Meher Baba! Welcome to the May 2012 edition of Meherabode's
Newsletter, brought to you as a regular feature by the Board of
Directors of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California.
I tell you all, with my Divine Authority,
that you and I are not "WE," but "ONE"
This edition is dedicated to Meheru Irani, Meher Baba's close disciple.
was born in 1928 to Rustom and Freny Irani, two of Meher Baba's very
close disciples from His earliest ashram days. Freny was Mehera's sister
and Rustom was Adi K. Irani's elder brother.
April 21, 2012 at 4:06 p.m. (India Standard Time) at Meherazad, Baba
gathered His dearest Meheru into His loving embrace as she departed this
earthly realm. Her remarkable life of courage, sacrifice, unswerving
focus, and whole-hearted dedication to her Beloved are a lasting tribute
to Him and a source of inspiration to us all.
By Meheru, Meherazad, India (January 1997)
mother who loves her baby does not spend her time just loving it. In
fact in the daily routine of caring for its needs day and night, being
there for it, feeding it, changing its nappies, and all the things that
go into bringing it up-there is often little time to dwell on how much
she loves her baby, except for a little fondling now and then. But it
is her love that makes it a joy for her to care for her child every hour
of the day.
us too, just loving Baba is not enough. With Him not physically here
you can show your love for Him by doing the things that please Him.
has given us How to Love God to follow and the Prayer of Repentance to
live by. By caring to do these things, by caring to live the way of
life Baba desires of us, we can show our love for Him and truly love
the mandali, we who lived with Baba and served His needs, it was not
really us giving to Baba, it was Baba who was giving to us,-giving us
the wonderful privilege and opportunity to do His work. And it was from
Mehera I learned, to some extent, the depth to which caring can go. She
showed how much Baba was with her continuously, even in the everyday
work at hand.
her personal service to Baba I witnessed and still have the picture in
my mind of her combing and brushing Baba's hair every day. Even if Baba
was in a hurry Mehera would do it carefully and gently with a scarf
draped around Baba's shoulders and back so that not a single strand of
His precious hair that came out in the combing or braiding would be
lost. And then she'd tenderly tie a special colored bow on the braid.
was not only how Mehera cared for His beautiful form but how she cared
for everything having to do with Baba that was so unforgettable. The
way she took care of His clothes: His coat, His sadra, etc., all were
delicately handled and folded just so and placed just so. And when
washing them I had to be so gentle with all of them. When we were going
through Baba's old clothes after He dropped His body I felt the need of
washing so many of them that had collected over the years. While
washing some of His short pants which were covered by the sadra, I found
a few of them had delicate lace stitched on the hem - white on white! I
had never seen them before and it brought tears to my eyes as I saw
another aspect of Mehera's love and caring for her Beloved.
the early days the women mandali had so few new clothes and by patching
and repatching they would make their everyday wear last a long time.
Yet, when Baba was travelling either in India or the West, they filled
in their days making things for Baba - a crown, a garland, or something
special for Him - which showed that He was never absent from either
their hearts or their thoughts.
Baba's hair and nails they would design lovely brooches in which they
placed tiny photos of Baba. Even in that act, Mehera and Mani and the
others would never cut up a photograph of Baba just for the sake of the
head. That action, even on paper, was distasteful and hurtful to
them-it would have to be a photograph just of His head, if that was what
with Mehera I got to learn so many different ways, not only of working
for Baba, but of doing it in a special caring way. If we were sitting at
the table with Baba and a knife was pointing towards Him, immediately
Mehera would notice it and have me turn it in another direction. It did
not matter whether I had placed it there or not-why had I not seen it
and rectified the error? It was the same with Baba's photos-no painted
instrument could be directed towards them. For Baba we offer flowers
symbolizing that for the Beloved our desire is to offer all that is best
Baba dropped His body I began taking care of the drawing room as Mehera
wanted to do the dusting of Baba's photos in His room. Dusting each
photo Mehera would be with Baba, remembering Him, talking with Him-lost
in her reverie, as she gently stroked His picture with the softest of
silk dusters. Every photo of Baba was precious to her.
day as I was dusting Baba's photos in the hall, Mehera saw me blowing
the dust off the frame of a lovely photo. This frame of shells had been
made by Mehera herself. Immediately she told me not to blow on Baba's
photo. I told her I was not blowing on the photo but on the frame as it
was not possible to dust it off with the cloth. "Well," she said, "See
that you cover Baba's photo with a cloth before you blow on the frame .
Baba had told me never to blow on His photo." The way in which she said
this, I felt she was looking back on an episode that had occurred years
ago, yet it was as clear in her mind as if Baba had told her but
yesterday. That impressed me so deeply-how present Baba was with her at
all times. And now for me it is such a gift to remember Mehera each
time I need to blow on any frame - which is daily!
on letterheads with Baba's face or name stamped on them, Mehera would
carefully cut out and keep the image; be it of Baba, of Krishna, or
Christ, etc. All the Avatars and the saints would be respected and
their photos never crumpled up or thrown away in the trash basket nor
allowed to inadvertently get underfoot.
love to see you all wearing Baba buttons or tee shirts with Baba's face
on them, but when you do so you should always be aware of the honor.
They should help you to remember Baba and act in the way that is
pleasing to Him. And when you wash the tee shirt, wash it separately and
not with underwear or socks. Give Baba's picture the respect it
deserves. (Loving Baba is important and so is caring for Him.) Don't
throw the tee-shirt down when you change it but place it gently and
never leave it on the floor to get underfoot. Care should be taken of
every form and image of the God-man who walked the earth and served
humanity. His image, His likeness, is always to be revered and
your life be one of loving and caring not only for Baba but for your
fellow beings and remember Baba is in them as He is in you. Caring for
one another is important - it is caring for Baba. With awe I remember
the care and love Baba poured on each and all who came for His darshan.
When we say Baba gave darshan He was truly giving. He alone could fill
each cup to overflowing. It is for us to give our cup such depth that
it can hold as much as possible of the precious gift of love that ever
flows from the font of love, and let it ever increase with our sharing
of it with others.
Dear Companion-Friends in Meher Baba,
Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai!
this Newsletter, and in future dispatches, we are writing to bring you
up to date on various aspects of Meherabode, the lovely Meher Baba
Center in the City of Angels. This one-acre sanctuary rests
secluded in the midst residential properties due south of the Hollywood
foothills. There is a serene atmosphere and palpable presence of
Baba's sweetness here at Meherabode.
In the spirit of spring, I send warm greetings and thoughts of
gratitude to you all, wishing you well in His Love. This
Newsletter is going out just after Meheru, the last remaining member of
the women Mandali, has departed from earthly-life and reunited with her
Beloved Baba. We will all miss Meheru's presence at
am very pleased to announce the most wonderful addition of two new
Board members: Linda Zavala and Lynne Berry. Please join me
to welcome them to the 2012 Board of Directors.
Zavala, who has served Baba's Center for the past 35 years in many
capacities, will now serve as our new Finance Director as well as
continuing her diligent work as our Center's Treasurer. Lynne Berry, who
has been with Baba for 40 years and have served on the Board of
Directors several times in previous decades, will serve as our new
Membership Director. Linda and Lynne's good work ethic and conscientious
natures have been of tremendous help to us already.
we make our best efforts to please Beloved Baba, Meherabode is
undergoing many positive changes. With respect to the financial
side of the Center's life, we are happy to announce that for the first
time, Meherabode has implemented its own 'in-house' accounting
system. We have purchased, installed, and begun to implement
QuickBooks 2012. With this process upgrade, the Center now has
immediate, direct access to a state-of-the-art financial reporting
information pertaining to various Center activities will be accessed
and accounted for at the "press of a button." Updated reports can be
generated expeditiously for Board members, with details to be shared
periodically with the voting membership of our Baba community. I am
thrilled about this. Moreover we are also implementing certain cost
cutting procedures to reduce our monthly operational expenses.
anticipated SECOND SILENCE DAY URBAN SAHAVAS has been scheduled for the
weekend of June 30th and July 1st. We're excited about our
wonderful guest speakers, Wendy Haynes and Buz Connor, who will be
joining us straight from Baba's House in Myrtle Beach. They will both
help us kick off the Sahavas with our annual 'Live and Silent Auction'
on evening June 30th. Join us for this fun and exciting auction
with many items available, augmented by great food. If you would
like to donate an item for the Live or Silent Auction, please contact
Behnaz Partovi, Fundraising Chair, at (818) 832-4554).
If you should have any new fundraising ideas, kindly contact members of the Fundraising Committee at email@example.com.
For the Sahavas, we are offering a special Early Bird registration
opportunity for all to register anytime during the month of May and
receive an approximately 15% discount on the registration fee. To
view and print a copy of the Sahavas registration form (with this
special discounted rate), please click HERE.
we need ongoing participation and volunteer contributions from the
whole Southern California Baba community. Without your participation in
various forms, this Center cannot sustain itself forever. Please feel
free to write me, at firstname.lastname@example.org,
my door is always open for suggestions. Also please feel free to let me
know if you would like to lend a hand. Our Center can thrive only
with the camaraderie of shared skills and also financial contributions
of our whole Baba community. We feel happy as we salute the love
of Beloved Baba's lovers.
Meherabode is felt by many to be among the loveliest of Meher Baba
Centers in the United States. We are fortunate indeed to work and
congregate at this unique one-acre Baba Center. We look forward to
greeting you in person at Meherabode. And we'll greet you once
again in our next Newsletter in the virtual realm.
-Mahoo Ghorbani / AMBCSC President
What's Happening with Membership?
I first became a member of the LA Baba Center in 1978, I recall our
Membership Chair has traditionally been responsible for keeping the list
of Member names. However, since beginning a few weeks ago as the
Baba Center's new Membership Chair, I'd like to expand this role to also
be a voice for our Members as needed. I'd like to offer my
assistance as a liaison for Members who have ideas they'd like to bring
to our Center, and who may need input and direction in getting their
ideas heard or implemented.
believe Members and Directors agree that we want more emphasis on Baba
and less on the Board. The Board should be of little importance
other than to work in the background, taking care of necessary details
that help make the organization run. I hold hands with other
Directors in expressing that the heart and soul of our Baba community
are the Members.
quote Meher Baba, "Gatherings and meetings in My name should be a
channel for the expression of My love; to give them any other importance
is to misunderstand My cause."If I can be of service, please feel free
to contact me at email@example.com.
In Baba's Love,
-Lynne Berry / Membership
aim, mission and goal of AMBCSC Archive is the museum quality
protection and preservation of any and all materials, directly and
indirectly relating to the Advent of Avatar Meher Baba.
The assets Archive has in its custody are all-inclusive. Archive has
devoted time and attention to the care, restoration, and preservation of
film and audio recordings. Archive houses and protects many published
items and materials; catalogued are first edition books, signed first
edition books, and rare and out of print books. Our inventory includes
pamphlets, brochures, and leaflets, some of which are rare and
long-since out of print. Photographs and other precious
Items relating to Meher Baba's Advent are stored and maintained with
museum quality professionalism.
The Archive Collection includes tangible materials such as chairs that
held Meher Baba's physical form, a Sadhra He wore, and other items
blessed by His Touch. Archive also houses keepsakes, buttons, and other
personal items related to Meher Baba and His close ones. The AMBCSC
Archive is a repository of a most remarkable collection of Meher Baba
memorabilia and precious items.
Assets and collections are kept in a climate controlled archive
facility located within the properties of AMBCSC. The chairs are the
exception; they are accessible to the public, to His devotees during
regular hours. The growing Archive Collection is listed on the Internet;
links that contain the inventory will be provided in a future
The image shown here is the Archive Workshop. It is at this
station raw film is duplicated, rare books are bound in archive sleeves,
and audio sets are digitized. Through a laborious and professionally
maintained process, photographs are restored. Additional activities
include the creation, duplication and dissemination of the oral history
DVD documentaries, posting videos on YouTube for global access, the
manual scanning of rare print publications, and a variety of daily
activities required to maintain the integrity of the archival process of
the AMBCSC Archive Collection.
AMBCSC Archive invites the reader to visit Adele Wolkin's slideshow: http://youtu.be/sNMPZaIwIWQ
AMBCSC Archive invites the reader to visit the first issue of nCarnation Issue One http://meherbabaarchivesnewsletterone.blogspot.com/
What's Happening with Programs?
strives to provide a spiritual thread amid one's daily life, an oasis
where Baba-lovers can connect to Baba within, a place where life's
distractions can fall away. Weekly programs bring all together as a
family in remembrance of our Beloved.
Weekly Programs and Events
Each lover of Meher Baba has a uniquely personal relationship
with Beloved Baba. It's exciting when we join together in
creating, planning and producing programs at our Center. I am
thrilled by contributions our members make. When Baba's lovers are
given a structure within which to focus their hearts, love released
from their hearts creates His atmosphere.
the first quarter of 2012, Meherabode was filled with renewed energy
and spirit, improved attendance, participation, and new programs. Our
second quarter has also had many exciting weekly programs.
An April Highlight at Meherabode: Merwan Merchant's Visit
was like a scene out of a movie, the Master, Meher Baba gesturing to
the female disciple, Kharmen Irani that she should name her grandson
after him and call the infant Merwan. Thus began Merwan Merchant's
intimate relationship with the Avatar of the age.
Merwan was our special April guest for two weeks, and in that time we were fortunate to have him speak at two meetings at Meherabode.
(amid his American tour from India) focused his talk on the figure of
Kaykhosrow Pleader, an early member of Baba's Mandali, whom Baba had
called His "outstanding disciple." Through the medium of Pleader's
story, Merwan disclosed vital lessons learned.
only did Merwan's stories reveal an extremely personal aspect of what
it's like to live in the orbit of Meher Baba, but also the atmosphere
that was created was filled with Baba's sweetness. There was good
attendance, music was performed by David Raphael Israel (singing Meher
Baba's name in the Indian raaga Bhairavi), soulful songs were performed
on guitar by Michael Campagna, and Persian ghazals were shared by Ali
and Mahmoud. Everybody broke bread together at the potluck
luncheons and enjoyed good conversations..
Ongoing Meetings at Meherabode
Stankus hosts the popular Lord Meher readings with passionate
discussions on the third Sunday of each month. There are always
biscottis and Chai!
Baba BBQ, hosted by the Choi family on the second Saturday of each
month, is always relaxing, fun and one never knows who may show
David Raphael Israel's Baba-film sessions also take place once a month.
June's Heart and Mind Highlight
June 2nd and Sunday June 3rd, Ward Parks will bring a blending of the
heart and mind with songs dedicated to Meher Baba, along with leading an
in-depth seminar delving into Meher Baba's cosmology as expressed in
God Speaks as well as in the recently-published, early spiritual
manuscript of Baba's, Infinite Intelligence.
-Deborah Ash / The Program Committee
Garden & Landscape Report
Baba's Manifestation took another upward push with the purchase of the
AMBCSC, Meherabode property in 1997. One of the first areas of
development was Mehera's Rose Garden with
more than 20 special rose plants carefully chosen. The diversity
of rose plants are located at the entrance corner of the main building.
See the picture.
inventory of the trees was made, and several that were cracking walls
and foundations had to be removed. More than 18 new flowering trees
planted, including dogwood, pink trumpet flower, gold medallion, crape
myrtle, jacaranda, Western redbud, and lilac.
Greenhouse floor was excavated, a professional metal grid, compacted
earth, and new paver stones applied. The Dome's stone pathways were
completely restored, and complementary perennial gardens
established at the parking lot edges.
The Monsoon Gardens, known as Upper Monsoon and Lower Monsoon over the last few years were completely excavated.
Monsoon Gardens are gradually evolving as flower gardens. The
diversity of trees that populate the grounds have received professional
trimming to maintain their health and appearance. The fruit trees
-persimmon, avocado, fig, and citrus are showing new health after
applications of managed fertilization.
To Be Continued ...
Mastery-in-Servitude through Outreach and Service
Mastery-in-Servitude Committee welcomes you to volunteer. Please
note, we have a new coordination tool: an online bulletin board.
With the needs of our community being so diverse, several people
in our community sent us to Lotsa Helping Hands (www.lotsahelpinghands.com), where we have now established a message board under the name "Meher Baba's Mastery in Servitude." Go to: https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/create/activate/50ee9517967ee956df2c0efe3bfc6aca?language=en
It is self-explanatory (and has instructions). If there
is any problem, please call me. Several people in our community
do not drive, and need rides to programs or meetings or doctor's
appointments. Thanks to those on the team that have already
participated. (Baba knows who you are!) Please consider
volunteering to help via Lotsa Helping Hands. And to note:
The "A Touch of Love" Foundation. Their works of service are
described on their website; see: http://www.atouchoflove.org/
Wayne Gellar is a Baba-lover, and this foundation of his is a
registered not-for-profit organization, located in Ventura, California.
And also to note: There is a site called Meher Baba Remembrances,
which might interest many of you, as its purpose is to convey new of
those in the Meher Baba community world-wide who have passed away,
giving a short biography along with information about memorial services.
Check it out at
We continue with the birthdays monthly, held on the first Sunday of each month,
a birthday person from that month offers to donate a cake and to lead
the birthday song at the end of the Sunday meeting. We use only
the relevant months (no days or years needed). So I will call some
birthday-persons for this next month to remind you. Be ready, May
birthday-wallas! Let me know your ideas on how we can make it simpler
to further assist our brothers and sisters in Meher Baba.
In Meher Baba,
-Mary Kay Hage / The Service Committee
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inside the MeherBabaBooks on line Bookstore and see the variety of
Books, CD's, DVDs, Jewelry, Apparel, Trinkets, Photos,...
of the Bookstore -- Founded in 1988, Meher Baba Books carries the
largest selection of Books, DVD's, CD's and photographs as well as rare
and unique out of print titles. It is also the number one online
source for transcribed talks and recordings of gatherings and events,
all captured by the Archive Division of AMBCSC.
purpose of Meher Baba Books is to provide the world with a broad media
selection of the teachings of Meher Baba, the Avatar of the Age.
Working in concert with our Archive Committee, we will also make
available precious items in our custody.
Baba Books is an important source of financial contribution to the
operating expenses of AMBCSC, making sure the sanctified grounds of
Meherabode remain the 'Oasis of His Love' to His children.
This website www.MeherBabaBooks.com is made possible through your generous donations.
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of five books throughout the year.
- Meherabode Angeles will receive four books throughout the year.
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Your generous donation is greatly appreciated!
-Afsaneh Ajang / Meher Baba Books
A Poem by Meheru Irani
Keep away from all attachments,
Snap the threads that cling,
And open wide your heart
To welcome Meher your King.
He is so infinitely worthy
Of all the love you give,
Think of Him in all you do,
Let His message in you live.
Meher is the One who loves You,
Meher is the One who cares,
He joins in your laughter,
And in your sorrow, shares.
He is your One true Friend,
So many times He has shown,
He will never fail you,
You will never be alone.
Although He is the King of Kings,
True humility He does teach,
Me has bathed and fed the leper,
Nowhere does His love not reach.
Keep away from all attachments,
Snap the threads that cling,
And open wide your heart
To welcome Meher your King.
-- Meheru Irani
2012 Board of Directors:
Mary Kay Shubat-Hage
Finance Director / Treasurer:
In His Love and Service,
The 2012 Board of directors.
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