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

Story Blog

Anecdotes, activities and stories about Meher Mount - past, present and future.

A Day in a Caretaker's Life - Celebrating the Rhythm of Nature

Ray Johnston

By Ray Johnston, Manager/Caretaker (2002-2005, 2006-2010)

In May 2009, I spent my birthday alone sitting with this rattlesnake. I had recently experienced a time of profound personal challenge and change.

As I looked at its nine to 10 buttons [rattles], I thought of the years I had lived at Meher Mount – essentially the same period of time as the snake. 

A RATTLESNAKE at Meher Mount is not uncommon in this semi-wilderness area. (Ray Johnston photo, 2009.)

My cat Yogi had found this snake earlier that morning. I had spent several hours filming and recording the rattling sounds for a CD and potential video of animals at Meher Mount.  

SITTING WITH THE SNAKE

Afterwards, I spent some time sitting with the snake in my lap (with snake-proof gloves and taking other appropriate care safety-wise). 

As I held it, I reflected on change, rebirth, and “shedding our skins.” The annual shedding of a snake’s skin was a profound metaphor for me, as I felt I was also shedding my skin.   

This snake which is often thought of as a dangerous predator was to me a gift. Both of us were in harmony with the land at Meher Mount and protected, with no threat to or from either of us. I do not know whether it is alive now.

WILD CREATURES ARE THE ESSENCE OF MEHER MOUNT

These wild creatures will always reflect the essence of Meher Mount for me. Meher Mount is and was for me a place of transformation, safety and order.  It also provided a daily opportunity to remember Meher Baba through nature. 

The wild creatures living and depending on the nature of Meher Mount and my relationship with them will always remain one of my fondest memories.



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