This is a very thought provoking, independent, non- secterian study of the spiritual master Meher Baba setting out to correct popular miconceptions like the fact that he was an iranian zoroastrian not a "Hindu Messiah " as some beleive. Shepherd also criticises the devotional movement which has grown up around his name and some of the assumed authority figures in that movement, a move which caused the book to be banned at the main u.s. Baba center, and caused much resentment in England. Shepherd though critical of the movement has nothing but respect and admiration for Meher Baba which comes through in the book while also offering some very penetrating observations that cut through surface appearences to deeper levels.
This book contains a brief biography, analysis of Baba's philosophy, assesment of different critics and admirers, and simalarities with the obscure ishraqi mystical tradition originating with Iranian Zoroastrians, particularly Azar Kaivan, and includes a detailed bibliography. I highly recommend this book to those interested in Guru's, spirituallity, Sufism, and particully to those in the Meher Baba movement itself. I had been a "devotee" of Meher Baba myself for 8 years when i read this (against the advice of prominant people in the Baba "scene") and it did nothing but add to my admiration and respect for Meher Baba the most interesting and non-dogmatic, contempory masters.