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Baba continued: Had Jesus told Peter how to love him, Peter would not have denied him. I can tell all how to obey me, but there is no answer to how to love me. Love me in the way you understand love.

 

"I can tell you how to obey me: Do anything I tell you, even at the cost of life itself. And if you do obey 100%, with all sincerity, at any cost, it will be greater than loving me. Obedience is greater than love. But who can obey me? Only one rare one can obey me, but I have that assurance from you all. Just do whatever I tell you to do. You have all put up your hands—we'll see."

 

THE LOVER AND THE BELOVED

Beloved God is in all.

 

What is then the duty of the lover?

 

It is to make the Beloved happy without sparing himself. Without giving a second thought to his own happiness the lover should seek the pleasure of the Beloved. The only thought a lover of God should have is to make the Beloved happy.

 

Thus if you stop thinking of your own happiness and give happiness to others you will then indeed play the part of the lover of God, because Beloved God is in all.

 

But, while giving happiness to others, if you have an iota of thought of self, it is then not love but affection. This tends to seek happiness for the self while making others happy.

 

As for example: (1) A husband's affection for his wife. The husband wants to give happiness to his wife; but while doing so be thinks of his own happiness too. (2) A mother's affection for her child. From this affection the mother derives happiness purely out of giving and seeking happiness for her child.

 

Baba commented; "You are the individualized ocean." He pointed to the brim of the hat he was holding and said: "Visualize this hat as you. You see this gross world (pointing to the box); and with the help of a saint you jump backwards and begin to experience the subtle world (putting the box behind the hat and pointing to the notebook). Then again, with the help of another saint, you see the mental world, not the subtle or the gross.

 

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