Meher Baba



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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Merwan Sheriar Irani
Function: 
Avatar
Traditions: 
Persian, Sufism
Main Countries of Activity: 
India, USA, Australia
Date of Birth: 
February 25, 1894
Place of Birth: 
Pune, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
January 31, 1969
Other Related Gurus: 
The 5 Sadgurus (perfect masters) of Meher Baba - Shirdi Sai Baba, Upasni Maharaj, Hazrat Babajan, Hazarat Tajuddin Baba, and Narayan Maharaj

Biography

Meher Baba was a Persian born in India who became a spiritual Master, and late in his life (1954 at age 60) publicly declared that he is the Avatar of this Age.

Educated at St. Vincent's High School in Pune, India, as well as at Deccan College, he led a normal school life, showing no particular inclination toward spiritual matters. At the age of 19, during his first year of college, a short contact with an old Muslim holy woman Hazrat Babajan marked what he said was the beginning of his spiritual awakening. In 1915, at the age of 22, he was hailed as "Parvardigar" (Sufi for 'God as the Almighty Sustainer') by the Indian fakir Sai Baba of Shirdi. He received help from three more spiritual masters, including Upasni Maharaj, who he said revealed to him his spiritual identity as "The Ancient One" in 1921.

Meher Baba lived and traveled in company with a circle of close disciples whom he termed his "mandali" (Sanskrit for 'circle'), both men and women from whom he demanded absolute obedience. He and his mandali voluntarily assumed a life of extreme simplicity. From 1925 to the end of his life, Meher Baba remained silent, communicating by means of an alphabet board or by gesture. Meher Baba spent long periods in seclusion, often fasting, but he would intersperse these periods with wide-ranging travels, public gatherings, and works of charity, including working with lepers, the poor, and the mad. He gave many discourses, which have been collected by his followers.

In 1931 he made the first of many visits to the West. During these travels, a number of western mandali joined him. In the 1940s, along with selected mandali, he traveled incognito about India in what he called "The New Life." On February 10, 1954, Meher Baba declared that he was the Avatar (an incarnation of God).

After two automobile accidents, one in the United States in 1952 and one in India in 1956, his capacity to walk became seriously limited. In 1962 many western followers were invited to meet his Indian mandali in a series of meetings called The East-West Gathering. In 1966, Meher Baba addressed the spreading problem of drug misuse in the West, discrediting its alleged spiritual benefits. After a year of being completely confined to a wheelchair, Meher Baba died on January 31, 1969. His samadhi (tomb-shrine) in Meherabad, India has since become a place of international pilgrimage.

Sources: 
Wikipedia

Teachings

Meher Baba's metaphysical views are most notably described in two books by him, Discourses and God Speaks. Meher Baba upheld the concept of nonduality, the view that diverse creation, or duality, is an illusion and that the goal of life is conscious realization of the absolute Oneness of God inherent in all animate and inanimate beings and things.

Meher Baba compares God's original state to an infinite, shoreless ocean which has only unconscious divinity — unaware of itself even though there is nothing but itself. From this state, God had the "whim" to know Himself and asked "Who am I?" In response to this question, creation came into existence. In this analogy, what was previously a still, shoreless Ocean now stirred, forming innumerable "drops" of itself or souls.

Each soul, being formed by God's whim to know Himself, contains within itself the same desire for self-knowledge. In pursuit of the answer to that question (to gain conscious divinity) each soul evolves consciousness through experience of each form in seven kingdoms of evolution, i.e. stone, vegetable, worm, fish, bird, animal, and human. The impressions gathered through experience of these forms in turn seek expression. This need for expression of accumulated impressions gained through the medium of a particular form eventually cannot be accommodated by the form the soul identifies with, necessitating that the soul abandon that form and associate with the next most complex form through which the impressions can be expressed. By this process increasing consciousness is gained.

In this way, the soul experiences (by associating with) and discards (by dissociating from) forms in all the evolutionary kingdoms. According to Meher Baba the final form of the soul's evolution of consciousness is the human form, through which medium full consciousness is attained. Only human consciousness, which is full consciousness, is capable of achieving awareness of its own divinity.

However, although consciousness is full upon the attainment of the first human form, the soul's ages-long accumulation of impressions gathered through evolution prevent it from identifying itself as God, its true being. Instead, human consciousness is preoccupied with expressing its impressions by seeking sensual experiences. Ultimately, however, through the soul's travail through numerous human incarnations encompassing the whole range of opposite human experience (e.g. man/woman, rich/poor, powerful/weak, heterosexual/homosexual etc.), the impressions accumulated through its evolution, as well as those gathered in its human lives, begin to thin and the soul's awareness of a reality beyond its own immediate desires is stirred. This is the beginning of the end of the soul's separate existence. The soul then begins to traverse an inner spiritual path, or involution, through which it gradually eliminates all impressions which cause the appearance of separateness from God.

Once all impressions are gone, the goal of knowing itself as conscious divinity is attained. The drop (soul) once again becomes merged in the Ocean (Over-soul). That is, it realizes its true divine indivisible and eternal nature. It has now answered the question of “Who am I?” with “I am God.”

Sources: 
Wikipedia

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Locations

Meherabad and Meherazad
Type: 
Pilgrimage Center
Details: 

Meher Baba’s Tomb (Samhadi) in Meherabad, his residence in Meherazad, Meher Pilgrim Retreat, Upper & Lower Meherabad.

The Tomb is the heart of Meherabad, and morning and evening arti are the main activities that take place there.

Address: 
Meher Baba Trust Offices
King’s Road, Post Bag 31,
Ahmednagar, Maharashtra 414001, India
Phone: 
+91-241-254-8733
Directions: 

Meherabad is located on Daund Road six kilometers outside the city of Ahmednagar, Maharashtra State, India.

Travel by air - The nearest airports are at Pune and Aurangabad, both approximately three hours from Ahmednagar by road. The nearest international airport is Mumbai, approximately six hours by road to Ahmednagar.

Travel by rail - Located on the Daund/Manmad railway line, Ahmednagar is accessible by rail from many Indian cities, both to the north and south, including Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. Local rail service to/from Pune and Mumbai is not generally convenient as the trains are slow.

Travel by road -Buses and taxis reach Ahmednagar from Pune, Aurangabad, Sholapur, and Nasik. A direct road from Mumbai, which bypasses Pune, takes about six hours in light traffic.

Special Events: 

The Dhuni - The sacred fire or dhuni is lit at Lower Meherabad on the twelfth of every month, in accordance with Meher Baba’s instructions. Participants in the ceremony are allowed to throw mental things they wish to get rid of. Very powerful ritual. The first dhuni was lit by Meher Baba himself on 10 November 1925.

Amartithi - commemorates Avatar Meher Baba’s dropping his physical form on 31 January 1969. It is the major event of the year at Meherabad. More than 10,000 overnight and 30,000 daytime visitors from all over the world participate in this major gathering from 30 January to 1 February of each year. During this 48-hour period a program of song, dance, and film continues all day and through much of the night on the stage near Meher Baba’s Tomb. The climax of the event takes place on Amartithi day itself when, for fifteen minutes, the assembled crowd keeps silence for fifteen minutes in honor of the physical passing of the Avatar of the Age at 12:15 p.m. on 31st January 1969.

Meher Baba’s Birthday - At five in the morning on 25 February, pilgrims gather at Meher Baba’s Samadhi on Meherabad Hill for prayers and song in celebration of the birth of the Ancient One. Later in the day an original drama, complete with full cast, sets, and music is staged in the Music and Arts Centre.

Daily Schedule & Opening Hours: 

There is no mandatory daily schedule. On the contrary, visitors are encourage to follow their own path, what more important is that they are now in the presence of Meher Baba.

Daily activities include: Arti (Prayers and devotional songs at Meher Baba’s Tomb twice daily at 7 am and 7 pm), visits to Meherazad (Meher Baba’s residence, three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday), films, informal talks, guided walking tour and more

See more on activities at http://www.ambppct.org/pilgrimage/while_details.php

When to Go: 

The Pilgrim Center and Pilgrim Retreat are closed during the hot Indian summer from March 15 to June 15 of each year.

See Weather in India according to regions and seasons.

Etiquette: 
No dressing codes except in Samhadi - No entry in shorts or sleeveless shirts. People great each other instead of with "hello" with "Jai Baba" ( = "kudos to Baba") but it is not mandatory so you can still use "hello" if you like. Ceremonies, events and meetings are usually ended with everybody saying loudly together "Avatar Meher Baba Kijey" 3 times.
Registration: 
All overnight visitors must make reservations in advance.
Services in Location: 

The new impressive, recently built, Meher Pilgrim Retreat center provides all the facilities needed by a visitor, including laundry, medical and meals for very modest fees. There are grocery shops, kiosk, restaurant and internet place in lower Meherabad. Other things can be obtained in Ahmednagar (half an hour drive).

Accomodation: 

Accomodation facilities include the new impressive, recently built, Meher Pilgrim Retreat, and the Dharmshala Hostel D and Hostel C.

The facilities are primarily dormitory style, with the Meher Pilgrim Retreat affording the most choice in types of rooms. Men and women are housed in separate sections.

Three meals a day plus tea twice a day are provided at fixed times. All food is vegetarian. A kitchen is available for those Indian visitors who prefer to cook their own food.

Prices and Fees: 
No entrance fees. Modest fees for superb accommodation and meals.
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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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Discourses

by Meher Baba

(Paperback)

A spiritual classic, in print since the 1940s, Meher Baba\'s Discourses throw the light of true knowledge on many of life\'s most perplexing problems. Inspiring and practical, the Discourses provide an ever-fresh framework of spiritual perspective on the challenges of everyday life. As Meher Baba stated, \"Words that proceed from the Source of Truth have real meaning.\" The Discourses bear eloquent testimony to that fact and will remain an incomparable companion for those seeking spiritual direction.

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The Everything and The Nothing

by Meher Baba

(Paperback)

Book by Meher Baba

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God Speaks

by Meher Baba

(Hardcover)

God Speaks is Meher Baba\'s most complete statement of the process of Creation and its purpose. This recent reprinting maintains the contents of the 1973 revised edition while presenting the material in a new style. A contemporary format makes the work attractive and easier to read for today\'s audiences.

God Speaks incorporates all of life into a spiritual saga. The only protagonist is God, and his story encompasses all individual biographies. It is God himself who becomes the three basic processes for the growth and transformation of consciousness: evolution, reincarnation and involution (the spiritual path of return to Himself).

The first phase of God\'s journey is evolution. It is initiated from a totally unconscious God as if an infinite Ocean were in a state likened to deep sleep. This unconscious God speaks the First Word \"Who am I?\". This question disrupts the limitless, undivided, absolute vacuum, and its reverberations create individualized souls, compared to drops or bubbles within the Ocean. By speaking the First Word, God establishes the process of Creation, in which he assumes evolving forms to gain increasing consciousness.

Individuality is the vehicle of this quest. Evolution marks a series of temporary answers to \"Who am I?\" The soul traverses a multitude of forms, beginning with simples gases and proceeding slowly through inanimate stone and mineral forms. These early evolutionary stages obviously have only the most rudimentary consciousness and cannot provide a satisfactory answer to God\'s original question.

The original query thus provides a continuing momentum for the drop soul to develop new forms each with greater consciousness, including the many plant and animal beings. Every evolutionary kingdom reveals new dimensions of consciousness and experience. Each also offers opportunities to gain different kinds of awareness. For example, when the soul identifies itself with varied species of fish, it experiences the world as a creature living in waterconversely, as a bird, it enriches its consciousness by flying through air.

When the drop soul finally evolves to human form, consciousness is fully developed, but an individual is still not aware of the potential of his or her consciousness.

So the original \"Who am I?\" imperative persists and inaugurates the second phase: reincarnation. Since consciousness is fully developed, there is no longer a need for evolving new forms. The individual\'s experience, gathered in early stages of evolution, is now humanized and expressed in countless lifetimes. The impulses gained in sub-human forms can play themselves out in the broader context of intelligence, emotions, choices, diverse setting and interactions with people.

But obviously no single lifetime can bear the burden of \"humanizing\" the entire evolutionary inheritance randomly or simultaneously. There must be a method for re-experiencing the pre-human legacy in manageable segments. The soul thus experiences alternately a series of opposites, organized according to themes. Accordingly, in different lives, the soul becomes male and female, rich and poor, vigorous and weak, beautiful and ugly. Through exploring the potential of these many opposites, one eventually exhausts all possible human identities and, therefore, has fully learned the entire range of human experience.

Here begins the third phase: involution, the process by which the soul returns to the full awareness of the Divine Force, which created him. As Meher Baba puts it, \"When the consciousness of the soul is ripe for disentanglement from the gross world (the everyday world of matter and forms(, it enters the spiritual path and turns inward.\"

Like evolution, involution has certain states and stages, consisting of \"planes\" and \"realms.\" But individuality continues along this spiritual path. In fact, the book quotes the Sufi saying \"There are as many ways to God as there are souls....\"

Each new plane denotes a state of being that differs from the states that proceeded it. The first three planes are within the subtle world or domain of energy, \"pran.\" There follows the fourth plane, the threshold of the mental world, where misuse of great power for personal desire can lead to disintegration of consciousness.

The fifth and sixth planes represent true sainthood, which is understood to be increasing intimacy with God as the Beloved. On the sixth plane, the mind itself becomes the inner eye that sees God everywhere and in everything. \"The loving of God and the longing for His union,\" says Meher Baba \"is fully demonstrated in the sixth plane of consciousness.\"

The seventh plane marks true and lasting freedom. Impressions go. Duality goes. The drops burst and again become the Ocean. God answers his question of \"Who am I?\" with \"I am God.\" The Infinite has returned to the original starting point. He now knows, however, with full consciousness and full awareness that he was, is and always will be infinite. And he realizes that the entire journey has been an illusory dream, the purpose of which is the full awakening of his soul.

Yet the saga is not necessarily over. Meher Baba indicates that even among God-realized souls responsibilities within Creation may differ. Most play no further active part in Creation. But a rare few make the journey back to human consciousness. Of these, five become Perfect Masters, blending divine consciousness with awareness of all beings in evolution, reincarnation and involution. These five administer the affairs of the universe. And they use their \"infinite knowledge, power and bliss for the progressive emancipation of all in the field of illusion.\"

Meher Baba differentiates these Perfect Masters, who are always on earth, from the Avatar, who is the \"that highest status of God, where God directly becomes man and lives on earth as God-man.\" He further comments that the \"Avatar is always One and the same, the eternal, indivisible, infinite One who manifests Himself in the form of man as the Avatar, as the Messiah, as the Prophet, as the Buddha, as the Ancient Onethe Highest of the High.\"

A little over a year before the first publication of God Speaks, Meher Baba officially declared himself to be that Avatara claim that amplifies the meaning of the title. To the one who accepts Meher Baba\'s position, God\'s plan is revealed vividly through these pages.

Recommended DVD & Video: 

Bhau Kalchuri: Meher Baba's Lion

(DVD)

Meher Baba House - New York presents A Bananawallas Production Bhau Kalchuri: Meher Baba\'s Lion Conversations with an intimate disciple of the Avatar of the Age To Remember Him Three-Quarters of the World With original music videos \"Meher\'s Triangle (Dancing with the Divine)\" \"Wake Up, O People, You Wake Up\" featuring newly restored film footage of Meher Baba Plus a bonus Q&A with Bhau and audience Among the topics covered in these wide-ranging interviews: * The dream of Illusion * Meher Baba and His Manifestation * The peril of suicide English subtitles

The East West Gathering November 1967

(VHS Tape)

This was..an event unique in history: yet it is an event for which men have long prayed and worked- the coming together of people from many parts of the world in the Name Of Love and Truth.\nMeher Baba, who, knowing everything of the East & West & North & South, brought together the East and the West in His love.

Pro Opinions

Baba

ocean's picture

Meher Baba is The Ancient One,The Highest of the High, The Avatar of the Age. All though Baba made these claims no master was more humble than Baba.

Hari30's picture

Meher Baba.

Thank You Dear Brother,

I am very grateful to Meher Baba.

The way I was receieved there with love in 1990, is not possible anywhere.

Hari30 | Fri, 12/23/2011 - 05:45

Baba in the US

alex1987's picture

His screed "God In A Pill?" is a wonderful piece that helps separate the truth from the exotic stereotypes that persisted throughout the 1960's (and beyond, unfortunately) of drugs being a gateway to

Mehar Baba

KUNDAN LAL GOTHWAL's picture

Mehar Baba is well known in India as a spiritual master.
He has many lacs followers in India and aborad.

Jai Mehar Baba ji ki,

KUNDAN LAL GOTHWAL

A Perfect Master

santthosh kumaar's picture

Only in mystical realization one can call himself as Avatar. Meher Baba was not only mystical master but also a master to all truth seekers. Since there is lots of Advitic essence in his teachings.

ocean's picture

Baba

Dear Friend
I too have heard this same story about Paul Brunton having a change of heart in later years about Baba. I know for a fact that He wrote Baba a letter in the 1950,s and Baba corresponded back. But I have never heard what they talked about.
Peace and Love
Jai Baba

ocean | Thu, 02/02/2012 - 13:57
alex1987's picture

Baba

He was a large influence on Pete Townshend of The Who. That was how I first encountered his name and unique countenance.

The more I read about him and read of his teachings, the more I fell in love with him.

alex1987 | Tue, 12/11/2012 - 07:55

mehar baba

NIDHI PARKASH's picture

He is well famous in India and connected to many people as per the links of spirituality.He declared himself as avatar and was accepted by many as ni carnation of God.

Meher Baba

parul srivastava's picture

Meher Baba is one of the greatest guru of India.His teachings are very real.If we follow these teachings we make our soul pure and get real happiness.

Con Opinions

Aha

jigyaza's picture

I still wonder what the declaration of Avatar of the Age means. Most times, it may not be the guru but his/her disciples who spread such titles, for whatever reason.

Hari30's picture

Avatar.

Dear Brother,
I have prayed Meher Baba to show his love to you.
A True Seeker will always find the truth.
Avatar means God in human form.
It is correct that we should treat Guru as a pointer but to reach to that level, we need to be with Guru.

Hari30 | Fri, 12/23/2011 - 06:03