Meditations on the Ancient One
Meditations on the Ancient One is not really a book; it is a work of art. It consists of magnificent pictures that are the culmination of Charlie Mills’s 30 years of painting the Divine Beloved. Think of it as a bound collection of 24 reproductions of selected paintings. Of these, 23 are of Meher Baba and one is an exquisite portrait of Mehera, Meher Baba’s Beloved.
The pages are 8 by 10 inches, a size intimate enough to hold in the lap or place on a surface in front of you. The intention of the book is stated in the title: it is designed for meditation by the viewer. In his Discourses, Meher Baba describes “concentration on the form of the Master” as one of the most desirable forms of personal meditation. Gazing at the Master’s form in these artistic portraits is a simple way to practice this meditation.
Many of the pictures will evoke loving thoughts of specific places and times in Baba’s life: sitting regally on his gadi near his Tomb-Shrine; smiling in the setting of Meher Center, with the lake, boathouse, and tall pines behind him; saluting the God in you during a Darshan; gazing out at sea from the deck of an ocean liner; relaxing gracefully amid flowers in his garden. You really must see it and experience it. The first page is an image of Baba that appears veiled, as if translucent vellum paper were laid over it. Then you slowly turn the pages, and the veil is lifted. Let the meditations begin.
Meditations on The Ancient One is availbable for $45.00 by special order through this site or at your Baba book store.
Below are 3 images from the book.
(99-6) Oil, Acrylic, and Charcoal Pencil on Canvas
Working with this image provided a sense of privilege, as if being allowed to observe a very private moment.
(99-2) Acrylic on Canvas
The Perfect prasad is handed to a fortunate devotee.
Los Angeles, 1932
(09-3) Oil on Canvas
Baba’s first visit to California in 1932 included this relaxed setting in a Hollywood backyard. This image is also featured on the cover of Meditations on The Ancient One.