Shri Nathji arrived in Delhi within a day of leaving Mussoorie. He soon settled down at the rented flat at West Patel Nagar. The place was most unbecoming for Shri Nathji. The ground floor flat was one of the smallest and darkest places that Shri Nathji and his family had ever lived in. However, it was taken to be merely a halting place till further plans could be made.
It revealed the miserliness of Kohli who had chosen the place because it was he who had to pay the initial deposit while Shri Nathji was at Mussoorie. Kohli had been a small clerk in the water works earning a salary of Rs.80 per month, but after he had received the blessings of Shri Nathji, he rose rapidly in life and had become an officer in the Burmah Shell, earning a respectable salary.
But, alas, as Shri Nathji had experienced in life, the more he gave to any devotee, the more attached that person became to wealth and the less inclined he was to serve God.
People who admitted that they had got everything in life through the Grace of Shri Nathji, who came to him in every difficulty of life and who obtained a release from all their sorrows and sufferings from him, as well as an assurance of a salvation to come, had only one thing to offer to him in return –their miserliness. It was the height of injustice: devotees deriving everything from Shri Nathji only to forget him.
Shri Nathji would say:
“Ye log amaanat men khayaanat karte hain,”
“Such people are betraying the trust reposed in them.”
Truly did Shri Nathji quote Guru Nanak:
“Nanak kotan men kaoo
Nanak there is but one believer in millions”
A real believer was hard to find in the world, where stark materialism held sway and God had become a mere convenience to acquire material comfort and happiness.
Shri Nathji had often said:
“Sachhi bhakti tab shuru hoti hai jab aap Bhagwan se sivaaye Bhagwan ke aur kuchh naheen maangte!
“Real devotion only begins when you ask nothing from God except God!”
“When you come before God only to ask of the material things of the world, God knows that it is not Him that you want, but the things of the world.”
Shri Nathji once said:
“Bhagwan kaihate honge, ‘Duniyaan se to logon kaa man hataaye naheen hat taa aur meri taraf lagaaye naheen lagtaa! Main hee sab se bekaar cheez nikalaa!’
“God must be saying: ‘People cannot take their minds off the world try as they may, and they cannot concentrate their minds on me try as they may! Maybe I am the most unwanted of all!’ ”
Priya Nath had passed out of Allahabad University with a first division in M.Sc., Physics, in June 1962 itself. His friends at Allahabad University had been urging him to return to Allahabad University and do his Ph.D from there, and also teach side by side in the Physics Department of the University, where all the professors knew him.
The devotees at Allahabad had been hoping that Priya Nath would return to the University there, so that Shri Nathji and Mateshwari would be back at Allahabad.
Priya Nath had obtained the addresses of several institutions in America and England and had been writing to them for admission for higher studies. Since Pran Nath was already in London, the thought of the West had become more attractive.
There were many who suggested that Priya Nath sit for the I.A.S. examination i.e. for the Indian Administrative Service, which had an Academy at Mussoorie. He was said to have an able mind that could adapt itself to any kind of studies, and it was believed he would make an able administrator. Priya Nath was considering this proposal as well.
Shri Nathji had often quoted the Persian Verse:
Ma dar che khayaalemo falak dar che khayaal,
Kaare ke Khudaa kunad falak raa cheh majaal
We think in one way and the skies in another,
But only that, which God wills, shall prevail, regardless of the skies
In the meanwhile, life at the rented flat at West Patel Nagar proceeded in the usual life style of Shri Nathji. As the devotees of Delhi got news of his arrival in Delhi they began to come to him, and his divine flow of words went out towards them. Every time a genuine seeker after truth would come before Shri Nathji, a pink glow would come to his cheeks and he would appear healthier than ever before.
Shri Nathji had rightly said:
“Bolnaa to meri khuraak hai! Speaking is my nourishment!”