Baba then asked Mrs. Mona Sakhare to recite the Master's Prayer. It seems that she felt a little nervous. Baba said, "I am the only one present here, so why worry? I alone will hear you." Baba then asked a few of us to wait and all others were asked to go for lunch and return at 2:30 P.M.
We enjoyed several games of ‘La Risque' (that incredible game of cards) with Baba. There were exactly 36 of us. The losing party (almost always the party opposing Baba) had to rub their noses on the ground in front of Baba. After a few games we also went for lunch.
In the afternoon Baba remarked that none except a very few Mandali knew of the actual work he had done incognito for the poor. Eruch told us some of the stories of Baba's work with the poor and they brought tears to many eyes. At the end Baba remarked, "Formerly I used to go in search of people, now people come in search of me."
Baba once said, "I was completely free before, and what a Whim I got that bound me with this creation! Actually there is no past or future. Only this moment exists. The past and future are ingrained in this present moment. This present moment is eternity itself. It is so difficult to see me as I am! Even Judas, who had lived with Jesus, could not know the Christ. Lord Krishna said that due to Yoga Maya people did not know Him as eternal and infinite. Whatever you see is not God. When you are not, then you see God."
This afternoon Sri Deshpande sang many bhajans and Baba enjoyed them. He suddenly turned to a women sitting near him during one of the bhajans and said, "While you are here, think of me. He who thinks of others is not present here."
After Sri Deshpande left, Madhusudan sang a ghazal. Baba interpreted it as follows: "Seemab writes that when he met a Perfect Master, he gained everything that had to be gained. When he got the Perfect Master's footprints, he possessed everything worth possessing. He had met One who knew Himself, the Path, everyone and everything. He had met God in human form undoubtedly!"
After the program Baba asked all to come to him and kiss his hand and then leave the hall.
(To Be Continued ) in Volume 9 Number 4 Page 19
Best Manuscript on Baba, H. P. Bharucha (see p. 23); Honorable Mention: Freiny Naravala.
Best Sahavas Photo: Charmian Corrinet; Honorable Mention, Ann Conlon.
Best Sahavas Report: Darwin Shaw (see Vol. IX, Nos. 1-2); Mrs. P. S. Vishnu Rao.