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smiling at them until his men arrived. This house was a “Yeruka,” i.e., a house belonging to a very poor depressed-class pig keeper.

 

BABA often gave extempore messages for unexpected gatherings; this at a wayside village called Pippra, while on his way from the West to the East, Godavri district, BABA dictated the following through His alphabet board:

 

“I feel very happy to he amongst you all today. My message since eternity has been of love. GOD alone is real, and to know Him, we must love Him. GOD resides in us all equally; He needs our silent love within. We can also love Him by loving our fellowmen. If we love GOD honestly, all our doubts and worries vanish. I give you my blessings so that through love you can see me in everyone and everything. My coming here will be of value if at least one of you becomes worthy of this blessing.”

 

The Telegu language was a problem for all concerned. It was difficult to understand or be understood by the people unless both sides knew English or Telegu. Ordinarily and outwardly BABA appeared to depend on interpreters and translators, but once he proved that he could understand the purport without following the words. This came to light during a meeting between BABA and his local devotees. BABA allowed them to carry on the general discussion in Telegu as all of them could not follow English. BABA would express himself in English, which was then translated into Telegu for the benefit of all. Once, during a translation, BABA stopped the translator before he could finish, and showed how he had erred in his translation; and those who knew both English and Telegu agreed with BABA.

 

BABA, during the course of the journey home, gave a discourse to his men, as follows:

 

“You do not know me. You have not seen me. I am not this body which you see. I am not what you hear. Physical existence is not GOD. GOD is in everything, everywhere, all the time. Your body also is not you. Even if a leg or an arm is cut off, you will still feel within you that you are whole. As a child, as a boy, as you are now and as you will be, you have been changing and will go on changing. Yet you continue to feel your same self, neither more nor less. Your very existence continues unchanged. In spite of the oft-repeated gaps during deep sleep, you do nor feel any break in the continuity of this existence at the moment of your regaining perceptibility ...” Why is it I am God and you are not God? It is because I am conscious that I am God and you are not ...”

 

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