There was much about the 20th century that was to provide comfort to humanity in the ages to come. There was the sound of Shri Nathji’s voice preserved on gramophone records, and his photographs. But till that time there was no film showing him live, talking to his devotees.
In January 1952 when Shri Nathji was at Malik Nagar, a certain Shri Bakshi Lal Ahuja came for his darshan. He was an old devotee of Shri Nathji from the days at Lahore and his face carried the glow of devotion derived from Shri Babaji Maharaj as well as Shri Nathji.
He brought a friend of his for Shri Nathji’s darshan, Shri Ved Prakash, who worked for the United Nations in America and was a photographer by profession. He was so struck by the divine personality of Shri Nathji that he immediately prayed to him to come to his home at Delhi where he could shoot a 16 mm sound film of Shri Nathji. Shri Nathji consented to go.
There, Shri Nathji met the father of Shri Ved Prakash, who was a scholar of Ghalib’s poetry and had written a book on the poet. He was enthralled by the personality of Shri Nathji. It appeared that the finest poetry in the world had come alive in the personality of Shri Nathji. He fell in love with Shri Nathji and quoted Ghalib:
“Ishq par zor naheen, hai ye vo aatish Ghalib
Jo lagaaaye na lage, aur bujhaaye na bane!
There is no restraint on love; it is that Fire, O Ghalib,
That cannot be lit on trying, nor be put out, try as we may
Indeed, Shri Nathji lit a fire of Love wherever he went. It was a fire over which his lovers had no control.
Many years earlier in 1928, Shri Kewal Kishen, the public prosecutor at Jullunder had recited this verse on Shri Nathji:
Tum jahaan jaate ho ik aag lagaa dete ho,
Sholaye toor se to vaadaye eman hee jalaa
Wherever Thou goest Thou set alight a fire,
The fire from Heaven burnt only the Mountain on Sinai
In this verse the reference was to the fire that came from Heaven and burnt Mount Sinai as set down in the Jewish Scriptures.