SYED RASUL ARIF
On 17th December 1939, the foundation-laying ceremony for Meher Baba's Universal Center was held. The program began at 4:30 P.M., when the head of the reception committee, Pappa Jessawala, garlanded Baba on His arrival. In the Master's honor, Syed Rasul Arif recited a poem in Urdu
Baba proceeded to break the ground and lay the foundation. Sitting on a special stone seat (which was to be kept as a cornerstone of the future building), Baba rose and scooped a little earth with a special seven-metal shovel (forged at a local workshop) as acclamations in His praise rent the air. Baba struck the earth seven times and sat back on His special seat.