Reaching the Hill, Baba went straight to his Crypt, and stood on the platform just outside of it. The Westerners came, and all sat down in front of Baba. Pointing to his Tomb, Baba stated:
This is my last resting place. In 1927-28, I had stayed here for one year continuously. You will find a trench-like pit where I remained day and night in seclusion. I never left this place even for calls of nature or a bath, which were done only here. Sometimes, I would stretch my legs over the sill of the window, but my body was inside. The window was open in those days (no screen), and termites had eaten the framework. When I used to sit there, the Prem Ashram boys would gather outside on the platform before me. At that time, a boy named Abdulla had an experience, rendering him unconscious for three days. (1)
During this one-year seclusion, I never took solid food, but remained on only two cups of coffee a day, which a Harijan boy named Lahu would bring from lower Meherabad. Before beginning the seclusion, I had asked my women mandali to send me a full flask with Lahu twice once in the morning and again in the evening. But, instead, I was getting daily for a year only half a flask of it. After one year, when my seclusion was over and I went down the Hill to the women’s quarters, I inquired why, going against my order, were they sending only half a flask of coffee? They told me they were daily sending one full flask. Then I sent for little Lahu, embraced him and asked him to speak the truth without hiding anything. He confessed that he was drinking half a flask on his way up the Hill, giving me the remaining half. Thus, for one complete year, I was actually only taking one flask of coffee daily and that, too, as the boy’s prasad.
(1) This Persian teenage boy, Abdulla Pakrawan, was later nicknamed “Chhota Baba,” meaning Little Baba. He was stationed on the sixth plane for a period of time in 1928, during the Prem Ashram school at Meherabad.
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