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"Now we find there are places in the original Discourses where Deshmukh obviously misinterpreted the point, with the result that there are several important errors. Attention was drawn to them by Baba-lovers in Andhra, who wrote to Eruch, asking confirmation on the points. Eruch then asked Baba, reading out the points in question to him, and Baba said it had been incorrectly put, and gave the right explanation.

 

"I believe one point has been seen to by Adi in the later editions: Vol. 1, Page 3, Para. 2: it is not correct that there are 56 Sadgurus or Perfect Masters in the world at all rimes. There are 56 Perfect Ones (i.e., God-Realized Ones) in the world at all times, and this number includes the 5 Perfect Masters that are ever-present.

 

"The second point I don't think has been seen to yet, but it is very important. It is in Vol. IV, Page 6, Para . 1:

 

"'When the Sadguru is not working for the universe, his mind is inclined towards the Infinite again; and he finds it very difficult to keep down. At such times, he has to compel his mind to come towards material things and activities. On such occasions, some Sadgurus ask for food or pull their hair or slap themselves in order to remain in the body; some such physical activity is necessary to keep them down.'

 

"This is absolutely incorrect. The correct explanation is (given with Baba's full approval and his dear guidance): Both the Sadguru and the Avatar, who have complete God-consciousness, plus full consciousness of the gross, subtle, and mental worlds simultaneously, and who do universal work, have no difficulty in retaining normal human consciousness. Unlike the Sadguru and Avatar, however, the Paramhansa and Jivanmukta, who have no duty to perform, have, at times, great difficulty in keeping their consciousness down to normal, and have to compel their minds to come towards material things and activities. On such occasions they (the Paramhansas and (Jivanmukta) may ask for food, or pull their hair, or slap themselves in order to remain in the body—some such physical activity is necessary to keep them down.'

 

"I have been making corrections on I. H. Conybeare's book for her second edition, and an interesting point has arisen and been cleared up. On page 150, para. 3 ("Civilization or Chaos?"), in which she refers to Zoroaster being tempted by Ahriman, Buddha by Mara, and Jesus by Satan, she says:

 

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