Meher Baba's Silence
"In this present Avataric form, I observe silence."
- Avatar Meher Baba
MEHER BABA'S SILENCE STARTS ON JULY 10, 1925
On July 10, 1925, Avatar Meher Baba began His silence that lasted for 44 years until He dropped His body on January 31, 1969.
After Meher Baba started His silence, He communicated by writing on a slate board. After that, He pointed to letters on an alphabet board to spell out words. Later, he used a series of hand gestures that were interpreted by His close disciples (mandali).
Meher Baba said that His silence was not undertaken as a spiritual exercise, but solely in connection with His universal work.
About His silence, Meher Baba said:
FOLLOWERS OF MEHER BABA OBSERVE SILENCE ON JULY 10
Avatar Meher Baba asked His followers to keep silence from midnight July 9th to midnight July 10th. Eruch Jessawalla - one of Meher Baba's close mandali - stated the following about Silence Day :
"It was Baba's order for all His lovers and applies even to this day. One can say - it was one of His few orders for posterity. In fact, there are very few orders He has left for His lovers in the world...
"If someone accidentally speaks up -- it's okay, but on realizing his mistake, he should keep silence again and be more alert. Use gestures or write on a notepad...
"All those who consider themselves Baba lovers are expected to do this."
 Avatar Meher Baba, "The Universal Message", (c) Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.
 Rustom B. Falahati, "Observing Silence Day," The Real Treasure - V: Life of a Resident with Avatar Meher Babas Mandali, (India: Joy Meher, 2013). (c) Rustom B. Falahati.