Early in January, 1963, while I was visiting Jane Barry in her New York home, she spoke to me of a thought that had come suddenly to her: to have Meher Baba's pictures and literature in some way visibly represented at the World's Fair that was to open in New York.
Her son Charles related: "In the middle of the night I heard Mother calling and I went to find out what had happened. She told me of something that had just come into her mind. Earlier she had been reading the Awakener account of how two of Baba's followers in India had secured a booth at the New Delhi Fair. Why not have Meher Baba represented at the New York World's Fair! Various religions would be represented—so must be the 'leader' of them all.
"My first reaction," Charles said, "was how could we get a small space in such a huge Fair of glass and steel? We both went off to sleep knowing that if Baba wanted the space it would come about."
Thus began the dream which many months later became a reality. That day, listening to the idea, I felt aglow with that impulsiveness that one feels the moment there is work to do for Baba. I broached the matter by writing to Sarosh Irani in Ahmednagar, India. After three weeks the reply came through Baba's disciple-secretary, Adi K. Irani, that the project of representing His Cause in the Western section of the World's Fair appealed to all at Meherazad and was approved by Baba.
This was sufficient—Baba's permission to start working on the project. Jane began the work of investigating by contacting the vice-president and other officials of the Fair, always with the emphasis on Meher Baba and His Message of Love and Truth.
Progress was reported to Adi Sr. who replied to Jane on February 19, 1963, as follows: "Baba wants you to know He is very pleased with your efforts to secure some little space for Him in the New York World's Fair. If you do not succeed in getting one, Baba does not want you to feel disappointed, for you already have a corner in His heart. Baba sends His Love to you and to His dear Trio.