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Silent Teachings of Meher Baba Paperback – January 1, 2001

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From the Publisher

Beloved Archives, Inc., is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. It holds one of the largest and rarest collections of Meher Baba archival material in the world. The corporation is designed to preserve and protect all material related to the life and work of Avatar Meher Baba, and to continue publishing his words and disseminating his message of divine love and the ultimate truth that all life is one; that all life merges in God, who is the only Reality.

About the Author

Naoshwerwan Anzar is the compiler and editor of "Silent Teachings," as well as editor of "Best of the Glow: A Fifteen Year Retrospective," and author of "Beloved: The Life and Work of Meher Baba."

Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Beloved Archives Inc (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970239610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970239617
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,655,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The formal set of "teachings" of Meher Baba are called the Discourses, and they number around 70, and in their present edition (Sheriar Press) they run to about 375 pages.
In 1944, Alexander Markey, a Hollywood screenwriter and follower of Meher Baba, with Meher Baba's permission, edited and published a version of the Discourses that numbered 27 and the total was approximately 65 pages in length. In their original 1944 publication, they were referred to as "excerpts" of the Discourses, but they are much more than that. What Markey had done was to reorganize, rearrange, and very frequently rewrite the material of the Discourses, so that in those "Silent Teachings" we find a condensed, very accessible, and accurate presentation of the original material from Meher Baba. Not that they are a substitute for reading the full version of the Discourses, but they are an excellent introduction to the material as well as the essential gist of what Meher Baba communicated in his silence of the last 44 years of his life on earth as the long-awaited Avatar.
The term "teachings" as applied to Meher Baba has often been recognized as ironic. When Meher Baba announced to his small group of disciples in 1925 that it was necessary for his work that he be silent for a period of time, one of them asked, "But if you are silent, how will you teach us?" Meher Baba's answer, which was to become one of the hallmarks of his spiritual mission was, "I have come not to teach, but to awaken." Little did these early followers or those to come later realize that this silence of Meher Baba was to continue for the rest of his life until its physical termination in 1969.
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Avatar Meher Baba was silent for 44 years of his life. This means he did not speak, however, he did communicate via an alphabet board in the early days of his chosen silence and, later, through hand gestures to his trained disciples. "Silent Teachings" is a compendium of excerpts taken from Baba's words, which have been compiled into a book entitled "Discourses," and a work based on Meher Baba's exchanges with disciples and seekers from various parts of the world, meticulously recorded, and ultimately published as, "The Answer: Conversations with Meher Baba."
Meher Baba "said" he was not a teacher, rather, that he had come to awaken. "Silent Teachings" is a selected group of discourses that addresses issues of interest to all who aim for understanding the truth of what life is-and is not.
Topics addressed include, "The Quest," "War and Beyond," "The Rule and Overthrow of the Ego," "The Search for God," and "Universal Selfhood." Each topic is generally covered in two to three pages of text.
The brevity of the individual essays, and the slim volume allows me to keep it handy in my briefcase, for dips into Baba's message of hope and truth, to be read during those odd moments of time that might be lost in a vacuum without something to reflect upon.
Too, this book is the perfect choice as an introduction to Meher Baba's words for the seeker who is looking for order amidst the chaos we all face in today's world.
I highly recommend this book as one to anyone interested in exploring spirituality.
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