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Some Indian records were played. In between Baba explained, "In India we have classical music and classical singers. I do not like classical music. They come and sing classical songs for me and I do not appreciate it, I like Qawwalis best. There is a depth to what they say and to the words they use. The Qawwalis are all based on me. About my greatness and about my work.

 

"Here are four Indian records. If you cannot follow them, remember the Indians don't appreciate English music! The first record is in praise of Khwaja, the guru of the age. The people come to Ajmer to pay homage to his shrine. The singer sings in praise of Khwaja, that means he sings my praise. Another song is in praise of Mohammed: 'God's beloved king on earth in human form, who has found his own glory in all the flowers and birds.' It has a deep significance . . .

 

"Here the singer speaks of Nur, of the brilliant effulgence of God. One can’t describe Nur . The brilliance of the sun is but the seventh shadow of God. The word 'kuda' [sic-should be Khuda] is used for God. So he tells of 'kuda' [Khuda] which is infinite effulgence. The singer tells of the infinite effulgence of God being contained in human form as Mohammed, as Jesus Christ, as Baba. The infinite bottled up in human form. If one can understand the depth of the words, one can appreciate the depth of what is being said, especially in Qawwalis: ‘The God-man is the ocean of Unity, and the saints are the pearls in the ocean.' Some records were fortunately left behind in Pimpalgaon, otherwise I would have had to explain every word!" He then stated that Qawwalis are not religious, but spiritual, songs. "They are devotional songs, and have nothing to do with religion. Like the Christian mystics, each one of whom was my gem, each was a lover of God—He was their theme. Jesus was their Beloved, and they did nothing but love their Beloved. They were burning with love that burned their sins to ashes."

 

"Another record. Here the singer sings of the Qutub of that age. Do you all know what Qutub means? He is the Perfect Master, the pivot, the center of the whole universe. Sadguru has the same meaning; Upasni Maharaj was Qutub. Man-God and God-man. Have you learned all these terms? The singer says: 'I need not go begging anywhere from anyone. If anyone can give me anything it is the Qutub. So I fall at his feet and beg for nothing.' We hear the word 'mana'; it means to ask, to beg. He says 'I don't want to ask or beg anything from God because Qutub has divine knowledge and will give me anything, including God.' He says, 'Ask anything

 

sic-correction is taken from ERRATA Volume 6 No. 1 page 35-webmaster 2008-JK

 

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