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love, obedience and devotion are inherent. Such love gives life, body, soul, all to the Beloved. This love is higher than obedience and devotion. The next step to this love is union. So love, love more and more.

 

"Big hearts always 'give and give in'. Small hearts 'take, and take in.'

 

"I will explain to you all one day more about love. Love is not understood properly. Every emotional act cannot be counted as proceeding from love. The true sign of love is to give everything—to give and give.—In real love there is no desire for satisfaction but only for satisfying.

 

"Nowadays, even lust is taken as love. There is a subtle but clear difference between love and lust. They are two different things. You love rice and curry. This is lust. You love a cigar — lust again. You love curry and eat it, but do not give anything by the act."

 

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The "Great Event" of our stay in Nasik was Baba's 43rd birthday on February 18th. This I mentioned fully in my last article in the (1955) Awakener. It is impossible to include at this time all the beautiful messages and talks Baba gave us in Nasik. Also, many have been printed elsewhere. Here are a few excerpts from some:

 

Self Denial

 

"This afternoon we talked about 'illusion and delusion.' Now, what is self-delusion? We say that so and so is self-deluded. What is meant by that?" Someone answered "A person who imagines himself to be what he is not," to which Baba replied, "But this imagination is so strong that the self-deluded man does not doubt he is what he thinks himself to be. He feels he really is this or that person. This delusion is very positive, but it is after all, delusion, and although these persons are not hypocritical, they are dangerous but not seriously so. In one sense all are mad; deluded persons are mad. For instance, you think you are the body — you are body-mad. Are you not mad? " — addressing one of the group. "You are mad, but God-mad."

 

"Self has no sex, but when self treats itself as the body, the sex illusion appears and self is then duality. The Self in each of us is sexless, but the self in (Norina, for instance) thinks itself as woman and the self in Malcolm thinks itself as man. This is delusion. A very subtle difference. It all comes from thinking of ourselves as the body."

 

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