Changing the topic, Baba asked (Dec. 1957) “Now what do you understand when I tell you to make your hearts my centers?”
Answering himself, Baba stated: “The devotion you express in your bhajan singing and talks about me should shape your lives according to what you express. Now I tell you, in your daily lives be more careful of your thoughts, words and actions. If you go against what you express, it would be an insult to me.”
With a smile, Baba continued: “One good thing common to you all is that you love me and fight among yourselves!”
Everyone laughed and Gadekar said, “Baba, now there is an end to our quarrels. We work as a team.”
But Ramakrishnan interjected, “Baba, I wish to say that there are still some honest differences of opinion regarding the nature of work we do at the Centre. Some among our group say that you, being the Avatar, alone can do the Avataric work, and they think there is no need for them to work in the way that is being done through the Centre.”
In response, Baba explained: “It is good if some of my lovers have faith in me as the Avatar. If they have this conviction, what more is required? I alone am in everyone. So where is work and worker?
“I alone exist everywhere. What exists, what is happening, what is being done, he who does it – in all these I am. But who has that firm faith? If you take me as the Avatar, I am That, omnipresent, and I have become everything and every being. And for those who now believe in me as the Ancient One, it becomes natural that when I do my Avataric work, they too should work in my cause. But once one has the full trust that I am the Avatar, for him there will be no work. It will all be sahaj.”
Baba proceeded to explain: “If I am the Avatar, which undoubtedly I am, it will not affect me in the least if the whole world turns against me. If I am not the Avatar and the whole world bows at my feet and sings songs in my praise, of what use is it? But I know that I am the Highest of the High. And so I say: ‘Love me; it is worth loving me.’
“The Law says: ‘Live for others.’ I am the One without a second and pervade in all – including ‘the others.’ So it is quite in conformity with the Law when I say: ‘Love me.’ You all are blessed to have come in my personal contact.”
Baba further remarked, “The sahavas program is fixed, but the pain is continuous in my hip joint. Still, the sahavas will definitely take place in February 1958. Whether there is pain or no pain, the sahavas is definite.” Then in cryptic fashion, he added, “Pain has fallen in love with me. It has become a Baba-lover. So Baba cannot ask the pain to leave.”
Explaining about work done in his name, Baba stated:
Work means to love Baba wholeheartedly, so much so that you become lost in my love and forget yourself completely. If you cannot love me like that, then obey me without hesitation. Even if you are slandered by others, go on following my behests. If even this is not possible for you, then try to love Baba, conduct centers, sing bhajans, speak to people about me, and read my messages to them. In this way, by bringing people in my contact, you will also do great work. Keep your hearts clean; otherwise, it will have an opposite effect on those you may bring in my contact.
At times, the required quantity of wine helps a person, but if more is taken, then the person begins acting like a mad man. Similarly, the spiritual truths expounded by the Perfect Masters, if understood properly, prove of invaluable help, and if not understood, they become the cause of unnecessary confusion and trouble.
Much can be said about work, but now be careful to observe the four things as mentioned in Life Circular No. 37 Warning From Baba:
1) Be determined to obey Baba;
2) Abstain from lustful actions;
3) Be honest; do not deceive or give false hopes to anyone; and
4) Do not hurt the feelings of others.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 15, pp. 5248 – 5250.