Bernard Bruford has a lifetime of devoting himself to Baba and His home in Australia. Bernard’s story is a unique one in the Baba world. He met Baba in 1956 (at age 13) and 1958 in Australia, and then again at the 1962 East West Gathering in India. His parents were Sufis with Francis Brabazon and all came to Baba at the same time. At the 1958 Sahavas at Avatar’s Abode, Baba asked the Bruford parents if they would move up from Melbourne to the Abode and farm it. During Baba’s private interview with John and Joan, Baba asked the Bruford children to come in. Baba asked them how they would feel about living on the Abode with their parents. They both answered, “If that is what our parents are doing.” So by the end of 1958, the Brufords moved up, and Bernard (now age 75) has been living on the Abode ever since.
In 1965, Baba directed Bernard to get himself qualified in a profession of his choice. He began a teaching career and in 1971 married Jo-Anne. Living on Avatar’s Abode they raised three children. He is one of the directors of the Avatar’s Abode Trust. He also serves as its treasurer and accountant. This is while he is not mowing acres and acres of fields, helping to maintain the grounds and overseeing contractors. On this tour in America, he will for the first time be away for the annual celebration of Baba’s 1958 Sahavas at Avatar’s Abode. For many years he has served as co-chairman of the Anniversary Planning Committee. (The 60th anniversary celebration, held in June of 2018, was a 7-day event with close to 250 guests from around the world.)
Please note that Bernard’s presentations at the 2019 Northeast Gathering will be unique and different from the talks that he will be giving elsewhere in the NJ/NYC area.