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Rustom had brought a dog for Baba; but since it was not completely white, it was returned. Sadhu had recently died, and Baba wanted a watchdog at Meherabad to take his place.

Gulmai, Adi, Rustom and Sarosh were often the victims of Baba's criticism, because among their large family all other relatives were coldly indifferent toward Meher Baba and did not believe him to be a God-conscious Master. Baba, however, was gradually drawing the entire Irani family toward him and wanted to impress upon those opposed to him that he did not need their property or anything else. By occupying their land, he was in fact putting them under a great obligation and doing them an inestimable honor that they could never repay. Amidst all the controversy in their family and hostility from the local Zoroastrian community, Rustom and Adi faithfully served Baba, leaving nothing undone in meeting the material necessities of all phases of life at Meherabad.

On Monday, 19 May 1924, Mehera came to Meherabad with her mother Daulatmai and sister Freiny to participate in Upasni Maharaj's birthday celebration. They were allotted the two rooms in the Bathroom Building. Dowla Masi and Naja had already arrived from Poona. Joining them was Jamshed's wife, called Big Khorshed because she was several years older than Khorshed (Soonamasi's daughter from Bombay), who also joined the group and was known as Small Khorshed.

Nervous would fetch the women their water, but they would do their own cooking, cleaning and laundry. Dowla Masi, Naja and Big Khorshed would cook, while Mehera would wash the pots and clean the spices and vegetables. Daulatmai would share in the cooking, and Small Khorshed would help however she could. Memo also arrived with her daughter, Mani, who from childhood was being transformed, by Baba's loving attention, into a real mani (pearl).

Baba once sent word to Mehera to prepare a sago pudding for him, but she did not know how to make it. After consulting the ladies who were good cooks, she learned the recipe. However, there was no mortar and pestle to powder the nutmeg and cardamom for flavoring the sago powder. Nervous brought a grinding stone, and after Mehera rewashed it, she used it to powder the spices. Baba liked the preparation very much and praised her efforts.

As mentioned, Mehera's family was quite affluent and she had never done much menial work. In Sakori, Mehera had been ordered by Upasni Maharaj to do such work; and now, by Baba's instruction in Meherabad, she was doing the same.

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