Electrical current in India is 220-240 volts with fluctuations as low as 180 volts and as high as 300 volts. Anything designed to run on the U.S. standard of 110-120 volts will be damaged if plugged directly into 220 volt current.

One alternative is to purchase a voltage converter that steps the current down from 220 to 110 volts. Generally, there are two kinds-one for high wattage heating appliances like hair dryers and one for low wattage equipment like tape recorders. You can find these at hardware and electronic stores.

Another alternative is to use batteries as a source of power. This is a good idea, since places like Meherabad do not always have electricity on a 24-hour basis.