HOSE who have the opportunity of a closer contact with Baba experience the truth underlying the words He so often expresses: "I am the Lord of the Universe and I am the slave of my lovers."
The great love of some of His followers in Europe, U.S.A. and Australia compelled Baba, the Lord of Love, to pay heed to their silent and profound yearning to have Him physically in their midst, even though it be for a very short while.
Accordingly, in the midst of His seclusion, Baba left Satara (India) on the 16th of July, 1956, to give His "Sahavas" or company to His dear ones in Europe, U.S.A. and Australia.
After satisfying the yearning of the hearts of His lovers in distant lands, Baba returned to Satara on the 17th day of August, 1956, exactly after a month of a very strenuous round-the-world tour, to resume His seclusion, which will continue till the 15th of February, 1957.
During the past 25 years, Baba has paid several visits to various countries outside India. Baba's name is not unfamiliar in distant lands to those who are sincere in their search for Truth. To them, Baba is the source of Light and is the Goal on the Path to God-realization.
But this recent whirlwind flight of Baba, going round the globe in 30 days, made those who were with Baba feel that He was something more than merely the guiding star of the aspirants on the Path. Baba was also the Divine Beloved of the lovers of God.
Hundreds of hearts that glowed with the warmth of love for God burst into so many flames as they contacted Baba. Many others who approached Baba indifferently felt some spark of love descending into their benumbed hearts enlivening them as they contacted Baba.
Into whatever country He stopped to give His "Sahavas," there was a spontaneous outburst of love near and around Baba.