am Possessed by Swaminarayan''
The sadhus who could not tolerate the increasing fame of Bhagatji started protesting. They wanted to put a ban on Bhagatji’s movements in the Satsang. Bhagatji often said, “I am possessed by Swaminarayan.”
Once a sadhu remarked, “Is God a ghost that He possesses you?”
“If a ghost has the power to possess, doesn’t God also?” explained Bhagatji, “God does not possess just anyone. He possesses only those who have immense faith and love for Him.” Then he described the intense loving devotion of the Gopis towards Shri Krishna. He declared, “Due to the blessings of Swami I continually enjoy the divine bliss of Shriji Maharaj’s murti. Those who associate with me are granted that everlasting happiness.”
Once, Bhagatji was the guest of Rao Saheb of Petlad. Rao Saheb’s bodyguard was a Muslim. He was a genuine aspirant of God and came to offer his respects to Bhagatji. Bhagatji intuitively read his thoughts and talked to him about the four types of satpurush as described in the Koran. The bodyguard experienced divine peace in his presence. Vignandasji and other sadhus were also present. Bhagatji pointed towards the sadhus and said, “Scold these sadhus as they are always pestering me.”
The bodyguard then addressed the sadhus. “You are all fakirs of Khuda and here is Khuda himself. Therefore even if he beats you with a stick or with shoes, you should follow him wherever he leads you.” Hearing this Bhagatji started laughing. In Petlad, Bhagatji blessed the sadhus and devotees with the bliss of his company, prasad and darshan.
When Bhagatji returned to Nadiad after meeting Acharya Maharaj at Surat, he told the sadhus, “This time you will face many difficulties. Remain humble and bear any opposition with patience.”