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Alex is a scholar of religions. He studies comparative religions, religious texts, world cultures, religions, and religious practices.

God alone is real, and as we are permanently lodged in the Divine Beloved, we are all one.

— from "God Speaks" by Meher Baba

Meher Baba

Meher Baba

Who Is Meher Baba?

Meher Baba was born "Merwan Sheriar Irani" in February 25, 1894. His place of birth was in India. His death was on the 31st of January, 1969. (Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.) His followers believed, and many still believe, that he was an avatar, or incarnation, of God. For many Baba Lovers, or followers of Meher Baba, the avatar of God has been present in the past as the prophet Muhammad, Jesus the Christ, Zarathushtra (Zoroaster) the prophet, and Sri Krishna, the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama, etc.

Meher Baba

Meher Baba

Who Was Meher Baba?

Meher Baba was racially Persian, from a family of Zoroastrian faith. He spent some time in college, and eventually allegedly had a spiritual experience. He also stayed verbally silent for the final 44 years of his life on this Earth. (Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.) Meher Baba was a fascinating figure, whose life has made a lasting impact on the world. Although he is a bit of an obscure reference, his identity is not unknown to many students of religion and spirituality. Love him or hate him, Meher Baba is a lasting portion of our histories.

"Beloved You Alone Exist" Song

How I Found Meher Baba

I found Meher Baba in the early portion of the spiritual journey that I made as an elder child and young man. Because of the torments of my emotions, and the turbulence thereof - I was drawn to the apparent pantheism and Christian-like love of the faith surrounding Meher Baba. Meher Baba's smile, and the beauty of some of the teachings, made my own heart smile. I remember one dream I had about Meher Baba, sitting at a table. It involved pickles, so I would distance it from any kind of vision. Nonetheless, his presence heavily filled my mind's eye for a long time. I still think about him.

Artistic Rendition Of Meher Baba

Artistic Rendition Of Meher Baba

Pantheism

When one becomes acquainted with the teachings of Meher Baba, one wouldn't be abnormal to presume that his instructions are pantheistic. But, one must ask what Meher Baba considered himself to be. In an interview, when asked "[a]re you a pantheist?" Meher Baba replied "No. When you know God it is plain. The self is one with him at the height of experience." "[It might be said that, with these views, Baba was a panentheist, neither a mere theist nor a pantheist.]" (Timothy Conway, Ph.D.) I think this is largely a semantics argument, but I don't feel it strange to include Meher Baba's teachings within the list of pantheist ideologies.

Meher Baba

Meher Baba

Books By Meher Baba

Meher Baba may not have verbally spoken for many of his last years on the planet, but he still managed to write a large number of books. The book that I have always been drawn to, due to its title, has long been "God Speaks". The interesting thing about the title is that it was part of a book, written by a man who stopped speaking, who lived in silence, and who was believed to be God in the flesh - yet, the book references God speaking. If we were to believe that Meher Baba was God, and that God had stopped speaking - then, would anyone expect that same God to write a book stating that he is speaking? It is, perhaps, meant to be ironic.

Yet, in fact, there are no such things as time and space. Once the soul is freed of illusion, Illusion does not merely cease to exist, but is then found never to have existed at all.

— from "God Speaks" by Meher Baba

Sant Kabir

Meher Baba's life story is filled with the entangled lives of others, who are regarded as saints. Although many of these people may be unheard of outside of Baba Lovers and those who study religious histories, there are some individuals the reader may recognize. Among these is Kabir. In his book, Meher Baba references the saint. "[Kabir] was a Perfect Master as well as a poet." (Baba 67) I believe it noteworthy that some of Kabir's writings can be found in Sikhism's holy text, the Guru Granth Sahib.

"You Alone Exist" Song

Conclusion

Meher Baba was an interesting person. To some, he is a timeless saint. To some, he is a great guru. To some, he is God in human form. To some he was just a man. To others, he was an antichrist, false prophet, etc. But, whatever you think he was, he is sure to fascinate your intellectual ponderings. The words "jai Baba" will likely continue to part from the lips of devoted disciples of one of India's most memorable men.

Sources

Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust. (2021, December 27). Books by Baba. Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust. Retrieved January 8, 2022, from https://avatarmeherbabatrust.org/online-library/

Baba, M. (1997). God Speaks: The Theme of Creation and Its Purpose (Second). Sufism Reoriented.

Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. (n.d.). Meher Baba. Britannica. Retrieved January 8, 2022, from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Meher-Baba

Timothy Conway, Ph.D. (n.d.). MEHER BABA: A detailed chronology of his life and mission, with candid discussion of his personality and methods, and with many of his teachings on Divine Realization. Enlightened Spirituality. Retrieved January 8, 2022, from https://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/Meher_Baba.html

© 2022 Alexander James Guckenberger

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