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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

Youth Sahavas '07

Meher Center is still vibrating from the remarkable energy of the 165 young people who attended this year's Youth Sahavas -- the 17th held here. It's difficult to describe what happens to the young people and the Center during this ten-day event but one thing is always clear, the Center comes fully alive and sparkles with Baba's presence.

The participants came from all over the United States and the world: this year, 3 traveled from Australia, 2 from Canada and one from England. The week long event is carefully planned beforehand by 60 young adults who serve as counselors, kitchen staff, art tent staff and workerwallas for the 105 teenagers who attend. Everyday there are discussion groups, workshops, beach time, evening programs that include films of Baba, a talent celebration, a dhuni, and a special farewell night in the Barn when all have an opportunity to bow down and place a flower on Baba's chair. On Sunday, the last day, everyone walks to Baba's House holding hands and says the prayers together and then their goodbyes.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of the Sahavas is that the staff is made up of young adults who were once participants themselves. While the event is administered by Meher Center's Youth Sahavas Committee, in a very real hands-on way, this sahavas is put on by young adults for teenagers. It is no small feat to carve out these ten days (4 days for set up and clean up and 6 days with participants) -- to take leave from jobs, or time out from studies and, in some cases, forfeit vacation time with family. Yet, for each of them, the opportunity to serve Baba in this way is an opportunity they treasure and look forward to all year.

They arrive early and spend three days training and preparing for the week ahead. Each year the first day begins with an excerpt from a talk given by Mani in 1980 to the Meher Pilgrim Staff in India: "Never lose sight of the purpose of your being here. You are here because of Baba. While you are working here for Baba, never forget the real work that Baba does through whatever work you do. Each of you is Baba's special work. While He gives you an opportunity to work for Him, He is working on you. He uses the work you do to do His work within you -- He is quite tricky, you see!

"Don't lose perspective -- even though He wants you to wholeheartedly do the work entrusted to you, don't be so attached to the work itself that you find yourself failing to give what He really wants from you. Keep an eye on yourself. It's the little things that you trip over, things too small to make a show of, with no reward of glory attached, only service and the effort to please Him."

It is a gift to watch these young adults take Mani's words to heart and try wholeheartedly to put themselves aside to do their best for Baba and the younger ones.

There is no doubt that the main way young people find their own relationship with Baba is through each other. The sahavas provides a rare time and place where they can come together and talk about the struggles in their lives and, in an atmosphere of acceptance, share their common bond of love for the Avatar. There is a touching recognition amongst them that they belong to the same tribe -- His tribe.

Over the years, we have heard countless stories, from parents and teenagers alike, about the impact of the sahavas. Some of the teens have seen Baba physically. There is the boy who, at his first sahavas, saw Baba on the path to the Barn, and the two girls in the Lagoon Cabin who saw Baba sitting in His chair, smiling at them. This year, on the last day, a staff member discovered little notes addressed to Baba that had been slipped under the cushion on His chair in the Lagoon Cabin.

There is a wonderful story about a mother who picked her son up from the airport and driving home, asked him how it (the sahavas) went. The 15 year old replied, "Fine." She asked, "Well, how were the activities?" "Fine", he said. Hoping for something more specific, the mother asked, "Well, can you tell me anything that happened?" Her son turned to look at her and said, "I found God."

I recall a conversation Buz and I had with Eruch one morning while walking at Meherazad. We shared about our work with young people and working for Baba. Eruch turned to us and said,"Who are we to think that we can do Baba's work? After all, He has said that He alone does His work." And then he added, "Except for one thing: never let the generation to come say that you did not tell them about Him."

Clearly, Baba wants this generation of young people to know Him. We see Him ply His magic of awakening young hearts to His love each year through the youth sahavas.

It is particularly touching for me to see so many young ones on the Center at one time, because I often find myself reliving the birthday party Baba held for the children here in May of 1958. And I recall, with a smile, Baba stipulating that the only way an adult could attend was if a child brought them. As I watch the children gather daily at the Meeting Place, so near the site of the birthday party, I cannot help but think He planned this event long ago.