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CCCs
  – Billy Goodrum

Amartithi
  – Bruce Felknor

"You'll find Me in the garden"
  – Jenny Keating

'Heart Tires of Its Gaudy Dress' – Francis Brabazon
  – Buck Busfield

HOLLYWOOD
  – Billy Goodrum

Trust and Intimacy
  – Jenny Keating

Living with Baba
  – Bruce Felknor

When Words Fail . . . Just Use More Words
  – Buck Busfield

Suffering and Service
  – Juniper Lesnik

SPOILER ALERT
  – Billy Goodrum

The charm of His ways. . .
  – Jenny Keating

The Importance of Being Furnished
  – Bruce Felknor

It's Been Fun
  – Steve Klein

Let’s Talk about Love
  – Juniper Lesnik

Cannes
  – Billy Goodrum

In the world but not of it . . .
  – Jenny Keating

Give Me Your Imperfections
  – Wendy Connor

Children of the One God
  – Bruce Felknor

As the Poet Says
  – Steve Klein

Happy Endings
  – Jenny Keating

Thoughts on Furniture
  – Billy Goodrum

Going Home
  – Juniper Lesnik

A Tale of Two Connections
  – Bruce Felknor

The Flowering Seed
  – Wendy Connor

Baby Steps
  – Steve Klein

Patience
  – Jenny Keating

Hold On!
  – Juniper Lesnik

Waiting for the New Humanity
  – Billy Goodrum

Remembering
  – Bruce Felknor

The Beloved's Beloved
  – Wendy Connor

Compare and Contrast
  – Steve Klein

It's in the struggle . . .
  – Jenny Keating

Time
  – Juniper Lesnik

The Tipping Point
  – Billy Goodrum

Learning Poise
  – Bruce Felknor

When "Good Enough" Isn't
  – Steve Klein

Conflict and Joy
  – Jenny Keating

Sleepless in San Jose
  – Juniper Lesnik

Vacation Incarnation
  – Steve Klein

Nerve Endings of the Soul
  – Jenny Keating

"Let the World Wait"
  – Wendy Connor

Religion vs Spirituality
  – Steve Klein

The Bigger Challenge
  – Wendy Connor

Que Sera Sera
  – Steve Klein

To Be Honest
  – Juniper Lesnik

Praise and Blame
  – Steve Klein

Being Right
  – Steve Klein

To Love God is To Love Our Fellow Beings
  – Juniper Lesnik

God is Alive in the World
  – Wendy Connor

Determined to Be His
  – Steve Klein

The Stuff We're Made Of
  – Juniper Lesnik

"I Will Always Be With You": Memories of the East West Gathering
  – Wendy Connor

Half Full or Half Empty?
  – Steve Klein

Love The One You're With
  – Steve Klein

Ordinary Life
  – Juniper Lesnik

Baba Loved Us Too
  – Wendy Connor

Feeling His Love
  – Steve Klein

He is both Father and Mother
  – Juniper Lesnik

A Leap of Faith
  – Wendy Connor

Becoming His
  – Steve Klein

Don't Worry, Be Happy
  – Juniper Lesnik

A Life Worth Living
  – Wendy Connor

Love The One You're With
  – Steve Klein

What a Mighty Beloved our Beloved is
  – Wendy Connor

To thine own self be true?
  – Steve Klein

The Sweets of His Love
  – Wendy Connor

Sickness and Health
  – Juniper Lesnik

Giving Advice
  – Steve Klein

"Garlic-Faced"
  – Wendy Connor

To Love and Be Loved
  – Juniper Lesnik

Talking About The Truth
  – Steve Klein

The Script was Written Long Ago
  – Wendy Connor

Excuse Me, Which Way to God?
  – Steve Klein

Letting Go
  – Juniper Lesnik

The Mosquitoes are Bad Today
  – Wendy Connor

What If A Teaching Moment Never Comes?
  – Steve Klein

Beads On One String
  – Juniper Lesnik

Youth Sahavas '07
  – Wendy Connor

Stop, You're Both Right!
  – Steve Klein

God, Please Give me a Job
  – Juniper Lesnik

"It Just Passes More Quickly"
  – Wendy Connor

Multiple Meher Babas
  – Steve Klein

Winking Back
  – Juniper Lesnik

The Treasure Within
  – Wendy Connor

Holding On, But Losing One's Grip
  – Steve Klein

1969
  – Ann Conlon

Obedience
  – Ann Conlon

Meher Center – The Way It Was
  – Ann Conlon

Armageddon, Anyone?
  – Ann Conlon

What Does Baba Want Me to Do?
  – Ann Conlon

Baba's 'Things'
  – Ann Conlon

What Does THAT Mean?
  – Ann Conlon

The Way It Was – Meherabad
  – Ann Conlon

Broken Heads
  – Ann Conlon

Doing "Baba Work"
  – Ann Conlon

On Being Ill
  – Ann Conlon

Enid
  – Ann Conlon

To Each His Own
  – Ann Conlon

Meherjee
  – Ann Conlon

Youth Sahavas
  – Ann Conlon

Kitty
  – Ann Conlon

The Lonely Path
  – Ann Conlon

Isn't He Enough?
  – Ann Conlon

He Said What?
  – Ann Conlon

Goher
  – Ann Conlon

Taking a Dare
  – Ann Conlon

Seeking Suffering
  – Ann Conlon

Dreams
  – Ann Conlon

Amartithi
  – Ann Conlon

Margaret
  – Ann Conlon

"The Disciple"
  – Ann Conlon

I Wonder ...
  – Ann Conlon

Backbiting, etc.
  – Ann Conlon

Hearing His Name
  – Ann Conlon

Rites, Rituals and Ceremonies
  – Ann Conlon

"Baba's Group"
  – Ann Conlon

His Promise
  – Ann Conlon

Then and Now
  – Ann Conlon

Middlemen Revisited
  – Ann Conlon

Padri
  – Ann Conlon

Gateway Days
  – Ann Conlon

The New Life
  – Ann Conlon

Books, Books and More Books
  – Ann Conlon

Elizabeth Patterson
  – Ann Conlon

His "Last Warning"
  – Ann Conlon

Detachment
  – Ann Conlon

Is That A Religion Coming?
  – Ann Conlon

Manifestation: Did He Or Didn't He?
  – Ann Conlon

A Country of Our Own?
  – Ann Conlon

Remembering Mohammed
  – Ann Conlon

Advice (Sort-Of) for Newcomers
  – Ann Conlon

You're a Baba Lover If...
  – Ann Conlon

Real Happiness
  – Ann Conlon

Baba Lover, Baba Follower or Both?
  – Ann Conlon

Meherazad – The Way It Was
  – Ann Conlon

The Strongest Memories
  – Ann Conlon

All (Baba) Things Considered

Stop, You're Both Right!

Decades ago there was a skit on Saturday Night Live concerning an advertisement for a product called, as I remember it, "Clear Coat." One actor gushed, "it's an ice cream topping," while another exclaimed, "It's a floor wax," and they repeated these statements with increasing fervor until an announcer declared, "Stop, you're both right, it's a floor wax AND an ice cream topping."

This skit came to mind as I worked on today's article. Many Baba people see Baba's personal touch in their lives in ways big and small. Some see almost every coincidence as proof of Baba's direct divine intervention. I have always been a bit skeptical of such an approach. For one thing, some of the coincidences seemed so ambiguous, and so devoid of significance that I found myself thinking, "If that's the best Baba can do, then He's not much of an Avatar." Or, "With 6 billion people in the world, is it really likely that Baba made sure the light changed green just in time for you? What about people going the other direction who got the red light?"

It wasn't so much that I didn't think Baba was capable of interceding and changing earthly events in any manner He chose, it's just that I more or less assumed He had more important matters to attend to. And I generally came to believe in what is sometimes called the watchmaker's thesis, namely that Baba, like a watchmaker, had created the universe and wound it up, and was now mostly content to watch it tick away, letting the laws of karma and sanskaras guide events pretty much without the need for external tinkering. Interceding, perhaps, only in important or emergency situations.

But one evening as we were rushing to attend a play that our friends' child was in, the mother said, "Don't worry. Baba will leave us a parking space right in front of the theater so we won't be late." I didn't say anything, content to let events speak for themselves, until we arrived at the theater with a few minutes to spare and saw a parking space only a few yards away (on a street which otherwise seemed devoid of any such spaces.)

This was the sort of thing which didn't ordinarily happen to me. True, a parking space seems insignificant in the larger scheme of things but it also seemed too pointed to entirely dismiss. In the past I had always been reluctant to ask Baba for petty favors, or even to be on the lookout for them as this seemed somehow to shrink Baba from the Avatar to a good luck genie. But now, curious, I began to start actively looking for such intervention and, to my genuine surprise, I found it quite often.

What was going on here? Was Baba really interceding in my life? It occurred to me that this was a little like the shift from Newtonian physics to quantum mechanics. There were general laws, but the more minutely we examined things, the more we saw that other laws were at work as well. Duality (in the sense of either/or) seems to work until you get down to the particulars at which point singularities take over. Life is both a wave and packets of particles; equations can be solved with positive or negative values for time. And, this is perhaps the key point, it's the very act of observation which changes results. When we "look" for Baba's hand in our lives, this actually, in a way I can't pretend to understand, causes it to be there.

It's not that Baba cares about you more than the other 6 billion people. He cares about all of them the most, an impossible contradiction that is only resolved when you delve into the "subatomic" world of Baba particles in your daily life. I suspect, if only I knew more about quantum physics and were smart enough to understand any of it, that I would be able to make a more compelling case for the "quantumness" of the Avatar. But for now, I am content to accept that Baba is both the clockmaker and active participant in the world and that neither role impinges upon the other. And I suspect that this also solves the problem of free will versus predestination. We don't have to worry about it anymore, we can simply say with confidence, "Stop, you're both right."