Khansaheb paid the funeral expenses of Gilori Shah.

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