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January 30th - February 1st

2019 Amartithi Programs

Meher Center is having a special three-day event in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Amartithi, January 30, 31 and February 1. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Amartithi, this is the day Meher Baba dropped His physical body at Meherazad, India on January 31, 1969. Amartithi means ‘eternal date’, and is celebrated by Meher Baba followers around the world as the day He released Himself from His physical form, to reside eternally in the hearts of His lovers as Divine Love.

Amartithi Eve Program
Wednesday, January 30th, 8:15 p.m., Meeting Place
A special film will be shown of several of Meher Baba’s close mandali sharing their experiences of when Meher Baba dropped His body.

Amartithi Barn Program
Thursday, January 31st, 11:30 a.m., The Barn

This is the Center’s traditional Amartithi celebration program, which will include: a brief talk, readings, music, prayers and Arti, and a 15 minute period of silence marking the time of Baba’s passing, a half century ago.

After the Barn program, all are welcome to enjoy warm refreshments at the Refectory Kitchen.

Guest Speaker: Charles Haynes
“Every moment I respond to the whole of creation.”
Thursday, January 31st, 8:15 p.m., Meeting Place

Charles Haynes and his family first met Meher Baba in 1958 during the Sahavas at Meher Spiritual Center. Charles attended the East-West Gathering in 1962 and the Great Darshan in 1969. He served on the Meher Center board for many years and currently serves on the board of Meher Fund. In his professional life, Charles has served as vice president of the Newseum Institute and founding director of the Religious Freedom Center. He is the author or co-author of eight books including Meher Baba, The Awakener.

Friday, February 1st, 8:15 p.m., Meeting Place
This evening program will be a celebratory sharing of music, poetry and Persian dance.

Saturday,
February 2nd,
8:15 pm

Guest Speakers: Charles Haynes & Christopher Wilson
“Make Me Your Constant Companion”

Charles Haynes and his family first met Meher Baba in 1958 during the Sahavas at Meher Spiritual Center. Charles attended the East-West Gathering in 1962 and the Great Darshan in 1969. He served on the Meher Center board for many years and currently serves on the board of Meher Fund. In his professional life, Charles has served as vice president of the Newseum Institute and founding director of the Religious Freedom Center. He is the author or co-author of eight books including Meher Baba, The Awakener.

Christopher Wilson grew up in Columbia, S.C. and first learned about Meher Baba through a teacher at his high school. Christopher earned his doctorate in Art History and has published widely on depictions of St. Teresa of Avila and other Carmelites in European and Latin American art. He teaches Upper School history and art history at Holton-Arms School and serves on the board of Sheriar Foundation.

Christopher and Charles were married on December 6, 2014, after twenty-five years together. Together they published Norina’s Gift: Messages of Meher Baba Received Through Princess Norina Matchabelli and continue to work with Norina’s and Nadine Tolstoy’s archival materials. Christopher and Charles live in Alexandria, VA with their two dogs, Jefferson and Jimmy, and their parrot named José.

Meeting Place
Monday,
February 25th

Meher Baba’s 125th Birthday

Prayers and arti at Meher Abode at 5:00 am.

Special guest speaker Larry Karrasch at Meeting Place at 8:15 pm. Larry spent time with Meher Baba as a youngster in 1956, 1958, and 1962.

June 25th - 30th

Youth Sahavas

This summer 2019 marks the twenty-ninth annual Youth Sahavas at Meher Spiritual Center. Year after year the Youth Sahavas provides a special opportunity for teenagers to experience an atmosphere filled with Baba’s love and presence, and to deepen their relationship with Meher Baba and with each other.
Additional information and comments about the Youth Sahavas can be found at the Youth Sahavas Facebook Page.
(Note: The Center will close for overnight stays on Sunday, June 23rd, and re-open on Wednesday, July 3rd)

First Wednesday monthly
(when available) 3:00 pm

Informal Gatherings with Wendy Connor
Wendy was with Meher Baba in 1958 and 1962. Daughter of Jane Haynes, Wendy had many years of close association with Elizabeth Patterson and Kitty Davy.

Dilruba
Tuesdays
once monthly 3:30 pm

Informal Gatherings with Tom Riley
Tom met Meher Baba at Meher Spiritual Center in 1958, and was with Him in India at the East-West Gathering in 1962.

Dilruba
Displays begin
on first Friday
of each month

Monthly Meeting Place Displays

January: Archival Photographs of Meher Baba, East-West Gathering 1962

February: Archival Photographs of Meher Baba, 3 Incredible Weeks 1954

Meeting Place

Programs are subject to last-minute changes.

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