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Elizabeth Patterson and Gabriel Pascal, who were all called from America. This visit to the West, though mainly intended for the materialization of the picture project, has, side by side, worked to bring many new interesting and interested visitors and aspirants of Truth to Baba, forming new contacts that, in future, will surely prove of help to Baba's work and cause in the West.

 

London: Three receptions were given in honor of Baba by his ardent devotees in London. The first was by Countess K. Pahlan, where some of her friends and acquaintances, very good souls and seekers of Truth, met Baba, and were so deeply touched and impressed. Another was given by Mr. Krishna Veer (the proprietor of the Kohinoor Restaurant), at his residence where Baba was very lovingly received by Mr. and Mrs. K. Veer and their family, and had a fine treat of delicious dishes of Indian taste for lunch. The third was in the offices of the Circle Editorial Committee of Charing Cross where Baba saw about fifty people for about two hours ― fine, loving and lovable souls and sincere seekers. Then Baba was also invited to lunch at the Kohinoor Restaurant by his devotees in London, and a very nice gathering of a select few — about forty — ardent admirers and devotees had lunch with him at the same table. The lunch was, of course, in name only, for the real 'spiritual' lunch was the one they all had in being with him for an hour under the same roof and at the same table — a very rare privilege indeed, since his visit is strictly private, and he sees very, very few.

 

There were several others on the waiting list, but their meeting had to be postponed to a future date when Baba would be in London next. This contact proved of immense good to all who had the good fortune to have it, giving wonderful experiences to the newcomers, and a new life and light to all.

 

A lady of very high society in London, known also to philanthropic circles, saw Baba at the Countess K. Pahlan's reception, and she was so impressed with the influence Baba had on all that evening and from the experiences narrated by them at tea after seeing Baba, that she couldn't check her desire to offer Baba to drive him in her car, a fine Rolls Royce, around London whenever Baba had time for taking a drive. Baba was too busy all these days and had really no time to spare for such a drive, however, as it was her ardent wish and desire, she got her opportunity twice, when she had a fine drive with Baba in her car. Once she herself drove him after the lunch at the Kohinoor Restaurant, when Baba wanted to go to see a very poor sick lady who had just been operated upon. She lived in the very poor quarters of the East End. The sick lady and her family had a pleasant shock when they were informed of the presence of Baba in their midst for which they were not at all prepared. Her son and little daughter loved Baba immensely and so did she, and it was for the sake of that love that he went, at such a distance, sparing so much of his valuable time that was needed for very important work.

 

The rich lady had again another opportunity to drive with Baba in her car — this time for a very long drive of over two hours — from London to Dover on the day Baba left London for Zurich, which gave her the benefit of Baba's company. The two hours of talk and various questions proved a regular feast for her who wanted and needed these so eagerly.

 

The party accompanying Baba to Zurich came from London to Dover by train, and from Dover, all had to take the ferryboat to Ostend, a crossing of the English Channel taking about four hours. Fortunately the crossing was smooth and we had a light lunch of fruit, salad, cheese, etc., and rest, to avoid seasickness.

 

We arrived at Ostend at about 4 in the afternoon, and as the train for Zurich was leaving at 6:30 we had a walk around Ostend, and saw some good views of the city, particularly the fine, palatial buildings by the seaside.

 

During the two hours' halt at Bale (for change of trains) Baba had a bath. (He would not get time at Zurich that day as he would naturally be surrounded by enthusiastic devotees awaiting him anxiously). After bathing he had a nice walk for about half an hour

 

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