I was greatly surprised when he sent an answer, telling me to prepare for eighteen people. I was at a loss what to do. For my shack was only six by ten, and I knew this could not accommodate eighteen people. But a mile and a half away Gavin Arthur, who was away at that time, had a satisfactory accommodation, and I knew that it would be alright with him. So, with a few people to help, we prepared for Baba.
Baba arrived with his group the day before Christmas. Among them were Norina Matchabelli, Elizabeth Patterson, Ruano Bogislav, Jal, Baba's brother, Countess Nadine Tolstoy and others. The party stayed through the greater part of Christmas day. Things were rather primitive. Water had to be carried in from an outside well. Baba bathed with buckets of water carried to him.
The next day Baba spent in granting interviews to different people who had heard of his coming. In the late afternoon we all trekked to the beach to escort Baba back to town, from where he would resume his drive back to Hollywood As we walked along the beach single file, Baba's car had broken down, and we all kept looking at Baba in the hope that he might perform a miracle; but Baba decided to let the law of mechanics take its course. So the car was pushed forward and Baba and I walked on ahead.
This was when a most unusual experience took place: Baba looked at me, and then pointed to the Pacific Ocean. I said, "Oh yes, it is very big" Baba shook his head, as if to say "No." Again he waved his hand, and I said "Oh yes, it is very beautiful." Once again, "No." Finally, a loud speaking voice said, "I AM AS BIG AS THE OCEAN: And you know Baba does not speak.
Baba returned to India; I returned to my little shack.
I now come to one of the most eventful events of my life... an event so soul-shaking that should I live to be a hundred, I could not possibly forget it...an experience so vivid that in relating it I could not possibly add to it, or detract from it.
The date was about May 15, 1935. Baba was then staying in Mount Abu, India. I was walking among the sand dunes I sat down on one to rest. With my eyes open I saw and experienced the following:
The time of day was towards evening. In the distance I saw a chain of to sky. [sic] * Suddenly, I found myself lying in the mountains. A being stood above me a short distance away. I felt him with the eyes of my entire being; as he mused towards me, a powerful sun energy went through me, penetrating me from head to toe. I felt only unutterable bliss. In that short blissful experience, I seemed to live a thousand years, so intense was that feeling.
* errata: page 28 line 34: read: In the distance I saw a chain of mountains, then a long streak of sunlight, as if stitching mountains to the sky.