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In these ashrams I witnessed at first hand what I had perforce hitherto taken at second hand from history. For I witnessed the spectacle of myth-making which turned a human being into a remote idol, the process of building up the legendary figure of a god out of a man. Although the master himself personally protested against the practice, he did so vainly. Incense was daily offered to him in a ritual of perambulation and worshippers prostrated on the floor before him amid cries of "Lord! Lord!"

-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections > Chapter 6 : The Profane and The Profound > # 218