Bhau Kalchuri has lived a remarkable life as an intimate disciple of
Avatar Meher Baba, the Christ or God-Man of this age. He is one of only
a very rare few to have fully experienced the profound method of training
used by this highly renowned and most remarkable spiritual figure. We
are truly privileged to have the opportunity to experience him in two
public talks in early September. All are welcome to attend.
Mr. Kalchuri is an experienced, engaging and highly sought after public
speaker and storyteller who has traveled widely to speak of Meher Baba
and his life and mission, doing so to thousands of people every year.
Bhau's very close association with Meher Baba over so many years places
him in a unique position to do so. It is a privilege and rare opportunity
to meet and hear someone with as much clarity and genuine depth of life
experience as Mr. Kalchuri.
Bhau, a prolific author, playwright and poet, has published many
books. He also has an extensive educational background, having degrees
in law, public administration and chemistry. His most significant work
is the 20-volume biography of Meher Baba entitled Lord Meher. Since
Meher Baba's physical passing in 1969, Mr. Kalchuri has continued to
be fully engaged in his work of selfless service to God and humanity.
Much of his time is devoted to tirelessly serving as Chair of the Avatar
Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust in Ahmednagar, India. The
trust maintains the tomb-shrine of Meher Baba, a place of pilgrimage
for tens of thousands of people each year from all over the world. Additionally,
the trust performs many charitable works in the surrounding and largely
underdeveloped rural community, including the provision of free health
and educational services.
Mr. Kalchuri has written several works outlining Meher Baba's
metaphysics and the spiritual awakening that is leading to the birth
of a true New Humamity. But he is not a heady intellectual. His training
was one of the balance of head and heart, of love and service, and an
intensely practical mysticism. He is a vessel of Meher Baba's living
message and a beacon of light for his divine love. Yet his natural intellectual
abilities meant that Meher Baba has used him as a vehicle to convey
certain esoteric aspects of his message and exposition of Truth. Through
Meher Baba, he has an uncluttered understanding of the most profound
and universal spiritual truths, and is able to convey these with remarkable
clarity and relevance, as well as humor and playfulness.
Bhau's association with Meher Baba began in 1952, when, without ever
having had any spiritual interest, he was instantly drawn to this silent
man who declared that he was the Avatar of this age at their first meeting.
Just one year later, Bhau began to live permanently with Meher Baba
as one of his close disciples. Though there were many who longed for
such close contact with him, very few were actually called. Through
many years of this close association and training, Bhau is someone that
can truly be said to have passed the tests of a discipleship that are
part and parcel of living with such a tremendous spiritual being as
Meher Baba. His training was often intense, yet carefully apportioned;
strict, yet governed by love and compassion; and often tempered with
a very keen sense of humor.
Meher Baba was, and Bhau would say still is, the master psychologist
who knows one better than one knows oneself and whose every effort is
directed towards taking one beyond oneself to a radical union with the
Divine Beloved. Such a life is a constant challenge for the ego-mind,
and every moment is an opportunity to take another step in the soul's
journey toward the destruction of it and its illusory limitations. Bhau
can relate in a full and often very humorous way that life with Meher
Baba was never predictable or dull, and that every moment was used as
a lesson to love and remember God more and more completely.
It is no easy task to live this life, but Bhau Kalchuri is a living
testament to Meher Baba's method of working as well as being a superb
channel for the love and light that he so fully was and is. Mr. Kalchuri
is the living result of a spiritual training which emphasized a unique
blend of involvement, detachment, discipline, selflessness and above
all else, the love of God that Meher Baba emphasized and exemplified.
Andrew Thomas has been involved with Meher Baba for the past
14 years and has made many visits to his ashram and the power house
of his tomb-shrine in India. He has also met Bhau Kalchuri many
times both in India and the US. All are invited to experience Bhau
speak at New Renaissance Books on NW 23rd Ave. in Portland
on Tuesday Sept. 7th at 6:30pm (where there will be a
$6 admission charge and seating is limited. Phone 22-4929 for reservations),
as well as to a free event on Wednesday, Sept. 8th at
7:30pm at PSU in Shattuck Hall Rm. 212. For further information,
call Andrew at (503) 977-9713