Meher Baba begins his Silence of 44 years (July 10, 1925) - History Key

Meher Baba begins his Silence of 44 years (July 10, 1925)

Probably the name is not telling you too much, especially if you are a Christian. However, Meher Baba was an Indian spiritual leader who claimed to be God in human form. Among the passionate, Meher Baba is known for many spiritual achievements, but has been remarked in the international press as the man who refused to speak.

Meher Baba gestures at Bangalore Mast Ashram
Meher Baba gestures at Bangalore Mast Ashram © Padri/Image Source: meherbaba.eu

A long Silence

His silence began at the age of 31 and according to his disciples he never spoke again since July 10, 1925, despite the fact that his initial plan was to keep silence for one year. Basically he remained silent for 44 years, more than half of his life. Could you do that?

“You have enough of words, I have had enough of words. It is not through words that I give what I have to give.” – Meher Baba

Even if he has not spoken words, Meher Baba communicated with others by writing or using the alphabet board. It is said that in 1954 he gave up using the alphabet board and began using a unique system of hand gestures and facial expressions developed totally by him.

Meher Baba dictating a message to a disciple in 1936 using his alphabet board
Meher Baba dictating a message to a disciple in 1936 using his alphabet board © Image Source: Wikipedia

“I am never silent. I speak eternally. The voice that is heard deep within the soul is my voice: the voice of inspiration, of intuition, of guidance.” – Meher Baba

For many of us it is not it is hard to believe that a man can keep silence for 44 years. But according to his disciples ne never broke the pact made with himself. He died at the age of 75, and of course, being silent.

Meher Baba
Meher Baba © Image Source: meherbaba.eu

Silence Day

In 1968, on July 10 as for the anniversary of his silence, Meher Baba asked some of his followers to be silent with him for one day. The interesting fact is that it was the first celebration of Silent Day and the only one while Meher Baba was alive. He died the following year in January. His followers now are celebrating July 10 by being silent for 24 hours, from midnight to midnight. The day is known as the Silence Day.

Meher Baba's tomb in Meherabad
Meher Baba’s tomb in Meherabad © Image Source: Wikipedia

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