"Then Baba's darshan: I sat on the floor and looked at Baba's chair and his slippers and wondered if I should ever see him in person. The tears fell like rain. I couldn't find enough handkerchiefs or Kleenex. All of a sudden I heard an inner voice say, 'Let not your heart be troubled, for if you believe in God, you believe in Me. Blessed are they that have seen and more blessed are they who believe and have not seen.' It was as if an actual voice had spoken out loud. Then I really wept unashamedly, for the love of God . . . "He was there. He is here. Now is the time. Here is the place. Baba has come. He is and only He is and it is ourselves who are dead . . . "
- "Francis has given us to understand that we have come here to bow down to our Beloved in our hearts. That is taking His darshan here," Eruch said. He described how Guruprasad Hall was filled with people when Baba gave darshan to both Easterners and Westerners, sometimes permitting them to come close to Him to bow down at His feet; sometimes telling them to stand at a distance and greet Him just with folded hands; sometimes permitting any and all to approach Him. And how, at times He would say: 'Just be seated,' and then get up from His seat and bow down deep before the gathering and thus, take darshan of all His lovers Himself, saying that His having taken darshan of the lovers amounted to the lovers having taken darshan of the Beloved. "We have the physical presence of this very Hall surcharged with His love, and we have the feeling of His physical presence in our hearts."
- "After several days of darshan, once night I remained awake thinking about all we'd seen. The room was dark. Shortly I felt strange vibrations towards my forehead. After a while I saw a dark figure of a man slowly walking into the room, though the door was closed, to the foot of my wife, Chady's, bed. I tried to rise, but found I couldn't move. Later, the next day, I found out Chady had had the very same experience. Shaken by it, she had happened to find a volume of Baba's discourses and started reading . . .and came to the part about Baba's work with the lepers. At this moment a voice spoke to her in a way she could understand, saying, You must help them. 'Her immediate reply was, 'How can I help them?' Then the voice proceeded to give her explicit detailed instructions. 'The lepers are very dear to me,' the voice said, 'especially those in the Sassoon hospital. They must be made to feel happier in their suffering, as they live in a depressing atmosphere. "Their surroundings must be made brighter, more cheerful, which will help take their minds off their suffering. 'The voice went on to give directions for painting the rooms bright 'sky blue', for new iron beds, mattresses, sheets, water coolers, and a picture of Baba in each room. Chady wrote it all down on an old envelope, but replied that we had only $100 cash with us. The voice told her, 'I have chosen you for this project and will find a way. What you have is enough to start the work.'
"To make a long story short, we told our experiences to Jal, Baba's brother, who took it all as nothing unusual and immediately set about to carry out the work, after obtaining permission of the hospital director. Later He sent us photos of the first ward, with the lepers sitting on their new beds, with happy faces, under one big picture of Baba. And we did find extra funds waiting for us in New York to complete the ward.
"One more interesting thing happened to Chady . . . on one of the last days, Mehera called for her and told her she knew Chady did not believe in Baba's Divinity. Chady confirmed this but said she loved and believed in God only. Mehera told her that is all that Baba ever wanted us to do in the first place, and she would come to Baba later."
"One of my strongest realizations about experiencing Baba during and since Darshan has been the recognition and even delight in finding Baba