“By selfless service, devotion and love”

Mr. Vivian asked… “Could you show us some means to overcome our weaknesses and faults?”

“By selfless service, devotion and love. By utilizing our best in the service of others. By remaining in the world, and yet not being of it,” Baba dictated.

Mr. Vivian asked, “What about a person who is […]

20130628 – Interview in New York – Part 3 (Final)

“Poverty, if cheerfully endured, and providing one does one’s best to find work, develops humility and patience, and can greatly assist spiritual progress. It is a test of character. I know it is difficult to be cheerful when starving, but all worthwhile things are difficult.”

Baba concluded, “Even millionaires are unhappy unless they have […]

20130627 – Interview in New York – Part 2

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“All at once?” Collins inquired.

“Yes. Hard liquor should have been barred, but not beer and wine. We might then have had a law that could have been enforced. As it is, we have a law which makes money for dishonest officials and increases vice everywhere.”

Continuing, Baba spelled out, “I believe […]

20130626 – Interview in New York – Part 1


Although Baba stayed in New York City for only three days, hundreds of people wanted to see him. Norina Matchabelli had been in charge of arranging Baba’s schedule. More reporters came to interview him, and many accounts about the “Indian Messiah” were published in the local newspapers, which brought the interest […]

20130314 – James McGrew’s meeting with Baba – part 4 (final)

Baba asked Jim, “How did you sleep last night?”

“Pretty well,” Jim answered.

“What are your plans?”

Jim said, “I am leaving India shortly to return to America to go back to school. I’m taking a train from Poona at 3:00 P.M. for Bombay.”

“I am happy to hear this. Don’t miss your train. […]

20130313 – James McGrew’s meeting with Baba – part 3

Baba’s fragrance was exquisite. At first I thought that he had special exotic colognes, but later I was told that Baba’s fragrance was his own natural smell.

Jim sat at his feet and Baba asked him, “Do you know Richard Alpert?”

Jim said, “I know of him but I don’t know him personally.”

“He […]

20130312 – James McGrew’s meeting with Baba – part 2

When Jim walked through the entrance of Guruprasad at about 8:30 A.M., he felt a heavenly stillness. The Biblical expression, “The peace that passeth all understanding,” came to his mind. He thought: “So this is where God lives. Of course, God would be surrounded by this divine atmosphere.” He saw a figure sitting on […]

20130311 – James McGrew’s meeting with Baba – part 1

JAMES HALL MCGREW found out about Baba from Rick Chapman in the summer of 1965 after graduating from college at the age of 21. (Jim and Rick had been long-time friends in high school in Denver, Colorado, and they had been roommates during their freshman year at Harvard in 1961-62.) In the summer of […]