Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical by Alan Watts

By Alan Watts

This research of the need of mystical faith, additionally indicates how conventional Western doctrine may be reconciled with the intuitive faith of the Orient.

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For on the previous night the local populace had lit large bonfires in their villages to celebrate Holi, a Hindu festival that marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Our two vans reached Rahata, a small town a mile or so from Sakori, in advance of Baba's car. We got down and joined the crowd from the village that had already gathered to welcome Baba. When He arrived, He graciously accepted the homage with His charming smile. The vehicles then proceeded to Sakori, turning off the main road.

I then asked her to do something that was quite simple but not very easy. She agreed. Baba did not disclose the nature of that instruction, but was evidently pleased with her obedience. He continued: You do not know what great sacrifice and suffering Godavri had to undergo throughout the years she stayed with Maharaj. She is really an exceptional person. There was a look of satisfaction on Baba's face. His car then proceeded toward Ahmednagar. Two Sadgurus: Babajan and Maharaj Just before His hectic darshan programs in Andhra, Baba had dictated a special message which He intended to convey during His forthcoming visit to Sakori.

Baba's clear and straightforward exposition, expressed very lovingly, dispelled the clouds from the hearts of those followers of Maharaj who had misgivings about Him. This meeting left all those who had participated with a new feeling of love and harmony. In fact, as a sequel to this, a few months later Godavri Mai visited Ahmednagar with some of the kanyas to participate in the public darshan that Baba gave there on September 12. And a week or so after that, Baba again visited Sakori with some of His dear ones from the West.

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