TRIP TO THE WEST1956
Darwin Shaw was stationed at the door, coordinating
the flow of people going in for interviews. In the afternoon there was a
lull and Baba and the mandali went back upstairs to their suite. Soon,
more people came and Darwin thought since they had appointments he
should inform Baba. He took the elevator up, and just as he was
approaching Baba's room, Baba came out. Baba held up his hand and
asked why Darwin had come. Darwin said, "More people have come,
Baba — with appointments."
looked at Darwin and lamented, "Does that mean I have to go back
Darwin could see that Baba
looked tired and he replied, "I am afraid so." Baba just
leaned forward and humorously feigning exhaustion put his head on
Darwin's shoulder for a few seconds, and then went back down.
Afterward, at 4:45 P.M., Baba visited Hilda
Fuchs' home, at 1524 North Crescent Heights Boulevard, where about
30 of her friends met him. Hilda had first heard of Baba in Vienna, in
1935, through Alice Trau-Fisher. She was forced to flee the country when
Hitler rose to power, as her husband Viktor was Jewish. By sheer coincidence,
she met Norina in New York. Norina introduced her to other Baba lovers,
and convinced her of Baba's greatness. She began arranging
Norina's lectures, and in the 1940s, when Norina and Elizabeth were
searching for a property for Baba, Hilda accompanied them on their tour
of the West Coast.
Besides the mandali, Baba
was accompanied to Hilda's house by Elizabeth, Kitty, Margaret, Ivy,
Charmian, Don Stevens, the Shaw family, Marion, Sparkie Lukes, Dana and
John Bass. Filis, Adele and Jeanne Shaw assisted serving punch and cakes
to the people as they came in. Don had arrived earlier to give an
introductory talk about Baba. "I am very happy to see you
all," Baba told them. Hilda introduced each guest to Baba as they
stepped forward to shake his hand. Then Don read the messages "Have
Hope" and "The Ignorance of the Separative Ego."
Baba asked Ivy, "What are you
She replied, "I was
wondering what you were thinking!"
Baba answered, "I was thinking that God within
each of you is free, infinite; yet He feels Himself bound in each of you
and therefore He suffers. I am infinitely happy, eternally blissful, yet
I suffer every instant through you because I am in you all."
Ivy questioned, "But why this suffering,