|From the Very Earliest Days – Printed Publications|
On the 18th of February 1926 Meher Baba’s 32nd birthday was celebrated with great fanfare at Meherabad. The celebration went on from morning until late night with Baba giving darshan to thousands of devotees. But there was more to come — in The Combined Diary for the following day it is reported:
. . . A large number of visitors still remained in the Sai-Darbar which was closely packed with them, since those belonging to distant villages could not return back to their places in the dead of the last night when the celebrations of the day had terminated. Consequently Baba had to remain in one place till 11 'o'clock interviewing them without even attending the daily necessities. The 'Sat Samagam' booklets written by Mr. Goma Ganesh containing a short history of Baba and Meherabad were freely distributed to all by Baba himself as well as the mandali amongst the eager crowds . . . read the full entry for both days here and here. (Combined Diary excerpt from Trust Archives)
Sat Samagam (Face-to-Face with the Truth) written in the local Marathi language, is the first known publication to be printed about Meher Baba. It featured the photo below on the cover.
Meherabad, late 1925. (photo courtesy MN Publications)
This first publication was followed by many thousands to be prepared and distributed by Baba lovers, groups and publishers in India and around the world throughout the years of Beloved Baba’s ministry and beyond. A wide ranging collection of these is being cared for by the Trust’s Archives and recently a project was initiated to scan and make them available. The Archives has not yet located a copy of Sat Samagam, the historic first booklet, so if anyone has or knows where one can be found, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Using a special type of overhead scanner, the small publications, many of them quite fragile as well as poorly printed and bound, are able to be carefully digitised without the kind of damage that could be caused using a standard flatbed scanner. The quality of the digital reproduction is affected by the quality of the original printing and binding, but gives an authentic likeness of the publication.
Using the overhead scanner
Another very exciting feature of this scanner is its software which allows for the resulting images to be saved as a searchable PDF. Not only can facsimiles of the rare publications be looked at electronically, but the images of the printed pages can also be searched for any words the reader might be interested in.
An initial batch of pamphlets has been scanned and uploaded to the Trust’s Website here. Please check back from time to time as new items are added. As this work progresses books and periodicals will be added to the postings – with the goal of eventually making all of the many thousands of printed publications available for reading and research.
The pamphlets are arranged alphabetically on the Trust’s website and will open in your browser as a searchable pdf.