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came to speak of their troubles and to whom one could pour out his love and sometimes speak of his presence, power and love. Though he was not present I could hear his voice speaking to me in tones more wonderful than any sound I had heard, though I have never heard his natural voice in this incarnation.

 

"Even in the streets, Baba's presence and power would manifest above the physical conditions of crowded London."

 

Will cited an instance to illustrate Baba's constant presence and power: “We passed a railway porter on the steps approaching Charing Cross Station—just one of the crowd, but very tall with a face seared with marks of debauchery. I happened to catch sight of him and at that very moment his face changed and for the moment it became the face of Baba.

 

“Two years afterward, I passed another man on the street of Leicester Square. He came upon me suddenly just in time for me to see that his face was full of a loathsome disease and his eyes filled with the bleakness of despair. It gave me such a shock that I walked on as if stunned and then as if a wave passed out from me to him and through him to all humanity. It was not just ordinary love for an unfortunate person but the love that Baba had given me himself—the Divine Love pouring itself out without any effort on my part."

 

Will too was on the Circle Editorial Committee and did much work along with my brother and others towards editing and publishing the booklet The Perfect Master, Questions and Answers to which Baba gave his final approval whilst in Portofino, Italy, in 1933. This booklet is still much in demand today but few copies are now obtainable.

 

Many years later, there was much talk about having an edition of Meher Baba's Discourses published in England. These had been first published in India in the Meher Baba Journal. Some of the English group, including Delia DeLeon and Charles Purdom, felt that this should be done and after many lively discussions with Baba in Pimpalgaon, Baba agreed. The outcome was God to Man and Man to God, edited by C. B. Purdom.

 

Will Backett, however, felt differently, as the following excerpt from a letter to me in India dated June 9th, 1947, brings out:

 

"The need for editing Baba's discourses, in England, arises in some minds through difficulty in finding a publisher to reprint them in their present form. Mary and I feel with you that they really need no alterations and

 

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