Returning to mandali hall, Baba distributed toffees and custard apples to all. When he retired to his house, Hoshang accompanied him with the umbrella. On the way, Hoshang said, "Baba, four days of our stay are already over ..." Baba looked at him with love and gave him a kiss.
In the hall the next morning, Monday, 19 October 1959, Baba asked Eruch to read out a few passages from different books. One was a passage by the Perfect Master Sankaracharya on nirvikalp samadhi. At the end of it, Baba stated, "All this has been explained in God Speaks." Then a passage was read from The Imitation of Christ, by the Christian mystic Thomas à Kempis.
In the afternoon, during a game of La Risque, Baba remarked, "I am weighed down by theburden of my work, and so I come here to play cards with you in order to get some relief."
On one occasion, Harry Kenmore was sitting outside the hall talking to Padri. He did not know Baba had come back. Baba walked up to where the two were sitting. Kenmore was telling Padri, "It seems the Old Man [his affectionate phrase for Baba] has not been for a walk in ages."
Just then, Baba patted him and motioned, "Come for a walk." Kenmore was startled to find Baba standing next to him. During the walk, Baba remarked, "I am infinitely restless today."
ANDY MUIR COLLECTION
Bevan Robinson, Hettie Johnson and James Meyer "rescued" this collection from Andy Muir's home after he passed. It remained in Bevan's care until she passed it to me in May of 2010, prior to moving to India, for the purpose of preserving and sharing it. Betty Grant, a friend of Andy Muir, had earlier made a copy of the entire set or a large portion of it, and has used those copies to listen to personally or to share with other Baba-lovers. Betty told me she had given some of these copies to various people. A few of the original tapes from this collection were donated by Bevan to the Sheriar Foundation, most notably those in which Meher Baba
was present in 1956. Many, but not all, of these recordings are also to be found in the Meher Center archives. Note in particular that the entire James May series of recordings from 1972 is included, in physically pristine form on reel-to-reel tapes, in this collection, including possibly, one in this series that is missing from the Center collection. No documentation of conditions or restrictions has been found connected with this series in the Muir collection as of 10 May 2010; however, severe restrictions are noted for the Center collection.
Stephen Sakellarios, 5/9/10
KEITH GUNN COLLECTION
Arriving at the KEITH GUNN COLLECTION, a truly amazing treasury of talks is now yours for the taking. We invite you to explore the KEITH GUNN COLLECTION at your leisure. In the approximately 340 entries in this collection, you will find talks by many women and men Mandali and close ones, including: Mehera, Mani, Elizabeth, Kitty, Rano, Arnavaz, Adi, Mansari, Pukar, Kumar, Eruch, Bal Natu and many, many others.
Recording were made at Mandali Hall, on expedition with Eruch, at Hardiwar, at Oceanic and Delia DeLeon’s apartment in London, and at other locations. Interviewers include Dara Irani and Peter Townsend and include original material from the early 1970s through the late 1990s. Keith has written transcriptions of many of these talks and these transcriptions can become an invaluable aid in helping put the listener into Mandali Hall, or whatever location, at the very moment the person is speaking. As an aid to explore the talks, key words (as available) are listed for each talk under the Contents column.
To access the more detailed transcriptions, simply click on the “TEXT” button under the Transcript column to the far right of each Audio file. A pdf file will then open that you can read while listening.
Keith’s painstaking transcriptions of the content of so many talks capture the details of a speaker’s presentation and enables the listener to follow the talk more closely and with increased comprehension. In some cases, a given talk has been transcribed verbatim, yielding special enjoyment for the listener. In other cases, the transcription consists of a detailed list of major topics for that talk. Some talks have only minimal or no additional information — if you would like to volunteer to transcribe those talks please let us know as we would be very grateful for your participation. Along with us, we know that you will deeply appreciate Keith Gunn’s generosity in making these first hand audio tapes available and transcribing the majority of them by donating his collection to Mandali Hall Talks.
Notes: To access written transcriptions for each talk in pdf format, go to the Transcript column and click on the word “TEXT” to the right of each talk’s Contents information. If you don’t have a pdf reader already installed on your computer, you can download it here. Please also note that dates are displayed in conventional U.S.A. format, e.g. month-day-year. Running time of talks is displayed in “hours:minutes:seconds format, e.g. 01:30:42. Individual talks in the COLLECTION can be downloaded as mp3s by clicking the “Download” button displayed in the Audio file column.