|The Meherabad Young Adult Sahavas 2013|
Under the seven colours of Meher Baba's flag and showers of Grace from the sky, 100 young hearts descended on Meherabad to celebrate seven days in intimate company with their beloved Avatar Meher Baba, from 26th August until 1st September 2013. They came from all over the country, driven by overwhelming love, to pour their hearts out, sing, dance and play with Baba, driven by this one burning desire to walk the earth He walked and breathe the air He breathed and feel HIS presence.
The stage was set as they were given a traditional welcome by the volunteers and AMB Trust. The theme for this year’s Sahavas, “Constant Remembrance”, resonated in the hearts of the Sahavasees looking forward to HIS experience. As the Dhuni was lit and prayers were offered and as the Sahavasees lit and placed their candles under Baba's picture, it felt as if all fears, doubts and negativity melted in the pure fire.
Their greatest fortune was the opportunity for daily darshan as pilgrims at Beloved Baba’s sacred Samadhi. Following this, the seven days were an extravaganza of music, dance, sports, crafts, service projects, and visits to places of historical significance associated with Baba's life. The Sahavasees felt the presence of Baba in each and every moment and in the smallest of acts. On the auspicious day of Lord Krishna’s birthday, Bhajans and dance celebrations had a different fervour, and it felt as if Baba Himself was presiding over the celebrations.
The Meher Premier League cricket threw up its shining stars, who displayed their best game to stake a claim to the coveted Baba cup and medals. “Baba quiz”, with its dynamic rules format, threw up no winners or losers, true to the rules of Baba's world, where there are no winners or losers, only Baba lovers!
The service projects in Meherabad and Meherazad brought about the camaraderie and team spirit in the groups who lovingly polished every single stone, dusted every wall and corner, and pulled every weed to make their love shine for Baba, bringing Baba's motto “Mastery in Servitude” alive.
The trip to Pune to visit Baba's house, Pumpkin House, AMB Pune Centre and Guruprasad Memorial Hall, made the Sahavasees feel the deep connection that they have shared with Baba over eternity.
And as if by a miracle, Bhau Kalchuri, the lone surviving Mandali, granted the Sahavasees an audience at his daughter’s home in Meherabad, in spite of his tenuous health. As he was wheeled out, supervised by his doctors and attendants, the Sahavasees couldn't contain their joy and longing for the Beloved Avatar. The house erupted to the sounds of “Baba Hu” and "Sat-Chit-Anand".
Throughout the seven days, the Trustees and other Baba lovers who have had the good fortune to have had direct contact with Baba lovingly presided over panel discussions, group discussions and Question & Answer sessions, attempting to ensure that the real message of Baba gets imprinted in the young hearts.
The Celebration night at Meherabad’s theatre, with its song, dance and drama performances, played out to Sahavasees eager to drink from Baba's overflowing cup of love. The performances were spellbinding, mesmerizing labours of love.
The visit to Meherazad was electrifying, charged with Baba's presence in each breath. As the Bhajans in the Meherazad Mandali Hall reached a feverish pitch, many Sahavasees broke into tears of joy. Each one of them walked out with their own special message from Baba, their very intimate meeting with Baba.
On the last day of the Sahavas, the air felt heavy with the prospect of impending parting with the Beloved. Sahavasees poured their hearts out, bidding their goodbyes to their Beloved and fellow Sahavasees. But we all know, no one can ever leave Meherabad; it always comes with you. And Sahavas with the Beloved can never end; it continues forever....!!!
== Avatar Meher Baba PPC Trust by participants of the
Meherabad Young Adult Sahavas 2013 13 September 2013
|Welcome to Beloved Baba's Abode|
|Theme of Sahavas - Constant Remembrance|
|Meher Premier League Presentation|
|Meherabad Service Project - Cleaning Women Mandali Shrines|
|Meherabad Service Project - Cleaning Baba's Jhopdhi & Table House|
|Visit and Darshan at AMB Pune Centre|
|Meherazad, Meher Free Dispensary - Service Project Team with Dr. Michael|
|Meherazad Service Project - Cleaning Mandali Hall|
|Meherazad Service Project - Cleaning Outside Doors & Windows of Beloved Baba's Room|
|Celebration Night - Gopis Dancing with Their Beloved Baba Dressed as Lord Krishna|