Meher Baba copyright 1987 Charlie Mills


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A friend of Quentin's had been studying Theosophy and wondered aloud if she had done the right thing by coming to meet Baba. "You did the best thing you could possibly do by coming here," Baba reassured her. "I will help you."

Meredith told her, "Baba's love has transformed the lives of all who have met him."

Eileen Burns came at 4:00 P.M. that afternoon.

While in Manhattan, Baba would usually go to the theater or a movie at night. The previous evening, he had been to the theater with Norina and Anita (although which movie or play they saw is not recorded). On the 25th night he went to two movies with Norina, Eileen, Anita, and three others. The first (Over the Hill) was playing at the magnificent, cathedral-like Roxy Theatre.  Afterwards, they walked to the nearby Lowe's State Theatre where they saw the Marx Brothers movie Monkey Business.

Other interested persons came to see Baba at the Astor Hotel and he met all individually. But interviews were private and Baba did not allow public attention to his activities during this visit. His five-day stay in New York was meant to enable those who had been unable to drive up to Harmon to contact him.

A social worker named Mrs. H. B. Steffanson came to see Baba on 26 November and asked, "What is the purpose of life?"

Baba replied succinctly, "To attain Truth and know the Self."

"What is the best way to help the poor suffering people now?"

"Prayer. Meditate on their suffering and your desire to help. At the same time, try your best to help financially to alleviate their sufferings. But really speaking, there is still more suffering to come. It is necessary and good; then there will be lasting peace. That will be the time when I will speak. I am eternally happy, but I feel compassion for the sufferings of these poor people."

"Of course you do," Mrs. Steffanson declared. "Much, much more than any of us."

"Think of me daily before going to bed and I will help you," Baba promised.

A writer for The New York Times named Henry James Forman, 51, was an acquaintance of Malcolm's. He met Baba at Harmon on the 11th and he brought his wife to meet Baba on the 26th. Mrs. Forman had seen Baba twice in a dream and was very drawn to him.

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