Dear Meher Center Family and Friends,
Greetings from Meher Baba’s home in the West. We hope all is well with you and your loved ones.
This is a quiet time at the Center, when the holiday season has passed and South Carolina’s version of winter has descended. The mild winters we experience remind me of the conditions Baba gave to Elizabeth and Norina when He sent them to find land in America for a Center.
In Kitty Davy’s book Love Alone Prevails, she writes:
“To begin the story of Meher Spiritual Center, we must now shift back to Ajmer, India, where we were with Baba in 1941. At this time, Baba set forth His wish for Elizabeth Patterson and Norina Matchabelli to return to the U.S. to locate a property for the Center. Baba told them He wanted a home in the West where, after He had lived and worked, others from the East and West could come.
“Baba who lives simultaneously in the past, present and future, had no doubt visualized and selected the spot long ago, but for reasons of His work He always acted as if He did not know what lay ahead. Elizabeth’s first reaction was naturally, ‘What are we to look for, Baba?’ He intimated that this property might be any place in America but that there were five specific qualifications which He had at the tip of His fingers, so to speak. In brief: (1) the climate should be equable; (2) it should have more than ample water; (3) it should be on virgin soil, never before built upon; (4) it should be land that could be tilled; and, (5) it should be ‘given from the heart.’”*
It seems clear that Baba’s idea of ‘equable climate’ translates into very hot and humid summers, but also wonderfully mild winters. Of course, both seasons are gifts from the Beloved, but one is a little easier to take!
In Baba’s love and service,
For Meher Center board and staff
*Kitty Davy, Love Alone Prevails, p. 365