|Three Additions to the Trust's Online Library|
The Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust is pleased to announce the release of three titles through the Trust's Online Library: Shri Meher Baba, the Perfect Master: Questions and Answers; The Sayings of Shri Meher Baba; and The Silent Word: Being Some Chapters of the Life and Time of Avatar Meher Baba. The former two titles were published in 1933 by the Circle Editorial Committee in London, and are the first books authored by Baba that were published in the West. Each of these titles is being released in two versions: the first is the non-facsimile reproduction customary in Trust online eBooks, and the second is a photographic facsimile of the 1933 original. The latter version is being released because these two titles served as sources for the Trust-copyrighted book Meher Baba’s Early Messages to the West: The 1932-1935 Western Tours (Sheriar Foundation: North Myrtle Beach, 2009), pp. 57-153, and the Trust wants to make primary source material available in its original form. The Silent Word is Francis Brabazon’s biography of Baba, and it is being released by kind permission of Avatar’s Abode Trust.
Shri Meher Baba, the Perfect Master: Questions and Answers is divided into sections entitled “Questions about Christ,” “Questions About the Spiritual Path,” “Questions About Messiah or Avatar,” “Questions About Spiritual Masters,” “Questions About Shri Meher Baba’s Mission,” “‘Personal’ Questions,” and “Miscellaneous Questions: World Problems, Philosophical Problems.” To the question “How can we recognize the ‘true’ Messiah?,” Baba replies, “The feeling and inspiration for things sublime and the Divine Love are imparted by a real Messiah to anyone who comes in contact with Him. A false Messiah cannot do this…. A mirage attracts the thirsty, but soon it is discovered to be an illusion and not the life-giving water. A false Messiah may attract the attention of the people through outward appearances, by force of personality, or by intellectual dissertations about spirituality, but he cannot do that which the true Messiah can do, i.e., arouse the highest ideals in men and touch the hearts of millions.”
The Sayings of Shri Meher Baba contains sayings on the topics of “Divine Love,” “Religions or Shariat,” “The Spiritual Path,” “Intellect, Mind, and Maya,” “The Spiritual Planes: the Mind and Subtle Sphere,” and “The Perfect Master.” It includes such sayings as “There is no obstacle which cannot eventually be overcome by the genuine spiritual aspirant,” “Selfless service may not only bring you to the foot of that mystical mountain whose summit is Self-realization, but it may enable you to climb far on the path….,” and “As soon as the clouds of sanskaras pass away we begin to see the Sun of God in His pristine glory.” The Silent Word: Being Some Chapters of the Life and Time of Avatar Meher Baba by Francis Brabazon is Baba’s life story up through the closing of the Prem Ashram in January of 1929. Several of its chapters are devoted to Baba’s mandali; Francis himself was a member of Baba’s resident mandali from 1959-69. Baba called him “my Hafiz,” for he was a master of the ghazal, a form of poetry expressing feelings of separation and longing in the lover-Beloved relationship that was perfected by the Persian poet Hafiz. Although The Silent Word is a work of prose, its pages flow with the lyricism found in Francis’s poems, as evidenced by this excerpt from the book’s introductory chapter: “Men are born, and die, and are reborn; until they die into the Deathless and are never born again. But one Man, being birthless and deathless, takes birth again and again because of the cry of the world for relief from the burden of living; and to mirror himself in the tears of his lovers….We who have come to this infinitely beautiful One sing under the shade of wine glasses upheld for him to fill when it so pleases him. And when the melody of pouring wine begins we are lost to all but love.” All three titles may be downloaded at http://www.ambppct.org/library.php
==Avatar Meher Baba Trust
November 13, 2013