I was a follower of Meher Baba when I rescued Rena Easton. Our spiritual work together is vast. Sometimes I wonder if I am God Incarnate. The work I am going is coming to completion. God has a vision for Meg Whitman.
At one point, Meher Baba told the group not to expect any discourse from him that day. “In Los Angeles,” said Meher Baba, “there was no time for you all to sit near me as you are doing today, for so many people came there and I was so busy. Therefore, I wanted to have a free day here.”
Just as the sun was setting, Meher Baba got ready to leave. He asked Agnes to drive him back the longer coast route. On the way, Meher Baba mentioned that he thoroughly enjoyed the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean.
When Meher Baba arrived back at the Roosevelt Hotel, he waved to his lovers before stepping into the elevator and retiring for the night. The next morning, he flew to San Francisco.
I love the pic of Baba texting Tahullah Bankhead, he sending her a cosmic message with God’s Eye-Pad. Note the pointing finger and that crazy post I made about silent priests using hand-signs to give John the Baptist a NAME. John means ‘The Gift of God’ which would be the Holy Spirit.
Now that Donald Rumsfeld admitted he and George Bush brought Mohammed-Consciousness to America, best make a major adjustment, because, we won’t be seeing young unarmed Iraqis playing baseball, and swilling down another beer at the ballpark – for a thousand years! They have refused our American way of life, and, all we hear in the States, is, Mohanmed this, and, Allah that! Thanks Donald!
Now the White-wing Republicans want to flex their Jesus-muscle by taking away welfare and food stamps from poor people – after spending two trillion dollars trying to take away AK-47s from Iraqi teens, and give them a baseball glove. How do you think that is going to go knowing their track record.
Why hasn’t another mother named her daughter, Tahullah? I see…….Allah!
Baba’s biggest backer was Princess Norina Matchabelli, the perfume heiress. There is nothing knew under the sun. What Prince Adagio is attempting, perhaps with the backing of Georgiana Elizabeth Spencer (my kin) was already realized by Meher Baba.
My sister Delia ( De Leon ) had met Baba at the theater and was absolutely bowled over. She asked me if I would like to meet him and I said yes. I was not seeking as she was, but when she told me what reactions she had had to Baba, I said I would like to meet him too. The first time I saw him at the Davy’s house, I was terribly moved. I can’t say why at all; suddenly I found myself weeping and could not stop…
Baba spelled out on the board to one of the Mandali, ‘Ask her why she is weeping.’ I spontaneously said, ‘Because you are so beautiful.’
From that point on, I only wanted to look at him and be with him, just sit on the floor and look at him. I didn’t want to ask anything. Baba was wearing a white robe with his hair long; his face was very, very beautiful. There was an aura of light around him which one cannot really describe. In his presence, I could not look at anyone else… I was really taken with him, and was told I could come again. I went every time it was possible.
Princess Norina Matchabelli (3 March 1880 – 15 June 1957), born Norina Gilli in Florence, Italy, was co-founder of the perfume company Prince Matchabelli, a stage and screen actress, mystic, publisher, and a devoted mandali of Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba. Her stage name was Maria Carmi.
After divorcing Vollmöller, Norina married Georges V. Matchabelli, the Georgian prince and diplomat, in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1917. Georges was the Georgian ambassador to Italy until the 1921 Bolshevik takeover of Georgia, and lived in Rome. The couple moved to the United States in 1923. Georges was an amateur chemist and with Norina co-founded the now-famous perfume company Prince Matchabelli in 1926. In 1933, the couple divorced. Georges died in 1935 and in 1936 Norina sold the company to Saul Ganz for $250,000.
Donald Rumsfeld now claims fashioning a democracy in Iraq seemed “unrealistic” to him from the beginning, something Jon Stewart said should be filed under “comments that would have been useful earlier” on Thursday night’s “Daily Show.”
As Stewart pointed out, Rumsfeld’s earlier comments were the complete opposite.
“There are doubters, and those who say it can’t be done,” Rumsfeld said in a 2004 clip. “There have always been doubters who have said it couldn’t be done.”
Baba was particularly interested in the film industry. Accordingly, he spent one week in Hollywood, California beginning on May 29th, meeting with a number of people connected with that industry and visiting the Paramount and Goldwyn Mayer film studios. He met a number of film stars including Boris Karloff, Cary Grant, Tallulah Bankhead, Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier, and gave private interviews to some. Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford arranged for a private reception at their mansion, “Pickfair”. Ms. Pickford had Baba sit on a sofa and she sat on the carpet at his feet. Her husband and the rest joined her, and Baba explained:
The whole universe and its structure, I have created. The universe is my cinema. But just as an audience becomes absorbed in witnessing a drama on the screen, and the film engages their emotions and sways their feelings by its influence, causing them to forget that it is not real–in the same way, the spectators of the world are charmed by this worldly film show, forgetting themselves and taking it to be real!
So I have come to tell them that this worldly cinema in which they are absorbed is not real. I have come to turn their focus toward Reality. Only God is real, and everything else is a mere motion picture!
In a private meeting before dinner with Ms. Pickford and a few others, Baba commented on the film industry itself:
I do not need to tell you who are engaged in the production and distribution of motion pictures what a power you hold in your hands, nor do I doubt that you are fully alive to the responsibilities which the wielding of that power involves. He who stimulates the imagination of the masses can move them in any direction he chooses, and there is no more powerful an instrument for stimulating their imagination than motion pictures. People go to the theatre to be entertained. If the play is strong, they come away transformed. They surrender their hearts and minds to the author, producer, director and stars, and follow the example which they see portrayed before their eyes more than they themselves realize.(16)
Meher Baba would associate with people of high or low social standing, depending on their sincere interest in spirituality and also depending on the nature of the inner spiritual work he was trying to accomplish. Some of my favorite stories about Baba depict him following the reception plans laid out by officials and dignitaries, only to suddenly diverge from the mapped-out route, leading the bewildered officials down backs streets until arriving at the home of some poor or sick person who secretly longed to meet him.
This reception at “Pickfair” had a similar surprise in store. After dinner, Baba noticed a young woman standing at the far end of the room with her back to him and requested that she come forward, and she was called. She turned toward Baba but remained where she was. She was called again, and she came forward but stopped at a distance. Norina Matchebelli, one of Baba’s disciples traveling with him, told her, “Come and shake hands with Baba, child.” She demurred, and another disciple, Elizabeth Patterson, said, “Why are you afraid, dear? Come nearer and meet Baba.”
Continuing with the account as told in Lord Meher:
She asked, “How can I touch him?”
“Why not?” Norina replied. “All can meet Baba!”
This brought tears to her eyes, and she pitiably asked, “But I am a sinner! How can I touch a holy being like him?”
Baba then went to her, and passed his hand over her head and shoulders. She started weeping, and Baba gestured to her, “I am the purest of the pure. I can purify the worst sinner. You have understood your mistakes and acknowledged them faithfully in the presence of others, and so you are forgiven. This penance from the depths of your heart is adequate, and you are now cleansed. Now, don’t fear in the least and don’t repeat your past mistakes. I give you my blessings!” The girl burst into tears, and Baba lovingly embraced her. The tears which Baba had drawn from her heart wiped out all her sins.
Those who witnessed this were deeply moved; their hearts overflowed and their eyes also teared. Before departing, Baba again embraced all the guests and putting his hand on the girl’s head, consoled her, “You have received forgiveness for everything! Forget the past and don’t worry at all.” The girl pressed her eyes to Baba’s hand and kissed it. As Baba left, all eyes followed him. In their films, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks had depicted scenes of deep human love, but witnessing this sight of pure divine love from Meher Baba was a rare experience indeed. Their hearts were full. (17)
The Hollywood Bowl
As mentioned earlier, Meher Baba had begun keeping strict silence on July 10, 1925. For a few years he communicated by writing, then switched to using an alphabet board, and in later years began using his own unique hand gestures. During this period of the 1930’s, Baba was still using the board.
Meher Baba had many times said that when he finally broke his silence, it would be to utter the “Word of words”, and that it would unleash a tide of spirituality which would help each person to advance toward the Goal (God-Realization) in their own way. There were also quite a few occasions when Baba would predict, or even promise, to break his silence at such and such a time and place, and then wouldn’t do so, at least outwardly to anyone’s knowledge. This scenario unfolded again in California, when some of Baba’s Western followers urged Baba to break his silence on the radio in the Hollywood Bowl.(18) Baba agreed and set the date for July 14th 1932.
At that time there were a number of Westerners attached to Baba, some of them intimate disciples, who–as best I can describe it–had the Western “malaise” of taking things very literally, and of wrongly valuing certain things as highly spiritual and undervaluing other things which really were more the essence of spirituality. Just as Gandhi could not abide the ego-bruising, seemingly uncouth reception he got at the hands of Upasni Maharaj, so these spiritual seekers and metaphysicians apparently could not get past the way Meher Baba worked. There was great excitement about this literal breaking of Baba’s external silence with publicity and fanfare, to be broadcast on the radio, from the Hollywood Bowl. My personal opinion is that this was the way Baba brought up to the surface all these tendencies of superficiality in spiritual matters toward which the West is so inclined. The women even had special “Hollywood Bowl” dresses made!
Merwan Sheriar Irani was born in 1894 in Pune, India to Irani Zoroastrian parents. At the age of 19, he began a seven-year spiritual transformation. During this time he contacted five spiritual masters before beginning his own mission and gathering his own disciples in early 1922, at the age of 27.
From 10 July 1925 to the end of his life, Meher Baba maintained silence, communicating by means of an alphabet board or by unique hand gestures. With his mandali (circle of disciples), he spent long periods in seclusion, during which time he often fasted. He also traveled widely, held public gatherings and engaged in works of charity with lepers, the poor and the mentally ill.
In 1931, Meher Baba made the first of many visits to the West, where he attracted followers. Throughout most of the 1940s, Meher Baba worked with a category of spiritual aspirants called masts, who he said are entranced or spellbound by internal spiritual experiences. Starting in 1949, along with selected mandali, he traveled incognito about India in an enigmatic and still largely unexplained period he called the “New Life“.
FIRM FAITH IN CHRIST
How blessed you are to love and adore Christ! Do so with all the strength of your heart and soul without reservations and confusion. Let not the demon of dual concept of Baba and Christ ever stand in the way of your one-pointed devotion to Christ. Let there be no conflict in your heart howsoever your mind may want to create it. Let not your mental concept of Baba stand in the way of your wholehearted devotion to Christ. The instant your love for Christ is accepted by Him, know that you are accepted by Baba. Avatar Meher Baba and Jesus Christ are but forms and names of the same Ancient One.
At the height of your love for Him, the Grace of Christ will appease your thirst for intellectual certainty and bestow upon you the conviction you seek. Continue to love Christ all the more with the warmth of your heart. True, simple and unadulterated love for Him will make Him touch your heart and awaken it to recognise his present Advent. Force not your mind to do so, but allow your heart to work it out by His Grace. Meanwhile, pay heed to His ancient warning of which you are aware — “run not after false prophets, babas, and masters.”
I salute your deep love for and firm faith in Christ. May your love for Him lead you to Him. He is compassionate. He is love.
LETTERS FROM THE MANDALI, Vol. II, p. 15, ed. Jim Mistry
|To a Born-Again Christian who wanted to have my reaction to Jesus’s statement in the Bible that all who did not believe in Him were condemned, I answered that Meher Baba was the same Ancient One who comes again and again in our midst, and therefore one must not differentiate between Jesus and Meher Baba. Baba, like Jesus, said that He and the Father were One, and He is not only the Father, but the Mother, the Son, the Friend, the Redeemer, the Saviour and the Compassionate One.What Jesus as the Ancient One stated is so true. For our sake He takes birth, suffers and gets persecuted, and for not recognizing Him when He is in our midst, we stand condemned. But we are not condemned forever since He is the Compassionate One, and if we did not falter or fail, how would He exercise His Compassion for us?”Time and again,” Meher Baba told us, “I come to arouse and awaken humanity. I came as Zoroaster, Abraham, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed and now I have come as Meher Baba. When I am here, I come for all but I am for the few who recognize Me and are made to recognize Me by My Grace. It is my Grace that makes people recognize Me as I am.”|
The Avatar comes each time with the same basic message: “Nothing is real but God. Nothing matters but love for God.”
Meher Baba did not come to establish a new religion. “The religion I impart to all is love for God, which is the truth of all religions.”
He said: “I have only one message to give, and I repeat it age after age to one and all: Love God.”
MEHER BABA DID NOT COME TO ESTABLISH A NEW RELIGION
Meher Baba did not come to establish a new religion.
“I have not come to establish any cult, society or organization; nor even to establish a new religion. The religion that I shall give teaches the knowledge of the One behind the many. The book that I shall make people read is the book of the heart that holds the key to the mystery of life. I shall bring about a happy blending of the head and the heart. I shall revitalize all religions and cults, and bring them together like beads on one string.”
“I belong to no religion. Every religion belongs to Me. My personal religion is My being the Ancient Infinite One, and the religion I impart to all is love for God, which is the truth of all religions.”