Pandit Neelkanth Ji
Sharma: A Saint Of All Times
Swami Neelkanth Sharma ji
Photo Courtesy: Koshur
Pt. Neelkanth Ji Sharma, the great
grahasti saint and a poet of highest order
miraculous characteristics and an attractive
personality. Born in a middle class Kashmiri
Pandit family of Atri Bhargave Gotra, in 1888 AD
was the most loved child of his parents. The
family had a rich spiritual, religious and
literally background. Pt. Neelkhant jiís father
Pt. Shankar Nath Ji Sharma and mother Smt.
Sukhmali Devi were devotes of Shri Rama. Pandit ji
in a way inherited Ramabhakti and spirituality
from his parents.
Pt. Shankarnath ji arranged the teachers to
teach sanskrit language to his beloved son at
home. After learning some basics of the language
Neelkanth ji by his wonderful intelligence and his
urge for learning mastered the language by his own
efforts and hardworking. He not only mastered the
language but also achieved great depth in Vedanta
and Shaiva Philosophies. Besides he mastered
some other languages like Persian, urdu and hindi of by his own. He studied thoroughly shastras
including Jyotish shastra. He was an authority on
phalit jyotish. His forecasts were always true. It
is also said that he had attained vakhsidhi.
Although he had not seen even the gates of any
school or college still many scholars came to him
to clear their doubts and to understand some most
difficult problems of Philosophy.
Neelkkanth ji had conquered kama, krodha and
mohe since early years of his life. He was
never seen angry with anybody not even with his
children or family members.
Pt . Neelkanth ji performed his sadhana since
his early boyhood. He himself was his Guru. He
strongly believed that God is one and he is
remembered by his countless names. You may call him
Rama, Krishna, Shiva, Allah or God. God is
sarva shaktiman so he can be sakara or nirakara.
Pandit ji performed puja of clay-made shivalingam
daily for three to four hours. Panditji composed
250 to 300 poems (Leelas) in Kashmiri in praise of
Rama, Krishna, Shiva and Matabhavani. Also, he authored SHARMA RAMAYANA (KASHMIRI
BHAKHTA JAIDEV CHRITA and a drama named BILWA
MANGAL NATAK. Pandit ji was very good translator
also. He translated Bhagwat Geeta in Kashmiri
language and named it as SUDHA SINDHU. Great
Sanskrit bhasaís masterpiece SWAPNA VASAWADATTAM
was also translated by him into beautiful Kashmiri
prose and poetry. He was of the opinion that
composing and singing of leelas was a part of one's
Pt. Neelkanth jiís contemporary saints like
Balji Kaw, Ashokananda, Nandlal Ji, Gopinath ji
and Sidhmol Ji revered and respected him very
much and discussed many spiritual problems with
him. Sidhamol ji treated him like his guru. Even
after the nirwana of Pandit ji Sidmol ji placed
flowers on the photograph of Pandit ji whenever
he visited Pandit ji's residence at Nursinghgarh
Srinagar, Kashmir. Sidhmol ji did not even permit
the children of Pandit ji to touch his feet.
After Neelkanth ji's Nirwana, in 1972 AD, when
Sidhmol ji once was asked about the next janama of
Pandit ji, he straight way said he is with Shri
Rama. He has attained mukhti. This fact was later
certified when Pandit ji's elder son Prof. J.N.
Sharma was working as the Principal of Govt.
Degree college Punch. Prof. Sharma was told that
there is one person who has got power of calling
Aatmas through his "Planchette". Prof.
sahab contacted the person and requested him to call
the soul. The person accepted the request and
after performing some pooja tried to call the
soul. The soul did not come then he called another
noble man's soul and get him to contact Pandit ji's
soul and get him there. After some time the noble
man's soul wrote in urdu on the piece of paper
placed on "planchette" with a
pencil also kept on the machine, 'Aap Ko sad
mubarak ho. Aap ne jis rooh ke bare main kaha voh
bahut bahut oopar pahucha hai jahan jana hum jaise
roohum ke liye bahut hi mushkil hai ...'
It was the most cherished wish of Pandit
Neelkanth ji that he be a charana Sevaka of Shri
Rama in the next world. He has expressed this in
one of his Kashmiri shiloka thus:
O Shri Rama, You are my father and Sita is my
mother. Upbringing of mine is the responsibility
of both of you. Till I am in this world, be
helpful to me in another world. Kindly keep me
always at your service as a servant.
Written by: Sh. P.N. Madhup, Jammu (Ph:
Submitted by: Vinod Kumar Handoo, New Delhi (Ph:
011-26241115, e-mail: email@example.com)
Literary Life of Pt. Nilakanth Sharma
Nilakanth Sharma was born at Dab Wakoora, Shadipur
(Tehsil Ganderbal, Srinagar), on 21st June, 1888
to Pt. Shankar Joo and Sukhmal. His family
originally belonged to Ganpatyar locality of Srinagar.
Pt. Ramjoo, one of his ancestors, had gone in
adoption to a Sharma family of Dab Wakoora.