This structure did not exist when Baba first came to Meherazad. What we know today as Mandali Hall began as a garage to house two cars given to Baba by Elizabeth Patterson.
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Originally, there was only a dirt floor and makeshift bamboo matting for walls. After the cars were disposed of, it later evolved into a stable for Mehera’s pet horse Sheba. At that time, mud brick walls were created to make a sort of stable for the horse. There were no windows and there was no front door, only the back gate. In the corner of the stable was a soap-box used by the groom and hay covered the floor. When the horse was eventually given away to the Military, the stable was empty.
One day Baba came through the back gate into the stable and sat down on the groom’s soapbox. The mandali sat down on the hay, and Baba asked the men, “Any letters?” After a few hours Baba returned to the women’s side but again returned to the stable in the afternoon to meet with the men. Thus, the garage cum stable ultimately became the ‘Office’ of the Avatar.
In a very real sense, the Avatar’s ‘Office’ remains open to this day for those who are drawn to imbibe the atmosphere Baba created there for His work.
Eruch Jessawala gives a tour of Mandali Hall