May 25, 2017

About Meher Baba

ABOUT MEHER BABA

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Meher Baba with Alphabet Board
Meher Baba with Alphabet Board

Meher Baba

Meher Baba was born Merwan Sheriar Irani, into a Zoroastrian family in Pune (India); just after finishing his High Schools, he became God Realized through the Divine Blessings of Hazrat Babajan a Muslim women Sadguru in 1913 at the tender age of 19 years. With this touch of Hazrat Babajan, Merwan lost normal consciousness and started experiencing the Adwaita or Divine Bliss State, a state of consciousness that caused his worldly family to worry about his divine absorption. Though they were concerned about his condition, no remedy was found. At an inward urge, Merwan traveled to the ashrams of three other great Spiritual Masters of his time: Sai Baba, Narayan Maharaj, Tajuddin Baba. Finally in 1915 he met Upasni Maharaj of Sakori.

Meher Baba as Merwan was in contact with Upasni Maharaj for seven years and under his guidance gradually regained consciousness of the world without losing his eternal God State. In the early 1920’s his followers started calling him “Meher Baba.” Dwelling with these disciples at various locations, Meher Baba and his followers settled down at a place now called Meherabad around 5 kms from Ahmednagar City in Maharastra State of India, and this small hill with some land around it became the “Ashram” of Meher Baba and his disciples.

On the 10th of July 1925 he announced that he would be observing Silence to emphasize that mere words are meaningless unless one is prepared to live one’s life according to them, and continued an unbroken Silence for 44 years until 1969 when he dropped his physical body. Meher Baba observed Silence for the rest of his life during an era of Radio and technology, when the world was facing an uncontrollable desire to talk to each other. Meher Baba in spite of his Silence was active and communicative through an Alphabet Board in earlier years and later through hand gestures language. Some of his close disciples developed a good understanding of his communication methods and instantly articulated his words to visitors. In addition books were given by him through the medium of the gestures or alphabet board, and were scrupulously edited by him, word for word, before they were sent for printing.

From 1925 to 1969 Meher Baba extensively traveled many countries around the world including America, Australia and within India working with the poor, lepers or meeting God-Intoxicated persons (known in some Indian languages as “masts”). The Words of his Divine Knowledge are available in the form of wonderful Books like God Speaks, Discourses, and some recently discovered manuscripts published as Infinite Intelligence.

In 1954 Meher Baba declared himself to be the Avatar of the Age, which is a similar term like the Buddha, Christ or Prophet of the present time and said that all religions of the World should be regarded as “beads on one string.” He stated that he has come to redeem the humanity from the bondage of false spirituality and show the real path to God’s Love, which he explained could be found in one’s own heart.

Most of his later years were spent in Seclusion for his inner Spiritual work, yet occasionally his followers organized Mass Darshan programmes where thousands of his followers visited and met him personally. As he lived in a time of inventions, fortunately we have a number of films and photographs of his life activity. Meher Baba, though a famous person, led a very normal life without luxuries and comforts, living his entire life with a group of close companions, in simplicity and discipline, as even the men and women followers of his Ashram always lived in separate premises.

On 31st January, 1969, Baba dropped his physical body (died) at the age of nearly 75. His physical body was then brought to Meherabad Hill in Ahmednagar District of India to be interred in a Tomb or “Samadhi” that he had already directed to be constructed in 1939. His body was kept uninterred for “Darshan” for a week to allow followers to pay their last respects. For 7 days the “Darshan” continued with thousands of followers coming to pay homage from all parts of the World, there were no signs of deterioration on the physical body. So on 7th February it was decided to perform the interment, and the divine form was covered with a Marble Slab inscribed “I have come not to Teach, but to Awaken.” The Tomb (“Samadhi”) is now open every day from 6 AM to 8 PM for Darshan to visitors, and the Avatar Meher Baba Trust has developed infrastructure facilities to house and feed visitors. These facilities include a Museum, a Library and some archives and of course the preservation of the places and items from His time on earth. Meher Baba’s close Men and Women disciples who lived with him were called his Mandali and contributed a number of Books including a 12-volume biography called “Lord Meher” covering almost a day-by-day account of his life, his actions, and messages and conversations. Many other books describe the authors’ experiences in the company of Baba and also the Messages and stories given by Meher Baba. Many talks by members of the Mandali are available on audio and video.

The message of Meher Baba is to live a simple yet spiritual life full of true Love for God and Service to Humanity, which is free from unwanted bindings of religious dogma. For those seeking higher spiritual understanding, Meher Baba gave the theme of Creation explaining how God, the sole Reality, assumed different forms in order to know Himself through the medium of His own imagination or dream. His teachings compare and define the Spiritual Terminologies used in three major schools of spiritual thoughts i.e Mystic, Sufi and Vedantic from an entirely new prospective. His teachings cover explanations on topics as: God’s whim to know Himself, the evolution of consciousness, reincarnation, the drop-soul’s involutionary journey through the seven inner planes, God-realization, the spiritual hierarchy, and the ten states of God. Much of his teachings on these esoteric matters are to be found in his famous book “God Speaks,” published in 1954.

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Books

Books by Meher Baba

Books by Meher Baba
Books by Meher Baba

Meher Baba gave unparalleled exposition on the theme of God and Creation explaining how God, the sole Existence and Reality, comes to know Himself through the medium of His own imagination or dream. Encompassed in the discussion are such topics as: God’s whim to know Himself, the evolution of consciousness, reincarnation, the drop-soul’s involutionary journey through the seven inner planes, God-realization, the spiritual hierarchy, and the ten states of God in his famous Book called God Speaks, published around 1954.

In 1926 Meher Baba gave out a rich body of explanations on the nature of the creation and the divine Reality, recently published under the title Infinite Intelligence. That book is based on a two-volume manuscript, the Intelligence Notebooks, which, now published in print form.

Also there are numerous other Books written by Authors who spent their life living and understanding Meher Baba’s words, which tell inspiring stories as experienced and also as told by Meher Baba. Another rich 20 volume biography of Meher Baba’s almost day to day life “lord Meher” is also available in print as well as online version.

Such information on various Meher Baba Books and publications may be found on the following section:-

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Centers

Meher Baba Activity Centers

Mastery in Servitude

Meher Baba Centers are places where Meher Baba’s followers gather locally on weekly / monthly basis or on certain important occasions to celebrate the events connected with Meher Baba’s life and work, or for remembering their Divine Beloved through Spiritual Music, Talks, film shows or charitable activities. These Centers may be hosted in personal houses or properties owned or rented by organizations dedicated to his work. Meher Baba Centers coordinate with the Avatar Meher Baba Trust, Ahmednagar (India), a Central Body formed under the direct guidance of Meher Baba, but also explore their own ways to spread the messages of their Beloved. Centers are run by a group of volunteers, all equal in status, and willing to serve the cause with equal opportunity. As Meher Baba did not allow any Spiritual successors, any organizational structures associated with his work are not spiritually hierarchical, but are formulated for administrative convenience . His Tomb or Samadhi at Meherabad (India) with his physical form kept there after interment is the most revered place for his followers, the other sources of guidance are his extensive explanations of the Spirituality in the form of select Books. The contact information about various Meher Baba Centers located within India and abroad is displayed in this section which may be referred through the following link:-

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Films

Although Meher Baba observed Silence for 44 years of his life, but Baba traveled many countries a number of times. On several occasions his film footages were taken by his followers and also by Professional film makers. Visit the following section to find more information about available films and some online video clips for instant viewings:-

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Places

Places of Pilgrimage to visit

Meher Baba TombShrine or Samadhi
Meher Baba Tomb Shrine or Samadhi - Inside View

Meher Baba spent his early life with his parents in Pune (India). Later, after realizing himself to be a Spiritual Teacher, around 1923 onwards, he set up his Ashram surrounding a Hill later called as Meherabad which is about 4 kms from Ahmednagar City. Baba spent most of his time between his extensive travels here, until 1969 when he dropped his physical form at the age of 75. He also got constructed his Tomb or Samadhi upon the Meherabad Hill in 1930’s. During later years of his life he moved to live in a small bungalow in a village around 24 kms from Meherbad Hill which later became known as Meherazad. All these places are now Monuments of high spiritual importance with thousands of visitors coming to see them every year. The link below provides extensive information on places of pilgrimage in Meherabad and Meherazad which visitors may like to see, as well travel and stay information.

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Websites

Various Website on Meher Baba

Meher Baba Wesbites

Meher Baba web sites – Section is a web site directory of information portals and various MEHER BABA websites voluntarily created by his followers around the world displaying information on Trust, Centers, Online Books, Talks, Meher Baba Music download, various Arts and paintings websites and other online resources on Meher Baba and His Teachings and work etc..

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Wikipedia

Wikipedia Article on Meher Baba

Wikipedia on Meher Baba

Meher Baba was an Irani born in Pune, India to a Zoroastrian family. His given name was Merwan Sheriar Irani. He was the second son of Sheriar Mundegar Irani, a Persian Zoroastrian who had been a wandering Sufi dervish before settling in Pune, and Sheriar’s young wife, Shireen. His schoolmates nicknamed the sometimes mischievous Merwan “Electricity”.

Merwan had an excellent singing voice and was a multi-instrumentalist and poet. Fluent in several languages, he was especially fond of Hafez’s Persian poetry, but also of Shakespeare and Shelley…

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Meher Baba at Marble Rocks water fall - Jabalpur  (India) 1938
Meher Baba at Marble Rocks water fall - Jabalpur (India) 25 Dec 1938

Brief introduction to Meher Baba’s life and work

Meher Baba, the name given to him by his disciples in the 1920’s, was born Merwan Sheriar Irani, into a Zoroastrian family. His father, Sheriar Irani, was a devout seeker of God. In Persia, after days of fasting and continuous meditation, Sheriar heard a voice tell him to stop seeking what he strongly desired and to head back home – one who was born to him would complete his search for God.

Sheriar then traveled to Poona, India, where his sister lived (Irani means “from Iran”). Ten years later in 1883, he was persuaded to give up his life as an ascetic and to begin a family life. Apparently at random, he chose a girl named Shireen, who at the time was five years old (Sheriar was thirty). After some minor debate between the families of the betrothed, the marriage took place when Shireen turned fourteen.

On February 25, 1894, Shireen and Sheriar had their second son, whom they named Merwan. He had a normal childhood, and was considered by Shireen to be her “most beautiful child.” His friends found him to be charismatic and sometimes called him “Electricity.” After graduating from St. Vincent’s High School, he attended Deccan College in Poona in 1911. He studied literature and poetry, and was fond of Shakespeare, Shelley and Wordsworth, but focused on Sufi poets such as Hafiz. He was also an accomplished poet and musician.

From left to right: Merwan (Meher Baba), Behram, Khodadad (Babas paternal uncle), Jal (standing at top), Ardeshir (Adi Jr.), Shireen (Babas mother), Jamshed (Babas elder brother).
From left to right: Merwan (Meher Baba), Behram, Khodadad (Baba's paternal uncle), Jal (standing at top), Ardeshir (Adi Jr.), Shireen (Baba's mother), Jamshed (Baba's elder brother).

One May morning in 1913, when Merwan was 19, he rode his bicycle to school, but felt compelled to visit an old woman beneath a neem tree. The woman’s name was Hazrat Babajan, thought by many to be well over 100 years old. She was also considered to be a Perfect Master, one who is God-realized. Merwan and Babajan hugged briefly, then spent some time together in silence. Merwan then got on his bike and continued with his duties.

They continued to meet, often sitting in silence, until one evening in January 1914 the significance of these meetings became apparent when she kissed Merwan on the forehead. He rose and walked home, then went to bed. Shortly thereafter he experienced an incredible state of bliss mixed with pain, and then lost consciousness altogether. In the morning his mother discovered him lying down with his eyes wide open, oblivious to all that was around him. Shireen thought that Merwan had gone mad.

In this apparent state of insanity, Merwan neither slept nor ate for nine months. He was sent to hospitals and was given drugs, but nothing would change his condition. Usually he would stay at home and sit and stare, or he would wander the town aimlessly. Shireen approached Hazrat Babajan, and asked her what she had done to Merwan. Babajan replied that Merwan was not mad, but that “he was destined to shake the world into wakefulness.” (Later, Meher Baba said that during this time he was completely unconscious of the world and was experiencing God; but in order to become dimly aware of his surroundings he would knock his head against a stone which he kept in his room.)

After nine months he began eating again, and his mother was overjoyed. Merwan offered to teach an acquaintance Persian, and took him on as his only pupil. Behramji became Baba’s first disciple. But in April 1915, Merwan decided to travel, even though people still considered him to be mostly unconscious of his surroundings. He called upon Narayan Maharaj who lived near Kedgaon and stayed with him for a few days. Narayan Maharaj was the second of the five Perfect Masters with whom Merwan was to do spiritual work, and in this process, Merwan gained more normal consciousness. Then Merwan returned to Poona.

The next Perfect Master Merwan met was Tajuddin Baba, and gradually Merwan became more aware of his divine position. But the fourth and fifth Perfect Masters played more significant roles in Merwan’s “transformation.” In December 1915, Merwan went to Shirdi to visit Sai Baba, who at the time happened to be in procession. Merwan made his way through the crowd and bowed down before Sai Baba , who then exclaimed “Parvardigar!” (which means God-Almighty-Sustainer). Sai Baba directed Merwan to the abode of Upasni Maharaj, another perfect one.

Upasni Maharaj was in seclusion; when he saw Merwan approaching, he threw a rock that hit Merwan on the forehead exactly where Babajan had kissed Merwan earlier. This action further made Merwan aware of his divine destiny.

Over the next seven years Merwan held a few jobs, for a time as a manager of a theatrical company, and later watched over his father’s teashop. The location of Sheriar’s shop changed and they began to serve toddy drinks. Eventually Merwan and his companion Behramji took over the toddy shop, but it was not a very successful business. Merwan did menial work and encouraged his customers to stop drinking. However, because of the Non-Cooperation Movement, they were forced to close the shop.

During these seven years, Merwan integrated his consciousness of God with normal human consciousness under the direct guidance of Upasni Maharaj. Upasni and Merwan had many meetings that spiritually prepared Merwan for the task he was to undertake. Finally, at the end of 1921, Upasni Maharaj openly stated to his disciples that Merwan was also a Sadguru, or Perfect Master, while stating to Merwan that Merwan was the Avatar, or first soul.

In 1922 Merwan gathered a small number of followers, who started to call him Meher Baba, which means “Compassionate Father.” The name stuck, but he did not outwardly state exactly who he was or what his plans were. He was considered to be a Perfect Master by his followers. Other people called him the Messiah, but he was unattached to such claims. Soon people were drawn to him from all over India – now was the time for the real work to be carried out. The meaning of this work and the influence of the five Perfect Masters was later described by Baba:

During the Avataric periods, the five Perfect Masters make God incarnate as man. Sai Baba, Upasni Maharaj, Hazrat Babajan, Tajuddin Baba and Narayan Maharaj are the five Perfect Masters of this Age for me. Of these five, Upasni Maharaj and Babajan directly played the main roles. Babajan made me realize… that I am God – Upasni Maharaj gave me the knowledge that I am the Avatar, the Ancient One…

Babajan gave me Divine Bliss.
Sai Baba gave me Divine Power.
Upasni Maharaj gave me Divine Knowledge.
I am Infinite Power, Knowledge and Bliss.
I am the Ancient One, come to redeem the modern world.

Meher Baba
Meher Baba

He set up an ashram called Manzil-e-Meem, meaning “House of the Master,” where his close disciples lived under severe spiritual discipline. A strict set of rules was established for the residents of this Bombay ashram; his followers were expected to give up all possessions, selfish thoughts and to obey even Baba’s most stringent rules of moral discipline. The ashram’s purpose was to prepare Baba’s disciples to aid him in the universal work that he was to accomplish during and after his life. A handful of these disciples remained with him after the ashram was dissolved, to became Baba’s Mandali, or intimate circle, who were to serve him always, through pleasant and trying conditions.

The ashram then moved near Arangaon, outside of Ahmednagar. The place later became known as Meherabad, a permanent center of Baba’s activities. During 1923 and 1924, Baba fasted, gave spiritual discussions and travelled around India; but he also kept a close watch over the development of Meherabad. By 1925 Meherabad had a post office, an ashram for lepers, and a hospital.

1925 marks the beginning of Baba’s controversial and symbolic undertaking. At the beginning of July he stated that he would observe Silence – which meant that he would not speak or make vocal sounds – to “save mankind from the monumental forces of ignorance.” The breaking of his Silence would occur when suffering on earth was at its height; it would “not be an outpouring of verbosity,” but will be in connection with his Manifestation, or the universal awareness of God on earth. His Silence started on July 10, and he uttered no words since.

Initially he communicated by writing, stating that he was going to break his Silence soon. For a year and a half he worked extensively with his Mandali, held fasts, and diligently wrote a book containing spiritual messages that remains unpublished to this day. Also he welcomed curious visitors and gave discourses. In 1927, Baba gave up, for the most part, handwriting, and started to use an alphabet board to convey his messages.

During this year Meher Baba established a school that provided secular and spiritual training for boys from all creeds and castes. The boys often cried with love for Baba. There is one story about a boy who wept with love so much at night that the others could not sleep. Baba came to the dormitory to hug the crying boy. The boy stopped, and said that he could see nothing but Baba. The school came to an end in 1929.

By 1930 Meher Baba was becoming slightly known in the West, and he decided to travel to England in 1931 and again in 1932. He also met with Mahatma Gandhi in September 1931 during one of these journeys. In England Baba was greeted by spiritual seekers drawn to him, as well as a multitude of news reporters. Meher Baba willingly gave interviews and discourses, and did not deny that he was the Messiah; but he emphasized his true purpose.

I have come not to establish any cult, society or organization – nor to establish a new religion. The Religion I shall give teaches the knowledge of the One behind the many. The Book which I shall make people read is the book of the heart, which holds the key to the mystery of life.

Baba was met with a certain amount of hostility. Some reports called him a false prophet, because they expected him to display his infinite power. Baba exclaimed that the only “miracles” he will perform are the awakening of the heart and the breaking of his Silence, “but spiritual work is strengthened by opposition, and so will it be with mine.”

Meher Baba also visited the United States in 1932, including a visit to Hollywood. There, film celebrities greeted him at a large reception; among them were Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Tallulah Bankhead. Tallulah Bankhead took particular interest in Meher Baba, and they met several times. From Los Angeles he went to Ojai and contacted more spiritual seekers. During this time he stressed that America needs spiritual redirection, and the only way for this to come about was through eliminating self-interest.

Between the end of 1932 and early 1936, Meher Baba toured Europe and some parts of Asia a number of times, meanwhile keeping contact with the European aspirants, some of whom visited India to be with him there. In 1936 Meher Baba began a mission to seek out and collect masts (pronounced “musts”) – God-intoxicated men and women who have reached such states of bliss that they may appear unaware of all that is around them. A few temporary mast ashrams were set up where Baba fed, bathed and clothed masts and lepers; simultaneously he helped them on their path to God. As a note, masts are only found in the East.

In Nasik, India, Meher Baba set up another ashram, this time for his Western devotees. This ashram was part-way between the full rigors of Meherabad as experienced by his Eastern disciples, and the conveniences of the Western world. They underwent certain hardships, but were under the guidance of Baba’s love. Perhaps the most difficult thing for them to learn was how to get along with each other. Often they had conflicts, but Baba said, “If you cannot love each other, then learn to give in.” They did learn to give in, through love. Until 1941 Baba worked between the Nasik ashram and the few mast ashrams; but the arrival of World War Two contributed to the necessary dismantling of all ashrams except for Meherabad.

Though the war was under way, Meher Baba continued with his spiritual work, while seeking masts throughout India on a series of whirlwind tours. He stated that the God-intoxicated souls have a connection with the state of the world, that it was necessary to continue directing them even closer towards God. Intensive mast work continued until 1948, aided by extensively tours throughout India to contact masts and sadhus (spiritual pilgrims).

Enigmatically and with little warning in 1949, Meher Baba declared that all of his “possessions,” including ashrams, should immediately be disposed of, except for his tomb which was already built atop Meherabad Hill. The newly operating American retreat center dedicated to Baba was to run its own course without Baba’s guidance. He stated that from this year forward he was to embark on what he termed the New Life, relying solely upon God.

Meher Baba Begging for food during New Life
Meher Baba Begging for food during New Life

Through this most enigmatic and to this day unexplained phase, Meher Baba may have established the groundwork for man’s search for God. Perhaps to convey this, Baba dropped his role as Perfect Master and became a common man, or Perfect Seeker. Only a handful of his close disciples were permitted to accompany him on his New Life.

This New Life is endless, and even after my physical death it will be kept alive by those who live the life of complete renunciation of falsehood, lies, hatred, greed and lust; and who, to accomplish all this do no lustful actions, do no harm to anyone, do no backbiting, do not seek material possessions or power, who accept no homage, neither covet honour nor shun disgrace, and fear no one and nothing; by those who rely wholly and solely on God, believe in the lovers of God and in the reality of Manifestation, and yet do not expect any spiritual or material reward; who do not let go the hand of Truth, and who without being upset by calamities, bravely and wholeheartedly face all hardships with one hundred percent cheerfulness, and give no importance to caste, creed, and religious ceremonies.

This New Life will live by itself eternally, even if there is no one to live it.

The New Life was an extreme test for Baba’s followers, and for those who joined him. On their journeys around India and Nepal, his companions led an existence of “Hopelessness and Helplessness,” depending only on God during their gypsy-like wanderings. Near the end of the New Life, Baba went into seclusion to achieve Mano-nash, or “annihilation of the mind.” This was severely straining on him; this process brought a close to the period of the New Life.

We must lose ourselves to find ourselves; thus loss itself is gain. We must die to self to live in God; thus death means life… Being is dying by loving.

In 1952 Meher Baba moved into a new phase that he labeled the Fiery Free Life. The goal of the Fiery Free Life was similar to the New Life, but ultimately would dissolve the freedom and bindings of every soul, and establish the world in the understanding that Meher Baba, everyone and everything, is one with God.

Finally, in 1952, Baba declared publicly what his followers had felt privately. Baba stated that he was the Avatar, the Messiah, the Saviour of all humanity; God in human form. Near the time that this statement was issued, immense spiritual activity developed: he had shed blood on American soil in a car accident in 1952; he was also to receive his worst suffering in India in a second car accident in 1956. Like Zoroaster, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed, the crucifixion of the Avatar is inevitable. Baba dictated that he got his “physical bones broken so as to break the backbone of the material aspect of the machine age (Kali Yuga), while keeping intact its spiritual aspect.” Even though he was terribly injured Baba still gave darshan (divine blessing, or viewing); in India tens of thousands would travel hundreds of miles to catch a glimpse of the Avatar.

In 1954, Baba stopped using the alphabet board, and began using hand gestures to communicate in a unique sign-language. From 1957 to 1965 Baba gave many darshan programs, one of them a joint gathering of his Eastern and Western disciples.

From time to time, his sayings had been gathered into various books and pamphlets, and books had been written by and about him. But his most profound declaration, Meher Baba’s Universal Message, was issued in 1958 as a message to humanity:

“I have come not to teach but to awaken. Understand therefore that I lay down no precepts.”

Throughout eternity I have laid down principles and precepts, but mankind has ignored them. Man’s inability to live God’s words makes the Avatar’s teaching a mockery. Instead of practicing the compassion He taught, man has waged crusades in His name. Instead of living the humility, purity, and truth of His words, man has given way to hatred, greed and violence.

Because man has been deaf to the principles and precepts laid down by God in the past, in this present Avataric Form I observe Silence. You have asked for and been given enough words – it is now time to live them. To get nearer and nearer to God you have to get further and further away from “I”, “my”, “me” and “mine”. You have not to renounce anything but your own self. It is as simple as that, though found to be almost impossible. It is possible for you to renounce your limited self by my Grace. I have come to release that Grace.

I repeat, I lay down no precepts. When I release the tide of Truth which I have come to give, men’s daily lives will be the living precept. The words I have not spoken will come to life in them.

I veil myself from man by his own curtain of ignorance, and manifest my Glory to a few. My present Avataric Form is the last Incarnation of this cycle of time, hence my Manifestation will be the greatest. When I break my Silence, the impact of my Love will be universal and all life in creation will know, feel and receive of it. It will help every individual to break himself free from his own bondage in his own way. I am the Divine Beloved who loves you more than you can ever love yourself. The breaking of my Silence will help you to help yourself in knowing your real Self.

All this world confusion and chaos was inevitable and no one is to blame. What had to happen has happened; and what has to happen will happen. There was and is no way out except through my coming in your midst. I had to come, and I have come. I am the Ancient One.

Toward the end of the 1960s, large numbers of American and Australian young people were becoming interested in Meher Baba, in a time in which drug use was becoming an important part of “youth culture.” When Baba stated that all drugs were damaging physically, mentally and spiritually, and all of his lovers should discontinue drug use, there was quite an uproar. Many casual followers abandoned Baba. But this statement also built up Baba’s popularity, which coincided with the awareness of his message “Don’t worry – be happy.”

From 1967 on, despite growing yearning among all his lovers – espeically the new ones – to see him, Baba remained in seclusion so deep that only a few people managed to obtain an audience with him. His days and nights were spent in complete isolation from all but his mandali, which he explained was for his “universal work.” His health was deteriorating but he promised that he would give a mass public darshan in 1969.

None can have the least idea of the work that I am doing in seclusion. The only hint I can give is that compared with work I do in seclusion all the important work of the world put together is completely insignificant… the result of my work will be intensely felt by all people in the world.

In January, 1969, his health was such that he was suffering immense pain, but he commented that his work was one hundred percent complete. On January 31, 1969, a few minutes after noon, Baba conveyed “Do not forget that I am God.” Then at 12:15, Baba stopped breathing. One of the mandali (close disciples) gave him mouth to mouth resuscitation. Thus, Meher Baba dropped his body, his silence still unbroken.

Meher Baba Final Darshan 1969
Meher Baba Final Darshan 1969

For seven days following his passing away, people from all religions, creeds and castes, from the East and the West, entered Baba’s samadhi (tomb) for a final glimpse of his body before his coffin was sealed. And from April to June 1969, the Great, last darshan that he had promised took place in Poona and at the samadhi. Thousands, including many young westerners who had just heard about him, came to sing in devotion or sit in silence. Though it was the end of Meher Baba’s physical presence on earth, these darshans signified the continuation of humanity’s yearning for God.

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