Meher Baba's Home in the West
September Newsletter 2022
Meher Nazar Publications collection
"Age after age, amidst the clamor of disruptions, wars, fear and chaos, rings the Avatar's Call: 'Come all unto me!'

"Although, because of the veil of illusion, this call of the Ancient One may appear as a voice in the wilderness, its echo and re-echo nevertheless pervade through time and space, to rouse at first a few, and eventually millions, from their deep slumber of ignorance. And, in the midst of illusion, as the Voice behind all voices, it awakens humanity to bear witness to the manifestation of God amidst mankind.

The time is come. I repeat the call, and bid all to come unto me."

Meher Baba
From 'Meher Baba's Call,' given September 12, 1954
Quoted in The God Man, by Charles Purdom, p. 222
Dear Meher Center Family and Friends,

Much love from Meher Center. 

I wanted to once again remind young adults of the upcoming Young Adult Sahavas. This gathering is open to those between the ages of 18-43, and will focus on celebrating Meher Baba's presence in our lives. Child care will be provided. Please click here for more information.

This week we feature the gathering in 1954 of Western men in India, which has become known as the Three Incredible Weeks. It is at this meeting that Baba gave out ‘Meher Baba’s Call.’

In Baba’s love and service, 
Buz Connor
For Meher Center board and staff
Three Incredible Weeks with Meher Baba
In September of 1954, twenty of Meher Baba’s Western male lovers arrived in Meherabad after being personally invited by the Master to spend three weeks in His presence. In this video created in 2007, Bob Fredericks weaves together footage from those incredible weeks along with narration by participant Bill Le Page and Mandali member Meherwan Jessawala, creating a window into this brief, magical period of companionship with God.

Video, 1:32:27
Meherabad, India, September 1954
Courtesy of Bob Fredericks
In Conversation with Ward Parks
In this informal conversation with Ward Parks, Preeti Hay interviews him on Meher Baba's new book, Creation and its Causes (Sheriar Books, 2022). Ward is the editor for this recently published book of thirty-four talks given by Meher Baba to the Meher Ashram boys in 1927 and 1928. The book also contains six additional talks given to the Mandali, along with an extensive introduction to the fascinating period in history. Here, Ward talks about the nature of these talks while acknowledging their inexplicable significance. He dwells on their vivid language, the process of how they were mysteriously found in the1990s, and the importance of such material for the Baba world.

Video, 42:07
Online Interview, September 28, 2022
From the Meher Spiritual Center, Inc. Archives
Caring for Meher Center:
Highway Trash Patrol
When you approach the Center on Highway 17, driving alongside Meher Baba’s pristine forest, you may not think primarily of the folks on the Center’s Highway Trash Patrol. But they have been there, keeping the face of the Center clean for decades.

The work started in the summer of 1993, back before the new Gateway was built. Two local Baba lovers, Ambika Sharan and Alan Levinson, were chatting when Alan noted with dismay how much trash was collecting beside the highway bordering the Center. Ambika suggested brightly: “Let’s pick it up!” After a long afternoon on the side of the road, they looked at their handiwork. They saw how beautiful the stretch of Center looked, and immediately realized what that meant: they would have to do it regularly!

Ambika and Alan were the Trash Patrol for years, and after the new Gateway was built, their legacy was continued both by Center staff and by a few devoted volunteers, many of whom have themselves contributed for years on end. The work can be exhausting (so to speak): often hot, loud, dirty, and thankless. But because of these devotees, the very first glimpse that we all get of Baba’s home in the West is a beautiful one. 
Sam Cohen and His Beloved Baba
by Valerie McKean
Sam Cohen was thirty-one when he met Meher Baba at the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel on a spring evening in 1932. Once Baba grasped Sam’s hand, he became entirely devoted to Meher Baba.
When Meher Baba left California, Sam gravitated north to the town of Oceano, where in the coastal dunes, he found an eclectic group of bohemians and spiritual seekers who had banded together with a group of devotees of Meher Baba to build a special cabin in the dunes for Baba in hopes that He would soon return to California.

When the other Baba devotees departed the dunes, Sam stayed on and constructed a small shack located in one of the coves where he spent his days in seclusion and meditation upon Meher Baba.  

In 1933, Sam rode on top of a freight train for five days for a chance to see Meher Baba at the World Fellowship of Faiths Conference to be held in Chicago. However, upon arriving in Chicago, he learned that Meher Baba would not be attending the conference. With money provided by his family, Sam followed Meher Baba’s orders and returned to the dunes. 

During Meher Baba’s 1934 visit to Hollywood, Sam invited Meher Baba to visit the dunes; Baba agreed, and along with a party of eighteen arrived in the dunes on December 26 for an overnight stay. On the day of Meher Baba’s departure, Sam recorded, “This was when a most unusual experience took place: Baba then pointed to the Pacific Ocean, I said, ‘Oh yes, it is very big.’ Baba shook his head as if to say ‘No.’ Again he waved his hand, and I said, ‘Oh yes, it is very beautiful.’ Once again, ‘No.’ Finally, a loud speaking voice said, ‘I AM AS BIG AS THE OCEAN.’ And you know Baba does not speak.” [1]  

Sam had powerful experiences in the dunes running the gamut from sublime to terrifying. In October 1935, he wrote to Baba asking for permission to leave the dunes and return home to New York, and Baba agreed.

Once in New York, Sam began working in his family’s meat packing plant; he found the work challenging and it hindered him from concentrating on Baba. He wrote to Baba that he wanted to join Baba in India. 

Baba wrote back, “I see no need for you coming over all the way to India, now. I would therefore advise you to stay there, and try best, as you have all the while been doing, to think of me. And rest assured, my dear Sam, solitude and concentration on me, will eventually lead you to me, wherever you are. Don’t worry for the progress, which will be sure and substantial in your case, even if it would appear to you to be slow. I have my blessings and love, as ever for you, my dear Sam." [2]    
Elizabeth Patterson arranged for Sam, who was used to austerities, to spend the summer of 1936 living in a tent on two hundred acres of timber and farmland in Connecticut. He wrote to Baba of his plans: “Here I hope to loosen the chains of sanskaras which bind the mind and cast a veil that keeps me from Your beyond state.” [3]  

Imagine the joy Sam felt when he received the cable from Baba, “Come London if convenient, but not India.” [4] 

Sam traveled with a group of Americans to London to be with Baba and by Baba’s grace he ended up in India at Baba’s Nasik Retreat where he was given a separate hut apart from the others. 

In July 1937, Sam traveled to Europe via Colombo to meet up with Baba and the group staying at Cannes. Baba then directed Sam to Mexico City with little instruction on how he was to spend his time there; Sam was just to be there for Baba. 

Nineteen years passed before Sam would be reunited with Meher Baba. At the Sahavas held at Meher Spiritual Center in 1956, Sam asked Baba, “Suppose one feels that meditating by oneself is service? I like to visit the Monday group, but not all the time.” 

Baba replied: “I would like you all to belong to certain groups. Why? Because you can cooperate and tell others about me and share your thoughts. You learn much more than when you remain by yourself. When you listen, exchange thoughts, prayers, my presence is there. Where there are five collected together, there is Parameshwar [Supreme God]; I am there. If you are talking of me, having love for me, then there I am. Is that clear?” [5]    

Meher Baba hinted at the close of the 1958 Sahavas that He would send specific orders to some of His devotees throughout the world. Baba ordered Sam in America, Eruch Jessawala in India, and Francis Brabazon in Australia to fast for forty days. They were allowed a seer and half (6.5 cups) of milk a day and were asked to repeat God’s name.   

In a letter to Elizabeth Patterson, dated June 22, 1958, Baba wrote: 

“I have given orders to Sam Cohen to stay at the Centre for two months from 14th July if he gets leave; and if he does not get leave, he is asked to resign and live at the Centre as instructed by Me. You should not ask Sam to contribute to his boarding and lodging at the Centre; and you should provide him with the diet I have asked him to follow.” [6]  

It is easy to picture Sam sitting in meditation at the Boat House, wandering the idyllic Meher Center grounds, having a cup or two of his rationed milk, and then retiring to his cabin; all the while repeating God’s name. 

Sam spent his remaining days in New York. Right before his death, a Baba lover named Faye Fisher told Sam of a dream she had where Baba commanded Faye to go and see Sam and tell him that Baba was coming to see him. Sam was very happy on hearing this news. The next day, Sam passed away. [7] 
 [1] “Notes from a Few Pilgrims,by Sam Cohen, Awakener Magazine, Vol 11, No 3, p.27
  [2] AMBPPCT, Letter from Baba to Sam, 214_019
  [3] AMBPPCT, Letter from Sam to Babaji, 214_017
  [4] AMBPPCT, Telegram from Baba to Sam, 214_021
[5] Lord Meher, Online Edition, by Bhau Kalchuri, p. 4046 
  [6] Letters of Love, by Jane Barry Haynes, p. 68
  [7] Mystery of the Dunites, by Valerie McKean, Glow Magazine, February 2005