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to make any noise when leaving in the car. I had no idea who 'Barbara' was but I assumed she must have been one of the victims of the automobile accident, knowing there were five in the car.

 

"Later on, when out of the sickroom for a breath of fresh air and to smoke a much-wanted cigarette, there I met Baba face to face basking in the sunshine. I heard the girls who were crowded all around calling, Baba, Baba; then I realized I had misunderstood the name and that 'Barbara' was a man, and not just an ordinary man. His eyes were kind and seemed to be searching. Then he held up his hand to me and smiled. Of course, I immediately returned the greeting.

 

"The weeks following I had many contacts with the Master and in many ways I felt that he was helping in my nursing task. One day he called me in and said, 'Do you mind if I scold you a bit in Mrs. Patterson's presence?' I said, 'No, Baba,' realizing then that it was necessary for us to use a little psychotherapy. We were seeing eye to eye.

 

"Later on, when my patient descended the stairs with great difficulty upon Baba's request, we faced the Master together, whereupon He told me to see that she exercised more. Especially was it necessary to get out of bed and walk a little each day. The conversation continued with whys and wherefores of the doctor's orders, but this order of Baba was supreme and we agreed to do our best to improve the exercises each day. We did things from then on together and my patient and I felt real love for each other instead of being cross with each other, as I must confess happened in the beginning, and as a result the convalescing days were much happier."

 

Baba, perhaps feeling the tug of love of many who had not been able to come to Myrtle Beach to meet him, consented to see people for three days in New York on his way back to India in spite of his condition. But he stipulated that none should ask him questions. Mrs. Kate Ferris offered her house in Scarsdale for Baba's party. By a strange "coincidence" it fulfilled Baba's request for privacy—all the families whose homes overlooked the garden went on vacation just a few days before Baba arrived! Mrs. Duce arranged for the interviews to be held in her spacious apartment on West 67th Street, on July 18th, 19th and 20th.

 

Baba was very happy with those he saw in New York (many hundreds came; many met him for the first time). He said: "It made Me really happy to meet these people, wonderful souls."

 

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