"I have come not to teach but to awaken. Understand therefore that I lay down no precepts.
Throughout eternity I have laid down principles and precepts, but mankind has ignored them. Man's inability to live God's words makes the Avatar's teaching a mockery. Instead of practicing the compassion he taught, man has waged crusades in his name. Instead of living the humility, purity and truth of his words, man has given way to hatred, greed and violence.
Because man has been deaf to the principles and precepts laid down by God in the past, in this present Avataric Form I observe Silence. You have asked for and been given enough words - it is now time to live them. To get nearer and nearer to God you have to get further and further away from `I,' Me,' and 'Mine.' You have not to renounce anything but your own self. It is as simple as that, though found to be almost impossible. It is possible for you to renounce your limited self by my Grace. I have come to release that Grace.
I repeat, I lay down no precepts. When I release the tide of Truth which I have come to give, men's daily lives will be the living precept. The words I have not spoken will come to life in them.
I veil myself from man by his own curtain of ignorance, and manifest my Glory to a few. My present Avataric Form is the last Incarnation of this cycle of time, hence my Manifestation will be the greatest. When I break my Silence, the impact of my Love will be universal and all life in creation will know; feel, and receive of it. It will help every individual to break himself free from his bondage in his own way. I am the Divine Beloved who loves you more than you can ever love yourself. The breaking of my Silence will help you to help yourself in knowing your real Self.
All this world confusion and chaos was inevitable and no one is to blame. What had to happen has happened and what has to happen will happen. There was and is no way out except through my coming in your midst. I had to come and I have come. I am the Ancient One.
— Meher Baba
|1 July 1923||Baba orders his men mandali to softly repeat their favorite name of God while walking in the early morning outside of Ahmedabad.|
|1 July 1932||Babas ship lands in Hong Kong en route to India at 7 a.m. Baba goes to Queen's Theater and sees the film, Skin Deep.|
|1 July 1949||Babas followers begin keeping silence to last the whole month of July.|
|6 July 1932||Baba arrives in Singapore. He is driven through the city. He sees the movie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Capital Cinema.|
|7 July 1933||Baba arrives in Rome by train. He stays in the Hotel Elysee, Baba is driven around the seven hills of Rome and visits the Vatican to see St. Peters Basilica. He goes to Capitoline Hill, the Forum, and the Colosseum in which he enters for a few minutes. Baba asks to be driven twice around Benito Mussolinis office.|
|9 July 1933||Ruano Bogislav meets Baba for the first time in Portofino, Italy. In Portofino, Baba completes "Questions and Answers."|
|9 July 1923||Baba breaks his liquid fast of six months and joins the mandali for a meal of rice and dal.|
|9 July 1925||Baba visits the women and men mandali, giving them his final words of guidance before his announced one year of silence.|
|9 July 1932||Babas ship docks at Penang, China. He visits two shrines, the Buddha and Snake temples.|
|9 July 1958||Instead of asking his followers to keep silence on July 10, as usual, Baba asks them to repeat seven times audibly at midnight, Beloved God, Thy will has come to pass. The dhuni at Meherabad is also lit at midnight. Immediately afterwards it rains.|
|10 July 1925||Meher Baba emerges from his Jhopdi (cottage) in Meherabad silent. His silence is to last the rest of his life 44 years. When asked by his disciples, "But how will you teach us if you are silent?" Baba replies, "I have come not to teach but to awaken."|
|10 July 1947||Babas lovers are to observe a fast on Silence Dayfor 24 hours beginning at 7 a.m. according to a previously issued circular.|
|10 July 1952||Following the serious car accident in the United States in which Baba, Mehera and others are injured, the Full Free Life phase of Babas work begins in which freedom dominates bindings and strength dominates weakness as the Complicated Free Life phase ends.|
|10 July 1953||Baba is in Dehra Dun. His followers throughout the world are asked to repeat audibly for one hour, the name of God according to their religion.|
|10 July 1958||"The Universal Message" is first read out during a gathering at Meherabad.|
|13 July 1925||Baba begins writing a book in his Jhopdi (cottage) at Meherabad each morning between 5 and 8:30 a.m. This book has come to be known as "The Book", and to this day it has not been seen.|
|13 July 1932||Babas ship reaches Colombo, the capital of Ceylon. Baba is driven around the city by taxi.|
|13 July 1966||A Bombay citizen sends a telegraph to Baba on behalf of all 5 million Bombay citizens suffering from lack of rain to the point of evacuating the city. Baba responds by cable, Bombay has begun to receive rains. Love, Meher Baba. Before the cable reached the citizens hand, it is raining in Bombay.|
|14 July 1952||Baba leaves Florence, SC for New York by train. He is wheeled in a wheelchair to the train as he is recovering from the Oklahoma accident.|
|15 July 1952||Baba and mandali arrive in Penn Station, NY and are driven to Scarsdale, NY to stay at the home of Kate Ferris, a friend of Filis Frederick.|
|16 July 1956||Baba leaves Bombay (Mumbai) for London for his twelfth visit to the West.|
|18 July 1932||Baba lands in Bombay (Mumbai) and immediately leaves again for his third visit to the West the same day.|
|18 July 1952||Baba greets new people for three days at Ivy Duces apartment in Manhattan. Hundreds come to see him for the first time.|
|21 July 1947||Baba starts an eleven-day fast.|
|23 July 1948||Opening of the new hall at lower Meherabad.|
|25 July 1926||The full moon day is observed at Meherabad. Baba plays the drum and is accompanied by chanting of the Marathi name of God, Vithal, Vithal!|
|25 July 1952||A celebrated film producer, Gabriel Pascal comes to Ivy Duces apartment for Babas darshan.|
|25 July 1950||Baba asks for Gods forgiveness and strength and offers his salutations to his New Life companions.|
|29 July 1932||Baba arrives by train in Santa Margherita, Italy. He stays in a villa located between Santa Margherita and Paraggi.|
|30 July 1953||Baba draws a picture of himself as a mischievous chicken.|
|30 July 1968||Baba declares his work is done and is completed 100% to his satisfaction and that the result of this work will also be 100%.|
|30 July 1952||Baba leaves NY for London. In London he stays in the Rubens Hotel for six days and many new people meet him there.|
|31 July 1937||Baba and his mandali sail for Cannes, France along with Mohammed the mast. This is Mohammaed's first and last journey out of India.|