Eruch Returns to Baba
[13th October 1916 -31st August 2001]
“Someday (31st August 2001)
I will pull you out of the muck of this illusion”
Source: In HIS Service, Dec. 2001
ERUCH JESSAWALA, longtime disciple of Avatar Meher Baba, passed away into the embrace of His Divine Beloved, Avatar Meher Baba, at 2:31 in the morning on 31st August, 2001.
Eruch lived one of the extraordinary lives of our time, and his memory will be honored and cherished for ages to come. Indeed, his name is indissolubly linked
with Meher Baba’s, since, as Baba said of him, he played the same role in connection with this Avataric advent as Peter played in the advent of Jesus.
“If ever I personally like the company of anyone,” Baba once said, “it is that of Eruch.” From the time when Eruch came to join Baba on a permanent basis on 1st August 1938 until the Beloved dropped His physical body in 1969, and for more than three decades thereafter, Eruch served in many capacities. His was the voice
more than any other that rendered Baba’s silence into human speech, as he interpreted Baba’s hand gestures or read out from His dictation on the alphabet
As Baba’s closest male companion, Eruch tended to many of His personal needs and helped inestimably in carrying out His wishes in the course of His work. After Baba’s passing away, Eruch welcomed thousands of pilgrims to Meher Baba’s home at Meherazad and helped many to grow in their intimacy with Him. Indeed, the stories that he told and the insights into the ways of the Avatar that he shared in Mandali Hall, Meherazad are one of the priceless legacies of the Advent.
Though (by his own wish) Eruch never played a formal role within the Avatar Meher Baba Trust, he served as an incomparable support during the chairmanships of Mani and Bhau,showing to one and all, through his own example, the real meaning of humility and harmony. Eruch was born in Bombay, India on 13th October 1916 to Zoroastrian parents, Beheram Jessawala (known as “Papa”) and his wife Gaimai.
The first meeting with Baba that Eruch remembered took place at Meherabad in 1925, when he was still a boy of 9. Twelve years later, when Eruch was preparing for a career as an engineer, Baba suddenly called him to Panchgani and asked him, “Will you leave everything and come to be with Me?” “By your
grace anything is possible,” Eruch replied. With those words his fate was sealed. Within months the family mansion and estate in Nagpur had been sold off, and along with his parents and siblings (Manu, Meheru, and Meherwan) Eruch had become a member of Baba’s ashram. Between 1938 and 1942 Eruch accompanied
Baba on the Blue Bus tours (acting as one of the drivers of the Blue Bus), and throughout the decade of the forties was intensively involved with Baba’s work with the masts (or divinely intoxicated). In a memorable episode at Vengurla (on the coast of the Indian Ocean) in 1949, Eruch pulled Baba out of the murky waters of a tidal estuary into which a capsizing fisherman’s dugout canoe had just flung them.
Later Baba told him, “Just as you pulled me out from the waters of this lagoon, someday I will pull you out of the muck of this illusion.”