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9

 

"No," Baba answered. Any position will do. Only you must be completely relaxed and thoroughly aware. When the mind becomes a blank, there is a tendency to doze. We must make the mind stand still consciously and at will."

 

"After all," he continued, smiling, "I did not bring you all the way to India to show you the sights!"

 

. . . Thalia, Aglaia and Euphrosyne are three of the women in the Ashram at Nasik. These are not their names, of course, but they will do. Thalia and Aglaia, who have adjoining rooms, are temperamentally unsympathetic. In little ways, they get on each other's nerves. Aglaia, who has many personal peculiarities which make group life awkward for her, has been held up to ridicule many times and made extremely sensitive and self-conscious. The other day, for no apparent reason, Thalia went out of her way to be cruel to Aglaia, wounding her deeply, and making her feel even more embarrassed and self-conscious. Euphrosyne learned of it and was furious. She went at once to Baba. With tears in her eyes she told him of it, crying, "This must stop!"

 

An ordinary teacher would have sent for Thalia to rebuke her. Baba sent for Aglaia instead. He looked at her severely.

 

"You have asked me many times to help you to eliminate your ego. Do you wish it eliminated or not?"

 

"Yes, Baba," Aglaia replied. "Of course I do."

 

"Then why do you become upset when circumstances arise which hurt the ego? Don't you know that this is my way of working? I made Thalia say what she did."

 

"Remember, in the future, that when anyone hurts you, it is I who hurt you; when anyone loves you, it is I who loves you; when anyone laughs at you, it is I who am laughing; when you love anyone it is I whom you love. I am in all things. How can you realize my Infinite presence if you shrink from me in those who hurt you and welcome me only in those who please you?"

 

And Aglaia, who has great potentialities, straightened up and said, "All right, Baba, I will try."

 

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