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January 2015 E-News


On 11 December 1968, Baba dictated this message for his 75th birthday the following year, but Adi was instructed not to print it and circulate it until after January:


"To love me for what I may give you is not loving me at all. To sacrifice anything in my cause to gain something for yourself is like a blind man sacrificing his eyes for sight. I am the Divine Beloved worthy of being loved because I am Love. He who loves me because of this will be blessed with unlimited sight and will see me as I am."


~ Meher Baba, 1968  Lord Meher,  5375*
*Kind permission to use the quote from Lord Meher, online edition, p. 5375, has been granted by the copyright holder, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India 

, 2015                                                                
Vol. 8, Issue 1    
In This Issue
Spiritual Practices Part 4
Board Letter
Poetry Corner

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Dear Reader

In this issue:
Molly Jones has kindly offered an excerpt of her book, Homeward. Brian Drygas shares part four from his thoughtful presentation on Meher Baba and spiritual practices.
There is also a letter from the Board of Directors and a wonderful poetry offering from Irma Sheppard.

All previous issues of the newsletter are available to read at

Jai Baba!
~Lisa Greenstein

Meher Baba's Birthday Celebration


Saturday, February 21st 

1:30 - 4:30 PM


The Unitarian Universalist Church at Cedar and Bonita in Berkeley


This year's birthday event will be an afternoon tea with potluck snacks, birthday cake, chai, entertainment, door prizes, giveaways and the traveling bookstore.


Set up and decorating will start at 1 pm, and put away and clean up will go from 4:30 pm - 5 pm.


There is much to do for those who wish to help. Planners, organizers and workers are needed. Bring your creativity and love!


contact: Celia Lopez

Click to contact coordinator





 HOMEWARD   Pilgrimage to India                                          by Molly Jones

Molly has kindly shared an excerpt of her book about her journey on pilgrimage to Meherabad. You may access this excerpt by clicking the link above. The full version of the book is available from our bookstore.

Exploring Spiritual Practice, Part Four                             by Brian Drygas



This is Part four from the series based on a participatory presentation, "Exploring Spiritual Practice" given at the Center.  


There are different ways to categorize when spiritual practice is performed.  These can be thought of as: 

  1.     All of the time
  2.     When  opportunity arises
  3.     At planned times (scheduled and/or periodic)

In this part, we will discuss ways of having spiritual practice, "At planned times (scheduled and/or periodic)."   These practices include dressing your soul with Baba and several other forms of mediation.


Dress Your Soul with Baba


Darwin Shaw mentioned the method Baba described as sahaj dhyan (natural meditation) many times in his talks and also in his book, Effort and Grace.  For this meditation, you "dress your soul with Baba" first thing in the morning.  Then you do this again at noon, 5 p.m.,  and just before you go to bed.  Darwin wrote that in "dressing our soul with Baba" we are "accepting the Lord of Mercy and all that he is as our reality."  I remember hearing Darwin speak of it as a visualization of a cloak of Baba encompassing us similar to how a physical cloak would.




A large portion of the Discourses is about meditation.  The Discourses cover a multitude of types of meditation such as meditation of the heart, discriminative meditation, meditation of action, collective meditation, as well as, general and specialized meditation.  In the Discourses, Baba says that choosing the same time and location for meditation is helpful.


Baba, in 1930, listed six meditation methods.  One of them deals with contemplation of "I am not this body.  I am not finite.  I am the Self.  I am eternal."  With this meditation, one is to "mentally gaze intently on the centre of the forehead from inward for as long as possible, avoiding all other thoughts, whether higher or lower...".  Another meditation uses the following line of thought, "God is true. All else is false. This world and all that is seen and perceived is a dream, a mirage, unreal phenomenon. God is living within my own Self, as the soul of my soul."  With this meditation, one is to "turn one's attention to the heart, imagine a flame as one's own soul to be there, and concentrate as much and as long as possible on this imaginary flaming spot in the heart."  These meditations are mentioned in the Spring 2010 Glow magazine article, "Meher Baba on Meditation".


In this four part series we have explored the many ways to have spiritual practice.   Spiritual practice can be thought as something which can be performed all of the time, when opportunity arises or at planned times.   





LETTER FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS                     Doug Ross & the Board

                  Happy New Year 2015!                     

Dear Friends and Fellow Baba Lovers,                                             



As the New Year begins, we would like to thank all of you for the contributions, financial and otherwise, that have enabled us to support the many activities of our Meher Baba Center.  With your help, the Center serves to tie our loose network of Northern California Baba Lovers together and to support all those in the greater community who might wish to know more about Meher Baba.


This year we have had many ongoing varied events including monthly readings of Effort and Grace, by Darwin Shaw, Infinite intelligence readings, Urban Sahavases with Ward Parks and Mehera Arjani, concerts with Caris Arkin, Deborah Ash, David Miotke, and Brian Dolan, continuing Discourses meetings, Companions in Conversation meetings and more. We also have a lending library, bookstore, special guest meetings, and music and poetry events. 


Our hope is to continue to enliven our community with even more creative and inspiring meetings we can host at our Center, which is a meeting place dedicated to Meher Baba that evokes His presence. To do so, we need your financial support. Currently, 5-10% of the community donates regularly.  We are deeply grateful to these people. We are inviting others to help with a one time, or a recurring donation, so we have enough funding to meet expenses such as rent, website and newsletter maintenance, general meetings and small gatherings.


Your much needed and much appreciated help is good karma and is tax deductible.


Thank you for your support, time and consideration. Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai!


In His Service,


The Board of Directors,


Avatar Meher Baba Center of Northern California



Additionally you may offer your support online at and click on the Donations and Finance link on the left column or click: Link to Donation Page


You can also call Doug Ross 510-388-6529 or email him at if you have questions.


Checks may also be sent to our Center address below:

Meher Baba Center of Northern California
6923 Stockton Avenue
El Cerrito, California 94530


The Meher Baba Center of Northern California is a 501 3 C. nonprofit Corporation, registered with the Internal Revenue Service and the State of California. Jai Baba and Many Thanks!


POETRY CORNER              You Alone Are Kissed           by Irma Sheppard

You Alone Are Kissed

On the lips

on the nose


between the toes

You alone are kissed.

On the forehead

between the eyes

on cheek or neck

between the sighs

You alone are kissed.

On the hair

on a shoulder

over the heart

growing bolder

You alone are kissed.

On the elbows

on the knees


I darn well please

You alone are kissed.

Under the palms

on the street

in the doorway

how discreet

You alone are kissed.

Under an umbrella

in the rain

under an elm

in the lane

You alone are kissed.

In the morning

at high noon

in dusky evening

under crescent moon

Baba, You alone are kissed!

--Irma Sheppard


Center Library Note:
Would you like to be a "patron"? We have a library for your reading pleasure and convenience. Our library is housed upstairs in a bookcase at the MBCNC Center on Stockton Street. We have had 14 borrowers over the past year. You may access a list of the holdings at the web page; look for library, and open the book or video pdf files.
When you visit the Center, remember to check out the library books. We would also like donations. For a list of books we need, see the section at the end of the library holdings.
Contact the Newsletter about donations.

The Trust 

All who wish to share in the commitment laid down by Meher Baba through
the Trust should contact Jack Mormon,

Meher Baba Information
  For introductory information about Avatar Meher Baba, e-mail:
or write to P.O. Box 1101, Berkeley, CA 94701.

Meher Baba Center of Northern California
6923 Stockton Avenue
El Cerrito, California 94530
(510) 525-4779

The meeting schedule is now included in our online calendar (web link above), and can be printed directly from the calendar.

Directions to our Center:
From Highway 80, Interstate 5, going north or south, in El Cerrito,
take the Central Avenue exit exiting east, toward the hills. Cross San Pablo Avenue.
Go under the BART train tracks and less than a block after the tracks,
turn left on Richmond Avenue. Head north on Richmond Avenue until Stockton Avenue (the first stop light), turn right on Stockton. About two blocks onward, the Center is located on the left side of the street. Address and phone are listed above.
More Local Meetings: 

Sonoma County
- Arti happens once a month, usually the first Sunday.
 Locations vary.  Call Ellen Van Allen at 707-528-0357 for specific information. 

Los Gatos - Sunday Evenings
At the home of Clint Snyder
Call (408) 395-6865


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