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there. People would get up from very close to Baba and they would let me sit near Baba. Everybody knew that it had been after 35 years that I had been able to come and visit Baba.

 

So the next day, Baba said that I should leave. I saw that there was no way that I could change his mind. I was very unhappy, and at the same time, I couldn't disobey him. So I started towards Bombay. There in Bombay, when I went to the airport to the airline ticket office, they told me that I had to buy my ticket with Persian currency, and that I couldn't buy tickets with Indian money. So I was thinking, "Well, what must I do?" They said: "The best thing is that they should send you your ticket from Iran. Then you can get on the plane here and leave from here."

 

Now, what does a blind man ask from God? Two seeing eyes. In the same way, I was very happy because now that they did not give me tickets to go to Iran, I could go back to Poona. So I returned home, and as soon as it was the afternoon, I told them that I wanted to go back to Guruprasad. On my way back to the house, I told Mr. Salamatit that I wanted to go back to Guruprasad. And he said: "How can you do that, because you were there and Baba told you to go away?" So I said, "They won't give me the ticket, I have to go back to Baba and ask what I should do." So I got on the train again, and started to go to Guruprasad.

 

When I got to Poona, Ali Akbar and all the others who were there at the gate said: Baba told you not to come back again. I said that I couldn't get the plane tickets so now I had come to ask Baba what I should do. So Ali Akbar immediately ran to see Baba, and it didn't take long — maybe one or two minutes — and Ali Akbar came out and said that Baba asked me to come in. So I went in and took darshan, and Baba asked me to sit down. After the rest of the people left Guruprasad, Baba asked me: "What have you done?" And I said, "I have written to Iran and have asked them to send me a ticket, and when I receive that ticket, then I can leave. I can 't leave by any other way, neither by the train, nor the ship, nor the plane, because I don't have Persian money." Baba said "All right, remain here until the answer to your letter arrives."

 

After a week, Baba asked me to go to Bombay and see whether my answer had arrived or not. I came to Bombay and saw that no, the answer had not come yet. So I went back immediately. I returned and asked Ali Akbar to go and tell Baba that nobody had sent me the plane ticket yet, and that the answer to my letter had not come yet. Baba said: "O.K., remain." And I stayed another week. Then again Baba asked me to go Bombay, and I went. And in this way, I remained for 20 days with Baba, until finally he said: "Go, go to Bombay. If you can find the ticket, then buy it, and get on the plane and go to Iran. Even if you cannot buy the ticket, remain there in Bombay. Don't come back here again."

 

So I saw that all the doors were closed for me now. I was very disappointed, and came to Bombay. After one day in Bombay, I told Mr. Salamatit, "I'm going mad here. We have to go and somehow get a plane ticket. With whatever means you know, you must help me to leave, because I want to leave." He had a friend who was in the government there, and they somehow arranged a plane ticket for me. But they said that I had to come next week to get on the plane and leave. I immediately paid for the ticket then and there and got all the papers.

 

So when I got all my documents and started to go toward Poona, all the people at Guruprasad were bewildered why I came back again. The reason for it was that Baba had told me that whenever I got to Bombay, whether I got the ticket or not, I should not come back again to him; I should not go back again to Poona. But Ali Akbar had written me a letter that when my ticket is ready, and I want to leave for Iran, let them know some way. So I got all of my documents together, and I went myself. When they asked why I had come, I said, "Well, you had asked me not to leave you without any news from myself, so I've come to let you know that all my paperwork is in order, and that I will leave in one week's time. And now, if Baba allows me, I will stay here; if not, I will go.”

 

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