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When Kaikobad was asked why he called Baba God, he replied, "From my experience, I can say that Baba is God."

At about 1:00 A.M., Baba remarked to Keshav, "You have no idea what good fortune is being granted to you at this moment."

Then, addressing all those present, Baba continued, "I feel in an extremely good mood now, and although I still do not find it proper to tell about my next advent after 700 years, as I promised to Kumar, this much I can say today, that one time I will tell about it clearly. But this much I can say in my present good mood, that soon God will make me break my silence, which will mean God manifesting Himself. And, within a short period, humiliation and glorification will come, followed by my violent physical death. I will come back again after 700 years; this much I can say now."

Baba's announcement brought tears to the eyes of some, and, raising his hand after running his finger on the alphabet board, Baba spelled out through Eruch, "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!" All took up the declaration, repeating it several times.

This was the first time that Baba himself had spelled on the board "Avatar Meher Baba ki jai."

Age also joined their cries! "Jai Avatar Meher Prabhu! May your work be crowned with success!"

Honoring the auspicious occasion, Meherjee pointed out that according to the Parsi calendar, Baba's 60th birthday fell on that day, Wednesday, 10 February 1954. Everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. Keshav recited his poem "Meher Chalisa," and Baba embraced each one lovingly. Several of the Hamirpur men began dancing with joy.

At 4:30 A.M., Waman Rao started the refrain, "Yogi, mut jao [don't go], mut jao, yogi!"  But preparations for departure had already begun and the luggage was being packed. Baba had deeply embedded himself in the hearts of his Hamirpur lovers, and so his work was done. He would never really leave.

At 5:00 A.M. (the hour of Baba's birth), the program came to an end. Vishnu of Dhagwan performed the closing arti and prayers. Dhake sang the Gujarati arti and others joined in.

Before leaving Mahewa, Baba took the mandali to a spot near Meherastana. After returning, at about 8:00 A.M., he sat outside his room and discussed matters with the local workers. The main topic hinged on a difference of opinion between Keshav and Gaya Prasad. "Such differences of opinion among my men have been the same throughout eternity," Baba observed. "Even in the time of Krishna, Ram, Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad — they are always being brought to my notice. I am in the habit of listening to such disputes since eternity. It breaks the monotony!

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