The 7 Benefits of Being a Caretaker
"You are so lucky to be with me so closely..."
- Avatar Meher Baba at Meher Mount, 1956
BEING A MANAGER/CARETAKER IS A CALLING
Volunteering as a Manager/Caretaker at Meher Mount is a calling. It demands patience, tolerance, a willingness to learn, diplomacy, teamwork, and hard work.
So why would anyone volunteer for the position? Because of the many benefits.
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!" Agnes Baron, co-founder and caretaker of Meher Mount from 1946 to 1994, wrote 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 continue this legacy and help preserve Meher Mount for generations to come in honor of Meher Baba.
During His visit, Meher Baba said, "I love Meher Mount very much and feel happy here."
2. WALK IN Meher Baba'S FOOTSTEPS
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 is a gateway to the Divine.
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.
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. One visitor in 1956 said that Meher Baba left "an invisible fountain of spiritual energy." As a caretaker you have the opportunity to be in this ambiance everyday.
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...this whole creation, this nature, all the beauty you see, all came out of Me."
5. Share Meher Mount and Avatar Meher Baba's words and life
Each year, Meher Mount welcomes hundreds of visitors who are moved by their time at Meher Mount.
As a caretaker, you have the opportunity to welcome these visitors, share the history of Meher Mount, and often introduce the visitor to Meher Baba, His words, and His life. For many, it is their first contact with Meher Baba.
6. BE PART OF MEHER MOUNT'S LEGACY
Each set of caretakers brings a unique set of skills that seem - in hindsight - destined to particularly fit that stage of Meher Mount's evolution.
What is the next stage? Only the Avatar knows. However, in the most recent planning sessions for the future of Meher Mount, the Board set a priority for creating a fitting memorial of Meher Baba's visit around the chimney/courtyard area. This spot marks the room where Meher Baba met with His followers in 1956. Everything but the chimney was destroyed in the 1985 New Life Fire.
As caretakers, you are part of the present and the future of Meher Mount.
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 spent 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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