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  Section One: Lalleshwari (Lalded)
  Section Two: Sheikh Ul-Alam (Nund Reshi)
  Section Three: Parmanand 
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An Introduction to Spoken Kashmiri



Section Three

Interlogue - III

By now the reader must have fully acquainted himself with profile and early life-style of Swami Nand Ram Paramanand who lived in natural surroundings of supreme beauty on the banks and around the river Liddar in South Kashmir. He was an honest, self-regarding humanistic revenue clerk (Patwari). Later on he, engaged himself in religio-philosophical discourses with great saints, elevated spiritualists and eminent intellectuals who thronged to the Mattan Tirtha from all comers of the Country.

The reader must have found Swami ji in full heart and soul submission to Lord Krishna, not in the narrow sense, the word may cannote but in the much spiritual sense of merger of two great souls, forming a single identity. Parmanand addresses Lord Krishna in as purely simple a manner as a small child addresses his loving mother.

"Slaves shine as we are,
Why don't you listens? "
How wonderous and exhilarating sepectacle must have been for semi-dozing participating disciples, during a midnight recital of Krishna Lila by Swami ji at Bijbehara to see Bal Krishna actually sitting in Swami ji's lap with all his grandeur. The reader must also have been conversant with the classification of Parmanands highly philosophical poetry written in highly Sanskritised Kashmiri, not that he could'nt write pure Kashmiri. He was a master writer of pure Kasmiri as proved by his poem written on spot. Despite his oneness with Lord Krishna, Parmanand is a believer of the Trinity aspect of godhood as per Indian tradition. He has given top most place in this hierarchy to Lord Shiva.

The reader'll do well to estimate the spiritual attainments of Swamiji from the personal observations by an eminent spiritualist and writer from Calcutta in his book entitled. "Swami Nand Ram Paramanand through my eyes". I had a faint impression of having read about it somewhere and also been narrated afresh the details of the same by fresh acquaintances from the same area of South Kashmir after migration. But I desisted from its inclusion for want of knowledge of source. Anchoring on the terra-firma confirmed by no less a person than a very knowledgeable person like Swami P.N. Bhat who happens to be very conversant with wide ranging Kashmiri Lore and Literature, I was encouraged and promoted to narrate the event in my own words, as it was.

Said he during a free chat, "One Dr. Vishal Mukerji of Calcutta had heard about the high spiritual and philosophical heights and literary works of Swami Nand Ram Paramanand of Mattan from pilgrims of equally high attainments. He came on a pilgrimage to his holy place to meet the famous saint. On reaching Paramanand's Village, he was guided by an equally talented muslim saint poet Neyma Sahib to a distant field in the same vicinity. Then he pointed towards a rustic peasant ploughing his paddy field. There's your Paramanand driving the bullocks.

Taken aback in suspicion Dr. Vishal hesitated at first but soon made up his mind and took courage to approach the ill dressed peasant to enquire if he new a person, Paramanand by name. Quick was the positive response from the particular person Dr. Sahib had enquired about.

The two left the field and sat on a green patch of land under the shade of a Chinar tree. There they discussed matters of literature, religion and spirituality. While thus engaged in interesting philosophical discussions, Dr. Vishal Mukerji caught sight of a crow sitting on the handle of the plough and driving the bullocks to plough the field in the absence of Swami Paramanand"

Later on the same was recorded by Dr. Vishal Mukerji in his book" Swami Parmanand through my eyes".

Sh. P.N. Bhat informed", Later on Dr. Vishal Mukerji prominently discribed his personal observations of Paramanand in his book quoted above".



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