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Merwan S. Irani, named Meher Baba ("The Compassionate One") by His early disciples, was born in 1894 in Poona (now Pune), India. Between the years of 1913 and 1921, the five Perfect Masters (Sadgurus) of the time unveiled to Him His identity and universal mission as the Avatar of the Age (the God-Man, Christ, Rasool, Buddha). After working intensively from 1921 onwards with a group of early close disciples, Meher Baba began to observe silence in 1925, and throughout the more than four decades of His continuous spiritual activity and work, He did not utter a word. From His work in India and the East with the mad, the infirm, the poor and with spiritually advanced souls (including the "God-intoxicated" masts), to His contact with thousands in the West through thirteen trips between the 1930s and the 1950s, Baba has awakened innumerable persons to the quest for the realization of God as one's own Infinite Reality—all in Silence.

Throughout the years Meher Baba indicated that the breaking of His Silence would come in a way and at a time that one could not imagine, and that His "speaking the Word" after great chaos and confusion in the world would be His only miracle in this incarnation as God in human form. "When I break My Silence, the impact will jolt the world out of its spiritual lethargy.... What will happen when I break My Silence is what has never happened before.... The breaking of My Silence will reveal to man the universal Oneness of God, which will bring about the universal brotherhood of man."

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