MEHER MOUNT

9902 Sulphur Mountain Road
Ojai, CA 93023-9375

Phone: 805-640-0000
Email: info@mehermount.org

HOURS

Wednesday-Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed

MANAGER/CARETAKERS

Buzz & Ginger Glasky

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sam Ervin, Preident
Ron Holsey, Vice President
Ursula Reinhart, Treasurer
Jim Whitson, Director
Richard Mannis, Director

OFFICERS

Margaret Magnus, Secretary

9902 Sulphur Mountain Rd
Ojai, CA, 93023
United States

(805) 640-0000

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.

AVATAR MEHER BABA came out of this jhopdi (hut) in Meherabad, India, at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 1925, marking the start of His silence. Asked how He would teach in silence, Meher Baba replied, "I have come not to teach, but to awaken." (Sam Ervin photo.)

AVATAR MEHER BABA came out of this jhopdi (hut) in Meherabad, India, at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 1925, marking the start of His silence. Asked how He would teach in silence, Meher Baba replied, "I have come not to teach, but to awaken." (Sam Ervin photo.)

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:

Man’s inability to live God’s words makes the Avatar’s teaching a mockery. Instead of practicing the compassion he taught, man has waged wars in his name. Instead of living the humility, purity, and truth of his words, man has given way to hatred, greed, and violence.

”Because man has been deaf to the principles and precepts laid down by God in the past, in this present Avataric form, I observe silence. You have asked for and been given enough words - it is now time to live them.
— Avatar Meher Baba, "The Universal Message" [1]

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 [2]: 

"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."  


SOURCES

[1] Avatar Meher Baba, "The Universal Message", (c) Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.

[2] 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.