Spring Sahavas 2018 Saturday 29th September to Monday 1st October.

GUESTS

At this year’s Spring Sahavas our guests will be Baba’s nephew and niece, Dara Irani and Shireen Bonner. Download Bio-Sketches here »

PROGRAM

Download Spring Sahavas 2018 Program PDF here »

Dara Irania special guest Avatar's Abode Spring Sahavas 2018

Dara Irani.

Dara is the son of Baba’s youngest brother Adi Jnr. and his wife Gulu. Gulu died in childbirth but to her good fortune Baba was by her bedside when she breathed her last. Baba saw baby Dara soon after he was born.

Dara was raised by Viloo and Sarosh Irani in Ahmednagar, India till he was 13. Then in 1958 he moved to England to join his father Adi and his second wife Franey.

While living in India Dara had several opportunities to be in Baba’s company.

Dara completed his education in England and worked there for nine years. His marriage with Amrit was arranged by Baba and took place in December 1968 at Meherazad, India. For the first four years of their marriage Dara and Amrit lived in England, before returning to India with their two sons Meherwan and Jamshed.

Dara and Amrit now live at Meherabad in India near Baba’s Samadhi.

Shireen Bonner Avatar's Abode Spring Sahavas 2018

Shireen Bonner.

Shireen first met Baba in 1958 as a three-month old baby when Adi and Franey visited India from London. Then in 1964 the family returned to India for Shireen's Navjote ceremony, an important milestone in the Zoroastrian religion. There was a formal ceremony and reception to celebrate this event, but the morning of that ceremony Baba Himself performed Shireen's true, very simple Navjote at Meherazad.

This was a lengthy stay for the family during which time they had almost daily visits with Beloved Baba. For Shireen this visit was also the opportunity to get to know her very special aunts Mehera, Mani and Goher, with whom she always remained extremely close.

The third and final time that Shireen and her family saw Baba was in 1968/1969, when Shireen was 11 years old, for the occasion of Dara and Amrit's wedding. A few weeks after the family returned to England from this visit Baba dropped His physical form.

 


Spring Sahavas 2017

Saturday 30th September – Monday 2nd October 2017

Our guests in 2017 were Jeff Wolverton and Nan Wicker.

jeff wolverton and nan wicker

Jeff at Meher Spiritual Center, USA – photo by Tony Zois.
Nan at Meher Pilgrim Retreat, Meherabad – photo by John Poag.

The 2017 Sahavas provided a valuable opportunity for interactive discussions with Jeff on a range of topics including: cultivating the inner life with Baba, forgiveness, self-acceptance ... Baba’s work with His Western women disciples etc.

The Sahavas was refreshing in its informality and inclusiveness, and amidst the bonhomie and laughter (*Jeff’s fantastic sense of humour) and the wonderful music and songs, there were plenty of meaty discussions on tap!

 


Spring Sahavas 2016

Saturday 1st Monday 3rd October 2016

At the 2016 Spring Sahavas we examined the changing relationship between Meher Baba and His Australian lovers, through the personal stories of those who met Meher Baba and through the messages and directives received through the Family Letters. We also examined this period through the eyes and hearts of some of the young ones who, during the 1960s, came to accept Meher Baba as their spiritual Master.


Spring Sahavas 2015

Saturday 3rd – Monday 5th October 2015

Our guests for the 2015 Spring Sahavas at Avatar’s Abode were Pratap and Swaroop Ahir

Pratap Ahir, Spring Sahavas Avatar's Abode 2015 special guest

Download » 2015 Spring Sahavas Program [PDF 57KB]

Pratap first heard Meher Baba’s name when he was a 14-year old student staying in a Government run hostel in Pune, India for economically disadvantaged students.

Pratap had the good fortune to be amongst the group of disciples and followers who travelled from Pune to spend precious time with Meher Baba on 16th October 1950, at Mahabaleshwar.

Then on Mehera’s birthday in December 1950 Pratap was introduced to Baba and Baba asked if he would like to come and stay with him. Pratap immediately agreed and just one week later Pratap got the rare opportunity to be alone with Baba for over an hour and this hour proved to be a life-changing one for Pratap.

Since then Pratap had many opportunities to be with Baba, to play marbles and card games with him, and to sing before him at all the sahavas programs that followed, and during the gatherings for Baba’s close ones at Guruprasad during the summer months in the late 50s and 1960s.

With his son Swaroop who accompanies him on tabla, Pratap has travelled to the U.S. twice, sharing his precious memories of Baba along with his music.

Besides being our guests at the 2015 Spring Sahavas, Pratap and Swaroop also visited the Baba families in Melbourne, Sydney and Christchurch.


Avatar's Abode Spring Sahavas 2014

Saturday 4th – Monday 6th October 2014

Download » The Program here. [PDF 74KB]

Our guest speaker in 2014 was Dr Allan Cohen whose presentations featured perspectives on the psychological and experiential challenges of Meher Baba’s path and the practical implications of the New Humanity, all with a touch of humour, classic stories, the encouragement of controversial questions and lots of interactive discussion.

Allan has had two parallel “careers,” both sparked directly by Meher Baba. As a new Baba-lover in the mid-1960s, Allan was just finishing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Harvard when Baba asked him, Robert Dreyfuss, Rick Chapman and other young Baba-lovers to let America know that drug use was not an authentic path to spirituality.

On the “surface track,” Allan began a four decade career in drug abuse prevention and intervention. As a researcher-evaluator, clinical psychologist, university professor, media spokesman, administrator, editor, and theoretician, he has applied innovative principles and techniques to the field of prevention.

On the deeper track, Allan learned of Meher Baba in 1964 as a member of an LSD exploration group led by Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (now Baba Ram Dass). He was in direct communication with Baba from 1965 through 1968. Encouraged to spread Baba’s message of love and truth, Allan delivered over 1,000 lectures and media appearances across America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Allan began to compile and edit a book for persons new to Meher Baba, approved by Baba in 1966 and finally published in 1977 as The Mastery of Consciousness. He was able to attend the first Amartithi in India in early February of 1969, the only Westerner in attendance who never met Meher Baba in person. Now living in Washington DC, Allan has continued his work with Baba groups and individuals.

We enjoyed welcoming Allan and learning aspects of successfully serving Baba in day to day living.

Allan also visited the followers of Meher Baba in Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand.


The first Spring Sahavas was held in October 2005 when those Australians who attended the 1958 Sahavas with Meher Baba at Avatar's Abode gathered to recall their memories of that very special time. Since then the Spring Sahavas has become an annual event. A theme relating to Meher Baba’s life and work is chosen each year and we also sometimes invite special guests who have had close contact with Meher Baba.