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Seeing this unusual display of love and affection between the Master and His followers, a representative of the Ukrainian delegation to the U.N. asked, "Who is he? Is he a spiritual leader? When he came out of Customs he came to each and every one of you! How fascinating! Of all people I have met, high priests and dignitaries from all over the world, I never saw anyone like him, to greet every one, hug everyone individually. He didn't overlook one of you!"

 

Baba now proceeded to the car waiting for Him, followed by the four Indian disciples who accompanied Him: Dr. Nilu, a doctor disciple; Adi K. Irani, head of Meher Publications in India; Meherji Karkaria, a well-known Bombay business man, and Eruch Jessawala, Baba's young interpreter, who proved so facile in translating the Master's unique gesture language which Baba has used since He gave up the use of His alphabet board in 1954. The latter portion of Baba's recent book, "GOD SPEAKS, " was transmitted to Eruch by gestures in this way.

 

The top of Baba's car was raised and lowered several times to allow all those who were lucky enough to have brought cameras to capture these first moments of Baba's presence in the United States. The rest stood silently about the car, feasting their eyes on their beloved Master. It seemed almost unbelievable that He had actually come, after all these months and years of waiting, for since Baba's Declaration* in 1954 when He announced He would break His silence and drop His body soon, the Westerners had never been sure of seeing Baba again.

 

Trucks, cars and taxis were lined up behind Baba's car. A policeman came to investigate, and a devotee from Washington, usually a mild man, shouted at him, "Tell them to wait, don't you know who this is?" Taken aback, the policeman shouted to the next one, "Let 'em wait!" to the amusement of all.

 

At last Baba's car swung out into the heavy traffic of the airport. The rest of the devotees piled into cars, taxis and buses to follow the Beloved, hearts light with happiness at His nearness and the precious days of "sahavas" ahead.

 

A few arrived at the Hotel Delmonico before Baba and waited for Him at the entrance. He stepped out and gave all of us again a wondrous smile of welcome before He disappeared upstairs to His rooms on the

 

*Awakener, Vol. III, No. 2.

 

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