((editing on 10 Feb 16: A couple of teens were arrested in this vandalism case. Here is the link to the mainstream press story: WMBF News – 2 Teens Arrested for Vandalizing …
There has to be more to this story, i.e., more people involved. I believe this criminal incident was planned and executed beyond the native abilities of the two minors who committed it, and it may be an inside job because of the timing. I don’t really get excited about this kind of information. Nothing will change, and the Center won’t be protected from further insult, until somebody is tried, convicted, and punished. The naked apprehension of mere suspects, in and of itself, proves nothing and changes nothing.
There already is a positive side to this story, however. Mainstream reporters visited the Center and did a very positive write-up of it as a result of this. -vshr))
Subject: Special new message from Meher Spiritual Center:
Date: Friday, 29 January 2016
Beloved Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai!
January 27, 2016
As many of you have heard by now, late in the day on January 23, 2016, there was serious vandalism at the Barn. Almost all of the interior furnishings were disturbed, and most were overturned or damaged; almost all of the window and door glass broken; all of the window sash frames broken; all of the screens torn; photos and frames broken and on the floor; the framed “Sahavas sayings” all broken; even the wagon wheel chandelier pulled down from the ceiling. The three fire extinguishers at the building were emptied mostly into the room. The small room beneath the Barn was broken into, some contents disturbed and the window sashes and glass all broken. But, incredibly, three chairs used by Baba—the large gold chair, another chair against the wall by the fireplace, and the green vinyl and wood armchair—were undamaged. No one was hurt, and the foundation and exterior of the building are intact.
The Horry County Police have undertaken an investigation, and we are encouraged by their response and confident of their professional handling of this terrible incident. We are cooperating fully in the investigation, and at this time do not have information about possible motives for the vandalism, nor insight as to the person or persons involved. We encourage all of you to join us in supporting the investigation as it continues, without speculating about motives and participants, and remain confident in Baba’s sustaining love and care for each and all.
At this time, the Barn is closed to visitors until evidence gathering is complete. We will let you know when clean-up and restoration efforts will begin. In the meantime, the location for the Amartithi celebration this Sunday, January 31, which has always been held in the Barn, will be announced in the next day or two through Meher Center Messages. We will inform you all of progress on a regular basis moving forward. And please do pass this information on to those who may not have seen it. The Barn can and will be restored, and the work will be done with the same attention, care, skill and love as the Barn has always received.
It rests with each heart to hearken to Baba’s Call, to find for themselves Baba’s Truth and to come to a fuller and deeper understanding of His purpose in such deeply disturbing events. For our part, we take this opportunity to continue to strengthen both our internal links with each other in the Divine Beloved, and our resolve to make the changes and improvements that this event has clarified the need for.
Friends of the Center from all over the world have sent messages of shared anguish, offers of help, and heartfelt support. It has been most heartwarming—but not surprising—to see the courage, dedication and love expressed by all concerned, in Myrtle Beach and afar.
Isn’t it so deeply touching that in the midst of all this destruction and distress stands the tall yellow chair, Meher Baba’s chair, untouched, as if the Beloved is saying, “See? I am here! While the scaffolding may be pulled down, My Love is Eternal.”
In His Embracing Spirit,
The Board and Staff of the Center
This is part of Meher Baba’s ongoing Manifestation. No one is immune.
The Manifestation of God’s Avatar is no joke. This is a time for vigilance and consciousness. It is NOT a time for “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” casual attention, informality, carelessness, and irresponsibility.
Nothing that is sacred will be allowed to exist on this planet if it’s not actively defended.
Jai Jai Meher,