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Baba then explained that it was but natural that even his lovers could not believe such things could happen and in a short period, because no one had yet grasped what he had said. Only he knew that whatever he had said in Meherabad was nothing but Truth. And, Baba continued seriously, Your GOD knows what BABA says, because it was HE who spoke in the meetings."

 

Baba again advised the Mandali and his lovers present that though they might not understand, they should try and believe in his words, for everything he had declared would come to pass as he had precisely declared in the Meeting at Meherabad; and that all his lovers must make it a point to convey this to others without fear or hesitation.

 

At this someone said, "Baba, we have no fear for ourselves, but we hesitate to tell others or the public all that you have said, for if these things fail to come to pass by the end of April then the reflection will fall on our dear Baba. For us, it matters very little whether anything you say comes true or not because we love you deeply and have faith in you." Baba was so much amused by this statement that he could not help laughing. His reply was that if one has the daring to say to others what Baba had declared, then it must be said with confidence and not in desperation. But that if through lack of daring or confidence on one's part one said this in desperation because Baba wanted one to, then it was better to remain silent.

 

During the course of conversation some other lover asked, "Baba, how can we be relieved of our bindings?" Baba said, You are not bound at all—you are free eternally. Only when you think, you become bound. As for example, you are sitting here—a second before this you had absolutely no thought of your wife and children in Bombay. You were completely free from the bindings they impose on you and the bindings you impose on yourself for them. The moment you think of them all the ties of misery and happiness bind you. Therefore the only way to realize that you are eternally free and that you have no bindings is to love BABA wholeheartedly and to think of BABA constantly."

 

All this while Baba appeared to be in a very gay and lively mood. The Mandali saw him really communicative for the first time since he discarded his alphabet board on the 7th of October, 1954. All marveled at Baba's facile gestures that conveyed his thoughts, and none felt the absence of his board.

 

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