All religions of the world proclaim that there is but one God, the Father of all in creation. I am that Father.
have come to remind all people that they should live on earth as the
children of the one Father until my grace awakens them to the
realization that they are all one without a second, and that all
divisions and conflict and hatred are but a shadow-play of their own
all are my children, they ignore the simplicity and beauty of this
Truth by indulging in hatreds, conflicts and wars that divide them in
enmity, instead of living as one family in their Father's house. Even
amongst you who love me and accept me for what I am, there is sometimes
lack of understanding of one another's hearts.
have I suffered these things in silence for all my children. It is
time that they become aware of the presence of their Father in their
midst and of their responsibility towards Him and themselves. I shall
break my Silence, and, with my Word of words, arouse my children to
realize in their lives, the indivisible Existence which is God.
the years I have been giving many messages and discourses. Today I
simply want to tell you who are gathered here in my Love to shut the
ears of your minds and open the ears of your hearts to hear my Word
when I utter it.
not seek my blessing, which is always with you, but long for the day
when my grace will descend on all who love me. Most blessed are they
who do not even long for my grace, but simply seek to do my will.
~ Meher Baba
Excerpted from "My Dear Children," given by Meher Baba at the East-West Gathering in November 1962
October/November, 2012 Vol. 5, Issue 6
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this issue we have information about the local San Francisco Bay Area
celebration of the 50th anniversary of Meher Baba's East-West Gathering,
a lovely review of the recent New Life Sahavas at Meherana by Raine,
and a sweet remembrance of our dear friend in Baba, Joy Mauzey.
Our Local Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the East-West Gathering
Baba began the four day East-West Gathering on November 1, 1962, at
Guruprasad, Poona. As Meher Baba Centers around the world prepare for
their upcoming celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the East-West
Gathering, our local Northern California group has many festivities
planned for the weekend of November 2, 3, and 4.
Friday evening, dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Our special guest, Irwin
Luck, attended the East-West gathering. He will share his memories with
Meher Baba asked Irwin to put 25 lyrics from Francis Brabazon's book, Let Us the People Sing to music. Irwin would like to sing, "The Journey" with our group. We will also have local musicians singing that evening.
Saturday, our program will begin with lunch from 12 - 1 p.m. Irwin will
continue to share memories with us from 1 - 2 p.m. After Irwin speaks,
we will show the "East-West Gathering" film, which was filmed by Ginny
Katz and produced by Peter Townshend. After the film, the music begins.
Raine Eastman Gannett and the Love Street Singers will regale us with
music from Raine's latest CD "The Original Songs of the "East-West
Gathering" by Francis Brabazon.
Sunday, our program begins again with lunch from 12 -1 p.m. Raine
Eastmann Gannett, David Miotke, and the Love Street Singers will
conclude the East-West Gathering program.
At 4 p.m., the program will end with the showing of the "O Parvardigar" film.
free to bring food to share. All events will be held at the home of
Alan and Karen Talbot, 721 Crossbrook Drive in Moraga, California. For
directions or additional information call 925-376-4325 or 925-286-2864.
Meherana New Life Sahavas by Raine Eastman-Gannett
Gay Dunn and Raine Eastman-Gannett performing at Meherana
photo: Eddie Brooks
5th through 7th was a perfect time for retreat and remembrance of the
Beloved at Meherana. The weather was glorious with days almost reaching
80 degrees and lovely cool nights. My husband, daughter and I stayed in
what is called a 'tent cabin', which was a delightful experience. The
tent cabin has a set floor and windows, walls somewhat like a tent,
comfy beds, and side tables. They are nearby to the showers and other
amenities. Some stayed in tents, others in nearby hotels or Bed and
Breakfasts, while others were offered home-stays.
I was happy with the two sets of music to entertain the Beloved. My plan to start with Rani didi was
a bhajan; especially, with the other guest being Naosherwan Anzar and
his lovely wife, Mahrukh, who seemed to enjoy them as well as Jyoti and
her family and sweet boys from San Jose. As I looked over
at them, I could see that they also enjoyed the Indian bhajans. Then
onto Francis Brabazon's amazing songs and the two requests: one for "The Budda is a Pop Star"; the other, a repeat of "Freiny-etta's Song". I
closed with my favorite performance thing to do these days, which are
Baba gospel renditions. The feature for me though was the Meherana
singing workshop which consisted of four songs from "The East-West
Gathering". The participants did so well with just one morning session
before their performance. They even received an encore request in the
middle of their performance set on the Sunday of the round "Sing Sing
Naosherwan, as usual, was so polished; his
presentations were wonderful. I really liked the talk about JAI BABA!
and how Jai Baba are Baba's words and a gift from Him to us. This was
wound around the origin of this marvelous greeting or chant of heartfelt
words, and it was truly something to have the heart filled with
Naosherwan's thoughts about Jai Baba! Other talks were about The New
Life, where many new facts and such were revealed, and another on
Naosherwan's family archives and how he learned from a
young age by his Baba lover parents to treasure everything associated
with Baba. His slide show during this talk about the treasures that are
kept at Beloved Archives was terrific.
meals, of course, were something, and the kitchen and volunteers chop
and prep most of the time, only relaxing in the evening. It pays off for
the pilgrims as I must say, the food was superb.
each morning in the sweet cabin for prayer and arti was packed, and the
singing was heartfelt and rousing. Whoever does the program
compassionately has arti after breakfast-- a wonderful idea!!!
could see the gardening has flourished. At times I would see one
attending the garden near the Arti cabin or another listening to a talk or someone making wire guards to protect new plants with pliers and gloves on. The property is truly becoming lovely.
on Saturday night was a Dhuni, which was quiet. It was a crisp moonlit
night with the fire crackling up the dhuni sticks and the sweet soft
singing of folk songs. Such a pretty night for such a deep experience,
Brooks came with his cameras and took some of these great photographs
included here. He could be seen clicking away, and the results from a
professional are great.
The new Bookstore is wonderful. It is fully
stocked with every Baba book, CDs, DVDs, scarves, a little jewelry,
Baba buttons, photographs, posters, you name it. I had the pleasure of
releasing my new CD there "The Original Songs of The East-West Gathering
by Francis Brabazon".
around it was a beautiful New Life Sahavas weekend retreat at Meherana,
where Baba leaves the world at the gate, and one can bathe in His love
with friends who also love Baba and re-charge in His Love for entering
the world again.
The Original Songs of The East-West Gathering by Francis Brabazon ~Raine
The Making of a CD:
"The Original Songs of The East-West Gathering by Francis Brabazon"
Raine Eastman-Gannett, Sam Saunders & The Wine Shop Singers.
I released "The Original Songs of The East-West Gathering by Francis Brabazon" at Meherana, so people
had it to take home to play on the Anniversary of a moment unique in
history. The East-West Gathering is where Meher Baba invited His Eastern
and Western lovers to join him in Pune town, Maharashtra, India for
four days from November 1st to November 4th, 1962. Yes, the 50th
Anniversary of that wonderful occasion is next weekend. The
celebrations will take place all over the world -- India, Los Angeles,
Northern California, Australia, London, Myrtle Beach, and many other
The CD took
four years to complete. The idea was to present the 29 songs in the book
written by Francis Brabazon, which is a record of the East-West
Gathering ordered to be written by Meher Baba. These songs were sung to
Meher Baba in batches of four each day, until Baba approved them to go
in the book. The melodies are often borrowed due to the speed with which
Baba wanted Francis to finish the book. They are delightful, and we
wanted the archive of the original melodies recorded.
We, of course, have the wonderful melodies of David
Miotke (and his CD of the same), which so many of us love and are
familiar with, but this CD was to archive the original setting to melody
and keep alive that which Meher Baba heard with his beautiful ears and
Available at www.NadaOm.com, Sheriar Bookstore, The Meherabode Bookstore, Searchlight Bookstore.
Joy Mauzey January 30, 1914 - July 5, 2012
Mauzey, a long-time Baba lover, passed away at her home in Martinez on
Thursday, July 5, 2012 at the age of 98. She is survived by Clifton, her
devoted husband of 62 years, 4 children, and 11 grandchildren and great
grandchildren. Joy lived on the Big Island of Hawaii before moving back
to California with Clifton in 1970. She loved music and dance,
especially Line and Polynesian dancing. A private memorial with family
and friends was held on July 8 to honor her life.
Here is an excerpt from Clifton Mauzey (Joy's husband):
met Joy when I was in the Veteran's hospital in San Fernando, Southern
California, having been discharged from the army. She had been coming to
the hospital with a small group every week as a volunteer with the Red
Cross as a friendly visitor. We were married in January, 1950, right
after I was discharged from the hospital.
moved to the Big Island of Hawaii around 1960, where we lived for about
10 years. I was in business there for the most part as a General
Building Contractor, and we adopted two children, a boy and girl, a year
apart, right after their birth. Joy had two other children from
both loved the Hawaiian people, their music and dancing. Joy had been a
dancer since early childhood, and when we came back to the mainland in
1970, Joy continued her dancing and taught Hawaiian dancing, as well as
Line dancing. She also led a performing group for many years, with which
I helped her by selecting and playing the music.
after returning to the mainland and settling in the town of Martinez,
we heard about Meher Baba and started attending the group which met in
Berkeley. You could say that Baba came to us in 1972. We were
particularly influenced by a very vivid dream I had of Baba. We were
active in attending meetings, retreats, and get-togethers with close
ones of Baba visiting from India."
Annie Stovall recalls:"This
incredible lady, who was like a second mom to me, welcomed me warmly
into her family when I moved to California in the mid 1970s. Joy lived a
very full life. She will be remembered for her kindness and sweetness.
Joy had a remarkable ability to remain cheerful and poised in the face
of adversity; this was an inspiration to all who knew her. She truly
lived up to her name and will be dearly missed."
| POETRY Corner Poem by David Miotke |
Into the transcendental night I fly.
Into your arms, a moth to flame, to die.
To die to the light of light blue surrender, Erasing the mind's toying and dreaming, the "pretender."
Each day is a back and forth, aisle of "no way,"
An ever south and north, a "pole-ishness" on display.
Now the Sun of love pours out one wine filled ray.
All is done, a victory won and the Beloved rules the day.
A sea of cloud white covers the divided "acreage."
These wings of flight at dawn, ending eons of "fakerage."
All action is but a hymn, a gita to divine love.
The Arjuna in us, serving, removing falsity's "glove."
O David, remember constantly the One beyond sky and plains.
Sing on, the gita of dawn bringing transcendental, healing rains.
Center Library Note:
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
meherbabameherbaba.org; look for library, and open the book or video pdf
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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