Explaining the meaning of sahavas, Baba dictated:
I wish that you remain happy in my sahavas. This will be the last sahavas, so I want you to be happy and draw as much of my love as possible. Make the most of this opportunity. I am the Ocean of Love. It rests with you to draw as much love as you can from this Ocean. It does not rest with me to explain to you how to love me. Try to understand it. Suppose a man loves a woman and vice versa. Is it ever possible for the man to tell the woman, or the woman to tell the man how they should love each other? One thing is certain: I want to give you as much of my love as possible, but it rests with you to receive it. The easiest way is for you to forget about your home, family and worldly affairs when you are here, and try to be receptive to my love. This is the first thing required if you want to absorb the maximum of my love. The second thing is to feel completely comfortable, have a good night’s rest, sleep well each night, so that when you come daily for my sahavas you will feel fresh.
I am God, and if you doze in my presence, you will miss me and your drowsiness will force you to remain absent from my presence, in spite of your daily attendance. The meaning of sahavas is intimate companionship. In order to establish this companionship, you should be free with me. You should try to be as intimate with me as possible.
Principal Niranjan Singh was sitting at a distance and, seeing him, Baba asked, “Do you want to hide yourself from me?” Niranjan Singh laughed.
Continuing, Baba stated:
Sahavas is the intimacy of give-and-take between lovers. It is not necessary to explain this give-and-take of the lover and the Beloved. To create an atmosphere of explanations and discourses is to mar the dignity of love which is established only in the closest of intimacy. However, I would like to explain one thing physical companionship.
About a month ago, I gave sahavas and darshan to intimate devotees in Bombay. The sahavas was in the afternoon. When I was alighting from the car to enter the sahavas program, two others also got down. They were limping. You know, these days I walk with the help of canes. Those two limping ones were Homa Dadachanji and his brother Dara. One was on each side of me; both gave me company. Dara had sprained his foot and Homa was limping because of his leg operation. Therefore, it so happened that they walked by my side, both limping. Sahavas should be of this type physical companionship. [Everyone laughed.]
After five minutes, we will have prayers. After that, you may garland me, meet me, take my darshan and even embrace me; but come one after another. Do not create pandemonium. There is no urgency; there is plenty of time. My whole time will be spent in sahavas. I want you to meet me intimately, in the closest friendship.
I appear to you all to be happy and cheerful, and you must be thinking that Baba is all right. But how could you ever know how I suffer for the universe? I alone know how I suffer.
The last sahavas [November-December 1955] was only for men, and they requested that the women should also be given sahavas. The women were never given such an opportunity, and so I permitted them to come for this sahavas, which is chiefly for them. But since it was not possible for the women to travel alone, men were also allowed. Yet, in spite of that, I find that the number of women attending this sahavas is fewer than the men.
And what about their children? I had to refuse their coming because they would have caused confusion. If all the men had stayed at home to care for and look after their children, the women would surely have come in larger numbers.
After the prayers, when you come to meet me, embrace me with all your heart. Today is the day for it, because half of you have the flu. If I catch it, then tomorrow, besides fever, I may have the flu also. But one thing is certain: you should not expect miracles from me. I have never performed one. Before dropping this body, I will perform the only miracle breaking of my silence. But I will tell you one thing: I will perform miracles through my real lovers.
How will my intimate lovers perform miracles? All these arrangements that you see here are in themselves a miracle of what my lovers have done. You have no idea how all this was accomplished. Pendu was entrusted with the arrangements. You must have seen his condition. After suffering from a brain concussion in the auto accident, he cannot think or speak clearly, but he was put in charge of everything. And I deferred giving final permission about arrangements for days. Four days ago, I visited Meherabad and Pendu was complaining and weeping before me like a child. Nothing was here four days ago, no tents, no bathing rooms, no latrines, no electricity.
Padri’s health is also not good. He has constant back pain. He cannot stand for long and give orders, and he is the man who lives to work. Vishnu was helping both Pendu and Padri. Vishnu was also involved in the accident which has affected his nerves. Even a little work leaves him nervous and exhausted. Behind these three is Adi. Adi is the most responsible behind this program. You should see him to believe how he works night and day until two o’clock at night. He complained that he was being driven mad. So many people were changing groups, and newcomers were constantly being added to the list.
To see Eruch standing here is a miracle in itself. Physically, he is shattered. He has had no rest for even five minutes. All the time, I keep him engaged. He is keeping nightwatch, too.
But after all this, the day of sahavas has dawned, and all the arrangements are in order. You should not forget many other lovers who came here in advance to help. These five Eruch, Adi, Pendu, Padri and Vishnu are not the only ones. There are so many other lovers who work day and night.
Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau kalchuri, Vol. 15, pp. 5272 – 5274.
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