A large darshan of mostly Bombay, Poona and Ahmednagar lovers was held on Sunday, 3 April 1960 from 8:00 A.M. until noon. Abdul Karim, a professor of Persian at Ahmednagar College, had come in Baba's contact through Bhagirath. Baba asked the professor what he had eaten for breakfast and lunch. The professor enumerated a long list of items, and Baba remarked, "A delicious breakfast and lunch indeed. Now you must be feeling satisfied and happy. You have tasted so many things, but you have not tasted me! You may eat as many eatables as you like and drink as much of whatever you want, but the satisfaction you derive from that is only short-lived.
"The real enjoyment lies when a drop gulps the Ocean! One should aspire for such a drink! What can make this possible? Continual wholehearted remembrance of God. The alternative is my grace.
"This is not a matter of just whitewashing the mind, but the mind itself has to be washed away — annihilated. Love alone can accomplish this."
The subject of the mind's false ego came up again when L. Neurgaonkar, an engineer of the Poona municipality, saw Baba that day. He was a learned and religious man, and Baba explained to him:
You have read much of spiritual literature. You are well-known for your lucid expositions. Spiritual understanding takes one nearer the Path. But remember well that the experience of the Path is quite a different subject. The higher states of consciousness can never be imagined through book-knowledge.
As one traverses the spiritual path, one comes across varied experiences such as visions, sweet notes of sounds and delightful scents. In the more advanced state, one can be detached from the physical plane and watch his body moving about.
The many experiences that one has on the Path are not lasting, but the Experience in which one becomes what he really IS is perennial. Then, in whatever thoughts or actions such a one may seem to be engaged, maya cannot touch him. In that state, everything is experienced in its infinite intensity. How can spiritual understanding derived from books imagine this state? Intellect is bound to fail to fathom this Experience.
God is everlasting. God ever was. What does this mean? You may say that billions and trillions of years ago GOD WAS. But how far will you take a backward sweep in the span of time?