2018 SPRING SAHAVAS
Our guests, Ross and Jenny Keating
JENNY KEATING (nee Le Page) first met Meher Baba in 1956 at Meher House in Sydney when she was two years old; then again in 1958 at Avatar's Abode; and in 1962 in India at the East-West Gathering. She grew up in Meher House and knew the mandali, especially Mehera, Mani and Eruch as family. Francis was also like an uncle, living with the family off and on until his departure for India in 1959. From there he sent a lot of his early songs to Jenny's mum Joan and along with Jenny's sister Maree they were the first to learn them. A tape recording of Jenny singing along with Maree was heard by Baba in 1967 and again in 1968. Jenny now lives next door to Meher House with Ross and cares for the flower gardens around Meher House. She also oversees the preservation and documentation of her father, Bill Le Page's archives. Jenny is a columnist for "All (Baba) Things Considered", the online series by Sheriar Books. Click here to read her Articles.
ROSS KEATING heard of Meher Baba in 1969 and travelled to India throughout the 70's and 80's and got to know the mandali and hear firsthand of their life with Baba. He was also one of a small group who spent weekends with Francis Brabazon at Avatar's Abode during the 70's. He completed a doctorate on Francis's life and poetry which was later published, Francis Brabazon Poet of the Silent Word: a Modern Hafiz (2002). He has also published a book of poems, A First Act (2015) and a fictional work Reading Stay With God (2017). In 1978 he married Jenny Le Page and they have two daughters, Roshan and Nadya. Both Ross and Jenny are singer songwriters and are planning to release a CD of their original songs.
Our Spring Sahavas in 2018 was the first large gathering at Meherana since the fire. Months of work was required to restore the site and replace structures and supplies. Many thanks to the volunteers who helped it all come together. The backdrop painting for Meherana's new stage was done by Melinda Abeles. During the Sahavas wildflowers were still in abundance and the beauty of Meherana returned. Thank you Meher Baba!
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