As an avatar, Shri Nathji combined in himself qualities that were human as well as divine. One can recall the human anguish of Lord Rama at the abduction of Maharani Sita. The Ramayana portrays to us the picture of Rama searching the forests for his Sita, weeping, and stopping to ask the trees and the leaves for news of his beloved. All these were acts that were altogether human. It was part of the Leela, the divine drama being enacted by the avatar on earth, to assume the guise of human ignorance. For that matter, Lord Rama would never have left Sita alone to be abducted; he would never have run after a golden deer. But he did all that, so that the Ramayana might be written. So it was with Lord Krishna, and so it was with Shri Nathji.
Shri Nathji said in a very rare moment:
I AM A HUMAN WHEN THE LIGHT IS OFF–AND WHEN THE LIGHT IS ON, I AM GOD.
Shri Nathji’s face would light up with spiritual radiance, a pink glow would come to his cheeks, and a beaming smile appear on his lips whenever a seeker after truth would come to him.
Shri Nathji invited all of humanity to his door in the Persian verse below:
Be-hijaabaana daraa az dare kaashaanaye maa
Ke kase nest vajuz darde to dar khaanaye maa
Enter thou within the doors of my house without hesitation,
For within my dwelling there is only a pain for you.
Shri Nathji would often say:
Shri Nathji’s doors were always open at all hours of the night and day. It was as if he existed not for himself but for others only.
When the world slept he was awake. He did not meditate upon God; rather he meditated upon the people of the world, listening to their prayers all the time.
A learned Swami of Amritsar said to Shri Nathji: Sir, we have to look to you to convince the intellectuals of our age, who are beyond our ken. Only you can bring home eternal truths to them like no one has ever before.
Shri Babaji Maharaj had predicted:
In Lord Krishna’s time, only the milkmaids, the gopis, and the cowherd boys, the gawaalaas, had run after him. But in Shri Nathji’s time, even the men shall run after him.
People who came to Shri Nathji were surprised that he gave them no guru mantras. He did not tell them to meditate or practise yoga. What he gave was powerful, more real and more lasting–it was a direct touch of the Divine. Here was something that all felt, from the oldest of the adults who came to him, to the youngest of the children who sat before him. It was something that lifted the weight of misery from the soul and filled it with an indescribable happiness, to be replaced later by a divine, spiritual calm.
Having come to me, you have not to ask me what you must do now! You have nothing to do now, it is I who must do everything for you! When you have boarded my ship it is my responsibility to take you across.
Shri Nathji would often say of the absorption that his devotees had in him:
“Aap logon kaa man hataaye naheen hat taa, aur yogion kaa man Bhagwan men lagaaye naheen lagtaa!
“Your absorption in me is so great that you cannot take your mind off me even if you try hard! This is in contrast to the absorption of a yogi in God where he finds it hard to concentrate even with an effort!”