Comments on the 48th Amartithi Web-Stream (2017)

Unlike last year, I did not get a spike in traffic from this. I think the Trust did a much better job of publicizing it, and also I think people could hit the Youtube site without going through this blog or even the Trust’s web site. The Youtube broadcast had a running live tally of how many people were watching, which maxed out at 275 during Chairman Shridhar Kelkar’s talk just before the 15-min. Silence at noon. The 2nd highest traffic number was 245 during the subsequent Aarti and Dhoon by Ahmednagar Center just before Silence.

The quality of the broadcast, courtesy of Youtube, was a huge improvement over previous years, in quality, stability and duration. I finally figured out the native screenshot feature in my spiffy new Debian 8 operating system, and those that made the final cut will be found in these three locations:

Burrakatha (Album)
Miscellaneous (Album)
Shirwale Kajal (Album)

These are not great resolution shots, but they’re still a lot better than previous years, and personally I’m more interested in the sound, which was also more loud and clear than previous years. My favorite group? The Shirwale Kajal group of Meherabad. That’s not a definitive judgement, because I only saw a small minority of performances, but they were the best ones I saw, I thought. What the hell, what’s the point of being nearly 70, with grey and white hairs, 58,000 attudes, and 900 ways to precisely modulate the exact tone of a dog fart to perfection, if you can’t even write about what you like, you know what I mean?

Moving right along to something that matters, please, this paragraph right here is none of the above. This is something that I really feel strongly about. I really really hope that that Youtube site can remain there in perpetuity, because some of these youngsters are headed for the stage and the silver screen, we know that, right? And I am sure that Bollywood scouts and other entertainment industry professionals are going to find that huge stash of performances and go through them looking for new talent, and that they most certainly will find some, if the site is there to go through.

As a final note in passing, Shridhar’s talk emphasized that the Koreans had just appeared at Meherabad in a group. Historically what has happened is that people show up at Meherabad when their country of origin is in serious trouble. The first such group was my cohort, WWII Baby Boomers, most of them Americans, who came during the Vietnam war. Then when Iran was in serious political upheavals, the latter-day Iranis came in force, and many of them stayed. The Koreans are a very special people, also coming in a time of crisis for them, and the way they came, in a group, and in the process of translating the Master’s works into Korean, means that these are serious devotees of God, which is the whole nature of the Korean people. When Koreans move, they move hard and they move fast, and despite smaller numbers, they’ll have a significant positive impact on the community at Meherabad, even as new-comers, just as they have had in Hawaii.

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The Amartithi 2017 Live Stream

Find it on these links: 2017 Amartithi live stream, 30, 31 Jan and 1 Feb The detailed schedule is on the page. I recommend using Word Clock to convert from India Standard Time to your local time.

In addition these two sites will provide information after the fact:
2017 Amartithi Videos, Photos. I don’t know how fast this information will be posted, but I’m betting pretty damned fast. The Trust crew acts like it really has its act together this year. They’re using Youtube streaming servce for the first time, thanks for going world-class, crew what am!

I always watch this live stream, and I always get the Master’s Darshan from it. I recommend it for all human beings.

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A Couple of Graphics from the Current Snail Mail Trust Newsletter

Meher English School is one of the beneficiaries of my monthly contributions to the Trust, and what’s amazing to me about this shot is how Hawaiian it looks. Almost every face you see here could be Polynesian, and the scattered Caucasian features only make it look more local Hawaiian.

King David Kalakaua (1836 – 1891) said this of the Asian origins of his people in his epic work The Legends and Mythis of Hawaii (Mutual Publishing, Honolulu: 1990):

… we trace the strictly Polynesian tribes to an Aryan beginning, somewhere in Asia Minor or Arabia. There, in the remote past, it is assumed, they were brought in close contact with early Cushite and Chaldeo-Arabian civilizations. Subsequently drifting into India, they to some extent amalgamated with the Dravidian races, and, following the channels of the great Chaldean commerce of that period, at length found a home in the Asiatic archipelago from Sumatra to Luzon and Timor.

The exact time of their settlement on the large coast islands of southern Asia cannot be definitely determined, but their legends and geneologies give little room to doubt that it was contemporaneous with the Maylay and Hindoo invasions of Sumatra, Java, and other islands of the archipelago, during the first and second centuries of the Christian era, that the Polynesians were pushed out — not at once in a body, but by families and communities covering a period ov years — to the smaller and more remote islands of the Pacific.

When I travelled in Tamil Nadu when last in India, I noticed the similarities in song, dance, and the appearance of the people between Hawaiians and Dravidians, so I tend to agree with the King.

The ground energy of Hawaii is also sacred, and there is literally a traditional Shaivite Hindu Temple on the island of Kauai which has been accepted by its traditional South Indian Shaivite lineage as one of the lost temples of ancient India! Check it out at: Kauai’s Hindu Monastery.

Moving right along to other activities at Meherabad:

That is truly beautiful traditional Chinese calligraphy, and those two flying ladies in the graphic they’re holding are straight out of the cave temples in Chinese central Asia where I spent so much time during my many lives as a Chinese Buddhist monk. Frankly, for me, China is my past, not my future. My guidance has forbidden me to visit the Chinese mainland in this life, and I have no intention of ever returning there. Taiwan, from which I went to Meher Baba’s Last Darshan, is not a part of China. Look at the map, please; Taiwan is an island off the coast of China, like Japan, and literally has been a Japanese possession for half its known history. I would like to return to Taiwan again in this life.

The Chinese script of The Master’s Prayer which they’re holding exists online here: Avatar Meher Baba Chinese Website (100% Chinese language). That beautiful Chinese lady in this photo is the perpetrator of that web site.

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Only in the West

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This is a good example of why Meher Baba aka the White Horse Avatar (Kalki Avatara) loved horses. Look at that horse’s face. He’s laughing! Horses are selfless. You can ride them through fire, and you can literally ride them to death without getting one word of complaint.

Meher Baba said that the horse is one of the animal forms that can individuate an ego and take it’s next form as a human being, and I’m sure that this horse is an example of that. That horse is absolutely not an animal. It is a fully individuated person who happens to still temporarily look like a horse.

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Open Letter to the Chairman of AMBPPCT

Dear Shridhar,

Thank you for your snail mail of Oct 28. Sorry for being so late to respond. I don’t often get over to the other side of the island where my PO box is located. So for the future, if you send me snail mail requiring action, please also send a note to my email address: viveshwar”at” to warn me.

It is in that same spirit that I write this open letter to you, because frankly what the content of your letter implies to me is that someone in your office has stabbed us both in the back by interfering with our mail, and that the next casualty of this treachery may well be the substantive snail mail that I sent to you today in reply, which would also clear my way to come to India for Meher Baba’s Birthday next February.

I do intend to continue contributing to the Trust every month. That is Mani’s wish, my wish, and God’s wish. But it would seem that some of the contributions that I sent simply failed to arrive at your desk, and/or also were seriously delayed in being negotiated. One of them still has not cleared my bank after more than 60 days, and I will send no more contributions until the cause of these irregularities is located and cleared.

((editing on 06 Jan – all of my outstanding checks to AMBPPCT cleared today. Thanks, Shridhar, you’re awesome! – vshr))

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“Will we have War?”

Last night somebody on the ground actually asked me in so many words, “Are we going to have war?” I said, “In my opinion, God has forbidden war because that would be too easy. We’re just going to have to learn how to solve our problems.”

After three hours spent obsessing about all the things that could have been wrong with that answer, and then sleeping on it, the only thing I would add is: “There is war. Bazillions of micro-organisms are trying to kill me this instant, but both me and God have forbidden it.”

Next problem, please!

This kind of question was the original meaning of “Koan” (公案)” in Japanese Zen or Huatou (话头) in Chinese Zen. It’s a question/paradox that eats your mind. An empty mind is the only real answer to this kind of question, and civilians never arrive at it because, since they never practiced Zen, they don’t have enough energy to get sufficiently obsessed to let it work. In the Avataric Cycle, both wisdom and instruction are where you find them. Randomly-encountered ittle old ladies can give you the absolute authentic huatou that is yours, but the real issue is still the same: can you use it to Enlightenment, or will you simply be terrified about the implications (in this example, of the meaning actually intended by the questioner, but in a monastic context, of being punished for continuing to fail your koan).

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Remembering Mani on Her Birthday

Meher Baba’s sister was the best Chaiman that AMBPPCT has ever had. She was not the first. The first was an individual named Kutumba Shastri who was directly appointed by Meher Baba, but who then flouted Meher Baba’s will after His Mahasamadhi, by denying the Mandali their living allowances that had been set aside for them by Meher Baba in the Trust documents. It was an overhelming group crisis which was resolved by direct action by Mani and Eruch. Eruch found the legal precedent, and Mani forced the turkey out by literally, and very forcefully, sitting in his then falsely assumed seat.

Mani, like Gustadji, Eruch, Bhau Kalchuri, Erico Nadel, and never demeaned enough yours truly, was literally not a Lover of God. She was a Knower (Dnyani) of God. Yes, she loved her Divine brother, but that was not her Path, and it was not how she worked. Mani knew everything. If someone so much as farted under his breath anywhere in Mehernagar, Mani knew it instantaneously. Of course, by default she never mentioned anything that she knew. But she did have her ways of using what she knew to control what went on in Meher country. So under Mani, AMBPPCT ran like a smoothly oiled and squeakly clean machine.

The majority of Meher Baba’s community in Mehernagar are Lovers of God (Bhakts). They don’t know anything, about God or anything else. Ask them, they’ll tell you, and that very happily. In fact, sometimes I think the only thing that entire lot knows is how to divest themselves of all responsibility, in any direction at all, by perpetually proclaiming thier total ignorance and/or helplessness. Bhakts think that that asana makes them more lovable, and sometimes it does, but that depends on what they may be hiding and/or lying about in any given transaction.

Meher Baba famously said, “When not at its height, Love always makes a mess.” It follows that a community of Lovers (Bhakts) will always be a presenting mess, unless there is a Dnyani like Mani either at the head of it or at the root of it.

It was before dawn Hawaii time when I finished composing the above riff in my head, and there was immediately a brief but hard rain shower, not like typical Hawaiian rain at all, but like the Elephant Rain of Mother India. That was like Bhumi Devi confirming the Buddha’s Enlightment, it was the Great Mother saying, “Yes, publish it. They need it, and so do you.”

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