From Dacoit to Devotee
The notorious dacoit
Joban Pagi once tried to steal the swift mare of Lord Swaminarayan.
However, the devine presence of Swaminarayan by the side of every horse
in the stable changed his heart and he surrendered at His feet. The
rosary replaced the sword. Kashiyabhai of Vaso asked him, "Does
Swaminarayan make gold out of dross?" Joban Pagi at once replied,
"Yes. I was a dacoit and He has made a devotee out of me."
Vero was another such dacoit who underwent total transformation due
to the Lord's charisma. Once he picked up a datan stick from
somebody's farm. Then he remembered that picking up anything from a
farm without the owner's permission amounts to theft. He at once returned
the datan stick to the owner and apologized sincerely for the folly.
These incidents bear living testimony to the high degree of morality
fostered by Lord Swaminarayan among His disciples.