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The unique silence of Meher Baba started on the 10th of July, 1925, for spiritual reasons, in order to lead the world on to peace through impending world conflagrations and tribulations. In the beginning, he used a slate and a pencil to have his "say." But in 1927, these were replaced by his famous alphabet-board. He spelled out his words by his quickly moving fingers pointing out the printed letters on this board. His profound discourses and messages given through this board are among the world's most inspiring literature. And the facility with which he operated the board was also amazingly effective, not only for the much needed detailed attention to the daily routine of his life as the Master of innumerable lucky ones, but also for his conscious sharing of his divine life with the Mandali-members. But from the 7th October, 1954, he also gave up forever the use of the alphabet board, relying only on gestures and signals for self-communication. And this gesture language turned out to be an even more potent medium for his Avataric expression.

 

Meher lovers are occasionally vouchsafed the unique Darshana and companionship of the Master of silence, who imparts not merely words, but a new life impulse, quietly but irresistibly lifting them from the separative ego life to his indivisible life eternal. The silence of Meher Baba is an unchallengeable affirmation of the truth that refuses to be encaged by the wisest of words. What many fail to achieve through endless haranguing at the top of their voices, Beloved Baba's Avataric silence accomplishes in a few seconds. If this spiritual alchemy of Baba's silent companionship is not a miracle, we may be sure that there is no such thing as a miracle in the whole world. Baba's silence illumines the mind without stifling it, nourishes the soul without stupefying it and enlivens the heart without overpowering it. His silence shall be heard even in the midst of bursting nuclear bombs. His eloquent silence gives a divine call to the inmost being of man, asking him to inherit his own divinity, through the non-assertive, invincible wisdom of undying love.

 

In July, 1949, all Meher lovers of the East and the West had the privilege of sharing with him complete unbroken silence during the entire month, by his order. Such privilege of participation in his silence has since been repeated on some anniversaries of the silence day, which is July 10th. Beloved Baba's silence stirs the very depths of the soul, bringing tidings from the inscrutable yonder, at once comforting our age and piercing it

 

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