Baba said this because all of us had on our minds what these three questions might be about, one or two fearing that we might be asked to return to Europe, as had happened in India two years ago — or that Baba might leave us and go away, to which Baba answered: "I never go away anywhere, I am with you and in you. When you see me in you, then only is this clear." Baba once again repeated: "Try to be completely detached for these few minutes." From time to time he asked different members of the Group what they were thinking about.
On meditation Baba said: "Meditation will continue as before, 11 to 12 every day. But when I am here you are to write down your thoughts that come during the period of meditation — which will only be from 11 to 11:30. On other days meditate from 11 to 12, along the lines I have given to each individually."
Referring to the writing down of our thoughts, Baba continued: "You must know what you are capable of producing, and if you do it sincerely it will be beneficial. Show these thoughts to no one. Read them through yourself and afterwards tear it up. Next morning write down your dream, if you remember it, and show to Baba. Let us go for the thorn before it gets in. Let us attack the thorn before it attacks us. But it surely will prick — then calmly, unperturbed, we will take it out, break it and throw it away. It might happen one day you see in your dream how I work in the Spiritual Meeting. Once I told you that you might see me working in a dream — do you remember? You see everything limited. I see everything unlimited — now while I am talking I might be receiving news and sending instructions. You will get ideas (in your dreams) write these down, but only this one night; whenever I am here."
On another day, Baba, having already told us to write down any dreams we might have the following night and give to him next day, continued this subject by saying: "I will one day explain all about dreams. There are seven kinds, some are due to indigestion (laughter), the 6th has no meaning, the 7th has significance."
Talk at Manzil Bungalow, Nasik, February 9, 1937
In the history of India you will read of Saint Ramdas, Spiritual Master of Shivajee. Shivajee was a king, and he became a disciple of Ramdas. He was a very great warrior-king who established and built up the Maratha Empire, and, tradition has it, never lost a battle. He became the follower and disciple of Ramdas. He gave the whole of his kingdom to Ramdas, who gave it back and told him he had to look after it again, not as belonging to him but as belonging to Ramdas, his Master.
Ramdas had another disciple called Kalyan, a very rare specimen of a disciple. He never meditated, never practiced any austerities, but just did what his Master said. If told to get up, he got up; if told to eat, or overeat, to fast or not to fast, he would do it — always just as he was told.
Shivajee thought himself the chief of Ramdas' disciples. Ramdas, to break down his ego, said all of a sudden one day when the sun was shining brightly: "It is now a dark night!" Kalyan said, "Yes, Master, it is a dark night." Shivajee said, "Yes, it must be a dark night when you say so." A third disciple thought . . . "It is not a dark night, but we will accept it as a dark night if you say so."
Now look at the three statements: First, Kalyan actually saw it was day, but his mind told him, "You are illusioned, it is dark", he completely believed it to be dark, although he saw it was day. A very rare type of faith. Shivajee, too, saw it was daylight, but his mind said, "It is day but the Master wishes it to be understood that it is a dark night so we must accept it." The third disciple thought, "The Master is fooling us, so we accept it."
These illustrate the three types of obedience. There are many who use common sense in obeying (type 3); a few who obey literally without common sense (type 2); but even