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limitations of your own nature. This means that you should go against your very nature, against the very nature of your physical, subtle and mental bodies!

 

Thus, if you are hungry, you should not eat; if you are not hungry, you should eat! When you feel like sleeping, you should not sleep; when you do not feel like sleeping, you should sleep! This is what Hafiz means by going against one's own nature—stepping out of the boundary of your nature. Again, if you wish to see anything, you should not; and if you do not wish to see, you should see. When you exert yourself you pant; but you should not pant, you should feel normal. Your breathing should be a normal breathing, just when you are out of breath. You are silting, silently listening to this discourse and your breathing is normal; it must not be so—according to the couplet of Hafiz. From all this you will understand how impossible it is to go against your own nature and realize Me as I really am. But, here, Hafiz himself comes to your rescue and says that there is a solution: this solution too is most difficult, but at least it is less impossible. In another of his couplets Hafiz says, "O You, if you ever get possessed by madness to realize God, then become the dust at the feet of a Perfect Master—Qutub or Sadguru." Hafiz uses the word "madness" to depict, once again, that it is a sheer impossibility to realize this state of reality. The question now arises as to how should one become dust at the feet of a Perfect Master.

 

Dust has no thought of its own, whether it is trampled upon, or applied to the forehead of a man, or remains suspended in air or water. It is all one and the same to it. I tell you that there is no truer and better example of complete obedience than becoming like dust.

 

Baba remarked: Those who cannot follow this discourse should not worry: just concentrate on Me. Words have no real value. It is good if you can understand: if you do not, why worry?

 

Summing up this discourse, Baba repeated what a Sufi poet had said: "After years and years of longing for Union with God, only one, out of a million Mardan-e-Khuda (Men of God), realized God."

 

In the end, Baba gave assurance by saying: Be brave. Be happy. I and you all are One. And the Infinite that eternally belongs to Me will one day belong to every individual. (Correcting someone, Baba pointed out that it

 

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