In a simple and beautiful ceremony in December 1944, Beloved Meher Baba laid the foundation of His Memorial Tower. On this historic occasion, Baba had read out the names of all those who would be inscribed on the "tower of glory".  As each name was read, Baba placed a flower into the graves of His beloved disciples Masaji and Chanji, their tomb being the very foundation of the tower itself.

 

While the graves were being covered, Baba too threw in some earth, as did each of His lovers gathered for the occasion. Picking up the last few rose petals, He scattered them on top of the graves and said, "For all my future lovers to come."

Afterwards, Adi K. Irani read Baba's Message of The Memorial Tower of MeherabadIt is an extraordinary message. It is in this Message that the purpose of the tower can be gathered. 

"While the world is feverishly occupied with the vanishing things of the moment, there always are those who gain true perspective of life, through the grace of the Master … (those) who serve My Cause with unimpeachable integrity of character … who set aside all thoughts of the self and make their life an offering to the divine and imperative cause of the Master. …

"A visible memorial like a tower, which symbolizes their life of unfailing loyalty and love can itself become a medium for inspiring the generations to come. …"

Meher Baba has directed in His Message that the emblems of all the important religions of the world be placed on the tower.  "The tower will be in memory of men belonging to different religions and will in fact represent the fundamental unity of all the great world religions. … The tower shall thus be a silent proclamation of the unity of all religions. …" 

Moreover, Baba used the flowers symbolically. "The putting of all these flowers in the same foundation is intended to emphasize the Truth that, though the bodies of these devotees were different, they were all part of one eternal and indivisible soul. …" 

Eruch Jessawala has said of the Tower, "We can see that the purpose of the Memorial Tower from Baba's Message is to inspire future generations toward living a life of surrenderance, and at the same time proclaiming the unity of all religions and the unity of the spirit." (extract from the 122nd Meeting of the Board of Trustees, 2001) 

The tower is presently being constructed on the land consecrated by Baba, bestowing on that sacred ground, in His words, "… a reservoir of inspiration and power for posterity. …"

 

Courtesy of Suzan Iimura for Avatar Meher Baba Trust, 5 March 2015

Copyright © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, All rights reserved.

Chanji and Masaji (circled left and right) amidst other Eastern and Western disciples, Lower Meherabad, 23 January 1937. (Photo courtesy MN Publications)
Chanji and Masaji (circled left and right) amidst other Eastern and Western disciples, Lower Meherabad, 23 January 1937. (Photo courtesy MN Publications)
 Image courtesy of Glow Int. magazine - Spring 2020
Image courtesy of Glow Int. magazine - Spring 2020
The tower as it will look when completed. (Photo of the model by Ted Judson)
The tower as it will look when completed. (Photo of the model by Ted Judson)

MAHARASHTRA STATE

The Memorial Tower is 17.06 metres / 56 feet tall

 

Ted Judson : Architect

Ty Provosty : Architectural drawings, concrete design & the marble fixing system

Vaibhau & Vikram Joshi : Builders & General contractors

Kiran Trivedi : Provided the marble & plaque with Baba's message

Evie Lee : Made the prism in Shanghai

Shri Gopalakrisnan : Fabricated the steel

Paul Morris : Designed the lighting & lightning protection

Emory & Susan Ayers : Fundraising organisers

Nadia Wolinska : Designed & managed the spire's etching

Haidee & Michael Cooke : Laid out the lettered names on the marble.

Shelia Krynski : Lettering design

Hughie MacDonald : Assebled the spire & advised.

Jeff Lowe : Helped with everything.

Tim Garvin & Gary Lee : Inscribed the letters to the spire base.

 

White marble supplied from a quarry at the foot of Mt.Abu, Gujarat, India

Marble fabricated by the Trivedi Stone & Marble Corporation, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Plinth basalt from the township of Vambori, 15 Kms west of Meherazad.

Pinnacle of the Tower is made of glass.

The same marble was used on the Dilwara Temple near Mt.Abu. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilwara_Temples

 

 

 

CLICK ON THE MAP TO ENLARGE

The Memorial Tower is located at the top R/H side of the map
The Memorial Tower is located at the top R/H side of the map

The above map is from the book "Meherabad Walking Tour" guide, authored by Peter & Debbie Nordeen . The artwork was by Glenn Magrini and colour rendering by Anthony Zois, courtesy of AMB Trust in India.

AERIAL MAP OF MEHERABAD
AERIAL MAP OF MEHERABAD

CLICK ON ALL THE MAPS TO ENLARGE

 Entire message Meher Baba gave on 23rd Dec.,1944 : Image courtesy of Glow Int. magazine - Spring 2020
Entire message Meher Baba gave on 23rd Dec.,1944 : Image courtesy of Glow Int. magazine - Spring 2020
Courtesy of In His Service newsletter - July 2014
Courtesy of In His Service newsletter - July 2014
Architect Ted Judson (with friend) at the Memorial construction site.
Architect Ted Judson (with friend) at the Memorial construction site.

6 MAIN RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS

Photo courtesy of Mark Trichka
Photo courtesy of Mark Trichka

CONSTRUCTION

MEMORIAL TOWER - Under construction
MEMORIAL TOWER - Under construction
Article courtesy of "In His Service" newsletter  - Jan. 2012
Article courtesy of "In His Service" newsletter - Jan. 2012
 Courtesy of "In His Service" newsletter - December 2015
Courtesy of "In His Service" newsletter - December 2015
Courtesy of "In His Service" newsletter - December 2015
Courtesy of "In His Service" newsletter - December 2015
This article was taken from the monthly India Trust newsletter "In His Service" - July 2014. Click on image to enlarge.
This article was taken from the monthly India Trust newsletter "In His Service" - July 2014. Click on image to enlarge.
Courtesy of In His Service newsletter - June 2019
Courtesy of In His Service newsletter - June 2019

Check out the great article about the Memorial Tower in the new edition of

GLOW International - Spring 2020.           Website: www.belovedarchives.org

INAUGURATION  23rd December 2019

 

Meher Baba Himself laid the foundation for the Tower 75 years earlier, to the day, on December 23rd, 1944.

Meher Baba also had Adi K. Irani  read out a message specifying certain details regarding the construction of the tower.

Baba directed that the names of those who “served My Cause with unimpeachable integrity of character before dropping their bodies” be inscribed on the Tower.

 

https://newsite.ambppct.org/index.php/inauguration-of-the-memorial-tower-part-ii

 

 

Chairman of the Avatar Meher Baba Trust - Shridhar Kelkar  officiated along with other speakers at the Inauguration of the Memorial Tower at Meherabad.  See images below of the event, also the video at the end of this web page.

 

GRAVES AT THE SITE

Click on the following names to visit their web pages on this web site.

NAMES ON THE MEMORIAL TOWER

 

The following list of names was provided by Peter & Debbie Nordeen.

The colour coding and last page comments are from Anthony Zois.

 

 

In this following section I have tried to show images of the Westerners whose names were included on the Memorial Tower. Many are unknown persons who cannot be highlighted, presently.

An additional sections to showcase the Indian sub-continent persons will hopefully be added at some time in the future.

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AUSTRALIAN NAMES ON THE MEMORIAL TOWER

 

The following is from Anthony Zois.

Baron Momin von Frankenburg should also have been part of the following list.

 

 

 

BARON

MOMIN VON FRANKENBURG

 

 

 **Image is cropped from original

 

Image courtesy of  Avatar's Abode Trust Archives

 

 

Visit his web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/personalities/baron-m-von-frankenburg/

 

 

 

FRANCES  LEE

 

 

 

**Image is cropped from original

 

Image is courtesy of the Le Page Collection

 

 

 

ROY  Le PAGE

 

 

 

**Image is cropped from original

 

Image is courtesy of the Le Page Collection

 

 

 

 

JUDITH  HUMPHRIES

 

 

 

** Image is cropped from the original

 

 

Image courtesy of  Avatar's Abode Trust Archives

 

THERE IS NO KNOWN IMAGE OF SAREPTA LAWRENCE PRESENTLY, OR A WEB PAGE.

AMERICAN NAMES ON THE MEMORIAL TOWER WITH WEB PAGES

 

The following is from Anthony Zois.

These following pages only showcase the Americans with web pages on this web site.

 

 

NORINA  MATCHABELLI, Princess

 

 

 

Visit her web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/women/norina-matchabelli-1/

 

 

 

NADINE  TOLSTOY, Countess

 

 

 

Visit her web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/women/nadine-tolstoy/

 

 

 

NONNY  GAYLEY

 

 - mother of RANO GAYLEY

 

Visit her web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/women/nonny-gayley/

 

 

 

 

MILDRED  KYLE

 

 

 

 

Visit her web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/women/mildred-kyle/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of MN Publications

 

 

 

 

RUANO  BOGISLAV

 

 

 

Visit her web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/women/ruano-bogislav/

 

 

 

 

GARRETT  FORT

 

 

 

Visit his web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/men/garrett-fort/

 

 

 

 

GABRIEL  PASCAL

 

 

 

Visit his web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/men/gabriel-pascal/

 

 

 

 

 

CONSUELLA de SIDES  "CONNIE "

 

 - wife of Afredo de Sides

 

Visit her web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/women/consuella-de-sides/

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of MN Publications

 

 

 

 

MURSHIDA

RABIA  MARTIN

 

 - succeeded HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN as leader of Sufism in the USA

 

Visit her web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/personalities/murshida-rabia-ada-martin/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MALCOLM  SCHLOSS

 

 

 

Visit his web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/men/malcolm-schloss/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONA  SCHLOSS ( nee De Vere )

 

 

 

Visit her husband's web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/men/malcolm-schloss/

 

 - 2nd Wife of Malcolm Schloss

 

 Image courtesy of MN Publications

 

 

 

 

 

 JAMES TERRY  DUCE

 

 - Husband of IVY O. DUCE

 

Visit his web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/men/terry-duce/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ALEXANDER MARKEY

 

 

 

Visit his web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/men/alexander-markey/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ROBERT ROOTHBERT

 

 - husband of ANTONIE von ROOTHBERT

 

Visit he & his wife's web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/personalities/antonie-von-horn-roothbert/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following American names have no known image of presently, or web pages on this site.

 

MARGARET  SCOTT

SUSAN DIMPFL

AARON  SHAW

GLADYS  LOCKE

KENNETH  PATTERSON  ( ELIZABETH'S husband )

BURWELL  EVANS

MARY LOU  ROYS

MARY E.  BENTLEY

RUTH  HEIKES

RODHA  UTTERBUCK

HARRIET  FAIRCLOTH

KATE  FERRIS  - owner of the Scarsdale House, New York in 1952

 

ENGLISH NAMES ON THE MEMORIAL TOWER

 

 

 

 

 

 CHARLES PURDOM

 

 

 

Visit his web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/men/charles-purdom/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 WILLIAM BACKETT

 

 - husband of Mary Backett

 

Visit his web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/men/will-backett/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 MARY BACKETT

 

- wife of William Backett

 

Visit her web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/women/mary-backett/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANN POWELL

 

 

No web page presently

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHARLES KENNETH ROSS

 

 - Husband of Josephine Ross & son-in-law of MARY ANTIN

 

Visit his web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/men/charles-kenneth-ross/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUENTIN TOD

 

 

 

Visit his web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/men/quentin-tod/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MABEL RYAN

 

 

Visit her web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/women/mabel-ryan/

 

 

 - Dance school business partner of MARGARET CRASKE

 

 

 

CHRISTINE  Mc NAUGHTON   

 

 

Visit her web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/women/christine-mcnaughton/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIEBIE PUGH

 

Born : 1888

Died : 1966

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Shelagh Rowling ( UK )

 

 

The following English names have no known image of presently, or web pages on this website.

 

MADAM IDA POLLI

NORMAN FRANKLIN

LENA R. HARRIS

HERBERT STONE

MARGARET TREADWELL

MAY CLUSE -  sister of Kitty Davy

HELENA DAVY  ( 1860 - 1932 ) - mother of Kitty Davy

 

If you know of any information regarding these names please contact us through the Guestbook page.

EUROPEAN  NAMES ON THE MEMORIAL TOWER

 

 

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 ROBERT ANTONI -  France

 

 

- husband of Yvonne Antoni

 

Visit his web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/men/robert-antoni/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WALTER MERTENS  - Switzerland

 

- husband of Hedi Mertens

 

Visit his web page :

https://www.meherbabatravels.com/his-close-ones/men/walter-mertens/

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following European & Middle Eastern names have no known image of presently, or web pages on this website.

 

FRIEDA OBERHOLZER - Switzerland

MR. & MRS. OTTO BILLO - Switzerland

BERTHA KAUFMAN - Israel

 

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