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lantern placed on an empty kerosene tin served to break the pitch-black darkness. Tigers abounded in this place. One night Chanji happened to doze off and his leg kicked the kerosene tin. The lamp and tin fell down and made a big noise. Both the watch-keepers were frightened to death thinking that a tiger had pounced upon them. Baba said that these two watchmen reminded him of the time when he was Krishna. He had four companions then, one was a stutterer, the other was lame, the third squint-eyed and the fourth was deaf. At 3:00 P.M. Arti was sung and then all dispersed.

 

Lata sang another ghazal. Baba explained a few lines of the song. He said: “On the inner journeys there are seven planes of consciousness and every plane has its Muquam and Manzil (abode and station).

 

"'The lover says, 'I am trying to make my heart pure, but I do not expect any reward.'

 

continued in Volume 10 Number 3 Page 18

 

 

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TO MY DEAR OCEAN OF LOVE

By Irwin Luck

 

 

To my dear Ocean of Love,

My Beloved Ancient One, eternally young in Love ―

To my dear Avatar of a million lives of

    tears and sorrows; for lost souls' sake —

Oh dear magic charmer of hearts; only You

Can create remembrance of the glory of love long forgotten.

You are the whimsical pearl that fulfills destiny ―

Blessed destroyer of remembrance;

Only Your touch can free consciousness

    allowing it to bathe in the smile of adorable Love —

The joy of being ever, ever infatuated;

You are the divine adolescent in love with creation,

adventure of adventures, romance of romances —

Oh Beautiful God, Baba; Self of myself,

For whom the game of Romance is just a whim, a momentary thrill;

To break the wonderful monotony of continuous Bliss.

That the eternal Power should in a flash of whimsy

    humor itself with a dream of weakness —

Beautiful Lord,

    who having no reason to Be just Is;

    and just is the Love that all souls Love —

Once I tried looking in me to find You

    so that I could look in You to find what was once me;

 

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