Showing posts with label Parsi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Parsi. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Was Merwan Sheriar Irani Or Meher Baba?

 


Merwan Sheriar Irani, Or 'Meher Baba,' as he is known, was born in 1894 and died in 1969.

Born a Parsi, but influenced by Islamic mystical philosophy and Hindu devotional (bhakti) teachings, he is a modern religious figure.

Meher Baba ("Heavenly Father") claimed to be a divine avatar or "incarnation," and his followers believe him to be such.

He adopted a vow of silence in 1925 and maintained it for the remainder of his life, communicating only via gestures and an alphabet board.

Despite his quiet, he published God Speaks, a five-volume collection of his teachings.

Meher Baba, like many current Hindu missionary figures, stressed the need of devotion to one's guru or religious master in order to attain all things.

See Jean Adriel's Avatar, 1947, for further information from the perspective of a devotee (bhakta).


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Hinduism - Who Was Fani Muhsin? What Is The Dabistan-iMazahib?


Fani Muhsin  (ca. mid-17th c.) Traditionally credited with writing the Dabistan-iMazahib ("School of Manners"), which was most likely written about 1665. 

The Dabistan is a priceless outside source for religious life at the period, since it contains one of the first accounts of the Sikhs, as well as many other contemporary sects. 

Fani, a Persian and a Parsi by origin, traveled to India because he was fascinated by religious life and wanted to observe all he could. 

He is said to have been a keen observer with a fair amount of objectivity. 

He claims that all he did was translate (into the Persian in which the material was written) what his friends and sources had informed him, and the text seems to back him up. 


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