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CCCs
  – Billy Goodrum

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

Broken Heads
  – Ann Conlon

Doing "Baba Work"
  – Ann Conlon

On Being Ill
  – Ann Conlon

Enid
  – Ann Conlon

To Each His Own
  – Ann Conlon

Meherjee
  – 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

Dreams
  – Ann Conlon

Amartithi
  – 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

"Baba's Group"
  – Ann Conlon

His Promise
  – 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

Detachment
  – Ann Conlon

Is That A Religion Coming?
  – Ann Conlon

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

A Country of Our Own?
  – 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

Books, Books and More Books

There are now many books by and about Meher Baba, but when I first heard about him, there was very little available. My first book was the English edition of Charles Purdom's God To Man and Man To God, Purdom's edited version of Discourses. I ate it up, read it over and over.

I came across a used copy of Purdom's first biography of Baba, The Perfect Master, for which I paid ten cents and I devoured that. Someone gave me a copy of Jean Adriel's Avatar, and that was about it. Newcomers to Baba like me made up for the lack of written material with hours of listening to other people's stories.

Slowly, new books came out or I was lucky enough to find copies of old books. One of my most treasured gifts was the original five-volume Discourses, given to me by John Bass. Granted, the English wasn't very good, but the flavor stunned me. It was at once redolent with Baba's vitality and power, which hadn't quite transferred to God To Man and Man To God. I loved William Donkin's Wayfarers and his lyric descriptions of Baba and the masts.

A major publishing event was Meher Baba's God Speaks, well beyond me, but it was soon followed by Francis Brabazon's Stay With God, which Baba called "the most important book next to God Speaks." Francis explained God Speaks in language I could understand.

In the years since, there have been many other books, including personal memoirs of life with Baba. The most meaningful of those to me have been Kitty Davy's Love Alone Prevails, Margaret Craske's The Dance of Love, Arnavaz Dadachanji's Gift of God, and Eruch Jessawala's Is That So? My copies are ragged from repeated readings.

And my favorite version of Discourses has become the 1987 edition still in print. I remember when I got my hardcover copy, I carried it around for weeks, hugging it as if I feared I'd lose it.

Now, there are many choices among old and new books, a veritable feast. And there are more to come, some published recently, some still in writing or editing stages, some probably just ideas in an author's mind. They are all welcome. We already have in hand within the last year Darwin Shaw's fascinating, 600-page memoir, As Only God Can Love; David Fenster's three-volume, 1,700-page biography of Mehera-Meher, A Divine Romance; and A Mirage Will Never Quench Your Thirst, an updated version of God-In-A-Pill, compiled and edited by Laurent Weichberger. Still in the editing stage and planned for publication in 2004 is Meher Baba's Infinite Intelligence -- dictated by Meher Baba sometime in the 1920s or 1930s. Containing a significant body of Meher Baba's early metaphysical writings, the manuscript was first found shortly after Baba dropped his body. Dr. Goher Irani's My Life With Meher Baba, memoirs of her long service as Baba's doctor, is also planed for publication in 2004.

All of that is more than enough to keep us busy. But we all know that the perennial question remains: where is "THE book"? Theories still abound about what happened to this manuscript penned by Baba and which has been lost to view for many years. Where is it? Will it ever turn up? Just before Meher Baba dropped his body in 1969, Eruch asked him, "Shall we do something about the book, Baba?" Baba's reply was to make his gesture of tipping a hat, meaning -- depending on the context -- Adi Irani, the West, or a Westerner. "Don't worry," he gestured, "It is there."

Maybe it is and maybe it isn't. Sometimes I think it may be one more carrot-on-a-stick, held out to us to keep our attention. Even if it never turns up, it certainly has accomplished that.