“If a mahatma claims to lead you across the bhavsaagar–the ocean of life and death – then he must be asked whether he has reached the goal himself or whether he is still away from the goal? If he has reached the goal then how did he come back? For, one who reaches the goal attains salvation, and does not return to the world! If he has not reached the goal, then how can he tell you anything about it or lead you there?
“Let me tell you that no ordinary person can lead you across the bhavsaagar. If a man could cross the bhavsaagar with his own efforts or with the help of another man – then God would lose all significance! Only He who has placed you in the bhavsaagar can lead you across it!
“Agar sivaaye Bhagwan ke koyi aur aapko Bhavsaagar ke paar lijaa sakta to Bhagwan kaa mahatva hee khatam ho jaataa!”
“Only He can lead you across the bhavsaagar who has come especially for that purpose in the world!
“Bhavsaagar ke paar vo hee lejaa saktaa hai jo aayaa hee iss kaam ke liye hai!”
“I am free and ever free–but there can be no one in greater bondage than I! I cannot be content in my own salvation for as long as even one person is not free!”
Mere arfaan kaa takaazaa hai ke main aazaad hoon
Aur main rotaa hoon tumhen khoo badaamaa dekh kar
It is the strength of my realisation that I am free
But I weep when I see thee in bondage
When people would say to Shri Nathji that with a divine beauty like his he could have become anything that he wanted to become in the world, Shri Nathji would say, “I became what I wanted to become–the servant of the earth!”
Shri Nathji would often say to people:
“ Let me congratulate you!
My work is not in an experimental stage,
It has become a Verified Fact!
“Main aapko congratulate kartaa hoon ke meri cheez experimental stage men naheen rahi–verified Fact ho chuki hai”
Indeed for Shri Nathji there was no experimentation with God because he was God Himself.
The Wall of Laughter-Deevaare Kaihkahaa
Shri Nathji would often tell the parable of the Wall of Laughter, which he described as Deevaare Kaihkahaa in Urdu.
“There was a Wall at the boundary of a city. Anyone who climbed the wall found himself laughing with uncontrollable bliss, and the next instant he fell to the other side. No matter how many persons climbed the wall, the same thing happened to all of them.
What was on the other side? What was it the sight of which so enthralled the beholders that they could not contain themselves and fell, laughing to the other side? No one knew, for all who went on top of the wall fell to the other side and did not return.
Finally there came a man who went to the wall and climbed on it. He looked at what lay on the other side–and he, too, was seized by the uncontrollable fit of ecstatic laughter. But just as he was about to fall, he thought of his brethren that lay in the world. He had to return to tell them of the paradise that lay beyond, of the immeasurable happiness that the regions contained. He had to return and take them across. And it was this concern for his fellowmen that prevented him from falling to the other side.
“Had he done so, he would have been merged in his own bliss, but he had resolved to tell his brethren and then to urge them to go across to those beautiful regions from which one never returned. Such a one became a Saviour of mankind. He had returned to the world only to take others across. He had no other purpose in the world.”
It was the love of Shri Nathji for the people of the world that had brought him into the world of mortals.
Time and again his voice would ring out:
“I have no mission except Love in this world, my mission is love and my work is Love.”
Shri Nathji’s verse on the Wall of Laughter was:
“Deedaare dilrubaa kaa Deevaare Kaihkahaa hai,
Jo uss taraf ko jhaankaa vo iss taraf kahaan hai
The Glimpse of the Beloved is the Wall of Laughter,
He who looks on the other side can never return.”