EPISODE-51 (JAL KERAWALA & MEHERNATH KALCURI)

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EPISODE-51

(JAL D KERAWALA & MEHERNATH KALCURI)

On birthday of Mehernath, Baba revealed to Bhau that he had been Jal Kerawalla in his previous life. Meher Baba himself named the boy Mehernath (Prince of Mercy). (Lord Meher-3047-1953). Biographies of Jal Kerawala, Mehernath and their association with Meher Baba are described in brief as under:

Jal Dhunjibhoy Kerawala

Jal Dhunjibhoy Kerawalla, a high government official, who was a friend of the Jessawala family, developed great faith in Meher. He was to come into the Beloved's intimate contact and play an important role in his future work. Jal Kerawalla and Gaimai's husband Pappa Jessawala were both scheduled to leave on a brief official tour the next day, but they wanted to cancel upon Baba's arrival. Each held a high government post.  Baba informed them, "If you postpone your tour, I will leave. Do your duty and I will do mine. I have taken charge of this house and its sole responsibility now rests on My shoulders. So start your tour with a free mind."

Once Jal Kerawala made joke at Pappa Jessawala. Papa, got became very upset. He complained to Baba. Jal followed him. Jal replied, "Forgive me, Baba, I was only joking." Pappa shouted, "Who has made him a magistrate? He has no sense! He should not be forgiven!" Smiling, Baba spelled out, "I would not forgive Jal, but to forgive is My nature. If I don't forgive him, the world will collapse! Only by My forgiveness does the world continue, not otherwise!" Pappa said, "You should continue forgiving the world — but not Jal Kerawalla! He has troubled me greatly!" "All right," motioned Baba. "I won't forgive Jal, but you forgive him!"

Jal asked Pappa's forgiveness, and finally, after hours of fuming, he forgave him. Pappa, however, said to Baba, "I have forgiven Jal because you request it, but I tell you he is the very devil" Baba explained to Pappa, "This is not forgiveness! The meaning of forgiveness is to forget the insult. When you remember it, how could you have forgiven it? After forgiving, you should not remember the incident or hold anything against him. "Today is New Year's, and you should make a resolution to forgive and forget. Only by forgetting can you truly forgive. Otherwise, what is the use of merely saying the words, 'I forgive you'? It must be from the heart."

On January 5th, Baba explained to Jal Kerawala:

Always remain detached toward results. The result of something may be good or bad, but you should be detached from both. Like Ramakrishna, dedicate everything to your Master.

Let not the dirt of the sanskaras of your thoughts and deeds touch you, by surrendering every thought and act at the feet of your Guru! As a laundryman washes and cleanses clothes, in the same way, I remove all the dirt which has stuck to you through your thoughts and actions.

Just continue doing as I say. If you put in your best efforts, there is no cause to worry. My work only I know. At this moment, I am speaking with you; but while doing so, you do not see the work I am simultaneously doing for the whole universe!

On 1 April 1939, Jal Kerawalla received a telegram informing him that his elder brother had died of a heart attack. He took the news with an equable attitude, which Baba appreciated. "It's all illusion and not worth a serious thought," Baba told him. Later, Baba praised Jal's work for him in Jabalpur to Chanji, "Jal is very sincere with an excellent heart quality, which makes him very dear to Me. He may realize and see Me in My true form in this life."

In 1944, suddenly, on the night of the 5th, Baba's health collapsed. The public darshan was scheduled to take place the next day, and Jal Kerawalla grew worried. He had invited many prominent people who had heard of Baba but who had never met him, including the Maharaja of Baghbahara and other important government officials. Jal was naturally anxious about the consequences of canceling the program.

Baba informed him, "How can I give darshan now? I feel terrible. Cancel the whole affair!"

In a panic, Jal brought several different medicines, and stacked them all on the table beside Baba's bed. But they had no effect, and Baba began vomiting.

The following morning, throngs of people began coming to the bungalow for darshan. Calling Jal to him Baba remarked, "I feel very, very weak. I cannot stand! I feel giddy. What am I to do?"

Jal was in an awkward position. Weeks of hard work had gone into preparing for the function. What was he to do? Were he to cancel the program, people would start backbiting him, as those invited were quite new to Baba. He also did not wish to see Baba's name slandered; because for days in the Gujarati newspapers there were articles of propaganda against Baba, misguiding the people of the city. Jal wished them to see Baba in person, and judge for themselves whether all the allegations were true or false.

Such thoughts were racing through his mind when Baba gestured, "I will try for your sake. If I can sit for darshan, I will; otherwise, I will return to my room." Holding Jal's hand, Baba sat up in bed with obvious difficulty. He then tentatively stood up and staggered a few paces. Jal's heart was racing and his hands trembled.

But no sooner was Baba out of the room, then like a flash of light, he suddenly became energetic, and his face assumed its usual rosy glow. He strode rapidly to his seat on the dais, and his divine smile diffused rays of joy throughout the gathering.

For Jal Kerawalla, it was a unique experience, and a new understanding dawned upon him about the Master. The darshan went on from morning to evening, and Baba's smile was like nectar to those who approached him for darshan. The light of his divine splendor pervaded Raipur, as qawaali singers entertained the crowd.

Such thoughts were racing through his mind when Baba gestured, "I will try for your sake. If I can sit for darshan, I will; otherwise, I will return to my room." Holding Jal's hand, Baba sat up in bed with obvious difficulty. He then tentatively stood up and staggered a few paces. Jal's heart was racing and his hands trembled.

But no sooner was Baba out of the room, then like a flash of light, he suddenly became energetic, and his face assumed its usual rosy glow. He strode rapidly to his seat on the dais, and his divine smile diffused rays of joy throughout the gathering.

For Jal Kerawalla, it was a unique experience, and a new understanding dawned upon him about the Master. The darshan went on from morning to evening, and Baba's smile was like nectar to those who approached him for darshan. The light of his divine splendor pervaded Raipur, as qawaali singers entertained the crowd.

Before starting on his journey to America, Baba had called Jal Kerawala to him in Meherazad on the pretext of borrowing four hundred rupees from him. In truth, it was so that Jal could have a final opportunity of seeing his Beloved Master. Here, "To come to Baba," means that Jal Kerawala would be born into a Baba family in his next life

Jal Kerawala was in Bombay, when he received Baba's instruction to leave Bombay for Nagpur on October 2nd. Due to some important appointment which could not be changed, Jal was unable to do so and left instead three days later. During the train ride, he suffered a heart attack, and on reaching Nagpur he was rushed to a hospital. He passed away at midnight on October 6th without regaining consciousness. Hearing of his demise, Baba sent this telegram to Meherjee the following day: "I wanted Jal to leave on Thursday, but what God decrees must come to pass, and Jal has now come to Me eternally."

Papa and Gaimai Jessawala were cabled: "Be brave and happy in the knowledge that Jal is more alive than ever before and happy in me. So, take it as divine will and do not grieve at all."

Baba said about him, “Dear magistrate Jal Kerawalla has deep love for Me, unshakable faith in Me and unparalleled service for Me are beyond praise.”

Jal Kerawala dropped his body in Nagpur on the night of 6th October 1952. Baba said, “His connection with Me was and is unique. His love for Me was unbounded, His faith in Me complete, his obedience to My orders implicit and his surrenderance to My will absolute.

On his demise, Baba said, “Jal is not dead but alive and happy with Me in My love.” My Beloved Jal has come to Me eternally in peace”. On 17th October Baba fed the poor in Pimpalgaon in memory of Jal.

Mehernath Kalchuri

Mehernath Kalchuri is a Trustee of the Avatar Meher Baba Trust, and the son of Baba’s Mandali and poet-author Bhau Kalchuri.

Mehernath was born in Nagpur in 1953, and had frequent contact with Beloved Baba and His Mandali at Meherabad, Meherazad, Ahmednagar and Guruprasad throughout his childhood.  He observed and absorbed so much in this spiritually-charged atmosphere.

Bhau’s wife and Mehernath’s mother, Rama Kalchuri, herself surrendered to Baba. She fully accepted Bhau’s discipleship to Him while Bhau served Baba as His night watchman, writer, and slave of the Divine God-Man.   As Baba did for other families of His close ones, He took full responsibility for Bhau’s family and called Rama and her two children, Sheela and Mehernath, to live at the Family Quarters in Arangaon/Meherabad.  They later lived at Khushru Quarters (Avatar Meher Baba Trust Compound, Meher Nazar) in Ahmednagar under the care of Baba’s Mandali member and secretary, Adi K. Irani.

After Mehernath completed his education in Ahmednagar and became qualified as an advocate (lawyer), he chose to serve the Avatar Meher Baba Trust full-time rather than to take up private law practice. 

While carrying out an extremely busy schedule of Trust work, Mehernath has given many talks to pilgrims at the Meher Pilgrim Centre in Meherabad and at the Ahmednagar Avatar Meher Baba Centre. In recent years, he has also traveled around India to speak at various Baba Centre functions.

Mehernath and his wife, Raj, came to the U.S.A. on Monday, 20 May, 2013 for their first time for the wedding of their nephew Adeem (son of Sheela and David Fenster.)   Accompanying them are their two sons Zubin and Jatin.

Mehernath loves to speak about his Beloved Meher Baba and was eager to visit Baba Centers and His lovers in America while he is there.  At short notice, many groups and Centers have lovingly arranged events, and a full itinerary has come together.  All are welcome at the events listed.

Mehernath will share stories of growing up in the “extended family” of Meher Baba and His Mandali, and will speak in English in his enthusiastic Baba-full story-telling style, laced with couplets from Kabir, Rumi, Jigar and other poets.