The book, The East-West Gathering, that celebrates this Event is something altogether new in English writing, being a prose and verse description of the Event with comments (that show a retention by the author of a certain amount of native shrewdness despite four years of living with the Master) leading into songs in praise of love or outlining psychological problems in the relationship of Beloved and Lover.
That it is a "first time" in English writing is fitting and natural, for the Event it celebrates is a "first time" in the history of Man, the first time God-Man has brought together men and women from different parts of the world to rejoice and weep in his indefinably ineffable presence.
One of the strangest things about this Gathering was, that although such a thing has never occurred before and was therefore a most extraordinary Event, it was all so natural that it seemed most ordinary and everyday. It is the perfume (generally called atmosphere) of this that the author has translated into words and so this book is the most natural and simple he has yet written. The reader does not need a solid library at hand in order to look up references of which he has never heard; he can sail the course of the tale as relaxed and unfretted as a passenger on an excursion riverboat enjoying fresh views of the same landscape round each new bend.
*The Everything and the Nothing,
** The East-West Gathering, by Francis Brabazon.
Both, Meher House Publications, Sydney, Australia. (See Back Cover)
GURUPRASAD GLIMPSES, 1963
(First Prize Manuscript in our Awakener Contest)
Poona, April 7:—Baba gestured that during last seclusion at Meherazad he suffered a lot for the past three months due to the strain of his Universal Work. He said that he gave a lot of explanations and discourses to the Mandali during this seclusion, despite the strain of his Universal Work.
He then began to mention the 'weakness' of previous Avatars. Talking about Zoroaster, he said that he was attacked by his adversary while he was praying. Just before he died, he flung his rosary of amber beads on the person who killed him, and the man, it is said, got burnt instantaneously. Baba said that this was the weakness on the part of Zoroaster. Baba continued, Ram denounced Sita, even though she was pure in heart and mind and proved herself so after her return from Lanka. This he should not have