The Man Who Couldn’t Leave
The Man Who Couldn’t Leave
I’ll start with the story of the man that couldn’t leave the Center. He and his wife came to the Center to have a tour, after they had been going past the Center for many, many, many years but were never drawn to have a tour. So this afternoon when they came to the Center and I met them, they told me of how for so many years they had come past the Center, but this afternoon was somehow different. They wanted to have a tour. So I started to give them a tour, took them over to the Barn first. Told them all about how Baba met people in the Barn, and they were quite taken with the story about the Barn and how animals had been living in the Barn and how beautiful it was made now, and the beautiful feeling that was felt as they walked around and looked at some of the sayings on the wall, and were quite taken with Baba’s picture hanging over the fireplace.
After we left the Barn, we went back to the center of the Center, and I took them all around and went into the Lagoon Cabin. Again, I could tell especially with the man, that he was quite taken with the feeling of the beauty that he felt in the Lagoon Cabin. It was so beautiful to watch this couple as they were looking at the Center and admiring everything that they saw that meant so much to them. They liked very much the way the cabins were placed here and there, all over the Center, many trees around, and just in general the feeling of walking on the paths that were not made of concrete, and they enjoyed being out in nature.
After the tour was over, we stopped to talk to each other, because they had their car parked in the parking lot and so I was saying goodbye to them, and the man kind of looked out. We were standing by the Original Kitchen, by the steps that ago down to the lake. He was standing right there, and he became very quiet for a minute, and his wife looked at him, and then she looked at me, and then he said, with tears in his eyes, he says, “I can’t leave, I just can’t leave.” His wife got a little upset, and she said, “Well, relatives are waiting and we must leave now.” To her I said, “It’s all right, just a moment,” and I walked over to him and said, “We’ll give you just a few moments, it’s all right, just take a few moments.” Then I walked back to her and started to make some small talk, but I reassured her, I said it won’t take him very long, and in a few moments he’ll be ready to go. And sure enough, in a few moments he was ready. He turned around, and as he did, she looked at him and tears were still coming down his face, and he says, “I’m ready now.” It was the most beautiful experience to see both of them look at each other. The look they gave each other was absolutely precious, and she had told me, “I have never seen my husband like this. I have never, and we’ve been married for thirty-seven years, I have never seen my husband cry. This is the first time I have ever seen him cry. I never thought I’d see this.” I said, “He is feeling a lot of love right now in his heart, it will just take him a few minutes and he’ll be ready.”
So during this beautiful talk that had taken place all afternoon as we walked around, I could tell that his heart was being made very full, but I didn’t expect what happened right there at the last. It was so beautiful when I saw both of them look into each other’s eyes, and the love that was there. Oh, I just love giving tours, because I was also given so much as I would watch and be given this opportunity, to be right there to see Baba’s touch. Right in their hearts He touched them so much. It was always so beautiful to experience this. So then the couple left, and they said we’ll be back, and we will come back next time and we will stay on the Center. So they went on and I waved to them, and they were very happy. Even though tears were still coming down his face, he was smiling.