by Rick Chapman
Ten days of vacation in the college set me free from my teaching duties in Ahmedabad, and I immediately hit the rails to visit some Baba lovers in Bombay and Poona. After a typically third-class night on the train, which galloped the Ahmedabad-Bombay 250 miles in nine hours, I arrived Bombay Central and was met at the station by Kishan Chand Gajwani and Sorabji Siganporia of the Bombay Center. No sooner was I in the car and trying, early-morning eyes-blurry, to sort out who was Siganporia and who Gajwani and who myself, when I heard, (still dreaming?) the most precious word second only to The Word: "Baba has called you to see Him for ten minutes on the 17th."
Now the 17th was seven days away, this being the 10th of August, 1966. That gave me a full week to watch my heart turn handsprings and my mind dance its silly jig at double its usual speed.
By great coincidence, Don Stevens (author-compiler of Listen, Humanity!, co-editor of God Speaks) was due to arrive Bombay on the same day that I had. After Siganporia and Gajwani had shown me to my lodging, and I had washed and eaten breakfast, I walked across the street to leave a message for Don at his hotel.
I had met Don just over a year ago in San Francisco where, you might say, I first fell in love with Baba. It was in San Francisco, just a week or two after I had first heard the news of the latest descent of the Ancient One, that I talked at length with Ivy Duce about Him, and saw Him in Don's movies, and decided on the spot to accept His increasingly rare offer for Sahavas with Him, scheduled December, '65. (And what a Sahavas that turned out to be! — with Baba forcing everyone to take His darshan inside their hearts, where they oughta and ultimately gotta, by canceling the outer trip to Him.)
Don arrived late in the afternoon from his work in Cochin, and we talked for about three hours in his hotel room. As we talked, he mentioned that two key banks of Baba's are about to come out in new editions. The original five volumes of His Discourses, which are almost completely out of print, are soon to be reprinted in three volumes in Japan. God Speaks is also going to be reprinted again in the U.S., but this second edition will be fat with surprises, since Baba is dictating a good deal of supplementary material for it.
We discussed the value of Baba's messages and discourses, especially for the modern western man. Books are a tricky business, even Baba's books, because Baba says again and again that all that matters is loving Him and making Him our constant companion.