At the American Sahavas with Meher Baba in 1956, the Master first mentioned that he had in mind a combined East-West sahavas to be held in India in November, 1957, and in San Francisco he said more about those who "must" come. He said he must hold this meeting with his lovers; and then everything would happen as he had foretold, in swift succession—his humiliation, his glorification, the breaking of his silence, and the dropping of his body. Again the meeting was postponed, to be held in Meherabad for four weeks in February, 1957; then after Baba's accident on December 2, 1956, the sahavas was cut short for the Westerners to two weeks. Afterwards Baba again changed his plans, due to his continuing physical condition, and said he would hold separate sahavas in the West at his Center in Myrtle Beach, in May, 1958, and that all who had planned to come to India could attend with any others who undertook to fulfill the Master's two prime conditions—to love and obey him. The list of those attending the sahavas grew to 225 eventually, from England, France, Switzerland, Israel, Mexico and the United States. Baba also planned to hold a sahavas in Australia, on his way home to India. The American and Australian group together raised the necessary money for the fares of Meher Baba and the four mandali accompanying him. Those traveling with him this time were Dr. William Donkin, author of "The Wayfarers," Adi K. Irani, Eruch Jessawala and Nariman Dadachanji.
Several weeks before the sahavas. Baba sent the following two messages from Mahabaleshwar:
"I am coming to America and Australia solely to give my sahavas to my lovers. and I want each of you to come with the longing to receive just that. I want this sahavas to be above all a close companionship between your Beloved and his lovers; and if you wish to maintain this unique relationship, then do not come with questions or the desire to seek discourses and explanations. Come with the preparedness to receive fully whatever I may give you, with the thought of being completely resigned to my will.