The Intelligence Notebooks are two 1920s composition books that contain what appears to be a fair copy of another handwritten manuscript. The use of a fair copy was a common convention in writing prior to modern methods of duplication and remained in broad use throughout the world in the 1920s. To secure that a handwritten work meant for publication would not be lost, a second penned copy was made by a copyist, usually someone other than the author.

The 1920s notebooks do not give a title, date, or author, nor do they name the copyist. The first of the two notebooks simply begins “1. Series I Regarding Human Beings.” In total the whole work is comprised of two notebooks spanning two separate numbered sections. The first section which ends in the middle of the second notebook is 211 pages. After this section ends the page number 212 is penned by the copyist at the top of the page, but the page is left blank. The following page starts the second section with page 1, and then continues to page 44 where it ends, followed by a lot of blank sheets of notebook paper. Of great interest is that within these 44 additional pages is copied material later discovered in Meher Baba’s own handwriting, found in a similar way to the fair copy at Meherazad in 1998. The material in Baba’s own hand incorporated into the second section, is 39 pages written by Baba in pencil. To these 39 pages in Baba’s handwriting is an appended note by Ramjoo Abdulla, an early disciple of Meher Baba’s, naming Baba as the author and estimating its date as 1925. The fact that the notebooks found in 1969 (The Intelligence Notebooks) duplicate material by Meher Baba from approximately the same period, adds enormous credence to the guess that the notebooks are indeed a fair copy of something by Baba and were requested by him. In the notebooks, the material that was found in Baba’s handwriting is rewritten more neatly, as is the rest, and has minor changes to the text. One of the double purposes of a fair copy was to make changes at the request of the author, just as we today make last minutes fixes before printing something out on a printer. There are also additions and notes written in the margins, appearing to represent additions requested by an author. Meher Baba gave up writing completely on January 1, 1927. Ramjoo Abdulla died on January 11, 1967

The Intelligence Notebooks (the two composition books) were discovered at Meherazad (India) in 1969 in a storage room shortly after Meher Baba’s death, right after the 1969 darshan. However, it was not until the 1980s, under the supervision of disciple Eruch Jessawala, that the notebooks began to be examined and a transcript was begun. But it was not until after Eruch’s death, under the supervision of Trust Administrator Bhau Kalchuri, that a major push was made to complete and publish the work.

The content of the Intelligence Notebooks focuses on a theme unfamiliar to Baba’s lovers prior to its discovery. Many of its terms and concepts did not appear anywhere in any of his previously known works. In God Speaks, the most important esoteric book by Meher Baba first published in 1955, “God” plays the role of the main protagonist. But in the Notebooks the role belongs to “Infinite Intelligence,” an all-encompassing supreme reality that transcends all characteristics beyond its infinity and intelligence. The notebooks also emphasize the four traditional schools of yoga, disciplines created for the attainment of Self-realization, an emphasis entirely missing from God Speaks. Due to these new terms and the very different slant and scope, the notebooks came to be referred to as “the Infinite Intelligence notebooks.”

The file below is a searchable version of the Intelligence Notebooks. Beneath it are the scan files of the original handwritten pages for comparison.

  • Complete text
  • All Hindi and Urdu words have been translated into English.
  • Punctuation is simplified.
  • Spelling is corrected and made consistent.
  • Original charts are positioned as they were in the original. 
  • Page numbers correspond to the original, e.g. page 99 in this version corresponds to page 99 in the original handwritten manuscript.  
  • Line numbers have been added to make communication easier.

Original scans of the notebooks:

  1.       File 1     pages 1–27 
  2.      File 2     pages 28–57 
  3.      File 3     pages 58–87 
  4.      File 4     pages 88–106 
  5.      File 5     pages 107–136 
  6.      File 6     pages 137–157
  7.      File 7     pages 158–182 
  8.      File 8     pages 183–211
  9.      File 9     pages 1–18 
  10.      File 10   pages 19–44 
Infinite Intelligence