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17

 

I returned over an hour later. Coming our of the rear of our building was this same lady, together with her husband. I recognized her as she approached, waved and started to pass on. Her husband stopped me and said: "Are you going to the third floor?" Surprised, I answered, "Yes." He held out the message. "We have just been there," he said. "Is that your son?" I replied, "Yes." "He gave me this," he continued. Again he extended the Message, and pointing to the Seven Realities, read in a clear beautiful voice: "THE ONLY REAL SURRENDER IS THAT IN WHICH THE POISE IS UNDISTURBED BY ANY ADVERSE CIRCUMSTANCE, AND THE INDIVIDUAL AMIDST EVERY KIND OF HARDSHIP, IS RESIGNED WITH PERFECT CALM TO THE WILL OF GOD."

 

He was a tall distinguished looking man with very clear blue eyes; and as he spoke his face was transfixed, his eyes filled with tears. He had not conversed with anyone at the booth—it was clear that he had received his own experience from beloved Baba. He held the Message as though he had received a golden treasure, which indeed he had. His wife stood by, smiling, silent, understanding. In fact we three stood in silence for a moment or two. Then they started slowly away. This is one of my precious memories of these five and a half months.

 

It is now September, 1964. In about a month's time, Jane Barry and Elizabeth Patterson with the help of John Bass and Brunner Mehl will be doing just the opposite of what they were doing six months previously; they will be getting ready to dismantle the treasures and close Baba's "corner" at the Fair. It will be opened again next year when the New York World's Fair recommences in April, 1965.

 

This account, by one who was there for ten weeks, gives but a glimpse of Baba's "corner" and of some of the people whom it touched. To sum up, I can do no better than quote from Mani’s letter (written on the opening of the New York World's Fair, April 22, 1964):

 

"As one small candle may light a thousand . . . may their love light the hearts of those who visit this little corner at the World's Fair; the corner that holds the eternal message of Love and Truth from the Ancient One."

 

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