By KITTY DAVY
Meher Baba, who was staying with a group of his disciples in Mahabaleshwar, Satara District, sent the following message through Norina and Elizabeth in March, 1947, for circulation to all those concerned in the United States:
"The world is now drawing very close to the great upheaval which must precede the breaking of my silence. This upheaval will entail great suffering to humanity, but this very suffering will work a profound change of heart and will sweep the world clean for the new and vital phase that must follow.
“As a result of the progressively changing framework in India, I have to undergo certain periods of seclusion and carry out intense spiritual work by going around India. For this reason, I have decided to postpone my visit to America until 1948 and have called Norina and Elizabeth to India to discuss in detail the plans for my coming in 1948.
"I know how patiently many of you who have not seen me for several years have been awaiting a reunion, and I know there are also many devoted souls who are eagerly looking forward to meeting me for the first time.
"I want all of you dear ones to endure the extra period of separation with a courageous patience and in spite of your disappointment, to continue and persevere in your present work and faith until I come. You must rest assured that I shall come and should always remember that in spite of this temporary separation from my physical presence, my real and infinite presence is eternally with you."
As we know, there were many changes of dates before Baba finally came to the United States in 1952. One is reminded of an apt remark from a very close disciple in reference to "changes," " . . . who knows the outcome! As evolution still goes on, so work and change continue indefinitely. Probably to the end of our days we will be having ‘seven evenings, and seven nightmares and seven heavens . . .’ However, I feel the big lesson we all must learn is that Baba is not in India, but that Baba is ever within.