The Heart of Every Lover:

Weekly Offerings

October 14, 2022

Meher Nazar Publications collection
"My center is the heart of every lover. 
Every lover with a heart that loves Baba is a center."

Meher Baba 
At Meher Center, 1956

Dear Meher Center Family and Friends, 

October 16 is the anniversary of the start of the New Life, the period beginning in 1949 when Baba relinquished nearly all of His physical possessions, cut off external contact with His lovers throughout the world, and set off across India with a small group of His Mandali. Baba said of this powerful and inscrutable period:

"This New life is endless, and even after my physical death it will be kept alive by those who live the life of complete renunciation of falsehood, lies, hatred, anger, greed and lust: and who, to accomplish all this, do no lustful actions, do no harm to anyone, do no backbiting, do not seek material possessions or power, who accept no homage, neither covet honor nor shun disgrace, and fear no one and nothing; by those who rely wholly and solely on God, and who love God purely for the sake of loving; and who believe in the lovers of God and in the reality of Manifestation, and yet do not expect any spiritual or material reward; who do not let go the hand of Truth, and who, without being upset by calamities, bravely and wholeheartedly face all hardships with one hundred per cent cheerfulness, and give no importance to caste, creed, and religious ceremonies. This New Life will live by itself eternally, even if there is no one to live it."

On another note, next weekend, October 21, 22, and 23, Ward Parks will be presenting a seminar at Meher Center: "Creation and Its Causes: Meher Baba’s Revelations to the Meher Ashram Boys in 1927–28 on Creation Cosmology and the Spiritual Path".  

Two sessions will be held in the Meeting Place each day-10 - 11:30 in the mornings, and 2 - 3:30 in the afternoons. The sessions are open to all, but if you are not staying on Center and are planning to attend, please let the Gateway know so we can plan accordingly.  

We expect those from nearby to be coming in through the Gateway as early as 9:30, and sign in there as usual. If you plan to stay through the lunch break, be sure to bring your own picnic. The communal kitchens are only for Center guests assigned to them. And please remember, no food or beverages in the Meeting Place.

Happy New Life in Meher Baba’s Love,

Buz Connor

For Meher Center board and staff 

Lovers' Offerings

Family Letters #43

Read by Pamela Butler Stone


These are readings of a collection of letters written by Mani, Meher Baba’s sister, to the Western family of Baba lovers between 1956 and 1969.

"His silence was so natural, so expressive,

that we didn't even feel like He kept silent" 

In this video, Meheru Irani, a close female disciple of Meher Baba, shares memories from the New Life. She describes the months leading up to October 1949, when the "bombshell" of the New Life hit. She recounts the stringent conditions He gave to the small band of Mandali members who were His travel companions. Meheru shares the trials, physical fatigue, and humor of life on the road with the Avatar.

Video: 54:17

Avatar Meher Baba Center, Los Angeles, California, June 1993

Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California

"A whiff of freedom, what true freedom means"

In this brief, informal chat in Mandali Hall, Eruch and Mani share glimmers of the beauty and toil of the New Life. They begin with the “Song of the New Life,” written by Baba and Dr. Ghani in 1949, talking about its translations and its central role as a collection of Baba’s orders. Then they share some of their own experiences of humor and hardship during the New Life, and glimpses of its inscrutable and immortal meaning.

Audio 19:45

Meherazad, India, August 2, 1990

Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California