Mahan Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj - Parting Holy Gift
n August 1943, we were present at the holy Thaath on the eve of physical departure of Mahan Babaji. Babaji's Holy Body was placed on a cot in Baradari, for a last Holy glimpse. My respected father, along-with all the members of our family, was standing nearby. It was very painful for all of us to bear the pangs of separation from our Beloved Lord and all of us were in tears. Particularly my father's condition was very pathetic. He was wailing and crying like a child, unable to bear the pangs of this physical separation. For him life was now more miserable than death and he was on the verge of collapse, while uttering the Holy Hymn of the Greatest Lover of all times - Sri Guru Angad Sahib.
Dhrig Jiwan Sansar Takai Pachhai Jiwana
It was absolutely clear that my revered father could not live and survive for long without his Sole and Supreme Object of Love, Worship and Adoration-Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj. It was at this critical juncture of father's death like-agony that Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj suddenly opened His Merciful Holy Eyes and the Nectar of Mercy flowed from these Pools of Nectar to his most Beloved Devotee, showering on him the most needed Divine consolation. Babaji with His right hand then pointed towards His footwear (slippers) lying on the side of the cot.
My father indicated to me accordingly and I picked up the sacred footwear of Mahan Babaji, wrapped the same in my turban and placed it on my head. Father informed the sewadars who were present at that time and after obtaining due permission later took this sacred foot-wear along with us.
For Baba Narinder Singh Ji, the Holy FootWear of his Beloved Lord became his life. He worshipped the Holy FootWear of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj for the rest of his life. For Baba Narinder Singh Ji, the Sacred FootWear of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj was the most prized possession of his life and much more valuable than the Kingdom of Earth and Heaven.
His worship, love and devotion for Babaji's footwear was his tears, which he would pour forth in unending streams.
My venerable father used to rapturously narrate the gospel of adoration of the Sacred Sandals of Lord Rama by Bharat Ji during the absence of the Lord for a long period of fourteen years and also the incident of the great sacrifice made by Amir Khusro, an illustrious disciple of Hazrat Nizammudin Aulia, in purchasing the worn out and old foot-wear of his Pir-Murshid (Hazrat Nizammudin Aulia) from another frustrated disciple of his Murshid in exchange of all the riches, he possessed.
When I used to hear the above incidents from his lips, I used to very much feel the Most Wonderful Glory of his own Devotion to the Holy Footwear of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj.
On 12 March 1983, during the last few moments of his physical presence here, my father asked my eldest sister Bibi Ajit Kaur to bring the Sacred Foot-Wear of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj, which on presentation, my respected father, while lying on a bed placed on his shining broad Forehead with utmost reverence. And paying his last humble homage thereat, he disappeared in and breathed his last unto the Holy Footwear.
He thus blissfully breathed his last unto the Holy FootWear of the Lotus Feet of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj. He dissolved himself in that Purest of the Pure Holy Dust in which he had bathed and flourished all his life. He disappeared body, mind and soul, into the highest and the Supreme Object of his Love-the Holy Feet of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj.
It appeared at the moment that He had disappeared into the very source of His Life, which were the Lotus Feet of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj. It also appeared that He had His last Holy Dip in the Sacred Dust of Babaji's Holy Feet.
Prior to his physical departure from earth, Baba Narinder Singh Ji had desired and instructed us that His Holy Body should not be touched for five days and thereafter His Body be consigned to waters in the river Sutlej at Bhavor Sahib in Nangal. As per the instructions, we kept the Holy Body for Five days without using any ice during the month of March from 12th March to 16th March 1983. There was no trace of decomposition; the Holy Body was as fresh as alive. His Holy face was radiating like a sun with the same intensity of Spiritual Glow.
What the Holiest of the Holy Disappearance In the Holiest of the Holy Dust of Holiest of the Holy Lotus- Feet of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj meant was gloriously revealed In the Divine Procession which ensued after this Holy Dip.
Then started a Divine Procession led by numerous Dargahi Bands. Throughout the route of Procession, passing through all the Great Pilgrimage Centres of all the Religions-Sri Harmandir Sahib and Sri Goindwal Sahib and all other Historical Gurdwaras, Great Historical Temples, Great Mecca and the Churches of Lord Christ, there was non-stop performance of Devotional Music by the Divine Bands and constant and continuous showering of fragrant flowers from the Divines and the Celestials. The Holy Procession culminated at SACHKHAND) on 16th March 1983 at the time when the Holy Body was consigned to waters.
Such was the Grand Procession organised for a True Lover of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj. Father was made to sit in a beautifully decorated palanquin of Light. The Procession was led by Dargahi Bands Playing Devotional Music and was followed by multitude of Celestial Beings. A Divine Voice In unison arose and roared surcharging the whole atmosphere with the spirit of Divinity. In tune with the beat of the drums, the Bands were playing, the bards were singing and the Holy ones were chanting the Glory of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj, in unison.
They all hailed glory to Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj in wonderful rapturous ecstasy.
One really cannot imagine the extreme agony caused by physical separation of the Beloved. This extreme agony of Sri Guru Angad Sahib radiates out of His famous outpouring:
Dhrig Jiwan Sansar Takai Pachhai Jiwana
With heart and soul exclusively set in the Beloved, one can sustain and survive only on one ray of hope and that is union with the Lord. One can never otherwise be delivered of one's anguish and extreme death like agony on account of separation. For an embodied soul physical union with the beloved means everything.
This is how Baba Narinder Singh Ji physically departed from this world to permanently reside, to eternally dwell in the Lotus-Feet of Baba Nand Singh Ji Maharaj-His Lord of Love. Such was the most wonderful last Divine Journey of a most illustrious Divine Lover of Baba Nand Singh Maharaj. It was a most rewarded Divine Voyage from the earth to the Celestial Home. It was a mind-boggling ascent from earth to the Divine Destination.