NIRANJAN SINGH MALHOTRA
Prof. Niranjan Singh, principal of Camp College then near Birla Mandir in Delhi was a distinguished scholar in Chemistry. He was an educationist and had held many important posts in erstwhile Punjab of undivided India.
Prof. Niranjan Singh came to know about Meher baba and His philosophy from Was Deo Kain. It was probably in the year 1952, that Prof. Niranjan Singh wrote his first letter to Meher Baba though W. D. Kain. Prof. Niranjan Singh had doubts and would cross examine with Mr. Kain on various points. One day while discussing with W. D. Kain he was told that most of the troubles worrying him were due to his past impressions (sanskaras). At the he asked asked Mr. Kain to write to baba “ What is the glory of the guru (Master) if he cannot cancel the past actions (Karmas) and what is use of going under the protection of lion if a jackal was going to frighten him.” Baba was amused to read that letter and promptly came a reply through Eruch. Baba says, “But first surrender to the lion.”
In 1952, Mrs. Niranjan Singh was apprehensive of meeting Meher Baba. She deeply felt repeating the name of ‘Guru Nanak’ was better than meeting sadhus and saints. But it so happened that on 30th November 1952, W.D. Kain went to their house and informed them of Meher baba’s darshan programme and took then in a taxi to Prakash Chand house at 10, Tagore Road where baba was to give darshan. Mrs. Niranjan Singh recollects, “I cannot describe how elegantly Meher baba was got down from the taxi and swiftly moved and entered the house and sat on the sofa meant for Him. He was wearing white sadra. He was charming and lovely. His beauty was ethereal. I was stupefied by His presence. God knows what fear I had. I was unable to enter the house. I sat in the last row. I remember Baba asked the name of my husband. Baba said by His gestures, “Niranjan sigh is a pure gem.” all this was happening as if in a dream but I was still frightened. Just then Baba spoke through Eruch, “Are you frightened?” I quickly nodded my head and said ‘No’. Baba knew my inner state. He took my head in His hands and looked at me with so much of compassion that my heart melted and I wept continuously. The scientist and his wife came back home. The scientist had witnessed an unusual phenomenon. At times he saw Baba as Nanak and at times Baba Himself. This confirmed his faith in the Master. On the morning of 30th November 1952, Baba dictated at the residence of W.D. Kain to be read over to Principal Niranjan Singh.
Next day again the couple went to Kain’s house and had Baba’s darshan. The couple accepted Meher Baba as their Master. They knew for sure that Beloved Meher Baba’s spiritual status was very high. Mrs. Niranjan recollects that Prof. Niranjan Singh was so impressed that he spoke to his collogues in the college and decided to invite Meher Baba to their college. Invited by Niranjan Singh, in His College, Baba gave darshan to the students on 2nd December 1952. Meher Baba was received by Principal Niranjan Singh and senior professors were welcomed with garlands. There were more than 2000 students. First Niranjan Singh spoke on brief introduction of Meher baba then his own feeling. Mrs. Niranjan Singh also garlanded Meher Baba amidst loud clapping and cheering from the audience who were already mesmerized by His presence. On behalf of Meher Baba read two messages on “Soldiers of God” and “spiritual freedom” (these messages can be read from book Panj Pyare published & circulated by Waryam Singh)`
He corresponded with baba for a long time. Niranjan Singh and his wife attended a Sahwas programme for the first time in Meherabad in 1954. Niranjan Singh later narrated. In his words, Baba said to him. “In eternity nothing has happened and nothing will ever happen and all that happens happens now at this time it is nothing:’ Amidst the gathering Baba pointed to me and said, “You must grasp it. If God has no beginning then what was before Him? The answer is God.ans what was before God? The answer again is God. The answer will always be God. Illusion has a meaning for time, cause and effect while in eternity everything happens “now”. Remember, when zero is added to one (i.e. added to the right of 1) this zero gets a value. Add as many zeros and the value increases accordingly, but if you put millions of zero before one, it has no value. Can you grasp?”
Meher Baba had explained Vedanta in a nut shell to Niranjan Singh. Scientist in him always conflicted with the spiritualist. But in His presence all his doubts would vanish as darkness vanishes by the first streak of Sun light. On next day on 30th September 1954, Baba called Niranjan Singh for an interview. Baba said to him, “I will definitely make you feel so conscious that you know Me as God definitely. Definitely in an instant, all unaware!” Niranjan Singh eyes were filled with tears.
The Lord promised him, Himself! Baba then asked him “Do you remember the promise I gave you?” Niranjan Singh said, “Yes Baba, You promised me that you will visit my house.”
Baba said, “It will be fulfilled, even if I were to drop My body.”
Baba explained various kinds of experiences of Kaikobad who used to repeat Baba’s name one lakh times every day. Adding that Baba said all those experiences are in illusion. At this time Niranjan Singh said to Baba, “Baba, please take charge of my mind completely.” Baba replied, “Leave it to Me.”
Meher Baba then told him, “I give the gift of suffering to my lovers with home I am happy.” great suffering awakens great understanding.” Meher Baba then embraced Niranjan Singh. Niranjan Singh asked Baba, “Can I give this embrace to my wife? Baba embraced again Niranjan Singh and said, “This is for your wife.”
Once Niranjan Singh had a doubt. Baba says, “He is infinite but His physical body is finite. How can the infinite be bottled up in a small physical frame. Promptly reply came from Baba through Eruch. It was said that baba was amused to hear his question. Baba reminded him to read and digest the pages of the book “God Speaks”. (Full text of reply from baba is not reproduced here). Niranjan Singh was not convinced with this reply. Much later when he again visited Meherabad Baba answered his question. Meher baba answered the questions of intellectuals time to time and the answers were later published in the book entitled “The Everything and the Nothing”. One day after the book was published Niranjan Singh visited Baba and sat with the disciples before Him. Baba said asked Francis and said,” Go and get that book Niranjan Singh is responsible for.” Then Baba quarried, “Are you not happy with the book?” Mr. Singh replied, “When I left my last visit last, I was so pleased and happy. My mind was always at rest since I had asked all the questions which bothered me and You had answered then to my satisfaction. I was really in a happy state I left here of Ahmednagar railway station “
Baba persisted, “Are you not happy then that all your question were answered. Niranjan Singh replied, “Yes, Baba. You answered all my questions but when I sat in the train, this galloping mind of mine once again started asking intriguing questions.” Baba asked, “What is intriguing you now?” Niranjan Singh said, “A thought came to my mind like this: Baba says; He is infinite consciousness in form, but how can the infinity be bottled up in a limitation? This intrigues me Baba. How is such a thing possible?”
Baba said. “Is that the only thing that intrigues you? Look, I am the Creator and yet there are so many things intrigue Me that perhaps you being a scientist, can explain them to Me. tell Me, do you see anything outside that open door?”
“Yes, Baba I see sandals.”
“What else can you see?”
“Yes, I can see cattle grazing.”
“What else do you see?”
“People moving around.”
“What else do you see?”’
“A range of hills, baba.”
“Another range of hills behind that.”
“What else do you see?’
“I see the clouds.”
“It intrigues Me,” Baba said, “That these tiny eyes of yours can encompass such vastness. How is that possible? It intrigues Me how this little iris of yours can capture such vastness.”
Niranjan Singh understood and sat silent.
Niranjan Singh had corresponded with Baba many times. There are all three letters dated 26th November 1956, written By Eruch as directed by Meher Baba. (The text of letter is not produced here to make it brief)
Undoubtedly, Niranjan Singh was an intellectual giant whose heart Baba himself awakened.