Merwan Sheriar Irani was born to Zoroastrian parents in Poona, a city on the Deccan plateau of India, on 25 February 1894. Though his father had been a dervish or seeker of God, Merwan led a normal childhood until, during his first year of college at the age of 19, he encountered Hazrat Babajan, a centenarian Muslim saint who was one of the five Sadgurus or Perfect Masters of the age. With a kiss on the forehead, Babajan initiated Merwan into the state of God-Realization. He was then inwardly prompted to contact the other four Perfect Masters — Sai Baba of Shirdi, Upasni Maharaj of Sakori, Narayan Maharaj of Kedgaon, and Tajuddin Baba of Nagpur. With the help of Upasni Maharaj, Merwan brought the experience of God’s transcendent Oneness down into the domain of duality or creation, thus establishing himself in spiritual perfection.
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