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Don Stevens

Don E. Stevens (January 14, 1919 – April 26, 2011)

Meher Baba and Don Stevens

This came from Laurent Weichberger:
My Dear Friends, This just came to me from England. My Beautiful Big Bear has passed into Beloved Baba’s Divine Embrace. In the story from Keith, it was actually Baba calling Don back to him, three times, for an embrace, and that was the last visit Don had with Baba. This will go in Don’s biography accurately. All my love, Laurent
“Dear Friends, This morning at 6:15am [London time] our very dear Don Stevens passed away peacefully into Baba’s arms. Rachel and Jan were called to his side. They said the prayers, and sang ‘Amazing Grace,’ ‘Morning has Broken,’ and ‘Welcome to My World’ at his hospital bedside. After this they both whispered Meher Baba to him, and he slipped away. A short while ago, I asked him what was his most precious memory of his times with Baba, and he said it was when Baba came to him on three separate occasions to say goodbye, and after that he never saw Baba in the body again. Dear Don we will always remember your very loving devotion and surrenderence to our Beloved – you (are) a great inspiration to us all – God Bless and much love from us all, and thank you for all your loving kindness that you have shown to us throughout the years. In Baba’s Love and Service, Keith Ashton”
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4 Responses to Don Stevens

  • I have a clear memory of reading two incidents in which Baba, Eruch and Don Stevens were clarifying some written work in India. When they finished with it, Baba turned to Eruch and asked him if he didn’t agree that Don was a mandali. Eruch heartily agreed. The second incident was similar, as if to fix this idea in Eruch and Don’s minds, and to connect them in Baba’s inimitable way. Unfortunately I do not remember in which book I read this.

  • Jai Baba! I love Mani’s comment above, thank you Dorothy!
    At a Rocky Mountain Sahavas some years ago, before her book was published, Billi Eaton related how she was told by Elizabeth and Kitty, I believe it was, that Baba had said to them that Don was one of his mandali (I don’t think this is in her book). I don’t know that this matters. I just wanted it on the record.

    One thing I can tell you for certain: he was honored as a murshid at the Shrine of Moeniddin Chisti in 2009. In a loving ceremony of respect he was presented with a scarf sent by the Shariff who had spoken earlier with us, the 50 participants of the Beads on One String pilgrimage of 2009, after our offering the name of Allah in a 5-minute repetition. This we did at each sacred site on the tour, taking the name of whatever God was associated with the site.
    For Don, this was the manifestation of an intuition that had developed and gained clarity over a period of years.
    Another thing I can tell you: he was the best of murshids to those many of us who are Sufis Out of Order.
    His enormous contributions – in prolific written work, and in establishing dedicated groups of companions, will stand through time.
    He continues to teach us still.

    God love him!
    Jai Baba Don Stevens!

  • Thank you for remembering Don Stevens in the category of mandali. Controversy aside- Manu told me in her sly simplicity one day, almost as an aside comment- You know dear, anyone who wants to can BE mandali. Reminds me that the status of our heart’s development really is a confidential affair between us & Our Constant Companion- nothing that can honestly be judged by the external world that knows nothing of the heart’s privilege.

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