On Saturday, November 10th, 1962, Baba left Poona for Meherazad with the men and women mandali. He stopped at Bund Gardens at 8:00 A.M., where the Poona lovers had assembled. About sixty-five of the Westerners, including Elizabeth, Kitty, Jane, Wendy and Charles Haynes, Ruth White and Bili Eaton, had also come. They were delayed because of a problem in booking their return flights. Baba sat in a chair for a while and departed after his arti was sung. Lovers pressed around his car to kiss his outstretched hand as he left.
Perhaps Jane Haynes has summed up the feeling of many who participated in this unique gathering when she said:
The East-West Gathering was unprecedented. It was the only time in our lives that we ever experienced what Baba calls oneness. You hear about it and read about it and try to understand, when Baba says to try to find him in everyone, that we are all one. But because of our false self, it is one thing to hear it, another to experience it. We actually experienced oneness under the pandal. There were people of every color, race and creed present. But with the Beloved sitting there, moving his beautiful hands like a symphony conductor, it seemed as though it was one heartbeat. It felt like we were one person sitting there. Every single soul felt that he or she was the only one in the whole world, and Baba was giving him or her something special. His divinity made us feel that way.
The East-West Gathering was an uniquely significant event in our Age. In Meher Baba’s love, a vast array of individuals had become one family, whereby distinctions of race, sect, class and religion were wiped away. It was the first time in this cycle that mankind witnessed such a spectacle. The Avatar declared that he is the Father of the whole universe and all its inhabitants are his children. Neither East nor West remained. A small portion of humanity became one family, which, over the years, will grow into a universal family of all mankind. Mankind will look toward Meher Baba as their Father. Now the lovers, devotees and followers of Meher Baba must direct their energies in assembling the separate and quarreling children on Earth into one universal family in which only love and truth reign.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 18, p. 6039.