Hannover Fieldwalk *

23 May, 1979

Baba on fieldwalk in Fiesch

We were walking into green... Baba and twenty devotees. Suddenly Baba stopped as all gathered around Him. He started talking about the animals and plants of the area, asking the question, "Are there rabbits here, or are there hares?" He explained that rabbits have claw-less paw-like feet, while hares have paws with claw-like nails. So the rabbit is an omnivore (vegetarian) while the hare is a carnivore (eating insects). Then Baba said, "You know, I am very much interested in zoology."

We continued walking... Baba again stopped, pointed to the trees just ahead to our left asking what they were, what the wood was used for and was it light or dark wood? A brother answered that it was used for building furniture and gave the tree's name in German. Then Baba said, "I think it is of the coniferous family, is it not?" Smilingly He added, "You know I am very much interested in botany." Again He stopped, pointing to the ground one Dada pulled up a small green plant with its root, as Baba said, "This root is a medicine for diseases of nerve cells not nerve fibers, nerve cells, i.e., loss of memory. Its Sanskrit name is Berea."

We came to an open space and Baba sat upon a small chair and we all sat before Him. One brother gave a small bouquet of flowers, and Baba asked, "And what are these?" the brother replied, "Baba, the meaning is 'don't forget me's. "Baba smiled and said, "They are called 'Forget-me-nots'. Then he pointed to the little yellow flowers on the ground before His feet and playfully said, "And these are the little sisters of the sunflower."

Baba then talked about the vegetation, saying that Switzerland is rich in orchids, a root plant with flowers growing in the spring season. Also He spoke of the croaton as being a very colourful leaf.

Then Baba asked, "What is proper in English, to say "sweet-scented or sweet-scenting flower?" One sister said, "Sweet-scented." Baba smiled so full and accepting and said, "No, it is proper to say sweet-scented handkerchief and sweet-scenting rose, i.e,. 'sweet-scented is used when the smell is added, and 'sweet-scenting' is used when the smell is natural.

Baba then started talking about snakes. He said that there are snakes which climb trees to eat birds' eggs and whose skin is soft. These snakes are called Godhikas there is one golden variety and one black variety. In Bengali the word for snake is Gosap. Baba paused for a moment and said, "I do not neglect anybody not even a single leaf."

Then one brother asked Baba when He would come again to visit and Baba said, "You know I don't want to be under the bondage of word." (Here Baba was simply saying that if He makes a promise, He keeps it.)

There was another moment's silence and Baba asked, "Is there any eagle here nowadays after World War II?" And He answered, "They generally live on the hills .. in the Alps. There is a line between the Alps and the Ural Mountains which is the habitation of eagles." He continued by saying that eagles are fast becoming extinct due to human cruelty. He said that the eagle's ocular and smelling powers are highly developed. They can see long distances, so living on the hills they can see into the valleys, spot their prey, swoop down and snatch their food. Also He said that there are certain specialities with the hormones of the eagle, and that by doing certain yogic practices properly, man can acquire these qualities. Then He said that research work should be done with these hormones he said that the eagle must be preserved in sanctuaries.

We walked on and suddenly heard, "Cuck-koo, cuck-koo!" Baba said that this Cuckoo bird was called Kokil in Bengali. He said that the poets who speak of this bird say that 'this bird is not a corporeal being'. And He made a definite distinction between the word 'corporeal' and 'corporal'.

Then Baba began to speak about war. He said that as long as there is animality in humans, there will be war. "Fight is the essence of life, but war is something brutal."

Walking a bit more, Baba said, "You may expect some change I collective psychology from after the year 1980, and a revolutionary change by the year 2000 A.D."

Later He returned to the subject of war, saying, "War is the blackest spot on the character. Man must fight, but not war, because war destroys so many people and so many relics of civilization."

Again Baba returned to the subject of the eagle, stressing that they were killed in Britain 90 years ago. Then He spoke of the Doda bird, saying that 208 years ago there were many Doda birds in Madagascar in Africa, but now there are none because humans have destroyed them. And Baba added, " and we say that humans are the most developed creatures." Then he queried rhetorically, "Are humans the most developed creatures?" And He quietly but firmly responded, "No." He further said that the eagle is an Alpine bird and that in fact both the human beings and these eagles have their origin in the same Alps.

Finally Baba said that a change will come in the spiritual level and it will filter down to all levels. And He intimated to one brother that next time He would come to this place He would explain more about the blendings of human culture how the different cultures came into being out of this first original Alpine culture.

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* This is a personal recollection and has not been corroborated.
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