Meher Baba - Humility is one of the foundations of devotional life
Type of Spiritual Experience
Meher Baba (25 February 1894 – 31 January 1969), born Merwan Sheriar Irani, was an Indian spiritual master. He was born in 1894 in Pune, India to Zoroastrian parents. At the age of 19, he began a seven-year spiritual transformation. During this time he contacted five spiritual masters before beginning his own mission and gathering his own disciples in early 1922, at the age of 27.
From 10 July 1925 to the end of his life, Meher Baba maintained silence, communicating by means of an alphabet board or by unique hand gestures. With his circle of disciples, he spent long periods in seclusion, during which time he often fasted. He also travelled widely, held public gatherings and engaged in works of charity with lepers, the poor and the mentally ill.
In 1931, Meher Baba made the first of many visits to the West, where he attracted many followers. Throughout most of the 1940s, Meher Baba worked with a category of spiritual aspirants who had had life transforming spiritual experiences. Starting in 1949, along with his followers, he travelled incognito about India. After being injured as a passenger in two serious automobile accidents, one in the United States in 1952 and one in India in 1956, his ability to walk became severely limited. In 1962, he invited his Western followers to India for a mass darshan called "The East-West Gathering".
Concerned by an increasing use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs, he tried to explain to his followers that they were not the way and in 1966 Baba he categorically stated that they did not convey any real benefits. Despite deteriorating health, he continued what he called his "Universal Work", which included fasting and seclusion, until his death on 31 January 1969. His tomb in Meherabad, India, has become a place of international pilgrimage.
A description of the experience
Meher Baba held that humility is one of the foundations of devotional life:
"Upon the altar of humility we must offer our prayers to God."
Baba also described the power of humility to overcome hostility:
"True humility is strength, not weakness. It disarms antagonism and ultimately conquers it."
Finally, Baba emphasized the importance of being humble when serving others:
"One of the most difficult things to learn is to render service without bossing, without making a fuss about it and without any consciousness of high and low. In the world of spirituality, humility counts at least as much as utility."
The source of the experienceZoroastrian
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
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