Eruch said, "Don't you understand?"
"No," said Don. "I was so touched I wanted to thank him for it."
Eruch explained, "How can you thank yourself, Don?"
This indication of the depth of the identity of the Avatar with oneself was a profound lesson for Don Stevens. What he had not told Baba or any of the mandali was that 14 January was, in fact, his birthday.
Nariman came to Meherazad on 17 March 1965, as did Padri on one of his routine visits. Two days later on the 19th, an unexpected visitor, Sir Anthony Brooke, 53, arrived. Brooke belonged to a prominent British aristocratic family, and had been appointed as the Raja of Sarawak for one year. Brooke was interested in spirituality and had learned where Baba resided from Maud Kennedy in England.
He intended to travel in India, visiting the ashrams of different saints, such as Aurobindo and Ramana Maharshi.
Brooke arrived at Khushru Quarters in a tonga. Adi was surprised to see a distinguished Englishman get down from the tonga. Humbly, the man asked about Baba. "Did he receive my letter?" he inquired. No letter had been received. It turned out that Brooke had written to Baba c/o the Pimpalgaon Postmaster, who delivered his letter that same morning.
Adi explained that Baba was in seclusion and inquired of the visitor who he was. "I am from Sarawak," Brooke replied. "I am the Raja of Sarawak. I have come all the way to see Meher Baba."
In the meantime, after Brooke's letter was read to Baba, a note was sent to Adi permitting him to bring Brooke, which he did at 11:00 A.M. Brooke was shown into mandali hall where he fell at Baba's feet. Baba embraced him and spoke with him briefly.
About his meeting, Brooke related: "I was drawn there at that time by the power of love and, on arriving, I flowed straight into Baba's arms. Few words passed, so far I can recall. Baba was very frail, and after sitting in front of him for a few minutes, I left."
Brooke left the same night by train for Bombay. He later wrote to Maud Kennedy: "[The] meeting with beloved Baba was quite beyond words. It was the briefest possible, but everything was in it. He is Pure Love."