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"Why Do We Suffer?"

A Two-Day Intensive

with Dr. Ward Parks

Hamilton, New Jersey

July 11-12, 2015

 

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Suffering is one of the primordial realities of human life. Not only in the form of such major catastrophes as wars and famines and pestilences, but in the ordinary dissatisfactions and heartbreaks that afflict us all, the spectacle of suffering apparently undermines the value of our humanity and seems to present before us a bleak vision of diminished possibilities suffused with hopelessness and despair.

           

Is there no remedy to suffering?

 

What, in fact, are its real causes? When examined critically with the eye of insight, suffering is shown to result from selfishness and desire. Yet beneath this egoistic layer of the personality, the human spirit contains the inexhaustible wellspring of divine Bliss.  Through the discrimination that enables one to renounce the false and the love that enables one to penetrate to the essence, one can discover an abiding happiness that remains constant through the vicissitudes of life.

 

Over the Two-Day Intensive we will examine the problem of suffering from the standpoint of Meher Baba's teachings, drawing from time to time from the illuminations of other spiritual traditions such as Buddhism, Vedanta, Sufism, and mystical Christianity.

 

Saturday Morning: 10 a.m. to noon:

"The All-pervasiveness of Suffering and its True Causes." Despite the progress of science and achievements, modernity has not succeeded in making man happy. Why not? Material solutions cannot finally answer to the needs of the spirit. Twenty-five hundred years ago Gautama Buddha spoke to this problem when he declared that life is suffering. But he went onto reveal that suffering is the consequence of desire; and if you eliminate desire, you eliminate suffering. Buddha's account of suffering fundamentally accords with Meher Baba's, who said that desire or craving is the cause of spiritual bondage. The specific mechanism of bondage is what are called sanskaras, that is, impressions on consciousness, that compelled the individual to continue experiencing birth and death according to the law of karma.

 

Saturday Afternoon: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m:

"The Inner Wellsprings of Bliss." Yet as Meher Baba has explained, the human individuality is rooted in a true Self beyond the superficial ego-self or personality. Indeed, the real Self within each of us is actually no one other than God. The trio-nature of God, as Meher Baba explained in his metaphysical masterpiece God Speaks, is Knowledge, Power, and Bliss. Thus happiness has as its true wellspring the trio-nature of God that is inherent within each of us. The solution to suffering, then, lies in discovering who we really are. When we gain the knowledge and understanding of this, we are ready to begin on the inner Path that culminates in the achievement of the Goal of life.

 

Sunday Morning: 10 a.m. to noon:

"The Path to Happiness Starts with Renunciation." In his discourses on "The Conditions of Happiness," Meher Baba explains that, paradoxically enough, the first step in achieving happiness lies in renunciation, that is to say, the renunciation of the false. One does not ordinarily think of happiness in these terms.  Yet the great spiritual traditions have always emphasized themes of sacrifice and putting the happiness of others before oneself.

 

Sunday Afternoon, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

"Love and the Divinization of Daily Life." Yet renunciation of the false is only the first step. The path of love, which has always commanded the greatest appeal to humanity at large, is based on the realization of God's nature as Bliss. The agony and the ecstasy, the exaltation of union and the despair of separation - these perennial themes of love, endlessly celebrated in our arts and popular culture, express the Bliss that is love in its dual aspects as it appears in the world of illusion. Irradiating from within, Love illumines life in all its aspects, from the most elevated all the way down to the most mundane and trivial. Love imparts happiness; and when it causes pain, the pain of love is such as to inspire and impel one onward along the path. Divinizing all of life, love ultimately culminates in the Realization of God, who is the Goal of life as Infinite Bliss itself.


 
4:00 to 5:00: Questions and Answers

 

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PRESENTER: Dr. Ward Parks will moderate and present the Intensive. Ward is one of the editors of Infinite Intelligence and a scholar of Meher Baba's writings. He first heard of Meher Baba at a lecture when he was a freshman at Harvard University in 1970. "I found what was for me an authentic spiritual Master in Meher Baba (1894-1969)." For 10 years Dr. Parks served as a professor of medieval studies at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. In 1993 he left the academic world to become a spiritual trainee in India. There he has engaged in research in Meher Baba's life and teachings and edited books of Meher Baba's authorship. He is currently working on Meher Baba's early discourses, known as Tiffin Lectures.

Donation: $75.00 per person

$125.00 for 2 attendees from the same family

 

SPACE IS LIMITED. PLEASE BOOK VERY EARLY.

Please make checks to 'Beloved Archives' and mail to:

116 Youngs Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619

 

Tea, coffee and snacks will be served on both days. For lunch, participants will need to bring their own lunch (or go to walking distance area restaurants during the two-hour lunch break).

 

ACCOMMODATION: 

We have negotiated a special rate of $70:00 for a Single or Double Room plus 15% Tax at HOWARD JOHNSON LAWRENCEVILLE, 2995 Brunswick Pike, Trenton, NJ 08648. Please call Ali at 609-896-1100 for Reservations on Mondays from 8:00 to 2:00 pm, on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 7:00 to 3:00 pm and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. 

BELOVED ARCHIVES is a non-denominational, non-profit, tax-exempt 501 [c]3, established to share archival material on the life, work and teachings of Avatar Meher Baba.

 

All donations made to Beloved Archives go towards archival work.

 

For more information, please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and also please log onto: www.belovedarchives.org

 

Meher Baba Painting. Courtesy Anthony Davis.

 

 
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THE GOD-SEEKER
Lessons in Discipleship
Diaries of Minoo Kharas
A powerful testimony of man's search for God. It is a practical manual for seekers everywhere. The 288-page book features rare photographs from the Beloved Archives Photo Collection.
$28 (+$5 shipping and handling in the US only). 
DISCOUNT PRICE: $25

FOREIGN ORDERS: (Add $23 for shipping and handling by Air-Mail orders from India/England/Europe/Australia and $16 from Canada)

 
 
unnamed 1   PRESENCE: A Spiritual Allegory
By Naosherwan Anzar

Listen. Feel my silence. If you cannot hear and feel my silence, you cannot hear my Word. For my Word is embodied in my silence. Feel it with your heart.

$10 ( Includes shipping and handling in the US only). 
DISCOUNT PRICE: $9
 
 
 
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Silent Teachings of Meher Baba
Discourses & Conversations
 
A compendium of discourses given by Meher Baba in the early thirties. A part of the book is devoted to conversations with Meher Baba during his travels through Europe during the same period.
$10 (+$3 shipping and handling in the US only). 
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GOD OF SCIENCE

The Scientific & Technological Advent 
of Avatar Meher Baba
By Harry Thomas
 
A superb work by a writer who experienced Meher Baba as the source and sustenance of everything.
$10 (Includes shipping and handling in the US only). 
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unnamed 4   THE BELOVED
The Life and Work of Meher Baba
By Naosherwan Anzar

The powerful biography of Meher Baba. 165 photos. Thoroughly researched and documented by a disciple who had close personal contact with Meher Baba for many years.

$12 (+ $3.50 shipping and handling in the US only). 
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Beloved Sings of Love
Songs Written by Meher Baba
On Compact Disk

A selection of Meher Baba's ghazals (songs) written in Hindustani. Translated into English by Naosherwan Anzar. Narrated by Cecilia Kirtland. Music by Jai Uttal.
$5 (Includes shipping and handling in the US only). 
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Love & War & the Human Experience
A Discourse by Meher Baba
On Compact Disk

First in the series of Meher Baba's discourses on compact disk. Narrated by Naosherwan Anzar.
$5 (Includes shipping and handling in the US only). 
DISCOUNT PRICE: $4
 
 
 
Mastery in Servitude Plaques
Crafted by Thomas and Obe Golding
Engraved by the Sisters at Holy Nativity Convent
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Beautifully and lovingly crafted in Linden wood by the Golding family in Vermont. Components for a wall mount or shelf mount are included. 

7" plaque: $80 ($8 shipping and handling in the US only). DISCOUNT PRICE: $72. 
12" plaque: $145 ($8 shipping and handling in the US only). DISCOUNT PRICE: $131. 
18" plaque: $235 ($10 shipping and handling in the US only). DISCOUNT PRICE: $212.
 
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Reincarnation

And the Evolution of Consciousness

 

TWO-DAY INTENSIVE

 

May 10-11, 2014

RSVP: April 15, 2014

 

Presentation and Interactive Discussion

  BELOVED ARCHIVES, INC. 

116 Youngs Road, Hamilton,  NJ 08619

609 . 529 . 6129

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Man's search for immortality is as old as man himself. Does the spirit, does the subjective experience of the personal "I," continue after the death of the physical body? Avatar Meher Baba has explained that the spirit never perishes and the Self at the root of all our individual selves is indeed eternal.

THE INTENSIVE

 

This Intensive will explore Meher Baba's teachings and revelations on the subject of reincarnation, its causes, its processes, and its purpose in the achievement of the goal of life.

        

Saturday, May 10, 2014: Morning Intensive: 10 a.m. to noon.

 

"Mortality, Reincarnation, and the Divine Theme." We will begin with an examination of the problem of mortality as a challenge to the possibility of meaning in human life. Secular materialism and the monotheistic religious traditions have proposed their own various answers to this challenge. Yet reincarnation explains the human predicament in terms that are deeply satisfying to the needs of the contemporary mind.

 

Saturday, May 10, 2014: Afternoon Intensive: 2 to 4 p.m.

 

"The Dramatization of Reincarnation and a Study of the Reincarnationary Cycle." In the film scenario "How It All Happened," Meher Baba dramatized reincarnation and the journey of the soul by means of a story of three individuals through the course of five lifetimes. After studying this narrative that presents the theory of reincarnation in a concrete and humanly intelligible way, we will turn to a review of the reincarnationary cycle of life in the body and life after death. Are "heaven and hell" realities, and what is their significance? How are we to understand memories of past lifetimes? Why do we take birth in one set of circumstances rather than another?

 

Saturday, May 10, 2014: Evening Discussion: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Questions & Answers and Discussion with Ward and the participants

 

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Sunday, May 11, 2014: Morning Intensive: 10 a.m. to noon.

 

"The Causes of Reincarnation: Sanskaras and Karmic Bondage." If the spirit is immortal, why does one have to undergo the suffering of being born and dying again and again? Reincarnation is made inevitable by the impressioning of consciousness, which is to say, by sanskaras. Impressions or sanskaras are the tie, the causal mechanism whose playing out through the course of human life can be described through what is called the law of karma. Karmic determinism shapes all that we experience.

 

Sunday, May 11, 2014: Afternoon Intensive: 2 to 4 p.m.

 

"The Illuminative Value of Reincarnation in an Assessment to the Human Condition." An understanding of reincarnation, its causes, and its greater purpose, can be helpful in palliating the traumas of modernity and the mental confusion which many people face today. In this last session we will consider the light which a recognition of reincarnation sheds on such perennial themes as cosmic justice, good and evil, predestination and free will, and the need for grace in the spiritual journey.

 

Sunday, May 11, 2014: Evening Discussion: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Questions & Answers and Discussion with Ward and the participants

 

PRESENTER: Dr3. IMG 0583.Ward Parks will moderate and present the Intensive. Ward is one of the editors of Infinite Intelligence and a scholar of Meher Baba's writings. He first heard of Meher Baba at a lecture when he was a freshman at Harvard University in 1970. "I found what was for me an authentic spiritual Master in Meher Baba (1894-1969)." For 10 years Dr. Parks served as a professor of medieval studies, at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. In 1993 he left the academic world to become a spiritual trainee in India. There he has engaged in research in Meher Baba's life and teachings and edited books of Meher Baba's authorship. He is currently working on Meher Baba's Discourses, known as Tiffin Lectures.

 

 

   Intensive Fee: $75

($125 for 2 attendees from the same family)

 

SPACE IS LIMITED. PLEASE BOOK VERY EARLY.

 

Please make check to 'Beloved Archives' and mail to:

116 Youngs Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619

 

Tea, coffee and snacks will be served on all two days. For lunch, participants will need to bring their own lunch (or go to walking distance area restaurants during the two-hour lunch break).

 

BELOVED ARCHIVES is a non-denominational, non-profit, tax-exempt organization 501 (c) 3, established to share archival material on the Life, Work and Teachings of Avatar Meher Baba.  

 

All donations made to Beloved Archives go towards archival work.

 

For more information, please log onto: www.belovedarchives.org

 

Meher Baba on May 15, 1936. Meher Baba's portrait painted by Anthony Davis.

Courtesy Photo Archives of Sufism Reoriented.

 


 
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The God-Seeker

Lessons in Discipleship

The Diaries of Minoo Kharas

 

 

Minocher Kharas, known as Minoo, one of Avatar Meher Baba’s close disciples, declared at the end of his diaries that his life with the Master and his struggles against his own weaknesses are an “open book.” The diaries tell the compelling story of Minoo’s colorful life and his lessons in discipleship with Meher Baba. They illustrate Meher Baba’s consummate, unparalleled ways of shaping his disciples: his patient and loving guidance through the labyrinth of worldly snares and allures, his aid in the battle against the inclinations of the lower nature – anger, greed, lust, jealousy, envy, hatred, pride, arrogance, cruelty, and selfishness – and the transformation of consciousness he gradually brings about so that the sincere disciple may receive what the Master has come to give.

 

Meher Baba warned his early mandali (close disciples) about lust, after he had them confess any wrongdoings. He said, “Lust is not bad. Because of this lust, you have been born as human beings.” However, he cautioned, “Even if lust is there in you, don’t put it into action.” Meher Baba described the lifelong battle against lust as a real hero’s fight, and this is the spirit in which Minoo Kharas engaged in conquering his lust.

 

Minoo Kharas (left) kneels beside Meher Baba

at Wadia Park, September 12, 1954.

 

The God-Seeker is a powerful testimony of man’s search for God. It is a practical manual for seekers everywhere. The 288-page book, with 90 rare photographs from the Beloved Archives Photo Collection, is the handbook on the spiritual path.

 

$28.00 (Plus $5 Shipping & Handling for U.S. Orders ONLY)

 

FOR FOREIGN ORDERS: $28.00 (Plus $23 for shipping and handling to England/Europe/India/Australia by AIR-MAIL) and $16 for Canada by FIRST CLASS. Payable to 'Beloved Archives' in U. S. funds only.

 

Please order copies of The God-Seeker from: Beloved Archives, 116 Youngs Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619. Payable to ‘Beloved Archives’ in U. S. funds only.

 

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GOD OF SCIENCE

A New Book on Meher Baba's Manifestation


 
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Beloved Archives opens the Meher Baba
Archive to the public

With a celebration of love, music and companionship

 

 

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The House of the Beloved in Hamilton, New Jersey, opened its doors to the public. It is the first public outreach in the West for seekers to learn about the life, work and teachings of Meher Baba.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2011, Hamilton, New Jersey: It was a day of miracles. The climatologists had predicted thunderstorms, heavy rains and flooding. In preparation, organizers had set up a large indoor hall elegantly dotted with photographs and paintings of Avatar Meher Baba.

 

It was the launch of the first Meher Baba archive in the West, open to the public - to people of all castes, creeds and religions. And 200 seekers came in by cars, buses and airplanes to celebrate the Event.

 

And then the Beloved One turned the key. Streaks of sunlight parted the dark clouds and the 2-day celebration was soaked in sunlight and completely rain-free.

 

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The House of the Beloved in Hamilton, New Jersey, USA

 JULY 10, 2011, Hamilton, New Jersey: On July 10, 2011 Beloved Archives, the Meher Baba Archival Foundation launched the Meher Baba Web portal (belovedarchives.org), with a strong focus on the life, work and teachings of Avatar Meher Baba. Created by web maven Jon Truelson, the portal opens with a rotating series of photographs of Meher Baba superimposed by pithy messages. 

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Glow InternationalGlow International is published each quarter from contributions made to Beloved Archives, Inc. Your contribution of $30 (for 4 issues) and $50 (for 8 issues) will help us to continue publishing the journal each quarter.

Click here to to learn more about Glow International

 

 

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BECOME A MEMBER OF THE LEGACY CIRCLE

Planned giving and endowment gifts are essential to the long-term prospects of preserving all the archival material in Beloved Archives and spreading Meher Baba's message of love, truth and spiritual unity throughout the world. Donors who choose to make these gifts to help both the preservation and publishing initiatives are designated members of the Legacy Circle. Through their generosity, they truly provide a legacy for the rest of the world by ensuring that the Avatar's teachings will be available to future generations.

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