Mehera with Avatar Meher Baba

PHOTO: Avatar Meher Baba (second from right) at Meher House, Sydney, Australia, August 1956, with Adi K Irani and Eruch Jessawala
on the left and Meherjee Karkaria and Dr. Nilu behind Baba.

Silence Day

Monday 10th July 2017

All day Silence at Avatar’s Abode.

Baba’s House will be open and attended by Baba’s lovers in one hour shifts from 8 am to 4pm on Monday 10th July 2017.

Silence Day commemorates when Meher Baba began 44 years of Silence on 10th July 1925.


Francis Brabazon

On 10th July, 1925, Baba ceased speaking. He told his disciples that he would be silent for one year, but the year stretched to the rest of his earth time with us — forty-four years.

In the beginning he wrote his instructions to the mandali on slates; later, he spelt out words by pointing to the letters of the English alphabet painted on a board, and as some of the disciples became adept at reading his fingers, this became his way of conversing and dictating his discourses and messages.

Much later again, in 1954, he discarded the letter-board and communicated by signs, gestures and expression; and to the disciples who lived with him, and to those with whom he lived in their homes and daily work, and on occasion were permitted to come to him, this was the most eloquent way of all — for he was the master of expression and the perfection of mime.

Although Baba was silent, there was no 'sitting silently at the feet of the master' with him; indeed some who came to the ashram for that purpose were looked upon as oddities, unripe yet to enjoy the Master's company. Conversation was winged; and when the jokes were rich and the stories absurdly tall Baba was hard put to prevent his merriment breaking into sounding laughter. This was truly God-the-Man — God enjoying his Lovers' efforts to entertain him. And the greatest entertainer of them all was the silent Gustadji.

But always behind the lightest moment was a numbed sense of the terrible weight of the world burden he bore and the crucifixion he suffered because of our ignorance; and a horizonless rejoicing that one day he would speak and deliver himself of his burden, and us into a New Humanity.

God-Man's Silence was our waiting. And still we wait. And we can wait cheerfully because there is nothing else to do, for he does everything. We wait while he peels off the skins of our ignorance and we stand naked in the truth that each himself is the beloved Who-Alone-exists.

In reality God said everything that was to be said when he uttered the Word of creation. In that one word he said the stars and suns and Earth and all its forms and people. It took six periods of vast duration for God's speaking to be completed. Then he stopped speaking, for everything actual or potential had been said. And the seventh day was of the Original Silence.

Even when he was speaking that one Word which brought the world into existence, and made all words — even when he was shut in the darkness of Nothing which his Word had caused; when he was locked in the hardness of stone; when as a leaf he longed for movement, as a worm for travel, as a fish for wide ocean-acreage, as a bird for rarer atmospheres, as an animal for beautiful man-form, he was silent.

All these things were by his imagination, not of his Truth which is indivisible, and of the very Silence itself. His communication with all the things and beings of his Word has always been in silence, because in silence are all the best things given and received — and all love-talk ends in the silence of a sigh.

If only we could have become silent when he was with us, enjoying nothing but the sweet word of his presence, we might have lost ourselves entirely in his song and seen him as the real Self of ourselves.

We wait for the Wave of his Word to rise on his Ocean of Silence and beat on the doors of our hearts, and cry: Who? Who is your God? — And we will answer in tremendous gladness You, you Beloved, are our God. You are the Ocean of us and we are the drops of You.

THE AWAKENER MAGAZINE, Vol 17, no 2, p. 4, ed Filis Frederick 1977 © The Universal Spiritual League in America, Inc.

Regular Activities on Avatar's Abode

Monday Gathering

10.00 am every Monday

Readings, discussions and Baba stories and games at the Meeting Hall.

Lorraine Brown 5446 8005

Tuesday Discussion

6.30 pm every Tuesday

Informal reading and discussion of Meher Baba's message at the Bookstore.


Saturday Film Nights

1st Saturday night of each month, 7.00 pm

Films of Meher Baba and other classics in Baba’s House.

Jim Frisino 0417 112 668
David Hobson 5442 1220

Baba’s House Flowers

Tuesday and Saturday Mornings
Twice weekly

You are invited to decorate Baba’s Room with roses – contact Maria for payment and roster details.

Maria Oakhill 5442 2548

Caring for Avatar's Abode

Working on Avatar’s Abode

Volunteers able to assist please contact:
For Grounds: Felix Schmid 5442 2570 / 0402 735 625 or Bernard Bruford 5442 1487
For Buildings maintenance: Greg Rimmelzwaan 0402 676 888

Anniversary Committee

Meetings held regularly in Library through to June. All welcome to join in the planning and organising. Minutes kept in Reception Centre for all to read. Plenty to do and fun doing it!
Joint Chair 2015: Bernard Bruford 5442 1487 and Denis Carmody 0415 313 471

Avatar’s Abode Trust

Meeting of Directors 10am on the 3rd Saturday of January, March, May, July, September, November.

Management Committee

Meetings 9am on the 3rd Saturday of every month. The Trust Management Committee meets monthly to maintain the property.

Baba’s House Committee

Meetings TBA by email. This group looks after Baba’s Room, Baba’s House and His belongings. The Baba community is encouraged to assist the committee.
Contact: David Hobson 5442 1220