In the Punjab, the dry cold winter is followed by the monsoon, a time when the great rains irrigate that fertile plain. The rains come with considerable force and power, filling the five great rivers from which the Punjab gets its name.

When Sir Colin Garbett’s guru Sawan Singh died on the 2nd of April, 1948, his body was taken to an area beside the Beas river for cremation. The monsoon broke, driving everyone indoors, after the fire had done its work, but before the ashes were cool. The river swelled from the rain during the night, and by the morning it had moved from its usual course to obliterate the site of the fire, thus ensuring, in line with the old guru’s wishes, that neither the site of his cremation nor his ashes should become relics in a cult. Silence at the beginning and silence in the end.


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