Meher Baba, born Merwan Sheriar Iran on February 25, 1894 was a beloved Indian spiritual master who asserted he was the Avatar, or God in human form. When he was just nineteen he contacted five spiritual teachers before beginning his mission and gathering his own disciples in early 1922, at the age of just twenty seven. From July 1925 to the end of his life Baba maintained silence, communicating by means of an alphabet board or unique hand gestures. In 1931, Meher Baba made the first of many visits to the West, where he attracted many dedicated followers. Baba continued what he called his “Universal Work”, which included fasting and seclusion, until his death on January 31,1969. His samadhi in Meherabad, India, has become a place of international pilgrimage.