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Don Stevens’ Memorial

Don Stevens 14th January 1919 – 26th April 2011

Don Stevens’ Farewell 19th May 2011

St. James, Piccadilly Rector: Lucy Winkett

Don at his 90th birthday

Miserere by Allegri is played as Don’s coffin enters the Church

Welcome and opening Scripture reading and prayer — Lucy Winkett

Pie Jesu from the requiem by Fauré, sung by Christine Joucla — accompanied by the Organist Malcolm Hicks

Prayer — All “O Parvardigar”

Hymn — All “Love Divine”

Love Divine, all loves excelling, Joy of Heaven, to earth come down, Fix in us thy humble dwelling, All thy faithful mercies crown. Baba, thou art all compassion, Pure, unbounded love thou art; Visit us with thy salvation, Enter every longing heart. Come, Almighty, to deliver, Let us all thy grace receive, Suddenly return, and never, Never more thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, Serve thee as thy hosts above; Pray and praise thee without ceasing, Glory in the perfect love. Finish then thy new creation, Pure and spotless let us be; Let us see thy great salvation, Perfectly restored in thee. Changed from glory into glory, Till in Heaven we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before thee, Lost in wonder, love and praise.

Don’s life story — Laurent Weichberger

Don’s work with the English companions — Renate Moritz

“Love Is a Many-Splendoured Thing” — Lol Benbow

Don’s work with the French companions — Françoise Lemétais

Don’s work with the American companions — Richard Griffin

“Song of the New Life” — Jean Gousseff

Indian contribution, song written by Meher Baba — sung by Sakshee Bhalekar

Australian contribution — Sakshee Bhalekar

Hymn — All “How Great Thou Art”

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder Consider all, the worlds thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

(Chorus) Then sings my soul, my saviour God to thee, How great thou art, how great thou art. Then sings my soul, my saviour God to thee, How great thou art, how great thou art.

When through the woods and forest glades I wander, And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees, When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze. (Chorus) When Baba comes, with shouts of acclamation And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow, in humble adoration, And there proclaim, My God, how great thou art. (Chorus)

Prayers of Commendation — Lucy Winkett

“Amazing Grace” — sung by Anna Wales and Kathryn Harris

“Meher Baba’s Last Message on the Alphabet Board” — read by Sevn McAuley

There is no reason at all for any of you to worry. Baba was, Baba is and Baba will also be eternally existent. Severance of external relations does not mean the termination of internal links. It was only for establishing the internal connections that external contacts have been maintained till now. The time has now come for being bound in the chain of internal connections. Hence, external contact is no longer necessary. It is possible to establish the internal link by obeying Baba’s orders. I give you all my blessings for strengthening these internal links.

I am always with you and I am not away from you. I was, am and will remain eternally with you, and it is for promoting this realization that I have severed external contact. This will enable all persons to realize Truth by being bound to each other with internal links.

O my lovers, I love you all! It is only because of my love for my creation that I have descended on Earth. Let not your hearts be torn asunder by my declarations concerning the dropping of my body. On the contrary, accept my Divine Will cheerfully. You can never escape from me. Even if you try to escape from me, it is not possible to get rid of me. Therefore, have courage and be brave.

If you thus lose your hearts, how will it be possible for you to fulfill the great task which I have entrusted to you? Be brave and spread my message of love far and wide to all quarters, in order to fulfill my Divine Will. Let the words ‘Baba, Baba, Baba’ come forth from the mouth of every child, and let their ignorance be reduced to ashes by the burning flame of my love.

Come together in order to fulfill my will by taking your stand on Truth, Love and Honesty, and be worthy of participating in my task.

I give you all my blessings for spreading my message of love.

— MEHER BABA

Bach Preludes are played as Don’s coffin leaves St. James’s Church

Following Don’s and Claude’s wishes, a few Companions will accompany the coffin to the crematorium.

The Café Concerto opposite the Church will serve refreshments from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Meher Baba Centre at 228 Hammersmith Grove, W6 7HG, will be open between 4.00 to 7.45 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided, for those wishing to gather together.

‘The truth has shared so much of itself with me that I can no longer call myself a man, a woman, an angel. Or even pure soul Love has befriended Hafiz so completely It has turned to ash and freed me Of every concept and image my mind has ever known.

— Hafiz

     
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