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 the burden 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." Baba had instructed Kenmore to fast that day without water until 8:00 P.M. At 7:00 P.M., Baba composed this poem and sent it to him:

One hour more
Then open your tummy's door,
And with eatables galore,
Your energy restore.
With God's name in your heart
With maya wage a war,
And taking Baba's name
Make maya lick the floor!

Baba came to mandali hall at 8:00 A.M., on the 20th, and the above poem was read aloud.


Eternal Beloved Collection

Recorded by Dara Irani, Brad Gunn and Pete Townsend among others and compiled, digitized and transcribed by Keith Gunn, the ETERNAL BELOVED COLLECTION is a truly amazing treasury of talks that is now yours for the taking. These priceless talks are available for you to listen to, read along with and download. We invite you to explore the ETERNAL BELOVED 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, at Meherabad, on walking tours with Eruch, at Haridwar, at Oceanic and Delia DeLeon’s apartment in London, and at other locations. These original recordings date from the early 1970s through the late 1990s. The transcripts that Keith has made of many of these talks provide the opportunity to read the material while listening to the spoken word is an invaluable aid in helping put the listener into Mandali Hall, or whatever location, at the very moment the person is speaking. It has been shown that comprehension and memory retention is greatly enhanced through this method.

 

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