After 24 years of perfect discipleship, the moment of separation came. Sant Kirpal Singh knew the time of Hazur's departure as well as that of His own. He describes the last days of Baba Sawan Singh.
In spite of Hazur attaining the age of ninety, He set aside all His bodily comforts and stubbornly devoted eighteen out of twenty-four hours of the day to the service of humanity. The result of this carelessness towards His bodily rest and consistent hard labour came out to be that His physical frame could not endure the burden of weariness any more; and on continued requests and entreaties from almost every individual, Hazur yielded to their prayers and was inclined to take rest and seek medical advice. Accordingly, in September 1947, He came to Amritsar for medical treatment; but before leaving the Dera a managing committee for the management of the Dera affairs was constituted there. On the morning of 12 October, 1947, at seven o'clock, He called me.
When I was in His august presence, He said, "Kirpal Singh Ji! I have allotted all other work but have not entrusted my task of Naam Initiation and spiritual work to anyone. That I confer on You today so that this holy and sacred science may flourish."
Hearing this my eyes filled with tears, and afflicted as I was, I beseeched, "Hazur! The peace and security that I have in sitting at Thy Feet here cannot be had in higher planes …"My heart was filled with anguish; I could not speak any more and sat staring – Hazur encouraging and caressing me all the time.
Whenever I had the honour to be in seclusion with Hazur, He talked about the interior affairs of the Dera and instructed me how to act when He departed forever. During the days of His confinement on the bed of sickness – in the last days of February 1948 – one day Hazur inquired, "How many souls have been initiated by me?"Registers were consulted and, after counting was finished, Hazur was told, "Up till now about one hundred and fifty thousand souls have been awakened by Hazur."Hazur said, "All right."On the same day in the evening when I was with Him, Hazur said, "Kirpal Singh, I have done half of Your work and have given Naam to over one and a half lakh persons and the rest You have to accomplish."I, with folded hands and faltering words, said, "Hazur … it will be as Hazur orders … but … I have a request … I request that this last half of the work may also be finished by Hazur ... We will dance as Hazur will make us dance … I wish Hazur may remain with us and sit only watching all that, and all orders will be complied with in Hazur's presence." Hazur lay silently gazing at me.
1 - 2 April, 1948
The morning of 1 April, it was extremely benevolent of Hazur to afford a chance to this humble servant – of course through the assistance of a lady in nursing service of Hazur – to be by the side of the Master in seclusion for about ten or fifteen minutes. At that time with a heavy heart I sat near His bed and prayed to Hazur: "Master, Thou art above body and bodily influence, unconcerned as to comforts and discomforts, but we humble and helpless beings are afflicted hard and cannot endure the sight of Hazur thus suffering bodily. Thou hast all powers. We should be extremely grateful if Hazur very graciously removes this indication of disease on His body."It is true that prayer succeeds where all other human efforts fail. Hazur with His utmost benevolence accepted this prayer. After the prayer, when I opened my eyes, Hazur's body was in a state of perfect repose. Hazur's forehead was shining resplendently. He opened His mercy-showering lively eyes intoxicated with God's divine love and cast a glance at my humble self – both eyes gleaming with radiance like a lion's eyes. I bowed my head in solemn and silent adoration and said, "It is all Hazur's benignity!”
Hazur steadily kept gazing for three or four minutes into my eyes, and my eyes, in silent wonderment, experienced an indescribable delight which infused a beverage-like intoxication down to the remotest cores of my entire body – such as was never before experienced in my whole life. Then those mercy-showering eyes closed not to open again.
Thus in His ninetieth year on the morning of 2 April, 1948 at 8:30, this brilliant sun of spirituality, after diffusing His light in the hearts of millions of masses, disappeared.
Sant Kirpal Singh