it suddenly and completely vanish when Baba strode by.
One sensitive and responsive guest, seeing Baba for the second time, and still treasuring his first experience, noticed the Master's vitality wane as so many passed in succession to receive His touch; but during the music Baba's vital appearance returned. How graciously He acknowledged the interpretation of Western folk-music, particularly the last selection and the musicians' versatility with guitar and drum! When Baba was about to retire, it was announced that He would see some late arrivals who had not been presented, in His own room, so that none was overlooked.
Interviews in the morning of the second day, the 19th, and a tea party at the hotel in the afternoon, followed by the return journey to the airport, completed Baba's 48 hours in England, a program that would be repeated at every stop in the 30,000 miles of round-the-world air travel. Although we know Baba appears to be concentrating on individuals alone, we know that His Universal Work never ceases. Some could recognize this from what was seen at the receptions and when He was dealing with individuals with different natural characteristics that loom so large in human nature everywhere.
The return journey to the airport was enlivened in Baba's car by the unfailing wit of one of His older devotees who had so often provided happy interludes in the Master's strenuous Western visits. Then, as now, Baba entered into the jokes with the same zest, remaining still the Master of every situation as well as the "slave" of His lovers and the "servant" of the Universe.
How short seemed the waiting period at the airport before the stentorian loud speaker proclaimed that our honored guest and His companions must proceed to the Customs! Baba especially wished we should not remain after He left us in the lounge where He had been seated. Surrounded by His loved ones, whose numbers increased as the minutes sped away, two strangers had stopped to gaze and one asked, "Is he a prophet?" It was explained that His work was to promote brotherhood and understanding through mutual love and service the world over.
An interesting P.S.: On Sunday, July 22nd, when the New York banquet was held for Baba and was about to begin, one of the thirteen guests assembled in a London home in Baba's name, fell asleep during the reading of the Master's Wednesday reception messages. He had been blind for 70 years, but in a vision, he saw the Master enter the room where we