BABA KEEPS SILENCE
Ivy O. Duce
There are as many theories about why Baba kept silence as there are people to propound them. One thing is certain, and that is that Baba's silence had no resemblance whatever to that held by religiouses who undertake it for the sake of undisturbed meditation or contemplation.
Watching Baba handling three or four aspects of communication at once, on different levels and perhaps over vast distances, convinced me that it was absolutely necessary for him to conserve every second in order to get his universal work done. He always came directly to the point and never wasted a word when dictating to us. Of course he often reminded us that when he did finally break his silence, his word would have the effect of an atom bomb and that if he did not observe silence, how then could he break it and make it that effective?
He also said, "The Avatar always goes through some special crucifixion. Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness. Baba keeps silence." In 1965 he had been silent for forty years!
HOW A MASTER WORKS, p. 86
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