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Baba fasted on Monday, 7 October 1940. That evening, from 7:00 to 11:30 P.M., he began suffering terribly. "It was hell!" he later remarked. "I had the most terrible time of my present life during that four and a half hours!"

Baba was to break the fast at midnight, but fell asleep at 11:30 P.M., and woke up at 3:30 A.M. He had milk then. Later that day, the mandali heard the news that German troops had entered Rumania on the same day, 7 October.

Baba had an article prepared on the war from his statements, which he intended to have sent to his lovers or published. On the 11th, he came to the women's quarters and had it read aloud. All thought it wonderful, but one of them commented that science should not have been mentioned in it, whereupon Baba explained:

Science must come in [to the article], as it plays a great part in the present war. Science can be put to good use, and science can be put to bad use. Chloroform can be used for operations, for healing. But robbers also use it on their victims to steal things. In war, science is used for destruction. But destruction ultimately means renewal and improvement. What happened when they burned London during the Great [Black] Plague? They rebuilt it later, and it is always better than before. So when the world is destroyed, a new and better world must spring up from the ashes. There will be chaos and destruction all over the universe; but after that, there will be no war for 800 years!

So, isn't all this present misery worth that long period of happiness? And those who die in this war will be reborn to enjoy the new world and peace. Now they want power and possessions and hate each other. How can it all end? In only one way! They must get sick of it all — sick of wanting, sick of hating, sick of fighting!

Suppose you like milk, and you drink and drink it so excessively that eventually you get sick of it. Then what do you do? You stop taking milk. In the same way, hate, greed, anger, and so forth will reach such a height that everyone will be simply sick of it all. And then what will the alternative be? To stop hating and to love, to stop wanting and to give, to stop fighting and be at peace.

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