Avatar Meher Baba’s presence pervades the earth at Byramangala
“This scheme of a Universal Spiritual Centre symbolises the character of my
Divine Mission on earth.”
— Meher Baba
The Meher Baba Universal Spiritual Centre at Byramangala is a radiant seed planted by the Avatar of the Age when he hammered an iron stake into the ground where the Central Structure now stands.
The seed began to sprout under his direct focus as nine of twelve small structures he designed were completed and three others were begun. After a period of dormancy and pruning that lasted for four decades, MBUSC began growing again in the early 1980s in keeping with its DNA, the long-range “Scheme” Meher Baba prepared in 1938 and inaugurated in 1939.
Today, the Centre is a sacred space open to visitors all year round from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for prayer, meditation, singing bhajans, reading books by and about Meher Baba, and reflecting on murals illustrating the “Divine Theme” of creation. And giving expression to Meher Baba’s all-embracing Love, MBUSC is actively involved in service projects for those in need of education, health care and the necessities of life in the surrounding community.
The Central Structure and the Twelve Houses
Dedicated to the Oneness of all Faiths
The Divine Theme Murals
Emerging from the Whim, Consciousness evolves in association with the most primitive gross forms.
Creation is an outcome of the Whim, which gave birth to forms that are so “inconceivably finite” they cannot be seen or even imagined by the human mind.
“That is real service where there is no thought of self at all.”
— Meher Baba
Charitable undertakings were part of Meher Baba’s activities even before he started his work as a spiritual teacher in the early 1920s. In addition to founding formal organizations – like hospitals, schools, and dispensaries – Meher Baba hosted both small and large darshan programs at which food and bundles of cloth or clothing were distributed. These programs not only offered needed assistance to those who were served, but provided vital training grounds in selfless service for his disciples.
Distribution of food and cloth, Rahuri 1937
“Selfless service may not only bring you to the foot of that mystical mountain whose summit is Self-realisation, but it may enable you to climb far on the path. Finally, it may bring you in contact with a Perfect Master and cause you to surrender to him.
True Karma means the rendering of service to others without any thought of gain or reward, and also without the least intention of putting others under an obligation.
Never think that by helping another you have put him under any obligation to you. On the contrary, believe that the recipient of your generosity gives you an opportunity to serve yourself.”
— Meher Baba
MBUSC serves society by sponsoring and managing social projects for the community such as educating of underprivileged children, providing clothing for people in need, sponsoring medical clinics and health camps for local villagers and their families, and gifting medical equipment to government hospitals.
Support a Service Project
A donation from the heart, whether in time or funding, will support the continuation and expansion of these service projects.
It is thanks to the selfless service of our volunteers that we are able to provide needed assistance to the local community and maintain the Centre in a manner befitting a Sacred Space. Volunteers are also needed to give tours of the Centre with explanations of the Divine Theme mural, to help in the Library, assist with MBUSC’s accounting, and facilitate the monthly Sahavas and Cultural programs.
To join us in any of these or other satisfying Universal Spiritual Centre activities, please click the link below to fill-out our volunteer form.