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40881956 TRIP TO THE WEST1956

The site commanded sweeping views over Sydney Harbor, being the only hill in northern Sydney. 

Francis had constructed most of the building with his own hands, having to learn masonry skills in order to fashion and place the massive sandstone blocks. When it was completed, at first the Adams family occupied the house, and then, according to Baba's instructions, the Le Pages and Francis Brabazon lived there.

At 11:00 A.M. on 7 August, Baba, accompanied by Eruch, Adi, Nilu and Meherjee, flew from San Francisco to Australia on Pan Am Flight 841. The group arrived at 5:15 P.M. in Honolulu, Hawaii, where they were to have a three-and-a half-hour layover. Instead of sitting in the airport terminal the entire time, the mandali asked if they could go out for a stroll. Baba said no; it was an international airport and they would sit and watch the crowd. So they sat.

After several minutes, as if out of the blue, came a couple who stood before Baba. They bowed reverently and Baba patted them lovingly. They asked Baba if he would visit their house which was close by. Baba declined but assured them that he was touched by their love. After a short while the couple left. The mandali, thinking this was what Baba had been waiting for, asked again if they could now go out for a walk. Baba again said no. Adi had become quite restless sitting in the airport and led their petitions.

After one hour, the couple returned — this time carrying brown paper bags full of food for Baba and each of the four men. "Here is a small snack for you; won't you please eat some of it?" they pleaded. Baba, Eruch, Nilu, Meherjee and Adi ate the food, and afterwards Baba agreed to take a walk on the beach. But the mandali couldn't enjoy it. They were worried they would miss their plane, as the departure time quickly approached!

The group left Honolulu at 8:45 P.M., continuing on Pan Am Flight 841. They touched down at Canton Island for an hour at 3:00 A.M. the next morning, and then crossed the International Date Line, so that it was 8:15 A.M. on Thursday, 9 August 1956, when the plane landed at Suva in the Fiji Islands to refuel. Baba and his companions got off the plane and had coffee and a muffin. The weather in Suva was clear and bracing. An hour and a half later, they left (about 9:45 A.M.).

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