BERNARD BRUFORD SHARES HIS STORIES OF BEING WITH MEHER BABA
All are invited to come to the tea and talk with Bernard and Jo-Anne Bruford at Meher Mount on Saturday, April 20, 2019, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., to hear stories of Avatar Meher Baba.
Bernard first met Meher Baba in 1956 (at age 13) and then again in 1958, both times in Australia.
He later attended the 1962 East-West Gathering and the 1969 Great Darshan, both in India.
Bernard and Jo-Anne are on a three-month speaking tour of the US talking about life with Meher Baba and about being an integral part of Avatar's Abode in Queensland, Australia.
Please join us for this free event at Meher Mount.
PROGRAM — SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2019
1:30 p.m.: Talk by Bernard Bruford on His Life with Avatar Meher Baba
3:30 p.m.: Tea Break
4:30 p.m.: Arti (prayers, songs, poems, quotes)
Bernard Bruford has devoted his life to Meher Baba.
Bernard’s father, John, met Francis Brabazon, a close disciple of Meher Baba, at art school in Melbourne in the 1930’s. Subsequently, John and his wife, Joan, became Sufis with Francis Brabazon in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Francis became Bernard’s godfather, and Bernard was named after him. (Francis’ first given name was Bernard.)
In 1956, Baba visited the Bruford family home in Melbourne when Bernard was 13 years old. At the 1958 Sahavas at Avatar’s Abode, Meher Baba called Bernard and his older sister, Joanna, to briefly join the interview with their parents. The siblings were asked by Meher Baba what they thought of coming to live at Avatar’s Abode in Queensland. Both answered, “If that is what our parents are doing.” The formal directive for the Bruford family to live at Avatar’s Abode came shortly after their return to their home in Melbourne. The family moved to Avatar’s Abode in December 1958.
In 1965, Meher Baba directed Bernard to become qualified in a profession of his choice. Bernard chose teaching, and in 1970, he began a teaching career. In 1971, he married Jo-Anne. They have three children who were all raised on Avatar’s Abode.
Bernard is one of the directors of the Avatar’s Abode Trust, and he also serves as its treasurer and accountant. These duties are while he is not mowing acres and acres of fields, helping to maintain the grounds, and overseeing contractors.