Meher Spiritual Center is dedicated to Meher Baba. All Center activities are informed by His wish that the Center be a place for rest and spiritual renewal. Although the Center has no teaching agenda or formal classes, a variety of informal programs are available for learning about Meher Baba’s life of love and service, and for sharing devotional readings, music and expressions of the heart. An open schedule and an environment of serene natural beauty allow guests and visitors to experience respite from life’s daily demands, and have ample opportunity to look within for individual renewal of the spirit.
Library and Reading Room
The Saroja Library and adjoining Dilruba Reading Room are available for use by Center guests and visitors. The library has a wide collection of books and periodicals (many of which are out-of-print), as well as videos and audio tapes by and about Meher Baba. The collection also includes books from many of the world’s established spiritual traditions, including Christian mysticism, Sufism and Vedantism. Additionally, the library offers a selection of general interest and children’s books. Videos and audio tapes may be viewed or listened to only in the Library; books may be checked out. The Library is open daily, Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and on Sunday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
The Reading Room is open daily from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. It provides a quiet, pleasant atmosphere for reading and study, and also serves as an intimate setting for smaller evening programs which are held there several times a week.
Although intended primarily as a place for quiet retreat, Center facilities include a ping pong table, basketball hoop, and shuffleboard and volleyball courts. A rowboat is available for use on the Center’s main lake. Recreation on the beach and swimming in the ocean, according to Center guidelines, is permitted during daylight hours.
The Center’s 500-acre site encompassing woodlands, wetlands, marshes, lakes and oceanfront is home to a rich diversity of native animal and plant life. Extensive walking trails throughout the property offer the opportunity for hiking and quiet contemplation amid an expanse of serene natural beauty.
Facilities for Children
Children of all ages are welcome at Meher Center for day visits or overnight stays. Children must be accompanied by a parent or a designated adult caretaker according to Center Directives.
Facilities for children include a playground with swings, slides, a climbing structure, and a sandbox, The Shelter, a small screened-in play area with toys is always available. The Center’s library has a section of children’s books which can be read at the library or checked out.
Cribs, high chairs, and booster seats are available by request for the use of overnight guests in their respective cabins.
The Youth Sahavas, a special five-day retreat gathering exclusively for teenagers, is held every summer.
Afternoon tea is served in the Original Kitchen every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30. A time for conversation and informal sharing in a lovely setting, all visitors and guests are welcome.
According to Meher Baba’s instructions, Meher Abode, the Barn, and the Lagoon Cabin have been preserved as they were when He visited the Center. These special buildings are reserved for meditation, quietude, and prayer, and are open to all during regular daily or scheduled hours.
The Meeting Place
Friday and Saturday evening programs and occasional larger weekday programs are held in the Meeting Place. There are monthly rotating displays of art. The Meeting Place is always open.