20130629 – Nadine Tolstoy’s first meeting with Baba

Nadia Tolstoy was the daughter-in-law of Count Leo Tolstoy, the Russian author of War and Peace. She was living with her husband Ilya outside of New York City. She had studied music at the University of Petrograd and spoke several languages. Interested in mystical literature and esoteric philosophy, Nadia was a sincere seeker of […]

20130628 – Interview in New York – Part 3 (Final)

“Poverty, if cheerfully endured, and providing one does one’s best to find work, develops humility and patience, and can greatly assist spiritual progress. It is a test of character. I know it is difficult to be cheerful when starving, but all worthwhile things are difficult.”

Baba concluded, “Even millionaires are unhappy unless they have […]

20130627 – Interview in New York – Part 2

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“All at once?” Collins inquired.

“Yes. Hard liquor should have been barred, but not beer and wine. We might then have had a law that could have been enforced. As it is, we have a law which makes money for dishonest officials and increases vice everywhere.”

Continuing, Baba spelled out, “I believe […]

20130626 – Interview in New York – Part 1

 

Although Baba stayed in New York City for only three days, hundreds of people wanted to see him. Norina Matchabelli had been in charge of arranging Baba’s schedule. More reporters came to interview him, and many accounts about the “Indian Messiah” were published in the local newspapers, which brought the interest […]

20130625 – Avataric Advent – Part 3 (Final)

The Master merely diverts the current into the right channel. It will be one of my greatest miracles to bring together and blend the realistic West with the idealistic East; and the West at the zenith of its material and intellectual attainment and the East at the height of its spiritual manifestation in the […]

20130624 – Avataric Advent – Part 2

The period of junction of the old and new cycle usually connotes the advent of a Master who rejuvenates religious thought, infusing new life and meaning into the old order of things. Besides imparting the highest state of spirituality to a select few, he gives a general push to the whole world.

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20130623 – Avataric Advent – Part 1

Nearing America, Baba dictated a new message and had it printed on the ship’s press. At first, none of the mandali could understand why Baba had gone to this trouble while still at sea, but when the steamer was forty miles from New York on May 19th, newspaper reporters requesting an interview swarmed to […]

20130621 – Baba’s Mission to the west

 

Baba with Charles Purdom, London, 1932*

Meher Baba’s message for the Paramount Newsreel was as follows:

My coming to the West is not with the object of establishing new creeds and spiritual societies and organizations, but it is intended to make people understand religion in its true sense. True religion consists […]

20130618 – Surrender is better than love on the spiritual path

 

Continuing, Baba explained about the path:

Love and self-surrender both lead one to the Goal. But generally in the path of love, one drops his body after reaching the final destination. Whereas the one who treads the path of surrender, besides becoming conscious of God, also becomes conscious of the three […]

20130617 – Heros conquer mind

Baba met with people until two in the morning, giving a discourse on divine love to Jamshed Mehta and praising the selfless service he was doing in Karachi. Baba then stated: Real worship is within – inside the heart – not in the outward muttering of words. To enter the spiritual […]