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Friday, February 22, 2008

Hazrat Babajan and Meher Baba's Childhood Home...

We had come to Pune to visit a two holy spiritual sites that we were yearning to see.  One was the home where the great saint Meher Baba grew up.  Meher Baba lived from 1894-1969 and was an avatar, meaning a direct incarnation of God.  He was in silence for the last 44 years of his life and had many devoted followers throughout the world.  His house was small and full of mementos from him – locks of his hair, favorite clothes, toothbrush, chair, and wonderful photos.  We were the only ones there, so we were able to take our time and have a nice long stay.











Meher Baba's alphabet board that he used while in silence...





This is a photo of the 5 Perfected Masters alive at the same time as Meher Baba...



From there we walked about 15 minutes on a very busy street to the other holy and famous site of the tomb of Hazrat Babajan – an Indian woman who is regarded as one of the 5 Perfected Masters and is very highly revered in India.   She lived next to a very large tree on a busy street and if we saw her in Santa Barbara, we'd just dismiss her as another wacky homeless person.  Her tomb was in marble inside of a street side shrine right on the street.  There was a man there who would lay the offerings of flowers that people brought on top of her tomb and tend to it by keeping the covers smooth and picking up stray flowers.   We gave him an offering of money and he blessed us by bopping us with a wand of peacock feathers.  We stayed in the shrine and both fell into a deep meditation.  You could palpably feel the energy from this woman's presence, even though she had left her body.  It was quite extraordinary.



This is the tree under which Hazrat sat...





Watch this movie of our experience at her tombsite...



This was our first day, first time, first ever trip to India.