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Avatar Meher Baba Pune Centre Celebrating 50 years!
Beloved Baba's Birth Day Celebration at Pune Centre.
God Speaks, Meher Baba's monumental and unparalleled elucidation on the theme of God and creation, began in August 1953 and was published in 1955. In September 1954, Meher Baba gave a men-onlysahavasat Meherabad known as the "Three Incredible Weeks".During this time Baba issued a declaration- "Meher Baba's Call" In September 1954 Meher Baba gave His "Final Declaration" message, in which he made various enigmatic predictions
After 1958 Meher Baba for the most part discontinued His travels and public darshans, withdrawing into an increasingly strict seclusion for the purpose of what He called His "Universal Work." This seclusion work continued throughout the 1960s, broken only at rare intervals by such darshan programs as the East-West Gathering of 1962 and the Poona darshan of 1965.
Meher Baba spent His last years in seclusion, finishing His universal work. The strain of His work in seclusion took a tremendous toll on His health. Nevertheless Baba was pleased with the results, saying: “My work is done. It is completed one hundred percent to My satisfaction.” Shortly thereafter, on January 31, 1969, Meher Baba laid aside His physical body to live forever in the hearts of those who come to experience His love. In keeping with His prior instructions, His body was interred in the crypt on Meherabad Hill which had been prepared for this purpose thirty years earlier. Today, Meher Baba's Tomb at Meherabad is a site of pilgrimage, and thousands of visitors travel every year from all over the world to pay homage to one whom they regard as the Avatar of the age.
Meher Baba's teachings can roughly be divided into two main categories: His metaphysics on the nature of the soul and the Universe, found in His principal book God Speaks. The second, practical advice for the spiritual aspirant is found in the book Discourses. The Avatar Meher Baba Charitable Trust was established by Meher Baba in 1959, maintains His tomb and pilgrimage facilities, as well as a free school and dispensary and conducts other welfare activities. Meher Baba gave no importance to rites, rituals, or ceremonies, but attached the highest significance to love for God.Baba discouraged evangelizing, stating, "I need no propaganda or publicity."Rather, He encouraged His followers to "let your life itself be My message of love and truth to others"and to "spread My message of Love and Truth as far and wide as possible".
Divine love, Baba says, recognizes no barrier of caste, creed, religion, race, sex, or nationality but spreads directly from heart to heart. Affirming the validity of all paths to God if sincerely followed, Meher Baba directed His own disciples and followers to lead simple, natural lives, attending faithfully to worldly responsibilities while remembering God or the Master inwardly and dedicating all action to Him. Meher Baba's worldwide following today continues to love and honor Him not merely as a great spiritual teacher but as the actual divine Beloved or Manifestation of God in human form.
As He had said and which has been inscribed on His tomb:
I have come not to teach but to awaken.