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so deep and your faith so great that you actually make progress on the spiritual path, and really begin to have experiences of the path. In this instance, you are surely benefited at the hands of 'opiumized' saint. Whereas in the previous case, 'opiumized' saint has done a great harm. Through such 'saints' harm and benefit recoil and accrue.

 

But all this is a play in illusion. It is all My play. None can fathom Me as I really am. I am in everyone and I do everything; simultaneously, I also do nothing.

 

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.

 

Baba commented: "In India we find people without spiritual authority allowing others to bow down to them. Even one of my old followers, after many years of contact with me, left me 30 years ago and established an 'ashram' at Nasik. You have seen or heard of it as a place of spiritual pilgrimage. He used to tell people, 'Baba has made me his charge-man.' People paid homage to him. The news reached me and I sent one man to tell him to stop all this display and nonsense and come to me. He didn't listen. He was very happy with his surroundings. Three years passed and he established a big following, among whom was a very beautiful woman. It was not a proper marriage and the woman conceived. The police heard of it and the man got frightened. He left and ran to me. Then I reminded him that he did not come three years ago when I called. Now he should either go back and settle with the police or stay with me when he would get leprosy.

 

"There is no mention of this in any of the books, but it is recorded in Chanji's diary. He stayed with me, he got leprosy, all the time repenting. I forgave him and instructed him to go out and beg for his food, to be without money or women. Not to stay anywhere but to return after a year. He roamed about for two years and came back. He was cured of the disease. Now he loves me fully and longs to tell everyone about me."

 

Baba calls for a brief intermission and asks for music. Max Häfliger plays, a Swiss yodel record, telling that when Baba went to Europe in 1935 he enjoyed the sound of the yodelers after being in seclusion in the mountains. Max said, "This record is only the 7th shadow of the real yodel." After the record Baba made us all laugh by saying "the 14th shadow." Then another Swiss record—the ringing of the Zurich church bells and the song

 

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