since living in the exile of 25 years . we kashmiri pandit still celebrate all the auspicious days of our saints . The saints who teached us art of living . Today is shravan shukla paksh , pancham the 55th punyatithi of this our beloved saint swami kaskak malla and now this day is celebrated by his followers at barnai jammu every year with great happiness and belief.
life of swami kashkak
Swami kashkak was a mystic saint who led a normal life on bank of sindh river village of Manigam in kashmir valley. A married man (grahasti), Kashkak led a very simple, normal life of an ordinary householder, earning his daily bread by toiling in the fields and by tilling whatever little land he possessed till the end of his life.
Born on the first tithi of the bright half of the most auspicious lunar month of Magha in 1880-81 (Saptarshi Samvat 4056 and Vikarmi Samvat 1937), this gem of a faqir, a mastana of a very high order, Swami Kashkak Malla put the very beautiful, scenic Manigaam village on the spiritual map of India. Before him, it was Mata Rupa Bhawani who had hallowed the tiny village during the days of her early penance in the late 17th century.
Initiated into the Yogic discipline (Sadhana) by his guru, Narayan Bhan, a Siddha Yogi of his time, Kashkak attained Siddhi (realization) at a very young age.
In spite of being a poor farmer, he displayed keen sense of hospitality by treating as special guests all those coming from far-off places for his darshan and opting to stay overnight. His saintly wife and children usually served all the guests a simple meal of rice, lentils, vegetables and yogurt. Also, arrangements were made for their comfortable stay at night.
Kashkak never accepted any gifts, cash or kind, from anyone. All the admirers and devotees who brought gifts were advised to either take them back or throw them in river Sindh that flowed nearby.
Teachings of swami kashkak
To be simple, to be contented, to earn one’s livelihood by honest means, to speak truth, to be good, kind and noble, and to alleviate the suffering of people around you—these were the few lessons one could learn from the open book of Kashkak’s life. His mere glance or the healing touch was enough to induce parmaarth (spirituality) and naitikta (moral fiber) in an aspirant.
For swami kashkak, there was no friend or foe, no rich or poor, no young or old and no distinction of color, caste or creed. He showered his blessings on all alike and never discriminated between members of different faiths.
Kashkak exercised his healing touch whenever and wherever necessary. He wielded his spiritual powers (ashta siddhis) not out of any egoistic ambition to show off but only to serve God’s creatures and provide succor and solace to the afflicted souls. It was said of him that he fulfilled everyone’s wishes and never disappointed anyone.
Kashkak cared very little for his body. He refused any sort of treatment for a permanent sore in one of his legs. He never acceded to the repeated requests by several visiting doctors to treat the deep sore. A well-known doctor from Delhi, Dr. Sidhnath Kaul, would often visit the saint and plead with him to allow treatment of the sore. But. Kashkak invariably rejected the plea with the usual cryptic remark: “Well it is not a sore as you think; it is a gift that God has given me. Better leave it like that.”
Saints and Seers visited him
Renowned saints and savants from Kashmir and also from the rest of India did not miss the opportunity to have darshan of the sage of Manigaam. Meher Baba of Poona, himself a renowned saint who was declared an Avatar, an incarnation of god, by his followers, visited Kashkak and spent some time with him. He was so overwhelmed with spiritual emotion that he insisted on receiving an apple as Prasad from him. Recording the reminiscences of his meeting with the Manigaam seer, Meher Baba says in his famous work, “The Wayfarers”, that he found Kashkak ever engrossed in Higher Self in the 7th plane of Consciousness.
Two of the contemporary saints of Kashmir- Swami Lakshman Joo and Swami Nandlalji (popularly known as Nanda Bub) also visited Manigaam to pay their respects to Kashkak.
In mystic tradition, it is believed that a sort of a divine government functions on earth at particular points of time and overseas the working of human affairs. And this kind of set-up is said to be manned by known and unknown seers and sages from time to time.. Swami Kashkak was said to have been the head of such a spiritual set up in Kashmir during his lifetime. After him, the mantle was passed on to Bhagawaan Gopinathji in August 1961.
In the first week of August 1953, Swami Nandlalji, attired as usual in a military uniform with a toy gun in hand, stationed himself in the State Secretariat just outside the office of the State Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah. The visitors to the Secretariat bore witness to the fact that the bizarre mystic had his gun pointed toward Sheikh Abdullah’s office all the while.
Meanwhile, he sent one of his devotees to Kashkak with an envelope, as if to seek his approval for something about which one could not make even the slightest guess at that time. It was, perhaps, one of the many ‘mysterious Consultations’, Nandla Bub would often hold with Kashkak on matters of grave importance to the State and the country as a whole.
What happened on August 9, 1953 is now a matter of history. Sheikh Abdullah was unceremoniously deposed on that day.
Kashkak’s uncanny prophecies were often shrouded in ambiguity. Possessed with a far-sighted vision, Kashkak knew the past, present and future of mankind.
In the summer of 1938, one of my relations and a devotee of Kashkak went to Manigaam to seek his blessings for a male progeny. Kashkak in his usual cryptic manner said: The significance of the Kashmiri proverb was clear and the gentleman was blessed with yet another daughter soon after.
Kashkak in 1946 to pray for the recovery of his arthritis in his knees. He was 27 at that time. Without mincing words, the sage said: “You will have to live with the disease till your end”. And the gentleman suffered the ailment till his death in his 82nd year.
Kashkak attained Mahasamadhi on the 5th Tithi of the bright half of the lunar month of Sravana on August 17, 1961, Saptarshi Samvat 5037 and Vikrami Samvat 2018