H. K. Hitaker
Baba asked for another Yma Sumac record, and the songs The Dance of the Winds and The Chant of the Chosen Maidens were played. In the midst of one of these, a card was sent inside to Baba which read in part: "If I could see you only for a moment, I would be eternally grateful." It was signed by H. K. Hitaker, a young Japanese man from Tokyo. He came in and, deeply moved, prostrated himself before Baba.
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Hitaker had heard of Meher Baba years ago from a Dr. Muir, the head of a Theosophical group in Japan. He had been wanting to meet Baba ever since and seized the opportunity when he was invited to India by the Japanese ambassador, a relative of his. Baba told the man to rise, commenting wryly, "I do not allow anyone to come up on the Hill." Baba gave Hitaker his own grapefruit juice to drink, saying, "You have come far; drink it all."
When he had finished drinking, Baba asked him, "Why did you come such a long distance? Baba is everywhere."
"I would like you to come to Japan," Hitaker said.
Baba replied, "After seven hundred years, I will come to Japan."
Hitaker had to go to Calcutta to get his visa renewed, so Baba directed him, "Go to Calcutta today for your work, and return to Meherabad on the 28th in time for the meetings."
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THE NEXT DAY, September 27th, Dr. Natrajan and Spiers went to Meherabad, where Padri gave them a tour. Baba was not supposed to come to Meherabad until the meetings, but he came unexpectedly in the morning, explaining to the Western men, "I did not want to come, as I have other things to deal with, but the women mandali had presents they wanted me to give you with my own hands, and to distribute my photographs, which I have signed."
The Japanese man Hitaker had returned from Calcutta, and Baba ordered him to keep silence from midnight that night to the evening of the 28th – to think of Baba alone and read his messages.
Baba informed Hitaker, "You may become one of my chief workers in spreading my work in Japan and other places, but you must first absorb me and feel that you love me. To tell others what we do not feel ourselves is hypocrisy. So feel, then speak with conviction. I will help you, for I am in you. For the last seven nights I have had no rest, but I am happy."
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The Japanese man Hitaker was keeping silence by Baba's instructions. When he came to Baba for his embrace, he handed him a note, asking if he could continue his silence until Baba broke his. Baba permitted it.