Tuesday, September 7, 2010

5 September 2010 A walk past Seclusion Hill (Click on photos to enlarge)

View of Seclusion Hill from the Meherazad Staff Quarters

In recent weeks week I have joined Meherwan Jessawala on his morning walk at Meherazad.  The conversation is very casual and wanders here and there, but invariably yields moments of such depth and insight regarding his life long companionship with Avatar Meher Baba. We soon agreed to record the walks using my cell phone recorder which works quite well. The first recording was made today on a walk up Seclusion Hill. I will post it as soon as I figure out the procedures necessary to do so, In the meantime here is taste.

5 Sept  2010

In India they imposed heavy fines to enforce the change to the metric system. Its too late for America to change to this good system.

We see a hoopoe bird on the ground. It lets us get close. Can see the tips of its crown feathers that flashes blue to my eyes as it flew off to join its mate in a bulbul tree.

It's all a zero. In mathematics the concept of zero came from India. It has spiritual significance. Baba explained a zero in front of 1 is nothing, but behind it, it has significance.

Pass a rock bubble along the path. It is a rounded basalt-like boulder protruding form the ground and surrounded with a garland of soft layered rock. The surrounding rock is the same rock but gradually breaking down and becoming porous.

The Deccan plain was a molten sea and rock bubbles formed. We see  another across the path that is an advanced state of decay. Millions of years old and progressing through metamorphosis into the metal form. It's all a zero, Imagination. God's imagination is infinite.  Baba has to come into creation to free us from this "tamisha" illusion. There is a ghazal where the poet sings. You have gambled so many times, so many lives and gained nothing. Why not gamble now on this "tamasha" - surrender to the Master. What do you have to lose. But the mind has been the dictator for so long playing all these farces ("tamisha"). It doesn't want to give up its power of infinite imaginings,

Meher Baba at Mahabaleshwar, India
May 1954

To have the good fortune to come into relationship with the Avatar: what an unimaginable blessing. Hold on with both hands, Clutch to Him with all your might: don't let go. This is an incalculable benefit to you and to generations past and to come and to friend's no matter what they feel.  
Meher Baba, May 1965, Guruprasad, Pune, India

But the mind is afraid of losing its limitation, its infinite imaginings. A life dedicated to serving the Master, the Avatar, to letting go of attachments, triggers the fears of the mind right up to crossing the chasm between the 6th and 7th plane. The mind doesn't realize it will not cease to be but only give of its limited functioning. Only God can pull us out of the mind's "tamisha". 

How fortunate we are to be in His company, to try to serve and remember Him and to try to love Him more and more despite how we may feel. 

Avatar Meher Baba
Photo taken in Chase Studio July 30,1956
The same day, President Eisenhower signed into law
"In God we Trust" to be the official motto of the United States of America


  1. Lovely. I feel refreshed as though I just took a walk through Meherazad in its amazing Lightness, which bubbles through its amazing Depth, reminding, bringing closer, the Beloved's Love. Thanks, Jonathan, I greedily look forward to more.

  2. simply wonderful Jonathan. great job! Jai Meher Baba!