Meher Baba (25 February 1894 – 31 January 1969) was an Indian mystic and spiritual master.
He declared himself as the Avatar of God, who wanted to spread spirituality? For most of his later years, he was silent, communicating only with gestures and small handwritten notes.
He was a major spiritual figure of the 20th century. He had a large following, in India, as well as in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. He was a major spiritual figure of the 20th century.
Meher Baba was born on 25 February 1894, in Pune, India. He was a natural poet, a musician, and a multi-lingual speaker. As a kid, he started a club that collected money for charity. He was highly active in sports as well.
His education continued at Deccan College, where he met Hazrat Babajan, the first of five “perfect masters” who helped him figure out his own spiritual identity over the next seven years. A few of the other spiritual gurus he met were Sai Baba of Shirdi, Tajuddin Baba, Upasni Maharaja, and Narayan Maharaja. By the time he was 27, he was able to draw his own followers. Meher Baba means “compassionate father” in Sanskrit and was given to him by his disciples.
The Manzil-e-Meem, a sort of ashram, was founded by him in Mumbai in 1922, aimed at teaching discipline. He also founded Prem Ashram, which was a resident school. All students could study here, no matter what their caste or creed was, and soon candidates from India and Iran started flocking there. Travelling to the West was one of his favourite things to do. He met some well-known celebrities during his stay there. He started traveling the world in his late 40s and called it “The New Life”.
According to Meher Baba, he was the Avatar of God. He placed himself among such universal religious figures as Zoroaster, Rama, Krishna, the Buddha, Jesus Christ, and the Prophet Muhammad.
For most of his later years, he was silent, communicating only with gestures and small handwritten notes.
Meher Baba’s vision was to awaken humanity to a new consciousness of oneness through love. His life was filled with love and service, doing a lot of charity work for the poor, ill, homeless, and others, like feeding the poor and cleaning Dalit latrines. He travelled the Indian subcontinent looking for “advanced souls.”
In the early 50s, Meher Baba wrote a book called God Speaks.
He died on 31 January 1969 Meherabad, Maharashtra, India.
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