I was very happy to receive your love-filled letter in your sweet language. I love all of you. I love children. Do you know why? Because your Baba is also a child. You are innocent and so am I. My very name is Bholanath. Just as your heart is soft so is Mine. You like to play games and so do I.
Now tell me whether or not I am a child. I am old, I am young, I am a woman, I am a man, I am a mother, I am father and I am everything. But I am more like a child. That is why you should make Me your friend. But remember this: Always keep this Friend with you. Don't forget. When you eat, remember your Friend; when you play, remember Him. When you study, that time too first remember your Friend, and then study. When you sleep, remember Me and then sleep.
All of you say that when you call Me, I never listen. It is not true; Baba is such a friend that even for a moment He is never away from you. When you remember Me I know, because I am with you all the time. When you play, I am also playing with you. When you go to school, I am also in school with you. I never leave you, but you are never aware of it. When you tell the truth I know it; when you tell a lie that I also know. I know everything. So listen to Me, My friends, never tell a lie, live honestly; if you don't do this your Friend will be unhappy.
Now if you ask Me how it is that I stay always with you but you never see Me, I would say that I like to play games very much, and most of all I like to play hide-and-seek. In this game I am Ustad (Master) because I hide and see everything. In order to see and find Me, you will have to search for Me. Look for Me, seek Me and try to find Me. Seek Me, find Me, defeat Me in this game, and you win!
But where will you look for Me? I am hiding in your heart, so search for Me in your heart. How will you search for Me? Always remember Me, call Me, make Me your dear friend. Because I am your friend I will respond to your call immediately.
Whenever people call Me I listen, but not so much as I do to children. Grown- up persons call Me a lot, they cry and they weep, but at times I remain as if I'm deaf. But if children call Me softly, I listen immediately to their sweet voices. My ears are very sharp to their call. Why is this so? Because I am so close to you and with you. That is why you should remember Me more and more.
If you remember Me I will be happy. If you lie I will be unhappy, so always try to keep Me happy by speaking the truth.
Now tell Me whether you will make Me your friend. If you do I will reward you with a reward such as you have never received before. And the name of My reward is LOVE.
Always ask Me for this reward, but remember it is expensive. You will ask for more and more and once you have it you won't be able to be without it. Children, your Baba has an endless store of this reward, and when you ask for it more and more, Baba will give it to you.
One of the names of Shankar, the prince of innocence. BACK
LETTERS FROM THE MANDALI, Vol. II, pp. 151-152
ed. Jim Mistry
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