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At almost nine o'clock one morning while she was about to open the shop she had a vision in the 'waking state.' Christ appeared and she said to herself ,'Why, this is Christ . . . and He has tears in His eyes!' As she raised the palms of her hands to her face the vision disappeared, but as she turned to look out towards the street, through the shop window, on the far side of the pavement she noticed Meher Baba. On either side He had one of the Eastern Mandali accompanying Him. They were walking in a northerly direction. When this incident was mentioned to Adi Jr., Baba's younger brother, almost fifteen years later, he told me that he was accompanying the Master with another one of the Mandali at the time. Madame Polli had a resemblance to his mother.
Two of Baba's English disciples at this time at Halstead, Sevenoaks — were Will and Mary Backett. Mary said that Baba had given far more in the space of a few seconds than what she had gained in years of earnest seeking, for Baba can bestow Divine Love, whereas others can only talk about it. Baba nicknamed them "Wilmar". Delia De Leon was the founder of the English group which today is known as the Meher Baba Association. Will Backett was in charge of the European correspondence which at that time first arrived in England from Mani, Baba's sister and secretary. Mani's work continues and is now connected with the internal and external growth as it unfolds and expands universally. When Baba was in London, Will Backett's home near Sevenoaks in Kent was visited by Him.
Towards the finish of the Second World War, I had moved to Kent and lived in a small bungalow surrounded by woodland, three miles distant from Canterbury. The bungalow came just within the 50 mile radius of London, therefore meeting restrictions on official permits for war-time travel. The weekends were spent in London taking Baba's name to spiritual centers and visiting "Wilmar. "Jean Adriel visited me while on a visit to England. She said Baba had instructed her to give me a small book, called "God Calling" and "God At Eventide."
It was during those years when the nation's food supplies were in jeopardy owing to the torpedoing of convoys, that I was given a post as a Government courier, traveling to and from London with dispatches, to Penrose Village in Wales. It seemed as though I was uprooted from any settled address. The war terminated, and I returned to the bungalow. About two miles distant, across hedgerows and cornfields, is situated a large stone-built school with cricket grounds and playing fields, known as St. Edmunds School, Canterbury. The students were drawn from distinguished families of the Church of England, and I taught academic art there. After settling there and becoming well acquainted with the boys, I again moved to London and commenced to teach practical horticulture at a Borstal school situated a mile from Shepherds Bush, London. The ages of the boys ranged from three years to 18 years. At various intervals over the years during this time, Meher Baba sent instructions regarding certain spiritual disciplines we were to faithfully carry out. I will describe one in particular which came while I was working with these boys. This particular discipline was the devotee observed strict silence for one whole month. To utter any sort of sound would be to fail in carrying out Baba's orders. Prior to this, Gabriel Pascal, a genius in film directing and dear to Baba was reflecting on directing a film production of the spiritual panorama as laid down and expounded by Meher Baba. Gabriel and myself were in communication regarding the project. The issue which was of interest to me was sound and color. We were to meet, but the appointment would have been on the day prior to the month of silence, so no more came of it, and I was put on course happily to be with the neglected and unfortunate youngsters in the school.
The entrance to the school is from the main road, and hidden from view are several acres of gardens, beehives, orchards and strawberry beds. A feature of my work was to take the boys through the gates and buy them sweets and let them feel a measure of freedom outside the school. At the same time I was solely responsible for each one,
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