On January 31, 1969, Avatar Meher Baba dropped His physical body. His close disciple and night watchman at the time, Bhau Kalchuri, shared the following.
"During the night of January 30th, 1969, Meher Baba gestured to me on three separate occasions,
'Remember this, I am not this body...
Remember, I am not this body...
Remember, I am not this body.'
"Meher Baba's body was a vehicle of His universal work, and that work was to make humanity experience divinity.
"Avatar Meher Baba is not the physical body. He is God and He has come down on earth to manifest His own divinity.
"The Avatar has worked to give us the experience of divinity, of our soul's divinity. He has created the feeling of separation by dropping His physical body because without separation there can be no union with God.
"When the feeling of separation is created, [there] is longing for union...[this] is the longing of the soul for its liberation."
Avatar of the Age: Meher Baba Manifesting, by Bhau Kalchuri, pp. 218-219. Manifestation, Inc. (c) 1985.