When someone suddenly (and it is often suddenly) discovers they are a spiritual being, and that life is something different to what they thought it was, and there is love, energy, synchronicities and little and large miracles, and perhaps they find out about karma and reincarnation, and their heart awakens and opens, something they didn’t expect happens.
People around them, their family and friends, don’t share their new outlook on life and what it means to be alive. They can often react in bemused, or unfriendly or hostile ways. Old friends might drop away. Family might become distant and critical.
The person who has woken up to love in their heart and a new way of perceiving life becomes alone and often lonely. They don’t have anyone to share their worldview and their life with.
I read this often on spiritual groups on social media. I will usually post a response. The last response I wrote on this topic was this:
“Physical spiritual community is a good idea. Why not set up an fb page for people in your area (20 mile radius) who think spirituality is important. Find out who lives in your area, tell health food stores and such places about your page and your desire to set up a group so spiritual people can get together. Then get some actual meet ups going; walks, meeting in a cafe, full moon meditations, a sharing session (good idea to have an item that the person talking gets to hold to indicate it’s them talking), introducing a favourite spiritual book meeting, and so on. Also go on courses or go to talks.”
I realise that in some countries the nearest neighbouring place could be over a hundred or more miles away. To get closer to kindred souls might mean moving. If I had had a spiritual transformation in my home town I might have been unhappy. However, I had spirituality crash into me when I was living in London in the nineteen eighties (no internet, and people had to connect physically), so I was lucky. There was plenty of spiritual stuff going on and I could go on courses, do T’ai Chi, do meditation, go to talks, and get to meet people, and it was a really fun, creative time, and there was plenty of mutual support.
People now have the internet to help them connect, and with a will, it is possible to meet people, rather than just look at a screen.
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
Some time ago I was suggested to me that I should look into a person called Meher Baba who had lived in India and died or dropped his body in 1969. So I did. I was living in London at the time so it was easy to get hold of a picture and a small book of Meher Baba prayers. Daily, I looked at his picture. I thought he had a big nose, which was an odd thing to think, but I mentally told him that. I said the prayers to try and make a connection. I felt a calmness after saying the prayers.
I found out there was a Meher Baba centre in west London, so a few weeks later I visited. It was in the basement of an ordinary looking house not far from Hammersmith. There were several people present who were friendly and warm. Not in the slightest were they pushy. just content and happy. I told them I had found out about Meher Baba from a friend, and they suggested we watched a video (a lot of these are available online and on Youtube now).
The video started up and there was Meher Baba looking out at us. A rush of emotion flooded over me as I looked in his eyes. My heart melted and expanded. The old was washed away. Tears of joy ran down my face. Here was what I had always been looking for all my life, but I hadn’t known I was looking. In an instant my life and my outlook on life was massively changed. I was looking at the purpose of my life, at my Everything. I could feel a very, very deep connection with Meher Baba, the thief of hearts who had in less than a blink of the eye, stolen my heart.
This was my reaction. I can’t say other people would react like that. Meher Baba though, had once communicated that he was for everyone, but that not everyone was for him. So while he did his Universal work for everyone (and everything in Creation) he didn’t expect everyone to acknowledge what he was doing or have a connection with him. Some people would feel a connection, while others wouldn’t.
Who was Meher Baba?
Meher Baba was born on 24 February 1894 in a Jewish hospital and given the name Merwan Sheriar Irani by his Zoarastrian parents. he went to a Christian school. He had a normal life up until he was 19. Then, he was called by Hazrat Babajan. She was very old and lived under a neem tree in Pune. She was one of the five Perfect Masters of that time. She kissed Merwan on the forehead and triggered his latent God-consciousness which poured in. Not eating or sleeping, and repeatedly banging his head with the intensity of the effort, he integrated his God-consciousness with his normal everyday personality consciousness.
He journeyed to meet the other four Perfect Masters. Meeting each one, he internally lived each of their experiences and absorbed their role. The fifth Perfect Master, Upasni Maharaj, upon seeing Merwan, threw a stone which hit Merwan in the forehead, drawing blood. This had the effect of bringing his consciousness down to earth. Merwan stayed with Upasni while he further became grounded and absorbed the God-consciousness.
It is well documented how Merwan became to be known as Meher Baba (meaning compassionate father). There are also accounts of his Universal work which was extraordinary, and a universe apart to what people consider to be lightwork today. As part of his work he travelled, including to Europe and the USA, and people took it upon themselves to record and film these for people in the future.
Meher Baba communicated that he had been the Avatar in different times, Ram, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed, and others going back in time, each time returning to do His Universal work for the whole of Creation. He also had some minor incarnations. The Avatar incarnates between every 400 to 700 years, each time with a different name and personality. The Avatar usually incarnates in India because the ground energy is very high and supports spiritual work, as anyone who has been to India for spiritual reasons will notice.
In his work, he made all the key major decisions for the next three thousand years and set out the timelines for the next twelve hundred years for Creation. What we are experiencing now is a direct result of this work. Meher Baba dropped his body in 1969. The period of 100 years after this, up until 2069 is considered as a time when his energy is very present and is called an Avataric Period. The energy on this planet and in Creation before he was born was 75% dark and 25% light. Before 2069 this has to change over to 25% dark and 75% light. That is a big change, and we are right in it! Then there is more change to come as the old karma is worked out and old spirit replaced and new law replaces old law. How the world will change. Real spirituality is very revolutionary in all senses of the word.
I had a taste of the Avataric energy. The Meher Baba followers or lovers, as they called themselves after the romantic Sufi spiritual poetry (read Rumi and Hafiz to see what I mean), would occasionally hold meetings and events. After some of these, we would say some of the prayers Meher Baba had written. Then we stood silent. In would come an incredibly powerful, deep and dynamic silence that was full of love. It was like the doors of Eternity being opened onto the Infinite. This Silence and Stillness would flow out and around us, and out beyond us. Then the silence gradually became like normal silence. The first time this happened was a great shock as it was unlike anything I had experienced before.
There were / are some books I have found really useful that were written by Meher Baba. The energy of them is truly phenomenal, and if anyone is drawn to reading them I would recommend it. A key book is God Speaks. This is about God and a spiritual description of Creation and it’s purpose. It helps the reader know who and what they are. Another profoundly useful book is Discourses, which is a guide to understand life and how it can be lived. It’s topics include violence versus non-violence, meditation, and relationships amongst others. There are other books that are also worth looking at.
For some biographical information on Meher Baba and his role with the spiritual hierarchy from an old reputable website try http://www.ambppct.org/biography.php
If you would like to find out something about Hazrat Babajan details can be found at http://www.avatarmeherbaba.org/erics/emperor.html
If you enjoyed this article or found it useful you might want to take a look at “Your Spiritual Awakening And the New Dawn for Humanity” by Jonathan Barber, and also “Meditation: Opening Doorways On A New Reality”, on Kindle and Amazon