Those were the days when Shri Nathji had a severe eczema on his neck. This had come about because of his heavy clothing in hot weather, and his hours and hours of exertion in speaking to the multitudes that thronged to him at Allahabad.
Shri Nathji always wore a closed neck achkan, which aggravated the eczema. He also had a boil under his right arm-pit which was very painful. To make matters worse, Mateshwari was unwell and could not travel with him.
One of Shri Nathji’s many traits was his ability to set aside the gravest of difficulties, problems or illnesses and to concentrate upon his work as if nothing was wrong.
He would be seen lecturing to multitudes, writing books and articles, keeping the children happy with toys and entertainment, and generally giving peace and bliss to many in sorrow and suffering, even when he himself was very ill or beset upon by some great difficulties.
This trait of his character had shone out during the turbulent years with his brother, his severe arm affliction, Mateshwari’s illness, during the revolver episode, the riots in Lahore, the car accident, the attack by a bull, and in problems related to the property, car, etc., the list was endless.
No one else in the world could have endured so many travails on the physical plane and yet given so much peace and happiness to people. He would meet visitors with a divine glow on his face and a ready smile that lifted people to another world. Never would he complain of his own pain or even give the slightest indication that he was unwell. Indeed Mateshwari was hard put to find out whether he was ill or not, whether he had fever or pain, because he would never divulge it. This trait of his character proved his divinity more than anything else. He had often said:
“The life of an Avatar showed to the world how to pass through the sorrows of life with absolute happiness!
“Kiss tarah dukhon men se hans hans ke guzaraa jaataa hai!”