|Baba's Birthday Morning at Meherazad|
It is now official: The Meherazad pilgrim season has come to a close. Already, all the scintillating decorations that had been put up for Baba’s birthday have been taken down and repacked into their respective trunks until next year. And even the sun seems to have officially acknowledged the beginning of summer with temperatures rising just as the days are lengthening.
But in this new age of instant communication through the internet, His lovers from across the globe can still enjoy a peek at His birthday celebration at Meherazad through Tavern Talk.
During Baba’s lifetime, His birthday was celebrated very simply when He was at Meherazad and His wish is still maintained till this day. It was the servants who had originally requested Baba to allow them the privilege of decorating Meherazad for His birthday. In their love for Him, they wanted to do something special. And in response to their love, He agreed. Saving what little they could spare from their pay, the workers bought colored paper and strung paper flags and home-made decorations in Mandali Hall and across Meherazad in celebration. Over time the decorations have grown, and today the workers and residents join hands in creating a fairyland of lights, flowers and sparkle in commemoration of the birth of the Birthless One, Beloved Avatar Meher Baba.
Baba had told the men and women mandali residing with Him at Meherazad that the only celebration they need do was to call out His name seven times at the stroke of 5:00 a.m., His time of birth. For the rest of the day, it was business as usual for the Avatar and His mandali.
Thus, to this day, the men residents gather in Mandali Hall, just as the mandali did in His time, and at the stroke of 5:00 a.m. call out Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai seven times. Simultaneously, the women residents of Meherazad stand before Baba’s bed in His room and call out His Jai seven times. In the darkness before dawn, only the glorious sound of His name permeates and pervades Meherazad.
|The women servant workers at Meherazad draw beautiful rangoli designs throughout Meherazad on Baba's birthday.|
|Mandali Hall just after 5:00 a.m. A tray of roses is there for whoever wishes to offer a flower to Baba.|
|Baba's lift chair is garlanded for His birthday.|
|The Blue Bus.|
|Mehera's Porch is decorated for her Beloved.|
|The bell outside Baba's room.|
|When the women residents finished calling out Baba's Jai, the outside door to His room was opened to welcome the men residents inside for darshan.|
|Meherwan Jessawala taking Baba's darshan in His room.|
|Baba's gadi, in the corner of the sitting room.|
|Baba's Birthday cake and decorations at His dining room table.|
|== Avatar Meher Baba Trust