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younger sons write to me that, while they are still waiting to have my Sahavas, their elder brother has come to me already.

 

"K. left his home for my work immediately after his young brother had died in the house. K., as the elder brother, did not even wait to perform the funeral rites demanded by custom. When questioned by visitors, the family replied by repeating what K. had told them—that the man loved Baba and had merely dropped the coat of his gross body. K. had felt certain that his young brother would have wanted him to go ahead with Baba's urgent work at once, since he had always looked upon the service of Baba as infinitely more important and rewarding than any ritual.

 

"The point I wish to drive home is that it is never too late to obey me, that you should obey me to the end, that you should obey me with a courage undaunted by any disaster, and that, above all else, you should obey me when I stand face to face with the dark cloud.

 

“For six months you take care of what I say to you, and after that I shall take care of you. I say again, do not leave me and live to repent later, when there will be no remedy for your loss. For six months, do not give up obeying me at any cost—come what may, remember me and do as I say. Make all other thoughts subordinate to your resolve to please me with all your heart.

 

"Although to let go your hold on my daaman is always easy, it is never easy to hold on to it, and it may, during the next six months, be more difficult than ever before. But if you try with all your heart to do so, I shall surely help you. Once you let go, remember that it will be very difficult to grasp my daaman again.

 

"Bayazid, who is known as the Sardar of Sufi Masters, realized God at a very advanced age and also became one of the five Perfect Masters of his time. Once he asked two disciples who loved him most what was their greatest desire. One said, 'I want the Master'; the other, 'I want the Master's state of Perfection.' Both wanted the same thing; yet there was a world of difference in their approach. The first desired, above all, the pleasure of his Master, because he did not want to let go his hold on the Master's daaman to the end.

 

"Now, for six months, up to March, 1958―

(1)   Be ready and determined to do whatever I ask you to do.

(2)   Do no lustful action whatever; even husband and wife had better remain celibate.

 

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