JOURNEY AT SEA
Aboard I had a chance encounter with Chanji. We had a long, personal pow-wow and he remarked that he knew that I would return to be with Baba for good (actually it was for fifteen years in India) and that however difficult things might become, I must stand it.
Needless to say, Baba — who saw and knew all, whether present or absent — discovered us talking, lectured us both and said that this was the last time. For me, there would be no more talking to or seeing men on the Hill. This was another restriction for all of us in this new life we were about to enter on Meherabad Hill.
The journey back to India was all that one could have wished for. Mehera, Mani and Khorshed occupied a stateroom on the upper deck. Naja and I were next door; Masi and Valu in a cabin adjoining, and Norina and Rano a little farther away but on the same upper deck. All cabins had portholes and windows on the walking deck just outside....
All meals were served in the cabins. Baba ate with Mehera, Mani and Khorshed, next to Naja's and my cabin. The schedule fixed by Baba for us to follow was: out of bed at 6 a.m., breakfast at 7:30, lunch at 11:30, tea at 3 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and bed at 9 p.m.
Baba spent most of each day with us unless He was with Mohammed or the men mandali. In the early morning, when no passengers were about, we went for walks around the deck. Tea was a welcome meal with delicious cakes. Evenings were spent mostly in our cabins.
LOVE ALONE PREVAILS, pp. 217-218
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