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AVATARIC ACTIVITIES OF MEHER BABA

Old life- ( 1921 to 15 th October 1952)

First phase of His spiritual mission started in 1921, when He drew His close disciples who gave Him the name “Meher Baba” meaning “Compassionate Father”. After years of intensive training of disciples, in 1923, He established a colony called Meherabad near Ahmednagar in Maharashtra. Master’s work embraced opening of free school, dispensary and shelters for poor, mast ashram, bathing, clothing and washing feet of lepers and destitute. This may be called as His old life.

One of the important aspects of His Avataric activity was His Divine Silence. Meher Baba observed silence from July 10, 1925 and continued for 44 years till dropping His body in Jan 1969. His silence is unparallel and divine. First, He used an alphabet board to communicate, later He communicated through gestures and an interpreter. He carried out all His activities of selfless service, spiritual discourses, and messages and dictated the book "God Speaks” through alphabet board in silence. This book reveals the mysteries of universe as how it came into existence and experiences of journey from God to man (evolution) and man to God (involution).  He said “This is My silent advent (Mauna Avatar). I have spoken lot in My previous forms and rendered Zend-Avesta, Gita, Bible and Quran. In this age of publicity and propaganda, I shall work through silence. I have come not to teach but to awaken”.

Second phase and Important work of His Avataric mission was to contact God intoxicated souls called masts who deserved His contact. Meher Baba contacted such souls in person, gave them spiritual push and advanced them in their spiritual journey. For this work, Meher Baba travelled about 70,000 miles to remote places throughout India, Ceylon and Pakistan and contacted over 20,000 masts, advanced souls, sadhus and poor destitute.

New Life (16th October 1949 to January, 1952)

One of the important activities of Meher Baba the demonstration of living a life of a spiritual aspirant with all helplessness and hopelessness i.e. living on total surrenderance to God. This period was named as "New Life" which was lived by Meher Baba and His selected disciples with all humility and weakness in search of God from 1949 to 1952. He practically begged for alms for His disciples and lived in total surrenderance to God. Meher Baba set out to lead a life for perfect aspirant along with His closest 4 women and 17 men disciples. He gave following the message on His New Life.

“This New Life is endless, and even after My physical death, it will be kept alive by those who live the life of complete renunciation of falsehood, lies, hatred, anger, greed and lust; and who, to accomplish all this, do no lustful actions, do no harm to anyone, do no backbiting, do not seek material possessions or power, who accept no homage, neither covet honour nor shun disgrace, and fear no one and nothing; by those who rely wholly and solely on God, and who love God purely for the sake of loving; who believe in the lovers of God and in the reality of Manifestation, and yet do not expect any spiritual or material reward; who do not let go the hand of Truth, and who, without being upset by calamities, bravely and wholeheartedly face all hardships with one hundred percent cheerfulness, and give no importance to caste, creed and religious ceremonies.”

In My new life I lived the life of an ordinary humble human being. This New Life will live by itself eternally, even if there is no one to live it.

My Old Life places Me on the altar of Godhood and Divine Perfection. My New Life makes Me take the stand of a humble servant of God and His people. In My New Life Perfect Divinity is replaced by Perfect Humility. In My New Life I am the seeker, the lover and the friend.

Both these aspects — Perfect Divinity and Perfect Humility-have been by God's Will and both are everlastingly linked with God's eternal Life. Anyone may believe Me to be whatever he likes, but none may ask for blessings, miracles, or any rewards of any kind. My New Life is eternal. Those other than My servants in My New Life, whoever and wherever they may be who desire to live that life, are free to do so in the spirit of it, independently.

New life

Free and obligation less life.

Life of a Master in giving orders, and that of servant in all humility.

The feeling of absolute conviction that we are all eternally indivisible and infinite in essence; and with it a feeling of separateness from the Real Omnipresent Self, through ignorance.

Life of God in essence, and that of man in action.

Life of strength born of inherent Knowledge of Oneness and of the weakness born of binding desires.

Complicated free life (From March 21st, 1952 to July 10 th, 1952)

 During the period of My Free Life, I have been playing the dual role of strength and weakness, retaining simultaneously the roles of Master and devotee.

In this phase of activity Baba chooses spill His blood in America in an auto accident. He said in this activity, weakness would dominate strength and binding will dominate freedom.

Full free life (From 10th July, 1952 to 14th Nov, 1952)

He said in this activity, Strength will dominate weakness and freedom would dominate bindings

Fiery free life- (From 15th Nov, 1952 to April, 1953)

Meher Baba said, “In  My Fiery Life, I will be a lover of God”. In the Fiery Free Life, all the frailties of the ego-life is completely consumed, and there is complete emancipation from all wants, desires and temptations. And the result of this Fiery Free Life will make the world understand that Meher Baba and everyone is one with God.

Baba said, “My fiery life is not a joke. I have to work for the whole universe. I am bent upon ending Myself or ending this universal mess. Side by side there will be mass darshan programmes. I will derive no enjoyment when people come and bow down to Me. The Fiery life is quite is different than mass darshan programs. I may even cancel these programs if I find that they interfere with My work in the Fiery Life” Strength and weakness, freedom and binding would be consumed in the fire of divine Love.

 Meher Baba’s Avataric activities were manifold.

First phase of His spiritual mission started in 1921, when He drew his close disciples who gave Him the name “Meher Baba” meaning “Compassionate Father”. After years of intensive training of disciples, in 1923, He established a colony called Meherabad near Ahmednagar in Maharashtra. Master’s work embraced opening of free school, dispensary and shelters for poor, mast ashram, bathing, clothing and washing feet of lepers and destitute. He demonstrated the real selfless service with the motto of Mastery in Servitude".

Second phase His Avataric activity was His divine silence. Meher Baba observed silence from July 10, 1925 and continued for 44 years till dropping His body in Jan 1969. First, He used an alphabet board to communicate, later He communicated through gestures and an interpreter. He carried out all His activities of selfless service, spiritual discourses, and messages and dictated the book "God Speaks” through alphabet board in silence. This book reveals the mysteries of universe as how it came into existence and experiences of journey from God to man (evolution) and man to God (involution). His silence is unparallel and divine. He said “this is my silent advent (Mauna Avatar). I have spoken lot in my previous forms and rendered Zend-Avesta, Gita, Bible and Quran. In this age of publicity and propaganda, I shall work through silence. I have come not to teach but to awaken”.

Third and Important phase of His Avataric mission was to contact God intoxicated souls called Masts who deserved His contact. Meher Baba contacted such souls in person, gave them spiritual push and advanced them in their spiritual journey. For this work, Meher baba travelled 75,000 miles to remote places throughout India, Ceylon and Pakistan and contacted over 20,000 advanced souls individually. A chronological account of these Masts (spiritually advanced souls) to whom Meher Baba contacted, their features, their response to Meher Baba with date and place of contact is given in the book titled “Wayfarers" (Pathik). This is the most authentic account of Meher Baba’s work with masts. Meher baba said “I have not come for the crowd but for those few ones who are lost in the crowd”. Meher Baba differentiated God, man, mast and mad as: “Mind stopped is God, mind working is man, mind slowed down is mast and mind working fast is mad”.

Fourth Phase of Meher Baba’s Avataric activity was demonstration of living a life of a spiritual aspirant with all helplessness and hopelessness i.e. living on total surrenderance to God. This period was named as "New Life" which was lived by Meher Baba and His selected disciples with all humility and weakness in search of God from 1949 to 1952. He practically begged for alms for His disciples and lived in total surrenderance to God.

Avatar Meher Baba undertook universal suffering that an Avatar undergoes voluntarily. Meher Baba was involved in two car accidents without break in His silence. One accident occurred near Prague (Oklahoma, USA) in May, 1952. The other took at Satara (India) in December, 1956. In the first, Baba’s left side was damaged from head to foot. In the second Baba’s right side was badly damaged. Meher Baba said “Ordinary man suffers for himself, Perfect Master (Sadguru) suffers for humanity whereas, the Avatar suffers for one and all beings. Nobody suffers in vain for true freedom is spiritual freedom and suffering is a ladder towards it. Man unknowingly suffers for God and God knowingly suffers for man”.

Meher Baba travelled to western world thirteen times. His first visit was in 1931, and last in 1958 when He and His disciples stayed at the center, established for His work at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in USA.