WHO WAS MEHER BABA?
Meher Baba; who was of Iranian descent, was born in Pune, Bombay Presidency, British India; to a Zoroastrian family.
Meher Baba; born: Merwan Sheriar Irani, was the second son of a Persian Zoroastrian from Khorramshahr by name: Sheriar Irani.
Baba’s father spent many years searching for spiritual experiences, before settling in Poona(now known as; Pune: Meher’s birthplace). It’s very likely that his father’s interest in spirituality, helped him, or at least pushed him in the direction that he went on later in his life, and helped him become spiritually matured so early.
Also, when Meher Baba was very young, he formed the Cosmopolitan Club; a club that was dedicated to being in the know about world affairs and charity work.
A man of many talents– Meher was an incredibly skilled instrumentalist and poet who was very fond of Shakespeare and a few other poets. Meher also spoke several languages, the man was indeed awesome.
Some time later he reached out to: Tajuddin Babu, Narayan Maharaj, Sai Baba of Shirdi and Upashi Maharaj; this was the beginning of his spiritual journey.
BABA’S PHILOSOPHY AND MYSTERIOUS SILENCE
Meher Baba’s who said Upasni Maharaj; one of his ‘perfect masters’ helped him to integrate his mystical experiences with normal consciousness which enabled him to function in the world without diminishing his experience of God-realisation.
Later in 1921, when he was just 27-years-old; Merwan(Meher Baba) had begun to attract followers, and it was his early followers that gave him the name ‘Meher Baba’ which means ‘Compassionate Father’. One year later; Manzil-e-Meem(House of The Master) was established.
In 1923, he moved with his followers to a place just outside Ahmednagar, which he called Meherabad(Garden of Blessing) which would go on to become the center of his work.
After about three years in July, 1925: Meher Baba willingly initiated a lifelong, mysterious silence, which he upheld until his death. He then began to communicate by the use of chalk and slates, an alphabet board, and later with his own unique gestures. He even stopped using pens and pencils two years later.
REASON FOR MEHER BABA’S SILENCE AND HIS DEATH
“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 wars 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.”
Meher Baba often claimed to know the exact time he would break his silence and where. He always promised that he would break his silence before he died.
“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.”
Meher Baba apparently had a good reason for his silence.
“When I speak that Word, I shall lay the foundation for that which is to take place during the next seven hundred years.”
Unfortunately Meher Baba died without speaking a word, he took his silence to the grave, and this disappointed some of his followers while others regarded it as a test of their faith.
Every 10th of July, some of his disciples and admirers keep silence, in remembrance of Meher Baba and the anniversary of the day his silence began.
Now although Meher Baba broke his promise of speaking the ‘word’ before he died; some of his disciples believed he spoke the ‘word’ spiritually and not in the physical plane. A mystery that still lives to this day.
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