When he gave it all up, he gained.
It’s a spiritual paradox, my friend.
He knew richness lay not in gold
But in becoming a means to someone’s end.
It is believed that sometime in 1970, Gurudev was instructed by Buddhe Baba to discharge all his siddhis at the Har Ki Pauri on the banks of the Ganges at Haridwar in Uttarakhand. These were the siddhis he had acquired under the guidance of Sitaram ji of Dasuya.
When Gurudev immersed his hands in the river to divest himself of his spiritual attainments, one of the siddhis asked him not to let her go, promising him whatever he desired in return. Unswayed by temptation and resolute in following Buddhe Baba’s command, Gurudev walked out of the river bereft of the powers he had acquired over the years. Ironically, this shedding of his powers marked the beginning of his ascent as a Mahaguru.
Gurudev gives up his siddhis at the Har ki Pauri
In 1973, Gurudev and his team set up camp in the small town of Kurwai in Madhya Pradesh. Nagpal ji who accompanied Gurudev on the trip remembered that a man named Dhanna on whose land the team had set up camp was running a high fever. When he showed up after 4 days, he casually mentioned his illness. Gurudev sprinkled jal on him, placed a hand on his forehead and within a minute Dhanna felt better.
The next day, another man approached Gurudev at Dhannas’s behest. He sought relief from severe abdominal cramps. Gurudev rubbed the man’s stomach and the cramping subsided. Thereafter, more and more people came to the camp seeking Gurudev’s help for problems that afflicted them.
Some days later, the team moved to Ashok Nagar situated 70 km from Kurwai. As word of Gurudev’s miraculous touch spread, bullock carts filled with people visited the camp to meet him. Those who came with physical and mental problems left the campsite partially or completely healed.
During a conversation with a few disciples many years later, Gurudev mentioned that the genesis of the public healing at Kurwai was a command from Buddhe Baba instructing him to perform nisvarth seva. At first, Gurudev was wary of helping and healing a few people whom he knew had performed many misdeeds in the past. However, Buddhe Baba told him that he was to serve without judgement, and thereafter Gurudev did just that.
Interestingly, Gurudev was 35 years old when he performed the first public healing at Kurwai. The prophecy of his emergence as ‘someone like Shiv’ came true.
It is believed that before this incident, the symbols of ‘Om’ and a ‘Jyot’ (a flame), representative of the spiritual powers he had acquired, had already appeared on his palms. However, during this period, the symbol ‘Om’ appeared on his chest, while an ‘Om’ in reverse emerged on his back.
Over time, many other spiritual powers manifested as symbols on Gurudev’s palms. Besides the ‘Om’ and ‘Jyot’, he had the trishul (the trident), a damaru (drum associated with Shankar, a manifestation of Shiv) with a stick, a shivling (an iconic representation of Shiv), and gileri (an iconic representation of Shakti) with a snake around it, Ganpati and Nandi (Shiva’s bull). His final attainment was a silver Om with a circle around it. There were some instances where he manifested symbols like the Sudarshan chakra (a spinning disk-like weapon of Lord Vishu), the 786 (an Islamic symbol representing the supreme consciousness), and Ik Onkar (a symbol representing one supreme God).
The manifestation of multiple powers in his hands, chest, and back, made Gurudev a temple personified.
Worshipping him was the worship
of a walking, talking Shivalay.
By praying to Gurudev, countless people paid their respects to the spiritual energies that resided in him. In certain cases, Gurudev assigned these energies and their accompanying symbols to his disciples and devotees. These powers would serve and benefit millions in the years that followed the awakening of the Mahaguru in him.