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It was in the dark hours of the night that they were able to reach Mussoorie. Dilaram Estate had been locked up for the winter, and Chaudhari Hyder Husein had left Mussoorie. Shri Nathji had to look for some other place where they could stay. He recollected a certain Prince Hotel in Library, and found a room there. The place had been whitewashed just then and was bitterly cold. The little child, Pran Nath contracted pneumonia from exposure.
At the time Shri Nathji and Mateshwari were accompanied by Veeran Devi and Prem Pyari. Mata Tara Devi of Lahore had come for Shri Nathji’s darshan during those days and shared in the travails of those gloomy days. Here was Shri Nathji–the owner of a large house with sixteen rooms in Dehra Dun, living in a hotel room in the bitter cold of Mussoorie.
Photographs of that time show Shri Nathji sitting in the lawn of the hotel along with Mateshwari and the children. Shri Nathji is in a light grey woollen cloak cast over his black achkan. His arm is in a sling. He is seen holding the two year old Priya Nath, who is falling from his lap, while Pran Nath is with Mateshwari.
The owner of the hotel, a certain Shri Sinha, and his wife, are also seen in the picture. Both of them developed great devotion for Shri Nathji as the days passed by. Shri Nathji’s divine work continued everywhere, no matter where he was and in what circumstances.
Persecution for Mateshwari was not to cease even there, and very soon the inmates of the Dehra Dun House rushed to Prince Hotel, Mussoorie, and began creating a scene there, in an effort to persuade Shri Nathji to return to Dehra Dun. At one point they became so belligerent towards Mateshwari that Shri Nathji had to say in a loud voice: “Kabardaar! I warn you to restrain yourselves!” After a while the group left, and Shri Nathji and Mateshwari settled down to a quiet life at Prince Hotel.
Shri Nathji had often said to those who disobeyed him: “When you disobey me, you reduce my existence to a zero. Thereafter, if ever you are in need, how will you be able to come before one whom you have reduced to a zero?”
It was only Shri Nathji who was capable of appeasing even the fiercest of his opponents. He would speak soothingly, powerfully and softly, covering every aspect of the situation materially and spiritually with such astounding conviction that even the most recalcitrant of persons would be placated.
Shri Nathji’s divine power combined with his perfect logic and philosophy soothed the minds of even the most vociferous of his detractors.
His voice at such times would take on a soft and continuous flow, which was just as much a divine flow as it was during the moments of his spiritual revelations. Even in the midst of the worst of discord Shri Nathji would be seen smiling and giving peace of mind to all who came before him.
Everything about Shri Nathji was divine. He would speak for hours to Prem Nath and his in-laws in fluent Punjabi and bring home peace to their troubled minds, and change their intentions even before they knew it. Shri Nathji was the mediator and the diplomat par excellence. He combined in his nature the political skill of Lord Krishna and the forgiveness and love of Lord Rama.
Prem Nath had a voice that resembled that of Shri Nathji in its tone and tenor, although it lacked the softness, love and divinity of Shri Nathji’s voice. His handwriting in Urdu and English was also a copy of Shri Nathji’s writings, though it lacked the beauty, depth and feeling that accompanied Shri Nathji’s words. At times Prem Nath would also dress in chooridars and a sherwani which were frequently like that of Shri Nathji; however he would never wear a turban in emulation of his brother. He would be seen dressed in the most elegant of fashions and the latest of western clothes, neckties, britches, and boots, his hair combed meticulously. Veritably he was a prince amongst princes and could have been an ideal brother and secretary to Shri Nathji had it not been for the intolerance and querulousness that came into him after his marriage, which was made worse by his wife and in-laws. His antagonism towards Mateshwari destroyed whatever harmonious means there could have been of his living with Shri Nathji.
And, ultimately, Shri Nathji had no alternative but to leave him, even though he still cared for him from a distance, and frequently sent him whatever he desired, and looked after him in every way that he could. Shri Nathji knew that his life was now meant to be lived with Mateshwari and he could not compromise his life’s mission by remaining close to his brother, who, despite his spiritual leanings, had chosen a worldly way of life after his marriage.