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Shri Nathji’s sermons at the Rialto Theatre in the 1930’s in Mussoorie saw people from all walks of life attending. Those were the summer vacations when courts and schools and colleges were closed in the plains of India. Judges, lawyers, doctors, men, women and children, maharajas and businessmen, the office-going class of officers, clerks etc., packed the hall to capacity. The intellectual as well as spiritual food they derived from his sermons made their visit to Mussoorie worthwhile. It was a grand spiritual feast.
He is the greatest speaker of our times, Justice Shukla of the Allahabad High Court was to say later, nay–the greatest speaker of all times.
People who came out of the theatre had a spiritual glow on their faces.
Kamaal! Kamaal! they said.
Kamaal was an Urdu word which meant: Endowed with wonder.
Shri Nathji, who was fond of playing with words, said: Do you know what ‘kamaal’ means? It means ‘come-all’. And who else could be ‘all’, except God?
It was a common sight to see audiences sitting in the hall nodding their heads in agreement with Shri Nathji’s logical arguments, their faces lit up with a divine joy that was indescribable. No one was conscious of his own self. The living presence of God permeated the hall and people found themselves in another world.
Shri Nathji would always speak standing, even though a chair was placed on the stage. There would be the large white screen of the cinema hall behind him. He had the habit of placing his right hand behind his back and gesturing with his left hand even as he spoke. The gestures would be divine. His finger would be frequently pointed heaven- ward even as he waved his hand in the air.