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Satsang in Sorath

Once, Acharya Maharaj and Gunatitanand Swami went on a satsang tour in the countryside of Sorath. Then, while travelling, one of the bullocks of Acharya Maharaj’s cart was injured and disabled. So Swami sent the attendants to the neighbouring village to fetch a better bullock in his name. The attendants went there and asked for a bullock in the name of Acharya Maharaj instead. But the farmers did not pay any heed to their request. Then the attendants were suddenly reminded of Swami’s name and they made a fresh request in the name of Swami. In response, one of the farmers immediately came with a very good pair of bullocks. He bowed to Swami, and gifted a bullock by yoking it to the cart. Swami told him that he would return it to him, but the farmer said, “Swami, I cannot put a yoke on the bullock which has once pulled your cart.”
The farmer then went back home. After his departure, the attendants narrated to Acharya Maharaj their experience in the village. Raghuvirji Maharaj then asked Swami, “If one who is not a satsangi dedicates so much to you simply on hearing your name, then what would a satsangi not do for you?”
On hearing this Swami smiled and said, “Maharaj, I’ve explained the glory of satsang to so many people of Sorath that I can fill up the Khengar well of Junagadh with the heads of the satsangis of Sorath.” (This reflects the spirit of satsangis in giving their all at the word of Swami.)
At Junagadh, Swami had arranged discourses all day long. Once Swami said, “In this satsang, there are such talks which would transform a jiva into brahma.” On hearing this Jaga Bhakta asked, “Then why does a jiva not become brahmarup?” Swami replied, “The jiva is not attached with affection to God or a God-realized Sadhu. If the jiva is so attached, then faith may be lacking. If faith is present, total honesty may be lacking. If there is affection, faith and honesty then it would be impossible for a jiva to remain without becoming brahmarup.” Jaga Bhakta then asked, “Even if there is affection, why is faith lacking?” Swami replied, “This Jala Bhakta, for example, has affection for me, but he wouldn’t do what I would ask him to do.”
Raghuvirji Maharaj had once humorously remarked, “Now we will keep Gunatitanand Swami in Vartal.” On hearing this remark, Jala Bhakta cried intensely. But if he was busy sweeping with a broom, and if Swami told him, “Stop this work and worship God,” he would not follow Swami’s words. Thus it is very difficult to have undivided faith in the God-realized sadhu.

Gunatitanand Swami Bhagatji Maharaj Yogiji Maharaj Shastriji Maharaj Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bhagwan Swaminarayan Gunatitanand Swami Bhagatji Maharaj Yogiji Maharaj Shastriji Maharaj Pramukh Swami Maharaj Bhagwan Swaminarayan

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