"ON THIS ANNIVERSARY OF MY BIRTHDAY, I GIVE YOU MY BLESSINGS FOR THE DEATHDAY OF YOUR FALSE SELVES, AND FOR THE BIRTHDAY IN ME OF YOUR ONE TRUE SELF."
A Comment from Darwin Shaw:
Although I am unable to measure the full significance of Baba's Birthday Message-Blessing, I feel that it is as though His Love and Compassion for us could no longer be contained, and His Infinite Mercy spontaneously found expression as He dipped deeply into His immeasurable treasure-chest to quite simply and most lovingly, offer us the crown jewels of the Kingdom of God.
It is as though we, who had been struggling vainly to find some way to get into the impregnable palace of the King, were suddenly confronted by the King Himself, Who smilingly opens wide the door and says, “Please come in. I want you to come in and share My Treasure. It is My Gift to you.”
And who would mind being crushed by the overwhelming beauty of His Love, and who would care what became of the self as one, thus enraptured, accepted the priceless, the timeless, the immeasurably loving hospitality of the King?
. . . from speeches made in India on Baba's 68th Birthday, February 25th.
"People all over the world invariably celebrate their own birthdays. Every additional year that passes off from their life-span brings certain happiness or misery; and their aging effect becomes evident on body and mind . . . with the passage of time, they begin to ponder over the fleeting nature of experience and reach out for something more stable, sublime and beautiful . . .
This is the Birthday of One whose every additional year brings for us a new hope in Self-dependence and a greater conviction in the power of Love — Love that has the ascendancy over every other faculty in human