MEHER MOUNT

9902 Sulphur Mountain Road
Ojai, CA 93023-9375

Phone: 805-640-0000
Email: info@mehermount.org

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Wednesday-Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
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Buzz & Ginger Glasky

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Sam Ervin, Preident
Ron Holsey, Vice President
Ursula Reinhart, Treasurer
Jim Whitson, Director
Richard Mannis, Director

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Margaret Magnus, Secretary

9902 Sulphur Mountain Rd
Ojai, CA, 93023
United States

(805) 640-0000

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Thanksgiving Day at Meher Mount with Katie Irani

Marguerite Poley

In 1995, Fred Stankus and Gigi Driessen hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner at Meher Mount with special guest Katie Irani. Katie, one of Avatar Meher Baba's close women disciples, was visiting Southern California at the time.

By Marguerite Poley

THE THANKSGIVING TABLE is set and ready for guests at Meher Mount, 1995. (Photo: Fred Stankus.)

THE THANKSGIVING TABLE is set and ready for guests at Meher Mount, 1995. (Photo: Fred Stankus.)

Thursday, November 23rd [1995] provided us with a most beautiful day, warm, yet cool under the Meher Mount oak trees.

SOUNDS OF "JAI BABA" FILLED THE AIR

About a hundred people from all over California, and other states, showed up for the event. As arrivals kept coming, glad greetings and sounds of "Jai Baba" filled the air.

Under a huge oak tree, chairs were set up and appetizers provided as we waited for Katie Irani [a close disciple of Avatar Meher Baba], and soon she came.

How wonderful Katie looked as she sat amongst us all; so lovingly she greeted each one! Happy faces to be seen everywhere!

A THANKSGIVING FEAST

We were to have Thanksgiving dinner at 2 p.m., but it was close to 2:30. All enjoyed a feast (no less than six turkeys were consumed)! All thanks to the many, many loving hearts and hands of dedicated volunteers who graciously served us as well!

KATIE IRANI, a close disciple of Avatar Meher Baba, celebrating Thanksgiving Day at Meher Mount in 1995. (Photo: Fred Stankus.)

KATIE IRANI, a close disciple of Avatar Meher Baba, celebrating Thanksgiving Day at Meher Mount in 1995. (Photo: Fred Stankus.)

When the feast was over, [host] Fred Stankus asked all participants to stand-up, one by one, and tell his or her reason for saying thanks on this Thanksgiving Day. It was a wonderful idea. I loved it.

Katie looked radiant during the entire time. There’s her love, HIS LOVE, her wit, her humor…(how Baba loves this!).

WE SAY THE PRAYERS AS DAYLIGHT FADES

Later as daylight began to fade we had what?...more food? Yes, dearest! Still later, we all stood to say the Prayers, and Katie sang with us.

It was dark when Billy Goodrum escorted Katie to the car for transportation to L.A….and the car slowly started down the mountain, shouts of "Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai," kept on and on.

MY BEST THANKSGIVING

And, for yours truly, I can say without hesitation, that Thanksgiving Day, 1995 is, and will forever remain, my best Thanksgiving.

Yours (almost) 82 years young,

Marguerite


NOTES

Marguerite Poley (1909-2005) was a circus performer, artist, and follower of Avatar Meher Baba.

Katie Irani (1920-2009) was first contacted by Avatar Meher Baba when she was three years old and later became part of Meher Baba's women mandali (close disciples).


SOURCE

"Thanksgiving Day at Meher Mount," by Marguerite Poley, Love Street Lamp Post, April-June 1996 (2nd Quarter 1996), pp. 17 & 20. (c) Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California. Reprinted with permission.


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