Since the burden of bills had become very heavy in Mussoorie, and Shri Nathji was cut off from his devotees in the hills, Victor suggested that the Standard car be run as a taxi on the Mussoorie – Dehra Dun road. Not many people had cars during those days. Only the Rajas, Maharajas and the very wealthy could afford to keep cars. Taxis were a rarity during those years, and Victor calculated that this would be a profitable business, which would help Shri Nathji meet the mounting expenses.
Victor wished to pursue this suggestion with great earnestness and assured Shri Nathji that he would run the car as a taxi and honestly bring the proceeds to him. The desire to serve Shri Nathji in this way became so intense in the mind of Victor that Shri Nathji had no alternative but to agree to his proposal. However, it was not without a measure of sadness, because Shri Nathji had originally purchased the car for Pran Nath and Priya Nath.
It was while Shri Nathji was at Delhi that the work of getting the taxi permit for the Standard car from Meerut was done. After that whenever Shri Nathji went to Mussoorie he had to manage the affairs of the car on his own. Shri Nathji noted down meticulously on loose sheets of paper in his own handwriting the details of the registration:
Copy of Permit Standard Car as Taxi
Reg Mark DLA 5232
No of passengers 5 seats
Place for which permit is valid
Meerut Division Excluding Hill Road
Reg Name DLA 5232
Brief Description standard M/Car
Name: His Holiness Shri Swami Bhola Nath
Class of Vehicle: Motor Car
Maker’s Name: Standard
Type of Body: Sedan
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Number of Cylinders: 4
Chassis number: ED 14683 DL
Engine number: ED 13812/E
Seating Capacity including driver 5 seats
It was beyond the comprehension of ordinary people how a person revered as God could so involve himself in worldly matters with such perfection, and enter into the spirit of every work that he did in such great detail and with so much interest.
On the day that Shri handed over the car to Victor for use as a taxi he wrote the following note in his own hand, and made Victor sign it:
“I have taken one Standard Car D.L.A 5232 Taxi to work on it as taxi driver. I will keep it nicely and shall
prove trustworthy to its
owner, Swami Bhola Nathji
The list of all its instruments is also with it. When taken for driving its mileage was 76280. Petrol 4 gallons.
1 iron rod
1 Tin Grease
1 back key
1 black momjama
1 wheel wrench
1 plas, wrench
These writings were no less sacred than anything else that Shri Nathji wrote. These were all written by the hand of God. No sooner would Shri Nathji finish writing down notes like these in such meticulous detail than he would begin writing spiritual revelations of the highest order with the same pen or pencil.
Shri Nathji said: “ If the idol in a Temple were to suddenly move and draw a line on a sheet of paper, people would come to worship that line simply because they would believe it was written by the hand of God!”
Shri Nathji showed the world how man could always remain absorbed in God Consciousness and yet remain fully active in the works of the world.
He also showed to the world that no work in life was high and no work low. Shri Nathji could go from the sublime to the mundane in a moment and then again return to the sublime without demur. Even though Shri Nathji knew that whatever he was doing was a drama of his own creation, yet he played the part to perfection with such great finesse that it appeared to be real.
The word MAYA –the illusion of the world – simply did not exist for Shri Nathji. He was God and therefore whatever he did was God. Even the Maya in which he indulged was God.
Even the smallest things that Shri Nathji did had a tinge of the infinite associated with them. In his words:
Har juz men mujhe kul kaa tamaashaa nazar aayaa
Katraa leeye paihlu men dariyaa nazar aayaa
In every part I saw the drama of the Whole,
In the shape of every drop I saw the river unfold
The words of Mateshwari to Sahadeva had become legend:
“Sahadevaji, aithhe jo kuchh vee hoyaa kare onnoo Rabb hee Rabb samjho! No matter what happens here, think of it as God and only God!”
The two faces of Shri Nathji could be understood when one recalled how Lord Krishna spent a portion of his life simply playing with the gopis and gawaalaas, stealing butter and singing and dancing. He would run when chased and be caught and chided.
Yet it was the same Lord Krishna who killed the invincible Kaali Naag and who had the power within him to raise the Govardhan Mountain with his little finger and to defeat the wicked King Kansa. And it was also he who ultimately revealed himself as the Lord God of Creation to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
Here was Shri Nathji enacting the same kind of leela once again. Playing with cars and taxis and drivers, occupying himself in what appeared to be non-spiritual pursuits but having the fulness of his Divine Glory within him.
For Shri Nathji there was no Maya; everything was an interplay of his Divine Self with the world of his own creation.