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Variegated were the expressions of love for the Beloved when the lovers met Baba at the airports and in his apartments after the long spell of unbearable separation.

 

Some of the lovers would touch and caress the physical form of their Divine Beloved to ascertain as it were that what they beheld was not a dream but fulfillment of their deep love for Him that had drawn Him near to them over thousands of miles. Some wept with overwhelming joy and happiness; some knelt before Baba and simply gazed at Him in silent adoration; some felt dumbfounded and stood near Him with tears of joy flowing profusely; some felt very gay and cheerful as children feel when their needs are satisfied; some continued to repeat, "Baba, is it all true or a dream?" And there were others who could not contain their joy and who would want to embrace Baba every now and then. And the Divine Beloved? He continued to remain silent amidst all the joy, the sobs and the throbs of the lovers. In silence, Baba, adorable as he always is, happy as He is usually found to be, received the love of His lovers and radiated more forcefully His love for them. Every now and then He would express through gestures how very happy He was amidst them. Baba would invariably give a loving pat of His hand on the head or shoulder of His lover if at all he missed to give an embrace.

 

Day after day, for one full month, the same scene repeated itself. Of course, with every flight that carried Baba over different continents and oceans, every time it was a different day from the other under the new settings of different lovers of different nationalities and of different countries. Baba, the Ancient One, remained the same one eternal Divine Beloved, to be loved and served by thousands. Baba carried with Him an atmosphere so surcharged with love that just a loving glance towards His lover would suffice to fill the heart of His loved one with all that he could long for.

 

It is interesting to know that some 20 years ago Baba had made a passing remark in connection with His Western trips. Baba had said then that there would come a time when He would have to travel far to distant lands in a limited time to meet His lovers in different parts of the globe. Baba had also added that, during these travels, he would rest for the night on one continent, the next day on another and that He would take His breakfast in one country, eat His luncheon in another, have His

 

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