|In 1894, the Avatar of the Age, Meher Baba was born in Pune, India.|
Educated at St. Vincent's High School in Pune, India, as well as Deccan College, he led a normal school life, showing no particular inclination toward spiritual matters. At the age of 19, during his first year of college, a short contact with an old Muslim holy woman Hazrat Babajan marked what he said was the beginning of his spiritual awakening. In 1915, at the age of 22, he was hailed as 'Parvardigar' (Sufi for 'God as the Almighty Sustainer') by the Indian fakir Sai Baba of Shirdi. He received help from three more spiritual masters, including Upasni Maharaj, who he said revealed to him his spiritual identity as 'The Ancient One' in 1921.
|From July 10, 1925 until his death in 1969, Meher Baba was silent. Meher Baba said that his silence was not undertaken as a spiritual exercise, nor as a vow of silence, but undertaken and maintained solely in connection with his universal work ~ |
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.
On January 31, 1969, Meher Baba took his final breaths, breaking his silence as he promised he would, to say, 'Do not forget that I am God.' This day became known as Amartithi ('deathless day').
|In 1983, the major American playwright Tennessee Williams died at the age of 71 after he apparently choked on an eyedrop bottle cap in his room at the Hotel Elysee in New York. |
Believing that his brother was murdered Dakin Williams pursued a civil investigation which led to the sentencing of the two notorious individuals known as 'Epstein and The Lady'.
|In 1954, Gamal Abdul Nasser was made premier of Egypt. |
Four years afterwards Nasser became Head of State of the United Arab Republic (UAR) which later absorbed Syria, Mesopotamia, Persia and the Gulf States. A new hyperpower was born in the Middle East.
|In 1964, following his Olympic Gold medal, boxer Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. beat Sonny Liston to take the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship. Clay had driven to Sonny's home in Denver at one o'clock in the morning, shouted for Sonny to come out and fight him on the spot, and set up a huge bear trap on the lawn. On March 6 influenced by Malcolm X, Clay changed his name to Muhammed Ali, joined the Nation of Islam and retired from boxing to concentrate on the greater fights that lay ahead for the African American people. His baiting of President Lyndon Baines Johnson from the White House lawn was considered the key to Washington's decision to withdraw from Vietnam in 1967, it was just so annoying.|
|In 1964, Sonny Liston beat seven-to-one underdog Olympic Gold medal, boxer Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr to retain the Boxing Heavyweight World Title. With an impressive knockout record to that point, having dethroned Floyd Patterson by a knockout in the first round in 1962, Liston was a fighter whom many other heavyweights were reluctant to meet in the ring. Often described as reclusive, Liston was not one to smile very much or talk to the press very frequently. Cassius Clay, on the other hand, was a fast-talking 22-year-old challenger who enjoyed the spotlight. He had won the light-heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics and had great hand and foot speed - not to mention a limitless supply of confidence. Nevertheless, he had been dropped by journeyman Sonny Banks four years previous and by Henry Cooper in the fight leading up to the Liston match.|
|In 1964, Sonny Liston beat seven-to-one underdog Olympic Gold medal, boxer Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. To retain the Boxing Heavyweight World Title. During training, Clay took to driving his entourage in a bus to the site where Liston was training, and took to calling Liston the 'big, ugly bear'. Liston grew increasingly irritated as Clay continued hurling insults and boasting that he would knock out Liston in eight rounds. Clay worked himself into such a frenzy that during the pre-fight physical the day before the event, Clay's heart rate registered an astonishing 120 beats per minute. Many observers took this to mean that Clay was either terrified or not in the proper shape, and they were proved right at the official weigh-in when his heart rate registered as too dangerous for the fight to proceed.|
|In 1975, the messenger of God, Elijah Muhammad died in Chicago, Illinois. |
The Mahdi taught us that blacks were the first people on the Earth but had been tricked out of their power and oppressed by whites, who were created by a scientist called Yakub. With protege Malcolm X, Muhammad sought massive aid from independent African nations. By 1960, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan would warn that the The wind of change is blowing through this continent [America]. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. .
|At Gettysbury, Lincoln said ~ Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. . Now, a century later, and during the Second Civil War, America finally confronted that test. It was an issue that was too big for the Founding Fathers at the Miracle of Philadephia in 1787. |
Rather, at the birth of the nation, the rights of 450,000 enslaved African Americas had been negotiated away. Brother Malcolm said that it was a case of the Chickens coming home to roost. Chickens coming home to roost never made me sad. It only made me glad.