The Life and Teachings of Hazarath Tajuddin Baba
Written by Pujya Acharya Sri Ekkirala Bharadwaja
IN THE NAME OF GOD .. , THE MERCIFUL ,.. THE COMPASSIONATE THE HOLY BIOGRAPHY OF
HAJARAT BABA TAJUDDIN AULIA OF NAGPUR
Chapter - I
A Sketch of His Life
.......In the recent history of both Islamic and Hindu mysticism of India ( 1861 to 1925 ), Hajarat Baba Tajuddin Aulia of Nagpur has been one of the most outstanding mystics of his time. He was most intimately loved and rather worshiped by both the Hindus and Muslims for his highly amazing spiritual powers and universal benedictions enjoyed by millions of the suffering humanity.
Descent and Birth
........The ancestors of Tajuddin Baba were Arabs. Syed Abdulla, a grand son of Hazarat Iman Askari, came from Arabia to India and settled down in Madras. The descendants of his family thus happened to live around this city for a long time. One of them, Syed Badruddin, become a Subedar in the army - Madras Platoon no. 32 and live in Kamptee. He married Mariam Bee, the daughter of one sheikh Miraan Saheb.
Death of parents
.........Hardly had the child completed one year when his father , Syed Badruddin , passed away and when he was nine years old, his mother also died. The orphan was then brought up and educated at his mother's house by his grand mother. He was admitted in a school at the age of six. Up to the age of eighteen, he studied Arabic, Persian and English.
.........In his 6th year when Tajuddin was at school, in Kamptee a famous Muslim Saint, Hazarat Abdulla Shah, ..( whose tomb is now adjoining the railway station at Kamptee) came to see him. He gazed at Tajuddin, took out a piece of sweetmeat from his bag, chewed a bit of it and thrust the rest into Tajuddin mouth. He then told one of the teachers standing by : " What can you teach him? He is already well taught in his previous life." And, addressing the young Tajuddin, he said: " Eat little, Sleep little, and Talk little. While reading Quran, read as though the holy Prophet Mohammed has descended upon you."
........For all outward signs nothing of significance happened in the life of Tajuddin for the next 12 years. In his 18th year river, kamhan, near Kamptee, was in furious floods and the house of his uncle was badly damaged. Young tajuddin was deepely touched at the sight of the flood victims. Owing to the consequential loss, his uncle, Hazarat Abdul Rahman, was compelled to work in the Forest office for a living and he also advised his nephew to join the army. Accordingly, at the age of 20, in 1881 A.D., Tajuddin joined the 13th Nagpur Regiment. In the course of his army duties Tajuddin traveled extensively in the country and was also sent out to foreign countries like France, etc. On it's return, the regiment camped at the Grass Farm in Hyderabad ( Deccan ). There, an American officer, Mr. Benz came into contact with Tajuddin who thought him the Holy Quran. Another military officer, Mr. William, was a bosom friend of tajuddin in whose company he advanced in spirituality. Later Mr. William went to live in Calcutta where his tomb can be seen even today in the graveyard at Bangmeri.
Meets a 'Chishti' saint
.............In 1884, Tajuddin's Regiment reached Saugor. All through his career in the army, Tajuddin never neglected his Namaz( Muslim Prayer ). One day in Saugor, Tajuddin was lured by a melodious voice which led him to a lonely waste land nearby where a famous 'Chishti' saint Hazarat Dawood Shah lived. Henceforth he used to attend regularly to the service of this Muslim saint. He used to spend much of his time in meditation in the company of the saint every day after his army duties. Sometimes he stayed away with him in the night also. when his grandmother learnt at Kamptee that he was not staying in tent at night, she rushed to Saugor suspecting that Tajuddin had fallen into some evil company. She stealthily followed him at night but found that he was meditating with a muslim saint. Next morning, when Tajuddin returned home, she served him with breakfast. But Tajuddin said he would eat his his own laddu and peda (two Indian sweets) and stared chewing up the two stones he had in his hand. The old lady was awfully surprised at this phenomenon and realized that Tajuddin's devotional life had had given him some devotional powers, and that her suspicious about his character were wrong. She returned to her town happily. Even after Hazarat Dawood Chishti's death, Tajuddin continued his meditations and mujahedas( spiritual practices ) often near the decease's tomb.
An amazing prediction
..........One day Tajuddin Baba briskly walked to the house of a goldsmith in Kamptee and told him : " Vacate your building, remove your belongings as soon as you can." The goldsmith who had already heared of the Baba and revered him, immediately obeyed his order. The same night the building collapsed. The goldsmith and his family were saved and they became Baba Tajuddin's staunch devotees.
Food in the box
...........On another occasion, Tajuddin Baba walked to the door of a good man and asked for food. " There was no food at this hour , Baba ", the man replied. But the Baba would not budge and said: " why do you utter lies? You have kept the food in the box." The man, who had already heard of Baba's extraordinary powers, went in and searched the box. To his astonishment, he did find some food in the box although none had been put there to the very best of his memory.
His reputation spreads
...........News of Tajuddin Baba's miraculous powers spread like wild fire and crowds always thronged round him, seeking his blessings for each and every kind of their wishes and endeavors. When such a miraculous help becomes so easily obtainable and does not cost anything in return, it is human nature to loose sight of the sublimity that underlies it. Instead of steadily rising to dignity and success with self-help and sacrifice, man seeks to pull it down to the level of his myriad cravings, both worthy and unworthy.
The Baba goes to the Lunatic Asylum
.............Accordingly, at one stage, Tajuddin Baba got fed up with this unworthy demand for miracles and, one day, he declared : " Tomorrow I shall enter the Lunatic Asylum." And next day he did what he said. But the way he did it was very strange and funny. Next day at dawn, Tajuddin Baba stood stark naked in front of the European ladies Tennis club. The English ladies naturally got enraged at his unbecoming conduct and approached the police to put him in the lunatic asylum in Nagpur. And order was, accordingly, issued by the District Magistrate of Kamptee Cantonment on 26th of August, 1892 A.D. However, it soon become evident that "Tajuddin the mad man" could never be, because sometimes when he was locked up in cell, he could be found wandering freely on the roads of Nagpur. In the register of the asylum, the age of Tajuddin Baba, at the time of his admission, was recorded as 32 years 7 months and 9 days.
European Ladies surprised
...........A few days after he was put by the police in the asylum, the English ladies, whose wrath had earned Tajuddin Baba this reward, saw him walking on the road towards his house at Kaptee. They suspected some intrigue on the part of the police about their complaint. They proceeded straight to the asylum to blame the police for setting the mad fakir free. But their amazement knew no bounds when they found that he was not let off but was very much in the cell, securely locked up in the asylum.
Escaped lunatic returns
.........One day one of the lunatics escaped from the asylum and could not be traced. The superintendent, Dr. Abdul Majid, was very much perturbed. At that time Baba Tajuddin approached him and said : " Don't worry, he would return of his own accord tomorrow." Next day, the mad man was found standing near the gate of the asylum and was taken in by the attendants. When Dr. Abdul Majid interrogated him about his whereabouts, the mad man replied that, after leaving the asylum, he wandered awhile and when he was going to Dr. Abdul Majid's house, he met Tajuddin Baba who bought him to the gate of the asylum and let him there and went in. While he was waiting there, guards took him in. What is more surprising about this incident is that all the while Tajuddin Baba did not stir out of his own cell. This amazing incident only reinforced the doctor's faith in the Baba's miraculous powers.
Baba saves doctor's life
..........For a particular need, Dr. Abdul Majid, as usual, sought Tajuddin Baba's permission to go to Bombay on some personal business. The Baba however kept quiet. But the doctor repeated his question thrice. As though in annoyance, Tajuddin Baba said : " If you don't want to heed my warning you may go. But keep this leaf with you." He handed him a leaf which he picked up from the ground. The doctor kept it in his pocket and left for Bombay. On his journey, he got down in the Bhunsaval Railway Yard and suddenly an engine rushed towards him. Every one thought the doctor was killed as there was no escape. But in that movement of awful fright, Dr. Abdul Majid fell down on the track unconscious. Strangly enough the engine came to a 'sudden halt' in the nick of time. The fireman and the driver got down to find out the cause of the 'sudden halt ' because the engine was not pulled by any one of them. How did it come to a perfect standstill of its own accord? They were wonder struck to see this highly amain incident and took the doctor for a saint with miraculous powers and praised him for stopping the engine in a most impossible manner. This glaring incident was witnessed by all people at the station. The doctor however revealed that it was the miracle of the leaf in his pocket and told them of Baba Tajuddin's warning.
The case of Bombay Seth
.........Besides his own personal experiences, Dr. Abdul Majid also witnessed numerous other miracles experienced by a large number of people who came to seek Baba's blessings from far and near even at the asylum. Foe instance, he once saw a rich Seth who came to Baba Tajuddin to seek his blessing for his father who was dangerously ill in Bombay, and whom all the bes doctors had failed to cure. Before he had even a chance to relate his predicament, the Baba spoke out : " Go back, your father is well." But the Seth could hardly believ it and thought it might be just a way of dismissing him. He immediately wired home and inquiry, and got a telegraphic reply saying that his father was really all right. The Seth fell at the feet of the saint in solemn gratitude and distributed alms to the poor.
Dr. K. G. Pawnbroker' case
.........Dr. Abdul Majid was not the only doctor who had witnessed Baba Tajuddin's miracles. The manner in which Dr. K. G. Pownasker become a staunch devotee of Baba is still more wonderful.
Dr. Kashinath Tao's case
.........After Dr. Abdul Majid's retirement, Dr. Kashinath Rao became Superintendent of the Lunatic Asylum at Nagpur. Though he was a Hindu, and an orthodox brahmin he also became a staunch devotee of Tajuddin Baba. One instance of his miraculous experience is most interesting to mention.
A Paralytic cured
........There is no end to Baba Tajuddin's marvelous miracles. Once an old man of Nagpur came to the Baba with his mother-in-law. One of his hands was badly paralysed. When he came to the asylum, he met a pilgrim from Mecca who was sitting under a Margot(neem) tree. The old man enquired of this Haji as to why he came there from such a long distance? The Haji replied : " I am called here by Tajuddin Baba Saheb who spent 21 days with me in Mecca and who had invited me here." Dr. Kashinath Rao, who was also there, was astonished to hear this, because Tajuddin Baba had been confined in the asylum for many years past, and there was no chance for him to escape and go to Mecca. The bewildered doctor was moved to tears and fell down at the feet of the saint in solemn adoration. The great saint then said : " Don't praise me much by announcing this to public". The Baba then held the withered hand of the old man and said : " Oh, it's a foul disease." The patient felt that in the grip of the Baba his hand got warmer. Finally when he shook it once and released it, the old man's hand was quite all right. The saint then ordered him to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca in gratitude to Allah for the cure.
Dying daughter recovered
.........One day a gentleman came to Tajuddin Baba and prostrating before him, petitioned: " Great master, my daughter is in her last moments. Pray grant her life." The Baba gazed calm;y at the visitor's face for a moment, closed his eyes and was in trance for awhile. When he opened his eyes, he said : " Go home. The daughter is passed. She is all right now." When this gentleman reached home, he found his daughter sitting and eating something. Overflowing with gratitude for the mercy of God and his beloved saint Baba Tajuddin, he asked his wife as to how the girl recovered so completely in such a short time. She told him that after he left for lunatic asylum, a fakir appeared at the doorstep and finding her in tears, enquired of the cause of grief. When he heard of the precarious condition of the child he said ;" Insha Allah, now she will recover in no time." As soon as the fakir left, the child sat up and asked for something to eat.
Disappearance from Photo-picture
............Once a bath of students from the Muslim University of Aligarh came to pay homage to Baba Tajudiin and photographed themselves with him in the group. But they were highly surprised to see that while all the student in the group came off nicely in the picture, Baba Tajuddin's image was not there.
...........Such miracles were countless. Every day crowds of devotees and visitors queued up at the asylum to have Baba Tajuddin's darshan and receive his infallible blessings. They offered his new clothes, fruits, sweets, beedies and snuff. But he only touched and returned them or gave them away to any one he pleased in the crowd. The strange powers of the saint had won the doctors and all the authorities of the asylum so much that they were soon obliged to permit him from all manual work which the other inmates had to perform compulsorily and later they left even his cell unlocked. But Tajuddin Baba insisted on his being treated on equal footing with the rest of the inmates, and did all the work and always insisted upon being locked up in his cell.
............While such was the attitude of the Medical Officers-in-charge of the asylum, the Government took a greedy view of things. It now decided to levy a fee on those who wished to see this ' miraculous soul' at the asylum despite the fact many of the visitors were Englishmen who sought Baba's succor for their own cherished wishes.
...........To mention a few of the British devotees of Baba Tajuddin, Mr. Antony MacDonald, the Chief Commissioner of Nagpur and Col. Rowe, the Civil Surgeon, were among the best admirers and devotees of the saint. There were other dignitaries of the rank of Extra Assistance Commissioner (Mr. Hafiz Vilayatullah Khan) and the city Superintendent of Police (Mr. Moti) who were devotees of Hazarat Baba. Even Maharaja Raghoji Rao Bhonsle of Nagpur was one of the staunch devotees of the Baba. He was one of the very frequent visitors to the asylum also. All these big people of Nagpur sought Baba's blessings to solve their problems, private and worldly.
Maharaja of Nagpur's Munificence
...........It was however, Maharaja Raghoji Rao who first got the idea of taking out Baba Tajuddin from the asylum. With idea of taking out Baba Tajuddin from the asylum. With the consent of the saint he paid a sum of Rs.2,000/- as security to the asylum authorities and took the Baba to his own palace in 1908. He thus ended the 16-year long stay of the Baba in the Pagalkhana (asylum) to the delight of thousands of his devotees and admirers.
Baba's life at Lal Kothi
...........At La Kothi, for most of the time, the Baba remained in a state of trance. He woke up early and left the palace for his usual strolls and returned sometimes as late as 2 pm. or even in the evening. People flocked around him from far and near with garlands, sweets, costly new clothes and various other gifts. Every day was a festive day. Many shops sprang up along Baba's way. Songsters, musicians and artists displayed their skill before him wherever he went, even to the neighboring jungles where he loved to wander about. When hundreds of the devotees offered him food, in plates, he would taste a little from only one of the plates to please the devotees. All the rest was distributed, specially among the poor and the orphans. Hazarat Tajuddin Baba wore only one long tunic or shirt all the time.
Baba leaves the place and goes to Waki
............It must be mentioned here that fakir Tajuddin Baba's stay in the palace of the prince was a most unwilling condescension on his part. This was tolerated by the saint only because of the persistent appeals of Maharaja Raghoji rao. But in spite of all the comforts of the place, he always slept on the floor. When he walked out even in the burning heart of summer, he went without shoes. In fact, this gilded home was also a prison for Baba Tajuddin. He performed to be a humble fakir and loved wandering in the jungles of Nagpur.
Revival of the dead
............The most remarkable of the countless miracles that happened during his stay at Sakardara and Waki were the cases of reviving the dead and of curing incurable diseases.
Girija Bai's miracle
............Another famous instance of this type is that of a lady named Girija Bai who was a courtesan and suffered from a dreadful disease which defied all treatments. Finally she resorted to the service of Tajuddin Aulia. One day Kashinath Patel's men found her dead in her tent and they reported the master to the Patel. The later sent a message to Tajuddin Baba and wanted to know whether her body was to be cremated or buried. But before the messenger reached the saint, who was sitting at a spot in the jungle, the latter had already sent tea through one of his devotees for Girja Bai. The two men met on the way. The Patel's man told Baba's man that he need not take the trouble of taking the tea to the tent of Girja Bai as she was dead. But the Baba's men was a staunch devotee of Hazarat Tajuddin and refused to believe the Patel's man and decided to carry out he order of his Master under any circumstances. He proceeded to Girja Bai's tent and found dead actually. Three or four ladies were sitting near the dead body, lamenting and wailing. Regaining his own composure at this mournful scene, the tea bearer from Baba Tajuddin slowly approached the dead lady and called upon three times, that Tajuddin Baba had sent tea for revival at Baba's name by opening her mouth and sipping the tea slowly. Soon after, she sat up and enquired where Tajuddin Baba was, and she came out of her tent. While all those who gathered there were awfully amazed, Tajuddin Baba himself came there and asked her to sing a devotional song which she rendered quite melodiously. News of this remarkable miracle spread all over the city like wild fire. Girja Bai lived for many more years and died a natural death.
...........Cases of miraculous heading are no less wonderful. For instance, one Tukaram suffered from a most obstinate type of cough for over 30 years. It not only deprived him of a peaceful sleep but also defined all attempts of curing it. One of Tukaram's friends advised him to seek the blessing of the famous Muslim saint of Waki. At first he did not take his advise seriously but, perhaps, it was Tajuddin Baba who willed that Tukaram must go to him. He happened to accompany his Seth (boss) to Waki. During their stay, suddenly Tukaram had an impulse to take tea for Tajuddin Baba, and as he poured it in a silver tumbler and started for the Baba's abode, his stingy Seth objected to the tea being taken out in a costly silver tumbler for fear of losing it. Tukaram, however, stuck to his own wish and managed to take the tea to Tajuddin Baba in sliver tumbler only. When he was still a hundred yards away from the saint, the latter asked him, " why bring the tea in that tumbler?" Those words immediately revealed the saint's omniscience to Tukaram who at once prostrated before him and begged him to accept his humble offering. The merciful Baba accepted the same and taking the tumbler in his hand, said; "If only you had brought this tea 30 years ago, you would not have suffered so much all these years." While Tukaram was marveling at the saints intimate knowledge of his ailment and its exact duration, the later took up a pinch of dust and gave it to him asking, "Eat it, You will be all right." Tukaram ate it and was instantaneously cured of his age-long disease, and that night was the first in 30 years when he slept soundly, undisturbed by his virulent cough. Even his Seth was surprised at this cure.
Childless blessed with children
.............There ere other kinds of petitioners to Baba. Many of them who were childless were blessed with children and almost in every case there is an unmistakable evidence that the miracle happened expressly at the command of this Man-of-God. For instance, once two ladies came to Waki from Amraoti. when they approached him, Tajuddin Baba was sitting on the steps leading to the river. Saluting him respectfully, the ladies revealed their sad plight to him. Both of them were married for over 12 or 13 years but were not blessed with children. Hearing their plight Tajuddin Baba picked up two laddus ( balls of sweets) from sweets offered to him and gave one each as his prasad(token of blessing). One of the women ate it then and there with faith in the powers of the saint, but the other had little faith, so she stealthily let slip the laddu given to her in the sand below and cover it up cleverly so as not to be noticed by any one. After a while the ladies returned to Amraoti. In the course of the next year, the one who had eaten the laddu had a so but wondered why her companion was not blessed with a child. They once again started together and went to waki, one to put her child at the feet of the saint in thanksgiving and to secure his future blessings for it. While the other was repentant at heart for her folly. Envious of the good fortune of her companion th unfortunate lady decide to seek Baba's blessings again. When they arrived at Waki, the one happily got her child blessed by Tajuddin Baba but the other was naturally full of shame. So she slapped her own cheeks before the saint as a sign of her repentance and pleaded with him ; " Baba , where is my child?" And Baba Tajuddin coolly replied: " It is in the sand, take it out from there." She then frankly confessed her folly and imploringly begged his pardon. The saint was the embodiment of God's love. So he forgave her and again gave her something to eat. This time she too was blessed with a child within an year of her return home.
A convict released
...........There is another wonderful instance of Tajuddin Baba's amazing spiritual powers. Once one Abdul Hassan, a fruit merchant came to Waki to fulfill his vow of feeding the poor there. But when the cooking was going on, it rained very heavily and the fire in the hearth was extinguished and even the firewood floated in the pools of rainwater. The fruit merchant was at first slightly perturbed but later decided to set up another hearth and cook the food again.
Maharaja Raghoji Rao Bhonsle's devotion
...........Such miracles were countless and countless were the people who came to Waki every day to see the blessings of Baba Tajuddin. One of the many distinguished visitors of the Baba was Maharaja Raghoji Rao Bhonsle, Ex-Ruler of Nagpur. He had several times requested the saint to go his palace and stay there but it was ignored. He once again pleaded him to accept his offer. The Baba had, on two occasions, already graced two Hindu houses by his stay; his first stay was at the "Lal Khoti" and his second one was with Kasinath Patel. This was the third occasion of a Muslim saint's stay at his Hindu devotee's Place. The reason for this is not far to seek. Tajuddin Baba was not merely his body; He was really the "Spirit" of all religions, a man-of-God, and had transcended the narrow man-made communalism. The Sufi couplet, quoted in the foregoing pages, had struck his heart ever since his boyhood. It directed him to transcend all narrow communal barriers and he he did so liberally. While this fact surprised the common Muslims who could not see the spirit of his actions, the actions of Maharaja Raghoji Rao no less surprised the vast number of unenlightened Hindus who worshiping and serving a Muslim Pir so devoutly.
...........In 1961 Sri Chincholkar of village Pusad ( District Yeotmal ) was one of the visitors of Baba Tajuddin. He says he found the Baba in a furious mood, throwing burning sticks and bricks at the people who tried to approach him. Now and then he lost all senses in mystical absorption and on waking up he flew into a rage. He even started setting fire to the clothes offered to him by devotees. None knew why he did so and none dared to ask. We have a close parallel to this feature in SaiBaba of Shirdi also. On certain occasions, there were hints left by these Godmen to the public indicating that they were furious at the internal enemies of man and external manifestations are only symbolic of this state , because their actions also seem to have a magical effecting the necessary internal burning up all evil propensities.
Powers of a Sufi fakir
............. The powers of Sufi dervish are extended no less to the nature's forces. We have seen in one of the foregoing paragraphs,how, with no fire in the hearth, the meal was ready by Baba's order. Similarly, a group of peasants ran to the saint and complained of the much delayed monsoon. They prayed to be saved from ruin. Hazarat Tajuddin ordered one of them to get a pot water. He sat there sprinkling the water, drop by drop on the fire in the hearth for five minutes. Immediately the clouds hovered in the sky and it started raining abundantly. It was not the much advertised kind of rain, which our modern scientists have been trying to command at will. It was a real divine miracle.
.........Many were the people who flocked to Tajuddin Baba to cure them of deformities of body. A wealthy Marwari Seth came from Delhi to Sakardara. His legs were mere useless appendages and he had to crawl his way to Baba whom he found in a restless mood: At the approach of the Seth, he sprang to his feet in a rage and kicked him saying : " You buffalo, do you play tricks with me? Run away." The marwari Seth was so frightened at this unwelcome gesture. But Baba Tajuddin did not calm down. He shouted: " Don' you hear? I will kill you if you don' obey. I say run or I will beat you". The Seth immediately ran from the place to the wonder of the people who saw this amazing feat of the saint.
Deputy Commissioner's experience
..........There are many classes of miracles. The brother of one Bhadur Prasad Tewari was a famous Hakeem (Unani doctor) , who was posted to Nagpur as Deputy Commissioner. One day his brother took him to Baba Tajuddin at Sakardara to pay homage to the saint. Afterwards he proceeded to Saugor where he met three Sadhus (Hindu sages). In the course of conversation with them, he mentioned the illustrious greatness of Tajuddin Baba. But, as the sadhus were sectarian Hindus, they paid little attention to the praise of a muslim saint. The Deputy commissioner told them how once one of his Hindu friends had the darshan(Ziarat) of Lord Rama and Lord Shankara at Sakardara. But this too did not touch the minds of the Sadhus.
Height of Baba's reputation
...........The years 1920 and 1925 marked the height of Baba Tajuddins widespread reputation as the greatest Sufi saint of recent history. Lakhs of people visited him and Maharaja Raghoji Rao made all the necessary arrangements to meet the needs of this multitude of visitors. All the offerings including clothes made to the Baba were collected and distributed to all kinds of people, especially to the poor and the needy during the Ramzan month ( the sacred month of the Islamic fasting). The Maharaja also saw to it that a mojaor part of the gifts or money offered to Baba was given over to his uncle, Abdul Rahaman Shah and Jabbar ( another of his kinsman) and the Baba's public kitchen and dining hall.
Bone of contention
..........But,alas some misdirected Muslims dazzled by the money and rich gifts that flowed endlessly through the hands of the Maharaj simply because the saint stayed in his palace, became victims of greed and jealousy. So they resolved to drag Tajuddin Baba away from the palace somehow. To end, they did not even hesitate to fan the flames of communinal hatred. They had little regard for the colossal, divine and historic role which the great saint was playing in demonstrating by his own example that differences of caste, creed or community, and even the external show of religion, have little to do with the real spiritual advancement and devotion to God. In the light of the attitude of Jesus Christ to those who crucified Him; he said : " Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
............It was in 1924 that one day Tajuddin Baba started walking on th Dighori Road, Nagpur, and sat on a small roadside culvert. As usual, a large crowed of people gathered round him; Shah Farriduddin Taji, alias Karim Baba, one of Baba's disciples, was also close-by. Baba Tajuddin addressed him and said : " Do you know who is Taj-ul-Arifin? " (the crown of Sufi mystics). To this Karim Baba replied: Who else can it be save you" Tajuddin Baba asserted : " Yes, I am that". Then he closed his eyes for a while and said,"Oh, Id moon is seen now."
............As the month of July of 1924 drew to it's close, the health of Baba Tajuddin began to fail and showed no improvement for 10 days. He grew very weak and could not even move out in his usual fashion. Maharaja Raghoji Rao was extremely upset at his condition and started visiting him very frequently.
Procession to Karbala
..........As usual, on the 10th of Moharrum, Baba Tajuddin wore the green jubba ( long shirt ) and went to the 'Karbala'. The taboots are buried after 10 days mourning and some religious ceremonies performed by the Muslim community. On this annual festival, the Maharaja of Nagpur, who considered himself as nothing more than a servant of the saint, also used to proceed in a procession with all his equipage and royal insignia. First the Maharaja used to proceed on his elephant with his retinue followed by Hazarat Tajuddin Aulia, his mureeds (disciples), devotees and the common crowds. But this year (1925) Baba proceeded to the outskirts of Sakardara. Then he took a paper from the Waeer, lifted his hand up and recited and relevant hymn. At the end of the recitation, he seemed throughly absorbed in deep contemplation and there was a complete change in his demeanor as the people around cried out the holy names of Hassan and Husain in defending applause. After a little while, the Baba returned to his tent.
............It was the evening of Monday the 17th of August, 1925, a large number of birds gathered on the Maharaja's palace but, contrary to their natural behavior, they were all unusually quiet and still. The Baba raised his hands up and prayed for the welfare of all, blessed them, lay peacefully down on the couch and, with a slight gurgling sound in his throat, he let his 'spirit' merge into the Infinite. ----Inna Lillah-e-wa Inna alaih -e-raaj-oon. ( To God we belong and to Him we return )
Contention for the last rites
........There was unfortunately a contention about the last rites that were to be accorded to Hazarat Baba Tajuddin's mortal remains. The bone of connection was the location of the dargah or the shrine of interment. The Maharaja wished it to be nearer to his palace but knew very well that his rivals would not let it happen. And it would not let it happen. And it would be located at the site on which the Baba once sat and said that " A hut should be constructed there". The holy body was taken in a procession by nearly half a lakh of people. The religious dignity who read out the appropriate hymns at the time to interment the coffin saw in a vision that Tajuddin Baba was standing by the side of the grave. By the time the coffin was entombed, it was Thursday evening of the 18th of August, 1925.
Tears of Idols
..........Just as he was born without a cry, he passed away without a cry too-- he who displayed an unusual bearing at birth was bound to have it in leaving the world also. Ana what was this? It came to light a few days after his death. In the Evening news dated 25th August 1925, Mr. Narayana Rao Hadan recorded that tears flowed continuously for twelve hours from the eyes of the idols of Lord Vithal and Rukmani Devi in the Padurang Mandir (Temple), and the many devotees, who were there in the temple, witnessed this highly amazing scene. Leading newspapers of the country, like the Madras Mail and Andhra Patrika of 22nd August 1925, glaringly wrote that he, who was Lord Rama, had reappeared in the world in the soul of Baba Tajuddin Aulia and when his work was finished, he left the earth and he was recognized.
Payment to milkmaid
...........First of all, let us take note of a case which shows that Tajuddin Baba does honor scrupulously his word even after his demise.
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Hajarat Baba Tajuddin - The Immortal | The Significance of Sainthood | The teachings of Baba Tajuddin | Appendix - I ( A clarification ) | Glossary