continued tomorrow also. I will tell a few points and allow some respite for Bhajan and again continue the discourse. It will relieve the monotony. If you go on continuously listening, you will feel drowsy. Quite apart from your feeling drowsy, I myself am feeling drowsy and I do some relaxation in the shape of listening to some Bhajan or some jokes. This discourse on 'Opium-Addict' is a wonderful one."
Eruch was at first asked to read out the points given by Baba in the last week's Sahavas.
Baba: "An unauthorized person permitting others to bow down to him, plays a losing game, when those who bow down to him are in the game. The sanskaras of those who bow down are placed on the man who is bowed down to, and this is the cause of loss and burden to this man who is bowed down to; he cannot bear such loss or burden."
"Having no real worth or greatness, to assume greatness is also the play of the "ego" (egoism) . To express that one is a saint, without really having the inherent greatness and just to assume an air of greatness, is the play of egoism. It is feeding one's ego with intense pleasure and happiness.” *
Eruch said: "Baba now wants some Bhajan and after awhile, He said He will resume the discourse." The time was about 3:45 p.m. "Baba says He will be here till about 5:30 p.m., after which He will leave for Pimpalgaon. He wants all to go and have tea and come back soon, and not to miss anything." When tea was being delayed, Baba remarked, “The management knows that I wanted you all to be here by 3 p.m. and tea should have been kept ready and taken before you all assembled here."
People went for tea in batches and returned. The Bhajan was also going on in the Meeting-pandal. Baba did not leave the pandal, but continued listening to the Bhajan and cracking jokes with some, as usual. He was also noticed suddenly to be serious and playing his deft fingers and this gave the impression that He must be working in other spheres.
At about 4:35 p.m., the discourse was resumed by Baba. He ended it by saying: "So, through this opiumized saint, good and bad recoil and rebound. Ultimately, the cause of all this is all My Play. It is neither the fault of A. or D. or M., because I am in A. and D. and M. It is My Play (leela). I am in everyone and I do everything and I also do nothing."
* For this discourse on "The Play of Ego" see Sahavas Issue, Vol. V, No. 3.