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Silence on Silence Day
  – Jenny Keating

Burned by Beauty
  – Buck Busfield

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

The Way It Was – Meherabad
  – Ann Conlon

What Does THAT Mean?
  – Ann Conlon

Doing "Baba Work"
  – Ann Conlon

Broken Heads
  – Ann Conlon

Enid
  – Ann Conlon

On Being Ill
  – 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

Silence on Silence Day

Whether to observe silence or not on Silence Day is often discussed amongst Baba lovers here in Sydney, with varying points of view being expressed.

Having grown up observing silence on Silence Day, I never considered there was any other option. As I understood, this was what Baba wanted of us. The alternatives were only if you felt you absolutely couldn’t manage it due to unavoidable commitments. But we knew that Baba’s preference was always for keeping silence. And that’s what we as a family did. I certainly didn’t enjoy it – how can you fight successfully with your siblings when you can’t talk? I found it too quiet, like life had come to a standstill, and it made me restless.

 Now I love Silence Day – time out from the world. The chance to be quietly with Baba. I guess being older helps. And I feel it honors the sacrifice, which Baba’s beloved Mehera speaks of so poignantly: “Keeping silence all those years was most difficult for Baba. Baba’s nature was happy and cheerful. He loved to talk and to laugh and to sing, but after silence Baba could not say anything. . .  All those years Baba had to hold back and not say what He wanted to say. Every second of the day, every minute, every day, every month, every year for forty-four years Baba could not say what He wanted to say.” (Mehera, p. 235)

Baba’s sister, Mani, also speaks of His sacrifice and our small gift to Him in keeping silent on this day:

“There should be no question in the minds of anyone [Baba lovers], whether we should observe silence or not. It is an opportunity that we should not let pass by! Every lover of Baba, to my mind, should observe silence on the 10th of July — Silence Day. You salute your Beloved Baba by giving Him a rose; you would not call that a routine or ritual. It is an expression of your love, a piece of your heart . . . Baba has observed silence for all — for each one of us — and if we cannot give that little response for one day — if we cannot keep our lips closed for one day of the year — then that’s too bad. I don’t feel that by keeping silence we are going to help the world or anything like that. That is not why we are doing it. It’s just a salute, in homage to His Love for us; an expression of our love for Him. Beloved Baba observed silence for all these years, and for one day He has 'said' we can share it with Him too. How blessed we are!”

One year I tried being silent at work, but this was followed by a heavy bout of flu, during which time I felt strongly that I wasn’t meant to work on this day. And from that time onward I considered July 10 (along with January 31 and February 25) as sacrosanct and would always take Leave without Pay and feel free from any obligation to my employers.

But recently, while reading Rustom Falahati’s volume V of The Real Treasure, I learnt something new about observing silence on Silence Day. In this volume, Rustom shares with us Eruch’s very clear response to all the questions and rationales about observing or not observing silence on Silence Day, with an additional angle that I had not given conscious thought to – that observing silence on Silence Day is one of Baba’s orders to His lovers, for posterity.

Rustom begins the chapter, "Observing Silence Day" by noting the following:

"There are many Baba lovers who are confused about whether silence is to be observed on the 10th July. Some feel it is optional. Others feel it’s a ritual and comes in their way of loving Baba with a pure heart. There are also those whose job required them to talk a lot and so felt it was not necessary, for Baba would understand their inability. Many such issues were raised with Eruch over the years and Eruch would patiently, but firmly, insist that one was expected to observe silence on that day.

"Giving a brief history Eruch would say: 'There were various times in the early years where Baba did give His lovers in the world a choice of fasting on water instead of observing silence. However, toward the later years, Baba in His circular to the lovers emphasized that all His lovers should observe silence. He withdrew the option of fasting. No matter what the situation, one was expected to observe silence. It was His order and many of His lovers were often put in situations where they were tested. Those who truly loved Him underwent the hardships, but did not break Baba’s order. This was Baba’s order till the very end of His life. If someone accidentally speaks up – it's okay, but on realizing his mistake, he should keep silence again and be more alert. . . the moment you realize the slip, stop immediately. Do not utter one more word. Use gestures or write on a note pad and show [it] to the person. All those who consider themselves Baba lovers are expected to do this.'"

Later in the chapter Rustom recounts one of his own experiences on Silence Day and Eruch’s further response:

“It was Baba’s order for all His lovers and applies even to this day. One can say – it was one of His few orders for posterity. In fact, there are very few orders He has left for His lovers in the world – and that too, it’s only for a day. Your friend appearing on the bus was Baba’s way of testing your resolve to obey Him. In obedience, one is often tested. . .".

And up until a short time ago, I felt I had heard all that I needed to hear on this subject. But no, I found very recently another interesting angle, this time provided by Kitty Davy in one of her talks from One Fine Thread. She is responding to Baba’s reference to internal and external silence: “. . . by keeping external silence we are helping to awaken internal silence. And the value of internal silence is that in profound inner Silence, Baba is found. . . If we give Baba the Silence of our minds, He supplies us with His Love and Presence needed to hear that Inner Silence.”

Published July, 2017.