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CCCs
  – Billy Goodrum

Amartithi
  – Bruce Felknor

"You'll find Me in the garden"
  – Jenny Keating

'Heart Tires of Its Gaudy Dress' – Francis Brabazon
  – Buck Busfield

HOLLYWOOD
  – Billy Goodrum

Trust and Intimacy
  – Jenny Keating

Living with Baba
  – Bruce Felknor

When Words Fail . . . Just Use More Words
  – Buck Busfield

Suffering and Service
  – Juniper Lesnik

SPOILER ALERT
  – Billy Goodrum

The charm of His ways. . .
  – Jenny Keating

The Importance of Being Furnished
  – Bruce Felknor

It's Been Fun
  – Steve Klein

Let’s Talk about Love
  – Juniper Lesnik

Cannes
  – Billy Goodrum

In the world but not of it . . .
  – Jenny Keating

Give Me Your Imperfections
  – Wendy Connor

Children of the One God
  – Bruce Felknor

As the Poet Says
  – Steve Klein

Happy Endings
  – Jenny Keating

Thoughts on Furniture
  – Billy Goodrum

Going Home
  – Juniper Lesnik

A Tale of Two Connections
  – Bruce Felknor

The Flowering Seed
  – Wendy Connor

Baby Steps
  – Steve Klein

Patience
  – Jenny Keating

Hold On!
  – Juniper Lesnik

Waiting for the New Humanity
  – Billy Goodrum

Remembering
  – Bruce Felknor

The Beloved's Beloved
  – Wendy Connor

Compare and Contrast
  – Steve Klein

It's in the struggle . . .
  – Jenny Keating

Time
  – Juniper Lesnik

The Tipping Point
  – Billy Goodrum

Learning Poise
  – Bruce Felknor

When "Good Enough" Isn't
  – Steve Klein

Conflict and Joy
  – Jenny Keating

Sleepless in San Jose
  – Juniper Lesnik

Vacation Incarnation
  – Steve Klein

Nerve Endings of the Soul
  – Jenny Keating

"Let the World Wait"
  – Wendy Connor

Religion vs Spirituality
  – Steve Klein

The Bigger Challenge
  – Wendy Connor

Que Sera Sera
  – Steve Klein

To Be Honest
  – Juniper Lesnik

Praise and Blame
  – Steve Klein

Being Right
  – Steve Klein

To Love God is To Love Our Fellow Beings
  – Juniper Lesnik

God is Alive in the World
  – Wendy Connor

Determined to Be His
  – Steve Klein

The Stuff We're Made Of
  – Juniper Lesnik

"I Will Always Be With You": Memories of the East West Gathering
  – Wendy Connor

Half Full or Half Empty?
  – Steve Klein

Love The One You're With
  – Steve Klein

Ordinary Life
  – Juniper Lesnik

Baba Loved Us Too
  – Wendy Connor

Feeling His Love
  – Steve Klein

He is both Father and Mother
  – Juniper Lesnik

A Leap of Faith
  – Wendy Connor

Becoming His
  – Steve Klein

Don't Worry, Be Happy
  – Juniper Lesnik

A Life Worth Living
  – Wendy Connor

Love The One You're With
  – Steve Klein

What a Mighty Beloved our Beloved is
  – Wendy Connor

To thine own self be true?
  – Steve Klein

The Sweets of His Love
  – Wendy Connor

Sickness and Health
  – Juniper Lesnik

Giving Advice
  – Steve Klein

"Garlic-Faced"
  – Wendy Connor

To Love and Be Loved
  – Juniper Lesnik

Talking About The Truth
  – Steve Klein

The Script was Written Long Ago
  – Wendy Connor

Excuse Me, Which Way to God?
  – Steve Klein

Letting Go
  – Juniper Lesnik

The Mosquitoes are Bad Today
  – Wendy Connor

What If A Teaching Moment Never Comes?
  – Steve Klein

Beads On One String
  – Juniper Lesnik

Youth Sahavas '07
  – Wendy Connor

Stop, You're Both Right!
  – Steve Klein

God, Please Give me a Job
  – Juniper Lesnik

"It Just Passes More Quickly"
  – Wendy Connor

Multiple Meher Babas
  – Steve Klein

Winking Back
  – Juniper Lesnik

The Treasure Within
  – Wendy Connor

Holding On, But Losing One's Grip
  – Steve Klein

1969
  – Ann Conlon

Obedience
  – Ann Conlon

Meher Center – The Way It Was
  – Ann Conlon

Armageddon, Anyone?
  – Ann Conlon

What Does Baba Want Me to Do?
  – Ann Conlon

Baba's 'Things'
  – Ann Conlon

What Does THAT Mean?
  – Ann Conlon

The Way It Was – Meherabad
  – Ann Conlon

Broken Heads
  – Ann Conlon

Doing "Baba Work"
  – Ann Conlon

On Being Ill
  – Ann Conlon

Enid
  – Ann Conlon

To Each His Own
  – Ann Conlon

Meherjee
  – Ann Conlon

Youth Sahavas
  – Ann Conlon

Kitty
  – Ann Conlon

The Lonely Path
  – Ann Conlon

Isn't He Enough?
  – Ann Conlon

He Said What?
  – Ann Conlon

Goher
  – Ann Conlon

Taking a Dare
  – Ann Conlon

Seeking Suffering
  – Ann Conlon

Dreams
  – Ann Conlon

Amartithi
  – Ann Conlon

Margaret
  – Ann Conlon

"The Disciple"
  – Ann Conlon

I Wonder ...
  – Ann Conlon

Backbiting, etc.
  – Ann Conlon

Hearing His Name
  – Ann Conlon

Rites, Rituals and Ceremonies
  – Ann Conlon

"Baba's Group"
  – Ann Conlon

His Promise
  – Ann Conlon

Then and Now
  – Ann Conlon

Middlemen Revisited
  – Ann Conlon

Padri
  – Ann Conlon

Gateway Days
  – Ann Conlon

The New Life
  – Ann Conlon

Books, Books and More Books
  – Ann Conlon

Elizabeth Patterson
  – Ann Conlon

His "Last Warning"
  – Ann Conlon

Detachment
  – Ann Conlon

Is That A Religion Coming?
  – Ann Conlon

Manifestation: Did He Or Didn't He?
  – Ann Conlon

A Country of Our Own?
  – Ann Conlon

Remembering Mohammed
  – Ann Conlon

Advice (Sort-Of) for Newcomers
  – Ann Conlon

You're a Baba Lover If...
  – Ann Conlon

Real Happiness
  – Ann Conlon

Baba Lover, Baba Follower or Both?
  – Ann Conlon

Meherazad – The Way It Was
  – Ann Conlon

The Strongest Memories
  – Ann Conlon

All (Baba) Things Considered

Living with Baba

Those who do not dare to love Me seek safety on the shores. You who have been loving Me are swimming in this Divine Ocean. Love Me more and more until you get drowned in Me. Dive deep and you will gain the priceless pearl of infinite Oneness. ~ Meher Baba 


We have all experienced how worldly life tends to encroach on inner life with Baba. Recently, I reached a tipping point between the demands of my various activities − which left me feeling very much away from Baba − and my longing to be ever closer to Him. I found myself living in the details of my experiences and routinely enumerating my woes: things for which there were no time, things I didn’t like, or things I didn’t have. Taking Baba’s name, which is my long habit, felt like it had become reflexive at times and was increasingly a matter of “hanging on” and less about “being with.”

I knew intuitively that I had to take some action, but I was at a loss as to exactly what I should do. All I knew was that I had to dive deeper. While I was in this state, I left my home to attend a meeting in Myrtle Beach.

I often find answers to pressing questions when I visit Meher Spiritual Center. In each of the kitchens there are message boards: “Notes for staff, suggestions, repairs, needs, and also notes to guests.” I’m sure they are used for their stated purpose from time to time, but I usually find notes from Baba there, addressed to me. This time, there were the following lines −from the Perfect Master and poet, Kabir− which Baba had instructed Mehera J. Irani (Baba’s Beloved and closest woman disciple) to memorize when she first joined Him in the ashram at age 17:


Once and for all make the resolve
That everything is God’s and nothing is mine.
Let that be your resolve.

In me there is nothing of mine
Whatever there is, is Yours.
Having made over to You what is Yours
What concern have I with any of it?


The message was quite clear to me: I have not yet made the resolve that everything is Baba’s and nothing is mine. In order to draw closer to Him, I have to make that resolution – once and for all.

But what does it mean to make this resolution? It’s not merely a trick of the mind, but something that has to come to life – to be lived and practiced – in order for it to be real. This and everything is all God’s. 

Later in my stay, I picked up another clue during a conversation with a friend about the early influx of young people to the Center from the mid 1960s onward. He was reflecting on Kitty Davy’s and Elizabeth Patterson’s natural, whole-hearted, and loving welcome to the young people who were drawn to come to the Center. The mid- to late 60s in America were wrought by division, misunderstanding, and distrust between the younger generation and the “Establishment” generation. In worldly terms, it’s hard to imagine a less likely response from two elderly ladies on meeting these long-haired and sometimes unkempt young people. Nevertheless, Kitty and Elizabeth were always alive to what Baba wanted from them. They put Baba first, and their response to any circumstance or situation was: "What does Baba want?" That’s very different from the conventional view at that time, which was more often asking, “What is wrong with the younger generation?” It’s also a very different response from what I had to my own challenges. I found that I wasn’t always putting Baba first; I was putting my world and my problems first. We can want what Baba wants or we can want what we want; we can’t have both.

Near the end of my visit, I went to Sheriar Books for some new reading and listening material. I was directed to a book Baba had recommended to Kitty Davy and which Kitty then used to recommend to others: The Practice of the Presence of God. Comprised of conversations with Brother Lawrence (mid-seventeenth century) and his collected maxims, this book is indeed wonderful, and it’s easy to see why Baba recommended it.

Most striking to me is how constantly Brother Lawrence remembered God in his mundane life, and how he drew Him into all activities. Sometimes in the form of lengthy exhortations and sometimes in the form of pithy, intimate expressions, he made God first and foremost in his life, whether at work, at prayer, or at rest.

I returned home from the Center enthused and refreshed. My world is still here, but I’m trying more whole-heartedly to live Baba’s wish, to make Him my constant companion, to put Him first, and to bring to life Kabir’s words in me.


 …to love God one has to keep Him present and never be absent from Him. This means while doing all duties, doing all deeds, while thinking all thoughts and speaking all words, we have always to have His remembrance, remembering Him as the background to everyone and everything. This means in every little thing, good or bad both, we should remember Him and then all responsibility rests with Him. ~ Meher Baba 

Published December 2015