Dear Meher Center Family and Friends,
Today is the day when Baba's Beloved sister Mani reunited with her darling God Brother. In this offering, we honor the spark of love that she exemplified.
When Mani was born, her twenty four year old brother Merwan was the first to hold her and kiss her. Before Merwan left home and started His journey as Meher Baba, He rocked Mani's cradle and said, "She is so fortunate. She is mine."
She was His, 100% and beyond. Through her childhood, into her youth and adulthood, Baba used Mani's joyful effervescence while training her to shine in His love.
There can be so many ways to pay a tribute to such an extraordinary soul, but the greatest one would also be the simplest one. Heather Nadel, Mani's close friend and biographer, remembers what Mani once said. While working on the book, God-Brother, Mani pointed at a line written by her mother Shireenmai in a letter to Baba describing Mani at seven years old and remarked, "This is what I want for my epitaph!" The line said, "Mani remembers you night and day."
A few years before Mani passed from a prolonged illness, she had heard a voice within that said, "I am the bird, I am not the cage." During her illness, in a quintessential Mani fashion, she exclaimed, "The bird is singing away but the cage is in need of repair."*
We hope these offerings bring to all of us the continuing radiance of her bubbling birdsong: full of life-long praise for her Beloved.
In Baba’s love and service,
For Meher Center board and staff
* "Mani's Reunion," by Heather Nadel, LoveStreet LampPost, October - December, 1996, pp.13 - 17.