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Baba would have stayed a little longer in Hollywood, I believe the whole town would have become a holy city of Baba lovers.

 

Another time when I was on the porch of Malcolm's house, and Baba was busy giving darshan and discourses to the movie celebrities, and instructions about His movie project, I met the French actor, Maurice Chevalier. He met Baba and was so moved by His touch and embrace, he wanted to meet Him again and again and even wanted to come to India to stay with Baba. He looked so radiant with Baba's love shining on his face, he seemed a changed man. He was happy to meet me and asked me to go with him for tea. We took a taxi and on the way my eye fell on the meter; it was running awfully fast and the money was going up. Maurice told me not to worry. 'Is there any meter problem in India which makes you worry?’ He asked. I had seen one of his films and I liked it. I thought it was hilarious.

 

Right away I told him of a humorous incident which took place in Bombay. A newly-married couple were strolling near the seashore. Suddenly a boatman approached and asked if they would like to see where St. Peter walked on the water ― "It's about one mile from here," he said. The couple were excited at seeing such a miracle. So they jumped in the boat; the man rowed them out a mile and showed the exact spot where St. Peter walked on water 1,000 feet deep. When they landed on shore the couple thanked the boatman, garlanded him, took his autograph and his picture, and praised him highly; then they said. "Tell us your charges as a guide for showing us where St. Peter walked on water 1,000 feet deep for a mile." “Frankly, it's ten dollars apiece," the boatman replied. "What, no wonder Peter walked!" the couple shouted.

 

Maurice laughed aloud. He picked me up and hugged me for a moment and said, "Jal, the way you tell it really made me burst with laughter as never before! You can make even an animal laugh! Or Buster Keaton, whom they say never laughed. You talk beautifully and impressively of Baba in a way that makes people love Baba and come closer to Him."

 

Again Baba called me, as I had to go with Him. I never saw Maurice again. He had even invited me to his studio to introduce me to his friends and have me talk of Baba to enlighten them.

 

Among those eager to meet Baba was Greta Garbo, who heard of Him through Mercedes d'Acosta, a close friend, but she was not lucky enough to meet Him physically.

 

Even though Baba stayed in Hollywood for a short period, His love and messages spread very rapidly in many studios. They were eagerly awaiting His visit to the studios, to seek His blessings, hear Him give divine discourses and embrace God in His physical, human form. They also were eager to act in His long-awaited spiritual movie picture, which would show how the world is all maya, false illusion.

 

Many years ago, Baba and myself saw the movie "The Kid" in Poona. Marie Dressler, Charles Chaplin and Jackie Coogan were acting in that picture. We liked it very much. Chaplin and Dressler were the topmost comedians in the world. Marie was a Baba lover. She loved Baba very much, but we had not met. So once she invited us to the studio for tea. I went with Norina Matchabelli, Nadine Tolstoy and others. She was very happy to receive us. She served us tea, then turned and looked at me and said, "Are you an Indian?"

 

I said yes, Then I said to her, "Are you a Negress?" She said "yes, why?" I made her laugh loudly for three minutes by saying that a Negress in Poona frowned on her husband for days. Then like a burst of sunshine from a cloudy sky, she smiled. The husband said, "Do you mean you forgive me now, honey, the way you smile?" The Negress said, "No, you rascal, I am just resting my face."

 

After enjoying the joke, Marie Dressler asked Norina who I was. She said, surprising her, I was Baba's younger brother. Marie lifted me up, hugged me with kisses and said to Norina that I was the most talented humorist in the world. She laughed so much, and then I talked of Baba with her for a long time and it made her come closer to Baba.

 

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