Happy Birthday Meher Baba
This entry was posted on 2/26/2008 6:12 AM and is filed under India.
Staying here at the ashram (Meher Pilgrim Center in Meherabad) with 200 other Baba Lovers has been incredibly sweet. The atmosphere is lovely, the accommodations are superb and the food is outstanding.
And it's a fantastic place to worship God...
Here are some samples of the deliciousvmeals we have eaten here at the Ashram...
Today is Meher Baba's 114th birthday. (February 25th).
The celebrations began at 5am with Arati at his Samadhi shrine and lots of singing. The tombs of Meher Baba, his Mehera and the other close members of his family were all adorned with garlands of flowers.
We walk to Meher Baba's samadhi tomb, which is about 10 minutes
away, and pay our respects daily. When we're lucky, there are two of
the six spots available inside the small tomb where we can sit and
meditate. This is Meher Baba's tomb. The picture came from a photograph we saw...
This is Mehera's tomb. Meher Baba's tomb is inside the window in the front of the photo.
In the afternoon there was a play that told the story of Mehera, who was Meher Baba's companion and spiritual love.
And in the evening we were invited to have dinner with our driver Adi and his family at their home. His mother, Watsala, father, Gataru, brother, Eknath, and his wife Poonam. Adi was married last year to Poonam in an arranged marriage. 3000 people were invited to the wedding and they had to feed everyone. Adi's father was moaning about how much it cost even though the bride's family paid for most of it. Each family member and some guests contribute to the wedding. Someone pays for the chairs, someone pays for the cake, someone pays for the music, etc. They live with his parents and his brother, in an extremely small and primitive house. They are lucky to live on the side of town that has electricity. Adhi works for the Pilgrim Express as a driver and works 7 days a week with 3 months off, mostly, in the summer when the ashram closes and it gets quiet around here. We bought them a beautiful silk table runner to bring as a gift.
They had gone to a lot of trouble to make us dinner. They served us on a table with new dinner plates that still had the label on them. They had bought Mindy her favorite mango juice and bottled water. Dinner was vegetarian. Home made chapatis, papadams, cabbage, potatoes, rice and dal. Very delicious. Adi's wife and mom stayed in the kitchen and did not join us for dinner. Basically we ate by ourselves and were kept company by the father and Adi (who also ate a little to make us more comfortable. Adi's father spoke a little English that he learned by working for the Meher Trust as a driver for 25 years.
Here are Adi and his wife Poonam...
Adi's father grows peanuts on a farm that he has and sells them at the market. His wife helps him work in the fields and Adi's new bride does the washing, cleaning and cooking at home. She does not live a liberated life. Adi would call for her to serve us the food or clear the table, otherwise she was to stay out of sight. It's a hard life for them. His father gave us a bag of shelled peanuts so that we could plant them in our own garden. And they sent us home with two bottles of mango juice for Mindy. It was really extraordinary going to their home for dinner.