Reverence to Beloved Baba’s photographs

Baba then returned to Y. V. Narasimha Rao’s bungalow. While returning, a garland fell down. Hellan picked it up, intending to give it to Pankhraj, because Baba had given Pankhraj the duty of collecting all garlands given him. But Baba sent for the garland, touched it and with his own hands gave it to Pankhraj.

Similarly, during the darshan programs when people would bring Baba photographs for him to touch, if any one of them accidentally fell down in the midst of the thick crowd, Baba would have it picked up, touch it or touch it to his forehead, and then return it to its owner. This was a lesson for all to observe that Beloved Baba’s photographs are to be cherished and treated with the greatest reverence, love and faith as a representation of him worthy of being worshiped.  (On occasion,  if viewed with all love, Baba indicated that he would come alive in his photographs.)

– (First Ed.), p4364
March, 1954; Andhra Darshans


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