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9

 

All too soon the happy hours were over. Those who had not yet met, or embraced the Eastern women, did so now, while the rest of us mingled in reunion from all quarters of the globe. Baba remained on the couch where a few, as usual, lingered for an extra embrace or bit of personal attention.

 

Then the various buses and cars arrived outside the portico to take us back to our quarters in various parts of town. In the afternoon, trips to the bazaars of Poona were arranged for those women who wished to go; meanwhile the Western men had their first glimpse of Baba, at Guruprasad. Making up for the rest lost on our 18,000-mile trip, I slept a greater part of this afternoon, and chatted with the many friends, new and old, in our little hotel. Outside our door a ragged band of magicians, with their baskets of cobras and mango roots, clamored for us to watch their performance. But no one was interested. Hadn't we just been to see the greatest magician of all—the one at whose command the whole illusory Shadow-Show of Maya performs all its tricks?

 

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In the afternoon, Baba called the Western men to His side. Darwin Shaw gives the following account of this all-male Sahavas:

 

Someone asked Baba about habits and becoming a slave to them. Baba replied by saying, "If you become addicted to God, then all of your problems are solved. Go on drinking the love of God until you become one with God. It is good to be addicted to the love of God."

 

Eruch was interpreting Baba's gestures, as usual. He went on to say, "Baba says that He is infinitely tired, with the whole world on His head. He has had to undergo all kinds of suffering within the past 4 or 5 days. One danger has been averted (we understood this to be a reference to the Cuban situation), but two more are facing him." (We assumed that one of these was the Chinese invasion of India, but we weren't sure what the other was).

 

"One who knows what love is, enters deeper and deeper within and finds that he has four journeys to make there. These journeys within have no space, yet it is an infinite process."

 

"Only Jesus Christ knew what Baba knows—how to suffer."

 

"No one is more eager than I to break My Silence. As soon as I break My Silence everything will go easily."

 

"God is so close to each of you—closer than the very breath of your life."

 

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