Meher Mount

TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO THOMAS FIRE. Meher Mount is a 172-acre universal spiritual center dedicated to Avatar Meher Baba. Visitors come for pilgrimage, for celebrating Divine Love and Oneness, for loving God through nature, and for service.

Meher Mount is a 172-acre universal spiritual center dedicated to Avatar Meher Baba. Visitors come to Meher Mount in Ojai, California, for pilgrimage, for celebrating Divine Love and Oneness, for loving God through nature, and for service. Meher Mount is a gateway to the Divine.

The 2017 Thomas Fire struck the heart of the trunk of Baba's Tree that had already been severely burned in the 1985 New Life Fire. (Photo: Eric Turk) http://ow.ly/LRxK30hNCcE

A map - courtesy of Byron Pinckert - outlining the damage to Baba's Tree by the 2017 Thomas Map. http://ow.ly/t8xT30hNBS0

Laying pipe to bring water to Baba's Tree to help with regeneration.

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Will Baba's Tree have another New Life? See the history of fire and Baba's Tree. http://ow.ly/nA8J30hNCmF

Happy Birthday today (Jan 17) to Meher Mount founder and lifetime caretaker Agnes Baron (1907-1994). This story about her visit to the Hopi Indians in AZ captures her spirit of adventure. http://ow.ly/p0cj30hPK2R

Fire Burns Baba's Tree - Twice

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Photo of the fire damage to Baba's Tree by the Thomas Fire taken by Russell Latimer using a drone.

mehermount.org Fire has been a visitor to Baba’s Tree and to Meher Mount more than once. The Thomas Fire shattered the tree’s crown and much of the trunk on December 4, 2017. On October 14, 1985, fire ravaged and destroyed nearly all Meher Mount. A month after the New Life Fire, Baba’s Tree looked dead. It w...

Meher Mount's wooden sign saved from Thomas Fire because it was earlier moved from the entryway to the Topa Topa Patio to make way for a new fireproof stone sign in January 2017.

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Certified arborist Michael Inaba making notes for a care plan for Baba's Tree after the Thomas Fire burned parts of the tree.

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Man "...is eternal in his nature and infinite in his resources." - Avatar Meher Baba http://ow.ly/hn7330hGjNh

Ventura County Mudslides: How You Can Help

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First the fire, now the rains and mudslides in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

petergreenberg.com On January 9, 2018, Ventura County, California received a large amount of rain that led to mudslides. So far 15 people have died. Here's how you can help.

Coins on the Mountain

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Mysterious coins are found at Avatar's Point at Meher Mount just after the Thomas Fire. - http://ow.ly/reZW30hGjxk

mehermount.org Fire strips away much of nature’s camouflage and reveals the unexpected. On December 12, 2017, just eight days after the Thomas Fire swept through parts of Meher Mount, Buzz and Ginger Glasky, Cassandra Bramucci, Margaret Magnus and I walked the property marveling at the fire’s path and the fire...

A deer standing watch over Meher Mount and wondering about the interlopers coming up the driveway.
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Mapping damage from the Thomas Fire at Meher Mount with help from Russell Latimer of Eye of Mine.
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“May our head of devotion and friendship be placed at the threshold of the Lord-Friend, Because whatever we are passing through is His Will, His Kindness and His Friendship.” - Hafiz quoted by Meher Baba.

"Have no anxiety as to the future!"

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"Have no anxiety as to the future!" - Meher Baba. Happy New Year from Meher Mount. See full story: http://ow.ly/I83C30hxoYW

mehermount.org In closing a tumultuous year of natural disasters and man-made tragedies, a couplet from from the 14th-century Persian mystic poet Hafiz (or Hafez) seems particularly apropos. Hafiz was Avatar Meher Baba's favorite poet, and Meher Baba often quoted Hafiz to His followers. This couplet was part of a

"There is nothing that love cannot achieve and there is nothing that love cannot sacrifice. Pure love is matchless in majesty...It is the undying flame that has set all life aglow." - Meher Baba. Happy Holidays from Meher Mount.

You may want to increase charitable contributions in 2017 for a bigger tax deduction given the new tax bill. http://ow.ly/lMHL30hmA6R

Fire uncovers old farm equipment in the Prasad Orchard at Meher Mount. Donate for fire recovery. http://ow.ly/ZJlg30hgoS7

Blackened stone sign at Avatar's Point, charred and burned Adirondack chairs, and an incredible view remain after the Thomas Fire. Donate for recovery. http://ow.ly/9lOY30hgpqN

A limb from Baba's Tree frames the spot where Meher Baba sat when He visited Meher Mount in 1956. Fire update: http://ow.ly/tIK930hgoPV

If you're watching "The Crown" on Netflix, Season 2 starts in 1956 - the year Avatar Meher Baba circled the globe in 30 days, traveling 30,000 miles. See His trip to the US. http://ow.ly/HBU030hfG7x

You can help Meher Mount recover from the fire and open again to visitors with your donation. http://ow.ly/HHtX30hapOu

Meher Mount Survives the Thomas Fire in Southern California. See the summary report. http://ow.ly/WPJx30hapJB

Jai Baba!

Update #7 from Sam Ervin

Yesterday, Dec. 8, Buzz and Ginger, Manager/Caretakers, were again at Meher Mount. They learned a lot more about the aftermath of the fire, and the news is troubling and leaves us with considerable uncertainty. I’ll combine the latest news with much of the report from update #6 to give a more complete picture of what we have learned. The “Thomas Fire”, named after St. Thomas Aquinas College because it started near there, has been raging across Ventura County since Monday, Dec. 4, and is still not nearly contained, having burned more than 100,000 acres. It has been driven by winds up to 80 MPH and extremely low humidity. In its first few days it burned the entire area, rural and wilderness, between the towns of Ojai, Santa Paula and Ventura, including all of Sulphur Mountain, where Meher Mount is located. Fire fighters played a role in saving some structures, as did effective weed and fire hazard abatement, as Buzz and Ginger did at Meher Mount.

Latest Summary:

We won't know how damaged the water system is until we get power back, which Edison estimates could take 1-3 months. Water from the well will not be available until power is back on. Therefore we may not be able to open Meher Mount for an extended period. The electrical control box at the well is damaged and likely will need to be replaced, the pipe coming from the well is burned and broken, we have quite a bit of melted PVC pipe which needs to be assessed and replaced as needed, both at the well and at the water treatment site. Power lines are down, the poles burned, and fallen trees lie across some of the lines. There may be other damage we have not yet seen. Meanwhile, federal officials are taking over tomorrow from locals to manage access to the entire burned area, so we don't know if even residents will be able to get to their homesites. I was hoping to go up on Sunday, but they may not allow it. Of course they are concerned about looters.

Baba’s Tree:
The part of Baba’s Tree that fell and burned was still smoldering on Dec. 8. B&G believe the largest and tallest part of the tree was knocked over by the 80 MPH winds, fell to the ground and then burned in the fire that came up the slope from the South. Buzz thinks the remainder of the tree may survive, though it will be considerably shorter and smaller. He said the part that fell was hollow inside for something like fifteen feet above the hollow at the base, and that it may have been a blessing it happened when no one was under the tree, as it clearly was quite weakened. This tree survived the New Life Fire in 1985, 32 years ago, so it is a survivor. It is Baba’s Tree, so we will see what He has in mind.

Buildings:
Fire came right to the two main buildings, the Visitor Center and the Workshop/patio. A small part of the wooden verandah trellis at the Visitor Center was burned and fell off. The rest of the building was not burned, but hot ash had been blown under the doors, and Buzz considered it a minor miracle the curtains did not catch fire and the part of the trellis that burned fell to the ground so the fire did not spread further into the trellis and house. The two main buildings are basically intact, as are their contents, the tractor, etc. They were very smoky inside.

Other:
• They had to walk down the canyon to the wellhead because of many fallen and burned trees blocking the road. The electrical panel at the well, which was new in 2016, and the wires and PVC pipes will need to be repaired or replaced once power is restored to the mountain and down to the well.
• The wooden fence at the entry gate was burned, so the place is less secure than before the fire.
• The water treatment system by the pool appeared relatively intact, though some PVC pipes had melted holes and the ozonator was burned.
• The large outdoor propane tank was charred underneath but intact and still 75% full.
• The Fire fighters had clearly been there, as there was a ladder against the house and the entry gate had been removed from its hinges.
• It’s clear the fire visited nearly every part of the upper section of the property they saw, and they were amazed at how the fireline seemed to stop at critical points. The huge eucalyptus burned, as did other trees. There remain some hot spots on the property, but Buzz feels they are far enough away not to threaten the structures.
• Though the damage appears less than it might have been, a lot of cleanup and repair will be needed, and volunteers will be appreciated, recognizing it may be some time before we get access to the property. Thank you to those who have already offered to help when the time is right.
• Buzz noted that while the whole place is covered with gray ash, there is a beauty to the wooded areas of oak forest where all the underbrush has been burned away.

Buzz and Ginger drove back to Santa Barbara, though they say the smoke is so bad there they are thinking of moving even farther away. They had to show a drivers license with an Upper Ojai address to get access. They were told the federal agents will take over management of access today.

I will plan to drive up to view the property when access is allowed for non-residents and we’ll begin to develop an action plan.

Meher Mount came through this crisis much better than it might have, and this is due in no small part to Buzz and Ginger’s outstanding fire hazard and weed abatement, which was also praised by the Fire Dept. Also, until all hot spots have been eliminated, there will continue to be risk of further damage.

Thank you all for your concern and support through this sudden and for many, devastating, firestorm. We will continue to let you know about what we learn over the next couple of weeks and how you might be able to help.

Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai!

photos by Buzz and Ginger Glasky

UPDATE 6 from Sam Ervin: Buzz and Ginger Glasky called last night regarding what they found at Meher Mount that afternoon in the aftermath of the Thomas fire. Interesting note: It’s called the Thomas Fire because it started near St. Thomas Aquinas College a few miles from Meher Mount.

Baba’s Tree:
B&G believe the largest and tallest part of the tree was knocked over by the 80 MPH winds, fell to the ground and then burned in the fire that came up the slope from the South. Buzz thinks the remainder of the tree may survive, though it will be considerably shorter and smaller. He said the part that fell was hollow inside for something like fifteen feet above the hollow at the base, and that it may have been a blessing it happened when no one was under the tree, as it clearly was quite weakened. This tree survived the New Life Fire in 1985, 32 years ago, so it is a survivor. It is Baba’s Tree, so we will see what He has in mind.

Buildings:
The two main buildings are intact, as are their contents, the tractor, etc. They were very smoky inside, and of curse there is no power on the mountain so electrical equipment, including the water system could not yet be tested.

Other:
• They could not drive down to the wellhead in the canyon as a large oak had fallen across the road, but there had been serious fire in the canyon from what they could see. The electrical system at the well and the PVC pipe could be damaged.
• The water treatment system by the pool appeared relatively intact, though some PVC pipes had melted holes and the ozonator was burned.
• The large outdoor propane tank was charred underneath but intact and still 75% full.
• The Fire fighters had clearly been there, as there was a ladder against the house and the entry gate had been removed from its hinges.
• It’s clear the fire visited nearly every part of the upper section of the property they saw, and they were amazed at how the fireline seemed to stop at critical points. The huge eucalyptus burned, as did other trees. There remain some hot spots on the property, but Buzz feels they are far enough away not to threaten the structures, even with 70 MPH winds expected again tonight.
• Though the damage appears moderate, considerable repairs and cleanup will be needed, and volunteers would be appreciated.

Buzz and Ginger drove back to Santa Barbara, and will revisit Meher Mount on Friday. They had to show a drivers license with an Upper Ojai address to get access.
I will plan to drive up to view the property on Sunday. When the power is back on, we’ll begin to assess the extent of needed repairs and replacements.

In summary, Meher Mount came through this crisis much better than it might have, and this is due in small part to Buzz and Ginger’s outstanding fire hazard and weed abatement, which was also praised by the Fire Dept. Also, until all hot spots have been eliminated, there will continue to be risk of further damage.

Thank you all for your concern and support through this sudden and for many, devastating, firestorm. We will continue to let you know about what we learn over the next couple of weeks and how you might be able to help.

Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai!

[12/06/17]   UPDATE 5: Sam Ervin spoke with Trevor Quirk, a resident on Sulphur Mountain, who just visited Meher Mount. He reported that from what he could see, the Visitor Center is intact. He had no further information. You can visit his Twitter account @quirklawyers, where he has shared several videos of the fire's damage along Sulphur Mountain Road.

Please share if you know anyone who might need this resource.

[12/06/17]   UPDATE 4: Buzz & Ginger moved their Airstream from downtown Ojai to a RV park in Santa Barbara. They are fine and in good spirits. They said the smoke in Ojai was terrible, and the car and Airstream were covered with ash. "It looked like it had snowed," said Buzz. Meanwhile, a lawyer who lives on Sulphur Mountain Road, TrevorQuirk@quirklawyers has been posting videos of Sulphur Mountain Road on Twitter. We couldn't see any video of Meher Mount, but called his office to see if he could check out Meher Mount and report back. Meanwhile, Buzz & Ginger are driving to Meher Mount to see if they can get in and assess the damage.

UPDATE 2: The Thomas Fire map as of 1:00 a.m., Wed., Dec 6. Meher Mount is located in this fire zone in yellow. There is no confirmed status of Baba's Tree and the buildings.

UPDATE 1: This approximate fire perimeter map shows Meher Mount in the fire area. 6:23 p.m. Tuesday. To follow, here's the interactive map. You can zoom on the map to see Meher Mount. http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/12/05/ventura-fire-map-thomas-fire-mandatory-evacuations/

[12/05/17]   The Thomas Fire started last night near Thomas Aquinas College, which is a few miles from Meher Mount. Caretakers Buzz & Ginger Glasky evacuated safely last night to downtown Ojai. We have been tracking the fire's progress, and from what we can tell the fire has not reached Meher Mount. The fire has burned 45,000 acres and has reached both Ventura and Santa Paula. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this devastating fire. We will keep you posted as updates on the fire come in.

Will You Allow Meher Baba to Burn You Out?

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With the 2017 wildfires, floods and hurricanes, we are reminded of the 1985 New Life at Meher Mount. Caretaker Agnes Baron was burned out of her home. Here's her comment...

mehermount.org The fire at Ojai happened on Monday, October 14, 1985. I attempted to call Agnes Baron on that day to no avail. Then, I heard the news from friends...

Meher Mount has been called "A Gateway to the Divine." Your donation sustains Meher Mount as a medium for drawing of all us closer to the Divine. http://ow.ly/fOB030gR2bz

$500 a Day for 30 Days - that's the goal between #GivingTuesday and the end of December. There's already a $1,000 donation http://ow.ly/mNfb30gR1TG . Add yours today.

Initial results from #GivingTuesday worldwide. To date, for Meher Mount: 10 gifts for $2,310 with an avg gift of $231. The campaign continues until the end of Dec. You can still donate. http://ow.ly/dPVY30gV7Dk

Today is #GivingTuesday - a global day of giving - and an opportunity to help sustain Meher Mount's legacy. Please donate today. http://ow.ly/Q1hi30gR1Nn

Always be grateful, give thanks to God every day. - From Meher Baba, "Two Spiritual Secrets." (Painting: Charles Mills) http://ow.ly/zGQY30gHsbu

Jean Adriel - a co-founder of Meher Mount - published an early biography of Avatar Meher Baba when she lived at Meher Mount in 1947.
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"You are so lucky to be with Me so closely..." Avatar Meher Baba at Meher Mount. Your donation sustains Meher Mount in honor of Meher Baba. http://ow.ly/1f9U30gHry1

Look in your mailbox for a letter from Meher Mount. Then donate to help raise $40,000 for this year's Annual Fund. http://ow.ly/xL4630gFjcZ

Thank you Julie Rust for a moving and heartfelt concert on Saturday. Under Baba's Tree: Cassandra Brammuci, Eric Turk, Erin Sommerville, Julie Rust, John Azevedo, Sam Ervin.

Artist Sandy Thurlow captures the beauty of the mountains in Ojai surrounding Meher Mount.

Julie Rust "TRUST"

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Don't miss the opportunity to see Julie Russ in concert (free). Sat Oct 28 at Meher Mount from 1-3 pm. https://www.mehermount.org/events/2017-julie-rust

For the story behind the song, visit Julie's website at: http://www.julierust.net/2012/02/new-release/ TRUST ©Julie Rust/Baba's Music-SESAC VERSE 1 Had a fam...

Life at Meher Mount from the viewpoint of the Manager/Caretakers. Apply now - position open Feb 15 2018 (or earlier) http://ow.ly/z7Qb30g30AC

Life at Meher Mount from the viewpoint of the Manager/Caretakers. Apply now - position open Feb 15 2018 (or earlier) http://ow.ly/z7Qb30g30AC

The Making of "Effortless"

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How does the creative songwriting process work? Singer/songwriter Julie Rust describes the making of "Effortless." Come to her free concert on Sat Oct 28 at Meher Mount. https://www.mehermount.org/events/2017-julie-rust

Julie Rust talks about the process of recording the CD, "Effortless".

Julie Rust - 'Alone Time'

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Preview a song by Julie Rust, playing with her husband Rusty, and then come hear her in person at Meher Mount (free) on Sat Oct 28. https://www.mehermount.org/events/2017-julie-rust

PLEASE SHARE this video! http://www.HarmonyRecords.org Julie Rust performs live her stunning song 'Alone Time' with her husband Rusty, accompanying on guitar.


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