Thirty-five years ago, in September 1982, Meher Mount co-founder and lifetime caretaker Agnes Baron took her first and only trip to India to meet with Meher Baba’s mandali (close disciples) regarding the future of Meher Mount.
She wanted the mandali’s advice on what to do with Meher Mount. At the time of her trip, Meher Mount was in her name, and she was wrestling with what to do with the property in the future. She had told Meher Baba in 1952 that she would keep Meher Mount for Him through “hell, fire and damnation.”
Mani S. Irani (1918-1996), the sister of Avatar Meher Baba, was His second-closest woman disciple, joining Baba's ashram at the age of thirteen.
In those early years, Meher Baba traveled repeatedly for His work, always with chosen members of the mandali joining Him. The stress of the continual shifting of plans and places, required the mandali to become more detached from the world and to focus on Him.
In response to her life of training and being with Meher Baba, Mani wrote the following poem sometime in the 1940s.
For Christmas in 1935, Avatar Meher Baba sent this telegram to those close ones in America and Europe...
In honor of "Get Caught Reading" month in May 2015, Meher Mount asked for reading recommendations related to Avatar Meher Baba. Margaret Magnus chose The Real Treasure: Life of A Resident with Avatar Meher Baba’s Mandali, by Rustom B. Falahati. She selected the passage on "Divine Will and Free Will" as an example of a "treasure" contained in the series.