|Volume 1, Issue 6 Meherabode Newsletter ─ July-August 2012
|Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California |
|Jai Meher Baba! Welcome to the July-August 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 (AMBCSC).
I tell you all, with my divine authority,
that you and I are not "we" but "One." Meher Baba
of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California (Meherabode)
specific and primary purpose is to nurture an awareness of Avatar Meher
Baba by establishing and maintaining a place of community.
- The Center shall make information about our Beloved Avatar Meher Baba's life and His message of Love and Truth available to all.
- It shall provide an opportunity for active love and service in His name.
- It shall be organized and run according to democratic principles.
shall undertake and/or support, directly or indirectly, such projects,
programs, services or activities at such times and in such places,
within or without the State of California or the United States of
America, as the Board of Directors of the corporation determine are
appropriate to further or make manifest the spiritual values exemplified
in the life and writings of Avatar Meher Baba, and to bring the
restorative power of divine love into people's lives everywhere.
|Manu Jessawala Joins Her Beloved Baba|
|Manu Byramshaw Jessawala,
sister of Eruch and Meherwan Jessawala, joined her Beloved Meher Baba
on August 16th, 2012, at 5:58 am in Meherazad. Manu had [suffered an
acute heart condition ]
for several weeks and this morning she peacefully drifted into her
Beloved's waiting arms with her family and caregivers around her
repeating Baba's Name. Manu was 93 years old. Her cremation will be
[held] at Meherabad on 16th August at 5 pm.
daughter of Gaimai and Pappa Jessawala, was born in 1919 in Nagpur, but
she lived with her family for many years at Bindra House in Pune where
Baba and His Mandali often stayed during Baba's visits there. On 1st
August 1938, Manu and the entire Jessawala family joined Baba's ashram
in Meherabad and thereafter traveled throughout India in the Blue Bus
with Him. Finally, in 1943 Baba sent the family to Pune where they took
up residence in Bindra House awaiting Baba's call. While residing there,
Manu and her family were in daily contact with Baba wherever He was. In
1990 Bindra House was sold by its owner and, as Baba during His
lifetime had given the family permission to live at Meherazad, Gaimai,
Manu and Meherwan joined Eruch, and he other resident Mandali at Meherazad.
|Manu with Meherwan Jessawala|
Manu's life of total obedience, love and service to Beloved Baba
till the very end has been an inspiration to all who have met her. Her
constant remembrance of and focus on Meher Baba are precious touchstones
guiding our way to His feet. Her sole desire was to die with Baba's
Name on her lips and as she returned to Him, her family and caregivers
ensured that she heard Baba's name till the very end.
We, your Meherazad family, salute you, dearest Manu, for a life lived in complete surrender to your Beloved Avatar Meher Baba.
AVATAR MEHER BABA KI JAI!
Meherwan Jessawala & Meherazad Family
16th August 2012
Dear Companion-Friends in Meher Baba,
amidst midsummer and hot weather even in Southern California, I send
warm greetings and grateful thoughts to all of you, wishing you well in
His love. As this newsletter is being prepared, a grave Earthquake in
the Northwestern part of Iran left many injured and wounded. And
at Meherazad, His abode, Manu has just now left us for Beloved Baba's arms.
With this Newsletter (and in similar, regular dispatches), we are writing to bring you up to date on various aspects of Meherabode.
We had our wonderful Second Urban Sahavas
in the beginning of July, where 80 people attended for two days to share companionship in His Love. Wendy and Buz Connor
brought so much joy and laughter to us, sharing their experience of
Meher Baba's presence in their lives. The annual Silent and Live Auction
took place on evening of first day. This special Sahavas event included
a festive dinner, musical concert, and rare Baba treasures offered in
the convivial auction.
On the financial side, we took in net proceeds of $3,700 from the Sahavas event and approximately $5,000 from the Auction. Meherabode
also recently hosted a film location shoot that generated $1,000
for the Center. So we are making some progress in the Center's financial
life, despite challenges.
As many of you are already aware, within the past year Meherabode
(AMBCSC) was notified by an attorney in New York that a certain kind friend, Shanti Keswani
having recently passed away, had bequeathed her entire estate to the
Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California. The 2012 Board of
Directors has asked local attorney Stephen Sanders, who is a member of
our local Baba community, to represent us in connection with this
bequest, and Stephen has pursued discussions with the attorney for Dr.
Keswani's estate. Settlement of the estate and distribution of funds
will not happen swiftly; it takes more time to complete legal
proceedings than initially anticipated. Yet we do await this bright
God-send endowment in the ripeness of time. Meanwhile, Meherabode
continues with various efforts to generate a working income so as to
sustain daily operations. Do read the update on the Keswani estate by
Stephen Sanders, appearing directly below.
On the darker side of things, a regrettable incident transpired at Meherabode
prior to or during the recent Sahavas, where two rings (bearing the
image of Meher Baba) which had been touched and blessed by Beloved Baba
Himself, were evidently stolen. These rings were donated to the Center
for the Annual Dinner Auction, on Saturday evening of the Sahavas
weekend. A police report was filed immediately, and whatever efforts
could be made to identify the suspect(s) were made, without achieving a
solution. (For more details, see: Report of a Regrettable Incident
We pray Baba will help us with respect to this loss, and that the items
might yet be returned. We welcome the anonymous return of these rings,
should the "borrower" feel a twinge of conscience. New security measures
have now been implemented at Meherabode
. In this realm of illusion, the shifting balance of dark and light is incessant.
As we move into the end-game this vibrant summer season, I hope you are feeling the Baba connection with Meherabode
and will visit us more often. Weekly prog
are offered for His lovers every Sunday. He who is everywhere is also
here, and His love is present for each of us to experience, by His
grace. Looking forward to greeting and embracing you in His love.
Meanwhile, keep happy, be content in life, and remain cheerful. As
Beloved Baba says, Don't worry, Be Happy!
Mahoo Ghorbani / AMBCSC President
An Update on the Keswani Estate
matter of the AMBCSC's beneficial interest in the Shanti Keswani Estate
in New York is moving forward, albeit there was some delay and
complication due to the illness and subsequent death of the wife of the
probate attorney representing the named Executor of the estate. The
AMBCSC Board has benefited from work by a local Rochester, New York law
firm suggested by Nancy Marx (a probate attorney and Baba-lover in
Connecticut), and this Rochester firm has advised us as to New York
State law and has participated as we seek to protect the Center's
interests and to facilitate a resolution of any outstanding issues.
Probate proceedings can be slow, but we expect to receive a distribution
of funds within the next year.|
Stephen M. Sanders / Corporate Counsel
Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California, a California non-profit corporation
A Message from the Membership Director
|Meherabode Members & Friends [at 2nd Annual Urban Sahavas]|
The primary goal of the Membership
Committee is for all members to feel welcome at our Center -- to attend
programs, to volunteer or participate, and/or simply to relax and enjoy
His atmosphere. We are a diverse community, united in our common bonds
of remembrance and devotion to Baba, and coming together in His love is a
primary reason we have our Center. And what a lovely Center He has
provided for us, beautiful Meherabode.
If you have any questions or concerns about membership or the community, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. I will do everything I can to help.
Lynne Berry / Membership Director
A Report on the Not 'We' but 'One' Sahavas
The Second Annual Silence Day Urban Sahavas in the lovely rose-gardened setting of Meherabode
began with the raising of Baba's flag, given to the Center years ago by
Meheru Irani (who rejoined Him in the spring of this year). Our guests,
Wendy Haynes Connor and her husband, Buz Connor, then showed the newly-released movie, I Am the One Reality,
with never-before-seen footage of Baba and His early Western disciples,
filmed in India and Portofino, Italy in 1933. This film footage was
discovered among Elizabeth Patterson's effects after she passed away,
and it took eight years in a labor of love to restore the footage, frame
Amongst many vivid and
intimate scenes in the film is a recounting of the well-known Italian
sea cliff incident, where Baba led a group down to the beach. On the way
back up, He led them via a more precarious route, and three became
trapped. There were many tense moments before they were rescued. What is
striking is Baba's explanation that during such times of danger and
challenge, He can do His universal work more easily.
The first talk was given
by Wendy, regarding her first meeting with Meher Baba in His physical
form, at age six at the Meher Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach, South
Carolina. Wendy said of this encounter and its aftermath, "I feel that
Baba and I have never been apart because the love continues, and there
is no separation."
Wendy's life with Baba
began in June 1957, when her mother, Jane Haynes, met Elizabeth
Patterson in Myrtle Beach. Jane was a well-respected theater actor,
director and producer in Durham, North Carolina. In 1954, she directed
Zazu Pitts in a play. Zazu had been drawn into Baba's orbit in 1932 in
Hollywood, through her actress-friends Marie Dressler and Mary Pickford.
When Zazu met Jane, she said to her, "Darling, when you have your own
theater, I will come to the opening."
In June, 1957, after
experiencing a profound and transforming inner spiritual event a few
years before, and facing the impending dissolution of her marriage, Jane
received an offer to run a small theater in Myrtle Beach, so she packed
up and moved there with her three children, Wendy, Charles and John.
Once in Myrtle Beach, Jane phoned Zazu in Hollywood, and Zazu accepted
her invitation as promised.
|Linda Zavala and Rosie Choi amid Silent Auction at Sahavas|
entertainment, Jane arranged a tour of beautiful homes in the area. One
belonged to Eileen Coates, who had a photo of Baba on display, which
Zazu, of course, recognized. Jane then recalled her father's article
about Baba's 1952 visit, and thought, "An Indian guru -- oh, my!"
(Jane's father was the editor of a Durham, North Carolina newspaper.)
Meanwhile, Zazu and
Eileen had arranged to visit with Elizabeth Patterson at her Youpon
Dunes home near downtown Myrtle Beach. Jane was reluctant to go with
them, as she was a devout Christian. Meanwhile, as Baba's Norina had
just passed away, and Norina had told Elizabeth not to mourn, Elizabeth
decided to use the theater tickets she had been given. When she arrived,
Jane happened to be in front, greeting patrons. Elizabeth noticed Jane
because of her striking beauty.
The next day, Jane did
go to the Meher Spiritual Center with Zazu. Upon seeing the tall fence
surrounding Baba's house, Jane burst into tears because she recognized
it from a vision that she'd had some while earlier. With this, all of
Jane's barriers to Baba fell.
Shortly after that
recognition, Wendy "met" Baba through her first meeting with Elizabeth
Patterson and Kitty Davy, who together were managing His Home in the
West. Baba had said that Elizabeth was His link to the West. (Years
later, in 1974, Baba's sister Mani explained to Wendy that Baba's hand
is in every detail of each person's story.) In all, it was a delightful
In the afternoon, Reza Abrahimzadeh, an ardent Iranian Baba-lover living in LA, conducted a wonderful workshop entitled The Rumi Enigma. Quoting Rumi, a Perfect Master (born in 1207 in what is now Afghanistan), Reza recited:
We are from the heavens, and to the heavens we fly.
We are from the Ocean, and to the Ocean we flow.
Remember, in every breath, we go.
|Buz (guitar) and Jeff (harmonica) amid festive dinner; some Live Auction items in view|
In the evening, we enjoyed more of the Meher magical music of Buz Connor, sometimes accompanied by Jeff Maguire
on harmonica. (Mehera once observed that Buz's voice quality reminded
her of Baba's own singing [in the early years, prior to commencing
silence in 1925], especially when Buz goes into the higher register. She
also said this of Ted Judson.)
next day, Sunday, Wendy and Buz shared with us many lively and amusing
memories of Baba's Western Mandali, especially Elizabeth, Kitty and
Margaret Craske. They said all three were focused only on Baba. After
Baba dropped His body (January 31, 1969), His Center at Myrtle Beach
experienced a flood-tide of new, young Baba lovers. By Baba's grace,
these ladies managed this onslaught with cheerful aplomb. Elizabeth had
absolute poise and attention to detail, Kitty had an unconscious,
intuitive ability to say the right, useful and most helpful thing, and
Margaret could deftly deflate the overblown.
break and more of Buz's music, Wendy gave a talk, "Growing Up With
Meher Baba." As recounted earlier, Baba came into the lives of the
Haynes children soon after they were separated from their biological
father. When Elizabeth and Kitty brought this to Baba's attention, He
said, "I am their real father."
when Kitty Davy was baby-sitting, Wendy and Charles began squabbling, as
brothers and sisters do. Kitty, who had little experience with
children, became quite flustered. At the height of this pitched battle,
Kitty jumped in, saying what they thought was "Johnny Doe, Johnny Doe!"
and Charles immediately stopped. "Who is Johnny Doe?" they asked. Kitty
explained it was not who, but what Baba would tell them when they got
into arguments while living in His ashram in India. Jaane do means 'let it go" or "let it be" in Hindi.
key advice that Baba gave Wendy over the years includes: "Keep brave and
happy in My love," "Put Baba first," and most importantly, "Always keep
cheerful in My love," which Wendy explained, is more than just putting
on a smile (though that's a good start). It is an inner trust in His
also told Wendy, "Do not allow yourself to be brought down by what I
bring up," and "To love Me is to love all. To love all is not to love
Me. To love Me in all is to love Me. See God in all. Leave the bad stuff
to Me. I'll take care of the bad stuff."
last glimpse of Baba's beautiful physical form was at the November 1962
East-West Gathering in Poona, India, in Bund Garden, on their last day.
She felt enveloped in a silent bubble with Baba. Time stopped, and then
it was time to leave. A car came for Baba. Wendy got pushed to the back
of the crowd. She was so upset -- she wanted to see Baba one more time.
The crowd parted and she stood before Him, weeping. Baba asked, "Why
are you crying?" Wendy came to realize that Baba was, at that moment,
planting the seeds of awareness of Him for all time.
We concluded this Meherabode
Sahavas with Baba's Dhuni [sacred camp-fire], even as the flame of love
in our hearts was burning brightly and the Sahavas of Baba's love is
ongoing and ever flowing.
Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai!
Barbara A. Roberts
A Community Quilt Project at the LA Sahavas
days before the LA Sahavas I received a call from Mahoo asking what was
needed to enable the Sahavas participants to make blocks for the
assembly of a quilt. So my brain started thinking about it and I told
her not toworry, that I would send her what she needed. I told my
husband about it and off we went to buy what
was needed, but first he had to make me a list. He also wanted to
be part of the project so he paid for all the supplies, and I was so
Following the Sahavas [with group quilt-making], the blocks (now all decorated)
were returned to me, and I asked for Baba's help on how to arrange
them. Once they were arranged, I sewed them row by row. I was short one
block, so Jaime made one. I went to the fabric store and found what I
needed to frame the blocks.
I learned that when it's right for Baba, it just flows. I was able to put the quilt together in about 3 or 4 days.
Jaime and I are so very grateful for having been asked to be a part of this project. Thank you Baba.
Marta Velasquez (with Jaime Velasquez)
Reflections & Commentary on
Meher Children's Camp (Mariposa, CA)
[Mark Choi was a stalwart host of our regular monthly
Barbeque-and-Dhuni evenings at Meherabode in recent years -- until he
and his family made a "back-to-the-land" move earlier this year,
migrating north to a wonderful piece of property located in Mariposa,
CA (near Meherana, the rural Baba Center, and likewise close to Yosemite National Park). Mark and his family have christened their abode Meher Haven.
It comprises a "family-operated permaculture farm, garden and
orchards." Here is Mark's report about a recent summertime gathering at
Meher Haven. About the term Bhaustock (linguistically modeled on "Woodstock," the historic, communal music festival), Mark has observed: "Bhaustock is a phenomenon that spontaneously emerged in the 80s and 90s as a post sahavas retreat with Bhauji in Mariposa."]
Meher Children's Camp, a.k.a. Bhaustock 2012,
swept through our lives like a whirling tornado. In its aftermath,
we now have a chance to reflect in wonderment at what took
place. For the camp organizers, Bhaustock was an unusual event to
organize. It was indeed terrifying, because we had no plan. The
participants were mostly Los Angles kids and young adults, most of whom
are part of our wonderful Baba community.
|[from original Bhaustock, at Meherana]|
keeping with the original spirit of Bhaustock, as told to us by those
in attendance in the 80's and 90's [i.e., the Mariposa post-Sahavas
gatherings with Bhau Kalchuri], Bhaustock 2012 was organized to flow
spontaneously with no plan. All
we could do was sit back, relax, and see what transpired. In the
spirit of living in the moment, we boldly "unplanned" the event, and
took a chance on "I never make plans, never change plans. It is all one endless plan of making people know that there is no plan." [Meher Baba Calling, p. 49.]
|Meher Childrens Camp ("Bhaustock 2012")|
for my wife Peni, having 20 to 40 people over without a clear plan of
action or even a menu was a bold undertaking, even for the courageous.
She was smiling most of the time. I could see stress even in the eyes of
my sons, Michael (19) and Aaron (16). What to do with the children
when the temperature outside was between 102~106 degrees every
day? In addition to being parched by the sun, everything was
dry and dusty. What to do with the children?
|Soroush, Kian [catching fish]|
as the children arrived, we quickly found that our fears were
unfounded. Unhampered spontaneity exploded onto the scene, as the
children started playing, making up games, riding bikes, exploring the
forest, and finding a variety of interesting things to do. They were
having a blast! An absolute blast! Michael and Aaron
were gently overseeing the children, while joining in the fun as
children. With them, we too became children.
off the bat, Bhaustock had some unforeseen attendees, in particular the
snapping caterpillar Kian discovered munching on our grape
vines. For those who don't know Kian (7), he is driven by an
unquenchable curiosity, and is a fearless explorer of creation.
|Michael, Zee, Khayla [riding horses]|
moms were quick to organize on-the-spot meals and snacks all
day. The food was wonderful. There was something for everyone,
whether omnivore or dedicated herbivore. Payam and Ellie made sure
that awesome chai and tea were always available. Mahoo's pizza was
a big hit. Almost every meal was planned rather sporadically at
the end of the previous meal. Khayla (10) found herself making all
kinds of creative fruit smoothies that everyone enjoyed. The
smoothies were a big hit in the heat of the summer.
Zee (14) had
fallen in love with the Quad, a 4-wheel-drive utility
vehicle. Under the mistletoe they kissed, and off they went! I
believe everyone would agree that Zee mastered the Quad during
Bhaustock. Constantly available to deliver supplies and wood-chips
to the orchard work force, Zee and the Quad together played a vital role
in the overall orchard rejuvenation project. At all times available,
Zee was to transport people and supplies to and from the orchards
throughout Bhaustock. Thanks, Zee.
Soroush (10), who
celebrated his birthday at Bhaustock, decided it was the time for
him to master the bicycle. I don't know how many times Khayla and
Soroush rode back and forth on their bikes. They were on their
bikes probably a third of the time at BhauStock. Inspired, I hear
Kian has now learned to ride the bike as well.
|Kian & caterpillar|
(8) and Clair (9) fit right in with the other kids. Joseph's
courage was surprising as he did a flip off the high rock into
the river. Clair, though timid at first, mustered the
courage to ride the zip-line at neighboring Jacko and Becky's
house. They graciously hosted all of us for lunch and a swim.
for Omeed (4), what can I say? He is a ball of fire. They played
no-rules, no-winner, no-loser badminton into the night. Then we all
hung out with the Dhuni on July 12th. Rudolph the red nose guard
dog was happy, although the red is starting to fade. They caught
fish with neighbor Ralph Brown, who took us to the lake. We then
cooked the fish for lunch.
|Dhuni fire at Meher Haven|
rode horses. Jamshid risked life and limb to prune the fruit trees. We
harvested fresh greens from our gardens. We ate a hearty breakfast, and
hung out with the goats and dogs. We also hung out with the horses,
thanks to our wonderful neighbor Mary, who graciously educated the
children about horses. We watched outdoor movies, and chatted with
Bhauji [in a special Skype chat for this event].
For me personally, Bhaustock served to embolden my resolve around a single idea of no plan and being resigned to God's will.
Mark Choi / Meher Haven Ranch
Special Invitation by the Landscape Committee
Garden Days at Meherabode
Landscape Committee invites you to come spend time in Baba's Garden
watering, weeding, or just enjoying the beautiful atmosphere and natural
environment. On Garden Days,
coffee, lemonade and other light refreshments will be provided. If
you'd like, bring your breakfast, lunch, or something to share. The
Garden Day schedule will be posted regularly in this Newsletter, and any
additional days will be announced in our regular, weekly email
announcements. Garden Days fall on Saturdays. On some of these
Saturdays (one per month), there will also be a subsequent, evening
Barbeque dinner and Dhuni fire at Meherabode.
Upcoming Garden Days include:
Saturday, September 1 9am-12pm
Saturday, September 8 4pm-6pm (BBQ / Dhuni in evening)
Saturday, September 15 9am-12pm
Saturday, September 29 9am-12pm
Saturday, October 13 2pm-6pm (BBQ / Dhuni in evening)
Come work in the garden often, and (once per month) stay on to enjoy the outdoor BBQ / Dhuni with your Baba Family.
We'd also like to ask for your assistance
in creating awareness to protect the grounds for everyone's enjoyment.
Please spread the word that anyone wishing to pick flowers from the
outer gardens or to harvest fruit should first ask permission from a
Landscape Committee member.
Please contact Sonya for more info or if you have questions.
With the Beloved's water of life, no thirst remains
In the Beloved's garden of union, no thorn remains
(from a Persian poem)
See you in the Gardens!
The Landscape Committee
Sonya Valentine / Landscape Director
Bhauji states that Baba's Lovers are a family, not a community.
affectionately calls us the LA Lunatics, mostly because we are a very
free spirited and expressive group of devotees whom he loves and feels
deeply heart connected to. Aren't we lucky!
relationship with the Los Angeles Meher Baba Center began in 1985 when
the Silence Day Sahavas Committee invited Bhauji to be the guest speaker
at the Pilgrim Pines retreat. Bhauji
returned year after year with his beautiful stories and Babafull
presence and love, for 21 years, his final LA Sahavas visit being July
2009. Bhuaji renamed our center "Meher Abode" which means.........House of the Lord.
have all been rebels against organized religions after lifetimes of
persecution and seeking independently for truth. It is our differences
that unite us in the journey to the Master and it is our Love for the
Master that unites us as a family. We just want the Love of the Godman who is reality.
the Program Director, I experience this Family like feeling when I am
creating and coordinating programs for each quarter as it puts me in
contact with many members and lovers. I am so happy to see that more
young people are coming with their parents to the center and enjoying
new people from various cities such as Montreal, Canada, Brooklyn, N.Y.
and Sacramento, CA have been hearing Baba's call and showing up at our
Meherabode. Our family is growing and it is a joyful thing.
of Baba family members, the enthusiastic voice you hear on our outgoing
phone message is our very own, mind, mind, Fred Stankus!
[the above is the text of Deborah Ash's original article, restored & with her final edits. -Editors]
Here are a few fun upcoming Meherabode events to mark on your calendar:
- Saturday, September 8, the Baba BBQ & Dhuni
returns with Kent Hanson & Son taking the reigns. Rosie Choi will
add her experienced touch. Kent has donated a new grill to the Center
and created a beautiful brick Dhuni pit.Thank you Kent!
- Sunday, September 9, Jeff Maguire hosts Ask Baba!
- The first, monthly Young Adults Discourses Meeting at Meherabode will be hosted by Ian Dibble on Tuesday, September 11, from 7:30pm to 9:00 pm.
Much Love In Meher Baba,
Deborah Ash / Program Director
happiness lies in making others happy. The real desire is that which
leads you to become perfect in order to make others become perfect. Live
less for yourself and more for others. Serve others with the
understanding that in them you are serving Me. Meher Baba Calling (page 41)
The Union Rescue Mission
has opportunities for groups to make 50 sack lunches for those who are
residents and deliver them to the facility for people who need a sack
lunch the next working day. Please go to the website www.unionstationhs.org
(Union Station Homeless Services) and check it out and let me know
if you are interested. We could make sandwiches after one of the
programs in September or October to honor the Meher Baba's New Life.
Please email me at email@example.com if you are interested in assisting.
Lotsa Helping Hands
is waiting for you to sign in and see how you can assist someone in the
community at lotsahelpinghands.com Go to this site and follow the
directions for Meher Baba's Mastery in Servitude, a
community bulletin board website. Flowers were delivered to DeNora and
Vesta Clinton on the loss of their son/brother in an accident in May.
More recently flowers were delivered to Dina Gibson during her
recuperation from surgery in July.
Rides and camaraderie continue to be shared in the community. Much service came alive in the Second Annual Urban Sahavas. Many of our "Sahavas scholarship" recipients assisted in setting up, breaking down, and working with meal preparation.
Please remember to bring tube socks to the Center for our Sock Drive
that will culminate during Meher Baba's New Life Celebration in the
month of October. You cannot believe the looks on people's faces as they
receive their pair of new white socks in a clear sealed plastic bag,
with a wonderful Baba card on the table (and Jai Meher Baba entering their hearts).
you know someone in our community who needs assistance in any way, due
to illness, loss of income, etc., please let the Service Committee know.
Also, if you have skills in assisting people trying to get back on
their own, and are familiar with opportunities, we would like you to
assist the Committee with ideas. Please let me know your ideas.
Jai Meher Baba! -- He Who serves all humanity
Mary Kay Hage / The Service Committee
(626) 918-7761 Mkay723@msn.com
3rd was Manu Jessawala's birthday, and to celebrate Baba asked the
women to stage a play. Sister Mani, who was quite talented at such
endeavors, wrote a humorous skit parodying the present world leaders.
Mani took Hitler's part, Katie was Mussolini, Rano was Prime Minister
Chamberlain, and Meheru and Naggu portrayed other political leaders. The
skit was performed before Baba and all were amused. Exactly
four months later, the Second World War was declared. Perhaps Baba was
bringing it about through this seemingly innocuous play by the women . .
. During this period, Baba took the women for an excursion back to
Marble Rocks. He explained to them:
Do you know, do you have any idea of how fortunate you are? I
am sitting here with you, playing with you, talking with you, giving
you my company, while elsewhere there are many who do not know how to
live or die, because they want to see me! They thirst for my darshan
but still I do not meet them.
|Meherwan, Gaimai, Manu, Eruch at Meherazad |
There was one recluse in whose eyelashes touch the ground. He
is living for my darshan, but I do not go and see him. There is another
who is seven hundred years old, whose hair has grown so long it touches
the ground, as if rooted there. He neither eats nor drinks, but
only longs for me. And yet I do not see him either, though he
craves to see me.
Why do I call you
all here to me and allow you my company? It is because, for births on
end, you underwent privations by performing austere penances of which
you have no idea. That is why you are here with me now.
From Lord Meher (page 2413)
[A letter written by Eruch Jessawala] Satara August 7, 1955
It was a great pleasure to read your joint letter to dear Baba and Baba
too, felt no less happy to note all which you expressed in your
Baba was deeply touched by your devotion and whole-hearted resignation
to His will and He wants me to convey His love to all of you. Baba is
now free from His seclusion work and so He is giving darshan to all His
who desire to have Baba's darshan or contact, should approach Baba only
through their pure love for Him without expectation of any kind,
whether material or spiritual.
for all future contacts with His old or new devotees, Baba frees
Himself from all promises, arrangements, undertakings and bindings. Only
on the basis of pure and sincere love for Baba, should any further
contacts be based or established.
send this bit of information to help all Baba lovers in your group to
decide for themselves once and for all, whether they would continue to
hold fast to Baba's daaman with the tight grip of pure love alone.
Many times in the past, Baba had stressed that to hold to Him with a
grip containing an admixture of love and expectations, would mar the
sublimity of the lover's love for the Beloved. The time has now come
when the Beloved issues a direct challenge to all lovers to prove to the
world at large that pure love for the Beloved expects nothing in
return, while it continues to consume the self in the lover to fulfill
the Divine Love of the Beloved.
The pure love of a lover of the Beloved is like the flame of a candle.
When the lover becomes like the wick of the candle, the Beloved behaves
as the wax and the grace of the Beloved then functions as the agency
that sets the wick aflame.
The flame of pure love, a flamed by the grace of the Beloved, spreads
the light of hope in the darkness of the heart, and while this flame
continues to consume the wick, the wax helps the wick to sacrifice its
all and glorifies the suffering through the light of the flame. Thus
both the lover and the Beloved sacrifice their all to bring Divine Love
When Baba was in the mood for giving discourses in the past, He had
given the above example for Divine Love where in both the Beloved and
the lover suffer infinitely until the zenith of such love quenches the
thirst of the lover and pacifies the expectations of the Beloved.
from The Ancient One, pp. 180-181 (1985 © Naosherwan Anzar)
"I have exercised my freedom to become His slave"
in 2001, Eruch Jessawala passed away. He was the consummate
companion for the Avatar: humble, strong, intelligent, a wonderful
story-teller, wise, honest and always ready to do His bidding, no
matter the personal cost. He often said that he exercised his freedom
to become His slave. He was a unique person whose life and
understanding of the Beloved was critical to many who wandered into
Baba's fold after January 1969. He is missed in so many lives and yet
always pointed us away from himself and toward Meher Baba. Here's to
Avatar Meher Baba ki jai!
August 31, 2012
Happy July-August Birthdays!
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you,
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Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai!
July birthdays include:
Harry Thomas 3rd, Glenn Russ 6th, Kent Hanson 6th, Ben Goodrum 9th, Susan Abrahamzadeh 10th, Dusttin Paren 12th, Soroush Shahriari 14th, Terry Lucas 19th, Mary Ramsden 19th, Fritz Sperberg 20th, Ed Flanigan 23rd, Owrang Ajang 28th, Merwan Scott 31st, Pamela Goodrum 31st
August birthdays include:
Lois Jone 2nd, Amandah Paren 8th, Josh Lee13th, Janani Lee 16th, Behnaz Partovi 16th, Gigi Driessen 21th, Suhas Ginde 23rd, Parvin Dastgiri 28th
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Thanks to all contributors to our Newsletter, including special thanks for photographs in this issue to Alan Levinson, Alisa Genovese, Mark Choi, and Laurel Magrini.
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In His Love and Service, The 2012 Board of Directors
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