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Continuing   from   Volume 4 Number 4 Page 37

 

THE JOURNEY OF THE HEART

 

"I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah and though He tarry, I will wait daily for His coming."

 

— MAIMONIDES

 

TUESDAY, July 31, 1956

 

The physical miles we traveled with Baba were as nothing; the real journey of the heart was taken inwardly. How far each one of us traveled on this inner road to Him only Baba knows, but miles were often covered in just a glance between Master and devotee. When one is with Baba the outer physical world takes on an air of unreality, and becomes a thin back-drop for the real drama of the soul.

 

We stepped out of the plane at Los Angeles International Airport at 6 a. m. into a drizzle and overcast skies. Baba was greeted by three women on the Los Angeles Hospitality Committee, none of whom had met Him before; Mrs. Hilda Fuchs, Mrs. Gladys Carr and Miss Marguerite Poley. They placed a lei of red and white carnations around His neck. While He was being driven to the Hollywood Hotel, the rest of us were delayed for an hour and a half retrieving our baggage. Enid Corfe and Ann Ginsberg had lost all "impedimenta" and even one of Baba's bags—his 7th—had disappeared.

 

One by one the newsmen interviewed Baba in His room, and excellent pictures and write-ups appeared later in the papers. Baba looked tired when He came down to the interview room around 10 a. m. After calling in for a private talk the four women who had arranged everything, the interviews began singly or in groups. Baba greeted each one silently with His loving smile and gave each "prasad" of fruit or candy. To the parents of a little blind boy of 3, Baba gave a hard candy as prasad to be given Him one year from the day. Many were meeting him for the first time; many were first acquainted with Him through Malcolm Schloss, poet and disciple who had lived for many years in Los Angeles before he passed away.

 

Baba's party was scattered among several hotels, a fact which brought a sense of painful separation from the Master at times. Mrs. Fuchs had kindly offered her home to Adele and myself. Baba was to come there at 4:00 to meet a special group of her friends, and we helped her prepare for the visit.

 

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