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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

The charm of His ways. . .

The anniversary of Mehera's Reunion day, May 20, 1989, has just passed and in remembering her, her purity and lightness of spirit even in her grief, her bravery, her beauty, her grace, her infectious laughter and sparkling eyes, especially when reminiscing about her life with her 'darling Baba', I've been remembering all the ways in which she shared with us the beauty of Baba's love and the charm of His personality.

There was a richness and fullness to the portrait she 'painted' for us of her life with Him, and the stories she told reflected so poignantly His perfect humanity, humility, sweetness, kindness, generosity, consideration, patience. How He was so much fun to be around, full of energy and enthusiasm for life. How He loved to be active, to work, to play games, to communicate; how He enjoyed humour and all innocent pleasures.

Through Mehera we saw Baba's appreciation of the small things in life: His favourite flower was a simple wildflower from the open fields; the music He enjoyed was often just a simple 'folk' song rather than some clever and grand piece. So many stories highlight His enjoyment and participation in simple but witty humour which He found in everyday situations. In the early days of the Meherabad Ashram when Baba was still talking, Mehera recalls how the women would sometimes hear Baba laughing and joking outside with the men: "Baba had a rippling sort of laugh. He had a way of teasing and interjecting a funny remark into the conversation. His nature was playful and cheerful. He never liked a dull moment."

One time in the New Life when the women wanted to entertain Baba, they persuaded Goher to learn and perform a song for Baba despite her shyness and reticence. Baba was so pleased and had fun teasing Goher and wittily changing the meaning of the song, which made them all laugh. And Mehera highlighted in the telling of this story how Baba would entertain them and "in His beautiful way would make the atmosphere light and cheerful, and instead of us entertaining Him, He Himself would make us laugh."

And accounts of the New Life also reveal the King of Kings and Lord of the Universe participating humbly in the most mundane chores of the household: "Since Baba was now their 'companion,' He too participated in what the men thought were 'tedious chores,' sweeping His hut, washing His clothes, cleaning His utensils, plate and commode. . . . He also helped in the kitchen, even cleaning pots, and once the women saw Him drawing water from the well near their house. . . . Baba gave a helping hand to all, even carrying things on His head back and forth between the men's and women's side."

When Mehera spoke of Baba's ways you felt that Baba was not just setting an example in how to be but that He was that – His nature was that. He wasn't one to sit idly by while others worked, He loved people and being with people, helping and sharing the chores, as well as being the Beloved they must obey and always try to please. And Baba liked to please them also, especially Mehera. Mehera and Baba together showed how the give and take of love is so beautiful, each wanting to please the other above all else, willing to make sacrifices to ensure the happiness of the other.

Mehera also spoke often of Baba's concern with every detail of their lives, nothing was too small for His loving attention: "Baba's love is very beautiful, " Mehera would tell us, "His love and concern for every little detail, in health matters, in eating, drinking, doing my exercises every day. . . ." And this concern was seen in His attention to every detail of a Sahavas program when His lovers would come to stay. His concern for their health, their comfort and their well-being. 

When Baba was not 'working,' He loved to be entertained or to play games: "Baba was very sweet, but naughty also," Mehera would say with a smile. "When we played games, He loved to cheat. He loved games and He loved cheating also. He wanted to win every time. Baba never cheated at cricket, as He wanted a serious game. But at other times, especially cards and gilli-danda, He cheated left and right. We would shout, 'No Baba, no! You're cheating!' Baba would say, 'We'll count again,' but He would count incorrectly, and we would have to give in. This provided a lot of excitement, otherwise the game would have been too dull." And Mani added: "The simplest things, simple games with Baba became so full, because of Baba's interest, and the childlike joy with which He participated. Life with Baba was not easy, but it was fun. You wouldn't want anything more."

Published June 2015.