forget the Beloved for a single moment. Then meditation is not necessary. It is superfluous. Majnu thought of nothing but Leyla. He saw Leyla in everything.
"Urdu is like castor oil, but if you really think of staying five years, then you must learn it and the sooner the better. But you all think you will have to go away soon, so why bother about it.” (Here Baba asked us a few imperative Urdu verbs.) We knew most of them but none of us said the word with sufficient force and energy to really please Baba. Kaka had to repeat them for us as they should be said.
"On the 8th Kimco (Kitty, Margaret, and Delia) go to Bombay. Because Garrett was sent for my work does not mean that you all will have to go. Kimco will stay three days. I will tell them about the work later. That is why I called Kaka today. You (Kimco) will stay at Kaka's house and not complain about inconveniences."
March 14. Excerpts from a later discourse on subconscious experiences:
. . ."Now, what is the difference between hallucination and spiritual experience? In hallucination you see things, extraordinary things, but never feel blissful or peaceful. This is the only sure sign of differentiating between hallucination and spiritual experience. When it is hallucination bliss and peace are impossible."
On another subject Malcolm asked: "This infinite process of becoming is an illusion. How can we get beyond becoming to pure being?" Baba replied: "You want to know how to realize the Self? Very cute. He asks the only thing that matters. That is not knowing, it is Realization. Now is it clear? Unless one is imprisoned one cannot appreciate freedom. A fish born in water lives in water, and knows only the water." Nadia said, "Then we should bless everything, even our difficulties, shouldn't we, Baba?" "Bless everything, even the sweets and the lemon soufflé. Everything is a blessing."
Next day, March 15th, Baba took us again to Meherabad, in three cars, appointing who was to ride in each. He gave to each of us a name which was put up on the notice board. A little humor!! In the Chevrolet: Pendu—the great to drive; Tom — the lover; Malcolm — the magazine; Jean — the jewel; Mary — the merry; Nadia — the knower.
In the Ford: Elizabeth — the eternal driver; Norina — the Mama; Rano ― the universal mind; Ruano — the heavens; Nonny — the beloved; Kitty ― the love; Canute and Kippy — the nuisances.