5-BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF POET WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ON 23RD APRIL, 2016
MEHER BABA’s MADE FOLLOWING COMMENTS
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet. He was born in Stratford and baptized there on 26 April 1564. His actual date of birth remains unknown, but is traditionally observed on 23 April, 1564. Shakespeare. At the age of 18, he married 26-year-old Anne Hathaway. Shakespeare's family was Catholics, at a time when practicing Catholicism in England was against the law.
His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems between 1589 and 1613. Famous plays of Shakespeare are: The Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet. He was great genius but had no spiritual inclination and therefore it was not reflected in his works.
Meher Baba had a deep passion for poetry and had read Shakespeare in His school days in 1909.
In 1923, rehearsal for the play, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, to be staged during the Master's birthday, created much merriment but also much confusion. Some of the men were overacting and some forgot their lines. In the end, it was decided to cancel the play.
In 1926, Baba commented, “Worldly affairs have no importance. To a Realized One, the whole world is less important than a dream. Even an intellectual giant and great poet like Shakespeare had not the slightest idea of even the shadow of Real Existence and Bliss”.
In 1927, Baba commented, “Shakespeare is presently reincarnated in India; he is now a Brahmin taking a leading part in politics, but one of the most sincere, selfless workers for the country. His thought force of the past has now been transformed into action. He was a genius and all the controversies over whether he was the original author of his works are meaningless. He wrote all the plays — no one else. It was entirely the result of his giant intellect. There is not a whiff of the spiritual in all his dramas and poetry, yet he was a genius. The writer Kalidas would rightly be called India's Shakespeare.”
In 1956, while in Australia, Baba went to see a puppet show of Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the Lilliput Theater, on Fillmore Street near Union Street, one of the smallest in the world.
On 1 st May 1960, notable famous Indian Actor Prem Nath came for darshan late in the evening with his small son, Baba surprisingly agreed to grant him an interview. The precocious boy recited Shakespeare written Hamlet’s soliloquy in English in before baba “To be, or not to be”
Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616, at the age of 52. He was survived by his wife and two daughters. Shakespeare was buried in the chancel of the Holy Trinity Church two days after his death. Sometime before 1623, a funerary monument was erected in his memory on the north wall,