Meher Baba was born to Shaheriyaarji and Shirinbaai Irani on Sunday, February 25, 1894 at 5 am in Ratnagiri city of Maharashtra state. He was named as Meherwan. When his mother was in her third trimester with the second child, she saw a large procession going on in the dream. Out of lakhs of people participating in the procession, she saw her mother there. Shirinbaai was surprised to see her mother in the procession. She shared there dream later on with her mother. Her mother felt the dream was an auspicious one at the time when her daughter was about to deliver soon. She predicted the child’s future saying, “Dear, this dream incidates the coming of an incredible kid, who will be famous and earn a very good name in the lifetime”. A boy was born soon to her and named “Meherwan”
When Meherwan was of eleven years of age, he was playing alone in the compound of his home in Pune. A big snake wrapped itself around his whole body. His mother Shiribaai happened to come there and screamed loudly seeing the deadly sight. Hearing her scream many people gathered to know what happened. Before anyone reached the spot, the snake disappeared and only Shirinbaai was lucky enough to have darshan of Naag-Devta.
Meherwan was very fair and handsome looking from the childhood. His personality attracted everyone. He was an avid book reader and he became very popular due to his intelligence and magnetic character. He succeeded in all the ventures he undertook. He passed metric exam from Mumbai university at the age of sixteen and then got admitted to Dakhkhan college. He graduated at the age of eighteen. He was a good learner of languages like English, Gujarati, Marathi and Urdu. He was a good poet as well.
Avtar Meher Baba Meets Sai Baba In Shirdi
January 5th, 1916, Wednesday, new moon day, at about 11 am, Sai Baba was returning from Lendibaug after retiring from meditation and walking towards Dwarkamai. Kakasaheb Dixit preceeded Baba and Tatya Patil was on left and Mhlsapati on His right.
All were crying in unison, “Bol Bol Shri Sachchidanand Sadguru Sainath Maharaj Ki Jai…” At the time there was unusual glow on Baba’s Face which even Gods in heaven and humans on the earth were drinking to Their Hearts content. Such bright glow on Baba’s Face made Mhlsapati dance in ecstasy as if possessed by some deity. The sight was absolutely heavenly uncomparable and unable to quote in words. A young lad in dirty clothes and distressed state came forward from the crowd and fell in Baba’s Holy Feet. Villagers took Him as an insane personality.
Baba gave a stern look to the boy which was a source of energy being transferred. The young lad did not expect such a grace of energy to don on him so soon. He wandered from places to places and forests to forests in search of light, which came easily to him by just stepping on to the land of Shirdi. He remembered words of His First Guru Shrimati Babajaan that, “Dear, you will meet a Hindi Sadguru, after meeting the Personality, you will grow, earn name and fame and you will be lighting lives of many”. He got grace of His Sadguru with a mere look and his whole body had goosebumps. His cells got rejuvenated and he experienced inexplainable joy which no poet or author can put into words of wisdom.
Baba welcomed him with the words, “Aao Parvardigaar”. The words were very powerful and he started feeling undefinied connection wtih Baba. It was confirmed to him that Sai Baba is His Guru and He will only take him towards englightenment. But as per his first Guru, it was a Hindu Sadguru, and Baba was dressed as a Muslim, so was unable to comprehend contradicting emotions following in him. Baba knew what all was going in the young boy’s mind and said in Marathi, “Tu Vithoba Cha Mandirala Darshan Karala Jha! – Go to Vithoda’s temple for darshan”. Baba used to call Khandoba as Vithoba and went forward.
The boy looked confused as he had been to Pandharpur but he did not acheive anything there, he was giving up hopes of bowing down to Hindi Sadguru. Kakasaheb Dixit came to him, kept his hand on the boy’s shoulder and said, “Why are you getting agitated? By Vithoba, Baba meant Khandoba temple which is on the other side of the road”. Saying so he pointed the path towards the temple. He also added that there lives a saint Upasani Maharaj who practiced hard penance staying in the temple. He suddenly disappeared from Auguat 26, 1914 and did not return until few days before. You can meet him there now. The young lad went to Khandoba temple and met Upasani Maharaj who gave him self-realization only by looking into his eyes. Thereby he became famous as Avtar Meher Baba and helped humanity to reach the goal of spirituality.
Avatar Meher Baba’s Universal Message
I have come not to teach but to awaken. Understand therefore that I lay down no precepts.
Throughout eternity I have laid down principles and precepts, but mankind has ignored them. Man’s inability to live God’s words makes the Avatar’s teaching a mockery. Instead of practising the compassion He taught, man has waged crusades in His name. Instead of living the humility, purity and truth of His words, man has given way to hatred, greed and violence.
Because man has been deaf to the principles and precepts laid down by God in the past, in this present avataric form I observe Silence. You have asked for and been given enough words — it is now time to live them. To get nearer and nearer to God you have to get further and further away from “I”, “My”, and “Mine”. You have not to renounce anything but your own self. It is as simple as that, though found to be almost impossible. It is possible for you to renounce your limited self by my Grace. I have come to release that Grace.
More can be read here : https://www.avatarmeherbaba.org/erics/univmsg.html
Meher Baba Explains – How To Love God
- To love God in the most practical way is to love our fellow beings. If we feel for others in the same way as we feel for our own dear ones, we love God.
- If, instead of seeing faults in others, we look within ourselves, we are loving God.
- If, instead of robbing others to help ourselves, we rob ourselves to help others, we are loving God.
- If we suffer in the sufferings of others and feel happy in the happiness of others, we are loving God.
- If, instead of worrying over our own misfortunes, we think ourselves more fortunate than many many others, we are loving God.
- If we endure our lot with patience and contentment, accepting it as His Will, we are loving God.
- If we understand and feel that the greatest act of devotion and worship to God is not to hurt or harm any of His beings, we are loving God.
- To love God as He ought to be loved, we must live for God and die for God, knowing that the goal of life is to Love God, and find Him as our own self.
Sai Sevak Rohit’s Experience
Om Sai Ram Jai Jai Sai, Jai Shri Sai, Satguru Deva Mera Sai
Few days back, on the occasion of Mauni Amavasya (February 11, 2021), I asked Baba to remind me about an important date related to a great Sadguru Sai Baba. Then Baba made me look about Avatar Meher Baba and pointed out that Avatar Meher Baba’s birthday is on February 25th. Mauni Amavasya is the day when people keep a Maun Vrat (vow of silence). Amazing fact about Avatar Meher Baba is the one Who practiced Silence for a very long duration. From 10 July 1925, until his Mahasamadhi in 1969, Avatar Meher Baba kept Maun Vrat.
During a conversation with Shri Hetal Ji, Sai Baba inspired us to collaborate and share our experiences on visiting Holy Samadhi of Shri Avatar Meher Baba ji. So here we are sharing some of our experiences about Shri Avatar Meher Baba.
With Baba’s grace, I got an opportunity to visit the holy land of Shirdi and also samadhi’s of three Sadgurus during Shirdi trip in July 2019. After visiting Samadhi mandir and getting golden opportunity to touch the holy padukas and Samadhi of Baba in Shirdi, Baba blessed me to visit Samadhi of Shri Upasani Baba ji at Sakori and Shri Avatar Meher Baba’s samadhi at Meherabad, Ahmednagar along with Lord Shani Dev at Sri Shani Shingnapur.
Shri Sai Baba is Sadguru of Shri Upasani Baba and responsible for His self-realization. Similarly, Shri Upasani Baba played an instrumental role in self-realization of Shri Avatar Meher Baba. So there is a big connection among The Three.
When I was on my way from Sakori to darshan of Lord Shani dev ji at Shri Shani Shingnapur dham, I called one of my good friends in Ahmednagar who is the head of a non-profit Snehalaya. He was very excited to hear that I am very close to Ahmednagar so he invited me to visit some of the project sites (schools, residence, adoption center and other good work done by non-profit) and also told me that he will arrange my visit to Meherabad. This made my journey very smooth as I had someone who is local and can take me to my destination.
As soon as I reached Meherabad, it started drizzling. I felt like Avatar Meher Baba showering His grace in the form of this rain shower (rain shower in Hindi is called “Meher Barsana”). There was a very limited crowd and I got multiple opportunities to hug the samadhi and listen to beautiful kirtan being done there by volunteers. The whole atmosphere was very calm and soothing. I thanked all three Sadgurus and Lord Shani Dev to bless me on the same day with wonderful back to back darshans.
Sai Ki Deewani Hetal’s Experience
I had visited Avtar Meher Baba’s Samadhi in the year 2010 on my trip to Shirdi during Diwali. The following is an excerpt from the post narrating the trip experiences. Full post can be read here Series Of Leelas Followed In Shirdi During This Diwali.
Sometime back we had heard about Meher Baba and now we wished to visit Holy Samadhi of this personality in Ahmednagar District at a village called ‘Meherabad’. It was very cool, calm and mesmerizing environment there. Foreign devotees were serving as volunteers and to the surprise of all, there was not a single Indian serving there. Shirdi, as we see today has become very crowded and everywhere we see people while this place was very quiet with few people. We all queued up and bowed to Samadhi. We all did not know much about Meher Baba, but with His and Sai Baba’s grace we found few dedicated devotees of Meher Baba who gave us some information about this incarnation of God. They guided us about the way from where we can get books on Meher Baba. We all purchased few books from the only shop and proceeded our journey to Nimongaon.
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