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.
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

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Baba's Tree in Seclusion

Eric Turk

BY ERIC TURK & MARGARET MAGNUS

Baba says the whole world is nearer to him when he is in seclusion. [1]
— Eruch Jessawala, Disciple

During His Advent, Meher Baba very often would go into a self-imposed, confined seclusion for extended periods of time to do His inner work. 

AVATAR MEHER BABA using an alphabet board to communicate during a period of seclusion in the cage room in upper Meherabad, India. 

AVATAR MEHER BABA using an alphabet board to communicate during a period of seclusion in the cage room in upper Meherabad, India. 

Meher Baba disclosed that he did His “Universal Work” at these times — work not for His own sake as He, suffering for all as God in human form, had nothing to gain — but for the spiritual advancement of all in creation.

Now, the Coast Live Oak at Meher Mount, known as Baba's Tree, that Meher Baba sat under alone in 1956 is in seclusion.

The still-living Baba’s Tree has the potential, hopefully, to live and grow for many more decades. Most of the tree toppled during the Thomas Fire in December 2017. The exposed, dry and lifeless supporting heartwood of the tree’s trunk was ignited and slowly consumed to ash, reducing the already hollow trunk interior to a relatively thin living shell which could no longer support the immense weight of the overlying branches.

Working with the ISA® Certified Arborist Michael Inaba, Meher Mount is implementing a care plan to create optimal conditions for the survival and regeneration of Baba’s Tree.

Baba’s Tree needs seclusion while the healing process occurs. “There’s much to be gained with a seclusion fence while the tree adjusts to the new conditions,” says Inaba. “The Thomas Fire was a harrowing, life threatening event for Baba’s Tree.”

BABA'S TREE at Meher Mount with signs of life as seen through the seclusion fence that was installed on January 17, 2018. (Photo: Margaret Magnus, January 17, 2018)

BABA'S TREE at Meher Mount with signs of life as seen through the seclusion fence that was installed on January 17, 2018. (Photo: Margaret Magnus, January 17, 2018)

Meher Mount has installed a temporary 300-foot seclusion fence around the perimeter of both the living and the fallen parts of Baba's Tree about 15 feet from the dripline.

The seclusion fence protects the ground around Baba’s Tree so the mulch can do its work without foot traffic compacting the soil. It also prevents the disruption of the irrigation system, the sunburn protection, and the bracing for the tree limbs. The fence keeps visitors safe from tree debris, roots and branches.

During one of Meher Baba’s periods of seclusion, a man unexpectedly arrived to see Him asking, "When will Baba really come out of seclusion?" Meher Baba replied,

I am really the only one who is not in seclusion. It is the rest of humanity that is in seclusion. [2]
— Avatar Meher Baba

FOOTNOTES

[1] Bhau Kalchuri, Lord Meher: The Biography of the Avatar of the Age Meher Baba, Online Edition, pg. 4029, accessed January 24, 2018. (c)Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust.
[2] Ibid., Kalchuri, pg. 4478



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