Comment: This was in March 1994
Transcript: 150 crores - "a first installment" from anonymous donors in N. York.
Met Narasimhan after darshan (22-3) and he told me the long story behind his letter from Prince Charles. It was a visit of Charles to hand back Fiji to the Fijians, which Narasimhan attended too. The prince had waited for hours to see fish speared by the natives. But the fish would not appear for the prince. They both also had to accept a drink (alcohol) from the Fijian chiefs - & the Prince downit it to the last drop. "A hard price to pay for the privilege of being Prince of Wales"!
After lunch & moving to the Patel's room, I went to Narasimhan. Met two son-in-laws (or who?) - one in computers/ the other a Chief Engineer in the Indian Railways.
Discussed Goldsmith/Laurens van der Post/also my book and publication questions. (Comment: VKN and I had a very wide area of common interest in older works literature, intellectual debate, pre-war and wartime politics as well as the history of the British rule and of many forms of spirituality from all countries including, of course, India)
The next day, Baba gave the discourse in which he for the first time taught that it is wrong to say that the world is unreal etc. In one sense a complete reversal of the previous teaching!!
(Comment: The brief notes do not make clear the point fully - VKN's view included the point that a Creator who makes and unreal Creation is not a real Creator (of anything real). This rejection of the total otherworldliness of Advaita - which still suffuses almost everything that Sai Baba says about God and humanity - expresses the realistic journalist Narasimhan's healthy common sense attitude well. He would say that India's great demise and the social disgrace of its unnecessary sufferings and poverty was due entirely to this teaching that everything is unreal. This was one of several times Narasimhan told me of that conversation with Sai Baba, as noted elsewhere - click here.)