personality of Shri Meher Baba and to prepare those who were interested for his proposed visit to England. Unfortunately Meredith had partly misunderstood the methods of Baba in dealing with his disciples and followers and had come back with a mixture of Yogi breathing, diet, concentration and heaven knows what to hand over to us. However, all that did not matter very much as he managed to give also a definite feeling of the beauty of Baba's personality and to arouse in many a determination to see him if he ever arrived in this country.
I found Herbert Davy, who also became one of Baba's most ardent disciples, as a fellow guest in the ashram. He was not pleased to see me, fearing that as I danced I should be a temperamental and troublesome person, but on discovering my comparative harmlessness he became very friendly and together we discussed the coming of Shri Meher Baba and knuckled under to the discipline imposed by Meredith on visitors.
I stayed for two weeks at that time, then returned to London for the summer term in the dancing school which I then conducted with my friend Mabel Ryan, who was also destined to join the great adventure of discipleship to Baba.
During the summer, we used to meet in Herbert's study at Russell Road to think of and talk about Baba and his work. Esther Ross, Audrey and Dick Ince, Kitty, Herbert, William Cook and other new people who were likely to be interested in East Challacombe and Baba, would meet, have a vegetarian supper and talk of Baba and of the work in England. Esther Ross had been with Margaret and Meredith Starr for six months at Baba's ashram. She and Herbert spent the weekend looking for new guest houses for Baba. Towards the end of the term I received a letter from Meredith to say that Baba had announced his intention of coming to England in August and that I had better come to East Challacombe to prepare for his coming with meditation, etc. This was a blow, as I had made arrangements to go to Italy to sun bathe, but as meeting Baba had assumed the greatest importance in my life, I cancelled the Italian trip and went to Devonshire where the sun refused to shine, and Baba refused to appear.
During this period of six weeks Delia de Leon appeared on the scene and became greatly interested in Baba and afterwards became closely associated with him.
Again I returned to London, started work, and then Shri Meher Baba came to London September 12th. On the Saturday of his arrival I waited at Herbert Davy's house full of fear that I was not fit to meet him, and