The Heart of Every Lover: Weekly Offerings

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Videos are posted in the order they were sent out in the weekly offerings & Monthly Newsletters, with the most recent collection first.

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The Ancient One

This beautiful video focuses on Meher Baba’s 1965 darshan in Poona, when thousands of His Eastern lovers traveled, many for days, to spend a moment at His feet.
Video 29:16
Courtesy of Sheriar Foundation.

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Bill Cliff – Music


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Adrenne Shamszad – Music


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Joe DiSabatino – Poetry


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“”He walked all through the forests of the Center”


Meherjee Karkaria first met Meher Baba in 1923 at Meherabad and went on to become a close disciple who exemplified obedience. He was one of the Eastern men who accompanied Baba to the Meher Center in Myrtle Beach in 1952 and 1956. In this rare audio, Meherjee is back at the Center in 1970. He is heard walking around the Center reminiscing about his time with Baba, pointing to places Baba had been, and answering questions of a curious group about lesser known things that Baba said about the Center.

Audio, 1:31:36
Meher Center, March 1970
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“I felt completely loved”


Ann Conlon found out about Meher Baba in 1956, Here, she shares what she calls the “fairytale” of her longing to meet Him after a missed opportunity in Myrtle Beach in 1958—and her eventual journey to India “for the weekend” (from New York!) to accept Baba’s invitation for darshan for just one day in 1961. Ann shares with humor and poise about her experience of Baba’s love and presence.

Video, 57:25
Meher Center Meeting Place, January 31, 1995
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Maraiya Latulippe – Music


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Jamie Newell – Music


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Ted Judson – Music


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“Such an all-pervading peace and joy in His presence”


Marion Florsheim of New York was nicknamed “Energy” by Meher Baba because she frequently said, “I wish you would use my energy, Baba.” Baba did appoint Marion to do significant work for Him, including making all the arrangements for His 1956 trip to the West. In this talk, Marion describes what it was like to be with Baba, and some of the unforgettable events of that 1956 visit.

Audio, 27:40
Meher Center, 1972
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“He made meaning of a senseless life”


Tex Hightower and Donald Mahler were dance students under Margaret Craske, one of Meher Baba’s close Western women disciples. Their lifelong association with Baba began when Tex met Baba at Meher Center in 1952 in the Lagoon Cabin after a harrowing airplane journey with several other dancers. Donald first met Baba in 1956 at the Delmonico Hotel in NYC. They were most fortunate to be among the prominent carriers of Baba’s lift chair on the Center in 1958. In this laugh-fest of a video, the fellow dancers share profound gems from their contact with Baba, and what they learned about discipleship by observing Margaret Craske’s enormous capacity to love.

Video, 1:44:12
Meher Center Meeting Place, May 27, 1995
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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The Children’s Birthday Party


This rare home video of Meher Baba was taken at the Meher Center in 1958 when Baba held a “Birthday Party” for all the children (adults could only come when accompanied by a child). Baba is seen here cutting the cake and personally distributing different types of prasad. Baba plays the perfect host at the Center as He smiles, laughs and embraces His lovers while enjoying their company and providing them with an opportunity for His intimate darshan.

Video, 5:28
Meher Center, 1958
Filmed by Liz Scales, courtesy of Virginia Sadowsky

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A Walk to the Barn & Beach


Many pilgrims experience Baba’s presence while walking the miles of trails woven throughout the Center. This video is a walk on the Yaupon Dunes Trail, amidst the sun-dappled poplars and oaks, with Carolina Wrens calling overhead. It weaves to the Barn where Baba held large gatherings, and then on to the Beach where He enjoyed the company of His lovers and dipped His feet into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Daniel Stone – Music


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Anna Lena Phillips Bell – Poetry


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Bob Ahrens – Stories


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“He is the answer to all questions”


Left to right: Adele Wolkin, Filis Fredrick, Mani Irani (Meher Baba’s sister), Rita Lukes, Charmaine Duce, Meher Baba, Mehera J. Irani, Delia DeLeon, Meheru Irani.

Filis Fredrick lived in New York and first met Meher Baba at the Meher Center in 1952. She was a great devotee, archivist and editor of the Awakener Magazine dedicated to Meher Baba. In this audio recording, she talks about the early years of the Center, sharing details such as wearing large boots to be able to walk through the wilderness of what would become the Center, and helping dedicate the property to Baba by calling His name and inscribing it with shells. She was present during Baba’s first arrival and received His invitation to be His guest at the Center. Elizabeth Patterson also chimes in with spontaneous details to convey how much Meher Baba loved His Center.

Audio, 31:47
Meher Center Library, May 2, 1971
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“He is Compassion Itself”


Charles Haynes first met Meher Baba in 1958 at the Meher Center, when he was eight years old. In this video, he shares the personal story of what it was like to fall into the arms of the Master for the first time, and find someone he wanted to be around forever. Charles goes on to relate his process of trying to get close to Baba—from attempting to be physically near Him, to learning to seek Him in his own heart.

Video, 1:17:16
Meher Center Meeting Place, May 27, 1995
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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A Celebration of Youth Sahavas – Video

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Cathy Riley – Music


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Tom Riley – Stories


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John Mijac – Poetry


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“We held on to His hands, for dear life”


Fred and Ella Winterfeldt (fondly called “Fredella” by Meher Baba) came to the United States from Germany and learned of Baba in 1948. In 1971, they moved to the Meher Center and touched the hearts of many with their love. In this audio recording, Fred talks of his deep search for God, and their first meeting with Baba in 1952 at the Meher Center, when Ella ran into Baba’s arms and Baba invited them into His intimate family. This intimacy is revealed in Baba’s coming over to their home in New York to watch television, playing marbles with Fred in Meherabad, and many more profound and simple details of their lives.

Audio, 1:10:25
Meher Center, October 1974
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“He is such a compassionate Beloved”


Bhau Kalchuri was one of Meher Baba’s close Eastern Mandali. Among many roles that he played, he was Baba’s night watchman, a prolific poet, and author of many works including Meher Baba’s biography, Lord Meher. In this humorous and inspiring talk, Bhau relates numerous instances of how Baba works with His lovers, both by breaking down our egos and by giving His love.

Video, 1:07:31
Meher Center Meeting Place, June 6, 1990
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Ross & Jenny Keating – Music


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Alan Wagner – Stories


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Jon Meyer – Poetry


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“Everybody at the Ashram had a role”


Margaret Craske was an acclaimed English Ballet dancer and teacher, and a devoted disciple of Meher Baba. She lived at the Meher Center after her retirement in 1986. Here, she narrates the humorous and natural details of early life with Baba in India. She talks of His initial meditation orders, adventurous travels all over India that involved interesting meetings with strangers, fascinating pets including a mad dog, and the constantly moving life of the Ashram.

Audio, 1:26:32
Meher Center, Saroja Library, December 27, 1970
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Baba called me near”


Roshan Kerawala was Eruch Jessawala’s cousin, a member of a family deeply connected with the Master. In this video, she recounts stories of her life lived with Baba. From being a young girl and having Baba carry her up Meherabad Hill on His shoulders, to Baba’s encouragement to get married and have children of her own, every stage of Roshan’s life centered around her intimacy with the Beloved. Her talk is also filled with funny incidents, and ends with her singing one of Baba’s favorite songs.

Video, 1:19:33
Meher Center Meeting Place, November 30, 1996
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Annie Fahy – Poetry


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Amanda Collins – Music


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Julie Rust – Music


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“It was difficult to always obey Baba”


Rano Gayley was an artist, and one of Meher Baba’s early Western disciples who became a resident Meherazad Mandali until her death in 1986. Here she talks about the intimate times at the ashram, and Baba’s instructions to those living there; time spent in Myrtle Beach; and details of Baba’s 1952 automobile accident.

Audio, 44:14
Used with permission from Jim May
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Meher Center Tour with Darwin Shaw and Daughters Leatrice and Renae


In this informal recording, Darwin Shaw, who was instrumental in the development of the Center, and his two daughters Leatrice and Renae, identify places that played a special role during Meher Baba’s visits in 1952, 1956 and 1958. They intersperse stories of their time with the Master as they show us the many spots around the Center where He gathered His lovers, and even the trees He rested under.

Video, 45:21
Meher Center, November 16, 1997
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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The Nitrate Movies of
Elizabeth Patterson


In 1933, Elizabeth Patterson filmed Meher Baba in India and Italy using a hand cranked 35mm movie camera. These short clips, painstakingly restored by the Meher Baba Film Archive International, are the only film record of that time.

Video, 5:12
From the film, I am the One Reality
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Highway 64


Poems by John Dennison
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Happy Birthday Mehera


This lovely video was created in celebration of what would have been Mehera’s 100th birthday in 2007. The clips of Mehera, and pictures of her with Meher Baba over 45 years with Him, are a testament to the divine beauty of Mehera’s unsurpassed love for her Beloved, and His love for her.

Video, 35:33
2007
Directed by Kacy Cook, Edited by Robert Fredericks
Used with permission
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Heather Nadel – Stories

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Patrick O’Neil – Music

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Judith Shotwell – Music


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An Offering from Meherazad


A note by Kacy Cook, from Meherazad:

It was quite important to Beloved Baba’s Mehera that during each Indian summer, March-May, a few flowers from her garden be offered to Baba in His room in preparation for morning and evening Arti. Sometimes due to the summer heat it was only a few marigolds or perhaps blossoms from a summer-blooming tree that made up the offering.

But this year during March and April the flowers in Baba and Mehera’s garden (and now too from the afforested areas) were in unusual and beautiful abundance and inspired some wonderful summer floral arrangements and offerings in Baba’s Room. They seemed to be an exceptional antidote to the pandemic and surely would have made dearest Mehera smile!

Supported by Karl Moeller’s enchanting music, here are photos from March and April 2020 to bring you into Beloved Baba’s Room and share in His beautiful Presence.

Beloved Avatar Meher Baba ki Jai!

Video, 7:41
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Naosherwan Nalavala – Stories

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Ivy McClure – Music

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Dean Mendoza – Poems

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“We can feel Him through our love alone”

In this inspiring audio recording, Adi K. Irani, Meher Baba’s close disciple and secretary who traveled with Him to the West, talks about how to seek Baba’s love within our hearts and in our everyday lives.
Audio, 38:31
Meher Center, The Barn, March 14, 1970
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives

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“The Outer Journey is symbolic of
the Inner Journey”

After much longing, Darwin Shaw first met Meher Baba on Baba’s second trip to the United States in 1932. Darwin was an instrumental part in the early formation of the Meher Center under Baba’s instruction. Here, in his truly reflective way, he talks about his first meeting with Baba, being called to attend the ‘Three Incredible Weeks,’ and his inner experiences of surrender while being with the Master.
Video, 1:03:27
Meher Center Meeting Place, March 04, 1983
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives

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Steve Klein – Stories


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Mark Trichka & Lisa Brande – Music


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Ross Keating – Poems

Ross Keating – Poems

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Concert at Meher Center Meeting Place – 8/23/2015


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“You Are My Neighbor”

Laura Delavigne was Meher Baba’s “neighbor,” living near the Center since 1953 and spending a great deal of time with Kitty, Elizabeth, and Baba’s other Western lovers. In this audio recording, she shares about her search for God, including her deep connection with Sufism and Inayat Khan, and her eventual meeting with Meher Baba in 1952 when she said she knew she had “reached the goal” of her life.
Audio, 1:04:17
Meher Center, December 1978
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives

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Memoirs of the Frivolous Three

In this classic Meher Center video, three early disciples of Meher Baba are seen together for the first time since 1958. Delia DeLeon, Margaret Craske and Kitty Davy exemplify Love, Purity and Selfless Service. Frivolous, funny, witty and extremely entertaining, their descriptions of their spiritual lives will make any seeker smile.
Video, 1:11:00
Meher Center Meeting Place, September 10, 1988
Courtesy of Sheriar Foundation, used with permission.

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“I am the Universal Thief—I steal the hearts of all”

This raw and unedited audio recording is of time Meher Baba spent with His lovers at the Center in 1958, in the Barn and at the Guest House compound. At times Baba’s Mandali can be heard interpreting His gestures, and at others, there’s only the indefinable chatter of His lovers. Even amidst the noise, perhaps some will find in this recording the treasure of His presence.

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Laurel Magrini – Stories


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Mani Dreyfuss & Nick Guida – Music


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Arsenio Rodriguez – Poetry


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“Where there is Nothing, there is God”

In this rare early talk on the Center, Charles Purdom, one of Meher Baba’s earliest Western disciples and a scholar, talks about meeting Meher Baba and writing his monumental books, The God Man and The Perfect Master. To his surprise as a skeptic, he was asked by Baba to write His biography. His inner journey, writing process and revelations during his times with Baba are unique gems for any seeker.

Audio, 1:29:02
Meher Center, September, 1964
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives

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“I Believe”

In this film, Bernice Ivory, whom Kitty Davy called a “great disciple of Meher Baba”, shares her early experiences of coming to Baba in the 1950’s. Unfortunately, only the first portion of her story was recorded, but it gives a taste of her devotion, her humor, and, most importantly, how Baba overcame her skepticism with His presence and love.

Video, 31:50
Meher Center Meeting Place, February 23, 1994
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives

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Cindy Carlson – Poetry


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Charles Haynes – Stories


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Jacob Horsey – Music


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“Experiencing Divine Love is Looking Upon the Face of God”

Kitty Davy was a close disciple of Meher Baba who lived at the Meher Center from 1952 to 1991. In this wonderful talk, she recalls her meeting with Meher Baba in 1932 at her London home and intimate times with the Master.
Audio, 38:49
Meher Center, November 27, 1969
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives

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“Such Good Friends”

Katie Irani was a close disciple of Meher Baba who lived with Him and the other women Mandali for many years. In this video, she speaks of her first meeting with Baba as a young girl, and many both playful and serious moments of companionship with Him during her youth. She also sings songs that Baba wrote.
Video, 55:04
Meher Center, July 21, 1991
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives

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Brian Darnell – Songs and Poetry


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Bill LePage – Stories


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Dick Holmes – Poems


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“I Give This to Baba with Love”

Elizabeth Patterson, the founder of Meher Spiritual Center, first met Meher Baba at Harmon on Hudson in New York. From that very moment her entire life was dedicated to Him. This audio recording of Elizabeth speaking in the Saroja Library gives a wonderful, comprehensive talk about meeting with Meher Baba, spending time with Him in India in the early 1940’s, and finding and developing Meher Center with Norina Matchabelli.
Audio, 46:07
Meher Center, August 29, 1970
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives

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Meher Center Origins and Development

This film, made by Jamie and Zo Newell, documents the long, loving, painstaking process of creating a home for Meher Baba in the West—from Elizabeth Patterson’s and Norina Matchabelli’s search for a location for a center, to His arrival in 1952.
Video, 1:32:04
2019
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives

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