EVERY SADGURU HAS A SPIRITUAL MOTHER AND A SPIRITUAL SISTER

On January14th, 1921, the Hindu holiday Makarsankrant was celebrated at Sakori. Upasni Maharaj’s men and women disciples assembled and performed puja before him. Upasni sat naked except for his gunny sack while the women put their gold ornaments on his body. Later, many poor people from the neighboring villages came to share in the feast and Upasni distributed clothes to them. Afterward …

YOU LOVE YOURSELF MORE THAN YOU LOVE GOD

On January 13th, 1959, Baba met a group of newspaper reporters. He stated: “I am happy to be able to meet this group of intelligentsia who possess a warm heart for the spiritual aspect of life.” Baba gave the following short message: Our very life should be such as to be God’s message of Truth in the world. If, in …

NUMBER SEVEN IS SIGNIFICANT

During this seclusion, Baba would discourse in the evenings, after which those Prem Ashram and Meher Ashram boys, whom Baba kept under his guidance in Nasik, would meditate for an hour. During one of these discourses on Sunday, January 12th, (1930) Baba further explained the significance of the number seven: The evolution of creation has seven stages. There are seven planes …

WILL SHASTRI RETURN TO INDIA FROM RUSSIA?

The war between India and Pakistan had finally ceased in October 1965, due to firm action taken by the Security Council of the United Nations. A cease-fire had been ordered to which both nations complied. The war had reached a stalemate, yet neither country was willing to withdraw from the military positions they had gained. In January 1966, the Soviet …

BABA DICTATES “THE SEVEN REALITIES”

It was in Jaipur, on Thursday, January 9th, 1941, that the Master dictated his message, The Seven Realities of Meher Baba’s Teaching. It stated: Meher Baba’s teaching gives no importance to creed, dogma, caste systems and the performance of religious ceremonies and rites, but to the UNDERSTANDING of the following seven Realities: 1.  The only Real Existence is that of the One and only …

DEDICATE EVERYTHING TO YOUR MASTER

(Jan. 1939) Always remain detached toward results. The result of something may be good or bad, but you should be detached from both. Like Ramakrishna, dedicate everything to your Master. Let not the dirt of the sanskaras of your thoughts and deeds touch you, by surrendering every thought and act at the feet of your Guru! As a laundryman washes …

BABA STARTED USING THE ALPHABET BOARD

Initially, after he quit writing,(January 2, 1927) when Meher Baba wished to express himself, he would pick up a newspaper and point to the appropriate letters or words. But as this method was found to be cumbersome and time consuming, Chanji typed the English alphabet in capital letters on a piece of paper which Baba began using. This being too …

THE AVATAR’S DIVINE MISSION WAS TO BEGIN IN JANUARY 1922

As the six-month period drew to a close and it was becoming evident that Meher Baba was soon to depart from Sakori, Upasni Maharaj would tell those who came for his darshan, “Go to Merwan! I have given over my charge and authority to him. Meher now holds my key.” (Upasni always referred to Meher Baba as Merwan.) On another …

BABA DISCOURSES ON SELFLESS SERVICE

On January 5th, (1937) Baba took the Westerners to Rahuri. All rose early, at 4 A.M., and after breakfast left Nasik at six o’clock. Arriving at Rahuri, the group met the men mandali – Ghani, Vishnu, Pendu, Padri, Raosaheb, Baidul and Dr. Nilu. After they toured the ashram and saw the mad and masts, Baba discoursed about selfless service: As …

ALTHOUGH I NOW PARDON YOU . . .IT IS NOT BEFITTING TO BE SO CARELESS

After tea on Sunday, January 4th, (1931) Baba desired to play a game of atya-patya and went to his Jhopdi to change clothes. When he returned, he found that the men had not started preparations for the game – sides had not been chosen, nor had the lines on the playing field been drawn. The mandali’s negligence caused Baba to …

14TH ANNUAL LEGACY PROGRAM ON “DISCOVERING THE AVATARIC TREASURE”

Avatar Meher Baba P.P.C. Trust. Programme Organised by the Library Committee 14th Annual Legacy Program on *”Discovering the Avataric Treasure”* Friday and Saturday, 9th and 10th February 2024 Meher Pilgrim Retreat, Upper Meherabad 9:30 am. to 12:30 pm. and 3 to 6 pm. The presentations will be made by invited Baba lovers who are already in contact with us, and …

THE NEEM TREE

As we bid farewell to 2023, it is inspiring to recall that it has been a most memorable year for Meherabad, marking a century since Avatar Meher Baba first touched His foot on its blessed soil. The neem tree heralded below stands sentinel to that day. The Neem Tree There are many unusual or unique types of trees heralded worldwide …

LAST PHYSICAL MEETING OF THE FATHER OF THE NATIION WITH THE FATHER OF CREATION

Correspondence had been exchanged between Gandhi and Baba while the Master was in America. Gandhi expressed his desire to see Baba as soon as he returned to India, and Baba had indicated that he also wanted to see Gandhi. The political and social situation in India had become intense; Gandhi was expected to be arrested by the British for political …

BABA STOPPED WRITING

On Saturday, January 1st, 1927, a year and a half after the Master began his silence, he wrote this message: “I intend to stop writing from tomorrow. It is not definite when I will resume writing or speaking. I may start again after some days, some months or even some years. It all depends on Hazrat Babajan.” Baba received many …

TODAY IS NEW YEAR, AND YOU SHOULD MAKE A RESOLUTION TO FORGIVE AND FORGET

Papa Jessawala had come to Jabalpur from Nagpur. Jal Kerawala also was there. On Sunday, January 1st, 1939, Jal played a joke on Papa, who found it to be in bad taste and became very upset. He went straight to Baba and complained bitterly. Baba sent for Jal and Chanji, and asked the reason for the uproar. Jal replied, “Forgive …

. . . TO LOVE ME AS I SHOULD BE LOVED

On December 31st, (1964)Baba dictated this special message to be sent to Adi Arjani in Pakistan, who did a daily-diary project of collecting Baba’s statements: “To love those whom you could not hate is natural; but to love those whom you cannot love is to love me as I should be loved.” Lord Meher, Original Publication, Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 19, …

I HAVE COME TO DESTROY ALL SUCH THINGS, BUT . . .

Keki Nalavala came to see Baba on Sunday, December 30th, (1963) from Dehra Dun. Although he knew that there was a strict injunction against visitors, he had come anyway and met Adi at Khushru Quarters. Adi was so annoyed with him for coming that he refused to help him, even to the extent of not arranging for a taxi, because …

LET LOVE ANNIHILATE YOUR LOWER SELF

A public meeting was held in the Town Hall in Kakinada, on December 25th, (1953) to publicize Baba’s visit, for which Baba sent the following telegram: My message to you all for 25th December: Let love annihilate your lower self and reveal my Infinite Self. Let your ears become deaf to delusion to enable you to hear my silent message …

THE BUS WILL GO TO THE ONE OUTSIDE MY CIRCLE . . .

Sunday, December 28th, (1941) had been fixed as the date for drawing the lottery for the Blue Bus. One hundred of Meher Baba’s followers and lovers had sent in their donations of fifty rupees each. On that day Baba indicated to the mandali, “The bus will go to one outside my circle who resides at a great distance from Meherabad.” …

LOVE AND DEVOTION SHOULD NOT BE MADE DEPENDENT ON CEREMONY

After his return from India, John Bass wrote to Adi Sr. inquiring how they should conduct their Monday Night meetings in New York City. Ruth Ringer suggested that the meetings be done along the lines of those she had witnessed in Calcutta – singing Baba’s arti, burning incense, distributing prasad, reciting Baba’s prayers and garlanding his photograph with flowers. In …

DON’T BE A SLAVE TO MATERIAL HAPPINESS

Christmas was celebrated on the 25th. (1938), and that night they took a boat ride on the Narmada River. Baba dipped his hands in the water and posed as Rano took a photograph of him. Gaimai wistfully observed, “How long the Narmada has awaited you, Baba.” Baba just smiled. After their return from the river, Baba said, “While we were …

FROM THE OUTSET OF MEHER BABA’S WORK, OPPOSITION HAD BEGUN

On December 24th, 1922, at 11 A.M., Meher Baba called fourteen of the men to his room and told them, “My seclusion is because of spiritual reasons. Maharaj has recently imprisoned himself in a bamboo cage at Sakori and is suffering for the good of his mandali. Now that my real spiritual work has started, many of the present mandali …

THE AVATAR HAS COME TO ME

A middle-aged woman saint named Tai Maharaj lived in Amraoti. She had a large following, and she invited Baba to her temple. Baba went on December 23rd. (1952) , and in the presence of over five hundred of her followers, she received Baba with tears in her eyes. She declared to all present, “The Avatar has come to me!” Throughout …