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From Phillipe Dupuis:

 

—Somewhere in France

 

... The main teaching I got from India… (was)…that spiritual life is no fun, no adventure, no part-time, not excitement! It is like the modern wars. It is total! It is not to be thought only, but lived. The best way to do it is to give up everything—forget everything; be ready and glad to die at the feet of one's Master, if you have the grace to have one. All else seems to me loss of time, compromise. No one can barter with God. This is why I wish I were dead in India, not only to myself but to my body ... if B. asked me to do so. To try to be spiritual in the West seems to me to be a mockery. Nothing is in favor of it—even though one would be a hero, a saint, or a giant of strength. To be spiritual we have to go back to school, to India, very humbly, and learn from the presence of our Master. There is nothing like the physical presence of a Master. We have to be ready to give up everything for the Beloved ... and die. This poor mind of ours is the main obstacle. It seems only the Master can put it aside for us and unlock our heart--which is the secret of all secrets...Let's go back to school, to the Master! He is our only way, our only hope—all depends on His Grace. Without Him ... darkness on top of darkness. And all the books in the world cannot give one-millionth of the bliss that one look of the Master can bestow on you. The trouble is that to follow a Master you must be a real hero …have a terrific strength which only He can give you. All along, it is a matter of Grace…

 

…He seemed enormously amused to think that we only saw Him for one minute and then Bang! got caught! …He said we were very lucky to be able to recognize an Avatar in such a short time...(Another time) He said: "There are 99 per cent chances that I shall drop My body before the end of next December. If I would not drop it, I would live up to 90 years of age—sitting on top of the chest of the whole universe."

 

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From Darwin Shaw:

 

For each of us who had never before witnessed Baba at work with such a multitude, the day of His Last Mass Darshan was an amazing experience. The interest the Indian people show in a Spiritual Master is, in itself, an example which the people of the West would do well to consider and emulate. Although many of those who attended the Mass Darshan were from

 

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