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direction of Europe, towards which all along he must have known and planned, we cannot say, nor will he ever explain! During the following years, however, places mentioned during the discussions as possible places for an ashram for Easterners and Westerners materialized. Mysore, Panchgani, Ahmednagar, Meherabad, and south of France — not Italy.

 

This thought brings to mind a remark of Dadachanji. Plans suggested by Baba may not materialize at the moment of their "suggestion," but eventually they do come to pass.

 

The final choice was Cannes — on the Mediterranean. Not only did Baba have some of his Eastern and Western men and women disciples there, in different houses, but he also had, in a small way, his Rahuri ashram for the God-mad, as one inmate, Mohammed followed with Adi, Jr., by boat to Marseilles and on to Cannes by train. Thus Baba continued the same three phases of his present work, combining the work of the primitive, simple and modern ashrams in one central spot — but with one difference. In Cannes four women from the Westerners were chosen to share the same life as the Eastern women, living under one roof.

 

Closing of Nasik Ashram

 

The breaking up of the Western group at the Nasik Retreat began with the departure of Garrett Fort to Hollywood in March. Margaret, Delia, Will, Mary and I were ordered definitely to leave in June and passages were booked aboard the P. and O. Rawalpindi, the same boat that had brought us to Bombay in December, 1936. Sam Cohen was next ordered to go to Europe via Colombo, at the end of June, while Ruano Bogislav was also ordered to sail for Europe by the same route in July. She joined Baba in Cannes later. Finally the remaining group of Westerners were left to accompany Baba on the 31st July by the P. & O. mail boat Strathnaver, with six of his Eastern gopis, Mehera, Mani (Baba's sister), Naja, his cousin; Khorshed, Masi and Valu, (still in strict seclusion), plus some of the men mandali, making 18 in all.

 

Baba and party arrived in Marseilles 13th August, 1937, and travelled by train to Cannes on the French Riviera, staying there two to three months.

 

Briefly, I was sent by Baba to London for work and to see my father. Then back to Cannes to find accommodation for the 18 coming with Baba. Three houses were the minimum needed — one for the men, a second for the Western women — (others from Europe joined) and the third for the

 

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