I would like to point out here that while Baba would, on occasion, single out one individual to chastise rather than the whole group, nevertheless, the others were equally involved. Someone had to be the scape-goat. Chanji used to tell me that he was usually the scape-goat when Baba had occasion to reprimand the mandali. At such times you need awareness to be quick to follow Baba's game, so to speak—and accept the blame silently. Your reward —a smile from Baba.
The atmosphere I'm sure improved for a while—but only for a while—else why was it we were all called together within a week or so—on the same theme? "On Dying."
“Now listen very seriously to this lecture:
"As I said this morning, it is time we started dying. Dying, not in the meaning of ordinary death, but the death of low sense desires. It is all bliss and yet all are miserable because of ignorance. This ignorance causes desires to be fulfilled, yet the goal of each and everyone is to attain the 'no-desire' state.
"You want millions of things. You say, 'I want this, I want that.' And wanting inevitably leads to suffering. So try your best—your very best by loving more, and then you will want less and less of that which is beyond your needs. Try seriously. It will be all bliss if you don't want anything. But you must try consciously. The stone wants nothing unconsciously.
"Let us begin by dying. The more you want the more you are miserable. If you thought seriously for just five minutes, what you have wanted all your life—what you have got, and what you did not get—and today, see if you are satisfied with life. All that you enjoyed all these years, today is nil. All you suffered, today is nil. It was all illusion. So, when it is our right to be happy, why try to be unhappy by wanting things? Don't want. Be happy. Wanting makes you restless. If you do not get that which you want, you are disappointed. And when you do, you do not want it. Long and want only for the one thing that will kill the million other wants. Long for Union. How clear and simple. Try with all your heart. Do not only say 'yes' and then not do it. Begin seriously now. You cannot love each other. All right—but try at least to give in to each other. This you do not do. Why? Because you are not honest. That is why I love those in the mad ashram. They are honest in their insanity. You come from afar to love me and to realize me and you become fighting cocks and hens. I think I will have to leave you