When one man taking darshan expressed his desire to follow Baba, in response Baba explained at length:
If you walk ahead of me, taking your will as supreme, you become your own obstruction in my way to lead you. Again, you do not know the ditches and the pitfalls on the Way, so I have to keep a constant watch on you to save you, or else you fall. What this amounts to is that instead of you following me, I have to follow you.
I am not limited by form. I am within everyone and within you as the Real Guide. Following me does not mean that you have to leave everything and stay near me. It does not mean you are to leave your worldly duties and responsibilities and become burdensome to me. It does not mean you are to use me as a beating board on which to dump your worries, nor that you are to expect me to fulfill your wants. It means that you are to be completely resigned to my Will, and abide in a spirit of total surrender.
To follow me is to obey me, to do as I want. When my Will becomes your Way, you are then truly following me. Then you are saved; then you are safe. I know the Way and its labyrinths, for I am the Way. I am the Goal.
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