Many of my fellow bloggers and Who fans heard about Meher Baba through Pete. In a very magical twist of fate, I first heard about Pete via Meher Baba. I was little kid and my mom had gone to 'Friends Church in Berkeley' to a Baba meeting. The Quaker Church group that met there regularly kindly allowed their meeting hall to be used by other groups. I was much more concerned about the toys in the kids area than what was being said by the adults. My mom remarked that "Pete Townshend and the guys in the Who like Meher Baba."
Years later I'm finally starting to open my heart to Meher Baba's life and teachings. Inspired by Pete and his music, I'm reading many heavy things man! As Neil on "The Young Ones' might say. ;)
"Instead of meeting life and all that it brings without expectation, entanglement or shirking, the mind creates a standard whereby it divides life into opposites"
Meher Baba's "The Everything and The Nothing" has been my first reading foray into the his teachings. The perceived divisions in life feel like a ball and chain. I was told that Meher Baba actually encouraged conflict to arise in his students as way to face into it and release it. John Hyuck who kindly maintains Meher Baba in the blogisphere blog (seethe link above) illuminated the above passage I've been trying to figure out:
"In the early years, Baba had mandali(disciples) from different religious sects follwing him, whom some of later, became his unwavering faithfull disciples.
These different sects did not even associate with each other socially, remembering that the cast system is alive and well in India. There were differnet food for some of the sects and so-on. One can only imagine the conflicts that arose about everything and how Baba nurtured those conflicts into dissolution. It can make our conflicts sometimes pale in comparison.
If you are interested in Babas story, there is Lord Meher,
Meher Babas Biography, It is written by one of Babas close disciples and is very wonderfull. It is a 17 volume set, but it is avaible to read free on-line."