This excerpt by Kendra Crossen Burroughs is from Spiritual Innovators: Seventy-Five Extraordinary People Who Changed the World in the Past Century © 2002 SkyLight Paths Publishing (now available under the title Spiritual Leaders Who Changed the World). Permission granted by SkyLight Paths Publishing,
Meher Baba (1894–1969) declared hims
Born Merwan Sheriar Irani to a Persian Zoroastrian family in
His mission included work with the poor, lepers, untouchables, children, and the masts, people who are “God-intoxicated” or spiritually dazed. Periods of intense activity, including world travel, alternated with times of seclusion during which he said he was doing his "universal work" of giving a “spiritual push” to the entire Creation. The result, he stated, would be a "new humanity" based on love, with all religions brought together. The impact of his work would be felt through his manifestation as Avatar, a world-transforming process that he linked to the breaking of his silence by speaking the divine "word."
His book God Speaks describes creation as the quest of the infinite Reality for conscious experience of its
Meher Baba gave no importance to religious rituals, dogmas, or miracles, but emphasized internal renunciation of desires, remembrance of God with love in the midst of daily life, and s