9902 Sulphur Mountain Road
Ojai, CA 93023-9375

Phone: 805-640-0000


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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.

"What is being grown? Are there orchards?"

Margaret Magnus

By Margaret Magnus

AN APRICOT ORCHARD on Highway 150 just east of  the Sulphur Mountain Road turnoff leading to Meher Mount. (Photo: Margaret Magnus, 2012)


Avatar Meher Baba arrived in Southern California at 5:50 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 1956. He and the men mandali (close disciples) traveling with Him were driven to the centrally located Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood where they stayed during their three-day visit.  

On the morning of His third day, August 2, 1956, preparations were made to drive Meher Baba approximately 85 miles north to Ojai, CA. Here the New Life Foundation, headed by Jean Adriel and Alexander Markey and joined by Agnes Baron, had established the center on Sulphur Mountain for Meher Baba, called Meher Mount. 

Meher Baba was to have visited Meher Mount in 1952. However, because of the automobile accident in Prague, OK, on May 24, 1952, that trip to California was canceled. 

BENNETT'S HONEY FARM and tasting room on Highway 150 in Fillmore, California, on the way to Meher Mount. (Photo: Margaret Magnus, 2012)

Meher Baba Talking As if He Were a Real Estate Agent

A ROADSIDE VEGETABLE STAND in Ojai selling local avocados. (Photo: Margaret Magnus, 2012)

By 1956, only Agnes Baron remained at Meher Mount fulfilling the role of caretaker. On that day in August, she drove Meher Baba from the Roosevelt Hotel to Meher Mount in her 1950 Ford "Woody" station wagon.

Riding with her were Meher Baba and the four men mandali accompanying Him - Eruch Jessawala, Dr. Nilu (Vinayak Nilkanth Godse), Adi K. Irani, and Meherjee Karkaria.

Along the way, Meher Baba admired the rich agricultural land and asked many questions. "What is being grown, how was the land irrigated, are there orchards?"

Baba was talking as if He were a real estate agent, Agnes cracked. [1]

Agriculture Is a Mainstay of the Area

For both the Ojai Valley to the north of Sulphur Mountain and the Santa Clara River Valley (also known as the Heritage Valley) below the southern side of Sulphur Mountain, agriculture is a mainstay of the area.         

SUNFLOWERS, fruit and vegetables are sold at a roadside stand in Ojai. (Photo: Margaret Magnus, 2012)

From the strawberry fields of Oxnard and Ventura to the Ojai Pixie tangerines, this area has some of the most fertile land in the country.

There are also lavender, walnuts, olives, Gala apples, Howard Miracle plums, avocados, apricots, and assorted vegetables, including organic gardening.

The Heritage Valley is one of California's last pristine agricultural valleys. Santa Paula, one the valley's cities, charmingly calls itself the "Citrus Capital of the World."             


During His visit, Meher Baba gestured toward the outdoors and said, "'Now go out and see the view and try to love Baba through nature. This is all due to My love...this whole creation, this nature, all the beauty you see, all came out of Me.'" [2]

As the group left the house where they had been sitting with Meher Baba, they "could see for hundreds of miles the beautiful rolling hills below. Each one meditated in his own way on the incredible view and Baba's last words." [3]

Meher Baba Departs As the Sun Sets

Later, as the day ended and the sun set over the scenic hills of Ojai, Meher Baba started the trip back to Los Angeles. 

He asked Agnes to drive him back by the longer coast route on Highway 1 through Malibu. He mentioned along the way that He thoroughly enjoyed the view of the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean.

AT AVATAR'S POINT looking west toward the Pacific Ocean as the sun sets. (Photo: Wayne Myers, 2013)

AT AVATAR'S POINT looking west toward the Pacific Ocean as the sun sets. (Photo: Wayne Myers, 2013)


[1] Bhau Kalchuri, Lord Meher, The Biography of the Avatar of the Age, Meher Baba, Online Edition, pp. 4064-4065, accessed July 26, 2017. (c) Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust.
[2] Kalchuri, ibid., pg. 4067, accessed July 26, 2017. 
[3] Filis Frederick, "The Journey of the Heart," The Awakener Magazine Online, Volume 5, Number 2, Winter-Spring, 1956, pg. 18, accessed July 26, 2017.