At 5:00 P.M., the darshan was stopped. Baba directed that those who had still not had their turn should be present in the meeting pandal the next afternoon at 1:30 P.M., and those who had already met him should come at 3:00 P.M. Baba’s arti ended the program, and all departed for their respective places.
FROM CHIRALA in the Guntur district of Andhra, about fifty men, women and children came for Baba’s darshan. After arranging fodder for their animals, the villagers locked their houses and traveled to Poona. As they were poor, they could only afford to stay for two days, but during both days they had no chance of meeting Baba. Deeply disappointed, they went to the train station that night to return home. At that moment in Guruprasad, Baba remembered them and instructed that they be sought out and given this message: “Those from Chirala can see Baba tomorrow morning at eight o’clock.” Bal Natu found them at the station and delivered the message. The villagers’ joy knew no bounds. They postponed their departure, uttering, “Thank you, Baba! You knew our hearts!”
The Chirala villagers arrived in Guruprasad at 7:30 A.M., on Saturday, November 3rd. Baba embraced each person. He also allowed them to sing bhajans and perform his arti. Their singing may have been off-key, but their faith was full of love. To the children among them, Baba gave extra prasad. Several of the Westerners arrived an hour later and, watching the scene, they were impressed by these poor villagers’ deep expression of love. After each embraced Baba again, the villagers departed for their homes.
Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 18, p. 6014.
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