Several times he repeated: “Nothing exists besides me. This world is only an illusion. Peter also denied Christ. Judas hung himself in despair. Peter got himself crucified. (1) Hold fast to me. Very bad times are coming. My humiliation will be great! Before leaving Poona, I will give you certain orders to follow.”
Baba then gave a brief but eloquent explanation about inner knowledge: “You can see all things in the world with your eyes, but can the eye see itself? No. To see your eye one requires a mirror. Similarly, to see God the mirror of true knowledge is required and that seeing is with your inner eye. There is a layer of sanskaras covering the mirror and nothing else. Once that layer is removed, you have the mirror and you see God.”
He concluded, “I am nearer to you than your very breath. I am always with my loving ones in spirit, more than I am with you here physically.”
(1) Suffering a tortuous death, the apostle Peter was crucified upside down by Romans. Several of Jesus’s first apostles were martyred.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 18, p. 6117 – 6118.