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there may not be another opportunity—His time is very nigh.

 

He then repeated the discourses He gave in Sydney, because He did not want the people in Melbourne to miss anything. He also told them about the big Meeting He would hold in India next year, and invited many to come, but warned that it would be useless for anyone to come who would not be prepared to follow His instructions implicitly. There could be no compromise now. There would not be another opportunity as there would be in India next year for another 700 years.

 

The afternoon was devoted to house visiting. Each householder of the five houses visited had hurried home to arrange flowers, light fires, etc., and be ready to receive Him. Baba was taken through some of the most picturesque suburbs and nearby country scenery. The driver for most of the journey, Baba's host, was indiscreet enough to ask Baba a spiritual question while we were on a hill road. Baba gave such an exact and detailed reply that the driver partially forgot his driving and took a wrong turning and had to drive an extra two miles to pick up his road again.

 

To each one who drove Him, Baba said, "You do not know how fortunate you are to be driving Me." To one He said, "This mere act of driving Me will ensure that when the time comes and you are traversing the Planes, you will not get stuck in them."

 

The next morning (13th) all assembled before Baba. It had been planned that Baba would leave Melbourne to return to Sydney at 7:15 that night. Baba asked the organizers and His hosts whether they would be disap­pointed if He returned earlier. Upon their willing but reluctant-to-lose-Him-so-soon reply, "Whatever you wish, Baba," He said He would leave by the 4:10 plane. But He comforted them with His love; and then had the children brought in and played marbles and ball with them. One of the boys had previously challenged Baba to marbles, and was highly disconcerted at Baba's accuracy and the fact that Baba insisted that they fired Indian fashion. Later, it was noticed that all the boys were practicing round a ring in the back garden.

 

The public program which had been timed to start at 2 p.m. was shifted forward to 1 p.m. and finished by 2:30. At the airport all the Group gathered again for a last sight of Him. But it proved to be not the last for after the plane had taxied to the runway, it had to return to the tarmac

 

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