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will "turn their heads." Indeed, one night after my talk, a French woman had a dream of her hashish box — inside was a photo of Baba — it was burning. She said she didn 't think she would use drugs any more after that dream. At a party-type gathering after the talk, I taped an interview for the only popular radio show for youth in Holland. Simon was the interviewer in Dutch and English and we talked just about Baba for almost 10 minutes. Simon gave his name and address at the end of the broadcast, which was played on September 28th to an estimated audience of one million listeners.

 

On the 25th, we traveled to Utrecht where I spoke to 35 young people about spirituality and Baba; again the universality of the Beloved's Message produced great interest among the gathering. One boy had just returned from a tour through India — he was surprised to hear again of Meher Baba. He told us that he had run across Baba-Lovers in Calcutta and that they were the only ones with real fire and love."

 

On the 27th, we entrained to the Technical University at Eindhoven, the lecture attracting about 160 who may have expected to hear about LSD but heard mostly about the evolution of consciousness and the Avatar! Very few left after the coffee break and the questions later were exclusively on Baba or metaphysics.

 

On the 27th I spent much of the day with the world-famed movie producer Louis Van Gasteren and his wife Jacquie. Before I left Amsterdam, Louis showed me most of the footage he took of Baba in India. Although I didn't see it projected on a big screen, it was obvious that he had 20 to 30 minutes of the finest films ever made of the Beloved. The color and technical handling was outstanding oven to my untutored eyes. The "discourses" by Baba, with the accompanying sound track of Eruch's "translation," were thrilling. The leper sequence is extraordinarily moving and there are some close-ups of the Beloved so dazzling in His Compassion and Joy and His Infinite Bliss that one is quickly moved to tears. Some of the footage will be included in Louis' feature film and we are hoping that some suitable arrangement will be made so that a longer film about Baba and India can be put together from the richness of the present footage he has taken.

 

I left Amsterdam late on the 27th, having already said goodbye to Simon (and his lovely wife Reineke), who seems so enthused about Baba and translating His Message for the Dutch. Many in Holland had heard Baba's Name before, but I sensed the real possibility of a powerful surge of a desire to know Him better and for Him collecting more of His beloved children.

 

The 28th and 29th consisted of tying up loose ends around London, firming up some contacts and saying goodbye to the English lovers. As a further

 

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