IN THE CHRISTIAN WORLD, a large conference of Catholics took place at the end of November (1964) in Bombay, and Baba’s lovers there distributed sixteen thousand brochures among the delegates. “We should not want posterity to point the finger of blame at us for not telling them that the Second Advent they await has come to pass and that Christ is in our midst in person,” one from Bombay wrote. Pope Paul VI also came for the conference from Rome, Italy, landing in Bombay on December 2nd, 1964 – and the Pope’s arrival coincided almost to the minute with Baba’s second automobile accident in Udtara eight years before. In recorded history it was the first visit to India by a Catholic Pope.
At the same time, a large congregation of Buddhists headed by the Tibetan Dalai Lama was meeting in Sarnath (a village near Benares, where Gautama the Buddha first preached over 2,500 years ago). Baba commented, “It is of great significance to find so many Catholics from all over the world headed by the Pope, and so many Buddhists from all over the world headed by the Dalai Lama to have congregated at the same time in two different places in India during my present advent.”
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 19, p. 6290.