(1) "Amongst the complete activity shall always be a period of complete inactivity. (2) "One must reach a state beyond desire; when one does not want anything, he has everything. (3) To reach perfection means to try to be divinely human."
During the latter part of 1948, Baba was away on many mast trips. Norina writes, during one of his absences, from Pimpalgaon to a friend in New York:
"We are without our Beloved for a whole month. He is north in seclusion, for reasons that we consciously consider to be far too important to make known in general. It is not for us to make it known what these great creative Spiritual Masters do when they meet in the sphere of life spiritual.
"I cannot think of other than this what I here say to you, and you may use it in the group to refresh the indivisible feeling of the LOVE that cannot yet be felt and one day has to be given to us in experience through the slowly awakening heart.
"Tell to those who ask you what he is to us who have met him, this; Since I met this Life of Giving, our Baba, I can hardly believe that any spoken word will ever do good or help this poor-ridden world without the Vision of the Heart.
"To be near Baba—to see him perform his example as the Perfect Human Spiritual Being —is indeed demonstrating the essence of religion, of any spiritual philosophy ever thought theoretically by man. The influence of his spiritual greatness is evidenced throughout all and everything.
"When he stays aloof, distant from us and yet always near, moving perpetually in realms of life of pure consciousness—beyond action so beyond all that what we call Beyond . . . and then descending to our plane, coming down to the level of our self in touch with this common life, in touch with the smallest facts of our diurnal existence—it is untold graciousness, compassion, devotion for our poor self in struggle to obtain this grace.
"He always had his feet firmly planted upon this struggling earth. He is always humorously sharing all human selfish reactions.