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30991952 TRIP TO THE WEST1952

Goher and Meherjee were with them. Elizabeth was carried in another ambulance with Kitty, Nilu and Charliene Kimery, a nurse from the hospital. Sarosh and Margaret followed them in another car. With his leg still in plaster and his arm in a sling, Baba covered the tiring distance virtually nonstop. On the 8th they reached Myrtle Beach, where Baba stayed in Elizabeth's house, Youpon Dunes, about eight miles south from the Center. Adi and his group had arrived the evening of the 6th.

As mentioned, Dr. Burleson was highly impressed by Baba, and recorded some of his thoughts in a letter to Baba dated 3 June 1952:

... From you and your party we have seen a demonstration of most of the teachings of Christ. Many Americans preach these things, but we have never observed so close an application of them. The profound devotion to you which is demonstrated by all your party convinces us that you deserve all of it. Such devotion cannot be forced, it can only be obtained by love; and to have that demonstrated affection from so many wonderful people is almost unbelievable. We are not accustomed to dealing with people who appreciate our efforts as you do, and the manifestation of that appreciation leaves us very humble, with the feeling that we do not deserve it because we realize our limitations and faults. Therefore, instead of efforts being classed as work, they have seemed a pleasure ...

Before leaving Prague, Baba gave Dr. Burleson a silver cigarette case (which Sarosh had purhased in Oklahoma City). Sarosh also sent the Burlesons a leopard skin, and a few years later Baba mailed the doctor a signed copy of God Speaks. Dr. Burleson's wife Julia would send Mani a Christmas card every year and correspond with her.

Baba had won over their hearts. He would "bother" Dr. Burleson at night, for example, sending messages with Nilu that he was in great pain. When awakened from sleep and summoned, the doctor would come; but Baba would tell him that the pain was much less now. This would happen several times during the night, but the more Baba "teased" him, the more Burleson was drawn to him. At times, after the doctor left, having just been assured by Baba that he was feeling much better, within two minutes Nilu would be sent to call him, saying the pain had returned. So the doctor would come again, when, of course, Baba would tell him he was better!

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