TDISH: Speaking Through Silence

On July 10, 1925, a great Silence began in India by a man of Persian Zoroastrian descent, Merwan Sheriar Irani, better known as Meher Baba.  Early in his life, he studied under several leaders of religious group around India and at the age of 22 began gathering followers to himself as a “Perfect Master.”  On this date, Meher Baba began a period of Silence that would last for almost 44 years until his death in 1969.  He did, however, continue to communicate with his followers using an alphabet board and a complex system of hand signals.  Among the many people he influenced were Pete Townsend, lead guitarist of the Who, and Bobby McFerrin.  Townsend named one of his most well-known songs, Baba O’Reilly, partially after Meher Baba.  McFerrin was inspired by a poster from Meher Baba’s group with the phrase, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

Source: Meher Baba Biography. Avatar Meher Baba Trust.
Featured Image: “Meher Baba.” By Unknown – http://web.archive.org/web/20120115090531/http://ambppct.org/gallery/1940-7.php, Public Domain.