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The Spiritual Abode for One and All

Reflections on Avatar Meher Baba’s

Vision for Myrtle Beach

by Jonathan Burroughs

Meher Baba’s Home in the West … A Place of Pilgrimage for

All Time …The Spiritual Abode for One and All.

These phrases all describe both MEHER SPIRITUAL CENTER


THE SPIRITUAL ABODE FOR ONE AND ALL  — a reflection on the history and future of Meher Spiritual Center — is available as a paperback print book. Initially published online as an article, it has been expanded and now includes new material on the unique role the Eastern and Western mandali played in the formative days of the Center and on the import of the Scheme of the Universal Spiritual Centers that Avatar Meher Baba initiated in the Spring of 1939.

In this book, Jonathan Burroughs examines the words and actions of Avatar Meher Baba that shed light on his vision for Myrtle Beach as a whole, as well as its implications for the 500 acres designated as Meher Spiritual Center.

Among the topics:

  • What historically unique roles did Meher Baba’s close Eastern and Western women disciples play in the development of his Homes in the East and the West?
  • What role did Baba’s Home and Myrtle Beach as the Grand Strand play in World War II? And how might Baba’s Universal Work relate to notable events in America?
  • What is the history of other primary centers started during WWII: his Meherazad home, and the Universal Spiritual Centers in Mandla and in Byramangala?
  • What is the role of our homes in relationship to Baba’s Home and to organized groups?
  • How can we as individuals participate in the evolution of Meher Center as his Home, which is pervaded by the Avatar’s presence and his love for one and all?

The 183-page print book, illustrated in color and black & white, is available from Sheriar Books for $14. Visit or call (843) 272-1339.

As of February 2020, A Spiritual Abode for One and All is available in an updated eBook (PDF version only), for $4.99. Visit Sheriar Books online.

One of the seven messages give by Meher Baba during the Fiery Free Life reflects the major theme of his book, and Jonathan has added it to the conclusion of the eBook. This message,  “Our Ills and Our Remedies,” in particular sheds light on the relationship between organizations and the individual. Baba’s words begin as follows:

“In the world of quiet speculation, as well as in the world of surging political activity, or individual striving, men are desperately trying to remedy the many ills to which humanity is heir. All our creeds and faiths, all our parties and ‘isms,’ are so many practical solutions offered toward this purpose. But, though good in their intention and starting point, they often create confusion and chaos instead of solutions, because they lose sight of the inescapable truth that all external organization is doomed to failure unless it is implemented by inner spiritual transformation of the individual.

“I am, therefore, not concerned with parties, creeds and ‘isms,’ but only with those fundamental values which must be wholeheartedly and universally accepted, if humanity is to be truly saved. I am equally concerned with the saint and the sinner, the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the ignorant and the wise, the East and the West. For them all, the one remedy of remedies, which is recommended, is spiritual understanding, which at once includes and supersedes all other forms of knowledge.”

(Meher Baba on the Fiery Free Life and Seven Other Messages, pp. 14–15, AMB Trust eBook,; also in Lord Meher online ed., pp. 3203–4)


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