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It was one of those lovely spring mornings when huge wooly clouds were scattered liberally through a deep blue sky. Shortly after eight, we started for the airport. We drove south on Highway 101 across the Golden Gate bridge, which Baba, Eruch and Adi remembered well from their trip to Muir Woods two years ago. From there we took the "long way" through Golden Gate Park, Sunset Boulevard, Lake Merced, and than to San Bruno and the airport. Baba was in a good mood, and happy with the route chosen. He had slept only two hours during the night, but was refreshed because, he said, it had been a good sleep.

 

Some 25 devotees were at the airport to greet Baba, many since 8:00 or before. One had come from Portland, another from Phoenix, several from Los Angeles, to get a brief view of Baba.

 

Baba announced that he was making this trip to give his sahavas to his devotees in Myrtle Beach and Australia. Nowhere had he seen anyone at airports. He had only seen those who had come for the full sahavas period in one of one of the two designated places. Yet in San Francisco he had made an exception and allowed devotees to come to see him. Now he wanted each in turn to come up to greet him, kiss his hand, and then go. Each did this in turn. However, since Baba had come in a side entrance, there were still several who did not yet know he was there. Those who had greeted Baba now went scurrying to find the others. Baba than announced he would allow all to take their leave of him once more at the boarding gate. By the time Eruch wheeled him down to the gate, those who had not yet seen him had been located, and all once again filed by to take their leave. It was still a half hour till departure, but after this Baba would not permit any more to see him although some ten or twelve continued to stand around a corner not far away in the hope that he might again allow them to approach him. After this, however, none caught but a fleeting sight of him as Eruch wheeled him through the gate toward the plane for Australia.

 

From India, on his return home, June 9th, Baba cabled: "ARRIVED INDIA WITH ALL YOU LOVERS IN MY HEART. INFORM ALL. BABA."

 

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