DO YOU LOVE ME?
Every now and then Baba would give us a description of what real love was. And sometimes, after explaining what love was, Baba would ask, "Do you love me?" Well, after just hearing about the saints, the masts, those who possessed real love, what could we say? Some of us might say, "I try, Baba," or "I would like to, Baba," or simply, "I don't know, Baba."
Baba might ask me, "Do you love me?" and I would say, "I don't know, Baba." And Baba would look sad and gesture, "Well, can't you at least say, 'I love you'?" So I would say, "I love you, Baba." And Baba would gesture, "Give me a kiss." So I would go forward and kiss Baba lightly on the cheek, and He would gesture, "No, not like that, like you loved Me. Give Me a kiss like you loved Me." And I would kiss Baba again.
And this whole time, my mind would think, "What is it with this old man? Is He so desperate to be loved that He has to make us tell Him we love Him?" You see, I didn't understand at the time what Baba was doing.
Why does the God-Man take birth? He comes to love His creation and to accept the love of His creation. The entire universe was created so that love could be freely expressed. Baba wants us to love Him, because through loving God we achieve our proper position in creation, and we experience the full charm of the love-game that God-Man has created.
Baba wants us to love Him, and yet, on our own, we are not capable of loving God. So Baba tells us, "Say you love Me," knowing that if we simply say it, in obedience to His wish, whether we feel it or not, our very saying it in obedience, will help it come true.
THAT'S HOW IT WAS, pp. 376-377
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