New Life is endless, and even after my physical death it will be kept
alive by those who live the life of complete renunciation of falsehood,
lies, hatred, greed and lust; and who, to accomplish this, do no lustful
actions, do no harm to anyone, do no backbiting, do not seek material
possessions, or power, who accept no homage, neither covet honor nor
shun disgrace, and fear no one and nothing; by those who rely wholly and
solely upon God, and who love God purely for the sake of loving, and
believe in the lovers of God, and in manifestations, and yet do not
expect to receive any spiritual or material reward; who do not let go
the hand of Truth, and who without being upset by calamities bravely and
wholeheartedly face all hardships with one hundred per cent
cheerfulness, and give no importance to caste, creed, and religious
~ Meher Baba, September 1950
Kind permission to use, Tales from the New Life with Meher Baba,
pg. iv, has been granted by the copyright holder, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.
October, 2013 Vol. 6, Issue 3
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|In this issue:
Klein's recently published book of poetry is reviewed by Max Reif and
we have a report on the October New Life Sahavas at Meherana.
I just came across this youtube piece on God Speaks by Tim Thelen and it is a real treat. Hope you enjoy!
|GOD SPEAKS by Meher Baba 'The Theme of Creation'|
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Excerpt from Tales from the New Life with Meher Baba
Don: It is Meherazad in October, 1972. Mani is going to continue the narration of various accounts of the New Life with Baba.
Mani: Well Don, I don't think there is much to say about the New Life...
Don: Not much! We've only talked about it for fourteen hours so far!
In fact I think there is nothing one can say about- it is to be lived.
We can talk only about the outward things-- the activities that took
place-- things that you can put down in a diary or in a notebook. But
the New Life is limitless, a timeless thing. Baba said, 'The New Life
will go on living by itself even when there is nobody to live it.' So
the New Life lives forever. That is because it was given life by Baba,
by the God-Man himself treading it, making a way for all in the timeless
time to come.
Don: Making a living blueprint. Is that your interpretation of what Baba did in the New Life?
Mani: Perhaps, 'footprint' is the word. You see, God himself walked the New Life, and that
has given life to the New Life. The New Life is already lived because
Baba has lived it on behalf of all who will follow it. When Perfection
performs an act in Illusion it is perfect. We can never equal even a
mite of what he can do. As Baba once said, 'If all of you had
kept silence all of your lives it wouldn't equal one hour of my
silence. And if all of you fasted all of your lives it wouldn't equal
one day of my fasting.'
Kind permission to use,Tales from the New Life with Meher Baba, pg.171, has been granted by the copyright holder, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.
WHAT THE HEART WANTS by Alice H. Klein
The reader of Alice Klein's WHAT THE HEART WANTS receives a great gift on every page. We read poetry for such gifts: those of a sensibility that goes beyond
our own, sees what we can't see (or don't realize we see), notices what
we don't notice. There are one hundred such gifts, each one brief
enough to be a morning's companion, in this volume.
The poet also has
great power, if we are able to accept these gifts, to take us places.
Alice is, first of all, a noticer. Her perceptions appear in fresh
language because they are fresh perceptions. She is also honest. She has
the courage to face the world and her mind as they are, without
cosmetics. There is beauty in both, all the more beautiful for the fact
that there's nothing artificial. It's a bare-bones beauty.
There is also just
a touch of humor in many of Alice's poems. It too is not interposed,
but arises naturally. To illustrate this, let me quote one of the
briefest pieces in the book in its entirety:
Cold hands, cold feet.
A grey coastal fog, and dreary.
We wait impatiently for the sun
to break through and show us mercy.
The tomatoes wait too,
to draw out the red from the green-
hard little hearts dangling on the vine
waiting to ripen, like mine.
of the poems are about Meher Baba, with whom the author has had a long
connection, or his mandali, or Jesus. A poem entitled "Dukka" and
several others are informed by her years of Buddhist (vipassana)
practice. Many of these poems with explicit spiritual references are
wonderful. I especially loved one titled, "If Even Jesus," about the
need to persevere bravely in the face of seeming abandonment.
But Alice achieves
the same transcendental effects writing about horses! Were I a poetry
teacher, I would "teach" her poem "In the Gloaming with Horses" (which
for some readers will echo James Wright's well-known "A Blessing"). It
puts one right in the equine world. Listen to these lines, in which
rhythm, alliteration and description all work together:
Fetlock, forelock, mane and muzzle-
swishing of tails and quiet snorts-
the fading silhouettes of huge handsome heads
Alice goes even
further than this marvelous evocation, and in the last stanza of this
one-page poem, she brings the reader to a mystical communion where the
words launch the reader to another, rarified realm:
Alone in a field, listening,
I breathed with the breathing of horses.
And my feet became earth.
And my breath became sky.
Finally, I want to
note how some of these poems express clarity in states of desperation.
This quality is invaluable, as one tends to panic in such states. In
Alice's verse I often find "grace under pressure," Ernest Hemingway's
definition of courage. Thus, she can write beautifully and helpfully,
with such a stunning image of our human predicament, in this final,
short poem I will leave you with:
Only as a last resort
do I turn, turn to Thee and call
and in that single word
lay before you everything-
a pomegranate split and spilling
its red juices, and all the seeds embedded
like so many stubborn bits of me,
waiting to be dug out and set free.
WHAT THE HEART WANTS is available to order online from its publisher, Sheriar Press: www.sheriarbooks.org. It is also available for purchase at the Meher Baba Center of No. CA bookstore in El Cerrito, CA.
native of New York City, Alice Klein has been writing for as long as
she can remember. She majored in English in college, with a
concentration in writing, and worked in publishing for many years, as an
editor and also as a book designer. In 1967 she heard about Avatar
Meher Baba and in 1969 went to India to attend the Last Darshan. She has
also been deeply influenced by vipassana meditation as presented by
Western Buddhist teachers. She has done art in various media, played
recorder and guitar, written a few short piano pieces, knocked around
tennis balls, planted many wonderful gardens. She's studied acupressure
and tai chi, danced Argentine tango and West Coast swing, backpacked and
bird-watched. She moved to Berkeley in 1975 and, except for traveling
and a few years each in Santa Fe and in the northern California coastal
town of Mendocino, has lived there ever since.
Max Reif, writer and poet, lives in
Walnut Creek. His new book, Journey from here to HERE, is available at
Searchlight Books in Lafayette, CA, Meher Baba Books in Los Angeles, and
Sheriar Books, as well as on the Lulu site: lulu.com
2013 Meherana New Life Sahavas by Karen Talbot
The Meherana New Life Sahavas was well-attended. Those that came had a weekend filled with His Love.
special guest speaker was Davana Brown. Her first talk on Friday
evening was on memories of Mehera. On Saturday, she spoke of her time
spent with Eruch. On Sunday morning, she spoke about the New Life. Each
of her talks left listeners longing to hear more and more.
Newell, the special guest singer, regaled us with his remarkable voice.
He sang the "Song of the New Life" and such classics as "Sing A Song of
Meher Baba Sing" and "Baba Gundewar". Jamie sang during his three
performances, at the Saturday night Dhuni and at both morning artis.
bookstore was busy throughout the weekend. There were lots of Baba
books, CDs, clothing and other items for sale including impressive
Harold Jamison ceramics.
usual, there was lots of delicious food. Ralph and his crew prepared
Friday night dinner. The Choi family brought a Korean lunch on Saturday.
We enjoyed a Persian dinner on Saturday evening. Harold and his crew
presented delicious breakfasts Saturday and Sunday.
learned that Charles Haynes will be the guest speaker at the 2014 Spring
Meherana Sahavas. This should be a well-attended Sahavas, so start
making your plans now to attend.
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.
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Meher Baba Center of Northern California
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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