Jeanne Shaw, a follower of Avatar Meher Baba who visited Meher Mount with Him on August 2, 1956, wrote about her personal experience that day regarding Baba's Tree. She sent the following to Brian Narelle, who agreed to share her message.
By Jeanne Shaw
A "tree story took place at Meher Mount Ojai when the large group with Baba (1956) were there. Baba sat amongst us all in [the] house and after few brief messages, said, "Now, go out and enjoy the scenery, and take Me with you!'
"I wanted to do precisely (literally) what He said, so I 'imagined' Baba beside me, talking 'to Him' as I walked by myself.
I'D LOVE TO SEE BABA SIT UNDER THIS TREE
"When I reached a large tree, similar to a 'Banyan' tree of India, I exclaimed 'Oh Baba that tree is beautiful like the ones in India. I'd love to see you sit under this tree.'
"Then I went on, looking about when I decided to walk back. As I turned around I was amazed to see Baba walking briskly, toward that tree and I said to myself, 'Oh will Baba sit there?'
"Baba went toward [the] tree and several Baba folks following Him. Before I could get to where the tree was, the crowd surrounded Baba and I couldn't see.
MEHER BABA IS ALWAYS CLOSE
"When people started to go away back toward [the] house, I approached wondering if Baba was still there. He was waiting and beckoned to me, to come forward and bestowed a kiss on my cheek.
"Baba, verified to me, that He was beside me (not just in my mind and imagination) and heard me and came to grant my wish 'to sit by the large tree.' This strengthened my faith - 'that He is always near, close.'
MY HEART IS FILLED WITH JOY
"After Baba gave me a kiss; it filled my heart with such joy, I felt His love for a long while. I sat down by a tree near the house and just enjoyed the bliss (I felt), and I didn't care to join others at lunch."
PHOTO: The cover of Jeanne Shaw's card in which she describes her experience with Meher Baba and Baba's Tree at Meher Mount on August 2, 1956. (Card courtesy of Brian Narelle.)