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Koshur Music

An Introduction to Spoken Kashmiri

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Chapter XI
Last Days

The peculiarities in Bhagawaan Ji's behaviour during the last two years of his mortal existence were many and varied.

Bhagawaan Ji had usually a pillow behind him and one, about two feet high, on his right side, too. In front was his iron sigdi and the other paraphernalia of his dhooni. So he could stretch his legs on the left side only, if he wanted to lie down. Two years prior to his giving up the gross body, he got pillows fixed high up on his left side also, and there was, thus, no room for stretching his legs or lying down. The result was that his knees got so stiff, that he could not stand up; he was thus confined to his aasana seat. Somewhat similar advice had been given by him to a lady saint, Shrimali Raadhaa Devi (wife of Shri D.N. Raina), at Guptaganga, Srinagar. She first started criticising the vibrations Bhagawaan Ji was emitting from his chillum and the various parts of his body. (It is surprising that there can be such a difference among the actions of saints; she could not feel what the vibrations were about.) Bhagawaan Ji told her in a peremptory manner 'Go, break your knees' i.e. stop moving about and takeee e to an aasana at one place. About a month after this incident, she locked herself up in her room and did not leave it until the time of her death a few years later. It is also said, but not confirmed, that she had placed fetters on her legs.

About two years before his giving up the gross body, Bhagawaan Ji sometimes remarked casually that he had grown old. This was an indirect hint that some great saints of Kashmir like Kh. Lassa Sahib and Swaami Sona Kaak also gave before their departure from this world.

About a month and a half before his giving up the gross body, a devotee was sore to see Bhagawaan Ji's physical condition and thought that he might give up his body. Bhagawaan Ji, divining his thoughts, told him 'Amar chhaa maraan ?' ('Does what is immortal die'?)

Shri S. D. Dhar recalls that a few days before Bhagawaan Ji's giving up the physical frame, he called at his place in the morning and found him physically very weak. After enquiring about his health, Bhagawaan Ji remarked, 'I should like to go to Kshirbhavaani now'.

A few months before his giving up the gross body, Bhagawaan Ji had a swelling in his genitals. I asked him why the swelling persisted. He said, 'What else is going to happen to this body? It will get shattered piece by piece'. On many occasions, previously, he had had swelling on his face, feet etc. and some had thought he was in his last days. But such swellings would miraculously disappear overnight to everyone's astonishment.

Whenever he had fever, he would take hot water boiled over his dhooni. On rear occasions, he would take a water decoction in which Kahzabaan (Macrotomia Benthami) leaves had been boiled over his dhooni. Before his giving up the physical body, some devotees requested him to take pills for free urination, but he refused straightaway. During the last thirty years of his life, he did not take any medicine.

Every year, Bhagawaan Ji would have cannabis (bhang) and some other aromatic plants brought to him and keep them boiling in water in iron trays for two or three days; the boiled mixture was pounded and prepared into big balls, dried and then stored away. He would use these balls with toabacco for his chillurn; the balls were not intoxicant. He regarded these as very sacred and whoever was allowed to help in their preparation was considered fortunate by him. During the last two years of his lire, however, he did not order any leaves for the purpose.

Musicians sang before him every Sunday to the accompaniment of various instruments. They would stop late in the night, but he never in his life time asked any musician to stop. On Sunday, the 26th May,1968, his last Sunday on Earth, however, he directed the musicians to stop, remarking:- 'We shall not listen to any more music.'

About a month before giving up the gross body, he remarked, 'The dhooni is not necessary now.' But, when his devotees requested him to be allowed to continue it, he did not object.

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