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All the villagers decided to come to see Baba and so not only were their houses locked, but the whole village deserted. They had left enough fodder for their cattle to last out till they returned home. Baba's love had been ignited in the hearts of these poor villagers by one Baba lover of Bombay. He had a bushy beard. Baba remarked that he looked like Father Christmas. Some one said that if his beard were white he would have positively looked like him. Eruch intervened and said that he could rightly be called Father Christmas since he had brought the gift of Baba's love to all the villagers. Eruch then remarked that so many new Baba Centers were springing up that it was not possible to keep a complete record of them. Baba said, "Once I break my Silence, all will come to know me. Fortunate are those who know me now."

 

Baba explained a line here and there from one of the ghazals. He said, "The lover says to his Beloved: 'I remember you always and that is the reason why I have a share in your suffering. I am constantly in search of your footprints and I swear I bow down my head as soon as I see them. For me there is no Kaabah (tomb of Mohammed) to bow down my head to. Every thought of you is my Kaabah. I don't know how to worship you. All I know is to bow down my head wherever you ask me to do so. This means 100% obedience. The lover says, 'The Real Sight that sees God is like a nest in the midst of lightning.'"

 

Baba explained that a nest means a place of protection, while lightning denotes destruction. The lover must thus be prepared to build his nest in lightning, i.e., be prepared for complete annihilation. One should thus not seek the Beloved amidst bodily pleasures, but should seek him in constant suffering.

 

Baba once said, "Where you are, God is not. Where God is, you are not." He continued, "It is very easy to become good but very difficult to become God." Adi remarked, "It is very easy to become God after becoming good—just knock off one O!" Baba said, "Trying to knock off O, you may even die but you will not succeed. It is not easy at all!"

 

Baba gave some more explanations from ghazals sung by Madhusudan: "The lover complains to the Beloved—'I have given myself to you completely and yet you are so cruel that you do not even care for me. Your simplicity is your beauty. Your beauty is your simplicity.'

 

"The lover says, 'Do not leave me once you have embraced me, for now it is a question of life or death for me . . . it is impossible to be united with you, so I only pine to have the pangs of your love."

 

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