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1391THE WEST LEARNS TO SING1932

That evening, they went up one of the surrounding hills in a small train and admired the view of the town and lake. They had tea and hot chocolate at a lovely, small restaurant, where Baba got up and danced to music being played on a mandolin and another instrument (perhaps a fiddle) by a man and a woman. At night, there was Indian music by "the boys" (mandali).

The next day, Baba went for an hour's trip by boat on Lake Lugano with the group. They then went by car to a spot nearby where the Locarno Peace Treaty had been signed. From there, to a beautiful sanctuary, the Madonna del Sasso church, built on a hillside above the town. Baba remained seated there for ten to fifteen minutes. There were terracotta sculpture groups of Jesus and the disciples, and a large crucifix was over the altar at the front of the church. Baba explained, "It is I who is on the crucifix, and for this reason, I did not remove my hat when entering the church." Baba then explained about the different characteristics of Jesus' apostles and remarked about Mary Magdalene's repentance and love for Jesus.

While looking at the figures depicted at the Last Supper, Baba commented:

I loved John intensely. I remember John and Judas [more] often, though I had great love for Peter too. There are many things about Jesus and his circle that are not yet known to people, as in books such as the Bible so many changes have been made. I will explain later on.

When I break my silence, clothed in the simple sadra which I wear in India, people will see me as Jesus. I am the selfsame Christ who was nailed on the cross. For the welfare of others, I undergo terrible suffering, and I suffer infinitely. I am daily being crucified as I suffer for the whole world. I am being crucified every moment, even now!

I remember a humorous incident in the life of Jesus. A very stout man tried to kick Jesus when he was carrying the cross. But he was so fat that while trying to kick him [me], he fell down! I remember it well.

When I [as Jesus] ordered a pit to be dug to bury a member of my circle, Peter completed the work with his fingers, thereby injuring them badly, and to the point that one finger was fractured and the flesh lacerated. But the very next day, it was healed by my simply blowing on it.

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