Amartithi - or Eternal Day - marks the day, January 31, 1969, when Avatar Meher Baba dropped His physical form. Tens of thousands of pilgrims gather in Meherabad, India, at His Samadhi (tomb shrine) and elsewhere around the world to commemorate this event.
Mehera J. Irani was his closest woman disciple whom Meher Baba described as the purest soul in the universe. Meher Baba said she loved Him as He ought to be loved.
At the first Amartithi in 1970, approximately 1,700 of His lovers gathered on Meherabad Hill. Mehera, fighting back the tears, read out this message.
El Niño never brought the much needed rain to southern California this past year – except on Amartithi.
Amartithi – or eternal date – is the anniversary of the day on which Avatar Meher Baba dropped His physical form in 1969.
El Niño is the warming of the ocean’s surface in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean which changes the rainfall pattern. In southern California, it usually means more rainfall than normal.
Today, on Amartithi, lovers of [Meher] Baba join together all over the world, forgetting all else in the Presence of His eternal and infinite spirit….
Several times before Avatar Meher Baba dropped His body on January 31, 1969, He asked his close disciples, mandali, to have "Begin the Beguine" played when He did leave His physical form.
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.