By Margaret Magnus
AVATAR MEHER BABA VISITS OJAI
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.
Meher Baba Talking As if He Were a Real Estate Agent
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. 
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.
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."
TRY TO LOVE bABA THROUGH NATURE
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 our of Me.'" 
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." 
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.
 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.
 Kalchuri, ibid., pg. 4067, accessed July 26, 2017.
 Filis Frederick, "The Journey of the Heart," The Awakener Magazine Online, Volume 5, Number 2, Winter-Spring, 1956, pg. 18, accessed July 26, 2017.