God Speaks, the Theme of Creation and Its Purpose by Meher Baba. Dodd, Mead & Company. 1955. (First printing with no statement of later printings.) Hard cover with dust jacket. DUST JACKET: Missing about the top 1/4" and bottom 1 1/2" of the spine in rough tears. Is price-clipped. Other minor tears and wear to the dj. Now protected by a removable mylar dj cover. BOOK: Light cover edge wear. A 1/4" tear from the top of the spine. Except for the publisher's listing at the bottom of the spine, which appears slightly worn, gilt lettering on spine and front cover is bright. Inside the front cover are two rubber stamped? hindu symbols with some rubbing in the middle of the page. A book seller's sticker is inside the back cover. Inside front and back covers is some slight browning. Otherwise, no previous owner markings. No tears, no unpublished folds or creases to pages (there are some fold-out pages). Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. DD25a
"Meher Baba (born Merwan Sheriar Irani; 25 February 1894 – 31 January 1969) was an Indian spiritual master who said he was the Avatar, God in human form.
Merwan Sheriar Irani was born in 1894 in Pune, India to Irani Zoroastrian parents. At the age of 19, he began a seven-year spiritual transformation. During this time he contacted five spiritual masters before beginning his own mission and gathering his own disciples in early 1922, at the age of 27.
From 10 July 1925 to the end of his life, Meher Baba maintained silence, communicating by means of an alphabet board or by unique hand gestures. With his mandali (circle of disciples), he spent long periods in seclusion, during which time he often fasted. He also traveled widely, held public gatherings and engaged in works of charity with lepers, the poor and the mentally ill.
In 1931, Meher Baba made the first of many visits to the West, where he attracted followers. Throughout most of the 1940s, Meher Baba worked with a category of spiritual aspirants called masts, whom he said are entranced or spellbound by internal spiritual experiences. Starting in 1949, along with selected mandali, he traveled incognito about India in an enigmatic and still largely unexplained period he called the "New Life".
After being injured as a passenger in two serious automobile accidents, one in the United States in 1952 and one in India in 1956, his ability to walk became severely limited. In 1962, he invited his Western followers to India for a mass darshan called "The East–West Gathering". Concerned by an increasing use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs, in 1966 Baba stated that they did not convey real benefits. Despite deteriorating health, he continued what he called his "Universal Work", which included fasting and seclusion, until his death on 31 January 1969. His samadhi (shrine/tomb) in Meherabad, India, has become a place of international pilgrimage." Wikipedia
About 'God Speaks' "No other work has yet been published which takes the reader so deeply into the fundamental purpose and the mechanics of life and the universe. "God Speaks" is a minutely detailed description of the evolution of the soul from the time of its creation until it has completed its function of the evolution and involution of consciousness and has returned to the Over Soul from which it originated." - from a blurb on the book.