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anything. If you will just give me a meal and some clothes I will remain and serve you." Baba told him to remain. A little while later he said, "I have one attachment, when I am free of this I will come back and stay with you until I drop this body."

 

The third one came to Baba and said, "I want God-Realization." Baba asked him if he did not want other things as well. He replied, "Nothing but God-Realization." Baba then asked him to lock himself in a room for three years and to take only milk. No other food, and no reading or writing. And the man did this. He had the daring to do it. This man did not even leave his room when he found a cobra in it one day, he waited until the man who brought him his milk came and killed it.

 

Baba said, "I want you all to know that love for Me should not have any demands, or wants." Baba said, "Wanting had its origin in the very first urge of God—'I want to know Myself. I want to know who I am.' The Original Want has expanded into so many different wants, illusory wants—'I want to know myself, I want this and that,' it is continuous. Life after life evolution of the illusory want goes on. until one gets fed up—and wants nothing. At that instant he gets the answer to his first question, 'Who am I' with, 'I am God.'

 

"One should live a normal life and just love Baba, and not be attached to living. Then you will have a curtain of Baba's love protecting you from the world."

 

Baba also said: "Christ's greatness was not in His power and miracles, but in His humility in being crucified. His humility was His true greatness. "

 

And finally, "Deny your false self and your Real-Self asserts itself. Ask for nothing and you get everything. Renounce everything to such an extent that you eventually renounce even renunciation."

 

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"Ask God, 0 man, for neither that nor this:

 

Ask anything, and that thine idol is."

 

 

Angelus Silesius

 

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