Symbols of the world's religions


The Master's Glossary

Edition One

Frank Davis


ma: A mother. (N5)

maarif: The domain of the mysteries of God (the domain of Divine Knowledge). -Sufi. (1a)

madar-zad: Born a mast, q.v. (N2)

Maghribi: Literally, western, from the west. A Persian poet (Muhammad Shirin Maghribi) of Tabriz (1349-1407 A.D.). -Arabic. (Du)

Magi: Members of ancient Persian priestly caste. (L)

Mahabaleshwar: A hill station resort area with many spectacular vantage points about 125 km (78 miles) southwest of Pune. The photograph of Meher Baba standing with His arms outstretched in front of mountainous terrain was taken here at Arthur’s Seat. Pratapgad, a nearby fort, is associated with the warrior Shivaji. Meher Baba lived and worked in this area on a number of occasions, including significant periods of the New Life. The meeting on October 16, 1950, in which Meher Baba stepped out of the New Life for one day and gave a talk entitled "Baba’s Sermon", was held in the Aga Khan’s stable (Florence Hall) in Mahabaleshwar. Elevation: 4,710 feet. (A location within Maharashtra State. -Ed.) (EBF)

Mahabharata, the: See under Krishna. (1b)

The great epic poem of the Hindus by Vyasa. It mainly recounts the war between Kauravas and Pandavas. The Bhagavad Gita is a part of this epic. (N5)

mahabubi: A mast who wears articles of feminine attire. (N2)

mahachaitanya: Super-consciousness. Full consciousness fully evolved as conscious Consciousness. -Vedanta. (1a)

mahakarana sharir: The Universal Body. -Vedanta. (1a)

Mahal: Mahal translated means palace. (Ka 2400 )

mahant: A chief of an ashram or a sect. (N5)

mahapralaya: A great dissolution of the universe at the end of a cosmic age. -Vedanta. Sufi: qiamat. (1a) -Sanskrit. (Du)

The great dissolution of creation at the end of a cosmic cycle. –Vedanta. Sufi: Qiamat. (1b)

It might be interesting to know a little bit about angels. They seem always to be pictured with wings. When we do not have to travel in our gross bodies, but live in our subtle bodies in other dimensions, we can transport ourselves as fast as we can think. I presume the only way this concept could be conveyed to people was by painting wings on the angels. Birds in the skies provided the analogy. In the same

way, they are shown playing harps to indicate the celestial music always sounding in the spheres.

On a cold, wintry day in places where the snow falls you will notice that as a person exhales, his breath begins to be visible a few inches from his mouth. The breath forms a vapor of minute droplets when exposed to the frosty atmosphere. With this in mind, you can understand why many ancient writings portray creation as having been blown out from God's mouth in one mighty breath, and that one day He will inbreathe the whole manifestation and have another sleep. This inhalation is referred to in literature as Mahapralaya, or the day of Quiamat.

Following this concept, the angels comprise that portion of the great breath not yet visible. They never did get far from the source of their being. They are "unembodied" souls who are pure and uncontaminated with physical embodiment. This is why the Bible states that man is higher than the angels, because man has to wrestle with all the temptations of the gross world and still surmount them and ascend back to God. Neither angels nor arch-angels ever suffer -- they always enjoy God, although they do not "see" Him in the way a spiritual man of the sixth plane does. Instead of wishing to be an angel, one could feel a little sorry for them, that they cannot reach the seventh plane, but we have to keep remembering that there IS only God, and the angelic soul-rays are all part of His being, just as we are.

The concept of Mahapralaya is interestingly set forth in a translation, as follows: "A spider weaves a web out of its saliva. It does not require any outside help for it. Similarly, God does not require any outside help in creating the universe. The spider moves on the fibre from one end to the other, or it hangs by it in the middle. Even so the Jiva -- the worldly soul passes from one birth to another. But it is all his own making, his own creation. At the end the spider takes its web back into its own mouth, and there is an end to its play. Likewise, at the end of the sport, at the time of the Great Destruction, God re-absorbs the whole universe into His own consciousness, and nothing remains but Him." (Translated from Kalyan, Spiritual Stories from India, edited by Chaman Lal, Charles E. Tuttle Co., publishers.) (Du2, Pages 47-48)

mahapuja: Special worship (puja) on a grand scale. (N4)

mahapurush: See wali. (1b)

A fifth plane saint. -Vedanta. Sufi: wali, abrar. (1a) -Sanskrit. (Du)

Literally, a great person. A fifth plane saint. (N5)

maharaj: "Upas" means "fast" and "maharaj" means "great king", so Upasni Maharaj means "the great king who fasted". He was given this name because He fasted for a very long time before He received God-realisation from Sai Baba. (I pg.43)

Maharashtra State: Some places in Maharashtra State are significant because of Meher Baba’s visits and work there. A few of these spots can be visited on one day’s trip from Ahmednagar, but others require overnight visits. For example, Happy Valley and Imampur can be visited easily in one morning. Toka, Khuldabad, Daulatabad, and Ellora can be seen in one day. A more extensive visit to Ajanta and other spots around Aurangabad would require an overnight stop. Rahuri, Sakori, and Shirdi can also be seen in one day, but Nasik would require an extra day. A trip to Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, and Satara would take two to three days. (A state within India on the central west coast; includes Mumbai and Pune. -Ed.) (EBF)

maharishi: An advanced spiritual teacher. (C)

mahatma: A great soul. -Vedanta. Sufi: akhyar. (1a)

A great soul. A fourth plane Master. -Sanskrit. (Du)

Literally, a great (and noble (N5)) soul. (N2)

Mahavira: See also Jainism. –Ed.

mahayogi: A fourth plane yogi. -Vedanta. (1a)

A yogi on a higher plane of consciousness. (C)

Mahesh: = Shiva: the Destroyer. -Vedanta. Sufi: Fanakar. (1a)

Shiva. The Destroyer (in the Hindu trinity Creator-Preserver-Destroyer). -Sanskrit. (Du)

maja: A delight, fun. (N4)

Majhul-un-Nat: The unknowable and undefinable. A designation of the Beyond-Beyond state of God. -Sufi. (1a)

Majnun and Layla (also Majnu; Laila, Leila): The Islamic tale of Majnun’s one-pointed love for Layla has its origins in Arabia and is thought to be based on a true story. (1b)

The story of Majnun and Leila is a famous Persian tale of the height of human love. Majnun (meaning "possessed by a jinn" or "love stricken", actual name Qais) and Leila (meaning "sweetheart", actual name Laila bint Sa’d) loved each other profoundly. They were from different tribes and were never united in love, and because of that pain of separation Majnun nearly went mad with grief and his love saw Leila in everything. His love intensified to such heights that he came into contact with a Qutub who bestowed God-realization on him. (Ka 2121 )

majzoob(s): Literally, absorbed in. One who is absorbed in a plane of involving consciousness. -Sufi. (1a)

For an explanation about the state of the God-Realized majzoobs or brahmi-bhoots refer to God Speaks, pages 137–140 and 196–197. (Ka 2383 )

Literally, absorbed in. One who is absorbed in a plane of involving consciousness. Also, sometimes used to denote one who is God-merged (more correctly called Majzoob-e-Kamil). (N2) -Arabic. (Du)

Literally, overpowered. (N4)

Majzoob-e-Kamil (also Majzub): The God-merged soul (of the seventh plane). -Sufi. Vedanta: Brahmi Bhoot. (1a)

(sing.;pl.: Majzoobs-e-Kamil) God-merged souls of the seventh plane of consciousness who are divinely absorbed and overpowered but who retain the gross body for a time. –Sufi. Vedanta: Brahmi Bhoots; Videh Muktas. (1b)

One who is God-merged. (N3)

One who is merged totally in God. (N5)

majzoobiyat: The eighth state of God, that of the Majzoob-e-Kamil. -Sufi. (1a)

See Videh Mukti. (1b)

The state attained upon God-realization. (N2) -Arabic. (Du)

Majzoob-Salik: A Perfect One whose Majzoob-like qualities are dominant. -Sufi. Vedanta: Paramhansa. (1a)See Paramhansas. (1b)

makan: Literally, a house which is constructed with mortar and lime. (A)

mali: Gardener. (I) -Hindi. (Du)

mama: Mother’s brother (maternal uncle). (I)

man dar hama am: I am in everything. -Sufi. (1a)

Man-God: A Perfect Master. Sufi: Qutub. Vedanta: Sadguru. See also: God-Man. (1a)

man-become-God; a Perfect Master (q.v. for full definition). Sufi: Qutub, Salik-e-Mukammil. Vedanta: Param Mukta; Sadguru. See also God-Man. (1b)

Some God-realized souls not only possess God-consciousness, but are also conscious of creation and their own bodies. They take active interest in the souls who are in bondage, and they use their own bodies consciously to work in creation, in order to help other souls in their Godward march. Such a god realized soul is called a Salik, Sadguru, or Man-God*. (A)

*see also Perfect Master, Mukammil, Qutub (Ed)

man hama am: I am everything. -Sufi. (1a)

manas (also mana): Literally, mind, also the mental body. -Hindi, Marathi. Sufi: jism-e-altaf. Vedanta: manas. (1a)

(sing.) literally: mind; the causal or mental body; the seat of the mind. –Vedanta. Sufi: jism-e-altaf. See also karan sharir. (1b)

manava: See: insan. -Vedanta. (1a)

mandala: Literally, a circle. Sometimes applied to rangooli (q.v.) designs, geometric designs or stylized drawings of an animal or flower, often drawn on the ground before one’s door, for auspiciousness or on festive occasions. Also, a temple or other painting showing a portion or all of a pantheon with mystic symbols often arranged geometrically. -Sanskrit. (Du)

mandali: The members of Meher Baba’s circle. -Hindi. Vedanta: mandala = circle. (1a)

A circle of intimate disciples. -Sanskrit, Marathi. (1b)

Close ones who, without aiming for any material or spiritual benefit, serve the Guru and obey His every whim. (A)

A sanskrit word meaning a group or company of people with similar interests; referred here as close companions of Avatar Meher Baba. (AJ)

Intimate disciples. (CJ pg. 2)

Literally, close ones; used to describe Meher Baba’s disciples. (Gr)

Literally, a Sanskrit word meaning a group or company of people with similar interests; it is a term Meher Baba used to refer to His intimate disciples. (I)

Derived from the Sanskrit word mandala, meaning a circle. Hence mandali are the close and intimate disciples around a Perfect Master or the Avatar. (N1)

The intimate disciples of a Sadguru (Perfect Master) or Avatar (God-Man). (L)(N2)

Literally, a group associated with a common activity. (N7)

(see also Circle. -Ed.)

Mandali Hall: (Part of Lower Meherabad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) A newer building constructed in 1948 and used as a meeting hall and quarters for staff or visitors. (EBF)

(Part of Meherazad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) Meher Baba met daily with the men mandali in this room. Originally it was a garage and stable, but later brick walls, a roof, floor, and windows were added. Besides Baba’s chair, the room also contains a number of photos and paintings. (EBF)

A large room in Meherazad, originally a make-shift structure used as a garage and later a stable which was later used by Meher Baba to conduct His day-to-day work with His men mandali; the same name also refers to a hall in the main bungalow at Lower Meherabad where Baba met with His mandali. (I)

mandir: A Hindu temple. -Sanskrit. (Du)

mano bhumi: The mental world. -Vedanta. (1a)

mano bhuvan: The mental sphere. -Vedanta. Sufi: alam-e-jabrut. (1a)

See mental sphere. (1b)

manonash: Annihilation of the Mind (self). -Vedanta. Sufi: the final fana. (1a)

See Nirvana. (1b)

Literally, the annihilation of the Mind (self). The final fana, q.v. -Sanskrit. (Du)

Literally, the annihilation of the mind. ‘The annihilation of the false, limited, miserable, ignorant, destructible "I", to be replaced by the real "I", the eternal possessor of Infinite Knowledge, Love, Power, Peace, Bliss and Glory, in its unchangeable existence’.-Meher Baba. (AJ)(Gr)

Literally, "annihilation of the mind"; it is the name Meher Baba gave to one of the phases of His work* during the "New Life". (I)

Annihilation of the mind (self). (L)(N4)

(see also Fana. Ed.) *(in reference to said New Life phase, Manonash is capitalized. It began October 16th, 1951. -Ed.)

Mantiq-ut-Tayr: The Conference of the Birds, an allegorical tale by the eleventh - twelfth century Sufi, Sheikh Fariduddin Attar. -Sufi. (1a)

mantra: A sacred name or phrase given by a master to his disciple as a spiritual discipline. -Vedanta. Sufi: wazifa. (1a)

A sacred name or phrase given by a master to his disciple to be repeated as a spiritual discipline. (C) -Sanskrit. (Du)(Gr)(N2)

A sacred name or phrase repeated to invoke God. (N6)

manuka: Raisins. (N5)

Manzil-e-Meem: Literally, the house of ‘M’ (Meher - compassion, love). The residence which Meher Baba used for work with His mandali in Bombay in 1922-1923. (Gr) -Arabic. (Du)

Literally, "the House of M," in this case meaning "the House of the Master"; the residence in Bombay which Meher Baba used for His work with His mandali in 1922-1923. (I)

maohib: Given; a gift. Compare kasb. -Sufi. (1a)

Marathi: Indian language spoken primarily in the Indian state of Maharashtra. (I)

mard-e-Khuda: God’s fearless lovers, especially the masts of the fifth plane. (N5)

mardood: Literally, (adjective), rejected, thrown back, repulsed, excluded. (noun) Apostates (former believers who have rejected Islam); also, divorced women who have returned to their fathers’ houses. -Arabic. (Du)

marefat: Divine Knowledge. -Sufi. Vedanta: chit, dnyan. (1a)

marefat-e-haqiqat: The Gnosis of Reality. The gnosis of the Perfect Master or Avatar, who has duty in Duality. -Sufi. Vedanta: satyanubhuti. (1a)

Marwaris: The Marwaris are a community mostly engaged in commerce and business. They aquired their name because they hail from Marwar in Rajputana. (Ka 2007 )

masaji: Mother’s sister’s husband (maternal aunt’s husband). (I)

masala: A mixture of freshly ground spices and other seasonings. (I)

mashuq: Beloved. -Sufi. (1a)

mashuqiyat: Literally, the state of being the beloved. The epiphany of beauty in the first manifestation (tajalli-e-avval), wherein God is the Lover and man the beloved. -Sufi. (1a)

masi: Mother’s sister (maternal aunt). (I)

Masi, Freiny: Freiny Masi formerly lived in Poona and was closely associated with Hazrat Babajan and would visit her daily. Her house was very near to Babajan’s abode under a tree. After Babajan passed on in 1931, Freiny Masi became more and more closely associated with Meher Baba. She moved to Meherabad and lived a semi-cloistered life with her sister, Daulatmai, who was observing silence. Besides Padri, Freiny Masi had one other son, Rustom, who by Baba’s suggestion moved to America during the 1920s and worked as an engineer in Arizona. (Ka 2225 )

Masi, Homi: Homi, Kharman Masi’s son, had been a student in Meher Ashram with his two brothers and was now helping in Baba’s work. (Ka 2023 )

Masi, Kharman: Homi, Kharman Masi’s son, had been a student in Meher Ashram with his two brothers and was now helping in Baba’s work. (Ka 2023 )

Masnavi, The: The major literary work of Jalaluddin Rumi. See also: divan. -Sufi. (1a)

mast: A God-intoxicated soul on the Path. -Sufi. (1a)

(rhymes with "trusts". sing. mast; fem. sing. mastani): souls on the spiritual path experiencing the state of God-intoxication (masti). See also unmatta. (1b)

(pronounced ‘must’) Men intoxicated in love for God. They are overcome "by an agonizing love for God," says Meher Baba, and are "drowned in their ecstasy": only love can reach them. (AJ)

A God-intoxicated soul on the Path, usually on a higher plane of consciousness. (C)

A word Meher Baba used to designate a God-intoxicated soul on the spiritual path. (Da)

(pronounced ‘must’) One whose mind is completely absorbed in God and who is not conscious of his worldly surroundings. A God-intoxicated soul on the Spiritual Path who has embarked upon that journey without a Master. (Gr)

A mast’s mood a mother can understand. A mother can imagine it as trying to dress her baby who resists being dressed and kicks the clothes away every time she tries to dress the baby. (Ka 2236 )

On other occasions, Baba mentioned that Ram, while in exile, did much work with masts in the jungles. Such God-intoxicated persons as masts always exist on earth, especially in the East, and during Avataric advents they are contacted by God personified. (Ka 2243 )

Meher Baba revealed on other occasions that there were a few masts scattered throughout the East – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Persia, Arabia, Syria, and some in Africa – but the majority were found in India. There were no true masts mentioned by Baba in either Europe or North America or South America. (Ka 2483 )

(pronounced "must") A God-intoxicated man on the (spiritual (N6)) Path. (N2)

see also ghous; Nijinsky, Vaslav. –Ed.

Chatti Baba: In a similar manner to Mast Mohammed’s connection with Germany, Chatti Baba was spiritually connected with France. At different times, as the war in Europe continued, Chatti Baba’s mood would be of intense anguish. (Ka 2474 )

Gulab Shah: The mast Gulab Shah’s words when referring to "He" meant Baba; "Homeland" meant God. (Ka 2410 )

Qabrinstanwala: The mast Qabrinstanwala reminded Baba of the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates because of his comic face and short stature; hence his nickname. (Ka 2387 )

Mohammed: Mast Mohammed would refer to Meher Baba as "Dada". (Ka 2387 )

In a similar manner to Mast Mohammed’s connection with Germany, Chatti Baba was spiritually connected with France. At different times, as the war in Europe continued, Chatti Baba’s mood would be of intense anguish. (Ka 2474 )

mast tour: An extensive journey undertaken by Meher Baba to seek out these Lovers of God who have given up everything in this world in their search for God. They become so dependent on God that God in His compassion eventually comes to them and helps them in their spiritual journey. (Gr)

mast work: Meher Baba’s mast work was most significant and important. This work started from the days of the Rahuri ashram, and it continued in full force for the next twenty years until 1957. After that, Baba did some mast work for a few more years by keeping one or two masts in His care. For a full account of His mast work, read William Donkin’s book, The Wayfarers. (Ka 2034 )

see also toilets. –Ed.

Master (also Masters of wisdom): The term most frequently used throughout the text for Perfect Master (q.v. for full definition), Man-God, or Sadguru. (1b)

Masters of wisdom: See Master; Perfect Master. (1b)

Master’s Prayer, The: See: Parvardigar Prayer

mastani: A God-intoxicated woman on the Path. (N4)

masti: See: suluk. -Sufi. (1a)

"If in the midst of enjoyment (masti) you remember the Beloved, then that is love. At that time you must have your head on His feet." There is no exact word in English for "masti". It means being engrossed in something you love doing – seeing a beautiful film; enjoying good food; talking happily with someone. It is that feeling of happiness that does not have to do with the Beloved. So the song says, even if when you are enjoying yourself your head is on His feet, then you are loving Him. (I, pg. 68)

Literally, intoxication. (N2)

Matchabelli, Princess Norina: Born in Florence, Italy. She became famous for her portrayal of "The Madonna" in Max Reinhardt’s unique pantomime spectacle called The Miracle, which opened in London in 1912. She gave two thousand performances, and her great classical beauty and moving performances won the hearts of all. Norina always had close contact with prominent personalities and leaders of the cultural European world and lived a truly glamorous international life.

In 1916 she married Prince Georges Matchabelli, a distinguished diplomat from Georgia, the Caucasus, Russia (since the fall of Soviet Russia, this area has reclaimed it’s independent status as an independent country. -Ed.). In 1924 they moved to New York and Prince Matchebelli established a famous perfume company named after him. Norina met Meher Baba in 1931 at Harmon-on-the-Hudson, New York; thereafter she followed His every command, spending some time in His ashrams, lecturing about Him, and in 1941 she was directed to return to the USA with Elizabeth Patterson to locate a property which would meet Meher Baba’s specifications for a spiritual Center. The Princess saw her Beloved Master for the last time when He visited the Center in 1956. She died in June 1957; her remains are buried on Meherabad Hill, India. (Du)

matha banu: A square piece of white muslin folded into a triangle which was once used as a hair covering by traditional Zoroastrian women. (I) (see also same volume, pg. 49)

maulavi: A doctor of Islamic law, a judge or magistrate, an assistant lawyer, a learned man. Also, a dervish. -Persian. (Du)

mawahid: A unitarian; one of the ahl-e-tauhid. -Sufi. (1a)

Maya: Literally, illusion. False attachment. That which makes the Nothing appear as everything. The root of Ignorance. Shadow of God. -Vedanta. Sufi: mejaz. (1a)

Illusion, Ignorance; the shadow of God. Cf. Bhas. –Vedanta. Sufi: Mejas. (1b)

The principal of Ignorance. (CJ pg. 29)

Literally, illusion. False attachment. That which makes the Nothing appear as everything. The (root (N2)) principal of Ignorance. The shadow of God. (adj. Mayavic. (C)) In a general sense, false attachment. (N4) -Sanskrit. (Du)

...that which does not exist. The principal of Ignorance which makes the Nothing appears as everything. (N5)

mayavic: Of or pertaining to Maya, the divine illusion; the power of obscuring or the state of producing error and illusion; the "veil" covering reality, the experience of manifoldness, while only the One is real. (A)

Arising from Maya; illusory. (N2)

Pertaining to Maya. (N5)

meelas: Such gatherings of sadhus, sanyasis, and yogis are called "meelas". The profession of sadhus and sanyasis is as common in the East as the profession of priests and preachers in the West. (Ka 2372 )

Meher Baba Journal: These discourses were subsequently published in the periodical Meher Baba Journal, between 1938 and 1942. Years later they were formed into books. (Ka 2083 )

Meher Baba’s room: (See: Baba’s Room. -Ed.)

Meher Baba’s Samadhi (Tomb): Known for many years simply as the "Dome", this small stone structure contains Meher Baba’s physical form. It began as a small hut erected over a pit where Baba spent a number of months in seclusion. Later the stonework and dome were erected, and Helen Dahm of Switzerland painted the colorful murals which adorn the walls on the inside of the Tomb.

The Tomb is open for darshan from 7:00 am until 7:45 pm. Those who wish to help clean it may come at 6:30 am. Meher Baba’s prayers are recited and His artis sung each day at 7:00 am and 7:00 pm. Visitors are asked to maintain silence in and around the Tomb. (part of Upper Meherabad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

Meher Health Centre: A free clinic serving the local villagers, first opened in 1974. (part of Lower Meherabad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

Meher Hospital: When finished and equipped, this building will serve as a free hospital for the area. (part of Lower Meherabad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

Meher Manzil: The name of a house in Ahmednagar which originally belonged to Adi Irani (Baba’s brother); it is located near the Parsi Tower of Silence. (I)

Meher Nazar Books: Books by and about Meher Baba are available for sale on Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 3:00 to 4:30 pm; and Sunday, 10:00 to 11:00 am. (part of the Meher Nazar Compound, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.)(EBF)

Meher Nazar Compound: The Meher Nazar compound, formerly known as Khushru Quarters or Adi’s compound, has been associated with the life and work of Meher Baba for many decades. The compound is just off King’s Road, near Deepali Cinema. (EBF)

Contained within the compound are the Avatar Meher Baba Trust, the Pilgrim Registration Office, Meher Nazar Books, Caretaker’s Office, Ahmednagar Avatar Meher Baba Centre, Meher Baba’s room, and Joy Meher. See also: Khushru Quarters. Within Ahmednagar proper; India (which is between Meherabad and Meherazad.). -Ed.

Meher-parivar: Literally, the Meher-family. -Hindi. (Du)

Meher Retreat: Originally a stone water tank used by the British in World War I, this building has served a number of uses throughout the years. In the early days Meher Baba spent time here in seclusion. Later doors and windows were added and the Prem Ashram boys slept inside. When an upper story and tower were added in 1938, it housed many of the Eastern and Western women disciples who lived in Meher Baba’s ashram.

Today the building is used as a museum, study hall, and library. In the museum are many things connected with Meher Baba’s life and work. These include His bicycle, samples of His handwriting, and items of His clothing, including the famous patched Kamli coat. Also in the museum is the original oil painting of the "Ten Circles" chart which was painted by Rano Gayley under Baba’s direction. The study hall, formerly the women’s dormitory, has charts drawn under Meher Baba’s direction and a number of maps of the blue bus tours. The Meherabad library has books, pamphlets, and periodicals by or about Meher Baba. Those staying at the Meher Pilgrim Centre may check books out from the open sections of this library. (part of Upper Meherabad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

Meher Spiritual Center (Myrtle Beach): Situated in Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, USA), Meher Baba described this as his "home in the West". The property comprises 500* acres forests, lakes, beach, gardens and numerous cabins for pilgrims. Founded in 1943, the center’s purpose - as designated by Baba - is "rest, meditation and the renewal of spiritual life." Meher Baba stayed at and visited various buildings and spots within the property several times during the 1950’s. (Ke)(* it is belived this has since been reduced to 200. -Ed.)

Meher Theater: Theater in Nasik, also known as the Circle Cinema. (Da)

Mehera J. Irani (also Mehera): It was not until the late 1960s that Mehera J. Irani was permitted by Meher Baba to come out of her seclusion and meet some of the men mandali from a distance. On the porch at Meherazad, she simply folded her hands to them out of respect to their love for Baba and saluted them with "Jai Baba!" (Ka 2220 )

Mehera J. Irani actually was born in January, but Baba changed her birthday to December. Sometimes her birthday celebration was on December 22nd or 23rd; these date changes were according to the Zoroastrian calander. (Ka 2353 )

(See also Mehera’s Shrine. -Ed.)

Mehera’s Shrine: Baba’s beloved Mehera passed away in May, 1989. In accordance with Meher Baba’s directive, Mehera’s final resting place is by His side, adjacent to His Samadhi. (part of Upper Meherabad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

Meherabad: The place established in the 1920s by Meher Baba as His headquarters, near the village of Arangaon, Ahmednagar District, the site of many phases of Baba’s work. Avatar Meher Baba’s Samadhi is located atop Meherbad Hill. (I)

About five miles south of Ahmednagar (inland from Mumbai), this place is the focus of international pilgrimage. It contains Meher Baba’s tomb-shrine, a large number of buildings (mostly associated with the earlier decades of Baba’s work), the graves of disciples, and a range of pilgrim accommodation and charitable establishments. Major festivals are held here. Many Baba lovers work or live in the vicinity. (Ke)

Meherastan: Literally, the threshold of compassion. A name sometimes given to buildings which are used as Baba-work Centers. -Hindi. (Du)

Meherazad: Meherazad is the private residence of a number of Meher Baba’s close disciples. It is open to visitors on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Sundays from 10:45 am to 12:30 pm. (EBF)

Nine miles north of Ahmednagar, Meherazad was Meher Baba’s home for the last twenty years of His life, and is now the private residence of His close disciples. The complex features buildings, gardens and vehicles pertaining mostly to Baba’s later phases. Of special interest is Baba’s Room. Seclusion Hill, where Baba did much work, rises behind Meherazad. Meherazad is the usual place for baba lovers to meet Baba’s disciples. (Ke)

Meherazad Gardens: A tribute to Mehera’s loving care, beautiful flowers flourish in the gardens surrounding Meherazad, despite chronic water shortages. Every day Baba would pass the gardens as He went from His room to Mandali Hall and back again. Many of the films taken of Baba in the later years were filmed here. (EBF)

Mehersthan: A place of worship dedicated to Meher Baba. (AJ)

mejaz: = Maya. -Sufi. (1a)

See Maya. (1b)

mela: A religious or social fair. (N4)

(perhaps related; origin of the English word melee is old French. Ed.)

Memo: Shireen would usually call Him His childhood nickname "Merog" and not Merwan or Meher Baba. Baba, in turn, would refer to her as "Memo". (Ka 2312 )

mental body / form: The causal body, which functions in the mental sphere; the seat of the mind. Sufi: jism-e-altaf. Vedanta: karan sharir; manas. See also ego-mind. (1b)

mental sphere / world: The sphere consisting of the fifth and sixth planes of consciousness as experienced by the mental body through one’s mental impressions, which are finer and more feeble (i.e., much less dense) than the subtle impressions. Sufi: alam-e-jabrut. Vedanta: mano bhuvan. (1b)

Merog: Shireen would usually call Him His childhood nickname "Merog" and not Merwan or Meher Baba. Baba, in turn, would refer to her as "Memo". (Ka 2312 )

Mertens, Walter: Walter Mertens knew Carl Jung and had undergone psychoanalysis with the famous psychiatrist. (Ka 1924 )

Merwan Sheriar Irani’s birth: As dawn broke on 25 February 1894, Shireen painlessly gave birth to Merwan (Persian: "Sunlike") Irani - the future Meher Baba - in David Sassoon Hospital, Pune. Sheriar felt that this was the child of whom the voice had spoken.

The baby proved unusually attractive. Many people felt drawn to visit him often, sometimes going to great lengths to do so.

Meher Baba’s birthday is celebrated by local gatherings at 5 am (Baba’s hour of birth) and by joining in various forms of birthday entertainment. A birthday cake is often shared. (Ke)

Messiah, the: The expected Savior; the Avatar (q.v. for full definition). (1b)

The Incarnation of God, the Infinite in human form. The God-Man, Christ, Avatar, Rasool, Saheb-e-Zaman. (N1) (see also Avatar; Ed)

Mevlevi: See: Jalaluddin Rumi. -Sufi. (1a)

Mikaeel: The archangel Micheal. -Sufi. (1a)

Minor Advents:

Shankara: The mast was referring to the philosopher Shankara. Shankara was a minor advent of the Avatar in India (A.D. 788 – 820) who revived Vedanta with his nondualist teachings, meaning that spiritual liberation is achieved not by ritual and rites, but by the eradication of the ignorance that believes that the illusory multiplicity of the world is real. Shankara taught that man can only achieve absolute knowledge of himself through the attainment of the knowledge of Paramatma – the Absolute Self, the Soul. Bhagwan is a Hindu name of God. (Ka 2390 )

mojeza: A miracle performed by the Avatar or Qutub. -Sufi. (1a)

moksha: See: mukti. -Vedanta. (1a)

Ordinary Mukti, or the Liberation achieved by most souls, i.e., the release from the cycle of births and deaths (reincarnation). –Vedanta. Sufi: Najat. (1b)

moksha-marga: See adhyatma-marga. (1b)

money: Meher Baba had once explained to Adi K. Irani that he did not take money from certain persons because of the sanskaras of greed, lust, deceit and other forces that went to obtain that money. In other words, the sanskaras that went into obtaining the money would come along with that money when given. (Ka 2211 )

See also dakshana (also dakshina). -Ed.

Muhammed (also Mohammed; Muhammad, the Prophet): The Prophet, 570-632 AD. (1a)

The Rasool; the Avatar (q.v.) whose teachings come to us through Islam and the Koran. (1b)

The Avatar born in Arabia known as the Prophet, 570-632 A.D., whose teachings come to us through the religion of Islam. (Du)

The Avatar known as the Prophet, born in Mecca, Arabia, about 560 A.D., whose teachings are embodied in the religion of Islam. (L)

Muhasibi of Basra, Abdullah Haris: Early writer on hal and muqam. Died 857 A.D.. (1a)

Muinuddin Chishti: See Chishti, Muinuddin, Khwaja. (1b)

mujaddid: Apparentists. Adherents of the doctrine of wahdat-ul-shuhud. -Sufi. (1a)

mujahida: Practice; striving; endeavor. -Sufi. Vedanta: sadhana. (1a)

See sadhana. (1b)

mukam-e-afasan: See muqam-e-afsan. (1b)

Mukammil: The Supremely Perfect One. The Perfect Master. Also called Salik-e-Mukammil, Qutub. -Sufi. Vedanta: Sadguru. (1a)

The supremely Perfect One. A Perfect Master. (N4) (see also Man-God.)

Mukta: One who is Liberated (from the cycle of rebirth). -Vedanta.

Videh Mukta: The God-merged soul = Brahmi Bhoot. -Vedanta. Sufi: Majzoob-e-Kamil.

Jivanmukta: The Liberated Incarnate. -Vedanta. Sufi: Azad-e-Mutlaq, Salik-e-Kamil.

Param Mukta: The Perfect Master = Sadguru. -Vedanta. Sufi: Qutub, Salik-e-Mukammil. (1a)

See under Mukti. (1b)

One who is Liberated (from the cycle of rebirth or Illusion). -Sanskrit. (Du)

Mukti: Liberation. Release from the cycle of births and deaths (i.e., reincarnation). -Vedanta.

ordinary mukti: = moksha. The liberation achieved by most souls. -Vedanta. Sufi: najat.

videh mukti: "I am God" state without consciousness of duality. -Vedanta.

jivanmukti: "I am God" state with consciousness of duality. -Vedanta.

param mukti: "I am God" state with God-consciousness and Creation-consciousness simultaneously. -Vedanta. (1a)

Liberation; the release from the cycle of births and deaths (reincarnation). There are four types of (1) ordinary Mukti; or Moksha; (2) Videh Mukti; (3) Jivanmukti, of the Jivanmuktas; (4) Param Mukti, of the Perfect Masters. –Vedanta. Sufi: Najat. (1b)

Liberation; identification of oneself with the ultimate reality, eternal, changeless, blissful. (A)

Liberation. Release from the cycle of births and deaths (i.e., reincarnation). (C)(N2) -Sanskrit. (Du)

mulhid: Atheist. -Sufi. Vedanta: nastik. (1a)

mullah: Islamic priest. (I)

Mumbai: (Sometimes still called this, -Ed.) Bombay is the destination of most international flights to India. It is also known by its Marathi name, Mumbai. Sometime in the future the name may change (to Mumbai, and it has. -Ed.). Those flights arrive at the new international terminal in Sahar, about sixteen miles north of downtown Mumbai. (EBF)

mumkin-ul-wujud (also mumtan-ul-wujud): See: wujud. (1a)

muni: Literally, one who practices silence. A holy man, hermit, ascetic. (plural: munis). -Vedanta. (1a)

A great sage. (N4)

Munqata-ul-Izharat: The state in relation to which all indications are dropped. A designation of the Beyond-Beyond state of God. -Sufi. (1a)

musiff: A district or village judge, or a subordinant judge. A title given to Dr. Abdul Ghani of Poona * (* now Pune -Ed.), a Sufi and one of the mandali. -Urdu. (Du) (see also: Munsiff, Dr. Abdul Ghani. -Ed.)

Munsiff, Dr. Abdul Ghani: Longtime disciple of Meher Baba. Died August 20, 1951. (1a) (see also: munsiff. -Ed.)

muqaddar: See: prarabdha. -Sufi. (1a) (1b)

muqam: A station, or plane, on the Path. (plural: muqamat) -Sufi. (1a)

See under muqam-e-afsan. (1b)

muqam-e-afsan (also mukam-e-afasan): Abode of delusion; the illusion of being at the end of the spiritual path when one is still traversing it.(muqam: a station or place.) –Sufi. Vedanta: sthan. (1b)

muqam-e-furutat: The Divine Junction. -Sufi. Vedanta: turiya avastha. (1a)

muqam-e-hairat: The Place of Enchantment. A station on the Path intermediate between the third and fourth planes, where the aspirant can get long delayed in his spiritual advancement. -Sufi. (1a)

A place of enchantment - a station on the Path between the third and fourth planes of involving consciousness. (N5)

muqam-e-Muhammadi: State of God-consciousness and Creation-consciousness simultaneously. -Sufi. Vedanta: vidnyan bhumika. (1a)

murdoom: See: dholak. (Du)

mureed: Literally, one who is desirous or willing. A disciple of a Murshid or Murshida. -Arabic. (Du)

A disciple or follower. (N4)

Murlivale: Murlivale is another name for Krishna and means "the Flute Player". (Ka 2374 )

Murshid (m.) Murshida (f.): The spiritual director of a Sufi order; (lowercase:) Sufi religious teacher, advanced spiritual guide. (C)

An illumined spiritual master. -Arabic. (Du)

musarrat: Bliss. -Sufi. Vedanta: anand. (1a)

Museum Room: One of the rooms created on the ground floor of Meher Retreat on Meherabad Hill which was originally the West Room where some of the women mandali resided. It now serves as a museum for articles used or worn by Meher Baba. (I)

mushahadah: Spiritual enlightenment. -Arabic. (Du)

Muslim: A follower of Islam, the religion founded upon the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed. (I)

mutawassit: Advanced soul. -Sufi. Vedanta: sadhu. (1a)

mystic powers: See occult experiences / powers; siddhis. (1b)


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