deeply that even the raising of questions became superfluous for most people when they came into His presence. This proved to be true, not only of those who approached Him in Love, but for those who approached Him with hostile purposes. One such incident took place in Persia and is recorded in the Godman:
An important leader of the Bahai's
…came by aeroplane from Shiraz with the object of seeing Baba and challenging him with questions; but the moment he saw Baba and felt his touch he forgot his challenge and questions. He wept, and falling prostrate at Baba's feet cried, 'You are God!' Then he rushed out to proclaim to others, 'I have seen God!'
That the inner reaches of self should be awakened by a Love beyond words is axiomatic: Baba has said that "everything that is Real is given and received in silence." What is truly startling is His absolute mastery of practical daily tasks that would seem impossible to perform properly without the instruments of vocal or written instructions. And yet all that He did was planned down to the most definitive details. The magnitude of His success is exemplified by the book God Speaks, a work that has been received with great interest by scholars of the esoteric as well as theorists in scientific fields. One hundred and forty-five pages of this work were dictated through the medium of an alphabet board!
Of His silence Baba has said:
|When I was in America people asked me when I would break my silence. I asked them: If my silence cannot speak, of what avail would be speeches made by the tongue?|
|I am never silent. I speak eternally. The voice that is heard deep within the soul is my voice.|
In 1931 Baba made his first visit to America. In all He made eleven journeys to the West, several of which were around the the-world tours. The agenda of the first trip is typical of many: Paris, London, Constantinople, Milan, Genoa, the United States. Here He spent three weeks in New York, at Harmon-on-the-Hudson and in New York City, as well as visiting Boston for a day. En route back to Bombay, stops were made at Paris and Marseilles. His final trip to America took place in 1958; it was his third visit to the Meher Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Baba often referred to such trips as laying "spiritual cables" between East and West. The physical journey was a mere scaffold for His work.
Another major aspect of Baba's visible work, primarily from 1939 to 1949, was concerned with masts, or the God-intoxicated. These are individuals, found primarily in India, who have become en-tranced by inner experiences of spiritual unfolding. Spiritually advanced, these souls may spend lifetimes caught at one point on the Path, having lacked the guidance of a Perfect Master. Unaware of the gross world, they are spiritual dynamos that Baba tapped and used in His Universal Work, benefiting them and the creation at large. In integrating and re-channeling the spiritual forces of these masts into one channel of universal regeneration, Baba said, a certain degree of transformation of the world may be necessitated: His work with them took place during a period of intense change in the gross world.
During Baba's work with masts, extensive tours were undertaken throughout India and neighboring areas. In all, more than a thousand masts were contacted and brought to Baba. The disciples in charge were ordered by Baba never to tell the masts who wished to see them. At times, the hostility of the devotees of the different masts was encountered. The masts themselves were often uncooperative in the extreme, and the disciples were tried to the utmost, in striving to fulfill Baba's wishes. The full story of this period of work is told in The Wayfarers, a book whose subject matter is so unique that the Library of Congress commented on it.
In 1949, Baba entered what He called the New Life. It was a period of “hopelessness and helplessness” for Himself and His “companions.” In the “Song Of The New Life,” composed by Dr. Ghani, one verse sums it up: