Thursday, December 29, 2005

Learning About Meher Baba: Who's on a Quest?



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."
Jai Baba

http://www.lordmeher.org/index.jsp

John

8:27 AM

15 Comments:

Blogger honeyhive said...

I don't know anything about Meher Baba yet, but you are hot!

1:04 AM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

SuperAmanda,

Her knickers are everywhere! Talk about getting exposure...

Anyways, I came over here to wish you a Happy New Year! So... Happy New Year's and all the best to you and yours.

*still slightly shaken by the knicker woman*
Jack

2:08 AM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

I know her take on air conditioning is a bit presumptuous...

4:01 AM  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

Baba O Mandy

5:31 AM  
Blogger Bathroom Hippo said...



Mama Mia!


7:32 AM  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

ROFL honeyhive! um I dare not click to even find out who she is...naughty girl!

Amanda baby! Happy New Year. WOW I have been neglecting you and I am so sorry! I have been uber busy and posting in the middle of the night (like now lol) so have a good one and be safe and come join my chat next Sunday and we can catch up. I will be there sometime in March so perhaps meet up if I have time.

Take care!
X-Molly

8:35 AM  
Blogger honeyhive said...

You'll click and you'll like it.

9:05 AM  
Blogger honeyhive said...

FYI: I live in Bangor, Maine NOT Purvis. Wherever the hell that is. ;)

9:09 AM  
Blogger E.L. Wisty said...

Hehe, kind of cool, you hearing about Pete from Meher Baba and not the other way 'round which is the general expectation in the context of fans!

Hope you'll have a wonderful year 2006!

Maria

4:29 PM  
Blogger Metalchick said...

Hi, thanks for your comment, I appreciate them. I wasn't getting any comments for a while on my blog, but then I realized that if I leave comments for other people, then I'll get some.

Glad to hear that you also like metal. The bands you listed are also the ones I like too. There's many more that I like, but I couldn't list them all.

Have a Happy New Year.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Anne-Marie said...

Hi Amanda,
Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy New Year. I think you are one of the rare ones who found Pete via Meher Baba, and not the other way around.

Cheers,
AM

11:54 PM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

Hi superamanda, just wanted to say i love your posts on PTs blog and rachels and ive always been a massive fan of your profile picture! take care and happy new year to you

Neil

5:41 AM  
Blogger ing said...

Yo, metal lord:

I wish I had something relevant to say about Meher Baba, but I'm unfamiliar and muy intoxicated, thanks to the Velvet Cantina (Valencia neighborhood, my 'hood). My reason for being here, though, is to wish you the happiest of New Years and a happy, happy 365, every single day of it, my beautiful sweet.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

Hi Amanda,
Happy New Year!
I have an interesting tidbit of Meher Baba trivia for ya.
I met a blind man at a bus stop in Cambridge, MA. I commented on his Meher Baba button he was wearing. We chatted on the bus and he gave me a Meher Baba "don't worry be happy" card. He was all into "Tommy" of course - he even gave college radio shows on his interpretation of Tommy. Yes, he was blind, but not deaf or dumb!
I went back to my apt. and put the card on my bulletin board, next to my Quadrophenia postcard, natch.
A few days later, my roommate, who was from India, saw it and he went beserk and kissed it.
Turns out he was actually related to Meher Baba (his last name is Irani) and he used to see him when he visited his grandmother in Poona! She was very very close to him. (My roommate was much older than me).
Weird eh?
That's really funny that you heard about Pete through Meher Baba! Usually the other way around, isn't it?
Sadly I lost touch with my roomie - he was Zorastrian (Parsi) and he was totally NUTS!! Alot of fun.
I went to a Meher Baba meeting in Cambridge with the blind man, but I never ended up as a Baba lover, because I just thought that was taking my fandom a bit far. I do have God Speaks and I think it's wonderful.

2:17 AM  
Blogger THIRD OF NEVER said...

When I traveled to Atlanta in 2000 to see The Who at Phillips arena, I was able to meet the woman who either runs or has something to do with the running of the Baba center in Myrtle Beach, and I believe she's also the inspiration for the song IT'S IN YA...I think she wrote a letter to Pete about the kind of music he was doing or something...don't have the SCOOP notes in front of me.

I was expecting a sort of female-Wavy Gravy or something like that, but she was a down to earth, southern lady, dressed pretty much like my own mother, with a gorgeous southern accent. We got to hear some good stories and she was very warm.

In other news, I'm quite fond of the knicker woman. She's taken Baba's credo of "Don't Worry Be Happy" to a whole new level. Actually, you other ladies could learn a thing or two from her devil-may-care attitude....she should be the benchmark!!

Send all hate mail to jon@thirdofnever.net

9:52 PM  

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