MEHER DARSHAN IN TEARS OF JOY
K. K. Ramakrishnan
25th February 1894. Five hours before the birth of the divine
child, when the midnight gong sounded twelve times in the
distance, Shireen, the mother had a dream, which she
described to her mother who was sitting by her bed in David
Sassoon Hospital, Pune.
"I saw a glorious person like the sun sitting in a chariot
and his cool brilliance pervaded the atmosphere. A few
people were pulling his chariot, while thousands of people
were leading this man in a procession. Tens of thousands
of people were gazing at him, consoled by his divine
radiance. I, too, was in the procession and marveled at
the luster of his face. His light fell on the whole procession
and people's eyes were fixed on him. They could not look
Hearing this, with tears of joy, her mother Golandoon said,
"Shireen, my daughter, a very auspicious son will be born
to you. His name will be spread all over the world. He will
be among thousands of people one day and will be carried
in grand processions as you dreamt. He will be given
special reverence and honour."
All these things we have witnessed during the time Meher
Baba was with us physically, and even now we can witness
such scenes in films and video cassettes on his tour in India
and in different countries of the world. We can also read
such events in books on his life and work. For instance we
read in Lord Meher page 1650:
At 8:30 P.M. on 31st May 1932, a large reception of one
thousand people took place at the Knickerbocker Hotel in
Hollywood. Many from Los Angeles and the surrounding
area came to the "spiritual" or "Love" gathering. There were
so many people that the hall had to be cleared of all furniture.
Men, women and children stood in line waiting to meet Baba.
In a theatrical setting, Baba was seated higher on a platform
with the four Eastern mandali on one side and six Westerners
on the other, forming a semicircle at his feet. Behind Baba,
like two angels, two harpists were playing softly.
Visitors were admitted one at a time through a side door of
the hall. Each introduced to Baba, receiving a handshake and
his radiant smile. Passing in a circle through another side door,
they were then led outside to the lounge where refreshments
were being served. In the dazzling light of the hall, Baba looked
beautifully divine in his white robe and with locks of hair falling
to his shoulders a figure that captivated the hearts of all.
Baba's instructions were that one was not to ask questions and
to leave after a hand shake with him. But there were many who
were so enthralled, who felt so intoxicated, they would not leave.
Their words of wonder echoed throughout that hall:
"If Christ were alive today, he would look like him."
"What a divine glow on his face!"
"He does not seem to belong to this world."
"Can any man be so beautiful?"
"He is the living Christ!"
"How marvelous is his divine attraction."
"I feel like looking at him forever!"
"My eyes are dazzled by his beauty."
"I just cannot leave. For the first time in my life, I have seen
"What a sweet face! How holy is his divine purity!"
"Nothing can be said about him. My tongue is stuck."
"How electrifying was his touch! I felt a shock pass
through me. My God! I was senseless."
"What is happening to my heart?"
"Oh, how wonderful is his form."
"What brilliance! What beauty! What a smile!"
"Seeing him, I am amazed!"
How does Meher Baba make such a universal appeal?
Because he is the Life of all life, the Father of all in creation.
He is the indweller of every heart, the innermost essence of
everything in existence.
God is EXISTENCE, eternal and infinite. He is EVERYTHING.
So when God manifests on earth as Man, as the Avatar, He
also becomes one of every form with full knowledge and
consciousness. He thus becomes a sparrow for all sparrows in
Creation, an ant for all ants in Creation, a pig for all pigs in
Creation, a particle of dust for all dusts in Creation, a particle
of air for all airs in Creation, for each and everything that is in
Creation. It is thus a Universal Incarnation of God that takes
place. The infinite consciousness of the Avatar imperceptibly
penetrates into every form and mind, and rising out of all
forms and minds asserts his individuality established in the
indivisibility of the Truth as the Ancient One, the First One to
have overcome the sting of ignorance, who comes again and
again to open to all the Kingdom of Bliss, Knowledge and
Power. His physical form is the reflection of God's image
imprinted in every atom of Creation.
The Avatar is like the Ocean that holds every drop, and
experiences the experience of every drop in the ocean of
Infinite Unconsciousness, which we call the Universe. It means
that the Avatar contains in his Universal Body the bodies of
all forms in existence and in his Universal mind the minds of
all in existence. Thus it is possible for the Avatar to know the
universal scale for everything and everyone in creation. One
cannot imagine the vastness, depth and magnitude of the
universal work of the Avatar unless one has a glimpse of his
universal mind. There are many who have had experience of
Meher Baba responding to their thoughts, while they were in
crowds of thousands. But there are occasions when Baba
responded to the need of a soul before the person became
conscious of that need.
On Sunday, 22nd May 1932, Mr. and Mrs. Stokes gave a
dinner party in Baba's honor at their house in Greenwich
Village, America, and over three hundred people attended.
Several black people came, and one woman asked Baba to
help the people of her race, to which he replied, "I Will."
As people were standing in line to pay their respects to Baba,
he suddenly stopped the program and called one of the mandali.
Baba pointed to a woman standing far back in the crowd and
instructed that she be brought to the front to meet him.
Baba's summons was delivered by Norina Matchabelli and
received by the woman in an embarrassed manner, as neither
of them knew one another. The woman apologetically
explained that she had come merely to accompany a friend
and did not feel inclined to meet Baba. Baba kept signaling
that she should come to him. At this, her attitude changed
and she walked toward him.
Baba's hand stretched out to her with obvious joy. He had
found the needing soul that, for some obscure reason, was
unconsciously due to meet him. Standing before Baba, her
embarrassment almost grew into a state of confusion which
Baba took care of immediately in his benign way. At his
words, "Do not worry. I know everything, and I will take
care of you and help you," she involuntarily began shedding
tears. The reception continued as the rescued soul disappeared
into the crowd. The woman's name was Marian and she was
the stepdaughter of the scientist Albert Einstein.
About a week later the woman phoned to Norina wishing to
meet and came to Norina's apartment and narrated the
sorrowful state of affairs in her family due to the hatred
between her and her daughter. Marian narrated to Norina:
"My daughter and I have persecuted each other in hatred for
twenty years. I have never been able to understand why, as
she was born in love. Neither was I able to overcome a
physical detestation for my child. I had never even kissed her!
"When the Master asked me to meet him, I did not know
why he was calling me. My own unhappiness had become so
much a part of my life that I did not even know I was in need
of help. When the Master greeted me with so much kindness,
I did not remember being impressed in any way, not even to
have been able to look at him closely. I was like one in a
dream and woke up suddenly as if I had been carried off
somewhere by an invisible friend for some good reason. I
could not understand what had happened to me.
"The next morning, I woke from an unusually deep sleep and
found myself bathed in an ecstasy of love and bliss! It was so
powerfully active within me that it made me function without
my will and without thinking. I walked straight into the room
of my daughter who was still sleeping, and drawn by irresistible
love, stretched myself near that despised child. For the first
time in the lives of both of us, we felt a bond a bond that
was more than a mother and daughter's love! It was an
experience almost superhuman. It sealed both our hearts
together and a new life has begun for us. My experience was
contagiously felt by her, and there is a tender relationship that
today reflects happiness for the whole family.
"Friend, who is this man? I remember similar stories about
Jesus imparting such grace of love."
Norina then told Marian a little about Meher Baba.
Another soul saved. On 1st of June 1932, Douglas Fairbanks
and Mary Pickford, leading stars of the film world of the then
Hollywood, invited Meher Baba to Pickfair, their
twenty-two-room mansion at 1143 Summit Drive, for a
reception in his honor with a few others from the film industry.
After dinner, Baba got up to leave three times, but Mary
Pickford would not allow him to go. Finally, when he stood up,
all surrounded him. Dictating from his alphabet board, he
continued to converse with them while standing. After a few
minutes, his roving glance fell on a young lady standing isolated
at the far end of the room with her back to him. Baba
beckoned for her and when his summons was relayed, she
turned her face toward him but remained aloof. She was called
again. Slowly coming forward, she stopped at a distance.
Norina told her, "Come and shake hands with Baba, child."
The young lady remained reserved and Elizabeth said to her,
"Why are you afraid, dear? Come nearer and meet Baba."
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
tear which Baba had drawn from her 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 girls
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 B.L. 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.
At Nasik on February 18th, 1932, Baba explained to the mandali:
"You will never be able to understand my universal work.
During this period of my Avatarhood, I have to cleanse the
world completely. This overhauling will last a thousand years.
During this Avatarhood of mine, the greatest work will be
achieved the union of the East and the West. I am the
Universal Avatar, and not an Avatar for the East or West
individually as in previous advents. I belong to the whole universe..."
During his second visit to America, in his message issued on
May 19th, 1932, while revealing at length his Avataric mission
to the Western world he said that it will be one of his greatest
miracles to bring together and blend the realistic West with
idealistic East; and the West at the zenith of its material and
intellectual attainment and the East at the height of its spiritual
manifestation in the shape of the Avatar will meet without
shaming or looking down upon each other.
He repeated that materialism and spirituality must go hand in
hand. The balance of head and heart must be maintained; the
head for discrimination, the heart for feeling, whereby it is
possible to realize infinite consciousness in art, science,
nature and in every phase of life.
The performance of this greatest miracle we have witnessed
when the East-West Gathering was held at Guruprasad, Pune
from 1st to 4th November 1962. It was on that occasion
while addressing over five thousand of his lovers from the
East and West seated at his feet, thus bringing about the union
of the East and the West, Meher Baba proclaimed:
My dear Children. Your coming from different places and
from across oceans has pleased me. And although no
sacrifice to be near me is too great, I am touched by the
sacrifice that some of you have made.
Those who have not been able to come should not feel
disheartened, for my life is with them as always and
specially so at this time.
You have come from great distances not for some
convention or conference but to enjoy my company and
feel afresh my love in your hearts. It is a coming together
of children of East and West in the house of their Father.
All religions of the world proclaim that there is but one
God, the Father of all in creation. I am that Father.
I have come to remind all people that they should live on
earth as the children of the one Father until my Grace
awakens them to the realization that they are all one
without a second, and that all divisions and conflicts and
hatred are but a shadow-play of their ignorance.
Although all are my children they ignore the simplicity and
beauty of this Truth by indulging in hatreds, conflicts and
wars that divide them in enmity, instead of living as one
family in their Father's house.
Being Infinite Love enformed as man, Meher Baba revealed the
ineffable beauty of God's Love, which filled the hearts of all who
came into his contact and felt that he loved them more than
they could ever love themselves. The pure love he smiled into
the life of those who came into his close contact made it natural
for them to feel related to God in the form of Meher Baba, thus
effacing many a preconceived notion of spirituality, religion and
God, from their minds.
When compared to previous advents, Meher Baba's advent as
the Avatar of our Age is unique in the sense he is accessible to
all humanity. He is the only Avatar in the light of recorded
history who has been accepted as such during his physical
presence on earth. His magnetic personality, spontaneous
self-giving love, radiant smile and all-seeing light of his eyes
make such a universal appeal that he is able to relate to
Europeans or Americans, Japanese or Chinese, Ceylonese or
Egyptians, Muslims and Hindus, Buddhists and Zoroastrians,
Sikhs and Jains, Jews and Christians.
One of the truly great
and revolutionary impacts Meher Baba's New Life 16
October 1949 to 16 February 1952 has silently and
imperceptibly made on life in our time is that it is natural to
make God a vital part of man's everyday life, without resorting
to religion. God has become a loving companion of man
constantly watching over his welfare with boundless warmth
and love, demanding only implicit obedience to His wish by
acting according to the dictates of one's own conscience, which
is His voice. Thus we find today Meher Baba lovers in different
parts of the world come together as the children of the one
Father and live as one family in their Father's house, which is
this earth and in the embrace of his all encompassing love, eat
in his love, drink in his love, sing and dance in his love, while
adherents of different religions cut each other's throat to prove
that their way is the only way to God under the evil spell of
bigoted religious leaders and self-centered politicians. The only
way to God is Love, because God is Infinite Love. Hence
Meher Baba asked us to love him in all and to serve him in
The essential teaching of all religions of this world is love for
God. To love God in the most practical way is to love our
fellow beings, because our fellow beings are none other than
the One God manifesting His infinite attributes on earth like
the One Sun releasing infinite attributes of light, life and energy
through infinite rays.
Creation came out of God's Will-to-be-conscious. And
through man alone, with his fully developed consciousness,
can God manifest His divinity on earth and experience His
infinite power, knowledge and bliss. The Avataric Advent is
divinely ordained on earth once in seven hundred to fourteen
hundred years to help man to walk on the path of love and
attain the goal of his life, Godhood, his birthright.
Meher Baba, the Compassionate Father of all in creation,
during the seventy-four years of his life on earth, collected
around him his children who have harkened to his call from
the East and West, from the North and the South, belonging
to all religions and races, castes and creeds of this world,
from different walks of life and gave birth to a cosmic family
bound by a common bond of love for Baba, which is
expressed in their greeting each other "JAI BABA!"
This magic word "JAI BABA" drowns all distinctions of religion,
race, caste and creed, all divisions of high and low, rich and
poor, saint and sinner and all walls of national boundaries. In
the tears of joy of a "JAI BABA" embrace of two lovers one
can only see the image of Baba's smile radiant with ineffable
divine beauty. This miniature Meher Cosmic Family represents
the NEW HUMANITY, Meher Baba came to usher in on this earth.
HAIL O LORD MEHER!
ON YOUR NINETY-SEVENTH BIRTH DAY.
MEHER DARSHAN IN TEARS OF JOY, Written for the Ninety-Seventh Birthday of Avatar Meher Baba
1991 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust and Avatar Meher Baba Poona Centre, Pune