Shri Krishna's birthday is celebrated.
The Combined Diary
Baba will reduce his one-meal-a-day fast to a diet of liquids only, meaning occasional drinks of tea, coffee or milk, and finally to water only in the final stages of the fast, folios #328-331, August 30-31, 1926.
After a day of cricket with Baba's participation, the boys sang bhajans and recited a special arti before Baba in the Sai Darbar, which was specially decorated in celebration of Shri Krishna's birthday.
Celebrations continued the following day with a game of ata-patas in the morning, again with Baba's participation. At 10 AM the boys started from their "respective houses in the village" on an enthusiastic procession carrying a chetty of milk-curd (yogurt) to Sai Darbar, where the chetty was hung from the ceiling. After bhajans and ceremonies, it was broken by Rustomji while the boys eagerly helped themselves to the spilled curd. This traditional Hindu custom occasioned great amusement for all.
In an afternoon meeting of the Bhakt-mandali Baba conveyed that he would reduce his one-meal-a-day fast to a diet of liquids only, meaning occasional drinks of tea, coffee or milk, and finally to water only in the final stages of the fast. He communicated that he would remain as if "dead for 70 hours" at which time he would rise again and raise up others -- the mandali -- with him.
The topic then shifted to the dream of Angya Swami, who was thinking about leaving Baba despite having been instructed by Narayan Maharaj to remain. In an uneasy and distracted state of mind the previous night he saw a dream in which Upasni Maharaj, Narayan Maharaj, Babajan, Sai Baba and other spiritual personalities authoritatively asked him to remain in Meherabad.
In the evening a "fancy dress carnival" was held in Sai Darbar, with Rustomji and Mohon taking the prize of 10 rupees, which they shared between them.
Part 72: The Combined Diary
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