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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Jolie reads a book


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Samuel makes up a song


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William tells a story


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Ayush plays music


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Anika plays music


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Children’s Day at Guruprasad


In 1961 Meher Baba came out of a long, deep seclusion and the first souls he wanted to see were the children of His lovers. At first only a few dozen were expected but the program swelled to include 300 children, age 1 -12 years, accompanied by one parent. Bob Fredricks put together Jal’s short footage of this special event to a tune that the women Mandali often sang while visiting the Samadhi, in slow motion so that we can better see the expressions on the faces of Baba and His young lovers during their magical reunion.

Video, 7:24
Guruprasad, India, 1961
Used with permission from Bob Fredricks
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Childhood Stories from Mani


Mani, Baba’s sister, was one of Baba’s close Mandali and also a delightful storyteller. From the time she was a child, she longed for nothing more than to spend her life with Him in His ashram. In this audio recording, Mani tells two entertaining and profound stories about skipping ropes, tricycles, and Meher Baba.

Audio, 16:17
Meherazad, India
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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Virtual Reopening – Meeting


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Billy Goodrum – Music


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“The search was always relentless”


In this multi-faceted talk, Naosherwan Anzar begins by describing a trip he made to Iran to learn about Meher Baba’s heritage for His biography, meeting ardent lovers of Baba and learning about His father and grandfather. He then goes back to another epoch of his life, describing his zealous spiritual yearnings as a teenager, and how Baba took him in hand. He makes clear how his meetings with Baba, and Baba’s constant love and direction, led him to become the person he is and do the work he still does today.

Video, 1:06:10
Meher Center Meeting Place, December 28, 1996
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Baba wants our simple, childlike Love”


In Part Two of this talk by Rhoda and Adi Dubash, Rhoda ends her story with her deep sense of conviction of Baba as God in Human form and Adi begins his story. Adi first found out about Baba from his cousin Minoo Bharucha and took to Him without any doubts. He did not meet Baba until years later. The talk diversifies into the topics of Baba groups, Baba’s Manifestation and following of His orders.

Audio, 46:43
Meher Center, March 12, 1970
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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Meher Baba in Dehradun


In this silent version of the film taken in Dehradun in 1954, Meher Baba is seen greeting His lovers with Prasad and embraces; receiving offerings of garlands, music, and love; and giving his priceless companionship.

Video, 5:49
From the DVD Lord of Love
Courtesy of Sheriar Foundation
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Silence Day at Meher Center: A Written Story – By Wendy Haynes Connor

First published in Divya Vani in September 1966, this article written by
Wendy Haynes, then aged fifteen, gives a glimpse into the celebration of Silence Day at Meher Center during Beloved Baba’s lifetime. Rich with Baba’s own words about His silence, His cable to Elizabeth and Kitty on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of His silence and the beautiful details of the community and surroundings at the Center, this is an inspiring piece for commemorating this day.
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“Baba’s Silence was so natural”


In this brief talk, Meherjee Karkaria, a close lover who first met Baba in 1923, speaks about the power of Baba’s silence, and the beauty and creativity of His continual communication.

Audio, 4:41
1980, place unknown
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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Dil Meher Bharucha Bhola – Stories


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Tina Holmes – Music


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“Baba is a life to be led”


A.K. Kasthuri learned about Meher Baba in 1930 in Madras when he was five years old. In this talk, he describes moments from his lifetime with the Master—his seven days at Baba’s 1955 Men’s Sahavas; how his connection with Baba influenced his choice of career; the moment at a train station when Baba first met his baby daughter; and other stories that have had deep meaning for him, his family, and the Madras Baba community.

Video, 46:50
Meher Center Meeting Place, April 3, 1999
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“My Love story with Baba”


Rhoda and Adi Dubash were old time lovers of Baba who later resided in Meherabad. In part one of this talk, Adi shares what being a Baba lover means to him, then passing the baton to Rhoda who shares her story of coming to Baba. The story begins with calling out to the impersonal God when she was in danger, being hell bent on not being involved with Meher Baba and then discovering her husband Adi’s love for Baba. In a state of turmoil, she silently challenged Meher Baba in her heart for Him to prove His Godhood. And there started a love story.

Audio, 46:04
Washington, D.C., July 19, 1978
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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His Ways Are Unfathomable


This video of Eruch Jessawala takes place in Mandali Hall at Meherazad over the 1991 pilgrim season. Eruch, who lived with Baba as one of His close Mandali beginning in 1938, tells a variety of stories that reflect Baba’s humanity, divinity, and unfathomable love.

Video, 1:04:01
Mandali Hall, Meherazad, India, 1991
Used with permission from Sheriar Press
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Sam Patel – Stories


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Jon Meyer – Poetry


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“The underpinning of all the rest of my life”


In this video, Don Stevens, a close Western follower of Meher Baba, shares his experience right after Baba dropped His body in 1969. Through a series of remarkable occurrences in the twenty-four hours after he got the call, Don made it to Meherabad in a seemingly impossible amount of time, and was convinced for the rest of his life of Meher Baba’s continued love and presence.

Video, 41:39
Meher Center Meeting Place November 1995
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“It is a very joyous suffering”


In part two of this audio of Adi K Irani speaking at Meher Center, his focus is on the inner life with Baba. Adi shares stories of his own struggle with following Baba’s unfathomable orders, suffering for Baba and feeling Baba’s love. Interspersed with questions and answers, Adi’s unwavering conviction is an inspiration to the group that includes Kitty Davy.

Audio, 44:25
Meher Center, March 12, 1970
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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Dick Holmes – Poetry


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Judith Shotwell – Music


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“I knew I’d come home”


Virginia Sadowsky met Meher Baba for the first time in 1956, with her nine-year-old daughter holding one hand and an injured bird in a cage in the other. In her bright, humorous, self-deprecating way, Virginia goes on to describe her time with her Master, including intimate tales—funny, touching, and sometimes painful—of Baba’s final days on the Center in 1958.

Video, 46:37
Meher Center Meeting Place, October 31, 2003
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Greater than Realization is His companionship”


In part one of this illuminating audio at Meher Center, Adi K Irani, Baba’s close disciple and secretary, talks about Baba’s cosmology and the soul’s journey. He explains the concepts of Avatarhood, planes of consciousness, and the status of God realized souls. He also answers questions from the group about the path, reincarnation, and our effort in being guided through the planes in a veiled fashion. As an added perk, we hear Kitty Davy chiming in about Baba’s next advent.

Audio, 44:09
Meher Center, March 11, 1970
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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Jimmy Khan – Stories


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Peter Goodman – Photography


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“Lord of the Universe contained in Illusion”


In this profound talk, Bill LePage shares his impressions and reflections on Beloved Baba’s suffering. He reads from his own writings from the time he witnessed Baba’s inexpressible suffering and shares Baba’s own words about His Universal suffering. This video is a tribute to Baba’s infinite Godhood in His deteriorating cage, all for the sake of the humanity.

Video, 1:03:17
Meher Center Meeting Place, September 3, 2016
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“The main thing is taking His name”


Mansari came to Meher Baba in 1938, when she was 29 years old. A few years later, when Baba and the rest of the women Mandali moved from Meherabad Hill to Meherazad, Baba ordered Mansari to stay behind. From that time until her death in 1997, Mansari did not leave Meherabad Hill, and a source of chai, chat, and inspiration for numerous pilgrims. This is a recording of one of those chats on Meherabad Hill. In it, she talks of various subjects, including stories related to marriage; her own perspectives on divorce; and most of all the importance that Baba placed on taking His name, whatever we are thinking, feeling, or doing.

Audio, 23:21
Meherabad India October 19,1988
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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Building on Sacred Ground


The photographs in the video above show Michael Tych’s work throughout the years at Meher Center and are shown in the chronological order of his work.
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Cindy Lowe – Music


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Jamie Newell – Music


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“I saw Him before I saw Upasani Maharaj”


Mehera Irani recounts her first glimpse of Baba (then called Meherwanji) at Sakori. When Mehera and her family arrived at Sakori, their paths crossed with Merwan who was leaving that very day. As it turns out that day was the last time Merwan saw Upasani Maharaj at Sakori. With love and wonder, Mehera goes on to describe her fist meeting with Baba, His orders, working for Him and His inexpressible beauty.

Audio, 47:33
Meherazad, India, 1972
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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“Baba looked so beautiful and sweet”


In this breathtaking video taken at the East Room and Upper Meherabad, Mehera shares about the women’s life with Baba on Meherabad Hill in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Her eyes light up as she remembers the sight of Baba coming up the hill, or recalls cooking for Him, playing badminton with Him, or just following His orders during those extraordinary early years.

Video, 46:39
Meherabad, India, 1977
Courtesy of Meher Nazar Publications
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John Dennison – Poetry


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Ayush and Anika Kumar – Music


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“He was my destiny”


Following Havovi Dadachanji’s sharing from last week, Hoshang Dadachanji narrates his part of the story of his family’s coming to Baba. Starting from his uncle Chanji’s story, followed by his own first meeting with Shri Meher Baba, Hoshang spent glorious years of intimate contact with Baba at Guruprasad where he played games with Baba, sang for Him and was part of the Master’s orbit. Baba took personal interest in his business and family life but through all of it, He always reminded them to never forget that Baba was God in Human Form.

Video, 42:59
Meher Center Meeting Place, August 27, 1996
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“The Great Fire of Love”


In this precious audio recording at Meher Center, Kitty Davy, Delia DeLeon, Margaret Craske, and Anita Vieillard are informally interviewed about their lives and experiences with Baba. They chat freely about the early days, including Kitty’s, Delia’s, and Margaret’s first trip to India with Baba in 1933. Kitty and Anita also share the stories of how they first came to meet their Master.

Audio, 29:26
Meher Center, Date Unknown
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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Ward Parks – Poetry – Written Piece


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Jane & Bob Brown – Music


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“Correcting every error without fail”


In this talk, Havovi Dadachanji wryly describes her process of coming to Baba over seven years: from feeling skeptical and uncomfortable to finally embracing Him as the God-man in 1960. She then talks about Baba’s role in her family’s life, including an intimate monthly mail correspondence and His performing her son’s Navjot ceremony in December of 1968, a month before He dropped His body. Finally, she describes how Baba continues to be present in her life.

Video, 43:56
Meher Center Meeting Place, July 27, 1996
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Why are we with Baba?”


Meher Baba gave Bruce Hoffman the order in 1968 to speak about Him, and spread His message of love and truth. Bruce founded Meher House in New York City as a step to fulfill this order. Here, he shares his thoughts on what it is to be with Baba while simultaneously living in the world and ever striving to get closer to Him. This wonderfully insightful talk relays Baba’s messages through quotes, anecdotes and humorous stories from Bruce’s own experiences.

Audio, 50:44
Saroja Library, January 20, 1974
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“We are there to obey”


Padri began his life with Meher Baba in 1922 when he was 18 years old. Called one of the “four pillars of Meherabad” by Baba, Padri was in charge of building and maintenance projects there for decades. In these videos, filmed in 1981 and 1982, Padri is interviewed by Gary Kleiner about his work and his relationship with Baba. His answers, sometimes playful and sometimes forceful, give us a glimpse into a life of literal obedience, work as worship, and an unwavering faith in the Master’s presence.

Video, 59:14
Meherabad, India, 1981 & 1982
Copyright 1983 by the Avatar Meher Baba Public Perpetual Charitable Trust
Courtesy of Sheriar Press
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Davana Brown – Reflections on Meheru – Written Piece


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Jamie Keehan – Music


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“Journeying with Baba”


Meheru Irani was the youngest of the women Mandali and lived with Meher Baba for decades. In this talk, she focuses on traveling with the Master—the sometimes harrowing and often humorous moments in trains, planes, and cars with Him over the years. Through these colorful stories, Meheru emphasizes the importance of obedience to Baba, and remembrance that He is always “making that journey with us”

Video, 51:39
Los Angeles, California, 1993
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
In concert with the MeherBabaLibrary Oral History Archive Project
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“We gambled our lives for Him”


In this short audio, Sarosh Irani, a very close disciple, shares his first meeting with Baba as a teenager in 1922. He recounts seeing Baba as Merwan while He sang sitting under a tree in Poona. Later, in Ahmednagar, Baba promised Sarosh that if he stayed with Baba, He would make him a king. Sarosh accepted Baba’s offer and signed an agreement to follow the Master to Poona, Bombay and Ahmednagar. Thus began a journey of no return.

Audio, 9:50
Atlanta, Georgia, July 15, 1971
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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Darryl Smith – Music


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Judi Schoeck – Music


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“From here to here”


Robert Dreyfuss first heard Baba’s name in 1965. With his friend Rick Chapman, Robert saw a Baba quote on the door of Alan Cohen’s office at Harvard. Through Alan he learned who Baba was. Here, he narrates the eventful story of hitchhiking over land to India, his meeting with Baba in Meherazad, and Baba’s instruction to him: “Tell those that are [taking drugs], that if drugs could make one realize God, then God is not worthy of being God.” By Baba’s express wish, Allan Cohen, Robert Dreyfus and Rick Chapman became the three principle spokespersons to spread Baba’s message about drugs in the West.

Video, 1:01:09
Meher Center Meeting Place, April 3, 1996
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Baba was very kind to me and to my father”


In this talk given to a group in Washington, D.C., Digambar Gadekar describes his family’s rich and loving history with Meher Baba. Digambar’s father Ramchandra first met Baba in 1924, when He was still speaking. Ramchandra had intended to visit Baba to ask that He cure a medical condition— but when faced with Baba’s love and presence, he asked for God instead! Thus began a multi-decade relationship between Meher Baba and the Gadekar family, from Baba distributing sweets at Digambar’s parents’ wedding, to His arriving unexpectedly at the family house for meals, to His becoming young Digambar’s most beloved playmate.

Audio, 44:31
Washington, D.C., November 22, 1982
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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Jeff Wolverton – Music


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Marchelle Jordan – Reading


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“Sacredness was all around me”


Tom Riley first heard about Meher Baba in 1954 in his hometown of Woodstock. Here he shares the detailed account of his first meeting with Baba at Meher Center in 1958, including the divine effulgence that he experienced at the Lagoon Cabin. Speaking about the submersion in Baba’s presence at the Center, Tom reflects on Baba’s messages to him and their continuing culmination in his life.

Video, 1:17:30
Meher Center Meeting Place, May 22, 2018
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“The luckiest man on the face of the earth”


James McGrew was a student at Harvard in the 1960’s with the group of seekers that included Rick Chapman and Alan Cohen. In this audio recording, he describes his journey of exploring spirituality, being drawn to India, finding out about Baba, and finally getting an appointment to meet Him during His seclusion. James then speaks in detail about his one five-minute interview with the Master, and how Baba’s love, insight and naturalness stayed with him for the rest of his life.

Audio, 58:49
Meher Center Meeting Place, April 5, 1974
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Ross Keating – Poetry


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Peter Goodman – Music


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“The Master is never absent”


Khodadad Namiranian first heard about Meher Baba when his parents chose to send his twin brothers to India, to attend the Prem Ashram school started by Meher Baba. Here, he narrates the story of when he called out to Baba to rescue him in danger to test His Godhood, his first meeting with Baba at the East-West Gathering, and being a Baba lover in Iran. Translated by his son Farshid, this is a rare account of deep longing for God.

Video, 1:09:01
Meher Center Meeting Place, July 3, 1998
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“He’s willing to accept each of us”


Bal Natu was a dear disciple of Meher Baba starting in 1943. Baba gave him permission to visit at any time, so Bal spent time with Him at Meherazad and Guruprasad whenever he had time off from his job as a schoolteacher. In this recording, Bal tells stories to a group of young Baba-lovers in Mandali Hall. From tales about the history of the hall itself, to his own humorous and loving moments with the Master, Bal’s tales are full of what he calls “Vitamin M.”

Audio, 44:21
Meherazad India, July 26, 1990
Courtesy of Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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Meher Baba at Brookgreen Gardens


In this stunning sun-dappled video from 1956, Meher Baba is seen strolling through Brookgreen Gardens followed by a group of His lovers, appreciating the sculptures and occasionally stopping under a tree to rest or play with the children. Charmian Duce describes the experience of being with Baba during those heavenly moments.

Video, 03:41
Courtesy of Sufism Reoriented
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Lovers’ Humor


Baba loved a good laugh! In this compilation video, some of His lovers come together to offer Him a jolly chuckle. Now wait a minute…don’t get any ideas. We promise there are no metaphysical secrets within these jokes, just plain, old, silly humor.

Video 17:39
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“Laughter belongs to Him”


Mani Irani, Baba’s sister, tells hilarious jokes at Mandali Hall. After the room is tearing up with laughter, she shares the meaning of offering things to Baba, even something as small as a joke because He wants it. She then segways most profoundly into the subject of our longings and struggles that are rewarded with His patience and His love.

Audio, 18:59
Meherazad, India, July 27, 1985
Used with permission from Mandali Hall Talks
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“Baba winked at Eruch”


Meher Baba’s twin nephews Rustom and Sohrab Irani tell the unforgettable story of the time they dressed Sohrab up as Ann Conlon, one of Baba’s Western lovers who was due to arrive at Guruprasad, and went to visit Baba—fooling most of His Mandali, but not Baba Himself who enjoyed the humorous incident to the utmost.

Video, 10:00
Meher Center, August 31, 2011
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Put that drink in a cup and saucer”


Shireen Bonner, Meher Baba’s niece, tells two of the jokes that Baba asked her to tell over and over. He would laugh heartily at them every time.

Video, 11:09
Meher Center, August 1, 1998
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Lovers’ Offerings


For this week’s “lover’s offering,” Peter Nordeen, a Meher Baba historian, shares a video about Kaikhushru Masa. Born in 1880, Kaikhushru was one of Meher Baba’s earliest and closest disciples. Peter tells the poignant story of this spiritual seeker, taking us on a journey covering Kaikhushru’s early adulthood as a seeker of God; his meeting the five Perfect Masters of the time; surrendering himself and his wife, Soonamasi, and daughter, Khorshed, to his Master, Meher Baba; his terrible troubles with his family; and finally his death in 1931, dying in Meher Baba’s arms.

Video, 36:22
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“Drowning in this ocean of love”


In 1927, Meher Baba established the Prem Ashram, a small school at Meherabad focused on love for God. Many of the boys in the school had profound spiritual experiences before Baba sent them back to their homes. Esfandiar Vesali was part of the Prem Ashram, an experience which formed the foundation for the rest of his life. In this talk, given in Farsi with translation, Esfandiar discusses how Baba continued to be his beloved companion throughout his life, both inwardly and when he saw Him again in the body.

Video, 1:18:50
Meher Center Meeting Place, September 27, 1991
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“He lives your individual lives with you”


Don Stevens was a close disciple of Baba and author of several books about Him. In this audio, he talks about practicing Baba’s presence in our daily lives while intermixing stories from his personal meetings with Baba and Eruch Jessawala. He shares his thoughts about feeling Baba’s presence through remembrance, while reading His words, working for Him, and during crises in our lives.

Audio, 25:59
Meher Center, October 27, 1973
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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SJ Ursrey – Music


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Wendy Connor – Stories


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Ivy McClure – Music


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Center Worker Birthday Panel


If you haven’t been to the Center for a while, these are some faces you might have missed. During the Center Worker Panel section of Baba’s Birthday program, Jane Mossman (formerly Jane Brown); Preeti Hay; Regina Marks; Jeff Wolverton; and Gabe Wood share about their lives with Baba.

Video, 1:01:11
Zoom Recording, February 25, 2021
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Everything He does is because of Love”


In this talk given last year at Meher Center on the occasion of Baba’s 126th birthday, Meherwan Mistry shares intimate details of his family’s time with Baba. Meherwan is the son of Roda Mistry, who was the niece of Chanji, Baba’s first secretary and the first person from the Dadachanji family who came to Baba in the 1920’s. This intergenerational sharing and reflection displays Baba at His most Personal Godhood.

Video, 1:58:01
Meher Center Meeting Place, February 25, 2020
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Meher Baba in Nasik and Rahuri


In this original footage from 1937, Meher Baba celebrates His birthday in the holy city of Nasik, and Rahuri where He also had His ashram. We see exquisite garlanding, dances, music, and a birthday feast for all. Many of the Eastern and Western Mandali are present, along with Meher Baba’s mother Shireen Mai.

Video, 09:08
With permission from Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust
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The Nordeen Family Singers – Music


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Regina Marks – Music


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“Never say no to Baba”


Sarwar Taraporewala narrates the story of her intimate contact with Meher Baba as a child. The daughter of Baidul (one of Baba’s Mandali), she was born in Persia but later moved to Meherabad with her family as directed by Baba. Through the experience of a child, she shares her encounters with masts, being on the Blue Bus tours, being in Rishikesh with Baba, and being under His instruction in every aspect of her life.

Video, 58:53
Meher Center Meeting Place, October 17, 1998
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Sometime, somewhere, somehow”


Adi Arjani grew up in Bombay and moved to Karachi where he first heard of Baba while meeting with his prospective wife, Dolly, who told him, “I belong to Meher Baba.” Despite his Parsi Zoroastrian faith, his inner appeals to Ahuramazda were answered by Baba and he slowly began to notice Baba’s presence inwardly. Finally, he had Baba’s darshan in 1955 and thus began a long life dedicated to the Master.

Audio, 35:18
Meher Center, June 25, 1973
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Julie & Rusty Rust – Music


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Ivey McClure – Music


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“We must realize our fortune by doing the work”


As a young man, Henry Kashouty was determined to find true meaning in life, and his dogged search ended when he was given a copy of God Speaks. He began an intimate correspondence with Baba, of which Baba said, “Such love letters from a lawyer!” Henry met Baba in person both at the Center and in India, but in this talk he describes that the real work of his life was finding Baba when He wasn’t physically present, and putting Him first in every moment.

Video, 1:21:03
Meher Center Meeting Place, May 10, 2002
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Every day, He knocks on our doors”


Elizabeth C. Patterson lovingly welcomes W.D. Kain home to Meher Center during his world tour in 1970 spreading Meher Baba’s name and message. He tells of Baba’s connection to him through dreams even before meeting Him in Kashmir in 1944. Mr. Kain relates his reverence and pure conviction in Baba’s divinity and omnipotence while giving thoughtful insights on remembering and loving Meher Baba as our true Master.

Audio, 52:20
Meher Center, August 27, 1970
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Steve Klein – Poetry


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Buz Connor – Music


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Rick Chapman


In this unique opportunity to be present in Baba’s eternal presence on Amartithi, Rick Chapman remembers his remarkable journey of flying to India after hearing about the dropping of Baba’s body. He shares a photo collection from the Samadhi, and recounts intimate details about the Mandali attending to Baba’s body, the playing of ‘Begin the Beguine’, and the covering of the God-Man’s cloak.

Audio, 1:19:59
Meher Center virtual Amartithi gathering, January 31, 2021
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“It shows on His face”


Arnavaz Dadachanji first met Meher Baba as a child in 1927 and was deeply devoted to Him for the rest of her life. In this recording from Meherazad, she focuses first on the power of taking Baba’s name and seeking His help and companionship. She then talks about His suffering and His Amartithi.

Audio, 59:17
Meherazad, date unknown
Courtesy of Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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Unbounded Love


This poignant footage provides a rare look at Baba’s Mandali—a mere ten days after the dropping of His body. In their raw, brave states, these disciples answer questions about Baba’s hints, His physical body and its crucifixion, His humiliation, His instructions, and their own personal anguish.

Video, 15:48
Courtesy of Sufism Reoriented.
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Matt Shepard – Poetry – Young Adult Sahavas 2020


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Maraiya Latulippe & Cliff Hackford – Music


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Bob Een – Music


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“Prepare yourself to receive His love”


Adi K. Irani became a close disciple of Meher Baba in the early 1920’s and served as His secretary for many years. In this talk, introduced by Elizabeth Patterson, he begins by reciting and translating a prayer. He then speaks on a myriad of subjects related to spirituality in our everyday lives, including facing problems and attachments, and ultimately attaching ourselves only to Baba.

Audio, 44:12
Meher Center Meeting Place, April 29, 1979
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“He was a living bolt of lightning”


Pratap Ahir first heard about Meher Baba in the 1940’s. He was part of a group of young people that later became the Poona Bhajan Mandali which sang and composed music for Baba. Here, he tells his story of coming to Baba, intimate mentorship that Dr. Ghani offered him, being invited by Baba to stay with Him during the New Life and life lessons he got from Baba.

Video, 1:17:37
Meher Center Meeting Place, July 18, 1998
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Wendy Connor


Wendy Connor first met Baba when she was six years old, and spent time with Him throughout her childhood both on the Center and at His East-West gathering in India. In this cheerful and timeless talk, Wendy shares memories of Baba that are always with her, as well as lessons she learned from His close Mandali.

Video, 1:13:31
Zoom Recording, January 2, 2021
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Jamie Newell


Jamie Newell shares his songs to the Beloved, including one with lyrics by the Perfect Master Hafiz.

Video, 20:31
Zoom Recording, January 2, 2021
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Adrienne Shamszad


Adrienne Shamszad sings in the New Year with this heartfelt concert of songs for Meher Baba.

Video, 30:28
Zoom Recording, January 1, 2021
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Billy Goodrum


Billy Goodrum makes us nostalgic for New Year’s Eve at the Meeting Place in this lively concert where he sings some all-time Baba hits!

Video, 13:54
Zoom Recording, January 3, 2021
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Take Baba with You!


This beautiful silent footage of Meher Baba, taken at the Meher Center in 1958, was shown to end the Holiday Sahavas. While some of you might have seen this before, we share it here again to re-experience His intimate Darshan at the Center.

Video, 5:28
Meher Center, 1958
Used with permission from Liz Sacalis
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Adrienne Shamszad


Dive into the Holiday Sahavas with Adrienne Shamszad’s original love songs for the Beloved shared here in a heartfelt musical concert.

Video, 38:05
Zoom Recording, January 1, 2021
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Charles Haynes


In this talk, Charles focuses on Baba’s will and Baba’s wish. His sharing moves from an intimate conversation with Baba’s close disciple Eruch Jessawala, to being with Baba in the Barn when Baba’s statement “My Wish” was read out, to the last order Charles received from Baba in His physical form.

Video, 38:05
Zoom Recording, January 1, 2021
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Mark Trichka and Lisa Brande


Mark and Lisa share their lively compositions and their love for Baba during this New Year’s Eve concert.

Video, 38:05
Zoom Recording, January 1, 2021
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Rick Chapman


Rick Chapman first met Meher Baba in 1966 in India. Under Baba’s instruction he was instrumental in spreading Baba’s message about drugs in the West. He is also the author of many books about Meher Baba. Here, RIck shares his impressions of life with Meher Baba and what it means to have the good fortune to be with the Avatar of the Age.

Video, 38:05
Zoom Recording, January 2, 2021
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Michael DaCosta – Poetry


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Meherveena Rangnekar – Music


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Billy Goodrum – Music


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East West Gathering


In November 1962, Meher Baba held the East-West gathering, a long-awaited darshan program uniting His Eastern and Western lovers at Guruprasad in Poona. This is a rough audio recording of part of the program. While sections might not be easy to understand, perhaps it will provide glimmers of that incomparable time, starting with the whole group singing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and ending with an impromptu discourse on the long journey of the soul, interpreted by Eruch Jessawala.

Audio, 38:05
Guruprasad, Poona, India, 1962
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Offering Our Imperfections


In this candid interview with Gary Kleiner, Eruch Jessawala, one of Meher Baba’s most intimate disciples, answers questions about how to live a life with Baba. This practical discussion includes subjects like humility, the importance of prayer and suffering, befriending our minds and offering our imperfections to our Beloved who is perfection personified.

Video, 49:46
Meherazad India, April 30, 1994
With permission from Sheriar Foundation
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Love Personified


Mehera said, “To me every photograph of Avatar Meher Baba—the Beloved Godman—is very precious. It is a portrayal of the Divine coming amongst us in human form.” This lovely treasury of photographs from Baba’s life of love is presented here with a musical backdrop, intermixed with Baba’s words.

Video, 32:16
Courtesy of Sheriar Foundation.
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Cindy Lowe – Music


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Adrienne Shamszad – Music


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Jamie Keehan – Music


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MEHERA, MEHER BABA’S BELOVED


In this video, Mehera shares treasured memories from her life with Baba. With early photographs, personal interviews, and rare film footage of Meher Baba and Mehera, it gives an insight into the life of matchless love that Mehera lived with Beloved Baba.

Video, 42:01
1998 Meher Prasad
Courtesy of Sheriar Foundation
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“She was the reminder of His beauty”


Davana Brown, a long-time Meherazad resident, had intimate contact with all of the Meherazad Mandali since 1971. Here, she shares her impressions of Mehera: the Beloved’s love that Mehera shared with her as a young western woman, being with Mehera on a day-to-day basis, stories that Mehera shared with her, and the lessons she learned merely by being in the presence of God’s divine counterpart.

Video, 1:05:19
Courtesy of Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California
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Naosherwan Anzar – stories


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Judith Shotwell – Music


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Josh Dreyfuss – Poetry


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Welcome to My World


In this fascinating talk, Mani shares Baba’s unique gestures, His use of the alphabet, and His often-used phrases. Her demonstrations are intermixed with humorous and revealing stories about life with the Avatar. The video ends with Mani showing Baba’s hand movements to one of His favorite songs: “Welcome to My World.”

Video, 49:36
Meherazad, India
Courtesy of Sheriar Foundation
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“To be with You…Always”


In her quintessential effervescence, Mani shares vignettes from her childhood with her God Brother. This lovely audio from Mandali Hall in Meherazad includes the story of Baba granting Mani a wish; eating a lollipop with Baba; and Mani’s famous tricycle that she hoped Baba would give her for her birthday.

Audio, 35:02
Mandali Hall, Meherazad, India, August 23, 1981
Mandali Hall Talks, Used with Permission
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Hoshang Dadachanji – stories


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Trudy & Eli Budd – Music


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Brian Darnell – Poetry


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WBAI Radio Program, February 1976


This recording is a celebration of Meher Baba’s birthday In 1976 hosted by renowned religious scholar Lex Hixon. It features many of Baba’s followers in America, and is a wonderful blend of brief yet concise interviews, well-loved music, and readings of Baba’s messages. This historic program concludes with a beautiful recitation of “O Parvardigar.”

Audio, 59:08
WBAI Radio program, February 22, 1976
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Baba’s ways are sweet”


Ali Akbar Shapurzaman, known as Aloba, became a disciple of Meher Baba in 1927 when he was a student at the Prem Ashram. He was known throughout his life for his passionate and fiery nature. Here, he shares a variety of stories about Meher Baba and His lovers, including stories about Meher Baba’s work during World War II and His connection with Iran.

Video, 40:12
Meher Center, April 1, 1988
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Meher Baba’s Call


Edited by Chris Riger from the original 35 mm footage, this film features the 1954 men’s savahas at Meherabad, India, which came to be know as the “Three Incredible Weeks.” Narrated by Darwin Shaw, an early American devotee of Meher Baba and an attendee at the event, the film succeeds beautifully in conveying the spirit of the savahas.

Video, 34:47
Courtesy of Sheriar Foundation.
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Shraddha Harikumar – Music


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Ivy McClure – Music


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Savan Amin – Music


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Dylan Wheeler – Music


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Wendy Connor – Music


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Gabe Wood – Poetry


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Bill LePage


Bill LePage first met Meher Baba in 1954. Over the years he has visited Meher Center from Australia as a guest and a guest speaker. He has also been a special guest at the Youth Sahavas for twelve years in a row! Here, he continues the tradition by reading his reflections about Baba’s continuing love and presence and the strength that He provides us with.

Video, 18:17
Zoom Recording, November 15, 2020
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Wendy Connor


Wendy Connor first met Meher Baba when He visited the Center in 1958. She has spoken about her experiences of His love at Youth Sahavas gatherings throughout the years, as well as at the Young Adult Sahavas. This year, she shares a powerful statement that Mani made about following Baba, and an order that Baba gave her at the East-West gathering in 1962.

Video, 8:48
Zoom Recording, November 15, 2020
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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John Dennison – Poetry


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David Walsh – Music


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Steve Klein – Stories


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Meher Baba at Brookgreen Gardens and the Delmonico Hotel


The first part of this offering is an informal recording by Mike Loftus of Meher Baba’s visit to Brookgreen Gardens. We hear highlights of the afternoon, including the joyful crowd moving through the gardens as Baba notes sculptural pieces; Baba stopping under a tree to describe a memory of Buddha’s enlightenment; and Tex Hightower giving Baba sandals he made. Later, the recording switches to a press conference at the Delmonico Hotel in New York. Baba covers topics including His silence, the Avatar, and God’s presence in everyone. At the end of the recording, Baba leaves the room and Adi K. Irani continues to answer questions.

Audio, 49:13
Brookgreen Gardens, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 1956
Delmonico Hotel, New York, N.Y. 1956
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Being cheerful is an act of trust”


In this talk at the Shrine club in Myrtle Beach to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of her meeting Meher Baba, Wendy Haynes Connor recalls the profound moment of that first meeting as a six-year-old girl, then her time with Him at the birthday party at Meher Center and finally at the East-West Gathering in 1962. This warm storytelling is rich with childlike wonder and memorable details, while also sharing her family’s journey to finding the Ancient One, together.

Video, 1:07:02
Myrtle Beach, Shrine Club May 22, 2008
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives

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Havovi Dadachanji – Stories


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Larry Green – Music


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Arsenio Rodriguez – Poetry


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“God talking to Himself”


This program begins with a translation of a ghazal that Meher Baba wrote in Persian; Farhad Shafa reads the original, and Dot Pierpont follows with an English translation. Then, Dot speaks about a trip to Iran and her experiences with the Baba community there. Kitty Davy shares brief stories about her time with Baba, and about the experience of Katie Irani, one of Baba’s Mandali, in Japan. The program ends with another reading of Baba’s poem, and a heartfelt rendition of a song by Rumi.

Audio, 49:49
Meher Center, June 1, 1970
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Be My living garland”


Dr. G.S.N. Moorty was a scholar of Philosophy, an author and a prolific speaker. Baba lovingly called him “the talkative disciple of the silent Master.” Moorty was a true skeptic who was allergic to the word Avatar when he first heard about Baba in 1940. Here, he shares his journey of doubt and conviction, his impactful first meeting with Baba and Baba’s message to him. His very interesting and profound stories are told here with humor and skilled oration.

Video, 1:25:51
Meher Center, Dilruba Reading Room, April 7, 2004
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Journey With God


Meher Baba first declared His Avatarhood during a tour through Andhra Pradesh in 1954. In this video, we see footage of that tour: the thousands of people who came to be in Baba’s presence, and the loving personal contact He managed to make with individuals amidst the crowd. We also hear from Baba’s Mandali who were on the trip about what it was like to travel with Baba through the region and watch Him pour out His love.

Video, 51:51
Courtesy of Sheriar Foundation.
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Ivy McClure – Music


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Bill Le Page – Stories


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Jon Meyer – Poetry


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“Finding water in a desert”


Edith Bradbury had sensed the presence of God since childhood, but as an adult she began actively seeking Him. This search brought her by the late 1940’s to the Sufi leader Murshida Ivy Duce, who told her about Meher Baba. In this talk, Edith discusses her connection with Baba, including meeting Him for the first time in the Lagoon Cabin in 1952, when she fell tearfully into His arms.

Audio, 32:39
Meher Center Saroja Library, May 12, 1974
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“As His wish is”


Stalwart Meherabad residents Jal and Dolly Dastur share their journey of coming to Baba. Dolly was Arnavaz’s cousin and thus was born into Baba’s fold. Dolly and Jal’s wedding, careers and the direction of their life were set by seeking Baba’s permission. Here, they share lesser known details about Meherabad Hill and its early residents, exhibiting their love for the pilgrimage site and their hospitable and loving nature toward the greater Baba family.

Video, 58:12
Meher Center Meeting Place, May 7, 1999
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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New Life Offering


Jim Meyer
Music
7:02
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“Good Bye Baba”


Katie Irani, one of Meher Baba’s close Eastern Mandali, talks here about Baba’s announcement of the New Life. She shares her shock, and His order for Katie to go to Bombay and get a job. All who were left behind were still under Him even though He claimed that they would never see Him again. This video displays the love, obedience and surrender expected of His disciples during the New Life and after. Katie’s story ends with humor and a beautiful Huma Ghazal.

Video, 36:24
Meher Center, July 26, 1991
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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The Meher Spiritual Center and Meher Baba’s New Life


Many remain unaware of the significant connections between the Meher Spiritual Center and Meher Baba’s New Life. During the New Life, Meher Baba sold nearly everything He owned and ceased communication with His lovers who were not joining Him on His journey of “hopelessness and helplessness.” However, the Meher Center was one of two properties that remained in His name during the New Life period, and He kept up correspondence with Elizabeth Patterson and Norina Matchabelli regarding their work on the Center throughout. In this video, Jamie and Zo Newell explore these and other deep connections between Meher Spiritual Center and Meher Baba’s New Life.

Video, 41:30
2019
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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A Walk to Baba’s House


In celebration of the Center’s outdoor opening, and for those not able to make it today, we wanted to provide a virtual walk from the Lagoon Cabin to Baba’s House.

Video, 13:34
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Outdoor Opening Zoom Meeting


The Center will re-open its gates for outdoor visits by reservation, starting on October 16. This community Zoom Meeting shares more details.

Online Zoom Meeting 1:09:05
October 3, 2020
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Dara Irani – Stories


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Jenny & Ross Keating – Music


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Annie Fahy – Poetry


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“He was the most appreciative audience”


Delia DeLeon, an actress and close disciple of Meher Baba since 1931, gives an informative talk about Meher Baba’s interest and work in the fields of art, theatre, dance, and in Hollywood with the film He had wanted to make. She covers a wide range of topics from Baba’s Paramount newsreel, to Shakespeare, to a group rendition of “Begin the Beguine.” It is a delightful look into Meher Baba’s work in the 1930’s, and this “great cosmic drama.”

Audio, 44:38
Meher Center Saroja Library, January 2, 1978
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Obedience is a requirement of Love”


Ella Marks first heard of Meher Baba when she was a young dance student under Margaret Craske in 1947. Ella and Tex Hightower were two of Margaret’s first students after her return from her seven years with Baba in India. In this reflective sharing on the occasion of Baba’s birthday, Ella recounts her first meeting with Baba, her impressions of love, the grinding down process and learning obedience from Miss Craske.

Video, 58:02
Meher Center, February 24, 1997
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Pratap Ahir – Stories


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Cindy Carlson – Poetry


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Patrick O’Neil – Music


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Radio Show 1967


This radio program about Meher Baba was broadcast on WFRM in New York City on July 9, 1967, to bring in Silence Day on July 10. It features a concise history of Baba’s life and mission, and shares memories from some of Baba’s Western lovers such as Kitty Davy, Elizabeth Patterson, Henry Kashouty, and Don Stevens.

Audio, 27:36
First Aired WRFM Radio, NYC, July 9, 1967
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“I was looking for Baba everywhere”


Liz Sacalis met Baba in New York, Myrtle Beach and India. She was a seeker and often discussed her hunger to learn the meaning of life with her close friends Kesha and Henry Kashouty. She accompanied the Kashoutys to see Baba for the first time at Delmonico Hotel, NY in 1956. When Liz kissed Baba’s cheek, she felt that she was kissing everyone that she had ever loved. She felt a sense of light emanating from under His skin. Here she shares more on the subject of finding Him, meeting Him several times, living under His guidance and her own effort as a disciple.

Video, 55:39
Meher Center, March 17, 1995
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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The Lord Of Love


The Lord of Love is a beautiful compilation of four short films of Meher Baba. It shows our Beloved in Dehradun, India in 1954; Baba’s first journey to Australia in 1956; His 64th Birthday celebration in Meherabad in 1958; and delightful times in Poona—including spending time at Guruprasad and enjoying the nature walks and gardens—in 1961. A lovely soundtrack adds a flavor of devotion to His intimate presence.

Video, 35:07
Courtesy of Sheriar Foundation.
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Mark & Lisa Trichka – Music


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Dana Ferry – Stories


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Dick Holmes – Poetry


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“I felt weak with Love”


Virginia Rudd was an English teacher in New York and her husband Harold was a professional actor. They came to Baba in 1952. Virginia had been cynical of gurus and was skeptical of Baba before meeting him. In this entertaining video she recalls driving down to Myrtle Beach to see Baba and entering a trance-like state for hours. She felt a sense of delirious happiness. She goes on to share her life of love with the Beloved.

Video, 1:05:19
Meher Center, May 13, 1995
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“He is in our lives and with us”


Rick Chapman met Meher Baba in 1965, and was one of three Western followers tasked by Baba to spread His message against drugs throughout the United States. For the 1995 Youth Sahavas, Rick was asked to give a presentation about Meher Baba in the 1960’s. This video of the presentation contains a description of a powerful phase of Baba’s life and work, and includes Rick’s own journey of learning about and loving Baba, then finally getting to meet Him.

Video, 1:26:30
Meher Center, July 27, 1995
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Jeff Wolverton – Music


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Bobbi Bernstein – Poetry / Music


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Dean Mendoza – Poetry


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“A light came on”


Lyn Ott met Meher Baba in 1965, and with Baba’s permission, spent decades living in a house built on Meher Center. Lyn was an artist whose paintings of Baba still hang at the Center today. In this talk, which includes readings from Lyn’s written works, Lyn describes his thinking about who God is, and how to live a life for Him.

Video, 33:40
Meher Center, December 23, 1995
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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A Meher Center Tour for Bal Natu


In 2001, Marshall Hay, on behalf of the Meher Center, did a very intimate tour of the Center for a very unique purpose. This was a virtual tour especially for Bal Natu, one of Meher Baba’s Mandali who lived in Meherazad, India. Bal was one of the few Mandali members who had never been to the Center. By 2001 his health had declined significantly and it was clear that he would never come. This tour is a delightful visual treat for any onlooker, as Marshall directly addresses Bal with humor and respect, while taking him through the exquisite beauty of the Center, and fusing the experience with lesser known details of Baba’s visits.

Video, 31:21
Meher Center, October 18, 2001
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Michael DaCosta – Poetry


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Heather Nadel – Stories


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Michael Siegell – Music


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“Always be conscious of His Presence”


K.K. Ramakrishnan was a lifelong disciple with intimate contact with the Beloved. Here he talks about his coming to Baba, seeing Him for the first time and recognizing Him as the Christ. Baba’s message to him was to be cheerful and spread His message. Inspired by that, Ramakrishnan started the Poona Center with Baba’s permission. Baba personally opened this Center and gave Darshan to thousands. This sharing of his life with Baba is full of simple reflections on how to love Him and continue to remember Him.

Audio, 1:05:03
Meher Center, March 20, 1999
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Nothing matters but love for God”


Adele Wolkin was a philosophy student at Columbia when she and Filis Frederick met Elizabeth, Norina, and Nadine at their apartment in New York. In the three women’s presence, and their talk about Baba, Adele found something that she had been looking for but missing in her intellectual search for meaning. In this talk, she describes her developing relationship with Baba’s remarkable Western disciples, her breathless wait for Baba’s arrival, and her eventual meeting with Him at the Center in 1952.

Video, 58:12
Meher Center, April, 1995
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Meher Baba In America 1932


This is an exquisite collection of two of the earliest films of Meher Baba’s public appearances in America. The first unedited film was rediscovered in 1993 in the archives of the University of South Carolina. Baba is seen here answering questions about His mission in America. The second film was rediscovered in 1994 in a film archive in New York. This Paramount Newsreel of Baba is filmed at Harmon on Hudson, with a commentary written by Mani.

Video, 14:38
Courtesy of Sheriar Foundation.
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Billy Goodrum – Music


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Ward Parks – Poetry


Ward Parks – Poems
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SJ Ursrey – Music


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“I never come, I never leave”


This is an audio recording by Mike Loftus of a meeting that took place in the Barn one day after Meher Baba’s 1958 visit to the Center. In the glow of Baba’s continued Presence, Marion Florsheim encourages many of Baba’s lovers to share about their experiences, including Margeurite Poley, Darwin Shaw, Fred Winterfeldt, Elizabeth Patterson, Andy Muir, Charles Purdom, Fred Marks, and others.

Audio, 1:22:17
Meher Center, June 1, 1958
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“Love means obedience”


Bill LePage is an author, storyteller and a close Australian disciple of Meher Baba. He first met Meher Baba when he was chosen as one of the western men to attend the Three Incredible Weeks Darshan in India in 1954 and had close contact with Baba over the years. In this video, Bill recounts the story of Baba’s visit to Australia in 1958, interspersing profound details with gems of wisdom from his time around Baba and the Mandali.

Video, 1:10:48
Meher Center, December 2, 1995
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Opening


Wendy Connor, the “Resident Storyteller” of the Meher Center Youth Sahavas, opens the first Virtual Youth Sahavas with Meher Baba’s words and reminding all of the meaning of Sahavas: the intimate company of God.

Video, 5:38
Virtual Youth Sahavas, July 31, 2020
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Celebration


Each Youth Sahavas has a “Celebration,” where teens entertain Baba and each other with their talents and skills. This year, participants sent in virtual offerings, including music, art, and something resembling juggling. We’re glad that our wider community can be part of the audience this year and add your love and appreciation to the “applause” that has resounded through the event for decades.

Video, 2:20
Virtual Youth Sahavas, August 1, 2020
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Senior Closing


The senior sharing is a much-anticipated event at the Youth Sahavas. This sharing normally takes place every year in the Barn on the last night of Sahavas, where senior participants have a chance to share their heartfelt experience of being at the Sahavas. This video of Aria Irani’s story is a glimpse into that sharing from this year’s virtual closing.

Video, 17:29
Virtual Youth Sahavas, August 2, 2020
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Closing


Wendy closed this Virtual Retreat with the focus on remembering Baba together as a family, and within ourselves. Thank you all for making this event so full of Baba!

Video, 3:47
Virtual Youth Sahavas, August 2, 2020
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Celebrating Youth Sahavas Over the Years


This celebration video includes content lovingly contributed by Youth Sahavas participants throughout the decades.

Video, 38:38
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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Alan Wagner – Stories / Poetry


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Cindy Lowe – Music


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Bob Een – Music


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Meher Baba at the Delmonico Hotel


This raw, unedited audio of Meher Baba and His lovers was recorded at the Delmonico Hotel in 1956. Perhaps it will provide a glimpse of what it was like to be with the Master during that special time. Within the varied, everyday sounds, it is possible to make out Eruch interpreting Baba’s gestures as He moves easily from spiritual subjects to everyday logistics; laughter erupting as Baba tosses grapes as prasad; and lovers old and new being introduced to their Beloved.

Audio, 34:56
Delmonico Hotel, New York City, 1956
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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“I took Him with me”


Phyllis Ott met Meher Baba for the first time in 1964 in Meherabad, India. Here, she shares her early days in Woodstock, hearing about Meher Baba and writing to Him asking to see Him. At the cancellation of the planned darshan program, she went to India nonetheless, by herself. Nine months later she went back with her husband Lyn Ott. Phyllis and Lyn were both painters who painted Baba’s image numerous times and were one of the two families to live at the Meher Center.

Video, 46:01
Meher Center Meeting Place, June 15, 1996
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
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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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