On this day in 1925, the Indian mystic Meher Baba began maintaining a silence that would not break until his death in 1965.
"Man’s inability to live God’s words makes the Avatar’s teaching a mockery. Instead of practicing the compassion he taught, man has waged wars in his name. Instead of living the humility, purity, and truth of his words, man has given way to hatred, greed, and violence. Because man has been deaf to the principles and precepts laid down by God in the past, in this present Avataric form, I observe silence."
His followers commemorate Baba's 44 years of quiet on this day, Silence Day.
The Historical Inebriant: *
*Any drink you can get in a bar without saying a word
Two musical notes:
The Who's "Baba O'Riley" (Teenage Wasteland) written by Pete Townshend credits the song's philosophical and musical influences, Meher Baba and Terry Riley
Bobby McFerrin's Grammy Award-winning song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" was inspired by a popular quote of Baba's seen on inspirational cards circulated after his death in 1965.