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.

Hiss, But Don't Bite

Sam L. Ervin

Before learning of Avatar Meher Baba, Agnes Baron, co-founder and caretaker of Meher Mount, lived the life of a Vedanta nun for a year at the Vedanta Temple in Montecito near Santa Barbara, California.

There she learned to love the Vedanta stories that impart spiritual and practical life lessons. One of her favorite stories, whose lesson she tried to incorporate into her own life was "Hiss, But Don't Bite."

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Fire Prevention Improves Walking Trails

Margaret Magnus

Every year since Meher Mount’s founding in 1946, volunteers are tasked with making sure that brush is cleared away from all buildings to help protect Meher Mount and the environment from the threat of wildfires.

In May 2015, there was an extra effort to make the meadow – the Prasad Orchard – below Avatar’s Point more accessible to mowing equipment.

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Meher Baba Invites His Dearest Friends

Buzz Glasky

Meher Mount, this sacred place that Meher Baba visited on August 2, 1956, is vibrant with His love and presence, but it is a bit remote.

Yet, it seems to attract more guests that have never heard of Meher Baba than any other center. Some visitors want to know more about Him, but most just seem to fall in love with the "feeling" of His place.

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Remembering to Thank Meher Baba

Ann Conlon

Ann Conlon met Avatar Meher Baba two times, both in India. In May 1961, Meher Baba cracked open the door of His very strict seclusion and invited anyone to come to Guruprasad in Pune, India, and see Him for only one hour. Ann jumped at this opportunity and flew from New York to India. Her one hour turned into five precious days of seeing Meher Baba.

Ann returned to Pune in November 1962 to attend the East-West Gathering.

In recalling both visits, Ann contrasts the moment she had to say goodbye to Meher Baba in 1961 and 1962, describing Meher Baba's reaction each time, and what it ultimately came to mean in her life.

Ann first describes her goodbye with Meher Baba in 1961:

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Why Do We Suffer?

Meher Mount

“Why do we suffer? Meher Baba replied: “To take birth means to suffer. When suffering leads to real eternal happiness, we should not attach importance to this suffering. It is to eliminate suffering that suffering has to come.

“This suffering is unnecessary and self-inflicted; ninety-nine percent of the world's suffering is self-inflicted; and then people ask, ‘Why must we suffer?’ Great suffering means great liberation."

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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. In the Winter 2014 issue of Glow International: A Journal Devoted to Meher Baba, Bunty shared her own stories of being with Meher Baba.

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

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The Month of Silence at Meher Mount - July 1949

Marguerite Poley

In 1949, Avatar Meher Baba asked His mandali (close disciples) in Meherazad, Ahmednagar and Meherabad, India, as well as His close lovers and followers everywhere in the world to keep silence for the entire month of July. Meher Baba had been silent since July 10, 1925.

One of Meher Baba’s followers in the West, Marguerite Poley wrote about observing that month of silence at Meher Mount. The following is her account reprinted with permission from “Meher Mount Memories: The Month of Silence, July 1949,” by Marguerite Poley, Love Street Lamp Post, January 2006 (1st Quarter 2006), pp. 43-44. ©Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California.  

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Divine Will and Free Will

Margaret Magnus

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.   

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