Then, accompanied by all, at three in the afternoon, (Feb. 1954) Baba proceeded to the local high school, where the darshan program was arranged. V. V. Narayana Rao of Kakinada had come and was waiting for Baba’s darshan in the tent. Baba first sat on the ground for a while and then, standing up, saluted the gathered crowd by raising his folded hands above his head. He gave this message through his alphabet board:
I belong to no religion. Every religion belongs to me. My own personal religion is of my being the Ancient Infinite One, and the religion I teach to all is of love for God.
This love can be practiced by anyone, high, low, rich, poor; and everyone of every caste and creed can love God. The one God who resides equally in us all is approachable to everyone through love. So I give my blessings that at least some of you will love God as He is to be loved.
Jagannadhem Pantulu read out in Telugu the messages given by Baba in Vijayawada. When this was finished at four o’clock, Baba dictated:
All these messages, writings and lectures mean nothing. For the common man the most practical way of loving God is to help others lovingly. God is in everyone, so if you try to love others, help others, make others happy, you are then loving God. So even attending to your duties of everyday life, you can still love God. If at least some of you try to love God, my coming here will be worth the purpose.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 12, p. 4341.