—a favorite passage which I had read to many people, hoping they'd get the hint and work to make me quit beguiling time and "would mock one's hypocrisy and posturing, ..."
“Not bad," said Francis, "that's an interesting piece. Did I write that?"
Mani, Baba's sister, appeared just for a minute while we talked. She brought two mangoes which Baba had asked to be sent from His Mast-given mango trees. And she brought a young and happy smile which expressed her life with her Brother-Father and which refired that "same-place" feeling.
Before Baba retired from the mandali hall, He called me back for a final love-glimpse and namaste of the hands and heart. "Thank You" I said, and I would have added, "for coming" if my tongue had been operating properly. Or, if properly, it would have refused to move:
"Everything real is given and received in silence."
What is this striving to 'really-seeing that Baba so emphatically put before us? In one of His discourses in "The Everything and the Nothing, He crystallizes this crystal-clear pure worship which He would have us pay to our Real Self:
"He who has eyes but does not see,
He who has ears but does not hear,
He who has a tongue but does not speak,
He can see Me as I should be seen,
and know Me as I should be known.”
To accomplish this impossible real seeing is to realize in experience, and not merely to think, that Baba is the only Doer of all that is done. To gain this experience of Baba's Reality, Baba says that we must become "constantly alert towards the expressive Beauty of the All-pervading Beloved. " On this Hafiz has said, 'If you want your Beloved to be present, do not absent yourself for one moment from His Presence."
We have to refuse to confine Baba to Meherazad. The Perfect Master is in everything, and is the Center of everything. Every one and everything is therefore equidistant from Him. Though, owing to our own limitations, He appears outwardly to be present at only one place at a time, He is on every plane of consciousness at one and the same time. To see Him as He is, is to see God.
"So beware, lest when the divine Beloved knocks at the door of your heart He finds you absent."
But we do absent ourselves, usually far more than we "present" ourselves to Baba. We try to remember Him. But we do forget Him. And we try again to make Him our "Constant companion," this time with a vow not to let Him slip from our heart-tongues for the span of a single breath. But again we do forget Him.