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One morning Jean Adriel went to Baba and asked him to change Norina as manager. She created a scene of discontentment, and Baba called Norina and made Jean repeat everything before her. He repeated that he wanted Norina as manager but jean wanted Ruano instead.

 

Norina asked for a gathering of the group after lunch and to hear everyone's frank opinion. In the meantime Baba called Norina aside for a moment. She came out quite gay. What had Baba said? One can guess: "Don't worry. All is as I want it. Keep calm, don't get excited."

 

The meeting was called by Baba not in the hall but in Elizabeth's and Norina's room. All were asked to give their honest opinion. Many feelings were aroused and complaints were made by all, with the exception of three . . . I do not recall exactly who. Perhaps, Will and Mary and Elizabeth — they were always satisfied.

 

In this way, Baba would release the subconscious pent-up feelings and clear the atmosphere. You might say for instance, that you know so-and-so did not mean what he said, it was said unconsciously. Quick as a flash Baba would reply, "If you know it is unconscious, then why are you hurt?" What made Baba so sad was that it was always over trifles.

 

However, he gave in to the request and rearranged the household; Ruano became manager and Norina as before managed the budget. As Elizabeth remarked, "It was good in one way, for this left Norina free for many other jobs, and she was never idle. She had that capacity of making use of every moment, then later of using it in Baba's cause, be it active or passive; — and she was to experience both" But there was another side to the foregoing picture. Had not Baba repeatedly said, "No new suggestions?"

 

May 12 was the coronation of George VI to which we all tuned in. Baba remarked, "It's all illusion — bound by time and space." We asked Baba if Edward was listening in. Baba said, "Yes, but he doesn't feel it." He told us after the ceremony that "Edward was free now to follow love and to draw towards me. To follow Divine Love, impersonal or personal, is to come to me." In regard to King George and Queen Elizabeth, Baba said, "It is some solace to the people that they both have good hearts." During the Archbishop of Canterbury's address, Baba remarked, "They (the church) all speak of Christ our Lord but do not follow Him." We thought it a great comfort that Baba gave time to listening in to the ceremony.

 

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