The Breaking of Meher Baba's Silence
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These quotes concern the impact on the world of Baba’s breaking His Silence.


When I break my Silence, a great push will be given to humanity.

—Source: The Awakener, vol. 9, no. 3 (1963), p. 26



I perform no miracles and will perform none; until I manifest on breaking my silence. Then I will perform the One Miracle, whose greatness and glory you can not even imagine, and which will benefit not only those around me, but the whole world — each and every being in consciousness.

—Source: Messages from Meher Baba on His Silence


            Those who are spiritually awake have been aware for some time that the world is at present in the midst of a period such as always precedes Avataric manifestations. Even unawakened men and women are becoming aware of it now. From their darkness they are reaching out for light; in their sorrow they are longing for comfort; from the midst of the strife into which they have found themselves plunged, they are praying for peace and deliverance.

For the moment they must be patient. The wave of destruction must rise still higher, must spread still further. But when, from the depths of his heart, man desires something more lasting than wealth and something more real than material power, the wave will recede. Then peace will come, joy will come, light will come.

The breaking of my silence — the signal for my public manifestation — is not far off. I bring the greatest treasure it is possible for man to receive — a treasure that includes all other treasures, that will endure forever, that increases when shared with others. Be ready to receive it.

—Source: Discourses (1987), p. 270



            My mission is to utter this Word of Truth which will pierce the mind of the world and go to its very heart. It will convey the simple Truth in its utter and indefinable simplicity. It will mark the moment of fulfillment of the Divine Life. It will throw open new gates to Eternity. It will bring new hope to despairing humanity. But for the fulfillment of the Divinely Ordained Plan, it is necessary that humanity should throw away all its accumulated impediments and surrender unconditionally to the abiding love of God — the unfailing and supremely universal Beloved. God has to be accepted in all simplicity and not by laboriously proved intellectual conclusions . . .

The Word that I will speak will go to the world as from God, not as from a philosopher; it will go straight to its heart. With the dawn of the realization of the Unity of all life, hatred and dissension will come to an end. There will be unfaltering love and unfailing understanding and men shall be united in an inviolable brotherhood, based on the realized Oneness of God.

—Source: Excerpted from the message “The Word of Words” in The Awakener, vol. 1, no. 4 (spring 1954), pp. 1–2



            . . . Another reporter asked: “We have here many excerpts of messages concerning your Silence. Is there any one statement that is more significant than the other?”

Baba replied: “There is one. When I break My Silence, the world will come to know that I am the One whom they were waiting for.”

Reporter: “What inspired your Silence?”

Baba: “To make the world know Me after breaking My Silence.”

Reporter: “Under what circumstances did you become silent? Did you have a vision of some kind, or a message?”

Baba: “My Knowledge. I do not have to think about this, I know it. When I first began Silence, I knew that when I broke Silence, the world would know Me, and so I began.”

—Source: Report of press conference, 23 May 1956, New York City, in The Awakener, vol. 4, no. 3 (1957), p. 16



My silence and the imminent breaking of my silence is to save mankind from the monumental forces of ignorance, and to fulfil the divine plan of universal unity. The breaking of my silence will reveal to man the universal brotherhood of man.

—Source: “God Alone Is,” The Awakener, vol. 5, no. 4 (Fall 1958), p. 6



            I intend, when I speak, to reveal the One Supreme Self which is in all. This accomplished, the idea of the self as a limited, separate entity will disappear, and with it will vanish self-interest. Cooperation will replace competition, certainty will replace fear, generosity will replace greed. Exploitation will disappear…

The benefits that shall accrue to different nations and countries when I bring about the spiritual upheaval will be largely determined by the amount of energy each possesses. The greater the energy — however misapplied — the greater the response.

When I speak, there will be many proofs of my spiritual power, and of my ability to bestow illumination. People will then realize that Truth, which is the source of all love and existence, rules supreme in all departments of life…

When he [the God-man] speaks, Truth is more powerfully manifested than when He uses either sight or touch to convey it. For that reason Avatars usually observe a period of silence lasting for several years, breaking it to speak only when they wish to manifest the Divine Will, and world-wide transformation of consciousness then takes place.

—Source: Message given at the Knickerbocker Hotel, Hollywood, May 31,1932, in The Awakener, vol. 5, no. 4 (Fall 1958), p. 33; also in Early Messages to the West



            Question: When will be the actual manifestation (of your silence) — what period?

Baba’s answer: Twelve years after I speak. These twelve years of my silence were in preparation for it.

Q.: What will be the effect of this manifestation?

A.: Convincing.

Q.: At once or gradually?

A.: Gradually … like crops and rain. Rain falls spontaneously in showers, but crops take time to grow. So the fruits of my work will grow gradually during the twelve years of my manifestation.

Q.: Will there be a war before you speak?

A.: Yes.

Q.: Necessarily?

A.: Yes, unavoidably. But none will win, none will lose. Rather it will awaken a desire for a better and higher ideal of life. All the existing ideals of race, nationality, religion, etc., will be eradicated and destroyed, and the ideals of human brotherhood established.

—Interview on November 21, 1936

—Source: The Awakener, vol. 5, no. 4 (Fall 1958), p. 34



            Time, implying a beginning and an end, like space, has no existence in the eternity of God. For us here, time does exist, and the present is fast approaching a junction of an old and the beginning of a new cycle. Time is thus almost ripe for a fresh Universal Divine Manifestation that will infuse new vitality in the body of the old and time-worn truths.

Although political, economic and sex problems are not directly connected with the Divine Theme, the moment God speaks, all problems, all over the world, will by themselves get solved and adjusted.

—Source: The Awakener, vol. 5, no. 4 (Fall 1958), p. 35



But today I do say this: that the moment I break my silence and utter that Original Word, the first and last miracle of “Baba” in this life will be performed. It will be the miracle as I never have performed. When I perform that miracle, I won’t raise the dead; but I will make those who live for the world dead to the world, and live in God. I won’t give sight to the blind, but will make people blind to illusion and make them see God as Reality.

—Source: The Awakener, vol. 5, no. 4 (Fall 1958), p. 37


My Word of words will touch the hearts of all mankind and spontaneously this divine touch will instil in man the feeling of oneness of all fellow beings. This feeling will supersede the tendency of separateness and rule over the hearts of all, driving away hatred, jealousy and greed that breed suffering, and happiness will reign.

—Source: The Awakener, vol. 5, no. 4 (Fall 1958), p. 38



            Q. What relation will His [Meher Baba’s] speaking have to the transformation of human consciousness which has been predicted, and why has He been silent for eight years?

A. Humanity, as at present constituted, uses three vehicles for the expression of thought, and experiences three states of consciousness. These three vehicles are:

(1) The mental body in which thoughts arise as a result of Sanskaras — Impressions from past experiences. These thoughts may remain latent in the mental body, as seeds, or they may be expressed. If they are expressed, they first take the form of desires, and pass first through

(2) The Subtle body, or “desire body,” which is composed of the five psychic senses. They may rest there, as in the case of dreams or unfulfilled desires, or they may be further expressed through

(3) The physical body with its five physical senses.

The three states of consciousness, corresponding to the three vehicles mentioned above, are:

(1) Unconsciousness, as in deep dreamless sleep;

(2) Sub-consciousness, as in dreams or obscure, unformed, unfulfilled desires;

(3) Waking consciousness, as in active daily live.

The process by which thought passes from mental through the subtle into physical expression, may be called the “expression of human will.”

In order for thought to be expressed effectively, all three of the vehicles used in its expression, must be perfectly clear, and the interaction between them must be harmonious. The head and the heart must be united, intellect and feeling must be balanced. In order to convey thought to others, man uses speech or writing, or some other physical means of expression; or in some cases, as in telepathy, thought is transmitted and received through and by the subtle body.

The Godman neither thinks nor desires. Through Him, the Divine Will flows inevitably into perfect manifestation, passing directly from the spiritual body (which, in the ordinary human being, is not developed) into physical expression. For Him, the superconscious is the normal state of consciousness. He does not convey thought, but Truth, which He either awakens in the individual whom He is helping, through deep, inner experience, or which He transmits directly from the superconscious to the conscious, from the spiritual to the physical, by means of either the physical eye, the physical touch or the spoken word. When He speaks, Truth is more powerfully manifested than when He uses either sight or touch to convey it.

So when Shri Meher Baba speaks, He will manifest the Divine will, and a world-wide transformation of consciousness will result.

Q. How will Shri Meher Baba be able, by speaking, to ease the world depression, to solve the problems of unemployment, prohibition and crime?

A. The root of all our difficulties, individual and social, is self-interest. It is this, for example, which causes corrupt politicians to accept bribes and betray the interests of those whom they have been elected to serve; which causes bootleggers to break, for their own profit, a law designed, whether wisely or not, to help the nation as a whole; which causes people to connive, for their pleasure, in the breaking of that law, thus causing disrespect for law in general, and increasing crime tremendously; which causes the exploitation of great masses of humanity by individuals or groups of individuals seeking personal gain; which impedes the progress of civilization by shelving inventions which would contribute to the welfare of humanity at large, simply because their use would mean the scrapping of present, inferior equipment; which, when people are starving, causes wanton destruction of large quantities of food simply in order to maintain market prices; which causes the hoarding of large sums of gold when the welfare of the world demands its circulation. These are only a few examples of the way self-interest operates to the detriment of human welfare. Eliminate self-interest, and you will solve all your problems, individual and social.

But the elimination of self-interest, even granting a sincere desire on the part of the individual to accomplish it, is not easy and is never completely achieved except by the aid of a Perfect Master Who has the power to convey Truth at will. For, self-interest springs from a false idea of the true nature of the self, and this idea must be eradicated and the Truth experienced before this elimination is possible. Shri Meher Baba intends when He speaks to reveal the One Supreme Self which is in all. This accomplished, the idea of the self as a limited, separate entity will disappear, and with it will vanish self-interest. Cooperation will replace competition, security will replace uncertainty, generosity will replace greed, exploitation will disappear.

—Source: The Awakener, vol. 6, no. 3 (Indian Summer 1959), pp. 27–29



            All religions of the world proclaim that there is but one God, the Father of all in creation.

I am that Father.

I have come to remind all people that they should live on earth as the children of the One Father until My Grace awakens them to the realization that they are all one without a second, and that all divisions and conflict and hatred are but a shadow-play of their own ignorance.

Although all are My children, they ignore the simplicity and beauty of this Truth by indulging in hatreds, conflicts and wars that divide them in enmity, instead of living as one family in their Father’s house . . .

Patiently have I suffered these things in silence for all My children.  It is time that they become aware of the presence of their father in their midst and of their responsibility towards Him and themselves. I shall break My silence, and, with My Word of words, arouse My children to realize in their lives, the indivisible Existence which is GOD.

—Source: The Awakener, vol. 9, no. 1–2 (1963), p. 34



            “I am telling the whole world not to worry. The time is fast approaching when I will give the Word. The whole world will know about it; and there will be many changes. You have no idea how insignificant your worries will become then; so why not stop worrying today? Try to live until I give the Word. You may worry yourself to death unnecessarily—and then when I give the Word—you won’t be there!”

[Asked] about the problem of establishing other centers, Baba said, “All these problems will be solved when I give the Word. The problems of the whole world will find a solution . . .

When I give out the Word, then all problems will be solved . . .

—Source: The Awakener, vol. 9, no. 1–2 (1963), pp. 36–38



In the afternoon [12 May] Baba told us that there would be a great upheaval in the world when he breaks his Silence.

—Source: H. P. Bharucha, “Guruprasad Glimpses, 1963—Part II,” The Awakener, vol. 9, no. 4 (1964), p. 30



            Shortly after our arrival in Nasik, a reporter from the Evening News of India asked if he might visit the Nasik Ashram . . . his interview with Baba and the mandali  . . . appeared in the Evening News of January 7th, 1937: . . .

“Why does not Meher Baba break his self-imposed Silence and preach in the marketplace?”

Baba answered, “Every great change must be carefully timed. How else would it be with the greatest revolution in the history of the world … the revolution in the mind of man.”

—Source: Kitty Davy, “Reminiscences (December 1936 – July 1937),” The Awakener, vol. 10, no. 2 (Special Nasik Issue 1964), p. 1



When I break My silence, the world will know who I am. All misery will disappear when people will begin to love Me. They will then come to know that only God is worth worrying about.

—Source: The Awakener, vol. 11, no. 1 (1966), p. 29



A lover said to Baba, “When will You break Your silence?”  Baba said, “I am also eager to break My silence and then I shall be free and the world shall also be free of oppression. . . .”

—Source: H. P. Bharucha, “Six Days in Paradise (May 1-6, 1965, Poona),” The Awakener, vol. 11, no. 1 (1966), p. 30


Be composed in the Reality of My Love, for all confusion and despair is your own shadow which will vanish when I speak THE WORD.

—Source: The Awakener, vol. 11, no. 2 (1966), p. 44



            The Daily Mirror of London carried the following interview with Baba on April 9, 1932. Baba answered a correspondent:

. . . “What do you teach your inquirers?”

— “According to their individual needs. But when I speak to the whole world, then my teaching will be universal.”

—Source: The Awakener, vol. 12, no. 1 (1967), p. 8



I bind myself with silence, that when I break it mankind will realize what real freedom is.

—Source: The Awakener, vol. 12, no. 2 (1968), p. 13



            On Sunday, May 22 [1932], a reception was given for Baba at the Stokes’ [home of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Phelps Stokes at 88–90 Grove Street, New York City] at which 300 people were present . . . Before they all dispersed Meredith [Starr] read out to them a message from Baba. . . .

“. . . America represents the vanguard and the synthesis of the white races and hence forms the best foundation for the spiritual upheaval I will bring about in the near future. America has tremendous energy, but most of this energy is misdirected. I intend to divert it into spiritual and creative channels . . .

“When I speak, there will be many proofs of my spiritual power and of my ability to bestow Illumination.

“People will then realize that Truth, which is the —Source of all Love and Existence, rules supreme in all departments of life. My work and aims are intensely practical. It is not practical to overemphasize the material at the cost of the spiritual. It is not practical to have spiritual ideals without putting them into practice. But to realize the ideal in daily life, to give a beautiful and adequate form to the living spirit, to make brotherhood a fact — not merely a theory as at present — this is being practical in the truest sense of the word.”*

—Source: Kitty Davy, “Baba’s First World Tour, 1932, part II: From Quentin Tod’s Diary,” The Awakener, vol. 12, no. 3 (1968), pp. 2, 3


*David Carter’s note: It is very interesting to note that Charles Purdom has edited this message very differently (The God-Man, 1971, pp. 102-103) from how it is recorded here, or he worked from a different version of the same message.



            The stage of [My] Glorification to follow [My Humiliation], will be when I break My Silence with the divine Word — THE WORD that will indisputably assert the existence of God, in the mind and heart of man; that will make the world know that God not only exists, but that HE ALONE exists, infinitely and eternally.

. . . The work ending on 28th October [1959] can be compared to the amassing and arranging in a universal heap the accumulated rubbish of man’s ignorance in illusion that enmeshes him in the false and prevents him from realizing his true identity.

. . . The FIRE that will follow will clear away all the smoke of doubt and confusion, its Light will reveal the One Truth that is, and all that is not will perish in its consuming flames. This is My Glorification.

—Source: The Life Circulars of Avatar Meher Baba, pp. 96–97



Meher Baba says that the fate of the universe hangs on His Seclusion, and the redemption of mankind depends upon His Manifestation . . .

—Source: The Life Circulars of Avatar Meher Baba, p. 138



            I could not think of a better ending to this letter than quoting from a statement given by Baba when interviewed by the Associated Press of India in Bombay over 25 years ago — on 23rd November 1936, as taken from Kitty Davy’s diary:

Asked when he intended breaking his vow of silence, Meher Baba replied on his alphabet board:

“There is no vow of silence. My twelve years of silence is no ascetic vow, but a period of working in silence for the spiritual upheaval preceding the manifestation of my universal work.

“But I shall speak. As the surgeon’s knife cuts the matured cataract and restores sight, so when the world is ripe my message shall restore the drooping spirit of the world.

“The will be another great war. There will be no victors and no vanquished. When there will be universal despair and a universal cry to God, then God-realized and divine, I shall lead the way for those who seek.”

—Source: Mani S. Irani, 82 Family Letters, p. 136



As a rule, in the past it has been the lot of posterity to know who the Avatar was. But in this unique Avataric advent the world will know who the Avatar IS while Baba is yet on earth.

—Source: Meher Baba, quoted in Mani S. Irani, 82 Family Letters, p. 170



Mani wrote: Recently the Beloved has been telling us not so much of the close-at-hand breaking of His Silence, but of the monumental change that will come about on earth when He does so. One morning while we were sitting at breakfast with Baba, and a humming bird was hovering before a window-pane in ecstasy of its own reflection, we got to talking of His Silence. Illustrating for us the completeness of the transformation that will take place in the world after He breaks His Silence, Baba cupped His left hand loosely over His right as though He were holding a big ball, and then with a deft movement brought His right hand over His left in an absolute turnover of the imaginary ball’s position. “Upside down”, one of us interpreted. With a half-smile Baba gestured “Right side up”!

—Source: Mani S. Irani, 82 Family Letters, pp. 263–264



That which is to happen after 21st May 1968, will be something great, something that has never happened before, something that will not happen again for billions and billions of years.

—Source: Quoted in Mani S. Irani, 82 Family Letters, p. 315



The silence which I have been observing for the past thirty-one years is not intended to veil my Truth but to manifest it. When you realize the Truth as the very core of your being you are free from all fear and helplessness, and all rivalries and conflicts reveal themselves to be meaningless, for you know yourself to be inviolably one with all that has life.

To the struggling, failing and faltering humanity I say, “Have faith.” Turn to God in complete surrenderance and receive the divine love. You are equally a part of the one indivisible divine life. There is not a single atom that does not vibrate with this divine life.

There is no need for anyone to despair. The greatest of sinners as well as the greatest of saints has the same unfailing divine assurance.

—Source: “Divine Life,” in Life at Its Best, pp. 62–63



            Also in March 1947, Baba sent the following special message through Norina and Elizabeth for circulation to all those concerned in the U.S.:

“The world is now drawing very close to the great upheaval which must precede the breaking of My silence. This upheaval will entail great suffering to humanity, but this very suffering will work a profound change of heart and will sweep the world clean for the new and vital phase that must follow . . .”

—Source: Kitty Davy, Love Alone Prevails, pp. 315–16



[On July 9, 1925, Baba] explained that his self-imposed silence related to the future of the world: “There will be religious hostilities, riots, wars and natural disasters. These events will cause the shedding of blood of millions of people throughout the world in general, and throughout India in particular. But, thereafter, peace and brotherhood will come back into the world.”

—Source: Bhau Kalchuri, Lord Meher 2: 731























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