Hazur Sawan Singh left us to be with us every Time
During illness of Hazur, when He was unable to change His sides unaided, many strange incidents came to light. Even then He helped individuals outwardly as well as guided them on higher Spiritual Planes.
In the opinion of doctors He was suffering from tumour of the bladder. All possible medical aid was rendered but to no avail.
The subject of the illness of Saints too is no less a perplexing event. The fact of it is that this illness of Hazur was the result of the weight of our karmic debts1, of the deeply-heaved sighs and tears of those afflicted amongst us.
Outer dealings of Saints also set the best example of the exalted human standard of living and character. They voluntarily take upon themselves the burden of Their own initiated souls without a murmur or mentioning word of complaint. And this becomes Their usual task.
Every day Hazur grew weaker and weaker in body. From the night of 29th March, 1948, to the morning of lst April, unusual restlessness and visible ‘fluttering’ was seen visiting His physical frame. This symptom was also created for putting to test those surrounding Him.
Throughout the period of His illness Hazur said many a time:
If a person proficient in Bhajan and Simran sits by me, I feel comforted and relieved. Therefore those who come to me or sit near me should do Simran.
Accordingly, at the time of appearance of this symptom of fluttering of the body Hazur again spoke several times in these words:
If the person who has to do the work of Spirituality after I depart, comes and sits by me, my trouble will be gone.
To comply with this – evidently the last wish of the Master – the near relatives of Hazur came and sat in Bhajan and Simran one by one, by the side of bed of Hazur, but there was no relief whatever in the fluttering symptom of Hazur’s body.
On the morning of 1st April, 1948, it was extremely benevolent of Hazur to afford a chance to this humble servant – of course through the assistance of a lady in nursing service of Hazur – to be by the side of Master, in seclusion, for about ten or fifteen minutes. At that time with a heavy heart I sat near His bed and prayed to Hazur:
Master! Thou art above body and body influences, unconcerned as to comforts and discomforts, but we humble and helpless beings are afflicted hard and cannot endure the sight of Hazur’s thus suffering bodily. Thou hast all powers. We would be extremely grateful if Hazur very graciously removes this indication of disease on His body.
It is true that prayer succeeds where all other human efforts fail. Hazur with His utmost benevolence accepted this prayer.
After the prayer when I opened my eyes, Hazur’s body was in a state of perfect repose. Hazur’s forehead was shining resplendently. He opened His Mercy-showering lovely eyes intoxicated in God’s Divine Love and cast a glance at my humble self – both eyes gleaming with radiance like a lion’s eyes. I bowed my head in solemn and silent adoration and said:
It is all Hazur’s own benignity.
Hazur steadily kept gazing for three or four minutes into my eyes, and my eyes, in silent wonderment, experienced an indescribable delight which infused a beverage-like intoxication down to the remotest cores of my entire body – such as was never before experienced in my whole life.
Then those Mercy-showering eyes closed not to open again.
Thus in His 90th year on the morning of 2nd April, 1948, at 8:30, this brilliant Sun of Spirituality, after diffusing His Light in the hearts of millions of masses, disappeared to rest below the horizon at Dera Baba Jaimal Singh.
This untimely passing away of our Reverend Master was an irreparable loss and a soul-stirring event for one and all, who received benefit from the company and existence of His august self. We are now left to lament the heavy loss and to remember, one by one, His unmatched qualities, unparalleled Love, wit and wisdom and above all the Spiritual Charity which enveloped all of us in the mysterious fold and attracted us towards Him, and … to bring forth tears of blood.
This tragedy is fatal indeed for all of us – broken-hearted as we are. But those who during His lifetime restricted their inter course with that Emperor of Saints – the Master – only on the physical plane and had never witnessed His Glory and Greatness on the astral and other Spiritual Planes with their own eyes, are feeling the poignant pangs of separation the most. Those, however, who had the good luck to meet Him on Inner Planes while He was existing in physical body are comparatively in less torments, for, at will, they can even now rise to that Mightiest of the Mightiest – the Master – and seek solace by talking to Him. Blessed indeed are such souls because through them are still communicated the requests and messages of other disciples and abbhyasis to Hazur and in response Hazur’s orders to them.
Though Hazur has separated from us physically, yet in reality He is still not far away. That Power is immortal and indestructible and is still supervising the actions and guiding those initiated by Him.
While ailing Hazur used to say:
All the Sangat should devote more and more time to Simran and Bhajan as I get comfort thereby.
And even now, in the daily internal message of the Master emphasis is laid on devoting more time to Simran and Bhajan – collectively and individually for all His followers – so that they may traverse within and meet Him inside face to face. It is therefore incumbent on all initiated by Him to take full advantage of these moments of grief and sorrow by devoting at least four hours a day to Simran and Bhajan as ordered by Him and thereby be able to fly to higher realms, talk face to face with Master, and drown their tortures of separation in the great ocean of immortal existence. The remedy for our lacerated hearts lies only with that compassionate and sympathetic Messiah.
That boundless ocean of Godly Mercy is, even now, heaving up and down. *That Master of Eternal Domain is keeping His doors open all the time and is calling aloud:
Bring into actual experience the great principle ‘Withdrawal before death.’ I am impatiently waiting for you to come up to me. I am nearer to you than the nearest. For those of you initiated by me it is a sacrilege and a mark of disgrace on both Love and devotion if you look upon anybody else as a Guru or Master-Guide. You may, however, derive benefit from the company of some awakened personality who pays visit to me every day. He will not misguide you, but on the contrary, will unite you with me, will instil my Love in you, and will strengthen the Divine Link that binds and ties you to me. Moreover, in the capacity of Guru Bhai2 He shall be helpful to serve you.
* (This section is adjusted to the Fourth Edition, 1973;
Editor’s note 2011.)
It is therefore clear that for those about one hundred and fifty thousand souls initiated by Hazur, the guiding Master is Hazur Himself. Consequently, all these should engage themselves in Bhajan and Simran with full faith, confidence, trust and Dhyan of Hazur alone. All these shall be looked after ultimately in the same form of Hazur. That immortal Messenger of our future betterment is continuously watching and superintending us each moment. Many disciples of Hazur Maharaj Sahib are getting Hazur’s darshan within these days and those who are thus blessed are mitigating their sorrowful hearts by talking – far more freely than ever before – face to face with Him. We all too, if we divert our attention from this mortal world and worldly connections and turn to that Master of the Divine Spring of Immortality, then Hazur, with His illimitable kindness, will – and there is no doubt about it – appear to us to bestow His darshan and enveloping us in the circle of His lighted radiance take us along to place us at the feet of the long-loved Lord.
Let us raise our hands in prayer that that Fountainhead of all peace and comfort may grant patience to all those of us left behind, and inspire us with courage and strength to enable us to fly to Hazur in higher Spiritual Regions, to talk to Him and to place our heads at His feet.
Explanation: 1) Saints take the burden of misdeeds of Their followers on Their own body to keep those initiated by Them clean and thus save Them from pangs and anxiety of the day of judgement. This is however a poor estimate of the gigantic treasure of Love They have for Their disciples, regardless of reciprocity. This explains one of the many great responsibilities that True Saints have to share, unperceived and unknown to Their disciples. 2) A Spiritual Brother initiated by the same Master.