In 1949, Meher Baba gave Dr. Ghani instructions to compose a poem incorporating the chief governing principles of the New Life, such as obedience, suppression of anger, greed, and lust, truthfulness, happiness and cheerfulness under all circumstances, etc. This poem, Baba said, would form a prayer to begin the day with and an opening song for a musical concert, if and when the occasion arose.
The chorus for the poem had also been dictated by Baba, and it runs as follows: “suno Meher Baba kī khāmosh bānī.” (“Listen to the silent words of Meher Baba”).
“The Song of the New Life” was composed originally in Hindustani and then translated by Ghani into English. Once it was finished, Meher Baba said it was excellent. He added that not only has it incorporated in it the conditions and requirements of the New Life, but it contains poetical beauty too.
This newest printing, beautiful to behold (and hold), includes two photographs of Meher Baba from the period of His New Life (1949-1952).
The Song of the New Life begins like this:
“Listen to the silent words of Meher Baba;
The life-story of all lovers (of God) is based on the practice of these words.
If you are serious about living this New Life,
Then whole-heartedly renounce this ephemeral existence.”