us of this fact, we assert that we are X, Y, Z! Baba has said, "I tell you with my Divine Authority that you and I are not we, but one." To some readers it may appear that life would be impossible if we accepted the fact that "Baba alone is," but this is not so. Swami Ramdas, a God-realized person, living in South India today, had once said, "We are always conscious of unity and yet we play in duality." This is what we should also do, know and experience that "Baba alone is," and yet play in duality until He picks us out of His game. One should carry out one's worldly duties and yet not forget that Baba is the real and only doer of everything. Meditation on the above gives such joy, that real experience of this unity would be unimaginable bliss.
The goal is difficult to achieve and patience should be our companion. Baba had once written to me on this subject as follows:
"Baba wants you to keep aglow your aspiration with the warmth of your love and longing for the Goal of all aspirations. Withstand boldly and patiently, your own onslaughts on yourself, for the love of Self, 'till you are rewarded unawares, with strength sufficient to unhook the 'your' that you had hooked to 'yourself,' and there will then be naught but Self, experiencing and realizing and making others realize its pristine Glory and Eternal Bliss."
The "Sahavas" afforded a unique opportunity to many lovers of Avatar Meher Baba to derive the maximum benefit from their association with Him and with each other. Men and women of diverse faiths, speaking diverse tongues—Andhras, South Indians, Gujaratis, Parsis, Christians, Muslims and even some foreigners assembled at the Sahavas and lived as members of a common family. Though there were instances of individuals travelling alone or with their families, by far the largest number travelled in groups; the real enjoyment was found to have commenced even at the time the lovers departed from their respective centers for the Sahavas, and to have continued even after the Sahavas during the return journey, in the