Hazrat Tajuddin Baba ( 1861-1925 ) was one of the five Perfect Masters of his Age. Such is the play of nature known as maya that this Perfect Master was declared a lunatic and kept in confinement in the Nagpur Lunatic Asylum for more than sixteen years. However, Baba Tajuddin started his divine play from this place and virtually converted the asylum to a place of worship.
Baba Tajuddin was born on the 21st of January in the year 1861 at a place called “ Kamthi ” .. situated near Nagpur .. in the state of Maharashtra.
From birth itself, there was something unusual about the child, for the new-born baby would not at all cry. He would, at times, open his eyes and look at people and again go to sleep.
All normal methods to induce the child to cry having failed, the parents took recourse to a traditional shock method of touching hot iron to the forehead and ear of the child. With the application of this method the child jerked out of its stupor and started crying. The burnt marks thus made on the head and ears of the child remained on his body till the last.
His father expired when he was about one year old and his mother expired when he was only nine years old.
The care of this orphan was taken over by his maternal grandmother and maternal uncle Abdul Rahman. As a child, Baba started his education at the age of six in a local madrasa in Kamthi.
During this time, a spiritually developed Soul, known as Hazrat Abdulla Shah, visited the madrasa and saw the child Tajuddin. He immediately told the teacher :
“ Why are you teaching this child ? He has got all knowledge from his past life. ”
Saying thus, he took out a dry fruit ( Khumani ) from his bag, ate half, and put the other half in the mouth of the child saying :
“ Eat less, sleep less and speak less ; read Quran. ”
As soon as the child ate the dry fruit, God-consciousness dawned on him and for about three days he remained in a state of spiritual ecstasy. Obviously, Hazrat Abdulla Shah had given Tajuddin the spiritual power or consciousness known as “ Shaktipath ” in Hindu Yogasystem. Thereafter, the child was found to be always in a state of contemplation in secluded places.
At the age of eighteen, the financial condition of his maternal uncle deteriorated due to floods. As a result, both Baba and his maternal uncle searched for a job.
In the year 1881, at the age of twenty, Baba joined the Nagpur Army regiment. Soon a contingent of the regiment, where Baba was serving, was sent to a place called Sagar. At Sagar, Baba used to manage his duties as an army sepoy ( soldier ), somehow spending the best of the time in doing namaz and contemplation.
Most of the nights he used to spend with a highly developed spiritual Soul known as “ Hazrat Baud Saheb ” undergoing spiritual practices. Hazrat Baud Saheb is, therefore, recognized as one of the spiritual masters of Tajuddin Baba.
His absence from the army camp at nights, and his least regard for the service created problems from the higher authorities. One day, in a God-intoxicated state, Baba suddenly submitted his resignation from the army and left the camp. He then roamed about in the streets of Sagar like a mad man .. without any sense of body.
Soon his maternal grandmother heard of the news and took him away to Kamthi. She tried to get him cured through doctors and Hakims thinking that he was mad. The doctors and Hakims could hardly improve his condition as Baba Tajuddin’s consciousness had, by that time transcended the gross and subtle body and was floating in the vast ocean of divine consciousness .. beyond multiplicism and dualism of Nature.
As the destiny of many spiritual seekers, children started throwing stones at him to which he would never react.
The society around him discarded him to be useless for their purpose and declared him as mad and, therefore, humiliated him whenever and wherever they could.
However, miracles also started taking place around him. He would suddenly tell people about their past and warn them about future problems.
One day, in that Videha State ( beyond body state ) he went near a British woman in a naked state. The horrified woman complained to the army authorities about such uncivilized behaviour. An army officer caught hold of him and got him admitted in the lunatic asylum of Nagpur on the 16th of August 1892.
But how could the authorities confine a Soul that is in a state of pure consciousness within the four walls of a lunatic asylum ?
As was the practice, the inhabitants of the asylum used to be locked up in barracks and cells at night. Similarly, Baba was also put in confinement under strict vigil.
Soon after he was locked up in the asylum, a strange incident took place that spread Baba’s name far and wide. Baba was admitted in the lunatic asylum on the 26th August 1892. On the same day many people saw him moving freely in the streets of Kamthi, even after he was locked up !
On the next day i.e., 27th, an army sepoy, who, under the orders of the magistrate had brought Baba to the lunatic asylum the previous day, saw Baba roaming in the street. The shocked sepoy ran back and informed the British officer of the regiment, about it. The officer immediately rode his horse and searched for Baba. He ultimately found him sitting under a tree smiling at him.
British officer was so enraged at seeing him moving freely that he straight away rode to the lunatic asylum at Nagpur situated at half an hour distance from Kamthi. He asked the doctor on duty “ Where is that insane whom I sent here yesterday ? ”
The doctor informed that he was in a locked room and also showed the officer where Baba was locked, and behold, the officer found the Baba Tajuddin was sitting inside the room in the same posture in which he had seen sitting under the tree only half on hour back smiling at him.
On seeing the officer, Baba said:
“ Brother, you are doing your work and I am doing my work. ”
The officer was so influenced by the divine personality of Baba that he instantly became his disciple and started visiting Baba on every Sunday with his family members. Thereafter, the asylum authorities were reconciled with Baba moving at various places inside the asylum compound and outside.
Gradually, Baba’s name became so famous that thousands of people from near and far started lining up before the lunatic asylum everyday to have Baba’s darshan, blessing and help.
During his sixteen years stay in the asylum, Baba cured thousands of people of diseases, granted children to the childless and took on his shoulders the responsibilities ( both temporal and spiritual ) of lakhs of his devotees.
Baba’s fame and love for people had been drawing thousands of people daily to the lunatic asylum. Even the staffs of the asylum including the doctors were his devotees The doctor gave report that Baba was not mad but a person of unusual qualities which medical science cannot explain. In the meantime, Raghoji Rao Bhonsle, the Maharaja of Nagpur, had become an ardent devotee of Baba and started visiting him regularly.
One day, in the evening, he thought of getting Baba released from the lunatic asylum and bring him to his palace at Shakardara. The same night, he saw a vision in the dream in which Baba appeared and pointing towards Red Palace said :
“ Oh, elder brother, let me stay here.”
It was early morning ( 3.00 AM ) of 9th July 1908, a Thursday. The Maharaja immediately called his officials and discussed about the steps to be taken to get Baba released. The Council decided that the Maharaja should immediately make an application for release to the Governor, Central Provinces.
Ultimately, after depositing a security money of rupees two thousands, the Maharaja secured the release of Baba on the 21st of September 1908 and brought him to his palace. From his palace Baba started his divine work.
Once Baba was lying down on the sands of the river “ Kanhan ” when two ladies by the name of Shantabai and Subhadrabai from Amaravati, approached him. While touching the feet of Baba they mentally prayed to him for children, as they were childless.
The omniscient Baba heard their inner prayers and gave a laddoo (a type of sweetmeat) to each after tasting them. He blessed them to have sons. While they were returning, Shantabai ate the laddoo as a blessed prasad, but Subhadrabai did not because Baba had tasted the laddoo and was Muslim by birth. She quietly got the laddoo buried in the sand.
As the Divine Will could have it, Shantabai got a son nine months later. When the child was about two-month-old,she came to Baba with the child for his blessings. Subhadra, who had not conceived even by that time, accompanied her. When Shantabai put her child at the feet of Baba, Subhadra could not control herself. She fell at the feet of Baba and cried “ Baba, where is my child ? ” Baba told her to search the child from beneath the sand (indicating that he knew where the laddoo was) Subhadra immediately realised her mistake and repented profusely before Baba.
Her repentance and plight moved Baba. He blessed her to have a son, which she got after a year. The perfect master is a wish-fulfilling tree Kalpvriksha who even shower unconditional grace ( Ahetuk Kripa ).
By the year 1925, Baba was nearly 65 years old, and became weak and exhausted. It was in August 1925 that Baba’s health deteriorated much, and Maharaja Raghoji Rao availed the services of the best physicians of Nagpur to treat Baba, but of no avail.
Baba was asked if He would permit the large number of devotees who were anxiously awaiting for a glimpse of their Hazrat, and with Baba’s willingness, the Palace was opened to all, who came in a large number for a last blessing from the King of Kings, the Taj of Sadgurus, Hazrat Tajuddin Baba.
It was so, on 17th of August 1925, that Baba left the physical form, but He is and shall always remain in the hearts of all of His devotees.
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