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URBAN SAHAVAS SLIDESHOW – Thanks to Robert Archaki’s wonderful photography and artistic skills, we have a beautiful slideshow of our Sahavas to remember the experience and keep it fresh and renewable. I will also post it to our web site and a link on Facebook too…

Jai Baba.

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Sept 21, 2011 Letter from Bhau Kalchuri Re Urban Sahavas:

Beloved Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai!

My dearest Laughing Mother,

I received your loving email dated 20 September, with your Chicago Urban Sahavas Report. Thank you, thank you, thank you for such a gift from you and from all who joined the program. Now they have become “amar,” immortal. They will be with me all the time, in my heart. What a connection – internal. Nobody will know the effect of this connection, but the will get the benefit direct. I not only pray for them, but so long as I am alive, I will go on praying every day.

So my Mummy Fereshteh, you are really very, very fortunate. You are responsible for this, whatever you are doing. Jai ho! Jai Ho!! Jai Ho!!! Jai Jai kar Ho! In my treasury box, you will always be there, along with your companions, and you don’t know what my prayer does.

But the best thing is the direct approach to Baba. Just leave everything to Him and do whatever you are doing. You and all your companions have come in contact with Baba and have the direct approach to Him.

Such beautiful pictures of the group! Jai ho! Jai Ho!! Jai Ho!!! Jai Jai kar Ho yours, and all those who are with you in the pictures!  Jai ho! Jai Ho!! Jai Ho!!! Jai Jai kar Ho!

I have sent the King of Chicago (Jordan) to attend the program and just bow down to everyone, and he will do. The report is coming to me that he is doing this, without sparing anyone. He also has a Queen (Roberta). He is the King of Chicago. So you may laugh at him, or praise him, he will go on bowing down to each one. Such a King who comes here, spends six months here with me, and goes back to Chicago.

The Queen is also good, very, very good, the best. She also does not care for anything – India! She has concern with India. Such a Queen and King – impossible to get. They have so much concern about Baba – just Baba. Six months!

There was another Queen of New York (from Chicago). She is still here, and after two weeks she will go to New York direct and take her seat there. Nobody knows her in New York. She is going direct to New York, and for the first time. Previously, she would come together with King and Queen of Chicago to see me. She is still here, but she will take the charge after two weeks in New York. She is happy. She does not feel shy, because nobody knows her. This is the first time she will go to New York and take her seat. Maharani! Anna Prescott.

Such persons are with me, all Queens, and seven Queens are with me. They are permanent. They will not go anywhere, and King also is here. He has to take care of seven Queens. He cannot move his feet away from me, because he is duty-bound.

So when the King of Chicago bows down to you, don’t think that he is doing this. He is doing it because of my order. It is for you all to learn from him. Why is he doing this? Under order. I am happy that I get good report about him. They are working under order and they have no idea what they are earning while living there. They think, “I am serving Him…” But even if you try to know what it means, you will not know – so better not to try!

Jai Ho! Jai Ho!! Jai Ho, my dearest Laughing Mother, and all dear ones who attended the Chicago Urban Sahavas, and

With all love and Jai Baba to you,

In His Love and Service,


MUSICAL PERFORMANCE UPDATE – With Baba’s help, we have found a tabla player who will accompany Dr. Krishna Kant Shukla in a truly wonderful and exciting musical performance on Sat August 27th (tomorrow) at the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Chicago, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity not to be missed!

Donations not required but welcome. Bring a friend, and a snack to share. Please forward this information to those who may be interested.

The Avatar Meher Baba Center of Chicago
4356 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
Questions? Please call Fereshteh at 630-207.9461.

We are very happy to announce Dr Krishna Kant, a renowned Indian musician’s unexpected but welcome visit to Chicago this Saturday, August 27th.  We are trying to arrange for a concert at the Center during our Celebrating the Divine program from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and what a better way to celebrate Mandali Month than to listen to the heart songs of Kabir to the Beloved. Please stay tuned for more information — also we are looking for a tabla player…. if you know a tabla player in Chicago who would be available to accompany Dr Krishna Kant, please let me know asap… If we find a tabla player at such short notice, we will have a full concert, otherwise we will still have an intimate gathering with him and his guitar, playing love songs to the Divine Beloved…

A brief Bio:
Krishna Kant Shukla gave up his job as assistant professor of astronomy at an American college and returned to his native India to live his dream of singing bhajans (Indian devotional songs expressing love for the Divine). A distinguished lecturer with a Ph.D. in solid state physics now turned musician, his love for Varanasi, oldest living city in the world and holy city of India, and his passion for music “combine to serve as his breath for survival”. “Time stands still in Varanasi” Dr. Kant Shukla has said and “music is in my blood,… singing makes me come alive”. His bhajan performances at various cities in India have won him accolades. He has performed at the London Mela as a distinguished guest of the Mayor of London, but of more particular interest to Baba lovers is that Krishna has sung for Meher Baba’s old disciples at Meherazad, where, according to Meherabad resident Peter Booth, his “performance was one of the most moving and powerful I have experienced in thirty years.”
Please also note – Dr Kant does not charge for his performance, since he plays for the love of God… however he will accept donations to help defray the cost of his travels and the hiring of a tabla player…
Please visit his web site for more information.


*** SAVE THE DATE *** Fri, Sept 16th – Sun, Sept 18th, 2011

First Urban Sahavas at the Avatar Meher Baba Chicago Center.

Cathy and Tom Riley will be our special guests. Cathy & Tom Riley are familiar to the Meher Baba Community through their inspired art and music. Tom heard of Meher Baba in 1954 and began correspondence with Adi K. Irani, Baba’s disciple and secretary. He met Baba for the 1st time in Myrtle Beach, SC in 1958 and again in India at the East-West Gathering, 1962. Tom lived for many years in Myrtle Beach, SC near the Baba Center and is now a resident of Asheville, NC. Cathy brings her music performance and song writing to share her love of life with Meher Baba. Together this Urban Sahavas is sure to bring the energy, light and love of shared experiences from the early days with Meher Baba and his disciples. Details and Registration information to follow.


Avatar Meher Baba Center of Chicago – First Annual General Meeting

Dear Chicago Baba Family,

Jai Meher Baba! With the upcoming first Annual Meeting of the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Chicago, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank once again all of you who lovingly supported the development of the new Center and made it become a physical reality. Since our first meeting in September, 2010, we have accomplished a great deal in a relatively short period of time: securing a physical space, making it ready, and furnishing it with the loving donations of various people. We developed the Bylaws and Guiding Principles to help us charter a path to running the Center. We had our opening events, and have started regular meetings of coming together in His Love. We are now ready to embark on the next phase of further strengthening and growing the Center.

Our upcoming Annual Meeting will afford each of us a renewed opportunity to get involved and take an active role in the Center development and growth. The Annual meeting, like all other meetings, is open to all. We have the Board positions, and all the various committees that will be the foundation of the ongoing running of the Center activities. I urge and encourage each of us to take an active role in one or two aspects of the ongoing activities of the Center. Together, we can accomplish much, and strengthen Meher Baba’s presence in Chicago. The Bylaws are structured such that the Center will run on democratic principles, based on membership input and participation. So we each have an opportunity to get involved and make a difference. In Baba’s own words:

the spiritual preparation of the aspirant can never be termed complete unless he has learned the art of rendering service that gives not boredom but joy, that brings not enslavement but freedom, that does not set claims and counterclaims but springs from the spontaneity of free give-and-take, that is free from the burden of personal want, and that is sustained by the sense of ever-renewed fulfillment. DISCOURSES, 7th ed, p. 364

Avatar Meher Baba Center of Chicago
First Annual General Meeting
Sunday, May 8th – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
4356 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Meeting Agenda:

  • Prayers followed by a moment of silence
  • Election of Board members
  • Acceptance of Bylaws
  • Review of Financial Statement
  • Meeting of the Board
  • Election of Officers
  • Appointment of Committee chairs
  • Request for Committee volunteers

–         Schedule next quarterly meeting

Criteria for Voting Membership:

Voting Membership

–          Section 2.03.  A member, as defined in Section 2.01, is considered to be a voting member if that member resides in the state of Illinois or within 200 miles of Chicago and has actively supported the Center for a minimum of three months preceding any Quarterly Membership Meeting.

–          Active support is defined as a combination of attendance at scheduled meetings, personal participation in Center activities and financial or material contributions to the Center. Specific criteria will be recommended to the Board by the Membership Committee and be presented to the members at a QMM before implementation. The Board of Directors has discretionary authority to grant voting membership to particular individual without regard to the geographical boundaries in special cases.  The names of recommended new voting members or reinstated members will be placed before the voting membership at the QMM for their review.

Current Voting Members:

Denise Ackerman, Fereshteh Azad, Jon Bader, Dhyana Carlson, Bob Fredericks, Norm Don, Sherry Kalinowski, Jim Knutson, Roberta Lewis, Jordan Lome, Christian Mendenhall, Lisa Nelson-Raabe, Michelle Shafer, Marvin Shafer, Noshir Siganporia, Meher Krishna.

Nominating Committee:

Denise Ackerman, Fereshteh Azad, Jim Knutson, Christian Mendenhall, Michelle Shafer, Marvin Shafer.

Current Nominees for Board Members:

Denise Ackerman, Fereshteh Azad, Jonathan Bader, Bruce Felknor, Linda Jones, Sherry Kalinowski, Michelle Shafer, Marvin Shafer.

Service Committees:

Nominating – nominates candidates for board positions from among the active members.

Membership – maintains the criteria and listing of members and voting members .

Program – develops the ongoing schedule of events for AMBCC.

Program Sub-committees:
–          Annual Sahavas
–          Urban Sahavas

Fundraising – responsible for raising funds for the Center.

Finance – preparation of annual budget, revisions, annual statements and filings.

Publicity – advertising, public notices, and membership communications.

Technology – a subset of Publicity – responsible for maintaining the web site.

Service – personal assistance to members and community service opportunities.

Building & Maintenance – on going cleaning and maintenance of the Center.

Bylaw Review – ensures adherence to Guiding Principles and Bylaws.

Ad Hoc Committees:

Library – maintains and operates the lending library.

Bookstore – maintains and operates the bookstore.

Please join us for the Annual Meeting. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Fereshteh at (630) 207-9461.

Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai!


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The Avatar Meher Baba Center of Chicago is a non-profit spiritual organization, dedicated to sharing Meher Baba’s Universal Message of Love & Truth with His followers and all who are interested to learn more. Our Center is a spiritual oasis open to people of all religions, casts, creeds, and spiritual paths. We hold regular meetings and special events and programs.