From: the Baba WW Family Newsletter
Subject: December 2016 Pilgrimage to Satata (Site of Baba’s 2nd Accident)
Date: Saturday, 9 July 2016
Beloved Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai!
For your information:
Marc Molinari, a Baba lover from Marseilles, France is organizing a pilgrimage in India this December, 2016 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Beloved Meher Baba’s automobile accident in Satara. The intention of the trip is to visit holy sites in Satara, Mahabaleshwar, and Pune which are connected to Shivaji, were recognized as spiritually significant by Meher Baba, and which He also visited. The pilgrimage will begin and end at Baba’s Samadhi in Meherabad.
Traveling by coach, the pilgrims will stay in hotels in Satara, Mahabeleshwar, and Pune. A travel guide will accompany the group.
The cost of the six day journey is approximately $575 (US). This does not include the daily charge at the Meher Retreat Center, single room supplements, excursion to Raigad Fort, or air fare to India.
A description of the pilgrimage follows. For more information or to register, contact Marc Molinari at:
The registration deadline is early October.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PILGRIMAGE IN INDIA (Meher Baba’s second crucifixion)
60th Anniversary of Meher Baba’s automobile accident, Satara, India – December 2, 1956 – December 2, 2016.
Referring to the article written by myself, Marc Molinari, and published in 2014 and 2015 in the journals OmPoint and “Les Amis de Meher Baba”, on the two crucifixions of Meher Baba, I propose a pilgrimage to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Baba’s accident which took place on December 2, 1956 near Satara in India.
As I related in my article, that accident seems particularly connected to work that Meher Baba undertook and is linked to India’s future role as the spiritual leader of the East. All the historical places of this pilgrimage are linked to Shivaji, Emperor of the Maratha Empire. Shivaji restored the Indian nation’s confidence in itself. The Hindus, especially, regained confidence as a nation, which restored profound meaningfulness to the Hindu and Indian consciousness.
Fort Raigad was the capital and Shivaji’s base where he regrouped in times of adversity and crisis against the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. This is also where he died and is buried. But above all, this region is marked by great spirituality; having witnessed the birth of many great Hindu saints. It is from Maharashtra that Shivaji’s actions and the spiritual renewal of Hinduism gained momentum.
Arrival in India around 23 November.
Morning departure from Meherabad, December 2, 2016 to commemorate the anniversary of Meher Baba’s accident December 2, 1956 (at 5:15 pm) on road number 4, at Satara, between boundary-stone 753 and 752 (prayer and meditation). 1 night Hotel in Satara.
December 3 morning – Visit the places Meher Baba stayed in Satara.
Afternoon visit to Sajjangad (Parali) the tomb of the perfect master Samarth Ramdas (Samarth Ramdas Samadith), who controlled Shivaji’s actions (Masked Avatar).
Departure for Mahabaleshwar (hotels and rest). 1 night hotel in Mahabaleshwar.
December 4, Panchgani cave (Meher Baba’s seclusion cave), Arthur’s Seat, Agha Khan’s bungalow (stone of Masts). 1 night hotel in Mahabaleshwar.
December 5, departure for Raigad – Shivaji’s fort, (Shivaji’s Samadi). 1 night hotel in Mahabaleshwar.
December 6, morning – Pratapgad fort and departure for Puna. 1 night hotel in Puna.
December 7, Meher Baba’s house, Babajan’s tomb (Muslim saint), the Meher Baba Center, Guruprasad.
Return to Meherabad in the afternoon.
Translated by Kenneth STERMER.