5 January 1941

"I give no importance to creed, dogma, caste, or the performance of religious ceremonies and rites but to the understanding of the following Seven Realities:

  1. The only Real Existence is that of the one and only God, who is the Self in every finite self.
  2. The only Real Love is the love for this Infinity (God), which arouses an intense longing to see, know, and become one with its Truth (God).
  3. The only Real Sacrifice is that in which, in pursuance of this love, all things—body, mind, position, welfare, and even life itself—are sacrificed.
  4. The only Real Renunciation is that which abandons, even in the midst of worldly duties, all selfish thoughts and desires.
  5. The only Real Knowledge is the knowledge that God is the inner dweller in good people and in so-called bad, in saint and in so-called sinner. This knowledge requires you to help all equally as circumstances demand without expectation of reward; when compelled to take part in a dispute, to act without the slightest trace of enmity or hatred; to try to make others happy with brotherly or sisterly feeling for each one; and to harm no one in thought, word, or deed—not even those who harm you.
  6. The only Real Control is the discipline of the senses to abstain from indulgence in low desires, which alone ensures absolute purity of character.
  7. The only Real Surrender is that in which poise is undisturbed by any adverse circumstance; and the individual, amidst every kind of hardship, is resigned with perfect calm to the will of God.”

— Meher Baba

January in the Life of Meher Baba January January February March April May June July August September October November December
1 January 1932 Baba returns to India from his first trip to Europe and America.
1 January 1933 Baba sees the Sphinx and the great pyramids of Cheops and Chephren at Gizeh, Egypt.
1 January 1950 Baba wishes all New Life companions a "Happy New Life" and offers a piece of cake to all. This signifies the end of the training period of the New Life and the beginning of the New Life in earnest.
2 January 1927 Baba stopped writing but doesn't start using the alphabet board until 5 January. In the days in between he points to letters in newspapers.
2 January 1953 Baba visits the grave of His follower, Jal D. Kerawalla and places roses on his grave. He remarks, "Jal lived for me and died in me."
3 January 1953 Baba gives darshan to almost 1,500 children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old.
5 January 1927 Baba starts using the alphabet board.
6 January 1907 Mehera Irani is born. About his beloved Mehera, Baba said, "She is my very breath without which I cannot live."
7 January 1927 Baba begins using an alphabet board which is painted for Him. The chart was first printed in block letters on paper, then later on cardboard, and eventually the alphabet was painted on a small wooden board.
9 January 1941 Baba dictates the "Seven Realities."
11 January 1926 Meher Baba composes his own arti, "Bujaave Naar " which later becomes known as the Gujarati Arti.
12 January 1933 Baba arrives in Colombo Ceylon. He stays at the White Horse Hotel for three days.
12 January 1942 Baba asks B.D. Jessawala (Eruch's father) to light the dhuni at Meherabad and keep it burning for 48 hours.
16 January 1953 Baba's first tour of Andhra, in the southern part of India.
16 January 1965 Baba is taken to the hospital in Ahmednagar for X-rays. As he is experiencing pain in his chest, neck and spine. The doctor surmises that the source of the problem is due to Baba's having bowed down to so many persons over the years.
17 January 1861 Perfect Master Tajuddin Baba is born.
17 January 1951 Baba contacts 24 masts (God-intoxicated souls) in the Hydrabad area.
17 January 1948 Baba begins a 40-day seclusion and fast.
18 January 1953 In Andhra, Baba washes the feet of seven poor persons during the period of his Fiery Free Life. He then gives darshan to thousands.
22 January 1953 Baba has his car stopped in Dowlaiswaram, near the Godavari river, where he dips his hands and feet into the water and washes his face. As the sun sets on the horizon. Baba explains the spiritual significance of this act as very rare. The place where it is done is purified for those who come later.
28 January 1953 Baba washes the feet and bows down to 56 of his followers. He explains that he is bowing down to the 56 God-realized ones through his followers.
31 January 1930 Baba goes to Meherabad where he discloses, "In the future Meherabad will be like Jerusalem. For my spiritual work, it is the best possible place. It will always be the center of My work."
31 January 1939 Baba visits the Taj Mahal by moonlight.
31 January 1952 The New Life phase of Baba's work ends. Still, Baba says the New Life will live on eternally, even if there is no one to live it. A dhuni (fire) is lit. Baba states that he now frees himself from external religious ceremonies.
31 January 1969 Meher Baba drops the body at 12 noon. Starting in January, 1970 this date came to be called Amartithi and is celebrated each year in India and around the world.