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Amartithi
  – Bruce Felknor

"You'll find Me in the garden"
  – Jenny Keating

'Heart Tires of Its Gaudy Dress' – Francis Brabazon
  – Buck Busfield

HOLLYWOOD
  – Billy Goodrum

Trust and Intimacy
  – Jenny Keating

Living with Baba
  – Bruce Felknor

When Words Fail . . . Just Use More Words
  – Buck Busfield

Suffering and Service
  – Juniper Lesnik

SPOILER ALERT
  – Billy Goodrum

The charm of His ways. . .
  – Jenny Keating

The Importance of Being Furnished
  – Bruce Felknor

It's Been Fun
  – Steve Klein

Let’s Talk about Love
  – Juniper Lesnik

Cannes
  – Billy Goodrum

In the world but not of it . . .
  – Jenny Keating

Give Me Your Imperfections
  – Wendy Connor

Children of the One God
  – Bruce Felknor

As the Poet Says
  – Steve Klein

Happy Endings
  – Jenny Keating

Thoughts on Furniture
  – Billy Goodrum

Going Home
  – Juniper Lesnik

A Tale of Two Connections
  – Bruce Felknor

The Flowering Seed
  – Wendy Connor

Baby Steps
  – Steve Klein

Patience
  – Jenny Keating

Hold On!
  – Juniper Lesnik

Waiting for the New Humanity
  – Billy Goodrum

Remembering
  – Bruce Felknor

The Beloved's Beloved
  – Wendy Connor

Compare and Contrast
  – Steve Klein

It's in the struggle . . .
  – Jenny Keating

Time
  – Juniper Lesnik

The Tipping Point
  – Billy Goodrum

Learning Poise
  – Bruce Felknor

When "Good Enough" Isn't
  – Steve Klein

Conflict and Joy
  – Jenny Keating

Sleepless in San Jose
  – Juniper Lesnik

Vacation Incarnation
  – Steve Klein

Nerve Endings of the Soul
  – Jenny Keating

"Let the World Wait"
  – Wendy Connor

Religion vs Spirituality
  – Steve Klein

The Bigger Challenge
  – Wendy Connor

Que Sera Sera
  – Steve Klein

To Be Honest
  – Juniper Lesnik

Praise and Blame
  – Steve Klein

Being Right
  – Steve Klein

To Love God is To Love Our Fellow Beings
  – Juniper Lesnik

God is Alive in the World
  – Wendy Connor

Determined to Be His
  – Steve Klein

The Stuff We're Made Of
  – Juniper Lesnik

"I Will Always Be With You": Memories of the East West Gathering
  – Wendy Connor

Half Full or Half Empty?
  – Steve Klein

Love The One You're With
  – Steve Klein

Ordinary Life
  – Juniper Lesnik

Baba Loved Us Too
  – Wendy Connor

Feeling His Love
  – Steve Klein

He is both Father and Mother
  – Juniper Lesnik

A Leap of Faith
  – Wendy Connor

Becoming His
  – Steve Klein

Don't Worry, Be Happy
  – Juniper Lesnik

A Life Worth Living
  – Wendy Connor

Love The One You're With
  – Steve Klein

What a Mighty Beloved our Beloved is
  – Wendy Connor

To thine own self be true?
  – Steve Klein

The Sweets of His Love
  – Wendy Connor

Sickness and Health
  – Juniper Lesnik

Giving Advice
  – Steve Klein

"Garlic-Faced"
  – Wendy Connor

To Love and Be Loved
  – Juniper Lesnik

Talking About The Truth
  – Steve Klein

The Script was Written Long Ago
  – Wendy Connor

Excuse Me, Which Way to God?
  – Steve Klein

Letting Go
  – Juniper Lesnik

The Mosquitoes are Bad Today
  – Wendy Connor

What If A Teaching Moment Never Comes?
  – Steve Klein

Beads On One String
  – Juniper Lesnik

Youth Sahavas '07
  – Wendy Connor

Stop, You're Both Right!
  – Steve Klein

God, Please Give me a Job
  – Juniper Lesnik

"It Just Passes More Quickly"
  – Wendy Connor

Multiple Meher Babas
  – Steve Klein

Winking Back
  – Juniper Lesnik

The Treasure Within
  – Wendy Connor

Holding On, But Losing One's Grip
  – Steve Klein

1969
  – Ann Conlon

Obedience
  – Ann Conlon

Meher Center – The Way It Was
  – Ann Conlon

Armageddon, Anyone?
  – Ann Conlon

What Does Baba Want Me to Do?
  – Ann Conlon

Baba's 'Things'
  – Ann Conlon

What Does THAT Mean?
  – Ann Conlon

The Way It Was – Meherabad
  – Ann Conlon

Doing "Baba Work"
  – Ann Conlon

Broken Heads
  – Ann Conlon

Enid
  – Ann Conlon

On Being Ill
  – Ann Conlon

Meherjee
  – Ann Conlon

To Each His Own
  – Ann Conlon

Youth Sahavas
  – Ann Conlon

Kitty
  – Ann Conlon

The Lonely Path
  – Ann Conlon

Isn't He Enough?
  – Ann Conlon

He Said What?
  – Ann Conlon

Goher
  – Ann Conlon

Taking a Dare
  – Ann Conlon

Seeking Suffering
  – Ann Conlon

Amartithi
  – Ann Conlon

Dreams
  – Ann Conlon

Margaret
  – Ann Conlon

"The Disciple"
  – Ann Conlon

I Wonder ...
  – Ann Conlon

Backbiting, etc.
  – Ann Conlon

Hearing His Name
  – Ann Conlon

Rites, Rituals and Ceremonies
  – Ann Conlon

His Promise
  – Ann Conlon

"Baba's Group"
  – Ann Conlon

Then and Now
  – Ann Conlon

Middlemen Revisited
  – Ann Conlon

Padri
  – Ann Conlon

Gateway Days
  – Ann Conlon

The New Life
  – Ann Conlon

Books, Books and More Books
  – Ann Conlon

Elizabeth Patterson
  – Ann Conlon

His "Last Warning"
  – Ann Conlon

Is That A Religion Coming?
  – Ann Conlon

Detachment
  – Ann Conlon

A Country of Our Own?
  – Ann Conlon

Manifestation: Did He Or Didn't He?
  – Ann Conlon

Remembering Mohammed
  – Ann Conlon

Advice (Sort-Of) for Newcomers
  – Ann Conlon

You're a Baba Lover If...
  – Ann Conlon

Real Happiness
  – Ann Conlon

Baba Lover, Baba Follower or Both?
  – Ann Conlon

Meherazad – The Way It Was
  – Ann Conlon

The Strongest Memories
  – Ann Conlon

All (Baba) Things Considered

Cannes

In May, I went to the Cannes Film Festival in France. Two films that I wrote music for were screening at the Festival so I decided to go. The first thing I learned along the way is that it’s pronounced "can." Like a tin can. Not “Caan” or “Caans.” Just Can. It was an extraordinary experience, and I am happy to report that both films were very well received.

Before I traveled to France, I read up on Baba’s stay in Cannes in 1937. One thing that jumps out is that it was a long stay. Baba originally planned to be there for a year, but He ended up staying there for a little less than three months. From August 13th until November 2nd 1937. Almost as long as all His time in Myrtle Beach combined. He did make a few excursions, including the World’s Fair in Paris, during the stay, but home base was Cannes for 82 days.

Two houses were rented for Baba and the group to stay in. Baba and the women stayed in Villa Caladona, and the men Mandali and most of the westerners stayed at a compound of three houses; with the main house was called Capo di Monte. Baba’s house Villa Caladona is no longer standing. The other, where the men Mandali were housed, is still there, and you can actually rent a two bedroom unit and stay there.

This trip to Cannes was the first time Mehera and Mani traveled to the west.

Baba had Adi Sr. and Baidul bring Mohammed the Mast to Cannes, and they arrived late in Baba’s visit on October 8th. Mohammed was lodged in a room above a garage at Capo di Monte so the men Mandali could attend to him.

According to Lord Meher, one day Baba and Mohammed went out for a drive with Mercedes D’Acosta in a convertible. Along the way Mohammed starting screaming at the top of his lungs. A policeman stopped them, at which point Mohammed started shouting louder and then burst into song. Mercedes explained that Baba had taken a vow of silence and that Mohammed was a mentally ill Hindu getting treatment in Cannes. I tried to imagine that scene as I walked the crowded, paparazzi-filled streets during the Festival.

Many people from all over Europe came to see Baba during His stay there. He was doing inner work connected with the impending World War. Kitty wrote: “The outbreak of World War II was not far off, and Baba was working intensely in relation to European affairs.” Baba said that was the reason He had Mohammed brought as he represented Germany.

Baba met with film producer Gabriel Pascal in Paris, and screenwriter Alexander Markey came to see Baba in Cannes. Both men had been working on Baba’s film project for several years. I’m sure most people reading this know that Baba had spent a considerable amount of time and energy working with some of His followers to develop a film based on spiritual themes. After this time in Cannes, Baba gave the film project little attention.

As Baba was doing work in connection with World War II while he was in Cannes, could He have also been doing inner work connected to a Film Festival? I know Baba says that “not a leaf moves but by my will,” but at what point might He hand off some of the detail work to an underling in the Spiritual Hierarchy?

The idea for an international film festival in Cannes was first conceived in 1937 by Jean Zay, France’s Minister for Education and Fine Arts, who was keen to establish a cultural event on par with the Venice Film festival. He worked on it throughout 1938 and was planning to hold the first festival in 1939. However, it was not until over a year after the war ended that it finally took place, in September 1946.

As I look at the facts and dates it seems to me that Baba could have been doing work regarding the Cannes Film Festival. Baba had a gathering of people from all over the western world including a screenwriter from Hollywood. . . . much like the Film Festival. The idea for the festival was formulated by Jean Zay right around the time Baba was in Cannes. Also, characteristic of Baba, it didn’t happen when it was originally planned to happen but only much later.

I enjoy thinking that Baba was laying the cable for an international creative gathering we know as the Cannes Film Festival. It was a way that I remembered Baba when I was there. One of the great gifts Baba has given us are the many different ways to remember Him through His activities during His life. Whatever our own personal inclinations might be, it’s not too hard to connect it to Baba and remember Him in a practical way. Like a mystery? Find “the book” that Baba wrote. Dog lover? Baba too! Like picnics? Baba was the picnic Avatar! Like being alone? Do your own “seclusion work.” Hopeless romantic? The list is endless. Going to Cannes? It feels like He’s still there.