Upcoming Special Presentations on Meher Baba’s Life and Message

The Center is dedicated to being a vibrant source of information about Meher Baba’s life and message. The programs listed below reflect a variety of ways of presenting and sharing this information to all who are interested. For more information on the “Meher Baba’s Life and Message” program, please click here.

October 18-20, 2024

Meher Baba’s New Life: Then and Now

A special presentation by Ward Parks on the History and Significance of Meher Baba’s ‘New Life’ from 16th October 1949 to the Conclusion of Manonash in February 1952.

On the 16th of October 1949, Meher Baba renounced the Old Life that He had lived until then, with all its trappings of Perfect Masterhood, followers, ashrams and so-called “spirituality.” With twenty companions He set out on a New Life of “helplessness and hopelessness.” For two-and-a-half years Baba and His companions wandered around the Indian subcontinent without fixed residence or headquarters, at times begging for food and sleeping under the stars. Baba’s activities encompassed the so-called langoti (langi or loincloth), gypsy, begging, and labor phases. He drafted three major “plans” for His companions, served the poor, worked with the masts and completed major seclusions. The New Life came to a head between October 1951 and February 1952 with what Baba called “Manonash” or the “annihilation of the mind.” Through this radical act Meher Baba drew the New Life to a close, stepping into a new kind of “LIFE” in which the Old and New Lives were both encompassed. This was the “LIFE” that provided the platform for His public declaration of Avatarhood in February 1954.