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About the Author

Dr. William Donkin was born in England in 1911. He was highly educated, receiving his qualification as a doctor in 1939.

His youthful love of adventure proved to be great preparation for his part in Meher Baba's search for those who are called "masts" in the East, spiritually advanced souls intoxicated by God's love. At the age of twenty Donkin crossed the Sahara Desert in the hottest months, covering 1400 miles by camel and the last 300 by horseback. As a member of the Alpine Club in London, he went mountain climbing in the Alps, Norway; High Atlas, Corsica.

He was a medical student when he first met his spiritual master, Meher Baba in London, 1933, but as soon as he qualified as a doctor in 1939 he joined Baba in India. He served as a medical officer in the Army from 1941-1946.

With characteristic modesty, Dr. Donkin relates when it was suggested to Baba that somebody record his work with the masts, "But I've never written a book in my life," I told him. "Never mind," said Baba, "you do it." "So I did it, my aim being only to try to make a faithful record of Baba's work with masts and others; his external and visible work, that is. His real inner work he would just not tell us about - but then, why should he?"

Dr. Donkin was one of those chosen to accompany Meher Baba on the New Life, a long period of wandering through India. He died in India in 1970.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Sheriar Foundation (March 15, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 1880619245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880619247
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
A introduction to the fascinating topic of God-intoxication, and an extensive account of Avatar Meher Baba's contacts with God-intoxicated souls known as "masts" (pronounced "MUST").
God-intoxication, according to Meher Baba, occurs as one ascends, over many lifetimes, through the inner planes of consciousness. Upon attaining consciousness of the subtle and later mental planes, the soul loses the gross consciousness that ordinary people experience, leading to all manners of peculiar and erratic, but nonetheless frequently endearing behavior. There are accounts of God-intoxicated persons who took up residence in latrines for years on end, who chained smoked multiple-cigarettes, drank unheard-of amounts of tea, or collected wire, etc; and yet who were, according to Meher Baba, very advanced souls for whom the ordinary world did not even exist.
Personality types of masts are distinguished, including jalali ("fiery") masts given to outbursts of rather severe behavior and jamali masts who embody the gentle, motherly aspects of divinity.
The book is authored by William Donkin, a Western-trained physician, and is distinguished by a meticulous and rather scientific execution, without being at all dry in its presentation. Whole chapters are devoted to several of the most important masts, but an extensive appendix documents all masts contacted by Meher Baba, with at least a short note about each.
This book will make you rethink a few things!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In response to the "dry and disappointing" review below . . . apparently Meher Baba himself actually regarded this book as a little "dry":
"Baba had instructed Bhau to translate Dr. Donkin's book The Wayfarers into Hindi, but as he had little or no time to do it there, once they arrived at Guruprasad he began this work. Baba did not wish him to translate the book literally, as he felt it was too dry (too matter-of-fact) an account, but he wanted a complete written account of his mast work and filled in with more details. After discussing it with the mandali, however, it was decided to translate the book as it was and then to write a supplement of Baba's contacts with masts and the poor after 1948, updating the book to the last mast contacts during the 1950s and 1960s" (_Lord Meher_, p. 6,589).
That the prose might not live up to the subject matter isn't so much a fault of Donkin's account per se, but ultimately speaking is due to the non-discursive nature of the mast states themselves. In this reviewer's opinion, the book is well worth its weight anyway, for Meher Baba's Foreword ("The Difference Between Ordinary Madness and Mast States") alone. There are more than a few surprising, humorous, and moving details dispersed throughout the whole book too...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nonamespecified on November 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
As far as I know, this book is unique. It is an extremely valuable first-hand account of a religious master's work with those who have suffered spontaneous religious awakenings. It is true that it is somewhat pedantic and dry, and that the most interesting aspects of Baba's work is not discussed, but that is unfortunately not the fault of the author, as Baba did not discuss it or allow it to be known. Still, many many interesting stories of the variety of human encounters with the divine are found in this book, but one is often left to speculate as to their true nature. It opens up so many questions. If only Baba's first writings upon his own Awakening had not been lost, alas, he said he had written many pages describing his visions and inner journeys upon receiving the shaktipat from the old woman on the side of the road, Babajan. Om Shanti. Gate Gate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne Barker on November 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When this book was initially published and sent to the Library of Congress, the staff there responded that this was the most unusual book they had ever encountered and were unsure how to catalog it. The Wayfarers is one of my all-time favorite books. It definitely helps to be familiar with the writings of Meher Baba prior to reading this book so that you understand who the author, William Donkin, is and what he was trying to accomplish, namely create a chronicle of Meher Baba's arduous travels to contact masts. Donkin realized that he was not equipped to comment on the nature of Meher Baba's work and the inner state of the masts.

Sheriar Press has several good "beginner" books about Meher Baba.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Mahajan on November 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Very few ,books in world can be considered unique in all respects, this is one them .This book gives us an indepth insight in to the work of Meher Baba and throws light on mostly unknown phenomenon of Mast hood (if i can call it that) . It also documents the various masts and mastines (female masts) meher baba and the writer have come across in there extensive travails of India and abroad......It also gives us a more compound view on 5 MASTS baba who worked with more extensively than others ..
read this book it will enrich you and will wipe out some those unwanted sanskaras ...
and if you are baba lover it will give you a deeper insight into baba's work and life ...
JAI BABA , AVTAR MEHER BABA KI JAI
akshay mahajan...
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