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Though various persons were caretakers of the Center during the years 1945-1952, the over-all planning was done by Elizabeth and Norina on numberless visits to Myrtle Beach from New York. In fact Baba's house was built entirely by Mr. T. Moore whilst they were in New York. As early as 1947, when the two women were with Baba in Satara, India (1947-1949), cables and letters were flying back and forth between the two continents with directions concerning Baba's forthcoming promised visit to Myrtle Beach.

 

On July 17th, 1947, a message was sent to John Bass and Darwin Shaw, then in Myrtle Beach, as follows: "Today Baba went over the maps, pictures and data about Myrtle Beach . . . Baba is definitely coming in the near future, so take care of Myrtle Beach properties as you would take care of Baba and work hard to get rid of mosquitoes." . . . And again on July 30th, to Darwin Shaw, who was supervising the Center daily: "The two works for Baba are to supervise on his behalf the building of a house for Baba at the lake, and the mosquito problem . . . that Darwin should think of Baba in all he does and that it is for his eventual corning to America that we are preparing."

 

Then came the "New Life Phase" and Baba spoke again of coming in July, 1951. But in February 1951, came a cable from Baba in Mahabaleshwar stating: “Baba’s plans changed; instead of leaving India for the West in July, 1951, he will leave February, 1952. Do not worry and rest assured that Baba wants to come and stay for one year." And again later in the same year (October 2) came this message: "Absolutely happy Elinora successful having Baba definitely come to America about end of March God willing. Deepest love―Baba." This cable was followed by a written message that seemed a sure index that Baba really was coming:

 

"From October 16th to February 15th (four months) I will be away for my most important final work. Then after the 15th of February I will rest for about a fortnight and then before we start, vaccination, injections, etc. will have to be taken. So we will not be able to leave for America before the last week of March. God willing and if I am alive, we will definitely come to America in the last week of March, 1952.

 

"I have stopped all correspondence with everyone from October to February 15th, but Donkin will be corresponding with you and you can correspond with him on this subject of our coming to America. Donkin is still in Bombay attending to the passport business . . . I have given

 

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