Companion Books is an organization whose mission is the furtherance of the teachings of Meher Baba and the preservation of his words. Through translation, publication, and distribution we seek to make a range of literary works by and about Meher Baba available to all.
The organization has its origins in a request made by Meher Baba in the early 1960’s to one of his close companions, Don Stevens, to translate and publish certain books that Baba had written. Originally this involved three books: God Speaks; Discourses and Listen, Humanity, into three languages: French, German and Spanish. Over the years the range of books and the languages that they have been translated into has grown.
Companion Books has also been involved in the publication of a variety of other books by people inspired by Meher Baba, including many by Don Stevens himself. Topics include: poetry and ghazals; intuition; forgiveness; sexuality and the spiritual path.
About Meher Baba
Meher Baba (born Merwan Sheriar Irani; 25 February 1894 – 31 January 1969) was an Indian spiritual master.
Merwan Sheriar Irani was born in 1894 in Pune, India, to Irani Zoroastrian parents. His spiritual transformation began when he was 19 years old and lasted for seven years. During this time he contacted five spiritual teachers before beginning his own mission and gathering his own disciples in early 1922, at the age of 27.
From 10 July 1925 to the end of his life, Meher Baba maintained silence, communicating by means of an alphabet board or by unique hand gestures. With his mandali (circle of disciples), he spent long periods in seclusion, during which time he often fasted. He also traveled widely, held public gatherings, and engaged in works of charity with lepers and the poor.
Meher Baba gave numerous teachings on the cause and purpose of life, including teaching reincarnation and that the phenomenal world is an illusion. He taught that the Universe is imagination, that God is what really exists, and that each soul is really God passing through imagination to realize individually his own divinity. In addition he gave practical advice for the aspirant who wishes to attain God-realization and thereby escape the wheel of births and deaths. He also taught about the concept of Perfect Masters, the Avatar, and those on the various stages of the spiritual path that he called involution. His most important teachings are recorded in his principal books Discourses and God Speaks.
His legacy includes the Avatar Meher Baba Charitable Trust he established in India, a handful of centres for information and pilgrimage, as well as an influence on pop-culture artists and the introduction of common expressions such as “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”