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.

The Fruit Salad Story - Bunty Bernstein and Meher Baba's Visit to Meher Mount

Bunty Kelley Bernstein

Bunty Kelley Bernstein was one of the dancers trained by ballet professional and instructor Margaret Craske, a close disciple (mandali) of Avatar Meher Baba.

The following is about her time in 1956 when Meher Baba visited Meher Mount during His three-day trip to Southern California. He stayed at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood and went to Meher Mount on August 2, 1956.

AVATAR MEHER BABA is flanked by Tex Hightower (who also visited Meher Mount in 1956) and Peter Saul. Margaret Craske is center with Bunty Bernstein to her right and Marie Adair to her left. This photo was taken after dancing for Meher Baba in San Francisco in 1956 - just after His visit to Meher Mount. (Photo: Glow International.)

AVATAR MEHER BABA is flanked by Tex Hightower (who also visited Meher Mount in 1956) and Peter Saul. Margaret Craske is center with Bunty Bernstein to her right and Marie Adair to her left. This photo was taken after dancing for Meher Baba in San Francisco in 1956 - just after His visit to Meher Mount. (Photo: Glow International.)

By Bunty Kelley Bernstein

The “Fruit Salad Story” is very typical of how one is somehow always getting outsmarted when dealing with Baba.

RUSHING TO GREET MEHER BABA

We were still in Los Angeles, and it was planned for us all to go up to Meher Mount, which Baba had never seen and which was run by Agnes Baron. Meher Mount is in the Ojai Valley, situated on top of Sulphur Mountain.

We left very early in the morning. I have never driven that fast either before or since. I was going 80 mph all the way except up the mountain that is rather tricky and quite scary, although a beautiful drive.

MOUNTAINS OF FRUIT

We arrived well before Baba was due to get there, and Agnes Baron was surprised, but also pleased because she had a lot of food to prepare for everybody.

She said we could all make fruit salad. We could hardly object, and in fact it seemed a good idea in the hope that Baba would eat the fruit salad we had made.

STUCK IN THE KITCHEN WHEN MEHER BABA ARRIVES

About an hour later there we were, stuck in the kitchen cutting up mountains of fruit, when Baba’s car arrived and Agnes went rushing out to greet him.

He immediately went into the house, called “Baba’s House” and was not seen again until everyone else had arrived.

However, we are all with Baba after lunch when in silence one of the men’s stomach gurgled. Baba laughed heartily, and said it was too much fruit salad!

BUNTY BERNSTEIN at 12-years-old. Later in her life, she worked in Hollywood. "I used to go up to Meher Mount, Agnes Baron's place whenever I could, and nearly always for Silence Day," she wrote in Glow International, Winter 2014.

BUNTY BERNSTEIN at 12-years-old. Later in her life, she worked in Hollywood. "I used to go up to Meher Mount, Agnes Baron's place whenever I could, and nearly always for Silence Day," she wrote in Glow International, Winter 2014.


SOURCE

“Dancing for Meher Baba,” by Bunty Kelley Bernstein, Glow International: A Journal Devoted to Meher Baba, Winter 2014, pp. 5-6. ©Beloved Archives, Inc. Excerpts reprinted with permission.



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