In 1927, the young Esfandiar Vesali left his native Iran to study at the Prem Ashram, Meher Baba’s school for boys at Meherabad, India. Although he arrived with ambitions for a secular educational, he was awakened to a longing for God, a flame that Baba fanned.
Here Esfandiar shares his intensified experiences of the spiritual path: from moments of sublime bliss to struggles with powerful negative thoughts to his increasing understanding of the significance of the Master. He discovers that Baba knows his innermost being and that he can join the Divine Beloved deep in his heart. Esfandiar’s words carry the vibrancy of poetry as we follow this articulate young lover while he learns the nuances of the game of love. Esfandiars’s reminiscences are interspersed with period photographs and choral music as well as scenes from The Prem Ashram, a play presented by Sufism Reoriented in 1981.
This video is about Meher Baba and the commemoration of his 1952 auto accident in Oklahoma.
On May 24, 1952, along a rural stretch of highway in the heartland of America, all life was forever changed. Near Prague, Oklahoma, Avatar Meher Baba was severely injured in a major car "accident" that was no accident. Rather it was a critical part of Baba's work to release fresh streams of Divine Love into the soil of America to give a boost to all Creation and help America fulfill its destiny as a world spiritual leader.
On the 50th anniversary of Baba's accident, a 4-day gathering was held in Oklahoma to commemorate this extraordinary event. Attendees shared songs, visited the accident site, heard from those who knew Baba, and enjoyed a rock concert, a dhuni fire, and more. Baba's love and presence filled the air. It is all here in this remarkable and beautiful 2-hour documentary that honors Baba's accident in a fresh, new way.
As the future unfolds, Meher Baba's Divine Love will bring a new morning to America and the world -- a morning of love, unity, harmony, and truth. And, oh, what a beautiful morning it will be.
In the summer of 1956, Meher Baba interrupted his year-long seclusion for an around-the-world tour. For two weeks, he kept company with his American lovers in many diverse settings. We see him as he joins devotees for a love feast in a Manhattan restaurant. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, lovers walk with him in the natural beauty of the Meher Spiritual Center and Brookgreen Gardens. He visits Washington, D.C., then heads for Los Angeles and Ojai, where he goes to Meher Mount for the first time. In San Francisco, he enjoys the view from Coit Tower and strolls among the towering redwoods of Muir Woods. Throughout this “journey of the heart,” the viewer receives rare glimpses of Meher Baba in his beloved land, America. As he plays with his companions, he further sets the course of the country that he revealed is destined to lead the world spiritually.
An original musical soundtrack featuring the Women’s Choir of Sufism Reoriented, singing Meher Baba’s name, combines with slowed-down footage to make this video ideal for personal meditation and contemplation.
In the summer of 1956, Meher Baba toured the United States. He visited New York City and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and made several stops in California, including Los Angeles, Ojai, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Meher Baba asked Charmian Duce Corrinet, daughter of Murshida Ivy Duce of Sufism Reoriented, to film the trip. She acquired the best 16mm camera she could and traveled with him throughout his visit. She then edited the film, and in the late 1960s, assisted by Henry Mindlin and her future husband, Duncan Knowles, added a soundtrack. Charmian and Duncan provide the narration.
In February and March 1954, Meher Baba toured the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Thousands thronged to see him. Fortunately, a filmmaker followed with a 16 mm camera and captured moments that would otherwise have gone unseen: Baba ascending stairs against the background of a beautiful blue sea, playfully riding a merry-go-round, tenderly embracing a lover, majestically greeting darshan attendees as the Lord of Love, and striding with his companions across the countryside. This video enhances the source material, slows the footage down, and highlights intimate moments. It gives us the opportunity to share with his Andhra lovers the immediacy and wonder of Meher Baba’s presence. These visual vignettes and tableaus are combined with an original instrumental score by the Consortium of the Arts to create a vivid experience for devotion and meditation.