Meher Baba
Baba's Life

8th January 2019


MBA Poster Campaign 2019


28 January - 10 February


To coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Beloved Baba dropping His physical form, MBA is launching a national poster campaign, with Baba’s face and words, in celebration of His incredible life on earth.


These will appear on giant billboard and posters in London mainline railway stations and on bus sides for a period of 2 weeks from 28th January 2019.


We urge you, your friends and family to try and track down any within reach of you. Please photograph any sightings and post them on Facebook, or Twitter and share them with our Baba family worldwide. So, let’s see how many we can capture, and please send your photos to Thanks!



Kings Cross, Victoria and Waterloo Mainline Stations


Bristol, Cardiff, Falmouth, Glasgow, Kensington and Greater London,
Leeds, Newcastle and Nottingham



Birmingham, Hagley Road, B66 4AX
Manchester, Chancellor Lane, M12 5FX
Salford, Claremont Rd, M6 7QF
Southampton, West Quay Retail Park, SO15 1BA
Reading, Southampton St, RG1 2QL


48 Sheet Poster Billboard
4 Sheet Poster for London Train and Tube Stations
Superside for UK Buses
T Side for UK buses




8th May 2018


Don E. Stevens
A life dedicated to Avatar Meher Baba


Image result for Don Stevens with meher baba Don Stevens was born on a small homestead in Nevada, USA, in 1919.  5 years later he moved with his family to California. Although Don’s father died when he was just 7 years old, his mother encouraged a strong work ethic in Don and his two elder brothers, with education being paramount for them all. Don graduated from John Hopkins University in 1940 as a research chemist, leading to a long career in the oil industry.


It was around this time that Don was introduced and initiated into Universal Sufism, brought to the West by Hazrat Inayat Khan. Don’s teacher, Murshida Rabia Martin, appointed by Inayat Khan, who, after his death in 1927, fulfilled her duty, as the Murshida, to find a new master to lead the order. After an extensive search she discovered and contacted Meher Baba who agreed to guide this order, and renamed this as Sufism Reoriented. Meher Baba also created a new Sufi Charter, assisted by Don and Ivy O Duce, Don requested and Baba agreed to new  democratic principles be incorporated into this charter, which Baba said was to be relevant to all Sufis, everywhere.


Don first met Meher Baba in New York, 1952. Thereafter Baba would refer to Don as ‘my spiritual son’, close mandali (disciple) and that he had an ‘almost perfect balance of head and heart’.

Soon after this initial meeting Baba requested Sufism Reoriented, specifically both Ivy Duce and Don, to edit and publish ‘God Speaks’.  Don was then asked by Baba to re-edit ‘ Discourses’ for Western seekers  and ‘Listen Humanity’, this included new discourses by Baba and Don’s own experience at the Four Languages Sahavas in Meherabad in 1955.

Baba also requested Don oversee translations and publication of ‘God Speaks’ and ‘Discourses’ for European readers, this work was then extended to international translations of these books, including various Indian languages. Don also wrote and collaborated with others to produce many more Meher Baba inspired publications.

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Meher Baba with Don, Bhau and Pendu, Meherabad

Don was given an open invitation by Baba to visit him if he was a day’s journey from Meherabad. His frequent travelling, due to professional work in the international oil business, particularly in the East, enabled Don’s ongoing close contact with his master.
Working with small, focused groups became a key element for Don’s spiritual work. These groups first began to take shape in the USA, at the request of Ivy Duce, to help the young and spiritually curious knocking at her door, interested in discovering more about Meher Baba.


When Don relocated to Europe in the late 1960’s, with residences in London and France, he continued to lead many study groups on a regular basis, in both locations and the USA. The structure for these groups was an evolving process, a departure from the traditional teacher/student format; Meher Baba’s New Life and Companionship became a model, spirituality within daily life an essential ingredient.


Don’s work for Meher Baba also continued to remain international, to include more worldwide groups, seminars and workshops, as well as his many publishing projects, often written whilst on the move and in collaboration with other Baba lovers.


Don would often retell stories of his time with Meher Baba. His London Group intrigued by the story of Baba sending Don with another close disciple, Eruch, to visit various holy sites in India and to take with him the small movie camera he had brought to India. At the time Don had no inkling as to why Baba had sent him to these places, a revelation came many years later, after Baba had ‘dropped His body’ in 1969;


‘ One day out of the blue I had a telephone call from Eruch telling me that he had finally seen the video-cassettes showing the places Baba had me film, and that Eruch was surprised to find that the filmed sites were identical with places Baba had asked Eruch to take him to, repeatedly and anonymously. …….now for the first time after all these years, he had discovered that they were identical to the places Baba visited repeatedly with Eruch and never explained to Eruch why he had done this so many times, never telling even the closest mandali a word about the visits. Always, when Baba arrived with Eruch, Baba would go, Eruch said, into a profound meditation for some time. Then, when he had finished, without any discussion they would leave and return home. Eruch had never discussed this with anyone, but when he saw the identity with the places filmed by Don under instructions from Baba. Eruch realized that I had a right to know about the visits with Eruch.’


In 2004, the London group persuaded Don to lead them, with other companions from France and America, on an extraordinary journey through India to revisit these important spiritual sites.


The trip included the remarkable Kailash Temple in Ellora, the exquisite Jain Temple, Dilwara, on Mount Abu, Rajasthan, The Sufi Shrine of Moennidin Chisti in Ajmer, the impressive Maharastra fort of Shivaji and the humble mosque where Meher Baba stayed with his Companions in The New Life. The journey culminated in the group’s destination at Meherabad.


It had occurred to Don whilst on this trip that, by his presence at these holy sites many years earlier, Meher Baba had imbibed each with a profound and powerful spiritual energy and significance, to the great benefit of future pilgrims.
On his return to London, Don was admitted to hospital with acute dehydration and salmonella poisoning. He again recounts;


‘As I came out the hospital doors in London, it hit me suddenly and very clearly that what I was involved in was clearly the fulfilling of a statement made by Meher Baba to the London press in 1932, that he had not come into the world to start a new religion nor build cathedrals and such like, but to help revivify the world’s existing great religions, and to make their Truths more readily available to the sincere seeker after truth, and to gather the (warring) religions together like beads on one string.’


Inspired by this revelation Don encouraged many others to accompany him on four more of these pilgrimages across India (the last in 2009 with over 50 people), enabling many to share this arduous, eventful and often profound journey.


In 2006, Don led a European pilgrimage to Spain and Italy, once again travelling to places visited by Meher Baba; Avila, Madrid, Barcelona, Assisi and Portofino. This journey also included the Alhambra in Granada and the 12th Century Synagogue and Mezquita Mosque/ Cathedral in Cordoba. All architecturally beautiful and crucially marking the relative harmony between Muslims, Jews and Christians in 8th to 13th Century Andalusia. Integral to the European Pilgrimage was a seminar in Marseille, to include participants from different spiritual paths; Sufi, Christian, Zen Buddhist and Meher Baba devotees. Another seminar with similar intentions and broad spectrum was held in Berlin (2010).  Don was now unfortunately too unwell to attend.


Before his death in 2011 Don assembled a steering committee, comprising of key organisers from these pilgrimages, to work on establishing them for posterity. This was the framework for the Beads on One String Foundation. To all those that knew Don, as a wise, generous and tireless companion and mentor, his leaving was a tremendous loss. It is now heartening to note that, with God/Meher Baba remaining the pivotal focus, this work Don undertook internationally with many groups and individuals continues to thrive.



1- ‘Message to the West’, Meher Baba with Charles Purdom, London, 1932, Paramount Pictures Newsreel

Excerpts from two 1932 newsreels: "Meher Baba's 1932 Message to America", and "Meher Baba at Harmon-on-Hudson 1932". The first film, discovered in 1993 in the archives of the University of South Carolina, was recorded in May 1932 by Movietone in New York 

2-‘Manonash’-for in depth description of this phase see; ‘Lord Meher’, Bhau Kalchuri, Chapter 21, pgs 2927-3032p, Online Edition.

3-For full story of these groups and as an excellent guide for spiritual groups of all traditions; ‘The Inner Path in the New Life’, Don E. Stevens, Companion Books, 1989.

4-From the unpublished ‘Journeys to the Source’, Don E. Stevens, 2010




Meherabad Young Adult Sahavas 24th - 30th June 2018


Dear Baba Lovers,


We are delighted to announce, with Beloved Baba?s Love Blessings, that the Meherabad Young Adult Sahavas - 2018 will be celebrated from 24th June 2018 afternoon through 30th June 2018 afternoon in Meherabad. Kindly visit AMBPPCT website for full details


AMBPPCT website link:


For questions or further information, email: (


Sahavas Quick Facts:


What: In June, 100 young adults will gather at Meherabad to spend seven days together in the company of the Ancient One. The keynote of the "Sahavas" is the celebration of Meher Baba's love through sharing, creative expression (such as art, music, and drama), and service at Meherabad. This year the Theme of Sahavas is Don?t Worry Be Happy.


Who: Young Adult Baba Lovers from ages 18 years to 35 years.


When: The Sahavas starts on 24th June, Sunday and continues through lunch on 30th June, Saturday. Registration for the Sahavas is scheduled for 24th June, Sunday from 2.00 pm to 4:00 pm.


Where: Sahavas participants will be staying in Hostel C.


Please note! Sahavas participation forms will be available on the Trust website from 1st April 2018.

Baba lovers from outside India may contact us at ( for advance intimation to participate in the Sahavas and making their travel reservations.


We look forward to seeing you at the Sahavas!


In His Love and Service,


Meherabad Young Adult Sahavas Team,


Avatar Meher Baba PPC Trust, Ahmednagar.





Sunday 20th May 2018


Don Stevens’s remarkable long life, entirely dedicated to his Master and Beloved Avatar Meher Baba, is to be celebrated at the Meher Baba Centre in London.


All are welcome - more details to follow.


To be involved with planning this celebration and/or helping on the day, please contact Jane: or 07484808207


An archive exhibition will accompany this celebration, so if you have any photos of Don (with friends too!) that can be lent or copied, please get in touch.


Although many knew Don Stevens, for those less familiar with his name and life here is a very brief introduction…...Born in Nevada, USA in 1919, Don first met Meher Baba in New York, 1952. Thereafter Baba would refer to Don as ‘my spiritual son’, close mandali (disciple) and that he had he had an ‘almost perfect balance of head and heart’.


Soon after this initial meeting Baba requested Sufism Reoriented and specifically Murshida Ivy O Duce and Don Stevens to edit and publish ‘God Speaks’. Don was next asked by Baba to re-edit The Discourses for Western seekers and then ‘Listen Humanity’, containing new discourses and Don’s experience at the Four Languages Sahavas, Meherabad, 1955.


This then led to Baba’s request for Don to oversee translations and publication of God Speaks and Discourses for European readers. This was then extended to international translations, including Indian languages.


Don also wrote and collaborated with others to produce many more Baba related publications.

An open invitation was given by Meher Baba for Don to visit him in India, if a day's journey away. So Don’s frequent travelling due to his professional work in the international oil business, particularly in the East, enabled ongoing close contact with his master.


Working with small focused groups was a key element for Don. Originally in the USA at the request of Ivy Duce, to help the young and spiritually curious knocking at her door and interested in discovering more about Meher Baba.


When Don relocated to Europe in the late 60’s he continued to lead many groups in London and France, although his work for Meher Baba still remained international, facilitating globally located groups, seminars and workshops.


He lived in the flat above the Meher Baba Centre for many years; this was then given by him to The Meher Baba Association and now houses the new archive facilities and beautiful quiet room with Baba’s pink jacket.


Towards the end of his life Don instigated the ‘Beads On One String Project’ and Foundation. He passed away in London in 27th April, 2011, many projects and groups initiated by him and inspired by Meher Baba continue to this day, connecting people all over the world.




2nd June 2017


The Meher Baba Association has been aware for a few weeks that there is a serious situation developing in regards to the entrance road to Meherazad, which has always been a tranquil, private, tree-lined lane leading to Meher Baba's home.


We are forwarding a letter received from the AMBPPCT, so that you get the full information.


To download the letter > click here


Please help in any way you can.




9th July 2016 at the London Meher Baba Centre


"If God exists and we are unaware of it, then we are living without knowing the most fundamental truth in the Universe". (Awake Magazine, March 2015, Page 4)


Those present on Saturday at our Centre, and on the ensuing two - three days were blessed to recognise ‘the one fundamental truth in the Universe’ that they were in God's presence, albeit by proxy through Dara and Amrit with their endearing stories and experiences of life with Baba!


lt felt as if the day was filled with Beloved Baba’s presence, with music, poetry, singing, dancing all flowing and enveloping Baba’s Centre at 228 Hammersmith Grove, and who can deny the peace and quietude that enveloped us when we retreated or took refuge in the quiet calmness of Baba’s ‘Pink Coat Room’ on the ground floor! The stories that Dara and Amrit shared with the many gathered in the basement seemed at times stories they were sharing of their close friend, and Baba indeed was a Friend to His lovers and to those who sought Him. Both Dara and Amrit took turns in narrating episodes from their life together, with one taking over from the other, helping each other, coaxing a thought out from their collective memories of their life with Baba.


The story of how Dara and Amrit’s marriage came about is a rather interesting one. When Dara returned to India from London in December 1964 for the first time, after he had gone to the UK ten years previously, Baba told Dara that He had selected a wife for him; that was it, nothing further was said on the matter. Dara returned to London in March 1965 to work in an engineering firm in Richmond, hearing nothing further from Baba, until out of the blue a cable arrived in September-October 1967 asking him if he was ready to get married. Dara cabled back that he would do whatever Baba wished at any time Baba wanted him to. Large studio scale photos of Dara were taken in London and were delivered to Baba personally by Dara's father Adi lrani Jnr, who went to India to discuss what Baba had in mind about the marriage plans for Dara.


In the meantime, one fine day in early 1968, a large thick envelope addressed to Amrit, landed at Amrit's family home in Dehra Dun, at the foothills of the Himalayas, where her family had a farm. In this envelope were the photographs and a question posed by Baba: would Amrit consider marrying this man called Dara lrani? She was asked by Baba to consult with her family and then cable her reply to Him. Amrit looked at the photographs of this handsome man and not knowing what made her do it, she cabled back to Baba her acceptance of the marriage, without first consulting her family as Baba had asked her to do!


Amrit knew of Meher Baba through her father Shatrugan Kumar’s allegiance to Him, but other than being a religious Hindu family, they were unaware of who Meher Baba really was — God Himself, the Avatar of the age. Baba then asked Shatrugan to bring Amrit to Ahmednagar to discuss the wedding plans, and they embarked on the very long train journey from Dehra Dun to Ahmednagar. As the train neared its destination, Amrit began to feel incredibly nervous with the thought that she would be meeting ‘God’ Himself for the very first time.


Amrit recollected being ushered into Baba’s bedroom at Meherazad, standing at a distance looking at this old man sitting on His bed, bent over looking tired; but when Baba looked up at her, she began to weep, looking at His radiant face with those wonderful eyes raised to greet her. Baba held open His arms, and she rushed up and fell into His embrace weeping! Oh, how wonderful and happy Amrit must have felt to be embraced by God Himself! Lucky Amrit! She was then put in the care of the women Mandali who tried their best to make her feel at home and relaxed in their company, knowing she had never before ventured away from her own home.


During conversations about the wedding, Baba asked Amrit what colour sari she would like for her wedding and looked doubtful when she said red, as that was the traditional colour Hindu brides wore at their wedding. However, Baba indicated with His hands that white is worn by Parsi & Iranian brides and in the Western world they always wear white. He wanted to blend them, and asked her to get a pink sari to bring them together. Arnavaz Dadachanji was asked to take Amrit shopping in Bombay for her wedding, where they bought a lovely pink sari.


The next visit to Ahmednagar from Dehra Dun for Amrit's entire family and relatives was for the engagement and wedding which took place in December 1968. Dara and Amrit briefly met each other for the first time on their engagement day at Meherazad in Baba’s presence. Later when they were asked by Arnavaz to sit together to get acquainted, they were both at a loss as to how to communicate with each other! Dara with limited knowledge of Hindi and Amrit with a limited grasp of the English language could not converse easily, till Arnavaz intervened and took on the role of being the go-between for the couple! The wedding took place on 22nd December 1968, the day of Mehera’s birthday, with a lot of jollity and happiness with Beloved Baba overseeing their marriage vows and spreading His benevolence on the entire gathering.


Another interesting story was then narrated by Amrit. The men Mandali were sitting with Baba to discuss the wedding preparations and the conversation turned to the refreshments to be served at the wedding. Baba saw in the distance Sarosh and Villoo having an animated conversation, in fact it looked like a heated argument was taking place between the two! Baba enquired what they were arguing about, and Villoo said that serving orange squash would be a cheaper alternative than serving any other cold drink, especially Coca Cola. Sarosh piped up saying that a wedding celebration could not serve orange squash to the guests, as this was not a school picnic for children! He insisted that Coca Cola would have to be served as that was suitable for the occasion. Baba looked on amused by their to-ing and fro—ing and finally suggested a simple solution. Why not serve both orange squash and Coca Cola, that way both the warring parties could be happy? Both Sarosh and Villoo had to reluctantly accept the perfect logic of Baba’s solution, although their mutterings continued as to what if the guests preferred the Cola to the squash, and no one touched the squash! Baba responded by saying that of course the Cola would be drunk first, but then the guests would have to finish the squash!


There were other stories and episodes from their life together, some comical, some endearing but all told to regale us, and regale us they did! I personally felt I was living my life vicariously with Baba through the stories that Dara and Amrit narrated.



Meherwan Jessawala (1930-2016) - by Sara McNeill


In his eloquent foreword to the major work, 'Infinite Intelligence', published in 2005, Meherwan writes,


" To those fortunate few privileged to spend their lives in close association with Him, Meher Baba simultaneously personified unlimited Knowledge — the hallmark of divinity — and profound ignorance, which characterizes the state of the ordinary human steeped in illusion. The role of the Avatar is to unfold divine knowledge through the limitation and frailty of human ignorance in a most natural way. This very simplicity and naturalness that He exhibits in His life makes the Avatar universally approachable and acceptable to humankind itself, beset with frailties and weaknesses."


As one of those ‘fortunate few privileged to spend their lives in close association with Him’ Meherwan's departure to return to The Beloved must leave an emptiness at Meherazad felt by all who knew him. His quiet presence around that place made sacred by Baba and his close ones, camouflaged the weight of the role he shouldered after Eruch left the scene.


Meherwan's close association with Meher Baba began when he was six, shortly before the family left everything they owned to spend the rest of their lives with the Avatar. So Meherwan himself had early experience of Meher Baba’s approachability and he recounts a touchingly simple childhood memory of that time which brings his devotion, even then, into sharp focus:


"I had first met Baba in 1937 at a public darshan in Nagpur held at our house, where Baba frequently visited. My first recollection of Baba was of my going into the garden and making Him a tiny garland; then, being shy and embarrassed when I entered the full hall, pocketing it. But Baba, who was seated at one end of the room, ordered me to be brought to Him and asked me what I had in my pocket. The garland just fit over His head, then He embraced me. I could feel the love in His embrace. Nothing could be more loving than that. I felt I was drowning in that embrace." (Epilogue, Donkin's Diaries.)


The family’s departure from Nagpur took them to Lower Meherabad, Panchgani, Bangalore and then Ahmednagar. Merwan remembered the Blue Bus travels and also schools he attended in Bangalore and Dehra Dun. It was not until 1942 that Baba arranged for the family to have a settled home, Bindra House in Poona. It was there Meherwan grew up, perfectly placed to act as messenger, fixer, go-between, scout or whatever Baba needed, whenever it was needed. But in the late 1950s, after Baba’s second automobile accident, there was a time when Meher Baba was brought to Poona from Satara to be nearer the specialist facilities needed for His care and Meherwan found himself playing a very different role.


”One day Donkin came to Bindra House to find me, saying he was going to construct a special bed for Baba and I was to help him. He went to the flea market in Poona, where he found what looked like a piece of junk — an old hospital bed, lying dismantled amongst the scrap metal. Don brought the bed to Bindra House and told me to assist him in re-constructing it. Of course he knew how to do it because he'd worked in an orthopaedic hospital. It was a wonderful bed, with removable parts which slotted together, really beautiful. My job was to scrape off the old paint before we repainted it and made the whole thing good.


Then Donkin designed a special mattress for Baba. He would make me lie down on the bed and while I was lying there in the full sun, Don would go into a reverie about the design. It was a perfect mattress, in four separate pieces so Baba never had to get up: one piece from the head to the top of Baba’s hip, another from the hip to the feet, and in the middle two sliding pillows. I got some good cotton and my aunt stitched the four-piece mattress at home, all by Don's instructions. So we got the whole bed ready and it looked very beautiful when it was all painted and finished ...and Baba at last felt comfortable as he rested on it." (Epilogue, Donkin's Diaries.)


When Guruprasad became an annual centre for Baba’s work, the activities Meherwan was involved in increased enormously. He was often so busy there was no time to be present at Baba’s large darshan events. He was one of the ‘back room boys.’ When I eventually made the journey to India myself in the late 1980s Baba had dropped his body and the time of transition was well underway. In 1993, on my second visit, in fact on the day before I was due to leave, I received a message to be at Meherazad at 08:00 AM the following morning. A rickshaw got me there on time and Davana met me, bearing three large floppy sun hats. She took me straight to Eruch who smilingly told me to choose a hat saying, "My brother is taking you up Seclusion Hill.” I didn't even know Eruch had a brother! Meherwan appeared and, suitably hatted I was led away across the field towards the hill. I had complained the previous day about not wanting to leave because I hadn't been up Seclusion Hill! Every little thing they attended to, these loving Mandali, and Meherwan was a most patient and courteous guide. Halfway up the steep ascent, at a I— bend in the narrow pathway, he paused and said, ”This is where Meher Baba used to stop and indicate the view, and he would say, ‘The only reason to look back is to see how far you've come."


In recent years at Meherazad, while working on a history of his family's decades of close association with Avatar Meher Baba, Meherwan must have been looking back at a vast panorama of incredible events. The much- anticipated publication of his book The Jessawala Chronicles will be a wonderful opportunity for us all to share that view.


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