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leading into this room—there was only the window which is now above the door—and that He used to let Himself in through the window, close it after Him, and stay there in seclusion for periods of time.

 

Then Baba moved over to the divan and began conversing with us, through the alphabet board of course, with Eruch and Adi translating. He stressed again the idea of our being perfectly natural and frank with Him.

 

"I am your Master," He said, but I am also your friend. I am one of you, and one with you."

 

Then He said that He would come to see us everyday between now and the 27th, unless the rains made the roads impassable, or unless He caught cold—"from one of you," He added jocularly. He would explain many things, He said, about the spiritual Path, and Realization, and about His work, and what we could do to help Him in it, and He said that everything should be taken down, and then Purdom and Malcolm will get it into shape for publication. The rest could play, in the afternoon and evening, but Purdom and Malcolm would have to work. However, everyone was to be present every day between 9 and 12:30 while He was with us, so that each would receive as much as possible of what He had to give.

 

Then He said that Realization came, not through the intellect, but through the heart; from loving God and seeing God in and through everything. He spoke of the three kinds of conviction that both the Sufis and the Vedantists define. The first is intellectual conviction, which is arrived at through reason and logic, as a result of which one is convinced that God is. The second is conviction by sight, and when one gets this, one sees God everywhere in everything, as clearly as one would see external objects, but with the inner eye. One is then free from all doubts, and experiences bliss. But the real conviction, He continued, is when one becomes God. Then one knows that only God exists, and that one and all are God. It is only when one gets this conviction that one really knows Baba.

 

"I am one with you on every level, but you know this only when the ego and intellect do not interfere. Then Baba appears as He is.

 

"I am what I am, whether the world bows down to Me, or whether it turns against Me; it does not matter. It is no one's fault.

 

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