The Heart of Every Lover:
Weekly Offerings

August 19, 2022
Mani Irani
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,

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, 
Buz Connor
For Meher Center board and staff

* "Mani's Reunion," by Heather Nadel, LoveStreet LampPost, October - December, 1996, pp.13 - 17.
Lovers' Offerings
Family Letters #37
Read by Jeff Craddock

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.
"What was important was
what we did not do with Him"
In this exquisite, raw footage of Mani, she shares anecdotes about her life with Baba. Talking about her childhood, she spills some beans about the friction between her mother and Upasani Maharaj; her mother's pain in letting her son go and her father's deep search for God. She then talks about how Baba works on us and helps us lose ourselves. She ends with stories of creating skits for Baba.

Video, 47:42
Meherazad India, May 19, 1971
Courtesy of the Irwin Luck Interview Series
Baba works on Mani
In this lively talk about speed typing for Baba, Mani tells a moving story that illustrates how Baba works on us. She says, "While He allows us the opportunity to do His work or to feel we are doing His work, He's doing the real work on us."

Audio, 9:22
Meherazad, India, July 25, 1987
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California

Click Here to read the transcription of this audio.