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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.

“Baba wants us not to expect, but to accept”

Rustom and Sohrab Irani are Baba’s nephews, and were fortunate enough to grow up in Baba’s close circle. Baba was such an integral part of their childhood that, as they touch upon in this talk, they did nothing without first asking for Baba’s permission. In this hilarious and delightful recording, the twins regale us with tales such as impersonating a female American Baba lover, playing marbles with Baba on the day of His accident in Satara, and Baba’s opinion on their choice to grow mustaches. They also weave in several songs which they perform with enthusiasm.

Video, 1:18:13
Meher Center Meeting Place, August 31, 2011
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
Uploaded 4/7/2023

“To be in the presence of Christ”

This audio recording is a brief, luminous description of Darwin and Jeanne Shaw’s meeting with Baba at the Shelton Hotel during His visit to New York in 1934.

Audio, 3:41
Courtesy of Mandali Hall Talks
Uploaded 4/7/2023

“For my lovers, I dare not care not”

Jehangir Sukhadwalla, known more commonly as Jangoo, was married to Baba’s neice, Gulnar. In this recording, Jangoo has the audience howling with laughter as he shares stories of his life with Meher Baba. From tales of filming Baba’s darshan programs at Guruprasad, to Baba purifying the well at His house after the devastating 1961 flood in Pune, Jangoo’s humor and charisma shine through in this very entertaining talk.

Video, 50:53
Los Angeles Sahavas, 1991
Courtesy of AMBCSC Archives

Caring for the Center: A Virtual Conversation with the Meher Center Board

The Meher Center board hosted a virtual conversation with the Baba community on March 26, 2023, where folks were able to see one another face-to-face, hear updates on current Center programs and operations, and ask questions or voice their opinions in breakout rooms with one of the board members. A lovely recap and slideshow of the Center’s Spring Cleaning Sahavas is also shared.

If you weren’t able to join us last week, you can watch the recording of the updates and the slideshow here.

Video, 28:29
Meher Center Virtual Event, March 26, 2023
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives

“For love of Him, you’ll do anything”

Filis Frederick was born in 1915, and first came into Baba’s orbit in 1942 after meeting Baba’s “Trio,” Princess Norina Matchabelli, Countess Nadine Tolstoy and Mrs. Elizabeth Patterson. She felt an instantaneous connection to the three women, and through living with them came to accept Baba as the Avatar. She met Baba for the first time at the Center in Myrtle Beach in 1952, and during that visit was given permission by Baba to write a publication dedicated to Him, which took the shape of The Awakener Magazine. In this talk, Filis discusses what it means to work for Baba, and how to put yourself aside in order to love God through service.

Video, 21:35
Courtesy of the AMBCSC Archives

“Live in the world but don’t be of the world”

Ali Akbar Shapurzaman, known as Aloba, first met Baba at the Prem Ashram spiritual school in 1927. The only student from the school to become a resident Mandali member, Aloba spent his life in service to Baba. In this recording, Aloba discusses the importance of remembering Baba, and offers us metaphors and concrete examples of how to keep Him at the front of our hearts and minds.

Audio, 9:58
Mandali Hall, Meherazad, India, August 4, 1987
Courtesy of Mandali Hall Talks

“He has given each one of you the gift of conviction in Meher Baba’s divinity”

In this talk, Naosherwan Anzar shares stories and experiences of his life with Meher Baba, which began when Baba first held him as an infant. He goes on to share stories of his family’s devotion to Baba, and his enthusiasm as a teenager to renounce the world and join Baba who cabled back: “Renounce nothing but your present attitude.”

He then relates the last instruction he received from Baba in May 1965, and his realization of the magnitude of the responsibility Baba bestowed upon him that led to the publication of the Glow Magazine, the founding of The Beloved Archives and a life dedicated to telling the world about Meher Baba.

Video, 1:16:50
Meher Center Meeting Place, October 20, 2018
From the Meher Center, Inc. Archives
Uploaded 3/17/2023

“Do you know when you all go what the cushions look like?”

A pilgrim asks Meher Baba’s mandali member Katie Irani what the mandali do when the pilgrim season at Meherazad is over. In her amusing style, Katie responds, “What do you think? Who runs this place here, who keeps it in order?” Katie then gives a poetic itemized account of the exhaustive “Spring Cleaning” that ensues when pilgrim season is over.

Audio, 5:37
August 5, 1989, Mandali Hall, Meherazad, India
Courtesy of Mandali Hall Talks
Uploaded 3/17/2023