THE VIRUS & THE WORD: The Breaking of the Silence of Meher Baba. Poems by Paul Smith & Quotes of Meher Baba. From July 10, 1925 until shortly before his dropping the physical form in 1969, the Perfect Spiritual Master, Meher Baba, was silent. He communicated first by using an alphabet board, and later by unique hand gestures that were interpreted and spoken out by one of his mandali, usually by his close disciple Eruch Jessawala. Meher Baba said that his silence was not undertaken as a spiritual exercise but solely in connection with his inner universal work. ‘Man’s inability to live God’s words makes the Avatar’s teaching a mockery. Instead of practicing the compassion he taught, man has waged wars in his name. Instead of living the humility, purity, and truth of his words, man has given way to hatred, greed, and violence. Because man has been deaf to the principles and precepts laid down by God in the past, in this present Avataric form, I observe silence.’ He declared that he would ‘break his silence’ with the one Word of words that would be heard by all and begin the New Humanity on earth after a world-wide catastrophe. Here are free-form poems and ghazals by Paul Smith over 50 years about Meher Baba’s Silence and the Word, along with quotes by Meher Baba and his closest disciples on his Silence and the Word that was promised to be spoken. Large Format Paperback 7″ x 1o”. Pages 330. Paul Smith (b. 1945) is an Australian poet and translator of many books of Sufi poets of the Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Pashtu, Kashmiri and other languages including Hafiz, Sadi, Nizami, Dard, Nazir, Rumi, ‘Attar, Sana’i, ‘Iraqi, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Khayyam, Ghalib, Iqbal, Rahman Baba, Huma, Seemab, Jigar, Mir, Hali, Khushak, Ahmed Shawqi, Ibn al-Farid, Rabi’a, Mahsati, Zauq, Faizi and many others, as well as his own poetry, fiction, plays, biographies, children’s books and a dozen screenplays.