The short time in Marseilles was spent as usual going in and out of crowds and in and out of places. Call it sight-seeing if you will, — Baba calls it his work."
Margaret took Baba to a well-known church on the hill, overlooking the Mediterranean, called Our Lady of the Sea." Outside the church was a beggar to whom Margaret wanted to give money. Baba said, "No, but you may give it from me. If you give it you may receive sanskaras from the beggar."
In this same church was a statue of the "Pieta." As Baba and she stood before it, Margaret thought to herself, "Will Baba be crucified again?" Baba took the thought up and with Chanji interpreting said, "It will not happen this time, but I will have mental persecution."
They went to see a film "The Big House." As the dialogue was all in French, Margaret had to keep up a constant translation into English. Suddenly she noticed that Baba had slumped back in his seat and was not listening. She stopped translating. After a short while Baba sat up again and telling Chanji to interpret his signs, Chanji said, "Baba has been to Vienna" Margaret said nothing.
Margaret had intended seeing Baba embark on the S.S. Narkunda for Bombay but this did not happen. Baba sent her the day before to inspect the cabins and report back that they were satisfactory. However, when he asked her what sort of city Marseilles was, and she told him very bad ― particularly in relation to the white slave traffic — he replied: "You must leave Marseilles before I leave." He then sent her forthwith to Cook's to book a sleeper for the night express to Paris; she left that same evening.
She recalls that as they sat at the table having a last meal together, Baba pointed to her cheeks — indicating that she looked a little pale. Margaret straight away got out her powder compact, probably lipstick too, and rectified it. Baba smiled and was pleased and happy.
On the next day — the 18th, Baba left Marseilles on the S.S. Narkunda with Chanji and Ali. On December 23rd they stopped off in Egypt and on January 2nd, 1932 they arrived in Bombay where Rustom, having returned a month in advance, met Baba with two hundred others gathered together. Ali was sent by Baba to Persia in connection with ashrams there and on the 16th of January, Baba left for Nasik.
A few months later in early spring of 1932 Baba, as he promised us in Paris, returned to the West. This account must wait for another time.
In closing, I wish to add this footnote: