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Ivy therefore made the following appointments:

For Mehera: 16 July, 11:00 A.M.: Dr. McQuaig (ENT) at his office at 660 Madison Ave.; 2:30 P.M. with Dr. J. Laurence Pool (neurologist) at the Neurological Institute.

17 July, 11:00 A.M. Dr. Maynard Wheeler (ophthalmologist) at 30 West 59th; 1:00 P.M. Dr. Emerson Conner (dentist).

For Baba: 21 July, 12:00 P.M. Dr. McQuaig; 4:00 P.M. Dr. Frederic Smith (orthopedist), at Harkness Pavilion (Presbyterian Hospital at 168th St.).

On Wednesday, 16 July 1952, Ivy and Charmian drove out to Scarsdale. Charmian was to take Mehera and Goher to the doctor, and Ivy to have an hour's talk with Baba. Baba revealed to her more about the book he wished to publish, which Dr. Ghani had been working on before he died, from points Baba had dictated. A typed copy of Ghani's manuscript had been brought with them from India.

Baba stated, "I don't understand what Ghani did with all the material I gave him. Now I shall take this [manuscript] home and I shall have to write the whole book over again." (It was eventually published as God Speaks.)

Baba looked critically at Ivy and said, "You look tired; you need a rest. I am infinitely tired — never since eternity have I been so tired — and disgusted with conditions in the world. I wish I could return to my eternal bliss, but I must go on, and you must go on! The work has to be done. But after I go to Europe, you must go somewhere and rest so that you can be strong for the winter and all that lies ahead.

"From November 15 on, when my Fiery Life begins, the world will be upside-down [Baba made a topsy-turvy gesture] — there will be chaos everywhere."

He later added: "Calamity will strike from all angles, so few will escape. The world will soon cry out for God."

Afterward, Baba and the women were driven to Ivy's apartment in New York City.

Meanwhile, Baba wanted a boy between the ages of sixteen and eighteen to do nightwatch while he was in New York — not a Baba lover, but someone strong enough to wheel him around. Bright and intelligent. Everyone brought acquaintances. Filis brought two Harlem boys, one a Puerto Rican named Peto, and the other an Irish Catholic. Peto had played in her house, and looking at a picture of Baba one day had said, "That's God, isn't it?"

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