Thursday, August 24, 2017


Mohan Krishen Tikoo ( Born 1935)

( Mobile Photo Autar Mota)

Conversation at his residence Udhaywala Jammu on 23.08.2017..

" So good to see these five Paintings of Ghulam Rasool Santosh in your room . "

"Santosh was a close friend. Such people are rare and very difficult to find now. He was not only a great Artist but a grand Human being as well .He gave a set of 10 small Paintings to me with instructions to hang 5 in my Jammu residence and 5 in Mumbai."

" Why are you limping?"

"You see I have fractured my leg joint. I had a major surgery and was confined to bed. Now I can get up and move a little . Saint Gopi Nath ji whom we fondly call Bhagwan ji , has been kind. I was miraculously saved."

" Can you add something more about your association with Ghulam Rasool Santosh? "

" How much you can hear if I go on telling?.I will tell you two incidents. We published Guru Geeta( for Bhagwan ji 's Ashram) and I went to him for painting the cover of the book. He took the manuscript of the book and told me that to draw the cover page, he would read the book. I went after some days and he had some guest . He told me that needful had been done by him and i had to wait a little. To keep me busy, he gave me a map of Kashmir along with a pen with instructions to mark places of pilgrimage in entire Kashmir valley . I did it . When he came, he added some more pilgrimage centres which I had forgotten to mark. Then he asked me to join all the marked points. I was amazed to see that I had actually drawn a Sri-yantra in this process. He put his hand on my shoulder and said "Mohan ji , our valley is a spread of Sri-Yantra.".

" Another incident that comes to mind is when we invited him to speak at our Ashram once . Do you know who was the other speaker who shared Dais with him? It was world renowned Swami Ranganathananda Head Monk of Rama Krishna Math ; A great illuminating speaker. And Santosh spoke for one hour on TANTRA ,MANTRA and YANTRA .And Swami ji felt so happy and amused"

So long so much....

( Autar Mota )

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