During the darshan, (Jan. 1959) a Dutch woman, married to an Indian editor and living in South Africa, came to meet Baba. She was a social worker and had been travelling extensively in India in the course of her work. She had happened to go by Guruprasad and was drawn inside by curiosity.
Baba asked her to sit down. “You are fortunate,” he gestured and then inquired, “Which place did you like best?”
“The Himalayas,” she replied. “I loved them for their grandeur and spiritual atmosphere.”
Baba stated: “Yes, there are and have been rishis [sages] and munis [silent yogis] in the Himalayas through the ages, but even they have not seen me as I really am. You like the Himalayas for their spiritual atmosphere. But what about the place within you where God dwells, don’t you love that place best? Once you visit that place, all other places, howsoever beautiful and glorious or filled with spiritual atmosphere, will hold no charm for you.
“The Himalayas, India, all other parts of the world [waving his hand at the crowds and grounds], that which is right here in front of you – they are all Maya. Search within your heart for that which is true and lasting.”
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 16, p. 5524.