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1557PORTOFINO1933

Baba explained to him, "My promise was given last year for certain spiritual reasons of my own. I gave it of my own accord, unasked, knowing full well that it would not be fulfilled and would cause much suffering, which was necessary for your spiritual benefit and in consideration of the connection of you and your child with me in past lives." James was visibly relieved and afterward drove Baba and the mandali in his car through Regents Park.

Delia's brother Jack made the Q Theater available to Baba and the group on the evening of the 11th. Baba went there and saw Margaret, Norina, Vivienne, Mabel, Quentin, Minta, Anita and Delia perform different types of dances and humorous skits. Minta danced a rumba with Quentin, for which Margaret did the choreography. Norina acted in a short play, but she got carried away, took off her shoe and knocked Minta on the head! Baba thoroughly enjoyed the evening's entertainment.

One person who had not come to see Baba was Margaret's pupil Audrey Williams. For his own reasons, Baba wished to maintain contact with her, even though Audrey had acted badly with both Margaret and Kitty, often asking for money. Audrey was leaving London the following day, but Baba wanted a message delivered to her, so Kitty and Margaret were sent to contact her.

Harry Strutton, editor of the Occult Review, came to see Baba on 13 October 1933. "No amount of intellect, reading and learning can enable one to understand It [Reality] thoroughly," Baba told him. Strutton was an intellectual, yet had been highly impressed upon his first meeting with Baba in 1931. Kitty's brother Ernest Davy and a friend came the same day, as did Sir Akbar and Lady Hyderi, Mr. Munshi and Charles Purdom.

To an artist who had an interview on the 13th, Baba explained, "You are expressing the Infinite One through your artwork, though quite unconsciously. It is there in you already, as it is everywhere. Every human being consciously or unconsciously is struggling for that source of All Existence and All Bliss. That is the goal of life. It is only a question of time."

Mabel Besant-Scott, 63, came to visit Baba the next day. She was the daughter of Annie Besant, who had passed away in India in September.  (Mabel Scott had also lived in India for a few years, assisting her mother.) She said, "I had come to see a friend of mine, but when I learned that you were staying here, too, I came to see you.

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