1614FILM PROJECTS & WORK IN INDIA1934
After spending the day in Marseilles, Baba and the mandali took the train to Paris, joined by Ruano, Rano and Norina. During the night's journey, Rano felt hungry, but the food was kept in a tin container on the rack in Baba's compartment. Still new to Baba, Rano did not know that she should not disturb the Master while he rested. When she entered his compartment, Baba had his eyes closed and looked as though he were sound asleep. As Rano quietly took down the tin, Baba opened his eyes and motioned to her, asking what she was doing. Rano replied that she was hungry. Baba gestured, "All right, take something to eat and then go rest." Rano had been careful not to make the slightest noise when reaching for the food and was surprised that Baba was suddenly so awake.
After a while, Baba sent Kaka with two black velvet pillows, one each for Rano and Ruano, along with instructions for them to go to sleep on these pillows. They both were to keep the pillows and never part with them.
Baba arrived in Paris on Saturday, 23 June 1934 and stayed at the Metropolitan Hotel. Rano's mother Nonny joined the group there; she had arrived earlier and had been awaiting Baba's arrival.
Soon after going to Ruano's apartment, Baba met with Karl Vollmoeller, 56, the German writer, poet and artist who was working on the film project. Vollmoeller had completed the script and presented it to Baba. Baba discoursed to him for three hours about creation, transmigration, reincarnation, the spiritual planes and God-realization, and showed him the chart which he had brought. Vollmoeller was impressed and Baba instructed him to write a new story based on the explanations and chart he had given.
For two days, Baba saw people in Paris. He met many of Ruano's friends and associates, including the Duke of Richelieu, 58, who had come to know of Baba through Norina and who was a great admirer of Swami Vivekananda, whom he had met in Paris.
On the 24th, a 60-year-old man came to see Baba and said, "Although I have had many minor turning points in my life, I feel today that the main turning point of my life has at last arrived by meeting you."