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IN ONE SENSE ALL ARE MAD

Kitty Davy

 
Baba also talked about illusion and delusion: "Now what is self-delusion? We say that so and so is self-deluded. What is meant by this?"

Someone answered, "A person who imagines himself to be what he is not."

Baba replied: "But this imagination is so strong that the self-deluded man does not doubt he is what he thinks himself to be. He feels he really is this or that person. This delusion is very positive, but it is, after all, delusion, and although these persons are not hypocritical, they are dangerous — but not seriously so. In one sense all are mad; deluded persons are mad. For instance, you think you are the body — you are body-mad. Are you not mad?"

[addressing one of the group] "You are mad, but God-mad. There are many on the path who become self-deluded and think they have reached the Goal and they say, 'I am God.' They are not charlatans but self-deluded. They believe it genuinely. This is called Mukameafasan or the Abode of Delusion."

LOVE ALONE PREVAILS, p. 159
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