Meher Advent 2024 – Day 7

Daily jigsaw puzzle (image rendered by Prasad Kora): Day 7

Daily Sketch from Barbara Schauer:

Daily Painting

“Meher Baba with Lucky” by Marla Faith

Daily Poem

“Weekend Workshop”
by David Raphael Israel

Now Sunday dawns            the cycle of seven days   consumes us
no sooner have we  emerged from sleep  the world   resumes us
I returned to LA from Bhopal           fourteen years   ago
the swaddle of time                      amuses us & then   entombs us
I attend a weekend workshop           on God Speaks   & later
publications flowing from Meher’s chalkboard  light   illumes us
only fitfully    in imagination                  long is the   journey!
a million times        we’re spit into the world!  God   wombs us
& rebirths us & he              leads us everywhere we   venture
& he finally draws us       into his own delight    he   zooms us
into every corner of                              an imagined   labyrinth
Raphael!  in dust he waters us                 & brightly   blooms us

For Ward Parks, PhD

(Occasioned by a seminar, “An Integrated Darshana: God Speaks in relation to Meher Baba’s discourse literature of  the 1920s,” given by scholar & editor Ward Parks at Meherabode in Los Angeles.)

from Meher’s chalkboard: Baba having begun his silence in 1925, his extensive discourses over the following few years were written on a small chalkboard & read out aloud, sentence by sentence, by an attentive disciple. Notes of many lectures were jotted down by other disciples & have recently been edited by Parks & published by the Meher Baba Trust, in books such as Infinite Intelligence [2005], Meher Baba’s Tiffin Lectures [2017] & Creation & Its Causes [2022] – all appearing in print long after the works published during Baba’s lifetime (1894-1969) such as God Speaks (1955, 1973), his principal exposition. The seminar sketched an integrated view vis-à-vis the gnosis expressed in God Speaks & the formulations of Baba’s discourses from the 1920s.