9902 Sulphur Mountain Road
Ojai, CA 93023-9375

Phone: 805-640-0000


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


Buzz & Ginger Glasky


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


Margaret Magnus, Secretary

9902 Sulphur Mountain Rd
Ojai, CA, 93023
United States

(805) 640-0000

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Keeping Agnes Company While Others Cleanup After the Fire

Larry Pesta

On October 14, 1985, a fire swept through the Ojai Valley destroying all the buildings at Meher Mount and everything in them. The October 14 date is close to the start date of Avatar Meher Baba's New Life in India on October 16, 1949.  Hence, the fire at Meher Mount has come to be known as the New Life Fire.

TWO CHIMNEYS remain standing after the October 14, 1985, New Life Fire destroyed all the buildings at Meher Mount. (Sam Ervin photo, 1985.)

By Larry Pesta

I once traveled to Meher Mount for a work party after the fire. It was pouring rain.

I parked my rent-a-car near the work site. Agnes Baron [then caretaker of Meher Mount] jumped into the car.

We talked for four hours or more while everyone worked their asses off cleaning up the ruins in the pouring rain. It was the biggest mess I had ever seen. 

At the end of the work session and still in the car with Agnes, she said, "You know, they are all going to be mad at you for not working."  I said, "I can imagine." 

She said, "That's fine. Let them be mad. You served your purpose here. Your purpose was to keep me company."