Meher Baba (1894-1969) was born to Zoroastrian parents in a Jewish hospital in Pune, India. He had a normal, active childhood, excelling in sports and studies and attending a Christian high school until, in his second year of college, his life-course was altered by his contact with a Muslim Saint, Hazrat Babajan. After seeking out several other Muslim and Hindu masters, he began his life ministry in 1922. Meher Baba gave up speaking in 1925. He let his actions speak for him, living a life of sacrifice and love for God by loving and serving his fellow creatures. Through his example, he encouraged his followers from East and West, from diverse religious backgrounds and also outside of organized religions, to do the same, no matter what their religious beliefs or spiritual inclinations were. Meher Baba served the poor, the ill, lepers, and the mentally ill with great compassion for most of his life, interspersing this work with world travels. During those travels he visited the Meher Spiritual Center, which had been established in his name in Myrtle Beach, SC. Avatar Meher Baba's Circle of Friends tries to embody his message of love and service.