The Benefits of Being a Caretaker
Volunteering as a Manager/Caretaker at Meher Mount is a calling. It demands patience, tolerance, a willingness to learn, diplomacy, teamwork, and hard work. Click here to download the job description.
So why would anyone volunteer for the position? Previous caretakers have expressed the many benefits of being a caretaker at Meher Mount, such as those outlined below.
1. Take advantage of the opportunity to serve Avatar Meher Baba.
"If you want Meher Mount, I will keep it for you through hell, fire and damnation!" wrote Agnes Baron, co-founder and caretaker of Meher Mount from 1946 to 1994, to Avatar Meher Baba in 1952. Meher Baba replied that she should keep it by all means, and He sent her His love.
Today's caretakers help to continue this legacy and help to preserve Meher Mount for generations to come in honor of Meher Baba.
During His visit, Baba said, "I love Meher Mount very much and feel happy here."
2. Live where Avatar Meher Baba spent time.
During his visit to Meher Mount on August 2, 1956, Meher Baba told the group with Him, "You are so lucky to be with me so closely..."
The atmosphere of His presence continually pervades Meher Mount. Everyday, as a caretaker you have the opportunity to be in this ambiance.
3. Enjoy the beauty of unspoiled nature.
Spend a day or two at Meher Mount and you will see the deer drink from the pond and birds dine at the bird feeders or soar overhead. Occasionally, you will see a fox scurry across the property or spot a bobcat on the prowl.
Meher Mount is a semi-wilderness oak woodland that is home to butterflies, gophers, snakes, spiders, and a variety of native plants. As a caretaker, you are part of this natural environment, helping to preserve it for the wildlife.
"This land is very old, I have been here before," Meher Baba said.
4. Experience the million-dollar views of the mountains and oceans.
Meher Mount is 172 acres at the 2,500-foot level of Sulphur Mountain with a 360-degree view that includes mountains, valleys, and the Pacific Ocean and Channels Islands. Movie stars pay millions of dollars to have a portion of this view. As a Meher Mount caretaker, these views are part of your daily experience.
During His visit and gesturing toward the outdoors, Meher Baba said, "Now, go out and see the view the view and try to love Baba through nature. This is all due to my love."
5. Share Meher Mount and Avatar Meher Baba's words and life.
Each year, hundreds of visitors are moved by their visit to Meher Mount. As a caretaker, you have the opportunity welcome these visitors, share the history of Meher Mount, and often introduce the visitor to Meher Baba, His words, and His life.
6. Work with the Board in implementing the Master Plan vision.
Avatar Meher Baba has provided us with a gateway to our higher self through His presence. The people and places He has touched are our keys to the gate. Meher Mount is one of those chosen places. It connects us to the higher dimensions of our universe. It is a gateway to the Divine in us all.
Meher Mount is a universal spiritual center dedicated to Avatar Meher Baba. Visitors come to Meher Mount for pilgrimage, for celebrating Divine Love and Oneness, for loving God through nature, and for service.
7. Spend time under Baba's Tree - everyday.
At Avatar's Point overlooking the Pacific Ocean, there is a large Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) known as Baba's Tree. During His visit, Meher Baba signaled that no one else should sit under the tree while He was there. His eyes shone, and He said He was happy.
Baba's Tree is a touchstone for many visitors who come solely to spend time under the tree. As a caretaker, you have the opportunity to spend time under Baba's Tree alone.
And the caretaker quarters are right next to the other touchstone on the property - the spot where Meher Baba a portion of His visit giving darshan (His blessing) to those who were with Him that day in 1956.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE MANAGER/CARETAKER VOLUNTEER JOB
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