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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