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Indian spiritual leader born Merwan Sheriar Irani and Meher Baba ("Compassionate Father"), was born to Zoroastrian parents in Pune, India, in 1894. He led a rather normal precocious childhood. In his 19th year he met Hazrat Babajan, an elderly Muslim woman who lived under a tree in Pune, who ceremoniously kissed him Merwan on his forehead. Later Meher baba maintained that Hazrat Babajan was a perfect master and her kiss awakened in him his state of God-realization. Subsequently he spent nine months in seclusion, after which he went in search of other "realized masters." Several other teachers, Tajuddin Baba, Narayan Maharaj, and Sai Baba of Shirdi, were significant contacts for him. These preparatory years culminated with him living seven years with Upasni Maharaj of Sakori, who Meher Baba said helped him to integrate his Realized State with normal consciousness so that he could live in the world without his state of God-realization diminishing. After this period he began attracting followers of his own who soon began to refer to him as Meher baba. Extreme and austere periods followed when he would alternate periods of seclusion with travel. He spent long periods searching India for 'masts', those 'mad', or 'drunk', with God, who he considered to be realized beings who were unable to function in the world. Meher Baba and his followers would feed and bath the neglected 'masts.' In 1925 Meher Baba began a period of silence which would last the rest of his life, until 1969. He communicated with an alphabet board and through his own sign language which his close followers were able to interpret. As early as 1931, Meher Baba began travelling to the west and attracting close disciples in England, the U.S. and Australia. In 1952 he established centers in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Brisbane, Australia. Notably, in the 1960's Meher Baba made contact with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert in order to argue against the use of hallucogenic drugs for spiritual purposes and issued a booklet titled God in a Pill?. Despite his intense lifestyle of frequent fasting, seclusion and intense travel, and two severe automobile accidents, Meher Baba survived into his 84th year and passed away on January 31, 1969. His books include Gods Speaks, Discourses, Beams on the Spiritual Panorama, The Everything and the Nothing, and Life at Its Best. Among many books about Meher Baba is the extraordinarily detailed, Lord Meher, a 20 volume biography written and compiled by Bhau Kalchuri, a life long disciple. Content provided by: By The Way Books.

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