|Children's Day At Meherazad|
For the last few years, Meherazad has re-initiated an old tradition reaching back to the early years after Baba dropped His body. The children from the nearby Pimpalgaon-Malvi village High School and elementary school are invited to Meherazad around the time of Baba's birthday to have His darshan, learn a little about the Avatar of the Age and have the opportunity to entertain the Lord and His lovers. It is a memorable day for pilgrims and Meherabad and Meherazad residents, alike, to feel the openness of the children and their enthusiasm.
This year Children's Day fell on 20th of February. Hundreds of children with their teachers arrived at Meherazad with excitement and wonder in their eyes. We, in turn, felt wonder at seeing what the children had accomplished during the last year. Several Meherazad and Meherabad residents teach conversational English once a week to the upper classes, 9th -12th graders, and for the Children's Day program their classes sang "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" flawlessly in English.
The culmination of Children's Day is to take Baba's darshan in Mandali Hall and receive a big bag of prasad; ladoos, a traditional sweetmeat made from chickpeas, along with a packet of a salty and spicy mixture of chickpeas, dried coconut, fried and crispy puffed rice and peanuts. To see the joy, wonder and appreciation in the eyes of the children is heartening, no doubt, but most wonderful is to witness their hearts opening to the love of Avatar Meher Baba.
|Big and little students arriving for the program..|
|Principal Kharade giving the opening address.|
|The program begins with much laughter and excitement.|
|Hughie MacDonald astounds his helper, chosen from among the children, with his magic trick.|
|Students studying Do Quan Do, a martial art, give an amazing demonstration.|
|Children singing He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, with their volunteer teachers leading them in the song and accompaniment.|
|Traditional Indian dance performances from the little ones as well as older students were enjoyed by everyone.|
|The line for darshan in Mandali Hall began at the frontside of Meherazad on the men's side and wound its way around the gate. But the girls didn't mind waiting their turn patiently.|
|Once inside the hall, the beauty and atmosphere filled the children with awe and joy.|
|Even the littlest children had their chance to take Baba's darshan at His Seat in Mandali Hall.|
Not only did the children take darshan and receive prasad, but our old neighbors as well.