Samantha & Leslie Bridger

60th Anniversary of Meher Baba's 1952 Car Accident

60th Anniversary of Meher Baba's 1952 Car Accident

Saturday May 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM 
Saturday May 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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12:00 p.m.  Potluck Lunch

1:30 p.m     Program

3:00 p.m.    Tea & Close


Meher Mount 
9902 Sulphur Mountain Road
Ojai, CA 93023

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Meher Mount

Meher Mount
9902 Sulphur Mountain Road
Ojai, CA 93023

Meher Mount is a 173-acre universal spiritual center
dedicated to Avatar Meher Baba. 
Visitors come to Meher Mount in Ojai, California,
for pilgrimage, for celebrating Divine Love and Oneness, for loving God through nature,
 and for service.

General Guidelines for Your Visit

Potluck Dish: There is a potluck lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a "ready-made" dish or drinks to share.  There are no cooking facilities, so please bring something that is already cooked and prepared.  Plates, cups and eating utensils will be provided. Clean-up is also "potluck" with everyone pitching in.

What to Bring: A hat, jacket, sunglasses, and suncreen are highly recommended. 

Walking: Close-toed walking shoes are suggested. Please pay attention to where you walk as there are rattlesnakes.

Fire Danger: Outdoor fires including candles, incense, and cigarettes are prohiitied.  Smoking is only in your automobile in the parking area.

Pets: Please do not bring your pets to Meher Mount.

Children: Children are welcome. There is no child care.  Parents are responsible for the safety of their children. Adults should be with children under 12 at all times.  Children are not allowed on the historic farm equipment. 

Agnes white house

THE "WHITE HOUSE" - In preparation for Meher Baba's proposed 10-day stay at Meher Mount in 1952, Agnes Baron had an old carpenter's shed brought on the property as a place for the men mandali to stay. The building became known as the "white house." (Archive photo.)


On Saturday, May 19, 2012, join in the Remembrance of the 60th Anniversary of Avatar Meher Baba's 1952 Accident.  The event at Meher Mount is from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - Potluck Lunch

1:30 p.m.   -  Program with The Meher Mount Players

  • Meher Baba's 1952 Visit to America  
  • Meher Baba's Accident Near Prague, Oklahoma 
  • Meher Mount - Meher Baba's Planned Stay & News of the Accident

3:00 p.m.  -  Tea & Close     

All are welcome.  Please bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch.  If you have additional questions, you can email Meher Mount at or call 805-640-0000.


In a three-part story written by Wayne Myers and Jeff Maguire, The Meher Mount Players will narrate the story surrounding Meher Baba's 1952 accident near Prague, Oklahoma. 

The Meher Mount Players is an ad hoc group of thespians who periodically perform dramatic readings related to Avatar Meher Baba.  They are delighted to participate in the 60th Anniversary Program in remembrance of Avatar Meher Baba's 1952 automobile accident in America.

 File:Annie Potts at the Governor's Ball following the 41st Annual Emmy Awards cropped and airbrushed.jpgThe featured players include Annie Potts, most recently appearing in the ABC comedy-drama series GCB.  She has also appeared in a number of movies, including Ghostbusters, Pretty in Pink, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Who's Harry Crumb?, and Ghostbusters II. and additional television series including Designing Women. Annie has been nominated for an Emmy Award and twice for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role in the series Any Day Now.  

  George Gerdes is a veteran actor of Broadway, regional theater, film, television and radio.  A most recent role was in The Girl with the Dragon  Tattoo.  George holds a degree in Drama from Carnegie-Mellon University.  As a singer-songwriter, Gerdes made two albums for United Artists Records entitled respectively, Obituary and Son of Obituary.  

Ron HolseyRon Holsey has appeared in theatrical productions in Southern California and beyond, including: You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Ragtime, Titanic, The Seat of Justice, Avenue X, and Pippin.  Ron has written for several TV shows including Martha Speaks (just nominated for an Emmy Award), Curious George, Johnny Test, Big Time Rush and Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.  This is his third production with the Meher Mount Players. 

Sam ErvinSam Ervin, founder of The Meher Mount Players, directed and acted in a number of plays in college (minored in drama), community theater, and in the army.  In his "professional" theatrical career, he was in a production of Ubu Roi by the San Francisco Mime Troupe in 1963.  He calls himself a four-bit actor, because the actors received 50 cents a performance. Most recently, he directed and was a reader in "The Song of the New Life," performed by The Meher Mount Players.

Meher Baba's 1952 Car Accident Near Prague, Oklahoma

Meher Mount Is the Cross-Country Destination 

When Meher Baba and His party left Myrtle Beach by car on May 20, 1952, to drive across the country, their destination was Ojai, California.  They were to spend 10 days at Meher Mount.   

Meher Baba had already sent ahead five of the men mandali who had arrived at Meher Mount to assist Agnes Baron in preparing for the visit.         

Meher Baba's Accident on the Way to Meher Mount

On May 24, west of Prague, Oklahoma, the car carrying Meher Baba and four of His close women disciples met with an accident causing severe injuries.  They never reached Meher Mount.   The story of what happened when Agnes Baron and the five mandali members received the news of Meher Baba's accident is part of the program.    

A Necessary Accident 

The program also includes a discussion of the accident and Meher Baba's comments regarding the necessity of the accident in America.

Meher Baba later released a statement: "The personal disaster, for some years foretold by me, at last happened...  It was necessary that it should happen in America. God willed it so."  (Lord Meher, p. 3856, Vol. 11)  

A Commemoration and Remembrance

On Saturday, May 19, 2012, Meher Mount and the Avatar Meher Baba Center of Southern California (Meherabode) are co-sponsoring a special 60th Anniversary Day of Remembrance of Meher Baba's 1952 Accident.  The event will be at Meher Mount, and all are welcome.  

Prague Accident Site

THE ACCIDENT SITE near Prague, Oklahoma.  (Wayne Myers photo.)