(PETER OF LORD JESUS & ERUCH OF AVATAR MEHER BABA)
Peter was one of first disciple and one of 12 apostles of Lord Jesus who betrayed Him thrice and was the cause of crucifixion. Baba told His brother Adi Jr. “Eruch is My Peter. Peter renounced Jesus but Eruch will not renounce Me. If I ever personally like the company of anyone, it is that of Eruch. He is most reliable”. Peter was forgiven by Lord Jesus as it Jesus wished for it. The short biographies of Peter and Eruch are given below:
Peter confessed Jesus as Messiah and Son of God: He asked Jesus Christ to prolong the transfiguration experience. His impetuous nature interacted with his devotion to Jesus Christ. He wanted to walk to Jesus Christ on the water; He tried to prevent Jesus Christ from going to his death; He vowed that he was willing to die for Jesus Christ;
He was the subject of both special commendation and rebuke He was commended for his confession of faith in Jesus Christ. He was rebuked for his opposition to Jesus Christ's prediction of his suffering; He was warned that he would disown. He was warned that he would disown Jesus Christ; He was rebuked for falling asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane
He denied that he knew Jesus Christ. He repented of his denial. The risen Christ appeared to him on his own. He was reinstated by Jesus Christ in front of other disciples. Peter betrayed Jesus three times? And it was predicted. Jesus said, "Before the cock crows three times, you will have denied me three times." That was what happened.
The Apostle Peter has been the most outspoken of the twelve apostles in Jesus’ ministry on earth. He certainly became one of the boldest witnesses for the faith. His beginnings were certainly humble in origin. He was born about 1 B.C. and died sometime around A.D. 67.
Peter was originally named Simon. Jesus was the One who changed Peter’s name. Peter means “rock” or literally Petra. He lived in Capernaum. He was a fisherman by trade.
He was a Galilean fisherman and was the brother of Andrew. The brothers came from village of Bethsaida. Peter was married. He was also a follower of John the Baptist. Peter, like all humans before their calling, was a sinful man. In fact he was ashamed of his sinfulness in the presence of Jesus Christ. Peter was perhaps the very first disciple that Jesus called along with His brother Andrew.
Peter was always putting his foot in his mouth but one thing could be said about Peter was that when Jesus told them (Peter and Andrew) to “follow me” they simply walked away and left everything they had without a second thought. Consider the fact that this meant that they left everything – all of their fishing boats, their fishing nets, and all the accessories that came with their trade.
As mentioned earlier, Peter was among the first disciples called by Jesus and he was frequently their spokesman – for good or bad. One thing that he is credited with is the special insight that he had concerning Jesus’ identity. Peter was the first to call Jesus the Son of the Living God – the Messiah. When Jesus called him, Peter knew that He was of God and felt unworthy to be in Jesus presence. Even so, Jesus did not hesitate and told Peter and Andrew that He would make them “fishers of men”.
Peter was bold but often times in the wrong. Once he even rebuked the Lord and said that he was willing to die for Jesus even though at the arrest and trial of Jesus he denied Him three times. Jesus loved the disciples and knew which of those whom would remain loyal to Him and those who would betray Him (Judas Iscariot). Peter was an eyewitness to the many miracles that Jesus did and also witnessed the Shekhinah Glory along with John and James.
Peter witnessed Jesus Christ perform many miracles. He was chosen to be with Jesus Christ on certain occasions. He sometimes acted as spokesman for the other disciples. He asked Jesus Christ to teach them:
In the days leading up to Peter’s death, almost all the apostles had been martyred, Did Jesus actually predict Peter’s death by crucifixion when He said that “ when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and take you where you do not want to go”? Historian state that Peter’s was stretched out by his hands, he was dressed in prison garb, he was taken where no one wanted to go (a crucifixion, and was crucified. He was said to be crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to be crucified in the way the Lord Jesus Christ was had been.
From an arrogant, cocky, man of thunder, he became a humble, willing, obedient servant of the Lord even to the death. He rejoiced in that day of his death, knowing that he would be reunited with his beloved Savior. This was lifetime of 65 years-of which his last forty years would be devoted to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament number 40 was always a number of testing- and tested Peter was. Peter passed in glorious colours and will be one of only 12 apostles that will rule with Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven. The lowly fisherman became a mighty fisher of men-and one that changed and shaped the world forever and still proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through his gospel.
Eruch B. Jessawala
Eruch B. Jessawala, primary interpreter of Baba’s signs and gestures, as the “Tongue of God” was well known for his deep understanding of Baba’s life and work and hundreds of seekers came to hear him speak of Baba.
Eruch Bradshaw Jessawala (October 13, 1916 – August 31, 2001), born in Bombay, India, was a close disciple of the silent Indian master Meher Baba, and one of his mandali. Eruch was also the primary interpreter of Meher Baba’s alphabet board, and later his unique sign language.
Eruch was born in Bombay to Zoroastrian parents, Beheram and Gaimai Jessawala. His father Beheram was an engineer with a high post in the Indian government in Nagpur, the capital of central provinces at that time. Due to constant relocations of his father, Eruch was placed in an orthodox Zoroastrian boarding school in Nasik, India at the age of 6. When his father eventually bought an estate, Eruch was transferred to a Catholic school at the age of 8 where he excelled as a student, eventually planning to study engineering like his father.
According to Eruch the first time he remembered meeting Meher Baba was in 1925 at the age of nine on a trip with his family to Ahmednagar. In August 1930, at Nagpur, Meher Baba stayed at Pappa Jessawala’s house. He told Gulmai that, “Eruch is my Son. I will give you another.” Merwan Jessawala was born later.
In 1931, Eruch was studying in college and would visit Meher Retreat with his family. On one occasion, Baba introduced him to his Western lovers. Baba asked him, "What do you want to become?" Eruch replied that he wanted to study engineering at a college in Benares. Baba asked "What will you do by becoming an engineer?" While Eruch was preparing to study engineering, Meher Baba called him to Panchgani and asked him, “Will you leave everything and come to be with me?” To this Eruch answered, “By your grace anything is possible.” Thus Eruch Jessawala joined Meher Baba as His disciple in 1938 at the age of 21.
Fulfilling his promise to Baba Eruch led his family from Nagpur to Ahmednagar to join Baba’s mandali. Due to family pressures, Eruch had married his cousin Khorshed Damania on 25th may 1945, at Ahmednagar, which was attended by Meher Baba but according to Baba’s orders, soon after the wedding, he joined Baba permanently and never lived with his wife again.
Khorshed became involved with Gangaram Mirchandani, who claimed to be a guru. Mirchandani was the same "bogus saint" who had sent three of his followers to confront Baba at Ashiana in Bombay in 1957. Baba forbade Khorshed from visiting Bindra House and also wished that the four Akbar Press families not get involved with this so-called guru, Gangaram Mirchandani. But Khorshed became did not care.
In 1938, shortly before coming to Baba, Eruch had two significant dreams. One night he dreamed that Baba had come to his house and began moving about freely. He told Eruch, "Stop everything and come!" Sometime later, Eruch had another dream. He was driving a car with Baba by his side. Baba was elbowing him, urging him to drive faster. He accelerated, but still Baba wanted him to drive faster. A sea loomed large in front of them and Baba told him to drive into it! In the water, Baba still insisted that Eruch drive faster, which he did. Eruch was sweating profusely and, after driving very, very far, he saw a white building before him. Baba signaled to park by the side of the building, and with much difficulty he did. But the car got trapped in the sand. Here his dream ended.
In 1944, Eruch did not believe in existence of ghost, Baba made him to believe through following episode. That night, as Eruch was sleeping, he woke up and felt some heavy pressure on his chest, as if someone were sitting on his chest trying to choke him, although he could see no one. He struggled to free himself from the invisible intruder, but was unable to and could not utter a sound. He tossed and turned on the floor, sweating profusely, and Baba watched the struggle from his bed. After a short time, the spirit departed, and Baba asked, "Now, do you believe in ghosts?"Eruch had learned his lesson and said, "I certainly do now."
Thursday, 1 April 1948, when Baba was out looking for masts on Mukamma Ghat in Batanagar on an amusing incident took place. One police man got suspicious of Gustadji and Meher Baba conversing trough gestures, and Eruch had to explain it. Eruch anyhow managed with policeman saying both are deaf and dumb. This annoyed Gustadji. At last Eruch got so fed up with Baba siding with Gustadji, that he exploded in sheer anger and said something disrespectful to Baba.
After a little while, Baba asked, "Do you know how much you have pained me?" Eruch had cooled down and answered, "I did not mean it. Others have used much stronger language than I did. You did not feel so pained then." "You have no idea how much you have shocked my heart! Listen to this story and you will realize why I feel so deeply hurt." Baba then recounted:
A woman in a village once cohabitated with a man who was not her husband and the people came to know of it. It was the custom then to punish such a crime by making the adulteress sit in a circle. Every villager would then pick up a stone and strike her. The woman was made to sit in the town square and the villagers began stoning her one by one. When the woman's daughter's turn came, she could not bring herself to stone her own mother. Instead, she picked up a rose and threw it at her. But the rose wounded the woman much more than all the stones combined, because it came from her daughter, one whom she dearly loved and had raised so tenderly. Similarly, others' "stones" do not hurt me as deeply as your rose.
In Vengurla, Baba went to contact the fifth plane Lala Mast. The mast was living far away in an isolated area, and Baba asked Eruch for a shortcut. In spite of Eruch telling that short cut is full of brackish water and difficult to cross, Baba went ahead and stepped into hollowed-out palm tree canoe wearing only his sadra. Suddenly, the canoe overturned, and Baba, Eruch and the boy were thrown into the water. The channel was not deep, but Baba had gone under and Eruch had to dive down and pull Baba to the surface. After being helped up on the bank, Baba turned to Eruch and said something to him which he never forgot: "Just as you have helped me out of this dirty water today, so also one day I will help you out of the filth of maya!"
Once in a darshan Program Eruch was interpreting Baba’s gestures, a beautiful lady came before Baba, seeing most beautiful lady Eruch had unwanted feeling, Baba asked Eruch is she not Beautiful? Eruch was caught behind. Baba stopped the lady and This is my Beauty all over you see. This physical beauty will fade away by time but My beauty is eternal. Baba made to realise his fault in an instant.
In another darshan program was on and one Major tried to put forth his wife near Baba out of turn. Eruch pushed her and she fell on someone nearby. Major got angry and stared Eruch in anger. Baba immediately ordered Eruch to go to Major and bed an excuse for his mistake. Major cooled down but boasted others that Baba’s disciple has asked him for forgiveness. After the program referring the said incident Baba discoursed, “Ego is hydra headed, if one head id another comes up.”
In 1956, Eruch, while in Poona received this telegram from Mani: "See Sant Vaswani. Tell him all about Baba and say he is one of Baba's beloved, precious children." Accordingly, Eruch met Sadhu Vaswani on the evening and told him about Meher Baba. Sadhu Vaswani was extremely happy to hear that Baba had remembered him and that he had sent His love. He asked Eruch to convey his heartfelt invitation to Baba to visit his school in Poona, and Eruch assured him that he would convey the message to Baba.
Once, as directed by Baba, Eruch went to Mangharam Mirchandani and asked him if declares himself God then pronounce that “I am the Lord of Universe”. If he (Mirchandani) could say so he (Eruch) will bow down at his feet. Mirchandani tried but instead of taking His name Mirchandani pronounced, “Meher Baba is the Lord of universe.”
On 12 September 1963, Eruch was admitted to Booth Hospital in Ahmednagar, where the following day he underwent surgery for a fistula. After a two-week stay in the hospital, he returned to Meherazad on 25 September.
Meher Baba was silent for 44 years, from 1925 until his passing in 1969. Eruch Jessawala was Meher Baba’s main interpreter, interpreting both his English language alphabet board and later his sign language. Eruch Jessawala also dictated from the alphabet board Meher Baba’s major book God Speaks, wrote the ninth chapter of that book working from a chart by Meher Baba under Baba’s direct supervision, and wrote the book’s conclusion. Eruch’s stories of his life with Meher Baba were also published during his lifetime.
Eruch survived Meher Baba’s death by 32 years, continued to live at Meherazad and worked for the Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust in the trust office in Ahmednagar until his own death in 2001. He continued to be an inspiration for followers and disciples of Meher Baba from the east and west until the end. Eruch was well known for his acute talent for telling stories of Meher Baba’s life, and his books are taken from those accounts.
Baba’s words for Eruch B. Jessawala
Baba said, "Peter loved Me the most." Baba made everything into something wonderfully positive. He always said that I want you to be happy. And He makes anything that has the slightest negativity converted. Baba said, "Peter loved Me the most. And what he did, he had to do.”
Baba said, “Eruch is with Me, he loves Me, he works for me wholeheartedly, but even for him it is not easy to obey Me.” Baba commented, "Eruch loves Me very much. He is My right hand; but obedience is a terrible affair. The apostles of Jesus also knew how difficult it was to obey Him."
On seeing a picture of Jesus walking on the sea and the apostle Peter beholding him hung in a corner of Baba's room. The caption read: "Lord, save me, or I shall perish!" Pointing to it, Baba gestured to Eruch, "You are my Peter”
His literary works include “That is how it works” and “Stories of Life with Meher Baba”