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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

Meherabad gets ready for Amartithi

By Malladi Rama Rao
Meherabad (India), 30 January (

Hundreds and thousands of people are streaming into Meherabad, near the cantonment town of Ahmednagar in Western India to celebrate the Amartithi (Deathless Day) of Meher Baba. The day commemorates Meher Baba dropping his physical body on the 31 st of January in 1969. This year it is 50th Amartithi and hence a special draw to his followers.

The two-day celebration of song and dance is marked by the absence of any lectures or speeches. Observance of silence for full 15- minutes from the stroke of 12 noon will enable the congregation that gathered in the forecourt of Meher Baba’s tomb shrine to look inward and tune themselves on the spiritual path.

Meher Baba was born as Merwan in Pune to a Zoroastrian family bon Feb 25, 1894. His father, Sheriar Irani had spent years wandering in search of spiritual experience before settling in Poona (now Pune). Five Sadgurus unveiled Meherwan’s divinity.

Through Hazrat Babajan of Pune, Merwan attained infinite bliss, through Sai Baba of Shirdi, he attained infinite power, and through Upasni Maharaj of Sakori (a small village near Shirdi) he attained infinite knowledge. Narayan Maharaj of Kedgam near Pune and Tajuddin Baba of Nagpur helped Merwan to come down after Babajan made him realise his godhood.

Upasni Maharaj helped him to integrate his mystical experiences with normal consciousness, thus enabling him to function in the world without diminishing his experience of God-realization. In late 1921, at the age of 27, Merwan began to attract a following of his own. His early followers called him Meher Baba. Four years after he had set out on his divine mission, Meher Baba took to silence saying that my silence speaks eloquent. His silence was not a spiritual exercise but was solely in connection with his universal work.

About his silence, which continued till day he dropped his body, Meher Baba said once: “If you were to ask me why I do not talk, I would say mostly for three reasons. Firstly, I feel that through you all I am talking eternally. Secondly, to relieve the boredom of talking incessantly through your forms, I keep silence in my personal physical form. And thirdly, because all talk in itself is idle talk. Lectures, messages, statements, discourses of any kind, spiritual or otherwise, imparted through utterances or writings, is just idle talk when not acted upon or lived up to. I have come not to teach but to awaken you”.

Minutes before he dropped his body at 12.15pm on 31 January 1969, Meher Baba conveyed by his gestures, "Do not forget that I am God.” Meher Baba's body lays interned in the Samadhi which he himself got built. For seven days, he gave his ‘darshan’ covered with roses.

A special attraction for this Amartithi is Baba’s museum which has been given a makeover with new collections on display. The museum is located in the very room he had used for his extensive seclusions atop the Meherabad hill. This building was a water tank when the British army was stationed on the hill.

The museum contains never-before-displayed crowns given to Baba. His woman disciple, Mehera made the crown with colored sequins. There are several photos of Baba in frames made by Mehera and the women in the early days at Meherabad. Typically, Mehera designed the objects, and together the women worked on them. Fabric and thread were scarce in the ashram.

Sometimes the materials for this type of work came from the saris and fabrics the women had brought with them into the ashram, although it is not known if that is the case for these particular items. Meher Baba had several pink coats that he wore during Sahavas programs. One exhibit is a garland of numerous strands of cut cotton lace which was given to Baba during one Sahavas in the 1950s.

-Asian Tribune -

Meherabad gets ready for Amartithi
Meherabad gets ready for Amartithi
Aan exhibit at meher baba museum
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