Merwan Sheriar Irani was born in Poona, India, on February 25, 1894. His parents were of Persian extraction. His father, Sheriar Irani, was a persistent seeker of God.
Merwan was a lively and happy boy who excelled in both studies and sports. In 1913 while in his first year at Poona’s Deccan College he met the aged Muslim saint Hazrat Babajan, one of the five Perfect Masters of the time. Being attracted to her, he visited her from time to time and one day she kissed him on the forehead, revealing to him his state of God-realization.
At first Merwan was dazed but gradually the focus of his consciousness returned sufficiently to his surroundings to lead him to the Qutub-i-Irshad, Sai Baba, who in turn sent him to another Perfect Master, the Hindu, Upasni Maharaj of Sakori. For seven years Upasni Maharaj integrated Merwan’s God-consciousness with consciousness of the mundane world, preparing him for his role as the Avatar of the Age. This avataric mission started in 1921 with the gathering together of his first disciples, who gave him the name “Meher Baba” or “Compassionate Father.”
After years of intensive work with these disciples, and travel in India and Persia (Iran), Meher Baba established quarters at an old military camp near