On 10th July, 1925, Baba ceased speaking. He told his
disciples that he would be silent for one year, but the year
stretched to the rest of his earth time with us forty-four
In the beginning he wrote his instructions to the mandali on
slates; later, he spelt out words by pointing to the letters of
the English alphabet painted on a board, and as some of the
disciples became adept at reading his fingers, this became
his way of conversing and dictating his discourses and
messages. Much later again, in 1954, he discarded the
letter-board and communicated by signs, gestures and
expression; and to the disciples who lived with him, and to
those with whom he lived in their homes and daily work,
and on occasion were permitted to come to him, this was
the most eloquent way of all for he was the master of
expression and the perfection of mime.
Although Baba was silent, there was no 'sitting silently at the
feet of the master' with him; indeed some who came to the
ashram for that purpose were looked upon as oddities,
unripe yet to enjoy the Master's company. Conversation
was winged; and when the jokes were rich and the stories
absurdly tall Baba was hard put to prevent his merriment
breaking into sounding laughter. This was truly God-the-Man
God enjoying his Lovers' efforts to entertain him. And the
greatest entertainer of them all was the silent Gustadji. But
always behind the lightest moment was a numbed sense of
the terrible weight of the world burden he bore and the
crucifixion he suffered because of our ignorance; and a
horizonless rejoicing that one day he would speak and
deliver himself of his burden, and us into a New Humanity.
God-Man's Silence was our waiting. And still we wait. And
we can wait cheerfully because there is nothing else to do,
for he does everything. We wait while he peels off the skins
of our ignorance and we stand naked in the truth that each
himself is the beloved Who-Alone-exists.
In reality God said everything that was to be said when he
uttered the Word of creation. In that one word he said the
stars and suns and Earth and all its forms and people. It
took six periods of vast duration for God's speaking to be
completed. Then he stopped speaking, for everything
actual or potential had been said. And the seventh day was
of the Original Silence.
Even when he was speaking that one Word which brought
the world into existence, and made all words even when
he was shut in the darkness of Nothing which his Word had
caused; when he was locked in the hardness of stone; when
as a leaf he longed for movement, as a worm for travel, as
a fish for wide ocean-acreage, as a bird for rarer
atmospheres, as an animal for beautiful man-form, he was
silent. All these things were by his imagination, not of his
Truth which is indivisible, and of the very Silence itself. His
communication with all the things and beings of his Word
has always been in silence, because in silence are all the
best things given and received and all love-talk ends in
the silence of a sigh.
If only we could have become silent when he was with us,
enjoying nothing but the sweet word of his presence, we
might have lost ourselves entirely in his song and seen him
as the real Self of ourselves.
We wait for the Wave of his Word to rise on his Ocean of
Silence and beat on the doors of our hearts, and cry: Who?
Who is your God? And we will answer in tremendous
gladness You, you Beloved, are our God. You are the
Ocean of us and we are the drops of You.
Of his Silence, Meher Baba at different times said:
I am the Ocean of Silence, but I am never silent.
I am eternally speaking in what you say to one another;
and the voice that you hear deep within your souls is my
voice inspiring and guiding you.
God has been everlasting working in silence, unobserved,
unheard except by those who experience that infinite
If my silence does not speak to you, of what use would it
be if I spoke in the language of your minds? When my
speaking will be heard universally, God will make me speak.
But that speaking will not be speeches of words, but the
Word of words which will irresistibly impart to those who
are ready the 'I am God' (Anal Haq or Aham Brahma-Asmi)
Listening to music makes me happy, for it reminds me
again that the universe and all its forms came out of my
Original Song which was the Voice of Silence.
When God makes me sing this Song again, those who
love me will be lost in the Song and will see me as the
real Self in everyone.
I am eternally talking in your talk and I am bored with
the talk, for it is all idle when it is not lived. I will speak
when I feel like saying the Word which was spoken in
the Beginningless Beginning for that is the only Word
worth speaking. Words are the prose of the world, and
the world is my burden; my language is the poetry of my
creative Word, and when I speak that Word it will touch
the hearts of all men and its divine touch will make them
feel the oneness of all. Then separateness will dissolve
and hatred and jealousy and greed will melt away.
Diversity will still be for your life in illusion requires its
experience, but behind and beneath and through all the
diversity will be the feeling and knowledge of oneness;
and the so-called sinner will feel that he one day will be a
saint, and the saint will know that God is in the sinner as
much as in himself.
Ages and ages ago I performed the grand miracle of
bringing the whole of this illusory creation out of myself.
I will perform another such miracle when I break my
silence. It will be the first and the last in my present
incarnation. I will not raise the dead, but make those
who live for the world dead to it. I will not give sight to
the blind, but make those who see the world as reality
blind to it so that they shall see me as I am.
My whole mission is to utter this Word of Truth which
will pierce the mind of man and go straight to his heart.
That will be my moment of fulfilment and the opening
of the flood-gate of Grace will be the opening up of new
ways to eternity.
With the dawn of the realization of the unity of all life,
hatred and dissension will cease. To love will be natural
and so it will be easy for men to understand one another,
and they will enjoy a brotherhood in the realization of the
oneness of God.
When I break my Silence, which must be soon, all who
have known me, or who know me in their hearts in some
degree will see me: some a glimpse, some a little more
and some still more. It will be as when an electric
power-house is switched on: whatever bulbs are
connected to it will be lit: small bulbs will give a dim light,
big bulbs a bright light; but from bulbs that are fused
there will not be any light.
I have come not to teach but to awaken. From the
beginning of man-time I have laid down principles and
given precepts for men's well-being, but they have made
a mockery of my teaching. Instead of practising the
compassion I taught, men have waged wars in my name;
instead of living the humility, purity and truth of my words
they have given way to hatred, greed and violence.
Because men in the past have been deaf to the
principles and precepts given them, this time I am silent.
You have asked for, and been given, enough words
it is now time to live them. To get nearer to God you
have to get further and further from 'I,' 'my,' 'Me' and
'mine.' You do not have to renounce anything but your
own self. It is just as simple and as impossible as that.
But it is possible by my Grace. And I have come to
release that Grace.
I am the divine Beloved who loves you more than you
can ever love yourself. When I release the flood of Truth
which is what I have come to do men's daily lives
will be the living precepts, and the words I have not
spoken will come to life in them.
The time of Grace is so near that the only thing that can
count now is love.