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14

 

Nariman, and his wife, Arnavaz, and the group from the Bombay Center met us in front of the Custom House and garlanded us with beautiful flowers; also some pictures were taken. Meherjee took us to breakfast after we cleared Customs and had fully loaded his car. On our way to Poona Meherjee's driver had just reached the outskirts of Bombay when Adi Jr. discovered he had forgotten his hat and his present for Baba in the restaurant in Bombay Airport. So we had to return to get them. We finally got away from the city traffic. Poona is about 120 miles from Bombay so it was past midday when we reached there. We left Adi Jr. at the home of his brothers Jal and Behram and the latter's family.

 

When we reached Meherjee's villa lunch was already prepared. We found news had already been coming in every hour that we were not to stop for anything, even rest, but come directly to Baba at Meherazad in Pimpalgaon. While we were having lunch another phone call came, so we ate hurriedly and then picked up Adi Jr. and left Poona for Meherazad. Soon after we cleared the city limits Adi Jr. took over the driving and started with as much speed as the road would permit! Adi made up for the delay in Bombay! We reached Meherazad about 4:15 P.M.

 

As fast as Ben, Adi Jr. and I were able to get out of the car we were rushed to Baba. As we entered the door we found The Beloved sitting on a chair in a corner near the entrance of the "Hall." It is a large room where Baba meets with the Mandali and visitors.

 

Baba's loving greeting and smile registered on His face and His eyes were not only indescribable, but had a deeper sacredness which intellectual understanding could not encompass. He said that He was very happy to see us. We said that we were very happy and most grateful for His granting us the privilege to be there with Him during His seclusion period. Baba remarked that the Mandali were in such a state that they had seemed to be unhappy lately, but of course now every one present was beaming with happiness and joy to see Baba so animated.

 

(Since Baba went into seclusion 5 or 6 months ago, the Mandali also had gone into a semi-seclusion, each one quietly doing the work assigned to him. Since Sept. 10th the great strain began to show on Baba's health. Baba occasionally comes out of his house of seclusion and sits on a chair in the Hall for an hour or so, and then He goes back to His house seldom saying anything unless it is of great importance or urgency.)

 

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