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Baba's darshan and stood waiting his turn, Veena must have felt someone was behind her, for she raised her head from Baba's feet and turned to look around. At that, the Vision disappeared."

 

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Satara, September 2, 1955

 

"I must tell you of a dream I had when I was barely seven years old. It seemed more than a dream, coming very close to `experience' and standing out vividly like an oasis on the blank desert of ordinary dreams. Though I loved Baba at that time and went to the ashram for most of my holidays, I did not really understand about 'Avatar' in the full sense. In my dream I saw God; He was on a huge white cloud in the sky; and I was sitting on its edge, looking up at Him. He was an enormous man and quite naked. I felt so tiny (like Alice in Wonderland after she had nibbled the cake), and I had on a starched, white dress and a pink bow in my hair. God looked quite friendly, and I asked Him why He didn't have any clothes on (arranging a fold of my own smart dress). He smiled and pointed at the clothes-line nearby. I hadn't noticed it before and, when I turned my head, I could see an ordinary string pegged into space with a baby's clothes hung up to dry. There was the tiniest of vests and a baby's diaper! Up leapt the thought into my mind, `Good gracious, how on earth can He ever get into those clothes?' And, although God did not speak to answer, He an­swered in my mind (as clearly as one could have spoken) : `I wear these when I come down to earth for you all. I come in the guise of the smallest of the small.' And then there seemed to rise in me a wave of happy understanding and I sighed the deepest of sighs. That is when I woke up and actually heard myself at the tail end of the sigh, which was literal...”

 

 

Satara, August 17, 1955

 

"Only a few days ago I came across an `Introduction' in a Gujarati book on Upasni Maharaj, by a childhood friend and disciple of Baba; and I want to tell you about an incident in it, showing how, although Baba does not `outwardly' reveal His All-Knowing Self to us, He sometimes has to do so. It was written in 1924, by this friend X, who confesses himself to have been a contemptible sinner of the worst type, and during his service in the first World War had to undergo the penalty of a year and-a-half in jail. After that he was openly abandoned by his family

 

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