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11

A VISIT TO MEHERAZAD - 9th DECEMBER, 1962

By KARI-JO HARB

 

On the 9th of December we were taken by bus to Meherazad from Ahmednagar. We reached God's Abode at 7:30 a.m. Baba was seated in the usual meeting room. We embraced Him and sat down. Baba turned to me and said, "I am God, undoubtedly." He was also in a reminiscent mood, saying that from early that morning He had been thinking of dear "Chanji" (Feramroz Dadachanji, brother of Navroji and uncle of Nariman Dadachanji), late devoted disciple who was Baba's indefatigable secretary in those early days and a constant companion on His varied tours in India and abroad. Baba went on to recall the days when He had been in Hollywood with Kaka and “Chanji” in 1931, where many film stars met Him and came up to shake hands with Him, at the film studio and at the home of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, who invited Him as the guest of honor at a party they gave for the occasion. Mary told Baba how honored she was by His visit to their home, and introduced all the guests to Him. Among the stars that met Baba were Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, and Will Rogers, who talked to Him for about half an hour. And there was of course Tallulah Bankhead. Among those that Baba recalls fondly was Marie Dressler, who took to Him like a mother to son, and had invited Him for dinner at her home. Baba recalls she caressed His face fondly, saying "My child, my child."

 

It was quite cool that morning. Baba asked some of the women whether they felt cold. They said, "No, Baba." Baba jokingly said, "I am God and I feel cold, but you don't!" The talk was interrupted by loud shouts from Kaka Baria, who was in the compound adjoining the meeting room giving directions to the servants. He had been very busy for the last two days making arrangements for this meeting. Baba informed us that Kaka had had three very severe heart attacks and was thought to be dead at the time of the last attack. He said, "Who would now think that Kaka could have been so seriously ill once upon a time!" Baba then told us that Kaka used to refuse to go to the West with Baba as he did not know much English. Finally he agreed to go with Baba only on the condition that Baba would keep him near Him always. A number of Western followers of Baba were around, and some of the women came forward to have a chat with Kaka. The thought of talking to them in English panicked poor Kaka, and to escape the situation he resorted to a unique stratagem: he closed his eyes,

 

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