CHARLES LITERALLY FLEW INTO BABA'S EMBRACE
Jane Barry Hanes
Baba embraced the Carpenter boys, dear Chip and his brother Mark. Then He took Charles full into His arms. I sat and watched this with wonder and amazement. It was so natural, yet moving beyond expression. Charles literally flew into Baba's embrace. The phrase "coming home" came into my consciousness, with each of the "Trio", as Baba was to call them. It was as though they had always known Him. Baba gave Charles a tender kiss. He played with the children a little, then out they went.
Again, if I were a writer I could describe the expression on Charles' face, but I cannot. Happily, Beloved Baba later had one photograph come out of all I took during the Sahavas; it was an embrace outside the cabin with Charles in His arms — and the picture tells what words cannot.
Years later I was in Elizabeth's kitchen and I heard Joulia Mavris ask Charles on the porch (it was about 1961), "What was it like when you met Meher Baba?"
And he replied, "Well, I was told to go to the Lagoon Cabin. I stood outside, waiting. Then, as I opened the screen door and looked inside, I saw Jesus sitting there. So I went and hugged His neck!"
So it was on May 21st.
That night, I went to bed very early, drained but not tired. Happy with the kind of happiness that only God's Love can bring; but not understanding why. I slept like a baby; a quiet, dreamless, restful sleep — like none I had known before.
LETTERS OF LOVE FOR MEHER BABA, pp. 40-41, ed Jane Barry Hanes
1997 © EliNor Publication