Merwan Sheriar Irani, who later became known as Meher Baba, entered the world on February 25, 1894 in Pune, India. His father, Sheriar Irani, had been forced to flee Persia due to religious persecution and ultimately settled in India where he then married Shireen Irani from a prosperous Parsi lineage. As a child, Meher Baba enjoyed his youth in the charming locality of Panchgani where his dad had set up a thriving company.
At the tender age of nine, Meher Baba’s life was upended by an awe-inspiring spiritual manifestation, leading him to take a spiritual path instead of heeding his father’s wishes that he should become a prosperous entrepreneur. Much to his family’s alarm, he began to preach about God and the pursuit of a spiritual journey.
In 1912, Meher Baba came across Hazrat Babajan, a blessed Sufi holy person. She declared that he was the divine manifestation of this era, an announcement that had a strong and intense effect on the spiritual pursuer. Subsequently, his life took a sharp turn as he dedicated himself to guiding others to discover their spiritual enlightenment.
For seven years in the beginning of the 1930s, Meher Baba was forced to endure a daunting silence. He resorted to using an alphabet board and conveying gestures as ensigns of communication, thus compellingly being cut-off from expressing his encounters and knowledge to those around him.
Re-emerging into the public sphere, Meher Baba embarked on a journey to deliver his message of love and unity to the hearts of devoted followers across India and beyond. Every brave step brought him closer to those who took solace in his wise discourses and meetings, eagerly awaiting his arrival in each new destination.
Meher Baba’s iconic proverb, “Don’t worry, be happy,” elegantly summarizes his core message of love and serenity. He asserted that we are all divine, and true joy will come from embracing our spiritual essence.
Abandoning anxieties and embracing joy requires a conscious choice; Meher Baba’s wisdom can help us to make it. “Don’t worry, be happy” is not just an aphorism but a route to true contentment.
Post time: 2023-06-25