Riddle on Wheels
1960 one Shri B.N. Wali was deputed to accompany
an audit inspection party to Leh (Ladakh) for the
first time in his service. He went to Swami Ji in
the evening hours as he had to to leave early in
the next morning.
his blessings Swami Ji handed over a chit (Swami
Ji's chit was popularly called Parwana) detailing
his travel programme as:
chit was in Urdu) meaning:
From Srinagar to Sonamarg - 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.; Stay
there for three hours.
9.7.1960 Sonamarg to Drass 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stay
there for fours.
Actually buses would stay there for ten to fifteen
minutes only and there was no such practice of
staying at Drass).
From Drass to Kargil 5 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. A night's
From Kargil to Khalsi 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Stay for
From Khalsi to Leh 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Brij Nath Wali reaches safe and sound.
B.N.Wali kept on checking and ticking the time
schedule.He found the programme correct to the
serial No. 6 on the itinerary turned out to be
intriguing. For, while negotiating a 90 degree
curve at Khalsi, the bus skidded, turned turtle
and took a couple of turns down the slope before
it came to a topsy survey stop against a big rock.
The jawans of the nearby military picket reached
the scene and engaged themselves in rescue work.
shouted into the bus, "Is there anybody alive
?" Brij Nath who happened to have
firmly caught hold of his seat, stood up and came
out safely bare footed, and found his way on the
rock, unscathed. He could not venture forth upto
the highway as the whole slope was strewn with
pieces of broken glass. He entered the bus again
cautiously, brought out his shoes and moved on to
the road above. The rest of the passengers,
bleeding and very seriously injured, lay
unconscious. One of them died soon after he was
jawans rescued all, nursed and bandaged the
wounded before they were allowed to proceed on to
Leh after the bus was salvaged and promptly
repaired to resume the onward journey.(I do not
remember whether or not, a second was hired for
the purpose or the same bus was repaired).
enough the whole operation took exactly four
hours, as predicted in the riddle, before the bus
wheeled off again.
Nath Wali alone was "safe and sound".
The Commanding Officer of the Army Unit had
thought that Shri Brij Lal Wali was travelling
in a jeep as he found him quite well. On knowing
the exact position, he was surprised to see Swami
Ji's predictions in the chit (Parwana).
a puzzling, nay bewildering prediction was it.
M.A. Malik's wife was taken seriously ill. She
cried with pain. It was almost mid-night. The
locality was a semi-wilderness, a doctorless
suburb. He asked his mother and children to take
care of his wife till he could find out some
doctor from some place and purchase the requisite
medicines. He made frantic efforts to find a
doctor but could not find any. He went to a couple
of doctors known to him in the area, but none was
at home that night. He knocked at the medicine
shops but to no purpose. None was available.
Exhausted at last, he rushed back helplessly, at
least to render some first aid possible at his
hands. On the way back he was almost gripped with
panic. He wept and prayed, as he visibly trembled.
My saintly wife is dying. Oh God! take mercy on
me, my old mother and children. O! Swami Ji,
please come to my rescue. I am undone. Pray help
me in this hour of crisis. For God's sake give her
a healing touch and bring her back to life",
he chanted while moving homeward with shaking
prayers were sincere and honest coming from the
depth of his heart and mind.
to his great surprise, his wife came down to greet
him at the door and received him in. " How is
it? Are you feigning to be all right to calm me
down ?" Malik asked.
No dear I am perfectly normal and healthy. I have
no complaint now. God has saved me. Your spiritual
power is great. May God bless you" was the
well known fact narrated to me by many
eyewitnesses and close observers including one G.M.
Bhat of Tankipora (Retd. police service) and Brij
Nath stands as follows:
Swami Ji's sad demise in New Delhi his mortal
remains were brought to Srinagar. These were taken
out in a massive funeral procession through
Srinagar city in a truck (Cortege). On its way
through the city to the cremation ground the truck
suddenly stopped at three places enroute for a few
minutes 1) At Karafalli Mohalla, near late Saint
Smt. Sati Mata's residence; 2) Tankipora near late
Maheshwar Nath Razdan's house, and c) also at
Tanki Pora near one D.N. Raina's house which
happend to be the residence of their saintly
of the strenuous efforts of the expert driver, the
truck refused move even an inch for quite a few
minutes. Then suddenly it wheeled forward as
the third "halt", the holy corpse is
reported to have spurted its blood vessels,
developed wrinkles on the face and finally taken a
turn to face the said house, before the truck
could move further on.