BELOVED ARCHIVES presents podcasts on the life, work and teachings of Avatar Meher Baba from the vast collection of recordings in our archival vault
Meher Baba at Myrtle Beach in 1952 with Delia de Leon and Mehera J. Irani, Baba's Chief Woman Disciple
Meher Baba had once warned that an accident would befall him, but no one had given it serious thought. On this fateful day he told those of us in the second car, again and again, to keep up with the first car and not to get lost. . . When on May 24 , we reached Oklahoma — in the heart of America — our car was late for the rendezvous and we were getting anxious. Suddenly we we came upon a group of people on a grassy bank and saw Baba and the women lying there . . . Horrified we rushed to the spot and I recall so vividly the extraordinary expression on Baba's face — his eyes not seeing the immediate, but far away. He said nothing, did nothing but let everything be done to him. He had once said that he would shed blood on American soil and here, from his head injury, he was bleeding freely on the ground. I had with me a little pillow and I gave it to put under Baba's head and so it became stained with blood. Pete Townshend interviewed Delia de Leon in 1976 at the Meher Baba Oceanic in London on Meher Baba's Accident in 1952.
Rano Gayley interviewed by Naosherwan Anzar soon after Meher Baba dropped His body in 1969
Madeline (Rano) Gayley, daughter of Estelle (Nonny) Gayley was an artist who had worked for some years designing fabrics in New York. Rano was destined to serve the Avatar as one of the women mandali in Meherazad. In 1940, during the Bangalore stay Rano, under Meher Baba’s direction, worked on the Ten Circles chart which she had begun a few years before in Nasik. She had also begun another large painting of Baba wearing a turban. One day in January, when she was finishing this painting, she somehow did not feel satisfied with the expression in Baba’s eyes. Baba happened to come to her room right at that moment and Rano expressed her quandary. Baba himself picked up a brush, mixed some color and dabbed a bit on the left eye in the painting, instantly improving the expression! “Now don't touch it!” he declared. It was perfect.In 1969, an incident happened to Rano. She brought a watercolor of the “Mastery In Servitude” emblem that she had done for Adi Irani Jr. She wanted Baba to touch it before she mailed it. Baba did so and expressed that He was pleased, and then gestured, “Embrace Me.” Rano later recollected: “Baba looked so fragile then that I was almost afraid to touch Him, so I touched Him very lightly. But when He embraced me, it was the strong embrace of the old days.” It was the last embrace she had from Baba.Rano passed away on December 5, 1986 at Meherazad.
How to Love God?
HOW TO LOVE GOD? Bhau Kalchuri, one of Meher Baba’s close disciples, in an intimate, free-wheeling conversation with Naosherwan Anzar. It was recorded at Beloved Archives in 2003 in Princeton, New Jersey. It starts with the question: Who is Meher Baba and discusses aspects of his life, work and teachings.It is 1 hour and 18 minutes long.