From the Chairman on the 46th Amartithi of Avatar Meher Baba, 31 Jan 14

This was distributed to Bhaulist. I am late posting it because my email account got the hiccups and threw everything from Bhaulist in the spam trap, which I didn’t discover until today (7 Nov 14). My apologies to Shridar, and to everyone who may be interested in attending this. If at all possible, you should go to Amartithi, please! No discuss, just do!

    Telegram: “MEHERBABA” Ahmednagar
    Telephone No.2343666/2347093 Ahmednagar


            AVATAR MEHER BABA

        PERPETUAL PUBLIC CHARITABLE TRUST

        KING’S ROAD, POST BAG NO. 31,
        AHMEDNAGAR, (M.S.) 414 001.


    SHRIDHAR G. KELKAR CHAIRMAN              15th Oct. 2014

    Dear Sisters and Brothers in Beloved Avatar Meher Baba,

    The forty-sixth Amartithi of Beloved Avatar Meher Baba
    falls on Friday, 31st January, 2015. For this sacred
    occasion it is expected that pilgrims from all over
    India and around the world will be visiting the
    Tomb-Shrine of Avatar Meher Baba at Meherabad Hill,
    Ahmednagar (M.S.) India to take part in the Educational
    Gathering.

            The observance of the forty-sixth Amartithi
    (Anniversary of Avatar Meher Baba’s Darshan) will be for
    two days, i.e. 30th January morning  to noon of 1st
    February, 2015. The main function, as usual, will be on
    31st January, 2015.

    Observation of Silence from 12 noon to 12:15 pm on 31st
    January  at Beloved Avatar Meher Baba’s Samadhi is the
    most significant event during Amartithi Days. It has
    been observed that some pilgrims, who may be new to
    Beloved Baba, are not aware of this and instead visit
    different places at Meherabad during this time. It is
    therefore important that all Centres impress upon Baba
    lovers the importance of this programme so that they
    will be in attendance at the Samadhi during the
    observance of silence.

    By Beloved Baba’s grace, it will be made possible for
    pilgrims visiting the Tomb-Shrine of Beloved Avatar
    Meher Baba, for the forty-sixth Amartithi, to stay at
    the Meherabad Estate from  8:00 a.m. of  30th January to
    12 noon of 1st February, 2015.

                ATTENTION

    Darshan of Beloved Avatar Meher Baba will be
    available inside the Tomb-Shrine through a regulated queue
    designated specifically for this occasion. However, due to
    the influx of pilgrims during Amartithi, it is requested for
    the benefit of all that pilgrims take the least time
    possible for darshan and to take darshan only once on 31st
    January, 2015.

            QUEUE TOKEN SYSTEM

    We are continuing our Queue Token System.
    After collecting a single token with a number on it, each
    Pilgrim will be free to move about until the number on
    his/her token is announced and displayed on the signboards.
    THE PILGRIMS SHOULD JOIN THE QUEUE WHEN THEIR NUMBER
    IS DISPLAYED. Please be alert because if your number has passed
    through the Darshan line and the next higher number has also
    passed, you will miss your turn and will require a new
    token.

    A)    REGARDING ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE:
            Please note:
    1)    Pilgrims should not arrive at Meherabad before 8:00
    a.m., on 30th January, 2015, and should leave Meherabad by
    12 noon, on 1st February, 2015.
    2)    There will be stalls selling light refreshment and meals at Lower
    Meherabad,  New Site and Upper Meherabad till early afternoon on
    1st February, 2015.
    3)    There will be separate lodging arrangements for men and for
    women at Meherabad as usual. Pilgrims are reminded that they
    should continue to abide by Beloved Baba’s wishes, as expressed
    by Him in the 1958 Sahavas, that men and women pilgrims should
    stay in their own quarters and not visit, enter, or rest in each others
    quarters. Pilgrims should lovingly cooperate with the Man-
    agement in this matter and the Management reserves the right
    to caution any pilgrim who fails to abide by Beloved Baba’s
    wishes as mentioned above.
    4)    Pilgrims are requested to bring warm clothes, blankets,
    bedding with mattress, and flashlights (torch). The quarters for men
    and women are separate; so to avoid confusion it is advised that
    men and women of the same family pack separate bags, and bundle
    their bedding rolls separately BEFORE their arrival at Meherabad.
    5)    Meherabad Management requests pilgrims to use water very
    sparingly. Hot water for bathing will be provided from 11:00 p.m.,
    30th January to 7:00 a.m., 31st January.
    6)    Pilgrims in the close vicinity of the Samadhi are requested to
    do their utmost to maintain the sanctity of the Tomb-Shrine.

    B)    REGARDING LODGING ARRANGEMENTS:

            Please note:

    1)    In order to make it easier for pilgrims who wish to be accommo-
    dated at Meherabad for the Educational Gathering, the Trust
    will receive such requests directly.
    2)    Pilgrims who wish to be accommodated at Meherabad for the
    Educational Gathering  must send an amount of Rs. 50/- per person
    for lodging arrangements directly to the Trust.  Children below
    7 years of age will not be charged for lodging. Such amounts are
    called “AMARTITHI DONATIONS,” and they must be sent to the
    Trust as follows:

        AMARTITHI DONATIONS

        Avatar Meher Baba P.P.C.Trust

        King’s Road, Post Bag No.31,

        Ahmednagar, M. S. 414 001.

    Please DO NOT  forward Amartithi Donations to the
    Meherabad Office.

    3)    Many of our centers have complained that the post
    office are not ready to mention MEN & WOMEN in their message
    to Ahmednagar Post Office.  As such you are now requested to
    send your Money Order as under:-
    Name: Rajendra Meher 2M 2W
    Address: ________________
    Mobile No._______________

    We will then register 2 MEN AND 2 WOMEN in your name. Also
    please write your mobile number.

    4)    Pilgrims will be accommodated at Meherabad during
    Amartithi days only if the words “AMARTITHI DONATIONS” are
    mentioned on the Money Order Coupons.  The pilgrims must
    also mention the number of men, women and children (7 years
    and above) attending Amartithi.

    5)    A Bank Draft (D.D.) to A.M.B.P.P.C.T. can be accepted
    provided a separate letter is sent along with it, clearly
    giving the details of the number of men, women and children
    and the letter must mention the purpose as “AMARTITHI
    DONATIONS”.

    IMPORTANT:
    These lodging requests have to be earmarked as
    “AMARTITHI DONATIONS”,  otherwise such amounts will be
    considered as donations to the Trust and the sender will NOT
    have lodging accommodations at Meherabad.  Please note that
    the Trust will not post separate receipts to pilgrims for
    the special Amartithi Donations received through Money
    Orders.  Instead, Money Order Acknowledgements will be sent
    which will bear the serial numbers of Entry Tokens.
    Pilgrims must bring these M.O. Acknowledgements with them
    when they come.  However, money received through Demand
    Draft will be acknowledged by the Trust through a Receipt,
    bearing the Entry Token serial numbers.

    6)    Pilgrims are
    requested to be very particular to give their full names and
    addresses in BLOCK LETTERS on the Money Order Coupons.
    They must also REMEMBER to bring to Meherabad the Money
    Order Acknowledgement Receipt or M.O. receipt if our
    acknowledgement is not received or the receipt from the
    Trust giving the serial number of their Entry Tokens.  This
    will entitle them to receive ENTRY TOKENS for their lodging
    from the Trust at the Enquiry Office or Sub-Enquiry Office
    upon their arrival at Meherabad on 30th January, 2015.

    7)    AMARTITHI DONATIONS must not be sent later than 7th
    January, 2015. Money Orders and bank drafts sent to the
    Trust as AMARTITHI DONATIONS after this date will NOT be
    accepted and will be returned to the senders, as these late
    requests cause much inconvenience to the Meherabad
    Management and to the pilgrims themselves.

    8)    The Trust will have a separate cell (Amartithi Donations
    account) for Amartithi Arrangements.  This cell will receive the
    above mentioned donations.  Please note that the donation of Rs.
    50/- per person does not meet the entire expenditure for the
    lodging arrangements for a pilgrim.  Therefore, the Trust
    always subsidizes the balance of the lodging expenditure,
    which includes the expenditure for electricity, preparation
    of grounds, tarpaulins, water supply, and other expenses, in
    order to provide facilities for the pilgrims.  In addition
    to this, the Trust provides facilities for the Gathering at
    Upper Meherabad.  The pilgrims pay Rs. 50/-  per person for
    the roof shelter only, and not for the other facilities
    provided. Please note that those who register at the Enquiry
    Office on the 30th or 31st, and not before,  will have to
    pay Rs. 50/- extra towards Amartithi Donations.  (Total Rs.
    100/-)

    9)    The NEW SITE at Upper Meherabad: This site with the
    facility of tents, bathrooms, toilets and parking will be
    available for groups of pilgrims who wish to cook their own
    food. This New Site is at Upper Meherabad  not too far from
    the Samadhi. Kitchens will be erected on this site only.
    Therefore, groups who wish to cook their own food in the
    kitchens must accordingly inform Trustee Shri Jal P.
    Dastoor, c/o Avatar Meher Baba P.P.C. Trust, King’s Road,
    Post Bag No.31, Ahmednagar (M.S.) 414 001 through letters
    which Jal must receive by the last week of December 2014.
    Also, when these kitchen-groups of pilgrims send their money
    to the Trust (and not to Jal Dastoor) for their lodging,
    they must make special mention that they wish to lodge at
    the New Site. Special Entry Tokens will be prepared for such
    pilgrims, and upon their arrival at Meherabad they will have
    to collect Special Entry Tokens and Kitchen Number only
    from the Sub-Enquiry  Office at the New Site.

    10)    During Amartithi, in spite of police and security arrange-
    ments, some thefts do occur. Therefore, pilgrims are cautioned
    to be very careful with their valuables, especially of their
    purses, pouches,Gold Ornaments, cameras and other items
    carried by hand specially so while going for the bath.  At
    no time should these be left in a public area unattended.
    For their safety, pilgrims are asked to wear their Entry
    Tokens at all times and volunteers are deputed to inquire of
    anyone seen without a token.

    11)    The mattress Contractor is able to rent a limited number
    of mattresses at the rate of Rs. 50/- per mattress for the entire
    period. To ensure having a mattress, pilgrims are requested
    to send a Money Order to the Contractor in advance to reserve
    the  mattresses:

        Mrs. Usha Ashok Shete,

        Bungalow No.93, Ushahkal,

        Anandnagar, Gulmohor Road

        Savedi, AHMEDNAGAR  -  414 003 (M.S.)

    The Money Order Acknowledgement received from the
    Contractor must be brought by the Pilgrims to receive the
    mattress. In addition to the hire charges of Rs. 50/- per
    mattress, the Contractor will collect Rs. 50/- as deposit
    per mattress at the time of issuing the mattress.  The
    deposit will be refunded when the mattresses are returned to
    the Contractor.

    NOTE:
    DO NOT send hire charges for mattresses to the Avatar
    Meher Baba P.P.C. Trust. Send to the Trust only “AMARTITHI
    DONATIONS” for accommodation and NOT for mattresses.

    11)    Pilgrims are requested that before they leave their
    Tents/Hostels for the programme on the Hill on 1st February
    morning, they must deposit all their luggage at Hostel B for
    Lower Meherabad pilgrims and Tent F for New Site pilgrims
    without fail and collect the same before their departure.

    On 1st February, the Amartithi programme will definitely close
    by 1 pm so that the pilgrims can leave Meherabad. Only those
    performances which are listed on the 1st February Programme
    will be allowed.  No one should insist on any extra
    singing,etc.

    C)    REGARDING BOARDING ARRANGEMENTS:
            Please Note:
    1)    There will be stalls erected by local vendors at Lower
    and Upper Meherabad where pilgrims can purchase light
    refreshment and meals during their stay at Meherabad.

    D)    REGARDING TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS:
    Please Note:
    There is now a second S.T. Bus Stand in the Tarakpur area of
    Ahmednagar, However, Pilgrims should alight at  City Bus
    Stand.

    1)    State Transport authorities will be requested
    to ply their buses from Ahmednagar Railway Station and S.T.
    Bus Stand to and from Meherabad at fixed hours on 30th and
    31st January, 2015 and on 1st February, 2015.

    2)    Volunteers wearing Baba badges will be at the Railway
    Station and Bus Stand to guide pilgrims visiting Meherabad.

    3)    ON  Friday 30TH JANUARY, 2015:

    A)    State Transport Buses will go to Meherabad from the
    Ahmednagar Railway Station from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., according
    to train timings.

    B)    Extra State Transport buses will go to Meherabad from the
    S.T. Bus Stand from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00p.m. Pilgrims arriving before
    7:00 a.m. may take a regular S.T. Bus to Meherabad (Arangaon).


    4)    ON Saturday 31ST JANUARY, 2015:

    A)    State Transport
    buses will go to Meherabad from the S.T. Bus Stand via
    Ahmednagar Railway Station from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    B)    Return Journey: Extra State Transport buses will go
    from Meherabad to Ahmednagar  Railway Station and S.T. Bus
    Stand from 12:30 p.m.  to 10:00 p.m. on 31st January, 2015.

    5)    ON  Sunday 1ST FEBRUARY, 2015: Extra State Transport
    buses will go from Meherabad to Ahmednagar (Railway Station
    and S.T. Bus Stand) from 5:30 a.m. onwards.

    6)    Pilgrims  arriving from outstations by special buses,
    or by private cars, or by hired taxis are requested not to
    take their vehicles up Meherabad Hill. Vehicles should be
    parked only in the parking zone at the New Site or Lower
    Meherabad. Washing of vehicles at Meherabad is prohibited;
    drivers and cleaners should be instructed accordingly by the
    parties concerned. This should be strictly observed.

    7)    Please note that Entry Permits for buses must be
    obtained before departure by those coming into Maharashtra
    State by special buses from other states.

    8)    MEHERAZAD WILL BE CLOSED JANUARY 26TH
    THROUGH FEBRUARY 4th. THIS INCLUDES ALL AMARTITHI
    DAYS (30th January through 1st February). Hence pilgrims
    should NOT visit Meherazad during these days for any purpose
    whatsoever, whether by public bus, private bus, car or rickshaw. 
    Meherazad will reopen for pilgrims on Thursday 5th  February,
    2015.  Facilities at Dharamshala and Hostels will be closed from
    25th January to  3RD February, 2015.

                PROGRAMME

    PLACE: The holy Tomb-Shrine of Avatar Meher Baba
    on Meherabad Hill, Ahmednagar (M.S.) India.

    Friday  30th January, 2015

    6:00 a.m. onwards    Arrival of Meher Pilgrims at Lower

                    Meherabad;New Site,Pilgrim

                    Education Site

    6.30 a.m.                            Darshan and Prasad at Tomb.
    2:00 p.m. onwards    Prem-Meelan on Hill.
    4:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m.    Bhajans, dance and drama.
    7:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m.    Film of Avatar Meher Baba or special
                                                programme on the Hill.

    8:00 p.m.    RECESS for meals down the Hill.
    10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.    Sahavas on the Hill.

                Jai Baba!


    Saturday 31st January, 2015

    7:00 a.m.    Lighting of the Dhuni.
    8:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.    All pilgrims assemble on the Hill. 
                                            Prem-Meelan of pilgrims and singing
                                            by bhajan mandali of different Meher
                                            Centres.
    10:50 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.    Talk about the Trust activities.
    11:00 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.    Welcome address by the Chairman
    11:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.    Singing by bhajan mandali of different
                                            Meher Centres.
    11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.    Announcements
    11:45 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.    Playing Tape of “Begin the Beguine”
    11:50 a.m. to 12 noon    Meher Dhoon
    11:55 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.    Darshan at the Tomb stopped.
    12 noon to 12:15 p.m.    All present to observe complete silence.
    12:15 p.m. to 1:00p.m.    The Master’s and Repentance Prayers
                                            in different languages followed by Arti. 
                                            Darshan resumes from 12:15 p.m.
    1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.    Songs and bhajans on the Hill.
    1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.    RECESS for meals down the Hill.
    4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.    Baba programme on the Hill.
    7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.    Film of Avatar Meher Baba.
    8:00 p.m.    RECESS for meals down the Hill.
    10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.    Sahavas on the Hill. Additional
                                            programmes on the Hill. Jai Baba !


    Sunday  1st February, 2015.
    7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Bhajans on the Hill. Darshan continues.
                                          Programme ends with Arti.  Prepare for
                                          departure.


    E)    DISTRIBUTION OF PRASAD AT SAMADHI ON 31ST 
            JANUARY

    On 31st January Samadhi management faces acute problem of
    distribution of cooked Prasad such as lemon rice, sheera
    (sweet rava) and other cooked items.  Hence no cooked Prasad
    BUT ONLY WRAPPED DRY PRASAD WILL BE ALLOWED to be
    distributed near the Samadhi.

    All centers and individual desirous of distribution of
    Prasad will have to apply in advance to brother Shridhar
    Kelkar advising  what kind of dry Prasad they wish to
    distribute. Brother Shridhar Kelkar will advise time
    slot for distribution of Prasad so that the Prasad is
    evenly distributed during the entire day.  PLEASE NOTE
    THAT LAST MINUTE REQUESTS ON THE AMARTITHI
    DAY WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED.

                Jai Baba !


    NOTE: Bhajan mandali of different Meher Centres and Western
    pilgrims having singing and other programmes to present for
    the forty-sixth Amartithi occasion should write only to
    Shri. Mehernath B. Kalchuri,Trustee, c/o Avatar Meher Baba
    P.P.C. Trust, King’s Road, Post Bag 31, Ahmednagar (M.S.)
    414 001 India by 31st December, 2014. The requests will be
    accommodated time permitting, within the hours allotted for
    programmes.  It will not be possible to accede to late
    requests on arrival.  Please confirm your programme with
    Shri. Mehernath B. Kalchuri upon your arrival at Meherabad.

          ALL ARE HEARTILY WELCOME TO ATTEND
    AVATAR MEHER BABA’S FORTY-SIXTH AMARTITHI
                FUNCTION ON MEHERABAD HILL.

    Please pass on the above information of the Amartithi programme to
    all the lovers of Avatar Meher Baba in your area.

            JAI AVATAR MEHER BABA !!!


    IN AVATAR MEHER BABA’S SERVICE,


    (S.G. KELKAR) CHAIRMAN

    NOTE:  There is no need for any correspondence with the
    Trust Office on the subject of Amartithi programme and
    arrangements.

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