Request For Akshar Gnan
During his trips to Mahuva, Pragji Bhakta used to talk to the devotees about the divine supremacy of Shriji Maharaj and that Gunatitanand Swami was the manifestation of Akshar. In V.S. 1916 (1860 CE) when the murti of Harikrishna Maharaj was installed at Gadhpur, Pragji Bhakta pleased Acharya Raghuvirji Maharaj by preparing beautiful garments for the murtis of Gopinathji Maharaj and Harikrishna Maharaj. In the same year a murti of Harikrishna Maharaj was also installed at Junagadh. Then, too, Pragji Bhakta, with the loving assistance of the devotees, prepared elegant garments of gold and silver threads for Thakorji. Swami was greatly pleased with the devotion and practical worldly wisdom of Pragji Bhakta.
Pragji Bhakta had cultivated a habit of working while remembering God. Even a little deviation from this caused him pain. As a devout sadhak, he once requested Swami to give some illness to his body as a mark of austerity.
For some time Pragji Bhakta remained ill. During this illness Pragji continuously focussed his mind on Swami. Devotion to Swami became the sole purpose of his life.
The following year Acharya Raghuvirji Maharaj was to be present in the Fuldol festival at Junagadh. Swami asked Pragji Bhakta to prepare an artistic canopy to cover the huge assembly area. Pragji Bhakta, with assistance from the devotees, purchased suitable thick cloth for the purpose and started his work. He worked incessantly day and night to prepare the canopy. Once, Swami came to observe the work in progress. He was so happy to see Pragji Bhakta singing devotional hymns while working. Swami asked Pragji to ask for whatever boon he liked. But Pragji Bhakta had no wants. So Swami gave him a boon, “You will earn lots of money, so associate with the sadhus while leading the life of a householder.”
Pragji Bhakta, however, requested, with folded hands, “I have learnt by associating with you and Gopalanand Swami that there is no happiness in wealth and women. Please bless me with your knowledge, show me your dwelling place and make me a true satsangi.”
In order to test him Swami tempted Pragji with material pleasures; but would Pragji Bhakta trade the chintamani for them? Seeing that Pragji Bhakta was firm in his determination to reject worldly pleasures Swami said to Pragji, “You can have your three boons if you are prepared to leave home and stay here and dedicate your life for them.”
Swami was convinced of his intense yearning for gnan and made the promise. The canopy, which could only have been completed after many days of hard work by many tailors, was prepared by Pragji Bhakta alone within a month. This earned him profuse blessings from Gunatitanand Swami.