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and stayed until the 29th, when Baba decided to go to Colombo on the 'Boleran', sailing from Port Said on January 3rd.

 

"On the 30th of December, 1932, we visited the Tutankhamen collection in the museum; the 31st to old Cairo to visit the old Coptic Chinch, 11th century, built over the cave where the Holy Family took refuge during their stay in Egypt after their flight from Palestine. January 1st, we visited the Pyramids again, and the Sphinx.

 

"January 2nd, we left Cairo for Port Said; January 3rd, sailed at 4 on the ‘Boleran’.

 

"During this voyage, after the second day, Baba asked me if I noticed anything wrong with a young Dutch girl who was travelling with her family. At first, I did not notice anything; then saw that she had a slight limp. Baba said that years ago she was a yogi in India, and that she (he, then) was attempting to attain some high form of consciousness either by meditation or fasting, when he had a stroke and died. Ever since, in every incarnation, he or she has limped; so in order to cure her it would be necessary to win her affection. Having accomplished this, he would be able to cure all others of that kind.

 

"Baba then proceeded during the voyage to interest this girl and draw her towards him. Gradually, she used to spend longer time with him each day, playing ping pong, draughts, etc. with him; and by the end of the voyage, one could see a change in her looks and manner, and her general health seemed to have improved — including the limp. As we left the boat at Colombo, it was, of course, impossible to know for certain just how far the cure went. (Note; When a Yogi dies before accomplishing his aim, it is called 'Yoga-Brashtas.') Baba said since then, this girl had many minor lives and five main lives. Baba started to cure her gradually by simply looking at her. As the yogi, 'she' was in Samadhi when she had the apoplectic stroke and died.

 

“On January 2nd, 1933 we arrived in Colombo, and left on the 15th for Bandarawela, at a hill station about 3,000 feet up. There Baba spent a quiet time in a villa called 'Valencia.' It was two miles from the tiny village at the top of a valley, overlooking a ravine, with a most beautiful garden. Baba said he was anxious to go into seclusion for 24 hours, fasting, etc., as he had done in Assisi, and it was necessary to find the right spot.

 

"After several days, January 19th, we walked up into the hills one day and found an old Buddhist Temple. This was apparently looked after by a man in a yellow ochre robe who was only the novice. He did not wish us to visit this temple. We walked down some steps into a small courtyard, when a door opened and an old man came out. He seemed very old. His face was covered with wrinkles, but his eyes were very alive and young. He communicated with Baba by signs and seemed to understand all that was required. Baba by signs, and Kaka by talking, explained that we wanted to occupy the room adjoining the temple which is sometimes used by pilgrims, and it was arranged that we could do so; giving them 24 hours notice first.

 

"Afterwards Baba changed his mind and went back to Colombo, went into seclusion there to do his work, fasting, and remaining undisturbed. Baba said that this old man was just over 100 years old. He is on the 4th plane, and Baba said he would promote him to the 5th plane on leaving Ceylon. He is the agent in charge of Central Ceylon. No agent ever shows outwardly that he recognizes the Master.

 

“We left Colombo on the 26th of January, 1933, and on January 29th we fasted. On January 30th, Baba left for India.

 

"February 1st I sailed back to England on the 'Marnix van St. Aldegonde', arriving at Genoa February 14th, and London February 16th. I stayed in England until March 24th, when all of us left for India on the 'S.S. Victoria' from Genoa.

 

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