they had slept. Baba said He was very busy in the night with His Universal Work, felt burdened with the work, and did not feel fresh and bright. He said we would not understand or realize this. Later He said He would like to go back to Sydney earlier than had been arranged; previous booking was on the 7:15 p.m. plane. Dr. O'Brien rang the airport and found that there was a plane at 1 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. Baba decided to leave on the 4:10 plane; one of the Sydney group went at once to exchange the tickets for all the party. The afternoon program was altered for the general public. Interviews were now arranged for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. instead of 2 to 5 p.m.
We had a moment of silence with Baba; then we all went outside and the children were brought in, the parents introducing them to Baba. This was a delightful scene; as all the children sat on the carpet looking at Baba, He patted their heads or embraced others. He played marbles with the boys—the Indian method of firing the marble is to use the fingers of both hands. He played at ball with them, looking at one child, then quickly throwing the ball in the opposite direction. After a time He beckoned for a cake to be brought in; but as the cake was being handed to Him, He waved it away and asked for the other cake; after some rummaging around in the kitchen another iced cake was given to Him. He signed His agreement and commenced to cut it; then handed it to Eruch to cut into slices. These He handed to all the children, and, of course, they set to happily eat it all up. This is called "prasad," in India.
After the children's session, each group member had a last personal interview of a few minutes with Baba again.
When the lunch break was over, the arrangements were for Baba to see the general public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There was a large gathering mostly friends of group members. They were taken in one at a time and introduced to Baba and were allowed to ask any question they wished. As my daughter was on duty at the hospital, she had asked me to meet two of her friends who were interested to meet Baba; one a final-year student of medicine, and the other a student of philosophy at the Melbourne University. These two young men hope to make a world tour when their studies are over. When they told Baba they were interested in India and in understanding the purpose of life, Baba invited them to come to India next year for the big Meeting. He also instructed them to read "God Speaks." Baba made a tremendous impression on these young men, who came to see Him