Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Silence Day

Today is Silence Day, the day on which followers of Meher Baba maintain a 24-hour period of silence to commemorate the day he began the silence he maintained until his death 44 years later. Since it's the day for Tea Stands for Tuesday, I'll invite you to share a cup of tea with me as I look into a religion foreign to me.

From Wikipedia:
Meher Baba said that his silence was not undertaken as a spiritual exercise but solely in connection with his universal work.
Man's inability to live God's words makes the Avatar's teaching a mockery. Instead of practicing the compassion he taught, man has waged wars in his name. Instead of living the humility, purity, and truth of his words, man has given way to hatred, greed, and violence. Because man has been deaf to the principles and precepts laid down by God in the past, in this present Avataric form, I observe silence.
I'm not a follower, but I don't have to believe it to find it interesting, and I have always been interested in other people's religious beliefs and practices. If you're curious about him you can find more information at the Avatar Meher Baba Trust, including books by and about him. There are quotes by him at Wikiquotes. I admit a fondness for this one:

Here are a couple more that appeal to me:
Be pure and simple, and love all because all are one. Live a sincere life; be natural, and be honest with yourself.
To love God in the most practical way is to love our fellow beings. If we feel for others in the same way as we feel for our own dear ones, we love God.

I remember him as better known in the 1960s, and I don't see much mention of him now. There have been documentaries covering his life and claims, such as this:

"He gave no importance to founding any organization in his name, advocating no particular method of meditation or other practices associated with the popular image of Eastern masters. He stressed only love for God."
Now, I'll go visit the Tea Stands for Tuesday gathering already in progress. Please join us!


  1. Such an interesting post! I enjoyed finding out more whilst drinking my tea 😁. Thanks for sharing and wishing you a Happy T Tuesday! J 😊 x

  2. Very interesting, D. His principles are similar to those of most religions. The problem is with human nature. It's too easy and tempting to do whatever one wants. Funny world.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  3. Your T posts are so interesting-thank you
    Happy T Day Kathy

  4. What an interesting and outside the box T post today, dear. I always believe we should never shut out others' beliefs. One of the reasons I love T Tuesday is because I learn something new each week. This was a fun read, and you presented it with dignity. Thanks for sharing your silence, Meher Baba, and your tea with us for T this Tuesday. BTW, I LOVE that swirly patterned teapot.

  5. Very interesting Divers .. i always look forward to your T post.. You find such interesting and eclectic subjects.. Happy T day! deb

  6. A very interesting and informative post. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  7. I had never heard of him. Thank you for the very interesting post. Happy T Day!

  8. I'd not heard about this person either, it was a very interesting post to read.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  9. very interesting-thanks for sharing. I too take interest in religions other than what I was brought up with.I had not heard of this man so thanks for the introduction:) Happy T day!

  10. Your teapot and tea look yummy!
    Happy Tea Day,

  11. you always come up with the most interesting posts!! never heard about that.

  12. You always share the most interesting things ! Super! Happy belated T-Day!
    Hugs, Susi