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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

Patience

The old saying, “patience is a virtue,” seems to be something that might have originated with the advent of the Avatar. Baba talks about it, His Mandali talk about it; it seems it’s one of the key qualities needed on the spiritual path. And often linked with patience is the need to cultivate contentment. A key reference to these two qualities is found in Baba’s How to Love God message: “If we endure our lot with patience and contentment, accepting it as His Will, we are loving God.” And other, just-as-strong quotes on patience, are to found in Baba’s Discourses: “. . . one of the first requirements of the aspirant is that he should combine unfailing enthusiasm with unyielding patience.” (Vol. 111, p. 121); and “The fleeting and evasive thoughts and desires of the mind can be curbed only with great patience and persistent practice.” (Vol 1, p. 72).

Lots of stories from the lives of the Mandali have patience as their theme. There is this delightful picture of Dr Goher in the New Life, (where the patience of the Mandali must have been fully tested!) singing this following song to entertain Baba:
     Patience, patience, patience, be patient.

     Your patience will be rewarded by God.
     
Patience is a divine attribute of God,

     Be devoted and dedicated to patience.

     Through patience your trials and tribulations will be dissolved.
And I remember Eruch once said regarding his job as Baba’s mouthpiece: “In spite of my difficulties at times, Baba was very patient. He was patience personified, and whenever I found myself unable to follow his fingers on the board or his hand gestures, he would constantly repeat them with infinite patience until I made headway.” But one of my favourites on this theme would have to be this telling story from Mehera’s life told in her own words in the book ‘Mehera’:

“I remember one year that the monsoon had failed, and we badly needed rain. We complained to Baba, "Why isn't it raining?"
And Baba told us, "Wait, it will rain one day, just have patience."
Baba always wants us to have patience. He had told us that it would rain, and after a few days it did rain. While it was still raining Baba called me to watch the rain and He said, "See, aren't you happy?"
"Yes, Baba," I replied. And then I asked Him, "It's raining well now, Baba, but once it stops will it rain again soon? Will it rain again in fifteen days?"
Baba told me, "It's raining now, so be happy about that. Don't think about what will happen in fifteen days!”

On and off, over the years, I’ve been keeping a journal as I find it helps process what I am thinking and feeling at a particular time in my life. Recently, I was re-reading some entries and was bemused to find that the same issues I was dealing with in earlier years are the issues I am still dealing with today! I was somewhat shocked to see how little things had changed. The contexts may have slightly altered but the issues have remained pretty much the same. They are to do with family matters, with my interactions with people, with my work and most of all with issues about my own nature. But what I now realise is that a lot of the “sting” that once surrounded these issues has gradually subsided. I’m not so much troubled as I used to be in wanting to change things. I’m not so personally invested in wanting a particular outcome.

The issues are still there, no doubt, and require me to exercise patience but they are less troublesome. Maybe this is what contentment means; maybe this is the benefit of getting older. I remember Eruch once said – “be patient, the sweetness does come. Just remember Him." And I recall too what Francis wrote towards the end of his biography, The Wind of the Word which I found to be helpful advice: “Endure. Remember that the only thing that matters is the love with which one does what one does, with which one says what one says” – in other words, one needs patience.

Everyone seems to have a favourite photograph of Baba’s, a favourite Baba story, a favourite Baba song. It is the way, I think, that Baba establishes a very intimate and personal relationship with each of us. And all of us seem to have a favourite saying of Baba’s, one that seems to address their particular needs and nature. In one of my first journal entries I had written one of my early favourites that now seems to speak to me even more vividly. It is part of Baba’s message on the “Eternal Now."

Reading it now in the light of what I have recorded in my journals, I can start to see why Baba has repeatedly thrown things in my way that have tested my patience, and continues to do so. It is not so much to teach me patience as an end in itself, but so He can make me depend on Him ever more deeply so I can begin to know and experience that the only real abode of contentment in my life is in Him: “Not by fruitless surveys of the past, nor by elusive longings for the future, nor by enslavement to the fleeting moment, but by staking everything for God, is it possible for you to experience yourself as the illimitable ocean of love. Here and nowhere else is the final solution of all your problems.”