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etc. Here we do real work." Painful work on the ego of course.

 

Baba sometimes made use of dreams. Norina told me she wakened one morning to find Baba standing outside her window. "Tell me your dream," He said. At first she couldn't — it was a vivid sex dream. At last she did, and Baba said, "Even on the sixth plane, one still has lust".

 

Baba disbanded this ashram by July, 1937. The next group stay was in Cannes, to which He brought His Eastern women, — their first trip West. They were still in strict seclusion, and on shipboard Norina shared guard duty by sleeping on the floor outside their cabin; she actually did repel one bibulous passenger. I recall her humorous retelling of this and similar contretemps on this trip. She and Elizabeth returned to India, and took part in the strenuous "blue bus" tours of 1938-41. Baba sometimes sent her, together with Dr. Deshmukh, to give talks here and there.

 

In 1941 He sent His trio, Elizabeth, Nadine and Norina — back to America to do His work. In India Norina had already given talks, so it was natural she was the one to give them now in America, usually in the Carnegie Music Hall on 57th Street. Smaller meetings were held at the home on 67th Street, and gradually a core of interested lovers developed, of which I was one. Norina's inspirational style of speaking was unique. She herself called it "thought-transmission." She rejected any suggestion it was mediumistic. When speaking, the personal "I" switched to "I, Meher Baba." This caused some controversy among her peers, one of whom queried Baba in India about it. Baba sent a cable in reply, which said in essence:

 

"Norina serves Me through spiritual thought-transmission,
Nadine serves Me through surrender,
and Elizabeth through sacrifice."

 

When the Master came in 1952, one of her friends, Louise N. also questioned Baba about this "voice" phenomena. Baba indicated it was true. Norina herself wrote about it in an article, "The Voice" (Meher Baba Journal, 1937)* as follows:

 

"Shri Meher Baba has said, 'for twelve years no word has passed my lips. Yet I am never silent. I speak eternally. The Voice that is heard deep within the soul is My Voice, the Voice of inspiration, of intuition, of guidance. Through those who are receptive to the Voice , I speak.

 

"I am in you the Divine Voice. When I am in you in your own individual conscience the individual show of lure to reorder and change in your own indispensable good, in your own indispensable bad, then I in you sow the pure Divine indispensable Intuition that creates in you the lure , and gives you the individual experience; and in experience does the Work in your show as indispensable Result."

 

This is the style of her stage talks and dictations, the volume Fragments from a Spiritual Diary and 40 Messages. If one called her a modern poet, her style wouldn't seem so controversial. She always projected a strong sense of love for Baba. Whatever one feels about it as a phenomenon it certainly had drawing power. So many souls were drawn to Baba that when He gave public darshan at Meher Center in May 17, 1952, over 700 people came.

 

Together with Elizabeth, whose gift to Baba this beautiful Center was, Norina helped prepare it for His coming. It was her sure artistic touch that kept the natural look, the air of a true spiritual retreat. And so it has remained to this day.

 

She was at His house to welcome Him as He entered it for the first time, in April, 1952. He said next to Meherazad He felt most truly at home here. She was still struggling with the ill health that had plagued most of her life. In 1947, when Baba had recalled her and Elizabeth to India just before the New Life, her own doctor warned her not to go. She had a heart four times natural size, high blood pressure and other complications. Her "thought-transmission" had ended and this had depressed her emotionally. Nevertheless she bravely went to Baba in India and He very tenderly ordered her a complete rest, even six weeks of silence. He visited her almost everyday.

 

"The Voice” was actually published in the Meher Baba Journal in February, 1939 page 55, para 4.” - webmaster, JK.

 

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