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bird, fish, etc., we gather impressions. Once human consciousness is gained, then there is full consciousness. After that, it is only a question of directing one's attention (to) the 'I,' in order to become free.

 

"Everyone can be happy, but some feel happy and some feel miserable. Those who constantly want something will never feel happy. Misery is bound to accompany wanting. Those who never want for themselves but for others, they can feel happy. Why? Because they want others to feel happy. God, Who is in everything, and everyone, is deaf to formal rituals, ceremonies, prayers, in mosques, churches, temples; but He hears the voice of the heart. When you help others, God knows instantly and is pleased. No amount of prayer or meditation can do what helping others can do.

 

"The main thing that counts is love for Me. How will you love Me? By loving God as well as loving others. If you make others happy, God pays heed. Do you follow?

 

"I have been telling the same message throughout the ages, that all are One. We are all One and all of you love Me.

 

"I am in everything and everything is in Me. In India, I bow down to the lepers, the poor, the lame. Why do I bow down? Because I am One with everything. God is in everyone."

 

"Age after age I have been bringing the same message, but mankind does not listen. Christ was crucified; otherwise humanity would not have listened to Him."

 

Bringing His forefinger down over his forehead with His characteristic gesture, Baba ended, "I am the Ancient One." We do not know how NBC-TV reported Baba's statement, but the newsreel went out over the network late that night. None of us saw it.

 

Baba then left us to go into the smaller room next door for a press con­ference with representatives of the New York papers. There were a dozen or so reporters assembled.

 

After Mr. Carvalho introduced Ivy Duce to the press as head of Sufism Reoriented and co-editor of "God Speaks," and she briefed them on Baba's life and background, Baba entered the room. Eruch interpreted Baba's welcome:

 

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