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From a Nasik Notebook

by Ruano Bogislav

 

The Awakener is privileged to present these excerpts from the notebooks of Ruano Bogislav, one of Meher Baba's early Western followers who joined His ashram at Nasik in 1936-37, and who shared in some of his Western journeys. It was Mme. Bogislav who, while travelling on the train across the United States with Baba in 1934, accompanied Him when He met his spiritual agent for the United States, an American Indian, in Albuquerque, N.M. Ruano has told of her meeting with Baba in The Awakener, Vol. 11, No. 3. The messages by Meher Baba were delivered informally at the ashram.

 

Baba's Seventh Tour to the West

 

June-July 1934

 

We left Bombay June 9, arrived Marseilles on June 22 by the P. & O. liner the S.S. "Mongolia". We were received here by Princess Norina Matchabelli and two others coming from London and Paris. Arrived Paris on the morning of the 23rd; at the Hotel Metropolitan on the 23rd and 24th.

 

Dr. Karl Vollmoeller, the famous writer, poet and artist, who had undertaken to write the scenario for Baba's new spiritual picture, saw Baba for the first time and was "taken in". A very interesting meeting was held in my house, where Baba was specially invited on the afternoon of the 24th, and the film topics were discussed at length for over three hours. Baba explained to Dr. Vollmoeller all the details for which he was anxiously waiting — the spiritual theme, as also the full details about Creation, Evolution, Reincarnation, Spiritual Planes, Realization, etc., showing him the various figures and diagrams drawn on the big chart, specially prepared under his dictation and guidance in India, with their interpretations in detail, and with which Dr. Vollmoeller is amazed. The theme and construction of the story already written out by Dr. Vollmoeller were discussed, changes suggested, and a plan worked out for a further expansion of the story with the spiritual theme added.

 

Among other visitors in Paris, which were very few — about half a dozen, there was one very distinguished person, the Duke of Richelieu, the direct descendant of the house of Richelieu (Cardinal Richelieu of historical fame), who heard about Baba from Princess Matchabelli, and expressed his desire to see Baba if it could be arranged, and was much delighted and impressed with the meeting of a Holy Master like Shri Baba.

 

Left Paris noon the 26th, via Calais-Dover, arrived in London (Victoria Station) same evening, about 7:30. Drove straight to 61, Compayne Gardens, W. Hampstead, the house of the De Leon family, where Baba stayed for ten days, from June 26th to July 5.

 

Baba intended to see Dr. Karl Vollmoeller when he left India, and explain to him the details of the chart and the spiritual theme, to enable him to finish the incomplete scenario, and then return to India immediately until the film project materialized. But events transpired which necessitated the presence of Norina Matchabelli and then of

 

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