"'For more than three decades I've waited for you here-waited for you to return tome!' Babaji's voice rang with celestial love. 'You slipped away and vanished into thetumultuous waves of the life beyond death. The magic wand of your karma touchedyou, and you were gone! Though you lost sight of me, never did I lose sight of you! Ipursued you over the luminescent astral sea where the glorious angels sail. Throughgloom, storm, upheaval, and light I followed you, like a mother bird guarding heryoung. As you lived out your human term of womb-life, and emerged a babe, my eyewas ever on you. When you covered your tiny form in the lotus posture under theNadia sands in your childhood, I was invisibly present! Patiently, month after month,year after year, I've watched over you, waiting for this perfect day. Now you're withme! Lo, here's your cave, loved of yore! I've kept it ever clean and ready for you. Here'syour hallowed asana-blanket, where you daily sat to fill your expanding heart withGod! Behold there your bowl, from which you often drank the nectar prepared by me!See how I've kept the brass cup brightly polished, that you might drink againtherefrom! My own, do you now understand?'"'My guru, what can I say?' I murmured brokenly. 'Where has one ever heard ofsuch deathless love?' I gazed long and ecstatically on my eternal treasure, my guru inlife and death."'Lahiri, you need purification. Drink the oil in this bowl and lie down by the river.'Babaji's practical wisdom, I reflected with a quick, reminiscent smile, was ever to thefore."I obeyed his directions. Though the icy Himalayan night was descending, acomforting warmth, an inner radiation, began to pulsate in every cell of my body. Imarvelled. Was the unknown oil endued with a cosmic heat?"Bitter winds whipped around me in the darkness, shrieking a fierce challenge. Thechill wavelets of the Gogash River lapped now and then over my body, outstretched onthe rocky bank. Tigers howled near-by, but my heart was free of fear; the radiant forcenewly generated within me conveyed an assurance of unassailable protection. Severalhours passed swiftly; faded memories of another life wove themselves into the presentbrilliant pattern of reunion with my divine guru."My solitary musings were interrupted by the sound of approaching footsteps. Inthe darkness, a man's hand gently helped me to my feet, and gave me some dryclothing."'Come, brother,' my companion said. 'The master awaits you.'