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Anniversary of Meher Baba's Accident - An International Japa

THE SITE of Avatar Meher Baba’s automobile accident on May 24, 1952, near Prague, OK. (Photo: Wayne Myers)

THE SITE of Avatar Meher Baba’s automobile accident on May 24, 1952, near Prague, OK. (Photo: Wayne Myers)

Around 10:15 a.m. on May 24, 1952, Avatar Meher Baba and His women mandali (close disciples) experienced a severe auto crash near Prague, OK. They were on a driving trip across the U.S. from Myrtle Beach, SC, to Meher Mount in Ojai, CA. About the automobile accident, Meher Baba said:

You must understand that this was God’s will, and it will result in benefit to the whole world.
— Avatar Meher Baba

Meher Baba and the injured women mandali were taken to the Prague Clinic and treated by Dr. Ned Burleson. Meher Baba’s suffering was apparent to those who were with Him, yet Dr. Burleson found Meher Baba smiling even though He was seriously injured. The God-Man did not make a sound during the treatment of His injuries. Meher Baba’s prediction that He would have to shed His blood in America had come to fruition.

My accident was no ‘accident,’ and it all comes to one thing: what I wanted has happened and what I want will happen.
— Avatar Meher Baba


AVATAR MEHER BABA at the Meher Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach, SC, 1956.

AVATAR MEHER BABA at the Meher Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach, SC, 1956.

To honor Meher Baba’s sacrifice, the Avatar Meher Baba Heartland Center in Prague, OK, is inviting all to join in a continuous repeating of His name.

This international japa — the word Meher Baba used for the practice of repeating the name of God — is from 5:00 a.m. to Noon on Friday, May 24, 2019, all over the world.

This timing encompasses the most traumatic times of the accident: Meher Baba’s suffering from early in the day to its aftermath when the injured parties were transported to the clinic; their admittance to the emergency center; and the triage treatment provided by Dr. Burleson and his staff.

The Heartland Center invites you to sign up for an hour or half-hour anytime during this seven-hour span and dedicate that time to saying Meher Baba’s name continuously.

Share your selected time and location with the Heartland Center at to be sent a reminder just before May 24 and an update news of the completed japa.

Others around the globe will be doing the same, creating a continuous seven-hour chain of repetitions of His holy name.

To take my name wholeheartedly is my worship.
— Avatar Meher Baba, Gruruprasad, 1960

Japa is a meditative repetition of a mantra or a divine name. It is a practice found in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. The mantra or name may be spoken softly or within the reciter’s mind. It may be performed while sitting in a meditation posture, while performing other activities, or as part of formal worship in group settings. (Wikipedia)

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