Meher Bab’s Shrine
India is a land of intense religious activity – it is littered with shrines and holy men assert their divinity from every street corner. If you find yourself in this wonderful yet confusing country and are looking to immerse yourself in the search for enlightenment, then a visit to Meher Baba’s shrine in the heart of India is the best place to start.
Meher Baba lived in India from 1894-1969 and is believed by many to be the Christ, the Ancient One, come again “not to teach but to awaken” through divine love. For 44 years he maintained silence in the midst of intense activity, serving the needy in India as well as travelling to the West on a number of occasions, gathering followers from all over the world.
Today it is possible to experience some of Meher Baba’s special silence at his shrine at Meherabad, near Ahmednagar in the state of Maharashtra. You can visit this sublime place at any time of the year and from June to March you can stay at the Pilgrim Centre located close to the shrine. This beautiful building consists of a series of simple yet comfortable rooms set around four internal gardens bursting with flowers and buzzing with brightly-coloured insects and hummingbirds. In the centre is a large communal dining room where a delicious menu combines Indian and Western food.
Meher Baba was emphatic about not creating a new religion; everyone’s spirtual journey is unique. There are no techniques to practice, no rules and regulations. This is not a place for people who need structure and activity. The only ritual on offer at Meherabad is afternoon volleyball! Those who travel from all over the world are content to simply be in a place that seems to emanate peace and tranquillity and to listen to stories of Meher Baba’s life from those who met him. All are welcome