In the summer of 1969 while selling Kansas City Free Press newspapers on the Country Club Plaza I was introduced to Meher Baba by a Baba lover named Charlie. Together we went into a coffee shop and he proceeded to tell me all about him. At the end of our meeting he gave me some dried leaves from Baba’s garden. For the next 7 years I carried a heart connection with Meher Baba. The story is told in From Meher Baba to Osho with Love. -purushottama
Merwan Sheriar Irani, known as Meher Baba, was born in Poona, India, on February 25, 1894, of Persian parents. His father, Sheriar Irani, was of Zoroastrian faith and a true seeker of God. Merwan went to a Christian high school in Poona and later attended Deccan College. In 1913 while still in college, Merwan experienced a momentous event . . . a meeting with Hazrat Babajan, an ancient Mohammedan woman and one of the five Perfect Masters of the Age. Babajan gave him God-Realization and made him aware of his high spiritual destiny.
Eventually, he was drawn to seek out another perfect master, Upasni Maharaj, a Hindu who lived in Sakori. During the next seven years, Maharaj gave Merwan “gnosis” or divine knowledge. Thus, Merwan attained spiritual perfection. His spiritual mission began in 1921 when he drew together his first close disciples. It was these early disciples who gave him the name Meher Baba, which means “Compassionate Father.”
After years of intensive training of his disciples, Meher Baba established a colony near Ahmednagar that is called Meherabad. Here, the Master’s work embraced a free school where spiritual training was stressed, a free hospital and dispensary, and shelters for the poor. No distinction was made between the high castes and the untouchables; all mingled in common fellowship through the inspiration of the Master. To his disciples at Meherabad, who were of different castes and creeds, he gave a training of moral discipline, love for God, spiritual understanding and selfless service.
Meher Baba told his disciples that from July 10, 1925 he would observe Silence. He maintained this Silence until the end of his life, January 31, 1969. His many spiritual discourses and messages were dictated by means of an alphabet board. Much later the Master discontinued the use of the board and reduced all communication to hand gestures unique in expressiveness and understandable to many.
Meher Baba traveled to America six times, first in 1931, when he contacted his early Western disciples. His last visit to America was in 1958 when he and his disciples stayed at the Center established for his work at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
In India as many as one hundred thousand people have come in one day to seek his Darshan, or blessing; from all over the world there are those who journeyed to spend a few days, even a single day, in his presence.
An important part of Meher Baba’s work through the years was to contact and personally serve hundreds of those known in India as “masts.” These are advanced pilgrims on the spiritual path who have become spiritually intoxicated from direct awareness of God. For this work he traveled many thousands of miles to remote places throughout India and Ceylon. Other vital work was the washing of the lepers, the washing of the feet of thousands of poor, and the distribution of grain and cloth to the destitute.
Meher Baba asserts that he is the same Ancient One, come again to redeem humanity from the bondage of ignorance and to guide individuals to realize their true Self which is God. Meher Baba is acknowledged by his many followers all over the world as the Avatar of the Age.
This biography is posted on: http://www.sheriarbooks.org
In addition the same site is a great resource for Meher Baba material.
“Love has to spring spontaneously from within; it is in no way amenable to any form of inner or outer force. Love and coercion can never go together; but while love cannot be forced upon anyone, it can be awakened through love itself. Love is essentially self-communicative; those who do not have it catch it from those who have it. Those who receive love from others cannot be its recipients without giving a response that, in itself, is the nature of love. True love is unconquerable and irresistible. It goes on gathering power and spreading itself until eventually it transforms everyone it touches. Humanity will attain a new mode of being and life through the free and unhampered interplay of pure love from heart to heart.”
The Everything and the Nothing
Many of Meher Baba’s books are downloadable here.
God Speaks – The Theme of Creation
Here you can read The New Humanity.
Here you can find all of the posts concerning Meher Baba.
Here is an interesting story of the meeting between Meher Baba and Mahatma Gandhi.
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Hmm. In the book: In Search in Secret India, written about 1935, the british author Paul Brunton (who Robert Adam’s has confirmed was realized’ claims to not have been impressed with Meher Baba when he stayed with him. Finally Brunton meets Ramana Maharhshi) and all of his questions vanish. I must confess to not know much of Meher—just an interesting side note.
You must consider reading this article. DISCLAIMER: I am a follower of Meher Baba and stumbled on this article at random while reading.
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Yes, thanks for this! Good stuff. Conclusions are a dead end mind trip and it seems that Brunton realized this–albeit after his initial literary ‘damage’ was done.
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Thank you very much for this. I had filed it away to look at it later and only today gave it it’s due. Thank you again.
Meher Baba is an unknown phenomenon to many. In so many ways he is hard to explain. I myself found out about Meher baba through my bhakti for Shri Sai baba of Shirdhi. Meher baba acknowledged Sai Baba of Shirdhi as one of the five perfect masters (The greatest of his time) who brought on the Advent of the Yuga-age cycle Avatar. Meher Baba has pictures with Upasani Baba one who Shri Sai Baba brought to his level of perfection. From this there is no doubt Meher Baba is the truth. Read his great teaching in his two books The Discourses and God Speaks these two books are UN paralleled. Meher Baba is such is true master that he made the statement (If one does not believe me to be the avatar no harm is done) how many master can make such a statement. Do the research for yourself through his writings and go by your own intuition.
I have “lived” with Meher Baba for 35 years-daily. There is no higher Authority. ❤️
Unless you ‘see’ or experience Meher Baba as God, how can you know He is God? but when you feel His Divine love, nothing else matters.
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