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is difficult. Next day the local paper gave the number as 10,000; but with virtually no publicity, it is amazing how the crowds collect, and still more because the vast majority are Baba lovers, and not present from idle curiosity or other reasons.

 

As in all crowds in every country, there were a few budmashes trying to pick up what they could, and in the case of poor Meherji, it was a pair of shoes he had taken off on entering the hall. I, too, did the same, but was lucky! Next day Ramjoo warmly congratulated me on my promotion: the local paper had reported as among those present, Lieutenant. General-Golden from Denmark!

 

The four occupants of our car now had hot tea with delicious bread and butter in an Indian cafe opposite Poona station; in my short time in India I have already learned that tea is the most refreshing, thirst quenching of all drinks. We broke our journey again at a village on the way home and arrived at Pimpalgaon about 6:30, having twice stopped to give darshan to enthusiastic bands of lovers on the way home. Despite the pain He still suffers, the crush and the length of the day, Baba kept radiant through. out, but His muscles and limbs were aching and He rested little that night.

 

Next day was Sunday, and I felt that rather than continue my typing of this work, I could better prepare for it next day, by studying the Times of India, and later the Gospel of St. John, which was the only portion of the Christian Bible I was able to bring here due to weight.

 

I read nearly the whole of the Gospel of St. John on Sunday afternoon, making notes of passages, as I felt that a comparison between the ministry of Jesus, recorded in this Gospel, would be instructive in the light of the strange scenes and sights that I had witnessed during the two unforgettable darshans of the past week.

 

A volume could be written on this subject, and this is not the time or place for such a work, but a few parallels may perhaps be permitted. The truth is that history is repeating itself in this age, on the eve of the Avataric manifestation, just as it did in the time of Jesus. People still want to see miracles before believing: "Then said Jesus unto him, `Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe'."

 

There is still controversy about Baba. For some said, He is a good man, others said, Nay, but he deceiveth the people."

 

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