4441WESTERN SAHAVAS, 19581958
He also stated:
Believe me, I am the Ancient One. There is no doubt about it. I am not this body that you see. It is only a cloak. I am infinite consciousness. I sit with you, play with you and laugh with you; but [remember], I am simultaneously working on all the planes of consciousness! I have before me walis and pirs, yogis and saints, who are me in different forms, for I am the Core [center] rooted in everyone and in everything. An infinite number of branches spread out from me. It is I who work through you all and suffer for you all.
Understanding has no meaning. Love has meaning. Obedience has more meaning. Holding of my daaman has most meaning.
I know three things: I am the Avatar in every sense of the word. Whatever I do is the expression of my unbounded love. I suffer infinite agony eternally through your ignorance. What sustains me in my Universal suffering is bliss, plus my infinite sense of humor. The amusing incidents that arise at the expense of none, lighten my burden.
So always think of me; remain cheerful in all situations, and I am there to help you.
Niranjan Singh and the others were impressed with his explanations, and Baba then returned to Meherazad.
For Silence Day that year, Adi had sent out a circular in June which stated:
On July 10, 1958, none of [Baba's] lovers should fast or observe silence as done in previous years on the same day. Instead, Baba wants his lovers to do this:
Exactly at twelve midnight (your local time) of the 9th of July 1958, i.e., during the zero hour of July 10 immediately after July 9 is over, repeat seven times audibly in your mother tongue or in English, whichever is convenient to you: "Beloved God, Thy Will has come to pass."
According to Baba's instructions, 180 lovers and devotees, including the mandali, from different parts of India assembled in Meherabad on Wednesday, 9 July 1958, for a special meeting. Maharani Shantadevi, the Rani of Kurundwad and her son, and the Maharaja of Bhor were also present. Similarly, Rajnikant Upadhyaya (of Jabalpur) also came to Meherabad for the first time. Other than these, only close longtime lovers and workers had been invited to the meeting.
Baba arrived at Meherabad in the afternoon and met individually with his lovers. Koduri Krishna Rao was instructed about his proposal to house a life-sized statue of Baba in the Mehersthan Center in Andhra. He was told that the entire edifice should be built with his own money, and that it should be opened for universal worship to all without distinction.