15 February 2014

Come to an Online Baba Meeting Every Sunday with Special Guests

Worldwide Baba Family Weekly Meeting/Chat

Every Sunday at 3am Pacific, 4am Mountain, 5am Central, and 6am Eastern
(4:30 to 8:00pm India time)

Guests who met Meher Baba 
share their experiences to inspire a worldwide audience at a weekly online meeting.

Many Baba-lovers around the world attended the old Internet Chats with Bhau Kalchuri on Sundays. Especially those who felt a special personal connection to Bhau, or had come to Baba through meeting Bhau, eagerly looked forward to the chat each weekend. Now that Bhauji has passed, a new Internet Chat has been launched, providing opportunities to hear stories told by people who met Meher Baba. (Please note, this Internet meeting is not sponsored by the Trust, it is simply the effort of a few individuals.) Below is the invitation to the chat sent out by the chat team in India on Feb. 13th, along with instructions for joining the chat.

This Sunday’s guest, information courtesy of Bevan Robinson: “Bapu Patepe lived 20 years at Meherazad with Baba, from the late ’40s or early ’50s till 1969. He lives in Arangaon village now, and he was not sure how old he was until Zahra helped him realize he was probably about 75 (he was surprised!). He does not speak English, so T. Rajshree (aka Cuckoo) will translate. Guest musicians: Charlie Gardner, and maybe Bill Cliff."

Jai Beloved Avatar Meher Baba!

Dear Worldwide Baba Family,

We would like to inform you of an exciting live Webcast from Meherabad on

the Internet called The Worldwide Baba Family Meeting. This broadcast is the actualization of a dream that some of the residents of Meherabad and Meher Nazar have held in our hearts since Bhauji went to Baba. This Webcast, launched on [Sunday] January 5, 2014, from 4:30 to 8:00 PM India time, is a vehicle for Baba Lovers throughout the world to stay in touch with each other and to experience the treasure of His love from those who have been with Baba for many years or have been fortunate enough to have His darshan.

[We heard it said that] some come to Meher Baba directly and some come to Him through His Mandali.* Bhau Kalchuri, the last of the Mandali and former Chairman of the Meher Baba Trust, for years held weekly Sunday International Chats through alive Webcast and text and video calling on Skype. After dearest Bhauji went toBaba on October 23, 2013, a group of residents starting receiving feedback regarding how much the chat meant to many, many Baba Lovers throughout the world who wanted to continue to have this link to Meher Baba's home in the East and to connect to each other. Many asked us to please not forget them and continue some kind of weekly contact for those out in the world.

[*This was recalled by one of the Western Baba-lovers in India, who was unsure if it was correct. Please see Mehera Arjani's reply after she consulted Meherwan Jessawala. —KC]

We are going into our sixth week to honor not only those Baba Lovers who have requested that a live Webcast on the Internet continue, but also to welcome into our Worldwide Baba Family Meeting those who will in the future join us in His love. For Baba has said where two or more meet in His name, He will be there.*

[*“Did not Baba, like Jesus, say that where two or more are gathered together, there he would be?”—Filis Frederick The Awakener Magazine, vol. 22, no. 1 (1986): 30. “Where there are five collected together, Parameshwar is there, I am there. If you are talking of me, having love for me, then there I am.” —The Awakener Magazine, vol. 4, no. 4 (1957): 32. Darwin Shaw also reported that Baba told the 5-member Shaw family that when five gather in his name, he is there. But whether it is two or five, the importance is to gather in devotion to the Beloved. —KC]

Those of us who live here are blessed with an almost unlimited treasure of precious personal stories from pilgrims and residents who have lived with Baba or been fortunate enough to have His darshan. Pilgrims come to Meherabad from all over India and from all over the world, making a pilgrimage to Meherabad, the most holy place on Earth, where Meher Baba's Samadhi is located.

From this storehouse of His lovers, each week we have invited one of these “jewels” as our guest. Tarabai, a 92-year-old villager, whose father gave land to Baba that became Meherabad, was our first guest on January 5th. She lived in the ashram on the hill with Baba and the women Mandali since the age of ten, traveling all over India with them. We broadcast her stories through text only due to no access to a webcast. We plan to have her come again to tell her personal stories and this time you will be able to see and hear her.

The second webcast guests were two “treasures” from Dehra Dun. Sudesh Sharma and Kusum Singh, gave an inspiring and love-filled account of meeting Baba in 1953 during the same time that Bhauji first met Beloved Baba.We will continue to give His Worldwide Baba Family an opportunity to hear from more and more of Baba's treasures who are willing to share the impact that His gift of Divine Love has had on their lives.

During the third and fourth week of broadcasting live from Meherabad, we were fortunate to hear stories from wonderful guests such as Mr. Lalit and Madave Kamble. Kamble lived with Baba at Meherazad from the age of 14 or 15 until 1967 when he was given permission by Baba to marry and live in Arangaon, the village next to Meherabad.

On week five we heard from Sudesh Sharma again telling delightful stories of her mother's relationship with Meher Baba starting in the early 1950's in Pakistan. It was such a delight to watch her having so much fun as she joined some of us as we danced to "Satchitananda, Paramananda." We also had as guests Dr. Bhatmagar and his lovely wife, Madhuri, about how Baba tricked him into accepting his family's desire for him to marry.

We also plan to invite musicians to join us each week, as Baba said art is an expression of the creative spirit of the soul. Some will be pilgrims, and some residents.

How to Join the Chat

To join our weekly Worldwide Baba Family Meetings, which are held in a private home of one of the Meherabad residents, you may attend in person or on the Internet:

You can join in the text chat or watch the webcast:

You can watch the webcast live video stream and/or read the text

transcription of the meeting from anywhere in the world at the usual JaiBaba.com Chat Room (details below).

We are now using a commercial streaming webcast service. Registration is required, and although there is a commercial at the beginning and a few commercials interspersed throughout, the broadcast stream audio and video quality is extremely high.

To register, click on:  www.ustream.tv

Click on Log in/Sign up on right top of screen.

On the right bottom of the screen will be the message "If no account, sign up." Select this option: To sign in with email or user name. [DO NOT select the "Faster" option to sign in with Facebook. This seems to block the JaiBaba.com Chatroom, making it impossible to follow the text transcription.]

Once you are registered, for the Worldwide Baba Family Meeting channel, go to:

Finally, you can join us via Skype at our new account. Our new Skype name is:  meherabadworld.meeting

Please add this address to your Skype contacts if you wish to join us in this way.

Note: Even if you were a regular Skype contact during the Bhau Chats, please re-send your Skype account name to our new email:   meherabadworld[at]gmail.com

If you would like to receive the weekly announcement regarding schedules and guests, please email: newshivalist[at]jaibaba.com

In Beloved Baba's Love,

The Worldwide Baba Family Meeting/Chat Team

 "Live not in ignorance. Do not waste your precious life-span in differentiating and judging your fellow men, but learn to long for the love of God."
Meher Baba

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