(Feb. 1958) On Baba’s instruction, Eruch then read the discourse on the Split “I” or Split Ego.
One man, in regard to the Real “I” and the false “I,” interrupted and asked, “Does ‘I’ mean the physical body?”
It is the false “I” that asks this question. “I am Mr. ‘X’ … I am hungry … I had no sleep … I have my family … I lost my money and property.” All this is false “I.” This includes the physical body, the subtle body and the mental body. Similarly, the translator of my discourse and the ones listening are all false “I”s.
Suppose Elcha is a Muslim. It is his false “I.” He worships only Allah as the One Truth and reveres Him. However, at the time of prayer his mind is full of worldly things – his family, his job, his business. Thus, instead of paying homage to the Real “I,” he reveres the false “I” in its innumerable forms.
As Thirumala Rao was rendering this explanation into Telugu, Baba was deeply absorbed and energetically moved his hands and fingers at times, as if driving something away. At other times, his fingers moved as if he was calling somebody or dictating something. Once he took his own darshan. At one point his gestures conveyed consolation to someone, and then gestured as if asking someone else to wait.
The Gujarati translator Burjor Mehta mistakenly rendered the word “love” as bhakti (devotion) whereupon, intervening, Baba twisted his ear and elucidated:
Love cannot be called bhakti; rather, the consummation of bhakti is love. Love is the highest. We can speak of it as the highest type of devotion. There is a difference between bhakti and love. For example, here is a bhakta (devotee) and Baba. The bhakta worships Baba and does bhakti. When bhakti increases and reaches its zenith, the bhakta burns and finds no curtain between himself and God. Let the bhakti reach such a zenith and then there will be no veil between Baba and yourself.
“Now don’t take it for granted that you are all in that state of love,” he teased.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 15, pp. 5340 – 5341.