Mandali

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This article is about religious followers of Meher Baba. For the village in Iran, see Mandali, Iran. For the town in Iraq, see Mandali, Iraq.

Mandali from the Sanskrit mandala meaning circle, connection, community,[1] is a term that Meher Baba used for his closest disciples.

Inner circle[edit]

Mandali are considered to include those close disciples that lived permanently or for extended periods with Meher Baba at his ashrams. However, not all of Meher Baba's mandali lived with him. According to Meher Baba the Avatar always has 10 concentric circles of 12 men and/or women each. The inner circle consists of 12 men plus two women, for a total of 122 mandali.[2] But Meher Baba also said, "Those who do my work are my mandali. If we were to list their names, it would fill a volume."[3] At another time Baba said, "By mandali I mean those who have been with me for several years, but ask for nothing... In short, I would say that the mandali means those whose intimacy I feel."[4]

Partial list of Meher Baba's mandali[edit]

Some of Meher Baba's women mandali. L-R: Mani, Mehera, Goher, Meheru, Arnavaz (Photo by Win Coates)

Women mandali[edit]

Mehera Irani, Mani Irani, Dr. Goher Irani, Arnavaz Dadachanji, Mansari, Meheru Irani, Naja, Korshed, Katie Irani, Rano Gayley, Kitty Davy, Norina Matchabelli, Countess Nadine Tolstoy, Delia DeLeon, Anita Vieillard.

Men mandali[edit]

Faredoon Driver (Padri), Eruch Jessawala, Adi K. Irani, Ali Akbar Sharurzaman known as Aloba, Murli Kale, Pendu, Bal Natu, Jal Irani, Gustajee, Kalemama, Chanji, Dr. Abdul Ghani Munsiff, Dr. C.D. Deshmukh, Francis Brabazon, Don E. Stevens, Harry Kenmore, Bhau Kalchuri, Quentin Tod, Charles Purdom, Dr. William Donkin, GSN Moorthy, Savak Kotwal, Dr. H.P.Bharucha.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sacred Sanskrit Words: For Yoga, Chant, And Meditation, by Leza Lowitz and Reema Datta, Stonebridge Press, Berkeley, Ca. 2005, p. 123 ISBN 1-880656-87-6
  2. ^ Baba Words; The Master's Glossary, by Frank Davis (under the term "Circle") [1]
  3. ^ Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher, The Biography of the Avatar of the Age, Meher Baba, by Bhau Kalchuri, Manifestation, Inc. 1986. p. 4753
  4. ^ Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher, The Biography of the Avatar of the Age, Meher Baba, by Bhau Kalchuri, Manifestation, Inc. 1986. p. 4277

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