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Silence on Silence Day
  – Jenny Keating

Burned by Beauty
  – Buck Busfield

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

The Way It Was – Meherabad
  – Ann Conlon

What Does THAT Mean?
  – Ann Conlon

Doing "Baba Work"
  – Ann Conlon

Broken Heads
  – Ann Conlon

Enid
  – Ann Conlon

On Being Ill
  – 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

Thoughts on Furniture

I have taken my two children to the Meher Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach pretty much since they were born. They both made their first trips around the age of three months so that we could lay them on Baba’s bed. It’s one of the perks of being an infant. You get to lie on Baba’s bed. I don’t know what the cut-off age is for that, but every baby I’ve seen on Baba’s bed seems very happy about that particular exception to the rules. I have known adults that laid down under Baba’s bed. For the spiritual benefits. And to nap. But I haven’t seen anyone over the age of 18 months blatantly shatter the protocol and stretch out on Baba’s bed.

After graduating from Baba’s bed my kids began to bow down to it and other furniture at the Center. Due to Elizabeth Patterson’s good taste and resources, the chairs at the Center are dignified and seem to have an appropriate measure of gravitas. Especially in the Barn. There is a chair there that is so spectacular that one would almost consider bowing down to it for the craftsmanship alone. Almost. The chair in the Lagoon Cabin is elegant, simple and complex all at the same time. Kind of like my relationship with Baba. . . . minus the elegant part.

Being a male, I can’t stay in the Guest House where Baba spent time and I am told even used the bathtub. That being the case, one of my favorite pieces of furniture at the Center is the day bed in Baba’s House that He sat on and is open for public use. I’m thankful that this piece of furniture is so readily available to one and all. It’s blissful to sit on it in that wonderful room with Baba treasures. I’ve always loved sitting there and love that its size accommodates my family of four. Talk about quality family time. . . .

Most kids go through a “why” phase at some point in their young lives. Usually in the three to five year old range. They ask “why” about anything and everything: why is the sky blue, the world round but looks flat, salt salty etc. When they were younger my kids asked “why” about a good many things but never once asked why we bow down to Baba’s Chairs at the Center. It seems like a topic ripe for a “why” line of questioning but it never came up. Totally natural. I notice it is the same with other Baba kids.

However I have heard adults ask, more or less, the why question. After Meherana and the Los Angeles Center installed chairs that Baba had sat in and people started bowing down to them, I heard a friend use the phrase “the church of the chair.” He was concerned it was becoming a ritual and that it was a slippery slope towards the creation of a Baba centered religion.

Baba said He came to do away with rites, rituals and ceremonies. I know someone who once thought that bowing down in Baba’s Tomb had become a ritual and so refrained from doing it. He asked Eruch about it and Eruch replied: “yes, bowing down is a ritual. . . . but not bowing down is also a ritual.” That’s a good answer. Eruch Jessawala was adept at many, many things and good answers was one of them. Eruch, I’m guessing anyone reading this knows, was one of Meher Baba’s Mandali. Baba once remarked to His Mandali that: “You are all nothing but broken down furniture!” The Mandali were the most extraordinary people I have ever met and it’s hard to think of them as broken down in any way, shape or form.

Although many people from all walks of life have vacation houses on the South Carolina Coast, as far as I know, Baba is the first Avatar to have a second home in Myrtle Beach. Aside from His Universal work, of which I am clueless, He has it to share, in all its beauty, with us. His Lovers. A gift from Baba to all of us who long to make deeper contact with Him, long to strengthen our connection with Him, and having tasted the sweetness of doing it, long to bow down to Him in the chair in the Lagoon Cabin.