Shri Nathji had taken upon his own body the ills and sorrows of the world. During the days of the Second World War when hundreds of wounded soldiers were arriving daily in trains all over the country, many with their limbs dismembered or badly hurt, Shri Nathji could endure it no longer and had taken the pain of the World War upon his delicate body.
He was an excellent tennis player, and would say, jokingly,
I play tennis with the ball of the earth tossing it sometimes towards peace and sometimes towards prosperity!
While playing tennis at Dehra Dun he injured his right elbow. It was an injury that was to assume life-threatening proportions due to an abortive operation. Shri Nathji bore insufferable pain for a period of over two years.
However, all during this period, Shri Nathji was seen showering his blessings upon humanity for hours on end, meeting visitors at all hours of the day and night, and being in a state of great bliss, despite the acute pain which no human being could have endured.
When people would say to Shri Nathji:
Sir, these doctors have incapacitated your right arm. Doctoron ne aapkaa daayaan haath kharaab kar diya hai.
Shri Nathji would reply:
Mujhe to apne daayen haath kaa khyaal tak bhee naheen aataa.
“Main too shukr kartaa hoon ke meraa baayaan haath theek hai.
“I have never even thought about my right arm.
“I am grateful that my left arm is all right.
Over the years, as the Second World War ended in 1945, Shri Nathji’s arm gradually healed itself miraculously at Mussoorie. Shri Nathji had borne the cross for humanity for about five years.
A photograph of Shri Nathji of that time, taken in 1943, when Shri Nathji was at Dilaram Estate, on the Camel’s Back Road Mussoorie, shows Shri Nathji in an incredibly peaceful mood showering peace and tranquillity upon the world. The face is unbelievably beautiful and shows not a trace of the insufferable pain he was enduring at the time.
Outside his door at Dilaram Estate at Mussoorie, Shri Nathji had this verse placed in Urdu:
Shukriyaa shevaa hai meraa jiss men main masroof hoon,
Shikvaa haaye gham sunaane ki mujhe fursat naheen
The giving of thanks has absorbed me so,
That to complain I have no time!
Shri Nathji also used to say:
“Lord Rama came armed with a bow, Lord Krishna came armed with the discus. However I have come into the world without any weapons.
I have even incapacitated my right arm so that it may never lift up a weapon, not even by mistake!
“Maine apnaa daayaan baazoo iss liye kharaab kar liyaa taake kaheen bhool kar bhee vo shastr na uthhaale.
However the physical suffering never detracted from his spiritual power. He once gave a beautiful example that explained this:
Suppose a Minister of the Government falls ill. It will only be his body that will become weak, all his powers as a Minister will remain intact.