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for his work. Of course, we answered, "Whatever you say, Baba, we will do." So, from Kashmir, our farthest point north, we returned with Baba by car to Rawalpindi Station, to entrain for Bombay and from there, proceed by boat to Europe.

 

At the station it happened that Baba was displeased with one of the men Mandali who had disobeyed him in some small matter. I put the question to Baba: "Which would you rather have, our love or our obedience?" On this occasion, Baba spelt out on his board, "Your love." Later, Baba called A. to him and harmony was restored A. loved Baba deeply.

 

At one spot on the return trip to Rawalpindi, we had to get out of the cars and wait for over an hour while a landslide, due to heavy rains, was cleared away. Baba alone was then driven by a native driver across the mended roadway (it was a steep mountain road), before he allowed us to continue the journey.

 

This sudden return to the West was our first big test. We arrived in London about May, 1933, to take up our old jobs, some of us to be ridiculed by those who said, We told you so." D.'s mother, in the meantime, had sold the family mansion, thinking her daughter would be away a year, and had gone to live in a small apartment. I returned to my work in London. The American group went on to America.

 

I recall how, on the train to Bombay, Baba, to keep us happy and our thoughts away from the fast-approaching hour of separation, began discussing future plans and travel. He asked for an Atlas and was disappointed that no one could produce a map. Later, we rarely traveled without having one at hand. Another very necessary item of one's equipment when out with Baba is plenty of small change; you never know when he will ask for it, for some poor person along the road Yet we were not allowed to give indiscriminately to beggars. With Baba, giving alms seemed to be a point of spiritual contact. Little did we realize, when Baba asked for a map, that he was planning a quick return to the West. Great was our surprise when, within three months, Baba was calling the group to be with him in Italy for a month where we spent a wonderful time at St. Margarita.

 

 

 

Nasik : December, 1936-July ,1937

 

Four years later, in December, 1936, fifteen of us from the American and English groups were called by Baba to India, to stay five years if asked.

 

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