BABA’S LAST AMUSEMENT WITH HIS OLD COMPANION, GUSTADJI

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On September 30th, (1957) one hundred and one elders from Pimpalgaon villagers were brought to Meherazad. As he had done with the lepers and children before, Baba bowed down to each old man and woman and gave ten rupees and sweets as his prasad.

Baba continued working with Kaikobad for half an hour every day. Kaikobad did not have the least idea what great work Baba was doing;he would simply keep repeating the seven names of God, as Baba would lay his head on his feet after every name.

During this period, Savak Kotwal, the other night watchman, was allowed to go to Bombay for a week. Therefore, Bhau kept watch from 4:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. each day, and Gustadji kept watch for two hours, from 4:00 to 6:00 A.M. Since Gustadji was also observing silence, Baba and he would converse using hand signs, which Baba highly enjoyed. As soon as Gustadji would come to him, Baba would ask for a bottle of soda water, knowing that Gustadji liked it. Gustadji would hand him the soda, and after a sip, Baba would hand it back for him to drink. When he finished, Baba would ask for a second bottle, and again after a taste, he would give it to Gustadji. This would go on until 6:00 A.M., and Gustadji would return from Baba’s bedside with a glowing smile on his face. This exchange was to be Baba’s last amusement with his old companion.

(Gustadji died on October 30, 1957).

Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 15, p. 5229.