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I am also non-existent in your love. I am burned up from head to foot. I am a live volcano all aflame! Don't stop the tears that fall in the pain of separation from you! Don't comfort me—don't wipe away my tears with your daaman―otherwise your own daaman will burn. I only want Union with You, nothing else― otherwise, keep away!' This is the complaint of the lover.

 

"The lover warns other lovers: 'Beware! Once you drink the wine of love, you don't belong to yourself. You are dead to the world. You cannot complain, for love seals your lips!' Here is a warning to Baba lovers: Either keep away from this wine of love of Beloved Baba, or if you taste it, seal your lips against all complaints!"

 

Baba continued: "The joke is that the lover says, 'I try my best to tread the Path, yet when I see You I lose myself, I do not know where I am!' It is impossible to appreciate this Qawwali without understanding the depth of the meaning of the words. They are full of love, it is the language of the heart."

 

Another song: "Whoever is struck by this disease of separation from the Beloved never feels rested, he is always restless like a fish out of water. But he can't complain."

 

Baba continued: "Here in the meeting hall are the select few who dared to drink the wine of love. Here there is no room for those that are short-sighted and weak of heart. Here one must have great daring; one must be prepared to carry one's head on the palm of one's hand.

 

“It is no joke to love," commented Baba. "If you have come to see this as fun, you will become fun yourself! The singer is saying, 'I tried to see You a thousand ways, but I could not see You. I see a face, eyes, nose, limbs, but I can't see Your Oceanic Form. I have knocked my head on a thousand thresholds but I cannot see Your Real Form.'

 

"But only one in a billion can see Me as I really am, in My Real Form," Baba added. Then He gestured, "In this hall all the cups of wine are empty. But when the Divine Wine-seller opens His eyes, simultaneously all cups will be filled with love! Let us hope it will be soon! When I break My silence with that Word of Words, all your cups will be filled full of love—then you may drink to your heart’s content."

 

A sigh of happiness ran through the great throng. Baba continued: "I am that Drop that has swallowed the Whole Ocean! If you were to really

 

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