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partly from curiosity, but left with an overwhelming desire to know more of the real purpose of life and the teaching of "The Awakener—Meher Baba."

 

Some members of the public said they thought He could be the Avatar, and others were skeptical; to all Baba gave His great Love. After all the interviews were over, we waited until Baba and the mandali came out to waiting cars. All the cars that were available took people to the airport to see Baba off. Just a small group of His lovers surrounded Him before the plane left. He would beckon a child to come across and sit with Him for a minute, while He caressed him. Baba said He had very much enjoyed His visit to Melbourne and the loving atmosphere that surrounded Him all the time.

 

The hour of departure had arrived. There were a few handshakes from Adi, Eruch, Meherji, and Nilu. Baba smiled and raised His hand in farewell. My heart was full, both of joy and sadness; the two wonderful days were almost over. Baba, the mandali, and the Sydney people climbed into the plane. Baba had a seat at the window; soon He was waving to us and smiling.

 

The mighty engines were revving, and slowly the plane taxied to the other end of the runway to take off into the wind. We all waited for a last glimpse of the plane again; the biting wind whipped around us; but we could not care for this when perhaps another glimpse of our Beloved Baba awaited us. But it was a long time before the plane reappeared, and—then it came slowly back, right in front of us again, and Behold! Baba was waving merrily. Was there a twinkle in His eye, or did I imagine it? There was His loving smile, we were thrilled to be greeting Him again.

 

They tested the port engine, gave some part extra grease; then the plane taxied off once again. In the distance, she turned into the wind, rose gracefully into the air, and a small speck fading into the blue gray sky, carried the Avatar of our age towards Sydney.

 

We have renewed our workaday lives with the seed of His Love in our hearts, and His books and his teachings have a new life and meaning for us. Some of us look forward to again having the wonderful experience of Baba's Presence in India, in November, 1957. But to have had Baba with us in Melbourne was the greatest event in my life, and who knows what unfoldment it may mean for others in our land.

 

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